February 8, 2012
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GOPIO CONCLUDES SUCCESSFUL MEETING AND COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS BANQUET IN
The Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) concluded it's very
successful Executive Meetings, Regional & Country Reports followed by highly
acclaimed GOPIO's Community Service Awards banquet held on January 6, 2012 at
the Marriott Jaipur Hotel. The GOPIO events of January 6 preceded Pravasi
Bharatiya Divas (PBD2012) events of January 7 - 9, 2012.
The interactive session on Regional & Country Reports followed the GOPIO
Executive Meeting chaired by recently elected president Ashook Ramsaran and
attended by: Sunny Kulathakal (Executive Vice President); Dr Piyush Agrawal
(Senior Vice President); Munish Gupta (International Coordinator, Africa); Umesh
Chandra (International Coordinator, Oceania) and Dr Thomas Abraham (Executive
Trustee, GOPIO Foundation).
Regional & Country Reports session was chaired by GOPIO president Ashook
Ramsaran on behalf of GOPIO chairman Inder Singh. Reports were presented by:
Markandey Rai (Kenya); Dr Anand Singh (South Africa); Ved Prakash Goojha
(France); Ena Maraj (Trinidad & Tobago); Radha Krishnan (National Indian
Organizations in USA); Dr Piyush Agrawal (North America); Dr. Mohan Gautam
(Netherlands); Roy Bodjhawan (GOPIO Netherlands); Suman Kapoor (New Zealand);
Umesh Chandra (Oceania Region); Shyam Das (Australia); K N Gupta (Liaison with
Gov't of India); Gopal Mehta (GOPIO Jaipur); Issac John (The Middle East and The
GOPIO Media Council); Prem Lashkery (Nepal); Datuk A. Vaithilingam (Malaysia);
Dr Winston Tolan (Jamaica).
Photo above: GOPIO Women's Council Chair Suman Kapoor (New Zealand) speaking at
the session Regional and County Reports. Seated above are: GOPIO Executive VP
Sunny Kulathakal (Bahrain), GOPIO Senior VP Dr. Piyush Agrawal (USA), GPPIO
President Ashook Ramsaran (USA) and GOPIO International Coordinator for Africa
The session on NRI/PIO Investment & Business Opportunities was a grand success
with capacity attendance to participate in superb presentations. Following the
welcome by Program Convener Munish Gupta and introductions by GOPIO President
Ashook Ramsaran, the inaugural address was delivered by Chief Guest Shri.
Rajendra Pareek, Rajasthan State Minister of Industries, NRI, Economics &
Photo above: GOPIO Conference Session on Investment - Chief Guest Minister
Rajendra Pareekh with other speakers and conference organizers
Presenters at the session were Mr. Yadvendra Mathur, IAS - Rajasthan Financial
Corporation (Theme: The changing/ new India with rapid liberalization, economic
reforms, legal system and good economy luring NRI/ PIO / Foreign Investors); Mr.
Nirankar Saxena, FICCI Director, Center for Technology (Theme: India
Commercializing Innovation and Technology Overseas, and inviting Overseas
Indians to participate); Ms. Sujata Sudarshan, CEO of Overseas Indian
Facilitation Centre - OIFC (Theme: Facilitating NRI / PIO investment
opportunities, an MOIA initiative) and Shyamsundar Kadur, India-Trinidad &Tobago
Chamber of Industry & Commerce - Managing Director of SS International Ltd.
(Theme: NRI Opportunities in Trinidad & Tobago and the Caribbean Region); Also
making presentations: Navita Yadav, COO & Head of IL&FS Trust Company Ltd,
Mumbai, India; Deepak Sharma, Senior VP &. Business Manager- NRI Service, Kotak
Mahindra Bank, Mumbai, India. The session ended with concluding remarks by Mr.
Vishwas Jain, Managing Director of CEG India.
Photo above (from l. to r.) - GOPIO Investment Session speakers, from l. to r.
Sujata Sudarshan, Nirankar Saxena, Munish Gupta, Navita Yadav, Ashook Ramsaran,
Deepak Sharma, Yadvendra Mathur, Shyamsundar Kadur
The GOPIO Community Service Awards banquet later that evening was a very
prominent, high profile, well attended and publicized event with chief guest
Shri Shivraj Patil, Governor of Rajasthan and guest of honor Shri Ashok Gehlot,
Chief Minister of Rajasthan
Following the welcome by Program Convener Munish Gupta, GOPIO's Director for
Government Liaison K. N Gupta greeted the audience. GOPIO president Ashook
Ramsaran spoke about GOPIO and its plans for major events the next two years.
GOPIO's Founder President Dr. Thomas Abraham, who currently serves as the
Executive Trustee of GOPIO Foundation, spoke on GOPIO's history and objectives
and that Jaipur was a real home coming for him since he graduated from the
Malaviya National Institute of Technology (MNIT) located a mile from the banquet
venue. GOPIO's Executive Vice President Sunny Kulathakal emphasized the
importance of GOPIO serving the Diaspora and India's interest in all countries
with large Indian Diaspora. Following speeches by the chief guest Governor Shri
Shivraj Patil and Chief Minister Shri Ashok Gehlot, the GOPIO CSA awards and
recognition were presented to the recipient as follows:
GOPIO Community Service Awardees: Faisal Kottikollon (Bahrain); Raghunath Manet
(France); Prof. Ved Prakash Nanda (USA); Dr Rami Ranger, MBE (UK); Dr. Ajeet
Singhvi (USA); Datuk A. Vaithilingam (Malaysia); Hendry H Wickramasinghe (Sri
Lanka). GOPIO Special Award was presented to: Govt of India Shipping Secretary
K. Mohandas (former secretary of Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs) for his
contribution in initiating several MOIA programs for the Diaspora.
Photo above (l-r): Munish
Gupta, Dr Piyush Agrawal, Faisal Kottikollon, Sec K. Mohandas, Dr. Ved Prakash
Nanda, Dr. Ajeet Singhvi, Hon. Shri Ashok Gehlot, H.E. Shri Shivraj Patil, Datuk
A. Vaithilingam, Dr Rami Ranger, Hendry H Wickramasinghe, Raghunath Manet,
Ashook Ramsaran, Sunny Kulathakal, K N Gupta, Dr Thomas Abraham
Concluding remarks and note of appreciation were given by Dr Piyush Agrawal
(GOPIO's Senior Vice President) and GOPIO Jaipur Coordinator Gopal Mehta.
