Abbasi, Modi unlikely to meet in Davos

Frederick Owens
January 21, 2018

Modi would address the opening plenary on January 23.

Announcing schedule of its various leaders, the Swiss government said Berset will also meet US President Donald Trump, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, the British Prime Minister Theresa May, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, among other leaders.

Federal Councillor Ueli Maurer, the vice president of the Federal Council and head of the Federal Department of Finance (FDF), will hold meetings with numerous counterparts and representatives from global bodies. Modi's visit to Davos will be the first by an Indian PM to the summit after two decades, since former PM HD Deve Gowda's visit in 1997. There will also be a bilateral engagement with the President of Switzerland, and occasions for other pulls asides as needed.

Gokhale said this visit is going to be a signal that India is "engaging with the rest of the world in a very multi-dimensional way".

Modi's renewed pitch for simultaneous elections comes at a time when a think-tank headed by BJP Rajya Sabha member Vinay Sahastrabuddhe organised a seminar on "one nation, one poll" over the weekend in Mumbai.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday showered praises on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his guidance that helped increase India's prestige further in the global arena. "If it had been a country it would have been the fifth largest in the world".

Among those attending the dinner will be the heads of Airbus group, Hitachi group, BAE Systems, IBM, and the Carlyle group.

Both the countries are set to participate in the WEF annual meet.

Japanese transport ministry has revealed that India and Japan are working together on key component supply, and are devising plans for getting the equipments for designing of Bullet Trains as a part of Make in India campaign of PM Modi.

"We carried out economic reform, built toilets, brought electricity to 18,000 villages", the prime minister pointed out.

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