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Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit Seychelles, Mauritius and Sri Lanka from March 10-14

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

To strengthen the bilateral ties, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting Seychelles, Mauritius and Sri Lanka from March 10 to March 14.

“The visit of the prime minister to our friendly maritime neighbours is reflective of India’s desire to further strengthen our ties in the Indian Ocean region,” said an official statement.

On March 11, the Prime Minister will be in Seychelles. From there he will leave for Mauritius and spend two days there. In the last leg of his journey, from March 13-14, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Sri Lanka.

During his stay in Sri Lanka, Modi will hold meetings with President Maithripala Sirisena and other senior leaders. He will also hold discussions with Seychelles President James Alexis Michel to strengthen maritime ties.

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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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The government's endeavour was to see to it that Indians were happy

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.”

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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.

“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.

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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)