June 25, 2011
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BUSINESS FORUM AND DIASPORA CONFERENCE IN TRINIDAD A SUCCESS
A 2-day Business Forum and Diaspora conference was held on May 31 - June 1 in
Port of Spain in Trinidad following commemoration of the 166th anniversary
of Indian Arrival Day on May 30 in Trinidad and Tobago (TnT). The program is a
successful collaboration among GOPIO International, Ministry of Overseas Indian
Affairs (MOIA), Office of the Indian High Commission to Trinidad (IHC), India-Trinidad
and Tobago Chamber of Commerce (ITTCC), Overseas Indian Facilitation Centre
(OIFC), Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), University of West Indies
(UWI). There was a large sized business delegation from India led by CII and an
excellent representation of successful businesses from many countries in the
Caribbean region, including Trinidad
and Tobago, Guyana, Suriname, St Lucia, Grenada, Jamaica, Guadeloupe and others.
The Conference offered a unique platform to entrepreneurs, industrialists,
businessmen and business women, professionals and academics to interact and
deliberate for strengthening ties, exploring new opportunities and establishing
partnerships in the areas of industry, trade and culture between India and the
Business Forum Program Sessions: May
31, 2011 - June 1, 2011
The Inaugural session for the Business Forum was attended at full capacity at
the Hyatt Hotel in Port of Spain. Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) and
Civil Aviation, Mr. Vayalar Ravi inaugurated the Business Forum at the Hyatt
Hotel amidst a very large gathering of businesses from India, Trinidad, the
Caribbean region and officials of the government of Trinidad and Tobago. Mr.
Stephen Cadiz, Minister of Trade & Industry, Republic of Trinidad & Tobago also
spoke at the inaugural session. Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad
Bissessar delivered a resounding feature address on the role and benefits of
investment and entrepreneurship, highlighting the many benefits of doing
business Trinidad and Tobago.
Photo above: Business Forum Inauguration (l-r) MOIA Min Vayalar Ravi; MC Ken
Emrith; Ashook Ramsaran (GOPIO Int'l); Indian HC Malay Mishra; TnT Min of Trade
Stephen Cadiz; Dr Nitin Thorve (Leader CII Business Delegation); Deo Gosine
(ITTCIC); Shefali Chaturvedi (OIFC/CII)
The opening remarks were delivered by Mr. Ashook Ramsaran, GOPIO International
Executive Vice-President, who welcomed all delegates from India, the Caribbean
region and elsewhere, reiterating the focus on mutual benefits of investments in
India, investments in the Caribbean region and partnering among Indian and
Caribbean based businesses. Ms. Shefali Chaturvedi, CEO of OIFC, spoke on the
need for collaborative efforts to encourage business investments and
partnerships. Mr. Deo Gosine, Chairman of ITTCC, encouraged Indian businesses to
consider Trinidad and the Caribbean as platforms for reaching other countries in
Central and South America with bi-lateral trade.
Dr. Nitin Thorve, Leader of the Indian business delegation organized CII, spoke
about expectations for business opportunities in the Caribbean. Shri Malay
Mishra, High Commissioner of India to Trinidad and Tobago, appreciated the
interest in exploring more business opportunities both in India and the
Caribbean region and looked to the future of business activities in lucrative
sectors. Hon Stephen Cadiz, Minister of Trade & Industry, Republic of Trinidad &
Tobago, stressed the importance of Trinidad as a viable platform for doing
business in the Caribbean region.
Shri Vayalar Ravi, Hon Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs & Civil Aviation,
expressed optimism for a successful business forum, the first of its kind in the
Caribbean. Hon Ravi pointed out the support of MOIA and OIFC as well as CII in
fostering and facilitating bi-lateral trade and investments. The feature address
by Hon. Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago was a
validation of the strong ties between India and Trinidad & Tobago and support
for expanded trade and investments. Hon. Kamla Persad-Bissessar said that, "we
in Trinidad and Tobago appreciate the strides that India has made in the last 20
odd years. We believe that both our countries have much to offer to each other.
Though we already share excellent diplomatic and cultural relations, and are
historically and culturally bonded by the event of indentureship, it is
important that we use these emotive bonds which stretch over a century and a
half, to develop stronger, more resilient and concrete trade and investments
ties for the mutual benefit of both of our peoples".
Business Session I: Business and Investment opportunities in India; Business and
Investment opportunities in the Caribbean
The moderator was Mr. Vernon Ramessar. Ms Renuka Singh of CII introduced the
delegates from India. Then presentations were made on Business and Investment
Opportunities in India on: IT & ITES by Mr. Rajeev Gupta, TCS; on
pharmaceuticals by Mr Pradeep Raman; on infrastructure by Dr. Nitin Thorve,
Nidan Diagnostics. Mr. Ved Seereeram of TTCIC spoke on Business and Investment
Opportunities in the Caribbean; Mr. Wayne Punnette, Dir of Investment, T&T
Ministry of Trade & Industry, spoke on doing business in T&T; and Mr. Rabindra
Jaggernauth, President, TTCSI, spoke on developing trade relationship in the
Services Sector between India and T&T with an emphasis on IT.
Business Session II: Success Stories in the Caribbean by Diaspora
Presenters included: Ms.
Vindra Amar (Trinidad & Tobago); Mr.
Yesu Persaud (Guyana); Mr. Jai Benie (Suriname); Mr. Kamlesh Sharma (Dominica);
Mr. Lokesh Singh (St. Lucia); Mr. Kawall Samroo (French
Business Presentations / B2B Meetings
Moderator was Dr. Dhanayshar Mahabir -Economist. Presenters included: Mr. David
Director, External Economic and Trade Relations, CARICOM, on Business and
Investment opportunities in the Caribbean; Mr. Yeshpal Chhabra, MD, Bank of
Baroda (T&T) Ltd on Role of Bank of Baroda in stimulating business and
investment between India and the Caribbean; Mr. Ashwathanarayana, MD, New
India Assurance Co. Ltd. on Insurance Services in the Caribbean by Mr.
Ashwathanarayana, MD, New India Assurance Co. Ltd; Mr. V. Ravishankar, General
Manager Inter-Commercial Bank T&T Ltd on Retail Banking Scenario.
