Indian Diaspora

Fate of 39 Indians captured by IS still unknown: Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the fate of 39 Indians captured by the Islamic State terrorist group when the extremists took over the city of Mosul three years ago is still unknown...

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UAE simplifies visa process for Indian passport holders residing in UK, European Union

The United Arab Emirates on Wednesday has taken a massive decision to approve visa on arrival for Indian passport holders with United Kingdom and European Union residency visa. Now, all the Indian nationals residing in United Kingdom and European Union can easily travel to UAE as visa processes are simplified. The visit of more Indians will bring boost in the economy of the UAE. ..

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Hurrah! 170 Indians evacuated till now from Hurricane #Irma-hit Sint Maarten

At least 170 Indians and Indian-origin people have been evacuated till now from the hurricane-hit Caribbean island of Sint Maarten and brought to the Caribbean island of Curacao. However, in the process 30 other nationals were also evacuated. ..

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Hurrah! Minister Sushma does it again; Father Tom Uzhunnalil rescued from Islamic State operatives

Good News! Father Tom Uzhunnalil a Catholic priest who was abducted in Yemen in March last year has been finally rescued. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also expressed her happiness over the rescue of Father Tom Uzhunnalil...

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Evacuation of Indian nationals from hurricane-hit Sint Maarten is a priority for us: Sushma Swaraj

Leading from the front to evacuate all the Indian nationals from the hurricane-hit Caribbean island of Sint Maarten, the External Affairs Ministry has made all the necessary arrangements. Notably, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday said that the Indian government has arranged for the evacuation of Indian nationals from the hurricane-hit Caribbean island of Sint Maarten...

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We are committed to build a New India by 2022, assures PM Modi

“We are committed to build a ‘NEW INDIA’ that would be free from poverty, terrorism, corruption, communalism, and casteism” by 2022 when the country celebrates its 75th independence day, asserted Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing the Indian community in Yangon on Wednesday...

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Another cruel move: Prez Trump revokes Obama-era amnesty programme; 7000 Indians likely to be hit

After tightening H1B visa process, the Trump administration has taken one more cruel move of scrapping an Obama-era amnesty programme that granted work permits to immigrants who arrived in the country illegally as children which will straight away affect at least 7000 Indian workers...

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Bihar sends maximum workers to Gulf countries while UAE becomes largest employment market for Indians

Indians are keen to work out of the country due to higher incomes and Saudi Arabia, UAE and the United States are important destinations. But looking at the expenses and income Indians mostly prefer to work in Saudi Arabia, UAE. However, UAE has becomes the largest market for employment of Indians in the Gulf while people from Bihar emerged as the state to have sent the maximum number of migrants to the Gulf countries...

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Qatar assures safety, welfare of 6.3 lakhs Indians in Gulf countries

Amid Gulf crisis, Qatar Foreign Affairs Minister Abdulrahman Al-Thani visited India on Friday and called upon Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during which he assured the safety and welfare of 6.3 lakhs Indians in Doha and other Gulf countries...

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Baahubali stars Rana Daggubati and Tamannah Bhatia attends 37th edition of India Day Parade

Overwhelmed by the response of enthusiastic Indian diaspora Baahubali actor Rana Daggubati said that members of Indian community are the ambassadors of our country who are making us proud outside of India. Rana, who was the Grand Marshal for the 37th edition of prestigious India Day Parade specially mentioned that it was a matter of great pride for him to celebrate the Independence Day with a large population of Indian-Americans...

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#FindingNetaji; Indian Community in Japan remembers “Hero of Asia” Netaji Subhash at Renkoji Temple

When we take the names of their respected freedom fighters,we never forget to remember Subhash Chandra Bose. Unfortunately, till now thousands of admirers don’t know exactly when and how he died. Still, as it is believed he died in a plane crash in Taiwan on 18th August 1945, the Indian community in Japan remembers this great leader at Renkoji temple...

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Rift between Qatar, UAE to not have any adverse impact on Indian communities in region: Anwar Gargash

Gulf crisis seems to stretch for a longer period as both the parties including Qatar and other Arab countries doesn’t seem to back off. However, the United Arab Emirates have assured India that Gulf crisis will not have any adverse impact on Indian communities in the Gulf or on India's economic interests there...

