NEW DELHI (AP) — Millions of Indians began voting Friday in a six-week election that’s a referendum on Narendra Modi, the populist prime minister who has championed an assertive brand of Hindu nationalist politics and is seeking a rare third term as the country’s leader.

The world’s largest elections begin this weekend in India, amid claims that the race to lead the country has already been won. If Narendra Modi were to secure a third term with a big parliamentary majority, his achievement would match that of the country’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. Whatever the outcome, the loser has been Indian democracy. Unlike Mr Nehru, who anonymously criticised his own leadership, Mr Modi has little time for his opponents.

NEW DELHI, March 22: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday left for a two-day state visit to the neighbouring country of Bhutan.

KATHMANDU, Dec 15: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has hailed the decision of the Supreme Court to uphold his government's 2019 decision to abrogate Article 370, saying that the landmark verdict has strengthened the Ek Bharat, Shrestha Bharat.

KATHMANDU, Nov 4: Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi has expressed his deep sorrow over the loss of lives and widespread damage caused by the recent earthquake in Nepal.

KATHMANDU, Oct 13: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nepal has issued a statement expressing its attention to the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Gunji, a disputed border area in Kalapani region in Darchula on Thursday morning.

BEIJING, Aug 25: Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held "candid and in-depth" talks to ease tensions along their disputed frontier, Beijing said Friday, after a rare face-to-face encounter between the two leaders.

KATHMANDU, August 5: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a telephone conversation with his Nepali counterpart Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Saturday.

KATHMANDU, July 12: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has extended condolences to Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal on the demise of his wife Sita Dahal.

NEW DELHI, June 1: Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, hosted a luncheon in honor of Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Thursday.

KATHMANDU, June 1: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who is on an official visit to India, has held a meeting with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.

KATHMANDU, April 20: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has wished President Ramchandra Paudel a speedy recovery.

NEW DELHI, August 15: India will aim to become a developed nation within 25 years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a national day address on Monday, with policies to support domestic production in power, defence and digital technology.

KATHMNADU, May 16: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivers a speech on the occasion of Buddha Jayanti in Lumbini

LUMBINI, May 15: India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be arriving here tomorrow, leading an 11-member delegation in the course of his official visit to Nepal. He will be arriving here at the invitation of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba.

KATHMANDU, April 2: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi jointly inaugurated the 132 KV Solu Corridor Transmission Line amidst a function in New Delhi virtually today. PM Deuba is currently on a three-day official visit to India.

KATHMANDU, April 2: Talks between Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a three-day visit to India, have started. Bilateral talks between PM Deuba and Indian PM Modi are being held at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi.

KATHMANDU, April 1: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has reached New Delhi, India, for a three-day official visit, on Friday, leading a Nepali delegation including four ministers. PM Deuba and the Nepali delegates were welcomed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi by India’s State Minister for Defense Ajay Bhatt.

KATHMANDU, April 1: Minister for Communications and Information Technology Gyanendra Bahadur Shahi has said that Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba’s visit to India will take the two country’s relations to new heights.

KATHMANDU, March 28: Nepal and India have jointly announced the visit of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba to India beginning April 1.

KATHMANDU, Jan 14: Bibeksheel Sajha Party has expressed deep concerns over the construction of a road in Lipulekh, a Nepali territory, by India and the ‘mysterious silence’ maintained by the Nepal government on the matter.

KATHMANDU, Jan 10: The ruling CPN (Unified Socialist) party has protested against the recent remarks of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the Indian government is further expanding the road to the Lipulekh area — a Nepali territory currently under Indian control.

KATHMANDU, Dec 10: A senior leader of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Harsha Vardhan has said that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in favor of a strong and stable Nepal.

NEW DELHI, Dec 5: Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to arrive in India on Monday for the 21st India-Russia Annual Summit.

KATHMANDU, Oct 21: Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi has inaugurated the Kushinagar International Airport in Kushinagar district of Uttar Pradesh.

KATHMANDU, Sept 19: On the occasion of Nepal's Constitution and National Day, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin has expressed his best wishes.

KATHMANDU, July 19: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has held a telephonic conversation with his Nepali counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba on Monday afternoon.

KATHMANDU, July 18: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba over his success to win vote of confidence in parliament on Sunday evening.

