UAE to Create Online Portal for Recruiting Indian Workers

first_imgThe United Arab Emirates is coming up an online portal to hire Indian workers, in accordance to a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between India and UAE during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit on Feb.11. The UAE’s system will be linked with eMigrate, which is India’s online system that addresses the issues faced by Indian workers related to the employment abroad, recruiting agents, employers and illegal agents, the Gulf News reported, citing a senior official.Job aspirants from India will now not only be able to submit their applications, but also be able to assess the terms and conditions of the contract of the job from India through this portal, Dr. Omar Al Nuaimi, the undersecretary of the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization, said, according to the report.“The MoU with India has ushered in a new chapter of cooperation. This will ensure a balanced and effective management of the (workers’) contractual work cycle in accordance with the laws and regulations, which are enforced in both countries, serving the common interest,” Al Nuaimi said, adding that a joint committee will be set up to make sure that the MoU is being implemented properly.All the particulars of the available jobs in the UAE and their contractual terms and conditions will be furnished by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization to the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Integration is expected to be over in a few months.After the joint technical committee has worked out the required steps to link both systems, a specific process will be created. The workers can then take a look at a model job offer and contract that will help them assess the situation.“The MoU provides a much better framework for ensuring that Indian workers are recruited in accordance with principles of transparency, ethics and fairness. It endeavors to standardize contracts in a format that is in consonance with UAE laws so that workers can get due protection in the event of a dispute,” said Navdeep Singh Suri, the Indian Ambassador to the UAE, the report added.A protocol on domestic workers was also signed between India and UAE as an annexure to the MoU. This is an important step as rules and regulations for domestic workers are a little different from the other workers and are much-needed, the publication cited an embassy official as saying.He added that the MoU is an important step in abolishing contract substitution, which is a major issue faced by Indian workers. Many illegitimate Indian agents give Indian workers contracts with overstated salary and perks. However, when these workers arrive in the UAE, a substituted contract takes the place of the previous contract.Since the substituted contract is a lawful one, workers are unable to raise their grievances. When the integration process of the systems of both the countries is over, workers will be given a uniform job contract.The UAE also launched a smartphone application on Jan.23, with the aim of helping Indian citizens who want to apply for a work visa to the country. The app is available on both platforms — Android and iOS. It will help people get a hassle-free work visa to the UAE, and also complete a large portion of the procedures in India guaranteeing a work visa.The workforce in UAE consists of a large number of Indian immigrants. A total of 74,778 Indians were cleared for emigration to the UAE during the first six months of the calendar year of 2017, making 40.6 per cent of the total emigration clearance figures of about 1.84 lakh. Related ItemsEmploymentGulfUAElast_img read more

New Jersey, Delaware to Promote Awareness About Sikh Community in U.S.

first_imgTwo U.S. states are trying to spread awareness about the Sikh community among the public. Delaware and New Jersey will observe April as the “Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month.”The move has been made in recognition of the contribution made by the Sikh community in the U.S. states. “The month of April of every year is designated as ‘Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month’ in the state of New Jersey in order to promote public awareness of the Sikh faith, recognize the important contributions of the Sikh community, and combat anti-Sikh bigotry,” the resolution said, PTI reported.The New Jersey State Senate and Assembly passed a joint resolution designating April of every year as “Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month” on March 26. “It is highly appreciable and we thank the US administration, the New Jersey state administration, the US Sikh Congressional Caucus Committee, East Coast Coordination Committee and others for joining hands to make this happen,” Pritpal Singh, coordinator American Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (AGPC), said, the Times of India reported.Delaware Governor John Carney said in a proclamation that the state of Delaware seeks to further the diversity of its community and afford Delawareans the opportunity to better appreciate the rich history of Sikh Americans, PTI reported.Carney said that the Sikh community through their incredible service to the society have earned great respect. Throughout April, the members of the public will be made aware about the ideals of Sikhism and what it stands for, the governor said.“Sikhs and Indian Americans are welcome in the state of Delaware with open arms,” Carney added, according to the report.“The Sikh community of Delaware has always been involved in efforts aiming to enhance understanding and respect among people of different religions,” the resolution stated, adding that the state stands with the community in denouncing hate crimes directed towards any individual on account of their religious beliefs.It added that many industries in Delaware, especially the retail, automobile repair and service, food, education and research, healthcare, transportation, and information technology industries, have significantly benefited from the contributions of the Sikh community.According to the resolution, since September 11, 2001, nationally, Sikhs have been subject to school harassment, employment discrimination, and fatal shootings, including the murder of six Sikhs in the Oak Creek, Wisconsin Sikh Gurdwara shooting on Aug. 5, 2012. Related ItemsSikhismUnited Stateslast_img read more

