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Trump India visit: Sabarmati Ashram, Namaste Trump and Taj Mahal | Highlights from Day 1

US President Donald Trump landed in Ahmedabad at 11:37 am. Trump, on Sunday had left for his maiden visit to India for talks with the top Indian leadership during which the two countries are expected to significantly ramp up bilateral relations, especially in the defence and strategic ties. 

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New Delhi Updated on: February 24, 2020 21:49 IST

Donald Trump landed in Ahmedabad at 11:37 am on Monday. With this, POTUS became the sixth US president ever to travel to India and the first one to land in Ahmedabad, where he will be joined by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for an unprecedented roadshow and a historic joint address before a record crowd of more than one lakh people. Trump on Sunday left for his maiden visit to India for talks with the top Indian leadership during which the two countries are expected to significantly ramp up bilateral relations, especially in the defence and strategic ties.

When Air Force One touches down Ahmedabad on Monday, he will become the fourth consecutive American president to visit India, reflecting on the new phase of bonhomie in the 21st century between the two largest democracies of the world.

Here are the updates from Day 1 of Trump's India visit

07:38 pm: Delhi: US President Donald Trump & First Lady Melania Trump arrive at Air Force Station, Palam. He will meet President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, tomorrow

07:26 pm: US President Donald Trump, Melania arrive in New Delhi

06:52 pm: Picture shows Donald Trump, Melania staring at the beauty of Taj Mahal in Agra

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US President Donald Trump, Melania Trump gaze at the beauty of Taj Mahal

06:41 pm: US President Donald Trump, Melania depart for New Delhi

5:50 pm: Photos from the Taj Mahal in Agra as Trumps visit

05:39 pm: Uttar Pradesh: US President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner at the Taj Mahal in Agra

05:26 pm: US President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner at the Taj Mahal in Agra

05:14 pm: US President Donald Trump's message in the visitor's book at the Taj Mahal- "Taj Mahal inspires awe, a timeless testament to the rich and diverse beauty of Indian culture! Thank you, India"

05:08 pm: US President Donald Trump writes in the visitor's book at the Taj Mahal

05:03 pm: US President Donald Trump, his family arrive at Taj Mahal

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Donald Trump, Melania Trump tour Taj Mahal in Agra

04:44 pm: US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump received by UP Governor Anandiben Patel and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Agra

04:19 pm: Trump to head to his hotel in Agra; will leave for Taj Mahal later

04:14 pm: US President Donald Trump's Air Force One lands in Agra

03:51 pm: People at Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad click selfies with Ivanka Trump, daughter of US President Donald Trump

03:13 pm: US President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump on being asked if she enjoyed the 'Namaste Trump' event

02:59 pm: President Trump, First Lady Melania leave for Agra. They will be paying visit to the Taj Mahal.

02:34 pm: Today India is not just creating a world record of sending the most satellites at once, but also the world record of the quickest financial inclusion, says PM Modi 

02:32 pm: A view of the Motera Stadium amid 'Namaste Trump' event

02:29 pm: PM Modi once again takes the stage to thank Trump. PM Modi also thanks Gujarat Cricket Association for making Motera Stadium available for the event before its completion

02:27 pm: India is running the biggest health insurance scheme today, says PM Narendra Modi

02:26 pm: Security has been increased across Kashmir as a precautionary measure in view of US President Donald Trump's two-day visit to India, which began on Monday, officials said. 

02:22 pm: God bless India, we love you very much, says Trump as he concludes his 'Namaste Trump' address

02:20 pm: We will seal defence deals worth USD 3 billion on Tuesday, says Trump

02:18 pm: In America, we have realised that the best way to attract jobs and opportunities is to reduce the burden on businesses, says Trump

02:17 pm: As we continue to build our defence cooperation, the US looks forward to providing India with some of the best and most feared military equipment on the planet. We make the greatest weapons ever made. We make the best and we are dealing now with India, says Trump

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Donald Trump addresses 'Namaste Trump' event at Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad

02:16 pm: Extreme poverty in your country will be eliminated in next 10 years, says Trump

02:15 pm: There is difference between nation that rises by coercion and one that rises by setting people free -- that is India, says Trump

