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Norway ‘child abuse’: India wants child united with natural parents, says Sushma Swaraj

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After an Indian woman from Norway wrote to Sushma Swaraj about her son being taken away by Norwegian authorities, the Minister of External Affairs has said that India will convey to the officials that it wants child’s restoration with its parents. Gurvinderjit Kaur, whose son has been taken away by the Norwegian authorities, had approached the Indian Embassy in Oslo seeking government’s intervention, following which the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said it will now chalk out the future course of action in the case. Kaur had approached the Indian government with the “formal written” request in this regard, BJP leader Vijay Jolly said.”Our Ambassador in Norway is meeting the Norwegian authorities today regarding Aryan. I refuse to accept that foster parents can take better care of the child than the natural parents. The foster parents are totally ignorant of the Indian culture and our food habits.”We want restoration of Aryan to his natural parents. This is our firm stand and Indian Ambassador will convey this to the Norwegian authorities,” she said.Kaur and her husband, who is a Norwegian national, have alleged that authorities in that country have taken away their 5-year-old son Aryan, also a Norwegian national, on a frivolous complaint of abuse. In its response, the Norwegian Embassy had asked for “restraint” in the case, assuring that it is being handled with “complete sensitivity and awareness”.According to Jolly, the Indian Ambassador “is slated to meet highly placed Norwegian officials in Oslo on December 27”. Jolly also maintained that according to the mother, the child is being “daily served porridge and bread while he is fond of Indian food”.This is the third case since 2011 when children have been taken away from their Indian-origin parents by the authorities in Norway on the grounds of abuse.In 2011, a three-year-old and a one-year-old were separated from their parents, prompting the then UPA government to take up the issue with Norway.The Norwegian court later allowed the children to be reunited with their parents.In December 2012, an Indian couple was jailed on charges of ill treatment of their children, 7 and 2 years. Later, they were sent to their grandparents in Hyderabad.With agency inputs.

Indian-origin parents approach MEA for the custody of their child from Norwegian authorities

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Indian woman, whose son has been taken away by the Norwegian authorities, has approached the Indian Embassy in Oslo seeking government’s intervention, following which the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said it will now chalk out the future course of action in the case. Gurvinderjit Kaur has approached the Indian government with the “formal written” request in this regard, BJP leader Vijay Jolly said.Kaur and her husband, who is a Norwegian national, have alleged that authorities in that country have taken away their 5-year-old son Aryan, also a Norwegian national, on a frivolous complaint of abuse. Confirming that Kaur has approached the government, MEA officials said they were now “empowered” to pursue the matter with the Norwegian authorities and they will chalk out the future course of action in the case.The Indian couple had first sought Jolly’s help in getting back the custody of their child, after which he wrote to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who had said that India will provide them help. In its response, the Norwegian Embassy here had asked for “restraint” in the case, assuring that it is being handled with “complete sensitivity and awareness”.According to Jolly, the Indian Ambassador “is slated to meet highly placed Norwegian officials in Oslo on December 27”. Jolly also maintained that according to the mother, the child is being “daily served porridge and bread while he is fond of Indian food”.This is the third case since 2011 when children have been taken away from their Indian-origin parents by the authorities in Norway on the grounds of abuse. In 2011, a three-year-old and a one-year-old were separated from their parents, prompting the then UPA government to take up the issue with Norway. The Norwegian court later allowed the children to be reunited with their parents.In December 2012, an Indian couple was jailed on charges of ill treatment of their children, 7 and 2 years. Later, they were sent to their grandparents in Hyderabad.

NRI couple in Norway lose child’s curtody: Mother writes to govt; MEA to take action

New Delhi: The Indian woman, whose son has been taken away by the Norwegian authorities, has approached the Indian Embassy in Oslo seeking government’s intervention, following which the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said it will now chalk out the future course of action in the case.

Gurvinderjit Kaur has approached the Indian government with the “formal written” request in this regard, BJP leader Vijay Jolly said.

Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. File photo. AFPUnion External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. File photo. AFP

Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. File photo. AFP

Kaur and her husband, who is a Norwegian national, have alleged that authorities in that country have taken away their 5-year-old son Aryan, also a Norwegian national, on a frivoulous complaint of abuse.

Confirming that Kaur has approached the government, MEA officials said they were now “empowered” to pursue the matter with the Norwegian authorities and they will chalk out the future course of action in the case.

The Indian couple had first sought Jolly’s help in getting back the custody of their child, after which he wrote to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who had said that India will provide them help.

In its response, the Norwegian Embassy here had asked for “restraint” in the case, assuring that it is being handled with “complete sensitivity and awareness”.

According to Jolly, the Indian Ambassador “is slated to meet highly placed Norwegian officials in Oslo on 27 December”.

Jolly also maintained that according to the mother, the child is being “daily served porridge and bread while he is fond of Indian food”.

This is the third case since 2011 when children have been taken away from their Indian-origin parents by the authorities in Norway on the grounds of abuse.

In 2011, a three-year-old and a one-year-old were separated from their parents, prompting the then UPA government to take up the issue with Norway. The Norwegian court later allowed the children to be reunited with their parents.

In December 2012, an Indian couple was jailed on charges of ill treatment of their children, 7 and 2 years. Later, they were sent to their grandparents in Hyderabad.

First Published On : Dec 25, 2016 21:37 IST

Norway child ‘abuse’: India to provide help on boy’s mother’s request, says Swaraj

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday said India will provide help on the request of the mother of the boy, who has been taken away by the Norway authorities even as Norwegian embassy here asked for “restraint” in the case, assuring that it is being handled with “complete sensitivity and awareness”.Swaraj’s reaction came a day after she had asked the Indian Ambassador in Oslo to send a report on the allegations made by the couple that the Norwegian authorities took away their five-year-old child on frivolous complaint of abuse.While father and son are Norwegian nationals, the mother is an Indian citizen.
ALSO READ Sushma Swaraj seeks report on 5-year-old child taken from Indian couple in Norway”I have received the report. Father and son are Norwegian nationals. We will represent on request of the mother, who is an Indian national,” Swaraj tweeted.Reacting to the case, the Spokesperson in Norwegian Embassy said the mission is aware and understands “the concerns on the ongoing child welfare case involving an Norwegian/Indian family in Norway”.”The Embassy would like to reiterate that child welfare cases are handled in accordance to the Norwegian Child Welfare Act, which includes directions from the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.”The Act applies to all children in Norway, regardless of their background, residential status or citizenship. The basic principle of the Act is that the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration.”Since child welfare cases are highly sensitive, the cases are therefore subject to a strict duty of confidentiality. The Embassy, therefore, requests restraint and assures that the Norwegian authorities are dealing with the case with complete sensitivity and awareness. When available and permissible, updates on the case will be provided to the media and the general public.” This is the third case since 2011 when children have been taken away from their Indian-origin parents by the authorities in Norway on the grounds of abuse.In 2011, a three-year-old and a one-year-old were separated from their parents, prompting the then UPA government to take up the issue with Norway. The Norwegian court later allowed the children to be reunited with their parents.In December 2012, an Indian couple was jailed on charges of ill treatment of their children, 7 and 2 years. Later, they were were sent to their grandparents in Hyderabad.

