In his first Mann Ki Baat radio show in 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked about the women achievers who have contributed immensely to the positive transformation of the country.Citing some examples, the Prime Minister said women are now playing a pioneering role, establishing milestones in many fields. The PM also focused on how transparency in nomination has enabled even a common man to get a Padma award.This radio programme, which began in 2014 shortly after the BJP came to power at the Centre, is the 40th edition and was aired on All India Radio (AIR), Doordarshan and also on the Narendra Modi mobile application.Here are the highlights: -On January 30, the nation will observe the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. “Peace and non-violence is what Bapu taught us. His ideals are extremely relevant today,” he says.-PM Modi says he is happy that non-resident Indians are not only serving the countries they are in but also contributing immensely to India-Laxmikutty is a teacher in Kerala’s Kallar and still resides in a hut made of palm leaves in a tribal tract amidst dense forests. She prepares 500 types of herbal medicines from her memory. She was been conferred with Padma Shree award-You must have heard name of Arvind Gupta ji who was conferred with Padma Shree award. He spent all his life creating toys for children from waste. We have honoured those who may not be seen in big cities but have done transformative work for society: PM Modi-Modi says there’s now transparency in Padma awards. Anyone can nominate names and a common man can also be cited for Padma awards without any recommendations.-The Prime Minister hails Mangesh from Maharashtra who shared a photograph on the NM Mobile App, of an elderly person and a young child taking part in the movement to clean the Morna river.-Modi says Mission Clean Morna River is a wonderful initiative, where people came together to clean the river.-Darshan from Mysore, Karnataka, has written on My Gov app that he was undergoing an expenditure of Rs 6,000 a month on medicines for the treatment of his father. Earlier, he wasn’t aware of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Yojana. But now that he’s come to know of the Jan Aushadhi Kendra, he has begun purchasing medicines from there and expenses have been reduced by about 75%. He has expressed that I mention this in Mann Ki Baat, so that it reaches the maximum number of people and they can benefit: PM-The Prime Minister says Bihar’s move to form a human chain to spread awareness about evils of dowry and child marriage is very unique. -Modi also appreciated the women of Dantewada in Chhattisgarh. “This is a Maoist-affected area but the women there are operating e-rickshaws. This is creating opportunities, it is also changing the face of the region and is also environment friendly,” he says. -Modi says India’s Nari Shakti has contributed a lot in the positive transformation being witnessed in our country and society.-Modi says social media is talking about the team of Border Security Forces’ (BSF) women personnel who presented a spectacular display of their power by performing daredevil stunts on motorcycles during the Republic Day parade.-PM Modi hails all-woman staffers at a railway station in Mumbai’s Matunga.-Modi says the President met women achievers, who distinguished themselves in various fields.-Women are advancing in many fields, emerging as leaders. Today there are many sectors where our Nari Shakti is playing a pioneering role, establishing milestones.-Kalpana Chawla inspired all of us, says PM Modi. It is our culture to respect women, he says. -PM Modi says a citizen Prakash Tripathi wrote on the NM App: “1st February is the death anniversary of Kalpana Chawla. She left us in the Columbia space shuttle mishap, but not without becoming a source of inspiration for millions of young people the world over.”- This is the first episode of Mann Ki Baat in the year 2018. Just a few days ago, we celebrated our Republic Day with great fervour. This is the first time in history that heads of 10 Nations attended the ceremony: PM Modi.