Babri Masjid demolition case: LK Advani, MM Joshi, others charged with criminal conspiracy

A CBI court in Lucknow today ruled that veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and other accused in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case would be charged with criminal conspiracy. The special court while granting bail to all the accused on personal bond of Rs 20,000 each rejected the discharge petition filed by them and said they will be charged under Section 120B of the Indian Penal Code. The leaders pleaded the court to drop conspiracy charges against them, saying they had no role in the demolition of the Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992. However, the court rejected the plea. Earlier, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath met Advani at the VVIP Guest House in Lucknow soon after the veteran leader arrived from New Delhi. After his meeting with Advani, Adityanath was seen talking to some lawyers. The Supreme Court had on April 19 ordered prosecution of Advani (89), Joshi (83), 58-year-old Uma Bharti, and other accused for criminal conspiracy in the politically sensitive case. It had also ordered day-to-day trial to be concluded in two years. WHAT HAPPENED THROUGH THE DAY: The court rejects discharge petition filed by the BJP leaders and others They will be charged under Section 120B. The special CBI court is dictating order over the discharge petition filed by the BJP leaders and others accused in the case. Law is taking its own course maybe in a little late in the day. LK Advani must be wondering whether PM Modi has some role to play in scudding his bid for Presidential post: Congress leader Manish Tewari Defense lawyers submit discharge application pleading that all accused are not involved in the demolition of the disputed structure, rather they were trying to pacify the mob. CBI court grants bail to all accused on a personal bond of Rs 20,000 each. LK Advani, other BJP leaders reach special CBI court in Lucknow.

Anil Ambani’s Reliance Communications Hit By Debt, Competition

Brutal competition and 457 billion rupees ($7 billion) of borrowings have finally caught up with billionaire Anil Ambani’s Reliance Communications Ltd. The Indian wireless operator rattled investors with its first full-year net loss amid signs it’s struggling to repay debt. Its $300 million junk-rated note due in 2020 declined as much as 13.9 cents on the dollar to 70.1 cents on Monday and the stock sank to a record low. Fitch Ratings and Lucror Analytics highlighted a potential liquidity crunch and people familiar with the matter said the company sought more time to repay some loans. The company was in talks with its lenders to seek their approval for the sale of its tower business and an equal merger of its wireless business with rival Aircel Ltd., that would allow it to pare debt by 250 billion rupees, Gurdeep Singh, co-chief executive officer of Reliance Communications said on an investor call Monday. The company plans to refinance its debt in the interim period until Sept. 30 to facilitate the closing of the transactions, Singh said.Reliance Communications had a full-year loss of 14 billion rupees. Subscribers have dwindled in the past five years as larger rivals such as Bharti Airtel Ltd. and Vodafone Plc slashed call rates and offered higher speed data. To repay debt, the company is selling its towers to Canadian asset manager Brookfield Infrastructure Group as well as merging the wireless business with Aircel Ltd. “The size of the RCOM debt has become unmanageable and both Brookfield and Aircel deals are getting delayed for a long time now,” Giriraj Daga, an investment manager at K M Visaria Family Trust in Mumbai. “Investors fear that a delay in loan repayments may lead to scrapping of the deals” and this may lead to financial stress at the company because it doesn’t have adequate refinancing resources, he said. Reliance Communications’ cash generation and unrestricted cash of around $200 million would be insufficient to pay its short-term debt of around $600-$650 million, said Nitin Soni, director, Asia-Pacific corporate ratings at Fitch Ratings. However, liquidity would still be dependent on its ability to refinance maturing debt, Soni said. The company also plans to sell its real estate assets in Delhi and Navi Mumbai, Singh said on the investor call. The company is getting the properties valued, he said.The junk-rated company had 13.2 billion rupees of cash and cash equivalents as of March 31, less than a quarter of its short-term borrowings of 95 billion rupees, it said in its earnings report on May 27. Reliance Communications has defaulted on loan servicing obligations and Indian banks have put the company’s loans into “special mention accounts,” which means interest payments are overdue, the Economic Times reported Monday, citing an unidentified bank official. “Bank support would be the key thing investors are watching right now,” said Pavitra Sudhindran, credit analyst at Nomura Holdings Inc. “While we continue to view negatively the ongoing deterioration in operations, our base case is for banks to remain supportive but note that there could be potential headline risk, as we saw this morning.” Reliance Communications’ shares are down almost 40 percent this year. In a sign of stress, the company’s leverage, measured by total debt to equity, rose to a record high of 1.6 times, up from one time in 2012, according to company filings. Pinched by a 24 percent rise in financing costs in the latest quarter to March 31, the company’s ability to service its debt has fallen to the weakest since at least 2011. The company generated just enough cash to cover interest expenses, down from three times in March 2015. © 2017 Bloomberg L.P

