26th March, 2017
- The Prime Minister says New India is a clarion call of 125 crore
countrymen; In the 30th
edition of Mann Ki Baat programme on All India Radio, Mr Modi urges people to
adopt digital transactions to fight black money; Also calls upon citizen to
avoid wastage of food.
- Government asks telecom operators to re-verify all
mobile subscribers through Aadhar based e-KYCs.
- Uttar Pradesh government terminates services of 58 officers given
extension by the previous government.
- Railways to set up Wi-Fi hotspot kiosks at 500 stations in remote area
to help people access online services.
- India were 145 for 2
against Australia in the first innings in the fourth and final Test match at
Dharamshala a short while ago.
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
said, the desire of the countrymen for change will lay the foundation for a new
India. He said, the New
India is neither a government programme, nor is it the manifesto of a political
party, nor a project. He said, it is the essence of the emotions of Indians
wanting to come together and create a magnificent India.
Mr Modi said, there are lakhs of people, who
besides their own personal responsibilities are working selflessly for the
exploited, victimised, deprived and for
the poor and oppressed. 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. Mr Modi urged people to be part of the journey
from Swaraj to Suraaj by making their lives disciplined, and filled with
Remembering Mahatma Gandhi's Champaran Satyagrah
which is completing 100 years next month, Mr Modi said, in India’s struggle for
freedom, Gandhian thought and Gandhian practice manifested for the first time
Expressing happiness over
the large number of people participating in
digital payments, the Prime
minister said the poorest of the poor are
also making an attempt to learn how to do business without cash. He said
there has been a surge in various modes of digital payments after a
demonetisation and that over one and half people have downloaded the BHIM app.
Urging people to become a
brave soldier in the fight against black money and corruption, the Prime
Minister asked people to undertake 2500 crore digital transactions during this
Welcoming the increased
participation of working class women, Mr Modi 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. Saying there is need
to create a psychologically conducive environment for person suffering from
depression, Mr Modi said yoga is a good means for mental wellbeing.
Extending greetings to the
people of Bangladesh on their Independence Day, the Prime Minister 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.
Paying tribute to Bhagat
Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru, the Prime Minister said, no words can do justice to
their sacrifice and that they continue to inspire people. In his address, Mr
Modi also touched upon issues of cleanliness and wastage of food. Mr Modi also
greeted people for the new year which will be celebrated in different parts of
the country on Tuesday.
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 the Aadhaar-based eKYC process. The
government instructed telecom operators to initiate the process regarding this.
The 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. The operator can re-verify more than one
mobile connection in one service area through a single eKYC but not bulk
connections. Verification of a subscriber would not be required in case of
conversions - that is pre-paid to postpaid connections or vice versa.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Aditya Nath Yogi has terminated the
services of 58 officers with immediate effect. They had been given extension
after retirement by the previous Samajwadi Party government.
Quoting official sources, Our Lucknow correspondent reports that 76
officers were given extension by the previous government. They include several
IAS and PCS officers from the state.
"Previous Akhilesh Yadav Government had given extension to
several retired IAS and PCS officers and officers working in secretariat. Even
Allahabad High Court had observed against such extensions to retired officers.
Five officers were given extension in Chief Minister office and Ramesh Chandra
Yadav was posted as OSD in CM's office. The Allahabad High Court had issued
orders for removal of Mr. SP Singh but he was allowed to look after
responsibilities of post of Secretary of Urban Development and Minority welfare
departments due to his closeness with senior Samajwadi Party leader Mohd Azam
Khan. The Government has allowed 18 officers who are also on extension but
working as expert in different departments. Sunil
Shukla, AIR News Lucknow."
The Railways will set up Wi-Fi hotspot kiosks at about 500 stations in
remote area to help people access an array of online services, including
various government schemes. Named Railwire Saathi, the Wi-Fi kiosks will
function like Public Call Office or PCO for Digital India and will enable
people to use services like e-commerce, online banking and offer them access to
e-ticketing for train and bus services among others. A report:
The Railwire Saathi is a Wi-Fi entrepreneurship model where unemployed
youths, preferably women, can be trained to set up a Wi-Fi hot-spot and provide
a platform to on-line services which will make the business sustainable.
RailTel, the telecom arm of railways, would execute the scheme across the
country. A senior Railway Ministry official said, the Railwire Saathi aims to
provide connectivity to the unconnected and at the same time offer jobs
opportunities in rural areas. Unemployed youth who wants to be RailWire Saathi
would have to contact RailTel for necessary training. The scheme is expected to
be operational by May. Railwire Saathi will also help in disseminating
information about various government schemes. VASUNDHRA, AIR NEWS, DELHI."
Ninety four of the 500 cities which are included in the Smart City
Mission and Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation, AMRUT have
obtained ratings which are necessary for issuing Municipal Bonds for
mobilization of resources. The development comes as the exercise of the Credit
ratings of cities and towns is gaining momentum. During review of progress of
the Credit Rating exercise taken by Urban Development Minister M.Venkaiah Naidu
yesterday, it was revealed that 55 of these cities have received Investment
Grade ratings. The 94 cities that have so far been assigned Credit Ratings are
spread across 14 States.
The Ministry of Urban Development is promoting Credit Ratings of cities
as one of the five Transformational Reforms under which about 500 cities and
towns that account for about 65 per cent of total urban population were to be
given Credit Ratings during this year.
The Comptroller and
Auditor General of India (CAG) plans to audit the impact of demonetisation and
the affect it has had on government tax revenues. CAG Shashi Kant Sharma said,
he may look into expenditure on printing of notes, the RBI dividend payout and
banking transaction data.
Mr Sharma said, the CAG is
also gearing up to audit tax revenues under the new Goods and Services Tax
(GST) regime and has started capacity building and reorienting its audit
methodology and procedures. The auditor has also conveyed to the government its
stand on the recent move of the GST Council to delete section 65 of the
preliminary draft that authorised the CAG to audit GST.
Sri Lankan Navy today arrested 12 Indian fishermen for allegedly
entering into Sri Lankan waters. A navy statement the said that the fishermen
were taken into custody along with two boats from northwest of Delft island.
They will be handed over to the fisheries department in Jaffna for further
action. Our correspondent has more on this.
"The total number of Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan
custody has gone up to 38 and these arrests have come up during last 10 days.
These arrests came soon after a batch of 85 fishermen were released early this
month in wake of killing of one fisherman in alleged firing by Sri Lankan navy.
The issue of fishermen has been a bone of contention between the two neighbours
and serious efforts are on to resolve the issue. Both countries have a set up a
Joint Working Group to discuss the matter and couple of meeting s have been
held so far. The next meeting headed by Union agriculture secretary is
scheduled to be held in Colombo on 6th of next month. SANTOSH KUMAR/air news, COLOMBO."
India were 153 for 2 at
tea against Australia in their first innings in the fourth and final cricket
Test at Dharamshala. The hosts resumed batting with all wickets in hand this
Debutant Indian bowler
Kuldeep Yadav's 4 wicket haul helped India dismiss the visitors for 300
yesterday. Indian skipper Virat Kohli is not playing because of a shoulder
injury. For Australia, Smith scored 111,
followed by Warner at 56, the second highest scorer for the team.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been named among the probable
contenders for Time magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people
in the world. Time will next month announce the list, comprising a number of
leading artists, politicians, lawmakers, scientists and leaders of tech and