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White House 2013 Budget & AAPIs

President Obama sent his budget for the 2013 fiscal year to Congress earlier today. Below are details about how his budget creates security for Asian American and Pacific Islander families. This year’s budget reflects the President’s firm belief that our country has always done best when everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share and everyone plays by the same rules. It’s a document built around the recognition that this is a make or break moment for the middle class and those trying to reach it. What’s at stake is the very survival of the basic American promise that if you work hard, you can do well enough to raise a family, own a home and put a little away for retirement. This budget continues the Obama Administration’s commitment to keeping that promise alive by creating an economy that’s built to last – with good jobs that pay well and security for the middle class.

The Income Tax and Wealth Tax Settlement Commission of India

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By Shamima Siddique
The author is Director (Media & Communication)

New Delhi, Nov 28, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) A High-Level Alternative Dispute Resolution Body

  •     Mandated to resolve tax disputes by serving as a neutral mediator.
  •     Consensus rather than conflict, as the main approach.
  •     Objective is to allow non-habitual tax offenders to come clean.
  •     Orders of the Commission are final and conclusive.

Achievements by the Income Tax Settlement Commission



India's Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act A Way to Livelihood in Khamdong Block Sikkim

By Suman Gazmer
PIB Features

[JPG Image: MGNREGA implementation in Khamdong block of East Sikkim]

New Delhi, Nov 24, 0211 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) The Centrally sponsored poverty alleviation scheme, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) has found diverse uses during its successful implementation in Khamdong block of East Sikkim. The MGNREGA implementation is not confined only to land development, footpath construction but extends to water source development and plantation in the drought prone Khamdong block.


India's Legal Aid Clinics Scheme

By K.K.Pant

The author is Dy. Director (M&C), P.I.B.


New Delhi, Nov 16, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) As India lives in its villages, it is imperative that the villagers be provided an effective legal assistance in their village itself. As of now it is also a fact that most of the legal services institutions are located in urban and semi-urban areas which position puts the villagers at a disadvantage. To overcome this hurdle a Scheme of Legal Aid Clinics has been prepared to provide legal relief easily to the indigent and backward sections of our society. The Scheme, adopted in December last year under the National Plan of Action of the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA), is being implemented through the legal services institutions (i.e., the Taluk/Sub-divisional/Mandal Legal Services Committees, District Legal Services Authorities, High Court Legal Services Committees, State Legal Services Authorities and Supreme Court Legal Services Committee established under the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987) spread throughout the nation. NALSA plans to set up Legal Aid Clinics in all villages throughout the country. Legal Aid Clinic is one of the thrust areas envisioned in the NALSA’s Quinquennial vision & strategy document.


India's Citizens Right to Grievance Redress Bill 2011

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By Jairam Ramesh
The author is Union Minister for Rural Development, Govt. of India

New Delhi, Nov 14, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) The Citizens Right to grievance Redress Bill 2011 marks the next milestone in the UPA government’s mission to enact a series of rights based legislations.  Drawing on the framework of the Right to Information Act, the objective of this Bill is to ensure that the common man receives quick and efficient delivery of the goods and services to which he is entitled and which may have been delayed for any reason whatsoever.

The other objective of this Bill is to ensure that a person who is denied a public good or service to which he is entitled is able to take action against the person who is denying that service on a mala fide ground (such as a demand for a bribe in exchange for the service).



US Immigration & Green Card Prediction - October 2011 Visa Bulletin - For India EB2 July 15, 2002, EB3 July 15 2007

The October 2011 Visa Bulletin indicates current processing dates of July 15, 2007 for EB2 and July 15, 2002 for EB3 category Green Card applicants. Excerpts from the bulletin.

Piracy Propels Indie Action Movie KILL SPEED (2010) High Into IMDB charts

Los Angeles, CA, November 4, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRWEB) It's rare for an indie film to shoot to the top of a list that is normally reserved for major studio blockbusters but defying all odds that is exactly what Kill Speed has done. Piracy, a filmmaker’s worst nightmare, has thrust independent film writer-director Kim Bass’ Kill Speed into the limelight and to a #5 action movie ranking on IMDB right behind Red, Jackass 3D, Inception and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. Kill Speed is ranked an impressive #15 overall in awareness this week according to IMDB.

Newly released internationally, and repped by Epic Pictures Group worldwide, Kill Speed is a high-octane, youth-oriented, “Fast & Furious” meets “Top Gun” type tale about Hollywood bad-boys, who use high-tech experimental planes to deliver crystal meth throughout Southern California in order to fund their live-fast, die-hard, rock star lifestyle. Soundtrack features Steppenwolf, Nick Carter and Wicked Wisdom with Jada Pinkett Smith.


India Wireless Data Service provider Tata Docomo Becomes the First Private 3G Network

Nov 5, 2010 (Tata Teleservices Limited shall simultaneously launch its 3G services on November 5 in all the nine circles where it has the 3G licence- Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh-Chattisgarh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, UP (West), Punjab, Haryana and Maharashtra, Tata Teleservices Limited Managing Director Anil Sardana told reporters.

“We have been able to complete the ramp-up of our network to support 3G services due to the superb 3G-ready netwrok we created at the time our 2G launch itself, last year. Our 3G rollout across all nine circles will be completed this year itself”, he said.


New Federal Laws Make Debt Settlement Better Option than Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy used to be the easiest way to eliminate debt however with these new FTC laws in place, entering a debt settlement program has become far less risky. If they don’t settle your debt you don’t have to pay a dime.

California, October 14, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / I-Newswire) - Getting out of debt via a debt settlement process used to be a very risky decision. Not anymore. New laws passed by the Federal Trade commission have made the debt settlement process a much more legitimate option for consumers and small businesses seeking debt relief. These laws effectively ban debt relief companies from collecting upfront fees from clients. If they can’t settle your debts, you don’t have to pay a dime.


How New Debt Settlement Act 2010 Laws Effect The Debt Settlement Industry

The debt settlement process will still survive but there will be much less risk on the consumer’s behalf. The days of paying large upfront fees without getting any real debt relief service are over.



(Washington Bangla Radio / I-Newswire) October 5, 2010 -
Getting out of debt via a debt settlement process has just gotten easier thanks to new laws passed by the Federal Trade Commission. These new laws effectively ban debt settlement companies from collecting upfront fees from clients. Now consumers or small businesses that enter into a debt settlement program can be assured that they won’t have to pay a dime until their debts actually settle.


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