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 International Yoga Day Celebrations
 Yoga Celebrations  Kuwait
 Yoga Celebrations  Kuwait
 Yoga Celebrations  Kuwait
 
 
 
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Number of Indian Nationals residing in Kuwait

 
As per the latest statistics (10 February 2016) received by the Embassy from the Kuwaiti authorities, the number of Indian nationals legally residing in Kuwait has reached 8.8 lakh mark. In addition, there are approximately 28,000 Indian nationals who have overstayed their visas and, therefore, are staying illegally in the country. Some highlights from the latest figures are:-
• The Indian community in Kuwait has grown by 10% in 2015. Our community remains the most preferred community in Kuwait.
• The gender ratio of Indians in Kuwait is highly skewed as they are more Indian males than Indian females in the country.
• Out of 8.8 lakh Indians, nearly 3 lakh are domestic workers (i.e. drivers, gardeners, cleaners, ayahs, cooks and housemaids).
• The majority of Indians (4.26 lakh) are deployed in private sectors (i.e. construction workers, technicians, engineers, doctors, chartered accountants, IT experts, etc.). In addition, there are about 1.1 lakh dependants i.e. spouses/children. Out of these, there are about 42,000 Indian students studying in 20 Indian schools in the country. With Indian companies being awarded EPC contracts of over USD 5 billion during last 2 years, Indian nationals working in private sectors may continue to rise in the coming 2-3 years.
• There are about 27,000 Indians working for the Kuwaiti Government in various jobs like doctors, nurses, para-medics, engineers in National Oil Companies and a few scientists. The demand for Indian nurses remains strong in Kuwait.
• The Kuwaiti authorities have deported 1,700 illegal Indians staying in the country during the from 1 December 2015 to 21 February 2016.
 
 
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WORLD SUFI FORUM

Main points made during Hon’ble PM’s address at the World Sufi Forum, New Delhi, on 17 March  2016

1.         Ninety nine names of Allah

            These are 99 names of Allah, none stand for force and violence. Allah is Rahman and Raheem. Sufism is the voice of peace, co-existence, compassion, equality & a call to universal brotherhood. As India became a principal center of Islamic civilization, our nation also emerged as one of the most vibrant hubs of Sufism. Sufism became the face of Islam in India, even as it remained deeply rooted in the Holy Quran and Hadis.

2.         Muslim Leaders of India

            The tallest of our leaders, such as Maulana Azad, and important spiritual leaders, such as Maulana Hussain Madani and millions of ordinary citizens rejected the idea of division on the basis of religion. Now, India is moving forward as a united nation on the strength of its diversity. All our people, Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Jains, Buddhists, the micro-minority of Parsis, believers, non-believers, are an integral part of India.  Today Sufism from India has spread across the world.

3.         Terrorism and Development

            Every year, over 100 billion dollars are spent on securing the world from terrorism. This money should have been spent on building lives of the poor. Terrorism uses diverse motivations and causes, none of which can be justified. Terrorists distort a religion whose cause they profess to support. The fight against terrorism is not a confrontation against any religion. It is a struggle between the values of humanism and the forces of humanity. Diversity is a basic reality of Nature and the source of richness of a society. It should not be a cause of misunderstanding.

VOLUNTARY CERTIFICATION OF YOGA PROFESSIONALS

VOLUNTARY CERTIFICATION OF YOGA PROFESSIONALS

            At the initiative of the Hon’ble Prime Minister, a scheme for Voluntary Certification of Yoga Professionals has been launched by the Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturuopathy, Unani, Sidha & Homeopathy) to spread the traditional knowledge of India by assuring quality of Yoga Practices across the world. The Ministry of AYUSH in the wake of declaration of International Day of Yoga has identified Quality Council of India (QCI) to develop a scheme for Voluntary Certification of Yoga Professionals since QCI has expertise in developing such quality based on the best international practices.

2.        The objective of the scheme is to certify Yoga Professionals which will evaluate four levels of competence ie: Yoga Instructor, Yoga Teacher, Yoga Master and Yoga Acharya. The scheme is being launched by the Ministry of AYUSH and implemented by Quality Council of India. Yoga stands for harmony & peace. The aim of the scheme is to specify the competence requirements in terms of knowledge and skills to be complied by the Yoga professionals in the form of Competence Standard. It also aims to define the process of evaluation and certification in laying down requirements for competence and operation of assessment of bodies through Accredition after creating awareness about the launch of the scheme by the Ministry of Ayush, Government of India.   

