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12th Dec 2017 – Press Information Bureau (Daily PIB PDF-UPSC)

Vice President’s Secretariat

  • Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu attended a Christmas celebration event organized by the
    Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI).
  • Christmas reminds us all to live up to the ideals and values preached and practiced
    by Jesus Christ
  • Christmas is the festival of love, joy and sharing.
  • It is a time to renew our commitment
  • To love and serve our families, communities and society
  • To be just and transparent in our dealings
  • To promote social and economic inclusion of all
  • To promote lasting peace between people of different religions and cultures
  • To promote sustainable development
  • The Vice-President said every individual must revere his/her mother, mother
    tongue, birth place and motherland.
  • Shri Venkaiah Naidu said it is the duty of every Indian to preserve and protect our
  • Let me once again clarify that religion is personal, while culture is a way of life, he
  • The Vice-President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu held talks with the visiting
    Second Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Sarwar
    Danish here today.
  • Vice President said that India has commenced supply of 1,70,000 tonnes of Wheat
    grain assistance to Afghanistan via the Chabahar Port in Iran, since the recent
    inauguration of the first phase of the strategic port with Indian investment and
  • More than 50 flights have been undertaken from Afghanistan to India since the
    launch of the Air Freight Corridor in June 2017.
  • India has provided assistance to Afghanistan to the tune of US$ 2 billion till last year.
    In September 2016, our Prime Minister announced an additional assistance of US$1
  • billion for the people of Afghanistan
  • All these led to the “New Development Partnership” in September 2017, he added.
  • Under this Partnership, already 116 ‘High Impact Community Development Projects’
    have been identified in 31 of 34 provinces in Afghanistan and several other Medium
    to Large New Projects announced.
  • He said Afghanistan can truly emerge as an important Trade, Investment and
    Connectivity junction for the entire Asian and Eurasian Region.
  • Pointing out that last year was the most violent year since 2001 for Afghanistan with
    over 10,000 causalities of whom 25% are civilians, Shri Venkaiah Naidu said we must
    work for setting up of an international verification mechanism for action taken in
    fighting terrorism and elimination of safe havens and other support, he added.

Ministry for Development of North-East Region

  • A delegation of eleven indigenous communities form Sikkim met
    Dr Jitendra Singh
  • The delegation presented a memorandum to the Minister for
    providing Scheduled Tribes (ST) status to their communities.
  • They also gave a presentation on the history, geography and other
    matters related to the state of Sikkim and their communities in
  • The Minister said that Sikkim has been declared ‘Organic State’ by
    the Government.
  • Sikkim is the first state to be declared as ODF state.
  • GDP and literacy of the state are also very high.

Ministry of Defence

  • Raksha Rajya Mantri Dr Subhash Bhamre dedicated to the nation two crucial bridges
    in Eastern Arunachal Pradesh today.
  • The minister flew to Rowing in Eastern Arunachal Pradesh where he inaugurated the
    two bridges.
  • Injupani Bridge: 140 metre long bridge on Roing-Koronu-Paya road, which is a part of
    Trans Arunachal Highway. The completion of the Injupani Bridge would provide an
    uninterrupted access between Roing & Tezu, both important district HQs in Arunachal
  • The minister then inaugurated the Deopani/Eze Bridge, which is 300 metre long prestressed
    concrete balanced cantilever bridge over the Eze river at Roing in Arunachal
  • Dedicated both the bridges to the nation

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