December 10, 2012
A Publication of the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO)
|Issue: XI-17||December 10, 2012|
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|PRAVASI BHARATIYA DIVAS (PBD) AND GOPIO KOHI CONVENTION UPDATED - KERALA TOURS ARRANGED FOR DELEGATES|
|GOPIO LIFE MEMBERSHIP AND CHAPTER FORMATION|
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PRAVASI BHARATIYA DIVAS (PBD) AND GOPIO KOHI CONVENTION UPDATED - KERALA TOURS ARRANGED FOR DELEGATES
PRAVASI BHARATIYA DIVAS (PBD2013) TO BE HELD IN KOCHI on Jan 7-9, 2013
The 11th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) will be held from January 7-9, 2013 in Cochin, Kerala, India. Addressing a Press conference here today, Shri Vayalar Ravi, Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA), said that the Prime Minister will inaugurate this annual flagship event of MOIA on January 8. The President of India will deliver the valedictory address on January 9 and also confer the Pravasi Bhartiya Samman Awards. The pre-conference seminars will also be organized on January 7 followed by plenary and panels sessions beginning on January 8.
The Minister said that the PBD has become a significant forum to connect the overseas Indians from all over the world and the PBD-2013 will be focusing on more connectivity with overseas Indians. He further said that Kerala will be the Partner State of the 11th PBD, which would provide the Diaspora an opportunity to understand the vibrant culture and potential of the State. The Minister said that more than 2000 delegates are expected to participate in PBD-2013 from all over the world.
For any further
queries kindly contact: Mr. Yogeshwar Sangwan, Director (Diaspora Services),
Please go to this link and register for the PBD 2013
Special rate of Rs. 4,000 for double room plus taxes for GOPIO delegates at Presidency Hotel. Make your reservation at Presidency Hotel (Near Ernakulam Town, near North Train Station), Kochi, Tel: +91-484-2394300, E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org. Contac5t: Mr. Nibu Mathew at +91-9746471257. Transportation will be provided from Hotel Presidency to Dream Hotel for Jan. 5th evening dinner and to Crown Plaza Hotel for GOPIO Conference and Banquet on Jan. 6th. Since it is PBD Hotel, there will be transportation from Presidency Hotel to Le Meridian Convention Center on Jan. 7, 8 and 9.
MAURITIUS PRESIDENT TO BE CHIEF GUEST AT PBD 2013
Mauritius President Rajkeswur Purryag will be the chief guest at the 11th overseas Indians meet to be held at Kochi in January next, Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi announced at a pres conference in new Delhi.
DISCOUNT REGISTRATION FOR GOPIO MEMBERS
The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) has approved GOPIO's request for discount registration by GOPIO delegates to PBD2013 at 50% rate of $125.
Please refer to the PBD2013 registration link and information below:
GOPIO KOCHI CONVENTION UPDATE - KERALA TOURS ARRANGED
International plans to hold its annual executive and general council meetings,
followed by its conference starting on January 5 and concluding on January 6
immediately preceding, and in conjunction with Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2013
events of January 7-9, 2013 in Kochi, India.
GOPIO Executive Meeting
General Council Meeting
January 6, 2013
Conference Session I
Conference Session II
Conference Session III
Conference Session IV
Conclusion & Wrap-Up
CSA Banquet (GOPIO CSA + Recognition of Descendants of Gadar Heroes)
January 7, 2013 (9:00am - 11:00am)
GOPIO Executive Meeting
GOPIO ARRANGES KERALA TOURS FOR GOPIO AND PBD2013 DELEGATES
GOPIO is collaborating with reputable tour and hospitality groups in Kerala to provide optional tours at discounted rates for delegates attending GOPIO and PBD2013 events in Kochi. These tours are designed to be made in advance of GOPIO and PBD2013. See more details by downloading the document.
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GOPIO KOCHI CONVENTION - PROGRAM AND KERALA TOURS DETAILS
Hotel Rooms for GOPIO delegates
Hotel accommodations for GOPIO delegates secured at the Presidency Hotel at discount rates and convenient to events. Early booking is recommended due to potential shortage of rooms.
GOPIO INVITES NOMINATIONS FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS (CSA) 2013
GOPIO International is planning to hold its annual Community Service Awards (CSA) Banquet on the evening of January 6, 2013 in Kochi, India as the concluding event of GOPIO Convention 2013 (Kochi). In addition, there will be special recognition of attending descendants of Gadar heroes at the CSA Banquet.
The GOPIO Community
Service Awards (GOPIO CSA) are given for outstanding community service, public
service and/or significant charitable or philanthropic contributions of benefit
to the community.
GOPIO-KOCHI GEARS UP FOR GOPIO CONVENTION
The arrangements for GOPIO Kochi Convention 2013 were discussed at a meeting of the members of Kochi Chapter at The Presidency Hotel in October 23rd. GOPIO Executive Vice President Sunny Kulathakal and Convention Convener Ibrahim Khan briefed the progress of the arrangements to receive nearly 400 dignitaries from 60 countries for the Kochi Convention 2013.
The committee will meet again soon to discuss and make further arrangements.
RESERVE KERALA TRIP WITH THE FOLLOWING TRAVEL GROUP
Mystical Holidays Pvt. Ltd., No.4/593-D, Ground Floor, Marottichodu, Edappally P.O., Kochi 682024, Tel: 091-484-4061516, or contact Mr. Noble Jose at +91 9446361516, e-mail: email@example.com.
PROGRAMME 1: 5 NIGHTS & 6 DAYS
COST PER PERSON = Rs.34900.00/ US$ 672.00
Price is based on 4-Star hotels shown or similar and on minimum16 passengers traveling together.
PROGRAMME 2: 5 NIGHTS & 6 DAYS
COST PER PERSON = Rs.41950.00/ USD 808.00
Price is based on 4-Star hotels shown or similar and on minimum 14 passengers traveling together.
Packages do no include:
For more information and details, contact Convention 2013 (Kochi) Chairman, Mr. Sunny Kulathakal at Kulathakal@yahoo.com at +91-9845756692 (India Mobile). or Convention 2013 (Kochi) Convener, Mr. Ibrahim Khan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|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 various countries.
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: +1-818-708-3885, E-mail: email@example.com.
GOPIO President - Ashook Ramsaran, Fresh Meadows, New York, USA, Tel: 718/939-8194, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
GOPIO Executive Vice President - Sunny Kulathakal, Bahrain, Tel: +973 39441956 or +91 9845756692, E-mail: Kulathakal@yahoo.com
GOPIO Senior Vice President - Dr Piyush Agrawal, Weston, Florida, USA, Tel: +1-954-684-6494, 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 of GOPIO Intl. and Executive Trustee, GOPIO Foundation (Stamford, CT, USA)
Editor: Nami Kaur, Secretary, GOPIO International (New York, USA)
Co-Editors: Bina Mahabir, Co-Chair GOPIO Media Council, GOPIO International (Guyana-New York, USA) and Nilofar Pardawala (Portland, Oregon, USA)
Webmasters: Prashant Gupta (Hyderabad, India) and Abu Thomas (New Rochelle, NY, USA)
Contributors of this issue: Ashook Ramsaran (President, GOPIO Intl.), Sunny Kulathakal (President, GOPIO Intl. Bahrain)
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