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Modi Discusses Climate Action With King Charles III Of the UK

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with King Charles III of the UK on the telephone on Tuesday and discussed several subjects including climate change, biodiversity conservation, and solutions for the financing energy transition.

As this was PM Modi’s first conversation with King Charles III after he assumed the Office of Sovereign of the United Kingdom, he conveyed his best wishes to Britain’s monarch for a very successful reign.
A PMO release said that a number of subjects of mutual interest were discussed during the call, including climate action, conservation of biodiversity, and innovative solutions for the financing energy transition.

The Prime Minister expressed his appreciation for the abiding interest and advocacy of King Charles III on these issues.

The Prime Minister briefed him on India’s priorities for its G20 Presidency, including the propagation of digital public goods.

He also explained the relevance of Mission LiFE – Lifestyle for Environment, through which India seeks to promote environmentally sustainable lifestyles.

The leaders exchanged views on the Commonwealth of Nations and how to further strengthen its functioning.

They also appreciated the role of the Indian community in the UK in acting as a “living bridge” between both countries and enriching bilateral relations.

King Charles III was officially announced as Britain’s monarch in September last year following the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II.

India and UK are engaged in negotiations for the finalization of a Free Trade Agreement. UK Secretary of State for International Trade Kemi Badenoch visited New Delhi last month to carry forward the FTA negotiations. She held discussions with Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal. The two sides also discussed bilateral trade and economic relations. (ANI)

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Science Should Be Empowered With Women’s Participation: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday underlined the importance of women’s involvement in scientific research and that the increasing participation of women is a reflection of the progress of society and science.

“Today, the country’s thinking is not only that women should be empowered through science, but science should also be empowered with the participation of women,” the Prime Minister said in his virtual address to the 108th Indian Science Congress (ISC).
PM Modi said that the aim is to give new impetus to science and research. He pointed out that the efforts of science can bear fruit only when they are taken from labs to the land.

Underlining India’s positional growth in Global Innovation Index the Prime Minister said, “Today India is among the top 3 nations in startups. Till 2015 we were at 81st place in the Global Innovation Index of 130 countries, but in 2022 we have reached 40th place.”

Asserting the importance of science in making India Atmanirbhar PM Modi said that the efforts of Science can bear fruit only when they go from labs to land.

“Science should make India Atmanirbhar. The efforts of Science can bear fruit only when they go from labs to land. With 2023 being declared as the International Year of Millets, India’s millets and their use should be further improved with the use of science,” said PM Modi.

The Prime Minister said that India is fast becoming one of the top countries in the world in the field of science.

“We are also seeing the results of the scientific approach with which today’s India is moving forward. India is fast becoming one of the top countries in the world in the field of science. The role of India’s scientific power will be very important in the height at which India will be in the next 25 years. When the determination to serve the country is combined with the passion for science, then the results also come unprecedented,” said PM Modi.

PM Modi also highlighted the way data analysis has been rapidly moving ahead.

“In 21 st century of India, we have two things in plenty: Data and Technology. These can take India’s science to new heights. Data analysis is rapidly moving ahead. It helps in converting information into insight and analysis into actionable knowledge,” added PM Modi.

Mentioning the G-20 presidency he said that women lead development is also a major priority among the major topics of G-20.

“Right now India has got the responsibility of G-20 chairmanship. Women lead development is also a major priority among the major topics of G-20. In the last 8 years, India has done many extraordinary works in this direction from governance to society and economy, which are being discussed today,” he said.

PM Modi added that the participation of women is proof that society is also progressing and science are also progressing.

“In the last 8 years, the participation of women in Extra Moral Research and Development has doubled. This increasing participation of women is proof that society is also progressing and science are also progressing,” PM said.

He further asserted that science in India should be the one to make India self-reliant.

“The development of science in India, to meet the needs of India, should be the basic motivation of our scientific community. Science in India should be the one to make India self-reliant,” PM said.

He said that If the scientific community works towards the innovation of energy requirements, it’d help the country.

