Thursday, December 03, 2020

Diaspora

Indian doctor cleared of molestation charges in Dubai

DUBAI: A 42-year-old Indian doctor has been cleared of the charge of molesting a woman after a Botox therapy session in Dubai.
The Dubai Court of First Instance heard that the 31-year-old American victim had earlier said in court that in August this year, she visited the clinic in Bur Dubai when the doctor put his hands on her cheek, kissed her twice and hugged her, Gulfnews reported.

Dubai-based Indian attacked by surgical mask wearing burglars

DUBAIL:A Dubai-based Indian has claimed that he was attacked by burglars wearing surgical masks at his home while he was sleeping, a media report said.
The Dubai Court of First Instance heard on Sunday that in August, three Pakistani men broke into a villa in the Bur Dubai area and assaulted the residents with a metal bar to steal several items, Gulf News reported.

Indian American charged with pushing woman on to train track

NEW YORK: An Indian American man has been charged with randomly pushing a woman on to the rail track as a train was coming into a station in the city's underground system.

Harsh Vardhan holds policy consultation with scientific diaspora

NEW DELHI: Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan on Sunday held policy consultations with Indian scientific diaspora in a virtual meeting and invited them to play active role in formulation of the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP), 2020.

Biden refers to Harris as 'South Asian', not Indian

NEW YORK: While praising his running mate Kamala Harris as "a fantastic Vice President", US President-elect Joe Biden avoided calling her "Indian" and instead referred to her as "South Asian".

Sikhs welcome the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

WASHINGTON: Sikhs across the United States have expressed joy at Joe Biden and Kamala Harris's election in the United States. Dr. Rajwant Singh, Chairman of the Sikh Council on Religion and Education (SCORE) and Founder of EcoSikh, said, "We are pleased with the results of these hard fought elections. Finally the nation can come together and move towards reconciliation during this very difficult time."

Many Indian Americans are in race for Congress, state legislatures

NEW YORK: Kamala Harris, who is of part Indian origin, is at the top of the ballots as the Democratic Party's presidential candidate, but there are several Indian Americans running for elected offices in the elections that conclude Tuesday.

On the brink of history, Kamala Harris goes flat out in Pennsylvania

NEW YORK: On the final day of campaigning before the US presidential election, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are pitching their tent in all-important Pennsylvania, shaping up to be one of the biggest prizes of 2020. Pennsylvania delivers 20 electoral votes in the race to 270.

Punjabi truck driver who killed 16 in Canada faces deportation

TORONTO: A Punjabi truck driver, who killed 16 Canadian junior hockey players and injured 13 others by jumping red light in April 2018, faces deportation to India.

Indian charity organisation offers free school meals in England

LONDON: An Indian child poverty charity that feeds millions of poor children in India, has joined the drive to end holiday hunger in England and distributed its first meals from a new kitchen in Watford, northwest of London.

8 Indo-Canadians elected MLAs in British Columbia polls

VANCOUVER: Eight Indo-Canadians were elected to the 87-member Assembly of Canada's British Columbia province. There were 27 Indian-origin candidates in the fray in the elections held on Saturday.

Nearly 26642 Indians arrested for illegally entering U.S. during last five years: NAPA

JALANDHAR: Border Patrol Nationwide arrested 26642 Indians while crossing the US Border illegally during the last five years. This was disclosed here by Satnam Singh Chahal Executive Director North American Punjabi Association (NAPA) in a press release issued here today.

Canada police hunt for Indian man Naman Grover wanted in call centre scams

TORONTO: Canadian police are yet to arrest a 22-year-old Indian man for his role in Indian call centre scams targeting Canada. The investigation has brought to light the involvement of international students on study visa here in these scams.

UNITED SIKHS seeks justice for Paramjit Singh Kang, murdered in Tracy, California

TRACY (California): UNITED SIKHS conducted a community press conference on October 15, 2020 attended by the Mayor of Tracy, California to call for answers in the on-going fight for justice for Parmjit Singh Kang who was murdered in a Gretchen Talley Park on August 25, 2019 in Tracy, California. The police arrested and held a white male without bail for a year in connection with the murder but the San Joaquin Court dismissed the case against the accused citing lack of sufficient evidence.

Burj Khalifa to display Mahatma Gandhi's images

DUBAI: Images of Mahatma Gandhi, the leader of India's freedom movement, will be displayed on Dubai's Burj Khalifa on Friday as a tribute on his 151st birth anniversary.
The Indian Consulate in Dubai in a tweet said it would telecast live through its social media pages a special programme on "Relevance of Gandhi's message in the 21st century" at 7 p.m., followed by a LED projection on Burj Khalifa at 8.15 p.m., reports Gulf News.

UAE expats make knitted prostheses for breast cancer survivors in India

DUBAI: A group of expats in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have created a total of 517 pairs of knitted and crocheted prostheses for breast cancer survivors in India, a media report said.

UAE: Bedridden expat flies to India, hospital bill waived

DUBAI:An Indian expat who had suffered a stroke five months ago and since been bedridden in a hospital, was flown home earlier this week.

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.

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