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Talking about the Rio Olympics, PM said: "We have many expectations, but it is also the responsibility of the 1.25 billion Indians to boost their morale"

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India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he addresses a gathering in New Delhi, India, January 16, 2016. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, July 31, said he would play the “postman” to relay the people’s best wishes to the Indian contingent for the Rio Olympics, adding that it was the responsibility of the 1.25 billion Indians to cheer the squad.

In his radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’, Modi touched upon various matters ranging from bank frauds to antibiotic resistance but did not speak about any political issues, including that of the violence in Kashmir Valley which has left over 50 people dead since July 9.

Talking about the Rio Olympics, the Prime Minister said: “We have many expectations, but it is also the responsibility of the 1.25 billion Indians to boost their morale.”

“Every Indian should wish the players. I am ready to do this and be your postman,” Modi said, urging people to send their wishes on the Narendra Modi App.

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Modi also referred to the Monsoon and floods, stating that the government was making all efforts to mitigate the situation.

“We were worried about drought till some time back, and now, as we enjoy monsoon, we are also getting reports of floods. Both the state and the Central governments are working together to help those affected by the floods,” Modi said.

“Despite the few difficulties the rains bring, every person is delighted with the rains as it lies at the centre of all our economic and agricultural activities,” he said.

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Talking about former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, whose first death anniversary was observed on July 27, Modi said the country needed to focus on research and innovation in the field of technology to fulfil Kalam’s dream.

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“We can only fulfil Kalam’s dream if the next generation works towards developing technology which can be used in day-to-day life.”

“Technology keeps changing from time-to-time, you can’t hold the technology. The coming century is technology-driven. Therefore, we must focus on research and innovation in technology,” the Prime Minister said.

Touching on the topic of health care, Modi urged people not to take antibiotics without the prescription. He warned people against “antibiotic resistance” and stressed on the need to maintain cleanliness to fight Dengue.

Expressing concern over pregnancy-related deaths and other complications, Modi said government hospitals and other facilities will provide free medical care to pregnant women in the country.

He urged doctors to join in the government’s mission to provide free medical care once in a month to pregnant women in their areas.

Modi cautioned against phishing emails that lure people into sending money and cheat them.

The Prime Minister also called upon people to send him suggestions for his speech on Independence Day. (IANS)

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Twitter Celebrates Gandhi Jayanti

The micro-blogging site has also celebrated India's Independence Day, Republic Day, Diwali and International Day of Yoga with customised emojis.

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Twitter India on Tuesday celebrated 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi with the announcement of a new customised “Gandhi Emoji”.

The “Gandhi Emoji” was officially launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the micro-blogging site, which features a caricature of the Father of the Nation.

“Users in India and across the world can use the “Gandhi Emoji” by using the hashtags #GandhiJayanti, #MKGandhi, #BapuAt150, #MahatmaGandhi, #MyGandhigiri, #MahatmaAt150, #NexusOfGood, among others,” Twitter India in a statement.

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Mahatma Gandhi and Sarojini Naidu at the 1942 AICC session. Wikimedia Commons

The emoji will be live until October 8. It is available on both the actual app and Twitter Lite.

The micro-blogging site has also celebrated India’s Independence Day, Republic Day, Diwali and International Day of Yoga with customised emojis. (IANS)