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PM Narendra Modi draws India’s attention towards plogging, cleans public beach in Mamallapuram

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The exercise lasted for about 30 minutes.

Drawing India’s attention towards plogging Prime Minister Narendra Modi cleaned the public beach in Mamallapuram this morning. Later, he handed over the collection to hotel staff Jeyaraj and appealed to the countrymen to keep public places clean and tidy. The PM also posted a video on his Twitter account in which he can be seen picking up litter, including plastic bottles and wrappers, from the beach.

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Earlier, the PM had praised the efforts of India’s first plogger Ripu Daman in his “Mann ki Baat” address acknowledging his efforts towards Swachh Bharat and the Fit India movement.

Plogging started as a movement in Sweden in 2016 as an alternative fitness trend and got its name by Erik Ahlström, a ski and running enthusiast.

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PM Modi is in Chennai for the Indo-China informal summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The PM will meet the Chinese President for the second meet in the ancient port town Mahabalipuram near Chennai followed by delegation-level talks.

The two leaders are set to meet at the Tanjo Hall in Taj Fisherman’s Cove for the second round of their informal talks.

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Today’s meeting will focus on international and regional issues, announced Foreign Secretary Vijay K Gokhale and the two sides will also issue separate statements of the outcomes of the two-day informal summit between Prime Minister Modi and President Xi, ANI reported.

In this meeting, the main focus would be on finding ways to improve people-to-people contact, enhance trade and on how to maintain peace and tranquillity along the 3, 500-kilometre long India-China border.

Yesterday, the PM took the visiting Chinese President to three iconic monuments – Arjuna’s Penance, Krishna’s Butter Ball and the Shore Temple in Mamallapuram – before settling down for a colourful performance.

The PM also gave a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage monuments to Xi.

This informal summit comes after the 2018 Wuhan meet in China to normalise the tension between the two countries after the 2017 Doklam crisis when Chinese troops started building a road and India dispatched its forces to stop them.

During a two-and-half-hour one-on-one discussion over dinner at the magnificent Shore temple complex, PM Modi and President Xi accepted the challenges posed by radicalisation and terrorism in India and China and vowed to work together. The two sides also discussed trade and economic issues with a focus on identifying new areas for investment and enhancing trade volume and value of two-way trade.

Apart from this, the issue of trade deficit and imbalance was also discussed.

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