President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday wished the new President of Indonesia — Joko Widodo — on assuming office and said that India wants to further strengthen its close ties with his country.
With the resource-rich Arctic region becoming the focus of heightened attention, President Pranab Mukherjee's visit to the two Nordic countries of Norway and Finland last week was a crucial step by India to assert its "willingness to have a strong presence in the Arctic Council and to work closely with" the eight countries of the region.
Emphasising that corruption undoubtedly remains a concern, President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said it must be handled, controlled and eradicated through certain institutional arrangements which have been put in place in India.
President Pranab Mukherjee had a rare interaction through video-conference with Indian scientists working at the Himadri station, India's first Arctic research facility, located 1,200 kms from the North Pole.
President Pranab Mukherjee praised the Nobel committee for choosing India's Kailash Satyarthi for this year's Peace Prize but declined to comment if the joint conferment of the award on Pakistan's Malala Yousufzai was possibly intended to help find a solution to the long-lasting tension between the two countries.
President Pranab Mukherjee has refrained from commenting on Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai inviting the prime ministers of India and Pakistan to the award ceremony even as he lauded her "courage and indomitable spirit".
Asserting that the problem of terrorism in India was imported, President Pranab Mukherjee has said indigenous terrorist activity was "extremely negligible" with hardly any involvement of the 150 million Muslims of the country.
With an aim of giving a boost to India's relations with Scandinavian countries, President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday left on a tour of Norway, the first by the Head of State, and Finland during which efforts will be made to attract investment from Norway to India.
A visit to the village of Santa Claus will make President Pranab Mukherjee the first Indian Head of State ever to cross the Arctic Circle during his six-day visit to Norway and Finland starting October 12.