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BJP leaders and workers cut a 71-kg laddoo on the eve of the PM's birthday to celebrate | ANI

‘Yugpurush, Rajarshi, nation-builder’ — how BJP leaders wished PM Modi on 71st birthday

BJP president Nadda as well as current and former ministers wrote articles, letters & social media posts for Modi, while party launched 20-day social service campaign.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi | PTI Photo

Won’t rest till dream of prosperous India achieved — PM Modi responds to birthday wishes

In a series of tweets Friday, Modi also took note of the record Covid vaccinations administered on his birthday and said every Indian would be proud of the numbers.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi | PTI

BJP video celebrating PM Modi’s India vision on his birthday uses image of LA skyline

The 2-minute-42-second video enumerates the many achievements of Modi govt. But the city skyline at 2 minutes and 22 seconds is a stock photo of Los Angeles.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and Taliban co-founder Abdul Ghani Baradar

PM Modi, Mamata Banerjee, Abdul Ghani Baradar — Time’s 100 ‘most influential people of 2021’

The Time Magazine's annual list also included Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla among prominent names like Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Xi Jinping, Donald Trump among others.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi | PTI

PM Modi to virtually lead Indian delegation at annual SCO summit on 17 September

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will travel to Dushanbe for the summit and attend a meeting on the Afghanistan crisis along with holding a series of bilateral meetings.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes part in the First Quad Leaders’ Virtual Summit with US President Joe Biden, Australian PM Scott Morrison and Japanese PM Suga, in New Delhi on 12 March 2021 | ANI

PM Modi to attend first in-person Quad Summit to be hosted by Biden on 24 September

The White House said the Quad Leaders will be focused on deepening their ties & advancing practical cooperation on areas such as combatting Covid & promoting free and open Indo-Pacific.

Veteran Congress leader Oscar Fernandes dies at 80, PM Modi expresses grief

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi called Fernandes' death a 'personal loss' as he offered condolences to the family of the former union minister.

BRICS leaders urge Afghanistan to refrain from violence, settle crisis by peaceful means

In the New Delhi Declaration adopted at the end of BRICS Summit Thursday, the leaders emphasised the need to uphold human rights in Afghanistan, including that of women, children & minorities.

‘Reprehensible, disgraceful’ — Nepal govt over burning of PM Modi’s effigies in Kathmandu

The statement from Nepal's home ministry came after some students burnt effigies of PM Modi during protests over the death of a Nepalese youth near the border with India in July.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi | PTI Photo

PM Modi to interact with Himachal healthcare workers, vaccine beneficiaries on 6 September

The interaction will take place via video conferencing. Himachal Pradesh recently finished administering the first dose of Covid vaccine to the entire eligible population in the state.

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People at a market place in Ranchi | Bloomberg Photo

What if Indian states were countries

If we compare Indian states to India’s neighbourhood, we find that only Goa, Sikkim, and NCT of Delhi have a GDP per capita higher than China’s GDP per capita of $16,772.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman chairs the 45th GST Council meeting in Lucknow, on 17 September 2021

GST Council levies 5% tax on food delivery apps, extends concessional rates on Covid drugs

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also said the Council decided that it was not the right time to include petroleum products within the GST ambit.

Defence

A Dassault Mirage 2000 aircraft

IAF signs deal with France to purchase phased out Mirage-2000 fighter aircraft

None of these aircraft would be used for flying and they are being acquired to help improve the serviceability of around 50 Mirage-2000s in the Indian fleet, sources said.

Modi at 71 has zero challenge. But one CM is emulating him, a divisive, rising BJP star

Yogi has put high command in a tough situation. If he doesn’t win UP next year, it will set back BJP’s prospects in 2024. If he wins, it will be seen as his win as much as theirs.
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