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  • A Book written by PM Modi is soon to be out; main target audience is Youth

    Modi Book On Mann Ki Baat

    A rare and an applauding initiative by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He being at such an important and a responsible position is looking out for everyone in the nation which is being proven by his action of writing a book on core issues like overcoming examination stress, keeping one's composure and even what to do after the exams are over. The idea of writing a book struck Modi In the wake of the good response to his 'Mann Ki Baat', the prime minister decided to compile those thoughts, complementing them with some unique new insights and anecdotes, in the form of a book. 

  • A highlight of PM Modi’s addressing Indian- Americans in Virginia

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    On the first day of his two-day US visit, Prime Minister Modi interacted with the Indian Diaspora in Washington DC's suburb of Virginia on Sunday. 

    In his 45 minutes Speech he put up many points like terrorism, Development, corruption and also applauded external affair ministry.

    Terrorism

    While talking about terrorism PM said that he had already warned the world against the growing power of terrorism 20 years back but not everyone understood it and named it as a “law and order problem” as for now terrorist have explained terrorism to them so we don’t have to. Ongoing on this topic he talked about the surgical strike as a bold step taken by his government against terrorism. He elaborated it saying that the world experienced our power and realized that India practices restrains but can show power when needed and can defend itself.

    Development

    He said that Every Indian irrespective of them living in their native country or abroad wants to contribute towards India’s development. India is a fastest Developing country he promised Indian Diaspora that the India of their dream will be a reality during their lifetime. He also said that his notion of developed India is Healthy India particularly the good health of the women and children of our nation. He proposed Indian community in USA to come back to India as this is the best time to do so 

    Corruption

    He blames Corruption and Cheating for the repeated failure in India’s Development. People in India do not support corruption. He praised his government saying that there has not been a single stain of corruption on his government in last 3 years. He assured that his government can fight corruption with technology which will usher us towards transparency. He added that the results are there for all to see.

    Applauding Ministry of External Affairs

    Modi complimented MEA and Minister Sushma Swaraj giving diplomacy a human face through social media- driven good governance. MEA is one ministry of government which has put into use, the power of social media and is helping poorest of the Indians cross the world. He was poised about that if the Indian Americans need any help from Indian Embassy in future they can find them standing by their side for sure.

  • BRICS countries are in mission-mode to eradicate poverty: PM Narendra Modi

    BRICS Summit 2017

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that BRICS countries are in mission-mode to eradicate poverty to ensure health, education, food security, sanitation, skills, gender equality and energy. 

    The Prime Minister speaking at Plenary Session of BRICS summit a short while ago said, BRICS has developed a robust framework for cooperation and contributed to stability and growth in a world drifting towards uncertainty. Modi said BRICS countries can work closely with International Solar Alliance to strengthen the solar energy agenda. Modi also sought early creation of BRICS rating agency to cater to financing needs of sovereign & corporate entities of developing countries.

  • Budget Session- PM asks to support triple talaq’ bill

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    On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked all the political parties to help in passing the Triple talaq bill in the budget session at Parliament.


    The budget session 2018 that started today is all geared to have a direct confrontation between the government and the opposition that includes criminalising Muslim practice of immediate talaq.


    While speaking to the reporters, PM said despite all the possible ways that his government applied, the triple talaq bill could not be passed in the last session.


    Continuing that he hoped for no politics on the issue as it relates to the rights of Muslim women, the Bill could not be passed.
    The all-party meeting was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and Ananth Kumar, besides leaders of opposition and other parties.


    Lok Sabha, speaker Sumitra Mahajan had a dinner meeting with party leaders and said the leaders had assured her of their cooperation for the smooth functioning of the budget.


    Addressing the floor leaders of the various parties in the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha, Prime Minister Modi said the government accords importance to issues rose by the parties and urged their leaders to create a "constructive atmosphere for the national good".


    Parliamentary Affair Minister Kumar termed the meeting “productive”, mentioned that the PM urged the party leaders to make the session successful.


    "We are very hopeful that the bill which is going to negate 'talaq-e-Biddat' and pave the way for empowering Muslim women will be passed in the Rajya Sabha, too," he said.

