Whenever Modi appears on TV, viewership rises substantially: Data

If you thought that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is losing his lustre among TV viewers, think again. Data culled out by Broadcast Audience Research Council India (BARC), which measures TV viewership, showed whenever the PM made an appearance on television, viewership shot up substantially.

The telecast of events, such as the Smart India Hackathon and PM Modi Krishi Unnati Mela, between April and May 2018 on DD News, saw a spike in viewership by 1.4 times and 2.3 times respectively, compared to the previous four weeks in the same time slot. Viewership of the regional news channels rose when the PM went to attend events there. The telecast of Parivartan Rally in Bengaluru on February 4 boosted viewership of Kannada news channels by READ MORE

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Modi wants New India that is free of caste, corruption: Top 10 developments

Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to build a “New India”, free from the clutches of casteism, communalism, and corruption. The Prime Minister urged people to make this new vision of the country come true while addressing a gathering in Surat on Sunday before flagging off the Surat Night Marathon, with ‘Run For New India’ as its theme.
‘New India’ has become part of the Prime Minister’s political rhetoric and been used in political speeches as the Lok Sabha polls approach.
Here are the top 10 developments in PM Modi’s speech in Surat and the night marathon:

1) Three obstacles for ‘New India’: PM Modi identified three obstacles in the path to achieving a ‘New India’. “When the whole world has started accepting the importance of India, we need to shed our shortcomings,” the Prime Minister told the assembled crowd in Surat, adding, “We need to build a new India which is free from the venom of casteism. It should be free from communal controversies. There can not be a place for corruption in this new India.”
2) PM Modi paints a picture: Painting a picture of what this vision entailed, PM Modi said that in this ‘New India’, the “aspirations of the youth” would be “fulfilled”, women would be respected, and it would “be free from poverty as well as filth”.
3) Citizens will build ‘New India’: However, the Prime Minister called on the people of the country to help him achieve this vision. Stating that a country was not built by the government, the administration, or even by the politicians, PM Modi called on the common man to move towards a ‘New India’.

Modi credits Gandhi for ‘Congress-free India’, says following in his steps

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched a bitter attack on the Congress party in the Rajya Sabha, saying those opposing the dream of ‘New India by 2022’ want to live with their baggage of the past, and added in a taunt that even he wanted an India of Mahatma Gandhi’s dreams who had envisaged a “Congress-free India”.

Modi also took digs at the Congress party over various alleged scams of distant and recent past and for blocking the triple talaq legislation in Parliament.

“The President has spoken of a New India in his address. Swami Vivekananda also dreamt of a New India. Mahatma Gandhi would also speak of a Young India. I don’t know what is the (Congress party’s) problem with the New India. They say ‘we don’t need New India. We want our older India’,” Modi said as he started his reply to the debate on the Motion of Thanks on the President’s address.
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“They say ‘we need Gandhi wala Bharat’ (India of Mahatma Gandhi’s dreams). Even I want Bharat of Gandhi’s dreams, because Gandhi said after Independence that now there is no need of the Congress party and it should be dissolved.

Budget 2018: Unfair to judge me on demonetisation and GST only, says Modi

BUDGET 2018– Countering the allegation that his government had reneged on the promise of creating 10 million jobs a year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi quoted a recent study showing seven million jobs had been created in the formal sector alone in the current financial year.
“This data of seven million jobs is not like building castles in the air. It has been calculated by an independent agency on the basis of EPFO (Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation) figures,” Modi said in a television interview, days before leaving for Davos to attend the World Economic Forum meet.
One should also count the opportunities that were being created in the informal sector, he added.
“As many as 100 million people have taken loans from the Prime Minister Mudra Yojana without any bank guarantee. Loans to the tune of Rs 4 trillion have been disbursed. New entrepreneurs are being created. Won’t you count these figures as read more

Budget 2018: India cuts extra market borrowing needs by 60% to $3.1 billion

India has cut its additional market borrowing requirement by more than half for the financial year ending in March to Rs 200 billion ($3.13 billion), Economics Affairs Secretary S C Garg said on Twitter.

The news sent benchmark 10-year bond yields down over 15 basis points.Last month, the finance ministry had said that the government is likely to borrow additional Rs 500 billion ($7.79 billion) in 2017/18 fiscal year that ends in read more

Budget 2018: Govt may use loss-making firms’ land for ‘housing for all’

In order to give momentum to affordable housing projects, the Modi government has identified land available with six loss-making central public sector enterprises, which it plans to use to build ‘houses for all’ under the Pradhan Mantri Away Yojana (Urban).
The six companies, including IDPL, HMT, Hindustan Antibiotics and Tungabhadra Steel Products, have about 3,000 acres. According to a senior government official, some of the projects would be completed before 2022.
Under PMAY (U), people can avail benefits under various components to buy a house in urban areas.
“We have put all such proposals on a fast track. The land available with sick CPSEs is in prime areas. In some cases, we will allow mixed use,” the official toldEconomic Times.
“We expect more such projects in the near future as the government has read more

To protest 12% GST on sanitary napkins, campaign to send 1000 pads to PM

A group of students from Gwalior have launched a campaign by writing messages on sanitary napkins to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to eliminate 12% Goods and Services Tax (GST) on the product and make it free of cost.

The students launched the campaign to create awareness towards harassment faced by women and to put efforts on their empowerment.

They said that when 1000 such napkins with messages are collected then they will be sent to the Prime Minister.

The campaign was started on January 4. It has been receiving extensive support from people through social media.

The students believe that it is not only the need of women belonging to Gwalior, but the entire nation is in need of this move and Prime Minister Modi is the read more