India, Portugal launch startup hub in first Indian PM visit


As the Indian Embassy in Washington DC tweeted, it was "A Stellar Starcast" that had gathered to meet the workaholic PM, despite it being a Sunday morning in the US. Referring to Modi's remarks during the radio programme that the "more we promote sports, the more we see the spirit of sportsmanship", he sought to know what kind of "sportsman spirit" it was to charge those who praised Pakistan's performance in ICC Champions Trophy final held last week.

PM Modi articulated exactly why that is. India's economy is one of the largest and fastest growing economies in the world. He has said his one-day visit to the country will further strengthen relations between India and Portugal.

"Look forward to welcoming India's PM Modi to @WhiteHouse on Monday".

"The growth of India presents a win-win partnership for India and the USA both".

But the H-1B visa has become a very sensitive subject under Trump, who has repeatedly accused tech companies in the US of using the program to replace Americans with cheaper foreign workers.

The PM, in his inimitable style, also had a suggestion for U.S. business schools.

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Among US goods affected were solar and information technology products, telecommunications equipment and biotechnology products, they said. In reference to this, he emphasised the importance attached by his government to "efficiency, transparency, growth and benefit for all".

The lawmakers, from the Republican and Democratic parties, said in a letter to Trump that high-level engagement with India had failed to eliminate major trade and investment barriers and had not deterred India from imposing new ones. As an example, he pointed out opportunities in developing hotels in the public-private partnership model at 500 railway stations.

On Friday, Jaishankar met US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and both sides focused on areas of convergence. Mukesh Aghi, president of the US India Business Council, was also present at the meeting. Modi's visit comes against the backdrop of concerns the Indian IT industry has raised over Trump's perceived protectionism.

Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], June 25: Prime Minister Modi, who reached Washington D.C. minutes back, would be the first world leader to have a working dinner with Trump at the White House on Monday.

The two leaders will not address a press conference but will issue individual press statements.

Following his official engagements, Modi visited a temple and interacted with the Indian community here before embarking for the United States on the second leg of his three-nation tour.