PM Modi dedicates Sardar Patel’s ‘Statue of Unity’ to nation

Built on Sadhu Bet Island on the Narmada river, the imposing statue at 182-metre high, is touted to be the world’s tallest.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday unveiled the 182-metre high ‘Statue of Unity’ in honour of the country’s first Home Minister, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, and dedicated it to the nation.

Built on Sadhu Bet Island on the Narmada river, the imposing statue is touted to be the world’s tallest.

The ₹2,389-crore monument is a tribute to Patel, who played a major role in integrating the princely states into the Indian Union after the Partition.

Sardar Patel Statue of Unity: all you need to know

It is almost 29 metres taller than China’s Spring Temple Buddha that stands at 153 metres, and almost twice as high as the 93-metre Statue of Liberty in New York.

Three Indian Air Force planes flew past the Patel figure and created the Tricolour in the sky after Mr. Modi inaugurated the giant statue.

The Gujarat government expects the statue to boost tourism, with one estimate putting the daily numbers at 15,000.

Apart from the Patel bronze figure, other major attractions include inauguration of a 17-km-long Valley of flowers, a Tent City for tourists near the statue and a museum dedicated to the life and times of Patel.

The Tent City, located around four km from the Statue of Unity can house more than 500 tourists in one go.

A viewing gallery at a height of 153 metres has been created inside the statue to enable tourists to have a view of 1,210-metre-long concrete Sardar Sarovar Dam, 3.2 km upstream as well as the nearby Satpura and Vindhya mountain ranges.

As per a government statement, the statue has been built using over 70,000 tonnes of cement, 18,500 tonnes of reinforced steel, 6,000 tonnes of structural steel and 1,700 tonnes of bronze, which was used for the outer cladding of the structure.

Mr. Modi was accompanied by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.

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India delighted to host World Environment Day: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday expressed his happiness over India officially hosting this year’s World Environment Day.

Addressing the nation on the 44th edition of ‘Mann Ki Baat’, the Prime Minister said, “On the 5th of June, our nation will officially host the World Environment Day Celebrations. This is a very important achievement for India and also a recognition of India’s growing leadership in the direction of tackling climate change.”

The Prime Minister spoke about this year’s theme- ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ and appealed to the citizens to not use low-grade polythenes, plastics and try to curb the negative impact of plastic pollution on the environment, wildlife and health.

He also urged people to set a target of achieving record plantation of trees with the onset of the rainy season and maintain the saplings till they grow.
Speaking about the dust storms that had engulfed the country earlier this month, the Prime Minister said that ‘the calamities are basically the result of the change in weather patterns.’

India and United Nations signed a document in February this year, declaring India as the Global Host of World Environment Day, 2018.(ANI)

PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Delhi-Meerut Expressway

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated the Delhi-Meerut Expressway (DME) built at a cost of Rs 841 crore.

The Prime Minister held a road show on the stretch of the DME before inaugurating the expressway. The road show commenced from the Nizamuddin Bridge in the national capital, the start of the about 9 km first leg of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway, and after a 6-km travel on the stretch, he is scheduled to fly to Baghpat for dedicating the EPE to the nation.

Delhi-Meerut Expressway

The Delhi-Meerut Expressway, built at a cost of Rs 841 crore, has vertical gardens with solar system on the Yamuna Bridge on this expressway.

This is the first bridge in the country/world that have vertical gardens with solar power system and drip irrigation. Beautiful lighting system has also been developed on the major structures.

A cycle track of 2.5 metre wide has also been constructed on both the sides of this expressway, which also has provision of 1.5 metre footpath on each side for pedestrians.

The first package of the DME will provide a major relief to the commuters in Delhi-Noida and starts from Nizamuddin Bridge to UP Border having a 6 lane Expressway and 4+4 lane Highway.

On completion of the entire expressway the time to travel from Delhi to Meerut will reduce to 45 minutes from the present about 4-5 hours.

The scheduled time period for the construction of this project was 30 months whereas the project has been completed in 17 months.

Eastern Periphery Expressway (EPE)

The 135-km EPE, built at a cost of Rs 11,000 crore, has several unique features and is India’s first highway to be lit by solar power besides provisions of rain water harvesting on every 500 metres on both sides and would showcase 36 national monuments and 40 fountains. The expressway has been completed in a record 500 days.

There are 8 solar power plants on this expressway having a capacity of 4000-kilo watt (4 MW).