Gods Of Creation

first_imgThe modern scientific interpretation that our observations create physical reality seems patently absurd. Albert Einstein dismissed the seemingly ridiculous notion with the simple rebuttal that the moon is still there even if you don’t look at it. However, as a paradigm shift sweeps through the world of science, much to our dismay, we may have to disagree with the iconic scientist. A growing number of modern physicists are jumping on the bandwagon piloted by the quantum view, in which we, the sentient beings, are shaping our future as well as our past by contributing to this participatory universe. The mysterious relation between observation and its outcome dates back to the early days of quantum mechanics. The Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger demonstrated this relation with a thought experiment popularly known as Schrödinger’s cat. He imagined a cat in a closed chamber, which had a vial of poisonous gas. The chamber also contains a radioactive element which may emit a particle. If the particle is emitted, a triggering mechanism would release the poisonous gas that would kill the cat. If not, the cat would be alive. To emphasize the conflict between quantum and classical worlds, Schrödinger posed the question “What could be known about the cat before opening the box?”The most simple and logical answer is that the cat may be dead or alive. We know that neither answer is true and real, until someone opens the box and looks inside. But, according to quantum mechanics, the cat is both dead and alive. This quantum paradox, like many others, demonstrates the limitations of our knowledge when dealing with the outside world. Until a definite conclusion is made, we have to cope with all possibilities — in other words uncertainty rules. Of course, Schrödinger was only trying to convey the inconsistency when the quantum view is extended to the classical world. But, the important question is whether we influence the outcome with our observations? This has been established beyond doubt in experiments with fundamental particles, such as electrons. Quantum mechanics is credited as the most valuable product of scientific adventure. Originally designed to account for the behavior of fundamental particles, it has endured every experiment designed to prove or challenge its premises. But, many of its predictions, such as the cat experiment, defy common sense, which is the reason Einstein resisted the field, even though he played a major part in its development. He believed in a universe with underlying order and beauty — one that could be explored with mathematical equations.Einstein ridiculed the uncertainty and unpredictability of quantum mechanics with his famous quip that God does not play dice with the universe. Neils Bohr, one of the world’s leading quantum physicists, retorted, “Quit telling God what to do!” As it turns out, Krishna did express God’s views on the question, in his revelation to Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita: “I am the beginning and the middle and the end also of all beings…. I am the game of dice.”At the heart of quantum mechanics is a wavefunction, a mathematical description of the physical system. In the case of Schrodinger’s cat, a wavefunction represents every possible state of the inhabitants of the chamber. The wave function is a superposition of all available possibilities, which includes the possibility that the cat could be dead or alive or any combination of every state between dead and alive. The observer will never be able to see simultaneously all the possibilities. When the observer does see the system, the wavefunction collapses, resulting in only a single outcome — dead or alive. “I am the beginning and the middle and the end also of all beings…. I am the game of dice.”If you extend that argument, it leads to the question whether the universe exists if we don’t look at it. Stanford University physicist Andrei Linde says, “You need an observer who looks at the universe. In the absence of observers, our universe is dead.” Does that demand conscious observers for the existence of the universe? Not necessarily, since matter and radiation could play the same role as a conscious observer, the universe is a big quantum system. What we see is just one of the possible outcomes that happens to be the 14 billion years old universe. As observers, we are ignorant about the other possibilities and universes with different history and beings. Our observation collapsed the other states that existed along with this present one, and that collapse presents us our own universe.The light we see from distant galaxies do not create a reality unless it interacts with matter, whether it is with the atoms of our own eyes or with machines, such as telescopes. This is what many physicists consider an observation, not the mere act of looking at it by conscious beings. In the absence of interaction between energy and matter, there is no universe or even planets or beings.John Wheeler, the late pontiff of quantum mechanics, perhaps explained it best. According to him, most of the universe consists of huge clouds of uncertainty that have not yet interacted either with a conscious observer or even with some lump of inanimate matter. He sees the universe as a vast arena of realms where the past is not yet fixed. When we look at it what manifests is a single reality among the infinitely possible ones. The possible outcomes of countless interactions become real when the infinite variety inherent in quantum mechanics manifests as a physical cosmos. And we see only a tiny portion of that cosmos.The objective reality, which we thought exists, is blurred into subjective consciousness in the territory of quantum mechanics. We have always operated on the assumption that there is an absolute reality independent of our actions. It is often tied with the concepts of unlimited beauty, ultimate truth and absolute knowledge. Achieving that pure reality, according to Hindu philosophy, brings nirvana — the ultimate liberation and the subsequent union with the supreme being. Schrödinger’s Cat: A cat, a flask containing a poison and a radioactive source are placed in a sealed box. If an internal Geiger counter detects radiation, the flask shatters, releasing poison that kills the cat. Quantum theorists believe that the cat is simultaneously alive and dead. But when we check the box, we see the cat either alive or dead, not both alive and dead.The idea of absolute truth and beauty is appealing to the human psyche. Art, religion and other human endeavours emaphasize the place of an entity linked to supreme qualities in every culture. Some call it the impersonified god, as gods are the manifestaions of that absoluteness, just as we are.The modern view of the science, as interpreted by quantum physics, suggests that even that absoluteness is our own creation.It’s been said that there are only two possibilities on the nature of reality. Either it is impossible to ever know it or a theory will describe it. Scientists have long accepted this ambiguity as they experienced the enormity of the mysteries presented by the cosmos. While science continues its efforts to comprehend that enormity, it also creates vistas of reality where we are the masters of creation. The newly emerging picture of the cosmos portrays us as not just passive observers of the universe, but ones who participate in the creation of the universe as well as being a part of the universe.Science, through its rational and logical process, seeks an ultimate theory, a theory of everything, that explains everything in the universe, including our own existence and that answers why the universe exists. The same scientists that belived in an absolute-reality based model of the universe are now gearing up to shed that notion, heralding a new era in science where there is no single reality, but rather reality created by our observations. That would mean there is no single truth or a single reality independent of our observation and the subsequent models we create.Are such thoughts and ideas planting the seeds of destruction of the elegant model of reality we always sought? Is the harmony and beauty that Einstein thought was the underlying principle of the universe at risk?In truth, Einstein’s elegant model, was being demolished even during his lifetime. In his 1940 book, An Inquiry into Meaning and Truth, the renowned philosopher Bertrand Russell wrote: “We all start from ‘naive realism,’ i.e., the doctrine that things are what they seem. We think that grass is green, that stones are hard, and that snow is cold. But physics assures us that the greenness of grass, the hardness of stones, and the coldness of snow, are not the greenness, hardness, and coldness that we know in our own experience, but something very different. The observer, when he seems to himself to be observing a stone, is really, if physics is to be believed, observing the effects of the stone upon himself.” The Schrödinger’s cat paradox in the many-worlds interpretation treats every event as a branch point. The cat is both alive and dead, irrespective of whether the box is opened, but the “alive” and “dead” cats are in different branches of the universe, both of which are equally real, but which cannot interact with each other.To be sure, the quantum world is weirder. In quantum mechanics, objects can be in more than one place at the same time. A particle can penetrate a barrier without breaking it. Something can be both a wave and particle at the same time. Additionally, observations distort reality and create new ones. Niels Bohr, one of the founding fathers of quantum theory, who frequently locked horns with Einstein, once remarked that anyone who is not shocked by quantum mechanics hasn’t understood it.Almost everything that involves atoms and molecule, from transistors to lasers, depends on quantum mechanics. It’s been said that one-third of the U.S. economy rests on devices based on quantum mechanics. Quantum mechanics also relays weird things about our world — and perhaps about us and our perceived reality and consciousness.The physicist Bernard d’Espagnat, who worked with Wheeler, spoke to the philosophical questions posed by quantum theory: “The doctrine that the world is made up of objects whose existence is independent of human consciousness turns out to be in conflict with quantum mechanics and with facts established by experiments.”Science, he said, “is aimed not at describing ‘reality as it really is,’ but at predicting what will be observed in such-and-such circumstances.”The Oxford physicist Roger Penrose argued that there is a world beyond the material one and it is linked to our consciousness. The quantum or classical world can’t completely explain consciousness. Present-day physics is simply not rich enough to incorporate the phenomenon of consciousness. Penrose said, “The universe is made of stories, not atoms.”According to ancient Hindu philosophy, the universe is made up of five basic elements — earth, water, fire, air and space. Every living or non living thing is comprised of these five basic elements of nature, referred to as pancha-mahabhootas, which are related to our senses as well. As science pursued and purified the constituents of the universe, we learned that atoms and fundamental particles make up our universe and its components. Subsequently, particles, at least theoretically, give way to strings of energy as the constituents of our cosmos. The modern interpretations of quantum theory go beyond even these traditional explanations. Some researchers suggest that the physical universe is made up of information, not particles or strings.Will the questions of our existence and the nature of reality ever be answered? Quantum physicist William Wootters is skeptical: “I don’t know if human intelligence is capable of answering that question. There might be higher levels later. So why should we think we’re at the point where we can understand everything?”We are definitely not the last link in evolutionary intelligence, so it is arrogant on our part to insist on the final answer. There are domains of the universe beyond the tools of our current science. All what we can do is continue to explore and celebrate the vast possibilities presented to us in the hope that one day we can understand. Until then, our actions are sewing new realities into the fabric of the universe.   Related Itemslast_img read more

