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Mann Ki Baat: India’s G20 presidency to focus on global welfare, says PM Modi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing the 95th edition of Mann Ki Baat, on Sunday spoke about India’s G-20 presidency and called it a huge opportunity for India. “We must utilise this opportunity to focus on global good and welfare.”

“People from across the country have written to me about how proud they are that India has got the G20 presidency. India has got this responsibility under Amrit Kaal,” PM Modi said.

He said: The G20 presidency is an opportunity for us. We have to focus on global good, be it peace, unity or sustainable development, India has the solution to challenges related to these things. We have given the theme of ‘One Earth, One Family, One Future’.

The Prime Minister also said that India is capable of providing solutions to various challenges being faced globally.

“Be it peace or unity, sensitivity towards the environment or sustainable development, India has solutions to challenges related to all such things,” he said.

He added, “the G20 has a partnership comprising two-thirds of the world’s population, three-fourths of world trade, and 85% of world GDP. You can imagine – India is going to preside over such a big group, such a powerful group, 3 days from now i.e. from December 1.”

The G20 comprises Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the UK, the US, and the European Union.

India sharing its success in space with neighbouring countries: PM Modi

Speaking about the Vikram-S rocket, developed by the private sector in the country. He said, “on November 18, India achieved a feat in the space sector when a rocket Vikram-S was launched into space. It was designed and developed by the private sector and has several new features.

“India is sharing its success in the space sector with its neighbouring countries as well. Yesterday, India launched a satellite developed by India and Bhutan. It will send high-resolution pictures that will help Bhutan. The launching of the satellite is a symbol of strong relations between India and Bhutan.”

Vikram-S, India’s first privately-developed rocket, lifted off precisely on November 18, 2022 from Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) launchpad in Sriharikota.

“The launch mission of Vikram-S is aptly named ‘Prarambh’ – as this is the start of opening up of the space sector and creating new opportunities for the youth,” he said.

USA, UK biggest buyers of India musical instruments

While lauding Indian classical music and its craze outside the country, PM Modi said that the exports of Indian classical musical instruments have increased and their biggest buyers include the developed countries such as USA and UK.

“The export of musical instruments from India has increased by 3.5 times since last year. It shows the interest of the world in Indian classical music. In the last eight years, musical instrument exports have increased by 3.5 times; electrical musical instrument exports have also increased by 60 times. This indicates that the craze for Indian culture and music is increasing across the world,” PM Modi said.

“The biggest buyers of Indian musical instruments are developed countries like USA, Germany, France, Japan and UK,” he added.

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