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PM Modi hard sells Digital India to top Tech CEOs

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modi silicon valleyA Silicon Valley Update : Prime Minister Narendra Modi made his presence felt at the much awaited and highly talked about address, wherein Modi got an opportunity to address the CEOs from various houses of Silicon Valley. The top rank professionals lent their ears to the aspiring Digital diehard of Indian Political fraternity, the numero uno himself – the pioneer of Digital India.

Modi met CEOs again in this address at the mecca of technology, the United States of America, and at the no-land called Silicon Valley, and shared his deepest vision about India today, tomorrow and in the times to come, in the wake of digital revolution and overall connect with the global leaders of digital societies.

Pitching his pet Digital India initiative with the titans of the IT world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today promised to make governance more accountable and transparent while assuring data privacy and security. Speaking before a gathering of Silicon Valley CEOs, Modi announced plans to create more public Wi-Fi spots including 500 railway stations across India and an aggressive expansion of the National Optical Fibre Network to take broadband to 600,000 villages.

“As our economy and our lives get more wired, we are also giving the highest importance to data privacy and security, intellectual property rights and cyber security,” he said at a dinner interaction attended among others by Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayan, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Qualcomm executive chairman Paul Jacobs and Google CEO Sunder Pichai.

“We will transform governance, making it more transparent, accountable, accessible and participative,” Modi said, adding that E-Governance is foundation of better governance efficient, economical and effective. In a nation of one billion cell phones, M-Governance or mobile governance has the potential to make development a truly inclusive and comprehensive mass movement. “It puts governance within everyone’s reach,” he said.

Modi said Digital India was born out of conviction that it was possible to rapidly transform the lives of people on margins and touch the lives of the weakest, farthest and the poorest citizen of India as also change the way our nation will live and work.

“We will connect all schools and colleges with broadband.Building I-ways are as important as highways,” he said.

“We are expanding our public Wi-Fi hotspots. For example, we want to ensure that free Wi-Fi is not only there in airport lounges, but also on our railway platforms. Teaming up with Google, we will cover 500 railway stations in a short time,” he said.

The government, he said, wants to free citizens from the burden of excessive paper documents in every office. “We want paperless transactions. We will set up a digital locker for every citizen to store personal documents that can be shared across departments,” he said.

Setting up of Ebiz portal has made approvals for businesses and citizens easy and efficient, technology is being used to impart scale and speed to development, he said.

Calling for bridging the digital divide and promote digital literacy, Modi said in the same way that we seek to ensure general literacy, technology must be accessible, affordable and value adding.

Modi meets with Fortune 500 CEOs at the Dinner table

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modi dinnerNew York : It was dinner time and no ordinary dinner this was. It brought together the richie rich and top notch leaders of the world, each important in their own way. While one side of the table adorned CEOs of Fotune 500 companies, they were given company by the Numero uno of the vehicle called India – the very own Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Modi dined with over 50 CEOs of the Fortune 500 companies while continuing his pitch that India is open for business. The dinner event, organised by the prestigious Fortune magazine, was attended by some 47 top US CEOs on Thursday. Modi said governance reform is his number one priority, during a meeting with a group of top American CEOs with a collective net worth of USD 4.5 trillion.

Modi emphasised that reform in governance was his No 1 priority, and India is poised for simplified procedures, speedy decision making, transparency and accountability, Among the CEOs of Fortune 500 companies attending the event were Lockheed Martin, Chairman and CEO Marillyn Hewson, Ford President and CEO Mark Fields, IBM Chairman Ginni Rometty, Pepsi Co Chief Indra Nooyi, and Dow Chemical Chairman Andrew Liveris. Some of the CEOs attending the dinner described it as ‘report card,’ adding that this reflected a great transparency of the Modi Government.

Modi arrives in US with multiple agendas

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modi in USNew York : Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in United States of America, and made an entry into the visitor book of country heads, in the column titled ‘Second visit’ as this is his secnd US tour since attaining Prime Minister’s position in government of India. PM  was received at the JFK International Airport by Indian Ambassador Arun K Singh, India’s envoy to the UN Asoke Mukerji, Consul General Dnyaneshwar Mulay and their spouses. The hotel where he was suppose to stay put was brimming with supporters who wanted to get a glimpse of Modi. Modi later arrived at the Waldorf Astoria hotel here to a grand welcome by his supporters.

Modi has been given a jam packed schedule wherein he will address world leaders at a landmark UN sustainable development summit and interact with top CEOs and the Indian diaspora in the Silicon Valley. During his stay in the financial capital of the country for next two days, Modi will attend a roundtable on the financial sector. This would be PM’s effort in strengthening inflows of funds into India both via FII into bourses as well as investement in infrastructure and business platforms. India expects many FIIs to meet with Modi and show their keen desire to invest in India markets, hence this is getting termed as an important meeting.

