Sat, Apr 29, 2017 | updated 07:17 AM IST

Prime Minister Modi leaves for Laos to attend ASEAN-India summit

Updated: Sep 07, 2016 09:50 IST      
Prime Minister Modi leaves for Laos to attend ASEAN-India summit

New Delhi [India], Sept. 7 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi departed for Laos's capital Vientiane today to attend the 14th Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ASEAN-India Summit.

In his pre-departure message, the Prime Minister has said that ASEAN is a key partner for India's Act East Policy, which is vital for the economic development of country's North-eastern region.

In a Facebook post, he said, strategic partnership with ASEAN is also important for safeguarding and promoting India's security interests and countering traditional and non-traditional security challenges in the region.

On East Asia Summit, the Prime Minister said, it is the premier forum for discussions on the challenges and opportunities before the Asia Pacific region.

He also said, India's ties with the countries of South East Asia are truly historic and country's engagement and approach can be best encapsulated in just one word - connectivity.

"India wants to enhance physical and digital connectivity in the region, enhance people to people links and also strengthen institutional linkages and leverage the modern interconnected world for the mutual benefit of the people in the region," he said.

The Prime Minister will attend the 11th East Asia Summit on Thursday on whose sidelines, he will hold bilateral meetings with several leaders.

India's engagement with ASEAN and the wider Asia Pacific Region has acquired further momentum following the enunciation of the Act East Policy by the Prime Minister.

Indian Ambassador to ASEAN Suresh Kumar Reddy told the media that the ASEAN summit is expected to set the agenda for further strengthening the ties which will help India to achieve its objectives for Socio-Economic Growth.

Reddy further said that the summit will provide valuable partners to India who can bring technology, resources and who can support Indian industries, adding that the areas in which further cooperation between India & ASEAN countries are required are Agriculture, Climate Change, Non-traditional security areas, and cyber crimes and strengthening connectivity.

During the summit, the world leaders will review the progress of implementation of the ASEAN Community Blueprints 2025.

The ASEAN leaders are scheduled to meet the heads of state, government of ASEAN dialogue partners which include China, India, Japan, Korea, Australia and the United States. (ANI)

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India], Apr 29 (ANI): Putting a stamp on India's efforts to develop, for the first time, a primitive Adivasi girl has passed matriculation examination.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Apr 29 (ANI): Following the Centre's stand of not initiating talks with separatists demanding 'azaadi', defence expert Qamar Agha on Saturday said the government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has made it clear that it will not negotiate with the Hurriyat Conference organisations.

Full Story >>

Civil war going within AAP, mocks BJP

Updated: Apr 29, 2017 06:11 IST     

New Delhi [India], Apr 29 (ANI): Taking a dig at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), following party member Kumar Vishwas's doubts over their convenor Arvind Kejriwal, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday said, it looks like a civil war going on within the party.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Apr. 29 (ANI): Social activist from Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday welcomed the Central Government's decision of ruling out dialogues with separatist leaders who talks of 'Azaadi' and freedom.

Full Story >>

Talks with Separatists will only encourage them: BJP

Updated: Apr 29, 2017 03:41 IST     

New Delhi/Mumbai/Bengaluru (Maharashtra/Karnataka) [India], Apr 29 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday reinforced the Centre's stand of not talking to those separatist leaders who demand 'azaadi', saying that a dialogue in present situation would only encourage the separatists further.

Full Story >>

Mamata's days in WB are numbered: BJP

Updated: Apr 29, 2017 03:41 IST     

Bengaluru/Kolkata (Karnataka/West Bengal) [India], Apr 29 (ANI): Following the Enforcement Directorate (ED) registering a case against Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders in the Narada sting operation, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday asserted that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's days are now numbered.

Full Story >>

Separatists working at behest of Pakistan: RK Singh

Updated: Apr 29, 2017 02:02 IST     

New Delhi [India], Apr 29 (ANI): Backing the Centre's argument of not talking to separatist leaders who demand 'azaadi', former union home secretary and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader R.K. Singh on Saturday said the separatists are working at the behest of Pakistan.

Full Story >>

Bhubaneswar (Orissa) [India], April 28 (ANI): Slamming officials and petrol pumps where the electronic chips have been found, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday reacted to reports saying strict action would be taken where the electronic chips had been found.

Full Story >>

J-K Govt. says all temple properties 'intact'

Updated: Apr 28, 2017 22:42 IST     

Jammu and Kashmir [India] Apr 28 (ANI): Amid protests over the alleged "desecration" of a temple in south Kashmir's Anantnag district, the state government on Friday said an investigation of the shrine's complex has found all its properties "intact".

Full Story >>

Sukma Police offers reward for Naxal attack perpetrators

Updated: Apr 28, 2017 22:27 IST     

Sukma (Chhattisgarh) [India] Apr 28 (ANI): Sukma District Police on Friday released posters declaring they would reward anyone who could provide information on the Naxalites who were behind the recent attack on a platoon of the 74th battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force that resulted in the death of 25 personnel.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Apr 28 (ANI): NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Arvind Panagariya on Friday categorically stated that there is no question of taxing agriculture income at a time when the government is keen on doubling the income of farmers.

Full Story >>

Andhra: 13 bodies recovered, one missing after boat capsizes

Updated: Apr 28, 2017 21:58 IST     

Anantapuram (Andhra Pradesh) [India], Apr 28 (ANI): As many as 13 bodies were recovered and four were rescued after a boat capsized on Friday in a stream in Andhra Pradesh's Anantapuramu.

Full Story >>

Ukhrul (Manipur) [India], April 28 (ANI): Roads are the lifelines of society and good road is the pathway towards development which in returns brings sustainability, economic growth and uplifts the livelihoods of the people.

Full Story >>

FIR against seven petrol pumps for using cheating chips

Updated: Apr 28, 2017 21:37 IST     

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Apr 28 (ANI): The Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) on Friday registered FIRs against seven petrol pumps and arrested 23 people for using cheating chips.

Full Story >>

Congress accuses BJP of leaking Dhingra Commission report

Updated: Apr 28, 2017 21:28 IST     

New Delhi [India] Apr 28 (ANI): The Congress Party on Friday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of leaking the Dhingra Commission report and said that the saffron party is blinded by power and steeped in vendetta.

Full Story >>

BSF apprehends smuggler with four gold biscuits

Updated: Apr 28, 2017 21:15 IST     

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], Apr 28 (ANI): The Border Security Force (BSF) on Friday apprehended a smuggler with four gold biscuits.

Full Story >>

Delhi: Police arrests three for gang-rape

Updated: Apr 28, 2017 21:06 IST     

New Delhi [India], Apr 28 (ANI): The Crime Branch of Delhi Police on Friday arrested three persons for allegedly raping and murdering a woman and her friend in Kanjhawala village.

Full Story >>

Tura (Meghalaya) [India], Apr 28 (ANI): The suspected militants of the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) allegedly fired at the coal truck moving through the National Highway - 62 at Dambuk village, near Rongara in South Garo Hills of Meghalaya.

Full Story >>

Anantnag (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], April 28 (ANI): The militant who was arrested on Friday after the security forces foiled a bank robbery bid in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag, asserted that the handler of the group threatened to kill if they didn't snatch the security personnel's rifles.

Full Story >>

Andhra: Eight bodies recovered after boat capsizes in stream

Updated: Apr 28, 2017 21:01 IST     

Anantapuram (Andhra Pradesh) [India], Apr 28 (ANI): As many as eight bodies were recovered on Friday after a boat capsized in Andhra Pradesh's Anantapuram district.

Full Story >>