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Modi Govt. to introduce aptitude certificates instead of character certificates in schools

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi:  On Friday Prime Minister Narendra Modi revealed the government’s plans to introduce aptitude certificates in the place of character certificates in schools. In an attempt to infuse new thinking, he has also asked for professionals to volunteer and teach the students.

Fielding questions from students across the country at a programme to mark Teachers’ Day, Modi also gave insights into his own childhood — of how he would wash his clothes at a pond and iron them using a pot containing pieces of burning coal.

To a question from a child on the International Day of Yoga, held on June 21, Modi said he chose it because it is the day of the summer solstice when the sun shines longest over the northern hemisphere.

Modi said the government is trying to bring a “small change” by doing away with character certificates issued when students leave school and instead have aptitude certificates.

He said a software and a questionnaire will be developed on the child’s abilities which would be filled in by school friends, parents and the teachers.

He believes this would help to throw light on the important facets of the child and it will be easier for the student to realize what he or she wants to do in life. “The department is working on this,” he said.

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To another question, Modi said that there is a lot of talent in the country waiting to be tapped, and proposed that professionals could spend one hour a week to teach children.

“If doctors and lawyers spend time to teach children, if they spend 100 hours a year, it will infuse new life to the profession,” he said.

To another question from a student, Modi said if he had become a clerk his parents would have been equally happy, and that his parents were not in an economic condition to dream big.

The prime minister advised parents not to force their dreams on their children and instead recognize their potentials.

Asked if there was a recipe for success, Modi said that there was no recipe for success and that one should have the determination to succeed, and not be bowed down by disappointments along the way.

He also advised children to read “Pollyanna”, a best-selling 1913 novel by Eleanor H. Porter, on inculcating positive thinking.

To another question on how Digital India would work in villages without power, Modi said he has tasked officials to provide power to the 18,000 villages without power in 1,000 days.

He said solar power could also be tapped and that Digital India was for bringing good governance.

“If we have to bring good governance then we have to go towards e-governance, an empowerment movement. Digital India is to empower the common people. My dream is that in 2022, by then 24X7 power should be there in every home, I am striving for that.”

Asked what games he liked to play as a child, Modi said he played kabaddi and kho-kho, and while going to the pond to wash clothes he learnt swimming and that became a hobby.

He said he also got interested in yoga. He would also sit on the edge of cricket fields and pick up the cricket balls and hand it over.

To a question, Modi said he wants to introduce waste management in a big way in villages and towns.

To a praise from another youngster on popularizing the Modi Kurta brand, the prime minister said he has no fashion designer.

“When I was small I left home and wandered around; I had a small bag with little possessions, some books and some clothes. In Gujarat, it is not very cold, so I would wear kurta-pyjama and wash my own clothes. I thought why wear long sleeves, and I cut it and started wearing it like that.

“In my childhood, I had no means to iron clothes, so I would put burning coal in a lota and iron clothes. The idea is to live properly,” he said.

He also recounted how he would pick up used chalk pieces after school to whiten the canvas shoes gifted by a relative.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Modi pens foreword for Hema Malini’s biography

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New Delhi, Oct 13 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi has penned a “short, crisp and sweet” foreword for “Beyond The Dreamgirl”, an authorised biography of actress and BJP MP Hema Malini.

The book, by former editor of Stardust and producer Ram Kamal Mukherjee, will be launched on October 16, when the “evergreen beauty” turns 69. Its launch also marks the celebration of Hema Malini’s glorious run of 50 years in Indian showbiz.

“Our PM has written very briefly in the book about his feelings for Hemaji. It’s short, crisp and sweet, not rubble and bubble. It’s an honour for me as an author and for Hemaji also that it is perhaps the first time that an active Prime Minister has written a foreword for a book on a Bollywood actor,” Mukherjee told IANS over the phone from Mumbai.

Having started her film career in 1968 with Raj Kapoor-starrer “Sapno Ka Saudagar”, she regaled movie buffs with roles in films like “Seeta Aur Geeta”, “Sholay”, “Dream Girl” and “Satte Pe Satta”. An accomplished classical dancer, Hema Malini earned the epithet of ‘Dreamgirl’ for her flawless beauty, and became a pioneering female superstar in an otherwise male-oriented film industry.

