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Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2019 highlights| ‘Congress diagnosed illness, never treated it’, says PM Modi at Pravasi meet

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2019: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the 2019 edition of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD), the Indian diaspora conclave, in his parliamentary constituency of Varanasi today. At least 5,000 delegates from Indian overseas...

By | Jan 22, 2019 15:54 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday inaugurated the 2019 edition of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD), the Indian diaspora conclave, in his parliamentary constituency of Varanasi today. At least 5,000 delegates from Indian overseas participated in the event.

After the convention ends on Jan 23, participants will visit Prayagraj for Kumbh Mela on January 24 and then go to Delhi to witness the Republic Day parade on January 26.

The PBD was postponed to January 21 this year, instead of Jan 9 as usual, “in reverence to the sentiments of the larger diaspora to participate in Kumbh Mela and Republic Day celebrations”, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement on Monday.

 

Here are the highlights:

12:38 pm IST

Encourage people around you to visit India: PM urges NRIs

“In whichever part of the world you live, I request you to encourage five families around you to visit India. This will give a major boost to India’s tourism industry,” said PM Modi.

12:32 pm IST

Will ease both passport and visa norms: PM 

“We are in the process of relaxing norms related to both passport and visa,” said PM Modi.

“Our Embassies and Consulates across the world are being connected with Passport Sewa Project. It will prepare a centralized system for passport related services for all. Now taking a step forward,work is on to issue chip-based e-passports,” he added.

12:31 pm IST

We are the largest start up ecosystem: PM Modi

“Today, we are the largest start up ecosystem and are also running the largest health scheme Ayushman Bharat, which implies progress both in terms of business and health facilities,” said PM Modi.

12:30 pm IST

‘One World, One Sun, One Grid’ is our motto to bring the world together: PM

“Today, India is in the position to lead the world in several subjects. International Solar Alliance (ISA) is one such platform. Through this medium, we want to take the world towards ‘One World, One Sun, One Grid’,” said PM Modi.

12:25 pm IST

We ended loot in 4yrs, former govts lacked will: PM

“We ended loot in 4 years, which the Congress identified it but lacked to will to find a solution,” said PM. “In past 4.5 years, our government has given around Rs. 5 lakh 78 thousand crores directly to people through different schemes. We have transferred it to their bank accounts,” he added.

12:22 pm IST

A former prime minister had once said only 15% of what is released from Centre reaches the villages: PM

“A former prime minister had once said only 15% of what is released from the Centre reaches the villages. He identified the problem, however, never treated it,” said PM Modi.

12:15 pm IST

India made huge progress in 4.5 years: PM Modi

“In the last four years, India has made huge progress and left its mark in the world. Earlier they said India can’t change, we have reversed the situation,’ said PM Modi.

12:10 pm IST

PM condoles death of Karnataka seer Shivakumara Swami

PM Modi condoled death of Shivakumara Swami, the 111-year-old revered seer of Karnataka’s Siddaganga Mutt at Tumakuru, who died early at 11.44 am on Monday.

12:09 pm IST

Love for the soil has pulled you all to PBD conclave: PM Modi

“Love for the soil has pulled you all to PBD conclave”, said PM Modi.

12:08 pm IST

PM Modi addresses delegates

PM Modi addresses delegates at Pravasi Bharatiya Divas conclave.

11:59 am IST

Will organize Bhojpuri Mahotsav next year: Mauritius PM

As our ancestors preserved Bhojpuri culture here, Mauritius will organize Bhojpuri Mahotsav next year, said Mauritius PM Pravind Jugnauth.

11:55 am IST

Mauritius will next week host International Bhagvad Gita mahotsav

“Mauritius will next week host International Bhagvad Gita mahotsav,” said Mauritius PM Pravind Jugnauth.

11:50 am IST

Our focus is on youth development: Jugnauth

Our focus in Mauritius is on youth development by all means, Mauritius PM Pravind Jugnauth.

11:45 pm IST

Swachh Bharat, Ayushman Bharat speak of inclusive development: Jugnauth

“Modiji’s initiatives like Swachh Bharat and Ayushman Bharat speak not only of a modern India but also his wish to ensure that development is inclusive,” said Mauritius PM .

11:35 am IST

‘Sense of commonness, belonging between India and Mauritius’: Jugnauth

We share a sense of commonness and belonging between India and Mauritius, said Mauritius PM Pravind Jugnauth.

11:30 am IST

NRIs will be able to participate in three major events: UP CM

I’m glad we postponed the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas convention on delegates’ request. For the first time, NRIs will have the opportunity to witness and be part of three major events, Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, Republic day parade, and the Kumbh mela., said Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath.

11:20 am IST

Migration of educated has brought laurels to India: Swaraj

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday, during the celebration of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas here, said that it is the migration of educated that has brought laurels to India.

11:13 am IST

Swaraj welcomes chief guest Pravind Jugnauth

Sushma Swaraj welcomed Mauritius’ PM Pravind Jugnauth, who is the chief guest of the PBD conclave.

11:00 am IST

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, late PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee vision: Swaraj

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas was vision of former late PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and it was in 2003 that the conclave was first inaugurated under his leadership.

10:55 am IST

Sushma Swaraj begins welcome addresses

Minister of external affair has begun with the welcome address.

10:50 am IST

PM Modi along with chief guest arrives at PBD venue

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Mauritius’ PM Pravind Jugnauth, who is the chief guest of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas conclave, arrived at the venue.

10:49 am IST

Delegates shout slogans

Some delegates shouted Jai Sri Ram and Bharat Mata Ki Jai slogans.

10:45 am IST

Sushma Swaraj, VK Singh reach venue

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and her deputy minister VK Singh have reached the venue.

10:40 am  IST

Haryana and Uttarakhand CMs present at event

UP CM Yogi Adityanath, his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar, and Uttarakhand counterpart Trivebdra Singh reached attend the event.

10:22 am IST

India will be skill capital by 2022: Sushma Swaraj

At the inauguration of Youth PBD Monday external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said India will be skill capital of the world by 2022.

10:20 am IST

‘Building new India’ theme of 15th edition of PBD

The theme of the 15th edition of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is role of Indian Diaspora in Building new India

10:15 am IST

PM Modi arrives in Varanasi

PM Modi has reached Varanasi to inaugurate Pravasi Bharatiya Divas conclave.

10:00 am IST

Gangotri, Hardwar, Prayagraj among names of entry gates

Gangotri, Hardwar, Prayagraj are some of the names given to entry gates for entry inside main hall.

9:55 am IST

Elaborate security arrangements

Elaborate security arrangements have been at the PBD 2019 venue. Vehicles are being stopped and delegates are being made to walk long distance from one gate to other.

9:25 am IST

7,000 people have registered for event

At least 7,000 people have registered for the event . After the convention ends on Jan 23, participants will visit Prayagraj for Kumbh Mela on January 24 and then go to Delhi to witness the Republic Day parade on January 26.

9:23 am IST

NRIs to demand dual citizenship, free visas

The Indian diaspora wants the dual citizenship issue or free visa to be taken up for discussion at the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas convention to ensure that the new generation remains connected to the ‘mother country’ India just like their parents and forefathers have done.

9:20 am IST

Why was PBD postponed

The PBD was postponed to January 21 this year, instead of Jan 9 as usual, “in reverence to the sentiments of the larger diaspora to participate in Kumbh Mela and Republic Day celebrations”, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement on Monday.

9:15 am IST

PM Modi to inaugurate Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2019

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the 2019 edition of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD), the Indian diaspora conclave, in his parliamentary constituency of Varanasi today.