Bad news for Indians? UK planning to cut annual student visa figures by half

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The UK government is finalising plans to cut annual student visa figures by nearly half, from the current 300,000 to 170,000, a media report said today amid a sharp fall in students coming to the country from outside Europe including India. Some university chiefs are also warning that many Indian students are already being denied visas on minor grounds as part of a wider move to cut immigration into the UK.”They are telling some students there is exactly the same quality of course available in India so why are you coming here. That is outrageous,” a UK vice-chancellor was quoted as saying by the Guardian newspaper.The move comes despite recent UK Office of National Statistics (ONS) figures indicating there has been a drastic drop in students coming to the UK from outside Europe.”There was a statistically significant decline in the number of non-EU citizens migrating to the UK to study, from 134,000 in the previous year to 111,000…there was a statistically significant decline in citizens of South Asia, with the number coming to study having almost halved,” ONS said in its ‘Migration Statistics Quarterly Report: August 2016’.India is the third-largest category in terms of student visa applications after the US and China, with 10,664 granted between June 2015 and 2016.”International students contribute, directly and indirectly, 14 billion pounds to the UK economy, making higher education one of this country’s most valuable exports…Over the last five years, the number of Indian students attending UK universities has halved. I have consistently asked the government to remove students from the net migration target,” said Lord Bilimoria, leading Indian-origin entrepreneur and Cobra Beer founder, who himself came to the UK as a student.”We should immediately re-introduce the two-year post-study work visa, which I fought hard to introduce before its withdrawal in 2012, to allow foreign students to implement their much-needed skills here and help boost our economy,” he added.During British Prime Minister Theresa May’s visit to India last month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had stressed on the importance of access for Indian students to UK institutions.”Education is vital for our students and will define our engagement in a shared future. We must therefore encourage greater mobility and participation of young people in educational and research opportunities,” PM Modi had told May in his address at the UK India Tech Summit in New Delhi.However, senior university sources indicate the UK Home Office is on track for some dramatic immigration cuts in student visa numbers. While it has dismissed rumours of an annual cutback of more than two-thirds, the likely cut to around 170,000 seems likely to be enforced. A UK Home Office spokesperson said: “Claims the Home Office is modelling cuts to reduce international students to a third ie 100,000 a year are categorically untrue”.”We want to strengthen the system to support the best universities and those that stick to the rules to attract the best talent. The British people have sent a clear message that they want more control of immigration and we are committed to getting net migration down to sustainable levels in the tens of thousands,” he said.

Indian-origin lottery winner jailed for beating wife and child in UK

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Indian-origin man has been jailed for six months for beating his wife and a five-year-old child at their home in west London, months after he won a 70,000 pounds lottery which he had promised to use for his family.30-year-old Balvinder Malhotra had bagged 70,000 pounds in a lottery win in January this year and vowed to use the money to make 2016 a “great year for his family”.However, a few months later in June he punched his wife Hardeep Kaur three times and also smacked a five-year-old child in the face during a picnic party at their home.”These are significant injuries. This crosses the custody threshold by a mile,” District Judge Debbie Wright told him at Uxbridge Magistrates Court last week.The court was told Malhotra suffered from alcohol problems and had previously given his mother a bloody nose during a row.Malhotra, who has been living with his parents since the attack on his 28-year-old wife, was convicted of gross bodily harm (GBH), jailed for six months and ordered to pay his two victims 1,000 pounds each.Soon after the lottery win in January, the couple had posed together spraying a bottle of champagne into the air to celebrate.At the time, he said: “When I told my wife she burst into tears of joy. I used to have a shop but we lost this when big retailers moved in. This win will give me the boost I need.Looks like 2016 is going to be a great year for our little family.”After the attack in June, Malhotra used his winnings to buy a new corner-shop in a bid to turn his life around after going bankrupt in 2011.

Six Nobel laureates to attend Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2017

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Six Nobel laureates, including Indian-origin structural biologist Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, have agreed to be part of the Vibrant Gujarat Summit in January next year. American Nobel prize-winning scientist Harold E Varmus, American physical chemist and chemical physicist William Esco Moerner, American cell biologist Randy Wayne Schekman, Israeli crystallographer Ada E Yonath and American theoretical physicist David Jonathan Gross are the other Nobel-winning scientists who would be present at the biennial event. Ramakrishnan shared the Nobel in chemistry with Thomas A Steitz in 2009.The laureates would be part of the Nobel Prize Series Exhibition and Nobel Laureate Symposium which are happening for the first time in India at Vibrant Gujarat summit, an official statement said. The symposium is to be attended by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 10, 2017, at Gandhinagar.Under the programme, Nobel laureates will engage with students on new ideas in science and will hold conference, lectures and roundtables. Besides the conference and meeting events, Nobel prize series will feature a 5-week long exhibition at Gujarat Science City in Ahmedabad.

Ensure safety of Indians abroad: Kejriwal tells Centre after man’s killing in Australia

Ensure safety of Indians abroad: Kejriwal tells Centre after man’s killing in Australia

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New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday expressed grief over the burning to death of Indian-origin “AAP volunteer” Manmeet Alisher in Australia’s Brisbane and said the Centre must ensure the safety of Indians abroad.

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“AAP volunteer Manmeet Alisher death is v unfortunate. Heartfelt condolences to his family. Indian Govt must ensure safety of Indians abroad (sic),” Kejriwal tweeted.

In a horrific incident, 29-year-old bus driver Alisher was on Friday burned to death when a man poured some flammable liquid on him in front of several shocked passengers in Brisbane city.

Alisher, a well-known singer in the Punjabi community, was driving a Brisbane City Council bus when he was targeted by the man who threw an “incendiary device” at him which sparked a fire.

