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Global painting competition by ICCR ‘United Against CORONA- Express Through Art’

 

 

The COVID-19 pandemic around the world has taken the world by storm touching the lives of every human being on Earth! Bringing out the best and worst of human emotions – empathy, sympathy, kindness, concern, anger, frustration, social cohesiveness and bravery among others. Since ages, emotions of this nature has driven creative thought across the world, with people coming out with innovative ideas and ways to deal with these turbulent times.

The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) with its focus on building cultural links with countries around the world and connecting people to people through Cultural and Educational exchanges, calls on Indians and citizens of the world to express these emotions through a competition titled ‘United against CORONA- Express through Art. ‘

This competition is open to all amateur and professional artists from India and the world over in all age categories. The event encourages submissions of artistic expressions to present their emotions, feelings, ideas and innovative thoughts on the COVID-19, social distancing, quarantine and the fight against the virus through the following media:

Paintings – on Canvas/Paper – oil, water colours, pencil, crayons

Digital Art – Graphic Posters & Paintings

The expressions of artists are categorized into the following:

Contemporary Art

Folk & Tribal Art

Cartoons & Illustrations

Digital & New Age Art

Entries from India and all over the world are sought in following categories: Professional Artists; Amateur Artists and Children & Students – Below age of 21

Participants are required to send high resolution photos (upto a maximum 10MB) of their work to ICCR by 1st May 2020. A high level jury consisting of eminent artists and cultural persons will select the best works. Attractive prizes shall be given to winning entries.

Best of the expressions will be exhibited in leading galleries in India and abroad. A permanent online exhibition will also be on display. A grand event will be held in New Delhi with a cultural extravaganza and prize giving ceremony, dates for which will be fixed depending on resolution of the COVID crisis.

ICCR believes that Art gives us hope, purpose and a desire to see beyond the problems of these difficult times. This competition is an effort to develop solidarity among the peoples of the earth and to bring together expressions of similar emotions being experienced in all countries. Over centuries, humanity has shown great resilience in overcoming unsettling times, and we would like to capture this moment, record this period through the pure expression of Art. The hand of the artist freezes time and for eternity captures the essence of the emotions of society in that moment.

Social distancing, self-isolation, quarantine have separated people physically but in a unique way this has brought people even closer with a great appreciation of humanity’s common fate. In this time, virtual space can serve as an analogue to the physical space providing a platform for the intermingling of ideas and Art. That is why ICCR is holding this competition in cyberspace, a place where can be together while being apart.

Participation details and guidelines are available on www.iccr.gov.in

For any query, please write to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Press release about fraudulent calls

 

 

It has been brought to the attention of the Embassy of India that some unscrupulous individuals are calling Indian nationals, posing as Embassy officials, with a view to extract money. These individuals may at times provide certain personal particulars to make their claims sound convincing.

All Indian nationals in Kuwait are hereby informed that the Embassy of India never requests for any such payments/money transfers, nor for your bank details, nor for money transfers through telephone calls or through unauthorized means, nor will ask for your banking credentials/credit card details etc.

Established processes and procedures are in place i.r.o. various services provided by the Embassy, which are clearly laid out on the Embassy’s official website (http://www.indembkwt.gov.in/).

All concerned are therefore requested to exercise caution and not to fall prey to any fraudulent attempts. It may also be noted that victims may lodge their complaints with National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal, Delhi at www.cybercrime.gov.in

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Nominations for Pravasi Bharathiya Samman Awards, 2021

Nominations for Pravasi Bharathiya Samman Awards, 2021

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Republic Day Flag-Hoisting Ceremony at Indian Embassy Kuwait

   71st Republic Day of India

 

The 71st Republic Day of India will be celebrated in the Indian Embassy premises at Daiya Area, Gulf Road, on Sunday, 26th January, 2020.  The unfurling of the National Flag will take place at 0830 hrs, followed by the singing of the National Anthem.  Also School children from Indian schools in Kuwait will present a few patriotic songs.

 All Indian nationals, People of Indian origin and friends of India in Kuwait are cordially invited to attend.

