'Howdy Modi': PM speaks of India's data and diversity, Trump endorses him

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US President Donald Trump at NRG Stadium, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Houston. (Photo: AP/PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump met at an Indian-American rally in Houston, Texas, as their nations negotiate for easing trade tensions. 

Modi said Trump told him during their first meeting that India has a “true friend” in the White House, and the US leader’s presence at the event is proof of that. He also said he admired Trump’s “sense of leadership” and taking ties between the two nations to a new level. Trump said he was India's "best friend in the White House ever".

The Indian-American rally dubbed “Howdy Modi!” was held in a 50,000-seat stadiums.

Modi arrived in the U.S. on Saturday after his government announced a $20 billion tax-cut stimulus for companies, strengthening his pitch to American chief executives about the ease of doing business in India.

U.S.-India trade relations have been fraught, with Trump repeatedly complaining about India’s high tariff rates, including a 50 per cent tariff on Harley-Davidson motorcycles.


12:12 AM IST PM Modi welcomes President Trump and his family to visit India. 'Thank you, America. May god bless you all,' he says concluding his speech.  

12:08 AM IST Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US President Donald Trump at NRG Stadium, Sept. 22, 2019, in Houston for the 'Howdy, Modi' event | Photo: AP/PTI

12:06 AM IST American business leaders told me India's decision to cut corporate tax has sent a 'very positive message': PM Modi.

12:04 AM IST Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US President Donald Trump at NRG Stadium, Sept. 22, 2019, in Houston for the 'Howdy, Modi' event | Photo: AP/PTI

12:03 AM IST PM Modi accuses Pakistan of sponsoring terrorism, without naming the country.

11:57 PM IST India's lawmakers deserve standing ovation for scrapping Article 370: Modi

11:55 PM IST India has bid 'farewell' to Article 370. It had hindered Jammu and Kashmir's development and was being misused by terrorists: PM Modi  

11:45 PM IST Data is the new gold. If data is available for cheapest anywhere it's in India: PM Modi. 

11:41 PM IST India is aiming 'high and achieving higher': PM Modi

11:39 PM IST India is challenging itself, India is changing itself: PM Modi. 'India is challenging the mindset of people who think nothing can change'.

11:37 PM IST Índia's greatest mantra now is 'sabka sath, sabka vikas': Modi

11:33 PM IST Unity in diversity is the strength of our democracy--it makes us unique: PM Modi.

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Modi invites Trump to visit India

PM Modi welcomes President Trump and his family to visit India. 'Thank you, America. May god bless you all,' he says concluding his speech.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US President Donald Trump at NRG Stadium, Sept. 22, 2019, in Houston for the 'Howdy, Modi' event | Photo: AP/PTI

'Very positive message in cutting corporate tax'

American business leaders told me India's decision to cut corporate tax has sent a 'very positive message': PM Modi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US President Donald Trump at NRG Stadium, Sept. 22, 2019, in Houston for the 'Howdy, Modi' event | Photo: AP/PTI

PM points finger at Pakistan

PM Modi accuses Pakistan of sponsoring terrorism, without naming the country.

Article 370

India's lawmakers deserve standing ovation for scrapping Article 370: Modi

India has bid 'farewell' to Article 370: Modi

India has bid 'farewell' to Article 370. It had hindered Jammu and Kashmir's development and was being misused by terrorists: PM Modi
 

Data is gold: PM Modi

Data is the new gold. If data is available for cheapest anywhere it's in India: PM Modi. 

'India is aiming high and achieving higher'

India is aiming 'high and achieving higher': PM Modi

'India is changing'

India is challenging itself, India is changing itself: PM Modi. 'India is challenging the mindset of people who think nothing can change'.

'sabka sath, sabka vikas'

Índia's greatest mantra now is 'sabka sath, sabka vikas': Modi

Unity in diversity: PM Modi

Unity in diversity is the strength of our democracy--it makes us unique: PM Modi.

India has many languages: PM Modi

Languages are the mark of our liberal and democratic country, says PM Modi.

Everything is fine in India, says Modi

Everything is fine in India, says PM Modi in various Indian languages.

Unprecedented event: PM Modi

"This scene, this environment is unprecedented. The mood reflects what Texas," says PM Modi after Trump speech.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a mega ‘Howdy, Modi’ gala event at Houston in the United States, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019 | Photo: PTI

India, US will work together: Trump

India and US will work together to make their nations stronger and prosperous. 'God bless America and God bless India': Trump

Trump praises Indian Americans

I look forward to work with Modi to make our nations more prosperous than ever before, Trump says as he praises role of Indian Americans.