Following a reception & Indian Cultural Program hosted by Prof. Clement Sankat,
Principal UWI at the Principal's Office Lawns, UWI, St. Augustine Campus, a
dinner was hosted by GOPIO International for all delegates to Business Forum and
Diaspora Conference, held a Rasam Restaurant in Grand Bazaar
June 1, 2011
On June 1, the business delegates were accompanied on planned tours and meetings
with IT/ITES, Education, Infrastructure sectors. Program for Business delegates
and entrepreneurs from India - coordinated by India-T&T Chamber of Industry &
Commerce. Meeting with Couva Chamber of Industry and Commerce (along with
representatives from Central and Southern Chambers) followed by Working Lunch
and Tour of industrial sites arranged by ITTCIC.
Photo left: Min Ravi with Business Leaders (l-r) P. Kishore (CII Delegation);
Rajeev Gupta (CII Delegation); MOIA Min Vayalar Ravi; Dr Nitin Thorve (CII
Delegation); Dr Yesu Persaud (Guyana); Renuka Singh (CII); Ohto right: Photo
Diaspora Conference Inauguration (l-r) Prof. Brinsley Samaroo (UWI); TnT Min
Suruj Rambachan (Foreign Affairs); Dr. Amar Wahab (UWI); Dr Clement Sankat
(UWI); Indian HC Malay Mishra; Dr Chaman Lal (Visiting Prof at UWI)
Diaspora Conference Program Sessions: May 31, 2011 - June 1, 2011
The theme of the Diaspora Conference was "Building a New partnership between
India and the Caribbean: Role of the Diaspora. It was organized as a
collaborative effort by the Indian High Commissioner in Trinidad & Tobago with
the University of West Indies and partnering with GOPIO International. The
Diaspora Conference was inaugurated by Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs
(MOIA) Hon Vayalar Ravi at the St Augustine Campus of the University of West
Indies on May 31, 2011. The conference continued onto June 1 with several
sessions relevant to the Indian diaspora of the Caribbean region. These included
delegations from French Guiana, Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad, Barbados, St
Vincent's, St Lucia, Grenada, Jamaica, Guadeloupe and Belize.
May 31, 2011
In his inaugural address, Minister Ravi revisited some of the success stories,
triumphs and the leading personalities in the Caribbean and he spoke about the
recent unveiling of the Kolkata Memorial in recognition of Indian indentured
laborers. TnT's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon Dr Suruj Rambachan made a
passionate presentation of many noteworthy ideas for the Indian Diaspora, adding
that, "the loss of one's cultural traditions leaves one in no man's land. To be
bereft of one's culture is to deny the soul of fulfillment". Others who
participated in the Inaugural Session included: Indian High Commissioner Mr.
Malay Mishra; Prof Clement Sankat, Pro-Chancellor and Principal of University of
West Indies (St Augustine); Address by Min of Planning, Economic and
Social Restructuring, and Gender Affairs, Dr Bhoe Tewarie. Immigration historian
Leila Swaroop presented book on Indian immigration
to University of West Indies (St Augustine).
Session I: Presentation & Networking of Diaspora Associations in the Caribbean
The moderator was Prof. Brinsley Samaroo UWI (Trinidad); Chairperson was Prof.
Clement Sankat, UWI (Trinidad) and panelists included: Dr. Arnold Thomas, St.
Vincent's; Mr. Michel Narayaninswamy, Guadeloup; Ms. Shadel Compton, Grenada;
Ms. Sylvia Gilharry Perez, Belize; Mr. Sabir Nakhuda, Barbados
Reception was hosted by Prof. Clement Sankat, Principal UWI & Indian Cultural
Programme at Principal's Office Lawns, UWI, St. Augustine Campus. Then followed
a dinner hosted by GOPIO International for all delegates to Business Forum and
Diaspora Conference at Rasam Restaurant, Grand Bazaar
June 1, 2011
Session II: Culture, Identity & Roots in
a Globalising World
The moderator was Mr. Ravindranath Maharaj with Chairperson
Ms. Lela Swaroop. Panelists
included: Mr. Shamshu Deen (T&T); Ms.
Christelle Gourdine (Guadeloupe); Ms.
Shundell Persad Jha (USA); Dr. Maurits S. Hassankhan, Suriname
Session III: Building a Knowledge Economy:
Role of Youth
The moderator was Mr. Ronald Chuckaree, with Chairperson Dr. Bhoe Tewarie (UWI,
TnT). Panelists included: Ms. Amrita Priya Ramcharan (T&T); Dr. Terencia Joseph
(Saint Lucia); Mr. Roberto Persaud (Suriname); Ms. Kiran Aarti Mattai (Guyana).
Session IV: Caribbean Diaspora: Role in Development
The moderator: was Dr. Kumar Mahabir (UTT, T&T) with Chairperson Mr. Ashook
Ramsaran (GOPIO Int'l). Panelists included: Mr. Fred Negrit (Guadeloupe); Dr Ron
Sookram (Grenada); and Dr. Sherry- Ann Singh (T&T).
Session V: Valedictory Address & Wrap up Session
Valedictory address was delivered by Dr. Kenneth Ramchand, President, UTT,
followed by wrap up by Chief Rapporteur Mr. Paras Ramoutar (TnT) and closing
remarks by High Commissioner Mr. Malay Mishra.
PBD CANADA A WELL ATTENDED SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM WITH QUALITY DISCUSSIONS
The 2011 Regional PBD, referred to as PBD Canada, was a well attended event held
in Toronto on June 9 and 10th. The Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) was
the primary organizer for the Ministry
of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA). The theme was Building Bridges:
Positioning Strategy of the Indian Diaspora. Indian Diaspora members in Canada,
USA, Mexico and the Caribbean countries were in attendance in large numbers.
