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Indian employees hesitant to move West for jobs
Report dated 09/04/2014 @ 1:44 PM
According to a study by TimesJobs.com 40 percent of Indians are apprehensive about moving to the West for jobs due to global economic uncertainty, while highly skilled professionals are returning home looking for good economic opportunities that they once sought abroad.
34 Percent of Indians still prefer to move to the West for jobs while 25 percent would like to turn entrepreneur. Most Indians are looking for job opportunities in the country, of which 28 percent believe the best job opportunities are in IT, telecoms and manufacturing sectors.
For senior leadership positions, international exposure is deemed crucial, hence the returning workforce has the brightest chances of getting top jobs in the manufacturing and petrochemical sectors.
The study highlights that across international locations, engineers, IT, accounting and finance professionals are most sought after and demand is huge for talent with 5-10 years of experience. Global employers are still vying for Indian talent.
NRIs aspire to be netas – dive into active politics
Report dated 09/04/2014 @ 1:43 PM
Armed with tailored websites, clear messages and visions, a group of NR Telugus have now dived into active politics this election season, hoping to use their education and western exposure to beat their desi opponents.
Buchanna Gajula a native of Karimnagar who has a masters degree in computer science and lived in Washington DC till recently, has joined the political fray and is filing his nomination as an aspiring BJP candidate from Pedapalli Lok Sabha seat. He says serving his motherland for the rest of his life is his ambition and requests people to provide him the opportunity to serve the public in his full capacity.
Darisi Pavan Kumar a US based businessman who shuttles back and forth to India is aiming for Ongole's parliament seat on a Congress ticket. He has already begun a slew of developmental activities including education and water projects.
Rajiv Kishore and Balaji Yadam are tipped to be the YSR Congress Party's candidates from Nidadavolu (West Godavari) and Chirala constituencies. Yadam said local leaders have made life miserable in Chirala and after staying in the US for 14 years he came back to do something for his town. Madhu Goud Yaskhi who started the trend in the state is a US based lawyer who ran a Legal Process Outsourcing firm was moved by the plight of farmers and stayed on and joined the Congress party. He was elected from the Nizamabad constituency in 2004 and 2009.
There are an estimated 400,000 NRIs from the state living abroad and they want to vote through the embassies, according to V V Sanyasi Rao of the NRIs for Good Governance USA, a representative group.
US may permit H-1B visa holder's spouse to work
Report dated 09/04/2014 @ 1:33 PM
The White House issued a statement saying the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will soon publish a series of policy initiatives and regulations that include rules authorising employment for spouses of certain high-skilled workers on H-1B visas, as well as enhancing opportunities for outstanding professors and researchers.
From the statement it appears that spouses of H-1B visa holders are unlikely to get blanket approval to work in the US. Only a certain category of spouses, mainly from the science and tech category are likely to get the permission.
The measures build on continuing DHS efforts to increase the transparency of the existing immigration system such as by the launch of Entrepreneur Pathways, an online resource center that gives immigrant entrepreneurs a way to navigate opportunities to start and grow a business in the US.
This is part of the US initiative to attract the world's best and brightest foreign talent who will contribute substantially to the US economy, create jobs, and enhance American competitiveness. A USAID Research and Innovation Fellowships Program will send more than 60 young US leaders in science and technology to universities, NGOs and companies in 12 developing countries this year.
Per the Congressional mandated cap, US Citizenship and Immigration Services can allocate a maximum of 65,000 H-1B visas for the fiscal year 2015 beginning on October 1, 2014.
Case determining fate of UK NRI doctors to begin
Report dated 08/04/2014 @ 1:47 PM
A landmark case that will determine the fate of NRI doctors in the UK is to begin forthwith.
The case has been filed by the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO against the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the General Medical Council (GMC) and challenges the fairness of the Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA) the most crucial element of the exam process for trainee general physicians. The legal action claims that the CSA is racially discriminatory.
The RCGP's annual reports show that UK based trainee GPs from an Indian background are four times more likely to fail the assessment than their white counterparts despite having successfully completed the same stringent training process.
The case has received tremendous support from Indian NRI doctors who raised 190,000 pounds for BAPIO to help with legal costs. The Association expects to raise 250,000 pounds by the end of the three day court case. BAPIO chief Ramesh Mehta said he is confident they will win the case. They are being represented by leading British advocate Karon Monahan and their lawyer William O'Neill said they intend to have the apparent inequality of the CSA both recognised and addressed.
An investigation carried out by Aneez Esmail, an expert on racism in the NHS had found that Indian doctors are 4 times more likely than white candidates to fail their CSA exam. He confirmed that an 'unconscious bias' exists.
A British Medical Journal study recently confirmed that white doctors in the UK are almost 3 times more likely to land a hospital job than ethnic minority doctors. Data provided by the RCGP and the GMC found that Indian medical candidates who trained outside the UK were also more likely to fail the clinical skills assessment than their white UK colleagues.
Indian courts will take 320 years to clear backlog of cases !
Report dated 08/04/2014 @ 1:44 PM
The British High Court criticised the Indian judiciaries unduly sluggish pace and this week squashed the extradition order of Ravi Shankaran that was earlier signed by UK's home secretary. The case referred to is the recent naval war room leak case.
The British court ruled that prima facie there is no case against Ravi Shankaran and pulled up the CBI as the Indian courts had not commenced the trial to date, though the case was filed in June 2006. It also rejected the demand and ordered the CBI to pay over a crore to Shankaran against the legal costs incurred by him.
It also said it took some six years from the initial arrest in 2006, until an Indian court's appellate decision that is dated May 2012, for the Indian defendants to secure bail, also the documentary basis of the case against them had still not been disclosed. Thus, irrespective of the identity of the requesting state, for as long as any defendant to the extradition process is within this jurisdiction, he is entitled to rely on the European Convention of Human Rights. If extradition would breach the Appellant's human rights then he must not be extradited.
The UK court had earlier said it seemed that India no longer felt there was credible and admissible evidence against the accused.
Estimates say as it is, the Indian judiciary would take 320 years to clear the backlog of 31.28 million cases pending in various courts across India.