Modi’s emotional letter to the ex President Pranab Mukherjee

On Thursday,  August 3, 2017, the former president of India, Pranab Mukherjee took to twitter to share an emotional letter written to him by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. Mukherjee received the letter on his last serving day at the office. Not only did Mukherjee tweet pictures of the letter but also said that PM Modi’s gesture in form of this letter touched his heart.

The letter expresses Modi’s earnest admiration for Mukherjee. PM Modi says that he is grateful that despite differences in political ideologies the two of them were able to work together with synergy. Modi addresses Mukherjee as ‘Pranab da’.

Moreover, Modi refers to him as a father figure. He writes that when he first came to New Delhi three years ago, he felt like a complete outsider. However, Mukherjee was always there to mentor him. The PM says that Mukherjee’s wisdom and guidance has always given him greater confidence whereas his intellectual prowess helped him govern better.

Modi thanked Mukherjee for being an inspiration and said, “You belong to a generation of leaders for whom politics was simply a means to selflessly give back to the society. India will always be proud of you, a president who was a humble public servant and an exceptional leader.”

Mukherjee served as the 13th President of India from 2012 to 2017. “I will always carry with me fond memories of my association with Narendra Modi” said Mukherjee.

News Source: Indian Express, Times Of India

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President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurates “Festival of Innovations”

The President of India Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the ‘Festival of Innovations’ at  Rashtrapati Bhavan on March 4, Thursday. He also presented the ninth National Biennial Awards for Grassroots Innovations and Outstanding Traditional Knowledge. The event will take place from March 4, 2017 to March 10, 2017 with timings being 10 am to 5 pm.

Talking on the event, the President said that in the present situation, where the worldwide economy keeps on staying weak and powerless and the modern development is turning out to be more jobless in nature, even in rising economies, the Gandhian model of decentralized, circulated and enhanced advancement based endeavors is maybe the most ideal path forward to take care of the issues.

Stating that Gandhiji had for the longest time been itching to mix current science and innovation with group learning and foundations, President Mukherjee said that the previous’ message has turned out to be amazingly applicable in today’s circumstances.

“To further enrich the eco-system around inclusive innovations, we need all public and private systems around grassroots innovations to become empathetic enablers. And we need to do it, not just for India, but for the whole world,” said President Mukherjee.

The President also engaged in an interaction with the innovation scholars, artists and writers, who will be staying in Rashtrapati Bhavan and also inaugurated an Innovation Exhibition of grassroots innovators.

All visitors to the Mughal Gardens will be able to visit the Exhibition.

News Source: Business Standard, ANI

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ISRO sets up record of launching 104 satellites in space at once

On Wednesday, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) set up a new record by successfully launching 104 satellites from seven countries. The mission took place from the spaceport in Sriharikota, Andra Pradesh wherein Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-37) launched the Cartosat-2 satellite for earth observation along with 103 other satellites.

“All 104 satellites successfully placed in orbit. My hearty congratulations to the entire ISRO team for the wonderful job they have done” said ISRO chairman A S Kiran Kumar.

This is one of the greatest achievements for ISRO, and highlights the space and technological capabilities of India. President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the team on this big victory.

The Cartosat-2 satellite launched will be used to monitor the activities of India’s neighbouring countries, Pakistan and China. Out of the 104 satellites, 96 belong to USA and five belong to ISRO’s international customers — Israel, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, respectively.

In 2015, India had launched 23 satellites at once, but with this mission, ISRO has surpassed the Russian Space Agency which launched 37 satellites in a single go. Now India has become the first nation to launch the highest number of satellites in a single mission.

Source: Indian Express India Today


Former IAS Officer Anil Baijal Succeeds Jung as Delhi Lieutenant Governor

The Central government has appointed Anil Baijal, former IAS officer, as the new Lieutenant Governor of Delhi. This comes a few days after the former governor, Najeeb Jung’s abrupt resignation from the position.

Baijal was shortlisted by the government and sent to President Pranab Mukherjee for approval. Other names who were shortlisted included Ajai Raj Sharma, who was former Delhi Police Commissioner, and KJ Alphons, a former administrator.

