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    In 1977, the United Nations officially declared 8 March as International Women's Day. Since then, this day has been observed every year to recognise the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women across the globe.

    Taking pride in the accomplishments of Indian women across the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised their "indomitable" spirit, as he greeted the nation on International Women's Day on Monday.

    In a congratulatory tweet, Prime Minister Modi used the #NariShakti hashtag, which means women's power.

    A lot of netizens started reacting to his message in their own way.

    Some praised his government's various schemes for empowering women. However, some opted to react by criticising him for taking on state chief Mamata Banerjee in the upcoming West Bengal polls in public rallies.

    ​Indian President Ram Nath Kovind also extended wishes on this special occasion, saying there is a need "to promote gender justice and eliminate inequality".

    ​India's Defence Minister Rajnath Singh too appreciated the role of women in strengthening the foundations of the nation.

    ​Other Indian leaders joined the chorus of praise on International Women's Day, including Foreign Minister Dr S Jaishankar, Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, Assam state chief Sarbananda Sonowal, Minister of State for Home Affairs G. Kishan Reddy, and Manipur state chief N Biren Singh.

    Iconic Railway Stations in India Lit Up in Pink to Mark International Women's Day

    On the occasion of International Women's Day, railway stations in Uttar Pradesh's capital, Lucknow, and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus station in Mumbai (Maharashtra) have been illuminated with pink lights.

    ​While the Charbagh Railway Station in Lucknow is considered architecturally the most beautiful railway station in the country, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus station in Mumbai also known as the Victoria Terminus is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


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