He died on the spot while several passengers on board the bus at the time managed to escape through the rear door.

dna Morning Must Reads: Updates on Cauvery water row; Second Day of #INDvNZ; and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Cauvery water row: Karnataka misses Supreme Court deadline, calls legislature session on Oct 3The Supreme Court had on Friday asked it to discharge 6,000 cusecs from October 1 to 6, warning no one would know when the “wrath of the law” would fall on it. Read more here2. Govt nets Rs 65,250-crore hidden wealth through Income Declaration SchemeThe government has unearthed Rs 65,250 crore worth of undisclosed income and assets from 64,275 declarants under its four-month Income Declaration Scheme (IDS), which opened in June this year. Read more here3. Army ready for any eventuality after surgical strikeAmid heightened tension with Pakistan, Army asked the forces to be “prepared for any eventuality” and maintain “very high level of alert” as its Chief Gen Dalbir Singh visited Jammu and Kashmir to assess the military preparedness. Read more here4. Indian-origin South African teen wins top prize at Google Science FairThe Google science fair is a programme for any budding scientists between the ages of 13 to 18. Read more here5. Godse should have killed Jinnah: Babu HaabiFacing a police complaint for his music video Bobocanta, which shows Mahatma Gandhi dancing and doing headstands while Parliament burns in the background, rap artist Babu Haabi talks about politics, Pakistan, how he bagged Udta Punjab and more.6. India v/s New Zealand 2nd Test: How Bhuvneshwar Kumar turned out to be an unlikely hero in EdenKumar made the most of overcast conditions to harass the Kiwi top order. Read more here

Mocking icons

Novelist Samit Basu on what a controversy over a video mocking national icons tells us about comedy in India.

Indian-origin student jailed for trapping ex-boyfriend in United Kingdom

An Indian-origin university student has been jailed in the UK for 15 months for faking evidence to claim her ex-boyfriend raped and strangled her. Natasha Uttamsingh wanted to keep Aakash Andrews in her life when he decided to break up with her, Guildford Crown Court in Surrey was told this week. Judge Christopher Critchlow sentenced the 22-year-old to 15 months in prison yesterday after she admitted four counts of intending to pervert the course of justice and was ordered not to approach Andrews, his mother or his friends for at least five years, Daily Mirror reported. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Judge Critchlow said: “There was a false message put on his phone by you suggesting it was sent by him which indicated that he had raped you, all of which was false. “You altered medical records from a doctor which was put before the family court in support of an application by you for a non-molestation order that you obtained. “He was able to go before the court and show it should not have been made and it was rescinded. Then you produced false phone records on your mobile implying harassment by him. This was all an apparent charade.”You have tried to influence a court by dishonestly altering medical records and tried to bring problems into Aakash Andrews’ life and you have succeeded in doing that.” Uttamsingh was described as a good student who was part way through a midwifery course at university. “This is a girl who did extremely well. She got very good grades at school and was a top of the class student who started a degree in midwifery,” her defence lawyer said. She is believed to be suffering from a personality disorder that made her alter a medical exam form to say police needed to investigate a made up attack by her ex-boyfriend. Prosecutor Tony Prosser told the court: “The relationship was experiencing problems and Aakash had said that he wanted to end it. When he suggested finishing it she told him she was pregnant. He said he wanted to go away for a few days. She stood in front of him and said she would report him for domestic assault if he were to try to leave her. A call was made to the police, it was reported to come from a Nicola Smith which was the defendant using a false name. “She then made an allegation he had strangled her to the point of unconsciousness and that she was assaulted on a daily basis. The next day she said she had been the subject to rape.” Uttamsingh’s mother cried as her daughter was taken away from the dock to begin her sentence.

Australia: 5 Indian-origin people among 200 candidates to contest for general elections

Five Indian-origin people, including two women, are among the 200 candidates contesting for next months general elections in Australia.In the House of Representatives all 150 seats will be contested, as well as the 76 Senate seats — the first time this has happened in an early election since 1987. The Indian-origin candidates in the fray include two women of Indian background, 51-year-old Australian Sikh Alex Bhathal representing the Greens Party and 43-year-old Fiji Indian Lisa Singh of Labor Party.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shashi Bhatti, who migrated from India in 1989 and Chris Gambian, an Australian born to Indian parents from Bangalore, are also contesting the elections from Labor Party. 39-year-old Mohit Kumar is the only India-born who is contesting the elections from Liberal party. He is a Faridabad resident who migrated to Australia in 1994 as an international student. Kumar said it was his consistent hardwork that paid off for him to win the party ticket. It was imperative for Indians to join the high offices of the country and to be a part of policy making, he said.”True multiculturalism does not come from lip service or attending Indian events. It also comes from having a fair representation at all the levels including government, parliament, business and other areas,” Kumar said.Gambian said, while there was a low representation of Indians in the Australian politics more Indian background people should become its part. “I joined the Labor party when I was 16-years-old and I thought it was a party of social justice and fairness,” Gambian said adding that his key to win the party was getting involved in party works and believing party policies.On May 8, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had announced that Australia will hold elections on July 2, barely eight months after he ousted his predecessor Tony Abbott, promising to revive the sluggish economy.

Singapore: Indian-origin student tops CBSE Class XII exam among South-East Asians

An India-origin student has topped the Central Board of Secondary Education’s Class XII examination results among South East Asian students studying in one of the biggest school groups offering Indian curriculum here.Anushka Gaikwad, who moved to Singapore in 2010 with her working parents from India, scored 98.2% marks. Shubham Saraf, also an Indian-origin, came second by scoring 98% marks. Both Anushka and Saraf are students at the Global Indian International School (GIIS), one of the biggest school groups offering Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) curriculum outside India.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>
ALSO READ Preparing for IIT-JEE helped Neel Kapoor emerge as Mumbai’s CBSE class XII topper”I strongly believe that our students’ success is a result of collaborative initiatives between faculty members and parents. My sincere congratulations to all the team members, students and parents for these splendid results,” said Kamal Gupta, Chief Operating Officer and Regional Director at GIIS.The students scored a perfect 100 marks or near-perfect scores of 99 marks in various subjects. “Living up to the spirit of academic excellence, the CBSE Batch of 2016 from GIIS in Singapore has created yet another record-breaking feat with a quarter (or 25%) of the student cohort secured 95% and above, and almost half the cohort (48%) students secured 90% and above marks,” Gupta said.
ALSO READ Sukriti Gupta of Delhi secures first rank in CBSE XII examMost of the GIIS students are of Indian-origin with parents working in South East Asia and prefer the CBSE curriculum, which is also becoming increasingly popular among students of other nationalities. “Nearly 50% of the students at GIIS Tokyo campus are Japanese and the rest of Indian-origin,” Gupta said.CBSE is the most widely acclaimed curriculum recognised by universities in India and abroad. It is becoming a popular for its strong foundation broadly in sciences and mathematics, he said. GIIS runs schools in Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, India, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam.

