A new Saudi labour policy reserving 10 percent of jobs for locals is a major issue for India as it could lead to reduced employment there for Indians, a senior minister said Thursday. "It's a serious issue that will affect not only India but also other countries. Yesterday I spoke to the Indian ambassador in Saudi Arabia and has asked him to keep me informed on all the developments," Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi told TV channels in Kerala.
US President Barack Obama is pushing Congress to move fast on immigration reform to fix the problem of over 11 million illegal immigrants, including some 250,000 Indians, that he can sign into law next month. "We are making progress but we've got to finish the job," he said during a naturalisation ceremony for 28 immigrants from 26 countries, including one from India, at the White House.
France has expressed regret over the killing of two Indians by its troops in the Central African Republic, where a rebel leader seized power during the weekend. French President Francois Hollande has expressed regret over the incident, in which six other Indians were injured, in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Hollywood film "Million Dollar Arm", about two Indians who get to play baseball in the US thanks to agent J.B. Bernstein's unconventional recruitment strategy to lure talented cricket players, will be shot in three Indian cities. The film stars "Mad Men" actor Jon Hamm and is in pre-production stage.
About 200 Indian-Americans marched in protest against the controversial withdrawal of an invitation to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to speak at the Wharton India Economic Forum. Marching under the banner of a group called Americans for Free Speech, they chanted: "We want Modi!" as the Forum held its conference Saturday afternoon at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Philadelphia.
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