Obama in India: As it happened on Sunday

5:26 pm: Besides the personal chemistry between the two of us, we are also reflecting the warmth between the people of the two countries, says Obama

By Ajith Vijay Kumar | Updated: Jan 26, 2015, 01:14 AM IST
Obama in India: As it happened on Sunday

9.40 pm: US President Obama raises a toast to the great partnership of the two nations and to the Indo-US friendship. 

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

9.39 pm: Tonight I was thinking of wearing a 'Modi kurta' myself: Barack Obama at the Rashtrapati Bhavan

9.38 pm: I also want to thank you for not making me dance again: Barack Obama at the Rashtrapati Bhavan

9.38 pm: I want to extend my thanks for the extraordinary hospitality that you have shown us today: 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

9.32 pm: Our deepening strategic & defence cooperation is for making the region & world a safer place: President Pranab Mukherjee

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9.32 pm: It is the shared vision that forms the bedrock of our relationship today: President Pranab Mukherjee

9.31 pm: We are creating history, a better future together: President Pranab Mukherjee

9.30 pm: The relationship between India-US is a special one: 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

9.13 pm: Your presence at our Republic Day testifies to our growing ties of friendship and trust: President tells Obama

9.13 pm: Allowing safe havens in any country is same as allowing all countries become potential targets of terrorism: President tells Obama

9.11 pm: World must adopt zero tolerance to terrorism: President tells Obama

9.11 pm: World’s largest democracy and oldest democracy share values like democracy, liberty, freedom of choice & pluralism: President tells Obama

9.09 pm: This is a special relationship forged in the hearts and minds of our two people: President tells Obama

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

9.05 pm: Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi Kailash Satyarthi too among the invitees. 

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.

8.30 pm: PM Narendra Modi arrives at the Rashtrapati Bhavan for the banquet hosted in honour of President Obama.

8.15 pm: Over 250 guests have been invited to the dinner hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee.

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8.10 pm: Obama has arrived at the Rashtrapati Bhavan for the dinner banquet.

6.53 pm: India and US have agreed to explore development of jet engine in the country, says Indian Ambassador to US S Jaishankar

6.50 pm: First time at the leader level we have a hotline set up however at lower levels there are hotlines: MEA  

6.45 pm: Under DTTI, agreed to explore development of jet engines in India, says Indian Ambassador to US S Jaishankar 

6.35 pm: The deal is done, says Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh

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6.35 pm: India and the US have broken logjam on nuclear deal, says Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh

6.35 pm: There has been breakthrough in strategic, civil nuclear, defence and on economic sides, says Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh

5.28 pm: That is perhaps because he is new. After you have done it for 6 years, you can get an extra hour, says Obama

5:28 pm: One thing I can tell you we discussed is how much sleep each one of us gets. I have come to know that Modi gets less sleep than me, says Obama

5:26 pm: Besides the personal chemistry between the two of us, we are also reflecting the warmth between the people of the two countries, says Obama

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5:22 pm: The reason why me meet often is important. 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. This personal chemistry between myself and Barack has brought India and US together, says Modi 

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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 

5:15 pm: Deepening ties with India will remain a top foreign policy priority for our administration: Obama 

5:12 pm: In the end I would like to say, "Chalein saath saath", says Obama

5:11 pm: Thanked PM for his continued efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapon: Obama

5:10 pm: I am looking forward to tomorrow’s ceremonies which I am told are spectacular: Obama 

5:09 pm: We are also launching a new joint programme to improve air quality in Indian cities, says Obama

5:08 pm: Support India's seat at UNSC, says Obama

5:07 pm: We work together to address our interests in the Asia-Pacific, says Obama

5:06 pm: We will jointly develop defence technologies, says Obama

5:04 pm: Trade between the two countries have increased by over 60%, we want to trade more, says Obama

5:03 pm: Your reputation preceded you. At Madison Square Garden you were greeted like a Bollywood star. Thank you for 'Chai Pe Charcha', says Obama to Modi

5:03 pm: US and India has declared a new declaration of friendship - Obama

5:01 pm: 'Mera Pyaar Bhara Namaskar' says Barack Obama., says Modi

4:57 pm: We have renewed our Defence Framework Agreement. We will deepen our cooperation on maritime security. 

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4:55 pm: 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, says PM Modi

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4:52 pm: ​The success of this partnership is crucial for advancing peace and prosperity - Modi 

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4:50 pm: 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, says PM Modi

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4:50 pm: 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, says Modi

4:50 pm: 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, says Modi

4:49 pm: Modi's opening remarks - Mr President,  we are honoured that you accepted our invitation to be the chief guest of your Republic Day.

4:48 pm: Modi and Obama arrive for interaction with the press.

3:50 pm: India and US achieve a breakthrough on operationalisation of the civil nuclear deal, confirms news agency PTI.

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. They are scheduled to issue a joint statement and later jointly address the press.  

