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Kerala comes to the rescue of Saudi NRI deportees
Report dated 10/11/2013 @ 3:30 PM
With almost 100 people returning to Kerala every day since the deadline for the end of the grace period for implementation of the Nitaqat law in Saudi Arabia ended, Kerala State, that received nearly Rs.65,000 crore in 2012-13 in remittances from these workers, is now providing support to the migrant workers with rehabilitation packages such as a 0% interest scheme and soliciting overseas Malayali employees to offer jobs to the returning migrants.
The state government has entered into a memorandum with Canara bank to ensure that loans up to a maximum of Rs.20 lakh can be provided to the returnees to help them start small businesses or taxi services.
The Kerala government is also planning to charter a plane on November 20 to help any stranded migrants wishing to come home.
Mumbai Court says adulterous wife not entitled to alimony ! A Mumbai court rejected a 38-year-old w
Report dated 10/11/2013 @ 3:27 PM
Hindus are upset over images of Hindu deities Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi being used on beer bottles by an Australian brewery.
Rajan Zed president of the Universal Society of Hinduism said in a statement that inappropriate use of Hindu deities, concepts or symbols for commercial purposes was not acceptable. Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi are highly revered in Hinduism and are meant to be worshipped in temples or home shrines, and not used to sell beer for mercantile greed.
Zed demanded that the brewery withdraw the beer bottles carrying the juxtaposed images.
Kerala one of world's top 10 family holiday destinations
Report dated 09/11/2013 @ 11:44 PM
Lonely Planet the travel guides publisher, has named Kerala as one of the world's top 10 best family holiday destinations. The honour was awarded during The World Travel Mart in London, which is the world's leading travel trade event. Kerala Tourism diector S Harikishore who led the state delegation to the event accepted the award.
Kerala now joins New York City, Denmark, Prague, Iceland, Italy and Hawaii as a child-friendly destination, ideal for the family. Kerala was described as a family friendly laid back place with lots of national parks for elephant spotting, palm fringed beaches, and boat trips along the backwaters.
Harikishore said Britain is a most important market for Kerala state which recorded nearly 150,000 tourist arrivals in 2012.
The Kerala delegation to the event included 12 co-exhibitors representing the hospitality industry in the state.
Pakistani mole in Indian security agencies helped 26/11 terrorists !
Report dated 09/11/2013 @ 11:30 PM
According to the book 'The Seige' written by British journalists Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark, a Pakistani mole in the Indian security agencies code named 'Honey Bee', helped operative David Headley's ISI handlers in identifying the Badhwar Park landing site for 26/11 terrorists in Mumbai.
The book says that Pakistani-American Lashkar operative David Headley was put through a two-year course on surveillance and counter-intelligence by Pakistan's espionage agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), who also gave him classified Indian files that were obtained from within the Indian police and army, from an agent in New Delhi who was known as Honey Bee.
The book says, to date Headley's handler Major Iqbal, Honey Bee and Abu Qahafa have not been identified.
Listing their sources, the authors said they went through classified documents of the Indian, USA and British security sources, thousand of unpublished court documents, and confidential annexures which elucidated the lapses on the part of the Mumbai police.
Saudis bemoan rising labour costs after million migrants leave !
Report dated 09/11/2013 @ 11:21 PM
Saudis and expatriates in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia have begun complaining of rising labour costs since the exodus of a million workers from India, Nepal, Bangladesh, the Philippines and Yemen left the country as a result of the crackdown on illegal expatriates that deported persons without visas living and working in the country.
Around four million workers regularised their situation by finding employers to sponsor them, but in doing so, virtually emptied the market of cheap freelance labour.
People are now forced to turn to authorised service companies that charge double the rate or more, to hire out workers such as electricians, plumbers, carpenters, and the like.