The Government of India has liberalized its Visa Policy for Thai Nationals

สถานเอกอัครราชทูตอินเดีย กรุงเทพฯ
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รัฐบาลอินเดียเห็นควรให้มีการผ่อนปรนนโยบายวีซ่าสำหรับคนไทย มีรายละเอียดดังนี้ The Government of India has liberalized its Visa Policy for Thai Nationals, the details of which are given below:
การผ่อนปรนนโยบายวีซ่าอินเดียLiberalization of Indian Visa Policy

วีซ่าธรรมดา
• รัฐบาลอินเดียอนุมัติให้วีซ่าท่องเที่ยวอายุ 5 ปี ประเภทเข้าออกได้หลายครั้ง และวีซ่าธุรกิจอายุ 5 ปี ประเภทเข้าออกได้หลายครั้งแก่บุคคลสัญชาติไทย โดยให้มีผลทันที โดยสามารถใช้อยู่ในอินเดียได้ต่อเนื่องเป็นเวลา 90 วันในการเดินทางเข้าประเทศอินเดียแต่ละครั้ง
• เริ่มให้ บริการวีซ่าด่วน โดยวีซ่าจะออกให้ในวันถัดไป
• สำหรับผู้ถือวีซ่าเพื่อการแพทย์ จะมี เคาน์เตอร์ตรวจคนเข้าเมืองเฉพาะและโต๊ะอำนวยความสะดวกให้บริการต่างหาก บริการนี้จะเริ่มให้บริการในลำดับแรกที่สนามบินนานาชาติ อาทิ เดลี มุมไบ โกลกาตา เชนไน เบงการลูรู และไฮเดอราบัด
• ให้ผ่อนผันอัตราเงินเดือนขั้นต่ำและให้กำหนดใหม่อยู่ที่ 9.10 แสนรูปีต่อปี สำหรับผู้สมัครวีซ่าทำงานสัญชาติไทยที่ทำงานเกี่ยวกับการสอนในสถาบันเทคโนโลยีแห่งอินเดีย มหาวิทยาลัยส่วนกลาง สถาบันเทคโนโลยีแห่งชาติ เป็นต้น
• อาจารย์ชาวต่างประเทศที่ได้รับการว่าจ้างให้ทำงานในมหาวิทยาลัยเอเชียใต้และมหาวิทยาลัยนาลันทา จะได้รับการยกเว้นเกี่ยวกับข้อกำหนดในเรื่องอัตราเงินเดือนขั้นต่ำ ในกรณีที่สมัครขอวีซ่าทำงาน
• สถานเอกอัครราชทูตอินเดียจะออกวีซ่าฝึกงานสำหรับบุคคลสัญชาติไทยที่ประสงค์จะไปฝึกงานในบริษัท สถาบันการศึกษา และหน่วยงานเอ็นจีโอของอินเดีย สูงสุดไม่เกิน 50 คนต่อปี
• สถานเอกอัครราชทูตอินเดียสนับสนุนให้บุคคลสัญชาติไทยเดินทางไปถ่ายทำภาพยนตร์ในสถานที่ต่าง ๆ ที่สวยงามของอินเดีย โดยจะออกวีซ่าประเภทภาพยนตร์ให้

