Embassy News

11th World Hindi Conference in Mauritius from 18-20 August 2018

11th World Hindi Conference in Mauritius from 18-20 August 2018

1. The Government of India is organizing 11th World Hindi Conference in Mauritius from 18-20 August 2018. Shrimati Sushma Swaraj, Hon’ble Minister of External Affairs, will lead the Indian delegation to the Conference.

2. The Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi is expecting wide participation from foreign countries at this international conference.

3. Hindi scholars and writers in Kuwait are requested to register themselves for maximum participation in the 11th World Hindi Conference. Detailed information and instructions regarding registration for participation etc. are given at the website:http://www.vishwahindisammelan.gov.in/11th-world-hindi-conference.htm.

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Nominations for Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards

Nominations for Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards, 2019
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Bharatko Janiye Quiz 2018-19

BHARAT KO JANIYE QUIZ 2018-19

With an aim to motivate  overseas Indian youth to develop interest to know and understand India, the Ministry of External Affairs of India is organizing the second edition of

“Bharat Ko Janiye” Quiz . The Online Quiz is open for overseas Indian youth between the age of 15 and 35 as on 1st January 2019(Born not before 1stJanuary 1984 and

not after 1st January 2004). The Quiz will be held for two distinct categories of participants – Non –Resident Indians(NRI) and Person of Indian Origin (PIO). Online

registration for all the contestants participating in the online or offline Bharat Ko Janiye Quiz is  mandatory.

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Advisory for OCI Card Holders - Avoiding Difficulty in Immigration Clearance

ADVISORY FOR OCI CARD HOLDERS.

  1. All those having OCI Cards are required to carry both their OCI Card and passport to travel to India so that they do not face any difficulty in immigration clearance.
  1. From October 2018, ICAO will accept only machine readable travel documents, hence, existing PIO Cards, which are handwritten will therefore, become invalid. Thus it will be necessary upon PIO Cardholders to obtain machine readable OCI Cards in lieu of existing hand written PIO Cards before October, 2018 to avoid any inconvenience.

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Study in India campaign to provide online access to the international students.

Study in India Campaign

            On 18th April, 2018, Hon’ble Minister of External Affairs of India, Smt. Sushma Swaraj, launched the Study in India campaign to provide online access to the international students who want to study in Indian institutions.   Under this scheme, premier educational institutions in India are offering more than 15,000 seats to eligible foreign students in various courses.  All details are available at www.studyinindia.gov.in

2.         Under the Study in India campaign, w.e.f. 26th April, 2018, a centralized admission portal will be operational through which any foreign student can apply at any of 83 participating premier educational institutions as per his choice, without paying any fee.  A merit list will be prepared and seats will be allocated based on the rank and choice of foreign student.  Provision has also been made to offer freeships ranging from 100% to 25% to more than 50% foreign students, depending on their merit. 

3.         The Study in India campaign will last from 1st May, 2018 to 15th June, 2018.  Interested foreign students are requested to visit campaign website at www.studyinindia.gov.infor detailed information.

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Ban on Use of Thuraya / Irridium Satellite Phones in India

 
The use of Thuraya / Irridium Satellite Phones is banned in India.  It is for the information of all those visiting India to not carry the Thuraya / Irridium Satellite Phones with them.  Those caught with these phones will be punished as per the local laws in India.
 
 
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Guidelines to Indian Community Violators of Residency Rules.

Second Press Release on Amnesty

This is in continuation to Embassy’s earlier Press Release dated 30th January 2018,  conveying guidelines to Indian community regarding directives of  Ministry of Interior, Kuwait, that violators of ‘Residency Rules’ can leave the country without paying fine/penalty(in eligible cases).         All eligible Indian expatriates without valid Visa/Residency are once again requested to avail of this opportunity to return to India without any financial liability.

2.      Indian distressed workers (Visa Article 18), with “expired/invalid Residency” are also requested to make their travel arrangements urgently in coordination with Indian Embassy. Those workers who are still waiting for return of their passports from the Sponsor/Company shall apply for issuance of Emergency Certificate immediately so that all official formalities for their travel can be completed within the stipulated period (till 22nd Feb. 2018).

