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The Embassy of India in Muscat celebrated the 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas on 11 January 2017 at the Embassy, which was attended by over 300 NRIs and PIOs, including Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awardees from Oman, Businessmen, Academics, Cultural personalities, media persons and representatives of Indian Social Club Oman and its various Linguistic Wings. The celebration began with rendition of National Anthem followed by screening of a film produced by Ministry of External Affairs of India on the theme of ‘redefining the engagement of the Government of India with Indian diaspora’. Excerpts of Prime Minister’s inaugural address at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention 2017, on 8 January 2017, were screened, conveying key aspects of the Government of India’s commitment to the welfare of Indian diaspora as enunciated by PM.

 

Ambassador made a power point presentation on key elements and outcomes of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention 2017. He underlined that the Government has revised the concept of PBD Convention to make the participation of NRIs and PIOs and deliberations at the Convention meaningful and result-oriented. Presenting the key outcomes of 13 Plenary Meetings held at the PBD Convention 2017 on various topics, Ambassador stressed that the Government, a staunch believer in accountability, used the Plenary Meetings to present the action taken by it on the recommendations made by the invited experts at the meetings convened by External Affairs Minister in 2015-16 to discuss those topics. Ambassador also outlined the outcome of various other activities and meetings organized at PBD 2017 and emphasized that the Government of India is keen on participation of diaspora in growth and development of India. It is also keen to deepen its engagement with the young Diaspora to help them know more about their roots and connect with India. Ambassador also explained the mandate of India Development Foundation for Overseas Indians (IDF-OI) and encouraged NRIs and PIOs to adopt projects and contribute to their implementation. He also elaborated on the Government’s new initiatives for the benefit of the Diaspora. He presented to the audience the recent initiatives taken by the Embassy to enhance access and connect with the community. He appreciated the efforts made by social workers and volunteers towards the welfare of the Indian community in Oman and mentioned the MigCall App, which was launched by Embassy in Oman in 2015 to connect Indian migrants in distress in Oman and other GCC countries. Ambassador then invited inputs and suggestions from the community, enabling the Embassy to deliver its services efficiently and promptly. He assured the community that the Embassy, as always, will continue to work with the community and the Government of Oman to promote the welfare of the Indian community in Oman.

 

 



According to ‘Specified Bank Notes (Cessation of Liabilities) Ordinance, 2016’ dated 30th December 2016, the facility of deposit or of exchange of old series of banknotes of denominations Rs 500 and Rs 1000 at the specified Issue Offices of RBI has been granted to all Indian citizens who were outside India from 9 Nov- 30 Dec 2016 until 31st March 2017. For those citizens of India who are not resident in India, this facility would be available till 30 June 2017 in order to allow them adequate time to plan a visit as per their convenience.


The above facility would be subject to the regulations of the notification “Foreign Exchange Management (Export and Import of Currency) Regulations, 2015. As per these regulations bringing back such currency into the country is restricted to Rs.25,000/- per person.




With a view to facilitate and encourage foreign nationals including Omanis, to visit India for Tourism, Business and other purposes, Government of India has announced changes in the existing visa rules in order to liberalize, simplify and rationalize the visa regime. The Government has modified the existing ‘e-Tourist Visa’, Scheme. The ‘e-Visa’ will now be issued for the specific purpose of the visit viz. ‘e-Tourist Visa’, ‘e-Business Visa’, ‘e-Medical Visa’. While, ‘e-Tourist Visa’ will be issued for visits aimed at recreation, sight-seeing, casual visits and to attend Yoga programmes, ‘e-Business Visa’ will be issued for visits aimed at enhancing business activities in India, including establishing business ventures, purchase/sell commercial products, attending technical meetings, discussions, board meetings, recruitment of manpower etc. Similarly, ‘e-Medical Visa’ will be issued for medical treatment in India.


The window for issuing visas under ‘e-Visa’ has also been increased from 30 days to 120 days, which means that the applicant can travel to India within 120 days of the issue of ‘e-Visa’. Similarly, the duration of stay in India under ‘e-Visa’ has also been increased from existing 30 days to 60 days. In case of ‘e-Medical Visa’, extension can be granted for stay upto 6 months on case to case basis by the Foreigners Regional Registration Officer (FRRO) concerned. While under ‘e-Tourist Visa’ and ‘e-Business Visa’, foreign nationals will now be allowed to undertake two visits as against the current provision of single visit, the applicants availing ‘e-Medical Visa’ will be issued Triple Entry Visas enabling them to visit India three times on the same visa. ‘e-Visa’, except for ‘e-Medical Visa’, will be non- extendable and non-convertible. The Government has also permitted ‘e-Visa’ holders to enter India through 5 major ports of India viz. Mumbai, Cochin, Goa, Chennai and Bangalore in order to tap the potential of cruise tourism to India; They are also allowed to India through 16 airports of India only viz. Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangaluru, Hyderabad, Trivendrum, Kochi, Goa, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Gaya, Jaipur, Lucknow, Thiruchirapalli and Varanasi.


With a view to promote visit of Omanis for tourism and business purposes, the Government has also decided to grant Multiple Entry Tourist and Business Visas valid for a period of 5 years. Each visit under Tourist Visa, however, shall not exceed 90 days. Tourist Visa holder will also not be required to register himself/herself. Similarly, Multi-entry business visas will also be valid for 5 years with continuous stay during each visit not to exceed 180 days. The requirement of registration of Business Visa holders has also been done away with. In 2016, the Embassy of India in Muscat issued over 72 thousand Tourist Visas and over 900 Business Visas.


In order to further facilitate Omani patients visiting India for medical treatment, Government has decided to open separate counters at Immigration points for speedy and smooth clearance of Medical Visa holders, initially at 6 International Airports viz. Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad. Facilitation desks will also be available at these airports, which would have Arabic as well as Russian translators to help patients overcome the language barrier. This facility will be particularly useful for people of Oman visiting India for medical treatment. It may be noted that BLS Oman, which is responsible for accepting visa applications, has already opened a separate counter at their Muscat Centre to facilitate Medical Visa applicants. In 2016, a total of11612 Medical Visas and 8491 Medical Attendant visas were issued by the Embassy. Medical Attendants accompanying patients going to India for medical treatment are granted Medical Attendant Visa under the existing procedure.




Government of India has decided to extend the deadline for conversion of PIO Card to OCI card up to 30 June,2017. Existing PIO card holders are entitled to convert their PIO Cards to OCI Cards free of charge till 30th June,2017

 

It may be noted that for conversion of PIO Cards to OCI Card, only copies of Valid passport and Valid PIO Card of the applicant are to be produced.

 

The procedure for filling the application online for conversion of PIO card to OCI Card have been posted at the Embassy’s website under “Consular Services”. Consular Wing of the Mission could be contacted at Tel. 24684585/24684588, Fax 24692791, E Mail cons.muscat@mea.gov.in for further queries, if any, in this regard.

 

OCI card holder will enjoy all rights and privileges available to NON resident Indians( NRIs) in financial, economic and educational fields except in the acquisition of plantation properties. There would be no visa requirement for travel to India and they would have to carry his/her existing passport along with Registration Certificate. The person so travelling would not be required to register with the FRRO/Police authorities for any length of stay in India. All facilities as available to children of NRIs for getting admission to educational institutions in India including Medical and Engineering Colleges, etc, under the general category.

 

 



In order to streamline and ease the process of issue of passport the Ministry of External Affairs has taken following steps:


(i) The online passport application form now requires the applicant to provide the name of father or mother or legal guardian, i.e., only one parent and not both. This would enable single parents to apply for passports for their children and to also issue passports where the name of either the father or the mother is not required to be printed at the request of the applicant.


(ii) All the annexes that are required to be given by the applicants would be in the form of a self declaration on a plain paper. No attestation/swearing by/before any Notary/Executive Magistrate/First Class Judicial Magistrate would be henceforth necessary.


(iii) Married applicants would not be required to provide Annexure K i.e.( Affidavit to reissue passport which was obtained prior to marriage, now unable to provide Marriage Certificate or joint affidavit with spouse due to marital discord/separation without formal divorce decree/total desertion by spouse) or any marriage certificate.


(iv) The Passport application form does not require the applicant to provide the name of her/his spouse in case of separated or divorced persons. Such applicants for passports would not be required to provide even the Divorce Decree.


(v) Orphaned children who do not have any proof of DOB such as Birth Certificate or the Matriculation Certificate or the declaratory Court order, may now submit a declaration given by the Head of the Orphanage/Child Care Home on their official letter head of the organization confirming the DOB of the applicant.


(vi) In case of children not born out of wedlock, the applicant for the passport of such children should submit only Annexure G while submitting the passport application.


(vii) In case of issue of passport to in-country domestically adopted children, submission of the registered adoption deed would no longer be required. In the absence of any deed to this effect, the passport applicant may give a declaration on a plain paper confirming the adoption.


Muscat, 27 December, 2016




India’s Minister of State for External Affairs, H.E. Shri M.J. Akbar, is visiting Oman on 13-15 December 2016. This is his first visit to Oman since his appointment as Minister of State for External Affairs in July 2016. He is leading the Indian delegation to the 5th India-Arab Partnership Conference. The Conference is being organized by Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI) in collaboration with Arab League Secretariat, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), General Union of Chambers of Commerce & Industry in the Arab Countries (GUCCIAC) and Federation of the Arab Business (FAB). FICCI is mounting a large delegation of Indian businessmen to participate at the Conference. H.E. Shri Rajendra Shukla, Minister for Commerce, Industries and Employment of the Indian State of Madhya Pradesh is also leading a delegation of senior officials from his State to participate at the Conference.


The theme of the 5th India-Arab Partnership Conference is “Partnership towards Innovation and Information Technology Co-operation”. After the inaugural and Ministerial Sessions, the Conference will hold panel discussions on the following topics identified for the Conference: Technology and Innovation; The renewable Energy and Clean Technology; The Health and Drug Industry; The Higher Education and Skill Development; Food Security and Safety; and Tourism. The presence of high level Ministerial and business delegations from India at the 5th India-Arab Partnership Conference reflects the important that India attaches to its trade and investment relations with 22 Arab countries, which have emerged as India’s important trade partners.


Apart from participation at the 5th India-Arab Partnership Conference, H.E. Shri M.J. Akbar will also hold bilateral meetings with the Government of Oman with a view to review the existing bilateral cooperation between India and Oman in all its dimensions and to explore the opportunities for expanding further the strategic partnership between the countries. India and Oman are maritime neighbours joined together by Indian Ocean. The historical relations between India and Oman have evolved into a strategic partnership, which has continued to expand in all its dimensions. India has regarded Oman as a key and trusted partner in the Gulf region. India-Oman relationship is based on shared values, common interests and respect for each other’s concerns and priorities. It is hoped that the visit of H.E. Shri M.J. Akbar will provide further boost to India-Oman strategic partnership.


In view of the presence of Indian community in Oman, which numbers over 800,000, H.E. Shri M.J. Akbar will also be meeting the Indian community in Oman at a Reception hosted by Ambassador at the Embassy. The Government of India has always accorded a high priority to promoting the welfare of Indian diaspora and has enhanced interaction with the Indian communities living abroad. External Affairs Minister, H.E. Smt. Sushma Swaraj, had also met the Indian community during her visit to Muscat in February 2015


Muscat, 13 December 2016




Embassy of India, Muscat, organized 3rd ‘Invest in India’ Seminar at Sheraton Oman Hotel in Muscat on 07 December 2016. The Seminar highlighted the attractive investment opportunities in India. Three presentations on ‘Investment opportunities in India’, ‘India’s attractiveness as an investment destination’ and ‘India’s taxation policies and ease of doing Business in India’, showcased to over 250 Omani businessmen, Government Officials and others, the immense opportunities for investment available in India. H.E. Sayyid Khalid al Busaidi, Chairman, Al Nab’a Group, shared his experiences of doing business with India and explained how the business opportunities offered by India has been benefitting Oman.


The seminar was graced with the presence of H.E. Eng Ahmed Bin Hassan Al Dheeb, Undersecretary, Ministry of Commerce and Industry; H.E. Abdulsalam bin Mohammed Al Murshidi, Executive President, State General Reserve Fund (SGRF); H.E. Sulaiman Al Rahbi, Deputy Secretary General, Supreme Council of Planning; and H.E. Redha Juma Al Saleh, Vice Chairman, Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI). Over 250 representatives of public sector organizations, investment funds, banks, business enterprises and institutions in Oman attended the Seminar.


H.E. Indra Mani Pandey, Ambassador of India to the Sultanate of Oman, in his welcome remarks, conveyed India’s keenness to bilateral trade and investment relations with Oman. He explained how the economy of India has been transformed to become the fastest growing major economy of the world and a preferred investment destination for the world business community. With recent improvements in ease of doing business, India has been receiving a record amount of foreign direct investment (FDI)- US$ 44 billion during April 2015-March 2016, and US$ 29 during April-September 2016.


Ambassador drew attention to the decline in bilateral trade between India and Oman from US$ 5.7 billion during the year ending March 2014 to US$ 3.8 during the year ending Mach 2016, and invited business communities of India and Oman to expand their mutual trade and investments. He underlined that India, as always, is keen to work with the Government and business community of Oman to achieve the goal of diversification of Oman’s economy, with focus on sectors identified through Tanfeedh.


Ambassador also announced that the Government of India has launched a new scheme for grant of permanent residency status to foreign investors valid for 10 years and extendable for another 10 years. Apart from free entry and no restrictions on the duration of stay, foreign investors are allowed to purchase one residential property in India for residential purposes. The spouses and dependents of investors will be allowed to work or study in India. The only requirement is to invest INR 100 million (RO 571,000) within 18 months or INR 250 million (RO 1.43 million) in 36 months, and create 20 jobs for Indians every year. With a view to promote visits by Omani businessmen to India, the Embassy of India has streamlined business visa processes and issues multiple entry visas with a minimum six month validity. For high-level Management of Omani companies, the Embassy is issuing visas valid for one to five years.


‘Invest India’, (www.investindia.gov.in) the official agency of the Government of India, facilitates investments into India and provides complete handholding for foreign investors. Embassy of India has been facilitating development of business between the two countries through providing information and guiding Indian and Omani companies. For more details on doing business with India, the Embassy can be contacted at com.muscat@mea.gov.in.


 




Following the grand Opening Ceremony of the Festival of India with performance of the Hritaal Dance Troupe in Muscat, Sur, Salalah and Sohar, the Embassy of India, Muscat, is pleased to present, as part of the Festival of India in Oman 2016, a real treat for calligraphy enthusiasts, art lovers and historians alike: A unique Exhibition of Islamic Calligraphy from the collections of Rampur Raza Library, India. His Excellency Hassan bin Mohammed al Lawati, Adviser to the Minister of Heritage and Culture for Heritage of Oman will be inaugurating the Exhibition on 21st November 2016.

 

The Exhibition will be on display from 21st November to 3rd December 2016 at Promenade Garden (level2) Oman Avenues Mall and can be viewed anytime during the opening hours of the Mall, is free and open to all.

 

Over 40 pieces of calligraphic artwork artistically inscribed with selected verses from the Holy Quran have been showcased at the exhibition. The Holy Quran has played a great role in the development and evolution of Arabic, and by extension, Arabic calligraphy.


Among the rare calligraphic manuscripts exhibited are:

 

• Folio from 7th century Quran in Kufic script attributed to Hazrat Ali (R.A.)

 

• Folio from 8th century Quran in Kufic script attributed to Imam JafarSadiq

 

• 16th century Quran decorated with gold on the orders of Mughal Emperor Akbar

 

• 12th-18th century manuscript folio written within gold floral jidwal

 

• A folio from 9th century Quran in Kufic script attributed to Imam Raza

 

• Name of Nawab Kalb-i-Ali Khan written in the shape of a flower pot in 18th century

 

• Persian verses & text written in Arabic Language in 1887. A.D

 

• Quranic verses written in beautiful style of calligraphy in 1888 A.D

 

• Persian couplet written in a beautiful style of calligraphy in 1878 A.D. by Ghulam Rasool

 

• 18th century calligraphy by Muhammad Hasan

 

• A verse from Quran about the direction of "Darood-e-Pak" by Dullah Khan KhushraqamRampuri in 1936 AD.

