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  • Prime Minister says India needs more scientists to harness technology for the benefit of common man; In Mann Ki Baat programme on All India Radio, calls for developing interest in Science among children at school level.
  • Mr Narendra Modi asks youth to act as ambassadors of digital economy and lead the war against corruption and black money.
  • Stage set for fifth phase of Assembly elections for 51 seats in Uttar Pradesh tomorrow.
  • Country’s first Post Office Passport Seva Kendra becomes operational in Madhya Pradesh’s Vidisha district.
  • At least 17 people killed and 62 injured in a road accident in Meghalaya.
  • In Jammu and Kashmir, a massive landslide cuts off Kishtwar district; Hundreds of vehicles stranded on Doda-Kishtwar highway.
  • US President Donald Trump not to attend this year’s White House Correspondents' Association annual dinner amid tension with media outlets.
  • And, Rio Olympian Thanackal Gopi wins men's title in second edition of IDBI Federal Life Insurance New Delhi Marathon; Monika Athare claims the honours in women's section.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said, India needs more scientists to harness technology for the benefit of the common man. Addressing the nation through Mann Ki Baat programme on All India Radio, Mr Modi said, when science is harnessed keeping in mind the needs of the common people, it becomes the most valuable contributor to general humanity. 

चाहे ग़रीबी से निपटना हो, बीमारियों से बचना हो, दुनिया से जुड़ना हो, ज्ञान, जानकारियाँ पहुँचाना हो - technology ने, विज्ञान ने, अपनी जगह दर्ज़ करा दी है।

Mr Modi stressed upon making science more attractive for the younger generation to produce more scientists. He called for developing interest in science subjects among children at the school level.

Hailing the scientific community, the Prime Minister said, India created history by becoming the first country to successfully launch a 104 satellites in one go on the 15th of this month. He said, ISRO's cost effective space programme has drawn world wide acclaim. 

एक-साथ 104 satellites को अन्तरिक्ष में भेजकर इतिहास रचने वाला भारत दुनिया का पहला देश बन गया। और ये भी खुशी की बात है कि यह लगातार 38वाँ PSLV का सफल launch है। यह केवल ISRO के लिये, बल्कि पूरे भारत के लिये एक ऐतिहासिक उपलब्धि है। ISRO का यह cost effective efficient space programme सारी दुनिया के लिये एक अजूबा बन गया है

Mr Modi said, India's earth observation satellite Cartosat 2D will help in mapping of resources and infrastructure, evaluating development and planning for urban development. The Prime Minister pointed out that farmers will be greatly benefit by it.

देश में जो सभी जल स्रोत है, वो कितना है, उसका उपयोग कैसे हो सकता है, क्या-क्या ध्यान रखना चाहिए, इन सारे विषयों पर ये हमारा नया satellite Cartosat 2D बहुत मदद करेगा। हमारे Satellite ने जाते ही कुछ तस्वीरें भेजी हैं। उसने अपना काम शुरू कर दिया है। हमारे लिये ये भी ख़ुशी की बात है कि इस सारे अभियान का नेतृत्व, हमारे युवा वैज्ञानिक, हमारी महिला वैज्ञानिक, उन्होंने किया है।

The Prime Minister said, India has scaled new heights in the area of defence through the successful test firing of Ballistic Interceptor Missile. Mr Modi said, there are only four or five countries in the world, who possess this capability. He said, the missile can hit enemy targets even from a distance of 2000 kilometres and pre-emptively destroy it in space itself.

Interception technology वाले इस missile ने अपने trial के दौरान ज़मीन से क़रीब-क़रीब 100 किलोमीटर की ऊँचाई पर दुश्मन की missile को ढेर करके सफलता अंकित कर दी। सुरक्षा के क्षेत्र में ये बहुत ही महत्वपूर्ण सिद्धि है; और आपको जान करके ख़ुशी होगी, दुनिया के मुश्किल से चार या पाँच ही देश हैं कि जिन्हें ये महारत हासिल है।

Mr Modi said, the country is fast moving towards digital transactions. He said, Lucky Grahak Yojana and Digi Dhan Vyapari Yojana have received overwhelming response from the people. Mr Modi asked everyone, especially the youth and the winners of the two schemes, to act as ambassadors of digital economy and lead the war against corruption and black money. He also asked the youth to teach at least a 125 people about BHIM App so that it could be taken to 125 crore people.

इस बार की बाबा साहेब अम्बेडकर की जयंती और BHIM App, इसको विशेष महत्व दें और इसलिये मैं कहना चाहूँगा, डॉ. बाबा साहेब ने रखी नींव को हमें मज़बूत बनाना है; घर-घर जाकर सबको जोड़ कर 125 करोड़ हाथों तक BHIM App पहुँचाना है।

Mr Modi also mentioned about a Mobile App for fishermen, which gives location of most productive fishing zones. It also provides information, such as the direction and speed of the wind, and the height of waves.

Expressing happiness over record food grain production, Mr Modi said, two thousand 7 hundred lakh tonnes of food grain was produced this year. He said, this is 8 per cent more than the previous record.

Speaking about the forthcoming International Women's Day, the Prime Minister said, the movement of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao is progressing well. He said, Cuddalore district administration has banned child marriage under a special campaign and opened nearly 60 thousand bank accounts of girls under Sukanya Samridhi Yojana.


The News Services Division of All India Radio in its “Spotlight and News Analysis” programmes will bring you a discussion on the “PRIME MINISTER’S ADDRESS TO THE NATION IN MANN KI BAAT”.


This can be heard on the Rajdhani/FMGold Channels and additional frequencies from 9.15 p.m.


