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    Default Obama would have liked to spend more time in India'

    Ahead of the presidential visit beginning November 6 White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, said that, "Anybody that would go would love to go to (India)...to spend a lot more time there."


    "We're afforded a short trip to a very important country in a very important region of the world because the trip obviously is also anchored by the important economic meetings later on in the trip," Gibbs said in response to a question.

    When asked why Obama is not visiting the Golden Temple in Amritsar or the Taj Mahal in Agra, Gibbs, said: "I said even before we started these briefings, we are in India for three days. There's -- you could spend a lot longer than that, and obviously anybody would. We picked our schedule based on what we wanted to get accomplished, and that focus was on New Delhi and Mumbai , and that's going to be the focus of our trip."

    Obama would be arriving in Mumbai on November 6, a day after Diwali . He would stay in Mumbai on November 6 and would reach New Delhi on November 7. The official meetings are scheduled for November 8 and he is scheduled to leave for Jakarta on November 9.
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    Default Obama must raise the issue of 1984 riots in Parliament'

    Ahead of United States President Barack Obama's visit to India , hundreds of Sikhs from different parts of the US protested in front of the United Nations, demanding that he raise the issue of 1984 anti-Sikh riots when he addresses the Parliament.


    "He (Obama) must raise this issue in his speech to the India parliament," said Gurpatwant Pannun, lawyer for Sikhs for Justice, a US based group that organised the rally.


    "We also want the UN to intervene to bring the perpetrators to justice," he said. In September, Bakhshish Singh Sandhu, coordinator of Sikhs For Justice had met Obama briefly to describe the events of 1984 and asked him to take up the matter in New Delhi , when he visits, according to the group.



    Pannun noted that despite several attempts made by the Sikhs to bring the matter to the attention of the Obama administration, the president had not included any discussion of the anti-Sikh Riots on his agenda.

    "Obama cannot trade dollars with blood; we want him to pay tribute to the Sikhs who died," they said.
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    This is the second time an American President will address Parliament.




    During his visit to India in March 2000, President Bill Clinton addressed Parliament to a rousing reception.

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was keen that President George W Bush address Parliament, but the government had to abandon the plan when the Communists and other constituents of the Left Front threatened to protest the US invasion of Iraq during the speech.

    Bush ended up making a speech at Purana Qila, where he also interacted with a cross-section of important Indian dignitaries.

    During his stint as Russian president, Vladimir Putin addressed Parliament. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was the last leader given the honour of addressing Parliament. That was three years ago.
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    Ahead of United States President Barack Obama's visit to India , hundreds of Sikhs from different parts of the US protested in front of the United Nations, demanding that he raise the issue of 1984 anti-Sikh riots when he addresses the Parliament.


    "He (Obama) must raise this issue in his speech to the India parliament," said Gurpatwant Pannun, lawyer for Sikhs for Justice, a US based group that organised the rally.


    "We also want the UN to intervene to bring the perpetrators to justice," he said. In September, Bakhshish Singh Sandhu, coordinator of Sikhs For Justice had met Obama briefly to describe the events of 1984 and asked him to take up the matter in New Delhi , when he visits, according to the group.



    Pannun noted that despite several attempts made by the Sikhs to bring the matter to the attention of the Obama administration, the president had not included any discussion of the anti-Sikh Riots on his agenda.

    "Obama cannot trade dollars with blood; we want him to pay tribute to the Sikhs who died," they said.

    u know that sikhs are habitual mad persons and starts protests anywhere.
    justice has already been given to them

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    Default Which church will Obama visit in Mumbai?

    Barack Obama is careful to portray himself as a vigorous Christian. That is a political necessity given the fact that his father was a Kenya-born Muslim, and the recent attempts by sections of the Opposition Republican Party to question his Christian faith and project him as a Muslim.

    When he is Washington DC, the American President and his wife Michelle, with their young daughters Sasha and Malia in tow, worship at the Saint John's Episcopal Church.

    If they are staying at Camp David, the presidential weekend retreat, they pray at the Camp David chapel.

    On his travels Obama has visited churches like the Byzantine beauty, the Hagia Sophia church in Istanbul, and Dresden's classic Frauenkirche Church, that was bombed in World War II and rebuilt.

    On November 7, his first Sunday in India, where will Barack and Michelle Obama go to church in Mumbai?

    The Afghan Church, also known as The Church of Saint John the Evangelist, would be an obvious choice.

