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Overseas Indian students to benefit from unique internship programme


Indian students staying abroad can now work in Indian companies operating globally, thanks to a unique initiative launched by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, in association with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

Under this initiative, called the ‘India Corporate Internship’, 60 Indian overseas students from reputed international universities will get a chance to work with 23 Indian companies such as Tata International, Trent, Infosys, Godrej, Blue Star, Narayana Health, Kirloskar Brothers, Wipro, Apollo Hospitals, RP- Sanjiv Goenka Group, Thermax, Tata Consultancy Services, and Flipkart.

In these companies the students would be able to get a feel of the global work culture, while also getting in touch with their Indian roots.

“The objective of the initiative is to expose Indian-origin students to opportunities in one of the fastest-growing economies of the world and the large dynamic market of India,” said a ministry-issued press release.

Postgraduate students studying management, engineering, science and technology courses would be able to avail these internships of short duration in this initiative driven by the Overseas Indian Facilitation Centre (OIFC).

The paid internship programme, which will range from two to six months, will start from the summer of 2016.

It was during the OIFC Indian Diaspora Business Meet held at the Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Los Angeles on 14 and 15 November this year, that the programme was launched.

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A 34-year-old Pakistani Man Faces Charges of Sexual Assault of a Mentally-ill Indian Boy in Dubai

An increasing number of cases in the recent past have indicated that sexual abuse is not gender specific.

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The accused is suspected to have taken advantage of the mental disability of the child. (representational image) Pixabay
  • Pakistani man faces charges of sexually assaulting an Indian-origin teenager
  • The accused is suspected to have taken advantage of the child suffering from a mental disability

Dubai, August 18, 2017: Sexual assault is not gender-specific. This has been proved yet again as the case of the assault of a mentally-challenged Indian teenager by a middle aged Pakistani man came to light.

A 34-year-old Pakistani man is at present facing charges for sexually assaulting an 18-year-old mentally challenged Indian boy in Dubai. According to a report in the Khaleej Times, the incident took place on February 23, this year, and was reported to the Al Rashidiya police station.
The case was presented to the Court that the accused took advantage of the victim’s mental condition and lured him for a ride in his car. The man picked the boy from his residence in Al Rashidiya and drove him to a remote, dark street where the boy was allegedly sexually assaulted. The man has been charged on the grounds of assaulting a male, as per the report by Khaleej Times.
The 18-year old victim is an Indian-origin student in Dubai and suffers from a mild mental disability that makes him unaware of his actions and behavior.
A police lieutenant was quoted saying that the boy had come to the police station with his father, hoping to lodge a complaint. “The teenager said that he was walking outside his place when he met the defendant and they exchanged mobile numbers”, he said.
The officer further added, “The accused called him shortly later and took him inside his car”. According to the report by ANI, the man allegedly demanded to have a sexual encounter with the boy, which he refused. Following this, the man took advantage of his mental condition and forced himself upon the boy.
The accused was said to have been arrested from his office, two days after the complaint was lodged.
According to the police lieutenant, the accused claimed that he had met the boy outside a grocery in Al Rashidiya, following which they exchanged numbers. The boy had asked the man for Dh10, which he did not give to the 18 year old, who then rode in his car. “He claimed the boy started touching him inappropriately which made him sexually assault him,” the lieutenant added, as per the report by ANI.
According to the forensic reports, the accused’s DNA was found on the boy’s body and his underwear.
The 34 year old accused is currently facing charges of assaulting a male in Dubai.

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Indian ‘Vaccine Billionaire’ Cyrus Poonawalla Buys Gandhi’s Rare Portrait and his Letters

A rare 1931 pencil portrait of Mahatma Gandhi and a collection of his handwritten letters that went under the hammer at the Sothebys auction in London 

Mahatma Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi Spinning Charkha. Wikimedia
  • Poonawalla bought the lot for 32,500 pounds (nearly Rs 27 lakh, saying he wanted to bring the historic and rare work back to India
  • The pencil portrait was drawn by artist John Henry Amshewitz
  • It features Gandhi focused on writing something and is inscribed with the words Truth is God/MK Gandhi/4.12.’31

London, July 12, 2017: A rare 1931 pencil portrait of Mahatma Gandhi and a collection of his handwritten letters that went under the hammer at the Sothebys auction here on Tuesday have been bought by noted Indian businessman Cyrus Poonawalla, popularly known as the ‘vaccine billionaire’.

Poonawalla founded the Serum Institute of India in 1966, today one of the world’s largest vaccine makers by volume, producing 1.3 billion doses annually.

Poonawalla bought the lot for 32,500 pounds (nearly Rs 27 lakh, saying he wanted to bring the historic and rare work back to India.

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I am absolutely delighted to have acquired this beautiful signed image and to have the opportunity to bring a work of such historical value back to India.

Mahatma Gandhi is one of the most respected and revered figures in the world and considered to be the father of our nation, and so to have such a rare and intimate depiction of him at work, and signed by the great man himself, is an incredible honour and an absolute pleasure, Poonawalla said in a statement.

The pencil portrait was drawn by artist John Henry Amshewitz. It features Gandhi focused on writing something and is inscribed with the words Truth is God/MK Gandhi/4.12.’31.

Gandhi usually refused to sit for formal photographs, let alone a portrait, making this an extremely rare portrayal of the political leader at work, Sotheby’s said in a statement.

Poonawalla has also bought a collection of Gandhi’s handwritten letters addressed to Sarat Chandra Bose and his family. (IANS)

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Indians Working Overseas sent home $62.74 billion in 2016, Increase of 68.6 Percent in Last Decade

The money sent by Indians overseas amounted to 3.3 per cent of India's gross domestic product

Remittances to India, Indians working overseas
Sending money home. Pixabay

United Nations June 15, 2017: Indians working overseas sent home $62.74 billion last year, an increase of 68.6 percent in the last decade, according to a UN agency.

India received the most overseas remittances last year, a report by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) issued on Tuesday said.

The money sent by Indians overseas amounted to 3.3 percent of India’s gross domestic product, the report said.

Gulf countries were the primary destination for Indian workers going abroad and the US was a “popular destination”.


The US was the country from which most remittances – $3.6 billion – were made, the IFAD said.

Releasing the report, “Sending Money Home: Contributing to the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), One Family at a Time”, IFAD President Gilbert F. Houngbo spoke of the impact the remittances had on improving the living standards of families in the home countries.

“The small amounts of $200 or $300 that each migrant sends home make up about 60 per cent of the family’s household income, and this makes an enormous difference in their lives and the communities in which they live,” he said.

More than 800 million family members are benefiting from the remittances by over 200 million migrant workers, the IFAD said. This year every one-in-seven persons in the world will either send or receive a share of the $450 billion transferred globally.

“Remittances are expected to remain a stable source of finance to meet the immediate needs and aspirations of millions of families around the world,” the report added.

Even though the average cost of sending money home has decreased from about 10 percent in 2008 to 7.45 percent, it still takes a big chunk out of the remittances. The UN development goals want it to be brought down further to 3 per cent by 2030, the IFAD mentioned in its report.

“If legal and regulatory frameworks facilitate the use of technology and innovation, mobile phones, digital money, Internet-based mobile and Web applications will continue to drive costs down, strengthen financial access, and improve the possibility to deliver additional services,” the report added. (IANS)