Panaji: October 24, 2018 … Vice-President of India Shri. M. Venkaiah Naidu today inaugurated a three-day conclave ‘SAGAR Discourse’ based on National and International security and sharing of space resources between countries. The three days conclave is held in a hotel at Bambolim, will discuss issues pertaining to security in outer space that affects all geopolitical entities in the world. ‘SAGAR Discourse’ is an annual event of the Forum for Integrated National Security (FINS), a Mumbai-based think-tank that works in association with the ISRO, the Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Defense.

Governor Dr. Smt. Mridula Sinha, Minister for Panchayat Shri. Mauvin Godinho, FINS President Lt. Gen. D. B. Shekatkar,  Former Chairman of ISRO Dr. Kiran Kumar, Convenor of the Conclave Dr. Paleri and Adv. Bal Dessai were present on the occasion.

The Vice President in his key-note address said that conclaves like SAGAR helps to identify challenges and opportunities in a particular field. “We must enlighten ourselves from the knowledge exchanged by experts in conclaves like this. Space and water security are new avenues to explore  and more conversations on such topics will make us wiser,” opined Shri. Naidu.

He further said that we must try to utilize solar energy and other natural resources in order to provide our next generation a bright future.  Issues like poverty, extreme weather patterns and child labour are some of India’s challenges that we must dwell upon,” Shri. Naidu said.

The Governor congratulated FINS members for choosing Goa as a venue for the conclave. “May the discussions be fruitful and yield good results,” the Governor said.

Earlier the function began with lighting the traditional lamp followed by welcome address by Lt. Gen. Shekatkar. Dr. Kiran Kumar and Dr. Paleri also spoke on the occasion. Shri. Gokhale compered the function while Adv. Dessai proposed the vote of thanks.

Union Minister for AYUSH (IC) Shri. Shripad Naik, MP Shri. Vinay Tendulkar, former Minister Shri. Rajendra Arlekar were present among others. The three day discourse is attended by delegates from more than 20 countries, ex-servicemen, defense personnel and senior Govt. officials.


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