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Australia scraps Golden Visa Programme January 23, 2024 11:19

Australia has made the decision to end its "golden visa" program, which allowed wealthy foreign investors to live in the country. The government cited poor economic results as the reason for scrapping the program, and it will be replaced with a visa that focuses on skills. The significant investor visas (SIV) were originally implemented to attract investment and promote innovation in Australia. To qualify for the visa, candidates were required to invest 5 million Australian dollars in the country. However, the program faced criticism for contributing to corruption and allowing foreign nationals to bring illegal funds into Australia. Notably, the majority of successful applicants were from China, with 85% of the SIVs granted to Chinese investors. "It has been clear for a long time that this visa does not meet the needs of our country and economy," stated Clare O'Neil, the Minister of Home Affairs. Australia, following in the footsteps of countries like the United Kingdom, has decided to join the list of European nations that have banned similar investment-based residency programs. This decision was made due to concerns about the potential influx of illegal money into the country. The UK, for example, ended its own investment-driven residency program in 2022 out of fear that money launderers from Russia were taking advantage of the program to reside in the UK. Clancy Moore, the CEO of Transparency International Australia, expressed his satisfaction with this development. He had been leading a movement against these so-called "golden visa" programs, citing their alleged flaws and vulnerabilities. According to Moore, corrupt officials and kleptocrats have long used these programs as a means to park their illicit funds in Australia and potentially conceal the proceeds of their criminal activities.

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Three arrested for assaulting Indian student for three months in USA December 01, 2023 11:48

In a shocking and appalling case, a 20-year-old Indian student in the US has been rescued from months of inhumane captivity and abuse. The student, whose name has not been disclosed, endured unimaginable suffering and was subjected to physical violence, including beatings and threats with weapons. The incident highlights the urgent need for routine screening and care for vulnerable populations, including immigrants, refugees, and underserved communities. These populations are often at higher risk of experiencing human trafficking, exploitation, and various forms of violence. Furthermore, the ordeal faced by the Indian student brings attention to the broader issue of human rights violations and abuse across different contexts. It also sheds light on the challenges faced by Native American students and their struggle to engage in post-secondary institutions due to a history of forced assimilation and inhumane treatment. Human rights violations, torture, trauma, and limited access to basic human needs such as food and shelter are unfortunately common experiences among people seeking asylum. These individuals often come from resource-poor countries where access to healthcare is limited, exacerbating their vulnerability and increasing the need for support and protection. This incident serves as a reminder of the intersecting oppressions and traumas experienced by victims of human trafficking.

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Telangana Student Shot in Chicago's Gun Firing January 25, 2023 08:28

A student who is based in Telangana has been killed in Chicago in USA as per his parents. The student was shot during an attempt for a robbery. The student was identified as K Sai charam who flew to USA on January 11th for his Master Degree. His father Srinivasa Rao confirmed the news after he told the Press Trust of India. The incident took place on Sunday and the friends of Sai Charan informed the news to their parents on Monday. Sai Charan was rushed to the hospital after the incident and everyone felt that he would be out of danger. A total number of three students were shot in the incident and the other two students are currently in recovery mode. Sai Charan hails from BHEL in Ramachandrapuram in Sangareddy district. Another student Devansh hails from Vijayawada is injured and is rushed to a hospital. Another student named Laxman from Visakhapatnam was unhurt and he escaped. Sri Charan is pursuing his MS in Governor State University, Chicago and he joined the Masters on January 11th. His mother KVM Lakshmi and father K Srinivasa Rao were left in deep shock after the incident. Sri Charan was shot in the chest as per the witnesses.