 

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"Study in Gujrat" Roadshow in Kuwait

Government Delegation to host ‘Study in Gujarat’ Roadshow in Kuwait in January

  • Delegation led by Hon’ble Education Minister of Gujarat Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasama to host a roadshow on 15th January, 2020 for schools and colleges in Kuwait
  • Registrations ongoing on Study in Gujarat website 

In order to promote Gujarat as an Education Hub of India, a delegation led by Hon’ble Minister of Education Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasama along with Principal Secretary of Higher and Technical Education Smt. Anju Sharma will host a roadshow in Kuwait on 15th January, 2020 at Holiday Inn located at 140 Hamad Al-Mubarak St, Salmiya 22003 under the ‘Study in Gujarat’ campaign.

The roadshow will provide a glimpse of the thriving education sector in Gujarat and enable the interested candidates to get a first-hand understanding of the rich resources of the state in order to pursue higher education. The representatives of 22 universities and 4 colleges from Gujarat will be a part of the roadshow to provide more details to the interested candidates. The universities include Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gujarat Forensic Science University, Nirma University and many others in addition to L.D College of Engineering, Gujarat Arts and Science College, Vishwakarma Government College and SAL College. The lead university for the roadshow in Kuwait is Ganpat University.

In the last decade and a half, Gujarat has been successful in establishing its identity as the leading educational hub of India. State of the art infrastructure, safe environment, curriculum at par with international standards and industry exposure gives students an edge during the course of their study.

Students can also connect to the Social Media handles of the Study in Gujarat campaign to learn more about the courses and universities.

The social media pages are:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Study-in-Gujarat-107322204111944/?modal=admin_todo_tour 

Twitter:https://twitter.com/studyingujarat

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sigstudyingujarat/

Aspirants can visit the official website www.study.gujarat.gov.in to register themselves and learn more about the courses, application procedures and universities under the ‘Study in Gujarat’ programme.

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Kuwait Sports and Health Day - 20th December 2019

Participation in the "Kuwait Sports and Health Day” on 20th December, 2019

at Kuwait Motor Town, 40 King Fahad Bin Abdul Aziz Road, from 1300-1830 hrs.

 

Kuwait Olympic Committee will be organizing “Kuwait Sports and Health Day” on 20th December, 2019 at Kuwait Motor Town, 40 King Fahad Bin Abdul Aziz Road, from 1300-1830 hrs. 

Kuwait Olympic Committee has informed that it will be an open day with an amalgamation of sports and culture and will provide different communities an opportunity to interact amongst themselves.

Kuwait Olympic Committee has requested the Embassy to encourage Indian community to participate in the program. It will be good gesture, If members of your Association participates in the programme. For further details, you may kindly contact Mr. Ahmed Al Hendi, Mob# +965-98800003.

 

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Celebration of Constitution Day 2019

Celebration of Constitution Day 2019

          Embassy of India organized a function in its auditorium to celebrate the Constitution Day of India and mark the 70th Anniversary of adoption of India’s Constitution. The Constitution of India formally came into effect on 26 January 1950, which is celebrated as Republic Day of India. The event was very well attended with the presence of a large number of distinguished guests comprising a Member of National Assembly of the friendly State of Kuwait, officials from the Government of Kuwait, representatives from Academia, leading Think Tanks, Diplomats, representatives of the Indian Community in Kuwait, and a significant number of Kuwaiti and Indian students. An eminent Constitutional expert and  Professor of Public Law at Kuwait University, Dr. Mohammad Al-Feeli, was the Keynote speaker at the event.

          Addressing the gathering, H.E. Mr. K. Jeeva Sagar, Ambassador of India to Kuwait,  credited the Constitution for the progress of the country governed by strong, independent democratic institutions; and for creation of an ecosystem which provides meaningful freedom for realization of true potential of an individual. Underlining that Kuwait itself is a Rule-based and Constitution-based nation, the Ambassador thanked the leadership, the Government and the people of Kuwait for their humanitarian and friendly approach towards expatriates in general and Indian community in particular. In his keynote address, Dr. Feeli highlighted the salient features of the Indian constitution, particularly the aspects of Pluralism and Secularism, Fundamental rights, Directive Principles of State Policy, and the principle of separation of powers. He spoke about the farsightedness shown by the drafting members of the Constitution in providing an enduring framework of the Rule of Law to fulfill the aspirations of over a billion people.

