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The Fourth Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas (PBD) will be organised by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs in Hyderabad from 7-9 January, 2006. This was announced by the Minister of State (Independent charge) for Overseas Indian Affairs, Shri Jagdish Tytler, here today.

The Minister said that Hyderabad has been chosen in view of it being a prominent historical, cultural and commercial city of Southern India as well as a leading IT, bio-tech and high-tech destination. The State of Andhra Pradesh has a large overseas Indian population consisting of both well placed professionals all over the world and emigrant workers mostly in the Gulf who have contributed significantly to India’s socio-economic development.

The Government of India has decided to take PBD from one State to the other year after year and use the PBD platform to showcase the achievements of that State and the Region as well as project the strengths of the Indian federation and highlight aspects of unity in diversity.

The inaugural session will be held at the Cyberabad Convention Centre while the Shilpakala Vedika at nearby Madhapur will be the main venue for plenary and other sessions and the Shilparamam Art Complex will be the location for cultural programs and art and craft displays from various States of India. The HITEX Complex or the Shilpakala Vedika Complex will host the trade, business, banking and investment stalls as well as pavilions put up by various States depicting their developments and showcasing leading projects inviting Overseas Indian participation.

As on previous occasions, this time also the event will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister on 7th January. Rashtrapatiji will confer the Pravasi Bhartiya Samman awards on 9th January. There will be a plenary session with Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs and a special session on a selected topic. Besides this, thematic sessions on investment, education, healthcare, rural development etc. will be held. There will also be an interactive session with 3-4 State Governments. Four cultural evenings including Diaspora youth cultural groups, folk music and dance presentation by Indian groups, a show based on cinema and a sound and light show will be organised during the event.

The event will be the second direct engagement of the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs with the Indian Diaspora and provide an opportunity to the Government to reiterate its continued commitment to build strong and sustainable parternerships with the overseas Indian community.

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