Higher women share in labour force to lift India’s growth rate: World Bank

conditions for the women’s children, it said. Asia’s third-largest economy has been growing at around 7 percent for the past three years. Policy makers aspire to copy China’s three decades-long double-digit growth miracle that dramatically reduced poverty and increased per capita income there. Women’s labour force participation in India declined to 27 percent in 2011-2012 – among the lowest in the world – from near 40 percent in early 2000s. While one-third of this decline was due to better education opportunities for girls in the age group of 15-24 years, the rest was because of India’s inability to create enough jobs in the manufacturing and services sectors. Underscoring the gravity of the situation, the World Bank said nearly two-thirds of Indian women with college degrees are without jobs. The unemployment rate for educated graduates is far higher than that in Bangladesh, Indonesia and Brazil. The report urged the Indian government to adopt a more female- and labour-intensive export growth strategy along the lines being practiced in Bangladesh. It also asked New Delhi to improve work connectivity and support female entrepreneurs to create more jobs for women. Since taking office in 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched a programme for skills development and also set up a subsidised loan scheme for businesses led by women. He has unveiled a near $1 billion fiscal package for the textile sector, aiming to create more jobs for women. To improve flexibility for female employees, the Indian parliament recently passed a law that has doubled maternity leave and allowed female employees to work from home.
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    A call to OFWs by Xpress Money to transform the lives of children without mothers this Mother’s Day

    A call to OFWs by Xpress Money to transform the lives of children without mothers this Mother’s Day

    Fouzia khan  Campaign aims to unite Overseas Filipino Workers in support of the country’s street kids Jeddah:  Xpress Money, one of the world’s most dependable money transfer brands, has launched a ’Mother’s Day for Kids without Mothers‘ campaign to transform the lives of abandoned children in the Philippines on the occasion of Mother’s Day. The campaign has been launched by Xpress Money as part of it’s CSR platform, H.O.P.E, in collaboration with VirlanieFoundation in the Philippines. The objective of the campaign is to bring the Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) community together to give these abandoned kids a better future. As part of the campaign, between April 21st and May 14th, Xpress Money will contribute a part of the transfer fees an OFW pays to send money to the Philippines. To summarize, since Xpress Money is present in 160 countries, its in a position to reach out to OFW’s across these countries and make a difference to the lives of these children. The outcome of the campaign will see Xpress Money transforming the lives of the chosen few by providing them with food, shelter and good quality education in the long term. A brand that constantly gives back to the society through H.O.P.E, is in a small way, helping the Philippines tackle the issue of the growing number of abandoned children in Manila. “Mother’s Day is a very important occasion in the Philippines. At Xpress Money, we want to mark the day by bringing together the overseas Filipino communities in solidarity with vulnerable children who don’t have mothers to celebrate with. For every remittance to the Philippines, Xpress Money will make a contribution to transform the lives of these children. Community outreach is a very important part of Xpress Money’s core values, and we believe this campaign will help us make a tangible positive difference to young, underprivileged lives,” said Ashwin Gedam, Vice President of Global Marketing, Xpress Money. The initiative will also raise funds for a Mother’s Day Feast for the children of the Virlanie Foundation in Manila. By visiting, anyone can nominate a women, be it, their mothers, sisters or friends, residing in Manila, to spend a few hours on Mother’s day with these children who are deprived of a Mother’s love. According to some published reports, the Philippines has over 1.8 million abandoned children who live on the streets. This is nearly 1% of the country’s entire population. Due to poverty, natural disasters and neglect, many children are abandoned and left to fend for themselves. A majority of these children end up becoming victims of abuse, drugs, crime, exploitation, starvation and disease.
    “Bollywood’s Saudi Director, poetess & writer  Sameera Aziz Conferred with the title of Princess”

