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PM Modi takes first shot of COVID Vaccine

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the first dose of COVID-19 vaccination today.

Informing about the same in a tweet today, PM Modi said, 

"Took my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS. Remarkable how our doctors and scientists have worked in quick time to strengthen the global fight against COVID-19. I appeal to all those who are eligible to take the vaccine. Together, let us make India COVID-19 free!"

The countrywide vaccination exercise, which is underway since 16th of January, has been exponentially expanded to include those above 60 years of age and those above 45 years with co-morbidities from today.

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Over 70 per cent of candidates graduated from The Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University this year are women


Over 21000 candidates were conferred with Degrees and Diplomas in the 33rd Convocation of The Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R Medical University today.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who addressed the Convocation, expressed happiness that more than 70 per cent of the candidates who received Degrees and Diplomas were women. He congratulated all the graduates and conveyed his special appreciation to the women candidates. He said it is always special to see women leading from the front in any field. 

The Prime Minister said the success of the students and the institution would have made the great MGR very happy. Recalling that MGR's governance was full of compassion towards the poor, Mr Modi said the subjects of healthcare, education and empowerment of women were dear to him. He said India is honoured to be working in the health sector for our Tamil sisters and brothers in Sri Lanka where MGR was born. Ambulance service financed by India is widely used by the Tamil community in Sri Lanka. He said these efforts in healthcare that too for the Tamil community would have made MGR very happy.

The Prime Minister said the Government is transforming the entire medical education and health sector and the National Medical Commission will rationalize the norms to set up new medical colleges, bring greater transparency and improve the quality and availability of Human Resources in this sector. 

The Prime Minister announced that the Government has permitted the establishment of 11 new medical colleges in those districts in Tamil Nadu which do not have a medical college and for these medical colleges, the Government of India would give more than Rs 2000 crore. 

The Prime Minister said, "Doctors are among the most respected professionals in our country and this respect has gone up even more after the pandemic. This respect is because people know the seriousness of your profession where many times, it is literally a life and death question for someone." He said to be serious and to look serious are two different things and requested the students to keep their sense of humour intact. He said this will also help them to cheer up their patients and keep their morale high.

Mr Modi also advised the students to focus on their health and fitness as they take care of the nation's health. He gave a call to the students to rise above self-interest and said doing so will make them fearless.

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Development works launched in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu


Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated to the nation the 1000 MW Neyveli New Thermal Power Project and 709 MW Solar Power Project of NLCIL today.

PM Modi laid the foundation stone for design, supply, installation and commissioning of a 5MW grid-connected ground-based solar power plant at V.O.Chidambaranar Port and for the extension, renovation and modernisation of the Lower Bhavani Project System. He also laid the foundation stone for the development of Integrated Command and Control Centers (ICCC) in nine Smart Cities including Coimbatore, Madurai, Salem, Thanjavur, Vellore, Tiruchirappalli, Tiruppur, Tirunelveli and Thoothukudi. He inaugurated the 8-laning of Korampallam Bridge and Rail Over Bridge (ROB) at V.O.Chidambaranar Port and the tenements constructed under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) scheme. Governor, Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and Union Minister Pralhad Joshi were present on the occasion.

Addressing the event, the Prime Minister said Coimbatore is a city of industry and innovation. Development works launched today will benefit Coimbatore and the entire Tamil Nadu, he said.

The Prime Minister said that the modernization of Bhawani Sagar Dam will irrigate over 2 lakh acres of land and farmers of several districts will benefit from this project. He lauded Tamil Nadu for making a major contribution to India's industrial growth. He expressed happiness to inaugurate several major power projects, as one of the basic needs of industrial growth is continuous power supply. He said that the 709 MW solar power project is indigenously developed and the cost of this project is over Rs 3,000 crore. He further said that another 1,000 MW thermal power project constructed at a cost of Rs 7,800 crore will be hugely beneficial to Tamil Nadu. He added that over 65 per cent of the power generated will be given to Tamil Nadu.

As the Prime Minister launched various projects related to V.O. Chidambaranar Port, Thoothukudi, he said that Tamil Nadu has a glorious history of sea trade and port-led development. The projects launched today will further strengthen the cargo handling capacity of the port and support the green port initiative. He noted that efficient ports contribute to India being Aatmnirbhar and a global hub for trade as well as logistics. Shri Modi paid tribute to the great freedom fighter VOC. "His vision for a vibrant Indian shipping industry and maritime development inspires us greatly," said the Prime Minister.  He expressed happiness that VOC Port has taken up a grid-connected 5 MW ground-based solar power plant at a cost of Rs 20 crore and installation of a 140 KW rooftop solar project is in progress. He called it an example of Urja Aatmnirbharta.

