US President Barack Obama Concludes India Visit With Joint Radio Address With PM Modi, Townhall

27/01/2015 8:14 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:24 AM IST
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U.S. President Barack Obama, right waves to the audience as he and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attend the India-U.S business summit in New Delhi, India, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Obama urged business leaders to find ways to seize the "untapped potential" that could unleash greater trade between the U.S. and India. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

NEW DELHI – US President Barack Obama will conclude his three-day India visit today with a joint radio address with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a meeting with fellow Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi and an address at the Siri Fort Auditorium here.

Modi and Obama’s radio address 'Mann ki Baat' will be aired at 8 PM and is expected to last half an hour.

Modi tweeted today along with a photograph showing him with Obama with a caption: "Sharing our 'Mann Ki Baat' during the recording of the radio programme. Tune in on 27th January at 8 PM IST for the special episode! #MannKiBaat #Radio #USA #India."

Sources said the recording of the programme was done this afternoon at Hyderabad House and it is going to be nearly 35 minute-long, which is longer than Modi's previous 'Mann Ki Baat editions.

The Prime Minister, who in this episode conducts the show himself, will be heard speaking in the programme in both Hindi and English and has chosen questions related to Indo-US relations, sources said. This is the first time that 'Mann ki Baat' will have a guest appearing along with Modi, sharing the airwaves.

The latest address is slotted to be broadcast on January 27 at 8 PM on AIR while a regional version will be aired on January 28 at 9 am. For broadcast of the address in regional languages, there will be a voice which will translate Modi's words while another voice will translate what Obama says, officials said.

Sources said AIR has received substantial ads for this broadcast. Apart from AIR, Modi's 'Mann ki Baat' radio addresses were carried widely on Doordrashan as well and several private radio and TV channels.

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry suggested that private radio channels, private news and current affairs TV channels and community radios may also broadcast the same simultaneously by availing free feed from AIR and DD News.

AIR sources also said certain arrangements had been made to ensure that the content of the programme is available outside the country as the upcoming broadcast has generated interest abroad as well.

Obama will also meet Satyarthi, who along with Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 "for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the rights of all children to education," the White House said.

Satyarthi and Yousafzai were on December 10 awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their pioneering work on promoting child rights. Obama received the prize in 2009.

Satyarthi's non-government organisation, the 'Bachpan Bachao Andolan', claims to have rescued over 83,000 children from bonded labour and slavery since its inception in 1980.

After meeting Satyarthi, Obama will address a gathering at the Siri Fort Auditorium. The First Lady will also attend the event, said the White House.

After his speech at Siri Fort, Obama and the First Lady would leave for Saudi Arabia where he would meet the new Saudi king and personally expresses his condolences over the death of King Abdullah Abdullah.

Obama has cancelled his pre-scheduled visit to Agra.

Modi yesterday wooed US investors promising a predictable tax regime, removing "remaining uncertainties" and an open business environment as Obama pledged USD 4 billion in investment for trade with India.

At the same time, Obama flagged US concerns over trade barriers, intellectual property rights and sought consistency and simplicity in regulatory and tax regime for ease of doing business with India. The two leaders made forth their views clear in back-to-back meetings with top corporate leaders of both the countries at a CEOs Forum and a Business Summit.

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