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Indian-origin man charged with murder in US! December 06, 2016 09:47

An Indian-origin man has been charged with murder for stabbing his wife to death on a street after an argument. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years to life in prison. The 50-year-old Prem Rampersaud, who lives in Guyana, is temporarily residing with a friend in Queens. According to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, he has been charged with murder in the multiple stabbing death of his 46-year-old wife Rajwantie Baldeo on the streets in Queens, just after midnight. Brown said in a statement that, "This was an especially violent crime in which the defendant is accused of viciously taking the life of the woman he purportedly loved by repeatedly stabbing her following a heated verbal argument. If convicted, her brutal and senseless death merits serious punishment." Also Read: Demonetisation a huge cause of concern for NRIs, PIOs Nandini

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Several Indian Americans in race for place in Trump administration! December 01, 2016 04:36

The highest ranking Indian-origin politician in the Republican party says, many Indian-Americans are being considered for positions in the Trump government as they all qualify on merit and ethnicity is not an issue. Harmeet Dhillon, a member of the Republican National Committee, said that, "I know of several Indian Americans in consideration for positions. I am not at liberty to mention their names, but there are many people under consideration for positions in a Trump administration." The history is already created as President-elect Donald Trump nominated Indian-origin Nikki Haley, Republican governor of South Carolina, as the United States ambassador to the UN. "The new administration is going to place people according to merit. I do not think they have any particular goal of placing Indian Americans versus other ethnic groups. I think they would be looking to put the best people in the position. I am sure in that process many qualified Indian Americans would become part of the administration," Dhillon said. The 47-year-old Dhillon, an experienced lawyer of repute, said she would also be willing to consider a senior position in the administration. "If I am asked to serve in a senior capacity, I will certainly consider it. Of course, the focus right now is on Cabinet level appointment at this time," she said. San Francisco-based Dhillon, added that, "The RNC Chairman Reince Priebus (who has been picked as White House Chief of Staff) is certainly somebody who I know personally and respect. He is going to be the president's right hand man. His choices are solid. Many of the people who I have seen coming in and out with the president-elect are really outstanding people." "I think, his main challenge is out of many, many great qualified Americans going to help, which one does he pick," Dhillon said. Also Read: Trump chooses Nikki Haley as US Ambassador to UN! Nandini

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US President-elect Donald Trump meets top Indian-American real estate executive November 30, 2016 05:20

The United States President-elect Donald Trump has met a top Indian-American real estate executive, Sandeep Mathrani at the Trump Towers in New York amid reports of him joining the new administration. The presidential transition team did not issue a readout of the meeting Trump had with Mathrani, the chief executive officer of General Growth Properties, except for announcing the scheduled meeting. Local media reports speculated that Mathrani could join Trump administration. According to Chicago Business, Mathrani from Chicago, the hometown of outgoing President Barack Obama, earned $39.2 million last year, more than any other CEO of American real estate investment trust. The 54 year old real estate executive joined General Growth in 2011. The General Growth is the second-biggest mall owner in the country with a market capitalization of nearly $23 billion. Also Read: Trump picks Seema Verma to head Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Nandini

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Indian philanthropist gives Rs 10 lakh to compatriot living on terrace in UAE! November 26, 2016 04:26

After media reported about the Indian jobless man, who has been living on the terrace of a commercial building in UAE for more than eight months without proper food, an Indian businessman from Oman has given Rs 10 lakh to help the compatriot. Indian businessman from Kerala Dr K T Mohammed Rabeeh Rabeeullah, chairman and managing director of a healthcare conglomerate, came from Muscat and handed over 5,000 dirham (Rs 93,272) to Rajan for immediate relief and also promised to transfer Rs 10 lakh to his bank account in India. "It is a big relief for me because my pocket is empty. I have not received any money for the past eight months and my travel back home seemed impossible," he said. Sajeev Rajan, an electrician in his early forties, belongs to Kollam in Kerala state of India, where his wife, two children and ageing parents live. According to the media reports, the man was left with no other option but to live on the terrace of a building in Ajman city after his employer had refused to return his passport after settling his dues. His company officials visited the Indian consulate and agreed to return his passport at the earliest. "The employer from Punjab, India, promises to return my passport in front of officials who mediate for my release, but once he leaves their office, he refuses to hand it over to me," Rajan said. Also Read: Jobless Indian lives on building's terrace for 8 months in UAE! Nandini

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Indian-American boy wins $100,000 in top US quiz show! November 24, 2016 05:14

