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Monday 27 December 2004

PM's Relief Fund

Dr. Manmohan singh, the Indian Prime Minister, has appealed for donations to the PM National Relief Fund.

"Thousands of people have lost their lives and property worth crores of rupees has been damaged. I appeal to all citizens to donate generously. The cheque or draft should be addressed to the Prime Minister's national relief fund and should be sent to:

The Prime Minister's Office,
South block,
New Delhi,
India - 110001"

You can send cheques or drafts.

Update via noticias

The donations can be made by cheque or draft in the name of “The Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund” and sent to the Prime Minister’s Office, South Block, New Delhi 110001. As per directions on the subject the nationalised banks are not to charge any commission on preparation of drafts favouring the PMNRF.

Contributions can also be made directly to the branches of the following banks:

1) State Bank of India

2) Central Bank of India

3) Union bank of India

4) Dena Bank

5) Syndicate Bank

6) Corporation Bank

7) Bank of India

8) Indian Overseas Bank

9) Punjab National Bank

10) Indian Bank

11) Allahabad Bank

12) Citi Bank

Contributions can also be sent through Money Orders with no commission chargeable. Contributions to the PMNRF have ben notified for 100% deduction form taxable income under section 80(G) of the Income tax act.

14 Comments Post a Comment
Anonymous Anonymous said :

You can also send checks to the Indiam embassy in
the US at this address:

Prime Minister's National Relief Fund
Embassy of India
Attn: Head of Chancery
2107 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008

Tue Dec 28, 03:42:00 AM IST  
Anonymous Anonymous said :

I am in Singapore and would like to donate thru my credit card to the PM Relief Fund,

pls let me know how I can do this?


Tue Dec 28, 12:10:00 PM IST  
Blogger Markiv said :

I am in Singapore too. The PM Relief Fund Credit card transaction is not going through as the Fax # is wrong. Can anyone point me to the correct fax # ?


Tue Dec 28, 01:03:00 PM IST  
Anonymous Anonymous said :

Dear all,

Everybody know what has happened to our countrymen. This is time really to help somebody who needs food, sheltar or clothing. Thousands of people are searching for their beloved ones in refugee camps and hoping for their best. In this sad times, we at Behindwoods.com want to maximise our contribution towards Prime Minister Relief Fund. Anybody with a credit card or bank account can contribute through the site


Please save one of your Burger King Ride or any of your fun activities and contribute those who really in need this hour. Even donating a dollar will go a long way in helping those.

Thanks for your tome and contribution.

Behindwoods Team

Tue Dec 28, 11:59:00 PM IST  
Blogger Howard Mulligan said :

Exceptional use of IT as an enabler for a national cause. Would like to form a involved activiy group for related IT professionals. Get in touch with Parikshit Shrikant Basrur at pbasrur@hotmail.com and parikshitbasrur@yahoo.com

Thank you

Wed Dec 29, 04:52:00 AM IST  
Blogger V.P.Jaiganesh said :

Please note down one more aid organization where u can donate online.

Thanks and Prayers,

Wed Dec 29, 11:35:00 AM IST  
Blogger Vijaya said :

I am continously finding people from Singapore and other places saying they are not able to access the fax nos.of PM's National Relief Fund in India.
a]If you are unable to get Demand Drafts made from any State Bank of India branch there for PMNRF and post it to The Prime Minister's National Relief Fund, Prime Minister's Office, South Block, New Delhi 110001, India,
please try this alternative then:
Card holders either mail this slip to the PMNRF, Prime Minister's Office P O Box No : 5411 New Delhi 110011 or Fax this slip to FAX no 91-44-8202221.

