Mukesh Ambani and brother Anil, Ratan Tata, Guatam Adani, Shashi Ruia, Cyrus Mistry, Kiran Shaw, Sunil Mittal and Deepak Parikh were among those who met the Obamas this evening.
Image: The Obamas meet Manmohan Singh and wife Gursharan Kaur at the dinner. Photograph: ANI/Twitter.
Modi, 64, kept his teenage marriage a secret for decades during his political ascent and only last year admitted that his wife exists. The wife, Jashodaben Chimanlal Modi, is a retired teacher who lives in a small town in Modi's home state of Gujarat.
Though she had not heard from her husband in years, she says she still hopes to join him one day in the capital as India's first lady, The Washington Post reports.
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To begin with there is walnut and broccoli soup and non-veg tandoori platter. Other delicacies include mustard fish curry, mutton rogan josh, roast leg of lamb and dal rasina.
For the vegetarians, there is acchari paneer and chole.
Desserts include malpua with rabri and date steam pudding.
Here's what the menu looks like.
Michelle received the hand embroidered shawl in ivory and turquoise colour from the president's spouse when the visiting VVIP couple met the Mukherjees at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi this evening.
President Mukherjee gifted her a specially-designed tea set with murals of the Rashtrapati Bhavan by famous Lucknow painter Sukumar Bose on it with today's date inscribed on it. US President Barack Obama received a painting by Rajasthan miniature artist Jay Kumar who with his prolific art work brought on to the canvas Bose's murals that decorate the ceiling of state corridor of the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Among those who have been awarded the Padma Shri are religious leader late Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin, filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, economist Bibek Debroy and lyricist Prasoon Joshi.
The complete list of Padma award winners.
Journalists Rajat Sharma, Swapan Dasgupta; lawyer Harish Salve, cardiologist Ashok Seth, filmmaker Jahnu Barua are among the 20 who will receive the honour.
The announcement comes a day after Yoga guru Ramdev and spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar declined the Padma award for them reportedly being considered by central government on the occasion of the 66th Republic Day.
"We will establish hotlines between myself and Barack and our National Security Advisors," Modi said in his opening statement during the two leaders' joint interaction with the media.
The Ministry of External Affairs later said this is the first time that India and the US will have a hotline at the level of top leadership. Modi said the effort was part of their exercise to give the critical partnership between two countries "a new thrust and sustained attention".
"We have decided to give this critical partnership a new thrust and sustained attention. For this, we have agreed that India and the United States must have regular Summits at greater frequency," he said.
The US is pushing for what it calls "transformative defence technologies" for co-development and co-production with India under DTTI, which could become the hallmark of the Modi government's 'Make-in-India' initiative.
The US has offered India 17 hi-tech items of military hardware for co-production and co-development under DTTI. Of the 17, India is understood to be interested in five, including unarmed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and aircraft landing system for aircraft carriers.
Hectic parleys were being held between the two countries on the defence front.
Pic: Modi and Obama at the Hyderabad House garden before the presser. When asked about what they spoke about, Modi said it would remain undisclosed.
In his opening remarks at the joint media interaction, Modi disclosed that on the nuclear deal the two countries "are moving towards commercial cooperation, consistent with our law, our international obligations and technical and commercial viability."
India and the US have renewed their 10-year Defence Framework Agreement and agreed in principle to pursue joint development and production projects. The new framework will enhance bilateral defence partnership by stepping up joint military exercises and through more in-depth intelligence-sharing, maritime security efforts among others.
Sujatha Singh says N-Deal memorandum is still work in progress.
Foreign secretary Sujatha Singh announces, "We have broken the logjam of the past few years. There has been breakthrough in strategic, civil nuclear, defence and on economic sides. We have finalised the administrative arrangements conforms bilateral as well."
The cream-coloured 'Kadhua' silk saree, an exclusive product of this region, was hand-woven using gold and silver threads by three classic weavers, weighs around 400 grams and costs about Rs 1.5 lakh.
"The traditional Indian dress was prepared by three classic weavers and dispatched for New Delhi yesterday from here," said local businessman Abdul Matin, whose family has been in handloom weaving business for last three generations.
Michelle is accompanying her husband and US President Barack Obama, who is in New Delhi to be a part of Republic Day function as the Chief Guest.
Keeping in mind Michelle's fascination for Banarasi silk, Matin said the order for this saree was placed with him by Debbie Driesman, the wife of Indian-American Frank Islam, a trusted man of the US President. Azamgarh-born Frank was recently conferred with Martin Luther King Junior award in the US.
He is also part of the high-level US delegation which arrived today in New Delhi. The 'Kadhua' silk saree is rare, purely hand-woven and takes from three to four months to prepare, Matin said.
