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India deeply valued Lee’s friendship: Modi Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at the University Cultural Center for the funeral services for former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew in Singapore on March 29, 2015. AFP

India deeply valued Lee’s friendship: Modi

29 Mar 2015 | 2:49 PM

SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today lauded Singapore’s founder and first premier Lee Kuan Yew as a “global thinker” and said India deeply valued his friendship and his support for its economic progress. Modi, who arrived here this morning to attend the State Funeral Services of Lee, said the former Singapore Prime Minister was “among the tallest leaders of our times”.

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Singapore, March 29

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today lauded Singapore’s founder and first premier Lee Kuan Yew as a “global thinker” and said India deeply valued his friendship and his support for its economic progress.

Modi, who arrived here this morning to attend the State Funeral Services of Lee, said the former Singapore Prime Minister was “among the tallest leaders of our times”.

91-year-old Lee died of severe pneumonia on March 23.

Noting that Singapore’s transformation in one generation is a tribute to Lee’s leadership, Modi said his death marks the end of an era. “He inspired not just Southeast Asia, but all of Asia, to believe in its own destiny,” he said.

“In the 50th anniversary year of Singapore’s independence, I am sure that he (Lee) left satisfied with Singapore’s achievements and confident about its future.”

Modi underlined India’s relations with Singapore, saying it “is one of our strongest relationships” in the world.

“India’s integration with Southeast Asia and beyond is growing. Singapore is a key pillar of India’s Act East Policy,” the Prime Minister said.

Modi also held two meetings with Singapore’s Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shamugaratnam this morning, conveying his condolences to the Singapore leaders and people.

“I am visiting Singapore at a sad moment,” said Modi.

“He (Lee) was a global thinker, who saw things ahead of others. He was an advocate of economic progress, but also made tireless efforts to advance peace and stability in our region.

“We deeply valued his friendship and his support for India’s economic progress and global role,” he said, adding Lee “believed in India’s potential more than many of us did.” Lee’s “vision is coming true. The seeds he sowed are bearing fruits today,” said Modi who had earlier visited Singapore as Gujarat Chief Minister in October 2006.

“Personally, he was a source of inspiration for me. His achievements and thoughts give me confidence in the possibility of India’s own transformation,” Modi said.

“The people of India share this nation’s grief over the loss of its founding father and leader,” he said, noting that India was observing a day of public mourning today in honour of Lee and the deep bonds of friendship the two nations share.

“I bring here today the condolences and prayers of the people of India,” Modi added.

Apart from Modi, several world leaders are expected to attend Lee’s funeral, including former US President Bill Clinton, South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Malaysian King Abdul Halim Shah.

Lee’s body has been lying in state in Parliament’s main lobby since Wednesday after he died on March 23.

The state funeral procession will commence at about 12:30 pm and cover a distance of 15.4 km to the National University of Singapore, where a funeral service will be held from 2 pm.

The procession would pass through old parliament house and other iconic places while the armed forces will accord a 21-gun salute, an air force fly-past and a patrol boat sail-past in honour of Lee.

Lee is widely credited with transforming Singapore from an impoverished third-world nation into an advanced first- world economy within just a generation, shaping the city- state’s present status as a global financial and commercial hub.

Prime Minister Modi later wrote in condolence book, “The passing of Lee Kuan Yew, is not the passing of an individual, but indeed, of an era. He was a torchbearer of hope, not just for Singapore, but for all of Asia.

“Today, the flame is no more, but this was a torch that lit the lamp of hope in many new nations. As long as these lamps flicker, he will continue to inspire, eternally.

“His personal life was an inspiration for many like me. I bow to this committed Karma Yogi, this great man. On behalf of all Indians, I pay homage to him.” — PTI

Australia dismiss New Zealand for 183ICC Cricket World Cup final

Australia dismiss New Zealand for 183

29 Mar 2015 | 12:44 PM

MELBOURNE: A collective display of disciplined bowling from the Australians helped them restrict a nervous New Zealand to a paltry 183 in the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup here today.