Watch PIOTV videos of GOPIO program in Jaipur at the following links:
PRAVASI BHARATIYA DIVAS (PBD 2012) TERMED AS A SUCCES
The 10th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) was
celebrated on January 7th to 9th at Jaipur last month. PBD has been
organized since 2003 to appreciate the work done by overseas Indian community
for the development of India.
Program started with two pre-conference sessions on Jan. 7th, on Solar
Technology and Diaspora Contribution to Health Sector. The
ministry of health made a strong pitch to Indians overseas during the PBD and
urged them to help in the development of healthcare facilities in the country,
especially in providing training, knowhow and advanced technologies. Many
Indians in the Gulf and western countries have shown interest in setting up
hospitals and medical colleges in India. Training of medical professionals is
another area where they can help the Indian government.
PRIME MINISTER MANMOHAN SINGH INAUGURATES THE CELEBRATION
PBD was inaugurated on Jan. 8th by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh,
who announced that the
government has issued notifications for registration of overseas voters under
the Representation of People Act and non-resident Indians can now vote in the
Indian elections. Postal ballot or online voting, however, has not been granted
and the NRIs who want to vote will have to be present in their home
constituencies to cast their ballot in person during the elections.
The government has also initiated an effort to spruce up its existing People of
Indian Origin and Overseas Citizen of India schemes. The two schemes will now be
merged, thus rectifying some problems and overlaps between the two. Foreign
spouses of overseas Indian cardholders will now become eligible for the overseas
citizen of India cards - which have proved very popular among people of Indian
origin who have acquired citizenship of other countries.
Lately there has been a surge in workers going to work in the Gulf and other
areas from the north Indian states including Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. In an
effort to reach out to these workers, an office of the Protector of Emigrants
has been set up in Jaipur. Earlier, they would have to travel to Delhi for their
immigration formalities. The city will also have a migrant resource centre to
provide support to overseas Indians and emigrating workers.
Speaking at the inaugural session, MOIA Minister Vayalar Ravi said that the
government has unveiled a new e-migrate scheme to provide end-to-end online
solutions for the emigration system. This will link semi-skilled and unskilled
workers who go for jobs overseas, offices of the protector of emigrants,
recruiting agencies, immigration officials, employers and Indian missions
Minister Ravi further said that in the past few years, the Indian government had
entered into social security agreements with various European nations which
benefit the Indian professionals who work there. These agreements are now being
expanded into labor mobility partnership agreements which are being expanded to
cover students, academics and professionals, besides skilled workers. Such pacts
are being negotiated with the Netherlands, France, Australia and EU.
The chief guest at the PBD was Trinidad
and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar who was accompanied by a large
delegation. PM Bissessar termed India as its grandmother to all the PIOs living
in the Caribbean countries.
One of the highlights of the Pravasi Bharatiya divas this year was the launch of
a new pension and life insurance fund for overseas Indian workers by the
government. The scheme will encourage, enable and assist overseas workers to
voluntarily save for their return and resettlement in their old age. It will
also provide a low cost insurance cover against natural death.
The ministry of overseas Indian affairs has announced that it will undertake an
ethnographic study of the vast and diverse body of people of Indian origin
across the world, through its think tank the Indian Council of Overseas
Employment. Such a database has never been undertaken before and the mapping
will benefit both the Indian government and the communities of people of Indian
origin around the world.
In a clear message that the government is serious about reaping the demographic
dividend and in an effort to position India as a global supplier of skilled and
trained workforce in the coming decades, the ministry of overseas Indian affairs
has drafted a scheme for skills development. It is aimed to train over 10
million youth over the next two five-year plans and enable workers to move up
the value chain and access better jobs overseas.
PRESIDENT PRATIBHA PATIL DELIVERS VALIDICTORY ADDRESS AND CONFERS SAMMAN
On Jan. 9th at the Valedictory session, President
Pratibha Patil conferred the "Pravasi Bharatiya Samman" awards to 14 eminent
overseas Indians, including Trinidad & Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad
Bissessar, and a Canada-based institution, for their outstanding contributions
in enhancing India's image globally.
"Indian overseas community is not only large, but is becoming increasingly
influential in the economic, professional and political fields in the country in
which they are now living. We are proud of their accomplishments," Patil said
while addressing the valedictory function of the 10th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas
Pravasi Bharatiya Samman is the highest award conferred by the Indian government
on Non-resident Indians and Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) and institutions run
by them for their contribution in serving the Indian Diaspora and enhancing
India's image in different parts of the world.
Bissessar, a person of Indian origin who became the first female prime minister
of Trinidad and Tobago, is the most prominent among this year's awardees.
Congratulating Bissessar for her outstanding achievement, the president said
Indian community world-wide would applaud her achievements.
"I would like to congratulate all the winners... It is an extremely
distinguished list and we are honored by the presences of the awardees at this
function," Patil said after conferring the award.
The other Pravasi Bharatiya Samman awardees include: P.V Radhakrishna Pillai
from Bahrain, Sachchidanand Sahai from Cambodia, Deepak Naraindas Shivdasani
from Cote D'Ivoire, Victor Shahed Smetacek from Germany, Prakash Lohia, chairman
of Indorama Corporation, Jose Parayanken from Mozambique, Kiran Navinchandra
Asher from Oman, Hassan Abdulkarim Chougule from Qatar, S.R. Nathan from
Singapore, Khorshed Noshir Ginwala Rustomjee from South Africa, Rajesh Kumar
Saraiya from Ukraine, Surendra Kumar Kaushik from US and Kalpalatha Kummamuri
Guntupalli from US.
Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce and Industry was also honored for its
contribution in bettering business and economic relations between the two
Photo above: Pravasi bharatiya Samman Awardees with at teh inaugural session of
PBD 2012. Seated from l. to r., Rajasthan Chief Minsiter Ashok Gehlot, T&T Prime
Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar, Prime Minsiter Manmiohan Singh, Governor
Shivraj Patil and Minister Vayalar Ravi
So far, 133 NRI and PIOs and three institutions run by NRIs or persons of Indian
origin have been conferred the award.
Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi said the 10th edition of the
annual Diaspora meet saw the highest participation.
