Mann Ki Baat: PM Modi lauds Chandrayaan-2 launch, Meghalaya water policy, more | 5 points

first_imgMann Ki Baat: PM Modi lauds Chandrayaan-2 launch, Meghalaya water policy, more | 5 pointsPM Modi also said that those trying to spread hate and obstruct development works in Kashmir will never succeed as he cited a recent government exercise to assert that power of development is stronger than the might of bullets and bombs.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 28, 2019UPDATED: July 28, 2019 13:26 IST PM Modi watches Isro’s Chandrayaan-2 mission. (Photo: Twitter/@narendramodi)HIGHLIGHTSPM congratulated Meghalaya govt for becoming the first state to formulate its own water-policyHe said those trying to spread hate and obstruct development works in J&K will never succeedHe said number of Amarnath Yatra pilgrims this year were four times greater than past four yearsPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday in his Mann ki Baat radio address, lauded the successful launch of Chandrayaan-2, saying he hoped that the mission will inspire the Indian youth towards science and innovation.In his 25-minute address, PM Modi asked people to celebrate August 15 with special preparations and find out new ways to observe Independence Day with greater participation of masses.PM Modi also said that those trying to spread hate and obstruct development works in Kashmir will never succeed as he cited a recent government exercise to assert that power of development is stronger than the might of bullets and bombs.1. Chandrayaan-2 launch:”My dear countrymen, I strongly believe that you would have felt immensely proud on India’s achievement beyond the skies in outer space. The successful launch by our scientists despite the early setback is unprecedented,” PM Modi said.”Chandrayaan-2 is Indian to the core. It is purely Indian in heart and spirit. It is a totally swadeshi and home grown mission. The second important lesson is – never lose hope in face of stumbling blocks or obstacles,” he said.”I fervently hope that Chandrayaan-2 mission will inspire our youth towards science and innovation. We are now expectantly waiting for the month of September, when Lander Vikram and Rover Pragyan will land on Lunar surface,” PM Modi added.2. Meghalaya water policyThe PM also spoke about Meghalaya formulating it own water policy and congratulated the state government.”Meghalaya has become the first state to have formulated its own water-policy. I congratulate Meghalaya government. In Haryana, crops that require meager water are being encouraged. Farmers thus are saved from suffering losses,” PM Modi said.advertisementHe added, “It is the season of festivals. Many fairs are held on these occasions. Why don’t we use these fairs to spread the message of water conservation?”3. ‘Back to Village’ programmePM Modi said the “Back to village” programme held in June in Jammu and Kashmir saw enthusiastic participation of villagers everywhere, including in very sensitive and remote villages, as government officials reached there to discuss development schemes with locals.”Back to Village was not mere government formality that officials roam around the village and return to base, instead of this the officials spent two days and a night at panchayat, enabling them to spend time in village and to reach across to every establishment in village,” he said.”The most heartening aspect of ‘Back to Village’ is the fact, that it was organized in such remote villages, where even officials had to traverse difficult terrain, climb mountains while walking on foot over a period of day or day and a half,” the PM said.”Programmes like these, people’s participation or stake holding indicates that our brothers and sisters in Kashmir want good governance, proves dictum that the power of development is stronger than the might of bullets, bombs,” he added.4. Monsoon season and Amarnath Yatra”In entire India, people of different cultures and languages, celebrate the onset of rainy season in their own fashion,” PM Modi said.PM Modi also noted that over 3 lakh pilgrims completed the Amarnath yatra since July 1 and said it has already outnumbered the number of devotees during 60 days in 2015. Hailing the hospitality of the people of the state, he said it will boost tourism.In the Chardham yatra in Uttarakhand too, large numbers of tourists have visited holy sites, he said, adding that over eight lakh devotees had visited Kedarnath shrine, a record number post the massive 2013 floods that had devastated the region.”While we are talking of the monsoon season, you will be glad to learn that the number of pilgrims in Amarnath Yatra this year were four times greater than the past four years,” he said.”I would especially like to thank the hospitality of people of Jammu and Kashmir while referring to successful organization of Amarnath Yatra. Those who return after performing this pilgrimage become imbued with feelings of warmth, kinship displayed by people of state.””I appeal to all to visit those tourist sports within our country whose scenic beauty is to behold during monsoon. There are no better ways to witness this nation’s beauty, people’s sentiments and no better teachers than tourism, pilgrimage,” PM Modi added.5. Heavy rains and floods”Heavy rainfall in many parts of country has resulted in countrymen suffering due to floods. I assure all the citizens affected by floods, that the Centre in tandem with state governments is working at lightning pace to provide relief and succour,” he assured.advertisementREAD | PM Narendra Modi hails Chandrayaan-2 launch, says every Indian immensely proudALSO READ | Yeh dil maange more: PM Modi recalls Kargil War victory in DelhiALSO WATCH | Kargil victory proved India’s might: PM ModiFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byKritika Bansal Tags :Follow Mann ki baatlast_img read more

UN tribunal combines 2 indictments against Bosnian general Ratko Mladic

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