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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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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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