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Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined the Durga Puja celebrations in West Bengal as he inaugurated a puja pandal in Kolkata via video conferencing today. "The power of maa Durga and devotion of the people of Bengal is making me feel like I am present in the auspicious land of Bengal. Blessed to be able to celebrate with you," PM Modi said as he addressed the people of Bengal.

“We are celebrating Durga Puja in times of COVID-19, all devotees have shown exemplary restrain. Everyone has shown immense control and commitment to the entire arrangements while also ensuring that the flavour remains the same. The number of people might be less but the granduer and devotion are the same. The happiness and joy are still boundless. This is the real Bengal," the PM said.

While taking part in commencement of Durga Puja celebrations in Kolkata via video link, PM Modi paid tribute to various eminent personalities West Bengal, who immensely contributed to the land of West Bengal as well as the entire nation.

PM Modi shed light on several Central Government schemes which benefitted women of the country like the Jan Dhan Yojana, Mudra Yojana Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao, Ujjwala Yojana etc. He said, “Women hold more than 22 crore of Jan Dhan bank accounts and maternity leave has been increased from 12 weeks to 26 weeks.” PM Modi also talked about several central schemes and yojanas related to woman empowerment.

The Prime Minister spoke at length about the infrastructure developmental work in Bengal, he said, “We are continuously working for the fast development of the state of West Bengal, we have approved 8,500 crore for the East-West Metro Corridor. Under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, houses have been constructed for around 30 lakh poor people.”

“The people of Bengal have always been intellectual and made the country proud and I have utmost faith that they will continue to lead India to a brighter future,” he remarked. Also, he asserted, “West Bengal has to play a significant role in ‘Purvodaya.”

 

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September 20, 2021
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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi met today with His Highness Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The meeting reviewed progress on various ongoing bilateral initiatives, including those taken under the aegis of the Strategic Partnership Council established between both countries. Prime Minister expressed India's keenness to see greater investment from Saudi Arabia, including in key sectors like energy, IT and defence manufacturing.

The meeting also allowed exchange of perspectives on regional developments, including the situation in Afghanistan.

Prime Minister conveyed his special thanks and appreciation to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for looking after the welfare of the Indian diaspora during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prime Minister also conveyed his warm greetings and regards to His Majesty the King and His Highness the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.