PM Modi departs to US to attend UN General Assembly

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on way to United States on a seven-day visit to attend the UN General Assembly meet and various other programmes. He made a brief halt in Frankfurt en route to USA this morning. This year, the UN General Assembly has the theme Galvanizing multilateral efforts for poverty eradication, quality education, climate action and inclusion.

In his pre departure statement, the Prime Minister reiterated India’s commitment to reformed multi-lateralism, which is responsive, effective and inclusive. Mr Modi said that through his participation in UN events, he will showcase India’s success in realizing the Sustainable Development Goals.

Amit Shah launches Emergency Response Support System (ERSS- Dial 112) ‘E-Beat Book’ System and ‘E-Saathi’ App

Union Minister for Home Affairs, Shri Amit Shah launched three citizen centric services of the Chandigarh Police, in Chandigarh today. The services include the Emergency Response Support System (ERSS – Dial 112), ‘E-Beat Book’ System and the ‘E-Saathi App’. Shri Shah observed that the beat officer system has been the cornerstone of the Indian Policing system for ages and through suchCitizen Centric Services, a SMART Police force can be built in the country. He congratulated Chandigarh Police to have taken a lead in introducing such Citizen Centric Services in Policing.

ERSS is one of the key projects of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs under Nirbhaya Fund. It has been designed to play a pivotal role in mitigation or preventing escalation of crime, especially against women and children. ERSS provides a single emergency number (112), computer aided dispatch of field resources to the location of distress. Citizens can send their emergency information through call, sms, email and through the 112 India mobile app.

Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana Reaches One Crore Beneficiaries

Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) has achieved a significant milestone by crossing one crore beneficiaries. The PMMVY is a direct benefit transfer scheme under which cash benefits are provided to pregnant women in their bank account directly to meet enhanced nutritional needs and partially compensate for wage loss. Women and Child Development Ministry said, the total amount disbursed to the beneficiaries under the scheme has crossed four thousand crore rupees.

The scheme, under which the beneficiaries receive a cash benefit of five thousand rupees in three installments, was launched on 1st of January in 2017. They eligible beneficiaries also receive cash incentive under Janani Suraksha Yojana. On an average, a woman gets six thousand rupees.

Corporate tax rates slashed to 22% for domestic companies and 15% for new domestic manufacturing companies

Minister Of Finance and Corporate Affairs Smt Nirmala Sitaraman in a press conference in Goa today announced that corporate tax rates has been slashed to 22% for domestic companies and 15% for new domestic manufacturing companies.

“This relief in tax has been done through an ordinance to make certain amendments in the Income-tax Act 1961 and the Finance (No. 2) Act 2019”, informed Smt Nirmala Sitaraman.

The effective rate for domestic companies shall be 25.17 percent inclusive surcharge and cess and for new companies (i.e companies incorporated on or after 1st October 2019 with a condition to commence production on or before 31st March 2023) is 17.01 % inclusive of surcharge and cess, she added.

Minister also said that Government has also decided to expand the scope of CSR 2 percent spending. These decisions are taken to boost ‘Make In India’ projects and to promote research in the country, minister added. Minister also expressed confidence that the move is well studied whereby industrial growth and investment which is due to increase with this move will compensate revenue forgone for reduction.

Total revenue foregone for the reduction in corporate tax rate and other relief are estimated  to be at Rs. 1.45 lakh crore.

Joint Unveiling of Buddha Statue by PM Modi and President of Mongolia HE Khaltmaagiin Battulga

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and H.E. Mr Khaltmaagiin Battulga, President of Mongolia, jointly unveiled a statue of Lord Buddha and his two disciples, installed at the historic Gandan Tegchenling Monastery in Ulaanbaatar.

Prime Minister had offered prayers at the Gandan Tegchenling Monastery during his visit to Mongolia in 2015 and had announced to gift a statue of Lord Buddha to the monastery, underlining the common Buddhist heritage and civilizational links between our two countries and peoples.

The Statue depicts Lord Buddha in a sitting posture along with his two disciples conveying the message of compassion along with peace and co-existence. The statue was installed and consecrated at the Gandan Monastery earlier this month during the third edition of SAMVAAD dialogue held in Ulaanbaatar from 6 – 7 September 2019. Third edition of SAMVAAD dialogue brought together Buddhist religious leaders, experts and scholars from different countries to deliberate on contemporary issues related to Buddhism.

Rajnath Singh Becomes First Defence Minister to Fly in Indigenous Tejas

Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh today flew on familiarisation sortie on the indigenous fighter aircraft LCA Tejas in Bengaluru. In a tweet, the Defence Minister said flying on ‘Tejas’ was an amazing and exhilarating experience. He said Tejas is a multi-role fighter with several critical capabilities and is meant to strengthen India’s air defence capabilities.

Raksha Mantri described his experience of flying the fourth-generation aircraft as ’thrilling and special’. Congratulating HAL, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) for building the multi-role fighter aircraft, Shri Rajnath Singh said demand has been received for ‘Tejas’ from different countries. He expressed pride that India has reached a stage where fighter aircraft and arms & ammunition can be exported to the world.

