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Commanding the inter-services Guard of Honour for President Obama a proud moment: Pooja Thakur

New Delhi, Jan 25 (ANI): Indian Air Force Wing Commander Pooja Thakur who was commanding the inter-services Guard of Honour for US President Barack Obama at Rashtrapati Bhawan on Sunday said that it was a very proud moment for her. She added that the women officers are provided training similar to the male officers. US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrived in India for a three day visit. Obama will be the Chief Guest at Republic Day celebrations this year on the invite of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Barack Obama and Michelle Obama will be staying at Hotel Maurya Sheraton in Delhi where security has been highly tightened for their stay. Jan 25, 2015

Exiled Tibetans in India expect Obama, Modi to discuss their cause

Dharamsala, Jan 25 (ANI): Exiled Tibetans in Dharamsala expected US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to nudge China to resolve the vexed Tibet issue. Obama arrived with his wife Michelle on Sunday and were greeted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on the tarmac of the airport in New Delhi as they came down the steps from Air Force One. Tibetans living in-exile hoped that both the countries can influence China to resolve the decades old problem. Tibetans in Tibet and in other parts of China have in recent years been protesting against Chinese rule by setting themselves on fire after pouring petrol over themselves. Meanwhile, director of Students for a Free Tibet (SFT), Dorjee Tseten, said Obama-Modi meeting was of great importance for them. In 2012, more than 80 Tibetans staged such fiery protests, according to rights groups. Most of them are believed to have died. Jan 25, 2015
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Obama reaches Rashtrapati Bhawan, receives Guard of Honour

New Delhi, Jan 25 (ANI): US President Barack Obama on Sunday reached the Rashtrapati Bhawan and was given a ceremonial reception by President Pranab Mukherjee. President Obama was accorded a ceremonial reception at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, with a grand welcome ceremony followed by the Guard of Honour, where the battalion was led by a woman officer. The US President also received a 21-gun salute. National anthems of both nations were also played to welcome the President. President Obama also then, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Ministers Manohar Parrikar, Arun Jaitley, Venkaiah Naidu, Sushma Swaraj and Rajnath Singh, along with Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung. Minister of State Piyush Goyal was also present at the occasion. Jan 25, 2015
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'Honoured' to be in India for Republic Day: Obama

New Delhi, Jan 25 (ANI): US President Barack Obama on Sunday stated that he was 'honoured' to visit India again, adding that he was looking forward to participate in the Republic Day celebrations. The official twitter handle of President Obama's National Security Council (NSC) shared the visiting dignitary's excitement. "President Obama is honored to be back in #India to celebrate Republic Day and to begin a new chapter in the US-India partnership. Jai Hind!" it tweeted. "This trip reflects President Obama's commitment to deepen our ties with #India and take our partnership to a new level," it added. Jan 25, 2015
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US President Obama reaches Rajghat to pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi

New Delhi, Jan 25 (ANI): US President Barack Obama paid floral tributes at Raj Ghat, the memorial of Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi in New Delhi on Sunday. Obama was accompanied by Power Minister Piyush Goyal, who is Barack Obama's minister-in-waiting. Obama also planted a sapling at Rajghat. President Obama, who is the chief guest of this year's Republic Day parade, will be the first US president to attend the Republic Day celebrations. Jan 25, 2015
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PM extends greetings on National Voters' Day

New Delhi, Jan 25 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday extended his best wishes to the nation and the Election Commission on the occasion of National Voters' Day. Prime Minister Modi took to twitter to extend his greetings via a series of tweets. "Greetings to my fellow citizens on National Voters' Day. I also convey greetings to ECI, which was formed on this day in 1950." "I urge all voters across India to make full use of this year's theme of 'Easy Registration, Easy Correction." "Recent elections through years have witnessed increased turnout, especially among women and young voters. This is a wonderful sign." The National Voter's Day aims to spread awareness among voters regarding effective participation in the electoral process. Jan 25, 2015

Both govts understand importance of relationship, says US-India Business Council

New Delhi, Jan 25 (ANI): The Acting President of US-India Business Council, Diana Farell, said on Sunday that it is an affirmation of commercial relationship that US President Barack Obama and PM Narendra Modi are meeting twice in a year to improve ties between both countries. She said that both countries understand the importance of relationship between India and US. Farell added that PM Modi has done an excellent job in communicating the priorities. Jan 25, 2015
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India has never invited a US President for R-Day celebrations, we do not welcome Obama: CPI