Feasting All Night Long

first_imgIt’s the time for fasting, but also for feasting, and not just for devout Muslims observing the 30-day roza. For foodies all over India, Ramzan is the time to soak in the Eid spirit and what better place than the historic walled city of the national capital New Delhi with the majestic Jama Masjid looming in the backdrop.Come dusk and the winding lanes of the Jama Masjid area come alive with the sights and sounds — and smells — of celebrations. Of chicken tikkas sizzling, mutton kebabs roasting over blazing fires, giant woks of puris and massive cauldrons of curries, biryanis, steaming milk, etc.The crowds gather at iftar and continue until dawn, when the sehri meal is eaten.While iftar marks the end of the meal at nightfall, sehri is the early morning meal before the dawn of another fasting day.As important as it is to not let a morsel of food or a drop of liquid pass through one’s lips during Ramzan, it is equally important to have a nutritious and healthy diet before and after the fast.The fast is traditionally broken with a small meal of dates, fruits and pakodas. And sehri usually constitutes specialties like khajla (round bread), pheni (spiral crusty cakes) and sheermaal (sweet buns, usually served with butter and jam), providing the required energy without wreaking havoc on the digestive system.Khajla and pheni are made in pure ghee and soaked in milk overnight. Sugar is added at the time of consumption. Some people like to add dry fruits.“People usually go to bed after eating the sehri; so the meal should be light and digestable, but at the same time energetic,” Javed Ali, a shopowner selling khajla in one of the many bylanes near Jama Masjid, said.Between the two meals, is when the real feasting happens.According to Ali, several non-Muslim customers from across the city throng to his shop every year. And the milling crowds in the lanes are evidence.Markets around Jama Masjid, decked up and bustling with crowds, are open all night. The excitement is palpable as you enter one of the many lanes leading to the 17th century historic mosque, decorated in yellow lights. Hundreds of shops and eating joints line the narrow lanes, beckoning people from the neighborhood and beyond.Post-iftar, the markets and streets are abuzz with people out for shopping and dinner and some others to meet friends over a Banarasi paan.Nearby, popular eateries like Karim’s and Al-Jawahar restaurant do brisk business as families throng to them for dinner, while youngsters and those on shoestring budgets, head to kiosks outside these restaurants, grilling all types of meats.Mutton seekh kebabs, shammi kebabs, chicken tikkas and fried chicken are usually served with rumali rotis and a generous dollop of mint chutney, chopped onions and chaat masala. A meal for two at any of the dozen kiosks costs around Rs.150 ($3).For those with a sweet tooth, the area offers abundant shops and kiosks selling rabri faluda, kulfi, jalebi, phirni and badam milk.Apart from gorging on the succulent kebabs and spicy curries, shopping is another highlight during this period.After all, this is also the time to stock up on new clothes.Women throng the several clothes, footwear and cosmetics shops in Chitli Kabar, Matia Mahal, Ballimaran Market and Meena Bazaar for Lucknowi Chikan suits, fancy sandals and imported cosmetics. The men hunt for kurta pyjama, salwar kameez, skull caps and sandals.“Everyone wants to look their best on Eid. So, it’s an arduous job of finding that perfect attire or a sandal that stands out,” 21-year-old Delhi University student Saira Parveen said.She hunted in several shops for an hour before she found the perfect mascara to match her turquoise blue suit. “This is how I reward myself after I have done my duty towards my religion,” she said. Related Itemslast_img read more

