US President Barack Obama refers to PM Modi as ‘President’

Modi, who has 15.2 million Twitter followers and 30 million likes on his Facebook page, said social media is a key tool for diplomacy.

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“Ficci, in order to facilitate the participation of industry, small & large, from both countries in the growing defence business in India, is launching a private sector industry think-tank, in partnership with its counterpart industry bodies”, it said.

Silicon Valley has been only too happy to host Modi. Later on Sunday, Modi was welcomed by more than 20,000 people at a stadium in nearby San Jose.

Opponents of the BJP have come down heavily on Modi for the gesture with the Congress dubbing him a “NRI PM” who goes on foreign trips for “self promotion and selfies”. The visit was part of a tour of Silicon Valley before Modi headed to New York City for the United Nations summit scheduled for this week.

Modi travelled to West Coast where he visited the Facebook headquarters for a town hall Q&A with its CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Javadekar said India would commit to reducing emissions if the developed world could provide more technology and finance to combat global warming.

Mr Modi aimed to deepen ties with the United States technology sector and boost India’s digital infrastructure by promoting his “Digital India” campaign, which seeks to connect thousands more villages to the internet.

“I want our 1.25 billion citizens to be digitally connected”, he said, describing the steps taken by his government towards broadband connectivity.

Shortly after Tim Cook met with the Chinese President, Apple’s CEO has met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as expected.

US media gave pride of place to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s interactions with Silicon Valley’s tech titans and his rockstar-like reception by the Indian diaspora, with the New York Times saying he had conquered the tech Mecca.

Google also released a map of India with public Wi-Fi railway stations.

Modi boasts an 87 percent approval rating in India and is the second-most popular world leader on social media after U.S. President Barack Obama.

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While talking about the speed of reforms, PM Modi appeared to take a dig at the previous governments as he said that nationalisation of banks was undertaken 40 years back but 60 per cent of the population was without a bank account till his dispensation introduced the Jandhan scheme last year.

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