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Indian-origin woman and her son killed in New Jersey March 24, 2017 13:09

In the ongoing hate crime against Indian community in the United States, Indian-origin women along with her son were brutally killed under suspicious circumstances in their residence at Mappleset, New Jersey. The 40-year-old Telugu mother, hailed from Prakasham district and her son Anise Sai were found in a pool blood, when her husband Hanumantha Rao reached home. Rao immediately informed the emergency service about the incident. For the past fifteen year’s software engineer Rao and his wife were staying in the United States. Hanumantha Rao, is from the Timmarajupalem village of Paruchuri mandal in Prakasham district. According to preliminary investigation at the scene of the incident, officials said that the woman had been attacked with a knife and she received critical cut on her throat. Indians in China rush to help an unconscious Indian in Hospital AMandeep

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Indians in China rush to help an unconscious Indian in hospital March 22, 2017 18:47

The people of Indian community in China have rushed to help a 35-year-old Indian man, who was found by the police, in an unconscious state on a road in Wuxi city. Clueless about his identity, the members if ‘Indians in China’ first took him in a hospital. Currently, the man is in the ICU of the hospital. The man was later identified as Dhavuth Hussain, according to his passport details Hussain is from Salem in Tamil Nadu and his visa expires in August this year. The Indian Embassy in Beijing and the Consulate of General in Shanghai were also alerted about him. The Indian community took the responsibility of Hussain and made enquiries. They found that he worked in a hotel. ‘Indians in China’ in a tweet reply said that the consulate officials in Shanghai visited Hussain in the hospital. “Hussain’s family has been located. One of his friend’s is present in the hospital with him,” a representative of ‘Indians in China’ community said. The Indian consulate will send another official to the hospital soon to investigate in the case. The community said that Hussain is still unconscious. ‘Indians in China describe itself as a community that helps Indians visiting China or living in China. Indian-origin priest stabbed in Melbourne Church AMandeep

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Indian-origin 4th overpaid CEO in the United States March 20, 2017 18:36

An Indian-origin CEO has been ranked fourth on a list of top 25 overpaid CEOs in the United States, according to a new report. Sandeep Matharani, who is the CEO of General Growth Properties, a Chicago based company, has been listed fourth on the list of top 25 overpaid CEOs in the United States, according to the report from the nonprofit 'As You Sow'. The non-profit organization promotes social corporate and environmental responsibility and takes a close look at CEO pay. According to the report, Matharani, with a total compensation of $39.2 million in 2016, is overpaid by $26 million. Using a regression study that ties CEO pay to performance and other indicators such as the portion of pay that is offered in options and returns on corporate capital, 'As You Sow' has determined which CEOs are paid above and beyond their performance. The gap between CEO’s performance to his pay is the criteria for the rankings. Leslie Moonves, the CEO of CBS, is the most overpaid CEO in the United Sates. Moonves earned compensation worth $57.6 million in 2016. Marc Benioff, the CEO of Salesforce is ranked second on the list with a total compensation of $33.6 million. David Zaslav of Discovery Communication came in third with a compensation of $32.4 million. Not only CEOs are overpaid, but the report says that their companies did not perform well on the S&P 500 last year, so there may also be a drag on shareholders return. Matharani joined the General Growth Properties, at the time it was emerging from bankruptcy in 2010 and refocused the mall owner to high-end shopping centers. Matharani has been mentioned many times as a potential candidate for a position in the Donald Trump’s administration. General Growth Properties operates 126 retail properties across 40 states. With its HQ in Chicago, the company has 1,800 employees. Indian Diplomat slammed Pakistan in the UN council AMandeep

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Indian-origin woman faces discrimination in Singapore March 18, 2017 17:30

An Indian-origin woman Nana Burns in Singapore, who decided to babysit was in for a deep shock, when a parent said that she would not accept her service, because of her nationality. The parent said that she was not comfortable engaging the Indian babysitter because “many Indians and Malays sexually abuse young female infants.” Nana Burns shared her experience on her Facebook page. The parent claimed that she was not racist, but preferred babysitters of one race over others. “Nana who used to be a childcarer before deciding to babysit said, “Too many Malay men sex abusing infants in Singapore? Like pedophiles?! I haven't heard of one such incident in Singapore. As much as we'd like to think we are very multi-racial, every day I still come across racism in Singapore. Be it finding a job or doing anything else, most Chinese people/employers always seem to play the race card. Pretty sick of this.” Nana’s Facebook post has gone viral with about 2,000 shares since Wednesday (March 15).   American man charged with hate crime for abusing Indian-origin AMandeep

