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“Welcome to Indian Diaspora” says Bengaluru

The preparation for PBD 2017 is on a full swing in Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC)

Bengaluru. JAN 6. UITV. The start up eco system of Bengaluru, which has attracted worldwide attention, will be showcased before the large Indian diaspora that is expected to participate in the three-day 14th edition of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas starting Saturday.

Dnyaneshwar M. Mulay, Secretary (OIA) in the Ministry of External Affairs, said, "We are trying to create a platform for innovations at Youth Pravasi Divas on Saturday. The start-up environment of Karnataka will be highlighted.”

Stalls by Karnataka, Kerala, Assam, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, the banking and financial sector, tourism, customs and other government departments lend colour to the two exhibition halls. The stalls of each State have been designed to emphasise their culture and unique selling points.


The minister for Tourism in karnataka is checking out the arragements at the venue on a day before the Processions of PBD 2017 start


Britain looking at Indian policy

The Indian diaspora in the UK is waiting to know the policies and plans of the Indian government, said Virendra Sharma, Member of Parliament, United Kingdom.

During an interactive session, he said, “We want to listen from the government on how they look at the diaspora. Also, we would like to know polices and plans of various State governments in the country for us. We are also looking at how can we contribute to the growth of the country.”

 Recently, the UK India Karnataka Business Meet 2016 was held at London to promote business activity and partnerships between UK and Indian companies, particular among those who have business activity in Karnataka.

 The British PM, who was In Bengaluru – a month back,  herself has no clues on the future plans. If the government itself is in confusion on addressing the issues, how can the government address the worries of the rest of the world, including businesses.


The Minister for state Gen. VK Singh and Minister of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj taking the questions in a press conforence on PBD in New Delhi


Here are the arrangements for the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas to be held in Bengaluru 2017.

PIO-CCI Karnataka chapter

The Persons of Indian Origin Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PIOCCI)-Karnataka chapter, which will be launched on Friday, will be looking at facilitating investments in Karnataka by PIOs in South Africa, South East Asian and Latin American countries.

ORR to be thrown open to the public

Widening of the Outer Ring Road stretch in Jalahalli, which had been stalled for three years, was expedited so that the road, which leads to the venue, would be ready for the conclave.

It will be thrown open to the public on Friday. "Even External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had expressed concern over the delay in the work on this road," said Mr. Deshpande. He credited the Urban Development Department and the BDA for completing the work on time.

Four helipads

Four helipads have been constructed on the venue with a connecting road for high-level delegates. A special helipad has been built near the exhibition hall for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Demonetisation blues

Ministry of External Affair, India addressed the issue in the following manner. In the effort to give the comfort to the clients and guests, ATM kiosks and bank counters are being set up at the venue. The delegates should not go to the city and stand in queues outside ATMs. Shortage of cash should not create a bad impression


The big event this week – All are Welcome!

14th edition of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas

Venue: Bengaluru International Exhibition Centre

Bengaluru is hosting the event for the first time

  • 6346 registrations confirmed
  • More than 1,500 NRIs and 400 floating NRIs will be a part of the event

January 7: Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas will focus on innovations & start-ups

Delegates who will be present there

      1. Michael Ashwin Adhin, Vice-President of Suriname, will be chief guest for Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas on January 7.

2. PM Narendra Modi to deliver keynote address on January 8

      3. Portugal Prime Minister Antonio Costa will be the chief guest on January 8

4. Chief Ministers of more than 8 States will host sessions on January 8

5. 240 artistes from across the country to perform on January 8

6. President Pranab Mukherjee will confer Pravasi Bharatiya Samman awards to 30 achievers on January 9