    Located within the tidy military quarter of Navy Nagar in Colaba, south Mumbai, the basalt and limestone monument, with exquisite stained glass, is the city's most elegant church.

    Built in 1838 in traditional Gothic style, to commemorate the martyrs of the three Afghan Wars, the Afghan Church has always attracted international celebrities and tourists like pop diva Madonna in 2008.

    Church service begins at 0830 hours sharp. But Obama is an early riser and could easily make it in time for Reverend Graham Engineer's sermon and to hear the famous Sunday morning eight-bell toll that has bewitched Colaba residents for nearly two centuries.



    Things were rather sleepy when we dropped in at the Afghan Church to see if they were getting ready for the American President.

    Martin, who has been the 'verger' for 25-odd years, knew that Obama would visit some of Mumbai's colleges, but did not think he would coming to pray at the Afghan Church
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    Default Why Obama skipped Taj Mahal, Golden Temple

    United States President Barack Obama would have loved to spend more time in India during his November visit but time constraints are preventing him from visiting Agra's Taj Mahal and the Golden Temple in Amritsar , the White House has said in an effort to dispel reports that said the requirement of a headgear prompted him to shelve plans to go to Amritsar.
    Ahead of the presidential visit beginning November 6 White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, said, "Anybody that would go would love to go to India to spend a lot more time there"


    "We're afforded a short trip to a very important country in a very important region of the world because the trip obviously is also anchored by the important economic meetings later on in the trip." he added.

    Asked why Obama is not visiting the Golden Temple in Amritsar or the Taj Mahal in Agra, Gibbs, said, "I said even before we started these briefings, we are in India for three days. You could spend a lot longer than that, and obviously anybody would."

    "We picked our schedule based on what we wanted to get accomplished, and that focus was on New Delhi and Mumbai , and that's going to be the focus of our trip."

    Obama will be arriving in Mumbai on November 6, a day after Diwali . He will stay in Mumbai on November 6 and will reach New Delhi on November 7.
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    Default Ahead of Obama visit, NSA downplays Headley tiff


    Seeking to downplay the Headley controversy, National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon said on Tuesday, that the access given by the US to the Pakistani-American terrorist was "unprecendented", saying such cooperation may not have been possible five years ago.




    Menon's remarks seeking to clear the air ahead of the visit of US President Barack Obama , came within days of Home Secretary G K Pillai voicing disappointment over the US not sharing specific information on David Headley [ Images ], a key accused in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks .
    "In India , (there is a debate on) how much did the US knew about Headley at what time and how much did they tell us. If you look at the broader picture, the kind of access we got to Headley is unprecedented. This is not what many states do very easily," he said at a function organised by FICCI in New Delhi .


    Menon wondered whether this kind of cooperation would have been possible about five years ago. He said the dissatisfaction over certain aspects of the ties was because people expect "much more" out of this growing relationship. "People expect much more out of this relationship. So, a lot of dissatisfaction we hear, whether it is outsourcing or counter-terrorism, (it is because) we expect this relationship to do much more," Menon said.
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    Default US to spend $ 200 m daily on Obama's visit

    The US would be spending a whopping 0 million (Rs 900 crore approx) per day on President Barack Obama's visit to the city.

    "The huge amount of around 0 million would be spent on security, stay and other aspects of the Presidential visit," a top official of the Maharashtra government privy to the arrangements for the high-profile visit said.

    About 3,000 people including Secret Service agents, US government officials and journalists would accompany the President. Several officials from the White House and US security agencies are already here for the past one week with helicopters, a ship and high-end security instruments.

    "Except for personnel providing immediate security to the President, the US officials may not be allowed to carry weapons. The state police is competent to take care of the security measures and they would be piloting the Presidential convoy," the official said on condition of anonymity.

    Navy and Air Force has been asked by the state government to intensify patrolling along the Mumbai coastline and its airspace during Obama's stay. The city's airspace will be closed half-an-hour before the President's arrival for all aircraft barring those carrying the US delegation.



    The personnel from SRPF, Force One, besides the NSG contingent stationed here would be roped in for the President's security, the official said.

    The area from Hotel Taj, where Obama and his wife Michelle would stay, to Shikra helipad in Colaba would be cordoned off completely during the movement of the President.
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    Default Obama to stay on job hunt in India





    President Barack Obama will stay focused on expanding American export opportunities and creating jobs at home during his four-nation trip starting with India this weekend regardless of the outcome of Tuesday's mid-term elections, US officials said on Monday ahead of a widely predicted defeat for the Democratic Party.

