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PM Modi breaks silence on PNB scam; vows to take strict action

25 February 2018

The prime minister, who inaugurated Air Odisha's flight connecting Ahmedabad with Diu under the Centre's regional connectivity scheme UDAN, said air connectivity will boost tourism in the region.

The Prime Minister described the public meeting in Daman as a historic event not only in terms of the number of people who have joined him but also in terms of the development projects being launched from there.

Somnath temple and Gir forest are located around 80 km from Diu.

He also mentioned about the announcements made in his government's last full-year budget, including pro-agriculture steps like paying farmers a price that is 50 per cent more than the cost of production. "Daman and Diu have now joined the mainstream of development".

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PM urged the people of Daman to continue giving topmost importance to cleanliness as the opportunities in tourism increase when there is cleanliness.

The political slugfest over the PNB scam continued unabated with the Congress on Saturday launching a fresh attack on the Narendra Modi government, while finance minister Arun Jaitley sought to shift the entire blame for the recent loan scandals on the laxity of banking regulators and auditors.

He praised a programme launched by the administration to provide nutritious food to lactating women.

"I am surprised that despite our prime minister being the most expensive "chawkidar" (watchman), why are all these (banking frauds) happening under his nose", Sibal told a press conference here, taking a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his refrain during poll rallies that he would act as a watchman for the country, He said that if questions are raised on banking system, it impacts the country's economy and affects investment as worldwide trade is done through banking system.

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Breaking his silence over the '11,400 crore fraud in PNB, Mr Modi on Friday warned of stringent action against those involved in financial irregularities and said loot of public money will not be tolerated.

He inaugurated a redeveloped beach and a revamped bird sanctuary in Diu, a coastal town.

The Prime Minister presented Badhai kit to the newly born girl child under Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao yojana.

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.

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PM Modi breaks silence on PNB scam; vows to take strict action