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The new challenge - 44% voters in metros will vote for AAP !
Report dated 11/01/2014 @ 2:19 PM
Research has revealed that of voters in India's biggest metropolises, namely Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune and Ahmedabad, 44 percent confirm that they will vote for the Aam Aadmi Party in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. However a majority still see Narendra Modi as a better PM prospect than Arvind Kejriwal.
When it came to prime ministerial preferences, 58% chose Modi, 25% chose Kehriwal even though he is not in the running, and just 14% chose Rahul Gandhi.
India to introduce electronic emigration process in April
Report dated 10/01/2014 @ 3:06 PM
Speaking on the sidelines of the 12th annual Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Delhi, Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs Secretary Prem Narain announced that India will introduce e-migrate, an electronic emigration process, that will enhance transparency and make the movement of people across the border easier. The process will be ready in April.
E-migrate will provide a complete and comprehensive electronic platform linking all the stakeholders with minimum human intervention. The system will convert all routine processes such as application submission, document verification and other approvals to electronic mode. Information related to migrants and agents, as well as data related to their country of travel and residence, will be provided at one place.
The government contracted Tata Consultancy Services for the implementation of the project.
Nearly 25 million NRIs and PIOs live across the world. The Indian government has issued nearly 1.5 million OCI cards that carry a lifetime visa.
Punjab to open court exclusively for NRI cases
Report dated 10/01/2014 @ 1:51 PM
Punjab Minister for Revenue and NRI Affairs, Bikram Singh Majithia announced that Punjab is all set to establish a court to deal exclusively with cases related to NRIs, after the state government received approval from the Punjab and Haryana high court.
Speaking on the sidelines of the 12th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, the Minister said the move will fullfil the demands of NRIs seeking fast track courts to deal with cases involving them. He also expressed concern over a rise in instances of attacks on NRIs overseas and suggested a global sensitisation campaign to raise awareness on Sikh culture.
The issue of the court exclusively for NRI cases is to be discussed at the next meeting of the state Cabinet before the proposal is given the final go-ahead.
'Know India' Programme for young NRIs / PIOs
Report dated 10/01/2014 @ 1:50 PM
Addressing a press conference on the 2nd day of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs, Vayalar Ravi announced the introduction of a programme for young Overseas Indians, known as the "Know India Programme" that provides them exposure to the country of their origin, so they can understand it more intimately.
Under the Programme 20 young persons of Indian origin in the age group 18 to 24 from different countries will visit India extensively each year, which will provide them an opportunity to get a deeper insight into the people and society.
Domestic violence rampant in Canada's NRI community
Report dated 09/01/2014 @ 5:25 PM
Indo-Canadian delegates attending the 12th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Delhi, said violence against women, including wife battery, honour killings and even foeticide among NRIs in Canada are a cause of worry as domestic violence is rampant in the Indian community there.
Molly Banerjei, a businesswoman, Gursharan Kaur Kandra President and CEO of the Canadian International Academic Services, and Priti Lamba, vice president of the Association of Women of India in Canada, all shared the opinion and said they strive to help the Indian immigrants get assimilated into the mainstream, but the people carry the same baggage to Canada, and do not treat their women as equals and subject them to physical and emotional abuse.
Ms Lamba said her association is working to stop abuse of women and help them get skills and jobs, and solve marital discord by mediating with both sides.
Indians comprise more than a million of Canada's 3 million people.