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PM Modi to share a video message with people at 9 AM tomorrow            Prime Minister interacts with all Chief Ministers to discuss ways to check spread of COVID-19            Home Ministry blacklists 960 foreigners involved in Tablighi activities who came on tourist visa            Govt launches 'AarogyaSetu' mobile app to asses and people on COVID-19            Govt asks states to strictly implement lockdown measures in letter and spirit           

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  • Around 300 rural clusters developed under Shyama Prasad Mukherji National Rurban Mission; The objective is to give a boost to economic activities, skill development and infrastructure amenities in the regions.

  • President Donald Trump says he likes Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the two leaders will hold talks on a broad gamut of relations during his upcoming visit.

  • Centre reiterates convicts in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case cannot be released without its approval.

  • Global anti terror funding body, FATF to take a final call on whether to keep Pakistan in its Grey list at its meeting in Paris.

  • Voting is underway for parliamentary elections in Iran.

  • And in Sports; India 43 for 2 in 5.3 overs against Australia in the opening match of T20 Women's World Cup.


Shyama Prasad Mukherji National Rurban Mission is completing four years today. It was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Kurubhat in Rajnandgaon District of Chhattisgarh on the 21st of February 2016. It aims at developing clusters in all States and Union Territories which would trigger overall development in the region. The objective is to give a boost to economic activities, skill development and infrastructure amenities in the regions. At the Launch ceremony, the Prime Minister had asserted that the mission is intended to make Indian villages smart villages.

"ये जो रर्बन मिशन है ना, वहीं  स्मार्ट विलेज है। ये बात सही है बूढ़े मां-बाप गांव में रहते हैं, नौजवान शहरों में चले जाते हैं, उनको एक अच्छी जिंदगी जीनी है। जहां अच्छी शिक्षा हो अच्छे  अस्पताल हो, बिजली आती हो, इंटरनेट चलता हो, ये उसके मन में रहेगा और इसलिए वह शहर की ओर चल पड़ता है।"

Around 300 rural clusters are being developed under Shyama Prasad Mukherji National Rurban Mission. Spurred by the success of Rurban clusters, NITI Aayog has proposed a new and extended programme for over a 1,000 clusters in next three years. In an exclusive interview to All India Radio News, Secretary Rural Development Rajesh Bhushan outlined the objectives of the mission.

"68 percent population resides in villages. Therefore there is need to ensure that our villages are facilitated in the field of economy, social and infrastructure development. With this object in mind it was in September 2015 that hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi visualized a scheme called Shayma Prasad Mukherji Urban Mission.

15 clusters in Jharkhand have been selected under Phase 3 of Rurban Mission which includes Saradu cluster under Tandwa block of Chatra district. The Central government in coordination with the district administration has taken measures to bring about multi-layered phased development of the rural gram panchayats and villages on the lines of urban cities with proper civic amenities keeping the soul of villages intact.

"Saradu cluster under Tandwa block of Chatra district in Jharkhand will witness a new surge of development under Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Rurban Mission. The mission not only aims at bringing development but also provides an integrated system support for creating self-employment opportunities to the villagers. 11 proposals out of 31 sent by the district administration have been approved by the government where almost 19 crores have been spent in materialising these activities. Talking to AIR News, DC of Chatra district Jitendra Kumar Singh said that in this multi-phased development mission almost 300 villages are to be benefited under the RURBAN mission, which commemorates its fourth anniversary today.

Shilpi with Ashok Tulsyan, AIR News, Ranchi."

This was a part of the  series "Har Kaam, Desh Ke Naam", we take a look at the programmes and policies of the government aimed at reaching out to the last mile of development and welfare of all. 


US President Donald Trump has said that he really likes Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the leaders would be talking business during his upcoming visit to India. He said this while addressing a rally in Colorado yesterday. The two leaders are likely to discuss entire gamut of bilateral issues including defence, security and trade.

The bilateral India-US trade in goods and services is about three per cent of the US' world trade.

The relationship between India and the United States has evolved to one of the most consequential relationships today. It is a strategic partnership based on shared values and geared towards the 21st century. Whether in countering terrorism or in ensuring a peaceful and prosperous Indo-Pacific, India and the U.S. have unprecedented convergence of interests.


The Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad will host US Presidnet Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Namaste Trump event on Monday. In addition to being the largest cricket stadium in the world, with a capacity of more than 1 lakh people, the stadium is also unique because of the sustainability of its design. This is the first stadium to receive the Gold Green certification from the Indian Green Building council.


President of Myanmar U Win Myint will be on a four day State Visit to India from Wednesday. Mr. U Win Myint will be accompanied by the First Lady Daw Cho Cho. The visiting dignitary is expected to visit Agra and Bodh Gaya following his official meetings in New Delhi.


