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PM Modi receives ‘Global Goalkeepers Award’ for ‘Swachh Bharat’ Campaign

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USA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday received the Global Goalkeeper Award from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for his government’s initiatives on sanitation, including the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

Goalkeepers is Bill and Melinda Gates Gates foundation’s campaign to accelerate progress towards sustainable development goals. PM Modi was chosen for the award, one of the most prestigious awards in the development sector, for the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, which was among the first programmes announced by him in his first stint as prime minister.

He dedicated the award to those Indians who transformed the Swachh Bharat campaign into a “people’s movement” and accorded topmost priority to cleanliness in their day-to-day lives.

“I dedicate the Global Goalkeeper Award, conferred by the @gatesfoundation, to the 130 crore people of India and the collective endeavours of our nation to improve cleanliness,” Modi said in a tweet. He added that it made him the most happy that India’s successes in sanitation helped women and children the most.

No such campaign was seen or heard about in any other country in the recent past. It might have been launched by our government, but people took control of it,” Modi said. As a result, over 11 crore toilets were built in the country in the last five years, which was a record, he said.

The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan was launched by the Modi government during its first term on October 2, 2014.

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Corona cases increasing, government advises all states and UTs to take precautions

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Corona cases are increasing once again in the country; keeping in mind the government has become cautious. Along with the constant precaution, Corona guidelines are also being emphasized. In this context, Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla has written a letter to states and union territories to extend the Corona Guidelines by 31 March. In this letter, all the states said that to remove the epidemic completely, caution and strict monitoring needs to be maintained.

Urging the authorities to ensure compliance with the guidelines issued for the corona epidemic, Bhalla said that all activities have been permitted following the standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by the concerned administrative ministry and department. He further reiterated that there would be no restriction on persons and goods for trade along the borders of neighboring countries.

The official said, ‘As you know, the number of active and new cases in the country has come down drastically in the last few months. However, to remove the epidemic completely, caution and strict monitoring are required to be maintained. ‘

For the past several days, cases are increasing in Maharashtra located in the country. The state government is also cautious about this. Instructions have also been given to show the Corona Negative Report to the people arriving there. This state is the most infected in the country. At the same time, India remains the second-most infected country in the world, whereas the first-ranked country is the United States.

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