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G20 Summit LIVE Updates: Security checks underway in Delhi

G20 Summit 2023 LIVE Updates: India is all set to host the G20 Summit in New Delhi from September 9-10. The summit will be hosted at the state-of-the-art Bharat Mandapam Convention Centre at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. Several powerful world leaders will descend in Delhi on Friday for three days and discuss on range of issues like economy, environment, infrastructure, sustainable development, etc. Meanwhile, authorities have taken several measures to ease the traffic in the city and have ordered the shutting of schools, colleges, and offices for three days in the city. Besides, Delhi is adorned with murals, statutes, fountains, and plants in streets from where the world leaders will pass by.

Check all the latest updates on the G20 Summit 2023 at Mint’s LIVE blog:

07 Sep 2023, 02:51:24 PM IST

G20 Summit 2023 LIVE: How to plan your commute?

As per the Delhi Traffic Police advisory, people need to keep the following things in mind:

  • Airport, Railway, Metro services, Interstate Buses and City Buses, and TSR/Taxis will be functional as usual, however, the services of the railways, airways, interstate buses, city buses, and TSR/Taxis will be affected/curtailed.
  • Metro services shall remain available for commuters at all Metro stations, except the Supreme Court station.
  • City buses will operate on Ring Road and road network beyond Ring Road towards the borders of Delhi. These buses will be allowed to exit from Delhi. However, the City bus service will not be available in the New Delhi Area.
  • No TSR and Taxi will be allowed to enter or ply in New Delhi District from 05:00 hours on 9 September to 23:59 hours on 10 September.
  • The Delhi Traffic Police and local authorities will provide regular updates on traffic arrangements, diversions and alternate routes through various communication channels such as social media.
07 Sep 2023, 02:47:46 PM IST

G20 Summit 2023 LIVE: 4. Will there be a lockdown-like situation in Delhi during the Summit

There will not be any lockdown-like situation during the G-20 Summit in Delhi. Delhi traffic police have endeavoured to ensure unhindered Metro services and to ensure that all modes of public transport are available with certain regulations. All medical shops, grocery shops, milk booths, and vegetable/fruit shops will remain open throughout Delhi including New Delhi. General traffic, including all types of commercial vehicles and buses shall be allowed to ply on Ring Road & road network beyond Ring Road towards the borders of Delhi.

07 Sep 2023, 02:45:47 PM IST

G20 Summit 2023 LIVE: App to check road traffic

Delhi police has advised people to download the MapmyIndia app, which will help commuters take alternative routes and reach their destination.

07 Sep 2023, 02:42:22 PM IST

G20 Summit LIVE 2023: Traffic guidelines for cars and 2-wheeler

With only days remaining for the G20 Summit in the national capital, Delhi traffic police appealed to the citizens to avoid walking or cycling in the India Gate or Kartavya Path area.

07 Sep 2023, 02:19:44 PM IST

G20 Summit LIVE 2023: Metro station will be opened from 4 AM 

During the G20 Summit on Saturday and Sunday, the DMRC said that Delhi Metro will become operational from 4 AM during the global meeting. However, as and when directed by the security agencies, entry or exit at some stations may be regulated for a brief period in the New Delhi district on September 9 and 10 to facilitate the movement of VVIP delegations.

07 Sep 2023, 02:06:27 PM IST

G20 Summit LIVE 2023: Delhi Metro will be open for passengers during global meeting

Delhi G20 Summit LIVE: DMRC has said that during G20 Summit on 9 to 10 September, the metro will be opened to the public during the G20 Summit. However, boarding or deboarding of passengers will not be allowed at the Supreme Court metro station during this time.

07 Sep 2023, 01:59:53 PM IST

G20 Summit LIVE 2023: Heavy security checks in Delhi

Preparations and security checks are underway in Delhi for the upcoming G20 Summit that is scheduled to be held here on September 9-10.

Security checks were carried out at Raj Ghat on Thursday morning. Security personnel along with sniffer dogs conducted security checks near the Mahatma Gandhi memorial.

Delhi airport operator DIAL has prepared ceremonial lounges to receive the heads of state and other VIPs, and government officials. Special corridors have been prepared for the entry and exit of foreign dignitaries, aiming to ensure a seamless and exceptional experience.

07 Sep 2023, 01:46:01 PM IST

G20 Summit LIVE 2020: UN Chief Guterres speaks on African Union

The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he would be very happy to see the inclusion of the African Union as a member in the G20.

“I’m strongly supportive of the presence of an African country, at least as a permanent member of the Security Council, that I consider it is essential to reform Africa to have a stronger participation. I would be very happy to see the African Union as a member of the G20,” The UN Secretary-General said. African Union comprises 55 member states.

