PM condoles loss of lives due to ferry accident in Bangladesh



PM condoles loss of lives due to ferry accident in Bangladesh

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has condoled the loss of lives due to the ferry accident on the Padma River, in Bangladesh.


"My prayers are with the families of those who lost their lives in the accident in Bangladesh," the Prime Minister said.


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PM’s address at the first International Ramayana Mela

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today said that the time has come for us to realize the potential of soft power as an important strategy for external affairs and foreign relations. He was speaking after inaugurating the first International Ramayana Mela at FICCI Auditorium, in New Delhi.

The Prime Minister said that world affairs are no longer on one track. Soft power is becoming increasingly critical in world affairs across the world, he said. He said that India should leverage its great traditions and culture in forging ties with countries around the world in a way that is deeper, more personal, and therefore, far more powerful.

The Prime Minister said that all countries that have Gautam Buddha, Ram, and Ramayana as part of their own culture have a bond with India that transcends diplomatic ties. In the domain of soft power, he said, India has a lot to offer to the world.

The Prime Minister spoke of the days when the television serial “Ramayana” used to air on Indian television and said that this tale brought together people across ages and geographies. Giving the example of Jatayu in Ramayana as a character who strove to protect a woman’s honour with “अभय” and “निर्भय” (fearlessness), he said that the story of Ramayana has a message at its core that remains relevant today, in this case, that of respect for women.

The Prime Minister said that the concept of “Ram Rajya” was a vision that is relevant to this day:

It held an important message for health sector today: “अल्पमृत्यु नहिं कवनिउ पीरा। सब सुंदर सब बिरुज सरीरा।।“, i.e. None dies prematurely, all are physically healthy and strong.

It held a message for social harmony: “सब नर करहिं परस्पर प्रीती। चलहिं स्वधर्म निरत श्रुति नीती॥“, i.e. There is social harmony and an environment of mutual trust and love amongst all. All are fulfilling their dharma, their responsibility.

Of the conduct of citizens, it envisioned, “सब उदार सब पर उपकारी। बिप्र चरन सेवक नर नारी॥“, i.e. All are generous and giving. All men and women are in service of others.

Of social conduct, it said: “बयरु न कर काहू सन कोई। राम प्रताप विषमता खोई।।“, i.e. Under Ram’s grace, all disparities and differences melt down and none engage in enmity.

The Prime Minister said that the Ramayana, thus, held the wisdom behind every aspect of an ideal society.

He added that we need to overcome the view that connection with Delhi is connection with India, as India is a large and diverse nation. In this respect, he said, that the International Ramayana Mela is a positive beginning for connecting with the small towns and cities of India, thus truly connecting with the real India.

Union Minister for External Affairs, Smt. Sushma Swaraj, was present on the occasion and outlined the format of the International Ramayana Mela in her opening remarks.


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Prime Minister meets the Foreign Minister of Bahrain


Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi received the Foreign Minister of Bahrain Shaikh Khalid Bin Mohamed Al Khalifa. He is visiting India for the first meeting of the Joint Commission between India and Bahrain which is co-chaired by the External Affairs Minister.

Prime Minister recalled the visit of His Majesty the King of Bahrain to India in February 2014 that had provided new vigour and momentum to the bilateral relationship. He appreciated the continuous support and cooperation being extended by the Government of Bahrain to over four lakh members of the Indian community in Bahrain.


The Foreign Minister of Bahrain extended a letter of invitation from the His Royal Highness the Prime Minister of Bahrain to the Prime Minister to visit Bahrain. He recalled the deep emotional bonds of friendship that are felt by the people of Bahrain towards India. He conveyed the commitment of the Government of Bahrain to deepen bilateral relations, including in the areas of defence, security, counter terrorism, trade and investment.

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Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA) Signs Mou with Iilm Institute for Higher Education and to Establish an Active Collaboration Covering Various Areas Related to Industry and Academics and Other Areas Mutually Decided by the Two Institutions

The Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with IILM Institute for Higher Education recently at the IICA campus in Manesar, Haryana. The objective of the MoU is to establish an active collaboration covering various areas related to industry and academics and other areas mutually decided by the two institutions.

The MoU was signed by Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee, DG & CEO, IICA and Mr. Anil Rai, Chairman, IILM. On the occasion of signing ceremony, Dr. Chatterjee said, “Today is not just a ‘red-letter’ day for both the institutions; it is also the day that marks beginning of a very fruitful partnership. It is always a great pleasure to be associated with people who are managing reputed educational institutions and who literally make education their life. Good education amongst our youth sows the seeds of a great future for the country. Shri Anil Rai has been a pioneer in the education segment. Many leading lights of our business, industry and other areas of our economy have passed through the portals of three IILM Institutions in NCR Delhi.”

Dr Chatterjee added “that the he believes there are many strengths, that both the institutions can share with each other. I see this MoU as a confluence of two streams – academic acumen and business intellect. There are areas in which IICA operates, which would be of great interest to budding managers who have placed their future in your hands”.

Professor Rakesh Chaudhry, Senior Director, IILM Institute for Higher Education said that, “IILM team is honoured to be here at the MOU signing ceremony of the collaborative partnership between IICA and IILM. This partnership is inspired by our shared objectives in promoting and Responsible Management Practices in industry, government, and academia through research, education and training.”

