Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh holds talks with Korea counterpart in Seoul


Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh held talks with Minister of National Defence of Republic of Korea (ROK), Mr Jeong Kyeongdoo, on the second day of his three-day visit to ROK, in Seoul on September 5, 2019. During the talks, the two leaders comprehensively reviewed bilateral defence co-operation. The Ministers noted that defence co-operation lies at the heart of the Special Strategic Partnership between India and ROK. They discussed the ongoing co-operation at Service-to-Service level and prospects for enhanced co-operation between defence industries of India and Korea. The two Ministers also exchanged views on regional and international developments of mutual interest.

Two major agreements to further defence educational exchanges and extend logistical support to each other’s Navies were signed. The agreements will help enhance defence co-operation between two countries.

Shri Rajnath Singh also paid homage at the National Cemetery of Korea to the brave martyrs who had laid down their lives for the Korean nation. He also visited the War Memorial to which he presented a copy of the citation received by the Indian 60th Para Field Hospital for its exceptional contributions during the Korean War.

PM greets teaching community on Teachers’ Day; pays tributes to Former President Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan on his Jayanti


The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has greeted teaching community on the occasion of Teachers’ Day. Prime Minister has also paid tributes to former President Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan on his Jayanti.

“शिक्षक दिवस के अवसर पर सभी शिक्षकों को हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं। Teachers Day greetings to everyone. India pays tributes to Dr. S Radhakrishnan, an exceptional teacher and mentor, on his Jayanti”, the Prime Minister said.

He further explain that this is a day to salute the entire teaching fraternity for their hardwork, dedication and commitment. In addition to teaching subjects in the classroom, teachers are exceptional guides and mentors, who play prominent roles on the lives of their students.

The selfless nature of teachers is universally admired. Despite the busy schedules and familial responsibilities, teachers ensure that students are able to learn new ideas and concepts with ease.

Focus on outcomes:

Today, India is witnessing a paradigm shift in the education sector. We have moved away from the conventional approach of merely focusing on outlays and are now giving priority to outcomes. In this context, it makes me happy to see our teachers working hard to ignite a spirit of research and innovation among young minds. It is this spirit that will give our youth the power to do exceptional things for themselves and the nation.

Help curb single use plastic:

This Teachers’ Day, I have a request for my fellow teachers. As you are aware, India has taken up a mass movement to eliminate single use plastic. I seek the active support and participation of the teaching community in this movement. If teachers explain to the students the harm caused to our environment by single-use plastic and advice them to shun it, students will feel motivated to become a part of the cause. This would be a great tribute to beloved Bapu on his 150th Jayanti.

On this day, I also pay tributes to the great Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, a brilliant teacher and mentor himself. May his life inspire more people to join the teaching profession and shape young minds.

Teachers’ Day greetings once again!”

Raksha Mantri arrives in South Korea in the second leg of his two-nation tour


In the second leg of his two-nation tour to Japan and South Korea, Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh arrived in Seoul today from Tokyo.

He met Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea (RoK), Mr. Lee Nak-Yon and had a comprehensive interaction over a wide range of issues pertaining to bilateral ties between India and Republic of Korea. Shri Singh said that India and RoK are natural partners with many complementarities, while stressing that RoK’s ‘New Southern Policy’ and India’s ‘Act East Policy’ will provide a strong framework for future engagement and consolidation of Special Strategic Partnership between the two countries. During the meeting Raksha Mantri appreciated the Prime Minister of RoK for his continued efforts for peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula.

Quoting Gurudev Rabindra Nath Tagore who had once said that Korea was the ‘Light of East’, Shri Rajnath Singh said RoK continues to remain the ‘Light of East’.

During his 3-day visit to RoK, Raksha Mantri will have a dialogue with Jeong Kyeong – Doo, the Minister of National Defence, among other engagements.

India, Russia set to diversify & bolster bi-lateral ties: PM Narendra Modi


Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will embark on a three- day visit to Vladivostok in Russia this evening to take part in the 5th Eastern Economic Forum – EEF  summit. Prime Minister will be the Chief Guest at the 5th Eastern Economic Forum.  The Prime Minister will also attend the 20th annual summit between Russia and India during the visit.

Ahead of his visit, in his departure statement, Prime Minister said his visit to Vladivostok is the first-ever by an Indian Prime Minister to the Far East Region of Russia and it underlines the desire on the both sides to strengthen the bonds of robust bilateral relations. He said the EEF summit presents enormous potential for developing close and mutually beneficial cooperation between Rusia and India in this region.

He said India and Russia enjoy excellent relations, based on the strong foundation of special strategic partnership and also have robust and growing trade and investment opportunities. The Prime Minister said, Our strong partnership is complemented by a desire to promote a multipolar world and the two countries closely cooperate towards this end in regional and multilateral fora.

In Russia, Prime Minister would also visit to the Zvezda ship-building complex. In a tweet, Prime Minister said, It would present a great opportunity to learn about Russia’s exemplary capabilities in the ship-building sector as well as explore possibilities of cooperation in this area.