Tejas, a single engine, delta wing, multi-role light fighter, was designed by the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and is produced by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the Indian Air Force.

Home Minister Amit Shah flags off Johar Jan Ashirvaad Yatra from Jamtara

BJP President and Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah has said that Jharkhand is progressing to become free from menace of Naxalism. He attributed the change to the developmental works done by the BJP Governments at the Centre and State. Flagging off Johar Jan Ashirvaad Yatra from Jamtara, Shri Shah listed out series of welfare works done by Narendra Modi Government and Raghubar Das regime and urged people to give another chance to the BJP in the upcoming assembly elections.

10 crore beneficiaries received e-cards for cashless treatment under Ayushman Bharat

Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan has said that 22 thousand health and wellness centres have been made functional and 10 crore beneficiaries have received e-cards under the Ayushman Bharat scheme.
Addressing media in New Delhi , Dr Harsh Vardhan said since the launch of the scheme, over 45 lakh patients have been admitted to hospitals to receive treatment under the programme.
The Minister said, Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana is completing its first year of launch on 23rd of this month and is being celebrated as Ayushman Pakhawada since last Sunday.
Giving credit to cooperative federalism approach in implementing the scheme, he informed that 32 States and Union Territories have already implemented it, except Delhi, Odisha, Telangana and West Bengal.

Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh green signals writing of India’s border history

Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh has given approval for initiating work of writing the history of the country’s borders. Raksha Mantri held a meeting with eminent personalities of Indian Council of Historical Research and officials of Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Directorate General of Archives, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Defence, here on September 17, 2019. It is proposed that the work will cover various aspects of borders including tracing its making; making & unmaking and shifting of borders; role of security forces; role of borderland people encompassing their ethnicity, culture and socio-economic aspects of their lives. The project is expected to be completed within two years.

Shri Rajnath Singh emphasised the importance of writing history of Indian borders reiterating that it would provide better understanding of the borders to the public in general and officials in particular. Raksha Mantri welcomed various suggestions and directed officials to consult experts on source material, broad contours, methodology and action plan required for completing this project expeditiously.

It is a first-of-its-kind project to make people aware of national borders and people living in the border regions.

Everyone must imbibe values from Ramayan: Home Minister Amit Shah

Union Minister for Home Affairs, Shri Amit Shah presided as Chief Guest over the 5th International Ramayan Festival organized by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), in New Delhi today.

The Home Minister said that ICCR was established with the vision of propagating Indian culture and its values to the whole world. There is no other better way to realize this vision than organizing the Ramayan festival, he added.

Shri Shah said that International Ramayan Festival is being organized for 5th year in row, during which 17 countries have participated with their artists and rendered their versions of Ramayan. Ramayan is one such scripture that has transcended Personal, Societal, Religious, Cultural and National boundaries and reached a Global audience, he added.

The Home Minister noted that Ramayan is the treasure of centuries old Indian culture and has solutions to all problems in the world. It is an unparalleled creation by Maharishi Valmiki on the life and values of an ideal human being. It beautifully depicts the highs and lows of human life and answers questions on morality and ethics arising out of difficult situations in life.

Shri Shah added that Ramayan goes beyond this and has even explained difficult concepts like good governance, art of war, science and technology, protecting dignity of women, among others, through conversations between the different characters in the scripture.

In the end, Shri Shah congratulated ICCR and its efforts to take Indian culture and its ambassador ‘Ramayan’, to the whole world. He concluded his address by appealing to all people to imbibe values from Ramayan in their lives and strive to become an ideal human being.

India to achieve USD 26 Billion Defence Industry by 2025: Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh

Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh has said the Government is committed to work towards achieving a USD 26 billion Defence industry by 2025. Addressing the second annual session of Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers here today, he said the Defence sector has been identified as one of the most prominent sectors under “Make in India” Initiative to realize USD 5 Trillion Economy by 2024.

Underlining the need to reduce dependency on arms imports, Raksha Mantri said several steps have been taken under the “Make in India” initiative to make the country a major Defence manufacturing hub and net Defence exporter. The Government would not hesitate to initiate more measures, if required, he added.


BJP Working President on Two-Days Pravas in Haryana

Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda, Working President of Bharatiya Janata Party, addressed a conference of the Shakti Kendra Pramukh and Palak of Karnal, Panipat, Kaithal and Kurukshetra held in Kurukshetra (Haryana) and urge the people of Haryana to elect the Bharatiya Janata Party government with more than three-fourth majority again under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. Shri Nadda is in Haryana on a two-days Pravas. Earlier, upon reaching Kurukshetra, Shri Nadda visited the leprosy ashram at Haripur village. After this, he went to the temple of Bhadrakali Shaktipeeth Sri Devikupa and offered prayers.

BJP Working President Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda also visited the family of martyr constable Hariom at Khungai (Haryana) and planted saplings on the occasion of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modiji’s Birthday today.