Introduction of Online APNRI Registartion for the intending immigrants.

Andhra Pradesh:Government have issued orders for creation of Management Information /Application System of NRI Affairs on migration profiling and on irregular Immigration at the State Level with Headquarters at Hyderabad. It has a separate website URL for access to the benefit of Andhra Pradesh Non-Resident Indians and as such the database of NRIs settled/gone abroad, which is an important input to planning and to take care of their grievances.

State of Andhra Pradesh is one of the major labour sending States in India to the 17 ECR Countries mostly in the Middle-East, North-Africa and South-East Asia. There is large scale illegal immigration of labourers and no proper records are available of the authorized recruiting/travel agents with the Department and also the black listed agents to create awareness among the public so as to approach a proper channel to avoid fake agents.

Government after careful consideration of the above matter, hereby introduce APNRI Online Registration for the intending immigrants for profiling the data to curb the illegal immigration for which a fee of Rs.250/- (Rupees two hundred and fifty only) per person shall be levied towards APNRI Registration.

The mode of fee payment shall be by way of Demand Drafts. The DDs shall be drawn in favour of Special Secretary to Government (Protocol), General Administration (NRI) Department, A.P. Secretariat, Hyderabad.

Saudi Arabia to again hire Indian maids - on reduced salaries

RIYADH:Saudi Arabia will resume the hiring of Indian female domestic workers but on less salaries than before, Xinhua reported on Wednesday, citing the Al Hayat newspaper.

This is part of an agreement recently signed by the two countries' labour ministries, according to Ahmed Al Faheed, under secretary (international affairs) at the Saudi labour ministry.

He said that the hiring of Indian maids will be resumed soon after it was halted due to conditions imposed by the Indian government.

A few years ago, the Indian government set certain conditions on the hiring of Indian maids, such as fixed deposits in the Indian embassies and high salaries for the maids. Many Gulf families, however, complained it was too expensive for hiring such unskilled maids, as they have to be trained for months before they can handle all the work.

Al Faheed revealed that the Saudi ministry will sign similar agreements with three other countries that supply domestic workers within the year.

Wonder kid Ritankar Das felicitated at Indian Embassy in US

WASHINGTON: India-born wonder kid Ritankar Das, who this year became the youngest graduate topper of the prestigious University of California in more than a century, has been felicitated by the Indian Embassy here for his outstanding academic achievements.

Indian Ambassador to US Nirupama Rao felicitated 18 years old Das, who has taken just three years to complete his studies with a double major in bioengineering and chemical biology and a minor in creative writing from the University of California, Berkeley.

Further Kolkata-born Das is the first student from the College of Chemistry in 58 years, and the first ever from the Department of Bioengineering, to earn the honour, which includes a USD 2,500 scholarship.

In his remarks, Das said he seeks inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi.

"Gandhi believed that everybody had a right to beautiful life and without his efforts I can say I would not have been here today," Das told a select audience at an event held at the Indian Embassy on Monday.

"Without people like Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, without their efforts, I would not have been here," said Das, who is fluent in Bengali and Hindi.

Das, who now heads to Oxford University to pursue a master's degree in biomedical engineering with a fully funded Whitaker Fellowship, has founded 'See Your Future', a student-run non-profit that presents scientific content to middle and high school students through in-class demonstrations, videos, interactive activities and games.

"In this span of just 18 years, he has been able to achieve so much. He would put all of us to shame being able to come out with such flying colours at the UC-Berkley, and broken all records over a century," Rao said.

"He has not only brought glory to this country, but also to his mother country," she added.

At Berkeley, Das helped manage a USD 1.7 billion budget as an academic senator, founded the Berkeley Chemical Review research journal, designed a chemistry DeCal course and was a graduate student instructor.

No change in Indian passport rules regarding marital status: Embassy in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI: The Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi has said there is no change in rules regarding the process of updating marital status in Indian passports.

A press release issued by the embassy said applicants can update or change personal information, including marital status, after marriage or divorce in their passports by applying for inclusion or deletion of spouse's name.

According to Gulf News, the embassy said applicants can update their information by submitting duly attested copies of the marriage certificate or divorce decree issued by the Indian authorities at centres of BLS International, outsourced service providers of the Indian Embassy and Consulate.

The embassy also said if any applicant chose to update change in marital status at the time of re-issue of passport after expiry of its validity, they can also do it by submitting duly attested copies of the marriage certificate or divorce decree by the Indian authorities concerned along with the application for re-issue of passports, the report said.

The embassy, in the press release, said Indian nationals are advised to keep updated personal information, including marital status, in their passports to avoid any inconvenience.