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#9PM9Minute: The Entire Nation Lights up Lamps & Candles on PM Modi’s Appeal

#9PM9Minute: The Entire Nation Lights up Lamps & Candles on PM Modi’s Appeal

On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi lit a traditional oil lamp, turning off all lights at his official residence (7 Lok Kalyan Marg). The PM donned a white South Indian mundu (dhoti) & Assamese gamocha (towel) on this occasion, supposedly conveying solidarity with the whole nation.

Yesterday, the PM shared his pictures of lamp lighting and tweeted a Sanskrit verse on his official handle. He thus wished for everyone’s health and prosperity and the defeat of all demons.

He wrote in his tweet-

“शुभं करोति कल्याणमारोग्यं धनसंपदा ।
शत्रुबुद्धिविनाशाय दीपज्योतिर्नमोऽस्तुते ॥”

Also, President Ram Nath Kovind, with First Lady and his family members, shared pictures holding candles and tweeted-

“President Kovind with the First Lady and members of the family joined fellow citizens in demonstrating collective solidarity and positivity by lighting candles at 9 PM. He expressed his gratitude towards every Indian for showing resolve & resilience in the fight against COVID-19.”

In a brief video message to the nation earlier, he had urged the citizens to switch off lights and light up lamps, candles, or mobile flashlights on their doors and balconies at 9 PM for 9-minutes as a sign of solidarity and unity in India’s fight against COVID-19.

Abiding by the PM’s call, the people across the nation switched off lights in their houses & lit lamps, candles & torches. Earlier, he declared Janata Curfew on March 22, when people were asked to clap or ring conches/bells to thank those fighting in the forefront.

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry said that the doubling rate of COVID-19 cases in India is currently 4.1 days. But if the Tablighi Jamaat incident wouldn’t have occurred, the rate would have been 7.4 days. So far, a total of 4067 cases have been reported. Out of these, 3666 are active, 292 are cured/discharged/migrated, and 109 are fatalities.

Moreover, PM Modi announced a national lockdown of 21 days to reduce the surge in COVID-19 cases. Also, he has been urging the people of India to maintain social distancing to contain the spread of the Novel CoronaVirus.

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PM Modi Meets Portugal Prez Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, Signs 14 MOUs

New Delhi: On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting with the President of Portugal Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who is on his 4-day visit to India. The two leaders held extensive bilateral discussions and signed 14 agreements/MOUs to further cooperation in various areas like defense, investment, yoga, transport, ports, culture, and industrial and intellectual property rights.

After the meeting, PM Modi shared a few pictures of his interaction with the Portuguese President on his official Twitter handle and wrote-

“Had an excellent meeting with Mr. Rebelo de Sousa, the President of Portugal. We had extensive discussions on expanding bilateral cooperation. Glad that 14 MoUs/Agreements were exchanged covering sectors such as trade, aeronautics, holistic healthcare, start-ups and more.”

Also, Raveesh Kumar, the official Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), said that PM Modi and Prez Rebelo de Sousa held excellent talks, including the India-Portugal partnership by leveraging the complementary strengths in different sectors.

On his India visit, the President of Portugal is accompanied by the Minister of State and Foreign Affairs Professor Augusto Santos Silva, Secretary of State for Internationalization Professor Eurico Brilhante Dias, and Secretary of State for National Defence Jorge Seguro Sanches.

Later, in the evening, President Ram Nath Kovind also met his Portuguese counterpart and hosted a banquet in his honor. In a statement, President Kovind said that the economic ties between India and Portugal are growing, and bilateral trade crossed a billion dollars. He added that bilateral investments between both nations are also increasing. He said that India is looking forward to Portugal joining the International Solar Alliance in the time to come and also thanked Portugal for its stand against terrorism.

Further, Portuguese President de Sousa said that he is deeply touched with the very warm reception by his Indian counterpart Kovind and added that the two nations live in a new era in a long-lasting friendship that faces the future.

Prez De Sousa also plans to go to Maharashtra and Goa during his ongoing India visit.

