Published: Sun, August 18, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Modi arrives in Bhutan on two-day visit

Modi arrives in Bhutan on two-day visit

Modi, in a speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort in Delhi, said on Thursday that the decision was one of several "path-breaking" moves by his newly re-elected administration.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Information and Public Relations Shaukat Ali Yousafzai has said that atrocities in occupied Kashmir have exposed the real face of India and its Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

A banquet will also be hosted in honour of the Prime Minister. He said half of the country's households did not have access to piped water.

Earlier this month, New Delhi revoked a constitutional provision (Article 370) that allowed Jammu and Kashmir to have its own flag, constitution, and autonomy over its internal administration.

"Now every Indian can say confidently "One Nation, One Constitution", said PM Modi. Modi said that he fails to understand the reasoning behind support to Article 370 and Article 35A.

He also said it was unjust for Kashmiri women because the law said they lost their inheritance rights if marrying a person from outside the region. "Our ultimate aim is "Ease of Living", PM added. "But can we think of visiting at least 15 tourist destinations across India before 2022, when we mark 75 years of freedom?" "Steps have been taken to make the medical sector even more people friendly".

Modi urged citizens to end use of single-use plastic. He said, calendars and journals are popular corporate gifts but they serve little objective. He needs to bring back normalcy in the restive Kashmir region, create jobs, reduce hardship among millions of impoverished farmers, continue pushing welfare programmes and revive India's slowing economy. "Wealth creation is absolutely essential". But to his supporters, Modi is an incorruptible ascetic unafraid to tell the truth - a man who understands what it means to be poor but, like so many of his supporters, wants India to be treated with respect by the rest of the world.

CM Usman Buzdar said India could not suppress the struggle of Kashmiris despite use of power in 72 years. From 2014 to 2019, we became a $3 trillion economy.

During the last five years, Modi's government has made it much easier to do business in India, he added, vowing to further streamline government procedure.

The United Nations Security Council reportedly plans to discuss Kashmir behind closed doors on Friday, following requests from Pakistan and China. The government think-tank, NITI Aayog, had past year suggested synchronised two-phase Lok Sabha and assembly polls from 2024 to ensure minimum campaign-mode disruption to governance. "The centre as well as state governments should launch schemes to tackle it", he said, in what may signal a forthcoming policy announcement.

Modi is also slated to meet the fourth king of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuk, later today.

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