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Before leaving for his first World Economic Forum meet in Davos, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi said “the world wants to communicate directly with India”, underlining the importance the country gained in the last few years. “World Economic Forum is world’s biggest financial forum. Davos has become the biggest congregation of economic world and I feel proud to present them the success story of 125 crore Indians,” Shri Modi said on January 19, 2018 , adding that the world economy was focused on India, its big market and demographic dividend. The Prime Minister pointed out that India’s growth in economic reforms had been “tremendous”. He explained that after 30 years, the government at the Centre enjoyed a full mandate and that too “has attracted the attention of the world and changed the nature of interaction”. Shri Modi will be the first Indian Prime Minister to attend Davos in two decades — after HD Deve Gowda in 1997.
(THE DNA, January 20, 2018)


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Jan 19, 2018 said GST and demonetisation are not the only achievements of NDA government and there are many others like financial inclusion, toilet construction and electrification that can be talked about for days together. Talking to media persons on expectations of a populist budget being in the offing ahead of the next general elections, Shri Modi said the only focus of his government is “development, development and development, whether it is the first or the last budget and whether there are elections or not”. “Sabka saath, sabka vikas (development for everyone) is my mantra” and whatever is required for that, government has been doing and will do, the Prime Minister said. Shri Modi said the discussions on Goods and Services Tax (GST) began during the first NDA government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, but the UPA regime could not address the concerns raised by different states.
(THE DNA, January 20, 2018)

Like festivals, the dates for polls should be fixed: PM MODI

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on January 19,2018 pushed for holding Lok Sabha and Assembly elections simultaneously, saying it will save a lot of time and money. In an interview to Zee News, he said like festivals, the dates for polls should be fixed so that the politicians and the bureaucracy are not involved in the exercise of campaigning and holding elections throughout the year. He also batted for having a single electoral roll for Lok Sabha, Assembly and Local Body polls. To a question, he said the agenda of simultaneous polls does not belong to the BJP or Modi, but everyone must come together to brainstorm.
(THE Zee News, January 20, 2018)

Modern education required in Islamic Institutions and Sanskrit schools to face competition: YOGI ADITYANATH

UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said closing Madrassas is not a solution and said providing modern education not only in Islamic institutions but also in Sanskrit schools required to face competition. Shri Adityanath said the country was not able to utilise energy of those “misguided” in ‘rashtra nirman’ (nation building) and stressed that quality education was the solution. “We can think about modernization of Madrassas. Closing them down is not a solution but timely improvements should be considered. I also ask Sanskrit schools that besides imparting traditional education they should give computer, English, Science and Mathematics education to face competition,” he said. He was addressing a coordination meeting of minority welfare ministers of nine states including Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttrakahand, Jammu and Kashmir, Bihar, Delhi and Punjab.
(HINDUSTAN TIMES, January 19, 2018)
(Compiled by Pankaj Anand)