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PM of India’s bilateral engagements in Brisbane

Brisbane: The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi had three bilateral meetings today in Brisbane, ahead of the G20 summit beginning tomorrow. He met the Prime Minister of Britain Mr. David Cameron, the President of the European Union Mr. Herman van Rompuy and had a dinner meeting with the Prime Minister of Japan Mr. Shinzo Abe. In all three meetings the Prime Minister laid stress on delinking religion from terrorism. The EU, UK and Japanese sides all agreed on the importance of this. The agreement between India and the US on food security issues with regard to the WTO was welcomed by the EU, UK and Japan, and all three expressed support for it. It was described as a win-win situation. In all three meetings, the Prime Minister said that modernization of the Railways was a priority for him. The EU and UK stressed on the need to resolve issues related to the Broadbased Investment and Trade Agreement. the EU side said that the EU and India had shared values and shared interests, which would be furthered by this agreement. The European Union also supported the proposal for an International Yoga Day. the Japanese side thanked India for the Japan-plus initiative for Japanese investment proposals. Shri Narendra Modi expressed appreciation over the recent visit of the Deputy Mayor of Kyoto to Varanasi. Both sides also discussed multilateral issues, including matters likely to come up at the G20 meeting, and UN reform. Modi PM visits Queensland University of Technology at Brisbane The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today visited the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia, where he interacted with scientists related to the field of agriculture and bio-sciences. He also interacted with young students. He was given a presentation of a special robot called "AgBot" which has agricultural applications. Writing on the AgBot, the Prime Minister said research is the mother of development, and is intrinsically linked to the development journey of mankind. He said agriculture would benefit from the use of science and technology. He congratulated the scientists at QUT and wished them well. The Prime Minister was also given a presentation on the Integrated Biofuels Project, under which cutting-edge, collaborative research is being carried out as part of the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund Grand Challenge Initiative. He visited the glasshouse at the University, where iron-fortified bananas are being developed, which could prove very useful in developing countries where iron-deficiency affects a large number of people. Interacting with students at the venue, the Prime Minister said he is fortunate to be meeting them on the 125th birth anniversary of India`s first Prime Minister, Shri Jawaharlal Nehru.

About Sanjay Trivedi

Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He also served as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University.

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