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Modi in US Highlights: India will spend $50 billion on water conservation, says PM

PM Modi in US: Signalling that water management would be its priority, PM Modi said India would spend $50 billion on water conservation in the next few years.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 24, 2019 6:16:52 am
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the UN Climate Action Summit on Monday.

After addressing over 50,000 members of the Indian diaspora in Texas at the ‘Howdy, Modi’ event, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Climate Action Summit hosted by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in the UN General Assembly chamber.

Signalling that water management would be its priority, PM Modi said India would spend $50 billion on water conservation in the next few years. “India will increase the share of non-fossil fuel, will increase renewable energy capacity to beyond 175 GW by 2022 and take it to 400 GW,” PM Modi said.

Later in the day, PM Modi is to address the first-ever high-level meeting on universal health coverage, which will launch new efforts to provide access for all to affordable, inclusive and resilient health systems.

The Prime Minister is also scheduled to address the ‘Leaders’ Dialogue on Strategic Responses to Terrorist and Violent Extremist Narratives’, organised by a group of countries, along with the UN Secretariat, which deals with the Office of Counter-terrorism.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Climate Action Summit at the UN headquarters and said that India would spend $50 billion on water conservation in the next few years.

06:15 (IST)24 Sep 2019
Opinion: India and the US need to address the vexed issues in trade

Opinion: At the Houston spectacle on Sunday that bought together an enthusiastic Indian diaspora, the personal chemistry between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump was all too evident. But the celebrations at Texas must yield tangible outcomes at New York where the two leaders are set to meet again today on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly’s annual session. Read more here

03:30 (IST)24 Sep 2019
PM Modi at UNGA

Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the Leader's Dialogue on Strategic Responses to Terrorist and Violent Extremist Narratives, at the United Nations headquarters in New York. 

03:10 (IST)24 Sep 2019
Ready, willing, and able to mediate in Kashmir, says Trump in meeting with Pak PM Imran Khan

Trump said he is "ready, willing and able'' to mediate in the Kashmir issue "if both (India and Pakistan) want it." "It is a complex issue. It is being going on for a long time. But if both want it, I will be ready to do it," he said.

00:17 (IST)24 Sep 2019
Modi holds series of bilateral meetings on sidelines on UNGA session

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday held a series of bilateral meetings, including with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Colombian President Ivan Marquez and Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session here.

Modi arrived here Sunday night to participate in the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly after delivering an electrifying address in Houston to over 50,000 members of the Indian diaspora at a mega community event also addressed by President Donald Trump.

On the sidelines of the UN session, Modi interacted with German Chancellor Merkel, Colombian President Marquez, Bhutan Prime Minister Lotay Tshering and the Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

21:52 (IST)23 Sep 2019
'Unexpected visitor' at UN Summit!

US President Donald Trump made an "unexpected" visit to the UN Climate Action Summit, where he stayed for about 15 minutes. Although he didn't speak at the summit, he listened to addresses of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel before leaving.

US President Donald Trump listens during the United Nations Climate Action Summit. (AP Photo)
21:42 (IST)23 Sep 2019
World not doing enough to overcome challenge of climate change: PM Modi

Addressing the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday said  India would spend $50 billion in the next few years on water conservation besides pledging to more than double India’s non-fossil fuel target to 400 gigawatts. Read more

20:34 (IST)23 Sep 2019
'India is launching a coalition for disaster resiliant structure': PM Modi

"India is launching a coalition for disaster resiliant structure. This year, on August 15, we called a peoples' movement to end use of single-use plastic. Tomorrow we will inaugurate solar panels installed by India on the roof of the United Nations," says Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he ends his address at the Climate Action Summit

20:31 (IST)23 Sep 2019
'Launched Jal Jeevan mission for water harvesting': PM Modi

"We are encouraging e-mobility in our transport sector. We have given clean gas connection to 115 million families. We have also started Jal Jeevan mission for water resource development, water conservation and rain water harvesting": PM Modi

20:29 (IST)23 Sep 2019
'India is here to present a practical approach and roadmap': PM Modi

"I thank UN Secretary-General for organising the Global Action Summit. Various efforts are being made to fight climate change. What is needed today is everything from education, values to lifestyle and behavioural change," says PM Modi at the Climate Action Summit.

20:27 (IST)23 Sep 2019
PM Modi addresses Climate Action Summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the Climate Action Summit at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

20:23 (IST)23 Sep 2019
'New Zealand will play its part': New Zealand PM

"New Zealand will play its part in the global change," says Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand Prime Minister while addressing the Climate Action Summit

20:17 (IST)23 Sep 2019
Pope Francis sends a personal message to the Climate Action Summit

"Thank you for drawing the attention of all heads of states to the climate change. Climate change is one of the principle challenges that we have to face. With the Paris Agreement of December 12, 2015, the international community became aware of responsibility for climate change," says Pope Francis in his special message to the Climate Action Summit.