    As agitated American voters streamed into vote on Tuesday in an election that threatens to undermine the President's domestic and foreign policy agenda, his aides put on a brave face, insisting that the exercise "is a testament to the great American experience that we conduct elections in the way we do and we bring about electoral change in a peaceful way."

    "Regardless of the outcome of this election, of the previous elections, or elections in the future, it demonstrates once again the most powerful example for the world to see the American people exercising their constitutional responsibilities and living up to the framework of government by the people," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said on the eve of the polls.

    Pre-election forecasts point to Democrats losing their majority in the 435-member House of Representatives while narrowly retaining the 100-member Senate.



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    Default India's UNSC bid a difficult, complicated issue: Obama

    There will be big-ticket items on the agenda with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh , Obama said while speaking on his upcoming visit to India.

    A series of announcements are expected to be made during the visit, said Obama

    He added that according to him, India was the cornerstone of America's engagement in Asia.

    Speaking on the Nuclear Liability Act, which has faced considerable opposition in India, Obama said the US has concerns over it and the governments of the two countries are working together to resolve them.

    Speaking on the contentious issue of outsourcing, Obama said India should give US companies the same access to their markets that the US gives (to other nations).

    Evading a direct reply to US curbs on dual-use technology exports to India and India's quest for permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council, Obama said these issues are 'very difficult and complicated'.

    Obama, who is going to stay at the Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai, which was one of the targets of the 26/11 attacks, said, "Pakistan has a special responsibility to bring the perpetrators of Mumbai terror attacks to justice transparently, fully, and urgently."
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    Default I have to protect American jobs

    President Barack Obama indicated that he was unlikely to accommodate India's concerns about his policy of discouraging outsourcing of US jobs, saying it was his responsibility to support jobs and opportunity for the American people. Obama, who has recently spoken against outsourcing of American jobs to countries like India and offered tax breaks for those creating jobs in the US, was asked whether he would address concerns in India where this is seen as a restrictive policy.





    "As President, I have a responsibility to support jobs and opportunity for the American people, and I believe the US-India economic relationship can and should be a 'win-win' relationship for both of our countries," he said. He said his administration is "focused on America's economic recovery, investing in America's future, creating and keeping jobs in the United States, increasing our exports and providing incentives and creating conditions under which businesses can grow and prosper."
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    Default Obama to begin visit on emotive note at Taj hotel

    The first stop in US President Barack Obama's India calendar is the famed Taj Mahal Palace and Towers, much of it reduced to a charred shell during the 26/11 terror attack and now meticulously rebuilt to outshine even its former glory.



    It is in this landmark 107-year-old hotel that Obama and his entourage will stay on Nov 6 and 7, before flying to Delhi. And it is from this hotel, where armed militants fired guns and grenades, that he will send out an emotive message against terrorism.

    The architectural marvel, right next to the Gateway of India and offering a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea, was one of the 10 sites targeted by terrorists on the night of Nov 26, 2008.
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    Default What Pakistan thinks of Obama's India visit

    Pakistan on Thursday said it was not worried about United States President Barack Obama's assertion that he sees India as the cornerstone of US's future engagement with Asia, and insisted that its ties with Washington should not be seen through the prism of US-India relations.
    Obama's remarks in an interview with PTI ahead of his visit to India dominated the weekly briefing at the Pakistan foreign office, with spokesperson Abdul Basit seeking to downplay the comments.




    Asked to comment on Obama's remark that he sees India as a cornerstone of America's engagement in Asia, Basit said, "We just concluded the third round of the Pakistan-US strategic dialogue and that made it very clear that the US is interested in having a long-term strategic partnership with Pakistan. We are not very worried about Obamas comment."
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    Default Rehearsal in Parliament on Friday for Obama visit

    A rehearsal is being planned on Friday in Parliament House for the November 8 visit of United States President Barack Obama when he will address members in the historic Central Hall.


    Parliament sources said that the move is aimed at ensuring that the much talked about function in the citadel of the world's largest democracy turns out to be a smooth affair, logistically.


    To roll out a red carpet for Obama, Parliament House has been given a makeover. Right from the circular facade of the eight-decade-old structure to paintings in the corridors and magnificent Central Hall, Parliament has been refurbished.

    The function has been organised by the Indian Parliamentary Group headed by Speaker Meira Kumar . As per the detailed programme, the visiting dignitary will start the address at 1738 hours.

