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Achieving Goal of “Swachh Bharat” Will Be True Tribute to Mahatma Gandhi: Ram Nath Kovind

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President Ram Nath Kovind

New Delhi, Oct 1, 2017: Urging cleanliness be made a national movement, President Ram Nath Kovind said on Sunday that achieving the goal of “Swachh Bharat” will be true tribute to Mahatma Gandhi.

Kovind, who is currently in Maharashtra on an official tour, will visit Gujarat, the home state of Gandhi on his birth anniversary to pay tributes to the Father of the Nation.

On the eve of Gandhi Jayanti, the President said that Gandhi Jayanti is an occasion to rededicate to the ideals and values of Mahatma Gandhi, who believed that ‘cleanliness is next to godliness’.

“Cleanliness is not only the responsibility of sanitation personnel and government departments. Today, India is fighting a decisive battle for cleanliness and hygiene through the ‘Swachhta Hi Seva’ campaign.

“Let us also commit ourselves to ensuring public hygiene, personal hygiene and environmental hygiene. It is a multi-stakeholder national movement. Achieving the goals of the Swachh Bharat Mission expeditiously will be a true expression of tribute and regard to Gandhiji on his birth anniversary,” he said.

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Describing Gandhi as a man of simple living and a moral preceptor, Kovind said that he gave a new direction to the country through his leadership.

“His philosophy of non-violence and peaceful co-existence is of increasing relevance in the present times. Through the symbols of Charkha, the spinning wheel and khadi, he stressed the message of self-reliance and dignity of labour,” he said.

Kovind will commence his Gujarat engagements with paying his tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at his birth place, Kirti Mandir at Porbandar.

Later, he will attend a function organised by the state government to declare Open Defacation Free status for rural Gujarat at Kirti Mandir.

The President will also inaugurate various projects including upgradation of Veraval and Porbandar fishing Harbour, upgradation of Navibandar, Miyani and Salaya Fish Landing Centre, laying the stone for development of Mangrol Phase-III fishing Harbour, announcement for development of Veraval Phase-II.

He will also foundation stone of Porbandar Phase-II, Navabandar, Mandhavad and Sutrapada Fishing Harbours and inauguration of Mangrol Rural Water Supply Augmentation Scheme of 45 villages at Mangrol, an official statement said. (IANS)

 

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Modi seeks Healthy Media Debate on Democracy in Political Parties

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New Delhi, October 28: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday urged the media to debate democracy and the democratic values of political parties for transparency in the evolution of their leadership and in their recruitment.

“You (the media) show us what we need to focus on. Democracy in political parties is something that the country is adapting to. We need to have transparency in the recruitment that political parties do. How the leadership of a political party evolves? What kind of opportunities are given to new generations? Do democratic values form the core of their values. It should become an issue of our debate and deeply so,” Modi said in his address to the media at the BJP’s annual Diwali Milan here.

At the event that was also attended by BJP President Amit Shah along and other senior party leaders, the Prime Minister highlighted media’s positive role in promoting democratic values in India.

“Democracy in political parties is a subject more people should know more about. It is true that the funding of political parties is a point of media discussion and many things come out in the open. But overall, how they are formed, how they function, how they recruit, their values, their ideologies and their weaknesses, what is the reason behind such weaknesses… all this should be debated,” he said, adding that political parties evolving “with a true democratic spirit is necessary for the country, necessary for a democracy”.

“I hope the people who are here will one day carry the debate forward.”

He paid his gratitude to media for its “positive role” it played in making the Swachh Bharat Mission a success, despite criticizing the government over other issues.

“Half of the newspaper pages would be filled with the government’s criticism. But when it comes to the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, all are on the same page. I thank each one of you for making it a personal mission.”(IANS)

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China pays Tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, Celebrates Gandhi Jayanti in Beijing

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Mahatma Gandhi

Beijing, Oct 02: China on Monday celebrated the 148th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, with the India Embassy in Beijing releasing commemorative postage stamps on the Ramayana.

Many Chinese nationals offered flowers to a statue of Gandhi at Beijing’s Chaoyang Park, while school children recited his famous quotes in Mandarin on a nippy overcast day.

