How many days has Narendra Modi traveled, and how much money has been spent on his travel since he became the Prime Minister of India? Wh…

Answer by Vinit Kumar:

Well, Let's see.
Here are the list of countries that our PM Modi visited since he assumed charge as PM.

That's a total of 28 countries as of now that he have visited and 68 days spent abroad.
According to the documents accessed under the RTI Act reveal that PM's foreign trips cost around Rs. 37 crore in the first year (Jun 2014-Jun 2015) with Australia trip being the most expensive one (Around Rs. 9 Crore).
PM’s foreign trips cost Rs 37 crore in first year
Now let's have a look at the achievements out of these trips one by one.

  1. Bhutan: The fact that the Prime Minister chose Bhutan as his first foreign destination assumes significance since China has lately intensified efforts to woo it and establish full- fledged diplomatic ties with Thimphu. Bhutan had been ignored by India for a while and this had resulted in tilting of Bhutan towards China. Bhutan is strategically important for India as it sits in the middle of our 4200 kms long border dispute with China.
    Moreover, Bhutan is an amazing source of hydroelectric power. Modi laid foundation stone of the 600MW Kholongchu Hydro-electric project, a joint venture between India and Bhutan. India invested in construction of the parliament building in Bhutan. India will also assist Bhutan set up a digital library which will provide access to Bhutanese youth to two million books and periodicals.

    Basically In the longer term, Modi aims to make India the dominant foreign investor across South Asia as well as main provider of infrastructure loans.

  2. Brazil:In this 6th BRICS Summit in Brazil, India was elected as first president of BRICS development bank which is officially called as New Development Bank. China was trying hard to get that seat.
  3. Japan: Japan trip was one of the most successful trips that Modi attended.
    Japan has committed to doubling its current investment in India to $35 bn over the next 5 years. This will be primarily towards developing India's infrastructure and will involve Japanese firms.
    Japan also pledged $500 mn towards the Public-Private Partnership Infrastructure Financing Project to India Infrastructure Finance Company Limited (IIFCL). Additionally $156 mn will also be provided for Guwahati Sewerage Project in Assam.
    Japan will also aid in creating smart cities in India starting with Kyoto-Varanasi Project with financial, technical and operational assistance. Apart from that, both the countries also signed agreements on the development of Shinkansen system Bullet trains for India, starting with Mumbai-Ahmadabad corridor.
    Finally Both countries will work towards industrial infrastructure development with the creation of Smart Community projects in six Indian states as part of Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) Project. The DMIC project will involve cooperation in developing power plants, assured water supply, high volume urban transport and skill development programmes for youth in regions along the corridor.
  4. Myanmar, Australia and Fiji: This was a tour focused on to increase the engagement of India to the rest of the world. Modi attended a total of 5 summits including the one with the leaders of Pacific Islands hosted in Fiji and met 38 world leaders. Apart from that he also met with wide range of business leaders as well. In a word, he was pitching for India and 'Make in India' for this entire tour. The whole world started/is starting to look at India with renewed respect and enthusiasm.
    Most importantly he wants to make the diaspora an integral part of the nation's development journey and during all his trips he has channelized his efforts in this regard.
  5. Nepal: India showed very much interest in Nepal by assisting in their various projects financially and technically thus making India one step closer to become the dominant investor in Nepal.
    The Line of Credit of $ 1 bn to Government of Nepal from EXIM bank will be used for hydropower, irrigation and infrastructural development projects.
    Nepal also cleared two major Indian hydropower projects worth a combined $2.4 bn making the largest foreign investment scheme in the country at that time. India will get around 80% of the power out of the first project agreement 900 MW Arun-III Hydropower project to be built by SJVN and GoN.
    PM also handed over one Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Mark III (Fully developed and designed by Hindustan Aeronautics limited) to Nepal Army.
    Modi also funded about Rs 750 crores ($112.4 mn) for construction of Nepal Police Academy and Medical facilities. These investments will provide a lot of returns for India.
  6. Secyhelles, Mauritius and Sri Lanka: To deepen footprint in Indian Oceam this trip played a crucial role. India's role as the "net security provider" in the Indian Ocean region received a major boost when PM Modi visited these three Indian Ocean nations.
    Apart from the strategic importance of the Indian ocean in enhancing the global trade route and our need to build relationships in that area to counter the Chinese aggression, Modi also achieved some solid outcomes of these visits.
    In Seychelles, he unveiled the country's 1st six phase coastal surveillance radar project which is built with Indian cooperation and Made in India naval patrol vessel was also commissioned by him that will make the Ocean more safe and secure.
    Most importantly, India bagged the rights to develop strategic assets in Agalega island of Mauritius and Assumption island of Seychelles under the guise of developing the island's infrastructure.
  7. Canada, Germany and France: The European visit proved to be successful too for India's point of view. Modi concentrated on attracting investment, with a strong pitch of the government's Make in India initiative while also reminding them about the increasing ease of doing business in India.
    The french investment is set to increase by 5 folds as the airbus promised to increase the investment from 400 mn euros to 2 bn euros. Apart from deal for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets, the french side has started looking to set up a production centre for the Rafale aircraft and low cost executive jet in India, besides sharing vital aircraft technology for the indigenous Tejas project. In addition to that France will develop three smart cities in India and assist in Jaitapur nuclear power plant's localization and financial viability.
    Canada agreed to supply 3000 metric tonnes of Uranium to India for nuclear power plants. The commercial agreements and announcements have a combined value of over 1.6 billion Canadian dollars worth of business for Canadian and Indian companies. The announcements cover a wide range of sectors, including aerospace and defense, education, energy, mining, infrastructure, sustainable technologies, information and communications technology.