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Man arrested in Hyderabad for cheating an NRI March 17, 2017 15:05

Cyber crime wing of Hyderabad Police has arrested a 30-year-old man in Hyderabad today for allegedly cheating an NRI of more than Rs 9 lakh by fraudulently using the NRI’s international credit card for buying a car and gold ornaments. Suspect identified as K Nageswara Rao, who is a native of Guntur district in Andhra Pradesh, was presently staying in Hyderabad, police said. Earlier this month, a friend of Rao, who has been identified as Ananth Bhaskar, met Rao and informed him that he has an international credit card. Bhaskar lured Rao by saying, if he uses the card Bhaskar will give commission to Rao. Police reports said that, the duo went to a car showroom in Begumpet, Hyderabad and swiped the card to purchase a car worth Rs 7.65 lakh and they also used the card to buy two gold chains worth 1.38 lakh. When the owner of the credit card got aware of the fraudulent transactions, he raised the matter with the bank, which issued the card to him in the United States. The Untied States bank, in turn, brought the matter to the notice of a private bank in Hyderabad. A bank official of the private bank then approached the police over the misuse of the card. The Police registered a case and during the investigation, police arrested Rao. The police were able to seize the brand new car purchased with the credit card from Rao’s possession. The gold chains are with Bhaskar. The police have launched a search operation to arrest him. NRI arrested for allowing friend to rape his wife AMandeep

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NRI arrested for allowing friend to rape his wife March 14, 2017 12:40

Kanchanbagh police, Hyderabad have arrested an Australia based NRI along with his mother on Monday (March 13th) for allegedly forcing his wife to indulge in an unnatural sex with him. According to the police complaint, he allegedly allowed his friend to rape his 21-year-old wife recently. Police said, that Mohammed Salimuddin married his wife last year and then left for Australia to pursue post-graduation. Salimuddin use to ask her to get nude and have an online video chat with him. He also asked her to send him nude videos. Being forced, with no other option left, the victim shared her videos with Salim, who in turn would show them to his friends in Australia, police said. Last month on 13th, Salimuddin returned to India and since then he has forced his wife to indulge in an inappropriate sex with him. A few days ago, Salimuddin brought his friend Chand, a local resident of Hafeez Baba Nagar, to his home. Salimuddin’s wife was given sleeping pills and then Salimuddin started to get intimate with her. But she was shocked, when she discovered someone else was in the room and it turned out to be Chand. "The victim fell asleep and Salimuddin allowed his friend Chand to rape her. The victim realized what happened the next morning and complained to us," deputy commissioner of police (South Zone) V Satyanarayana said. The Kanchanbagh police department has arrested Salimuddin on Monday, based on the victim’s four-page complaint. Arun Jaitely appointed as Defence Minister AMandeep

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Indian told to go back to his own country in New Zealand March 07, 2017 10:31

Hate crimes and abusive comments have recently increased towards Indian communities not just in the United States, but also in New Zealand. According to media reports, yesterday an Indian national was subjected to racist comments and was told to go back to his own country during a road rage incident in Auckland, New Zealand. Narindervir Singh said that he was filming the incident from inside his vehicle, which took place last week. "I gave him a space... that lady gave me the finger. He was driving that car [pointing to a white Holden] and now he's trying to threaten me, giving me bad names," Singh says in a video which was being streamed live onto Facebook. When Singh said that he was going to upload the video live, the situation only got worse and he was abused, sworn and told to go back to his own country. Singh said the abuser simply pulled over to let him pass. Reportedly the man also made derogatory remarks about Punjabi people. "I don't know what to do; it really hurts my heart... The first thing in my mind was that he might hurt me with some weapon," Singh said. Singh assumed it was all over, but when he parked his vehicle on a nearby side street, the abuser pulled up once again and continued the racist rant, including the n word. In a similar incident, Indian-origin Bikramjit Singh, suffered similar abuse last week, as he left a Papatoetoe storage facility. Who said a man claimed that he (Bikramjit Singh) was speeding yelled at him, saying: "Go back to your country - slow down! You know what the speed limit is here." Bikramjit said that he was not speeding at all; he is a New Zealand citizen and has lived here for more than a decade. The man who hurled abuse on Bikramjit apologized in an email, blaming alcohol that he had consumed earlier that day. Donald Trump signs new executive order AMandeep

