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BJP Inaugurates 'Seva Saptah' to Mark PM Modi's 69th Birthday on 17 Sep

BJP Inaugurates ‘Seva Saptah’ to Mark PM Modi’s 69th Birthday on 17 Sep

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) launched on Saturday the ‘Seva Saptah‘ or the service week to mark the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 69th birthday. This week-long celebration will be observed from 14 September to 20 September.

During this week, several social initiatives will be undertaken by the party all over the country, as per the party sources. Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP working President JP Nadda inaugurated the celebration at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) hospital today.

BJP national general secretary Arun Singh told ANI:

“If there is anybody who can solve the problems faced by the poor people in the country, it is Narendra Modi. Therefore, on September 17, which is Narendra Modi’s birthday, BJP has decided to celebrate Sept 14-20 as ‘Seva Saptah’.”

Further, he said-

“On September 14 at 8 am, Amit Shah will start the programme from AIIMS, along with BJP working President JP Nadda. Shah will distribute fruits, meet the patients in the general ward of the hospital and also oversee the cleaning and sanitation work there.”

Besides this, Singh said that many programs like exhibitions showcasing the social work done by PM Modi would be organized in all districts by party workers, and they will conduct other programs across India to assist people.

Singh stated-

“During ‘Seva Saptah’, blood donation camps, health check-up camps, eye check-up, and operation camps will be organised by the party workers for the needy across the nation.”

He added-

“They will also take an oath to completely stop the use of single-use plastics, participate in cleanliness drives and will also make attempts for water conservation during the period.”

At the inauguration of the service campaign, they distributed fruits among the patients. Also, they swept the floors of the hospital and emphasized the importance of service and cleanliness (campaign theme) in the nation.

For ensuring the smooth functioning of this campaign, the party convened a central committee, headed by the BJP leader Avinash Rai Khanna. Apart from Khanna, Union Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal and national secretaries Sudha Yadav and Sunil Deodhar were given the responsibility to make the campaign a huge success.

PM Modi Offers Tributes to Former FM Arun Jaitley, Visits his Residence

PM Modi Offers Tributes to Former FM Arun Jaitley, Visits his Residence

New Delhi: After returning to India from the G7 summit yesterday morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday visited the residence of the former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and met his family members. PM Modi paid tributes to the late Union Minister, who took his last breath at the All Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on 24 August. When Jaitley passed away, PM was on his three-nation tour to France, the UAE, and Bahrain.

At the residence, Arun Jaitley’s son Rohan Jaitley and the Union Home Minister Amit Shah received PM Modi. The other family members present at the residence when PM Modi arrived were Jaitley’s wife Sangeeta Jaitley and their children. The PM was there for about 20-25 minutes.

After he got the news of Jaitley’s demise, Prime Minister Modi had a word with Arun Jaitley’s wife and son on Saturday. During his address to the Indian community in Bahrain, PM had said-

“I cannot imagine that I am here in Bahrain, while my dear friend Arun Jaitley is no more. Some days ago, we lost our former external affairs minister behen Sushma (Swaraj) Ji. Today, my dear friend Arun went away.”

PM Modi got emotional as he recalled his decades-old friendship with Jaitley. He wrote in a tweet-

“My friend Arun Jaitley loved India, loved his party and loved being among people.

It is upsetting and unbelievable that a person I have known since our youth is no longer in our midst.

I pay my tributes to him.”

Further, he said amid silence in the audience-

“At a time at a time when people are celebrating Janmashtami, I am mourning the death of my friend Arun.”

After his visit to the late Arun Jaitley’s residence, PM Modi tweeted on his official handle-

“Went to the residence of late Arun Jaitley Ji. Spent time with his family members.

Destiny took Arun Ji away from us too soon but the good work he has done for India will remain immortal.”

Also, earlier on Tuesday, PM Modi met PV Sindhu and shared pictures with her. Congratulating her on winning a gold medal at BWF World Championship 2019, he tweeted-

“India’s pride, a champion who has brought home a Gold and lots of glory!

