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New Interview Waiver Programme for US visa process

New Delhi: To draw the maximum number of Indian tourists, the US has introduced a new visa programme for certain categories, which will allow an applicant to get a visa without being interviewed in person, the US envoy said Friday.

"US Department of State has implemented a programme that will allow certain applicants to apply for visas without being interviewed in person at a US consular office," US Ambassador to India Nancy J. Powell said here. 

Under the Interview Waiver Programme, it will become easier for Indian citizens to visit US for business meetings and tourist activities, she hoped. 

Those applying for same category visa as granted earlier or applying at the same place (Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata) where the previous visa was issued will be eligible for this new visa scheme. 

Besides, those who have no prior refusal for the same visa category and whose previous visa is still valid or has expired within last four years can apply under this programme. 

Speaking at …

What do you think of Garden Gnomes? And other odd interview questions

Interviews are nerve-wracking as it is, but throw in a few odd questions and you could be left a gibbering mess! Those odd questions aren’t always designed to trick you, sometimes they have a hidden meaning behind them and answering them appropriately can make the difference between a job offer and going back to the drawing board.
Every year the recruitment insider, Glassdoor, publishes a list of the oddest questions asked in interviews as sent in by their readers – we are then given a chance to have our say as to what these odd questions really mean. Some of the craziest questions asked in 2011 include:
What do you think of Garden Gnomes?
If Germans were the tallest people in the world, how would you prove it?
If you could be #1 employee but have all your co-workers dislike you or you could be #15 employee and have all your coworkers like you, which would you choose?
Does life fascinate you?
Would Mahatma Gandhi have made a good software engineer?
At first glance, these questions look li…

The Cause Endures, Senator Ted Kennedy's Legacy in the Life Sciences

"The Cause Endures" is a tribute to Ted Kennedy's contribution to biotechnology and the life sciences. It was shown at the BIO Convention in Boston, MA on June 20, 2012.

Employers add 5 000 jobs in first quarter

Employment in the formal non-agricultural sector rose marginally from the end of December last year to the end of March this year, according to Statistics SA.

Stats SA’s Quarterly Employment Statistics survey released yesterday shows the number of people employed in the formal non-agricultural sector grew by about 5 000 people, or 0.1 percent in this time. There were an estimated 8 379 000 employees at year-end and about 8 384 000 employees at the end of March.

Stats SA said the gross earnings paid to employees during the quarter to March amounted to R347.7 billion. This reflected a quarterly decrease of R17.6bn, or minus 4.8 percent, compared with the quarter to December.

The agency said: “The March 2012 Quarterly Employment Statistics survey shows that an estimated 8 384 000 people were employed in the formal non-agricultural of the South African economy.

Finding Summer Jobs is Proving Difficult for Vancouver Island Youth

NANAIMO - Summer is finally here, but thousand of student on Vancouver Island have more on their minds than back yard barbecues. They are looking to line their pockets for the coming year, but finding work is proving more difficult than most had anticipated. "Were we are at is having 45 to 60 young people coming in a day to find work." says Nanaimo Youth Employment Centre CEO Steve Arnett, "that tells me something." What Steve is being told by a slow start to summer employment in the mid island is what Statistics Canada data is telling employment experts.

In May Canada's jobless rate sat at 7.4 per cent for all age groups, in the 15-24 year old group unemployment dropped to 14. 7 per cent. These statistics shed light on a 27 thousand person discrepancy in the number of youth working last year to this May. Finding hot season work in Nanaimo is no easy task in its own. Around ten per cent of youth were unemployed in the month of may, a time when experts say jobs…

Mitt Romney promised to reform the much needed immigration system in US

Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee has promised to reform the much needed immigration system by a series of reforms including providing automatic green card to those who get advanced degree from the US and those who serve in the Army.

“I would staple a green card to the diploma of someone who gets an advanced degree in America. We want the best and brightest to enrich the nation so the jobs and technologies they're going to create,” Romney said in his remarks at the NALEO Annual Conference in Florida yesterday.

The US President Barack Obama is scheduled to address the same conference today.

“As President, I will stand for a path to legal status for anyone who is willing to stand up and defend this great nation through military service. Those who've risked their lives in defence of America have earned the right to make their life in the country,” Romney said in his remarks.

Noting that immigration reform is not just a moral imperative, he said that it …

Obama bends immigration policy

Washington: In an election-year policy change, the Obama administration said Friday it will stop deporting young illegal immigrants who entered the United States as children if they meet certain requirements.

The shift on the politically volatile issue of immigration policy prompted immediate praise from Latino leaders who have criticized Congress and the White House for inaction, while Republicans reacted with outrage, saying the move amounts to amnesty -- a negative buzz word among conservatives -- and usurps congressional authority.

Those who might benefit from the change expressed joy and relief, with celebratory demonstrations forming outside the White House and elsewhere.

France: The allowance for school revalued by 25% for September 2012

Additional resources are committed for the 2012 school year including the recruitment of 1,000 school teachers and upgrading of 25% of the allowance for school.

Means in additional staff will be introduced from autumn 2012, announced Vincent Peillon and Marisol Touraine at the Cabinet meeting on May 30 , with the recruitment of 1,000 school teachers in the first degree. Emphasis will be placed on students. To train new teachers, they will receive a management service. Other appointments will follow to assist students with disabilities and provide better security in the sensitive establishments.