3:05 pm: PM Narendra Modi pours tea for Barack Obama as they sit and talk at the special shamiana in the Hyderabad House lawns. 

3 pm: After working lunch, PM Modi, President Obama take a stroll at Hyderabad House gardens.

2:40 pm: Delegation-level talks underway after Modi and Obama meet over working lunch.

2:25 pm: President Obama and PM Modi may take a stroll at Hyderabad House gardens. A special 'shamiana' with two chairs set up in the lawns. 

2:01 pm: PM Modi presents the 'official report of the Constituent Assembly debates' to President Obama.

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1:30 pm: Narendra Modi and Barack Obama begin bilateral talks on crucial issues. Nuclear deal, climate change and defence cooperation are on top of the agenda. 

1:16 pm: Obama arrives at Hyderabad House to hold talks with Modi. 

1:02 pm: Obama heads to Hyderabad House to hold formal talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

12:55 pm: President Barack Obama plants a Peepal tree in Rajghat garden. Obama is the fourth US president after Dwight Eisenhower, George Bush and Bill Clinton to plant a sapling. 

12:50 pm: Obama gifted a 'charkha' at Rajghat. The US President is known for his appreciation of Gandhi's ideals.

12:47 pm: Barack Obama laid a wreath and offered floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at his samadhi Rajghat.

12:43 pm: US President Barack Obama arrives at Rajghat. Union Minister Piyush Goyal is accompanying him. 

12:27 pm:  Barack Obama leaves for Rajghat to pay tribute to Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi.

12:24 pm:  "It's a great honour," says Obama after ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

12:22 pm:  US President Barack Obama introduces his Indian counterpart Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to members of the US delegation.

12:21 pm:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduces Obama to select members of his cabinet and other members of the Indian delegation.

12:20 pm:  US President Barack Obama inspects Guard of Honour at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The Guard of Honour was led by woman commanding officer Pooja Thakur. 

12:14 pm: President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi receive US President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan. 

11:20 am:  US National Security Advisor Susan Rice tweets:

11:19 am:  Obama's National Security Council tweets:

Also Read: Honoured to be in India for Republic Day: Barack Obama

11:07 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invited all chief ministers to the dinner he will be hosting in honour of US President Barack Obama

11:00 am: MEA statement: Barack Obama's visit reflective of growing ties between India, US

10:50 am: Modi and Obama to hold extensive talks on strategic issues including nuclear and defence at Hyderabad House later today.

10:05 am: Barack Obama's cavalcade reaches Hotel Maurya. The presidential couple will later head to the Rashtrapati Bhavan for a ceremonial reception at noon.

9:59 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also left the Palam technical area. 

9:55 am: After Modi introduced Obama and Michelle to other officials present at the tarmac, the three of them waved to the waiting media. Later the US President and the First Lady left for Hotel Maurya in the presidential limousine 'The Beast'.

9:50 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomes US President Barack Obama. After a handshake, both leaders hug each other. 

9:49 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at the airport to receive Obama and First Lady Michelle. Union Minister Piyush Goyal and other dignitaries are also present at the tarmac to welcome the dignitaries. 

9:42 am: The aircraft has been parked at the Air Force technical area at Palam. 

9:40 am: US President Barack Obama's Air Force One has landed at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport. Reports said Prime Minister Narendra Modi will personally welcome him at the airport.       

  • Modi and Obama will take a stroll together in the Hyderabad House garden after joint statement, the ANI reported.
  • 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. I can assure you that outcomes in terms of symbolism an substance would be historical,” he said. He added that the two countries have shared an expansive relationship in variety of sectors and substantial outcomes are expected after discussions between Obama and Modi. 
  • Obama, during his address at the Siri Fort auditorium on Tuesday, would speak on how to tap the energy of the people of India and the US, and to turn that into positive progress on the issues that matter in people's lives, a top official has said, the PTI reported.
  • Modi and Obama are likely to hold seven meetings. They will discuss issues including counter-terrorism, renewable energy and intellectual property rights.
  • Accompanied by his wife Michelle Obama, he is scheduled to arrive at 10 am at the Air Force Station at Palam.
  • US President Barack Obama will arrive in India in Air Force One, the presidential aircraft, on Sunday at 10 am for three-day visit. He is accompanied by his wife Michelle Obama.

An unprecedented security cover, comprising Delhi Police and paramilitary forces, has been put in place in the national capital.

The Indian intelligence agencies, security agencies are working in close coordination with the US Secret Service.

He is the first US President to be invited as the chief guest for annual Republic Day parade. Obama is the only US President to visit India twice during his term in the office.

CCTV cameras have been installed on the route in which Obama will be travelling and on Rajpath where he will visit to attend the Republic Day parade.

Ahead of the visit, the White House has said that it is “genuine honour” for the US President to be invited as the chief guest.

During his visit, he is scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and will hold meeting with the CEOs and business leaders.