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Wednesday October 22nd 2014

President & PM Greets People on Diwali

New Delhi: The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended greetings to all Indians on the occasion of Diwali.
In his message, the President has said, “On the joyous occasion of Diwali, I extend my warm greetings and best wishes to all my fellow citizens in India and abroad.
Diwali is a harbinger of joy and happiness. It celebrates the victory of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance and light over darkness. It is also an occasion for strengthening bonds of friendship and goodwill between people of all communities and religions.
May this year’s celebrations dispel the darkness of ignorance and bring the light of happiness for those who are less privileged.
Let us celebrate this festival by reaffirming faith in all that is good, noble and virtuous and instilling in ourselves pride in the composite culture of India. Let us do everything possible to make this year’s Diwali celebrations pollution free and environmentally safe”.

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has shared the link of his page for Diwali wishes, on his Twitter Handle.
“Many friends are sending Diwali wishes. My thanks to them. Do visit this specially created page” ,the Prime Minister tweeted.

Government to commemorate Sardar Patel’s birthday on October 31 as ‘Rashtriya Ekta Divas’

Mumbai : Government of India has decided to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on October 31, as ‘Rashtriya Ekta Divas’ or the National Integration Day.  Briefing media persons, after attending an official meeting called by the Governor of Maharashtra  in Mumbai today, Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar said, government wants to create awareness about the contribution of Sardar Patel during India’s Independence Movement and towards ensuring national integration in India. He said Sardar Patel, who is also known as the iron-man of India was instrumental in merger of princely states, to create a modern India, just after independence. “Celebrating his birth anniversary as national integration day is very appropriate” added the Minister. Union Energy Minister Piyush Goyal, who also attended today’s meeting, said that awareness about Sardar Patel’s contribution is very low, which is very unfortunate. He said, recently he came to know that in the history book of Class X, there is mention of Sardar Patel only once.

The government has decided to make ‘Rashtriya Ekta Divas’  a popular mass movement, inviting participation from all sections of the society. The participation will be voluntary. Giving details of the action plan for the day, Mr. Javadekar said, ‘run for unity’ will be organized at various places, including towns and villages all over the country, on the morning of October 31.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi will himself participate in the event and also broadcast a short radio address on the occasion.  Mr. Javadekar informed that in the evening, Police and other organizations like NCC, NSS, Scouts and Guides, Home Guards etc would perform a march-past on the streets in all the district headquarters.  He said, necessary instructions have been issued to concerned departments.  The Minister also informed that details about how people can register for the run, will be communicated through website and advertisements in a day or two.

Vallabhbhai Patel was born on October 31, 1875 at Karamsand in Gujarat.  A barrister with a successful law practice, Vallabhbhai Patel joined the Indian National Movement under Mahatma Gandhi and grew up to become one of its tallest leaders. He played key leadership roles in organizing peasants’ movements in Kheda, Borsad and Bardoli in Gujarat and promoting the Quit India Movement against the British Raj..  The credit for the integration of over 500 independent princely states in 1947-49 by their merger from what was then a divided India to make it what it is today is due solely to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
[PIB Mumbai]

Ravi Shankar Prasad calls for Democratisation of Global Affairs of Telecommunications and Internet Governance

Busan, South Korea: India wants democratisation and broad-basing of the global affairs of telecommunications and internet governance. This was the main message taken forward by the Minister for Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad while he led the Indian delegation at the inaugural of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Conference at Busan in South Korea. The Conference was inaugurated by the President of South Korea. India’s point is that ITU should take leadership and partner with UN and other International/Regional organizations in executing the Information and Communication Technology projects and programs in developing countries. India also wants the ITU to be the supervisory authority of Space Assets. India expressed its desire that ITU should play a more active role in the global Internet governance as envisaged during the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS).

The Indian delegation has been participating in The Plenipotentiary Conference, which is the top policy-making body of the 193 member strong International Telecommunications Union. It meets once in every four years. India has also been pitching for a re-election into the ITU Council.

During the visit, the Minister also met the President and the CEO of Samsung SDI Co. Ltd. Mr. Sang Jin Park in Seoul. The Minister shared the ideas of ‘Digital India’ and the initiative of ‘Make In India’, of the present Indian government with the CEO. The CEO was curious about the changed business environment in India and he informed the Minister about his proposed visit to India next month. The minister also met various other business leaders in the fields of electronics, communication and Information technology.

