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Punjab NRI commission wants 'Human Trafficking Victim Relief Fund'
Report dated 05/06/2013 @ 2:04 PM
Acting on a report about a travel agent duping 14 men on the pretext of sending them abroad, the Punjab State Commission for NRIs has asked the state government to set up a 'Human Trafficking Victim Relief Fund' in 6 weeks to encourage the voluntary return of illegal immigrants by offering them financial assistance.
The Commission also said the Punjab Human Trafficking and Smuggling Act of 2012 may not help unless law enforcement units are set up to ascertain a database on human trafficking that may hold workshops involving the judiciary, lawyers, immigration police, civil society and public representatives. Also, awareness campaigns must be launched.
The state has been asked to submit a compliance report by July 19.
A number of registered and unregistered travel agents are a major source of human trafficking. Doaba is a focal point for well-entrenched travel agents who operate at the village level.
India now leading source of migrants to Australia
Report dated 04/06/2013 @ 2:53 PM
According to a report titled "Australia's Migration Trend 2011-12", India has overtaken China and is now the leading source of permanent migrants to Australia. During the period the number of permanent migrants from India stood at 29,018, an increase of 12.7 percent on the previous year.
India and China are the two main source countries of permanent migrants and seven of the top 10 source countries in 2011-12 were located in the Asian region.
Between 1996 and 2011, Australia's overseas-born population grew by over 40 percent to reach six million, which was over double the rate for the Australian born population.
Australia's Immigration minister Brendan O'Connor said there is also clear evidence of Australia's commitment to international refugee protection and by granting over 13,700 humanitarian visas in 2011-12, Australia continued to earn its place as one of the top three resettlement countries in the world, along with Canada and the US.
Britain remains the main birthplace of migrants. New Zealanders are the second biggest.
Malaysian NRIs' divorce rate rising rapidly
Report dated 04/06/2013 @ 2:51 PM
The divorce rate among Malaysian NRIs is rising rapidly, with the number of divorces up, to about 5000 a year.
A local Tamil daily the Malaysia Star, quoted S V Lingam, head of a Tamil social group saying, the lack of understanding and absence of a give-and-take attitude among married couples are the main causes for the increasing number of divorces.
Mr Lingam advised that religious organisations like the Malaysia Hindu Sangam consider conducting compulsory marriage courses for couples that will help guide them to a successful marriage.
Indians on holiday prefer shopping to exploring
Report dated 03/06/2013 @ 2:30 PM
According to a recent survey conducted by a Singapore based digital agency, Indian holiday-makers are more keen on shopping rather than exploring their holiday destination. The survey was conducted among young people in the age group 18 to 35, in 9 Asian countries including India.
The findings say compared to their counterparts from Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, Indians are lowest on the list as far as exploring is considered. Indians however, score high on luxury experiences and the use of credit cards for shopping. They also prefer South Asia because of the ease to shop.
Some Indians say if they travel to Europe or the US, then sightseeing is high on their agenda.
Mumbai dabbawalas to feature in Gulf Cooperation Council conference
Report dated 03/06/2013 @ 2:26 PM
The legendary Mumbai lunch box carriers aka dabbawalas will feature in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Conference to be held in Dubai on June 4 and 5.
Spokesman of the Nutan Mumbai Tiffin Box Suppliers' Trust, Arvind Talekar, said he would represent the 5000 dabbawalas at the Third GCC Government Organisations Third and Fourth Line Leaders' Development Conference, where he will share their mantra for success. He will also speak on time and supply management and accuracy in delivery.
A case study on their history and day-to-day operations with a focus on the aspect on 'On time delivery, every time', will also be presented.
The Conference will highlight innovation in leadership that involved advanced decision-making and execution skills to obtain cross-functional responsibilities needed to drive excellence as multi-faceted leaders.
The event aims to forge and build strong relationships among the governments, businesses, communities, media, leaders and professionals from all over the world to meet and partner to build strong global relationships and expand opportunities in an era of massive globalisation.