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June 7, 2016

United States of America and India begin their bilateral dialogue in Washington

United States of America and India begin their bilateral dialogue in Washington

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The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is presently on his fourth visit to United States Of Amercia after assuming the Prime Ministerial Position in May 2014. Narendra Modi met Barack Obama on Tuesday at White House which also included a working lunch along with Vice President Joe Bidden. The two head’s of the state also hosted a joint press conference.

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December 25, 2015

India\’s Modi To Make Surprise Visit To Pakistan

India’s Modi to make surprise visit to Pakistan

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on Afghanistan official visit today. Suddenly before leaving the Kabul Airport, Modi Tweeted “‘I’m Looking Forward to Meet Pakistan counterpart PM Nawaz Sharif at Lahore today afternoon”.

The details of the unplanned and surprised meet up have worked out, Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman Qazi Khalilullah told state television for confirmation.After Modi’s visits, he will be the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Pakistan since 2004. Pakistan has too been confirmed Modi visit to the Heart city of Pakistan Lahore, where he will meet Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif on his birthday. Appreciation from Indian Foriegn Minister also tweeted ” “That’s like a statesman,” “One should have such relations with the neighbors,”.

Heavy security arrangements have made around the Lahore city and Airport for security measures. The relations between India and Pakistan have witnessed some positive developments after chill for few months. This meeting will be the background of previous Nawaz Modi meetings. Mr. Modi arrived around 4:30 p.m. and stopped for a couple of hours at Mr. Sharif’s sprawling estate on the outskirts of Lahore. The U.S. too welcomed this visit. “Better relations between neighbors Pakistan and India will benefit the people of the entire region,” said State Department spokesman John Kirby.



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November 13, 2015

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits United Kingdom

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits United Kingdom

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On Thursday, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi began a three-day diplomatic visit to the United Kingdom, in a push for increased relations between the two nations. The United Kingdom is home to one of the largest Indian diasporas.

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Mr. Modi’s speech at Wembley Stadium covered many topics, notably the introduction of 10-year Indian rupee bonds to the London Stock Exchange; an estimated 60,000 people attended. On Thursday, he became the first Indian prime minister to address the British Parliament. Later in the week, a fireworks display will celebrate the visit, said to be the “largest firework display the UK has ever seen”.

Amid the commemoration, non-violent protests occurred, a major one being at Downing Street on Thursday. Many have blamed Modi for the 2002 Gujarat riots, which happened during Mr. Modi’s tenure as Chief Minister of the state of Gujarat. Also, on Monday, a projection appeared on the British Houses of Parliament (near Big Ben) caricaturing Narendra Modi.

Modi is scheduled to remain abroad until November 16.



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August 28, 2015

Gujarat quota protests turn violent

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Gujarat quota protests turn violent

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Parts of the Indian state of Gujarat have been under curfew since Tuesday. At least seven are reported dead, with over 100 buses and dozens of police stations burned, after protests over job quotas turned violent in several major cities including Ahmedabad, Surat, and Rajkot.

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The violence is thought to have started after a brief attempt by police to arrest protest leader Hardik Patel, 22 or 21. There have been weeks of protests by members of the Patel caste, with the most recent involving an estimated half a million people.

Ahmedabad, the largest city in the state, has seen the closure of public transport, internet access, schools, and businesses. Ahmedabad is being patrolled by 400 military personnel. The national government has deployed several thousand paramilitary personnel to assist the state government.

The Patel caste, who form up to a fifth of the state population, are generally seen as being affluent businesspeople. However, they want their community to be given the status of Other Backward Class, which would result in eligibility for reserved jobs. They feel they are under-represented in higher education and are suffering in a regional economic downturn.

Amongst those calling for an end to the violence was Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who said “each and every issue can be resolved through talks” during a televised broadcast. He was elected last year and was previously the Chief Minister of Gujarat for more than twelve years. He was in power in Gujurat during sectarian violence in 2002 which resulted in about a thousand deaths.



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September 18, 2014

Chinese President signs multiple trade deals with India

Chinese President signs multiple trade deals with India

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On the second day today of a three day visit to India the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, has signed multiple economic deals with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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China would set up two industrial parks in India, one in Gujarat and one in Maharashtra. The deals encompass Chinese investment of US$20 billion in infrastructure projects, modernisation of the Indian railways, and agreements on trade, space exploration, and civil nuclear energy. China has also committed itself to opening its markets to Indian pharmaceuticals and farm products. A final settlement of the unresolved dispute over the Chinese–Indian border in the Himalayas is also to be sought; the dispute, over which the Sino-Indian War of 1962 was fought, arises over where the border should be.

In a message to Chinese journalists on Tuesday, Indian Prime Minister Modi used the slogan “Inch towards Miles”, (standing for “India and China towards Millennium of Exceptional Synergy”) to express his hopes as to the future direction of the two nations’ bilateral ties. The Indian Prime Minister further emphasised the shared history and culture of the two nations which could be further enhanced for a brighter shared future.

The Chinese president’s visit comes amid tension over Chinese territorial claims in the South China Sea, clashing with claims of several other countries, including Japan. In a five day visit to Japan in the beginning of this month, Modi said “The world is divided in two camps. One camp believes in expansionist policies while the other believes in development.” Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also came to an agreement which would see Japanese investment in India rise to US$33.6 billion in the next five years.

Another unresolved tension between the two nuclear powers India and China is continued Chinese support of India’s rival Pakistan.

Xi’s visit to India, which began yesterday following visits to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, is part of an initiative Xi likens to the creation of a 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.



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August 14, 2014

Indian Prime Minister accuses Pakistan of waging proxy war

Indian Prime Minister accuses Pakistan of waging proxy war

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The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, at an inauguration of a hydroelectric project on Tuesday during his second visit to the Himalayan Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, accused the neighboring nation Pakistan of waging a proxy war against India.

