Modi attends dinner hosted by Indian Ambassador to US

New York, Sept 29 (ANI): After receiving a spectacular reception at the Madison Square Garden in New York, Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended a dinner hosted by the Indian Ambassador to the US. Among the prominent guests at that dinner was Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani. The occasion was an Indian community dinner in honour of Prime Minister Modi. The dinner reception was attended by Indian Americans and Persons of Indian Origin. Meanwhile, Modi is expected to meet top American CEOs on Monday ahead of his first ever meeting with US President Barack Obama. Sep 29, 2014

US Politicians in awe of visionary personality of PM Modi, says 'Modi becoming next Ronald Reagan'

New York, Sep 29 (ANI): After Prime Minister Narendra Modi's inspiring speech at Madison Square Garden in New York, US politicians were in awe of the visionary personality of Indian PM. US Congresswoman Carolyn B Maloney said that she had never ever seen before such excitement in Indian community for an Indian leader. She also said that she foresees India and US bond getting stronger in times to come, and went on to say that Modi has got 'something very special about him'. US Congressman Pete Sessions also applauded PM Modi and said that he will be the next Ronald Reagan as he knows how to get things done. Indian American Advisory Council Chairman Shalabh Kumar also said that Modi will be the next in line with leaders like Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. Sep 29, 2014

Temple was washed after my visit: Bihar CM Jeetan Manjhi

Patna, Sept 29 (ANI): Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi kicked up yet another controversy with his remarks that the idol in a temple's premises in Madhubani district was cleansed after he visited it. Speaking at a ceremony organized to commemorate the birth centenary of three-time Dalit chief minister Bhola Paswan Shastri in Patna, Manjhi said he had visited the temple only after people had earnestly asked him to. Manjhi, who visited the temple while on campaigning in Raj Nagar, said he was informed about the incident by the mines and geology minister Ram Lakhan Ram Raman. Sep 29, 2014

Journalist Rajdeep Sardesai manhandled by Modi supporters outside MSG in New York

New Delhi, Sep 29 (ANI): A few hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi was to address the Indian-American community at Madison Square Garden in New York, TV Today consulting editor Rajdeep Sardesai was manhandled by a group of pro-Modi supporters outside the venue. Immediately after the incident Sardesai tweeted: "Great crowd at Madison square garden! except a few idiots who still believe abuse is a way of proving their machismo!Glad we caught the idiots on cam. Only way to shame the mob is to show them." Sardesai was first heckled and then pushed by a group gathered to support Prime Minister Narendra Modi, before the leader arrived at the venue to address Indian Americans. Later, many other took to twitter to condemn the incident and support Sardesai. Sep 29, 2014

Indian-Americans in New York look forward to PM Modi's developmental plans

New York, Se 29 (ANI): Indian-Americans in New York expressed confidence in Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and looked forward to his developmental plans for the country after his historic speech at the Madison Square Garden. Modi was welcomed into the world's most famous arena with people cheering 'Modi Modi'. After his speech he was given a standing ovation by the crowd of 18,000 people. Dressed in a yellow kurta and peach waistcoat, Modi delivered his speech at jam packed Madison Square Garden amid loud cheering and thanked his supporters. An Indian-American, Komal Sharma said she has full faith in Modi and his global vision. The Indian Diaspora hopes this visit by a leader who was until recently barred from the United States will signify India's importance not only on these shores but in the wider world too. Sep 29, 2014

MEA briefing on PM Modi's meetings with Tulsi Gabbard & Israeli PM Part - 2

New York, Sep 29 (ANI): Ministry of foreign Affairs Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin briefed about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two crucial meetings with Tulsi Gabbard, a member of the US Congress and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu. He said that Gabbard, who is a yoga follower like PM himself, expressed her desire to visit India. Gabbard also presented Modi with Hindu holy book, Bhagwad Gita. Further, he said that Modi later met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and discussed how to expand ties in view of change in government of India. He said that the areas of discussion were agriculture & water management among others. Akbaruddin also said that the Israeli PM has extended invitation to PM Modi to visit Israel. Sep 29, 2014

