We will ensure safety of expats: Manmohan Singh

TNN, 9 Jan 2013, 0708 hrs IST Prime minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said India would render prompt and necessary assistance and support to ensure the security and safety of expatriate Indians working in various countries, just as it did recently in strife-torn Libya.

Back home after many generations

TNN, 9 Jan 2013, 0708 hrs IST This may be Athisten Cooper’s first visit to India. But he is now determined to return to his home country and trace his roots.

Job opportunities galore in middle east: Ravi Pillai

TNN, 9 Jan 2013, 0708 hrs IST A construction boom happening in the petrochemical industry in the Middle East will generate up to one lakh jobs for Keralites, managing director of Saudi Arabia-based Nasser S Al-Hajri Corporation Ravi Pillai said.

NRIs crucial for economic recovery

TNN, 9 Jan 2013, 0704 hrs IST The role of NRIs is very crucial for the country as the world is yet to recover from the economic downturn, opined Union minister for commerce and industry Anand Sharma.

AI moots free trip home for Indians freed from jails

TNN, 9 Jan 2013, 0703 hrs IST Minister of state for civil aviation K C Venugopal said Air India has mooted a proposal to bring back Indians freed from various foreign jails free of cost.

Overseas Citizens of India, PIO cards to be merged soon

TNN, 9 Jan 2013, 0703 hrs IST Minister for overseas Indian affairs (MOIA) Vayalar Ravi on Tuesday promised that the longpending demand to merge the cards issued to Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) and People of Indian Origin (PIO) would materialize soon.

‘India needs Kochi Metro-like projects’

TNN, 9 Jan 2013, 0703 hrs IST India needs projects like Kochi Metro in all parts of the country, observed deputy chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia.

Africa to be next big investment destination, says SA deputy minister

TNN, 9 Jan 2013, 0703 hrs IST Ebrahim said that the Indian business community have been playing a decisive role in the tackling the economic issues of the country.

‘100mn jobs to be created in a decade’

TNN, 9 Jan 2013, 0657 hrs IST With investments in both manufacturing and educational institutions, the country is going to create 100 million jobs within a decade, said Union minister for commerce and industry Anand Sharma.

Improve skills to get better jobs abroad

TNN, 9 Jan 2013, 0657 hrs IST More impetus is required to improve the skills of the unskilled labourers who go abroad for work as this will ensure that they will have better income and bargaining power abroad, said ambassador-at-large to Singapore, Gopinath Pillai.

Power of original thought keeps Indians apart

TNN, 9 Jan 2013, 0657 hrs IST Indian diaspora is primarily distinguished by the power of original thought, which finds expression in all forms of creativity, said author and former ambassador of India to Bhutan Pavan Varma at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas.

Chandy draws pm’s attention to gulf NRIs’ woes

TNN, 9 Jan 2013, 0657 hrs IST Chandy took up almost all issues like travel woes, the low ceiling set for gold import, problems of Indians jailed in different countries and the need for providing Aadhar cards to them.

The light stuff

TNN, 9 Jan 2013, 0657 hrs IST Well , if you were one who believed that women love to talk, then you have to hear what minister of state for HRD Shashi Tharoor had to say.

President Pranab Mukherjee to address Pravasi Bhartiya Divas tomorrow

PTI, 8 Jan 2013, 2022 hrs IST President Pranab Mukherjee will address the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas tomorrow in Kochi.

Sant Chatwal plans to invest Rs 300 crore in Kerala resorts

IANS, 8 Jan 2013, 1556 hrs IST Indian-American businessman Sant Singh Chatwal is thinking of investing Rs 300 crore in setting up resorts in Kerala.

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas: Govt determined to turn setbacks into opportunity, PM says

PTI, 8 Jan 2013, 1310 hrs IST “There is now a surge of expectation from an increasingly empowered and articulate public, for more responsive, transparent, participative, clean and efficient governance,” Manmohan Singh said, inaugurating the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Kochi, attended by the Indian diaspora.

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2013 focuses on Gulf region

TNN, 8 Jan 2013, 0732 hrs IST Urging action to improve the plight of non-resident Indians (NRIs) working in West Asia, the 11th edition of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) began in the city on Monday. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will formally inaugurate the three-day event on Tuesday.

Exhibition of paintings by NRIs on sidelines of Pravasi meet

PTI, 7 Jan 2013, 1430 hrs IST The paintings can be purchased by the collectors.

Diaspora meet at Kerala to have exclusive Middle East session

IANS, 7 Jan 2013, 1229 hrs IST The three-day 11th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) which kicked off here early Monday is the biggest ever held in the country, a Kerala minister has said.

I’m proud to be a Bihari, says Mauritius president

TNN, 7 Jan 2013, 0359 hrs IST “My forefathers went to a distant place but kept Bihar and India alive in their hearts,” Mauritius President Rajkeswur Purryag said.