From the past few days, we all have been observing our Prime Minister to be in great form. He has been visiting many countries in search of investment and to bring jobs for Indians. Another milestone was added to his trips and this time he visited both Ireland and United States of America. His trips become more important as many questions are are found to be relevant in the examination. Let us discuss the visit in detail.
Modi is the best brand ambassador and country salesman India has ever had. He is able to connect not only with the diaspora but also with powerful Americans like no other Indian Prime Minister could - not Nehru, not Indira Gandhi not even erudite Manmohan Singh. America probably sees Modi as more representative of India than any other Indian leader in the past barring possibly Mahatma Gandhi.
In the first leg of his seven-day trip, Mr. Modi visited Ireland, marking first Prime Ministerial visit from India in almost 60 years. In Dublin, he held talks with Enda Kenny, the Taoiseach of Ireland.
On September 23, he flew to New York, where he addressed a UN Sustainable Development Summit and participated in a Summit on peacekeeping hosted by US President Barack Obama.
The Prime Minister also met several world leaders and had interactions with leading investors and financial sector firms. There was a working dinner where major Fortune-500 companies were present to deliberate on investment opportunities in India. He also travelled to West Coast where he visited Facebook Headquarters for a Townhall Q&A with its CEO Mark Zuckerberg. He also visited Google campus and Tesla Motors.
In San Jose, he interacted with the Indian community on September 27. On the last day of his visit, Modi met leaders of the three permanent members of the UN Security Council - US President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande.
-Source, The Hindu
Important Activities and MOUs
- The first MoU between Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms and the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences is to develop Indo-US Life Science Sister Innovation Hub so as to enhance science-based entrepreneurship, research, academia and businesses by leveraging each other's ecosystems.
- Department of Biotechnology and Prakash Lab, Stanford University signed another MoU on Foldscope -- a frugal science innovation that has emerged from a lab of an Indian with majority of Indians working in this laboratory. This lab will work with DBT to further develop and deploy the products from this lab.
- National Association of Software and Service Companies ( NASSCOM) and the Indus Entrepreneurs signed a MoU to collaborate in a mutually satisfactory form and manner in order to support the creation of a vibrant ecosystem to foster technology entrepreneurship in India and Silicon Valley.
- IIM Ahmedabad's Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) and Lester Centre for Entrepreneurship of the Haas Business School of the University of California, signed a MoU to collaborate on mutual incubation, and support each other's activities of mutual interest.
- CIIE also signed a MoU with Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator to extend NGIN Membership benefits to CIIE. The CIIE /LACI NGIN Landing Pad Programme is a reciprocal initiative that enables entrepreneurs and innovators in the cleantech space to gain access to the California and Indian markets.
- IIM Ahmedabad's CIIE signed a MoU with Tata Trust for founding partner for the Bharat Fund, which will provide seed funding to Indian entrepreneurs.
- CIIE also signed a MoU with Google to support technology and impact entrepreneurs through strategic support.
- India inked the $3.1 billion contracts for 22 Apache and 15 Chinook helicopters, taking the total worth of defence deals inked with the US well past $13 billion just since 2007. The deliveries of the helicopters will begin in three years, said officials. The contract for the Apache attack helicopters was a "hybrid" case, with the defence ministry inking one part of it with Boeing for the choppers and the other with the US government for its weapons, radars and electronic warfare suites.
Capital : Dublin
Currency : Euro
President : Michael D. Higgins
Prime Minister or the Taoiseach of Ireland : Enda Kenny
Capital : Washington, D.C.
Currency : Dollar
President : Barack Obama
Capital : London
Currency : Pound sterling
President : David Cameron
Capital : Paris
Currency : Euro, CFP franc
President : Francois Hollande