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Modi, Sharif US bilateral meet unlikely

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Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif may not hold bilateral meeting with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, though they will be in New York next week for the UN General Assembly, a media report said on Tuesday.

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Photo credit: newsnation.in

A bilateral meeting between the two leaders “is not on the cards”, diplomatic sources told Dawn in Washington.

When asked at a recent briefing if Washington would try to persuade Sharif and Modi to meet in New York next week, US State Department spokesman John Kirby said: “These are issues for the two to resolve together, and that’s what we continue to encourage, a resumption of dialogue between the leaders of both India and Pakistan.”

Diplomatic sources informed Dawn that despite its reluctance to get publicly involved in India-Pakistan disputes, the US was “actively involved” in reducing tensions between the two neighbours.

The media report cited sources as saying that the US and other permanent members of the UN Security Council are urging both Indian and Pakistani leaders not to be confrontational in their addresses at the General Assembly.

India doesn’t want Pakistan to raise the Kashmir issue, but there is an understanding in Washington that no Pakistani leader can afford to do so.

“Kashmir is very important. It has to be discussed,” said a senior Pakistani diplomat when asked if Sharif would raise the Kashmir issue in his address.

Pakistan is likely to raise the Kashmir issue “more forcefully than ever before in the recent past”, a diplomatic source was quoted as saying.

(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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Modi advises Scientists
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)