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Starting with indelible ink which is the hallmark of our democratic fabric, CSIR has left indelible mark on every sphere of life: PM
PM urges CSIR to create 'Ease of doing Technology Business' platform to bring in right stakeholders so technologies reach beneficiaries
History bears witness to the fact that no nation can develop, unless it has the benefit of science and technology: PM Modi
A successful technology is one, which provides benefit to the common man: PM Narendra Modi
From “per drop, more crop,” our objective should be to move to “an inch of land, and a bunch of crops”: PM Modi

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today inaugurated CSIR’s Platinum Jubilee Function on the occasion of its 75th Foundation Day.

The Prime Minister visited an exhibition showcasing several initiatives of CSIR. He also dedicated some medicinal and aromatic plant varieties to the nation, interacted with farmers from five different locations across the country: Hyderabad, Cuddalore, Jammu, Jorhat and Palampur.

Speaking on the occasion, he said that starting with the indelible ink which is the hallmark of our democratic fabric, CSIR has left an indelible mark on every sphere of life. He urged CSIR to create an 'Ease of doing Technology Business' platform to bring in right stakeholders so technologies reach beneficiaries.

The Prime Minister said history bears witness to the fact that no nation can develop, unless it has the benefit of science and technology. He said that a successful technology is one, which provides benefit to the common man. Complimenting CSIR for it contributions to the nation over the last 75 years, the Prime Minister said he expected a lot more from the organization in the future. He said it is important to connect science with citizens in this century, which is technology driven.

The Prime Minister said an attempt should be made to give maximum opportunity to students to perform research at CSIR Laboratories. He added that CSIR has a key role to play in the emergence of new entrepreneurs in the country. Talking about agriculture productivity, he said that while he has always stressed on “per drop, more crop,” another objective should be “an inch of land, and a bunch of crops.”

The Prime Minister later came down from the dais, to interact with schoolchildren who were present in the audience at Vigyan Bhawan.

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Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena calls PM Modi
October 17, 2018
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The President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena called Prime Minister Modi on telephone today. 

The President of Sri Lanka stated that he categorically rejected the reports in sections of media about him alluding to the involvement of India in any manner whatsoever in an alleged plot to assassinate the President and a former Defence Secretary of Sri Lanka.

He mentioned that the michevous and malafide reports were utterly baseless and false, and seemed intended to create misunderstanding between the two leaders as well as damage the cordial relations between the two friendly neighbours.

The President apprised the Prime Minister of the urgent steps taken by him personally and the Government of Sri Lanka to publicly reject these reports. In this context, he also recalled his meeting with the High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka today morning.   

The President also stated that he regards the Prime Minister as a true friend of Sri Lanka, as also a close personal friend.  He stressed that he greatly valued the mutually beneficial ties between India and Sri Lanka, and remained steadfast to work with the Prime Minister for futher strengtheing them.

The Prime Minister appreciated the prompt steps taken by the President and his Government to firmly refute the malicious reports by publicly clarifying the matters. He also reiterated India’s emphasis on ‘neighbourhood first’ policy and the priority the Government of India and he personally attach to developing even stronger all-round cooperation between the two countries.