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NRI Dies From Beating After Asking for Directions in Gurugram August 17, 2018 17:48

A Non-Resident Indian (NRI) died on Wednesday, 15 August, after he was allegedly thrashed by a security guard and a young man over seeking directions in DLF Phase-II in Gurugram, the police said on Thursday, 16 August. Both accused have been arrested on murder charges. Somou Balaya had returned from the United States with his wife Geeta and their teenage son two months ago. He had gone to a private school on Wednesday evening in his car when the incident took place. Somou got into an altercation with security guard 46-year-old Pradeep Singh and 25-year-old local resident Manik Khosla over seeking directions while walking down to a place in Block "P" of DLF Phase-II around 4.30 p.m. The argument turned ferocious and the two accused started thrashing Somou. He passed out on the road after the beating. He was declared dead on reaching the hospital. Deepak Mathur, who conducted the post-mortem, said preliminary findings suggest Somou died due to cardiac arrest. He said the body bore superficial injuries but they were not serious enough to cause death. By Sowmya Sangam

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Government: NRIs Cannot File RTI Applications August 09, 2018 11:16

The government proclaimed on Wednesday that Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) cannot file applications to Right to Information (RTI) in order to seek governance-related information from the Central government departments. "Only citizens of India have the right to seek information under the provisions of Right to Information Act, 2005. Non-Resident Indians are not eligible to file RTI applications," Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said in a written reply.He said subject to the provisions of the Act, the citizens of India could file an online application under the Right to Information Act, 2005."Currently, systems of 2,200 public authorities have been aligned to receive, process and reply to online RTIs from the applicants," the Minister said.The RTI's official website - www.rtionline.gov.in could be accessed by applicants and choose the desired Ministry or department under the Central government and file an RTI application. An elaborated user manual and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) were accessible on the website to assist in filing the application."Applicant can pay the requisite fee through online payment in this portal and submit the RTI application," the Minister said.By Sowmya Sangam

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Australia-based NRI Held in Nabha Jailbreak Case July 30, 2018 16:38

The police on Sunday arrested Australia-based Non-Resident Indian Kultar Singh Goldy, who was wanted in the Nabha jailbreak case. He was accused of harboring the alleged mastermind of the November 2016 jailbreak, gangster Gurpreet Singh Sekhon.Confirming the development, Moga SSP Gurpreet Singh Toor and Superintendent of Police (investigation) Vazir Singh said the First Information Report (FIR) under Sections 130, 212, 216 and 216-A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was registered against Goldy and his aide, Gurwinder Singh alias Gori, a resident of Dashmesh Nagar here.In 2017, the counter-intelligence wing of the state police arrested Gurpreet Sekhon, and three of his accomplices from Goldy's residence at Dhudike village.While directing Goldy to appear before police to join the probe, On April 8, 2017, the Punjab and Haryana High Court stayed Goldy's apprehension.However, he did not turn up.His counsel, Pratham Sethi, told the court that Goldy was in Australia since July 10, 2009, though he visited India later and last came on January 23, 2017, months after the jailbreak. The court was also told that he was away to Ludhiana the day the escaped convicts were arrested from his house.The local police claimed that along with cartridges, they had seized four pistols and a gun, from Sekhon and his aides at Goldy's residence. The owner of local Punjab Gun House, Karanpal Singh, supplied weaponry to them. Karanpal was as well arrested.Later, it was established that Goldy provided shelter to the gangsters. He was declared a PO in December 2017. The SSP said Goldy would be produced before a court here on Monday for seeking his police remand.By Sowmya Sangam

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Registration of NRI Marriages Mandatory: Govt. July 26, 2018 17:07

The government of India on Wednesday said it has accepted a committee of experts counsel of mandatory registration of marriage of Non-Resident Indians.Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh, in a written reply in the Lok Sabha, said an Integrated Nodal Agency has also been established under the chairmanship of the secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development, to talk about all issues related to NRI marital disputes."The government has accepted the recommendation for compulsory registration of NRI marriages of the expert committee set up under the chairmanship of Justice Arvind Kumar Goel, ex-chairperson, NRI Commission, Punjab, to look into issues faced by Indian nationals married to overseas nationals of Indian origin and suggest amendments in existing laws, policies, and regulation," he said.By Sowmya Sangam