Power to All

first_imgLike generations before him, the only light Jurdar Thingya has at night in his one-room mud hut in India’s Maharashtra state comes from a small wood fire on the floor. A broken solar panel is all that the 35-year-old farmer has to remind him of the government’s promise to bring electricity to all of India’s villages.Bhamana, population 1,500, is two hours’ walk from the nearest surfaced road, across a river that is impassable for months during the monsoon rains. Like other remote villages, it was powered by renewable energy as part of a drive to take electricity to every community in the state, according to Dinesh Saboo, projects director at Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co., the power retailer.Maharashtra, home to the financial capital of Mumbai, declared itself fully electrified in 2012, relying on solar panels or small wind turbines to cover remote areas. India considers a village electrified if at least 10 percent of the households and public places such as schools have electricity. But theft and damage have plunged 288 villages and 1,500 hamlets in Maharashtra back into darkness, according to Saboo. “Most of the equipment is either stolen or not working,” he said. “Now we have decided that a majority of these villages will be electrified in the conventional way.”In India, political power and electrical power are closely linked. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, which also runs the state government of Maharashtra, was elected in 2014 partly on promises to bring electricity to rural voters. It has pledged to electrify all villages by May 2018 and supply power to every citizen by 2019. Rural electrification is one of the most critical issues on which the elections in India are being contested,” said Sandeep Shastri, a political commentator who teaches at Jain University in Bengaluru. “People will weigh the promises of the governments ╤ both federal and state ╤ on the basis of implementation. Their electoral gains will be determined by the credibility of their promises.”Shastri said rural electrification contributed to the landslide win last week of Modi’s party in Uttar Pradesh, one of India’s least-developed states, where voters compared the federal government’s efforts with the lack of progress from the incumbent state government.There are a lot of votes to be won. In 2014, the World Bank ranked India as home to the world’s largest unelectrified population. Power was either unaffordable, inadequate or non-existent for 240 million people, according to data from the International Energy Agency. An expanding economy and population put the country on track to be the biggest driver of global energy demand through 2040, according to the Paris-based International Energy Agency.But progress has been patchy. The government has met 77 percent of its target to link villages to power grids, yet has reached only about 14 percent of its target for villages earmarked for off-grid power like solar. Some 47 million rural households are still without electricity, and even those connected to the grid suffer frequent outages.Federal renewable energy secretary Rajeev Kapoor didn’t immediately respond to calls and a text message seeking comments.In 2012, the nation suffered one of the worst blackouts in history when the national grid collapsed, cutting power for two days to almost half the nation’s population. About one in five Indians lacked access to electricity, compared with full electrification in China, the International Energy Agency said in a 2016 report.Full electrification in India hinges on improving the finances of the country’s money-losing state power retailers. A federal government-led revival plan, which includes restructuring of the utilities’ debt, aims to make all state retailers profitable by 2019. Several of these utilities have failed to supply power to rural areas, where tariffs don’t match the costs of supplying electricity.When the first solar units were installed in Bhamana in 2010, most houses got a small photovoltaic panel connected to a battery that could power a light for five to six hours. Seven years later, only four or five houses still have working lamps.“We have no clue how to fix the equipment,” said Achildar Pesra Pawra, a member of the Bhamana village council. “Some batteries stopped working within months. Others lasted for about two years. Some of the solar panels were broken.”Part of the problem is that the factors that make solar attractive for isolated communities — ease of transport and installation — also make them easy to steal, said Shantanu Jaiswal, an analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance.India plans to expand renewable generation capacity more than three-fold to 175 gigawatts by 2022, with the majority from solar. Almost a quarter of the total will be supplied by rooftop panels.“The instances of theft and destruction of distributed renewable energy appliances has been very prevalent in programs especially run by aid agencies as part of corporate social responsibility or where the government provides a subsidy,” said Jarnail Singh, India director at The Climate Group, a London-based organization promoting low-carbon solutions. “This is because there is no maintenance of equipment after installation.”As a result, Maharashtra’s state-owned power retailer is now planning to spend spend 3.85 billion rupees by 2018 to connect many of the isolated villages to the grid, according to Saboo.That won’t be easy. Most of the 288 villages that no longer qualify to be called electrified are in mountainous and thickly forested areas. That means getting approval from the forest department to run transmission lines across the land. And in some cases it means finding contractors willing to venture into areas populated with Maoist insurgents.“We are not able to enter some of these areas,” Saboo said. “Many contractors are not prepared to work there and those that are charge very high rates. We are already allowing the highest rates in these areas so that they can get electrified.”For villagers like Thingya, one of the greatest losses from the failure of the solar project is at the village primary school, which was able to light its cavernous classroom even in the dark monsoon days. Now his six children learn in the open air in the dry months and don’t have light to read or study at home.Villager Ardaas Samle Pawra, now 23 and a father of three, gained a few years of secondary education in a nearby village with power when he was a child, before lack of money forced him to return and work the land. “Our children could have a much better life if we have electricity,” he said.— Bloomberg Related Itemslast_img read more

