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BRICS 2016: Summit begins in Goa today
The BRICS conference has begun in Goa today. The beaches in the state have been turned into fortresses. Police can be seen at every corner of the city.

The summit which began today at Benaulim village of South Goa will see the heads of 5 BRICS nations participating in it.

The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "I am happy that India is facilitating an outreach Summit with BIMSTEC leaders of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand."

He also said that, "BRICS will benefit us greatly."

Main issues which are expected to be taken up during the bilateral talks between PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, who will hold bilateral talks at BRICS Summit today, are India's NSG membership bid and China blocking UN ban on JeM chief and Pathankot attack mastermind Masood Azhar.

PM Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin will also address a joint press conference later in the day today. 

Also, delegation level talks and exchange of agreements between India and Russia will take place today.

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