The state-of-the-art road will have auto challans for over-speeding, as cameras will capture speed of vehicles, besides it will have provisions of tolling only for the distance travelled. The expressway has an iconic toll plaza at the entry point on Kundli side besides digital art gallery.

The EPE is benchmark in highway construction by being environment-friendly with world-class safety features and smart/interactive infrastructure.

The foundation stone of the greenfield project was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 5, 2015.

Around 2.5 lakh trees have been planted here including transplant of 8-10 year old trees and drip irrigation provision has been done.

It has consumed 11 lakh tonnes of cement, 1 lakh tonnes of steel, 3.6 crore cum earthwork and 1.2 cr cum fly-ash. The project has generated employment opportunities of about 50 lakh man-days and 9,375 manpower was deployed here.

A lot of traffic, outbound or non-destined for Delhi will be diverted. At least 50,000 vehicles going to Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan will be diverted, bringing down vehicular pollution.

The alignment of EPE starts near Kundli and passes through six parliamentary constituencies, viz Sonepat, Baghpat, Ghaziabad, Noida, Faridabad and Palwal.

The fully access controlled six-lane expressway provides entry and exit designated interchanges only and has 406 structures of which 4 are major bridges, 46 minor bridges, 3 flyovers, 7 inter-changes, 221 underpasses and 8 road over bridges (ROBs).

The amenities include retail fuel outlets, rest rooms, motels, restaurants, shops etc. Some of the monuments’ replicas pertain to Ashoka Lion, Ashoka Chakra, Konark Temple, Jalianwala Bagh, Gateway of India, Qutab Minar, Char Minar, Lal Quila, Kirti Stambh, India Gate, Hawa Mahal and Gujarat Carving.

The project had earlier faced resistance from farmers over land and other issues which have since been solved by giving higher compensation.



Prime Minister to inaugurate Eastern Peripheral Expressway and Phase -I of Delhi-Meerut Expressway

The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will, on Sunday, dedicate to the nation two newly built expressways in the Delhi NCR Region. The first of these is the 14 lane, access controlled, package –I of the  Delhi-Meerut Expressway, stretching from  Nizammudin Bridge to Delhi UP Border.  This 8.360 kms stretch of National Highway  has been completed in a record time of 18 months as against the earlier expected construction period of 30 months, at a cost of about  Rs 841.50 crore . It includes a 6-lane Expressway and 4+4 Service lanes, i.e. 14-lane facility from Nizamuddin Bridge in Delhi to UP Border. This is the first National Highway in the country with 14 lanes, and has several features that would help reduce pollution. These include a 2.5-metre-wide cycle track on either side of the highway, a vertical garden on the Yamuna Bridge, solar lighting system and watering of plants through drip irrigation only.The foundation stone for the project was laid down by the Hon’ble Prime Minister on 31.12.2015.

The Delhi- Meerut Expressway  project  aims to provide faster and safer connectivity between Delhi and Meerut  and beyond this,  with Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.   The total length of the project is 82 km, of which the first 27.74 kms will be  14-laned, while the rest will be 6-lane expressway. The project is likely to cost Rs 4975.17 crore.  This will be the first expressway to have dedicated bicycle tracks on the nearly 28 km stretch between Delhi and Dasna. The project involves construction of 11 flyovers/interchanges, 5 major and 24 minor bridges, 3 ROBs (rail over bridges), 36 vehicular and 14 pedestrian underpasses. It will also have elevated section of 5.91 kms. The entire project has been divided into four packages:

Package No.Description of Packages
INizamuddin Bridge to UP Border (Km 0.000 to Km 8.360)

6-lane Expressway &  4+4 Service lanes i.e. 14-lane facility

IIUP Border to Dasna (Km 8.360 to Km 27.740 = 19.28 km)

6 lane Expressway & 4+4 Service lanes i. e. 14-lane facility

IIIDasna to Hapur (Km 27.740 to Km 49.346 =  22.27 km)

6 -laning of NH-24 with 2 lane Service Roads on either side

IVGreen-field Alignment of Delhi-Meerut Expressway from Dasna to Meerut (27.740 to 59.983 = 31.78 km) – 6 lane Expressway

Once the entire project is complete, it will take just 60 minutes to travel from Delhi to Meerut.   (Line Drawing – Annexure 1)

The second project to be dedicated to the Nation on sunday is the 135 km long Eastern Peripheral Expressway (EPE) , stretching from Kundli on NH 1 to Palwal on NH 2. PM had laid the foundation for this project on 5th November 2015.

