Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Current Affairs - 2020

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January 9: Pravasi Bharatiya Divas

On January 9, 2020, Pravasi Bharatiya Divas was celebrated. The day is being marked since 2003 to recognize overseas Indians. It aims at promoting unity among Indian diaspora living abroad and also mark the contributions of overseas Indians. The event is organized by the Ministry of External Affairs. It is sponsored by Confederation of Indian Industry.

Why January 09?

The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is celebrated on January 9, as Mahatma Gandhi returned from South Africa on the day in 1915. In 2015, the day was declared biennial. In 2018, the day was widely celebrated in Singapore. In 2019, the event was celebrated in Varanasi.


The aim of celebrating the day is to provide a platform for NRI to express their perceptions about India and thereby involve them in Indian developmental activities. It also aims at creating a network of NRIs in all countries and connect younger generation. The day aims at connecting Indians living overseas with their roots so that they shall contribute to the development of the country.

Pravasi Bharatiya Samman

The Pravasi Bharatiya Samman is being presented to honour exceptional NRIs (Non-Resident Indians) for their contribution towards the country. The award is presented by the President of India.

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Haryana Government sets up new Foreign Cooperation Department

The Haryana Government has created a new department called Department of Foreign Cooperation. The aim of the department is to focus on initiatives that are taken by the state that promotes welfare of non-Resident Indians, investment and youth employment.

Key Features

  • The Foreign Cooperation Department will work to formulate country-wise strategies that will promote employment and investment in the state
  • The Department will work closely with the ministry of External Affairs to improve the international cooperation with the foreign provinces.
  • The Department will also help to increase engagement under twin city programmes of the Ministry of External Affairs


  • The Department will pursue issues that involves cooperation between public and private sectors.
  • The main aim of the Department will be to work with bilateral and multilateral groups to promote the interest of the state in foreign countries.
  • It will focus on trade and investments predominantly
  • The Department will also maintain relations with Indian mission that are working abroad in matters that are related to the state of Haryana.

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