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PM Modi and President Trump will go on a roadshow to the world's largest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad's Motera.

Washington's moves followed New Delhi's price caps on medical devices, such as coronary stents and knee implants, while declaring new data localization requirements, which India sees as necessary to end "data colonization" by foreign companies but which the US decries as a barrier to bilateral digital trade.

Hopes that the world's two largest democracies could negotiate a "confidence building" deal in time for Trump's arrival Monday on a two-day visit have faded in recent days as differences over agriculture, medical devices, digital trade and proposed new tariffs fester, according to business groups.

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner will be joining US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump during their visit to India next week.

Before the "Namaste Trump" event, cultural events will be held at the 1.10-lakh seating capacity stadium, for which several artists, including well-known singer Kailash Kher, have been invited. "We will have it [but] I don't know if it will be done before the election".

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Trump has called Modi "a great man and leader for the people of India", saying the people of India "are lucky to have him!"

India is expected to appease the USA with a promise to cut tariffs to single digits.

As to the prospects of a comprehensive trade agreement, Kumar was noncommittal: "We would not like to rush into a deal as. there are many decisions which actually could impact millions of people on the ground, and some also [come] with long-term economic consequences".

Trump told a rally on Thursday that "six to 10 million people" would be along the route of his motorcade, but this appears to be a misunderstanding.

Trump has previously said he likes Modi a lot, and much bonhomie was evident between them when the US president attended the Howdy Modi festival arranged from the Indian prime minister in Houston previous year. "We will install floral boards welcoming the dignitaries at prominent spots on the route the dignitaries will travel", a senior NDMC official said. The two-day visit is also going to be the first stand alone visit by a US President to India. "This will certainly come up among the leaders", the USA official said.

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