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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) shakes hands with Google CEO Sundar Pichai at the Google campus in Mountain View, California September 27, 2015. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

By NewsGram Staff Writer

San Jose: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, after his question answer session at Facebook, visited the Google headquarters for an interaction with CEO Sundar Pichai, and Google co-founders Larry Page and Eric Schmidt.

“It’s a visit to Google Guru, as the PM likes to call it, after the Facebook Q&A,” tweeted PMO India.

“A is for Alphabet. PM @narendramodi at @Google headquarters, with Larry Page @sundarpichai and @ericschmidt,” tweeted external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup.

Received by Pichai with a handshake, Modi was given a tour of the Googleplex in Mountain View, Santa Clara, and their four critical projects and their value for Digital India. From ground level to global. @sundarpichai explains navigational, safety and other uses of Street View & Google Earth,” Swarup said.

Modi asked if Khagaul could be pinpointed on Google Earth. Khagaul near Patna is where the great Indian astronomer Aryabhatta had an observatory. Modi was also shown a zoom-in picture of the Ganga river in Varanasi via Google Earth. “A clear view of health. PM @narendramodi gets a view of Project Iris, smart lens that measure glucose levels,” Swarup tweeted.

At Googleplex, Modi also witnessed the start of a 15-hour hackathon or a marathon software coding session with some 150 Indian programmers looking to produce software and applications relevant to India for Modi’s Digital India and Skill India missions.

Hosted by the Indian IT industry trade body, the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), along with a clutch of start-ups in India and the US, the hackathon is having a simultaneous session at Tech Mahindra’s Noida facility.

Later on Sunday night, Modi, who last year got a rockstar like reception at New York’s Madison Square Garden, would be hoping to recreate that magic at a community reception in San Jose.

More than 45,000 people have registered for free passes for the event at the 19,000-seat SAP Centre organised by an Indian American group.

(With inputs from IANS)

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India’s President ‘Ram Nath Kovind’ Designates ‘Narendra Modi’ as PM for Second Term

The Election Commission announced that the BJP won 303 out of 542 seats in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of Parliament

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Newly elected lawmakers from India's ruling alliance led by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party raise their hands in support of Narendra Modi's election as their leader in New Delhi, May 25, 2019. VOA

India’s president on Saturday appointed Narendra Modi as the prime minister soon after newly elected lawmakers from the ruling alliance, led by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, elected him as their leader following a thunderous victory in national elections.

President Ram Nath Kovind said in a tweet that he also asked Modi to forward the names of those to be appointed as ministers in his government and the date for the swearing-in for his second five-year term as prime minister. Modi and some leaders of his alliance met the president on Saturday.

Media reports said Modi was likely to be sworn in by Kovind on Thursday.

BJP president Amit Shah announced Modi’s name as the leader of the National Democratic Alliance in a meeting of the lawmakers in the Central Hall of Parliament in New Delhi.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, second right, hugs senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader M.M. Joshi as L.K. Advani, left, watches after Modi’s election as ruling alliance leader, in New Delhi, May 25, 2019. VOA

The Election Commission announced that the BJP won 303 out of 542 seats in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of Parliament, after the official vote count from the six-week-long election was completed on Friday. That is well beyond the simple majority a party in India needs to form a government.

The BJP’s top rival, the Indian National Congress led by Rahul Gandhi, won 52 seats, and the All India Trinamool Congress led by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee won 22.

Unity movement

Critics say Modi and his party have applied divisive policies and used a Hindu-first strategy. But Modi said after Saturday’s vote that “this election has become a movement of social unity.” “It is generally said that the election divides, creates distances, makes walls. But the 2019 elections have worked to break the walls,” he said in his address.

On Friday, Modi met with his outgoing Cabinet ministers and later presented his resignation to the country’s president. The president asked the officials to continue to serve until the new government assumes office.

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The Election Commission announced that the BJP won 303 out of 542 seats in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of Parliament. VOA

Gandhi, whose great-grandfather, grandmother and father were all prime ministers, personally conceded his seat, long a Congress party bastion, to his BJP rival, India’s textiles minister, marking the end of an era for modern India’s most powerful political dynasty.

Counting of the estimated 600 million ballots cast over six weeks of staggered polling — the world’s largest democratic exercise — began early Thursday.

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Hindu-first politics

The victory was largely seen as a referendum on Modi’s Hindu-first politics that some observers say have bred intolerance toward Muslims and other religious minorities, as well as his muscular stance on neighboring Pakistan, with whom India nearly went to war earlier this year after suicide attacks killed more than 40 Indian security officials in Indian-controlled Kashmir.

Modi effectively used the incident as a major campaign tool after responding to the attack with an airstrike in Pakistan that triggered nationalist sentiments, with the BJP saying Modi is the right person to ensure India’s national security. (VOA)