Happy to have met @Pvsindhu1. Congratulated her and wished her the very best for her future endeavours.”

PM Modi Addresses the Nation Here Are 10 Key Highlights of his Speech

PM Modi Addresses the Nation: Here Are 10 Key Highlights of his Speech

Prime Minister on Thursday delivered his first address to the nation’s people after the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A. On Monday, the Home Minister Amit Shah announced the historic judgment, which was passed in the Parliament.

During his speech, PM Modi assured that the restrictions in J&K would soon be relaxed. He stated that Article 370 was being used as a tool for spreading terror. He said that this is the time that we Indians work together to towards making the Jammu and Kashmir state a violence-free state.

The Prime Minister discussed in detail various issues prevalent in the state like terrorism and corruption. He promised that the industrial development in the state would lead to increased employment opportunities, thus bettering the lives of people in the conflict-hit state.

Moreover, PM Modi urged the film fraternity that includes regional industries for making J&K a favorite destination for shooting films all over again by taking required steps. Assuring that once the situation normalizes in J&K, it would be accorded the statehood once again and have its elected legislators, ministers, and assembly.

Check out some key points PM Modi spoke about during the speech.

1. Beginning of a New Era in J&K and Ladakh

He said-

“We have taken this decision as a family (on the abrogation of Article 370). A new era has begun in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. Article 370 was a hurdle for the development of Kashmir. The rights of all denizens of India are equal, and their responsibilities are equal too. The harm Article 370 did to the people of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh was never discussed. Article 370 and Article 35A gave only separatism, nepotism and corruption to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.”

2. The Rights of Daughters of J&K

PM further said-

“In the last 3 decades, almost 42,000 innocent people lost their lives. This figure would bring tears to anyone’s eyes. The rights enjoyed by the daughters of other regions were not enjoyed by the daughters of Jammu and Kashmir.”

3. Special Benefits to Individuals of Reserved Categories in J&K

The Prime Minister stated-

“During elections, SC, ST, and individuals from other backward communities in other regions would enjoy special benefits but the same did not happen in Jammu and Kashmir. The financial benefits for central government employees, including security forces, like LTC, HRA and more will be provided to those posted in Jammu and Kashmir.”

4. Job Creation for Local Youth and Filling of Vacant Posts in J&K

He added-

“The vacant posts in Jammu and Kashmir will be filled. This will benefit the youth of Jammu and Kashmir. Local youth will receive employment. State companies, as well as private companies, will be encouraged to create jobs for the local youths in the state.”

5. J&K Under Central Govt’s Governance

PM Modi said-

“After revoking Article 370, the central govt has decided to put J&K under the governance of the central government. This decision has been taken after careful consideration.”

6. J&K will Not be a Union Territory Forever

He also said-

“J&K will not remain a UT forever. You will get the opportunity to elect your representatives soon. I want to tell the people of Jammu and Kashmir that your representatives will come from among you.”

7. J&K’s Panchayat is Doing a Good Job

PM stated-

“Panchayats are doing a good job in J&K. Due to elected panch and pradhan, development projects have been implemented speedily in J&K. I am sure that after the revocation of Article 370, the representatives of the Panchayats here will do stellar work.”

8. J&K and Ladakh can Become World’s Biggest Tourist Destination

He said-

“J&K and Ladakh have the potential to become the biggest tourist destination in the world. The reforms required for this are being done. I urge the Hindi, Telugu and Tamil film industry to come to J&K for shooting their projects. Sports training, scientific education will help the youth of J&K to showcase their talent across the world.”

9. J&K and Ladakh Regions are Rich in Many Herbal and Organic Products

The PM said-

“Several herbal and organic products are scattered across J&K and Ladakh. If they are identified and marketed in the global market, then it will greatly benefit the people and farmers of these regions. I urge the enterprises from all over India to come forward for this.”

10. PM Urged People to Showcase their Talent to World & Conveyed Eid Greetings

PM Modi also said-

“I urge the people of J&K and Ladakh to show their capability to the world. I assure the people of J&K that things will return to normalcy. I congratulate the people on the occasion of Eid. The government is trying to ensure that the people of J&K face no difficulties in celebrating Eid.”