Spelling Bee: 7 Indian-Americans qualify for finals

Indian-American students continued their dominance at the prestigious national bee competitions with seven out of 10 finalists vying for this year’s National Geographic Bee championship hailing from the community.The final round of the National Geographic Bee will be held on Wednesday in Washington at the National Geographic Society and will judge the candidates on their knowledge of geography. Ten students, from a field of 54 state-level champions who took part in the preliminary rounds, made it to the final round, and of these seven are Indian-Americans.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The finalists are Pranay Varada of Texas, Saketh Jonnalagadda of Massachusetts, Lucas Eggers of Minnesota, Grace Rembert of Montana, Thomas Wright of Wisconsin, Ashwin Sivakumar of Oregon, Kapil Nathan of Alabama, Rishi Nair of Florida, Rishi Kumar of Maryland and Samanyu Dixit of North Carolina.
ALSO READ 12-year-old Indian-origin boy Sathwik Karnik wins National Geographic Bee contestThe preliminary round of the 28th annual National Geographic Bee contest was held on Monday. The 10 finalists will compete for the title which includes US $50,000 in college scholarship and lifetime membership of the National Geographic Society among other rewards. Second and third-place winners will receive US $25,000 and US $10,000 college scholarships respectively.Indian-American students have consistently performed exceptionally well at various bee competitions over the years. Last year, 14-year-old Karan Menon of New Jersey had won the National Geographic Bee competition. The first runner-up also an Indian-American, Shriya Yarlagadda, 11, of Michigan. Same as this year, seven out of the 10 finalists in last year’s geographic bee competition were of Indian-origin.The spelling bee competition has produced Indian-American champions for eight consecutive years, and 13 of the past 17, a run that began in 1999. Last year, Vanya Shivashankar and Gokul Venkatachalam were declared co-champions in the annual National Spelling Bee contest, a feat achieved by Indian-Americans for the second consecutive year.In 2014, Sriram Hathwar and Ansun Sujoe were declared joint winners.

Indian-origin man sentenced for assaulting women in New Zealand

An Indian-origin taxi driver in New Zealand has been sentenced to three months home detention for ‘indecent assault’ on two women in separate incidents, a media report said on Saturday. Sandeep Kumar, an Auckland taxi driver, twice groped women passengers in his cab. He has been sentenced to three months home detention so that he can support his wife and child, NZ Herald reported. Kumar previously pleaded guilty to two counts of ‘indecent assault’ after he preyed on intoxicated young women who had trusted him to drive them home, the report said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”People should be able to catch taxis without the threat of offending against them. It should be a safe way for young women to get home at night,” Judge Nevin Dawson said. “Your offending not only makes it difficult for young women to rely on taxi services but now also casts aspersions on all other taxi drivers; unfairly so,” the Judge said.The first incident took place in September 2014 when Kumar picked up a young woman from Ponsonby suburb of Auckland city. As she sat in the front passenger seat, the defendant began massaging her leg, the report said.”She was very scared at that point and did not want to confront you,” judge Dawson said. Kumar asked her if she wanted to go “somewhere else” but she declined and he dropped her home.Nine months later, he picked up another female partygoer from the upmarket suburb. She told police that Kumar touched her inappropriately and groped her in the taxi.Because Kumar was supporting his wife and 18-month-old child, Judge Dawson ordered he should be allowed to continue working in his new job at a catering company if that could be arranged, the report added. Home detention is an alternative to full-time imprisonment. In this sentence, a person is confined in his or her residence by the authorities.

US university students protest Hindu chants by white woman

A group of students at an Ivy League University near New York protested a performance by one of its white graduates, accusing her of “cultural appropriation” as she performed Hindu music and meditation at an event on campus.15 students protested outside Carrie Grossman’s performance last week titled ‘An Evening of Devotional Music’ of Hindu chants, questioning her on whether her performance constituted cultural appropriation, a report in the university paper The Brown Daily Herald said.The Brown Daily Herald said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The performance had been advertised as an “intimate evening of inquiry, music and meditation” on a Facebook post of the event. Grossman tried to respond to the protestors saying she had discovered chanting on a visit to India and had “found (chanting) very powerful and very healing,” the report said.As she began describing her experience with Hindu chanting, the students questioned on her appropriation of Hindu culture. “How does your whiteness impact how you engage with these cultures?” one student asked.Another student said that Grossman’s website used “disturbing and appropriative language” because it says that she “enjoys… pretending to be a Vedic priestess.” Before Grossman’s performance, student leaders of the Contemplative Studies Departmental Undergraduate Group (DUG) had said in an opening statement regarding the protesters that “We see ourselves, as well as anyone that engages in the fruits and perils of globalisation that are running their course, as responsible for a constant and critical examination of our behaviours, beliefs and attitudes,” the report said.The DUG leaders also said that while they had planned the event with good intentions, they “humbly acknowledge that those intentions do not preclude harm and hurt that we may have inflicted.” The student protestors, who continued asking questions while Grossman performed, were told by audience members to be quiet and some even told the protestors to leave.The students were “asked to leave by the deans or to stay if we wanted” due to their constant questions, a student protestor Sohum Chokshi said in a Facebook message. As Chokshi exited, he announced that the protesters would hold their own ‘kirtan’ outside the room.After her performance, Grossman and several members of the audience joined the protesters outside the hall for a question-and-answer session. “What is your working definition of cultural appropriation?” an Indian-origin student Aanchal Saraf said to which Grossman replied that she defined it as using elements of other cultures “in your own way.”Later, Grossman apologised for not understanding the consequences of her action or the offence that they would cause. Saraf responded, “You saying that it wasn’t intended to be harmful doesn’t make it an apology.Saraf said Grossman should use her “privilege to make structural change. You as a white person are protected,” Saraf said adding that she wanted Grossman to leave with that message because “that’s what radical love looks like.”

Nepal President Bidhya Devi Bhandari to make first official foreign trip to India next month

Nepal’s first woman President Bidhya Devi Bhandari will visit India next month, her first official foreign trip after assuming office in October last year.Her visit comes nearly three months after Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli also chose India to be his first foreign destination after becoming the premier in October. Preparations are on for Nepal president’s official visit to India a the invitation of the president of India, though it has not yet been officially announced, said sources close to the president.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Though May 9 is the tentative date of the visit and detail programmes of the entourage is being worked out, the exact date will be fixed within a couple of days, said spokesperson of the President. According to media reports, 54-year-old Bhandari will first reach the New Delhi on May 9 and hold meetings with senior Indian officials and leaders the following day.In New Delhi, President Bhandari will meet her Indian counterpart Pranab Mukherjee on May 10, according to the preliminary itinerary. On the same day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and other Indian leaders will pay courtesy calls on President Bhandari, The Kathmandu Post reported.Initially Bhandari had shown interest to take part in the Simhastha Kumbh Mela in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, and accordingly it was communicated to the Indian side, the report said. According to officials, the Indian side, however, expressed its desire to host her in New Delhi first and make her personal-cum-religious visit an official one.After completing meetings and engagements in New Delhi, she will fly to Ujjain to take part in the Simhastha Kumbh Mela.The details of the visit, size of the delegation and other preparations are yet to be worked out, the paper quoted officials as saying.The bilateral ties between the two countries had faced turbulence in the recent past due to the months-long Madhesi agitation and subsequent blockade which halted the supply of essential goods to landlocked Nepal from India. Madhesis, mostly of Indian-origin, have been demanding the new Constitution be amended to include their concerns about adequate political representation and redrawing of federal boundaries.

