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Modi In Russia: Putin Gifts Sword From Bengal And Mahatma Gandhi's Handwritten Notes

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| December 24 , 2015 , 13:43 IST
[caption id="attachment_164212" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the President of Russian Federation, Mr. Vladimir Putin in a private tete-a-tete at Moscow airport, in Russia on Dec 23, 2015. (Photo: IANS/PIB) Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the President of Russian Federation, Mr. Vladimir Putin in a private tete-a-tete at Moscow airport, in Russia on Dec 23, 2015. (Photo: IANS/PIB)[/caption] Russian President Vladimir Putin presented visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi a page from the diary of Mahatma Gandhi and an 18th century Indian sword, an official statement said on Thursday. Putin presented the items to Modi while hosting the latter for a private dinner on Wednesday evening "President Putin presented to the Prime Minister a page from the diary of Mahatma Gandhi. The page contains Gandhiji's handwritten notes,” the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement. Putin also gifted Modi a late-18th century Indian sword from Bengal province that features intricate silver artwork. Modi arrived in Moscow on Wednesday to a red carpet welcome for a two-day visit during which he will attend the 16th India-Russia annual summit meeting. During this visit, a raft of agreements spanning a broad spectrum of sectors are expected to be signed following summit-level talks on Thursday between the two countries with trade being a major focus area. Modi and Putin are scheduled to meet a delegation of Indian and Russian CEOs in the Kremlin. Modi will address a gathering of Friends of India and also meet members of the Indian community in Russia. The prime minister's itinerary includes a visit to Russia's National Crisis Management Centre (NCMC) in Moscow on Thursday. The NCMC is a multi-level coordination centre designed to provide inter-agency coordination and alert the people about the threat of emergency situations. The capabilities of the NCMC include state-of-art real time monitoring, data collection, analysis and modelling.