Listen to PM Modi’s Full Speech Here:

Article 370,35A Scrapped PM Modi Lauds Amit Shah on the Historic Move

Article 370,35A Scrapped: PM Modi Lauds Amit Shah on the Historic Move

New Delhi: The Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday announced a historic move on Jammu and Kashmir, scrapping the Article 370 and 35A in the parliament. On this occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi applauded Shah’s yesterday’s address in the Rajya Sabha where the latter responded to the evening debate on the issue.

This unprecedented move brought an end to the six special provisions previously given to Jammu and Kashmir by Article 370. Moreover, Article 35A was revoked that empowered the J&K state’s legislature to define “permanent residents” of the state and offer them special rights and privileges.

PM Modi tweeted a video clip of the Home Minister’s speech on his official handle-

“Home Minister @AmitShah Ji’s speech in the Rajya Sabha was extensive and insightful. It accurately highlighted the monumental injustices of the past and coherently presented our vision for the sisters and brothers of J&K. Do hear.

Also, Shah presented the bill to reorganize the state into two union territories. For this, the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2019 that is aimed at the state’s bifurcation was passed in the Rajya Sabha. This bill garnered the support of different regional parties in the opposition-dominated upper house, in favor of the Modi government.

During the speech, Shah mentioned how the special status, granted by the constitution’s Article 370, had been slowing down the state’s development. He asked-

“Article 370 ensures there is no PPP model, no private investment in the state. 370 ensures the healthcare in Jammu and Kashmir suffers, no doctor wants to go there. 370 ensures there is no right to education for the children of Kashmir. Dalits, OBCs in the state don’t get any reservation because of 370… Can the advocates of Article 370 explain why this should be?”

Further, in his speech today, Shah called Jammu and Kashmir the “jewel in the crown” of India and assured that J&K would witness transformation under the rule of the BJP govt. He said-

“Jammu and Kashmir is the mukut-mani (jewel in the crown) of India. Give us five years, we will make it the country’s most developed state.”

Amit Shah credited PM Modi for the initiative and said-

“It needed strong political will to end Article 370, to rise above vote-bank politics. Narendra Modi had the will to do it.”

For this, he received a loud desk-thumping from the government benches.

Furthermore, Shah wrote in a tweet-

“Today, Modi govt has corrected a long overdue historic wrong.

I congratulate PM @narendramodi ji for his unwavering commitment towards ensuring unity & integrity of our motherland.

This historic decision will usher in a new dawn of peace & development in J&K and Ladakh region.”

Ever since the Jan Sangh days, putting an end to the Jammu and Kashmir’s special status has been a part of the core ideology of the party. Also, it has been a part of the BJP’s manifesto for each election.

The BJP veteran LK Advani also welcomed the govt’s decision. He stated-

“I am happy with the government’s decision to revoke Article 370 and I believe that it is a bold step towards strengthening national integration.”

Sansad Karyashala PM Modi asks BJP MPs to Practice Positive Politics

Sansad Karyashala: PM Modi asks BJP MPs to Practice Positive Politics

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed over 380 BJP MPs of both Houses of Parliament at the two-day workshop of ‘Sansad Karyashala’ forum. It was organized at the GMC Balyogi auditorium in the Parliament Library Building on Saturday and Sunday.

On the first day of the workshop, PM Modi urged party MPs on Saturday to stay connected with party workers without forgetting their contribution towards making them MPs and ministers.

PM Modi compared the party and the party workers to a mother who nurtures her son but feels a little neglected once he is married and devotes more time and attention to his wife.

Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Coal and Mines Ministry Pralhad Joshi told press-

“Modi described BJP as a family and categorically told party MPs that it is growing because of its ideology and thoughts and not because of the legacy of a family.”

Joshi said that PM Modi emphasized the significance of the organizational strength when discussing the BJP’s huge win in the Panchayat polls of Tripura.