Prime Minister said, As a part of efforts to boost cultural cooperation, a special stamp to commemorate Gandhi Ji’s 150th Jayanti would be released. An innovative App to popularise Yoga would also be inaugurated. Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said, a gamut of issues related to enhancing cooperation in several areas are expected to figure during Prime Minister’s bilateral talks with Russian leadership.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah meets groups of representatives from Jammu and Kashmir


Union Minister of Home Affairs Shri Amit Shah met three different groups of representatives from Jammu and Kashmir today.

This was his first meeting with the representatives of sarpanches from various districts of Jammu and Kashmir after abrogation of Article 370. He also met representatives of fruit growers, agricultural markets and some members of local horticulture associations. He also met the representatives of the community of people displaced in the partition. All three delegations congratulated the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and the Union Home Minister for the courageous step of abolishing article 370 and 35A.

Shri Shah informed the delegation of sarpanches that henceforth the provisions of the 73rd and 74th  Constitutional Amendment Acts would be applicable to Jammu and Kashmir and this would serve to empower local governance and panchayati Raj institutions in Jammu and Kashmir.

On the issue of mobile connectivity and restoration of communications, the Union Home minister said that the issue would be expedited and that a solution would be found as quickly as possible. Greeting the sarpanches, Shri Shah hailed them as the leaders of Jammu and Kashmir and said that it would be their responsibility to ensure that the benefits of various government schemes would reach the correct beneficiaries and that an atmosphere of peace and prosperity is maintained. Shri Shah promised to begin recruitment for various government jobs at the earliest and said that the government would ensure merit-based recruitment of at least five aspirants from each village.

The representatives of fruit growers expressed their concern regarding the possibility of unsold and wasted produce. Shri Shah reassured them by saying that the government is in touch with concerned agencies to resolve the issue. He noted that with the abrogation of Article 370, the benefits of various government schemes like PM Fasal Bima Yojana would reach all farmers of Jammu and Kashmir now.

Shri Shah clarified that the statehood of Jammu and Kashmir would be restored as soon as the situation warrants, and asked the representatives to not believe any rumours. Shri Shah reassured the representatives that nobody’s land would be taken away and government land would be used for the establishment of industries, hospitals and educational institutions. This would not only create employment opportunities for the locals but also enhance tax revenues for the state, which in turn would be used for the welfare of the people.

Shri Shah said that it was essential to change the atmosphere and bring the people of Jammu and Kashmir to mainstream. Shri Shah promised to begin the process of Block level elections as quickly as possible. He told the representatives that your fight is against terrorism, as is ours, hence we should ensure an atmosphere of peace in Jammu and Kashmir at the earliest.

Shri Shah met the representatives of the displaced people who had initially registered in various stages of India but later settled in Jammu and Kashmir. Shri Shah assured them that they are being considered for inclusion in the scheme under which displaced families registered in Jammu and Kashmir are given financial assistance.

Home Minister Amit Shah, Working President J P Nadda meet former J&K guv Jagmohan


BJP National President Shri Amit Shah and party Working President Shri J P Nadda met former Jammu and Kashmir Governor Shri Jagmohan in New Delhi today.

The meeting was part of BJP’s Sampark Abhiyan to reach out to leading members of society over the Centre’s move to revoke provisions of Article 370.

The BJP has embarked on a month-long exercise to seek people’s support on the decision to end Jammu and Kashmir’s special status.

Party leaders and workers have been asked to fan out across the country to hold meetings as part of the outreach.

Civil Aviation Sector will Be the Driver of Our Economy: Hardeep Singh Puri


“This iconic infrastructure is a necessary step to up-scale the services and systems to ensure efficient, smooth and uninterrupted air traffic management” said Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State(I/c) Ministry of Civil Aviation& Housing & Urban Affairs after inaugurating Delhi Air Traffic Service Complex (DATS- Complex) – country’s tallest Air Traffic Control tower at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here today. The inauguration was attended by Shri Pradeep Singh Kharola, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Shri Arun Kumar, DGCA, Shri Anuj Aggarwal, Chairman, Airports Authority of India besides senior officers of AAI and MOCA.

Congratulating the efforts of AAI, Shri Puri Said, “The fast paced growth of Indian Economy is reflected in ever increasing passenger and cargo traffic of Indian Airports.  Civil Aviation sector will be the driver of Indian economy in the years to come”, he added.

Speaking at the event, Shri Pradeep Singh Kharola, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation said, “ It is the men behind the Machines who are crucial for any operations. We pay tribute to the committedAir Traffic Controllers across who are the unsung heroes crucial in making our flights safe in the skies.”

PM Narendra Modi greets the people on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi


The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has greeted the people on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi.

“सभी देशवासियों को पावन पर्व गणेश चतुर्थी की ढेर सारी शुभकामनाएं। गणपति बाप्पा मोरया! Wishing everyone a blessed Ganesh Chaturthi”, the Prime Minister said.

Rise above politics and stand united in matters of national security and integrity: Home Minister Amit Shah


Union Minister of Home Affairs Shri Amit Shah inaugurated several development projects in Silvassa today. Shri Shah expressed happiness while dedicating public projects of total worth more than 290 crore rupees to the people.

