President Mukherjee calls upon companies of Belarus and India to increase their engagement




President Mukherjee calls upon companies of Belarus and India to increase their engagement

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee addressed a Belarus - India Business Forum organized by the Belarus Chamber of Commerce and Industry and FICCI-CII in Minsk yesterday (June 4, 2015).

Addressing the gathering of eminent business representatives from India and Belarus, the President said trade, investment and economic cooperation form one of the most important facets of contemporary India-Belarus relations. As we seek to elevate our bilateral relationship, it is our business communities that possess the maximum potential to transform and energize these ties.


The President said with a view to further energizing bilateral co-operation, a very substantive and focussed Roadmap on the India-Belarus partnership had been issued. The Roadmap identifies the key sectors for our future cooperation. These include conventional and small-scale power generation, new and renewable energy, metallurgy and mining, defence, automotive and agricultural engineering, pharmaceuticals, textiles, agriculture and food processing. All these sectors offer promising opportunities for investment. This is not an exhaustive list but an indicative one, where there are immediate and promising prospects for synergy. He also informed that India would be extending a new line of credit of US$ 100 million to Belarus to encourage joint projects in mutually identified sectors.

The President called upon companies from India and Belarus to increase their engagement in trade fairs as well as national, international and regional exhibitions held in both countries respectively. He said companies should also seek to participate more actively in international tenders of both governments, even as governmental agencies on both sides enhance information sharing to ensure that this is realised.

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President of India’s message on the eve of National Day of Sweden

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the King and people of the Kingdom of Sweden on the eve of their National Day (June 6, 2015).

In his message to His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf, Kingdom of Sweden, the President has said, “On behalf of the Government, the people of India and on my own behalf, it is with great pleasure that I extend warm greetings and felicitations to Your Majesty and to the people of the Kingdom of Sweden on the occasion of your National Day.

I would like to, once again, thank Your Majesty and Her Majesty Queen Silvia for the warm reception and gracious hospitality extended to me during my recent State Visit to your beautiful country. I would also like to reiterate my invitation to Your Majesty and Her Majesty Queen Silvia to visit India. It would be a pleasure to welcome you in New Delhi.

Relations between India and Sweden are based on the strong bedrock of shared democratic values. I am confident that the bilateral cooperation between our two countries will continue to strengthen in the years to come in every sphere of human endeavour and benefit both the Swedish and the Indian people.

Please accept, Your Majesty, the assurances of my highest consideration and my best wishes for your continued good health and personal well-being and for the progress and prosperity of the friendly people of Sweden”.

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President of India condemns terror attack on army personnel in Manipur

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has strongly condemned the terror attack on army personnel in Chandel district of Manipur yesterday (June 4, 2015).

In his message to General Dalbir Singh, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC, Chief of the Army Staff, the President has said “I am extremely sad to learn about the terror attack of yesterday in which a number of army personnel lost their lives and several were injured in Manipur’s Chandel district.

Such random attacks on security forces performing their duty must be put down with a firm hand. I call upon all authorities concerned to work in close concert to bring the perpetrators of this heinous attack to justice and to maintain law and order in the state of Manipur.

In this moment of grief, I offer my most profound condolences to the grieving families of the soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. I am sure all possible aid is being provided to the bereaved families and medical assistance to the injured.

Please convey my condolences to the families of the deceased personnel. I pray to the Almighty to give them the strength and fortitude to bear this irreparable loss. I also wish speedy recovery to the injured persons”.

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PM expresses joy on crossing of 10 crore mark, in the number of enrollments under the recently launched 3 social security schemes


The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has expressed joy, on crossing of 10 crore mark, in the number of enrollments under the recently launched 3 social security schemes.

"Enrollment under the 3 social security schemes has crossed the 10 crore number in one month This is a matter of immense joy.

What can be more heartening than the fact that 10 crore of our sisters and brothers have been included under a social security cover.

Enthusiasm of people towards social security schemes and efforts of banks have been very gladdening. They made this record enrollment possible", the Prime Minister said.

