Category — Communication across Cultures

India Tops List of Migratory Populations

According to the 2017 International Migration Report released by the United Nations, India tops the list of people living abroad at 17 million with approximately 5 million Indians residing in the Gulf region alone.

In 2017, India was the largest country of origin of international migrants at 17 million, followed by Mexico at 13 million, Russia at 11 million, China at 10 million, Bangladesh at 7 million, Syria at 7 million and Pakistan and Ukraine at 6 million each. International migration is a critical concern for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the report said.

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The report shows that international migration makes an important contribution to population growth in many parts of the world and even reverses population decline in some countries or areas. Between 2000 and 2015, migration contributed 42 percent of the population growth in Northern America and 31 per cent in Oceania. In Europe, the size of the total population would have declined during the period 2000-2015 in the absence of migration, says Business Line quoting from the report.

December 23, 2017   No Comments

In India, Lockheed Martin to Focus on Women-led Startups

Having supported startups in India for more than a decade, many of which were led by women, Maryland-based Lockheed Martin plans to invest in technology startups, with a special focus on women-founded ones, says its deputy executive vice president Lorraine M. Martin.

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Martin recounted initiatives to encourage women to join the technology manufacturing workforce and toward inspiring them at early ages towards science, technology, engineering and math. She said, “We (at Lockheed Martin) would like to have half the workforce as women, which is what our population is. All the studies have shown that diverse workplaces are more productive. Studies show that companies with women in senior leadership perform better.”

 Lockheed Martin’s India Innovation Growth Program offers $2 million a year of resources and mentoring to startups through competition. The company has partnered with the Government of India, Department of Science and Technology, and with the Tata Trust, that has helped to double their resources, Martin told the Economic Times.

December 22, 2017   No Comments

Google Invests $12 million in Indian Startup

Having picked up a significant minority stake in Bangalore, India-based Dunzo, a hyper-local concierge and delivery player, Google made its first direct investment of $12 million in an Indian startup. With a chat-based interface, the Dunzo app facilitates daily tasks management — individuals can create ‘to-do lists’ and collaborate with partners / vendors to strike off the tasks from the list.

The investment is part of Google’s ‘Next Billion Users’ push, as it seeks to build an ecosystem in India across high-frequency hyper-local transactions as well as in the healthcare, financial services, and education sectors, reports the Economic Times.
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“I see a change in tack,” said Rutvik Doshi, managing director at Inventus Capital and a former Googler, adding that Google probably now sees India as a large enough market to make investments. “After getting the first two billion users, Google has realized that to get the next one billion they will need to rethink their product stack and approach,” he said.

December 11, 2017   No Comments

Madame Tussauds Museum Launches in New Delhi

Madame Tussauds Wax Museum opened its doors on December 1, in New Delhi. It will be home to around 50 wax figures, including cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara; actors Richard Gere, Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Marilyn Monroe; sports personalities Mary Kom, Milkha Singh and Lionel Messi; as well as political leaders Mahatma Gandhi, and current Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi.

Sachin Tendulkar's wax figure at Madam Tussauds Delhi

Sachin Tendulkar’s wax figure at Madam Tussauds, New Delhi

Anshul Jain, general manager and director, Merlin Entertainment Group, India, which brought Madame Tussauds to India said, “60 percent of the wax models are Indian.” The ticket price in India is one-third the charge elsewhere in a bid to make it more accessible to the masses, reports the Indian Express.

December 6, 2017   No Comments

HuffPost Launches HuffPost India Edition

Huffington Post will soon end its partnership with the Times of India, and Lydia Polgreen, editor-in-chief of HuffPost, was in India to lead HuffPost India on its independent journey.

In an interview with Mint, Polgreen said, “This [India] was a place where we felt like we wanted to invest and to go in a different direction. We very much plan to remain in India as a publisher and continue to do journalism here. We plan to expand our team here.”

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NiemanLab reports that India offers a massive potential audience for mobile-friendly publishers such as HuffPost, BuzzFeed, Quartz, and Vice: Indian smartphone users’ monthly data consumption is on track to nearly quintuple by 2023, and the country’s media and entertainment industry is expected to add between 140,000 and 160,000 jobs each year for the next five years, according to reports.

December 6, 2017   No Comments