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“For Indians abroad, relief is just a tweet away,” says Sushma Swaraj

If an overseas Indian is stuck anywhere in the world, help is just a tweet away, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Monday. Ms Swaraj was speaking in Vietnam, where she arrived on Sunday night for the first part of her two-nation tour. She will also visit Cambodia. “If a ‘Pravasi Bharatiya’ gets stuck anywhere in world, they are confident that the government will save them. Relief is just one tweet away,” the minister said. “What was never a priority in embassies, has become top priority now. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made overseas Indians proud and the MEA (Ministry of External Affairs) made them confident,” she added. Ms Swaraj is extremely popular on social media for her prompt response to SOS posts from across the world, over problems ranging from passports and visas to crises in violence-hit nations. She is among the most followed women politicians on Twitter. Ms…

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No second chance for NRIs to deposit demonetised currency: Sushma Swaraj

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has ruled out any new window of opportunity for NRIs or people of Indian-origin to deposit their high value Indian currency which was declared illegal after the demonetisation policy, a statement said today. Swaraj made these remarks during her interaction with a delegation of Global Organisation for People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) during her trip to New York last week, a media statement said. “Swaraj informed that the government had provided the time window for Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) who are Indian citizens to deposit their currencies earlier. However, that window was not open for Diaspora Indians with foreign citizenship and the government would not be able to provide another such chance,” the GOPIO statement said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced his demonetisation policy on November 8 last year, banning old currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 denomination. According to GOPIO, overseas citizens of…

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Qatar Foreign Minister and Sushma Swaraj discuss welfare of Indian workers

Amid a diplomatic standoff between Qatar and four Arab nations, the welfare of Indian workers in the gas-rich Gulf nation came up for discussion during a meeting between external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani here on Saturday. “EAM @SushmaSwaraj welcomes Mr. Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, Foreign Minister of Qatar on his visit to India,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted along with a picture of the two leaders. “Bilateral issues, including welfare of Indian workers in Qatar were discussed,” he said. There are around 630,000 expatriate Indians in Qatar, many of whom are blue collar workers in that country’s construction sector. Sheikh Mohamed’s visit, who arrived here on Friday, assumes more significance as it comes at a time when the Gulf nation is in a nearly three-month-old diplomatic standoff with a group of four Saudi Arabia-led Arab nations. Saudi Arabia,…

India
Indian passports to be printed in both English and Hindi

Indian passports would now be in both Hindi and English, instead of just English, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj announced on Friday. Personal details in passports are now printed only in English and Swaraj said she had received several complaints about it “Passports should at least be bilingual. All Arab countries have their passport in Arabic, Germany makes it in German and Russia makes it in Russian. Why can’t we make it Hindi?,” PTI quoted the minister as having said. “Now, we have given an order to Nashik Printing Press that passports should be (printed) in Hindi as well. So you will receive passports in Hindi and English,” Swaraj said at an event to mark 50 years of the Passport Act, 1967. Ration cards can be submitted for Tatkal passport In changes aimed at easing the process of getting a passport, the minister said ration cards could be submitted while…

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Qatar diplomatic crisis not a challenge for India, says Sushma Swaraj

India will not be impacted by some Gulf countries cutting off diplomatic ties with Qatar, India’s external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said. Swaraj said India was trying to find out if any of its nationals is adversely impacted due to the development. “There is no challenge arising out of this for us. This is an internal matter of GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council Council). Our only concern is about Indians there. We are trying to find out if any Indians are stuck there,” she told reporters. She expressed hope that things will get normal within the GCC as such things have happened in the past as well. Kerala CM requests Govt to ensure NRI safety In letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has sought the Centre’s intervention to ensure safety of 6.5 lakh Indians, including Keralites, residing in Qatar. “As you are aware millions of…

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Sushma Swaraj exposes ‘fake kidnap’ of Indian man in Serbia

