Indian Prime Minister Modi picks up trash from beach

In this photo provided by Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi's twitter handle, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes morning walk at a beach in Mamallapuram, in southern India, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. India's foreign ministry said Chinese President Xi Jinping and Modi met in the seaside temple town of Mamallapuram over dinner for nearly two hours on Friday. The talks will continue Saturday. (Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi's twitter handle via AP Photo)

As part of his cleanliness drive, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has picked up trash from a beach in the southern temple town where he hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping

MAMALLAPURAM, India — As part of his cleanliness drive, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has picked up trash from a beach in the southern temple town where he hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Modi released a short video on Twitter showing him walking barefoot in the sand, collecting the trash in a bag on Saturday morning in Mamallapuram in Tamil Nadu state.

He tweeted, "Let us ensure our public places are clean and tidy."

Modi launched a "Clean India" campaign after he became prime minister in 2014.

In a radio talk last month, Modi lauded the efforts of an Indian "plogger," Ripudaman Belvi, who launched a campaign to pick up litter while jogging.

Modi said that "plogging" is popular in foreign countries, and praised Belvi for promoting it in India.

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