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26th March, 2017


  • Prime Minister urges people to adopt digital transactions to fight Black Money ; In his  Mann Ki Baat programme on All India Radio, Mr Modi says the desire of countrymen for change will lay foundation for a New India.
  • India to generate 40 percent energy from non-fossil fuels by 2030, says the Prime Minister.
  • Centre agrees to hold tripartite talks at political level with various organizations from Assam demanding Schedule Tribe status.
  • Government asks telecom operators to re-verify all mobile subscribers through Aadhar based e-KYCs.
  • In Kashmir, security forces kill two terrorists in an encounter in Pulwama district.
  • Pakistan apprehends over 100 Indian fishermen off Gujarat coast.
  • In Sports: India wins 73 medals in 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games, including 37 gold.
  • India trail by 52 runs in their first innings against Australia with 248 for 6 on day two of 4th and final Test in Dharamshala.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called upon citizens to be  part of the transformation of the country so that the dream of a New India can be fulfilled. Sharing his thoughts in the 30th edition of Mann Ki Baat on All India Radio today, Mr Modi said, New India is the clarion call of 125 crore countrymen. He said, the desire of 125 crore people for change will lay the foundation for a new India.

He said, the belief that service to humanity is service to God, is innate to Indians. The Prime Minister said, if every citizen resolves that he will discharge his duties honestly, it will contribute to the realisation of the dream of a New India.

He urged people to be part of the journey from Swaraj to Suraaj by making their lives disciplined, and filled with resolve.

The  Prime minister said, there has been a surge in various modes of digital payments after demonetisation and over one and half crore people have downloaded the BHIM app.

Urging people to become a brave soldier in the fight against black money and corruption, Mr Modi asked them to undertake 2500 crore digital transactions during this year.

Welcoming the increased participation of working class women, the Prime Minister said, the central government has taken a very important decision  of giving maternity leave of 26 weeks, instead of the earlier 12 weeks for their pregnancy and delivery. 

Mr Modi said 7th April is World Health Day and this year the focus is on Depression. He said, yoga is a good means for mental wellbeing.

Extending greetings to people of Bangladesh on their Independence Day, Mr Modi gave the assurance that India is a strong partner, a good friend of Bangladesh and that both nations will continue to work together to contribute towards peace, security and development of the entire region. In his address, Mr Modi also touched upon the issues of cleanliness and wastage of food.


The News Services Division of All India Radio in its “Samayiki” programme tonight will bring you a discussion on :  PRIME MINISTER’S ADDRESS TO THE NATION IN MANN KI BAAT.

The participants are: Shekhar Iyer, Political Commentator and K.V.Prasad, Senior Journalist. It can be heard on Rajdhani/FM Gold Channels and additional frequencies from 9.15 p.m.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said, India aims to generate 40 percent energy from non-fossil fuels by 2030. He was addressing the 80th anniversary celebrations of Brahma Kumaris family in Mount Abu via video conferencing today. Mr Modi said, the aim is to ensure 175 Giga Watt of clean energy by 2022.

The Prime Minister said the way Brahma Kumaris family have taken forward the reach in solar energy actively is commendable. He said about 11000 crore rupees has been saved by the use of LED bulbs and Brahma Kumaris organisation can help spread this message. The Prime Minister asked the Brahma Kumars to spread the message of digital transactions to bring down corruption and to work for immunisation, nutrition,  and other schemes of the government.

Mr Modi also said India is a country which does not believe in imposing its beliefs on others. He said there are no limits to acquiring knowledge, and knowledge is bigger than time and space.


Prime Minister has said, terrorism has thrown a big challenge to humanity and the entire world is in its grip. Attending Ugadi celebrations in the national Capital today, Mr Modi urged people to draw inspiration from ancient ures to take on the menace. Citing the Jatayu episode in Ramayana, he said, Jatayu's fight gives us the inspiration to take on terrorism. Mr Modi said, it also gives the message to live for humanity. The Prime Minister emphasized that diversity of India is its identity as well as its strength. He said, the festivals are a reflection of the changing facets of Nature and linked to culture and traditions. The Prime Minister called upon the States collaborate with each other thereby promoting uniqueness of their respective cultures and traditions in different regions.

The Ugadi celebrations event was hosted by Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu at his residence.

