Diaspora meet kicks off in Kerala

Last Updated: Mon, Jan 07, 2013 06:50 hrs

Kochi, Jan 7 (IANS) The three-day 11th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) which kicked off here early Monday is the biggest ever held in the country, a Kerala minister has said.

Minister for Diaspora K.C. Joseph said they are delighted by the response from the people as the event saw more than 2,000 registrations.

"Another feature of this year's PBD is that this is the first time that there is going to be an exclusive session on Middle East," Joseph said.

Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi is leading the day-long Middle-East session along with Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Joseph. The whole of Monday would see discussions on problems that people from Kerala face in the region.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will inaugurate the annual flagship event Jan 8 and President Pranab Mukherjee will deliver the valedictory address Jan 9 and also confer the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman awards.

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