Pic: A Kadhua silk saree
The media was allowed two questions -- the first one was on Yemen, Ukraine and climate change, while the second one addressed to Modi in particular was on his relationship with Obama and what the two leaders spoke about during their one-on-one at Hyderabad House Garden.
On November 8, 2010, he wrote: We will always remember the great soul who changed the world with his message of peace, tolerance and love. More than 60 years after his passing, his light continues to inspire the world.
This is what he wrote today: What Dr Martin Luther King said then remains true today - the spirit of Gandhi is very much alive in India today. And it remains a great gift to the world. May we always live in his spirit of love and peace - among all people and nations.
Modi says, "Barack and I are friends, we talk on the phone, crack jokes.Our friendship has brought our countries and our people closer."
It is a great pleasure and privilege to welcome back President Obama and the First Lady in India.Mr. President, we are honoured that you accepted our invitation to be the Chief Guest for our Republic Day, despite a busy January.
It is special because on this day we celebrate the values shared by the world's two largest democracies.
You are also the first United States President to visit India twice in Office.
It reflects the transformation in our relationship. It shows your deep personal commitment to this partnership.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.
The promise and potential of this relationship has never been in doubt. This is a natural global partnership. It has become even more relevant in the digital age.
It is needed even more in our world of far-reaching changes and widespread turmoil.
The success of this partnership is important for our progress and for advancing peace, stability and prosperity around the world.
From the turn of this century, we have begun transforming our relationship.
But, we have to convert a good start into lasting progress. This requires translating our vision into sustained action and concrete achievements.
Mr. President, in the last few months, I see new excitement and confidence in this relationship. I see renewed energy in our engagement. I thank you for your leadership and for setting the tone last September.
The civil nuclear agreement was the centrepiece of our transformed relationship, which demonstrated new trust. It also created new economic opportunities and expanded our option for clean energy. In the course of the past four months, we have worked with a sense of purpose to move it forward. 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.
President Obama has also assured me of strong U.S. efforts in support of India's full membership of the four international export control regimes at the earliest.
Today, we have also decided to take our growing defence cooperation to a new level. We have agreed, in principle, to pursue co-development and co-production of specific advanced defence projects. These will help upgrade our domestic defence industry; and expand the manufacturing sector in India.
We will also explore cooperation in other areas of advanced defence technologies.We have renewed our Defence Framework Agreement. We will deepen our cooperation on maritime security.Terrorism remains a principal global threat. It is taking on a new character, even as existing challenges persist. We agreed that we need a comprehensive global strategy and approach to combat with it. There should be no distinction between terrorist groups. Every country must fulfil its commitments to eliminate terrorist safe havens and bring terrorists to justice.
Our two countries will deepen our bilateral security cooperation against terrorist groups. And, we will further enhance our counter-terrorism capabilities, including in the area of technology.President Obama and I agree that a strong and growing economic relationship is vital for the success of our strategic partnership. Economic growth in our two countries is becoming stronger. Our business climate is improving. This gives me great optimism about our economic ties.
In addition, we have established a number of effective bilateral mechanisms to identify opportunities and also help our businesses trade and invest more.We will also resume our dialogue on Bilateral Investment Treaty. We will also restart discussions on a Social Security Agreement that is so important for the hundreds of thousands of Indian professionals working in the United States.
For President Obama and me, clean and renewable energy is a personal and national priority. We discussed our ambitious national efforts and goals to increase the use of clean and renewable energy. We also agreed to further enhance our excellent and innovative partnership in this area. I asked him to lead international efforts in making renewable energy more accessible and affordable to the world. President and I expressed hope for a successful Paris Conference on climate change this year.
We will continue to deepen our collaboration in science, technology, innovation, agriculture, health, education and skills. These are central to the future of our two countries; and also give us an opportunity to help others around the world.Indeed, our strategic partnership will only be complete if we assume our responsibility to work together to promote development and connectivity in our vast region. President Obama and I agreed to pursue this goal with a sense of priority.
President and I had an excellent discussion on global and regional issues. In particular, we renewed our commitment to deepen our cooperation to advance peace, stability, prosperity in Asia, Pacific and Indian Ocean Region, which is critical for the future of our two countries and the destiny of this world.
Our relationship stands at a new level today. We have outlined a broad vision for our friendship and cooperation that reflects the opportunities and challenges of this century. As Lord Buddha said, noble friends and companions are the whole of the holy life.
We have decided to give this critical partnership a new thrust and sustained attention. For this, we have agreed that India and the United States must have regular summits at greater frequency. And, we will also establish hotlines between us and our National Security Advisors.
At the beginning of this year, we start a new journey.