Eight Indian Sailors Stranded in Dubai Waters Without Wages for 9 Months

first_imgEight Indian sailors have been stuck in Dubai for nine months after being abandoned by their company, Gulf News reported.  The sailors, known to be crew members of Panama-flagged ship MV Topman, entered the Dubai waters in November 2017 and say that they have been staying there without adequate food, fuel, and only one-month wages, the report said.  The Indian crew members stated that the company they were working for abandoned them after paying one month’s salary and without providing enough ration to survive. They also claimed that they twice received food from Nautical Institute UAE, the publication reported. The ship is now running out of fuel, and they have started rationing the fuel for night time, the sailors said. During  the day, they take shelter under a tarpaulin roof made by them.  “We are just surviving. We have lost seven-eight kilos. We don’t have energy in us. Our families are suffering back home. The situation is so tough that we are on the verge of suicide,” one of the sailors was quoted as saying by the publication.  Their sailors added that they are unable to leave the ship as they do not contain any valid residential papers to stay in the UAE. Also, all the valid credentials of the ship have expired.  “If any accident or medical emergency happens, we cannot even go out to seek help. The ship’s MLC complaint certificate and all the firefighting appliances are expired,” a senior crew member said.  The sailors have approached several authorities to seek early repatriation. The Federal Transport Authority (FTA) of the UAE has asked the Indian owner of the ship to resolve the issues with the sailors within a few days, to avoid getting banned in the country, the report added.  The company is facing financial crisis, which can be solved only after selling the ship, a spokesperson told the publication.  “We had given them an option to go home with one month’s salary and we will pay the rest after the sale. But they are not ready to do that. We have also made arrangements with the canteen in DMC to give them lunch and dinner,” the spokesperson was quoted as saying.  The Indian Consulate in Dubai said that it is aware of the plight of the sailors, and is in touch with the crew members as well as the company to fix the situation. “We are also in touch with the FTA and the Panama Consulate to resolve the issues of sea-fares of the ship,” the consulate was quoted as saying.  Earlier this month, an Indian ship which was abandoned for two years in the United Kingdom, was finally put up for sale. Four crew members of the Indian ship Malaviya Twenty spent months on the stranded vessel, before UK’s Admiralty Marshal put it up for sale to recover the money for crew payments and port fee.  Related ItemsDubaiGulfpanamalast_img read more

Government Will Bring Bill Against NRI Husbands Abandoning Wives in Parliament’s Winter Session

first_imgThe Indian government is going to bring a bill in parliament’s winter session against NRI husbands abandoning their Indian wives. The issue of wives deserted by their NRI husbands has been in news for long and a petition for stern actions against such NRIs has also been filed in the Supreme Court recently.Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs spoke about the bill while talking to press on Nov.28 in Hyderabad, where she had gone to campaign for BJP as Telangana state assembly elections are scheduled for Dec.7.She also said that her government has already launched an institutionalized mechanism to deal with this menace and 25 passports of such NRI husbands have already been revoked.According to a PTI report, while replying to a question related to NRI husbands deserting their wives, Swaraj told reporters, “We have already launched an institutional mechanism, where you must have seen that 25 passports of such NRI husbands have been revoked. We are also bringing a bill in this session where some more measures are being taken against those husbands.”On Nov.13, the Supreme Court of India agreed to review a petition filed by a group of women, who were deserted by their NRI husbands and have faced dowry harassment from them. The country’s top court also sought a reply from the central government on the demand for compulsory arrest of NRI men for abandoning their wives or torturing them for dowry.The petition was jointly filed by eight women from Delhi, Pune, Bhatinda in Punjab and Puducherry. While raising the issue of fraud committed by NRI men in marriages, these women sought the protection of their rights from the court, according to an earlier report in the New Indian Express.Last month, the National Commission of Women had said that the number of cases against Non-Resident Indian (NRI) husbands abandoning their wives in India has been increasing both at the national level as well as in Punjab, reported Hindustan Times. Related Itemslast_img read more

Awaiting ITF Decision on Davis Cup Venue against Pakistan: Mahesh Bhupathi

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Kolkata: Non-playing captain Mahesh Bhupathi has revealed that India will wait till November 4 for the International Tennis Federation (ITF) to possibly change the venue of their Davis Cup tie against Pakistan after expressing reluctance to travel to the neighbouring country.According to well placed sources, the deteriorating relationship between the two countries is their main concern and the Indian players have written to the AITA requesting them to change the venue. The AITA will now write to the ITF asking them to change the venue.”We are waiting for ITF decision on venue by November 4,” Bhupathi told IANS on Tuesday.In September, ITF had said that the tie will take place either on November 29-30 or November 30-December 1 in Islamabad.However, there will be a review of the security situation on November 4 to decide if the Asia/Oceania Group I tie will take place in Islamabad or it can be shifted to a neutral venue.The tie was originally scheduled for September 14-15 in Islamabad. But due to security reasons, the Davis Cup committee had to postpone it to November.India were all set to go to Pakistan before relations between the two countries deteriorated in the aftermath of the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir which granted the state special status.The ITF had previously turned down India’s security concerns before finally settling for a discussion on the matter. davis cupIndiaIndia vs Pakistanindian team First Published: October 15, 2019, 3:06 PM ISTlast_img read more