Professor Chaudhry highlighted that “We are impressed with the infrastructure and intellectual capital of the IICA. Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee’s dynamic leadership has made IICA a great and pioneering organisation within a short span of time. Established in 1993, IILM offers both post graduate and under graduate programmes in management education. IILM has been conducting training programmes for IAS and IPS officers since 2004, for over ten years. IILM also conducts a number of training programmes for public sector undertakings and some of the leading corporates in India.

IILM was inducted as a United Nations Global Compact PRME Champion business school in September 2013. The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) are a United Nations Global Compact initiative whose mission is to inspire and champion responsible management education, research and thought leadership globally. IILM is one of the 30 business schools from all over the world (and only one from India) who have been inducted as PRME Champion business school. IILM is also the Co-lead for faculty development group of PRME along with Copenhagen Business School Denmark and Babson College Boston USA.”

Others present at the MoU signing ceremony included Mr. Anand Rai, Prof Sujit Sengupta, Prof Rahul Mishra from IILM and faculty members from IICA.

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MoU Signed Between Indian Army and State Bank of India


         
            A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Indian Army and State Bank of India (SBI) on the Defence Salary Package on 23 Feb 2015. The signing in ceremony was chaired by the Adjutant General, Lt Gen Rakesh Sharma and was attended by top dignitaries of SBI Bank, headed by Dr Vaidyan MG, Dy MD (Retail Strategy).
         
            The first MoU between SBI and the Indian Army was signed in 2011 and was valid for a period of three years. The revised MoU is tailor-made to suit the requirements of serving soldiers, pensioners and families. A number of additional facilities have been incorporated in the revised MoU after concerted efforts spanning over a year.
         
            The basic features of the MoU include a number of free / concessional services like free drafts, free cheque books, free funds transfers to any bank in India through RTGS / NEFT, free ATM cards etc. The provision also includes the Nepal Express Remittance Scheme which enables instant fund transfers to Nepal for the benefit of the Nepali Domicile Gorkha Soldiers serving in the Indian Army.
Additional improved features are linking of the Personal Accident Insurance (PAI) to the Savings account instead of the debit card, enhancement of the PAI amounts, enhancement of the exemption percentage of margin money for house and car loans and waiving off of the processing charges on the loans. The revised MoU will benefit almost 19.5 lakh pensioners and 10 lakh serving personnel who hold Pay or Pension accounts with SBI and also provide them an opportunity to access modern banking facilities.

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Exercise Surya Kiran VIII Commences in Nepal


         
            The Eighth India-Nepal Battalion level Combined Military Training named  Exercise Surya Kiran-VIII, commenced on 23 Feb 15 at Integrated Army Training Centre, Saljhandi, Nepal, with an impressive opening ceremony that saw the unfurling of the National Flags of both countries.
            The Nepalese Contingent was represented by a Battalion from an Infantry Division of Nepalese Army while Indian side was represented by an equivalent strength from a Mountain Brigade.   Major General Padam Villas Karki of Nepalese army welcomed the Indian soldiers and urged both contingents to achieve optimum cohesion and interoperability to achieve military objectives of the exercise. He stressed upon importance of free exchange of ideas and concepts between the troops and the necessity to learn each other’s experiences.
            The focus of the ongoing exercise is to carry out Counter Insurgency and Counter Terrorist Operations in mountainous and jungle terrain and to practice facets of Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief including actions to be taken during Pandemic, Epidemic and various other humanitarian assistance situations. Aviation aspects and environmental conservation are also included in the scope of this exercise.
The two week long exercise will see the contingents hone their tactical and technical skills in countering insurgency and terrorism. State of the art equipment for surveillance and tracking, specialist weapons for close quarter battle with terrorists, explosives and IED detectors, as well as the latest communication equipment are being fielded by both sides. Both sides will train, plan and execute a series of well developed combined tactical drills for neutralisation of likely threats that may be encountered in Counter Insurgency / Counter Terrorism operations.

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CNS visit to Bangladesh 23-26 Feb 15
Admiral RK Dhowan, Chief of Naval Staff is on an official visit to Bangladesh from 23 to 26 Feb 15. The visit is intended to further consolidate the defence relations between the two countries and also to explore new avenues for naval cooperation towards achieving comprehensive maritime security in the Bay of Bengal.

During his stay at Bangladesh, the Chief of Naval Staff is scheduled to hold bilateral discussions with the three Service Chiefs at Dhaka as well as ‘call-on’ the President and the Prime Minister. The CNS will also visit various training and operational facilities at Khulna and Chittagong.

The Indian and Bangladeshi Navies cooperate with each other in various areas of technical training, participation in Victory Day celebrations, Navy to Navy Staff Talks as well as through interactions at various multilateral fora such as the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium, and the Western Pacific Naval Symposium. The Bangladeshi Navy has been regularly participating in the MILAN series of exercises conducted by Indian Navy at Port Blair, and warships from both Navies call at each other’s ports. These avenues for cooperation provide excellent opportunity for professional exchanges, developing interoperability and to build camaraderie.

The major issues that are likely to be discussed by the Chief of Naval Staff include exchange of white shipping information towards development of comprehensive maritime domain awareness, cooperation in maritime infrastructure development, training and exchange of subject matter experts. In addition, Bangladesh Navy has been invited to attend the prestigious International Fleet Review being organised by the Indian Navy at Visakhapatnam in Feb 2016. 
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