Man, Mission & His People

Prime Minister Narendra Modi articulates his idea on his websites and Urban Vaastu publishes every month interesting news published in different publications. These relate to latest developments in world of politics.

Following appeared in newspapers in July last.


PM Narendra Modi’s ‘sports talk’ with Justin Trudeau on Twitter

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacting with Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau on Twitter is not something that happens every day.

Trudeau celebrated the victory of Indo-Canadian pair of Rohan Bopanna and Gabriela Dabrowski, who won the mix doubles event of the French Open 2017, last month.

In a tweet, tagging PM Modi, the Canadian prime minister celebrated the victory along with the partnership between India and Canada. PM Modi not only responded with full zeal and spirit but stunned us all with his tennis vocabulary!

Responding to Trudeau’s tweet, Modi asserted: India & Canada is an ace partnership, advantageous to both nations, beneficial for the world. Game, set and match always.

Silver Jubilee for Indo-Israel ties
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with a group of Indian students pursuing higher education in Israel.
“It was great to meet Indian students studying in Israel,” Modi said in a tweet.
The meeting, which took place at Dan Hotel, was the last programme scheduled during the prime ministers historic three-day visit to the Jewish nation.
Addressing the Indian diaspora at an event which was also attended by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Modi said that almost 600 students from India are studying in different subjects in Israel and some of them are present here.
“My young colleagues, you are like the bridge of technology and innovation between India and Israel. My friend Netanyahu and I believe…. that science, innovation and technology will be the main base for the future relations between India and Israel. That is why whatever you are learning here, will help strengthen India,” he had said.
This year, India and Israel are marking 25 years of their diplomatic relations.
Modi, who became the first Indian prime minister to visit Israel, signed seven agreements to boost bilateral cooperation in key areas like science and technology, water, research and space.

Demonetisation paying off, says IMF
India’s economic growth outlook has improved as impact of demonetisation is fading and some key reforms are paying off, but concerns are growing on corporate debt and banking system vulnerabilities, the IMF said.
In its ‘Surveillance Note’ prepared for the G20 leaders ahead of their two-day summit in Hamburg, Germany, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said there is ‘cautious optimism’ about the global economy but policy efforts are still needed to strengthen the recovery. “The global recovery continues, even as the composition of growth is shifting among the large economies… we expect global growth to be around 3.5 per cent this year and next,” IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said.
Even though global growth momentum remains on track, the IMF said some of the forces driving the recovery are adding to already high vulnerabilities and external imbalances. “At the same time, weak productivity growth and a lack of inclusiveness limit the growth outlook going forward,” it said, adding that other downside risks include an abrupt adjustment of financial vulnerabilities and the risk of anti- globalisation sentiment feeding into inward-looking policies.
Touching upon the situation in emerging economies, including India and China, the IMF said the outlook remains for a pick-up in growth. “In India, the outlook has improved as the impact of demonetisation seems to be fading and recent key structural reforms continue to pay off,” the multilateral lender said.

Mann Ki Baat for leisurely reading
After a conducting a super-hit weekly radio show, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will now also be known as a ‘book author’. Yes, you heard it right! PM Modi is reportedly compiling his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ along with some unique words of wisdom and anecdotes to launch a book by the end of this year.
This would be for the first time that a serving Prime Minister will author a book. Published by Penguin Random House India, the book will be dedicated to the youth, both in the country and across the globe.
Milee Ashwarya, editor-in-chief for the commercial and business divisions at Penguin Random House said, “The book is the brainchild of the Prime Minister, inspired by his interactions with students across the country.”
Explaining his idea of writing this book, PM Modi was quoted by the Penguin Random House saying, “I have chosen to write on a subject that is close to my heart, and one that is fundamental to my vision of a youth-driven and youth-led tomorrow.”

When asked about the book’s significance for students, Ashwarya said, “The book deals with examination stress and how knowledge is more important than marks. The book is aimed at students.”

CAs can create New India, Says Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent out personalised emails to over two lakh chartered accountants across the country as a follow-up to his address to the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), reiterating themes from his speech that chartered accountants need to pull their weight in combating corruption and black money.
The letter notes that regional centres of the ICAI were holding gatherings across the country and were “leaving no stone unturned to ensure the success of the Goods and Services Tax [GST]” regime.
Earlier, Mr. Modi likened the role of chartered accountants in modern India to that of lawyers who participated in big numbers in India’s freedom movement. In the letter he goes on to re-iterate that appeal to the professional core. “India’s chartered accountants are well known across the world for their skills. The CA community plays a big role in safe-guarding the economic health of the country,” he says in the letter.
“CAs have a very important part to play in the creation of a New India, which is free from corruption and black money,” he says in the letter, which carries the link of Mr. Modi’s speech on Chartered Accountants Day. In that speech, he exhorted accountancy firms in India to break into the big four club of firms worldwide and announced that one lakh companies found funnelling black money were under the scanner.