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A small town girl from Bengal crosses raging English Channel

The living goddesses of India, the great women from the country have been making us proud in various fields. Adding to the long list, a young girl of Bengal, Sayani Das has crossed the English Channel successfully. For the swimmers across the world, it is a dream to cross the English Channel. Sayani has achieved this dream in her twenties only...

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At least 53 of 97 Indian sailors stranded in UAE waters released

As many as 53 out of 97 Indian sailors stranded on ships in the UAE’s waters for several months have finally returned to their homeland India, according to the Indian Consulate General in Dubai Vipul...

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Baghdad has no concrete information about 39 missing Indians: Iraqi Foreign Minister al-Jaafari

The Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Eshaiker al-Jaafari on Monday reaffirmed that his government had no information concerning 39 Indian nationals missing in the country. Iraqi Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari while talking to reporters said they do not have any substantial evidence about the fate of 39 Indians who are missing in Mosul since 2014...

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5 Indian Sailor stuck in UAE ship with no payment, returned home

Atlast five Indian sailors who were stuck in the United Arab Emirates got relief as they returned back to their home land. The sailors were stuck on a UAE ship for months with no payment of their salaries, informed the Indian Consulate General said on Saturday...

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5 Indian Sailor stuck in UAE ship with no payment, returned home

Atlast five Indian sailors who were stuck in the United Arab Emirates got relief as they returned back to their home land. The sailors were stuck on a UAE ship for months with no payment of their salaries, informed the Indian Consulate General said on Saturday...

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PM Modi convinced Trump that Indians are contributing greatly to American economy

As soon as the Trump administration took charge in the United States, with an aim to hire more Americans Firstly suspended premium processing of H1B visas, then tightened the process etc which directly affected the Indians. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday informed Rajya Sabha that Prime Minister Modi and US president Donald Trump had an extensive discussion on the spirit of H1B visa and during the recent visit to the United States...

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Read here the initiatives taken by Indian government to promote Hindi in foreign countries

Hindi, which is a mother tongue of more than half of the India is now slowly and steadily impacting the world. Therefore, keeping promotion of Hindi on high priority, the government of India has taken several effective initiatives...

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Without much hype: General VK Singh’s ultimate rescue mission in Iraq

As soon as Mosul was liberated, Minister of State for External Affairs V. K. Singh visited Iraq on 11th July 2017 on an ultimate mission to bring all 39 Indian hostages safely back to the country. Though VK Singh had to return back without any information, Iraqi forces committed him to find all the Indians as soon as possible...

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Sundar Gurjar rose up like Phoenix bagging Gold at World Para Athletics Championships

The eighth edition of the World Para Athletics Championships in London gifted India news of success on the very first day. On the opening night of World Para Athletics athlete, Sundar Gurjar bagged the gold medal in the javelin throw. The athlete rose like a phoenix as he was was not allowed to compete at Rio as he turned up late for his event. In the F46 category, Sundar recorded his personal best effort of 60.36m...

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General VK Singh reaches Iraq to rescue 39 Indian hostages

As soon as the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi announced the liberation of Mosul from Islamic State terrorist group, Minister of State for External Affairs V. K. Singh embarked for Baghdad to bring 39 Indian hostages safely back to the country...

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Modi's meeting with Indian diaspora in Israel creates history

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting with the Indian diaspora inTel Aviv created a sort of history on many counts. People started pouring in from all over Israel...

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Around 100 Indian sailors stranded in UAE waters; sought help of Consulate General in Dubai

Around 100 Indian sailors who were aboard on 22 ships have been stranded in UAE waters who have sought the help of Indian Consulate General in Dubai. While talking to local media, India’s Consul-General Vipul said nearly 100 Indian sailors aboard 22 ships have been stranded in UAE waters and have sought the help of the Indian Consulate General in Dubai...

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Proud-India! Two Indian filmmakers made their way in achieving Hollywood International Award

Two of the Indian filmmakers had achieved the Hollywood ‘International CineFest 2017’ awards on Friday. Assamese writer-director Bidyut Kotoky won the award for the film ‘Rainbow Fields’ and Bihar’s Rakesh Kumar won the award for his film ‘After Ever After’...

