India’s Modi arrives in France as part of European tour

Updated 10 April 2015
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India’s Modi arrives in France as part of European tour

PARIS: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in France on Friday as part of a trans-Atlantic tour, with French authorities hoping to further strengthen relations with the fast-growing Asian nation amid talks about a possible fighter-jet deal.
Modi was greeted by France’s foreign minister at the gilt-domed Invalides military museum — the burial place of Napoleon — and was meeting later with President Francois Hollande for a news conference, a boat ride on the Seine River, and a working dinner.
The French leader has cautioned that the bilateral relationship was more complex than just talks over a possible 12 billion euro ($15 billion) deal for 126 Rafale jets, made by France’s Dassault Aviation.
French and Indian leaders have noted strong bilateral ties in defense, space, nuclear power and technology. Modi was also meeting with French business leaders, and was visiting the National Assembly and the headquarters of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, in Paris.
Modi, according to the French translation of an interview published Thursday in French daily Le Figaro, said his government sees France as “an important partner to support India’s development.” He was set to travel to the southern French city of Toulouse on Saturday to visit the headquarters of plane-maker Airbus.
The Hindustan Times, a leading New Delhi-based daily, reported Friday that India is considering a direct purchase of two squadrons of Rafales, or up to 40 jets, between governments to avoid negotiations on price that have stalled the deal.
Modi was later traveling to Germany and Canada as part of the trip.


13 young miners feared dead in India’s remote northeast

Updated 14 December 2018
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13 young miners feared dead in India’s remote northeast

  • Digging in the mine was banned four years ago, but illegal and unsafe activity by private landowners and the local community is rife
  • Rescuers would be able to reach those missing only after the water has been pumped out of the mine

GAUHATI, India: Police say 13 young miners are missing and feared dead following the collapse of a shaft and flooding of a coal mine they were illegally digging in India’s remote northeast.
The police control room says that efforts are being made to pump out water from the mine in Meghalaya state where the flooding took place two days ago.
Police said the digging in the mine was banned four years ago, but illegal and unsafe activity by private landowners and the local community is rife.
The police said rescuers would be able to reach those missing only after the water has been pumped out of the mine.
Demand for coal has increased in energy-hungry India. Coal mafia operations in mining areas have led to accidents.
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