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New Delhi, Nov 27 – Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday remembered the victims of Mumbai terror attack and said, “India can never forget this day”.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, referring to the Mumbai terror attacks on his monthly Mann ki Baat radio, said, “Terrorists had made Mumbai shudder along with the entire country…But it is India’s fortitude that made us surmount the ordeal; we are now quelling terror with full ardor.”

Paying homage to all of those who lost their lives in the Mumbai attack, Modi said, “Today the country is in remembrance of those brave hearts who made the supreme sacrifice during the attack.” On November 26, 2008, 10 Pakistani terrorists arrived by the sea route and opened indiscriminate firing, killing 166 people, including 18 security personnel, and injuring several others.

Remembering the 26th of November for one more account, PM Modi said, “It was on this very day in 1949 that the Constituent Assembly passed and adopted the Constitution of India.”

“We have been celebrating this day as Constitution Day. I extend my best wishes to all countrymen on the occasion of Constitution Day,” he said.

The Prime Minister also urged the people to promote “Vocal for Local,” saying, “Within the last few days, business worth more than Rs four lakh crore has been done in the country on Diwali, Bhaiya Dooj, and Chhath.”

Modi said the success of ‘Vocal for Local’ is opening the doors to a ‘Developed India—Prosperous India’. This campaign of ‘Vocal for Local’ strengthens the economy of the entire country”.

“When the people at large take charge of nation-building, no power in the world can stop that country from moving forward. Today, it is clearly visible in India that many transformations are being led by the 140 crore people of the country,” he said.

Over ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ PM Modi said this campaign is becoming an inspiration for people, especially the youth of the country.

He said Swachh Bharat Abhiyan has changed people’s mindsets regarding cleanliness and public hygiene.

“Today this initiative has become a symbol of the national spirit, which has improved the lives of crores of countrymen,” he said.

Modi also raised concerns over water conservation; he said one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century is ‘Water Security’.

“Conserving water is no less than saving life. When we perform any work with this spirit of collectivity, we also achieve success,” PM added.

He informed that more than 65,000 ‘AmritSarovars’ that India has developed during the ‘AmritMahotsav’ will benefit forthcoming generations.

“Now it is also our responsibility to ensure that wherever ‘AmritSarovar’ has been built, it should be regularly looked after so that it remains the main source of water conservation,” he said.

The Prime Minister said a continuous rise in intellectual properties through the combination of technology in itself is an important facet of progress in enhancing the capability of the country.

“You will be pleased to know that there has been an increase of more than 31 percent in patent applications by Indians in 2022,” he said.

“If compared with the figures of 10 years ago… today, our patents are getting 10 times more approvals. We all know that patents not only increase the Intellectual Property of the country; they also open doors to new opportunities,” he said.

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