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‘Digital Economy’ will be the focus of the 21st National Youth Festival in Rohtak

The 21st Nation Youth Festival which will to take place in Rohtak, aims at creating awareness among the nation's youth about digital economy and such issues

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Chandigarh, Jan 8, 2017: The 21st National Youth Festival which is scheduled to begin on January 12 in Rohtak, will mostly be promoting digital economy. Also, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to address the function through video-conferencing.

The NYF will be organised from January 12 to 16 in the sports stadium complex of Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak. The theme of the event is – ‘Youth for Digital India’, an official spokesman mentioned today.

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh would be present as the Chief Guest at the inauguration of the festival. Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent Charge) Vijay Goel would be the guest of honour. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar would preside over the ceremony, mentioned PTI report.

The festival would experience active participation of youth from all over the country in various competitive and non-competitive events, the spokesman stated. A gala cultural event would take place during the opening ceremony, he said.

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Eminent scholars, youth icons, authors, and motivational speakers are expected to participate in the ‘Suvichar and Youth Convention of NYF-2017’.

State contingents would take part in competitive events such as folk dance, one act play in English and Hindi, classical vocal solo in Hindustani and Carnatic, various forms of folk music, classical instruments and classical dance, he said.

The festival would also project the policies and programs of the central government, including those being adopted to propagate digital economy, he said.

There will be Stalls for digital payment training to educate the masses about digital financial transactions and will provide necessary answers about the much-debated topic of a ‘Cashless Economy’.

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The authorities have arranged to set up a number of ‘Selfie Spots’ with backdrops based on the ‘flagship’ program of the central government, the official informed.

Following the recent economic confusion the country has been subjected to, a convention like this is very much required to let the youth decide the pros and cons of the Government’s action on their own.

– prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang

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The Election Commission announced that the BJP won 303 out of 542 seats in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of Parliament

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Newly elected lawmakers from India's ruling alliance led by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party raise their hands in support of Narendra Modi's election as their leader in New Delhi, May 25, 2019. VOA

India’s president on Saturday appointed Narendra Modi as the prime minister soon after newly elected lawmakers from the ruling alliance, led by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, elected him as their leader following a thunderous victory in national elections.

President Ram Nath Kovind said in a tweet that he also asked Modi to forward the names of those to be appointed as ministers in his government and the date for the swearing-in for his second five-year term as prime minister. Modi and some leaders of his alliance met the president on Saturday.

Media reports said Modi was likely to be sworn in by Kovind on Thursday.

BJP president Amit Shah announced Modi’s name as the leader of the National Democratic Alliance in a meeting of the lawmakers in the Central Hall of Parliament in New Delhi.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, second right, hugs senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader M.M. Joshi as L.K. Advani, left, watches after Modi’s election as ruling alliance leader, in New Delhi, May 25, 2019. VOA

The Election Commission announced that the BJP won 303 out of 542 seats in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of Parliament, after the official vote count from the six-week-long election was completed on Friday. That is well beyond the simple majority a party in India needs to form a government.

The BJP’s top rival, the Indian National Congress led by Rahul Gandhi, won 52 seats, and the All India Trinamool Congress led by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee won 22.

Unity movement

Critics say Modi and his party have applied divisive policies and used a Hindu-first strategy. But Modi said after Saturday’s vote that “this election has become a movement of social unity.” “It is generally said that the election divides, creates distances, makes walls. But the 2019 elections have worked to break the walls,” he said in his address.

On Friday, Modi met with his outgoing Cabinet ministers and later presented his resignation to the country’s president. The president asked the officials to continue to serve until the new government assumes office.

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The Election Commission announced that the BJP won 303 out of 542 seats in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of Parliament. VOA

Gandhi, whose great-grandfather, grandmother and father were all prime ministers, personally conceded his seat, long a Congress party bastion, to his BJP rival, India’s textiles minister, marking the end of an era for modern India’s most powerful political dynasty.

Counting of the estimated 600 million ballots cast over six weeks of staggered polling — the world’s largest democratic exercise — began early Thursday.

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Hindu-first politics

The victory was largely seen as a referendum on Modi’s Hindu-first politics that some observers say have bred intolerance toward Muslims and other religious minorities, as well as his muscular stance on neighboring Pakistan, with whom India nearly went to war earlier this year after suicide attacks killed more than 40 Indian security officials in Indian-controlled Kashmir.

Modi effectively used the incident as a major campaign tool after responding to the attack with an airstrike in Pakistan that triggered nationalist sentiments, with the BJP saying Modi is the right person to ensure India’s national security. (VOA)