MAN, MISSION & HIS PEOPLE

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is one of the most transparent world leaders. His thoughts and ideas are articulated on his websites and comprise Popular News, Popular Speeches, Watch Live and Know the PM with his latest set of Tweets. The visitor gets a feeling of dynamism of Man who came to office on 26 May 2014.

From his official sites www.narendramodi.in, www.pmindia.gov.in, and Narendra Modi on Facebook and other social sites we have gleaned interesting newsworthy information for our readers.

It will be published every month. Many relate to latest developments in the world of politics, international affairs, defence, business, manufacturing and social trends.

Read these newspapers tidbits that appeared in February 2017:

INDIA, UK ARE NATURAL PARTNERS IN GLOBAL FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM: PM MODI

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi drew the attention of British MPs to terrorism, extremism and radicalization of youths and said that India and the United Kingdom are natural partners in the global fight against terrorism.

Hosting an eight-member delegation of British Parliamentarians here, PM Modi also said that India and UK ties “have strong bipartisan support in both countries” and called for enhanced interactions between MPs of India and Britain.

PM also urged the Parliamentarians to raise their collective voice against terrorism and for enhanced interactions in cultural and economic ties between the two nations.

The Prime Minister welcomed the celebration of 2017 as the India-UK Year of Culture.

PM’s interaction with British MPs is significant as UK Parliament discussed on January 20 a resolution on Kashmir in the context of “escalation of violence and breaches of international human rights”

PMO COMES TO RESCUE OF BIHAR BOY ADMITTED AT AIIMS FOR A YEAR

NEW DELHI: Rohit Kumar,14, who was forced to stay at AIIMS for over a year for want of a portable ventilator after he underwent a spine surgery can finally go home.

Courtesy, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), which offered financial assistance of Rs 2 lakh to the boy for buying the equipment.

The minister of state in PMO, Jitendra Singh, came to know about the matter and got Rs 2 lakh released for the portable ventilator, oxygen concentrator and solar power inverter that Rohit needed for him to be at home.

When contacted, the minister said he was moved after reading about Rohit’s condition in the media and decided to help him.

“It was really disturbing to know about Rohit’s condition. After reading about his condition, I immediately asked my staff to get in touch with the family to help him. No one should suffer for the lack of money this way.”

TOP AMERICAN AEROSPACE, DEFENCE FIRMS SUPPORT PM NARENDRA MODI’S ‘MAKE IN INDIA’ INITIATIVE

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Top American aerospace and defence companies pledged to strengthen the ‘Make in India campaign’ of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and foster “blossoming” of the India-US defence collaboration.

The support from American firms emerged at Asia’s premier airshow Aero India 2017 in Bengaluru, where government is making a strong pitch for the ‘Make in India’ campaign, wooing global companies to be part of India’s evolving story.

The US-India Business Council is leading its delegation to Aero India 2017 showcasing continuity in the defence and security partnership between the US and India following India being designated as a ‘Major Defense Partner’, which directs the US government to prioritise defence trade with the country.

The international delegation consists of more than 20 senior executives from American aerospace and defense companies, according to the Council.

USIBC’s Executive Mission is led by George Standridge, Vice President for Strategy and Business Development for Lockheed Martin, and Tom Bell, Senior Vice President, Boeing.

Senior executives representing America’s top defense companies, including Arconic, Telephonics, Raytheon, Honeywell, Harris Corporation and Textron Systems are part of USIBC’s delegation.

PM MODI RESPONDS TO PEOPLE’S COMPLIMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS ON TWITTER

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Election season, Prime Minister Narendra Modi not only faces the crowds through rallies but responds to people when he receive their tweets.

While some tweets heap praise, others offer suggestions.

PM Modi entertained some tweets regarding his rallies in Bijnor and Ghaziabad recently.

He thanked those who appreciated his speech and encouraged feedback from people, emphasizing it was with people’s support that he is able to work.

In particular a tweet — the handle @PcMNavy — whose name is Pradeep Mamgain, informed him about certain suggestions that he had submitted through the NaMo app.

PM Modi encouraged him saying such contribution and suggestions are welcome. He called for more interaction from the people.

Modi also responded to those who were unable to view his rally, redirecting them to the link to his app.

PM CHANGES RULES TO HELP MARRIED IAS-IPS OFFICERS WORK AT ONE PLACE

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has changed service rules to allow married IAS and IPS officers to get same cadre state.

At present, there is no provision for IAS, IPS and Indian Forest Service (IFoS) married men and women to be with their spouses in their home cadre.

The decision to amend the rules is triggered by a unique case of 2011-batch IAS officer P Parthiban, who married his batchmate and Tamil Nadu cadre IPS officer Nisha, who hails from Delhi.

Parthiban is a native of Tamil Nadu and has been allocated union territories cadre, that includes Delhi.

The couple had sought common cadre citing their marriage, as civil services rules allow it. However, the rules bar any member of the service from working in his or her home state.

This matter was put up before a Committee, that decides on cases of inter-cadre transfer and deputation require relaxation in provisions of existing guidelines, headed by Secretary of Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).

The panel had then recommended change in guidelines, which has now been approved by Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) headed by Modi.

GOVT PLANS CRACKDOWN ON SHELL COMPANIES TO COUNTER MONEY LAUNDERING

Centre announced crackdown on shell companies laundering money in the aftermath of the 8 November invalidation of high-value currency notes.

Bank accounts of such entities will be frozen and the benami law invoked as part of the drive, said a government statement issued after a meeting of investigative agencies at the prime minister’s office, or PMO.

The Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Act, 2016, gives the government powers to confiscate benami assets—those held in the name of another person or under a fictitious name to avoid taxation and conceal unaccounted-for wealth.

Names of dormant companies will be struck off and steps taken to build a comprehensive database of such companies and their directors whose Aadhaar numbers will also be captured, said the statement.