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Independence Day: Narendra Modi sends a clear message to China and Pakistan on terrorism and expansionism

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the Nation on the occasion of 74th Independence Day from the ramparts of Red Fort, in Delhi.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi chose the Independence Day to convey a stron message to both Pakistan and China by underscoring that from LoC to LAC, the Indian soldiers have given a befitting reply to those who have dared to challenge the sovereignty of India.

The Prime Minister was addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort, for the seventh time in a row, on the occasion of Independence Day. He was resolute in stating that the country was fighting terrorism and expansionism with firm determination.

In the backdrop of the border row with China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and many incidents of ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan, the Prime Minister particularly drew attention to China’s misadventure and cowardly attack on Indian troops in the Galwan Valley and said he salutes the brave Indian soldiers who are always ready for the supreme sacrifice to protect India’s territorial integrity and soverignty. The entire world has seen the bravery and the fighting spirit of the Indian soldiers in Ladakh, Modi observed.


Highlights from Prime Minister’s Speech

In this extraordinary time of Corona, Corona warriors have lived the mantra of ‘Seva Parmo Dharma.’  Our doctors, nurses, paramedical staff, ambulance personnel, safai karmacharis, policemen, service personnel and many people are working round the clock continuously.

Expressing grief over loss of lives in various parts of the country due to natural calamities, he reassured fellow citizens of full support in this hour of need.

India’s freedom struggle inspired the entire world. The idea of expansionism left some countries enslaved. Even in the midst of fierce wars, India did not allow its freedom movement to suffer.

Amid Covid pandemic, 130 crore Indians took the resolve to be self-reliant, and ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ is on the mind of India. This dream is turning into a pledge. Aatmanirbhar Bharat has become a ‘mantra’ for the 130 crore Indians today. I am confident of the abilities, confidence and potential of my fellow Indians. Once we decide to do something, we do not rest till we achieve that goal.

Today, the whole world is inter-connected and inter-dependent. It’s time for India to play an important role in the global economy. For this, India has to become self-reliant. From agriculture, space to healthcare, India is taking several steps to build Atmanirbhar Bharat. I am confident that measures, like, opening up the space sector will generate many new employment opportunities for our youth and provide further avenues to enhance their skills and potential.

Only a few months ago, we used to import N-95 masks, PPE kits, and ventilators from abroad. We not only made N-95 masks, PPE kits and ventilators during the pandemic, but were able to export these to all over the world.

Apart from ‘Make in India’, we must also embrace the mantra of ‘Make for World’.

National Infrastructure pipeline project worth Rs 110 lakh crore will boost our overall infrastructure projects. We will now focus on multi-model connectivity infrastructure. We can’t work in silos anymore; we need to focus on comprehensive and integrated infrastructure. About 7,000 projects of different sectors have also been identified. It will bring a new revolution in infrastructure sector.

How long will the raw material from our country become a finished product and return to India. There was a time when our agricultural system was very backward. The biggest concern then was how to feed the countrymen. Today, we can feed not only India but many countries of the world. Self-reliant India not only means reduction of imports, but also to increase our skills and our creativity.

The whole world has been noticing the reforms being pursued in India. As a result, the FDI inflow has broken all records. India witnessed 18% jump in FDI even during the Covid pandemic.

Who could have imagined that lakhs of crores of rupees would be directly transferred in the Jan Dhan accounts of the poor in the country? Who could have thought that such a big change would happen in the APMC Act for the benefit of farmers? One Nation-One Ration Card, One Nation – One Tax, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code and Merger of Banks is the reality of the country today.

We have worked for women empowerment- Navy and Air Force are taking women in combat, women are now leaders, and we abolished triple talaq, got sanitary pads to women for just 1 rupee.

My dear countrymen, we have been told here – Samarthyamool Swatantryam, Shrammulam Vaibhavam. The strength of a society, the freedom of any nation is its power, and the source of its prosperity and progress is its labor force.

