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PM Modi hopeful of fruitful visit to Sweden and UK

Narendra Modi PM Modi Chhattisgarh Ayushman Bharat programme PM Modi Narendra Modi
Sammy Stanley | 16 April, 2018, 15:26

Modi is the first prime minister to visit the tribal district of Bijapur and this was his fourth visit to Chhattisgarh, where Assembly elections are due later this year.

Prime Minister Modi, who arrives in the United Kingdom from Sweden on Tuesday night, is also among only three senior world leaders attending CHOGM to be invited for an audience with Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday evening, they said.

Modi will attend the first ever India-Nordic Summit in Stockholm scheduled on Tuesday which is being co-hosted by India and Sweden.

Efforts to give a new impetus to the Commonwealth and UK-India bilateral relations will get under way on Monday when the Commonwealth Business Forum kicks off in London, ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, which will see the participation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Also on Tuesday, the leadership of the two countries would take part in the India-Nordic Summit in Stockholm.

"I will be visiting Sweden and the United Kingdom for bilateral meetings and for the India-Nordic Summit and the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting during 17-20 April 2018".

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The Prime Minister said he will be in London on 18th April.

While returning from Britain on April 20, he will stop over in Germany where he will a meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Prime Minister's connect with the diaspora is sure to leverage the Indian technocrats living in countries such as Sweden to push economic growth in India. "You need not pick arms and destroy your lives", Modi said while addressing the gathering after launching "Ayushman Bharat" scheme here.

He said, the Commonwealth is a unique multilateral grouping that not only provides useful assistance to its developing country members, particularly the small states and small-island developing states, but also has a strong global voice for development issues.

On the sidelines of the "unprecedented" welcome, Modi will also be greeted with some protests at Parliament Square on Wednesday afternoon, being spearheaded by Pakistani-origin peer, Lord Ahmed, and bringing together UK-based Kashmiri and Sikh groups.

The letter, signed by former coal secretary Chandrashekhar Balakrishnan, former police chiefs Meera Borwankar and Julio Rebeiro, former Foreign Secretary Nareshwar Dayal, former Indian Ambassador to Italy KP Fabian and former health secretary Sujatha Rao among other, also blamed some current bureaucrats for "failing in their duty".

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