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NRI father dies in accident after saving his nine-year-old daughter

An NRI father was killed in a horror crash after pushing his nine-year-old daughter out of the way of an oncoming car and saving her life. Paul John, 47, passed away in UK’s Manchester hospital, two days after being hit by a Kia Picanto. Tragic incident Witnesses reported seeing Paul John desperately push his daughter Angela out of the way of the oncoming vehicle when they were walking in Wythenshawe, Manchester. He managed to shove his child to safety but not before the car crashed into him. Moments later the car struck a 27-year-old woman and her two-year-old son, who was in a pushchair. Angela John suffered minor cuts and bruises while the woman was treated for a broken wrist. The toddler was uninjured. The 88-year-old male driver of the car remained at the scene and is helping police with their investigation. Paul John was immediately taken to hospital where…

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India modifies pension plan to include NRI workers

After discarding the Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojana, India Government has modified another pension plan to include NRI workers. The Atal Pension Yojana, which currently caters to workers in the unorganised sector in India, is now open to low-income NRI workers. Many contours of the two pension policies are similar, including the contribution made by the government of India. The existing pension scheme run by the country’s pension regulator is now set to fill the void, Khaleej Times reported citing officials. How the scheme works The Atal scheme is a pure pension policy without life insurance. Subscribers would receive a fixed minimum pension of Rs 1,000 per month, Rs 2,000 per month, Rs 3,000 per month, Rs 4,000 per month or Rs 5,000 per month, at the age of 60 years, depending on their contributions. The minimum age of joining the scheme is 18 years and maximum age is 40 years. The Government of…

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India Govt discontinues pension scheme for NRI workers

Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojana (MGPSY) – a pension scheme for Indian workers living abroad has been discontinued by the Government of India citing poor response. The scheme was launched in the UAE in 2012 in its pilot phase before introducing it in 16 other countries. The objective was to encourage and enable the overseas Indian workers by giving government contribution to save for their return and resettlement (R&R), save for their old age, obtain a life insurance cover against natural death during the period of coverage. The foreign office is discontinuing three initiatives – a pension-cum-life insurance scheme, short-term academic courses, and a business opportunities platform – a year after it took charge of overseas Indian affairs, according to a report in The Telegraph. Low number of subscribers The pension scheme was the only initiative representing the blue-collar workers living abroad but it failed to attract a huge number of…

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Indian businessman bails out 4,500 prisoners in UAE

In an exemplary act of charity, an Indian businessman in UAE has helped in securing the release of 4,500 prisoners from various jails by clearing their debts. Firoz Merchant, chairman of Pure Gold Group, now plans to enhance the amount devoted for philanthropy to $1 million and bail out thousands more from not just UAE jails, but the wider GCC region. “My first priority is to help prisoners in the UAE jails. Once this issue is properly addressed, I plan to look at other countries in the region,” Merchant reportedly told local daily Khaleej Times. “This year, $1 million is earmarked to bail out more prisoners from the UAE jails and in the next few weeks, a few hundred more prisoners will be released from Ajman, Sharjah, Umm Al Quwain and Fujiarah,” he added. Personally interviewing prisoners About 200 fresh appeals for help land in his secretary’s mailbox each day. But Merchant…

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Indian diaspora seeks PM’s help over demonetised currency

The Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) has pointed out to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that diaspora Indians are being turned away by Reserve bank of India from depositing their demonetized currencies, despite the extended deadline for NRIs being till June 30, 2017. The organisation said that after standing outside for several hours, Indians with foreign citizenship were being told by the RBI that only NRIs with Indian passport can go inside and exchange the scrapped Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. The body requested the Prime Minister that Diaspora Indians with foreign citizenship, and Person of Indian Origin (PIO) and Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) card holders be given the same opportunity for depositing old currency notes as given to NRIs (Indian Passport holders), allowing them to deposit up to Rs 2,50,000 of Indian currency in the RBI instead of notified amount of Rs 25,000. The appeal…

