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Indians are not job stealers in US, they are creators: IT Minister



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Mumbai, March 17: Information and Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Friday informed that Indian government had raised its concern regarding the H1-B visa issue to the US and said that Indians are not stealers but creators of jobs.

“We have conveyed our concern at the highest level (US administration) and I hope the American administration should know Indian companies don’t steal jobs. They create jobs for a better India and a better US,” Prasad said at the India Today Conclave here.

“Indian IT companies are present in 200 cities in 80 countries, including the US. Particularly for the US, the Indian IT companies have given nearly $20 billion as tax in the last five years.

“They have given jobs to 4 lakh people there. They have given value addition to nearly 75 percent of the Fortune 500 companies. Indian IT initiative is an asset for America,” he added.

The technical professionals of India help the US economy become competitive and boom, said Indian Government.

Talking about India’s digital drive, Prasad said New Delhi was involved in a transformative programme in India with programmes like Digital India and Start-up India to bridge the digital divide.

“Digital India is more for the under privileged,” the minister said.

He said that 1.08 billion Indians have mobile connections in a country of 1.25 billion population.

The government launched the app named Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM), helpful in making India cashless, he said it had already witnessed 1.8 crore downloads.

Asked how secure were online transactions in India, at a time when the government was asking people to transact more through digital payments platforms, the minister said all the cyber security mechanisms were in place.

“India’s digital economy will be $1 trillion in the next 5-7 years. We have to trust the enormous opportunity for digital economy.”

The government was against sites showing child pornography and had taken all necessary steps to stop it.

With that, he asked a question to the people whether it was feasible to ban all pornography sites in India.

“If an adult wants to watch pornography site in the privacy of his room, who are you to stop it?” he asked.

 Wefornews Bureau


No parole for mafia don Abu Salem to get married



A file photo of gangster Abu Salem being taken to jail after a Mumbai court sentenced him life imprisonment in the Pradeep Jain murder case in 2015.

Mumbai, April 21: The Maharashtra government on Saturday rejected an application by incarcerated mafia don Abu Salem seeking 45 days parole for getting married, official sources said here.

Among the grounds cited by the authorities are that parole is not permitted for those accused or convicted of terror charges under the revised parole rules of the Maharashtra government in 2016, an official, who declined to be identified, told IANS.

Abu Salem, who is currently undergoing life imprisonment in Taloja Central Jail, Navi Mumbai, had applied in March to the Konkan Divisional Commissioner for parole for his second marriage with Sayed Bahar Kauser alias Heena.

The marriage was scheduled for May 5 in Mumbai and he had also provided the names and details of two of his cousins who were willing to stand guarantee for him.

He planned to stay temporarily at the Mumbai home of his prospective wife Heena during the parole duration.

In his application, Abu Salem cited how he was in jail continuously since the past more than 12 years without stepping out on parole/furlough even once.

In September 2017, Abu Salem – a close confidante of absconding mafia don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar – was convicted and sentenced to a life sentence for his role in the March 1993 serial bomb blasts in Mumbai which killed 257 and wounded over 700 others.


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Cabinet approves restructured scheme for making local bodies self-sustainable



Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (File Photo: IANS)

New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Saturday approved a restructured Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA) scheme aimed at making rural local bodies self-sustainable, financially stable and more efficient.

Addressing a press conference here, Union Panchayati Raj Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said Prime Minister Narendra Modi — who chaired the CCEA meeting — will officially launch the scheme on April 24 in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandla.

The total outlay for the scheme during 2018-19 to 2021-2022 would be Rs 7,255 crore, of which 60 per cent would be borne by the Centre.

Tomar said the RGSA will help more than 2.55 lakh Panchayati Raj Institutions to develop governance capabilities to deliver on sustainable development goals through inclusive local governance, with a focus on optimum utilisation of available resources.


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PNB moves Hong Kong High Court against Nirav Modi



New Delhi, April 21: The Punjab National Bank on Saturday approached Hong Kong High Court against diamantaire Nirav Modi in connection with the multi-crore fraud. 

The public lender will also move the courts of other countries where the celebrity jewelry designer and his business associate Mehul Choksi have assets and businesses.

Earlier on April 6, the Ministry of External Affairs had asked authorities in Hongkong to arrest diamantaire who is one of the key suspects in multi-crore Punjab National Bank fraud case.

Junior foreign minister V.K. Singh had told parliament “The ministry has sought the provisional arrest of Nirav Deepak Modi by the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, People’s Republic of China”.

The passports of Modi and  Choksi have been revoked.

Singh informed the house that India had submitted the request for Modi’s arrest to Hong Kong on March 23

Diamond trader Modi and owner of Gitanjali Gems, Mehul Choksi have been accused of defrauding the PNB of Rs 12,600 crore, with Rs 1,300 being added to the fraud kitty last month.

Earlier, the detected amount was Rs 11,300 crore.


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