Kolkata, Jan 25 (ANI): CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta on Sunday said that never in the history of India has a US President been invited for the Republic Day celebrations. He added that Obama is not welcomed in India and his visit should be protested. US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on Sunday reached New Delhi for a three day visit. Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself went to receive Obama at the Palam Airport where Air Force One aircraft of United States landed. Jan 25, 2015

US President Barack Obama arrives in India for 3-day visit, Experts react

New Delhi, Jan 25 (ANI): Experts reacted on Sunday after US President Barack Obama arrived in India for his three-day visit. External Affairs Expert Sheel Kant Sharma said that the relationship between the two countries is very vast and comprehensive. External Affairs Expert K P Fabian said that America is looking for geo- political ally in India. Former Foreign Secretary Shashank said that January is a hectic month for US President and appreciated Obama for taking out time to visit to India. US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on Sunday reached New Delhi for a three day visit. Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself went to receive Obama at the Palam Airport where Air Force One aircraft of United States landed. Jan 25, 2015
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Bangladeshis take to street against strike called by opposition party

Dhaka, Jan 25 (ANI): Hundreds of working professionals gathered in Dhaka to protest against alleged "militant activities" by political activists during a countrywide strike and blockade called by opposition, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). People in large numbers gathered with banners and placards showing photographs of a burnt bus and injured victims as a mark of protest. Chief of BNP and former Prime Minister, Begum Khaleda Zia, whose party boycotted the election on January 05 last year, has demanded that Sheikh Hasina and her government step down for a new vote under a caretaker administration. Veteran film artist, Syed Hasan Imam, demanded justice for victims of such political activities. Hasina and Khaleda have alternated as prime minister for most of the past two decades in a fierce rivalry marked by periods of widespread political violence. Jan 25, 2015

Sand artists create Modi-Obama sculpture

Moradabad, Jan 25 (ANI): Artists in Uttar Pradesh created a colored sand sculpture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama, expressing their excitement over the latter's three-day visit to the country. Barack Obama and Michelle arrived in India on Sunday (January 25) for the second time, to build on what the US President calls one of the defining relationships of the 21st century. Visiting on the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Obama will be the first to be the chief guest at Republic Day military parade. Meanwhile, an artist said Obama's visit would open up many economic channels for India. Jan 25, 2015
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Fortress Delhi awaits Obama, Security tightened

New Delhi, Jan 25 (ANI): India's capital turned into a virtual fortress as US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will land soon for three-day visit, with heightened security measures, including an extended no-fly zone, to protect the world's most powerful leader. Obama will arrive in New Delhi for a highly symbolic parade and to nurture friendship with a prime minister who until last year was persona non grata in Washington. Obama will be the first US President to attend India's Republic Day parade and will host a radio show with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Meanwhile, security has been beefed up, with extra police patrols and checks at metro stations. Snipers are being deployed at more than 70 high-rise buildings around central Delhi, the security official said. Security has been highly tightened at Hotel Maurya Sheraton where Obama will be staying. Also, red carpet has been laid at Palam airport in Delhi where Obama will shortly land. Jan 25, 2015
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Funeral prayers for Saudi king Abdullah offered in Pakistan

Islamabad, Jan 25 (ANI): Pakistani people, including senior government and embassy officials, offered funeral prayers-in-absentia for Saudi king Abdulla who died after a short illness early on Friday (January 23). Prime minister's advisor on national security and foreign affairs, Sartaj Aziz, senior government and embassy officials attended the prayers led by minister for religious affairs, Sardar Muhammad Yousaf. The prayers were offered in Islamabd's Faisal Mosque which is named after the late King Faisal bin Abdul-Aziz of Saudi Arabia, who supported and financed the project. A one-day official mourning was observed in Pakistan on Friday on the sad demise of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. The national flag flew at half mast. In a condolence message, Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed grief and sorrow over the King's demise, saying that being the custodian of the Holy Mosques he had a special place in the heart of every Pakistani. Jan 25, 2015