02:14 pm: We have killed Baghdadi and are working to ensure that anyone who plays around with the security of our citizens pays a very heavy price, says Trump

02:13 pm: Both our countries have suffered massive losses because of terrorism. Today the ISIS is 100 per cent destroyed and its leader is dead, says Trump

02:11 pm: All over the planet people take great joy in watching Bollywood films, bhangra, and classic films like DDLJ and Sholay. You cheer on great cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli, says Trump

02:10 pm: The First Lady and I are now looking forward to see one of the most iconic places of your country - the Taj Mahal, says Trump

02:09 pm: US military is the most powerful military across the world and now we are expanding our military powers by investing millions of dollars, says Trump

02:08 pm: Gujarat is a special place and I thank you all for the contribution you have made for my beloved country, says Trump

02:07 pm: India has always been looked upon and respected as a nation where hundreds of Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Jews, Christians worship side by side, says Trump

02:06 pm: We will always remember this remarkable hospitality. India will hold a special place in our hearts. PM Modi started out as 'tea wallah', he worked as a tea seller. Everybody loves him but I will tell you this, he is very tough, says Trump

02:04 pm: PM Modi you are not just the pride of Gujarat, you are living proof that with hard work & devotion, Indians can accomplish anything at all, anything they want. The Prime Minister is a moving story of an incredible rise, says Trump

02:03 pm: The US will always be a faithful and loyal friend of India; thank you for the spectacular welcome. PM Modi is an exceptional leader; works day and night for India, says Trump

02:01 pm: We will always remember this remarkable hospitality. India will hold a special place in our hearts. PM Modi started out as 'tea wallah', he worked as a tea seller. Everybody loves him but I will tell you this, he is very tough, says Trump

02:00 pm: We are very very proud of India as the nation is doing very well. In just 70 years, India has become the largest democracy in the world, says Trump

01:58 pm: From this day on, India will always hold a very special place in all our hearts, says Trump

01:57 pm: Thank you for a spectacular welcome to this magnificent country, says Trump 

01:55 pm: Namaste, says Trump as he addresses 'Namaste Trump' at Motera Stadium

01:54 pm: Today the world is eager to hear President Trump address the 'Namaste Trump event, says PM Modi 

01:53 pm: Two years ago, Ivanka Trump had visited India and I'm happy to welcome you again to my country, says PM Modi

01:52 pm: Today we express our gratitude towards the entire Trump family. It is a matter of pride for all of us to have First Lady here with us, says PM Modi

01:49 pm: I am happy that ties between India and US have strengthened under the leadership of President Donald Trump, says PM Modi

01:47 pm: Relations between India and US are now far greater and closer relationship, says PM Modi 

01:46 pm: Namaste Trump event kicks off at Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad

01:44 pm: US President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka arrives at Motera Stadium ahead of the 'Namaste Trump' event

01:42 pm: US President Donald Trump and PM Narendra Modi at the 'Namaste Trump' event at Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad

01:33 pm: BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly and BCCI Secretary Jay Shah at Motera Stadium for Namaste Trump event

01:26 pm: US President Donald Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump arrive at Motera Stadium, in Ahmedabad

01:22 pm: As Agra awaits the arrival of US President Donald Trump for his maiden visit to Taj Mahal, many residents are eager to catch a glimpse of 'the Beast' -- the luxurious armoured vehicle of the American president.

01:08 pm: The entry of local and foreign visitors to Rajghat was prohibited on Monday ahead of the scheduled visit of US President Donald Trump to the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, officials said. Trump would visit Rajghat on Tuesday to pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi. 

01:06 pm: Indian-American politician Nikki Haley has said that there is much to be gained from the friendship of US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of his maiden official visit to India. Haley, who was America's envoy to the UN in the first two years of the Trump administration and the first-ever cabinet-ranking Indian-American in any presidential administration, said that she is proud to see Trump and First Lady Melania travel to India.

12:59 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi enroute Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad, where Namaste Trump event will be held shortly

12:52 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!'

