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Modi dedicates new Bidar-Kalaburagi railway line in Karnataka to nation

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today dedicated the new Bidar-Kalaburagi railway line in Karnataka to the nation by  unveiling a plaque at Bidar railway station.
 
Mr. Modi, who was on a day's visit to Karnataka, also flagged off the DEMU service between Bidar and Kalaburagi. 
 
Earlier, Mr. Modi Dashamah Soundarya Lahari Parayanotsava Mahasamarpane at Bengaluru. 
 
The Soundarya Lahari is a set of shlokas composed by Adi Shankaracharya. At the event, there was mass chanting of Soundarya Lahari. 
 
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said he felt a special energy in the environment from this mass chanting. He recalled his visit to Kedarnath a few days ago, and said he was filled with awe at the work done by Adi Shankara, in that remote location, as well as at other places across India, in his relatively short life-span. He said Adi Shankara had united India, through the Vedas and Upanishads. 
 
Mr. Modi said the common man could relate to Adi Shankara's composition - Soundarya Lahari. He said Adi Shankaracharya removed evils from the society, and prevented them from reaching future generations. He said Adi Shankara had imbibed the best of practices from different ideologies and thought. He said Adi Shankaracharya's penance still exists in the present form of Indian culture - a culture that accepts all, and moves forward together. This culture is the foundation of New India - and follows the mantra of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, he said.
 
He said that, in a way, India's cultural heritage held the answers to all global problems. He said that in India, the stress has always been on preventing the exploitation of nature. 
 
The Prime Minister said that LED bulbs which earlier cost more than 350 rupees, are now available for 40 to 45 rupees under the Ujala scheme. He said more than 27 crore LED bulbs have been distributed so far. This has resulted in savings in the electricity bill as well, he added. 
 
He mentioned that over 3 crore LPG connections have been distributed through the Ujjwala Yojana. This has not only made a positive difference in the lives of rural women, but also contributed to a cleaner environment, he said. 
 
He said that the need of the hour is that efforts be made to free India from evils such as illiteracy, ignorance, malnutrition, black money and corruption. 
 
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Mr. Modi also offered prayers at Shri Manjunatha Swamy Temple at Dharmasthala.
 
At a public meeting at Ujire, he distributed RuPay cards to Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana account holders. He unveiled a logo to mark the launch of "Preserve Mother Earth, and Transfer to Next Generation" programme. 
 
Addressing the gathering, he expressed happiness at the opportunity to pray to Lord Manjunatha. 
 
He said that the current century is about skill development. India is a youthful nation, and hence, we must harness our demographic dividend, he added. 
 
"Our saints and seers created as well as nurtured institutions which have helped society for centuries," he said.
 
Speaking about the opportunity to hand over RuPay cards to women Self Help Groups, the Prime Minister said that he was happy to see enthusiasm towards digital transactions. 
 
He urged people to use the Bhim App and embrace cashless transactions. This is the era of honesty and integrity; there is no place for those who cheat the system, he said.
 
The Prime Minister said that every rupee, and every resource from the Government of India is devoted for the welfare of Indians. "We are ensuring that the fruits of development reach the intended beneficiaries without any scope of corruption," he added. 
 
Mr. Modi said that conservation of water is a major challenge in this day and age. "We also need to give importance towards living in harmony with nature and not think about short term gains," he said.
 
He called upon the farmers of Karnataka to embrace methods like drip irrigation that help conserve water. 
 
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