ALSO FOR NRIs & Foreign Nationals : The contribution towards the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund can be deposited with the Indian Missions abroad clearly indicating your communication address. Formal receipt will be issued through the respective Mission.

b]Another option:Try sending your contributions favouring 'Indian Red Cross Society, New Delhi'at Indian Red Cross Society, 1 Red Cross Road, New Delhi 110001,INDIA or visit website: https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation-form.asp

c]Or go to the website of AID-India and make an online contribution. Its a real good organisation working for many years and true relief providers.
Website : www.aidindia.org

c]ALSO, a Singapore-based company, Aspiron Resources Pte Ltd, has set up a collection point in a retail mall in the heart of Singapore:

Near City Hall MRT
Opens daily: 11am - 9pm.
Email: tidalwaverelief@yahoo.com.sg
Tel: 9173 2577

Vijaya, Pune, INDIA
E-mail: vmoorthy@rediffmail.com

Wed Dec 29, 07:49:00 PM IST  
Blogger Vijaya said :

I need existing bloggers to send me an invite to do posting work on the site. I have registered as a blogger and am trying to organise my bit in Pune. Pune folks kindly get in touch with me at vmoorthy@rediffmail.com OR to donate in kind (i will be coordinating with the local Red Cross), call me at 9822004752. Thanks all, keep the good work flowing!Vijaya

Wed Dec 29, 07:52:00 PM IST  
Blogger Aashish said :

"The Hindu" newspaper has an option of making a donation using a credit card, and it works (I just made a payment). So, those who need to make online payments can use this page.

You can navigate to this page from the Hindu homepage too:

Wed Dec 29, 09:36:00 PM IST  
Anonymous Anonymous said :

PayPal option to Donate to Prime Minister's National Relief Fund:

Wed Dec 29, 10:57:00 PM IST  
Blogger Vijay Vemulapalli said :

On December 26, a large part of the coastline of India was devastated by a deadly Tsunami, causing immense damage to life, land and property.

Official estimates put the human casualties at around 8500 in India and more than 65,000 in the South / South East Asian Region and the United Nations has said that this could prove to be the costliest natural disaster the world has seen so far.

Vibha to kick of its relief efforts has sanctioned an immediate release of $5000 to fund relief operations and has started fund raising efforts for relief and rehabilitation of the affected communities. Vibha requests donors to contribute (tax deductible in the US) to the campaign at

Three Vibha Projects have also been affected by this natural calamity. Vidyarambam, a pre-school program with centers all over Coastal Tamil Nadu is currently struggling to find information about 300 children and five teachers who are part of the program in Poompuhar and Thirumalaivasal. RSO, a toddler home supported by Vibha is located in a community of about 4000 people primarily engaged in fishing and this area has had extensive property damage. Currently Vidyarambam, Makkal Palli Iyakkam/Tamil Nadu Science Foundation (both in collaboration with AID-India) and RSO are working towards relief activities in affected communities.

The projects have already started emergency relief measures such as providing drinking water, food and blankets to the affected people. However, a major part of the activity is to get the affected communities back to normalcy and provide for emergency healthcare and nutrition – food, water and vaccinations for children and adults. The exact monetary requirements for the same will be known over the next few days, but we do know that every dollar and cent contributed to this campaign will be utilized because the long-term rehabilitation aspect will be extremely difficult as a lot of fishing villages have been wiped out without any trace.

Vibha’s Tsunami Emergency Relief Campaign Website is http://www.vibha.org/emergencyrelief

Donations for the Vibha Tsunami Emergency Relief Campaign can be made at:

Donors can also mail their checks to:
1030 E El Camino Real #424
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Make Checks Payable to: “Vibha”, Memo: “Tsunami Emergency”

Contributions to Vibha are Tax Deductible in the US.

Vibha TM is a volunteer managed, US based 501 (c) (3) registered Non Profit Organization with over 15 action centers. Vibha’s vision is to ensure that every underprivileged child attains his or her right to education, health and opportunity. Vibha has supported over 130 child development projects in India and the US, impacting over a hundred thousand underprivileged children.

Thu Dec 30, 02:39:00 AM IST  
Anonymous Anonymous said :

this is the email of the the head of seismology at the India Meteorological Department


``Tsunamis are never recorded in Indian history, so it did not occur to us,'' said R S Dattatrayam, director seismology at IMD, who arrived after 8.30 am to the station after being informed. ``I don't recall the exact sequence of events.''

they knew an hour before that car nicobar island was gone ! and did not even react to that

Thu Dec 30, 04:46:00 PM IST  
Anonymous Anonymous said :

We should put these governments on trial; the people should have known. I never heard of Iraq killing 100,000 people in a day. America needs to conquer more foreign lands. Two birds- one stone.

