- Tomorrow, on 30th November 2020, PM Narendra Modi will interact, via video conferencing, with three teams that are involved in developing a COVID-19 vaccine.
- The teams he will interact with are from
- Gennova Biopharma,
- Biological E and
- Dr. Reddy’s.
During Mann Ki Baat today, we paid tributes to Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
I recalled efforts to rebuild a Gurudwara in Kutch which was damaged after the 2001 quake.
Also recalled the exemplary efforts of Sikhs globally in helping people during the pandemic.
- Today’s Mann Ki Baat included an assortment of topics from the world of nature and culture.
- This includes a Murti of Maa Annapurna returning from Canada, efforts of the National Museum to promote culture, the scenic sights of Shillong and further popularising bird watching.
Special Congress Party Briefing by R S Surjewala, General Secretary & Incharge Communications :
What has not happened in 73 years, Narendra Modi is talking about it. It is perhaps the most difficult subject for every nation lover.
The Modi government is betraying the army officers. The proposal to deduct half the pension of military officers is to lower the morale of the Army.
Modi govt that garners votes in the name of martyred soldiers’ and false nationalism is going to be the first govt to deduct pension of soldiers who risk their lives on the border.
At time of recruitment in ‘Military Commission’ every officer in ‘Indian Military Academy’ has to sign a 20-year mandatory service bond. An officer after 20 yrs of rigorous service, presently gets 50% of their last drawn salary as pension.
Modi Govt’s new proposal is snatching away 50%, if an officer gets ₹1 lakh presently, he will get ₹50,000 as pension but BJP’s new proposal will only give ₹25,000. Only an anti-army Modi Govt can indulge in such ruthless brazenness.
After serving for 20 yrs, military officers find a second career option in life with full pension & effectively contribute to nation building. Indian Army always remains young, which in military language is ‘Lean & Mean Fighting Force’
According to Modi Govt’s new proposal only those officers who have spent more than 35 years in Armed Forces service shall be entitled to a ‘full pension’. But reality is 90% of the Army officers retire before 35 years of service.
There is already a shortage of 9,427 officers in all three Armed services of India. The figures available for June 2019 show that there are 7,399 less officers in the Army, 1,545 are wanted in the Navy and 483 less in the Air Force.
- Modi Govt did not implement ‘One Rank, One Pension’.
- Modi Govt withdrew the much deserved ‘Non Functional Utility’ (NFU) benefits, a scheme brought by the Congress-UPA in 2008 to ensure automatic time bound pay promotion.
- Modi Govt delayed procurement of winter gear, shoes, bullet proof jackets for our Jawans in Siachen & Ladakh.
- Modi Govt decided to tax Armed Forces personnel who get ‘disability pension’ on ‘account of injuries suffered during service.
- Modi Govt’s fresh attack on the Indian Army has exposed the anti-Army face of the Fake Nationalists.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addressing the gathering at the National Defence College on the occasion of its Diamond Jubilee celebrations :
It gives me immense pleasure to address the National Defence College, which is the highest seat of strategic learning in our country on the occasion of its Diamond Jubilee. Congratulations to the Commandant and NDC staff on completing 60 years of dedicated service to the Nation.
The NDC has produced many strategic leaders not only from India, but also from many friendly foreign countries. Some of the alumni have risen to become Heads of their respective countries and many have occupied prominent positions of responsibility in their respective fields.
Perhaps the most fundamental lesson that the roller coaster of the rise and fall of nations taught us was that peace cannot necessarily be achieved by a desire for peace but by the ability to deter war.
The last six years provide a blueprint for India’s approach towards national security over the next decade. Let me try and outline four broad principles that are likely to guide our quest for national security in the future
- The first is the ability to secure India’s territorial integrity and sovereignty from external threats and internal challenges.
- Second, the ability to create secure and stable conditions that can facilitate India’s economic growth, thereby, creating the resources for nation building and to meet individual aspirations.
- Third, we remain steadfast in the desire to protect our interests beyond the borders in areas where our people reside and our security interests converge.
- And finally, we also believe that in a globalised and interconnected world, a country’s security interests are interlinked by shared and secure commons.
Based on these principles, we have brought about drastic changes in our security policy which are oriented towards strong, legally and morally tenable actions.
One of the most important elements of India’s foreign and security policy is characterised by the “Neighbourhood First” initiative
With the exception of Pakistan, given its agenda of fuelling terrorism, India has improved its relations with all neighbours. We have invested heavily to help and support our friends to forge a relationship of mutual-respect and mutual-interest.
Recently, India has been facing other challenges on its borders. India is a peace-loving country. We believe that differences should not become disputes. We attach importance to the peaceful resolution of differences through dialogue.
India is determined to protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of unilateralism and aggression, no matter what the sacrifice.
Narendra Modi, Prime Minister :
The demise of noted violinist Shri TN Krishnan leaves a big void in the world of music.
His works beautifully encapsulated a wide range of emotions and strands of our culture.
He was also an outstanding mentor to young musicians.
Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti.
P Chidambaram, Former Finance Minister :
According to news reports this is what Mr Modi said in his election rallies in Bihar on Sunday: “Today in Bihar there is a double engine government while, on the other side, there are double-double crown princes”.
The PM also invoked significant deities in Bihar — Chhath (sun god) and Ganga — to seek votes for the NDA At Bagaha, Mr Modi raised issues of construction of Ram temple, scrapping of Art 370 and the CAA.
