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In New York, PM Modi makes a strong pitch for businesses to invest in India



Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a strong pitch for global businesses to come and invest in India and promised to personally act as a bridge to fill any gaps in the path of making India an ideal investment destination.

Speaking at the Global Business Forum in New York on Wednesday, he also enlisted the areas where investment could be made while highlighting the steps taken by his government to create a business friendly environment.

“Your prudent method and our pragmatic mind can write new stories in management; your rational ways and our human values can show the path which the world is looking for. And if there is any gap anywhere; I will personally act as a bridge,” The Prime Minister said to a gathering of business leaders in New York.

The prime minister said India had shored up its ranking on seven of the ten indicators and was quickly modernizing its cities which could prove ideal for foreign businesses looking to set shop in India.

“India has topped in seven out of the ten indicators: Political stability, currency stability, high quality products, anti-corruption, low cost of production, strategic location and respect for IPR (Intellectual Property Rights). It also ranks high in other indicators,” the Prime Minister said and added “Your desires and our dreams match perfectly; your technology and our talent can change the world; your scale and our skills can speed up global economic growth.”

PM Modi invited the global business community to partner India and said that his relatively young government had declared its intent through several pro-business decisions like the cutting of corporate tax and abolition of redundant laws that were hindering development. His government’s reelection, he added, was a “mandate for development”.

Describing the move to reduce corporate tax as a “revolutionary step” which had been received with great enthusiasm by the business community, the Prime Minister said, “I want to remind you that our new government is only three to four months old. I want to tell you that this is only the beginning; we have a long way to go. This is a golden opportunity for the global businesses to partner India on this journey.”

Addressing the question of the business sentiment in India, prime minister said that the mandate for his government was for development.

“You people often talk about business sentiment, in this election, not only did 130 crore Indians express their sentiment but they also gave their judgment that development is their biggest priority,” the Prime Minister said while assuring the gathering of more business friendly measures from his government.

Highlighting the advantages of doing business in India, the prime minister said India not only offered economy of “scale” and one of the largest “infrastructure ecosystem” but it also had a government that was working towards improving the business environment in the country.

Before speaking at the Global Business Forum, the prime minister met the former Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg in New York.



Traffic chaos in Delhi as marshals struggle to control heavy vehicles on Ashram flyover



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Delhi, India – Chaos ensues as the Ashram Flyover becomes a traffic nightmare for commuters in the city. But fear not, as a group of marshals has been deployed to restore order and bring some sense to the madness.

The Ashram Flyover, a major artery in the bustling metropolis of Delhi, has been a headache for commuters for quite some time now. The flyover, which connects the city’s south and central areas, sees heavy traffic congestion during peak hours, causing long delays and frayed nerves.

But things have taken a spicy turn as marshals have been brought in to keep things under control. These marshals, donning bright green jackets, have been tasked with managing the traffic flow, ensuring that vehicles move smoothly and without incident.

The marshals have their work cut out for them, as the chaos on the flyover seems to have no end in sight. The heavy traffic, coupled with the city’s notorious lack of lane discipline, has resulted in a free-for-all on the flyover, with vehicles jostling for space and tempers flaring.

But the marshals are undeterred. Armed with whistles and hand signals, they are determined to bring some order to the chaos. And their efforts seem to be paying off, as traffic has started moving more smoothly, and the honking and shouting have reduced considerably.

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Raahgiri Day is Back: Take Back CP Streets and Reclaim Your Sunday Morning!



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The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has decided to re-launch the ‘Raahgiri Days’ programme in Connaught Place from Sunday, with a focus on sustainable mobility, under the G20 theme. This theme is an invitation for action to make sustainable and secure cities, and the Raahgiri Day completely synchronizes with this goal, said a NDMC official.

Raahgiri Day is an idea that started in 2013 and is an auto-free citizens’ effort that promotes safe, open and comprehensive public streets where individuals can walk to close by markets and kids can walk to close by schools securely.

This will be the initial installment of a progression of Raahgiri Days to be facilitated at Connaught Place post the Covid-19 pandemic. It will be held as a part of Delhi Police Week (February 16-22) under the topic of street security, including center on walkability and ladies’ security. During these occasions, the Connaught Place market zone will be changed into a vehicle free zone, permitting inhabitants to partake in an assortment of exercises, including yoga classes, Zumba, games zones, music, move and even instructive programmes on different points like street security.

Officials from the NDMC (New Delhi Municipal Council) asserted that the Raahgiri Day is an initiative to make people aware of the fact that roads and streets are not just meant for vehicles. It is a means to reclaim public spaces and use them for leisure activities as a community. On February 19, the Raahgiri Day will be relaunched at Connaught Place and all Delhi citizens are encouraged to be a part of it. A senior official expressed that this is a chance to make a positive impact on our society and relish the roads in a different way while also encouraging the formation of a safer, more sustainable and walkable city. This event is being organised in collaboration with Delhi Police and other organisations.

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Delhi Police rescue girl who jumped off Signature Bridge into Yamuna



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The Delhi Police, led by Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) Parvinder, took immediate action as soon as they were informed that a 17-year-old girl had jumped into the Yamuna river from the Signature Bridge in the national capital on Tuesday night, reportedly due to a quarrel with her father.

The Station House Officer (SHO) Tribhuvan Singh Negi of Timarpur police station, along with a team of more than half a dozen police personnel, began the rescue operation with the help of divers and managed to save the schoolgirl, who is a resident of Wazirabad, within 45-50 minutes. The girl was later handed over to her family.

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