          Two short documentaries on India’s Constitution viz. “India –The Spirit of Freedom” and “Mooknayak – Leader of the Silent” were screened on the occasion. On the sidelines, a collection of photographs on the theme - “Making of the Indian Constitution” were also displayed. 

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"Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children (SPDC)" for the academic year 2019-2020

"Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children (SPDC)" for the academic year 2019-2020

 "Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children (SPDC)" for the academic year 2019-2020

 

 "Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children (SPDC)" for the academic year 2019-2020

 

 "Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children (SPDC)" for the academic year 2019-2020

 

 "Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children (SPDC)" for the academic year 2019-2020

 

 "Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children (SPDC)" for the academic year 2019-2020

 

 "Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children (SPDC)" for the academic year 2019-2020

 

 "Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children (SPDC)" for the academic year 2019-2020

 

 "Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children (SPDC)" for the academic year 2019-2020

 

 "Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children (SPDC)" for the academic year 2019-2020

 

 "Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children (SPDC)" for the academic year 2019-2020

 

 "Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children (SPDC)" for the academic year 2019-2020

 

 "Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children (SPDC)" for the academic year 2019-2020

 

 "Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children (SPDC)" for the academic year 2019-2020

 

 "Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children (SPDC)" for the academic year 2019-2020

 

 "Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children (SPDC)" for the academic year 2019-2020

 

 "Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children (SPDC)" for the academic year 2019-2020

 

 "Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children (SPDC)" for the academic year 2019-2020

 

 "Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children (SPDC)" for the academic year 2019-2020

 

 "Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children (SPDC)" for the academic year 2019-2020

 

 "Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children (SPDC)" for the academic year 2019-2020

 

 "Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children (SPDC)" for the academic year 2019-2020

 

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Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children (SPDC) sponsored by Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) for the Academic Year 2019-20

Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children (SPDC) sponsored by Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) for the Academic Year 2019-20

Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children (SPDC) sponsored by Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) for the Academic Year 2019-20

Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children (SPDC) sponsored by Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) for the Academic Year 2019-20

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Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children (SPDC) sponsored by Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) for the Academic Year 2019-20

Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children (SPDC) sponsored by Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) for the Academic Year 2019-20

Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children (SPDC) sponsored by Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) for the Academic Year 2019-20

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Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children (SPDC) sponsored by Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) for the Academic Year 2019-20

Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children (SPDC) sponsored by Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) for the Academic Year 2019-20

Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children (SPDC) sponsored by Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) for the Academic Year 2019-20

Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children (SPDC) sponsored by Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) for the Academic Year 2019-20

Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children (SPDC) sponsored by Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) for the Academic Year 2019-20

Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children (SPDC) sponsored by Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) for the Academic Year 2019-20

Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children (SPDC) sponsored by Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) for the Academic Year 2019-20

Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children (SPDC) sponsored by Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) for the Academic Year 2019-20

Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children (SPDC) sponsored by Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) for the Academic Year 2019-20

Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children (SPDC) sponsored by Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) for the Academic Year 2019-20

Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children (SPDC) sponsored by Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) for the Academic Year 2019-20

Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children (SPDC) sponsored by Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) for the Academic Year 2019-20

Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children (SPDC) sponsored by Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) for the Academic Year 2019-20

Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children (SPDC) sponsored by Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) for the Academic Year 2019-20

Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children (SPDC) sponsored by Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) for the Academic Year 2019-20

Scholarship Program for Diaspora Children (SPDC) sponsored by Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) for the Academic Year 2019-20

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Know India Programme - LOGO Contest - Indian Embassy

Know India Programme - LOGO Contest  Indian Embassy

Know India Programme - LOGO Contest  Indian Embassy

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Fraudulent Calls - Indian Embassy

Fraudulent Calls - Indian Embassy

It has been brought to the attention of the Embassy of India that unscrupulous individuals are telephoning Indian nationals, posing as Embassy officials, with a view to extracting money. These individuals may also sometimes provide certain personal particulars to make their claims sound convincing.

All Indian nationals in Kuwait are hereby informed that the Embassy of India never requests for any such payments/money transfers, nor for your bank details, nor for money transfers through telephone calls or through unauthorized means, nor will ask for your banking credentials/credit card details etc.

