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NARENDRA MODI - DAY 92 IN OFFICE


27-08-2014NARENDRA MODI - DAY 92 IN OFFICE


  • Union Communications and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that India is on the thresholds of digital revolution. He also urged political unanimity in achieving India’s goal of total digitization. He called upon IT ministers of all states to discuss and prepare a blueprint to successfully implement ambitious Digital India Project.
  • Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu met the PM to speed up the process of extending special state status to Andhra Pradesh. He is believed to have asked for allocation of funds for Polavaram dam construction and development of new state capital.
  • The PM took stock of the recent coal block allocation judgement of the Supreme Court and also met Piyush Goyal, Power and Coal Minister, for discussing bottlenecks in the power sector.
  • PepsiCo Chief Indra Nooyi paid a courtesy visit to Commerce and Industry minister Nirmala Sitharaman. No information was divulged either by the company spokesperson or officials in the ministry regarding context of the meeting. PepsiCo is believed to be planning to expand its presence in India, which has till date invested more than $ 2 billion since its entry in India in 1989.
  • US charge d’affaires in India, Kathleen Stephens, has expressed hope of a new beginning of bilateral relations between India and the USA when the Indian PM visits USA and meets President Barack Obama on September 30, 2014. Some of the areas where US is looking forward to collaborate include infrastructural facilities in railways freight sector, and many more. During the Indian PM’s visit to the US, he is scheduled to address 25,000 people in New York on September 28.
  • An ambitious financial inclusion scheme called ‘Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana’ will be launched by the PM on August 28. This social inclusion scheme will try to provide insurance cover as well as bank account to every household.
  • K Sankaranarayanan, the Maharashtra governor who resigned recently, has reminded the Modi government that in Indian politics no chair is permanent. He also said that he sacrificed the Governor’s position because he didn’t want to do away with his dignity and identity. K Sankaranarayanan is a Congress leader, who is believed to be starting a new innings in his political career in Kerala, his home state.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi met British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on Monday and discussed greater cooperation between both countries on different fields including cleaning of rivers, clean energy, education, infrastructure development, and skill development.
  • Many liberals and left wing intellectuals as well as politicians (including Romilla Thapar, Vinod Mehta, and Digvijay Singh) have raised fear and suspicion that within hundred days of Modi Sarkar there has been increasing tendencies among right wing Hindu Nationalist organisations such as Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh to impose biased Hindu nationalist values on multicultural society of India.
  • US-based economist Arvind Subramanian, who also served at IMF and GATT, is all set to become Chief Economic Adviser (CEA) of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to encourage and expedite government’s pro- market changes.
  • Available reports indicate that strategically important key agreements will be signed between India and Vietnam on trade, defence, and culture when President Pranab Mukherjee visits Vietnam next month. While Hanoi will stress upon maritime security and safety along with maintenance of freedom of navigation in disputed South China Sea, India has decided to stress upon deepening defence ties, on one hand, and enhanced engagement in Oil sector with Vietnam.
  • Sheila Dixit, who was appointed by erstwhile UPA-II government as Governor of Kerala, resigned today. She became the eighth governor to put down her papers since the NDA government assumed office 91 days back. The 76 –year-old veteran met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh a day before resigning.
  • Four new governors have been appointed by the Union Government. Kalyan Singh, former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister has become the Governor of Rajasthan. Vaju Vala, V Rao, and Mridula Sinha are also made governors of Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Goa respectively.
  • Newly elected BJP Chief Amit Shah today literally ended an era in BJP by dropping L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi from the 12-member Parliamentary board, the highest decision-making body within the ruling party. They are now handed the title - Mentors or ‘Marg Darshaks’.
  • The Modi government, in an innovative move, joined hands with India’s largest retail outlet – Flipkart – for providing Indian handloom weavers an online marketing platform. This has been done to empower weavers, on one hand, and boost handloom sector, on the other.
  • Newly elected BJP Chief Amit Shah today literally ended an era in BJP by dropping L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi from the 12-member Parliamentary board, the highest decision-making body within the ruling party. They are now handed the title - Mentors or ‘Marg Darshaks’.
  • Four new governors have been appointed by the Union Government. Kalyan Singh, former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister has become the Governor of Rajasthan. Vaju Vala, V Rao, and Mridula Sinha are also made governors of Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Goa respectively.
  • Sheila Dixit, who was appointed by erstwhile UPA-II government as Governor of Kerala, resigned today. She became the eighth governor to put down her papers since the NDA government assumed office 91 days back. The 76 –year-old veteran met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh a day before resigning.
  • Available reports indicate that strategically important key agreements will be signed between India and Vietnam on trade, defence, and culture when President Pranab Mukherjee visits Vietnam next month. While Hanoi will stress upon maritime security and safety along with maintenance of freedom of navigation in disputed South China Sea, India has decided to stress upon deepening defence ties, on one hand, and enhanced engagement in Oil sector with Vietnam.
  • US-based economist Arvind Subramanian, who also served at IMF and GATT, is all set to become Chief Economic Adviser (CEA) of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to encourage and expedite government’s pro- market changes.
  • Many liberals and left wing intellectuals as well as politicians (including Romilla Thapar, Vinod Mehta, and Digvijay Singh) have raised fear and suspicion that within hundred days of Modi Sarkar there has been increasing tendencies among right wing Hindu Nationalist organisations such as Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh to impose biased Hindu nationalist values on multicultural society of India.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi met British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on Monday and discussed greater cooperation between both countries on different fields including cleaning of rivers, clean energy, education, infrastructure development, and skill development.
  • K Sankaranarayanan, the Maharashtra governor who resigned recently, has reminded the Modi government that in Indian politics no chair is permanent. He also said that he sacrificed the Governor’s position because he didn’t want to do away with his dignity and identity. K Sankaranarayanan is a Congress leader, who is believed to be starting a new innings in his political career in Kerala, his home state.
  • An ambitious financial inclusion scheme called ‘Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana’ will be launched by the PM on August 28. This social inclusion scheme will try to provide insurance cover as well as bank account to every household.
  • US charge d’affaires in India, Kathleen Stephens, has expressed hope of a new beginning of bilateral relations between India and the USA when the Indian PM visits USA and meets President Barack Obama on September 30, 2014. Some of the areas where US is looking forward to collaborate include infrastructural facilities in railways freight sector, and many more. During the Indian PM’s visit to the US, he is scheduled to address 25,000 people in New York on September 28.
  • PepsiCo Chief Indra Nooyi paid a courtesy visit to Commerce and Industry minister Nirmala Sitharaman. No information was divulged either by the company spokesperson or officials in the ministry regarding context of the meeting. PepsiCo is believed to be planning to expand its presence in India, which has till date invested more than $ 2 billion since its entry in India in 1989.
  • The PM took stock of the recent coal block allocation judgement of the Supreme Court and also met Piyush Goyal, Power and Coal Minister, for discussing bottlenecks in the power sector.
  • Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu met the PM to speed up the process of extending special state status to Andhra Pradesh. He is believed to have asked for allocation of funds for Polavaram dam construction and development of new state capital.
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Last Updated on August 27, 2014, 5:50 pm