US to take action against 300 Indian students extending their stay

Washington: The US has said it will take action against over 300 Indian students caught in a sting operation for allegedly trying to illegitimately extend their stay in the country.

“For the most part, they all came on legitimate student visas. It was actually when they were in country that some of them sought here, and that’s when they allegedly sought to extend their stay in the United States is my understanding,” Mark Toner State Department Deputy Spokesman said yesterday.

These students numbering 306 were caught in a sting operation conducted by Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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As many as 21 brokers and middle men including 11 people of Indian-origin were arrested last week as a result of the sting operation.

Toner said only those Indian students who tried to illegitimately tried to extend their stay in the US will be taken to task and no genuine student will be harassed.

“These individuals who came here on a student visa did come either to work or to study legitimately. They did qualify for student visas. They met the qualifications. They were issued student visas,” Toner said.

“It was only after living here, attending university or whatever, that they then decided to again allegedly seek out the assistance of this criminal organisation to extend their stay in the United States. That’s an important clarification,” he said.

Responding to a question, Toner said these Indian students were issued visas by US diplomatic missions in India to study in well recognised American educational institutions and not the fake university created by Department of Homeland Security as part of the sting operation.

“They did come here legitimately, on legitimate visas. It’s not about a visa issue. It’s about once they were here in the United States, they then sought through a criminal organisation to extend their stay,” Toner said.

Indian student trapped in the sting operation came to study at American universities as qualified students, he said.

“Once they got here, they were here to a time and they sought to extend their stay here in the United States and that’s when they sought to stay here illegally or they sought to – again, this is all allegedly right now,” he added.

Govt removes travel ban imposed on many overseas Sikhs

Apparently bowing to pressure from ally Akali Dal ahead of next year’s Punjab polls, the Modi government has lifted travel bans imposed on a number of overseas Sikhs, who were allegedly involved in subversive activities in 1980s and 1990s and kept in watch list.LIVE England vs West Indies final T20, ICC World T20The blacklist, which was prepared at different levels by security agencies, has been maintained by the government on mostly Indian-origin people allegedly involved in subversive or anti-India activities abroad.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Such people, whose names figure in the blacklist, are barred from visiting India. Some names have been removed from the blacklist after detailed discussions among various stakeholders, a Home Ministry official said.The blacklist has been pruned, reportedly following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention after Akali Dal supremo and Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal wrote a letter urging him to remove names of 36 Sikhs settled overseas from the travel ban.Though the exact number of people whose names were removed from the blacklist is not known, officials said it was quite a sizeble number.The move bears significance as assembly elections in Punjab are due early next year. BJP is part of the Badal government while Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal is the Akali Dal representative in the Modi Cabinet. The Punjab Chief Minister had urged Modi after he became Prime Minister in 2014 to direct the Home Ministry to evolve a mechanism for a regular review of all such cases. Badal had said he wanted removal of the names of persons from the list against whom no cases or legal proceedings were pending. Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal too had written a letter to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to review the blacklist of Sikhs and delete names of the persons who were not wanted in any criminal case in the state.A delegation of British Sikhs too had urged the Prime Minister for removing the names of Sikh individuals from the list. During the 1980s and 1990s, a large number of Sikh families had migrated to the US, Canada, the UK, Germany and other countries seeking political asylum. Many of the asylum seekers were booked in cases in India and have not been allowed to visit India in the past decades.Officials said the blacklist contains several thousand names.

How Twitter helped create PM Modi’s powerful online brand

Thoughtful construction of messages on Twitter has helped Prime Minister Narendra Modi build a powerful online brand and emerge as a techno-savvy global leader, a US university study conducted by an Indian-origin professor has said. In a latest study based on analysis of more than 6,000 tweets by Modi over a five-year period, Joyojeet Pal, an assistant professor in the School of Information at the University of Michigan, said his social media image has become all the more important because he has virtually shunned traditional media.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Thoughtful construction of messages on Twitter has helped Modi build a powerful online brand, allowing him to overcome a problematic past and emerge as a techno-savvy global leader who speaks directly to his electorate,” said Pal.Yet he comes across as the most interactive prime minister India has ever had, Pal said.”If you want to listen to Modi, please go to his social media feed — whether you are a citizen, a print reporter or a television channel,” said Pal, whose study is published in Economic and Political Weekly.”The social media feed has become the primary source for the Prime Minister’s opinions,” he added.”As the leader of India, his tone has changed to that of a benevolent ruler – more congratulatory, and worded to inspire. Retweeting this is seen as a celebration of India,” Pal said.The research also points out a fundamental change in the way the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party campaigned in the last elections with Modi at the helm.”Traditionally, BJP has had a strong party philosophy.The leader, however strong, remains secondary to the lotus, the symbol of the party. In this election, the entire social media discussion was about Modi rather than about the party,” he said.A good example of this is the #SelfieWithModi campaign, Pal added.People took selfies at voting booths with cutouts of Modi showing the black voting ink mark on their finger and using the hashtag to post the pictures.This innovative way of using the hashtag let the followers feel a sense of direct participation and contribution to the leader’s initiative, a unique use of Twitter by a political leader.As Prime Minister, almost every tweet posted on @narendramodi handle has been retweeted and favorited at least 1,000 times, Pal said.Noting that India is not like the US where the head of government is expected to routinely show up at a news conference, Pal said by using his own social media for messaging, Modi has been able to control his message, creating positive, non-controversial tweets.

London mayoral poll candidate uses Modi flyers to woo British Indians

The Conservative party candidate for the high-profile London mayoral polls is using leaflets with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s image to woo Indian-origin voters against his veteran Labour party rival who is the son of Pakistani immigrants.Zac Goldsmith, an Oxford-educated millionaire, is the Conservative party candidate for the race for the polls on May 5 to replace Boris Johnson when his term comes to end. He is up against Labour’s Sadiq Khan, a politician who proudly proclaims his working class roots as the son of a Pakistani bus driver.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an effort to grab an edge over Khan, Goldsmith’s team has been using a leaflet with an image of him shaking hands with the Indian prime minister alongside British counterpart David Cameron during Modi’s visit to the UK last November.The message reads: “Standing up for the British Indian community.” However, the 41-year-old’s tactic seems to have backfired as he was accused of a Hindu bias by only mentioning festivals of “Diwali, Navratri and Janamashtami” in reference to his “strong engagement with the Indian community.” The Goldsmith team also issued tailored letters for London’s Tamil-origin population which tend to have expensive jewellery in their homes, warning that Khan is planning a “wealth tax on family jewellery.”The letter reads: “The first job of the Mayor of London is to protect Londoners. I recognise that far too often, Tamil households are targeted for burglary due to families owning gold and valuable family heirlooms.”As mayor I will stand up to focus the Metropolitan Police on this issue and will fight to keep you, your family and your homes secure.” Tulip Siddiq, Labour MP for Hampstead and Kilburn, branded his techniques as “scaremongering” to win votes.She told the ‘Daily Mirror’: “The Tories are running a desperate and negative campaign for Mayor of London. It’s no surprise that they have resorted to sending out these scaremongering and totally dishonest leaflets.” Goldsmith is the son of the late Sir James Goldsmith and brother of Jemima Goldsmith, formerly Jemima Khan when she was married to Pakistani cricketer Imran Khan.A spokesperson for Zac Goldsmith said: “Khan experimented with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and helped elect a Labour leadership who want a new tax on family heirlooms, including jewellery if he is allowed to experiment with London from City Hall he represents a threat to the economic security of every family in our City.” The London mayoral race so far seems to be pretty close between the two main candidates and is likely to pick up speed next month.

