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New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj assured Congress leader Shashi Tharoor that there will be an immediate appointment of Union Minister of state with independent charge and a full time secretary to look into all the matters of the diaspora.

In a press statement issued here on Saturday, Tharoor, the chairman of the External Affairs Committee of parliament and Lok Sabha member from Thiruvananthapuram, said the new development took place at a meeting in Delhi.

“Kerala had raised strong objections when it was decided by the Narendra Modi government to merge the ministry of overseas Indian affairs (OIA) with that of the ministry of external affairs (MEA),” Tharoor said.

Sushma Swaraj has assured that very soon, a minister of state with independent charge and a full time secretary would be appointed to look into all issues of the Indian diaspora, especially in the Middle East, he said.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had taken up the merger issue last month with Modi and Sushma Swaraj.

The first Congress-led UPA government under then prime minister Manmohan Singh had formed the overseas Indian affairs ministry headed by Kerala leader Vayalar Ravi.

A recent study on the Kerala diaspora said 90 percent of Kerala’s 23.63 lakh diaspora were in various Middle East countries, of which the UAE accounted for 38.7 percent, followed by Saudi Arabia with 25.2 percent.(IANS)

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Watch Jaipur Literature Festival live on Twitter

The first live stream session is available to both logged-in and logged-out Twitter users on Twitter and connected devices globally

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Shashi Tharoor in Jaipur Literature Festival. Facebook
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Twitter on Thursday collaborated with Zee Jaipur Literature Festival 2018 and announced select sessions from the event will be live-streamed on the platform, as the literary world prepares for the largest convention of writers, thinkers, and cultural icons.

Twitter users can watch the live stream of the event on Zee Jaipur Literature Festival’s official Twitter handle @ZEEJLF.

“We’ve been partnering with the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival for the past three years and are happy to strengthen our content association with live streaming,” Keya Madhvani, Head – Music and Lifestyle Partnerships, Twitter India, said in a statement.

“This is the first time people on Twitter can see what’s happening at India’s biggest literary show,” Madhvani added.

The first live stream session is available to both logged-in and logged-out Twitter users on Twitter and connected devices globally.

Users can also retweet or like tweets from @ZEEJLF handle to receive reminders about when the sessions go live. (IANS)

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