Events/Activity in India & abroad

Fortnight celebrating 159 years Indian arrival day in Trinidad & Tobago

The arrival of Indians in Trinidad & Tobago 159 years ago was celebrated in India in fortnight long festivities hosted by the High Commission of Trinidad & Tobago in Delhi, Patna, Varanasi and Lucknow, the areas from where the first Indian settlers in Trinidad & Tobago came. The first ship “Fatel Razack” carrying over 200 Indians had docked in Trinidad & Tobago on May 30, 1845.  

The fortnight long activities included academic conferences, cultural performances, a fundraiser for handicapped children, a Trinidad & Tobago food festival and a pictorial display of the Indian presence in Trinidad & Tobago.

Parliamentary Group for Portugal- India Friendship

In November 2003, a Parliamentary Group for Portugal – India Friendship was formally established by Dr. Mota Amaral, the president of the National Assembly of Portugal. The group consists of 12 members of the Portuguese Parliament.

There are at present only 12 such Parliamentary Groups in existence in the Portuguese Parliament and it is significant that India has been selected as one of these countries.

Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award 2004

Hon’ble Minister of State [IC] for Overseas Indian Affairs Shri Jagdish Tytler handed over the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award to Shri Mahendra Pal Chaudhary, Member of Parliament, Fiji, in his office in South Block at a simple ceremony on 13th October 2004.

Visits of Hon’ble Minister of State (IC) for Overseas Indian Affairs and other Officers of this Ministry in connection with PBD 2005

Shri Jagdish Tytler, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Overseas Indian Affairs visited Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Hong Kong from 21-29 September 2004 to meet the overseas Indian community and generate publicity for the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2005 to be held in Mumbai from 7-9 January.

Minister also attended the Conference on NRI-PIO Business Networking for Trade and Investment and Contribution of Indian Diaspora in Europe organized by the Belgium Chapter of GOPIO on 4 October 2005.

Minister visited Spain, Portugal, France and Germany from October 05-13 and met overseas Indian communities and interacted with leaders of the community, interest groups, ethnic media representatives etc.

Shri Tytler also visited Australia, New Zealand and Fiji in the Pacific from October 26 to November 7, 2004. From November 15-29, he is visiting Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa in Africa, Mauritius, Reunion Islands, UAE, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait, which have a large presence of the Diaspora.

In the same context, Shri S. Krishna Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs visited UK [London and Birmingham], USA [Washington, Chicago, San Francisco], Canada [Toronto and Ottawa], Trinidad and Tobago and Surinam from October 19-29.

Joint Secretary [NRI / Pio] Shri Malay Mishra visited USA [New York, Houston, Atlanta], Canada [Vancouver] and Guyana from 8-15 November. 

These visits are intended to shore up publicity for PBD ’05 through face-to-face interaction, public meetings and road shows.