Over 2,000 delegates from 59 countries participated at the three-day event. The
closing day of the event marked the 97th anniversary of homecoming of Mahatma
"Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is a celebration of Indians living abroad. It is an
occasion to welcome them to the land of their ancestors, to the country of their
origin to interact with them and to reacquaint ourselves with each other," the
MEETING WITH DIASPORA ORGANIZATIONS
MOIA organized this session to get feedback from the Diaspora organizations.
Represetnatives from GOPIO, Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA),
National Federation of Idnian American Associaiton (NFIA), Rajasthan Associaiton
of North America (RANA). GOPIO Founder President Dr. Thomas Abraham was a
speaker who brought the following points to the attention of MOIA.
1. Initiate new programs for continued cultural linakges with PIO countries such
as openign India Cultural Centers in those countries which do not have.
2. Reduce the the current passport surrender fee from $175 to a nominal service
3. While changing from OCI to OIC, make it easy for people without any
additional fee for the changeover.
4. Nothing much has happened in the Global Indian Network of Knowledge (Global
INK). Invole the Indian community organizations to make it happen.
5. Establish an Advisory Committee to MOIA from the Diaspora organizations.
6. Reconsitute Prime Minister's Advisory Committee with a few members from the
7. To bring and implement new technologies to India, initiate a global team of
experts as advisors in some of the key ministries such as Science and
Technology, Agriculture, Power Generation, Alternative Energy Generation, Heath,
Educatiuon and Human Services.
8. At the featured pre-PBD conferences, have business to business (B to B) as
part of the seminars. For this, invite all those in the Diaspora who have
business in that field and ask them to have tabletop exhibit of their company at
nominal charge of a registration fee.
9. PBD programs should be finalized with feedback from the Diaspora
GOPIO HOSTS DINNER IN HONOR OF TRINIDAD PRIME MINISTER KAMLA PERSAD-BISSESSAR IN
The Global organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO International) in
collaboration with GOPIO-Kolkata Chapter and in association with the Bengal
Chamber of Commerce, hosted special dinner at the Palladium Lounge in Kolkata on
January 10, 2012 for Trinidad & Tobago's Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar,
who made an historic visit to the Kolkata Memorial on the first anniversary of
its unveiling on January 11, 2011. She also visited her ancestral village in
Buxar, Bihar, amidst an emotional homecoming. PM Persad-Bissessar, the first
female Prime Minister of the twin-island state of Trinidad & Tobago, was the
chief guest at Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) 2012 held in Jaipur on January 7-9,
The Kolkata Memorial pays tribute to those who left India as indentured Indian
laborers from 1834 thru' 1920 and is inscribed with memorial plaques in Hindi
and English in "recognition and remembrance of their journeys as Indian
indentured laborers taken too far away lands seeking better livelihoods for
themselves and their descendants". GOPIO's role, spearheaded by GOPIO's
President Ashook Ramsaran who drafted the inscription, was crucial to the design
and construction of the Kolkata Memorial. It was inaugurated on January 11, 2011
at Kidderpore Depot along the Hoogley River in Kolkata by MOIA Minister Vayalar
Ravi and the then Railway Minister Mamta Banerjee, who is currently the Chief
Minister of West Bengal.
Photo above left: GOPIO Life Member Manoranjan Sinh presents flowers and a
presentation to PM Bissessar. Photo above right: GOPIO Executive Vice President
Sunny Kulathakal and GOPIO Life Member and program coordinator Mridul Pathak
presents memento plate to PM Bissessar.
The special dinner event was coordinated by GOPIO Life Member Mridul Pathak and
supported by the Bengal Chamber of Commerce and local sponsors such as Ms.
Bipasha of Palladium Lounge, Mr. Kapil of IFSD (International Foundation for
Sustainable Development, Kolkata), Mr. Utpal Ganguly of Jolly Roger, Bobby
Talukdar of BTTI and Arundhuti Ganguli of Arcus. Also in attendance was GOPIO
Executive Vice President Sunny Kulathakal who, along with Mridul Pathak,
presented the special GOPIO memento plate inscribed "Presented to Her
Excellency, Honorable Kamla Persad Bisessar, Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago
by GOPIO International and GOPIO Kolkata in Honor of Her Historic Visit to
Kolkata and the Kolkata Memorial Monument" and signed by GOPIO International
president Ashook Ramsaran. GOPIO-Edison Chapter president Arvind Sood emceed the
event. Representing GOPIO Kolkata was Mr. RK Tripathy IAS ret'd (former Add'l
Chief Secy, Govt of West Bengal), Kalyan Datta, Mr. Manmohan Maheswari, Mr. Hari
Kanoria and Mr. Kapil Pathak. GOPIO Life Member Manoranjana Sinh presented the
Prime Minister with flowers and organized her television network to film the
event of January 10 and the visit to the Kolkata Memorial on January 11, 2012.
Other attendees included former Chief Secretary, Gov't of West Bengal, industry
heads, senior media officials and Chambers officials.
Other speakers included Trinidad & Tobago's Minister of External Affairs Dr.
Suruj Rambachan; Trinidad & Tobago's High Commissioner in India, Dr Chanderdath
Singh; India's High Commissioner to Trinidad & Tobago Malay Mishra; Dr Sudarshan
Ghosh Dastidar, Minister of Environment, Government of West Bengal.
Addressing the gathering, PM Persad-Bissessar lauded the efforts of GOPIO in
bringing the global Indian Diaspora closer. She shared the global perception
that PIOs have become highly successful in their chosen fields as business men
and professionals. She proudly stated that the people of Indian Origin who
constitute 42% of the population of Trinidad and Tobago have managed to keep
alive the values, traditions and festivals of their forefathers. While thanking
the GOPIO for the gracious hospitality, she assured the organization of her
government's help in all its efforts towards a better world and a better
Trinidad and Tobago.
