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NRI convention to Focus on Key issues facing Indian diaspora
Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, the seventh edition of the annual convention for NRI's, will be held here between January 7 and 9, 2009. The convention, to held in Chennai for the first time, will discuss issues facing the Indian diaspora as India emerges as an economic power. It will also look at concerns relating to the current economic crisis. "This is a platform for overseas Indians to interact with government of India officials and others and discuss matters of mutual interest. It will be a platform for trade and investment, education, development and philanthropic activity. India's is one of the less affected economies in the global slowdown and the country presents an opportunity for everyone," K Mohandas, minister for overseas Indian affairs, told reporters.

Organised by the ministry in collaboration with the Tamil Nadu government and the Confederation of Indian Industry(CII), the convention is expected to attract more than 1,500 participants. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is slated to inaugurate the event, with President Pratibha Patil likely to grace the valedictory session. The Tamil Nadu tourism department plans to cash in on the event to promote the state as a tourist destination among expatriates and foreigners. Tours have been planned for participants, to Mamallapuram, Puducherry, Tirupati, Kancheepuram, Vellore and Yelagiri. The Mamallapuram dance festival will be an added attraction. The tourism department has prescribed a minimum set of guidelines for all hotels. "We have prescribed minimum set of guidelines for all hotels and have also provided commando-force protection for foreigners staying there," M Rajaram, tourism commissioner said.

 

 

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