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How new H-1B visa regime will impact Indians, Indian firms

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In yet another policy stance change on H-1B visa within six months, the US administration on October 6 said it was announcing an “interim final rule” which will “strengthen” the non-immigrant work visa programme. The new rules will be effective 60 days from their publication in the Federal Register, which is the official journal of the US government, much like the Gazette of India.

What is an interim final rule?

Executive policies announced by agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) require them to consult stakeholders and give them a notice period of 60 days and seek comments before any sweeping changes are brought in. This method allows agencies such as DHS to act with urgency and within a specified time after a new rule or law is made.

In the latest announcement on

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Mastercard partners Indian start-up Signzy for global rollout of Video KYC

Mastercard, a global technology company in the payments industry, has partnered with Signzy, a RegTech startup based in India, for global rollout of Signzy’s video-based KYC (Know Your Customer) solution for its banking customers.

With this partnership, Mastercard customers will benefit from a completely paperless, remote and secure onboarding solution for end-users. It maybe recalled that Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had in January this year amended its KYC norms allowing banks and other lending institutions regulated by it to use Video based Customer Identification Process (V-CIP), a move which will help them onboard customers.

Signzy’s Video KYC solution will enable end-users to complete and submit their KYC application from the safety and security of their homes. This would be 99 per cent faster than the traditional paper-based KYC process. Signzy is an Artificial Intelligence-powered Robotic Process Automation platform for financial services.

Financial inclusion

In India, this launch will further

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Indian High Commission announces resuming online visa services for Bangladeshis

Visa services had remained halted since March 12

The Indian High Commission in Bangladesh has announced that online visa application services were being resumed for Bangladesh citizens.

Currently visas will be provided in nine categories – medical, business, employment, entry, journalists, diplomatic personnel, officials, UN officials and UN diplomats.

The visa process in other categories would be resumed soon, the High Commission said on Friday.

At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic India stopped entry of all foreigners into its territory by halting visa approvals on March 12.

People seeking medical treatment in India found themselves in grave trouble since Bangladeshis often go to India seeking treatment.

From January 2018 to March 2019, 2,876,000 Bangladeshi citizens visited India, and on average 10% of them went there for treatment.

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From Indian Country Comes Word: ‘Native Business’ Wants to Empower Native Entrepreneurship

Gary and Carmen Davis are a husband-wife entrepreneurial team with a string of business ventures to their credit (Red Vinyl Records, Litefoot Enterprises, Native StyleClothing and Davis Strategy Group being a partial list). The couple are also proud Native Americans — he’s Cherokee; she, Makah — who aim to strengthen the profile and success of entrepreneurs building businesses across Indian Country.

To do that, the Davises, from their base in Bellevue, Wash., have formed a multimedia/networking company, Native Business, which this November will launch a print magazine focusing on indigenous businesses; they’ll also host a “Native Business Summit” next May in Tulsa, Okla.

Further, the Davises are using their high profile in the Native community to get out their message of Native entrepreneurial empowerment and networking

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No-Frills Indian Carrier SpiceJet to Start Flights to London

(Bloomberg) — SpiceJet Ltd., India’s second-biggest airline, will start regular flights to London from Delhi and Mumbai, a move it has long been pursuing.

a large air plane flying in the sky: A Boeing Co. 737 aircraft operated by SpiceJet Ltd. approaches to land at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, India.

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A Boeing Co. 737 aircraft operated by SpiceJet Ltd. approaches to land at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, India.

The no-frills airline will fly Airbus SE A330-900 neo aircraft on the routes, Chairman Ajay Singh said in an online briefing with reporters Monday. The flights will start from Dec. 4 and there will be two a week from Delhi and one from Mumbai, according to a company statement. The aircraft will have 353 seats in economy class and 18 in business.

SpiceJet said in August it was awarded slots at London’s Heathrow airport, one of the most lucrative destinations for airlines, under an air bubble agreement between India and the U.K. It had initially secured the slots from Sept. 1 to Oct.

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Indian Railways develops new Freight Business Development portal for freight clients; details

a large long train on a steel track: The FBD portal has been specially designed and developed with a 'Customer First' philosophy.