Increase in allowance for school
In the 2012 school year, the new school year allowance will be revalued by 25%, the ministers also announced. With an average increase of over 70 euros, upgrading of the new school year allowance will allow families to receive:

356.20 euros for a child 6 to 10 years (284.97 euros in 2011);375.85 euros for a 11 to 14 years (300.06 euros in 2011);388.87 euros for a…

Sciencefund - Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), Malaysia

ScienceFund is a grant provided by Government to carry out R&D projects that can contribute to the discovery of new ideas and the advancement of knowledge in applied sciences, focusing on high impact and innovative research


To support research that can lead to the innovation of products or processes for further development and commercialisationTo generate new scientific knowledge and strengthen national research capacity and capability
Types Of Research - Applied Sciences

Eligibility Criteria

This fund is open to all research scientists and engineers who are employed on a permanent or contractual basis from the following organisations:

Government Research Institutions (GRIs)Social Sciences and HumanitiesPublic and Private Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) with accredited research programmesNote :Expatriates working under contract with any of the above institutions are eligible to apply. However, the project must have a permanent Malaysian co-researcher from the same i…

Malaysia to promote more French-M’sian partnerships in Biotech

PARIS (June 14, 2012): Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Maximus Ongkili is on a three-day official visit to Paris accompanied by MOSTI Deputy Secretary-General (Science) Prof Datin Paduka Dr Khatijah Yusoff and National Biotechnology Division Under-Secretary Prof Dr. Rofina Yasmin Othman, BiotechCorp CEO Dato’ Dr.Mohd Nazlee Kamal and other officials.

The visit’s objectives are to acquire strategic information on leading-edge technologies and technological advances, to establish bilateral collaboration and strategic partnerships in platform technology, commercialisation and R&D, to collaborate for knowledge and technological transfer as well as to facilitate information exchange between France and Malaysia.

The Minister and his delegation will make visits to Sanofi, a French Multi National Pharmaceutical company headquartered in  Paris, Sofiproteol – Novance Oilseed Biorefinery in Compiegne and the ARD Bazancourt-Pomacle Biorefinery Complex  in Re…

Chairman Alcantar, May Employment Statistics

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India, US hold higher education dialogue

Washington: India and US Tuesday began their annual higher education dialogue here focused on advanced research and innovation and the role of community colleges in workforce development.

Indian Minister for Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are co-chairing the dialogue aimed at promoting and encouraging the vibrancy and depth of the cooperation between the education sectors of the two countries.

The dialogue will identify key areas of educational cooperation, shared goals, and best practices, and will help frame the two countries' higher education priorities for the year ahead. Several outside experts have joined the government delegations to offer their perspectives.

The education dialogue is one of several dialogues being held on the margins of the third edition of the India-US strategic dialogue here Wednesday.

External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna arrived here Monday night to co-chair the strategic dialogue. The strategic dial…

Saudi women barred from entering France with veils

London: Three Saudi women who refused to remove their face veils at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport have been barred entry to France, a media report here said.

In France, a 2011 law bans people from wearing Islamic face-covering veils anywhere in public.

"An official with the SGP-FO police union said that border police asked the women to remove their veils after they arrived Monday on a flight from Doha, Qatar," The Daily Mail reported.

The official said the women refused and hence the border police refused them entry into France, and hence returned to Doha the same night.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak publicly for the police, the report said.

Supporters of the ban say the veil contradicts France's principles of secularism and women's rights. Some Muslim groups say it stigmatises moderate Muslims, it said.

Student visas are ’back door’ to UK, says think-tank

London: MigrationWatch UK, an influential think-tank considered right-wing in its approach, has called for more restrictions on granting visas to students from India and other non-EU countries, contending that such visas provide a "back door" entry to the UK.

The group, whose research and figures are often quoted in news discourse, warned against attempts by Universities in UK and others to lobby the David Cameron government to remove student visa from official statistics since their stay in the country is mostly temporary.

Removing student visas from official migration statistics would destroy public confidence in the government's immigration policy, MigrationWatch UK said in its latest report on the controversial subject.

Sir Andrew Green, the group's chairman, called for interviews to establish whether overseas students are genuine and that they intend to return home at the end of their course to be brought back.

He said: "Foreign students are valuable bu…

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Video: Lies, damn lies and graduate employment statistics

Andy Westwood, CEO of GuildHE ran an unconference track on labour market statistics and how they relate to graduate employability at the 2012 Graduate Employment Conference, held at Aspire, Leeds.

Demand for IELTS increases around the world

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) reinforces its position as the world’s most popular high stakes English proficiency test, hitting a new record of more than 1.7 million tests sat around the world in 2011.

In the face of changing economic and migration conditions, IELTS has enjoyed 12% growth in number of tests sat in 2011 as compared to 2010. The latest figures marked the seventeenth year of continual growth in test numbers, with the number of tests taken tripling since 2005.

USA was the fastest growing market worldwide in 2011 with more than 50 test centres now open to candidates, while Canada also observed a significant rise in the number of tests taken in the past twelve months.

The East Asia region of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka was the second most significant growth market for IELTS in 2011.

Demand in China, India and Australia remained strong with these countries again administering the highest number of tests. IELTS also noted a significa…

English language proficiency tests like IELTS and TOEFL for PhD or Postdoc admissions

A student whose native language is not English would have chosen to take one of the tests like International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for admission to PhD or Postdoc programmes depending upon requirements of the institutions in which the student is planning to apply.
IELTS is the International English Language Testing SystemIELTS was one of the pioneers of four skills English language testing over 21 years ago, and continues to set the standard for English language testing today.

Over 7,000 organisations and more than 1.7 million tests are taken each year around the world trust. IELTS is recognised as a secure, valid and reliable indicator of true-to-life ability to communicate in English for education, immigration and professional accreditation.

IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL) through more than 800 test centres and locations in over…

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