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The Prime Minister Sh. Narendra Modi today presented to Mr. Tony Abbott, a commemorative Photo Collage dedicated to the memory of Mr. John Lang, an Australian with a remarkable Indian connection. The collage was presented at the beginning of the bilateral talks between the two leaders at the Australian Parliament in Canberra.

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Mr. John Lang had intervened on behalf of Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi, writing a memorandum dated June 08, 1854, to Governor General Lord Dalhousie on the Doctrine of Lapse. Interestingly, Rani Lakshmibai originally hailed from Varanasi, the constituency now represented in the Lok Sabha by the Prime Minister. A photograph and the related documents of the Memorandum were a part of this unique gift which Shri Narendra Modi presented to Mr. Tony Abbott.

The collage contains the following other significant photographs:

1. Photo of Marriage Certificate of John Lang with Margaret Wetter, Christ Church of Mussoorie, India, 11 May 1861

2. Photo of John Lang's final resting place, Camel's Back Road Cemetery, Mussoorie, India

3. Photo of a Commemorative Plaque in memory of John Lang, Christ Church of Mussoorie, India

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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has expressed deep grief for the families affected due to the fire tragedy in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh. The Prime Minister has also said that the state government and local administration are engaged in relief and rescue work with full readiness.

In a tweet, the Prime Minister said;

"हिमाचल प्रदेश के कुल्लू में हुआ अग्निकांड अत्यंत दुखद है। ऐतिहासिक मलाणा गांव में हुई इस त्रासदी के सभी पीड़ित परिवारों के प्रति मैं अपनी संवेदना व्यक्त करता हूं। राज्य सरकार और स्थानीय प्रशासन राहत और बचाव के काम में पूरी तत्परता से जुटे हैं।"