As the holy month of Ramzan began today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the nation and prayed that it enhances the spirit of peace and harmony in the country which is “proud” to have people from all faiths and communities. He hailed the fact that in India, believers and athiests as well as “those believing in idol worship” and “those opposing the idol worship” co-exist peacefully.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday will address the nation through his monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’ at 11 am. This will be the 32nd edition of the popular radio programme and also his first after completing three years in power. It will simultaneously be broadcast on the YouTube channels of Prime Minister’s Office’s and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The programme can also be watched on national TV channel, DD News. The live streaming of the address will also be available on the Narendra Modi mobile app.
BJP president Amit Shah will visit the tribal-dominated belt of Chhota Udepur on May 31 to interact with tribal families as part of the party’s vistarak (expansion volunteer) programme ahead of the Assembly elections in the state.
In a bid to ramp up bilateral cooperation on maritime security, India and Mauritius on Saturday signed a maritime security agreement after extensive talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the visiting Mauritius PM Pravind Jugnauth. In a statement, Modi said he and Jugnauth agreed that effective management of conventional and non-conventional threats in the Indian Ocean is essential to pursue economic opportunities and provide security to the people of both the countries.
The Board of Governors of IIM-Ahmedabad has constituted a five-member committee, headed by chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla, to search for a new director of the premier management institute after Ashish Nanda stepped down from the post last month, citing “personal reasons”.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was on Saturday prevented from visiting Saharanpur’s caste violence-hit Shabbirpur village. He was forced to stop at a dhaba, where he met some victims of the violence after he was denied permission for the visit. “First, I demanded that we be allowed to go to the hospital, but that was not allowed. Then I tried to go to the village, it was not allowed,” he said. Rahul said that the job of the chief minister and administration is to protect the weak. “They should start doing that job,’’ he added.
THE WORLD Health Organisation (WHO) has reported the first three “laboratory-confirmed cases of Zika virus disease” in India — all from Bapunagar area of Ahmedabad. While the latest case is of a pregnant woman who tested positive in January this year, the first sample dates back to February last year.
The Election Commission (EC) has rejected demands for allowing access to motherboards of electronic voting machines in order to establish their tamper-proof nature, saying anyone wanting to hack or tamper with these machines must demonstrate that this can be done within the “administrative safeguards and security protocols” that are followed while handling them in real-life situations.
A DAY before Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s visit on Thursday, the 100-odd Musahar Dalit families of Mainpur Deenapatti village in Kushinagar district received two bars of soap, ‘Lifebuoy’ and ‘Ghari’, a sachet of shampoo, and instructions to “clean themselves” before attending the public meeting. “I got the soaps from the Anganwadi women. I didn’t get the shampoo, but others did. I was told to take a bath with the soap before going for the meeting. We already use soap which we buy from the local shop. What’s going to change with just two bars of soap,” said Keshri, a villager in her sixties.
NCP president Sharad Pawar has called for shunning politics to talk to the various stakeholders in Kashmir, to calm down the situation there. Pawar was talking to the media on the sidelines of a function to celebrate the 61st birthday of Union Road Transport and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari, at the residence of former state Minister Anil Deshmukh. “The situation in Kashmir is very worrisome. Recent election saw a turnout of only seven percent which shows that the people there are going away from democracy. Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had initiated dialogue with the stakeholders in Kashmir to bring peace to the troubled state,” said Pawar.