The project of Peripheral Expressways around Delhi, comprising Western Peripheral Expressway (WPE) and Eastern Peripheral Expressway (EPE), connecting NH-1 and NH-2 from Western and Eastern side of Delhi, has been envisaged with the twin objectives of decongesting and de-polluting the national capital by diverting the traffic not destined for Delhi. (Map – Annexure 2)

The alignment of EPE starts near Kundli NH-1, traverses to cross river Yamuna , crosses SH-57 Mawikalan, NH-58 near Duhai, NH-24 near Dasna, NH-91 near Beel Akbarpur, Kasna-Sikandra road near Sirsa, river Yamuna again at village Faizupur Khadar (Haryana) , Atali-Chainsa Road (near village Maujpur) and ends at Palwal on NH-2 to join Western PE.( Map Annexure 3)

A total of 1700 Hectares of land has been acquired for the EPE at a cost of about Rs. 5900 crore. The construction cost of the project is about Rs 4617.87 crore. The expressway has been  completed in a record time of about 500 days against the scheduled target of 910 days.It is a fully access-controlled six-lane expressway. Entry and exit on the expressway is through designated interchanges only. The Expressway has 4 major bridges, 46 minor bridges, 3 flyovers, 7 inter-changes, 221 underpasses, 8 ROBs, and 114 culverts. This project has generated employment opportunities of about 50 lakh man-days..

The EPE has a closed tolling system in which toll will be collected only for the distance travelled and not for the entire length. Toll plazas will be equipped with Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) system for faster toll collection and uninterrupted travel experience. Weigh-in-Motion (WIMs) equipment have been installed at all 30 entry points of the Expressway to stop entry of over-loaded vehicles.

EPE has an iconic toll plaza 170 feet high, with 154 feet wing on either side. It will house the ITS control system of the entire EPE. Under the toll plaza there is a digital art gallery with holographic models of major structures and making of the EPE.

This is the first Expressway in the country to use solar power on the entire length of 135 km. There are eight solar power plants on this Expressway, with a capacity of 4000 KW (4 megawatt) for lighting of the underpasses and running solar pumps for watering plants. Rainwater harvesting has been provided at every 500 meters on the EPE and there is drip irrigation for plants all along the expressway. There are also 36 replicas of monuments depicting Indian culture and heritage.


Narendra Modi Among Top 10 Most Powerful People in the World: Forbes

New York: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been ranked among the top 10 most powerful people in the world by Forbes in a list that has been topped for the first time ever by Chinese President Xi Jinping, who dethroned Russian President Vladimir Putin as the most influential person on the planet.

Modi ranks 9th on the Forbes 2018 list of 75 of the World’s Most Powerful People who make the world turn.


“There are nearly 7.5 billion humans on planet Earth, but these 75 men and women make the world turn. Forbes’ annual ranking of The World’s Most Powerful People identifies one person out of every 100 million whose actions mean the most,” Forbes said.
Modi, 67, is ahead of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (ranked 13), United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May (14), Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (15) and Apple CEO Tim Cook (24).


Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani, with a net worth of 41.2 billion dollars, is the only other Indian on the power list, ranking 32nd. Microsoft’s India-born CEO Satya Nadella is on the 40th spot.


Forbes said Modi “remains hugely popular” in the second most populous country on earth. It cited Modi government’s November 2016 decision to eliminate India’s two largest banknotes in a bid to reduce money laundering and corruption.

“Modi has raised his profile as a global leader in recent years during official visits with US President Donald Trump and Xi Jinping. He has also emerged as a key figure in the international effort to tackle climate change, as warming affects millions of his country’s rural citizens,” Forbes said.

On Ambani, Forbes said the billionaire industrialist’s Reliance sparked a price war in India’s hyper-competitive telecom market with the launch of 4G phone service Jio in 2016.

“Jio has signed on 160 million customers by offering free domestic voice calls, dirt-cheap data services and virtually free smartphones,” Forbes said.

After being named the most powerful person in the world for four consecutive years, Putin drops to the second spot, dethroned by Xi, who seizes the top spot for the first time ever after China’s Congress amended its constitution in March, broadening his influence and eliminating term limits.