07 Sep 2023, 12:43:02 PM IST

G20 Summit 2023 LIVE: ‘Expectations from India is very high’, says foreign delegate

Executive Secretary of United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) Armida Alisjahbana told ANI news agency that, “…The expectation (from India) is very high, especially in the geopolitical context…The expectation is very high, especially for the G20 leadership & commitment to the most pressing issues & challenges…Everyone is looking at the outcome of this Summit…”.

07 Sep 2023, 12:38:24 PM IST

G20 Summit LIVE 2023: African Union likely to become permanent member of the global group

A report by the Bloomberg news agency has claimed that the G20 grouping of nations has agreed to grant permanent membership to the African Union, a continental body of 55 member states, the same status as the EU, from its current designation of “invited international organization”.

07 Sep 2023, 12:29:58 PM IST

G20 Summit in India LIVE: This will be the biggest agenda for global leaders

One of the main focuses for the G20 leaders will be on strengthening multilateral development banks with success potentially adding trillions of dollars to fight poverty and save the climate.

Development banks are linchpins in those fights and important cogs in the global economy, stepping in to lend to countries in need, whether it is financial challenges or disaster.

07 Sep 2023, 12:20:10 PM IST

G20 Summit LIVE updates: View of media centre inside Bharat Mandapam

An official account of the G20 India on the X platform shared a video of the media centre ahead of the G20 Summit.

07 Sep 2023, 12:14:06 PM IST

G20 Summit LIVE updates: Nigerian President arrives in India

The President of Nigeria has arrived in India for the G20 Summit. President Bola Ahmed Tinubu was welcomed by MoS Health SP Singh Baghel at the New Delhi airport.

07 Sep 2023, 12:08:55 PM IST

G20 Summit LIVE updates: PM Modi pens editorial for Livemint. Key points

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that “India’s presidency strives to bridge divides, break barriers, and sow seeds of collaboration in the world”.

“The Summit under the Indian presidency will reach the last mile and will leave no one behind”.

“As One Earth, we are coming together to nurture our planet. As One Family, we support each other in the pursuit of growth. And we move together towards a shared future – One Future – which is an undeniable truth in these interconnected times”.

“In India, living in harmony with nature has been a norm since ancient times and we have been contributing our share towards climate action even in modern times”.

“We believe there is a need to move away from a purely restrictive attitude of what should not be done, to a more constructive attitude focusing on what can be done to fight climate change”.

“A global ecosystem for clean and green hydrogen will emerge from our presidency, along with a Green Hydrogen Innovation Centre”.

“Due to the impact of climate change, ensuring food and nutritional security will be crucial. Millets, or Shree Anna, can help with this while also boosting climate-smart agriculture”.

Read full opinion piece here

07 Sep 2023, 11:36:41 AM IST

G20 Summit LIVE: India’s G20 leadership stood out for its human-centric approach

Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote a column for LIVEMINT in which he said, “Our presidency catalyzed a people-focused view of development aimed at ensuring that globalization leaves nobody behind”. Read more

07 Sep 2023, 10:51:39 AM IST

G20 Summit LIVE: DMRC releases video of Rajiv Chowk metro station

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has released a video of Rajiv Chowk metro station ahead of the G20 Summit.

07 Sep 2023, 10:25:50 AM IST

G20 Summit LIVE: Delhi LG inspects preparations at Bharat Mandapam, Rajghat

Ahead of the G20 Summit, Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena visited Rajghat and Pragati Maidan om Thursday to take stock of preparations. The summit will be held from September 9 to 10 at the newly built international convention and exhibition centre — Bharat Mandapam — at Pragati Maidan.

07 Sep 2023, 09:58:21 AM IST

G20 Summit LIVE 2023:  Six facts about the global meeting

  1. What is the venue of the G20 meeting?

– Bharat Mandapam at Pragati Maidan, Delhi

2. Who are G20 members?

-G20 has 43 members. These include 19 countries (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkiye, the UK and the US) and the European Union (27-member group). Three EU countries – France, Germany, and Italy – are double counted.

3. Who is attending the G20 Summit?

-US President Joe Biden, UK PM Rishi Sunak, Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, Canada PM Justin Trudeau, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Chinese Premier Li Qiang, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Japan PM Fumio Kishida, South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Turkey President Tayyip Erdogan and Argentina President Alberto Fernandez.

4. Who is not attending the G20 Summit?

Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Mexico President Andres Manual Lopez Obrador. Italian PM Giorgia Meloni and Indonesian President Joko Widodo haven’t confirmed their presence yet.

