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Report Dated February 22, 2017 7:26 PM
The Bombay HC has ordered an NRI doctor to pay Rs 15,000 per month as maintenance to his 13-year-old daughter who lives with his estranged wife in Pune.
A division bench of Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Anuja Prabhudessai said that the daughter was entitled to live in the same comfort as her father who is a medical practitioner in the United Kingdom.
Dr Sameer Patil had contended that his former wife Seema Patil was an engineer working in an IT company and was earning around Rs 1 lakh a month. Further, the daughter’s tuition fee was around Rs 34,000 annually and his former wife could pay for it.
The high court pointed out that Dr Sameer earned around 2,800 UK pounds per month and based on the conversion rate the maintenance amount was barely 10% of his salary.
“Considering the lifestyle of both the father and mother and the fact that the minor girl is taking her education, the estimation of expenditure of Rs 30,000 per month for her cannot be said to be unreasonable at all. The husband has been directed to contribute only 50% of this, though his income is much more than the income earned by the former wife,” said the judges.
Dr Sameer and Seema were granted divorce by a family court in Pune in 2013. The court ordered that the custody of their daughter will be with Seema and Sameer would have visitation rights.
The court also asked Sameer to share the maintenance amount with his former wife. Sameer challenged the family court’s order on the point of maintenance on the grounds that his former wife was earning a good salary. He also claimed that Rs 15,000 that the court had ordered him to pay was excessive.
Report Dated February 22, 2017 6:44 PM
In a shocking incident a 23-year-old Punjab youth hailing from Chand Purana village, some 17 kms from the district headquarters Moga was shot dead by unidentified gunman in Abbotsford, Canada.
The deceased identified as Satkar Singh Sidhu was living with his family in Canada which migrated during the early 90’s. His ancestral house is being maintained by his relatives.
“He was on the way to drop his brother to college near the court. An unidentified gunman attacked him and he died on the spot. We were informed by his father Baldev Singh Sidhu over phone. The incident has shocked the Punjabi community living in Canada,” said cousin of Satkar Singh, Jagsir Singh.
Abbotsford police have arrested three suspects who were later released. The police have now launched a manhunt for the gunman who killed Satkar.
Satkar was operating a business of CCTV camera installations after passing school. His father is also working in Canada. Satkar did not have any criminal background and was born and brought-up in Canada.
Report Dated February 21, 2017 7:00 PM
Trump and his people want to stamp out the H-1B visa programme, push Indians away, keep jobs for Americans. Therefore, brace for bad tidings. Obvious as this may appear, the assumption still needs to be taken beyond face value. To begin with, it’s not prudent to judge a new US president from a narrow IT perspective. And then, Indian IT prowess in the US doesn’t stand on such feeble legs that it can’t make a statement by itself.
Data bears that out. Indian IT bodies have been highlighting that the top seven Indian companies account for only 13% of the total new H-1B visas issued. This is a fraction of what big US companies like Google, Amazon or Microsoft corner. Which brings one to the issue of cost of labour.
Outsourcing isn’t about just cheap labour because an H-1B worker gets paid more than a ‘native’ US employee. A Brookings study in 2013 showed that an H-1B worker got paid $76,356 a year compared to $67,301a year by a US national with a bachelor’s degree of equivalence. Subsequent studies have shown that the entry of H-1B professionals has no adverse impact on unemployment rates in the US.
So, the issue is about a certain quality of skilled labour that’s not easily available in the US. Which is why there’s a capping on numbers and wages for H-1B visa-holders.
Report Dated February 20, 2017 5:18 PM
In an order that may impact divorce battles between NRI couples in the UK, an appeal court there has decided that a pension-sharing provision does not apply to foreign pensions, but directed a man to pay a monthly maintenance to his former wife from its annuities. The order may make it tough for warring couples in the UK to transfer or conceal assets offshore, a lawyer said.
The squabbling couple is a banker and his former wife.He once earned over £350,000 a year but blew up his fortune on spread-betting and gathered debts of £500,000, courts were told. In October 2015, a UK family court ordered him to hand over two-thirds of his pension income to his former wife after observing that he had transferred three UK pension funds to an Indian pension provider.
As per UK law, a pension may be divided between divorcing spouses by means of a sharing order. But the dispute landed in an appeal court where the husband argued that provisions under the Matrimonial Causes Act of 1973 did not apply to foreign pensions. The court agreed but ordered him to pay the woman two-thirds of the quarterly income derived from the annuity policy as it arises.
The woman had sought a pension-sharing order or transfer of the policy amounts to her and the husband wanted the “periodical payment order” of February 2016 to be varied, as he said he had no real job and earnings.
Report Dated February 18, 2017 1:49 PM
INDIA will start giving tourists free, pre-activated SIM cards on arrival in the country.
The cards will be loaded with 50MB of data, plus some credit for phone calls, and they’re available to tourists from 161 countries who come to India on an e-visa.
They’ll first be available at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi Airport, before being rolled out to 15 other major airports around the country.
India’s tourism minister, Dr Mahesh Sharma, said he got the idea when he was given a similar card while visiting Sri Lanka.
He indicated it was more about guaranteeing safety for tourists.
“This initiative will help tourists immediately communicate with their relatives back home, hotels, tour operators and so on,” he said.
According to the government, the move will also promote hassle-free travel.
Until now, it’s been notoriously difficult for tourists to get an Indian phone number.
The bureaucratic process requires them to provide a range of documents to prove their identity, as well as a photocopy of their passport with a valid visa stamp, proof of address, and the contact details of a local reference.
Even then, it often takes days for the number to be activated.
By contrast, tourists will simply have to show their passport and a copy of their e-visa to get their hands on one of the new SIM cards.
The initiative will also help foreigners access a 24-hour government helpline with information available in 12 different languages.
It’s been a bumpy road for tourists as the country races to embrace technology under the leadership of Prime M.