PM Speaks at the 2nd Meet of National Committee for Gandhi@150 Commemoration

On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired the second meeting of the National Committee for Gandhi@150 celebrations that was organized at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.

The participants of the President Ram Nath Kovind-led meeting included other members of the National Committee, like Vice President, Union Cabinet members, Chief Ministers of different states, notable Gandhians, and others. Moreover, Portuguese PM Antonio Costa was the only foreign Prime Minister who happens to be a member of the Committee and also took part in the meeting.

President Kovind, in his address, commended the Executive Committee (it works under the guidance of PM Modi) for transforming the Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary into a ‘Jan Andolan.’ Also, the PM has been offering personal leadership for initiatives like Swachh Bharat and spreading Mahatma’s teachings regarding environmental protection with initiatives like reducing single-use plastic.

Also, PM Modi released and presented to President Kovind an anthology on Mahatma Gandhi compiled by the Ministry of External Affairs and a book on Commemorative Activities compiled by the Ministry of Culture. The anthology comprises of 126 eminent world personalities’ experiences with Mahatma’s teachings. A short film on commemorative activities, performed as part of the global celebrations of ‘Gandhi@150,’ was also presented. Besides that, on Gandhiji’s 150th birth anniversary this year, he released Rs.150 commemorative coin on this occasion.

While addressing yesterday’s meeting, PM Modi acknowledged the Committee members’ suggestions running from the first meeting, helping create a commemorative program that utilizes Gandhiji’s ideas for Jan Bhagidaari. He said that the world wants to know about Gandhiji and is ready to accept him. Thus, it is our responsibility to keep reminding the world of the enduring relevance of Mahatma and his vision.

Moreover, PM Modi thanked his Portuguese counterpart for taking out time throughout the year to personally engage in the commemorative activities in both India and Portugal.

He wrote in his tweet-

“Had excellent exchange of ideas at the second meeting of the National Committee of ‘Gandhi-150’ celebrations.

The meeting was further enriched by the insights of Mr. @antoniocostapm! http://nm-4.com/z148”

Further, PM Modi emphasized that ‘Gandhi@150’ is not only a one-year program. All the citizens need to assimilate the Gandhian thought and vision into their lives and take it forward in the future. He added that while govt commemorations of centenaries are organized occasionally, the ‘Gandhi@150’ commemorations have become more than an occasion. They have turned into a program of the Jan Samanya and a matter of pride for each Indian citizen.

He tweeted on his official handle-

“Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals and principles give strength to the entire world. For us, Gandhi-150 is not merely a year long celebration. It inspires us to keep furthering the noble tenets of Gandhian philosophy, which have the potential to empower millions.”

The Prime Minister restated the message he gave from the Red Fort for all citizens, which was of buying local. This basic philosophy of Gandhi for upliftment holds the potential of helping the country to develop and progress. He urged people of India to live by this until 2022 and beyond when we would celebrate 75 years of Independence.

He further tweeted-

“We in India are deeply motivated by Gandhi Ji’s emphasis on duties in addition to rights as well as the importance he attached to encouraging products made by our hardworking fellow citizens.”

PM Modi stated that during the recent 250th session of the Rajya Sabha, it was a matter of pride for India when the members were encouraged to speak in their respective local languages. He added that as we work toward spreading Gandhi’s message globally, we must work unitedly to keep it relevant for the common man of the country.

On a concluding note, the PM stated how the Father of the Nation believed that by discharging one’s duties towards the nation and each other, one makes sure that the fundamental rights of others are secured. He added that if everyone walks on this path and discharges their duties diligently and faithfully, the dreams of our nation would be realized.

PM Modi Interacts with the Winners of National Award to Teachers

PM Modi Interacts with the Winners of National Award to Teachers

New Delhi: On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met and interacted with the recipients of National Award to Teachers at his official residence. He emphasized the need for sharpening the spirit of creativity and innovation. Also, he highlighted the role of technology as a teaching aid.

Prime Minister Modi sent out a series of tweets and gave of details of his interaction with the award winners. In one tweet, he wrote-

“Good teachers, great mentors and givers of exceptional wisdom!