วีซ่าอิเล็กทรอนิกส์

 ระยะเวลาอยู่ในอินเดียแต่ละครั้งเพิ่มจาก 30 วันเป็น 60 วัน และวีซ่าประเภทเข้าออกได้ครั้งเดียวเปลี่ยนเป็น วีซ่าท่องเที่ยวอิเล็กทรอนิกส์ประเภทเข้าออกได้สองครั้ง
 เปิดให้บริการวีซ่าท่องเที่ยวอิเล็กทรอนิกส์เพิ่มเติมที่ท่าเรืออินเดียที่สำคัญ 5 แห่ง ได้แก่ มุมไบ โคชิน โกอา เชนไน และมังการลอร์ เพื่ออำนวยความสะดวกนักท่องเที่ยวที่มาทางเรือท่องเที่ยว
 วีซ่าท่องเที่ยวอิเล็กทรอนิกส์จะเปลี่ยนเป็นวีซ่าประเภทเข้าประเทศ หากบุคคลสัญชาติไทยนั้นทำการสมรสกับบุคคลสัญชาติอินเดียระหว่างที่อยู่ในประเทศอินเดีย
 วีซ่าท่องเที่ยวอิเล็กทรอนิกส์จะเปลี่ยนเป็นวีซ่าเพื่อการแพทย์ หากเกิดอาการเจ็บป่วยในประเทศอินเดีย
 วีซ่าธุรกิจอิเล็กทรอนิกส์ ประเภทเข้าออกได้สองครั้งอายุ 60 วัน ซึ่งใช้อยู่อินเดียได้ 60 วันต่อครั้งเริ่มให้บริการแล้ว
 วีซ่าเพื่อการแพทย์อิเล็กทรอนิกส์ประเภทเข้าออกได้สามครั้งเริ่มให้บริการแล้ว โดยสามารถขอต่ออายุได้ไม่เกิน 6 เดือน
 บุคคลสัญชาติไทยและต่างชาติจะได้รับอนุญาตให้รวมวีซ่าท่องเที่ยวอิเล็กทรอนิกส์ วีซ่าธุรกิจอิเล็กทรอนิกส์ และวีซ่าเพื่อการแพทย์อิเล็กทรอนิกส์เข้าด้วยกันได้
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กรุงเทพฯ 25 มกราคม 2560

 

68th Republic Day 2017 celebrations in Bangkok

Republic Day of India was celebrated on 26 January 2017 in Bangkok with enthusiasm. H. E. Shri Bhagwant Singh Bishnoi unfurled the national tricolour at the Embassy premises. Students from schools and other enthusiasts sung national anthem and patriotic songs. The Ambassador read out the President’s Address to the Nation. Various Indian associations collaborated to put a cultural performance on the occasion. Around 500 people, including members of the Indian community and the Embassy of India, together with their families and friends of India among Thai nationals, attended the event.

งานเฉลิมฉลองวันสาธารณรัฐอินเดียปี 2560 ครั้งที่ 68 ที่กรุงเทพฯ
งานเฉลิมฉลองวันสาธารณรัฐอินเดียจัดขึ้นเมื่อวันที่ 26 มกราคม 2560 ณ สถานทูตฯ อินเดียที่กรงเทพฯ โดยมีผู้ให้ความสนใจเข้าร่วมงานจำนวนมาก ฯพณฯ นายบัควันท์ ซิงห์ บิชนอย เป็นผู้อัญเชิญธงชาติ ภายในงาน มีการขับร้องเพลงชาติและเพลงปลุกใจโดยนักร้องและนักเรียนจากโรงเรียนต่าง ๆ การอ่านสุนทรพจน์ของท่านประธานาธิบดีโดยท่านเอกอัครราชทูต การแสดงทางวัฒนธรรมโดยสมาคมอินเดีย มีประชาชนประมาณ 500 คน อันประกอบไปด้วยสมาชิกชุมชนอินเดีย เจ้าหน้าที่สถานทูตฯ อินเดียพร้อมครอบครัว และมิตรสหายชาวไทย เข้าร่วมงาน

Republic Day of India 2017

Republic Day of India 2017

On the occasion of the 68th Republic Day, a Flag Hoisting Ceremony will be held at 0900 hrs on Thursday, 26th January, 2017 at Embassy of India, 46th Sukhumvit Soi 23 (Prasarnmitr), Bangkok. H. E. Mr. Bhagwant Singh Bishnoi, Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of Thailand will hoist the Indian tricolor. All members of the Indian Community and friends of India are invited to attend the function.

The programme is as follows:

0830 hrs :  Arrival of Guest

0900 hrs : Hoisting of the Indian Flag by the Ambassador followed by the singing of the National Anthem

0905 hrs : Ambassador reads out the President’s Address to the Nation

0915 hrs : Cultural performance

0945 hrs  : Refreshments

PM Narendra Modi makes stopover in Thailand, pays respects to late King

BANGKOK: En route to Japan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday made a surprise stopover in the Thai capital where he paid respects to revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died last month after a protracted illness.

