Foreigners for research visa to undergo scrutiny

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    Foreigners for research visa to undergo scrutiny

    NEW DELHI: Foreigners intending to work in NGOs, carry out research work on human rights and environment issues will have to face stricter scrutiny of their visa applications after detection of several incidents of alleged misuse of these provisions.

    The move came after home ministry found that research visas, given to professors, scholars and participants to do research work and attend research conferences, are being allegedly misused by several foreigners in recent past.

    "All research visa applications will be thoroughly scrutinised. An applicant has to submit a brief note in advance about the project in which the research work will be conducted. If we find it appropriate, non-controversial and beneficial to India, then only the applicant will be given a visa," a senior home ministry official said.

    Christine Mehta, who prepared a research paper on alleged human rights violation in Kashmir on behalf of Amnesty International, reportedly did not submit her research subject to the authorities beforehand. Unhappy over her work, government deported Mehta in November 2014.

    Several foreigners had worked in NGOs, including Greenpeace India, and were alleged to have been involved in anti-government activities.

    Home ministry has found that many of the foreigners come to India on Tourist Visa and later get involved in research works and NGOs dealing with environment and human rights issues.

    "Such trends have to be stopped. We will not allow anyone misusing the tourist visa provisions too," the official said.


    However, genuine researchers will not have to face difficulty if the project is to be done under an Indian institution accredited by the University Grants Commission.

    Visa applications of foreign scholars who take scholarships from Indian Council for Cultural Relations for conducting research will also be processed without any difficulty.

    The ICCR offers scholarships namely General Cultural Scholarship Scheme, Silver Jubilee Nepali Scholarship, Africa Scholarships, Commonwealth Scholarship Scheme etc.

    According to an estimate, around 42,000 foreign students study in India of which nearly 3,800 are research scholars. Most of the foreign students belong to Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan and Iran.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...-to-undergo-scrutiny/articleshow/47943673.cms
     
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    What do these groups like Amnesty International do about massacres going on at the hands of ISIS? China has done this long ago and we in India have been sucking up to "gori" chamdi while they rampantly go about painting India as a monster.
     
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    Swiss national, a Maoist sympathiser, arrested in Kerala
    http://www.ibnlive.com/news/india/maoist-sympathiser-arrested-704830.html

    Thiruvanthpuram: Police on Tuesday arrested a Maoist sympathiser in Thrissur district of Kerala. Jonathan Bold, a Swiss national, arrived in Kerala on a tourist visa and attended a meeting organised in memory of a Maoist activist.
     
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    The kudankulam protests were a lesson for us. Good the govt is taking action.
     
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    Irish bizman held for trying to smuggle Rs 2.5 cr worth gold

    Kochi: A Dubai-based Irish businessman has been arrested at the international airport here for allegedly trying to smuggle 10 kg of gold worth about Rs 2.50 crore. 42-year-old Andrew Edwin Minihan, who arrived by an Emirates flight here from Dubai last night, was allegedly found carrying ten bars of gold, concealed in his jacket.

    He is suspected to be a 'carrier' linked to a gold smuggling racket allegedly operating between Kerala and the Middle East, Customs officials said after preliminary investigation.

    He had visited Kochi more than 10 times earlier and investigation was on to ascertain the purpose of his visits, the sources said.

    A Customs release said the gold bars recovered were of 24 carat purity and approximately valued at Rs 2.50 crore.

    Alleged involvement of a foreign national, particularly from a developed country like Ireland, in gold smuggling was a matter of 'surprise' for the customs officials. 'There used to be arrests of foreigners for alleged possession of narcotics substance. This is perhaps for the first time in the recent period a foreign national is arrested for smuggling gold,' said an official, who did not want to be named.

    http://www.mathrubhumi.com/english/...g-to-smuggle-rs-2-5-cr-worth-gold-162886.html
     

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