H.E. Harsh Vardhan Shringla – the magnanimous man set out to make a difference!

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Highlights of Activities of the Embassy under Ambassador Harsh Vardhan Shringla 2014-15

Efficient and Effective Service Delivery and Public Friendly Interface

  • Daily Open House for all Consular and Visa Issues – Since March 2015
  • 24-Hour Response on Emergencies
  • Community Welfare Representatives in Pattaya, Phuket, Krabi and Ko Samui
  • Suggestion Box at the Embassy Premises
  • Online Registration of Indian Nationals
  • Deployment of an Embassy Official at Suvarnabhumi Airport
  • Safety and Security of Indian Tourists – Jet Ski Scams (Pattaya)
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Promotion of Extensive People to People Contacts

  • ‘Festival of India in Thailand’ –– Reflection of Shared Cultural Heritage – (2014) and Strong Contemporary Ties (2015)
  • Successful Organisation of the First International Day of Yoga
  • World Sanskrit Conference 2015 and Regional Hindi Conference 2014
  • Mahatma Gandhi and His Majesty the King Exhibitions
  • Patron of the Indian Social Club of Thailand, an Umbrella Organisation of Indian Associations
  • Students Exchange Programme and Scholarships to Thai Students to Study in India

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Effective Use of Social Media to Connect People of the Two Countries

  • Facebook page of the Embassy (Followers increased exponentially from 1500 in Jan 2014 to around 18,500 in Dec 2015) as well as Personal Page of Ambassador Harsh Vardhan Shringla – Real Time Updates
  • Twitter Account: India in Thailand
  • Informative Website of the Embassy
  • Launch of Mobile Application on Common Yoga Protocol
  • Regular Sharing of Information with Indian Associations through Email

Launch of Mobile App on Common Yoga Protocol

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Sustained Political Engagement

  • Visit of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to India – Feb & July 2014
  • Visit of Hon’ble External Affairs Minister to Thailand – June 2015
  • Visits from India – Minister of State (I/C) for Commerce & Industry; Minister of Women & Child Development; Minister of State for Home Affairs; National Security Advisor
  • Visits from Thailand – Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Foreign Affairs; Minister of Commerce; Minister of Tourism and Sports

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Comprehensive Bilateral Economic and Commercial Partnership

  • Launch and Promotion of ‘Make in India’ Campaign in Thailand
  • Buyer-Seller Meet/Business Interaction/Trade Promotion Events
  • Formation of Indian Business Leaders Forum in Thailand

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Our most Beloved Fetching Revered Cherished Ambassador to Thailand, Mr Harsh Vardhan Shringla!

Efficient and Effective Service Delivery and Public Friendly Interface

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His Excellency Mr. Harsh Vardhan Shringla, India’s Ambassador to Thailand has redefined our Indian Embassy in Thailand. He has given a new face, a new beginning, a new hope to the Indian Embassy. He has been exceedingly successful in regaining the confidence and trust of the Indians residing in Thailand, assuring them that they will be heard. Unlike the previous countless pleas that were insensitively left unheard of and people had stopped approaching the embassy for their troubles. He has effectively used Social Media to Connect People of the Two Countries :-

  • Facebook page of the Embassy (Followers increased exponentially from 1500 in Jan 2014 to around 18,500 in Dec 2015) as well as Personal Page of Ambassador Harsh Vardhan Shringla – Real Time Updates
  • Twitter Account: India in Thailand
  • Informative Website of the Embassy
  • Launch of Mobile Application on Common Yoga Protocol
  • Regular Sharing of Information with Indian Associations through Email

 H.E. Harsh Vardhan Singla

His Excellency has been the first Ambassador to be so transparently available to the common man. He has always been found standing amongst the common crowd and not to be separately seated high and above the rest. Inviting each and every individual seeker into his cabin and entertaining his/her problem at a personal level. Most grounded, and hence most loved!