Established processes and procedures are in place i.r.o. various services provided by the Embassy, which are clearly laid out on the Embassy’s official website (http://www.indembkwt.gov.in/).

All concerned are therefore requested to exercise caution and not to fall prey to any fraudulent attempts.

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73rd Independence Day.. Celebration at Indian Embassy

73rd  Independence Day of India 2019

The 73rd Independence Day of India will be celebrated in the Indian Embassy premises at Daiya Area, Gulf Road, on Thursday, 15 August, 2019. The unfurling of the National Flag will take place at 0800 hrs, followed by singing of the National Anthem and presentation of patriotic songs by the members of the Indian Community.The 73rd Independence Day of India will be celebrated in the Indian Embassy premises at Daiya Area, Gulf Road, on Thursday, 15 August, 2019. The unfurling of the National Flag will take place at 0800 hrs, followed by singing of the National Anthem and presentation of patriotic songs by the members of the Indian Community.

All Indian nationals, Pravasis and friends of India in Kuwait are cordially invited to attend.

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Know India Programme for Indian Youth Diaspora (Age 18-30)

 

 

Know India Programme for Indian Youth Diaspora (Age 18-30)

Know India Programme for Indian Youth Diaspora (Age 18-30) 54th , 55th and 56th edition of  “Know India Programmes” (KIPs) for the Indian youth diaspora in the age group of 18-30, with an objective to connect them with their motherland and to give them an exposure to various aspects of contemporary India’s Art, Culture and heritage has been announced.

       KIP is of 25 days duration together with 10 days tour to one or two partner States in India.

     For complete information, interested participants may please visit the KIP website and apply accordingly on KIP portal -https://kip.gov.in/.   

      Above information is for dissemination among the Indian Community in Kuwait.

 

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Indian Embassy cautions to avoid fake companies and agencies for job

 Indian Embassy published the list of recruitment agencies and companies to be avoided by the job seeker in Kuwait

There were many instances of Indians falling victim to the fake recruitment agencies in India as well as some companies in Kuwait.In the wake of such instances, Indian Embassy published the list of recruitment agencies and companies to be avoided by the job seeker.

Embassy lists around 18 India based recruitment agencies and around 90 Kuwaiti companies and sponsors to be avoided while looking for recruitment to Kuwait.

The full list is available at http://indembkwt.gov.in/Pages/EmbBan.aspx .

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Indian Embassy"s caution for not to fall prey to any fraudulent attempts

 

It has been brought to the attention of the Embassy of India that unscrupulous individuals are telephoning Indian nationals, posing as Embassy officials, with a view to extracting money. These individuals may also sometimes provide certain personal particulars to make their claims sound convincing.

All Indian nationals in Kuwait are hereby informed that the Embassy of India never requests for any such payments/money transfers, nor for your bank details, nor for money transfers through telephone calls or through unauthorized means, nor will ask for your banking credentials/credit card details etc.

Established processes and procedures are in place i.r.o. various services provided by the Embassy, which are clearly laid out on the Embassy’s official website. All concerned are therefore requested to exercise caution and not to fall prey to any fraudulent attempts.

 

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Keynote address by PM at Singapore FinTech Festival

Keynote address by PM at Singapore FinTech Festival

Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore Tharman Shanmugaratnam, a voice of influence in the world of finance, Mr. Ravi Menon, Managing Director of Monetary Authority of Singapore, a leading institution in fintech, Tens of thousands of participants from over one hundred countries,

Namaskar!

14BG GOPINATH 1517469fIt is a great honour to be the first Head of Government to deliver the keynote address at Singapore Fintech Festival.

This is a tribute to the youth of India with its eyes firmly fixed to the future.

It is an acknowledgement of the financial revolution sweeping through India and transforming the lives of 1.3 billion people.

This is an event of finance and technology and, it is also a festival.

This is the season of the Indian Festival of Lights – Deepawali. It is celebrated all over the world as a victory of virtue, hope, knowledge and prosperity. The Diwali lights are still on in Singapore.

The Fintech Festival is also a celebration of belief.

Belief in the spirit of innovation and the power of imagination.

Belief in the energy of youth and their passion for change.

Belief in making the world a better place.

