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"During my visit to Israel last year, we established a fund of 40 million US dollars, which will be a joint venture of India and Israel. This will help the talents of both countries to do something new in the direction of technological innovation. This joint venture will focus on food, water, disease relief and the area of energy," says PM Narendra Modi.
"Today, it is necessary to innovate to get rid of the problems faced by our young country. How to improve the quality of life of an ordinary person at minimal expense, innovate for it. Today a huge campaign of Clean India is going on in the country. Can we do new innovations on sanitation? Waste to wealth, there are immense possibilities of innovation in this one topic," says PM Narendra Modi.
I am happy that iCreate will help the youth of the country to fulfil their dreams, realize their innovative ideas. I am happy to know about the innovative products of iCreate. As Kalidas once said 'puraan mityev na saadhoo sarv, na chaapi kaavyam navamity-vadyam; santah pareekshyaanyatar bhajante moodhah par pratyayaney buddhih'. Just because something is old, it is not necessary that it will be good. Similarly, if something is new, it is not necessary that it will be good. We have to maintain the balance," says PM Narendra Modi.
"We are working to make the entire system innovation-friendly so that intent becomes ideas, ideas strengthens to become innovation and innovation strengthens New India. Every person, every youth has a desire to do some kind of innovation. The ideas of the younger generation cannot be let go of, we have an obligation to look at it," PM Narendra Modi.
"Israeli technology and creativity reaches the whole world. The people of Israel have proven to the whole world that the size of the country and the resolve of the countrymen, is what takes a country forward. Innovation plays a major role in bringing Indian and Israeli people closer," says PM Narendra Modi.
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara have arrived with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Ahmedabad's Sabarmati Ashram after a roadshow from the airport. The Israeli premier is trying his hand at weaving khadi on a charkha while Modi appears to teach him how. The two leaders also paid respects before a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi.
Visuals of PM Narendra Modi receiving his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu at Ahmedabad airport. The visiting dignitaries are being given a grand song and dance reception, which is starting from the airport itself:
Both Prime Ministers will also visit the Centre for Excellence – Vegetables in Vadrad, Gujarat. They will be briefed on the progress in the India-Israel Agriculture Work Plan. They will also e-inaugurate (via video link) the Centre for Excellence – Date Palm, in Kukama. The leaders will also address farmers at various COEs established under the India Israel Agriculture Plan. The leaders also witness the signing of a MoU between COE Vadrad and Farmer’s Producer Organization for establishment of Hi-Tech vegetable seedling production unit.
Today, both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu will visit the iCreate facility located on the outskirts of Ahmedabad. iCreate is an independent centre set up with the objective of facilitating entrepreneurship to deal with issues such as food security, water, connectivity, cybersecurity, IT and electronics, non-conventional energy, bio-medical equipment and devices etc. During the visit, the leaders will take a tour of the facility and visit various stalls that highlight technologies/innovations across fields. The leaders will then address the assembled gathering.
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CLICK TO READ | Moshe Holtzberg, the Israeli Baby Who Survived 26/11, Returns to Mumbai After 9 Years
Moshe, who was a toddler when Pakistan-based terrorists killed his parents at Nariman House, appeared visibly moved as he spent almost two hours going around the five-storey building in south Mumbai.
Israeli resident 11-year-old Moshe Holtzberg had kosher food at Nariman House. His grandparents and two uncles, who accompanied him from Israel, were with him during his Nariman House visit. Moshe's Indian nanny Sandra Samuels, who had saved him during the terror attack, was also present. His father Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and mother Rivka were killed in Nariman House, which was a terror target during the 26/11 Mumbai attack in 2008. The Jewish couple ran a cultural and outreach centre for the Chabad-Lubavitch movement at the Nariman House in South Mumbai's Colaba area.
Returning to the place where he was orphaned nine years ago in a terror attack, 11-year-old Moshe Holtzberg on Tuesday appeared bewildered with the media frenzy as cameras popped to catch his glimpse. Moshe, who was a toddler when Pakistan-based terrorists killed his parents at Nariman House, appeared visibly moved as he spent almost two hours going around the five-storey building in south Mumbai.
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