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Grateful to President Obama for returning India’s stolen cultural heritage, says PM Modi | The Indian Express

From a bronze Ganesh to a Jain figure of Bahubali, here are pics of some of the returned cultural artifacts. (Source: MEA)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived on Monday on a three-day visit during which he will hold talks with President Barack Obama to review bilateral ties and address a joint session of the US Congress.

Modi arrived at the Joint Base Andrews from Switzerland where he secured the European nation’s support for India’s NSG membership ahead of a key meeting of the 48-nation bloc.

Modi has a packed schedule, including the address to a joint session of the US Congress. He will be the sixth Indian Prime Minister to do so. Modi is visiting the US at the invitation of President Obama.

Live Updates:

03.54 am: PM Narendra Modi interacts with think-tanks at the Blair House, Washington, DC.

03.44 am: There treasures are to be enjoyed by the entire world. Technology can help us catch those indulging in illicit trafficking, says PM Modi. Among the artifacts returned, Lord Ganesh to a Jain figure of Bahubali dating back to the bronze age.

03.26 am: Grateful to President Obama for returning India’s stolen cultural heritage. People are attracted to India for its ancient civilisation. We have towns dating back 5000 years, says PM Modi.

03.14 am: PM Narendra Modi attends ceremony for return of idols with US Attorney General.

02.36 am: PM Modi at Arlington Cemetery, lays wreath at the Space Shuttle Columbia Memorial. Sunita Williams, and family of Kalpana Chawla also present at the memorial.

02.7 am: My deepest gratitude to the Emir of Qatar. A special gesture to mark the start of a special month. Qatar Government releases 23 prisoners, who will return home to India: PM’s tweet.

12.48 am: PM Modi meets his supporters at the Joint Base Andrews in Washington D.C.

#WATCH PM Narendra Modi arrives in Washington D.C. Meets his supporters amassed at Joint Base Andrews #ModiInUS

12.35 am: US’ Ambassador to India Richard Verma and Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nisha Biswal among the top officials present at the base to receive Prime Minister Modi.

12.30 am : PM Narendra Modi arrives in United States of America during the fourth leg of his 5-nation visit. Meeting President Obama on agenda.

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