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Live 'Howdy, Modi': Several defence deals in the works between US, India, says Trump

WION Web Team
Houston, TexasUpdated: Sep 23, 2019, 12:08 AM IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump attend 'Howdy Modi' event in Texas, United States. Photograph:(Reuters)

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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be addressing the biggest Indian diaspora show in Houston, Texas on Sunday with US President Trump in attendance.

The showcase event, eagerly awaited worldwide will be an opportunity for India's prime minister to directly address Indians in Texas, at the same time it will also be an opportunity for US President Trump to interact with the vast Indian community in the run-up to the US Presidential elections next year.

At least 50,000 Indian-Americans are expected to stack the NRG stadium to watch the two world leaders as they hold the stage in the glare of huge media coverage.

The event will begin with a 90-minute cultural programme featuring 400 Indian dancers, and then PM Modi will take the stage.


23 Sep 2019, 0:03 (IST)

"India is one of the best FDI destination," he said. "The fact that we lessened corporate tax has been very good for the country."

In order to become a $5 trillion economy, we need these changes, he said.

In the next 2-3 days, I will be speaking to President Trump, I hope positive results will follow, he said.

"Although President Trump calls me a tough negotiator, but he is also famous for the art of the deal and I am learning a lot from him," Modi said.

22 Sep 2019, 11:56 PM (IST)

Referring to Pakistan, PM Modi said: "Where do we find the conspirators of 9/11 or 26/11?"

"The world knows about their duplicity," he said. "President Trump stands against terror," he said.

"Those who can't run their own country, preach us," he said.

"Some people have a problem with abrogation of article 370, these are same people who cant govern their own country properly. These are the same people who shield terrorism and nurture it. Whole world knows them very well."

"Article 370 had deprived people of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh of development.  Terrorist and separatist elements were misusing the situation. Now, after abrogation, people there have got equal rights."

22 Sep 2019, 11:50 PM (IST)

"Cheapest data is now avaliable in India for just 20, 30 cents," he said.

"We are also challenging corruption and giving it a farewell," he told the Indian-Americans gathered at the NRG stadium.

"Article 370 had disallowed the people of Jammu and Kashmir from development," he said.

"India gave a farewell to Article 370," PM Modi said. "Article 370 denied Kashmiris their rights."




22 Sep 2019, 11:40 PM (IST)

PM Modi says 'everything is fine,' in different Indian languages. "Some people thought nothing could change."

"100 per cent families linked to banking services," the Indian prime minister said.

"With ease of business, ease of living is also important," he said.

"Data is in the new gold," he said. "Cheapest Internet data avaliable in India," he added.

PM Modi said visa and passport services have become easier.

"Tax returns were a big headache earlier, now things are much easier." Online registrations have jumped manifolds. Just in one day, 50 Lakh tax returns were filed, more than the population of Houston. 




22 Sep 2019, 11:32 PM (IST)

"I apologise to all those Indians who couldn't come here today even though they had registered since there weren't that much space," the prime minister said.

"In the general elections, women voted in large numbers and several women were also elected," he informed Indian-Americans at the NRG stadium.

"We are known for our patience," said. "Development is our biggest goal," he said.



22 Sep 2019, 11:22 PM (IST)

As Trump left the stage, PM Modi once again addressed the crowd.

"I thank US Congressman gathered here," the Indian PM said, adding,"1.30 billion Indians thank the American representatives here."

"New history and chemistry is being seen here," Modi said.

"Indian-Americans have proved that Houston is strong," he added.

"This programme is called "Howdy, Modi" but Modi cannot do anything alone," PM Modi asserted. "I am an ordinary citizen serving 1.30 billion people."

"Hard working Indian-Americans being lauded today."

"We are known for our diversity, we are known for our several languages," the Indian prime minister said.

"We have different food habits and seasons, it makes us unique," Modi said.

"Unity in diversity is our strength," he said.


22 Sep 2019, 11:17 PM (IST)

"America is a country of risk-takers," Trump said,adding,"everyone here has a great role to play in the American future."

"We are proving the awesome power of democracy and free people," Trump said.

"We will achieve incredible advancement for our people," Trump said.


22 Sep 2019, 11:12 PM (IST)

"Several defence deals under the works," Trump announced.

"We are also looking to enhance space cooperation," he said.

"In November, we will conduct tri-service military excercise," he said.

Sending a strong anti-terror message, Trump said: "We will jointly fight radical Islamic terrorists." 



22 Sep 2019, 11:07 PM (IST)

"India is growing remarkably under PM Modi," Trump said.