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Janaushadhi Store Launched in Delhi-
to Provide Medicines at Affordable Rates

The Minister of State for Chemicals & Fertilizers, Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir today inaugurated the Jan Aushadhi Generic Drug Store at IMA House, New Delhi. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that Jan Aushadhi Yojana, will be relaunched in the month of August 2015 in a big way. He said that about 1000 Stores of Jan Aushadhi will be opened to provide quality generic medicines at affordable rates to the entire population of the country. He hailed the efforts of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) in opening the Jan Aushadhi Stores in their premises and expressed hope that they will help in creating awareness among the doctor’s community to prescribe generic medicines.

The Minister said that these stores will be opened for the underprivileged who would be provided medicines at a price of 60-70% less than the market price. The Minister said that the stores will be renamed, rebranded and will increasingly involve B. Pharma and M. Pharma qualified unemployed populace.

Dr. K. K. Agarwal, Honorary Secretary General, IMA, lauded the efforts of the Government of India in promoting Jan Aushadhi Scheme and providing low cost quality medicines available for all through dedicated stores. The IMA also requested the Government to include generic versions of expensive medicines and medical devices like those relating to treatment of cancer, heart surgery etc., in the list of Jan Aushadhi products.

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Indian Armed Forces Wind up their Biggest Relief and Rescue Operations Abroad Ever

In the just concluded ‘Op Maitri’ in the quake hit Nepal, the Indian Air Force and the Army flew 2223 sorties, rescued/evacuated about 11,200 people (including 780 casualties) to safer places and transported and dropped about 1700 tonnes of relief materials. The Indian armed forces Rapid Action Medical Teams extended medical assistance to 4762 injured, including 300 surgeries, 216 hospital admissions and 4174 OPD cases.

The mammoth Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) tasks carried out by the IAF and Indian Army from 25 Apr 2015 wound up on 04 Jun 2015. Within four hours of the earthquake that struck Nepal, IAF swung into action and routed one C-130J aircraft, two C-17, one IL-76, airlifting 295 NDRF personnel, 46.5 tonnes of load and five sniffer dogs.

Lots of relief material for over a month were airlifted like water, field hospitals, blankets, tents, Paramedics, stretchers, medicines, prepared food, milk, utensils, vegetables, Meals Ready to Eat (MRE), RO Plants, Oxygen Regenerators, Air Force Communication Centre Vehicles, Rapid Action Medical Team (RAMT) with its transportable Operation Theatre, X-ray, Laboratory & patient beds etc.

IAF aircraft that took part in the operation included heavy lifters C-130J Super Hercules, C-17 Globemaster III, IL-76 Gajraj and medium lifter An-32. Besides these aircraft, 08 Medium Lift Helicopters (MLH) which included Mi-17 V5 and Mi-17.

Large scale relief & rescue operations were carried out by Mi-17 V5 and Mi-17 helicopters from detachments at Pokhara and Kathmandu. These operations were carried out to far flung inaccessible areas at earthquake affected places that included Lukla, Dhading, Millanchi, Gorkha, Chautara, Charikot, Melum, Aroghat, Dhunche, Trishuli, Ramechhap, Barpak, Narayan Chor, Namchi Bazar, Tatopani, Lamabagar and other remote villages.

The Engineer Task Force (ETF) of the Indian Army have cleared and constructed tracks in difficult and inaccessible areas to facilitate the relief work in Barpak, Gorkha and Kathmandu. The ETF cleared over 16 km of track, over 11477 cubic meters of debris, helped to re-construct 55 houses/shelters and recovered several bodies. The Army aviation pilots flew continuously to evacuate stranded and injured people, provided relief materials and inducted 567 Nepalese Army troops to reach inaccessible areas to carry out relief work. The Army provided 10,000 blankets, 1000 tents and 1000 tarpaulin/plastic sheets.

The Indian Army’s Everest Expedition team which was located at the Everest Base Camp when the earthquake struck did yeoman service to rescue a number of mountaineers who were affected by an avalanche that was triggered due to the quake. They helped in recovering 18 dead bodies and the team doctor rendered critical medical aid to several mountaineers before they were evacuated by air.

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