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Putin gifts Mahatma Gandhi’s notes, Bengal sword to Modi

In a blistering attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for walking past the guard of honour while Indian national Anthem was being played in Moscow, the Congress on Thursday said he has forgotten what it sounds like due to his frequent foreign visits and the nation was deeply hurt over the unprecedented incident.

The two countries have also committed to raising bilateral trade from $10 billion a year to $30 billion inside a decade.

They also oversaw the signing of several agreements involving Russia’s state nuclear corporation Rosatom and railway monopoly Russian Railways, among others. READ ALSO:India to make Russian Kamov 226 helicopters Russia is keen to develop and deepen its Soviet-era economic ties with India and sell new technologies to one of the world’s fastest-growing economies at a time its own economy is stagnant, hit by Western sanctions and a plunge in global oil prices. It is likely that a decision on 10 reactors – six in Andhra Pradesh and four in Tamil Nadu – will be announced during the visit. However, the PMO is yet to reveal the Russian president’s reaction when Modi raised the issue. “The agreement today will increase Indian manufacturing contents in these reactors”. I thank President Putin for his support. “It is rightly with our most important defence partner”, he added. Others, including United Kingdom and France made up the remaining 11 percent. These would boost defence manufacturing in India and India’s defence readiness with next generation equipment.

After exchanging greetings at the start of the talks with Putin, Modi said India and Russia are cooperating in the worldwide and political arenas more actively, Russian news agency TASS reported.

Last night, Prime Minister Modi was hosted by Putin at a private tete-a-tete in Kremlin during which the two leaders touched upon issues of mutual interest for both countries.

It will take more than defence or power deals, though, to give the India-Russia relationship the depth and significance it ought to have. He called it a “very big priority” for both parties.

This will be a significant opportunity for the two countries to dramatically augment bilateral relations, as PM Modi said last week, “to a new level”.

“This project will be implemented under the inter-governmental pact between India and Russian Federation”, a source said.

Modi landed in Moscow this evening and, after a quick rest at his hotel – the Carlton Ritz, just next to Red Square – met Putin for a chat at the Kremlin, and a dinner at his country estate, known as Novo Ogaryovo, 30km outside Moscow.

President Putin and I are moving creatively in expanding our economic relations.

As part of the 16th annual India-Russia Summit, Modi and Putin held a one-on-one meeting before they were joined by their respective delegations.

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