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Prime Minister Modi was addressing Indian army and air force personnel where he said Pakistan not longer possessed the strength for a conventional war, and relied on proxy war. He also expressed his government’s commitment towards the development of Ladakh region. Neither the foreign ministry nor the military of Pakistan reacted at the time to the comment on proxy war. Modi said his government means to achieve Indian defense manufacturing self-reliance.

After his election victory in May, Modi invited Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to his swearing-in ceremony, surprising various international observers and commentators. However, since this meet between the two heads of the state more than 20 ceasefire violations have occurred across the borders; India and Pakistan reached an agreement in 2003 on ceasefire at the line of control between Pakistan-controlled and India-controlled Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan blames Indian troops for committing human rights abuses against followers of Islam in Jammu and Kashmir, whom it claims to support only politically. India rejects the accusation, and calls for Pakistan to prosecute militants based there for the 2008 Mumbai attacks, which killed over 150 people.



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July 3, 2014

Indian space agency launches five foreign satellites

Indian space agency launches five foreign satellites

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The Indian space agency, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), launched five foreign satellites from the Sriharikota facility on Monday morning, using the PSLV-C23 launch vehicle.

The primary payload was an earth observation satellite from France called SPOT 7 which weighed 714 kg. Other satellites included on board were the German AISat, 14 kg; Canadian NLS7.1 (CAN-X4) and NLS7.2 (CAN-X5), 15 kg each; and Singaporean VELOX 1, 7 kg.

The launch took place at 9:52 AM on Monday morning, delayed from the original schedule by three minutes to avoid space debris. This was the 26th successful launch of a PSLV. Along with the US, Russia, the European Union, China, and Japan, India is one of the few nations that offer commercial launch services. These services are provided by Antrix, the commercial department of ISRO. ISRO’s next major launch may be this month using a GSLV-III launch vehicle.

The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was present at the launch site. He addressed the scientists after the launch congratulating them, and asked them to build a satellite suitable for use by all the nations of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). He also emphasized the frugal approach of India to the space industry. Phillipe Ghesquiers of Airbus Space and Defense Systems, the builders of SPOT 7, expressed satisfaction at the launch and stated they may use India’s launch services again in the future.



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May 17, 2014

BJP\’s Narendra Modi elected new prime minister of India

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Power in India is set to transfer to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the leader Narendra Modi following an election in the world’s largest democracy. The ruling Congress Party conceded defeat yesterday and BJP are set to win a healthy majority of seats. The success for the Hindu nationalist party in the election tracks predicted results from exit polls.

Following the victory, Modi posted on social networking site Twitter “India has won. Good days are about to come”. He then visited his mother to seek her blessing: he touched her feet, she put a vermillion mark on his head and gave him sweets. Thereafter, Modi travelled from his home in the Indian state of Gujarat to Delhi. In Delhi, a victory parade was held for Modi.

Conceding defeat, Sonia Gandhi from the Congress Party said: “We humbly respect the verdict of the people.”

US President Barack Obama and UK Prime Minister David Cameron have both congratulated Modi and invited him to visit Washington and London respectively. Nawaz Sharif, the prime minister of Pakistan, said BJP had won an “impressive victory”.

Modi has been Gujarat chief minister since 2001. Modi has been controversial since a violent riot erupted in Gujarat in 2002 which led to the death of about a thousand people, primarily Muslims. Modi’s critics allege he let the inter-religious violence happen without much effort to stop it. He was subsequently denied visas to travel to the United States, and the United Kingdom cut ties with him.

In 2012, a Special Investigations Team appointed by the Indian Supreme Court found no evidence for Modi’s role in the violence. Following this, the British high commissioner in India decided to reconnect with Modi and invite him to visit London to address the House of Commons. The United States has warmed up to Modi again and in February he met with Nancy Powell, the US ambassador to India. During the elections, Modi attempted to reassure Muslims that he would protect all religious groups in India, telling The Times of India: “I’ve to run the government. Governments run on the basis of Constitution. I believe a government has one religion and that’s India First”.

The outgoing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh released a statement: “As I have said on many occasions, my life and tenure in public office are an open book. I have always tried to do my best in serving this great nation of ours. In the last ten years, we as a country have seen many successes and achievements that we should be proud of. Today, India is a far stronger country in every respect than it was a decade ago.”



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May 3, 2006

Communal tension erupts in Vadodara, India

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Violence erupted in Vadodara in the state of Gujarat after municipal authorities demolished a dargah (Muslim shrine). The shrine was an unauthorised structure that was obstructing a road-widening project.

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The Muslim community objected to its demolition citing the fact that it was at least 200 years old. They also observed that many Hindu temples that were unauthorised were spared. Despite the reservations of the minority community, the authorities decided to proceed with the razing of the dargah, leading to rioting.

At least 6 people were killed in the clashes, and one citizen (35 year-old Rafiq Vora) was burnt alive in his car by an angry mob. Curfew has been imposed in the troubled areas and the sending of instigatory text messages prompted authorities to temporarily block the sending of mobile-phone text messages in the town.

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Vadodara is infamous for the horrific Hindu-Muslim clashes in 2002, which left thousands dead. To avoid the recurrence of such a tragedy, six battalions of Rapid Action Force anti-riot police and multiple companies of the Central Reserve Police Force have been rushed to Vadodara. Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who was Chief Minister during the 2002 Gujarat violence, for which the state government was accused by various independent human rights groups as well as major Indian newspapers of supporting, and in some cases instigating, the violence, is visiting Vadodara and has promised that all efforts would be made to prevent the situation from escalating any further. Home Minister Shivraj Patil is also monitoring the situation closely.

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