Lems Trailhead Hiking Shoe Is Just as at Home on the Trail as It Is at the Taproom

first_imgThe trailhead comes in three colorways: Sequoia, a combination of navy and orange; Sage, a mixture of varying greens and yellow; and Redwood, a burgundy, red, and blue combination.Shop NowIf you’re looking for something a little more heavy-duty when it comes to hiking footwear, check out the best hiking boots, from the super lightweight to the ultra-plush. Previous What to Wear on a Red-Eye Flight: Fashionably Comfortable Apparel for the Long Haul 1 of 3 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Next Lems Shoes is perhaps best known for their instantly identifiable Boulder Boot, the ultra-minimalist, super-light (under 10 ounces), packable hiking boot that made saving space and weight the foremost feature of these hiking boots.Now, Lems Shoes has gone one further by introducing the outdoor world to the brand’s latest ultra-minimalist hiking shoe: The Lems Trailhead Shoe. Good for wearing anywhere from the forest to the farmer’s market, these easy-wearing hiking shoes straddle the line between outdoor functionality and urban style. Inspired by ’90s sneaker designs (that definitely have a hint of old Saucony in it), the Trailhead shoe is versatile fall footwear that doesn’t say no to double-duty.The Trailhead shoe features a mountain to town outsole with a low-profile rubber tread that has no problem maintaining traction on the trail, while also remaining durable enough when pounding the pavement city-side. Another great feature of the Trailhead is the extra-wide toe-box, which is actually shaped like a human foot (who’da’thunk’it?), allowing for all five toes to flatten and splay out when walking, which provides more stability when walking and reduces foot soreness after extra-long hikes.The shoe’s upper is made from a combination of extremely light microfiber and air mesh (with moisture-wicking properties, meaning no sweaty feet!) placed over a footbed of 2mm EVA, which lies atop the EVA midsole that runs between 21 mm and 17 mm in thickness. The thicker portion of the midsole is near the heel, providing a lower heel drop, which Lem’s states “naturally decreases heel-striking for a more natural gait and healthier posture.”The midsole is also very firm, making the first few trips out in these kicks feel a bit like walking on boards. But that’s okay! The firm footbed actually holds your feet in place better than a softer one, with the end result being less aches and pains in your feet after a 12-miler out and back.And for all those guys out there who care about what animal products are found in their footwear, you can be happy to know that Lems’ Trailhead shoe does not contain any leather, so it’s completely vegan-friendly. How’s that for being one with nature?Lems Trailhead – $130 The Best Men’s Waterproof Boots for Tackling All Weather 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States Editors’ Recommendations Your New Favorite Pair of Go-to Leather Shoes Just Got More Affordablelast_img read more

Sri Lanka Wants a Partner for Remaining ECT Stake

first_imgzoom Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) is looking for a shipping company or a terminal operator to take over 49% of the remaining shares in its East Container Terminal (ECT) in Colombo.Sri Lanka’s Ports and Shipping Minister Arjuna Ranatunga revealed that the authority is launching a Request for Proposals (RFP) to continue the project in a more transparent manner, following the Cabinet of Ministers’ approval to go ahead with the ECT development project.The Cabinet also approved the proposal to make Asian Development Bank (ADB) as the financial consultant to the project.The ECT is the second biggest deepwater development project in Colombo harbour and the SLPA holds 51% of shares of it.The project will have a land area of 1,200 square metres upon completion and currently stands at 400 sq.m. have been completed under the project.The Colombo Port Expansion Project is situated west to the existing port of Colombo comprising an area of approximately 600 hectares.  The new harbour has 3 terminals each having 1,200m length and facilities to accommodate 3 berths alongside.  The small boat harbour at the end of secondary breakwater has 400m length of quay wall. Under the project, the Port of Colombo which had a capacity about 4.5 million TEUs, will have its total capacity increased by another 7.2 million TEUs in two separate phases.last_img read more

Property fraud Police probe cheating case

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Police Economic Offences Wing have started their probe against a cheating case after they received a complaint regarding a fraud by directors, officials of an alleged real estate company.Police said that the complainants have booked flat in the company project which was launched a decade back and was supposed to be constructed in Faridabad. The complainant told police that the company by illegal and deceitful acts have been acquiring wrongful gains from hard earned money of the complainants and also misappropriated such huge funds by not actually investing in the same project. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal Nagar”Huge sum of money of the complainants was duped into a land scam organised by the company officials who neither informed nor handed over possession of flats till date to the complainants,” police said. Police have registered a case under sections 406,420 and 120 B of IPC. Bank reports fraud In another case, the Delhi Police Economic Offences Wing is probing the case of fraud after they received a complaint from a bank manager in which he had alleged that the bank was cheated by a company. The complainant told police regarding cheating & forgery of Rs 204.48 lakh in OCC account of the company with their branch. Police have registered a case under sections 406,420,468,471 120 B of IPC.last_img read more