Fully satisfied with outcome of talks with Modi: Nepal PM Oli

Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli on sunday said he was fully satisfied with the outcome of his talks with Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and that all misunderstandings with India in the last few months have been removed.A day after his talks with Modi, Oli said Nepal followed a “very democratic process” in finalising and promulgating the Constitution. He said he sought India’s assistance in ensuring economic development of his country.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”My sole purpose was to clear the misunderstandings and improve the ties between the two countries that had reached its lowest for the past few months and I believe I have succeeded in that,” Oli said.Oli, who arrived here on Friday on his first trip abroad after assuming charge of the top office, said he was “fully satisfied” with the outcome of his talks with Modi. After the talks, the two sides had signed nine agreements including one on utilisation of Indian grant of US $250 million to Nepal for post-earthquake reconstruction and another for improving road infrastructure in that country’s Terai region bordering India.”I did not come to Delhi with a shopping list. Therefore let nobody assume that I begged or inked any agreements,” he said. Asked about India’s message that all issues relating to the Constitution must be addressed through consensus and dialogue, he said his government was ready to address the grievances.”Nepal s constitution has guaranteed 31 different fundamental rights to people. We are ready to address the grievances of those who are protesting,” he said. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Kamal Thapa described Oli’s visit as “complete success”.Yesterday, Modi had conveyed to Oli that the success of its new Constitution will depend on resolution of contentious issues through “consensus and dialogue” in a time-bound manner. The focus of the talks was on repairing the ties soured in the wake of a four-month-long agitation by the Indian-origin Madhesi community.India was for peace, stability and overall development of Nepal, Modi had asserted after the meeting with Oli. The Madhesi community, which shares close family and cultural ties with Indians, was up in arms against the Nepalese government claiming the new Constitution discriminated against them. Nepal later amended the new Constitution to address two key demands of agitating Madhesis regarding proportional representation and constituency delimitation. However, certain issues still remain to be sorted out.The agitators had blocked various entry points for almost four months crippling supply of petroleum products, medicines and other commodities from India. The blockade was lifted this month.

India, Nepal try to mend fences; Nine agreements signed

India on Saturday conveyed to Nepal that success of its new Constitution will depend on resolution of contentious issues through “consensus and dialogue” in a time-bound manner as both sides held extensive talks with focus on repairing ties soured in the wake of a four-month -long agitation by the Indian-origin Madhesi community.India was for peace, stability and overall development of Nepal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted after meeting his Nepalese counterpart K P Sharma Oli, who on his part said the main reason for his visit was to clear “misunderstandings” in ties that persisted in the last few months and that they “no longer exist”.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The two sides signed nine agreements including one on utilisation of Indian grant of USD 250 million to Nepal for post-earthquake reconstruction and another on improving of road infrastructure in Nepal’s Terai region bordering India.Calling finalisation of Constitution a major achievement for Nepal, Modi expressed the hope that all political parties will come together to successfully resolve “remaining” Constitutional issues satisfactorily, taking in considerations aspirations of all sections of the society.”The drafting and announcement of the new Constitution after decades of struggle in Nepal is a major achievement. I appreciate the contribution of the political leadership and all sections of the society in Nepal in its making.””But its success depends on consensus and dialogue. I am confident on the basis of these principles and through political dialogue and by taking all sections together, you (Oli) will be able to resolve all issues relating to the Constitution satisfactorily and take Nepal forward towards the path of development and stability,” Modi said in his media statement, in presence of Oli.In the meeting, Modi stressed that Nepal’s stability was linked to India’s security. On combating terrorism, he said, “We will not allow terrorists and criminals to use our open border. In this regard the security agencies of the two countries will intensify cooperation.”Asked if the Nepalese Prime Minister could address India’s concerns, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said the “tone and tenor” of the visit was forward-looking, adding assurances given on addressing grievances within Nepal if left unaddressed may “detract” the country from stability.”This was not a recriminatory visit. This was a forward- looking visit. It was a visit in a cooperative sense,” he said, replying to a barrage of questions on whether India was satisfied with Nepal’s assurance on issues relating to the new Constitution.He said Modi expressed the hope that all the outstanding issues in the Constitution will be resolved in a time-bound manner. On whether India was worried about Nepal getting closer to China, Jaishankar rejected such apprehensions saying the word China did not come up in the talks.In his statement, Oli, who arrived here yesterday on his first foreign visit after becoming Prime Minister in October last year, said he came to clear misunderstandings and “have done so”. Ties between the two countries had soured in the wake of agitation by the Madhesi community, which shares close family and cultural ties with Indians, saying it failed to address their concerns over representation and homeland.The agitators had blocked trading points for almost four months crippling supply of petroleum products, medicines and other commodities by India to that country. The blockade was lifted this month.

LIGO gets go ahead: Union cabinet gives ‘in principle approval’ to build gravitational wave observatory

New Delhi: In a major boost to Indian science research, the Union cabinet on Wednesday approved a proposal to establish a state-of-the-art gravitational wave observatory in India in collaboration with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) in the US.

The “in principle” approval for the LIGO-India project for research on gravitational waves — a discovery that is regarded as the breakthrough of the century — is piloted by the Department of Atomic Energy and Department of Science and Technology (DST), a press release said.

The project will bring unprecedented opportunities for scientists and engineers to dig deeper into the realm of gravitational wave and take global leadership in this new astronomical frontier.

The LIGO-India project will also bring considerable opportunities in cutting-edge technology for the Indian industry which will be engaged in the construction of the eight-km long beam tube at ultra-high vacuum on a levelled terrain.

