Tuesday January 22, 2019

Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend 2016 Simhasth in Ujjain

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Bhopal: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday assured Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan that he would participate in the Simhasth Mahakumbh to be held in Ujjain next year, the state government announced here.

In a half-an-hour-long meeting at the prime minister’s residence in New Delhi, the chief minister requested Modi to take part in the Simhasth. The prime minister agreed to attend the conclusion of the fair.

Chouhan invited Modi to inaugurate the Vishwa Hindi Sammelan (World Hindi Conference) as well, to be held in Bhopal in September later this year. (IANS)

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India to Issue Chip-based e-passports, Says PM Narendra Modi

Organised by the External Affairs Ministry and the Uttar Pradesh government, the Indian diaspora conclave this year has over 5,000 delegates registered

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will also hold a meeting there with the Indian community. Wikimedia Commons
will also hold a meeting there with the Indian community. Wikimedia Commons

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said work is on to issue chip-based e-passports to Indian citizens under a centralized passport system.

“Our embassies and consulates are being connected to the Passport Seva Project worldwide,” he said addressing the inaugural ceremony of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) 2019 here.

“This will prepare a centralized system connected to the passport service for all of you,” he added. “Going one step ahead, work is on for issuing of the chip-based e-passport.”

He also said that work was on to simplify the process of issuing visas to PIO (Person of Indian Origin) and OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) cards.

The government’s endeavour was to see to it that Indians were happy and safe wherever they live abroad, he said.

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Narendra Modi (Wikimedia Commons)

“In the last four-and-a-half years, more than two lakh Indians stranded in crisis situations abroad have been helped by the government and its efforts,” he said.

Modi’s Mauritius counterpart Pravind Jugnauth, the chief guest at the event, commended India’s efforts in reaching out to the diaspora.

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Earlier, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj welcomed the gathering.

Organised by the External Affairs Ministry and the Uttar Pradesh government, the Indian diaspora conclave this year has over 5,000 delegates registered. (IANS)