Modi Abe Bullet Train LIVE: Narendra Modi says India and Japan’s growing convergence can stimulate global economy

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Modi Abe Bullet Train LIVE Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe have laid the foundation stone for India's first bullet train project today.

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Modi Abe Bullet Train LIVE Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe have laid the foundation stone for India’s first bullet train project today.  Speaking during the ground breaking ceremony of Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed railway, PM Modi said bullet train is safe and secure and will create employment. Bullet train is touted as a flagship programme of India-Japan collaboration. The two head of nations also attended the ceremony for the ‘High-Speed Railway Training Institute’ being set up in Vadodara through a video link.

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8: 40 PM: In his speech soon after the launch of the project, Modi took on those who were criticising him over it. “When earlier I talked about bringing bullet train, they (opposition) used to say when will it be done. Now that we are bringing it, they are asking why,” he said.

8: 35 PM: “We are getting a bullet train without asking for it. We do not know exactly which problem will this problem solve,” the Sena said in an editorial in the party’s mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.

8: 30 PM: According to PTI, BJP’s ally Shiv Sena said it might be a dream project of Modi but not for the common man.

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8: 25 PM: In a joint statement, India and Japan said deepening security links was paramount.

8: 20 PM: “Almost everything that takes place during the visit, including economic deals, will in part be done with China in mind,” Eurasia analysts said in a note.

8: 15 PM: “The range of special strategic and global partnership is not just limited to bilateral and regional sphere. We have close cooperation on global issues as well,” the Japanese PM said earlier today.

8: 10 PM: According to PTI, the two countries signed 15 deals in key areas, including civil aviation, trade after wide-ranging talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.

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8: 00 PM: Currently Japanese carriers — All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines — fly into India while Air India and Jet Airways operate services to Japan.

7: 50 PM: An official release said India and Japan exchanged RoD (Record of Discussions) on civil aviation cooperation with respect to open sky, reported PTI.

7: 45 PM: India and Japan today signed an agreement that will allow their airlines to operate unlimited number of flights between the two countries.

7: 35 PM: Integrated transport systems are the need of the hour for a new India. Our infrastructure has to be state of the art and futuristic, said PM Modi earlier today. Watch video

7: 30 PM: For this training institute, Japan has committed loan of 10.45 billion Yen (about Rs 606 crore), an official statement said.

7: 25 PM: The training institute will help develop the human resources equipped with high level knowledge for the operation of Ahmedabad-Mumbai High Speed Railway, reported PTI.

7: 20 PM: The finance ministry today signed an agreement with Japan to set up a training institute for Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project.

7: 15 PM: Technology is an effective means of empowering the poor and winning the battle against poverty: PM Modi tweeted a while back.

7:10 PM: Bullet train project is human friendly and eco friendly, said the prime minister. Watch video

7: 05 PM: The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting today took to Twitter and explained Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed Rail Network.

7: 00 PM: Narendra Modi also tweeted: “Laying of the foundation stone for India’s first high speed rail project is a landmark moment in India-Japan ties.”

6: 55 PM: “Presented the book, ‘Mann Ki Baat- A Social Revolution on Radio’ to PM Shinzo Abe, whose message also appears in the book,” said PM Modi in a tweet.

6: 50 PM: Kharge also said the BJP, that promised ‘bullet trains’, has done away with ‘Railway Budget’ which was a reflection of the status and capacity of the railways.

6: 45 PM: “We have witnessed in the past three-and-a-half years, how the prime minister uses big ticket projects, primarily for elections and pushing projects just before the elections, Kharge said further.

6: 40 PM: Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge also charged Prime Minister Narendra Modi with delaying the project, conceived by the erstwhile UPA government, for three-and-a- half years, thus making it “economically unviable”, reported PTI.

6: 35 PM: Congress today dubbed the Ahmedabad-Mumbai high-speed express an “election bullet train” and said its launch was timed keeping in mind the upcoming Gujarat Assembly polls.