7 crore poor families were given free gas cylinders, more than 80 crore people were provided free food with or without ration cards, about 90 thousand crores were directly transferred to bank accounts. Gharib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyan has also been started to provide employment to poor in their villages.

The campaign for Vocal for Local, Re-Skill and Up-Skill will bring about a self-reliant economy in the lives of people living below the poverty line.

Many regions of the country have also lagged behind in terms of development. By choosing more than 110 such aspirational districts, special efforts are being made there so that the people get better education, better health facilities, and better employment opportunities.

Self-reliant India has an important priority – self-sufficient agriculture and self-reliant farmers. To provide modern infrastructure to the farmers of the country, a few days ago  ‘Agriculture Infrastructure Fund’ of Rs 1 lakh crore has been created.

From this same Red Fort, last year, I announced the mission of Jal Jeevan. Today, under this mission, every day more than one lakh houses are getting water connection.

Professionals emanating from the middle class make their mark not only in India but in the whole world. The middle class needs opportunity, the middle class needs freedom from government interference.

This is also the first time when the EMI of a home loan for your home is getting a rebate of up to 6 lakh rupees during the payment period. Just last year, a fund of 25 thousand crore rupees has been established to complete thousands of incomplete houses

Education of the country has great importance in building self-reliant India, in building modern India, in building new India, in building prosperous India. With this thinking, the country has got a new National Education Policy.

In Corona’s time, we have seen what the role of Digital India campaign has been. Just last month, almost 3 lakh crore rupees have been transacted from BHIM UPI alone.

Before 2014, only 5 dozen panchayats in the country were connected with optical fiber. In the last five years, 1.5 lakh gram panchayats in the country have been connected with optical fiber. All 6 lakh villages in the country will be connected with optical fiber within coming 1000 days.

My dear countrymen, our experience says that whenever there is an opportunity for women power in India, they have brought laurels to the country, strengthened the country. Today, women are not only working in underground coal mines, but also flying fighter planes, touching new heights in sky.

Of the 40 crore Jan Dhan accounts opened in the country, about 22 crore accounts are of women only. At the time of Corona, in April-May-June, about thirty thousand crores of rupees have been directly transferred to the accounts of women in these three months.

When Corona started, there was only one Lab for Corona Testing in our country. Today there are more than 1,400 Labs in the country.

Another very big campaign is going to start in the country from today. This is the National Digital Health Mission. Every Indian will be given a health ID. National Digital Health Mission will bring a new revolution in India’s health sector. All your tests, every disease, which doctor gave you which medicine, when, what were your reports, all these information will be contained in this one health ID.

Today, not one, not two, three vaccines of Corana are currently under testing phase in India. As soon as the green signal is received from the scientists, the country’s preparation is also ready for mass production of those vaccines.

This year is the year of a new development journey of Jammu and Kashmir. This year is the year of rights for women and Dalits in Jammu and Kashmir! It is also a year of the dignified life of refugees in Jammu and Kashmir. It is a matter of pride for all of us that the representatives of the local bodies in Jammu and Kashmir are pushing forward a new era of development with activism and sensitivity.

By making Ladakh a Union Territory last year, the old demand of its people has been met. Ladakh, situated in the heights of the Himalayas, is moving forward today to touch new heights of development. Just as Sikkim has made its mark as an Organic State, in the coming days, Ladakh, will make its identity as a carbon neutral region, work is also being done in this direction.

A special campaign with a holistic approach to reduce pollution in 100 selected cities of the country is also being worked on.

India is fully sensitive to the preservation and promotion of its biodiversity. In the recent past, the tiger population has increased at a rapid pace in the country! Now a project lion for our Asiatic lions is also going to be started in the country. Similarly, Project Dolphin will also be launched.

