PM Modi: Female athletes' success made Commonwealth Games 2018 'special' for India

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged citizens to give due importance to water conservation and make it a collective responsibility, while pointing out that India's forefathers had successfully made water conservation "a way of life for centuries together".

He said the Ganga and Yamuna rivers have plentiful of water but there are many other places in Uttar Pradesh like Fatehpur district, where two small rivers, namely the Sasur-Khaderi got dried out.

Modi also appreciated Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar for his contribution toward Fit India Movement.

In an attempt to change Indian attitudes toward cleaning, PM Modi announced that the government has come together to roll-out 'Swachch Bharat Internship 2018'. "Exams are over. Students are now wondering what they should do during the vacations". Internship programmes have become famous among the youth. "Summer internship is a new experience in itself".

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The prime minister began the 43rd Mann Ki Baat radio programme by congratulating Indian athletes who participated in the recently concluded Commonwealth Games in Australia's Gold Coast. He added that this programme can be "a good opportunity" for those who wish to make a difference in the society. Mr Modi said the best interns who have strived in schools and colleges with excellent work will be rewarded with recognition at the national level. He said, impressed by the bold initiative of the farmers, the administration has also linked it to the National Livelihood Mission.

Talking about the importance of Yoga, PM Modi said Yoga is a wonderful way to remain fit.

The prime minister also acknowledged the performances of table tennis star Manika Batra, 15-year-old gold medal-winning shooter Anish Bhanwala and badminton stars PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal, who featured in an all-Indian women's singles gold medal match. "Within a few days from now the holy month of Ramazan will dawn upon us". "Ramzan is celebrated with full faith and respect all across the country". "I hope we shall all hear the next episode of Mann Ki Baat and use them in our lives", Deb said.

"Today, when there is confrontation and human suffering prevalent everywhere in the world, Lord Buddha's teachings show the way to rid hatred from the world with compassion".

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