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The agenda of this event was to deliberate upon various common issues of the states of India and Germany by the Indian associations and arriving at the mechanism for the scope of progress

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Berlin, Feb 28, 2017:  Indian Embassy in Berlin organised second diaspora event in the weekend, which marked the presence of prominent figures of Indian diaspora as well as several Indian associations. Representatives of 16 student associations also participated.

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The agenda of this event was to deliberate upon various common issues of the states of India and Germany by the Indian associations and arriving at the mechanism for the scope of progress.

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Embassy’s senior officers and consul generals of Hamburg, Munich and Frankfurt along with the ambassador Gurjit Singh also participated in this event.

Indian Embassy’s various initiatives were accentuated in the conference that also incorporated many programmes of MEA, particularly by Overseas India Division.

In order to leverage the talents of Indian professionals and involve them in promotional start ups, Indian embassy has come up with initiatives like IPF (Indian Professional Forum) and Make In IndiaMittelstand (MIIM) and ISG (Indian Students German) portal. The objective of Make In India Mittelstand (MIIM) programme is to bring German companies to invest in India. ISG portal’s aim is to promulgate awareness.

In every two months the e-book chronicling the Embassy’s initiatives and activities will be uploaded on the website of the embassy. The book is chronicled by the Indian ambassador for strengthening the relationship between India and Germany.

Dr. Joachim Oestarheld, a prominent Researcher and Humboldt scholar held a guest lecture in the conference on the contributions of Indians in Germany.

Dr. V. S. Saravanan, University of Bonn spoke about his proposed research study on Indian Diaspora in Germany

Indian National Day Celebration Committee, a prominent association in articulated about various events undertaken by them in cooperation with the Embassy. The gathering at the conference also witnessed two Indian classical dance programmes exhibited by Ms. Elina Mullick (Kathak) and Ms. Janani Suresh (Bharatanatyam).

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Indian Cuisine becomes the most sought after in Moscow

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June 17, 2018:

Restaurateurs Prodyut and Sumana Mukherjee have not only brought Indian cuisine to the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 here but also plan to dish out free dinner to countrymen if Argentina wins the trophy on July 15.

Based in Moscow for the last 27 years, Prodyut and Sumana run two Indian eateries, “Talk Of The Town” and “Fusion Plaza”.

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Both restaurants serve popular Indian dishes like butter chicken, kebabs and a varied vegetarian spread.

During the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

The Mukherjees, hailing from Kolkata, are die-hard fans of Argentina. Despite Albiceleste drawing 1-1 with Iceland in their group opener with Lionel Messi failing to sparkle, they believe Jorge Sampaoli’s team can go the distance.

“I am an Argentina fan. I have booked tickets for a quarterfinal match, a semifinal and of course the final. If Argentina goes on to lift

During the World Cup, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

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“We have been waiting for this World Cup. Indians come in large numbers during the World Cup and we wanted these eateries to be a melting point,” he added.

According to Cutting Edge Events, FIFA’s official sales agency in India for the 2018 World Cup, India is amongst the top 10 countries in terms of number of match tickets bought.

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Prodyut came to Moscow to study engineering and later started working for a pharmaceutical company here before trying his hand in business. Besides running the two restaurants with the help of his wife, he was into the distribution of pharmaceutical products.

“After Russia won the first match of the World Cup, the footfall has gone up considerably. The Indians are also flooding in after the 6-9 p.m. game. That is the time both my restaurants remain full,” Prodyut said.

There are also plans to rope in registered fan clubs of Latin American countries, who will throng the restaurants during matches and then follow it up with after-game parties till the wee hours.

“I did get in touch with some of the fan clubs I had prior idea about. They agreed to come over and celebrate the games at our joints. Those will be gala nights when both eateries will remain open all night for them to enjoy,” Prodyut said.

Watching the World Cup is a dream come true for the couple, Sumana said.

“We want to make the Indians who have come here to witness the spectacle and feel at home too. We always extend a helping hand and since we are from West Bengal, we make special dishes for those who come from Bengal,” she added. (IANS)