France 24’s Event Encore In India to Focus on Empowering Women

  As part of its special programming for International Women’s Day on the 8th of March, France 24’s culture team heads to India to explore the world’s largest democracy and see how women, and women’s rights, are making their mark on the country’s vibrant arts scene. Olivia Salazar-Winspear presents two special editions of the daily culture showEncore! Wednesday 8th March ...

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Health Advisory Issued for Amarnath Yatra Pilgrims

The Pilgrimage to the Cave of Shri Amarnathji, known as Amarnath Yatra, involves trekking at altitudes as high as 14,000 feet and pilgrims are likely to develop High Altitude Sickness, said an advisory issued today. The symptoms of high altitude sickness include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, weakness, dizziness, lightheadedness and difficulty in sleeping, visual impairment, bladder dysfunction, bowl ...

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Fear Grips Indian Immigrants as America Returns to Cowboy Days


The widow of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, shot to death amid war cry to “Get Out of My Country” by a white extremist candidly asked herself whether they belonged to America and rued that despite her pleadings to return to India, her late husband refused saying “good things happen to good people.” Not so when we recall the days of cowboy violence ...

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India, Russia to Celebrate 2017 as Year to Mark 70-Years of Friendship, Ties

PM Narendra Modi formally welcomes the President of Russian Federation, Mr. Vladimir Putin to the BRICS Summit venue, in Goa on October 16, 2016.

India and Russia will celebrate 2017 is a special year of completion of 70 years of diplomatic relations with several programs and events scheduled throut the year. On 13 April 1947, four months before India’s independence, diplomatic relations were established by India with Russia, then USSR. Over the last seven decades, bilateral relations have seen strong and special Strategic Partnership. ...

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Pre-loaded Sim Card for Foreign Tourists Arriving in India on E-Visa

The Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge), Dr. Mahesh Sharma launching the presentation of Pre-Loaded Free SIM Cards for foreign tourists arriving in India on e-visa, in New Delhi on February 15, 2017. (PIB Photo)

India’s Ministry of Tourism launched pre-loaded Sim Cards to foreign tourists arriving in India on e-Visa on Wednesday and minister Mahesh Sharma inaugurated the scheme to facilitate the foreign tourists in communicating with their acquaintances immediately after their arrival in India. Earlier, the Ministry of Tourism had also launched a 24 x 7 Tourist Helpline 1800111363 in 12 foreign languages ...

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Veronika Yadav, Indian Origin Ukraine Girl, Wins Global Trophies in Gymnastics

Veronika Yadav, Ukraine

Ms. Veronika Yadav, daughter of Mr. Sanjay Prasad Yadav, living in Kharkiv, Ukraine, who has won several international championships and trophies in gymnastics, met met with Ambassador of India to Ukraine Mr. Manoj K. Bharti on February 7th, 2017 and expressed her desire to represent India. A promising rhythmic gymnast, Veronika is sure to win many medals in international competitions ...

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Indian Embassy Participates in Hala Festival in Kuwait

Indian Embassy took part in the Opening Ceremony of Hala Festival in Kuwait on February 10, 2017 and the Indian stall was exquisitely decorated with “Incredible India” posters and tourism material for the occasion.(Indian Embassy, Kuwait)

Indian Embassy took part in the Opening Ceremony of Hala Festival in Kuwait on February 10, 2017 and the Indian stall was exquisitely decorated with “Incredible India” posters and tourism material for the occasion. India’s Bohra Band (Burhani Guards) held the audience spellbound with their performances and children from the Bohra community spread the message of importance of cleanliness in ...

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Haj Committee Formed to Review India’s HAJ Policy

The Minister of State for Minority Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs, Mr.Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi with the Haj Minister of Saudi Arabia, Dr. Mohammad Saleh bin Taher Benten at the signing ceremony of bilateral Haj agreement between India-Saudi Arabia, at Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) on January 11, 2017.(PIB Photo)

Indian Ministry of Minority Affairs has constituted a Committee on January 31, 2017 under a retired IAS officer Afzal Amanullah to review the Haj Policy 2013-17 and to suggest framework for Haj Policy for five years from 2018 to 2022. This Committee comprises of Mr. Amanullah, former Secretary to Government of India and former Consul General, Consulate General of India, ...