Joshi further told that PM inaugurated the training program ‘Abhyas Varga’ at the Parliament House complex, remembering his experience of attending a similar event in Surajkund. PM said that it helped him greatly.

After the Day-1 of the workshop concluded, PM tweeted-

“Day 1 of the @BJP4India ‘Sansad Karyashala’ witnessed excellent deliberations on several subjects.

This is a great forum for Party MPs to extensively engage on issues pertaining to the nation and our organisation.”

Then on Sunday, the day-2 of the workshop was held. PM, in his address, asked BJP lawmakers to make efforts to become better Parliamentarians and begin preparing for a massive victory in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Also, he called upon them to ensure winning those seats that they couldn’t in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

PM urged the MPs to plan for the next five years and mark their presence at different levels of the society, staying away from arrogance and working as a normal party worker.

Furthermore, PM Modi stressed that the MPs should take care of their relatives and said that their family also needs time so they must fulfill their duties towards them but should avoid familism.

Joshi told the media-

“The prime minister laid stress on behavioural aspects of the MPs, advising them to take care of their health too besides taking care of the party’s needs.”

PM Modi told party lawmakers to practice positive politics as it is the reason behind BJP govt’s current position. He asked them to not waste time in arguing with the opposition leaders, and rather connect with the people, stressing on the importance of saying the right things at the right time.

The BJP National VP Vinay Sahashrabuddhe gave a presentation on the topic ‘self-improvement,’ aiming to groom the Parliamentarians, especially first-timers and stressing on generalizations. He said-

“One should be practical and mindful of multitude of interpretations and connotations of statements which are made.”

Sahashrabuddhe added that MPs need to be well-read and cautious while giving public statements.

And after the second day of the workshop concluded, PM wrote in his tweet-

“Sharing some glimpses from the second day of the ‘Sansad Karyashala’ where once again we had productive discussions.

Highlighted ways to strengthen our organisation and work for India’s progress with even greater vigour.”

At the forum, a book by BJP Chief Amit Shah was also distributed among the MPs that includes chapters on Chanakya, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, VD Savarkar, and Deen Dayal Upadhyay.

Guru Purnima '19: PM Meets Pejawara Matha’s Vishvesha Teertha Swami

Guru Purnima ’19: PM Meets Pejawara Matha’s Vishvesha Teertha Swami

On the auspicious occasion of Guru Purnima yesterday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Vishvesha Teertha Swami of the Pejawara Matha, Udupi, a city in Karnataka.

Soon after that, PM Modi took to his official Twitter handle, shared the photos of the meet and wrote,

“A special day made even more special.

On the blessed occasion of #GuruPurnima, had the honour of spending time with Sri Vishvesha Teertha Swamiji of the Sri Pejawara Matha, Udupi.

Learning from him and hearing his thoughts is a very humbling experience.”

The 32nd head of the Pejavara Matha, Vishvesha Teertha Swami, is one of the Ashta Mathas (eight mutts) of Udupi, Karnataka.

The Ashta Mathas (eight mutts) of Udupi is one of the prominent Mathas which follows the Dvaita school of Hindu philosophy.

For those who don’t know what Guru Poornima is, it is a traditional practice in Hinduism mainly dedicated to the spiritual gurus and academic masters who count as enlightened masters. Well, the occasion of Guru Poornima is not confined to a single profession, but any profession where pupils across different fields are tutored by experienced masters.

Moreover, the tradition is also followed by Buddhists and Jains, along with Hindus. People dedicate this day to teachers across the country, and hence, it is also considered a tribute to mentors.

Before this meeting, PM Modi also extended the greetings on occasion to all the teachers as well as people saying it is a day to bow to the ‘gurus’ who have played a vital part in growing society.

For them, he wrote,

“सभी देशवासियों को गुरु पूर्णिमा की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं।

On the auspicious day of #GuruPurnima, we bow in reverence to all our Gurus who have played an important role in inspiring, moulding and shaping our society.”

Some other political leaders also tweeted on the occasion of Guru Purnima.

