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PM Modi in Singapore: Today, world looks towards India with great faith

Promising more reforms to make India more attractive for foreign investments, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today assured investors that he would "carefully hold" their hands and expressed hope that the GST regime would be rolled out in 2016.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 24, 2015 8:01:39 pm
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Setting the tone for Paris climate change conference, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asserted that India will not create any “problems” for the world in combating global warming, an apparent response to the US’ contention that it will be a “challenge” at the meet.

He said India needs huge amounts of energy for development but will do whatever it can to deal with the problem of climate change as it sees the world as one family.

Addressing the Indian diaspora here before winding up his two-day visit to Singapore, Modi said his government is laying thrust in generating of power from clean and renewable sources like solar, nuclear, wind and biomass with the target of 175 giga watts and in turn reduce dependence on coal.

“By 2022, when the country celebrates its 75th Independence Day, we want to provide 24×7 electricity to all the villages,” he said.

“We need power but we will not create problems for the world,” the Prime Minister asserted as he highlighted how environment is worshipped in India and invoked Mahatma Gandhi in this regard.

His assertion came days after US Secretary of State John Kerry said India could be a “challenge” at upcoming climate change talks in Paris beginning November 30 as it “has been more cautious, a little more restrained in its embrace of this new paradigm”.

India has been resisting the efforts of the developed world to put the onus of the climate change problem on developing countries, citing the “historical responsibility” of the industrialised nations in polluting the environment.

It is pressing for funding and transfer of low-cost technology to developing nations by the developed countries to enable them to meet their developmental needs in a clean manner.

“40 per cent of the electricity generated will be from non-fossil sources,” Modi said.

“There are small island nations which fear that they will be drowned by global warming. We will not let that happen. India will do whatever we can (to combat climate change) as we believe in ‘vasudeva kutumbakam’ (whole world is one family),” he said in his 75-minute speech.

Highlights of Modi’s speech

7:02 pm We want renewable energy, wind energy, nuclear energy: PM Modi

7:01 pm In last 18 months India entered into uranium supply arrangements with no. of countries, this is sign of trust in India: PM

7:00 pm Solar can become the best source of clean energy for India. Hence our proposal for an International Solar Alliance:PM Modi

7:00 pm

6:46 pm Should a nation of 125 crore people rely on other nations for their defence equipment? Why can’t we make it?: PM Modi

6:46 pm It’s been 18 months and no finger has been pointed at us because we have worked with transparency: PM Modi

6:38 pm Today we are entered the global market with our Rupee Bond, until now it was only dollar, pound or gold: PM Modi

6:38 pm People still do not know about it, they are still wondering “What has Modi done?” Now that I am explaining maybe the talks will start: PM Modi

6:36 pm There is an increase in FDI since we have taken office: PM Modi

6:35 pm Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is needed to First Develop India: PM Modi

6:25 pm

6:24 pm Mahatma Gandhi had said that if he had to choose between independence and cleanliness, he would choose cleanliness: PM Modi

6:23 pm Govt’s don’t make nation, people do: PM Modi

6:22 pm Proud of 40 lakh families who gave up gas subsidy: PM Modi

6:20 pm A nation is born when many generations work towards it, & people of India have decided to work towards that change: PM Modi

6:19 pm Singapore is an example of a place where generations saw the nation being taken towards development over 50 years: PM Modi

6:14 pm India can learn a lot from Singapore: PM Modi

6:13 pm Indians abroad have changed country’s image: PM Modi

6:13 pm India is the nation which not only follows but also shows the world the idea that “the whole world is one family”: PM Modi

6:10 pm Today the world looks towards India with great faith. It is you people who played great role in this: PM Modi.

6:09 pm The way you merged into every nation you went has been wonderful: PM Modi

6:07 pm I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart: PM Modi

6:06 pm I have been to Singapore before, but this time it’s different: PM Modi


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