If you were a voter in Bihar what do they tell you about unemployment, jobs, new industries, MSP for food grains, crop insurance, flood relief, women’s safety etc. The answer is ZILCH — nothing. You are being asked to vote for NDA on a message that contains NOTHING.
Source : PMO India
PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Ekta Mall situated in Kevadia.
Ekta Mall is a one stop place to discover India’s diverse culture of handicrafts.
The Prime Minister spent time at the stalls that displayed handicrafts & products from Jammu and Kashmir as well as the Northeast.
Arogya Van, inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi focuses on India’s rich floral traditions, diverse plants as well as traditional methods of wellness and good health.
Glimpses of Aarogya Van
Dr Subramanian Swamy, MP, Rajya Sabha :
Just two days after signing the Agreements, US Foreign Affairs Minister Pompeo has stated that if Indian leaders continue to be shy in naming China as aggressor in Ladakh, then it will hurt efforts to tame China.
The world knows that China has grabbed Depsang and sitting there.
PM Narendra Modi:
Will be in Gujarat tomorrow and day after (30-31st October) to attend programmes in Kevadia, marking Ekta Diwas, Jayanti of the great Sardar Patel.
A series of development works in Kevadia, home to the Statue of Unity, would also be inaugurated.
Click here for full details of PM’s visit
Sukhbir Singh Badal – President, Akali Dal:
Capt Amarinder has been thoroughly exposed.
What does he have to say now that Cong-ruled Chhattisgarh has passed a Bill making the state a single mandi?
What the Punjab CM rejected as ‘not feasible’ has been adopted by his Chhattisgarh counterpart. He must clear his position.
Rajasthan govt also passed similar laws to protect their farmers, but Punjab farmers been abandoned by Capt Amarinder.
By deliberately amending central Acts under ‘Trade’ instead of bringing in legislation under ‘Agriculture’, Cong govt sold off Punjab’s interests to the Centre.
8 key takeaways for the international community from PM Narendra Modi’s interview to a prominent daily Newspaper:
- India will become a global manufacturing hub on its own strengths. Our effort is not to become some country’s alternative, but to become a country which offers unique opportunities. We want to see the progress of all. If India progresses, 1/6th of humanity will progress.
- We saw how a new world order was formed after World War II. Something similar will happen post COVID19. This time, India will ride the bus of manufacturing and integrating in global supply chains. We have specific advantages in the form of democracy, demography and demand.
- Atmanirbhar Bharat is not just about competition but also about competence, it’s not about dominance but about dependability, it’s not about looking within but about looking out for the world. So when we say Atmanirbhar Bharat, we mean an India that is, first of all, self-reliant. A self-reliant India is also a reliable friend for the world. A self-reliant India does not mean an India that is self-centred.
- We have just eased restrictions for FDI through reforms like you see in agriculture, labour and coal. Only a country that believes in the power of international trade and commerce would go on opening up more and more avenues to work with the world.
- We have given a fair chance to those who have invested in India, shown their trust to expand their capacities and become globally competitive. The Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative is about unlocking India’s latent potential, so that our firms can serve not just domestic markets, but also global ones.
- We gave preferential access to our large market under our FTAs. However, our trading partners have not always reciprocated with the same treatment. Our exporters have often faced ill-intended non-tariff barriers. While India remains committed to openness and transparency in trade, it will use the measures and instruments at its disposal in ensuring free and fair access for its exporters.
- India is keen to be part of global value chains and wants to do trade deals but they have to be fair and non-discriminatory. Moreover, since India would be providing access to a large market, the agreement must be reciprocal and balanced.
- India lived up to its name of being the Pharmacy of the World in the last few months, supplying drugs and medical equipment to around 150 countries. We have shown the world that we have scale, sensitivity and reliability in the pharma sector and it will only go from strength to strength from here.
Rahul Gandhi – Congress leader:
Sharing a film on my experiences during the Bihar election campaign
The people of Bihar want change and the grand alliance assures them of a better tomorrow.
A film on my experiences during the Bihar election campaign has been released on my YouTube channel.
Come on, be a part of this journey too.
India hosts meeting of SCO Ministers handling economy and foreign trade
Piyush Goyal, Minister of Commerce and Industry :
Attended the 19th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meeting & called upon member countries to explore partnerships to enhance trade & investment in the region.
Also, reinforced the need for greater cooperation in intellectual property, access to medicines & growth of MSMEs.
4 documents adopted in the 19th SCO Ministers meeting:
- Response to COVID-19
- Multilateral Trading System
- Cooperation on Intellectual Property Rights
- Cooperation in the field of MSMEs.
These are important milestones for SCO solidarity.
Narendra Modi, Prime Minister :
Our beloved and respected Keshubhai has passed away…I am deeply pained and saddened.
He was an outstanding leader who cared for every section of society.
His life was devoted towards the progress of Gujarat and the empowerment of every Gujarati.
Keshubhai travelled across the length and breadth of Gujarat to strengthen the Jana Sangh and BJP. He resisted the Emergency tooth and nail.
Issues of farmer welfare were closest to his heart. Be it as MLA, MP, Minister or CM, he ensured many farmer friendly measures were passed.
Keshubhai mentored and groomed many younger Karyakartas including me. Everyone loved his affable nature. His demise is an irreparable loss. We are all grieving today.
My thoughts are with his family and well-wishers. Spoke to his son Bharat and expressed condolences. Om Shanti.