Wednesday, September 30, 2020


Indian expat students in UAE launch app, comic series

DUBAI: A 17-year-old Indian expat student has teamed up with his younger brother to launch a savings calculator and a comic series based on economic and market trends for the benefit of pupils and blue collar workers in the United Arab Emirates.

Global Sikh Council condemns the India’s new agricultural laws seriously disadvantageous for farmers

CHANDIGARH : While supporting the demands of farming community in India against the anti-farmer legislations, Global Sikh Council (GSC) condemned the laws passed by the Indian Parliament that will damage the financial standing of farmers, while providing leverage to larger conglomerates to rig the growers’ market to their advantage. Asking for linking the food grains prices with the national price index the GSC has lamented that Indian farmers even now were not getting a fair price for their farm produce.

The Indian royals who modelled for first vaccine in the world

LONDON: Krishnaraja Wodiyar III was the new ruler of the southern Indian kingdom of Mysore when Devajammani arrived at the royal court in 1805, to marry him. Both of them were 12 years of age.

Indian expat in UAE set to fly back home after 20 years

SHARJAH: An Indian expatriate cannot believe that he can finally go home after 20 years, with Dh750,000 of fine waived off by Sharjah authorities.

Job losses weighing heavy on expats' minds: Official

PANAJI: The thought of returning home from abroad after losing jobs amid the Covid-19 pandemic continues to be a key concern for Indian expatriates, said Shubham Singh, Protector of Emigrants for Karnataka and Goa region.

Air India Express offers home Covid tests

DUBAI:  Passengers flying from the UAE to India may now get their Covid-19 (RT-PCR) tests done at home, budget carrier Air India Express (AIE) has announced.

India Social and Culture Centre reopens in Abu Dhabi

 ABU DHABI: The India Social and Culture Centre (ISC) has reopened its doors for the Indian community after remaining shut for six months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a media report said.

Indian expat artist commits suicide in Oman

 MUSCAT:  A 50-year-old Indian expat artist allegedly committed suicide in his apartment in Muscat, the Royal Oman Police said.

Indian expat sexually abuses jogger in Dubai

 DUBAI: An Indian expat man sexually abused a jogger while she was exercising near her residence in Dubai, a court heard.

Trump welcomes Indian as new US citizen at WH rite

NEW YORK: In a show of his support for legal immigration, US President Donald Trump dramatically welcomed an Indian software developer to "the great American family of citizens" in a White House ceremony during the Republican National Convention.

Obama endorses Indian-American candidate in Senate race

WASHINGTON: Sara Gideon, an Indian-origin Democratic senatorial candidate in the state of Maine, has won the endorsement of former US President Barack Obama for her November contest against incumbent Republican Senator Susan Collins, the media reported.

In breakthrough for Indian Americans, Biden picks Harris as vice president nominee

NEW YORK: Democratic Party presidential candidate Joe Biden has selected Kamala Devi Harris as the nominee for vice president in a historic move that marks a breakthrough for Indian Americans in US politics.

NRI Youth of Nangal Lubana in Phagwara burnt to death in USA

PHAGWARA: A Pall of Gloom descended in Village Nangal Lubhana in district Kapurthala on receiving the news of sudden death of a village Youth in America.

Indian origin CBS TV reporter dies in New York road accident

NEW YORK: A young Indian American TV reporter for CBS New York has died in a moped accident, the station reported. Nina Kapur, 26, died after the accident on Saturday, CBS said on Sunday.

SFJ picks Canadian portal for 'Referendum 2020' in Delhi

NEW DELHI: Days after India blocked a Russian portal used by pro-Khalistan group Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) to propagate its anti-India agenda, the banned group on Sunday launched a Canadian portal to register 'Referendum 2020' votes to demand Khalistan, a separate homeland for Sikhs in Punjab.

Trump nominates Indian American to head USAID Asia operations

NEW YORK: US President Donald Trump has nominated an Indian American lawyer who has been active in the Republican Party and with the Hindu American Coalition to head the Asian operations of the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

Trump nominates Indian American to head USAID Asia operations

NEW YORK:US President Donald Trump has nominated an Indian American lawyer who has been active in the Republican Party and with the Hindu American Coalition to head the Asian operations of the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

Indian origin doctor to sue police for gun threat on own property

NEW YORK: An Indian American doctor known for his work among refugees and the poor is preparing to file a federal case over a policeman in Aurora in Colorado state pulling a gun on him in a threatening manner while he was entering his own property, according to media reports.

Dubai gurdwara re-opens after 110 days

DUBAI: After 110 days, the Guru Nanak Darbar Gurudwara in Dubai has re-opened following the lifting of the suspension of places of worship in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

More Indian flights from UAE announced, bookings to open

DUBAI: India has announced nine more repatriation flights from the UAE, ticket sales for which will open later on Friday.

Indian origin cardiologist to pay $400K to settle false billing allegation

NEW YORK:  An Indian origin cardiologist and the administrator of her company have agreed to pay $400,000 to settle allegations that they submitted irregular billings to Medicare, the government health insurance programme for senior citizens, according to officials.

