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San Jose: Prime Minister Narendra Modi departed late Sunday from the Makkah of global technology, the Silicon Valley, leaving it rather impressed with his digital initiatives over a 36-hour whirlwind tour — back to the citadel of global diplomacy and geopolitics in New York.

In the final engagement at the SAP Center here, reminiscent of the grand reception he was accorded exactly a year ago at Madison Square Garden in Big Apple, Modi left after announcing a “physical” connect between US’s tech capital San Francisco and the Indian national capital New Delhi.

He announced a direct flight, twice a week, between the two cities from December 2 to be operated by India’s flag carrier Air India. Modi, in fact, returned to the stage to make the announcement after he had ended his hour-long speech.

The prime minister impressed the top chief executives of some of the world’s best-known technology companies with a quip that he was already in virtual touch with them and others in this tech hub through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

“Goodbye California! PM @narendramodi departs San Jose for New York, after a very productive weekend,” tweeted foreign office spokesperson Vikas Swarup, soon after Modi concluded his visit — the first by an Indian prime minister to the West coast since Indira Gandhi’s Los Angeles visit in 1982.

A packed schedule awaits the prime minister once again in New York on Monday.

There is a bilateral with President Francois Hollande of France, a call-on by World Bank President Jim Young Kim, a lunch to be hosted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, a one-on-one with the charismatic, young Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and a leaders’ summit on peacekeeping.

The most-watched engagement, however, will be a meeting with US Barack Obama.

(IANS)

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Coronavirus Derails Significant Tech Summit in Silicon Valley

After Facebook, coronavirus derails Intel event in US

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Coronavirus has derailed another significant tech summit in the Silicon Valley, this time from global chip-maker Intel which on Monday decided to postpone its "Intel Labs Day' conference that was scheduled from March 12-13 here. Pixabay

After Facebook, Coronavirus has derailed another significant tech summit in the Silicon Valley, this time from global chip-maker Intel which on Monday decided to postpone its “Intel Labs Day’ conference that was scheduled from March 12-13 here.

The company said in a statement that the briefing sessions would not be organised as scheduled “due to the COVID-19 impact on the ecosystem”. “We are revisiting launch plans,” said the company.

Facebook last week cancelled ‘Global Marketing Summit’ in San Francisco that was scheduled from March 9-12. Over 5,000 participants were expected to attend the event.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we cancelled our Global Marketing Summit due to evolving public health risks related to coronavirus,” said a company spokesperson. IBM said it cancelled its participation in the RSA cybersecurity conference here from February 24-28 due to concerns over China virus outbreak.

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The company said in a statement that the briefing sessions would not be organised as scheduled “due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 impact on the ecosystem”. Pixabay

“The health of IBMers is our primary concern as we continue to monitor upcoming events and travel relative to COVID-19”, the company tweeted.

San Francisco International Airport is among 11 locations through which all flights from China to the US are being funneled for coronavirus screening.

Last week, United Airlines Flight 901 from San Francisco was placed under lockdown after landing at London’s Heathrow Airport on Friday as the captain told passengers someone on board might have Novel Coronavirus. Other passengers were eventually allowed to disembark but the sick person was kept behind, reports The Daily Mail.

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China’s National Health Commission on Monday reported 70,548 confirmed coronavirus cases and 1,770 deaths, with 10,844 people discharged from hospital. In the 24 hours until midnight on Sunday, 2,048 new cases and 105 new deaths had been recorded over the previous day. (IANS)