Pravasi Bharatiya Divas

  • Modi addresses NRIs, mocks PM's 'good days will arrive' remark January 9, 2014

    New Delhi: BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Thursday took a dig at Manmohan Singh, saying that the Prime Minister is right when he said good days are ahead for the country. While hinting at BJP sweeping the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the Gujarat Chief Minister said that it...
  • Full text: PM's address at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas January 8, 2013

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday addressed over 2,000 delegates at the 11th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Kochi. Below is the full text of his speech: "On the occasion of this year's Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, it is my honour to welcome our Chief Guest, His Excellency Rajkeswur Purryag, President of the...
  • Kochi: PM to address NRIs at Pravasi Bharatiya Divas January 8, 2013

    Kochi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will formally inaugurate the global NRI meet Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Kochi on Tuesday. Over 2,000 delegates are expected to participate in the threeday event that started in Kochi on Monday. The theme this year is 'Engaging Diaspora The Indian Growth Story.' President Pranab...
  • PM Manmohan Singh to release stamp on Gadar movement January 5, 2013

    Kochi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will formally inaugurate the 11th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas here on January 8 and release a stamp on the Gadar movement reflecting the saga of courage of overseas Indians who became trail blazers of the freedom struggle. Announcing this here on January 5, Union Minister for Overseas...
  • Trinidad & Tobago offers to host PBD January 8, 2012

    Jaipur: Indianorigin Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Kamla PersadBissessar on Sunday expressed readiness to host the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas in her country, saying it would help in sharing "new understandings" and developing appreciation for the diaspora. Bissessar, the Chief Guest of the 10th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas in Jaipur, said small...
  • NRIs to get right to vote in Indian elections: PM January 8, 2012

    Jaipur: Fulfilling the longstanding demand of its diaspora, India on Sunday said it would allow Nonresident Indians (NRIs) to vote and participate in the election process. He also listed the number of initiatives undertaken by the government like voting rights for NRIs and the new Pension and Insurance Scheme among others....
  • India needs to fully tap potential of NRIs: FM January 8, 2012

    Jaipur: Citing example of China, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday said that India too needs to fully tap the investment potential of NRIs and their entrepreneurial skills and promote inclusive growth. "We have not yet reaped the full benefits of India's great diaspora. The most obvious area remains that...
  • Full text: PM's speech at Pravasi Bharatiya Divas January 8, 2012

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh spoke at the 10th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Jaipur on Sunday. Following is the text of the Prime Minister's address: "I am very happy to welcome you all in this beautiful and historic city of Jaipur for this year's Pravasi Bharatiya Divas. Rajasthan represents Indian hospitality at its...
  • Indian economy expected to grow by 7 pc: PM January 8, 2012

    Jaipur: Addressing the delegates on the second day of the 10th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Jaipur on Sunday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that the Indian economy is expected to grow by 7 per cent this financial year despite the adverse impact of global economic slowdown. "World is passing through a...
  • PM to address Pravasi Bharatiya Divas delegates January 8, 2012

    Jaipur: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is expected to address the delegates on the second day of the 10th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Jaipur on Sunday. Around 1,500 NRIs from 65 countries are attending the threeday annual conference that aims at attracting overseas Indians to play a larger role in shaping the...
  • Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Jaipur from Saturday January 6, 2012

    New Delhi: Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, the annual congregation of Nonresident Indians and Persons of Indian Origin, will kick off in Jaipur on Saturday and discuss ways and means on how they can contribute in the country's inclusive growth. Over 1,300 delegates from 24 countries would participate in the annual event which...
  • President asks diaspora to be more involved January 9, 2011

    New Delhi: Highlighting India's economic resilience, President Pratibha Patil on Sunday invited the Indian diaspora to share their skills and finances in diverse sectors in the country including education and health and help it build a better future and ensure inclusive growth. Addressing the valedictory session of the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas...
  • NRIs will get voting rights soon: Manmohan January 8, 2011

    New Delhi: India has decided to merge the two visa facilitation cards that are issued to people of Indian origin and register nonresident Indians in the electoral rolls to let them exercise their franchise, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Saturday. "We recently reviewed the Overseas Citizenship of India Card and...
  • Village panchayats to have broadband: Pitroda January 7, 2011

    New Delhi: All 250,000 village panchayats in the country will be connected with broadband by mid2012 under a $4billion project to take the benefits of technology to the poor, tech evangelist Sam Pitroda said on Friday. "I can assure you that in 18 months every village panchayat will have broadband. It...
  • Convention of overseas Indians to start January 6, 2011

