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Prime Minister Narendra Modi was conferred 'The King Hamad Order of the Renaissance' during his meeting with the King of Bahrain here on Saturday.

Before his meeting with the King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the leader had addressed a 15,000-strong Indian community event at the Bahrain National Stadium.

In his first episode of "Mann Ki Baat" programme, after Lok Sabha elections, on June 30, Modi discussed various topics like emergency, water crisis and International Yoga Day. He had also urged people to inculcate a habit of reading books regularly.

Modi last visited the UAE in February 2018 as the Chief Guest at the World Government Summit, while the Crown Prince came to India in February 2016 and then again in January 2017 as the Chief Guest at the Republic Day celebrations.

Modi said the second BJP-led government has assumed office about 75 days back and has not spent its time in felicitation functions. "It has completed 75 days in office. Inspired by 'spasht niti, sahi disha', we are taking one decision after another," he said.

The festival is celebrated by offering prayers to Lord Krishna. An idol of infant Krishna over a beautifully decorated swing is often the centre of festivities with dance and music performances and Dahi Handi competition being organised at different places.

During a telephonic conversation, earlier on Tuesday, the two leaders discussed the current situation in Kashmir along with the importance of the India-UK partnership.

Party office-bearers have also instructed all party units to commemorate the day with prayer meetings and floral tributes along with social programmes such as blood donation camps, plantation of saplings, seminars, and conferences.

Expressing his grief, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote on Twitter, "India will remain grateful to Khayyam Sahab for giving us some of the most memorable compositions, which will be remembered forever."

Prime Minister Modi will first reach France on August 22-23 for a bilateral visit during which he will discuss defence cooperation and regional and global issues with President Emmanuel Macron.