Modi meets three Pravasi Bharatiya Samman awardees

Jerusalem, July 5 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday met three recipients of the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, an award instituted by the Indian government for Indians abroad who achieve success in various fields.

“Living bridges of excellence between #IndiaIsrael. PM meets three Pravasi Bharatiya Samman awardees from Israel,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay tweeted.

Those who met Modi were Eliyahu Bezalel, Sheikh Ansari and Dr. Lael Anson Best.

Bezalel is the first Israeli of Indian origin to receive the award in 2005. Hailing from Chennamangalam, Kochi, he has distinguished himself as an eminent agriculturist.

Ansari, who manages the Indian Hospice in Jerusalem, was honoured with the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman in 2011.

Best, an accomplished cardiothoracic surgeon, was conferred the award in 2017.

Modi arrived here on Tuesday in what is the first ever visit by an Indian Prime Minister to Israel.

–IANS

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