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By NewsGram Staff Writer

​Prime Minister Narendra Modi is planning to seal deals worth $10 billion on the first day of his trip to China, according to the reports by a leading English daily of the country on Thursday.

Talking about his plans during the China visit, the Global Times said, “Both the countries are likely to sign deals worth $10 billion during Modi’s first visit as prime minister. The visit will also include going to Beijing and Shanghai as he attempts to attract investments for Indian manufacturing and infrastructure.”

Modi arrived at Xian,capital of China’s Shaanxi province, today. This is the first leg of his three-nation tour, which will also include Mongolia and South Korea.

He is scheduled to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday in Xian.

“It is a rare practice for a Chinese leader to receive a foreign leader outside the capital city Beijing,” told Jiang Jingkui, director of the Department of South Asian Languages at Peking University to the Global Times.

“It has been less than a year since Xi’s maiden visit to India in September, when he went to Modi’s hometown (Ahmedabad) in Gujarat. This makes Xi’s invitation to Modi to visit Xian a reciprocal gesture of goodwill,” Jingkui added.

The differences between both the countries can be overcome by the increasing economic exchanges which have drawn the two emerging Asian economies closer than ever, the report examines.

India has also signed up as a founding member of the China-initiated Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

Indian and China are the biggest trading partner with bilateral trade of $70 billion and India’s trade deficit with China rose to $37.8 billion last year.

According to the report, Modi is expected to bridge this gap during his three-day China visit by tapping into the potential of the Chinese market.​

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‘Doodle 4 Google’ Opens Public Voting

The first edition of "Doodle 4 Google India" was held in 2009 and the theme was "My India"

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A Google logo is displayed at the entrance to the internet based company's offices in Toronto. VOA

Google on Tuesday opened public online voting for 20 children shortlisted for its annual ‘Doodle 4 Google’ competition.

The annual competition, announced early in August, encouraged creative, art-loving students across India to bring their imagination to life for the search engine giant’s logo.

This year’s theme was “what inspires you”. The doodle, incorporating letters G-o-o-g-l-e, were to be created using crayons, clay, water colours and graphic design.

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Representational Image of ‘Doodle for Google’. Flickr

From a beautiful sight at the beach to nature’s tiny creatures; India’s farmer community to the Indian folk music; space exploration to learning from animals; children drew their inspiration using crayons, clay and graphic designs, the tech giant said in a statement.

Of the 75,000 students, from Class 1 to 10, across the country who sent in their entries, more than 55 per cent were from non-metro cities, including Visakhapatnam, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Bareilly, Kottayam and Bhubaneswar.

Out of these, Google shortlisted 20 from five categories: Group 1 comprising students from Class 1 to 2; Group 2 with students from Class 3 to 4; Group 3 with students from Class 5 to 6; Group 4 with students from Class 7 to 8 and Group 5 with students from Class 9 to 10.

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A Google logo is seen at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, VOA

The online voting, which began on Tuesday, will continue till November 6 (until 10 a.m.). People can cast their votes on the Doodle 4 Google 2018 voting page.

The doodle with the maximum votes will get featured on Google’s home page on Children’s Day that falls on November 14.

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The national winner would win a Rs 5 lakh college scholarship, a Rs 2 lakh technology package for their school, as well as a trip to the Google office in India, among other prizes, the company said.

The first edition of “Doodle 4 Google India” was held in 2009 and the theme was “My India”. (IANS)

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