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We capture a series of interesting items that appear on his official sites including www.narendramodi.in, www.pmindia.gov.in, and Narendra Modi on Facebook and other social sites. We reproduce these interesting pieces for the benefit of our readers every month. Many of the items relate to the latest developments in the world of politics, international affairs, defence, business, manufacturing and social trends.

Read some of the items that have appeared in newspapers in December:

PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI CONGRATULATES DRDO FOR SUCCESSFUL AGNI-V MISSILE LAUNCH

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for successfully test-firing indigenously developed intercontinental ballistic missile – Agni-V.

“The successful test firing of Agni V is the result of the hardwork of DRDO & its scientists. I congratulate them. @DRDO_India,” PM Modi said in a tweet.

PM Modi also said that the successful test firing of the missile is a proud moment for every Indian and would add tremendous strength to India’s strategic defence.

India test-fired nuclear-capable Agni-V, off the coast of Odisha. The indigenously built missile can even reach the northernmost parts of China with its strike range of over 5,000 km.

SCHOOLGIRL’S LETTER TO PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI WORKS WONDERS

When she wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his assistance to tackle some pressing problems in her village, A G Namana never expected to become a local saviour. Thanks to her, officials and elected representatives are now addressing the concerns she had raised.

Officials have been visiting Alekhan Horatti, a tiny village in the Western Ghats in Mudigere taluk of Chikkamagaluru district, following a directive from the Prime Minister’s Office to attend to issues raised by her.

Local MLA B B Ningaiah decided to approach the Centre seeking funds to build or improve infrastructure for villagers who don’t even have basic facilities.

Earlier this year, Namana, 16, thought of writing to the PM as she was upset about the plight of villagers and her teachers encouraged her to dash off a letter. The village with 35 families and 300 people doesn’t even have a motorable road. Power plays truant while health facilities are lax.

After hearing about the PM’s response to kids’ concerns, Namana, a student of the Morarji Desai Residential School in Mudigere’s Bidarahalli, wrote a letter in English to the PM on October 6 outlining the lack of basic facilities at her home town which is 45kms from Chikkamagaluru.

‘LANDMARK MOMENT’, SAYS PM MODI ON PASSAGE OF DISABILITIES BILL-2016

Prime Minister Narendra Modi described the passage of Disabilities bill by Parliament as a “landmark moment” and said it will add tremendous strength to ‘Accessible India Movement’.

“Passage of Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill -2016 is a landmark moment & will add tremendous strength to ‘Accessible India movement’,” he tweeted.

The legislation was passed by the Lok Sabha on the last day of the Winter session, two days after it was cleared by the Rajya Sabha.

“Under the Act, the types of disabilities have increased & at the same time provisions for additional benefits have been introduced,” Modi added in another tweet.

He said there are strict provisions for penalties for offences committed against persons with disabilities and violation of provisions of the new law.

“The new Act has several salient features which will enhance opportunity, equality & accessibility. Have a look,” he said while giving a link to Narendra Modi website for salient features of the bill.

PM MODI SAYS ‘NO FULL STOPS’ IN BLACK MONEY DRIVE

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said there was “no question of retreating” and that there would be no “poorna viraam (full stops)” in the “campaign against corruption and black money”.

In his last Mann ki Baat of the year, Modi thanked people for enduring “pain” in wake of the cash crunch and said there were many people “who are wholeheartedly supporting the action being taken and have clearly said that this fight must be carried forward”.

He said people had written to him “in large numbers”, asking him “not to feel exhausted, not to stop and take the most stringent measures… Yeh to abhi shuruaat hai, yeh jang jeetna hai. Peeche hatne ka prashna hi nahin uthta hai (This is just the beginning. We have to win this battle. There is no question of retreating).”

Hailing people as the “real agents of change”, the Prime Minister thanked them for not only braving hardships but giving a “karara jawab (fitting reply)” to the “few who have been trying to mislead them”.

Hitting out at critics of demonetisation, he said, “saari afwaahen failayi gayin, bhrastachar aur kaale dhan jaisi ladai ko bhi saampradayikta ke rang se bhi rangne ka kitna prayas kiya gaya (So many rumours were spread, even the fight against corruption and black money was sought to be painted as communal).” But despite that, he said, people had “stood firm with their faith intact”.

‘A CHRISTMAS GIFT TO REMEMBER’: PM ON REWARD SCHEMES FOR DIGITAL TRANSACTIONS

overlayPrime Minister Narendra Modi has described as a “Christmas gift to remember” two schemes launched by the NITI Aayog to promote cashless transactions, the “Lucky Grahak Yojana” and “Digi Dhan Vyapar Yojana”.

In a series of tweets, PM Modi said the schemes “will further incentivise digital payments” and would be a big boost in the move towards “cashless and corruption-free India”.

NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant has said that the schemes will cover small transactions between Rs. 50 and Rs. 3,000 to encourage every section of the society to move towards digital payments.

From Christmas, the government will give a bonanza of cash awards to consumers and as well as traders.

A total of Rs. 340 crore will be given in prizes for both customers and traders selected through lucky draws.

‘YOU HAVE DONE WHAT LESSER MORTALS WOULD NOT HAVE ATTEMPTED': MALAYSIAN PM PRAISES MODI FOR ‘DEMONETISATION’

najib_razak_2008-08-21Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his decision to demonetise high-denomination currency notes and called him a ‘good reformist’.

During a brief exchange with PM Modi during an event in New Delhi, Razak admired PM Modi for having the courage to implement reforms.

“I must congratulate you for being a good reformist. You have done what lesser mortals would not have attempted,” Razak said, addressing Modi.

“If you are courageous enough to implement reforms, you will reap the rewards,” he added.

Razak is expected to visit India next year as both countries continue to strengthen bilateral ties, following Modi’s visit to Malaysia last year.