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TAUK Hosts Bonalu Celebrations in London July 19, 2018 15:24

Telangana Association of United Kingdom (TAUK) celebrated Bonalu fete in London in an expansive manner.Regional Members of Parliament Seema Malhotra, Virendra Sharma, and the initial secretary of Indian High Commission Anima Bharadwaj dignified the celebrations as the chief guests while more than 800 Non-Resident Indian (NRI) family members from all the corners of United Kingdom took part in the event.Umpteen locals likewise took part in the celebrations which were held in unalloyed conventional ways.The chief guests, as enthralled with the grand celebrations, acclaimed the endeavor of TAUK for their social service programs without bounds. They likewise offered their assistance in all possible manners to the approaching TAUK programs. TAUK founder Anil Koormachalam, President Pavitra Reddy Kandi, Vice-president Swathi Budagam, and Secretary Ravi Rethineni uttered their felicity on the success of the Bonalu event.By Sowmya Sangam

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NRI Sisters Sell Nuts to Aid Cancer Patients in Mumbai July 19, 2018 12:21

Dubai-settled teenage sisters have been selling packaged nuts for a year now in order to raise money to aid children suffering from cancer and assist them with finer care at Mumbai's Tata Memorial Hospital.Till date, their endeavor has provided 1500+ nights of shelter to children and their families, who would otherwise be staying roadside.The duo, under the Helping Hands Foundation's Accommodation Project, sells nuts to raise funds at local events and exhibitions in the United Arab Emirates.Mehr Bhatia, 16, says, "We don't take donations; instead, we sell organic nuts for a certain price, the proceeds of which all go to the project. A packet of nuts priced Dh40 can fund a night’s stay of a child at the hospital."Earlier this week, sisters Mehr Bhatia and Shenaya Bhatia, visited Mumbai to meet the children, along with their parents, who are second-generation businesspersons in Dubai. Shenaya, 12, says on their trip, "The experience was an eye-opener, we knew it would be hard for those kids and their families but seeing it ourselves made us aware of how much more we need to do."It was the first time they met the affected children. Mehr says, "Communicating with the children in the hospital wasn't very successful as they were quite young and shy to speak to visitors. Later when we visited the Dharamshala where the kids and their families were staying during treatment, we spoke to a 17-year-old girl who told us about how she was treated in the Tata Memorial Hospital but her Leukemia then relapsed and her whole family had to travel back to Mumbai from her village for the treatment, she has spent seven years of her life in and out of hospitals."She adds, "We also had the chance to speak to some of the parents who told us about the struggles they go through and how their entire family is affected throughout the period of treatment. Both parents are required for the duration of the child’s stay in the hospital as usually the mother stays with the child and provides emotional support whereas the father then goes out to collect funds to support the rest of his family."Currently, they plan on taking the awareness one step farther by giving more negotiations across Dubai and in schools.The duo says they would like to keep the literal sum of funds raised unveiled.By Sowmya Sangam

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Two Indian-origin Children Killed in Mishap in Australia July 11, 2018 11:21

Two Indian-origin children were killed in a road mishap while their parents endured earnest injuries when their car met with an accident in this Australian city, according to a media report. The mishap occurred on Sunday when a vehicle trying to catch up with another car clashed with their car on Hopkins Road in Truganina in Melbourne. The victims, who hailed from Kerala, were reverting home from a birthday celebration. The 10-year-old Ruana was killed at the incident while her brother Immanuel died at the Royal Children's Hospital last night, the report said. The parents have been admitted to the infirmary with the health of the mother, Manju Varughese, being critical, it said. The vicar of St Mary's Indian Orthodox Cathedral in Melbourne, Reverend Father Pradeep Ponnachan, said that the victims were long-familiar members of the church. "They were a devoted, pious family," he said. "The church community is terribly disturbed, there are no words to explain." By Sowmya Sangam

