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Interview with Power Podium 2 Winner - Sakshi Shail
Q: Tell us about your experience here at PBD.
A: I had an amazing experience here at the PBD 2012. I met a lot of famous
dignitaries including L.K. Mittal, the Rajasthan
CM Mr. Ashok Gehlot, MOI Minister Vayalar Ravi. This is the best place to
meet and connect with other NRIs.

Q: Were your views and queries addressed here at PBD?
A: I got an opportunity to talk to the CM of Gujarat when I asked him about
'brain drain' and investment opportunities for
NRIs in India. He was pleased to hear that Indians are doing soo well
around the world and bringing fame to their motherland.

Q: Who was your favorite personality here at PBD? How did you feel after
meeting him?
A: Mr. Lakshmi Mittal was my favorite personality at the PBD. He is such an
amazing and down to earth person.
He really inspires me and here he made me believe that where there is a
will, there is a way.

Q: Do you think events such as PBD can bring about a change? Do explain.
Yes, certainly this is the 10th PBD and it is certainly the best podium to
meet and connect with fellow NRIs and discuss
the ways NRIs can bring about a change and contribute to India's and their
own development.

Posted by Ryan Rozario 10 Jan 2012
Interview with Power Podium 2 Winner - Ajay Bhutoria
Q: Tell us about your experience here at PBD.
A: These 3 days have given me the most memorable and wonderful experience
I've had so far. I've had the opportunity to
listen, meet and discuss matters with the leaders of our country who are
building and shaping the future of India. I met
leaders like Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, Finance Minister Mr. Pranab
Mukherjee, Gujarat CM Mr. Narendra Modi and
business tycoon Mr. Lakshmi Mittal here.

Q: Were your views and queries addressed here at PBD?
A: Yes, my views were very well heard. I had raised a few questions which
would benefit the NRI community and Indians for a
cohesive growth. My questions were answered in detail by the Finance
Minister Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, OCI Minister Vayalar
Ravi, the CM of Gujarat Narayan Modi and also Mr. Lakshmi Mittal.

Q: Who was your favorite personality here at PBD? How did you feel after
meeting him?
A: Three of my favorite personalities were the PM Mr. Manmohan Singh, CM of
Gujarat Mr. Narendra Modi and definitely Mr.
Lakshmi Mittal. They are such amazing people and have such a great vision
for the future of our country. They have really
inspired me to Dare to Dream Big!!

Q: Do you think events such as PBD can bring about a change? Do explain.
A: Yes, I firmly believe this event can bring about a big positive change
and help connect the NRI community and Indians
worldwide. This platform definetly gives us an opportunity for cohesive
growth.

Posted by Ryan Rozario 10 Jan 2012
Day 2, Rajasthan officially inagurates PBD 2012 with style

Day 2 of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas had an early start at the Birla
auditorium today. The Indian PM Mr. Manmohan Singh along with Miss Kamla
Persad-Bissessar the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago and Mr. Ashok
Gehlot the Chief Minister of Rajasthan inauguarated todays event.
The inauguaration ceremony was followed by a planery session held by the
Finance Minister Mr. Pranab Mukerjee and was then followed by a networking
session between all the delegates present at the auditorium. Another
highlight of todays schedule was the much awaited dinner party hosted by
the Rajasthan Chief Minister Mr. Ashok Gehlot at the Rani Sisodia Gardens
here in Jaipur. Much to my surprise, tonight's dinner party totally floored
me. It felt as if I was attending a royal wedding here. There were dozens
of folks dancers, artists and even singers like Raja Hasan and Toshi Sabri
who performed at tonights event. All in all tonights event was a huge
success among majority of the delegates that were present here at the
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas.

Posted by Ryan Rozario 09 Jan 2012
Day 1 @ the PBD 2012 !!
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Day 1 of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas saw almost 1900 NRI delegates and many foreign nationals mixing around, networking and enjoying themselves at the Birla auditorium till early evening and then enjoying themselves at the cultural event organised at the City Palace. Present at the event was E.Ahmed, Minister of State External Affairs, Dinesh Trivedi the railway Minister, Vayalar Ravi the Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs, Kamla Persad-Bissessar the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Ashok Gehlot the Chief Minister of Rajasthan. Business tycoon Mr. Lakshmi Mittal and cricketing legend Brian Lara also paid us a visit during the evening cultural program at the City Palace.
Posted by Ryan Rozario 08 Jan 2012
PBD 2012 all set to brighten up Jaipur
7th January,Jaipur: It is a beautiful morning here in Jaipur. The crisp,
cool air is perfect to welcome back our NRIs to the 10th Pravasi Bharatiya
Divas (PBD) being held here in the fabulous Pink City.

Shri Vayalar Ravi, the Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs and Civil
Aviation announced that the Chief Guest of PBD-2012 will be the Prime
Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Ms. Kamla Persad Bissessar. The theme of
PBD-2012 is “Global Indian-Inclusive Growth”.

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh will inaugurate this annual flagship
event of the Ministry on January 8, and the President Smt. Pratibha
Devisingh Patil will deliver the valedictory address on January 9 and
confer the Pravasi Bhartiya Samman Awards.

With more than 1500 delegates that are expected to participate in PBD-2012
from all over the world, we are sure that PBD 2012 will be a meaningful
and interactive event that will address issues and concerns of the overseas
Indian community effectively.
Posted by Ryan Rozario 07 Jan 2012
 
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