GOPIO Special Bulletin, December 11 2016
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SPECIAL BULLETIN COVERING GOPIO EUROPEAN CONVENTION

December 11, 2016

A Publication of the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO)

Issue: XIV-12December 11, 2016
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GOPIO EUROPEAN CONVENTION - A GRAND SUCCESS
GOPIO TO HOST CONVENTION IN BENGALURU
GOPIO TO LAUNCH GOPIO INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN MUMBAI ON JAN. 10TH
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MEA AND KARNATKA GOVT. GETTING READY TO HOST PRAVASI BHARATIYA DIVAS (PBD2017), JAN 7-9, 201
GOPIO TO LAUNCH TWO NEW CHAPTERS
GOPIO LIFE MEMBERSHIP AND CHAPTER FORMATION
EDITORIAL BOARD
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GOPIO EUROPEAN CONVENTION - A GRAND SUCCESS


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GOPIO, Global Organization of People of Indian Origin is a community supported non-profit organization that takes up issues of the Indian Diaspora and attempts to unify the community in its common causes. GOPIO Europe chapter organized its Europe convention in Paris from 10th to 13th of November, 2016.

The Convention started on 10th Thursday evening with the opening registration followed by welcoming delegates, special dinner at the Indian restaurant in Champs Elysees, Paris and 'Discover LIDO' show thereafter.

Panel discussions on various issues around the world by experts, cultural programs, educational visits, get-togethers, award ceremony, book release, general body meeting etc. were arranged as part of the convention. GOPIO members from different countries including USA, Australia, South Africa, Mauritius, Austria and UK have actively participated in the Europe summit that lasted four days.

Official inauguration of the convention took place on 11th Friday evening at by Indian Ambassador Dr.Mohan Kumar. The ambassador urged all the GOPIO members to concentrate on charity activities in India. He said that GOPIO is a mature entity now and it is high time that we help our motherland in any possible way. Indian Parliament member Dr. Satyajeeth Singh, Maharashtra assembly Chief Whip Raj K Purohit, GOPIO Global Chairman Dr. Thomas Abraham, GOPIO Exce. VP Noel Lal, GOPIO International Coordinator for Europe Dr. Pradip Sewoke and Convention Convener Mehan Poinoosamy delivered speeches at the function.

GOPIO Europe Convention Inauguration with Indian Ambassador Dr. Mohan Kumar Photo: GOPIO-Europe Convention Inauguration - Indian Ambassador Dr. Mohan Kumar speaking at the Inaugural function. Seated from l. to r. Convention Covener Mehan Poinoosamy, GOPIO Chairman Dr. Thomas Abraham, Convention Chairman Dr. Pradip Sewoke, Dr. Sathyapal Singh MP, Raj Purohit MLA, GOPIO Exec. VP Noel Lal
 
A documentary film 'Mademoiselle France Pleure' about Soldiers who were martyred in World War I, directed by Mr. Vijay Singh, was shown at the program just after the convention inauguration.


With India at the threshold of accepting new technologies and business investment, the new team has come up with a motto, 'GOPIO Means Business'. This move would focus on attracting the entrepreneurs and businessmen among the Indian Diaspora to take more interest in investing in India in all spheres ranging from business, philanthropy, education, healthcare and social causes. Least to say, there was active participation of eminent writers and artists in this convention.
 
The European Biennial Summit is one of the pivotal events in the global GOPIO program calendar. The theme of this summit, 'Indiaspora, Opportunities beyond Frontiers', conveyed GOPIO's thrust to mobilize Diaspora's technology and professionals as well as the investment resources. Discussions on many important issues and topics of common interest were also carried out to gather more information in various fields.
 
GOPIO team at Neuve Chapelle paying tribute to the Indian soldiers
Photo:GOPIO team at Neuve Chapelle paying tribute to the Indian soldiers who lost their lives in World War I.
 
As part of the program, a visit to the World War I memorial in Neuve Chapelle (North of France) had been arranged on Friday morning to pay tribute to the Indian soldiers who were martyred in France. Mayor of Neuve Chapelle Mr. Roland Lieven, Mayor of Veile Chapelle Mr. Jean-Michel Desse, Mayor of La Couture Mr. Raymond Gaquere, Mayor of Laventie Mr. Jean Phillipe Boonaert and Mayor of Lorgies Mme Anne-Marie Lefebvre had attended the program.
 
GOPIO international committee members at Neuve Chapelle, France
Photo: GOPIO international delegates members at Neuve Chapelle, France

French fire force team, former military members along with the Mayor at GOPIO program at Neuve Chappelle
Photo: French fire force team, and former military members along with the Mayor at GOPIO program at Neuve Chappelle

At the site of Neuve Chapelle (Richebourg), there now stands a memorial garden, circled by domed pavilions and towering columns. It now forms a permanent reminder of the sacrifice of the soldiers of Indian origin, our forefathers.
 