Concrete and stainless steel tubes house and protect the four-kilometer long laser apparatuses at the LIGO Hanford Observatory in Hanford, Washington. File photo ReutersConcrete and stainless steel tubes house and protect the four-kilometer long laser apparatuses at the LIGO Hanford Observatory in Hanford, Washington. File photo Reuters

Concrete and stainless steel tubes house and protect the four-kilometer long laser apparatuses at the LIGO Hanford Observatory in Hanford, Washington. File photo Reuters

Confirming a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity, scientists including several of Indian-origin this month observed gravitational waves, or ripples in the fabric of space time, arriving at Earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his happiness over the historic detection of gravitational waves and lauded the role of Indian scientists in the project.

“Historic detection of gravitational waves opens up new frontier for understanding of universe. Immensely proud that Indian scientists played an important role in this challenging quest,” he tweeted.

Dubbed as the breakthrough of the century, the international team of scientists believes that the detection of gravitational waves will open an unprecedented new window to the cosmos.

Gravitational waves carry information about their dramatic origins and about the nature of gravity that cannot be obtained from elsewhere.

Physicists have concluded that the detected gravitational waves were produced during the final fraction of a second of the merger of two black holes to produce a single, more massive spinning black hole.

This collision of two black holes had been predicted but never observed.

The twin LIGO detectors are located in Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington.

The LIGO observatories are funded by the US National Science Foundation (NSF), and were conceived, built and are operated by Caltech and MIT.

IANS

Amidst rise in scientists returning to India, Harsh Vardhan says ‘reverse brain drain’ has started

Noting the rise in the number of scientists returning to the country, Union Minister Harsh Vardhan on Monday said a new trend of ‘reverse brain drain’ has already started.”Earlier there used to be brain drain. Now a reverse trend has started. Around 175-180 scientists have returned to India in the recent past,” Vardhan, the Union Minister for Science and Technology, said when asked to comment on how the NDA government would tackle the issue of Indian talent migrating for greener pastures outside.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A recent report by USA’s National Science Foundation said the number of Indian-origin scientists and engineers in the US grew 85% between 2003 and 2013.”There are ample opportunities here. We have the best of the labs, state-of-the-art equipment. Research fellowships have been increased by 50 per cent. We want the scientific temper to grow in the country,” Vardhan said.He was in the city to inaugurate the second campus of CSIR-affiliated Indian Institute of Chemical Biology(IICB) in Salt Lake.On the generation-next 30 m telescope, which is being built jointly by countries like USA, China, Japan, Canada, among others, Vardhan said India was supplying majority of the hardware for the project.India’s contribution, the minister said, is worth Rs 1,300 crore in the project.Stating that the NDA government was trying to plug gaps between laboratory research and its translation into action, he asked the scientists to make quality technology products which should also be affordable to people.

Indian-origin Fijian Islamic State recruiter killed in Syria: Reports

Melbourne: An Indian-origin Fijian who is Australia’s most wanted Islamic State terror recruiter has reportedly been killed in Syria, according to media reports today.

The report of Neil Prakash’s death, a Melbourne-born radical, was posted on secure communications app Telegram, quoting an IS member.

The IS claim Prakash, also known as Abu Khaled al-Cambodi, has been “shahada” – the terror group’s description when a fighter is killed. No details have yet emerged of how or where he reportedly died, Herald Sun reported.

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The terrorist, who allegedly had contact with some of those accused of plotting an Anzac Day terror attack in Victoria, flew to Syria in 2013, the report said. Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that commemorates those who served and died in wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations.

Until recently Prakash had used social media to groom potential terror recruits, but was forced to change his communication methods because of concerns he would be tracked by countries fighting IS. Federal Government and police sources were last night unable to confirm Prakash’s death, which would hurt the terror group’s international ­recruitment efforts, the report said.

However, one Government source has admitted that ­Prakash had “gone quiet” ­recently on his usual communication platforms. Reports of Prakash’s death have been communicated within IS groups. If Prakash’s death is eventually confirmed by anti-terror agencies, it would be likely to lead to an increase in security measures, with the Australian believed to have local supporters and sympathisers, the report said. Australian police last year issued a warrant for his arrest.

PTI

Indian-origin Briton deported from US due to ‘skin colour’

A UK-based Indian-origin man who had travelled to the US from London on a business trip has alleged that he was held for 13 hours by the immigration officials and was deported because of his skin colour.Amreet Surana, who works for a UK security company, was held in Detroit while trying to catch a connecting flight to the firm’s branch in Arizona. The 24-year-old said that he had the relevant Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) form, which allows citizens of 38 countries, including most of Europe, to travel to the US without a visa.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I believe I was profiled because of my appearance,” Surana told the BBC.The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has not specified the reason for Surana’s deportation but say that the ESTA did not guarantee a traveller would pass US border checks.Surana, from Leicestershire in the Midlands region of England, said that he was stopped when he landed at Detroit Airport from Heathrow on January 17 and then sent to be interviewed by immigration officials. He told them he worked as an international business manager for Nottingham-based Octavian and was visiting its US branch in Phoenix.”In the space of 20 minutes they concluded that I was an illegal immigrant working in America, denying a US citizen a job,” Surana claimed.”I was threatened with fraud, I was threatened with banishment from the US and imprisonment. You feel dehumanised to the extent that you feel like a piece of dirt on the floor,” he said.He was then allegedly held for 13 hours, during which time his photograph and fingerprints were taken, and his belongings searched. He was allowed to sleep in an unused interview room but was given little food or water, he claimed.”The whole experience was traumatic, frightening, embarrassing, stressing and haunting for me and my family. I have never had a criminal record. I have an education and an international executive job. I wish this on nobody,” he said.In a statement, CBP said that it “firmly denies any claims that a traveller can be subject to an admissibility interview because of racial profiling.””CBP is charged with inspecting all travellers regardless of nationality, race, sex, religion, faith or spiritual beliefs. Accusations of lengthy detentions by CBP are also incorrect. CBP officers offer food and water before boarding a return flight within eight hours of the traveller’s arrival into the United States,” the statement said.

dna morning must reads: From Hyderabad University SC/ST teachers slamming Smriti Irani to Uttar Pradesh winning Mushtaq Ali Trophy

1. Dalit scholar suicide: SC/ST teachers at HCU resign from administrative posts, slam Smriti IraniAt least 10 SC/ST teachers of Hyderabad Central University (HCU) have resigned from their administrative roles protesting Union HRD minister Smriti Irani’s remarks that Dalit faculty members were also part of the probe that expelled research scholar Rohith Vemula and four others. Read more here<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>2. Diversity is Canada’s greatest strength: PM Justin TrudeauWith a number of Indian-origin ministers in his cabinet as well as a big Indian diaspora population in his country, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday said diversity is Canda’s greatest source of strength and is propelling the country into a bright future. Read more here3. Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Suresh Raina leads UP to win in finalIt was supposed to be a keenly contested title clash with two of the best T20 domestic teams – Uttar Pradesh and Baroda —making it to the final round after two league stages. Read more here4. BJP, Congress demand Delhi government rollback of raised VAT on petrol, dieselOpposition BJP and Congress have asked Delhi government to rollback the increased value added tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel alleging that the move will put extra burden on the common man. Read more here5. I was a superstar in my head, says Sushant Singh RajputSushant Singh Rajput doesn’t like being called a star just yet. He says he would prefer being called an actor anyday. He’s casual, candid and quite witty. In between bouts of laughter, Sushant discusses his love for films, people’s perceptions about him and turning 30. Read more here

