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Three Indians among 42 confirmed Covid-19 cases in Singapore March 30, 2020 19:20

Among the 42 new cases reported in Singapore, three Indian nationals have been identified in them. This has taken up the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 844. Out of the 42 new cases, 24 of them are imported and have international travel history from some of the hotspots across the globe. The three Indians who have been identified as positive for the coronavirus infection include a 35 year old female, 34 year male with a work pass of Singapore and a 43 year male who is a permanent resident of Singapore. One of the latest cases in the country also includes a 42-year old permanent resident who is a nurse in the local hospital. She contracted the virus possibly at her workplace as there are no reports of international travel. She started showcasing the symptoms of the disease on March 24, 2020 and finally got the confirmed test results on March 27, 2020. According to reports from a local news channel, she is kept in isolation in the hospital that she works in. Of all the 423 cases in the hospitals in Singapore, 19 are currently in critical condition. The others are either stable or improving from the state that they were admitted in. 14 patients have recently already recovered from the condition and have been discharged from the hospitals in Singapore. In total, 212 of the infected patients in Singapore have already recovered from the virus. By Somapika Dutta

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Minor boy’s Custody granted to NRI father: Delhi HC March 10, 2020 18:11

The Delhi high court has granted the custody of a 10- year old boy to his father who is a Non- resident Indian and an industrialist living in Kenya as it has been said that the man was in a better position for taking care of the child.It has also been observed by the bench of Justice G S Sistani and Justice Jyoti Singh that although the woman who is said to be an advocate practicing in the Delhi High Court may be well within her rights for seeking the alimony from her husband as she has made use of the minor as a “chattel to be traded for alimony or the other benefits can never be in the best interests of the child.”An appeal which has been filed by the high court has bee dismissed by the high court where the appeal was challenging an order of the trail court by which the custody of the child has been granted to his father.“We are of the view that the father/ respondent is in a better position to take care of the child and the best interests of the child would be protected by granting his custody to the father. Accordingly, we find no merit in the appeal and the same is dismissed,” as said by the high court as it has dismissed the appeal that has been filed by the woman.It has been said by the High Court that the Supreme Court has reiterated time and again that while making the decision as to which parent would be getting the custody of the minor, paramount consideration has to be given to the ‘welfare of the child’ and also to the ‘best interest’ principle.The court has been hearing an appeal that has been made by the mother where in it was challenging an order made by a family court in the month of January of 2018, granting the guardianship of the child to his father and has directed the mother to hand over the custody of the boy to the man at the end of the academic session of the years 2017-2018.The couple has got married in the month of July in the year 2007 and their son was born in the month of December of the year 2009. It has been said that the woman has come to along with her child after she has been facing problems with her husband, in the year 2012.The woman had alleged that the father of the child was unfit to be granted the custody of the child as he has been habituated to drinking alcohol and that he was racist and that he was not interested in the child before the commencement of the litigation has been done.The woman has said that the father of the child was a busy businessman who travels for days in a month and that he had also wanted to entrust the custody of the child to the paternal grandparents who are old aged and they would not be able to bring up the minor.The man has however alleged that the woman has been trying to isolate the child from him and also from the members of his family and that she has been telling their son about demons in Kenya and there might be a plane crash during his flight to stop him from travelling to Kenya.The man has said that he has his family were highly NRI industrialists with being interested to spread their business over Kenya and the United Kingdom and that the child would be the heir of their business and that he has to be exposed to the business environment from a young age.He has also mentioned that the woman who is an advocate by profession lives in an accommodation which is small and that she lives along with he old mother. The high court has said in its order that the man has been holding a dual citizenship of Kenya and the United Kingdom and that the business interest of the man and his family was to spread in both the countries of Kenya and also in the United Kingdom.The order of the high court has mentioned that both the woman and her mother are not working and are staying at home and are reaping the rental income and that they would not be an ideal role model for the child. The order has also said that although financial superiority can never be the sole ground for granting the custody, however it can also be one among the factors that has to be considered while ascertaining where the welfare of the minor in all the aspects lies.By Shrithika Kushangi

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NRI from Italy tested Positive being the First Case of Covid-19 in Punjab March 10, 2020 16:39

