Tue, May 23, 2017 | updated 10:33 PM IST

FICCI, Carnegie India launch report on bringing Diaspora home

Updated: Jan 06, 2017 08:28 IST      
FICCI, Carnegie India launch report on bringing Diaspora home

New Delhi [India], Jan. 6 (ANI): In the run-up to the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Modi this weekend, in Bangalore, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), in partnership with Carnegie India, has launched the report 'Bringing the Diaspora Home: India's Expatriate Evacuation Operations' by Dr. Constantino Xavier.

The event on Thursday was chaired FICCI Secretary General Dr. A. Didar Singh, who outlined the economic importance of this subject and the relevance of the report to bring awareness on India's accomplishments in its successful evacuation operations.

This event was also attended by Ambassador Ranjan Mathai, former Foreign Secretary who commended the timing of the event given its importance to the diaspora and its proximity to the PBD 2017.

He also outlined the importance of flexible approaches for different contexts encountered with each operation along with a good understanding of the destination country.

Also, Vice-Admiral (retired) Anup Singh emphasized the importance of maritime diplomacy and international relations in facilitating evacuation operations, at the event.

More than 11 million Indian citizens reside worldwide, more than 20 million travel internationally every year, and around ten million Indian passports are issued every year.

Given their rising role in India's economic development, with their remittances accounting for more than percent per cent of its GDP, Overseas Indians have now become a priority for New Delhi's foreign and security policies.

The Indian government has therefore committed unprecedented attention to the safety of the diaspora, especially during recent crises in the Gulf region. However, given the lack of any formal doctrine or emergency plan, the paper shows that the relative success of India's evacuation operations has mostly been due to the individual sacrifices of its officials and that the government must go be beyond punctual efforts and quick-fix solutions.

Based on new data and interviews with officials, Dr. Xavier's paper assesses India's experience in conducting these missions and forwards policy recommendations on how these can be improved.

He said that such measures should include institutionalising best practices as standard operating procedures and emergency plans; improving operational coordination between various ministries and agencies; training its diplomatic cadre to operate in hostile environments; increasing operational coordination and cooperation with foreign governments; and attributing a greater role to the armed forces, strengthening its capacity to plan and deploy in tandem with civilian authorities. (ANI)

Separatist leader Geelani slams 'glorification' of Maj. Gogoi

Updated: May 23, 2017 22:02 IST     

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], May 23 (ANI): Kashmiri separatist leader and chief of Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani has strongly criticised the Centre over the glorification of Major Leetul Gogoi, who tied a man to a jeep in Kashmir purportedly as a 'human shield' against stone-pelters.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], May 23 (ANI): Clearing the air after Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Alka Lamba courted controversy when she climbed onto a crane to take stock of the rescue operations by fire fighters in Delhi's Chandni Chowk area, Director Delhi Fire Services, G.C. Mishra asserted that Lamba's only motive was to control the situation.

Full Story >>

Guwahati (Assam) [India], May 23 (ANI): The National Investigation Agency (NIA) Special Court in Guwahati on Tuesday sentenced three convicts of the Dima Hasao terror funding case to life imprisonment and awarded eight to 12 years' imprisonment to 11 others convicted in the case.

Full Story >>

Budgam (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], May 23 (ANI): After the Jammu and Kashmir Police refused to quash the First Information Report (FIR) against him for tying a man to the bonnet of his jeep to serve as a 'human shield', Major Leetul Gogoi on Tuesday defended his act by saying that he took the step "to save the people trapped in the polling booth."

Full Story >>

Proud of Indian Army's valour: BJP

Updated: May 23, 2017 20:23 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 23 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was all praises for the valour of the Indian Army after it announced that punitive fire assaults were being undertaken across the Line of Control (LoC) to counter terrorist action from Pakistan asserting that these strikes were meant to prohibit infiltrations at LoC and that it is proud of the Army.

Full Story >>

Controversial spiritual leader Chandraswami passes away

Updated: May 23, 2017 19:34 IST     

New Delhi [India] May 23 (ANI): Controversial spiritual guru Chandraswami passed away on Tuesday due to renal failure at the age of 66.

