Indian Diaspora Current Affairs - 2020

40 Participants attend 46th Know India Programme

40 participants of Indian Origin from 9 countries attended 46th edition of Know India Programme (KIP). Madhya Pradesh was partner state of this edition. As part of the initiative participants visited Madhya Pradesh, Parliament House, President’s House and attended orientation programme at the Foreign Service Institute

Know India Programmes (KIP)

KIP is initiative (scheme) of Ministry of External Affairs for Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) between the age group of 18 to 30 years. The scheme was launched in 2004 and has so far had 40 editions in which some 1,293 PIO youths have participated.


  • Engage and make students and young professionals of Indian Diaspora (18 to 30years) feel sense of connect with their motherland
  • Motivated and inspire PIOs by transformational changes taking place in India and give them an exposure to various aspects of contemporary India’s forms of art, heritage and culture.

KIP is three-week orientation programme aimed at promoting awareness on different facets of life in India as well as the progress made by country in fields such as economic and education. It offers platform for young PIOs to visit India share their views, experiences and expectations and forge closer bonds with India.

The participants are selected on basis of nominations received and recommendations of heads of Indian Missions and posts. The participants are provided all the hospitality in India. In 2016, KIP scheme was revamped to extend number of days from 21 to 25 days including 10-day visit to one or two states.

Neil Basu: Indian-origin UK officer appointed new Chief of Scotland Yard’s Counter-terrorism Unit

Senior Indian-origin Scotland Yard officer Neil Basu became first person of Asian heritage to be appointed as Counterterrorism Chief. He will take charge as Scotland Yard’s National Lead for Counter Terrorism (CT) and Head of Met Police’s Specialist Operations.

Key Facts

Basu will replace Mark Rowley, Met assistant commissioner who has been in charge of counterterrorism unit since June 2014 and had resigned recently. He is currently Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner and will be promoted to rank of Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations. Basu’s father is of Indian origin.

Scotland Yard (officially New Scotland Yard)

It is officially New Scotland Yard. It is metonym for headquarters of Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), the territorial police force responsible for policing most of London. Its name derives from location of original Metropolitan Police headquarters at 4 Whitehall Place, which rear entrance on street had called Great Scotland Yard. The first MPS was opened on 6 October 1829 on street called Great Scotland Yard, at rear of 4 Whitehall Place. Now, Scotland Yard building is owned by Indian billionaire Yusuff Ali M.A, chairman of Lulu Group International.