A Non- resident Indian who has reached Amritsar last week from Italy has been tested positive and confirmed of getting infected by the deadly novel coronavirus turning out to be the first case in Punjab, as said by Balbir Singh Sidhu who is the Health Minister of the state of Punjab, on Monday.Anurag Aggarwal who is the Punjab Principal Secretary of Health has said that the man who has reached Amritsar travelling by an Air India flight has been confirmed as being infected by the deadly novel coronavirus as he has been tested positive for the virus. It has been said that the patient has landed at the Amritsar International Airport via Delhi on the 4th of March along with his two other members of his family.The Principal Secretary of Health of the state of Punjab has also said that the wife and the child of the patient have been tested negative and the two of them have been kept quarantined at a hospital in Amritsar.The patient has been identified as a resident of Hoshiarpur and it has been said that the patient had managed to evade the screening which has been conducted at the Delhi International Airport, where he has initially landed from Milan in an Air India flight, as said by an officials.Anurag Aggarwal has added saying that the patient and his family members have been tracked to the Amritsar airport and they have been admitted to a government hospital in Amritsar as they have been suspected of showing symptoms of being infected by the deadly novel coronavirus.They have been tested and the samples have been sent to the AIIMS, Delhi for the investigation through which the man along with his wife have been tested positive for the afflictions and the sample have been subsequently sent to the National Institute of Virology in Pune which has confirmed the case of the man being suffering from the deadly novel COVID-19 afflictions, as said by Anurag Aggarwal.The government of Punjab has written to the Centre where in it has urged the Centre to track the all the passengers who have been on the two Air India flights that was taken by the trio to first reach Delhi and then to Amritsar.The state government has also issued a bulletin Monday which has stated that the ten people bearing the symptoms of the deadly novel coronavirus have been admitted to several different hospitals and have been tested. The blood samples of all the ten people with the symptoms of COVID-19 have been sent for testing.According to the bulletin that has been issued by the state government, a total number of 2001 beds are said to be quarantined and 950beds have been set for isolation at various hospitals across the state.The government of Punjab has also launched a mobile application named as Cova Punjab in order to spread the awareness about the precautions that has to be taken for staying safe and protected ourselves from being infected by the deadly coronavirus. The app has been launched by Punjab Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh.The name of the mobile application Cova Punjab has been described as Cova standing for Corona Virus Alert and the app is said to have been developed by the Department of Government Reforms and the Public Grievances along with consulting the Department of Health and Family Welfare.The app is said to provide options to check for the symptoms and to follow the advice that have been prescribed in the application and the suggestions of the nearest hospitals where the people can report if they show any kind of symptoms, would also be shown in the mobile application, as said by Karan Avtar Singh who is the Chief Secretary of Punjab.It has been said by Vini Mahajan who is the Additional Chief Secretary of the Governance Reforms, that the mobile application can be downloaded from Android play store as well as from the iOS AppStore.By Shrithika Kushangi

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NRI Family Constructs Memorial To Keep Their Roots Strong March 09, 2020 16:17

NRIs are often misunderstood thinking that they don’t pay attention to their roots. That is not always the case as an NRI family has decided to develop a memorial in their home village to keep their family name known. The same is going to have the name of their living and dead people from the family.Bahadur Singh, who is an UK based NRI has asked a villager named Lakhwinder Singh to get the process done on his behalf. Lakhwinder, who is an acquaintance of Bahadur stated saying that the ancestors of the NRI had left India a number of decades back.He further stated saying that he got the memorial constructed in 1966 memorial site on Raikot-Jagraon road. Further addressing this situation, Lakhwinder stated saying, “However, as new members have been added to the family, they are getting two more such structures built with 2020 written on top. The structures have names of around 70 persons from the family, most of whom are abroad. While the names of the dead are being painted in black, those of the living are in white. We have been getting the work done for the past one-and-a-half months and it will take us a few more days to complete.”He also said that they are planning on creating a parking around the memorial along with getting some of the necessary ornamental decoration around. The same is going to be done for the aesthetics as Bahadur Singh comes visit at times.Harkaran Singh, who is a relative of the family stated saying that majority of the family members stay abroad but do have a very strong bond to their roots.Another member of the family said that this memory will bring together the past and the present day scenario together.Sukhminder Singh, who is 65 years old and part of the family said that he was a bit skeptical with adding the name of the living people but later got along with it when it was said that it will have the name of his father too. The memorial is expected to be constructed across the land that they own. They have 7-8 acres of land around the memorial and 3-4 acres around the village.The memorial will come with three cemented structure with two additions of 2020. Two statues of lions are also present around. The memorial will also come with a boundary, to keep everything protected.By Somapika Dutta

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Kannada film distributor arrested over harassment allegations against NRI woman March 07, 2020 12:25

