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PM leaves for five-day visit to Sweden, UK, Germany

17 April 2018

After a meeting with industry captains, Modi will hold separate bilateral summits with the other Nordic countries.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today that B R Ambedkar had made provisions in the Constitution for the protection of the rights of backward classes as he appealed to the people not to join the Naxals for securing their rights.

The Prime Minister will also inaugurate the first phase of the state government's Bastar Net Project, which aims at expanding the reach of the Internet to the remote villages of the division. PM Modi, who leaves for Sweden on April 16, will be making a brief stop in Berlin for a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Besides the security pact, an action plan and Document on Partnership for Innovation will be issued after the Stockholm Summit between Modi and his Swedish counterpart, the persons cited earlier said, adding that Sweden is keen to boost its partnership with India to the strategic level. At the sidelines of the summit, Prime Minister Modi will have separate bilateral meetings with the Prime Ministers of Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway respectively.

Modi is the first prime minister to visit the tribal district of Bijapur and this was his fourth visit to Chhattisgarh, where Assembly elections are due later this year. "On April 18, the PM will be in London on the invitation of Prime Minister Theresa May, a visit that presents another opportunity for both countries to infuse fresh momentum to this growing bilateral engagement". He will also meet Indian-origin scientists working on cancer research, malaria and other tropical diseases before going in to the India-UK CEOs Forum.

The event, billed as the centrepiece of the "Living Bridge" theme of the India-UK bilateral visit, will involve PM Modi addressing questions from across the world which have already been received via social media and some via live video link.

A counter-demonstration titled British Indians Welcome Prime Minister Modi is also planned at the same time at Parliament Square.

Continuing with his focus in connection with the Indian diaspora, Prime Minister Modi is also set to deliver a speech at the end of the visit.

While 19 April is the day of the main session of the 53-nation event, the prime minister will participate in a leaders' retreat on 20 April, which will be an informal affair, according to Rudendra Tandon, Joint Secretary (United Nations Political) in the External Affairs Ministry.

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On the sidelines of the "unprecedented" welcome, Modi will also be greeted with some protests at Parliament Square on Wednesday afternoon, being spearheaded by Pakistani-origin peer, Lord Ahmed, and bringing together UK-based Kashmiri and Sikh groups.

PM leaves for five-day visit to Sweden, UK, Germany