1. Modi-Abe roadshow: From Ganga to Sabarmati in 2 years, India and Japan ties touch new height

Modi-Abe roadshow: From Ganga to Sabarmati in 2 years, India and Japan ties touch new height

Modi-Abe roadshow LIVE Updates: Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is visiting India for two-day visit. Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed Abe at Ahmedabad Airport.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: September 13, 2017 7:32 PM
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Modi-Abe roadshow: Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is visiting India for a two-day visit. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will welcome Abe at Ahmedabad in Gujarat. Abe, who will be attending India-Japan annual summit meeting, will hold a roadshow with PM Modi. This will be the fourth meeting between PM Modi and Abe. “I look forward to welcoming PM @AbeShinzo. I will be hosting him in Gujarat in our fourth annual summit together,” PM Modi tweeted in English as well as in Japanese.

Here are the updates of Modi-Abe roadshow: 

4.50 pm: Modi and Abe are now at the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad. Abe and his wife Akie have signed the visitor’s book at the ashram.

4.48 pm: Japanese PM’s wife Akie Abe also accompanied the two premiers during the roadshow.

4.45 pm: PM Modi to visit a mosque in Ahmedabad along with Abe.

4.35pm: Modi, Abe have reached Sabarmati Ashram. Road show is over.

4.32pm: Recalling his visit to Japanese Shinkansen rolling stock factory along with Modi in November last year, Abe had said earlier, “Economic cooperation is the cornerstone of relationship between Japan and India…It gives me great joy to know that those Shinkansen trains will operate on Indian soil under Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail project.”

4.27 pm: In a message to the people of India today, the Japanese premier had heaped praise on Modi and highlighted what makes India-Japan relationship special. “I am looking forward to advancing the ‘new era’ in Japan-India relations…and I am determined that Japan and India will lead the way towards peace and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific region and the world, hand in hand with Prime Minister Modi.”

4.24pm: Crowd cheers as PM Modi & Japanese PM Shinzo Abe head towards Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad.

4.21 pm: Cultural performances are being held as PM Modi & Japanese PM Shinzo Abe’s road show to Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad continues.

4.18 pm: The first of its kind roadshow comes as a pleasant surprise to residents of Ahmedabad.

4.15 pm: Japanese PM sports Indian attire for the road show.

4.10 pm: This is a historic roadshow. Japanese PM Abe had last visited India in 2015, when he participated in Ganga Aaarti on the banks of Ganga in Varanasi.

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4.08 pm: Modi-Abe begins roadshow in Ahmedabad.

3.53 pm: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe and PM Narendra Modi’s cavalcade has left the airport. The two leaders will next hold a first of its kind road show in Ahmedabad.

3.50 pm: Abe is the second state chief after Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit India.

Watch: Abe gets rousing welcome in Ahmedabad

3.40 pm: It is a red carpet welcome for the Japanese Prime Minister.

3.38 pm: Japanese PM, his wife come out of the aircraft. PM Narendra Modi shakes hand with him. Indian dignitaries are offering presents to the Japnese delegation.

3.35 pm: Japanese delegation is all set to come out of the aircraft. Doors are now open. PM Modi, CM Vijay Rupani will him.

3.30 pm: PM Narendra Modi is all set to welcome Shinzo Abe. A number of people have gathered outside the airport to welcome the Japnese PM.

3.27 pm: PM is breaking protocol to receive Abe, his aircraft arrives at Ahmedabad.

3.25 pm: As India welcomes PM Abe, I thank him for his kind words on the robust India-Japan partnership and the strong potential of our ties: PM Modi’s message on twitter.

3.23 pm: PM Narendra Modi to receive Japanese PM Shinzo Abe at Ahmedabad Airport, shortly, reports ANI.

3.18 pm: Gujarat: PM Narendra Modi arrives in Ahmedabad; will be receiving Japanese PM Shinzo Abe shortly.

3.13 pm: Modi is currently at the airport, he is speaking to officials. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani is accompanying him.

2.55 pm: Japnese PM to arrive shortly in Ahmedabad, PM arrives at the airport to receive him.

2.40 pm: Gujarat: Visuals from Ahmedabad ahead of PM Modi & Japan PM Shinzo Abe’s visit, they will hold a roadshow to Sabarmati Ashram

Gujarat: Visuals from Ahmedabad ahead of PM Modi & Japan PM Shinzo Abe’s visit, they will hold a roadshow to Sabarmati Ashram

1:02 PM: Sidi Saiyyed Mosque in Ahmedabad is gearing up for the visit by PM Narendra Modi and Japan PM Shinzo Abe; they will also hold a roadshow to Sabarmati Ashram.

10:23 am: Prime Minister Modi will host dinner for Abe at a hotel in the old city area.

10:21 am: Ahmedabad has been recently included in the World Heritage City list. Japanese PM will be given an overview of the heritage of the city in prime minister Modi’s home state.

10:18 AM: On Thursday, Abe and Modi will lay the foundation stone for the high-speed train project between Ahmedabad and Mumbai which is expected to be completed by 2022, and is likely to traverse the distance of over 500 km between in around two hours.

10:15 AM: Japan has extended a soft loan for the ambitious project conceptualised by Modi.

10:13 AM: Both the leaders visit Sabarmati Ashram and iconic Sidi Saiyyed Mosque in the eastern part of the city famous for its intricate stone lattice work today.

