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09:18 PM

All people of Indian-origin aged 45 to 65 can apply and a group will be selected out of them with first preference given to people from 'Girmitiya countries' such as Mauritius, Fiji, Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, and Jamaica.


09:18 PM

They will be taken to religious places of all major religions in India and the government will bear all the expenses, including the airfare from their country of residence.


09:17 PM

The first batch of 40 Indian-origin people are at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas and from there they will begin their tour.


09:17 PM

PM Modi on Tuesday launched the Pravasi Teerth Darshan Yojana under which a group of Indian diaspora will be taken on a government-sponsored tour of religious places in India twice a year.


09:09 PM

The leaders also discussed ways to expand further cooperation in areas of 'blue economy' and collaboration in Africa, the statement said.


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The two leaders also discussed ongoing bilateral development cooperation projects and new proposals for critical partnership projects in health, disaster management and energy sectors were agreed upon.


09:08 PM

The discussions between Modi and Jugnauth focussed on initiatives to further strengthen the bilateral ties, including finalisation of the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement, it said. 


09:08 PM

The two prime ministers reviewed the entire gamut of the long-standing and time-tested strategic relationship between both countries, based on deep emotional bonds of kinship and culture, according to a Ministry of External Affairs statement.


09:08 PM

PM Modi on Tuesday held talks with his Mauritian counterpart Pravind Jugnauth here on ways to boost bilateral trade and investment, including finalisation of a comprehensive economic partnership agreement, and expand cooperation in 'blue economy' sectors.


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India is the largest trading partner of Mauritius and has been the largest exporter of goods and services to the Indian Ocean island nation since 2007. India's exports to Mauritius comprise largely of petroleum products. 


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"Cementing brotherly ties. PM@narendramodi and PM Pravind Jugnauth of Mauritius held warm and productive discussions on the margins of #PBD2019. Discussed enhancing cooperation in trade & investment, development partnership and cultural linkages," Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.



08:09 PM

PM Narendra Modi held talks with his Mauritian counterpart Pravind Jugnauth on Tuesday and vowed to deepen ties in sectors such as trade and investment and boost bilateral development partnership. The two leaders met here on the sidelines of the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas.


06:15 PM

Later, Jugnauth held talks with Modi on the sidelines of the event and the two leaders discussed ways to strengthen bilateral ties.


06:14 PM

Jugnauth also thanked India for supporting Mauritius' development through various assistance projects.


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Jugnauth said the diaspora connect was very important in the development journey.


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Jugnauth lauded India for spearheading the setting up of the International Solar Alliance.


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"The world applauds the impressive economic performance of India and the transformation of this country under your leadership Modi ji. Your wish for a modern and prosperous India has inspired many initiatives like Skill India, Digital India, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Smart city, Start Up, India Swachch Bharat, Ayushman Bharat and many others. These not only speak of your vision of a modern India, your attachment to respect for human dignity and inclusiveness but also your wish to ensure that development benefits all citizens, including the global community," Jugnauth said, praising Modi's development initiatives. 


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Jugnauth also hailed Prime Minister Modi's leadership, saying India had transformed under him and taken many initiatives to facilitate the less fortunate to have better access to opportunities.


06:13 PM

The Mauritian premier lauded India's soft power and said the recognition of the International Day of Yoga was a manifestation of it.


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If India is unique, Indianness is universal, Jugnauth said in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, among others.


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Jugnauth, who also spoke in Hindi several times during his address, signed off saying, "Dono deshon ki gehri mitrita bani rahe (the friendship between the two countries continues)." 


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"Bahut bars pehle, jaun logan hiyan se Mauritius jal rahlan, aaj oo logan ki santaan ee pavitra dharti par aal howan, ja humni ki khatir ee apan aap mein aego teerthba (Many years ago, those people who had left for Mauritius, their children have come to this pure land and for them this land is pilgrimage)," the visiting leader said, drawing loud cheers from the crowd. 


06:12 PM

Delivering the keynote address as the chief guest at the inauguration of the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas convention in this temple town, Jugnauth also announced that Mauritius will host a Bhagwad Gita Mahotsav in partnership with the Haryana government next month and also for the first time organise a Bhojpuri Festival next year. Many of those from India who first arrived in Mauritius to work as indentured labourers were those from Bihar, speaking Bhojpuri. 


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Many foreign dignitaries speak a few Hindi words to wow crowds in India but Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth went a step further on Tuesday and broke into chaste Bhojpuri in his address at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, much to the delight of the gathering. 


04:42 PM

Modi added: "In the last four-and-a-half years, more than two lakh Indians stranded in crisis situations abroad have been helped by the government and its efforts." 


04:41 PM

Stating that today India led the world in many fields, Modi said the International Solar Alliance was one such example. "It is also part of our goal of preparing solutions to India's problems, that can also solve the problems of other countries. We are working with the application of local solution, global application." 


04:41 PM

Modi said that in the last four years, India had taken a major step towards achieving its natural position in the world. "People used to say that India cannot change," he said. "We have changed this thinking. We have made changes."


