Shri Goyal lauds growth of startups, says there are over 7,000 in UP, 236 in Varanasi

The Union Minister of Commerce & Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution and Textiles, Shri Piyush Goyal, today interacted with youth engaged in startups in Varanasi and urged them to continuously upgrade technology to achieve success. He interacted with the youth under the Startup India Plan at Atal Incubation Centre, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. During his interaction, he exchanged ideas on startups and shared many success stories of startups with them.

During the program, the Union Minister recalled his earlier visit to Varanasi a few years ago, when he had the opportunity to interact with youth on Startups. He expressed pleasure seeing the Startup ideas taking shape at Varanasi today. He highlighted the fact that over 236 startups had been registered from Varanasi and over 7,000 startups had been registered from across the state of Uttar Pradesh. 

Expressing his appreciation at the number of registered startups, he said Startups were engaged in finding solutions to common people’s problems and are making people’s lives easier.  He urged startups to find cost effective solutions to benefit society.

The Union Minister also discussed with the youth the promotion of LED bulbs within the country and spoke about the success of Ujala App. He also added that constant monitoring and accountability of work is crucial for achieving success



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Vice President lauds Government’s efforts for promoting innovation and entrepreneurship

The Vice President, Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar today lauded the path-breaking changes in the development framework in recent years that have led to congenial and conducive eco-system for enhanced investment and financial inflows in commerce and industry.

Addressing a gathering after conferring the 16th BML Munjal Awards in New Delhi today, the Vice President said that Bharat is on the rise and respect for India and citizens has taken a positive and upward turn globally.

Mentioning that India was a leading economy of the world before the advent of colonial rule, the Vice President expressed confidence that “we are certainly now on way to regaining our glorious past.”

The Vice President said that Indian talent is second to none in the world and emphasised the need to provide the budding entrepreneurs an enabling ecosystem for growth and development.

Calling for according due respect to wealth creators, Shri Dhankhar wanted the media to highlight the achievements and many positive stories of Indian entrepreneurs. “This would inspire the bright minds in the country,” he added.

The Awards instituted in memory of late Dr. Brijmohan Lall Munjal, Padma Bhushan Awardee and the founder of the Hero Group, recognise and honour the organisations that have stood out for their excellent Human resources.

Shri Sunil Kant Munjal, Chairman, Hero Enterprise, Shri Pwan Kant Munjal, Chairman, Hero MotoCorp, jury members, awardees and other dignitaries attended the event.

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Following is the text of speech –

“Extremely delighted to be associated with BML Munjal Awards -MINDMINE Summit, 2022.

This event aptly marks post pandemic re-purposing India. COVID management has earned appreciations from all quarters, nationally and globally.

BML Munjal Awards – Business Excellence through learning and development in a sense reflect emerging ecosystem that affirmatively supports all engaged in exploitation of their potential and talent.

Observation of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam bears relevance

“When learning is purposeful, creativity blossoms. When creativity blossoms, thinking emanates. When thinking emanates, knowledge is fully lit. When knowledge is lit, economy flourishes.”

As consequence of series of visionary steps and schemes in recent years by the Government, impactful entrepreneurial talent is having footfalls in the economic domain.

Bharat is on the rise. Globally respect for Bharat and its citizens has taken amazing positive and upward turn in recent years.

 It is satisfying and heartening to note that in last few decades, Indians have played increasingly focal role in the success of globally reputed powerhouses such as Google, Microsoft, Twitter, IBM, MasterCard, Channel, Pepsico and Starbucks to name a few.

With right governmental interventions and resolute leadership, Bharat has already become the fifth largest economy in the world and is on course to become the third-largest economy by the end of this decade. For around two millennia, India was a leading economy of the world till the advent of colonial rule. We are certainly now on way to regaining our glorious past.

Path-breaking changes in the development framework brought about during the last few years have facilitated emergence of congenial and conducive eco-system for enhanced investment and financial inflows in commerce and industry. This has yielded wholesome and encouraging results.

With the world’s largest youth population, skilling the youth is key to shaping India’s tomorrow. Training a fifth of the world’s youth demography is indeed daunting task. It is successfully taking place with increased synchronisation between the government and industry.

Innovation is a key enabler of economic growth. I am sure that this encouragement today to innovations in skill training and human resource development will go a long way in promoting good practices across India’s public and private sector, which in turn will lead to efficiency and competitiveness in the organisations.

To secure incremental growth trajectory, Government and the industry need to further promote transparency and accountability.

I am sure that Mindmine Summit 2022 will be a fruitful interaction given the presence of galaxy of distinguished panelists and speakers all of whom represent the platinum category in their respective fields.

Congratulations to the eminent members of the jury, led by Shri TV Mohandas Pai, for this Award for painstaking selection of the best organizations that have developed and implemented innovative strategies in nurturing and developing talent.

It is my firm belief that these Awards would enable the corporate world to share their best practices in skill endowment and human resource development with young entrepreneurs and motivate them to achieve their full potential.

Jai Hind!”



