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Mann ki Baat - 31
30th April 2017
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29 April, 2017


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, the issue of Triple Talaq should not be politicized.
  • Mr. Modi unveils translated volumes of the book Vachana written by 12th century social reformer Basavanna; Inaugurates first ever celebration of Basava Jayanthi in New Delhi.
  • Prime Minister to speak to listeners of AIR in  his Mann Ki Baat programme at 11 AM tomorrow.
  • BJP's 95 days Vistaar Yatra led by the party President Amit Shah begins from Jammu today.
  • Revenue Secretary says, as many as 8 to 9 lakh registered companies not filing annual returns are a potential source of money laundering.
  • Over 1.3 lakh post offices and 25 thousand sub-post offices in rural areas to be connected through broadband under the Bharatnet programme.
  • India to face Great Britain in the opening match of Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Men's hockey tournament in Malaysia this afternoon.                                        


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged the Muslim society not to politicize the Triple Talaq issue. Speaking at a function in New Delhi he said that discussions are on in this direction. Mr Modi hoped that the issue will be resolved within the Muslim community itself. Mr Modi said, there should be no discrimination in the country. He said, Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas is the motto of his government and government will fulfil promises made to the people without any discrimination. On corruption, Mr Modi said, the corrupt conduct is eating into the very vitals of the democracy.

The Prime Minister was speaking after unveiling translated volumes of Vachana, penned by 12th century social reformer Basavanna and other saints in 23 Indian languages on the occasion of Basava Jayanthi. He also released the digital version of the work at the first ever celebration of Basava Jayanthi at the national level in New Delhi. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Modi said, India's history is not only about defeat, poverty or colonialism but the country gave the message of good governance, non violence and Satyagraha to the world. The Prime Minister said, lord Basavanna gave importance to give equal opportunities to women. Our correspondent reports, Vachana is a prosaic form well known in the Kannada literature which propagate values of universal brotherhood.  The 23 Vachana volumes, edited by esteemed literary scholar late M M Kalburgi and translated by more than 200 people, was commissioned by the Bengaluru based Basava Samithi at a cost of 2.5 crore rupees of which, the Karnataka government contributed 1 crore rupees.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will speak to listeners of AIR in  his Mann Ki Baat programme at 11 AM tomorrow. The programme will be broadcast on entire network of AIR and Doordarshan. This will be the 31st episode of the monthly radio programme. The programme will also be streamed on the You Tube channels of the Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and DD News. Akashwani will broadcast the programme in regional languages immediately after the Hindi broadcast. Regional language versions of the programme will also be repeated at 8 PM.


BJP President Amit Shah reached Jammu this morning as part of the BJP’s 95-day Vistaar Yatra that began today. Mr. Shah is accompanied by MoS in PMO Dr. Jitendra Singh who is also the BJP MP from the state. A report:

 During the tour the BJP Presidennt will focus on taking stock of the party's organisational strength and further expansion of electoral appeal across the country. Mr Shah is particularly focusing on states like West Bengal, Odisha, Telangana and Kerala. Mr Shah's voyage will end by 25th September, the 101th birth anniversary of Jana Sangh ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyay. Apart from his 95-day tour, Mr Shah has also chosen five states where he will spend three days each. His recent visit to West Bengal was part of the programme. Besides West Bengal, he will visit Odisha, Telangana, Lakshadweep and the poll-bound Gujarat.


In Assam, the two-day Executive Committee meeting of the ruling BJP's state unit has begun in Guwahati. Party sources said, Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal, state Party President Ranjeet Kumar Dass, National General Secretary Murlidhar Rao and senior leaders will attend the executive meeting this afternoon. The meeting of the party's office bearers is going on right now. Our Correspondent reports that this is the first executive meeting of the ruling BJP in Assam after re-structuring the organization by state President Ranjeet Kumar Dass recently. Several issues including government's welfare measures will be discussed in the two day executive meeting. Resolutions mainly in economic and political sector will be moved in the meet today.


Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today admitted that his party has made mistakes but will introspect the defeat in MCD elections. In a tweet message, Mr Kejriwal said, there is a need for action by the party workers and not excuses. He said, the people deserve nothing less and the only thing constant is change. Earlier, Mr Kejriwal was blaming the alleged tampering in the Electronic Voting Machines for the party's defeat in the MCD elections.