    With Agency Inputs

  • Cabinet’s in-principle nod for Air India disinvestment

    Air India

    The Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave its approval for divesting stakes in national carrier Air India.

    “The Cabinet gave its in-principle approval for Air India disinvestment,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said in a press briefing.

    A group under Mr. Jaitley has been framed to choose the modalities of Air India’s stake sale. “It will now take a decision on the quantum of stake sale and take a call on Air India’s assets, debts and its hotel subsidiary,” Mr. Jaitley said.

  • Cong attacked PM for PNB scam

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    Congress leveled up with another salvo on Centre over the PNB fraud allegedly involving designer jeweller Nirav Modi, saying the country's "biggest bank loot scam" is pegged far bigger at Rs 21,306 crore with fresh revelations.

    Congress President Rahul Gandhi fired yet pointed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over Nirav Modi fleeing the country. Taking to Twitter, he posted, "The scamster's escape formula: La(Mo) + Ni(Mo) ---(with) Na(Mo)---> Bha(Go)", while using the hashtag "#ModiRobsIndia".

    The opposition party hit out at the PM for his "silence" on the issue, alleging that he did not act on the scam even after his office was informed about it by one Vaibhav Khuraniya on May 7, 2015.

    Releasing letters purportedly written to various agencies in this regard, Congress communications incharge Randeep Surjewala asked why the BJP and government were silent on the issue and how accused Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi were "allowed" to escape.

    "India's biggest 'bank loot scam' has got bigger over the last 24 hours to Rs 21,306 crore as layers of the conspiracy got unearthed by the hour," he told reporters.

    (With agency inputs)

  • Dalit students asked to sit separately to watch PM’s ‘Pariksha Par Charcha’

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    All the dalit school students in Kullu district area in Himachal Pradesh were asked to sit outside the classroom by a teacher, during the live telecast of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Pariksha Par Charcha’ on Friday.

    PM interacted with thousands of students from across the country as a part of his Pariksha Par Charcha, an extension of his pet charcha theme. During the interaction session, PM Modi addressed several examination-related concerns of the students who are appearing for the board's exam this year.

    The incident was focused after a complaint was filed with the Dy commissioner of Kullu by the students who alleged that a teacher named Meher Chand told them to sit outside the room where the television had been set up to air the programme.

    The complaint, apparently written in Hindi on a school textbook, said that the place where the students were made to sit was used to keep horses. Further, they were warned that they could not leave until the programme was over.

    “This matter has come to my notice today. I have asked Secretary, Education to get a report and take stern action,” state education minister Suresh Bhardwaj told The Indian Express.

    In the meantime, authorities of the concerned school have issued an apology letter stating that they are investigating the matter.

    “The headmaster of the school, Rajan Bhardwaj, has confirmed the incident and tendered an apology, assuring that this will not be allowed to happen again. But that’s not enough,” said a member of the state education department.

    (With agency inputs)

  • Don’t teach us ‘democracy’: PM slammed Cong

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    The Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday slammed the oppositions in Lok Sabha by accusing them for dividing the country.

    The PM was reply to the debate on the motion of thanks to the President’s address in the Lok Sabha.

    Amid chants from the opposition, ‘stop giving false hopes, stop giving false speech’, PM also said, addressing Congress and the glorification of the Gandhi parivar “Despite you have divided Bharat Mata, we stood by you. You have ruled when you had almost no one as opposition to fight with.

    Adding further to it, he also said that “You spent your entire time to glorify one family. You spent your entire energy to make the country remember just Gandhi family. If your intentions were pure and right, this country would have been much ahead of where it is now." 

    “Democracy was never Congress or Nehru's charity. Rather it's in our blood, our culture," PM stated.

    He also said “Look who is talking about democracy? Your PM Rajiv Gandhi had humiliated a Dali CM of your own party. Please don't teach us lessons on democracy."

    In a direct attack to Congress party, PM also raised his voice and said that had Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel been our first Prime Minister, ‘entire Kashmir would have been ours.’