    “Bollywood’s Saudi Director, poetess & writer Sameera Aziz Conferred with the title of Princess”

    HRH Princess Sameera Aziz in the occasion of conferring the Royal Title of Princess to her on April 23, 2017 in the Sultanate of Buayan Darussalam, General Santos in Philippines. The first Saudi Arabian Director of Bollywood, writer and poetess Sameera Aziz is conferred with the Royal Title of Princess in Sultanate of Buayan Darussalam inGeneral Santos,which is the southernmost city in the Philippines. She is a famous Business woman and media personality in Saudi Arabia. According to the royal invitation to the Princess Sameera Aziz, The Royal House of Sultanate of Buayan Darussalamheld its General Assembly on April 22-23, 2017 at Mt. Sabrina Hotel and resort in General Santos with the theme: The Prospects of Federalism Among The Bangsamoro Communities for Just and Dignified Peace & Development. The grand event wasattended by the Bangsamoro’s High Ranking Officials, and other National figures of the Philippine government like Presidential Advisor Sec. Jesus Dureza. “Love and respect is always precious and I am lucky for constantly receiving this valuable treasure from world, thanks to my media activities.It’s an honour for me to be titled as ‘Princess of Sultanate of Buayan’ in Philippines. It has been my passion to be a bridge between my country Saudi Arabia and the rest of the world. This title of ‘Princess’ is a great satisfaction of my passion. For me, the biggest achievement is to be the Princess of hearts, and I am feeling that I won the hearts which led me today here to become the Princess by title.  I believe ‘With great power comes great responsibility.’ And, I believe on fulfilling my responsibilities. Thank you so much for considering and honouring me. This is the great beginning of dignified relationship of humanity, peace & development with smiles,” said Princess Sameera Aziz. Princess Sameera Aziz was born in Saudi Arabia and her forefathers belonged to Lucknow India. Therefore, she kept herself connected with Urdu language and her 3 books are published. Her widow mother brought her up with hardships. After her marriage at the teenage, she continued her higher studies and became a media icon in Saudi Arabia. She became the part of production of some films in women rights and currently she is making the first ever Saudi film in Bollywood which will be shot in Jeddah. Moreover, engaged as a Chairperson of herGroup of Companiesbesides some other media activities, Sameera Aziz has a considerable fan following from Filipino community. Therefore, The Royal House of Sultanate of Buayan Darussalam decided to recognise and confer her with the royal title of Princess. There are more than one million citizens of Philippine nationality working in Saudi Arabia and their population in Middle East is existed around 679,819. Despite the continuing decline of oil prices in global markets over the recent period, the Saudi Embassy in Manila, issues at least 1,000 work visas daily for Filipino applicants.
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    After latest missile test, North Korea warns of ‘bigger gift package’ for US

