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Modi not keen to bring back black money: Lalu

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Patna: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not keen to bring black money stashed abroad as it belongs to his “corporate friends” and BJP leaders, RJD chief Lalu Prasad said on Sunday.

“The BJP-led (central) government does not want to bring back black money from abroad,” Lalu Prasad wrote in his Twitter handle.

“Black money in foreign banks mostly (belong to) Modi’s corporate friends and BJP leaders. It is the main reason why the central government is not keen to bring it back.”

He said people in villages and towns were feeling cheated by Modi on the issue as the prime minister, while campaigning for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, had promised to bring back black money stashed abroad.

“Modi promised to deposit Rs 15 lakh in the bank account of everyone but not a single penny was deposited. The government has failed to bring black money nearly one and a half years after coming to power,” the former Bihar chief minister later told the media here.

Lalu Prasad’s attack on Modi comes days ahead of the first phase of the Bihar assembly elections.

Polling to the 243-member Bihar assembly will take place in five phases between October 12 and November 5. Vote count is slated for November 8.

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India to Issue Chip-based e-passports, Says PM Narendra Modi

Organised by the External Affairs Ministry and the Uttar Pradesh government, the Indian diaspora conclave this year has over 5,000 delegates registered

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The government's endeavour was to see to it that Indians were happy

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said work is on to issue chip-based e-passports to Indian citizens under a centralized passport system.

“Our embassies and consulates are being connected to the Passport Seva Project worldwide,” he said addressing the inaugural ceremony of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) 2019 here.

“This will prepare a centralized system connected to the passport service for all of you,” he added. “Going one step ahead, work is on for issuing of the chip-based e-passport.”

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He also said that work was on to simplify the process of issuing visas to PIO (Person of Indian Origin) and OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) cards.

The government’s endeavour was to see to it that Indians were happy and safe wherever they live abroad, he said.

“In the last four-and-a-half years, more than two lakh Indians stranded in crisis situations abroad have been helped by the government and its efforts,” he said.

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Modi’s Mauritius counterpart Pravind Jugnauth, the chief guest at the event, commended India’s efforts in reaching out to the diaspora.

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Earlier, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj welcomed the gathering.

Organised by the External Affairs Ministry and the Uttar Pradesh government, the Indian diaspora conclave this year has over 5,000 delegates registered. (IANS)