10:09 AM: Take a look at Railway Minister Piyush Goyal’s tweet

10:05 AM: PM Narendra Modi will be present through the road show with Abe with people lining the streets their cavalcade would pass through.

10:03 AM: The visit will begin today afternoon with an 8 km road show where Abe will be accorded a grand welcome, officials said.

10:00 AM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be present through the road show with Abe with people lining the streets their cavalcade would pass through.

9:58 AM: Gujarat will roll out the red carpet for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who arrives today on a two-day visit during which he will lay the foundation stone for India’s first bullet train project.

9:55 AM: The twin cities of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar, which will host a slew of programmes during the high-profile visit, are all decked up to welcome the foreign dignitary with streets shimmering in fluorescent lights, and hoardings and banners welcoming Abe dotting them.

9:52 AM: Robust security arrangements have been put in place for the 12th Indo-Japan Summit and business meet where Japanese companies are likely to announce major investments in Gujarat.

9:50 AM: WATCH- Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani posted this video on Twitter

9:45 AM: Take a look at how Ahmedabad is gearing up to welcome Japan PM Shinzo Abe

9:43 AM: WATCH- All about the laying foundation stone ceremony of Bullet train

9:40 AM: As many as fifteen Japanese firms would sign agreements to invest in Gujarat during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit, while the state would also get cheaper loan for infrastructure development from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the government announced yesterday.

9:37 AM: According to Gujarat Chief Secretary, J N Singh, 15 Japanese companies are keen to invest in Gujarat and will be signing agreements with the state government during the 12th Indo-Japanese annual summit in Gandhinagar on Thursday.

9:34 AM: The summit will be held in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Abe, who will begin his two-day state visit from tomorrow.

9:32 AM: Some of these companies include Moresco, Toyoda Gosei, Topre and Murakami.

9:29 AM: “These firms will invest in Gujarat during the next one month, for which MoUs will be signed during the summit,” Singh told reporters here today.

9:26 AM: According to D Thara, vice-president and managing director of the Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC), total 17-18 agreements to be signed during the summit, 15 will be between Japanese firms and the GIDC.

9:23 AM: “Fifteen Japanese companies have already committed to invest in Gujarat, for which they’ve started the process of purchasing land from GIDC. These 15 companies will sign MoUs with GIDC during the summit,” Thara told PTI.

9:21 AM: She further said the quantum of investment by these firms will be disclosed later.

9:18 AM: A day after the two-day visit ends, a high level delegation with the representatives from 55 other Japanese firms would visit several industrial clusters in the state.

9:15 AM: “Officials of 55 Japanese companies will visit the industrial clusters at Mandal and Sanand talukas of Ahmedabad, as they want to have a first-hand information about the infrastructure before deciding to invest,” she added.

9:12 AM: Singh said that apart from these agreements, a memorandum of cooperation will be signed between Gujarat government and JICA for the development of infrastructure sector in the state, including the development of Alang shipyard in Bhavnagar.

9:09 AM: “JICA is offering loan to the state government at cheaper rate for the development of infrastructure. This loan would also be utilised for the development of Alang shipyard. We will sign a memorandum of cooperation with JICA during the summit in this regard,” said Singh.

9:05 AM: Both Modi and Abe are expected to land at Ahmedabad today. They are scheduled to take part in the Indo-Japanese Annual Summit in Gandhinagar the next day after laying the foundation stone for the Ahmedabad-Mumbai Bullet Train project.

8:56 AM: “India truly values the relationship with Japan and we look forward to further boosting our bilateral ties in a wide range of sectors,” PM Modi said.

8:53 AM: The bullet train is expected to significantly reduce travel time between the two cities. Japan is a pioneer in high-speed rail networks, and its Shinkansen bullet train is among the fastest in the world.

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8:47 AM: Ahead of the Japanese Prime Minister’s visit,  PM Modi on Tuesday said in a tweet that India truly values its ties with Japan and looks forward to further boosting the bilateral relations in a wide range of areas.

8:44 AM: They will also visit the Sidi Saiyyid Ni Jaali – a famous 16th century mosque in Ahmedabad. Besides, the two leaders will visit Dandi Kutir, the museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, at the Mahatma Mandir

8:41 AM: PM Modi and the Japanese PM will also attend a function to mark the commencement of work of India’s first high-speed rail project between Ahmedabad and Mumbai.

8:38 AM: The train is expected to significantly reduce the travel time between the two cities. Japan is a pioneer in high-speed rail networks, and its Shinkansen bullet train is among the fastest in the world.

8:35 AM: An India-Japan Business Plenary will also be held. Today, the two Prime Ministers will visit Sabarmati Ashram, which was established by Mahatma Gandhi on the banks of the River Sabarmati.

8:32 AM: WATCH- Japan PM Shinzo Abe’s visit to India; here is all you want to know

8:29 AM: The two leaders will review the recent progress in the multifaceted co-operation between India and Japan under the framework of their ‘Special Strategic and Global Partnership’ and will set its future direction.

8:26 AM: The 12th edition of the summit, which will be the fourth meeting between PM Modi and Shinzo Abe, will be held in Gandhinagar today.

8:23 AM: The two Prime Ministers, Shinzō Abe and Narendra Modi will also visit Sidi Saiyyed Mosque, also known as Siddi Sayyaid ki Jaali, in Ahmedabad

8:20 AM: Japan PM Shinzō Abe will begin his 2-day visit to India; He is expected to hold a roadshow with PM Modi to Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad.

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