    By Ju-min Park and Jack Kim North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised the test of a new ballistic missile controlled by a precision guidance system and ordered the development of more powerful strategic weapons, the North’s official KCNA news agency reported on Tuesday. The missile launched on Monday was equipped with an advanced automated pre-launch sequence compared with previous versions of the “Hwasong” rockets, North Korea’s name for its Scud-class missiles, KCNA said. That indicated the North had launched a modified Scud-class missile, as South Korea’s military has said. The North’s test launch of a short-range ballistic missile landed in the sea off its east coast and was the latest in a fast-paced series of missile tests defying international pressure and threats of more sanctions. Kim said the reclusive state would develop more powerful weapons in multiple phases in accordance with its timetable to defend North Korea against the United States. “He expressed the conviction that it would make a greater leap forward in this spirit to send a bigger ‘gift package’ to the Yankees” in retaliation for American military provocation, KCNA quoted Kim as saying. Read more N Korea says missile tests warhead guidance, ready for deployment South Korea, US conduct military drills despite Pyongyang threats South Korea said it had conducted a joint drill with a US supersonic B-1B Lancer bomber on Monday. North Korea’s state media earlier accused the United States of staging a drill to practise dropping nuclear bombs on the Korean peninsula. The US Navy said its aircraft carrier strike group, led by the USS Carl Vinson, also planned a drill with another US nuclear carrier, the USS Ronald Reagan, in waters near the Korean peninsula. A US Navy spokesman in South Korea did not give specific timing for the strike group’s planned drill. North Korea calls such drills a preparation for war. Monday’s launch followed two successful tests of medium-to-long-range missiles in as many weeks by the North, which has been conducting such tests at an unprecedented pace in an effort to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of hitting the mainland United States. Such launches, and two nuclear tests since January 2016, have been conducted in defiance of US pressure, UN resolutions and the threat of more sanctions. They also pose one of the greatest security challenges for US President Donald Trump, who portrayed the latest missile test as an affront to China.PRECISION GUIDANCE Japan has also urged China to play a bigger role in restraining North Korea’s nuclear and missile programmes. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s top national security adviser, Shotaro Yachi, met China’s top diplomat, State Councillor Yang Jiechi, for five hours of talks near Tokyo on Monday after the North’s latest test. Yachi told Yang that North Korea’s actions had reached a new level of provocation. “Japan and China need to work together to strongly urge North Korea to avoid further provocative actions and obey things like United Nations resolutions,” Yachi was quoted as telling Yang in a statement by Japan’s foreign ministry. A statement from China’s foreign ministry after the meeting made no mention of North Korea. A South Korean military official said the North fired one missile on Monday, clarifying an earlier assessment that there may have been more than one launch. The test was aimed at verifying a new type of precision guidance system and the reliability of a new mobile launch vehicle under different operational conditions, KCNA said. However, South Korea’s military and experts questioned the claim because the North had technical constraints, such as a lack of satellites, to operate a terminal-stage missile guidance system properly. “Whenever news of our valuable victory is broadcast recently, the Yankees would be very much worried about it and the gangsters of the south Korean puppet army would be dispirited more and more,” KCNA cited leader Kim as saying

    After talks with Vladimir Putin, France’s Emmanuel Macron hits out at Russian media

    French President Emmanuel Macron rolled out the red carpet for Russia’s Vladimir Putin on Monday, but past suspicions of Russian meddling in the French election resurfaced with Macron denouncing Russian media and Putin denying hacking allegations. The newly-elected Macron hosted Putin at the sumptuous 17th century palace of Versailles outside Paris for his first meeting with the Kremlin leader which he had earlier said would be marked by some straight talking. The 39-year-old French leader and Putin exchanged a cordial, businesslike handshake and smiles when the latter stepped from his limousine, with Macron appearing to say “welcome” to him in French. When they emerged from talks, which went on for almost an hour longer than scheduled, Macron said they had had a “frank exchange” and both men stressed they had agreed on the need to move forward on divisive issues such as Syria and Ukraine. But at a joint news conference after their talks, ill-feeling came to the surface over past allegations made by Macron’s camp that state-funded Russian news outlets had sought to destabilise his campaign. With Putin alongside him, Macron repeated the accusation in a reply to a journalist’s question, saying: “During the campaign, Russia Today and Sputnik were agents of influence which on several occasions spread fake news about me personally and my campaign. “They behaved like organs of influence, of propaganda and of lying propaganda,” he said. During the campaign, which climaxed with Macron’s election on May 7, Macron’s camp irritated the Kremlin by saying its campaign’s networks, databases and sites had come under attack from locations inside Russia. When his camp barred journalists from the two Russian outlets from Macron’s headquarters, a Russian foreign ministry spokesperson denounced the move as “outrageous … bare-faced discrimination”. The Kremlin and RT itself have rejected allegations of meddling in the election. Putin did not react to Macron’s comments about the Russian media, but he bristled when a journalist suggested that Moscow’s hand was behind cyber attacks on the Macron campaign. These hacking allegations, he said, were not based on facts. The Kremlin appeared to favour Macron’s far-right opponent Marine Le Pen for the presidency during the campaign — a view reinforced when Putin granted her an audience a month before the election’s first round. This did not indicate an attempt to influence the outcome of election, though, Putin said. French President Emmanuel Macron (right) and Vladimir Putin at the Palace of Versailles. (AFP Photo) “We are ready to receive any person, always. If Madame Le Pen asked to meet us, why would we want to refuse her? .. The more so since she always publicly spoke out for developing relations with our country. It would be strange for us to refuse her,” he said. Dialogue vital Both sides though sought to present Putin’s visit, which was intended to mark 300 years since Tsar Peter the Great visited France, as an occasion to relaunch Franco-Russian relations. Macron, who took office two weeks ago, has said dialogue with Russia is vital in tackling a number of international disputes. Nevertheless, relations have been beset by mistrust, with Paris and Moscow backing opposing sides in the Syrian civil war and at odds over the Ukraine conflict. Macron, whose country is part of a Western coalition that supports rebel groups and has accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of using chemical weapons, said any further use of chemical weapons in Syria was a red line for France which would result in reprisals. But he said France and Russia, which backs Assad, should work together on Syria and he said he wanted France and Russia to boost sharing of intelligence in working together to find a political solution to the conflict. Sounding less forthcoming, Putin said he was not sure if France’s Syria policy was “independent” because it was part of a US-led alliance, adding that Paris and Moscow had both points of disagreement and agreement over Syria. Macron also said he and Putin were agreed the time was right for a new round of peace talks on Ukraine in the “Normandy format” which groups Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine. Macron made no mention of Western sanctions on Russia over Ukraine, though Putin repeated Moscow’s view that their continued enforcement would not help stabilise the situation in Ukraine’s east. Macron said he had also brought up the plight of gay men in Russia’s Chechnya following Russian media reports of torture and Putin had agreed to “look into the activities of local authorities”. Putin later went to an exhibition on Peter the Great, who visited France in 1717. Macron showed him a painting of the young Louis XV, who was king of France at the time of the visit. Putin also commented to Macron on a painting depicting Russian Empress Catherine the Great. Putin later went on to visit a newly opened Russian Orthodox cathedral in Paris. He had been due to attend the inauguration of the cathedral in October, but he cancelled the trip to France after then President Francois Hollande accused Russia of war crimes in Syria and refused to give him a red carpet welcome.
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    This man teaches Indian expats how to avoid falling into debt