Photo above: Prime Minister Persad-Bissessar is speaking at the event. Seated
from l. to r.: Bengal Chamber of commerce Director General P. Roy Director
General, GOPIO Executive Vice President Sunny Kulathakal,
West Bengal Minister
for EnvironmentDr. Ghosh Dastidar standing in for Chief Minister
GOPIO OFFICIALS DISCUSS DIASPORA ISSUES WITH MINISTER VAYALAR RAVI IN NEW YORK
A GOPIO delegation consisting of GOPIO International officers, GOPIO life
members, GOPIO council and chapter officials met on January 25, 2012 with
Minister of Overseas Affairs (MOIA) Vayalar Ravi in New York for an interactive
session organized and conducted by Ashook Ramsaran, President of GOPIO
International. The session was very informative with in-depth discussion of
several topics covering many of the current, pertinent issues of concern among
the GOPIO membership representing the NRI and PIO community of the global Indian
Topics of discussion included: Strengthening links with the Diaspora with
cultural and academic exchanges; distance learning at Indian universities;
OCI/PIO Cards and consideration of alternate documentation; scams used in
recruiting Indian students; efforts on transfer of skills and technology from
developed countries to India; the "Know India Program"; making PBD a smoother
process; procedures and implementation of voting rights of NRIs; fraudulent
marriages and NRIs brides; focusing on youth of the Diaspora; proposed books on
the Indian Diaspora; health awareness programs to people of Indian origin
Minister Ravi was very interested and receptive to the diverse set of questions,
issues and suggestions offered by the enthusiastic set of delegates. He was very
accommodating and engaging in the discussions, responding in detail to queries,
comments and suggestions. The session concluded Min Ravi emphasizing that the
recommendations and suggestions to MOIA are most welcome. He concluded by saying
that, "Remember, you are citizens of another country - be loyal to that
country". He also reiterated that the NRI/PIO community is top on his mind while
the security of India is most critical and would not be compromised.
Photo (l-r): Ashook
Ramsaran, Hiram Persuade, Netram Rambudhan, Abraham Phillips, Dr Najma Sultana,
Lal Motwani, Naidu Veer pen, Sudha Chary, Struan Sookdeo, Hon Min Vayalar Ravi,
Mridul PATHAK, J. Nami Kaur, Dr Jagat Motwani, Sangeeta Ahuja, Anita Bhat,
Harbachan Singh, Bhang Waurika, Patsy Leopold, Dr. Thomas Abraham
GOPIO-AHMEDABAD LAUNCHED ON JANUARY 11TH, 2012
GOPIO-Ahmedabad was launched at an evening reception and meeting on Wednesday,
January 11th at the brand new conference centre of
Gujarat University in Ahmadabad. Attended
by over 50 former NRIs, those who have close connections with NRIs and others
who do business with NRIs, and the university officials, the meeting was
addressed by GOPIO Founder President and Chairman Emeritus Dr. Thomas Abraham
who spoke on the objectives of GOPIO and the mission of GOPIO Indian chapters
for NRIs/PIOs to reach out and network with people in India. The chief guest at
the launch was Dr. Parimal Trivedi who said that Gujarat University looks
forward to closer cooperation with an organization such as GOPIO to promote more
"Gujarat Unviersity is playing a role to create a bridge between the Diaspora
communities and natives, and that the people have to get involved in mutual
parnerships and must create an environment for portability-oriented projects
like research," said Dr. Trivedi.
The program started with welcome remarks by Dr. Neerja Arun, Principal,
Bhavan's Arts and Commerce College, Ahmadabad and Coordinator, Study Abroad
Program (SAP), Center for International Courses at Gujarat University.
Several prominent NRI were present at the launch including Mr. Chandu Patel
(Chairman, NFIA Foundation), Nirmal Sinha (Life member, GOPIO and Recipient of
PBD Samman), Dhiraj Solanki (Founding Member, GOPIO), Sudha Parekh (Founding
Member GOPIO), Radha Krishnan (Founding Member of GOPIO), Dr. Mohan Gautam
(GOPIO Netherlands), Neil Patel (FIA, Columbus, Ohio, USA) and Anjali Pandya
(New York). Also present was Mr. Minesh S. Shah, Registrar of Gujarat
Photo above: GOPIO-Ahmedabad launch, from l. to r.: Dr. Mohan Gautam, Radha
Krishnan, Minesh Shah, Sudha Parekh, Dr. Parimal Trivedi, Dr. Neerja Arun, Neil
Patel, Chandu Patel, Dhiraj Solanki and Nirmal Sinha
A special guest present at the launch was Justice A.M. Ebrahim, a retired Judge
of the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe along with his wife Mrs. Ebrahim. Also, present
was Dr. G.H.A. Adam, Chief Executive of Quest Motor Corporation, a major
producer of automobiles in Zimbabwe.
After a power point presentation of 22 years of GOPIO by Dr. Thomas Abraham,
GOPIO Life Members who were present at the launch made remarks of the importance
of NRIs/PIOs networking with people in India and the benefits achieved by our
communities and India.
After the meeting, a sumptuous dinner was served by the organizers.
Earlier in the day, GOPIO delegation was invited to Ahmedabad's Kite Flying
Festival inauguration. GOPIO delegation also met with Chief Minsiter Narendra
Modi. CM Modi welcomed GOPIO plans in opening its chapter in Gujarat. The
delegation spoke on the opportunities for Gujarat to leapfrog into the next
generation technologies and that a NRI technology delegation would visit Gujarat
in 2013. CM Modi extended all support for such a delegation to visit Gujarat and
interact with local industrialists.
Photo above: GOPIO delegation meets with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
From l. to r., Dhiraj Solanki, Chandu Patel, Neil Patel, CM Modi, Dr. thomas
Abraham, Sudha Parekh and Dr, Neerja Arun
The chapter membership is open to all those who believe in GOPIO objectives.
GOPIO-Ahmadabad is planning several activities and requests all those interested
to contact the chapter as follows: Dr. Neerja Arun, Coordinator, GOPIO
Ahmadabad, Tel: +91-79-25600312/25600311 Fax: +91-79-25601314, +91 9825012984
(cell), E-mail: email@example.com.
GOPIO INTERNATIONAL AND CHAPTER NEWS
GOPIO-TEL AVIV OFFICERS INTERACTS WITH INDIAN EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER
Right after its formation in early December, GOPIO Tel-Aviv executive committee
members were invited to a reception held at Dan Tel-Aviv Hotel held on the
occasion of the visit of Indian's External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna.
The visit of the External affairs minister was to mark the beginning of the 20th year
of diplomacy between India and Israel. The state visit to Israel by Minister
Krishna marks a significant milestone in the Indo-Israel relationship. He is the
highest-ranking Indian official to visit Israel in more than a decade.
