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India's PM Modi to attend G20 summit in Rome

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday arrived in Italy to participate in the G20 Summit, the global forum for international cooperation where he will join other leaders in discussions on global economic and health recovery from COVID-19, sustainable development and climate change. On the eve of the G20 summit, PM Modi on Friday held a joint meeting with Charles Michel, President of the European Council and Ursula von der Leyen [OOORSALA VAN DER LIEYEN,  President of the European Commission and held an extensive discussion covering trade and investment ties, climate change, Covid-19, global and regional developments. The Prime Minister later paid floral tributes to India’s freedom movement leader, Mahatma Gandhi's bust at Piazza Gandhi and also interacted with members of the Indian community gathered there. PM Modi is expected to hold bilateral meetings with heads of several states on the sidelines of the G20 Summit. Indian Army Chief General MM Naravane on Friday said the theaterisation process of the country's military is underway and new technology is being inducted keeping in view of the changing character of wars. The remarks came as India has been boosting its military might along the Line of Actual Control amid the ongoing border row with China. Pakistan's Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed has warned the supporters of banned Islamist outfit Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan to stop their march towards capital Islamabad or there will be consequences. The Opposition PML-N party recently held a massive protest rally in Gilgit Baltistan over the skyrocketing inflation and blamed Pakistan's PM Imran Khan for failing to control the frequent price rise of essential commodities. The United Nations cannot get enough cash into Afghanistan to deliver humanitarian aid to millions of people on the brink of starvation and is struggling to develop options to help stabilize the collapsing economy, U.N. officials have said. Aid agencies "are in a race against time to deliver life-saving aid to crisis-affected people and preposition supplies ahead of winter. Holding Opposition BNP and the Islamist organisation Jamaat, among others, responsible for fomenting communal tension in Bangladesh, Information and Broadcasting Minister Hasan Mahmud called the recent attacks on minority Hindus a ploy by fundamentalists to destabilise the country and create anarchy. As Diwali, the festival of lights is just around the corner, people across India are in a festive spirit. In a bid to promote eco-friendly celebrations, a non-governmental organization in eastern Bhubaneswar city has been running a campaign to gift plants instead of bursting firecrackers, which is a usual practice during Diwali.
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