A Kannada film distributor has been accused and arrested over sexual harassment allegations by the Nandini Layout police. The film distributor is from Australia. The accused was charged by a NRI woman of blackmailing her for taking private videos. He has also taken 6 lakhs from the victim by blackmailing her.In an issued statement, a senior police officer stated saying, “The accused, Roopesh, was arrested on Friday after he followed the woman from Melbourne to Bengaluru and started harassing her here.”The NRI woman, after being tired with the constant harassment came forward to lodge the complaint with the police to take further stern actions against the issue. The police team later arrested Roopesh from a hotel near J.P. Park, Yeshwantpur.The charges of allegation against him are that of extortion and outraging the modesty of a woman.The DCP of the North Division, Shashi Kumar stated saying, “Roopesh is a film distributor for well-known Kannada and other South Indian language films in Melbourne. That is where he met the woman, who was living with her husband and children.”The two of them have been reported to have exchanged their numbers and later met in a restaurant where the victim’s drink was spiked by the accused. He then went on to take indecent and compromising videos of the victim and started blackmailing her with them.An officer further clarified saying, “In her statement, the woman said he started blackmailing her and demanding sexual favours. He threatened to post the videos on social media.”With fear etched in the beginning, the victim ended up paying the accused INR 6 lakhs to stop the blackmailing. For escaping the wrath, the victim stayed with her in-laws in Bengaluru but Roopesh ended up following her there as well. He arrived on February 22, 2020 to Bengaluru and kept harassing the victim following which she finally lodged the complaint.By Somapika Dutta

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NRI Women safety wing to look into harassment cases March 03, 2020 17:17

The NRI Women Safety Wing which has been constituted by the State police in order to probe into the cases regarding the harassment of dowry and also the other cases which involve the NRI husbands has expedited the speed of the investigations and has also issued the Look- out Circulars (LOCs) and has also seized the passports of the persons who have been involved in the cases.It has been recorded that around 574 cases have been registered against the NRI husbands and also against their relatives across the State out of which 74 cases have been registered at the Women Safety Wing.It has been observed that nearly 417 cases have been registered at the seventeen women police stations in the State and that the highest number of cases have been booked at the Women police station, Central Crime Station (CCS) of the Hyderabad City Police which is said to be followed by the Women police station of Saroornagar which is said to be under Rachakonda police commissionerate limits.The NRI Women Safety Wing has been constituted on the 17th of the month of July in the year previous 2019 and has filed charge sheets ins several cases in order to ensure the speedy completion regarding the trial so that the NRI husbands and their families who are involved in the dowry harassment case and also the other cases would be punished.The officials have said that the Women Safety Wing has been set up after observing the delay in probing the cases against the NRIs and that the Wing has also been established in order to ensure coordination between the agencies of the Central government and the State government in order to deport the accused from the abroad.It has been said that the Woman Safety Wing would coordinate with the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Ministry of External Affairs and also the Consulate- Generals of the different countries and also with the National Commission for Women and the other departments of the State government in order to get the technical assistance for dealing with the cases that would be filed at the Women Safety Wing against the NRI husbands and their families who are accused for the dowry harassment case and also the other cases.It has been said that the Women Safety Wing has already issued the Look- out Circulars on around 46 Non- resident Indians while the Non- Bailable Warrants (NBW) have been issued on around 32 persons and the passports have been seized for half a dozen.The Women Safety Wing is said to be taking assistance of the Network of International Legal Activity and also the NGOs in order to ensure the proper guidance to the Investigating Officers.By Shrithika Kushangi

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Punjab University Hostel fees likely to increase for NRI students February 26, 2020 18:14

An approval from the vice- chancellor is awaited by the committee which is constituted to take a decision regarding the fee structure as it likely seems that there would be an increase in the hostel fee for the Non-resident Indian (NRI) students or the students of the foreign nationals.The vice- chancellor is said to hold a meeting for discussing the matter of whether there should be an increase in the hostels fee for the Non- resident Indians or the foreign nations or not.Emmanuel Nahar who is from the dean student welfare (DSW) has said that meetings would be held in order to make a decision regarding the fee not being increased from many years in the past and it would be decided as soon as the Vice Chancellor gives a nod to the issue. It has also been said that decisions should also be made about reserving two rooms in each hostels for the students belonging to the category of Non-resident Indians so that the provision of good facilities to the foreign nationals would be made possible by the Punjab University.It has been observed that around 220 seats have been reserved in the Punjab University for the Non-resident Indian students.The Punjab University would be approached by the Non-resident Indians or the foreign nationals on scholarship from their countries under the schemes of self financing or the they would be sponsored by either a relative or an agency.Emmanuel Nahar has said that, in order to ensure that there is sufficient accommodation to the Non- resident Indians or the foreign nationals, there ought to be reservation of two rooms for the NRI students in every hostel as it has also been demanded by the PU from wing of the Non- resident Indians.“We are planning that PU can give 15 to 20 seats for the NRI students in the international hostel also,” said Nahar.Chetan Chauhan who is the president of the Punjab University Campus Students Council (PUCSC) has said that they have been raising the issue regarding the provision of the rooms for the students who come under the category of the Non- resident Indians as majority of them have been forced to take an accommodations outside the campus as there is no sufficient accommodations for them in the campus.He has added saying that doing so, would not only be safer for the students but it would also save the time that would be consumed for reaching their respective departments.By Shrithika Kushangi

