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PM to chair 5th meeting of Governing Council of NITI Aayog today


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair the fifth meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog at Rashtrapati Bhawan today. This will be the first meeting of governing council after the new government took over.

The agenda before the Fifth Council Meeting include rain-water harvesting, drought situation and relief measures, aspirational districts programme, transforming agriculture, and security-related issues with a specific focus on Left Wing Extremism districts.

The Governing Council will review the action taken on the agenda items of the previous meeting and deliberate upon the future developmental priorities. The Governing Council of NITI Aayog comprises the Prime Minister, Chief Ministers of all the States, Lt. Governors of Union Territories, and other special invitees.

Union Ministers of Defence, Home, Finance and Agriculture will attend the meeting as ex-officio members. The Governing Council presents a platform to discuss inter-sectoral, inter-departmental and federal issues in order to accelerate the implementation of the national development agenda, in the spirit of Ek Bharat, Shrestha Bharat.

PM Modi visits mosque, takes part in commemoration meet of martyrdom of Imam Hussain

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi attending Ashara Mubaraka – Commemoration of the Martyrdom of Imam Husain (SA), organised by the Dawoodi Bohra community, at Saifee Masjid, in Indore, Madhya Pradesh on September 14, 2018.


In rare gesture, Prime Minister,  Narendra Modi  today attended Ashara Mubaraka – Commemoration of the Martyrdom of Imam Husain (SA), organised by the Dawoodi Bohra community, at Saifee Masjid, in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.

Addressing the meet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the concept of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’, the world is one family and our tradition of carrying everybody along gives India an identity different from all other countries.

The Prime Minister said that the teachings from Imam Hussain’s scarifies for peace and justice is more important today. He praised the Bohra community for being honest, disciplined and law-abiding and not resorting to deceit while augmenting trade, its main occupation.

Prime Minister hailed the Bohra Muslim community for globally spreadingv the message of co-existence, as he attended an event here to mark the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, the grandson of Prophet Mohammad.

Sharing dais with the Bohra’s spiritual head Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin at the event held at Saifee Mosque here in Madhya Pradesh, Modi also praised the community for its culture of honest business dealings.


The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi attending Ashara Mubaraka – Commemoration of the Martyrdom of Imam Husain (SA), organised by the Dawoodi Bohra community, at Saifee Masjid, in Indore, Madhya Pradesh on September 14, 2018.


Calling traders the backbone of the economy, Prime Minister said, his government over the past four years has given a clear message that business should be done within the preview of the rules and law.

Referring to the welfare schemes of government of India like Ayushman Bharat and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Prime Minister informed that Ayushman Bharat Yojana has come as a Saviour for 50 crore poor people of the country.

The Bohra community’s spiritual head Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and other dignitaries were present.

Bohra community is a sect within Shia Islam known for trading and business acumen.


UP: 24 Dead many injured in Stampede in Varanasi

Causality may increase as many injured are in critical condition



At least 24 people, mostly women, were killed and many injured in a stampede at a religious ceremony in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh on Saturday. Causality may increase further because some of the injured are in critical condition.

The stampede broke out when thousands of devotees of a religious leader tried to cross a bridge at once.

Followers of Jai Gurudev, the leader of a local sect, were moving in a procession and far too many were on the narrow roads to the Rajghat bridge than sanctioned, say officials.

One man died of suffocation because of the surging crowds, which led to a commotion. Rumours that the bridge had collapsed fueled more chaos, said police chief Javed Ahmed.

“They had sought permission for 5,000 persons but many more people reached and joined the procession. We are investigating crowd management and will take action against those responsible,” Mr Ahmed said.

According to police, the incident occurred this afternoon when thousands of followers of Jai Guru Dev sect assembled in Varanasi and they were going to domri village ashram of jaigurudev in Ramnagar police station area to take part in a conglomeration there.

Initial report indicates that sect followers assembled in unexpected numbers and when they were passing through small Ramnagar Bridge one person died on way, probably due to suffocation.

Police officer said, possibly this was the immediate cause of stampede. Relief and rescue operations are on. Several government agencies including Senior administrative and Police officers of Varanasi and Chandulai districts have been engaged in relief works. According to reports, crowed is being dispersed from the accident site to normalize the situation.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked officials to ensure all possible help to those affected due to the stampede in Varanasi. Mr. Modi spoke to state government officials about the incident. In a tweet, he condoled the loss of lives and prayed for speedy recover of injured.

The Prime Minister has announced ex-gratia of two lakh rupees each to next of kin of those killed in the incident and 50 thousand rupees to the injured.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh also spoke to Commissioner of Varanasi who apprised him of the situation.  Congress President Sonia Gandhi also condoled the death.


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Muslims should not be treated as items of vote market: PM Modi

AMN / Kozhikode

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that Muslims should not be treated as what he called items of vote market or substance of hate. Addressing the BJP Council meeting in Kozhikode, Mr Modi invoked Jan Sangh ideologue Deendayal Upadhyay to say that the Muslims should be treated as own people.

The Prime Minister said, his government’s mission of ‘sabka sath, sabka vikas’ is not a political slogan but a commitment to ensure welfare of the last man in the society. In his speech, Mr Modi spoke at length about secularism, balanced and inclusive growth and need for electoral reforms while paying tributes to Upadhyay on his 100th birth anniversary. He contended that the definition of secularism has been distorted.

Mr Modi said time has come to hold a wide consultations to see how the electoral system can be improved in the context of role of money and holding of simultaneous polls. He said time has come to see to it what good can be added to the electoral system and what can be removed from it. In the past, Mr Modi has spoken in favour of holding the Lok Sabha and state assembly polls simultaneously as continuous cycle of elections hamper government’s work.

The Prime Minister announced that India will ratify the Paris Climate Change agreement on October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Mr Modi said he had chosen the date, which is next Sunday, as Mahatma Gandhi’s life was an example of minimum carbon footprint. Talking about the need to ratify the agreement , Mr Modi said there is a looming threat due to global warming to many coastal countries and cities.

During the Paris climate meet in December last, more than 190 nations had agreed on setting ambitious goals for capping global warming and funnelling trillions of dollars to poor countries facing climate catastrophe. The pact will come into force after it is ratified by at least 55 countries that account for 55 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

27 injured in a blast at BHU


At least 27 persons have been injured in a blast at BHUAt least 27 persons have been injured in a blast at Banaras Hindu University campus today. The cause of explosion is yet to be ascertained. Investigation in the incident is going on.

According to hospital sources, all injured are admitted in trauma center at BHU campus and four of them are in critical condition.
15 patients, who were admitted to the emergency ward, were also injured. They were rushed to the trauma centre. Of them, one Parameshwari Devi has been kept in ICU at the trauma centre.

The national disaster response force (NDRF) team also reached there. Forensic experts rushed to the site and collected samples. Anti-terrorist squad (ATS) cops also carried out inspection at the place. A police team from Lanka police station also rushed to the place after getting information and started a probe into the incident.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inquired about the condition of persons injured. Announcing financial relief to four persons being treated at the trauma center, Prime Minister has wished all injured a speedy recovery.