New Delhi, June 30 (IANS) "Ensuring dignity of the poor of India"—Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted this in as many as 16 languages, while highlighting his recent decision to extend the free ration scheme for 80 crore Indians for another five months.
From Bengali to Marathi, and Bhojpuri to Maithili -- the PM tweeted in an array of regional languages with a YouTube link of his dubbed version of the address to the nation on Tuesday. While the wordings may differ, the essence of all the tweets remains the same -- the BJP-led Centre's pro-poor outlook.
In Tamil, Modi tweeted, "Ensuring the dignity of the poor. The extension of the Prime Minister's Garib Kalyan Anna Yojna will benefit billions of poor people across the country."
Meanwhile, in Gujarati, his mother tongue, Modi said, "Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana will benefit crores of poor people of the country, the dignity of the poor will be honored."
This unique way of dissemination of information could also be seen as an effort by the Prime Minister to cohesively bind India, a widely diverse country, which is going through a tough pandemic situation.
Earlier on Tuesday, hiniting that it is a long haul and India's poor and needy will continue to need the handholding of the state, Modi declared the extension of the ‘Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojna' (PMGKAY) by another five months till November end. PMGKAY is a programm through which 80 crore Indians get free monthly ration.
In his address to the nation on Tuesday, Modi said, "During festivals, our needs also increase and so do the expenses. Keeping all these things in mind, it has been decided that the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana should now be extended till Diwali and Chhath Puja, which is by the end of November."
New York, July 10 (IANS) Wall Street's major averages finished mixed on Thursday as investors pored through the newly-released weekly report on US jobless claims.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 361.19 points, or 1.39 per cent, to 25,706.09. The S&P 500 was down 17.89 points, or 0.56 per cent, to 3,152.05. The Nasdaq Composite Index increased 55.25 points, or 0.53 per cent, to 10,547.75, Xinhua reported.
Nine of the 11 primary S&P 500 sectors closed lower, with energy and financials down 4.04 per cent and 2.33 per cent, respectively, leading the laggards. Technology and consumer discretionary climbed 0.15 per cent and 0.11 per cent, respectively, the only two gainers.
Meanwhile, U.S.-listed Chinese companies traded mostly higher, with eight of the top 10 stocks by weight in the S&P US Listed China 50 index ending the day on an upbeat note.
On the data front, US initial jobless claims, a rough way to measure layoffs, registered 1.314 million in the week ending July 4, following a revised 1.413 million in the prior week, as the pandemic continues to weigh on the labor market, the Department of Labor reported on Thursday.
More than 3 million confirmed Covid-19 cases have been reported in the United States, with nearly 133,000 deaths, as of Thursday afternoon, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.