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Vivekananda Yoga University in the US to now Start PG Courses February 17, 2020 11:28

The Vivekananda Yoga University (VAYU) which is said to be the world’s first yoga university that is situated outside India which is in the United States. The officials of the university say that, along with the research in the ancient Indian practice the Vivekananda Yoga University (VAYU) is also said to start its post graduation course later during this year.The admissions for the courses in the university would be starting in the month of April, as said by the officials of the university on Saturday.The initial campus of the world’s first yoga university outside India has been established with a budget of around USD 5 million in Los Angeles.The university has stated that Sree Sreenath who is a professor from Case Western University has been named as the President of the Vivekananda Yoga University where as H R Nagendra who is the Indian yoga guru has been named as its chaiman.The university has also stated that the admissions for the post graduation course would get started in the month of April in this year and the programmes would get started from the month of August, 2020 which would be under the leadership of Sree Sreenath as the founding President.The official recognition has been received from the Bureau for Private Post secondary Education, California in order to offer a yoga- based higher education programmes in the month of November during the previous year following which the announcement has been made by the university.Collaborative research, credit transfers and joint programmes with several premier universities around the world would be facilitated by the Vivekananda Yoga University.This university is said to be aiming to provide man- making and nation- building education as it promotes the all- round personality development in the students. Nagendra who is the chairman of the Vivekananda Yoga University is a former scientist from NASA who has said to be working in the conversion of yoga into a socially relevant science for almost four decades now.It has been said that thousands of individuals who teach yoga with the limitation of around 200 to 500 hours of the certificate program would get benefited by the courses that are being provided in the Vivekananda Yoga University as it yoga teachers who have been limited regarding the yoga education programmes would now be progressing further into a university- based higher education, as said by Prem Bhandari who is a member in the board of directors of the Vivekananda Yoga University.By Shrithika Kushangi

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NRI Women Safety Cell in Telangana logs 70 petitions February 14, 2020 18:06

An NRI Cell of Women Safety Wing (WSW) has been inaugurated in the month of July in the last year and it has been recorded 70 complaints until now. Out of the 70 complaint that have been registered 29 cases are said to be under investigation where as 41 cases are at trial stage.Look out circulars have been executed against the NRI spouses in around five cases where as in six passports of NRI accused were impounded.A workshop for two days has been inaugurated at the NRI cell, on Thursday. The workshop has been inaugurated aiming at the capacity building in order to bring convergence among the investigating officers, public prosecutors and the victims. A voice over app has been launched by the TS IT Cell. It has also launched an information brochure on Services of TS NRI Cell.Swati Lakra who is the inspector general of police of the Women Safety Wing has said that standard operating procedures have to be followed during the investigation of the cases of the Non- resident Indians.The NRI Woman Safety cell has been inaugurated by M Mahendar Reddy who is the Telangana Director General of Police, in Telangana Women Safety Wing in Lakdikapool in Hyderabad.The NRI women safety cell has been inaugurated in order to provide the legal guidance by the support of NILA which is an NGO for the women who have been aggrieved in the NRI marriages.Swati Lakra has also said that the NRI women safety cell would guide the SHOs in the course of the investigation of the cases that are related to harassment of the NRIO spouses or the relatives. The SHOs will be provided with the training in investigation and various procedures and also legal guidance will be provided to victims for the further approaches and the contacts, liason with agencies like embassies, Ministry of external affairs, National Women Commission, NGO when they would be required.By Shrithika Kushangi

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High-paid Banker in London Suspended over Food Theft February 06, 2020 16:08

