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Donald Trump India visit LIVE: US President and FLOTUS arrive in New Delhi

As India gets ready to host US President Donald Trump and other US delegates including First Lady Melania Trump, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “India awaits your arrival. See you very soon in Ahmedabad”.

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US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrived in New Delhi after a guided tour of the 17th century monument Taj Mahal, along with his family including First Lady Melania Trump, on his maiden India trip. Earlier today he visited Mahatma Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram, took part in a roadshow with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and then addressed over one lakh people at Motera Stadium before heading for Agra.

Trump will meet President Ram Nath Kovind & Prime Minister Narendra Modi tomorrow.

Hours before Donald Trump’s arrival, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “India awaits your arrival. See you very soon in Ahmedabad”.

PM Modi’s tweet was in response to the Donald Trump’s tweet as he was flying out of the US yesterday: “Departing for India with Melania!”

7:31 pm: US President Donald Trump & First Lady Melania Trump arrive at Air Force Station, Palam.

6:44 pm: US President Donald Trump & First Lady Melania Trump presented a picture of the Taj Mahal, as they depart for New Delhi.

6:07 pm: After a guided tour of the Taj Mahal, the Trumps have left the monument in Agra. They will soon leave for New Delhi, where they are scheduled to arrive at 7.30 pm.

5:51 pm:Your visit to the monument of love @TajMahal will further boost friendship between the people of the two great democracies,” tweets UP CM Yogi Adityanath.

5:36 pm: Donald Trump and Melania Trump enter the mausoleum of the Taj Mahal.

5:31 pm: Ivanka Trump strikes a pose infront of the Taj Mahal.

5:24 pm: Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner take a tour of the majestic monument in Agra.


5:22 pm: The Taj Mahal visitor’s book signed by US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump during their visit – “Taj Mahal inspires awe, a timeless testament to the rich and diverse beauty of Indian culture! Thank you, India”

5:19 pm: Donald Trump and wife Melania pose infront of the Taj Mahal.

5:13 pm: President Doald Trump and FLOTUS Melania Trump take a tour of the Taj Mahal.

5:07 pm: US President Donald Trump writes in the visitor’s book at the Taj Mahal.

5:03 pm: US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive at the iconic Taj Mahal.

4:50 pm:  US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump to shortly arrive at the Taj Mahal in Agra.

4:49 pm: “Agra is ready to welcome US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump,” tweets Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

4:49 pm: Over 3,000 artistes spread over 21 designated designated areas will also present dance forms of Brij, Awadh and other regions, like Krishna Lila.

4:32 pm: US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner leave for Taj Mahal.

4:26 pm: US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump received by UP Governor Anandiben Patel and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Agra.

4:00 pm: US President Donald Trump is scheduled to arrive at the Taj Mahal complex at 5:15 pm and will spend about an hour at the 17th century historical monument built Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan.

3:45 pm: Donald and Melania Trump to reach Agra shortly.

3:15 pm:

2:40 pm:  “US is India’s largest export partner. We have the most number of military exercise with US…US is India’s biggest partner in R&D. India’s digital economy will provide good space for US to invest in India. India and US are natural partners. We are together in our fight against terror. We are inspired by a long term vision. Our cooperations will grow and we will fulfill the dreams of our nations. We are glad that we could have you and your family President Trump,” said PM Modi and closed the ‘Namaste Trump’ event.

2:33 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes the stage to thank US President Donald Trump for his address. “What you have said about India and its history and culture. I thank you for your acknowledgment. President Trump has not just honored Indians in India but also Indians in US. Trust between nations is important. In India, we say trust is where friendship is unshakable. I have seen how relations between India and US have grown. When I had visited US, Trump told me that India has a true friend in the White House. I am happy that US is a partner in India’s progress,” said PM Modi.