And, it is no surprise that in just its third year, this Festival is already the world’s largest.

Singapore has been a global hub for finance and, it is now taking a leap into the digital future of finance.

It was here, in June this year, that I launched India’s RuPay card and the first international remittance mobile app using India’s world class Unified Payment Interface or UPI.

Today, I will have the honour to launch a global platform to connect fintech firms and financial institutions, beginning with ASEAN and Indian banks and fintech companies.

India and Singapore are also working to connect Indian and ASEAN small and medium enterprises, anchored on an Indian platform, and expand it globally.

Friends,

I have heard of an advice going around in start-up circles.

  • ● To increase your Venture Capital or VC funding by 10 percent, tell the investors you run a “platform”, not a regular business.
  • ● If you want to increase your VC funding by 20 percent, tell the investors that you are operating in the “fintech space”.
  • ● But, if you really want the investors to empty their pockets, tell them that you are using “blockchain” .

It tells you of the excitement and promise of emerging technologies to transform the world of finance.

Indeed, history has shown that finance is often the first to embrace new technology and connectivity.

Friends,

We are in an age of a historic transition brought about by technology.

From desktop to cloud, from internet to social media, from IT Services to Internet of Things, we have come a long way in a short time. There is daily disruption in businesses.

The character of the global economy is changing.

Technology is defining competitiveness and power in the new world.

And, it is creating boundless opportunities to transform lives.

I had said at the United Nations in 2014 that we have to believe that development and empowerment can spread with the same speed at which Facebook, Twitter or mobile phones have spread.

Across the world, that vision is rapidly changing into reality.

In India, it has transformed governance and delivery of public services. It has unleashed innovation, hope and opportunities. It has empowered the weak and brought into mainstream those who were on the margins .It has made economic access more democratic.

My government came to office in 2014 with a mission of inclusive development that would touch the lives of every citizen – the weakest in the remotest village.

That mission needed a solid foundation of financial inclusion for all – a task that was not easy in a country of India’s size.

Yet, we wanted to achieve this in months, not years that conventional wisdom suggested.

With the power of fintech and the reach of digital connectivity, we have started a revolution of unprecedented speed and scale.

To begin with financial inclusion has become a reality for 1.3 billion Indians. We have generated more than 1.2 billion biometric identities – called Aadhaar or foundation – in just a few years.

With our Jan DhanYojana, we aimed to give a bank account to every Indian. In three years, we have opened 330 million new bank accounts. These are 330 million sources of identity, dignity and opportunities.

Less than 50 percent of Indians had bank accounts in 2014; now, it is nearly universal.

So today, more than a billion biometric identities, more than a billion bank accounts and more than a billion cell phones give India by far the biggest public infrastructure in the world.

More than Rupees 3.6 lakh crore, or 50 billion dollars of benefits from government have reached the people directly.

No longer must a poor citizen in a remote village travel long distances or pay off middle-men to get her rights.

No longer can fake and duplicate accounts bleed government finances. We have saved over Rupees 80,000 crore, or 12 billion dollars in prevented leakages.

Now, millions who lived on the edge of uncertainty receive insurance in their accounts; and, have access to the security of pension in old age.

A student can get her scholarship directly into her account. No longer will she be lost in end-less paper chase.

Banking has come to doorsteps even in remote villages through 400,000 micro ATMs based on Aadhaar.

And now, this digital infrastructure has helped launch the world’s largest healthcare scheme this year. ‘Ayushman’ will provide affordable health insurance to 500 million Indians.

It has also helped us extend 145 million loans for small entrepreneurs through Mudra scheme. In four years, they amount to Rupees 6.5 lakh crore, or 90 billion dollars. Nearly 75 percent of these loans have gone to women.

Just a few weeks ago, we launched the India Post Payments Bank. Over 150 thousand post offices across India and 300,000 postal service employees are using technology to provide house to house banking.

Of course financial inclusion also needs digital connectivity.

More than 120,000 village councils in India have already been connected by nearly 300,000 kilometres of fibre optic cables.

Over 300,000 Common Service Centres have brought digital access to villages. They give our farmers better access to land records, credit, insurance, market and the best price. They deliver health services and hygiene products to women.

