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Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today described the Congress sultanate at the Centre imprisoning the spirited BJP youth set to unfurl tri-colour at Lal Chowk in Srinagar as an insult to the national pride and patriotism.

Dedicating the Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Bridge on the River Tapi on the eve of the Republic Day at Surat, he said the National Song and National Flag are the two greatest symbols of nationalism and it is the religion of every Indian to respect and protect their nation’s pride.

“Is not Kashmir an integral part of India, and is it a crime to unfurl the National Flag in Srinagar?” he asked.

The Chief Minister said that he has never seen a more useless government as the present one at the Centre. He said that such a huge democracy succumbing to the evil designs of the terrorists is simply unacceptable.


In an appeal to the Prime Minister, Mr. Modi said the Centre should respect the patriotism of the youth and desist from insulting them by pushing them into the jails.

He described Dr Mukherjee, after whom the new river bridge has been named, as the first martyr of free India. “Dr Mukherjee too was sent to jail for fighting against ‘two Prime Ministers, two Constitutions and two Flags in one nation’ as he embraced martyrdom in the jail,” he recalled.

Mr. Modi, who is in Surat as part of Gujarat’s state-level Republic Day being held in the state’s second biggest city this year, complimented the people and the administration for completing projects worth Rs.450-crore for the city and another Rs.650-crore for the district, including the Rs.44-crore river bridge connecting Dabholi with Jahangirpura.

He also announced Surat becoming the first district in the country for cent percent completion of making tribal farmers as the owner of land. He distributed appointment letters to youth who got training and job through the government’s ‘Ummeed’ programme.

Surat Mayor Rajubhai Desai gave details of development projects. Prominent among others present on the occasion included District Guardian Minister Mangubhai Patel, Panchayat Minister Narottam Patel, MPs Darshanaben, Pravinbhai Nayak and C.R. Patil, legislators, corporators, panchayat leaders and officials.

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Trade and beyond: a new impetus to the EU-India Partnership

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Trade and beyond: a new impetus to the EU-India Partnership

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May 08, 2021
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At the invitation of the President of the European Council Mr. Charles Michel, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi participated in the India-EU Leaders’ Meeting today.

The meeting was held in a hybrid format with the participation of leaders of all the 27 EU Member States as well as the President of the European Council and the European Commission. This is the first time that the EU hosted a meeting with India in the EU+27 format. The meeting was the initiative of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

During the meeting, the leaders expressed their desire to further strengthen the India-EU Strategic Partnership based on a shared commitment to democracy, fundamental freedoms, rule of law and multilateralism. They exchanged views on three key thematic areas: i) foreign policy and security; ii) COVID-19, climate and environment; and iii) trade, connectivity and technology. They discussed forging closer cooperation on combating the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recovery, tackling climate change, and reforming multilateral institutions. India appreciated the prompt assistance provided by the EU and its member states to combat its second COVID wave.

The leaders welcomed the decision to resume negotiations for balanced and comprehensive free trade and investment agreements. Negotiations on both the Trade and Investment Agreements will be pursued on parallel tracks with an intention to achieve early conclusion of both agreements together. This is a major outcome which will enable the two sides to realise the full potential of the economic partnership. India and the EU also announced dedicated dialogues on WTO issues, regulatory cooperation, market access issues and supply chain resilience, demonstrating the desire to deepen and further diversify economic engagement.

India and the EU launched an ambitious and comprehensive ‘Connectivity Partnership’ which is focused on enhancing digital, energy, transport and people-to-people connectivity. The Partnership is based on the shared principles of social, economic, fiscal, climate and environmental sustainability, and respect for international law and commitments. The Partnership will catalyse private and public financing for connectivity projects. It will also foster new synergies for supporting connectivity initiatives in third countries, including in the Indo-Pacific.

India and the EU leaders reiterated their commitment to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement and agreed to strengthen joint efforts for mitigation, adaptation and resilience to the impacts of climate change, as well as providing means of implementation including finance in the context of COP26. India welcomed the EU’s decision to join CDRI.

India and the EU also agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation on digital and emerging technologies such as 5G, AI, Quantum and High-Performance Computing including through the early operationalization of the Joint Task Force on AI and the Digital Investment Forum.

The leaders noted with satisfaction the growing convergences on regional and global issues, including counterterrorism, cybersecurity and maritime cooperation. The leaders acknowledged the importance of a free, open, inclusive and rules-based Indo-Pacific and agreed to closely engage in the region, including in the context of India’s Indo-Pacific Ocean’s Initiative and the EU’s new strategy on the Indo-Pacific.

Coinciding with the Leaders’ Meeting, an India-EU Business Roundtable was organised to highlight the avenues for cooperation in climate, digital and healthcare. A finance contract of Euro 150 million for the Pune Metro Rail Project was signed by the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, and European Investment Bank.

India-EU Leaders Meeting has set a significant milestone by providing a new direction to the Strategic Partnership and giving a fresh impetus for implementing the ambitious India-EU Roadmap 2025 adopted at the 15th India-EU Summit held in July 2020.