Congratulations to the recipients of the National Award to Teachers. I had the opportunity to interact with the awardees earlier today and hear their experiences of transforming young minds. http://nm-4.com/rwu8”

PM Modi also mentioned how the Central govt is working towards building an environment that inspires innovation. He wrote in another tweet-

“While interacting with National Award winning teachers, I highlighted the importance of technology as a teaching aid, the need to sharpen a spirit of creativity as well as innovation and how the Central Government is working to build an environment that stimulates innovation.”

Earlier on Tuesday, PM Modi held a meeting with a delegation from Vivekananda Kendra and gave them best wishes for their mass contact program ‘Ek Bharat Vijayi Bharat.’ in a tweet, he said-

“I had an excellent meeting with a delegation from the @vkendra. In addition to talking about the exemplary work they do, they spoke to me about a unique mass contact programme they have started, ‘Ek Bharat Vijayi Bharat.’ My best wishes for the endeavour. https://vrmvk.in”

PM Modi said that the year-long nationwide program initiated yesterday as this year, the 50th anniversary of the iconic Vivekananda Rock Memorial at Kanyakumari would be celebrated.

In one other tweet, he said that the memorial gives energy and inspiration to millions in the young generation-

“The mass contact programme, ‘Ek Bharat Vijayi Bharat’ has been initiated at a time when we mark the 50th year of iconic Vivekananda Rock Memorial at Kanyakumari. This Memorial gives energy and inspiration to millions of youngsters.”

Moreover, a delegation from Vivekananda Kendra met President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday.

PM Narendra Modi Interacts with Zambian President Edgar C Lungu

PM Narendra Modi Interacts with Zambian President Edgar C Lungu

New Delhi: On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind met Zambian President Edgar Chagwa Lungu. Six agreements were signed between both the countries and bilateral talks were held. President Chagwa was received at the Rashtrapati Bhavan by both the dignitaries.

PM Modi and President Lungu held wide-ranging talks to strengthen bilateral ties. Also, the two leaders stressed on improving bilateral trade and investment and expand development cooperation.

In a joint press statement with President Lungu, PM Modi as a reliable partner in development cooperation said that India has continually shared its developmental experiences with Zambia. PM Modi mentioned the progress made in projects related to health, power generation, and easing traffic in Lusaka, the Zambian capital with Indian cooperation.

PM Modi said that both the countries would be extending their participation in the tourism, agriculture, healthcare, food processing, and mining fields.

After the bilateral talks, the six Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) or agreements were signed between India and Zambia were in key sectors like geology and mineral resources, art and culture, and defense.

An MoU was signed between Foreign Service Institute of India and Zambian Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies. Further, two agreements were inked on ‘E-VBAB Network Project’ (e-education) and between Election Commission of India and Electoral Commission of Zambia.

Prime Minister Modi said that the government of India would cooperate in establishing an Incubation Centre in Zambia. He stated-

“India will also provide 100 solar irrigation pumps to boost agriculture and send 1,000 tonnes of rice as well as 100 tonnes of milk powder to Zambia. Zambia is a country rich in mineral wealth and among other minerals, India takes large quantities of copper from the African country.”

PM Modi said the agreement on mineral resources would help in enhancing cooperation in the field of mining, and a framework would be laid for the exploration and extraction of mineral resources.

PM Modi emphasized that a crucial MOU has been signed on defense cooperation and said that it would increase exchanges in the defense field. He told that Indian military and air-force training teams would be deployed in Zambia to help enhance the capabilities of the armed forces of that country. Further, he said that India would be deploying five fire tenders in Zambia Air force bases.

PM Modi posted three successive tweets on his official Twitter handle. In the first tweet, he shared the video of address to the press along with President Lungu.

“Furthering friendship with Zambia. Addressing the press with President @EdgarCLungu”

In another tweet, PM Modi wrote-

“Today’s talks with President @EdgarCLungu were fruitful. Subjects covered include trade, commerce, investment, infrastructure and cultural ties. India is happy to partner Zambia in their developmental aspirations be it in power generation or improving urban infrastructure.”