Shri Shah said that Silvassa saw development only after Shri Narendra Modi became Prime Minister in 2014. He added that in the last five years, water, electricity, sanitation and gas had reached every household of the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli.

Shri Shah praised Akshaya Patra foundation for their initiative of mid-day meal vans and said that this would help improve health and nutrition levels of children in the UT.

Shri Shah appreciated the Shram Yogi Prasad Scheme, which will provide affordable nutritious meals to labourers near their work areas.

Shri Shah noted that with the beginning of the academic year in Namo Medical College, more than 150 future doctors will be trained every year, which would cater to the medical needs of the surrounding area.

Shri Shah hailed the establishment of Jalshakti Mantralay as an unprecedented holistic approach to the water issue, and said that the move would yield great dividends in future.

Shri Shah noted that 3.5 lakh crore rupees had been allocated in the current year’s budget to ensure water supply to 14 crore households. He said that the government was committed to providing piped water to all households by 2022. He said that this decision of the Prime Minister will massively impact 130 crore people’s lives.

Flagging the issue of plastic usage and environmental crisis, Shri Shah appealed to women to substitute plastic bags with cloth bags and said that the Prime Minister’s vision of Swachh Bharat would get an impetus with this move.

Shri Shah said that under the leadership of Shri Narendra Modi, abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A led to complete integration of Jammu and Kashmir with India. He said that this decision would lead to development in the region and sound death knell for terrorism.

Shri Shah asserted that there has been total peace in Kashmir since the abrogation of Article 370. He said that not a single bullet or tear gas has been fired and not a single person has died in Kashmir after abrogation of Article 370.

Shri Shah appealed to those opposing the abrogation of Article 370 to rise above politics and stand united with the government in matters of national security and integrity.

Shri Shah laid foundation stone of Silvassa Education Hub and Paramedical Building. He launched the new tourism policy of the UT. He also flagged off of mid-day meal vans, inaugurated of youth hostel and launched Shram Yogi Prasad Scheme, which would provide affordable meals to labourers near their work areas.

“Sangathan Parv” – Membership Campaign 2019″: Working President JP Nadda says BJP to add 7 crore new members


Bharatiya Janata Party will soon touch the seven crore members mark through the membership drive that began on 6th of July and concluded on 20th of this month.

Working President Shri JP Nadda said, over 5 crore 81 lakh people have taken up membership through on-line mode and counting for off-line and other modes is in process. He said, before the drive, membership was of 11 crore and this time membership through on-line mode is more than fifty percent of the previous members strength.

Shri  Nadda said, during this period, a huge trend was seen in all sections to become a member of the BJP and people from all sections of society showed interest in joining BJP. West Bengal and Jammu and Kashmir also showed special trend regarding BJP membership.

Shri Nadda said, a plantation drive in view of environmental awareness were also carried out under the “Sangathan Parv” – Membership Campaign 2019″ program. A total of  19,66,074 trees were planted during this period.

AYUSH and Yoga are strong pillars of ‘Fit India’ movement: PM Narendra Modi


Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi  said the government has set a target of setting up 12,500 AYUSH centres across India. He said the government is trying to set up 4000 such centres this year itself.

Giving away Yoga Awards to the winners for Outstanding Contribution for Promotion and Development of Yoga in New Delhi, Shri Modi said 1.5 lakh health and wellness centres are being opened across the country.

The Prime Minister said AYUSH and Yoga are strong pillars of ‘Fit India’ movement. He attributed his health to Yoga, Pranayama and Ayurveda.

During the ceremony, Shri Modi released 12 commemorative postal stamps to honour eminent scholars, practitioners and Great Master Healers of AYUSH Systems.

Media freedom is the essence of democracy: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar


Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Environment, Forests and Climate Change Shri Prakash Javadekar said that Perform, Reform and Transform are the three pillars on which New India’s vision has been build upon. He was delivering the keynote address on the topic ‘New India: Government and Media’ at the News Conclave at Kochi, Kerala.

Shri Javadekar said that the New India envisioned by government will be corruption free, terror free, casteism free, communalism free and poverty free. “We have a diverse country. Diversity is the spirit of India. Live and let live is the basis of Indian philosophy”, he said.

The minister reaffirmed his government’s ever continuing commitment towards media freedom. “Media freedom is the essence of democracy. But it must be also understood that in a democratic civil society, freedom has to be responsible freedom. Responsible freedom is not regulated freedom; its self regulation using our own methods,” he said.

Union Minister said that incidents of mob lynching are even happening in the country due to rumours spreading in social media. This happens because of the absence of an authority or self regulatory mechanism in social media, he said.

Replying to questions, the minister said that the government welcomes all kind of criticism as they give insights into governance. “We believe in free institutions because they are the strength of democracy”, the minister added. Touching upon the media freedom in Kashmir, Shri Javadekar said that though there was a phase of reasonable restrictions, most of them have been being progressively removed every day; and we will have a completely normal, new Kashmir and new India.