Tue, May 23, 2017 | updated 03:02 AM IST

National Handloom Day: PM Modi urges nation to give impetus to handloom sector

Updated: Aug 07, 2016 10:18 IST      
National Handloom Day: PM Modi urges nation to give impetus to handloom sector

New Delhi, Aug. 7 (ANI): On the occasion of 'National Handloom Day', Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged the nation to give an impetus to the handloom sector and use more of the product in daily lives.

"On #NationalHandloomDay, let us affirm that we will give an impetus to the handloom sector & use more handloom products in our daily lives," Prime Minister Modi tweeted.

He said the handloom sector is diverse, eco-friendly and is a source of employment for countless weavers, who will be very encouraged by the support.

Prime Minister Modi also posted a video on his Twitter handle of his speech on the handloom sector and Khadi at the Townhall programme yesterday.

He said that if after agriculture, there is any sector which can create and employ poor people, then these are textile, handloom, khadi, weaving and termed these as their biggest strength.

The Prime Minister described 'Khadi for Nation, Khadi for Fashion' as one of the principles that could serve as a guide for the people.

His comments came in the wake of second 'National Handloom Day' which is being celebrated today.

"Union Textiles Minister Smriti Zubin Irani will be the chief guest in the main function which will be held in Varanasi," the ministry said in a statement.

It further said that the National Handloom Day, which was first celebrated in 2015, will be celebrated at state level in all states and in 200 different handloom clusters.

To mark the Swadeshi Movement which began on August 7, 1905 and with the objective to generate awareness about the importance of handloom industry and its contribution to the socioeconomic development, the government on July 29, 2015 declared this day as 'National Handloom Day'. (ANI)

New Delhi [India], May 23 (ANI): The Delhi High Court will on Tuesday begin hearing in the fresh defamation case filed by Union Minister Arun Jaitley against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, after the latter's counsel Ram Jethmalani confirmed that Jaitley was called a 'crook' after being instructed by his client to do so.

Full Story >>

Telangana Govt. to clear PRC dues

Updated: May 23, 2017 01:15 IST     

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], May 23 (ANI): Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao has decided to pay Pay Revision Commission (PRC) dues to the government employees.

Full Story >>

TRS parliamentary party meet to be held on May 27

Updated: May 23, 2017 01:15 IST     

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], May 23 (ANI): The Telangana Rashtra Samithi parliamentary party and legislature party meeting, under the Chairmanship of party president and Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao will be held on Saturday.

Full Story >>

India-Africa together can shape the future of world: Jaitley

Updated: May 23, 2017 01:15 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 23 (ANI): Terming the African Development Bank's (AfDB) annual meeting organized in India this year as a new chapter in India-Africa relationship, Union Finance Minister Arun Jailtey said both the countries together shape the future of the world.

Full Story >>

Leave travel concession case: Hearing to continue today

Updated: May 23, 2017 01:15 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 23 (ANI): The Patiala House Court will on Tuesday continue hearing in the Leave Travel Concession (LTC) case against Rajya Sabha member Anil Kumar Sahani.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], May 22 (ANI): After an Indian national was arrested from the F-8 area of Islamabad on Sunday over allegedly possessing inadequate travel documents, the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) got in touch with the Centre to probe if the 'Nabi', who figured in the interrogation, is the same 'Nabi', who had connections with the (SIMI) in 2005-06.

Full Story >>

Ashoke Pandit supports Paresh Rawal with 'heart and soul'

Updated: May 22, 2017 23:11 IST     

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], May 22 (ANI): Hours after Bollywood actor and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Paresh Rawal raked up a Twitter storm after he took a jibe at noted writer Arundhati Roy, filmmaker and social activist Ashoke Pandit came in support of the saffron party leader asserting that Roy has always been an 'anti-national' person.

Full Story >>

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], May 22 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh's Social Welfare Minister Ramapati Shastri on Monday denounced media reports that the Yogi Adityanath-led government was planning to scrap 20 percent quota for minorities in welfare schemes.

Full Story >>

Biopic makers have been unjust to us: Neerja Bhanot's brother

Updated: May 22, 2017 23:02 IST     

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], May 22 (ANI): Producers of the movie 'Neerja' Atul Kasbekar, along with the owners of Bling Entertainment are reportedly embroiled in a legal battle against the Bhanot family as they have received a notice of arbitration from Neerja Bhanot's brothers, Akhil and Aneesh, for a breach of contract.

Full Story >>

Swamy defends Paresh Rawal's tweet on Arundhati Roy

Updated: May 22, 2017 22:44 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 22 (ANI): Supporting Bollywood actor and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Paresh Rawal's controversial tweet where the latter took a jibe at noted writer Arundhati Roy, party leader Subramanian Swamy on Monday said that the stone pelters would love to hit a woman who "is not loyal to her own country."

Full Story >>

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], May 22 (ANI): Major Leetul Gogoi, the Army officer who tied a man to the bonnet of a jeep as a 'human shield' against a stone-pelting mob in Jammu and Kashmir, has been awarded by Chief of Army Staff's (COAS) Commendation Card for his sustained distinguished service till now in counter-insurgency operations in the state.

Full Story >>

Guwahati (Assam) [India], May 22 (ANI): The National Investigation Agency (NIA) Special Court in Guwahati on Monday convicted 15 people, including former militants, elected representatives and government officials in two cases in connection with terror-funding in Assam.

Full Story >>

Radha Mohan Singh assigned additional charge of Food Ministry

Updated: May 22, 2017 21:23 IST     

New Delhi [India] May 22 (ANI): Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Radha Mohan Singh on Monday was given the additional charge of Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.

Full Story >>

AIMPLB endorses its affidavit on triple talaq filed in SC

Updated: May 22, 2017 21:11 IST     

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], May 22 (ANI): Hours after the All Indian Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court stating that it would advise the Qazis to tell the brides and grooms to not resort to triple talaq in one sitting, AIMPLB member Zafaryab Jilani on Monday asserted that anyone who attempts it should be boycotted from the community.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India] May 22 (ANI): The Centre on Monday requisitioned 15 more teams of the Army for currency verification and processing system machines.

Full Story >>

CBI registers case against Chotta Rajan's aide

Updated: May 22, 2017 20:54 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 22 (ANI): The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday registered a case against Chotta Rajan's aide Mukund Kanhailal Patel after he confessed to have worked for the gangster.

Full Story >>

Paresh Rawal rakes up Twitter storm over Arundhati Roy tweet

Updated: May 22, 2017 20:32 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 22 (ANI): Bollywood actor and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Paresh Rawal raked up a Twitter storm when he took to the micro-blogging site to post a seemingly out-of-context tweet that conveyed the idea of 'tying' noted writer Arundhati Roy to an Army jeep, drawing reference from a similar incident when a Kashmiri resident was tied to a jeep last month.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India] May 22 (ANI): The economic report card of the Narendra Modi led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government portends promising future.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], May 22 (ANI): The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday moved an application for seeking the court's permission to examine jailed Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Mohammad Shahabuddin in connection with the murder of Siwan journalist Rajdev Ranjan.

Full Story >>

Biennial Rajya Sabha elections deferred

Updated: May 22, 2017 20:05 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 22 (ANI): Keeping in view of the upcoming Presidential elections and the June 3 hacking challenge to political parties, the Election Commission on Monday deferred biennial Rajya Sabha elections for 10 seats in Goa, West Bengal and Gujarat, which were scheduled to take place on June 9.

Full Story >>