G20 LIVE: PM Modi pushes for common strategy against terror, people-driven reforms

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LIVE: G20 Summit opens in Brisbane; PM Modi stresses on people-driven reforms ahead of meet​

Brisbane: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is attending the G20 Summit in the Australian city ofBrisbane on Saturday. Here are the live updates:

11:10 am: The G20 Summit has opened at Queensland Parliament in Brisbane in the midst of an abnormal heat wave. A series of localised security shutdowns are also underway in the Queensland capital.

11:00 am: G20 Summit has begun in Brisbane. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott welcomed PM Narendra Modi to the G20 Summit.

10:10 am: Success against global terror is within reach if States adopt common strategy, PM Modi tells President Hollande.  9:50 am: PM Modi met French President Francois Hollande on the sidelines of the G20 Summit here. While saying they were keen to enhance bilateral economic cooperation, the duo expressed hope that they will meet in Paris next year.

9:30 am: Reform must be technology driven. It must have scale and address root causes, PM Modi says in his concluding remarks at G20 Retreat.

9:10 am: Globally, reforms are handicapped with perception of being government programmes, a burden on the people; this needs to change: PM Modi to G20 leaders at Retreat

9:00 am: PM Modi has told the world leaders at the G20 Retreat that reform must be people-centric and people-driven. MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin tweeted quoting PM Modi that “reform has to be driven by the people… (it) cannot be by stealth”. He further quoted PM as telling G20 leaders that “reform is bound to face resistance… (but it) must be insulated from political pressures”.

8:30 am: At the G20 Summit due to begin in Brisbane today, boosting global economic growth, encouraging private sector investment in infrastructure, and cracking down on multinational companies which avoid tax will be the top issues on the agenda. Australian Treasure Joe Hockey said today, “We have set an ambitious target of the two percent (over the next five years) and we will strive damn hard to achieve that target and there is a positive plan that comes out of that.” Hockey added that in relation to infrastructure, Hockey said it was at the G20 finance ministers meeting that member states decided to fund the massive infrastructure needed around the world over the next few decades through a better partnership with the private sector.

8:00 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday called for the repatriation of unaccounted money kept abroad, saying it is a key priority for his government. The PM was speaking at a meeting of BRICS nations ahead of the G20 Summit in Brisbane. PM called for “close coordination on unaccounted money kept abroad”, saying the same is also linked to security challenges.

8:00 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday called for the repatriation of unaccounted money kept abroad, saying it is a key priority for his government. The PM was speaking at a meeting of BRICS nations ahead of the G20 Summit in Brisbane. PM called for “close coordination on unaccounted money kept abroad”, saying the same is also linked to security challenges.

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