Prime Minister Modi laid a wreath and paid tributes to the late King Bhumibol, whose body is lying in state at the Grand Palace complex here.

“His Majesty will always be remembered for his compassion, foresight and commitment for the welfare of his people,” Modi wrote in his condolence message at the Grand Palace.

Describing the late King as “world statesman”, the Prime Minister said, “His (the King’s) departure from this world is also a loss for the international community” and has left a void.

“On behalf of the Government and the people of India, I convey our deepest condolences to the Royal family and the Government and the people of the Kingdom of Thailand,” he said.

Earlier, Modi was received at the airport by Thai Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith.

Bhumibol, who was the world’s longest ruling monarch, passed away at the age of 88 on October 13.

A one-year mourning period had been announced in Thailand following the monarch’s death.

The mortal remains of King Bhumibol, also known as King Rama IX, have been kept here for people to pay their respects.

Thousands of Thais are still streaming into the gates of the Grand Palace to pay their respects to the late King.

Modi is headed to Japan for a three-day visit during which the two countries are expected to sign a civil nuclear deal besides discussing ways to step up cooperation in areas like trade, investment and security.

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Embassy of India offers prayers to His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej

The Embassy of India is offering prayers and paying its respects to His Majesty the late King of Thailand on Thursday 20th Oct 2016 at the India Thai Chamber of Commerce.

To offer condolences to the Thai nation and the people of Thailand, all Indian associated communities and business associations are coming together to offer prayers and pay their respects to His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

The assembly takes place on Thursday 20th Oct 2016 from 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm at the India Thai Chamber of Commerce at Sathorn Soi 1, Bangkok, Thailand. All in attendance will reflect on His Majesty’s significant achievements and the values he lived his life by.

Prayers, starting with chanting by Buddhist monks, followed by multi religious prayers by Indian Communities living in Thailand will be held during the service.

H.E. Bhagwant Singh Bishnoi, Ambassador of India to Thailand and officials from the Embassy of India will also be present. This event is open to all. As a mark of respect, all attendees are requested to wear black, white or dark, muted clothing, at this prayer meeting.

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36th Edition of Know India Programme (KIP)

Ministry of External Affairs(MEA),Government of India is organizing the 36th edition of Know India Programme (KIP) from 1st to 25th October 2016 to strengthen engagement with young overseas Indians. Focus of this KIP will be “Punjab”. This guidelines and schedule of the edition of KIP in are enclosed here with.

KIP is a three-week orientation programme for diaspora youth conducted with a view to promote awareness on different facets of life in India and the progress made by the country in various fields e.g. economic, industrial, education, Science & Technology, Communication & Information Technology, culture. KIP provide a unique forum for students & young professionals of Indian origin to visit India, share their views, expectations & experiences and to develop closer bonds with the contemporary India. 4-5 such programmes are conducted every year in partnership with one or two State Governments. Till the year 2014, MEA has organized 24 Know India Programmes in which 729 Overseas Diaspora Youth have participated in these programmes.

The content of the programme broadly includes the following:

· Presentations on the country, political process, developments in various sectors.

· Interaction with faculty and students at a prestigious University/College/Institute

· Presentation on the industrial development and visits to some Industries

· Visit to a village to better understand the typical village life

· Exposure to Indian media

· Interaction with NGOs and organizations dealing with women affairs

· Visit to places of historical importance/Monuments

· Taking part in Cultural programmes

· Exposure to yoga

· Call on high dignitaries, which may include President of India, Chief Election Commissioner of India, Comptroller and Auditor General of India, and Ministers in-charge of The Ministry, Youth Affairs and Sports.