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Modi urged Indians living abroad to motivate at least five families around them to come to India. "Your efforts will play an important role in enhancing tourism in the country." 


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Modi also urged Indians or people of Indian living abroad to contribute to the building of a new India and said that the changes that were coming in India were becoming new opportunities. "In this changing India, you can play a big role in research and development and innovation. The government is also trying to bring Indian start-ups and NRI mentors together on one platform. Defence manufacturing can also be an important sector for you."


04:40 PM

The Prime Minister said that along with passport, the rules related to visa were being simplified. "With the convenience of e-visa, you are also saving time and problems are also getting reduced. Many of you will also be familiar with the fact that our government has made the process of converting PIO (Person of Indian Origin) cards into OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) cards." 


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This, Modi said, will prepare a centralised system connected to the passport service for all of them. "Going one step ahead, work is on for issuing of the chip-based e-passport."


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"The government is trying to ease the entire processes concerning your social security, passport, visa, Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) and Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Cards. We have taken a new step a few months back concerning overseas Indians. Our embassies and consulates are being connected to the Passport Seva Project worldwide," Modi said.


04:40 PM

PM Narendra Modi on Tuesday told overseas Indians that his government is making efforts to ease the processes concerning their social security, passport, visa and PIO and OCI cards and that work is on to issue chip-based e-passports. He said that the government's endeavour was that overseas Indians should stay "happy and safe wherever they are".


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Jugnauth announced that his country will hold a Bhagwad Gita Mahotsav next month and a Bhojpuri Festival next year. 


03:37 PM

Mauritian Premier Jugnauth, who is the chief guest for the three-day event, also spoke on the occasion. He hailed the prime minister for India's transformation through initiatives such as the Skill India and the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao schemes. He also praised Modi's global stewardship in promoting clean energy and for setting up the International Solar Alliance. 


03:36 PM

Just think about it, more than the population of many countries such as Britain, France, Italy, we had people who just existed on paper to take advantage of government schemes, Modi said.


03:36 PM

Modi said his government also identified about 7 crore fake people who existed only on paper, taking advantage of government schemes.


03:36 PM

Now just consider that if the country was being run through the old system, then even today from this Rs 5,80,000 crore, about Rs 4,50,000 crore would have disappeared or leaked. If we would not have brought a change in the system then this amount would have been looted like the former prime minister had accepted that it was looted, Modi said.


03:36 PM

In the last four-and-a-half years about Rs 5,80,000 crore, about $80 billion, our government, through various schemes, has directly given to the people, transferring it in their bank accounts. The money has been given out for various purposes such as for a home to someone, for education, for scholarship, for gas cylinder, and to other such ends this amount has been given. 


03:36 PM

I also want to tell you today's truth as well. We used technology to end this loot of 85 per cent completely, Modi said.


03:36 PM

The country's middle class kept giving tax honestly and this loot of 85 per cent also continued, Modi said.


03:35 PM

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.


03:35 PM

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. 


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Modi said India's contribution was being recognised at the international level, especially its role with regard to environment.


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The government has changed the mindset that India cannot change, Modi said in the presence of chief guest Mauritian Prime Minister, Pravind Jugnauth, 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.


03:35 PM

Addressing NRIs and Indian-origin people at the inauguration of the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas convention in his parliamentary constituency Varanasi, Modi described NRIs as India's brand ambassadors and said they were the symbols of the country's capabilities.


03:35 PM

Modi said his government gave about Rs 5,80,000 crore to the people directly through various schemes.


03:34 PM

Taking on the Congress, PM Modi on Tuesday said the party that ruled for so long made no effort to plug corruption despite a former prime minister identifying the malady, while the BJP ended "85 per cent of the loot" in four-and-a-half years.
 
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.


02:45 PM

“Today, we are the largest start up ecosystem and are also running the largest health scheme Ayushman Bharat, which implies progress both in terms of business and health facilities,” said PM Modi.


12:58 PM

Narendra Modi urged diaspora at Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas to participate in building 'New India'.


12:56 PM

PM Modi at Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas, Varanasi: Our embassies and consulates across the world are being connected with Passport Sewa Project. It will prepare a centralized system for passport related services for all. Now, we're taking a step forward, work is on to issue chip-based e-passports.


12:50 PM

Modi said his government makes sure all benefits reaches end people. Without taking name of later prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, he said that former prime minister had once said when Delhi send one rupee to states, its value is decreased by the time it reaches the people.


12:47 PM

Modi thanks people of Varanasi for organising event

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also thanked the people Kashi for organising the event in the city. Modi also recognised the love and affection extended to him by the people of Varanasi. Varanasi is the Lok Sabha constituency of Prime Minister.


12:39 PM

“We ended loot in 4 years, which the Congress identified it but lacked to will to find a solution,” said PM. “In past 4.5 years, our government has given around Rs. 5 lakh 78 thousand crores directly to people through different schemes. We have transferred it to their bank accounts,” he added.