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Modi hopes for peace at border with China

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday called for peace at the border with China following talks with visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping here.

Modi said that there should be "mutual trust" between the two neighbouring countries.

He said that he gives "importance and priority to the relations with China".

Modi described China as India's biggest neighbour and said it has a role in nation-building and foreign policy.

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India, China ink dozen agreements

New Delhi : As many as 12 accord documents were exchanged between India and China following talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping here Thursday.

The first agreement was on a new pilgrimage route to Kailash Mansarovar, while two accords were on trade development. One agreement was on audio-video co-production, and another was on cooperation in railways.

An agreement was on drug administration, while yet another was on exchanges between cultural institutions.

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Mumbai Dabbawallas' success story coming to land of nawabs

By Mohit Dubey,

Lucknow : Come Saturday and management students, industry captains and representatives of other institutions will be taking tips and lessons here from the success story of Mumbai's dabbawallas, who have gained fame globally for efficiently delivering lunch boxes, colloquially known as dabbas, to thousands of office-goers across the vast metropolis.

The Young Indians (YI) chapter of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) Lucknow chapter is organizing an interactive session where the manner in which the dabbawallas operate will be discussed threadbare.

Naval chopper crashes near Mumbai while landing, no casualty

Mumbai : Two pilots and two crew members had a narrow escape when an Indian Navy helicopter crashed while landing at a heliport in Maharashtra Thursday, officials said.

The accident took place in Raigad district's Uran village.

"The incident occurred at 10.15 a.m. when the Chetak helicopter was landing after a routine training sortie in the area. Due to some technical snag it had a rough landing and crashed due to the impact," an official source told IANS.

Four persons aboard managed to quickly jump off the chopper safely.

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Nearly 3.5 lakh Hindus pray for ancestors in Bihar

Patna : More than three lakh Hindu devotees have come to Bihar's Gaya town to perform "pind daan", a religious service for ancestors, officials said Thursday.

"Till date, nearly 3.5 lakh devotees have performed the 'pind daan'. It was more than what we expected in view of the floods and drought in several states across India," a district official said.

The district authorities said they estimate that as many as 500,000 devotees would come to Gaya to perform "pind daan" during the "pitrapaksh" (the fortnight-long ancestor worship period as per Hindu custom).

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Ravi Shankar Prasad meets German vice chancellor

New Delhi : Communications and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who is in Germany on an official visit, Thursday met the German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabrial and urged the country to increase investments in India.

"Counting the success of German companies like Audi, BMW and Rolls Royce in the Indian market, the minister urged for an increase in investment by German companies in the Indian market," an official statement said here.

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Xi's wife visits Delhi school

New Delhi : China's first lady Peng Liyuan Thursday visited a school here.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and and his wife Peng are on a three-day official visit to India.

During her hour-long visit to the Tagore International School, Peng interacted with a select group of students and did some calligraphy.

Peng said: "It is important for all of us to keep learning and work hard to achieve the goal we have set in life."

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CVC appointment: SC seeks Centre's response

New Delhi : The Supreme Court Thursday sought the central government's response to a plea seeking to broaden the zone of consideration for the appointment of the Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) and making the entire process transparent.

The apex court bench, headed by Chief Justice R.M. Lodha asked the government to respond by Oct 9 as Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi assured the court that the government will not go with appointment of the Chief Vigilance Commissioner till the matter was heard by it.

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India, China need to align their development strategies: Xi

New Delhi : India and China share the same development goals and need to take their strategic partnership to higher levels, visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping said here Thursday.

Speaking to journalists at Rashtrapati Bhavan where he was accorded a ceremonial reception, Xi said both countries should deepen their economic and strategic cooperation.

"India and China can create opportunities for the world. We need to take our strategic partnership to higher levels," Xi said.

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Modi, Xi meeting begins

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday held talks with visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping here.

Ahead of talks between Modi and Xi at Hyderabad House Thursday, external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that India would raise the incursion issue by Chinese troops into Ladakh area.

Nearly 1,000 Chinese troops crossed about five km into Indian territory Wednesday in Ladakh's Chumar sector, even as the troops of both sides held a flag meeting at the brigadier-level in Chushul.

Modi and Xi met at Hyderabad House.

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