    The BJP has issued a whip asking its members to be present in the House today and tomorrow, as the government may introduce some important bill on Thursday in the Lok Sabha where the ruling NDA has a big majority. 

    The debate on the motion of thanks to President Ram Nath Kovind's address to the joint sitting of the two Houses of Parliament on the opening day of the Budget Session began Tuesday. It was initiated by the BJP's chief whip Rakesh Singh.

    (With agency inputs)

  • Entire country knows that our PM is anti-dalit, says Congress president

    Modi Rahul

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    After Saffron party has proved that being called anti-dalit is just tittle-tattle by their steps taken for Dr. Ambedkar who was a dalit, yet oppositions parties have decided to play around dalit vote bank by raising an issue of making or vandalizing Dr. Ambedkar statues.

    Like-wise, Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid dispute case was one of the most spoken and debated issue and now dalit is an add-on. Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi has called Prime Minister Narendra Modi an 
    anti-dalit, despite PM laid the foundation stone in favour of building a Dr. Ambedkar National Memorial, at 26 Alipur Road in New Delhi

    Gandhi during a current fast against allegedly growing caste violence, communalism and non-functioning of Parliament under the governance of BJP said, “Entire country knows that our PM is anti-dalit, it is not a secret anymore.”

    On question about the general elections in 2019, he further added, “A few days ago one BJP leaders said that opposition leaders are animals but reality is everyone is against the current government because they have always been against the dalits, tribals, minorities and farmers. We will defeat them in the 2019 general election for sure."

    The government is collectively developing the nation considering which they have implemented and started many fruitful ways to progress. Pradhan Mantri Jan Suraksha Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana, Beti Bachao Beti Parhao Yojana, Pradhan Mantrari Protsahan Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana etc..

    The ruling party has been seen taking such initiatives for dalit category across the nation. As planned, a statue in Mumbai’s sea-front at Indu Mills in Dadar which is to be completed in another 36 months, yet opposition party is against the humanitarian levels of BJP. 2019 general elections is the only wait that the country has to see the authenticity of the BJP’s governance.

     
    (Writer is an Assistant News Editor of News MantraCleardot)
  • Go to field to understand ground realities: PM Modi to collectors

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    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked the District Collectors across the country to work towards improving the lives of the poorest of the poor. In a first-of-its-kind interaction, Modi addressed the district collectors through video-conferencing last evening, on the theme, 'New India - Manthan', on the 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement. The Prime Minister urged them to move beyond files, and go to the field, to understand ground realities, such as the condition of health services in remote parts of the district. 

  • Government to make 20 universities world class: PM Modi

    20 World Class Universities

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that his government plans to invest one thousand crore rupees to transform 20 universities into world class educational institutions. In his Independence Day address at the Red Fort, Modi said the Centre has taken an important step to grant the universities freedom from restrictions to make them world class universities. 

    He said that the government will not interfere in their functioning. The Prime Minister said he is confident that the education institutions of the country will certainly come forward and make it a success. Modi added that the government had set up six IITs, seven new IIMs and eight new IIITs over the last three years.

  • Govt okays new criteria for classifying MSMEs

    Govt Green Signal

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    The Prime Minister Narendre Modi led-government on Wednesday gave green signal to the amendments to a law to change the criteria for classifying MSMEs from investment in plant and machinery to annual turnover.

    The proposed changes to the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Act, 2006 were given thumbs up by the cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, an official statement said.

    These changes will be considered and implemented in a new bill and the earlier bill pending in the Lok Sabha will be taken back.

    As per the proposed classifications, enterprises having annual turnover less than Rs 5 crore will fall under the 'micro' category.

    Units having turnover between Rs 5 crore to Rs 75 crore will be classified as small enterprises, whereas those having turnover between Rs 75 crore and Rs 250 crore will be classified as enterprises, the release said.

    "The move will encourage ease of doing business, make the norms of classification growth-oriented and align classification norms to the new tax regime revolving around GST," the government said.

    Taking turnover as a criterion can be pegged with reliable figures available in GST Network and other methods of ascertaining which will help in having a non discretionary, transparent and objective criteria and will eliminate the need for inspections, it added.