3.        For further details about the scheme please log on to yogacertification.qci.org.in     

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Registration As OCI Cardholder

Registration As OCI Cardholder

The Government of India has decided to extend the date for submission of the application for registration as Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholder by the erstwhile Persons of Indian Origin cardholders  till 30 June 2016.

Scholarship programme for Diaspora Children

Scholarship programme for Diaspora Children

This scheme was introduced by the Government of India in the academic year 2006-07. The Scheme provide for assistance to the wards of Persons of Indian Origin (OIC) and Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) for pursuing Under Graduate courses in Indian University/Institutes. The scheme is being implemented by Educational Consultants India Limited (EDCIL) under the Ministry of Human Resource Development (GOI) as  A Nodal Agency. Financial assistance is administered by MOIA through EDCIL.

 

2.         Under the Scheme 100 scholarships upto US$ 4,000 per annum are granted to the students in the age group of 17 to 21 years from 40 selected countries that have substantial Indian Diaspora population, for the courses in different fields (except medical and related courses) both professional and non-professional in Engineering/Technology, Humanities/Liberal Arts, Commerce, Management, Journalism, Hotel Management, Agriculture/Animal Husbandry etc.

 

3.         The assistance is provided in the form of financial assistance, primarily towards tuition fee, admission fee and post admission services. The assistance is provided to NRI candidates subject to the condition that the total monthly income of the candidate does not exceed an amount equivalent to US$ 2,250 (US Dollar two thousand two hundred and fifty only). The declaration is given by the candidate duly countersigned by the parent/guardian. However, there is no income limit for the PIO candidates.

The Kuwait International Trade Fair

Indian Exporters To Showcase Their Mettle At

The Kuwait International Trade Fair’ from 21-27 February 2016

The Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO), New Delhi with the support of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, New Delhi and in association with the Embassy of India, Kuwait is organizing an “INDIA PAVILION” at ‘The Kuwait International Trade Fair’, an International Trade Exhibition organized by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Kuwait, at the Kuwait International Fair Ground (Hall 6), Mishref, Kuwait from 21-27 February 2016.  H.E. Mr. Sunil Jain, Ambassador of India to Kuwait will inaugurate the India Pavilion on 21 February 2016.

2.         The “India Pavilion” at ‘The Kuwait International Trade Fair’ would provide an excellent platform for networking and one-to-one business meetings with potential customers. 11 leading companies from India are participating in the “India Pavilion”. These companies are showcasing a wide range of products including Marble Handicrafts, Brass Handicrafts, Wood Handicrafts, Paintings, Handicrafts Products, Imitation Jewellery, Plastic Molded Furniture (Chairs; Tables, Cabinet, Chesters, Kids Furniture), Zari Work Table Covers, Purses, Cosmetics, Decorative, Fancy Items, Batik, Block Print & Stitching on Sari, Salwar Kurti, Clothing, Shawls, Scarves, Stoles, Ladies Woven Embroidery Tops, Dresses, Skirts, Stoles, Garments, Home Furnishings, etc.

3.         The event is open to the public from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm and from 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm on all days of the Fair except on Friday, 26 February 2016, the timings will be from 4:30 pm to 10:00 pm.

Embassy cultural evening by Imran khan

Embassy cultural evening by Imran khan

Embassy of India in coordination with NCCAL requests the  pleasure  of your company with family, relatives & friends

at the function of Indian cultural evening by Qawwali Group led by Mr. Imran Khan

on Wednesday the 9th March  2016 at 1900 hrs (7.00 PM)

at Dasma Theatre (Opposite Dasma Cooperative)

R.S.V.P.

Telephone/Fax: 22546958/22531716/97229914

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VIDIYA LAKSHMI PORTAL

VIDYA LAKSHMI PORTAL

            “Vidya Lakshmi Portal” has been launched on 15th August 2015 by the Department of Higher Education under the Ministry of Human Resource Development, New Delhi. Under this scheme, any Indian student can apply for educational loan online by browsing on www.vidyalakshmi.co.in. The main purpose of this portal is to have facilities of education loan, scholarship and other student friendly facilities through one link. Students can apply from his/her home, Institution, kiosk or Cyber café. The portal is linked with “Centre for Good Governance National-e-Scholarship Portal: www.scholarships.gov.in. Students can also apply for scholarship. Besides, a good number of student-friendly schemes are also mentioned in the portal. Students can apply, view and track their education loan application to banks anytime by accessing the Portal which would be useful for students, parents, institutions, bankers, employers, researchers etc.

