1. Narendra Modi in Netherlands Updates: PM says India of 21st century cannot be left behind, everything we have must be world class

Narendra Modi in Netherlands Updates: PM says India of 21st century cannot be left behind, everything we have must be world class

Narendra Modi in Netherlands Live Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today arrived in Amsterdam.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: June 28, 2017 12:29 AM
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Narendra Modi in Netherlands Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tusday concluded his three nation tour after making a successful visit to Netherlands. Earlier, The PM had concluded his visit to United States of America after meeting with President Donald Trump for the first time at White House.  His whirlwind visit to Netherlands was the final leg of three-nation tour. Earlier PM Modi had visited Portugal. In US, PM Modi was accorded a red carpet welcome even as Trump called him true friend. During their face-to-face meet last night, both the leaders discussed an array of issues. A joint statement was issued and PM Modi and President Trump addressed media at Rose Garden in White House. In Portugal, Modi held wide ranging talks with his counterpart Antonio Costa. The Prime Minister also addressed the Indian community and presented the Overseas Citizen of India card to Costa.

Pics | Narendra Modi in Netherlands: PM meets Dutch Premier Mark Rutte; check out the top moments 

Here are all the updates of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Netherlands:

11.20 pm: After a series of programmes in three nations- Portugal, USA and the Netherlands, PM Narendra Modi emplanes for Delhi.


10.50 pm: Many people here in the Netherlands do not have OCI cards, say PM Modi in Hague.

10.46 pm: The India of the 21st century cannot stay behind when it comes to technology and infrastructure. Everything we have must be world class: PM Modi

10.43 pm: Dutch naagrikon ke liye aane wale dinon mein 5 saal ka business visa dene ki disha mein Bharat sarkar soch rhi hai: PM Modi in

10.40 pm: I was surprised to know that even after presence of large Indian diaspora here, only 10% percent people have OCI card: Modi

10.36 pm: Coming of optical fibre network in the villages will give our villages the same facilities that are associated with cities only: PM

10.34 pm: The India of the 21st century cannot stay behind when it comes to technology and infrastructure. Everything we have must be world class: PM

10.32 pm: There is a Government serving at the Centre that is thinking about women-led development: PM Narendra Modi

10.31 pm: Mudra Yojana has turned our youth into job creators: PM @narendramodi

10.30 pm: India is about cooperative federalism. The centre and states working together for the development of India, this is our effort: PM

10.29 pm: Since taking office, our priority is Jan Bhagidari. We seek strength from people to bring a transformative change: PM

10.28 pm: Every Indian takes pride in the fact that India is a land of diversity: PM Narendra Modi

10.25 pm: If we’ll be able to make energy from our own natural sources, we’ll be able to cut a lot of export we make from gulf nations, says PM Narendra Modi in Hague.

10.23 pm: India has taken up the responsibility in the field of renewable energy. India is making every effort make energy from non conventional sources, says PM Narendra Modi in Hague.

10.22 pm: Indian women are now ready to fly fighter planes, says PM Narendra Modi in Hague

10.18 pm: The six-month maternity leave is an investment. They take care of child which will become India’s future, says PM Narendra Modi in Hague

10.17 pm: The role of women in the agriculture sector, cooperatives is very important. India’s Nari Shakti is contributing to India’s progress, says PM Narendra Modi in Hague

10.12 pm: In India, now women get 6 month maternity leave, says PM.

10.08 pm: Women are actively participating in India’s development: Modi

10.04 pm: Government is run with people’s participation (Sarkaar chalti hai janbhaagidaari se): PM Modi.

10.00 pm: Alone development or good governance cannot fulfill aspirations, a combination of both is required: PM Modi.

9.55 pm: I am here in the land which is home to Europe’s second largest Indian diaspora: PM

9.50 pm: Lekin yahan aap sab rashtradoot hain. Har Hindustani duniya ke har kone mein rashtradoot hai: PM Modi in Netherlands

9.45 pm: Sarkaar ki taraf se embassy hoti hai, ambassador hote hain, Babu log hote hain, lekin aapko pata hain unhe rajdoot kehte hain: PM Modi

9.40 pm: Netherlands is the country which has second largest Indian diaspora: PM Narendra Modi in Netherlands

9.35 pm: Yahan par rehne wale passport ka rang koi bhi kyun na ho, passport ke rang badalne se khoon ke rishte nahin badalte: PM Modi

9.30 pm: Expressing concern about the serious and grave threat posed by the spread of terrorism and violent extremism to both the countries and the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte reaffirmed their commitment to combat terrorism and prevent radicalisation that could lead to violent extremism.