GOPIO Tel-Aviv Chapter was represented by executive committee members, President
Joshua Naor and Secretary Jacqueline Solomon at the function and presented the
minister with a flower bouquet as a token of appreciation. Minister Krishna was
accompanied by Israel Foreign Affairs Minister Avigdor Liberman. Naor and
Solomon got a fair chance to speak to both ministers regarding their
organization and its objectives including improving India-Israel relationships
and upcoming goals of the chapter for the Indian Origin residents of Israel.
Issues such as cooperation in science & technology, water management,
agriculture and combating terrorism were discussed along with recent
developments in South Asia and the Middle-East.
above left: Reception in honor of India's Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna, From L.
to R.: Israel Foreign Affairs Minister Avigdor Liberman, India's External
Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna and Ambassador Navtej Sarna. Photo above right:
Mr. S.M. Krishna, GOPIO Tel Aviv President Joshua Naor, Mr. Avigdor Liberman,
GOPIO Tel Aviv Secretary Ms. Jacqueline Solomon
Over the past 20 years, Israeli firms have played a meaningful role in meeting
India's development goals, including in the areas of food production, water
safety and management, and even cancer screening and prevention. Additionally,
Israel has been a faithful ally to India in her conflicts with her neighbors,
supplying training and material that wouldn't have been otherwise available.
The evening was well organized with drinks and dinner along with cultural dance
program and a beautiful audio visual shown of the 20 year ties between India and
Israel. The evening was hosted by the Indian Ambassador Mr. Navtej Sarna and
others amongst the invitees were representatives from the Parliament,
Government, corporate sector, media, academia and representatives of the Indian
Contact: Jacqueline Solomon, Secretary, GOPIO Tel Aviv Chapter, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
GOPIO-SYDNEY ORGHANIZES FUNDRAISER FOR THE FAMILY OF THE INDIAN STUDENT WHO
"Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside
us while we live." And that greatest loss came in the form of Jasdev Singh
Bhatia's death in the lives of many of his family and friends. A bright light
was suddenly extinguished by the hands of fate when this 24 year old
international student died in a road accident in Sydney. After his father's
death he was the only bread winner of his family of a sister and mother. His
unfortunate death left a big vacuum in his family. This young student's life was
deeply rooted in Punjabi culture who was a very good folk singer and a
passionate Bhangra dancer. He was proud to be Punjabi and wanted to nurture
Punjabi culture on Australian soil.
The president of GOPIO Sydney Ms. Lucky Singh requested the people of Indian
community and raised funds for his mother. Mr. Rajinder Chhibbar, a member of
GOPIO Sydney went all the way to his hometown in Yamunanagar in India and
presented a cheque of $1250.00 to his mother.
GOPIO HEALTH COUNCIL CHAIR SANGEETA AHUJA SPEAKS AT INTL. CONVENTION ON HIGHER
CONSCIOUSNESS IN HOUSTON, TEXAS
Sangeeta Ahuja, Chair, GOPIO- Health Council, addressed International Convention
on Higher Consciousness held in Houston, Texas from January 27-29, 2012. The
convention was organized by MDP foundation and led by its founder Master Del Pe.
The convention was attended by over 200 participants from across the globe and
included inspirational talks and interactive sessions on Holistic Health, Energy
Medicine, Balanced Life Strategies, Martial Arts-Yoga Science and Will Power
Sangeeta Ahuja, spoke to the delegates on: "How to Heal Diabetes through
Nutrition". She focused on the onslaught of the Diabetes epidemic around the
world, how to get the families and communities involved to increase awareness
about it and how to prevent and manage it through healthy lifestyle and proper
GOPIO-Health Council, a part of GOPIO-International, is an organization with the
mission to improve the health of People of Indian Origin globally. www.gopiohealth.org; www.gopio.net
The MDP Foundation is a not-for-profit, non-sectarian and non-political
organization dedicated to serve humanity and the world through education, life
skills development, healing and spiritual training.
GOPIO-SYDNEY ORGANIZES HOLIDAY SEASON WITH SPECIAL X'MAS CELEBRATION
GOPIO Sydney kicked off the holiday season with a special Christmas celebration
on 19th of December, 2011 at Taaza Tandoori, Harris Park. The theme for the
party was Love, Joy and Hope.
The cold winds and heavy rains could not dampen anyone's spirit and a large
number of GOPIO family members and friends attended the dinner. Mr. Bhupinder
Chhibber, Secretary, GOPIO Sydney welcomed the gathering. Swechha Kulshreshtha
with her melodious voice entertained the crowd. A resolution was passed by the
members to assist Rajan, an Indian student who was brutally stabbed in Adelaide
last month. An amount of $570 was collected and sent to Rajan.
Photo above: GOPIO Sydney X'mas Party with Lucky Singh and other officers.
The president GOPIO Sydney, Lucky Singh conducted the lucky draw and proposed
the vote of thanks. The winner of the Lucky draw was Deepa Singh. Overall an
evening worth spent!
Contact: Lucky Singh at email@example.com.
GOPIO UPPER NEW YORK LAUNCHES YOUTH DIVISION
GOPIO Upper New York Chapter launched its Youth division at a sumptuous brunch
on Saturday, 28th January, 2012 at the Caribbean
Cabana." The group's focus is to bring together the youths of Indian origin to
make a positive impact in our community and to tackle the issues that many of
them face" according to Anniesa Singh. Some of the upcoming activities will
include community service such as park clean up and volunteering to help
Anniesa Singh was named President of the group and Karen Jardine as Vice
Pesident, both members of GOPIO Upper New York. Short presentations were made by
Anniesa Singh, Karen Jardine, Priya Mangru and Kamelia Kilawan.
Anniesa encouraged the youth to become involved in GOPIO and shared her own
experiences as a member touching on different events such as the annual Phagwah
Parade, Arrival Day Dinner,and Health Seminar which made a positive impact on
Priya Mangru spoke about her own experiences as a person of Indian origin,
discussing her studies abroad and how she would love to travel to India to see
her mother land. Kamelia Kilawan gave an intriguing speech on how as a young
writer she was inspired by GOPIO and excited to be involved in such a positive
effort. Karen Jardine wrapped it up with her thoughts on how the young
generation should make their voices heard. The speeches were very inspiring and
peaked the interests of all. By the close of the brunch, the new GOPIO Youth
Division was born.
