Mumbai Nov 20, 2016: As the Global Citizen India 2016 — the first step of the nation to bring about positive changes in India to fight extreme poverty — took place on Saturday, prioritising on clean India movement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was confident that “the day is not far when the country will be filth free”.
While addressing the youth of the nation and 80,000 attendees of Global Citizen Festival India here in Mumbai MMRDA ground via a video conference, Modi said, “It is amazing to see how the nation is participating in Swachh Bharat movement and cleaning all the corners of the nation. I am convinced that we can and we will build a Swachh Bharat that is free of all forms of filth within one generation.”
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In his speech, he also mentioned that poverty was one of the biggest challenges for any developing country along with malnutrition, unemployment, corruption that posed challenges to grow.
The prime minister said, “We have to work towards our mission shoulder to shoulder to make it successful.”
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Global Citizen India is a movement brought to India by Global Citizen, a social action platform and The Global Education and Leadership Foundation (GELF), an organisation focused on cultivating ethical, altruistic leadership to improve the state of the planet through collective action.
From Amitabh Bachchan, Farhan Akhtar, Vidya Balan, Alia Bhatt and many other Bollywood stars to the Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fednavis and the iconic English band Coldplay participated to bring people together and stand for a noble cause that celebrate humanity and fight against poverty. (IANS)
New Delhi, Nov 9: Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, accompanied by his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker-Bowles, arrived New Delhi on Wednesday on a two-day visit to India at the final leg of their 10-day four-nation tour that also took them to Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei.
“Their Royal Highnesses Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive,” the British High Commission in India tweeted.
Prince Charles is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday evening and discuss a wide range of issues, including that of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) which will take place in April 2018 in the UK.
Ahead of the royal couple’s arrival, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said climate change, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), economic cooperation, and other bilateral issues would also come up for discussion.
Bilateral trade between India and Britain stands at $12.19 billion. India is the third largest investor in Britain and the second largest international job creator in that country.
Britain is the third largest inward investor in India, with a cumulative equity investment of $24.37 billion for the period April 2000-June 2017
The Indian diaspora in UK is one of the largest ethnic minority communities in the country, with the 2011 census recording approximately 1.5 million people of Indian origin equating to almost 1.8 percent of the population and contributing 6 per cent of the country’s GDP.
This will be Prince Charles ‘s ninth visit to India. He had earlier visited India in 1975, 1980, 1991, 1992, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2013. (IANS)
Chennai, Nov 6: Prime Minster Narendra Modi on Monday said that editorial freedom should be used in public interest and urged the newspapers to devote space to increase awareness about climate change.
Speaking at the 75th anniversary celebrations of Tamil newspaper Daily Thanthi at the Madras University Centenary Auditorium, Modi said lot of things happen around the world and the editors decide what is important to be published in their newspapers.
He said: “Editorial freedom should be used wisely and in public interest.”
Pointing out the natural calamities occurring around the world at regular intervals, PM Modi urged newspapers to allocate space to increase awareness about climate change.
Narendra Modi said the freedom to write does not in anyway reduce the importance to be accurate and correct, adding that though media outlets may be owned by the private sector, they serve a public purpose, have much social accountability and their conduct should be above board.
He said technological advancement enables citizens to compare, discuss and analyse the credibility of news and the media should take extra caution to maintain its credibility.
According to him, reform in media can come from within and through introspection.
Observing most of the media discourse revolves around politics, Modi said the nation is made of over a billion people and the media should focus on the people and their achievements.
Citing the spread of mobile phones, Modi said citizen reporting is important in showcasing individual achievements and also helping in the aftermath of natural disasters.
PM Narendra Modi also released a souvenir.
Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Minister of State for Finance and Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan, Chief Minister K. Palaniswami and his deputy O.Pannerselvam also participated in the function.
Paying encomiums to the founder of Daily Thanthi S.P. Adithanar and his son Sivanthi Adithan, Palaniswami said the daily would certainly see centenary celebrations.
Leaders of several political parties, law makers, industrialists, movie actors and diplomats attended the function.
Earlier on his arrival PM Modi was received by Purohit, Palaniswami and others at the airport.
From the airport Modi reached the INS Adyar naval base here in a helicopter.
At INS Adyar, Modi had a meeting with Palaniswami and discussed about the rain and relief situation in Chennai and neighbouring districts. (IANS)
New Delhi, Nov 4: Lauding India’s increasing per capita income, World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva on Saturday said she has no doubt that India will be a high-middle income country by 2047 when it completes its centenary year of independence.
“In the last three decades, India’s per capita income has quadrupled. I have no doubt India when it hits its century of independence in 2047, will be a high-middle income country,” Georgieva said while addressing India’s Business Reforms conference at Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra here.
Georgieva praised India for its sudden jump of 30 ranks in 2017, the biggest leap ever, in the history of the ease of doing business.
“We are here to celebrate a very impressive achievement. In 15 years of the history of the ease of doing business, such a jump of 30-ranks in one year is very rare. In cricket, I understand that hitting a century is a big milestone.”