Diversity is our pride, says Modi at Wembley

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an expected audience of 60,000 at Wembley Stadium in London.

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Queen Elizabeth II for lunch at the Buckingham Palace, hosted by the Queen herself.

She greeted Mr. Modi at the Grand Entrance of her London palace and then moved on to inspect items from the Royal Collection, brought out specially for the Indian Prime Minister’s visit, a palace spokesperson said in London on Friday.

Soon after the lunch, Mr. Modi will make his way to the Wembley Stadium to address a 60,000-strong audience at the U.K. Welcomes Modi event.

Live updates:

12:43 pm: Fireworks display at the event.

12:35 am:

12:24 am: Modi signs off with Bharat Mata ki Jai chants.

12:16 am: You have right to India as much as I have right to my country, says Modi to the diaspora.

12:13 am: Prime Minister announces direct flight between London and Ahmedabad.

12:11 am: Madad - Grievances Monitoring System, an online platform will address the grievences of Overseas Indians

12:09 am: I know there are issues with Overseas Citizen of India (OCI). We have merged OCI and Person of Indian Origin (PIO). We will simplify it further: Modi

12:07 am: A Sarpanch of a village in Haryana, which has skewed gender ratio, came up with #selfiewithdaughter. Thousands responded by sharing the photos with their daughters. That is my country India, says Modi.

12:05 am: Modi talks about Imran Khan of Alwar in Rajasthan, who has created 50 apps for students. My India lives in people like Imran Khan, he says.

12:04 am: Don't believe what you see in television screen. There is an India beyond what you read in the newspapers, says Modi

12:03 am: Narendra Modi talks about corruption. Transparency International has increased India's rating by 10 points, says Modi.

12:01 am: India is one of the fastest growing economy in the world: Modi

11:57 pm: We have set ourselves a challenge. In 2017, on the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, we want to supply 24 hours electricity to all, says Modi

11:55 pm: We should bring together countries tapping solar energy as a bloc like oil producing nations, says Modi.

11:53 pm: We want to turn India into Surya putr rashtra (land of solar power): Modi

11:52 pm: The biggest players of defence manufacturing are approaching us to set shop in India, says Modi.

11:50 pm: In India, FDI means First Develop India: Modi

11:48 pm: 'If James Bond gives entertainment, Brooke Bond gives you freshness'. In that order, it's James Bond, Brooke Bond.. Rupee Bond.

11:45 pm: 'For the first time Indian Railways will be issuing Rupee bond in London Stock Exchange.'

11:44 pm: Forty per cent of Indians did not have a bank account. Within 100 days 19 crores Indians got bank accounts, says Modi.

11:43 pm: We have achieved the feat of constructing separate toilets for girls at all schools across the country, says Modi

11:41 pm: I express my gratitude to the diaspora would donated funds to build toilets in their villages back in India, says Modi

11:40 pm: I never dreamt that one day a chaiwalllah, would have the opportunity to unfurl the Indian flag at the Red Fort, says Modi

11:38 pm: Even after 70 years of independence, there are still 18,000 villages don't have electricity, says Modi. If my fellow citizens are in darkness, even after 70 years, shouldn't I be upset? In the next 1000 days, I pledge these 18,000 villages would be given electricity, he says.

11:37 pm: Our country is moving quickly on the path of development, says Modi

11:34 pm: To deal with global warming or terrorism, Mahatma Gandhi has shown the way, says Modi

11:33 pm: We don't want meharbani (charity) from others, we want baraabari ( equality), says Modi

11:32 pm: The world acknowledges India as a land full of potential, says Modi

11:31 pm: The world has started seeing India differently. Earlier they just shake your hands, now they hold your hand for a while, says Modi.

11:28 pm: If you understand Sufi philosophy, you will never pick up the gun, says Modi

11:24 pm: Prime Minister praises the Sikh community for their valour.

11:21 pm: People ask me how a country of a billion people, so diverse, live with love and harmony. I say this diversity is our pride, power and strength, says Modi

11:18 pm: Narendra Modi recalls the contribution of Shyamji Krishna Varma, freedom fighter.

11:17 pm: ' Which Indian would not be proud that Mahatma Gandhi is standing outside the British Parliament?'

11:16 pm: PM Cameron is deeply appreciative of the Indian community. He seems a part of it, says Modi

11:14 pm

Photo: Suhasini Haidar

11:13 pm: In 18 months, I have learnt that there is no need for us to be in poverty: Modi

11:12 pm: I am here in London after 12 years. Last time I was here as a chief minister of a state. Now, my countrymen have given me a bigger responsibility: Modi

11:11 pm: Modi makes the speech in Hindi.

11:08 pm: I was told London would be cold, but not this much. Your wonderful and warm welcome makes me feel at home, says Modi.

