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Swaraj assures aid for Russian youth, medical visa for one-year-old Pak girl

The external affairs minister assured help to the foreign nationals on Twitter.

india Updated: Oct 10, 2017 23:55 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Sushma Swaraj,External Affairs Minister,Kancheepuram
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj (PTI)

Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday assured a Russian youth of help after he was forced to seek alms outside a temple in Kancheepuram as his ATM PIN got locked. The External Affairs Minister also said the government will issue medical visa to a one-year old Pakistani girl for open-heart surgery in India.

Swaraj said on Twitter,

The 24-year-old, who is touring Tamil Nadu, had to resort to seeking alms after he failed to draw money using his bank ATM card as the PIN got locked, the police said.

Evangelin arrived at the Kumarakottam Sri Subramanya Swami temple and sat at the entrance with his backpack and sought alms using his cap.

Though the devotees spared money for him, they were surprised at the sight of a foreigner seeking alms and alerted the police.

The police said they gave him some money and advised him to go to Chennai and contact Russian Consulate officials for help.

For Hira Shiraz, the announcement of medical visa for her daughter came on Twitter hours after she made an appeal for its approval.

Earlier, Hira Shiraz had tweeted, “Ma’am @SushmaSwaraj this is humble request to approve our pending medical visa request of my 1year daughter for her open heart surgery.(sic)”

Swaraj has been sympathetically considering medical visa applications from scores of Pakistani nationals notwithstanding strain in the relationship between the two countries over a host of issues, including cross-border terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir

First Published: Oct 10, 2017 23:55 IST