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New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) Here are some of the announcements made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday during his Independence Day address:

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– 18,500 villages which still remain without power to be provided electricity in the next 1,000 days.
– Government to club 44 labour laws into four codes to simplify them for the people.
– Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana launched with an outlay of Rs. 50,000 crore.
– Ministry of Agriculture would be renamed as the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare.
– A “Start-Up India” initiative to encourage entrepreneurship among the youth.
– One-Rank, One-Pension accepted “in-principle”. Moralities being worked out with stakeholders.
– Boost to financial inclusion with 17 crore bank accounts opened through the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana.
– Scheme for direct transfer of LPG subsidy has resulted in savings of Rs. 15,000 crore.
– Promise of toilets in all schools had been almost fulfilled with the cooperation of states.
– Corruption cases probed by CBI have gone up from 800 before NDA government assumed office to 1800 now.
– Each of 1.25 lakh bank branches should encourage at least one Dalit or adivasi entrepreneur and at least one  woman entrepreneur.
– A house and access to basic services like electricity to all by 2022.

(IANS)

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PM Narendra Modi Hails India’s Position in Astronomy in Mann ki Baat

Referring to the contributions of astronomy centres in places like Pune and Ooty, the prime minister commended the strides the nation has taken in the field

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Prime Minister Modi tells scientists that science and technology should be used to bettering the lives of citizens. Wikimedia Commons

Speaking about the last solar eclipse of the year which happened on December 26, the prime minister Narendra Modi recalled India’s mastery over astronomy since ancient times.

In his Mann Ki Baat address to the nation, the Prime Minister mentioned the request from Ripun who hails from the northeast but is staying now in south India because of his job.

The prime minister mentioned Ripun for his request to find ways to popularise astronomy in rural areas of the country.

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India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks to the media inside the parliament premises on the first day of the winter session in New Delhi, India. VOA

Referring to the contributions of astronomy centres in places like Pune and Ooty, the prime minister commended the strides the nation has taken in the field.

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“The eclipse reminds us that that we are travelling in space while residing on the earth…. Friends, India has an ancient and glorious history of astronomy. Our connection with the twinkling stars in the sky is as old as our civilisation. Many of you might be aware that at various places in India, there are magnificent observatories (Jantar Mantars) – which are worth seeing. And these observatories have a deep bond with astronomy. Who doesn’t know about the prodigious talent of the great Aryabhatta,” PM said. (IANS)

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