PM Narendra Modi to begin his Sweden, UK visit today

On Tuesday, Modi will call on the king of Sweden before heading to a "restricted" meeting with the Swedish PM before formal delegation talks.

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

After launching of the first phase of Ayushman Bharat scheme, the prime minister said his government was focusing on a new approach for the development of the poor.

With Sweden home to a 20,000-strong Indian diaspora, Modi will also interact with members of the Indian community.

"I am confident that these visits to Sweden and United Kingdom will be useful in enhancing our engagement with these countries".

In the United Kingdom, the PM will attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), besides holding bilateral talks with his British counterpart Theresa May and meet the Queen.

"Nordic countries are a good source of clean technologies", Bhattacharjee said.

Also on Tuesday, the leadership of the two countries would take part in the India-Nordic Summit in Stockholm.

Modi would reach Britain on Wednesday. "Sweden is a valuable partner in our development initiatives", the Prime Minister said in a post on Facebook ahead of his visit.

India and Sweden will sign a general security agreement, which is a precondition for Sweden to share sensitive technology with India if, for instance, Swedish company Saab is chosen to build fighter jets in India.

The woman was one of the thousands of women covered under the scheme launched more than a decade earlier to provide slippers to people collecting Tendu leaves in Chhattisgarh, according to reports in NDTV. An Ayurveda Centre of Excellence will be launched in London.

PM Modi's statement came on a day when the top court took a strict note of the attempt by a group of lawyers in Jammu to prevent state police from filing a charge sheet at the local court last week in Kathua rape case.

"We are the fourth largest investor and the second largest job creator in the UK", Naidu said.

He will visit the two nations between April 17-20.

"Over the years, the Commonwealth has occupied a niche position in the development space in the world", Tandon said.

Addressing the gathering, the President said that the greatest contribution of the Constitution of India, created under the guidance of Dr Ambedkar, was to make all Indians equal citizens, irrespective of social or economic background.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh and Health Minister J P Nadda were also present on the occasion.

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