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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi renames Ross, Neil and Havelock Islands in Andaman and Nicobar; inaugurates and lays foundation of several development projects on the Islands.

  • NDA government working to ensure youth employment, education, healthcare and irrigation, says Mr Modi.

  • Sharing his thoughts in the Mann Ki Baat programme, Prime Minister describes 2018 as an important year in country's development process. 

  • The bill on instant Triple Talaq to be tabled in Rajya Sabha tomorrow; BJP and Congress ask their Members to be present in the House.

  • Noted film maker Mrinal Sen passes away; President and Prime Minister condole his demise.

  • Bangladesh elects a new Parliament; At least 17 people reported killed during polling.

  • Cricket, India defeat Australia by 137 runs in Melbourne test to take 2-1 lead in four match series.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced renaming of three islands of Andaman and Nicobar on the occasion of 75th anniversary of Tricolour hoisting by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in Port Blair. Mr Modi was addressing a public function at the historic Netaji Stadium in Port Blair this evening. The Prime Minister said, Ross Island has been renamed Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep, Neil Island will now be known as Shaheed Dweep and Havelock Island as Swaraj Dweep.

आजादी के नायकों की स्मृति अमिट रहें। इसके लिए एक महत्वपूर्ण फैसला सरकार ने लिया है। अबसे रॉस द्वीप को नेताजी सुभाष चन्द्र बोस द्वीप से जाना जाएगा। नील द्वीप को शहीद द्वीप से जाना जाएगा। हैवलॉक द्वीप को स्वराज द्वीप से जाना जाएगा।

After his arrival at Port Blair from Car Nicobar, the Prime Minister visited the Cellular Jail and laid wreath at the Martyrs’ Column in the afternoon. Mr Modi also dedicated the 150 foot high Flag Mast at South Point in Port Blair commemorating the historic event of hoisting of first Tricolor on Indian soil by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in Port Blair on Dec 30, 1943. Mr Modi inaugurated and laid foundation stones for a series of projects for the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.  More from our correspondent:

Addressing a huge gathering at the Netaji stadium Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced and inaugurated a series of projects in energy, tourism, connectivity and employment sectors for Andaman and Nicobar Islands. This includes 7 Megawatt solar power plant, Solar Village, launching of State Wide Network, Optical Fiber Cable connecting Chennai and Port Blair, plasma regasification plant, 50 MW LNG Power Plant, introduction of 20 electric cars, release of book on start-up policy, Lakshadweep and Andaman and Nicobar Island Industrial Development scheme and Chatham Bambooflat bridge. Muhsin from Port Blair for AIR news.


Earlier, addressing a public function at the Bishop John Richardson stadium in Car Nicobar, Prime Minister Modi said, the NDA Government is working to ensure employment for youth, education for children, medical care for aged and facilities for farmers. He said, the Government is committed for the development of Car Nicobar. Mr Modi said, the Central government is making all efforts to make the life of people of Andaman and Nicobar Islands easier.

"आप सभी को बेहतर सुविधाएं मिले, अवसर मिले। इसके लिए आज करोड़ों रूपए के प्रोजेक् का यहां लोकार्पण और शिलान्यास किया गया है, जिसमें शिक्षा से लेकर स्वास्थ् सतर्क, रोजगार से लेकर सीट डेवलपमेंट तक ट्रांसपोर्टेशन से लेकर बिजली तकस्पोर्टस से लेकर टूरिज् तक के अनेक प्रोजक् शामिल हैं " 


The Prime Minister today asserted that India has taken strides in the area of poverty alleviation at a record pace and said that world institutions have acknowledged India's growth. Sharing his thoughts in the Mann Ki Baat programme on All India Radio, The Prime Minister described the year 2018 as an important one witnessing monumental milestones in development. He said:-

"2018 में, विश्व की सबसे बड़ी स्वास्थ्य बीमा योजनाआयुष्मान भारतकी शुरुआत हुई। देश के हर गाँव तक बिजली पहुँच गई। विश्व की गणमान्य संस्थाओं ने माना है कि भारत रिकॉर्ड गति के साथ, देश को ग़रीबी से मुक्ति दिला रहा है।

The prime minister said, that the country successfully achieved "a Nuclear Triad" during the year boosting India's self defence.

"देश के सैल् डिफेंस को नई मजबूती मिली। इसी वर्ष हमारे देश ने सफलतापूर्वक न्यूक्लियर ट्राइड को पूरा किया है, यानी अब हम जल, थल और नभ-तीनों में परमाणुशक्ति संपन्न हो गए हैं।"

Mr Modi said, due to collective efforts, the country has also seen unprecedented improvement in the ‘Ease of doing business’ ranking.

Speaking on the tradition of Kumbh Mela which has bloomed and flourished as part of India's great cultural heritage, Mr Modi said, the Kumbh is also a huge medium of self discovery, where every visitor experiences a unique feeling.

"कुंभ की दिव्यता से भारत की भव्यता पूरी दुनिया में अपना रंग बिखेरेगी। कुंभ मेला सेल् डिस्कवरी का भी एक बड़ा माध्यम है, जहाँ आने वाले हर व्यक्ति को अलग-अलग अनुभूति होती है। सांसारिक चीज़ों को आध्यात्मिक नज़रिए से देखते-समझते हैं। खासकर युवाओं के लिए यह एक बहुत बड़ा लर्निंग एक्सपिरियंस हो सकता है।"

The Prime Minister also conveyed his greetings for Lohri, Pongal, Makar Sankranti, Uttarayan, Magh Bihu, Maaghi. He said that all the festivals may carry different names but the underlying or inherent feeling of celebrating them is singular.


Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh in an exclusive interview to All India Radio, News, said that in order to increase the income of farmers, a major focus is on exporting agricultural products. He added, India’s face has now changed from being an importer to becoming an exporter. 

"अनाज का तो रिकॉर्ड उत्पादन हुआ ही है, लेकिन जो हॉर्टिकल्चर का उत्पादन हुआ, वो रिकॉर्ड उत्पादन हुआ। प्रोसेस् आइटम था फल-सब्जियों का ये दोगुना निर्यात हुआ है, तो उत्पादन बढ़ा और इसके कारण हम जो आयातक देश थे। अब दुनिया के नक्शे पर हम एक निर्यातक देश में चुके है।"


Tune into the FM Gold Channel of AIR at 9.30 tonight, to listen the interview in our special Year End Series.


The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill is scheduled to be tabled in the Rajya Sabha tomorrow. Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will table the bill. It was passed by the Lok Sabha on Thursday amid a walkout by the Opposition. The Bill makes all declarations of instant triple talaq void and illegal. It seeks to make the practice a punishable offence with imprisonment of up to three years.

Meanwhile, Both BJP and Congress have issued whips asking their members in the Upper House to be present. On the other hand, the main opposition Congress has said it will not allow passing of the bill in its present form.


The BJP has accused Congress of politicizing the VVIP chopper scam case in view of alleged middleman Christian Michel's latest revelations. Briefing reporters in New Delhi today, BJP spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi alleged that Congress has been  scared of investigation into the case since Michel's extradition last month. He said, Congress should allow the law to take its own course and the truth about corruption in the case come out.


President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have expressed grief on the passing away of acclaimed film-maker Mrinal Sen. In a tweet, Mr Kovind said, it is a loss to Bengal, to India and to the world of cinema.

Mr Modi in his tweet, said, the country is grateful to Mrinal Sen for giving some of the most memorable films.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Col Rajyavardhan Rathore has also expressed sadness at the demise of the veteran filmmaker. Legendary filmmaker Mrinal Sen passed away at the age of 95 in Kolkata this morning. Here is a tribute:-

With the demise of Mrinal Sen, came the end of legends of the golden era of Parallel cinema of 50s and 60s decade who crossed boundaries in placing Indian cinema into the global platform. Sen was born in 1923 in Faridpur, now in Bangladesh.  He debuted in 1955 with “Raat Bhore” and found local acclaim with “Neel Akasher Neechey” and “Baishey Shravana”. However, ‘Bhuvan Shome’, finally launched him as a major filmmaker, both nationally and internationally. Sen also won the four national Awards for direction for ‘Bhuvan Shome’, ‘Ek Din Pratidin’, ‘Akaler Sandhane’ and ‘Khandhar’.


In Punjab, polling to elect Sarpanches and Panches for 13,276 villages was held today peacefully barring some incidents of violence. The counting of votes began after conclusion of polling. A state election official said, around 8,000 candidates are in fray for the posts.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Indian Science Congress-2019 in Jalandhar, Punjab on the third of next month. This will be the 106th edition of the event based on the theme ‘Future India: Science and Technology’.

An official release said the Prime Minister will also address about 30,000 delegates, including Nobel laureates, eminent scientists, policymakers, young researchers and school children, from across the country and abroad. ’


In Bangladesh, polling was held today to elect a new Parliament amid tight security. At least 17 people were killed and dozens injured in the poll-related violence. Sources said that most of the dead were activists of ruling Awami League party while others were workers of opposition BNP or its allies.

Over six lakh security personnel including soldiers and paramilitary border guards were deployed across the country for smooth conduct of the elections. Electronic Voting Machines, EVMs were used for the first time in a general election in the country, though only on a limited scale.

While incumbent Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, is seeking a fourth term, her rival ex-premier and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chief Khalida Zia faces an uncertain future in a Dhaka jail. Zia, serving a 10-year prison term on graft charges, has been barred from contesting the polls.


Intense cold wave conditions continue to grip North India as temperatures dropped at several places in the region.

In Delhi, the minimum temperature dropped to 3 degrees Celsius, four notches below normal.

In Uttar Pradesh, Muzaffarnagar was recorded as the coldest place in the state with a minimum temperature of 1.2 degrees Celsius. In Punjab and Haryana, capital Chandigarh braved the chill at 4 degrees Celsius, down two degrees against normal limits.


The Lajpat Nagar-Mayur Vihar Pocket -1 corridor on the pink line of Delhi Metro will be thrown open to the public tomorrow. The ten kilometer stretch is an extension of the 59 kilometer long  Majlis Park - Shiv Vihar corridor and will be a major boon for  commuters of prominent areas like Ashram and Mayur Vihar.


India beat Australia by 137 runs in the third cricket test at Melbourne today to take an unassailable 2-1 lead in the four match series. India took a giant stride towards winning their first ever test series on Australian soil in seven decades. Chasing a stiff target of 399, Australia were all out for 261 in the post-lunch session. Jaspreet Bumrah was declared man of the match as India won their 150th Test.

Ishant Sharma 2 for 40 took the final wicket of Nathan Lyon as India registered its first win at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground in 37 years.  The final test match is scheduled to start from January 3, 2019 at Sydney Cricket Ground.


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