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Modi visits Kashmir, first time since general elections

The Indian PM will take part in International Yoga Day celebrations in the Union Territory on June 21, besides inaugurating a number of development projects.

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi (ANI Photo)

By: Shubham Ghosh

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi on Thursday (20) arrived in Srinagar for a two-day visit to the Union Territory (UT) of Jammu and Kashmir where he will inaugurate and kick-start projects worth Rs 1,500 crore (£141.4 million) and participate in the International Yoga Day on Friday (21).

The prime minister, accompanied by the UT’s lieutenant governor, Manoj Sinha, headed to the Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre (SKICC) on the banks of Dal Lake where he was welcomed with flowers and traditional Kashmiri songs.

“Leaving for Srinagar, where I will be taking part in two programmes. Later this evening, I will be at the ‘Empowering Youth, Transforming J&K’ programme, which focuses on youth-led development. Key projects worth over Rs. 1500 crore will be inaugurated or their foundation stones would be laid. These works cover infrastructure, water supply, education and more. Tomorrow morning, I will take part in the Yoga Day programme in Srinagar,” Modi posted on X before leaving for Srinagar.

Read: Modi to lead yoga day event in Kashmir on June 21

This is prime minister Modi’s first visit to Jammu and Kashmir after taking oath as the prime minister for the third successive term.

Read: On the day Modi takes oath, terrorists fire at pilgrims’ bus in Kashmir; 9 dead

He will inaugurate and lay the foundation stones of multiple development projects besides launching a Competitiveness Improvement in Agriculture and Allied Sectors Project worth Rs 1,800 crore (£170 million).

“On 21st June, around 6.30 am, the prime minister will participate in the 10th International Day of Yoga event at SKICC in Srinagar. The Prime Minister will address the gathering on the occasion and take part in the CYP Yoga session thereafter,” an official handout from India’s Press Information Bureau said.

(With agency inputs)

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