11:06 pm: Narenda Modi wishes all on Bhai Dooj.

11:05 pm: Narendra Modi takes the stage. Namastey! he greets.

11:05 pm:Ache din zaroor aayega, says Cameron

11:02 pm: PM Cameron: We stand together against terrorism. You suffered in Mumbai, we suffered in London. Together we will defeat them.

11:01 pm: Cameron pledges support to India's bid for a permanent seat in United Nations.

11:00 pm: Kam cho! says Mr. Cameon amidst thunderous roaring from the audience.

10:55 pm: We can be the most successful multi-racial democracy in the world, thanks to British Indians, says Mr. Cameron.

Now PM Cameron has won the crowd: It wont be long before a British Indian is PM of UK, he says

10:54 pm: Namastey Wembley! says Mr. Cameron

10:53 pm: The Prime Ministers interact with schollchildren who sang national anthems.

10:49 pm: National Anthem of both the countries play

10:48 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Wembley along with his British counterpart David Cameron.

10:33 pm: A video highlighting NDA government's highlights being showcased.

10:31 pm: Another round of Bollywood songs being performed.

10:30 pm: Crowds chanting Modi! Modi!

10:20 pm: Artists perform Vande Mataram, the last performance of cultural events. Next will be Mr. Modi's address?

9:48 pm:

9:38 pm: Kanika Kapoor performs at London's Wembley Stadium

9:23 pm: Alisha Chinai performs "Made in India" at London's Wembley Stadium

9:12 pm:

9:08 pm: Sheer sight of 60,000 people at Wembley, a historic moment for everybody, will be remembered for a long time, says Manoj Ladwa, Wembley event organizer, to ANI

9:00 pm:

A packed house at Wembley. Photo: Parvathi Menon

8:55 pm: Show at Wembley begins. 800 artists including Shiamak Davar troupe, Alisha Chinai, Kunika Kapoor to perform for PM

8:50 pm: Seats filling up at Wembley Stadium. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the gathering shortly, reports Suhasini Haidar.

8 . 20 p.m.: PM Modi presents the Queen with photographs taken during her first visit to India in 1951. He also presents Darjeeling tea from the Makaibari tea estate in West Bengal, organic honey from Jammu and Kashmir and Tanchoi stoles from Varanasi.

8.10. p.m.: "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit India in the spring of 2016, at the request of HM's Government," tweeted the official handle of Kensington Palace, @KensingtonRoyal.

8.00 p.m.: Indo-U.K. Healthcare, a consortium of Indo-British promoters, has committed to invest over Rs. 10,000 crore to bring the famed NHS Hospitals of England, apart from other leading English educational institutions and universities, into the country over the next few years. >Read more...

7.15 p.m.: Yes Bank said it has signed a pact with the London Stock Exchange (LSE) for bonds and equity issuance with focus on green infrastructure finance, under which it plans to list up to $500 million green bond on the bourse by December next year. The agreement is part of the engagements that visiting Prime Minister Narendra Modi has in London. >Read more.

7.00 p.m.: "HM The Queen meeting @narendramodi signifies special #UKIndia relationship," tweets the official twitter account of the British High Commission in India, @UKinIndia.

6.50 p.m.: PM Modi's reception at the Buckingham Palace — and the subsequent lunch with the Queen — is considered a rare honour to be shown to a visiting head of government

6.48 p.m: PM Modi meets Queen Elizabeth II.

6.45 p.m.: Business communities must take forward India-UK ties, said Modi earlier in the day. On Thursday, deals worth £9.3 billion ($14.2 billion) were signed between the two countries. >Read more .

6.40 p.m.: PM Narendra Modi reaches Buckingham Palace to attend lunch to be hosted by Queen Elizabeth II.

6.20 p.m.: Meanwhile, The Wembley Stadium, with an expected audience of 60,000 is getting ready for Mr. Modi's address. "Eight hundred artists are getting ready to get on stage for the evening. Something really exciting and unique is the largest rangoli design that will be displayed on the pitch." >Read more.

6.15 p.m.: PM Modi presented David Cameron a pair of handrafted bookends made of wood, marble and silver and a book. Cameron's wife Ms. Samantha Cameron also received gifts. >Read more.

6.10 p.m.: David Cameron also hosted Mr. Modi for what has been described as an “intimate dinner” on Thursday evening after a power-packed day that included delegation-level talks, an address to MPs and a speech at London’s financial hub. >Read more.

6.05 p.m.: Despite day one filled with bilateral agreements, business meetings, and a speech in the U.K. Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi woke up to a barrage of critical reports in British newspapers on Friday. >Read more.

6.00 p.m.: The three-day visit to the United Kingom is focused on defence and strategic ties between India and the U.K. as well as economic relations. >Read more to find out about what to expect from this visit. s

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