In the final tweet, he said-

“During the visit of President @EdgarCLungu, important MoUs have been signed in sectors like geology, mineral resources, defence, art and culture. These agreements will pave the way for strong bilateral relations with Zambia for the benefit of our citizens.”

Zambian President Lungu arrived in New Delhi, Indian capital on a three-day tour on Tuesday.

#EidAlAdha PM Modi, Leaders Wish People of India on the Occasion

#EidAlAdha: PM Modi, Leaders Wish People of India on the Occasion

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday took to his official Twitter handle and greeted the citizens of India on the pious occasion of Eid Al Adha, also known as Bakr-Id or Id-ul-Zuha or Festival of Sacrifice.

Sending across best wishes to everyone on occasion, he wrote that he hopes the festival to further the spirit of happiness and peace in the society. PM Modi tweeted-

“My best wishes on the occasion of Eid al-Adha. I hope it furthers the spirit of peace and happiness in our society. Eid Mubarak!”

Besides PM Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind and other leaders also wished people, especially the members of the Muslim community. The President wrote in his tweet from the official handle-

“Eid Mubarak to all fellow citizens, especially to our Muslim brothers & sisters in India and abroad.

Idu’I Zuha symbolizes love, fraternity and service to humanity. Let us commit ourselves to these universal values that represent our composite culture #PresidentKovind”

M Venkaiah Naidu, the Vice President of India, tweeted-

“I extend my warm greetings to the people of our country on the auspicious occasion of ‘Id-ul-Zuha’

The festival is an ode to the virtues of devotion, faith and sacrifice and inspires feelings of brotherhood, compassion and unity.

#IdulZuha”

In another tweet, he further wrote-

“May the noble ideals of Id-ul-Zuha enrich our lives with peace and harmony and bring prosperity to our country”

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Union Minister of Minority Affairs, tweeted-

“Offered Namaz at Panja Sharif, Kashmiri Gate in New Delhi on the occasion of Eid-al-Adha and prayed for peace, prosperity, safety and harmony in the country. #EidAlAdha2019”

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.

Narendra Modi Takes Oath for Second Term as India’s PM, Highlights Here

Narendra Modi Takes Oath for Second Term as India’s PM, Highlights Here

NEW DELHI: In a magnificent ceremony at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan (same venue as in 2014), Narendra Modi took the oath for his second term as the Prime Minister of India. President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office and secrecy to Narendra Modi along with his other Cabinet Ministers on Thursday, 30 May 2019.

The glittering swearing-in ceremony witnessed over 5,000 esteemed guests and security staffers. Narendra Modi donned his trademark white kurta-pajama while reading the oath of office in Hindi.

After this, BJP President Amit Shah, Nitin Gadkari, Rajnath Singh, and Former Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar were administered the oath of office. Besides these, the other top leaders who had sworn-in as Union Ministers included D V Sadananda Gowda, Nirmala Sitharaman, and Ram Vilas Paswan, among others.

The list of high-profile guests included international and national leaders and personalities. To name a few, the leaders from the BIMSTEC countries, Chief Ministers of various states, Opposition leaders Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi, corporate leaders & industrialists like Mukesh Ambani and Ratan Tata, and members of Bollywood fraternity were present.

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotay Tshering, Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid, Special Envoy of Thailand, Minister Grisada Boonrach, and Myanmar President U Win Myint marked their attendance at the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony.

A multi-layered security arrangement was implemented in Delhi for the occasion, deploying about 10,000 security personnel from the Delhi Police and paramilitary forces.

Moreover, according to a senior police official, Quick Response Teams (QRTs) were also deployed at various critical places. Snipers were put in place on top of many important buildings while Modi went to pay tributes at Rajghat, Sadaiv Atal Samadhi, and National War Memorial.

Here are the tweets from the official handle of PM Narendra Modi from the occasion.

And here is the complete list of PM Modi’s Council of Ministers along with their portfolios.