    This man teaches Indian expats how to avoid falling into debt - Apr 24 2017

    KV Shamsudheen during his financial awareness class. Image Credit: Atiq ur Rehman/Gulf News Indian expat conducts free awareness sessions to help compatriots combat financial woes Dubai: For some, he is the lifeline that brought them back to their lives from the edge of suicide. For many others, he is the guiding star that led their lives to a brighter future. All that Indian expatriate K.V. Shamsudheen does to make these wonders is lending a sympathetic ear to the depressed souls and guiding the goalless lives to a financially stable future. But the way he has been devoting his time and energy for these causes, persistently for decades, is what makes his nature of giving back to the community very special. From the time he landed here in 1970, Shamsudheen had been seeing several fellow countrymen struggling to survive once they return home for good. By the end of 1990s, he realised that the lack of financial discipline, planning, saving mentality and investment culture was the main reason for this. To tackle this and support his community members, in 2001 he registered a charitable trust in India, the Pravasi Bandhu Welfare Trust, which operated out of Sharjah. Since then, he has been constantly striving to promote financial discipline, thrift and saving culture among the Indian expats by providing free financial advice and guidance. During the Year of Giving, he wishes to train more volunteers to help the community. “This is a blessed land. The giving nature of the leaders and people has contributed to it. The Year of Giving has opened up the mentality of giving among many corporate companies. I have personally experienced that the more you give, the more you receive. In this noble year, I have decided to give 10 per cent of my income to charity.” In 2006, he started another initiative called Sandhwanam (consolation) to counsel people with suicidal tendency and thoughts due to the high number of suicide cases being reported among Indian expats. “Most of them just needed someone to listen to them and give confidence to them that somebody understands them instead of criticising them. I just had to boost their confidence and discourage them from taking the extreme step. I am glad that none of them who called up committed suicide, to my knowledge.” While attending those calls, Shamsudheen realised that what plagued most of the callers was, again, their financial woes. “The biggest problem we Indian expats face is people plunging into debts. If people live according to their needs, instead of desires, and don’t fall prey to the luring offers from banks and individual lenders, they will be able to manage.” His classes focused on spreading awareness on this. In February, he completed conducting 400 financial awareness classes for free. In addition to that, he has done more than 750 live interactive programmes on a radio channel and over 400 live interactive shows on a TV channel to help community members with guidance in financial prudence. Shamsudheen said he had so far devoted more than 400 days to conduct classes all over GCC countries and India. “For each radio programme, I devoted five hours. That means 156 days. And for each TV programme, I had to devote three hours. That’s another 50 days. So I had spent total of 606 days in last 16 years to fulfil my mission to cultivate financial discipline, financial planning, saving and investment habits among Non-Resident Indians to have enough financial resources to look after the family when they return for good.” So, what inspires him to do this unique way of social work aimed at making sure that Indian expats do not get trapped in debts and return home with empty hands? It is the end result of his classes, of course. In each class, Shamsudheen makes the participants take stock of their situation after they got employed in the GCC. “When I ask them, “in case if you return to India for good, can you lead a comfortable life”, less than five per cent would answer that they can. Majority of them take loan to build their house back home.” Through his presentations citing real life examples, Shamsudheen said he manages to convince the participants the need for regular savings and investments to get a regular income even after returning home. He teaches them various investment opportunities available for NRIs in India, their merits, demerits, risks, investment procedures, tax implications, etc. He also makes use of the class to conduct awareness against social evils like alcoholism, cigarette smoking and dowry. But the highlight of his class is its climax. All participants are made to take a pledge to save at least 20 per cent of their salary every month. “People generally follow this and many start investments also,” he said. Currently a director of Barjeel Geojit Securities, Shamsudheen feels that financial awareness sessions should be an ongoing affair as long as Indian expats keep coming and going back. Since he is getting old, he has started training people to continue his mission.  – Gulf News

