Sunday, November 25, 2018

Recognizing one’s merit is part of Indian culture, says Vice President

Recognizing one’s merit is part of Indian culture, says Vice President

‘Recognizing one’s merit is part of Indian culture’. The Vice President of India Shri. M Venkaiah Naidu said today. He was addressing the gathering at the ‘Jashn-E-Youngistan’ event organized by the News 24 Channel here in New Delhi today. Jashn-E-Youngistan honored those promising young stars who have made their mark in their respective fields of achievement.

The Vice President expressed hope that such awards would inspire other youngsters to excel. Shri. Naidu spoke of the great demographic dividend at the cusp of which India stands today and added that we must do our best to empower the youth of our country.

Shri. Naidu said that India was once known as the ‘Vishwa Guru’, the teacher to the world. He added that India has also always been known for its liberal attitude. ‘We believe in the philosophy of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’. Share and care is core of Indian philosophy’ he said.

Applauding the novelty of the idea of Jashn-E-Youngistan, Shri. Naidu reasoned that the enrichment of the softer aspects of our society through arts and other cultural pursuits would only add to India’s growth and prosperity. He added that we must therefore encourage and promote human endeavor in these fields.

The Vice President said that our civilization is the oldest and has survived for so long because of our firm belief in the power of love and peace and because of the values of empathy and kindness that is inherent in our cultural tradition.

Expressing concern about the rising violence in the world, Shri. Naidu hoped that India’s neighbors would stand by us in our quest for peace and prosperity. He also said that we have to transform the nation for the betterment of all people.

The Vice President called on youth to participate actively in the momentous task of nation building. ‘There is enormous interest in India’s growth story around the world. India is the fastest growing economy’ he added.

The Vice President said that awards such as these would encourage people to take inspiration from the remarkable stories of the youth icons who have excelled in art, science, music, cinema and other fields.

Shri. Naidu spoke about the need for government programs and schemes such as Swachch Bharat, Beti Bachao, Clean India which are meant for the welfare of all people to become mass movements to realize their actual goals.

Denouncing discrimination in all forms, Shri. Naidu said that we must strive to put an end to such abhorrent practices. He added that it is atrocious to think about caste at this day and age.

He opined that the media should follow some standards and said that News and views should not be mixed. ‘Allow people to decide what is good and what is bad’, he added.</>

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

India is witnessing an Urban Renaissance, says Vice President

India is witnessing an Urban Renaissance, says Vice President

The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that India is witnessing an urban renaissance and has been set in motion. He was interacting with the Mayor of Houston, USA, Mr. Sylvester Turner, who called on the Vice President along with a high level trade and investment delegation including counselors, city planners, urban development officers and members of the Indo-American Business Chamber, in Mumbai today.

The Vice President said that Government’s initiatives such as Smart Cities, AMRUT Mission, Housing for all are changing the urban landscape by providing amenities to common man at an affordable price. A good beginning has been made and it needs to be taken to its logical conclusion to realize a new and resurgent Urban India, he said. With a new found spirit of confidence and a healthy competition among cities to improve urban amenities and quality of life of citizens, he added.

Shri Naidu said that the ultimate aim of the Government is to recast the urban landscape of our country and to ensure decent living for the rapidly growing urban citizens besides making our cities and towns dynamic engines of economic growth.

The Vice President informed the delegation about the transformative changes brought into governance by the government, and said it empowered state and city governments in respect of project formulation and appraisal under new urban missions in conjunction with capacity building.

The Vice President said that as 70% of our urban population are residing in 500 cities and towns a comprehensive five year action plans for addressing infrastructure deficit in a focused manner are being prepared for the first time to have an affordable and sustainable urban infrastructure that is inclusive in nature. 

The Vice President said that 100 such Smart Cities are being built now in India that would act as lighthouses to inspire, motivate and encourage others to build more Smart Cities. He further said that a Smart city is one that is liveable and lovable – a comfortable and happy place for the citizens. Architectural planning of smart cities must have provisions for pedestrian passes, cycle tracks and more greenery, as that will enhance the health of citizens, he added.

The Vice President said that India and United States being the largest and oldest democracies in the world should come together and strengthen the existing relationship to foster new ties.

The Mayor appreciated the reforms that are being implemented in India and was all praise for India’s growth. He said that India is the fastest growing economy in the world. The Mayor expressed interest to further strengthen the existing cooperation with India, in the fields of Education, IT, Health and urban planning, transfer of technologies in various sectors.</>

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

India’s commitment to support Africa has been acknowledged by the Africa, says Vice President

India’s commitment to support Africa has been acknowledged by the Africa, says Vice President

Extending India’s continuous engagement with Africa, the Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has successfully completed the three nations visit to Botswana, Zimbabwe and Malawi, today. During his weeklong visit, he held wide range discussions with the President of Botswana, Mr. Mokgweetsi Masisi, the President of Zimbabwe, Mr. Emmerson Mnangagwa and the President of Malawi, Mr. Peter Mutharika and other leaders in line with Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi had recently set out 10 guiding principles to enhance our engagement with Africa.

The Vice President was received with great warmth and affection in all the three nations. The President of Botswana broke protocol and flew back from his visit to Mozambique to meet the Vice President when he was leaving for Zimbabwe at the airport.

The President of Zimbabwe, Mr. Emmerson Mnangagwa spent more than an hour with Shri Naidu to discuss various issues of mutual interest and in Malawi, the President hosted luncheon in the honour of the Vice President where the first lady was also present. 

