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Thiruvananthapuram: Indian ambassador-designate to Oman Indra Mani Pandey on Monday called on Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and said the embassy in the sultanate will become a one-stop destination for all Indian expatriates. chandy

“I have met Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Minister for Diaspora, K.C. Joseph, and other top officials. My visit to Kerala was to call on the chief minister and others to seek their support,” said Pandey, who will take charge of his new assignment on August 10.

“The Indian Embassy in Oman will be made a one-stop point for all Indians living in the sultanate,” said Pandey.

A 1990 Indian Foreign Service officer, he was deputy chief of mission in the Indian embassy in Paris.

Welcoming Pandey, the chief minister said Keralites in Oman faced numerous issues abroad.

“One of the main points our people raise is about staff shortage in the Indian embassy in Oman. Hence, they have to wait for long to get issues sorted out,” said Chandy.

Pandey said the staff shortage issue would be handled by ministry of external affairs and the purpose of his Kerala visit was to seek the state government’s cooperation.

(IANS)

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Denied Visa Twice, 6 Afghan Girls Win Silver in Robotics Competition in Washington

The Afghan Girls Robotics Team has won a silver medal for Courageous Achievement

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  • 6 Afghan girls won the silver medal at First Global Challenge in Washington for courageous achievement 
  • These girls were refused a visa to the United States twice but received one in the third attempt after President Trump intervened 
  • The awards were given to teams who displayed a can-do attitude

Washington, July 20, 2017: Six girls from Afghanistan were awarded the silver medal at Washington’s First Global Challenge for courageous achievement. The team had been denied a visa to the US twice, but this time President Trump’s intervention at the last minute made sure the girls could demonstrate their intelligence.

The Afghan girl’s team took part in the Robotics Competition. They exhibited their robots that could differentiate and sort out orange and blue balls.

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The team also got the opportunity to meet First Daughter Ivanka Trump. The girl’s robotic team won the medal for courageous achievement, which recognized teams who made it through even in difficult circumstances.

The gold and bronze medal were awarded to teams from South Sudan and Oman respectively.

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Denied the visa not once but twice, the girls were indeed disappointed. Fatemah Qaderyan, who spoke to Fox News, expressed her disappointments and also her team’s determination to make it through the obstacles.

The girls hail from Herat, a small town in Afghanistan. They convinced their parents, a big challenge given their cultural background and regional traditions. Afghanistan is a war torn country by the influence of Taliban and other insurgents.

Afghanistan is not among the six countries on which Trump’s travel ban was imposed. However, the girls have no answer as to why their visa was denied. But it was the President who intervened and got the visas approved not only for these Afghan girls but also for the teams who are otherwise among those in the travel ban.

– Prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394

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