Obama, Modi break nuclear impasse, hail new ‘friendship’

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Communists in India march to protest Obama’s upcoming visit.

On her first tour to India, she met Mumbai’s street children, played hopscotch with them, and danced to a Bollywood number. India’s communist parties on Saturday held a protest march and burned an effigy of President Obama on the eve of his New Delhi visit, voicing fears of a U.S. domination in economic, nuclear and defense ties with India.Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama on Sunday held talks on a range of crucial issues, including removing hurdles in operationalising the long-stalled civil nuclear agreement and enhancing ties in defence, trade and commerce and climate change.

9.39 pm: I am looking forward to tomorrow and I hear the band will play the hymn that was so close to Mahatma Gandhi – “…the darkness deepens; Lord with me abide. When other helpers fail and comforts flee, Help of the helpless, O abide with me.” : Barack Obama at the Rashtrapati Bhavan 9.33 pm: Your presence at Republic Day will reflect the growing ties of friendship & trust that binds our 2 democracies closely: President Pranab Mukherjee 9.30 pm: After meeting you in such a banquet during your last visit,am doubly happy to be your host this time: President Pranab Mukherjee in his address to the august gathering 9.08 pm: You are first US President to attend Republic Day; visit India twice in office and hold 2nd Summit within first 4 months: President tells Obama 8.45 pm: Guests at the banquet include former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, senior BJP leader LK Advani and members of the Modi Cabinet. 5:28 pm: One thing I can tell you we discussed is how much sleep each one of us gets. Raghavan, a protester, said Obama’s visit to India, beginning Sunday, is aimed at building a military alliance with New Delhi, though Washington has been talking about expanding political and economic ties. The Indian liability law holds the suppliers directly liable in case of a nuclear accident while countries like France and the US have asked India to follow global norms under which the primary liability is with the operator. I am new in this sphere but what I have understood in this short span of time is that relationship between two countries is more about chemistry between leaders.

Making headway in civil nuclear cooperation, firming up a defence cooperation agreement and broadening ties in diverse areas including trade and investment are major focus of the deliberations, as both countries were working hard to have “excellent” outcomes from Obama’s visit. This personal chemistry between myself and Barack has brought India and US together, says Modi 5:18 pm: India is an independent country and we are not under pressure because US and China have reached a climate deal. But we are under ‘pressure’ as climate change is a problem and we should work to give a clean environment to future generations, says Modi 5:03 pm: Your reputation preceded you. Perhaps the most significant of these was her 2014 visit to China, where she spoke about “minority rights, Internet access and religious freedom” while also partaking in some skipping rope and Chinese martial arts. The visit was described as “one of India’s most important diplomatic engagements in recent times” by officials in the capital, who maintained that cooperation in key areas of defence, security, counter-terrorism and the situation in India’s extended neighbourhood would be among the major issues to be discussed between Obama and Modi.

Headlines included “Dancing queen Michelle rocks India.” But unlike the last visit, the US first lady doesn’t really have an Indian counterpart. Although married, prime minister Modi had never acknowledged his wife publicly until he filed election nomination papers ahead of the general elections last year. I am pleased that six years after we signed our bilateral agreement, we are moving towards commercial cooperation, consistent with our law, our international legal obligations, and technical and commercial viability, says PM Modi 4:50 pm: The success of this partnership is important for our progress and for advancing peace, stability and prosperity around the world. Still, FLOTUS has time to make up for her disappearing act—although initial reactions to her dress at the ceremonial dinner at India’s presidential palace have been less than flattering.

It tells us that our two nations are prepared to step forward firmly to accept the responsibility of this global partnership – for our two countries and for shaping the character of this century, says Modi 3:30 pm: Indo-US nuclear deal sealed, claimed reports. The US has accepted to withdraw the tracking clause which allowed America to keep a tab on nuclear reactors installed by US companies in India. 3:15 pm: After holding informal talks while seated at the shamiana, the two leaders are walking back towards the Hyderabad House. Union Coal, Power and Renewable Energy Minister Piyush Goyal, who will be Barack Obama’s minister-in-waiting, has left for Palam airport from his residence. Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that the visit of the US president is high on substance and symbolism. “Energy, trade, defence and economy are on our agenda.

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