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In the final episode of the monthly radio broadcast Mann Ki Baat in 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi specifically targeted the youth and the millennials - those born on January 1, 2000, onwards - and told them to get registered as voters and use their right to vote in every election. I congratulate our youth & urge them to register themselves as voters.

".Indian democracy welcomes the voters of the 21st century, the "New India Voters".

Prime Minister Modi further said he met some daughters of Jammu and Kashmir and was amazed at the spirit and enthusiasm they nurtured. "You too can be the makers of 21st century India and this opportunity comes into being, very specially, on the 1st of January", he said.

He pointed out that New India offers everyone a platform to fulfil their dreams as the country rises above casteism, communalism, terrorism and corruption.

Calling them "New India Voters", he exhorted them to cast their votes saying it will prove to be the "bedrock of New India".

He also focussed on the Swachh Bharat mission and said that cleanliness surveys will be conducted from January 4 to 10, 2018 to evaluate achievements in cleanliness level in our urban areas. ASEAN completed its 50 years of formation in 2017 and in 2017 25 years of India's partnership with ASEAN were completed, he added.

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"Recently, I came to know of the inspiring story of Anjum Bashir Khan Khattak".

During his Mann Ki Baat address, the PM also mentioned that head of all 10 ASEAN countries will be the chief guests at the Republic Day celebrations which is a matter of great pride for India.

Stressing on gender equality, PM Modi said that his government has done away with the requirement of a male guardian accompanying a Muslim woman to Hajj.

Modi also said: "January 26, 2018, will especially be remembered through the ages". Such a thing has never happened before in the history of India. "New India will be a place where peace, unity and amity will be our guiding force", Modi said, according to a translation of his speech put out by the Press Information Bureau.

The year 2017 has been special for both ASEAN and India.

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