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PM Modi rings in 66th birthday in Gujarat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrated his 66th birthday on 17 September. He met his mother in Gandhinagar on the occasion. According to reports, the Bhartiya Janta Party will celebrate Prime Minister Modi's birthday today as Sewa Divas and BJP President Amit Shah will participate in a cleanliness drive in Telangana to mark the day.

A Surat-based bakery is working to create a birthday cake for PM Modi. The cake, by Atul Bakery, wants to break the record of the tallest pyramid cake - a record held by the 1.74m tall, 720.8 kg cake set during the Rzeszow International Fair(Poland) in Rzeszow, Poland on 21 May 2011.

Paralympic silver medallist Deepa Malik gets heroic welcome at Delhi's IGI airport

Rio Paralympics hero Deepa Malik got a heart-warming welcome as she landed in Delhi on the morning of 17 September.

Malik's family members, athletes, fellow bikers and hundreds of fans were present to welcome the nation's hero back.

"I'm so so honoured. If it has not sunk in after this, God knows I would be lying. I am finally realising what I am holding this (medal) and it has happened," Malik said.

Hyderabad University student hangs himself; dies in hospital

A first-year student of Masters in Fine Arts (MFA) from the University of Hyderabad has allegedly committed suicide in his hostel room, by hanging himself. The incident came to light when the victim Praveen Kumar's room-mate found him hanging from the ceiling at midnight on Friday.

Praveen was rushed to a hospital and he is believed to have died during treatment.

The suicide comes months after Rohith Vemula (26), a second year PhD student at University of Hyderabad, committed suicide inside the campus in a similar fashion after alleged caste discrimination.

LG Jung asks Manish Sisodia to return to Delhi

Lt Governor Najeeb Jung has asked Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia to return to Delhi from Finland to take stock of the chikungunya outbreak in the capital.

Sisodia left for Finland on 12 September to attend a conference on education. He was scheduled to return on 17 September.

On Friday, the Centre sought a detailed report from Delhi government on deaths due to dengue and chikungunya, including medical history of the deceased, in the national capital where vector-borne diseases have claimed at least 30 lives and affected about 2,800 people.

All India Radio launches website and app of Balochi radio service

The All India Radio on 16 September launched a multimedia website and app of its Balochi radio service.

"Though the service has been operational and popular since 1974, the number of letters has come down. We are now looking at having email facilities. The website also has feedback mechanism with will help in connecting with our listeners better," Amlanjyoti Mazumdar. Station Director (External Services Division), told the Economic Times.

Open defecation practiced in 80% of villages under Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana

Residents in over 80% of the villages adopted by members of the Parliament under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) still practise open defecation, government statistics have reportedly revealed.

Only 131 villages of these 702 have been declared open defecation-free, the Economic Times reported. Only 25% of the villages had electricity, while only 13% of the houses in the villages were pucca, the daily reported.

This comes two-years after PM Modi encouraged MPs to adopt villages and transform them into model ones.