An Indian banker of a high profile in London has been suspended by the Citigroup after he was accused of stealing food from the office canteen.The trader Paras Shah who reportedly have been earning a handsome seven-digit salary in the British pounds was removed from his post after he had stolen food from the canteen at Citibank’s European headquarters in Canary Wharf, London.The income of Paras Shah is almost 9.2 crore per year when concerted to the Indian currency.According to the reports, Shah who is aged 31 years had been suspended from his job as the Citi’s head of high- yield bond trading for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as was accused of food theft in the office canteen.Shah had joined the Citigroup in 2017 and had been one of the highest- profile credit traders in Europe. Prior to working in the Citigroup, Paras Shah with HSBC for seven years.His job is said to be involved with trading in the junk bonds, which have been issued by the companies with low credit ratings or the short track records as a means of the raising cash.The suspension of Paras Shah had been announced weeks before Citigroup was due to pay bounces to its senior staff.It is not clear as in the number of times or over what period of time Paras Shah had stolen the food from the office canteen.The media tried to contact Paras Shah by all the questions have been directed to Citigroup and the Citigroup had further declined to comment on the matter.It has been said that Paras Shah is not the first leading City figure to have faced the serious consequences that have been posed as a result of alleged or proven petty dishonesty.By Shrithika Kushangi

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NRI Woman served as a victim in Karnataka’s Biggest Online Fraud February 06, 2020 11:15

An NRI woman served as a victim in the state’s biggest online frauds of Karnataka. The NRI woman who was 60- years- old has lost Rs 1.67 crore to the fraudsters as she had been convinced that she had won an online lottery of ten lakh pounds which is said to be around Rs 9.3 crore.She had been asked to wire the money and was also said that she should be paying legal notarisation for receiving the prize money that she had won in the lottery.The victim being an NRI woman named Ambujakshi Srinivas has said to had been received a call from an unknown man who has addressed himself as Brown and that he was an agent of a major manufacturer of electronics. He had also said that he was from London and had been residing in Delhi.The victim has been said that he mobile phone had won a lottery in the promotional raffle draw of the company. Identifying himself as an agent of the company, he said that the company organizes a raffle draw every year in order to alleviate the poverty and had said to the victim that she had won 10 lakh pounds in the same.The victim had been asked to pay Rs 79,900 for the legal notarization in order to receive the prize amount that she had won in the raffle draw lottery. Brown has then referred to several people who have started making calls and asked Ambujakshi Srinivas to pay money as deposits in order to get the prize money. The victim has been transferring the amount to various accounts which has ended up to be around Rs 1,67,42,400 that has been transferred to different accounts as she was asked to do so by different people who had been referred by Brown.The woman has realized that she had been a victim to the online fraud and had filed a complaint with the Cyber Crime Division (CCD) of the Criminal Investigation Department and the police of the Cyber Crime Division have booked the accused under the IT Act for getting indulged in cheating and the efforts are being made in order to nab the fraudsters.It has been said by a senior official of the Cyber Crime Division that the fraudsters mainly target the senior citizens and the fake RBI receipts would also been provided by the fraudsters in order to make their victim believe in the procedure.This incident had been recognized as the biggest online fraud in the state until now.The victim has been identified as an NRI whose family has lived in Jamaica for about two decades and that both her husband and her son are doctors.By Shrithika Kushangi

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Indian-American Appointed to Trump’s Advisory Commission February 04, 2020 19:11

An Indian- American Prem Parameswaran has been appointed by the President of the United States Donald Trump as a member of the Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.The appointment has been done prior to the US President Donald Trump paying a visit to India which has scheduled to be between the 24th- 26th of February.Parameswaran is said to be the only Indian who has been selected in the commission that comprised of thirteen members. Prem Parameswaran is currently the president of Indian motion picture production and distribution company Eros International’s North America operations.The resignations has been submitted by ten members of the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who are known as the AAPIs in the year 2017. The move had been taken as they had stated their objection to the portrayal that has been made by Donald Trump as he had portrayed the immigrants, refugees, people of color and people of various faiths as untrustworthy, threatening and a drain on the nation.Parameswaran has said in a statement that being an Indian- American from New York and the son of Indian immigrants who had come to the country as students, he feels overwhelmed and honoured by being appointed as the member of the Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.He added saying that he looks forward in working with co- chairman Elaine Chao, secretary of transportation, as well as the fellow members of the President’s Advisory Commission in order to improve the health, education and economic status of AAPI.Paremeswaran has earlier worked with the Jefferies Group and was the head of media and telecom for the Americans.He was born, brought up and based in New York and has joined Eros International in the year 2015 and has been experienced in various fields which include global telecommunications, media and investment banking.Prem Prameswaran has been graduated from the Columbia University and has also received an MBA from the Columbia Business School.By Shrithika Kushangi

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