India-UK Current Affairs - 2019

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Sajid Javid is first Indian-origin Cabinet Minister in Britain

On 5th November 2014, Sajid Javid Britain’s secretary of state or cabinet minister for culture, media and sport, has disclosed that his father was from India and his mother from Pakistan. So it makes him half-Indian and the first person of Indian origin to be a cabinet minister in Britain.

He made this announcement at British Asian dinner, which released a ‘Power 101 Britain’s Most Influential Asians 2015′ list which had him at top position. Earlier, he was always been described as being of Pakistani origin, which he partially is, but his Indian connection was unknown publicly.

Previously, Indian origin MP, Keith Vaz was a minister of state in a Labour government. But no one of Indian descent has ever been appointed a cabinet minister in Britain until now.

In 2010, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, who is of Pakistani origin, became a cabinet minister, the first Asian to be thus elevated.

About Sajid Javid

Sajid Javid is a British Conservative Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bromsgrove since 2010. Currently he is the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and Minister for Equalities since 2014.

He previously had served as Economic Secretary from 2012 to 2013 and as the Financial Secretary to the Treasury from 2013 to 2014.

Key facts of ‘Power 101 Britain’s Most Influential Asians 2015′ list ranking

Top five positions:

  1. Sajid Javid- Britain’s secretary of state or cabinet minister for culture, media and sport
  2. Malala Yousafzai- Nobel Peace Prize winner
  3. Keith Vaz-Indian-origin Labour MP
  4. Lakshmi Mittal- Indian steel tycoon
  5. Hinduja brothers.

NRI industrialist Lord Swraj Paul and son Angad, chairman and CEO of Caparo Group of Industries, curry king Lord Gulam Noon and Deutsche Bank’s Indian-origin CEO Anshu Jain also find their place in the Power 101.

Power 101 has been compiled by The Asian Media and Marketing Group (AMG) and features the top 101 most influential Asians in the UK, ranging from all walks of life

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Government to launch National Career Service Portal

The Labour Ministry is set to Launch a National Career Service Portal which will serve as an intermediary between job-seekers and job-providers. This project was originally proposed under the UPA government with an outlay of 150 cr as part of a larger revamping of the Employment Exchanges. The new government, with its emphasis on skill development and providing increased job opportunities, has taken up the project now.

The portal will connect the people seeking jobs with people/companies looking for employees to hire. It will act purely as an intermediary for persons with different needs to meet. The portal will aggregate all information pertaining to jobs, job seekers, training and the employers. It will seek to connect the two parties using SMS, call centres and electronic means of communication like emails.

The portal can be accessed by employers from the public sector and private sector, along with intermediaries like recruitment agencies, skill development institutes and trainers.

MoU with UK

The portal in India will be established on the lines of a similar initiative of the UK government. The government has even signed an MoU with UK to learn from its project.

The UK government’s National Career Service was launched in 2012 and is an integrated free service which provides advice and information for training, learning and work opportunities to anyone older than 13 years. The service is available online via web chat, through phone and can be directly accessed through multiple walk in centres. This is an improved version of an earlier plan called ‘Next Step’ that was available to those aged above 18.

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