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PM lauds the passion of Dr. H.V. Hande who saved the 75 year old newspaper announcing the Independence

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi lauded the vigour and passion of Dr. H.V. Hande who tweeted showing 75 year old newspaper announcing the Independence. The Prime Minister said that people like Dr. HV Hande Ji are remarkable individuals who have given their life towards nation building.

In response of Dr. H.V. Hande’s tweet on Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the Prime Minister tweeted;

“People like Dr. HV Hande Ji are remarkable individuals who have given their life towards nation building. Glad to see his vigour and passion. @DrHVHande1”

People like Dr. HV Hande Ji are remarkable individuals who have given their life towards nation building. Glad to see his vigour and passion. @DrHVHande1

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 14, 2022



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Vice President lauds India-Qatar economic partnership; calls for building an enabling environment and forging more collaborations for mutual benefit

The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu highlighted the strength of India-Qatar ties and called for building an enabling environment and forging more collaborations for mutual benefit. Suggesting that the two countries have a special relationship that evolved over centuries, Shri Naidu called for further enriching the robust partnership and diversifying the trade basket, which is currently dominated by energy products.

Addressing the Qatari businesspersons during the India-Qatar Business Forum in Doha, Qatar yesterday, Shri Naidu highlighted the achievements of India in recent years and said that “epicentre of growth has shifted from the West to the Asia Region, and India has emerged as one of the strong drivers of this growth”. He stressed that the Indian government has been improving the ease of doing business and pointed out that even during the pandemic in 2021, eliminated more than 25 thousand compliances. 

Shri Naidu expressed happiness that India-Qatar has touched a new milestone of US$ 15 billion in 2021-22 and noted that there has been a steady increase in the number of registered Indian businesses in Qatar which has crossed 15,000. He observed that there has also been an increase in the Foreign Direct investment from Qatar to India in the recent years.

On this occasion, the Vice President launched the “India-Qatar Start Up bridge” that aims to link the start-up ecosystems of the two countries. Underlining that India has been fostering an environment of innovation, he noted that India has emerged as the 3rd largest ecosystem for startups globally, with over 70,000 registered Startups. India is home to 100 unicorns with a total valuation of over US$ 300 billion, he added.

Marking the occasion of the Environment Day, the Vice President noted that India has been making sustained efforts for the protection of environment and combating climate change. He recalled India’s leadership in establishing the International Solar Alliance (ISA) and increasing the thrust on renewable energy. He invited Qatar, as India’s trusted partner in its energy security, to be a partner in this journey for sustainability and join the ISA.

Shri Naidu expressed happiness that a Joint Business Council between Business Chambers of India and Qatar has been established and that a Joint Task Force on Investments would take its work forward. He also complimented Invest India and Qatar Investment Promotion Agency for entering into a partnership of guiding and assisting businesses on both sides to tap new and emerging opportunities.

Visit to Qatar Foundation, a state-led non-profit organization

Earlier today, Shri Naidu visited the Qatar Foundation, a non-profit organization in Qatar. Shri Naidu appreciated Qatar Foundation’s efforts in education, health, science & technology and community development.

Visit to National Museum

The Vice President also visited the National Museum of Qatar today. Praising the Museum for providing a unique and immersive experience of Qatar’s rich history and traditions, he expressed happiness to see the display of historical connect between India and Qatar.

Call-on by the Speaker of Qatar Shura Council

Later in the day, the Speaker of Qatar Shura Council, Mr Hassan Abdulla Al-Ghanim, accompanied by three members of the Shura Council, called on the Vice President. The Shura Council is the legislative body of the State of Qatar, with 45 members.

In an interaction with the Speaker, Shri Naidu called for deepening the engagement between Indian and Qatari Parliaments and promoting Parliamentary exchanges. As the Chairman of Rajya Sabha, Shri Naidu extended an invitation to the Speaker and the Members of the Shura Council to visit India.

The Vice President, noting that the year 2023 marks 50 years of the establishment of full diplomatic relations between India and Qatar, suggested that the two Parliaments also plan an event to mark this milestone. He also called for more collaboration between India and Qatar at multilateral forums like the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU), Asian Parliamentary Assembly, and others.

In this visit, Shri Naidu is accompanied by Dr. Bharati Pravin Pawar, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Shri Sushil Kumar Modi, Member of Parliament, Shri Vijay Pal Singh Tomar, Member of Parliament, and Shri P. Raveendranath, Member of Parliament, senior officials from Vice President Secretariat and the Ministry of External Affairs.



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PM lauds first ever goods train reaching Manipur’s Rani Gaidinliu Railway Station

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has lauded the first ever goods train that reached Rani Gaidinliu Railway Station in Manipur’s Tamenglong district and said that Manipur’s connectivity will be enhanced and commerce will be boosted.

In response to a tweet by the Minister of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER),  Shri G Kishan Reddy, the Prime Minister said;

“Transformation of the Northeast continues. 

Manipur’s connectivity will be enhanced and commerce will be boosted. Wonderful products from the state can travel all over the nation.”

Transformation of the Northeast continues.

Manipur’s connectivity will be enhanced and commerce will be boosted. Wonderful products from the state can travel all over the nation.

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 29, 2022



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