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PM Modi flags off 'Run for Rio', motivates Indian contingent for Olympics
Our athletes will win hearts of the world & showcase what India is about: PM
During our term in office so far, we have focussed tremendously on sports: PM

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today flagged off the “Run For Rio” at the Major Dhyanchand National Stadium in New Delhi.

The Prime Minister said every athlete of the Indian contingent has worked hard to earn his or her place, and the players will surely give their best for the country at the Rio Olympics. He expressed confidence that the Indian athletes would win the hearts of people across the world, and show the world what India is about.

Urging the nation to prepare for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics from today itself, he asked every district of the country to ensure that at least one athlete from the district qualifies for the Olympics next time.

The Prime Minister said this time the contingent has been sent in advance, so that players get familiar with the conditions.

The Prime Minister wished all the athletes well for the Olympic Games. “Sports is a necessity of Life. Let everyone play and shine,” the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister later released the Olympic Brochure, and flagged off the Run For Rio.

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Prime Minister Modi and Prime Minister Costa launch unique Start-up portal
June 24, 2017

Prime Minister Modi and Prime Minister Costa today launched a unique startup Portal - the India-Portugal International StartUp Hub (IPISH) - in Lisbon.

This is a platform initiated by Startup India and supported by Commerce & Industry Ministry and Startup Portugal to create a mutually supportive entrepreneurial partnership.

IPISH hosts a range of tools and will provide information on the start-up hotspots of Bangalore, Delhi and Lisbon; and on associated subjects, such as policy, taxation, and visa options. It will develop a Go-To-Market Guide to support start-ups.

IPISH is expected to help in mutual capacity building, and enable connections between start-ups, investors, and incubators from relevant sectors. It is also expected to establish a network of honorary ambassadors based in India and Portugal to guide start-ups from both countries.


There are strong complementarities between India and Portugal in the start-up sector. Portugal has one of the highest rates of business creation in Europe and has emerged as one of the most vibrant European eco-systems for entrepreneurship. Lisbon is hosting the Web Summit - a key annual international technology conference - for 3 years from 2016 onwards. The last Web Summit had 700 participants from India, and the number is expected to go up further this year. The governments of both India and Portugal are focusing on promoting Start-ups.