None of this would have been as effective without the other big change brought about by fintech – the digitisation of payments and transactions in India.

India is a nation of diverse circumstances and challenges. Our solutions must also be diverse. Our digitization is a success because our payment products cater to everyone.

For those with mobile and internet, the BHIM-UPI is the world’s most sophisticated, simple and seamless platform for payments between accounts, using a virtual payment address.

For those who have a mobile, but no internet, there is U.S.S.D. system in 12 languages.

And, for those who have neither mobile nor internet, there is Aadhar Enabled Payment System, which uses biometrics. And, it has already registered a billion transactions and grown six-fold in two years.

RuPay is bringing payment cards within the reach of all. Over 250 million of these are with those who did not have a bank account 4 years ago.

From cards to QRs and wallets, digital transactions in India are growing rapidly. Today, 128 banks in India are connected to UPI.

Transactions on UPI grew 1500 times in the last 24 months. Every month, the value of transaction is growing by over 30 percent.

But, more than the pace, I am inspired by the opportunities, efficiency, transparency and convenience that digital payment is generating.

A shopkeeper can go online to reduce his inventory and speed up collections.

For a fruit grower, a farmer or a rural artisan, the markets are direct and closer, earnings are higher, and payments are faster.

A worker collects wages or remits money home quickly without giving up a day’s work.

Every digital payment saves time. It adds to a huge national saving. It is increasing productivity of individuals and our economy.

It also helps improve tax collection and inject fairness in the economy.

Even more, digital payments are a gateway to a world of possibilities.

Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence are helping us build a whole range of value added services for people. This includes credit to those with little or no credit history.

Financial inclusion also extends to micro, small and medium enterprises.

They are all coming on the nation-wide Goods and Services Tax digital network, launched just over a year ago.

Banks are reaching out to them with credit. Alternative lending platforms are offering innovative financing models. They no longer have to look at informal markets for credit at high interest rates.

And, just this month, we committed to approve loans up to Rupees 1 crore, or one 150,000 dollars for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises within 59 minutes – without even visiting a bank. This is driven by an algorithm that uses GST returns, Income Tax returns and bank statements to make credit decisions. In just a few days, 150,000 such enterprises have come on board for loans.

This is the power of fintech to drive enterprise, employment and prosperity.

Digital technology is introducing transparency and eliminating corruption through innovations such as the Government e-Market or GEM. It is an integrated platform for purchases by government agencies.

It provides everything – search and comparison, tender, online ordering, contract generation and payment.

It already has 600,000 products. Nearly 30,000 buyer organisations and more than 150,000 sellers and service providers are registered on the platform.

Friends

There is an explosion of fintech innovation and enterprise in India. It has turned India into a leading fintech and Startup nation in the world. The future of fintech and Industry 4.0 is emerging in India.

Our youth are developing apps that are making the dream of paperless, cashless, presence-less, and yet safe and secure, transactions possible for all. That is the wonder of India Stack– simply the largest set of Application Programming Interface in the world.

They are using Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and machine learning to create solutions for banks, regulators and consumers.

And, they are also embracing our nation’s social missions – from health and education to micro credit and insurance.

This enormous talent pool in India benefits from the ecosystem created by initiatives such as Digital India and Startup India, and by supportive policies, incentives and funding programmes.

It also helps that India has the largest data consumption in the world and the cheapest rates for data. And one of the top nations in fintech adoption. So, I say this to all the fintech companies and startups – India is your best destination.

The economies of scale achieved in India by the LED bulb industry allowed this energy efficient technology to become more affordable globally. Likewise, India’s vast market can enable fintech products to achieve scale, reduce risks and costs, and go global.

Friends.

In short, the Indian story shows six great benefits of fintech: Access, inclusion; connectivity; ease of living; opportunity; and, accountability.

Across the world, from the Indo-Pacific to Africa to Latin America, we see inspiring stories of extraordinary innovation changing ordinary lives.

But, there is much to be done.

Our focus should be development of all, through, that is, development of the most marginalised.

We must bring the unbanked 1.7 billion people in the world into the formal financial market.

We must extend the security of insurance and pension to more than a billion workers in the informal sectors worldwide, who still do not have it.

