Expat India News

Latest 10 news items tagged India

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,...
29 Dec at 12 PM 2014

UAE: Expats workers made to pay for visa renewal

Expat workers in the UAE are being illegally charged as much as AED15,000 by employers to renew their working visas every two years, a Bangladesh embassy employee has said. It costs AED2,879 to renew a manual worker’s visa, but the law states that it is the employer’s responsibility to pay for it. But, according to the embassy staff member, expats from Pakistan, Nepal, India and Bangladesh are being forced to front the bill by many owners of small businesses. Bangladeshi embassy councillor Mohammed Shahadat Husain in Abu Dhabi...
12 Dec at 11 AM 2014

Kuwait: Skilled expats unaffected by visa crackdown

Skilled expats in Kuwait will not be affected by a proposed five-year residency cap on foreigners working in the Gulf state. At present the number of expats in the country, which has a population of around 1.25 million, is in the region of 2.5 million, but the new proposal wants that figure brought down to just 10 per cent of the population. Currently expats with residency visas have a right to return within six months after leaving the country, but that privilege is also set to be scrapped. However, the new guidelines will allow...
12 Dec at 9 AM 2014

Bangladeshi shot dead in Saudi Arabia for prayer call no-show

A Bangladeshi expatriate worker in Saudi Arabia has been shot dead by a muezzin, reportedly because he failed to attend a prayer call on his behalf. The murder of 36-year-old Mohammed Rafiqul Islam occurred at Ortawwiyah in the Majmaah district, around 30kms for Riyadh, on Sunday. According to his brother, Kamal Uddin, he worked for a date company and had a part-time job as a car driver. Meanwhile, the Bangladeshi embassy’s labour councillor Mohamed Sarwar Alam revealed that Islam would occasionally call for prayers at the...
10 Dec at 12 PM 2014

India second on list of ‘up and coming’ destinations for expats

India has come in second place behind China on a list of countries that are ‘up and coming’ for expats to live and work in, according to an HSBC survey. The Expat Explorer survey noted that emerging Asian economies provided a huge draw to challenge-seeking expats, with 44 per cent admitting that they chose them for the new challenges offered. The Indian economy is expanding by more than five per cent per year and HSBC forecasts that growth will hit 7.3 per cent in 2016. Sanjiv Sud the head of retail banking and wealth management...