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PM Narendra Modi in Australia: As it happened on Friday

After concluding his three-day Myanmar trip, Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Brisbane, Australia on Friday. Here, Modi will attend the G20 summit over the next two days and meet several world leaders, before participating in bilateral engagements with the Australian government. Here are the live updates from Brisbane:


PM Narendra Modi in Australia: As it happened on Friday

Brisbane: After concluding his three-day Myanmar trip, Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Brisbane, Australia on Friday. Here, Modi will attend the G20 summit over the next two days and meet several world leaders, before participating in bilateral engagements with the Australian government. Here are the live updates from Brisbane:

7.05 pm: Modi tweets that several issues were discussed during his dinner meeting with PM Abe. 

5:35 pm: A minor controversy erupted during PM Modi's visit to Queensland University of Technology (QUT), where the Indian map on display had Kashmir missing from it. This had prompted a strong protest by the Indian contingent and MEA Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin confirmed that QUT has issued an unqualified apology for the error.

Also Read: Australian university apologises for India map blunder during Modi visit

3:35 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is now meeting his friend and Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe over dinner.

Also Read: Japanese PM Abe hosts dinner for Modi in Brisbane

2:45 pm: “Your's is a very inspiring vision; UK wants to partner in any way we can,” Cameron further tells PM Modi. 

Also Read: PM Narendra Modi meets EU chief, Cameron

2:32 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets his UK counterpart David Cameron in Brisbane. Cameron stresses that relations with India feature among the top priorities of the UK government.

2:20 pm: PM Modi, meanwhile, tells EU to take advantage of the new economic environment in India.  

2:10 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi leads an Indian delegation in talks with members of an EU team. At the talks, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy tell PM Modi that the European Union is keen to re-engage with India in all areas, especially trade.

Also Read: PM Modi to highlight black money issue at G20 in Australia

1:15 pm: In a noble gesture, PM Modi has tweeted that he has “personally” asked organisers to arrange for cartoonist Ramesh Chandra's visit to Sydney's Olympic Park where he will address the Indian community on Monday. An Indian TV Editor had earlier highlighted that Oz-based Chandra, who is suffering from cancer, was very keen to meet PM Modi but was short of means to come to the Olympic Park.  

12:08 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has tweeted that he clicked a selfie with young students at the QUT.

11:40 am: PM Modi interacts with children at Queensland University of Technology, says, "I am fortunate to be among children on Chacha Nehru's birthday."

11:12 am: “Research is the mother of development” is what PM Modi wrote on the Agro Robot at QUT, tweets MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin.

Also Read: PM Narendra Modi visits Australian varsity, gets update on agriculture

11:02 am: PM Modi is taking a tour of the QUT. He also writes a message on the Agro Robot at the university.

10:50 am: PM Narendra Modi is now at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) to attend the first programme in Brisbane. He is expected to address students at QUT.  

9:20 am: PM Modi also remembered India's first prime minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, on his 125th birth anniversary.

9:15 am: PM Modi has just tweeted a picture of Brisbane, writing “Reached Brisbane. It is bright and sunny outside.”

8:30 am: Later today, PM Modi will attend a dinner hosted by his friend and Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe. The PM is also scheduled to meet his UK counterpart David Cameron today.

8:10 am: PM Modi will also address members of the Indian community at a mega event in Sydney.

8:00 am: After the Summit gets over, PM Modi will travel to Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne to attend bilateral engagements from November 16 to 18. In Canberra, PM Modi will hold talks with his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott. The Australian PM will host a reception for Modi at the iconic 161-year-old Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). The Indian PM will also address a joint sitting of Federal Parliament.

Also Read: Modi-Abbott to pose with World Cup trophy at MCG

7:50 am: On the sidelines of the G20 Summit, PM Modi will hold talks with several world leaders including Germany's Angela Merkel, Britain's David Cameron and France's Francois Hollande.

Also Read: Narendra Modi arrives in 'bright and sunny' Brisbane

7:45 am: At the G20 Summit on November 15 and 16, Modi is expected to voice his concerns over "jobless growth", stressing that economic growth should also create employment. He is also likely to seek international cooperation in the black money probe back home.

Also Read: India and Australia - An overview

7:40 am: Modi's visit is the first by any Indian PM to Australia in the last two decades. Former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi had visited the country in 1986.

7:35 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived in Brisbane, Australia, from Myanmar after attending the ASEAN-India and East Asia Summits.

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