The current Minister of Home Affairs Amit Shah wrote,

“गुरु का ज्ञान ही एक व्यक्ति को अंधकार से प्रकाश की ओर ले जाता है, गुरु ही शिष्य का मार्गदर्शन कर उसके जीवन को सार्थक बनाता है।

गुरु पूर्णिमा के इस पर्व पर स्वयं कष्ट सहकर समाज को उन्नति का मार्ग दिखाने वाले सभी ज्ञानी महापुरुषों को कोटि-कोटि वंदन।

गुरु पूर्णिमा की शुभकामनाएँ।”

UP CM also greeted public. He wrote,

“गुरु पूर्णिमा गुरु-पूजन का पर्व है।यह पर्व हमें सत्मार्ग पर ले जाने वाले उन महापुरुषों के प्रति सम्मान और कृतज्ञता अर्पित करने की प्रेरणा देता है, जिन्होंने अपने ज्ञान,त्याग व तपस्या से समाज,राष्ट्र और विश्व को नई राह दिखाई

गुरु पूर्णिमा के पावन पर्व की सभी को हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं”

Meanwhile, Minister of Human Resource Development Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank had launched a selfie campaign, #SelfiewithGuru, to encourage people to celebrate Guru Purnima. He wrote,

“गुरु पूर्णिमा के पावन अवसर पर #SelfiewithGuru अभियान द्वारा अपने गुरुजनों के प्रति कृतज्ञता और आभार प्रकट करने की शुरुआत की है । आप सभी से अनुरोध है कि इस अभियान में हिस्सा लेकर अपने जीवन में गुरु के महत्वपूर्ण योगदान को सबके साथ साझा करने की कृपा करें ।


PM Calls Assam CM, Assures Centre’s Support Regarding Flood

On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Sarbananda Sonowal Chief Minister of Assam and took stock of the flood situation in Assam. According to officials, PM Modi assured all support from the center to the state in dealing with the situation.

PM Calls Assam CM Assures Centre's Support Regarding Flood

Following that, Sonowal informed PM Modi about the large-scale devastation the floods have caused on the lives of the people besides the state’s economy. Government officials stated here that Assam CM informed PM about the details of relief, rehabilitation, and rescue operations undertaken by the Assam government.

The Chief Minister further told the Prime Minister that the state government has sensitized the administration- both in Brahmaputra and Barak Valleys- and asked the Deputy Commissioners to reach out to the flood-affected people with their materials and men.

Further, the release stated that Sonowal notified the PM on the entire gamut of rescue and relief operations that have been pushed into service to help the marooned people.

He later informed PM that he also asked all public representatives, including the state ministers and MLAs to lend a helping hand to the victims of floods and personally involve themselves in the rescue operations.

The release added than that to a query of the Prime Minister, Sonowal informed that including 24X7 control rooms, flood control mechanisms, have been pressed into service with state government officials put on duty, protecting them round the clock.

Sonowal informed that the Public Health Engineering Department and the Health Department are instructed to acknowledge to medicare related issues and offer relevant medicines and also clean drinking water.

Sonowal added that even Veterinary & Animal Husbandry Department is asked to take care of the affected animals and keep enough fodder stock available for Kaziranga National Park’s stray animals, other national parks and wildlife sanctuaries.

According to officials, he also told the Prime Minister about his instruction to the national park authorities to supply enough fodder to the animals taking shelter on the high lands.

In response to that, Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured all help, cooperation, and support from the Centre to help Assam government bailout from the situation. The release said that he also asked the Chief Minister to undertake relief, rescue and rehabilitation measures on a war footing.

Earlier on Saturday, before this call, the Chief Minister had also briefed Union Home Minister Amit Shah concerning the flood situation in the state. In response to that, Shah provided all necessary help to the flood-affected people and also directed the National Disaster Response Force and other agencies.

With the death toll rising to 11 and affecting nearly 26.5 lakh people, the flood situation in Assam worsened on Sunday.

Followed by Morigaon where 3.50 lakh people are hit, Barpeta is the worst-hit district with 7.35 lakh people facing the flood fury. Moreover, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority said that 3.38 lakh people are affected in the Dhubri district.

