Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Govt committed to peace in the country: PM Modi

Govt committed to peace in the country: PM Modi

"India has sent one of the largest numbers of United Nations peacekeepers all over the word".

"We will work with you with a sense of mission to keep our defence forces equipped with state-of-the-art systems, and to create the necessary domestic manufacturing ecosystem", he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the first health and wellness centre under the flagship Ayushman Bharat programme in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district on Saturday, an official said here.

He said the government in recent years took many steps in the field of defence manufacturing licenses, defence offsets, defence exports clearances and on Foreign Direct Investment in defence manufacturing along with reforming India's defence procurement.

"We have also de-notified some items earlier made exclusively by Ordnance Factories, so that the private sector, especially, the MSMEs can enter this space", he said. Modi will travel by helicopter from the airport to the Defence expo on the Old Mahaballipuram road, after which he will inaugurate four facilities at the Adyar Cancer Institute.

India is reportedly looking to focus more on exporting military equipment, keeping in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "Make in India" initiative.

India is a land of glorious maritime legacy, and Tamil Nadu has been at the forefront of that legacy.

Meanwhile, in Chennai, Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) Chief Vaiko and his party workers protest outside Raj Bhavan with black flags and balloons.

The Prime Minister arrives at the venue of the Defence Expo2018 in Mahabalipuram. He took a chopper from the Airport to reach Mamallapuram from where he travelled by auto to reach Tiruvidandhai where the Expo is being organized. PM Modi wi9ll be observing a day-long fast today but will continue will his daily routine. Without going into further details, he said in the presence of Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami and Deputy CM O. Panneerselvam, that "the Union government is committed to cooperative federalism".

The black flag protest would be held at the Alandur Metro Rail Station, Velmurugan told reporters. Security has been tightened outside the Chennai airport ahead of PM Modi's arrival. The group's leader Velmurugan, too, was detained.

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