Photo above: GOPIO Upper New York Youth at its first meeting
According to the new President Anniesa Singh, "Our youth division started off
with fifteen members and we are looking forward to reaching out to more so that
there can be a larger impact in our community".
The next meeting will be held on Saturday, 11th February at 2.00 pm at Caribbean
Cabana, 116-02 Jamaica Avenue, Queens, New York City.
GOPIO-SYDNEY SCHEDULES YOUTH ACHIEVERS AWARDS NIGHT GYAAN2012
GOPIO Sydney invites you all to its 3rd successive "GOPIO Youth Achievers
Awards Night"- "GYAAN
felicitate HSC students of NSW of Indian Origin on their achievements in HSC
Date:- Sunday, 4th March 2012
Time:- 5 pm for 5.30 p.m. start
Venue:-Pioneer Hall, Castle Grand, (Corner of Pennant street & Castle street)
Castle Hill.NSW, Australia
Awards recognised at the ceremony include:
a) Academic - Students who achieved ATAR 99 and
above in 2011 HSC exams.
b) Highest marks obtained in HSC 2011 in Indian languages, dance, drama,
music, photography, aviation & visual arts.
c) State or National level achievement in sports by youth under 21 years of
Award will be decided on merit by a selection committee.
Dinner will be served after the award ceremony. Entry ticket is $35 per person or $120
per family of four.
For more information please contact the following officers of GOPIOO-Sydney:
President - Mrs. Lucky Singh,firstname.lastname@example.org;
Secretary - Bhupinder Chhibber, email@example.com; Joint
Secretary- Sukhwinder Rajput,firstname.lastname@example.org
LAUNCH ON YOUTUBE
As reported earlier, GOPIO-Jaipur was launched on December 23rd evening
at the Conference Centre, CEG
Tower, B-11G Malaviya Industrial Area in Jaipur. Guest speakers included two
Principal Secretaries of Rajasthan Government Mr. R.S. Verma and Mr. O.P. Saini
along with a business newspaper publisher J. Kothari. Below are the links to the
YouTube for this launch.
Rajasthan Principal Secretary for Planning Rakesh Verma Speaking - http://youtu.be/JhYsLD7pC8o andhttp://youtu.be/0cLX10NkmUA
Rajasthan Principal Secretary for Public Works O.P. Saini Speaking - http://youtu.be/SHMorUDCZBM andhttp://youtu.be/XzIOPnDY9g4
Publisher J. Kothari Mehta speaking - http://youtu.be/3wd6upJezk4
Dr. Thomas Abraham making the presentation of 22 years of GOPIO.
Part 1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjeBuaFQ2QE, Part 2 - http://youtu.be/lPTJyCoIRJU, Part 3 -http://youtu.be/qfAtPNbptRA, Part
4 - http://youtu.be/aT5_-my8dyk, Part 5 - http://youtu.be/hD60dL64n2E, Part 6 - http://youtu.be/tEYivgvanaM, Part 7 -http://youtu.be/hU9HtK7T_s8, Part 8 - http://youtu.be/vA6W4xbTFkk, Part
9 - http://youtu.be/L4r22n8MCZo, Part 10 - http://youtu.be/T7JeYSp8ChE, Part 11 - http://youtu.be/OBFOcCmNt8w, Part 12 -http://youtu.be/fk8g2tjEzyg, Part 13 - http://youtu.be/AzrBaTTOVNo, Part
14 - http://youtu.be/cApdPbtO8GU, Part 15 - http://youtu.be/NXYW9kIU3Ww
Part 1 - http://youtu.be/Yu0ZMSd-GC8, Part 2 - http://youtu.be/oF8-dtvRZKg, Part 3 - http://youtu.be/ZXC41zZdpJI, Part
4 - http://youtu.be/OJvWVguHnJQ
Coordinator Gopal Mehta concluding the meeting - http://youtu.be/DMtghNc2wUs
GOPIO-Jaipur Launch Group - http://youtu.be/M6JtFqo6gnU
ASIAN WHO'S WHO RECOGNIZES EXEMPLARY ACHIEVERS AT UK EVENT
At the Asian Who's Who Awards 2011 which took place on Monday 21st November at
Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London, seven outstanding members of the Asian
community from around the world were recognized for their achievements in
selected categories. Now in its 36th year and an institution in itself, the high
profile event pays homage to the most influential Asians the world over, who
have made a phenomenal contribution to their respective fields and continue to
set a shining example to their peers among the global Asian fraternity and
beyond. Prominent BBC journalist Sangita Myska was the event emcee.
Those honored are as follows:
Joginder Sanger, a leading NRI hotelier, has been named the Asian of the Year
Rajesh Agrawal, founder of RationalFX, for Asian Leadership as Young
Natasha Mudhar, CEO & MD of Sterling Media, for Asian Leadership in
Ashook Ramsaran, president of GOPIO International, for Asian Leadership in
promoting international harmony.
Jagdeep Rai, corporate area director of Barclays, for Asian Leadership in
Dr Pushpinder Chowdry, prominent practicing psychotherapist, for Asian
Leadership in community service.
Dr Diwan Rahul Nanda, global chairman of Topsgrup, for Asian Leadership in
The annual launch of the Asian Who's Who International publication, founded by
Mr. Jasbir Singh Sachar, is an important event for Asian communities around the
world. It reflects the growing number of achievements by Asians as they continue
to contribute to the economic, political, cultural and social activities of
their host country. "The event itself presents an opportunity to celebrate the
community's success and for global counterparts to share their stories and
inspiration", said Jasbir Singh Sachar.