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NRI divorced wife on WhatsApp March 04, 2017 10:05

An NRI husband divorced his wife by setting an image having the word “talaq” (divorce) written thrice as his Whatsapp profile picture. The woman’s parents said that her husband’s brother did same to his wife and it is a matter of serious concern as people are using misusing talaq. He sent the divorce notice to us and set his Whatsapp profile picture as talaq”, her mother said. The allegedly divorced woman said that she has been cheated by Md. Abdul Aqeel, who made false promises to keep her happy after their marriage and take her to the United States. “Instead, they used me as a maid along with the elder daughter-in-law of the family,” she said. A few days ago her husband sent her a text message on WhatsApp saying ‘talaq talaq talaq’. Upon getting the message, she informed her parents. Meanwhile, her in-laws sent her back to her parent’s house, saying that she does not have any right to stay in their house anymore.” “Talaq cannot be given in such a manner by any man. In order to give talaq, both the husband and wife should be present in front of each other and tell the world personally. And there should be a gap of 40 days between every utterance of talaq”, the woman’s mother said. “How can the father of the husband declare talaq and send my daughter back to our home”, she added. The police said that they have arrested the husband’s parents and booked them under Sections 307 (attempt to murder) and 354 (outraging the modesty). Punjab withdraws NRI quota from AYUSH Colleges AMandeep

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Seven Indian-American students nominated for Truman Scholarship March 03, 2017 11:11

Seven Indian-American students have been selected for the prestigious Harry S Truman Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to college juniors for demonstrating leadership potential and a commitment to public service. The selected students will compete for the prestigious national awards, which provides up to 30,000 USD for graduate studies. The award is given to college students for demonstrating their leadership, public service and academic achievement. Every year only 60 students across the United States are awarded with Truman Scholarship. According to a release, the foundation reviewed 768 potential scholars from 315 institutions before setting the 199 students from 136 institutions. Shreya Ganeshan of the University of Georgia, Anjali Misra of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Samarth Gupta of Harvard University, Megan Patel of Georgetown University, Maya Durvasula of Duke University, Manju Bangalore of the University of Oregon, and Anjana Murali of the University of Pittsburgh were among the finalists. The finalists will be interviewed from March 3 to April 7 by a foundation regional review panel and the scholars will be announced on April 21st. In 1975 the Congress established The Truman Scholarship Foundation as the federal memorial to President Harry S Truman. Every year, a selection committee reviews applications from over 600 nominees for the Truman Foundation in Washington D.C. Indian-origin cartoonist asked to shut design school AMandeep

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Indian-origin man gets three life sentences for killing wife, kids March 02, 2017 09:56

An Indian-origin man in South Africa has been sentenced to three life terms in jail for brutally murdering his wife and two children with a mace. Mogamberry Rajan Kandasamy is from sprawling Indian township of Chatsworth near Durban. Rajan managed to escape death penalty only because it has been outlawed constitutionally in the post-apartheid democratic order. The 41-year-old was sentenced three life sentences for killing his wife, 41 year-old Versham his son 17-year-old Megandran and 18-year-old daughter Melarisa. In 2013 Rajan attacked the family, when he came to know that his wife wanted a divorce to marry another man. At the trail Rajan confessed during the trial that the murdered his wife and two children with a mace. "While she was on the floor, I hit her twice with the Hanuman stick on her head. On the third strike the stick broke,” he said. Captain Sathisiven Naidu said Rajan had made the confession of his own accord, although he claimed he had been coerced into doing this. "I'm here to tell you what I did. I want to tell you the truth and come clean, it is eating me inside," Rajan told to the police two days after the incident. Rajan initially pleaded that he was not guilty, by claiming that he had no memory of the attack or evidence by a state witness, Ashley Ganesh. Ganesh found Rajan wandering in a park nearby the family home. After observation at a mental health institution following Rajan’s amnesia claim, he was declared fit to stand trial. Earlier in the investigation Police ruled out any possibility of the murders resulted due to an attempted robbery at the house, as alleged by Rajan, who also claimed that he might have been drugged by the robbers. Donald Trump breaks his silence on Kansas shooting AMandeep