Fri Dec 31, 07:33:00 AM IST  
Anonymous Anonymous said :

Canada pledges $40 million in aid
Will send DART team

Annita Newell
Canadian Press

Wednesday, December 29, 2004


OTTAWA -- Canada has increased to $40 million the money it will donate for emergency relief in the south Asian region hit by a killer tsunami and will also consider sending a disaster relief team.

Defence Minister Bill Graham told a news conference Wednesday that $36 million has been added to the $4 million already pledged.

As well, he said Canada will send a planeload of relief supplies to Indonesia, the nation hardest hit by the Dec. 26 earthquake and resulting tsunami. A planeload was sent to Sri Lanka on Tuesday.

Graham said a 12-member reconnaissance team will go to the devastated areas to make recommendations on additional help, including whether the Disaster Assistance Relief Team - or DART - should be deployed.

He said there is also a request from Thailand for forensics experts to identify scores of bodies piled up in tourist areas and for body bags to transport them.

The death toll across south Asia approached 80,000 by Wednesday and is expected to top 100,000.

Three Canadians were confirmed dead by Wednesday; dozens are injured and trying to get home after losing all their possessions when the tsunami hit.

Responding to reports that officials in the region had been demanding that stranded Canadians pay for new passports, Graham said that issue is resolved.

Sebastien Theberge, a spokesman for Foreign Minister Pierre Pettigrew, said consular officers in the region have been instructed, ''to exercise maximum discretion in determining the needs of Canadians affected and to provide assistance tailored to their individual circumstances, including waiving fees for passport if necessary.''

Graham said some Canadians could be flown home on the aircraft that are taking relief supplies in, but it has first has to be determined if that's possible.

How to help Canadians will be part of what the reconnaissance team from Defence, Foreign affairs and the Canadian International Development Agency, will tackle when they leave Thursday for the region.

The defence minister is acting as point man for the federal government - Pettigrew, International Co-operation Minister Aileen Carroll and Prime Minister Paul Martin are all away on vacation.

Pettigrew and Carroll will return to Canada immediately, but Martin is not scheduled to return from his Moroccan vacation until the weekend.

Graham said he spoke with Martin on Wednesday and that the prime minister is co-ordinating Canada's relief efforts.

He read a statement from Martin offering condolences to the leaders of several countries reeling from the disaster.

''The shocking human toll of the terrible disaster in South and southeast Asia has moved Canadians across the country to do what they can to help,'' the statement read.

Graham said consular staff in the hard-hit areas have been working around the clock to help Canadians and will continue to do so.

Martin has appointed Graham and Health Minister Ujjal Dosanjh to head up Canada's participation in disaster relief.

The defence minister said Canada is prepared to provide more help as more needs are identified.

It's not clear yet whether the full DART will eventually be deployed. Graham said it takes four large planes to move the whole team.

''We do not send it without first ascertaining if it's going to be useful on the ground,'' he told the news conference.

Officials had said Tuesday that it would take about 24 flights of a loaded Hercules aircraft to ferry the 200 DART personnel and all their equipment to the region.

They said then that the DART, which is on standby for use in international disasters, wasn't ''the right tool'' to help victims of the earthquake and tsunami.

Its workings are complex, involving a kind of military field hospital that uses about 200 personnel including medics, engineers and security personnel.

Graham responded to criticisms that the Canadian Forces team hasn't yet been sent to the region, where the death toll has risen to almost 80,000 since disaster struck on Dec. 26.

He said the advance reconnaissance team will determine if some parts of DART could be sent, rather than trying to deploy the whole unwieldy team, which would cost $15 million to $20 million.

Part of DART's expertise is water purification, which is desperately needed in the stricken areas in several countries including Sri Lanka, Thailand, India and parts of Indonesia.

The DART was last used five years ago when a massive earthquake hit Turkey.

Officials have been reviewing the program since fall to find ways of making it more nimble, Elissa Goldberg of foreign Affairs says.

''We've been evaluating this, even before the hurricane season in the Americas, to see how we might be able, for instance, to break it up into pieces so we can use it more frequently in the Canadian tool kit,'' she said Tuesday.

© Canadian Press 2004

Fri Dec 31, 10:57:00 PM IST