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PM Modi leaves for India after wrapping up four-day tour

PM Modi ended his two-day Singapore tour after weaving his charm with the Indian Diaspora, which forms approximately nine percent of the city-state’s total population, in Hall Number One and Two of the Singapore Expo venue.

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Wrapping up his four-day tour to southeast Asia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for India on Tuesday.PM Modi ended his two-day Singapore tour after weaving his charm with the Indian Diaspora, which forms approximately nine percent of the city-state’s total population, in Hall Number One and Two of the Singapore Expo venue. Prime Minister Modi met his Singapore counterpart Lee Hsein Loong and signed the India-Singapore strategic partnership to elevate bilateral relations. Prime Minister Modi also addressed the India-Singapore Economic Convention and interacted with Chief Executive Officers of several companies. Both Prime Ministers also released a joint stamp to mark the 50 years of diplomatic relation of India and Singapore. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

AAP NRIs launch Lokpal within party

NRIs have launched the Lokpal had played a key role in galvanising the diaspora community in favour of the party.

The primary purpose of Lokpal is to unite volunteers and rekindle the spirit of AAP (Representational Image)

Two senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) volunteers one from London and other from Chicago today said they have launched an internal Lokpal which would act as a pressure group or watchdog within the party. The volunteers — 79-year-old Jai Nath Misra and Munish Raizada – who have launched the Lokpal had played a key role in galvanising the diaspora community in favour of the party.The primary purpose of Lokpal is to unite volunteers and rekindle the spirit of AAP, said Raizada, who is currently a co-convener of NRI affairs cell of the party.

PM Narendra Modi visit will deepen India-UK bonds: UK minister Priti Patel

Everyone in the Indian community is even more excited about PM Modi’s visit, she said

Prime Minister Modi is an inspirational leader, she said. (File Photo)

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The senior-most Indian-origin member of the British government Priti Patel has said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the UK next month will deepen the bonds between the two countries. Patel, who is leading the British government charge on the much-anticipated visit as Prime Minister David Cameron’s Indian Diaspora Champion, said the visit will mark the highlight of Modi’s many international tours this year. “This visit will deepen our existing bonds in education, business, security, culture and much more. In particular there is such an opportunity to showcase the relationship, show the vibrancy of the UK India Diaspora community in particular, celebrate their contribution and success and hard work.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Prime Minister Modi is an inspirational leader and with the visit coinciding with Diwali, everyone in the Indian community is even more excited about this event. It is a great privilege to host him at such an auspicious time. He will get one of the best welcomes ever. Without a doubt the UK visit will be the icing on the cake,” she said, describing the event as a “personal highlight”. Patel, the UK’s minister for employment, highlighted how Modi’s first visit as prime minister will also mark a stronger collaboration on job creation and growth.She said, “This visit will mark the beginning of a new era in our relationship. London is the most important financial centre in the world, which is an opportunity for India as it seeks investments to grow and access to finance and continues its creation of jobs and infrastructure for inclusive and sustainable development. “We are ranked incredibly highly when it comes to ease of doing business, whether it is our very low rates of corporation tax or our long-term economic plan. And I have no doubt that this will all be of great interest to the Indian government and the PM,” she said.Stressing her government’s commitment to “stand shoulder to shoulder” with Modi, Patel said there was an opportunity to collaborate more in the field of innovation, R&D, new technologies, environmental and climate change issues. “He is a remarkable man and a visionary when it comes to India’s economic growth. We are seeing that clearly in Make in India, Skill India and the focus on young people and jobs and growth. It is similar to the economic approach that we have in this country, outlined by Cameron and Osborne,” she said. In reference to the personal connect between Modi and Cameron, she added, “David Cameron has invested a great deal in the UK-India relationship. I have been twice with the PM and he has been to India three times in the last Parliament.He has a very warm relationship with the Indian PM. This visit will demonstrate the strength of that unbeatable combination of our two leaders”.

Only miniscule group of Patels opposing PM Modi’s US visit, claims Overseas Friends of BJP

In a statement, OFBJP said an overwhelming majority of the Patel community in the US are whole heartedly supporting Modi’s visit to the country

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Blaming it on political opponents, the Overseas Friends of BJP (OFBJP) has claimed that only a miniscule group of Patels are opposing the US visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi later this month.In a statement, OFBJP said an overwhelming majority of the Patel community in the US are whole heartedly supporting Modi’s visit to the country. “Only a miniscule group of Patels are making noises,” OFBJP said, refuting reports that about 1,000 Patels met in Edison, New Jersey on September 9 and made a decision to boycott Modi’s US programs.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Only about 30-40 people met during that meeting,” the OFBJP said. In the statement, OFBP-USA national executive committee including president Chandrakant Patel; past president Jayesh Patel; office bearers Shri Raju Patel, Arvind Patel and Vasudev Patel et al said that over 500 Indian organisations are involved in organising the grand community reception event in San Francisco.”These organising groups also include the entire Patel community, Gujarati, Hotel and Motel Owners, Christian, and Muslim associations of USA,” they added. OFBJP-USA appealed to this small group of Patels to withdraw their ill-advised protest and work with the Indian Diaspora in the successful conduct of the community reception.

