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PM Narendra Modi in US : Pays Homage to Kalpana Chawla and Meet Sunita Williams

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is currently in the US. For Last 3 Days, PM Modi’s activities are hitting the headlines worldwide. PM Narendra Modi did so many historical things in US which led him to hit the trends in the world.

He paid his respects to Indian-American astronaut Kalpana Chawla who died in Colombia space shuttle crash, 2003. Kalpana Chawla, who was born in Karnal, Haryana and was the first Indian-American woman in space, perished in the crash of the shuttle in February 2003.

Harrison gave Modi two books about Chawla, one of which, he said, was signed by her NASA colleagues. The other was her biography written by Harrison. The Indian Prime Minister laid wreath at the ‘Tomb of the Unknown Soldier’ and ‘Space Shuttle Columbia Memorial’ at the Arlington National Cemetery on Monday.

PM Modi in US Congress
PM Modi in US Congress

The event was attended by officials from NASA, Kalpana Chawla’s husband Jean-Pierre Harrison and the family of American astronaut Sunita Williams who is also of Indian origin.

Remembering Chawla, Williams said she was a great friend and a mentor.

Jean-Paul Harrison, husband of Kalpana Chawla, wore a colorful jacket to his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday.

Modi recognized it immediately. “He noticed it was a Gujarati jacket,” Harrison said after his brief meeting with Modi at Arlington national cemetery.

Sunita Williams, another Indian-American astronaut who holds the record for the maximum number of space visit by a woman – seven – too was at the memorial to meet Modi.

She brought along Deepak Pandya, her father whom the Prime Minister greeted in Gujarati and spent some time talking with. “He spoke to him more than me,” she complained with a smile.

Pandya, who met Modi in 2007 when he was chief minister of Gujarat, was mobbed by Indian journalists covering the event for comments, as Williams looked on fondly.

US returns stolen Indian artefacts

The US handed over to Modi 12 historical artefacts stolen from India and recovered by authorities in America — one of them dating back more than 2,000 years. The artefacts were handed over by US attorney general Loretta Lynch.

“My gratitude to the US govt. for the sensitivity shown to India’s heritage,” Modi said, according to a tweet from the external affairs ministry spokesman. “This will evoke great respect among the people of India,” another tweet said.

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