India needs to step up medical research to keep pace with a changing world – PM

s2014102058085New Delhi : The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, delivering the Convocation Address at the 42nd Convocation of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, in New Delhi today, said “This is not the end of your learning – rather you are now going from a closed and protected classroom, to an open classroom.” Therefore, he added, they should keep the student mindset in them alive, so that they could scale great heights in their profession. He urged the graduating students to follow the examples set by the doyens of the medical fraternity who were being given lifetime achievement awards today. He said the student mindset keeps one energetic throughout life.

Highlighting the importance of the “convocation” (deekshant) in a student`s life, the Prime Minister said the first reference to a convocation was found in the “Taittiriya Upanishad” Shri Narendra Modi said a small action of a doctor, or a small interaction with a patient can provide life to that individual – since doctors are trusted a lot by society. He urged them to keep this in mind in their daily conduct. He said some doctors become popular because they bond with the patient, thereby giving the patient the confidence and strength to fight the disease.

Explaining to the graduating students through several illustrations, that many people and sections of society, had done something, or made sacrifices, so that they could become doctors, the Prime Minister urged them to keep this in mind in their profession. He exhorted them to work with patients with the spirit that the patients have a `right` over them. He expressed hope that society would gain from their work, and the dream of a healthy India would be achieved.

The Prime Minister said that while Indian doctors have made a name for themselves across the world, India needs to step up medical research, to keep pace with a fast-changing world. Therefore, he urged the young doctors to record case-histories in specific areas as they go about their profession. He also urged them to work towards achieving a higher number of publications in scientific journals.

He urged the graduating students to keep a cheerful attitude towards life, even as they fulfilled their responsibilities as doctors and medical professionals, in all seriousness. The Prime Minister suggested that students from poor backgrounds, from nearby schools, could be invited as “special guests” to such convocation programmes. Such events could serve as unique inspirational moments for them, he said.

The Prime Minister also presented lifetime achievement awards to eminent professionals in the field of medical science, and medals and prizes to meritorious students.
[PIB Mumbai]

Gopinath Munde’s daughter Pritam Munde sets victory margin record

Mumbai : BJP’s Pritam Munde, contesting from the Beed Lok Sabha seat in Maharashtra in the by-election held on October 15, has won by nearly 7 lakh votes, setting a new record for highest ever margin of victory in India’s electoral history.

The by-election was necessitated after Pritam’s father and Union Minister Gopinath Munde died in a car crash in Delhi in June 2014.

According to Election Commission results, Pritam Munde bagged a total of 9,16,923 votes, while her nearest rival, Ashok Shankarrao Patil of Congress, secured 2,24,679 votes.

The record for highest victory margin was held by Anil Basu of CPI (M), who had won the Arambagh Lok Sabha seat in West Bengal in 2004 elections by a margin of 5,92,502 votes.

Previously, former Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao at Nandyal in Andhra Pradesh and Ram Vilas Paswan at Hajipur in Bihar had also held records for highest victory margins in Lok Sabha elections.

During 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister  Narendra Modi had won the Vadodara Lok Sabha seat by 5.7 lakh votes.  Mr. Modi later gave up the seat, to retain Varanasi as his constituency.
[PIB Mumbai]

Election Commission ‘censures’ MNS Chief Raj Thackerey for his remarks against non-Maharashtrians

Mumbai : The Election Commission on Sunday ‘censured’ MNS Chief Raj Thackerey for his reported remarks against non-Maharashtrians and asked him to be more circumspect in his public utterances in the future.

The Commission, in its order, rejected Thackeray’s stand that he had merely stated the policy of his party that it would strive to provide job opportunities to people born in the state.

“There cannot be a declaration or announcement of a public policy which is violative of fundamental rights of citizens of India as enshrined in the Constitution of India, like, right to move freely throughout the territory of India, right to reside and settle in any part of India and right of equality of  opportunity for all citizens in matters relating to employment or appointment, under Article 19 and 16 of the Constitution of India,” it said.

The Commission said the MNS chief’s reliance on Inter State Migrants Act, 1979, Private Security Agencies (Regulation) Act, 2005 and Maharashtra Private Security Guards (Regulation of Employment and Welfare) Act, 1981 is “misplaced” as none of the laws prohibits the migration of citizens of India from any part the country to Maharashtra and to seek employment there.

The Commission had issued show-cause notice to Raj Thackerey for violation of Model Code of Conduct for his alleged remarks against non-Maharashtrians and claiming that once his party comes to power, their entry in to the state will be barred.
[PIB Mumbai]

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