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Qatar Emir extends Independence Day greetings to India

A host of foreign leaders, including the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, extended Independence Day greetings to India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to acknowledge the greetings and express gratitude. In response to greetings from Qatar, PM Modi said on Twitter: “Thanked His Highness Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, for his congratulatory phone call this evening on our Independence Day.” Thanked His Highness Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, for his congratulatory phone call this evening on our Independence Day.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 15, 2017 At more than 625,000, the Indian diaspora is the largest community in State of Qatar. A number of other leaders like Canadian and Israeli Prime Ministers also extended their greetings. “India and Canada enjoy a special relationship with so much in common. My best wishes for a happy Independence Day,” Canadian…

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Only 24,000 overseas Indians have registered as voters

A little over 24,000 overseas Indians, who are entitled to cast their ballot in India, have registered themselves as voters. Now, in a bid to attract more such Indian citizens living abroad to become voters here, the Election Commission has launched a portal which allows them to register online. The portal can be accessed through the Election Commission website: eci.nic.in. The portal also has a long list of frequently asked questions to help people understand the procedure. Only 24,348 registered voters While there are no estimates on the number of overseas Indians eligible to vote in India, only 24,348 have registered with the poll panel. Out of these, 23,556 are from Kerala, 364 from Punjab and 14 from Gujarat, according to the data provided by the Commission. Who is an overseas elector? According to the ‘Overseas Indian Voters’ portal, an overseas elector is a person who is a citizen of India…

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373 Indian scientists have quit foreign jobs to work in India since 2014

Over 350 Indian scientists gave up jobs in reputed foreign institutions between 2014 and 2016 to return to work for domestic establishments, the government today informed the Lok Sabha. Of 373 scientists who have returned to India under different programmes, 125 have been absorbed in different institutions. The information was shared in a written response to a question in the Lok Sabha by Y S Chowdary, Minister of State in the Science and Technology Ministry. Fellowships for scientists Under the Ramanujan Fellowship scheme, 123 scientists returned to India between 2014 and 2016, of whom 52 have been absorbed. The fellowship is meant for “brilliant scientists and engineers” from all over the world to take up scientific research positions in India. Under the Ramalingaswami Re-entry Fellowship, 109 scientists have returned home and 55 have been absorbed while under the Inspire Programme,  141 scientists have chosen to come back home with 18…

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NRIs don’t need Aadhaar cards, confirms UIDAI chief

Non Resident Indians (NRIs) visiting India on vacation are exempted from showing Aadhaar cards for official purposes, the chief of Aadhaar authority in India has confirmed. “NRIs are exempt from obtaining Aadhaar cards. These are only for Indians residing in the country and not for those living abroad,” clarified Dr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). UIDAI, which has issued 1.16 billion cards as of now, is responsible for the processing and authentication of data for Aadhaar and maintaining India’s Central Identities Data Repository. As informed earlier on several occasions, NRIs are not eligible to obtain them in the first place and it is open only to long-term residents of the country, which they are not. According to the official, circulars have been sent to all government departments, banks and education institutions, that NRIs are exempt. However several NRIs are still facing hardships as…

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NRIs don’t have to reveal overseas bank details to India govt: CBDT

It is not mandatory for all Non-resident Indians (NRIs) to disclose their overseas bank accounts in the income tax return form, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has said. Putting to rest all confusion on the issue, Sushil Chandra, chairman of the CBDT, on Monday said that only those who seek tax refunds and do not have a bank account in India need to submit their overseas bank account details. Earlier there were reports on Indian media that government is seeking overseas bank account details of NRIs and plans to impose tax on overseas savings. Ministry of Finance’s Tax Department has issued a statement, clarifying the issue which had puzzled NRIs and expatriates. Overseas details only if seeking tax refund “Therefore, the non-residents who are not claiming refund or non-residents who are claiming refund but having a bank account in India are not required to furnish details of their foreign…

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NRI voting rights: Centre agrees to amend law, Seeks two weeks time

India’s Central government has agreed to amend the law wherein NRIs had to travel to India to vote during elections. Attorney General KK Venugopal told the Supreme Court that the government has accepted in principle that the facility of voting from the foreign land could be extended to NRIs. He said that a group of ministers met on Thursday and it was decided that the Representation of People Act will have to be amended to enable NRIs to vote without coming to India. Centre has sought two weeks time for submitting reply in the Court regarding the changes to be made in Representation of People’s Act. The Supreme Court had last week given one week to the government to take a decision on giving voting rights to the NRIs. The top court is hearing a batch of petitions on various issues related to NRIs voting rights. Under the current legal…

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India to become the largest milk producer by 2026

India is set to be the largest producer of milk in the world by the year 2026, the official report released by the United Nations and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has projected. India is also expected to triple its total milk production over the first quarter of the 21st century. “Over the course of the outlook period alone, milk production in India will grow by 49 per cent; in 2026, India will be the world’s largest milk producer, with an output one-third above that of the second largest producer, the European Union,” said the report by the UN and Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. India to be most populous country by 2026 The OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2017-2026 said the world’s population will increase from 7.3 to 8.2 billion over the course of the next decade with India and Sub-Saharan Africa accounting for 56 per cent…

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Mishap averted after AI Express flight from Dubai skids off runway

A mishap was averted at the Mangaluru airport in Karnataka today morning when an Air India Express aircraft from Dubai with 185 passengers on board, veered off the runway due to poor weather conditions, according to the Airport Authority of India officials. The pilots of the flight – IX 814 – were able to bring the Boeing 737 back to the runway’s centre line after it skidded. “Just as the aircraft was about to touch down, there was sudden gust of wind and heavy rain. The aircraft skidded to the right momentarily after the touch down. But got back to the center line thereafter,” Air India Express CEO Shyam Sundar was quoted as saying. “There was no discomfort or injury to any passenger. Post arrival inspection of the aircraft revealed no damages.” he added. “The aircraft was inspected and no “noticeable damage” was found, the official said. “The initial enquiry…

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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…

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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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