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Mann ki Baat - 31
30th April 2017
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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to release 23 volumes of Vachna of Basavanna and other saints on the social reformer's birth anniversary today.
  • Home Minister Rajnath Singh briefs Prime Minister on steps taken after the Sukma naxal attack and Jammu and Kashmir's development package.
  • BJP President Amit Shah to begin his 95-day Vistaar Yatra today.
  • IIT Council decides to increase female representation in the institutes from 8 to 20 percent.
  • Government launches Test and Treat policy for HIV patients; Anti-Retroviral Therapy to be provided free of cost.
  • RBI says, banks cannot refuse to accept faded or scribbled notes according to its 'clean note policy'.
  • North Korea test-fires a ballistic missile, fails within seconds.
  • And in Men's Hockey, Sultan of Azlan Shah Cup begins in Malaysia today; India to take on Great Britain in the opener.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will unveil translated volumes of Vachana, penned by 12th century social reformer Basavanna and other saints in 23 Indian languages, on the social reformer's birth anniversary today. Mr Modi will also release the digital version of the work at the first ever celebration of Basava Jayanthi at the national level in New Delhi. More from our correspondent:


"Vachana is in prosaic form well known in the Kannada literature which propagate values of universal brotherhood. This style of writing was used by Basavanna for spreading social awareness and bring equality in the society in the 12th century. 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 one crore rupees. Anupam Mishra, AIR News, Delhi."


Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh briefed the Prime Minister yesterday on the steps taken in the aftermath of the naxal attack on security forces in Sukma as well as the status of the 80,000 crore rupee development package for Jammu and Kashmir. Official sources said, Mr Singh gave the details of the measures adopted after the Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh which claimed the lives of 25 security personnel. The package for Jammu and Kashmir was announced by Mr Modi in November 2015. So far, 19,000 crore rupees have been released to the state government by the Centre.


BJP President Amit Shah will be on a 95-day Vistaar Yatra from today. During the tour, Mr Shah will strategise on ways to win the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, with focus on clinching the 120 seats where the party had lost in 2014. Today, he will reach Jammu as part of his tour. Mr Shah is particularly focusing on states like West Bengal, Odisha, Telangana and Kerala. Mr Shah has also chosen five states where he will spend three days each. He will visit Odisha, Telangana, Lakshadweep and the poll-bound Gujarat. His recent visit to West Bengal was part of the programme.

The tour will end on 25th September, the 101th birth anniversary of Jana Sangh ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyay.


A two-day Executive Committee meeting of BJP's Assam unit  will begin today in Guwahati. Party sources said, Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal, state Party President Ranjeet Kumar Dass and senior leaders will attend the meeting. More from our correspondent:


"This will be the first executive meeting of the ruling BJP's in Assam  after re-structuring the organization by state President Ranjeet Kumar Dass recently. Several issues including governments 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. Meeting of the party's  new office bearers will be held in the morning while executive meet will begin  in the afternoon in presence of several senior leaders. Manas Pratim Sarma, AIR News, Guwahati."


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will speak to the listeners of All India Radio, in his Mann Ki Baat programme, at 11 AM tomorrow. It will be the 31st episode of the monthly programme. It will be broadcast on the entire network of AIR and Doordarshan. The programme will also be streamed on the YouTube 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.


The Government has launched the Test and Treat policy for providing treatment to HIV patients. Launching the policy at a function in New Delhi, Union Health Minister JP Nadda said, under the policy, the government will provide Anti-Retroviral Therapy treatment to the patients free of cost.
Mr Nadda also said, the government will soon launch a national strategic plan to fight HIV-AIDS.

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The Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) Council has decided to increase the female representation in the institutes from 8 to 20 percent. The decision was taken at the Council's 51st meeting held in Mumbai yesterday. More from our correspondent:


"Talking to reporters after the meeting, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said considering the low number of admissions of girl students in IIT, special scholarship schemes have been prepared to encourage the girl students to take admissions in IIT’s. In an effort to reverse brain drain, Javadekar announced an amount of 75,000 rupees will be released per month from Prime Minister’s Scholarship scheme to promote research and innovation in IITs. The minister said Wellness Centres will be created for students which will help them to deal with mental stress and peer pressure. Shailesh Patil, AIR News, Mumbai."


RBI has said, banks cannot refuse to accept faded notes or those with scribbles. In a circular to banks, RBI said such banknotes have to be treated as soiled notes and dealt with according to its clean note policy. The circular was issued after it received complaints that many branches were not accepting banknotes, specifically of 500 and 2,000 denominations, with anything written on them or those either smudged with colour or faded due to washing. The central bank clarified that its instructions on scribbling on notes was a directive for staffers not to write on banknotes.


The Manipur Cabinet has decided to start State Transport immediately to provide an efficient, sustainable, affordable and properly coordinated road transport service. Our correspondent reports that the modalities to start public bus service will be worked out within a month.


"The new BJP-led Government in Manipur is working on a mission mode to materialise its political commitment in the last state assembly elections to start public transport in the state. The State Cabinet meeting with Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh in the chair decided to start Manipur State Transport by the next month in 14 routes at the initial stage connecting Imphal with other districts. The people of the state particularly those in the hill districts and far-flung areas will be benefited by this new initiative of the government. Ibomcha Sharma, AIR News, Imphal."


