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Y-Axis Overseas Career launches X! Travel Club

HYDERABAD: As part of its travel experience, integration strategy to serve multi needs, city-based career and immigration consultant Y-Axis Overseas Careers today announced the launch of X! Travel Club, a multi-brand one-stop overseas travel consulting store here.

X! Travel Club – offers ” X! Tailor-Made Holidays” which are personalised Holiday packages that allows customers to express what they want to experience and XTC would create a holiday package from start to finish, Xavier Augustin, Co-Founder of X! Travel Club told reporters.

Unlike typical packages there are no deadlines, no deposits and not many conditions. The holiday is created around the central assumption that every client’s travel needs are different and unique. Even if a couple is travelling, both of them have their own tastes and preferences and would like a holiday where both can enjoy, he added.

Y-Axis is upbeat about its new X! Travel Club concept specifically targeted to the Indian ‘Customised Travel’ Class with its Multi Brand format. With an expected 50 million Indians opting to travel abroad by 2020 from the current level of 16 million, X! Travel Club expects substantial customer footprints for its services, Xavier said.

Y-Axis plans to expands this service in 8 cities in the next 18 months, he added.


September 21, 2012

Y-Axis to invest Rs 20 cr for expansion

Y-Axis, a Hyderabad-based overseas career consultant, is planning to invest Rs 20 crore to expand its operation across India over the next 12 months.

Launching its X! Travel Club, a multi-brand one-stop overseas travel consulting travel store, at Hyderabad, Sabina Xavier, co-founder and chief operating officer of Y-Axis, said, “We have lined up investments to set up eight such stores across the country over the next 12-18 months, and to increase our brand presence through aggressive advertising and marketing.”

The projects will be funded through internal accruals, she told Business Standard.

X! Travel Club focuses on building strengths in providing new experiences like yachting, golf, cruise holidays, caravans, around the world across Singapore, Malyasia,Thailand, Dubai, Egypt, London, Istanbul, etc. “We are upbeat about the new travel club concept that is targeted at the Indian customised travel class,” she said.

“With an expected 50 million Indians opting to travel abroad by 2020 from the current level of 16 million, the travel club expects substantial customer footprints for its services,” said.

Currently, Y-Axis s operational across 20 company owned office in India with 500 trained travel experts. Currently, it gets travel related 20,000 enquiries per month.

Itishree Samal

September 21, 2012

‘I am the proud daughter of Indian immigrants’

Nikki Randhawa Haley, Governor of South Carolina

Nikki Randhawa Haley became the Governor of South Carolina in November 2010, and is the first ever Indian-American woman to occupy the top job in a U.S. state. At 38 years of age, the rising star in the Republican Party firmament frequently grabs headlines with her no-nonsense defence of conservative principles, including her focus on business-led economic growth and strict immigration laws.

As the nation gears up for the November presidential elections, Governor Haley gave a rare interview via telephone to Narayan Lakshman. In it she touched upon issues of national significance, such as the role of government in the economy, and on what it means to be an Indian-American political leader in America today. Edited excerpts:

The Republican presidential nomination is settling in favour of Mr. Romney. Two questions on that: first, would you run for Vice-President with Mr. Romney if he asked? Second, what in your view should be the GOP’s answer to the Obama administration argument that it has steered America away from an economic depression and is creating jobs each month?

First of all, I would decline any request for a Vice-President or Cabinet position, because after you read the book you realise that after all the sacrifices that we made, the people of South Carolina took a chance on me. I think it is my job to fulfil that commitment and keep the promise that I made to the people of this state.

In reference to President Obama, I can tell you that South Carolina is doing well in spite of the chaos in Washington. We have unemployment down for the eighth month in a row, we have recruited over $5 billion in investment, over 24,000 new jobs and that has been in spite of everything that has happened in Washington. A perfect example of that is the National Labour Relations Board suing Boeing from actually creating a thousand jobs in South Carolina. So what I can tell you is that it is not about what Washington thinks of the economy. It is about how the everyday person feels about the economy. In South Carolina we have had to struggle and fight through it in spite of the fact that we have not been in friendly territory in Washington.

You recently had a meeting with the Indian Ambassador Nirupama Rao. Can you talk a bit about your interaction with her and why the U.S.-India relationship matters to South Carolina?

Actually I told her that it was very important that we have a strong business relationship between South Carolina and India — that is very important to me. She is a woman of great strength and grace and brilliance, and I was so proud to be able to meet her.

But what we also agreed is that we are going to partner. We are going to partner on trying to make sure that we can bring business from India to South Carolina. We are going to make sure that we continue to be a good, friendly ally to India as we need to, and see how we can get the two to partner up.