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6: 30 PM: Earlier in the day, Shinzo Abe said, “I hope that in a few years when I come to Ahmedabad, I ride the Shinkansen train with Modi while chatting with him and viewing beautiful sights from the train’s window.”

6: 25 PM: Japan has extended a soft loan for the ambitious Rs 1.10 lakh crore project, conceptualised by Modi. It is a joint venture between Indian Railways and Japan’s Shinkansen Technology.

6: 20 PM: According to reports, India’s first bullet train will connect Ahmedabad, the largest city in Gujarat, to Mumbai, cutting travel time from seven hours to less than three.

6: 15 PM: Announcing the fresh investments, Suzuki Motor Corp (SMC) Chairman Osamu Suzuki said the company will invest Rs 3,800 crore on the third plant which will have a production capacity of 2.5 lakh units annually, reported PTI.

6: 10 PM: Suzuki Motor Corp along with its partners Toshiba and Denso will also invest around Rs 1,150 crore for a new unit to produce lithium ion batteries.

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6: 05 PM: Japan’s Suzuki Motor Corp today announced fresh investments of around Rs 3,800 crore in Gujarat to add a third car production plant.

6: 00 PM: Japan reaffirmed its support to India’s membership in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), a forum for 21 Pacific Rim member economies, reported PTI.

5: 50 PM: Modi and Abe reaffirmed their commitment to work together to implement the Bali and Nairobi Ministerial decisions and make the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference a success.

5: 45 PM: According to PTI, India and Japan today committed to resist protectionism while making a strong case for rule based multilateral trading system for sustainable growth.

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5: 35 PM: With strength of our friendship & trust, I invite more & more Japanese people & companies to come, live and work in India: PM Narendra Modi.

5: 30 PM: “I have been saying that 21st Century is Asia’s Century. Today, Asia has emerged as the new centre of global growth,” PM Narendra Modi.

5: 25 PM: Japan can benefit tremendously with size & scale of our potential&skilled hands that India offers: PM Modi on India-Japan business relations.

5: 22 PM: It will be garland of love of Japan for Varanasi & tribute to our shared Buddhist heritage: PM Modi on project of Varanasi Convention Centre.

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5: 17 PM: Project of Varanasi Convention Centre is a symbol of cultural co-operation between Kyoto city of Japan and Varanasi: PM Narednra Modi said further.

5: 12 PM: 4 locations have been finalized for development of Japanese Industrial Townships in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, the PM informed further in his speech.

5: 08 PM: “Gujarat’s Industry and Government still cherish the fact that Japan became the first partner country in Vibrant Gujarat event,” PMO quoted Narendra Modi saying.

5: 04 PM: “My personal engagement with Japan decade old. Wanted to see mini Japan here. That dream has come true,” PM Modi said while speaking at the India-Japan Annual Summit.

4: 50 PM: PM Modi and Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe at India-Japan Annual Summit.

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4: 35 PM: According to Indian Express report, PM Modi earlier today said, “Ek prakar se muft mein (In a way it is free).” He reminded that the project was made possible thanks to the Japanese loan of Rs 88,000 crore at an attractive 0.1 per cent interest to be repaid over 50 years.

4: 25 PM: “There are mostly small farmers in Palghar and if their lands are acquired for the project, they will be ruined,” said a protestor.

4: 20 PM: The group of farmers, who held the demonstration outside Boisar railway station against government Bullet Train initiative, said they will be ruined if their agricultural lands are acquired for the project.

4: 16 PM: Later both the leaders attended the India Japan Business Plenary in Gandhinagar.

4: 13 PM: PM Modi, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe along with Suzuki Chairman Osamu Suzuki  attended the Suzuki exhibition booth at Mahatma Mandir Centre in Gandhinagar.

4: 08 PM: Visuals of PM Narendra Modi and Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe at the Bullet Train Simulator.

