Global News

Business on mind, PM Modi embarks on five-day tri-nation European trip

Business on mind, PM Modi embarks on five-day tri-nation European trip

Bijapur (Chhattisgarh): Invoking Dalit icon Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar on his 127th birth anniversary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday sought to woo Dalits and tribals, saying he could become PM because of Ambedkar's contributions to the society and exhorted Maoists to join the mainstream for development and assured that he would protect their rights as envisaged in the Constitution. On April 17, Modi and his Swedish counterpart, Stefan Lofven, will hold a meeting during which they expect to discuss bilateral, regional and global issues.

The prime minister said his government was working with new ideas for the development of 115 backward districts of the country as he asked each district to come up with its own model of development according to their available resources.

"I am confident that these visits to Sweden and United Kingdom will be useful in enhancing our engagement with these countries", Modi said prior to his visit to Sweden. India's relations with Sweden are warm and friendly.

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.




In the Supreme Court, a Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, which took cognisance of the developments that were brought to its notice by a group of lawyers, said such impeding of the process of law "affects the delivery of justice".

Like everyone else, Union Health Minister JP Nadda, who was standing next to the Prime Minister when he decided to make it a memorable moment for the woman, was also taken aback. Nordic competencies fit well with our vision for India's transformation.

The Prime Minister will fly to Sweden's capital Stockholm on Monday morning, around 9 am.

Earlier, he visited the United Kingdom in November 2015. The India-Nordic Summit which will be taking place on Tuesday will be attended by the Prime Ministers of Finland, Norway, Denmark and Iceland. 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. During his visit the Prime Minister is also expected to hold brief talks with King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf. 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 worldwide voice for development issues.