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On the first day of his two-day US tour, Prime Minister Narendra Modi pushed India’s growth story in a meeting with chief executives of top American companies. Addressing the Indian community later, PM Modi tore into Pakistan while pointing out that no country questioned India’s surgical strikes on terror launchpads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) in September last year.

“When India talked of terrorism 20 years back, many in the world said it was a law and order problem and didn’t understand it. Now terrorists have explained terrorism to them so we don’t have to,” Modi said at a community reception at the Ritz Carlton in Tysons Corner, Virginia.

“When India conducted surgical strikes the world experienced our power and realised that India practices restrain but can show power when needed,” PM Modi said.

Prime Minister Modi met prominent entrepreneurs like Apple’s Tim Cook, Google’s Sundar Pichai, Satya Nadella from Microsoft and Ajay Banga from Mastercard  at a round table conference in Hotel Willard Intercontinental. He highlighted the reforms like the Goods and Services Tax, saying that this landmark initiative could be a topic of study in US business schools.

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  1. “The whole world is looking at India… India’s growth presents a win-win partnership for India and US both. US companies have a great opportunity to contribute to that,” he said at the meeting of CEOs.
  2. He spoke about the implementation of the landmark initiative of GST saying that it could be a subject of studies in US business schools.
  3. Prime Minister Narendra Modi took at dig at the UPA regime saying, “In three years, there has not been one stain on my government. Indians detest corruption.”
  4. The prime minister also spoke about the surgical strike on militant camps in Pakistan across the LoC in September 2016. “Surgical strikes proved that India, which normally follows restraint, can also defend its sovereignty if needed. No one in the world criticised or questioned India, Modi said, except “those at the receiving end of it,” PM Modi said to loud cheers.
  5. “The youth of India understands technology and the importance of technology very well.Increased usage of technology brings transparency in systems. Through technology driven governance we are creating an ‘Adhunik Bharat’,” Prime Minister said while addressing the Indian diaspora.
  6. He praised External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and her efforts to help Indians in any part of the world. “The way Sushma Swaraj has worked and helped every Indian abroad is commendable. It is now well known in India, anyone in trouble tweets to Sushma ji, she promptly replies and the government takes action,” he said.
  7. Prime Minister will meet President Donald Trump today. They will hold bilateral talks to give directions to the ties which were affected after the Republican’s victory in the presidential elections.
  8. The two leaders will spend around five hours together — beginning with a bilateral discussion, delegation-level talks, followed by a reception and a working dinner.
  9. Issues that are expected to be discussed are: Defence cooperation, boosting economic ties, combating terrorism and security cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region.
  10. Earlier this month Trump administration pulled out of the Paris climate accord, accusing India of seeking profit from it. According to reports the leaders would “seek common ground” on the issue. However another point of friction, H1B visa programme, will not be discussed.

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