In­dian em­bassy hon­ours Haitham

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MUS­CAT: Omani singer Haitham Rafi re­ceived a let­ter on be­half of Sushma Swaraj, in ap­pre­ci­a­tion of his trib­ute to Ma­hatma Gandhi by singing his favourite song on the oc­ca­sion of Pravasi Bhar­tiya Di­vas.

Rafi was given the award by Munu Ma­hawar, the am­bas­sador of In­dia to the Sul­tanate of Oman, on Jan­uary 9, when the em­bassy marked Pravasi Bharatiya Di­vas, a cel­e­bra­tion that takes place ev­ery two years to hon­our the In­dian di­as­pora that works and lives over­seas.

“The am­bas­sador handed over to Omani singer Haitham Rafi a let­ter from Sushma Swaraj in ap­pre­ci­a­tion of his trib­ute to Ma­hatma Gandhi by singing Gand­hiji’s favourite bha­jan, vaish­nav jan to,” said a state­ment from the In­dian Em­bassy in Oman.

“PM Naren­dra Modi in­vites In­dian ex­pa­tri­ates to at­tend the Pravasi Bharatiya Di­vas func­tion to be held in Varanasi on 21-23 Jan­uary 2019. Come join us as part of this oc­ca­sion,” added the state­ment. In an open let­ter to all In­dian ex­pa­tri­ates and over­seas cit­i­zens of In­dia, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi in­vited those of In­dian ori­gin to come and cel­e­brate Pravasi Bharatiya Di­vas with the rest of the coun­try.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions to you and your fam­ily on the oc­ca­sion of the New Year of 2019,” he said in the let­ter. “I hope that this New Year makes your dreams come true and en­ables you to reach new heights of suc­cess in your work. Wher­ever you live, I hope that you re­main healthy and safe. That is my wish for you.”

“I am writ­ing this let­ter to you to re­quest your pres­ence at Pravasi Bhar­tiya Di­vas,” added Modi. “This year, Pravasi Bharatiya Di­vas will be held from 21 to 23 Jan­uary in Varanasi. As Prime Min­is­ter, I will def­i­nitely be present at this meet­ing in Varanasi, and am happy to be there, be­cause I will get to see all of you come there as my per­sonal guests.”

Those who wish to at­tend Pravasi Bharatiya Di­vas can regis­ter on­line, at www.pb­din­, where they can also take part in the coun­try’s Repub­lic Day cel­e­bra­tions on Jan­uary 26, and en­joy the Kumbh Mela, which will be or­gan­ised on the 24th.

“This edi­tion of the Pravasi Bharatiya Di­vas will be known for two more im­por­tant things,” said Modi. “This time, when you come to In­dia, you will be able to take part in the Kumbh Mela in Praya­graj. In ad­di­tion, the 26th of Jan­uary is our Repub­lic Day and we will cel­e­brate that with you as well,” he said.

AWARD: Haitham Rafi was given the award by In­dian Am­bas­sador Munu Ma­hawar to mark the Pravasi Bharatiya Di­vas.

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