From the LOC to the LAC, whoever has raised eyes on the sovereignty of the country, the country, the army of the country has responded in the same language. Respect for India’s sovereignty is supreme for us. What our brave soldiers can do for this resolution, what the country can do, the world has seen this in Ladakh.

A quarter of the world’s population lives in South Asia. We can create untold possibilities of development and prosperity of such a large population with cooperation and participation.

Our border and coastal infrastructure also have a huge role in the security of the country. Be it the Himalayan peaks or the islands of the Indian Ocean, today there is an unprecedented expansion of road and internet connectivity in the country.

There are more than 1300 islands in our country. In view of their geographical location, considering their importance in the development of the country, work is underway to start new development schemes in some of these selected islands. After Andaman and Nicobar islands, in the next 1000 days, Lakshadweep will also be connected to submarine optical fiber cable.

The expansion of NCC will be ensured to 173 border and coastal districts of the country. Under this campaign, special training will be given to about 1 lakh new NCC Cadets. In this also, about one-third of the daughters will be given this special training

Our Policies, Our Process, Our Products, Everything should be Best, Must be best. Only then will we be able to realize the vision of Ek Bharat-Shresth Bharat.

The middle class will be the biggest beneficiaries of ‘Ease of Living’; from cheap internet to economical air tickets, highways to i-ways, and from affordable housing to tax reduction – all these measures will empower the middle-class people of the country.

ISRO and the Modi Government’s resolve to send an Indian into space by 2022

Lalit Shastri

Experts connected with ISRO do not have even an iota of doubt about the capabilities of Indian scientists who have a proven record of trailblazing success and achievements when it comes to the Indian space programme.

In his address to the Nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the 72nd Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today (15 August 2018) said with Mangalyaan, the Indian scientists have proved their capabilities.

Stating that the country is progressing fast in its space missions, the Prime Minister underscored the scientists’ dream and announced the Government’s resolve that by 2022, when India celebrates 75 years of Independence or maybe even before that, some young boys and girls from India will unfurl the Tricolour in space.

Further, he announced “very soon as a part of our Manned-Space mission, we shall be sending an Indian into space…. through the pursuit of our esteemed scientists, and we will proudly find ourselves as the fourth such nation to have launched a successful Man Space Mission.”

Isro Chairman K Sivan told a section of media later today that the PM’s announcement came as a surprise. According to him, it is a great gift to ISRO and they were confident of sending Indians into space. He also said that all critical technology related to the project has been developed.

According to ISRO insiders, what the Prime Minister has announced can be achieved over a period of time but it will be difficult to accomplish the target within a short span of four years even with a budget of Rs. 10,000 crore (Rs 100 billion) which will be difficult to earmark. It is also being pointed out that India will have to take help either from the US or Russia if the Modi Government is determined about the 2022 deadline.

It is learnt that former ISRO chief Kiran Kumar was even asked to go to Russia, probably to explore collaboration for a manned space mission. It is also being pointed out that 7 to 8 years should be treated as the realistic time-frame if the Manned Space Mission Programme is put on the fast track without wasting any time.

Besides the huge budget, the manned space programme would require manpower in sizable numbers. This would call for a complex set of initiatives in several inter-connected areas, including a dedicated infrastructure, recruitment, training, rating of personnel and mastering of environmental controls.

The grapevine in ISRO circles is that the PM’s announcement is a direct corollary to too much being projected about ISRO’s preparedness. This is explicit from the ISRO chairman K Sivan’s statement that he was taken by surprise by the 2022 target given to his organisation by the Prime Minister. Sivan’s first reaction speaks volumes about the coordination between him, in his capacity as Chairman ISRO and Secretary Department of Space, and the Prime Minister. The surprise element (that too at his level) in this matter shows that the flow of inputs and information from his side on a continuous basis has led to the ambitious announcement. It remains to be seen whether or not man-rated vehicle and all the test facilities for this purpose could be commissioned in time to achieve the target or the results would come much later under a new ISRO chief.