Modi will also address and participate interactively in a conference on media and communications hosted by News Corp’s Rupert Murdoch. A dinner with the rich and famous is on the anvil when Modi will attend a scheduled dinner with Fortune 500 company CEOs. This lavish dinner must convert into rising fortunes for India’s partnership in business and economy, and pave way for deep pockets to come looking for investment opportunities in this part of the world. Modi has always claimed of his Gujarati-minded business shrewdness, and this is the bare minimum one could be rest assured about, when Modi meets with Fortune chart-toppers.

Destination California – that would be his next stopover, when Modi would fly to the West Coast for his visit to California from September 26-27. Modi’s acumen of wrapping up matters in meetings and forcing people from across the world to commit investment in India has been his USP since he took into the office, and it is expected that California adds to the list of wishful investors.

He will return to New York on September 28 for a bilateral meeting with President Barack Obama as well as to attend a high-level peacekeeping summit at the United Nations. On Friday, he will address global heads of state at the Sustainable Development Summit hosted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon when the new and ambitious post-2015 development agenda will be adopted.

India will also host the G-4 summit here on September 26, before Modi leaves for the West Coast for a packed two-day trip during when he will have meetings with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Google’s new CEO Sundar Pichai. He will also attend a grand community reception in San Jose.

Modi will also meet President Barack Obama on September 28, his third summit meeting with the President in about a year.

During his stay in the city, Modi will have meetings with French President Francois Hollande and heads of state from Bhutan, Sweden, Guyana and Cyprus, as well as the heads of state of Brazil, Japan and Germany at the G-4 summit on September 26.

Modi is expected to focus on giving a further push to early and urgent reform of the Security Council and to send an unambiguous message of zero tolerance against terrorism.

Meanwhile, officials said, Prime Minister Modi will not have a bilateral meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif during his current five-day trip to the US.

Politics is the art of deception

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modiNew Delhi : The debate of ruling government versus opposition has reached its boiling point wherein there are no holds barred in war of words and deeds between BJP and Congress. Elections forced Congress to vacate the centre and paved way for a promise-laden Modi-led BJP’s NDA Union government. However, while Congress wore the crown of thorns…oops scams, BJP has managed to adorn its crowning glory with jumlas, degree rows and miscalculated promises.

Result – Congress President Sonia Gandhi, while addressing a Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting this Tuesday, called Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a leader who made “Hawabaazi” (read empty hollow promises). She highlighted that Modi government has failed abysmally and stated evidence in support of her words – U-turn on land acquisition, downward slide of Indian economy, failure of Make In India’s job creation effort, total indecisiveness and random fluctuations on Pakistan policy, rewriting history by defaming Nehru and his clan, repression of media and being an RSS-controlled government (Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh).

Immediately, Minister of HRD Smriti Irani mounted a counter attack on Congress President and  Vice-President. Speaking on the Mother-Son duo,  Irani stated that Sonia Gandhi was attacking Modi just because Congress wanted to cover up its own failures.  Rahul Gandhi is the real Hawabaaz, said Irani, referring to Amethi land row, and added that Rahul was pretending to become the messiah of farmers. Irani accused Congress of emptying the coffers of government via innumerable larger-than-life scams.

To this, Veteran Congress Leader Ghulam Nabi Azad reacted saying, those without degrees could become Ministers and MPs, thanks to Congress contribution – which brought independence and democracy. Other spokespersons from Congress maintained that Irani should first come clean  on her fake degree scam and then speak on Sonia matters.

A blog written by senior Congress Leader Manishankar Aiyar highlighted the U-turn on Land ordinance. Referring to the original Land Bill passed by Congress-led UPA in 2013, Aiyar recalled how Sumitra Mahajan and Arun Jaitely, the present Lok Sabha Speaker and present Finance Minister, respectively, themselves sat through the entire bill-making process and validated it. Then, when BJP came into power, how these very own politicians joined the chorus of criticizing the 2013 Bill as anti-farmer and made amendments and imposed it via ordinance route. Aiyar smelled a Gujarat Model redo in centre on the recent lapse of Land ordinance. Aiyar claimed that Land ordinance was in total support of industrialists and resulted in farmers getting sidelined and financially being rooted out in the bargain.

NDA government’s U-turn and decision of not going forward with the ordinance and letting it lapse, conveys the dilemma of ruling union government. Connecting the dots, one reaches to the Patel reservation demand, which initiated from Modi-land Gujarat and is threatening to spread nationally, thanks to Hardik Patel. Can the land ordinance (imposed forcefully after NDA takeover in centre) be held responsible for threatening uncertainties in agriculture professionals, resulting in fear of joblessness and forcing them to demand reservation even via protests and agitations, is a point to ponder. Because, the same Land Bill which was criticized by one and all from ruling government stands accepted today by the very same government. All this is fueling the raging debate of Modi government having fallen flat on its face on promises, and lacking in deliverance.