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Indian-Origin Student Killed In A University In USA October 07, 2022 04:35

Varun Manish Chheda, a 20-year-old Indian-origin student residing in USA has been killed by his roommate and the investigation for the same is going on. Varun Manish Chheda is studying in Purdue University and he was found murdered in his dormitory in the state of Indiana in USA. His roommate who hails from Korea killed Varun Manish Chheda in his dormitory and he dialled 911 after he killed his roommate. The reason behind the killing was not traced and the investigation for the same is currently happening. Varun Manish Chheda was found dead in McCutcheon Hall in the western side of the campus of the Purdue University. Ji Min Sha, a 22-year-old student from Korea was identified as the accused and the incident took place at 12:45 local time. Purdue University Police Chief Lesley Wiete told the same during the press conference about the incident. Ji Min Sha is taken into custody and he is questioned about the incident. The incident happened in a room in the fist floor of the McCutcheon Hall. Several students heard screaming in the campus. Varun Manish Chheda is a data science student in the university and he died of multiple traumatic injuries. The cops registered a death by homicide as per the preliminary autopsy reports. Wiete believes that the attack was unprovoked and senseless. The university students gathered to mourn the demise of Varun Manish Chheda. Some of the close friends of Varun Manish Chheda told that he was quite sensible and intelligent. They heard his screaming on the call whne he was gaming and talkin with them online. Purdue University President Mitch Daniels called it a tragic incident.

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Indian Students Flying to France to Increase by 2025 September 14, 2022 13:54

France is one country that is attracting the Indian students and the country is expecting a rise of the number to 20,000 by 2025. French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna told the news during a three-day visit to India. "We want the number of Indian students to touch 20,000 by 2025. It is an ambitious target but sky is the limit when it comes to India and France" told Catherine Colonna. She interacted with the students at the Lady Shri Ram College on Wednesday. The gender balance is a necessity in education told Catherine Colonna. "There are so much changes in gender balance but we are not there yet" told Catherine Colonna. Catherine Colonna will travel to Mumbai after her official visit will come to an end tomorrow. She will meet several industry leaders and will have site visits tomorrow. Catherine Colonna will also hold talks with the Union External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and will discuss about the international issues along with the bilateral and the regional issues between the nations.

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Nationalities That Are Ready To Move To Canada December 08, 2020 10:54

According to new reports shown by immigration companies and online search data, Canada is the most popular destination where people are looking to move abroad to. Search data also shows that more than 100 countries have searched for links and websites related to living in Canada, moving to Canada and immigration laws in Canada.  Why is Canada so popular for immigrants and what are the incentives that this place offers which is so attractive to immigrants? Canada is a country situated in North America. On a list of the countries with the most immigration by different countries, surprisingly Canada tops the list with 29 countries immigrants residing in the country followed by Japan with 13 countries and then Spain, Germany, Quatar and Australia in the respective order. Canada offer easy and flexible immigration offers, catering to about a 100 immigration options, has one of the most low unemployment rates in the world and caters to free universal health care. These incentives are more than enough for immigrants to understand why  Canada is popular among those who wish to move abroad.  Canada is also one of the most peaceful countries in the world. According to the Global Peace Index, Canada ranks sixth in country peace. Countries in Asia that are seemingly interested in moving to Canada include the Azerbaijan, India, Pakistan and Qatar.It may come as no surprise that India is included on the list. Indian nationals make up around a quarter of all immigrants to Canada.By Meena Atmakuri

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Visa Plans For Three Million Hong Kong Citizens- Confirmation From UK PM Boris Johnson June 04, 2020 10:34

UK Prime Minister reiterates the visa plans for 3 million Hong Kong citizens. This is only if China presses go forward with the new law which threatens to strip the former British colony of its traditional freedom. There are already 3,50,000 Hongkongers who hold British National passports. To this there is an additional citizenship of 2.5 million would be eligible to apply. Currently, British National Overseas passports are allowed with visa free access with a limitation of six months only. Boris Jonshon said "If China imposes its national security law, the British government will change our immigration rules and allow any holder of these passports from Hong Kong to come to the UK for a renewable period of 12 months and be given further immigration rights, including the right to work, which could place them on a route to citizenship” "This would amount to one of the biggest changes in our visa system in history. If it proves necessary, the British government will take this step and take it willingly”. The visa issuing offer for Hongkongers was announced on Tuesday by UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab in the House of Common. There Johnson focused that he is hoping things don't have to come to create an “inflaming” situation in Hong Kong with new law. Over the planned new law, China is now facing criticism from various nations. For the new law many in Hong Kong would fear to live without freedom and they wouldn't also enjoy other parts of China. Hong Kong emerged with China in 1997 as part of an agreement signed back then and it is the basic law. China’s latest moves are in violation of the agreement in view of the UK. The National People’s Congress in China, undertook a proposal a month ago for a national security law in Hong Kong. China's Foreign Minister, State Councillor Wang Yi, subsequently made clear that the legislation will seek to ban "treason, secession, sedition and subversion" and it is expected to be published in full shortly. The UK PM pointed when he spoke, "If China proceeds, this would be in direct conflict with its obligations under the joint declaration, a legally binding treaty registered with the United Nations. Britain would then have no choice but to uphold our profound ties of history and friendship with the people of Hong Kong" The foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian repeated China’s stance- the agreement with the UK is known as the Sino-British Joint Declaration and it is essentially null and void. Ramya C

