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India has 2nd highest number of adults planning to migrate

India has the second highest number of adults planning to migrate to other countries with the US and the UK among the most favoured destinations, according to a report by the UN migration agency. The UN migration agency, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), in its report Measuring Global Migration Potential 2010-2015, which analyses peoples migration intentions globally for the period 2010-2015, noted that globally 1.3 per cent of the adult population or 66 million people said they were planning to migrate permanently within the next 12 months. US is the most popular destination The most popular destination for those planning to migrate is the US followed by the UK, Saudi Arabia, France, Canada, Germany and South Africa. Half of those planning to migrate live in just 20 countries, led by Nigeria and followed by India, Congo, Sudan, Bangladesh and China. At 4.8 million people, India has the highest number…

Supreme Court asks Centre to decide on NRI voting rights within a week

India’s Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre to apprise it within a week as to whether it is going to amend the election law or rules for enabling non-resident Indians (NRIs) to vote in polls. A bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud considered the statement that the Centre and the Election Commission have agreed to the proposal in principle and the only issue is the ways to effect it. The court also noted the submission that the NRIs can be allowed to vote through postal ballot by either changing the Representation of the People Act, 1950 or by amending the rules made under the RP Act. The court was hearing a batch of petitions, including one filed by one Nagender Chindam and another by Shamseer V P, on various issues including NRIs should be allowed to vote through postal ballot. Published on 14…

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Eleven Indians killed, six injured in Saudi Arabia fire

Eleven Indians were killed and five others injured on Wednesday when a major fire ripped through a windowless house in Saudi Arabia. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi said officials of Indian consulate in Jeddah are rushing to Najran following the incident. “I am aware of the fire tragedy in Najran in which we have lost 10 Indian nationals and six injured are in the hospital,” she said in a tweet. I am aware of the fire tragedy in Najran in which we have lost 10 Indian nationals and six injured are in the hospital. /1 — Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) July 12, 2017 Her response came after a woman, Vidya S, sought the external affairs minister’s help to bring back the mortal remains of one of those killed in the incident. “I have spoken to Consul General Jeddah. Najran is 900 Kms from Jeddah. Our staff is…

Abu Dhabi is the favourite city for Indians followed by Mumbai, Singapore

Abu Dhabi tops the list of destinations Indians would prefer to stay followed by Mumbai, Singapore, Delhi and London, a recent survey said. According to a study conducted by Ipsos, given an opportunity Indians would love to live in Abu Dhabi, followed by Mumbai, Singapore, Delhi, London, Paris, Sydney, New York, Zurich, and Los Angeles. People in 26 countries worldwide were asked which, from a list of 60 global cities, they felt was best to live in, do business in, and visit. The scores from the three questions were then added together to create the Ipsos Cities Index. “Indians love their very own commercial capital Mumbai and Delhi and would love to stay in either of the mega cities of India due to abundant career opportunities; quality of life and entertainment options,” Ipsos India CEO Amit Adarkar said in a statement. Globally Delhi is ranked in 40th position followed by…

Air India stops non-vegetarian meals for domestic economy class

Passengers flying economy class with Air India on domestic routes won’t be served non- vegetarian food as the carrier wants to cut down on costs and stop wastage. “This is an attempt to rationalise costs. We have also realised that this will reduce wastage to a great extent because we carry extra vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals,” Air India CMD Ashwani Lohani told PTI. He said that the airline will be taking more such steps in future to reduce its expenses, including in the catering department. Serving one type of meal to passengers in economy class will also make the job of crew members “simpler”, Lohani said. An airline spokesperson told television channels that the decision was taken last week. “On domestic flights, majority of which are less than two hours long, a meal is just an add on and not really worthy of a major concern,” Lohani later wrote on…

Indians are safe, No evacuation needed from Qatar: clarifies MEA

India government on Thursday said all Indians in Qatar are safe and secure and special flights are being operated to facilitate travel of those who want to come home as connectivity from that country has been hit due to restrictions imposed on it by several nations. “It is not an evacuation. There is no need for evacuation. Indians there are safe and secure. There are regional political developments because of which there is a problem in connectivity,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said. He was reacting to some reports that Indians are being evacuated from that country. Baglay said special flights are being operated as many Indians who are in Qatar and other countries wish to travel to India during the Ramzan period and for Eid. “We are aware of that there are certain difficulties in Qatar’s connectivity with its neighbours and therefore some of the Indians who wish…

No more departure cards to be filled for Indians flying abroad

Indians flying abroad will not be required to fill departure cards from next month. However, those going out of the country via rail, seaport and land immigration checkposts will have to fill the embarkation card. New procedure to be effective from July 1 “It has been decided to discontinue the practice of filling up of the departure card by Indians at all international airports with effect from July 1, 2017,” an order issued by the Union home ministry said. The move is aimed at ensuring hassle-free movement of Indians going abroad. At present, those going abroad need to fill in details such as name, date of birth, passport number, address in India, flight number and date of boarding in the departure card. “The same information (about the passengers) is available in the system from other sources,” the home ministry order said, citing reasons behind its move. Time-saving move for passengers…

Indian-origin doctor becomes Ireland’s youngest Prime Minister

Leo Varadkar, a 38-year-old Indian-origin doctor, has scripted history by becoming Ireland’s youngest prime minister, as he promised to build “a republic of opportunity”. Varadkar, the country’s first Indian-origin premier, officially took over from Enda Kenny as Taoiseach, as the Irish prime ministerial title is known, after a parliamentary vote in Dublin confirmed him as the leader by 57 votes to 50, with 47 abstentions. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Leo Varadkar on becoming Ireland’s prime minister and said he looked forward to working with him to enhance relations between the two countries. Congratulations to H. E. Mr. Leo Varadkar on assuming office as Taoiseach of Ireland. @campaignforleo— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 15, 2017 I look forward to working with Taoiseach Varadkar to further strengthen India-Ireland relations. @campaignforleo— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 15, 2017 The former general physician, who is the son of an Irish nurse and a doctor…

Customs employee arrested for stealing passenger’s gold chain

A customs employee at Calicut International Airport was arrested on Friday on charges of stealing a three sovereign gold chain of a male passenger from Dubai, police said. Abdul Kareem, a customs employee in the rank of havildar, was arrested on a complaint by the passenger that the chain kept in a tray at the customs counter in the airport during a x-ray check of his baggage had been lost on May 19. The passenger, who had arrived by an Air India Express flight that day, suspected Kareem to have stolen the chain. Verification of CCTV footage at the airport showed Kareem taking the chain, police said, addin the chain had been recovered from him. He was arrested under Section 379 of the Indian Penal Code and produced before the Manjeri Judicial First Class Magistrate court, which remanded him to two weeks judicial custody. Published on 17 June 2017

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Indian expat set to return home after 24 years in Saudi desert

A 52-year-old Indian national, who has been living in the deserts of Saudi Arabia illegally for 23 years, will soon return to India after the government announced a 90-day amnesty period, according to a media report. Gana Prakasam Rajamariyan came to Saudi Arabia in August 1994 to work as a farm-hand in a remote village in Hail province. Rajamariyan, hailing from Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu, said he was paid only 100 Saudi Riyal a month for six months by his first employer. He was then “transferred” to another employer and a third a few months later. He spent 23 years in the desert, without going home once, a Saudi Gazette report said. “Of the three employers, I was not sure which one was my sponsor. Above all, I did not receive any salary from them, so I decided to abscond and live illegally out of compulsion,” the newspaper quoted Rajamariyan…

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