Delighted to speak to my friend, PM Mahinda Rajapaksa.
We reviewed the dynamic India-Sri Lanka bilateral relationship including areas of development partnership, economic engagement, tourism, education, culture, regional & international issues of mutual interest.
Glad to announce $15 million grant to promote Buddhist ties between India & Sri Lanka.
Lord Buddha’s teachings have continued to guide us for ages. India would be delighted to host Buddhist pilgrims from Sri Lanka on the first inaugural flight to Kushinagar International Airport.
India and Sri Lanka are committed to strengthen the economic partnership through enhanced trade and investment & early realisation of infrastructure & connectivity projects.
We will also continue and strengthen cooperation in defence and security to fight the dual menace of terrorism as well as drug trafficking.
September 25, 2020.Reading time less than 1 minute.
Jairam Ramesh, Congress Leader :
Today’s the birth centenary of Satish Dhawan. He succeeded Vikram Sarabhai in 1972 & led India’s space programme for 12 yrs. An extraordinary institution-builder, superb leader, & a man of progressive values — absent in ‘New India’ today. He figures in my book ‘Intertwined Lives’
When there was a failure, he took the responsibility. When there was a success, he let others take the credit. And he knew when to quit. He retired but remained intellectually active. A mentor who never became a tormentor. Truly a great role model, Satish Dhawan.
PM Narendra Modi interacts with fitness enthusiasts from across the country :
Fit India Movement has become a movement of people and a movement of positivity.
One can stay healthy and fit by adding a minimum effort and regulation to their lifestyle.
A family that plays together, stays together Many families have experimented this by doing yoga/exercise or playing together during this Pandemic. The outcome is that besides physical fitness it has strengthened the emotional bonding as well
‘Fitness dose for a day, Half an hour everyday’ is a mantra to be remembered.
PM NArendra modi
Healthy body is necessary for healthy mind. Fitness has to be our priority. There has to be gap between two meals, so that it allows the body to process what we eat : Virat Kohli while interacting with PM
We have to be appreciative towards locally consumed nutritious traditional food like Ghee and Turmeric
This violation of all parliamentary procedures and denying MPs the right to discuss and opine in the legislation is undermining the basic fabric of Indian parliamentary democracy.
The Modi government will not be allowed to wreck the Parliament.
Misusing the serious concerns regarding the spread of the Covid pandemic, even this constricted parliament session has been curtailed and the government is keen to bulldoze all the 11 ordinances it has issued during the lockdown period are legislated as laws.
The MPs inalienable right to voice concern and vote was trampled with utter contempt. In a highly condemnable manner 8 RS MPs, who sought a division of vote, have been suspended.
These new laws are illegitimate, illegal and the President of India must send back these legislations to the Rajya Sabha for reconsideration under Article 111 of the Indian Constitution.
These laws will handover Indian agriculture, our produce and our markets to foreign and domestic agribusiness corporations.
This immensely benefits foreign and domestic corporates to reap super-profits, imposing misery both on the farmers and the people.
The proposals for “land pooling” and legalising the contract system with benefits to agribusinesses will completely destroy traditional farming. India’s food security is at stake.
Agriculture is a State subject under the Indian Constitution. These legislations bypass the elected state governments and hence a further serious undermining of federalism, a basic feature of our Constitution.
Support & participate in the call given by the kisan organisations for a countrywide massive protest action on September 25.
Press Conference by Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh. Excerpts. via BJP :
It is expected of a good Opposition to help with the Parliament’s proceedings. Acting for vested political interests and misleading people isn’t healthy democratic practice
Both these Bills are historic for our farmers and agriculture. It will help increase their earnings. But a lot of rumours and lies are being spread
The ill-behaviour meted against the Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha was witnessed by the entire nation
Harivansh Ji has commitment towards values and that has been his image throughout. Going near his seat, tearing apart the rule book, and getting on top of the seat – this shameful incident is unprecedented
We call the Rajya Sabha the House of Elders! Any person who believes in Parliamentary proceedings stands hurt today
The behaviour meted out by some MPs against the Deputy Chairman is shameful and can not be condemned enough. Behaviour such as this has not only affected the Deputy Chairman’s image, but also Parliamentary respect
I congratulate PM Narendra Modi Ji and extend my best wishes to all the farmers of the country for the passage of the two govt’s bills in Parliament aimed at empowerment of farmers and betterment of agriculture. I thank all MPs and political parties who supported both the bills.
