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Modi in Singapore: Digital revolution sweeping India, we have put banking at the reach of poor, says PM

Modi arrived in Singapore on the last leg of his three-nation tour after a brief halt in Malaysia where he met his newly-elected Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohammad and discussed ways to boost bilateral ties.

india Updated: May 31, 2018 19:10 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi being welcomed by members of Indian community on his arrival in Singapore on Thursday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi being welcomed by members of Indian community on his arrival in Singapore on Thursday.(PTI)

Modi arrived in Singapore on the last leg of his three-nation tour after a brief halt in Malaysia where he met his newly-elected Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohammad and discussed ways to boost bilateral ties.

On Friday, Modi will hold talks with his Singapore counterpart Lee Hsien Loong and pay a courtesy visit to President Halimah Yacob. He will deliver a keynote address at the 17th International Institute for Strategic Studies Shangri-La Dialogue on Friday. He will also visit the Singapore Botanic Gardens where an orchid will be named in his honour.

Here are the highlights:

5.50pm: Two lions (India and Singapore) shall step into the future together: PM Modi.

5.45pm: We aim to have a roof over every head by 2022. Ayushman Bharat will be the biggest healthcare programme: PM Modi.

5.40pm: We have initiated a $15bn programme to enhance higher education. Aim to double income of farmers by 2022: PM Modi.

5.37pm: Digital revolution sweeping through India. We have put banking at the reach of the poor: PM Modi.

We are strongly focussed on financial inclusion. In three years, we have opened 316 million bank accounts for those who never had one. It is a new source of dignity for every citizen. More than $12 billion have been deposited in these accounts: PM Modi.

5.35pm: India’s manufacturing sector improving. Special focus on small and medium industries: PM Modi.

5.32pm: Our infrastructure sector is expanding at a record speed. Last year, we built 10,000 km of national highways. Pace of rail track addition has doubled. We added over 80,000 MW of power in just three years. In renewable energy, we have become sixth largest producer in the world: PM Modi

5.30pm: India moved up 42 places in ease of doing business. Some 1,400 outdated laws repealed: PM Modi.

5.27pm: India’s economy has now become stable. Economic reforms taking place at a rapid scale. A New India is taking shape: PM Modi.

5.25pm: Singapore a source and destination of commerce. Sixteen Indian cities connected by flight from Singapore: PM Modi.

When India opened up to the world and turned to the East, Singapore became a partner and a bridge between India and ASEAN: PM Modi.

5.20pm: India often hosts Singaporean naval ships. At international forums, we speak in one voice: PM Modi.

Political relations between India and Singapore are among the warmest and closest. It is a natural partnership from a shared vision. Our defence relations are among the strongest: PM Modi.

5.15pm: The success of Singapore lies in its multi-cultural society: PM Modi

4.30pm: Cultural event at Business and Community Event at Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre in Singapore.

4.00pm: PM Modi visits India-Singapore Enterprise and Innovation Exhibitions at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre.

PM Modi launches three Indian mobile payment apps in Singapore at a business event aimed at internationalisation of the country’s digital payment platform. At the ‘Business, Innovation and Community Event’ here where digital platform was the main feature, Modi launched India’s BHIM, RuPay and SBI app.

3.00pm: PM Modi receives rousing welcome from the crowd, most of them Indian, as he reaches Hotel Fullerton on arriving in Singapore.

1pm: Modi arrives in Singapore on the last leg of his three-nation tour during which he will hold talks with the country’s top leadership and deliver a keynote address at the Shangri-La Dialogue.

11.15 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi emplanes for Singapore from Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur.

10.35 am: During his brief stopover, Modi also met with Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and her husband Anwar Ibrahim.

10.20am: The two leaders discussed ways to boost economic and cultural relations between India and Malaysia.

10 am: “Glad to have met Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. I thank him for the warm welcome. We had productive discussions on further cementing India-Malaysia ties,” Modi tweeted in both Malay and English.

9.35 am: Prime Minister Modi meets Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Bin Mohamad in Kuala Lumpur.

9.15 am: “India has been intensely engaged as a part of PM’s Act East policy in the region. There is great deal of anticipation&expectation in Singapore, in the region&around the world on what PM’s vision is about Indo-pacific region,” Jawed Ashraf, India’s High Commissioner to Singapore said

9.05 am: “This is PM Narendra Modi’s second visit to Singapore, it’s important at many levels, PM Modi is going to deliver the keynote address at the Shangri-La dialouge and he is doing this at a very significant time for the region,” said Ashraf.

8.50 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur. He will meet Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday.

* During his first-ever official visit to Indonesia, Modi held “productive discussions” with President Widodo. The two countries elevated their bilateral ties to Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and condemned terrorism in all its forms, including cross-border terror.

*India and Indonesia also signed 15 agreements, including one to boost defence cooperation and called for freedom of navigation in the strategic Indo-Pacific region.