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Projecting his government’s success in the areas of fighting terror and graft, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that there has not been a single blot of corruption against his regime. Source: Narendramodi.in

Jerusalem, July 6, 2017: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday met three prominent Indian-origin Israelis who are recipients of Pravasi Bharatiya Samman.

“Living bridges of excellence between #IndiaIsrael. PM meets three Pravasi Bharatiya Samman awardees from Israel,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay tweeted.

Modi, who is on a three-day visit to Israel, met Eliyahu Bezalel, Sheikh Ansari and Dr Lael Anson Best.

Bezalel, who hails from Kochi, is the first Israeli of Indian-origin to receive the award in 2005. He has distinguished himself as an eminent agriculturist.

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Ansari, who manages the Indian Hospice in Jerusalem, was honoured with the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman in 2011.

Best, an accomplished cardiothoracic surgeon, was conferred with the award in 2017.

The Pravasi Bharatiya Samman (Overseas Indian Honour/Award) is instituted by the Indian government to honour Indian-origin people abroad for their exceptional and meritorious contribution in their chosen field and profession. (IANS)

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PM Narendra Modi Hails India’s Position in Astronomy in Mann ki Baat

Referring to the contributions of astronomy centres in places like Pune and Ooty, the prime minister commended the strides the nation has taken in the field

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Prime Minister Modi tells scientists that science and technology should be used to bettering the lives of citizens. Wikimedia Commons

Speaking about the last solar eclipse of the year which happened on December 26, the prime minister Narendra Modi recalled India’s mastery over astronomy since ancient times.

In his Mann Ki Baat address to the nation, the Prime Minister mentioned the request from Ripun who hails from the northeast but is staying now in south India because of his job.

The prime minister mentioned Ripun for his request to find ways to popularise astronomy in rural areas of the country.

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India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks to the media inside the parliament premises on the first day of the winter session in New Delhi, India. VOA

Referring to the contributions of astronomy centres in places like Pune and Ooty, the prime minister commended the strides the nation has taken in the field.

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“The eclipse reminds us that that we are travelling in space while residing on the earth…. Friends, India has an ancient and glorious history of astronomy. Our connection with the twinkling stars in the sky is as old as our civilisation. Many of you might be aware that at various places in India, there are magnificent observatories (Jantar Mantars) – which are worth seeing. And these observatories have a deep bond with astronomy. Who doesn’t know about the prodigious talent of the great Aryabhatta,” PM said. (IANS)