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Obama praises Modi for unleashing ‘India’s true potential’, calls him ‘India’s reformer-in-chief’ in Times article

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

In an atypical gesture, US President Barack Obama on Thursday called Prime Minister Narendra Modi India’s “reformer-in-chief” in an article he wrote for the prestigious Time magazine.

“As a boy, Modi helped his father sell tea to support their family. Today, he’s the leader of the world’s largest democracy, and his life story – from poverty to prime minister – reflects the dynamism and potential of India’s rise”, Obama said.

The US president said that Modi is “determined to help more Indians follow in his path”.

Lauding the efforts of the Indian premier, Obama said that the Indian prime minister had “laid out an ambitious vision to reduce extreme poverty, improve education, empower women and girls and unleash India’s true economic potential while confronting climate change”.

“Like India, he transcends the ancient and the modern-a devotee of yoga who connects with Indian citizens on Twitter and imagines a ‘digital India’ “, he said.

Calling Modi by his first name Narendra, Obama recalled the time he came to Washington and they visited the memorial to Martin Luther King Jr.

“We reflected on the teachings of King and (Mahatma) Gandhi and how the diversity of backgrounds and faiths in our countries is a strength we have to protect”, Obama wrote.

“Modi recognizes that more than 1 billion Indians living and succeeding together can be an inspiring model for the world,” he said in the piece in which Time’s 100 most influential people in 2015 were profiled.

Returning the compliment, Modi thanked the US President for his ‘touching and inspiring’ words and tweeted about Obama’s write-up in the magazine.

Modi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal are the only Indians in the Time’s list, which is currently being topped by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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BJP Holds Arvind Kejriwal Responsible For Sanitation Worker’s Death

According to police, he had gone to clean the drain but got trapped in the silt and garbage in the drain

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The new move the Arvind Kejriwal's party denounces the concept of digitalization
The new move the Arvind Kejriwal's party denounces the concept of digitalization

The BJP on Monday held Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal responsible for the death of a sanitation worker in a drain saying that the government was playing with their lives as they are not given protective gear.

“This is not the first time that such an incident has happened. Due to the negligence of the government, sanitation staff goes for cleaning sewers and dies there after inhaling toxic fumes. They are never saved even after rescue operations,” Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari told reporters here.

His remarks come a day after a sanitation worker choked to death after he got trapped inside an underground drain while cleaning it in north Delhi’s Jahroda area.

The work of cleaning the drain was being carried out by the Delhi government’s flood control department.

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“Sanitation workers are our helpers and Kejriwal government is playing with their lives,” he said.

Highlighting the deaths of sanitation workers in Delhi in the past few years, the BJP MP from the North East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency said that in September 2018, five sanitation workers died while in August 2017, 10 died inside sewers.

“Kejriwal is responsible for the deaths of sanitation workers who die while cleaning sewers and the investigating agencies should take action against him,” he said.

Attacking Kejriwal, Tiwari said, “During the last three to four years, more than 60 workers have died.”

Arvind Kejriwal giving speech suring chanda bandh satyagrah
Arvind Kejriwal giving speech during chanda bandh satyagrah

He also accused Kejriwal of not fulfilling his promise of providing safety equipment to sewer workers and mechanical sweeping.

A senior Delhi Police official said that it has registered a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code over the death of the sanitation worker.

The sanitation worker has been identified as Kishan, 37, a resident of north Delhi’s Wazirabad area.

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According to police, he had gone to clean the drain but got trapped in the silt and garbage in the drain.

His body was taken out from the drain by a team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) late on Sunday night. (IANS)