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9 distressed Indian construction workers rescued in Malaysia

MALDA: Nine construction workers from West Bengal have been rescued in Malaysia who were stuck there, Congress MP Mausam Noor said on Thursday. The nine men had gone to the country between May and June with help of an agent but did not receive benefits as per the contract. Their passports were also taken, Noor, the Lok Sabha MP of Malda Uttar constituency said in a statement. The Indian High Commission to Malaysia today informed Noor that the workers have been rescued, the statement said. The high commission also informed Noor that it was arranging for sending the workers back home. The incident came to light after the workers contacted their family members here, who sought help from Noor. He informed the Indian High Commission to Malaysia about their condition on August 28 following which it started the rescue work, the statement said. In am email today, the high commission…

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Angry woman in UK gets Indian-origin boyfriend arrested for drunk driving

LONDON: An Indian-origin man in the UK has been fined and banned from driving for 17 months after his angry girlfriend called police for drunk driving. Kamaljit Sagoo had been out celebrating his 44th birthday with his friend on June 18 when the couple got into a fight. He jumped into his car to drive to a nearby store to buy cigarette paper when she called the police and informed them that he was drunk behind the wheel of his car. “Unusually, he has been reported by his partner for driving while drunk and he was later found by police in the driver’s seat of his car,” prosecutor Lorna Rimell told North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court in north-east England. “He then failed a roadside breath test,” she said. According to local media reports, Sagoo blew 61 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath when the legal limit in the UK is…

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NRI wife-killer to be deported to Indian jail from UK

LONDON: A non-resident Indian (NRI) serving a jail term in a UK jail for killing his wife over eight years ago is to be deported to India to serve the remainder of his murder sentence in Punjab. Harpreet Aulakh was sentenced to a minimum of 28 years in London in December 2010 for ordering the murder of his wife, Geeta Aulakh, after she asked for a divorce. The 40-year-old will be deported under the India-UK Repatriation of Prisoners Act, the BBC reported on Monday. “All arrangements are in place. According to the plan, the UK authorities will bring him to Delhi from where a team of Punjab police officers will bring him to Amritsar,” IPS Sahota, a top prison official in Punjab, was quoted as saying. Inspector general of prisons Roop Kumar said Harpreet, who is from Punjab, had told the UK authorities that he wanted to serve his remaining…

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Indian-origin executive settles charges with SEC, another charged for making false claims

NEW YORK: An Indian– originexecutive has settled charges with the US Securities and Exchange Commission for overstating the company’s subscriber base, while another Indian– origin person was charged for making similar misrepresentations. Hari Ravichandran, 42, former chief executive of web hosting company Endurance International Group Holdings and former chief financial officer Waruna Ellawala knowingly provided inflated subscriber figures for the Massachusetts-based online marketing company, the Securities and Exchange Commission ( SEC) said. Ravichandran, a resident of Boston, had founded Endurance in 1997 and served as the company’s Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Board of Directors. The SEC also filed a complaint in US District Court in Massachusetts alleging that former Constant Contact CFO Harpreet Grewal, 51, hid its slowing customer growth from investors and inflated its publicly reported subscriber numbers. Constant Contact became a subsidiary of Endurance after it was acquired by it in 2016. Constant…

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Outrage after NRI posts image showing Singapore flag ripped up

SINGAPORE: A Facebook post by a Indian-origin man showing the Singapore flag on a T-shirt being ripped up to reveal the Indian flag underneath has caused outrage in the city-state, a media report said today. The image, which is believed to have first surfaced on August 14, on the eve of Independence Day, was widely shared online when it was posted on the Singapore Indians & Expats page by Avijit Das Patnaik. The page has over 11,000 members, according to a report by Tabla!, a Friday weekly for the Indian community here. Patnaik, who has been living in Singapore for a decade, posted it alongside a caption in Hindi that said, ‘Phir bhi dil hai…’ (Still my heart is…) and alludes to a popular Bollywood song, the report said. Many netizens have deemed it offensive, saying the image was disrespectful to Singapore as it showed the graphic Singapore flag being…

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China declines to renew visa for Indian-American woman journalist

BEIJING: China has refused to renew the journalist visa for an Indian-American woman reporter of the US-based BuzzFeed News allegedly due to her critical reporting on the volatile Muslim-majority Xinjiang province. Megha Rajagopalan on Wednesday said in a tweet that China’s foreign ministry declined to issue her a new visa in May. “It is bittersweet to leave Beijing after spending six wonderful and eye-opening years as a journalist there,” Megha, who previously worked for Reuters in Beijing, said. “In May, China’s Foreign Ministry declined to issue me a new journalist visa. They say this is a process thing, we are not totally clear why,” she said in a tweet. It is bittersweet to leave Beijing after spending six wonderful and eye-opening years as a journalist there. In May… https://t.co/tjBdIz6RmR — Megha Rajagopalan (@meghara) 1534911126000 In another Tweet last month, Megha highlighted her story on “how China’s sprawling surveillance state recruits,…

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Victims sue, allege ‘turf war’ behind Canada Indian restaurant bombing

OTTAWA: Victims of a May bombing at an Indian restaurant near Toronto have alleged in a civil lawsuit that a “turf war between rival business associates” led to the attack. Six of the 15 victims in the blast are seeking a total of CAD 6 million ($4.6 million) from the owners of the Bombay Bhel restaurant for “severe and permanent injuries,” saying in court documents that the proprietors “knew or ought to have known that it was targeted directly for bombing.” Their lawyer Darryl Singer told a press conference yesterday that the restaurant owners “ought to have been more alert to protecting their patrons.” He declined, however, to provide details about the source of the information, and the allegations must still be proven in court. The eatery in a Mississauga, Ontario strip mall that is surrounded by houses, grassy fields and condominium towers under construction was popular among local Indo-Canadians….

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‘Horrified to see loss of life, destruction by Kerala floods’

NEW YORK: A top Indian-American Congressman has said he is “horrified” by the destruction and loss of life caused by the severe floods in rain-battered Kerala, saying the “unimaginable” human cost of the tragedy is felt by families across India and the world. As many as 194 people have lost their lives and 36 are missing in Kerala since August 8 due to rains and landslides, while over 3.14 lakh people have been moved to relief camps. The southern state is facing its worst flood in 100 years with 80 dams opened and all rivers in spate. A body blow has been dealt to the scenic state, with its infrastructure, standing crops and tourism facilities severely hit. “I’m horrified to see the loss of life and broader destruction caused by the continuing floods in Kerala. With more than a quarter of a million people displaced and hundreds dead, the human…

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Indian-origin surgeon finds contact lens stuck in patient’s eye for 28 years in UK

LONDON: An Indian-origin surgeon and his colleagues have found a contact lens lodged in a woman’s eye for 28 years. Dr Sirjhun Patel and his eye specialist colleagues, Lai-Ling Tan and Helen Murgatroyd, recounted the discovery in the ‘British Medical Journal’ (BMJ) this week, explaining how the 42-year-old patient had presumed the lens had fallen out but had instead moved behind her eye without causing any obvious symptoms for many years. It was discovered by Patel and his team in Dundee, Scotland, after she complained of swelling recently. “The patient assumed the lens fell out and was lost; however, it can be inferred that the lens migrated into the eyelid and resided there,” Patel writes in the journal. “During surgery, an encapsulated cyst was found. On removal, the cyst ruptured and a hard contact lens was extracted,” he said. T2-weighted MRI scan of the head: transverse and sagittal views. Red…

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Indian IT manager in US convicted of sexually assaulting sleeping woman on flight

WASHINGTON: A 35-year-old Indian IT manager has been convicted of sexually assaulting a sleeping woman aboard a Detroit-bound flight in the US, media reports said on Friday. Prabhu Ramamoorthy, who worked for an IT company for over two years, will be sentenced on December 12 by US District Judge Terrence Berg, The Detroit News reported. Ramamoorthy faces up to life in prison. If released, he will be deported to India. The verdict came seven months after he assaulted the 22-year-old woman during a Spirit Airlines flight from Las Vegas while his wife sat in the next seat, the report said. A federal jury in Michigan’s largest city Detroit convicted Ramamoorthy, who lived in Rochester Hills city, of sexually assaulting the woman. Following a five-day trial, the jury deliberated for less than four hours before convicting Ramamoorthy, it said. “We will not tolerate the behaviour of anyone who takes advantage of…