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The India Fellows Programme

 2016-India Fellows Programme at Indian School of Business Hyderabad

As a part of the drive to India Connect Initiative, OIFC (Overseas India Facilitation Centre) is scheduled to launch “The India Fellows Programme” in June 2016. This is open to young Indian Diaspora entrepreneurs/professionals in decision making capacity/potential investors and international partners of Indian companies (between 21-39 years of age) who have a minimum of 3 years of entrepreneurial experience. The programme is being offered at a special introductory fee of US $ 5,000 per participant plus service tax. The fee will cover boarding, lodging, programme related learning material, field visits & webinars. The participants will have to bear the cost of travel and local conveyance.

2.        Selected candidates who complete the programme shall become members of the OIFC India Entrepreneurship Fellows (OIEF) Club, will receive support and facilitation from OIFC for doing business in India. The main objective of this scheme is to help Diaspora entrepreneurs to have an understanding of aspects critical to gaining market entry, practical insights about doing business with India, idea of the legal & regulatory environment, exposure to Indian economy and an insight into the emerging opportunities of the world’s fastest growing economy. All those who are interested can remain in touch with OIFC pertaining to their initiatives and programmes through their social media platforms given below:

Twitter: @OIFCIndia and CEO_OIFC

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OIFC.IN

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2016-India Fellows Program at Indian School of Business Hyderabad

2016-India Fellows Programme at Indian School of Business Hyderabad

India Fellows Programme

As a part of the drive to India Connect Initiative, OIFC (Overseas India Facilitation Centre) is scheduled to launch “The India Fellows Programme” in June 2016. This is open to young Indian Diaspora entrepreneurs/professionals in decision making capacity/potential investors and international partners of Indian companies (between 21-39 years of age) who have a minimum of 3 years of entrepreneurial experience. The programme is being offered at a special introductory fee of US $ 5,000 per participant plus service tax. The fee will cover boarding, lodging, programme related learning material, field visits & webinars. The participants will have to bear the cost of travel and local conveyance. A brief note issued by OIFC in this regard is enclosed.

2.        Selected candidates who complete the programme shall become members of the OIFC India Entrepreneurship Fellows (OIEF) Club, will receive support and facilitation from OIFC for doing business in India. The main objective of this scheme is to help Diaspora entrepreneurs to have an understanding of aspects critical to gaining market entry, practical insights about doing business with India, idea of the legal & regulatory environment, exposure to Indian economy and an insight into the emerging opportunities of the world’s fastest growing economy. All those who are interested can remain in touch with OIFC pertaining to their initiatives and programmes through their social media platforms given below:

Twitter: @OIFCIndia and CEO_OIFC

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OIFC.IN

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Celebration of Pravasi Bhartiya Divas 2016

Celebration of Pravasi Bhartiya Divas  2016

            The 14th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (PBD) was celebrated in Kuwait on 9 January 2016 in Embassy Auditorium from 1600 hrs – 1900 hrs. The event was well attended with the presence of over 300 Indian nationals. Ambassador provided basic data regarding Embassy’s consular, passport, visa, community welfare services rendered to the Indian community during 2015. Several speakers spoke on issues concerning Indian Diaspora in Kuwait.

2.         Major achievements in bilateral ties during 2015 have been the following:

·        Illegal flow of Indian female domestic workers stopped;

·        Recruitment of Indian nurses streamlined through 3 State Manpower Recruitment Agencies; viz. NORKA, ODEPC & OMCL;

·        Trade & Investment: During last 2 years, Indian EPC companies viz  L&T, Shapoorji Pallonji, ESSAR, DODSAL and Simplex and Kalpataru Transmission  got major contracts worth $ 6 billion.In December 2015, an announcement with regard to Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA)’s investment of US$300 million in GMR Infrastructure Limited was made;   

·        Air Connectivity: Kuwait Airways now operating daily flights to New Delhi as well as started flights to Ahmadabad and Bengaluru;

·        FE remittancesto India:  US$4.8 billion sent to India from Kuwait; and

·        Indian community in Kuwait grew by 5-6% during 2015.

 

3.         The comparative chart of services rendered by Embassy during the calendar year 2015, vis-à-vis 2014, is given below:

Particulars

Calendar Year 2015

Calendar Year 2014 

Comments/Remarks

 

Passports

87,083

75,031

 Increase of 16%

Visas

13,259

12,719

Increase of 4.2%

Attestations

94,363

96,145

Decrease 1.8%

Emergency Certificates

3,923

2,815

Increase of 40%

Marriage Registrations

45

35

Increase of 28%

Birth Registrations

4,568

4,691

Decrease by 2 %

Deaths of Indian nationals

611

559

Increase by 9% - Rise in suicide, traffic accidents death cases.

