Address of the President of India at the presentation of Rashtrapati Scout/Guide/Rover/Ranger and Adult leader award certificates for the year 2013


he President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee addressing at the presentation of the Rashtrapati Scouts & Guides Awards for the year-2013, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on February 16, 2015.


Address of the President of India at the presentation of Rashtrapati Scout/Guide/Rover/Ranger and Adult leader award certificates for the year 2013 

1. I am, indeed, very happy to be amidst you this morning and to welcome you to the historic Darbar Hall to participate in today’s award ceremony. 


2. The tradition of the Rashtrapati Award Certificates has continued since 1961, when my illustrious predecessor, and the First President of India, Dr Rajendra Prasad, associated himself with The Bharat Scouts and Guides organisation. The due recognition of the highest achievers, at this award ceremony, has always inspired generations of scouts and guides towards giving their best for community-service and nation-building. 

The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presented the Bharat Scouts & Guides Awards Certificates for the year 2013, at the presentation of the Rashtrapati Scouts & Guides Awards for the year-2013, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on February 16, 2015.
3. The founding-father of Scouts and Guides, Lord Baden Powell, started the movement in our country in 1909, a mere two years after the first experimental Scouting Camp at the Brown Sea Island in Great Britain. Being a voluntary, non-political and educational movement for young people, bereft totally of any distinction in terms of race or creed, the Scout/Guide Promise of ‘doing one’s duty to God and Country, and service to fellow beings’ will forever ingrain, in each one of you, the timeless virtues of mutual respect and universal brotherhood. Therefore, veritably, the participation in this movement enables all of you to realise your own intellectual, physical and spiritual potential. 

4. Today, I am especially happy to note that your dedication and purposeful activities, at such a tender age, are paving the way for national integration as well as international harmony in equal measure. I take this opportunity to convey my simple message to you all; that, ‘the country stands proud of each one of you’. 

5. My dear young friends, ladies and gentlemen, as the world becomes increasingly globalised, we are, only too aware of the rampant social conflicts that threaten the continued well-being of all citizens. Our nation is going through an unprecedented demographic transformation. In another five years’ time, the average age of an Indian would be 29 years! The statistical fact is not only indicative of how important it is, for the country, to focus on the aspirations of our youth; but equally, for each one of my young friends here, and across the country, to strive and become the much-needed ‘agents of change’. The Bharat Scouts and Guides can be the perpetual platform to nurture leadership at the grassroots level, precisely as needed. 

The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presented the Bharat Scouts & Guides Awards Certificates for the year 2013, at the presentation of the Rashtrapati Scouts & Guides Awards for the year-2013, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on February 16, 2015.
6. I will like to draw your attention to the recently-launched ‘Swachch Bharat Abhiyan’, the pan-India movement that is truly based on ‘dignity of labour’, a value that was so dear to Mahatma Gandhi. It is my firm belief that The Bharat Scouts and Guides stands poised to inculcate the basic sense of self-confidence, self-reliance and passion for national duty in each and every one of you. 

7. Young friends, as a message of sagacity, I would only emphasise, that we must seek the measures to create a higher standard of social order. Each one of us must be mindful of the sensitivities of those around us, and the effect of our words and actions on them. We must collectively preserve the core values of pluralism and secularism that have served, over the years, to safeguard the fabric of our society. “The Bharat Scouts and Guides” must infuse a greater sense of tolerance in young minds, whilst allowing them to summarily reject any divisive agenda. 

The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presented the Bharat Scouts & Guides Awards Certificates for the year 2013, at the presentation of the Rashtrapati Scouts & Guides Awards for the year-2013, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on February 16, 2015.
8. It is with a sense of great satisfaction that I note the wide spectrum of activities The Bharat Scouts and Guides have been engaged in over the past years. The efforts and the events have encompassed humanitarian aid during natural calamities, social campaigns to combat disease and debilitative habits, community workshops for skill-development, joint activities related to Millennium Development Goals, and participation in international meets. I thank each and every member of the organisation for the selfless services rendered that not only bring succour to the deprived and the needy, but also enhance the reputation of our country in the eyes of the international community. 

9. Dear young friends, in the end, I would like to take the opportunity to underscore the apt words of the vision-statement of The Bharat Scouts and Guides, and I quote, ‘By 2024, The Bharat Scouts and Guides will be a globally-visible, consistently-growing and self-reliant premium youth movement that is gender-balanced, vibrant and responsive to trends.’ With these words, I once again, congratulate the award winners, including the Adult Leaders, of The Bharat Scouts and Guides. May your meritorious service be the lodestar for others to follow suit in the coming years. 

Thank you. 