PM Modi’s visit to boost ‘special relationship’ of India,UK: Indian-origin minister Priti Patel

“I am thrilled to be involved in supporting the official visit and also being involved in the community event at Wembley Stadium (November 13). We have an enormous, very successful Indian Diaspora in the UK. I think they are absolutely at the heart of this visit. It will be a tremendous celebration of the UK-Indian Diaspora,” she added.

Britain’s senior-most Indian-origin minister has said Narendra Modi’s first visit to the UK as the Prime Minister will be a chance for the two countries to take their “special relationship into the modern context”.Priti Patel will be the driving force during Modi’s much-anticipated visit between November 12 and 14 as British Prime Minister David Cameron’s Indian Diaspora Champion.She said Modi’s visit at the time of auspicious occasion of Diwali will be one of the biggest celebrations in the UK.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”It is such a special and auspicious occasion for all Indians and the fact that we have the Prime Minister of India coming to the UK at that auspicious time to be among the largest Indian Diaspora communities in the world will absolutely make this a very exciting celebration and a very important illustration of the strength of the relationship of our two great nations,” 43-year-old Patel told PTI.”I am thrilled to be involved in supporting the official visit and also being involved in the community event at Wembley Stadium (November 13). We have an enormous, very successful Indian Diaspora in the UK. I think they are absolutely at the heart of this visit. It will be a tremendous celebration of the UK-Indian Diaspora,” she added.Patel, who took charge as employment minister in the Cameron-led Cabinet after the May elections, said the visit would be a chance for the two countries to take their “special relationship into the modern context in terms of supporting Prime Minister Modi’s vision of economic development”.”India as a global leader stands tall in the world and we can support India’s global aspirations, whether it’s on employment, on investment or on trade. As two nations we stand together, shoulder to shoulder to meet those shared objectives,” she said.The Conservative party MP from Witham constituency in the north east of London returned from Turkey this week after her first G20 summit as minister of state for employment.Among her meetings included a bilateral with her Indian counterpart Bandaru Dattatreya and they collectively signed a pledge to bring down the number of young people “Not in Education, Employment or Training”, or NEETs, by 15 per cent.”As we have the PM of India coming later this year, we wanted to build a dialogue at the G20 which will facilitate growth and investment in India. There is no doubt when it comes to Make in India, we absolutely are there to support the Indian government.”Central to that is skills, training and education and we can support India in investing in people. So we see this as a natural collaboration, a natural partnership,” she explained.

Not aware of PM Modi’s planned visit: White House

Modi is also expected to travel to San Francisco to address the Indian Diaspora on September 27 and meet corporate leaders in the Silicon Valley

The US has said it is not aware of any planned visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the White House during his trip to the country to attend 70th annual session of the UN General Assembly in New York next month.”I’m not aware of any planned visits by Prime Minister Modi to the White House in conjunction with his travel to the US for the United Nations General Assembly,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said on Friday.Responding to questions on possibility of Modi meeting President Barack Obama, Earnest said the White House was oblivious of any such development.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Modi is also expected to travel to San Francisco to address the Indian Diaspora on September 27 and meet corporate leaders in the Silicon Valley, becoming the fourth Indian Premier to visit US’ West Coast. In a five-day visit to the US in September last year, Modi had met Obama and sought investment from prominent CEOs besides exhorting the Indian-American community to take up a greater role in the development of India.

439 people evacuated from Yemen by INS Mumbai

Indian Navy’s guided-missile destroyer INS Mumbai on Saturday rescued 439 Indians from Yemen’s port city, Aden.

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Indian Navy’s guided-missile destroyer INS Mumbai on Saturday rescued 439 Indians from Yemen’s port city, Aden.The Ministry of External Affairs said 179 citizens from 17 countries were also evacuated by the Indian Navy. “A safe haven called INS Mumbai. In humanitarian effort, along with Indians 179 others from 17 countries evacuated from Aden yesterday,” tweeted MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin.”Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – The world is a family. Nationals of 17 other countries evacuated by INS Mumbai from Yemen alongwith Indians,” he added.As per reports, the warship has placed itself just outside Aden harbour as part of Operation Raahat. Aden is currently reeling under heavy firing between Saudi-led coalition and the Houthi rebels.Meanwhile, another batch of 193 Indian nationals landed in Kochi last night from Yemen. They were received by Kerala Minister for Diaspora, KC Joseph.