Also participating were the provincial Canadian governments and from Canadian
The main objectives of PBD Canada were achieved: The formation of a broader
human connection strategy linking segments of civil society and corporate sector
in India and Canada with knowledgeable members of India Diaspora. In addition,
sessions were held on:
Expanded business opportunities particularly in the small and medium sized
Formation of a Canada Chapter of Global Indian Network of Knowledge (Global INK)
which may also provide a practical way to connect good public policy ideas to
the reform agenda in India;
Enhanced cooperation in areas including education, energy, environment,
information technology, agriculture, science and technology, research and
development, infrastructure, transport; and
Increased internship programs, cultural exchanges and tourism between two
"I congratulate the Government of India for its PBD initiative. This is a smart
way for India to transcend borders, build bridges and create the partnerships
reaching out to the Indian Diaspora," said Premier Dalton McGuinty as he
addressed the inaugural session of the 5th regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas
(PBD) last Thursday at the Metro Convention Centre in Toronto. The Premier
observed, "You are tapping into the rich diversity of knowledge and expertise
from around the world literally. So far and wide has the Indian community spread
that the writer Parag Khanna said, 'The sun never sets on the Indian Diaspora'."
The Governor General of Canada, Dr. David Johnston, delivering the inaugural
address at the convention, greeted the gathering with 'Namaste' as he lauded the
role of the community in nation building and promoting ties with India. He said
that "this occasion is even more special given that this is the 'Year of India
in Canada' which is doing so much to share the wonders of Indian art, culture
and history with all Canadians." The Head of State said he was interested to
learn that by the year 2017 the Indian Diaspora in Canada will become the most
populous of any nation of the G8 countries. "That same year Canadians will
celebrate 150 years of confederation and I would like to take a moment to
consider the significance of these two milestones together." The Governor
General concluded his speech with "dhanyavaad" (thank you, in Hindi).
Also addressing the gala dinner was Preneet Kaur, India's Minister of State for
External Affairs, who noted that the Indian Diaspora has become "an important
partner for India's prosperity'' by sending remittances back home, making
investments, transferring technical knowhow, and projecting India's soft power
by popularizing its culture, films and dance. Identifying the opportunities that
exist and courting Canadian partnership in India's development, the Minister
said, "India-Canada ties are developing at a time of enormous opportunities in
India. We need $1 trillion in the infrastructure sector over the next decade and
foreign investment (and trade) will continue to be an integral part of our
Indian High Commissioner S.M. Gavai said India was showing its appreciation of
the Indo-Canadian Diaspora by holding the PBD in Toronto. Bollywood singer
Shivani Kashyap thrilled the audience with her new hit songs as well as with
favorite nostalgic tunes at the gala. The two-day convention was held under the
theme 'Building Bridges: Positioning Strategies for the Indian Diaspora'. Over
500 delegates attended.
Photo of Panelists on Plenary Session II: "Engaging Diaspora Youth: Education
and Innovation" (l-r)
Dr. Yuen Pau Woo, President, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada; Dr. A. Didar
Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA); Mr. Sriram Iyer,
President & CEO, ICICI Bank Canada; Hon Preeti Saran (India's Consul General in
Toronto); Mr. Deep Kapuria, Leader of CII Delegation; Ashook Ramsaran, Vice
President, GOPIO Int'l.
Two exciting announcements made at the concluding session were, that the Indian
Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) will be opening up an Indian Cultural
Centre in Toronto in the very near future and that the Indian government will be
setting up five PIO (People of Indian Origin) universities in different cities
to deepen its connectivity with the Diaspora. Dr. Didar Singh, Secretary,
Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, promised a report would be made on the
deliberations of the convention and an implementation strategy worked out on
utilizing the suggestions coming out of the convention. Dr. Singh also announced
that "the Indian government proposes to set up five PIO universities in
different cities to deepen its connectivity with the Diaspora. Bangalore is one
(News item contributed by
Adit Kumar (GOPIO of Toronto)
INDIAN DIASPORA HEALTH ISSUES DISCUSSED AT PBD CANADA
Health issues facing the Indian Diaspora was a significant feature of the
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Toronto. . There was also a discussion on
telemedicine and other focused healthcare issues. Dr Vivian Rambihar, Co-Chair
of GOPIO Health Council, whose proposals were included on the agenda of GOPIO
Health Summit in November 2010, seeks to do the same for all Pravasi Bharatiya
Divas events. Dr Rambihar's two page article in the Vedic "The Year for India in
Canada: the time for health across the diaspora" was included in the package
given to all delegates attending PBD Canada. His article was published in the
Cultural Center SA Heritage Month Program. . It describes the risk to the
economy of the chronic or non-communicable diseases crisis in India and across
the diaspora, and outlines the urgent need to create a culture of health across
the diaspora and actions to achieve this. Dr Rambihar proposes that all diaspora
activities, especially at PBD's, should include health as a priority, and that
health impact should be discussed across all sectors
Photo (l-r): Dr
Vivian Rambihar (Co-Chair of GOPIO Health Council), Adit Kumar (GOPIO of
Toronto) and Hon Preneet
Kaur, India's Minister of State for External Affairs
Dr Rambihar discussed Indian Diaspora health issues when he met separately at
PBD Canada with Hon Preneet Kaur, India's Minister of State for External Affairs
and presented her with I gave her a copy of my book Tsunami Chaos Global Heart,
referring to the chapter on health issues of South Asians, and which describes a
complexity approach to peace, health and development. Dr Rambihar also met with
Dr A Didar Singh, Secretary of Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs and discussed
health issues affecting the Indian Diaspora.
GOPIO ORGANIZES INTERACTIVE SESSION WITH MINISTER VAYALAR RAVI
A dinner reception was hosted by the Global Organization of People of India
Origin (GOPIO) National Coordinator, Dr. Piyush C. Agrawal in the presence of
South Florida Indian Community leaders to honor Honorable Union Cabinet Minister
Vayalar Ravi and Government Officials on May 27th 2011 in Miami, Florida.
Recent visa policies and issues like surrender Certificate were prominent in the
presentation made by Agrawal, "You know these issues and their implications
better than anybody else. Please take appropriate actions to soothe the pains
inflicted upon the Diaspora by these irritant policies" emphasized Dr. Agrawal
in the spirit of "Let us not point fingers .... Let us talk change."
