12.11 am: Modi winds up with more praise for Donald Trump, and the hope that both countries will move forward together.

12.05 am, September 23: Modi asks the audience to give a standing ovation to Trump for his support in fighting terror.

11.55 pm: Even as portions of the Kashmir Valley remain under lockdown, Modi says that getting rid of Article 370 will give the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh the rights promised to all Indians under the Constitution.

11.45 pm: With his government under fire for pushing Hindi in India, Modi chooses to say “Everything is fine” in a number of different languages to demonstrate India’s diversity in Houston.

11.30 pm: Modi says, “If you ask the question ‘Howdy Modi’, the answer is ‘Everything [in India] is fine’.”

11.25 pm: Modi says: “I’m seeing history being made, and a new chemistry also.”

11.20 pm: Trump says India will have access to NBA basketball soon. “Am I invited, Mr Prime Minister?” he asks.

11.17 pm:

11.01 pm: US President Donald Trump, introduced as “my friend” by Prime Minister Modi, starts his address by praising the Indian-American population.

10.52 pm:

10.45 pm:

10.30 pm: US President Donald Trump arrives at the venue in Houston.

10.11 pm:

10.05 pm: A tweet from Modi’s office:

9.55 pm: Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner presents the Key to the City to Narendra Modi, according to Texas India Forum.

9.45 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives on stage at NRG stadium in Houston.

9.43 pm: Junior Senator for Texas Ted Cruz thanks the the Indian-American community in USA for their contributions, reports ANI.

9.35 pm: United States Congressional delegation takes the stage.

9.29 pm: PM Narendra Modi arrives at NRG stadium in Houston, according to ANI.

9.28 pm: Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is addressing the crowd, says Texas India Forum.

9.11 pm: Texas Senator John Cornyn hopes the trade differences will be ironed out, reports ANI.

8.57 pm: Modi says he is looking forward to meet Donald Trump.

8.45 pm: 27 cultural groups to perform before Modi’s address, reports The Indian Express.

8.37 pm: People protest outside the NRG Stadium in Houston against former Indian Police Service officer Sanjiv Bhatt’s conviction in a 30-year-old custodial death case and lynchings in India.

Credit: Alliance for Justice and Accountability
Credit: Alliance for Justice and Accountability
Credit: Alliance for Justice and Accountability

8.23 pm: People wait at the stadium.

8.18 pm: Donald Trump tweets that he will be with his friend in Houston.

8.12 pm: Kirtan singers of the Guru Nanak Society of Greater Cincinnati perform as event begins.

7.53 pm: Texas Senator John Cornyn arrives at NRG stadium.

7.08 pm: The event is set to begin in a few hours. You can watch it live on the “Howdy, Modi!” YouTube channel here.

7.05 pm: US President Donald Trump gets onto a plane for Houston, where he will attend the Howdy Modi rally, ANI reports.

7.02 pm: India’s largest liquified natural gas importer Petronet will invest $2.5 billion for around 20% equity stake in United States energy company Tellurian Inc’s Driftwood project. They will negotiate buying five million tonnes of gas per year.

7 pm: Modi meets a 17-member Kashmiri Pandit delegation from the Global Kashmiri Pandit Diaspora in the United States city of Houston, Texas ahead of his “Howdy Modi” rally, NDTV reports. The delegation “unequivocally supported the steps being taken for the progress of India and empowerment of every Indian”, the Prime Minister’s Office tweets.

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