    In Germany, he mainly promoted the project Make in India with many CEOs & business leaders and assured them to make simpler laws to ease the business in India.

  8. South Korea, Mongolia and China:
    Modi's China visit is going to bring about $22 bn investment. Indian and Chinese firms signed 21 agreements worth more than $22 bn in deals in areas ranging from telecom, steel, solar energy and films. India and China decided to set up a hotline between the military headquarters of the two countries.

    Mongolia is a mineral rich country and apart from that there is a strategic importance of this relationship between Mongolia and India. In past China and Russia has eyed upon this country and had made their dominance in the region. Moreover India's financial support came over a time when Mongolia needed it most. It's economy depends largely on trade with China. Due to slow Chinese coal market the infrastructural development had been hit in Mongolia and with the Indian loan now, the Mongolian government could keep up the pace of gradual development. So I would say Mongolia visit was a psychological leverage over China in addition to increase in global trade.

    South Korea and India focused to increase their bilateral trade from $17 bn in 2014 to the potential $40 bn by 2015. Taking a step forward South Korea decided to provide $10 bn to India for infrastructure, development of smart cities, railways and power generation. Also The Prime Minister is especially interested in developing closer ties with the shipbuilding industry, in particular those companies open to building ships in India. Knowing well that South Korea is a world leader in LNG transportation vessels, he has been encouraging India's private as well as state-run players to develop relations with Korea’s top shipbuilders such as Hyundai Heavy Industries, Daewoo, Samsung, STX, Hanjin, Sundong and Hyundai Samho; and looking into the possibility of making a ship in India for LNG imports. If a deal comes through this might be seen as one of the concrete outcomes of the visit.

  9. Bangladesh:
    Ending more than 4 decades of wait, India and Bangladesh ratified the 1974 Land Boundary Agreement. By this agreement, the exchange of border enclaves between the two countries will be done. This historic agreement will contribute to a stable and peaceful boundary and create an environment conducive to enhanced bilateral cooperation. It will result in better management and coordination of the border and strengthen our ability to deal with smuggling, illegal activities and other trans-border crimes.
    Also the pending agreement from almost 4 years about the use of Chittagong and Mongla ports by India was cleared and now the two ports are open to the bilateral trade between the two countries. Earlier the shipping cargo between the two countries had to take a longer route reaching ports in either country through Singapore or Malaysian ports. Also with this new port access India has got a new route to ship goods in its landlocked north-eastern states.
    Modi also announced to open a $2 bn credit line to Bangladesh. In addition, SEZs will be set up in Bangladesh where Indian companies will produce goods and export to India.
  10. Central Asia (Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan):
    Modi visited these 5 countries in central Asia during its trip to Russia (for BRICS and SCO Summits). He visited Uzbekistan and Kazakhastan before going to Russia for Summit and then visited Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan on his way back. The purpose of this visit was to deepen strategic footprints and energy cooperation and PM Modi succeeded in that quite well. Here are the highlights of the trip:
    Securing India's energy needs: Central Asia is resource rich. Kazakhstan is one of the biggest Uranium producers in the world (share of 38% in the total output of the mineral). Kazakhstan has increased its supply amount for the period 2015-19 (5000 Metric tonnes of Uranium) from 2009-2014 (2100 metric tonnes of Uranium). Also the possibility of transportation of oil and gas either through pipeline or as LNG from Kazakhstan to India is being explored.
    In Turkmenistan India's engagement is the TAPI Project(Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India Project). Turkmenistan has the World's fourth largest Natural Gas resources and would be a steady source of the resource for India.
    Covering all dimensions of 'Make in India':
    In the earlier trips to Europe, China, Japan or Korea, Modi focused on attracting foreign investments and manufacturing in India but in this trip he focused on the ease and improvement of freight connectivity with other countries.

