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.
New Delhi: Seeking requisite policy support and implementation measures, the industry on Friday said the Prime Minister gave clear signals to domestic and global investors to make India an international manufacturing and export hub.
"We are now confident that the 'Make in India' and 'Made in India' vision will be supported by requisite policy and implementation measures for enhancing the competitiveness of our manufacturing sector," Ficci said in a statement.
It also said the new structure that will replace Planning Commission will provide a concrete direction towards broad-based development and its monitoring.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to unveil an ambitious financial inclusion scheme on the Independence Day on Friday to provide bank accounts to 15 crore poor persons with an overdraft facility of Rs 5,000 and accident insurance of Rs 1 lakh.
The-two phase Financial Inclusion Mission, which has been approved by the Cabinet, will be formally launched by Modi here at the end of this month, sources said.
The government is gearing up to operationalise the scheme across the country on August 28 or 29, they added.
New Delhi, Aug 15 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi today extended his greetings to Indians around the globe on the occasion of the nation's 68th Independence Day.
"To all the Indians celebrating our Independence Day around the world, greetings from the Prime servant; I am not the Prime Minister but the prime servant. I would also like to salute the people of every generation who made sacrifices for Independence, spent their youth and life in freedom struggle. I salute those martyrs," said Modi.
Washington: Voted to power with an absolute majority for the first time in nearly three decades, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, considered as an able administrator, promises "a fresh engagement" with the US, a latest Congressional report has said.
Ahead of his maiden visit to the US as India's Prime Minister, the top American leadership including President Barack Obama have expressed an interest in revitalizing bilateral relations.
New Delhi, Aug 13 : Former Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor, supporting Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "proxy war" statement, said that India always believes in working towards peace.
He said that if Pakistan shows any signs of working against terrorism then the two countries would like to walk in the same path.
New Delhi, Aug 6 : External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj told the Lok Sabha today that Prime Minister Narendra Modi 's Nepal visit was not only historic, but also successful.
Making a suo motu statement in Lok Sabha External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said: "I rise to inform the august House of Prime Minister's historic and highly successful visit to Nepal on 3-4 August this year. I would like to begin by conveying our sincere gratitude to Prime Minister Sushil Koirala for the excellent arrangements and warm hospitality accorded to Prime Minister and the delegation."
Washington, Aug 6 - The eager courtship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi by the Obama Administration continues with a third cabinet-level visitor flying to India this week to whip up a respectable agenda for the September summit.
Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel will follow Secretary of State John Kerry and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, who went in a storm of lofty rhetoric only to come back chastened with loads of "homework" and a chiding that "friends shouldn't spy on friends" about US surveillance of friendly governments.
New Delhi: Opposition members in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday sought to rake up an rake up issue accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of not greeting Muslims on the occasion of Eid while noting that he had offered prayers in Nepal's famed centuries-old Pashupatinath Temple yesterday.
Raising the issue during zero hour, Trinamool Congress leader Sudip Bandhopadhyay recalled the Prime Minister's visit to the Pashupatinath Temple yesterday and his donation of ghee and 2500 kg of sandalwood.
New: Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned home on Monday, wrapping up his two-day official visit to Nepal, the first trip by an Indian premier to the neighbouring country in 17 years.
"The two prime ministers expressed satisfaction over the excellent state of Nepal-India relations that encompass a broad spectrum of political, economic, social and cultural ties that are deep-rooted at both government and peoples' levels," according to a joint statement issued at the conclusion of the visit.
Kathmandu: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday made an impromptu halt in a busy market in the heart of the Nepalese capital here during which he interacted with local people, just as he had done in Bhutan on his first foreign visit.
Modi, the first Indian premier to visit Nepal in 17 years, was travelling to the Constituent Assembly after having talks with his Nepalese counterpart Sushil Koirala.
Modi stopped his convoy and talked to the people before proceeding to the Constituent Assembly where he addressed the members.
New York: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to address the United Nations General Assembly on September 27, giving his first global speech to an audience of nearly 200 world leaders and foreign ministers at the annual gathering of the world body's policy-making organ.
According to a first provisional list of speakers released here, India's "Head of Government" is scheduled to address the General Debate of the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly on the morning of September 27.
New Delhi, Aug 1 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi met U. S Secretary of State John Kerry at 7 Race Course Road here today.
The two of them reportedly discussed bilateral as well as global issues of mutual interest to the countries.
This visit is also significant as it will create the ground for Modi's visit to the US in September this year.
Kerry is on a three day visit to India.
New Delhi: Chinese President Xi Jinping has agreed to create the "right conditions" to harness the true potential of ties with India after Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasised the need for respecting each other's "interests and concerns, including in the shared neighbourhood".
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and top leaders of BJP Tuesday reviewed the political situation in the national capital amid indication that the ruling party at the centre was bracing for fresh elections rather than cobbling together a government with support from MLAs from other parties.
Party sources said besides Modi the meeting was attended by Home Minister Rajnath singh, Finance & Defence Minster Arun Jaitley, External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari.
New Delhi: World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim will on Tuesday meet Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and thereafter Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday to review key development priorities.
Kim, who reached India today, visited the state of Tamil Nadu. "Tamil Nadu continues to be a source of development knowledge for projects across the world," Kim said.
Kim would meet the Finance Minister tomorrow and the Prime Minister day after, a source said. The World Bank group feels urbanisation can improve lives as 10 million people move into towns and cities every year in India.
New Delhi, July 19 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi has written to the Prime Minister of Netherlands, Mr. Mark Rutte, expressing his condolences on the loss of lives on board MH17.
PM Modi wrote that the people of India share the sorrow, and stand in mourning with the bereaved families and the Dutch people.
The Prime Minister also wrote that he hopes the circumstances of the disaster are established quickly and that such tragedies are prevented. (ANI)
Washington: A top American lawmaker has said Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to focus India-US partnership on an ambitious strategic agenda.
"It was my clear impression from meeting with the prime minister that he wants to focus our partnership on an ambitious strategic agenda," said Senator John McCain, who recently met Modi.
"That was certainly the impression we had as well in our conversation," Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nisha Desai Biswal said in response.
Brasilia (Brazil), July 17 : During his visit to Brazil to attend the VIth BRICS Summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also inaugurated the Indian Embassy building in Brasilia with the aim of establishing the country as a new global business centre.
Modi left Brazil on Thursday after attending the five-nation BRICS summit in the coastal city of Fortaleza.
During his visit, Modi met and held bilateral talks with Chinese and Russian President, Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin, on the sidelines of the BRICS summit.
Modi also met a group of South American leaders to foster cooperation between the two regions.
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