The Prime Minister asserted that the Government of India’s commitment to port-led development can be seen through the Sagarmala Scheme. About 575 projects at a total cost of over six lakh crore rupees have been identified for implementation during the 2015-2035 period. These works cover Port modernisation, New port development, Port connectivity enhancement, Port-linked industrialisation and Coastal community development, the Prime Minister informed. He informed that a new Multi-Modal Logistics Park is going to be launched soon at Mappedu near Sriperumbudur in Chennai. He further added that the 8-laning of Korampallam Bridge and Rail Over Bridge was also taken up under 'Sagarmala programme'. The Project will facilitate seamless and congestion-free transit to and from the Port. It will also further reduce the turnaround time of the cargo trucks, Mr Modi said.

Mr Modi said that at the core of development is ensuring dignity to every individual. "One of the basic ways of ensuring dignity is to provide shelter for everyone. To give wings to the dreams and aspirations of our people,  Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna was started," he said. He expressed happiness to inaugurate 4,144 tenements built in several areas and to lay the foundation stone to integrated command and control centres in smart cities across Tamil Nadu. He also said that the cost of this project is Rs 332 crore and these houses will be handed over to those who were homeless even after 70 years of Independence. He said the Integrated Command and Control Centres will provide an intelligent and integrated IT solution to manage various services across these cities.

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PM inaugurates and lays foundation stone of various development projects in Puducherry


Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for 4 laning of NH45-A covering Karaikal District and Medical College Building at Karaikal New Campus- Phase I, Karaikal District (JIPMER). 

He also laid the foundation stone for the development of Minor Port at Puducherry under Sagarmala Scheme and Synthetic Athletic Track, Indira Gandhi Sports Complex, Puducherry.

Mr Modi inaugurated the Blood Centre at Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER), Puducherry and a 100-bed girls' hostel at Lawspet, Puducherry for female athletes. He also inaugurated the reconstructed Heritage Marie Building.

The Prime Minister said Puducherry has been home to sages, scholars and poets and also to revolutionaries like Mahakavi Subramania Bharathi and Sri Aurobindo. Admiring Puducherry as a symbol of diversity, he said here people speak different languages, practice different faiths but live as one.

Inaugurating the re-built Mairie Building, the Prime Minister said that the building will add to the beauty of Beach Promenade and attract more tourists.

The Prime Minister said that four laning of NH 45-A would cover Karaikal District and improve the connectivity to the holy Saneeswaran Temple and also provide easy interstate connectivity to the Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health and Nagor Dargah. He said the Government has made several efforts to improve rural and coastal connectivity and the agriculture sector will gain from this. He said that it is the obligation of the Government to ensure their produce reaches good markets in a timely manner and good roads would aid in achieving that goal. He further stated that the four laning of the road will also add momentum to the economic activity in this area and generate job opportunities for local youth.

The Prime Minister remarked that in the last seven years, India has made many efforts to improve fitness and wellness as economic prosperity is closely linked to good health. In this context, he laid the foundation stone for the 400 meters synthetic athletic track at the sports complex, as a part of the Khelo India scheme. It will nurture sporting talent among the youth of India. He remarked that with the coming of good sports facilities to Puducherry, youth from this state can excel in national and global sports meets. He said the 100-bed girls' hostel constructed at Lawspet inaugurated today would accommodate hockey, volleyball, weightlifting kabaddi and handball players who would be trained under SAI coaches.

The Prime Minister said that healthcare would play a key role in the coming years. In line with the objective of providing quality health care to all, Blood Centre in JIPMER is being inaugurated, which will accommodate advanced facilities for long term storage of blood, blood products and stem cells banking. He added that the facility will function as a research laboratory and a training centre for personnel training in all aspects of transfusion.

The Prime Minister said, to promote quality healthcare, we need quality health professionals. Phase-I project of Medical College Building at Karaikal New Campus is an environment friendly complex and will have all modern teaching facilities required for teaching MBBS students.

Laying the foundation of Puducherry Port Development under Sagarmala Scheme, the Prime Minister hoped that once completed, it will help the fishermen who have been using this port for venturing into the sea for fishing operations. It will provide much-needed sea connectivity to Chennai. This will facilitate the cargo movement for industries of Puducherry and ease the load on the Chennai port. It will open up possibilities of passenger traffic among the coastal cities, he said.

