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PM Modi pledges $15 million to GAVI

While addressing the virtual Global Vaccine Summit hosted by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged $15 million to the international vaccine alliance -- GAVI. Business leaders, UN agencies, civil society, government ministers, Heads of State, and country leaders of over 50 nations participated in it.

PM said that India stands in solidarity with the world in these challenging times. The COVID-19 pandemic exposed the limitations of global cooperation and that for the first time in recent history, mankind faces a clear common enemy. Referring to GAVI, he said, “It is not just a global alliance but also a symbol of global solidarity and a reminder of that by helping others we can also help ourselves.”

India with a vast population and limited health facilities understands the importance of immunization. One of the first programs launched by his government was Mission Indra Dhanush, which aims to ensure full vaccination of the country’s children and pregnant women, including those in the remote parts of the country. 

India has added six new vaccines to its National Immunization Programme. India had digitized its entire vaccine supply line and developed an electronic vaccine intelligence network to monitor the integrity of its cold chain. India is also the World’s foremost producer of vaccines and that it is fortunate to contribute to the immunization of about 60 percent of the World’s children.

The PM said that India recognizes and values the work of GAVI, that is why it became a donor to GAVI while still being eligible for GAVI support. Prime Minister said India’s support to GAVI is not only financial but that India’s huge demand also brings down the Global price of vaccines for all, saving almost $400 million for GAVI over the past five years.

24 Jun 2020
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PM to perform Bhumi Poojan of Ram Temple virtually

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was keeping away from Ram Janmabhoomi issue after taking over as the PM due to the matter being in the Supreme Court, is likely to be part of Bhumi Poojan ceremony in Ayodhya virtually. UP CM Yogi Adityanath will be present in Ayodhya in person to perform necessary rituals. It is likely to happen in the first week of July.

Last week senior VHP leader and the person involved with Ram Janmabhoomi movement Champat Rai met with the PM requesting him to join the Bhumi Poojan, the PM apparently accepted the proposal but due to distancing norms in place, he is likely to perform it from Delhi itself. Centuries-old dispute over Ram Temple was settled by the SC ruling the disputed site in favour of Ram Lalla (child deity) Virajman.

The committee responsible for the construction of Ram Temple wants Bhumi Poojan do be done before July 15 as after that days are not good to start any auspicious work as per Hindu belief. Leveling of the ground and other activities are going on in full swing in Ayodhya with the CM giving full assistance to the construction work.

The PM might not be present in Ayodhya but he will mentally and virtually be present during the entire Bhumi Poojan ceremony and he will address people on the occasion as well. 

17 Jun 2020
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PM Modi pledges $15 million to GAVI

By IndianMandarins 24 Jun 2020

While addressing the virtual Global Vaccine Summit hosted by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged $15 million to the international vaccine alliance -- GAVI. Business leaders, UN agencies, civil society, government ministers, Heads of State, and country leaders of over 50 nations participated in it.

PM said that India stands in solidarity with the world in these challenging times. The COVID-19 pandemic exposed the limitations of global cooperation and that for the first time in recent history, mankind faces a clear common enemy. Referring to GAVI, he said, “It is not just a global alliance but also a symbol of global solidarity and a reminder of that by helping others we can also help ourselves.”

India with a vast population and limited health facilities understands the importance of immunization. One of the first programs launched by his government was Mission Indra Dhanush, which aims to ensure full vaccination of the country’s children and pregnant women, including those in the remote parts of the country. 

India has added six new vaccines to its National Immunization Programme. India had digitized its entire vaccine supply line and developed an electronic vaccine intelligence network to monitor the integrity of its cold chain. India is also the World’s foremost producer of vaccines and that it is fortunate to contribute to the immunization of about 60 percent of the World’s children.

The PM said that India recognizes and values the work of GAVI, that is why it became a donor to GAVI while still being eligible for GAVI support. Prime Minister said India’s support to GAVI is not only financial but that India’s huge demand also brings down the Global price of vaccines for all, saving almost $400 million for GAVI over the past five years.