His great efforts and initiatives can be seen in :-

  • Daily Open House for all Consular and Visa Issues – Since March 2015
  • 24-Hour Response on Emergencies
  • Community Welfare Representatives in Pattaya, Phuket, Krabi and Ko Samui
  • Suggestion Box at the Embassy Premises
  • Online Registration of Indian Nationals
  • Deployment of an Embassy Official at Suvarnabhumi Airport
  • Safety and Security of Indian Tourists – Jet Ski Scams (Pattaya)

And Promotion of Extensive People to People Contacts in the form of :_

  • ‘Festival of India in Thailand’ –– Reflection of Shared Cultural Heritage – (2014) and Strong Contemporary Ties (2015)
  • Successful Organisation of the First International Day of Yoga
  • World Sanskrit Conference 2015 and Regional Hindi Conference 2014
  • Mahatma Gandhi and His Majesty the King Exhibitions
  • Patron of the Indian Social Club of Thailand, an Umbrella Organisation of Indian Associations  
  • Students Exchange Programme and Scholarships to Thai Students to Study in India


He has also been very successful on the political front considering :-

  • Visit of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to India – Feb & July 2014
  • Visit of Hon’ble External Affairs Minister to Thailand – June 2015
  • Visits from India – Minister of State (I/C) for Commerce & Industry; Minister of Women & Child Development; Minister of State for Home Affairs; National Security Advisor
  • Visits from Thailand – Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Foreign Affairs; Minister of Commerce; Minister of Tourism and Sports

His contribution towards Comprehensive Bilateral Economic and Commercial Partnership has also been distinguished through :-

  • Launch and Promotion of ‘Make in India’ Campaign in Thailand
  • Buyer-Seller Meet/Business Interaction/Trade Promotion Events
  • Formation of Indian Business Leaders Forum in Thailand

And many such other tasks are commendable and will abide by us as assets/mementoes of a great achiever. Bangkok will dearly miss this well-wisher for his selfless love and simplicity. As we heave a heavy-hearted sigh, we wish H.E. Mr. Harsh Vardhan Shringla luck as he presses on his further journey. His enormous presence and kind-heartedness can’t be missed wherever he is, and he’s sure to spread love & laughter wherever he proceeds. His aura, his liveliness, his fortitude to make a difference will always be cherished.

We do hope to continue likewise with our forthcoming Ambassador to Thailand, thus carrying H.E. Mr. Harsh Vardhan Shringla’s labors forward.

Long Live H.E. Harsh Vardhan Shringla!

Application for the 4th Study India Programme (SIP)

The Embassy of India invites applications from the Indian Diaspora youth (PIOs) in the age group 18-26 years to participate in the “4th Study India Programme (SIP)” to be held from 20 January to 16 February 2016. The objective of this four weeks programme is to familiarize the selected candidates about the art & culture, heritage, history, economy and development of India and to better understand contemporary India, foster closer ties with the land of their ancestors and enhance their engagement with India.

The Government of India will extend full hospitality to selected participants in India during the duration of the programme and will refund 90% (ninety percent) of the return airfare (at lowest economy excursion fare) to the participants on successful completion of the programme by them. Applications with a passport size photograph and an essay of maximum 300 words on why they want to participate in the programme and what they expect to gain from it may be sent by email to info.bangkok@mea.gov.in latest by 28 December, 2015.

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Detailed information and guidelines along with application form for these programme are available on the websites of the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs http://moia.gov.in/

India Corporate Internships for Overseas Indians

Overseas Indian Facilitation Centre (OIFC), a PPP between Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs and CII which is focused on strengthening economic engagement of Overseas Indians, at the Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Los Angeles on 14 November this year, announced 60 paid corporate internships in India for NRIs/PIOs students pursuing post graduate programme outside India in management, engineering, science and technology.

The Internships at well-known Indian corporate entities including Wipro, Infosys, Godrej, Flipkart and Tata Group etc., would be available from Summer 2016. Amount of stipend and conditions vary from company to company.

You are requested to kindly bring this to the notice of all concerned in your contact list.

All prospective students interest and eligible in the internship are requested to directly approach the contact person  for all queries.

 

Kuljeet Singh Arora

Attache

Press & Information Wing

Embassy of India

Bangkok

Tel: 022584491

Fax: 022584627

Email: rsvp2015@indianembassy.in.th

Website: http://www.indianembassy.in.th/

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+91-124-4014055 | +91-124-4014056

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OFFER OF ICCR SCHOLARSHIPS TO THAI STUDENTS

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The Indian Council for Cultural Relations of the Government of India is offering scholarships for the academic year 2016-17 to Thai students desirous of pursuing undergraduate, postgraduate and Ph.D. studies in various courses in Indian universities, excluding Medicine, Dentistry, Paramedical (Nursing/ Physiotherapy/Anesthesia, etc.) and Fashion.