504 mortal remains sent to India and 107 local burials.

Death compensation remitted to next of kin in India

Rs. 6.33 Crore

Rs. 6.19 Crore

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Labour ContractsVisas (18)

 62,587

38,088

Increase of 64%

Labour Contracts

Visas (20)

27,911

 

54,126

Decline by 50%- as female domestic work contracts have been stopped since December 2014.

Shelter provided

726

714

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Repatriation by Embassy

446

539

Decline by 20%

Deportation by Kuwaiti authorities

824

818

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Air tickets provided under ICWF

250

278

Decrease by 11%

Indians in local Jails

 376

281

Increase of 33% in drug and alcohol-related cases

 

 

4.         In 2015, Embassy Auditorium was used for 48 socio-cultural events by various Indian Associations in Kuwait. There are 204 Indian associations now registered with the Embassy.

5.         Various suggestions to improve services (for example, voting rights for NRIs, Aadhar Card, greater assistance to 3 lakh Indian nationals in domestic sector, cheaper air-tickets) have been noted for consideration/implementation.

Hoisting Ceremony on 26 January 2016

Flag Hoisting Ceremony on 26 January 2016

On the occasion of 67th Republic Day of India, a Flag hoisting ceremony will be held in the Embassy Premises at 0900 hours on Tuesday, 26 January 2016, followed by reading of the message of the Hon’ble President of India and a cultural programme including singing of patriotic songs.

 An Open House reception will follow during which tea, snacks, soft drinks etc shall be served to all. All Indian nationals in Kuwait are most cordially invited to attend the Republic Day celebrations and should reach the venue by 0830 hours.

PRAVASI BHARTIYA DIVAS event

Celebration of PBD Divas at the Embassy Auditorium
PRAVASI BHARTIYA DIVAS Kuwait
 
 
 
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Rajasthan Pravasi Sharmik Kalyan Prakosth

 
Rajasthan Government has set up Rajasthan Pravasi Sharmik Kalyan Prakosth under the aegis of Rajasthan Skill and Livelihoods Development Corporation at J-8A, EMI Campus, Jhalana Institutional Area, Jaipur-302004 for the welfare of emigrant workers of Rajasthan origin working abroad. The cell will also facilitate and provide support services to workers who intent to go abroad for employment. The key activities of the cell are: -

•    Registering responding to and monitoring complaints/Grievances.
•    Collection and dissemination of information on matters relating to emigration.
•    Work as institutional arrangement to provide information, guidance and counselling to aspirants and overseas workers relating to all aspects of overseas employment.
•    Taking up the matter with Head of Indian Missions, MEA and MOIA Government of India regarding complaints received from District Administration, families of workers of Rajasthan origin in India and emigrant workers related to recruitment and employment contract and security situation for consideration and seeking relief.
•    To organize Awareness Camps for safe and legal migration at different locations in the State of Rajasthan.

The overall objective is that the pending issues of the people of Rajasthan related to their welfare and safety shall be taken up by the District Administration with next of their family members in India. Their contact details are as under:-
Telephone No. 0091 141 5103248
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21st International Conference on ‘Frontiers in Yoga Research and its Applications’

21st International Conference on ‘Frontiers in Yoga Research and its Applications’ (INCOFYRA) from January 3-7, 2016 at Prashanti Kutiram (S-VYASA University Campus), Bangalore

The Government of India has been promoting Yoga as a preventive and promotive system for holistic health. Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (VYASA), a registered charitable institution and engaged in making Yoga as a socially relevant science, is organizing the 21st International Conference on ‘Frontiers in Yoga Research and its Applications’ (INCOFYRA) from January 3-7, 2016 at Prashanti Kutiram (S-VYASA University Campus), Bangalore. The theme of the Conference is “Yoga in Integrated Healthcare System dealing with Diabetes, Oncology, Cardiology and Mental Health”.

2.        Hon’ble Prime Minister of India is expected to inaugurate the Conference on 3rd January, 2016. Around 10,000 delegates from modern and AYUSH medical community are expected to participate in the event. The Conference would provide an excellent platform to showcase the preventive, promotive, curative, rehabilitative and rejuvenating roles of Yoga. It will also provide an opportunity for achieving new milestone in the area of Integrated Health Care System which is the need of the hour.

