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24 years in Saudi Desert, Indian Origin Gana Prakasam to return to India

Gana Prakasam Rajamariyan is set to return to his home in India after spending 24 years illegally in Saudi Arabia desert

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  • A 52-year-old Indian man is set to finally return home after 24 years
  • Gana Prakasam Rajamariyan, hailing from Tamil Nadu, illegally stayed in the Saudi desert for 24 years
  • He decided to abscond and live illegally after he did not receive his salary

June 15, 2017: After the Saudi government announced a 90 day amnesty period, an extreme case of Gana Prakasam has come into the highlight from Saudi Arabia.

Gana Prakasam Rajamariyan, 52 years old, arrived in Saudi Arabia in 1994. He began work as a farmer in a remote village in Hail province. He was paid a mere salary of 100 Saudi Riyal per month for six month, after which, he was transferred to another employer.

After a few months, Gana Prakasam was again transferred to a third employer. He was not receiving any salary for his labour and he had lost track of his sponsor. He decided to “abscond and live illegally out of compulsion.”

Gana Prakasam spend 24 years in a Saudi desert.

The last time he spoke to his wife was in 2015 before she was admitted to the hospital. She died a year later.

Prakasam has completed all the formalities and is set to return to his native place Kayakumari, where his children and grandchildren eagerly await him. He recalls that his four daughters were very young when he left home. Now on his return, he will be meeting his grandhchildren of the same age.

Many Indians have travelled to Saudi Arabia illegally and are now stranded in the kingdom.  Those who have overstayed their Visa are set to return after Crown Prince Muhammad bin Naif announced general amnesty as part of Interior Ministry’s campaign ‘A Nation Without Illegal Expats’.

By Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394

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400-year-old Ship Wreckage Filled With Indian Spices Found in Portugal

The wreck was found as part of a 10-year-old archaeological project backed by the municipal council of Cascais, the navy, the Portuguese government and Nova University of Lisbon.

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A divers takes photos of some of the items found after the discovery of a centuries-old shipwreck, in Cascais, Portugal. VOA

Archaeologists searching Portugal’s coast have found a 400-year-old shipwreck believed to have sunk near Lisbon after returning from India laden with spices, specialists said on Monday.

“From a heritage perspective, this is the discovery of the decade,” project director Jorge Freire said. “In Portugal, this is the most important find of all time.”

In and around the shipwreck, 40 feet (12 meters) below the surface, divers found spices, nine bronze cannons engraved with the Portuguese coat of arms, Chinese ceramics and cowry shells, a type of currency used to trade slaves during the colonial era.

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One of the nine nine bronze cannons engraved with the Portuguese coat of arms found by divers around a shipwreck near Cascais, Portugal. VOA

Found on Sept. 3 off the coast of Cascais, a resort town on the outskirts of Lisbon, the shipwreck and its objects were “very well-preserved,” said Freire.

Freire and his team believe the ship was wrecked between 1575 and 1625, when Portugal’s spice trade with India was at its peak.

In 1994, Portuguese ship Our Lady of the Martyrs was discovered near Fort of Sao Juliao da Barra, a military defense complex near Cascais.

“For a long time, specialists have considered the mouth of the Tagus river a hotspot for shipwrecks,” said Minister of Culture Luis Mendes. “This discovery came to prove it.”

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The wreck was found as part of a 10-year-old archaeological project backed by the municipal council of Cascais, the navy, the Portuguese government and Nova University of Lisbon. (VOA)

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