Media Eye News Bureau: PM Modi launched a subsidised scooter scheme for working women on the 70th birth anniversary celebrations of late leader J Jayalalithaa. It was launched alongside Tamil Nadu chief minister K Palaniswamy and his deputy O Panneerselvam. With a subsidy component of 50% up to Rs 25,000 for working women, the scheme was launched by Modi and he handed over the keys and registration certificate copies to five women beneficiaries as well. Speaking on the initiative Modi said, “When we empower the women in the family, we empower the entire household. When we help with a woman's education, we ensure that the family is educated. When we facilitate her good health, we help keep the family healthy. When we secure her future, we secure future of the entire home.” He added, “Under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, the registry of the house is done in the name of the woman.” Modi also asserted, “Union government has so far given 3.5 crore free gas connections under this scheme. The schemes of Union government are protecting nature even as we empower women.”.
Media Eye News Bureau: PM Modi recently launched development schemes worth Rs. 1,000 crore for Daman and Diu and inaugurated a flight connecting Ahmedabad to Diu as well. He also launched a helicopter service connecting Daman and Diu. The PM stated, “The air connectivity will boost tourism as tourists who want to visit the Somnath temple, Gir forest (in Gujarat) can now go (there) from Diu.” PM Modi also introduced a water treatment plant, a gas pipeline, an electric sub-station, a municipal market and a foot-bridge for the union territory as well as child care centres and schools constructed under CSR initiatives. He also distributed e-rickshaws to women and scooters to differently-abled beneficiaries as well.
Media Eye News Bureau: Congress President Rahul Gandhi recently attacked PM Modi during a speech and said, “A scam of Rs. 22,000 crore happens, Nirav Modi runs away with Rs. 22,000 crore from Indian Banks and Modiji (Prime Minister) says action will be taken.” He added, “Action will be taken? You first make us understand how did Nirav Modi take Rs. 22,000 crore from Indian banks under the watch of Narendra Modi's government. Modi ji should also make us understand why Vijay Mallya and Lalit Modi are sitting in London. Someone takes Rs. 10,000 crore, someone takes Rs. 15,000 crore and someone takes Rs. 22,000 crore, and the Prime Minister of the country does not do anything when farmers of India asks for loan waiver of Rs. 50,000 or Rs. one lakh, Narendra Modi ji does not answer.”
Media Eye News Bureau: Extending their hard and tough relations with the media, Donald Trump Jr, son of US President Donald Trump, said the Indian media is far better when compared to the US media. Trump Jr said he loves Indian media as it is "mild and nice" compared to the "brutal and aggressive" American media. Trump Jr also pleased with the smiling faces Indians have despite lot of issues while he was speaking at the Global Business Summit here in New Delhi. He related to an incident when he said that Indians have smiling faces despite the hardships. "It wasn't me coming here for first time. It was me coming here (India) after 10 years. So everybody understood what I meant. But the 'Washington Post' the next day said -- 'Donald Trump Jr likes poor people because they smile'," he said. Although Trump Jr was earlier scheduled to speak on "Reshaping Indo-Pacific Ties: New Era of Cooperation", it was changed to a fireside chat at the last moment. Speaking about the changing business scenario in India as compared to around a decade ago, Trump Jr said he sees a lot of energy and has been able to strike up good deals over the years and was now willing to invest 10 times more.
Media Eye News Bureau: The Supreme Court issued a notice to the Delhi Police after a plea was filed by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy regarding an SIT probe into the death of Congress lawmaker Shashi Tharoor's wife Sunanda Pushkar. Pushkar was found dead under mysterious circumstances in a suite of a five-star hotel in Delhi on January 17, 2014. The high court had last year rejected Swamy's plea for a court-monitored SIT probe into Pushkar's death. In his plea at the time he had alleged that the police had ‘botched up’ the probe and accused Tharoor of ‘interfering’ in the investigation as well.
Media Eye News Bureau: India successfully test-fired the 'Dhanush' ballistic missile with a strike range of 350 kms from a naval ship off Odisha coast. The surface-to-surface missile, it is a naval variant of the indigenously-developed 'Prithvi' missile and was test-fired from the ship positioned near Paradip in the Bay of Bengal at around 10.52 am. This missile is capable of carrying a payload of 500 kg and also hitting both land and sea-based targets. Its trial was carried out by the Strategic Force Command (SFC) of the defence forces. It was stated that the missile launch was a part of training exercise by the SFC of Indian Navy and that all mission objectives were met during the trial. It was further asserted that the missile launch and its flight performance were monitored from DRDO telemetry and radar facilities in the Odisha coast. 'Dhanush', has already been inducted into the defence services. It is one of the five missiles developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP).
