Prime Minister NarendraModi reached Harsil near the
India-China border in Uttarakhand to celebrate Diwali with Army and ITBP
personnel on Wednesday.
Greeting the jawans on the occasion, the Prime Minister
said their devotion to duty in the remote icy heights, is enabling the strength
of the nation, and securing the future and the dreams of 125 crore Indians, a
statement from his office said.
He said that Diwali is the festival of lights, it spreads
the light of goodness and dispels fear. He said that the jawans, through their
commitment and discipline, are also helping to spread the sense of security and
fearlessness among the people.
Mr.Modi recalled that he has been visiting soldiers on
Diwali ever since he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat. He also spoke of his
interactions with the jawans of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), years ago
when he was part of the KailashMansarovarYatra.
The Prime Minister said India is taking great strides
forward in the defence sector. He spoke of various measures being taken for the
welfare of ex-servicemen, including implementation of ‘one rank, one pension’ (OROP).
Union Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation Ms.
Uma Bharati has said that maintaining sustainable behavior towards better
sanitation is everyone’s responsibility.
She was speaking in Ganga Gram SwachchhataSammelan at
Chyavan Rishi Ashram in Chousa Village of Buxar district in Bihar yesterday.
About four thousands Swachhagrahis, Ganga volunteers, youth organization
members, students, women groups and people from all walks of life attended the
Ganga Gram is a concept to transform the villages on the
bank of river Ganga into ideal villages with emphasis on Open Defecation Free,
Solid and Liquid Waste Management, Water Conservation, Ground Water Recharge,
modern crematorium, tree plantation, organic and medicinal plants.
After declaration of all 4465 Ganga Bank villages as ODF,
the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation is working in the direction of
sustaining the ODF status of this area. In this regard, Ms. Uma Bharati
appreciated the efforts made by district team, Panchayat representatives towards
making Buxar district ODF.
Excessive competition in any sector can eventually
lead to heightening the stress in that sector, Finance Minister ArunJaitley
said on Monday. This was a problem that India would increasingly have to
deal with as its economy grew, he said.
“We wanted multiple players because they would ensure the
largest consumer interest,” Mr.Jaitley said at the National Conference on Public
Procurement & Competition Law.
“But there can be several other impacts. Excessive
competition, at times, can result in pricing of a nature that that sector of the
economy can itself face stress. Because everybody then tends to follow the
leader, and therefore what do you do in such a situation?” “And these are all
challenges that will emerge as the economy moves further and expands further,”
“As I see the roadmap for the future, there are going to
be emerging situations where we have to look at the global model,” Mr.Jaitley
said. “And in those global models, visualise how we deal with emerging
situations. We wanted effective market players, reasonably optimum in number so
that the consumer interest could be protected.”
That was the original objective of the competition law,
Mr.Jaitley said, to deal with aberrations in a situation where the state
withdraws from business activity and the economy trusts more in the market.
Regarding public procurement, the Finance Minister said
that if it is based on the principles of fairness, transparency, and public
interest, it will protect the revenues of the State and ensure that they used
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 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.
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
The President of Zimbabwe, Mr.EmmersonMnangagwa 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 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.
Other important Agreements included Extradition treaty
with Malawi and an agreement in Broadcasting by PrasarBharati, another one in
Arts, Culture, Heritage and an Action Plan on ICT with Zimbabwe.