“We need to work on subjects that are important for the entire humanity and the increasing needs of India. If the scientific community works towards the innovation of energy requirements, it’d help the country,” said PM.

As the year 2023 is declared the ‘International Year of Millets’, he added, “At the request of India, the UN declared 2023 as the ‘International Year of Millets’. It’s indeed a matter of pride for the country. We can work towards making Indian millets better.”

The first session of the India Science Congress was held in 1914 and the 108th annual session of the ISC, a five-day event, is being held at Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University, which is also celebrating its centenary this year. (ANI)

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India Has Become 5th Largest Economy In 2022: Modi In Mann Ki Baat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday addressed the last Mann Ki Baat of the year 2022 and said that this year, the country had become the world’s fifth-largest economy.

“The year 2022 was wonderful, India completed 75 years of Independence while ‘Amrit Kaal’ began. India progressed rapidly and became the world’s fifth-largest economy, and achieved the unbelievable record of 220 crore vaccines and crossed the USD 400 billion mark in exports,” PM Modi said in the 96th edition of Mann Ki Baat, a monthly radio programme of the Prime Minister.
He also talked about the Aatmanirbhar Bharat initiative of the government and lauded the launch of INS Vikrant.

The commissioning of India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier is a momentous occasion during the ‘Amritkaal’ of India’s 75 years of independence and signifies the country’s confidence and prowess.

This indigenous aircraft carrier is proof of the country’s technical acumen and engineering skills. This demonstration of India’s self-sufficiency to produce an aircraft carrier warship will reinforce the country’s defence indigenisation programmes and the ‘Make in India’ campaign.

INS Vikrant, built at a cost of around Rs 20,000 crore, successfully completed its fourth and final phase of sea trials last month. With the construction of ‘Vikrant’, India has joined a select group of nations having the niche capability to indigenously design and build an aircraft carrier.

The ship has over 2,300 compartments, designed for a crew of around 1,700 people, including specialised cabins to accommodate women officers.

INS Vikrant has a top speed of around 28 knots and a cruising speed of 18 knots with an endurance of about 7,500 nautical miles. The aircraft carrier is 262 metres long, and 62 metres wide and it has a height of 59 metres. Its keel was laid in 2009.

Further in the address, he also underscored the country’s responsibility for chairing the G20 summit this year.

“This year, India has also got the prestigious responsibility of chairing the G20 group. I had also discussed this in detail last time,” he said.

G20 is the premier forum for international economic cooperation representing around 85 per cent of the global GDP, over 75 per cent of the worldwide trade, and about two-thirds of the world population.

On December 1, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India’s agenda for the G20 will be inclusive, ambitious, and action-oriented. In his blog post, PM Modi said India will work to promote a universal sense of oneness and its priorities will be shaped not only in consultation with G20 partners but also with the Global South.

He underlined that the great challenges of today like climate change, terrorism, and pandemics, cannot be solved by fighting each other but by acting together. “India’s G20 agenda will be inclusive, ambitious, action-oriented, and decisive,” he wrote.

Citing the theme – ‘One Earth, One Family, One Future’, PM Modi said India’s G20 Presidency will work to promote this universal sense of one-ness. “This is not just a slogan. It takes into account recent changes in human circumstances, which we have collectively failed to appreciate,” he said.

Writing for the think tank South-South Research Initiative (SSRI), Farjana Sharmin noted India finally got the opportunity to execute its global vision and grand strategy, and secondly, the South Asian region is going to get benefits through India’s leadership in G-20.

PM Modi also extended his greetings on the occasion of Christmas.

He said: “Today is the day to remember the teachings of Jesus Christ. The festival of Christmas is being celebrated with great fervour all across the world. I extend my heartful greetings to everyone.”

On December 13, PM Modi invited people to share their inputs for this episode of Mann ki Baat and urged them to write on the NaMo App, and MyGov app or record their messages on 1800-11-7800.

