Mann Ki Baat: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged people to ban single-use plastics. in his monthly radio broadcast ‘Mann Ki Baat’, he said, “I hope that you all will be apart of the exercise to get rid of single-use plastics on October 2.” Pushing for women empowerment, the Prime Minister said, “This Diwali, Let us celebrate Bharat ki Lakshmi.” Asking to highlight the achievements of daughters, he asked ‘can we, this time, introduce a novelty in welcoming her?’ “Can we, this time around in society, organise programmes to felicitate daughters in villages, towns and cities? It could be in the form of a public function,” he said while he urged people to use the hashtag #BHARATKILAXMI on social media.
This was PM Modi’s first Mann Ki Baat after his return to New Delhi from the US trip and fourth after returning to power in May. He also informed that Pope Francis will declare Sister Mariam Thresia a saint next month. “It is a matter of pride for every Indian that, on the coming 13th October, His Holiness Pope Francis will declare Sister MariamThresia a saint,” he said. Referring to the recent Cabinet decision to ban e-cigarette in the country, he said, “I urge all of you to quit the addiction to tobacco and do not harbour any misconceptions about e-cigarettes. Come, let us all build a healthy India.”