We can use fintech to ensure that no dream remains unfulfilled, and no enterprise remains still born, because of lack of access to finance.

We must make banks and financial institutions more resilient in managing risks, fighting frauds and dealing with disruption of traditional models.

We have to use technology to improve compliance, regulation and supervision, so that innovation flourishes and risks are contained.

We must use fintech tools to combat money laundering and other financial crimes.

The emerging world of finance will succeed in our inter-connected world when our data and systems are trusted and secure.

We have to make our globally wired system safe from cyber threats.

We must also ensure that the pace and the push of Fintech work to the advantage of the people, not to their disadvantage; that technology in finance ensures improvement of the human condition through direct contact with the most marginalized.

We also need to enhance awareness of the masses and educate them about the opportunities which inclusive policies and use of technology open up for them.

For this, fintech will need to be not merely a mechanism but a movement.

And, we have to address the inevitable questions of data ownership and flow, privacy and consent; private and public good; law and ethics.

Finally, we must invest in creating skills for the future. And, be prepared to back ideas and invest for the long term.

Friends.

Each era is defined by its opportunities and challenges. Each generation has its responsibility to shape future.

This generation will shape the future in the palm of every hand in the world.

At no time in history were we blessed with so many possibilities:

to make opportunities and prosperity a reality in a lifetime, for billions.

to make the world more humane and equal –between rich and poor, between cities and villages, between hopes and achievements.

Just as India will learn from others, we will share our experience and expertise with the world.

Because, what drives India also holds hope for others. And, what we dream for India is what we also wish for the world.

This is a common journey for all.

Like the festival of light that calls us to spread light over darkness, hope and happiness over despair, this festival calls us to come together in pursuit of a better future for humanity.

Thank you.

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Bharat Ko Janiye Quiz Postponed

Postponement of Bharat Ko Janiye Quiz 2018-19

This is in continuation to the Press Release of 10th September 2018 on Bharat Ko Janiye Quiz 2018-19. This is to inform that the cut-off date for registration is hereby extended till 15  November, 2018 (local time).

However, the 1st round of the Bharat Ko Janiye Quiz, will be open for the contestants from 16 October to 15 November, 2018 (local time), which means from 16 October to 15 November, one can register and participate in the Quiz process. All other terms and conditions of the quiz will remain same.

All eligible overseas Indian youth as well as foreign citizens residing in Kuwait are invited to register and take part in the Bharat Ko Janiye Quiz.

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Indian Embassy issues new guidelines for Associations

Indian Embassy issues new guidelines for Associations

Over the past six months more than 200 Indian associations previously registered with the Embassy of India in Kuwait have been delisted, The Times Kuwait has learnt.

At its peak early this year, almost 275 Indian associations comprising of cultural, regional, alumni, educational, professional, sport promotion, social and business associations operated in the country with the endorsement of the Indian embassy. The present number stands at 69.

Several of the delisted associations are alleged to have violated the guidelines set by the embassy, but that they continued to function all these years points to embassy having ‘turned a blind-eye’ to their operations in the past.

Though the embassy guidelines for registering associations stipulate that they should not be commercial in nature and require a constitution and byelaws for their operation, as well as hold annual general body meetings to elect office bearers, most of the associations did not comply with these rules.

The mushrooming of associations led to many complaints, including infighting and conflict of interest issues that cropped up frequently and necessitated intervention by the embassy.

een issued, which supersedes the previous requirements for registration of associations. The embassy advisory now requires all Indian associations to respect and comply with the relevant rules and regulations of Kuwait’s Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor.

The embassy also reiterated that the registration of associations by the Embassy of India was only an acknowledgement of their presence and functioning, and was not an assumption of any responsibility by the embassy for their activities. The responsibility lies entirely with the office-bearers of the associations, embassy noted.

The embassy claimed that it had to maintain a reasonable balance between the essence and spirit behind an association, and the number of association registered with it at any given point of time, taking into consideration, the sensitivities of the host government and the trust and confidence it has reposed in the community, solidarity and cohesion of the community, the nature/purpose of each association and avoidance of duplication/overlap.

The embassy also pointed out that the main objective and rationale of the registered associations was to provide a platform for the members and their families to be able to come together as cohesive groups for cultural/professional and sports purposes.

