Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said, his government's transformation of aspirational districts programme would revolutionize development process in 115 backward districts in the country. After a meeting with industry captains, Modi will hold separate bilateral summits with the other Nordic countries.
In an FB post, he said, " Sweden is a valuable partner in our development initiatives. Education is another sector in which both sides are expected to forge deeper ties.
India and Sweden will jointly organize the India-Nordic Summit in Stockholm on April 17, which will be attended by the PM. 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.
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Also on the cards is the launch of an Ayurvedic Centre of Excellence at the University of Westminster, for which an MoU will be signed between the All India Institute of Ayurveda and College of Medicine, an MoU between NASSCOM and Innovate UK, and another MoU between NITI Aayog and its counterpart in the UK in the area of innovation.
On April 19 and 20, PM Modi will participate in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting being hosted by the United Kingdom which will take over as the new Chair-in-Office of the Commonwealth from Malta. "India and the United Kingdom share a modern partnership bound by strong historical ties", Modi said.
He further said, "Under the theme of "Living Bridge", I will also have the opportunity to meet people from various walks of life who have enriched the multi-faceted India-UK relationship".
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The Indian leader will leave Stockholm for London on 17 April. The event took place on the 127th birth anniversary of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar.
With the opposition blaming the Prime Minister for not responding on the issues that have been shaking the nation, Modi made some sensational comments.
"The welcome being accorded to the Indian Prime Minister is unprecedented in many ways".
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