“Gandhiji looked forward to a day when a free India and a free China could cooperate in friendship and brotherhood for their own good and for the benefit of Asia and the World,” Wilson Babu, Charge D’Affaires at the Indian embassy, said.

“Leaders of our two countries have been striving to build strong India-China relations based on Gandhiji’s ideals of world peace and respect for all human beings.”

In Shanghai, the Indian Consulate organised a series of events including a memorial lecture, screening of a documentary film and a painting completion for children of the Indian community.

Mahatma Gandhi has become increasingly popular in China, with many Chinese researchers studying his ideology of non-violence.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869, in Porbandar in Gujarat to Putlibai and Karamchand Gandhi. (IANS)

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Celebs Hope Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy lives on forever

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Mumbai, Oct 2 : On 148th birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi, Indian stars like Kamal Haasan, Kabir Bedi, Anil Kapoor and Anushka Sharma paused to remember his legacy.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869, in Gujarat’s Porbandar town to Putlibai and Karamchand Gandhi. His birthday is also observed as the International Day of Non-Violence.

Gandhi was assassinated on January 30, 1948, by Nathuram Godse, a Hindu nationalist during a prayer meeting at the Birla House in New Delhi. Gandhi is admired across the world for his nonviolent philosophy of passive resistance. He was known to his many followers as the Mahatma.

Here’s what the stars tweeted:

Shekhar Kapur?: He did not ask to be worshipped. Nor his portrait on a wall. He taught us simplicity brotherhood and non materialism. And we failed #Gandhi

Kamal Haasan?: First they ignore you then they laugh at you then they fight you and then you win- Gandhi ji. His words impart strength we need now

Shaan: Today being Gandhi Jayanti and Birthday of Shastri ji, makes it the perfect day to #GiftHappiness! Share someone’s pain…spare a smile..

Kabir Bedi: Saluting the memory of Bapu ji, who defeated an empire with the power of peaceful #Satyagraha. #MahatmaGandhi #GandhiJayanti

Anil Kapoor: Remembering the personal sacrifices and the national legacy of the man who laid down his life for our country…#GandhiJayanti #GandhiMyFather

Anupam Kher: Two great leaders who impacted my life in different ways were born today. My hand folded Pranams to #GandhiJi and #LalBahadurShastriJi.

Anushka Sharma: His greatness was and is about understanding this and speaking it out to millions. May you all find that greatness in you. Happy #GandhiJayanti

Kailash Kher: Non-violence is the weapon of the strong. Mahatma Gandhi another super significance #InternationalNonviolenceDay

Nimrat Kaur: I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent: #GandhiForever

Kajol: It’s a good day for peace. Happy Gandhi Jayanti.

Juhi Chawla: When you make the change, the world around you automatically starts changing!.

Ajay Devgn: There couldn’t be a more apt way to celebrate #GandhiJayanti than to mark it as Rashtriya Swachhta Divas.

Mallika Sherawat: Remembering Bapu, Father of the Nation on his 148th birth anniversary #GandhiJayanti #MahatmaGandhi #jaihind

Manisha Koirala: Happy Gandhi Jayanti to all! #GandhiJayanti #Motivation #Change #Life

Kunal Kohli: #GandhiJayanthi remembering Bapu and Lal Bahadur Shastri on their bda”s. Shastr”s death remains an unsolved mystery. Bapu taught, we forgot

Ritesh Sidhwani: Today is a day to pay tribute to an exceptional leader. Remembering Gandhiji on his 148th birth anniversary. #GandhiJayanti

Divya Dutta: Happy Gandhi Jayanti!!! Lets pledge at least self discipline and awareness in keeping our surroundings clean!!!#SwachhataHiSewa

Raveena Tandon: We hope, we pray, to continue the legacy you left for us , against all odds. Jai Hind !

Riteish Deshmukh: Humble tribute to the father of our nation. His core values are as relevant today as they were during our freedom struggle. #GandhiJayanti

Shreya Ghoshal: Remembering Gandhiji on his 148th birth anniversary #GandhiJayanti May his principles guide us through our lives across all generations

Saiyami Kher: The father of our nation propagated truth and non-violence. It would bring real ‘acche din’ if we all followed his philosophy. (IANS)