 

The application form for the edition of KIP is also attached herewith. It is requested that wider publicity may be given to the program with in Indian Diaspora in Thailand to ensure maximum participation Interested candidate may be requested to send up the filled up application form (In hard copy) latest by August 26th ,2016 to following address :-

Avi Prakash

Counsellor

Embassy of India, Bangkok

46, Soi 23 (Prasarnmitr),

Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10110

Soliciting your cooperation in the endeavor.

    Your Sincerly

     (Avi Prakash)

      Counsellor

Last date for conversion of PIO cards extended

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday said that the government has decided to extend the last date for applying for conversion of Person of Indian Origin (PIO) cards to Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cards from June 30 to December 31.

“I feel that the coversion will not be completed by June 30. So we have decided to extend the last date to December 31,” she told reporters at her annual press conference.

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India -Thailand Relations

India and Thailand, located in each other’s extended neighborhood, share a maritime boundary in the Andaman Sea. India’s bilateral relations with Thailand are rooted in history, age-old social and cultural interactions and extensive people to people contacts. The shared link of Buddhism is reflected in regular pilgrimages to places of Buddhist interest in India by a large number of Thai people. Hindu elements can be found among those reflected in Thai architecture, arts, sculpture, dance, drama and literature. The Thai language incorporates Pali and Sanskrit influences. A large Indian Diaspora living and working in Thailand is another important bond.

Download PDF India – Thailand Relations

In the past two decades, with regular political exchanges, growing trade and investment, India’s ties with Thailand have now evolved into a comprehensive partnership. India’s ‘Act East’ policy has been complemented by Thailand’s ‘Look West’ policy in bringing the two countries closer. Both countries are important regional partners linking South and Southeast Asia. They cooperate closely in the ASEAN, East Asia Summit (EAS) and BIMSTEC groupings as also Mekong Ganga Cooperation (MGC), Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) and Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA). The India-AESAN Agreement on Trade in Goods was implemented in January 2010 and the India-ASEAN FTA in Services and Investments was signed in September 2014 and came into force in July 2015.

Exchange of High Level Visits

Dignitary visiting Thailand

Period

PM Dr. Manmohan Singh

July 2004, Oct 2009, 30-31 May 2013

PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Nov 2002 (transit), Oct 2003

PM P. V. Narasimha Rao

April 1993

PM Rajiv Gandhi

Oct 1986

President V. V. Giri

1972

Vice President Dr. Zakir Hussain

1966

Dignitary visiting India

Period

HRH Princess Chulabhorn.

February 2013, Feb 2015

PM Yingluck Shinawatra

24-26 Jan 2012, 20-21 Dec 2012

HRH Princess Bajrakitiyabha

November 2011, June 2015

PM Abhisit Vejjajiva

April 2011

HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn

December 1998, Nov 2010

PM Somchai Wongsawat

Nov 2008

PM Surayud Chulanont

June 2007

HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn

1987, 1996, 2001, 2004, March 2005, Nov

2005, March 2007, Aug 2007, March 2008,

Feb 2009, Aug 2009, March 2011, Oct 2011,

Feb 2014, July 2014

PM Thaksin Shinawatra

Nov 2001, Feb 2002, June 2005

PM Gen Chatichai Choonhavan

March 1989

During 2015, Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs (EAM) visited Thailand to co- chair the 7th Meeting of India-Thailand Joint Commission and to attend the 16th World

Sanskrit Conference in Bangkok from 27-29 June 2015. EAM called on HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and Gen Prem Tinsulanonda, President of the Privy Council of Thailand. EAM and DPM & Minister of Foreign Affairs Gen Tanasak Patimapragorn held delegation level talks and exchanged the Instruments of Ratification of Extradition Treaty and signed the revised Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement, MOU on Nalanda University and witnessed signing of MOU on establishing a Chair on Ayurveda at Rangsit University.Smt. Nirmala

Sitharaman, Minister of State (I/C) for Commerce and Industry visited Thailand to attend the

71st Commission Session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) on 28-29 May 2015. She held a bilateral meeting Dr. Shamshad

Akhtar, Executive Secretary of UNESCAP. The Minister also called on M. R. Pridiyathorn Devakula, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand and General Chatchai Sarikulya, Minister of Commerce of Thailand and addressed the business event organized by the Embassy. Shri

Ajit Doval, National Security Advisor visited Thailand on 1-2 April 2015. He called on PM Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, DPM & Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, DPM& FM Gen Tanasak

Patimapragorn and met Mr. Anusit Kunakorn, Secretary General of the National Security Council of Thailand.

