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Manmohan Singh to inaugurate 'Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2012'

New Delhi, Thu, 05 Jan 2012 ANI

New Delhi, Jan 5 (ANI): Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh will inaugurate the tenth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) on January 8 at Jaipur.


Addressing a press conference here today, Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi said Prime Minister will inaugurate this annual flagship event of the Ministry on January 8, and President Pratibha Devisingh Patil will deliver the valedictory address on January 9 and confer the Pravasi Bhartiya Samman Awards.


He further said that over 1300 delegates from 54 countries have registered for the event so far. Around eight Ministers of Indian origin, 10 Central Ministers and around 10 or more Chief Ministers and other Ministers from State Governments are expected to grace the occasion.


He said Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Kamla Persad Bissessar will be the chief Guest in the event.


He further said that three pre-conference seminars are being organized, on 'Solar Energy- Investment and R and D', 'Social Entrepreneurship-Water' and 'Health'. The PBD Oration this year will be given by eminent economist and management expert Prof. Kishore Mahbubani, Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.


He also announced that the event would be webcast online and a summary of its proceedings will be released every day. The interactive website would provide an opportunity for the diaspora to participate in the conference from any part of the world.


The PBD-2012 is being held in partnership with the Government of Rajasthan and the Confederation of Indian Industry is the institutional partner.


India's rich culture will be depicted in the evening programmes being presented for the delegates. The first of these cultural programmes on January 7 will be hosted by the External Affairs Minister, the second on January 8 by the Chief Minister of Rajasthan and the finale on January 9 by the Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs. (ANI)


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