: Working women to be given maternity leave of 26 weeks

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday wished neighbouring Bangladesh on its Independence Day on March 26. Modi in his national radio address ‘Mann Ki Baat’ wished prosperity for the neighbouring country, recalling the common memories of Rabindra Nath Tagore shared by both India and Bangladesh.

‘We all are proud that both the nations share the memories of Gurudev Rabindra Nath Tagore who wrote the national anthem of both India and Bangladesh,’ the Prime Minister said.

Modi said both Bangladesh and India will continue being partners in future for mutual benefit and progress.

Modi further lauded Gandhi enterprise as a young revolutionary. On the centennial year of Champaran and Kheda agitations helmed by Mahatma Gandhi, Modi reminded the countrymen of the great leader’s arrival in public life at a time which was a ‘turning point’.

He implored people to imagine the hard work and immense enterprise that Gandhi must have put to use when he marshalled these agitations in Champaran and Kheda, having only been in India for two years.

Expressing his gratitude to people for taking to digital payments, Modi said that with a firm resolution India can see 2.5 crore digital transactions within next six months rather than waiting for a year.

Modi also said that ‘New India’ was a joint call and desire of 125 crore Indians and called upon the people to perform their duties as responsible citizens.

Here are the highlights:

11:31 am: We will celebrate auspicious day of Ram Navami on 5th April, Mahavir Jayanti on 9th April, 14th of April is birth Anniversary of Baba Saheb

11:30 am: The basic aim is to ensure proper care of the newborn, the future citizen of India, from the time of birth.

11:29 am: Working women will now be given maternity leave of 26 weeks, instead of the earlier 12 weeks, for their pregnancy and delivery.

11:28 am: Working-class women in our country – their numbers are increasing day by day, their participation is increasing and this is a welcome trend.

11:27 am: 21st June is the International Day of Yoga. This will be the third year of its observance. Yoga too is a good means for mental wellbeing. Yoga helps in relieving tension and stress, and leads one towards a happy state of mind.

11:26 am: Devote yourself with all your heart into helping others and sharing their joys and sorrows.

11:25 am: Depression can be overcome. We all can play a role in helping those suffering from depression overcome it. Always good to share your feelings with others, if feeling depressed

11:24 am: United Nations has focused on Depression, which is the theme this year

11:23 am: 7th April is World Healt hDay. UN has resolved to provide universal health coverage for all by 2030.

11:22 am: Wastage of food is unfortunate. I know of several youngsters who are using technology & helping prevent wastage of food

11:22 am: Those who are health conscious always say that, there should always be some space left both in the stomach and on the plate.

11:21 am: People have expressed concern about food wastage. Mothers always tell their children to take only as much food they can eat. It is an injustice to the poor.

11:20 am: There is always an emphasis on the topic of cleanliness. There has been an awareness ever since launch of Cleanliness Movement.

11:19 am: Whenever I ask for ideas and suggestions for Mann Ki Baat, one theme on which I keep getting suggestions is Swachhata

11:18 am: The Digimela will be brought to a culmination on the 14th of April, the birth anniversary of Baba Saheb Ambedkar. On the completion of a hundred days, a grand closing ceremony will be held.

11:17 am: The birth anniversary of Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar is on the 14th of April.

11:17 am: India has extended support to the movement towards digital transactions. People of India have rejected corruption & black money

11:16 am: BHIM-App has already been downloaded by approximately one and half crore people.

11:15 am: There are lakhs of people, who besides their own personal responsibilities are working selflessly, for society. Every citizen must discharge his civic duties and responsibilities. This in itself would be a good beginning to the New India.

11:14 am: 125 crore Indians nurture a hope, a zeal, a resolve, a desire

11:13 am: Fulfilling the dreams and aspirations of the people of India

11:12 am: New India manifests the strength and skills of 125 crore Indians, who will create a Bhavya and Divya Bharat.

11:10 am: On 10th of April, 1917, Mahatma Gandhi launched the Champaran Satyagraha.This year marks the centenary of the Champaran Satyagraha.

11:09 am: The Champaran Satyagraha showed us how special Mahatma Gandhi was and how unique his personality was.

11:08 am: He returned to India and in two years he went to Bihar and what he did inspired the whole nation: PM on Gandhi Ji

11:07 am: We are marking 100 years of Champaran Satyagraha. And this was one of the earliest Gandhian mass movements in India

11:06 am: Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru were not scared of death. They lived and died for our nation. Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru continue to inspire the nation.

11:05 am: The massacre in Amritsar in 1919 left a deep impact on Shaheed Bhagat Singh.

11:04 am: The National Anthem of Bangladesh has been composed by Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore

11:02 am: It is a matter of great pride for all of us that RabindranathTagore and his memories are a shared heritage

11:01 am: PM greets Bangladesh on its Independence Day.

In his 29th Mann ki Baat address, the Prime Minister lauded ISRO for its cost effective and efficient space programs. Modi also expressed happiness at rise in digital transactions and said that the ‘BHIM’ app has been very successful even in villages and small towns.

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