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 Some tried to derail demonetisation but nation saw it through: Modi

Some tried to derail demonetisation but nation saw it through: Modi

New Delhi, Jan 21 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said some "people" tried to sabotage "demonetisation" but the exercise was seen through successfully because the nation stood behind the decision.

In an interview given to TV channel Times Now, Modi, without referring to anyone specifically, said "they" tried to derail the demonetisation exercise through various means to "save corrupt people".

"People tried to start a fire, they even attempted to incite riots, they knocked on Supreme Court's door, they tried everything possible. These attempts were to save those who were hoarding black money, to save corrupt people, to save the dishonest," he said.

He said demonetisation was not just a change of currency and the way it was carried out got the world's respect.

"Several small countries of world tried to carry out demonetisation in their lands but retreated. It is India's great success that this was not just a change of one currency with another, but the way country's federal structure, it's governance, it's common man, RBI's role... is enough to get it respect of the world," he said.

--IANS
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 Looking to share vision of India's engagement with world: Modi

Looking to share vision of India's engagement with world: Modi

New Delhi Jan 21 (IANS) Ahead of his visit to Davos in Switzerland on Monday for the World Economic Forum, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that he looked forward to sharing his vision for India's engagement with the international community.

"The existing and emerging challenges to the contemporary international system and global governance architecture deserve serious attention of leaders, governments, policy-makers, corporates and civil societies around the world," Modi said in a pre-departure statement here.

"In recent years, India's engagement with the outside world has become truly and effectively multi-dimensional, covering political, economic, people-to-people, security and other spheres," he said.

"At Davos, I look forward to sharing my vision for India's future engagement with the international community."

Modi will be the first Prime Minister from India to participate in a forum meeting in two decades after the then Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda in 1997.

Explaining the significance of Modi's visit during a media briefing here on Friday, Vijay Gokhale, Secretary (Economic Relations) in the Ministry of External Affairs, said that in 1997, the Indian economy was well below $1 trillion whereas it is now above $2 trillion.

The main event in Davos will be the keynote speech of Modi at the plenary session on January 23.

In his statement, Modi said that apart from the events for the World Economic Forum, he looked forward to separate bilateral meetings with Swiss President Alain_Berset and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven.

"I am confident that these bilateral meetings will be fruitful and give a boost to our relations with these countries and further strengthen economic engagement," he said.

According to Ramesh Abhishek, Secretary in the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, a dinner on Monday will be attended by CEOs of 60 companies.

On January 23, Modi will interact with 120 members of the International Business Council, which is a part of the WEF.

He will also interact with CEOs of Indian companies separately.

--IANS
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 Nadal, Dimitrov, Wozniacki hold strong at Australian Open (Roundup)

Nadal, Dimitrov, Wozniacki hold strong at Australian Open (Roundup)

Melbourne, Jan 21 (IANS) Although it was far from easy, all the big names like Rafael Nadal, Grigor Dimitrov and Caroline Wozniacki made it through to the quarter-finals on Sunday, with the Day 7 action providing some great contests for the 63,000 fans in attendance at the Australian Open.

With a final score of 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-3, you might think that world number one Nadal had a comfortable 4-set victory over Argentinian Diego Schwartzman. However the Spaniard was pushed to the limit during the match and had to fight hard for every game, reports Xinhua news agency.

In the end, the precision of the 16-time Grand Slam winner, was enough to get Nadal into the remaining eight.

"He is a great player in all aspects and he was serving well," Nadal said in praise of Schwartzman.

"This was the first big match I have played in 2018 and I was able to fight until the end."

"A match like this probably helps because it builds confidence in knowing that I can resist almost four hours on court playing at a good intensity."

It was a similar story for world No.3 Dimitrov, when he faced home crowd favourite Nick Kyrgios.

But the gripping, nail biting battle, was made even more tense when officials controversially called the Australian for several foot faults.

Eventually, the Bulgarian was able to survive the power serve of Kyrgios and take the victory 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 7-6 (7-3).

"Playing against Nick is always tricky. He deserves a lot of credit. He fought really hard," Dimitrov said after the win.

In the other matches, sixth seed Marin Cilic got past Pablo Carreno Busta in four sets and England's Kyle Edmund continued his dream run at the tournament by overcoming Andrea Seppi. Edmund won 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, 6-2, 6-3 to book a place in the last-8 round in a Grand Slam for the first time.

Cilic of Croatia prevailed 6-7 (7-9), 6-3, 7-6 (7-0), 7-6 (9-7) to register his 100th Grand Slam career match win, securing him a place in the quarter-finals of a major for the 11th time, reports Efe.

"This is a beautiful (landmark) and I hope I can gather three more here," Cilic said after the match that lasted nearly three and a half hours.

In the women's bracket, world number two Caroline Wozniacki cruised her way into the quarter-finals with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Magdalena Rybarikova.

Wozniacki, a former world No. 1, had not reached the last-8 round since 2012 when she lost to now retired Kim Clijsters of Belgium.

"Six years ago. It's so long ago. All I can say is that I think I'm in a good place, I think I'm hitting the ball well and everything's been going well in the last year-and-a-half. It's been good," Wozniacki said after the win.

World No.4 Elina Svitolina of Ukraine thrashed Denisa Allertova 6-3, 6-0, Belgium's Elise Mertens got the better of Petra Martic 7-6(5), 7-5 and Carla Suarez Navarro edged out Anett Kontaveit 4-6, 6-4, 8-6.

"It's more pressure but it gives you confidence," Ukrainian star Svitolina said in reference to her possibly winning the Australian Open title as she is one of the favourites.

--IANS
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09:54 PM
 Looking to share vision of India's engagement with world: Modi

Looking to share vision of India's engagement with world: Modi

New Delhi Jan 21 (IANS) Ahead of his visit to Davos in Switzerland on Monday for the World Economic Forum, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that he looked forward to sharing his vision for India's engagement with the international community.

"The existing and emerging challenges to the contemporary international system and global governance architecture deserve serious attention of leaders, governments, policy-makers, corporates and civil societies around the world," Modi said in a pre-departure statement here.

"In recent years, India's engagement with the outside world has become truly and effectively multi-dimensional, covering political, economic, people-to-people, security and other spheres," he said.

"At Davos, I look forward to sharing my vision for India's future engagement with the international community."

Modi will be the first Prime Minister from India to participate in a forum meeting in two decades after the then Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda in 1997.

Explaining the significance of Modi's visit during a media briefing here on Friday, Vijay Gokhale, Secretary (Economic Relations) in the Ministry of External Affairs, said that in 1997, the Indian economy was well below $1 trillion whereas it is now above $2 trillion.

The main event in Davos will be the keynote speech of Modi at the plenary session on January 23.

In his statement, Modi said that apart from the events for the World Economic Forum, he looked forward to separate bilateral meetings with Swiss President Alain_Berset and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven.

"I am confident that these bilateral meetings will be fruitful and give a boost to our relations with these countries and further strengthen economic engagement," he said.

According to Ramesh Abhishek, Secretary in the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, a dinner on Monday will be attended by CEOs of 60 companies.

On January 23, Modi will interact with 120 members of the International Business Council, which is a part of the WEF.

He will also interact with CEOs of Indian companies separately.

--IANS
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