Cabinet Ministers

1. Narendra Modi – Prime Minister Narendra Modi

2. Amit Shah – Home Minister

3. Rajnath Singh – Defence Minister

4. Nitin Gadkari – Minister of Road Transport and Highways; and Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises

5. Sadananda Gowda – Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers

6. Nirmala Sitharaman – Finance Minister, and Minister of Corporate Affairs

7. Ram Vilas Paswan – Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution

8. Narendra Singh Tomar – Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare; Minister of Rural Development; and Minister of Panchayati Raj

9. Ravi Shankar Prasad – Minister of Law and Justice; Minister of Communications; and Minister of Electronics and Information Technology

10. Harsimrat Kaur Badal – Minister of Food Processing Industries

11. S Jaishankar – Minister of External Affairs

12. Ramesh Nishank Pokhriyal – Minister of Human Resource Development

13. Thawar Chand Gahlot – Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment

14. Arjun Munda – Minister of Tribal Affairs

15. Smriti Irani – Minister of Women and Child Development; and Minister of Textiles

16. Harsh Vardhan – Minister of Health and Family Welfare; Minister of Science and Technology; and Minister of Earth Sciences

17. Prakash Javadekar – Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change; and Minister of Information and Broadcasting

18. Piyush Goyal – Minister of Railways; and Minister of Commerce and Industry

19. Dharmendra Pradhan – Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas; and Minister of Steel

20. Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi – Minister of Minority Affairs

21. Pralhad Joshi – Minister of Parliamentary Affairs; Minister of Coal; and Minister of Mines

22. Mahendra Nath Pandey – Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship

23. Arvind Ganpat Sawant – Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprise

24. Giriraj Singh – Minister of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries

25. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat – Minister of Jal Shakti

Ministers of State (Independent Charge)

1. Santosh Gangwar – Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Labour and Employment

2. Rao Indrajit Singh – Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation; and Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Planning

3. Shripad Nayak – Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH); and Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence

4. Dr. Jitendra Singh – Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region; Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office; Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Minister of State in the Department of Atomic Energy; and Minister of State in the Department of Space

5. Kiren Rijiju – Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Minority Affairs

6. Prahalad Singh Patel – Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Culture; and Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Tourism.

7. Raj Kumar Singh – Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Power; Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

8. Hardeep Singh Puri – Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs; Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Civil Aviation; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

9. Mansukh L. Mandaviya – Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Shipping; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers.

Ministers of State

1. Faggansingh Kulaste – Minister of State in the Ministry of Steel

2. Ashwini Kumar Choubey – Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

3. Arjun Ram Meghwal – Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises

4. General (Retd.) V. K. Singh – Minister of State in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways

5. Krishan Pal – Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment

6. Danve Raosaheb Dadarao – Minister of State in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution

7. G Kishan Reddy – Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs

8. Parshottam Rupala – Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare

9. Ramdas Athawale – Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment

10. Niranjan Jyoti – Minister of State in the Ministry of Rural Development

11. Babul Supriyo – Minister of State in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change

12. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan – Minister of State in the Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries

13. Dhotre Sanjay Shamrao – Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Resource Development; Minister of State in the Ministry of Communications; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology

14. Anurag Singh Thakur – Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.

15. Angadi Suresh Channabasappa – Minister of State in the Ministry of Railways

16. Nityanand Rai – Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs

17. Rattan Lal Kataria – Minister of State in the Ministry of Jal Shakti; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment

18. V Muraleedharan – Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs

19. Renuka Singh Saruta – Minister of State in the Ministry of Tribal Affair

20. Som Parkash – Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry

21. Rameswar Teli – Minister of State in the Ministry of Food Processing Industries

22. Pratap Chandra Sarangi – Minister of State in the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries.

23. Kailash Choudhary -Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare

24. Debasree Chaudhuri – Minister of State in the Ministry of Women and Child Development

PM Narendra Modi registered a sweeping victory in the Lok Sabha Elections 2019. The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) earned 353 seats out of 543 seats in total in the lower house of Parliament, making up 45% of the total vote share.

Modi Resigns to Mark an End to his 1st Term in Office as New Term Begins

Modi Resigns to Mark an End to his 1st Term in Office as New Term Begins

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi met President Ram Nath Kovind and submitted his resignation to him to mark an end to his first term as the Prime Minister of India, and to set off to form the new government in his second term. PM Modi, along with the Union Council of Ministers, presented his resignation at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Friday, May 24, 2019.