The fifth phase of Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh will take place tomorrow. 51 constituencies, spread over 11 districts in Terai and eastern part of the State, will go to polls in this phase. The districts are Balrampur, Gonda, Faizabad, Ambedkar Nagar, Bahraich, Shravasti, Siddharth Nagar, Basti, Sant Kabir Nagar, Amethi and Sultanpur. Over 1 crore 81 lakh voters are eligible to exercise their franchise. Our Correspondent reports, all arrangements are in place to ensure free and fair polls.

"Six police observers have been deployed to keep eyes on security arrangements. Indo- Nepal border, inter district and inter- state borders have been sealed. Central Para Military Forces are engaged in conducting flag march to in still sense of security among electorates. A total of 607 candidates including 40 women are in the fray. BJP, BSP, Samajwadi Party, Congress and RLD have intensified their campaigning for remaining two phases of polls. BJP president Amit Shah, Union Minister Rajnath Singh, Party's state unit president Keshav Prasad Maurya Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and BSP supremo Mayawati have addressed several public meetings in different districts where polling will be held in sixth and seventh phases of elections". Sunil Shukla, AIR News Lucknow.

Elaborate security measures have been made in Siddharth Nagar district bordering Nepal for free, fair and peaceful voting. More from our correspondent:

" In Siddharth Nagar all borders along with Indo-Nepal boundary have been sealed since yesterday evening. Transportation and sale of liquor is banned till election' is over and  liquor shops may be easily  seen displaying boards "closed till election". It is first time when liqueur shops in Nepal along with poll bound border area are closed. Rivers in the area are also put under patrolling to avoid any eventuality. Election official told most of the Polling parties have reached  their destination. A total 18 lakhs 52 thousand 610 voters including nearly 8 lakhs 48 thousand women are eligible to decided the fate of 48 candidates in fray across five assemblies segment. M S Yadav, AIR, News, Siddharth Nagar".

Meanwhile, Campaigning for the last two phases is in full swing. Today,  several senior party leaders of political parties addressed meetings in the assembly areas where elections take place in the sixth phase on 4th March. 

Leaders of various political parties addressed over a dozen public meetings and rallies in seven districts of eastern UP today. Attacking on both Samjawadi party and BSP, BJP President Amit Shah said both the parties pushed the state toward the backward condition. He was addressing rallies in Azamgarh and Paniyara in Maharajganj districts today. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav also addressed several rallies in Maharajganj and Kushinagar districts. He continued his attack on Prime Minister Modi on demonetization issue. BSP supremo Mayawati promised that her government would work towards the creation of a separate poorvanchal state. She was addressing rallies in Gorakhpur and Ballia district. Sanjay Pratap, AIR News ALLAHABAD.


In Manipur, campaigning is in full swing with political heavyweights from different political parties addressing election rallies to woo voters. Voting for the 60-member Assembly will be held in two phases. The first phase of polling will be on 4th March and the second on 8th March. More from our Correspondent:

With less than a week for the first phase of assembly polls, Chief Electoral Officer, Vivek Kumar Dewagan said that the Chief Electoral Office is fully prepared for smooth conduct of the ensuing assembly election. Speaking exclusively to AIR at Imphal this afternoon, he said that 280 companies of central para-military forces will be deployed and only personnel of the central para-military forces will be deputed in all polling stations. He also said that election related materials have been procured and all officials assigned for the ensuing assembly election have been trained. Gin Gangte, AIR News, Imphal.

The country’s first Post Office Passport Seva Kendra has become operational in Vidisha district of Madhya Pradesh. It was inaugurated by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Here's More from our corrrepondent:

Now residents of Vidisha and adjoining districts Raisen, Guna, Ashoknagar, Sagar and Damoh will not need to go Bhopal to get a passport. The Vidisha’s Post Office Passport Seva Kendra will work as Laghu Passport Seva Kendra. Officials said that efforts will be made to examine applications and approve them in a single day itself. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj represents Vidisha in Lok Sabha. Laghu passport kendras will also be opened in Jabalpur, Gwalior and Satna of the state. Shariq Noor, AIR News Bhopal.


In Meghalaya, at least 17 people were killed and 62 injured when a truck ferrying them to a church service overturned in West Khasi Hills district today.

The District Superintendent of Police said, the truck overturned after hitting the railing at the side of the road due to overspeeding.


In Jammu and Kashmir, a massive landslide has cut off the mountainous district of Kishtwar from Jammu city, leaving hundreds of vehicles stranded en route the Doda-Kishtwar highway. Police said, the highway has been blocked due to a massive landslide in Drabshala belt and is covered with big rocks and boulders. They said, the men and machinery, both are working to clear the blockade on the highway.


US President Donald Trump has said, he will not attend the White House Correspondents' Association annual dinner, in a break from tradition. This year's dinner is scheduled for 29th April.

In the past few days, Trump has accused the mainstream American media as real enemy of the country. Several major news outlets including, The New York Times, CNN and BBC, were barred yesterday from attending an off-camera White House briefing. The unprecedented move escalated tensions in the already fraught relationship between the Trump administration and the media.


Rio Olympian Thanackal Gopi won the men's title in the second edition of the IDBI Federal Life Insurance New Delhi Marathon today. Monika Athare claimed the honours in the women's section.

In Men's full marathon, Gopi clocked 2 hours, 15 minutes and 37 seconds to win the race in his first appearance in the event.

In women's full marathon, Monika Athare from Nashik completed the race in 2 hours, 39 minutes and 08 seconds, to bag her maiden title at this distance.


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