Pope Francis reads out his message.(Youtube/Videograb)
20:11 (IST)23 Sep 2019
'Entire ecosystem is collapsing,' says 16-year-old Greta Thunberg

"People are suffering and dying. Entire ecosystem is collapsing. And all you are talking about is money and fairytales," 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg breaks down while speaking on climate change at the Climate Action Summit.

16-year-old Greta Thunberg breaks down while addressing the Climate Action Summit
19:56 (IST)23 Sep 2019
Our obligation to do everything to stop the climate warming: Guterres

"It is our obligation to do everything to stop the climate warming before it stops us. Let us lace up our running shoes and join the climate race for us all": UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

19:51 (IST)23 Sep 2019
This is a Climate Action Summit: UN Secretary-General

"This is not a climate talk summit. This is not a climate negotiate summit. This is a Climate Action Summit," says UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres

UN General-Secretary Antonio Guterres addressed the Climate Action Summit. (Youtube/videograb)
19:45 (IST)23 Sep 2019
PM Modi arrives at the UN headquarters

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at the UN headquarters to attend the Climate Action Summit

19:21 (IST)23 Sep 2019
"The political declaration on #HealthForAll has just been approved by acclamation," tweets UNGA President

"The political declaration on #HealthForAll has just been approved by acclamation," tweets UNGA President Tijjani Muhammad-Bande

19:07 (IST)23 Sep 2019
United Nations tweets on the meeting on universal health coverage

"Universal health coverage means ensuring all people have access to the quality health services they need - when & where they need them," tweets United Nations.

18:54 (IST)23 Sep 2019
‘Ironic’: Mufti’s daughter on PM’s Article 370 remark at ‘Howdy, Modi’ event

A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi championed his government’s decision to scrap Kashmir’s special status at his US event, Iltija Mufti, daughter of former J&K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, said it was “ironic” that a move taken to secure the interests of J&K gets “cheered everywhere except the state it is meant to benefit”. “Ironic that a move ostensibly taken to secure “special interests” of J&K gets cheered on everywhere except in the state that’s it meant to benefit,” Iltija, who has been using her mother’s Twitter account said in a tweet. Read more

15:54 (IST)23 Sep 2019
Historic day in world politics: BJP on 'Howdy Modi'

Top BJP leaders Monday hailed the 'Howdy Modi' event in Houston's NRG Stadium as "unprecedented" and "history in the making". Home Minister Amit Shah, while praising the event, tweeted, "A historic day in world politics! Leaders of the two most powerful democracies shared their ideas & dreams for a prosperous world together in a way that one has never seen before. #HowdyModi was unprecedented. It has left an indelible footprint of a stronger India on world map." Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the event in Houston has reignited shared Indian-American dreams and their bright futures. "The oldest and largest democracies joined hands today giving us hope and a promising future. It was history in the making," he said. (PTI)

President Donald Trump arrives to speak at the "Howdy Modi: Shared Dreams, Bright Futures" event with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at NRG Stadium, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

At the 'Howdy, Modi' event in Houston, PM Modi said India “bid farewell” to Article 370 because it was hindering development and fuelling terrorism. Then, in an indirect reference to Pakistan, Modi said that those who cannot manage their own country have “problems” with India’s decision. Sharing the stage with "loyal friend" Donald Trump, Modi endorsed him for a second term as US President. “Abki Baar Trump Sarkar,” he said.

Addressing the Indian diaspora at the Howdy Modi event in Houston, Modi said that after 70 years, “one thing has been bid farewell”. “Aap samajh gaye, na? (You have understood, haven’t you?) he said, to a loud cheer from the crowd. Then, he made it clear: “This issue is of Article 370.”

Read | PM Modi’s first stop in Houston: Meet with energy CEOs

The event was marked by the personal rapport between Modi and Trump, with both praising each other in their speeches. Modi called Trump warm, friendly, energetic, accessible, and full of wit, and referenced his own election slogan to say, “Abki Baar Trump Sarkar”. He said that Trump’s sense of leadership, passion for America, his concern for every American, and his strong resolve to make America great again has achieved much for the US and for the world.

Describing the event as “history in the making”, Modi said: “You had introduced me to your family when I came to the White House. Today, I have the honour of introducing you to my family.”

Read | Donald Trump, PM Modi share stage at ‘Howdy, Modi’: Top quotes

Trump spoke for about 24 minutes and called Modi one of America’s “most loyal” friends. Praising the Indian American community for their contribution, he said: “You have no better friend than President Donald Trump.”

As he ended his almost 50-minute speech, Modi reiterated a new commitment to build their countries and invited Trump to visit India with his family.

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