"India lifted 300 million people from poverty, under PM Modi," Trump added.

"We welcome growing investments of India in Texas," Trump said.

"India will shortly have NBA," he said. "Am I invited Mr Prime Minister," he asked PM Modi, "I may come," he added.


22 Sep 2019, 10:59 PM (IST)

"Proud to have Indians as Americans," Trump said.

"We love you," Trump told the over 50,000 strong Indian-Americans gathered at the NRG stadium.

"The relationship between India and US is stronger than ever before," Trump said.

"Both countries are guided by commitment to justice," the US President said.

22 Sep 2019, 10:56 PM (IST)

"PM Modi is doing a truly exceptional job for India," Trump said during the "Howdy, Modi" event at Houston.

"I am thrilled to be here," he added.

"I join everybody to wish him a very happy birthday," Trump said.

"PM Modi is one of the most loyal friends of India," he said.


22 Sep 2019, 10:49 PM (IST)

"I admire President Trump's belief in America's future," PM Modi said at the NRG stadium.

"Akbi baar Trump sarkar," Modi said during his speech backing the US President to be elected in the 2020 US elections.


22 Sep 2019, 10:44 PM (IST)

PM Modi addressed the Indian-American community at the "Howdy, Modi" event in Houston with US President Trump on stage.

The Indian prime minister introduced the US President as he began his speech.

"US President a household name," he said as he started his speech.

"Need no introduction for my friend President Trump," he said.


22 Sep 2019, 10:39 PM (IST)

In a sign of India-US bonhomie, PM Modi and President Trump shared the stage at the NRG stadium in Houston in front of over 50,000 Indian-Americans.

22 Sep 2019, 10:36 PM (IST)

PM Modi and President Trump met each other at the NRG stadium as the "Howdy, Modi" event gathered steam on Sunday night.

Both leaders are due to address the huge Indian-American community shortly.

22 Sep 2019, 10:28 PM (IST)

US President Trump arrived in NRG stadium at Houston as the "Howdy, Modi" event shifted gears.

PM Modi is already at the event. Both leaders are due to address the huge Indian-American community gathered at the stadium.

22 Sep 2019, 9:54 PM (IST)

US President Donald Trump who arrived in Houston a while ago is set to arrive at the NRG stadium shortly.

On his way, the US president tweeted, saying: "I love India, we are going to have a lot of fun."

"PM Modi is highly respected," the US president said.

22 Sep 2019, 9:48 PM (IST)

As the US Congressional delegates welcomed PM Modi, Mayor of Houston handed the "keys of the city" to the Indian prime minister.

NRG stadium reverberated with "Modi, Modi" chants as the Indian prime minister entered the arena.




22 Sep 2019, 9:44 PM (IST)

PM Modi arrived at the NRG stadium to a standing ovation by the Indian-American community.

Several thousand members of the Indian community have waited for hours to watch PM Modi at the event.


22 Sep 2019, 9:40 PM (IST)

Prime Minister Modi entered the NRG stadium in Houston even as President Trump disembarked from Air Force One.

Both leaders are set to jointly address the Indian community in Houston, Texas.

22 Sep 2019, 9:36 PM (IST)

President Trump's Air Force One aircraft arrived in Houston a short while ago as the NRG stadium gears up to welcome the US president.

Both Trump and PM Modi will be jointly addressing the Indian diaspora.

22 Sep 2019, 9:16 PM (IST)

Prime Minister Modi has reached the NRG stadium in Houston where the cultural event is still underway.

PM Modi is set to shortly enter the arena.

22 Sep 2019, 8:19 PM (IST)

The cultural show at the 'Howdy, Modi' event has begun ahead of PM Modi's arrival at the NRG stadium in Houston.



22 Sep 2019, 7:09 PM (IST)

Festive mood prevails at the NRG stadium in Texas as people wait for PM Modi to enter the arena.

Several thousand Indian-Americans have gathered at the venue as PM Modi and US President Trump are set to address the Indian diaspora.




22 Sep 2019, 6:53 PM (IST)

President Trump boarded the plane at Andrews air base in Maryland for Houston a short while ago to meet PM Modi at the 'Howdy, Modi' event in Texas.





22 Sep 2019, 6:20 PM (IST)

As India awaits the 'Howdy, Modi' to begin at NRG stadium in Houston, Texas, reports say US President Trump has just left the White House in Washington for the event.

President Trump was supposed to be on the South Lawn at the White House an hour ago and is running behind schedule.