Meeting visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping against the backdrop of Chinese army and civilian incursions, the Prime Minister made it plain to him that the agreement between the two countries on maintaining peace and tranquility on the border should be “strictly observed”.
After taking him on a guided tour of Ahmedabad’s landmarks on Wednesday, Modi sat with Xi for a summit meeting for nearly three hours–both restricted and delegation level talks–when it was decided that China would invest USD 20 billion in next five years.
But the discussions mainly appeared to have centred around the embarrassing border incidents that continued in the Chumar and Demchok sectors on Wednesday night and this morning.
On Wednesday, Modi had raised the issue in Ahmedabad though the government had maintained that it was a courtesy discussion.
“I raised our serious concern over repeated incidents along the border. We agreed that peace and tranquility in the border region constitutes an essential foundation for the mutual trust and confidence and for realising the full potential of our relationship.
“This is an important understanding, which should be strictly observed. While our border related agreements and Confidence Building Measures have worked well, I also suggested that clarification of Line of Actual Control would greatly contribute to our efforts to maintain peace and tranquility and requested President Xi to resume the stalled process of clarifying the LAC. We should also seek an early settlement of the boundary question,” Modi told the media in the presence of the Chinese President.
On his part, Xi sought to explain the border incidents saying “since the border is yet to be demarcated, sometimes there might be certain incidents”.
But, he said, the two sides were fully capable of acting promptly to effectively manage the situation through various levels of border related mechanisms so that such incidents do not have a large impact on bilateral relations.
“China has the determination to work with India through friendly consultation to settle the boundary question at an early date,” Xi said.
After the talks on the second day of his three-day visit, 12 agreements were also signed on various issues including setting up two Chinese industrial parks in India and investments in the Railways.
Modi noted that China was India’s largest neighbour and “therefore, a climate of mutual trust and confidence, respect for each other’s sensitivities and concerns and peace and stability in our ties and along our borders are essential for us to realise the enormous potential in our relations”.
Apart from border incidents, Modi also raised concerns over Chinese visa regime and trans-border rivers.
“We discussed India’s concerns relating to China’s visa policy and trans-border rivers. I am confident that their early resolution would take mutual trust to a new level,” the Prime Minister said.
On his part, Xi said the two sides agreed to continue to be respectful of and sensitive to each other’s concerns and appropriately handle the outstanding issues between China and India in a positive attitude.
“China and India are important neighbours to each other. There are certain other outstanding issues between the two countries. The two sides should work actively and seriously to address and handle them in the same spirit of seeking amicable relationship with each other,” Xi said.
Asserting that he attaches great importance and priority to relations with China, Modi said during the talks over the two days in Ahmedabad and Delhi they have decided to deepen the engagement at all levels and hold regular summit level meetings.
Modi also announced that the countries have decided that they will begin the process of discussions on civil nuclear energy cooperation that will bolster the broader cooperation on energy security.
Noting that the economic relations do not do justice to India-China potential, the Prime Minister expressed concern at the slowdown in trade and the worsening trade imbalance.
“I sought his partnership in improving market access and investment opportunities for Indian companies in China. President Xi assured me of his commitment to take concrete steps to address our concerns,” he said, adding he has invited Chinese investments in India’s infrastructure and manufacturing sectors.
Referring that the agreements on two Chinese industrial parks in India and a commitment to realise about USD 20 billion of Chinese investments in the next five years, Modi said it opens “a new chapter in our economic relations”.
Significantly, the Chinese financial pledge is much less that what India got from Japan during Modi’s visit. Japan had pledged USD 35 billion spread over five years.
Describing Xi’s visit as “historic opportunity for the relationship between India and China, filled with vast possibilities”, Modi said, “We can start a new era in our relations. If we are sensitive to our opportunities and challenges, then I am confident that we will fulfil our responsibility to make it a great success”.
During their talks, the two sides agreed to hold the first round of maritime cooperation dialogue within this year to exchange views on maritime security, including anti-piracy, freedom of navigation and cooperation between maritime agencies of both countries.