    New Delhi: Nearly 1,300 overseas Indians will participate in the ninth edition of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) convention staring here Friday. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will inaugurate the event. "Even without much effort on our part, 1,300 delegates have confirmed participation. We are expecting an enthusiastic participation," Minister for...
  • IndianAmericans complain of delay in visa December 29, 2010

    Washington: The IndianAmerican community has complained of "inordinate" delay by the Indian embassy in issuance of visas, claiming that it is mainly due to imposition of new rules and acute shortage of staff at various consulates. The community, which staged peaceful protest demonstrations at various Indian consulates in the US ...
  • PM 'working' to get Indian diaspora voting rights January 8, 2010

    New Delhi: NRIs will be able to cast their votes by the time the country holds its next general elections, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Friday. "I recognise the legitimate desire of Indians living abroad to exercise their franchise and to have a say in who governs India," he told...
  • PM says terrorists can't destabilise India January 8, 2009

    Chennai: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday said that India will not bow to terror threats and push hard to isolate Pakistani terror organisations. Inaugurating seventh edition of the two-day Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Chennai on Thursday, Manmohan Singh said that terrorists can never succeeding in destabilising India. "The recent terrorist attacks...
  • NRI couple relives their Delhi date June 16, 2007

    New Delhi: Who said the wait ended after you have exchanged rings. Even after 30 years of married life, Prabhulal still loves to wait for his lover and now his wife Meneka. "Even now, he will come at least half-an-hour early. He doesn't want me to wait. My friends tease...
  • India 360: Just an NRI jamboree? June 16, 2007

    The fifth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas ended in Delhi on Wednesday and the Government has rolled out the red carpet to Non Resident Indians (NRIs). The PM made a speech asking NRIs to invest in India, not just financially but emotionally and intellectually also. But are any concrete steps actually being...
  • NRI Fest: Not Really Important? June 16, 2007

    New Delhi: The fifth Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas – India’s NRI fest – concluded in the Capital on Wednesday, with the Government once again rolling out the red carpet and then bidding a familiar adieu to the much-feted Non Resident Indians. While Prime Minister Manmohan Singh made an emphatic speech urging...
  • Future perfect? Find out at NRI fest June 16, 2007

    New Delhi: It is not just the NRI investment that pulled crowds at the Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas on Tuesday. After a 90-minute tedious and arguably boring session on how to get $1.5 trillion investment in the country next year, it was a tea break for all. Some continued to talk...
  • Ties of tiller, land can't be broken: FM June 16, 2007

    New Delhi: In the midst of the controversies over Singur and Nandigram projects in West Bengal, Finance Minister P Chidambaram said that the sacred tie between tiller and the land should be respected. Speaking at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, Chidambaram said, "There is a sacred tie between the tiller and land....
  • 'India monitoring Fiji developments' June 16, 2007

    New Delhi: India is "closely monitoring" the developments in Fiji in the wake of last month's military coup, the fourth in 20 years, Defence Minister AK Antony said on Sunday. "We are closely monitoring the developments. The crisis will be handled properly," he said here at an interactive session on the...
  • Overseas Indian docs may practise here June 19, 2007

    New Delhi: While spelling out plans to allow overseas Indian doctors to practise in their native country, the Government on Sunday announced that the Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) will now have parity with Non Resident Indians (NRIs) on 'Inter-country adoption' and domestic airfares. The Government was also likely to...
  • PM tells diaspora to invest in India June 16, 2007

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday called upon overseas Indians to invest in their country of origin, not just financially, but intellectually, socially, culturally and emotionally as well. Inaugurating the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) 2007, the annual conclave of the Indian diaspora at the Vigyan Bhavan convention centre on...
  • 'Let's make a Mauritius out of Bihar' June 16, 2007

    New Delhi: The Prime Minister has a vision for Bihar. And he thought it most fitting to unveil this vision at a congregation of a 1,200-strong Indian Diaspora at the fifth Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas in New Delhi on Sunday. Inaugurating the event, the PM said if people, whose roots lay in...
  • PM thanks 'deal-maker' Diaspora June 16, 2007

    New Delhi: Two days after he called in top BJP leaders to discuss the Indo-US nuclear deal at length, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday hailed the US move to enact a law on civil nuclear cooperation as an 'important step' and claimed that it was vital for enlarging India's...