Forbes said the Chinese leader “enjoys a cult of personality” not seen since Chairman Mao Zedong, China’s founding father.
Putin has ruled Russia since May of 2000, and this year he was re-elected to a fourth term with nearly 77 percent of the vote. That’s the largest margin of victory for any candidate for the office since the fall of the Soviet Union, Forbes said.

“This year’s list highlights the consolidation of power in the hands of an elite few,” Forbes said. Rounding up the top five on the list are Trump on the third spot, followed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel (4) and Amazon chief Jeff Bezos (5).

On Trump, Forbes said he has seen limited success pushing his agenda through a Congress controlled by his own party, is under investigation by multiple law enforcement agencies, and can’t shake off scandals arising from his personal and business life –but he’s still Commander in Chief of the world’s greatest economic and military power.

There are 17 new names on the list this year, including Mohammed Bin Salman Al Saud (8), the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. His father remains king, but he has consolidated power beyond any doubt and taken control of the country, Forbes said.
Other new members include U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell (11), Exxon Mobil CEO Darren Woods (34), President of South Korea Moon Jae-in (54) and Special Counsel for the U.S. Department of Justice Robert Mueller (72).

On Nadella, Forbes said the Microsoft CEO has steered the company away from a failing mobile strategy and focused on other segments, including cloud computing and augmented reality.

“Since taking over as a CEO, Microsoft’s stock has increased by more than 150 per cent,” it said.

The list also includes Pope Francis (6), Cofounder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Bill Gates (7), French President Emmanuel Macron (12), Alibaba Chief Jack Ma (21), CEO and Chairman of Tesla Elon Musk (25), UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres (31), North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (36), Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (57), Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad (62), Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte (69) and Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (73).

In compiling the list, Forbes said it considered hundreds of candidates from various walks of life all around the globe, and measured their power along four dimensions of whether the person has power over lots of people, financial resources controlled by each person, whether the candidate is powerful in multiple spheres and that the candidates actively used their power.

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha will be seeking greater ties with India today while attending the second day of the ASEAN-India Summit.

The Prime Minister yesterday held talks with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, touching on issues such as digital cooperation, India’s Smart Cities and Digital India policies, Thailand’s Thailand 4.0 and Eastern Economic Corridor goals and security ties. Prime Minister Narendra acknowledged Thailand’s role as an important maritime neighbor to India during the discussions and called for closer ties based on the relationship.

The two leaders also agreed to boost tourism links between their nations before Gen Prayut confirmed to his counterpart that Thailand and ASEAN are ready to enhance creative ties with India. Thailand is set to become ASEAN’s coordinator with India in August of this year.

Gen Prayut afterwards attended the ASEAN-India retreat, which focused on maritime security. The retreat acknowledged the importance of waters between India and ASEAN to their economic prosperity and that it is in their best interests to jointly maintain regional stability.

The current ASEAN-India Summit also marks the 25th anniversary of the two entities ties, and has brought together the 10 leaders of the bloc in time to celebrate India’s Republic Day.

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PM Narendra Modi holds talks with Thai counterpart Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha

New Delhi: Ahead of the India-ASEAN summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today held bilateral talks with his counterpart from Thailand Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha on strengthening cooperation in strategic areas of trade, defence and security.

Modi also held a meeting with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, the current chair of the ASEAN grouping.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted, “Our ‘Act East’ complementing Thailand’s Act West policy! Prime Minister Modi met with PM of Thailand… Constructive dialogue on economic and commercial exchange, connectivity, defence & security, cultural cooperation and people-to-people exchanges.”

On the eve of the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit to celebrate 25 years of India-ASEAN partnership, Modi had held separate bilateral meetings with Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines yesterday.


Marking 25 years of ASEAN-India Partnership

CII / ASEAN-India / Marking 25 years of ASEAN-India Partnership

2017 marked the Silver Jubilee of the ASEAN-India partnership. This long standing  journey was filled with many exciting milestones. India became a full ASEAN dialogue partner in 1996 and in 2012, the two sides marked two decades of partnership. Both India and ASEAN recognize the potential of mutually beneficial policies and are working towards strengthening the bonds that both parties have forged together.

The celebration of 25 years of India-ASEAN partnership promises to establish new milestones in the development journeys of the two sides. India has invited all the ASEAN Heads of State/Government to its National Republic Day, a first for it, and all ten countries have confirmed participation. A high-profile ASEAN-India Business and Investment Meet & Expo is being alongside, which has been described by Hon. Prime Minister as the largest ever such show in India with ASEAN.