Team Kejri boots out Yadav, Bhushan

Team Kejri boots out Yadav, Bhushan

29 Mar 2015 | 1:18 AM

NEW DELHI: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) founder members Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, along with two other senior leaders and the duo’s supporters Prof Anand Kumar and Prof Ajit Jha, were today expelled from the party’s powerful national executive (NE) for challenging party chief Arvind Kejriwal’s supremacy.

Raids cripple Yemen's main airport, kill 15 rebel troops

Raids cripple Yemen's main airport, kill 15 rebel troops

29 Mar 2015 | 2:26 PM

SANAA: Arab coalition warplanes targeting Iran-backed rebels bombed the runway at the Yemeni capital's international airport and killed 15 pro-rebel troops elsewhere in Sanaa, military and aviation sources said today.

UP civil services prelims paper leaked at whatsApp

29 Mar 2015 | 2:10 PM

LUCKNOW: The question paper of Uttar Pradesh Provincial Civil Services preliminary examination was today allegedly leaked on WhatsApp messenger before the start of the examination after which police swung into action.

Swiss banks seek fresh undertakings from IndiansBlack money

Swiss banks seek fresh undertakings from Indians

29 Mar 2015 | 12:51 PM

NEW DELHI: Seeking to come clean on illicit funds amid intense government pressure, Swiss banks have asked their Indian clients to provide fresh undertakings to ensure that untaxed money is not stashed in their accounts.

Capt camp walks out of Congress campaignDhuri bypoll

Capt camp walks out of Congress campaign

29 Mar 2015 | 1:56 AM

CHANDIGARH/SANGRUR: Barely a fortnight ahead of the Dhuri bypoll, infighting has broken out in the Congress with the Capt Amarinder Singh camp walking out of the campaign.

2 Pak intruders shot dead; heroin worth Rs 60 cr seized

29 Mar 2015 | 11:31 AM

AMRITSAR: Two suspected Pakistani intruders were shot dead here by security personnel in the early hours today as they were trying to smuggle in heroin worth Rs 60 crore into India, a day after 24 kg of the contraband was seized following a similar operation near the border.

Mizoram Governor Aziz Qureshi sacked

Mizoram Governor Aziz Qureshi sacked

29 Mar 2015 | 11:46 AM

NEW DELHI: The Centre today removed Mizoram Governor Aziz Qureshi. He became the second person after Kamla Beniwal to be sacked from the gubernatorial post by the BJP-led NDA government.

Saina creates history, grabs World No.1 slot

Saina creates history, grabs World No.1 slot

29 Mar 2015 | 1:56 AM

NEW DELHI: London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman shuttler to reach the World No.

US ex-cop indicted on federal charge for assaulting Indian

29 Mar 2015 | 1:26 AM

WASHINGTON: A US police officer, accused of using excessive force against a 57-year-old Indian leaving him partially paralysed, has been indicted on federal civil rights violation charges that carries imprisonment up to 10 years.

IS ‘threat’ to Art of Living guru

IS ‘threat’ to Art of Living guru

29 Mar 2015 | 1:26 AM

BENGALURU: The office of Ravi Shankar, founder of the Art of Living, has claimed that their guru has been receiving death threats from the IS during his ongoing visit to Malaysia.

Rahul to be named to Cong top post by May?

Rahul to be named to Cong top post by May?

29 Mar 2015 | 1:26 PM

NEW DELHI: Rahul Gandhi, who Congress chief Sonia Gandhi said will be "back soon" from his sabbatical, could replace his mother in the top party post as early as May.

CITY FOCUS

Class X student caught selling drugs

Class X student caught selling drugs

29 Mar 2015 | 2:07 AM

PANCHKULA: A student of Class X was nabbed along with two youths for selling drugs to a boy near the Majri chowk here this morning. The Class X student is a resident of Baltana. He is pursuing his studies from National Open School after being rusticated from a school based in Baltana two years ago.

