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Goals set for 2030 will be fulfilled by 2025, says PM Modi in address to Indian audience in France  

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WION Web Team New Delhi Aug 23, 2019, 03.02 PM (IST)

Corruption, dynasty politics, loot of people's money, terrorism and nepotism have been curbed like never before in new India, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday. 

On day two of his French visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed an animated Indian diaspora audience at UNESCO headquarters in Paris and said India was on the path to progress. 

Modi said that he is not among those who forget the promise amid thunderous applause from the audience and added ''goals set for 2030 will be fulfilled by 2025''.

He said that within 75 days of forming the new government, they took many strong decisions.

India celebrated France's World Cup Football victory, Modi said amid chanting of ''Modi...Modi'' inside the UNESCO headquarters.

Modi thanked the French President Emmanuel Macron for inviting to France to attend the G7 Summit.

''Today in the 21st century we talk of INFRA. I would like to say that for me it is IN+FRA, which means the alliance between India and France,'' Modi said adding to list of acronyms he is know for.

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India and France share historic ties and the friendship between the two countries are built on a solid ideal, Modi said. 

''I was told that Ganesh Mahotsav has become an important part of Paris's cultural calendar. On this day Paris looks like a mini India, which means in some days we will hear 'Ganpati Bappa Morya' chants here as well,'' the prime minister said.

Modi also paid rich tribute to those killed including great Indian nuclear physicist Homi J Bhaba in two Air India plane crashes in 1950 and 1966 in France's Saint Gervais. 

''I salute all those including the great Indian nuclear physicist Homi Bhaba, who lost their lives in the two crashes,'' the Indian prime minister said. 

Modi said that India was surging ahead and the mandate that his party got was not merely for ''running'' a government but for ''building'' a new India, Modi said. 

''I have come to a nation of football lovers and you very well know the importance of a goal, that is the ultimate achievement. In the last five years, we set goals which were earlier considered impossible to fulfil,'' he said. 

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On day two of his French visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed an animated Indian diaspora audience at UNESCO headquarters in Paris said India was on the path to progress.