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January 5, 2018

A Publication of the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO)

Issue: XVI-2 January 5, 2018
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CONGRESS PRESIDENT RAHUL GANDHI AND CPM GENERAL SECRETARY SITARAM YECHURY TO ADDRESS GOPIO BIENNIAL CONVENTION
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GOPIO INTL. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE - MEMBERSHIP DRIVE DISCOUNT EXTENDED TO MARCH 31, 2018
GOPIO LIFE MEMBERSHIP AND CHAPTER FORMATION
EDITORIAL BOARD
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GOPIO CONVENTION DELEGATES START ARRIVING - FINAL PREPARATION IN FULL SWING


Delegates started arriving in Manama, Bahrain for the  GOPIO Biennial Convention to be held for the first time in The Middle East,. GOPIO International is holding its 28th Year Anniversary and Biennial Convention 2018 in Bahrain on January 6-9, 2018 at the Gulf Hotel and concluding with a meeting of the new Executive Council on Jan. 9th taking over the mantle of GOPIO. 

GOPIO International and GOPIO-Bahrain officials had a final meeting at the Park Regis Lotus Hotel in Manama, Bahrain. Over 100 volunteers are assisting at the convention.

GOPIO-Intl officials and GOPIO Bahrain officials at the final meeting
GOPIO-Intl officials and GOPIO Bahrain officials at the final meeting. From l. to r: GOPIO Life Member and former GOPIO-Bahrain President Navin Megchiani, Convener and Incoming GOPIO President Sunny Kulathakal, GOPIO Chairman Dr. Thomas Abraham, GOPIO President Niraj Baxi, G OPIO-Bahrain Chapter President Dr. George Cheriyan, Reception Committee Chairman Soman Baby and Convention General Coordinator John Iype. at the final meeting

GOPIO Convention Committee members and volunteer
GOPIO Convention Committee members and volunteer with GOPIO Intl. officials at the meeting 

GOPIO International Convention will be inaugurated on January 6th evening. Chief Guest at the inauguration is H.E. Dr. Abdulhussein bin Ali Mirza , Minister of Electricity & Water, Kingdom of Bahrain along withMaharashtra Cabinet Minister Raj K. Purohit  who also serves as GOPIO Advisor will speak at the inauguration which will be followed by the presentation of the Indian Women Achievers Samman, a collaboration of GOPIO and NRI Achievers Magazine.  

Conference sessions will be inaugurated on January 7th morning at a plenary session H.E. Shaikh Khalid bin Daij Al Khalifa, President. Court of H.R.H. The Crown Prince as Chief Guest. Keynote Speakers are Dr. Shashi TharoorMP, Former Minister of State for External Affairs and Dr. Sam Pitroda, Inventor, Entrepreneur, Telecommunication Pioneer and Former Advisor to Prime Ministers of India. Other speakers are H.E Shaikh Khalifa bin Humood Al Khalifa, Chief Executive, Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority; Dr. Anwar M. Abdulrahman, Chairman, AL HILAL GROUP, Bahrain; Mr. Chandan Mitra, Chief Editor, The Pioneer & Former BJP MP; Mr. Sudhir Kumar Shetty, President, UAE Exchange and President of GOPIO Abu Dhabi Chapter.

GOPIO community Service Awards will be presented at the Valedictory Session. This year's awardees are: Dr. M. Anirudhan (USA), Mahendrasinh C. Jadeja (UK), Pramod Kamdar (USA), Dr. Sapta Giri Varma Mudunuru (Trinidad), Kamal Vachani (Dubai), Chief Guest is Mr. Sam Pitrodaand Dr. Shashi Tharoor will deliver the special address.

The Convention Finale session will be addresses Congress President Shri Rahul Gandhi on Jan. 8th at 6 p.m.
 
Detailed program  is shown in the attached file. Click  GOPIO BIENNIAL CONVENTION, BAHRAIN, JAN. 6-9, 2018

For more info, contact: Sunny Kulathakal, Global Ambassador, GOPIO International, Tel. in Bahrain +973-39441956, India +91-9845756692, E-mail: kulathakal44@gmail.com
   
TRAVEL AND HOTEL ARRANGEMENTS
Regarding the travel and visa arrangements our travel partner Dadabhai Travels will do everything possible to get the special rate to any destination. You may contact Mr. Aziz Gilitwala, Managing Director E-mail aziz@dadabhaitravel.com , Tel: + 973-39614499 or naveen@dadabhaitravel.com ,   Tel: +973-39843283
 
UK and US Passport holders will get visa on arrival. Visit Bahrain Govt. website at https://www.evisa.gov.bh/ . Send in the passport copy (1st and last pages) to the travel agent to arrange the visa, Contact: naveen@dadabhaitravel.com .
 
Near the Gulf Hotel where GOPIO Convention Team has made an agreement with a new hotel- Park Regis for rooms with $70 for single occupancy and $80 for double occupancy including tax and breakfast. The above rate will be available only up to 15th December 2017. You may book directly on line at www.parkregislotushotel.com . Should you require further assistance you can contact Asst. Director of Sales Mr. Usman Kiani, Tel: +973-36293777 (Mobile), E- mail: ados@parkregislotushotel.com or Shiju Nair, Tel: +973-39830603, E-mail: om@parkregislotushotel.com

Delegates get free transport to the Gulf Hotel (Convention Centre) which is at a five minutes distance from Park Regis Hotel. 
 