Prominent community leaders, and representatives of news media, attended this
gathering. Organizations like, Indian Religious and Cultural Center- IRCC,
Kashmir Hindu Foundation, Inc- KHF, The Association of Indians in America- AIA,
American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin- AAPI, Vishwa Hindu Parishad
of America-VHPA, , Global Organization of People of Indian Origin - GOPIO, Asian
American Hotel Owners Association- AAHOA, HSS, BAPS, SFHT, Diwali Nagar,and
Trinidad & Tobago Diaspora were represented.
Honorable Union Cabinet Minister Vayalar Ravi in his remarks thanked the Indian
community of South Florida to arrange such a magnificent gathering in a short
time. He assured to look into the concerns of the Indian community as his top
priority. Creation of PIO and OCI cards and facilitating the voting rights to
NRI's were some of the visionary policies that his ministry has undertaken.
Honorable Union Cabinet Minister was presented with a plaque with an embedded
commemorative silver coin released on First Diwali at the US White
house, honoring him for his services to the people of India.
Photo below left: Minister Ravi speaks to an attentive audience. to his right
are Dr. Piyush Agrawal, Jay Rakhar and Sanjay Gupta. Photo below right: Dr.
Piyush Agrawal honoring the Minister
Photo above: Dr. Subbarao, Dr. David Kumar, Dr. Piyush Agrawal, Sanjay Gupta,
Apurva Desai, Dr. Karan Munuswamy, Minister Vayalar Ravi, Hemant Patel, Dr.
Chander Shaykher, Mrs. Geeta Shaykher, Vivek Swaroop (South Florida GOPIO
While most politically themed gatherings end up in a subtle blame game, the
undercurrents of this engagement were different because it was not about
pointing fingers, it was about developing relations and strategies important for
effecting change. Honorable Minister aptly pointed out that it is very
easy to sit back and pass judgement on whatever we feel is wrong with our
country. Many people succumb to this laissez-faire attitude but very
rarely does any one take a stand on change. Although solutions to the
issues can not be "whipped up" in a day, they can be achieved through the
awareness and persistent efforts of the community such as South Florida.
Piyush also presented to the Minister a Copy of the 14 Resolutions passed
during GOPIO's Annual Convention held in New Delhi January 5-6, 2011
outlining various issues of common concern to the Indian Diaspora.
The reception ended with sumptuous dinner and vote of thanks.
GOPIO CONVENTION TO BE HELD IN TORONTO, CANADA, OCT. 14-16, 2011
GOPIO's Convention 2011 is scheduled to be held in Toronto on September 2 -
September 4, 2011. The convention will be a 3-day event with GOPIO of Canada
holding its first international event along with its several GOPIO chapters.
Tentative program outline is as follows:
Friday, Oct. 14 (day): GOPIO Meetings
Friday, Oct. 14 (evening): Inaugural Reception
Saturday, Oct. 15 (day): Conference
Saturday, Oct. 15 (evening): Banquet
Sunday, Oct. 16 (day): Conclusion
GOPIO of Canada will take the lead, supported by all the GOPIO chapters in
Canada, taking the lead role in planning and coordination. The organizing
committees are being established. The conference program would be addressing
current, relevant PIO/NRI issues.
Contact: Jay Banerjei, GOPIO of Canada at email@example.com
GOPIO STILL SEEKING DONATIONS FOR JAPAN DISASTER RELIEF FUND
GOPIO-Edison and Central Jersey Chapters in collaboration with the Rotary Club
of Plainsboro, New Jersey announced a Japan Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation
Fund. At the launch of the disaster relief and rehabilitation fund, the
two chapter presidents Arvind Sood and Rajeev Mehta said, "Japan and India have
accomplished great things together. People of Indian Origin would like to show
their solidarity with the brave people of Japan by mobilizing the resources of
the Indian Diaspora worldwide.
This effort will be coordinated under GOPIO Foundation. All funds will be routed
through "GOPIO International" which is a 501 (c) (3) non profit entity in the
US. 100% of your generous tax-deductible contributions will go to
organization(s) that directly help victims recover from the devastating effects
of the earthquake and tsunamis that struck Japan on March 11, 2011.
For further details, call Arvind Sood at 732-277-6313, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Rajeev Mehta at 908-917-4081,email@example.com.
DONATE TO JAPAN DISASTER RELIEF FUND NOW
One can also send a check to GOPIO International - Japan Disaster Relief Fund,
P.O. Box 1413, Stamford, CT 06904-1413, USA
GOPIO INTERNATIONAL AND CHAPTER NEWS
GOPIO CALENDAR OF MAJOR INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE EVENTS 2011
October 14 -16, 2011: GOPIO Convention (Toronto)
GOPIO-NEW ZEALND DONATES $5,350 TO RED CROSS OF AUKLAND FOR CHRIST CHURCH
GOPIO-New Zealand collected $ 5,350 from their members nationwide for the
Earthquake victims of Christchurch city and handed over a check of $ 5,350 to
Red Cross, Auckland in a small function held at Stamford Plaza, Auckland on
Sunday, 17th April 2011. GOPIO-NZ members have also
contributed personally in cash and provided assistance to Canterbury residents
directly through Red Cross. Some of them have donated household articles for
urgent need to get them settled temporarily including home hospitality. All
faith Prayers were also organized by GOPIO-Waikato in Hamilton.
Photo above: Participants at the GOPIO-NZ organized function held in
Auckland for Earthquake Victims of Christchurch City. From L to R (Sitting):
Zail Singh Badhan-Member GOPIO AKL Pukekohe, Sunil Chauhan - Secretary GOPIO AKL
Pukekohe, Anurag Sharma- Member AKL Sth, Panthlal Daroch-Treasurer -AKL
Pukekohe, Alkesh Sharma - President AKL West, Subodh Seth - President Botany
Down, Puja Tuli - Secretary Gopio Downtown. From L to R (standing): Karnail
Singh Badhan - President AKL Pukekohe, Shailen Mehta - President AKL Central,
Tilak Wadhwa - Vice President AKL West, Virinder Aggarwal - Ex President, AKL
West, Sunny Kaushal - GOPIO NZ National Marketing Coordinator, Alix Jansen -
Area Councillor for the New Zealand Red Cross, Shefali Mehta - Gopio NZ National
Secretary, Nek Mohammed - President Gopio Downtown, Navin Kumar -
Secretary Gopio North Shore
GOPIO-NZ is also organizing another fundraising project for St John's Ambulance
Community Project. St John is in need of a well equipped Ambulance costing N$
160,000.00. This is a community project sponsored by Weekender.
