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India to supply over half of Asia’s workforce: Report

India, with over 65 per cent of population below the age of 35, will supply more than half of potential workforce over the coming decade in Asia, which is grappling with ageing population, according to a report. India will however have to first equip its workforce with necessary skills to contribute to the national economy in order for the country to reap dividends of its demographic potential, said the report by Deloitte — ‘Demographics fuelling Asia’s shifting balance of power’ “India is among a handful of South Asian countries that sits on a demographic gold mine,” the report said, adding that the country has a median population age of 27.3 years compared to 35 years for China and around 47 years for Japan. Deloitte India Lead Economist Anis Chakravarty said: “India will account for more than half of the increase in Asia’s workforce in the coming decade, but this isn’t…

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NRIs who harass, abandon their wives may get their passports cancelled

Non-resident Indians (NRIs) who harass their wives or desert them could face impoundment or cancellation of their passport if Cental government accepts the recommendations of a high-level panel, Hindustan Times have reported citing an undisclosed source. Once the passport is impounded, the NRI husband — if present in India — won’t be able to leave the country until the case is settled. If abroad, he will have to be deported to India, the report added. Following several complaints lodged by women deserted by their NRI husbands, the ministry of external affairs (MEA) constituted the committee in May to look into various legal and regulatory challenges and suggest measures to address them. The panel has also recommended that cases of domestic violence be included in the scope of extradition treaties that India inks with other countries. Officials in the Union women and child development (WCD) ministry, which is coordinating with the…

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Indian PM inaugurates Sardar Sarovar Dam, one of the biggest in the world

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmada river, saying no other project in the world has faced so many hurdles as this “engineering miracle” which many people had “conspired to stop”. He also said that the dam, conceptualised nearly six decades ago, would become a symbol of the country’s growing prowess and boost growth in the region. “No other project in the world has faced such hurdles as the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmada river. But we were determined to complete the project,” Modi said at a rally some 55 kms from the dam site in Dabhoi town of Vadodara district. The prime minister, who had earlier dedicated the dam to the nation on his 67th birthday, said “Sardar Sarovar will become a symbol of India’s new and emerging power and propel growth in the region…the project is an engineering miracle.”…

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India likely to be third largest economy by 2028: HSBC report

India is likely to overtake Japan and Germany to become the third largest economy in the next 10 years but needs to be consistent in reforms and focus more on the social sector, British brokerage HSBC has said. Social capital is “insufficient” in the country and spending on aspects like health and education “is not just desirable for its [India’s] own sake, but is also central to economic growth and political stability,” it said. India also needs a lot of focus on ease of doing business and related aspects like contract enforcements. “In over the next ten years, India will likely surpass Germany and Japan to become the world’s third largest economy in nominal USD and the transition will happen even more quickly on a PPP [purchasing power parity] basis,” its economists said in a note. Key strengths Demographics and macro stability were pointed out as key strengths for the…

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Make Aadhaar mandatory for NRI marriages, expert panel tells MEA

Aadhaar should be made mandatory for the registration of NRI marriages in India to tackle desertion and other marital issues, an inter-ministerial committee has recommended to the Ministry of External Affairs. The proposal by the special committee on Indian passport holders getting married in India is aimed at protecting the rights of women who are deserted by their NRI husbands or become victims of domestic violence and dowry harassment abroad. “It has been proposed that Aadhaar be a must-have for registration of NRI marriages (in India),” said a source privy to the contents of the report submitted to the MEA on August 30. The Unique Identification Authority of India is working on a policy for the Aadhaar enrolment of NRIs, Overseas Citizens of India and Persons of Indian Origin. At present, all residents including Indian nationals and foreigners with valid visas can enrol for an Aadhaar number. The panel also…

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Qatar Airways flight makes emergency landing in Hyderabad after pilot falls ill

A Qatar Airways flight – QR 964 – made an emergency landing at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) in Hyderabad after one of its pilots suffered pain in his chest, Indian newspapers reported. According to airport sources, the Romanian co-pilot, Andre Dinu, complained of severe pain in his chest while the aircraft was at a cruising altitude. Times of India reports that he he collapsed on-board. After seeking permission from RGAI air traffic control, the 14-hour long Doha to Denpasar (Indonesia) flight was diverted to Hyderabad where it made an emergency landing around 12.05 am. Doctors attended to Dinu immediately after landing and after finding his condition critical, they immediately rushed him to the Apollo Hospitals in Jubilee Hills at around 1.20 am. His condition is said to be stable, Hindustan Times reported. “The pilot had lost conscious on-board. His condition was stabilised at the airport. After he was rushed…

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Qatar Foreign Minister and Sushma Swaraj discuss welfare of Indian workers

Amid a diplomatic standoff between Qatar and four Arab nations, the welfare of Indian workers in the gas-rich Gulf nation came up for discussion during a meeting between external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani here on Saturday. “EAM @SushmaSwaraj welcomes Mr. Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, Foreign Minister of Qatar on his visit to India,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted along with a picture of the two leaders. “Bilateral issues, including welfare of Indian workers in Qatar were discussed,” he said. There are around 630,000 expatriate Indians in Qatar, many of whom are blue collar workers in that country’s construction sector. Sheikh Mohamed’s visit, who arrived here on Friday, assumes more significance as it comes at a time when the Gulf nation is in a nearly three-month-old diplomatic standoff with a group of four Saudi Arabia-led Arab nations. Saudi Arabia,…

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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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