PM Narendra Modi departs for Ireland, US

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Photo: Vijay Pandey
Photo: Vijay Pandey

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on 23 September, left on a visit to Ireland and the United States. During his visit, the PM has a host of other engagements lined up.

Modi will spend 23 September in Ireland where he will meet Prime Minister Enda Kenny. On the same evening, he will land in New York on the US leg of his tour. Modi will be in the US till September 29.

The ministry of external affairs  has planned UN General Assembly and other meetings from September 24 to 26, while his West Coast itinerary has been chalked out by Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

Apart from visiting Google and Facebook headquarters, he will also meet Apple CEO Tim Cook, Microsoft’s Satya Nadella and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. He will also visit the Tesla office; he will take part in a lunch hosted by Indian Ambassador Arun Kumar Singh and dine with 400 CEOs.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has offered to deploy Powerwall, a rechargeable lithium-ion battery for use in residences, in India. Modi is likely to offer Tesla a role in his Smart Cities project.

The PM will also discuss clean technologies and renewable energy at Stanford University. “As an entrepreneur and VC in Silicon Valley, I’ve never seen this level of excitement. PM Modi has a charisma that is striking the right chord. We are building prototypes of apps by coding all night towards the PM’s Digital India, Skilled India and Smart Cities vision,” said Karl Mehta, founder & CEO of EdCast Inc.

He will leave for the West Coast, on 26 September. Meanwhile, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi also left for the United States.  “He is travelling to Aspen to attend a conference. The conference is expected to be attended by global leaders, both in the government and the private sector. Gandhi would be in the US when Modi would be visiting New York to attend the UN General Assembly session,” said Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala.

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