“Happy New Year with new resolutions”: PM concludes 2019 Mann ki Baat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi began addressing the nation in the 60th episode of his monthly radio programme ‘Mann ki Baat by 11 am.

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Lucknow: Prime Minister Narendra Modi began addressing the nation in the 60th episode of his monthly radio programme ‘Mann ki Baat by 11 am.

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The PM’s speech is being aired on All India Radio, Doordarshan and the Narendra Modi mobile app. The YouTube channels of the Prime Minister’s Office, information and broadcasting ministry and allindiaradio.gov.in has also aired hisspeech.

All India Radio will broadcast the programme in regional languages immediately after the Hindi broadcast.

In his last address on November 24, Modi shared his thoughts on various issues including the Ayodhya verdict, as he spoke about linguistic diversity. He also shared information on his “Pariksha pe Charcha” event and engaged in a conversation with NCC cadets at the start of the programme.

The Prime Minister’s programme today comes amid protests from across the country over the amended Citizenship Act and the proporsed nationwide National Register of Citizens.

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New year, new decade for new resolutions, energy, zeal to move forth: PM concludes 2019 Mann ki Baat
The Prime Minister concludes his final programme of the year by thanking everyone for listening to the show and wishes everyone a ‘Happy New Year’ with “new resolutions, new energy, new zeal for the new decade,” urging people to move forth. ” Let’s show immense faith in the pursuits (actions), the abilities and the resolve of 130 crore countrymen, and come – let’s move forth. Many many thanks, many many good wishes,” he adds.

PM Modi speaks on various festivals celebrated across the country in January
On the festivals celebrated in January, Modi said: “Movement of sun, moon and earth doesn’t just determine eclipses, rather many other things are also associated with them. We all know, that based on the sun’s motion, various festivals will be celebrated throughout India in the middle of January. From Punjab to Tamil Nadu…from Gujarat to Assam…people will celebrate various festivals. Makar Sankraanti and Uttaraayan is celebrated with great fervour in the month of January. During this time, we will see the celebration of Lohri in Punjab, Pongal in Tamil Nadu and MaaghBiihu in Assam. These festivals have a close link with the prosperity of farmers and their crops.”

ISRO plans to launch satellite ‘Aditya’ to study the sun: PM
“In 2016, the then prime minister of Belgium and I had inaugurated the 3.6-metre Devasthal optical telescope in Nainital. This is known as Asia’s largest telescope. ISRO has an astronomical satellite called ASTROSAT. ISRO is planning to launch a satellite called Aditya, to study the sun. Our young scientists not only display a great desire to know their scientific history, but also are resolute in fashioning astronomy’s future,” PM Modi after solar eclipse occurrence.

Parliamentarians broke all records in 60 years, LS and RS been very productive: PM
Asserting importance on the productivity displayed by Parliamentarians this year, the Prime Minister said, “We consider our Parliament as the temple of our democracy. Today, I wish to proudly mention, that the parliamentarians that you have elected have broken all the records of the last 60 years. In the last 6 months, both the sessions of the 17th Lok Sabha have been very productive.”

PM Modi speaks on the solar eclipse which was visible on December 26
On the solar eclipse which occurred on December 26, PM Modi said, “Like my countrymen, especially the youth among them, I too was eager to watch the solar eclipse on the 26th of December. But unfortunately, on that day overcast skies in Delhi prevented me from enjoying the sight. Though, I did get to see beautiful pictures of the solar eclipse that was visible in Kozhikode and some other parts of India. Our connection with the twinkling stars in the sky is as old as our civilisation.”

J&K’s ‘Himayat Mission’ ensures skill development and provides employment
PM Modi speaks about J&K programme called Himayat Mission which ensures skill development and provides employment. “The Himayat programme is actually associated with skill development and employment. There are many examples of talented youth who have become symbols of change in Jammu and Kashmir, benefiting from ‘Himayat Mission’. This program has given a new found confidence to the youth in Jammu and Kashmir, and shown them a way to forge ahead,” he said.

By 2022, can we pledge on buying local products, questions PM Modi pushing for ‘Make in India’
Urging people to use local products, PM Modi said, “We attained freedom owing to sacrifice and penance of innumerable people; a freedom that we are fully enjoying. They all made sacrifices, firmly carrying that dream in their hearts….that of a free India…for the sake of a prosperous, flourishing and free India. My dear countrymen, can we pledge, that by 2022, when we achieve 75 years of independence we insist and remain steadfast at least, for about two-three years on buying local products?”

PM Modi highlights rural health initiative taken by alumnis of a local Bihar school
PM Modi on Mann ki Baat: “I wish to present before you a special occasion. Just recently, I came across on the media, a story on the Bhairavganj Health Centre in the West Champaran district of Bihar. At this Bhairavganj Health Centre, thousands of people from neighbouring villages converged for a free health check up. This was not a government programme, nor was it a government initiative. This was a step taken as part of an Alumni Meet organized by former students of the local K.R. High School. They named it Sankalp95. ‘Sankalp 95’ means, the resolve undertaken by the 1995 Batch of that High School.”

PM Modi remembers Swami Vivekananda on Jayanti, says ‘alumni meet very good opportunity’
“Swami Vivekananda used to say that the value of youth cannot be judged. This is the most valuable period of life. Your life depends on how you use your youth and Vivekanand Jayanti is approaching. The President had visited the Vivekananda rock in Kanyakumari recently. We study in different colleges, universities and schools, but after studying Alumni meet is a very good opportunity. On this occasion, all the youth are lost in old memories, it is a different joy,” the Prime Minister said in his address.

Women have risen from poverty with resolve and determination: Narendra Modi
On women empowerment, the Prime Minister said, “Women have risen from poverty with resolve and determination. In UP’s Phulpur, women learnt how to make footwear and with this effort, they not only removed the thorns which hurt their feet but became self-dependent to support their families. A factory has also been set up in the village and I want to laud the local police and their families for encouraging these women.”

Today’s youth dislikes instability, chaos, nepotism; has an opinion on wide range of issues: PM
On the role of the youth in 2020, Modi also said: “In the coming decade, young India will play a key role. Today’s youth believes in the system and also has an opinion on a wide range of issues. I consider this to be a great thing. What today’s youth dislikes is instability, chaos, nepotism.”

In his monthly radio program Mann Ki Baat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month thanked the people of the country for furthering the spirit of unity by “whole-heartedly” embracing the Ayodhya verdict.

“The values of peace, unity, and goodwill are paramount in the country. When the verdict on the Ram Mandir was announced, the country embraced it whole-heartedly and accepted it with full ease and peace,” he said.

“On one hand, the long battle of justice came to an end, while on the other hand, the country honoured the judiciary. This verdict has been a turning point in the history of our judiciary. After the Supreme Court’s verdict, the country is set on a new journey full of fresh hopes and apprehensions,” he added.

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