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4: 05 PM: According to a report by PTI, a group of farmers from Boisar in Palghar district protested against the project fearing acquisition of their lands.

4: 00 PM: Narendra Modi along with his Japanese counterpart on Thursday slammed Pakistan sponsored terrorism in a joint press conference. Watch video:

3: 55 PM: Asked about the growing Indo-Japan strategic partnership, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told PTI, “We advocate that regional countries should stand for dialogue without confrontation and work for partnership instead of alliance.”

3: 48 PM: Narendra Modi and Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe inaugurated Bullet Train Research Institute in Vadodara via video conferencing, reported ANI.

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3: 45 PM: Reacting to the growing ties between India and Japan, China today said that the two countries would be conducive to the peace and stability and insisted that the countries in the region should work for partnership instead of forming an alliance.

3: 40 PM: “I’d like to appeal to the world, together with Prime Minister Modi, that we need to have North Korea change its policy through the thorough implementation of the newly adopted Security Council resolution by the international community,” PTI quoted the Japanese PM saying.

3: 35 PM: Rohingya issue did not come up for any specific discussion, it came only as a passing mention: S Jaishankar on India-Japan talks

3: 30 PM: Agreed on Japan-India Act East Forum. It’ll explore possibilities of including Japan in North East infrastructure development: S Jaishankar said further.

3: 26 PM: We agreed to explore co-operation and exchanges between our Army and Ground Self defence force & Air Force & Japan’s Air Defence Force: S Jaishnakar said during a press conference.

3: 23 PM: Till now thrust of the contacts and co-operation have been on maritime security: S Jaishankar, Foreign secretary on India-Japan defence forces

3: 20 PM: Shinzo Abe also called for strict enforcement of a UN resolution against North Korea over its latest nuclear test, saying the world must force a change in Pyongyang’s policies.

3: 15 PM: The Japenese PM also spoke about the recent Malabar Japan-India-US naval exercise and said cooperation would be further strengthened.

3: 10 PM: “Aim to elevate strategic partnership. Trying to align each other’s approach towards world,” ANI quoted Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar saying on India-Japan relations

3: 05 PM: Soon after signing the pacts, Shinzo Abe said, “We have just signed a joint statement which will serve
as a milestone to open a new era for Japan-India relationship based on that we will strongly promote Japan- India special strategic and global partnership to drive peace and prosperity for Indo-Pacific region and the whole world.”

3: 00 PM: “Indo-Japan ties were not limited to bilateral or regional spheres. The two sides also closely cooperated on key global issues,” PM Modi said earlier today.

2:53 PM: WATCH- PM Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe have sent stern message to Pakistan

2:51 PM: India and Japan today inked 15 agreements to further broad-base their strategic partnership and agreed to strengthen cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region where China is increasing its assertiveness.

2:48 PM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe held wide-ranging talks on key bilateral, regional and international issues and discussed ways to deepen ties in trade, security and civil nuclear energy.

2:45 PM: Addressing a joint press event with Abe, Modi said Indo-Japan ties were not limited to bilateral or regional spheres. The two sides also closely cooperated on key global issues.

2:43 PM: During the talks between the two leaders, India and Japan inked 15 pacts to give a boost to cooperation in various key sectors, including civil aviation, trade and science and technology.

2:40 PM: “We have just signed a joint statement which will serve as a milestone to open a new era for Japan-India relationship… based on that we will strongly promote Japan-India special strategic and global partnership to drive peace and prosperity for Indo-Pacific region and the whole world,” Abe said.

2:36 PM: The visiting leader also referred to the recent Malabar Japan-India-US naval exercise and said cooperation would be further strengthened.

2:33 PM: PM Narendra Modi and PM Abe said they were looking forward to convening 5th Japan-India consultation on terrorism and to strengthen cooperation against terrorists threats from groups incuding Al-Qaida, ISIS, JeM, LeT and their affiliates.

