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"PM: Textile workers weave not just cloth, but also the fabric of a cohesive, harmonious society"
"PM: The heritage of Banaras is known across India worldwide. It is time for Varanasi to tap this "assured market""
"PM: Govt working towards modernizing textile sector. Revival package cleared for 16 district cooperative banks across eastern UP. "
"प्रधानमंत्रीः वस्त्रों के कारीगर कपड़ों की बुनाई ही नहीं करते, बल्कि समाज को जोड़ने एवं सुसंगत समाज का ताना-बाना भी बुनते हैं"
"प्रधानमंत्रीः बनारस की विरासत को भारत से बाहर विश्व में भी जाना जाता है। वाराणसी के लिए अब समय आ गया है कि इस “आश्वस्त बाजार” का उपयोग करें"
"प्रधानमंत्रीः सरकार वस्त्र क्षेत्र का आधुनिकीकरण कर रही है, पूर्वी उत्तर प्रदेश"

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today made a strong pitch for re-establishing Varanasi on the global map through revitalization of its traditional textile industry. Speaking after laying the foundation stone of the Trade Facilitation Centre and Crafts Museum, and inaugurating the Powerloom Service Centre in this historic city, the Prime Minister said the Union Government is working towards revitalizing the textile sector through a scientific approach, coupled with infusion of appropriate technology.

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He said this Centre that was envisioned in Varanasi, was the beginning of a comprehensive vision for this sector. He said this Centre would encapsulate the heritage of Varanasi at one place. The Prime Minister said there is need to understand the changing demands and needs of the customer, and create new products which satisfy his need, to retain the customer.

3 (1)-684 The Prime Minister is on a two-day visit to Varanasi.

The Prime Minister said ladies in every family in India had heard of the term "Banarasi Saree." Every mother wanted to gift a Banarasi saree to her daughter for her wedding. He asserted that this represents an assured market of crores of sarees for Varanasi. The requirement now is to meet this demand and satisfy the customer with modern design, products and service.

3 (4)-684 Observing that after agriculture, textiles was the sector which generated maximum employment, the Prime Minister said that textile workers weave not just cloth; but through the harmonious nature of their workplace, they also weave the fabric of a cohesive, harmonious society. He said this "Ganga Jamuni tehzeeb" was Varanasi`s heritage, and indeed the heritage of India.

2 (6)-684 The Prime Minister narrated an anecdote of how he had seen a "Banaras street" in Boston, USA. This was a street where "Gurus" lived, he said, adding that the whole world knows of the heritage of Banaras. He exhorted the people of the city to now use e-commerce and strategically tap the global market. He called upon people to work towards creating a modern, active, vibrant, forward-looking Banaras.

2 (5)-684 The Prime Minister said he had not come to Varanasi to make tall promises and his actions would speak for themselves. He announced the Union Government`s decision for a Rs. 2375 crore revival package for district cooperative banks. 16 of these banks are in Eastern Uttar Pradesh. This would ensure easy availability of credit to the lower and middle class, and help revive the handloom and powerloom sector.

2 (7)-684 The Prime Minister also visited an exhibition showcasing the traditional arts and crafts of Banaras.

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 7, 2014

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The Governor of Uttar Pradesh Shri Ram Naik, and the Union MoS (IC) for Textiles Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar were present.

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The Prime Minister specifically thanked Shri Ahmad Hasan, Minister in the Uttar Pradesh Government, for being present on the occasion.

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State Visit of Prime Minister to Rwanda, Uganda and South Africa (July 23-27, 2018)
July 23, 2018
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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, will pay a State Visit to Republic of Rwanda (23-24 July), Republic of Uganda (24-25 July) and Republic of South Africa (25-27 July). This will be the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister to Rwanda and the first visit by our Prime Minister to Uganda in over 20 years. The visit to South Africa is in the context of BRICS Summit.

Prime Minister’s official engagement in Rwanda and Uganda include bilateral meetings with the Presidents, delegation level talks and meetings with the business and the Indian communities. In Rwanda, Prime Minister will visit the Genocide Memorial and participate in an event on "Girinka” (one cow per family), a national social protection scheme of Rwanda personally initiated by President Paul Kagame. In Uganda, Prime Minister will deliver a Keynote address at the Parliament of Uganda – the first Indian Prime Minister to address the Ugandan Parliament.

In South Africa, the Prime Minister will have bilateral meeting with the South African President and will attend the BRICS Summit and other BRICS related meetings. Bilateral meetings with participating countries on the sidelines of BRICS meetings are also planned.

India shares close, warm and friendly relations with Africa which are cemented by robust development partnership and a large presence of the Indian Diaspora. A number of agreements and MoUs in the areas of Defence, trade, culture, Agriculture and Dairy cooperation are scheduled to be signed during the visit.

Over the last few years, there has been a significant intensification of our engagement in various fields with African countries and there have been as many as 23 outgoing visits to Africa at the level of President, Vice President and Prime Minister in the last four years. Africa has been the top priority of India’s Foreign Policy. The visit of Prime Minister to Rwanda, Uganda and South Africa will further strengthen our relations with the African continent.