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New York: The United States is the best partner for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Make in India” campaign as the two nations seek to reinforce their strategic interests through commerce, a senior US government official said on Tuesday.

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Under Secretary of Commerce Stefan Selig said that because the US produces “the best manufacturing exports” India will have “no better partner” in its bid to make the country “an elite manufacturing hub on the global stage.”

Briefing reporters here on the US-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue (S&CD) to be held in Washington next week, he said the meeting “will examine how achieving our commercial goals can advance our mutually reinforcing strategic interests, including those under President Obama’s rebalanced Asia and Prime Minister Modi’s Act East policy.”

Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, will address the US-India Business Council’s (USIBC) 40th anniversary celebrations ahead of the dialogue next Monday in Washington.

US Secretary Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal, along with business leaders from both countries, will be among the participants in the dialogue.

Selig said that the most important goal in India-US long-term collaboration is to increase the annual bilateral trade from the current $100 billion to $500 billion.

Stressing the role of the private sector, Selig said, “We are intensely committed to engaging directly with business leaders through our expanded US-India CEO Forum.”

The forum which will precede the dialogue “will feed into the government-to-government discussions,” he added. It “will also ensure that business leaders play a central role in crafting policies.”

The overall focus in this year’s dialogue, Selig said, will concentrate on four areas:

* Building tomorrow’s smart cities in India and the related infrastructure;

* Participating in strengthening India’s business climate to the benefit of both Indian and American businesses;

* Harmonizing product standards to increase trade and further deepen our industries’ integration into global supply chains; and

* Developing best practices around innovation and entrepreneurship.

Reacting to a reporter’s comment that critical reforms were taking place at a slow pace, Selig said, “Let’s not forget the prime minister has been in office since just May of last year, and these are difficult, complicated issues and are going to take time. And the notion that all of these things would be addressed or fixed in that short period of time I think is both unrealistic and somewhat naive.”

He added, “There has been, in fact, steady progress. But there’s also room for growth and room for continued improvement and lots of work to be done.”

MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga, who is the chairman of USIBC, said in a statement, “The world’s largest democracies share a love of freedom and an entrepreneurial spirit that-if nurtured-can help realize the full potential of India-U.S. Relations.”

(Arul Louis, IANS)

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PM Modi Advises Scientists To Use Science to Improve Lives

PM Narendra Modi tells Scientists to use science to improve the lives of citizens

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

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called upon scientists to take up challenges in their research for bettering the daily lives of common citizens, especially farmers, help in reaching clean drinking water, solar power to the people, and solving problems such as pollution.

Highlighting the importance of ‘science for society’, Modi said when all “scientists, all citizens, will move forward with this understanding, both the country and mankind will be benefited”.

“To know the connection between science and society, we have to give answers to some questions. Everybody knows the pollution problem due to increased use of plastic. Can our scientists take up the challenge to come up with saleable and cost effective material which can take the place of plastic?” the Prime Minister asked while inaugurating the India International Science Festival through video conferencing from Delhi.

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PM Narendra Modi highlights the importance of ‘Science for Society’. Wikimedia Commons

Modi exhorted scientists assembled from India and abroad for the mega event whether they can take up the challenge to find a better way to store energy or electricity.

“Can we get a solution so that the use of solar power can go up, can we come up with an innovation related to battery and other infrastructure to reach electric mobility to the common man?

“Have we thought of doing something in our lab which can improve the lives of crores of people? Can we find a solution to local drinking water problems and reach clean drinking water to the people?” he asked.

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Modi also urged scientists to ponder over whether they can invent something which would cut down healthcare cost, and benefit peasants by increasing their income.

“We have to think how use of science can help in easing the lives of the people,” he said. (IANS)