US Leads In Adopting Indian Children

United States leads in adopting Indian children. Between the years 2010 and 2013, over 600 children were adopted by Americans, followed by Italians, Spanish and UAE.
According to Central Adoption Resource Agency guidelines, the ratio of children adopted by Indians and foreigners is 80:20, reports Christin Mathew Philip, TNN.
To adopt a child parents have to pay a procession fee which is 4,000 for the Indian parents and 5,000 U.S. dollars which is approximately equal to 3 lakh, for the parents from abroad.
It also shows that Maharashtra is the first priority for the foreigner parents to adopt their child. In the last four years a total of 637 children have been adopted from Maharashtra, 299 from Delhi, 199 from West Bengal, 137 from Orissa 121 from Karnataka and 120 from Tamil Nadu.
A senior official from CARA has admitted that Indian children are more in demand. This is because Indian parents usually do not adopt the physically disable children but foreigners adopt more disable children. The fertility rate has decreased in the western part of the world so these children are sent to those countries. The single mothers wholeheartedly accept these children.
According to Anjali Pawar, child right activist, many adoption agencies favor the foreigners where many of the Indian parents wait for adoption. They run an illegal adoption racket and nothing can be done once the children are sent as there is no record of the children to follow-up.

15% NRI seats in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh technical colleges

Hyderabad: Formal orders, announcing the increase in NRI quota seats from the current 5 per cent to 15 per cent in engineering colleges, are set to be issued by the two government.

Telangana government officials held meetings with college managements and agreed to the 15 per cent increase in the NRI quota seats. Andhra Pradesh government officials too held talks with college managements and accepted their demand of increase in the quota. Formal orders will be issue in a couple of days.

Pentagon notifies Harpoon missile sale to India

The $200-milion package includes more than a 20 missiles and two Harpoon certification training vehicles, the U.S. Department of Defence said.

The Pentagon has notified the U.S. Congress about its decision to sell anti-ship Harpoon missiles to India at an estimated cost of $200 million arguing that it will strengthen India-U.S. strategic relationship and improve security of an important partner.

The entire package under the foreign military sale route includes more than a dozen UGM-84L Harpoon Block II Encapsulated Missiles, 10 UTM-84L Harpoon Encapsulated Training missiles, and two Encapsulated Harpoon certification training vehicles, the U.S. Department of Defence’s Defence Security Cooperation Agency said.

“The estimated cost is $200 million,” it said adding that the Harpoon missile system will be employed on the Indian Navy’s Shishumar class submarine and will provide enhanced capabilities in defence of critical sea lines of communication.

India has already purchased Harpoon missiles for integration on Indian Air Force Jaguar aircraft and Indian Navy P-8I maritime patrol aircraft.

India will have no difficulty absorbing these additional missiles into its armed forces, it said in its notification to the Congress.

“This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to strengthen the U.S.-India strategic relationship and to improve the security of an important partner which continues to be an important force for political stability, peace, and economic progress in South Asia,” the Pentagon said, adding that the this proposed sale of Harpoon missiles will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

Boeing would be manufacturing this Harpoon missile.

“In accordance with the Indian Defence Procurement Policy, a contractor may be expected to conclude offset agreements with the Government of India but no offset agreement is currently known to have been proposed in connection with this potential sale,” it said.