The embassy further noted that it would be reviewing various associations from time to time and that this was an ongoing process. In its latest review, the embassy said, it found that in the case of a majority of associations, either the validity of their registration had expired and they had become defunct, while some had no meaningful activities, few remaining ones had been deviating from the terms of the registration, including by indulging in commercial activities, misrepresentation of membership details etc. The embassy also clarified that associations removed from the list were free to contact the embassy for renewing and reviving their registration.

No matter what these associations did or did not do in the past, obviously the embassy has now decided to enforce the last clause in its set of criteria of registering associations, namely its right to de-register an association at its sole discretion.

Farewell to the many associations that will not be sorely missed.

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Ambassador's Message on Gandhi Jayanthi

Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th Birthday Celebration

Brief Address by Ambassador of India to Kuwait H.E. Jeeva Sagar

Mahatma Gandhiindamb jeevasagarGood morning distinguished guests, thank you for joining me at the embassy early in the morning on a working day, to be part of the celebration of this important day - the one-fiftieth Birth Day of Mahatma Gandhi, which is also the UN-declared International Day of Non-violence. On behalf of my colleagues and my own behalf, I extend a very warm welcome to all of you.

Last evening, as I sat down and was trying to collect my thoughts to prepare my brief remarks for this morning, I expected that it would be an easy task. After all, Gandhi is a household name in India. Every child, after learning how to utter ‘mommy and daddy’, ‘Gandhi’ is the first proper noun he/she is taught. So I thought it would probably take an hour or two to get my thoughts organized. But very quickly I realized it’s going to be a giant of a challenge!  Thus went my dilemma -

How can I grasp the personality of a man into linguistic idioms and phrases, whose Silent Resistance spoke more eloquently than the ripping sounds of thousands of guns and cannons!

Should I   call him the greatest leader that India has produced?

Then I remembered how one of my foreign Ambassador friends exhorted me in my previous posting, ‘Jeeva, how can you reduce a global leader into the territorial confines of India alone?’

Should I say he is one of the ‘Finest Statesmen’ of our times?

Surely he is, but a statesman may not necessarily be a mass-leader. Gandhiji has effortlessly combined statesmanship with massive popularity, not just in India but beyond its borders!

Shall I then call him the ‘Darling of the Masses’?

Certainly he is! But what about the adoration and accolades he received from the world leaders!

May be I should restrict myself to calling him a ‘Man of Peace and Messenger of Non-violence’.

Indeed he is!

But would peace and non-violence explain Gandhi’s power of Truth and Ferocity of Courage against injustice and exploitation? No, I don’t think so.

Here is a 5 foot 5 inch tall man, or shall I say short man, with a skinny frame, who told a mighty army, looking straight into their eyes:  ‘You can have my dead body but you can’t have my obedience nor my spirit’. 

So, this man of peace and nonviolence is indeed a Man of Steel!

If so, how do I describe Gandhi?  What Metaphors or Adjectives can I use for him?

Shall I repeat the words – ‘Half-naked Fakir ‘?  But how can this phrase express the pain and agony of millions of the Indian poor whose poverty Gandhi wanted to share, and hence rendered himself naked?

Okay then, let me describe him just as India’s ‘Father of the Nation’, who gave his life to win freedom for his country!

Yes, surely he did give his life for his country, but by then India had already won its freedom.  He died in the process of making and building a new India! A robust and proud India that you see today!

Finally I realized that all my efforts to squeeze a phenomenon called Gandhi into literary terms, is a futile exercise. 

After all, even the great Albert Einstein could only exclaim and marvel at Gandhi saying:  “Has such a man ever existed in flesh and blood?” because, he felt that words would be inadequate and would fall much short in capturing Mahatma Gandhi’s personality, values, courage and deeds!  

So, what is the befitting homage that we can pay to this Great Soul?

There is no doubt that in today’s fractured and bleeding world we need Gandhi again, to steer our destinies. Since it is beyond us to bring him back to life, the best tribute we are capable of is:

To invoke his spirit and blessings, asking him to give us the strength and humanity to try and follow his values and ideals to the best of our ability and collective conscience.

Thank you.

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