2:30 PM: PM Narendra Modi and PM Shinzo Abe Abe called for Pakistan to bring to justice perpetrators of terror attacks including 2008 Mumbai and 2016 Pathankot attacks.

2:24 PM: WATCH- India and Japan said that both the countries will act tough against terror groups like LeT and JeM

2:21 PM: PM Shinzo Abe has reiterated strong support to initiatives like Make In India, Digital India etc; also appreciated PM Modi’s economic reforms esp GST

2:19 PM: India and Japan have slammed Pakistan over the issue of terrorism, according to India Today report.

2:17 PM: PM Narendra Modi and PM Abe condemned in the strongest terms North Korea’s continued development of its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs

2:15 PM: India and Japan signed MoU on DBT and National Institute of Advanced Science and Technology, MoU on promotion of cooperation in research related activities

2:13 PM: Shinzo Abe says Japan-India-US cooperation to be further strengthened, refers to recent Malabar trilateral naval exercise.

2:10 PM: We have agreed upon a Japan-India investment support road map: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe after his talks with Modi.

2:05 PM: WATCH- Humsafar Express All AC 3 Tier Train Upgraded By Indian Railways!

2:00 PM: We appreciate the warm welcome and hospitality. Dhanyawaad, says Japanese PM Shinzo Abe

1:58 pm: India Post and Japan Post to start a ‘cool box service’ for Japanese living in India so that they can order their favorite food from Japan: PM Modi

1:55 pm: I urge Japanese business community to open maximum number of Japanese restaurant chains in India: PM Narendra Modi

1:52 PM: WATCH- Japan is the largest investor in India, says PM Modi.

1:48 PM: Be it the ease of doing business, Skill India or Make in India; India is transforming, says PM Modi.

1:47 PM: In 2016-17 Japan invested 4.7 billion dollars in India, which is 80% higher than last year, says PM Narendra Modi.

1:45 pm: I welcome today’s agreements and it will strengthen the bilateral relation between India and Japan.

1:43 PM: WATCH- Key agreements were signed between India and Japan.

1:41 PM: Japan has become the third largest investor in India, says PM Narendra Modi.

1:39 PM: Konnichiwa, good afternoon; I welcome PM Shinzo Abe, said PM Modi as he has begun his press statement

1:37 PM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing the joint statement.

1:35 pm: India and Japan sign key agreements in presence of PM Narendra Modi and PM Shinzo Abe.

1:32 PM: The train would require a cleaning time of four hours, after running for 20 hours

1:29 PM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe at Mahatma Mandir before their talks earlier today.

1:26 PM: In the initial days, around 1.6 crore people are expected to travel by the train annually, adding that by 2050, around 1.6 lakh commuters would be travelling by the high-speed train on a daily basis.

1:23 PM: WATCH- Tejas Express: Indian Railways Redefines Luxury Train Travel With Wifi, Infotainment Screens & More

1:20 PM: Initially, the train would have 10 coaches with a total seating capacity of 750 passengers. Later, it is proposed to have 16 coaches with a seating capacity of 1,250 passengers.

1:18 PM: The train would have two categories of seats–executive and economy–with the prices comparable with the base AC 2-tier fare of the Rajdhani Express.

1:15 PM: Bullet Train project would cost around Rs 1.10 lakh crore. Japan is giving a loan of Rs 88,000 crore for the project at a minimal interest of 0.1 per cent.

1:10 PM: WATCH- Key takeaways of PM Modi’s speech during the ground breaking ceremony of Mumbai Ahmedabad Bullet train project

1:08 PM: The bullet train would run at an average speed of 320 km per hour and at a maximum speed of 350 km per hour.

1:05 PM: The bullet train will stop at 12 railway stations on the route but only for 165 seconds each. A 21-km-long tunnel will be dug between Boisar and BKC in Mumbai, of which seven km will be under water.

