Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2019 Highlights: PM Modi cites Rajiv Gandhi to target Congress on graft

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Updated:Jan 22, 2019 3:51:31 pm

Pravasi Bhartiya Divas in Varanasi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that India is today in a position to lead the world in several subjects.

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PM Modi to launch Pravasi Bhartiya Divas in Varanasi today: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that India is today in a position to lead the world in several subjects. Inaugurating the 15th edition of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) in Varanasi, Modi mentioned about the International Solar Alliance (ISA) to say “through this medium, we want to take the world towards One World, One Sun, One Grid”.

Without naming Rajiv Gandhi, he alluded to the former prime minister’s remark that only 15 paise of Re 1 reaches the masses and said Congress governments over the years did nothing to stop the leakage.
Modi said his government gave about Rs 5,80,000 crore to the people directly through various schemes.

Addressing NRIs and Indian-origin people here, Modi described NRIs as India’s brand ambassadors and said they were the symbols of the country’s capabilities.

Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth, who arrived in Delhi on Sunday on a nine-day visit, was the chief guest at the event. He surprised the guests when he delivered his keynote address in Hindi.

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is celebrated once in two years. It is organised to strengthen the engagement of the overseas Indian community with the government, reconnect them with their roots and celebrate their achievements and contributions. The 15th edition of the PBD began on Monday with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath inaugurating the Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas. Speaking on the occasion, Swaraj lauded the role of Indian diaspora in changing the world’s perception about India.

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Taking a swipe at the Congress, Modi said it got to know about the disease, acknowledged the disease, but neither thought about it, nor did anything in the direction of curing the ailment. “The party that ruled the country for so many years had given the system to the country, a truth that was accepted by the then prime minister. But what is regrettable is that later in its rule of 10-15 years, there was no effort made to end this loot and leakage,” Modi said

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The event was attnded by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat, UP Governor Ram Naik, and Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh, among others. Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth was the chief guest.

13:06 (IST)22 Jan 2019
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi also urged the Indian diaspora to participate in the building of new India during his speech at the inauguration of Pravasi Bhartiya Divas in Varanasi.

13:01 (IST)22 Jan 2019
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi also alluded to late PM Rajiv Gandhi's comment that only 15 paise of Re 1 reaches masses and said the Congress government had done nothing to stop the leakage.

12:58 (IST)22 Jan 2019
Pravasi Bhartiya Divas 2019 LIVE Updates: NRIs are India's brand ambassadors, says PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday described NRIs as India's brand ambassadors and said they were the symbols of the country's capabilities. "I consider NRIs India's brand ambassadors. They are the symbols of our capacities and capabilities," he said while inaugurating the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas convention in Varanasi. "People of Indian origin are in leadership roles in countries such as Mauritius, Portugal and Ireland," he added.

12:55 (IST)22 Jan 2019
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Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Jugnauth, Chief Guest at Pravasi Bhartiya Divas, commended India’s efforts in reaching out to the Diaspora in his keynote address at the event in presence of PM Narendra Modi, EAM Sushma Swaraj, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath and Governor Ram Naik.

12:40 (IST)22 Jan 2019
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi also thanked the people Kashi for organising the event in the city. Modi akso recognised the love and affection extended to him by the people of Varanasi. Varanasi is the Lok Sabha constituency of Prime Minister.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked the Uttar Pradesh government for successfully organising two major events -- Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj and Pravi Bhartiy Divas, simultaneously. He said that organising Kumbh where over 10 crore people are expected, is not an easy task. He said hosting over 5,000 NIRs at the same time in Kashi is a tough task but the bureaucracy and the state administration has managed to this well.

12:28 (IST)22 Jan 2019
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PM Modi said that India today is in the position to lead the world in several subjects. "International Solar Alliance (ISA) is one such platform. Through this medium, we want to take the world towards - One World, One Sun, One Grid," he said.

12:26 (IST)22 Jan 2019
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PM Modi said that his government has removed 7 crore people from the system who were hurting the system most and making money. He said that this is equal to the population of a few countries.

12:23 (IST)22 Jan 2019
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12:21 (IST)22 Jan 2019
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12:12 (IST)22 Jan 2019
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing the gathering at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Varanasi. He welcomes all the guests attending the event including the Chief guest Mauritian PM Pravind Jugnauth. In his speech, Modi remembered Siddaganga Mutt seer Shivakumara Swami who passed away on Monday. He also remembered later PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee who had first organised the event in 2003.

11:59 (IST)22 Jan 2019
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Chief Guest Mauritian PM Pravind Jugnauth begins his address with a greeting in Hindi 'Sab ko Namaste!'

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11:30 (IST)22 Jan 2019
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External Affairs Minister SushmaSwaraj takes the stage to deliver her welcome address at the Inauguration of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Varanasi. on Monday, Swaraj had inaugurated the Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas where she had praised the role on Indian diaspora in changing the world's perception about India.

11:11 (IST)22 Jan 2019
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Ahead of visiting his parliamentary constituency Varanasi, Prime MInister tweeted that he is looking forward to being in beloved Kashi today for the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas. 'This is an excellent forum to engage with the Indian diaspora, which is distinguishing itself all over the world,' he said.

10:51 (IST)22 Jan 2019
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10:25 (IST)22 Jan 2019
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President Ram Nath Kovind will address the concluding session of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas on January 23. The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas was postponed to January 21, instead of January 9 as usual, “in reverence to the sentiments of the larger diaspora to participate in Kumbh Mela and Republic Day celebrations”, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement on Monday.

09:36 (IST)22 Jan 2019
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Mauritian Premier Jugnauth arrived in Varanasi on Monday. He was received by MoS for External Affairs VK Singh. Later, Sushma Swaraj called on the Mauritian Prime Minister and exchanged views on a range of issues, including strengthening bilateral cooperation.

Pravasi Bhartiya Divas 2019 Live Pravasi Bhartiya Divas 2019: PM Modi to inaugurate Pravasi Bhartiya Divas in Varanasi todayAround 6,000 NRIs are expected to take part in the three-day event. This is also the first time when the three-day-long Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is being organised from January 21 to 23 instead of January 9 to allow participants visit the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj and attend the Republic Day parade in Delhi. The theme for this year's convention is 'role of Indian diaspora in building new India'. On Monday, EAM Sushma Swaraj, her deputy VK Singh, MoS Youth Affairs & Sports Rajyavardhan Rathore, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, MP Norway Himanshu Gulati and MP New Zealand Kanwaljit S Bakshi inaugurated the Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas.