PM Narendra Modi to begin his Sweden, UK visit today

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In a strongly worded letter to PM Narendra Modi, the 49 signatories called the current situation a "moment of existential crisis" and said the government response would determine whether the nation could "overcome the crisis of constitutional values, of governance and the ethical order". He also asked the human rights organizations and as well as Kashmiris based in UK to largely participate in protest during the upcoming Modi's visit to the kingdom.

A memorandum of understanding on the return of illegal immigrants, which had expired in 2014, will be renewed to take into account biometric and other developments in the field.

"I will be visiting Sweden and the United Kingdom for bilateral meetings and for the India-Nordic Summit and the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting during 17-20 April 2018". The University of Oxford India Society, London School of Economics India Society, University College London Indian Society, Imperial College London Indian Society and University of Birmingham Bharat Parivar are among the 19 signatories of the letter alongside NISAU UK. The centre is aimed at creating a first-of-its-kind global network involving Indian and British academics and medical professionals to coordinate on evidence-based research on yoga and Ayurveda.

Apart from bilateral talks with Lofven on Tuesday, Modi will also attend an India-Nordic Summit.

According to official estimates, India-UK bilateral trade stands at Dollars 13 billion, with the UK among the largest G20 investors into India.

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The huge crowd that had congregated at Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's event was taken by surprise when Modi, who was slated to present a pair of slippers to a tribal woman, bent down and helped the bare-footed woman wear her gifted footwear. The India-UK CEOs Forum will also take place during this visit.

The visit is expected to see a number of deliverables in skill development, healthcare, cyber security, innovation, traditional medicine and education.

Prime Minister Modi will then hold delegation-level talks with his Swedish counterpart and have an audience with the King of Sweden, King Carl XVI Gustaf.

He further said, "Under the theme of "Living Bridge", I will also have the opportunity to meet people from various walks of life who have enriched the multi-faceted India-UK relationship".

On 18 April, the prime minister will hold a bilateral summit with his British counterpart Theresa May following which it is expected that several agreements will be signed. "The issue of terrorism would be also discussed, Sweden has also been affected by terrorism during the Prime Minister's visit".

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