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PM Modi, German Chancellor Merkel visit Bosch Vocational Centre in Bengaluru
PM Modi, German Chancellor Merkel attend a business forum organized by NASSCOM and the Fraunhofer Institute in Bengaluru
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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today visited Bengaluru. 

The Prime Minister received German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Bosch Engineering and Innovation in Bengaluru. The two leaders were given an overview of the solutions being developed to serve the common man, in areas such as detection of eye disease, and immediate assistance to accident victims. At the Bosch Vocational Centre, the two leaders were briefed on skill development programmes being run for school drop-outs.

The Prime Minister and the German Chancellor attended a business forum organized by NASSCOM and the Fraunhofer Institute. In his address, the Prime Minister reiterated that at a time of global slowdown, India represents a bright spot for investments.

The Prime Minister gave an overview of the steps taken by the Government to address the long-pending concerns of investors. He also talked about the various opportunities for investment that exist in India.


"We want your active involvement in translating our dreams into reality. Our commitment and aggressiveness to achieve the goal in a faster and effective manner offers immense opportunities to German Companies. These opportunities range from building 50 million houses to setting up 100 smart cities; modernization of our railway network and stations to setting up of new railway corridors; generation of 175 GW of renewable energy to construction of transmission and distribution networks, National Highways, bridges, and Metro rails. Such a huge potential for creation and production will not be available in any one country. More importantly, no one place on the earth can offer the potential for consumption on such a massive scale. We are trying to power this potential through our campaigns like Digital India and Skill India. To tap the energy fully, we have launched the Start up India Campaign," the Prime Minister said.

"It is the software of India that will move the hardware across the world; It is the talent of India that will master the technology; It is the market of India that will motivate manufacturing. Therefore, it makes strong business sense to be in India. It makes even better business sense to Make in India," the Prime Minister said.

"I laud Chancellor Merkel for her vision where German engineering and Indian IT fuse to create world class products. As she leaves India, gratitude to Chancellor Merkel. This has been a productive visit, which has taken India-Germany ties to newer heights," the Prime Minister tweeted.

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PM to dedicate to the Nation 35 crop varieties with special traits on 28th September
September 27, 2021
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PM to dedicate the newly constructed campus of National Institute of Biotic Stress Management Raipur to the Nation
PM to also distribute the Green Campus Award to the Agricultural Universities

In an endeavour to create mass awareness for adoption of climate resilient technologies, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will dedicate 35 crop varieties with special traits to the Nation on 28th September at 11 AM via video conferencing, in a pan India programme organised at all ICAR Institutes, State and Central Agricultural Universities and Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVKs). During the programme, the Prime Minister will also dedicate to the nation the newly constructed campus of National Institute of Biotic Stress Management Raipur.

On the occasion, the Prime Minister will distribute Green Campus Award to Agricultural Universities, as well as interact with farmers who use innovative methods and address the gathering.

Union Minister of Agriculture and Chief Minister Chhattisgarh will be present on the occasion.

About crop varieties with special traits

The crop varieties with special traits have been developed by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) to address the twin challenges of climate change and malnutrition. Thirty-five such crop varieties with special traits like climate resilience and higher nutrient content have been developed in the year 2021. These include a drought tolerant variety of chickpea, wilt and sterility mosaic resistant pigeonpea, early maturing variety of soybean, disease resistant varieties of rice and biofortified varieties of wheat, pearl millet, maize and chickpea, quinoa, buckwheat, winged bean and faba bean.

These special traits crop varieties also include those that address the anti-nutritional factors found in some crops that adversely affect human and animal health. Examples of such varieties include Pusa Double Zero Mustard 33, first Canola quality hybrid RCH 1 with <2% erucic acid and <30 ppm glucosinolates and a soybean variety free from two anti-nutritional factors namely Kunitz trypsin inhibitor and lipoxygenase. Other varieties with special traits have been developed in soybean, sorghum, and baby corn, among others.

About National Institute of Biotic Stress Management

The National Institute of Biotic Stress Management at Raipur has been established to take up the basic and strategic research in biotic stresses, develop human resources and provide policy support. The institute has started PG courses from the academic session 2020-21.

About Green Campus Awards

The Green Campus Awards has been initiated to motivate the State and Central Agricultural Universities to develop or adopt such practices that will render their campuses more green and clean, and motivate students to get involved in ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’, ‘Waste to Wealth Mission’ and community connect as per the National Education Policy-2020.