5th MARCH 2016

  • Raisina Dialogue 2016 kicks off at New Delhi
RaisenaThe first Raisina-Dialogue 2016, a flagship conference on Geopolitics and Geo-economics began in New Delhi.
The three day conference is joint initiative of Union Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and Observer Research Foundation (ORF), an independent think tank based in India
Key facts
  • The theme of Raisina-Dialogue 2016 is “Asia: Regional and Global Connectivity”.
  • It will enable the MEA to reach out to a wider international multi-disciplinary audience.
  • It will focus on Asia’s economic, physical, human and digital connectivity and shall attempt to discover challenges and opportunities for the region to manage its common spaces.
  • It will be attended by speakers from 40 countries including Former Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga, former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai and Bangladeshi foreign Minister Mahmood Ali.
  • It will provide platform to explore prospects and opportunities for Asian integration as well as Asia’s Integration with the whole world.
Note: The name of conference comes from Raisina Hill which is the elevation in New Delhi where presidential palace of India, Rashtrapati Bhavan is located. The conference has been organized on the lines of the Shangri-La Dialogue held in Singapore.

  • India moves to WTO against US on temporary working visa issue
VISAIndia has filed a complaint against the United States decision to impose high fees L-1 and H-1B categories of temporary working visas in the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
US had imposed fees on certain applicants for L-1 and H-1B categories of non-immigrant temporary working visas into the country,
According to India
  • US measure is inconsistent with the global norms and it would impact Indian IT professionals as it makes Indian IT companies less competitive in that market.
  • These measures appear to be “inconsistent” with the terms, limitations and conditions agreed under the GATS (General Agreement on Trade in Services).
  • Earlier in 2015, US President Barack Obama had signed into law of spending package which had introduced a hefty $4,000 fee for certain categories of H-1B visa and $4,500 for L1 visa.
  • Under this law, companies having more than 50 employees and having more than 50 per cent of their US employees on H-1B and L1 visas were forced pay the new fee from April 1, 2016.
  • H-1B and L1 visas are temporary work visas for skilled IT professionals to work in US and India is the largest user of both H1B and L1 visas.

  • President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurates National Conference on Women Legislation
President Pranab MukherjePresident Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated a National conference on ‘Women Legislators: Building Resurgent India’ in New Delhi
The conference intends to hone the skills of legislators to perform their legislative and non-legislative roles with greater effectiveness.
Key facts
  • The two-day conference will provide women legislators a platform to interact with their counterparts from across the country.
  • It will also bring together women union ministers, chief ministers, MPs and eminent women from the judiciary and the bureaucracy.
  • It will equip women legislators with latest knowledge in relevant areas and motivate, guide them in their twin roles as agents of socio-economic progress and as legislators.
It will be attended by more than 300 women MPs and state legislatures and legislative council members, Union Ministers and Chief Ministers.