The pacts on establishing a provincial partnership between Gujarat and Guangdong Provinces and Sister-City relationships between Mumbai-Shanghai and Ahmedabad-Guangzhou were aimed at promoting best practices in these cities.
The leaders also agreed to have 2015 as the “Visit India Year” in China and 2016 as the “Visit China Year” in India.
Terming his talks with Modi fruitful, Xi said he has invited Modi to visit China next year while praising the leader, saying under him India will touch new growth heights.
The two leaders also discussed regional and international developments and agreed to strengthen strategic dialogue on these issues.
“We both understand that India and China have a shared interest in a peaceful and stable region, including peace, stability and prosperity in Afghanistan. We will build closer cooperation on the shared challenges of terrorism and extremism. We also agreed to cooperate on our many shared interests at the global level,” Modi said.
The leaders discussed regional connectivity and the proposal for the Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar Economic Corridor.
“Located at the crossroads of Asia, India believes that reconnecting Asia is important for its collective prosperity. I also believe that our efforts to rebuild physical connectivity in the region would also require a peaceful, stable and cooperative environment,” Modi said.
Welcoming India’s membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), Xi said he expects India’s support for China’s role in the SAARC grouping.
The singer appeared to have shed pounds in glamorous publicity shots for her new album Femme Fatale.
The ‘Toxic’ hitmaker looked super slender in a polka dot swimsuit, but in a gig on TV she looked much bigger.
She was seen bursting out of a leather basque and fishnet tights and appeared much older than in the album shots.
“Britney still looks good but she’s changed a lot since she first found fame as a teenager,” the Daily Star quoted a source as saying.
“The leather outfit made it impossible to hide any lumps and bumps but these photos make her look like a different person. It definitely looks like she’s had a helping hand from technology,” the source added.
The images are said to show the singer in various intimate situations, including at Nicole Richie”s bachelorette party and in bed with her new boyfriend Matthew Rutler, reports the Daily Mail.
The photos, dated from June to November 2010, surfaced when they were offered for sale to a U.S. website by a man who said he had found the lost card in an upscale hotel.
The website claims to have seen the ‘romantic’ shots of 30-year-old Aguilera and Rutler.
A selection of images reportedly showed the new couple kissing passionately in a variety of locations. Another showed them lying in bed together.
The couple met in 2010 on the set of ‘Burlesque’, where Rutler worked as a set assistant.
Fifteen of the shots showed Aguilera at her friend Richie”s bachelorette bash in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico September 2010.
Radaronline.com, which was offered the images for sale, also reports that images show Aguilera in a series of compromising poses, including mimicking oral sex on a banana, dancing on a table, posing with naked men, and posing for before-and-after make-up shots.
This is not the first time Aguilera has seen her private photos made public.
In December a series of images showing her in various stages of undress were published online.
Billed as the ‘mother of all clashes’, bitter rivals India and Pakistan go into the high-voltage World Cup semi-final battle in Mohali on Wednesday in what promises to be an epic tussle of nerves and skills between two teams desperately seeking to regain the coveted trophy.
When the two captains walk out for the toss, two estranged nations who have fought wars in the past but have a common passion for cricket, will virtually come to a standstill with millions glued to the television sets to watch the blockbuster unfold.
Shared history — albeit bitter — only adds to the emotional quotient of Indo-Pak contests where victory and defeat is not just a result but a matter of national pride.
The presence of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani and a host of other dignitaries, the massive hype and build-up and the phenomenal interest the match has generated have set the stage for the 2011 World Cup’s biggest showdown.
Indo-Pak matches, which showcase one of the world’s most intense sporting rivalries, invariably boil down to handling the pressure in crunch situations.
With so much at stake, the team that handles the pressure better will travel to Mumbai for the summit showdown on 2nd April.
The potentially explosive clash on Wednesday is the first match between the two neighbouring countries on Indian soil after the 26/11 terror strikes in Mumbai which led to the snapping of bilateral cricket ties between the two nations.