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NRI Apprehended for Matrimonial Fraud in Hyderabad July 04, 2018 16:03

The Cyberabad Cybercrime police of Hyderabad on Tuesday arrested a Non-Resident Indian (NRI) on charges of cheating women by creating a bogus account on a matrimonial website and collecting money from them online. R Vikram, 26, a native of FCI Colony, Miyapur and was residing in Dallas, United States. He went to the U.S. in 2014 and married U.S. citizen Soundarya in January 2016. According to the police, Vikram, who was facing financial difficulties, knew that there was a demand for NRI bridegrooms in India and created a fake profile on a matrimonial website Shaadi.com with a fake name Arjun Chandra, in 2017 and registered his abroad mobile number. "The complainant, who is from Hyderabad, came into contact with him on the matrimonial site and they continued to stay in touch on social media as well. He eventually proposed marriage to her and made her believe he had financial problems and also he needed money for his mother’s medical expenses," police said. An unnamed woman believed him and transferred Rs. 6.6 lakh. After extracting money from her, he switched off his mobile phone and started avoiding her, officials said. Realizing the wrongdoing of Vikram, the woman approached police and filed a lawsuit against him. With the assist of immigration authorities, police force intercepted Vikram, who was on a visit to India since June and was preparing to take flight. His passport and air tickets were likewise condemned, police said. By Sowmya Sangam

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Indian-American Named to Key Federal Aviation Advisory Committee July 02, 2018 13:20

Indian-American Vivek Lall has been named after a primal federal aviation advisory committee which renders counsel to the government on the future of airspace system.A current vice-president at Lockheed Martin, Lall would be representing the viewpoints of defense technology organizations in the NextGen Advisory Committee of the Department of Transportation.The committee advises on the regime on topics including, NextGen investment priorities, capability deployment timing, equipage incentives, specific technologies, and deployments such as DataComm, National Airspace System performance metrics, and airspace design initiatives.Lall, a worldwide famed aerospace scientist, has been nominated for a term of two-year on the committee that provides guidance on wide-ranging topics affecting the United States and the global aviation community.He has been a top authoritative at Boeing and General Atomics in the past and with success led over USD12 billion of U.S.-India trade.By Sowmya Sangam

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MEA Website to Display Summons to Swindle NRI Husbands June 14, 2018 12:05

The Ministry of External Affairs will now display the summons to Non-Resident Indian men who abandon their wives on their official website, an official said on Wednesday. The decision was taken in order to create a stronger deterrent for swindle NRIs. It was taken under the chairmanship of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and among other legal solutions for redressing the issues faced by women in NRI marriages at a meeting of the Group of Ministers, The meet was attended by officials from the External Affairs, Law and Justice and Women and Child Development Ministry. "We (Women and Child Development Ministry) are grateful to Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad for enumerating fine details on ways to resolve the issue of NRI marriages," said the Women and Child Development Ministry in a tweet."We are working towards putting in place an efficient mechanism that will provide immediate relief to women in troubled NRI marriages," it added.According to sources, the Law Ministry previously did not sanction of displaying the summons of NRI marriages on the MEA website and besides clashed with the Women and Child Development Ministry over impounding passports and arrogation of the property of those NRI husbands who have been found guilty of deserting their wives and failed to appear in the court.Earlier this month, the External Affairs Ministry revoked passports of five NRIs and as well issuing Look-out-Circulars by Integrated Nodal Agency, an Inter-ministerial body headed by women and Child Development Secretary Rakesh Srivastava, with an aim to deal with matrimonial disputes. The Women and Child Development Ministry had earlier said that it has received 40 cases accompanying to matrimonial conflicts relating to NRIs, of which six were found to be earnest and LoC issued.The Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi inclined for issuing orders for registering NRI marriages within 48 hours, else the passport or visa of NRI husbands will not be issued. According to the ministry, in vicious matters involving NRIs, the LoC can be issued by the investigating agency in cognizable offenses when an abroad husband is intentionally evading apprehension or not appearing in the trial court contempt non-bailable warrants and other powerful measures, or there is a likeliness that he will leave the country to evade legal proceeding or arrest.By Sowmya Sangam

