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Welcome to the March 2017 edition of INDIA LIVE, your source for what's happening with India, presented by the Embassy of India, Washington D.C.

Ramping up its diplomatic profile in Washington, DC, the Indian embassy hosted a reception for more than 25 US governors during the National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting.  Virginia Governor and NGA Chairman Terry McAuliffe described the event as "the largest gathering of governors" and how the Indian embassy was a fitting place to celebrate. 

Listen to Prime Minister Modi's recent address on the popular radio program "Mann Ki Baat."
India Launches Record 104 Satellites in Single Mission    
India made history last month by successfully launching 104 satellites on a single mission, overtaking the previous record of 37 satellites launched by Russia in 2014.  All but three of the satellites are from foreign countries, most of them from the US.  Observers say it is a sign that India is emerging as a major player in the multi-billion dollar space market.

US Congressional Delegation Visits India, Meets With PM Modi
Prime Minister Modi recently welcomed 26 US Congressional Representatives to India, saying the visit "augurs a good start to bilateral exchanges." Noting his positive conversation with President Trump, the prime minister discussed with the delegation Congress' strong bipartisan support for US-India relations and people-to-people linkages.

Amb. Sarna Hosts Congressional Reception on Capitol Hill           

Ambassador Navtej Sarna recently hosted a Congressional reception celebrating India's engagement with the 115th Congress. Held at the US Capitol, the reception featured remarks from the ambassador among a number of attendees, including a dozen Members of Congress representing states ranging from California to North Carolina. 

TED Talks: 'NayiSoch' Coming to India
TED and Star India will collaborate to launch a new Hindi talk show, "TED Talks India: NayiSoch," hosted by Indian actor and producer Shah Rukh Khan.
The holy city of Rishikesh, which rests on the foothills of the Himalayas in northern India, will, for better or for worse, always be associated with the Beatles and their sojourn to study transcendental meditation in 1968.  Although Rishikesh is the self-styled "yoga capital of the world," the city has recently become a hub for outdoor activities. Resting on either side of the sacred Ganges River, the city offers visitors ways to experience ashram life, cross giant footbridges and take part in religious "aarti" ceremonies.