    "In addition the amendment will provide flexibility to the government to fine-tune the classification of MSMEs in response to changing economic scenario without resorting to the amendment of MSMED (Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises Development) Act," the release said.

    Under the earlier definition, manufacturers with Rs25 lakh investment in plant and machinery were termed micro enterprises and those with investments between Rs25 lakh and Rs5 crore were regarded as small enterprises. Firms with investments of up to Rs10 crore are classified as medium.

  • India and Japan strongly condemn growing menace of terrorism and violent extremism

    India Japan Annual Summit

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart have condemned the growing menace of terrorism and violent extremism in the strongest terms. In a joint statement in Ahmedabad yesterday, both the leaders shared the view that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is a global scourge that must be forcefully combatted through concerted global action in the spirit of zero tolerance. 

    They also called upon all countries to work towards rooting out terrorist safe havens and infrastructure, disrupting terrorist networks and financing channels and halting cross-border movement of terrorists. The two Prime Ministers called upon Pakistan to bring to justice the perpetrators of attacks including those of the November 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai and the 2016 terrorist attack in Pathankot.

  • India and US to co-host Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Hyderabad in November

    Global Entrepreneurship Summit

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that India and US will co-host the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Hyderabad from 28th to 30th November this year. In a series of tweets, Modi said, the Summit is a unique opportunity for bringing together entrepreneurs and start ups with global leaders. The Prime Minister said, he is looking forward to the presence of Ivanka Trump at Global Entrepreneurship Summit as the leader of the US delegation. Ivanka Trump is the daughter of US President Donald Trump. Modi during his meeting with Trump in Washington in June had invited Ivanka for the Summit.

  • Iran prez paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi

    Iran Prez

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    After inspecting a guard of honour at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, Iran President Hassan Rouhani paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat in New Delhi today.

    On his first ever visit after assuming charge as the President of Iran in 2013, Rouhani also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind.

    President Hassan Rouhani had arrived in Hyderabad on February 15 where he addressed a large gathering of Muslim intellectuals and scholars from different schools of thought after performing Friday prayers at the historic Makkah Masjid.

    He had stressed upon the cooperation between India and Iran in a bid to embolden the bilateral ties and also called for unity among Muslims across the world. Religious scholars from different schools of thoughts had participated in the session as well.

    (With Agency Inputs)

  • Iran prez praises co-existence of multiple faiths in India

    Iran Prez

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    On the first ever 3-day visit to India, Iran President Hassan Rouhani lauded India's cultural diversity on Thursday, said multiple faiths and schools of thought co-exist peacefully.

    In a meeting with Muslim intellectuals, scholars and clerics in Hyderabad, he also mentioned Islam is not a religion of violence, but one of moderation

    "Iran wants unity, independence and support for the East. Iran wants fraternity with India. We do not want to have any differences with other countries as well," said Rouhani.

    Further adding to it he also said that the country was a "living museum" of religions and schools of thought.

    "We see a lot of temples, other places of worship, and they are living in peace. They are having peaceful co-existence," he said.

    Muslims, non-Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs are coexisting in peace in India, he said.

    However, the West has created fissures between nations, he said.

    "The enemies of Islam want to represent Islam as a religion of violence. Islam is not a religion of violence. Islam is a religion of moderation, Islam is a religion of kindness," he said.

    Iran believes that there is no military solution to problems which are diplomatic in nature, Rouhani said.

    "When a war is imposed, people have no other option but to defend themselves, and those who defend are the true companions and true followers of the almighty God," he said.

    "The Western world oppressed and exploited the Eastern world and its resources" and caused tensions and differences to arise between oriental countries, he said.

    "When we Muslims (in the past centuries) possessed universities and technologies, and others did not possess (them), we...transferred our teachings and science to them."

    "However, when they (West) reached the (same level of progress), they did not (give) the same treatment. They did not provide us with technology fairly and justly," he said.

    Calling for unity among Muslims, Rouhani said his country wants to clear the "hurdles" faced by the people of war-torn countries such as Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq and Yemen are facing.

