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PM Modi to have lunch with Queen Elizabeth II during maiden UK visit

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his maiden visit to the UK next month will have lunch with Queen Elizabeth II besides addressing the Indian diaspora at the iconic Wembley Stadium and interacting with his British counterpart.

British Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to be by Modi’s side through most of his engagements during the much-anticipated three-day visit, beginning November 12, which is also expected to include an overnight stay at his country residence Chequers.

“He (Cameron) has a very warm relationship with the Indian PM. This visit will demonstrate the strength of that unbeatable combination of our two leaders,” said Priti Patel, Cameron’s Indian Diaspora Champion and employment minister who will play a central role during the visit.

The British side is keen to highlight the warmth of the relationship between the two countries, which comes soon after the pomp and ceremony attached to the state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping earlier this month.

While a ceremonial ride in a gilded carriage with the Queen associated with an official state visit will be missing for Modi, the more intimate setting of a lunch with Her Majesty on the afternoon of November 13 is being stressed upon as an indication of the closeness of the ties between India and the UK.

Soon after Buckingham Palace, Modi will arrive for his Olympic-style welcome at Wembley Stadium, which has been sold out as the public registration process came to a close last night.

“The event is the highlight of Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the United Kingdom next month and we have had an unprecedented response. People from all over the UK have applied for a seat, the youngest being two years old and the oldest is 92,” said a spokesperson for the Europe India Forum (EIF), the organisers of the ‘Two Great Nations. One Glorious Future’ event to be attended by over 60,000 people.

After his arrival in the UK, Modi will head straight for Downing Street for a meeting with Cameron. The two leaders are then expected to walk up a few steps to the Mahatma Gandhi statue in Parliament Square, which was unveiled earlier this year. Modi is then expected to interact with Indian-origin and other parliamentarians at a reception hosted by the Speaker in the British Parliament.

The business part of Modi’s engagements will include an interaction over a banquet at the Guildhall, expected to be hosted by the Lord Mayor of London on November 12.

A visit to the Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) factory in the West Midlands region is likely to be squeezed in, based on the availability of time.

On November 14, Modi will unveil the new Ambedkar memorial in north London as well as a new statue of 12th century philosopher Basaveshwara before leaving for Ankara to attend the G20 summit.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Prime Minister Greets Nation on Valmiki Jayanti

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Prime Minister Narendra Modii. IANS

New Delhi, Oct 5: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday greeted the nation on the occasion of Valmiki Jayanti.

“Greetings on Valmiki Jayanti. A great sage and master litterateur, his rich ideals and works guide generations…,” Modi tweeted on the birth anniversary of Sanskrit poet Maharishi Valmiki.

Valmiki is the author of the epic Ramayana. The original texts written by the sage consists of 24,000 shlokas and seven cantos (kandas) including Uttara Kanda. (IANS)

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Can you Imagine Queen Elizabeth II in a Michael Kors’ Custom-Designed Ensemble? According to Reports, the Designer is ‘Desperate’ to Style the 91-year-old Queen

The designer thinks the 91-year-old queen is the "ultimate person" he would love to style

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Queen Elizabeth II, VOA

London, September 21, 2017 : Designer Michael Kors is desperate to dress Queen Elizabeth II because he thinks she will look “aplomb” in any outfit she adorns.

Kors, 58, who founded his label in 1981, thinks the 91-year-old queen is the “ultimate person” he would love to style, because he believes she can pull off any outfit effortlessly, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

Speaking to Harper’s Bazaar magazine, Kors said: “She would be my ultimate person to be able to dress. To pull it off with such aplomb, it’s amazing.”

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The designer has a long list of celebrity clientele including Kate Hudson and Jennifer Lawrence and believes “consistency” with a person’s wardrobe choices is what defines a person’s style.

“She has total understanding of her life, her needs, what’s the best part to show off… I love the consistency, I think it’s brilliant. As the end of the day, consistency is what becomes style versus just fashion,” said Kors. (IANS)

 

 

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PM Narendra Modi Condemns Religious Violence on 71st Indian Independence Day, Warns “Will Not Accept Violence In The Name Of Faith”

PM Modi pitched in the slogan of "Bharat Jodo" (Unite India) this Independence Day.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation. VOA
  • India celebrates 71st Independence Day
  • Indian PM Narendra Modi addressed the nation from the Red Fort
  • “We cannot accept violence in the name of faith,” said PM Modi in his address to the countrymen

New Delhi, August 15, 2017: As India celebrates its 71st Independence Day, the countrymen alike waited for the dynamic Indian Prime Minister’s address to the nation. Pitching for harmony and peace in his address today, the Indian Prime Minister condemned violence in the name of astha (faith).

Following the unfurling of the national flag at Red Fort, Prime Minister Modi began his address to fellow Indians with the aspiration of building a ‘new India’, emphasizing that the country dwells upon concepts of equality and no distinctions should be made amongst people.

Throughout his address, the Indian Prime Minister touched upon issues that have been relevant in the Indian Diaspora in the last couple of months including the turmoil in Kashmir, Gorakhpur tragedy, demonetization, and triple talaq.

Referring to the persisting unrest in Kashmir, PM Modi spoke about the gali (abuse) and goli (bullet) association, asserting that these will not help resolve the issue. He emphasized on the need to embrace all Kashmiris.

Talking about violence, he also added that the country will show no mercy to terrorists, however they are free to enter the mainstream and have their issues addressed. PM Modi further stressed about countering the ill plaguing the world today saying that with India’s rising stature, it is supported in its stand to fight the menace of terrorism by the entire world.

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In his nationwide address from the Red Fort, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also asserted that violence in the name of astha (faith) will not be accepted, calling casteism and communalism “poison” for the country.

This comes in a context where an increasing number of mob lynching cases have taken place, witnessing outrage in the country.

Touching upon the issue of casteism and religion, the PM asserted that India is a country of “shanti, ekta and sadbhavna” (peace, unity and goodwill) and that distinction on caste, community or religion, will not help us in our entirety.

As part of religious violence, religion acts either as the subject or the object of violent behavior. It is either motivated by, or is a reaction to religious beliefs, texts or doctrines. Contrary to popular notion, religious violence does not only refer to acts committed by religious groups, but also include attacks on religious groups. In the last few months, there have been significant such cases reported in India, including cases of mob lynching and attacks by cow vigilantes.

“There is no place for intolerance in today’s India; this is the land of Gandhi and Buddha” said PM Modi underlying that it is in the culture of the nation to walk collectively and peacefully on the path to development.

In his address, the Indian Prime Minister also asserted that the country had previously operated on the lines of “Bharat Chhodo” (Quit India) but now, that has transformed to “Bharat Jodo” (Unite India).

 


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