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New World South African Wealth Report 2015: Indians steal the show

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

According to the New World South African Wealth Report for 2015, the South-African Indians lead the rise in the number of millionaires in the country with other communities.

The Indians were among the 9% of the total South Africans who were in the new list of millionaires.

The report also said that the coastal city of Durban where half of the population comprises of Indians had shown the fastest growth in the past year. The posh areas of La Lucia and Umhlanga of Durban has seen a huge influx of Indians in the recent years, and according to the report , these two areas had shown the maximum growth in the country.

Most of the millionaires had attained their status through the financial services, telecoms and healthcare sector.

The recent rise in Indians and other communities is due to Government’s Black Economic Empowerment Programs (BEE), which was implemented in 2003.

BEE gives advantages to previously disempowered communities, which includes Indians and other minority communities. Previously advantaged white South Africans saw a decrease of 13 per cent in millionaires, said an economic advisor.

The report also said that there would be a significant growth of the Indians and other minority communities in the next three years despite economic growth in South Africa being constrained by the current electricity crisis, increasing trade union involvement and a rising level of government regulation.

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India Continues Engaging With USA Over H-1B Passport Issue

India is closely engaged with the US administration as well as the US Congress on this matter.

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As Trump proposes changes in H1-B visa, India continues to engage with US

India is continuing to engage with the US over the H-1B visa, largely availed of by Indian IT companies, after the Trump administration proposed changes to the programme, a senior official said on Thursday.

“It is a very important topic for us and that is the reason why we have time and again at various levels, we have taken up this matter with the US side,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in response to queries by journalists here.

Kumar said that most recently, the issue was raised during the first ever India-US 2+2 Ministerial Meeting held here last month that was attended by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis.

On Wednesday, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said that the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) plans to come out with its new proposal by January 2019.

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It will also “revise the definition” of employment and employer-employee relationship to “better protect” US workers and wages Flickr

The DHS said it was also proposing to remove from its regulations certain H-4 spouses of H-1B non-immigrants as a class of aliens eligible for employment authorisation.

The move to end the rule could have an impact on more than 70,000 H-4 visa holders, who have work permits.

The H-4 visas are issued by the USCIS to immediate family members (spouse and children under 21 years of age) of the holders of H-1B visa.

The DHS said it will propose to revise the definition of speciality occupation to increase focus on obtaining the best and the brightest foreign nationals via the H-1B programme.

It will also “revise the definition” of employment and employer-employee relationship to “better protect” US workers and wages, the DHS said.

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President Donald Trump speaks about immigration alongside family members affected by crimes committed by undocumented immigrants, at the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex, June 22, 2018, in Washington, VOA

In his remarks on Thursday, Kumar said that India is closely engaged with the US administration as well as the US Congress on this matter.

Stating that there are certain bills which have been introduced, he, however, said that “it is important to note that none of these bills have been passed so far”.

“When we have engaged with the US, we have emphasised that our partnership which we have in the digital sphere have been mutually beneficial,” the spokesperson said.

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“We have highlighted the role which has been played by the highly skilled Indian professionals who have actually contributed to the growth and development of the US economy,” he stated.

“And also they have helped the US to maintain a competitive edge in the world towards innovation and science and technology.” (IANS)

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