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Some people are hiding their 'illegal occupations' in name of cow protection: PM Modi

Updated: Aug 06, 2016 19:30 IST

New Delhi, Aug. 6 (ANI): Taking strong exception to atrocities on Dalits in Gujarat's Una in the name of cow protection, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said some people have opened shops in the name of cow protection, which makes him very angry.

"I am very much angry on those who have opened their occupation in the name of 'Gau Raksha' (cow protection). There are many 'Gau Rakshaks' (cow protectors). They protect cows to hide their illegal occupations. Cows mostly die of eating plastic bags and these gau rakshaks should urge people not to throw plastics on the roads. This will be a big sewa," said the Prime Minister, who was addressing the concluding session of the Town Hall meeting organised at Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex here on Saturday to mark the second anniversary of MyGov(dot)in.

Prime Minister Modi further said, "We have so much diversity to attract people, thus we need to connect people to our heritage and attract tourism. Tourism will boost our economy. We should try and drive our economy. If we achieve eight percent growth rate for 30 years then we will be at the top. Economic development should be constant and it shouldn't go up and down. This is necessary for us to be at the top."

Stressing on the need to focus on preventive and affordable healthcare, he said, "So much money is spent on advertising about the importance of vaccinations, and even then so many children aren't vaccinated. Now, the Health Department is reaching out household to household to reach everyone. We have introduced insurance in budget; so that the poorest of the poor receives good healthcare."

Talking about the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY), he said, "A farmer's son becomes a farmer out of helplessness and not by choice. Through PMKSY, we will be able to provide adequate amount of water to the farmers."

Batting for 'Khaadi', the Prime Minister said, "We should follow 'Khaadi for nation, Khaadi for fashion' will boost our textile industry."

Answering a question on his foreign policy, he said, "Foreign policy is for the benefit of the nation. Its centre point is 'India first'."

Talking about the potential of Indian diaspora, Prime Minister Modi said, "Indians settled abroad have their own strength and this plays a great role for India to connect with other nations. Indians living abroad can do a simple thing, every year they should convince five Non-Indian families to visit India."

The Prime Minister also launched 'The PMO App' and met the youngsters who developed the app. (ANI)

J-K: Grenade hurled on police post in Pulwama

Updated: Feb 24, 2017 20:40 IST

Pulwama (Jammu and Kashmir), [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): A grenade was hurled on police post by suspected militants on Friday at Kakapora area in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district.

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): Changez Multani, an independent corporator, on Friday extended his support to Shiv Sena.

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New Delhi, [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): The Delhi Police on Friday filed a chargesheet against the four men accused of gang raping a U.S. tourist at the Patiala House Court in Delhi.

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Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): National Conference President Farooq Abdullah on Friday said becoming militants were sacrificing their lives for the freedom of the nation.

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Onboard Air India One, Feb. 24 (ANI): Vice President Hamid Ansari on Friday said that his nine years in office have been very productive and he has enjoyed them immensely.

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Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today unveiled a 112-foot tall bust of Adiyogi Shiva at the Isha Foundation at the foothills of Velliangiri mountains here.

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Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Feb.24: Former Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa's niece Deepa Jayakumar on Saturday launched a new party named 'MGR Amma Deepa Peravai' on the eve of the late former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister's 69th birth anniversary.

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Onboard Air India One, Feb. 24 (ANI): En-route from Kampala to Delhi, Vice President Hamid Ansari on Friday said that a significant trade imbalance exists between India and Uganda.

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5.2- magnitude earthquake jolts Manipur

Updated: Feb 24, 2017 18:52 IST

Imphal (Manipur) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): An earthquake of 5.2 magnitude jolted Manipur Friday evening.

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): The Shiv Sena on Friday thanked the people of Maharashtra for showing faith in the party during the recent held Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation BMC polls.

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Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): Late Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa's niece Deepa Jayakumar on Friday said she would surely contest elections from the former's constituency, R.K. Nagar, in the next elections.

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Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader and former Tamil Nadu chief minister O. Panneerselvam on Friday said he is the true AIADMK leader and added that the MLAs who voted in favour of Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami during the February floor test don't represent the party in the state assembly.

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New Delhi, [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is making a mark in Odisha because of its popular schemes.

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New Delhi [India], Feb.24: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) Working President M.K Stalin met President Pranab Mukherjee today to seek a fresh trust vote in the Tamil Nadu Assembly through a secret ballot voting procedure.

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Srinagar [India], Feb.24, (ANI): Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat led tributes for bravehearts who had sacrificed their lives in a terror attack in Shopian in the recent weeks.

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Basti (Uttar Pradesh) [India] Feb. 24 (ANI): Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Friday said the people of Uttar Pradesh need to elect a government that will give jobs and works for the benefit of farmers.

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Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Friday said there is no mystery behind former chief minister J. Jayalalithaa's death, adding that vested interests were making an issue out of it for political gain.

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Gonda (Uttar Pradesh) [India] Feb. 24 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday blamed conspirators sitting in Nepal for the November 2016 train derailment in Kanpur that claimed the lives of 149 people.

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Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): Realtives of murdered Indian-origin engineer, Srinivas Kuchibhotla on Friday blamed President Donald Trump for the hate crime in Kansas.

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New Delhi, [India], Feb. 24 (ANI): Former Indian envoy to the United States Naresh Chandra on Friday described the murder of Indian origin engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla in Kansas as a hate crime.

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