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Consul General Prabhu Dayal invited to ring opening bell at NASDAQ on Aug 15


New York: As in previous years, NASDAQ invited Ambassador Prabhu Dayal, Consul General of India, to ring the Opening Bell on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 to celebrate India’s 66th Independence Day. The NASDAQ billboard flashed the Indian tri-color with accompanied words ‘NASDAQ Celebrates India’s Independence Day – August 15, 2012’.

During his brief speech, Ambassador Dayal said that he was highly privileged and honored to have been invited to ring the NASDAQ Bell on the eve of India’s Independence Day. This, he said, indicates the ever growing relationship between NASDAQ and India. He also said that he was privileged to have been invited to ring the NASDAQ Closing Bell in 2009, 2010 and 2011 for celebrating India’s Independence Day. Stating that this gesture of NASDAQ is a recognition of the fact that India has become a global powerhouse, he added that Infosys, Cognizant Technologies, MakeMyTrip.com, Rediff.com. and Sify Technologies Ltd. are all members of the NASDAQ 100 Index which is one of the most prestigious and widely followed indices of the world.

Referring to the global financial meltdown of 2008, which has far reaching consequences, Ambassador Dayal said that in a globalized world such developments have ramifications beyond borders and, therefore, would need to be tackled through coordinated global action.

With regard to infrastructure development and investment in India, Ambassador Dayal said that the Government of India is pursuing policies which encourage investment in infrastructure and expressed his confidence that NASDAQ will continue to focus the interest of investors on the opportunities provided by India and thus play a positive and helpful role in the growth of Indian economy.

The ceremony was attended by the Consulate officials as well as members of the Indian community

Hardeep Singh Puri unfurls tricolor at UN
New York: AmbassadorHardeep Singh Puri, Permanent Representative of India to UN unfurled the national tricolor at the Permanent Mission premises and read out salient excerpts from President Pranab Mukherjee’s address to the nation. The brief and impressive ceremony saw a well-attended turn out of over 150 guests including prominent members of the Indian American community, senior Indian officials of the United Nations, Indian Army and Police officers on deputation to the UN, in addition to officials from PMI and the Consulate General of India, New York and their families. Ambassador Vijay Nambiar, the special adviser on Myanmar to U.N. Secretary-General also graced the occasion.

I-Day celebrated at New York Consulate
New York: The Consulate General of India, New York hosted a Reception on 15th August 2012 to mark the 65th Anniversary of India’s Independence. About 250 guests, including prominent members of the Indian-American community and local dignitaries such as Ambassador Frank G. Wisner, Ambassador Manjeev Singh Puri, Deputy Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, and other community leaders attended the celebrations. Warmly greeting and welcoming the guests, Ambassador Prabhu Dayal, Consul General of India, read out excerpts from the President’s message delivered on the eve of the Independence Day. The full text of the President’s speech was read out earlier to all members of the Consulate. During his speech, Ambassador Dayal said that the Indian community in the USA has been contributing immensely to the friendship between India and USA. The vibrant community has also been organizing functions in various parts of USA to commemorate India’s Independence, he added.

Ambassador Frank G. Wisner, in his remarks said that he had the privilege of serving as US Ambassador to India from 1994-97 and since then, relations between the two countries have increased manifold in various fields, such as political, economic, defense, science & technology, etc. He also lauded the Indo-American community for its contribution in furthering relations between the two countries. Ambassador Manjeev Puri, Deputy Permanent Representative of Indian Permanent Mission to the UN, in his address said that during the last 18 months of India’s UN Security Council membership, India and USA have been working very closely in various fields.

Other prominent Indian-American community leaders who addressed the gathering included Dr. Thomas Abraham, Chairman, Global Organization of People of Indian Origin Inc., Mr. Ramesh Patel, President Federation of Indian Association, Mrs. Ranju Batra, President, Association of Indian Americans. Leaders of Regional Associations and media heads also addressed the audience.Ambassador Dayal, along with the dignitaries and prominent Indian-Americans representing various associations and fields jointly cut the cake in celebration of this joyous occasion

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