India’s External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, who is often lauded for her effort to help Indians in distress abroad, recently reached out to help a “kidnapped” Indian national in Serbia only to discover later that he had staged his own abduction and the video of the same was fake. On March 21, a twitter user named Rajeev Sharma reached out to Sushma Swaraj seeking help in rescuing his brother who was allegedly abducted and tortured in Serbia. “@SushmaSwaraj please help my brother his life in big trouble somebody kidnap in Serbia country and ask him send the money unless we kill him,” he tweeted. @SushmaSwaraj please help my brother his life in big trouble somebody kidnap in Serbia country and ask him send the money unless we kill him— rajeev sharma (@rajivsharma103) March 21, 2017 The next day he tweeted a video that showed a shirtless man with his hands tied,…

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Sushma Swaraj helps Indians allegedly beaten by employer in Qatar

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday ordered Protector General of India MC Luther to prosecute a Pune-based agent who sent two Indians to Qatar, where they’ve allegedy suffered severe physical abuse at their employer’s hands. She also asked the Indian Embassy in Doha to take action against the employer. I have asked @ProtectorGenGOI to prosecute this agent. I hv also asked @IndEmbDoha to proceed against the employer. https://t.co/jcogsJr158 — Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) January 27, 2017 The action was taken after Times of India published a report about the plight of the workers. “Two Indians in Qatar who say they were stripped to their undergarments and savagely whipped with a hunter rope by their employer are pleading to be rescued,” the report said. “The injuries and blood on their backs, hands, thighs and legs, seen in a video sent by them, reveal the beastly treatment meted out to them, allegedly…

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India Govt to rescue 41 sailors stuck in UAE: Sushma Swaraj

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday said the government was working to secure the release of 41 Indian sailors stuck in merchant ships at Ajman in UAE. Swaraj also said the Indian Embassy in UAE has been directed to ensure that the sailors get essential supplies, adding efforts are on for their release. As per reports, the 41 Indian sailors employed in four merchant ships in the UAE were stranded in four abandoned merchant ships at Ajman anchorage in UAE and that two of the vessels are leaking and faces the danger of sinking. The owner of the company has allegedly abandoned the sailors who are now struggling for survival. “We have contacted the Captains of the two vessels, Ship owners, port authorities and the Government. They have essential supplies for next two weeks. We are helping in the settlement of their dues and release of the crew. “I…

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Sushma Swaraj seeks report on Indian stranded in UAE

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has sought a report from the Indian Consulate in Dubai about an NRI after local media reported about the man’s desperate bid to return home. Jagannathan Selvaraj, 48, who hails from Tiruchirappalli in Tamil Nadu, has walked over 1,000 kilometres over the last two years to attend court proceedings in a bid to obtain a flight ticket back home in India. “I have asked for a report from the Indian Embassy in Dubai,” Swaraj tweeted on Thursday. I have asked for a report from Indian Embassy in Dubai. Indian Walked 1,000 Km To Dubai Court https://t.co/kbvwVV67QP via @ndtv @templetree1 — Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) November 30, 2016 The Minister took the step after Khaleej Times reported the story of the Indian man on Tuesday. Speaking to Khaleej Times, Selvaraj said he has braved traffic, heat, sandstorms and exhaustion while trekking along the busy highways of Dubai,…

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Sushma Swaraj suffers kidney failure, undergoes dialysis at AIIMS

India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday revealed that she is on dialysis at AIIMS after suffering from a kidney failure. Swaraj also said she was undergoing tests for a possible kidney transplant. The 64-year-old Minister who was admitted to AIIMS on November 7, shared the news with her followers on Twitter. I am in AIIMS because of kidney failure. Presently, I am on dialysis. I am undergoing tests for a Kidney transplant. Lord Krishna will bless — Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) November 16, 2016 The revelation was followed by a flood of wishes and even offers of kidneys. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah were among the first to respond to her tweet and wish her well. Swaraj, who has been suffering from diabetes for almost 20 years, underwent certain endocrinological tests. “Her condition is stable. Her history of chronic diabetes has affected her kidney…

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