Interested students may approach the Embassy of India, Bangkok at Tel. No. 0-2258-0300-5 ext.6 or email: info.bangkok@mea.gov.in for more information and application form. The last date of submission of completed applications at the Embassy is 15th December 2015.

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สภาวัฒนธรรมแห่งอินเดียเปิดให้ทุนการศึกษาสำหรับปีการศึกษา 2559-2560 สำหรับนักเรียนไทยที่ประสงค์จะศึกษาต่อในระดับปริญญาตรีถึงปริญญาเอกในสาขา วิชาต่างๆ ที่ประเทศอินเดีย ยกเว้นสาขาแพทยศาสตร์ ทันตแพทย์ หลักสูตรเจ้าหน้าที่ผู้ช่วยแพทย์ (อาทิ พยาบาล กายภาพบำบัด ฯลฯ) และแฟชั่น

นักเรียนที่สนใจสามารถติดต่อสอบถามข้อมูลและขอรับใบสมัครได้ที่สถานทูต อินเดีย กรุงเทพ โทร 0-2258-0300-5 ต่อ 6 หรืออีเมล์ info.bangkok@mea.gov.in ปิดรับสมัครวันที่ 15 ธันวาคม 2558

PUBLIC ADVISORY ON PHASING OUT OF HANDWRITTEN PASSPORTS

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Ministry of External Affairs
CPV Division, New Delhi)
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PUBLIC ADVISORY ON PHASING OUT OF HANDWRITTEN PASSPORTS

Indian citizens living in India and abroad are advised to URGENTLY replace their handwritten passports with machine readable passports. The International Civil Aviation Organisation (lCAO) has set a deadline of the 24TH NOVEMBER, 2015 for globally phasing out of all non-Machine Readable Passports (MRPs). Thereafter, foreign Governments may deny Visa or entry to any person travelling on a non-Machine Readable Passport.

2. The Government of lndia has been issuing Machine Readable Passports since 2001. The Passports, however, issued before 2001 and particularly those issued during mid 1990s with a validity of 20 years will fall in the category of non-MRPs. By the end of October 2015, it is estimated that there are approximately 2.50 lakh handwritten passports still in circulation. Approximately 6.20 crore lndians hold valid passports.

3. Indian citizens residing in India and abroad and holding such passports with validity beyond the 24th November 2015 are advised to apply for re-issue of their passports well before the deadline in order to avoid any inconvenience in obtaining valid visa or international travel. Needless to mention, travel on ICAO-compliant machine readable passports will facilitate hassle-free and safe journey.

4. All Passport lssuing Authorities have instituted a simple and fast-track procedure for renewal of passports. For more details related to passport services, website – www.passportindia.gov.in – or the National Call Centre (1800-258-1800 – Toll Free) may be accessed. Indian citizens living abroad should visit the website of respective lndian Mission/Post.

October 29,2015

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Ambassador Harsh Vardhan Shringla welcomed Shri Manohar Parrikar, Hon’ble Raksha Mantri of India to Bangkok

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Ambassador Harsh Vardhan Shringla welcomed Shri Manohar Parrikar, Hon’ble Raksha Mantri of India to Bangkok. The Minister was on his way to the ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting (ADMM) in Kuala Lumpur, where he is scheduled to also meet Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister of Thailand General Prawit Wongsuwan

เอกอัครราชทูตฮาร์ช วาร์ดัน ชริงลา ให้การต้อนรับ ฯพณฯ นาย มาโนฮาร์ ปาร์ริการ์ รัฐมนตรีว่าการกระทรวงกลาโหมของอินเดีย ในระหว่างที่ท่านเดินทางไปยังกรุงกัวลาลัมเปอร์ เพื่อเข้าร่วมประชุมรัฐมนตรีกระทรวงกลาโหมแห่งอาเซียน โดยท่านรัฐมนตรีได้มีกำหนดการที่จะเข้าพบ พลเอก ประวิตร วงษ์สุวรรณ รองนายกรัฐมนตรีและรัฐมนตรีว่าการกระทรวงกลาโหมของประเทศไทย

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Mr. Somesh Goyal addressed an audience at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand on Tiger Conservation efforts in India

การอนุรักษ์ประชากรเสือในประเทศอินเดีย

Mr. Somesh Goyal addressed an audience at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand on Tiger Conservation efforts in India. Mr. Goyal is a senior police officer and accomplished wildlife photographer of India. His talk was greatly appreciated by a mixed audience consisting of Ambassadors and diplomats from Hungary, Egypt, Brazil, and Algeria, international and Indian media, NGOs, Indian community and students. The talk was arranged by the Indian Cultural Centre under the auspices of the India-Thailand exchange programme.

