01:00 PM: I once again extend my greetings on 'Pravasi Bharatiya Divas' to all: PM Modi

12:57 PM: There is a different strength when we meet our own people and share our joys, sorrows. It is a source of great energy: PM

12:55 PM: I invite you, whatever it is that you possess, come with it and join us in this endeavour: PM

12:53 PM: The way cleanliness drive for river Ganga is an environmental matter, same way it can be the source of economic activity for people: PM

12:52 PM: NRIs great "capital" for India: PM Modi

12:51 PM: I know the problems you faced. That is why visa on arrival facilities are being made available for several nations: PM

12:50 PM: The way cleanliness drive for river Ganga is an environmental matter, it can be the source of economic activity for people: PM

12:47 PM: Everything is not measured in dollars or pounds. The relationship we have with pravasis is beyond that. It's a bond: PM

12:45 PM: Some people feel that this relation with the pravasis is driven by expectations, I think meeting our own people is a pleasure in itself: PM

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12:44 PM: PIO and OCI have been merged and everyone would be able to enjoy same facilities now: PM Modi

12:43 PM: We had said a PIO card holder will be given visa all his life, it has been done: PM Modi

12:42 PM: Before I was the PM, I used to meet people from different countries and would listen to their dilemmas: PM Modi

12:41 PM: I can still recall there wasn't any Indian who didn't try to wipe tears off Gujarat when Kutch was hit by earthquake: PM Modi

12:40 PM: I know when India goes through troubled times, pravasis feel the pain. Whether in happiness or sadness, together: PM

12:39 PM: Have actively participated in Pravasi Bharatiya Divas events: PM


12:38 PM: I can still recall there wasn't any Indian who didn't try to wipe tears off Gujarat when Kutch was hit by earthquake: PM Modi

12:37 PM: I know for sometime now you did not really want to participate in PBD, but I always attended : PM

12:35 PM: Gandhi ji inflicted the spirit of freedom in every Indian during India's freedom struggle, he made it a mass movement: PM Modi

12:32 PM: United Nation celebrates many international days like Children's Day, I suggested why shouldn't we celebrate International Yoga Divas: PM

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12:31 PM: I put forth the idea of Yoga Day in the UN and 177 countries out of 193 were keen on co-sponsoring it: PM

12:30 PM: 177 nations supported my proposal as co sponsors, including around 40 Muslim countries: PM Modi

12:29 PM: The reason behind it is our rich tradition & high values that every Indian citizen is living with in different parts of world: PM Modi

12:28 PM: Recall the thoughts & message of Gandhiji, it is relevant today for solving problems facing all countries: PM

12:27 PM: I have met more than 50 world leaders in the short span that I have been given this new responsibility.

12:26 PM: All the world leaders I met expressed desire to partner with India. Such opportunities do not come easily in a country's life :PM

12:25 PM: Be it most developed nation of World or the poorest one, every nation is looking at India today: PM Modi

12:24 PM: So it is the responsibility of every Indian, including Pravasis to become the driving force to achieve new results for India: PM

12:23 PM: There is affection & respect for every Indian throughout World, it's not because Indians living in different parts of World are very rich: PM



12:22 PM: Having met people from distinct lands, I have found that whether rich or poor, every country looks up to India: PM

12:21 PM: Its not the immense wealth that Pravasis have that they are respected, people admire them for values they have: PM

12:20 PM: African Congress was born on 8th January, that is today. Mahatma Gandhi gave a message that day, relevant today: PM

12:19 PM: Time is changing at a fast place, World is looking at India today with hope: PM Modi

12:18 PM: Those who left family & country in pursuit of aspirations,opportunities, I tell them, that is here in India now : PM

12:17 PM: They used to leave their loved ones & friends behind, sometimes due to their brave nature and sometimes in search of new opportunities: PM

12:16 PM: 100 years ago, one ‘NRI’ returned to India & today one Gujarati NRI welcomes entire overseas Indian community: PM Modi

12:15 PM: Opportunities await you in India: Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Indian diaspora.

12:13 PM: PM Narendra Modi speaking at inauguration of ‘Pravasi Bharatiya Divas’ in Gandhinagar (Gujarat)

11:30 PM: I remember our former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji, due to his efforts Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is being celebrated since 2003: Anandiben Patel.

11:20 PM: I welcome you all to this land of Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel, says Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel.

11:16 PM: PM himself has taken the lead in reaching out & engaging with overseas Indian community: Sushma Swaraj

11:15 PM: I welcome PM Narendra Modi, without his guidance this even wouldn’t have been possible: Sushma Swaraj

11:10 PM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates 'Pravasi Bharatiya Divas'.

11:00 PM: PM Narendra Modi arrives at the inauguration ceremony of 'Pravasi Bharatiya Divas' in Gandhinagar (Gujarat).

09:48 AM: Prime Minister arrives at Dandi Kutir in Gandhinagar and he is viewing the exhibits.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Prime Minister, accompanied by Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu was received at the Ahmedabad airport by Gujarat Governor OP Kohli and Chief Minister Anandiben Patel.

 

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Ahmedabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the people had now realised that country had

geared up to fulfill their hopes and aspirations and 'there is hope in the air and there is confidence'.

 

Modi, who arrived here on Wednesday, was accorded a grand reception by the state BJP unit. He is set to formally inaugurate Pravasi Bharatiya Divas convention tomorrow in Gandhinagar.

 

"I have seen that the time has come for respect for India in the country and worldwide. The country has begun to talk with its head up and with eye to eye contact," Modi said, addressing BJP workers at the Sardar Patel Airport.

 

"Hopes of common man as well as that of world for India have risen. There is hope in the air and there is confidence. This bridge of hope and confidence is a best opportunity for us," Modi said.

 

"I feel that almost all the people have realised that the country has geared up to fulfill the hopes and aspirations of people. According to me, this is the greatest achievement. This will bring good results in future," Modi said.

 

"But we have to be very careful as our responsibilities increase manifold due to rise in hopes and aspirations."

 

The Prime Minister also said that Clean India campaign is one such step aimed at fulfilling the aspirations.

 

"As per one study, poor people have to spend Rs 7,000 per year to fight diseases. Lack of cleanliness will cause diseases. It affects the poor the most. Everybody should treat Clean India campaign as a service to the poor.

 

"Mahatma Gandhi loved cleanliness. Today, in Pravasi Bharatiya Divas programme, we are celebrating 100 years of his return. 2019 will be 150th birth anniversary of the Mahatma Gandhi. We should gift him the clean India of his dreams by then," Modi said.