President's address to the nation
Following is the text of President's address to the nation on the eve of the Independence day
My Dear Fellow Citizens,
On the eve of the momentous occasion of the 60th anniversary of our Independence Day, I extend my warmest greetings to my fellow citizens in India and the world over. This is also the 150th year of our historic War of Independence in 1857.
The saga of our Independence involved the sacrificial struggle of many freedom fighters - some whose names are etched in history as stalwarts and the countless, relatively less-known souls - whose silent contribution conjointly helped to realise the dream of an Independent India under the charismatic leadership of the Father of our Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. Let us solemnly remember them with gratitude and reverence and pay homage to their sacrifice for the liberation of our motherland from the colonial yoke.
I am happy that the two events are being celebrated in a befitting manner to inspire our younger generation, remind them about glorious past and inculcate in them a spirit of sacrifice, dedication and patriotism.
Having traversed 60 long years since Independence, it is time for us to introspect on the progress achieved so far and ponder over the future course of action. We have excelled in many areas; and in many others we still have immense scope for improvement.
Democracy in India has taken deep roots. But it cannot be appreciated in its fullest glory if we construe it merely as a political arrangement. The real test lies in internalising the spirit of democracy and making it a habit of our minds. We have ably demonstrated to the world, how India - a developing nation of more than a billion people - can give its people a better quality of life within the framework of a secular democracy.
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India has the DNA of a winner; Indians are natural globalists: High Commissioner Kamalesh Sharma
The 60th Anniversary of India's Independence was celebrated with optimism, gaiety and immense hope for the future in London. Addressing a large crowd of more than 500 Indians and persons of Indian origin at his residence, High Commissioner Kamalesh Sharma unfurled the tricolour with a rendition of the national anthem. Under a shower of petals, representatives of the Indian armed forces saluted the national flag and artistes from Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan sung patriotic songs.
Shri Sharma read excerpts from the address to the nation by the President of India on the eve of the Independence Day. The message recalled the achievements of modern India, which was based on the sacrifice of our freedom fighters.
He quoted from the President's message, which called on Indian citizens to internalise democracy as it was not just a form but content, a state of mind and a state of belief.
Talking of women and their role, Shri Sharma said the wellbeing of any society is measured by how well the women are doing in every aspect of the society. He said the President has emphasised the importance of secularism and diversity. The High Commissioner pointed out the President's appreciation of the social and economic advancement of India, and her call for equitable growth and abolition of poverty. Saluting the farmers for their achievements, the President also underscored the dramatic advancement in the services and manufacturing sectors. The President has lauded the attributes of India's modern economy in a globalised society even while recognising the daunting challenges of eradication of poverty and disease. He said the President's message reflected the
self-esteem and self-confidence which India portrays to the world.
He greeted the Indian community in the U.K. on the occasion and congratulated the more than 1.5 million people of Indian origin on their achieving the highest standards of excellence in their adopted country. He admired the tenacity and courage with which the people of Indian origin had scaled heights of success in their chosen fields. He marvelled at the mark left by the Indian community on diverse areas of British society, its economy and its culture.
The High Commissioner reiterated the importance of Indo-U.K. relations and stated that the partnership between the two countries has never been as excellent as now. While recognising and celebrating the great achievement of gaining independence, the High Commissioner remembered and reflected on the starting point when India was the first poor country to become an "instant" democracy which maintained herself in the democratic form of governance with respect for individual freedoms and liberties and refusal to take shortcuts.
Commenting on the giant strides made by India in recent years, he stated that one of the reasons for such success was that India, demographically, is becoming a younger nation full of energy and possibilities to rediscover itself and with the ability to draw upon the depths of capabilities and accomplishments of the past. He said India has the DNA of a winner and that Indians are natural globalists. He also enumerated the accomplishments India has achieved not only in political transformation but also economic, social and cultural. Following the address, a reception was held for the guests. Independence Day was also celebrated at the Consulate Generals of India in Birmingham and Edinburgh.
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ISRO tests cryogenic stage
An indigenous cryogenic stage developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) was successfully tested on the ground on August 4 for a long duration of eight minutes at the Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC) at Mahendragiri, near Nagercoil in Tamil Nadu. A cryogenic stage is used as the topmost stage in ISRO's Geo-synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) for putting in orbit INSAT-class of satellites weighing up to 2,500 kg.
HAL 34th among top 100
Aerospace major Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has climbed 11 places to reach the 34th position in the list of top 100 defence companies in the world.
The list, released by the U.S.-based defence news magazine, saw HAL improving its position from 45th with Lockheed Martin, Boeing, BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon occupying the top five slots in that order.
The ratings are based on a company's sales and turnover, and HAL's leap forward is being attributed to a series of upgrade programmes and new projects.
Reacting to the new rating, HAL chair-person Ashok K. Baweja said: "These are exciting days for us and the current ranking is a testimony to our renewed focus on all fronts. We are hopeful of breaking into the top 25 next year and our current order book position is just a pointer to that."
Bangalore city of millionaires
Bangalore, the IT capital of India has the largest number of households with income of Rs. 1 million (per year) and above. With 3.3 percent of the total 31,17,843 households in the country earning Rs. 1 million and above, Bangalore ranks No. 1 in the list.
A recently released study - Indian Financial Scape, A District Profile 2005-06 - by New Delhi-based research firm Indicus Analytics stacks the districts with maximum number of millionaire households.
Bangalore is followed by Mumbai Suburban and Thane, each with 2.3 percent share of the 3.1 million odd of the households earning 10-lakh and above across India.
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Nokia opens design studio
Nokia, the world leader in mobile communications, has chosen India as the location for the first in a series of satellite design studios it plans to establish in design hot spots around the world, signalling the increasing commercial impact the country is having on the development of mobile phones. Established via a two year partnership with the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore, it will give Nokia designers and India's talented young designers the opportunity to work together on new design ideas for India and the global markets.
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