 

• A beautiful calligraphy of "AyatuIKursi" of 18th century

 

• Persian rubai relating to the importance of calligraphy by Ilahi Bakhsh of 18th century

 

• A verse from Quran and "Kalma-i- Tauheed" by Dullah Khan KhushraqamRampuri in 1936 A.D.

 

• Bismillah-al-rehman-nir-raheem" & "Darood-e-Pak" by Muhammad Hasan in 1869 A.D.

 

• Saying of Hazrat Ali (R.A.) relating to importance of calligraphy & writing by Aaqa Ali Qari in 18th century

 

• Five Ahadis & few Quranic verses in praise of Prophet Muhammad & Hazrat Ali (R.A.) by Syed Abdul Abbas Naqvi al Bukhari, etc.

 

The Rampur Raza Library is a treasure house of Indo Islamic learning and arts which was setup by the erstwhile Rampur State which was founded by Nawab Faizullah Khan in 1774, who ruled the State up to 1794 and formed the nucleus of the library through his inherited collection of valuable manuscripts, historical documents, Mughal miniature paintings, books and other works of art kept in the Nawabs Toshakhana. He also substantially added to the collection by his acquisition. Nawab Muhammad Yusuf Ali Khan 'Nazim' was a literary person and a famous poet of Urdu and a disciple of celebrated poet Mirza Ghalib. He created a separate department of the library and shifted the collection to the newly constructed rooms of Kothi Genralie. The Nawab also invited well known calligraphers, illuminators and binders from Kashmir and other parts of India. The later Nawabs continued to enrich the collection.

 

Nawab Kalbe Ali Khan (1865-87) was a distinguished scholar and very much interested in collection of rare manuscripts, paintings, and commissioned connoisseur scholars to obtain rare manuscripts, paintings and other art objects and thus enormously enriched the library collection.

 

Muscat, 21 November 2016



H.E Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs of Oman, inaugurated the first ever ‘Festival of India in Oman’ in a ceremony organized by the Embassy of India in Muscat on 15 November at Al-Bustan Palace Amphitheatre. H.E. Abdulaziz bin Mohammed al-Rowas, Advisor to His Majesty for Cultural Affairs, was also present. Senior Officials of the Government of Oman, Ambassadors, members of Diplomatic Corps, prominent Omani businessmen, prominent Indians in Oman, persons from the field of art and culture and media persons were also present at the ceremony, attended by over 600 persons; the Amphitheatre was full to its capacity.


An Indian dance troupe Hritaal, enthralled the audience with mesmerizing performance of ‘Hridayabhavna’, a colorful dance collage reflecting the rich cultural heritage of India, directed and choreographed by its Director, Jaydeep Palit. The rich and diverse repertoire included dances from West Bengal to Rajastan. Hritaal Troupe will perform today in Sur to be followed by performances in Sohar on 17th November and in Salalah on 19th November 2016.


The first ‘Festival of India in Oman’ is being organized during November 2016- March 2017 by the Embassy of India in Muscat with the support of Ministry of Culture, Government of India. The Festival comprises Indian Classical and Folk dances, Indian instrumental Music, an Exhibition of Indian calligraphy, an Indian Food Festival and a Fashion Show. The Festival is being organized with a view to present to the people of Oman glimpses of the diverse Indian Culture, representing various traditions of Indian cultural heritage. The cultural Events under the Festival are being held in Muscat and three other major cities of Oman i.e. Salalah, Sur and Sohar.


Delivering his welcome address, Indra Mani Pandey, Ambassador of India, thanked the Government and people of Oman for the support extended to the Embassy in its endeavors to strengthen the strategic partnership between India and Oman, including cultural exchanges. Ambassador mentioned that since people of Oman are already familiar with various facets of Indian culture, Ministry of Culture of India has decided to present those aspects of Indian culture which are lesser known to them to give a taste of diversity and richness of Indian culture.


The Embassy of India hopes that the Festival of India will contribute to a greater understanding of Indian culture in Oman, encourage people to learn more about contemporary India and visit India and strengthen the bonds of India-Oman friendship further.


Muscat, 16 November 2016




The Embassy of India in Muscat with the support of Ministry of Culture, Government of India is organizing a ‘Festival of India in Oman’ during November 2016 to March 2017.


The Festival will comprise Indian ballet and Folk dances, Indian instrumental Music, an exhibition of Indian calligraphy, Food Festival and Fashion Show. The Festival is being organized with a view to present to the people of Oman glimpses of Indian Culture, representing diverse traditions of Indian heritage. The events will be held in Muscat and three other major cities of Oman i.e. Salalah, Sur and Sohar.


India and Oman have strengthened their centuries old civilizational links and the historical socio-economic relations which have since evolved into a strategic partnership. The time-tested people-to-people contacts and intense cultural cooperation are sustained and nurtured by the vibrant Indian expatriate community in Oman with its rich and diverse cultural heritage, traditions, language, dance, music, costume, cuisine, etc. Bollywood films, celebrity artistes, cultural troupes, myriad performers and singers continue to enthrall Indian and Omani audiences alike. Moreover, the beautiful Omani landscapes provide shooting locales for Indian producers. These new and emerging areas of cooperation make for enhanced people-to-people interaction between our two countries.


The inaugural event of the ‘Festival of India in Oman’ is being organised at the most iconic venue in Oman – the famed Al Bustan Palace Hotel on 15 November 2016. The tentative schedule of the above festival is given below:


(i) Indian Ballet Dance (Hritaal Troupe from Kolkata), November 15-19, 2016


(ii) Islamic Calligraphy Exhibition, (Rampur Raza Library), 21st November – 3 December, 2016


(iii) Indian Instrumental Music ( Padmashree Dr Soma Gosh), January 24-28, 2017


(iv) India Folk Dance and Music from Jammu & Kashmir, (North Zone Cultural Center) February 10-14, 2017


(v) Indian Food Festival, ITDC at Grand Hyaat, March 2017


(vi) Indian Traditional Fashion Show, National Institute of Fashion & Technology March 2017




In a tribute to “Iron Man of India”, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, an extraordinary leader, freedom fighter and architect of the Indian national integration, the Government of India has launched week-long celebrations commemorating his 141st birth anniversary on October 31, which has been designated as India’s National Unity Day. Indian Missions and Posts as well as Indian Community across the world are celebrating the occasion recognizing Sardar Patel’s contribution to India’s freedom struggle and to the founding of independent and united India.

 

Embassy of India, Muscat is joining the celebrations with organizing a Seminar, Photo Exhibition and Video Screening covering the life and times of Sardar Patel. The celebration will be held on Monday, 07 November 2016 at 1900hrs, at the premises of the Embassy.

 

Further, Indian Schools in Muscat have also planned to organize events to educate the students about the life and times of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

 

Muscat, 31 October 2016



Embassy of India, in association with Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI), organized a successful Business-to-Business Meeting at OCCI on Wednesday, 21 September, with participation of over 180 businessmen, representing various Omani and companies.


The B2B Meeting provided an opportunity to Omani companies to interact with and enter into business ties with i) six-member Indian business delegation led by Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO), visiting Oman to participate in ‘Food & Hospitality Oman 2016’; ii) nine Indian hospitals exhibiting in ‘Oman Health Exhibition and Conference 2016’; and iii) ten-member delegation led by PHD Chamber of Commerce &Industry, representing companies from various sectors including Food processing, IT, Logistics & Trading, Advertisement & Marketing, Engineering Components and Consulting & Training.


The event was graced by the presence of H.E. Mohsin bin Khamis Al Balushi, Adviser to the Minister of Commerce and Industry; H.E. Ayman Al Hasani, Vice Chairman of OCCI; Mr. Habib Al Hasani, Director International Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries; Dr. Mohamed al Sajwani, Deputy Chairman, Treatment Abroad Committee, Ministry of Health; Dr Walid Al Zedjali, Chairman Oman Medical Association, and many distinguished guests.


In his welcome remarks, Ambassador of India, H.E. Indra Mani Pandey, underlined the importance of frequent exchange of business delegations to benefit from the opportunities offered by India and Oman for mutual trade and investment, which is accorded the highest priority by the Governments of India and Oman.


H.E. Mohsin bin Khamis Al Balushi appreciated the efforts of the Embassy of India in enhancing India-Oman bilateral business relations and expressed hope that Omani businessmen and their Indian counterparts will be able to take advantage of the existing potentials for further business ties between India and Oman. He outlined the opportunities available under Oman’s 9th Five Year Plan, which underlines the goal of diversification of Oman’s Economy in sectors such as tourism, manufacturing, logistics, minerals and mining etc.


 




The Government of India will be hosting the 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention from 07 to 09 January, 2017 at International Exhibitions Centre in Bengaluru, in partnership with Government of Karnataka. The theme of the 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is “Redefining Engagement with the Indian Diaspora”. Honourable Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi will deliver the Keynote Address on 08 January 2017. Thereafter, Chief Ministers of select States will address the delegates and invite them to participate in various developmental programmes of the respective States. The PBD will conclude on 09 January 2017 with Valedictory Address delivered by Honourable President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee, who will also confer Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards.


‘Youth PBD’ is a special segment, which was introduced at the 13th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas. It is open to NRI and PIO youth of the age group 18 to 30 years. It will be inaugurated by Honourable External Affairs Minister Smt. Sushma Swaraj and Honourable Minister for Youth Affairs Shri Vijay Goel at Bengaluru on 07 January 2017 and will include a plenary session on “Problems faced by Indian students abroad and NRI students in India”.


The Karnataka State Government is also organizing the following Plenary Sessions to showcase Karnataka :


07.01.2017 Fuelling Growth through disruptive innovations -Startup ecosystem in Karnataka


09.01.2017 Innovate, Invent and Invest in Karnataka


Online registration is open at the website www.pbdindia.gov.in , which also contains details of the Programme. A PBD 2017 Flyer providing further details is given below. Registration of all delegates is through an online process, which includes payment of registration fees. There is discounted registration fees for young NRIs and PIOs and for group registrations. The last date for registration online is 07 December 2016. All NRIs and PIOs in Oman are invited to participate at Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2017.


The Embassy of India in Muscat will also celebrate Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2017 on 09 January 2017. Details of the Programme will be announced later. All Indian nationals and Persons of Indian Origin iving in Oman are invited to join the celebration.


Muscat, 19 September 2016




A high-level Indian business delegation from Gujarat visited Oman on 03-05 September to promote the upcoming Vibrant Gujarat Summit, to be held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, on 10-13 January 2017. The 8th edition of the Global Summit will provide an opportunity to interact with key policy makers, industry leaders, regulators and renowned businesspersons from over 100 countries under one roof. Many Heads of Governments will also be participating at the four-day Summit which will have B2B, B2G, CEO’s Conclave and SMEs Platform among many other attractions.


The 25-member Vibrant Gujarat Delegation, led by Principal Secretary to the Government of Gujarat State of India, had representatives from reputed Indian companies from various sectors including Aviation, Education, Financial Services, Gems & Jewellery, Hospitality, Industrial Equipments, Information Technology, Infrastructure, Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, Power, Textile, Travel and Tourism.


The Delegation called on H.H. Sayyid Taimur Bin As'ad Bin Tarik Al Said, Assistant Secretary General, the Research Council (TRC); H.E. Dr. Ali bin Masoud bin Ali al-Sunaidy, Minister of Commerce and Industry; H.E. Mohammed Hamed Saif Al-Rumhy, Minister of Oil & Gas, as well as with senior Officials from State General Reserve Fund (SGRF), Public Establishment For Industrial Estates (PEIE), Public Authority of Civil Aviation (PACA), Sultan Qaboos University, Information Technology Authority (ITA), Ministry of Higher Education, Ministry of Tourism and Petroleum Development Oman. The Delegation also extended invitation to the Omani leaders to participate in Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2017. H.E. Said bin Saleh al Kiyumi, Chairman of Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI), expressed the Chamber’s interest in leading an Omani business delegation to participate in the Summit.


Further, the Embassy of India, Muscat, and OCCI jointly organized a Roadshow where the Delegation showcased the investment opportunities in Gujarat, India’s business gateway to the World. The B2B Meeting that followed the Roadshow provided opportunities for exploring collaborations and tie-ups between the delegation and businessmen in Oman. The Delegation also solicited participation of Omani investors and businessmen at the Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2017. For more information about the please visit: http://www.vibrantgujarat.com/


 




The Embassy of India, Muscat, in association with Oman Chamber of Commerce & Industry (OCCI), is organizing a Roadshow and Business-to-Business Meeting (B2B) at the premises of the Chamber on Sunday, 4th September 2016 at 1000 hrs, hosting a high-level Vibrant Gujarat Delegation, which is visiting Oman under the auspices of the Government of Gujarat State of India, from 3-5 September 2016. In the evening on 4th September 2016 at 1800 hrs the Embassy will also host at its premises another B2B Meeting, comprising Vibrant Gujarat Delegation, Omani business community as well as Indian businessmen in Oman.

 

The Vibrant Gujarat Delegation comprises representatives of over 20 reputed Indian companies from various sectors, including Aviation, Education, Financial Services, Gems & Jewellery, Hospitality, Industrial Equipments, Information Technology, Infrastructure, Manufacturing (Industrial Equipments, Cables, Ceramics, Lighting, Ships, etc), Oil & Gas, Power, Textile, Travel and Tourism, in addition to representatives of Government of Gujarat and Indian Chambers.

 

The Gujarat Delegation aims to promote the upcoming Vibrant Gujarat Summit, to be held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat on 10-13 January 2017, and seek the participation of the government of Oman as well as businessmen from Oman at the Summit. The Delegation will also explore trade and investment opportunities in Oman, including collaborations and tie-ups with businesses and enterprises of Oman.

 

Interested Omani businessmen from the above mentioned sectors are invited to attend the Roadshow and B2B Meeting to be held at OCCI premises on Sunday, 4th September 2016 at 1000 hrs as well as to the B2B Meeting to be held at the Embassy at 1800hrs on the same day. For more information please contact Tel: 24684559 or commasst@indemb-oman.org

 

25 August, 2016



India Embassy celebrates the 70th Independence Day of India



Indian Embassy celebrated yesterday the 70th Independence Day of India at the premises of Indian Embassy in Muscat in presence of over 400 members of the Indian Community in Oman who joined the celebration.


HE Indra Mani Pandey, Ambassador of India to the Sultanate of Oman, unfurled the Indian Flag and read out the Address of President of India to the Nation delivered on the eve of the Independence Day. Students from the Indian School Al Seeb led the gathering in singing the National Anthem. They also sang other patriotic songs. Ambassador met with the members of Indian community individually to greet them and thank them for joining the celebration. On this occasion the Embassy screened Honourable Prime Minister’s Independence Day speech delivered from the ramparts of Red Fort yesterday morning. A number of other documentary films, including a film outlining 70 initiatives of the Government, were screened.


In his remarks on the occasion, Ambassador greeted the Indian Community in Oman and thanked them for their outstanding contributions in strengthening India’s friendly relations with Oman, and in development of Oman and India. Ambassador thanked the Government and people of Oman for their cooperation in expanding India’s strategic partnership of Oman and in promoting the welfare of the Indian community in Oman. Ambassador expressed his appreciation for the support extended by the Indian community to the Embassy, including volunteers and social workers from within the community.


Earlier, Ambassador had unfurled the Tri-colour at Indian School Muscat in presence of thousands of students, teachers and parents. Other Indian Schools in Oman also celebrated India@70 in their unique ways. Celebrations were also organised by Indian communities in other cities of Oman. A number of other events have also been planned during the coming days and weeks and months.