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President urges NRIs to contribute to the Indian growth story

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday urged upon the Indian diaspora to share their expertise and contribute to the Indian growth story. He was delivering the valedictory address after honouring 30 overseas Indians with ‘Pravasi Bharatia Sanman’ at the 14h Pravasi Bharatiya Divas convention which concluded in Bangalore. The President highlighted various developmental programmes of the Narendra Modi government such as Digital India, Clean India, Start up India and Make in India and said these programmes gave ample opportunity to Pravasi Bharatiyas to contribute and benefit. Expressing concern over plight of temporary migrants abroad, President Pranab Mukherjee on called for upgrading of skills of those seeking jobs overseas saying this section contributes a major chunk to Indian remittance. On vulnerabilities of expat Indians, especially Indian women marrying into NRI families, he said Indian community organisations abroad can most effectively address their concerns even as the government and its agencies deal with…

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Deadline for converting PIO card to OCI extended till June 30

Government of India has decided to extend the deadline for conversion of Person of Indian Origin (PIO) card to Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) card up to June 30 2017, free of charge. This is for the second time that the deadline for conversion PIO to OCI has been extended. Earlier, the Government had decided to extend the last date for applying for conversion cards from June 30 to December 31. Difference between PIO and OCI cards A Person of Indian Origin (PIO) card allows visa free travel and entitles the card holder to several benefits. Whereas an Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) is a multiple entry life-long visa which enables the holder to have unlimited travel and stay in India. OCI card holders will enjoy all rights and privileges available to Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) in financial, economic and educational fields except in the acquisition of plantation properties. There would…

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Prime Minister Modi hails overseas Indians for their contributions

The 14th edition of the three-day Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, billed as the largest convergence of Indian diaspora, began at Bangalore on Saturday amid deliberations on several issues concerning the Indian diaspora across the globe. Speaking at the event on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the contributions made by Indian diaspora in different nations across the world. Modi spoke vividly on the concerns and development of Non-resident-Indians. He hailed Bharatiyata and Khoon Ka Rishta with the people of Indian origin living across the world. “The Indian diaspora represents the best of Indian culture, ethos and values,” PM said. Engagement with overseas Indians a priority ”For my government and for me personally engagement with overseas Indian community has been a priority,” he said. “30 million Indians abroad are valued not just for strength in numbers but respected for contributions to India & countries where they live,” the Prime Minister added. An initiative…

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Watch: Indian couple’s fairytale wedding at Burj Al Arab Terrace

Dubai’s Burj Al Arab Terrace, the first man-made luxury beach facility of its kind, witnessed a grand Indian wedding that seemed straight out of a fairytale. The lucky couple who got married at the iconic seven-star hotel few weeks back were Vivek Bhatia and Shruti. While, every Indian wedding is a kind of festival, when you come across something like this, the entire experience is out of this world. Here are the photos and video of the celebrations: The wedding was planned by Dubai-based Event Chic Designs that claims they were the first couple to get married at the Terrace. The Burj Al Arab Terrace was opened on May 25 last year by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, adding it to one of the UAE’s impressive list of architectural wonders. Later in September, the Terrace opened its doors to general public, even if…

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Travel Alert: NRIs need to show old notes to Customs, Fill declaration form

NRIs and Indian nationals abroad can deposit up to Rs. 25,000 of the demonetised currency during the 3-6 month grace period, but only if they show the junked notes to Customs officials at the airport and get declaration form stamped. The declaration will have to be submitted at specified branches of the Reserve Bank while depositing the junked currency, a finance ministry notification stated. While the 50-day window for such deposits at banks or post offices ended on December 30, the government has offered a grace period for those who were abroad. The window for Indian nationals who were travelling abroad is till March 31 and for NRIs, it is June 30, 2017. This facility, however, is “subject to the Foreign Exchange Management (Export and Import of Currency) Regulations, 2015. As per these regulations, bringing back such currency into the country is restricted to Rs. 25,000 per person. Those returning…

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