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Indian Embassy Kuwait, Celebrated 69th Republic Day

Indian Embassy celebrated 69th Republic Day of India

The 69th Republic Day of India was celebrated in Embassy premises on Friday, 26 January 2018 with the hoisting of Indian tri-colour at 9 AM by the Ambassador. Almost 8,000 Indian nationals participated with great joy and enthusiasm.
After singing of National Anthem and the reading out the message of the Hon’ble Rashtrarpatiji by Ambassador, several patriotic songs were sung on this joyous occasion by more than 150 school children. All of the people were then served refreshments, water, fruits juice and breakfast items arranged by Mission with the help and courtesy of the Indian restaurants and Indian companies operating in Kuwait.

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69th Republic Day of India celebration in Embassy

The 69th Republic Day of India will be celebrated in Embassy premises on Friday, 26 January 2018 with the hoisting of Indian Tri-colour at 9 AM by the Ambassador. This will be followed by the reading of President’s Message to the Nation, patriotic songs by school children and an Open House Reception.

 

All Indian nationals and friends of India in Kuwait are most cordially invited to attend the function. 

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Procedure for re-verification of mobile connections for NRIs

Procedure for re-verification of mobile connections for NRIs

            A large number of overseas Indians have been making representations about facing difficulty in operating their mobile connections procured in India as the telecom operators are insisting on linking Aadhaar number with the mobile number.  As most of them do not possess Aadhaar Card, they are unable to link their Indian mobile number with the Aadhaar number.  The matter was taken up with the Department of Telecom (DoT) for exempting overseas Indians from linking Aadhaar with their Indian mobile connections and issuing suitable advisory to telecom service providers (TSPs).  The DoT has issued alternate procedure and format attached herewith as Annexures.  The Annexures cover the following categories:

1.    Subscribers of Foreign Nationality and not having Aadhaar.

2.    NRI Subscribers not having Aadhaar or having mobile number not linked to his/her Aadhaar and therefore not registered with UIDAI.

All members of the Indian community in Kuwait and any foreign nationals in possession of Indian mobile connections are requested to download the information as applicable to them.

For any queries/clarifications, please contact Embassy of India’s PIC Wing personally or telephonically at 22550171 and 97229915 on any working day between 0900 to 1700 hours.

Procedure for Re Verification of Subscriber of Foreign Nationality not having Aadhaar.

Procerure for NRI Subscribers not having Aadhaar or having mobile number not linked to his/her Aadhaar and therefore not registered with UIDAI.

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Scholarship For One Indian Student

Scholarship For One Indian Student

 

Ministry of Higher Education, Government of Kuwait has offered one scholarship to an Indian student at Kuwait University for the Second academic session of the scholastic year 2017-18.

            Students who have passed their 12th Grade Board Examinations and are interested in availing this offer of scholarship programme may obtain application form from Kuwait University and submit the completed application to the Education Wing of the Embassy of India latest by 28th December 2017.  In case of more than one application, the student with the highest marks obtained in 12th Grade will be recommended by the Embassy to the concerned Kuwaiti authorities.  The academic eligibility test of the scholarship student will be held by the Kuwait University on Monday, 29 January 2018.

            For further enquiries, interested students may please contact ShriSanjeevSaklani, Attaché (Education/Consular) at Office Telephone No. 22522215 and Mobile No. 97295728.

Indian Embassy's clarification on Aadhaar number and NRI

In the recent past several Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) and Overseas Citizen of India (OCIs) have been asked to submit or link their Aadhaar number to avail the services/benefits/schemes such as an operation of bank account, etc.

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has clarified that: 

(i)Aadhaar number as an identity document may be sought only from the ‘residents’ of India. Section 2(v) of the Aadhaar Act defines ‘resident’ as an individual who has resided in India for a period of one hundred and eighty-two days or more.
(ii)Most of the NRIs/PIOs/OCIs may not be eligible for Aadhaar enrolment as per Aadhaar Act, 2016.
(iii)Section 7 of the Aadhaar Act, inter-alia, provides that “if an Aadhaar number is not assigned to an individual, the individual shall be offered alternate and viable means of identification for delivery of subsidy, benefits or service”.

An illustrative list of services that are directly or indirectly connected with NRIs and/or NRI Pensioners is below:

1)Linking PAN and Bank Accounts with Aadhaar
2)Linking Service Pension with Aadhaar
3)Aadhaar based e-KYC
4)Applying for new mobile phone connections in India
5)Maintaining the existing NRE 86 NRO bank accounts in India
6)Registering with Jeevan Pramaan/ Digital Life Certificate for pension
7)Registering with Kendriya Sainik Board Secretariat (for retired Defence personnel)
8)Maintaining Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS)
9)Various Scholarships introduced for children of Ex-Servicemen
10)Applying for Defence Canteen Smart Card
11)Applying for LPG connection
12)Registering with e-District service for obtaining various services from State Governments
13)Issuance of fresh or rentwal of driving license
14)Appearing by students in different entrance examinations in India
15)Issuance of certificates by Universities/Boards to students under different public examinations
16)Applying for registration of property, etc.

