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Stalin appeals Modi to retrieve Katchatheevu Island from Sri Lanka

Chennai: With Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on stage, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Thursday urged him to retrieve Katchatheevu Island which was gifted to Sri Lanka in 1974 in a bid to end the decade-long fishermen issue between the two neighbouring nations.

“When the PM came here to Tamil Nadu, I appealed for a few things. We ask the PM to get back the Katchatheevu Island from (Sri Lanka) to get our fishermen to fish freely in our sea,” CM Stalin said during an event in Chennai.

The Tamil Nadu CM also raised the issue of the NEET exam and urged the Prime Minister to give Tamil Nadu an exemption. “We are opposing the NEET exam and we have also passed a Bill in the Assembly.

We appeal to the PM to give exemption from the NEET exam, to Tamil Nadu,” the chief minister said.

He also appealed to the Modi government to return the central GST dues of Rs 14,006 crores to our state. “I also appeal to the PM that Tamil should be announced as an official language at the High court,” CM Stalin said.

In his first visit to Chennai since MK Stalin became the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Prime Minister Modi today inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of 11 projects worth over Rs 31,500 crore including the Bangalore-Chennai Expressway, at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai.

PM Modi also inaugurated 1,152 houses constructed under the Light House Project - Chennai. The project has been built at a cost of Rs 116 crore under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban.

Amid a raging debate over ‘Hindi imposition’ in recent months, PM Modi said the Tamil language is eternal and Tamil culture is global.

“It is always special to come to the state of Tamil Nadu. The land is a special one. The people, culture, and language are all so good. The Tamil language is eternal and Tamil culture is global,” the Prime Minister said while addressing the gathering. (

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