Posts Tagged ‘india news’

UK gives relief to highly-skilled Indian Migrants

April 18, 2008

UK gives relief to HSMP migrantsNDTV Reports: In what may sound as music to the ears of highly-skilled Indian migrants, Britain has decided to allow such professionals to stay as it works to implement a high court ruling against immigration rule changes with retrospective effect that could have forced them to leave.

The Home Office will not appeal against an April 8 High Court verdict that said it was ”not open to the government to alter the terms and conditions” of Highly Skilled Migrants Programme (HSMP) under which thousands of highly skilled employees, mostly Indians, came to Britain.

All highly-skilled migrants who came here under the HSMP scheme as on November 7, 2006, when the regulation changes were made, can stay until processes are put in place to implement the judgement, the Home Office said.

Some 49,000 highly-skilled people had come to Britain under the HSMP initiated in January 2002 and most of them were facing the prospect of returning home following changes in the immigrations rules brought into force by the government.

Watched a report on this issue on NDTV last night. It is an excellent channel for Indian news here in the US. It is available on DirecTV’s satellite TV service.


Uganda welcomes back Gujarat businessman

April 16, 2008
NDTV Reports: Australia, Uganda and now Afghanistan — Indians are slightly apprehensive working abroad. In the middle of this, a delegation has come from Uganda, led by their Foreign Affairs Minister, to reassure businessmen in Gujarat. Last year, Gujarati businesses in Uganda had suffered huge losses when they had to flee the violence there and one Ahmedabad-based businessman had also lost his life.

Uganda is safe now, that is what this delegation is here to tell businessmen in Gujarat.

“We are now offering you a proper business environment and peaceful living in our country with unlimited opportunities for businessmen and corporates from Gujarat as still a large number of Gujarati population stay in Uganda and things are getting better everyday after fall of Edi Amin,” said Sam Kutesa, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Government of Uganda.

Their suggestions have been welcomed by representatives of corporate houses like Reliance and pharma company like Cadila. And also by Sam Pitroda, the Chairperson of the Knowledge Commission and the man behind India’s telecom revolution.

He has promised technical help to the IT and telecom companies investing in Uganda and even help with the country’s food crisis.

“There was a time when people outside India used to think how India would manage food for everyone, we have done that and can help you for a replication in your country as well. Why do you need to wait for US help,” said Sam Pitroda.

Gujaratis are known for their inclination to find out new avenues and destinations in spreading their business and African countries have always been preferred destinations for them until violence took a toll on their confidence, not only in Uganda but also in Kenya few months before.

Now representations from governments of those countries welcoming back Gujaratis is not only an indication of how much important role Indian business community plays there but also speaks of a rising India, sharing knowledge and acumen with other countries.

I was watching the news last night on NDTV and came across this story. Thought I’d share it with you folks. I am a Gujarati and some of my relatives were displaced from Uganda during Eedi Amin’s time. Its great to know things are improving in Uganda now. NDTV 24×7 can now be accessed here in the US on DirecTV satellite TV service.

Out of action but Sania still rises in WTA Rankings

April 14, 2008

NDTV Reports: A wrist surgery may have forced Sania Mirza out of action for a month but the Indian tennis ace has still managed to gain a spot in the WTA Rankings, rising to the 30th position in the latest list issued on Monday.

Sania, whose wrist was operated upon last week in the US, now has 917 points.

Sania’s doubles standing has also improved by three notches to 19th this week. The Hyderabadi girl has 1830 points in the doubles’ list.

Meanwhile, in the ATP doubles’ rankings, Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi held steady at their 13th and 24th positions respectively.

Paes and Bhupathi were seen in action together for the first time since their 2006 Asian Games spat in the Davis Cup tie against Japan last week.

The estranged duo put their personal differences aside to lead India to a 3-2 win over the Japanese. The triumph earned India a place in the World Group playoff to be held in September.

I’ve admired this young athlete from India right from the beginning of her career. She has the potential to still take Indian tennis and Indian sport in general to the highest echelons of world sport. The country needs to treat her right. Saw an interview if her on NDTV 24×7 last night. I’m glad Indian channels are available here in the US. I use DirecTV and works really well for me.

BCCI, ICC set for a showdown

January 28, 2008

Spinner Harbhajan Singh’s appeal against the three-match ban and racism charge is due to be heard on Tuesday. But the BCCI has made it clear that racism allegations are unacceptable and the Board may pull out of the remaining tour if the charges are not dropped.


The most critical evidence would be the stump microphone recordings during the second Test in Sydney.

Justice John Hansen, the New Zealand judge, who was appointed Commissioner for the hearing will chair the proceedings.

The Indian team is not leaving Adelaide until Bhajji’s appeal is heard.

Tendulkar’s Last test at Adelaide

January 25, 2008

I did not know that the current test match is Tendulkar’s Last test at Adelaide until I saw the coverage on NDTV 24*7 through DirecTv.

Tendulkar, who has 480 runs at 80 in the series, faced 205 balls and hit 13 fours and three sixes, earning a pat on the back from the successful bowler and a standing ovation as he left the field.

I prefer watching NDTV 24*7 as it is India’s most respected news channel and it the news coverage is ‘to the point’ unlike other news channel where every news is a breaking news.

The experience only improves as I have subscribed to DirecTv.

There’s no need to buy any costly equipments, I received installation of a 4-room DirecTV system alongwith the subscription.

There are absolutely no interruptions as DirecTV delivers a digital signal 99.9% of the time. I also ordered a high-speed Internet connection with the service.

The most important benefit is that my cable & internet bills have reduced.

Ganguly Out Again

January 22, 2008

GangulyI am a Cricket fan. As simple as that can get, I have been playing and following the game since I was a kid. Its difficult in the US to play Cricket and the world times do not give me the liberty to watch an entire match. So I am just left with Highlights and News coverage.

I saw the coverage on NDTV 24*7 through DirecTv. The Tiger from Kolkatta as most of his fans call him has been once agin neglected for the ODI-Squad. Is it really the performance? I don’t think so because he did perform well in the Current Test series but for 1 game.

Sania & Rohan advance in doubles

January 16, 2008

Sania MirzaIndian sportsmen & women are performing well throughout the world. Sania & Rohan won their respective double matches in the Australian Open. I saw the coverage on NDTV 24 * 7 through Directv. Its a very good channel covering almost all the news in a desirable format. Its available in the US only through Directv.