With a view to mark the 70th year of India’s independence, the Embassy will be organising a number of special events throughout the year, leading up to August 2017, with the participation of Indian community in Oman as well as the Government and people of Oman.



Muscat, 15 August 2016




The Government of India had on 6th April 2016 authorized three State Government Agencies i.e. (i) NORKA Roots, Kerala; (ii) Overseas Development and Employment Promotion Consultants, Kerala; and (iii) Overseas Manpower Corporation Ltd, Chennai for recruitment of Indian nurses for overseas employment. Since 4th August 2016, two more Agencies viz. (iv) Uttar Pradesh Financial Corporation; and (v) Telangana Overseas Manpower Company have also been authorized to engage in recruitment of Indian nurses for employment abroad. The contact details of the authorized recruitment Agencies in India for recruitment of nurses are as given below:


1. NORKA-ROOTS NORKA CENTRE, Thycaud Thiruvananthapuram- 695014 Phone: 0471- 2770500, 2332416, 2332452 Fax: 0471-2326263 Email: mail@norkaroots.net


2. Overseas Development and Employment Promotion Consultants (ODEPC) T.C.27/741(3), Ambalathumukku, Vanchiyoor Post, Thiruvananthapuram-695035, Kerala, India. Telephone No. +914712576314/15/19 Fax: +914712576318 Email : info.odepc@kerala.gov.in


3. Overseas Manpower Corporation LTD (A Government of Tamilnadu Undertaking) Integrated Employment Office Complex, No.42, Alandur Road, Govt. Women ITI Premises, Thiru-vi-Ka Industrial Estate, Guindy. Chennai 600 032. Phone: 0091-044-22505886/22502267/22500417; Fax : 0091-44-22500416 Email: ovemcl@gmail.com (official/admin purpose only) omcresum@gmail.com (candidates usage only) www.omcmanpower.com


4. Uttar Pradesh Financial Corporation 14/88, Civil Lines, Kanpur - 208 001 Phone: 0091-512-2530041-44 Fax:- 0091-512-2530073, 0091-512-2533743 Email:- headoffice@upfcindia.com; upfcknp@dataone.in


Telangana Overseas Manpower Company Limited (TOMCOM) Govt. of Telangana, ITI Mallepalli Campus, Near Nice Hospital, Hyderabad, 500 057. Tel: 040 – 23342040 Email: gmtomcom@gmail.com www.tomcom.telangana.gov.in


It may be noted the recruitment of nurses from India is to be conducted through E-migrate system (www.emigrate.gov.in) introduced by the Government of India to streamline the process of recruitment and make it transparent. The Embassy may be contacted for any further information and assistance in recruitment of nurses. Contact person: Mr. S. C. Salimath, Attaché (CW) Tel: 24684 570. Email: attachecw@indemb-oman.org


Muscat, 11 August 2016




On 15th August 2016, India will celebrate the 70th Independence Day, a momentous and auspicious occasion. The Embassy of India Muscat will hold a Flag Hoisting Ceremony to celebrate the “70th Independence Day of India" on Monday, August 15, 2016 at 09:00 a.m. at Indian Embassy Premises. After flag hoisting and singing of National Anthem, Ambassador will read out the message of President of India. He will then address the assembly to convey his greetings and message to the Indian community. Indian community in Oman has always been participating in Independence Day celebrations with great enthusiasm. The ceremony is open to all Indians and their families living in Oman. Indian Embassy invites Indian citizen living in Oman to join the celebration to mark this special Independence Day. They are requested to reach the Embassy premises latest by 0850 hrs.


It may be noted that 70th Independence Day will also be celebrated by Indian community organizations, Indian Social Clubs and various Indian Schools in Oman, with various programmes dedicated to remind Indians of the significance of the Independence Day.



Muscat


28th July, 2016




  Indian Embassy in Muscat organised, working together with various Yoga Organisations in Oman, celebrations to commemorate the 2nd International Day of Yoga (IDY) in Muscat as well as in other key cities of Oman such as Salalah, Sohar, Sur etc.  In Muscat around 3,000 persons including people of Oman, members of Indian community, members of other expatriate communities, Diplomatic Corps as well as students joined the signature event of IDY, the Yoga Session held at Oman International Exhibition Centre yesterday, 21 June 2016, at 2000 hours. It was for the first time in Oman that around 3,000 persons performed Yoga together under one roof. 

 
2.         Before the commencement of the Yoga Session, messages of Hon’ble Prime Minister and Hon’ble External Affairs Minister of India given on the occasion of 2nd International Day of Yoga were telecast. Further, two messages, in support of International Day of Yoga and to underline the need for people in Oman to practice Yoga regularly, from well –known Circuit Racer, Oman Racer Team, Mr. Ahmad Al Harthy, and renowned Tennis Star, Ms. Fatma Al Nabhani, were also telecast. While Ms. Fatma Nabhani could not attend the Yoga Session in person, due to her commitment to travel out of Oman, Mr. Harthy graced the celebrations with his presence.
 
3.         Re-affirming the support of the Government and people of Oman, Minister of Sports Affairs of Oman, H.E. Sheikh Saad bin Mohammed Al Mardouf Al Saadi, joined the celebrations as the Chief Guest. He conveyed the Government of Oman’s abiding support to all the efforts aimed at promoting Yoga in Oman.  Also present on this occasion were Guest of Honour, H.E. Mohammed bin Yousef Al Zarafi, Under Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and other senior officers from Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Oman International Exhibition Centre extended its full support to the Embassy in making logistical arrangements for the mammoth Yoga Session. 
 
4.         The Embassy was assisted in mobilizing people and training them for the above Yoga Session by a number of Yoga Organisations working in Oman towards promoting Yoga, including Art of Living. Further, various Linguistic Wings of Indian Social Club also made significant contributions to the success of the above event. A number of Indian enterprises also coordinated with the Embassy in making various logistical arrangements and provision of Yoga mats, T-shirts and refreshments.
 
5.         Further, Yoga Sessions to commemorate the 2nd International Day of Yoga were also organized in Salalah, by the Indian Social Club together with Art of Living at their Club premises, two Sessions at Sur by Sanskrit Yoga Group and Sur Yoga Samithi, and one Session in Sohar at Jindal Hall. Together, in these events, over 500 persons participated.
 
6.         The numerous Yoga Sessions organized on 21st June 2016 were culmination of a series of events which were organized earlier in run-up to the 2nd International Day of Yoga.  These events were organized by various Yoga organisations in Oman, including Art of Living, at their own initiative, in cooperation with the Embassy.  In fact, some of these Yoga events were held at the multi-purpose hall of the Embassy and Embassy Lawns.  With a view to provide encouragement to various Yoga organization in Oman to continue with their efforts to promote Yoga in Oman, Ambassador, Indra Mani Pandey, and other officers of the Embassy participated in various Yoga Sessions organised in run-up to the International Day of Yoga 2016.  Their contribution to the success of the celebrations to mark the 2nd International Day of Yoga is highly appreciated.
 
7.         It may be recalled that the United Nations had declared in December 2014, at the initiative of Prime Minister of India and with the support of all the member countries of the United Nations, 21st June as the International Day of Yoga.  The UN General Assembly Resolution, adopted unanimously and co-sponsored by 177 member countries of the UN including Oman, has invited the member states to observe the International Day of Yoga, in an appropriate manners in accordance with the national priorities, in order to raise awareness of the benefits of practicing Yoga. The Government of India has taken the lead in celebrating International Day of Yoga worldwide with a view to popularize Yoga, which is an ancient Indian tradition, among the people all over the world. In view of its health and spiritual benefits, Yoga has become popular in Oman and other countries of the world and it is seen as a holistic health system for enabling the people to live healthier and happier lives. Indian Embassy in Muscat shall continue to work with all Yoga organisations, teachers, enthusiasts and practitioners to popularize Yoga among the friendly people of Oman and expatriate communities living in Oman.
 
Muscat, 22nd June 2016



As per Government of India’s directives, all the holders of Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) cards are, hereby, informed that the existing PIO cards will cease to be in effect after June 30, 2016. All concerned are, therefore, advised to have the PIO cards converted to OCI cards. The procedure for filling the application online for issuance of OCI and the supporting documents required for this purpose have been simplified and only a copy of valid PIO card and a copy of current valid passport are now required for the conversion of PIO card to OCI card. Consular Wing of the Mission could be contacted at Tel. 24684585, Fax 24692791, Email attvisa@indemb-oman.org, for further queries, if any, in this regard.

09 June 2016, Muscat



The United Nations General Assembly had declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga on December 11, 2014 through the Resolution 69/131. The Declaration came after the call for the adoption of June 21 as International Day of Yoga by Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi, during his address to UN General Assembly in September, 2014. Para 2 of the Resolution “Invites all Members and Observer States, the Organizations of the United Nations System and other international and regional organizations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organizations and individuals, to observe the International Day of Yoga, in an appropriate manner and in accordance with national priorities, in order to raise awareness of the benefits of practicing yoga,”. The first International Day of Yoga was celebrated on 21st June 2015 in more than 192 countries across the world with great enthusiasm by millions of persons.

2. Last year, Embassy of India in Muscat had celebrated the 1st International Day of Yoga on 21 June, 2015 with the theme ‘Yoga for Healthy Oman’ wherein hundreds of Omani and Indian Yoga enthusiasts, practitioners, beginners had participated. The Event was a great success in disseminating the benefits of Yoga amongst Omani, people and expatriates.

3. Encouraged by successful celebrations in 2015, various Yoga organisations and institutions in Oman have joined hands with Indian Embassy in Muscat to celebrate the 2nd International Day of Yoga in Oman on 21st June 2016. Thousands of participants, including dignitaries, Ambassadors, diplomats and members of Indian community in Oman are expected to join the 2nd International Yoga Day celebrations. The Yoga Session will follow a Common Yoga Protocol, which will be practiced under the guidance of qualified instructors. Common Yoga Protocol is designed in a manner that participants need not have prior knowledge of Yoga. The digital version of the Protocol is available on online at the following link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ch8_AX-7ZU. Since the above Yoga session is aimed at spreading awareness of the benefits of Yoga participation is free. A yoga mat and a especially designed T-shirt will be provided.

4. The Embassy of India is pleased to invite all yoga enthusiasts in Oman along with members of their families (children above the age of 11 years) for the Yoga Session which will be held at the Oman International Exhibition Centre in Muscat on 21 June, 2016. There will be a separate section for the ladies and children. The doors will open at 7.30 p.m. and the Yoga Session will start at 8.00 pm and may last for an hour. Those interested in joining the celebration of the 2nd International Day of Yoga are requested to confirm their participation at info@indemb-oman.org or call 24684514/24684517. 



Defence Minister of India Shri Manohar Parrikar paid an official visit to the Sultanate of Oman from 20-22 May 2016 at the invitation of H.E. Bader Bin Saud Bin Harib Al Busaidi, Minister Responsible for Defense Affairs of Oman.


Defence Minister was accompanied by a high-level official delegation comprising Shri Ashok Gupta, Secretary (Defence Production), Dr S. Christopher, Secretary (R&D) & DG, DRDO, Lt. Gen MMS Rai, Vice Chief of Army Staff, Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba, FOC-in-C Western Command, and Air Marshal B.S. Dhanoa, Vice Chief of Air Staff as well as other senior defence ministry officials. A defence industry delegation comprising Shri S.C. Bajpai, Additional DG, Ordinance Factory Board and Shri S.K. Sharma CMD, Bharat Electronics Limited also accompanied the Defence Minister of India.


During his visit, Defence Minister met His Highness Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers, HE Lt Gen. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Nu’amani, Minister of Royal Office and held bilateral talks with H.E Bader Bin Saud Bin Harib Al Busaidi, Minister Responsible for Defense Affairs. During the meetings all aspects of bilateral defence cooperation including enhanced military to military exchanges and cooperation were discussed. Both sides also exchanged views on regional developments of mutual interest.


Defence Minister reiterated the high importance that India attaches to its strategic partnership with Oman. He also conveyed his appreciation at the continued support rendered by Oman for the Operational Turnaround (OTR) of Indian Navy ships for anti-piracy patrols as well as technical support for landing and overflight of Indian Air Force aircraft.


Defence Minister also visited the Military Technology College and the Sultan’s Armed Forces Museum in Muscat. He also attended a reception at Sultan Qaboos Port to mark the goodwill visit to Oman of INS Delhi, INS Deepak and INS Tarkash.


Four MOUs/agreements were signed during the visit. These are:


(i) MOU on Defence Cooperation between the Ministry of Defense of Sultanate of Oman and Ministry of Defence of Republic of India ;


(ii) MOU between the Royal Oman Police (Coast Guard) and the Indian Coast Guard in the field of Marine Crime Prevention at Sea;


(iii) MOU between the Government of the Sultanate of Oman and the Government of the Republic of India on Maritime Issues; and


(iv) Protocol between the Government of the Sultanate of Oman represented by Royal Air Force of Oman and the Government of India represented by the Indian Air Force on Flight Safety information Exchange.


Both sides noted that defence cooperation is a key facet of their bilateral strategic partnership, which is based on historical ties as well as mutual trust and shared interests. It was agreed that the two sides would further expand and consolidate their ongoing bilateral defence cooperation.


 



Muscat, May 22, 2016




Indian Naval Ships Deepak, Tarkash and Delhi, under the Command of Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet, Rear Admiral Ravneet Singh, will visit Muscat from 21 – 24 May 16. The Ships are part of Indian Navy’s Western Naval Command, based at Mumbai, and are on a month-long deployment in the Gulf region to enhance bilateral ties with friendly regional Navies. During the visit to Muscat, the Ships will have professional interactions with Royal Navy of Oman for enhancing co-operation and sharing their experiences in naval operations, including disaster management and combating maritime threats of terrorism and piracy. Apart from professional interactions, sports and social engagements for the crew are also planned, which are aimed at enhancing co-operation and understanding between the Indian and Omani Navies.


There is a historical tradition of maritime interaction between India and Oman, dating back to several millennia. Indian Navy today is the largest resident Navy in Indian Ocean Region, with multi-dimensional capability, comprising aircraft carriers, modern ships, submarines, aircraft and marine commandos. A notable feature of Indian Navy’s force structure is the fact that an overwhelming majority of its Ships are designed and built in India.


Indian Navy has close and friendly ties with the Navies of the Gulf region and has been regularly exercising with many of them. It has also been providing training and hydrographic support to several Navies in the Region. The involvement of Indian Naval Ships in combating piracy off the coast of Somalia, since October 2008, has further strengthened bilateral ties and interactions with Navies in the Region.


Bilateral relations between India and Oman were formally established with 1953 Indo-Oman Treaty of Friendship, Navigation and Commerce. The MoU on Defence Cooperation, which was signed in Dec 2005, provides the framework for defence cooperation between the two countries. The India - Oman Joint Military Cooperation Committee, set up in Mar 2006, has been providing direction for increased defence cooperation. Naval cooperation between the two countries has progressed steadily with increased port visits by Naval Ships and training of RNO personnel by Indian Navy in hydrography, diving, training management, logistics management and dockyard management. The biennial Naval Exercise ‘Naseem Al-Bahr’ has enhanced inter-operability between the two Navies. The last Joint Naval Exercise, off the Indian coast, in Feb 2016, was a great success. India and Oman are also members of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS), a voluntary and co-operative initiative amongst 35 countries of the Indian Ocean Region, which has served as a Forum for sharing information and promoting cooperation on maritime issues.


The current visit of the Indian Naval Ships to the Gulf region, including Muscat, seeks to underscore India’s peaceful presence and solidarity with friendly countries in the Gulf region and strengthen the bonds of friendship between India and Oman.


