Narendra Modi-Trump summit: Hugs, business and support for India

If hugs and handshakes are markers to personal and bilateral relationships, then the first get-to-know meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump seems to have been singularly successful.

The optics -- as seen on TV -- showed Trump proffering his hand of friendship to Modi -- he called him a "true friend" more than once in the course of

Narendra Modi invites Dutch investors to India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday invited Dutch businesses, particularly its pension funds, to invest in India "where doing business is being rapidly eased" through a series of economic reforms.

Modi, who is on an official visit to the Netherlands, met the country's leading chief executives, along with his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte, here in the nation's

India, US to review trade relations to increase market access

The United States and India plan to undertake a comprehensive review of trade relations to expedite regulatory processes and increase market access in areas such as agriculture, information technology, and manufactured goods and services, according to a joint statement.

The joint statement issued after talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump said that

India, Netherlands on same page on global issues: Narendra Modi

India and the Netherlands are on the same page on several global issues, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here on Tuesday.

"Today the world is interdependent, inter-connected. It is natural that we will be discussing not only bilateral issues but also a slew of global issues," Modi said here in a joint statement issued with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

Trump urges Modi to fix deficit, but stresses strong ties

By Steve Holland and David Brunnstrom

WASHINGTON- U.S. President Donald Trump urged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to do more to relax Indian trade barriers on Monday during talks in which both leaders took great pains to stress the importance of a strong U.S.-Indian relationship.

At a closely watched first meeting between the two, Trump and Modi appear

Trump, Modi seek rapport despite friction on trade, immigration

By Steve Holland and David Brunnstrom

WASHINGTON  - U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold their first face-to-face meeting in Washington on Monday, seeking to boost U.S.-Indian relations despite differences over trade, the Paris climate accord and immigration.

Their White House session promises less pomp than Modi

GST could be studied in US B-schools: Narendra modi

The landmark Goods and Services Tax (GST) that will come into effect in India from July 1 could be a subject of study in US business schools, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday

"The implementation of the landmark initiative of GST could be a subject of studies in US business schools," Modi said while addressing American CEOs at a meeting here, according to a tweet b

U.S. lawmakers urge Trump to press Modi on trade, investment

Leading U.S. congressmen have called on President Donald Trump to press Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to remove barriers to U.S. trade and investment when they meet for the first time on Monday.

The lawmakers, from the Republican and Democratic parties, said in a letter to Trump that high-level engagement with India had failed to eliminate major trade and investment barriers and

Modi launches India-Portugal International StartUp Hub

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Portugese counterpart Antonio Costa on Saturday launched the India-Portugal International StartUp Hub (IPISH) here to help in mutual capacity building, and enable connections between start-ups, investors, and incubators from relevant sectors.

According to an External Affairs Ministry statement, this is a platform initiated by Startup India and supp

Will build forward-looking vision with Trump administration: Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said he will hold in-depth discussions with President Donald Trump during his visit to the United States and hoped to build a forward-looking vision for partnership with the new administration.

In a statement before his forthcoming visit to Portugal, the US and the Netherlands, the Prime Minister said the visits were aimed at enhancing bilateral

U.S. approves sale of drones to India - General Atomics

 The United States government has approved the sale of a naval variant of the Predator drone made by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc to India, the U.S.-based company said on Friday.

Reuters reported earlier on Friday that the U.S. government was expected to authorise the sale of drones ahead of a visit next week by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

India has been l

'IP protection a key issue for India-US relationship'

Intellectual Property protection is a key issue for India-US relationship and the next week's meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump is expected to benefit the innovators on both sides, says an American industry body as per the PTI report.

Prime Minister Modi's US visit represents an opportunity for the Indian government to renew its commitm

Cabinet okays amendment of SSA between India, Netherlands

The Union Cabinet has approved amendment of bilateral Social Security Agreement (SSA) between India and the Netherlands, as per the government release. The government said in a release that, “The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved Amendment of the bilateral Social Security Agreement (SSA) between India and the Netherlands by incorporating the “Cou

Cabinet apprised of MoU on use of outer space between India, Armenia

The Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was apprised about a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space between India and Armenia. The MoU was signed in April 2017 during Vice President Hamid Ansari's visit to Armenia.

