Narendra Modi begins historic Central Asia and Russia tour, energy needs to be top priority in discussions

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday morning left on an eight-day visit to attend Summits of BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). The tour will have Modi visiting five Asian countries and Russia, aiming to enhance strategic, economic and energy ties.

The Prime Minister has already reached Uzbekistan and posted a photo of him walking with PM Shavkat Miromonovich Mirziyoyev on Facebook this afternoon. From here, Modi will go to Kazhakhstan on Tuesday. Then, the Indian PM will visit Russia on July 8, before flying to Turkmenistan on July 10, Kyrgyzstan on July 11 and Tajikistan on July 12.

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India currently only has an observer status to the SCO and the visit could see the country getting the membership of the six-nation grouping comprising China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. This could be one of the major highlights of Modi’s visit.

On the other hands, the summit of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), some of the most important economies of the world, will have discussions on economic cooperation and possibility of trade in local currency.

The BRICS Summit could look at the possibility of starting easy credit facility in local currency. For this, the  BRICS Development Bank has already been set up, of whom Indian banker MV Kamath is the first head.

The Ministry of External Affairs also said last week that during the visit to the five Central Asian countries, the focus will be on enhancing trade, which is “not impressive”, and cooperation in energy and security. Modi will be the first Indian PM to visit all these countries together.

Efforts will also be made to propel the Turkmenistan- Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) project, which is crucial for India’s energy needs for carrying gas from Central Asia, and has so far been affected because of a lack of physical connectivity.

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  1. IN THE CONTEXT OF OUR HON. PM NaMo’S “HISTORIC CENTRAL ASIA TOUR” WILL IT BE OUT OF PLACE TO MENTION THAT WHAT ONCE RENOWNED COLUMNIST BHARAT BHUSHAN HAD COMMENTED ON MODI SAHAB’S FOREIGN TRIPS ????
    “Prime Minister Narendra Modi continues to ride high with rock star gigs abroad and no challengers within or outside the party at home. With international oil prices dipping to unforeseen lows and inflation declining sharply, a perked-up economy provides the perfect backdrop as he strides the national and international stage.”

    IT CERTAINLY RAISES THE EYEBROW WHEN WE FIND,

    Modi govt’s travel bills at Rs 317 crore, at par with UPA’s average spend
    Pradeep Thakur, TNN | Mar 22, 2015, 12.35AM IST

    WHERE THE MATTER OF THE FACT IS,

    UPA MPs’ hotel bill in a decade: Rs 19 cr; BJP bill in one year: Rs 25 cr – Bangalore Mirror

    AND MOST RIDICULOUSLY, WHEN

    Information sought on Modi’s foreign travel expenses ‘too vague and wide’ to be revealed, RTI reply from PMO says
    Christin Mathew Philip, TNN | Mar 14, 2015, 09.25AM IST !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    DOUBTS CREEPS IN OUR MIND TO QUERY,

    Promises that he can’t deliver: Have Modi’s 18 foreign trips brought in the desired results?
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    WE FEEL HOPELESS TO KNOW, AFTER OUR PM’S EXTRAVAGANT VISITS TO USA , CHINA AND PAKISTAN,

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    China blocked India’s move at UN for action against Pakistan over Lakhvi’s release
    HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, United Nations| Updated: Jun 23, 2015 18:20 IST

    Pakistan violates ceasefire, targets Indian posts along LoC
    Hindustan Times‎ – 2 hours ago
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