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India's PM invites Dr Rowley to visit; offers to help train T&T helicopter pilots

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says he has been invited by India's prime minister Narendra Modi to visit India to continue building the ties the two countries have.

The prime minister was speaking at today's post-Cabinet media conference following his return from the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, where he held a bilateral meeting with prime minister Modi.

He said Prime Minister Modi has offered to help in the training of helicopter pilots which Dr Rowley described as "a tremendous expense to T&T" at this time.

Son of former British High Commissioner to T&T denied UK passport because he was born in Trinidad

The son of a former British High Commissioner to this country has been denied a UK passport because he was born in this country.

An article in the UK's Independent quotes Arthur Snell stating that he felt powerless and nervous at the time.

Snell was the High Commissioner to this country from 2011 and 2014, and he claimed his child was rendered stateless as he was also ineligible for Trinidadian citizenship.

Snell revealed details about the incident as he criticised the UK's home office which is currently being cricitised over the Windrush issue. 

T&T, Cuba sign bilateral health agreement

The Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh and the Minister of Public Health of Cuba Dr. Roberto Morales Ojeda have signed a bilateral agreement on health matters, in Havana, Cuba. 

The Health Ministry says the agreement falls within the framework of the 2018 Health Convention for all, taking place in Havana. 

It says both parties previously held an exchange and verified the good development of bilateral relations in health matters.

Minister Deyalsingh also completed an extensive work programme during his stay in Cuba.

Government meets with UN representatives following repatriation debacle

Minister of National Security, Edmund Dillon and Attorney General, Faris Al Rawi, today held a meeting with the United Nations Resident Coordinator Richard Blewitt and Protection Officer of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Ruben Barbado, in light of the recent repatriation of Venezuelan citizens.

Dillon: Three of 82 Venezuelans had asylum-seeking certificates but abandoned them

National Security Minister Edmund Dillon says three of the 82 Venezuelans who were repatriated on Saturday, were in possession of asylum-seeking certificates but later abandoned them and voluntarily agreed to return home.

The Minister was asked by Senator Wade Mark, whether any of the 82 Venezuelans who were recently repatriated were in possession of asylum certificates.

Nine Venezuelans held for being in the country illegally; handed over to Immigration officials

Nine Venezuelan nationals have arrested for being in the country illegally.

A statement by the Police Service says the Venezuelans were held during an anti-crime exercise over the weekend.

While on mobile patrol along S.S. Erin Road, Santa Flora, officers observed three vehicles driving in convoy, namely a silver Nissan Wingroad, a white Mitsubishi Lancer and a gold Toyota Hilux.

The officers observed five men and four women appearing to be Venezuelan nationals, whom they suspected of being in the country illegally.

George Bush Snr hospitalised in Intensive Care Unit

Former President George H.W. Bush, who just buried his wife first lady Barbara Bush on Saturday, is in intensive care.

"President Bush was admitted to the Houston Methodist Hospital yesterday morning after contracting an infection that spread to his blood.

He is responding to treatments and appears to be recovering. We will issue additional updates as events warrant," spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement.

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