Japan offers Green card for Indian Techies and IT professionals: Here is what you should know

A few days ago, the Indian media was buzzing with news of Japan opening its immigration program to attract hundreds of thousands of Indians. An article in the Economic Times said  Japan will open up its doors to about two lakh IT professionals from India, and issue green cards to settle down in Japan and support the country's rapidly expanding IT infrastructure, said Shigeki Maeda, Executive Vice President at Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO), a government body, here on Thursday.   “Currently there are around 9,20,000 IT professionals in the country and there is an immediate demand for more than 2,00,000 IT professionals from India which is likely to further swell to 8,00,000 professionals by 2030," he said in his keynote address at the India-Japan Business Partnership Seminar, which was jointly organised by Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce and Jetro. 
The Japanese Immigration Bureau, Ministry of Justice has published a guide that explains "Points-base…

Xi Jinping can now be President for life: China's parliament removes limits

In a historic decision, China on Sunday removed the two-term limit on presidency, clearing the decks for the all-powerful President Xi Jinping to rule the world's most populous country for life.

Scrapping the 35-year old rule brought by "paramount" leader Deng Xiaoping to prevent the country from returning to one-man rule like that of Mao Zedong, China's largely ceremonial parliament amended the Constitution by lifting the two-term limit.

With term limits gone, Xi can rule China until he retires, dies or is ousted.

He is already dubbed as the country's next Mao, founder of modern China who ruled from 1949 until his death in 1976.

Of the 2,963 deputies (lawmakers) of the Chinese parliament, three abstained and two voted against the proposal to amend the Constitution.

China watchers say the country, which has a one-party rule, could well be headed for a single-man rule.

Xi, who succeeded Hu Jintao in 2012 as General Secretary of the Communist Party, became China&#…

Inspiring story of Om Paithane: An OLA Cab Driver becomes an Indian Army Officer

Om Paithane used to drive an Ola cab in Pune till a retired colonel boarded his cab and inspired him to think big. The chance meeting with the retired colonel led to an introduction to Lt Col Ganesh Babu, Director, Armed Forces Officers' Selection Orientation Programe (AFOSOP), who guides the youth for joining armed forces.

The son of a security guard-cum-watchman, Om, is expected to pass out from the Chennai-based Indian Army's Officers' Training Academy (OTA) on March 10 2018. After his graduation, Paithane appeared for CDS exam and was invited for an SSB interview The retired officer was his constant source of inspiration, he says.

Gentleman Cadet Om Paithane was quoted saying
“My father was a driver who had lost both his legs in a road accident and was working as a watchman. I had to support the family while studying for final year BSc computer science but I got arrears. So I started to drive for Ola. One day, a retired colonel hired my cab. We started to talk and he …

Steve Wozniak, Apple's co-founder highlights problem with India’s education system

Co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak's interview in the sidelines of ET Global Business Summit is making headlines. 

During a wide-ranging Q&A, Wozniak responded to a few questions on Indian and India in a candid way that is making headlines.

Q: What are your views on India? Do you think a global tech company can emerge from here?
A: I am not an anthropologist and I don’t know the culture of India well enough. I don’t see those big advances in tech companies. What is the biggest tech company here, Infosys maybe? I just don’t see that sort of thing coming out of Infosys and I have done keynotes for them three times.  Q: What is the missing link here?
A: The culture here is one of success based upon academic excellence, studying, learning, practising and having a good job and a great life. For upper India, not the lower. I see two Indias. That’s a lot like Singapore study, study, work hard and you get an MBA, you will have a Mercedes but where is the creativity? The creativity gets…

USCIS Puts H-1B Third-Party Placement Employers on Notice: What does this mean

On 22nd Feb 2018, the US government agency under President Trump announced  "Clarifies Policy on Requirements for Third-Party Worksite H-1B Petitions" This move by the Trump administration is making headlines across media in India, China and other countries with the majority of H1 visa applicants.

While most of the headlines are quoting the USCIS announcement, here is what it could mean to individuals and companies*:
Applicants from IT and Software services companies that are in the List of top 100 H1B Visa Employers including Infosys, Capgemini, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), IBM, Wipro, Accenture, Tech Mahindra, deloitte Consulting, Cognizant Technology Solutions, HCL America and others are likely require additional scrutinyThese software service companies place people at client sites to work on client projects. For example, Infosys may place its employees to work at the retailer Gap in San Bruno, California, Microsoft in Redmond, WA or at Bank of America in North Caroli…

Farting Passenger Forces Plane To Make Emergency Landing

A flight from Dubai to Amsterdam had to make an emergency landing in Vienna after a fight broke out because one of the passengers wouldn’t stop breaking wind. Sometimes plane travel really stinks. A flight from Dubai to Amsterdam had to make an emergency landing in Vienna after a fight broke out because one of the passengers wouldn’t stop breaking wind. The fart-induced fracas happened Feb. 11 aboard Transavia Airlines Flight HV6902 when two men sitting next to an apparently very flatulent man raised a stink about his repeated gas attacks, according to Fox News.
When the alleged perpetrator didn’t stop, his disgusted seatmates reportedly complained to the airline crew, who apparently did nothing. Instead, the captain issued a warning to the two complainants, accusing them of noisy and aggressive behavior and making threats, according to the NL Times. When the freedom-from-flatulence fighters wouldn’t stop griping about their fellow passenger, a fight broke out on the plane, according…

Income Tax department sleuths bust tax refund scam, accountant nabbed

We seem to be seeing frequent news articles about well-paid Indian techies finding ways to defraud the government and claim fraudulent tax refunds.  A few months ago, Investigators from Hyderabad's Central Crime Station (CCS) busted at least 200 IT employees for faking disability and chronic illness of family members to claim income tax refunds fraudulently. The CCS sleuths filed a chargesheet against two income tax practitioners, N Srikanth Goud, 43, and Mohammed Khaleel, 34. The I-T department suffered a loss of Rs 1.36 crore from the case. (link)

In yet another case in Bengaluru, Income Tax department sleuths announced that they bust a tax refund scam and arrested the accountant.  The directors general of income tax, Karnataka and Goa, have busted an income tax refund scam in Bengaluru by apprehending a city-based chartered accountant for abetting tax evasion. However, the sleuths haven't disclosed the suspect's name. The suspect would file revised returns of salaried em…