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Connecting with Indian Diaspora: Karnataka looks forward to 14th edition of Pravasi Bhartiya Divas in January

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New Delhi, Jan 6, 2017: The 14th edition of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas will take off on 7th January in Bangalore wherein Karnataka will get to showcase its strengths. Karnataka Industries Minister RV Deshpande gave an insight of the event while talking to a news agency. The event will take place for over three days.

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Resident Indians (NRIs) generally try to highlight issues related to them and this is a platform where the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) responds to them directly. We (Karnataka government) is only a facilitator by holding the event in Bengaluru.”

According to The Hindu report, the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas will be a huge success in terms of participation as it has witnessed more than 3,900 registrations from 61 countries. Deshpande says, “We are expecting eight or nine chief ministers and many states are sending ministers. So far, 14 states have confirmed their participation. The Portuguese Prime Minister will be the chief guest.”

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Deshpande, who had given a statement in the 2015 Pravasi Bhartiya Divas saying that Bengaluru is the most happening city in the country with 50,000 dollar millionaires residing here, reasoned his words saying,”Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is not an investment event. This is a platform for connecting with the Indian diaspora. Here we try to understand their needs.

However, for the first time in the history of Karnataka, we are holding the event. I don’t expect investments to flow in. But I’m trying to showcase Karnataka to the PIOs and NRIs who are coming from across the world and also to the people from all over India. I’m trying to showcase its strengths and potentials. Yes, while showcasing the state, we will be highlighting as to why 50,000 dollar millionaires are residing in Karnataka.”

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On asking about the investment angle, Deshpande said, ” As per the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) statistics on investment proposals cleared in the country till November 2016, Karnataka tops the list with ₹1.49 lakh crore, followed by Gujarat at ₹50,000 crore.”

Bangalore is leaving no stones unturned in the process of prepping up for the event. However, the recent New Year fiasco of mass female molestation has left a black patch on the IT city. However, R V Deshpande had a different opinion regarding this.

He said,”That’s very sad. It’s unfortunate that it occurred in Bengaluru and I strongly condemn it. But it has nothing to do with the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas. As for Bengaluru’s image, I don’t think it was affected. Bengaluru has its own brand and own respect.”

– prepared by Shambhavi Sinha of NewsGram. Twitter:  @shambhavispeaks

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Sunny Leone will not be attending the New Year bash in Bengaluru

Sunny Leone has made a statement of not attending the New Year bash in Bengaluru as the police publicly said they would be providing any security to the actress and the people attending the bash

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Sunny Leone will not be attending the New Year bash in Bengaluru
Sunny Leone will not be attending the New Year bash in Bengaluru. IANS
  • Famous celebrity Sunny Leone refuses to attend the New Year bash in Bengaluru
  • Sunny Leone was going to perform at Manyata Tech Park in the city suburbs
  • Bengaluru Police Commissioner T. Suneel Kumar denied permission for a New Year bash

Bengaluru, Dec 19,2017: Actress Sunny Leone on Tuesday said that she will not attend the New Year bash in the city after the police denied permission to the organisers.

“Since the police of Bengaluru have publicly said that they will not be able to ensure mine, and all who attend, safety for my New Years event, my team and I feel, safety of the people should always come first. Therefore, I cannot attend. God bless and I wish everyone a safe and Happy New Year,” Sunny tweeted.

Earlier on Saturday Bengaluru Police Commissioner T. Suneel Kumar denied permission for a New Year bash in the city where Sunny was invited to perform.

“We are denying permission for Sunny Leone’s musical show on December 31 night to maintain law and order and prevent any untoward incident in the city,” Kumar told reporters here.

Sunny was supposed to perform at the Manyata Tech Park in the city suburbs. However, the city police chief said it would not be possible to provide enough security at the venue as the entire force would be on duty across the city on that night.

“In view of a directive from the Karnataka High Court on Friday to ensure peaceful New Year celebrations and prevent untoward incidents in the city, we will not be able to deploy enough force at one place at the risk of other areas,” he said. (IANS)