Sharing MyGov’s invitation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “2022’s last #MannKiBaat will take place on the 25th of this month. I am eager to receive your input on the programme. I urge you to write on the NaMo App, MyGov or record your message on 1800-11-7800.” (ANI)

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IMF Deputy Managing Director Gita Gopinath has said under India's presidency, G20 can make progress in three areas, namely debt relief...

G20 Under India Can Make Progress In Debt Relief, Climate Fund: Gopinath

International Monetary Fund’s First Deputy Managing Director Gita Gopinath has said under India’s presidency, G20 can make progress in three areas, namely debt relief, cryptocurrency regulations and climate finance.

The IMF official took part in the deliberations at the First G20 Finance and Central Bank Deputies Meet in Bengaluru had tweeted a video clip on a social media website, explaining these areas.

Gopinath on Thursday said, “The first is in the area in debt. We have a large number of low-income countries that are in dire distress. While we have the G20 framework to help with their resolutions, we absolutely need to improve on the strength of their mechanism and get a much more timely resolution. That would be clear progress,” she said.

On cryptocurrency regulations, Gopinath said: “The second is in the area of crypto regulation. After the meltdown that we have seen recently, it is clear that we need internationally-agreed standards on regulations. Progress on that front, being able to accomplish that in 2023 would be a concrete outcome.”

On the subject of climate finance, Gopinath said, “For developing countries to adapt to climate change, to contribute climate mitigation, they will need a much higher financing and that’s the third area where concrete progress could be made.”

The first G20 Finance and Central Bank Deputies Meet saw over 160 foreign delegates including deputies from G20 member countries, invitee countries and international organisations.

This meeting marked the beginning of the G20 Finance Track under the Indian Presidency. Over the course of two days, seven discussion sessions and two side events were organized. The delegates were also given a glimpse of the traditional as well as the contemporary culture of Karnataka through a vivid display of different art forms, the statement said. (ANI)

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Bangladesh Dhaka-Guwahati Flight

Bangladesh Calls For Resuming Dhaka-Guwahati Flight

Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Pranay Kumar Verma, on Tuesday, held a meeting with Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen. During the meeting, both sides discussed issues of mutual interest.

In the meeting, AK Abdul Momen emphasized resuming Guwahati-Dhaka air service and highlighted the need to have direct air connectivity between Guwahati and Sylhet. He underscored the need for a direct bus service between Sylhet-Silchar to promote people-to-people contacts, strengthen bilateral ties and ensure collective prosperity in the region.

AK Abdul Momen expressed gratitude to India for inviting Bangladesh to participate in the G20 meetings as a “guest country” during its G20 presidency, according to the press release issued by Bangladesh’s Foreign Ministry.

Notably, India assumed the G20 presidency for one year on December 1. He stressed that Bangladesh’s participation in the G20 meeting will uphold its country’s image in the regional settings.

Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister called for “bolder solidarity” to address the issues faced by the Global South to tackle the challenges, including COVID-19, the crisis in Europe, and financing for climate emergency and sustained development goals implementation.

During the meeting, AK Abdul Momen recalled the arrangements made by the Indian government during his recent visit to Silchar in Assam from December 1-3 to attend the first edition of the Silchar-Sylhet Festival.

Furthermore, Momen noted that the Prime Ministers of India and Bangladesh on various occasions have stressed building common platforms for promoting understanding and cooperation to further bolster ties between the two nations, according to Bangladesh Foreign Ministry’s press release.

AK Abdul Momen further said, “Following their guidance, this festival revisited the connection, heritage, historical cultural and linguistic affinity between the two countries in order to strengthen the age-old people-to-people ties.”

Bangladeshi Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen along with a delegation consisting of Parliamentarians arrived in Silchar, Assam to attend the “Silchar-Sylhet Festival 2022.”

Bangladesh delegation led by Foreign Minister crossed the Sheola Land Port at the Sylhet border this morning. The Indian authorities welcomed Momen and the other members of the Bangladesh delegation at Sutarkandi ICP.