Ministry of External Affairs Economic Relations Secretary TS Tirumurty has said, the Narendra Modi Government is promoting industrial growth in all the states in India in the spirit of cooperative federalism. The Ministry, along with the state Government of Tamil Nadu, organised a Diplomatic Outreach Programme to showcase the state as an attractive investment destination among foreign diplomats. In his address, Mr Tirumurty said, Tamil Nadu is a vibrant state that is traditionally leading in manufacturing sector.

The state Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswamy inaugurated three major industrial units established by Korean, Japanese and the US firms worth 1254 crore rupees.


The Centre has reiterated its stand in the Madras High Court that the convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case cannot be released without its approval. A petition by one of the convicts Ms Nalini seeking her early release as per the State Cabinet recommendation came up for hearing yesterday. The Additional Solicitor General, ASG, Mr G.Rajagopalan said the state cabinet recommendation will have zero-effect without the Centre’s consent. He also referred to the apex court order in a case filed earlier by the convicts which says the Centre’s concurrence for their release is necessary as the case was investigated by the CBI, a central agency.

The State Public Prosecutor A Natarajan also agreed with the Additional Solicitor General saying, some of the offences by the accused come under the Central Act and therefore, any commutation or remission of sentences requires the Centre’s permission.

Meanwhile, the counsel for Ms Nalini contended that the resolution passed by the state Council of Ministers in September 2018 for the release of the convicts was binding on the Governor. To this, the ASG said the Cabinet resolution is only of the nature of a recommendation to the Governor.


Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar today asked all media units under his ministry to work as Team-I&B. Through video conference, he addressed the 2-day Conference of Officers of Media Units, South Zone that began this morning in Hyderabad.

The Minister asked the officials to prepare communication strategies to reach out to people at a maximum extent in changing scenario.


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today laid the foundation stone of the Thal Sena Bhawan in Delhi Cantonment. The new Army headquarters will come up near the Manekshaw Centre and is spread over 39 acres. The multi-storeyed building will be able to accommodate around six thousand personnel and will have all offices of the Army in the complex. Around 7.5 lakh square meter of the area will be constructed to house the office complex and parking. It is likely to be constructed in five years.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Singh said, Thal Sena Bhawan will represent the unsung heroes of the armed forces who have sacrificed their lives for the country.

"सारी दुनिया भी यह मानती है कि भारत अब कमजोर भारत नहीं रहा है, बल्कि भारत अब दुनिया के ताकतवार देशों की कतार में आकर खड़ा हो गया है। इसका श्रेय यदि किसी को जाता है, तो आप जैसे बहादुर जवानों को जाता है और इसका श्रेय उन बहादुर जवानों को जाता है, जिन्होंने भारत को एक सशक् भारत बनाने के लिए अपना बलिदान दिया।" 


BJP today took on AIMIM and its chief Asaduddin Owaisi alleging that they are doing hate politics during the protest against Citizenship Amendment Act. Briefing media in New Delhi, Party Spokesperson Sambit Patra alleged leaders like Owaisi are misguiding muslims and hatching conspiracy in name of protest. He said, the example of the conspiracy was seen as anti national slogans were raised on the platform where Mr Owaisi was present. He also questioned the silence of Mr Owaisi on the hate rant of AIMIM leader Waris Pathan.


Series Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat.

In the Union Territory of Ladakh, Winter Sports is becoming a major attraction. The Union Territory administration is coming up with the first winter carnival of Ladakh next week. The carnival will attract a large number of people and winter sport lovers from other parts of the country. This will spread awareness about the culture and tradition of Ladakh. A report .

"The Chadar trek and Ice Hockey are already the major attraction but others are catching up fastly. Traditional festivals like Losar and Mamani other events like Snow Ski are joining the list of winter attractions. Baqir Hussain of Kargil won Gold Medal in Junior Alpine Ski at Auli as well as he remained at the 5th position in the senior category representing Indain Army. His Coach Sadiq Ali who is the lone National Coach from Ladakh at Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering Gulmarg for the last five years said that there is lots of scope for Snow Ski in Kargil.


In Iran, voting is underway in parliamentary elections. State television showed the Islamic republic's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei casting the first ballot in Tehran. As he voted, Khamenei called on all Iranians to take part in the election saying that doing so would guarantee the country's national interests. Nearly 58 million people are eligible to vote for 290 seats across 31 provinces.


Paris based financial action task force is likely to give a formal statement today on conclusion of the group meetings and plenary that continued from February 16-21. Pakistan's performance in curbing terror financing has been reviewed at the ongoing meetings. Pakistan is at present in the grey list of FATF.

Ahead of the FATF plenary session in June, a sub group constituted to review Pakistan's case has recommended that Islamabad should continue to be in a grey list for its failure to check terror funding.


In the opening match of ICC women's T20 World Cup, India were 57 for 3 in 9 overs against defending champions Australia at Sydney when reports last came in. Earlier, Australia won the toss and elected to field.


Indian batsmen struggled as they scored 122 for 5 on the rain-curtailed first day of the opening Cricket Test against New Zealand at Wellington today.



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