PM Modi and Obama shared commonalities in 90 minutes of meeting, Obama said Khem Cho: MEA

Washington DC, Sep 30 (ANI): Briefing the media about Prime Minister Narendra Modis first ever meeting with US President Barack Obama, MEA Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that PM and Obama both shared commonalities and challenges they both faced on assuming power. He said that Obama greeted Modi saying, Khem cho, Mr Prime Minister, which means How are you, Mr Prime Minister in Gujarati language; and Modi responded in English language, Thank you Mr. President. Akbaruddin said Modi laid out his hopes and aspirations for India and his developmental vision in a meeting which lasted 90 minutes. He also said that both the dynamic leaders agreed hat US- Indo relation is most important and it was incumbent for both to strengthen it. Further, he also talked about Modis gifts to President Obama which included a special edition of Bhagavad Gita by Mahatma Gandhi. Sep 30, 2014

Hong Kong protesters dig in

Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters turn parts of Hong Kong into a massive street party, with the mood turning festive just a day after riot police fired tear gas in ugly clashes. Duration: 01:43 Sep 30, 2014

Security beefed up at French school in Iraq_s Arbil

French expats in Arbil, Iraq, say they try to lead a normal life, despite threats against French citizens by the Islamic State. At the French school here, the walls have been enhanced and armed guards are stationed at the gates. Duration: 00:56 Sep 30, 2014

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Washington DC

Washington DC, Sep 30 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in the capital city of United States, Washington DC after completing his engagements in New York. Modi was received warmly by the American delegation at the Andrews Air Force Base in Washington DC. He also met his supporters at the Air Force Base amidst chants of his name. Modi will soon be meeting US President Barack Obama over dinner hosted by the latter. Sep 30, 2014

Sachin Tendulkar launches anthem and jersey of his Indian Super League team

Kochi, Sep 30 (ANI): Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar launched the anthem and jersey of his co-owned soccer team, Kerala Blasters, for upcoming India Super League (ISL), which is slated to kick-off next month. While unveiling his team jersey in Kerala, Tendulkar said yellow represents faith, adding that the league will bring sporting culture in India, especially at the grass root level. A total of 49 foreign players were drafted during the session for the league, which is slated to run from October 12 to December 20. Seven players have been directly recruited by the teams. Sep 30, 2014

Narendra Modi leaves for Washington DC

New York, Sep 30 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi departed for Washington DC, the capital of the United States, after completing his engagements in New York. In Washington DC, Modi will be staying at the Blair House, the official guest house of the US President. Prime Minister Modi will be hosted by President Barack Obama for dinner on his arrival and the two leaders will hold bilateral talks later. Sep 30, 2014

Modi has made an enormous impact: Anand Mahindra

New York, Sep 30 (ANI): The chairman of Mahindra Group, Anand Mahindra said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made an enormous impact through his speeches at various events. He also said that PM Modi has showed that he can be an impactful leader worldwide in representing his country. He also expressed his hope that Modi will open doors of business overseas. Sep 30, 2014

Former US Diplomat says Modi gave a notion that India is open for business

New York, Sep 30 (ANI): Former US Diplomat to India Frank Wisner said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a notion through his various speeches that India is open for business. He also said that he was impressed with Modi's speeches as he represented a proud voice for India and putting across India's point of view before the world. He also added that he hoped US President Barack Obama and PM Modi put their minds together and develop a cordial relationship. Sep 30, 2014

Pakistan arrests 25 Indian fishermen for violating its waters

Karachi, Sep 30 (ANI): Pakistan maritime authorities arrested 25 Indian fishermen and took into custody their four boats for illegal fishing in the country's territorial waters according to a police official. The arrest came after Pakistan detained 29 Indian fishermen on September 27, making a total number of detainees to 54 in two days. The arrested fishermen were handed over to police in the southern port city of Karachi for necessary legal action. Sep 30, 2014

PM Modi raises the issue of terrorism at CFR

New York, Sep 29 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing the intellectuals at Council for Foreign Relations, raised the issue of terrorism which is a disturbing element worldwide. Modi said that terrorism is an international issue of concern and it needs to be understood by all the nations seriously. He also said that a lot of nations never understood the negative side of terrorism and kept on giving support to the evil. He also raised the ongoing issue of growing terrorism in the Middle East. The Prime Minister said that Terrorism is threat to humanity and whoever believes in humanity they need to come together beyond all divisions. Modi then said that he has always believed in the formula that Terrorism divides and Tourism unites. Sep 30, 2014

Want to maintain friendly relations with neighbours: PM Modi

New York, Sep 29 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing the intellectuals at Council for Foreign Relations, said that he aimed at maintaining friendly relations with his neighbouring countries. Modi said that he is the first Prime Minister to have invited representatives from all SAARC nations at his swearing-in ceremony, which symbolizes that he wants relations with his neighbours to be friendly. He also said that as a gesture of humanity he also offered help to Pakistan occupied Kashmir when flood hit the state. Sep 30, 2014

MasterCard CEO appreciates PM Modi's steps towards development

New York, Sep 29 (ANI): The Chief Executive Officer of MasterCard, Ajay Banga, after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that their meeting was very productive. Banga said that Modi is taking the right steps and if he implements them rightly India will be on a very different development trajectory. Sep 30, 2014

I was born in free India, democracy is in my blood: PM Modi

New York, Sep 29 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the intellectuals at Council for Foreign Relations in New York. Modi said that he is the first Prime Minister of India who was born in independent India and added that democracy runs in his blood. Modi also said that the youth of the nation wanted a change which is why he was elected as the Prime Minister. Modi also said that he wanted to emphasize on good governance and good development which goes hand in hand. Sep 30, 2014