1:03 PM: The government wants to start the services of the proposed Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Network, commonly known as the bullet train on August 15, 2022 to mark India’s 75th year of Independence.

1:00 PM: WATCH- Full speech of PM Narendra Modi during the ground breaking ceremony of Mumbai Ahmedabad Bullet train project

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12:56 PM: Meanwhile, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that projects like bullet train would fulfill the vision of the Prime Minister’s ‘New India’.

12:53 PM: Addressing the gathering for the first time after taking over as the Railway Minister, Goyal said that the bullet train project would boost the economies all along its route.

12:50 PM: Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday said that the bullet train is a symbol of brotherhood between people of India and Japan and will bring important changes to the country.

12:45 PM: Goyal said that this partnership would prove to be beneficial for India and would also contribute to the country’s ‘Make in India’ Mission.

12:40 PM: “People will get employment opportunities with this project and it will bring important changes in the country. This bullet train will be a symbol of brotherhood between people of India and Japan,” Goyal said.

12:35 PM: Watch- PM Modi and PM Shinzo Abe have posed for photograph

12:12 PM: WATCH- PM Narendra Modi and PM Shinzo Abe have visited Dandi Kutir

12:09 PM: Congress leader Anand Sharma told ANI that the strategic partnership between Japan and India is very important, which should not be wasted on a ‘misplaced priority’.

12:06 PM: “Our prime minister should not limit it to the photo opportunity and theatrics. There are serious issues on the agenda. Prime Minister Modi has misplaced the priority. The bullet train is not India’s priority,” Sharma said.

12:03 PM: Earlier, PM Modi and PM Abe had inspected the route of Mumbai Ahmedabad railway project

12:00 PM: The Congress on Thursday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the launch of the bullet train, saying that the latter is getting involved more in photo opportunity and is getting carried away from the important issues that need to be discussed with Japan.

11:57 AM: PM Narendra Modi and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe at Gandhinagar’s Dandi Kuteer, a museum dedicated to the life of Mahatma Gandhi.

11:05 PM: Our railway network is so huge that number of people travelling in trains every week in India is equal to Japan’s total population: PM Narendra Modi.

11:02 PM: No other government has taken such bold step, says PM Modi

11:00 AM: To me, setting up of High-Speed Railway Training Institute holds more important that bullet train, says PM Narendra Modi.

10:58 AM: WATCH- Integrated transport is a big need for New India

10:55 AM: If technology is used to empower the poor we can win the fight against poverty, says PM Modi

10:54 AM: Whether it is railways, roadways or waterways, we have brought reforms everywhere: PM Narendra Modi

10:53 AM: This project will strengthen ‘Make in India’ plan, says PM Modi

10:52 AM: WATCH- If one says take loan and return it in 50 yrs, is it believable? But Japan is such a friend,they gave us loan of 88,000 cr at 0.1% interest: PM Modi

10:51 am: Better connectivity will lead to progress, says PM Modi

10:50 am: India has a great friend like Japan. Credit for this bullet train project goes to Shinzo Abe, says PM Modi

10:49 AM: With its high speed connectivity, the distance between Ahmedabad and Mumbai will reduce: PM Modi

10:48 AM: With bullet train one can reach Mumbai from Ahmedabad in 2-3 hours: PM Modi

10:47 AM: WATCH- PM Modi is addressing during the ground breaking ceremony of India’s first bullet train project

10:45 AM: Now next generation growth will happen at places where there are high speed corridors: PM Modi

10:44 AM: Transport system is of prime importance for a nation’s development: PM Modi

10:43 AM: Japan has agreed to give us loan at the rate of 0.1%: PM Modi

10:42 am: Time has changed and so has our requirements, says PM Modi

10:41 AM: We have to gather more pace in our reforms: PM Narendra Modi

10:40 AM: Any country can grow if there is productivity, says PM Modi

10:39 AM: Whole world knows how America flourished after its railway reforms, says PM Narendra Modi

10:38 AM: Bullet train project will create employment in India. Bullet train will bring speed as well as great results, says PM Modi.

