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26 year old Indian expat killed in accident

A 26-year-old Indian expatriate died in a road accident when his car got sandwiched between two trailers on Wakrah-Corniche road late in the evening on Thursday. Sources which identified the victim as Prajo Joseph said he had been working in a construction firm for the last three years. Joseph, who was in Qatar for close to three years, was a safety officer with his company. He was a native of Kavanad in Kerala’s Kollam district. Joseph leaves his wife and parents. His wife was supposed to join him later this month. A memorial service will be held for Joseph at Hamad Hospital mortuary at 2pm today, said his uncle John Francis Gregory.

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India Govt scholarships for NRI students

There are many schemes and programmes for NRIs initiated by the Central Government and various State Governments. Lack of public awareness and ignorance by media result in these being not available to the majority of NRIs. NRICafe is committed to bring to you such news and information. Here is something that might be useful to you: Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children (SPDC) was introduced in the academic year 2006-2007 with the objective to make higher education in India accessible to the children of overseas Indians and promote India as a centre for higher studies. Under the scheme, 100 PIO/NRI students are awarded scholarship of up to US$ 4,000 per annum for undergraduate courses in Engineering, Technology, Humanities, Liberal Arts, Commerce, Management, Journalism, Hotel Management, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and some other courses. The scheme is open to NRIs/PIOs from over 40 countries (including Qatar) having substantial Indian Diaspora population. The applications…

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ICICI Bank launches ‘Easy NRI Account’

ICICI Bank, India’s largest private sector bank, announced the launch of ‘Easy NRI Account’, a savings bank account specially designed to ensure convenient banking for NRIs (Non Resident Indians) located in the Middle East. The ‘Easy NRI Account’ has been created with the objective of simplifying regular banking activities along with facilitating remittances for customers. Main Features Low monthly average balance requirement of just Rs. 2,000. Nil charges for non-maintenance of minimum balance, as long as the customer has remitted a sum of Rs. 20,000 to ICICI Bank India Easy NRI Account over the preceding three months. This ensures that customers can use the account for remittances without worrying about minimum balance maintenance. Special provision for customers who are more comfortable monitoring their account activity using a passbook. The Easy NRI Account holder or mandate holder for this account is issued a passbook which can be updated by simply visiting…

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Modi announces lifelong visas for NRIs

Amid cheers from thousands of Indian-Americans, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday announced several measures to ease travel to their motherland including life-long visas. “Happy?” he asked as the crowd cheered his announcement with chants of “Modi, Modi” at the huge Madison Square Garden community reception for him. “There is even more to come,” he said smilingly as he announced that People of Indian Origin (PIOs) in staying in India for long would not have to report to police. “There is no need for them to do that anymore.” In addition, the Indian missions in the US would grant long-term visas to US citizens and US tourists would get visa on arrival in India. Online visas would be introduced and Visa outsourcing services expanded to reduce current problems. Currently PIO cards, given to those who themselves, their parents or grandparents or their spouse, were one-time Indian citizens, allow for visa-free…

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Indian Embassy Receives 2,792 Complaints

The Indian embassy in Doha has received 2,792 complaints so far this year, the monthly community house was informed yesterday. In the previous years, 3,385 (2012) and 3,558 (2013) complaints were received by the labour and community welfare section. At the community house yesterday, ambassador Sanjiv Arora and other senior officials assured the complainants of further follow-up with the local authorities and necessary action. According to the embassy, 85 Indian nationals are currently serving varied sentences in the Central Prison and another 143, who are awaiting repatriation, are housed at the Deportation Centre. The total number of deaths registered so far this year was 204.In 2012, the embassy registered 237 deaths while 241 deaths were reported last year. Source : Gulf Times

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4000-5000 NRIs to attend Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2015

For the first time since its inception, Gujarat will host the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas from January 7 to 9, 2015. To be held in Gandhinagar, the theme of the 13th edition is centenary celebrations of the return of Mahatma Gandhi to India from South Africa. Finance minister Saurabh Patel and minister in charge of NRG Foundation Pradipsinh Jadeja met Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during the first advisory committee meeting in New Delhi. Patel said, “Usually 2,000 NRIs register for the event. But since Gujarat is the host, we expect 4,000- 5,000 NRIs to register. The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas will be the best event ever since its inception.” Source : Ahmedabad Mirror

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Here is why Indian women reject NRI proposals

More than half of the Indian women turn down proposals from Non-Resident Indian men who display a disregard for Indian values, according to a survey. When single Indian women were asked by the matchmaking portal, shaadi.com, on what puts them off about marriage prospects coming from the NRIs, 51.7 per cent women gave a thumbs down to people who look down on Indian values. On the other hand, 33.5 per cent said they would reject prospects who would constantly crib about everything in India. Also, 66.7 per cent single Indian women are put-off by fake accents, the survey says. The online poll received over 5,200 responses from single Indian women across India. “The survey highlights how Indian women are looking for genuineness in people. It also reaffirms the age-old belief that first impression is important when meeting a prospective partner for the first time,” Premanshu Singh, AVP & Head-Emerging Business…

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NRI investments in realty may rise by 35% : Survey

Property developers are expecting a 35 per cent surge in real estate enquiries from NRIs, with Bangalore turning out to be the hot favourite, says an Assocham survey. To tap the growing interest which comes at a time when the global economy is stabilising and India is showing strong signs of revival, real estate companies are pulling out all stops by conducting property shows, exhibitions and opening overseas representative offices. Bangalore is the most favourite property investment destination for NRIs, followed by Ahmedabad, Pune, Chennai, Goa, Delhi and Dehradun, it added.The enquiries are primarily coming from NRIs residing in UAE, the US, Singapore, Australia, the UK, Canada and South Africa. The survey was conducted among nearly 850 real estate developers in Delhi-NCR, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Pune, Dehradun and Chennai etc. This year, the demand is more for the high-end property and commercial buildings, according to developers.  Source…

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NRI Remittances to Kerala Grows

Remittances to Kerala have continued to grow and have reached highest figures this year, a study titled Kerala Migration Survey (KMS)- 2014 has revealed. The study, sixth in its series, was released on 17 September 2014. During the 12-month period ending in March 1, 2014, remittances stood at Rs.72,680 crores, 46 percent higher than the remittances in 2011. It revealed that the total remittances that stood at Rs.13,652 crores in 1996, grew to Rs.18,465 crores in 2003 and in 2008 it touched Rs.43,288 crores. In 2011, the total remittances was Rs.49,695 crores. The study reveals that the per capita income in the state would be Rs.63,491 without taking in to account the remittances, but would be Rs.86,180 if remittances were taken into the calculation.

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90% of Kerala’s 23.63 lakh diaspora is in Middle East

As much as 90 percent of Kerala’s 23.63 lakh (2.363 million) diaspora is in the various Middle East countries, says a study released on 17 September 2014. The Kerala Migration Survey (KMS)-2014 shows that the United Arab Emirates has attracted 38.7 percent of the Kerala emigrants and retains its first position while Saudi Arabia comes second with 25.2 percent. The total number of Kerala diaspora is estimated to be 23.63 lakh. These numbers indicate that emigration from Kerala has been increasing since 1998. Although the number of emigrants has increased between 2011 and 2014, emigrants per household have decreased during the period. Ten percent of the Kerala diaspora is outside the Gulf region, principally in the US and Britain. While the relative share of Kerala emigrants in Britain has increased, that in the US has gone down.

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