The booming economic relations between ASEAN and India are rooted in ancient connectivities and shared civilisational space extending over centuries and influencing both sides positively.

India’s Look East Policy of 1992 transformed into the Act East Policy of 2014 as enunciated by Hon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Act East Policy has seen the Government of India redoubling its efforts to forge closer economic ties with ASEAN nations. Under this forward-thinking initiative, the Government of India has announced plans to revamp connectivity in the North-East states of India as it is considered a ‘gateway’ to ASEAN nations, along with negotiating a series of treaties designed to strengthen ASEAN-India trade ties.

Both ASEAN and India have benefited from close economic ties and recognize the potential for future growth and prosperity. ASEAN-India bilateral trade currently stands at more than US$70 billion. ASEAN and India are working towards reaching US$200 billion in bilateral trade by the year 2022, building on each other’s expertise and trade capabilities. The two sides enjoy a combined GDP of US$3.8 trillion, marking a large consumer market that can benefit both of them.

ASEAN-India trade ties have grown exponentially over the last couple of years. Bilateral trade has increased more than threefold from US$21 billion in 2005-06 to over US$70 billion in 2016-17. Thanks to the ASEAN India Free Trade Agreement (AIFTA), there has been an elimination of tariffs for multiple products, paving the way for future growth. In addition, the two sides have signed an agreement for trade in services and investments which will take their economic engagement to a new level.

ASEAN is India’s 4th largest trading partner, accounting for 10.2 per cent of India’s total trade in 2016-2017. India’s exports to ASEAN increased by more than 20 per cent during the same time. Investment flows too remain robust both ways, with ASEAN accounting for approximately 12.5 per cent of investment flows into India since 2000.

CII and the ASEAN Region

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has worked closely with the Indian Ministry of External Affairs to organize key trade and business summits for strengthening the bond between ASEAN and India. The summits are designed as international platforms for India and ASEAN nations to explore new and existing avenues of cooperation.

CII’s efforts are directed towards bringing together Indian and ASEAN businesses together for fruitful dialogue and partnerships, in the backdrop of trade fairs, seminars, overseas missions, and conferences. As far back as 2004, CII had organised the first ever ASEAN-India Car Rally, which was once again replicated in 2012. These demonstrated the land connectivity between the two sides.

The first ASEAN-India Connectivity Summit, themed “Powering Digital and Physical Linkages” from 11-12 December 2017 in New Delhi, was hosted by CII in collaboration with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and the ASEAN-India Centre (AIC). The event saw Indian and ASEAN ministerial representatives giving keynotes and engaging in fruitful dialogue. The summit also featured exclusive B2B and B2G meetings that allowed delegates to explore new avenues of business.

The ASEAN-India Business and Investment Meet & Expo 2018

CII is organizing the ASEAN-India Business and Investment Meet & Expo 2018 in collaboration with the Ministry of Commerce & Industry and the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). The summit is being organized in the backdrop of the 31st ASEAN Leaders Commemorative Summit in New Delhi which will host ASEAN countries’ – Heads of State, Senior Government Officials and Industry leaders.

The ASEAN-India Business and Investment Meet & Expo will also feature an exclusive exhibition by Indian companies showcasing their key products.

The Summit presents an exclusive chance for delegates to exchange views with policy makers, industry captains, entrepreneurs and thought leaders. Delegates participating in the summit will also get an opportunity to enhance regional connects through convergence of new business ideas, unveiling of ‘ready-to-invest’ projects and new avenues for fundraising.

Do join us as we kickstart a new era in ASEAN-India economic ties!

Nostalgic Modi shares a 20-year-old photo with Kovind and Internet is amazed how they still look the same

In a series of tweets congratulating newly elected President Ram Nath Kovind, PM Narendra Modi shared a major throwback picture with Kovind from 20 years ago. In this photo, the then BJP National Secretary Modi can be seen sharing the dais with the then Rajya Sabha MP Kovind and his family members.

remembered this event and took to Twitter to upload this old picture along with the current picture of his with same family members. The tweet immediately went viral and received a lot of retweets and favorites. The old photo apparently had Modi attending wedding function of Kovind’s son and in the latest photo, two new additions can be seen in the form of Kovind’s grandchildren.

However Internet was quite amazed to see how age doesn’t seem to have caught up with both Modi and Kovind, with both looking almost like they used to look 20 years ago.

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