 




Indian Embassy hosts ‘Yoga & Ayurveda’ Workshop on Diabetes Management and Prevention as part of its celebration of the 2nd International Day of Yoga (21st June 2016)


As part of various Yoga events being organized in run up to celebration of 2nd International Day of Yoga (21st June 2016) in Oman, Embassy of India, Muscat, in association with Sri Sri Ayurveda clinic, Muscat, organised ‘Yoga & Ayurveda Workshop’ at the Embassy auditorium on Wednesday, 27 April 2016 at 1900 hrs. Ambassador of India to the Sultanate of Oman, H.E Indra Mani Pandey, opened the Workshop.


The Workshop was attended by around 200 Omani and Indian nationals, both women and men. The theme of the Workshop was “Diabetes Management and Prevention through Yoga & Ayurveda”. It focused on diet, lifestyle, Yoga & breathing exercises, herbs and therapies which are effective in Diabetes. Dr. Abhishek Kumar, Sri Sri Ayurveda clinic, Muscat, conducted an interactive session on Management and Prevention of Diabetes. He offered valuable tips to the participants, including yoga postures and meditation techniques, which may help in prevention of diabetes. Ms Shubhashree Sathapathy, a Yoga expert from Art of Living, demonstrated some Yoga postures and breathing exercises which are beneficial in Diabetes and reduce stress levels.



Muscat, 27 April 2016




 


The Embassy is working together with leading Yoga organizations in Oman to organize various Yoga events with a view to popularize Yoga in Oman leading up to 2nd International Day of Yoga on 21st June 2016. In this context, Sahaja Yoga Oman organized “Sahaja Yoga Meditation with Music” on 21 April, 2016 at the Embassy auditorium.


Ambassador of India underlined the relevance of Yoga for the people of all ages for their physical and spiritual health and the need for the countries to work together to make Yoga popular among the people in line with the recommendation of the UN General Assembly Resolution of 2014, which unanimously declared 21 June as International Yoga Day.


The theme of the Session was ‘Yoga meditation with music’. Experts of Sahaja Yoga Oman demonstrated some basic Yoga exercises for physical health and relaxation. It was followed by live instrumental Music Concert by two renowned artists from India Shri Avaneendra Sheolikar and Shri Sandesh Popatkar. The Session was attended by hundreds of Omani and Indian nationals, both women and men. They enthusiastically participated in practicing Yoga Asanas, breathing exercises and meditation with music.


The Second International Day of Yoga (21st June 2016) will be observed throughout the world by holding yoga sessions, talks, symposia etc. The Embassy of India, Muscat will be organizing a number of other events in coming weeks in order to celebrate the above anniversary.



Muscat, 21 April 2016




The 125th birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, the principal architect of the Constitution of independent India, was celebrated on 14 April 2016 at the Embassy of India, Muscat. A social reformer, a champion of human rights and an emancipator of the downtrodden masses of India, Dr. Ambedkar dedicated his life to awaken the social conscience of modern India.


In his address, Ambassador of India to Sultanate of Oman, H. E. Indra Mani Pandey, underlined the commitment of the Government of India to promote the welfare of the disadvantaged section of Indian society through inclusive development for all. In this context, Ambassador highlighted the initiatives taken by the Embassy to reach out to the disadvantaged segment of Indian community in Oman with a view to address their problems.


Dr. Prabhakar Tijare, a member of Indian School Board, highlighted Dr. Ambedkar’s contribution to Indian society. Student speakers from Indian Schools in Muscat spoke on Babasaheb’s life and work, highlighting his outstanding contributions as a scholar, educationist, journalist, administrator, parliamentarian, and jurist. The celebration was attended by prominent members of Indian community in Oman, social workers, academics and media persons.


The 125th Birth Anniversary of Dr Ambedkar was also celebrated in all Indian Schools in Oman with active participation of students. The Ambedkar International Mission in Oman and other related organisations have planned to organize celebrations, including seminars, photo exhibitions etc on the life and works of Babasaheb Ambedkar.


Underlining the importance of the occasion of 125th Birth Anniversary of Dr Ambedkar, the United Nations, for the first time this year, has also celebrated the birth anniversary of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, with focus on combating inequalities to achieve Sustainable Development Goals.


Muscat 14 April 2016




 


The Embassy of India in Muscat, on behalf of the Embassy and Indian community in Oman, extends a warm welcome to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al Said on his return to Oman after successful completion of medical check-up in Germany.


The news of His Majesty’s return has been received with great delight by the Indian community, which shares the joy of their Omani brothers and sisters on this happy occasion.


Under the wise leadership of His Majesty, India and Oman have strengthened their centuries old civilizational links and their historical relations have evolved into a strategic partnership.


The Embassy and the Indian community in Oman express their sincere gratitude to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos, his Government and the people of Oman for their contribution in deepening the strategic partnership and nurturing the enduring friendship between India and the Sultanate of Oman, and providing the Indian community conducive living and working conditions, enabling them to contribute to the growth and development of Oman and India.


We wish His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al Said good health and long life and wish the people of Oman continued peace, progress and prosperity.




The 125th birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna Dr. B R Ambedkar will be celebrated on 14 April 2016 by the Embassy of India, Muscat.


Ambedkar Jayanti is observed on April 14 to commemorate the birth of Bharat Ratna Dr. B. R. Ambedkar. This year marks the 125th birth anniversary of Dr. Ambedkar who was born on this day in 1891. One of the chief architects of the Indian Constitution, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s unique contribution will always be recognised in history.


A social reformer, a champion of human rights and an emancipator of downtrodden masses of India, Dr. Ambedkar dedicated his life to awaken the social conscience of modern India. Dr. Ambedkar has a vast repertoire of books to his credit. His concern for the oppressed found expression in first book ‘Administration and Finance of the East India Company’ which was followed by a sequel titled ‘The Evolution of Provincial Finance in British India”. Subsequently, Dr. Ambedkar wrote his magnum opus “Problem of the Rupee” in which the common man was the focal point of his analysis.


Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi, recognizing the contribution of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, has stated “Babasaheb is an apostle of equality and social harmony. He emerged as a ray of hope for the marginalised and the oppressed, giving a powerful voice to their suffering. His contribution in the making of our Contribution will be eternally remembered”.


This year, for the first time, the United Nations will observe the birth anniversary of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar with focus on combating inequalities to achieve Sustainable Development Goals.


To mark this momentous occasion the Embassy of India is organizing a Seminar on 14th April 2016 at the Embassy’s Auditorium, which will focus on his life and time and his seminal contribution to evolution of an inclusive and democratic India.


Muscat, 10 April 2016




Oman Post issued on 05 April 2016 in a ceremony at the Indian Embassy in Muscat a special Postal Stamp to mark the 60th Anniversary of establishment of Diplomatic Relations between India and Oman in 1955. The Stamp was unveiled by Ambassador of India to the Sultanate of Oman, Mr. Indra Mani Pandey, and Chief Executive Officer of Oman Posts, Mr. Abdul Malik Abdul Karim Al Balushi, in presence of Guest of Honour, Dr. Ali bin Ahmed Al-Isa’eei, Under Secretary for Diplomatic Affairs at Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Oman. Senior Officers from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oman Post, Ambassadors and other members of diplomatic corps, prominent members of Indian Community, Indian academicians from Sultan Qaboos University, philatelists, and Indian and Omani media persons attended the ceremony.

 

This is the first time when Oman Post has issued a special commemorative stamp to mark an important milestone in India’s historical relations with Oman. The unveiling ceremony of special Postal Stamp also marked the culmination of the yearlong celebrations to commemorate the 60th anniversary of establishment of India-Oman diplomatic ties, which began with the visit of External Affairs Minister of India, Mrs. Sushma Swaraj, to Oman on 17-18 February 2015. It was her first visit to Oman and provided a new momentum to bilateral relations. Some of other commemorative events held in 2015 were:

 

• An Indian Film Festival, which was held, in association with City Cinema and Yash Raj Films, in Muscat during 27 – 29 April, 2015.
• A Lecture on ‘India-Oman Relations in a Historical and Contemporary Perspective’ by Mr. Talmiz Ahmed was organized on 14 May, 2015.
• Four Indian Naval Ships from Western Fleet visited Muscat port on 19 - 22 September 2015.
• Display of “Vastram- Splendid World of Indian Textiles”, an Indian Council of Cultural Relations Collection, was held at Muscat from 15th – 25th October 2015.
• Indian Navy Sailing Ship, INS Tarangini, and the Royal Navy of Oman Sailing Ship ‘Shabab Oman’ undertook a joint voyage from Muscat to Kochi from 24th November to 03 December 2015, tracing the ancient trading route between India and Oman.

 

The design of the Postage Stamp issued by Oman Post depicts the key historical monuments of the two countries: Oman’s iconic Grand Mosque and India’s Taj Mahal in Agra in subtly fused colours. The First Day Cover of the Stamp depicts historical Muscat Gate and Mumbai’s Gateway of India.

 

Muscat, 06 April 2016



India and Oman, maritime neighbours, enjoy excellent political relations. Under their strategic partnership, cooperation and exchanges between the two countries have been expanding. Bilateral trade, which had grown to USD5.77 billion in 2013-14, has since been declining in value. It had amounted to USD 4.18 billion in 2014-15. Mutual investment between Oman and India is estimated at US$ 7.5 billion. As per the information made available by Ministry of Commerce and Industry of Oman, there are over 2900 Indian enterprises in Oman with an estimated investment of US$ 4.5 billion. Omani investments in India are estimated at US$ 3 billion. There is a huge potential for collaboration between India and Oman in the health-care, IT, Food Processing, Construction & Infrastructure and Mineral and Mining sectors. The Embassy has accorded a high priority to promoting bilateral trade and mutual investments.


The Embassy, in association with Oman Chamber of Commerce & Industry (OCCI), is organizing a trade and investment promotion event on 30 March 2016 with focus on Healthcare, Food Industry, Information Technology, Mining & Mineral and Construction & Infrastructure sectors. Apex Chambers in India like Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Federation of Indian Export Organization (FIEO), National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) and Trade Promotion Council of India (TPCI) will be organizing delegations of Indian companies to showcase their products and services in the above sectors to the Omani business enterprises. The purpose is to provide Indian companies from these sectors a platform to explore opportunities for exports, business tie-ups, investments and project work in Oman.


A B2B Meeting will be held at Hotel Crowne Plaza, Muscat on 30th March from 0900 hrs. Omani enterprises dealing in the above mentioned sectors are invited to attend the B2B meeting with Indian companies. Sixty Indian companies have indicated their presence. For further information and details they should contact at commasst@indemb-oman.org or Tel no- 00968-24684326. Further, the Embassy will host at the Embassy’s auditorium a briefing Seminar for Indian enterprises to make them aware of the opportunities in Oman for exports, project work and investments. Omani corporates in above sectors will make presentations to representatives of the participating Indian companies.


Muscat, 23rd March, 2016




India and Oman, maritime neighbours, share historical ties, which are traced back to 5000 years. In 2015, the two countries celebrated the 60th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations. During these six decades the relationship between India and Oman has evolved into a strategic partnership, with growing cooperation in security and defence, increasing bilateral trade and mutual investment and expanding cultural, educational and tourism exchanges. The growing presence of Indian community, numbering around 800,000 and comprising workers and professionals, has been a key facet of India’s partnership with Oman. The Indian community in Oman has been making immense contribution to growth and development of both India and Oman.


To commemorate the 60th anniversary of India-Oman Diplomatic Relations, a number of activities have been organized both in Oman and in India. The celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary began with the visit of External Affairs Minister of India H.E. Sushma Swaraj, to Oman on 17-18 February 2015. It was her first visit to Oman and provided a new momentum to bilateral relations. Some of other events held throughout 2015 were as follows:


• An Indian Film Festival was held, in association with City Cinema and Yash Raj Films, in Muscat during 27 – 29 April, 2015.


• A Lecture on ‘India-Oman Relations in a Historical and Contemporary Perspective’ was organized on 14 May, 2015.


• Four Indian Naval Ships from Western Fleet visited Oman on 19 - 22 September 2015.


• Indian Navy Sailing Ship, INS Tarangini, and the Royal Navy of Oman Sailing Ship ‘Shabab Oman’ undertook a joint voyage from Muscat to Kochi on 24th November 2015, tracing the ancient trading route between India and Oman.


In view of the historical importance of the 60th anniversary of India-Oman Diplomatic Relations, Oman Post has prepared to issue a special commemorative stamp. Ambassador of India to the Sultanate of Oman, H.E. Indra Mani Pandey, and Chief Executive Officer, Oman Posts, Mr. Abdul Malik Abdul Karim Al Balushi, will release the special commemorative India-Oman Postage Stamp at a function at the Embassy of India Auditorium on 5th April 2016. The release of the commemorative stamp would mark the culmination of the special events which have been dedicated to commemorate the 60th anniversary of establishment of India-Oman Diplomatic ties.



Muscat, 23 March 2016



Honourable Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendera Modi, made a seminal speech at the inauguration of the ‘World Sufi Forum’ which was held on March 17 – 20, 2016 in New Delhi. Hundreds of Islamic scholars, Sufi luminaries, writers, journalists, academicians, social activists and others attended the Forum. Prime Minister, in his inaugural speech, emphasized that the world must propagate the message of Sufism, which stands for the principles of Islam and highest human values. He reiterated India’s abiding belief in ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ i.e ‘the World is one family’. He underlined that the ‘World Sufi Forum’ was being held at a critical time for humanity when the world needs to reaffirm its faith in universal brotherhood. Prime Minister stressed that the Islamic civilization stands on the solid bedrock of a great religion and that the Islam has historically engaged with diverse civilisations and as it enriched itself it has also enriched the world. Prime Minister referred to India’s distinct Islamic heritage as enshrined in India’s composite culture, art, architecture and spiritual and intellectual traditions. Underlying that the values Islam espouses, of peace, diversity and equality of faith, are the needs of our times, Prime Minister reiterated that the highest ideals of Islam have always rejected the forces of terrorism and extremism.



Muscat, March 21, 2016



ITEC Day 2016 was celebrated by the Indian Embassy in Muscat on 29 February 2016 in presence of over 150 ITEC Alumni from Oman and eminent guests, including HE Mr. Hafiz bin Salem Ba Omar, Chief of Arab Cooperation Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and HE Mohsin bin Khamis Al-Balushi, Adviser, Ministry of Commerce and Industry. Ambassador of India to the Sultanate of Oman, HE Indra Mani Pandey, in his welcome speech, thanked the International Cooperation Department of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Oman for its cooperation in implementation of the ITEC Programme in Oman. He referred to the historical ties between India and Oman, maritime neighbours, stressing that India's relationship with Oman is based on mutual understanding and respects for each other's interests, priorities, sensitivities and concerns. He noted that 4 key pillars of India-Oman strategic partnership are security, defence, trade & investment and Indian community. He underlined the priority accorded by the Embassy to enhancing bilateral trade and investment relations and outlined the mutual benefits of boosting trade and investment.


Referring to the priorities of Oman, including diversification of economy, development of non-oil sectors, development of SMEs, Skill development and Omanisation, Ambassador noted that development of human resources and skill development are the key to achieving these goals. He underlined that ITEC Programme of India provides a perfect opportunity to Oman for development of its human resources and skills. The ITEC Programme, the Government of India's flagship Programme for sharing its developmental experience and offering its expertise to developing countries for their capacity building, is offered to 161 countries. A wide variety of training courses are offered under the ITEC Programme, which are open to both governmental officials and non-governmental nominees, chosen by the Government of Oman. Given the importance that India attaches to its relationship with Oman, the number of ITEC slots for Oman has been increasing year after year to reach 150 slots during April 2014 to March 2015. India has again offered 150 slots during April 2015 to March 16. Ambassador underlined the need for full utilisation of the slots offered to Oman. He also stressed the need to nominate candidates who are qualified, who are likely contribute in future and who come from priority fields for human resource and skill development identified by the Government of Oman.


