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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi says expanse and diversity of the Nation is a source of inspiration for citizens.
  • In his 'Mann Ki Baat' programme on All India Radio Mr Modi appeals people to keep fit, pick up an activity of their interest and integrate adventure into their lives.
  • ISRO's Yuvika programme is a very commendable effort to integrate youth with science says, Prime Minister.
  • Ahmedabad and Agra all geared up to accord a grand welcome to US President Trump tomorrow.
  • And in Cricket, India trail by 39 runs in their second innings against New Zealand in first test at Wellington.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that India's diversity fills each and every countryman with a sense of pride. Sharing his thoughts in the 62nd episode of the Mann Ki Baat programme on All India Radio this morning, he said, the expanse and diversity of the Nation is a source of inspiration for the citizens. Citing his recent visit to the Hunar Haat in the national capital, Mr Modi said, it reflects the country’s diverse expanse, cultures, traditions, cuisines and the warmth of emotions. Mr Modi said, listening to a divyang woman at the Hunar Haat was a source of fulfillment for him. Earlier, the woman used to sell paintings on the pavement and her life changed after she connected with the Hunar Haat. 

"हुनर हाट में एक दिव्यांग महिला की बातें सुनकर बड़ा संतोष हुआ। उन्होंने मुझे बताया कि पहले वो फुटपाथ पर अपनी paintings बेचती थी। लेकिन हुनर हाट से जुड़ने के बाद उनका जीवन बदल गया। आज वो ना केवल आत्मनिर्भर है बल्कि उन्होंने खुद का एक घर भी खरीद लिया है।"

The Prime Minister said that over the past three years, through Hunar Haat, close to three lakh artisans and crafts persons have gained many opportunities of employment.

Mr Modi said a nation that is fit will always be a nation that is a hit. He appealed to the people to pick up any activity of their interest and integrate adventure into their lives. He said the geography of India provides many opportunities for adventure sports as it is is blessed with mountains, deserts, forests and seas. The Prime Minister cited the example of Kamya Karthikeyan who has conquered Mount Aconcagua at the young age of just twelve years. 

"ये, दक्षिण अमेरिका में ANDES पर्वत की सबसे ऊँची चोटी है, जो लगभग 7000 meter ऊँची है। हर भारतीय को ये बात छू जायेगी कि जब इस महीने की शुरुआत में काम्या ने चोटी को फ़तेह किया और सबसे पहले, वहाँ, हमारा तिरंगा फहराया। मुझे यह भी बताया गया है कि देश को गौरवान्वित करने वाली काम्या, एक नये Mission पर है, जिसका नाम हैMission साहस"

Mr Modi said, India's children and youth are increasingly taking a keen interest in Science and Technology. He said, record satellite launches into space, new records, new missions fill up every Indian heart with a sense of pride. Mr Modi recalled that when he was in Bengaluru during the launch of Chandrayan-2, he witnessed immense enthusiasm on the part of the children present there. He said, ISRO's Yuvika programme is a very commendable effort to integrate the youth with science.

"इस प्रोग्राम में, अपने exam के बाद, छुट्टियों में students, ISRO के अलग-अलग centres में जाकर Space Technology, Space Science और Space Applications के बारे में सीखते हैं। आपको यदि यह जानना है training कैसी है ? किस प्रकार की है ? कितनी रोमांचक है ? पिछली बार जिन्होंने इसको attend किया है, उनके experience अवश्य पढ़ें."

Mr Modi said, Ladakh witnessed a momentous event on the 31st of last month when an Indian Air Force AN-32 aircraft took off from Leh's Kushok Bakula Rimpoche Airport. A mixture of 10 per cent Indian Bio-jet fuel was used in this flight and this was the first time that this mix was used in both engines.

The Prime Minister also said India is home to many migratory species of birds and over 500 varieties fly in from varied regions. He said, this phenomenon was discussed and deliberated upon in the recently held COP-13 in Gandhinagar. He expressed delight that biologists have recently discovered a new species of fish whose habitat is within the caves of Meghalaya. 

Prime Minister Modi exuded pride that women in New India are taking on new challengs and setting the  pace for a positive transformation in society. He cited the example of women in Purnia of Bihar who formed mulberry-production co-operatives with assistance from the Government.