Let me welcome you once again, Mr. President. It is a great pleasure to have you with us."
India and US have established a direct hotline between PM Modi and the US President and also between National Security Advisers.
"We have no interest in seeing Russia weakened, nor allow bullying," says Obama.
"US supports India's goal for solar energy. Joint projects for clean energy projects. US and India have a new declaration of friendship. Agreed trade partnership must improve.
"Looking forward to speaking to the Indian people on radio and to attending the republic day event."
"Mera pyar bhara namaskar," he said and talks about the "chai pe charcha" with the PM (to chuckles from the press and the Indo-US entourage).
He talks about watching PM Modi at the Madison Square Event, saying he was treated like a Bollywood star.
Terrorism remains a principal global threat, we agreed that we need a comprehensive global strategy to combat it. We will continue talks on social security agreement which is important for Indians working in the US.
We will also resume dialogue on bilateral investment treaty. We will establish hotlines between me and Barack."
"We have decided to take defence ties to a new level. The nuclear deal was the centrepiece of our relationship. Six years after we signed the civil nuclear deal, we are moving towards commercial cooperation.
India, US will deepen security ties to fight terrorism."
Speaking in English, Modi welcomes Obama saying India is honoured to have him has the chief guest to the India's Republic Day ceremony.
He calls the relationship between India and US as a natural global relationship.
Also seen is US ambassador to India, Richard Verma, who presented his credentials just a few weeks ago.
The Indo-US civil nuclear deal is likely to be announced.
There are three big-ticket issues to be resolved first, the operationalization of the deal itself with administrative arrangements where India was resisting US' intrusive "national verification" demands;
second, the Indian nuclear liability law holds suppliers liable in case of damage, which has hobbled foreign and domestic suppliers and third,
India's membership to the four non-proliferation regimes which would open up high technology for India. Indian and US negotiators have been meeting in New Delhi, Vienna and London to reach an understanding
"On the occasion of Obama's visit to India, the survivors demand that leaders of both countries stop protecting corporate interests over the lives and health of ordinary people and seek reflection and course correction for ending the issues relating to the Bhopal disaster,' the five NGOs said in a joint statement.
Pic: The PM and the Indian delegation at lunch with President Obama and the US delegation.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman are also expected to attend the meeting, which among other things is likely to focus on 'Make In India' campaign and ease of doing business.
Cyrus Mistry of Tata Sons and David M Cote from Honeywell will co-chair the high-profile meeting. Industry captains from Indian and the US will attend the meeting.
Industry leaders who are expected to participate in the meeting include Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani, Bharti Enterprises chief Sunil Mittal, ICICI Bank MD & CEO Chanda Kochhar, Reliance Group Chairman Anil Ambani, Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka, Adani Group head Gautam Adani, Shashi Ruia, Chairman of Essar Group, Mahindra & Mahindra Chairman Anand Mahindra, Hari Bhartia, Co-chariman and and Director of Jubilant Life Sciences, Biocon Chairman and MD Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and Sudhir Mehta of Torrent Pharma.
Seated under a shamiana at the Hyderabad House, Modi pours Obama a cup of tea from a silver teapot. Was that Darjeeling or Assam or Oolong?
Border Security Force jawans observed movement of three militants close to the International Border in RS Pura sector on the intervening night of January 24-25.
Sources said troops posted at the border out post Jognuchak fired upon the militants but they continued their desperate efforts to cross over the border.
There has been firing from Pakistani troops towards Indian security personnel to give "cover" to the militants, the sources said. However, the militants were forced to retreat due to the firing from the BSF troops, sources said.
Pic: PM Modi gifting President Obama a copy of the 1st telegram from the US to India's Constituent Assembly. In addition Obama was gifted a charkha and a Gandhi bust.
President Pranab Mukherjee formally welcomed his United States counterpart Barack Obama to India on Sunday at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
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.
Wing Commander Pooja Thakur, led the Guard of Honour for US President Barack Obama at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. This is the first time a woman officer has led the Guard of Honour for a major visiting dignitary at the presidential palace.
Wing Cdr Pooja Thakur, who has served in the IAF for 13 and a half years, is an administration officer and is posted at its publicity cell, DISHA, at the Delhi Air Headquarters in New Delhi. She is a para jumper, and hails from Rajasthan. Read
This is what the menu looks like: Shatwar ka shorba (asparagus soup), ananas aur paneer ka soola (char-grilled cottage cheese with pineapple), nadru ke goolar (lotus stem kababs), paneer lababdar, kela methi nu shaak, mixed vegetable kalonji, Gujarati kadhi, matar pulao, roti/naan, gajar ka halwa and gulab jamu. -- NDTV.