In the two-day event of “Silchar-Sylhet Festival-2022,” Momen expressed his deep satisfaction and said, “After 50 years, I am privileged to cross the Bangladesh-India border through Shewla-Sutarkandi and my delegation is pleased with the cordial welcome they extended to us.”

AK Abdul Momen expressed gratitude to the Indian authorities and said that the Indians were warm and friendly. He said, “This is a historic event as two neighbours can get together in an atmosphere of hope and aspirations.” He was invited as the chief guest at the events organized on the occasion of the ‘1st Silchar-Sylhet Festival – 2022’ (ANI)

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PM Chairs Meet Of Governors, CMs, L-Gs to Discuss India’s G20 Presidency

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday chaired a meeting of the Governors and chief ministers of states and Lt Governors of Union Territories over video-conferencing to discuss aspects relating to India’s G20 Presidency, said an official press release.

The Prime Minister stated that India’s G20 Presidency belongs to the entire nation, and is a unique opportunity to showcase the country’s strengths.
The Prime Minister further emphasized the importance of teamwork and sought the cooperation of the states/UTs in the organization of various G20 events.

According to the official press release, PM Modi pointed out that the G20 Presidency would help showcase parts of India beyond the conventional big metros, thus bringing out the uniqueness of each part of our country.

Highlighting a large number of visitors coming to India during India’s G20 Presidency and the international media focus on various events, the Prime Minister underlined the importance of States and UTs utilizing this opportunity to rebrand themselves as attractive business, investments, and tourism destinations.

He also reiterated the need to ensure people’s participation in the G20 events by a whole-of-government and a whole-of-society approach.

A number of Governors, chief ministers, and Lt. Governors shared their thoughts during the meeting, emphasizing the preparations being done by the states to host the G20 meetings.

The meeting was also addressed by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and a presentation was made by India’s G20 Sherpa Amitabh Kant. (ANI)

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Receiving G20 Presidency Is A Huge Opportunity: Modi

Before the start of the Winter Session of the Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that India receiving the G20 Presidency is a huge opportunity.

Addressing media persons before the start of the first day of the Winter Session of Parliament, PM Modi said, “It’s the first day of Winter Session. This session is important because we met before 15th August. 75 years of Independence completed on 15th August and we are going ahead in Azadi ka Amrit Kaal. We are meeting at a time when India has received the opportunity to preside over the G20.”
“The manner in which India has made a space in the global community, the manner in which expectations with India have risen and the manner in which India is increasing its participation on a global platform, at a time like this, India receiving the G20 Presidency is a huge opportunity,” PM Modi said.

“This G20 Summit is not only a diplomatic event, but it is also an opportunity to showcase India’s capability to the world. Such a large country, mother of democracy, such diversity, such capability-it’s an opportunity for the world to know India and for India to show its capability to the world,” he added.

The G20 or Group of 20 is an intergovernmental forum of the world’s major developed and developing economies. India formally assumed the G20 Presidency on December 1.

Last month, Indonesia handed over the G20 presidency to India in the presence of PM Modi at the Bali summit for the coming year.

It comprises Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the UK, the US, and the European Union.

The winter session of the Parliament will begin on Wednesday. The session will have a total of 17 working days.

The BJP-led Central government’s agenda for the winter session of Parliament includes 16 new bills. (ANI)

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G20 Presidency Pride Of India, Nor Of A Person Or Party: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, during the all-party meeting, termed India getting the G-20 presidency a “matter of pride” for India, and sought cooperation from all.

“It’s an honour that has come to India and not a party or person. It’s every Indian’s pride. The pride will be for India and therefore we must all work in cooperation,” PM Modi said as per the sources.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday chaired an all-party meeting to underscore the significance of India’s presidency of the G20 and brief the leaders about the government’s approach.

Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar were among the leaders present at the meeting.

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge of Congress, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin, and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik were among those present at the meeting which is taking place at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

India formally assumed the G20 Presidency on December 1.

