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PM, President extend warm greetings on Raksha Bandhan.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind and leaders across the political spectrum on Monday extended warm greetings on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan.
Raksha Bandhan celebrates the special bond between brother and sister. On this day, sisters tie a talisman or amulet around the wrists of their brothers and receive a gift in return. Rakhi symbolises love, affection and mutual trust.
Taking to Twitter, PM Modi acknowledged Raksha Bandhan greetings from spiritual and humanitarian leader Mata Amritanandamayi and said that blessing from her and India’s ‘Nari Shakti’ (women power) gives him strength.
“Respected Mata Amritanandamayi Ji, I am most humbled by your special Raksha Bandhan greetings. It is my honour and privilege to work for our great nation. Blessings from you, and from India’s Nari Shakti, give me great strength. They are also vital for India’s growth and progress,” the Prime Minister tweeted.
The tweet came in a reply to a video message, wherein Mata Amritanandamayi hoped that the prime minister gets more courage to deal with the challenges and take measures to protect the nation.
In another tweet, Prime Minister Modi thanked veteran singer and legend Lata Mangeshkar for her wishes on the special occasion. In a special video message, the singer rued that she could not send the Rakhi this year due to the current situation.
“You have worked so hard for the country; the citizens will not forget that. If possible, on this day of Rakhi, promise us that you will take this country to greater heights,” she said in the video, which also had a slide-show of her photos with PM Modi.
In response to the video, the Prime Minister said, “Lata Didi, your emotional message on this auspicious occasion of Raksha Bandhan is full of inspiration and energy. With the blessings of crores of mothers and sisters, our country will touch new heights and achieve new successes. May you be healthy and live long, this is my prayer to God.”
President Ram Nath Kovind also extended wishes on the auspicious day and asked people to secure the honour and dignity of women.
“Greetings on Raksha Bandhan! Rakhi is the sacred thread of love and trust that connects sisters with brothers in a special bond. On this day, let us reiterate our commitment to secure the honour and dignity of women,” the President said.

Source: IANS

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At ‘Bigg Boss 14’ launch, Salman reveals lockdown was his longest break in 30 years

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Bollywood superstar Salman Khan returns as host of the reality show Bigg Boss on October 3. On Thursday, Salman announced season 14 at a virtual launch event. At the event, the actor mentioned he has never taken such a long break from work in the last 30 years as he had to during lockdown. He also mentioned he would not mind taking a salary cut this year and introduced the first contestant of the season.

“My biggest frustration is this that last six months I have not worked. I have never taken such a long break in 30 years, which I was forced to take this year. Ever since I did ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’ and began working, every year I try and take a break from 25th December to 3rd January. But ever since I started doing Bigg Boss over the last 10 to 12 years, I would work a few days even in my holidays but I am happy doing that,” Salman said, adding that he spent lockdown in his farmhouse planting rice and flower plants, taking care of his horse and walking in the wilderness.

This year, Salman Khan will be taking a pay cut for hosting the show in order to ensure every crew member gets their due payment. The actor spoke about this while talking to Abhishek Rege, CEO of Endemol Shine India.

When Salman asked Abhishek Rege, “We are paying full salary to everyone?”, he replied: “We are paying salary. Obviously you might not see huge increments, but we are paying full salary to people.”

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