SEATTLE — For immigrants living in the country illegally, the new health care coverage under President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act will be simple: They don’t get any. In Washington state, however, some of those immigrants can still qualify for certain already-existing state health programs.Both immigrants legally in the country and those illegally here who qualify for state programs will be able to look up their eligibility through the web portal created by the Washington Health Benefit Exchange.Those are a few nuggets of information in often-confusing health care facts the exchange is tasked with diffusing among minority populations in the state before enrollment begins on Oct. 1 for the expanded marketplace of health insurances.“We have to make sure 6.5 million people are aware of what’s happening,” said Michael Marchand, communications director for the exchange.According to U.S. Census figures, nearly half a million Washington residents over age 5 speak a language other than English and say they don’t speak English very well. More than 200,000 say Spanish is their primary language, but another 150,000 say they speak an Asian or Pacific Islander language.In all, people in Washington who don’t speak English well speak more than 150 different languages, not including dialects, according to the Census.State officials estimate about 1 million Washington residents are uninsured, or about one in seven people who live in the state. About a third of them will likely become eligible for free health insurance under the expanded Medicaid. The rest will be targeted by the state’s new health insurance exchange.
New Delhi, Sep 20 (ANI): The tapering trends in Indian economy urgently demands deepening of economic reforms so as to stabilise the dwindling economy of the country. India___s Finance Secretary Arvind Mayaram stated this while interacting with the mediapersons in New Delhi. Earlier on Wednesday (September 18) the US Federal Reserve announced that it will continue with its monthly $85 billion bond buying programme and wait for more evidence of growth recovery. He also assured that the Indian government is working for the growth recovery and normalisation of the Indian currency.
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Niki ShahPR HandoutNiki Shah started her own designer label at a young age of 18 with boutiques in India and Dubai. Soon she had a lot of fashion shows in her kitty. At 30, Niki Shah started blogging to set new fashion trends and became a social media sensation in UAE and India, promoting established and upcoming brands in fashion, travel and lifestyle.Niki Shah lives mostly in Dubai and calls it her home. She says that she grew up there looking and exploring every aspect of luxury that mankind has ever witnessed. Her blog Nikishah Dubai is reflection of the lifestyle that the city has to offer.Having lived in countries like India, Kenya and UAE she absorbed the essence of different cultures, nature and trends all her life. Her big success in India got her recognised as the new Youth Icon of Ahmedabad in 2010.She says, “I have dressed many celebrity customers and have participated in many international fashion shows, built a successful portfolio as a fashion designer. Now, I am a social media influencer and hence, I used both Fashion/Lifestyle knowledge and my Marketing Degree together to create a new avenue of Influencer/Blogger marketing based on strategic ideas to help promote not only well known brands but also help new and upcoming brands to promote their products in the most efficient way.”Niki says the she started blogging as a hobby which soon grew to become her identity. Somewhere between writing and styling up, social media is now fast becoming a profession for her. She has been fortunate enough to collaborate and create bespoke content and editorials for some of the world’s leading elite, fashion and beauty brands.At almost 30, she decided it is never too late to start anything new and explore other areas of the fashion industry and that is how she started writing fashion blogs and very soon, it turned into commercial blogging, converting it into a full-time career of being a lifestyle influencer through different social platforms.Her fashion blogs are a culmination of fashion content developed using all the technical knowledge of fashion studies, creating informative data base. She automatically creates trends which are relatable to most of the Asian women around the world and show how fashion can be worn without breaking the banks and cultural values.Niki puts it with pride, “My show wardrobe consists of more than 100 different brands and designers; I often love it how my followers and I connect on my social media platforms over our common love for footwear.” Not only this, she shares interesting, cost effective and yet, trending shopping tips everytime she is travelling to different countries like US, UK, Denmark and Turkey, etc. She connects with her women followers and reveals that make up is nothing more than grooming and one doesn’t need to layer up every other day in order to look well groomed. “Keeping it less with right amount is always enough!” She says. Niki adds further, “I also use the platform to share what I eat every day and how to maintain health when you are in a capital city of brunches!”Niki has worked with many brands conceptualizing their entire terms, marketing with her own elements and has built a successfully built her brand on social media. Social media can be utilised for spreading good ideas, branding with right informative approach on specialized subjects.