Mr Modi also gave the example of 105 year old Bhagirathi Amma from Kollam in Kerala who restarted her school education despite her advanced age.The Prime Minister greeted fellow citizens for Mahashivaratri which was celebrated on Friday. He also greeted the Nation for the upcoming festivals of Holi, Gudi Padva, Navaraatri and Ram Navami.


Now news on the visit of US President Donald Trump:

Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad the largest cricket stadium in the world is the venue for hosting the Namaste Trump event tomorrow. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump will share a stage in front of more than one lakh people at the Stadium. All preparations for the high profile roadshow and Namaste Trump program are complete.


Taj Nagri, Agra, in Uttar Pradesh is all geared up to welcome American President Donald Trump. Mr Trump is slated to arrive in Agra tomorrow after attending the 'Namaste Trump' event at Ahmedabad. The Trump family will spend about an hour at the Taj Mahal before sunset.  More from our correspondent:

"Preparations are in full swing to welcome the President Trump at the historic city AGRA. Streets are being spruced up, walls beautified with thematic paintings and the lawns of the iconic Taj Mahal are being decorated with flowers. Huge billboards bearing images of President Trump shaking hands with PM Modi have also been put up across the city to signify the friendship between the two countries. A multi-level security cover will be in place for the visit and police and paramilitary and other forces are keeping a hawk-eyed vigil in the city. The huge police deployment will be in addition to officials of the United States Secret Service, and officials of the National Security Guards. This is Sushil Chandra Tiwari for All India Radio.

Our Correspondent, spoke to some local people about Trump's visit

Hectic preparations are underway in the national capital to welcome the US President. Our correspondent has filed this report:-

"Tulips and multi-colour hybrid dahlias besides floral boards are adorning various prominent spots in Lutyen's Delhi to welcome the US President. Various prominent spots, including roundabouts, are being beautified with flowers. From Ahmedabad, President Trump will travel to Agra before arriving at the national capital for the main leg of the visit. Over 15,000 pots of tulips and multi-colour hybrid dahlias have been arranged, to be placed at Hyderabad House, which is the venue for delegation-level talks between the US President and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Meanwhile, preparations are also underway in a Delhi school for the visit of First Lady Melania Trump to attend a happiness class. A multi-tier security arrangement comprising the Delhi Police, US Secret Service and other agencies will be in place in the national capital, during the visit. Suparna Saikia, AIR News, Delhi."

Meanwhile, the white House says that India US relations are based on shared democratic traditions, common strategic interests, and enduring bonds between the people of both the countries.  Here is a report by our correspondent Anand Chaturvedi on this:

"Not many would know that in 2014 , much before his election to the white house , Donald Trump in a personal visit to Pune spoke highly about Narendra Modi. Rose Garden in the White House was witness to the rejuvenation of the bond between both the unique democracies where both the leaders met for their first official meeting in 2017. Since then Prime Minister Modi and President Trump met on number of occasions on the sidelines of ASEAN, G-7 , G-20 and the UNGA meet. Every such meeting has displayed immense affection and trust which both the world leaders share. The warmth of their personal relation was remarkably displayed in the historical welcome which Mr. Modi received in Houstan, Texas last year in the Howdy Modi event. Lets listen in to what President Trump said last year on his personal chemistry with Mr.Modi: Anand Chaturvedi, AIR News, Delhi."


The Non-Resident Indian community in the US are excited about US President Donald Trump's upcoming visit to India.   Speaking to AIR News, Digamber Eslampure from New York said, the visit will strengthen India-US relations.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said India is looking forward to welcoming US President Donald Trump to India. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, it is an honour that he will be in India tomorrow, starting with the historic programme in Ahmedabad. 


India were struggling at 144 for four in their second innings at the end of the third day's play of the first Cricket Test against New Zealand in Wellington today. India now trail New Zealand by 39 runs. Ajinkya Rahane on 25 and Hanuma Vihari on 15 were at the crease when stumps were drawn. Indian top-order batsmen found Trent Boult's high-quality swing bowling too hot to handle who claimed 3 wickets for 27 in 16 overs today. Mayank Agarwal was the highest scorer with 58 runs. Prithvi Shaw made 14, Cheteshwar Pujara 11 and skipper Virat Kohli 19. New Zealand were earlier bowled out for 348 in their first innings in reply to India's 165.



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