2:30 pm:

2:15 pm: “I thank you for the contribution that you have made to my beloved country. USA’s economy is booming. I have come to India to expand our relations. PM and I will continue our dialogue to deepen the relation between our countries. Our relations took a new turn when the Indian and US military has a joint exercise – Tiger Triumph. We make the best military hardware and we now deal with India. Tomorrow we will sign a three billion dollar defence deal. We want India to become our premier defence partner,” Trump said regarding a defence deal.

2:10 pm: “India gives hope to humanity. In just 70 years, India has become the largest democracy and has become one of the greatest nations in the world. Under PM Modi, villages in India have access to electricity. Over 300 million more have got internet connection. India will soon become the home to the world’s largest middle class. What is impressive is that India has achieved all this as a democracy and as a tolerant country. India’s achievement is unrivaled,” President Trump added.

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2:00 pm: President Trump addresses the crowd at Motera Stadium after PM Modi’s welcome speech. “The First Lady and I have travelled 8000kms to say that America loves India and we respect India. It is a profound honour to be in Motera in this beautiful stadium. Thank you for your spectacular welcome. Melania and my family will remember this forever,” Trump said.

1:55 pm: “One is the land of the free, the other considers the whole world its guest. There is the statue of liberty in US and we have the Statue of Unity. Our rich diversity, the unity within this diversity and vibrancy of diversity is shared between India and US. President Trump has a huge vision. The world knows what he has done forUSA. It is a great honour to have Melania Trump in India. You have worked for a Healthy America,” said PM Modi.

1:53 pm: “The arrival of POTUS, FLOTUS, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner gives the Indo-US ties a familial touch and adds warmth to it. I think today we can see history being repeated. Five months ago, I started my US trip with ‘Howdy Modi’ and today my friend President Donald Trump is starting his Indian trip with ‘Namaste Trump’ here in Ahmedabad,” PM Modi said.

1:49 pm: “You are heartily welcome in the largest democracy of the world. This is Gujarat but the entire country is enthusiastic in welcoming you,” PM Modi said during his address at the packed the Motera stadium.

1:48 pm: “I think today we can see history being repeated. 5 months back I started my US trip with ‘Howdy Modi’ and today my friend President Donald Trump is starting his Indian trip with ‘Namaste Trump’ here in Ahmedabad,” said PM Modi during his welcome speech.

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1:35 pm: US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka arrives at Motera Stadium ahead of the ‘Namaste Trump’ event.

1:25 pm: US President Donald Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump arrive at Motera Stadium, in Ahmedabad. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, CM Vijay Rupnai and Governor Acharya Devvrat also present.

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12:50 pm: US President Donald Trump writes a message in the visitors’ book at the Sabarmati Ashram, ‘To my great friend Prime Minister Modi…Thank You, Wonderful Visit!’

12:40 pm: US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump spin the Charkha at Sabarmati Ashram.

12:35 pm: US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive at Sabarmati Ashram.

12:30 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Sabarmati Ashram. US President Donald Trump to arrive at the Ashram shortly.

12:20 pm: 

12:06 pm: PM Modi welcomes President Trump to India with a hug.

11:54 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Ahmedabad airport to receive US President Donald Trump.

11:50 am: US President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump arrives in Ahmedabad.

11:50 am: The view of the packed Motera Stadium.

11:48 am: PM Modi responded to President Trump’s Hindi tweet.

11:45 am: 

11:38 am: 

11:30 am: President Trump retweets video that shows him as Bahubali.

11:20 am: Dancers perform at the Motera Stadium

11:15 am: 

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10:50 am: PM Modi will receive Trump and US First Lady Melania Trump upon their arrival aboard the Air Force One flight, scheduled to land here at around 11.40 am, officials said.

10:40 am: Taj Mahal is decked up with flowers ahead of US President Donald Trump’s arrival in Agra. Earlier, Tombs got ‘mud pack’ therapy and chandeliers were refurbished.

10:35 am: 

10:15 am: “We look forward to coming to India. We are on the way, we will meet everyone in a few hours,” US President Donald Trump tweets in Hindi.

