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Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi congratulates Viswanathan Anand for winning his 5th title as World Chess Champion 

Shri Modi Tweeted: “A true Grandmaster & pride of India! Hearty congratulations to Viswanathan Anand for winning his 5th World Chess title!” 

Mr. Anand has visited Gujarat for Golden Chess Mahotsav, which even made it to the Guinness Book of World Records as 20,000 people played chess at a single venue.

Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi congratulated Mr. Viswanathan Anand on his being crowned the World Champion for the 5th time. Mr. Anand defeated Israel’s Boris Gelfand at a match held in Moscow.

Shri Modi congratulated Mr. Anand on Twitter where he tweeted,A true Grandmaster & pride of India! Hearty congratulations to Viswanathan Anand for winning his 5th World Chess title!”

Gujarat has made a steady effort to popularize chess across all ages. Shri Modi once said that chess is a stress killer and can also help in giving a direction to life, adding that chess can cultivate some fine mental abilities.

In 2010, Shri Modi had inaugurated the Swarnim Chess Mahotsav with Mr. Viswanathan Anand in which the Chief Minister came face to face with the Grandmaster on the chessboard. The Chess Mahotsav was started with a determination to popularize Chess right from the school level across Gujarat.

In December 2010, the Golden Chess Mahotsav made it to the Guinness Book of World Records during which over 20,000 chess players from all parts of the world engaged in games of chess at a single venue. Mr. Viswanathan Anand himself was present there to guide and inspire the chess players.

During 2011’s Khel Mahakumbh, Shri Narendra Modi released a special book for visually challenged children who enjoy playing chess.

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INDIA-EU LEADERS' MEETING
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.