An Indian-American student has won $100,000 in a top US quiz show 'Jeopardy! Teen tournament'. The Indian-origin teenager Sharath Narayan, a sophomore from Madison, Alabama, won the most coveted quiz show of the country after defeating Alex Fischthal and Michael Borecki, who came second and third, respectively in the competition. The "Jeopardy!" was hosted by long-time host Alex Trebek. The competition attracts 23 million viewers each week and is in its 33rd season. Sharath said after winning the award, that, "I'd still like to go on a trip to Europe with my family (maybe Italy or Germany), but the majority of it will probably go towards taxes and college tuition." "I'm definitely more confident since I won the tournament, and it has showed me that I can surprise myself and accomplish things that I never would have thought of," he said.   Also Read: Trump chooses Nikki Haley as US Ambassador to UN! Nandini

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Jobless Indian lives on building's terrace for 8 months in UAE! November 23, 2016 07:02

A jobless Indian man was left to live on the terrace of a building in the UAE. The one-eyed nab from  Kollam in Kerala has been living on terrace for more than eight months without proper food after his employer withheld his passport. Sajeev Rajan, an electrician in his early forties worked for a Sharjah-based construction company, was living on the terrace of a building in Ajman city after his employer also an Indian had refused to return his passport after settling his dues. Rajan said that, "Please send me home or I will die here... there is no money for food or room. I was living in the company accommodation for two years. My contract ended on March 11 and I wanted to go home. Working for 900 Dirham (Rs 16,761) per month did not meet my expectations," he said. "When my boss refused to settle my dues and release my passport, I went to the Sharjah immigration department with a complaint. Afterwards, my boss has been trying to delay the process. He is not abiding by the court order. He also filed an absconding case against me even though I had not absconded," he said. According to the media reports, he has approached the labour court "several times", the Indian Consulate, community associations and others "but nobody could help me". "The employer from Punjab, India, promises to return my passport in front of officials who mediate for my release, but once he leaves their office, he refuses to hand it over to me," he said. Also Read: Government received over 62,000 complaints from Indians working abroad Nandini

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Government received over 62,000 complaints from Indians working abroad! November 21, 2016 06:46

The government received more than 62,000 complaints regarding wage related issues, violation of contractual terms and adverse working conditions from Indians working in Gulf and some other countries in the last four years. Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar placed the data before Rajya Sabha while answering a question on complaints reported in Indian missions by Indians in the Middle East. According to the minister, the government received a total of 13,132 complaints from Indians working in Middle East and some other Emigration Check Required (ECR) countries. The figure in 2014 and 2015 was 17,801 and 16,390. Akbar said that, "However, complaints are received from Indian emigrants in ECR countries, from time to time, regarding violation of contractual terms, adverse working conditions, wage related issues, employer related problems, medical and insurance related problems and compensation/death claims." Also Read: Record 25 per cent rise in number of Indian students in US! Nandini

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Trump shortlisted Indian-origin Amul Thapar for Supreme Court judge November 15, 2016 07:36

US President-elect Donald Trump picked for the Supreme Court judge includes Indian-American Amul Thapar. His name was figured in the Trump's second list of individuals to be considered for the nomination of a Supreme Court judge. They announced the list on September 23. At present, Thapar is serving as the US District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky. Another minority candidate to be shortlisted is 64 years old Venezuelan-born Federico Moreno, who hold the position of the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida. The Trump Campaign said that, "He has taught law students at the University of Cincinnati and Georgetown. Thapar has served as an Assistant US Attorney in Washington and the Southern District of Ohio." Trump had said in September while releasing the list that, "This list is definitive and I will choose Justices of the United States Supreme Court only from it." "I would like to thank the Federalist Society, the Heritage Foundation and many other individuals who helped in composing this list of twenty-one highly respected people who are the kind of scholars that we need to preserve the very core of our country and make it greater than ever before," he said.    Thapar was born in 1969 in Detroid, Michigan. He was nominated by George W Bush to a seat vacated by Joseph M Hood on May 24, 2007. On December 13, 2007, he was confirmed by the Senate and received commission on January 4, 2008. Also Read: Indian-American Kamala Harris to take on Donald Trump's Immigration Policies! Nandini

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Record 25 per cent rise in number of Indian students in US! November 15, 2016 05:51