They have faced each other in four World Cup matches in the past and India have come out victories on all these occasions even though Pakistan have a clear edge in the overall record, winning 69 of their 119 clashes so far.
Even on Indian soil, Pakistan have the upper-hand in record books, having managed 17 wins in 26 matches.
But all these stats and reputation count for nothing as the team that plays better on the given day will win.
Defending champions Australia and stong contenders South Africa are already knocked out of the tournament at the quarter-final stage which only goes to show that reputation alone does not win matches.
India appears to hold a slight edge over their traditional rivals and will look to capitalise on home advantage and the support of the crowd in pressure situations.
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has sought to put up a brave face by stating that the Indians will not be under any undue pressure.
“The World Cup is being held in the sub-continent and India and Pakistan are playing in the semifinals. It does not get better. The pressure will be big, but in reality it makes no difference to us. It will be just a game. Indian cricket team has always been under pressure and we have handled it well”, Dhoni said on Tuesday.
Actor Ranbir Kapoor was given a warm welcome on the occasion since it was also his birthday. The college staff and the students celebrated his birthday by singing songs and cutting a cake.
Ranbir Kapoor later thanked his fans and requested them to watch the romantic movie.
“You guys please go for Anjaana Anjaani, it”s coming out on October 1, so please go watch. I hope you have good time while watching this movie and I love you guys thank you,” said Kapoor.
Priyanka and Ranbir later threw ”Anjaana Anjaani” music cds at the students.
The movie was slated to release on September 24, but was postponed as it was coinciding with the Ayodhya verdict.
The movie will hit the box office on Friday.
Steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal remains at No. 2 with a net worth of 26.1 billion dollars.
Moving up to third position this year is IT outsourcer Wipro’s Azim Premji. His wealth increased to 17.6 billion dollars from 14.9 billion dollars last year amid an improving outlook for the sector.
Premji moves up to third place, displacing younger Ambani sibling Anil Ambani, who dropped to No. 6.
India’s rising stock market and a booming economy that’s expanding by 8.5 percent have boosted the net worth of richest people, according to Forbes’ India Rich List.
The combined net worth of India’s 100 richest people is 300 billion dollars, up from 276 billion dollars last year. This year, there are 69 billionaires on the India Rich List, 17 more than last year.
Also improving on their previous ranking to No. 4 are brothers Shashi and Ravi Ruia with 15 billion dollars, more than their last year’s net worth of 13.6 billion dollars.
Naazneen Karmali, India Editor of Forbes Asia and Mumbai bureau manager of Forbes
magazine, said: “As we had predicted, the huge correction in Indian wealth which occurred in 2008 is fast becoming a distant memory. This year’s list illustrates the vibrancy and resilience of India’s economy.”
Twenty-six of the 35 who returned to the top 40 from last year are wealthier now. The biggest gainer in percentage terms was media baron Kalanithi Maran, who made a splash with his purchase of a big stake in low-cost airline SpiceJet. His net worth rose 74 percent, according to Forbes.
The top 10 richest in India are:
1) Mukesh Ambani; US$27 billion
2) Lakshmi Mittal; $26.1 billion
3) Azim Premji; $17.6 billion
4) Shashi & Ravi Ruia; $15 billion
5) Savitri Jindal; $14.4 billion
6) Anil Ambani; $13.3 billion
7) Gautam Adani; $10.7 billion
8) Kushal Pal Singh; $9.2 billion
9) Sunil Mittal; $8.6 billion
10) Kumar Birla; $8.5 billion
“The skies will be partly cloudy with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers in some parts of the city later in the day,” said an official of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).
According to weather officials, the capital received 1 mm of rainfall from Monday morning till 8.30 a.m. Tuesday.
Delhi recorded a minimum temperature of 26 degree Celsius in the morning, normal for this time of the season. The maximum temperature is expected to hover around 34 degrees.
The maximum humidity was on the higher side at 100 percent, while the minimum was 72 percent.
The city has received 800.6 mm of rainfall so far this monsoon, which is 43 percent above average. In the month of August alone, Delhi received 456 mm of rainfall – almost 101 percent above the usual.