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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, every failure is a learning and a setback could mean the best is yet to come; interacting with students in the third edition of Pariksha Pe Charcha, the Prime Minister said technology must be kept under control to ensure proper utilisation of time. 

  • Three terrorists killed in an encounter with the security forces in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir.

  • Supreme Court refuses to grant interim stay on electoral bond scheme meant for funding political parties.

  • In Khelo India, Tamil Nadu girls win to under-17 basketball title; Haryana girls clinch to under-17 hockey gold.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has emphasized that good marks in examinations are not everything and that students should come out of this mindset. Interacting with a cross section of students, teachers and parents in the third edition of Pariksha Pe Charcha at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi today the Prime Minister said, education is just a way to learn new things and there is need to learn more.

"आज दुनिया बहुत बदल चुकी है, संभावनायें बहुत बढ़ गई हैं। सिर्फ परीक्षा के अंक ही जिंदगी नहीं है, उसी प्रकार से कोई एक एक्जामिनेशन ये पूरी जिंदगी नहीं है वो एक पड़ाव है। सबसे पहले हमने हमारे पूरे जीवन का एक महत्वपूर्ण पड़ाव मानना चाहिए। लेकिन यही सब कुछ है, ये कभी नहीं मानना चाहिए। जिस दिन, मां-बाप को मैं खास प्रार्थना करूंगा कि आप बच्चों को ये नहीं तो भई कुछ नहीं ये जो मूड बना देते हो मेहरबान करके ऐसा मत करो।"

Responding to a question during the programme, Mr Modi said, one can find a way to success even in failure. He said, external factors are more responsible for a bad mood during exams. Prime Minister said, a temporary setback does not mean that success is not waiting, infact, a setback could mean that the best is yet to come. Recalling his experience during the launch of Chandrayaan -2, the Prime Minister said, he appreciated the efforts of the scientists and reminded them of the aspirations of the country. He added that every failure is a learning and signifies the movement towards success.

"हम विफलताओं में भी सफलता की शिक्षा पा सकते हैं। हर प्रयास में हम उत्साह भर सकते हैं और किसी चीज में आप विफल गये, इसका मतलब ये है आप सफलता की ओर चल पड़े हैं, अगर वहीं रूक गये फिर तो कितने ही ट्रैक्टर लगा दें, आपको खींचने के लिए, नहीं निकल सकते हो, ये खुद तय करो।"

Talking about the importance of extra curricular activities, the Prime Minister said, not pursuing co-curricular activities can make a person like a robot. He added that extra-curricular activities need not be glamour driven and every child should be allowed to pursue what he or she likes. Mr Modi said, motivation and demotivation are very common and everyone has these feelings.

On ill effects of spending more time on electronic gadgets, the Prime Minister suggested that one should have the strength to keep technology in their control and to ensure that it does not waste their time. He said, there must be a technology-free hour every day and students should spend that time with friends, family, books, pets or at the garden.

"आप जीवन मै तय करेंगे पर डे इतना समय मेरा एक घंटा, दो घंटा जो मै खली हु लेकिन मै अपने  आप को  techlonogy से दूर रखूँगा ."

Replying to a question on the importance of fundamental duties, the Prime Minister expressed to hope that this generation takes it upon itself to act on some of the Fundamental Duties enshrined in the Constitution. Prime Minister urged the students to use indigenous products when India celebrates 75 years of Independence:

" एक राष्ट्रया के रूप मै हमारा कुछ कर्तव्य है जो हमे निभाना चाहिए की नहीं निभाना चाहिए क्या मै तय कर सकता हु की २०२२ आज़ादी ७५ साल होते है तो मेरे  परिवार मै जो भी कुछ खरीदना होगा हम लोकल ही लेंगे. मेक इन इंडिया ही लेंगे अगर बिलकुल ही हमारे देश उपलब्ध ही नहीं है तो ठीक है हम बहार से ही लाएंगे मुझे बातये कर्त्वय हुआ कि नहीं हुआ देश का भला भोगा कि नहीं होगा देश कि इकनोमिक को ताक़त मिलेगी कि नहीं."

The Prime Minister said, 2020 is not just a new year but it is also a new decade which is important for students as they can contribute graddy. He also requested students  to read the 'Pariksha Pe Charcha - Exam Warrior' book which will help them with all their questions.

This was the third edition of Prime Minister’s interaction programme with school students. Over two thousand students, parents and teachers from all over the country are participating in the programme.

Our correspondent talked to some of the students who participated in the programme.


In Jammu & Kashmir, three terrorists were killed in an encounter with the security forces in South Kashmir’s Shopian district today.

