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India takes up students' deportation issue with US
India has strongly taken up the matter of 14 Indian students being deported from the US where they had gone to join two universities.
 
"We have seen reports regarding deportation of Indian students from San Francisco," external affairs ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup said in a statement on Tuesday.
 
"As per information available with us, the deportations have taken place due to denial of entry to these students by US immigration authorities," he said.
 
"Air India has acted as per the advice of US authorities. We have strongly taken up the matter with the US government both in the US and in Delhi. We are closely following up the matter with the aim of resolving it at the earliest."
 
The 14 students reportedly went to take admission in Silicon Valley University in San Jose, California, and North Western Polytechnic College in Fremont, California.
 
Air India, in an earlier statement, said it received a communication on December 19 from the US Customs and Border Protection agency that the two universities were under scrutiny and the students who arrived in San Francisco were not allowed to enter the US and were deported back to India.
 
"So far, 14 students who travelled on Air India flights to San Francisco have been deported," the Air India statement said.
 
"Students travel on a one-way ticket to the US and in the event of deportation, the student incurs huge expenditure to buy a ticket back to India on first available service. Further, seats are often not available on any airlines to travel back."
 
On Sunday, Air India stopped 19 students headed for these two institutions from boarding its flight to San Francisco.
 
"In considering the situation, as a precautionary measure and to avoid inconvenience, students booked for travel to take admission to these universities are not being accepted on Air India flights," the Air India statement said.
 
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India likely to see gradual growth recovery: Morgan Stanley
The Indian economy is expected to experience a gradual and sustainable recovery and post GDP growth of 7.5 percent this fiscal, American financial services firm Morgan Stanley said in a report on Tuesday.
 
"We expect a slightly slower pick-up in growth trajectory, given the trailing weakness from external demand and concerns about agriculture growth, with related impact on rural consumption," Morgan Stanley said in a research note.
 
"We expect GDP growth (new series, on market prices) to accelerate gradually to 7.5 percent in financial year 2016 and 8.1 percent in fiscal year 2017," it said.
 
India is decidedly moving out of the macro-economic adjustment phase and into the recovery phase aided by government policy actions and the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) monetary policy response, the brokerage firm said.
 
However, it would be a "longer-duration expansion cycle for India with low risks of overheating in the next two years, considering the overall policy approach of the government and RBI", it added.
 
The report said the upside and downside risks to the forecast will be influenced by two key factors - the pace of policy actions to revive productivity dynamics and improve the growth mix, and the strength of external demand recovery and trend in capital inflows into emerging markets.
 
"We currently see risks to our growth outlook as evenly balanced," it said.
 
Meanwhile, the government's mid-year review released last week sharply lowered the economic growth forecast for the current fiscal to the 7-7.5 percent range, from the previously projected 8.1-8.5 percent, mainly because of lower agricultural output due to deficit rainfall. 
 
It also said there may be a need to reconsider next year's fiscal deficit target of 3.5 percent.
 
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No coercive steps over call drops till January 6: TRAI to HC
The Delhi High Court was on Tuesday informed by the TRAI that no coercive steps would be taken against telecom companies till January 6 in connection with call drop compensation norms.
 
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) told the division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath that it would not take any coercive steps against telecom companies till January 6, the next date of hearing. However, it said the policy would come into force from January 1 as was decided.
 
The court was hearing a plea of telecom operators for a stay on TRAI's compensation policy for call drops, under which a rupee will be credited to the mobile users' account for every call drop (restricted to three per day) starting January 2016.
 
Companies termed the order of TRAI as contradictory and destructive and sought quashing of the October 16 order mandating services provider to pay subscribers Re.1 per call drop experienced on their network, subject to a cap of three a day.
 
They said the TRAI does not have the power to grant compensation to end-subscribers under the TRAI Act and the decision to grant compensation is "without authority of law, without jurisdiction and is illegal".
 
The companies said the penalty was being levied without considering the infrastructure problems faced by the companies.
 
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