14th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas convention begins in Bengaluru

| Updated: Jan 07, 2017 17:53 IST

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], Jan. 7 (ANI): The 14th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (PBD) convention began in Bengaluru on Saturday. The three-day event kick started with the Youth PBD, the theme of which is 'Role of Diaspora Youth in the Transformation of India'. Vice President of Suriname Michael Ashwin Adhin will deliver a keynote address in the inaugural session. Minister of State for External Affairs General V. K. Singh and Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will also address the session, which will be chaired by Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel. The main convention will be inaugurated tomorrow by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Guest of the event, Prime Minister of Portugal Dr Antonio Costa. The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas convention is a crucial platform for engagement of the central and state governments with the Overseas Indian Community. Pravasi Bharatiya Divas has been held traditionally on 9th January every year to commemorate the return of Mahatma Gandhi as a Pravasi from South Africa to India. (ANI)