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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today addressed the Republic TV Summit in Mumbai.

He condoled the loss of lives in the Hospital fire incident in Mumbai yesterday.

He emphasized the importance of positive news for a vibrant and prosperous nation. He said that India needs to scale great heights in multiple spheres such as science, innovation, and sports etc. In the same vein, he mentioned media as well.

The Prime Minister said that the words "Surging India" represent the spirit of 130 crore Indians.

He said that a few years ago, it was difficult to imagine India surging towards becoming a five trillion dollar economy, and rising up the ranks in the ease of doing business. He gave examples to illustrate how, today, those involved in criminal activities are being apprehended and brought to justice. He gave examples from sanitation to tax base, to show the transformation over four years.

He said the Union Government is moving forward through Policy Driven Governance and Predictable Transparent Policies. He referred to the rapid pace of infrastructure development. He referred to the monthly PRAGATI meetings which he chairs to review progress of projects. He said projects worth 12 lakh crore rupees have been speeded up in this way.

The Prime Minister emphasized that laws and Acts have to be followed up by action. In this context, he mentioned the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code.

He said that national interest now guides India's foreign policy. And India's voice is being heard in international fora.

Shri Narendra Modi indicated that the 28% slab of GST would soon, only be restricted to a few select items, such as luxury goods. The Prime Minister said that the effort will be to ensure that 99% of all items, including almost all items used by the common man, would be kept at a GST slab of 18% or less.

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Prime Minister to visit Barauni in Bihar on 17th February 2019
February 16, 2019
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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, will visit Bihar tomorrow on 17 February 2019. He will arrive in Barauni where he will launch a series of development projects for Bihar.

These projects will enhance connectivity, especially in the city of Patna and nearby areas. They will significantly augment the availability of energy in the city, and the region. The projects will also boost fertilizer production, and significantly enhance medical, and sanitation facilities in Bihar.

The sector wise project details are as follows -

Urban Development and Sanitation

The Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone of Patna Metro Rail Project which will give a boost to transport connectivity and add to ease of living for the people of Patna and adjoining areas.

The first phase of River Front Development at Patna will be inaugurated by PM.

Foundation Stone for the Karmalichak Sewerage Network spanning 96.54 kilometres will be laid by PM.

Works related to Sewage Treatment Plants at Barh, Sultanganj and Naugachia will be kicked off by PM. He will also lay the Foundation Stone for 22 AMRUT projects at various locations.

Railways

 

PM will also inaugurate the electrification of Railway Lines on the following sectors:

· Barauni-Kumedpur

· Muzaffarpur-Raxaul

· Fatuha-Islampur

· Biharsharif-Daniawan

Ranchi-Patna AC Weekly Express will also be inaugurated on the occasion.

Oil & Gas

The Prime Minister Modi will also inaugurate the Phulpur to Patna stretch of the Jagdishpur-Varanasi Natural Gas pipeline. He will also inaugurate the Patna City Gas Distributionproject.

Foundation Stone of the 9 MMT AVU of the Barauni Refinery Expansion Project will also be laid on the occasion.

PM will lay the Foundation Stone for the augmentation of the Paradip-Haldia-Durgapur LPG pipeline from Durgapur to Muzaffarpur and Patna.

He will also lay the Foundation Stone for the ATF Hydrotreating Unit (INDJET) at Barauni Refinery.

These projects will significantly augment the availability of energy in the city, and the region.

Health

The Prime Minister will lay the Foundation Stone for Medical Colleges at Saran, Chhapra and Purnia.

The Prime Minister will also lay the Foundation Stone for the upgradation of Government Medical Colleges at Bhagalpur and Gaya.

Fertilizers

The Prime Minister will also lay the Foundation Stone for the Ammonia-Urea Fertilizer Complex at Barauni.

From Barauni, PM will move to Jharkhand where he will visit Hazaribagh and Ranchi.