ITEC Alumni were invited to speak to share their experience of training under the ITEC Programme in India. They spoke about the benefits of ITEC courses not only in providing knowledge and expertise but in giving an opportunity to interact with trainees from other countries and learn more about India and its culture and traditions. The idea to create a regular platform for interaction among the ITEC Alumni - a WhatsApp or FB Group - was also presented. Over sumptuous Indian dinner, ITEC Alumni and other distinguished guests interacted and shared their impressions of India.


Muscat, 01 March 2016




The Embassy of India Muscat, in association with Oman Chamber of Commerce & Industry (OCCI), will be organizing a trade and investment promotion event on 30 March 2016 with focus on Healthcare, Food Industry, Information Technology, Mining & Mineral and Construction & Infrastructure sectors. Apex Chambers in India like Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Federation of Indian Export Organization (FIEO), National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) and Trade Promotion Council of India (TPCI) will be organizing delegations of reputed Indian companies to showcase their products and services in the above sectors to the Omani business enterprises. The purpose is to provide Indian companies from these sectors a platform to explore opportunities for exports, business tie-ups, investments and project work in Oman.

 

India and Oman, maritime neighbours, enjoy excellent political relations. Under their strategic partnership, cooperation and exchanges between the two countries have been expanding. Bilateral trade, which had grown to USD5.77 billion in 2013-14, has since been declining in value. It had amounted to USD 4.18 billion in 2014-15. Mutual investment between Oman and India is estimated at US$ 7.5 billion. As per the information made available by Ministry of Commerce and Industry of Oman, there are over 2900 Indian enterprises in Oman with an estimated investment of US$ 4.5 billion. Omani investments in India are estimated at US$ 3 billion. The State General Reserve Fund (SGRF) of Oman, the main sovereign wealth fund of Oman, has been making investments in India. It is also the Omani partner of ‘Oman India Joint Investment Fund’ (OIJIF) with SBI as the Indian partner. The first tranche of US$ 100 million raised by the Fund has already been invested in 7 projects in India. SGRF and SBI are in the process of finalizing the second tranche of US$ 300 million, with equal contribution by the two partners.

 

With a view to provide opportunities for match making and business-interactions, the Embassy, in association with Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI), will organize a B2B Meeting at Hotel Crowne Plaza, Muscat in the forenoon of 30th March with relevant Omani enterprises, to be invited by OCCI. Later, in the afternoon a Seminar on business/project work opportunities available in Oman in the above sector will be organized at the Embassy premises. Key Omani Government/Private Authorities will be invited for making presentations to the Indian delegation on project work and investment opportunities available in Oman in above sectors.

 

Omani enterprises dealing in the above mentioned sectors in Oman are invited to attend the forenoon session at Hotel Crowne Plaza, Muscat and interact with Indian companies on 30th March, 2016. For further information and details please contact at commasst@indemb-oman.org

 

Muscat, 29th February 2016



Embassy of India, Muscat is organizing the annual ‘ITEC Day’ on Monday, 29 February, 2016 at the Embassy Auditorium. The Reception is expected to be attended by a large number of ITEC Alumni and representatives of the Government of Oman, officials and media.


The ITEC Day provides an opportunity to the ITEC Alumni, who have been trained in India under this Programme, to get-together at the Embassy to interact among themselves and learn from their experiences, which they will share during the function.


ITEC Programme, fully-funded by the Government of India, has evolved and expanded over the years. Under ITEC, 161 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, East Europe, as well as Pacific and Small Islands are invited to share in India’s developmental experience in various fields. Every year India provides over 8000 scholarships to be utilized for participation in around 300 short, medium and long-term courses in 47 institutions which are state-of- art centers of learning & excellence. The ITEC Programme covers a very diverse range of subjects from traditional areas like agriculture, SMEs, management, English language to IT, Science & Technology, biotechnology, etc. Over the years, the ITEC Programme has emerged as a key pillar of India’s cooperation with the developing countries.


The skills which are being provided under ITEC Programme facilitate human resource development, capacity building, skills upgradation and empowerment. Training and skill development under India’s ITEC Programme contributes directly and significantly to Oman’s goals to develop its human resources and its priority for diversification of its economy through small & medium enterprises (SMEs). The ITEC programme is also open to private sector in Oman, which is also in conformity with the Sultanate’s policy of job creation through private sector. In the last few decades, India has become a center for global research and development (R&D). India is emerging as a prominent hub for innovation and is expanding its investment in this field and is ready to share its experience with all friendly countries, including Oman.


Under the ITEC Programme, India had been extending 50 fully-funded training scholarships to Oman annually upto FY 2011-12. Given the popularity in Oman of ITEC Programme, the number of ITEC scholarships was increased for Oman to 85 in 2012-13, to 125 in 2013-14 and to 150 in 2014-15 and 2015-16. Keeping in mind our exceptionally close bilateral relations and Oman’s interest, the ITEC scholarships for Oman will be utilized for skill development and capacity building of Omani officials and youth.


Muscat, 24 February 2016


 




Ambassador H. E. Indra Mani Pandey hosted a reception for the Indian community in Oman on 22 February 2016 at Embassy Auditorium. This was his first reception for the community since he joined Muscat as Ambassador of India to the Sultanate of Oman on 10 August 2015.


In his welcome address to the Indian community, Ambassador conveyed his appreciation for the role played by the community in developing close relations and strategic partnership between India and Oman and the contribution that the community has been making in growth and development of Oman as well as India. Ambassador outlined the initiatives taken by the Embassy to reach out to various segments of the Indian community in Oman, including Indian workers. In this context, Ambassador appreciated the role played by Indian Social Clubs in Muscat and in other cities, various linguistic wings, volunteers, social workers and other community organisations in meeting social, cultural, educational and other needs of the community and in assisting the Embassy in reaching out to various segments of Indian community in Oman. Ambassador referred to the successful launch of MigCall Mobile App which has enabled thousands of Indian workers in the Gulf countries to connect to the Indian Embassies and Consulates in case they need any assistance.


Ambassador reiterated the commitment of the Government of India to promote the welfare of Indian communities abroad and spoke about various initiatives taken by the Government of India for forging close ties with Indian diaspora. He invited the Indian community in Oman to participate wholeheartedly in various developmental schemes launched by the Indian Government, like ‘Make in India’, ‘Skill India’, ‘Digital India’, ‘Smart Cities’, ‘Clean India’, etc. Ambassador reiterated his request to the community to do their utmost in enhancing bilateral trade and mutual investments between India and Oman and improving living and working conditions of Indian workers in Oman.


Indian community expressed its appreciation for the reception hosted by the Ambassador which provided the community an opportunity to understand better the initiatives taken by the Embassy and the Government of India for promoting the welfare of Indian diaspora in Oman. The Reception provided also an excellent opportunity to the community to interact with one another.


February 23, 2016


 




Defence Secretary of India, H.E. G. Mohan Kumar, accompanied by a three-member delegation, visited Muscat on 8-9 February 2016. He led the Indian delegation to the 8th Meeting of Joint Military Cooperation Committee; the Omani delegation to the Meeting was led by H.E. Mohamed bin Nasser AL-Rasby, Secretary-General, Ministry of Defence. The Meeting reviewed the existing defence cooperation between the two countries and identified further steps to strengthen it. The two countries underlined their determination to further expand their defence cooperation, which has been an important pillar of India-Oman strategic partnership. H.E. G. Mohan Kumar also met with Chief of Staff of Sultan Armed Forces, H.E. Lt. Gen. Ahmed bin Harith Al Nabhani, and Secretary General, National Security Council, H. E. Major Gen Ahmed Salman Khushoob.

Muscat, 10 February 2016



Indian Coast Guard Ship, Sankalp, is scheduled to visit Oman from 09 to 13 Feb 16. ICGS Sankalp will be on a goodwill visit to Muscat to further reinforce the existing cooperation in defence and security between India and Oman. The visit also aims at improving cooperation with Royal Oman Coast Guard. The ship is on a four Nation overseas deployment tour in the GCC with Muscat being the last and most important port that she would enter prior to her return to India.


ICGS Sankalp, the 5th Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel (AOPV) of Indian Coast Guard, was indigenously designed and built by Goa Shipyard Limited and commissioned on May 20, 2008. ‘Sankalp’, meaning Determination, is symbolic of Indian Coast Guard’s will and motivation to strive for excellence.


ICGS Sankalp has 16 officers and 97 other personnel on board under the Command of Deputy Inspector General Mukul Garg. The ship is based at Mumbai, under the administrative and operational command of Coast Guard Regional Commander (West), Mumbai.


The 105 m Sankalp is equipped with state of the art navigational and communication sensors and other equipment and is capable of embarking Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) and Chetak helicopters. At economical speed, she has an endurance of 6500 nautical miles and can stay at sea for 25 days without any replenishment, thus sailing up to her motto – ‘Extending the Horizon’.


ICGS Sankalp has been extensively deployed on the Western seaboard from Gujarat to Kerala coast, International Maritime Boundary Line patrol and surveillance off Lakshadweep and Minicoy group of Islands. The ship has also visited many foreign ports on goodwill visits during overseas deployments, which include a maiden voyage by any Coast Guard vessel to Australia.


The visit of ICGS Sankalp to Oman is the third visit by an Indian Coast Guard Ship to Oman in last three years; ICGS Samudra Prahari and ICGS Vijit had made friendly voyages to Muscat port in Mar 2013 and Jan 2015, respectively.




An important pillar of India’s strategic partnership with Oman is the growing mutual investment and trade. Mutual investment between the two countries has been growing and is estimated at over $ 7.5 billion. The first tranche of India-Oman Joint Investment Fund of $ 100 million has already been invested and discussions are underway to finalise the second tranche of $ 300 million. There is a huge un-tapped potential. The fundamentals of India’s economy remain strong and it is poised to grow at a fast pace in future. The fast-growing economy of India offers immense opportunities for foreign direct and portfolio investments from Oman.


Indian Embassy in Muscat has accorded a high priority to explore and utilize every available opportunity to enhance interactions with the Omani Business Community as well as Indian Business Community in Oman. Even though Omani business community is familiar with the investment opportunities in India, it has been felt that there is a need to highlight the new initiatives taken by the present Government of India, aimed at making India an attractive place to do business and make investments.


With a view to reach-out to Omani and Indian Business Communities in Oman, the Embassy of India, Muscat organised an ‘Invest in India’ Seminar on 20th January 2016 at the Embassy’s Auditorium. The Seminar focused on giving a broad overview of India’s economy, in light of the recent initiatives taken by the Government of India to make India more investor and business friendly. The purpose of the Seminar was to inform key Omani enterprises, business houses, investments funds and banks to make them aware of the investment opportunities available in India. It was attended by around 250 Omani businessmen, representatives of Omani representatives of Government of Oman, relevant organisations from the economic, financial, trade and investment sectors, financial institutions, Chambers of Commerce, etc. Honourable Minister of Commerce and Industry, HE Dr. Ali Bin Masoud Al Sunaidy, was the Chief Guest. ‘Invest in India’ Seminar provided a useful opportunity to learn more about the growing salience of India as an increasingly attractive destination for Omani investments.


There were presentations at the Seminar by representatives of Invest India, which is a joint venture of FICCI and Ministry of Commerce of India, and three key States of India: Gujarat, Kerala and Maharashtra. There were also presentations by the Institute of Chartered Accountant of India (ICAI), Deloitte, Earnst & Young and KPMG. Further, Mr. Mohammed Al Barwani, Chairman, MB Group of Oman shared his experience of doing business in India.


Ambassador in his keynote address underlined that India is the best destination for Omani investment due to geographical proximity between the two countries, excellent relations between them, familiarity with India, large size of India’s market, availability of technical and skilled human resource and the high return on investments which India offers. The seminar was successful in generating interest in India’s investment potential and is expected to give a boost to mutual investment and trade.


Muscat, 21 January 2016




As part of various Yoga events being organized in run up to the celebration of the 2nd International Day of Yoga (21st June 2016) in Oman, Embassy of India, Muscat, in association with Art of Living, Oman, organised a Yoga Session at the Indian Embassy Lawns on Monday, 18th January 2016 at 1900 hrs.


The theme of the Session was “Work Life Balance & Health: Distress to De Stress”. Ms. Iman Mutlaq, a Yoga expert and recipient of the award “Middle East Woman of the Year 2015” was the Keynote Speaker. She demonstrated some basic Yoga Asanas and breathing exercises. It was followed by an introduction to Ayurveda by Ms. Kaushani Desai. There was an exciting Odissi dance performance and screening of a short film on Yoga. The Session was attended by around 800 Omani and Indian nationals, both women and men. The participants enthusiastically participated in doing Yoga Asanas and breathing exercises.


The Embassy had earlier associated itself, as part of a series of events being organized in the run up to the second International Yoga Day, with Art of Living in organising a Yoga Session on mountain top in Muscat to greet the rising sun on 2nd January 2016. This event was organized to spread awareness about Yoga and its benefits among the people. There was participation by 108 enthusiasts, who performed the Sun Salutation, Pranayama and meditation.


While addressing the 69th session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 27, 2014, Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, had urged the world community to adopt 21st June as International Day of Yoga. He had stressed:


"Yoga is an invaluable gift of ancient Indian tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature and a holistic approach to health and well-being. Yoga is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with ourselves, the world and Nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us to deal with climate change. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day“.


Thereafter, the United Nations General Assembly had declared on 11 December 2014, through a unanimous Resolution 21st June as International Day of Yoga. The Resolution had recognized that yoga provides a holistic approach to health and well-being and that wider dissemination of information about the benefits of practising yoga would be beneficial for the health of the world population. It had invited all Member and observer States, the organizations of the United Nations system and other international and regional organizations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organizations and individuals, to observe the International Day of Yoga, in an appropriate manner and in accordance with national priorities, in order to raise awareness of the benefits of practising yoga. The First International Day of Yoga (21st June 2015) was observed throughout the world, including in Muscat, by holding yoga sessions, talks, symposia etc.




Embassy of India</br>Muscat</br>PRESS RELEASE</br>MigCall (Connecting Migrants in Distress) a life- saving mobile app for Indians in GCC

Indian Ambassador to Oman H.E. Indra Mani Pandey, today launched a mobile app ‘MigCall’ for the benefit of Indian workers in Oman. The mobile app ‘MigCall’ is the brain child of Mr. Rejimon K, an Indian journalist based in Oman, which has been turned into realty by Mr. Jose Chacko, an Indian businessman in Oman. Ambassador thanked them for their useful and timely initiative, which will help Indian workers in six Gulf countries to seek assistance whenever needed, particularly in emergency situation. Ambassador commented the role of Indian community and voluntary social workers in proving succour to workers in distress.

 

The mobile app ‘MigCall’ [based on Android OS platform, file size 2.8 MB] is available at Google Playstore in various Indian languages such as Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Bengali and English.

 

The main feature of this mobile App is that once downloaded it can be used offline in absence of internet connection. Once downloaded, the App will automatically save 10 Helpline numbers in the call list. When a user registers his home country as India and host country as Oman, then, five main helpline numbers available in Oman will be saved in addition to five helpline numbers belonging to India. Similarly, if the user registers his home country as India and host country as UAE, then, five UAE helpline numbers will be saved in addition to five helpline numbers belonging to India.

 

At present ‘MigCall’ provides helpline numbers of all six GCC countries. In addition to helpline numbers, the App also provides helpline numbers of passport services, counseling services, local police numbers and hospital numbers. Notably it also provides a facility to send an SOS message to an emergency number, chosen by the user, in an emergency situation. This App will also provide GPS location to its nearest Indian Embassy office.

 

Around 200 workers, who were present at the time of launch in the Embassy Auditorium, downloaded the App. Ambassador requested them to spread the information about MigCall App to other workers in their camps.

