Congress questions Modi on demonetisation figures in speech

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves to the crowd during Independence Day celebrations at the Red Fort

US President Donald Trump on Monday night also called up Prime Minister Narendra Modi to greet him and the Indian people on the eve of the country's Independence Day anniversary.

The White House also said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked President Trump in the manner in which the latter was able to unite the world against North Korea, the country headed by Kim Jong-un which has threatened to attack the United States with its nuclear missiles.

"Time has changed and we need to change the system as well".

Appreciating the ideas and innovations in the presentations made by the entrepreneurs, the Prime Minister said the "Champions for Change" initiative would be taken forward and institutionalised "in the best possible way".

He added that the government had set up six IITs, seven new IIMs and eight new IIITs over the last three years.

Modi assured them that he would explore the possibility of connecting them with the ministries concerned.

Modi hailed his government efforts in recent months to cut graft, including the surprise decision to withdraw large currency notes and an overhaul of taxes on goods and services that he said had brought billions of dollars of unaccounted money into the mainstream economy.

"For example those of you who are working on the digital platform, if you can offer time and sit with the government officials working on Digital India... this would be a big contribution", the Prime Minister said. Addressing entrepreneurs at a NITI Aayog programme, Modi said that from now onwards anyone can recommend a person for Padma awards online. "Don't tell others to stop it", said Azad.

The prime minister also said there had been a lot of mutual recrimination and blamed a "handful" of separatists for adopting new tactics to keep the problem festering.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday urged the senior and the younger generation of the nation to come together and work for country's good. Without naming its hostile neighbors, China and Pakistan, Modi said the country's security was a priority for his government.

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