Jai Hind. 


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President of India presents the Rashtrapati Scout/Guide/Rover/Ranger and Adult Leader Awards/Certificates 

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presented the Rashtrapati Scout/Guide/Rover/Ranger and Adult Leader Awards/Certificates for the year 2013 at a function at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (February 16, 2015). 

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that the tradition of the Rashtrapati Award/Certificates has continued since 1961, when the First President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, associated himself with The Bharat Scouts and Guides organisation. The due recognition of the highest achievers has always inspired generations of scouts and guides towards giving their best for community-service and nation-building. He said that he was happy to note that their dedication and purposeful activities, at such a tender age, are paving the way for national integration as well as international harmony in equal measure. 

The President said that The Bharat Scouts and Guides can be the perpetual platform to nurture leadership at the grassroots level. He drew attention of Scouts and Guides to the recently-launched ‘Swachch Bharat Abhiyan’, the pan-India movement that is truly based on ‘dignity of labour’, a value that was so dear to Mahatma Gandhi and said that it was his firm belief that The Bharat Scouts and Guides stands poised to inculcate the basic sense of self-confidence, self-reliance and passion for national duty in each and every one of them. He called upon The Bharat Scouts and Guides to infuse a greater sense of tolerance in young minds, whilst allowing them to summarily reject any divisive agenda. He said that he would like to thank each and every member of the organisation for their selfless services rendered that not only bring succour to the deprived and the needy, but also enhance the reputation of our country in the eyes of the international community. 

16 Silver Elephant, 1 Bar to Silver Star, 10 Silver Star Awards, Rashtrapati Scout/Guide Certificates (33 Nos. in pairs) and Rashtrapati Rover/Ranger Certificates (16 Nos. in pairs) were presented on the occasion. 


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Text of Statement To Media By The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, during the visit of President of Sri Lanka, Shri Maithripala Sirisena, to India

It is a great pleasure and privilege to welcome President Maithripala Sirisena and Mrs. Sirisena to India. 

We are honoured that you have chosen India as your first overseas destination. 

Let me congratulate you on behalf of the people of India for your historic victory. The election reflects the strength of democracy in Sri Lanka. 

Your mandate carries the collective voice of Sri Lanka. It represents the aspirations of your people for a united, inclusive peaceful and prosperous nation. 

India is Sri Lanka`s closest neighbour and friend. The goodwill and support of the people of India will always be with you. 

The timeless links of history, religion and culture provide a solid foundation of our partnership. 

We also share a broad range of interests - economic development for our countries; peace and prosperity in South Asia; maritime security in the region. 

Indeed, I believe that our destinies are inter-linked. Our security and prosperity are indivisible. 

President Sirisena and I had excellent discussions today on our bilateral relations and international issues. 

President and I are committed to unlock the vast potential of our economic cooperation. 

We are pleased to be Sri Lanka`s largest trading partner. I know that India enjoys a huge trade surplus. I expressed my support for a more balanced growth in trade in both directions. 

I conveyed our readiness to promote greater flow of Indian investments and tourists into Sri Lanka. 

We discussed expansion of cooperation in energy sector, both conventional and renewable. 

Our Commerce Secretaries will meet soon to review our bilateral commercial relations. 

We also intend to further improve air and sea connectivity between India and Sri Lanka. 

The bilateral agreement on civil nuclear cooperation is yet another demonstration of our mutual trust. This is the first such agreement Sri Lanka has signed. It opens new avenues for cooperation, including in areas like agriculture and healthcare. 

President and I also agreed to expand our defence and security cooperation. We welcomed the progress in our maritime security cooperation, including in the trilateral format with Maldives. 

The Indian assisted projects for Internally Displaced Persons in Sri Lanka have made excellent progress. This includes the Housing Project, under which more than 27,000 houses have already been constructed. President and I expressed satisfaction with the progress. 

I assured President Sirisena of India`s commitment to its development partnership with Sri Lanka. This will continue to cover a broad range of areas, including infrastructure. In this context, I am also pleased with the MoU on cooperation in agriculture. 

President and I attach the highest importance to the fishermen`s issue. It affects livelihood on both sides. We agreed that there must be a constructive and humanitarian approach to the issue. 

We will encourage the fishermen`s associations on both sides to meet again soon. They should find a solution that can be taken forward by both governments. 

Like cricket, culture provides a strong bond between us. The Programme of Cultural Cooperation signed today will nurture those ties and promote contacts between people. 

I am also delighted that Sri Lanka is now part of the Nalanda University Project. 

