Expat India News

Latest 10 news items tagged India

31 Mar at 9 AM 2015

Bahrain is the ‘best place for expats’

When it comes to the treatment of expat labourers, Bahrain is the best in the region according to a top diplomat. On Friday, Dr Mohan Kumar, India’s Ambassador, spoke at the embassy based in Adliya. The current joint secretary of Indian External Affairs Ministry, Alok Kumar Sinha, will replace Dr Mohan Kumar when his tenure finishes next month. Dr Mohan said that he was very sorry to leave Bahrain and that he thought any envoy who had spent time in the country would feel the same. He went on to say that without the support of...
25 Mar at 3 PM 2015

Dual citizenship to be granted to Sri Lankan expatriates

A minister from the government said that, from Monday 23rd March, expatriate Sri Lankans would be able gain dual citizenship due to a new administrative procedure. Those able to take advantage of the new procedure will be those who have emigrated to Canada, the UK, the USA, New Zealand, Australia, Sweden, France and Switzerland. On Monday, John Amaratunga , the Minister of Public Order, Disaster Management and Christian Affairs, said there would be a Rs. 50,000 – 250,000 fee for the application procedure. Those wanting to be...
19 Mar at 3 PM 2015

Salaries paid to 100 striking expatriate workers in Bahrain

Over 100 Pakistani, Filipino and Indian workers of Mercury Middle East, who took action and went on strike due to not being paid their salaries, have finally been given their wages after diplomats and labor officials intervened. Gulf Daily News reported that outstanding salaries were paid to the workers, which had been on strike since 28th February. It was also mentioned that last Wednesday, an embassy official from India refused to leave the workers accommodation until they were paid. The Bahrian Bay, a Four Seasons hotel project...
4 Mar at 6 PM 2015

Brits over 50 seeking more adventurous lifestyle abroad

A large number of Brits over the age of 50 are looking to travel for at least part of the year after regretting not doing so when they were younger. One in four UK citizens say they would like to live overseas for part of the year, particularly during the cold winter months, while three in four admit that travelling is now top of their ‘to do’ list. Meanwhile, nine in 10 people describe the fact they did not travel in their younger years as a regret. The research, carried out by insurance company Staysure, shows that more and...
26 Feb at 4 PM 2015

Saudi Arabia approves Chile as domestic helper source

Domestic helpers from Chile will now be allowed to apply for work in Saudi Arabia, announced the country’s Labour Ministry. The workers from the South American country will have seven different roles to choose from – four for men and three for women. The jobs males will be able to apply for are drivers, nurses, housekeepers and helpers, while females can take on work as nurses, housekeepers and nannies. Chile is the first country from Latin America to be added to the 14-strong list, which includes seven from Asia (the...
3 Feb at 9 AM 2015

Indian expat in Australia uses Bollywood excuse to avoid stalking conviction

An Indian expat in Australia avoided being convicted of stalking women by saying that love stories from Bollywood movies led to him acting the way he did. Sandesh Baliga, who lives in the island state of Tasmania, was accused of excessively approaching and stalking women, but managed to escape conviction by blaming his country’s film industry. A judge in the city of Hobart took the cultural background of the 32-year-old into consideration when making his ruling and, instead, placed him on a restraining order. Balina, who is in...
23 Jan at 9 AM 2015

Singapore tops the list of best place for expats

Singapore has once again claimed top spot in the world’s most liveable city for expats in the latest list published by ECA International. ECA International’s regional director for Asia, Lee Quane, explained that among the factors that led to Singapore taking top spot were solid infrastructure, good quality air, low crime, decent medical facilities and low health risks. Meanwhile, Singapore’s main rival for first position in recent times, Hong Kong, has fallen from 17th to 33rd in the list, a fact that is likely to boost the...
15 Jan at 9 AM 2015

Indian expatriates granted the right to vote

The Indian government has told the country’s Supreme Court that it has accepted a proposal to allow Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) to vote in polls via e-post ballot, meaning that Indian expatriates are now likely to become influential in their home country’s politics. Around 10 million NRI’s will be affected by the ruling, which Abu Dhabi-based Dr Shamsheer Vayalil described as a “big victory”. There are more than five million Indian citizens alone living in Gulf states, with the region likely to become key for some...
6 Jan at 12 PM 2015

Oman scraps expat tax plan

The Gulf state of Oman has abandoned plans to levy a tax on remittances sent home by expat workers, reports local media. Last November, the country’s Shura Council said that the government tax on remittances foreign employees sent to their families should be set at two per cent in order to ease the mounting pressure on the troubled state budget. However, the Economic Committee of Oman’s State Council has rejected the proposal. Economic Committee chief Salim bin Said Al Ghatami explained that now was not the time to impose a new...
31 Dec at 10 AM 2014

Illegal expats in Oman to be offered amnesty

Expatriates in the Gulf state of Oman who have overstayed their working visas and are now in the country illegally are to be offered amnesty, a government spokesperson has revealed. The Ministry of Manpower’s head of media Talib Al Dhabari explained that the country wanted to regulate its labour market so was preparing to offer amnesty to overstaying expats or individuals who had been stuck in the Sultanate indefinitely in the near future. Al Dhabari noted that amnesty - which is expected to help thousands of workers from India,...