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RBI may raise $30-35 Billion through NRI Bonds to Support Rupee: Report June 12, 2018 14:13

The Reserve Bank of India through Non-Resident Indian bonds expects to hike USD 30-35 billion to aid the rupee and commence the slowdown in Foreign Portfolio Investment (FPI) flows amid emerging oil prices, says a report.The FPI inflows to India will be impacted by Chinese firms listing in global benchmark indices like MSCI, it said.According to a report by Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML), the listing in benchmark indices will shift up to USD 100 billion to China market by 2019."Our China strategists estimate that possible entry into benchmark indices could push up to USD 100 billion into the China markets by end-2019. FPI equity flows to India may slow amid political uncertainty in the run-up to the general elections, given rich valuations," Bank of America Merill Lynch (BofAML) said in a research note.It further said that "We grow more confident that the RBI will issue the fourth tranche of NRI bonds to raise, say, USD 30-35 billion, to offset a slowdown in FPI flows on the listing of China paper in various benchmark indices at a time of higher oil prices," the report noted.NRI bonds are forex deposits with some lock-in and an implicit RBI guarantee elevated from NRIs at attractive rates for 3-5 years.RBI will issue NRI bonds if the global oil prices prevail at USD 70/bbl. BofAML oil strategists forecast USD 71.8/bbl for 2018-19 and USD 75.3/bbl for 2019-20 and accordingly the actual account deficit will increase to 2.4 percent of GDP this fiscal from 0.7 percent in 2016-17, the report noted."We think that there is a rising case for issuing NRI bonds. Every NRI bond issuance has been effective in curbing Indian Rupee volatility," the report noted.The report further noted that the RBI is hoped-for to follow an asymmetrical policy of purchasing forex when the USD weakens and defending Rs66/USD when it strengthens. On the rupee, which has been falling against the US dollar, BofAML said its strategists see the Indian currency at Rs 69.75/USD by December. The rupee is currently hovering around Rs 67/USD.By Sowmya Sangam

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Indian Origin Biochemist on UK's Most Influential Women List alongside Meghan Markle June 01, 2018 13:18

An Indian-origin biochemist has been titled as the 25 most influential and aspirational women in the United Kingdom by Vogue magazine, alongside the likes of actress-turned-royal Meghan Markle, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney and the bestselling author J K Rowling.Priyanka Joshi, in the 'The Vogue 25'  has been selected for her cutting-edge research in the inaugural. The list included artists, activists and executives across respective fields."Priyanka Joshi had barely completed her PhD when 'Forbes' named her one of the most important young faces in science. A research fellow at Downing College, Cambridge, the 29-year-old sits at the cutting edge of Alzheimer's research, and has been praised for her ground-breaking work building a 'library' of drug-like molecules to target irregular proteins that cause degenerative brain diseases," notes the citation on the young biochemist."With dementia now the leading cause of death for women in England and Wales, her early breakthroughs and research could not be more vital," it adds in reference to Ms Joshi, who completed her MSc in Biotechnology from University of Pune before moving to the UK.Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex after her wedlock with Prince Harry earlier this month, is delineated as a bonzer cast of leaders defining and redefining the way we live now.    "Almost overnight, the 36-year-old has become one of the most recognizable women in the world. But her influence stretches far beyond the ceaseless coverage of her style - as a bi-racial campaigning feminist from America, she is helping to forge a new 21st-century identity for the monarchy," it notes.The youngest on the list of 'The vogue 25' is Dua Lipa, 22, a singer who won two Brit Awards for her music this year and is branded by vogue as a culture definer.By Sowmya Sangam

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