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On 25th October, 2014, PM Narendra Modi met hundreds of people from media including top editors, journalists and reporters during a tea party hosted at BJP Headquarters in New Delhi.

At the event PM gave a short speech lauding the role of media in spreading the message of Swachh Bharat giving the mission a wide publicity and ensuring that people realise their role in keeping India clean. "You have converted your pen into broom... This is a service to the nation" he said to the attendees.

Noting that all including influential people are getting involved in the 'Swachh Bharat' campaign, he said the notion that government has to do everything has changed.

During his address, he fondly recalled his relations with the media when he was a BJP office-bearer before going to Gujarat as Chief Minister in 2001. "I used to arrange chairs here waiting for you. I had a beautiful relationship with you and it helped me in Gujarat," he told the attendees on the occasion at BJP Headquarters in Delhi

"It is important to interact with media directly rather than only reportage and articles. Not only does one get information but also vision, which is very valuable," he said to the media expressing his desire to expand his old relationship with the media.

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(image source: India Today)

The PM later freely joined the journalists many of whom clicked selfies with him.

(image source: India Today)

Journalists and editors posted pictures with the PM on Twitter.

The PM also clicked a pic of the BJP’s official photographer and then posed with him for a pic too.

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(Image source : NitiCentral)

The event was attended by senior Ministers from the government and BJP President Amit Shah

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Telephonic conversation between PM Modi and PM Lotay Tshering of Bhutan
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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi had a telephone conversation today with the Prime Minister of Bhutan, Lyonchhen Dr. Lotay Tshering.

The Bhutan Prime Minister expressed solidarity with the Government and the people of India in their efforts against the recent wave of COVID-19 pandemic. Prime Minister conveyed his sincere thanks to the people and Government of Bhutan for their good wishes and support.

He also appreciated the leadership of His Majesty the King in managing Bhutan's fight against the pandemic, and extended his best wishes to Lyonchhen for the continuing efforts.

The leaders noted that the present crisis situation has served to further highlight the special friendship between India and Bhutan, anchored in mutual understanding and respect, shared cultural heritage, and strong people to people links.