The Delhi Police has questioned several men suspected to be  linked with the money trail in the Election Commission bribery case in which AIADMK (Amma) leader T T V Dhinakaran was arrested. Quoting police sources, PTI reports that after bringing Dhinakaran from Delhi and conducting searches at his residence in Chennai, the Crime Branch police personnel also grilled some others who allegedly had knowledge about the money transaction. Dhinakaran was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly attempting to bribe an unidentified EC official to get the undivided AIADMK's 'two leaves' election symbol for his faction. A Delhi court had remanded Dhinakaran to five days' police custody following which he was brought to Chennai.The police had earlier arrested Sukesh Chandrasekar, who had allegedly struck a deal for 50 crore rupees, and seized 1.3 crore rupees from him.


In Uttar Pradesh, in a major reshuffle 368 judicial officers of different districts have been transferred. The judicial officers belong to Additional District Judge (ADJ) ranks and junior to ADJ levels. Legal sources told AIR that Registrar General of Allahabad High Court has already issued a notification related to the transfer last evening. Most of the judicial officers who had completed three years term in the same district have been transferred by the Administrative Committee of High court judges. The committee was formed as per the direction of Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court. The Registrar General notification also instructed the transferred judicial officers to join their new place of posting by 8th of next month.


Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia has said that as many as 8-9 lakh registered companies not filing annual returns with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, are a potential source of money laundering.Speaking at the Enforcement Day event in New Delhi today, Mr Adhia said, the task force set up by PMO is monitoring these companies every 15 days. He said, some of these companies have been given notices.


Over 1.3 lakh post offices in rural areas and 25 thousand sub-post offices are to be connected through broadband for high speed Internet connectivity in rural masses. A Memorandum of Understanding have been signed by Bharat broadband network limited, Department of Posts and BSNL in New Delhi for providing  BharatNet broadband connectivity to Post Offices in rural areas. Speaking on the occasion, Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said, the first phase of connecting about one lakh Gram Panchayats is nearing its completion and in the remaining one and a half lakh Gram Panchayats, 100 mbps broadband connectivity will be completed by December next year. In reply to a question, the Minister said, BharatNet is one of the 9 pillars of realising the Prime Minister’s vision of Digital India. He said, BSNL is the service provider and the cost of infrastructure and the operational expenses would be paid by the Department of Posts.


In Himachal Pradesh, under the Government of India’s Street Lighting National Programme, SLNP Urban Local Bodies have replaced 23,700 conventional street lights by LED lights. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched 100 cities National Programme on 5th January 2015 to convert conventional street and domestic lights with energy efficient LED lights. The Union Government aims to replace 1.34 crore conventional street lights with LED lights and over 21 lakh conventional street lights have been replaced so far across the country. Our correspondent reports that Energy Efficiency Services Limited, a Public Energy Services Company under the Union Ministry of Power, is implementing this Programme.

In this hill state the Street Lighting National Programme has led to an annual saving of 33.36 lakh kilo Watt power while reducing CO2 emissions by 2,600 tonnes. The lighting level on roads has been also increased significantly after the replacement. It also led to brighter streets, feeling of enhanced safety and security among the residents. The programme has been implemented across 23 states and union territories. Shishu Sharma Shantal, AIR News, Shimla.


Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today asked the legal fraternity to promote the use of technology in their routine work. Addressing national meet on para legal volunteers in New Delhi, Mr Prasad said, technology can be an important tool for ensuring speedy justice. He said, through technology timely disposal of cases can be ensured.


Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu has said, measures are being taken to improve the process of imparting skills to youth. Speaking at the inauguration of the Free Health Camp at Swarna Bharati Trust at Muchintal near Hyderabad this morning, he said, the Government has set a target of skilling over 400 million youths by 2022 as over 110 million workers are required only in select sectors such as Textiles, automobiles, construction and retail sectors. He said, Pradhan Mantri Koushal Kendras will also be expanded to over 600 districts in the country from the present 60 districts.


Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya has said, the vision of 2022 to provide house to every family in the country is a priority. Briefing mediapersons at his residence in New Delhi today, Mr. Dattatreya said that his ministry in collaboration with Ministry of Housing has come up with New Credit Linked Insurance Scheme 2017. Under the scheme, minimum of ten people can form a co-operative society and will be eligible for over two lakh twenty thousand rupees through Pradhan Manthri Awas Yojana.


India will face Great Britain in the opening match of Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Men's Hockey tournament in Ipoh - Malaysia in a short while from now. In other matches today, New Zealand will take on Australia, while Malaysia will meet Japan.Australia are the defending champions, while India had finished runners up last year. Six nations - India, Malaysia, Australia, Great Britain, Japan and New Zealand - are taking part in the 8-day tournament which will be held in a round-robin format. Pakistan is not playing in the competition this year.           


Preparations for local polls in Nepal are in full swing. Ballot papers, ballot boxes, voter i cards and other election materials are being sent to various parts of the country. There will be more than 18,500 polling centers across the country.


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