PM Modi address at Defence Expo 2018: Highlights

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses media at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on April 7

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses media at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on April 7

The Prime Minister honoured 10 swachhagrahis from different States for their special drive to make people aware of the importance of cleanliness in their respective areas.

He said over 500 Indian companies and around 150 foreign companies were participating in the Defence Expo, 2018.

Modi also referred to the Indian Air Force's long-awaited request for information (RFI) issued last week to global vendors for the procurement of 110 single-engine and twin engine fighters under the Defence Procurement Procedure of 2016 to facilitate indigenous military hardware manufacturing. "Thus, a state like Tamil Nadu, which has devoted a lot of effort, energy and resources towards population control would certainly benefit", he said at the inaugural function of the Diamond Jubilee building of a Cancer Institute here.

Protests over the failure of setting up of Cauvery management board has also derailed IPL cricket matches that were to be played in Chennai. The corridors will become engines of economic development & growth of defence industrial base.

Several protesters thronged near the airport, raising slogans and holding placards which said 'Go Back Modi.' They even climbed up a giant hoarding to register their dissent, forcing the PM to not to travel by the road and instead take a chopper. These will utilize defence manufacturing ecosystems in the regions & further build upon it.

The Tamizhar Vazhvuirimai Kootamaippu (TVK), an umbrella outfit of pro-Tamil outfits, and Manithaneya Jananayaga Katchi is led by MLA M Thamimun Ansari were among the organisations that staged protests in the vicinity of the Chennai airport.

As Prime Minister Modi took the aerial route to commute to different venues, the protesters could not show their black flags and released black balloons instead to register their protest against him for failing to take care of interests of the people of Tamil Nadu. He is being received by Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Pon Radhakrishnan, Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister E Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan.

The black flag protest would be held at the Alandur Metro Rail Station, Velmurugan told reporters.

Similarly, Stalin, his sister Kanimozhi and second rung leaders including former Chennai Mayor Subramanian sported black attire.

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