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Most Indian students leave UK after degree: Report

A majority of Indian students who come to the UK for higher education tend to leave at the end of their degree, according to official data released today. Between April 2016 and April 2017, as many as 7,469 Indian students left before the expiry of their student visas with only 2,209 choosing to extend their visas to remain in Britain, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) said. “Thai, Chinese, Indian and North American (US) students were more likely to depart before their study visas or extensions expired, whereas Russian, Bangladeshi, Pakistani and Saudi Arabian students were more likely to extend their leave to remain,” the ONS data said. Drop in the number of Indian students It also confirms a massive drop in the number of Indians choosing the UK as a destination of choice for their university education. Indian students accounted for approximately 9,600 visas granted in 2016 (or 7…

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India can be UK’s natural partner after Brexit, says Swaraj Paul

India can be Britain’s natural partner at a much bigger level after Brexit, NRI industrialist Lord Swraj Paul has said. He said the UK’s decision to leave the European Union gives an opportunity to Britain and India to work together and gain from each other. “Britain is coming out of Europe and India can be its natural partner on a much bigger level so I invite you to look at Britain as your first choice,” said Paul, Chairman of the Caparo Group of industries. He was addressing the 17th National Conference of Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Association of India here last evening on the topic ‘India on the Global Stage’. “We have two countries; Britain who would love to see both trade and investment grow from India, and India who would like to see more investment from Britain into India. We must make use of this opportunity as it…

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Trump’s ‘Merit-Based’ Immigration Plan may benefit Indian professionals

US President Donald Trump has announced his support for a legislation that would cut in half the number of legal immigrants allowed into the US while moving to a “merit-based” system favouring English-speaking skilled workers for residency cards. If passed by the Congress and signed into law, the legislation titled the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act could benefit highly-educated and technology professionals from countries such as India. End to current lottery system The RAISE Act would scrap the current lottery system to get into the US and instead institute a points-based system for earning a green card. Factors that would be taken into account include English language skills, education, high- paying job offers and age. “The RAISE Act will reduce poverty, increase wages, and save taxpayers billions and billions of dollars. It will do this by changing the way the US issues Green Cards to nationals from…

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Indian-American to head White House regulatory affairs office

The US Senate has voted to confirm Indian American lawyer Neomi Rao as the head of Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The Senate confirmed Rao by a vote of 54-41 as the head of Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). She would be in charge of leading White House office overseeing regulations. Described by The Washington Post as a “superlative pick”, Rao serves as an associate professor of law and the founding director of the Center for the Study of the Administrative State at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School. She graduated from Yale University and later attended University of Chicago Law School. Rao clerked for US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She is also a member of the Administrative Conference of…

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Skytrax awards: Here are the top airlines in each category

Qatar Airways has been named the best airline in the world for 2017 by the leading consumer-aviation website Skytrax. The Doha-based airline was presented with the award on Tuesday at a ceremony during the 2017 Paris Air Show. Often referred to as the “Oscars of the aviation industry,” Skytrax is the most prestigious award ceremony in aviation field. Here are the top performers in each category: The World’s Top 20 Airlines 2017 Qatar Airways Singapore Airlines ANA All Nippon Airways Emirates Cathay Pacific EVA Air Lufthansa Etihad Airways Hainan Airlines Garuda Indonesia Thai Airways Turkish Airlines Virgin Australia Swiss Int’l Air Lines Qantas Airways Japan Airlines Austrian Air France Air New Zealand Asiana Airlines World’s Best Cabin Staff Garuda Indonesia ANA All Nippon Airways EVA Air Thai Airways Singapore Airlines Qatar Airways Asiana Airlines Japan Airlines Cathay Pacific Hainan Airlines Austrian Lufthansa Oman Air Etihad Airways Emirates Malaysia Airlines KLM…

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12 Indian-origin MPs get elected in UK Elections

