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Postponed Pravasi Bhartiya Divas to be held in Varanasi

PM Modi to inaugurate the event! The Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (PBD) will be held in Varanasi on January 21 and would be formally inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 22, 2019.
Postponed Pravasi Bhartiya Divas to be held in Varanasi
  • The theme of the PBD 2019 is "Role of Indian Diaspora in building a New India".
  • The convention held during the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (PBD) provides an important platform to engage and connect with the overseas Diaspora.
  • The Chief Guest for this year's Pravasi Bhartiya Divas is Pravind Jugnauth, the Prime Minister of Mauritius.

Details about Pravasi Bhartiya Divas:

  • India celebrates Pravasi Bhartiya Divas on 9 January to mark the contribution of the overseas Indian community towards the development of India.
  • 9th January also commemorates the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa to Mumbai in 1915.
  • The decision to celebrate Pravasi Bhatrtiya Divas was taken based on the recommendations of the High-Level Committee (HLC) on the Indian Diaspora under the Chairmanship of L. M. Singhvi. 
  • The first Pravasi Bhatrtiya Divas was celebrated in 2002 and the Pravasi Bhatrtiya Divas was held every year on 9th January since then.
  • In 2015, a decision was made to celebrate Pravasi Bhatrtiya Divas once in two years in different states and a smaller event would be held in Delhi every alternate year.
  • Now, India celebrates Pravasi Bhartiya Divas once in every two years to strengthen the engagement of the overseas Indian community with the Government of India and reconnect them with their roots.

Why was the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas postponed in 2019?

  • The Pravasi Bhatrtiya Divas 2019 has been delayed to facilitate the dignitaries to participate in the Kumbh Mela being held at Prayagraj and the Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi.

Question:

Q. Where will the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (PBD) be held in January 2019?
a. Lucknow
b. Varanasi
c. Goa
d. Jaipur
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