The Vice President’s visit was very significant as this was the first high level visit after a significant gap to these three countries.  In fact, in Zimbabwe, it was after 21 years. 

Speaking to media onboard Air India One, the Vice President said that with the high level visit of the Vice President, India has been able to make 29 visits to Africa at the level President, Vice President and Prime Minister and called it an unprecedented feat. He further said that his visit would help to build on strong foundations and take relations to next level by reinforcing existing ties and forging relationship in new areas. The outcome of my visit clearly indicates that this has been achieved, he added.

India’s commitment to support Africa in its developmental process and its efforts in improving diplomatic, bilateral and people-to-people contacts have been unequivocally acknowledged by all the three Presidents, he said.

The Vice President said that Zimbabwe President openly thanking India for standing by the country during their period of isolation was recognition to India’s commitment. He said the leadership of the all three nations thanked India for a sustained development assistance extended through Lines of Credit and grants for various projects.

During his visit, India made substantial commitment to Botswana, Zimbabwe and Malawi on development partnership and assistance. US$ 350 million for projects in Zimbabwe, US $ 220 million of Lines of Credit for water supply projects in Malawi as well as setting up of Mahatma Gandhi Convention Centre in Zimbabwe and Malawi as grant assistance were among those.

The Vice President said that capacity building was of special interest to all three countries and they were uniformly appreciative of India’s ITEC programme and the generous slots we give for training of their nationals in a variety of fields. With Botswana, the Vice President offered to increase the slots from the current 140 per year. India also agreed to depute experts for training of their junior diplomats. We are also deputing 5 experts in various fields to assist Zimbabwe under ITEC, he added.

During his interactions with the Vice President and the leadership of three African Nations crucial issues including capacity building, technological knowledge sharing through ITEC programmes, opportunities in trading Minerals including uranium, copper, nickel and railways and infrastructure, logistics etc topped the list. India’s support in providing Skill Development, tele-education and tele-medicine in African region was appreciated by the leadership.

The Vice President’s visit also witnessed signing of Memorandum of Understandings with all the three nations. MoU with Malawi on providing capacity building in nuclear energy regulatory framework, and its protection, MoU on geology, mining and minerals was signed with Zimbabwe apart from exploring options to have direct trading in raw diamonds with Botswana and Zimbabwe. India signed an MoU on Traditional Medicine with Zimbabwe too.

Other important Agreements included Extradition treaty with Malawi and an agreement in Broadcasting by Prasar Bharati, another one in Arts, Culture, Heritage and an Action Plan on ICT with Zimbabwe.

In the area of health, all three countries were deeply appreciative of medical services in India as well as the services being rendered by our private sector hospitals in their respective countries and the ever-increasing need for Indian pharmaceuticals products. The Vice President also announced the gifting of Bhabhatron Cancer machine in Malawi and ambulances and life saving drugs in all three countries.

The Vice President informed them about Indian traditional medicine, particularly ayurveda and yoga, and the leadership was in agreement of the fact that there was considerable scope in these areas since all three countries have their own traditional medicine as well. 

Agriculture being a crucial area of interest for Africa, All three leaders welcomed the possibility of greater involvement of India in their agriculture sector. The Vice President promised to explore the possibility of greater involvement from our side particularly for value addition and food processing.

The leadership on both sides recognised the need to have greater cooperation in defence sector. Sending Indian Army Training team to Botswana, extending training slots in defence to Zimbabwe and Malawi were among those discussed during Shri Naidu’s interactions. All three leaders agreed with the Vice President that security cooperation, particularly in counter-terrorism needs to be strengthened.

In all the three countries, the Vice President interacted with the local and Indian businessman operating there. He was also given the rare honour of inaugurating their prestigious annual Global Expo 2018 where India was represented by 28 companies making it the largest contingent in the event.

Amidst the hectic schedule of bilateral meetings, the Vice President also took time to visit the Diamond Trading
Center in Botswana. He also unveiled the plaque to inaugurate the Business Incubation Centre in Malawi built with Indian grant assistance.

The Vice President addressed Indian communities in all the three nations and addressed them during community receptions hosted by respective Ambassadors. During his interactions, he highlighted the transformative reforms undertaken by the Narendra Modi government and informed the audience the growth story of India that is inching closer to become third largest economy in the world.

The Vice President had expressed his happiness for the contribution of the Diaspora in India and their present place of stay. He said that it was heartening to hear about the Diaspora’s contribution in the economic development of the three nations. 

The Vice President thanked the leadership for supporting India at various international fora including the United Nations. All three leaders expressed their desire to work with India on Solar energy and deeply appreciated
India’s initiative on the International Solar Alliance.

While Malawi had already signed and ratified the framework agreement on International Solar Alliance, Zimbabwe has signed ISA and, during the Vice President’s visit Botswana, they conveyed to him of their decision to sign it shortly.

The Vice President inaugurated the unique event “India for Humanity” meant to commemorate the 150 birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in Malawi. India would be organising camps of the well known Jaipur Foot in all parts of the world and serve the needy with necessary support.

The Government is partnering Bhagwan Mahavir Viklang Sahayata Samiti in this “India for Humanity” initiative. 

The Vice President was given the honour of launching the very first Jaipur Foot Camp in this series in Malawi in Africa as Mahatma Gandhi spent more than two decades and eventually led a non-violent movement that liberated India from colonialism and inspired African leaders to free their countries as well.

The Vice President was accompanied by a high level delegation comprising of the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar and two members of Parliament namely Shri K. Suresh and Shri V. Muraleedharan, in addition to senior officials.</>

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