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India, Brazil strengthen relations, sign 3 MoU
July 17: In a move to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries of Brazil and India, their premiers Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi signed three agreements at the former's official residence-the Itamaraty Palace. The move was taken in the 6th BRICS Summit that took place in Fortaleza from 15th July to 16th July. The three agreements that were signed were: MoU on Cooperation in the Field of Environment :

The collaboration is likely to be in the form of exchange of information, documentation and collaborative projects in the field of biodiversity; afforestation in arid ... Read More

Changes to Temporary Foreign Worker Program
The Government of Canada announced major changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) which have significant repercussions for Canadian employers across the country as well as current and future foreign workers.

Canadian employers need to obtain government approval before hiring a foreign worker. This approval comes in the form of a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)

The responsibility for securing an LMIA rests solely with the employer. This assesses whether the employer is eligible to hire from abroad.

Employers in need of an LMIA will face increased restrictions, more in-depth requirements, and enhanced inspections and punishment if they do not follow the ... Read More

Promoting jobs and economic growth through Canada�s Start-up Visa
July 16, 2014 � Vancouver � Canada�s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander today welcomed the first two successful applicants under the Start-up Visa Program, which is designed to attract more entrepreneurs and create jobs for Canadians.

Minister Alexander met with the entrepreneurs at GrowLab Ventures Inc. of Vancouver, the Canadian business incubator that is supporting Stanislav Korsei and Oleksandr Zadorozhnyi, formerly of Ukraine, in the development of their company, Zeetl Inc. Korsei and Zadorozhnyi have developed an application that allows firms to monitor social media for customer complaints and concerns and instantly establishes a temporary direct phone line ... Read More

An act of insult to Tamil civilisation: Jaya decries clubs' anti-Dhoti actions
Chennai: Decrying the action of a private club imposing a dress code and denying entry to a dhoti-clad Judge as an "insult" to Tamil culture, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today said the government would enact a new law in the current session to curb such practices.

While coming down heavily on the 11 July incident in which a sitting Madras High Court Judge Justice D Hariparanthaman was barred from entering Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) for wearing a dhoti, she warned such organisations of stringent action including cancellation of their licences.

Making a suo motu statement on the issue in the Assembly, ... Read More

Narendra Modi meets Xi Jinping, India-China border row tops agenda
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today met Chinese President Xi Jinping here and pressed for a solution to the boundary question, saying if the two sides could amicably resolve the vexed issue, it would set an example for the world on peaceful conflict resolution.

The two leaders, who arrived almost at the same time in this seaside city of Brazil last evening to attend the BRICS Summit, engaged shortly ... Read More
Jayalalithaa Writes to PM Opposing Sanskrit Week Celebrations in Schools
Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa today opposed a CBSE's directive to celebrate 'Sanskrit Week' in schools in the state in August.

In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, she asked for a modification of the directive to focus instead on celebrating a 'Classical Language Week' in each state grounded on the linguistic heritage of that state. (Read letter here.)

"As you are aware, Tamil Nadu has a rich cultural heritage based on the ancient Tamil language. There has also been a strong social justice and language movement in the State. Hence, any official celebration of 'Sanskrit week' in ... Read More
China distributes millions of controversial maps to troops
Beijing: China is distributing millions of controversial updated maps to its military in the first upgrade in 30 years, reportedly reinforcing its claims over Arunachal Pradesh.

All major army units will receive new, more accurate maps in the near future, PLA Daily reported.

The Lanzhou Military Command, one of seven PLA ground force commands, has updated more than 15 million maps for its troops, it said.

Though the official media here has not published the maps being circulated in its military, it reportedly incorporated China's claims over the disputed borders with India as well as South and East China Seas, which were hotly ... Read More
BRICS: PM Modi turns in a star performance on global stage
His handshakes have been found to be firm, his outfits including an unusual scarf/ stole/ angavastram have been widely noticed and his idea of a BRICS university made it to the final Fortaleza Declaration, the historical document marking the setting up of the New Development Bank, the coinage itself borrowed incidentally from Modi's bank of ideas too.

The road to BRICS was a little rocky. There were a series of organisation and scheduling gaffes by the team of bureaucrats that now forms Team Modi, including a missed dinner date with German Chancellor Angela Merkel who was away in Brazil watching her ... Read More
How Air India crew averted a major air disaster
The pilot’s decision and professional competence in bringing flight AI 144 safely back to Newark Liberty International Airport after an engine fire, saved the lives of 300 passengers and 15 crew members. George Joseph/Rediff.com reports

Air India flight AI 144, which was forced to return to Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey on July 13 after an engine on the Boeing 777 caught fire, resumed flying on July 18.

It was a providential escape for the 300 passengers and 15 crew members, thanks to the heroic efforts of the pilots and the crew.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokeswoman ... Read More
Air India, Jet Airways to avoid airspace over war-torn eastern Ukraine
Indian carriers, Air India and Jet Airways, are likely to avoid the airspace of war-torn eastern Ukraine in view of reported shooting down of a Malaysian airliner in which all 295 people on board were killed today. PTI photo

Indian carriers, Air India and Jet Airways, are likely to avoid the airspace of war-torn eastern Ukraine in view of reported shooting down of a Malaysian airliner in which all 295 people on board were killed today.