A record 12 Indian-origin MPs won seats in the House of Commons as the UK election ended with no party winning a majority. All 10 sitting Indian-origin MPs held on to their constituencies whilst two Indian-origin first-timers made it to the House. The dozen include seven from the Labour Party and five from the Conservative Party. International development secretary Priti Patel, 45, of Ugandan-Gujarati heritage, retained her seat in Witham, a working-class heartland, with a comfortable majority of 18,646. Agra-born Alok Sharma, 49, former minister for Asia Pacific, clung on to Reading West in a tight race against Labour, but saw his majority slashed to 2,876 from 6,650. Rishi Sunak, 37, son-in-law of Infosys co-founder N R Narayana Murthy , swept to a resounding victory in wealthy rural Richmond in Yorkshire with an increased majority of 23,108. Suella Fernandes, 37, held on to Fareham with a slightly reduced majority of…

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Indian-origin among 12 new astronauts chosen by NASA

American space agency NASA has chosen 12 new astronauts, including an Indian-American, from a record number of over 18,000 applicants, who will be trained for missions into Earth orbit and to deep space. The seven men and five women comprise the 22nd class of American spaceflight trainees since 1959. This is the largest group NASA has selected in almost two decades. It was selected from a record 18,300 applicants – more than NASA has ever had during an open astronaut call. To get picked, people had to meet some physical requirements as well as certain education and experience criteria – such as having a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field or accumulating up to 1,000 hours of piloting jets. After completing two years of training, the new astronaut candidates could be assigned to missions performing research on the International Space Station, launching from American soil on spacecraft built by commercial…

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Hinduja brothers top UK’s 2017 list of the richest people

The Hinduja brothers have topped the 2017 list of the richest people in the UK with an estimated fortune of £16.2 billion, a massive £3.2 billion hike in their fortunes over the previous year. Besides the Hinduja brothers, there are over 40 Indian-origin super-rich in this year’s list of the UK’s 1,000 wealthiest people, who seem to be reaping a so-called “Brexit bonanza”, PTI reported. ‘The Sunday Times Rich List’ says that uncertainties triggered by Britain’s vote to leave the European Union (EU) last June have not impacted the country’s billionaires’ ability to make money, as they grew in numbers with a 14% rise in their fortunes since last year to earn a record £658 billion collectively. Srichand and Gopichand Hinduja, aged 81 and 77, lead an elite group of 134 UK-based billionaires in the list and have made their fortune from investments in industries such as oil and gas,…

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Now Indian citizens can visit Russia’s Far East without visa

Indian citizens are now eligible to visit Russia’s Far East without visa, Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced on Monday. Tourists and businessmen from 18 nations can visit the Russian Far East without visas, Russian News Agency TASS quoted Dmitry Medvedev as having said on Monday. The list includes Algeria, Bahrain, Brunei, India, Iran, Qatar, China, North Korea, Kuwait, Morocco, Mexico, UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Tunisia, Turkey and Japan. “I have recently approved the list of countries, whose nationals can take advantage of the preferential regime. Businessmen and tourists will not need to undergo the traditional procedure of Russian visas receipt,” the Prime Minister said. The only requirement is that they need to enter their personal details into a website created for this purpose. “Cancellation of visa procedures for tourists and businessmen will promote growth of investment and tourist attractiveness of the Far East. The region will earn more…

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Snapchat ratings see massive drop after CEO’s ‘India is too poor’ comment

A day after news broke out regarding Snapchat’s CEO Evan Spiegel’s disinterest in expanding the business to “poor countries” like India, the rating of the popular app dropped to a “single star” from an apparent “five star” on the App Store. According to the app info on App Store, the “Customer Ratings” of the current version of the app was “single star” (based on 6,099 ratings) and all versions rating was “one and half star” (based on 9,527 ratings) as on Sunday morning. The rating for the app on Android Play Store was “four star” (based on 11,932,996 ratings). The bashing started when US-based news website Variety on Saturday quoted Snapchat’s ex-employee Anthony Pompliano as saying that company CEO Evan Spiegel in September 2015 told him that “the app is only for rich people. I don’t want to expand into poor countries like India and Spain”. Indians did not take…

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