Cultural programs enthrall audience awaiting PM Modi's speech at Allphones Arena

Sydney, Nov 17 (ANI): For the first time, Sydney is witnessing Indian patriotism to such a great height as Indianness came out in expat countrymen with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the city. Thousands of members of the Indian diaspora readied on Monday for a public address by Prime Minister Modi, who is the first prime minister to visit Australia in 28 years after Rajiv Gandhi. Cultural programs has already begun at the Allphones Arena in Sydney even as Modi is to start his first ever speech in Australia's biggest city. About 16,000 members of the Indian diaspora are packing the arena excited and looking forward to see Modi speak and create the ‘Madison Square Garden magic’ once again. At least 5,000 more are expected to be watching the event on big screens outside. Some have travelled from as far as the United States, Singapore and New Zealand. With moments to go for the mega event, the Indian expatriate community seems to be truly in the grip of a Modi mania as they performed at the stage of the crowded Allphones Arena. Nov 17, 2014

Community in Sierra Leone rallies round Ebola survivors

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No pressure on Pak PM: Congress after Sharif declines using any car supplied by India during SAARC

New Delhi, Nov 17 (ANI): Reacting over Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif___s refusal from using any car supplied by India during SAARC meet in Nepal, Congress leader Rashid Alvi on Monday said that there is no pressure on Pakistan PM to do so. Slamming Sharif, Alvi said that this shows Pakistan PM___s narrow-mindedness. He added that Pakistan PM can use any car he wants to. Nov 17, 2014

Celebrations begin before PM Modi_s arrival at Allphones Arena

Sydney, Nov 17 (ANI): Celebrations begin at Allphones Arena in Sydney on Monday prior to Prime Minister Narendra Modi_s address to the Indian diaspora. Dancing and singing was going on outside the stadium and excitement filled the air. Modi arrived in Sydney earlier in the day and was given a warm welcome by artists with a traditional dance performance. Meanwhile, thousands of Indian diaspora members arrived in the city to hear Modi_s speech at the Allphones Arena, in a retake of the Madison Square Garden event in New York. A cancer stricken cartoonist, Ramesh Chandra, who longed to meet Modi showed some cartoons he made for him and praised his leadership. Expat Indians expressed their excitement to meet PM Modi. A flash mob also took place outside Allphones Arena in which dancers held Indian flags and danced on patriotic Indian music. Nov 17, 2014

Reactions pour in after Pak envoy says Indo-Pak ties should not be kept hostage to Kashmir issue

New Delhi/Bhopal, Nov 17 (ANI): Reactions flowed in on Monday after Pakistan Envoy Abdul Basit said that relations between India and Pakistan should not be kept hostage to the Kashmir issue. BJP leader GVL Narsimha Rao said that India was always ready to have bilateral talks with Pakistan, however, there were attempts made by Pakistan to derail those talks. Congress leader Rashid Alvi also expressed similar sentiments. Major General (Retd) SR Sinho termed this statement as a ‘political statement’. Nov 17, 2014