NAPA chapter in United Kingdom condoles death of Sikh pilgrims in Pakistan

JALANDHAR: US Based North American Punjabi Association (NAPA) today expressed grief over the tragic demise of Sikh pilgrims in a bus-train collision in Pakistan’s Punjab. While expressing condolence on this tragedy  Balraj Kaur  Chairperson of NAPA chapter in the UK  said that we are pained by the tragic demise of Sikh pilgrims in Pakistan.

Dubai-based Indian woman helps stranded expats in UAE

DUBAI: A Dubai-based Indian woman is helping scores of stranded fellow Indian expatriates amid the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Arab Emirates, a media report said.

Raj Damaraju selected chairman of newly formed Virginia YCA

MARYLAND USA): The Virginia Youth Cricket Association (VYCA) last week came into existence as its member organizations voted to adopt its constitution. The charter members of this newest state youth cricket association are the Washington Cricket Academy, Richmond Strikers and Southwestern Youth Association. The VYCA has selected Raj Damaraju of the Washington Cricket Academy as its first chairman.

Indo-Canadian businessman stripped off top award for admission fraud

VANCOUVER: Indo-Canadian businessman and former national football player David Siddo has been stripped off the Order of British Columbia for his links to the US college admissions scandal of 2019.

Church of Greece declared yoga “incompatible” to lives of their followers

NEVADA: The Holy Synod of the Church of Greece has pointed out that yoga had no place in the lives of their followers and completely incompatible with their faith tradition.Hindu leaders are upset over branding yoga as incompatible.

Canada based NRI couple murdered in Phagwara

PHAGWARA: Canada Based NRI Couple was reportedly brutally murdered with sharp-edged weapons at their local residence in Onkar Nagar late Saturday Night. Senior Superintendent of the Police Satinder Singh while confirming it told UNI here tonight that SHO City Onkar Singh Brar has rushed to the spot.

1793 Indians still languishing in 95 Jails for illegal crossing US border

Navy, IAF get ready to evacuate stranded citizens from Gulf nations

NEW DELHI: The government has directed the Indian Navy to get their big sailing engines ready to bring back citizens stuck in the Gulf countries due to the coronavirus induced lockdown.

UAE-based Indian witnessed father's funeral on FB Live

DUBAI: An Indian woman based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had to see her father's funeral on Facebook Live due to the coronavirus pandemic, a media report said.

Singapore-based Indian-origin Sikh appointed high court judge

SINGAPORE: Singapore President has appointed Indian-origin Judicial Commissioner Dedar Singh Gill as a judge of the High Court from August 1, the Prime Minister's Office said.

Indian film maker promoting Sikh Culture, Art in US

CHANDIGARH: California based Sikh filmmaker - Hansjeet Duggal, hailing from Chandigarh, has been telling stories of the Indian & Punjabi diaspora and telling the stories of their contributions, achievements & struggles to the communities abroad and at large in the United States. 

Sikh non-profit 'United Sikhs' launches food bank in Canada

OTTAWA: A Sikh non-profit has launched an emergency food bank in Canada to assist with the overwhelming demand for food, supplies and hygiene products to help those in need amid the coronavirus pandemic, it was reported.

US-based Indian techie's death leaves family facing deportation

WASHINGTON: The sudden death of a US-based Indian techie, who was in the country on a H-1B visa and his wife on a dependent visa, has led to his family face deportation as he was the sole provider, a media report said.

US based NRI Kirpal Singh Sihota elected Punjab NRI Sabha president

JALANDHAR: US based NRI  Kirpal Singh Sihota, a resident of village Bara Pind, today registered massive win in the elections of NRI Sabha Punjab by trouncing his nearest rival  Jasbir Singh by a margin of 160 votes.

Indian student in Dubai tests positive for Covid-19

DUBAI: An Indian student in Dubai has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, taking the total number of cases in the United Arab Emirates to 27, health authorities said.

Sikh boy from Haryana in India, a store clerk shot dead in LA

LOS ANGLES: An Indian-American clerk was shot dead during an attempted robbery in in a convenience store at a Los Angeles suburb, it was reported.

Indian couple in UAE donates late daughter's kidney to boy

DUBAI: An Indian couple based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has donated their late daughter's kidney to a seven-old-year boy who had been on dialysis for the last five years, a media report said on Friday.

Number of Indians getting permanent residency in Canada increases

WASHINGTON: Disenchanted by the restrictive visa policies in the US, the number of Indians getting permanent residency in Canada increased by 105 per cent in the first 11 months of 2019 alone, the Virginia-based National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP) said in a report.

California gurdwara pays unique tribute to Kobe Bryant

LOS ANGLES: Hundreds of Sikh worshippers turned up wearing the Lakers colours -- purple and yellow -- at the Gurdwara Nanaksar in Fresno, California, in a special prayer meet for the late basketball great Kobe Bryant who was killed in a helicopter crash last month, a media report said.