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PM Modi and President Xi are likely to visit the monuments in the town.
The historic town of Mamallapuram on the scenic East Coast Road in Tamil Nadu is expected to be the venue for the second India-China informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping, scheduled for October this year.
Mr. Modi will host Mr. Xi for two days — October 11 and 13 — in Mamallapuram, informed sources in the government said. Arrangements are being supervised at the highest levels of the Central and State governments.
During the summit, besides holding talks, the leaders are likely to make a visit to the ancient monuments in the coastal town. The monuments there have been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the first informal summit in Wuhan, the leaders had made a visit to the Hubei provincial museum.
A Chinese delegation is also to be apprised of the arrangements prior to Mr. Jinping’s visit.
Former PM blames it on note ban, GST
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday said the 5% growth in India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) signalled a prolonged slowdown and asked the government to engage with “thinking minds by shunning vendetta politics to take the economy out of a man-made crisis”.
In a video statement, he said the state of the economy was “deeply worrying” and the near zero% growth of the manufacturing sector proved that it had not fully recovered from the “blunders of demonetisation and a hastily implemented GST”.
“The last quarter’s GDP growth rate of 5% signals that we are in the midst of a prolonged slowdown. India has the potential to grow at a much faster rate but all-round mismanagement by the Modi government has resulted in this slowdown,” he said.
“It is particularly distressing that the manufacturing sector’s growth is tottering at 0.6%.”
Projecting a gloomy picture of the economy — depressed demand and consumption, lower tax revenues, job losses in formal and informal sector, negative investor sentiment and tax terrorism — Dr. Singh also attacked the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government for eroding the autonomy of the independent institutions and credibility of government data. “India cannot afford to continue down this path”, he said.