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ID-E-MILAD Holiday Notice

 
The Embassy of India shall remain closed on THURSDAY, 30th NOVEMBER, 2017 on the occasion of ID-E-MILAD (BIRTHDAY OF PROPHET MOHAMMED). However, emergency consular services will be available. 
 
 
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Indian Embassy Press Release On Ramayana Stamps

Indian Embassy Press Release On Ramayana Stamps
On Tuesday 10 October 2017 at 16.30hrs, Indian Embassy will release for sale the Ramayana stamps to the members of our community.
 All interested are welcome.
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Gandhi Jayanti Celebration at Embassy

Gandhi Jayanti Celebration at Embassy

Gandhi Jayanti will be celebrated in Indian Embassy on Monday, 2nd October 2017, with one-hour cultural programme from 0900 – 1000 hrs.  Favourite Gandhi Bhajans will be sung on this auspicious occasion.

2.       All Indian nationals are cordially invited to participate.  Please arrive by 0845 hrs.

3.       Light snacks, tea/coffee will be served to all.     

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100th Birth Anniversary of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya

 
 The Embassy is celebrating the 100th Birth Anniversary of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya on Monday, 25 September 2017 at the Embassy Auditorium at 5 p.m.  All members of the Indian community in Kuwait are welcome to attend the function.  An eminent academician from India will be the guest of honour who will address the gathering on Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya’s groundbreaking economic vision and his work for “Antyodaya” meaning “poverty alleviation” and its relevance in present socio-economic environment.
All concerned may please arrive at the Embassy Auditorium by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, 25 September 2017.
 
 
 
 
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Aaj Ki Shaam Desh Ke Naam A Celebratory Concert

 
 
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Indian Embassy Celebrates 71st Independence Day of India in Kuwait

71st Independence Day of India in Kuwait

Independence Day

Despite extremely hot summer, approximately 3,000 Indian nationals joyously participated in the 71st Independence Day celebrations at the Indian Embassy premises. The function started with the unfurling of the tri-colour National Flag by Ambassador Sunil Jain and the singing of the National Anthem. Thereafter, Ambassador read out Hon’ble President’s Address to the Nation. The Bohra Community band played a variety of marching tunes to the delight of the assembled gathering. The cultural programme concluded with the singing of patriotic songs which were sung by various Indian community associations based in Kuwait . 

2.         Kuwait has about 9.5 lakh Indian nationals, working as businesspersons, doctors, engineers, chartered accountants, technicians in oil & gas sector, construction workers, nurses and domestic workers, etc. They participated in the Independence Day celebrations with great joy and enthusiasm, reflecting India’s rich ethnic, linguistic, religious and cultural diversity. 

3.         Ambassador emphasized that the relations between the two countries have been historically close, warm and friendly, and commended the contribution of the Indian community in Kuwait’s socio-economic development. On this auspicious occasion, he extended his warm greetings to the members of the Royal Family and to all members of the Indian community in Kuwait. The Ambassador highlighted several measures taken by the Embassy for the welfare of the community. 

4.         Hot chhole, parathe, gulab jamuns, tea, juice and mineral water were served to all those present. Few Photographs taken on the occasion are attached.

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10th Urban Mobility India Conference & Expo 2017

10th Urban Mobility India Conference & Expo 2017

 

India’s Ministry of Urban Development is organizing the 10th Urban Mobility India Conference 2017 & Cooperation for Urban Mobility in the Developing World (CODATU). Further details about the 3 day event are obtainable from Ms. ReenaAroraSrivastava, Manager (UMI), Institute of Urban Transport (India), 1st Floor, AnandVihar Metro Station Building, Delhi- 110092, Tel : (+91) 11 66578700-709 (10 lines), Ext 715; Telefax - : (+91) 11 66578733-744; E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All interested participants may visit the conference website at www.urbanmobilityindia.in.

