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PM Modi accentuates promoting Tourism, ‘Clean India’ campaign to be launched on October 2

PM Narendra Modi stressed on the need to promote tourism saying it provides employment to the poorest of the poor. He pointed out ‘filthiness’ in the country as a big obstacle in promoting tourism and our national character.

He observed that even after so many years of independence, when we stand at the threshold of one and half decade of 21st century, we still live in filthiness. He held that “cleanliness is very big work”.  He called upon the countrymen to make a resolve that they would never spread filthiness and keep their surroundings clean.

He decided to launch a ‘Clean India’ campaign from October 2, 2014 this year on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi marking the importance Mahatma gave to cleanliness. The campaign will be carried out for next 4 years and will conclude on the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma in 2019.

Mr. Modi appealed to the Members of Parliaments to utilize MPLAD funds for constructing toilets in schools for a year. He called upon the corporate sector also to give priority to the provision of toilets in schools with their expenditure under Corporate Social Responsibility.  He urged them to achieve this target within one year with the help of state governments and on the next August 15, we should be in a firm position to announce that there is no school in India without separate toilets for boys and girls.

India’s future lies in manufacturing with ‘Zero-Defect and Zero-Effect’: PM Narendra Modi

PM Narendra Modi, in his maiden speech from Red Fort, stressed on achieving economic self-reliance, saying the country should strive to become a manufacturing hub for global investors with ‘Zero-defect products and Zero-effect’ on environment.

He invited global investors to make India their manufacturing base and urged the young industrial workforce and entrepreneurs to strive to build the made-in-India brand. He appealed the people world over, “Come, make in India”, “Come, manufacture in India. Sell in any country of the world but manufacture here. We have got skill, talent, discipline, and determination to do something”. The PM called upon the Indian enterprise to think of ways by which the country does not have to import goods, but export to the world.

“Zero Defect, Zero Effect” manufacturing

PM Modi urged entrepreneurs that they would never compromise, at least on two fronts. First, Zero defect and, second, Zero effect.  He suggested that Indian goods should be manufactured in such a way that they bear zero defects and that our exported goods are never returned to us. The goods should also have zero effect that they should not have a negative impact on the environment.

Independence Day: Modi’s mantras for new India

Addressing India on the occasion of country’s 68th Independence Day, PM Narendra Modi made a sensational and motivational speech using catchy slogans expressing his vision and mantras for building a new India.

Excerpts from his speech:

Pradhan Sevak: “Today Indians, both in India and all over the world, are celebrating Independence Day. I convey my greetings to them not as a Pradhan Mantri, but Pradhan Sevak (prime public servant).”

Make in India: “We need to build up the manufacturing sector. I want to tell the world: Come, make in India.” It is an invitation to investors with a view to make India a manufacturing hub.

Zero defect, zero effect: “Our manufacturing should have zero defect so that our products should not be rejected in the global market. Besides, we should also keep in mind that manufacturing should not have any negative impact on our environment.” This underscores the importance of skilled workforce, while also keeping in mind the importance of protecting the environment.

Digital India: “India used to be called a land of snake charmers. Today, our youth has surprised the world with its IT skills. Our dream is to build a ‘Digital India’.” The digital focus was in consonance with Modi’s election promises of a new India and focus on IT.

He concluded his speech saluting the devotion, the sacrifices of the security forces of the country, para-military forces of the country, and all the security forces of the country to protect Mother India. He urged the countrymen with the quote  राष्ट्रयाम, जाग्रयाम्वयम्”, “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty”.  He exhorted the countrymen to be vigilant and take the country to new heights and move forward with this resolution.

Researchers discover India’s first jellyfish lake in Gujarat

Marine researchers have found a jellyfish lake in Gujarat, which is probably the first such lake in the country.

As per marine biologists, the concentration and density of jellyfish is very high in this lake. A team of researchers led by wildlife scientist BC Choudhury from the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) found the jellyfish habitat during a routine field visit to a small town Armabada in Gujarat. 

Biologists found that the bottom of the lake, spanned over 5-6 hectares, was carpeted with a type of jellyfish known as ‘upside down jellyfish’. They are called so because they swim upside down unlike others. Another distinctive characteristic of the lake is that these jellyfish are present all around the year unlike other places where they are seasonal. As per experts, the thriving population of jellyfish in the lake might be linked to low predation.

Though jellyfish are found in various parts of coastal India but they are rarely found in lakes. Eil Malk Island in Palau is world’s renowned jellyfish lake.

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