Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches the auction process of coal blocks for commercial mining in New Delhi Thursday. | PTI
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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi turns 70 today, and Twitter is full of birthday wishes for him.

Home Minister Amit Shah spares no praise for the prime minister.

Former BJP president Murli Manohar Joshi shares his blessings for the PM.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman turns into a fangirl.

Her junior colleague, Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur turns Modi’s name into an acronym. Check it out.

Meanwhile, the ‘birthday boy’ was reconnecting with old friends.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is politically correct in his best wishes.


Friends and opponents, everyone sent Modi birthday wishes.

But some people are celebrating Modi’s birthday in a ‘hatke’ manner.

Senior advocate Prashant Bhushan has declared PM Modi’s birthday as ‘Rashtriya Jumla Diwas’.

And a section on Twitter, spearheaded by the Congress, turned this day into National Unemployment Day to protest against rising unemployment in the country. The hashtag is trending on the site with over 26 lakh tweets.

Here’s an eye-opening wish for the PM by a retired Air Force officer.

Several other prominent personalities also share their birthday with Modi, including Bollywood lyricist Prasoon Joshi and cricketer Ravichandran Ashwin.

Today also marks the birth anniversary of legendary artist M.F. Husain.

Moving on from the birthdays to today’s Bollywood bulletin:

Actor Sonu Sood makes a rather pointed remark. We wonder who it targets.

After actor Kangana Ranaut made a derogatory comment about actor-turned-politician Urmila Matondkar in a TV interview, fellow actor Swara Bhaskar remembers the latter’s memorable films.

Meanwhile, Matondkar herself shared a quote by Maratha leader Chhatrapati Shivaji on restraint and retribution.

Here’s some internet gold…

In other news,

A heartfelt post by Congress leader Sharmistha Mukherjee about her late parents.

Cricketer Harbhajan Singh imparts some wisdom.

There’s good news too: J&K politician and PDP leader Naeem Akhtar was released from detention after 407 days.

Finally, Norwegian diplomat Erik Solheim on why some thieves are cuter than others

With inputs from Unnati Sharma

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