Accepting PM Modi’s resignation, President Kovind asked him to continue in the office until the new arrangements were made.

According to an official statement given by Rashtrapati Bhawan to the media-

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on President Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The Prime Minister tendered his resignation along with the Union Council of Ministers.”  

It further added-

“The President accepted the resignation and requested the Prime Minister and the Union Council of Ministers to continue in office till the new Government is formed.”

Before this, PM Modi chaired the final meeting of the Union Cabinet that approved a resolution directing the President for dissolving the 16th Lok Sabha.

After meeting President Kovind, PM Modi said-

“A new dawn awaits, a new term beckons.”

Moreover, the President organized a dinner for the outgoing Union Council of Ministers. To authorize President with the formation of the new government, the Election Commission which is headed by Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora would be submitting the list of newly 542 elected members of the 17th Lok Sabha to President Kovind.

The new Lok Sabha would be established when the Election Commission would issue a notification of the General Election result. After the recommendation by the Cabinet, the President is now expected to dissolve the current Lok Sabha, the term that would soon end on June 3.

Modi is expected to make some changes in the council of ministers amid speculation that BJP President Amit Shah, who won the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat, tipped to get a key portfolio in the new government. Smriti Irani, who emerged as a giant killer by defeating Congress President Rahul Gandhi from his family bastion Amethi, is also expected to get a key assignment.

On Friday, Prime Minister Modi and BJP President Amit Shah visited BJP veterans L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi and sought their blessings after the party’s victory in the Lok Sabha elections. It should be noted that PM Modi registered a historic win in the Lok Sabha elections 2019 with a huge majority and earned 303 seats across different states in the country.

PM Modi, President Kovind Pay Tribute to Father of Indian Constitution

PM Modi, President Kovind Pay Tribute to Father of Indian Constitution

Yesterday on an auspicious occasion of Baba Saheb Ambedkar Jayanti, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind paid homage to father of the Indian Constitution and Dalit social reformer Dr. BR Ambedkar on his 128th birth anniversary.

Prime Minister Modi took to Twitter and wrote,

“संविधान निर्माता और सामाजिक न्याय के प्रणेता बाबासाहेब डॉ. भीमराव अम्बेडकर को उनकी जयंती पर सादर नमन। जय भीम!”

Meanwhile, in a video tribute on Twitter, Prime Minister Modi said-

“He (Ambedkar) is an inspiration to crores of people including me. It is not necessary for a person to born in a rich family. In India, a person born in a poor family can also dream of big things and can achieve them.”

Also, President Ram Nath Kovind took to Twitter and wrote,

“Homage to Dr. B.R. Ambedkar on his birth anniversary. An icon of our nation, and Chief Architect of the Constitution, Dr. Ambedkar waged a life-long struggle for a modern India free of caste and other prejudices, ensuring equal rights for women and weaker sections #PresidentKovind”

Later, UP CM Yogi Aditya Nath also tweeted,

“I bow down in reverence of Bharat Ratna Babasaheb Dr. B R Ambedkar, an apostle of equality & freedom, and whose work left an indelible mark on making of New India.

I draw supreme inspiration from your ideas, which constantly guide me to work for the welfare & dignity of our people.”

 

Babasaheb commonly known as Dr. Ambedkar dedicated his whole life towards the upliftment of untouchables, laborers as well as women.

Dr. Ambedkar became independent India’s first law minister who was born into a poor Dalit family on 14 April 1891. He later became a founding father of the Republic of India and the principal architect of the Constitution of India.

Moreover, he campaigned against the social discrimination of Dalits and inspired the Dalit Buddhist Movement in 1956 for his whole life. Also, he was awarded India’s highest civilian award the Bharat Ratna posthumously in 1990.

Babasaheb Dr. Ambedkar worked as an economist of great repute who always stood for an economically strong India. He established some facts that industrialization was the best way to fight poverty.

Every year on April 14, Ambedkar Jayanti or Bhim Jayanti is celebrated only to commemorate the reformer and his contributions.