The pact shall enable cooperation in areas such as space science, technology and applications including remo

As Narendra Modi prepares for Donald Trump meeting, U.S. expected to OK India drone purchase

By Sanjeev Miglani and David Brunnstrom

NEW DELHI/WASHINGTON  - The United States is expected to authorize India's purchase of a naval variant of the Predator drone, a source familiar with the situation said on Thursday, ahead of a visit next week by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to try to revitalize ties in his first meeting with President Donald Trump

Cabinet passes resolution, thanks CMs for GST cooperation

The Union Cabinet, at a meeting here chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Thursday passed a resolution to express gratitude to Chief Ministers and others for cooperation on the Goods and Services Tax (GST) issue.

"The GST is a shining example of national integration and of fiscal federalism at its best. It is a testimony to the working of India's federal democracy. It

India eyes breakthrough on U.S. surveillance drones ahead of Modi trip

By Sanjeev Miglani and David Brunnstrom

NEW DELHI/WASHINGTON - India is pushing for U.S. approval of its request to buy a naval variant of the Predator drone, officials said, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi tries to revitalise relations with Washington when he meets President Donald Trump for the first time.

Securing agreement on the purchase of 22 unarmed d

International Yoga Day: PM attends mass Yoga event in Lucknow

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday participated in a mass Yoga demonstration event in Lucknow on the occasion of the International Day of Yoga - 2017. The Prime Minister's Office said in a statement that, thousands of people gathered at the Ramabai Ambedkar Maidan for the event despite continuous rain in the city.

PM Modi conveyed his greetings from Lucknow to all those

Prime Minister dedicates Powergrid`s 400 kV Lucknow - Kanpur D/C Transmission Line to nation

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday dedicated POWERGRID’s 400 Kilo Volt(kV) Lucknow – Kanpur Direct Current (D/C) Transmission Line with associated bays to the Nation.

“Constructed as a part of “Northern Region Strengthening Scheme-XXXII”, this transmission line will provide high quality transmission infrastructure for ensuring reliable and qualit

Narendra Modi to take part in Yoga Day programme in Lucknow on June 21

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take part in various programmes including the Yoga Day programme in Lucknow on Wednesday. He will be visiting Lucknow on Tuesday, said the media reports. The Prime Minister's Office said in a statement that, “Today evening, the Prime Minister will visit CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute (CSIR-CDRI).” The Prime Minister will also inaugurat

Modi to discuss H-1B visa issue with Trump next week - official

By Manoj Kumar

NEW DELHI  - Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take up the issue of visas for skilled workers when he meets U.S. President Donald Trump next week in Washington, a senior government official said on Tuesday.

Trump has ordered a review of the U.S. visa programme for bringing high-skilled foreign workers into the United States, putting techn

India raises soybean minimum purchase price by 10 percent - trade sources

NEW DELHI - India has raised the minimum purchase price for soybeans to 3,050 rupees ($47.31) per 100 kg from 2,775 rupees, trade sources told Reuters, as the government seeks to protect farmers from falling market prices.

The South Asian nation is carrying a huge inventory from last year's record harvest, compounding the woes of millions of debt-ridden farmers wh

Global Economy Weekahead: So, is it actually the euro zone that's strong and stable?

By Jonathan Cable

LONDON - The deluge of cash poured into the euro zone economy in recent years by the European Central Bank appears to have finally resulted in solid - and more importantly, steady - economic growth, along with rising inflationary pressures.

To borrow a phrase from British Prime Minister Theresa May's ill-fated election campaign, it'

Cabinet approves Bill to address bankruptcy in financial sector

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved the proposal to introduce a Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill, 2017. “The Bill would provide for a comprehensive resolution framework for specified financial sector entities to deal with bankruptcy situation in banks, insurance companies and financial sector entities,” according to a statement

Narendra Modi, Trump to focus on security coop, fighting terror

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump during their first meeting would set forth a vision to expand the India-US ties in an ambitious manner and discuss ways to advance common goals like fighting terrorism and expanding security cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region, said the PTI report.

The leaders of the world's two largest democracies with a combined populati