Security sources said that a joint party of forces launched a cordon and search operation on the basis of information of the presence of terrorists in Wachi Zainapora area in the district. The hiding terrorists fired upon approach, triggering a gunfight during which three of them were killed. Arms and ammunition were also recovered from the encounter site.

The operation is still in progress, while sought identity of the slain terrorists is being ascertained. Security sources said that one among the slain is a district commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen. However, the police have not yet revealed this identity.


On the third day of special Public Outreach Programme in Jammu and Kashmir today, four Union Ministers are visiting different blocks of four districts in Jammu Division. These include V.K. Singh, Pratap Sarangi, Debashree Choudary and R.K. Singh. The ministers are visiting Tikri, Ramkot, Ghat and Mard blocks in Udhampur, Kathua, Doda and Jammu. They will inaugurate several developmental projects and welfare schemes, besides laying foundation stones for various others. The programme will continue till the 24th of this month. A total of 36 ministers will visit 60 locations in different areas in both divisions of Jammu and Kashmir.


The Supreme Court refused to grant an interim stay today on the electoral bond scheme meant for funding political parties. The top Court sought the response of the Centre and Election Commission on a plea seeking to stay the scheme.

A bench comprising Chief Justice S A Bobde and justices B R Gavai and Surya Kant asked the Centre and the Commission to file their responses within two weeks. An interim application was filed by the NGO 'Association for Democratic Reforms' for staying the scheme.

Lawyer Prashant Bhushan, appearing for the NGO, alleged that the scheme is a means for channelising unaccounted black money in favour of the ruling party.

Senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi, appearing for the EC, said, all these arguments have already been advanced earlier. He sought four weeks time to reply to the NGO's plea.


The Supreme Court has reserved order on the plea of a death row convict in the 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case. The plea is against a Delhi High Court order dismissing his claim that he was a juvenile when the crime was committed. The verdict on the plea of juvenility will be given at 2:30 PM today.

Pawan Kumar Gupta's plea was heard by a bench of Justices R Banumathi, Ashok Bushan and A S Bopanna. Gupta had moved the apex court on Friday. He also sought a direction restraining the authorities from executing the death penalty, scheduled for February 1.

A Delhi court on Friday issued fresh death warrants for February 1 against the four convicts -- Vinay Sharma, Mukesh Kumar, Akshay Kumar Singh and Pawan -- in the case.


The Supreme Court has sought the response of the Uttar Pradesh government on a PIL filed by the Allahabad Heritage Society. The PIL has challenged the renaming of Allahabad to Prayagraj.

A bench comprising Chief Justice S A Bobde and justices B R Gavai and Surya Kant issued notice to the State. The Centre had, last year, on January 1st approved the renaming of Allahabad as Prayagraj.


BJP Working President J P Nadda is all set to be elected unopposed as the new national president of the party. The nomination process for the top party post is underway at party headquarters in the National Capital. Party leaders including Union Ministers and Chief Ministers of BJP-ruled states will file nomination papers in support of Mr. Nadda's candidature. A formal announcement regarding his election will be made in the afternoon and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also arrive at the party headquarters to felicitate him. J P Nadda will succeed Amit Shah. 


New cases of deadly novel coronavirus have been detected in China as the virus spreads to Beijing and Shenzhen outside Wuhan city. The virus was first reported in Wuhan in late December last year. Chinese authorities have reported 139 new cases in Wuhan in last two days, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 198. This is raising concerns about containment of the virus. 2 cases have been detected in Beijing and 1 case has been detected in Shenzhen in the southern province of Guongdong. Authorities have confirmed death of three persons from the virus till now. Confirmed cases of infection with the new coronavirus have also been found in Thailand and Japan.



Tamil Nadu girls have won the under-17 basketball title at Khelo India Youth Games in Guwahati. More from our correspondent:

"Tamil Nadu girls won the thrilling basketball final match by defeating Rajasthan by 2 points. Captain of the team Nivetha Shree is very happy with the overall performance.

Kerala and Karnataka got bronze medals in boys and girls under 17 categories in Basketball. In Hockey, Harayana clinched the Gold in girls under 17 category by defeating Jharkhand in penalty. Nidhi who is leading the team is very delighted after making hatrick of Gold in khelo India.

In weightlifting, Assam boy Golap Gogoi won gold in 81 kg. 12 medals are at stake in the swimming today. Maharastra is leading the overall medal tally followed by Haryana. With Sashank Kumar, Manas Pratim Sarma, AIR News, Guwahati."


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