Gang of autolifters busted seven luxury cars recovered

first_imgNew Delhi: The team of Anti-Auto Theft Squad (AATS) of South-East District busted an inter-state gang of autolifters and arrested two persons identified as Haseen (24) , a resident of Meerut, and Aslam (30), a resident of Bulandshahar. From the possession and instance of the accused persons, seven luxury cars have been recovered.A trap was laid near Lajpat Nagar Flyover, Ring Road and the accused Haseen was arrested along with Aslam. On verification, the Brezza car was found stolen from Ramjas Road. The accused Haseen was a car mechanic and he utilised his knowhow with the machines and their locks to steal the car. He also roped in Aslam for the theft. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Accused persons used to target cars parked in the residential areas of Delhi-NCR and disposed them to receivers of Meerut. The gang members used stolen cars to conduct recee in the residential areas and targeted luxury cars. Accused persons break down the lock of the car with the help of screw driver. After that accused persons used to remove the battery connection of the car by opening the bonnet and break the steering lock with the help of battery operated drill machine. Accused persons possess separate set of ECM and Steering Lock Set to operate the ignition switch of the car. Thereafter, with the help of their pre-occupied ECM, accused persons used to start the vehicle,” said DCP South East, Chinmoy Biswal.last_img read more

5G network infrastructure revenue to hit 42 bn in 2020

first_imgLondon: By 2020, global 5G wireless network infrastructure revenue would reach $4.2 billion, an 89 per cent increase from 2019 revenue of $2.2 billion, a new report by Gartner Inc. said on Thursday. Gartner forecasts that investments in 5G NR network infrastructure would account for 6 per cent of the total wireless infrastructure revenue of communications service providers (CSPs) in 2019, and that this figure will reach 12 per cent in 2020. “5G wireless network infrastructure revenue will nearly double between 2019 and 2020. For 5G deployments in 2019, CSPs are using non-stand-alone technology. This enables them to introduce 5G services that run more quickly, as 5G New Radio (NR) equipment can be rolled out alongside existing 4G core network infrastructure,” Sylvain Fabre, Senior Research Director at Gartner, said in a statement. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year 5G services would launch in many major cities in 2019 and 2020; services have already begun in the US, South Korea and some European countries, including Switzerland, Finland and the UK. “National 5G coverage will not occur as quickly as with past generations of wireless infrastructure. To maintain average performance standards as 5G is built out, CSPs will need to undertake targeted strategic improvements to their 4G legacy layer, by upgrading 4G infrastructure around 5G areas of coverage. “A less robust 4G legacy layer adjoining 5G cells could lead to real or perceived performance issues as users move from 5G to 4G/LTE Advanced Pro. This issue will be most pronounced from 2019 through 2021, a period when 5G coverage will be focused on hot spots and areas of high population density,” Fabre added.last_img read more

Activist suggests Quebec City is too racist for him to receive a

first_imgQUEBEC – A well-known left-wing activist suggested Wednesday he can’t be tried fairly in Quebec City because people there are too racist.Jaggi Singh is facing a charge of obstructing justice after his arrest in connection with an Aug. 20 demonstration in the city.He was also charged with impersonation after he jokingly identified himself to police as former NHL star Michel Goulet.Singh asked a judge for his legal proceedings to be conducted outside Quebec City because he was a visible minority and, as such, wouldn’t be tried fairly in the city.He also requested a third-party investigator determine whether any links existed between Quebec City police officers and far-right groups.“I want a third-party investigator to confirm there is no link, either current or past, between these extreme groups and members of the police, or even municipal employees,” he said.“These extremist groups boast of their connection with different police services.”Several hundred people had gathered to oppose a demonstration Aug. 20 planned by La Meute, a far-right group.The counter-protest was organized by anti-fascist and pro-refugee groups after at least two Quebecers were identified participating in a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.Singh is due back in court Nov. 30.last_img read more

Grieving drums echo on Parliament Hill

first_imgAPTN National NewsFor the last 24 hours the sound of drums and voices have been ringing out, honouring the spirits of missing or murdered Indigenous women.They were also sending a spiritual message to Prime Minister Stephen Harper.APTN’s Annette Francis has this story.last_img

Tunisia mediators to launch dialogue despite boycott threat

first_imgTUNIS – The brokers of long-awaited talks between Tunisia’s ruling Islamists and the opposition said they will make a new attempt to open them on Friday despite doubts over who will attend.“The national dialogue launch will go ahead at 10:00 am (0900 GMT),” the UGTT trade union confederation, which has been the lead mediator in the protracted political crisis, said just hours before the planned start.“We will see which parties turn up.” The mainly secular opposition said on Thursday evening that it would not take part until Islamist Prime Minister Ali Larayedh gives a “clear and explicit” undertaking that his government will step down within three weeks of the dialogue’s launch.The timeframe is part of a hard-won roadmap to put Tunisia’s political transition back on track negotiated by the mediators between the Islamist-led government and the opposition.But the roadmap also sets a parallel one-month timeframe for the adoption of a new constitution and electoral laws, and a timetable for fresh elections, which the government is insisting must also be adhered to.Larayedh gave a new commitment on television late Thursday to the principle of handing over to a government of independents, but again insisted his cabinet’s resignation was conditional on the implementation of other parts of the roadmap.“The government is eager and committed to stand down within the timeframes set by the roadmap but on condition that all its elements are completed in the specified order,” the premier said.The protracted haggling between the two sides has paralysed Tunisian politics since the killing of an opposition member of parliament in July, in an attack blamed on jihadists.It comes against a backdrop of mounting public anger over the growing death toll from jihadist violence, which saw two offices of the ruling Islamist Ennahda party torched on Thursday as six slain police officers were laid to rest.last_img read more