In Uttar Pradesh, at least 20 students have been arrested after violent scuffle between police and students on the issue of evacuation of hostelers in Allahabad University following a High Court order. More from our correspondent:

"Allahabad University is passing through a chaos for last many days. Students are demanding that Vice Chancellor should act on their several  demands  including hostel accommodation problem and other alleged irregularities in the University. Voilence errupted when a large number of students assembled at a venue where Vice Chancellor was taking a executive council meeting to finalise some administrative appointments. Situation is now under control and heavy police force has been deployed. Sanjya Pratap Singh, Air News, Allahabad."


The Allahabad High Court has suspended a Lucknow court judge Om Prakash Mishra for granting bail to Uttar Pradesh former minister Gayatri Prajapati in a gang rape case. Chief Justice of the high court BD Bhosle announced the decision while hearing the state government's plea yesterday.


North Korea today test-fired a ballistic missile, which failed within seconds after lift-off. The South Korean military said, the missile was fired from a site in South Pyeongan province north of Pyongyang.

US military's Pacific Command also said, Pyongyang fired the missile but it did not leave the North Korean territory.

US President Donald Trump said in a tweet that North Korea disrespected the wishes of China when it launched the missile.

North Korea has made repeated attempts to miniaturise nuclear warheads and fit them on long-range missiles said to be capable of reaching the US.


Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari returned home this morning after completing his two-nation tour to Armenia and Poland. Talking to reporters onboard the flight back home, Mr Ansari said, the visit strengthened India's co-operation with the two countries. Our correspondent has filed this report:

"India's intention to make its presence stronger in Eurasia and Central Europe has  got boost after Vice President's​ visit to Armenia and Poland. The Vice President met top leadership​ of both the nations and had fruitful talks with them. With Poland, India identified specific areas of cooperation in the field of clean technology, agriculture technology and defence. Armenia, India signed three agreements in the field of cultural co-operation, youth affairs and peaceful use of space. This visit also opened ways for more high level meets as Armenian President has been invited to visit India and their foreign Minister invited India's External Affairs Minister. Polish President will also be visiting India by end of this year. Meeqat Hashmi, Air News, Delhi."  


And now, news from the world of Sports:

"Sultan of Azlan Shah Cup Men's Hockey tournament begins in Ipoh, Malaysia today. Six nations - India, Malaysia, defending champions 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. In the opener, India will take on Great Britain today. The match will kick off at 1:35 in the afternoon.

In Snooker, India's top cueist Pankaj Advani has lost the summit clash of Asian Snooker Championship in Doha. He lost the Final yesterday to China's Lyu Haotian, 3-6. The defeat meant that Advani missed by a whisker from becoming the first player to win both Asian titles in Billiards and Snooker in the same calendar year. The loss also denied Advani from completing a career Grand Slam in cue sport.

Onto Badminton, Rio Olympics Silver medalist PV Sindhu bowed out of the Asia Championships at Wuhan in China yesterday. She lost in the quarterfinals to China's Bingjiao He.

And in IPL Cricket, In IPL Cricket, Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated Kings Eleven Punjab by 26 runs at Mohali last evening. Earlier in the day, Kolkata Knight Riders beat Delhi Daredevils by 7 wickets at Kolkata. Today, Rising Pune Supergiant will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore, while Gujarat Lions will meet Mumbai Indians. Kolkata is currently at the top of the 8-team points table, with Mumbai second, Hyderabad third and Pune fourth. SAVVY HASAN KHAN, FOR AIR NEWS."



  • The Supreme Court offering to set the stage for peace talks in Kashmir is the lead in most papers. "Apex Court asks state bar association to suggest steps by May 9, but says talks can't be held until stone pelting ends" The Pioneer headline. "Won't talk to separatists, government tells Supreme Court" writes The Hindustan Times.
  • Robert Vadra's controversial land deals find place in the press."Haryana to act on Dhingra report on Vadra" reports The DNA. "Congress embarrassed as Vadra's 50 crore rupee profit in land deal in focus" writes The Times of India.
  • "Government takes steps to make air and rail travel easier" writes The Hindu on its front page, adding that flying will become paperless soon and that there will be train tickets on demand by 2020.
  • AAP following Yogi's holiday calendar is widely noticed by the press. "Delhi cancels holidays on birth and death anniversaries" writes The Hindustan Times.
  • "IAS officers to adopt families of martyrs'  reports the Times of India. The Tribune says that they will get help in getting pension and also with school admissions.
  • "Gold shines on Aksahya Tritya" says The Financial Express, adding that token purchases kept gold prices higher. "40 percent jump in jewellery sales" reports The Times of India.
  • The Asian Age and The DNA quote Donald Trump after his 100 day stint as the US president. "Thought Prez job would be easy, this is more work than before", write the papers.  
  • "Organisational shake up for BJP Vistar on cards" writes The Pioneer. "With eye on 2019 polls, state units to get new chiefs" adds the paper. "Eye on total sweep, Shah starts 95 day tour today' says The Asian Age.
  • "Epic Opening for Baahubali" writes The Tribune on its front page, showing elderly movie enthusiasts snapping selfies outside a theatre in Bangalore.


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