We want ‘mann ka rishta’ with Indian diaspora: Rajnath Singh

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said that the government is not just looking at investments by the people of Indian origin living across the world but also wants to have deeper ties with the Indian Diaspora.”Please don’t feel that we are looking only at investments from you…it is not ‘dhan ka rishta’ that we are looking, but a ‘man ka rishta’,” Singh said addressing the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas here. We are very proud of the contribution of the people of Indian origin and we cannot forget this grouping’s contribution in the India story, he said. The Home Minister also acknowledged that if any ill happens in the country, the PIOs and NRIs also feel hurt even though they are based in a different part of the world.Calling the diaspora as ‘Swadeshi’, irrespective of the country they are residing in, Singh said that the country needs them to contribute in multiple ways on this journey of transformation that India has begun. “We want to create a self-esteemed, self-reliant and a strong India, and cannot achieve the objective without your contribution,” Singh said, addressing the flagship conclave of the diaspora. Just like Mahatma Gandhi’s vision, the Modi government is working to have an integrated development of the country which entails equal attention to the villages, he said, appealing the diaspora to help create jobs in the rural areas.Drawing attention towards the government’s flagship ‘Make in India’ initiative, Singh said the objective of turning India into a manufacturing powerhouse cannot be realised without active support from the NRIs and PIOs. Indian diaspora is a “great capital” for the country which needs to be nurtured, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said on Thursday as he sought its cooperation in transforming India which awaits them with opportunities.Reaching out to the expatriates, Modi had recalled how once adversity, courage and urge to explore new avenues for livelihood motivated their ancestors to leave Indian shores, but now the country had “risen with great strength” where “great opportunities” awaited them.

Lord Diljit Rana, leading Indian business tycoon in UK, elected as interim president of GOPIO

Lord Diljit Rana from UK receiving the Pravasi Bharatiya Awards in 2007 for Business from former President APJ Abdul Kalam, at Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) in New Delhi.
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Lord Diljit Rana, a noted philanthropist and a leading Indian business tycoon in the UK, was elected as the interim president of the GOPIO International following the impeachment and expulsion of Ashook Ramsaran at the Diaspora body’s general council meeting held in Ahmedabad on Tuesday. The general council meeting of the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin, presided over by Sunny Kulathakal, GOPIO executive vice president, also accepted the resignation of Dr Piyush Agrawal from his position as senior vice president.The council meeting, attended by 44 life members and chapter representatives of the voluntary and not-for-profit organisation, including former presidents and other senior founding members, declared the formation of the executive council of GOPIO null and void as it violated constitutional norms, and elected an ad hoc executive committee.Lord Rana, a leading hotelier and businessman from Northern Ireland, had served as GOPIO president from 1999 to 2004. Following the general council meeting, the newly formed executive council met under Lord Rana and decided to remove Munish Gupta from the position of GOIPO international coordinator and from his role as liaison officer with the Government of India. The move was in consideration of a letter from Founding Chairman Dr Thomas Abraham advising to keep the K.N. Gupta family members away from the organisation’s activities due to their alleged involvement in Saradha Chit Fund scandal involving crores of rupees.The general council meeting, traditionally held every year immediately before the opening of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, also decided to reinstate the Toronto Chapter of GOPIO International, which was hastily dismissed in violation of the bye law stipulation of a minimum 30-day notice. The meeting also entrusted the newly formed executive council to regularly monitor the compliance status and operations of all chapters of the organisation that was founded in 1989 as the foremost global networking of more than 28 million Indian Diaspora.In consideration of an impeachment notice served against Ramsaran on 28th October 2014, the council members deliberated at length the various acts of commissions and omissions of Ramsaran, including his various acts of non-compliance with GOPIO Charter and lack of transparency and non-accountability in financial management during his tenure before voting (35-4) to oust him from the position of president with immediate effect.The meeting decided to inform all government institutions and authorities about Ramsaran’s expulsion to ensure that he does not represent GOPIO in any official capacity. Since and Dr Agrawal had resigned, a similar impeachment notice served against him was not considered. It was also decided that the next international council meeting to be held in one of the Gulf.The meeting proposed the formation of an International Finance Committee and the post of Honorary Treasurer with immediate effect to ensure compliance with all existing US, EU and international financial requirements, regulations and laws as well as all regulations on transfer of money from registered charity accounts. The meeting also entrusted the finance committee to investigate and report any such regulatory violation that might have occurred recently or in the past to the appropriate authorities in respective countries without any delay.