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The Prime Minister had bilateral meetings with President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh and Prime Minister Sushil Koirala of Nepal.

They all congratulated the Prime Minister on his speech at the UNGA. They also supported the Prime Minister`s initiative for an International Yoga Day. The Sri Lankan President has given a letter of support in this regard. They also said they looked forward to receiving Shri Narendra Modi in their respective countries. They congratulated India on the success of the Mars mission, and thanked the Prime Minister for his initiative of a SAARC satellite.

In his discussions with President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka, the Prime Minister raised the issue of fishermen in Sri Lankan custody.

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The Prime Minister emphasized that this is a humanitarian issue and should be handled with sensitivity. He also referred to his recent meeting with a delegation of the Tamil National Alliance, and said he had mentioned to them that dialogue is the best way forward.

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The Teesta waters issue and the land boundary agreement came up for discussion during the meeting with the Prime Minister of Bangladesh. Shri Narendra Modi said that the matter of the Land Boundary Agreement was already with a Parliamentary committee. Regarding Teesta, the Prime Minister said an effort was being made to evolve a consensus. The Prime Minister thanked the Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for allowing transit of foodgrains to the northeast, and assured her that India would be willing to assist in any specific infrastructure projects required in this regard.

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In the meeting with the Prime Minister of Nepal, the focus was on implementation of decisions taken during the Prime Minister`s recent visit. The two sides expressed satisfaction over the progress made.

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— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 28, 2014

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April 19, 2021
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PM Modi appreciates the crucial role of the pharma sector in the fight against the pandemic
It is because of the efforts of the pharma industry that today India is identified as ‘pharmacy of world’: PM Modi
Despite all the challenges, the Indian pharma industry has also registered a growth of 18 percent in exports last year, which shows its potential: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with leaders of pharmaceutical industry via video conferencing. The Prime Minister appreciated the crucial role of the pharma sector in the fight against the pandemic.

PM Modi appreciated the way the pharma industry is working even in such trying conditions.

PM Modi remarked that it is because of the efforts of the pharma industry that today India is identified as ‘pharmacy of world’. He said essential medicines were made available to more than 150 countries around the world during the pandemic. The Prime Minister stated that despite all the challenges, the Indian pharma industry has also registered a growth of 18 percent in exports last year, which shows its potential.

Noting the second wave of the virus and rising number of cases, PM Modi commended the pharma industry for their efforts to increase production of several necessary drugs. He appreciated them for reducing the price of injections like Remdesivir. To keep the supply of medicines and essential medical equipment going smoothly, PM Modi urged the pharma industry to ensure seamless supply chains. PM Modi also extended government’s support for facilities like Logistics and Transportation.

He urged the industry to conduct more and more researches on threats which can occur in the future along with Covid. This, he said, would help us take the lead in combating the virus.

Seeking cooperation from the pharma industry, PM Modi assured that government is undertaking reforms for new drugs and regulatory processes.

The leaders of the Pharma industry appreciated the proactive help & support received from the Government. They highlighted the efforts made over the last one year in ensuring availability of drugs keeping manufacturing and logistics operational. Operations at the pharma hubs for manufacturing, transportation, logistics and ancillary services are being maintained at optimum levels. The participants also share inputs on the measures being undertaken to meet the overall medicine demand in the country despite the unprecedented increase in demand for some drugs  the COVID Treatment Protocol.

The meeting was also attended by Union Health Minister Shri Harsh Vardhan, MoS (Health) Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Union Minister Chemical and Fertilizer Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda, MoS (C&F) Mansukh Mandaviya, Principal Secretary to PM, Dr V K Paul Member (H) NITI Aayog, Cabinet Secretary, Union Health Secretary, Union Pharmaceutical Secretary, Dr Balram Bharagava, DG ICMR, amongst other officers from Ministries / Departments of Central Government.