Trade, education, tech focus areas during Modi's United Kingdom visit


This is post-independent India's "darkest hour", a group of retired civil servants has said in an open letter to prime minister Narendra Modi in the backdrop of the Unnao and Kathua rape cases while holding him responsible for the "terrifying state of affairs". Modi will hold separate bilateral meetings with the leaders of the other four Nordic countries on the sidelines of the summit. According to figures provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the trade of India with the Nordic countries amounted to about 5, 300 million dollars in 2016-2017, with a cumulative foreign direct investment in the Southeast Asian country of 2, 500 million dollars.

Prime minister, these two incidents are not just ordinary crimes where, with the passage of time, the wounds inflicted on our social fabric, on our body politic and the moral fibre of our society will heal and it will soon be business as usual. The PMs of all five nations will attend, and Modi is expected to have bilateral talks with all of them on the sidelines of the summit.

A memorandum of understanding on the return of illegal immigrants, which had expired in 2014, will be renewed to take into account biometric and other developments in the field.

India and Sweden will jointly organise the India-Nordic Summit in Stockholm on April 17 with the Prime Ministers of Finland, Norway, Denmark and Iceland. An Ayurveda Centre of Excellence will be launched in London.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday presented a pair of slippers to a tribal woman in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur city to commemorate the 127th birth anniversary of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar.

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According to official estimates, India-UK bilateral trade stands at United States dollars 13 billion, with the UK among the largest G20 investors into India.

On 18 April, the prime minister will hold a bilateral summit with his British counterpart Theresa May following which it is expected that several agreements will be signed.

Under the theme of "Living Bridge", he will also have the opportunity to meet people from various walks of life who have enriched the multi-faceted India-UK relationship.

PM Modi will then head for his audience with the Queen at Buckingham Palace before the Bharat Ki Baat, Sabke Saath diaspora event to be telecast live from an as-yet undisclosed iconic central London venue on Wednesday evening. There is a huge uproar over the cases and other issues among the Indian diaspora and South Asia community in the United Kingdom, who are planning a huge protest on 18 April outside Downing Street, London, reports said.