The successful translocation of Namibian cheetahs to Madhya Pradesh’s Kuno National Park was the focus of the 93rd “Mann Ki Baat” today by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who said a task force has been set up to monitor the cheetahs’ progress in their adaptation. new environment
The prime minister repeated his plea for patience, saying it would take months for the cheetahs to finally acclimate and an assessment would be carried out by the task force, after which the government would decide whether to open Kuno National Park to the public.
Modi said the government has organized a competition on the MyGov platform, where people can suggest names to promote the Cheetah and Cheetah, which should be “traditional” and related to Indian “society and culture”.
The Prime Minister paid tributes to Deendayal Upadhyay and Bhagat Singh on their birth anniversaries, adding that the recent decision to rename Chandigarh Airport as Shaheed Bhagat Singh Airport is a tribute to the martyrs.
“My dear countrymen, you all have another reason to celebrate September 28. Do you know what it is? I’ll say just two words and I know your enthusiasm will quadruple—Surgical Strike. Josh didn’t get up,” he said.
Modi also talked about the progress made in the country in establishing sign language.
“A big problem in India for years was that there was no clear gesture, no standard for sign language. To overcome these difficulties, the Indian Sign Language Research and Training Center was established in 2015. I am happy that this institute has so far produced a dictionary containing 10,000 words and expressions. On September 23, Sign Language Day, many school courses were also introduced in sign language. The National Education Policy lays emphasis on maintaining a certain standard of sign language. It is further promoted through video. Many people on YouTube have launched their channels in sign language. It is now benefiting millions,” Modi said, referring in particular to the Man Ki Baat campaign to increase awareness of sign language in the country.
The Prime Minister added that he had received a copy of Hemkosh, one of the oldest dictionaries of the Assamese language written in Braille.
Prepared in the 19th century, Hemkosh’s Braille version is about 10,000 pages long and is going to be published in more than 15 volumes with more than one lakh words of translation, he said.
Modi also said that he met a girl from Surat several days ago, named Avni, who has severe Down syndrome and has benefited immensely from yoga.
In today’s Maan Ki Baat, the Prime Minister also spoke about environmental challenges including climate change and said “garbage littering our beaches is disturbing”.
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“It becomes our duty to make serious and continuous efforts to meet this challenge. Here I would like to talk about coastal cleaning efforts in coastal areas under ‘Swachh Sagar-Protected Seas’. The campaign started on 5 July and ended on 17 September (Vishwakarma Jayanti). This day was also Coastal Clean Up Day. The operation lasted for 75 days… A human chain was made in Goa. Around 5,000 NSS cadets collected more than 30 tonnes of plastic. Over three days in Odisha, more than 20,000 school students took a pledge to inspire others to participate in the Swachh Sagar-Surakshita Sagar initiative. I congratulate all those who participated in it,” he said.
Greeting the people on the festive season, which began on the first day of Navratri on Monday, Modi said: “…Jute, cotton, banana fiber and many other traditional bags are trending again. It is our duty to promote them and take care of our health and environment along with cleanliness.”