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Vande Bharat Mission Phase 5 to begin on August 1, with flights to Singapore, UK, UAE and US

Over 7.88 lakh Indians stranded abroad due to the coronavirus pandemic have returned under the Vande Bharat Mission as of July 22.

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Former Indian High Commissioner to Singapore Jawed Ashraf takes charge as envoy to France

The 1991 batch IFS officer succeeds Vinay Kwatra (1988 batch).

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Vande Bharat Mission Phase 4 to begin on July 3

Phase four will particularly focus on countries where we still have a large number of Indians who have registered to return.

Covid-19

Government further eases restrictions on OCI cardholders’ entry into India

The new rules easing restrictions on the entry of OCI cardholders as well as certain foreign nationals were issued last week.

Covid-19

Gaitri Kumar appointed Indian High Commissioner to the UK; new envoys for Kuwait and Finland too

The 1986-batch Indian Foreign Service officer is currently serving as Indian Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union.

Global

Indian government extends Vande Bharat Mission Phase 2 till mid-June

Launched on May 7, the Vande Bharat Mission is hoping to evacuate another 1,00,000 Indians by June 13.

Covid-19

Indian government announces easing of certain visa, travel restrictions for OCI card holders

On March 18 the government had suspended the visa-free entry facility granted to OCI card holders due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Covid-19

Vande Bharat Mission: The Road Home

A firsthand account of the journey back to India as part of the Indian government's massive repatriation effort, the Vande Bharat Mission.

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30,000 Indians to return in Vande Bharat Mission Phase 2, says civil aviation minister

Phase 2, which will take place from May 16-22, will see flights being sent to countries such as Armenia, Australia, Belarus, Canada, France,...

Covid-19

Indian Navy's Operation Samudra Setu - a Sea bridge to the Vande Bharat Mission

Operation Samudra Setu by Indian Navy, bridges the oceans to repatriate Indian citizens from overseas, as part of the historic Vande Bharat...

Covid-19

In Pics: Vande Bharat Mission brings home stranded Indians from across the world

India is planning to send repatriation flights to various countries over the next few days.

Covid-19

234 Indians stranded in Singapore reach home as Vande Bharat Mission gathers steam

The Indian government has planned and put into action one of the largest ever evacuation missions as they attempt to bring home stranded...

Covid-19

Exclusive: 3,000 Indian nationals register to return home, says Jawed Ashraf

In an exclusive interview with Connected to India, High Commissioner Jawed Ashraf discusses how the consulate has taken the lead in ensuring...

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Indian mission in UAE is facilitating 3.4 million coronavirus-hit Indian expats

The Indian mission in UAE is facilitating 3.4 million coronavirus-hit Indian expats, lending a helping hand to many of them with...

UAE

Capturing and freezing the emotions of society through art in the times of Corona

ICCR’s initiative to unite citizens across the world, affected by the spread of Covid-19, through art including the launch of an online...

Covid-19

Senior diplomat Anurag Srivastava takes over as Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesperson

Srivastava is a 1999-batch Indian Foreign Service officer and previously served as India's Ambassador to Ethiopia.

Global

US Secretary of State Pompeo and Indian EAM Jaishankar discuss cooperation in tackling COVID-19

Pompeo and Jaishankar discussed the importance of Indo-US cooperation to combat the coronavirus by strengthening global pharmaceutical...

Covid-19

JEE (Main) and Undergraduate entrance exams in India postponed due to COVID-19

Public notice issued on postponement of JEE - Main and Undergraduate entrance exams in India due to COVID-19

Covid-19

Indian High Commission in Singapore suspends consular services amid COVID-19 spread

All services related to issuance of Visa, OCI Cards, attestation of documents, surrender/renunciation Certificates and other miscellaneous...

Covid-19

PM Modi convenes first ever video conference with Indian Missions worldwide on COVID-19

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with the heads of Indian Embassies and High Commissions - in a first such event for Indian Missions...

Covid-19

News round-up for NRIs and diaspora from missions across the globe

Connected to India's round-up of news and updates from Indian high commissions and embassies from across the globe.

Covid-19

Indian Consulate in US answers PM Modi’s call of collaboration and keeping spirits high

Indian Consulate in US answers PM Modi’s call of collaboration and keeping spirits high

USA

A round-up of how Indian missions across the world are helping NRIs and diaspora amid the COVID-19 spread

Connected to India's round-up of news and updates from Indian high commissions and embassies from across the globe amid the COVID-19 spread.

Covid-19

Temporary suspension of Indian passport services in the UAE amid COVID-19

Temporary suspension of Indian passport services in the UAE amid COVID-19

UAE

Indian missions lend helping hand to ensure compatriots reach home safely amidst COVID-19 outbreak

Indian missions are helping fellow citizens world over, who are affected by travel restrictions due to COVID-19.

Covid-19