News in Brief (Jan 25): President Pranab Mukherjee addresses nation on eve of R-Day

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8.30 pm:
Amitabh Bachchan, Dilip Kumar, Bill and Melinda Gates and Parkash Singh Badal among nine personalities to get Padma Vibhushan.

8.15 pm: BJP's Delhi CM candidate Kiran Bedi to attend the Republic Day function tomorrow as a VIP guest: Reports

7.05 pm: President Pranab Mukherjee addresses the nation on the eve of the 66th Republic Day.

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5.45 pm: 'Mera paar bhara namaskar,' says US President Barack Obamaat the starting of his speech.

5:00 pm: Opening note by Narendra Modi

4:47 pm: Syed Modi International Badminton: Saina Nehwal wins 19-21, 25-23, 21-16 vs Carolina Marín in finals

4:19 pm: Indo-US delegation level talks at Hyderabad House

4:00 pm:

3:55 pm: Hyderabad : Kadiyam Srihari takes sworn-in as the new cabinet minister of Telangana

3:13 pm: US Removes tracking clause of Nuke fuel in India

3:00 pm: PM Modi and US President Obama are walking in the lawns of Hyderabad House

2:47 pm: 

2:10 pm:

1:45 pm: Barack Obama and Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House

1:30 pm: 

1:00 pm:

12:44 pm: Obama reaches Raj ghat, Michelle missing

Obama heads to Rajghat

12:30 pm:  Grateful for the extraordinary hospitality, a great honour: US President Barack Obama at Rashtrapati Bhawan

12:21 pm: After a Guard of Honour, the Indian and the American delegation are getting introduced to each other

12:11 pm: Obama arrives at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan

12:04 pm:

11:45 am: As Rashtrapati Bhavan waits for Obama, White House tweets "Jai Hind"

11:38 am: First time a woman leads a Tri-Service Guard of Honour at the Rashtrapati Bhavan to welcome a foreign President 

11:30 pm: 

[Read: Obama visit- Modi will talk tough on Pakistan]

11:24 am: I think investment & trade relations will improve, this is an occasion to be marked: RP Rudy on Obama's visit

11:11 am: Greetings to my fellow citizens on National Voters' Day. I also convey greetings to ECI, which was formed on this day in 1950.

11:04 am: Never in history of India has a US President been invited for Republic Day celebrations, we do not welcome him: CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta

10:55 am: America is looking for geo- political ally in India : K P Fabian (Expert on External Affairs)

[Read: Armored 'Beast' in Delhi for Obama's Republic Day ride]

10:24: I heartily welcome yoga practitioner Michelle Obama & president BarackObama in the land of yoga

10:02 am: Japan PM says 'credibility' of hostage video is 'high'

9:51 am: Obama-MIchelle arrive at Palam airport; meet Modi with a warm hug

9:45 am: Obama  condemns Japanese hostage execution by the IS

9:30 am: AirForce One touches down at Palam Airport

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9:18 am: MEA Spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said: It is a high, both in terms of symbolism and substance. Since contact group was formed, substantial progress has been made on Indo-US nuclear deal. We hope for an outcome when the two leaders meet, which is a win win situation for India and the US. This is a momentous visit, it is high both in terms of symbolism & substance. Energy, trade, defence and economy is high on our agenda. Reflection of change in India-US ties, we have an expansive relation & we hv been working to re-energize this relation

8:22 am: Delhi: Security on high-alert ahead of Republic Day & US President Obama's visit

[Read: Will PM Narendra Modi break protocol to receive President Obama today?]

8:00 am: President of the United States Barack Obama to arrive in Delhi today for a 3-day visit

[Read: As Barack Obama touches Indian soil, White House tweets 'Jai Hind']

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