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PM Modi presents a pair of slippers to a tribal woman

16 April 2018

"Around $1.4 billion have been invested in India by over 170 Swedish companies since 2000", Bhattacharjee said.

TECHNOLOGY, education and trade will be the key areas of cooperation that will be discussed between India and the United Kingdom when Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets his British counterpart Theresa May next week. "Prime Minister, we write to you not just to express our collective sense of shame and not just to give voice to our anguish or lament and mourn the death of our civilizational values - but to express our rage".

The latter will be on a smaller scale compared to the massive event at Wembley stadium, which was attended by around 60,000 during his last bilateral visit to the United Kingdom, but will involve a speech followed by a question-and-answer session, with questions taken both from the audience and via live link ups from across the world. Prime Ministers of all the Nordic countries - Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden - will also attend the summit.

At the invitation of Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, Modi will undertake his first visit to Sweden from April 16-17. During his visit the Prime Minister is also expected to hold brief talks with King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf.

The woman was one of the thousands of women covered under the scheme launched more than a decade earlier to provide slippers to people collecting Tendu leaves in Chhattisgarh, according to reports in NDTV.

The Ministry of External Affairs has indicated that around 10-12 deliverables, including innovation-related MoUs between NASSCOM and Innovate UK and between NITI Aayog and its counterpart in the UK, are expected to be accompanied by a formal joint statement at the end of the bilateral leg of the visit on Wednesday.

On the first leg of his visit, the Prime Minister will visit Sweden where he will attend the first ever India-Nordic Summit at Stockholm.

"We are the fourth largest investor and the second largest job creator in the UK", Naidu said. He will also meet Indian-origin scientists working on cancer research, malaria and other tropical diseases before going in to the India-UK CEOs Forum.

The Congress leader said the BJP can inaugurate as many memorials as they like, "but the fact is that they are reducing sub-plans, financial allocations".

Prime Minister Modi has never given a press conference since assuming office and he remains seemingly reluctant to speak up about issues such as lynching of suspected cattle smugglers and the two recent rape cases.

PM Modi presents a pair of slippers to a tribal woman