นายโซเมช โกยาล กล่าวสุนทรพจน์ เรื่อง ความพยายามในการอนุรักษ์ประชากรเสือในประเทศอินเดีย ณ สมาคมผู้สื่อข่าวต่างประเทศเทศแห่งประเทศไทย นายโกยาล เป็นเจ้าหน้าที่ตำรวจอาวุโสแต่เป็นที่รู้จักอย่างแพร่หลายในบทบาทของช่าง ถ่ายภาพสัตว์ป่าของประเทศอินเดีย โดยการเสวนาดังกล่าวได้รับการชื่นชม จากผู้เข้าร่วมงานอาทิ สื่อมวลชนต่างประเทศและอินเดีย เอ็นจีโอ ชุมชนชาวอินเดีย นักศึกษา กิจกรรมถูกจัดขึ้นโดยศูนย์วัฒนธรรมอินเดียภายใต้โครงการแลกเปลี่ยนระหว่าง ไทยและอินเดีย

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COMMON YOGA PROTOCOL – Presented by Embassy of India in Thailand

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Yoga is an invaluable gift of ancient Indian tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action, restraint and fulfillment, harmony between man and nature, and a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change. Yoga not only provides a holistic approach to health and well-being, the wider dissemination of Yoga’s benefits would also be beneficial for the health of the world’s population.

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in his maiden speech to the United Nations while outlining the benefits of Yoga and its continued relevance in the present World exhorted the Comity of Nations to declare an International Day of Yoga. Based on India’s call, United Nations General Assembly in its 69th session in the year 2014 adopted a resolution proclaiming 21 June each year as the International Day of Yoga. To commemorate the first International Day of Yoga, the Government of India created a ‘Common Yoga Protocol’ (http://inbministry.blogspot.com/2015/06/international-yoga-day-common-yoga.html), which was practiced by enthusiasts all over the world including in Bangkok. The response from our friends in Thailand for the observation of the first International Day of Yoga on 21 June 2015 was overwhelming with more than 7400 people congregating at the Chulalongkorn University Grounds to practice this Common Yoga Protocol. The interest shown by Thailand motivated the Embassy of India in creating a mobile application of the Common Yoga Protocol so that it would be readily available for practitioners. This mobile application is a self help guide for users to practice some of the most common Yoga practices.

Welcome to the world of Yoga. Welcome to the world of wisdom that is as relevant and beneficial today as it was thousands of years ago.

This application has been developed by the Embassy of India, Bangkok in collaboration with RMC Gems Thai Co., Ltd., Bangkok.

Courtesy for Contents: Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India

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A record 750 people, including members of the Indian community and friends of #India, attended the Independence Day Flag hoisting ceremony at the Embassy of India, Bangkok this morning. Ambassador Harsh Vardhan Shringla unfurled the national tricolour at the Embassy premises. The National Anthem was sung by all and the Ambassador read out the President’s Independence Day Address to the Nation. Various Indian Associations (Modern International School of Bangkok, Indian Women’s Club, Kannada Balaga, students of the Indian Cultural Centre, Bangkok, etc.) collaborated to put up a resplendent cultural performance on the occasion. Separately, the city of Hat Yai in southern Thailand also arranged a special event to commemorate the Independence Day of India (photos will be posted separately).

The Thai media has extensively covered Independence Day celebrations in Bangkok. Two major English dailies – #Bangkok Post and The #Nation – and Masala magazine as well as the Thai newspaper Naew-Na published special supplements that included photo-features on India-Thailand relations and a message from the Ambassador. Local TV channel ‘Spring News’ telecast Ambassador’s interview on the occasion. The “City Times” magazine has published a very informative special issue on the Independence Day.

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