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UAE honours PM Modi with highest civilian award

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi was honoured with the ‘Order of Zayed’, the UAE’s highest civilian award, as a mark of appreciation for his efforts to boost bilateral ties between the two nations. The award has earlier been bestowed on several world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, Queen Elizabeth II and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

“An incomparable honour reflecting our warm ties. PM Narendra Modi conferred with the prestigious ‘Order of Zayed’ by HH Crown Prince of UAE Mohammed Bin Zayed, the highest civilian honor of UAE for PM’s contribution in strengthening relations between India and UAE,” Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

Modi thanked the UAE government for the honour and dedicated the award to the skills and abilities of 1.3 billion Indians. “I am humbled to get the ‘Order of Zayed’ a while ago. This award is not for an individual but for the spirit of Indian culture and is dedicated to the skills and abilities of 1.3 billion Indians. I thank the Government of the United Arab Emirates for this honour,” he tweeted.

Ahead of Modi’s visit to the UAE, the MEA in a statement said the award in the name of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the UAE, “acquires special significance as it was awarded to Prime Minister Modi in the year of the birth centenary of Sheikh Zayed”.

India and the UAE enjoy warm, close and multi-faceted relations underpinned by cultural, religious and economic linkages which, during the prime minister’s previous visit to the UAE in August 2015, stood elevated to a comprehensive strategic partnership, it said. The UAE in April had announced to confer the country’s highest award on Modi.

In a tweet in April, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, said, “We have historical and comprehensive strategic ties with India, reinforced by the pivotal role of my dear friend, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who gave these relations a big boost.”

With an annual bilateral trade of about USD 60 billion, the UAE is India’s third-largest trade partner. It is also the fourth-largest exporter of crude oil for India. “A 3.3 million-strong vibrant Indian community in the UAE nourishes the vibrant people-to-people contacts between our two friendly countries,” the MEA said, adding that Modi’s visit would further strengthen the friendly bilateral ties.

 

 

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Deepika, Sara, Shraddha in NCB net, being questioned in drugs case

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Hours after Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone appeared earlier than the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in a drugs case, Shraddha Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan additionally arrived on the workplace of the drug legislation enforcement company for questioning, on Saturday. Shraddha arrived on the NCB workplace right here round 11.45 a.m. whereas Sara got here at 12.15 p.m. on the NCB workplace in Ballard Pier space right here. Deepika’s former supervisor Karishma Prakash additionally joined the probe on the NCB visitor home in Colaba space right here for the second day.

Shraddha, daughter of Bollywood veteran actor Shakti Kapoor has been summoned for questioning after her alleged chats with Sushant’s former supervisor Jaya Saha got here to the fore through the NCB probe. According to NCB sources, Shraddha is prone to be quizzed if she allegedly procured drugs from Saha or another sources. The NCB may also ask for whom she procured the CBD oil and who the ‘SLB’ in her alleged chat was.

Shraddha, who starred in “Chichhore” with Sushant may be queried on how lengthy she knew the late actor and whether or not they reportedly joined any social gathering or gatherings the place drugs have been consumed.

She could also be requested to throw gentle on whether or not she ever went to the Pawna Resort the place the alleged events have been mentioned to be hosted by Sushant.

Besides, the NCB had final Wednesday additionally despatched summons to Sara for questioning.

Sara is the daughter of Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh, and he or she had starred with Sushant in “Kedarnath”.

The NCB sources mentioned that Sara might be requested concerning the drug consumption by her, the place and the way she allegedly procured it, and many others.

During a tv interview Sushant’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty had claimed that the late actor began smoking marijuana through the taking pictures of the blockbuster movie “Kedarnath”.

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Earlier this morning, Deepika Pahukone arrived on the NCB visitor home for questioning after she was summoned for questioning on Wednesday.

Deepika is the daughter of badminton icon Prakash Padukone and is married to actor Ranveer Singh.

She has been requested to affix the probe as her alleged chats along with her former supervisor Karishma Prakash discussing drugs got here to the fore.

Deepika might be quizzed why she requested Karishma to convey drugs on the Koko Club in October 2017 and for a way lengthy she was consuming the drugs.

The NCB may also ask her if she sought the drugs for her personal consumption or for another person, who paid for it, how, and many others.

After Rhea, these three actresses are the largest ones to have come underneath the NCB radar, which is trying to unravel the alleged drug nexus in Bollywood for the reason that previous practically two months.

The NCB has additionally questioned Bollywood actor Rakul Preet Singh on Friday for over 4 hours after her identify got here to the fore in the alleged chats.

The NCB has registered a case after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) registered a case of cash laundering into the demise of Sushant after which discovered the alleged chats of drugs on the telephones of Rhea, her brother Showik and Sushant’s home supervisor Samuel Miranda.

The ED wrote to NCB to probe the drug case. After registering the case, the NCB questioned a number of individuals and arrested Rhea, Showik, Miranda, Sushant’s private workers Dipesh Sawant and 16 others.

The NCB has additionally questioned Sushant’s former supervisor Shruti Modi, Dharma Productions former govt producer Kshitij Prasad Ravi, Kwan Talent Management Agency CEO Dhruv Chitgopekar, famous producer Madhu Mantena Varma and a number of other others in the case up to now.

Besides the NCB, the CBI and the ED are probing the separate instances into the demise of Sushant. Sushant was discovered useless on June 14 in his Bandra’s Mont Blanc Apartment.

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