GOPIO-NZ President Rakesh Gupta quoted that the Initial task of National
Executive Committee to review/finalise National constitution has been completed.
The amendments for GOPIO NZ constitution were unanimously approved by the
members of National Executive Committee as per the rules of previous
constitution on 27th March 2011 in a special Executive
GOPIO-NZ has also launched their web site www.gopionz.org on 26 May'11 informing GOPIO-NZ /
International activities, purpose, membership/office bearer details and
procedure for joining GOPIO for the benefits of people of Indian Origin in New
GOPIO-NZ Marketing Coordinator Sunny Kaushal is also organizing some other
projects for marketing GOPIO-NZ and liaising GOPIO with other Indian Community
organizations of New Zealand.
For more info, contact: GOPIO-NZ National President at firstname.lastname@example.org,
National Secretary: email@example.com,
Membership Queries: firstname.lastname@example.org,
General Queries: email@example.com.
DR. KARAN SINGH FELICITATED BY GOPIO IN PARIS
GOPIO Paris hosted a dinner reception for Indian Parliamentarian and scholar,
Dr. Karan Singh on May 19, 2011 in Paris. Dr. Karan Singh was in Paris to
participate in a symposium on 20th May 2011 chaired by the Director General of
UNESCO, Irina Bokova, bringing together eminent academics and personalities from
the fields of philosophy, education and diplomacy. This international scholarly
symposium on "the Contributions of the Buddha's Teachings to Universality,
Humanism and Peace" is being organized by The Permanent Delegation of Sri Lanka
to UNESCO and the Asia Pacific Group of Member States in association with the
Director General and Secretariat of UNESCO.
The reception by GOPIO Paris was arranged and hosted by GOPIO Paris president
Goojha Ved Prakash and was attended by 75 NRI and PIO guests from the Paris
area. Mr Prakash remarked that the reception was held "mainly to honor Dr. Singh
in a friendly atmosphere for his contributions for all Indians around the globe
as a visionary statesman, a cultural ambassador and a great Scholar and author
too. Dr. Singh has written over 25 notable books and several prominent articles
Photo above (l-r): Nalinee
Prakash, Dr Karan Singh, Goojha Ved Prakash
Dr. Singh, who was born in Cannes, France, was Government of India's
representative and inaugurated the First GOPIO Convention in 1989 in New York
where GOPIO was established. Dr. Singh was inducted to GOPIO's Honor Roll at its
annual meeting in New Delhi in January 2007.
GOPIO NEW ZEALAND ORGANIZES FUNDRAISER FOR ST. JOHNS AMBULANCE
GOPIO Aukland Chapters (Aukland Central, Biotany and Botany Down) and GOPIO
Waikato participated in a joint fundraising for St. Johns Ambulance that netted
$7000. Hosted by Sangeet Restaurant in Aukland, participation included GOPIO
national executives, chapter presidents and other invitees. Fundraising raffles
were drawn by Glen Green and Mitchell from Better Way, a community organization.
It was well attended by media, sponsors and GOPIO members.
Photo above: GOPIO participants with St. Johns Ambulannce officials
Raffle winners are Cheryl Jacobson from Fisher & Pykle, Ravi Mehta from Price
Waterhouse Coopers, Arthav
Saluja,Phil Evans and Avneel Rohit Prizes were sponsored by Global
Finance Services Ltd., Patton Refrigeration Ltd., Travel
Design Ltd and GOPIO, Stamford
Plaza Hotel and Sangeet Restaurant.
GOPIO-CT PARTICIPATES IN THE ANNUAL STAMFORD HOSPITAL CANCER WALK-A-THON
joined hands with Stamford Hampton Inn and Suites at the annual cancer walkathon
held on January 5th in Stamford. It was a fundraiser for
Cancer research work at the Stamford Hospital. Stamford Mayor Michel Pavia
walked with the Hampton Inn and GOPIO-CT group.
AMERICAN JOINS AS FIRST HINDU CHAPLAIN FOR THE US ARMY
The US Department of Defense has recently established the first Hindu Military
Chaplain program in American history. Army Captain Pratima Dharm, who currently
works as a Chaplain Clinician at Walter Reed Medical Center Hospital, took on
her new role as the Army's first Hindu Chaplain as of May 16.
"It is a great day for America and the democratic principles we've sworn to
defend as service members and it is an honor to take on this incredible role
supporting military members and their families serving in our Nation's Armed
forces," says Chaplain Dharm, who holds degrees in Psychology and Theology.
Chaplain Dharm earned her commission in the U.S. Army in 2006 and in 2008 was
selected for the Army's Clinical Pastoral Education Program (CPE) while serving
in Iraq. Her awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal,
National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal and Global War On Terrorism
Service Medal. No stranger to achieving "firsts," Chaplain Dharm is also the
first female Chaplain of Indian descent in the United States Army.
Launching the Program
Chaplain Dharm learned of this program after reading a flyer developed through
the Office of the Secretary of Defense's (OSD) Chief of Chaplains office. As an
Air Force officer stationed at the Pentagon, Dharm was serving as the action
officer for this effort and came across the opportunity after reading about
three individuals who led Hindu services at the Pentagon. The three lay leaders
leading the services, Mr. Bhuj Gidwani, Hitul Thakur and Dr. Ram Bhat, informed
Dharm that there was an official DoD endorsement for a chaplain, however a
candidate had yet to come forward.
Unsure of the collective interest in such an effort, Dharm teamed with the lay
leaders to develop a flyer to find out what the need was. They circulated the
flyer throughout the Hindu community. Throughout the process, OSD's Chief of
Chaplain's office was extremely supportive. Once Chaplain Dharm conveyed her
interest, the Army moved out quickly to establish the program. Chinmaya Mission
West and the three lay leaders served as the endorsing agents for the effort
(every military chaplain requires an endorsing agency).