DPM and Minister of Foreign Affairs General Tanasak Patimapragorn visited India on 10-11 March 2015. He attended Delhi Dialogue VII, called on Defence Minister Shri Manohar

Parrikar and held delegation level talks with EAM Smt. Sushma Swaraj. Secretary (DIPP) gave a presentation of ‘Make in India’ to the visiting Thai delegation. Commerce Minister Chatchai Sarikalya visited India from 24-26 Feb 2015.

During 2014, PM Narendra Modi discussed bilateral issues of mutual interest with PM

General Prayut Chan-o-cha on the sidelines of ASEAN Summit in Nay Pyi Taw on 12 November 2014. Shri Kiren Rijiju, MoS for Home Affairs participated in the first Ministerial Conference on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific on 27 & 28

November 2014 in Bangkok.Mrs. Maneka Gandhi, Minister of Women and Child Development visited Bangkok to attend Asian and Pacific Conference on “Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Beijing +20 Review” on 19-20 November 2014. Earlier, Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Home Affairs participated in the 6th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Bangkok from 23-26 June 2014. General Thanasak

Patimaprakorn, Chief of Defence Forces, Royal Thai Armed Forces led a Thai delegation on an official visit to India from 28-30 June 2014. General Thanasak called on Arun Jaitley, Defence and FM and met General Bikram Singh, Chief of Army Staff in New Delhi.

PM Dr. Manmohan Singh accompanied by EAM Salman Khurshid and senior officials paid an official visit to Thailand at the invitation of PM Yingluck Shinawatra on 30-31 May 2013.He presented a sapling of Bodhi Tree in Bodh Gaya as a special gift to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej as a symbol of the shared cultural heritage. PM held wide-ranging talks with PM Yingluck Shinawatra on bilateral, regional and multilateral issues of mutual interest. During the visit, six agreements/MoUs were signed and a joint statement was released.

PM Yingluck Shinawatrapaid a State visit to India from 24-26 January 2012 as the Chief Guest for India’s Republic Day celebrations. Six agreements/ MoUs were signed during the visit – the 2ndProtocol to amend bilateral Framework Agreement for FTA, MoU on Defence,

Programme of Cooperation in Science & Technology, Agreement on Transfer of Sentenced

Persons, Cultural Exchange Programme 2012-14 and an MoU for ICCR to establish a Chair at India Studies Centre in Chulalongkorn University. Thai PM met PM on sidelines of the 10th India-ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh in November 2012. PM Yingluck Shinawatra visited

India again to participate in the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit in New Delhi in

December 2012. She visited Mahabodhi temple in Bodhgaya en route to New Delhi.

Thailand-India Parliamentary Friendship Group (TIPFG) was formed in the National Assembly of Thailand in 2008 and reconstituted in 2011 and again in 2014. A counterpart group was formed in India in December 2011. Thai Parliamentary delegation led by Senator

Mr. KrichAtitkaew, President, TIPFG visited India in August 2012. A 19 member delegation led by Mrs. Meira Kumar, Speaker of Lok Sabha visited Bangkok for the 122ndAssembly of Inter Parliamentary Union inMarch 2010.

Bilateral Institutional Mechanisms

Joint Commission Meeting (JCM): India-Thailand JCM is at Foreign Ministers level. EAMand DPM & FM Gen Tanasak co-chaired the 7th session of India-Thailand JCM on 29

June 2015. Wide-ranging discussions were held in the areas of economic and commercial cooperation, culture, S & T, ICT, education, agriculture, legal and consular matters. The 6th

JCM was held in New Delhi in December 2011.

