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NARENDRA MODI - DAY 95 IN OFFICE


30-08-2014NARENDRA MODI - DAY 95 IN OFFICE


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi today greeted the nation on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. He also sought the blessings of Lord Ganesha. In a tweet he said, “On Ganesh Chaturthi, we bow to Lord Ganesh. May Lord Ganesh shower his blessings on us and enrich our lives with peace, joy and wisdom".
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi today paid tribute to legendary hockey player major Dhyan Chand on his birth anniversary. Every year this day is celebrated as National Sports Day. He tweeted, “Our tributes to legendary Major Dhyan Chand on National Sports Day. His determination and dedication towards sports continues to inspire”. He said, “We salute all our sportsmen and women, who have been enhancing the pride of the tricolour by their exemplary performance on the field”. He was a part of the Indian contingent that won Olympic Gold in 1928, 1932 and 1936.
  • Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptullah clarified that she used the word ‘Hindi’ for all citizens and not ‘Hindu’ that a media had reported her saying that, “there is nothing wrong with the term Hindu being applied equally for all citizens as a label of national identity”. She said, “We are Indians, that’s our nationality. I used the word Hindi. It's an Arabic word. They call all Indians Hindi. I didn't say Hindu. I used the word Hindi”. She added, “Anything beyond the Hindu Kush Mountains and on this side of the Sindh River is Hind. In Persian, they call it Hindustani… where the people of India live. The word Hindu originally referred to the national identity of people who live in this land. I look at it very rationally. One should not forget history.”
  • The Central government today appointed Steel Secretary G. Mohan Kumar as defence production secretary, whereas Ashok Lavasa was made environment and forests secretary, according to official reports. Kumar will be replaced by Rakesh Singh, an 1978 batch IAS officer of Punjab cadre. Kumar is a 1979 batch IAS officer of Odisha cadre, while Lavasa is a 1980 batch IAS officer of Haryana cadre.
  • Home Minister Rajnath Singh will take the charge of the government when the Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves for Japan on Saturday on a five-day visit. According to government sources, a formal communication naming Singh as the senior-most minister who will preside over cabinet meetings in the absence of Modi was sent out by PMO ahead of his visit to Brazil last month. The same arrangement will continue when Modi visits Japan.
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