Photo (l-r): Natasha
Mudhar, Dr. Pushpinder Chowdry, Rajesh Agrawal, Joginder Sanger, Jagdeep Rai,
Dr. Diwan Rahul Nanda, Ashook Ramsaran
GOPIO'S UMESH CHANDRA NAMED AUSTRALIAN "PEOPLE'S" AMBASSADORM
GOPIO's Umesh Chandra (International Coordinator, Oceania) is among 40
Australians who have been recognised for their outstanding work in building
strong and cohesive local communities. Based in Brisbane, Australia, Umesh
Chandra was named a People of Australia Ambassador. Mr Chandra arrived in
Australia with his family in 1987 and began community work in 1990. It was in
2003 that Chandra launched Queensland's first full colour community newspaper
for the Indian and ethnic communities. Chandra was appointed Secretary General
of Federation of Indian Communities of Queensland (FICQ) and was very active in
reviving the activities of FICQ which had been dormant for a few years prior to
GOPIO International (Global Organization of People of Indian Origin) chose
Chandra to spearhead GOPIO activities in Queensland. As the founder President of
the chapter, he lifted the profile of GOPIO Queensland through participation at
various International conventions. As of January 2012, Mr Chandra has been
appointed as the GOPIO International Coordinator Oceania taking under his
jurisdiction Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. The 40 local champions have been
independently selected as the new People of Australia ambassadors following
hundreds of nominations from the public. Australians were encouraged to nominate
inspirational people who have helped to build bridges, promote inclusion and
strengthen ties in their communities. The 40 ambassadors now have a new platform
to promote their good work and share their ideas and initiatives that can help
inspire others and their term ends on 30 December 2012. The ambassador program
is a key initiative of the Gillard Labour Government's multicultural policy, The People of Australia,
announced last year.
TRINIDAD BORN PIO APPOINTED EDITOR OF LOS ANGELES TIMES
Trinidad-born PIO journalist Davan Maharaj has been appointed editor of the Los
Angeles Times. Maharaj is a former Express journalist who received awards for
excellence in the field during his career with this newspaper. Throughout his
career in T&T, East Africa and in the US he has distinguished himself and in
2005 received the Ernie Pyle Award for Human Interest Writing.
Maharaj, 49, will become the newspaper's 15th editor after current editor Russ
Stanton gives up the post from December 23. He first joined the company in 1989
as a reporter in Orange County, California. He holds a Political Science Degree
from the University of Tennessee and a Master's Degree in Law from Yale
University. In 2008, at One Caribbean Media's (OCM) Salute to Excellence Award
Function, Maharaj was recognized for his appointment to the post of Managing
Editor of the Los Angeles Times. OCM is the parent company of Caribbean
Communications Network (CCN) which includes the Express newspaper.
The LA Times newspaper has an average Monday to Friday circulation of 723,181,
making it the nation's fourth most-read daily newspaper, trailing only to The
Wall Street Journal, USA Today and The New York Times. In a statement, Maharaj
said: "We will continue to push forward, especially in the digital and mobile
space. Our commitment to delivering high-quality journalism remains unwavering".
DONALD RAMOUTAR OF GOVERNING PARTY ELECTED PRESIDENT IN GUYANA
Donald Ramotar, former general secretary of the ruling People's Progressive
Party/Civic (PPP/C) was elected president of Guyana after elections held on
November 28 in the South American nation. The PPP/C won by a slim margin with 32
seats of the total of 66, which is less than required for a majority in
parliament. The opposition coalition party, A Partnership for National Unity
(APNU), headed by David Granger has gathered 26 seats and the Alliance for
Change (AFC) with Khemraj Ramjattan at the helm, has won 7 seats.
Donald Ramoutar, 61-years-old former secretary general of PPP/C, was sworn in as
the nation's new head-of-state, along with all the cabinet ministers other
elected officials. Mr. Ramoutar has been the General Secretary of the PPP/C for
many years and in 1997, he retained that post with the PPP/C, when the party
joined forces with a civic component. He was a political adviser to outgoing
President Bharrat Jagdeo. It is the first time in 19 years that the PPP/C has
lost its majority in parliament.
The country is comprised of several ethnic groups with Indians constituting a
largest segment of approximately 43% of the population. Indians are descendants
of indentured laborers who came to work on the sugar plantations from the period
1834 - 1920, with the first arrival in 1838.
NEW YORK COMMUNITY ADVOCATE RENEE LOBO RECOGNIZED BY AAPI
Prominent New York based community advocate Renee Lobo was honored by the Queens
and Long Island chapter of the Association of American Physicians of Indian
Origin (AAPI) on December 3, 2011 for her creativity and her achievements and
being the first S Asian to be the New York City Commissioner of Human Rights.
The President of the AAPI chapter is Dr. Kishan Kumar who is also Acting
Chairman of. Emergency Services at Nassau Medical Hospital. The recognition
event was attended by Consul General of India, Ambassador Prabhu Dayal and
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano.
Renee Lobo is a producer, broadcast journalist, investigative reporter, and
anchor for International Television for nearly 15 years, serving the South Asian
community. Ms. Lobo is also a community leader and activist who has spent 20
years assisting new immigrants by providing access to services and programs,
often highlighting the issues that most impact this group in the media. In
addition to her work at ITV, she serves: as a member of: the Queens District
Attorney's Asian Advisory Council, CB 6 in Queens, and 112th Precinct Community
Council; is board director of Community Understanding for Racial & Ethnic
Equality (CURE) Board member and Chair for Domestic Violence Unit for the Center
for Women of NY; Director of South Asian Bone Marrow Association;
Founder/Director of Eyes for Hope; community advisory board member of the
Flushing Hospital and board member of CCHAYA -Community Development Corporation.
Ms. Lobo, who speaks fluent Hindi, Urdu, and Italian, received a B.A. in
Broadcast Journalism from the State University of NY, an M.A. in Political
Management from George Washington University, an advanced Honors diploma from
the London School of Journalism, and an advanced diploma in Italian Language and
Culture from Perugia, Italy.
NEWS OF INTEREST TO NRIs AND PIOs AROUND THE WORLD
NOMINATIONS INVITED FOR 7TH BHARATVANSHI GUARAV SAMMAN
Nominations are invited for the 7th Bharatvanshi Gaurav Samman from
eminent personalities and organizations of Indian Diaspora by Antar-Rashtriya
Sahayog Nyas (Trust for International Co-operation). The Award carries Rs. One
Lakh in cash, a citation, a plaque and a shawl. The nominations along with
detailed bio-data are to reach the Nyas Office at 'Pravasi
Bhawan', 50-Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg, New Delhi - 110002 latest by 15th February,
The Antar-Rashtriya Sahayog Nyas was created with the objective of
maintaining close contacts with the Indian Diaspora and to acknowledge and
appreciate their achievements by publicly honoring at least one person every
year to be selected for excellence for working for the Indian Diaspora.
