Diaspora

Bengaluru: The Diaspora comprising Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) has sought extension of the deadline to exchange or deposit the banned notes till December 31. "The deadline should be extended by six months till December 31 as all those having the banned notes will not come to India just to exchange or deposit them by June," Thomas Abraham, a NRI from Dubai, told IANS here.

Bengaluru: Indian-origin Portugal Prime Minister Antonio Luis Santos da Costa and Indian-born US diplomat Nisha Desai Biswal are among the 30 awardees of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD), it was announced on Monday. "Costa, Nisha and other of the diaspora have been conferred the PBD 2017 awards for their outstanding contribution in diverse fields, including public service, community service, social service, business, education and arts & culture," said the External Affairs Ministry in a statement on the PBD valedictory day here.

Dubai: The sixth anniversary of “KaDaM” (Kundapura Devadiga Mitra) was celebrated in a grand style at the Marco Polo Hotel Deira, Dubai. After the lighting of the lamp and the prayer song, Nithyananda Beskoor welcomed the audience to the function hosted by Santosh Sherigar, Shridhar Devadiga and Nithyananda Beskoor. The cultural events at the programme included a beautiful Bharatanatyam performance by Kumari Lakshmi Jayachandran. It was followed by melodious songs, dance performances. Later, Vasudeva Devadiga Byndoor spoke about the story of KaDaM.

Sharjah: Artists from Klassical Rhythms left the audience spellbound at the fifth anniversary of Earthmech FZC on Dec 16. Over 50 artists mesmerised the audience during the show.

Salmiya (Kuwait): Karnataka branch of Kuwait Kerala Muslim Association (KKMA) re-elected Abdul Jabbar as the President for the next two-years term (2017 – 2018) in the GBM held recently. Delivering the welcome address, Senior leader and advisor Abdul Hameed Mulky highlighted the various charitable achievements and activities of KKMA such as Family Benefit Schems (FBS), Educational Scholarship Program (ESP), Medical Assistance Program (MAP) and Housing Improvement Program (HIP) etc.

Bengaluru, Jan 8 (IANS) Terming the political backlash against demonetisation as unfortunate, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday thanked the Indian diaspora for their support to the note ban to curb black money and fight corruption. "I would like to thank you for supporting our fight against black money and corruption though political pundits called the note ban anti-people," Modi told about 1,800 overseas Indians at the 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas celebrations here.

Bengaluru: India on Saturday invited its young diaspora globally to take up social projects as part of its contribution to the motherland. "The government will encourage the young Indian diaspora to undertake social projects anywhere in the country, including states, cities or towns they originally belong to," Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel said here on Saturday.

Bengaluru: Union Minister of State for External Affairs General V.K. Singh on Saturday urged the young diaspora to be a part of India's growth story by tapping the opportunities the country offers through various programmes. "India offers opportunities to be part of its growth story and realise your dreams through the government's flagship programmes launched to achieve developmental objectives," Singh said at the Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas here, held as part of the 14th Non-Resident Indian (NRI) Day.

Kuwait: The Kuwait Canara Welfare Association Kuwait (KCWA) will be organising 'Kala Utsav 2017' on January 13 at the American International School, Kuwait. The programme will include performances by popular actors and singers, live band by 'Soul Stirrers', Gulf Baila Naach semi-finals, rib-tickling jokes by famous comedians from Kuwait, foot-tapping dances by local artistes, distribution of merit scholarships and awards, hamper draw, and Konkani drama - 'Keppyache Kesthavn'.

Dublin: Konkans Ireland organised a Christmas celebration on Dec 11 at Carlton Hotel Blanchardstown. Caje-Archana, James-Marina, Mark-Helen, Santhosh-Saritha, Sathish-Latha and Brian-Monica were part of the Christmas Committee responsible to organise the event to mark 10 years of togetherness. After a welcome dance by committee members, the Birth of Jesus tableau was performed by Christmas committee’s family members. Kids had a great time as Santa distributed chocolates to kids. There was also a Konkan Ireland anniversary march and a cake cutting.

United Kingdom: The Karnataka Cultural Foundation United Kingdom, national committee will organsie ‘Meelad conference - Ilal Habeeb – 2016’ on December 10 at Tiny Twinkles Nursery, 3 Winchester Avenue, London to mark the 1491st birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad. 

Kuwait: The St Aloysius College Alumni Association (SACAA), Kuwait, held its annual general body meeting at Salmiya under leadership of the outgoing President Ashley D’Silva.  Proceedings began with a brief self-introduction of every member followed by the outgoing President Ashley D’Silva welcoming everyone to the gathering. This was followed by the treasurers report given by Neethan Cutinha, who accounted for the various events that were conducted during the last two years. Also, a moment of silence was observed in remembrance of Cyril Peris.

Dubai: Multi-faceted personality Sarvotham Shetty from Abu Dhabi has been chosen as the honorary president of Vishwa Tulu Ayonu 2016 to be held in Kasargod from Dec 9. For more than three decades, Sarvotham Shetty has been supporting the cause of Tulu language and culture. Being an artist himself, he guided many fellow Tuluvas/Kannadigas in many ways.

Manama Bahrain: Bellevision Bahrain’s 6th Annual Day was organised on Thursday at the Baen Sang Thai Auditorium. The programme began with an introduction of the event by Master of Ceremony Rony Pinto followed by a dance performance by Nikitha, Rachell and Jennifer. Speaking on the occasion, Alfreeda Castelino welcomed the gathering and expressed her gratitude and thanked all the members for their hard work and dedication.

College Park, Maryland/USA: The DC Mangalorean Association hosted a Christmas celebration at the Rasoi Restaurant in College Park, Maryland.   Over 120 people from Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia joined in the celebration. Daryl Fernandes was the MC for the evening. The event started with a Nativity play by the children. Carol DSouza , Renita Nazareth and Joann Albuquerque organised the play and selected the songs. The choir provided some beautiful Christmas music and everyone joined in singing the Christmas songs.

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