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23rd February, 2019


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi warns against targeting Kashmiris following Pulwama attack; says our fight is for Kashmir and not against Kashmiris.

  • Prime Minister unveils his vision of making India a ten-trillion Dollar economy; emphasizes on country becoming global leader in renewable energy sources.

  • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to address inaugural plenary session of OIC in Abu Dhabi; India becomes first non-Muslim country to be invited to OIC conference.

  • US President Trump says he understands India's desire for strong action against Pakistan after Pulwama attack.

  • In Assam, death toll in hooch tragedy goes up to 102; two hundred victims undergoing treatment.

  • In Arunachal Pradesh, curfew imposed in Itanagar following violence during 48-hour bandh.

  • India's Apurvi Chandela lifts gold, setting a new world record in women's 10-metre air rifle event in ISSF World Cup in New Delhi.  


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today warned against targeting of Kashmiris in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack. Addressing a public meeting at Tonk in Rajasthan, he said our fight is for Kashmir and not against Kashmiris. The Prime Minister said Kashmiris have suffered most due to terrorism, and the rest of the country must support them. He said security of every Kashmiri is the responsibility of every citizen of the country.

"हमारी लड़ाई आतंकवाद के खिलाफ है। मानवता के दुश्मन जो हैं उनके खिलाफ है और मैं कश्मीर के मेरे भाईयों बहनों को भी विश्वास दिलाता हूं। 40 साल से आप भी आतंकवाद के भुक्तभोगी हैं। चाहे जम्मू हो, लदाख हो, कश्मीर के और इलाके हो ये आज भी शांति चाहते हैं।

The Prime Minister also said that most of the countries and agencies of the world are standing with India after the Pulwama terror attack.

"सम्पूर्ण देश तो आपके साथ है ही, आज पूरा विश्व भी आपके साथ है, दुनिया के ज्यादा तर देश दुनिया की हर बड़ी संस्था आज पुलवामा में करवाए गए आतंकी हमले के खिलाफ एक जूट है एक स्वर से बोल रही हैं

Mr. Modi said peace cannot prevail in the country unless the factory of terrorists is neutralized. He said the country knows how to throttle terror.

Earlier the Prime Minister unveiled his vision for making India a 10-trillion dollar economy, and the third-largest in the world. Mr Modi was addressing the Global Business Summit in New Delhi today. He said he wants the nation to have countless startups, and be a leader in the global drive towards renewable sources of energy.

"We look forward to making India the third largest economy, We want to make an India of countless startups, We want to lead the global drive towards renewable sources of energy, We want to give our people energy security We want to cut down on import dependence, We want to make India a world leader in electric vehicles and energy storage devices.

The Prime Minister said, India has become a net exporter of electricity, and it ensured that crores of households got electricity.


External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has been invited to deliver an address at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Abu Dhabi next month. This is the first time that a leader of non-Muslim country has been invited to the OIC conference. Ms Swaraj will be the Guest of Honour and address the inaugural plenary of the 46th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of OIC on the 1st and 2nd of next month. She will attend the two-day meeting at the invitation of the Foreign Minister of the UAE, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

In a statement, the External Affairs Ministry said, New Delhi sees the invitation as a milestone in the comprehensive strategic partnership with the UAE. It is also a welcome recognition of the presence of 185 million Muslims in India and of India’s contribution to the Islamic world.


US President Donald Trump has said, he understands India's desire for something 'very strong' after the Pulwama terror attack. Talking to reporters at the Oval Office in the White House, he said the situation between India and Pakistan after the terror attack is very dangerous. He was referring to the possibility of a strong response from India following the terrorist attack.


In Nepal, hundreds of people held protests over the killing of 40 Indian security personnel by Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Pulwama. Expressing solidarity with the Indian Government, hundreds of people carried out candlelight marches in Parsa, Majottari, Rupandehi and other adjoining districts. In Kathmandu, officers and staff of the Indian Embassy contributed one day's salary for Bharat ke Veer Corpus Fund for the family members of the CRPF personnel who laid down their lives in the attack.


