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U.S Senators Oppose India’s New Data Localization Policy

Relations between India and United States of America are strained following the implementation of India’s data localization policy. As of October 15, all payment data on domestic transactions in India will be stored inside the country. Trade plays a vital role in India’s economy and steps have already been taken by the prime minister to intensify trade throughout the country. However, two U.S senators have warned that the new legislation will present “key trade barriers”. Reaching out In April, the RBI gave system providers six months to comply with the data localization policy. However, according to Live Mint, Whatsapp is currently the first and only global company to comply with the new law. A letter dated October 12 was sent to prime minister, Narendra Modi from U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Mark Warne. In the letter, the senators urged Modi to rethink the policy and to opt for a “light touch” instead.…

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Lulu Group acquires iconic Scottish hotel in 120-million-Dollar deal

Leading NRI businessman Yusuffali MA has acquired an iconic Scottish hotel based in Edinburgh in a 120-million-dollar deal clinched by Twenty14 Holdings (T14H), the hospitality investment arm of his Abu Dhabi headquartered Lulu Group International. The Caledonian, a grand Edwardian hotel overlooking Edinburgh Castle, joins his portfolio of 650-million-dollar worth of luxury properties across the UK, the Middle East and India. The T14H today announced plans to invest 28 million dollars for the expansion and enhancement of the historic hotel under its ownership, while retaining its heritage and distrinctive architecture. “We are excited to add The Caledonian to the portfolio of Twenty14 Holdings. With more than 100 years of history, The Caledonian brings with it a rich heritage, character and unique opulence,” said Adeeb Ahamed, managing director of T14H. Ahamed added that the company plans to honour the “Scottish landmark”, while adding to the experience the hotel already offers. Among…

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Big relief for NRIs as US says no change in H-1B rules

In a relief for Indian techies, US authorities on Tuesday said that the Trump administration is not considering any proposal that would force H-1B visa holders to leave the country. The announcement by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) came days after reports emerged that the Trump administration was considering tightening H-1B visa rules that could lead to deportation of 7,50,000 Indians. The reports had said it was mulling ending extensions for H-1B holders. The USCIS “is not considering a regulatory change that would force H-1B visa holders to leave the United States by changing interpretation of section certain language in Section 104 C of the American Competitiveness in the 21st Century Act (AC21) statute that states that USCIS may grant the extensions,” an official said. This provides for H-1B extensions beyond the 6 year limit. “Even if it were, such a change would not likely result in these…

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18-year-old Indian-American student killed in road rage

An 18-year-old Indian-American dental student was killed in the US in a hit-and-run case when the driver of a pick-up truck ran his vehicle over her after a minor collision. Taranjit Parmar was on her way home when she got into a minor accident on Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown, New York Daily News reported. Parmar and the truck driver pulled over into the parking lot of a nearby gas station after the collision, the police said. But when she got out to inspect the damage to her vehicle, the driver of the pickup truck took off — and ran over Parmar while speeding away, it added. Parmar was on the phone with her mother when she was run over in the middle of rush-hour traffic, her father was quoted as saying by the report. “She had called my wife and said, ‘Hi, Mom,’” Parmar’s father, Ranjit Parmar said. “Then she…

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100 Most visited cities on earth: Dubai ranked 6th in the list

Euromonitor International unveiled the Top 100 City Destinations Ranking 2017 Edition1 at World Travel Market (WTM) London, the leading travel and tourism event worldwide. According to the report, Asian cities dominate the global destination rankings thanks to the unstoppable rise of Chinese outbound tourism demand. Hong Kong is the most visited city in the world, followed by Bangkok, which overtook London in 2015. The top ten most visited cities are: Hong Kong: 26.6 million visitors Bangkok: 21.2 million visitors London: 19.2 million visitors Singapore: 16.6 million visitors Macau: 15.4 million visitors Dubai: 14.9 million visitors Paris: 14.4 million visitors New York: 12.7 million visitors Shenzhen: 12.6 million visitors Kuala Lumpur: 12.3 million visitors The performance of European cities has been hampered by the Eurozone and migrants’ crisis, as well as Brexit and terrorist attacks. Despite the uncertainty, some European destinations, in particular Greece, Italy and Spain, have profited from unrest…

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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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