    Image Source: Wikipedia
    Currently the route shown in red line greatly reduced the time and cost of moving freight between India and central Asia. Expansion of the corridor is the key objective of the Prime Minister as it could greatly improve trade connectivity with Central Asia. Modi discussed over Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan joining the INSTC. Modi also proposed that the Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran rail link could become a linked corridor to the INSTC.
    International Cooperation for Agriculture:
    Not only PM Modi proposed the establishment of an Agricultural Research Centre, but he also signed an important agreement with Turkmenistan for long term sourcing of urea from there. A proposal to set up a Urea production facility in Turkmenistan was forwarded by Modi.

  11. UAE:
    This was the first visit to the Gulf Arab country by an Indian Prime Minister in over three decades. India is UAE's second largest trade partner; the UAE is number three on the corresponding Indian list. Indian community almost make up 30% of the country's population.
    The leaders in the UAE promised to invest $75 bn in India distributed through the establishment of UAE-India Infrastructure Fund. UAE also agreed to manufacture defense equipment in India.
    Modi set up an e-migrant portal to help Indian migrant workers and an online platform 'MADAD' to assist the diaspora.
    UAE will help India develop strategic petroleum reserves. Finally after gaining support from the Central Asian countries, Modi was also backed by UAE for a permanent seat for the UN Security Council.
  12. USA:
    This visit to the Silicon valley was focused on attracting top USA businessmen to invest and manufacture in India.

    He met with all the top Silicon Valley CEOs from companies like Google, Microsoft, Apple, Tesla and many others. They all showed interest in setting up and expanding businesses in India.
    Google will help India set up base for free Wi-Fi at 500 railway stations.
    Microsoft will take low-cost broadband technology to some five lakh villages across the country.
    Qualcomm said it will invest $150 mn for Indian Startups in the mobile and internet of everything ecosystem.
    Foxconn which is Apple's largest manufacturer has decided to set up a manufacturing base in India and more.

  13. UK:
    Pitching about doing business in India and increasing bilateral trade  continued as Modi interacted with PM of the UK, Mr. Cameron. Mr. Cameron also supported India for the permanent seat in UN security council. Later Modi interacted with the diaspora and showed them his goals for India. In a way this was a message for the whole world from India and this is a very good sign.
  14. Malaysia & Singapore:
    Visit to Malaysia was mainly for the ASEAN and East Asia Summits besides holding talks with Malaysian counterparts. The talks with Malasyian government were focused mainly to deepen cooperation in security and defense sectors.
    Visit to Singapore was focused on two main factors: Opening up trade with the wider Asia region and developing India's urban infrastructure. Singapore is already deeply involved in master planning of the capital of Andhra Pradesh.

With these outcomes of the foreign visits by PM Modi, I would say he is doing a great work. In 2015 India emerged as top FDI destination surpassing China and the US. In the first half of 2015 India attracted FDI of $31 billion compared to $28 bn and $27 bn of China and US respectively.
Like Bala Senthil Kumar has said, Modi is a phenomenal 'return' on investment. He is on the right track and he is the best brand ambassador India has ever had. He not only connects with the diaspora all over the world but also with powerful leaders and businessmen across the world unlike other Prime Ministers of ours.
His charismatic leadership personality, hard working & positive attitude and faith in Indian community has led me to have FAITH in him and to see HOPE in him.
Let's watch Him taking India to greater heights.


How many days has Narendra Modi traveled, and how much money has been spent on his travel since he became the Prime Minister of India? Wh…


Do you experience Mr. Narendra Modi’s commitment of “Good days”?

