Narendra Modi Current Affairs - 2020

PM releases commemorative stamp to honour IAF Marshal late Arjan Singh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi released commemorative stamp to honour Marshal of Air Force late Arjan Singh in New Delhi. It was released ‘at home’ programme of the Indian Air Force to mark its 87th raising day. The stamp was released as a tribute to his exemplary service to nation.

About Arjan Singh

Born on 15 April 1919 in Lyalpur (now Faislabad, Pakistan). Died on 16 September 2017 in New Delhi.

Airforce Career: He was selected to Empire Pilot training course at Royal Air Force Cranwell at age of 19 years. During British India rule, he had served on different positions in RAF. He holds unique honour of leading fly-past of over hundred IAF aircrafts over Red Fort in Delhi on 15 August 1947. He had served as IAF chief from August 1964 to 69. He was first Indian Air Chief to be elevated to rank of Air Chief Marshal in 1966. He had led Indian Air Force (IAF) in 1965 India-Pakistan war, during which he had launched IAF’s Operation Grand Slam that targeted at vital town of Akhnoor of Pakistan. He retired from IAF in August 1969.

Important posts held: He had served as Ambassador of India to Switzerland. He also had served as Lieutenant Governor of New Delhi (1989-90).

Awards and Honours: Government of India had conferred rank of “Marshal of the Indian Air Force” on him in 2002. He was first and only ‘Five Star’ rank IAF officer. He was awarded Padma Vibhushan. In his honour, Union Government had renamed IAF’s Panagarh Air Force Base in West Bengal as ‘Air Force Station Arjan Singh’  in 2016.

PM Modi inaugurates Metro Service and ENT hospital in Mauritius

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth jointly inaugurated two landmark projects in Mauritius via video conferencing. These projects are Phase-1 of Metro Express service and a new ENT Hospital.

Key Highlights

India and Mauritius are both diverse democracies which are committed towards working for prosperity of their people and for peace in Indian Ocean region (IOR) and in world.

As per the two leaders, both of these projects will serve the people of Mauritius and are symbols of India’s strong commitment to development of Island nation. Moreover, the inauguration of project heralds a new chapter in shared history, heritage and cooperation between India and Mauritius.

The metro will provide a clean, efficient and time-saving transport service and will contribute to economic activities as also tourism.

Background

India is already involved in a number of projects in Mauritius which includes Hospitals and Housing projects. In 2016, India provided a Special Economic Package (SEP) of $353 million for execution of five projects in Indian Ocean country.  India has also partnered with Mauritius in projects of direct public interest such as in 2018, a joint project provided e-tablets to young children. Also, new Supreme Court building and 1,000 social housing units are coming up rapidly in Mauritius. PM Modi has also conveyed India’s decision to support Mauritius in construction of a Renal unit and Medi-Clinics and Area Health Centres (AHC) through grant assistance.

The partnership between India-Mauratius is also important as Indian Ocean Economy holds great promise for people of both nations and it is crucial for well-being of citizens as well as peace and prosperity in Indian Ocean region and in world.