Mon, Jul 24, 2017 | updated 06:35 AM IST

PM Modi lauds Amma's Swachch Bharat commitment on her 63rd birthday

Updated: Sep 27, 2016 12:51 IST      
PM Modi lauds Amma's Swachch Bharat commitment on her 63rd birthday

New Delhi [India], Sept.27 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday praised spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi, popularly known as "Amma" around the world, for her commitment to his government's Swachch Bharat programme on the occasion of her 63rd birthday.

"Particularly, Amma's initiative on building toilets has been a great help in our Swachh Bharat Programme. Amma has pledged to contribute one hundred crore rupees towards sanitation efforts in Kerala. This pledge includes the construction of fifteen thousand toilets for the poor. Today, I am informed that throughout the state, Amma's ashram has already completed construction of two thousand toilets," Prime Minister Modi said through a video conference address.

Prime Minister Modi said, "On this pious and sacred occasion, I offer my deep regards to Amma. I also pray to the Almighty to give long life and good health to her. She is the guiding light for millions of devotees. Not only that, she has become the synonym of life for many devotees. Like a real Maa, she nurtures her devotees through direct and indirect acts; visible and invisible hands."

"I am very fortunate to be among those who have Amma's blessings and unconditional love. Three years ago, I had the opportunity to be present at Amritapuri, to pay my respects on the occasion of Amma's 60th birthday celebrations. Today, though I am not so lucky as to be present at the celebrations in person, I am delighted to be able to greet her, through technology. I have just returned from Kerala, and I was touched by the love and affection showered on me by the people of Kerala," he said further.

The Prime Minister said that India is the land of such saints who have seen God in everything that can be seen. Mankind is prominent among those things. That is why service to mankind has become their main motto.

"I am aware that even in her childhood Amma was fond of giving her own food to others. Serving the old and the aged, and helping the needy have been her childhood passions. Also, she used to worship Lord Krishna in her childhood. These two qualities have been her strength. Devotion to God and Dedication to the Poor is thus, the message which I have personally taken from my association with Amma. Millions of devotees from all over the world also believe in the same," Prime Minister Modi said.

"I am aware of the social and charitable works done by various institutions and programmes run by Amma. She is always keen to help the world's poor in meeting their five basic needs: food, shelter, health care, education, and livelihood. I would like to particularly mention the works done and donations made in the field of sanitation, water, housing, education and health. I understand that some of those beneficiaries will get their certificates today," he said.

" One year ago, Amma generously donated one hundred crore rupees to the Namami Gange programme. I am also aware of Amma's helping hands to mitigate the sufferings in the aftermath of natural disasters. It is also heartening to note that the researchers at Amrita University are innovating new approaches to solve some of the world's most pressing problems," he said. (ANI)

Iraq Foreign Minister arrives in India

Updated: Jul 24, 2017 05:48 IST     

New Delhi [India], July 24 (ANI): Iraq Foreign Minister Dr. Ibrahim al-Jaafari, who is on a five day visit to India, arrived in New Delhi on Monday.

Full Story >>

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], July 24 (ANI): The Samajwadi Party on Monday demanded a strict action against Bihar's Aurangabad District Magistrate (DM) Kanwal Tanuj, who stated those who cannot afford a toilet, should sell off their wives.

Full Story >>

Krishnamoorthi's sleep more important than Azaan, mocks SP

Updated: Jul 24, 2017 04:20 IST     

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], July 24 (ANI): A day after singer-actress Suchitra Krishnamoorthi labelled Azaan on loudspeakers 'uncivilised', the Samajwadi Party mocked the former saying her sleep is more important than the prayer.

Full Story >>

SC to hear cow slaughter ban case today

Updated: Jul 24, 2017 02:56 IST     

New Delhi [India], July 24 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Monday will hear a plea challenging the Centre's notification prohibiting sale and purchase of cattle at animal markets for slaughter on the grounds that it violates the right to free trade.

Full Story >>

Delhi HC to hear DDCA defamation case today

Updated: Jul 24, 2017 02:54 IST     

New Delhi [India], July 24 (ANI): The hearing in the plea by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley seeking recording of evidence in a time-bound, fair, dignified, and bonafide manner in the defamation case against Arvind Kejriwal in the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) case will continue on Monday.