12:47 pm: Trump, PM Modi leave for Motera Stadium

12:46 pm: Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, and PM Narendra Modi pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Sabarmati Ashram

12:43 pm: US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump write in the visitor's book at Sabarmati Ashram

12:39 pm: US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump spin the Charkha at Sabarmati Ashram. PM Modi also present

12:35 pm: Donald Trump spins Charkha at Sabarmati Ashram as PM Modi explains him traditions

12:30 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Sabarmati Ashram, explains traditions to POTUS

12:28 pm: US President Donald Trump's convoy arrives at Sabarmati Ashram

12:24 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Sabarmati Ashram

12:18 pm: Trump's cavalcade enroute Sabarmati Ashram from the airport

12:06 pm: US President Donald Trump leaves for Sabarmati Ashram from the airport

12:01 pm: Gujarati folk dancers perform at the arrival of US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at Ahmedabad airport

12:00 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi hugs US President Donald Trump as he receives him at Ahmedabad Airport

11:56 am: Donald Trump receives warm embrace from PM Narendra Modi

11:52 am: US President Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump arrives in Ahmedabad

11:49 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives to welcome US President Donald Trump, family

11:41 am: Live visuals from Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad

11:37 am: Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump will speak at the 'Namaste Trump' event later today

11:38 am: US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump land in Ahmedabad, Gujarat

11:36 am: Air Force One lands in Ahmedabad

11:28 am: Gujarat: Artists at the Airport Circle in Ahmedabad, ahead of the arrival of US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump

11:26 am: Fruit and vegetable carving artist M Elanchezhian has carved the images of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US President Donald Trump and Taj Mahal on a watermelon. He has done this as a mark of welcoming Trump and also showcasing one of the World Wonders Taj Mahal as the backdrop which the former will be visiting soon.

11:22 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi responds to Donald Trump's tweet in Hindi

11:16 am: BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) President Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah arrive at the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad, ahead of 'Namaste Trump' even at the stadium

11:12 am: A group of dancers performing at Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad

11:09 am: Motera Stadium, all set to welcome POTUS, has a clubhouse with 55 rooms, indoor and outdoor games, restaurants, an Olympic size swimming pool, gymnasium, party area and a 3D projector theatre/TV room.

11:05 am: With a seating capacity of 1,10,000, Motera stadium will overtake the current record-holder, the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (Approx 95,000 capacity) as the biggest cricket stadium in the world. The stadium has been rebuilt after demolishing the old one which had a seating capacity of 49,000 spectators. 

11:01 am: The US President is travelling to India with a high level delegation for a 36-hour visit and will also be accompanied by wife Melania Trump, daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner. 

10:59 am: From massive billboards bearing greeting messages to street roundabouts decked with American and Indian flags, Agra is waiting to welcome President Donald Trump on Monday amid a huge security deployment across the city. Trump is slated to arrive in Agra on Monday evening after jointly attending with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the mega 'Namaste Trump' event at the newly built Motera cricket stadium in Ahmedabad.

10:57 am: Ahead of Trump's arrival, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said India awaits the arrival of US President Donald Trump, asserting that his visit will further strengthen the friendship between the two countries.

10:55 am: Hours before the visit of US President Donald Trump to Agra on Monday, the entry to the Taj Mahal will be closed to visitors in view of high security arrangements. According to Agra DM Prabhu N Singh, Trump is scheduled to arrive at the Taj Mahal complex at 5:15 pm and will spend about an hour at the famed 17th century mausoleum.

10:52 am: Panning Trump's visit to India, the Shiv Sena has said the 36-hour-long sojourn of the US president in the country won't make 'an iota of

difference' in the lives of poor and middle-class Indians. While leaving for India, Trump has said he is going to discuss business with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which makes it clear that his trip is aimed at boosting US trade, the Sena said.

10:49 am: Artists as well as visitors on the route from the Ahmedabad airport to the Motera Stadium. 

10:46 am: Ahead of his arrival in Gujarat's Ahmedabad, US President Donald Trump tweets - "Hum Bharat aane ke liye tatpar hain. Hum raaste mein hain, kuch hi ghanton mein hum sabse milenge."

10:43 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Ahmedabad

10:42 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Ahmedabad ahead of US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump's arrival

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