NRIs From Canada, US Travelling to Punjab

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Trump’s Hindu, Sikh And Muslim Power Brokers

first_imgWhen Indian-American industrialist Shalabh “Shalli” Kumar donated close to a million dollars to the Trump campaign, many in the community dismissed it as a poor investment. Related Itemslast_img

U.K. Not to Deport Skilled Migrants

first_imgCampaigners have welcomed a decision by the British Home Office to suspend the use of rules designed to prevent the settlement of criminals and terrorists against highly skilled workers, including many Indians, on the basis of changes (often minor) they have made to their tax submissions.Read it at The Hindu Related Itemslast_img

Job Loss Fear in Kuwait

first_imgThousands of Indian engineers in Kuwait, including IIT graduates, are staring at possible job losses as the Gulf country has decided to recognise degrees only if India’s National Board of Accreditation had approved of the courses they studied.Read it at Telegraph India Related Itemslast_img

Investors Panic as Heera Group Chairperson is Arrested in India

first_imgHundreds of investors in the UAE are believed to have been affected by the Heera Group ponzi scam which has left a trail of devastated lives across India and the Middle East.  Read it at Gulf News Related Itemslast_img

60 Years After Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, A Woman Takes Over As India’s High Commissioner To Britain

first_imgMeet Ruchi Ghanashyam, an Indian Foreign Service officer, who has now become only the second woman to have been appointed as India’s High Commissioner to Britain. Ruchi recently took charge in her newly appointed post, at a crucial time for Britain.Read it at ScoopWhoop Related Itemslast_img

Lifestyle Brand And Retailer Subziwalla Wants To Be The Amazon Of Indian Groceries In The U.S.

first_imgThere has been a lot of talk about Amazon’s future in grocery and what steps the current players in the industry must take towards modernizing the grocery shopping experience. Retail is moving toward a more personalized and individualized future through data and technology, but grocery retailers are still waiting to catch up and have remained unchanged for close to a century.Read it at Forbes Related Itemslast_img

Immigration Norms Eased for Cruise Tourists with E-Visa Arriving in India

first_imgTourists who come to Indian shores via cruise with e-visa will now be exempted from biometric enrollment until Dec. 31, 2020. Biometrics were a requirement for immigration clearance at the port of first arrival, which could be Mumbai, Mormugao, New Mangalore, Kochi and Chennai.The current immigration procedure was taking more than the internationally accepted time of 90 minutes for clearing all cruise passengers. Most current cruise passengers are expected to arrive on e-visa, and biometric enrollment of all these passengers would slow down immigration clearance. Granting e-visas, three days prior to arrival at an Indian port, was started in November 2017.“In order to promote cruise tourism in the country, and make India an attractive cruise tourist destination, the Ministry of Home Affairs has, on request of the Ministry of Shipping, exempted cruise tourists arriving with e-visa from the requirement of biometric enrollment for a period of three years i.e. till December 31, 2020,” a government statement said.The shipping ministry has been working towards simplifying the immigration clearance procedure and providing passengers with a customer friendly and hassle-free logistics process upon arrival at or departure from the Indian ports, the statement added.The move will make the immigration process faster, leaving tourists to spend more time onshore, a factor that contributes to whether a destination is included in a cruise ship itinerary. In 2017-18 and 2019-20, mega ships with 2,000-4,000 passengers onboard are set to come to India.The simplified immigration process is a part of a series of steps designed to enhance passenger experience at ports. In November last year, the standard operating procedures for cruise handling were revised and are being implemented at all these ports. “Major ports reduced their tariffs for three years by 42-67 per cent to make it attractive for cruise lines to visit India. Major ports now change a single comprehensive uniform rate of $0.35 per GRT (gross register tonnage),” the government said.Cruising in Asia saw an annual growth rate of almost 40 per cent since 2012 to reach 3.7 million passengers by the end of 2017, according to the Asia Cruise Trends 2017 report. The report attributed the increase to the growing market in China and India. Related ItemsshippingTourismlast_img read more