The Prime Minister said Direct Benefit Transfer has helped beneficiaries under various welfare schemes. He said this makes people empowered for making their choices. He stated that Puducherry has got rich human resources because of various educational institutions present, both in the government and private sector. It has potential for a lot of industrial and tourism development that will provide a lot of employment and opportunity. "The people of Puducherry are talented. This land is beautiful. I am here to personally assure all possible support from my Government for the development of Puducherry," the Prime Minister concluded.

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PM Modi remembers late TN CM Jayalalithaa


Prime Minister Narendra Modi remembered late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on her birth anniversary, today.

"Remembering Jayalalithaa Ji on her birth anniversary. She is widely admired for her pro-people policies and efforts to empower the downtrodden. She also made noteworthy efforts to empower our Nari Shakti. I will always cherish my several interactions with her," the Prime Minister said in a tweet.

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PM addresses India Australia Circular Economy Hackathon


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that there is a need to look at our consumption patterns, and how we can reduce their ecological impact. He said Circular Economy can be a key step in solving many of our challenges in this regard. He was addressing the valedictory function of India-Australia Circular Economy Hackathon today via video conference.

The Prime Minister said recycling and reusing things, eliminating waste, and improving resource efficiency must become part of our lifestyles.

Expressing hope that innovations showcased at the hackathon will inspire the two countries to take the lead in circular economy solutions, he also asked to find ways to scale-up and incubate these ideas. "We must never forget, that we are not the owners of all that Mother Earth has to offer, but merely its trustees for all the future generations to come," the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister termed the energy and enthusiasm of today's youthful participants in the hackathon is a symbol of the forward-looking partnership between India and Australia. "The strong India-Australia partnership will play an important role in shaping the post-COVID world. And our youth, our young innovators, our startups, will be at the forefront of this partnership," concluded the Prime Minister.


PM launches Mahabahu Brahmaputra project


The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi launched ‘Mahabahu-Brahmaputra’ and laid the foundation stone of two bridges in Assam.  

To mark the launch of ‘Mahabahu-Brahmaputra’, he inaugurated the Ro-Pax vessel operations between Neamati-Majuli Island, North Guwahati-South Guwahati and Dhubri-Hatsingimari. He laid the foundation stone of Inland Water Transport (IWT) Terminal at Jogighopa and various tourist jetties on River Brahmaputra and launched digital solutions for Ease-of-Doing-Business.

The Prime Minister lauded the Chief Minister of Assam and his government for their work to achieve this. Majuli has got Assam’s first helipad and is getting the fast and safe road options as long pending demand is being met with the bhumi poojan of the 8 km long bridge connecting Kalibari with Jorhat. “This is going to be a bridge of convenience and possibilities”, said the Prime Minister.

Similarly, the 19 km long bridge from  Dhubari to Fulbaari in Meghalaya will improve connectivity in Barak Valley and will reduce the distance between Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram and Assam. The Prime Minister pointed out that, the distance between Meghalaya and Assam is about 250 km by road; it will be reduced to just 19-20 km.

He added Ro-pax service between Majuli and Nemati is one such route which would reduce the distance from about 425 km to just 12 km. On this path, two ships are operated which would transport about 1600 passengers and dozens of vehicles at one go. He said a similar facility launched in Guwahati would reduce the distance between North and South Guwahati from 40 km to 3 km. Introduction of RO-Pax service between Dhubri and Hatsingimari will reduce travelling distance of 220 km to 28 km.

He also expressed the hope that today’s connectivity related launches will open new avenues of tourism and Assam could emerge as a major destination for cruise tourism. “We have to work collectively to make Assam, Northeast a strong pillar of Aatmnirbhar Bharat".

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Kerala gets slew of new projects


The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of various projects in Kochi, Kerala today.

Governor of Kerala, Chief Minister of Kerala, and Union Ministers graced the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said that the works inaugurated today cover a wide range of sectors and will energise the growth trajectory of India. He said that the Propylene Derivative Petrochemical Project (PDPP), inaugurated today, will help strengthen India's journey towards being Aatmanirbhar as it will save foreign exchange. A wide range of industries would gain and employment opportunities would be generated. Similarly, with Ro-Ro Vessels, a distance of almost thirty kilometres on road will become 3.5 kilometres through waterways leading to less congestion and more convenience, commerce and capacity-building.

The Prime Minister asserted that the Government of India is undertaking many efforts to improve tourism-related infrastructure in Kerala. The inauguration of Sagarika, the International Cruise Terminal in Kochi is one example of this. Sagarika Cruise Terminal will cater to over lakh cruise guests. The Prime Minister noted the rise in local tourism due to pandemic related restrictions on international travel. He said this is a great opportunity for added livelihood to those in the local tourism industry and deepening of connection between our culture and our youth. He called upon start-ups to think about innovative tourism-related products. The Prime Minister noted the tourism sector in India has been growing well in the last five years. In the World Tourism Index ranking, India moved from sixty-fifth to thirty-fourth position, said the Prime Minister.