10:36 AM: Bullet train is safe and secure, says PM Narendra Modi.

10:35 Japan PM Sinzo Abe has said that there is going to be no hindrances in implementing the bullet train project: PM Modi

10:34 AM: I would like to state that India-Japan partnership is special, strategic and global, says PM Shinzo Abe

10:33 AM: Today Japan has proved to be a true friend of India: PM Narendra Modi.

10:32 AM: PM Narendra Modi has begun his speech and thanked his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe

10:31 AM: PM Shinzo Abe concludes his speech ‘dhanyavad’

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10:30 AM: I hope to enjoy the beauty of India through the windows of the Bullet Train when I come to India in a few years: PM Shinzo Abe.

10:29 AM: I would like to state that India-Japan partnership is special, strategic and global: PM Shinzo Abe.

10:28 AM: I wish that when I come here next I come with PM Modi in a Shinkansen (Bullet Train): Japanese PM Shinzo Abe

10:27 AM: If we work together nothing is impossible: Japan PM Shinzo Abe on India-Japan partnership

10:25 AM: Japan is committed to the scheme of ‘Make in India’ : Japanese PM Shinzo Abe

10:23 AM: Dear friend PM Modi is a far sighted leader,he made a decision of making New India&chose Japan as partner, we completely support it: PM Abe

10:21 AM: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe starts his address with “Namaskar”

10:19 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe have laid oteh foundation stone for India’s first bullet train project.

10:15 AM: Watch- Here is what Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis has to say about PM Modi.

10:13 AM: Welcome Japanese PM Shinzo Abe & express gratitude towards Japan. Entire Gujarat is experiencing immense joy today: Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani

10:08 AM: WATCH- Railway Minister Piyush Goyal’s speech

10:06 AM: Many people criticized the introduction of Rajdhani but now it is the train everyone wants to travel in: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal

10:04 AM: This is not only ground breaking ceremony for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet train project but also laying foundation stone event for PM Narendra Modi’s ‘New India’, says Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis

10:02 AM: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis today thanked Japan PM Shinzo Abe for extending help in India’s first bullet train project.

9:59 AM: This Bullet Train will be a symbol of brotherhood b/w people of India and Japan, says Railway Minister Piyush Goyal in Ahmedabad.

9:55 AM: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has welcomed PM Narendra Modi and PM Shinzo Abe during the welcome speech

9:53 am: PM Modi and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe inspect a model of the high speed rail from Mumbai to Ahmedabad.

9:50 AM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart have arrived at the venue to lay foundation stone for India’s first bullet train project.

9:43 AM: Watch: Here is what Shiv Sena said about India’s first bullet train project

Read Also: Bullet train in India: 10 mind-blowing facts about the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail project

9:35 AM: WATCH- Know the route of India’s first bullet which will run between Ahmedabad and Mumbai

9:32 AM: The Congress has raised questions over Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s state visit to Ahmedabad and not the country’s national capital and hoped it would not be used for political purposes in view of the forthcoming Gujarat assembly elections.

9:30 AM: Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said it was “quixotic” that Abe was not being hosted in Delhi.”We do not want to transgress propriety by commenting on a state visit but it is rather quixotic that the Prime Minister of a country as important as Japan, who is almost India’s strategic partner in many respects, is strangely not even being hosted in Delhi,” he said.

9:28 AM: He hoped a state visit was not being used for “political purposes” in view of the elections in Gujarat, slated to be held later this year.

9:26 AM: According to the official, this centre is expected to become operational by December 2020.

9:24 AM: The Rs 600-crore high-speed rail training centre for the first bullet train project will be set up in Vadodara, a senior official of the National High Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRC) said.

9:21 AM: Watch- Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project

9:18 AM: India and China have worked out a number of cooperative agreements for the development of railways under which the Indian Railways engineers are getting trained in China in heavy hauling.