Among the many tasks of establishing a new chaplaincy program was the task of
establishing a new badge for future Hindu Chaplains to wear. The group consulted
a broad range of spiritual leaders across the nation to design the badge,
including members of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood
Partnerships. The symbol "Om," which denotes truth and peace, was unanimously
chosen as the new badge. Chaplain Dharm will be the first to wear this badge
Unique Fit to the Chaplain Corps
Since 2000, the number of South Asians in America has grown significantly.
According to the 2010 Census the numbers have nearly doubled in some states. As
such, thousands of Indian Americans have pursued careers of service in America's
Armed Forces. With this growth comes the associated requirement to meet the
spiritual needs of military members and their families. Chaplain Dharm has
already reached out to members serving in SWA looking for spiritual guidance
while serving high priority missions in support of national defense.
Chaplain Dharm will start her career as a Hindu chaplain by providing Hindu
services at Walter Reed and the Pentagon. She also remains committed to
educating America on the principals Indic religions. "For starters, Hinduism has
brought the many benefits of yoga to America, and is even being used to treat
some symptoms of PTSD."
Chaplain Dharm offers a final word, "When service members take their initial
oath, we swear to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. I
can't think of a more American endeavor than supporting the free exercise of
religion for all military members. That's why we serve, and I'm humbled to take
on this duty to support my fellow service members and their families."
BRITISH INDIAN ELECTED TO BRADLEY STOKE TOWN COUNCIL
British Indian Tom Prabin Aditya became the first person of Asian origin elected
to the Bradley Stoke Town Council. Bradley Stoke is a quite peaceful town with
good schools and amenities, situated north of the City of Bristol in South West
Aditya is the first person of Indian origin elected in the South West England
and the first person from the Community elected on a Conservative ticket in the
UK. He won the election with a two-third majority, securing votes cutting across
political differences and cultural diversities in a ward never won by
Councilor Tom is a qualified financial adviser authorized by the FSA, a
successful entrepreneur and a social activist, spreading goodwill and harmony
Tom was born in a traditional family in Kerala as the grandson of an Indian
freedom fighter who was also a Municipal Father in the erstwhile State of
Travancore during the 1940's. Tom studied Law and Economics at the University
and took Masters Degree in Management from the USA. He started his banking
career in 1995, working through various ranks of management and gained a great
deal of exposure travelling widely. He moved to Bristol in 2002 and settled at
Bradley Stoke in 2007 and lives with his wife Liny and children. He works for
the marginalized, serving as Chair of the South Glos Council Corporate
Equalities Forum and Trustee of the Southern Brooks Community Partnership, one
of the largest charitable organizations in the region. He also spearheads
various socio-cultural associations and community movements.
Tom feels that people should keep off political differences and cultural
diversities to work together for the holistic development of the Community. He
said "This was my
first election in the UK and I
am thankful to all those who helped me to enter the Council and will continue to
work for the people in every way that I can along with my colleagues." He
solicited the co-operation of all.
INDIAN AMERICAN GIRL SUKANYA ROY CROWND SPELLING BEE
Spelling tongue twister "cymotrichous", Greek for having wavy hair, Indian
American Sukanya Roy has won the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee crown to
retain the coveted honor for the community for the fourth year in a row.
Sukanya Roy, 14, an eighth-grader at Abington Heights Middel School in
Pennsylvania, said she knew as soon as she heard "cymotrichous" that she'd get
the word right and win the championship Thursday night.
It was Roy's third trip to the national spelling bee, and she had credited her
past experience with keeping her calm and relaxed heading into the finals. She
tied for 12th place in 2009 and 20th place in 2010. Roy speaks Bengali and every
summer travels to India to visit family. She hopes to pursue a career in
Roy is the ninth Indian-American in the last 13 years, a run that began when
Nupur Lala captured the crown in 1999 and was later featured in the documentary
The winner will be awarded a $30,000 cash prize, a trophy, a $2,500 US savings
bond, a complete reference library, a $5,000 scholarship and $2,600 in reference
works and other prizes.
Anamika Veeramani had scored a hat-trick for Indian-Americans in taking the
crown last year.
Sukanya Roy was one of the six Indian Americans - Sriram Hathwar, Arvind
Mahankali, Prakash Mishra, Mashad Arora, and Dhivya Senthil Murugan - who made
it to the last 13 in the finals. The youngest finalist was 10-year-old Dhivya
Murugan of Denver, who was born in India.
The spelling bee kids just keep getting better and better. Even words like
chlorthalidone," "dreikanter," "renminbi" and "helichrysum" couldn't
sufficiently narrow down the field in the semifinals, which needed 95 minutes of
overtime earlier Thursday to whittle the competitors from 41 to 13.
The week began with 275 spellers. A written test Tuesday and two oral rounds
Wednesday reduced the field for the semifinals. According to the Scripps
Spelling Bee's website, this year brought contenders ranging in age from 8 to 15
years old from all over the world.
GOPIO HEALTH COUNCIL CHAIR SANGEETA AHUJA HONORED WITH GLOBAL LEADERSHI AWARD BY
INDIA NEW ENGLAND
Sangeeta Ahuja, a Registered Dietitian, a Certified Diabetes Educator, and a
Registered Yoga Teacher, who was a finalist for the Woman of the Year 2011, was
honored with "Global Leadership award" by India New England at a ceremony held
at Burlington on June 1st.
For the last nine years INDIA New England, a community newspaper based in
Boston, MA has been honoring South Asian women in the New England area for their
success and contribution to business, cultural, social and charitable endeavors.
At ceremony, the paper recognized twenty regional women for their tremendous
Under Ahuja's leadership, the Connecticut chapter of GOPIO has become the most
active and vibrant chapter and a model for others to follow. The Indian American
community is better integrated and better recognized in the Fairfield County
area. GOPIO-CT has developed a close relationship with local community leaders
and elected officials. The chapter's programs and interactive sessions with
policy makers, law enforcement and FBI have raised awareness of the community's
customs and culture.
As Chair of GOPIO Health Services Council, in addition to health awareness
programs at local levels, Ahuja led GOPIO health team to hold its "first of its
kind" international Health Summit in New York, designed exclusively for the
benefit of people of Indian origin. Twenty experts in diabetes, cardiac diseases
and stress management held interactive sessions on how to identify risk factors
and ways to effectively manage these diseases. Similar programs are being
planned for other regions.