    He will arrive in Parliament House at 1725 hours. He will be received by Vice-President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh , Speaker Meira Kumar and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal
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    Default Obama's aircraft to 'refuel' in Pak on way to India?

    Highly placed sources in Washington have revealed that United States President Barack Obama is likely to stop over for a few hours in Pakistan on his way to India





    While Obama had announced that he would be visiting Pakistan in 2011, sources said that the pressure on the President by Islamabad for a brief stopover was very intense and possibilities of his stopping to have a meeting solely on anti-terrorism operations could not be ruled out.

    This brief stop over termed as a 'refueling halt' would follow a quick hop in Kabul enroute to Mumbai on November 5.

    Sources however clarified that this plan would be subject to the security environment in both Pakistan and Afghanistan.

    If American security agencies in Pakistan give a go ahead then the stop over, which could even be a refueling halt, could be considered where President Obama would meet with President Zardari aboard Air Force One, the US Presidential Aircraft. It is unlikely that he will proceed to Islamabad, which is just a 20-minute drive.
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    Default Ahead of Obama visit, U.S. slaps sanctions on LeT, JeM

    On the eve of President Barack Obama’s maiden visit to India, the U.S. on Thursday slapped sanctions on Pakistan-based terror groups Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e- Mohammad, besides targeting LeT commander Azam Cheema, a key operational figure in the 26/11 attacks.



    The Treasury Department took action against Cheema, who helped train operatives for the 26/11 attacks and was the “mastermind” behind the July 2006 Mumbai train bombings, an official statement said.

    Washington’s action comes hours before Mr. Obama leaves on four-day visit to India, which has been pressing the U.S. to lean on Pakistan to take strong and transparent action against the terror groups operating from its territory.

    Mr. Obama’s first halt will be Mumbai where he will stay at the Taj hotel, the scene of audacious attacks by LeT terrorists in 2008. The attacks at the Taj and other places in Mumbai had left 166 people dead and over 300 injured.

    The department targeted financial and support network of the two terror groups. It also acted against Hafiz Abdul Rahman Makki, head of LeT’s political affairs department, for acting for or on behalf of LeT.

    The U.S. also targeted the Al Rehmat Trust, an operational front for the JeM and the group’s top leader Mohammed Masood Azhar Alvi.
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    Default Obama's security dog named 'Khan': Muslims irked


    Muslims in Mumbai are up in arms against a United States military sniffer dog allegedly with name tag of 'Khan' that has landed in the city as part of President Barack Obama security arrangements.



    On Tuesday, the German Shepherd arrived in the Mumbai airport from a Hercules C130 transport plane. The German Shepherd allegedly had a tag around its neck which read 'MWD Khan.' MWD stands for Military Working Dog. Khan is alleged to be the name of the dog.

    Angry Muslims in the city and the state are threatening to protest this 'insult' to the community.

    The issue became a rage when a tabloid had reported the incident and quoted veteran actor Raza Murad objecting to the dog being named 'Khan.'

    Though noted lyricist Javed Akhtar had been quoted to ignore the issue and focus on welcoming the VIP guest.

    Maharashtra Samajwadi Party leader MLA Abu Asim Azmi also threatened to undertake a protest. He said that the US deliberately wants to incite the Muslims through such acts and the party would stage a protest on the issue.

    Prominent Muslim religious heads have expressed anger and dismay on the information of a US dog being named 'Khan.' Maulana Syed Athar Ali said that it is a known fact that Muslims detest pigs and dogs.

    "To name a dog a Muslim name by US security agencies is to deliberately incite the Muslim community. We would be meeting soon and devise a strategy to protest and seek apology from the US," said Maulana Athar Ali.
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    Default Market on mind, Obama embarks on India visit

    U.S. President Barack Obama left for India as part of his four-nation Asia trip that would also take him to Indonesia, South Korea and Japan.




    The Air Force One aircraft carrying 49-year-old Mr. Obama along with the First Lady Michelle took off from the Andrews Air Force Base for a 10-day visit to Asia.

    Mr. Obama, dressed in a suit and tie, and the First Lady in a slate blue dress with cream detail, a camel-coloured jacket and black boots, boarded the plane at 7.35 pm IST, waving to the cameras.

    The Presidential plane would have a stop-over at Ramstein in Germany for refuelling, and is scheduled to arrive at Mumbai at 12.50 pm on Saturday.

    In Mumbai, Mr. Obama would stay at the Taj Hotel, which was attacked by terrorists in November 2008. After a two-day stay in Mumbai, the President will travel to New Delhi on Sunday.
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