The G20 or Group of 20 is an intergovernmental forum of the world’s major developed and developing economies. Last month, Indonesia handed over the G20 presidency to India in the presence of PM Modi at the Bali summit for the coming year. (ANI)

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Make Every Indian Part Of G20 Presidency Glory: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was greeted with thunderous applause when he arrived at the BJP headquarters in Delhi on Monday afternoon to address a meeting of national office-bearers.

BJP national president JP Nadda lauded the efforts made by the Narendra Modi-led government in ensuring India gets the G20 presidency for the period of an entire year.

Addressing his party colleagues, Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted what the G20 presidency meant for a country like India. He also instructed the party workers to focus on making this occasion glorious. “Make each and every Indian feel proud of this achievement and make them also a participant of this historic occasion,” sources said quoting Prime Minister Modi.

The sources further said that on the instructions of the Prime Minister, the party is likely to look at organising various events and programmes, with a focus on public participation, to showcase India’s prowess both culturally as well as traditionally.

The first G20 Sherpa meeting under India’s presidency started in Rajasthan’s Udaipur on Sunday. This was the first of the 200 such meetings that will take place across 55 cities in India over the next one year.

On Monday evening, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, a meeting of all political party presidents has been convened by the government to brief them about India’s G20 presidency. Top political leaders and party presidents, including Mallikarjun Kharge of Congress, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee, DMK chief MK Stalin and Naveen Patnaik of the Biju Janata Dal will be present at the meeting.

India formally assumed the G20 presidency from Indonesia on December 1.

The G20 or Group of 20 is an intergovernmental forum of the world’s major developed and developing economies.

Last month, Indonesia handed over the G20 presidency to India in the presence of PM Modi at the Bali summit for the coming year. (ANI)

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India’s G20 Focus On Win-Win Collaboration: Amitabh Kant

G20 Sherpa Amitabh Kant on Monday said that India’s G20 Presidency’s focus would be on forging win-win collaborations between developing countries, Global South, and advanced economies.

“Our perspective is that we should have a win-win collaboration between all of us. Developing countries, Global South, and advanced economies,” Kant said during a G20 Sherpa meeting in Udaipur. “We need to build new approaches. This is a unique forum for both the developed world and emerging economies. So we need to build approaches to benefit the world on key issues,” he added.

G20 Sherpa Meeting under India’s Presidency is currently underway, beginning with an overview of India’s issue notes and priorities. Kant said the forum’s first concern should be towards whose need is the greatest. “And therefore, we need to focus on the Global South as well,” he said.

“Our G20 Presidency would seek to advocate the oneness of all in accordance with our theme. One Earth, One Family, and One Future,” he added.

Day two of the G20 India Sherpas Meeting began with a session on Technological Transformation with the working groups on Digital Economy, Health, and Education. Positive and constructive discussions took place with enthusiastic participation from all G20 Sherpas.

“This year G20 organization will provide a strong impetus to innovation and sustainable development powered by digital transformation and Digital Public Infrastructure Digital Public Goods,” Kant tweeted.

The G20 or Group of Twenty (G20) is an intergovernmental forum of the world’s major developed and developing economies.

India will host over 200 meetings in over 50 cities across 32 different workstreams and would have the opportunity to offer G20 delegates and guests a glimpse of India’s rich cultural heritage and provide them with a unique Indian experience.

G20 Sherpa today interacted with Sherpas of all the Emerging Market Economies (EME). He also and held a productive discussion with the Sherpas G20 Troika comprising India, Brazil, and Indonesia.

As India takes over the Presidency of G20 amid the global crisis, Kant described this period as an “opportunity” and said the host nation will try to do everything possible to be positive and forward-looking.

“There is a lot of crisis in the world including disrupted supply chains, geopolitics, global debt, climate finance, and other challenges. A crisis is an opportunity and this (G20 presidency) is the greatest opportunity we have got,” Kant told ANI.

“We are putting together the agenda and our leadership will be very decisive and action-oriented. We will try and do everything possible to be positive and forward-looking,” he added. (ANI)

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