Addressing the gathering, Mr Naidu said, Ugadi is the beginning of New Year as per Indian calendar and celebrated across the country on different days in the month.


The Centre has agreed to hold tripartite talks at the political level with various organizations from Assam who are demanding granting of Schedule Tribe status. Six ethnic communities Koch Rajbongshi, Tai Ahom, Moran, Muttock, Chutiya and Adivasi are demanding ST status. Union Home minister Rajnath Singh has conveyed it to Assam Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal when they met in New Delhi today. An official release said that the Union Home Minister agreed to hold talks and the dates for the meetings would be communicated soon. Mr. Singh also agreed to hold tripartite talks with organizations including All Bodo Students Union on the separate Bodoland issue.


All existing subscribers of mobile services will have to go for Aadhaar-based re-verification soon. A notification issued by the Telecom department said, all telecom operators shall re-verify all existing mobile subscribers (pre-paid and postpaid) through Aadhaar-based eKYC process. Government has instructed telecom operators to initiate the process in this regard. Cellular operators' body said, its members may meet next week to discuss the modalities of rolling out the verification process for the existing one billion-plus mobile phone users. Verification of a subscriber would not be required in case of conversions - that is pre-paid to postpaid connections or vice versa.


In Jammu & Kashmir, security forces today killed two terrorists when they tried to ambush a police party in Pulwama district. Their identity and affiliation is being ascertained. Reports said that one terrorist was successful in fleeing the encounter spot. Pulwama district is part of Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency going to bypolls on April 12. Earlier, terrorists attacked the house of a sub-inspector last night in Badgam district.

These incidents came barely three weeks after terrorists had barged into the house of a senior police officer in Shopian in South Kashmir.


Pakistan has allegedly apprehended over 100 fishermen and seized around 18 boats, off the Gujarat coast yesterday. PTI quoting a functionary of a fishermen association reports,  the fishermen were apprehended by Pakistan Maritime Security Agency, near the international maritime boundary line, off Jakhau coast in the Kutch region. A functionary of the National Fishworkers' Forum said, they got the information from escaped fishermen.


In Bangladesh, 2 terrorists were killed by security forces inside the besieged hideout in Shibbari area of Sylhet city this evening. Briefing the media in Shibbari, Army spokesperson Brig General Fakhrul Ahsan said, the Operation which began yesterday, is still on.


 In Tripura, an alert has been issued for thunderstorm for the next 24 hours.  India Meteorological Department Director Dilip Saha told AIR that thunderstorms including heavy rain may occur in several places of the state.


India’s special athletes gave an impressive performance and won 73 medals in the recently concluded 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games held in Austria. This year’s edition witnessed 2,600 athletes from over 105 countries competing with each other and the Special Olympics Bharat team won 37 golds, 10 silver and 26 bronze medals. This year’s Olympics even included  disciplines like Alpine Skiing, Snow Boarding, Snow Shoeing, Figure Skating, Speed Skating, Floor Hockey, Floor Ball (and Unified floor Ball), at the mega event.

India dominated in three team events - Floor Hockey (male), Unified Floorball and Traditional Floorball bagging 30 medals in total which was the highest tally in a single day. Along with this, the special women team also won 16 bronze medals. An important gold medal came in The Unified Floorball (Male) event where India defeated Nigeria while the Floor Hockey team crushed Lithuania 7-2. India took its tally to 73 medals by winning 8-0 against Austria. India also won 10 medals in Alpine skiing including 3 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze medals. The snowboarding team also came out all guns blazing bagging 8 medals that included 4 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals. 5 more medals came in Snow Shoeing and 4 medals were won in Speed and figure skating. In the process, Himachal’s Megha became the first Indian to win a gold medal in the games which were held in Graz, Schladming and Ramsau in Austria. Abhishek kumar, Sports desk New Delhi.


India were 248 for 6 in their first innings, trailing Australia by 52 runs at stumps on day two of the 4th  and final Test in Dharamshala today.  Ravindra Jadeja on 16 and Wriddhiman Saha on 10 were at the crease. Earlier, Australia were 300 all out in their first innings. At present, the four-match series is locked one-one.


Kerala Transport Minister A.K. Saseendran, facing charges of misbehaviour with a woman, resigned from the CPI-M-led Left Democratic Front government. Saseendran, who belongs to Nationalist Congress Party, tendered his resignation, after a private television channel aired the news.


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