Kashmir issue cannot be resolved by bullet or abuse: Narendra Modi

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today spelt out his government’s priorities by focusing attention on structural reforms across sectors, determination to combat terrorism and corruption, and the efforts being made to accelerate the momentum of growth.

The Prime Minister was addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort here on Independene Day.

At the outset Modi said, “People of India stand shoulder to shoulder with those affected due to natural disasters and the tragedy in Gorakhpur.”

The PM remarked that as the country marks 75th anniversary of Quit India, 100th anniversary of Champaran Satyagraha, 125th anniversary of Ganesh Utsav, each and every person must take the country ahead with the determination of creating a ‘New India’. “India witnessed her collective strength from 1942 to 1947. Similarly, next five years, 2017 to 2022 are crucial for the country’s progress”, the PM said.

1st January 2018 would not be an ordinary day, Modi said adding those born in this century would start turning 18. They are Bhagya Vidhatas of our nation (They are going to shape the destiny of our nation).”

Asserting that it was now time to leave the ‘Chalta Hai’ (accepting everything as OK) attitude and think of ‘Badal Sakta Hai'(bringing about change). “Badla Hai, Badal Raha Hai, Badal Sakta Hai… (things have changed, the situation is changing and we can bring about change) this should be our attitude”, Modi emphasised.

Prime Minister Modi said, “India’s security is our priority.” He lauded the role of the country’s jawans. He also announced the launching of a special portal on the gallantry award winners.

Modi praised the people for the successful implementation of GST. “GST has shown the spirit of cooperative federalism. The nation has come together to support GST & the role of technology has also helped”, he said.

The PM expressed grave concern about terrorism and remarked that there was no question of being soft on terrorism or terrorists. “The world is with us in fighting the menace of terror. I thank all nations helping us in this”, he said.

Modi said that only the spirit of brotherhood can solve the Kashmir issue. “We have to work for the progress of Jammu and Kashmir. “Na Gaali Se, Na Goli Se, Samasya Suljhegi Gale Lagane Se” (Not by bullet or abuse but only by embracing each other we can bring a change).

Reposing faith in the strength of eastern India, the Prime Minister stated, “We are taking the nation on a new track of development and are moving ahead with speed. We are devoting significant attention to eastern India- Bihar, Assam, West Bengal, Odisha, Northeast. These parts have to grow fast.”

The PM said that government would take strong action against corruption and the corrupt. “We won’t allow any more loot in the country. Those who have looted must be answerable.”

Modi said that everyone must be a part of the journey of building a ‘New India’ where farmers are not in distress, women get opportunities to flourish, a country free from evils of terrorism, communalism and casteism, a country free from corruption, a clean and healthy India.”

PM launches website to honour gallantry award winners

Prime Minister today launched a new website today to honour all the gallantry award winners since Independence.

Announcing the launch of the website http://gallantryawards.gov.in/ in a series of tweets, the Prime Minister said the portal will preserve and tell the stories of our bravest men and women, civilians as well as armed forces personnel.

Violence has no place in India: Narendra Modi

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Prime Minister Narendra ModiNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said from the ramparts of Red Fort in the capital that violence has no place in our country. This country will not tolerate terrorism and Maoism.

Addressing the people on Independence Day, Modi said I tell those who believe in human values, to weigh in the scale of humanity, when innocent children were massacred in a school in Peshawar. In India, every school was weeping, there were tears in the eyes of every parliamentarian. That was a reflection of our human value, but look at the other side which glorifies terrorists

The Prime Minister said he keeps telling the neighbouring countries, “let’s fight poverty, by fighting our own people we will destroy ourselves, only by fighting poverty together will we prosper.

Thanking the people from Balochistan, Gilgit and Pak occupied Kashmir, Modi said in the last few days, the way the people of Balochistan, Gilgit, from Pak occupied Kashmir have thanked him, it is the honour of 1.25 billion people of India.

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