NEW DELHI, March 26: India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist party are making a serious bid for electoral victories in three states that have sizeable minority Muslim populations. But the Bharatiya Janata Party has for years been accused of stoking religious polarization and discriminating against minorities, and faces stiff challenges making inroads in the local elections.

NEW DELHI, Feb 9: U.S. President Joe Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed in a telephone call to strengthen Indo-Pacific security through the Quad grouping of countries that is seen as a way to push back against China’s growing assertiveness in the region.

NEW DELHI, Jan 31: India’s prime minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday protesters that stormed New Delhi’s Red Fort had caused “insult” to the country, his first public comments on a months-long farmers’ agitation that turned violent this week.

MUMBAI, Dec 25: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that protests by farmers against three laws brought by his government were politically motivated, as he touted the success of an agricultural scheme launched last year.

NEW DELHI, Dec 12: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured farmers on Saturday that reforms in the agrarian sector were aimed at helping them as thousands of farmers continued protests against three new laws to overhaul procurement and sale of produce.

NEW DELHI, Nov 25: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned on Tuesday that any COVID-19 vaccine could lead to side-effects in some people, as even popular medicines do, and that the government would only go by science in finalising one for the country.

MUMBAI, Oct 20: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said the government was working rapidly to ensure the supply of COVID-19 vaccines to all citizens once they are available.

NEW YORK, Sept 26: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged at the United Nations on Saturday that his country’s vaccine production capacity would be made available globally to fight the COVID-19 crisis.

BENGALURU, Sept 3:  Twitter confirmed on Thursday that an account of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s personal website was hacked with a series of tweets asking its followers to donate to a relief fund through cryptocurrency.

Oli appreciates Modi’s ‘renewed priority’ to the neighborhood as spelt out in his today’s Independence Day address

NEW DELHI, May 12: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 20 trillion rupee ($266 billion) support package for India’s economy on Tuesday to help mitigate the damage caused by the novel coronavirus and the lockdown it has triggered.

NEW DELHI, April 26: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday appealed to citizens to strictly comply with a nationwide lockdown and maintain social distancing norms, as cases of coronavirus mounted steadily despite over a month-long curfew.

KATHMANDU, April 11: Prime Minister KP Oli and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi held telephone conversation on Friday to address the problems that have surfaced due to the nationwide lockdowns both the countries have enforced to contain the spread of COVID-19.

KATHMANDU, March 14: Indian PM Narendra Modi will be leading a video conference of all SAARC member countries Sunday (tomorrow) to chalk out a strong common strategy to fight COVID-19 in South Asia, the spokesman at the Indian Ministry of External Affairs announced today.

KATHMANDU, March 13: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted today, urging the leaders of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) to chalk out a strategy against coronavirus pandemic, many have expressed hope that eight-member regional block might breathe a new life.

KATHMANDU, March 2: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday has wished Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli for a successful kidney transplant.

NEW DELHI, Feb 27: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed for peace in Delhi on Wednesday after days of Hindu-Muslim clashes over a disputed new citizenship law sparked some of the worst sectarian violence seen in the capital in decades.

AHMEDABAD, INDIA, Feb 24: Donald Trump was cheered by more than 100,000 Indians at the opening of the world’s biggest cricket stadium on Monday, promising “an incredible trade deal” and “the most feared military equipment on the planet” at his biggest rally abroad.

GAUHATI, INDIA, Feb 7: India’s prime minister said on Friday that his government will continue its peace push in the insurgency-wracked northeastern region bordering China and Myanmar where accords with key rebel groups have led to the surrender of thousands of fighters in recent weeks.

NEW DELHI, Feb 6: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in Parliament on Thursday that Indian Muslims had nothing to fear from a new citizenship law and accused opposition parties of toeing rival Pakistan’s propaganda to create fear.

KATHMANDU, Jan 22: Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi jointly inaugurated the integrated check post (ICP) at Biratnagar through a video conference on Tuesday.

KATHMANDU, Jan 2: As Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi renewed his ‘neighborhood first’ policy on the first day of New Year 2020 by making telephone calls to his counterparts in the neighboring countries including Nepal, there are high hopes that the irritants that exist between Nepal and India including border issues would be resolved in the new year.