Two bills passed by Parliament; Farmers’ produce trade & commerce (Promotion & Facilitation Bill and Farmers (Empowerment & Protection) Agreement on Price assurance & farm services bill will help farmers giving freedom to sell anywhere & freeing them from clutches of middlemen.
MSP was offered to farmers before, is in force now and will remain in force in future and Govt. Procurement will continue.
These legislations will play a crucial role in fulfilling Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi Ji’s vision to double farmers’ incomes and better their lives
Now, farmer will be his own boss! He can make his own decisions!
The new legislation empowers farmers & gives alternative marketing channels including E marketing platform. Farmers can get better remunerative prices. Farm related problems can now be resolved at his doorstep.
It is Modi Ji’s government which has implemented Swaminathan Commission recommendations; given farmers “Kisan Samman Nidhi” scheme, offered farmers PM Crop Insurance scheme with low crop insurance premium and allocated ₹1 lakh crore fund for creating agricultural infrastructure.
In 2019 LS polls, Congress party stated they would end APMC market system. After these legislations, APMC market yards and MSP will continue.
Modi Ji’s govt is making better alternatives available to farmers. Why do Rahul Gandhi and Congress grudge farmers’ being empowered?
Congress party never undertook any reforms for empowerment of farmers. It neither had the time nor the will to help farmers.
Misleading the farmers and the poor is the age old habit of Congress. Farmers are aware of its duplicity & will not be swayed by its fake propaganda.
September 19, 2020.Reading time less than 1 minute.
Rajya Sabha passes the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill, 2020. The Bill seeks to temporarily suspend initiation of Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process (CIRP) under the Code for 6 months or such further period, not exceeding one year from such date.
Replying to a debate on Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (second Amendment)bill 2020 in Rajya Sabha , Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman clarified that the bill does not protect anyone who engages in fraudulent transactions.
LIVE : President Kovind addresses the Visitor’s Conference on ‘Implementation of National Education Policy 2020 – Higher Education’ :
I appreciate the efforts of Dr RP Nishank, Sanjay Dhotre, concerned officials at the Edu Min Of India and other institutions for completing the process of policy making. Dr Kasturirangan, and his team, who prepared the NEP2020, deserve special commendation.
NEP aims to reorient our education system towards meeting the needs of the 21st century. It sets the vision of developing an equitable and vibrant knowledge society by providing quality education to all. This calls for achieving the twin objectives of inclusion and excellence.
NEP seeks to discourage rote learning and overemphasis on marks or grades. It seeks to encourage critical thinking and a spirit of enquiry.
In our tradition Jigyasa or curiosity for learning was encouraged. It was given greater importance than Jigeesha or the wish to win a debate or argument.
Universities and institutes of higher education should be centres of innovation. They should provide innovative solutions to national and local problems. Community participation and use of local resources should be encouraged for providing solutions to local problems.
One of the targets of the NEP 2020 is to increase the Gross Enrolment Ratio or GER in higher education to 50 percent by 2035. Technology can help in achieving this target.
September 19, 2020.Reading time less than 1 minute.
Ahmed Patel, MP, Rajya Sabha, Congress :
Today in the house, I raised the issue of online classes being undertaken without any regulation, which has led to a digital divide between the rich and poor.
It is causing financial and mental trouble to some weaker sections of the society. Digital India should not increase the barrier between students. The government should regulate it for the poor and help the poor.