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Haj Subsidy Halved by India in 4 years: Minister

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After the Supreme Court directive in 2012 to progressively decrease Haj subsidy and completely eliminate it in 10 years, Haj subsidy has been gradually reduced from Rs.836.56 crore in 2012-13 to Rs. 405 crore in the year 2016-17, said Mr. Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, the Minister of State (IC) for Minority Affairs, in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha ...

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Kailash Manasarovar Yatra 2017: MEA Begins Registration Process

The Union Minister for External Affairs and Overseas Indian Affairs, Smt. Sushma Swaraj with the first batch of Kailash Manasarovar Yatra- 2014 after the flagged off ceremony, in New Delhi on June 11, 2014.(PIB Photo)

The registration for Kailash Manasarovar Yatra being organized by Ministry of External Affairs has started with the Yatra scheduled from 12th June to 8th September, 2017. The Yatra will be conducted in two routes, said a statement. Eligible applicants should be 18 years or above and not more than 70 years as on 1st January 2017 and the last date ...

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Indian Embassy in US Holds Open House for Community

Mr. Arun K. Sinha, Minister (Consular), apprised them about the new initiatives taken by the Government of India to address consular problems relating to the Indian diaspora.

The Indian Embassy in Washington DC held its 3rd “Consular Open House” on Feb. 01, 2017 to address the grievances of Indians in the US and assured them quick resolution on problems ranging from visas, passports to OCI cards issued to people of Indian origin. The Open House is a new initiative taken up by the mission in Washington DC. ...

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Festival of India to be Held in Senegal

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A Festival of India is being organized in Senegal from 26 January to 28 February, 2017 to showcase diverse Indian culture, including classical and folk dance, music and an exhibition on Mahatma Gandhi. The following events will be held in the Senegal capital City of Dakar: · Kathak Dance by Richa Jain and Group from 27-29 January, 2017. · Bharatnatyam ...

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Beijing Mission Celebrates Republic Day, Ambassador Gokhale Unfurls Flag

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India’s 68th Republic Day was celebrated at the Embassy of India, Beijing on 26 January 2017 with Indian Ambassador Vijay Gokhale unfurling the Tricolor at Embassy premises. Later, he read out passages from the President of India’s Address to the Nation. The Culture Wing of the Embassy then screened a short movie on “A Day in the Life of India”, ...

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Indian Embassy in US Observes Martyr’s Day

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Indian embassy in Washington DC on Monday observed the Martyr’s Day to mark the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on Jan. 30, 1948. Indian Ambassador Navtej Sarna and other officers paid floral tributes to the statue of Mahatma Gandhi located in front of the Indian Embassy on Massachusetts Avenue in the US capital. All the staff and visitors who participated in ...

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Republic Day Celebrated in Kyiv, Ukraine; Tunis, Tunisia

Indian Republic Day function was celebrated with traditional fervor and gaiety at the Embassy of India, Kyiv on Thursday morning. Flag hoisting ceremony was performed by Indian Ambassador Manoj K. Bharti, which was followed by singing of the Indian National Anthem. Mr Bharti later read out speech of Indian President on the occasion, which was well attended by the Indian ...

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68th Republic Day celebrated in Indonesia at Indian Embassy

The 68th Republic Day was celebrated at the Embassy of India in Jakarta, the Consulate General of India in Bali and the Consulate General of India in Medan with traditional gaiety and fervour on Thursday. Mr. Manish, Deputy Chief of Mission, hoisted the National Flag at the Indian Embassy premises as large gathering of Indian nationals and members of Indian ...

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Indian Republic Day Celebrated in Venezuela

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The 68th Republic Day of India was celebrated in Caracas at the Indian Embassy Residence on Thursday. India’s Ambassador Rahul Shrivastava unfurled the national flag and read out President of India’s address to the nation on the eve of the Republic Day. More than 60 members of the Indian community and friends of India in Venezuela participated in the event. ...

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Padma Awards 2017 Announced, Virat Kohli, Sadhguru Figure in List

Padma Awards

Padma Awards, India’s highest civilian Awards for 2017 have been conferred to singer K J Yesudas, spiritual leader Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev and cricket captain Virat Kohli among many others. Given in three categories – Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri – the Awards covered art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, ...

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PM Presents National Bravery Awards to 25 Children

National Bravery Award

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday presented the National Bravery Awards to 25 children saying their deeds of bravery show their decisiveness as much as their courage. He encouraged the children to ensure that this award does not become the end of their life’s purpose, and added that this award should only mark the beginning for them. Reminding the children ...

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