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PM Narendra Modi offers prayers at 11th century Lingaraj Temple in Bhubaneswar

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Bhubaneswar, April 16, 2017: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday offered prayers at the 11th century, Lingaraj Temple here, officials said.

The Prime Minister spent around 25 minutes in the temple premises.

He offered flowers, bel leaves, milk, coconut water and water to the deity.

Modi also visited the temple of Goddess Bhubaneswari and Parbati, said Manoranjan Panigrahy, CEO of the Lingaraj Temple Administration.

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“The Prime Minister was so enthusiastic to know about Lingaraj temple. He prayed for the welfare of the nation and ‘Swachh Bharat’,” said chief priest of the temple.

The ‘seveyats’ or temple priests did not miss a chance to take selfies with the Prime Minister.

The 54-metre high temple is spread over a 25,000 sq.ft area and has over 150 small and big subsidiary temples in its premises.

Before his visit to the temple, Modi met the families of freedom fighters who were part of the Paika rebellion against the British East India Company in 1817.

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He felicitated them at the Raj Bhawan.

Modi arrived here on Saturday to attend the two-day BJP National Executive meeting that began later in the day.

He also held a roadshow ahead of the meet.

The Prime Minister will address the concluding session on Sunday.  (IANS)

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PM Narendra Modi Urges Youth to Stay Away From Drug Addiction as it Helps Anti-national Forces

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said strict compliance of the law had been ensured to break the drug trade and the smuggling network in Haryana

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday urged youth to stay away from drug addiction, saying that it not only adversely affected the mind and body but also helps anti-national forces.

The Prime Minister was speaking through video-conferencing at the launch of ‘Drug Free India’ campaign organized by the Art of Living at Guru Jambeshwar University in Haryana’s Hisar town.

Modi said those who took drugs were unintentionally supporting anti-social elements.

“Drug traders harm the youth power and weaken the economic strength of the country. The Government of India has formed a National Action Plan to prevent cross-border drug trade and break the backbone of drugs business. It was implemented in 2018,” he said.

He said that a detailed action plan till 2025 has been prepared against drug addiction which includes an awareness generation campaign among the people, its prevention, and special campaigns for sensitive sections of the society.

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Drug addiction helps anti-national forces: Modi. VOA

The Prime Minister also appealed to the people to adopt a sensitive attitude towards the victims of drugs by not looking at them as criminals and show these misguided youths the right path by connecting them to the mainstream society.

“Like other social evils, we would get this evil of drug addiction eliminated from society. The use of technology can play an important role in this campaign. Social organizations and community welfare organizations are playing a very important role in this direction,” he added.

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Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said strict compliance of the law had been ensured to break the drug trade and the smuggling network in Haryana.

“The state government created a Special Task Force in January 2018 through which many drug dealers have been caught and large quantities of drugs have been seized,” he said. (IANS)