MEA briefing on PM Modi's meetings with Tulsi Gabbard and Israeli PM Part - 1

New York, Sep 29 (ANI): Ministry of foreign Affairs Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin briefed about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's two crucial meetings with Tulsi Gabbard, a member of the US Congress and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu. He said that Gabbard, who is a yoga follower like PM himself, expressed her desire to visit India. Gabbard also presented Modi with Hindu holy book, Bhagwad Gita. Further, he said that Modi later met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and discussed how to expand ties in view of change in government of India. He said that the areas of discussion were agriculture and water management among others. Akbaruddin also said that the Israeli PM has extended invitation to PM Modi to visit Israel. Sep 29, 2014

Haaretz diplomatic correspondent says Modi coming to power marks big change

New York, Sep 29 (ANI): The Diplomatic Correspondent of Israeli Newspaper Haaretz, Barak Ravid on Monday, said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's coming to power is a big political change for the world. Ravid said that it is expected that Modi will invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to New Delhi. He also said that on the issue of combating terrorism, one major issue is the attack on Israeli diplomats in 2012. Sep 29, 2014

PM Modi meets Tulsi Gabbard

New York, Sep 29 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday met Tulsi Gabbard, a member of the US Congress. Gabbard, who is the only Hindu in the American House of Representatives, presented Prime Minister Modi with a garland of ginger flowers from her native state Hawaii. She also took to twitter to share her enthusiasm at meeting the Prime Minister. Gabbard had earlier attended Prime Minister Modi's speech at the Madison Square Garden and was very impressed by his address. Sep 29, 2014

Narendra Modi meets Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu

New York, Sep 29 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu in a bid to step-up the diplomatic relations between the two sides. Prime Minister Modi was accompanied by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during the meeting. The Israeli Prime Minister had earlier congratulated Narendra Modi after the BJP's emphatic win in the Lok Sabha polls via a phone call within 24 hours of the results being declared. Sep 29, 2014

Reactions flow over PM Modi's address at Madison Square Garden

New Delhi, Sep 29 (ANI): Political reactions flowed after Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the gathering of Indian Diaspora at Madison Square Garden in New York. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that there was nothing new in Modi's speech as he highlighted the same points which he does in India. Congress' Rajiv Shukla welcomed the new announcements which he made as the Prime Minister for Indian community in America. Meanwhile, BJP leader JP Nadda said that Prime Minister Modi's speech was inspirational for not only India but for the entire world. BJP leader Sambit Patra said that the Prime Minister highlighted all the issues including cleanliness, rekindling the image of Mahatma Gandhi and lifetime visa in a very precise manner. Sep 29, 2014

Writer from Sikkim gets a chance to be part of the In-Residence program at Rashtrapati Bhawan

New Delhi, Sep 29 (ANI): Journalist-turned-writer Yishey Doma Bhutia from Sikkim is one of four selected participants living at Rashtrapati Bhawan as a part of its in-residence programme for writers and artists. The young writer has to her credit a number of books like Legends of the Lepchas: Folktales from Sikkim and Sikkim: the Hidden Fruitful Valley. She has received the Sikkim Sahitya Samman for the year 2013. She believes that such programmes are a big encouragement for young writers like her. The In-residence programme for writers and artists was launched by the president in December last year. Besides Bhutia, the present batch comprises - Dr Vempalli Gangadhar, a Telugu writer and artists Pratap Morey from Mumbai and Rahul Saxena from Chennai. During their stay here till September 26th, they will interact with various prominent personalities, besides visiting historical places in the capital. Sep 29, 2014

PM Modi stresses on cleanliness, says cleaning of Ganga important

New York, Sep 28 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing the gathering of Indian Diaspora at Madison Square Garden in New York, stressed on cleanliness of the country. Modi said that he has taken the initiative of cleaning the holy River Ganges which is highly polluted currently. Modi also said that this would be a gift to the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi who was fond of cleanliness. Sep 29, 2014