Sister of Indian-origin Islamic State jihadist hopes it’s not him

The sister of an Indian-origin Islamic State terror suspect dubbed “New Jihadi John” has said she is hoping that the masked man in a recent video of the terror group is not her brother and her family was in the dark about how he was radicalised.Konika Dhar appeared before a House of Commons Home Affairs Committee hearing on Tuesday over the possibility of her brother Siddhartha Dhar being the masked man who recently appeared in an ISIS propaganda video which showed “British spies” being executed.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I’m still holding to the firm belief that what I’m seeing is not him – and I haven’t had verification otherwise.It’s sort of the realisation that ‘is he really my brother that has done this? and I can’t accept that he would ever do that. I can’t accept it,” the London-based law student said.Siddhartha, 32, a former bouncy castle salesman from London, had changed his name to Abu Rumaysah after converting from Hinduism to Islam.Speaking to the parliamentary committee, his sister said she and her family were “left in the dark” over how he came to convert about a decade ago and how he adopted his radical views, but feared he had been “brainwashed” by individuals in the community.In response to a question, she said it would “absolutely” be a good idea to have organisations for families to turn to for advice or share their concerns in confidence.”I think this is one thing that needs to be addressed, because for me personally it was very difficult to know who to turn to. I didn’t know whether to contact the police, whether to go via the media or speak to family members…it was a bit of a shock,” Konika said.”I think not only an organisation but a procedure to follow, because I don’t know what the steps are…I thought I did the right thing, and I hope it is, but I am just wary if I am making things worse now…I justmiss my brother very much and I’m just trying to make him realise that none of this is him,” she said.Labour lawmaker Chuka Umunna asked her if she felt responsible for her brother.”I feel a sense of guilt definitely – I’ve lost my brother and why was I not able to stop it because he is part of me,” she said.Her statement in Parliament coincides with a documentary to be aired on British television tonight which shows Siddhartha Dhar brandishing a black ISIS flag in London in January 2014.’The Jihadis Next Door’, to be aired on Channel 4, captures him telling the filmmaker: “These are the black flags of Islam. This one’s actually the flag of the Islamic State, so one day when the Sharia comes, you will see this black flag everywhere.”He skipped bail and fled Britain later that year with his wife and their four children to join ISIS in Syria.

Indian-origin psychiatrist in US arrested after deaths of 36 patients

An Indian-origin psychiatrist dubbed “Dr Death” by police has been arrested in the US after 36 of his patients died with at least 12 killed by overdose on prescription medication.Narendra Nagareddy, a psychiatrist in Clayton County, Georgia, has been put behind bars on suspicion of over- prescribing prescription medication and running a ‘pill mill’.]Nearly 40 federal and local agents raided Nagareddy’s offices and later moved on to his home to seize more assets.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”He’s a psychiatrist in Jonesboro who has been over-prescribing opiates and benzodiazepine and the last several years has had a multitude of overdoses and overdose deaths,” Clayton County Police Chief Mike Register told WSB-TV Channel 2 News.Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Clayton County District Attorney’s office, the Clayton County Police Department and the Georgia Department of Community Supervision converged on Nagareddy’s office on Thursday armed with a search warrant and an arrest warrant for the psychiatrist.”He’s charged with prescribing pain medication which is outside his profession as a psychiatrist and not for a legitimate purpose for the patient,” said Clayton County District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson.According to legal documents, “36 of Nagareddy’s patients have died while being prescribed controlled substances from Dr Nagareddy, 12 of which have been confirmed by investigators through autopsy reports to have been the result of prescription drug intoxication.””Former and current patients have admitted to obtaining controlled substance prescriptions from Dr Nagareddy without having a legitimate medical need,” the documents said.”People come to this person for help, and instead of getting help, they’re met with deadly consequences,” Clayton County Police Chief Register was quoted as saying. “If the allegations are true, he is Dr Death, no doubt about it.” The district attorney’s office said they also filed a RICO civil action to seize Nagareddy’s assets.One of Nagareddy’s patient has been identified as Audrey Austin, a 29-year-old mother of two. She died of a fatal prescription drug overdose just days after she visited Nagareddy.”She was an addict and he made it very easy for her,” Audrey’s mother Ruth Carr was quoted as saying by New York Daily News.”Americans are abusing prescription drugs at a truly alarming level,” said Clyde E Shelley Jr with the DEA.”Doctors hold a position of public trust and to betray that position cannot be tolerated,” Shelly said.

Indian author Anuradha Roy’s ‘Sleeping on Jupiter’ wins DSC Prize for South Asian Literature

Indian writer Anuradha Roy today won the prestigious US $50,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature for her novel Sleeping on Jupiter at the Galle Literary Festival in Sri Lanka. Roy was awarded the prize and a unique trophy by Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at a glittering ceremony this evening.The six shortlisted authors in contention for this year’s prize were UK-based Indian-origin author Akhil Sharma for Family Life, KR Meera’s Hangwoman (Translated by J Devika), Mirza Waheed’s The Book of Gold Leaves, Neel Mukherjee’s The Lives of Others and Raj Kamal Jha’s She Will Build Him A City.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mark Tully, the chair of the judging panel described Roy’s novel as having described “the South Asia setting faithfully and evocatively.” “We chose Sleeping on Jupiter by Anuradha Roy because of its elegance, flair and readability. It raises many issues succinctly and with commendable economy of words,” Tully said. “Among the issues raised are the power of memory and myth, religious hypocrisy, sexuality, abuse and other forms of violence. The novel contains powerful portraits of both major and minor characters. We believe this book will be a source of inspiration to other writers.” he added.While presenting the trophy to the winner Wickremesinghe, commented on the importance of South Asian literature and the crucial role it can play to improve the lives of the people living in the region.Now in its sixth edition, the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature is an established international literary prize that awards the best work in South Asian fiction writing each year.This year prize had received 74 entries with participation from publishers across the South Asian region and from countries like the UK, US, Canada, Australia and South Africa amongst others.The past five winners of the prize include Jhumpa Lahiri (The Lowland), Cyrus Mistry (Chronicle of a Corpse Bearer) Jeet Thayil (Narcopolis), Shehan Karunatilaka (Chinaman) and HM Naqvi (Home Boy). Each of these winners has gone on to be published internationally.Roy is an award-winning novelist, journalist and editor. Her first novel, An Atlas of Impossible Longing has been translated into fifteen languages across the world.

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