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25th June, 2019


  • Prime Minster Narendra Modi says, government and the opposition have to work together to fulfill the dream of a strong, safe, developed and inclusive nation.

  • Prime Minister says, NDA government is moving in right direction without any deviation or dilution.

  • Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri expresses confidence of achieving the target of constructing one crore houses by the end of next year. 

  • Kerala tops in overall health performance in NITI Aayog's health index followed by Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.

  • In ICC World Cup Cricket, Australia set a target of 286 runs for England at Lords.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, the government and the opposition have to work together to fulfill the dream of a strong, safe, developed and inclusive nation. Replying to debate on Motion of Thanks in Lok Sabha today on the President’s address , the Prime Minister said, after many years, the people of the country gave a strong mandate and re-elected the NDA government.

He said, the Lok Sabha elections have shown that the people are thinking about the betterment of the country over themselves and the spirit is commendable. The Prime Minister rejected the allegation of not giving credit to previous governments at Centre and different states. Mr Modi said that he was the first Prime Minister who said that all the governments have brought the country to the glory it has reached.

The Prime Minister said, he never thinks about polls in terms of victory and defeat but as an opportunity to serve 130 crore Indians. He said, the NDA government is moving in the right direction, without diversion or dilution. He said, the government did not deviate from its development path and did not dilute its development agenda. He added that it is important that the country progresses and every Indian is empowered. The Prime Minister also requested all MPs and NGOs to propagate awareness about the need to conserve water in view of severe water crisis.

"जल संकट को हमें गंभीरता से लेना होगा और इस सीजन में भी हम जितना बल जल संचे पर दें, हमें देना चाहिए। और मेरी सभी आदरणीय संसदीय से प्रार्थना है, सभी एनजीओ से प्रार्थना है कि देश में पानी का महत् ढ़ाने में किस प्रकार से योगदान करें और सरकारी दायरे से बाहर हो करके पानी बचाना है। इस काम को करके हम सामान् मानवीय जिन्दगी को बचाने में मदद करें।"

The Prime Minister said, after Independence, the country has accepted a culture in which common people had to struggle with the system for their basic rights. In an apparent attack on Congress, Mr. Modi said the party has risen so high that it has been uprooted from the ground unlike BJP’s aim to remain closer to the people at the grassroots and strengthen them. Mr. Modi said, Bharat Ratna was not given to any congress leader other than from one family. He said, it is the NDA government which recognized the contribution of former President Pranab Mukherjee and honoured him with Bharat Ratna. Remembering the dark period of Emergency imposed in 1975, the Prime Minister said this can never be wiped out from the memory of the people.

"25 जून की वो रात है कि आत्मा को कूचल दिया गया था। देश के मीडिया को दबोच दिया गया था, देश के महापुरूषों को देश की सलाखों के पीछे बंद कर दिया गया था। पूरे हिन्दुस्तान को जेल खाना बना दिया गया था और सिर्फ किसी की सत्ता ना चली जाए इसके लिए। न्याय पालिका का अनादर कैसे होता है उसको वो जीता-जागता उदाहरण है। आज 25 जून को हम लोग स्वतंत्र रूप से एक बार अपना समर्पण, अपना संकल् उसको और ताकत के साथ हमें समर्पित करना होगा।"

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will reply in Rajya Sabha tomorrow to the debate on Motion of Thanks on President's Address.


The Rajya Sabha witnessed uproarious scenes today over BJP MP GVL Narasimha Rao’s remarks on former Prime Ministers  Jawaharlal Nehru and Rajiv Gandhi. During the discussion on Motion of Thanks to the President’s address, Mr. Rao referred that Nehru had vigorously campaigned for the defeat of Dr. BR Ambedkar. He also made remarks against Rajiv Gandhi on 1984 anti Sikh riot incidents. This triggered the uproar in the house, with Congress members trooping into the well and raising slogans demanding BJP MP’s apology. Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said, it has been the tradition of the House not to take the name of former Prime Ministers and the Members. Mr. Azad accused the BJP member of insulting the two leaders in his speech. Later, Mr. Rao withdrew his remarks saying that he is a first time MP and was not aware of the conventions followed in the house.


Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Puri has expressed confidence that the target of completion of constructions of all houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana -Urban will be achieved by the end of 2020 as against the target of 2022. Mr Puri said this while addressing media in New Delhi on the occasion of fourth anniversary of Urban Missions of PMAY(U), Smart Cities Mission and Atal Mission for Rejuvenation - AMRUT. Mr Puri said, the validated demand for total houses under the scheme is one crore and so far more than 81 lakh houses have been sanctioned.

"In Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana we section 81 lack home part of these 81 lack home there are something like 48 lack which are a various stages. The technologies which are using are those where after the grounding it, should take not more than 15-18 months to complete the target before completion date of 2022. I am more-less confident that we can have all the sanctioning done. HARDEEP PURI"


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share his thoughts with the people in the country and abroad in his Mann Ki Baat programme on All India Radio this Sunday. It will be the first Mann Ki Baat programme after Mr Modi assumed office for the second term. Prime Minister has been raising various important issues through the monthly programme which is aired on the last Sunday of every month at 11 AM. Our Correspondent reports that  Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Mann Ki Baat in March last year spoke on Smart City Mission and Urban Mission. He had said, the missions were launched in the country to provide all kinds of amenities in the big cities and small towns.

