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Bank guarantee must for Indian maids in Kuwait

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 To safeguard the welfare of its nationals, India has made it mandatory for employers in Kuwait to submit a bank guarantee of USD 2,500 before bringing a female domestic help to the Gulf nation.
A bank guarantee worth USD 2,500 (720 Kuwaiti Dinar) as security deposit would be submitted with the Indian embassy in Kuwait by the employer wishing to bring a female domestic worker from India to Kuwait, a statement released by the Indian embassy said on Friday.
The embassy cited instructions from the Government of India behind the move. The order was implemented with the immediate effect.
This measure is being taken to safeguard the welfare of female domestic workers in Kuwait, it said.
"The bank guarantee, provided by a bank in Kuwait, needs to be valid till such time the female domestic worker remains in Kuwait.
The Embassy will attest agreements for employment of female domestic workers in Kuwait once the above condition of Bank Guarantee is fulfilled," the statement said.
The total number of Indian expatriates in Kuwait is about 7.5 lakh, according to latest official figures. There are nearly 2.7 lakh employed in domestic sector, whereas about 3.6 lakh are deployed in private sector. There are about 1 lakh persons on dependent visas.  [H]

Directory on Goan Diaspora – Protection of properties regarding.

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Goans have been migrating to places within India and abroad from times immemorial.  The Goan Diaspora is spread across the continents of America, Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe and U.K.   Whereas those based in Gulf countries are actual NRIs as they continue to be Indian citizens, most of the others who have migrated to Western Europe, UK, USA, Canada and Australia have taken up citizenship of the countries of their adoption, but by virtue of their Indian Origin, have acquired PIO/OCI card status which entitle them long term visa to India and enjoy parity with NRIs except in matters of acquisition of agriculture and plantation properties, Government employment / Constitutional posts and voting rights.
Nevertheless, Goans, wherever they are settled, cherish their Goanness with passion and pride and make it a point to visit the land of their ancestors as often as possible, retain and revive contacts with their kith and kin in Goa, and nurture in their hearts a strong pride of their Goan roots.
 
Lately, there have been instances where the landed properties owned by some of the NRIs and PIOs of Goan origin have been usurped by unscrupulous elements in their absence by manipulating the land records and executing fraudulent sale deeds.  
Against this background, the State Govt. is seriously contemplating enactment of a suitable legislation whereby the Govt. would offer to protect the landed properties of the interested NRIs and PIOs of Goan origin.   For this purpose, it is proposed to create a data bank of all the landed properties of NRIs and PIOs of Goan origin who are willing to register their properties with the Government.  This will enable the Registration Authorities to prevent manipulation of such land records and execution of fraudulent Sale deeds.
 
Your Association may like to bring to the notice of the members the above proposal and in case they are willing to register their landed properties (other than flats and shops) with the Government, the details of such property records with copies of Form I & XIV, etc may be forwarded to the Commissioner for NRI Affairs latest by 31st March 2014 at the following address :
 
The Commissioner for NRI Affairs
Government of Goa
Ministerial Complex,
Secretariat, Porvorim, Goa. 403521.
 
Regards
 
(U.D. Kamat)
Director for NRI Affairs
 
 


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6. Official Government Site NRI Office (GOA): http://www.globalgoans.org.in/

Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid icon and father of modern South Africa, dies

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(CNN) -- Freedom fighter, prisoner, moral compass and South Africa's symbol of the struggle against racial oppression.

That was Nelson Mandela, who emerged from prison after 27 years to lead his country out of decades of apartheid.

He died Thursday night at age 95.

His message of reconciliation, not vengeance, inspired the world after he negotiated a peaceful end to segregation and urged forgiveness for the white government that imprisoned him.

"As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I'd still be in prison," Mandela said after he was freed in 1990.

Mandela, a former president, battled health issues in recent years, including a recurring lung infection that led to numerous hospitalizations.

Despite rare public appearances, he held a special place in the consciousness of the nation and the world.

"Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father," South African President Jacob Zuma said. "What made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human. We saw in him what we seek in ourselves."

His U.S. counterpart, Barack Obama, echoed the same sentiment.

"We've lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this Earth," Obama said. "He no longer belongs to us -- he belongs to the ages."

UK issues travel advisory for its citizens in Goa

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 The government of UK on Tuesday issued a travel advisory for its citizens vacationing in Goa about the strike by taxi drivers.

