II         Indian Diaspora

Aging Europe Seeks Manpower From India:  A rapidly aging population coupled with an increasingly better standard of living amongst its citizens has prompted the European Union to look towards Asia, specifically India, to bridge a yawning labour supply gap. In recent months, the ministry of overseas Indian affairs is negotiating with Belgium, Poland, Sweden and France to facilitate migration of skilled professionals from India over the next few years. It is a win-win situation.

While Europe requires skilled personnel like engineers and health workers and those in other semi-skilled professions, the EU provides a good alternative for Indians facing laws that discourage migration in US and UK and human rights issues in the Gulf countries.  Last week, the MOIA signed an MoU with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to facilitate legal migration of Indian workers to EU.

As a starter, the IOM — an independent inter-governmental organisation with 120 countries as its members — will kick-start a pilot project in Germany, UK, Italy, Spain and Ireland. IOM will assess the needs of these five countries before training Indian workers and sending them. It also plans to set up a toll-free helpline and a resource centre in India that will provide migration related information. (Himanshi Dhawan,  http://www.samachar.com/showurl.php?rurl=http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Aging_Europe_seeks_manpower_from_India/rssarticleshow/2257907.cms&news=Aging%20Europe%20seeks%20manpower%20from%20India&pubDate=Mon+Aug++6+07%3A11%3A17+IST+2007&keyword=toi_home assessed on 6th August 2007)

III        Global

 1.    E-mails stress out 1 in 3 at office:  E-mails are causing unprecedented levels of stress among office workers as they struggle to cope with an unending tide of incoming mails.  Some people check e-mails 40 times in a hour with an anxiety to receive and reply to e-mails.  One in three office workers experience regularly e-mail stress.  The research revealed that 34 per cent of participants felt ‘stressed’ by sheer number of emails and the obligation to respond quickly, and a further 28 per cent were ‘driven’ because they saw them as a source of pressure.  The team characterized just 38 per cent a ‘relaxed’ because they did not reply until a day or even a week later.  (Lokmat Times, 14 August 2007, p.1)

2.     Diseases are spreading faster than ever: WHO: Infectious diseases are emerging more quickly around the globe, spreading faster and becoming increasingly difficult to treat, the World Health Organization (WHO).  With more than 2 billion people traveling by air every year, an outbreak or epidemic in one part of the world is only a few hours away from becoming an imminent threat somewhere else.  Since the 1970s, new threats have been identified at an ‘unprecedented rate’ of one or more every year, meaning that nearly 40 diseases exist today which were unknown just over a generation ago.  Over the last five years alone WHO experts had verified more than 1100 epidemics of different diseases.  (Times of India, Bangalore 24 August 2007, p.15)
 
IV        WORD FROM THE EDITOR

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