    Rehabilitating Indian returnees from GCC - Apr 11 2017

    By:Javid Hassan Senior Writer – Al Bilad The Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi has swung into action for rehabilitating returnees from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries affected by the fall in oil prices and loss of jobs under the Nitaqat (Saudization) scheme. It has instructed its Missions abroad to facilitate their return by providing logistic support and air tickets whenever required. According to Dr. V.K.Singh, Minister of State for External Affairs, a total of 1877 workers had arrived in India from Saudi Arabia till November 11, 2016 following their loss of jobs. The rehab process for the returnees from various states is under way amid mounting challenges. Under the new scheme, the applicants will be required to make deposits for five years while working in the Gulf countries. On their return, they would be authorized to receive twice the amount as loans for starting self-employment ventures. The Telangana state government has drawn up plans to provide up to Rs. 2 million in loans to a returnee. A marathon meeting with officials was held recently by Telangana Minister for NRI affairs K.T. Rama Rao and the officials for examining the rehabilitation package. On an average each family was found to have debts ranging from Rs.700,000 to Rs.1 million incurred before their departure for the Gulf region. The Telangana state officials are also examining the rehabilitation package adopted by Kerala for Gulf returnees. In Telangana, one of the major suppliers of manpower to the Gulf, the State Government says that of the estimated 400,000 people who have been working in the Gulf countries, half of them have returned during the last two years alone. The government will launch a special fund in the state’s budget for Gulf returnees as part of the rehabilitation scheme. Besides financial aid, it also includes giving technical training and providing interest-free loans up to Rs 1million to set up units for upgrading their skills needed for the job market. In Kerala, Minister for Rural Development and Non-Resident Keralite Affairs (NORKA) K.C. Joseph, has said the rehabilitation of the people returning from Gulf countries would be a major challenge looming ahead. Joseph, who is seeking re-election from Irikkur constituency, referred to the State government’s decision to set up a Commission for Non-Resident Keralites for dealing with the challenges ahead. The proposal, however, could not materialise due to the election code of conduct. As for the proposed financial assistance from banks to the Gulf returnees to help them tide over the crisis, they are reluctant to do so, since they are saddled with huge debts amounting to millions of dollars. Left with no alternative, the bank employees now present rose flowers to wilful defaulters as part of a strategy to shame them into repaying the loans. In the process, the Gulf returnees have become the victims despite the fact that their remittances constitute around a third of Kerala’s net state domestic product of about Rs 3 trillion, says the state’s latest economic review. Welfare Fund for Gulf returnees The state government is trying to streamline the rehabilitation package for Gulf returnees, including the NORKA welfare Fund and subsidy for projects besides launching other schemes in this regard, observed Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. One of the issues discussed at the PBD Convention held in Bangalore from January 7-9, 2017 was how to rehabilitate the Indian returnees from the GCC countries. To this end, “the Central and State governments should give preference to Gulf returnees in jobs required for infrastructure development projects based on their skills. They have already worked on such projects using high-tech machinery. It will not only improve the quality of work but also save a lot of time and money,” observes Syed Ziaur Rahman, Managing Director, ZITCO Trading LLC (Dubai). He points out that through the Gulf returnees India can attract investment from GCC countries, since most of them can communicate in Arabic and also know the mindset of Arabs. They can use their contacts to create business opportunities through trade and joint ventures. “I would advise Gulf returnees not to depend only on the government for support. They should start their own SMEs and manufacture quality products for the international market. Once the Government of India sees the benefit of utilizing their technical skills, it will fund enterprises by employing skilled manpower from the returnees,” he adds. At another level, an Indian returnee from London created history in 1999 when Ramji Raghavan, NRI banker, returned to India with a passion to promote quality rural education in the country. Through PPP (Public-Private-Partnership) his NGO, Agastya International, launched mobile schools, mobile clinics and mobile science labs in areas where facilities on the ground were not available. The first such venture took off from a sprawling 172-acre creativity campus in Kuppam, Andhra Pradesh, for the benefit thousands of government school children. India has 0.7 doctors for every 1,000 people, while the Indian diagnostic industry has an uneven growth rate. Of the more than 100,000 laboratories operating in the market, 70% labs provide mainly pathology services, while around 30% cater to the radiology and imaging needs. The Indian diagnostic market is expected to grow at CAGR 20% to reach $32 billion during 2012-2022 from $5 billion in2012. On the educational front, 18% positions of teachers in government-run primary schools and 15% in secondary schools are lying vacant nationwide. The scope for operating Schools on Wheels, mobile clinics and mobile labs in India is, therefore, immense, as per the OECD data for 2016. Al Bilad Daily
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    Sameera Aziz spoke about Growth of female sports in KSA at UN