Sangeeta is Director of Nutrition Services at Mount Vernon Health Center, Mt.
Vernon, NY, a Diabetes Educator at Stamford Hospital's Diabetes and Endocrine
Center and a nutrition consultant to Catholic Family Services - Senior Nutrition
Program. She is also a consulting nutritionist for Pfizer. She is a frequent
speaker on nutrition related topics.
GOPIO NORTHWEST SYDNEY PRESIDENT NEERU SINGH IS RUNNER UP AT MRS INDIA AUSTRALIA
Mrs India Australia 2011 is a traditional beauty pageant for married women. Not
only the contestants were judged by their beauty, but also were judged according
to their sense of style and personality. The pageant was held on the 4th June
2011 in Sydney attended by Press, media and sponsors. In attendance was also the
Mrs. World Australia 2009, Mrs. Carin Hillman-Varma, 1949 'Model of the Year'
June-Dally Watkins and Aruna Chandrala former president of United Indian
Association, an active and popular Indian community worker.
GOPIO North West President, Neeru Singh, won a prestigious Mrs. India Australia
2011 1st runner up prize. She spoke about her charity theme of 'education for
under-privileged' to help the less fortunate kids in India. Neeru Singh was
chosen as one of the pageant winner out of the 14 contestants because she is
someone who works for needed causes in the community.
There were four Competition rounds to judge the participants. In the first round
contestants introduced themselves dressed in colourful traditional dresses that
are worn by different communities & tribes of different states of India. Neeru
introduced her as invincible and said life was never dull for her being in love,
changing nappies and earning bread for the family. In talent round Neeru
comically portrayed as Haryanvi girl who recently got a job with Australian
police. The short 3 minute skit play was loved by the audience. In good karma
round Neeru spoke about her charity work for under-privileged kids in India. In
final judges' question answers round Neeru talked about how woman can play a
vital role in family, professional and social life by using different hats.
INDIAN AMERICAN 7TH GRADER WINS SECOND PLACE AT THE
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BEE COMPETITION
An Indian-American 7th grade student at the Westminster Schools in Atlanta has
finished second in the 2011 National Geographic Bee. Nilai Sarda, 11, took home
a $15,000 prize in the May 25 competition.
Nilai is a member of Westminster's Quiz Bowl team, which recently placed second
in the state competition. He enjoys taking part in debates, playing chess and
reading. He hopes to work for the European
Organization for NuclearResearch(CERN) when he grows up.
Before heading to the Bee, Nilai created a video to tell the world all about his
hometown. The 2011 National Geographic Bee was moderated by Jeopardy host Alex Trebek.
Nilai lost a best-of-five final round against Tine Valencic of Colleyville.
Writing the answers on sheets of paper, both boys answered the first three
questions correctly, including giving the Italian name for sediment deposits
that connect a shoreline with an offshore island: "tombolo."But Nilai stumbled
on the fourth question about the Tungurahua volcano, believing incorrectly that
it was in Peru.
The final question in the round asked for the name of the Nepalese national park
where the southern part of Mount Everest is located: Sagarmatha National Park.
Both boys got that right, sealing Tine's win. Third-place finisher Stefan
Petrovic of Lawrence, Kan., won $10,000.
Karthik Karnik, 13, a seventh grader at King Philip Middle School in Norfolk,
Mass., finished in fifth place. Karnik is the son of Rathna and Vishwanath
Karnik of Plainville, Mass.
THREE INDIAN ORIGIN STUDENTS ARE WINNERS AT INTEL SCIENCE FAIR
Three Indian American students are winners at the annual Intel International
Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the world's largest high school science
research competition held last month in Los Angeles, California. More than 1,500
young entrepreneurs, innovators and scientists competed recently at the Intel
International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles. They qualified at 443
affiliated fairs in 65 countries, regions and territories, and more than 400
finalists, including many Indian Americans, received awards at the competition.
An Indian student Raghavendra Ramachanderan, a student of St John's
International Residential School in Chennai along with two Indian American
students, Nithin Reddy Tumma of Fort Gratiot (Michigan) and Nathan Kondamuri of
Dyer (Indiana) won three of the 17 "Best of Catagory" awards.
Ramachanderan's groundbreaking work in drug synthesis, could help in developing
drugs to fight cancer, bacteria and fungus. He won a award of USD 5,000.
Tumma ' research was in cellular and molecular biology research while Kondamuri
won the award for his research in energy and transportation.
All Best of category winners also received USD 3,000 first place prizes and had
an asteroid named in their honour. The Intel Foundation awarded a USD 1,000
grant to each winner's school and to the Intel-affiliated fair they represented.
Tumma, a junior at Port Huron Northern High School in Port Huron, Mich submitted
the project "Identifying Novel Mechanisms of Cy tochorome-P450 2E1 regulation".
While studying the metabolism of the liver for a drug used to treat diabetes, he
found that micro RNAs in Metformin depress a tumour-forming gene in the body.
Kondamuri, 16, who attends Munster High School in Munster, Ind offered "A Novel
Biofuel Cell Based on Direct Electron Transfer-Type Bioelectrocatalysis
Incorporating Photophosphorylation to Efficiently Create Sustainable Electrical
NEWS OF INTEREST TO NRIs AND PIOs AROUND THE WORLD
ACCESSING OIFC FOR INVESTMENTS AND PARTNERSHIPS IN INDIA
GOPIO recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Overseas Indian
Facilitation Centre (OIFC). This will foster close cooperation between the GOPIO
and OIFC and will strongly benefit the GOPIO members who want to expand their
economic engagement with India.
OIFC, a not for profit public private initiativeof theMinistryof Overseas Indian
Affairs (MOIA), Government
of India and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), was established in 2007
with a mandate of : Promoting
Overseas Indian investments into India and facilitate business partnerships; Establishing and maintaining a
diaspora Knowledge Network; Assisting States in India to project investment
opportunities to Overseas Indians; and,
Provide a host of advisory services to PIO's and NRI's.
