Modi invites Indonesians for Kumbh; offers 30-day free visa for all time

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 31 May 2018 08:34:42



PM invites the diaspora to their country of origin during Kumbh and experience the ‘New India’India and Indonesia sign 15 pacts

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday announced a 30-day free visa for Indonesian citizens. Narendra Modi invited the diaspora to travel to their country of origin during Kumbh in Prayag (Allahabad) next year and experience the ‘New India’.

Addressing a gathering of the Indian diaspora at the Jakarta Convention Centre in the Indonesian capital, Modi said, “not only do the names of our nations rhyme but also there is a distinct rhythm in the India-Indonesia friendship.” “We will grant free of cost visa for Indonesian citizens for travel of up to 30 days,” Modi said, amid applause. “Many of you may never have been to India. I invite you all to come to India for the Kumbh in Prayag (Allahabad) next year,” Modi told the gathering.

He said this mega event would be a new experience for the visitors who will not only realise India’s ancient culture but also get a glimpse of ‘New India’. Kumbh Mela is one of the largest human congregations on the Earth.

Modi requested the Indian diaspora to make a habit of visiting their country of origin with friends and experience how India has been changing. Taking a dig at the previous Governments, Modi said his Government’s first priority was to make India corruption free, citizen-centric and development friendly.

“Our Government, has been preparing India according to the need and expectations of the 21st century,” he said. “We have gone a step ahead of ‘Ease of Doing Business.’ Our focus is ‘Ease of Living.’ Our processes are transparent and sensitive,” Modi said. “We have to make a ‘New India’. We have to start working to realise the dream of New India by 2022, when India will celebrate 75 years of her independence,” Modi added.

Defence cooperation among 15 India-Indonesia pacts signed: IN A SIGNIFICANT boost to their strategic ties, India and Indonesia signed an agreement on defence cooperation among 15 others following a bilateral summit between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Indonesian President Joko Widodo here on Wednesday.

The agreement on defence cooperation calls for “regular bilateral dialogue and consultation on strategic defence and military issues of common interest, exchange of strategic information, military education, training and exercise, cooperation among the armed forces including army, navy, air force and aerospace, humanitarian aid, disaster relief, peace-keeping and medical services among others”.

The agreement assumes significance given the two countries’ strategic interests in the Info-Pacific region.
The two sides also signed a framework agreement on cooperation in the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes.

According to this agreement, both sides will work together on space sciences, exploration of outer space, use of space technology, monitoring of earth’s environment from outer space and remote sensing, use of integrated Biak ground station of Indonesia for mutual benefit, hosting of Indian ground station in Indonesia, support for launch services of LAPAN-made satellites and joint research and development activities in space technology among others.

The two sides also signed 12 memorandums of understanding (MoUs), including on scientific and technological cooperation, technical cooperation in the railways sector, health cooperation, and on promoting economic, trade and technological cooperation.
Both sides signed a separate plan of activities to celebrate to 70 years of diplomatic relations in 2019-20.

India and Indonesia have agreed to double their efforts to boost bilateral trade to USD 50 billion by 2025, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday. Modi exchanged views with President Widodo on potential areas of cooperation in areas like defence, maritime security, trade and economy.

Modi said India and Indonesia have agreed to upgrade their ties to Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. He said India and Indonesia have agreed to double their efforts to take bilateral trade to USD 50 billion by 2025.

According to Indonesia’s Central Statistics Agency (BPS), trade between the two countries in 2016 was USD 12.9 billion. It rose 28.7 per cent to USD 18.13 billion in 2017 with Indonesia’s exports to India reaching USD 14.08 billion and its imports from India standing at USD 4.05 billion.
India and Indonesia strongly condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations including cross-border terrorism and urged all countries to work towards disrupting terrorist networks and their financing channels.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Joko Widodo also shared the view on the imperative need to eradicate radicalism and reiterated the importance of promoting peaceful pluralism that would lead to true civilisation harmony, and moderation through a holistic approach.

They also called upon all countries to work towards disrupting terrorist networks and their financing channels, and halting cross-border movement of terrorists from terror organisations as well as other terrorist groups threatening peace and security in respective region.
The two leaders also called for enhanced cooperation including through greater exchange of information and intelligence between the two sides.
Modi also strongly condemned the recent terror strikes on three churches in Indonesia and said India stands resolutely with Jakarta in its fight against terrorism.