Welcoming the guests to Paris, Convention Chairman Dr. Pradip Sewoke told the GOPIO members that the aim of the convention is to unite the whole Indian Diaspora in Europe and urged them to work together for a brighter future and that we are in dire need to open more GOPIO chapters and add life members in Europe so as to have a 'Strong United European GOPIO'. He added that it was essential to strengthen our efforts in the area of youth development, science and technology, women empowerment, charity activities, medical facilities, literary activities, business opportunities, etc.

Cultural Programs at GOPIO Europe Convention
Photo top: Cultural program in the evening-Bollywood dance by French team, Photo bottom: Punjabi Bhangra dance

Rajasthani Classical dance and Music  Photo: A Rajasthani Classical dance and Music by a group of artists
 
Conference sessions started on 12th Saturday morning at the Marriott Hotel, Paris. French minister for overseas affairs Mdm Ericka Bareights inaugurated the conference sessions. She praised GOPIO's activities for the welfare of the Indian people abroad.
 


GOPIO Chairman Dr. Thomas Abraham presenting a book on GOPIO to Madame Ericka Bareights, French Minister for Overseas AffairsPhoto: GOPIO Chairman Dr. Thomas Abaham presenting a book titled Global Indian Diaspora - GOPIO Making an Impact to Minister Ericka Bareights at the GOPIO-Europe Conference Inauguration; From l. to r.: GOPIO Exec. VP Noel Lal, Deputy Chief of the Indian Mission in Paris Manish Prabhat, Chief Whip of Maharashtra Assembly Raj Purohit MLA, Dr. Sathyapal Singh MP, Minister Bareights, Convention Chairman Dr. Pradip Sewoke and Dr. Abraham

Conference topics discussed included Uniting the Indian youth Diaspora of the world; Francophone Indian Diaspora: past-present-future; Make in India: exploiting the potential, Entrepreneurial India; Indian Diaspora in the world of finance; Higher mortality rate among the Indian Diaspora; Women Leadership Science and technology council etc. were discussed in the conference sessions. The experts in the corresponding field enriched each session with their informative speeches.

GOPIO-Europe Convention Audience
Audience at the Conference session

GOPIO Europe summit passed two resolutions at the conclusion of the conference. The first one endorsed Government of India in implementing demonetization of Indian Currency notes. The resolution says that this attempt will help to reduce the black money and corruption in India, but asked the Govt. to take care of NRI/PIO concerns. Second resolution was to request the French and Indian governments to support GOPIO International's demand that the monument of Indian Soldiers at Neuve Chappell should be recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site.
 
On Saturday evening, the valedictory function started at Bateau Mouch on River Seine. Award ceremony and the launching of the book on Nelson Mandela written by Farook Khan and photographed by Kevin Joseph (Nelson Mandela's private photographer) were the attractions.
 
South African Embassy officials releasing the book on Nelson Mandela written by Farook Khan
Photo: South African Embassy officials in Paris releasing the book on Nelson Mandela written by Farook Khan and photographed by Kevin Joseph (Nelson Mandela's private photographer) in the presence of GOPIO officials

GOPIO-Europe General Body Meeting took place on Sunday 13th morning at the Marriot Hotel which discussed future programs in Europe and was followed by a Paris sight-seeing leisure trip.

GOPIO Europe convention organizing committee thanked everyone who made this Europe summit a big success and ensured that the committee will arrange many other programs in future to promote global unity and charity.

Contact: Dr. Pradip Sewoke, GOPIO's International Coordinator for Europe at pradip-kumar.sewoke@orange.fr or Mr.  Mehen Poinoosawmy, President, GOPIO-Paris Nord at mpoinoos@gmail.com or visit:
http://gopiofrance.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Convention.html
GOPIO TO HOST CONVENTION IN BENGALURU
 
GOPIO TO ORGANIZE ITS CONVENTION ON JAN. 5TH AND 6TH IN BENGALURU
 
GOPIO will have its General Body Meeting and Convention Inauguration on January 5th and a full day conference on Jan. 6th. More details will follow in the coming issues of GOPIO News.

Contact Convention Chairman Sunny Kulathakal at kulathakal44@gmail.com or Convention Convener Shaji Baby John at shajibabyjohn@kingsgroup.co.in.

GOPIO TO LAUNCH GOPIO INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN MUMBAI ON JAN. 10TH 
  
GOPIO's General body Meeting on June 26th, 2016 adopted a constitutional amendment to launch GOPIO International Chamber of Commerce (GICC). It will be a worldwide body working within the GOPIO organization. The new Executive Council is business oriented and keenly interested to connect with businesses with India and across the world. The new chamber GICC will focus on some of Indian Prime Minister's initiatives such as Make in India, Skill India and Digital India. With our 80 chapters in 30 countries, name recognition and with our extensive level of contacts, GOPIO hopes to grow this new chamber as a globally networked business promotion group.
 