9.15 pm: Cultural programme underway at Sportcampus Zuiderpark, PM Modi to address the Indian community shortly

9.00 pm: Both reaffirmed commitment to combat terrorism,prevent radicalization that could lead to violent extremism: India-Netherlands Jt Communiqué

8.45 pm: Both reiterated need for unified & collective effort by international community to eliminate terrorism thru holistic approach: Jt Communiqué

8.30 pm: The Dutch premier said the ties is only expected to grow in coming years. “Today we are giving fresh impetus to ties by easing the flow of capital in both directions. I believe this is one of the many ways to boost ties in the next 70 years and beyond,” he said.

8.15 pm: “India is now a global economic power. It is world’s second biggest economy and Indian market has a lot of potential. We have a plenty to offer to India too,” Dutch PM said.

8.00 pm: Dutch PM praised Modi for announcing major sustainable initiatives like ‘Clean India’ and ‘Make in India’. “The Netherlands is a key partner to help India achieve its goals,” he said.

7.45 pm: “Political because of the values we share with respect of rule of laws and security,” he said. He commended India for its commitment to renewal energy and to the Paris climate agreement.

7.30 pm: Modi said the Netherlands is the 5th largest investment partner globally and in the last three years it has emerged as the 3rd largest source of FDI for the country.  In the joint address, Dutch Prime Minister Rutte said India’s emergence as a global power is a “welcome development from both political and economic point of views.”

7.15 pm: “Ties between India and the Netherlands are very old. Our bilateral relations are very strong,” he said. He said that relations between India and the Netherlands are century old and the two countries will keep on moving towards stronger ties.

7.00 pm:  During the talks, Modi and his dutch counterpart reaffirmed their commitment to climate change accord and strengthen cooperation in developing renewable energy.  Ahead of the talks, Modi who is here on the final leg of his three-nation tour thanked the key European nation for backing India’s Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) membership.

6.52 pm: PM Modi at joint interaction with Dutch CEOs: Govt’s reforms seek to enhance ease of doing biz and bring standards at par w global standards.

6.50 pm: PM Modi at joint interaction with Dutch CEOs in Netherlands: Water is a prime sector for cooperation; irrigation and conservation

6.45 pm: India Netherlands signed MOU on Cultural Cooperation, MOU on Water Cooperation and Agreement on Amending Social Security Arrangement

6.30 pm: During the meet, describing the Netherlands as India’s “natural partner” in its economic development, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the bilateral ties with the country’s major trading partner will grow rapidly.  After the bilateral talks between Prime Minister Modi and his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte, the two countries signed three MoUs in the fields of social security, water cooperation and cultural cooperation.

5:30PM Exchange of MoUs between India and Netherlands in the Hague; PM Narendra Modi and Dutch counterpart Mark Ruttel also present.

5:13 PM WATCH: PM Narendra Modi and Dutch PM Mark Rutte issue press statement at Catshuis, the Hague


4:35 pm: Today India and Netherlands work together in many areas, trade, environment, agriculture, logistics innovation, culture and science, says Dutch PM Mark Rutte.

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4:30 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tete-a-tete with his Dutch counterpart PM Mark Rutte.

4:27 pm: Bonds between Indian and Netherlands goes back to 1947 and these relations have become stronger over the years, says Dutch PM Mark Rutte.

4:25 pm: Netherlands is a natural partner in the economic development of India. Our trade and economic ties are increasing, says PM Modi.

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4:22 pm: Ties between India and Netherlands are very old. Our bilateral relations are very strong:

4:20 pm: The world is inter-dependant and inter-connected. We would discuss both bilateral issues and those concerning the world:

4:18 pm: It is with the help of Netherlands that India successfully got membership of Missile Technology Control Regime last year, thank you: PM Modi

4:17 pm: This visit was decided at a very short notice, would like to laud your leadership for the way it is organized, says PM Modi to Dutch PM Mark Rutte.

4:16 pm: India is now a global economic power. We have plenty to offer to India: Dutch PM Mark Rutte at Catshuis, in the Hague

4:15 pm: I would like express gratitude for the warm welcome, says PM Modi.

4:13 pm: PM, Dutch premier Mark Rutte addressing media

4:12 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi received by Dutch PM Mark Rutte at Catshuis, official residence of the prime minister, in the Hague

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Political slugfest over PM Modi’s US visit

4:10 pm: Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu today said the Congress “deliberately refuses to see” the outcome of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US due to “sheer jealousy” and “guilt” of lost opportunities during the UPA’s regime.

4:05 pm: The information and broadcasting minister’s comments came after Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari termed the India-US joint statement as “disappointing and old hat”, lacking “new or big ideas” in the relationship between the two countries.

4:00 pm: Koenders had noted that increasing connectivity between India and the Netherlands, with more direct flights and investments and trade, underscores that the country is Indias hub to Europe, as per PTI report.

