Tuesday January 22, 2019

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Dhakeshwari temple, Ramakrishna Mission in Dhaka

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Dhaka: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday visited the Dhakeshwari temple in Lalbagh in the city and offered prayers and also visited the Ramkrishna Mission.

“An early morning temple visit. PM@narendramodi worships at the Sree Sree Dhakeshwari Temple in Dhaka,” Vikas Swarup, spokesperson of the the ministry of external affairs, tweeted.

The Sri Dhakeshwari National Temple is state-owned, giving it the distinction of being Bangladesh’s “national temple”. After offering prayers at the temple, Modi met members of the temple committee and other senior members at the temple.

Modi was offered a memento by the temple authorities.

Modi then visited the Ramkrishna Mission nearby and was greeted by the monks at the mission. (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.

Narendra Modi
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)