Full Story >>

BSF seizes snake venom worth Rs. 12 crore

Updated: May 23, 2017 19:30 IST     

South Dinajpur (West Bengal) [India], May 23 (ANI): The Border Security Force (BSF) has seized snake venom worth Rs. 12 crore from South Dinajpur, West Bengal.

Full Story >>

Mayawati holds BJP responsible for Dalit-Rajput violence

Updated: May 23, 2017 19:30 IST     

Saharanpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India], May 23 (ANI): Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) Chief Mayawati on Tuesday exhorted all sections of the society to live in harmonious environment and alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wanted to disturb the harmony among various sections of the society.

Full Story >>

Ootacamund (Tamil Nadu) [India], May 23 (ANI): President of India Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday addressed the 159th founder's day celebrations of the Lawrence School Lovedale at Ootacamund.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], May 23 (ANI): Strongly reacting to the report of denial of entry to a senior retired Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) officer by the Canadian authorities, the Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday said that it had taken up the matter with Canada Government.

Full Story >>

Maj. Gogoi defends his act, says took step to save locals

Updated: May 23, 2017 18:43 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 23 (ANI): After the Jammu and Kashmir Police refused to quash the First Information Report (FIR) against him for tying a man to the bonnet of his jeep to serve as a 'human shield', Major Leetul Gogoi on Tuesday defended his act by saying that he took the step "to save the local people."

Full Story >>

Lalu Yadav's daughter's CA sent to three-day ED custody

Updated: May 23, 2017 18:31 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 23 (ANI): Delhi's Patiala House Court on Tuesday granted a three-day Enforcement Directorate (ED) custody to Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad's daughter Misa Bharti's Chartered Accountant (CA) Rajesh Agarwal in a money laundering case.

Full Story >>

Patna (Bihar) [India], May 23 (ANI): Following the verdict in the 2005 Ashok Singh murder case, wife of deceased Ashok Singh, Chandni Singh on Tuesday asserted that she was not totally satisfied with the decision even as they demanded death sentence for the accused.

Full Story >>

Mumbai(Maharashtra) [India], May 23 (ANI): While praises are pouring in for the Indian Army for carrying out the 'punitive fire assault' on the Pakistan posts, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Tuesday said it was not a befitting reply, but a mere "small action."

Full Story >>

Centre applauds Indian Army's attack on Pak posts in Nowshera

Updated: May 23, 2017 18:08 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 23 (ANI): Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday applauded the Indian Army attack on Pakistan posts along the Line of Control (LoC ) in the Nowshera sector of Jammu and Kashmir and said the Army is taking pre-emptive and measured actions to counter terrorism in the valley.

Full Story >>

Assault on Pak posts sends strong message: Defence experts

Updated: May 23, 2017 17:54 IST     

Nagpur/Bhopal/Chandigarh [India], May 23 (ANI): The defence experts on Tuesday hailed the punitive fire assault on the Pakistan posts by the Indian Army, citing it would send out a strong message to Islamabad to stop unprovoked ceasefire violations and firing across the border.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], May 23 (ANI): Congress leader Randeep Surjewala on Tuesday praised the valour and courage of the Indian Army and asked the government to wake up from its "slumber and come to the assistance of our brave soldiers."

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], May 23 (ANI): The Pakistan Army on Tuesday refuted the attack on Islamabad's posts in the Nowshera sector of Jammu and Kashmir, which the Indian Army earlier in the day said it carried out on May 9.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], May 23 (ANI): The Patiala House Court on Tuesday summoned Congress leader Jagdish Tytler after noting that he got his passport renewed by providing incorrect information stating that he didn't have any pending criminal cases against him.

Full Story >>

Hoist Tiranga in Lahore, says Shiv Sena post Army assault

Updated: May 23, 2017 16:49 IST     

Mumbai(Maharashtra) [India], May 23 (ANI): The Shiv Sena on Tuesday lauded the 'punitive fire assault' on the Pakistan posts by the Indian Army in Jammu and Kashmir's Nowshera district saying that the army should now hoist the'Tiranga'(Indian Tricolour) in Lahore to a give befitting reply to the unprovoked ceasefire violations.

Full Story >>