 

Indian Embassy Labour Wing

Indian Embassy Labour Wing

Indian Embassy receives complaints on a daily basis from Indian workers in Kuwait on account of ill treatment, excessive working hours, filing of cases on false charges, physical & mental harassment, non-payment of salary, withholding of passport, non-regularization of service/payment of indemnity, denial of leave etc. On receipt of complaints from distressed Indian workers, the Embassy immediately takes up the matter with the Sponsor/employers as well as with the concerned Kuwaiti authorities for early resolution of grievances.While rendering all possible assistance to distressed Indian nationals in Kuwait, the Labour Wing of Embassy extends help in following such cases:-

i) Distressed workers (under Visa-18)

        We have been receiving complaints from female workers who had travelled from India on Visa-18 (company visa) for various jobs like sales lady, ladies tailor, hair dresser, beautician etc. Few workers under these categories are engaged as domestic aids and some are facing hardship in getting offered salary and proper treatment. They directly or indirectly approach Embassy for seeking assistance to resolve their grievances and for early repatriation to India.

In these cases (under visa-18) if sponsor /company does not cooperate, workers need to report to ‘Shoon’ (Public Authority of Manpower) as an initial stage of registering their grievance. However, Embassy is addressing such complaints and extends all possible assistance to amicably resolve the disputes in consultation with respective sponsors.

 

ii)  Distressed workers (under Visa-20)

 Embassy has stopped (since December 2014) attesting any contract agreements in respect of domestic female workers (housemaids) under Visa-20.  Domestic workers (visa 20) come under the purview of the Ministry of Interior while other categories of workers fall within the jurisdiction of the Kuwait Ministry of Social Affairs &Labour. Any Indian domestic sector worker, who contacts the Embassy or about whom the Embassy receives request for help, is being attended promptly by the Labour Wing.  Embassy generally handles the ‘run-away cases’ in cooperation with the Kuwaiti sponsors/authorities. In some cases, cooperation from individual sponsor/employer/agency is not available for resolution of problems being faced by domestic workers. Many Indian male workers (visa-20) have been engaged with various categories of employment like driver, house boy, male cook etc in Kuwait. Upon the request from the worker, he is being accommodated in the Embassy’s shelter till the time of repatriation to India, with the support of local authorities and law enforcing agencies. Those domestic female workers (house maids/visa-20) who got foreign employment before Dec 2014 were also provided needful administrative and logistic support till they travel to India safely.  Embassy provides financial assistance to the distressed workers for contingency expenditure besides managing travel expenses to the needy & deserving ones on merit.

In absence of valid travel documents, the workers have to wait for completing the formalities related repatriation which may sometimes take months as per the local regulations. Existence of a theft case on the worker further leads to judicial proceeding and worker has to wait considerably more time till the final verdict comes. Most of the complaints being received by the Embassy contain partial/inadequate information which restricts the concerned officials to process the case and help the distressed Indian worker. So it is requested to provide maximum information like passport/residency/telephone number, type of visa, details of the sponsor, etc which enable our officials to address the grievances promptly.

iii)Rescue & Repatriation (Illegal confinement)

At times Embassy receives complaints from Indian workers and their well-wishers regarding destitute status of him/her under confinement with the sponsor/at the work place. Most of these cases are reported without sufficient details regarding the sponsor, location etc. restricts Embassy from taking any prompt action to rescue the worker. Whereas, such complaints with adequate details enable the Embassy to seek immediate intervention of Kuwaiti Ministry of Foreign Affairs and further follow up actions to rescue the distressed worker. Unfortunately, some distressed worker stranded in such environment is not even aware of the location and details of the sponsor and in those cases Embassy officials are restricted to extend needful assistance except advising the distressed worker to urgently reach Embassy by some means.

iv) Wrong employment

Many cases of engaging workers other than the promised job have been noticed in the past. These workers are being exploited at the initial level of their recruitment by unscrupulous agents in India and they are not even aware of any dos and don’ts for those who seek foreign employment. Distressed workers under this category (both visa-18 & 20) are being left with the option to perform the allotted job for their livelihood and to meet family obligations. These workers are even transferred form one sponsor to another without the consent of worker and at some point of their misery, they approach Embassy for repatriation. In most of these cases, a positive response from the sponsor is rare and Embassy extends all assistance for repatriation/deportation with the cooperation of related government agencies.

v)  Shelter for Male & Female Domestic Workers

        In deserving cases, the workers (under visa 20) are accommodated in the shelter, maintained separately for male & female domestic workers under the supervision of Embassy till the formalities for their repatriation are completed

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