Concluding its work UN refugee agency closes office in TimorLeste

The United Nations refugee agency has closed its office in the Timor-Leste capital, Dili, after more than 12 years, a move hailed by national leaders as a sign that the country had overcome most of the humanitarian problems it has faced in its recent history.President José Ramos-Horta convened a gathering at the presidential palace yesterday to mark the closure of the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and pledged that his country will never turn its back on refugees because so many of his compatriots were exiles themselves.“We are always ready to live up to our responsibilities,” he said. “That’s the best way to thank UNHCR and all the countries that all these years have assisted our refugees.”Mr. Ramos-Horta himself spent more than two decades as a refugee in the United States and Australia between 1975 and 1999.UNHCR opened the office in Dili in May 1999, just before the violent referendum on independence from Indonesia that sent nearly a quarter of a million people fleeing across the island into West Timor.UNHCR helped 220,000 refugees return home and worked for reconciliation as Timor-Leste moved towards independence in May 2002.James Lynch, UNHCR’s regional coordinator for South-east Asia, praised the country’s “impressive achievements,” pointing out that Timor-Leste was one of the few countries in the region to have signed the 1951 UN Refugee Convention.“Even though right now it has almost no refugees or asylum-seekers, it does have national laws in effect to process their claims,” he said. 13 January 2012The United Nations refugee agency has closed its office in the Timor-Leste capital, Dili, after more than 12 years, a move hailed by national leaders as a sign that the country had overcome most of the humanitarian problems it has faced in its recent history. read more

Nexen posts loss of 6M in the fourth quarter revenue slips to

by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 25, 2013 9:55 am MDT Nexen posts loss of $6M in the fourth quarter; revenue slips to $1.58B AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Nexen Inc. (TSX:NXY), the Calgary-based oil and gas producer being taken over by a state-owned Chinese company, says it sank into the red in the fourth quarter.Nexen, citing impairment charges on natural gas properties in the U.S. and Canada and costs associated with its Long Lake oilsands project, says its net loss in the three months ended in December was $6 million or two cents per diluted share.That was a big reversal from last year’s fourth-quarter profit of $43 million or eight cents per share.Net sales from continuing operations were $1.58 billion, down from $1.66 billion in the same 2011 period.For the year as a whole, Nexen said income dropped 52 per cent, which primarily reflected “the impact of higher share-based compensation expense as a result of the increase in our share price in part due to the proposed CNOOC Ltd. acquisition and to lower gains from asset dispositions.”Last year, net income included pre-tax gains of $386 million from asset dispositions compared to $194 million in 2012.The $15.1-billion acquisition by China National Offshore Oil Corp. is expected to be completed this week, Nexen said. read more

Football Jordan Fuller confident in opposite safety position ahead of season opener

Ohio State then-sophomore safety Jordan Fuller (4) attempts to tackle Michigan State junior lineback Andrew Dowell (5) during the fourth quarter of the OSU vs. MSU game on Nov. 11 at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State won 48-3. Credit: Ris Twigg | Former Assistant Photo EditorFor the Ohio State secondary, the 2018 season seems to be beginning in a similar way to last year. With three players rotating for playing time at cornerback, the Buckeyes had three safeties battling for two starting spots heading into the first game against Indiana last year, one which was already inherited by a veteran in former Ohio State safety Damon Webb. Now, as the 2018 season is about set to begin on Sept. 1 against Oregon State, the spot Webb had a year ago has now been taken by the player who won the starting job opposite him last season. In one season, junior safety Jordan Fuller has emerged as one of the primary leaders in the Ohio State locker room, being named a captain on defense. However, with Fuller moving into the leadership role, the spot next to him is vacant again. And, as it was last season, there has been a significant competition to fill it. Sophomore safeties Jahsen Wint and Isaiah Pryor have been battling for the spot since spring practice began and has continued throughout fall camp, even into the week before the first game of the season. When the depth chart was released for Saturday’s game against the Beavers, it seemed Pryor had the advantage, being named as the sole starter opposite Fuller in the season opener. However, defensive coordinator Greg Schiano has said that both Pryor and Wint have earned playing time, saying the competition for the starting safety position has “raised both Isaiah and Jahsen’s game.” Fuller said both the safeties have grown exponentially compared to the start of spring practices. “They have both progressed greatly this whole camp,” Fuller said. “I’m really excited for both their years. It’s a tight competition.” Even though the starting spot beside him does not have a solidified answer, Fuller is confident in the relationship he has with both Wint and Pryor, saying there is already a chemistry built with each of them. Fuller should know, any starting safety spot is up for grabs at any point during the year. After splitting time with former Ohio State safety Erick Smith to start the 2017 season, Fuller took a firm hold on the starting safety spot, eventually leading the Buckeyes with 70 tackles last season. With that experience from last year, Schiano knows, even though Pryor might get the first snaps in Saturday’s game against Oregon State, nothing is set in stone. “I don’t know if that will happen or if all season long those guys will go back and forth,” Schiano said. “But whatever happens, I’ve said this to you guys before, you can’t make it happen, you’ve got to let it happen. Now you encourage and you coach and you teach, but at the end of the day they have to go out there and play their way into a position.” No matter who is out on the field with the captain against Oregon State, he is confident neither Pryor nor Wint will miss a beat. “We will see how it all shakes out on Saturday, but I am more than good with whoever is playing,” Fuller said. “More than good.” read more