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Maldives’ highest civilian award was conferred to PM Modi

Newdelhi:8/6/19:Prime Minister Narendra Modi was conferred with the Maldives’ highest civilian award, the Order of the Distinguished Rule of Izzudeen, by the President of the host country, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih this evening.

The Maldives says, the award  is in recognition of the many services Prime Minister Modi has offered to cement the longstanding and amicable ties between the two countries, and for the magnanimous assistance that the Indian government  continues to provide to the Maldives under his stewardship. Mr Modi is the only foreign leader to receive  the prestigious award of the maritime nation as yet.

Prime Minister Modi and Maldives President Solih held discussions on a range of subjects of bilateral interest at the President’s office in Male. It was followed by delegation level talks between India and the Maldives.

After his arrival at the Velana International Airport in Male, the Maldives Foreign Minister Abdullah Shahid and senior officials welcomed Mr Modi. In a rare gesture from the Maldives side, Prime Minister Modi was accorded a ceremonial reception with 21-gun salute at the historic Republic Square in Male.

Prime Minister Modi will address the Majlis, the Maldivian Parliament, later this evening.

In a tweet after his arrival in Male, the Prime Minister said, this visit indicates the importance India attaches to strong ties with the Republic of Maldives and the desire to boost cooperation in various spheres. This is the first bilateral visit to Maldives of an Indian Prime Minister after 2011.

Tomorrow, Prime Minister Modi will reach Sri Lankan capital, Colombo on the second leg of his two nation tour. The visit is regarded as a move to express solidarity with the neighbouring nation in the wake of the Easter Sunday.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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