 

The App can be downloaded from https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.migcall

 

Social Network links:

 

Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/Connecting-Migrants-559032610914253/?ref=hl

 

Twitter:@migrantscall

 

Gmail:migrantscall@gmail.com

 

Muscat, 01 January 2016

 



  • INS Tarangini and RNOV Shabab Oman to sail together to retrace historical maritime links between India and Oman
  • Their Joint voyage will create history and set a new milestone in bilateral relations
  1. The Indian Navy’s Sail Training Ship Tarangini is scheduled to arrive at port Sultan Qaboos, Muscat, on 22 Nov 15 to participate in a joint sailing voyage with RNO Vessel Shabab Oman. The joint voyage from Muscat to Kochi has been planned as part of the year-long celebrations to commemorate 60 years of diplomatic relations between India and Oman.
  2. India’s relations with Oman are not decades or centuries old. They are traced back to several millennia, including links during the Indus Valley Civilisation of Harappa and Mohenjodero. It is believed that it was only with the help of a Omani national, Vasco de Gama was able to reach Indian port of Calicut. The maritime links between India and Oman have been an integral part of the ancient spice route linking India to the world.
  3. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1955, India’s age old ties with Oman have flourished and evolved into a strategic partnership, which both the countries cherish and are committed to expand further. Defence cooperation and exchanges have emerged as an important facet of this partnership.
  4. INS Tarangini was commissioned into Indian Navy on 11 Nov 1997. The Ship is a three masted barque built in Goa Shipyard Ltd. The Ship is commanded by Cdr Deepak Subramanian and has a permanent crew of seven officers, 41 sailors and 30 trainee officers. The primary role of this Ship is to foster time honoured virtues of courage, camaraderie, endurance and spirit-de-corps in sea trainees embarking the Ship.
  5. INS Tarangini has been sailing for over seven months and left Kochi in April 2015 with the aim to promote safe maritime environment and to further enhance diplomatic relations between India and 13 countries that she has visited. In this journey of hers, Tarangini has entered 17 ports in 13 countries. It has travelled over 17000 nautical miles sailing through the Arabian Sea, Red Sea, Mediterranean Sea and North Sea. The Ship has had to battle numerous cyclones in order to reach her final and most important destination – Port Sultan Qaboos - so as to be able to proudly sail with RNO’s majestic sail ship Shabab Oman to India.
  6. The joint voyage will be flagged off on 24 Nov 15 in a grand ceremony and will involve numerous Indian and Omani/ Naval dignitaries. Both ships are scheduled to enter Kochi on 04 Dec 2015.
  7. Thus, this joint voyage between the two countries will trace the ancient trade routes followed by Omani and Indian sailors. It would also allow the sea trainees of the two countries to imbibe best practices from each other.



The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has set a deadline of the 24th November, 2015 for globally phasing out of all non-Machine Readable Passports (MRPs). From the 25th November, 2015 onwards, foreign Governments may deny Visa or entry to any person travelling on a non-Machine Readable Passport.


All Indian citizens residing in Oman holding non-Machine Readable Passports are requested to apply for re-issue of their passports well before the 24th of November 2015 in order to avoid any inconvenience in obtaining valid visa or international travel.



Display of “Vastram- Splendid World of Indian Textiles”, an Indian Council of Cultural Relations Collection at Promenade Gardens, Oman Avenues Mall, Muscat from 15th – 25th October 2015

 

The Embassy of India, Muscat is hosting the collection “Vastram- The Splendid World of Indian Textiles” with a view to showcase the diversity of textiles from different regions of India. These textile items were on display in Mekong Ganga Asian Traditional Textile Museum in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from where they have come for display in Oman. The collection will, thereafter, travel for display in four other countries, namely, Ethiopia, Turkey, Fiji and Nepal.

 

The opening ceremony will be held on October 15, 2015 at 2000 hrs at The Promenade Garden, 2nd floor, Oman Avenues Mall. Ms. Shelly Jyoti, fashion designer, visual artist and poet will talk about Indian Textiles. Some of the recent shows of Ms. Shelly include Salt: The Great March, Indian Council of Cultural Relations, New Delhi (2015); Indigo: New Works, Gandhi Memorial Centre, Washington DC USA (2013-2014)

 

The display is open daily from 1000 hrs to 2200 hrs. There will be several dance performances showcasing the culture of different states of India from 1900 hrs everyday. The traditional dress forms of different regions of India will also be showcased.

 

‘Vastram – The Splendid World of Indian Textiles’ collection features over 30 traditional Indian textiles and a large site-specific installation in three categories of painted/printed, woven/non-woven, embroidery and embellishments. The collection narrates the global influences on new materials, machine spun yarn for hand loom cotton and synthetic dyes for vegetable and mineral dyes. Indian culture has had the capacity of absorbing new influences and making them her own. The court workshops of the Mughal emperors at Ahmedabad, Agra and Fatehpur, and in the ateliers of Golkonda had the finest weavers from India who worked alongside master craftsmen from Persia, and other centers of textile weaving. New textile structures were introduced and explored the new uses of gold thread and colored silks, creating infinite fantasies.

 

Indian textiles were a principal commodity in the trade of the pre-industrial age and were prized for their fineness in weave, brilliance in color, rich variety in designs and a dyeing technology which achieved a brightness of color unrivalled in the world. Both material and textual evidence attests to the consumption of Indian cloth from Gujarat to Sindh, Egypt to Iran & Central Asia and other countries in West Asia from as early as the 11th century. By the 15th Century, the export of cotton textiles to the markets in the Indian Ocean was carried out on a large scale. From the 16th century Indian cottons achieved global reach through trade dominating the world’s textile market.

 

The Embassy is delighted to invite all those interested to visit this display at Oman Avenues Mall. Any feedback on the collection is welcome and may be recorded in the visitor’s book on site or emailed to sspic-cw@indemb-oman.org.



The United Nations International Day of Non-violence was commemorated by the Embassy of India, Muscat, together with Rajyoga Centre for Self Development at the Embassy of India auditorium on 2nd October 2015, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, the apostle of peace and non-violence.

HE Dr. Ali bin Saud Al Bemani, Vice Chancellor of Sultan Qaboos University was the Chief Guest at the Event, which started with the national anthem of both Oman and India followed by a short video presentation, highlighting the achievement of peace and prosperity of Oman under the wise and benevolent leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said as well as the basic tenets of Oman’s Foreign Policy.

Many dignitaries were present at the commemoration which included Ambassadors of the Netherlands, Palestine, Russian Federation, South Africa, Thailand, Iran, Kenya and Indonesia, and representatives of the Embassies of other countries who joined the "candle lighting" ceremony on the stage. The students of Indian School Muscat as well as Omani youth presented a thought provoking talks, dance dramas and skit which conveyed the need to abjure violence and follow the path of non-violence, peaceful coexistence and harmony.

H.E. Indra Mani Pandey, the Ambassador of India to the Sultanate of Oman addressed the audience and highlighted the views of Mahatma Gandhi on Ahimsa (Non-Violence), Satyagraha, tolerance, and Universal brotherhood. Underlining the significance of Gandhi's message, he highlighted how Oman has followed the philosophy of non-violence and peaceful co-existence under the exemplary and benign leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said, which is also reflected in the foreign policy of Oman and its role at regional and global fora.

The key note speaker, B.K. Arti, Director of Brahma Kumaris Inner Space, London, underlined that the world is currently witnessing violence in various forms and non-violence, co-operation and love are the need of the hour. She also said Oman is “hope" for others in restoring peace and harmony and Oman's policy of peace-building and non-interference in anyone's internal policies was hailed.



Celebrating United Nations International Day of Non-Violence


The United Nations International Day of Non Violence will be celebrated on 2nd October 2015. The birthday of Mahatma Gandhi falling on 2nd October was declared the UN International Day of Non Violence through a resolution by the United Nations on 15 June 2007. The resolution supported by over 140 countries is a reflection of the universal respect for Mahatma Gandhi and of the enduring relevance of his philosophy of non-violence. The resolution reaffirms “the universal relevance of the principle of non-violence” and the desire “to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence”.


The Embassy of India together with the Rajyoga Centre for Self Development is organizing an event on the occasion on 2nd October 2015 from 7 pm to 9 pm at the Indian Embassy Chancery Auditorium. Several dignitaries from Oman including diplomats of various countries, UN agencies, government officials, businessmen and school children are expected to attend this high profile event. The speakers will include HE Dr. Ali Saud Al Bemani, Vice Chancellor of the Sultan Qaboos University and the keynote speaker will be B.K. Arti from Brahma Kumaris Inner Space, London.


The Omani youth forum “Y-Peer” will present a creative art form on the theme of non-violence and the students of Indian School Muscat will stage a dance-drama, underlying the importance of peace and nonviolence. The event will conclude with a message by young students.




The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has set a deadline of the 24th November, 2015 for globally phasing out of all non-Machine Readable Passports (MRPs). From the 25th November, 2015 onwards, foreign Governments may deny Visa or entry to any person travelling on a non-Machine Readable Passport.

 

All Indian citizens residing in India and abroad holding non-Machine Readable Passports are requested to apply for re-issue of their passports well before the international deadline in order to avoid any inconvenience in obtaining valid visa or international travel.



The 69th Independence Day of India was celebrated today morning at the premises of Indian Embassy in Muscat. Over 350 members of the Indian Community joined the celebration.

 

Shri Indra Mani Pandey, Ambassador of India to the Sultanate of Oman, unfurled the Indian National Flag and read out the Address of Honourable President of India to the Nation. Students from the Indian School Darsait led the gathering in singing the National Anthem, followed by other patriotic songs. Honourable Prime Minister’s Independence Day speech from the ramparts of Red Fort was screened. Earlier in the morning today, Ambassador unfurled the Tri-colour at Indian School Al Seeb in presence of thousands of students, teachers and parents.

 

In his remarks on the occasion, Ambassador greeted the Indian Community in Oman whose diligence, sincerity and professionalism is well recognized by all. He complimented them for their outstanding contributions in strengthening our friendly relations with Oman, and in the progress of Oman. Ambassador reiterated that the historical links between India and Oman have since grown to a strategic partnership and thanked His Majesty’s Government and people of Oman for their warmth and continued support for the Indian community resident in Oman.

 

The 69th Independence Day of India was celebrated today morning at the premises of Indian Embassy in Muscat. Over 350 members of the Indian Community joined the celebration.

 

Ambassador announced also the continuation of Open House facility to meet officers of the Mission with regard to Consular and Community Welfare issues on all working days of the week from 10 am to 12 noon.



Muscat

15 August 2015



The Fourth Meeting of the Board of Trustees of India Development Foundation of Overseas Indians (IDF-OI) was held on May 23, 2015 in New Delhi. The meeting was chaired by the Hon’ble Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs, Smt. Sushma Swaraj. IDF-OI is a not-for-profit Trust set-up by MOIA in 2008 to serve as an avenue for overseas Indians to contribute to India’s social development efforts.


In its meeting on May 23 the Board reviewed the functioning of IDF and its Action Plan for 2015-16. It decided to enhance engagement with overseas Indians and increase the number and variety of projects. The Board revised the mandate of IDF to seek contributions from overseas Indians for the three flagship programmes of the Government of India – Namami Gange, Swachh Bharat and Swachh Vidyalaya. Previously, IDF focussed mainly on philanthropy by overseas Indians to social and development projects in India which were selected by the donors.


The Board also decided that Indian Diaspora can also contribute through IDF, to projects identified by the State Governments; and projects implemented by NGOs. The participants in the Board meeting included prominent Indians and NRIs Shri Yusuff Ali, Shri Joginder Pal Sanger, Shri Subhash Jindal, Dr. B.K. Agnihotri, Shri Ashok Chowgule, Ms. Ritu Beri and Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak.



Visit of Indian Sail Training Ship to Port of Salalah


The Indian Navy is one of the few navies in the world utilising Sail Training Ships in its Training Squadron to foster the time honoured virtues of courage, camaraderie and endurance in junior officers embarking on a naval career. INS Tarangini, which is visiting Salalah from 14-17 May, is the first Sail Training Ship of the Indian Navy, built in Goa in 1997. The name Tarangini is derived from the Hindi word ‘Tarang’ meaning ‘waves’, thus Tarangini means ‘the one that rides the waves’, and she provides an ideal setting for first-hand experience of the natural elements for the young officers, instilling in them their ‘sea legs’.


Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of India-Oman Relations


The year 2015 is the Diamond Jubilee of India-Oman diplomatic relations, with the Indian Consulate in Muscat having been set up sixty years ago in 1955 after India gained independence. To mark the Diamond Jubilee, a series of events and commemorations are being organized by the Embassy of India in Muscat. The visit of the Sail Training Ship Tarangini to Salalah is one such event to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of India-Oman diplomatic ties, and the Ambassador of India, HE Shri JS Mukul, would also visit Salalah during this period to greet the ship and its crew.


Although diplomatic ties are 60 years old, bilateral friendship between India and Oman dates back 5000 years. One of the key facets of this age-old India-Oman relationship are the historic maritime routes between India and its Gulf neighbours. Oman and India share trading linkages across the sea dating back to the time of the Indus Valley Civilisation. Dhows traditionally set sail for India from Oman utilizing the prevailing south-west winds in the summer (Apr-Oct), only to return to the Gulf laden with goods on the back of the north-east winds in the winter (Oct-Mar). Visit of Tarangini to Salalah is thus also a reminder of the historic maritime routes between India and its Indian Ocean neighbours, which are being celebrated under the ‘Project Mausam’ initiative recently announced by India.


Deployment Programme of INS Tarangini


INS Tarangini is the first commissioned ship of the Indian Navy that circumnavigated the globe, in the year 2003 – 04. Over the years, the ship has been deployed over long periods away from base port and has also participated in Tall Ship races on three occasions. During these races the ship has brought laurels to the Indian Navy by winning the class races and being bestowed a special award for traveling the farthest to participate. For this, the ship was awarded the Unit Citation by the Chief of Naval Staff in 2004 – 05. The ship is commanded by Commander Gaurav Gautam.


Tarangini is scheduled to berth at Port of Salalah from 14-17 May 2015. . The Sail Training Ship has 30 under-training officer cadets of the Indian Navy embarked, and it will be their first exposure to the sights and sounds of the beautiful port city of Salalah . The ship would be open to visit by schoolchildren from the Indian School on 15 May. Highlight of the visit would be the opportunity for some important Omani and Indian dignitaries, accompanied by the Ambassador, to sail out onboard INS Tarangini for a few hours off Salalah, to get a feel of life under sail. The Indian community in Salalah would also host a reception in honour of the ship and its crew.


INS Tarangini port call at Salalah is the first stop on an eight-month long voyage through the Gulf, Mediterranean and Europe to participate in prestigious tall ship races and other events organised under the aegis of Sail Training International. During this eight-month-long ‘Lokayan 15’, the ship will travel approximately 17,000 miles under sails and visit 17 ports in 14 countries as a goodwill ambassador of India.


This year's tall ship races will be conducted primarily off the coast of United Kingdom, Norway, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands. About 300 Sail ships of various sizes from all over the world are expected to participate in this year's events. INS Tarangini will form a part of Class A sail ships, the largest of the sailing fleet. During this long voyage, the Indian trainees would also get an opportunity to sail on foreign vessels as part of exchange of trainees.


About the Ship


The vessel is steel hulled and has an aluminum deckhouse and teak wood interiors. She is built for worldwide operation and carries 18 sails with a total sail area of almost 1000 square feet. The ship has excellent endurance and can remain at sea continuously for a period of over 20 days. She has a complement of five officers and thirty sailors as permanent crew and can accommodate and impart sail training to 30 sea trainees.


The primary role of the ship is to foster time honored virtues of courage, camaraderie and endurance in under-trainee officers embarking on a naval career. It provides an ideal setting for firsthand experience of the natural elements by imparting training which includes sailing, setting and furling of sails, watchkeeping and sail manoeuvres. The “Tall Ship” community believes that training onboard these ships is the best method of instilling among the trainees the indefinable ‘sea- sense’ and respect for elements of nature, which are inseparable from safe and successful seafaring.