Foreign office Consultations (FOC): India-Thailand FOC was held in New Delhi on 8

September 2014. Sihasak Phuangketkeow, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Secretary (East) exchanged views on bilateral, regional and multilateral issues of mutual interest. Earlier FOC was held in Bangkok on 10 August 2012.

Defence Dialogue:Raksha Mantri Manohar Parrikar met DPM & Defence Minister of Thailand on the sidelines of ADMM+ in Kuala Lumpur on 3 November 2015. Admiral R. K.

Dhowan, Chief of Naval Staff paid an official visit to Thailand from 23-26 July 2015. ACM Arup Raha, Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee visited Thailand on 6-9 Sept 2015.The fourth meeting of India-Thailand Defence Dialogue was held in Bangkok on 21-22 December 2015. A bilateral MOU on Defence cooperation was signed in January 2012. The current Defence cooperation comprises regular joint exercises/joint maritime patrols near the international maritime boundary to counter terrorism, piracy and smuggling; training of officers at each others’ institutions and participation as observers in military exercises.

Economic & Commercial Partnership

Bilateral Trade:The last few years have seen a rapid growth in bilateral trade, which crossed US$ 9 billion mark in year 2013-14. The Framework Agreement on India-Thailand FTA was signed in Bangkok in October 2003 and the second protocol to amend it was signed during the visit of Thai PM to New Delhi in January 2012.

(Amount in billion US$)

Description

2008-09

2009-10

2010-

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

April–Sept

11

2015

Thai Exports

2.70

2.93

4.27

5.38

5.46

5.36

5.86

1.89

Thai Imports

1.94

1.74

2.27

2.96

3.73

3.70

3.48

1.53

Total Trade

4.64

4.67

6.54

8.34

9.19

9.06

9.32

3.42

Source: Department of Commerce, Government of India

FDI in India and Indian Investments in Thailand: Indian FDI into Thailand is around US$ 2 billion since 1970s. Major investments from India to Thailand are in sectors such as agricultural products, minerals & ceramics, metal products and machinery, electrical and electronic products, chemicals and textiles. Actual inflow of FDI from Thailand into India from April 2000 to July 2015 is registered as US $196.40 million. Thai investments are mainly in infrastructure, real estate, food processing, chemicals, and hotel and hospitality sector.

Major Indian groups namely Tata group (automobiles, steel, software), Aditya Birla group

(chemicals, textiles), Indo Rama group (chemicals), Lupin (pharmaceuticals),Ranbaxy, Dabur, Bharti Airtel, NIIT, Punj-Lloyd, Kirloskar and public sector enterprises Indian

Overseas Bank, Bank of Baroda, Air India, New India Assurance are present in Thailand. Leading Thai companies in the fields of Agro-processing, infrastructure, banking,automotive, engineering, housing and hospitality have active and growing business presence in India.

Major Thai companies active in India are – C P Aquaculture (India) Ltd., Krung Thai Bank Pcl.,Ital Thai Development Pcl., Charoen Pokphand (India) Private Limited, Stanley Electric

Engineering India Pvt. Ltd., Thai Summit Neel Auto Pvt. Ltd., Thai Airways, and Precious

Shipping (PSL) of Thailand, Preuksa Real Estate, Dusit and Amari group of hotels.

Connectivity: Air connectivity between India and Thailand is growing with around 150 flights per week, reflecting rapidly growing passenger traffic between the two countries. Bangkok is connected by air to 9 Indian destinations. India and Thailand are cooperating closely on improving regional connectivity through initiatives such as India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway, Asian Highway Network (under UNESCAP), BTILS under BIMSTEC framework. The 2nd bilateral JWG on Infrastructure and Connectivity and 7th Task Force Meeting on the

Trilateral Transport Linkage Project wereheld in Bangkok on 29 & 30 September 2014.Secretaries of Transport of India, Myanmar and Thailand met in Chennai (April 2015);

Bengaluru (June 2015) and Bangkok (July 2015) to finalize the Trilateral Motor Vehicles Agreement. In 2015, over 1 million Indian tourists visited Thailand and around 120,000 Thai tourists visited India (mainly to Buddhist pilgrimage sites).