3:55 pm: “European Union. Even after Brexit, the European Union will remain one of the largest consumer markets in the world, with over 450 million citizens,” Koenders had said during his India visit.

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3:50 pm: Observing that the Netherlands does not want protectionism in the world, Koenders had pointed out that 80 per cent of India-EU trade is with countries on the European mainland.

3:45 pm: The Netherlands could serve as an “excellent gateway” to the European market for Indian businesses and the two nations have lots to offer each other, Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders had said earlier.

3:40 pm: Meanwhile, a state-run Chinese daily said that any attempt by India to become US ally to counter China will not be in its interests and could even lead to “catastrophic results”

3:35 pm: Earlier in the day, President Donald Trump welcomed India’s entry into the International Expedited Traveler Initiative (Global Entry Program), saying it would facilitate closer business and educational ties between the citizens of India and the US.

3:30 pm: Low-risk Indian travellers to the US from now on would experience speedy entry into the country after landing, with India making a formal entry into an American initiative.

3:25 pm: The citizens of Switzerland and the United Kingdom are also part of the programme, which India has now joined.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets Indian community outside his hotel in the Hague. (ANI image)

3:20 pm: Global Entry is a US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) programme which allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travellers upon arrival in the United States.

3:15 pm: On landing at select airports, the programme members enter the United States through automatic kiosks, instead of queueing up to clear the immigration by meeting an immigration officer.

3:10 pm: At these airports, the members proceed to the Global Entry kiosks, present their machine-readable passport or US permanent resident card, place their fingerprints on the scanner for fingerprint verification and complete a customs declaration.

3:00 pm: US President Donald Trump has supported India’s bid for a permanent seat in a reformed UN Security Council and in other multilateral institutions like the Nuclear Suppliers Group.

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2:55 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who met President Trump at the White House, thanked him for the support.

2:53 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets Indian community outside his hotel in the Hague.

2:50 pm: “Indo-Dutch economic engagement is a win-win proposition. I will discuss with PM Rutte as to how the two sides should work to further harness the synergies,” PM Modi had said in a Facebook post.

2:45 pm: “The Netherlands is our 6th largest trading partner in the EU and 5th largest investment partner globally. The Dutch expertise in areas such as water and waste management, agriculture and food processing, renewable energy and ports and shipping, matches with our development needs,” PM Modi had said earlier.

2:40 pm: Rutte had said that Dutch companies are keen to invest in India, particularly in sectors like water management, waste management, agriculture, infrastructure, smart cities, banking and pension funds, according to PTI report.

2:33 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi was received by Foreign Minister of the Netherlands Bert Koenders at Schiphol Airport, MEA spokesperson Gopal Baglay said.

2:30 pm: Netherlands’ Prime Minister Mark Rutte had visited India in June, 2015, according to PTI report.

2:27 pm: The Netherlands is today one of India’s largest trading partner in the European Union.

2:22 pm: Relations between India and the Netherlands have largely been shaped by engagement in trade and investment. Dutch ships had come calling to Indian ports around 400 years ago.

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2:17 pm: Foreign Minister of the Netherlands Bert Koenders had visited India on May 8. the Dutch foreign minister said he was happy to be visiting India and that the Netherlands would like to boost cooperation with the country in several areas, including technology and water.

2:12 pm: PM Narendra Modi will also address the Indian diaspora in the country.

2:07 pm: “I will also call on King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and meet Queen Maxima,” PM Modi had said in a Facebook post before leaving on his three-nation trip.

2:05 pm: Landed in the Netherlands. This is a visit of immense importance, which will lead to cementing ties with a valued friend, says PM Modi

2:02 pm: PM Modi will meet with CEOs of Dutch companies and “will encourage them to join the Indian growth story.”

2:00 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived in Amsterdam

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PM Modi’s schedule in Netherlands

1:55 pm: In Netherlands, PM Modi will have an official meeting with Dutch PM Mark Rutte, with whom he will have a discussion on global issues including counter-terrorism and climate change.

1:50 pm: “I look forward to meeting Prime Minister Rutte and reviewing our bilateral relations. I would be exchanging views with PM Rutte on important global issues including counter- terrorism and climate change,” PM Modi said ahead of the visit.

1:45 pm: This year, the two countries are celebrating 70 years of the establishment of Indo-Dutch diplomatic relations.

1:40 pm: In the US, Modi held talks with President Donald Trump today during which the two leaders vowed to strengthen co-operation on terror. India and the US also urged Pakistan to ensure that its territory is not used to launch cross-border terror strikes.

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1:35 pm: “Wrapping up a historic visit, setting a new milestone in #IndiaUS relationp. PM departs for Netherlands, last leg of his three nation tour,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay tweeted.

1:30 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi this morning left for Netherlands from Washington, the final leg of his three-nation tour, after concluding his visit to the US.

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