The advisory says the strike is affecting travel in and around Goa, including on the road to the airport and around major hotels. The UK tourists have been asked to avoid areas where protests are reported to be taking place and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities, as well as allow more time than usual to travel to the airport.

Since Monday, taxi drivers have kept their vehicles off the road protesting against a private car service that was introduced recently, in Goa.

On Monday, at many places -- in both districts vehicles carrying tourists were blocked. Calangute and Baga witnessed some violent incidents with taxi drivers resorting to violence. Though, no untoward incident was reported on Tuesday thanks to heavy deployment of police forces at various tourist spots, tourists were put to inconvenience for want of taxi transport, nonetheless.

Some hotels had cancellation of bookings due to the strike. Industry stake holders fear of losing more business in the coming days if the agitation by the taxi operators is not called off.

The industry stakeholders particularly hoteliers fear that the next tourist season will not be as good as this year as queries have already started pouring in from various foreign tour operators about the situation in the state. [TOI]
 

 

No change in Portuguese nationality laws for Goans: Ambassador Roza de Oliveira

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Portugal’s Ambassador to India Jorge Roza de Oliveira has denied that there is a move on the part of his government to change Portuguese nationality laws that apply to Goans and people from Daman and Diu, and said recent media reports suggesting this were incorrect. 
The clarification would no doubt come as a huge relief to the thousands of eligible Goans queued up to process their papers for Portuguese nationality.
Reports in the national media had claimed that the Portuguese embassy in New Delhi had recommended that Portugal wind up its policy of granting nationality to people from its former Indian territories, to “improve bilateral relations” between India and Portugal, and to avoid legal disputes over dual citizenship.
But the diplomat said the news that the Portuguese mission had made such a recommendation was “without basis”.
As far as Portuguese nationality laws that apply to Goans and others from the former Portuguese colonies in India are concerned, the Portuguese Ambassador told Herald, “Nothing has changed or is bound to change.  Things remain as they are”.
Mr Roza de Oliveira’s statement that “nothing is bound to change” is in keeping with the opinion of legal experts in Portugal who’ve maintained that any attempt to amend the nationality laws to exclude a specific section of people would go against the Portuguese constitution. 
Senior Portuguese lawyer Miguel Reis says he doesn’t believe any Portuguese diplomat would recommend that Portugal change its policy, because “If such a measure were to be adopted, it would be a gross violation of article 13, 2 of the Constitution (of Portugal)”.
Reis, whose legal firm Miguel Reis & Associates with offices in Portugal, Brazil and Goa specialises in nationality and immigration laws told Herald: “Citizens of the Portuguese colonies in India never suffered the limitations of citizenship endured by people of other Portuguese colonies.  When the colonies ceased in 1975, the law gave the descendants of citizens born in Goa, Daman and Diu the same rights as the descendants of people born in Portugal. This situation is completely stable, and only someone with a racist mentality might want to change these laws 40 years later.”  
The Portuguese counsel argues that any changes in the nationality laws to withdraw the privilege only to those born in Goa, Daman and Diu would be entirely discriminatory. “I have never heard of any diplomat to believe that Portuguese descendants born in the United States, United Kingdom, Brazil, France or Germany, just to name a few, should be denied access to Portuguese nationality,” he said. Any such amendments would have “a huge bearing on Portuguese laws”, Reis said. 
Portugal, like the UK accepts dual citizenship, but India does not. So the issue has assumed a complex legal and political challenge with cases filed in the courts against two MLAs, Glen Ticlo (of the ruling BJP) and Caitu Silva (of GVP) and several government officials who applied for Portuguese nationality documents.   
According to an official at the Regional Passports Office in Panjim, 2,000 Goans a year on an average have been surrendering their Indian passports over the past four years. 
“After they collect a surrender certificate from us, they are required to register with the foreigners’ regional registration office (FRRO).” He says he hasn’t come across a single case of anyone wanting to reacquire Indian nationality.
The Indian passport office statistics are no indication though of how many Goans are acquiring the Portuguese nationality each year. A consular official says the Portuguese mission in Panjim handles barely five per cent of applications, with “thousands applying directly to the Conservatoria in Lisbon through agents”. Though 98 per cent of those giving up their Indian passports in Goa are clearly from the Catholic community, a sizeable number of Hindus have also acquired Portuguese nationality documents directly through Lisbon, the official said. 
 
Roza de Oliveira said as far as Portuguese nationality laws that  apply to Goans and others from former Portuguese colonies in India are concerned, nothing has changed or is bound to change...  things remain as they are [H]
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