PM Thanks Opposition for Supporting Legislation in Passing of J&K Bills

PM Thanks Opposition for Supporting Legislation in Passing of J&K Bills

New Delhi: On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked the lawmakers in both the Houses of Parliament (Lower House and Upper House) for passing two important bills on Jammu and Kashmir. Also, he praised the Home Minister Amit Shah for delivering “comprehensive and insightful” speeches regarding the same.

PM Modi tweeted-

“Both Houses of Parliament unanimously passed two important bills pertaining to Jammu and Kashmir. These bills were passed after rich debates, enriched by participation of MPs across party lines.

I thank all parties for their support.

Such bipartisan support is gladdening.”

Amit Shah had tabled legislation to extend President’s Rule in Jammu and Kashmir state as well as presented the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill in the Rajya Sabha. During his speech, he talked on different topics, including the strategy of the government to take on separatists and the efforts to make sure there is inclusive development in J&K.

Eventually, both bills were passed, getting support from opposition like Biju Janata Dal and the Samajwadi Party. In another tweet, PM Modi thanked the lawmakers for facilitating Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill and making it a law. The legislation aims to provide quota benefits in jobs and education to people who live near the international border of the state.

The Prime Minister said-

“Passage of Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill ensures justice for those living in the border areas of Kathua, Samba & Jammu districts.

The aspirations of the bright and talented youth of these areas will be fulfilled, which is wonderful for the state and our nation.”

PM Modi praised Shah for his speeches in the Parliament, saying that people seeking “clearer understanding of the Kashmir issue must hear his speeches.” He tweeted-

“Union Home Minister Shri @AmitShah’s speeches in both Houses of Parliament were comprehensive and insightful. Those who want a clearer understanding of the Kashmir issue must hear his speeches.


Shah, in response to PM’s tweet, he thanked PM Modi for his “kind words.” The Home Minister tweeted-

“Thank you honorable Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi ji for your kind words.

Your vision and leadership is a guiding force that motivates us to do better, every time.”

Shah said in another tweet that Modi government has “left no stone unturned” for J&K’s peace, prosperity, and development. It further strengthens the govt’s resolve to ensure the state’s progress.

“Today is an important day for Parliament as two bills related to the state of JnK have been unanimously passed in both the Houses.

Modi govt has left no stone unturned for peace, prosperity and development of JnK. This further strengthens our resolve to ensure JnK’s progress.”

Further, Shah tweeted to thank the opposition for lending support to these crucial bills. Calling it a historic day, he congratulated PM Modi and said that we would soon “see a peaceful and progressive” J&K. He tweeted-

“I thank all the parties for supporting these important bills.

This yet again reiterates trust in PM Modi’s leadership & vision.

I congratulate PM @narendramodi on this historic day and I am sure under his leadership we will soon see a peaceful and progressive Jammu & Kashmir.”

Also, during his Rajya Sabha speech, Shah accused successive Congress governments of their ignorance towards the plight of Jammu and Kashmir since Independence. He further said that the Modi government started the process of developing the state and bringing the people of this into the mainstream.

Barmer Tent Collapse: PM Narendra Modi Condoles Bereaved Families

Barmer Tent Collapse: PM Narendra Modi Condoles Bereaved Families

NEW DELHI: In Barmer district of Rajasthan, at least 14 people lost their lives, and about 50 were injured when a heavy storm collapsed the Pandal during a religious program. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other ministers expressed shock, sorrow, and condolences at the tragic incident. PM Modi called it ‘unfortunate,’ condoling the bereaved families and wishing a quick recovery to those injured.

PMO India posted on Twitter-

“Collapse of a ‘Pandaal’ in Rajasthan’s Barmer is unfortunate. My thoughts are with the bereaved families and I wish the injured a quick recovery: PM @narendramodi”

The Chief Minister of Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot from Jaipur took charge of the situation, announcing Rs. 5 lakh compensation to the relatives of people who lost their lives and Rs 2 lakh for the wounded. He directed Jodhpur Divisional Commissioner BL Kothari for the investigation of the incident.

