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PM Modi to meet secretaries of all ministries on Monday

PM Modi to meet secretaries of all ministries on Monday

In their first meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday after his re-election, Secretaries to the Government of India have been tasked with creating a five-year road map for each Ministry with well-defined targets.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who greeted him upon his arrival and saw him off a few hours later at the airport also seemed to get along well with Modi.

Modi and Solih inaugurated the training facility on Saturday, officials said, adding that both projects cost New Delhi $26 million.

The two-day visit is also Modi's first foreign visit since taking the oath of office for his second term after an emphatic election win in May. "Cowardly acts of terror can not defeat the spirit of Sri Lanka", Modi later tweeted.

Modi said that all departments must seek to leverage the upcoming milestone of 75 years of Independence, which can inspire people to make a contribution for the betterment of the country.

"Modi said that the huge expectations of the people should not be viewed as a challenge, but an opportunity".

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Most State visits that barely span five hours would have been limited to basic greetings but Modi's whirlwind stop made up in punch what it lacked in time and has set the tone for closer India-Sri Lanka relations for the foreseeable future.

Following the Easter bombings, several countries issued travel advisories to their nationals, severely hurting the island nation's tourism industry.

India has become wary of China's increasing involvement in both Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority said April recorded 166,975 foreign tourists in the country compared to 180,429 in April 2018, a 7.5 per cent dip in arrival of tourists from overseas.

Since first becoming prime minister in 2014, Modi has stressed a "neighbourhood first" policy for the South Asian region, promising neighbours prioritised benefits of India's economic growth. His continual show of support towards our country will serve to strengthen confidence and encourage more people to visit our nation. He reconfirmed bilateral projects that have, for long, been under consideration, such as offering India the development of a civilian airport in the formerly military airfield, Palali in the Jaffna peninsula as well as upgrading an existing one the eastern coastal town, Batticaloa.