A government official said that the government has made it clear that the new appointment of this position should not be political, but rather he be a skillful but sober administrator. The official also added that there is no requirement of any additional unnecessary noise over any disagreement with Kejriwal’s government, but rather someone will be appointed who will focus on the governance of Delhi

He served as Union Home Secretary in the Vajpayee-led government and was an important member of the Vivekananda International Foundation’s executive council. Baijal is also known for being the former Chief Managing Director of Air India when the flight IC 814 was hijacked. He, along with NSA Ajit Doval, negotiated the release of the passengers with Jaish-e-Mohammad leader, Masood Azhar.

Sources – Indian Express, The Hindu, Economic Times

Imaged Source from – The Hindu


Rahul Gandhi meets PM in a bid to waive off farmer’s loans

Congress Vice President, Rahul Gandhi led a party delegation to meet Prime Minister Modi to seek waiver for farmer’s loans.  The meeting was set up after Rahul Gandhi recently said that he would reveal corruption details of the PM.

Rahul brought into notice the crisis that farmers are facing all over the country. He also said that though PM Modi acknowledged the crisis, he was silent on the issue of waiver of loans. Gandhi also mentioned that Modi government has waived off the loan of Rs 1.40 lakh Crore to the corporate, so they should also do the same for the loans of the farmers.

This delegation of Congress consisted of high-profile members such as Punjab Unit Congress Chief Captain Amarinder Singh and Congress leader in the Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge.

With the approaching of Uttar Pradesh state polls, Congress has already been distributing forms to the farmers stating that if they are elected they would pressurize the government to waive the loans.

According to reports from The Hindu , this has also irked Samajwadi Party as well as Bahujan Samaj Party as Congress initiated this delegation which will affect their talks with President Pranab Mukherjee on the matter of demonetisation struggles.



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Opposition observes “black day” in parliament over demonetisation

Opposition parties on Thursday have staged protest against the government’s demonetisation policy by observing “black day” near the Mahatma Gandhi statue in the Parliament premises. This has resulted in disruption and later, adjournment of both the houses for the day.

The opposition used the occasion to charge the Prime Minister of not acknowledging the larger scale problems sparked by the decision. The protest was led by congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and comprised mainly of Samajvadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and Trinamool Congress with over a hundred opposition leaders, notably Ghulam Nabi Azad, Jyotiraditya Scindia.

“Farmers are dying and the Prime Minister seems to be having fun. He should come to parliament to debate on demonetisation, we will not let him run away,” Rahul said.

TMC staged a silent protest wearing a black ribbon at their heads and arms.

Since the beginning of the winter session, opposition has held up both the houses of the parliament demanding the PM to speak up on the matter.

Meanwhile The President has condemned the protest stating that the disruption of Parliament in unacceptable. “Parliament is a place to debate. No MP has the right to disrupt the house. For God’s Sake, please do your job… You are meant to transact Parliament business; not to disrupt it,” he added.

Union Minister Venkaih Naidu in his usual tone has retaliated against the opposition calling the “black day” as “kala dhan samarthan divas” (A day to support black money).

SOURCES: Outlook,  Rajya Sabha TV


President Mukherjee arrives in Darjeeling, meets CM Mamata


President Pranab Mukherjee arrived in Darjeeling  earlier today, and was received by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had arrived a day earlier, reported Darjeeling Chronicle.

He was welcomed by, Rabindra Nath Gosh, Gautam Deb and other party leaders in Bagdogra .Given the cancellation to his aerial trip, the President and the other dignitaries took the normal route to Darjeeling. The governor of West Bengal Keshari Nath Tripathi also accompanied the President.

A state reception was held in honour of the president on the July, 12, at Chowrasta, Darjeeling.

On the July, 13, the president will attend the celebration of the of Birth Anniversary of the first nepali poet Bhanu Bhakta Acharya. This will be the first time Bengal Government officially  celebrating Bhanu Jayanti.  Following this, the government  of West Bengal will host a dinner.

The president will address the annual meeting of the Darjeeling Tea association on the 14th of July.