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India achieved extraordinary, revitalised multilateralism during its G20 Presidency, says PM Modi

PM Modi stated that assuming the G20 chair, India sought to offer the world an alternative to the status quo, a shift from a GDP-centric to human-centric progress.

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With Brazil prepared to take over the presidency from December 1, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asserted that India achieved the extraordinary during its G20 presidency as it revitalised multilateralism, amplified the voice of the Global South, championed development, and fought for the empowerment of women everywhere.

The Prime Minister underlined that the elite group’s journey under India and expressed confidence that his country hands over the charge with the conviction that our collective steps for people, planet, peace, and prosperity, will resonate for years to come.

In his opinion piece that appeared in multiple newspapers, PM Modi said that India’s approach was defined by being inclusive, ambitious, action-oriented, and decisive and the New Delhi Leaders’ Declaration (NDLD), unanimously adopted by all G20 members, is testimony to India’s commitment to deliver on these principles.

PM Modi stated that assuming the G20 chair, India sought to offer the world an alternative to the status quo, a shift from a GDP-centric to human-centric progress. He added that India aimed to remind the world of what unites them, rather than what divides them. He also noted that the global conversation had to evolve and the interests of the few had to give way to the aspirations of the many. This required a fundamental reform of multilateralism, he remarked.

He underscored that the first-of-its-kind Voice of the Global South Summit, convened by India in two editions, heralded a new dawn for multilateralism, asserting that India mainstreamed the Global South’s concerns in the international discourse and has ushered in an era where developing countries take their rightful place in shaping the global narrative.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi added that at the critical midpoint of the 2030 agenda, India delivered the G20 2023 Action Plan to Accelerate Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), taking a cross-cutting, action-oriented approach to interconnected issues, including health, education, gender equality and environmental sustainability. He continued that a key area driving this progress is the robust Digital Public Infrastructure (DPI).

He said that the leaders’ declaration underscores India’s commitment to climate justice and equity, urging substantial financial and technological support from the Global North. Narendra Modi noted that for the first time there was a recognition of the quantum jump needed in the magnitude of development financing, moving from billions to trillions of dollars. Furthermore, he mentioned that the G20 acknowledged that developing countries required USD 5.9 trillion to fulfil their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) by 2030.

He also underlined that the G20 stressed on the importance of better, larger, and more effective Multilateral Development Banks. The Prime Minister said that concurrently, India is taking a leading role in UN reforms, particularly in the restructuring of principal organs like the UN Security Council, that will ensure a more equitable global order.

He noted that gender equality took centre stage, culminating in the formation of a dedicated Working Group on the Empowerment of Women next year. He continued that during its G20 presidency, India led deliberations on geopolitical issues and their impact on economic growth and development. 

In addition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also asserted that terrorism and the senseless killing of civilians are unacceptable, and they must address it with a policy of zero tolerance, embody humanitarianism over hostility and reiterate that this is not an era of war.

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PM Modi inaugurates India’s longest cable-stayed bridge, Sudarshan Setu, in Gujarat

The newly-inaugurated Sudarshan Setu connects Okha and Beyt Dwarka island.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated India’s longest cable-stayed bridge in Dwarka, Gujarat.

The Sudarshan Setu, which connects Okha to the island of Beyt Dwarka, cost Rs 979 crore for its construction. The 2.3 kilometer long bridge was inaugurated by Prime Minister Modi in October 2017, with the statement that it will connect the old and modern Dwarka.

According to an official announcement, the four-lane, 27.20-meter-wide bridge has 2.50-meter-wide footpaths on each side. The unique design of Sudarshan Setu has a pathway flanked on both sides by pictures of Lord Krishna and verses from the Bhagavad Gita.On the higher sections of the footpath, solar panels have also been installed, producing one megawatt of electricity.

Before the bridge was built, pilgrims had to take boats to get to Beyt Dwarka.

The bridge was formerly known as Signature Bridge, but it is now called Sudarshan Setu, or Sudarshan Bridge. The popular Dwarkadhish temple of Lord Krishna is located in Dwarka town, approximately 30 kilometers away from the island of Beyt Dwarka, which is close to Okha harbor.

Additionally, PM Modi will offer prayers at the Dwarkadhish temple.

