– PM Modi tells MPs of Indian originIndian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Shrimati Sushma-Swaraj told Guyanese and other parliamentarians of Indian origin at a world gathering on Tuesday, January 9, that the ancestral homeland was proud of their achievements.Some 141 MPs and Mayors (chairs of regional bodies) were invited to a conference and reception in New Delhi, India. The conference was held at the Pravasi Bharatya Kendra, which was built for overseas Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs).The meeting was organised by the External Affairs Ministry under the leadership of Shrimati Sushma-Swaraj and inaugurated by PM Modi. Attendees included Government Ministers, the Vice President of India, Ambassadors in Delhi and other dignitaries.There are some 280 PIOs sitting in Parliaments of various countries, many of whom are Ministers or Heads of Governments. The present PMs of Portugal, Ireland and Mauritius are PIOs. Only sitting MPs and Mayors were invited to the Delhi meet.Some 141 Indian origin MPs and Mayors from 23 countries accepted the invitation to attend the conference called to boost ties between India and the countries where the MPs are domiciled. Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo was among some 24 who attended from Guyana. The cost was borne by India.The forum allows the MPs to connect with their past in India and contribute to the growth of ‘new India’. Besides, it will also help India have more friends in foreign countries rooting for its interest. The Indian Government believes that increasing engagement with the MPs will help India with having more advocates for its cause on various issues on the global stage. The Diaspora has been a very active and strong advocate of India’s cause. It was noted, for example, that the Indian Diaspora has played an important role in pushing for India-centric policies in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada.Modi told the MPs: “Your achievements (as legislators in your countries) are a point of pride for us. Even when you are nominated for political office anywhere, we are very happy. You affect geo-politics and the world and frame laws. Indians watching these developments are very happy to hear about your achievements.“No matter where you are, I believe your ancestors will be very happy to see you all here. Everywhere Indians go, they integrate into the Diaspora. They take up the culture, sports and the other everyday things of their surrounding environment,” Modi added.He added: “Whenever I travel, I like to meet people of Indian origin. I have met many of you like this. The reason is that you are permanent ambassadors of the country. My government has tried to connect to Indians overseas and solve their problems. Earlier, we had different schemes and ministries, but now it is all integrated under the External Affairs Ministry. Sushma Swaraj is working for you constantly. Overseas residents can help us in many ways. You send remittances and we are thankful for that. You can also invest in India. We know your experience is important for the betterment of India. You can take India to the world. We want to be with you when you succeed.”He reminded the gathering of the greatness of Indian culture. “We believe in ‘Vaasudev Kutumbakam’ – the world is one. The values of Indian culture and civilisation can guide a world gripped in increasing instability. On my suggestion, World Yoga Day (adopted by the UN) was celebrated on such a large scale.”And on aiding the world, the PM informed the gathering that India was among the first responders in a crisis. ?In Yemen, we saved not just our citizens but also people from 48 other countries by lifting them out of the war-torn country. Indian soldiers laid down their lives in World War I and World War II even though the country did not have any economic interest in the wars. Our relationship with a country is not based on give and take, it is based on humanity.”Modi thanked the MPs for taking time out of their busy schedule and coming to the conference. He said that he hoped to meet them again next year at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD).Before the PM spoke, the External Affairs Minister also showered praises on the MPs. (Vishnu Bisram)
from Nov 10 Bengaluru, Nov 4 (PTI) The Art of Living International Centre is hosting a two-day Global Leadership Forum here from November 10 where an array of leaders from politics, business and media will take part. The event is aimed at deliberating on developing leadership based on sustainability, human values, sports, politics and ethics. This is the second edition of the event, the first one took place in Delhi last year where 110 speakers and more than 4,000 delegates from 80 countries participated. The key-speakers of this years summit are GMR Group chairman Grandhi Mallikarjuna Rao, Pullela Gopichand, former prime minister of Republic of Slovenia Alojz Peterle, former SBI chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya, MD and president of Siemens Gerd Hoefner, BEML MD Deepak Hota and scholar and activist Dr Vandana Shiva. In his pre-event message, Sri Sri Ravishankar said, “Thinking, discussing, arguing and disagreeing will all leadto something very good -if done with the right intention andpurpose for the right cause.” PTI GMS RA ROH
OTTAWA — U.S. authorities say companies in Canada were among the targets of two Chinese citizens charged with carrying out an extensive hacking campaign to steal data.An indictment was unsealed today against Zhu Hua and Zhang Shillong, who prosecutors said were acting on behalf of China’s main intelligence agency to pilfer information in several countries.Papers filed in Manhattan federal court allege the hackers were able to breach the computers of enterprises involved in activities ranging from aviation and space to pharmaceutical technology.U.S. prosecutors allege the hackers were able to steal “hundreds of gigabytes” of data from targets in 12 countries.In Canada, the RCMP had no immediate comment on the U.S. charges.In the last several months, the U.S. Justice Department has filed charges against several Chinese intelligence officials and alleged hackers.The Canadian Press
A crowd of nearly 70,000 turned out to Soccer Aid at Manchester United’s Old Trafford this week to witness Michael Sheen’s Rest Of The World team defeat England in a pulsating encounter between the two sides, by four goals to two.A second half hat trick from Rest of The World’s ’s former dutch international Clarence Seedorf, and a great chip from 25 yards from Nicky Byrne cancelled out a long range effort from Jamie Redknapp and a penalty from Kevin Phillips to win the much coveted Soccer Aid trophy.By the time the final whistle blew ITV viewers had pledged over £2million to UNICEF’s vital work saving children’s lives, which will be matched by the UK Government pound for pound, bringing the total to £4.2 million so far. The final figure will be announced in due course.The winning team also included Gordon Ramsay, James McAvoy, Sam Worthington, and more. The England team included Stephen Moyer, Olly Murs and John Bishop.David Bull, Executive Director UNICEF UK: “Tonight at Soccer Aid we’ve shown how the power of sport can unite people to help save and change children’s lives all over the world. As a result of the generosity of the British public, and the Aid Match from the UK Government, UNICEF will be able to get life-saving food, medicine and clean water to some of the world’s most vulnerable children. We’re incredibly grateful to everyone who donated tonight.”International Development Secretary Justine Greening added: “The incredible public response to Soccer Aid shows Britain at its best. We are backing the generosity of the British people by matching all donations to Soccer Aid pound for pound, helping UNICEF double its impact.”“That means even more women giving birth safely and more children getting life-saving vaccinations and nutritious food in some of the world’s poorest countries.”The public can continue to donate to UNICEF by texting the word CHILD to 70333 to give £5. Lines are open until the 30th June 2014.