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Goa To Be Included In Vande Bharat Mission On Request Of NRI Commission May 11, 2020 10:14

Around 4500 Goans from 65 countries are waiting to return to Goa with the fear of the coronavirus pandemic. The people have registered to travel from abroad to their hometown as well. The NRI Commision of Goa urged the Central Government to add Goa to the list of Vande Bharat Mission. Vande Bharat Mission brings back the stranded Indians from abroad in various parts around the world. The Goans have registered on the NRI Commission Portal to return to their hometown. Coming across registration in huge numbers, Commissioner for NRI Affairs of Goa Narendra Sawaikar has made a request to add Goa in the Vande Bharat Mission. He said "I urge upon the Central Ministry to let Goa international airport at Dabolim be opened for flight movement in order to get back stranded Goans via direct special flights," Sawaikar said. Swaikar made an attempt to arrange the special flight to bring back the stranded Goans in the first phase of Vande Bharat Mission which started on May 7. But the efforts didn't work during the first phase. Hence, it is to bring back the Goans in the coming phase of the repatriation mission. According to the official report, around 100 Goans are stuck in UAE and they are waiting to come back. They are struggling to stay as they lost their jobs. Speaking on this, Commissioner Sawaikar said that- they shared the details to the Central Government for evacuation who registered on the portal to fly from abroad. He assured to help the stranded and said "If there is any issue, let them bring to our notice”. - Ramya

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Indian Students Stuck In UK Write Their Plea To S Jaishankar March 24, 2020 14:33

62 students from various UK Universities have written to the Union External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar to help them come back to India amidst the Covid-19 crisis. Majority of the students from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have also written the respective Chief Ministers of the states, K Chandrasekhar Rao and YS Jaganmohan Reddy to help them in this time of crisis. In the plea, the students mentioned that they are currently at the UK airports and at HCL London. The virus is spreading the UK pretty fast but the NHS has confirmed saying that they won’t be providing with treatment facilities to individuals under the age of 65. They mentioned that they didn’t feel safe being there. The students also mentioned saying that things could turn for the worse in the upcoming days which is why they need immediate action to be taken against the situation to further better it. They also stated that the students are willing to undergo the isolation process that is being followed in India and would readily cooperate with the officials in the country. They urged the government officials to understand their distress suggesting that they don’t feel safe in the country and didn’t want to die here. The students hail from some of the most notable Universities in the UK. By Somapika Dutta

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Indian Community in Seattle counters the Local Politicians on anti-CAA Resolutions February 12, 2020 11:40

A section of the American polity which had been led by Pramila Jayapal and Kshama Sawant has been encountered by the Indian community that is present in Seattle. The Indian community has watered down a resolution in the Seattle city council against the Citizenship Amendment Act, earlier this month.While a resolution has been passed by the council that urges the Parliament of India to repeal the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and to stop the National Register of Citizens (NRC), the Indian community leaders has intervened and watered down the resolution, as learnt by Economic Times.The brain behind the resolution is said to be that of Kshama Sawant who serves on the Seattle City Council and also a member of Socialist Alternative. It has been said that Sawant was the first socialist in order to win the citywide election in Seattle since Anna Louise Strong had been elected to the school board in the year 1916.The Seattle City Council is said to be the legislative body of the Seattle city in Washington. The council is said to be comprising of nine members and would be serving four- year terms out of which seven would be elected by the electoral districts and the remaining two would be elected in the citywide at- large positions where as all the elections are said to be non- partisan.Atul Tankha who is a former development professional from Seattle and also who has been one among the the Indian- Americans who have garnered support against Jayapal and Sawant has said that the community members did not belong to any political group and were spontaneous in the moves that they have made.By Shrithika Kushangi

