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Now bank guarantee mandatory to take maids to Kuwait
Report dated 15/09/2014 @ 8:23 PM
India has made it mandatory for employers in Kuwait to submit a bank guarantee of $2500 before taking a female domestic helper to the Gulf nation.
The bank guarantee is a security deposit and must be submitted to the Indian embassy in Kuwait by the employer wishing to bring a maid from India to Kuwait. The order is implemented with immediate effect and is being taken to safeguard the welfare of female domestic workers.
The guarantee, provided by a bank in Kuwait, needs to be valid as long as the maid remains in Kuwait. Once the condition of the bank guarantee is fulfilled the Embassy will attest the agreement for employment.
Latest figures show the there are some 750,000 NRIs in Kuwait and nearly 270,000 are employed in the domestic sector while 360,000 are in the private sector and around 100,000 are on dependent visas.
Teen develops device to help those with developmental disabilities
Report dated 14/09/2014 @ 3:19 PM
Sixteen year old Arsh Shah Dilbagi has been selected as one of the top 15 Google Science Fair 2014 global finalists for his invention 'Talk' .
'Talk' is a pocket-friendly device that breathes new hope into the lives of people who find it difficult to communicate due to developmental disabilities such as Locked-In Syndrome and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or speech impairments like Dysarthria, disorders that around 1.4 percent of the world population suffers from.
According to Arsh his 'Talk' has many major advantages over its predecessors as it is simple to use and thus increases the speaking rate, as well as which it is portable and affordable.
In brief, 'Talk' expects a person to give two distinguishable exhales by varying intensity/time to allow it to convert into electrical signals using the MEMS Microphone.
Australian radio station apologises, gives NRI’s nurse’s family donation
Report dated 14/09/2014 @ 3:14 PM
Australia' radio station Southern Cross Austereo who aired a prank on NRI nurse Jacintha Saldanha, issued a statement that its directors, management and staff were saddened by and deeply sorry about the tragic death of Jacintha in 2012, and are donating A$550,000 to her family to help them rebuild their lives.
The radio station's DJ Melanie Greig publicly apologised to Jacintha's family for the fateful royal prank call she made posing as the Queen, to get information on Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge's morning sickness when she was pregnant with Prince George. Saldanha answered the call and was later very embarrassed and ashamed.
That said Austereo said they had fully cooperated with the Inquest where the Coroner said there is 'no causation as a matter of law between the hoax call and the voluntary death (read suicide) of Ms Saldanha.
NRIs pay big bucks to see PM Modi in US
Report dated 11/09/2014 @ 12:59 PM
The Indian American Community Foundation has booked Madison Square Gardens for $1 million to hold the event in which PM Narendra Modi will address NRIs in the US on September 28th.
The event is to witness a crowd of 20,000 NRIs at the sold out venue, as the 13000 tickets allocated for Indian Associations and 700 associations availed of the tickets. Of the remaining 7000 some 500 seats are reserved for wealthy NRIs who will pay $10,000 to $25,000 for a seat. A VIP enclosure also has tickets that cost $1000.
The event is to be an all inclusive, non partisan one and over 30 US Representatives and Senators have been invited. The event will be telecast live in Indian and the US.
The event is to start at 9.30 am and all pass holders are instructed to arrive by 9.00 am. All invitees irrespective of designations are prohibited from carrying baggage, a mobile or any other electronic device, cash and food. Organisers are equipped with a plan B to meet any sort of challenges.
Reports say the event can win big for Modi to appeal to the NRI population and with the majority of NRIs willing to spend big, it is evident that Modi has already won their hearts.
Bahrain king lauds NRI community
Report dated 09/09/2014 @ 3:08 PM
Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa lauded the Indian expatriate community for its contribution in pushing forward the island nation's development.
The remarks were made during the 2-day visit of India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who was in Manama to attend a forum meeting on investment opportunities in India.
King Hamad was quoted as saying "Indian migrants are welcomed and appreciated by all in Bahrain". He also praised Bahrain's historic links with India.
Referring to his successful visit to Indian in February, King Hamad stressed the importance of high-level official contacts, which strengthen political, economic and trade relations between the two countries.
This was the first visit by the Indian external affairs minister to the Gulf Cooperation Council region.