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PM Modi administers 'Clean India' pledge

New Delhi, Oct 2 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday administered 'Clean India' pledge along with Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, actor Aamir Khan and 30 lakh government employees. The employees along with the PM pledged to do their bit towards cleanliness and not to litter or let anyone litter around. They also pledged to spend 100 hours every year towards cleanliness. Oct 2, 2014
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Tourism sector foresee boost as PM announces visa on arrival for American tourists

Jaipur, Oct 02 (ANI): Tour operators in Rajasthan were elated after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced visa on arrival for American tourists, during his five-day US trip. Tour guides and operators expect that this move would give a fillip to tourism industry in the state. During his US trip, which started from New York, Modi drew an especially loud cheer when he made a long-awaited announcement that those holding cards showing they were of Indian origin would be granted lifetime visas to India. He also said that India would allow visas on arrival for US citizens, while addressing a crowd of 18,000 people at New York's Madison Square Garden. Rajasthan hosts maximum number of tourists from France and after Modi’s announcement, it is being assumed that state could witness very high footfall of US citizens and PIO card holders as well. Oct 2, 2014
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Swedish soccer legend Ljungberg hopes to inspire youth in ISL

Mumbai, Oct 02 (ANI): Former Arsenal player and Swedish captain Freddie Ljungberg, who will be playing for Mumbai FC in Indian Super League (ISL), said that he wanted to inspire youngsters through his game. The attacking midfielder was a part of Arsenal's famed "Invincibles" who went unbeaten in winning the 2003-04 English title. Addressing mediapersons in Mumbai, Ljungberg said he wanted to train kids in football in a cricket-mad nation. He added that he was ready to help Indian players to enhance their soccer skills. The 37-year old said he was impressed by the commitment of the franchise owners and that it was a great start to the new project. Oct 2, 2014
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Prime Minister Modi to launch 'Swachh Bharat Mission' today

New Delhi, Oct 02 (ANI): The country is all set to witness a majestic launch of 'Swachh Bharat Mission' by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today on the occasion of 145th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Prime Minister began his day first by paying floral tributes to Father of the Nation, Mahatama Gandhi at Rajghat. He will also visit Vijay Ghat to pay homage to former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri whose birth anniversary coincides with Mahatma Gandhi. Anant Khasbardar of Kolhapur, Maharashtra, and Bhagyasri Sheth of Rajkot, Gujarat who won the contest for suggesting the logo and the tag line respectively for 'Swachh Bharat Mission', will also be felicitated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. Oct 2, 2014
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PM Modi pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat

New Delhi, Oct 02 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi on his 145th birth anniversary on Thursday. Prime Minister paid floral tributes at Rajghat-the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi on the banks of the Yamuna river. Union Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu was also present on this occasion. A minute's silence was observed at the black stone memorial by Prime Minister Modi. Oct 2, 2014
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Swachh Bharat Campaign: PM Modi wields broom at Valmiki Basti

New Delhi, Oct 02 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi symbolically wielded a broom at Valmiki Basti on October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, and reached out to all Indians to make cleanliness a mass movement. He cleared litter at the Basti and interacted with 'Safai Karamcharis'. Modi chose the Valmiki colony in Delhi's heart a place once home to Mahatma Gandhi -- to do the sweeping, in the company of party colleagues and officials. Modi has said that the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan should clean up the country by 2019, the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Oct 2, 2014
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PM Modi officially flags off 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan'

New Delhi, Oct 02 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday officially launched the 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan ' in New Delhi at Rajpath. Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari along with Union Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu were also present on this occasion. Earlier Prime Minister Modi visited Valmiki Basti where he wielded the broom and interacted with the 'Safai Karamcharis' present there. Cleanliness drive is on in Delhi and other parts of the country. Lakhs of Central government employees working across the country will take a pledge of cleanliness in various public functions being organized today. Oct 2, 2014
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US Secret Service chief resigns over security breaches

The director of the US Secret Service resigned Wednesday following a string of lapses by the elite presidential protection branch, including one in which an intruder ran through the front door of the White House. Duration: 00:35 Oct 2, 2014
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Ex-Bosnia-Serb leader gives closing statement at trial

Former Bosnian-Serb leader Radovan Karadzic says "all Serbs" are on trial as he begins his closing statement to the Yugoslav war crimes court, where he is charged with some of the worst atrocities in Europe since World War II. Duration: 00:47 Oct 2, 2014
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PM Modi arrives in Delhi, celebrations fill BJP Headquarters

New Delhi, Oct 01 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday landed on Palam Technical Airport in New Delhi. After winding up his five-day maiden visit to the US and describing it "very successful and satisfactory", Modi returned to India and was welcomed by BJP leaders and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan among others. Celebrations are seen all around as BJP supporters fired crackers in welcome of the PM while Modi waved to his supporters at the airport before heading to 7 RCR in his convoy. Meanwhile, celebrations are also on at the BJP Headquarters in welcome of the prime minister after his historic visit to US. Supporters and leaders shouted pro-Modi slogans, fired crackers even as festive mood engulfed the party headquarters. Oct 1, 2014