Outlining the country's plan for the development of the Blue Economy, PM Modi said, "Our vision and work in this sector include: more ports, improving infrastructure in current ports, ff-shore energy, sustainable coastal development and Coastal connectivity." Talking about the Pradhan Mantri Matasya Samapada Yojna, the Prime Minister pointed out that it caters to diverse requirements of fishermen communities. It has provisions for ensuring more credit. Fishermen have been linked with Kisan Credit Cards. Similarly, work is underway to make India a hub for sea-food exports.

The Prime Minister said that this year's Budget has devoted significant resources and schemes that will benefit Kerala. This includes the next phase of the Kochi Metro.

Referring to India's spirited response to the Corona challenge, the Prime Minister recounted the Government's effort to help Indian diaspora especially in the Gulf. He said India is proud of its diaspora in the Gulf. As a part of the Vande Bharat Mission, over fifty lakh Indians came back home. Many of them were from Kerala. The Prime Minister took the opportunity to thank various Gulf Nations for their sensitive approach to the government of India's effort to get released many Indians who were in prisons there.

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PM rolls out key projects in Tamil Nadu


Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated and laid foundation stones for several key projects and handed over the Arjun Main Battle Tank (MK-1A) to the Army, in Chennai today.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said, "These projects are symbols of innovation and Indigenous development. These projects will further the growth of Tamil Nadu." He said Thanjavur and Pudukkottai will be specially benefitted as the foundation to modernise the six hundred and thirty-six kilometres long Grand Anicut Canal System was laid today. He also stated that the impact of this is going to be very big and will improve irrigation facilities for 2.27 lakh acres of land.

Quoting Tamil poet Avvaiyar, the Prime Minister stressed the need to conserve water as it is not just a national issue but a global subject. He emphasized the need to remember the mantra of Per Drop More Crop,

The Prime Minister paid homage to the Pulwama attack martyrs on the anniversary of the attack today. He said, "We pay homage to all the martyrs we lost in that attack. We are proud of our security forces. Their bravery will continue to inspire generations."

The Prime Minister said India has undertaken a massive effort to become self-reliant in the defence sector. He said this is inspired by what Mahakavi Subramaniya Bharathi who wrote in the oldest language in the world, Tamil, said, Let us make weapons; let us make paper. Let us make factories; let us make schools. Let us make vehicles that can move and fly. Let us make ships that can shake the world. PM Modi said that one of the two defence corridors is in Tamil Nadu. The corridor has already received investment commitments over Rupees Eight thousand one hundred crores. 

On MBT Arjun Mark 1A, the Prime Minister stated, "I am proud to handover the indigenously designed and manufactured Main Battle Tank Arjun Mark 1A. It also uses indigenous ammunition. A tank made in Tamil Nadu will be used in our northern borders to keep the nation safe. This showcases India's united spirit – Bharat's Ekta Darshan."

The Prime Minister inaugurated the Chennai Metro Rail Phase-I extension, the fourth Railway line between Chennai Beach and Attipattu, Railway Electrification of single line section in Villupuram - Cuddalore - Mayiladuthurai - Thanjavur and Mayiladuthurai-Thiruvarur.  Prime Minister laid the foundation stone for the extension, renovation and modernization of the Grand Anicut Canal System and Discovery Campus of IIT Madras.

Governor of Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Deputy Chief Minister, Speaker of Tamil Nadu Assembly Industries Minister of Tamil Nadu were present on the occasion.

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Telephonic conversation between PM Modi and US President Joe Biden


Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a telephone conversation yesterday with US President Joe Biden. 

The Prime Minister warmly congratulated President Biden, conveyed best wishes for his tenure, and looked forward to working closely with him to further elevate the India-US Strategic Partnership.  

The leaders discussed at length regional developments and the wider geo-political context. They noted that the India-US partnership is firmly anchored in a shared commitment to democratic values and common strategic interests. They reiterated the importance of working with like-minded countries to ensure a rules-based international order and a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region.

Prime Minister and President Biden affirmed the importance of addressing the challenge of global climate change. Prime Minister welcomed President Biden's decision to re-commit to the Paris Agreement and highlighted the ambitious targets India has set for itself in the area of renewable energy. Prime Minister welcomed President Biden’s initiative to organise the Climate Leaders Summit in April this year and looked forward to participating in the same.  

Prime Minister took the opportunity to invite President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden to visit India at their earliest convenience.

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