It recalls a link forged 2300 years ago, by Prince Mahindra, known as Arhat Mahinda in Sri Lanka, and his sister Sanghamitra.They went to Sri Lanka as apostles of Buddhism. 

Sri Lankan nationals visit the National Museum in New Delhi in large numbers to pay homage to the Kapilavastu relics. We have decided to reduce the fees for them. 

I thanked the President for his invitation to me to visit Sri Lanka. I am eagerly looking forward to visiting his beautiful country in March. 

I would like to once again welcome President Sirisena to India. We are at a moment of an unprecedented opportunity to take our bilateral relations to a new level. His visit today has set us firmly in that direction. 


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Archives of Asia Africa Conference (Bandung, 1955) nominated jointly by India & Indonesia for incorporation in UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register 

The National Archives of India has signed a Letter of Intent with National Archives of the Republic of Indonesia (ANRI) for joint nomination of the Archives of Asia Africa Conference (ACC) held in Bandung in 1955 for incorporation in the UNESCO’s Memory of the World (MoW) Register. 

The Letter of Intent was signed on 13th February 2015 at the National Archives of India, New Delhi by Smt. Sreya Guha, Director General of Archives, National Archives of India on behalf of the Government of the Republic of India and Mr. Rizali Wilmar Indrakesuma, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia in New Delhi on behalf of the National Archives of Indonesia, Government of the Republic of Indonesia. 

UNESCO`s Memory of the World Programme is an international initiative launched to safeguard the documentary heritage of humanity against collective amnesia, neglect, the ravages of time and climatic conditions, and willful and deliberate destruction. It calls for the preservation of valuable archival holdings, library collections and private individual compendia all over the world for posterity, the reconstitution of dispersed or displaced documentary heritage, and the increased accessibility to and dissemination of these items 

The Asia Africa Conference of 1955 was a unique event in the history of post-war diplomacy and international relations. Its world significance was that the newly independent Asian and African countries found their voice for the first time in their post independent history. Their initiative, started in Bandung with the four initial sponsoring countries (Indonesia, India, Pakistan and Burma), gave birth six years (1961) later to the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) .

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International Seminar ‘Aerospace Vision: 2050’ Gets Underway 

As a prelude to the start of the biennial, internationally acclaimed air show – Aero India 2015 – beginning February 18, a three-day International Seminar ‘Aerospace: Vision 2050’ got underway at Bengaluru, today. 

Organised by Defence R&D Organisation (DRDO) of the Ministry of Defence in association with Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI), the intense technical seminar sets the tone to dwell and exchange ideas on matters that converge on ‘needs of the times’ in the ever-emerging realm of aerospace, both military and civil. 

Minister of State (Defence) Shri Rao Inderjit Singh who presided over the inaugural event recounted the outcomes and achievements of ‘India’s Aerospace Technology Plans’ and its implementation, describing it as ‘very rewarding’. 

From ISRO’s successful Mars Exploration Spacecraft programme including the ‘Mars Orbiter Mission’ to DRDO’s successful test-firing of Agni series of surface-to-surface Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) found a notable mention in his address. 

Lauding the recent successful launch of Agni-V on February 1, with a range of over 5,000 km and capable of carrying a warhead of over one tonne, he said: ‘The Agni-V is a major addition to the country’s strategic strike capability’. 

Among the other notable DRDO achievements that found a mention included ‘Nirbhay’, the indigenously developed sub-sonic long-range cruise missile, Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW & C) system and Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) ‘Tejas’ among others. 

In a notable first, the seminar also has a special theme in its tenth edition inviting nations to ‘Make in India’ for mutual benefit through joint ventures. The large-scale economic initiative encompasses infrastructural sectors in aviation, space, defence systems, airport infrastructure, defence engineering, renewable energy and thermal power amongst other civilian sectors. 

The ‘Make in India’ economic programme launched by the Prime Minister opens up opportunities for innovative minds to exploit the globally evolving spirit of ‘teaming up’ and ‘pooling resources’, the MoS said to an audience comprising over 800 delegates including 15 foreigners. 

Earlier, MoS for Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, Shri GM Siddeshwara while speaking on the occasion described the various indigenously developed systems in aerospace as symbols of ‘Indian Prowess’ in the aerospace arena. 

Among other dignitaries present on the occasion included Distinguished Scientist and DG (Aero), Dr K Tamilmani, CMD Bharat Electronics Limited, Shri SK Sharma and CMD Hinduatan Aeronautics Limited, Shri T Suvarna Raju and Distinguished Scientist and Programme Director, AEW & C and Centre for Airborne Systems, Dr S Christopher. 

A ‘Seminar Souvenir’ and a special issue on ‘Airworthiness and Certification’ were also released during the event. 

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