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New Delhi: India and Tanzania on Friday agreed to set up a joint working group on counter-terrorism and increase gas exploration cooperation in the east African nation, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with visiting Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete.

The two sides also inked eight agreements, including for cooperation in the field of agricultural science, statistics, hydrography and tourism.

Modi, addressing the media after delegation level talks with Kikwete, also thanked Tanzania for its support to India’s candidature for a permanent seat in an expanded UN Security Council.

Modi said India is holding the 3rd India-Africa Forum Summit in October in New Delhi and has for the first time invited all the 54 African countries.

“Tanzania is an important part of India-Africa partnership. President Kikwete co-chaired the First India-Africa Forum Summit in 2008. We look forward to his participation too,” he said.

Modi said that India and Tanzania, which border the Indian Ocean, have a common interest in maritime security in the Indian Ocean and a peaceful and prosperous Africa.

“Terrorism in our respective regions is a concern for both countries. We have agreed to establish a Joint Working Group to strengthen our cooperation in counter-terrorism,” he said.

On the $4 billion bilateral trade, which is heavily skewed in India’s favour, the Prime Minister said that he has urged President Kikwete to open up more sectors for investments and exports.

He said Indian investors are ready to invest more in Tanzania that will support Tanzania’s development and trade.

Modi said he has assured Kikwete that the bilateral development partnership will continue, which is indicated in the bilateral agreements inked on Friday.

On Tanzanian nationals studying in India, the Prime Minister said there are nearly 2,000 Tanzanian students in India.

“I have informed President Kikwete that we will soon extend our e-tourist visa scheme to Tanzania,” he said.

Kikwete, who is on a five-day visit to India, said that on Thursday India and Tanzania launched the first India-Tanzania business forum.

“It was long overdue, but better late than never,” he said.

Kikwete said that he has assured Indian businesspersons that his government is working to improve the investment climate and “we will provide the necessary security”.

The Tanzanian President said he has assured Indians working in his country that the government has changed and there will not be nationalisation of assets.

“I have given the assurance that we have changed, reformed the economic system and are pursuing a market-based economy,” he said, adding that Indians can repatriate their dividends and profits.

He pushed for cooperation in the field of tourism, and in augmenting water supply in his country.

He said Tanzania reaffirms its support for India’s candidature in an expanded UN Security Council, adding “You deserve it”.

“Tanzania will continue to work with African friends for that support,” he said.

Earlier, Kikwete was accorded a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Later, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called on him. (IANS)

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Waves of black as Modi visits Chennai

Tamil Nadu has been in turmoil since the six-week period for setting up the Board expired, with opposition parties and a host of fringe Tamil groups attacking the Centre

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Black flags and balloons and activists in black shirts and trousers greeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he paid a whirlwind visit to Chennai with helicopter as the chosen mode of transport in the wake of statewide agitation demanding constitution of the Cauvery Management Board (CMB).

Protests were also held with black flags and placards throughout Tamil Nadu in cities like Tiruchi, Thanjavur, Coimbatore and Tuticorin against the Prime Minister’s brief visit to the state and the Centre’s failure to constitute the CMB despite a Supreme Court order. Black flags were hoisted on homes and business establishments across the state.

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi stressed on the importance of service to others in his last Mann Ki Baat edition for 2017.
Narendra Modi welcomed with black flags in chennai.

In a bid to avoid protesters, Modi, who arrived here by a special aircraft in the morning, chose a helicopter to reach Tiruvidanthai, in neighbouring Kanchipuram district where he opened the 10th DefExpo organised by the Defence Ministry. From there he took another chopper to come to IIT Madras, in the heart of the city. From there, he took a one-kilometre ride by car to the neighbouring Adyar Cancer Institute for an event.

The Prime Minister walked a few steps from the helicopter to the car that ferried him to the Cancer Institute. As he did so, he encountered some 30 students from IIT Madras who stood silently but held posters demanding a Cauvery Management Board as ordered by the Supreme Court — an issue which has whipped up emotions in Tamil Nadu. Modi then left by helicopter to the airport before returning to Delhi.

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#Go back Modi trended on top as netizens took to the cyberspace to register their protest against the Central government’s failure to set up the CMB as directed by the Supreme Court to ensure proper sharing of Cauvery waters between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka and other states.

DMK leader M.K. Stalin, who was on a padayatra of the Cauvery delta areas, wore black shirt and trousers as he protested along with state Congress President Thirunavukkarasar and CPI-M state unit chief Mutharasan. “The Prime Minister may be flying in the air today but he has to come down when the elections come,” he said taking a dig at Modi.

A black flag was hoisted at DMK chief M. Karunanidhi’s residence. The ailing leader wore a black shirt. DMK MP Tiruchi Siva and leaders of DMK allies wore black dress and marched on the road near the Chennai airport.

In the morning outside the Chennai airport, activists of the Federation for protection of Tamil Art and Culture, led by noted film director Bharatiraja and other film personalities like Amir, Gautaman and Vetrimaran protested against Modi’s visit. They were arrested.

will also hold a meeting there with the Indian community. Wikimedia Commons
Cauvery River Dispute is going on for a while now. Wikimedia Commons

While MDMK chief Vaiko held a black flag protest in Velachery, Naam Thamizhar Katch convenor Seeman, a film director, was arrested elsewhere. Vaiko called Modi a “coward” for choosing to fly. Political leaders Velmurugan and P. Nedumaran were arrested from Alandur metro station in Chennai for holding black flag protests.

Tamil Nadu has been in turmoil since the six-week period for setting up the Board expired, with opposition parties and a host of fringe Tamil groups attacking the Centre, saying the BJP was interested only in winning the Assembly elections in Karnataka. Even the hugely-popular IPL cricket matches have been shifted out of Chennai to Pune in view of the disturbances on Tuesday. IANS