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Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg in India, to meet PM Narendra Modi also
Social networking site Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg, is on a 2-day tour to India, the biggest market for the social media giant. He is the third high profile CEO of a US-based firm, after Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Micrsoft's Satya Nadella, to visit India in last few days.
Zuckerberg came to India for the launch of global Internet project called internet.org in the country. The project, which was globally announced in August last year, aims to bring Internet connectivity to the two-thirds of the global population that is not connected.

Zuckerberg started his conversation with appreciating the India's Mars mission Mangalyaan. He said, "After this achievement, it is now important for the country to connect all of its people to the Internet. With Internet.org we aim to connect rural India to Internet. In India, about 243 million people are connected to the Internet and 100 million of that uses Facebook. However, there are more than a billion people in the country who are still not connected. We want to change that with this project."

He also added, "India is an amazing country with unlimited potential. It is a place of big ambitions and Facebook is deeply committed to the country. We see lot of growth for us here. Tomorrow I'm meeting the Prime Minister. He is committed to connecting villages online and we are excited to see how Facebook can help," as reported by Hindu.

Some of the highlights of the speech given by Zuckerberg are:

  • Launching of fund apps and services in Indian local languages and this is mainly for students, farmers and women.

  • Facebook will work extensively in rural India to enhance connectivity.

  • India has embraced science and technology. Needs to adopt the Internet even more.

  • Billions of Indians do not use Internet.

Zuckerberg is s also expected to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Earlier in July, Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook visited the country, which is the second biggest market after the US for Facebook.

In his interactions with Modi, which will be a closed event, Zuckerberg is expected 0talk on how Facebook and the Indian government can collaborate. Modi in July had held discussions with Sandberg on the use of Facebook for improving governance, better interaction between people and the government.

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