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PM to perform Bhumi Poojan of Ram Temple virtually

By IndianMandarins 17 Jun 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was keeping away from Ram Janmabhoomi issue after taking over as the PM due to the matter being in the Supreme Court, is likely to be part of Bhumi Poojan ceremony in Ayodhya virtually. UP CM Yogi Adityanath will be present in Ayodhya in person to perform necessary rituals. It is likely to happen in the first week of July.

Last week senior VHP leader and the person involved with Ram Janmabhoomi movement Champat Rai met with the PM requesting him to join the Bhumi Poojan, the PM apparently accepted the proposal but due to distancing norms in place, he is likely to perform it from Delhi itself. Centuries-old dispute over Ram Temple was settled by the SC ruling the disputed site in favour of Ram Lalla (child deity) Virajman.

The committee responsible for the construction of Ram Temple wants Bhumi Poojan do be done before July 15 as after that days are not good to start any auspicious work as per Hindu belief. Leveling of the ground and other activities are going on in full swing in Ayodhya with the CM giving full assistance to the construction work.

The PM might not be present in Ayodhya but he will mentally and virtually be present during the entire Bhumi Poojan ceremony and he will address people on the occasion as well. 

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Outlining responsibility of judiciary globally, Justice Mishra terms PM a genius who thinks globally and acts locally

By IndianMandarins 23 Feb 2020

While speaking at the inaugural ceremony of International Judicial Conference at Supreme Court of India in New Delhi on February 22, 2020, Justice Arun Mishra said that judiciary was protector and guardian of the ground norms of respective countries. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the conference and it was widely underlined when Justice Mishra praised Modi terming him as an "internationally acclaimed visionary" and a "versatile genius, who thinks globally and acts locally". No wonder he is the favourite judge of the regime!

Equating the legislature, executive and judiciary as heart, brain and backbone of democracy respectively, he underlined that these three organs have to work independently but in tandem to make the democracy successful. Kingdoms are seen falling apart where judiciary has failed to contribute to effective governance and hence judicial system has a significant role to play in the ever-changing world, said Justice Mishra.

He further underlined that Indian systems might be different at international level but challenges faced by the judiciary at national and global levels are more or less the same.

Amid the growing concern among masses of being left out and deprived of its gains, the sense of injustice, inequality looms large. He further said that in the present era, technology and trade are increasingly evolving as weapons of war and before it becomes lethal like Coronavirus, it has to be taken care of by all of us alike.

Praising and acknowledging the presence of PM Modi and people from the legal fraternity, Justice Mishra added, “Your presence indicates that we are united in our steely resolve against the invasion of human rights and terrorism. Our collective efforts will pave the way for global developments by evolving common standards.”

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Lutyens' Delhi: Bureaucracy abuzz with a colleague's importance

By IndianMandarins 03 Feb 2020

It passed off unnoticed in Lutyens' Delhi. But more than a week after, its importance is dawning upon senior officials.

Despite who’s who of power corridor in Delhi attending a private function of a joint secretary-level officer that had failed to catch eyeballs of many in Lutyens but people in the power corridors are still whispering about the affair cautiously even a week has gone by.

'Mundan Sanskar' of the daughter of a Joint Secretary level IAS officer working in the Commerce Ministry has become a matter of discussion for many senior officials these days. What they appear to be astonished about is that there are over four hundred Joint Secretary level officers across all ministries and departments in the Govt of India but this seems to be something very unheard of that the top echelons of the country did not miss to attend the invitation.

So much so that the event was attended by President of India, Prime Minister of the country, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Commerce/Industry minister, Health/IT Minister, Chief of Defence Staff General Vipin Rawat, chief ministers of several states and dozens of former Union ministers (UPA)  and Union secretaries too attending the function but it went unnoticed in Lutyens' Delhi which keeps track of the fact even how many times PM clapped during the budget presentation.

 

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PMO: What does the unique designation for P k Sinha signal?

By IndianMandarins 12 Sep 2019

NaMo administration has been a Zigsaw puzzle for all and sundry including senior bureaucrats working with him and one such recent example being appointment of P K Sinha as Senior Principal Adviser to the PM. The designation that is something unheard of and people are still guessing. However, the appointment of Dr P K Mishra as Principal Secretary to the PM replacing Nripendra Mishra was on expected lines.