Culture: Cultural exchanges take place under the framework of a Cultural Exchange

Programme (CEP) between the two governments. An Indian Cultural centre was opened in Bangkok in September 2009. Cultural Agreement Programme for 2012-14 has been signed during the visit of Thai PM in Jan 2012. A number of India Studies Centers are operational in prestigious Thai Universities. Regular visits of Indian cultural troupes are organized, in addition to Indian film and food festivals etc. Embassy in collaboration with Ministry of Culture and several local partners organized Festival of India in Thailand in March 2014 and the 2nd edition was organized from March-May 2015.Over 7400 people participated in the 1st International Yoga Day celebrations at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok on 21 June 2015.

Education:An MoU on Cooperation in the field of Education was signed in 2005. During 2014-15 Government of India offered 130 scholarships to Thai students under its ITEC and

ICCR sponsored schemes. A large number of Thai students are also studying on self- financing basis. Ministry of Human Resource Development provides for secondment of 8 professors every semester for the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok.

Government of India contributed Rupees 1.25 crores (Thai Baht 10 million) in 2008 towards construction of a new building for the Sanskrit Studies Centre at Silpakorn University, Bangkok and has deputed a Sanskrit professor. An India Studies Centre is functioning at the

Thammasat University of Bangkok since April 1993. In 2008, the Mahidol University of

Bangkok started a Masters of Arts course on Indian studies. A Chair in Chulalongkorn University’s India Study Centre was inaugurated by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhron on March 6, 2012.Ministry of AYUSH and Rangsit University signed an MOU on establishinga Chair on Ayurveda at Rangsit University was signed on 29 June 2015.

Indian Diaspora in Thailand: It is estimated that there are around 250,000 people of Indian origin in Thailand. Many of them have lived here for several generations over the past century. Majority of them hold Thai nationality. The Indian community mainly comprises

Sikhs, Punjabis, Gorakhpuris, Tamils and Sindhis. Two persons of Indian origin from Thailand have been awarded the Pravasi Samman in 2006 and 2010.

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January 2016

Curtain Raiser for the Second International day of Yoga 10th June 2016, Bangkok

At a Curtain Raiser to announce the commemoration of 2nd International Day of Yoga in Bangkok on Sunday, 26th June, 2016 at the Chulalongkorn University grounds, was held on 10 June, 2016 in Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. Ambassador Bhagwant Singh Bishnoi highlighted the importance of Yoga and its relevance in daily life.

The Vice President of the Chulalongkorn University Asst. Prof. Dr. Pomthong Malakul Na Ayudhaya represented the University. Around 100 persons including media persons, sponsors and representatives of Yoga studios attended the event. A short demonstration of Yoga Asanas was made by the team coordinated by Divine Yoga, Bangkok.

The Embassy of India, Bangkok is hosting a mass event at the prestigious Chulalongkorn University (Front Ground across Main Auditorium) on 26 June 2016 at 0630 hrs. A large number of participants are expected to attend the event. Free T-Shirt, refreshments and water will be given free to all participants.

Ms. Yada Theppanom, Miss Grand Thailand 2013, who would be a celebrity guest on 26th June, 2016, was also present during the Media Briefing Session.

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Visit of H.E. Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan, Dy PM Thailand to India

H.E. Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan, Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister visited India with a high level delegation from 17 to 18 Mar 2016. He was accompanied by Deputy Minister of Commerce Mr Suvit Maesincee, Secretary General of NSC Gen. Thawip Netiniyom, Permanent Secretary of Defence Gen Preecha Jan-o-cha, CDF Royal Thai Armed Forces Gen Sommai Kaotira, Police Gen Chakthip Chaijinda and other senior officers. During the visit he was accorded a cermonial reception and he also paid homage at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at the India Gate. Besides holding bilateral discussions with the Defence Minister of India, H.E. Mr. Manohar Parrikar, he also called on the Hon’ble Vice President and the National Security Advisor of India.

 

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