Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi, Barack Obama pay joint homage to Martin Luther King

Narendra ModiWashington : In a rare gesture, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama on Tuesday visited the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and paid a joint homage to the leader of African-American Civil Rights Movement.

In a last minute change of plan, Obama joined Modi to pay homage to the American stalwart.

Both the leaders took a round of the memorial and Obama was seen explaining significance of the site to Modi.

They drove straight to the Memorial after their summit level talks at the White House.

As per initial plan, Modi was to go alone to pay the homage but in last minute change American president also decided to join him.

Rs 1,500 crore deposited in banks under Jan Dhan Yojana: Modi

economyNew York : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that around Rs 1,500 crore has been deposited so far in banks under the Jan Dhan Yojana even though people could have opened new bank accounts with zero balance.

The ambitious 'Pradhan Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana' launched by the government last month, is aimed at opening at least one bank account for every family in the country in a period of less than six months.

Addressing about 20,000 NRIs at the Madison Square Garden here today, the Prime Minister said that about four crore new bank accounts have been opened already under the scheme.

He also noted that more than half of the families in the country does not have a bank account.

PM Modi addresses Indian diaspora at Madison Square Garden, says PIO cardholders will get lifetime visa

Narendra ModiNew York : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday told a rapturous crowd of NRIs that Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) cardholders will get lifetime Indian visa and that American tourists will be given visa on arrival.

Modi, who arrived at the packed Madison Square Garden to a rousing welcome, announced the merger of PIO and Overseas Citizens of India schemes to facilitate hassle-free travel to the Indian diaspora.

He announced that PIO card holders staying in India on long-term basis will no longer have to report to the local police station.

Prime Minister Modi affirmed that India will move ahead at a rapid pace and lead the 21st Century world.

PM Modi arrives in Frankfurt en route to New York to attend UNGA

Narendra ModiFrankfurt, Sept. 26 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived in Frankfurt, Germany. After an overnight halt, he leaves for the United States today.

On his arrival in New York today, the Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio will call on him at Hotel New York Palace where he will be staying till Sunday.

Prime Minister Modi will begin his day with paying tributes at the 9/11 Memorial and museum, followed by meeting United Nations Chief Ban Ki Moon at UN Headquarters.

The Prime Minister will address the 69th session of United Nations general Assembly, UNGA, at around 8 p. m. Saturday, Indian Standard Time.

PM Modi to leave for US today, to attend 35 engagements over five days

Narendra ModiNew Delhi, Sept. 25 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi will leave for the United States on Thursday evening. According to reports, the five-day visit will see him attending 35 official engagements.

It will include addressing the 69th session of the UN General Assembly in New York and a summit meeting with U. S. President Barack Obama in Washington with whom he will have dinner on September 29.

Trade and investment, energy, science and technology, defence and security are expected to be the areas of focus during their talks. Both sides would seek to give much-needed impetus to the flagging bilateral relationship during the meeting.

Politicos expect PM Modi to act in India's interest during U.S. visit

Narendra ModiBangalore/New Delhi, Sept 24 : Former minister of state for external affairs and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday wished Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of his maiden visit to the United States and said that his party stands united with the ruling BJP-led NDA Government as far as the country's national interests are concerned.

"We all stand with him and behind him always. When national interests are concerned, the Congress party is not different from the government. We want the government to succeed in the interest of the nation. We wish the Prime Minister a very successful visit," said Tharoor in Bangalore.

Narendra Modi's US visit to start with corporate breakfast meeting

Narendra ModiNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's upcoming monumental first visit to the United States will begin with a breakfast meeting with a select group of 10 CEOs, a daily newspaper has reported.

Modi has received request for meetings from the top American business community both in New York and Washington DC.

With economic development his key priority, Modi is expected to interact with the American business community in both New York and Washington DC.

In New York, Modi will have one-to-one interaction with corporate leaders like Ginni Rometty of IBM, Marilyn Hewson of Lockheed Martin and Jeff Immelt of GE, the paper added.

Sino-Indian talks aimed at rebalancing bilateral trade in a positive direction

Sino-Indian talksNew Delhi, Sept 18 : The main points of discussion between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping as listed in the Prime Minister's statement released on Thursday, is as follows

Annual visits at the level of Heads of State/Government.

City in each country would be identified for a smart city demonstration project.

PM Modi welcomes Chinese President in Ahmedabad

PM Modi welcomes Chinese President in AhmedabadAhmedabad, Sept 17 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife at a hotel here on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Modi presented a bouquet of flowers to both the Chinese President and his wife Peng Liyuan.

The two leaders shook hands with each other and exchanged brief pleasantries.

Earlier on his arrival, the Chinese President was received by Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel and her Cabinet colleagues at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport here.

Modi govt created favourable atmosphere for India: President

Modi govt created favourable atmosphere for India: PresidentHo Chi Minh City: President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday had some words of praise for the new Indian government as he credited it for not only initiating steps to bring the economy on a better path but also for creating a "favourable" atmosphere for India across the globe.

The President, who abandoned his written speech for an extempore talk during the Indian community reception in this historic city of Vietnam, also lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for accomplishing a wonderful trip to Japan from where, he said, hopes of substantial Foreign Direct Investment are expected to be ploughed into India in the future.