Michelle has been earlier spotted wearing Jacquard silk dresses by international designers Tracy Resse, Naeem Khan and Alexander McQueen and jacquard silk, just happens to be a speciality of the weavers of Banaras.
Banarasi silk sarees and dress materials with antique designs has been specially chosen for Mrs Obama and has been sent off to New Delhi.The responsibility of selecting and packaging the gift has been given to a body of silk traders of Varanasi - the Varanasi Vastra Udyog Sangh.
While Modi sported a vibrant attire in which red and golden coloured stole stood out, Obama was attired in a more business-like dark suit. His wife Michelle was in a flowing blue and black dress.
Modi later changed to a formal pinstripe 'bandhgala' suit at the Rashtrapati Bhawan where Obama was given a ceremonial welcome.
The Indian Prime Minister's sartorial taste had also invited glowing commentary in the US newspapers during his visit to that country in June to attend the United Nations General Assembly. Three major US publications '" Time, New York Times and the Washington Post '" had lauded his dressing style from his "trademark Modi Kurta" to his tunic. The New York Times in an article titled 'A Leader Who Is What He Wears' had said "even by the standards of a world that has seen blogs devoted to Michelle Obama's dress sense, the pre-election makeovers of Francois Hollande and Dilma Rousseff, and the canonisation of Nelson Mandela's shirts, the image-craft of India's new prime minister, Narendra Modi '" and its fashion fallout '" has been something of a case study."
Pic: Barack Obama and Piyush Goyal at Rajghat
The president wrote: "I am filled with hope and inspiration as I have
the privilege to view this testament to Gandhi's life. He is a hero not
just to India but to the world, Barack."
Michelle wrote :'The visit will be one that I will always treasure. The life and teachings of Gandhi must be shared with our children around the world, Michelle.'"
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Vice president Hamid Ansari also present at the occasion.
After the meet and greet Obama will head to Rajghat to play a tribute to the Mahatma.
The national anthem of both India and the US will be played out at the by the Rashtrapati Bhavan band. President Obama will then inspect the guard of honour.
President Obama arrives at Rashtrapati Bhavan. He is travelling in the Beast.
PM Modi arrives at the Rashtrapati Bhavan; Obamas to arrive any moment now.
12:40 pm reaches Rajghat, plants a tree.
1:30 pm: Working lunch with PM Modi at Hyderabad House
At 2.45 p.m. the U.S. president and the Indian prime minister will provide the press with a chance to capture them walking and talking at Hyderabad House.
4:10 pm: Modi-Obama joint presser
6:45 pm: Obamas meet US embassy personnel and their families
7:50 pm: Dinner at Rashtrapti Bhavan.
Holding up the trade is India's reluctance to pass legislation shielding suppliers from liability in the event of a nuclear accident, a deviation from international norms.Indian and US officials have been engaged in close consultations.
Delhi has said it cannot change the law -- but is willing to address US concerns within that framework, by offering an insurance pool which can cover supplier liability.
Officials say there has been progress, but emphasise that even if there is a breakthrough, what can be expected is a change in US government's approach to the issue. Details will eventually have to be worked out by US companies with Indian counterparts for specific projects.
Pic: The President's bodyguard rehearsing at the Rashtrapati Bhavan forecourt on Friday.
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Pic: Security outside Rajghat where Obama will pay tribute to the Mahatma
Prime Minister Modi
Air Commodore CK Kumar, VM - Indian Air Force Palam Base Commander
Piyush Goyal, minister
Sujatha Singh - Foreign Secretary
Dr. S Jaishankar - Indian Ambassador to the US
Vinay M Kwatra - Indian Join Secretary (AMS), MEA
Melineh Verma - US Ambassador to India Spouse
Captain Timothy Maricle - US Defense Attach
Jaideep Mazumdar - Indian Chief of Protocol
US Ambassador Richard Verma
Snipers of Delhi Police and National Security Guards will occupy all high-rise buildings on the routes which Obama will be travelling.
The green ridge opposite to Maurya Sheraton hotel has been thoroughly checked and police personnel have been deployed in the jungles along the ridge till the US president leaves.Pic: That's a pic of the Modi-Obama hug tweeted by MEA spokes Syed Akbaruddin.
Pic: One for the album. The Obamas and PM Modi at the airport this morning.
Ceremonial welcome ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Obama to lay a wreath and pay homage at the Mahatma Gandhi memorial at Rajghat.
Bilateral discussions at Hyderabad House: The two leaders will first have a restricted meeting, followed by delegation-level talks over lunch.
PM Modi to host lunch for President Obama.
Meeting and dinner hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee
It is a departure from protocol for the prime minister to receive the visiting dignitary.