Tokyo, Sept 1 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that India considers Japan among its closest and most reliable partners.
"I am delighted to be in Japan. After assuming the office of Prime Minister, I had taken a decision that my first bilateral visit outside South Asia would be to Japan. It is my great fortune that Prime Minister Abe gave me the opportunity to fulfill my desire within 100 days of my assuming office," said Prime Minister Modi in his remarks at the joint press briefing with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.
Tokyo, Sep 1 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe affirmed the importance of civil nuclear cooperation between the two countries and welcomed the significant progress in negotiations on the agreement for cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.
They directed their officials to further accelerate the negotiations with a view to concluding the Agreement at an early date, and strengthen the two countries' partnership in non-proliferation and nuclear safety," said the Tokyo Declaration for India-Japan special strategic and global partnership
Tokyo: As Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised speedy clearances for Japanese investments, ICICI Bank chief Chanda Kochhar on Monday said India can get billions of dollars of fresh investments from Japan.
Kochhar, who is part of a high-level business delegation that has come here for Modi's first official visit as Prime Minister, said that ICICI Bank will play a major role in arranging funds for Japanese investments into India.
The areas that can attract such investments include railways, smart city projects, biotechnology, clean energy, electronics and the overall infrastructure space, Kochhar told PTI in an interview here.
New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said India sees possibility of a new era of cooperation with Japan in high-end defence technology and equipment and noted that progress has been made in parleys on civil nuclear agreement and amphibious aircraft deal between them.
"In the field of defence and security, I feel time has come for us to upgrade our relations. I see in the recent changes in Japan's defence export policies and regulations a possibility to engage in a new era of cooperation in high-end defence technology and equipment.
New Delhi : After Governors, the Narendra Modi government is removing independent directors appointed by the previous UPA regime on PSU boards, beginning with sacking of four directors on the board of Indian Oil Corp (IOC).
IOC, the nation's largest company, in a filing to the stock exchanges said, "K Jairaj, Nesar Ahmad, Sunil Krishna and Sayan Chatterjee have ceased to be Independent Directors on the Board of the company on August 27, 2014."
New Delhi, Aug 28 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi formally launched the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana here today, stating that the scheme will be the first step for many towards being a part of the economy.
The Prime Minister said, "I believe that whenever someone opens a bank account, it is their first step towards being a part of economy."
New Delhi, Aug 28 : Responding to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's tweet on Thursday, his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe said he was eagerly awaiting the former's arrival in Kyoto.
"India has a special place in my heart, eagerly waiting for your arrival in Kyoto," tweeted Shinzo Abe
"Your first visit to Japan as Indian PM will add new chapter to our strategic partnership," Abe said, adding, "Together we can do a lot for peace and prosperity in the world."
New Delhi, Aug 27 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi today set up a committee to identify obsolete laws within a time frame of three months.
He called for a focused and result-oriented exercise to systematically weed out archaic laws and rules. The Committee will also examine Acts and Rules which may have become obsolete within the last ten to fifteen years. The newly-constituted Committee will examine all Acts recommended to be repealed by the Committee on Review of Administrative Laws, which had been appointed by the Union Government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 1998.
New Delhi, Aug 25 : Visiting United Kingdom Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on Monday promised to facilitate "Ache Din" or "Good Days" for the Narendra Modi-led NDA Government from London while addressing Indian and British business leaders in the national capital.
" Narendra Modi and BJP's campaign slogan was 'Ache din aanne wale hai' - Good times are coming. My message today is that Britain is ready and able to help India build that brighter future," said Clegg.
New Delhi : The Planning Commission has called a meeting of its former Deputy Chief and members on Tuesday to deliberate on the structure of the new body which will replace the 64-year-old institution.
"It is correct that they have called a meeting. They have invited me. But I will not be in Delhi so I would send my comments in writing to them," former Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia told PTI.
New Delhi, Aug 22 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed Conference of Chairmen of Boards of Governors, and Directors of IITs at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, where he exhorted them to provide innovative solutions to problems faced by the common people in their day-to-day life.
At the conference named 'Science is Universal', PM Modi said that technology must be local.
New Delhi - Taking a step further towards scrapping the Planning Commission, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday invited ideas from the people on the new institution to replace the plan body.
The government also announced creation of a special open forum on the website mygov. Nic. In for suggestions on the new institution.
"We envision the proposed Institution as one that caters to the aspirations of 21st century India and strengthens participation of the States.... Let the ideas flow," the Prime Minister said in a statement.
New Delhi, Aug 18 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the four-laning of the over 160-kilometer-long national highway from Kaithal to the Haryana-Rajasthan border at Kaithal tomorrow.
This road will pass through Kalayat, Narwana, Barwala, Hisar and Siwani towns. The project shall benefit the people of four districts in terms of improved living standarda, safe connectivity and economic prosperity, an official press statement said.
Twenty-three underpasses and over 20-kilometer-long service roads are proposed in the project near villages which shall ensure the safety of the pedestrian and the people residing off the highway.
New Delhi, Aug 17 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi today greeted the nation on the auspicious occasion of Janmashtami.
In a tweet, Prime Minister Modi said, "Greetings on Janmashtami! May Lord Krishna bless our lives with peace, prosperity and happiness."
Lord Krishna is said to have been born at midnight on the ashtami or the 8th day of the Krishnapaksha or dark fortnight in the Hindu month of Shravan (August-September). This auspicious day is called Janmashtami. (ANI)
New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government has put on hold the proposal of the Empowered Committee of state FMs on GST to visit China and Russia on a 16-day study tour.
This was the seventh overseas visit planned by the Empowered Committee to study the structure of Goods and Services Tax (GST) since 2006.
The government, which has imposed restrictions on overseas visits by officials and senior government functionaries, has deferred the proposed tour, sources said.
Solapur : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said his government was aiming at providing 24-hour power supply across the country as he outlined his vision for infrastructure development with a nationwide network of roads, power transmission lines and power and water grids.
He also equated saving of electricity with service to the nation.
New Delhi : Do you know the origin of the name "Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna", a scheme to financially empower the poor, announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday?
The name was selected through a contest on 'Mygov' website launched by Modi last month to enable common people to share their thoughts and ideas.
It was chosen after scrutinizing 6,000 entries from all over the country.
Under the scheme announced by Modi in his Independence Day speech, poor people will get bank accounts with debit cards along with an insurance cover of Rs one lakh each.
Washington: Hailing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Jan Dhan Yojna', the US-India Business Council (USIBC) today described it as an "important step" toward the next stage of India's social and economic development.
In a statement, USIBC said Modi's announcement of "a new pan-India comprehensive financial inclusion plan that expands access to financial services to a wider cross-section of India's citizens" is "an important step toward the next stage of India's social and economic development".
New Delhi : Expressing the government's resolve to move towards the goal of 'Digital India', Prime Minister Narendra Modi today underlined the need for using information technology to improve governance and spread education and medical facilities.
"Youth belonging to the IT profession have paved the way for establishing India's new identity in the world. Digital India is our dream for the nation. When I say 'digital India' it is not meant for the rich but for those who are poor,"he said in first speech from ramparts of Red Fort here.
New Delhi: The 64-year-old Planning Commission, a vestige of the socialist era, will soon become history.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his Independence Day speech, today announced that the Commission, set up in 1950 at a time when government gave public sector the commanding heights of economy, would be abolished and replaced with a more relevant institution.
Greatly impressed by the Soviet planning system, the country's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru had set up the Planning Commission to steer the nation's economic destiny.
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