Ministry of External Affairs

6.15 million people used Vande Bharat Mission till phase 10

6.15 million people used Vande Bharat Mission till phase 10

April 3, 2021

It has been almost an year when Vande Bharat Mission was launched on May 6,2020 to help Indians stranded in different parts of the world due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the ensuing shut down of international travel. In the initial phases, the stranded passengers were selected on...

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How farmers’ protest in India became a global issue

How farmers’ protest in India became a global issue

February 4, 2021

It took just one question from American pop star Rihanna to apparently leave the Indian government shaken to its core. On February 2, global icon Rihanna posted a one-liner and asked her 101 million Twitter followers “Why aren’t we talking about this?! #FarmersProtest” whil...

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Real outcomes for Atmanirbhar Bharat from a virtual PBD2021: Sanjay Bhattacharyya

Real outcomes for Atmanirbhar Bharat from a virtual PBD2021: Sanjay Bhattacharyya

January 9, 2021

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to inaugurate the 16th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention later today. The convention has all the makings of a usual PBD, including a chief guest Chandrikapersad Santokhi, a PIO who was elected President of Suriname last year. The theme of the ...

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Work in progress for PBD 2021 & Know India programme, says MEA

Work in progress for PBD 2021 & Know India programme, says MEA

June 16, 2020

Vande Bharat Mission, touted as the world’s largest repatriation programme, has played a crucial role in bringing about 80,000 Indians stuck abroad back home in view of the pandemic. Sanjay Bhattacharyya, secretary, Consular Passport and Visa (CPV) & Overseas Indian Affairs (OI...

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India slackens rules for OCI cardholders

India slackens rules for OCI cardholders

December 19, 2019

The Indian government relaxes certain OCI guidelines for reissue of passport for those below the age of 20 and above the age of 50.

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More Indian expat students can now apply for scholarships to study in India

More Indian expat students can now apply for scholarships to study in India

November 27, 2019

More Indian children from UAE can now apply for higher education scholarship to study in India as rules are revised to make the programme open to families with income less then USD 5,000 per month.

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Battling air pollution

Battling air pollution

November 18, 2019

Breathing in India’s national is getting bad to worse with the onset of winter. As stakeholders grapple with different solutions, air in Delhi reaches toxic level pushing Delhites to a brink of health disaster.

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Strong laws needed to curb fraudulent NRI marriages

Strong laws needed to curb fraudulent NRI marriages

July 27, 2019

According to the Ministry of External Affairs, as many as 4,698 complaints were lodged by Indian women deserted by their NRI husbands in the last three and half years.

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Indo-French ties driven by Modi-Macron chemistry: Swaraj

Indo-French ties driven by Modi-Macron chemistry: Swaraj

June 20, 2018

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj left Paris on Tuesday afternoon after a successful completion to her maiden visit to France in her current role.

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Assam’s Kaziranga Tiger Reserve in the eye of storm

Assam’s Kaziranga Tiger Reserve in the eye of storm

March 1, 2017

One of India’s largest wildlife destinations and tourist hotspots, the Kaziranga Tiger Reserve, in the north-eastern state of Assam, and the global news agency, the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) are making news. But, what is the story? Here is a synopsis.

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Connecting with diaspora youth for transforming India

Connecting with diaspora youth for transforming India

January 8, 2017

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD), which has become a key rendezvous for the Indian diaspora, has flown into its 14th edition and on the first day focussed on the diaspora youth with a view to redefine engagement between India and millions of people of Indian origin in the world.

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Stories of mixed identity and search for roots

Stories of mixed identity and search for roots

December 30, 2016

The new generation Indian diaspora is a mixed clan. While some are well-versed with Indian traditions and cultures, the others have never even visited India. Some are proud of their mixed identity,while it is awkward for others. However, the Indian government is leaving no stone ...

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