A recent report shows that, a record 165,918 Indians students were pursuing study in the United States during academic year 2015-16, which is a rise of  25 per cent over the previous academic year. With this rise, India has became the second leading country of origin among international students in the USA. According to the 2016 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, "It was the highest absolute rise of students ever and followed the previous year's record growth." According to the new report, "The number of international students at US universities and  colleges surpassed one million for the first time during the 2015-16 academic year, a hike of seven per cent from the previous year to a new high of nearly 1,044,000, representing five per cent of the total student population at United States institutions." The Institute of International Education publish the Open Doors report in partnership with the US Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, annually. "The new report indicates there were a record 165,918 students from India, a 25 per cent increase on the year before, making it the second leading country of origin among international students in the US,"  the report said. "In 2015-16, there were nearly 69,000 more international students in United States higher education compared to the previous year," it said. US Ambassador Richard Verma said that, "Higher education continues to be the bedrock of our people to people ties. More students from India studied in the United States than ever before at all levels and I am especially pleased to see the record back-to-back, year-on-year growth in student numbers." "With efforts such as our Passport to India initiative, we are also seeing the number of American students in India beginning to grow," he added. The report said, "India stands on 13 number among the top 25 destinations of US study abroad. The number of US students going to India to study for academic credit at their home university in the United States decreased by 3.2 per cent to 4,438, although this number has remained relatively flat across the last five years at 4,500." Also Read: No OCI card for people with military background! Nandini

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No OCI card for people with military background! November 14, 2016 09:20

The Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) card will not be given to Indian origin persons with military background as a  inter-ministerial committee recommended to the Indian Government that, any kind of act to grant OCI cards to such people will be against the interests of the country. The high-level committee's recommendation came after carefully examining the all aspects of granting OCI cards to people of Indian origin who had served the militaries of any foreign country. A senior government official privy to the development said that, "The committee felt that any person with military background should not have uninterrupted access to Indian territories. If such a person is granted OCI card, he or she could enter India without visa and the facility is offered for life." The decision came after the government received several applications of persons of Indian origin who had served in the armed forces of foreign countries. In January 2015, the government had declared that all Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) card holders are deemed to be Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) card holders. An OCI card holder gets benefits like life-long visa and exemption from appearing before the local police station on every visit. Also Read: NRIs in UK will get help to deposit banned notes: Indian envoy Nandini

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NRIs in UK will get help to deposit banned notes: Indian envoy November 12, 2016 05:12

India's envoy to the United Kingdom said, Indian government is looking forward to help Non-Resident Indian (NRIs), who may own some banned currency notes so that they can deposit it at a branch of an Indian bank overseas. Dinesh Patnaik said that, "Our endeavour is to help everybody. We have asked Delhi about it (any banned notes with NRIs). I have a feeling we will work out something so that people who have carried certain amount of cash in their pocket, should be able to deposit it in any Indian bank overseas." Earlier this week, as a part of an anti-corruption drive, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced to ban on Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes, giving Indians the option to exchange the banned currency at banks all over the country until December 30. India's acting high commissioner to the UK said that, "Basically, it means people abroad should not have more than that. Also, not everybody will have an account with an Indian bank either they will have to open one or find an alternative. So, it is something we will have to look at very closely.” "There is a lot of time, until December 30," he said. "This is not an amnesty scheme or any scheme to garner black money. This is a method to achieve cashless transactions, which in itself will stop corruption, and to make sure that the money which is lying within the non-legal system, gets into the legal system,” Patnaik, the deputy high commissioner said. "And, of course, the threat of fake Indian currency will be eliminated, because that threat was mostly with Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. The new Rs 2,000 and Rs 500 will have greater security features and it will make it more difficult for counterfeiters to try and copy it," he said. Also Read: Brave and bold Surgical strike on black money and funding of terrorism Nandini

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Over 600 Indian-Americans celebrate Chhath Puja in US! November 08, 2016 05:13

The festival of worshiping the Sun God was celebrated in the United States by the several Indian-American people. More than 600 from the community were gathered on the banks of the historic Potomac River to celebrate the three-day long festival of Chhath. Kripa Singh, who has been organizing the event for the past nine years said that, "This was the largest gathering for Chhath Puja." He is an eminent Indian American community leader in Virginia. Women were attired in colorful traditional saree to worship the rising sun. Several women were came from as far as Ohio, Chicago, New Jersey and Pennsylvania to attend the festival of Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh. In 2007, he approached the Recreation Department and the Loudon County Parks with the details and sought permission to do the ceremony which was granted. Chhath Puja entails worship of Sun God, embodied in cosmic energy. The festival is mainly observed by people from Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh states of India. Also Read: Australian of the Year award goes to Indian-origin cabbie! Nandini

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