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The FBD portal has been specially designed and developed with a ‘Customer First’ philosophy.

Indian Railways develops new freight portal! In a bid to increase its freight basket and revenue, an exclusive portal has been developed by Indian Railways for its freight clients linking them to not just railway officials but providing them with a medium to raise concerns and lodge complaints. According to a PTI report, a Freight Business Development (FBD) portal has been developed by the team of the Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) as per the directions of the Railway Board. The Railway Ministry said the FBD portal has been specially designed and developed with a ‘Customer First’ philosophy. The portal helps in familiarising new freight customers with the Freight Business of the national transporter. Also, it offers a bouquet of information on Indian Railways Freight Business organized in simple

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MEA opposes visa for Rajiv case convict’s wife in Madras HC- The New Indian Express

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CHENNAI: The Foreign Ministry on Monday opposed the entry of R Prema, wife of Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convict Robert Payas, into India. 

Prema’s name still figures in the negative list maintained by the Ministry, it informed the Madras High Court. The ministry further said that as per the report submitted by the Superintendent of Police, Q Branch, Chennai, to the ministry, R Prema still figures in the negative list.

The court was hearing Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convict B Robert Payas’ plea seeking grant of visa to his wife for travelling from Sri Lanka to India.

According to the petition, Prema applied for a visa at the Indian Consulate at Jaffna on November 22, 2018. She was informed that some criminal records were found against her. She made another request on October 14, 2019, but there was no response. Except for overstaying in India in 2010,

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Emlyon business school shines in QS 2021 global rankings- The New Indian Express

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Emlyon business school, a top B-school of France with a campus in India, has made it into the world’s top 10 Masters in management with its ‘Grande Ecole Program’ taught in English.

The Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) 2021 global rankings which recently published the rankings said that the Grande Ecole programme bagged the 10th position out of 148 management programmes assessed in 30 different countries.

The QS ranking is based on a rigorous evaluation method that takes into account employability, thought leadership and alumni careers. The assessment panels consisted of 38,000 employers, 35,000 academics and 28,000 alumni.

In India, Emlyon business school has partnered with Xavier University, Bhubaneswar for the first and only Indo-French business school. It also is in charge of a High Performance Centre of Excellence in Sports Management in collaboration with Xavier University, Odisha Government and KJS Ahluwalia Group.

A press release from the

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Helping businesses make online identities- The New Indian Express

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HYDERABAD:  Going digital might have been just an option for businesses some six months ago, but the Covid-19 pandemic has now made it a necessity. A Hyderabad-based company is helping companies embrace digital transformation at a faster pace. JugularSocial has been in the business for a decade now, helping companies from all sectors like healthcare, real estate, and education make themselves more visible in the virtual world.

Speaking to Express, Ashwin Sivakumar, the company’s co-founder, said: “The pandemic has brought a sense of urgency in companies to go digital. The best examples are hospitals that did not expect that online consultations would become the norm in a span of six months.

I think we have seen more digital transformation in the last few months than what happened in four years.” Explaining how they help traditional businesses shift online, Ashwin said: “We help them create compelling digital brand

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Dishoom’s founder says everything he learned at business school was wrong. Here’s how his quality-over-revenue approach helped Britain’s Indian restaurant group explode.

a person sitting at a table: Cofounder of Dishoom Shamil Thakrar Dishoom

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Cofounder of Dishoom Shamil Thakrar Dishoom

  • Shamil Thakrar is the cofounder of one of the UK’s most successful Indian restaurant groups, Dishoom.
  • Dishoom, founded in 2010, helped raise the standards of affordable Indian food in the UK, and now serves 40,000 diners annually and employs 900 people.
  • Thakrar has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a background in strategy consulting at Bain & Co.
  • In an interview with Business Insider he revealed how the hard-headed business principles of profit he was programmed with are “completely wrong”.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.


Indian food ranks high among the UK’s favorite cuisines and, depending who you read, there are more than 10,000 Indian restaurants across the nation.


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One success story is Dishoom, the popular Indian restaurant group inspired by the old Irani cafes of Bombay. The group has long been credited for giving British diners

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