Brisbane Diary

Prime Minister Modi’s hectic day ended with a dinner hosted by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Written by P Vaidyanathan Iyer | Brisbane | Published: November 15, 2014 1:12:24 am
Prime Minister Narendra Modi signs on an Agro Robot during a visit to Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia on Friday. (Source: PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi signs on an Agro Robot during a visit to Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia on Friday. (Source: PTI)

Scientists and maps

At a presentation in the Queensland University of Technology, borders in the Indian map were wrongly depicted only to be noticed by the foreign secretary. “The government of India takes any depiction of maps seriously. This was pointed out to the authorities in QUT,” said a ministry of external affairs spokesperson. The QUT academicians were extremely apologetic and offered unconditional apology, he added. They were clearly not aware that cartographic issues can turn out to be so sensitive.

Dinner with Shinzo Abe

Prime Minister Modi’s hectic day ended with a dinner hosted by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. During the long and detailed discussions, Modi displayed keenness to take the Kyoto-Varanasi initiative forward. On his part, he said India had set up a high-level monitoring system to approve proposals put forward by Japanese companies under the Japan Plus initiative.

Yoga day gets EU endorsement

The Indian Prime Minister may not have been particularly amused when the President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy said political will was required to get the EU-India broadbased trade and investment treaty going. But what surely must have warmed the cockles of Modi’s heart would be Van Rompuy’s endorsement of the former’s proposal to the United Nations for an international yoga day. “I and ministers in the EU are supporters of the Indian philosophy and support your suggestion of an international yoga day,” he told the Indian Prime Minister.

Black money not forgotten

Not to let down his domestic audience, Prime Minister Narendra Modi pitched for international cooperation against black money in his dinner talks with Abe. “This was discussed in the context of the G20 meetings that kick off tomorrow,” said an external affairs ministry spokesperson. India is seeking an automatic exchange of information without any caveats on foreign
account holders to detect possible tax evasion. Right now, it has treaties with individual countries and information is exchange with caveats, and that too only on specific requests.

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