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Moving towards making India self-reliant in Defence: Modi

Lucknow20/6/17;, With India still importing 65 per cent of its military requirements, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday strongly favoured making the country self- reliant in the defence sector.

“We are moving forward with the dream of making India self-dependent in the field of defence and security,” he said at the APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University (AKTU) here.

“Can we not make India self-reliant in defence sector?” the prime minister asked.

We are marching ahead with this dream and for this we have made policy changes and allowed 100 per cent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the defence sector, Modi said.

He lauded the successful launch of 104 satellites by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and said the world took notice when it was done.

We have such potential and have to take it forward, Modi said.

He said that India “reached Mars in a budget less than that of a Bollywood movie due to technological advancement.

Our expense in reaching Mars was Rs 7 per kilometer.”

Lauding scientists, Modi called them “modern rishis”.

“Scientists are facing a challenge to produce cheap but effective drugs for the poor and needy. They are devoted to the objective of ridding the humanity of pain. Science is universal, but technology is local. We have to defeat diseases with science,” he said,.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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