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NRI executive at Uber asked to quit March 01, 2017 10:20

An Indian born high executive at the ride hailing company ‘Uber’ was asked to leave after the company found that he did not disclose that he had left his former job at Google after a sexual harassment complaint. Amit Singhal joined Uber in January this year as a senior vice president of engineering after working for 15 years at Google, where he overlooked the company’s search efforts. According to a report Uber CEO Travis Kalanick asked Singhal to resign on Monday (27th Feb) after it was found that Singhal did not disclose that he had left the Internet search giants a year earlier after an allegation against him of sexual harassment. Google had deemed the employee's claim of sexual harassment against Singhal "credible" in an investigation. The report said that Singhal, "a highly regarded engineer in Silicon Valley", had disputed the allegation to Google executives at the time and denied the allegations again. According to the report Google was ready to fire Singhal over the sexual allegations after the probe, but it did not have to do so, as he resigned. The employee who filed the complaint did not work for Singhal directly, but she worked closely with the search team. Singhal said that “Harassment is unacceptable in any setting. I certainly want everyone to know that I do not condone and have not committed such behavior”. He also said that in his 20-year-career, he has never been accused of anything like that before and the decision to leave Google was his own.Singhal’s departure comes at a time, when Uber is facing scrutiny following allegations of sexual harassment by a previous employee against her manager. The former employee said in a blog last week that her manager sent inappropriate messages to her and the company’s HR department were not supportive. Kansas City held a peace march for deceased Indian techie AMandeep

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Indian-origin authors joins anti-travel ban February 23, 2017 10:35

Indian-origin authors Jhumpa Lahiri and Anish Kapoor joined scores of other writers to oppose the executive order signed by US President Donald Trump, asking him to “rescind” his last month’s travel ban. "In barring people from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the US for 90 days, barring all refugees from entering the country for 120 days, and blocking migration from Syria indefinitely, your January Executive Order caused the chaos and hardship of families divided, lives disrupted, and law-abiding faced with handcuffs, detention, and deportation," about 70 eminent American writers and artists wrote to Trump. The artists and writers said in a letter, the executive order hindered the free flow of artists and at the time when vibrant, open intercultural dialogue is indispensable in the fight against terror and oppression. The top US artists and the authors under the banner of PEN America said that the travel ban is inconsistent with the cause of the US and the freedoms for which it stands. Chimamanda Adichiem, Margaret Atwood, Rita Dove, Jonathan Frazen, Khaled Hosseini, Azar Nafisi and George Packer, were among the notable signatories to the letter. The negative impact of the original immigration ban was felt immediately creating stress and uncertainty for artists and writers of global renown and disrupting major American cultural events. "Oscar-nominated director Asghar Farhadi, who is from Iran, expecting to be unable to travel to the Academy Awards ceremony in late February, announced that he will not attend," it said. According to the letter preventing international artists from contributing to the American culture will not make America safe. But, it will damage its international prestige and influence. They warned such policy will not only prevent great artists from performing, but it will also constrict the interchange of important ideas. The policy will isolate US politically and culturally. Reciprocal actions taken against US citizens, such as those that have already taken by the governments of Iraq and Iran, will limit the ability of US artists to move freely. In their letter, the writers and artists said that they strongly believe that the immediate and long-term consequences of his original Executive Order are entirely at odds with the national interests of the US. The letter also said “As you contemplate any potential fresh measures we respectfully urge you to tailor them narrowly to address only legitimate and substantiated threats and to avoid imposing broad bans that affect millions of people, including the writers, artists and thinkers whose voices and presence help foster international understanding.” Microsoft launches new products made in India for India AMandeep

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