A broker monitors share prices at a brokerage firm in Mumbai August 9, 2011.ReutersThe Indian equity indices experienced a highly volatile session on Wednesday, but managed to make gains, as apprehensions over the tension between the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the government gave way to investors clinching attractive deals.Consequently, the S&P BSE Sensex gained 550 points to reclaim the 34,000-mark, while the NSE Nifty setteled above 10,300 points.The day’s trade started on a shaky ground as reports emerged of the growing spat between the RBI and the government. The speculation over RBI Governor Urjit Patel’s resignation briefly led indices into the red during the afternoon session.However, healthy buying in finance, banking stocks along with export-dominated IT and healthcare counters lifted the market higher.On the other hand, metals index, however, lost over 1 percent contrary to the other sectoral indices on the National Stock Exchange which registered sharp gains in the range of 1 to 4 per cent.In terms of currency, the rupee closed at Rs 73.95 to a US dollar from its previous close of 73.68 following a similar trend in all the major currencies, which traded lower. Indian pedestrians walk on Dalal Street – Trader’s Street – next to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai on March 7, 2014.INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesIndex-wise, the S&P BSE Sensex settled 550.92 points higher, or 1.63 per cent, at 34,442.05. It had opened at 33,963.09 from its previous close of 33,891.13.The Sensex swung 875 points, touching an intra-day high of 34,463.38 and a low of 33,587.24.The NSE’s Nifty ended the day at 10,386.60, up 188.20 points or 1.85 per cent.Besides, broader markets, S&P BSE MidCap gained 1.56 per cent, while S&P BSE SmallCap was up by 1.38 per cent also the market breadth was positive with 1,619 advances and 943 declines.According to Abhijeet Dey, Senior Fund Manager-Equities, BNP Paribas Mutual Fund: “Equity investors in India witnessed a relief rally on the last day of October 2018 as stock markets charged ahead with sharp gains.””The markets surged in mid-afternoon trade after the government clarified on a tussle with the Reserve Bank of India and said that it respects and nurtures central bank’s autonomy,”HDFC Securities’ Retail Research Head Deepak Jasani said: “Technically, with the Nifty rallying higher, the bulls seem to be in control,””Further upsides are likely once the immediate resistances of 10,396 are taken out. Crucial supports to watch for any weakness are at 10,285.”Investments wise, the provisional data with the exchanges showed that foreign institutional investors sold stocks worth Rs 193.65 crore on Wednesday while the domestic institutional investors bought scrip worth Rs 1,124.92 crore.The month has ended with an foreign fund outflow to the tune of Rs 28,921 crore (NSDL), highest monthly outflow in the equity segment since 2002.The top gainers on BSE were dominated by banking stocks, led by HDFC Bank, up 5.78 per cent at Rs 1,769.55; IndusInd Bank, up 4.47 per cent at Rs 1,424.45; Infosys, up 4.02 per cent at Rs 686.25; Axis Bank, up 3.43 per cent at Rs 581.90; and Yes Bank, up 3.30 per cent at Rs 188.05 a share.The top losers were: Coal India down 3.53 per cent at Rs 266.15; Tata Steel, down 2.25 per cent at Rs 552.40; Maruti Suzuki, down 1.33 per cent at Rs 6,608.95; Adani Ports, down 0.85 per cent at Rs 319.10 and Kotak Bank down 0.60 per cent at Rs 1,118 per share.
.Human Rights Watch has criticised the World Bank, which has an investment of over $2 billion in Myanmar aka Burma, for its silence over the atrocities committed against the Rohingya Muslims.“The institution is staying woefully silent as Burma’s security forces are committing rampant atrocities against the Rohingya Muslim population, in response to [alleged] attacks by a Rohingya armed group on police outposts,” the rights group observed in one of an article published on Monday.The HRW article titled “Where is the World Bank While Burma is Burning?” insisted that WB president Jim Yong Kim should denounce the Myanmar government’s abuses.Referring to UN estimate that more than 313,000 Rohingya Muslims have taken shelter in Bangladesh, the HRW said the refugees have described killings, shelling, and arson in their villages that have all the hallmarks of a government campaign of “ethnic cleansing.”New satellite data obtained and analysed by HRW shows widespread burnings in Rohingya villages.The Rohingya, having suffered decades of state repression, are one of the poorest and most marginalised ethnic groups in the Buddhist-majority country.Authored by Jessica Evans, the HRW article mentioned that violence against Rohingya risks the country’s development.It recalled that in 2012, the WB downplayed the violence in Rakhine state as “localised instances of communal violence”.But, according to the HRW, since 2015, following criticism, it recognised that Burma’s government has been fuelling institutionalised discrimination against the Rohingya.“Now it needs to go even further,” the article added.The HRW recommended that the WB chief should highlight how this attack on the Rohingya population runs roughshod over the government’s commitments to advance social and economic development, putting the bank’s investments at risk and undermining its twin goals of eliminating extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity.“The bank should also publicly offer to assist implementing the recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State, led by former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan,” the article said.“Ironically, the bank’s silence on the Rohingya is happening as the World Bank and the UN prepare to launch their flagship report on development and the prevention of violent conflict.”The article said Jim Yong Kim has emphasised how institutionalised discrimination is bad for people, societies, and economies.“His integration of non-discrimination into the bank’s work can be his legacy for the institution – but only if he tackles the most serious abuses as they arise. He should start by speaking out against the horrifying situation unfolding in Burma.”