Air India will abide by any international advisory "to avoid airspace over conflict zone like Ukraine", an Air India official said.

Aviation sources said airlines have to ... Read More
US officials hail Narendra Modi's steps to firm up ties with neighbours
Washington: Lauding Prime Minister Narendra Modi's steps to improve ties with SAARC countries, top US officials, eminent South Asia experts and lawmakers have said he has shown firm commitment towards strengthening India's relations with its neighbours, including Pakistan.

"When Prime Minister Modi invited the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, and the leaders of South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries to his inauguration ceremony, he demonstrated his firm commitment to strengthening India's ties with its immediate region," Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nisha Desai Biswal told lawmakers during a Congressional hearing.

"That's good news for India ... Read More
Fishing in South India's Troubled Waters
By Jonathan Blaustein

Mr. Lakshmanan lives in inland Bangalore, where he works as a photographer for the local Time Out magazine. Aside from a fellowship he received in 2011, his entire project has been self-financed. It takes him six or seven hours by train or bus to reach the coast — he can’t afford to drive. Even so, he has so far photographed more than 1,000 miles of coastline, along the way encountering a variety of cultures, languages, and deep and complicated concerns.
Since most of India’s massive population lives in inland cities, the coastal areas he’s investigating are typically underreported and ... Read More
Modi government is pro-Israel: CPI-M
The CPI-M Thursday accused the government of taking a pro-Israeli stand by refusing to discuss the Israeli air raids on Gaza in parliament.

Instead of condemning the Israeli attacks that have left 220 Palestinians dead, "the government has adopted a dubious stand which condones the unjustified Israeli aggression", the CPI-M said.

The Communist Party of India-Marxist said the external affairs ministry first equated both sides as responsible for the violence. It also refused to condemn the "Israeli violence in Gaza".

Later, the government refused to discuss the Gaza situation in the Rajya Sabha, claiming India has diplomatic ties with both nations and ... Read More
BJP to file defamation case against Arvind Kejriwal over horse-trading allegation?
New Delhi: More trouble seems to be in store for Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal with the BJP appearing all set to file a defamation case against him.

Kejriwal had alleged that BJP is indulging in horse-trading to garner the numbers required to form the government in Delhi. The former Delhi CM went to the extent to claim that Rs 20 crore was offered to six Congress MLAs to switch sides.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had rejected the AAP’s claim on horse-trading, and said that the BJP has no intention of ever doing so. “BJP never indulged in horse ... Read More
Infosys ex-employee cries bias over not knowing Hindi
In yet another instance of a former American employee alleging harassment at Infosys Technologies, one Layla Bolten has sued the Bangalore-headquartered information technology firm in that country. She has claimed she was discriminated against by colleagues, mostly Indians, as she could not speak in Hindi.

Bolten, said to be an "experienced tester", has filed a lawsuit in a US federal court claiming harassment while she was working on a project to develop the health benefit exchange system, a key feature of the Affordable Care Act (ACT), or Obamacare, for the District of Columbia.

In June last year, Infosys Public Services, a subsidiary ... Read More
Gearing up for the launch of Express Entry
July 14, 2014 —Toronto — Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander met with stakeholders and business leaders today about the January 2015 launch of Express Entry: a faster and more effective way for Canada to welcome skilled economic immigrants.

The Government of Canada, in partnership with provincial and territorial governments, has hosted a number of information sessions on Express Entry with employers across the country in recent months.

The Express Entry electronic application management system will apply to four existing economic programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class, and a portion of the Provincial Nominee ... Read More
Scholarships worth Rs 5.5 crores for Indian students
Lore India Foundation is inviting applications from class 10, 11 and 12 students for its National Scholarship Program worth Rs 55 million. Read on for details...


Lore India Foundation Scholarship Trust has announced the launch of a pioneering scholarship programme that will identify, assess, reward and mentor the brightest young minds in India.

More than 100 of the most brilliant students will be identified through a scientifically evolved Learning Aptitude Test (LAT), designed by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) with the help of acclaimed education scientists.

Qualifying students will receive cash scholarships from a generous corpus of Rs 55 million and also benefit from ... Read More
Five BJP Veterans Appointed as New Governors
New Delhi: Former union minister and BJP leader Ram Naik will be the new Governor of Uttar Pradesh. His appointment, and that of four other governors was announced today by the President's office. The others, all BJP veterans, are Kesri Nath Tripathi as the Governor of West Bengal, Delhi leader Om Prakash Kohli as the Governor of Gujarat and Balramji Dass Tandon as the Governor of Chhattisgarh. Padmanabha Acharya will be governor of Nagaland. He has also been given the additional charge of Tripura.

Mr Naik, who was petroleum minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, was pushed to the ... Read More
Modi causes interpreter crisis for external affairs ministry
By Archis Mohan Source : BUSINESS_STANDARD


The external affairs ministry faces a shortage of interpreters who can ably translate from a foreign language like English into Hindi, and vice versa.

A dearth of English-to-Hindi interpreters had first surfaced when Narendra Modi had visited Bhutan in mid-June, his maiden trip abroad as prime minister. At that time, the Lok Sabha secretariat had come to the rescue by loaning one from its pool of interpreters. The ministry had largely ignored this scarcity until Modi became the PM.

But even as Modi on Sunday leaves for Brazil via Germany to attend the Brics Summit, the secretariat has ... Read More

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