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Number of Hindus increases in Australia from 0.3% to 1.9%  in 25 years

There has been considerable increase in the population of Hindus in Australia as their number increased from 0.3 percent in 1991 to 1.9 percent in 2016, census figures indicate. The total population of Hindus is 440,300...

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One more event, one more celebration

A first person account of Prime Minister Narendra Modi' recent US visit and interaction with Diaspora. ..

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Indian diaspora rejoiced on every good news; wants India to scale newer heights: PM Modi in US

As soon as Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached the United States on Sunday, he firstly interacted with the Indian community in Washington DC. PM Modi said that the Indian diaspora rejoiced whenever there was good news from India, and wanted India to scale newer heights...

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Hindus face violence and marginalisation in Pak and Bangladesh: HAF

A recent report by a top Hindu-American body has brought to the light the fact how Hindus were facing violence, persecution and marginalisation in countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh where they are in minority...

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Proud! Indian-origin Sikh Palbinder Shergill appointed as a judge of Supreme Court in Canada

Indians are making proud out there as Indian-origin Sikh human rights advocate Palbinder Kaur Shergill has been appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia in New Westminster. On Friday Shergill became the 1st turbaned Sikh to be appointed to the judiciary in Canada, the World Sikh Organisation (WSO) of Canada...

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Bengal CM’S dream project 'Kanyashree' makes state proud; receives UN Public Services winner award

Bengal has always been making new world records since the colonial era. In the field of Art, culture, and literature Bengal’s success is unquestionable. Adding one more feather to Bengal’s record list, the government’s scheme “Kanyashree” receives first prize for public service at UN. The award came in the category of “Reaching the Poorest and Most Vulnerable through Inclusive Services”. This award is recognition of government’s innovation and excellence in public services. “Kanyashree” is the dream ..

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Amidst embargo on Qatar, New Delhi operates additional flights to Doha for Indians there

Good news for all the Indians living in Qatar as New Delhi is operating extra flights so that people could come to their home easily and celebrate EID with beloved once. Notably, the Indian government on Wednesday asked two domestic airlines i.e Air India and Jet Airways to run extra flights to Doha ahead of the Eid holiday to help all the Indian citizens stranded there following an embargo imposed on Qatar Airways...

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Saudi Arabia 'family tax' to hit Indians drastically

Massive setback for all the Indians staying in Saudi Arabia as a new 'family tax' is being imposed by Kingdom from July 1 of this year. Notably, now non-Saudis residents will have to pay 100 riyals (approx. Rs. 1,700) for each family member living with them per month. However, currently, the dependent fee in Saudi is half of this revised amount i.e 50 riyals...

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#KulbhushanJadhav: ICJ asks India to make case submission by Sept 13, Pak by Dec 13

The Kulbhushan Jadhav case has become the brewing issue these days. Recently, International Court of Justice (ICJ) has asked India to make its submission of the case by September 13. In fact, two days ago Pakistan claimed that ICJ rejected India’s request for more time- 6 months to file its next motion at The Hague court. In the wittiest reply, External Ministry said that India had actually for an early date as possible for it to submit its written statement of facts supporting the case...

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Embassy appeals all undocumented Indian nationals to return back via Saudi Arabia’s ‘Amnesty’

Saudi Arabia giving a major relief to all the Indians who are overstaying in Kingdom allowed to go back to their homeland without any penalty and punishment. Now, Indian Embassy in Saudi Arabia has appealed all the Indians overstaying their visas to return back to home on amnesty scheme before it expires. However, it has also said that the one who does not return will later have to pay fine or can get imprisonment etc. ..

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Over 4000 Indian-Origin Jews likely to attend PM Modi’s address in Israel

Approximately over 4000 Indian Origin Jews are expected to attend the address of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi next month during his Israel visit, The Jerusalem Post reported...

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Sushma Swaraj applauds ‘relentless efforts’ of diplomats after Iran released 25 Indian fishermen

GoodNews! Iran finally releases 25 Indian fishermen who were detained with their Bahraini boats. As soon as External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj confirmed the release of 25 Indian fishermen via twitter, happiness spread all over the country. However, it is good news for not only the family of all 25 fishermen but for the whole country as Iran finally released Indian fishermen who were detained by Iranian Navy with their Bahraini boats in March this year...