 

It may be underlined that Sinha is probably the first Union Cabinet Secretary to have been moved to the PMO. But deciding a designation for him could not have been as easy as his role and responsibility in the PMO.

 

Top sources say that designation of additional PS to the PM could not be very apt for Sinha who had held the highest office of the Cabinet Secretary and probably this being the reason that the PM decided for an unconventional but a professional sounding designation for Sinha i.e. Senior Principal Adviser to the PM.


A few more reasons could be attributed to this. First, drafting Sinha in the advisory role would not restrict him in a rigid framework but provide him a wide canvas to give his advice to the PM on policy, its implementation and coordination with different ministries. Secondly, it would rule out any possibility of No 01 and No 02 wrangling in the PMO. Both the PK would draw a parallel for themselves. P K Mishra would continue to rule the turf i.e. ACC which makes top appointments at the Centre whereas P K Sinha would play key role exhibiting conflict resolution skill with a human touch.

 

Senior bureaucrats observed that now the PMO would be more cohesive and synergetic as both of them share good rapport with each other and Khulbe has carved a niche for himself under the guidance of PK Mishra. Nripendra Mishra had often been termed a too tough task master but P K Sinha possesses softer attributes. Further, having coordinated almost all ambitious and flagship schemes of the PM and even having handled complicated scheme like GST & demonetisation gives him advantage.

 

Further, the PM during the farewell hosted on Monday termed Nripendra as a ‘Precious Treasure’ of competence, skill, experience and wished him all the best for embarking on a new phase of his life. But those attended the function say that the PM had well indicated some key role and assignment ahead for him.

 

What still remains a mystery is that none could reach to a conclusion whether the race for Additional PS to PM is over?

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PMO: Appointments of PKs with a little twist

By IndianMandarins 11 Sep 2019

As usual the NaMo administration on Wednesday made announcements of appointment of Dr P K Mishra and P K Sinha as Principal Secretary to PM and Principal Adviser to PM respectively but with a little twist.


Contrary to the ongoing speculations former Additional PS to PM Dr P K Mishra was drafted as successor to Nripendra Mishra whereas former Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha was appointed as Senior Adviser to PM and not as successor to Dr P K Mishra as Additional PS to PM. Keen observors say that the appointment orders are defined curiously and hence race is on. 


Both the appointments were made coterminous with the term of Prime Minister w.e.f 11.09.2019.

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PMO: Has Khulbe’s term been extended?

By IndianMandarins 06 Sep 2019

If some top sources are to be believed, tenure of Bhaskar Chandra Khulbe (IAS:1983:WB) has been extended for a period of four and a half years or co-terminus with Prime Minister’s term. Reportedly, notification may be issued next week.

His extension was supposed to end this month end. He was given extension for a period of six month beginning 01.04.2019. Reportedly, the order to this effected may be notified soon.

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PM to seek investments from 27 sovereign wealth and pension funds

By IndianMandarins 15 Jan 2019

For the first time, as many as 27 global sovereign wealth and pension funds and institutions from Canada, the US, Europe, West Asia, and Southeast Asian nations would participate in a meeting, to be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to work out how best to provide long-term finance for India's crucial infrastructure and public projects. 


To be held on the inaugural day of Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar, the roundtable meeting will discuss and focus on investment potentials of some ambitious projects such as smart cities, mass transport and public utility in India.


Chief Secretary of Gujarat J N Singh said such a congregation of global sovereign wealth funds is the first for India. He said the meet is being organized by the Union Ministry of Finance and Government of Gujarat.


The 27 funds include top names such as IFC, Pacific Investment Management Company, Vanguard from the US, Roadis (Spain), Avi Alliance (Germany), Government Pension Investment Fund (Japan) Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (China) and Canada's British Columbia Investment Management Corporation, Public Sector Pension Investment Board and Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System besides others.


Last year, at St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), Russian President Vladimir Putin had interacted with captains of these funds managing trillions of dollars worth of funds.

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