The South Asian Times

17 June 2018 19:31 PM

Key updates from the Consulate

New York: Ambassador Riva Ganguly Das, Consul General of India in New York, held a meet-and-greet for press last weekend to highlight some of the upcoming events the Consulate is planning in partnership with community organizations.

Amb. Das also pointed to the urgency of people with PIO cards to change over to OCI cards, for which the deadline is June 30, 2017. Applications can be made to CKGS (  After June 30h, the PIO cards will be invalid and OCI cards will be required by law.

The Consul General also highlighted the liberalized Indian visa regime. The e-visa is now for six months and there are new categories of visa including business, medical and tourist, as well as visas for interns, along with for those who are seeking asylum. The New York consulate holds an open house for people with visas/passport issues on the 1st Wednesday morning and 3rd Wednesday evening of each month.

To mark the 3rd International Day of Yoga (IDY), Ambassador Das pointed out that the flagship public event will be on June 19th at Battery Park in Lower Manhattan. In the park, space is available for about 700 participants to practice yoga.  The Times Square Alliance’s annual yoga event in New York’s Times Square that attracts yoga enthusiasts from around to world,  is on June 21.  

IDY was first initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and under UN mandate it is celepated annually worldwide on June 21st to promote the ancient Indian discipline, which promises health and mental peace.

Consul General Das also invited the community to celepate  India’s Independence Day on August 15 outside the consulate on the 64th Street (between 5th and Madison Avenues) which will be closed to traffic.

Update: 19 May, 2017