 10:00 am: Hours before the visit of US President Donald Trump to Agra today, the entry to the Taj Mahal will be closed to visitors at 11:30am.

9:45 am: Artists from Jammu and Kashmir perform near Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad ahead of US President Donald Trump’s arrival.

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9:15 am: A huge crowd turns up outside the Motera stadium in Ahmedabad as entry of visitors begins. The Motera stadium or the Sardar Patel Cricket stadium will host US President Donald Trump for the ‘Namaste Trump’ event today.

9:00 am: US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are all set to visit Agra and Ahmedabad on the first day of their maiden visit to India.

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Gorakhnath temple attack convict sentenced to death by NIA court

Gorakhnath temple attack convict Ahmad Murtaza Abbasi was sentenced to death, Monday, by a special anti-terror court.

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Gorakhnath temple attack convict Ahmad Murtaza Abbasi was sentenced to death, Monday, by a special anti-terror court.

A report quoting Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order), Prashan Kumar, said that Abbasi was awarded the death penalty under Section 121 of the Indian Penal Code by a special NIA court for attacking security personnel stationed at Gorakhnath temple in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur in April last year.

Abbasi, a chemical engineer, was arrested following an attack with a sharp-edged weapon on Uttar Pradesh Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) personnel posted at the Gorakhnath temple.

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Police said that after interrogation, Abbasi revealed he was in cahoots with the Islamic State and had taken an oath to fight for the global terrorist group. They said that Abbasi was also providing financial aid to the terror group’s sympathizers and supporters.

Ahmad Murtaza Abbasi, a resident of Civil Lines area in UP’s Gorakhpur, is an IIT-ian with a degree in chemical engineering from IIT-Mumbai.

According to the police, Abbasi suffered from mental health issues for which he underwent treatment from several doctors and ultimately led to him separating from his wife in 2017.

On April 3 last year, Abbasi tried to force his way inside the Gorakhnath temple, when stopped, he proceeded to attack the security men deployed there with a sickle in which two constables were injured. However, he was overpowered and arrested.

The ATS investigation revealed that the Abbasi’s attack was part of a “deep conspiracy.” The UP Home Department had said the attack could be termed as a terror incident.

Mughal Garden: Opening date, timing, entry price and how to book Amrit Udyan tickets online

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Mughal Garden: Opening date, timing, entry price and how to book Amrit Udyan tickets online

Mughal Garden, now renamed Amrit Udyan, at Rashtrapati Bhavan is all set to open for the public from January 31. President Droupadi Murmu on Sunday graced the opening of the gardens of Rashtrapati Bhavan, Udyan Utsav 2023.

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Mughal Garden, now renamed Amrit Udyan, at Rashtrapati Bhavan is all set to open for the public from January 31. President Droupadi Murmu on Sunday graced the opening of the gardens of Rashtrapati Bhavan, Udyan Utsav 2023.

Mughal Garden has been renamed to commemorate the 75 years of independence. In keeping with the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav celebration’s theme, the garden has also been given a new name, Amrit Udyan.

Amrit Udyan’s opening and closing date

Amrit Udyan opens once a year to the public. This year, it will remain open for the general public from January 31 to March 26. However, it will be closed on all Mondays and on March 1 and 2 due to G20 meetings and March 8 on the occasion of Holi.

The garden will be accessible to special groups from March 28 to March 31. Amrit Udyan will open for farmers on March 28, people with disabilities on March 29, members of the armed forces, paramilitary groups, and police on March 30, and self-organized groups of tribal women on March 31.

Entry and exit for all visitors will be from gate number 35 of the President’s Estate, close to where North Avenue meets Rashtrapati Bhavan.

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Amrit Udyan timings

People can visit Amrit Udyan during the time period between 10 am and 4 pm.

How to book Amrit Udyan tickets online?