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Rallies in support of CAA, NRC by Indian-Americans in US December 26, 2019 09:41

Dispelling the misinformation and myths surrounding the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC), a large number of Indian-Americans have come out in order to support the law.According to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the non-Muslim communities i.e., Hindus, Sikhs, Buddists, Jains, Parsis, Christians who have come from the three neighbouring nations Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh on or before December 31, 2014 and who are following religious persecutions will be getting Indian citizenship.Protests are being held across India from the day CAA was introduced in the Parliament earlier this month.The organizers said that these rallies are aimed at eliminating the misinformation and myths about the law as well as to counter the propaganda of hate, lies and the absurdities. A pro-CAA rally has been held by Indian-Americans in Seattle at Victor Steinbrueck Park in December, in Austin near Capitol Building on December 22 and in Houston on December 20 in front of the Indian Consulate.“We held this rally to counter the fear-mongering of Islamic and leftist organizations about the CAA and the NRC and their bizarre statements that the NRC in combination with the CAA is designed to expel Muslims from India,” said one of the organizers from rally that was held at Dublin Ohio, Vineet Goel.The rally that was held in Raleigh in North Carolina was joined by more than 70 eminent doctors and community leaders. They said that, the reason was to support Narendra Modi. The enactment of the CAA was welcomed by Ashok K Karmakar, chairman of Bangladesh Hindu Buddist Christian Unity Council (BHBCUC).Protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) are being held across various parts of India. Peaceful protests were held in several areas which included Jantar Mantar, Jamia Milia Islamia Nizammudin, Alaknanda and Connaught Place.By Shrithika Kushangi

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Indian-American Appointed 1st Woman Chief Technology Officer at FCC December 23, 2019 06:09

Dr Monisha Ghosh, an Indian-American has been appointed as Chief Technology Officer at the Federal Communications Commission which is the most powerful in US government. She replaced Dr Eric Burger.Ghosh will be advising the Indian-American Chairman of the FCC Ajit Pai and she will be working closely with the Office of Engineering and Technology as she takes charge on January 13 the next year.The interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable in all the fifty states included in the District of Columbia and US territories will be regulated by FCC.FCC is an independent agency of the US government that has been overseen by Congress. It is a federal agency which takes the responsibility of implementation and enforcement of America’s communications law and regulations.“As the FCC moves aggressively to advance American leadership in 5G, Dr Ghosh’s deep technical knowledge of wireless technologies will be invaluable,” says Chairman Pai.He added saying that, Dr Ghosh has been a part of both conducting as well as overseen research into the cutting-edge wireless issues in academia and industry and that her expertise ranges from internet of things, medical telemetry, and broadcast standards. Chairman Pai said that, Gosh would lead a path inspiring the young women in considering careers in STEM fields.“Dr Ghosh has both conducted and overseen research into cutting-edge wireless issues in academia and industry. Her expertise is also broad, ranging from the internet of things, medical telemetry, and broadcast standards. And it bears noticing that this is a historic appointment: I am proud that Dr Ghosh will be the FCC’s first female CTO, and hope her example inspires young women everywhere to consider careers in STEM fields. I’m grateful to her for serving in this important position at this important time,” he said.Ghosh is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and has done her B.tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 1986. She received her Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1991.Ghosh conducts research on wireless technologies for internet of things, 5G cellular, next generation Wi-Fi systems and spectrum coexistence as a research professor at the University of Chicago."Dr Ghosh has done outstanding work during her time at the National Science Foundation (NSF). "As a program director within our Division of Computer and Network Systems, she has contributed to programs supporting advanced wireless research including innovative uses for spectrum and wireless spectrum sharing. We congratulate Dr Ghosh on her appointment as Federal Communications Commission's Chief Technology Officer; we know the Nation will benefit from her technical expertise in wireless networks," says NSF's acting Assistant Director for Computer Information Science and Engineering, Erwin Gianchandani.Erwin Gianchandani says that Dr Ghosh being a program director has given her contribution in supporting advanced wireless research that includes innovative uses for spectrum and wireless spectrum sharing.By Shrithika Kushangi

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