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Modi-Sharif talks: India, Pakistan agree to expedite 26/11 attack trial

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Ufa (Russia): India and Pakistan on Friday agreed to expedite the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack trial.

In a joint briefing after an hour-long meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif here, Indian and Pakistani foreign secretaries said the two sides will “discuss all outstanding issues” and agreed on expediting the Mumbai terror attack trial.

Reading out a joint statement, the foreign secretaries of both countries, Pakistan’s Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhary and India’s S. Jaishankar, said that the Modi-Sharif meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere.

“The two leaders exchanged views of bilateral and regional interest.”

“Both sides agreed to expedite Mumbai attack trials, including providing voice samples,” Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar said.

Nawaz Sharif invited Modi to visit Pakistan for the SAARC summit in 2016. Modi accepted the invite.

Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhary said Pakistan and India will promote peace and development in the region and to do so “they are ready to discuss all outstanding issues”.

He also said both leaders condemned terrorism in all its forms.

The two refused to take any questions.

The two countries also agreed to free the fishermen of the other country in custody, hold meeting of national security advisers of both countries in New Delhi, increasing religious tourism, and meetings on DG Border Security Force with Pakistani counterpart and Director Generals of Military Operations.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif concluded their bilateral talks here on Friday.

(IANS)

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PM Modi Advises Scientists To Use Science to Improve Lives

PM Narendra Modi tells Scientists to use science to improve the lives of citizens

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Prime Minister Modi tells scientists that science and technology should be used to bettering the lives of citizens. Wikimedia Commons

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called upon scientists to take up challenges in their research for bettering the daily lives of common citizens, especially farmers, help in reaching clean drinking water, solar power to the people, and solving problems such as pollution.

Highlighting the importance of ‘science for society’, Modi said when all “scientists, all citizens, will move forward with this understanding, both the country and mankind will be benefited”.

“To know the connection between science and society, we have to give answers to some questions. Everybody knows the pollution problem due to increased use of plastic. Can our scientists take up the challenge to come up with saleable and cost effective material which can take the place of plastic?” the Prime Minister asked while inaugurating the India International Science Festival through video conferencing from Delhi.

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PM Narendra Modi highlights the importance of ‘Science for Society’. Wikimedia Commons

Modi exhorted scientists assembled from India and abroad for the mega event whether they can take up the challenge to find a better way to store energy or electricity.

“Can we get a solution so that the use of solar power can go up, can we come up with an innovation related to battery and other infrastructure to reach electric mobility to the common man?

“Have we thought of doing something in our lab which can improve the lives of crores of people? Can we find a solution to local drinking water problems and reach clean drinking water to the people?” he asked.

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Modi also urged scientists to ponder over whether they can invent something which would cut down healthcare cost, and benefit peasants by increasing their income.

“We have to think how use of science can help in easing the lives of the people,” he said. (IANS)