H-1B visa, H-4 visa holders’ dilemma when it comes to matrimony

first_imgLately, stories on H4 visa holders’ quandary has been making headlines in various newspapers in the U.S. and in India, as the Trump Administration shows spouses of H-1B visa holders the sign to “next exit”, take away their Employment Authorization Document (EAD), work permit.The H4 spouses who got work authorizations (and converted their H4 status into H-1B in matrimony and now working) under President Obama’s Administration Executive Order (and their husbands’) lives are imperiled with an “uncertain” future.Read it at News India Times Related Itemslast_img

Indian doctors question new global norms for diabetes

first_imgA new set of global guidelines on managing diabetes that aim to replace those followed for over three decades, has stirred up a controversy within the medical community. Medical practitioners here in India feel the guidelines which recommend relaxing blood sugar targets will, not only lead to serious complications in diabetics, but also confusion in treatment protocol, advising that these should be ignored for Indians.Read it at Times of India Related Itemslast_img

India’s First Consignment of Alphanso to US Begins Journey

first_imgThe first consignment of Alphanso mangoes from the country has left for the US market from Vashi in Mumbai after getting approvals from American quarantine officials. The first consignment of 16 tonnes has been done through KB Exports, Rambo International and Kaushal Continental. Sunil Pawar, MD, Maharashtra State Agriculture Marketing Board (MSAMB) said around 1,500 tonnes are likely to be exported to the US, 4,000 tonnes to Europe, 20,000 tonnes to UAE and 12,000 tonnes to other nations.Read it at Financial Express Related Itemslast_img

Indian Doctors Hit Hard by UK Work Visa Restrictions

first_imgThe new visa rule adopted by the United Kingdom (UK) has triggered panic among Indian doctors who have been offered a role in UK’s state-run National Health Service (NHS) but have been denied visas to travel to the country.Under the new visa system, there is an annual limit of 20,000 Tier — 2 visas for non-EU professionals allocated by the UK. The monthly limit varies between 1000 and 2200.Read it at Sputnik Related Itemslast_img


first_imgGlobalisation! Consumerism! Woman empowerment! Male menopause! Metrosexual!Amidst the mind boggling clutter of new signposts and indices, symbolizing the alpha and omega of new-age life and living, has that one single emotion that (ostensibly) rules our lives – romance, love, emotion – been shoved to the back-burner, given short-shift, put aside in a box labeled later, and generally forgotten until its amazing, miraculous and life-transforming attributes gently makes their appearance and show us what celebrated jackasses we’ve been, all along?In the hurly burly of living life king-size, have we forgotten that money can’t buy us love? That status, position, power and prestige can open the gateways to a world of luxury, but romance … ? Naah! Because romance comes from the heart, not the wallet, dumbo! Because arrogance, conceit and superciliousness born out of material wealth, (unfortunately) works as a lethal smokescreen in viewing real-life joys powered by primal human values which, in comparison, make the filthy, rich look like bhikaris – alienated, isolated, living in a false world peopled by fakes, phonies, opportunist and hawkeyed on-the-make sycophants always ready to jump ship the moment turbulent times arrive.The local wit, irrepressible in both wisdom and black comedy pipes: “In today’s world, boss, love is more of a time-pass and transaction than emotional connect. Consumerism is constantly hammering out its messages of a one-dimensional, homogenous world where uniformity is all – where Ash & Sush, John, Hrithik and Salman are the iconic role-models of looking good and feeling hot! Where Botox, facelifts, transplants and other devices to freeze-frame time & age and be the eternal youthful man/woman are the ruling diktats of the aspirational gang (scarily and ominously) comprising the gigantic middle class and spread across the length and breadth of the land. Where’s the time or need for love, yaar?”While it’s a frightening indictment of the state of love, fortunately not all agree. “I think it’s a way-out, cynical and over-the-top take on love and I beg to differ,” says a passionate young executive Shruti Tandon, who works at a multinational. She believes that like life, it’s about “props that you may or may not be influenced by, depending on your sensitivity quotient.” There will always be people who are rooted, realistic and pragmatic and who will view a full moon more as a future travel destination than that orbed maiden with fire laden whom mortals call the moon. “You can’t fight human mindset and responses, right ? So it really depends. For every dumb, boring and unromantic nerd, there is always the passionate and madly romantic type, trust me!”Has the new consumerism and globalisation bimari contributed to devaluing romance… Has Rakhi Sawant and Mallika Sherawat (gasp! pant!) replaced the Nutans, Madhubalas, Waheedas … even Madhuris as top-of-the-mind romantic hotties?Guffaws a noted film critic, “You mean wet dreams, huh?” She gets serious. “Never! Nutan & Sunil Dutt in Sujata, Raj & Nargis in Awara, Dilip & Madhubala in Mughal-e-Azam, Dev & Waheeda in Guide, even Rajesh & Sharmila in Amar Prem, Amitabh & Rekha in Silsila, Sharukh & Madhuri in Dil to Pagal Hai, Shahrukh & Kajol in Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, No, romance can never die and these films are living, breathing examples. Images, perceptions and symbols may change but – even in the age of Ipod and Botox, nothing on planet earth can be as cataclysmic as love! It’s simple. As long as we have a heart to feel and a mind to think, love will find a way to engage, enlighten, enrich and empower.”So there’s hope for the (endangered species?) four letter word, guys! Related Itemslast_img read more