NoJaswinder Singh under treatment at a hospitalin Amritsar. Photos: RK Soni

Cable operator attempts suicide in front of judges in Amritsar

29 Mar 2015 | 1:50 AM

AMRITSAR: An eyewitness in the infamous Siti Cable sex scandal attempted suicide by consuming some poisonous substance in front of some judges of the Supreme Court and the Punjab and Haryana High Court at a private hotel here today.

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Panipat-Jalandhar highway project hangs fire as deadline draws near

29 Mar 2015 | 1:50 AM

CHANDIGARH: There is little respite for hundreds of thousands of commuters who travel on the busy Panipat-Jalandhar stretch of the National Highway No.

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Pakistani smuggler shot dead, heroin worth Rs120 crore seized

29 Mar 2015 | 1:50 AM

KHASA (AMRITSAR): The Border Security Force (BSF) gunned down a Pakistani smuggler in the Majhmian border outpost area today.

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If demand not met, Jats to protest in Delhi on May 11

If demand not met, Jats to protest in Delhi on May 11

29 Mar 2015 | 1:35 AM

JIND: Even as the positive response of PM Narendra Modi has revived their hopes for reservation, Jat organisations have warned will launch a national level protest in New Delhi on May 11 if the government does not fulfil its promise. A meeting of all Jat reservation struggle committees and khaps will be held on April 26 at Sisana village in Sonepat. “The PM gave a patient hearing but our call for a national level protest at Jantar Mantar New Delhi on May 11 has not been withdrawn,” said Nafe Singh Nain, national president of Sarv Jat Khap Panchayat (SKJP), who led various organisations to meet Modi.

Chief Minister announces sops for Paonta Sahib

Chief Minister announces sops for Paonta Sahib

29 Mar 2015 | 12:40 AM

SOLAN: Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh announced a slew of sops for Paonta Sahib during his visit here today, which included the opening of a terminal marketing yard to facilitate farmers and a college at Aanj Bhoj in the remote Trans-Giri area, besides declaring Holla Mohalla as a district-level fair.

BJP, PDP attack NC in J-K Assembly

29 Mar 2015 | 1:15 PM

JAMMU: Members of ruling BJP-PDP combine today attacked opposition National Conference in the J-K Assembly demanding arrest of former Minister of State for Home in Cong-NC government Sajjad Ahmed Kitchloo in connection with the 2013 Kishtwar communal violence.

Boko Haram kills 41, prevents hundreds from voting in Nigeria

Boko Haram kills 41, prevents hundreds from voting in Nigeria

29 Mar 2015 | 11:42 AM

ABUJA: Boko Haram extremists killed 41 persons, including a legislator, and scared hundreds of people from polling stations in the northeast, but millions voted across Nigeria in the most closely contested presidential race in the nation’s history.

SpiceJet to add 7 planes; another Rs 500 cr infusion in April

SpiceJet to add 7 planes; another Rs 500 cr infusion in April

29 Mar 2015 | 10:58 AM

NEW DELHI: As it embarks on a revival path, budget carrier SpiceJet plans to lease seven more Boeing 737 aircraft by May while another Rs 500 crore is expected to be infused by its new owner Ajay Singh next month.

NoAustralian captain Michael Clarke (L) and New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum shake hands during a photo session with the World Cup trophy at the MCG. AFP

Skill meets Emotion in final

29 Mar 2015 | 1:51 AM

A dream final looms large on the last day of the World Cup. Sunday would see a new world champion. In the fight of the cousins of the southern world, the rest of the cricket world favours New Zealand because they’re underdogs — and also because they’re pleasant, self-effacing and endearing.

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Final to be Clarke’s ODI swansong

29 Mar 2015 | 1:47 AM

MELBOURNE: Ten minutes before he came to address the media, Michael Clarke had told his team that tomorrow would see him play for Australia the final time in a One-day match.

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Sibling rivalry: The need to trip up big brother to emerge from the shadows

29 Mar 2015 | 1:47 AM

MELBOURNE: Australia and New Zealand are bitter rivals.

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