  • Go to the official website of Rashtrapati Bhavan at https://rashtrapatisachivalaya.gov.in or https://rb.nic.in/rbvisit/visit_plan.aspx.
  • On the homepage, select the option that reads Mughal Garden Visit.
  • Enter the required details such as name, date of visit, etc.
  • After that, you are required to submit your photo ID.
  • Click on the register button.

People can also buy Amrit Udyan tickets offline. Walk-in visitors have to register themselves at the facilitation counters as well as at the self-service kiosk near Gate 12 of Rashtrapati Bhavan. The visitors will have 6 slots to choose from, so it is advised to make prior bookings to avoid rushing at the gate.

The number of guests that can be reserved at once is 30. However, schools and colleges reserve a maximum of 50 at a time.

Amrit Udyan entry/ticket price

There is no fee for the booking of slots or entry to the Gardens of Rashtrapati Bhavan during Udyan Utsav. Visitors must, however, pay Rs 50 to enter Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Rashtrapati Bhavan will be open five days a week from Wednesday to Sunday and the Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum six days a week from Tuesday to Sunday. People can also witness the change of guard ceremony every Saturday, except on gazetted holidays.

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Bank holidays February 2023: Banks to remain shut for 10 days, check dates here

Apart from festivals, banks will also remain shut on the second and fourth Saturdays.

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Every month banks across the country remain shut due to festivals and other public and private holidays. In February 2023, both private and public banks will not function for 10 days. However, the holidays differ from state to state.

Festivals like Guru Ravidas Jayanti, Hazrat Ali Jayanti, Maha Shivaratri, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, and others will be celebrated in February which might affect the functioning of banks in several states.

Full list of bank holidays in February 2023

DATEDAYHOLIDAYSTATES 
5 February 2023 Sunday Hazrat Ali Jayanti Uttar Pradesh 
5 February 2023 Sunday Guru Ravidas Jayanti Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana & Punjab 
15 February 2023 Wednesday Lui-Ngai-Ni Manipur 
18 February 2023 Saturday Maha Shivaratri Several states of India 
19 February 2023 Sunday Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti Maharashtra 
20 February 2023 Monday State Day  Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram 
21 February 2023 Tuesday Losar Sikkim 

Apart from this, banks will also remain shut on the second and fourth Saturdays.

DATEDAYHOLIDAYSTATES 
12 February 2023 Saturday Second Saturday All States 
15 February 2023 Tuesday Lui-Ngai-Ni  Manipur 
19 February 2023 Sunday Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti Maharashtra 
25 February 2023 Saturday Fourth Saturday All States 

For those unversed, the Reserve Bank of India categorises holidays into three categories-Holiday under the Negotiable Instruments Act and Real-Time Gross Settlement Holidays, Holidays under the Negotiable Instruments Act, and Banks’ Closing of Accounts.

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In January 2023, banks across the country will remain shut for 14 days.

Date  Day    Holiday    State  
January 1, 2023SundayNew Year Bank Holiday & Weekend Bank HolidayAll over India
January 2, 2023MondayNew Year Bank CelebrationMizoram
January 5, 2023ThursdayGuru Gobind Singh JayantiHaryana and Rajasthan
January 8, 2023SundayWeekend Bank HolidayAll over India
January 11, 2023WednesdayMissionary DayMizoram
January 14, 2023SaturdaySecond Saturday Bank HolidayAll over India
January 15, 2023SundayWeekend Bank HolidayAll over India
January 22, 2023SundayWeekend Bank HolidayAll over India
January 23, 2023MondayNetaji Subash Chandra Bose JayantiTripura and West Bangal
January 25, 2023WednesdayState DayHimachal Pradesh
January 26, 2023ThursdayRepublic DayAll over India
January 28, 2023SundayFourth Saturday Bank HolidayAll over India
January 29, 2023SundayWeekend Bank HolidayAll over India
January 31, 2023MondayMe-Dam-Me-PhiAssam

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