ISRO to launch 'South Asia Satellite' that will benefit all neighbours except Pakistan
India > ISRO > Apr 14
India plans to launch on May 5 the 'South Asia Satellite' that will benefit all the countries in the region, except Pakistan which is not a part of the project. "It's going up in the first week of May," Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman A S Kiran Kumar told PTI in a telephonic interview. According to ISRO sources, the launch of this communication satellite (GSAT-9) is scheduled for May 5 on board the space agency's rocket GSLV-09 from Sriharikota spaceport.
Women don't need to change their names on their passports after marriage, can use mother's name: PM Modi
India > Passports > Apr 13
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday announced that women don’t have to change their names on their passports after marriage anymore. ‘Women don't have to submit marriage/divorce certificate for passport. It will be their discretion to use father/mother's name in passport,’ Prime Minister Modi said this while addressing the commemoration of golden jubilee of Indian Merchant Chamber’s ladies wing, thorough video conferencing.
Pakistani army says can’t give India consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav
India > Kulbhushan Jadhav > Apr 18
Upping the ante against India, Pakistan’s army ruled out on Monday consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav who has been sentenced to death by a military court, days after New Delhi made a strong case for access to the alleged spy on death row. Jadhav, 46, was awarded death sentence by the Field General Court Martial last week, evoking a sharp reaction in India that warned Pakistan of consequences and damage to bilateral ties if the “pre-meditated murder” was carried out.
Blow to Sahara, SC orders auction of Aamby Valley
India > Sahara > Apr 18
The Supreme Court ordered the auction of Aamby Valley, the prime real-estate project of the Sahara group, to recover Rs 14,000 crore the company owes to duped investors. Spread over 10,600-acre close to the popular hill station of Lonavala in Maharashtra, Aamby Valley’s declared worth is Rs 39,000 crore.
Vijay Mallya to stay confined to UK home
India > Vijay Mallya > Apr 19
The government's effort to bring Vijay Mallya to justice in India for defaulting on bank loans over Rs 9,000 crore got a boost when the UK accepted its request to help extradite the absconding tycoon.
China announces 'standardised' names for 6 places in Arunachal
India > Arunachal Pradesh > Apr 19
Upping the ante, China has for the first time announced "standardised" official names for six places in Arunachal Pradesh, days after it lodged strong protests with India over the Dalai Lama's visit to the frontier state. The state media here said the move was aimed at reaffirming China's claim over the state. China claims the state as 'South Tibet'.
Babri case: Supreme Court restores criminal conspiracy charges against Advani and other BJP leaders
India > Babri case > Apr 19
The Supreme Court restored criminal conspiracy charges against senior BJP leaders, including L K Advani, M M Joshi and Uma Bharti in the Babri Masjid demolition case.
Australia axes visa used mostly by Indians
World > Australia visa > Apr 19
The Turnbull government is axing the 457 visa program and replacing it with a new Temporary Skill Shortage Visa. This comes after a history of problems with the 457 program, including uncovered abuse of workers. The Conversation
New Zealand tightens immigration rules in ‘Kiwi-first’ crackdown
World > New Zealand immigration > Apr 19
New Zealand said it will tighten access to its skilled work visas, just a day after the United States and neighbouring Australia announced similar restrictions on immigration. New Zealand’s immigration minister said he was taking a “Kiwis-first approach to immigration”, echoing Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and U.S. President Donald Trump in announcing policies to ensure jobs for Australians and Americans.
Trump signs ‘buy American, hire American’ order to end H-1B ‘misuse’
World > H-1B Visa > Apr 19
US President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Tuesday curtailing the purported misuse of guest workers visa in a showy, populist, on-the-road gesture ostensibly aimed at protecting American jobs, a move that is expected to moderately affect the Indian infotech industry.
UK parliament votes on snap election in Brexit’s shadow
World > UK > Apr 19
Britain’s parliament votes on holding a snap election in June, as Prime Minister Theresa May seeks to make strong gains against the opposition ahead of gruelling Brexit negotiations. May, who made the shock call for an early election on Tuesday, needs to bolster her narrow majority of 17 seats ahead of likely tortuous talks with Brussels that could re-open old wounds within her Conservative Party.