In 1999, Hema Malini campaigned for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate in the Lok Sabha elections in Gurdaspur, Punjab. She is now a BJP MP from Mathura constituency.

“I guess it’s all because of Hemaji’s credentials and contribution to art and cinema that Mr Modi agreed to pen the foreword. When I was interacting with his office, they were very happy that Hemaji did not just limit her talk in the book to Bollywood,” said Mukherjee, who had in 2005 released a coffee table book called “Hema Malini Diva Unveiled”.

“Beyond The Dreamgirl”, published by HarperCollins India, will give readers an in-depth look into her life.

“It is divided into 23 chapters, covering her childhood, teens, Bollywood, rise as an actor, romance, colleagues, marriage, her second innings, launching Shah Rukh Khan in ‘Dil Aashna Hai’ — which she directed — her ballet, her political journey and spiritual journey. There are two chapters dedicated to her daughters Esha and Ahana.

“She has also spoken about her Agra accident and her singing career. We have summed it all up with a chapter called ‘Bliss’. This book will also have Hemaji’s family tree, which has not been published earlier, and there will be a lot of exclusive unseen photographs from her personal, professional and political spheres,” Mukherjee said.

The ageless talent has shared an insight into her life with Dharmendra as well as spoken on political figures like Modi, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, L.K. Advani and Sushma Swaraj.

How did Mukherjee get Modi to pen the foreword?

“It was not something thought of when I started writing the book two years ago. I started my research and wanted somebody else to do the foreword,” he said, without naming the film industry person whom he had approached.

“It was almost like a miracle to have Mr Modi write for us. When I discussed it with Hemaji, her first expression was, ‘I hope you know what you’re saying. I know you’re under pressure, but I think you’re losing your mind’.

“When I said there’s no harm in trying, she said, ‘You try and do whatever you want to do’. Then it was a process.”

The writer feels it’s the actress’ constant effort in promoting Indian classical music and dance through her ballets on Hindu mythological characters like Durga and Meera, which Modi appreciates.

“I think Mr Modi liked her inclination towards classical dance and music and how she promotes it at international platforms. I think this is a USP of Hema Maliniji, apart from she being Hema Malini. And I guess that’s also what justifies the title of the book.”(IANS)

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Actor “Prabhas” extends support to Modi’s Clean India campaign

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Prabhas extends support to Modi's Clean India campaign
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Chennai, Sep 29 : “Baahubali” fame Prabhas on Friday said he extends his full support to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Swachhata Hi Seva” movement, adding that he sees the Clean India campaign not as a duty but as a habit.

“As we approach this significant day, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhiji, who always strived for cleanliness, I would like to take this opportunity to highlight the great work happening on making India clean and green with the Swachh Bharat Initiative,” Prabhas posted on his Facebook page.

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He added that Clean India is something he personally believes in.

“Keeping my country clean and healthy is not just my duty as a citizen but also a habit. To all those who feel the same, let’s continue doing our best for a cleaner India,” he said.

Earlier this month, Modi had written personal letters to celebrities, industrialists and noted personalities to enlist their support for the initiative.

Quoting Mahatma Gandhi, Modi said Swachhata is for each of us to practice.

He also said the days leading up to Gandhi Jayanti on October 2 should be about “encouraging widespread participation in cleanliness initiatives across the country.”

Superstar Rajinikanth and filmmaker S.S Rajamouli have already expressed their support.(ians)

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PM Narendra Modi: Don’t believe in vote bank politics, Nation comes first

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Varanasi, Sep 23: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Saturday, said that the BJP did not believe in vote bank politics as the country was above party politics. This is his second day of the visit to his parliamentary constituency in Varanasi.

Modi told a gathering that he had launched a major war against corruption and the corrupt to ease the life of the common man. He also said cleanliness was worship for him as it could rid the poor of various diseases and a lot of economic burdens.

“Governance for us is not about votes or winning elections. The priority is the development of the nation. For us, the country is bigger than party,” he said, in his address to farmers in Shahanshahpur on the outskirts of Varanasi.

He said most of the problems faced by the common people in India were rooted in corruption.

“I have launched a war against it and will take it further to ensure that graft is weeded out from the country.”(IANS)