NBA match in Mumbai

Next week, people will gather in Mumbai to watch first NBA match. Be careful, I may visit: Donald Trump tells Modi

India, US ties strongest now: Trump

Our relationship today is stronger than ever before and we are grounded in commitment to democracy, says Trump

India's on the rise: Trump

Under PM Modi the world is witnessing a strong, thriving and sovereign India: Trump

I'm India's best friend: Trump

India never had a better friend in the White House than me, says Donald Trump.

Indian Americans enrich US: Trump

Indian Americans enrich our values and uphold our culture. My administration is fighting for you every day: Trump.

Modi doing exceptional job for India: Trump.

'PM Modi is doing a truly exceptional job for India. This is a profoundly historic event': President Trump. 'We love you and support you'.

Trump, a 'great American president: Modi

'Millions of people across time zones are witnessing history in the making,' says PM Modi about his meeting with President Trump at Houston public rally. Modi calls Trump 'great American president'.
Mayor of Houston Sylvester Turner presents the Key to the City to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the mega ‘Howdy, Modi’ gala event at Houston in the United States, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019 | Photo: PTI

Trump has made America great again: PM Modi

'This moment is extraordinary and unprecedented. President Trump has made America great again: PM Modi.

Trump has made a lasting impact: Modi

Trump--from CEO to commander in chief. He has left a deep and lasting impact everywhere. Today he is with us: PM Modi.

A very special person is with US: Modi about Trump

'Good morning, Texas. Good morning, America. We have a very special person with us," says PM Modi as he introduces President Trump to Houston stadium.

'Shared dreams, bright future'

A banner on the Houston stadium stage says 'shared dreams, bright future' about India and the US as Modi and Trump walk in.

Modi, Trump arrive on stage

Prime Minister Modi and President Trump walk on to stage for their speeches to the sound of drummers and cheering crowds.

Trump arrives for 'Howdy, Modi!' event

US President Donald Trump arrives at Houston's NRG stadium for meeting with PM Modi. He is seen speaking to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and other Indian officials.

'Shared hope'

Shared hope binds US and India together: US House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.

India is America's trusted friend: US lawmaker

Modi "is the reason that so many Americans see India as a trusted friend", says US House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.

Houston Mayor honours PM Modi

Mayor Sylvester Turner presents keys of Houston city to PM Modi as mark.

Modi set to speak

Prime Minister Modi meets US lawmakers, waves to thousands of Indian Americans gathered for his speech in Houston's NRG stadium.

Modi arrives

Prime Minister Modi arrives on stage for speech to Indian Americans.

Modi gets Houston welcome

'Welcome to our great friend to the energy capital of the world, Houston,' says Senator John Cornyn about Modi.

'Texas-sized welcome for Modi'

"It's a Texas-sized welcome for PM Modi," says US Senator John Cornyn (R)

US Congress members introduced

US Congress members being introduced at 'Howdy Modi!' event. Crowd cheers as emcee reads out the names of Senators and Representatives.

Trump, Modi to speak shortly

PM Modi and President Trump to shortly walk on the stage at Houston stadium. Trump will speak first at 9.39pm IST for 30 minutes. Modi will follow up at 10.15pm, say TV reports.

Will have a 'good time' with Modi: Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump says that he and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have a "good time" at the 'Howdy, Modi!' event. "We'll be going to Houston and we'll be at a very nice big stadium packed full of people with Prime Minister Modi," said Trump in Washington before he left for Houston.
 

Drumming up support for PM Modi

Tellurian signs $7.5 billion deal with India's Petronet

Tellurian Inc. has signed a $7.5 billion agreement for India’s Petronet LNG Ltd. to buy into its proposed liquefied natural gas terminal in Louisiana, in what could potentially be one of the largest foreign investments in the U.S. to ship shale gas abroad. The deal was signed in Houston in the presence of Prime Minister Modi.

Modi meets Indian Americans

Corporate tax cut pitch

Modi's government on Friday cut corporate taxes to rival some of the lowest in Asia, helping India compete with the likes of Vietnam and Indonesia to attract investments. When Modi meets energy company CEOs in Houston Saturday, he’s expected to tout the trimmed rates.
 

Meeting with energy companies

Modi met with CEOs of 17 global energy companies, which have a combined net worth of $1 trillion with a presence in 150 countries, said Raveesh Kumar, MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar.

'30-minute Trump speech'

According to a schedule released by the White House, Trump will spend 100 minutes at the stadium where the 'Howdy, Modi!'' is being held. He is expected to be present in the audience during Modi's speech and may speak for 30 minutes later, reported news agency PTI.