New York, Sept. 29 - U.S President Barack Obama today announced that more than 50 countries have stepped up and promised to contribute 30,000 new troops and police for the United Nations peacekeeping operations and lauded UN chief Ban Ki-moon's efforts to achieve zero tolerance policy against 'abusive peacekeepers'.
Addressing the Leaders' Summit on Peacekeeping, Obama thanked the international community for rising to the call of committing to world peace in such a significant way.
"Today we are here to together reform the peacekeeping body and together there is much more we need to do. I want to thank all of you. We are very proud that the International community has acted responsibly in such a way," he said.
New York, Sept. 28 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed the grave issue of terrorism emanating from Pakistan during his meeting with US President Barack Obama here today and said that all nations have to be on the same page to tackle this menace.
"There was a discussion of Pakistan in one of the meeting in the context of terrorism but broadly the idea was that if terrorism has to be fought, all countries have to be on the same page," Ministry of External Affairs ( MEA) official spokesperson Vikas Swarup informed the media here.
Prime Minister Modi met three world leaders namely British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President FranA§ois Hollande and US President Obama here today.
San Jose, Sept. 28 - While addressing the Indian diaspora at SAP Centre, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that "brain drain" is "brain gain" as it will be benefitting the country with added interests.
"I think that this isn't brain drain but it is brain deposit. When the time comes, these brains will give back services to India with added interests. Brain drain can become brain gain. Did anyone ever think about this?" asked Prime Minister Modi during his address here.
"We would hear that we need to stop the brain drain. But India is Bahuratna Vasundhara, there are many brains in the country," he added.
Prime Minister Modi also said that the Indian community has changed the Silicon Valley with its effort and innovations.
San Jose, Sept. 28 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi has remembered freedom fighter Bhagat Singh on his birth anniversary during his address to the Indian diaspora here.
"Today is September 28 in India and it is the birth anniversary of brave son of India, Bhagat Singh. I salute India's beloved martyred son," said Prime Minister Modi in his address at SAP center.
Modi also said that he came to California almost after 25 years, and he has witnessed a lot of changes including new faces.
"Across the world a new image of India has emerged. The old thoughts about India are going away in one way, India's vibrant image I have felt in California," he added.
Prime Minister Modi earlier met elected lawmakers from California and other part of world.
San Jose, Sept 28 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi met elected lawmakers from California ahead of his address to the Indian community in the SAP Center here.
He was presented with San Jose shark jerseys by elected lawmakers.
Veteran Indian singer Kailash Kher enthralled audience at SAP Centre before Prime Minister Modi's address to Indian diaspora here with his catchy numbers and pop-cum-Sufi singing style. (ANI)
San Jose (California), Sept. 28 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet his British counterpart David Cameron in New York tomorrow.
Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official spokesperson Vikas Swarup said that Prime Minister Modi will also meet French President FranA§ois Hollande and US President Barack Obama tomorrow. (ANI)
Mountain View (California), Sept. 28 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi today called for encouraging Hackathon culture in India so that the youth are inspired to find solutions to the country's problems.
"For 15 hours you all sit in front of the computer and find solutions for problems. I understand that this is the Hackathon culture and we should be encouraging this in India," Prime Minister Modi said while interacting with the Google team at its headquarters here.
"You all are dedicating your whole night to make the lives of the common man better you are giving up on your own comfort. I thank all of you on behalf of the 1.25 million people in India. I congratulate you and also express my gratitude," he added.
Washington D.C., Sept. 27 - You must have always seen Mark Zuckerberg dressed in casuals, but he carries off formal outfits with the same charm, as he was spotted all suited up at The White House for a State Dinner with pregnant wife Pricilla Chan.
Zuckerberg made heads turn with his unusual formal look that combined black coat and tie with white shirt, whereas her wife flaunted her growing baby bump in a red lace gown, TMZ.com reports.
Michelle Obama dazzled in a black off-shoulder mermaid gown made by Chinese-American designer Vera Wang.
American actor Lee Daniels, billionaire Donald Trump, former secretary of treasury Henry Paulson, philanthropist David Rubenstein and ballerina Misty Copeland were among other star guests at the State Dinner.
San Jose : The third one-on-one interaction between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama in a year has "renewed" the momentum between the two largest democracies of the world, America's top diplomat in India has said ahead of the two leaders meeting on Monday.
Obama is "very much" looking forward to his meeting with Modi in New York next week, US Ambassador to India Richard Verma said yesterday.
This past year, since the President was in India, how greatly "expanded, deepened and broadened" the relationship has become in so many areas from strategic to economic to clean energy, he said.
Washington D.C, Sept 27 - Pope Francis, who is on a historic two-day visit to Philadelphia, capped the Festival of Families on Saturday by discussing his own vision of the family.
Speaking before a huge crowd on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the pontiff said that the Bible says that the most beautiful thing that God did was the family.
Pope Francis further talked about the role families played in the Bible, from Adam and Eve to Cain and Abel to Mary and Joseph, and how family and love can help overcome problems.
San Jose (California), Sept. 27 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with members of the Indian community at San Jose, California, today.
The members of the Indian community called on Prime Minister Modi at Hotel Fairmont here.
"Straight to the community. PM @narendramodi attends Diaspora event in San Jose, greets leading Indians/PIOs," tweeted Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official spokesperson Vikas Swarup.
The Prime Minister arrived at the Norman Y. Minte San Jose International Airport here earlier today to a warm welcome from the Indian community.
"Landed in San Jose to a great welcome. Eagerly awaiting the programmes in the coming 2 days," Prime Minister Modi tweeted.
San Jose, Sept. 27 - The Indian crowd that had gathered at the Norman Y. Minte San Jose International Airport here to welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed their delight over his vision and commitment for India.
"He not only has the vision but the ability to execute it, which is very important. Creating a shared vision, which unites all Indians and motivates them to move forward towards development, is very important. I am here because I love his work and his style of working. I want that India transitions from an emerging market to a developed country," Parag Shah, who works for Proofpoint, told ANI.
He added that the Prime Ministers' initiatives on start-ups was very motivating as the countries that progress the fastest are the ones that are 'innovation driven'.
New York, Sept.26 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invited Sweden to be a part of the 'Make in India' programme, 'Skills India' programme and the 'Smart Cities' project.
Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official spokesperson Vikas Swarup said Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven conveyed that his country was very keen to keep up the momentum which had been generated following President Pranab Mukherjee's visit and that he was keen for the cooperation with India to continue at a faster pace.
"The Prime Minister invited Sweden to become a part of the ' Make in India' programme, 'Skills India' programme and the ' Smart Cities' project. He outlined the opportunities that awaited Swedish investments in areas such as railways and renewable energy," he told the media here.
New York, Sept.26 - Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay has assured his country's wholehearted support to India in its bid to be a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
Briefing the media here about the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bhutanese counterpart, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official spokesperson Vikas Swarup said there was a discussion between both leaders on the UNSC reform.
"And Prime Minister of Bhutan said that it's an anomaly that a country like India is still not a permanent member and basically Bhutan supports India wholeheartedly in this," he added.
New York, Sept. 26 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades on the sidelines of the 70th UNGA here.
"Mediterranean warmth with traditional friend Cyrpus. President Nicos Anastasiades with PM," Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.
Relations between India and Cyprus have been traditionally very close and friendly. After the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974, India gave unstinted support to Cyprus' successful efforts to gain international recognition for the Government of Nicosia, as the sole legal representative of the whole of Cyprus. India supports the sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of Cyprus.
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