Tag Archives: Diaspora News

Remittances from Indians abroad rising

New Delhi: Remittances from Indians employed abroad have been steadily increasing since 2009-10, Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi said Wednesday. The amount rose from $53.6 billion in fiscal 2009-10 to $55.6 billion in 2010-11 and to $66.1 billion in 2011-12, the minister said in a statement in the Lok Sabha. The amount stood at

Mukherjee asks youth Diaspora to learn about India

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee asked the youth of the Indian Diaspora to learn about India, its traditions and thought process and to use the knowledge for the betterment of the global community at large. Speaking to a group of Indian youth Diaspora attending the ‘Know India Programme’ (KIP) of the ministry of overseas Indian

‘No Indians or Asians’ job ad triggers outrage

Melbourne: A contractor of Australian Coles supermarket chain has come under fire for publishing a job advertisement. The ad barred Indians or Asians from applying for the job. According to media reports, the advertisement on the Gumtree website was seeking cleaners for a supermarket at Eastlands Shopping Centre in Hobart. The online ad read, “Store

Overseas Indian affairs ministry rapped for inadequate data

New Delhi: A parliamentary panel has slammed the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) for lacking authentic data on the exact size of the Indian diaspora, noting this was needed for “appropriate policy framing”. The panel also called upon the ministry to take more initiatives to attract investments from non-resident Indians (NRIs). The Standing Committee

Government pension scheme for Indians abroad

The Indian government is promoting a new Pension and Life Insurance Fund (PILF) scheme in a bid to provide financial security to poor Indians working abroad. Indian embassies have been told to help those wanting to subscribe to PILF, Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi said while launching the pilot scheme Tuesday. Non-resident

Kerala doubles allowances for diaspora

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government Wednesday doubled the financial assistance extended to the weaker and poorer sections of the state’s diaspora, which includes assistance to bring back the bodies of those who pass away abroad and medical assistance. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy made the announcement after the weekly cabinet meeting. “The financial assistance for medical assistance

Indian government to spend more on overseas Indians

New Delhi: The government will spend close to Rs 50 crore on welfare schemes targeted at overseas Indians in 2012-13, according to budgetary estimates proposed by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee. The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) has been allocated a total of Rs.114.77 crore for the next fiscal, a 41 per cent increase from