5. G20 Summit’s special invitees:

Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina, Egypt President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, Netherlands PM Mark Rutte, Mauritius PM Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, Nigeria President Bola Ahmed Tinbu, Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong, Spain President Pedro Sanchez, UAE President Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed, Oman Deputy PM Sayyid Asad Bin Tariq Al Said; Ajay Banga, World Bank President; Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General; Kritalina Georgieva, IMF MD; Tedros Adhanom Gherbreyesus, WHO DG, Ngozi Okanjo Iweala, WTO DG; Amit Prothi, CDRI DG; Gilbert F Houngbo, ILO DG.

6. G20 Smmit theme?

G20 Summit 2023 is being held under the theme Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (One Earth, One Family, and One Future), centrered around the value of all life including human, animal, and microorganisms and their interconnectedness on the planet Earth and in the wider universe.

07 Sep 2023, 09:31:16 AM IST

G20 Summit LIVE: Indian handicrafts will be displayed for guests

From Chamba Rumal to Madhubani painting to Kolhapuri Chappal, leaders and delegates will get a chance to buy famous Indian handicraft items during the G20 Summit.

Other items, which would find space in the exhibition include Papier mache from Kashmir, Punja Dhurrie from Haryana, Kantha Embroidery from West Bengal, and Tribal Jewellery from Jharkhand.

07 Sep 2023, 09:14:58 AM IST

G20 Summit 2023 LIVE: Nataraja statue made from eight metals installed in front of Bharat Mandapam

The World’s largest Nataraja statue made from ‘Ashtadhatu’ (eight metals) has been installed in front of Bharat Mandapam which is the venue for the G20 summit in the national capital. The eight metals from which the statue has been made are copper- 87%, zinc 10%, lead 3%, tin-trace quantity, silver-trace quantity, gold-trace quantity, mercury-trace quantity, and iron as support.

The statue is 27 feet tall and weighs around 20 tons which has been made from lost wax technique.

The Nataraja statue was created by the traditional Sthapatis of Swamimalai in the traditional lost wax casting process following canons and measurements as mentioned in Silpa Shastra, which have followed in the making of Nataraja since the Chola period, i.e., 9th century AD onwards.

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G20 Summit LIVE: The grand Bharat Mandapam in Delhi showcases world’s tallest Nataraja statue, standing at an impressive 28 feet. (PTI)
07 Sep 2023, 08:48:25 AM IST

G20 Summit 2023: Guests to be served in silverware and gold utensils

Heads of State and other world leaders attending the G20 Summit 2023 in Delhi will be served grand meals on bespoke silverware bearing intricately engraved motifs inspired from the cultural heritage of India. Most tableware have steel or brass base or a mix of both with an elegant coating of silver, while some wares like plates that will carry glasses to be used for serving welcome drinks have gold plating. Read more here

07 Sep 2023, 07:37:35 AM IST

G20 Summit 2023 LIVE: ‘National capital is open during G20 only…,’ Delhi Police latest updates

Delhi Police has clarified that the entire city is opened during the G20 Summit only a few parts would remain closed. The police said, “It is once again reiterated that restrictons are only imposed in a smal portion of the NDMC area”.

07 Sep 2023, 07:30:50 AM IST

G20 Summit LIVE: A police officer creates caricatures of Joe Biden, Rishi Sunak, other foreign leaders

A Delhi Police officer has sketched caricatures of 30 delegates who will be coming to India as part of the G20 Summit on September 9-10.

This includes a total of 30 caricatures of 19 Heads of State, two European Union leaders, and nine other invitees who are expected to attend the gala event here in the national capital.

Delhi Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Rajendra Kalkal has made the caricatures and placed them at his office in the police headquarters building for display.

07 Sep 2023, 07:12:49 AM IST

G20 Summit 2023 LIVE Updates: IMD to issue specialised weather forecast 

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has installed an additional automatic weather station near Pragati Maidan — the G20 Summit venue — to provide specialised and real-time weather forecasts in view of the high-level event.IMD’s round-the-clock weather monitoring for the summit will begin on Thursday morning.

07 Sep 2023, 07:11:14 AM IST

G20 Summit 2023 Live Updates: Delhi Police to ensure round-the-clock security arrangements

The Delhi Police authorities have geared up to ensure round-the-clock security arrangements in the national capital during the G20 summit scheduled to be held on September 9 and 10.

07 Sep 2023, 07:10:29 AM IST

G20 Summit 2023 LIVE Updates: PM Modi, Biden expected to discuss multilateral development bank reform

US President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are expected to hold a discussion on the agenda of G20, particularly the economic cooperation and multilateral investment opportunities, that stand before it and can be on the American leader’s strong desire to see multilateral development bank reform and reshaping, a White House official said. Read more

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