Monday, January 13, 2014

 PRESS CONFERENCE OF NBA and AAP : 13th January, 2014

13 01 2014

JOINT PRESS CONFERENCE OF NBA and AAP : 13th January, 2014
Indian Women’s Press Corps : 4:30 PM

Dear Friends,
Thousands of oustees of the Omkareshwar, Masheshwar, Indira Sagar, Maan and Upper Beda dams in the Narmada valley in Madhya Pradesh, struggling for their survival and human rights, under the aeigis of the Narmada Bachao Andolan for last two decades have decided to extend their full support to and join the Aam Admi Party.
There has been a continuous dialogue between people’s organisations and the AAP since its inception. As the AAP has emerged as a very significant political alternative for the ordinary people of this country, many organisations have expressed their interest in supporting AAP. The Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) has now taken a decision in this matter.

The Narmada Bachao Andolan and Aam Admi Party are holding  a joint press conferencein this contest on 13th January, 2014 at 4.30 p.m. Indian Women’s Press Corps (Address: 5, Windsor Place, Ashoka Road, 5, Windsor Pl, New Delhi, DL 110001). The press conference will be addressed by AAP leader and renowned Lawyer Shri Prashant Bhushan, Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Shri Alok Agarwal and  AAP activist Shri Pankaj Pushkar.

We will be grateful if you kindly attend the press conference and cover the news.

(Chittaroopa Palit)
(Mobile : 09009710068/09425928007)

Contact : Sneha (09717054142); Alok (09009710068)


Indra’s Net Defending Hinduism’s Philosophical Unity

13 01 2014
Ajit Doval, Director Vivekananda International Foundation 

cordially invites you to the release of

Indra’s Net
Defending Hinduism’s Philosophical Unity
(Authored by Rajiv Malhotra)

Shri Arun Shourie

on Wednesday, 29 January, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Venue: Vivekananda International Foundation
3, San Martin Marg, Chanakyapuri
New Delhi-110021

Please join us for tea at 3.30 pm.

(Formal Invitation Card & About the Book ‘Indra’s Net’ attached)
A line in confirmation shall be highly appreciated.
RSVP: 011-2412-1764

Concert of this Franco-Lebanese musician.

13 01 2014
Jean-Philippe Bottin
Today at 1:15 PM
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Dear Friends,
I know that you won’t meet the concert of Abaji that we organize in our auditorium. Please find attached the details of this sublime concert of this Franco-Lebanese musician.
For those who have also received the invite by post, please do note that the concert will take place on Wednesday 15 January at 7pm.
Warmest regards,

Jean-Philippe Bottin
Directeur, Alliance Française Delhi
Délégué Général Inde Népal, Fondation Alliance Française
72 Lodi Estate, New Delhi 110 003, India
Mob: (91) 9560004641, Twitter: @JPBottin