The Government of Oman has announced Amnesty Scheme i.e. waiving off of all immigration and labour related fines of expatriate workers, who wish to return to their country. The Amnesty will be effective for three months from 3rd May 2015 to 30th July 2015.

 

Indian nationals can avail of this facility at the Omani Ministry of Manpower (Labour Offices) in Muscat after completion of registration with the Indian Embassy.

 

For more details please visit Embassy website http://www.indemb-oman.org/inner.aspx?type=WhatsNew&id=32



As part of the celebrations of India-Oman Diplomatic Relations, Embassy of India, Muscat in association with City Cinema, Muscat and Yash Raj Films, India is organizing Indian Film Festival (IFF) - 2015 from April 27 - 29, 2015 at City Cinema at Shatti Al Qurum. Indian Film Festival-2015 will be inaugurated on Monday, April 27, 2015 at 1930 hrs at City Cinema.

 

India is the biggest producer of feature films in the world. Over one thousand feature films are being produced annually in Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and other cities in India. Indian films enjoy a huge audience all over the world and have regularly won international awards, for excellence in various categories.

 

Bollywood films, celebrity artistes, cultural troupes, myriad performers and singers continue to enthrall Indian and Omani audiences alike. The beautiful Omani landscapes increasingly provide shooting locales for Indian producers and Omani hospitality makes it a destination for Indian weddings. India is also being looked at as a shooting destination for Omani films. For the first time, a good part of an Omani film will be shot in Kerala, India. These new and emerging areas of cooperation make for enhanced people-to-people interaction and strengthening the bonds of friendship between India and Oman.

 

During the IFF - 2015, three very popular and well acclaimed Indian films with Arabic sub titles will be screened as per following schedule:
(i) April 27, 2015 Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
(ii) April 28, 2015 Band Baja Barat
(iii) April 29, 2015 Ek Tha Tiger

Entry to the Film Festival is by invitation only. More information on the event is available at http://www.indemb-oman.org/inner.aspx?type=WhatsNew&id=31/


Place: Muscat
Date: April 22, 2015

 



All Indian nationals living in the Sultanate of Oman as well as Omani citizens and expatriate community staying in Oman are hereby informed that M/s BLS International, to whom Embassy of India, Muscat has outsourced passports, visa and passport related miscellaneous services, is shifting their current premises (situated at Al Makhtabi Building, Wattayah) to a new location with effect from March 22, 2015.

 

  1. The address of the new location of M/s BLS International and new phone/fax numbers are as under
    4th Floor (C Block), Al Tamimah Building (Polyglot Institute)
    Way No 327, Building No 1340 Wattayah, Muscat
    Phone : 24568970, 24568971
    Fax : 24568972
    Website: www.blsindia-oman.com
  2. The location map of the new premises is as below:
  3. Due to shifting to new premises, M/s BLS International will remain closed on 21/03/2015 (Saturday).

 

MUSCAT
March 16, 2015



The Indian expatriates living in the Sultanate of Oman and all Omani nationals as well as foreigners residing in the Sultanate of Oman are hereby informed that following the open bidding process, M/s BLS International LLC has been awarded contract for outsourcing of passport, visa and attestation services on behalf of the Embassy of India Muscat effective from January 1, 2015. While the main passport, visa and attestation fee levied by the Government of India remains unchanged, with effect from January 1, 2015 the Service Fee as well as the Value Added Service Fee (optional) levied by the Service Provider will be as under :

 

Passport and Passport related Miscellaneous Service Fee : OMR 0.450 (Baizas Four hundred and fifty only)

Visa Service Fee : OMR 1.650 (Omani Rial one and Baizas six hundred fifty only)

Attestation Service Fee : OMR 0.550 (Baizas five hundred and fifty only)

 

These service fees are over and above the Government of India’s prescribed fee for respective services and contribution of OMR 1 towards Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF) for each service. Biometric services (including fingerprinting and facial data scanning), as and when implemented, will be done by M/s BLS without any additional service fee.

 

2. It may be noted that attestation services will be rendered in the Embassy of India premises (in Diplomatic Area, Al Khuwair, Muscat) only, while visa and passport services will be provided in the BLS main office in Wattayah, Muscat and ten other collectioncentres located in Salalah, Sur, Sohar, Nizwa, Ibri, Jalanbu Ali, Dibba, Shinas, Buraimi and Khasab. Details about the main Centre as well as Collection centres, timings and other information may be found at www.blsindia-oman.com as well as at www.indemb-oman.org.

 

3. Embassy of India, Muscat also hereby informs the service seekers, that the maximum permissible fee for Value Added Services (optional),with effect from January 1, 2015 will be as follows:

 

(i) Filling of Application Forms  
Visa online form filling OMR 1.000
Passport (without reference) OMR 1.000
Passport (Lost/Damaged/with PP forms/Birth cases) OMR 2.000
Attestation services applications Baizas 500
(ii)Photocopy charges per page Baizas 100
(iii) Photograph charges per 8 photos OMR 2.000
(iv) Courier charges- within the Muscat city OMR 2.000
(v) Courier Charges – Collection Centres/from Muscat
to Interiors
OMR 2.5/3
(vi) SMS Charges(only for passport & visa) Baizas 200
(vii) Printing facility- per page - Baizas 100

 

4. It is further informed that value added services are purely optional at the wish of the service seeker and cannot be levied if applicant does not want to opt for them.

 

Place : Muscat
Date : December 29, 2014



68th Independence Day of India was celebrated on Friday, August 15, 2014 in the premises of the Chancery of the Indian Embassy in Muscat where a large number of members of the Indian Community gathered in the morning, with patriotic fervour.

H.E. J.S. Mukul, Ambassador of India to the Sultanate of Oman, unfurled the Indian National Flag and read out the Address of the Hon’ble President of India to the Nation. Students from the Indian School Al-Wadi Al-Kabir led the gathering in singing of the National Anthem, followed by other patriotic songs befitting the occasion. Earlier in the morning, Ambassador also unfurled the Tri-colour at Indian School Al-Ghubra in the presence of students, teachers and parents.

In his remarks on the occasion, Ambassador congratulated the Indian Community in Oman whose diligence, sincerity and professionalism is well recognized by all, and complimented them for their outstanding contributions in strengthening our friendly relations with Oman and in its march of progress, and also being valued partners in the economic development of their land of adoption. Ambassador reiterated that the historical maritime links between India and Oman have since grown to a strategic partnership and thanked the Government and people of Oman for their warmth and the continued support for the Indian community in the Sultanate.

Ambassador also announced that the ‘Open House’ at the Embassy which was thus far being held once a month, will now onwards be held on all working days between 1000-1200 hrs and can be availed of by members of the Indian community resident in Oman.

He took this opportunity to announce to the gathering the extension of ‘Open House’ facility to meet senior officers of the Mission with regard to Consular and Community Welfare issues, to all working days of the week during 10 a.m. to 12 noon. A documentary “One Thousand and One Nights Under the Arabian Sky” on the Indian diaspora in Oman and the UAE was also screened.


 

Muscat,

 

August 15, 2014

 



Embassy of India, Muscat celebrated the annual ‘ITEC Day’ on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. This year’s event was a special one as it marked the 50th year Golden Jubilee of the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme, popularly known with its acronym - ITEC. H.E. Shaikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Abdullah Al Bakri, Minister of Manpower was the Chief Guest.

 

Celebrated on the premises of the Indian Embassy, despite the inclement weather, the Dinner Reception in the evening was attended by a large gathering of about 250 guests comprising a large number of ITEC Alumni, Member of the Shura Council, Chairman and Vice-Chairman of Oman Chamber of Commerce & Industry, senior officials in the Omani Government, representing various Ministries, and media.

 

The ITEC Day provides an opportunity to the alumni, who have been trained in India under this Programme, for an annual get-together at the Embassy, as a platform to interact with them and learn from their experiences, which they share during the function. Accordingly, a number of ITEC alumni spoke at the event.

 

Delivering his welcome address, H.E. J.S. Mukul, Ambassador of India spoke on the highlights of the ITEC programme and its progress and expansion since its inception on 15th September, 1964 under the vision of India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru that India would share its unique socio-economic development experience and technological achievements with other developing countries. He recalled that since India’s Independence in 1947, South-South Cooperation has been a fundamental pillar of India’s foreign policy and diplomacy aimed at meeting the challenges of socio-economic development, cooperative efforts among developing countries resting on a partnership based on solidarity and mutual respect & voluntary cooperation. It is in this context that India has been sharing its knowledge, expertise and experience gained over the years with our developing-country partners like Oman.

 

Traditionally known as the knowledge centre, India is today emerging as the IT and cutting-edge technology hub. Currently, with over 380 Universities, over 11000 colleges and 1,500 research institutions, India has the second largest pool of scientists and engineers in the world. In India, over 2.5 million graduates are added to the workforce every year, including 300,000 engineers and 150,000 IT professionals. The country's achievements in areas such as space-technology, computers, nuclear science, automobiles, pharmacy, manufacturing, biotechnology, energy, nanotechnology, aviation, theoretical physics and statistics, among others, shows that invention and innovation in India are now an important part of the economic activity. Briefly, India has one of the largest technical education systems in the world with a total of 14,123 degree-granting institutions and over 3 million seats in technical and professional education. This provides the back-stopping and resource base to be leveraged by ITEC.

 

ITEC Programme, fully-funded by the Government of India, has evolved and expanded over the years. Under ITEC, 161 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America & the Caribbean, East Europe, as well as Pacific and Small Island countries are invited to share in the Indian developmental experience in various fields. Every year India provides over 8000 scholarships through around 300 short, medium and long-term courses in 47 institutions which are state-of-the-art centers of learning & excellence. The ITEC programme covers a very diverse range of subjects from traditional areas like agriculture, SMEs, management, English language to leading-edge technologies covering IT, Science & Technology, biotechnology, etc. Over the years, the ITEC programme has generated immense goodwill and substantive cooperation among the developing countries.

 

The added skills which are being provided by ITEC facilitate human resource development, capacity building, skills upgradation and empowerment for increased jobs, and thus meet fully Oman’s goals to develop its human resources or capacity building through education, training and vocational courses. Also, Oman’s priority for increased jobs and diversification of its economy through small & medium enterprises (SMEs) dovetails fully with the ITEC programme. In addition to the civilian ITEC slots, India also increasingly provides military training to the Royal Navy, Air Force and Army of Oman. Ambassador urged the training departments and officials in various Ministries and establishments of Omani Government to take maximum advantage of India’s progress and innovation in various fields. The ITEC programme is also open to the private sector in Oman, which is also in conformity with the Sultanate’s policy of jobs creation through the private sector. In the last few decades, India has become a center for global research and development (R&D). India is emerging as a prominent hub for innovation and is expanding its investment in this field and is ready to share its experience with all friendly countries, including of course Oman.

 

Under the ITEC programme, India had been extending 50 fully-funded training scholarships to Oman annually up to FY 2011-12 covering technical and vocational training courses from traditional areas to cutting-edge technologies. Given the popularity of the ITEC programme in Oman, the number of ITEC scholarships for Oman had been increased to 85 in 2012-13, and thereafter to 125 during current financial year 2013-14. Keeping in mind our exceptionally close bilateral relations and Oman’s interest and optimal utilization, the Ambassador announced during the function that the ITEC scholarships for Oman have been further increased to 150 for the next financial year 2014-15 starting from April 1, which marks an increase of 200%, i.e., from 50 to 150, during the last two years.



On the occasion of the 65th Republic Day of India- the anniversary celebrations to mark the adoption of the Constitution of India on January 26, 1950- H.E. J.S. Mukul, Ambassador of India to the Sultanate of Oman, unfurled the Indian National Flag and read out the Address of Hon’ble President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at a ceremony organized at the Embassy of India premises. The Embassy function was attended by around 250 members of the Indian Community from all walks of life. Children of Indian School Muscat sang the National Anthem and patriotic songs.

Earlier in the morning, Ambassador unfurled the Indian National Flag, and witnessed a march-past at Indian School Muscat and read out Hon’ble President of India’s Address to the Nation. Around 500 members of the Indian Community, including parents, teachers and students were present at Indian School Al Wadi Al Kabir. Children of the School sang the national anthem and patriotic songs and presented a colorful cultural program showcasing glimpses of India on the occasion.

 



All Omani nationals and foreigners residing in the Sultanate of Oman, who are applying for Indian visa, are hereby advised that they should fill online visa application form on the website www.indianvisaonline.gov.in which is the only website authorized by the Government of India to apply for online visa. As per the laid procedure, after filling the information, applicants should take the printout and then visit the BLS International LLC in Al Wattayah or its authorised collection centres and submit the application and make payment at BLS International office/collection centres only. Applicants are further advised that payment for visa services should be made only in the office of M/s BLS International LLC, Wattayah or its authorized collection centres and there is no mechanism to make online payment for visa services in the Sultanate of Oman.



A 13 member delegation from the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is visiting Oman from 11-14 September, 2013 to explore business opportunities and investment options by Omani and Indian business houses.



The delegation includes companies like IL&FS Investment Managers, Lavanya Ayurveda Pvt Ltd, Infosys, SRSL International Private Ltd, Tehnomak Projects India Private Ltd, Victor Cables Ltd, Saisudhir Infrastructures Ltd, South West Group and HCL Ltd among others.



The companies visiting Oman are dealing in a variety of sectors like: Centrifugal Pump manufacture, Manufacturing of Gaskets for Automobile, Industrial, Marine and Oil field applications, manufacture of rubber moulding and products of natural rubber, Nitrile, Neoprene, Silicon, EPDM, Viton, etc. Traders of industrial products such as rubber sheets, suction & delivery hoses for water & oil, water pumps, camlock fittings, safety products, various products for shipping industry, graphite sheets and components, hydraulic seals, PTFE products, gland packings, copper, aluminium & fibre washer, non-asbestos and asbestos jointing, etc. will be coming for B2B meeting. In addition, there will be exporters of Natural Stones and related products for architectural, interior and landscaping applications, various types of Sponge Rubber beedings & products, Healthcare, IT, Hydro-phonic Technology (All), Green House Technology, Corps management. Consultants for infrastructure project like Dolphinarium & Sea Park, Water treatment, Steel Fabrication, manufacturer of Plates and Coil, Thermal Power plants and Information Technology Companies are also part of the delegation.



A Seminar and B2B meetings with the CII delegation will be held on 11th September, 2013 (Wednesday) at 11 a.m. at the premises of the Oman Chamber of Commerce & Industry (OCCI). The companies dealing in the above mentioned sectors in Oman can meet the CII delegation from India at the OCCI premises during the B2B meeting at 11 a.m. on September 11, 2013.





An 18-member delegation from the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) is visiting Oman from 23-25 September, 2013 to showcase their products/equipments in the Med-Health & Wellness Exhibition 2013 and to explore business opportunities and investment options available in the Sultanate.



The delegation includes companies like Biometric Cables, Chennai; Consafe Life Sciences Pvt. Ltd, Hyderabad; Datt Mediproducts Ltd, New Delhi; Global Healthcare Solution, Bangalore; Global Hospitals Group, Hyderabad; Lamar Natural Products Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai, MGI (India) Pvt. Ltd, Delhi, Pradeep Surgical Dressings Pvt. Ltd, Bangalore; Spansules Pharma Hyderabad; and Telecommunications Consultants India Ltd. among others.



