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Narendra Modi to address Indians in 18 US cities

Narendra Modi to address Indians in 18 US citiesWashington, May 10 - Still a persona non grata in the US, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is again set to talk to the Indian community in 18 cities in North America via satellite from state capital of Gandhinagar Sunday.

He will be the keynote speaker at Gujarat Day celebrations across North America, according to the organisers of the event, Indian/Gujarati Samuday of North America, an informal grouping of several community organisations.

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US religious body concerned over Modi entry into US

US religious body concerned over Modi entry into USWashington, May 1 - A US federal advisory body has reiterated its concerns about Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's admissibility to the US due to his alleged "complicity in the 2002 riots" in the state.

Modi, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) Tuesday noted, was the only individual in whose case a provision of the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) was invoked in March 2005 to bar his entry. IRFA bars the entry of such individuals "responsible for or directly carried out... particularly severe violations of religious freedom."

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'Modi welcome to apply for visa, will review case'

'Modi welcome to apply for visa, will review case'Washington, April 5 - Even as it acknowledged that a US congressional delegation's visit to Gujarat had official sanction, the US said there was no immediate change in its stand on a visa to Chief Minister Narendra Modi, but he is "welcome to apply".

"Visits like this do help support a deepening of business-to-business ties, of people-to-people ties, across India, in Gujarat," State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters Thursday in response to a question.

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US Congressional, business team to visit Gujarat

US Congressional, business team to visit GujaratWashington, March 27 - A US Congressional and business delegation, visiting India this week, will feature a meeting with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

Modi has been denied a US visa for his alleged role in the 2002 Gujarat riots, but of late US businesses have warmed up to him.

Aaron Schock, a Republican member of the House of Representatives from Illinois who will lead the delegation, is scheduled to travel to Ahmedabad to meet Modi on Thursday, according to an e-mail from the lawmaker's office.

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Wharton or not, Modi set to speak to North American audience

Wharton or not, Modi set to speak to North American audienceWashington, March 7 - Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi would after all speak to audiences in North America courtesy the Overseas Friends of BJP, following the cancellation of an invitation from the Wharton India Economic Forum.

The Bhartiya Janata Party's overseas liaison unit announced Wednesday that Modi shall address American and Canadian citizens via live video speech March 9 at 8.00 p. m. (6.30 a. m. India time March 10) through US based TV Asia channel.

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Modi visa ban: US lawmakers back Gujarat riot victims

Modi visa ban: US lawmakers back Gujarat riot victimsWashington, Dec 5 - A bipartisan group of US lawmakers joined family members of the victims of the 2002 Gujarat riots, including the widow of a former Indian parliamentarian, to seek a US visa ban for Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

Victims of the Gujarat riots will not get any justice if Modi becomes India's prime minister, said Zakia Jafri, widow of former parliamentarian, Ehsan Jafri, who was killed by a mob in Ahmedabad during the riots, at a press conference on the Capitol Hill Tuesday.

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US lawmakers seek US visa ban for Modi

US lawmakers seek US visa ban for ModiWashington, Dec 4 : Ahead of the Gujarat elections, a bipartisan group of 25 lawmakers and the Coalition Against Genocide have called for a continued visa ban for Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for his role in the 2002 Gujarat riots.

The group, led by Republican House of Representatives members Joe Pitts and Frank Wolf, is holding a press conference Tuesday afternoon at the House Triangle to make the call along with family members of the victims saying he has not adequately pursued justice for victims of the riots.

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US Congressman campaigns to invite Narendra Modi

US Congressman campaigns to invite Narendra ModiChicago, Sep 12 : A US Congressman who has mounted a campaign to revoke the ban on an American visa for Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi says in the "trying economic times" this country "could learn a great deal from him".

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US report does not explicitly predict Rahul-Modi contest

US report does not explicitly predict Rahul-Modi contestChicago, Sep 16 - The coordinator of a major new US report on India says there is no "contention, speculation or projection" in it that directly suggests that the 2014 parliamentary election would be a battle between Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi.

Dr. K. Alan Kronstadt, a South Asian affairs specialist and coordinator of the report of the Congressional Research Service (CRS), an independent research arm of the US Congress, said the report is a "scholarly compendium of information from various sources that does not in any way reflect the judgment of the US Congress or government of any kind".

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