Government has contained inflation: President

The Lok Sabha had passed the bill seeking imprisonment for Muslim men convicted of practising instant triple talaq but a united opposition had stalled it in the Rajya Sabha where the NDA lacks a majority

The Lok Sabha had passed the bill seeking imprisonment for Muslim men convicted of practising instant triple talaq but a united opposition had stalled it in the Rajya Sabha where the NDA lacks a majority

Under the "Bharat Net Project", the Government is providing broadband connectivity to 250,000 village panchayats and more 100,000 panchayats have been connected in the first phase.

"My government is working dedicatedly to strengthen weaker sections, social justice and economic democracy in the country and make life easier for the common citizen, following the inherent fundamentals in the constitution", he said.

Kovind stressed that his government was committed to "empowerment and not appeasement" of minorities. He also underlined Haj reforms initiated by his government.

As the Opposition and the government remained daggers drawn on the issue of triple talaq, Kovind expressed hope that Parliament will soon pass the bill criminalising the practice of instant divorce.

"Muslim women's honour was a victim of political upmanship". My government is committed to world class railway services. The President said under the "Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana - Urban", interest subvention of 6 percent is being provided to the poor.

"Solving problems of farmers and to raise their standard of living is my government's top priority". The schemes of my Government are not only removing their hardships but also reducing the expenditure incurred by them on farming. "In 2014 only 56 per cent villages were connected to roads, today more than 82 per cent villages have road connectivity with the majority being in remote areas", he said. Kovind said that for the first time the increase in power generation capacity in the country has exceeded the target and India has become a net exporter of power. The work has started to connect villages with Broadband connectivity and 2.5 lakh Panchayats have already been connected so far.

Saudi billionaire Prince bin Talal released from detention
Al-Ibrahim's deal may have included his controlling share in MBC - the largest media company in the Middle East, reports said. He described his confinement as a misunderstanding and said he supports reform efforts by the crown prince.

In his maiden address to the joint sitting of the two Houses of Parliament, the President said 2018 is important year for realising dream of new India. In addition, under the "National AYUSH Mission", traditional methods of treatment, such as Yoga and Ayurveda are being promoted. The financial burden of treatment of disease further aggravates the sufferings.

"Through this, the number of youths across the country are getting more opportunities of employment", he added.

The President also said that his government has kept its promise of giving "One Rank One Pension", which was welcomed by heavy thumping of desks.

"'Bhima App" is playing a big role in promoting digital transactions.

Kovind also spoke in favour of Aadhaar saying the initiative had helped the government in "eliminating middle-men" and save over Rs 57,000 crore.

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