The Republican nomination debates saw a lot of attention focused on the question of immigration, and it is also a subject that some of the U.S. courts are considering in the wake of immigration laws passed in Arizona and South Carolina. What is your view on immigration and has your family background shaped that view in any way?

I am the proud daughter of Indian immigrants who came here legally. They [took] the time and paid the price [to] come here the right way. What we are trying to do is remind everyone that the U.S. is a country of laws. When you give up being a country of laws, you give up everything that makes this country great.

While we believe that you have to follow the law to come into this country, I am also working with the federal delegation to see how we can expand the worker visa programme; how we can make sure that we have more opportunities for those areas that need to have immigrants come in to work.

This came up in the debates as well, but where does that leave persons who are already here and came here illegally, but are people who go to church, pay their taxes, have integrated into their communities and have been law-abiding?

I think we need to find a process to deal with that. Governor Romney has said that we should give everybody a certain amount of time [and] we should let them know that we have to follow the law.

Give them the paperwork to fill out and have them start with the paperwork. But we cannot give priorities to those people who came here illegally, and give them a pass — that’s not going to work because then you are being unfair to all of those who are fighting to come here the right way.

Touching upon your own example, could you explain how the role of Indian-Americans in U.S. politics changed since your parents’ generation? Might we ever see a member of this community occupy the Oval Office?

I think that this country has great respect for the Indian-American community because they have seen that [this community] has excelled in medicine, business, teaching, in everything they do. The work ethic of Indian-Americans is amazing.

The one thing we have not been very active in is government. So what I hope our generation realises is that our parents sacrificed a lot to get us to this point. Now it is up to us to step up to the next level and get involved in government, in giving back and in service.

[Regarding the prospect of a future Indian-American President] I think that in this country, anything is possible. I think that no one thought that we could have an Indian-American female for Governor in South Carolina.

Narayan Lakshman

24 May 2012

Global rich list: Indians one of the WEALTHIEST

A research company, TNS, has unveiled the results of the biggest global study into the attitudes and investment priorities of the affluent – painting a timely picture of wealth, post global recession.

Based on interviews with 12,000 people across 24 markets including China, Brazil and India, TNS’s Global Affluent Investor study shows that the growth of developing economic powerhouses is already starting to impact personal fortunes, among households with more than $100,000 investable assets.

Fundamental social shifts are unearthed when examining the demographics of the world’s affluent.

While they average 57 years old in North America and Northern Europe, this falls to the early 40s in Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong.

While men are the primary decision makers among affluent households in India (80 per cent) and Central Europe (79 per cent), the balance is spread far more evenly in North America (45 per cent).

TNS’s findings also demonstrate regional contrasts in terms of what the affluent actually invest in.

While the Chinese, Indian and German affluent are keen investors in precious metals (cited by 35 per cent, 33 per cent and 23 per cent of respondents respectively), this falls to just three per cent in Sweden, Norway and the Netherlands, and two per cent in Denmark and Israel.

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Indian-born artist makes it big, eyes India

TORONTO: Indian-origin Gary (Gaurav) Taxali, who has made a big impact in the art scene in the US, Canada and Europe, says showcasing his works in India is his ultimate dream.

The impact of this Chandigarh-born artist can be gauged from the fact that the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Time, Newsweek, Fortune, Reader’s Digest, Warner Bros, Paramount Pictures, Sony, MTV, and Coca Cola are among his major clients.

Famous US art director Steven Heller has paid him the ultimate compliment.

” Gary Taxali visually blends now with then. His style, inspired by vintage comics and advertising art, is repurposed with the goal of communicating the ironies and comical essence of popular culture. His work is at once alluring and endearing. Despite the vintage look, he is neither maudlin nor nostalgic. His imagery is rich in satiric verve,” Heller said.

An artist for all seasons, Taxali uses multiple media – ink, oil, acrylic, enamel and gouache – and a number of surfaces – paper, plywood, steel, aluminum – to create comical and serious works. Continue reading

India Conquers the World

“Little India” in Jackson Heights, Queens New York.

After a long eclipse, an ancient country finally returns as a force in global business and culture.

From the exclusive Club Lounge on the 19th floor of Singapore’s Mandarin Oriental, Anish Lalvani gazes out at the city’s skyline, a dazzling array of glass and steel and vertical ambition. The Lalvani family has come a long way since the days when Anish’s paternal grandfather, Tirath Singh Lalvani, got his start in business by retailing medicines to King George VI’s soldiers in Karachi. Back then the city was a part of British colonial India—until independence arrived in 1947, and its inhabitants suddenly found themselves amid the bloody turmoil of the newborn Pakistan. The Lalvanis, like millions of others on both sides of the border, fled for their lives. But instead of making new homes in present-day India, the Lalvanis sought their fortunes abroad. Today the family’s Hong Kong–based Binatone Group employs some 400 people on four continents. “We couldn’t break the old boys’ network,” says Anish. “But overseas we created our own.” Continue reading

Hindujas may buy foundry in Europe for expansion

After a couple of years of slowdown, Hinduja Foun­dries, part of Hinduja group, is back on the growth path and the company is contemplating buying a foundry in Europe besides expanding the domestic production capacity.

