Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing the Indian diaspora at London's Westminster Central Hall. He has shared his views on surgical strikes, Pakistan's exporting of terrorism, rape incidents in India and poverty. Earlier, he met Queen Elizabeth II at the Buckingham Palace ahead of his Westminster Hall address on Wednesday. He also paid tributes at the bust of Basaveshwara (12th-century Lingayat philosopher) at Albert Embankment Gardens in London. The Prince of Wales and the Prime Minister visited the science museum to view the Illuminating India exhibition and meet members of the British Indian communities. PM Modi also held a breakfast meeting with his British counterpart Theresa May at 10 Downing Street during which the two leaders discussed a wide range of issues of mutual interest, including cross-border terrorism, visas and immigration. PM Modi today told his British counterpart that there would be no dilution in the importance of the UK to India after it leaves the EU, as the two leaders agreed to infuse new energy into bilateral ties post-Brexit. The two leaders had "fruitful discussions" on multiple aspects of India-UK relations and issues like counter-terrorism, radicalisation and online extremism, according to official statements.
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Apr 19, 2018 10:09 (IST)
Hundreds of demonstrators chanting slogans in favour of India's development and against "atrocities" taking place in the country have greeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi as arrived at 10 Downing Street to hold talks with his British counterpart Theresa May. A flash mob of sari-clad women with dhols set the tone for the pro-Modi crowds opposite 10 Downing Street as the Indian prime minister arrived for his bilateral meeting with May on Wednesday. They were joined by the Friends of India Society International (FISI) group, which spearheaded a crowd of Indian diaspora from across the UK waving banners such as 'Chak De India' and 'Jai Hind' outside Downing Street and nearby Parliament Square. Some pro-Khalistani demonstrators from Sikh Federation UK and demonstrators from the so-called "Minorities Against Modi" group, led by Pakistani-origin peer Lord Ahmed, completed the congregation at Parliament Square. At one point, some of the protesters surrounded the Mahatma Gandhi statue at the square with yellow Khalistani flags.
Apr 19, 2018 10:04 (IST)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in the UK on Wednesday for a four-day visit of bilateral engagements as well as multilateral discussions as part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson received Modi at the Heathrow airport here. Johnson said he was "excited" about the growing India-UK bilateral trade and that the visit will help build on "huge economic advantages".
Apr 19, 2018 00:05 (IST)
I could not go to the Commonwealth Summit in Malta. This time, Prince Charles came himself to invite me and said you have to attend the summit. Even Queen Elizabeth wrote a letter to me saying that you have to come: PM Modi
Apr 19, 2018 00:04 (IST)
I am just doing my work, I don't want my name in history. I would rather want the name of my country to shine in history: PM Modi
Apr 19, 2018 00:02 (IST)
I want this government to be criticised. Criticism makes democracy strong. My problem is not against criticism. To criticise, one has to research and find proper facts. Sadly, it does not happen now. What happens instead is allegations: PM Modi
Apr 18, 2018 23:59 (IST)
My problem is not against criticism. To criticise, one has to research and find proper facts. Sadly, it does not happen now. What happens instead is allegations: PM Modi
Apr 18, 2018 23:55 (IST)
India is setting the agenda in the world today. The country is no longer a weak entity and India's global positioning is growing: PM Modi
Apr 18, 2018 23:53 (IST)
We have not only rescued Indians from trouble-torn countries like Yemen, but also citizens of other countries who asked for our help. We rescued 2,000 people of other countries and helped them go back to their countries: PM Modi.
Apr 18, 2018 23:51 (IST)
What prevented Indian Prime Ministers from going to Israel. Yes, I will go to Israel and I will even go to Palestine. I will further cooperation with Saudi Arabia and for the energy needs of India I will also engage with Iran: PM Modi on his international ties.
Apr 18, 2018 23:49 (IST)
You would realize your passport holds some importance in the world today, unlike what it was earlier. Earlier, people would look at you in a certain way because you were Indians, now they have a different way of looking at you: PM Modi.
Apr 18, 2018 23:42 (IST)
PM Modi: I keep myself fit because I don't want to be a burden on anyone and health is the greatest wealth one can have in his life. Not money or riches, one is rich because of his health.
Apr 18, 2018 23:35 (IST)
Asked about his health regime and Yoga routine, PM Modi jokes, "I digest 1-2kgs of abuse (gaali) every day." Says, "I never get tired. For me my 1.2 billion people make up my family. I care for them like my family, serve them like my own."
Apr 18, 2018 23:32 (IST)
We have left no stone unturned to bring about a positive change in the country: PM Modi
Apr 18, 2018 23:28 (IST)
It's our country misfortune that after independence, attempts were made to erase the culture and history of India. People were kept from anything but one single family. What Lord Basweshwar did for women empowerment, democracy and social causes is an example for world: PM Modi
Apr 18, 2018 23:20 (IST)
Asked if people realize the work that is being done by the government, PM Modi says if one keeps in mind the state of affairs in the country before we came to power, people would obviously know.
Apr 18, 2018 23:14 (IST)
PM Modi: In order to eradicate poverty, we need to empower the poor not feed them. (Image: via Twitter)
Apr 18, 2018 23:08 (IST)
One of the things I wanted to do in London was to pay homage to Bhagwan Basaveshwara: PM Modi
Apr 18, 2018 23:04 (IST)
PM Modi: Many sitting here would not know who was Bhagwan Basaveshwara. Today is his birth anniversary so I took out some time to pay my respects to his statue that I inaugurated in my last visit. In 12th century, he dedicated his life towards democratic practices. He roped in women in his work. He brought together people across castes, class, gender and championed democracy in its truest form. PM Modi was replying to a question posed by Santosh Patil from Karnataka.
Apr 18, 2018 22:55 (IST)
Some call it Modi Care, but we call it Ayushman Bharaat. With this health scheme we want create health centres in villages that will cater to at least 12 villages in its vicinity. The other is preventive health care like yoga. We have extended maternity leave to 26 weeks: PM Modi.
Apr 18, 2018 22:51 (IST)
PM Modi: I am happy to be critisised alone. Attack me but not my people. My concept is Team India. If India has a million problems, it has a billion solutions too. I have full faith in the people of my country. Vikas is a Jan Andolan.
Apr 18, 2018 22:44 (IST)
I am a common man like all of you who became the Prime Minister. I am no one's grandson or son that I would be given this post at birth but I am just like you all. And, I also have drawbacks like normal people do: PM Modi.
Apr 18, 2018 22:40 (IST)
18,000 villages did not have electricity. So many women do not have access to toilets. These realities of our nation did not let me sleep. I was determined to bring about a positive change in the lives of India's poor: PM Modi