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Art of Living comes out with a novel scheme; NRIs to adopt 500 villages in India

India has seen whopping development in all the fields including infrastructure, economy, agriculture etc and therefore the country has been now globally recognized. However, it would not have been possible without the contribution of government, NGOs, citizens and also Non-resident Indians. Notably, NRIs living in the United States will adopt 500 villages in India as part of their effort to develop the rural areas of the country...

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Indian Embassy in Qatar issues advisory, stresses not to worry as Gulf crisis will not harm Indians

Amidst ongoing ' Gulf crisis', the Indian Embassy in Qatar on Wednesday issued an advisory and stressed that there was nothing for Indian citizens in Doha to worry about. The advisory also assured that the embassy is monitoring the situation closely and is in touch with the Qatar authorities to ensure the safety of the Indian nationals living there...

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‘Deep concern’ for the safety of 6.5 lakh Indians living in Qatar: CM Kerala writes to PM and MEA

Concerning about rapidly increasing the diplomatic rift between Qatar and other Arab countries, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday wrote to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj over the current 'geo-political situation' brewing in the Middle East...

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Brijesh Thapa, Ravi Kumar receive reputed UN medal for their 'courage and sacrifice' in the mission

United Nations peacekeeping has proven to be one of the most effective tools to assist host countries navigate the difficult path from conflict to peace. India currently deploys more than 7,600 military and police personnel to UN peace operations in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Lebanon, Liberia, West Asia, South Sudan, Sudan and the Western Sahara. Last year, two Indian peacekeepers in different operations lost their lives and in their honour, India’s UN Ambassador Syed ..

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Proud moment for India as 112 feet tall statue of Lord Shiva enters ‘Guinness Book of World Records’

112 feet tall statue of Lord Shiva- Adiyogi which was unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in February at Isha Yoga Foundation, entered in Guinness Book of World Records. 112 feet tall statue of Adiyogi was declared as ‘world’s largest bust’...

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Indian workers being held captive by Saudi Company; Indian embassy jumps for rescue

In recent years, many incidents of Indian workers working abroad are been held captive over the salary issues. However, these incidents majorly happened in the gulf countries. Notably, this time also a group of Indian workers has been held captive by a company in Saudi Arabia over salary issues...

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Swaraj speaks to Indian Envoy over killing of Jagjeet Singh in US; vows to protect citizens residing abroad

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in past many times came forward to provide safety and security for the Indians residing abroad. Notably, ones again Minister Sushma Swaraj has come forward for Jagjeet Singh who hails from Punjab was stabbed outside a grocery store in California on Friday, due to which Sikh community are alarmed in the country...

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UK detains 38 Indians for visa breach, working illegally

In a major crackdown, Britain’s immigration officials last week conducted in two clothing factories in the city of Leicester and detained 38 Indians, including nine women for overstaying their visas or working illegally...

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Jaitley strongly raises H1B visa issue; reminds contribution of highly skilled Indians in US economy

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley raised the issue of tightening H1B visa or work visa with the US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. Notably, just two days before US President Donald Trump signed a new executive order seeking review of the present H-1B Visa system...

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Proud! Dubai-based Gurudwara hosts breakfast to 101 nationalities; bags Guinness world record

It is a moment of proud for not only Sikhs but also for the whole India as Dubai-based Gurudwara Guru Nanak on Thursday achieved a Guinness World Records title for ‘Most Nationalities Having a Continental Breakfast’ as the Sikh temple successfully hosted breakfast to 101 nationalities...

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Swaraj announces swift release of 29 Indian workers from Saudi and 2 from South Sudan

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj announced the release of 29 Indian workers from Saudi Arabia and 2 Indian nationals who were abducted by rebels in South Sudan. Minister Swaraj also appreciated the efforts of Indian Ambassador Srikumar Menon in South Sudan for the release of Indian nationals...

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“Will fight till my last breath to punish them” says Indian who was racially attacked in Australia

Day by day hate crimes against Indians are increasing after an Indian based in Australia was allegedly attacked by a group of teens who racially abused him in a restaurant in Hobart, Tasmania. A 33-year old Li Max Joy, who hails from Kerala, is a taxi driver and currently pursuing nurse course was assaulted by group of teenagers on Saturday...

