Modi Current Affairs - 2019

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Modi’s Japan tour a big hit

PM Narendra Modi known for his exceptional style and elegance has won the Japanese hearts by his special gestures and words. Overwhelmed by the great hospitality and respect offered by his Japanese counterpart, Mr. Modi expressed his gratitude for such warm welcome and respect. After a weekend of touring historic places, temples and monuments in Japan, the PM declared Monday talks as highly fruitful and useful. India and Japan inked many key pacts which will put India on a new footing and help it enhance its technology and infrastructure at par with the first world nations. The key points to the strategic meeting held are:
• Japan will invest Rs. 2.1 lakh crores in India over a span of 5 years
• The investment will be spread across infrastructure, clean energy and skill development initiatives.
• Number of Japanese companies operating in India will be doubled in 5years.
• Japan-India Promotion Partnership was announced
• Japanese PM also agreed to provide all kinds of technical, financial and operational support for the introduction of bullet trains or Shinkansen along Mumbai-Ahmedabad route.
• Both countries also agreed to synergize their efforts for the procurement of LPG and upstream development of oil and gas.
• PM Modi assured the Japanese investors to speeden the clearance requirements for setting business in India. He assured of starting a special track via PMO for the same.
• Tokyo also cleared six Indian Space and Defence-related entities from its foreign end-user list.
• Tokyo also expressed its position in favor of India’s full-membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group.
• There were other significant discussions which will take the partnership and Indo-Japan relations on a new and higher ground. These are:
1. Agreement to produce rare earth materials
2. Sale of US-2 Amphibian Aircraft proposed
3. Accelerating steps to clinch early civil nuclear deal etc.

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Cleanliness is next to Godliness: the new mantra to be chanted in government offices

PM Narendra Modi has issued instructions to keep their workplaces clean and stain free. The direction comes in wake of special mention of the idea of clean India which will enhance tourism prospects in India.

A special cleaning drive will be launched in offices of Department of Personnel and Training and also Ministry of Home Affairs to clean the spaces. PM has also instructed that all offices which involve intensive public interaction and visits should be kept clean to erase the common perception of public offices being shabby and dirty as compared to the private counterpart. The departments are also told to check and clear any unwanted and old files. There should be proper periodic checks and inspections to ensure the work is not ignored and stopped in between.

The orders also find their gravity as they are being sent in writing to all the secretaries by the top bureaucrat of the government. The orders state that special and persistent emphasis should be laid on cleanliness of offices and property. Taking urgent cognizance of the instructions which have trickled down from the top, all ministries have further instructed their staff to handle cleanliness effectively.
In another interesting and one of its kind type of instructions, the Central Board Taxes has told Income Tax Department that there should no dust in government offices, ACs, almirahs, stairs, or stains of Paan spread here and there.
Offices where construction materials keep lying, or old vehicles etc. are parked. The ministries will ensure that no such laxity is seen. This may seem to be a tall order for some of the government employees who have become so used to the status quo that cleaning will be taxing for them. The government’s initiative is laudable and will send a clear message to the general public about the commitment of the ruling party to stand-by its words. Such drives do make a difference, but the bigger question is, “will such drives be successful to change the public mindset to zero tolerance to dirty surroundings.

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