Highlights of PM’s I-Day address

August 15th, 2008 - 10:42 am ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh

New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) The following are the highlights of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s address to the nation on India’s 62nd Independence Day Friday: * Seeks cooperation to end Amarnath shrine row

* Vows to strengthen intelligence agencies

* India determined to meet terror challenge

* Pakistan’s support to terrorism can hit ties

* India hopes to send spacecraft to moon this year

* India-US nuclear deal will spur growth

* Climate change can disrupt economy

* India’s inflation is imported

* Investing Rs.250 billion in agriculture

* Sincerely implementing most of the recommendations of the Justice Rajinder Sachar Committee Report on social, economic and educational empowerment of Muslims

* Concerned about regional imbalances in development; some parts of the country doing much better than others

* 140 million children provided mid-day meals

* A Skill Development Corp to train Indian youth

* Recalls childhood to highlight rural suffering

* Promises proper reward for land taken for industry

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