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PM Modi offers prayers at Tulsi Manas Temple & Durga Mata Temple in Varanasi
Stamps have a special place in society. They are a wonderful way to preserve our history: PM 

Postal stamps have their own importance in our country and also in the world. In a way, postal stamps reflect the history of a country. They also work like ambassadors. When our postal articles are delivered in other countries, there are people there who collect our postal stamps. Sometimes postal stamps of a country reveal the kind of changes that country has gone through. In a way the stamp informs about those changes. India’s postal department has continuously been making this kind of contribution.

Today, a postal stamp related to the life of Lord Ram is being unveiled. I could have done this in Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi. I could have done it at the Prime Minister’s residence. However, it occurred to us that this is the auspicious occasion of Navratri and Navratri and Vijayadashmi had their special importance in the life of Lord Ram. And there can be no place more appropriate than Manas Mandir for dedication of this postal stamp to the public because the place bears the live memories of Tulsidas Ji even today. Since I had to come to Kashi so I had a discussion with the department of post. Several stamps have been issued in the honor of Lord Ram Ji but this is first such collection of stamps in which different aspects of life of Lord Ram have been shown through postal stamps. It appears that it is just one stamp, however, it is a collection of several stamps. So, in a way this kind of work has never been published on the life or Lord Ram in form of postal stamps. This is for the first time this kind of thing has been done today. I’m happy that I got the opportunity to do this thing from the holy land of Manas. And the life of Lord Ram is a source of inspiration for everyone.

If we remember Mahatma Gandhi, Lord Ram was a Mantra of his life since his childhood days. Every aspect of the life of this great man is a source of inspiration for the modern society. On behalf of government of India, I release this postal stamp on the auspicious occasion of Navratri while bowing down to the Lord Ram.

 I convey my happiness and I thank all of you for coming here.

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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.