    Sameera Aziz spoke about Growth of female sports in KSA at UN

    Saudi Media Personality and Business woman Sameera Aziz spoke about a topsy-turvy topic of ‘Growth of female sports in Saudi Arabia’ at the 3 days conference at Bloemfontein, South Africa on 22 to 24 May, 2017. Around 200 sports promoters from around the world attended the conference which was supported by the Global Sports Federation (GSF) and patronized by the United Nations Office on Sports for Development and Peace (UNOSDP), targeting to establish an International Sports University. Mangaung Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) was the local organizer of the conference at Free State of Bloemfontein, South Africa. Sameera Aziz- the Saudi Woman-has been elected as the Director of United Nations affiliated GSF and around 83 member countries have voted to support her. The electronic voting was held during 7-8 October 2016. Sameera Aziz and other elected participants at the conference in South Africa decided on the development of sports by establishing the Sports Universities in 9 countries under UNOSDP. Speaking about the Growth of women sports in Saudi Arabia, Sameera Aziz said that the Sports University under the patronage of United Nations should be opened in Saudi Arabia-initially for men and later for women “because it is needed.” “There is a dire need to change the way Saudi families looks at sports, especially Sports for women for the positive change,” she stated and appreciated the decision of FIFA for lifting the ban on Hijab of female Muslim players. (L-R) Elected team of United Nations Global Sports Federation Director Sameera Aziz, General Secretary Shri Vhiku N. Patel, Karate Federation Association President and Director Nancy De Sousapledging for establishing Nine Sports universities in the world under United Nations for peace and development at the opening of 3 days conference at Bloemfontein, South Africa on 22 to 24 May, 2017. “As a media savvy eye, I can watch that my country Saudi Arabia is focusing on lasting positive impact on the lives and well-being of millions of women and girls in the country, and help them realize their equal rights to practice sport,” she concluded. The participants and leaders of World Games, Commonwealth Games, and Olympic and Paralympic games presented their researches and projects in the conference. The elected body of United Nations GSF is comprised on President Dr Enayet Karim (Bangladesh), Vice President Richard Lawrence (USA), General Secretary Shri  Vhiku N. Patel(India), Director Sameera Aziz (Saudi Arabi) Director Charles Pais (Canada), Director Paul Joof (Gambia), Director Batan Biswas (Sweden), Director Nancy De Sousa (South Africa) and Director Wayne Lim (Malaysia). The federation is working for bringing peace through sports under the patronage of United Nations.
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