Modi Tells Potential Investors At Howdy Modi That Data The New Oil And The New Gold

New Delhi: Speaking at ‘Howdy, Modi, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 22 described data as the “new oil” and the “new gold”. Modi said India had the potential to lead the world in the industrial revolution, which relied on big data analytics and digital technology to improve manufacturing.

The mega event of the Indian American community held at Houston city’s NRG stadium. Addressing potential investors in the United States, PM Modi mentioned the cheap cost of mobile data in India and the increasing use of digital technology to set up start-ups, help economic transactions and interact with the government.

“Today it is said that data is the new oil. I will also add that data is the new gold. Industry 4.0 is focused on data. Now, please listen carefully, if there is one country in the world where data is cheapest, then that is India,” the Prime Minister said. “Digital India is India’s new face which the world needs to see,” PM Modi added.


Maharashtra, Haryana To Vote For Assemblies On October 21

New Delhi: Single-phase assembly elections will be held in Maharashtra and Haryana on October 21, and the BJP will take on the Congress-led opposition to retain power in both the states. The date for the polls in the two states was announced by the Election Commission (EC) on Saturday. The counting of votes will be taken up on October 24, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora told a press conference. The term of the 288-member Maharashtra assembly ends on November 9 and that of the 90-member Haryana assembly on November 2.

Notifications for the two assembly elections will be issued on September 27, and the nomination process will begin on the same day. October 4 is the last date of filing nominations. While scrutiny of nomination papers will take place on October 5, October 7 is the last date for candidates to withdraw from the electoral battle. The assembly elections are the first after Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the BJP to power at the Centre for a second term in May.


PM Leaves For US To Interact With Energy Co Ceos, Community Event At Houston And Address At UNGA

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday departed for a week-long visit to the United States with an aim to boost bilateral ties and present India as “a vibrant land of opportunities”.

The Prime Minister will have a stopover at Germany for a short time span before flying to New York where he will be following a packed schedule of events. Pakistan had rejected India’s request to allow the use of its air space for Modi’s flight. Modi is set to visit the US from September 21 to 27.

In his departure statement, the Prime Minister provided with the detailed the itinerary of his visit to the US where he will interact with CEOs of leading energy companies, besides attending a community event in Houston and addressing the 74th session of the UN General Assembly in New York.


States Agreed On Increased Penalties But Shying Away To Impose It Fearing Backlash From People

New Delhi: A bunch of states have balked at enforcing sharply higher fines prescribed by the amended Motor Vehicles Act for traffic violations, ranging from riding a bike without a helmet to driving under the influence, but it emerges that all of them had been in agreement with the Centre on the need for the increased penalties and signed off on the changes to the law before it was notified.

Some states like Gujarat that had reservations over provisions of the Motor Vehicles Amendment Act 2019 had even hosted meetings for other state ministers to discuss issues related to road safety.

The Transport Development Committee, comprising state transport ministers, held five meetings since 2016 to discuss amendments to the Act, and federal transport ministry officials say that no dissent notes were submitted by any state.


Pakistan Refuses Once Again To Allow Overflying Pakistan On His Way To US To Attend UNGA

New Delhi: Pakistan at its usual self as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s special flight will not overfly Pakistan on his way to the United States to attend the United Nations General Assembly later this week. Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi announced that Islamabad had declined to accept a request from the Indian side to seek permission to cross Pakistani air space.

“We have conveyed to the Indian High Commission that we will not allow use of our air space for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flight,” Shah Mahmood Qureshi said. In a video released by his foreign ministry, Qureshi cited the situation in Kashmir to deny permission.

A senior government functionary explained that the permission was sought in the routine course. “We regret the decision of the Government of Pakistan to deny overflight clearance for the VVIP special flight for a second time in two weeks, which is otherwise granted routinely by any normal country,” said MEA spokesperon Raveesh Kumar.