Answer by Rakesh Singh:

Yes i do. Because i see people asking questions like:
1. What is Land Bill ? How will it help the country ?
2. What is FDI ?
3. What is GST ?
4. How is Modi's visit helping India ?

Instead of asking:
1. What is Coalgate scam ?
2. What is 2G scam ?
3. What is Commonwealth sacm ?
4. Is Manmohan Singh our PM or is it Sonia Gandhi ?
5. How on earth Rahul Gandhi deserves to be PM ?

See how much perception has changed among people in just one year. Now we have a government which is actually working. Hence we are eager to know what progress are we making. Its not alone Modi who can bring in all the reforms just by moving his magic wand. We too need to play our part. So just be calm and let him do his work while you do yours. Rest assured we are in good hands because he has always put India first and for him there is only one sacred book 'Constitution of India'.

Do you experience Mr. Narendra Modi's commitment of "Good days"?

Are helicopters generally harder to fly than fixed-winged aircraft?

Answer by Dave Blunier:

I've been flying Helicopters for over 12 years now and this is the best commentary on the difference between the two I've seen:

"The thing is, helicopters are different from planes. An airplane by its nature wants to fly, and if not interfered with too strongly by unusual events or by a deliberately incompetent pilot, it will fly. A helicopter does not want to fly. It is maintained in the air by a variety of forces and controls working in opposition to each other, and if there is any disturbance in this delicate balance the helicopter stops flying immediately and disastrously.  There is no such thing as a gliding helicopter.  This is why being a helicopter pilot is so different from being an airplane pilot and why, in general, airplane pilots are open, clear eyed, buoyant extroverts, and helicopter pilots are brooders, introspective anticipators of trouble. They know that if something bad has not happened, it is about to."

-Harry Reasoner on the ABC Evening news, February 16th 1971 (During the Vietnam War)

Are helicopters generally harder to fly than fixed-winged aircraft?

Why do Indians usually speak English with such a strong accent? Is English pronunciation so unfamiliar compared to the spoken languages i…

Answer by Sownak Roy:

So you mean to say that there is a correct accent in which English should be spoken?
Which is the correct accent then?
Is it the British accent?
Is it the Cornish accent or the West country accent? Or may be you mean the Scouse accent?
Is it the Cockney accent or the Estuary English?
The above are a few examples of accents in England, I haven't even started on the Scottish, Welsh, American and Australian accents.
Indians speak in a strong accent because their mother tongue is not English, and yes, Indian languages are very different and some are even older than English, so it is natural to have a strong accent.
Everyone whose mother tongue is not English have an accent. Italians do, Germans do, French do, not just Indians.

So, just get over the fact that Indians have a strong accent, and accept that it is because they know another language (maybe more) and not just English.

Why do Indians usually speak English with such a strong accent? Is English pronunciation so unfamiliar compared to the spoken languages i…

What are the coolest words in the English language, and what do they mean?

Answer by Jagannath Suhit:

I have not gone through the 100+ answers, so please excuse me if this is already there.
These are some words I found interesting!!!

1. Dysania : Most of us face this challenge daily πŸ˜›

2. Tittle : That little dot πŸ™‚

3. Phosphene : Those mysterious spots of light :O

4. Barm :

5.  Overmorrow : I thought day after tomorrow is the only word!

6. Jamais Vu : May be a cousin of Deja Vu πŸ˜›

7. Lunula : Who would even want to know this???? But yeah, I felt its cool to know it πŸ˜›

8. Collywobbles : You must have experienced this when that person you have crush on starts speaking to you πŸ˜€

9. Vocable : …..Er…. umm…. πŸ™‚

10. Griffonage : You know what? Doctors' sloppy handwriting kills more than 7,000 people annually 😦
Source? Just google it!

11. Aglet : Remember a philosophy in life. If you lost your pen, you could buy it. But if you lost the cap of the pen, you cannot buy it! Same is the case with Aglet!!! πŸ˜›

12 Crapulence :  It happens!!!

13. Mondegreen : Killing the lyrics in other words

Also, you know what? Fear of 13 is called? Triskaidekaphobia!!!

Source : 21 Unique Names For Everyday Things You Probably Didn't Know
You can find some more here πŸ™‚

What are the coolest words in the English language, and what do they mean?

How can I have more energy in the mornings?