Media Eye News Bureau: Congress chief Rahul Gandhi met Canadian PM Justin Trudeau. Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter after the meeting, he tweeted, “I had a warm and cordial meeting with the Canadian Prime Minister in Delhi this evening. We had a fruitful discussion on a range of issues concerning our two countries. I look forward to continuing the dialogue and building a lasting friendship with him.” Issues regarding economic development as well as new technologies were discussed during the meeting. They reportedly talked about bridging the gap of inequalities in society and how important pluralistic values were and how destructive divisive politics can become and also talked about creating jobs as well.
Media Eye News Bureau: The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, addressed the Economic Times Global Business Summit in New Delhi, on the theme: New Economy – New Rules. Noting that the Union Government is going to complete four years of assuming office in a few months, he said that a definite change is now visible. He said this change in the economic and social content, represents the essence of the New Rules for the New India and the New Economy. The Prime Minister said that within the last four years, the discourse has changed from India being a “Fragile Five” economy, to the target of India becoming a “Five Trillion Dollar” economy. The Prime Minister presented facts and figures to indicate how India is playing a key role in the entire world’s growth. He said that in nominal terms, India’s share of the world GDP has risen from 2.4% in 2013, to 3.1% in 2017. He said India is performing better on various macro-economic parameters. The Prime Minister said that this change has come about due to a new approach and a new work culture. He said India’s competitiveness is being validated by the entire world today. Modi recalled that when he had last attended this Global Business Summit, GST was still, just a possibility. Today, he added, it is a reality, which has delivered a better tax compliance system and a better revenue system. The Prime Minister mentioned other reforms such as the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code. The Prime Minister said that speed, scale and sensitivity are important to ensure the success of the Government’s initiatives. He gave some examples of the increase in pace in the infrastructure sector. The Prime Minister said that there is unprecedented investment being made today in infrastructure, agriculture, technology, health sector, and education sector. The Prime Minister mentioned the initiatives taken in the health sector, such as Mission Indradhanush, Jan Aushadhi Stores, and the Ayushman Bharat scheme. Talking about the Digital India Mission, the Prime Minister said that the trinity of 100 crore bank accounts, 100 crore Aadhaar cards and 100 crore mobile phones, would create a unique ecosystem, not seen anywhere else in the world. He also spoke of initiatives taken for the MSME sector. The Prime Minister recalled that in his last address at the Economic Times Global Business Summit, he had spoken of Housing for All, Power for All, Clean Cooking for All, Health for All, and Insurance for All. He outlined the steps that have been taken in this regard in house construction, Saubhagya Yojana, Ujjwala Yojana, and insurance. Saying that the Government’s initiatives are aimed at empowering the poor, the Prime Minister also mentioned the construction of toilets, distribution of loans through the Mudra Yojana, and distribution of soil health cards. The Prime Minister mentioned the announcement in the recent Union Budget, on MSP. The Prime Minister appealed that those entrusted with the responsibility of ensuring rules and ethics in various financial institutions, should work with full dedication – especially those who are responsible for supervising and monitoring. He made it clear that the Government would take strict action against irregularities in financial matters. He said that the illegal accumulation of people’s money is unacceptable, and this is the basic mantra of “New Economy – New Rules.”
Media Eye News Bureau: Canadian premier Justin Trudeau met Prime Minister Narendra Modi today five days after landing in India, at his ceremonial welcome in Delhi's Rashtrapati Bhavan. After Trudeau, his wife Sophie, and children Xavier, Ella-Grace and Hadrien, alighted from a car on the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Modi shook hands with Trudeau and then hugged him. This meeting comes amid controversy over a Khalistan seperatist being invited for a dinner party in Mumbai. PM Modi greeted Mr Trudeau with his signature bear-hug and posed for photographs with his family, including his daughter Ella Grace, seen in a 2015 photo tweeted by Mr Modi last evening. Earlier on Thursday, Mr. Modi tweeted, "I look forward to meeting PM @JustinTrudeau and holding talks on further strengthening India-Canada relations in all spheres. I appreciate his deep commitment to ties between our two countries." Prime Minister Modi spoke about Mr. Trudeau for the first time after almost five days since the Canadian PM arrived in India.
Media Eye News Bureau: A Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of India and Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), to usher the “programme based research support” in addressing current and future global and local developmental challenges, was signedat New Delhi between S. Selvakumar, Joint Secretary (Bilateral Cooperation), Department of Economic Affairs and Dr. Jean Lebel, the President of IDRC, Canada. During the signing ceremony, Indian side appreciated the contribution of IDRC in supporting quality research in various fields including finance, agriculture, industry and health in India. Since 1972, IDRC has funded 551 research activities worth CA$159 million in India through institutions, researchers and NGOs. During the last five years (2012-17), 96 research projects worth CA$ 51 million were funded by the IDRC in India.