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MEA : 7,059 Indian nationals are jailed in foreign countries across the globe

Ministry of External Affairs stated that around 7,059 Indian nationals are lodged in foreign jails, where 203 Indians are in Chinese Jails, 39 are in Bangladeshi Jails, and 362 Indians are in Pakistani Jails and 1214 in UAE jails...

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Safety and security of Indians is top priority of Govt: Sushma assures

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj spoke in Parliament regarding the safety and security of the Indians abroad, especially in U.S after the increasing cases of hate crimes and racial attacks on Indians in the United States...

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Tulsi Gabbard slams CNN on its show "Believer"; says it is misrepresenting Hinduism

The member of Congress of United States Tulsi Gabbard slammed the CNN broadcasting channel for its new show "Believer" by saying that is misrepresenting Hinduism. However, the criticism from Tulsi Gabbard came immediately through the series of tweets after a show featured a small sect of Hinduism called the Aghoris of India, a cannibalistic group that worships Shiva, the Hindu God of Destruction. She said in her tweet, “While good people across our country are working hard to increase mutual understanding ..

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Indian Americans condemn shooting of two Indians: #HateCrimes on alarming rise

The leaders of Hindu American Foundation (HAF) in the US on Thursday strongly condemned the shooting of two Indian immigrants named Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani by an American bystander in Olathe bar in Kansas on Wednesday. Leaders of Hindu American Foundation clearly mentioned that this incident appears to be a hate crime. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Srinivas Kuchibhotla,” said Jay Kansara, Director of Government Relations. “We are also praying for a speedy ..

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Kansas shooting: Navy veteran Adam Purinton yells "get out of my country" and shots Indian Srinivas

The 32-year-old Srinivas Kuchibhotla, an engineer hails from Hyderabad was shot dead when he was with his friend at a bar in Kansas. All the Indians residing in the United States are shocked by this horrifying incident and are afraid too of getting a victim of such more incidents...

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New York’s School District unanimously approves Diwali holiday

The Hindu community has welcomed reports of Board of Education of Half Hollow Hills Central School District (HHHCSD) of Huntington and Babylon in New York State unanimously adopting Diwali, most popular of the Hindu festivals, as an official holiday on the 2017-2018 school calendar...

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Grand opening of Lord Ganesha temple in California’s Santa Clarita

Sri Siddhi Vinayaka Temple Santa Clarita, where the main deity is Lord Ganesha, had its grand opening on the evening of February 9 in Valencia neighbourhood of Santa Clarita (California)...

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Glory for India as Indian Tabla Player Sandeep Das won World’s Best Music Album Grammy’s Award

Grammys 2017 Awards that kicked off yesterday gracefully was an event filled with enthusiasm, plush and enjoyment was all worth in it. The hall of Hollywood which always tops the winners list yesterday was proudly shared by an Indian Tabla player Sandeep Das for his contribution in Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble...

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Jewish synagogue to become the first Hindu temple in Rhode Island

Temple Am David, a former Jewish synagogue has been acquired by the Rhode Island Hindu Temple Society RHITS. Temple Am David which is being converted into Hindu temple is the first Hindu temple in Rhode Island...

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Hindus in Zimbabwe to celebrate 25th anniversary of Omkar Temple

The members of Hindu community in Zimbabwe have planned to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Shree Omkar Temple at Ridgeview, Harare in April...

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North-east region to become epicentre for South East Asian countries : Assam Chief Minister

Calling state of Assam as the gateway for the economies of South East Asian countries Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that Assam is rapidly emerging as a strategic base for foreign and domestic investors.He was speaking at the Chief Ministers’ session at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas...

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"We always see blood relations, not colour of passport": PM Modi at #PBD2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated the 14th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas and said that it is the largest gathering of Indian’s living abroad. While addressing to the ceremony PM Modi applauded the efforts taken by External Affairs Ministry and thanked Sushma Swaraj for her proactiveness. PM Modi said, “security of all Indian abroad is a top priority of Government because we never see the colour of Passport, we only see the blood relations.”..

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Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas convention begins in Bengaluru

The ‘Role of Diaspora youth in the Transformation of India’ would be the main theme of the three-day 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas (PBD) which began in Bengaluru today...

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