The companies visiting Oman are dealing in a variety of sectors like: Pharmaceutical Drug, Intermediates & Formulations, hospital care, all types of Medical & Hospital Equipment, Physiotherapy Equipment, Operation Theatre Equipment, Cotton Crepe Bandages, Elastic Adhesive, Hospital Furniture, Bed Head Panels, Nurse Call Systems, Patient Privacy Cubicles, Healthcare services of international standards, OTC Products, Surgical Dressing Bandages, Wound Care Products, Sterilization Packaging products, Sterile and Non-Sterile Gauze Swabs, Laparotomy Sponges, Surgical Dressing Pads, Sterilization Packaging Reels & Pouches and Header Bags, Modular Operation Theatres, Service providers in Telemedicine & Tele-education project, Pulse Oximeter Sensors & Probes, ECG Cables, Leads, Breathing Circuits, Ultrasound Probes etc. Participants/exhibitors of medical equipment, pharmaceuticals and other medical field related products will be displaying their cost-effective and cutting- edge technology products in the exhibition as well as having B2B meetings with Omani counterparts.



The companies dealing in the above mentioned sectors in Oman can interact with the delegation at the Oman International Exhibition Centre during the working hours between 23-25 September, 2013.





In line with the decision of the Government of the Sultanate of Oman for adoption of Fridays and Saturdays as the new weekly off days, it has been decided that effective 1st of May 2013, the Embassy of India in Muscat, Oman would also follow the same, i.e., Fridays and Saturdays as its weekly off days. Office hours, would, however, remain the same.




Muscat,



April 22, 2013





An eleven-member Omani Parliamentary Delegation under the Chairmanship of H.E. Abdullah Salem Nasser Al Makhaini, Member of Shura Council left for India on April 21, 2013. The Omani Parliamentary Delegation is visiting India for the first Meeting of the Oman-India Parliamentary Friendship Group. The delegation was seen off by H.E. J.S. Mukul, Ambassador of India.




Muscat,




April 21, 2013





All Indian nationals living in the Sultanate of Oman as well as Omani citizens and expatriate community staying in Oman are hereby informed that M/s BLS International, to whom Embassy of India, Muscat has outsourced passports, visa and passport related miscellaneous services, is shifting their current premises (situated at Trade Centre Building, behind Sheraton Hotel, Ruwi) to a new location with effect from July 1, 2012.




The address of the new location of M/s BLS International and new phone/fax numbers are as under




Unit No 108 – First Floor, Al Makhtabi Building, Wattaya, Muscat Phone: 24566080, 24566050, 24566131 Fax: 24566191




The location map of the new premises is as below:






Due to shifting to new premises, M/s BLS International will remain closed from 28/06/2012 (Thursday) to 30/06/2012 (Saturday).




MUSCAT




June 24, 2012




The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs of the Government of India has decided to introduce changes to the service agreements of housemaids being brought from India to Oman with effect from June 20, 2011. Similar changes have also been introduced in other parts of the region. The changes are aimed at protecting the housemaids from abuse and providing skilled manpower to the Omani households. The changes have also been notified to the Ministry of Manpower by the Indian Embassy. The issue was also discussed between representatives of the Indian Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs and the Omani Ministry of Manpower during a Joint Working Group meeting under the MOU on Manpower between the two countries last month. The changes are as follows:



  1. Employers will be required to produce a salary certificate of RO 1000.000 p.m.
  2. Employers will be required to provide a bank guarantee of RO 1100 while recruiting a housemaid. The security guarantee will be used for the repatriation of the housemaid only in case her employer fails to honour the service agreement. In the normal course, the amount is reimbursable to the employer.
  3. In case a sponsor agrees to release the housemaid to another sponsor, a new agreement will have to be signed by the new sponsor.
  4. In case of an employer having more than 6 members in the family, more than one housemaid will need to be employed.
  5. The age of the housemaid will not be less than 30 years and not more than 50 years.
  6. When repatriating the housemaid, the ticket is to be booked by a direct flight to India.
  7. Salary to the housemaid must be paid through banking channels. Where banking channels are not available, a bilingual salary slip signed by both the sponsor and the housemaid will be necessary.

The Indian Embassy has requested the concerned Omani authorities to circulate the new regulations and to disseminate the information widely.






All Indian expatriates, resident in and in-bound to the Sultanate of Oman, are hereby advised to get documents issued in India attested/apostilled by the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi or its designated authority with immediate effect. This has become mandatory now that both Republic of India and the Sultanate of Oman are member states of the Apostille Convention (1961).




The indicative list of documents issued in India which are required to be apostilled include birth/death/marriage certificates, driving licenses, Affidavits, Power of Attorney, documents and educational documents like degree, diploma, matriculation and secondary level certificates, etc. The documents already attested by authorities in India/ Embassy of India Muscat are not required to be apostilled again.




The Ministry of External Affairs, India is the nodal Ministry for consular legalization and Apostille of documents for use abroad. The Attestation Cell in the Ministry of External Affairs will accept pre-authenticated documents at the counter from 0930 to 1230 hours on all working days i.e. Monday to Friday. The attested/apostilled documents will be returned same day between 1600hrs to 1730 hrs.




The service is being provided by the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi at the following locations:




(1)Delhi Ministry of External Affairs (Consular, Passport & Visa Division),
Attestation Cell, Patiala House Annexe,
Tilak Marg, New Delhi-110011.
Telefax: 011-2338-7931
Email: sooi@mea.gov.in, usexoi@mea.gov.in
(2) Chennai Ministry of External Affairs Branch Secretariat, 68,
College Road, E.V.K. Sampath Mallaligai,
7th Floor, Numgambakkam, Chennai -600006. Phone: 044-28252200, 28251323
Fax: 044-28251034
Email: usbs.chennai@mea.gov.in
(3) Hyderabad Ministry of External Affairs Branch Secretariat, B-Block, Room No. 310-312,
Andhra Pradesh Secretariat,
Hyderabad-500022
Phone: 040-23456051,
Fax: 040-23451244
Email: hobs.hyderabad@mea.gov.in
(4) Kolkata Ministry of External Affairs Branch Secretariat, 2, Ballygunge, Park Road,
Kolkata-700019
Phone: 033-22879701, 22802686,
Fax: 033-22879703,
Email: meacal@dataone.in
(5) Guwahati Ministry of External Affairs Branch Secretariat, House No. 307, Beltola, Basistha Road, Guwahati-781028.
Phone: 0361-2229155, 2229156,
Fax: 0361-2229157
Email: hobs.guwahati@mea.gov.in
(6) Goa Passport Office, Goa
Phone: 0832-2437602(General)
Fax : 0832-2437603
E-mail: rpo.panaji@mea.gov.in

Procedure: All original documents requiring attestation/ apostille should be pre-authenticated by the designated agencies in the State from where the document has been issued. The Ministry of External Affairs, India attests/apostilles the documents on the basis of the signature of the designated signing authorities of the State Government/Union Territory/Chambers of Commerce. The details of the Regional Authentication Centre (RACs) in the States/UTs from where the documents should first be authenticated are at www.indemb-oman.org under ‘Consular Services’. Only original documents are legalized/apostilled and not the photo copies.




In case of personal documents, Home Department/General Administration Department of respective States are the designated authorities for pre-authentication.




In case of educational documents, the documents should first be authenticated by the Education Department of the concerned State Government/Union Territory.




In case of commercial documents, these are to be pre-authenticated by the respective Chambers of Commerce in India before these can be attested/apostilled by the Ministry of External Affairs.




The following supporting documents are to be submitted along with the original document. (i) A Photo copy of the document to be attested/apostilled and (ii) A Photocopy of the Passport of the person whose document is required to be legalized/apostilled.




Fee for Apostille : A fee of Rs. 50/- is payable by means of Postal Order drawn in favour of Pay & Accounts Officer (PAO), Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi, for Apostille on each document. Documents requiring attestation/apostillisation should be submitted personally or through an authorized representative at the counters of the above-mentioned offices. In no case, the documents may be sent for attestation/apostillisation by post/courier.



The documents apostilled by the Ministry of External Affairs of India and its designated authorities are no longer required to be submitted at the Embassy of India, Muscat for attestation.




Likewise, the documents issued by the authorities of the Sultanate of Oman to be used in India are required to be apostilled by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman. These documents include experience certificates, salary certificates, other commercial documents etc. Once the documents are apostilled by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman, there is no need for further attestation by the Embassy of India, Muscat.




Embassy of India, Muscat




February 19, 2012






Satellite telephone services are not permitted in India. However, unauthorized handsets of Thuraya, Irridium and other such satellite operators have been found in use since it is possible for individuals to avail satellite telephone services unauthorizedly in the country because satellite foot prints of Thuraya, Inmarsat, Irridium etc. are available in India. Tata Communications Limited is permitted to provide Inmarsat services in India which is being done through their Land Earth Station (LES) at Dighi (Pune) after a no objection certificate is issued by DOT on a case to case basis. Satellite telephony through Thuraya sets is unauthorized. The unauthorized use of such sets has serious security implications. Therefore, whenever Thuraya sets are detected to be in use they should be seized and the holder can be prosecuted under Section 6 of India Wireless Act and Section 20 of Indian Telegraph Act. Under the law people including tourists found to be making unauthorized use of satellite telephone services will be prosecuted and all the sets found in possession of any individual will be seized.






Subject: Advisory to visa applicants




The Embassy of India Muscat hereby states that whilst it has outsourced processing of passport and visa applications only to M/S BLS International Services Ltd., the final decision on rendering of consular services rests with the Embassy. All visa applicants including those seeking medical visa are cautioned not to be misguided by any organization/company promising to facilitate issue of any type of visa.




October 10, 2011






Subject: Application for Indian visa to be online




Government of India has decided to introduce online visa application system in Oman with effect from August 2, 2011. All the applicants for Indian visas have to visit the websitehttp://www.indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa to fill the visa application online. The applicants are required to visit the Indian Passport & Visa Service centre run by M/s. BLS International Services LLC- Oman and located at: Unit 202, Second Floor, Trade Center building No.12, (Next to Atlas Hospital), Way no.4204, near Sheraton Hotel, Ruwi, Muscat, Oman. Ph No: 24816556 along with the printout of the filled-in application, two photographs (with white background), photocopies of the first five pages of the passport and documents required to be submitted for the type of visa applied. However, during the next eight to twelve weeks, visa applications will also be accepted in the present format as per practice in vogue and after that the online visa application system will become mandatory. All the applicants are requested to kindly note this change in the Indian visa application process.






Embassy of India, Muscat is outsourcing the Passport and Visa service process. Accordingly, the process of collection of passport and visa applications, dissemination of information and forms to clients, collection of fee, capturing and dissemination of data in electronic format to the mission and delivery of the serviced documents to the applicants would be done by M/s BLS International Services Ltd. The Company had been shortlisted after an elaborate and transparent open tender system. The Company is headquartered in New Delhi, India and also operates Indian passport and Visa application centers in Kuwait, UAE, Spain, Sudan, Austria, Poland and Lithuania.




The Indian Passport & Visa Application Service Center (IP&VSC) would be located at:




UNIT 202, SECOND FLOOR,




TRADE CENTRE BUILDING (NEXT TO ATLAS HOSPITAL),




WAY NO. 4204, NEAR SHERATON HOTEL,




RUWI, MUSCAT.




The formal inauguration of the Center would be on July 19, 2011 at 1900 hrs and the date of actual commencement of operations would be announced shortly.




Highlights of the IP&VSC are:




# The Centre will be open from 0800 to 2000 hours.

# Token issue timings for submission of applications are 0800 to 1230 hours (forenoon) and 1330 to 1900 hours (afternoon) from Saturday to Thursday. The Center is closed on Friday.




# M/s BLS International Services has launched a dedicated website (www.blsindia-oman.com) for the applicants, which contains latest information about the requirements for different passport and visa services, their respective fee, a section to download various application forms and contact information of the center. The Center has dedicated phone lines: 24815054, 24814554, 24816556, 24815058, 24817558 and 24818554 (fax) to handle all Visa and Passport related queries.




In addition to the above, M/s BLS International will provide to the applicants the following facilities in order to make the whole process a customer friendly and pleasant experience:




  • Courier Service
  • Form filling services
  • Application status by SMS alerts
  • Application status tracking on the website.



Embassy of India, Muscat would like to inform all the Indian nationals residing in Oman, who would like to register with the Indian Embassy to visit Embassy of India website www.indemb-oman.org




“It is also clarified that no individual or association had been entitled to conduct the online registration on behalf of the Embassy”.






It is hereby notified that as already advertised the technical bids submitted by various agencies in connection with the Visa / Passport work Outsourcing will be opened in the Indian Embassy premises at 11 am on 28th October 2010 (Thursday). Bidders may send only one person with a duly signed and stamped authorization letter in case any representative wants to be present in the Embassy at the time of opening of the concerned bid of the company.






Administrative Support for Passport and Visa Services




Announcement for All Bidders




The Embassy of India, Muscat (hereinafter called as “Embassy”) invites Expression of Interest from agencies to assist it in processing applications: (i) from Omani nationals and foreign nationals resident in Oman for issue of visas and (ii) from Indian nationals for issue/re-issue of Passports (Passport services would include issue of fresh passport, extension of validity and miscellaneous services like change of name, address, additional endorsements, birth certificate and any other approved services). The Request for Proposal (RFP), for the purpose of explaining outsourcing requirement, is available on the website of the Embassy www.indemb-oman.org/Request for Proposal.pdf




2. The agency/agencies selected for the work will be responsible for the following areas of work:



  1. Distribution of blank passport/visa application forms and relevant guidelines (to be printed by the agency itself);
  2. Collection and preliminary scrutiny of passport/visa applications along with all supporting documents and the prescribed fee;
  3. Depositing of applications along with passports and other supporting documents with the Embassy by quick (within the time frame as may be decided by the Embassy) and secure means and depositing the fee collected daily in a designated bank account of the Embassy;
  4. Capturing of the application data in an electronic format and transferring the same to the Embassy in a secure manner;
  5. Collection of passports and supporting documents from the Embassy and handing over/dispatch of the same to the applicants by secure and fast means;
  6. Ensuring confidentiality and security of all documents
  7. Maintenance of a Help Desk/Information Desk to answer enquiries by visitors, handling of telephonic queries, information service to handle queries by email, post, facsimile or text message; provision of assistance to applicants in the filling up of various forms, etc. (Such assistance would be required to be provided in various Indian languages over and above English and Arabic, as may be decided by the Embassy).
  8. Ensuring that the above services are rendered to applicants in a speedy manner, in comfortable conditions and within the stipulated time frame; and
  9. Scheduling of personal interviews of applicants with Officers concerned at the Embassy wherever necessary.
  10. 3. For rendering the above services, the agency/agencies would be required to establish collection centers in various location in Oman with provisions for additional locations, as may be decided by the Embassy.




    4. The agency/agencies should ensure that courteous, speedy and efficient service is rendered at all times and the turnaround time is kept to the bare minimum. The Embassy reserves the right to monitor the quality of services being provided and in the event of non-satisfactory performance, terminate the Agreement.




    5. Agencies preferably with at least one year experience in providing the above-mentioned facilities may send their profiles and Expression of Interest along with other details including service fee to be charged by them from each applicant to cover their costs and professional fee, for pre-qualification. The bids are to be submitted separately in two sealed envelopes, as technical bid and financial bid. These should be addressed either to “The Head of Chancery, Embassy of India, Diplomatic Area, Jamiat Al Dowal Al-Arabia Street, Diplomatic Quarters, Al-Khuwair, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman” by courier or by post to “The Head of Chancery, Embassy of India, P.O.Box 1727, Postal Code 112, Ruwi, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman” and sent so as to reach the Embassy latest by 20th October, 2010 (5 p.m local time). The envelopes should be super-scribed “Visa/Passport Services Outsourcing”.




    6. The bids will be opened on 28th October, 2010 at 11 am (local time) in the Embassy by a Committee of officers constituted for the purpose. The financial bids will be opened in the presence of the bidders or their authorized representatives. Company / Agency to complete, within 30 days from the date of the Letter of Acceptance, necessary steps for compliance with the legal and regulatory requirements of the Sultanate of Oman, including, but not limited to, commercial registration. The company/Agency will enjoy no Diplomatic ammunity.




    7. The Embassy reserves the right to cancel one or more or all the Expressions of Interest without assigning any reasons thereof.