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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi calls upon people to join hands to curb single use plastic; In his Mann Ki Baat programme on All India Radio, the Prime Minister advocates balanced and nutritious food, especially for women and new-borns; Month of September to be dedicated to Poshan Abhiyaan across the country.

  • Fit India Movement to be launched by the Prime Minister on 29th of this month.

  • Prime Minister on way to France to attend G7 meeting in Biarritz; Theme of the summit is 'Fighting Inequality'.

  • Mortal remains of senior BJP leader and former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to be cremated with full state honours today.

  • And in Sports, PV Sindhu one step away from her maiden World Badminton Championship title; To face Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in Summit Clash in Switzerland this afternoon.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called upon people to join hands to curb single use plastic. He said plastic can be recycled and transformed into fuel. The Prime Minister was addressing the people through his Mann Ki Baat programme broadcast on All India Radio.

"देश की सभी नगरपालिका, नगरनिगम, जिला-प्रशासन, ग्राम-पंचायत, सरकारी-गैरसरकारी सभी व्यवस्थाएँ, सभी संगठन, एक-एक नागरिक हर किसी से मेरा अनुरोध है कि प्लास्टिक कचरे के collection और storage के लिए उचित व्यवस्था हो। मैं corporate sector से भी अपील करता हूँ कि जब ये सारा plastic waste इकठ्ठा हो जाए तो इसके उचित निस्तारण हेतु आगे आयें।"

Mr Modi said, community service is the best way to offer tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary. In keeping with this objective, a nationwide Swachhata Hi Seva campaign will start for a plastic free India on 11th September.

"मैं कह सकता हूँ कि गाँधी, सेवा-भाव से संगठन-भाव को भी बल देते रहते थे। समाज-सेवा और समाज-संवर्धन community service और community mobilisation यह वो भावना जिसे हमें अपने व्यवाहारिक जीवन में लाना है। सही अर्थों में, यही महात्मा गाँधी को सच्ची श्रद्धांजलि है, सच्ची कार्यांजलि है।"

The Prime Minister said the month of September is dedicated to Poshan Abhiyaan across the country. Citing a Sanskrit Subhashit that attributes glory to food, Mr Modi stressed that balanced and nutritious food is essential for all, especially women and new-born.

"पोषण अभियानके अंतर्गत पूरे देशभर में आधुनिक वैज्ञानिक तरीकों से पोषण को जन-आन्दोलन बनाया जा रहा है। लोग नए और दिलचस्प तरीकों से कुपोषण से लड़ाई लड़ रहे हैं।"

Citing the innovative and interesting initiatives like Muthhi Bhar Dhaanya in Nashik to address the challenges of malnutrition, he said it has now become a mass movement. Under this scheme, Anganwadi workers collect a handful of rice grain during the harvest period from people. This grain is used to make food for children and women. Mr Modi referred to the programme launched by Gujarat government in 2010, under which complimentary food was provided to children on the occasion of Anna Praashan Sanskar.

The Prime Minister said Fit India Movement will be launched across the country on the occasion of National Sports Day on coming Thursday.

"29 अगस्त कोराष्ट्र खेल दिवसके रूप में मनाया जाता है। इस अवसर पर हम देश भर में ‘FIT INDIA MOVEMENT’ launch करने वाले हैं। खुद को fit रखना है। देश को fit बनाना है। हर एक के लिए बच्चे, बुजुर्ग, युवा, महिला सब के लिए ये बड़ा interesting अभियान होगा और ये आपका अपना होगा।"

Mr Modi said that after the broadcast of his Man Vs Wild episode in Discovery channel, people are talking about the wildlife and environment conservation. He asked people to visit sites associated with nature and wild life, including Jim Corbett National Park and the North East.

"आप लोग भी nature और wild life प्रकृति और जन्य-जीवों से जुड़े स्थलों पर जरुर जाएं। मैंने पहले भी कहा है, मैं जरुर कहता हूँ आपको। अपने जीवन में north-east जरुर जाइये। क्या प्रकृति है वहाँ। आप देखते ही रह जायेंगें। आपके भीतर का विस्तार हो जाएगा।"

Saying that India is home to 2,967 tigers, Mr Modi expressed delight that India was able to achieve the target of doubling tiger population well ahead of 2022. He said this is the New India where goals are accomplished in the quickest possible time. The Prime Minister also urged people to visit at least 15 tourist places of India within a span of the next three years. Recalling the historic speech by Swami Vivekananda on 11th September 1893, Mr Modi said that the world was forced to change its way of looking at India after his address. Mr Modi said Krishna Janmashtami, which was celebrated yesterday, always brings new inspiration with fresh energy. The Prime Minister also drew parallels between the lives of Mohan Das Karam Chand Gandhi and Mohan or the Lord Krishna in a befitting manner.  


