PM Narendra Modi was welcomed by Indian expats in Washington.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi started his Day 2 in the US by leading the yoga event at the United Nations building in New York on international Yoga Day. He has now reached Washington, where the state visit officially begins.

Here are the Top 10 points in this big story:

  1. PM Modi has reached Washington, where he received a warm welcome from expats at the Andrews Air base and outside the Willard Hotel.

  2. Later in the day, he will hold a series of meetings with another group of industry leaders and CEOs. Among those PM Modi will meet are Micron’s CEO Sanjay Mehrotra, GE chief H Lawrence Culp Jr and chief of Applied Materials Gary Dickerson.

  3. Earlier today, PM Modi led a yoga event at the north lawn of the UN building, which was attended by luminaries from the fields of science, art and entertainment, diplomats, academicians, technocrats and political leaders. Among them were the New York Mayor, three-time Grammy winner Ricky Kej, singer Falguni Shah, actors Richard Gere and Priyanka Chopra and various UN officials.

  4. The Yoga programme at the UN created a Guinness World Record for people of most nationalities practising Yoga together. 135 nationalities participated today, breaking the earlier record of 114 nationalities.

  5. “Yoga free from copyright, patent, royalties… It is a way of life…Yoga is flexible, you can practice alone, group, learn from a teacher or self-taught… It is unifying, it is truly universal. It is for all ethnicities, faith, cultures,” PM Modi said in his address at the yoga event at the UN building.

  6. On Thursday, PM Modi will attend a dinner hosted by US President Joe Biden and his family at te White House. He would inspect the Guard of Honour at the White House, and later, hold bilateral talks in the Oval office.

  7. In the evening, he will address a joint sitting of the US Congress. This will be his second address to a joint sitting – a first for an Indian and a rare honour for world leaders.

  8. PM Modi had landed in New York yesterday  to a rousing welcome from expat Indians and later held a series of meetings with Nobel laureates, academicians, industry leaders, authors, mathematicians and medical professionals.

  9. “Met a group of people associated with key think tanks. We talked about different aspects of policy making and the emerging global trends. Emphasised on the positive changes in India and how they are being powered by our youth,” PM Modi tweeted after the meetings.

  10. Earlier, John Kirby, US National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications,  said PM Modi’s visit “will strengthen our two countries’ shared commitment to a free, open, prosperous, and secure Indo-Pacific and our shared resolve to elevate our strategic technology partnership, including in defence, clean energy, and space”.

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