Indian ministers told to clean toilets, public places on Modi's 67th birthday

06:49 PM | 13 Sep, 2017
Indian ministers told to clean toilets, public places on Modi's 67th birthday
NEW DELHI - Parliamentarians and ministers from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were told to clean toilets, bus stands and markets this weekend as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to mark his 67th birthday as "Sewa Diwas" or "Day of Service".

Besides volunteering from 10 am to noon to clean public places including toilets and popular tourist destinations like India Gate, Juhu Beach and 15 other tourist places, the ministers have also been asked to adopt and clean slums in different cities in efforts to push Modi’s Clean India or Swachh Bharat mission.

In a PowerPoint presentation made Tuesday evening with Mr Modi present, ministers were cautioned to aim not for publicity but on mobilizing communities, the Times of India reported.

In 2014, the PM launched the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan or Clean India Mission on the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. "A clean India is the best tribute we can pay to Bapu when we celebrate his 150th birth anniversary in 2019," he said when he announced the nationwide campaign for cleanliness and better sanitation.

However, critics have said the initiative has been confined to photo ops and has created little difference on the ground.

The Sewa Diwas programme will be inaugurated on September 15 two days before PM Modi's birthday by President Ram Nath Kovind when he visits his hometown Kanpur.

The writer is a member of the staff.


PKR exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 21, 2024 (Wednesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 300 for buying and 303 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.5 for buying, and 354 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.15 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.6 282.4
Euro EUR 300 303
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.5 354
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.15 76.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.41 911.41
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.96 733.96
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 316.9 319.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08


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