PM Modi inaugurated the Defence Expo

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The four-day defence expo (April 11 to 14) would focus on India as an emerging manufacturing power for defence equipment.

For weeks now, Tamil Nadu state has seen protests and bandhs by political parties, pro-Tamil outfits, voluntary organisations and the film fraternity over the delay in setting up the Cauvery Management Board, an independent regulatory body that will implement sharing of the Cauvery waters between Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Puducherry and Kerala. After mammoth protests on Tuesday ahead of a game, all the home matches of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) were shifted to Pune.

PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Diamond Jubilee Building of Cancer Institute in Chennai.

The Prime Minister would also launch Health and Wellness Centre component of the Ayushman Bharat Programme in this panchayat as part of the visit.

Modi, while launching the aspirational districts programme in January, promised to visit the district which showed the most noteworthy performance.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi concludes his address.

The purchase of bullet-proof jackets for soldiers had been delayed by red tape, but it has now been resolved, and an order had been placed, he said, adding that it would boost defence manufacturing in India.

"In thousands of years of history we have never desired anyone's territory, rather than wining countries through wars, India has believed in winning hearts". Rather than winning countries through wars, India has believed in winning hearts.

"There was a time when critical issue of defence preparedness was hampered by policy paralysis. Our dream is to develop the ecosystem to foster an environment of new and creative entrepreneurship in defence manufacturing sector". Since the government is nearly the only buyer, you need the government to grant an order.

"Our commitment to peace is just as strong as our commitment to protecting our people and our territory". He asserted that his government is ready to take all necessary measures to equip the armed forces to bolster their strength.

It is wonderful to see that more than 500 Indian companies and over 150 foreign companies are here. "The corridors will become engines of economic development and growth of defence industrial base", the PM said. This is the land of our glorious maritime legacy. Fifty Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam workers were arrested as they waved black flags, The Hindu reported. "He has done injustice to Tamil Nadu", he said.

The Prime Minister took a chopper from the Chennai airport to Thiruvidanthai on the outskirts of Chennai. Without going into further details, he said in the presence of Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami and Deputy CM O. Panneerselvam, that "the Union government is committed to cooperative federalism".

MDMK general secretary Vaiko said his party would hold a black flag demonstration at Little Mount here against Modi's visit for his "betrayal" of Tamil Nadu on the Cauvery issue.

Protesters planted black flags on the way and also reached the Chennai airport in large numbers even as 10,000 policemen stood guard to prevent any untoward incidents.

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