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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday expressed happiness in the country hosting the India-Africa Summit 2015, saying it is a reflection of a desire to engage more intensively for a better future.

“India is proud to host India-Africa Forum Summit 2015. The summit reflects India and Africa’s desire to engage more intensively for a better future,” Modi tweeted.

He said the level of engagement for summit had been tremendously scaled up and several African leaders would join it.

“India’s relations with Africa are historic. India is a major investor in Africa and trade has been growing remarkably in recent years,” he said in another tweet.

Stating that many events were being organised to promote friendship and trade, the prime minister said that Mahatma Gandhi (Bapu) and Africa shared a close bond. “Exhibition ‘Memories of Mahatma’ talks about Bapu and his connection with Africa,” he tweeted.

An India-African business seminar would be organised from October 26 to 29 in Delhi to explore areas of cooperation between the two sides.

(IANS)

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India Gets Its Sex Offender Registry

The latest statistics from India's National Crime Records Bureau show the number of sexual crimes rose 12 percent between 2015 and 2016.

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People hold placards at a rally condemning the rapes of two girls, aged 8 and 11, in Ahmedabad, India
People hold placards at a rally condemning the rapes of two girls, aged 8 and 11, in Ahmedabad, India. VOA

India has launched a sex offender registry. The establishment of the database comes as the country is experiencing a daily wave of sexual crimes.

The information in the registry, however, will only be available to law enforcement officials. In contrast, in the United States, the public has access to information in sex offender registries.

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Indian women participate in a candle light vigil at a bus stop where the victim of a deadly gang rape in a moving bus had boarded the bus two years ago, in New Delhi, India. VOA

A home ministry statement said the 440,000 names in the Indian database includes people convicted of rape, gang rape, child sex crimes and sexual harassment. The registry also includes photos of the offenders, plus their addresses and fingerprints.

The latest statistics from India’s National Crime Records Bureau show the number of sexual crimes rose 12 percent between 2015 and 2016. The figures for 2016 show there were more than 100 reported rape cases in India every day. (VOA)

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