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Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sends Navratri Greetings for You!

The nine-day long festival, dedicated to goddess Durga begins today!

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New Delhi, September 21, 2017 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday greeted the nation on the auspicious occasion of Navratri.

“Navratri greetings to everyone… On the first day of Navratri, we pray to Maa Shailputri,” Modi tweeted.

The nine-day long festival is dedicated to goddess Durga. Each day, the nine forms of the goddess are worshipped.

Also known as Parvati and Hemavati, Goddess Shailputri, who is believed to govern the Moon, is worshiped on the first day of Navratri.

Devotees believe any possible negative effect of the Moon, the provider of all fortunes, can be overcome by praying to Maa Shaiputri, an avatar of Adi Shakti.

The nine-day festival will conclude on September 30 with the Dussehra celebrations. (IANS)

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PM Narendra Modi: Government bringing Stringent Consumer Protection Law

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New Delhi, October 26: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the government was in the process of enacting stringent legislation aimed at protecting consumers along with setting up a Consumer Protection Authority (CPA).

“Consumers’ protection is this government’s priority. We are in the process to bring a new law on consumer protection keeping in mind the need of the country and business practices here,” Modi said at an International Conference on Consumer Protection for East, South and South-East Asian Countries.

“We are in the process of forming a Consumer Protection Authority, which will have executive powers, for immediate redressal.”

The rules were being streamlined to solve consumer problems in less time and at less cost, he added.

“The stress is being given on consumer empowerment. Strict provisions are being contemplated against misleading advertisements,” Modi said.

He said India was among the few countries which had enacted a law a year after the UN adopted guidelines on consumer protection in 1986.

The Prime Minister also said the prices of commodities were set to go down and consumer protection for their interest effects due to the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Due to the GST, the competition among companies was going to increase. So prices will go down. It will help consumers from lower middle class and poor sections,” Modi said.

“Earlier, transportation by trucks would take five days but it has come down to just three three days now as checkposts on borders have vanished after the GST. It means transportation cost has gone down. This is going to be transferred to consumers,”

Taking a dig at those opposed to the GST, he said: “Some people may be taking advantage of the lack of awareness. However, the benefits will be transferred (to consumers) in days to come.”

Talking about the conference, Modi said: “It shows how seriously we take the needs of our citizens and how we strive hard to solve their problems”.

“It is the first conference in the region, where everyone is trying in their own ways to save the interest of consumers. However, we have to keep in mind that the world is going towards a single market,” Modi said.(IANS)

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