News Flash: Narendra Modi celebrates Diwali with jawans of the ITBP

The nation is gearing up to celebrate the festival of light Diwali today.

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Oct 30: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation on the radio with "Mann Ki Baat" at 11 AM today. Meanwhile BSF has been retaliating appropriately to the Firing started from Pakistan side in RS Pura, Jammu.

The nation is gearing up to celebrate the festival of light Diwali today.

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3.11 pm: I promised #OROP when I was PM candidate, and unfortunately those in power at that time did not even know what exactly it was: PM Modi

3.10 pm: We needed surgical strikes. If Pak will try to infiltrate again, more such strikes will happen: Aparna Yadav, Mulayam Yadav's daughter-in-law

3.07 pm: Encounter in Drugmulla, Kupwara (J&K) underway, one-two terrorists believed to be in the area. More details awaited.

2.45 pm: In my very first public meeting after I was declared PM candidate, I invited ex-servicemen in Rewari, I promised #OROP : PM Modi

2.44 pm: Jab jab suraksha balon ko kuch karne ka mauka mila, desh ka seena tann jaye aisa karke unhone dikhaya: PM Modi

2.43 pm: Crores lit diyas for jawans. Film superstars, sports personalities, politicians, businessmen,farmers etc all had #Sandesh2Soldiers : PM

2.42 pm: Jab aap jagte hain tab vo(ppl) sote hain, agar aap na jagte toh unke naseeb neend bhi nhi ho sakti: PM Modi

2.41 pm: To aisa nahi hai ki mai ye PM banne kay baad kar raha hu: PM Modi

2.40 pm: Jab Gujarat mei earthquake aaya thaa, 2001 ki #Diwali maine bhukamp peedit parivaron kay saath manai thi: PM Modi

2.39 pm: Sabka mann karta hai ki #Diwali apno kay saath manae, tabhi mai apno kay beech aaya hu: PM Modi in Kinnaur, HP

2.06 pm: Encounter begins in Drugmulla, Kupwara (J&K), one-two terrorists believed to be in the area. More details awaited.

1.08 pm: HC Gyanender Rathi posted in special cell Lodhi colony commits suicide with his service revolver. CFSL team reach the spot.

1.07 pm: Delhi: Union Minister Vijay Goyal celebrates Diwali with army jawans at Rajputana Rifles Delhi Cantt

12.09 pm: Sadananda Gowda, Ananth Kumar & BS Yeddyurappa celebrate Diwali with army jawans in Bengaluru.

12.08 pm: Earthquake measuring 7.1 magnitude strikes central Italy: Reuters

12.07 pm: Devotees celebrate Bandi Chhor Divas at Golden Temple, Amritsar

12.06 pm: Encounter begins in Drugmulla, Kupwara district (J&K), one-two terrorists believed to be in the area. More details awaited.

11.35 am: Chennai: Locals offer special prayers & distribute food outside Apollo hospital for speedy recovery of TN CM Jayalalithaa

11.31 am: Which is why we all need to learn that we all must unite, and work towards unity rather than allow divisiveness to spread: PM Modi

11.29 am: But on one Sardar's birthday, history remembers how sikh people & "sardars" all over the country faced violence & pain: PM Modi

11.28 am: Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel worked to bring everyone together, he worked for unity, fought for unity and brought unity amongst people: PM Modi

11.28 am: Tomorrow we are celebrating Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's birth anniversary. We are also remembering Indira Gandhi ji tomorrow: PM Modi

11.27 am: We have to forget about all our customs & traditions and treat a girl and a boy equally, and we are moving fast: PM Modi #MannKiBaat

11.17 am: Be it BSF, CRPF etc, our jawans are on duty and guarding us; that is why we are celebrating Diwali joyfully: PM Modi

11.16 am: #Sandesh2Soldiers hashtag was used so much by everyone and we were flooded with well wishes & love for jawans from citizens: PM Modi

11.15 am: People from all walks of life sent messages of love & encouragement for our jawans, just as they light candles for their well being: PM

11.14 am: From last few months our jawans are sacrificing their lives, we should celebrate this Diwali in their name: PM Narendra Modi #MannKiBaat

11.13 am: I also have to thank the citizens of the nation for their support & love for our security forces & jawans protecting us: PM Modi

11.12 am: I request parents & guardians that if their little kids are bursting crackers they should be monitored & accompanied: PM Modi

11.11 am: Diwali is now not just celebrated in India, but all over the world. Diwali is a festival which is bringing people together: PM Modi

11.10 am: World leaders are celebrating Diwali and sharing their memories & pictures on different social media platforms: PM Narendra Modi #MannKiBaat

11.09 am: Is that not something we should inculcate for our society and the living spaces?: PM Modi speaking on "Mann Ki Baat" program

11.08 am: Whole world today celebrate Diwali, it is a festival where we celebrate light over darkness: PM Narendra Modi in #MannKiBaat

11.07 am: Everyone is talking about cleanliness and environment today. In fact, everyone cleans their homes vigorously for Diwali: PM

11.06 am: All forms of darkness are to be fought with a "deep" of Diwali, we are eliminating all the darkness from inside us and the world around: PM

11.05 am: Festivals are fixed not just on the mood of the moon but also mood of the people: PM Modi

11.04 am: Our festivals are linked closely to the nature...the food, weather, everything about a festival is so symbiotic: PM Modi

11.02 am: "My warmest wishes to everyone for the happy festival of Diwali" PM Narendra Modi addresses the nation with "Mann Ki Baat"

10.43 am: We all stand along with their families, Rs 50 lakh will be given as compensation & a Govt job will be offered to 1 family member: ML Khattar

10.37 am: Thousands gather as mortal remains of Mandeep Singh (who lost his life in Machil encounter) reach his hometown Antahedi Village, Kurukshetra

10.31 am: Srinagar, J&K: Wreath laying ceremony of BSF jawan Koli Nitin Subhash (who lost his life in Machil encounter)

10.23 am: Villagers raise anti-Pak slogans just as mortal remains of Mandeep Singh arrives his hometown Antahedi Village, Kurukshetra

9.49 am: Kurukshetra: ML Khattar meets family members of soldier Mandeep Singh (who lost his life in Machil encounter)

9.45 am: Only 1 candle will be lit in every house for the peace of the soul of our martyrs, we are really proud of them: Subhash Chandra

9.44 am: No one will celebrate Diwali this year, our entire village mourns the death of Mandeep Singh: Subhash Chandra (Sarpanch, Antahedi Village)

9.41 am: Anti Pakistan protest by Baloch people in Lahore (Pakistan) demanding safe release of social worker Wahid Baloch.

9.30 am: At 2 AM Pak started firing small arms & mortars in gaps in Hiranagar and Samba Sector which continued till 8 AM. No loss of life reported

9.15 am: Mortal remains of soldier Mandeep Singh (who lost his life in encounter near LoC) to be brought to his home town in Kurukshetra, Haryana

9.10 am: Bikaner (Rajasthan): BSF celebrates Diwali at the border (29th October)

8.15 am: BSF will not exchange sweets with Pakistan Rangers at Attari Wagah border this Diwali: BSF

7.18 am: United Nation (UN) celebrates #Diwali for the 1st time, HQ lit up to mark the celebrations

7.07 am: At 2 AM today Pak started firing in Hiranagar & Samba which continue till 0600 AM intermittently. No loss of BSF or civilians reported.

6.59 am: Last night at IB of Jammu, firing started from Pakistan side in RS Pura, continued intermittently till 3 AM; BSF retaliated appropriately.

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