Thank President Sadyr Japarov of Kyrgyzstan for receiving me so warmly: Dr S Jaishankar

Dr S Jaishankar – External Affairs Minister :

Delighted to arrive in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan at the invitation of FM Ruslan Kazakbaev. Looking forward to a productive visit.

Cordial and constructive talks with FM Ruslan Kazakbaev of Kyrgyz Republic. Agreed on USD 200 million LoC to support development projects. Also concluded an understanding on executing high impact community projects.

Discussed need for early travel of Indian students and more liberal visa regime. Reviewed our defence and security cooperation positively. India and Kyrgyz Republic have a shared approach to developments in Afghanistan.

Very pleased to gift Indian epics and classics to the Manas-Mahatma Gandhi library in Bishkek. Applaud the leadership of Prof. Turgunaliev in strengthening our cultural cooperation.

Released a dictionary of common words in Hindi and Kyrgyz languages along with FM Kazakbaev. Thank ICCR and Kyrgyz State Language Commission for this initiative.

Thank President Sadyr Japarov for receiving me so warmly. Conveyed greetings of PM Narendra Modi . Appreciate his strong commitment to advance our Strategic Partnership. Discussed expanding our economic and development partnership and people to people contacts.

Also exchanged assessments on Afghanistan.

Paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi at his statue in Bishkek. Interacted with Indian students who joined me on the occasion.

The UT of J&K marks a new dawn for air connectivity in the region, drastically reduces VAT on Aviation Turbine Fuel from 26.5% to 1%: JM Scindia

JM Scindia – Union Minister:

The UT of J&K marks a new dawn for air connectivity in the region.

Following the lead of the pro-active governments of Uttarakhand and Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the UT of J&K has also drastically reduced VAT on ATF from 26.5% to 1%.

I thank Sh Manoj Sinha Ji for his prompt action owing to his commitment to bring prosperity to J&K. I also thank the two states and the UT of J&K for being the first movers in heralding a new course for aviation in their States.

I would also urge the remaining States to emulate, and get on to the bandwagon of greater regional connectivity. Lower operational costs for airlines has a causal effect on flight connectivity.

Given the disruption caused by the pandemic, it is important that States collaboratively work with Ministry of Civil Aviation to not just bring the sector back on track, but also trigger greater economic activity in their respective regions.

AP CM YS Jagan offers Silk Vastrams to Lord Sri Venkateswara at Tirumala

CMO Andhra Pradesh:

On behalf of the Andhra Pradesh Government, Chief Minister YS Jagan presented silk vastrams to Lord Sri Venkateswara on the occasion of Tirumala Brahmotsavam

Vedic scholars offered Tirtha Prasadam to the Chief Minister and blessed him.

Later the CM participated in the Garuda Vahana seva.

He also released the 2022 TTD Diary and Calendars

Today, I met Shri Pratapsingh Rane, the six time CM of Goa who held the office for 18 years: P Chidambaram

P Chidambaram – Former Union Finance Minister:

Today, I met Shri Pratapsingh Rane, the six time CM of Goa who held the office for 18 years.

He laid the foundation for the prosperity and development of Goa and built modern Goa.

His knowledge and wisdom will guide the Congress party as we prepare to contest the next Assembly election in 2022.

The 20th-century tendency of trying to rule the space & the space sector, divided the countries of the world. Now in the 21st century, India will have to ensure that space plays an important role in uniting & connecting the world: PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister’s Office:

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi launched Indian Space Association (ISpA) today via video conferencing. He also interacted with representatives of the Space Industry on the occasion.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister noted the birth anniversary of two great sons of the country, Bharat Ratna Jayaprakash Narayan and Bharat Ratna Nanaji Deshmukh today. These two great personalities have played a huge role in giving direction to post-independence India. They showed how, by taking everyone along, with everyone’s efforts,  major changes become reality for the nation. Their philosophy of life inspires us even today,  the Prime Minister said paying tribute to the two personalities.

The Prime Minister stressed that there has never been such a decisive government in India as it is today. The major reforms that are happening in India today in the Space Sector and Space Tech are an example of this. He congratulated all of those present for the formation of the Indian Space Association – (ISpA).

The Prime Minister remarked that the Government’s approach to space reforms is based on 4 pillars.

First, the freedom of innovation to the private sector.

Second, the role of the government as an enabler.

Third, preparing youth for the future.

And fourth, to see the space sector as a resource for the progress of the common man.

The Prime Minister said that the space sector is a major medium for the progress of 130 crore countrymen. He remarked that for India, the space sector means better mapping, imaging and connectivity facilities for the common people. Also, the space sector means better speed from shipment to delivery for entrepreneurs, this also means better security and income for fishermen and better forecast of the natural calamity,  he added.

The Prime Minister remarked that a self-reliant India campaign is not just a vision but also a well-thought, well-planned, integrated economic strategy. A strategy that will make India a global manufacturing powerhouse by enhancing the skills capabilities of India’s entrepreneurs and India’s youth.

A strategy that will make India a global centre of innovations, based on India’s technological expertise. He added that it is a  strategy, which will play a big role in global development, enhancing the prestige of India’s human resources and talent, globally.

The Prime Minister said the government is moving ahead with a clear policy regarding public sector enterprises and is opening most of these sectors to private enterprises where the government is not required. The decision regarding Air India shows our commitment and seriousness, he said.

The Prime Minister said that, during the last 7 years, space technology has been converted into a tool of last-mile delivery and leakage-free, transparent governance. He gave examples of the use of geotagging in housing units for the poor, roads and infrastructure projects. Development projects are being monitored by satellite imaging. The space technology is being used in settlement of Fasal Bima Yojna claims, NAVIC system is helping fishermen, disaster management planning is also being carried out through this technology, the Prime Minister informed.

The Prime Minister emphasized the importance of making technology accessible to everyone. Giving an example of digital technology, he said that India is among the top digital economies today because we could make the power of data accessible to the poorest of the poor.

Talking about the young entrepreneurs and startups, the Prime Minister said that the government encourages industry, young innovators and startups at every level.  He elaborated that to develop a strong startup ecosystem, a platform approach is very important.

He defined the platform system as “an approach where the government creates open-access public controlled platforms and makes that available to the industry and enterprises. Entrepreneurs prepare new solutions on this basic platform”.

The Prime Minister illustrated this with the example of the platform of UPI which became the basis of a strong fintech network. He said similar platforms are being encouraged in space, geospatial fields and for use of drones in various areas.

The Prime Minister expressed the hope that through the suggestions of the gathering today and active engagement of the stakeholders very soon a better Spacecom policy and Remote Sensing Policy will emerge.

The Prime Minister noted how the 20th-century tendency of trying to rule the space and the space sector, divided the countries of the world. Now in the 21st century, India will have to ensure that space plays an important role in uniting and connecting the world, he concluded.

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Seven High Court judges transferred

In exercise of the power conferred under the Constitution of India, President of India, in consultation with Chief Justice of India, is pleased to transfer the following High Court Judges.

KIREN RIJIJU – UNION MINISTER

I bow to Maa Katyayani: PM Narendra Modi

I bow to Maa Katyayani.

May her blessings remain upon us and may they further the spirit of brotherhood and compassion in our society.

PM narendra Modi

Sri Sri at Sunrise

Joy is the realisation that there is no vacation from Wisdom:
SriSri

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