In his Mann Ki Baat programme today, the Prime Minister laid emphasis on creating awareness to fight malnutrition among children, particularly the girl child. AIR correspondent reports that last year, Gujarat Government launched a pilot project, Poshan Abhiyan which is a statewide mission. A report:

"Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had launched 'Poshan Abhiyan' - a statewide mission to eradicate malnutrition among children by providing them nutritious food through Anganwadi centers. He had also launched 'Purna' project to eliminate malnutrition among the girls in the age group of 14 to 18. State Government had allocated 270 crore rupees for this pilot project. PURNA project is also known as Prevention of under Nutrition and Reduction of Nutritional Anaemia among Adolescent Girls. Now, the campaign during the September will further boost the Poshan abhiyan in the state. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad."


Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on the way to France from Bahrain to attend G7 meeting in Biarritz. He will reach Biarritz tonight. The Prime Minister will have bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the summit to which India has been invited as a partner country. The annual meet is being attended by the leaders of seven member states -- France, Italy, Canada, United States, Japan, Germany and United Kingdom. US President Donald Trump, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are in Biarritz to discuss various issues during the G7 meeting. Our correspondent has filed this report:

"The invitation to India to attend the G-7 summit this year is reflection of  growing stature and economic clout of the country. India is invited as a part of 4 major partners who are committed to the protection and promotion of democratic freedoms in the world. Fighting Inequality is the theme of this G7 summit and the issues such as gender, economic and social inequalities will be discussed. Deadly fire in Amazon Rainforest, Climate Emergency and global corporate tax code are another burning issues to be discussed at the annual meet. The meeting is expected to focus on the challenges of combating the use of the internet for terrorism and radicalisation. Sushil Chandra Tiwari, AIR News, G7 summit city, Biarritz.

Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister inaugurated the renovated monument temple of Shreenathji in Bahrain. He had reached Manama yesterday on the third leg of his three-nation tour to France, the UAE and Bahrain. During his visit, Mr Modi held talks with King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa on various bilateral and regional issues. The Prime Minister was honoured with the King Hamad Order of the Renaissance.


The mortal remains of Senior BJP leader and former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will be cremated at Nigambodh Ghat in Delhi with full state honours in a short while from now. Earlier, his mortal remains were kept at the party headquarters for his admirers and followers to pay their last respects.

Union Ministers Amit Shah and Rajnath Singh, and senior party leaders as well as workers paid their tributes to the departed leader. BJP working president JP Nadda, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Yoga Guru Ramdev also paid homage to Arun Jaitley.

Yesterday, Arun Jaitley's body was kept at his residence where President Ram Nath Kovind, BJP president Amit Shah, Congress leader Sonia Gandhi and several leaders across the political spectrum offered him floral tributes.

Arun Jaitley passed away at AIIMS yesterday. The 66-year-old leader was undergoing treatment at the hospital where he was admitted on the 9th of this month.


Jammu and Kashmir administration has dismissed rumours about shortage and overpricing of medicines. The administration said in Kashmir Valley, there are 7,630 retail chemist shops and 4,331 whole sale shops. On an average, 65 per cent of them are open.

Our correspondent quoting officials reports, there are sufficient baby food stocks for the next three weeks. District Magistrate of Srinagar, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, in a tweet, said the Valley is not low on medical stocks even for a single day and there is no interruption in supplies.


In his Independence Day address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had reiterated the government’s resolve to make India a five-trillion dollar economy. He also highlighted that several proactive measures would be required to achieve the ambitious target. Our correspondent has filed this report about such initiatives being undertaken in Tamil Nadu:

"Traditionally, manufacturing industry has been the backbone of Tamil Nadu’s industrial economy. To give further impetus to the manufacturing sector, the state is planning to set up a defence park in Coimbatore in 300 acres and another huge industrial park in the knitwear town of Tirupur in a thousand acres. The aerospace industry is being promoted in a huge way with a state of the art facility at Sriperumbudur off Chennai. The state industry department has said, it is redrawing the industry policy based on the GST, as the earlier one relied upon the now-defunct Value Added Tax system. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."


In Hong Kong, protesters gathered at a sports stadium today as city braced for more anti-government rallies. This came a day after clashes returned to the streets following several days of relative calm. Hong Kong has been gripped by three months of street demonstrations that started against a proposed extradition bill to China, but have spun out into a wider pro-democracy movement.


South Korea today began war games to practise defending disputed islands off its east coast against an unlikely attack from Japan. The two-day exercise come just days after Seoul terminated a military intelligence-sharing pact with Tokyo. Seoul has controlled the rocky islets in the Sea of Japan since 1945. Tokyo also claims the islands and accuses South Korea of occupying them illegally.


In Tamil Nadu, two persons are being questioned by the Special Investigation Team of the National Investigation Agency in Coimbatore. This follows apprehension that a six-member terrorist gang had entered the state from Sri Lanka. The two persons are suspected to have connections with a suspect who had earlier been apprehended at the Kochi Nedumbassery International airport in Kerala.


In Badminton, P V Sindhu stands one win away from an elusive World Championships gold. The 24-year-old Olympic silver medallist will take on Japan's World No. 4 Nozomi Okuhara in the final of BWF World Championships at Basel in Switzerland this afternoon. This is the third straight year that Sindhu has reached the final of the tournament.

P V Sindhu, who had claimed successive silver in the last two editions of the prestigious tournament besides two bronze, outclassed Chen Yu Fei of China in the semifinal yesterday.



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