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The auction of gift articles belonging to Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi, which began on 3rd March in Vadodara, got a good response from bidders, an official said here. The proceeds from bidding would be spent on girls’ education in the state.

The Chief Minister receives scores of gifts and souvenirs in events and functions he attends. Each and every gift is deposited with the government treasury (toshakhana), and auctioned to support the education of the girl child (kanya kelavani.) A special fund Kanya Kelavani Nidhi has been created for this cause.

Parliamentary secretary to the Chief Minister, Yogesh Patel said," it is good opportunity for the citizens of central Gujarat to contribute for a noble cause."

City Mayor and MP Balkrishna Shukla said," the proceeds of biddings would be spent on girls’ education."

As many as 1173 gift articles from Shri Narendra Modi's treasure house are being auctioned here to raise fund for girls’ education. The auction will continue till March 5.

District Collector Vijay Nehra said that it was for the first time such auction was taking place in the entire central Gujarat.

As many as 50 turbans, traditional tribal bows and arrows, over 200 shawls, crystal mementos, artistic silver pots, silver idols, the images of Maharana Pratap and Mahatma Gandhi, wooden articles and paintings will be auctioned.

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June 15, 2021
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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will deliver the keynote address at the 5th edition of VivaTech on 16th June 2021 at around 4 PM. The Prime Minister has been invited as a Guest of Honour to deliver the keynote address at VivaTech 2021.

Other prominent speakers in the event include Mr. Emmanuel Macron, President of France, Mr. Pedro Sánchez, Prime Minister of Spain and Ministers/MPs from various European countries. The event will also witness participation of corporate leaders like Mr. Tim Cook, CEO, Apple, Mr. Mark Zuckerberg, Chairman and CEO, Facebook and Mr. Brad Smith, President, Microsoft among others.

VivaTech is one of the largest digital and startup events in Europe, held in Paris every year since 2016. It is jointly organized by Publicis Groupe – a prominent advertising and marketing conglomerate and Les Echos – a leading French media group. It brings together stakeholders in technology innovation and the startup ecosystem and includes exhibitions, awards, panel discussions and startup contests. The 5th edition of VivaTech is scheduled to be held between 16-19 June 2021.