Dubai: The UAE Thursday honoured Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the prestigious Zayed Medal for giving a "big boost' to bilateral strategic ties.

President of the UAE Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan conferred the Prime Minister Modi with the award, the highest decoration awarded to kings, presidents and heads of states.

"We have historical and comprehensive strategic ties with India, reinforced by the pivotal role of my dear friend, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who gave these relations a big boost. In appreciation of his efforts, the UAE President grants him the Zayed Medal," Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohamed Bin Zayed tweeted.

The award comes in appreciation of Modi's role in consolidating the long-standing friendship and joint strategic cooperation between the two countries, the Khaleej Times reported.

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Shivamogga: Three youths who had gone for fishing in a tank drowned and died at Joladagudda village in Soraba taluk on Sunday.

The victims have been identified as Pradeep (19), Sharath (15) and Karthik (17).

They were friends and had gone to the tank for fishing at 12 noon. Another youth Abhishek who was on the bank of the tank, shouted loudly for help when he saw his friends were drowning, and people near the tank rushed to help. Unfortunately, they could not save them from drowning.

Fire brigade staff fished out the bodies. Pall of gloom covered in the village due to the incident. A case has been registered at Soraba police station in this regard.