The new chamber of commerce will be launched in Mumbai at Garware Club in Mumbai on January 10th at 5 p.m. GOPIO's advisor Raj Purohit MLA is the chairman of GICC Launch Committee. Many dignitaries from Mumbai including several political leaders and head of corporate houses will participate. For participation, contact gopio@optonline.net.
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MEA AND KARNATKA GOVT. GETTING READY TO HOST PRAVASI BHARATIYA DIVAS (PBD2017), JAN 7-9, 2017
  
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) will organize the 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) from January 7-9, 2017 in Bengaluru, Kranataka, India. It will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi 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. 
 
PBD has become a significant forum to connect the overseas Indians from all over the world and the PBD-2017 will be focusing on more connectivity with overseas Indians with a theme "Redefining Engagement with Indian Diaspora." Karnataka will be the Partner State of the 14th PBD, which would provide the Diaspora an opportunity to understand the vibrant culture as well as the business and investment potential of the State. More than 2000 delegates are expected to participate in PBD-2017 from all over the world.
 
Please see more details below or at https://pbdindia.gov.in/.

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2017 Flyer

https://pbdindia.gov.in/how-register

 
DISCOUNT REGISTRATION FOR GOPIO MEMBERS - Date Extended to Dec. 15th
The Ministry of External Affairs has approved discount registration by GOPIO delegates to PBD2017 at 50% rate of $125. 
 
REGISTRATION DETAILS WHICH HAS SPECIAL MENTION & RATES FOR GOPIO
 

For all registering under GOPIO with Group code is # 5805c35dd6950, Proceed on the registration till you hit the page for payment. Save the document on the server itself. Then make the payment of $125 to GOPIO using your credit card through PayPal as follows:
 
Choose: Make online payment
Select option: Pay for items or service quickly and securely
GOPIO Email: gopiofunds@gmail.com
 
GOPIO will make a lump sum payment for all those registered through GOPIO International.
GOPIO LAUNCHES INLAND EMPIRE CHAPTER, DELHI/NCR CHAPTER SCHEDULED FOR DEC. 23RD 

Two new chapters are joining GOPIO International in December 2016, GOPIO-Inland Empire Chapter in Southern California was launched on Dec. 4th. 
 
GOPIO-INLAND EMPIRE CHAPTER LAUNCH SCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY DEC. 4TH
 
The launch inauguration was be held at a luncheon meeting at Mantra Indian Restaurant in Ontario, Southern California. More detais of chapter launch will covered in the next issue of GOPIO News. Contact Chapter President Ms. Vasu Pawar, Tel: 909-389-8262, Email: vasu_b_pawar@yahoo.com      
 
GOPIO-DELHI/NCR CHAPTER LAUNCH IS SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY DEC. 23RD
 
NRIs, former NRIs, PIOs and those with children/parents and siblings living abroad and have interest in the NRI/PIO affairs and staying in the Delhi National Capital Region (NCR) are invited to attend. Contact Chapter President and GOPIO Life Member Dhiraj Ahuja, 09717112272, globallinkoverseas@yahoo.co.in.
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 2/3 of 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 with people of Indian origin all over the world. If you do not have a chapter in your city, please visit the GOPIO website (www.gopio.net) and get details of chapter initiation (visit http://www.gopio.net/chapter_initiative.htm). This 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 - Dr. Thomas Abraham, Stamford, Connecticut, USA, Tel: +1-203-329-8010, E-mail: gopio@optonline.net
 
GOPIO President - Niraj Baxi, San Jose, California, USA, Tel: 408-307-9845, E-mail: president@gopio.net
 
GOPIO Executive Vice President - Noel Lal, Sydney, Australia, Tel: +61 417448293, E-mail: evpgopio@gmail.com
 
GOPIO Vice President - Ram Gadhavi, Wayne, New Jersey, USA, Tel: +1-973-699-8582, E-mail: ram@gadhavi.net
 
Execuitve Trustee of GOPIO Foundation - Inder Singh, Tarzana, California, USA, Tel: +1-818-708-3885, E-mail: indersinghusa@gmail.com
 
GOPIO's Global Ambassador - Sunny Kulathakal, Bahrain, +973-39441956, India +91-9845756692, E-mail: kulathakal44@gmail.com
 
To become a Life member of GOPIO, visit http://www.gopio.net/gopio_membership.html, print and fill up the form and send it with a check to:. GOPIO International, PO Box 1413, Stamford, CT 06904, USA.

EDITORIAL BOARD

Chief Editor: Dr. Thomas Abraham, Chairman, GOPIO International (Stamford, CT, USA), (Stamford, CT, USA)
Editor: Nami Kaur, GOPIO Media Council Chair (New York, USA)
Associate Editors: Layla Matthew (Bangalore, India), Ila Rosengarten (Denver, CO, USA) and Harry Walia (Australia)
Webmasters: Prashant Gupta (Hyderabad, India) and Abu Thomas (New Rochelle, NY, USA)   
Contributors of this issue: Dr. Pradip Kumar Sewoke (International Coordinator for Europe, Belforte, France); Mehen Poinoosawmy (President, GOPIO France Paris Nord, Paris, France)

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: gopio@optonline.net.

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