“In 2007-08, we were looking at acquisitions abroad aggressively. However, we couldn’t do that due to economic slowdown. We have been looking at three units — one in Latin America and two in Eastern Europe. But we are in dialogue with one unit in Europe at present,” B Swaminathan, managing director of Hinduja Foundries, said.

Indian companies have not been very successful in their acquisition of overseas foundries so far. Coimbatore-based Sakthi group, which acquired foundries in Europe during 2007 and 2008, became the victim of the global downturn and the units filed for bankruptcy in their respective countries. Continue reading

Migrate to Quebec – Quebec Selected Skilled Worker Visa


Y-Axis launches Migrate to Quebec through Quebec Selected Skilled Worker Visa

The smartest way to migrate to Canada
No IELTS. No French. Less Funds.
More Occupations to choose from
Talk to a Y-Axis Immigration Consultant in your city today to see if you’re eligible.

Y-Axis is India’s No.1 and the World’s largest Overseas Career and Immigration Consultant

Process Time: 12 – 18 months

IELTS is currently not mandatory to apply. French is not a requirement if you comply with the other factors. Continue reading

How China and India will pay your bills

OK, send in the hate mail! I wrote an essay in this week’s magazine on how China and India will come to create jobs for Americans, Europeans, and just about everyone else, not “steal” them, as they are often accused of doing. I know at first reading, such an idea might sound completely ridiculous. China is sucking up manufacturing jobs from around the world. Indian engineers and IT specialists are battling it out with U.S. college grads for jobs in software development and R&D. With wages so much lower in China and India than in the U.S. and the rest of the developed world, how can the average American, Brit or Japanese ever hope to get a job offer?

My argument, however, is that the wealthier China and India become, the more and more jobs they will create globally. That will happen in two key ways. First, Chinese and Indian consumers and companies will become increasingly influential spenders in the world economy, providing new sources of demand and thus jobs. Secondly, Indian and Chinese companies will become ever greater investors around the world as they expand their operations globally, creating jobs wherever they go. I expand on this further in the magazine story, but I wanted to add a few extra thoughts here on how China and India will influence job markets, especially in advanced economies. Continue reading

Meet Naveen Tewari of inMobi

What’s the next big tech startup out of India, now that MakeMyTrip had a spectacular splash on NASDAQ? It could very well be a Kleiner Perkins deal – a made-in-India mobile ad network named inMobi.

What’s unusual about inMobi is the speed this Indian startup has gone global and claimed increasing market share against Google AdMop to become the world’s largest independent mobile ad network. inMobi is a good example of breakthrough startups that are emerging from India for the mobile Internet.

Founded in Bangalore by Harvard Business School graduate and ex-McKinsey consultant Naveen Tewari (see photo) in 2007, inMobi has leaped from India to international markets, deriving  more than 95 percent of revenues from outside India.

This global footprint could come in handy if and when inMobi goes public. Since the company has an offshore holding structure, it can go public first outside India – which likely means a NASDAQ IPO. Continue reading

Australia’s Victoria police inducts first turban wearing Sikh

MELBOURNE: Police in Australia’s Victoria state today inducted its first officer from Sikh community who will wear a newly designed police turban, a media report said today.

Australia’s Victoria police today inducted its first officer from Sikh community who will wear a newly designed police turban, a media report said today.

The first officer Constable Amitoj Singh who graduated from the Police Academy would wear a newly designed police-issue turban, featuring the service’s checker board pattern. Continue reading

9 out of 10 Indians ready to go overseas for jobs

NEW DELHI: As many as nine out of ten Indian employees surveyed are willing to move out for the right job, with people even ready to relocate to another country or continent, according to Kelly Services.

A survey by workforce solutions provider Kelly Services revealed that 89 per cent of Indian employees were willing to move out for the right job.

Of them, 49 per cent were prepared to relocate to another country or continent to get the job of their choice. About 39 per cent of the respondents were ready to move within the country, the survey, released today, said.

As per the findings, men are more willing to move out than women.

“In an environment where the market for talent is becoming global, there is a growing realisation that many individuals may have to relocate for work,” Kelly Services’ Managing Director Kamal Karanth said. Continue reading