This tragic incident occurred during a ‘Ram Katha’ that was organized at a school ground near Rani Bhatiyani temple in Jasol area of Barmer district. The pandal got collapsed by heavy winds as hundreds of devotees attended the program.

President Ram Nath Kovind expressed his grief over the incident and tweeted,

“Sad to learn about loss of lives due to collapse of a ‘Pandaal’ in Barmer, Rajasthan. My condolences to the bereaved families and wishing an early recovery to those injured #PresidentKovind”

Former Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje also tweeted,

Union Home Minister Amit Shah said in a tweet,

“Pained to know about the loss of lives due to collapse of a Pandaal in Barmer, Rajasthan. I express my deepest condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover quickly.”

Also, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, as well as Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan & the President of the Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee Sachin Pilot, expressed their condolences, praying for a speedy recovery of the injured and wishing strength to the families of those who died.

Most of the people who died were from various villages of the Barmer district, which includes the Jasol village that is nearly 460 km from Jaipur.

#InternationalYogaDay2019: PM Greets All at a Mega Event in Ranchi

#InternationalYogaDay2019: PM Greets All at a Mega Event in Ranchi

Ranchi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today on the eve of 5th International Day of Yoga led over 30,000 people as he performed yoga asanas in a huge program organized at the Prabhat Tara ground of Ranchi, the capital city of Jharkhand.

Like the previous year in Dehradun, Ranchi also witnessed a huge gathering. Addressing at the event, PM said that he “wanted to take make yoga an integral part of the lives of the poor.” He further said,

“Diseases make a poor person poorer; I want to take yoga from cities to the villages, to the jungles, to the poor and the adivasis (tribals).”

PM Modi added-

“Yoga belongs to everyone and everyone belongs to Yoga.”

Earlier today, PM Modi urged people around the world to embrace yoga. He shared the video of the massive event on his official Twitter handle and said-

“Yoga for peace, harmony and progress! Watch #YogaDay2019 programme from Ranchi.”

He said that the government is working toward making yoga a pillar of preventive healthcare and wellness. The PM expressed concern over the growing cases of youth becoming prone to heart ailments. He said,

“Yoga can play a huge role in tackling the issue and hence, this year’s theme is ‘Yoga for Heart’.”

Furthermore, he emphasized the need to improve research on yoga and said-

“Today when the world is accepting yoga, we also have to further research on yoga; we have to unite yoga with fields of medicine, physiotherapy, artificial intelligence.”

At the venue of today’s Yoga Day event, 400 makeshift toilets, more than 200 drinking water kiosks, 8 medical teams, 21 ambulances, disaster rescue force personnel, and over 100 CCTV cameras were put in place. Also, 28 big screens were installed for the live telecast.

To celebrate this day on a larger scale, the Delhi BJP has hosted around 300 yoga sessions across the city. Nearly 10 lakh people are expected to participate in the same.

State Chief Manoj Tiwari said-

“Senior BJP leaders and union ministers will take part in 40 big events on International Yoga Day.”

According to the External Affairs Ministry, all the Indian missions worldwide have been asked to celebrate the International Day of Yoga. Further, a video message has been sent from PM Modi to all the embassies, that is to be screened at the start of the yoga protocol.

Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, and several other top ministers attended events in various parts of the country to mark the Yoga Day celebrations.

While addressing the people, he said-

“World over, the first rays of the sun being welcomed by enthusiastic Yoga practitioners would be a delightful sight.

Yoga assures fitness and wellness.

Yoga ensures a healthy body, stable mind and a spirit of oneness in society. #YogaDay2019”

And later today, PM Modi also shared glimpses of today’s historic Yoga Day program.

Back in December 2014, PM Modi had requested the UN General Assembly to declare June 21 as the International Day of Yoga, which was approved. As a result, since then, the world celebrates the power of yoga on this day every year.

Also, since the past few days, PM Modi has been sharing a how-to video of an asana each day on his official social media handle to create awareness about different yoga asanas as well as the occasion.