Xi's visit will strengthen ties, says Modi

Xi's visit will strengthen ties, says ModiNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said he was looking forward to welcoming Chinese President Xi Jinping in Ahmedabad on September 17 and was sure that his visit will strengthen ties between India and China, which share a strong bond of Buddhism.

Ahead of Xi's visit, Modi posted various slides depicting Gujarat's rich Buddhist heritage including his birthplace Vadnagar's excavations on social media 'twitter'.

Sania Mirza meets PM Modi

sania mirza narendra modNew Delhi, Sept 12 : Tennis player and winner of the recent US Open Mixed Doubles Sania Mirza on Friday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi .

Last week, Prime Minister Modi had congratulated the tennis ace for winning the Grand Slam title. "Congratulations to Sania Mirza for the victory in the US Open Mixed Doubles Finals. We are very proud of the achievement," the Prime Minister had said.

Mirza and her Brazilian teammate Bruno Soares had lifted the US Open title on September 5. The duo defeated the American-Mexican side of Abigail Spears and Santiago Gonzalez, 6-1, 2-6, 11-9.(ANI)

PM Modi receives Emeritus Senior Minister of Singapore Goh Chok Tong

New Delhi, Sept 10 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who received the Emeritus Senior Minister ( ESM) of Singapore Goh Chok Tong here on Wednesday, conveyed India's keen desire to partner with Singapore.

Goh was accompanied by the Minister in the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister for Home Affairs and Trade and Industry S Iswaran and Minister of State for National Development Desmond Lee.

Goh congratulated Prime Minister Modi on his emphatic victory in the elections and for presenting an ambitious vision of India's economic and social transformation. He also encouraged Prime Minister Modi to work towards developing India as a global manufacturer through a combination of skill development, standard setting and access to the global market.

'We must not deprive our children of technology': PM Modi

Narendra-ModiNew Delhi, Sept 05 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi today stressed on the importance of technology, saying depriving the children of technology is a crime.

"Importance of technology is increasing every day. We must not deprive our children of technology. It is a social crime if we do so," he said while addressing the students and teachers across the country on the occasion of Teacher's Day.

The Prime Minister also emphasized on the need for physical activity, saying that besides watching television and working on computers the children should engage themselves in physical activity.

PM Modi and I wish to be known as infrastructure PMs, says Tony Abbott

Tony-AbbottNew Delhi, Sep 5 : Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said here on Friday that he and Prime Minister Narendra Modi both wish to be known as the infrastructure Prime Ministers.

"Both PM Modi and I wish to be known as infrastructure PMs and the G20 will focus on mobilizing private capital to address the world's infrastructure deficit," PM Abbott said while addressing a Business Meet in New Delhi.

Coal scam: Govt to re-auction 218 coal blocks, may 'exempt' 40

Coal scam: Govt to re-auction 218 coal blocks, may 'exempt' 40New Delhi : Government Monday told the Supreme Court that it "wants re-auction all of 218 coal blocks" declared as illegal allocation but sought its indulgence to "exempt" 40 of them which are functional and ready for the end use power plants.

Japan to invest $35 bn for infrastructure projects in India

Japan to invest $35 bn for infrastructure projects in IndiaTokyo - India will get USD 35 billion from Japan over the next five years for developmental projects, including building of smart cities and next generation infrastructure as also cleaning of the Ganga, as Premier Shinzo Abe Monday pledged to partner Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "ambitious" vision of inclusive development.

The two sides also signed five pacts covering defence exchanges, cooperation in clean energy, roads and highways, healthcare and women while vowing to take their relationship to newer level.

India considers Japan among its closest, most reliable partners: PM Modi

Narendra-ModiTokyo, Sept 1 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that India considers Japan among its closest and most reliable partners.

"I am delighted to be in Japan. After assuming the office of Prime Minister, I had taken a decision that my first bilateral visit outside South Asia would be to Japan. It is my great fortune that Prime Minister Abe gave me the opportunity to fulfill my desire within 100 days of my assuming office," said Prime Minister Modi in his remarks at the joint press briefing with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.

PMs Modi, Abe welcome progress in civil nuclear cooperation

Narendra-Modi-Shinzo-AbeTokyo, Sep 1 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe affirmed the importance of civil nuclear cooperation between the two countries and welcomed the significant progress in negotiations on the agreement for cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

They directed their officials to further accelerate the negotiations with a view to concluding the Agreement at an early date, and strengthen the two countries' partnership in non-proliferation and nuclear safety," said the Tokyo Declaration for India-Japan special strategic and global partnership

India can get billions of dollars in FDI from Japan: Kochhar

Chanda-KochharTokyo: As Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised speedy clearances for Japanese investments, ICICI Bank chief Chanda Kochhar on Monday said India can get billions of dollars of fresh investments from Japan.

Kochhar, who is part of a high-level business delegation that has come here for Modi's first official visit as Prime Minister, said that ICICI Bank will play a major role in arranging funds for Japanese investments into India.

The areas that can attract such investments include railways, smart city projects, biotechnology, clean energy, electronics and the overall infrastructure space, Kochhar told PTI in an interview here.

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