GOPIO CONVENTION 2018 BAHRAIN - REGISTRATION FORM

Date
Event
Venue
Singe Registration (US$)
No. of Tickets
Total Amount
Saturday, Jan. 6, 2016
GOPIO Executive Council and General Body Meeting (Open Only to Members) - Includes Lunch
Park Regis Hotel
No Charge (for only EC and General Body Members)
 
 
Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018
Reception and Inauguration, NRI Women Achievers Awards, Dinner, Entertainment
Gulf Hotel
50.00
 
 
Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018
Conferences and Lunch
Gulf Hotel
30.00
 
 
Sunday, Jan 7, 2018
Reception, Businessmen of the Year and Dinner
Gulf Hotel
50.00
 
 
Monday, Jan. 8, 2018
Conferences and Lunch
Gulf Hotel
30.00
 
 
Monday, Jan 8, 2018
Finale Banquet and Entertainment
Gulf Hotel
50.00
 
 
Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018
GOPIO Executive Council Meeting (Open Only to E.C. Members) - Includes Lunch
Park Regis Hotel
No Charge (for EC Members only)
 
 
3 Days
All Events
 
150.00
 
 
Individual Sponsorship
All Events and Listing in the Program Booklet as a Sponsor
 
250.00
 
 
GRAND TOTAL
 
 
 
 
 

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GOPIO INTL. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE - MEMBERSHIP DRIVE DISCOUNT EXTENDED TO MARCH 31, 2018

Because of the huge interest in becoming a Life Member of GOPIO International Chamber of Commerce (GICC) before Dec. 31 st , 2017, GOPIO Executive Council has extended the deadline to avail the discount of $500 to March 31 st , 2018 which will be $1,000 from April 1 st .  Those who are not GOPIO Life Members can avail a discount of $250 to become a GICC Life Member before March 31 st , i.e. $750 instead of $1,000 from April 1 st . GOPIIO member can become Sponsor Member GICC (listed as a Sponsor Member with profile) by contributing $2,000 instead of $5,000 from April 1 st . One can make the payment as follows:
 
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GICC Membership form is attached herewith.  GICC MEMBERSHIP FORM
GOPIO LIFE MEMBERSHIP AND CHAPTER FORMATION
 
GOPIO is a non-partisan, non-sectarian global organization with chapters in several countries, actively promoting the interests of people of Indian origin worldwide by monitoring and addressing current critical issues of concern, and by enhancing cooperation and communication between groups of Indians living in various countries.
 
GOPIO Individual Life membership is open to all who believe in the mission of GOPIO. The one- time fee is $5,000 for Platinum Life Membership, $2,500 for Gold Life Membership and $1,500 Silver Life Membership and 2/3 of the amount for each category for those from developing countries and India.
 
GOPIO is looking forward to opening chapters in all major cities of the world, so as to network with people of Indian origin all over the world. If you do not have a chapter in your city, please visit the GOPIO website (www.gopio.net) and get details of chapter initiation (visit http://www.gopio.net/chapter_initiative.htm). This process involves sending a letter of intent to start a chapter by a committee of five people or more.  For more information, contact:
 
GOPIO Chairman - Dr. Thomas Abraham, Stamford, Connecticut, USA, Tel: +1-203-329-8010, E-mail: gopio@optonline.net
 
GOPIO President - Niraj Baxi, San Jose, California, USA, Tel: 408-307-9845 , E-mail: president@gopio.net
 
GOPIO Executive Vice President - Noel Lal, Sydney, Australia, Tel: +61 417448293, E-mail: evpgopio@gmail.com
 
GOPIO Vice President - Ram Gadhavi, Wayne, New Jersey, USA, Tel: +1-973-699-8582, E-mail: ram@gadhavi.net
 
Execuitve Trustee of GOPIO Foundation - Inder Singh, Tarzana, California, USA, Tel: +1-818-708-3885, E-mail: indersinghusa@gmail.com
 
GOPIO's Global Ambassador - Sunny Kulathakal, Bahrain, +973-39441956, India +91-9845756692, E-mail: kulathakal44@gmail.com
 
To become a Life member of GOPIO, visit http://www.gopio.net/gopio_membership.html , print and fill up the form and send it with a check to:. GOPIO International, PO Box 1413, Stamford, CT 06904, USA.

EDITORIAL BOARD

Chief Editor:  Dr. Thomas Abraham, Chairman, GOPIO International (Stamford, CT, USA)
Editor: Nami Kaur, GOPIO Media Council Chair (New York, USA)
Associate Editors: Layla Matthew (Bangalore, India), Ila Rosengarten (Denver, CO, USA) and  Harry Walia (Australia)
Webmasters:  Abu Thomas (Ardsley, New York, USA)

Contributors Sunny Kulathakal, GOPIO's Global Ambassador (Bahrain) 

GOPIO NEWS welcomes NRI/PIO related stories from all over the world. Be a volunteer correspondent or reporter. 
 
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