Washington DC: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who will be on his first official state visit to the United States from June 21 to 24, following an invitation extended by President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden, will also be part of dinner hosted by the US President and First lady on June 22 to honour the Prime Minister.

Meanwhile, at least 17 civil society organisations have expressed displeasure over the US president hosting a dinner for the Indian PM and have urged the US President Joe Biden to cancel the dinner invitation to the Indian PM.

According to a report in the Indian American Muslim Council’s (IAMC) official website a coalition of 17 civil rights organisations, including the Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC), Hindus for Human Rights , Dalit Solidarity Inc., Genocide Watch and others have released an open letter urging President Joe Biden to reconsider his decision to extend a state dinner invitation to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, due to the steep decline of democratic values and the continuous violation of human rights against minority communities under his regime.

As per the report, In the letter the organisations voice their apprehensions about the involvement of the Modi administration in fostering Hindu extremist mob violence, hate crimes, and hate speech, with a particular focus on the Muslim and Christian communities. They further underscore the enforcement of biased laws designed to curtail the rights of minority groups, hinder religious conversions and interfaith marriages, and curtail freedom of expression, dissent, and assembly., read the report.

Quoting the letter, the report on the IAMC read as follows, “The invitation to Modi as a state guest signals that the US supports India’s crackdown on fundamental democratic rights and emboldens the Modi administration to intensify its anti-democratic agenda,” the letter stated.

In a press statement, Indian American Muslim Council called PM Modi a champion of “Hindutva, a radical-nazi inspired ideology.” The IAMC also highlighted the gesture of inviting Modi for a dinner as an indication of the United States support towards India’s downslide of democracy.

At the same time, researcher and columnist Ashok Swain took to twitter expressing dismay over dinner invitation by Biden wrote, “Biden talks of promoting democracy, but breaks bread with dictators, who destroy democracies! 17 civil society organisations ask Biden to cancel the dinner invitation to Modi.”

Accordingly, 17 organisations namely, Indian American Muslim Council, Hindus for Human Rights, Dalit Solidarity Inc. , World Without Genocide, Intl Defenders Council , Intl Society for Peace and Justice, Genocide Watch, Jubilee Campaign, Asian Children's Education Fellowship, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR, Misión Vida para las Naciones, Church in the Republic of Uruguay, Global Christian Relief, American Sikh Council, Human Rights and Grassroots Development Society, Intl Commission for Dalit Rights, American Muslim Institute, have signed the letter and have urged the US president to reconsider dinner invitation extended to Indian PM Modi.

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Dubai: Dubai travel authorities have tightened entry guidelines for visit visa holders stressing on the necessity of carrying essential documents and funds.

According to tourism agencies interviewed by Khaleej Times, travelers on Dubai visit visas are now required to possess Dh3,000 (67,947.75 Indian Rupee)in cash, a valid return ticket, and proof of accommodation.

Firoz Maliyakkal, founder and CEO of Tahira Tours and Travels, spoke on the significance of these requirements and stated that travelers must ensure they have a valid visa, a passport with at least six months' validity, and a confirmed return ticket. Additionally, they must carry sufficient funds equivalent to Dh3,000, along with proof of accommodation in the UAE, which can be in the form of a relative's or friend’s residence or a hotel booking.

While this regulation has been in place for some time, recent enforcement measures aim to enhance monitoring and compliance among travelers. Libin Varghese from Rooh Travel and Tourism said that stringent checks at airports aim to prevent overstaying and promote transparency within the tourism sector.

Instances of travelers encountering difficulties due to non-compliance have surfaced. Abin S, a tourist arriving from Cochin International Airport, was unable to provide sufficient proof of accommodation and had to endure a four-day wait at the airport before returning to his hometown. Similarly, Indian tourist Abhishek was denied boarding at Cochin International Airport for failing to meet the documentation requirements, resulting in financial losses and the need to rebook his flight to Dubai.