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30 Indians flying to Kuwait arrested at airport with fake tickets

Mumbai police have arrested 30 men trying to fly to Kuwait on fake tickets and visas and are looking for the unlicensed recruitment agents who charged them 100,000 rupees to arrange their travel to jobs in the Gulf state. The men from Uttar Pradesh were arrested on Tuesday when they tried checking in at the airport with fake tickets, police said. The men have been charged with cheating and forgery and are being held in custody. Lata Sirsat, senior inspector with the Mumbai police, said a police team was going to Uttar Pradesh to find the unauthorized recruitment agents who duped these men with fake documents. “All the men are in their 30s and poor,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Indian officials are trying to crack down on unauthorized agents who promise to organize well paid jobs as cleaners and laborers in the Gulf states but cheat people along…

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NRIs, OCIs need not link Aadhaar with Bank Account, PAN or SIM cards: UIDAI

Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) and Overseas Citizens of India (OCIs) do not have to link their bank accounts, PAN or SIM cards with Aadhaar card, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has reiterated. On their official Twitter account, UIDAI, the authority for issuing the biometrics-based Aadhaar cards, has retweeted a statement from official Digital India Twitter account. If you a NRI or OCI, here’s #Aadhaar related information for you… pic.twitter.com/i8g8cVLR0g — Digital India (@_DigitalIndia) October 5, 2017 “NRI/OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) are not eligible to obtain Aadhaar as per the Aadhaar Act and hence are fully exempted to produce Aadhaar for any verification,” the tweet said. “NRI/OCI need not verify their bank account or SIM or PAN with Aadhaar. If required, they may inform the service provider(s) that they being NRI/OCI are exempted from Aadhaar verification,” the tweet added. Many NRIs are still confused whether it is mandatory for them…

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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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