Full Story >>

ICC Women's WC: Kin of players proud of their daughters

Updated: Jul 24, 2017 02:02 IST     

Mumbai/Moga (Maharashtra/Punjab) [India], July 24 (ANI): Though the India Women's Cricket team could not mark victory in the ICC Women's World Cup final,their families back at their home were seen celebrating their daughters' brilliant performances.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], July 24 (ANI): Though the day was not in favour of the Indian team, they won millions of hearts their tremendous performance throughout the ICC Women's World Cup and inspired more girls to take up sports as career, feel politicos like Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], July 24 (ANI): Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel, while congratulating Team Indian for their performance at the Women's World Cup, said India will achieve new heights in women's cricket in the future.

Full Story >>

Punjab CM offers cricketer Harmanpreet post in Punjab Police

Updated: Jul 23, 2017 23:18 IST     

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India], July 23 (ANI): Lauding Punjab's Moga's girl Harmanpreet Kaur for her brilliant performance in ICC Women World Cup tournament, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday offered the star cricketer a post in Punjab Police, if she still desired to join the force.

Full Story >>

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India], July 23 (ANI): Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday announced a cash reward of Rs. 5 lakh for cricketer Harmanpreet Kaur, who had made state proud with her performance in ICC Women World Cup semi-finals.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India],July 23 (ANI): Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Sunday lauded the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) authorities for organising an event for Kargil martyrs, while saying that it was a proud day for every citizen of the country.

Full Story >>

Pranab Mukherjee's advice must be implemented: Cabinet

Updated: Jul 23, 2017 21:05 IST     

New Delhi [India], July 23 (ANI): Union Minister of Steel Choudhary Birendra Singh on Sunday said that what outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee shared in the Parliament during his farewell was based on his experience and must be implemented in the democracy to make the Parliament stronger.

Full Story >>

Kashmir CPM leader Tarigami suffers heart attack

Updated: Jul 23, 2017 20:50 IST     

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], Jul 23 (ANI): Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM) leader and MLA from Kashmir Kulgam M.Y. Tarigami on Sunday was admitted at a hospital after he suffered a severe heart attack.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], July 23 (ANI): As President Pranab Mukherjee, the 13th president of India, vacates the Rashtrapati Bhavan tomorrow, making way for his successor President-elect Ram Nath Kovind, Parliamentarians from both the Houses - Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha - gathered at the Central Hall to bid farewell to the outgoing Raisina Hill occupant.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], July 23 (ANI): Commenting on status of the missing 39 Indians in Iraq's Mosul, Minister of State for Ministry of External Affairs V.K. Singh said the Government would not abandon its citizens.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], July 23 (ANI): The Rashtriya Sawayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has urged the Jammu and Kashmir Government and the Government of India to fill the vacant seats in the state's Assembly and Council that have been allocated to the Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) constituency so that Islamabad's claim of the territory stands null and void.

Full Story >>

RSS Muslim wing to launch agitation asking Pak to vacate PoK

Updated: Jul 23, 2017 19:33 IST     

New Delhi [India], July 23 (ANI): The Rashtriya Sawayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has said that its Muslim wing, the Muslim Rashtriya Manch, will launch a mass movement in Jammu and Kashmir against Pakistan's illegal occupation of Kashmir on August 9.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], July 23 (ANI): After the Uttar Pradesh Government issued a directive to provide toll-free lanes for MLAs, MLCs and MPs at all toll plazas across the state, including the ones on national highways, Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma on Sunday said that was a fair decision on the part of the cabinet as all members of the State Assembly and State Council should enjoy the same rights.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], July 23 (ANI): The ongoing protest by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation's (DMRC) non-executive employees was called off on Sunday after all the issues raised by the agitating employees were amicably settled following many rounds of meetings and deliberations with Managing Director Mangu Singh and other senior officials.

Full Story >>

New Delhi[India], July 23 (ANI): Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan on Sunday said the Centre is make all efforts to trace the 39 Indians held captive by terror group ISIS in Mosul since 2014.

Full Story >>