From beautiful toilets to space missions, PM Modi delivers first Mann Ki Baat this year | 10 points

first_imgFrom beautiful toilets to space missions, PM Modi delivers first Mann Ki Baat this year | 10 pointsPM Modi’s first radio address this year comes just a day after India celebrated the 70th Republic Day. In his address, PM Modi touched a lot of topics ranging from space missions to maintaining hygiene through use of toilets.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJanuary 27, 2019UPDATED: January 27, 2019 14:40 IST It was the first radio address of 2019 by PM Modi. (Photo: Twitter/All India Radio News)HIGHLIGHTSIn his address, PM Modi paid a tribute to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and said that Netaji shared a deep bond with RadioThe Prime Minister said he will interact with the students from all over the country on January 29 in the ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha’ programmePM Modi said that India is moving away from open defecation more than 5,50,000 villages and 600 districts have declared themselves open defecation freePrime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday addressed the country in the 52nd episode of his monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’.It is the first radio address of 2019.PM Modi’s first radio address this year comes just a day after India celebrated the 70th Republic Day.In his address, PM Modi touched a lot of topics ranging from space missions to maintaining hygiene through use of toilets.He talked about various leaders of the country including Netaji and Bapu, praising their legacy and dreams for a better India.He also announced the inauguration of the Kranti Mandir museum inside the Red Fort.PM Modi also sought to address the issue of stress during examinations and announced that he would take suggestions and ideas on the same.He also talked about godman Shivakumara Swami ji who passed away recently. He praised his grit and determination to better the Indian society.Here are top 10 points to take from the prime minister’s address:Prime Minister Narendra Modi remembered Shri Shri Shri Shivakumar Swami ji who passed away earlier this month at the age of 111 years.During the address, PM Modi said, “We received a sad piece of news this month. Shivakumara Swami ji left us for his heavenly abode.” He also said that Swami ji dedicated his entire life for the service of society and spent the 111 years of his life working for the social, educational welfare of thousands of people.PM Modi said that former President APJ Abdul Kalam had paid a visit to Tumukur in 2007 on the occasion of the centenary celebration of Sri Sri Sri Shivakumar Swami ji and even recited a poem dedicated to Swami ji.Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded the scientists in the country saying, “Today, our space programme is powered by several young scientists”.”We must take pride in the fact that the satellites developed by our students are reaching the space today. On 24 January Kalam SAT, created by our students, was launched,” he said.The Prime Minister expressed pride and said that India has also created a world record for launching 104 satellites simultaneously from the same spacecraft. He said that the country will soon register India’s presence on the Moon through the Chandrayaan-2 campaign.The prime minister paid a tribute to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.”For many years, it was being demanded that the files related to Netaji be made public and I am happy that we fulfilled this demand.”He also said that Subhash Babu will always be remembered as a heroic soldier.”He played an important role in the freedom struggle. With the slogans, ‘Dilli Chalo’,’Tum mujhe khoon do, main tumhe aazadi doonga’, he awakened every Indian,” Modi said.In his address, PM Modi described Radio as an effective means of connecting with people. He said that Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose shared a deep bond with Radio and chose this medium to converse with the people.PM Modi also paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi in his address.”January 30 is the death anniversary of revered Bapu. At 11 am, the country will pay homage to the martyrs,” he said.PM Modi also said, “Wherever we are, we must pay two-minute tribute to our martyrs. We must remember our revered Bapu and take a vow to fulfill his dreams.”The prime minister also said he will interact with the students from all over the country on Tuesday (January 29) in the ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha’ programme.He said he will touch upon all facets of examinations, especially on the topic of stress free exams. He urged the students to send inputs and ideas with regard to this programme.PM Modi expressed happiness that India is moving away from open defecation, so that nation may pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary.He said that more than 5,50,000 villages and 600 districts have declared themselves open defecation free and sanitation coverage has crossed 98 per cent limit in rural India whereas toilets have been provided to nearly nine crore households.PM Modi said, “I appeal to all the Sarpanchs to take lead in this campaign in their respective Panchayats. And do share your “clean beautiful toilet” photos with me on #MylzzatGhar.”He also said that the Shining Toilet contest has seen participation from more than 50 lakh toilets over the past month.The Prime Minister fondly remembered Sant Ravidas whose birth anniversary will be observed on Februay 19.PM Modi cited Sant Ravidas’ couplet and said that the Saint believed that if God is present in every human being, then it is not fair to categorise him/her on the basis of caste, creed or any other sociological demarcations.The Prime Minister said a museum, named Kranti Mandir, has been opened inside the premises of Red Fort.He said the museum is dedicated to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and the Indian National Army, reminiscences of Jalianwala Bagh and 1857 Sepoy Mutiny.He said works of great artists such as Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, Amrita Shergill, Raja Ravi Verma, Avanindranath Tagore, Gaganendranath Tagore, Nandalal Bose, Jamini Roy, Sailoz Mukherjee have also been exhibited in Kranti Mandir.He appealed to the people to visit Kranti Mandir and see the great paintings of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore.PM Modi hailed the Election Commission for its services.”The scale at which elections are held in India is a matter of great awe for the world. It is natural for every citizen to feel proud of the Election Commission because of its meticulous organising abilities,” he said.The Prime Minister further said that the young people born in the 21st century will exercise their Right to Vote in the Lok Sabha elections.”The time has come for a confluence of individual and the Nation’s dream. I urge the young generation to register themselves as voters if they are eligible. All of us must realise that being a voter is an important rite of passage in one’s life; it’s one of its achievements,” Modi said.Talking about Khelo India initiative, PM Modi said that many young players making their debut have performed well in Khelo-India.In January, about 6,000 players participated in 18 disciplines in Khelo India Youth Games held in Pune.He asserted that youth will be able to perform their best only when the local ecosystem of sports will be strong. He said the lives of many medal winners in the Games are immensely inspiring as they have all risen up from humble beginnings.He cited the names of youngest gold medallist in the Khelo India Games Abhinav Shaw, boxer Akash Gorkha, Kabaddi player Sonali Helvi, weightlifter Akshaya Basavani, as inspiring heroes from Khelo India.Also Read | PM Modi’s 50th Mann ki Baat address is full of gratitude – towards people, media and AmbedkarAlso Watch | My Take: We wait to hear PM’s ‘mann ki baat’ on RafaleFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShifa Naseer Tags :Follow Mann ki baatFollow PM Modilast_img read more

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