"देश में स्मार्ट सिटी मिशन और अर्बन मिशन की शुरूआत की गई ताकि देश के बड़े नगरों और छोटे शहरों में हर तरह की सुविधा चाहे वो अच्छी सड़कें हों, पानी की व्यवस्था हो, स्वास्थ् की सुविधाएं हों, शिक्षा हो, डिजीटल कनेक्टीवीटी उपलब् करवाई जा सके।"


Today is the 44th anniversary of the Emergency. The then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had imposed emergency on the midnight of the 25th of June in 1975. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that country's democratic ethos successfully prevailed over an authoritarian mindset. Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar criticised Congress saying freedom of press  and citizens'rights were muzzled during Emergency.

"It was on this day 45 years ago that congress destroyed the constitution given by Dr. Ambedkar and imposed emergency in the country. The freedom of press, as well as that of the citizens was usurped and the country was turned into a jail. JAVADEKAR."


Kerala has topped among large states on overall health performance in NITI Aayog's Health Index followed by Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. However, in terms of incremental performance Haryana, Rajasthan and Jharkhand are the top three states that performed well in comparison to the last health index. The report released by Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog Dr. Rajiv Kumar ranks the states and Union territories innovatively on their year-on-year incremental change in health outcomes, as well as, their overall performance with respect to each other. Talking to AIR News Health Secretary Preeti Sudan said, the health index will help the government to assess its performance and states will also get direction on the way forward.

"It's very heartening that the second as the index report has been brought out by NITI Aayog it will help was to asses, how we are performing and the state will also get a direction as to where they are moving and we were all collective meet to move. PREETI SUDAN."


Swami Satyamitranand Giri Maharaj, a renowned seer, passed away at Dehradun in Uttarakhand today after a prolonged illness. The Samadhi will be at Haridwar-based Raghav Kutir tomorrow. President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have condoled the demise of the spiritual leader. The Uttarakhand government has announced a one-day state mourning tomorrow to condole the demise of Padma Bhushan awarded Swami Satyamitranand Giri Maharaj.


In Rajasthan, last rites of BJP's state president Madan Lal Saini were performed with full state honors at his native place RadhaKrishanpura in Sikar district this evening. Many prominent leaders were present on this occasion including BJP Working President J. P Nadda, Central Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and Kailash Chaudhary. 75-year-old Madan Lal Saini took his last breath in Delhi's AIIMS yesterday evening.


In Odisha, at least three persons were charred to death when the engine of 18005 Howarh- Jagdalpur Samaleswari Express caught fire at Gadabaguda after meeting with an accident this afternoon. As per the information, the train rammed into a tower car engaged in repair work between Singapur Road and Keutguda  near Rayagada. Due to the collision, few coaches and the engine derailed and also caught fire. 


After a delay, the Southwest Monsoon today finally made a formal entry into Gujarat. Meteorological Department has forecast widespread rains in southern and northern parts of the state in the next two days.

"The normal date for arrival of monsoon in Gujarat is the third week of June. Director at local weather office Jayant Sarkar said that following the onset of monsoon, fairly wide spread rain is expected in the next two days. Meanwhile, 101 talukas of the state have received light to heavy rain till 2 pm today. More than 50 millimeter rain was recorded in many areas of Tapi, Narmada, Kheda and Bhavnagar districts. Despite late entry of monsoon, the state has already received over 7 percent of average rainfall of the season during the pre-monsoon rainfall.Yogesh Pandya,AIR News,Ahmedabad."

Monsoon also reached Mumbai giving relief to the people from hot and humid weather. 

"The IMD today declared the onset of the south-west monsoon for Mumbai where besides extreme humidity the prospect of another water cut is looming large due to delay in setting in of rains. The monsoon, which generally arrives in Mumbai on June 10 every year, is behind schedule by more than two weeks, which is the longest such delay in the last ten years.

Deputy Director General of Meteorology, India Meteorology Department (IMD), Mumbai, K S Hosalikar said in a tweet "Monsoon onset declared over Mumbai today covering entire Maharashtra.” He added that the northern limit of the south-west monsoon is expected to cover not only Mumbai but also entire Maharashtra, besides some parts of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.  SONALI GHADYALPATIL, AIR NEW, MUMBAI


Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has said, the Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) mortality rate has come down significantly in Bihar due to the strategic interventions made by the Ministry. Dr Harsh Vardhan reviewed the status of AES cases of Bihar with senior officials. An official release said, in the past forty eight hours, there have been only five AES related admissions at Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) at Muzaffarpur.


India today proposed to host the 2023 International Olympic Committee (IOC) session in Mumbai, which is expected to choose the host city for the 2030 Winter Olympics. Indian Olympic Association President Narinder Batra and IOC member Nita Ambani submitted the formal bid to IOC Chief Thomas Back on the sidelines of the governing body's 134th Session at Lausanne in Switzerland.


In the ICC Cricket World Cup, chasing the victory target of 286 runs set by defending champions Australia, hosts England were 122 for 4 in 27 overs at Lord's, London a short-while ago. Earlier, put into bat, Australia made 285 for the loss of seven wickets.


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