    "We want to clear the hurdles for the people of Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Yemen. The solution is unity and brotherhood in joint effort," he said.

    Despite tight security, Rouhani allowed some of those present to click selfies with him after the speech.

    Iran Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif also spoke at the event.

    The Iranian president is scheduled to visit the famous Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad and offer prayers on Friday. Later, he would be leaving for New Delhi.

    Earlier, he arrived in Hyderabad on a special flight from Tehran and was received by Union Minister of State for Power RK Singh and Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL Narasimhan along with senior officials of Telanaga government.

    (With agency inputs)

  • Iran prez to make first visit to India for 3-days

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    The External Affairs Ministry on Wednesday announced that Iran President Hassan Rouhani will come on a three-day visit to India starting from Thursday at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and both heavyweights will hold a bilateral meeting in New Delhi on Saturday, during the course of which both sides would review the progress achieved in bilateral relations and also exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual interest, according to a ministry statement.
     
    Rouhani will also call on India President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday.
     
    According to Iran news reports, Rouhani will first arrive in Hyderabad on Thursday where he will meet the city's Muslim Ulemas. He will also meet Iranian nationals, including students, residing in India.
     
    Citing the Iran president's deputy chief of staff for communications and information Parviz Esmaeili, Irna said following the delegation-level talks on Saturday, both sides will sign a number of agreements.
     
    Business leaders of both sectors are also scheduled to hold a joint meeting to review cooperation opportunities and capacities, according to Esmaeili.
     
    This will be Rouhani's first visit to India after he assumed office in 2013.
     
    It comes after Modi's visit to Tehran in 2016 during which a trilateral agreement on transit and transport was signed between India, Iran and Afghanistan.
     
    India committed $85 million in investment for the development of the Shahid Beheshti Port in Iran's southeastern city of Chabahar.
     
    The first phase of the port was inaugurated by President Rouhani in December last year, a little over a month after the first consignment of wheat from India to Afghanistan was sent via this facility.
     
    The port opens a new strategic transit route between Iran, India, Afghanistan and other Central Asian nations bypassing Pakistan.
     
    India-Iran bilateral trade stood at $12.89 billion in 2016-17, according to figures provided by the External Affairs Ministry.
     
    (With agency inputs)
     
     
     
     
  • Let the party throw me if it wants, says Sinha

    Yashwant Sinha

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    BJP leader Yashwant Sinha today said that he has not worked so hard to quit from the party, but still if the party want it can throw him.

    He also mentioned that despite sending end number of letter to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the same issue, there is no response, something that prompted him to float a political action group called 'Rashtra Manch'.

    He said one of the tasks before the Manch was to ensure that the NDA government's policies are aligned with the BJP's election manifesto.

    "Why should I quit the BJP? I had toiled hard during 2004-14 when the UPA was in power. Let the party throw me out if it wants," Sinha told reporters on the sidelines of a seminar here on the Union Budget for 2018-19.

    Sinha, who served as the finance minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee cabinet, said the policies of the present NDA government were not in line with what had been promised in the election manifesto.

    "My protest is to bring those back on track along the lines of the election manifesto of the BJP. I have been protesting for the last four years and this has culminated in the formation of the platform Rashtra Manch," Sinha said.

    The Manch, he said, is a broad-based platform with people from many political parties and farmers' organisations.

    (With agency inputs)

  • Modi expressed deep gratitude to the President saying ‘Father Figure’

    Modi Pranab

    New Delhi: PM Narendra Modi became emotional at a function where President Pranab Mukherjee received the first copy of a coffee table book “president Mukherjee a statesman”.Modi described him as a “father figure” and mentor for the guidance provided by the president. At some point he even broke down saying”Like a father figure, Pranabda has guided me. He would tell me, Modiji please take adequate rest, take care of your health”.

  • Modi inaugurated the Textiles India 2017 in Gandhinagar

    PM Modi At Textile India 2017

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Textiles India 2017 in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. The three day event was held with an aim to promote the textile industry of India. The event was also attended by Union Textiles Minister, Smriti Irani, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and many other prominent personalities from India and abroad.