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PM Modi receives 'Global Goalkeeper Award' for the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
In last five years a record more than 11 crore toilets were constructed: PM Modi
Swachh Bharat mission has benefited the poor and the women most: PM Modi

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi received the ‘Global Goalkeeper’ Award by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, on 24 September 2019. The award ceremony took place on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session in New York.

Prime Minister dedicated the award to those Indians who transformed the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan into a mass movement and made it a part of their daily lives.

“The success of the Swachh Bharat Mission is due to the people of India. They made this their own movement and ensured the desired results were attained.”, Prime Minister said after receiving the award.

Terming it as a significant moment personally to receive the award on the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Prime Minister said Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is proof that when 130 crore Indians take a pledge, any challenge can be overcome. He added that India is making remarkable progress in fulfilling Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of a Swachh Bharat.

"In the last five years, a record of more than 11 crore toilets were constructed. This mission has benefitted the poor and women of the country the most”, Prime Minister noted. In addition to improving sanitation and health, building of 11 crore toilets has also boosted economic activity in villages, PM added.

Speaking about improving global sanitation coverage, Prime Minister said that India is ready to share its expertise and experiences with other nations, so that there can be collective effort towards increasing sanitation coverage.

Prime Minister also mentioned about India’s efforts towards preventive healthcare through mission mode movements like Fit India Movement and Jal Jeevan Mission.

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Prime Minister inteacts with scientists at IISER, Pune
December 07, 2019
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Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi today interacted with scientists from Indian Institute of Science  Education and Research (IISER) in Pune, Maharashtra . 

IISER scientists made presentations to the Prime Minister on varied topics ranging from  New Materials and devices for Clean Energy application to Agricultural Biotechnology to Natural Resource mapping. The presentations also showcased cutting edge technologies in the field of Molecular Biology, Antimicrobial resistance, Climate studies and Mathematical Finance research.

Prime Minister appreciated the scientists for their informative presentations. He urged them to develop low cost technologies that would cater to India's specific requirements and help in fast-tracking India's growth. 

Earlier, Prime Minister visited the IISER, Pune campus and interacted with the students and researchers. He also visited the state of the art super computer PARAM BRAHMA, deployed by C-DAC in IISER, which has a peak computing power of 797 Teraflops.

The Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISERs) are a group of premier science education and research institutes in India. 

Prime Minister is on a two day visit to attend the DGP's Conference in Pune.