The OIFC is governed by a Council of prominent Overseas Indians, Industry
leaders and senior policy makers of the Government of India. OIFC will be
providing investment know-how and business facilitation services to the GOPIO
members, with the active support of its 'Knowledge Partners', which are
firms specializing in the areas of foreign investment consulting, regulatory
approvals, market research, joint venture partner identification, project
financing, accounting, taxation, legal, portfolio investments and
Currently OIFC's activities include, query addressal on various issues faced by
the NRI's & PIO's, a robust online business networking portal, projection of
member States' projects (Assam, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Punjab and Orissa),
16 X 5 live facilitation services, Road Shows through Diaspora Engagement Meets
in various countries, and Market Place forums in India and Overseas, Ask the
Expert, Live Chat facilities, Publications, other updates etc. More details are
available at www.oifc.in.
OIFC's monthlye-newsletter "India Connect' connects over 20,000 professionals,
entrepreneurs and executives of Indian Origin. This newsletter features economic
developments, news and policy announcements. GOPIO members can subscribe to
these newsletters by visiting http://oifc.notlong.com .
Members interested in engaging with India, will find this portal very
GOPIO encourages everyone to visit www.oifc.in,
subscribe to the newsletter and avail OIFC services to expand their economic
engagement with India.
US RULES AND PENALTIES ON FOREIGN BANK ACCOUNTS IN INDIA
The United States has issued rules and penalties regarding foreign bank accounts
in India. Any individual living in the US for more than 180 days and has a
foreign account in India and has more than $10,000 USD at anytime between 2003
and 2011 MUST REPORT BY JUNE 3O, 2011.Failing to do so could lead to penalties.
If the US Treasury department finds out before you declare, there will be a
criminal proceeding and the individual can be placed under amnesty and will have
to pay 85% of the amount held in foreign accounts as penalty. Depending on the
individual situation, tax returns for the years 2003-2010 could be amended to
include interest income, dividend income and all other income including rental
income, if any, in the amended tax returns.
For those who has an account and the value is under $10,000 USD, the stipulation
is that amended Tax Returns would have to be filed for the last 8 years
(Schedule B for Interest Income & Dividend) with completion of form TD F90.22.1
for that year that exceeded $10,000 USD with notification stating the foreign
accounts. The last date for reporting 2010 activity is June 30th 2011. The US
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has also published this notice in Hindi.
EU GRANT TO UNIV OF MUMBAI FOR DIASPORA STUDIES
The University of Mumbai has been given a grant of Rs 3.5 crore by the European
Union (EU) to study migration and Diaspora, working jointly with European Ivy
Leagues. Similar researches under the auspices of the European Union are being
conducted by the Marie Curie Initial Training Network. The EU will fund research
on Diaspora and migration in five universities: University of Mumbai, the
Muenster University, Oxford University, Stockholm University and the School of
Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).
Rajpal Hande, director, board of college and university development said, "This
initiative brings the university's research under an international union. It
will enhance the university's research standards and bring global recognition".
There has been a rise of 42% increase in migrant population across the world in
the last decade. According to a report of the Geneva-based World Organization
for Migration, the total population of migrants in the world rose from 15 crore
in 2000 to 21.40 crore in 2011.
UK TELLS INDIANS TO COME TO WORK AND RETURN
UK wants to reduce migration from India and
other countries outside the European Unionto prevent foreign professionals from
settling there permanently. The recent announcement will affect Indian skilled
workers as well as domestic workers such as cooks and 'ayahs', who travel with
their employers to Britain. The rules can also affect Indian diplomats who take
their domestic help with them to the UK.
UK would like the brightest and best workers from India but want them to return
to their country after making strong contributions to the UK economy. UK Indians
intend to launch a protest against the government plan warning if Indian
professionals were not allowed to settle there permanently, they would rather
migrate to countries such as Canada and Australia.
VISA ON ARRIVAL
Visa on Arrival (VoAs) scheme was introduced on Jan 1, 2010 for citizens of
Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Singapore to promote tourism and to
facilitate foreign tourists who plan their visits to India at a short notice.
Following a good response, the government of India extended the scheme to
six more countries -- Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Laos and
Myanmar -- from January 2011.
In 2010, over 6,500 foreigners used the scheme to visit India. During the first
four months of this year, over 4,000 foreigners from 11 countries used the
tourist visa on arrival facility, with the maximum numbers coming from New
Zealand, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia and Finland. A few
visitors from Cambodia, Vietnam, Luxembourg, Myanmar and Laos also availed the
FEWER INDIAN STUDENTS FOR AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITIES
Attacks against Indian students in 2009 have left several Australian
universities and vocational training institutes in serious worry mode.
International student enrolments and Indians in particular have reported a sharp
fall. Indian student numbers are reported to have decreased by over 30 percent.
This year, at the end of March, there were about 54,000 Indian student visa
holders in Australia as compared to 84,000 in March 2010. Soaring Australian
dollar has also contributed to the decrease in student admissions as there is no
price advantage anymore.
Australia wants to woo the Indian students back. They have low unemployment, a
lot of job availability and are offering less hassle for permanent residence
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
(visit http://www.gopio.net/chapter_initiative.htm). Process
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: 818-708-3885,
GOPIO President - Lord Daljit Rana, UK, Tel: +44 28-9807-8787, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
GOPIO Executive Vice President - Ashook Ramsaran, Fresh Meadows, New York City,
Tel: 718/939-8194, E-mail:email@example.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)
Ramsaran, GOPIO Executive
Vice President (New York,
Gupta (Hyderabad, India) and Abu Thomas (New Rochelle, NY, USA)
Contributors of this issue: Inder
Singh (GOPIO Intl., USA), Dr. Piyush Agrawal (GOPIO-America, Florida, USA),
Suman Kapoor (GOPIO-Waikato,
Jay Banerjei (GOPIO-Toronto), Shailesh Naik (GOPIO-CT, USA), Adit Kumar (GOPIO
Toronto, Canada), Sunny Kaushal (GOPIO-NZ), Dr Vivian Rambihar (Co-Chair, GOPIO
Health Council), Paras Ramoutar (Trinidad & Tobago), Sujata Sudarshan (New
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.