2015 Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas at Los Angeles
Sushma Swaraj returns from Dubai mid-way in wake of Paris attacks
Gen (rtd) V K Singh, the Minister of State for External Affairs arranged to attend RPBD
Los Angeles, Nov. 16, 2015
While opening the 9th Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas on Nov 14 at The Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles, Indian Ambassador to the US Arun K Singh said there is an increasing desire among the NRIs to connect with India.
“Among the NRIs, there is consciousness about the growing opportunities in India referring to the steps taken by the Narendra Modi-led government in the last 18 months,” Arun K Singh said. “In the first six months of 2015, India received the maximum FDI and also topped the degree of confidence index this year.”
Sushma Swaraj, External Affairs Minister was a chief Guest for this event but returned to New Delhi from mid-way in view of the Paris terror attacks. According to NRIpress sources, Swaraj had a transit halt at Dubai on her way to the US when Indian Government called her back.
............. In the mean time, Gen (Rtd) V K Singh, the Minister of State for External Affairs took the flight to LA but he was able to attend November 15 function only.
Bradley James Sherman, lawmaker, a former Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Sub-committee on Terrorism said, “ The attack in the French capital had all the hallmarks of the Mumbai terror attack that was launched in November 2008 by Lashkar-e-Taiba with the support of the Pakistani Army and its intelligence agencies. The Paris attack is based on model of the Mumbai terrorist attack. We have to stand up to terrorism to say enough is enough,”
Judy May Chu, Chinese American U.S. Congress woman who was elected Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, which advocates for the needs and concerns of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community across the nation said, “Indian American community is playing an essential role in America in every way.”
While delivering the inaugural address, Anil K Agarwal, Secretary in the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, stressed on NRI’s contribution to the India-US relationship. He further said, “We in Ministry our task to provide you with a platform to fulfil this desire of yours.”
NRI of the year Award was presented to Kali P Chaudhuri, Chairman and Founder of the KPC Group of Companies. He is also the chairman of KPC Medical College Hospital. KPC Healthcare Services of Riverside, California serves over 700,000 people and generates in excess of $1.6 billion in revenue. A driven leader, also known as the “perpetual fountain of energy” to his friends and colleagues.
Venkatesan Ashok, The Indian Consul General at the Indian Consulate in San Francisco said that the RPBD is an excellent meeting point for the NRI Community.
According o media person for RPBD, these people are the organizer for this whole project (see below photo)
Since 2007, Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (Regional Overseas Indians’ Convention) has been organized annually by Government of India with the support of overseas Indian community of the region.
The objective of the Convention is to connect the Indian Diaspora with India, to provide a platform for the Indian community and to contribute to the relationship between the two countries, USA and India.
Nov. 10, 2015: Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas(RPBD) in Los Angeles-Nov.14-15.....Click here
The Whole Prog. is controlled by Consulate office, San Francisco
The Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (Overseas Indians Day), organized by Ministry of Overseas Indians, attempts to connect the Indian Diaspora with India, bringing their knowledge, expertise and skills together. The 2015 Convention will be the ninth such conference held outside India.
Registration fee $75.00 per Couple, $50.00 per person and student $25. All registrants are provided Tea/ Coffee, two Lunches and one Grand Dinner. Consulate General and other Consulates from San Francisco will be available for any kind of Question/Answers for any VISA or OCI issues. ....members of the Coordination Committee.