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Indian-origin man charged with murder in US! December 06, 2016 15:17

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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Indian-origin student sues Oxford University for 'boring' teaching December 05, 2016 13:14

The prestigious Oxford University has been sued by an Indian-origin student Faiz Siddiqui for "boring" teaching. He alleged that, the teaching resulted in him getting a second class degree and in turn led to loss of earnings in his career as a lawyer. Siddiqui studied modern history at Brasenose College at the university. He accuses the college staff of "negligent" teaching of his specialist subject course on Indian imperial history, that led to him getting a 2:1 back in 2000. The High Court in London heard this week and judgement is expected to come later this month. The Sunday Times reported, Siddiqui's barrister Roger Mallalieu said to the judge that, the problem came down to four of the seven staff teaching Asian history being on sabbatical leave at the same time during the 1999-2000 academic year. Mallalieu singled out the "boring" standard of tuition that Siddiqui had received from David Washbrook, an expert on the history of southern India between the 18th and 20th centuries. Mallalieu said to the court, that, "There is no personal criticism of Washbrook. Our target is on the university's back for allowing this to happen." Siddiqui suffers from depression and insomnia, which he links to his "disappointing examination results", and has said he has a "fundamental inability to hold down any professional day job for any significant length of time". Siddiqui's legal team claims he is "only one of a number of students who no doubt have proper cause for complaint against the university in relation to this matter". Also Read: US President-elect Donald Trump meets top Indian-American real estate executive - Nandini

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Several Indian Americans in race for place in Trump administration! December 01, 2016 10:06

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 10:50

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 09:56

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 10:44

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 12:32

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 12:16

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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Indian banks in China to not accept scrapped bank notes! November 19, 2016 12:44

Indian embassy in China said in an advisory that, scrapped currency notes of Rs 500 and 1,000 cannot be deposited at Indian bank branches in China or Hong Kong. Indians living in China will not be able to deposit the demonetised bank notes at branches of Indian banks located in China or Hong Kong. The embassy said that, "The person so authorised has to go to the bank branch with the specified bank notes, the authority letter given by you and a valid identity proof." One will have to authorize in writing enabling another person in India to deposit the notes into his or her bank account. Thousands of Indians live in China, mostly in Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou. There are seven India banks in China, two are from the private sector. Isha Luthra, who works in Beijing, reacted sarcastically, "I couldn't be more grateful." "I am glad I have a trip back home before December 30." Also Read: Indian Government sets up panel to look into cash concerns of tourists, NRIs Nandini  

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Indians to be impacted as Australia cuts stay of '457 visa' holders November 18, 2016 13:12

Indian working in the Australia will adversely affect as the country announced changes to the ‘457 visa’ programme for skilled foreign workers. The move aims to limit their ability to look for another job after their official employment ends. According to the new norms, foreign workers on a 457 visa will only now be able to stay in Australia for 60 days instead of 90 after their employment ends. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said that, “From November 19, 2016 the period that a subclass 457 visa holder may remain in Australia after their employment ceases will be reduced from 90 days to 60 days.” The government was committed to ensuring that Australian workers have priority and to reducing the potential for temporary visa holders to be exploited, he added. The largest number of employees come from India (26.8 per cent), followed by workers from the United Kingdom (15 per cent) and China (6.6 per cent). 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 13:06

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 11:21

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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