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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

PM visits IRRI, contributes two Indian rice seed varieties to its gene bank
PRIME Minister Narendra Modi today contributed two Indian rice seed varieties to the gene bank of the international rice research centre in the Philippines which he said is working towards mitigating global poverty and hunger by improving the cultivation of the key grain. The prime minister visited the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Banos, an urban locality situated at a distance of around 65 kms from Manila -- the capital of the Philippines -- and interacted with a large number of Indian scientists working there. A number of scientists at the IRRI briefed Modi on flood-tolerant rice varieties which they said can withstand 14-18 days of submergence and can provide 1-3 tonnes more yield per hectare in flood affected areas.

PM visits Mahaveer Foundation giving ‘Jaipur Foot’ to amputees
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today visited a philanthropist organisation in the Philippines that provides free Indian-made prosthesis 'Jaipur Foot' to needy amputees and donated USD 2,00,000 to it for its activities. The Mahaveer Philippine Foundation, a long-running humanitarian cooperation programme between India and the Philippines, was set up by highly regarded Indian–origin Mayor of Manila Dr Ramon Bagatsing in 1985. The foundation has been instrumental in the fitment of the 'Jaipur Foot' to needy amputees. About 757 amputees benefited from the programme this year.

Trump hails ‘great relationship’ with self-proclaimed killer Duterte
Donald Trump declared today he had a "great relationship" with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, a self-proclaimed killer who is waging a drugs war that rights groups say involves mass murder, as the leaders joked with each other in Manila. The US president is in the Philippines with leaders of 18 other nations for two days of summits, the final leg of a headline-grabbing Asian tour dominated by the North Korean nuclear crisis. Allegations of Russian meddling in last year's US presidential elections have dogged the second half of his 12- day trip.

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