2:36 pm: Govt. working on visa-on-arrival for tourists from Australia soon: PM Modi
2:32 pm: The odd practice of police verifying the visitors to India is over now: PM
2:28 pm: PIOs/NRIs don't believe in promises because of their past experiences. The new government is working to dispel their doubts.
2:24 pm: Laws should not prevent people from living peacefully: PM
2:22 pm : Mr Modi says he is happier to remove laws so that the windows are open for fresh air come in.
2:20 pm: We want to create the India you are dreaming of, Mr Modi tells Sydney audience
2:19 pm: Skill development a constant concern, Indian youth need to be developed, says Mr Modi
2:16 pm: With a lot of courage we opted for 100% FDI in railways in India, says PM
2:14 pm: We created golf course in Gujarat for Japanese to come and invest, says Mr Modi
2:12 pm: Investors should be given high quality of life, says PM Modi
2:10 pm We have started Make in India programme. Job will be created for Indian youth who can contribute to the world: PM
2:06 pm: Dignity of labor should be learned from Australia, the PM says and want to propagate the idea that cleaning isn't below dignity.
2:02 pm : Mr Modi invites people of Indian origin in Australia to help build toilets in India, in their place of origin in India. If this challenge is taken up the bad image of India can be cleaned up, he says.
1:57 pm: 71 million bank accounts have already been opened in last 10 weeks. Same people, same departments...did the work happen or not?: PM Modi
1:55 pm: Spoke to Reserve Bank of India about "Jan Dhan Yogna",and they said it will take 3 years. I said I want this done in 150 days: PM Modi
1:53 pm: I want to work for the small people, to make the small people big...that's what my focus is: PM Modi
1:45 pm: In 1964 Olympic games in Tokyo, an Indian represented Australia, thats not a small thing: PM Modi
1:41 pm: I see no reason why India should stay behind. We will move ahead: PM Modi
1:37 pm: Had it not been for a democracy would I be here? Let's understand this strength: PM Modi
1:35 pm: Sydney is a beautiful city. Australia is a beautiful Country. We are also bound by the bond of cricket: PM
1:34 pm: It takes one day to come to Australia, but it took 28 years for an Indian PM to come here: PM Modi
1:33 pm: It is my good fortune that I'm the first PM of India to be born post 1947: PM Modi
1:31 pm : We remember the words of Swami Vivekananda that we must worship only Mother India and not demi-gods: PM Modi
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It is my good fortune that I'm the first PM of India to be born post 1947: PM >@narendramodi
1.23 pm: PM Modi: I dedicate this welcome to the people of India.
This welcome. This respect. This enthusiasm l dedicate it to the people of India: PM >pic.twitter.com/71Fmb84ZQV— PMO India (@PMOIndia) >November 17, 2014
1.20 pm: Australian and Indian national anthems being played.
1.17 pm: Former cricket umpire Simon Taufel and former pacer Javagal Srinath is also present at the arena
1.15 pm: Amidst cheers and applause, PM Narendra Modi arrives to address NRIs.
1.10 pm: Foreign dignitaries and diplomates introduced
1.04 pm: Former Australian fast bowler Brett Lee speaks ahead of PM Modi's address
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Sydney on Monday on a whirlwind six-hour visit to Sydney on the second leg of his four-city tour of Australia. Mr. Modi, who arrived here from Brisbane after attending the G20 Summit, will proceed to Canberra tonight and later to Melbourne.
More than 16,000 members of the Indian diaspora will pack Allphones Arena at Olympic Park to listen to Mr. Modi's address. About 5,000 more are expected to be watching the evening event on big screens outside.
As PM >@narendramodi departs Brisbane, Allphones Arena in Sydney gets ready for event later in evening. >pic.twitter.com/Rxq3zWia2z— Syed Akbaruddin (@MEAIndia) >November 17, 2014
Bhangra performance at the arena. >pic.twitter.com/2GxRXwXgaY— PMO India (@PMOIndia) >November 17, 2014
More than 200 Modi fans left Melbourne bound for Allphones Arena tonight on a specially a chartered train dubbed the “Modi Express.”
Earlier, PM Modi met New South Wales Premier Mike Baird.
New South Wales Premier Mr. Mike Baird meets the PM. >pic.twitter.com/T4oinojdrF— PMO India (@PMOIndia) >November 17, 2014
Australia’s aboriginal dancers gave a traditional welcome to Mr. Modi. The Prime Minister spent about five minutes at the lobby of Hotel Pullman and watched the four male dancers, who also sang and performed a few dance sequences.
Mr. Modi got a boomerang as a gift from the dancers. It is well known as a weapon used by Indigenous Australians for hunting and is commonly thought of as an Australian icon.
Amazing welcome in Sydney. Glad to be here. >pic.twitter.com/6sv2kmz8dh— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) >November 17, 2014
Modi, who is the first prime minister to visit Australia in 28 years after Rajiv Gandhi, left for Sydney on the second leg of his four—city tour of this country. He will be on a whirlwind six—hour visit to Sydney before proceeding to Canberra tonight and later to Melbourne.
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