3.        VYASA is offering some discount to participants from Kuwait. All Indian Nationals in Kuwait who are interested, are requested to get in touch with Dr. Suresh Babu and Smt. Deepika Srinivasan for further details, as per details  mentioned below:-

Dr. Suresh Babu                                                     Smt. Deepika Srinivasan

(Land Line) 0091 802 263 9915                             0091 802 263 9915

(Mobile) 0091 948 254 2873                                  0091 990 130 0299

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Online Quiz captioned “BHARAT KO JANIYE”

 
The Embassy would like to inform that the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) is organizing an Online Quiz captioned “BHARAT KO JANIYE” which is targeted at the Indian Diaspora youth across the globe. It is intended to educate them about India’s progress in various fields such as Science & Technology, Manufacturing, Industry, Communications and Information Technology etc. The aim of this quiz program is also to create awareness about India’s rich cultural heritage, its diversity and development of their ancestral country by enhancing the engagement. The Quiz is open for both PIOs and NRIs between the age group of 18- 35 years.
The top ten participants in each category will be invited for an Onsite final round of Quiz in New Delhi in January 2016. Besides, felicitations of the Winners in both the categories in the PBD Conference-2016 at New Delhi, the participants of the final round will be taken on an all paid tour for 25 days to increase their awareness about India. All Indian Nationals residing in Kuwait are requested to log on to www.bharatkojaniye.in for further details.
 
 
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Contributions for flood victims in Tamil Nadu

 
In view of the natural disaster in Tamil Nadu, all Indian nationals in Kuwait, who wish to provide assistance for the flood victims in Tamil Nadu, are requested to send their contributions directly to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF). More details about PMNRF are available at https://pmnrf.gov.in/
2.    The Embassy will also accept all contributions towards PMNRF in cash or by cheque  addressed to  “Embassy of India, Kuwait”.
 
 
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1st “U.P. PRAVASI DIWAS”

 
The State Government of Uttar Pradesh (India) in collaboration with FICCI, New Delhi (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry) is organizing the 1st “U.P. PRAVASI DIWAS” from 4-6 January 2016, in the historical city of Agra. The proposed three-day “UP PRAVASI DIWAS” will provide an ample opportunity to interact with Cabinet Ministers, Senior Officers of Government of Uttar Pradesh and businessmen from across India. Major highlights of U.P. Pravasi Diwas 2016 are:
•    Sharing of investment plans and policies in Uttar Pradesh on sectors like, manufacturing, infrastructure development, urban transports, smart cities, industrial and social development, electronics, IT & ITeS and tourism etc.
•    Appraising steps taken for “Ease of Doing Business” initiatives by Government of U.P. pertaining to industrial development and setting-up of business.
•    Exchange of views of Indian diaspora for developing U.P. as a smart State.
•    Connecting U.P. with innovative and knowledge network of Indian Diaspora.
•    Interface with senior officials from Government of Uttar Pradesh for developing fast-track mechanism for absorbing and resolving U.P. Diaspora issues related to business and other matters.
•    Heritage and Cultural trip.
Registration process is online. Participants are requested to register after logging on to www.upnri.com. They can also contact FICCI on 0091-11-23736192, 23738760-770 Extn-403 and Fax 0091-11-23721504, 23320714. The registration fee is USD 100 per delegate (Early Bird Offer), if they register their participation on and before 15th December 2015. It will be USD 125 per delegate w.e.f. 16th December 2015 onwards till the closing of registration process.
 
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Launching of a website by ALL India Radio for its External Services

Launching of a website by ALL India Radio for its External Services

All India Radio has launched a multimedia website for its external service. The website airworldservice.org  is presently available in English, Hindi and Urdu languages. The content consists of rich bouquet of news, current affairs, programmes on culture, heritage, music, art, tourism, health-care, issues relating to economy, investment, development, education etc. The website which has a blend of text, pictures, video and audio components, also features live streaming of radio programmes. It also has a segment of “Radio On Demand”.

            The External Services of All India Radio have been broadcasting their programmes in 27 languages (15 foreign and 12 Indian). They are reaching out to more than 140 countries through medium and short wave. Broadcasts are aimed at Indians living abroad as well as others worldwide. The programmes of AIR have wide following as is evident from large number of letters, e-mails received by the different language services. It is mainly for Indian Diaspora and to give the listeners a feel of Home away from home. AIR also broadcast in Bangla, Baluchi, Burmese, Chinese, Dari, Pashtu, Punjabi, Nepali, Saraiki, Sindhi, Sinhala, Tamil and Tibetan for the neighbouring countries. Their objective is to project the progress and policies of India, along with its arts and culture. All Indian nationals living in Kuwait, who are interested to see the external service of All India Radio may log to its website www.airworldservice.org

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