Visit Portugal

13 01 2014
 January 2014
Dear travel partner,
‘Feliz Ano Novo’ from Visit Portugal team in India!
May 2014 be filled with peace, good health, prosperity and happiness.
It’s now time for us to begin planning for the upcoming travel season and this month’s newsletter focuses on events and festivals during the months of January to May. We have also added information on obtaining a visa so that your customers are better informed of the procedures and categories for application.
Please accept our best wishes for 2014 and do write in if you have any feedback or comments.
Visit Portugal Team
India Representative Office
High ranking Portuguese Tourism delegation will visit India next month to Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai.
Kindly update the following dates as important in your calendar:
Monday, 17th February 2014, Chennai
Tuesday, 18th February 2014, Bangalore
Wednesday, 19th February 2014, Mumbai
Thursday, 27th February – Sunday, 2nd March, 2014
Taste And Chat With Who Knows More At Essencia Do Vinho – Porto.
  There is a possibility to taste the most recent crops of Portuguese Wines, Contacting with the Main Players: Their Producers and Wine Experts. With famous chefs, discover the contrasts that enhance flavors and the best combinations for a perfect degustation.
Wednesday, 5th March – Sunday, 9th March, 2014
Portugal is going to make their presence in the world’s leading travel trade show from 5th March to 9th March, 2014. It is an excellent B2B platform for leisure, MICE and business travel.
Wednesday, 12th March – Sunday, 16th March, 2014
Year after year, the BTL International Tourism Exhibition, which takes place in the Lisbon International Fair, confirms its major role for all tourism professionals. This market barometer, in the heart of a
tourist country like Portugal, let professionals take stock of the latest developments and make new contacts.
Monday, 5th – Thursday, 8th May, 2014
Portugal is participating at the leading international travel and tourism event in the Middle East for inbound and outbound tourism professionals from across the globe.
Wednesday, 3rd – Sunday, 6th April, 2014
Founded in 1900, Automovel Club de Portugal (ACP) has always paid a very special attention to motor sport in Portugal, being responsible for the organization of the most important events from the international calendars.
Book your Rally Pass Now!
Tuesday, 13th May, 2014
To peregrinate is an expression of Faith or an act of Praise and Intercession.
During the trip: Do always keep up the pilgrim’s spirit, play the cyrenean by helping your companions in the pilgrimage, respect and dialogue with whoever is in charge of the group
For more information, kindly visit:
Friday, 23rd May – Sunday, 1st June, 2014
Rock in Rio is now the most important Brazilian festival in the world and one of the most significant on the planet. Over nearly 30 years, it became the owner of a prominent story in the music scene, with
12 editions performed, more than 6 million people gathered and one of the strongest festivals with digital media presence.
SATURDAY, 24th May, 2014
The Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica will stage the 2014 UEFA Champions League final on Saturday, 24 May.
The Portuguese capital has witnessed just one previous European Champion Clubs’ Cup final, back in 1967 when Celtic FC’s ‘Lisbon Lions’ overcame FC Internazionale Milano 2-1 at the Estadio Nacional.
Please note that the following essentials must be met by all applicants submitting their applications for visa.
Passport should have been issued within the previous 10 years.
Passport should have at least two blank pages.
Passport should have at least three months validity from the date of arrival back in India
Applications are only accepted within 3 months of the requested date of arrival
Relevant Forms & Photograph: Fully completed application form appropriate to the type of visa
Application will be accepted only until 10 working days (excluding VFS handling time) before the date of travel.
The jurisdiction of the Consular Section of the Embassy of Portugal in New Delhi covers all India (except the States of Maharashtra and Goa and the Union Territories of Daman, Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli) for short and long term visa.
The residents of the States of Maharashtra and Goa and the Union Territories of Daman, Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli have to apply at VFS Mumbai Visa Application Centre.
The long-term national visa (vg. research, study, work and family) for residents of Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka have to be submitted to the Embassy of Portugal in New Delhi.
Turismo de Portugal recently concluded a FAM trip for select travel agents from India. Representatives from IN TIME Travels, Ashoka Dream Holidays,
SSR Holidays, Kavita Bhagat, Wellcome Tours, Varun Worldwide Vacations, Tour Organiser and Regal Voyages were a part of the Portugal Tourism trip.
The aim of the FAM Trip was to showcase various tourism facets of Portugal to the travel agents. This, in turn, would help to raise awareness about the destination and increase the number of Indians visiting Portugal for business and pleasure.
If you are planning a short visit to Portugal and you do not have Portugal nationality, you may need to apply for a Schengen visa. Portugal is one of the 26 European countries forming the Schengen Area which have no border controls between them. These countries also issue a common visa, the Schengen visa for the stay upto 90 days.
Duration Visa Fees in INR Visa Fees in Euros
Children between 6-12 years
Above mentioned Visa Fee is to be paid only by cash.
VFS Service Charge
Applicants applying at the Portuguese Visa Application Centre shall be levied a service charge of Rs. 1320/- (inclusive of service tax and education cess) payable in cash.
For more information, kindly visit:
Business visa application is applicable in case you are travelling for business purposes. This visa is given for travel period of less than 90 days
Visit to family or friend visa application is applicable in case you are travelling for visiting your family member or friend. This visa is given for travel period of less than 90 days.
Applicants for a seaman’s visa must be employed in any capacity on board a vessel, and seeking to enter Portugal solely in pursuit of his/her calling as a seaman, with the intention of departing with the vessel or reshipping on other vessel that is bound for a foreign port or place or one coming to the Portugal to join a vessel in this country.
Visas for visits exceeding three months, whether for study, training, working or residence, shall be national visas issued by Portuguese Embassy in accordance with its national legislation. These types of visas are only valid for the national territory of the concerned country.
Scientific Research: Scientific Research visa application is applicable in case you are travelling for research purpose. Applicants applying under this category do not require paying Visa fee.
Study/Training: Applicants travelling for study purpose or training purpose has to apply under this category.
Duration Visa Fees in INR Visa Fees in Euros
Study / Training
Work Visa (Employment Visa/ Work Independent Visa):This visa is issued to the applicants who are travelling to Portugal for employment purpose.
Family Reunification: Applicants who want to join their spouse/parents/siblings have to apply under this category.
Have to appear for an interview at the Embassy on the date & day scheduled at the time of submission.
Applicant has to pay Investigation fee: INR 20.000 for Punjab and Haryana; INR 30.000 for the rest of India; INR 40.000 for Nepal and Sri Lanka; INR 45.000 for Bangladesh. The fee will be paid via bank transfers. Details will be made available at the visa counter, Embassy of Portugal in New Delhi, at the time of interview of the applicants.
Temporary Stay Visa
Temporary Stay visa is issued to below mention for a period of less than one year.
Software programmers/ technicians/ highly skilled workers under company’s contract for the period not more than one year
Employment under contract for the period not more than one year
Scientific research for the period not more than one year
Sports profitable
Medical treatment in a recognized hospital
Some other specific situations
Application procedure
The VFS Portugal Visa Application Centres will accept visa applications from all nationals, who wish to travel to Portugal. VFS will submit all such visa applications to The Embassy of Portugal located in New Delhi and The Consulate of Portugal in Goa.
Step 1 Applications for Portuguese visa are accepted at the VFS visa application centre
Step 2 Before applying, please ensure you are very clear on your ‘purpose of visit’ – do remember we are here to assist and help you through the entire visa application process but are not permitted to advise or guide you on choosing a visa category. Since our work is primarily administrative in nature, we have no say on whether you will be granted a visa and how long it will take to process, as this is entirely the prerogative of The Embassy of Portugal.
Step 3 Please go to the link “All About Your Visas” to understand details of various visas
Step 4 Please ensure you read the security regulation notices before you visit the Visa application centre / Embassy of Portugal, New Delhi
Please keep in mind that all applications should be handed in minimum 10 working days ahead of the intended travel date, unless extraordinary circumstances are demonstrated and approved by the Embassy. Failure to comply with the application procedures will be met by a warning. Repeated misconduct may result in cancellation of an agent’s authorization.
Note: In case of travel to more than one Schengen country, please submit your application to the Embassy / Consulate where you will be staying for the maximum number of days. In case of equal stay, one has to apply at the Schengen country which is the first port of entry.
Courier Service
In case you would like your passport couriered to your specified address, you can request this facility at the time of submitting your application. This optional service is available for an additional fee of Rs 335/- (inclusive of Service tax).
Portugal has a good road network composed of Motorways (AE), Main Trunk Routes (IP), Complementary Trunk Routes (IC), Main (National) Roads (EN) and Secondary (Municipal) Roads.
There are car rental services at airports, international rail terminuses and in the main towns and cities. Drivers with mobility difficulties, or anyone who prefers to, can rent automatic or adapted vehicles.
You can get to Portugal by coach. Eurolines ( and Intercentro ( both operate international routes to and from Portugal.
Portugal’s excellent geographical position makes it a stopover point for many foreign airlines at airports all
over the country: Lisbon – Portela Airport, Oporto – Dr. Francisco Sa Carneiro Airport, Faro – Faro Airport, Ponta Delgada, Azores - Joao Paulo II Airport.
CP – Comboios de Portugal (, the Portuguese railway company, offers a vast rail network covering the whole of mainland Portugal and also offers international train services to Vigo, Madrid and Paris.
VFS Portugal Visa Application Centre
No. 15-26, Block E, 2nd Floor,
International Trade Tower,
Nehru Place, New Delhi-110019
Submission of Application:
0900 – 1630 : Applicants / Representatives / Travel Agents
Collection of Passport:
0900-1200 Monday-Friday (For collection of passports received from the Embassy the previous day)
1300-1600 Monday-Friday (For collection of passports received from the Embassy the same day)
For more Information:
Call 022-67866070 between 0800 – 1700 hrs, Monday-Friday (except Embassy holidays)

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