9:15 AM: The Chinese side showed interest in the projects in India as as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe prepared to lay the foundation for India’s first bullet train project.

9:12 AM: Meanwhile, China had evinced interest in reviving its proposal to build high speed railway projects in India which has chosen Japan as a partner for the country’s first such venture.

9:08 AM: China has been aggressively marketing its high-speed rail technology abroad and in the past lobbied hard to get the first contract in India. It had taken up a feasibility study for the New Delhi-Chennai corridor but no headway has been made in this regard so far.

9:06 AM: Watch- All about the venue where PM Modi and PM Abe will lay foundation stone for bullet train project

9:03 AM: Of the 508-km route and 12 stations of the bullet train, 120 km and four stations will fall in Maharashtra. It is expected to cut the journey time from the current six hours to two hours.

9:00 AM: The GR also said that the railway ministry should first examine the suitability of an alternative site recommended by the state at BKC. Only if that site is found unsuitable, then the present 0.9-hectare plot should be considered, it said.

8:57 AM: The government has already approved allocation of 50.31 hectares of land at BKC for the IFSC.

8:55 AM: Japan’s first lady Akie Abe to visit Blind People’s Association in Ahmedabad

8:53 AM: The GR said that construction of railway station for the bullet train at BKC should not adversely affect construction of the proposed International Financial Services Center (IFSC) in the area and its financial viability.

8:50 AM: Further, the state wants the Centre and Railways to ensure that entry and exit of the bullet train station are within the 0.9 hectares plot.

8:48 AM: A Government Resolution (GR) issued by the Maharashtra Home Department on September 12 said the state has set a condition that the cost of the land at BKC should be considered a part of Maharashtra’s preliminary share of Rs 125 crore for the project.

8:45 AM: The Maharashtra government also wants the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JAICA) to fund the Mumbai-Nagpur bullet train project on the same terms as the Mumbai-Ahmedabad project, an official in the Chief Minister’s Office said.

8:42 AM: Meanwhile, Shiv Sena has hit out at PM Narendra Modi’s bullet train project. It has also raised questions over the need for the project.

8:39 AM: Take a look at Gujarat CMO tweet

8:36 AM: Meanwhile, the Maharashtra government has agreed to allot 0.9 hectares of land at Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) here for a station for the proposed Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train with certain conditions.

8:33 AM: The two leaders repeatedly waved to the crowds that lined up the streets as performers presented traditional dance enroute.

8:30 AM: PM Shinzo Abe, who was in a formal suit when he arrived at the Ahmedabad airport, yesterday wore kurta-pyjama and a blue Nehru jacket, while his wife donned red salwar-kameez and a white stole to Sabarmati Ashram.

8:27 AM: WATCH- PM Modi-Shinzo Abe to attend ground breaking ceremony; here is all you need to know

8:24 AM: PM Shinzo Abe’s spouse will be visiting a number of places including an NGO — Blind People’s Association.

8:21 AM: The two leaders will hold the 12th Indo-Japan annual Summit meeting at Gandhinagar after which agreements will be exchanged. Later, an India-Japan business plenary meeting will be held.

8:18 AM: Fifteen agreements will be signed for investments in Gujarat during the visit of the Japanese prime minister, Gujarat chief secretary J N Singh had said yesterday.

8:15 AM: WATCH- The bonhomie between PM Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe has attracted eyeballs.

8:12 AM: PM Narendra Modi and PM Abe will shortly lay the foundation stone for the high-speed train project between Ahmedabad and Mumbai which is expected to be completed by 2022. The train would cover the distance of over 500 km in around two hours.

8:09 AM: It has been learnt Japan has extended a soft loan for the ambitious project conceptualised by PM Modi.

8:06 AM: Get ready for Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail inauguration in Ahmedabad

8:03 AM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe will lay foundation stone for Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Bullet Train

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