Answer by Johnathan Henry:

Try a "Scottish shower."
Start with a regular hot shower to loosen up and get comfortable. After a couple minutes, turn the temperature to cold. You can do this gradually if you'd like, but I personally just smack the handle towards cold and go on with shower. You will freeze, you will find it difficult to stay in the water, your breathing will become short, but this only lasts about 30 seconds in my experience and is actually very invigorating and exciting.
Let the cold water rush over your face. Doing so activates something called the mammalian dive reflex where your heart beat slows and your blood is redirected to your internal organs. Once you get used to the temperature you'll notice yourself feeling a lot better and a lot calmer. Certainly not sleepy or groggy.
Turn the water back to your favorite temperature and your blood will rush back into your extremities. A "true" Scottish shower alternates the hot and cold several times, greatly increasing your circulation and further energizing you.

This is a very simple way to quickly wake up. A lot of people are very hesitant about turning on the cold water. I find the cold water to be very soothing after the first 30 seconds, and remember, you can always end on hot water!

How can I have more energy in the mornings?

Could we get a space probe to Alpha Centauri by 2121 if it got top priority?

Answer by Robert Frost:

Theoretically… yes.

Alpha Centauri is 25.6 trillion miles away.

2121 – 2012 is 109 years.  That is 955494 hours.

So, to get to Alpha Centauri by 2121 we would need a vehicle that would travel at an average speed of:

25.6 trillion miles / 955494 hours = 26,792,423.6 mph  which is 4% the speed of light.

The fastest design that we understand well enough to build is a spacecraft powered by nuclear pulse propulsion – which means the spacecraft is accelerated by exploding nuclear bombs behind it.  The initial designs for this vehicle were called Project Orion.  It was canceled when the Partial Test Ban Treaty of 1963 prohibited exploding nuclear bombs in space.

Physicist Freeman Dyson did a lot of the initial analysis for Project Orion.  He determined that it would be possible to accelerate such a spacecraft to about 5% the speed of light.

So, since we would need to hit 4% and Freeman Dyson said we could hit 5%, I'd rate that as theoretically possible.

But it will not happen.

Could we get a space probe to Alpha Centauri by 2121 if it got top priority?

What is the most awesome anagram?

Answer by Ashwin Venkatraman:

"Listen" —> "Silent"
"The morse code" —> "Here come dots"
"Funeral" —> "Real Fun"
"The detectives" —> "Detect thieves"
"The earthquakes" —> "That queer shake"

Some Personalities
"Libyan Rot" —> "Tony Blair"
"Tiny Blonde" —> "Enid Blyton"
"Oh Man I Bat" —> "Ian Botham"
"Fine in torn jeans" —> "Jennifer Aniston"
"Sadly I went" —> "Walt Disney"
"Elite Brain nest" —> "Albert Einstein"
"A bad man no lies" —> "Osama Bin Laden"
"Occasional Nude Income" —> "Madonna Louise Ciccone"
"Radium came" —> "Madam Curie"
"Schooled Prone" —> "Sheldon Cooper" πŸ˜› πŸ˜›
"Justin Timberlake" —> "I'm a jerk, but listen"
"William Shakesphere" —> "I'll make a wise phrase"

And my favorite
" Tom Marvolo Riddle" —> "I am Lord Voldemort"

What is the most awesome anagram?

Which is grammatically correct: “I hope we can keep this between you and me,” or “I hope we can keep this between you and I”?

Answer by Adrien Lucas Ecoffet:

Whenever you have a doubt between "you and I" and "you and me", just try to replace it with "we" or "us". If "we" works, then it's "you and I", if "us" works then it's "you and me". Anything else is grammatically incorrect.

In this case, "I hope we can keep this between us", so "I hope we can keep this between you and me".

Which is grammatically correct: "I hope we can keep this between you and me," or "I hope we can keep this between you and I"?

Are doctors really that bad as portrayed by Indian media?

Answer by Aarushi Ruddra:

I am laughing reading this Question.

Why, Why would you do that to us?
Just spend a day in Emergency.

Yesterday, a case with ruptured uterus came. She had no money and was in pool of blood. She was treated immediately. No money asked.
Blood arranged by Doctors.
All money of her treatment was met with contribution.
She gave birth to a boy.

What did she do when we handed her the child?
She handed the child to our Senior Doctor and asked her to name him.

Fella, Doctors are like oceans. Filth may try to malign us, we keep flowing.
There may be bad waves in us but it does not affect the ocean as a whole.

Are doctors really that bad as portrayed by Indian media?