In the past, the Nyas honored Shri Ranjita RAMSARAN of South Africa in 2005, Shri Satnarayan Maharaj of Trinidad & Tobago in the year
2006, Dr. Thomas Abraham of United States in January, 2008, Human Service Trust,
Mauritius in January, 2009,Shri
Shivnath Rai Bajaj of Thailand in
2010 and Dr. Ved Nanda of USA in May, 2011 at New Delhi for their contribution to
The Selection Committeeincludesprominent members of the Indian Diaspora
including Sir Aneroodh Jagnauth, President
of the Mauritius Republic, Shri Mahendra Choudhry, former Prime Minister of
Fiji, Shri Basdeo Pandey, former Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago, Dr.
Subramanian Swamy, President, Janata Party, Shri Vijay Jolly, President, Delhi
Study Group and former M.L.A, Shri Subhash Chandra, Chairman & Managing Director
Zee Telefilms Ltd. and Shri Sanjay Gupta, Chief Editor, 'Dainik Jagran'. Shri J.
C. Sharma, former Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs and President of
the Nyas, Shri Baleshwar Agrawal, Founder
Chairman and Shri Vijendra Mittal, Secretary of the Antar-Rashtriya Sahayog Nyas.
Contact Mr. Baleshwar Agrawal, Founder Chairman, Antar Rashtra Sahyog Parishad, 'Pravasi Bhawan', Tel: +91-11-23234432, Fax:
23232751, E-mail: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
OVERSEAS SPOUSES MUST LEARN ENGLISH, RULES BRITISH COURT
A British High Court judge has upheld a government rule requiring spouses to
prove they can speak English before
they can join their partners in Britain. He said that the rule was aimed at
promoting integration and protecting public services, both of which were
"legitimate aims". The rule introduced in November, 2010, has barred hundreds of
foreigners from non-English speaking countries, particularly from Pakistan,
India, Bangladesh and Thailand.
The judge rejected a challenge to the rule that it was discriminatory and
interfered with their rights to a family life guaranteed under the European
Convention on Human Rights. He also rejected the claim that the rule was
discriminatory as it applied only to people from non-English speaking countries.
Immigrant groups criticized the ruling saying it would divide families while the
immigration minister was happy that the judge agreed with the rule - people who
intend to live in the UK should understand English so that they can integrate
and participate fully in British society.
INDIAN TOURISTS CONTRIBUTE SIGNIFICANTLY TO US ECONOMY
In 2010, Indian tourists contributed an estimated $2.86 billion to the US
economy while a tourist from India, on the average, spent Rs 200,000 during
his/her stay in the USA.
As per media reports, more than 651,000 Indian tourists visited the US in 2010.
The number of travelers from India is expected to increase substantially during
the next few years. An overwhelming majority of Indian tourists came to the US
for either business and professional reasons or visiting friends and relatives.
Only a small percentage of visitors came to US for leisure, recreation or
India's economy has been doing well while the western economies have suffered a
downfall. India's emerging middle class is growing and more Indians are
travelling overseas. To make it easier for tourists from other countries to come
and visit the US, Obama administration has relaxed visa program rules.
US CHANGES VISA RULES TO ATTRACT SKILLED WORKERS
United States is changing visa rules to attract highly skilled foreign students
and workers. The changes include providing work authorization for spouses of
certain H-1B holders, allowing outstanding professors and researchers to present
a broader scope of evidence of academic achievement and expanding eligibility
for 17-month extension of optional practical training for F-1 international
students. The changes would also allow for additional part-time study for
spouses of F-1 students and expand the number of designated school officials at
schools certified by Department of Homeland security (DHS) to enroll
In order to discuss how to maximize current immigration laws' potential to
attract foreign entrepreneurial talent, United States Citizenship and
Immigration Services (USCIS) will launch on February 22 its entrepreneurs in
residence initiative with an Information Summit in Silicon Valley, California.
The summit will focus on ensuring that immigration pathways for foreign
entrepreneurs are clear and consistent, and better reflect today's business
GOPIO LIFE MEMBERSHIP AND CHAPTER FORMATION
GOPIO is a non-partisan, non-sectarian global organization with chapters in
several countries, actively promoting the interests of people of Indian origin
worldwide by monitoring and addressing current critical issues of concern, and
by enhancing cooperation and communication between groups of Indians living in
GOPIO Individual Life membership is open to all who believe in the mission of
GOPIO. The one- time fee is $5,000 for Platinum Life Membership, $2,500 for Gold
Life Membership and $1,500 Silver Life Membership and half the amount for each
category for those from developing countries and India.
GOPIO is looking forward to opening chapters in all major cities of the world so
as to network people of Indian origin all over the world. If you do not have
chapter in your city, please visit GOPIO website (www.gopio.net) and get details of chapter initiation
involves sending a letter of intent to start a chapter by a committee of five
people or more. For more information, contact:
GOPIO Chairman - Inder Singh, Tarzana, California, USA, Tel: +1-818-708-3885,
GOPIO President - Ashook Ramsaran, Fresh Meadows, New York, USA, Tel:
718/939-8194, E-mail: email@example.com
GOPIO Executive Vice President - Sunny Kulathakal, Bahrain, Tel: +973 39441956
or +91 9845756692, E-mail:Kulathakal@yahoo.com
To become a Life member of GOPIO, one can sign up online at http://gopio.net/online_membership.htm or fill up the form and send it with a
check to: GOPIO
International, PO Box 560117, New York NY 11356, USA.
Chief Editor: Dr.
Thomas Abraham, Founder
President and Chairman Emeritus,
GOPIO (Stamford, CT, USA)
Kaur, GOPIO Secretary (New York,
Gupta (Hyderabad, India) and Abu Thomas (New Rochelle, NY, USA)
Contributors of this issue: Inder
Singh (Chairman, GOPIO Intl.), Ashook Ramsaran (President, GOPIO Intl.), Lucky
Singh (GOPIO-Sydney), Jacqueline Solomon (GOPIO- Tel Aviv), Munish
Gupta (GOPIO Intl. Coordinator for Africa),
GOPIO NEWS welcomes NRI/PIO related stories from all over the world. Be a
volunteer correspondent or reporter.Contact
Dr. Thomas Abraham, Tel: 203-329-8010, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.