The first All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Gujarat will be inaugurated in Rajkot this afternoon by the prime minister.

The prime minister will virtually open four other recently constructed AIIMS in Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal in addition to the Rajkot AIIMS.

The Center spent Rs 6,300 crore building the five super-speciality hospitals, one of which is located in Rajkot.

The PM will also lay the foundation stone for several projects, including the construction of the regional scientific center in Jamnagar, the installation of a flue gas desulphurization (FGD) system at the Sikka Thermal Power Station in Jamnagar, and the expansion of the Dhoraji-Jamkandorna-Kalavad portion of NH-927D.

Additionally, the prime minister will set the groundwork for more than 200 healthcare infrastructure projects in 23 states and U.T.

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UP government cancels Reserve Civil Police recruitment exam, says fresh test to be held within 6 months

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath posted on X that there can be no compromise with the sanctity of examinations. He assured the people that strict action will be taken to address any attempts to sabotage the efforts of aspiring candidates. He said firm action was pledged against those found responsible for such misconduct.

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The government of Uttar Pradesh cancelled the Reserve Civil Police recruitment exam on Saturday and said a new exam to be conducted within 6 months. The examination took place on February 17 and 18th. According to reports there were allegations of the question paper being leaked.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath posted on X that there can be no compromise with the sanctity of examinations. He assured the people that strict action will be taken to address any attempts to sabotage the efforts of aspiring candidates. He said firm action was pledged against those found responsible for such misconduct.The re-examination will be held in next 6 months and the candidates will be taken to the exam centres free of cost by the Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) buses.

The Yogi government has ordered an investigation into suspected irregularities and tampering in the Review officer/Assistant Review Officer (RO/ARO) examination. The investigation is focusing on administrative issues rather than the content of the exam paper. The state government also directed for registration of an FIR against those found responsible for the leak. The recruitment exam took place in two shifts in which more than 48 lakh candidates had applied and 43 lakh had appeared for the examination.

According to reports there was a paper leak on social media and it was available at a price between Rs 50,000 to Rs 2 lakh. Many candidates had it 8-12 hours before the commencement of the examination. The UP Police recruitment and promotion board on Monday constituted an internal committee to carry out investigation in the alleged paper leak and viral question papers on social media.Hundreds of candidates who had appeared for the UP constable recruitment examination 2024 gathered at Eco Garden, Lucknow, on Friday and staged a massive protest demanding re-examination

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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman travels by Mumbai local, takes selfies with commuters

Finance Minister Sitharaman took a ride in a local from Ghatkopar to Kalyan.

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Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday travelled in a Mumbai local train and interacted with commuters while travelling from Ghatkopar to Kalyan. She also took pictures with them.

Sitharaman left commuters by surprise when she made her way inside their coaches. This morning, the commuters had an unusual co-passenger travelling with them. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the passengers.

Taking to X, Sitharaman’s office informed that the Finance Minister took a ride in a local from Ghatkopar to Kalyan. The office also shared pictures of Sitharaman taking selfies with the youngsters and office-goers.

Later in the day, Sitharaman also attended the inauguration ceremony of the BITS Pilani news campus in Kalyan, Maharashtra. Addressing the ceremony, she said that a growing India draws from its skilled youths who contributed to the nation’s development.

She further said that the impact of a well-rounded education is such that different services and different domains benefit from their presence, adding that, she said that most often the government is lectured by the Western top leader that India should have a culture of charity, to which she thoroughly disagreed with them by giving them the example of institution like BITS, which promotes good education, funds needy students and sets a good example of various other charitable work they have done, Sitharaman added.

Furthermore, Sitharaman said that the innovation from India to innovate for India was the principle with which her government has worked, so innovation gets all the support.

Speaking about the recent budget, She said that, the vote on the account budget, she had announced that there would be a corpus of Rs 1 lakh crore given for the corpus for a special purpose vehicle which will be created by the government, which will be funding innovations and research and development activities, she asserted.

BITS Pilani, an institution which started just from being a ‘Paathshala’, is now an institution where people now long to study, she added. There have been 7,400 CEOs from BITS Pilani, many in Fortune 500 companies, she further added. Over 3,300 academicians, including Vice-Chancellors, Directors, and Heads of Departments in prestigious universities globally, are from BITS Pilani, she said at the inauguration of BITS.

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