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Evening picture: Greece to China, Moon to Manipur, parties cover length and breadth in war of words

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After a busy week for the government, with Chandrayaan-3 landing successfully landed on the moon and the 15th BRICS Summit in South Africa being wrapped up, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday travelled to Athens for a one-day visit. During the first trip to Greece by an Indian prime minister in the last four decades, Modi met his counterpart Kyriakos Mitsotakis and was conferred the Grand Cross of the Order of Honour by Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou.

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