The number of dead after consuming illicit liquor in Assam has risen to 102. Over 200 patients are undergoing treatment. Most of the deaths have been reported in Golaghat district while others have occurred in Jorhat. Golaghat Deputy Commissioner said, several people are still undergoing treatment and some more have been admitted.

The state government has announced an ex-gratia payment of 2 lakh rupees each to the next of kin of those who died in the tragedy. Official sources said that 50 thousand rupees have been announced for those undergoing treatment. Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal visited Jorhat Medical college and hospital today to meet the patients. Additional medical teams have been deployed. 

Police have arrested 12 persons so far for producing illegal liquor. Meanwhile, a drive against spurious liquor was launched across the state today. 


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana, PM-KISAN scheme at Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh tomorrow. Mr Modi will mark the launch of the scheme, through electronic transfer of the first installment of two thousand rupees to selected farmers.

PM-KISAN was announced in the interim Budget 2019-20 on the 1st of this month. Under the Scheme, 6 thousand rupees will be given per year to small and marginal farmer families having combined land holding or ownership of up to 2 hectares. The amount will be given in three installments of 2 thousand rupees each, per year.


In Arunachal Pradesh, curfew was imposed in the capital city, Itanagar from 3 pm today till 9 am on Monday after violence erupted during the 48 hour-bandh. Various local organizations had called for the bandh on the issue of granting Permanent Resident Certificate, to non Arunachalee settlers in the state.

Meanwhile, Home Minister Rajnath Singh today spoke to Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu and discussed the prevailing situation. Mr Singh urged the people to remain calm and maintain peace. Speaking on the situation, the Chief Minister said:

"अरूणाचल बहुत ही एक पीसफुल एक राज्य है। इसमें अनेकता में एकता बहुत सदियों से ही है। तो इस विषय को लेकर और भी इसमें ज्यादा कनफ्यूज़ होने का नहीं है। आज मैं आप सब से आज यही निवेदन करूंगा कि अभी यहां पर आर्मी का प्रेजेन् भी यहां पर हो गया है तो लॉ एंड ऑर्डर को हमको पूरा रिस्पेक् करना चाहिए। सरकार जनता के लिए है और जनता के वेलफेयर के लिए ही हम लोग काम करेंगे।"


In Uttar Pradesh, at least 11 persons were killed and five others injured in a blast at a carpet factory in Bhadohi district today. The cause of the blast is not yet known. The factory in Chauri collapsed under the impact of the explosion. Many persons are feared trapped under the debris.

"Blast was so powerful that persons passing through the adjacent Bhadohi-Varanasi road also got injured. It was a Carpet Factory where labourars from different states were working and most of the deceased are from Malda district of West Bengal. SP Bhadohi Rajesh Yash told AIR that prima facie it looks that large quantity of crackers were stored illegally in the factory, although reasons behind the blast are yet to be ascertained. Forensic teams and Bomb disposal squad have been called for investigation of blast. Sushil Chandra Tiwari, AIR News, Gorakhpur."


Sitting Lok Sabha member of AIADMK from Tamil Nadu, S Rajendran died in a road accident near Tindivanam today. He represented Villupuram constituency. The President, the Vice President, Prime Minister and the Lok Sabha Speaker have expressed grief on his demise.


The Prime Minister will share his thoughts with the people in India and abroad in his Mann Ki Baat programme of All India Radio tomorrow. It will be the 53rd episode of the monthly radio programme. It will be broadcast on the entire network of AIR and Doordarshan.


In Sports, Apurvi Chandela has won a gold medal in women's 10-metre air rifle event in New Delhi today. This is India's first medal of the ISSF World Cup 2019 at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range. Chandela set a new world record by registering a score of 252.9 points in the final. The Prime Minister has congratulated Chandela on the win.


India's top-ranked badminton player and Olympic silver-medallist PV Sindhu became the first sportswoman to fly in HAL's Light Combat Aircraft, LCA Tejas at the ongoing Aero India air show in Bengaluru today. She was invited by HAL to co-pilot the Tejas aircraft as part of the Women's Day celebrations at the air show.


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