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India introduces Bill to counter exploitation by NRI spouses

India introduces Bill to counter exploitation by NRI spouses

New Delhi: India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has introduced a path breaking Bill on Registration of Marriage of non-Resident of India in Rajya Sabha (upper house  or Parliament). The Bill is an outcome of a joint initiative of the Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Ministry of Home Affairs and

An Indian-founded organisation rehabilitates Syrian refugees in Germany

New Delhi: As Europe continues to grapple with the problem of refugees fleeing war-torn Syria, an organisation founded by an Indian is helping a small town in Germany in rehabilitating these people. R Ventures Foundation, registered in Amsterdam, is helping the university town of Heidelberg in the German state of Baden-Wurttemberg in rehabilitating the Syrian refugees

Indian man faces jail in Singapore, caning over bid to extort bank

Singapore: A 35-year-old Indian national faces a jail term of 2-5 years and caning over his bid to extort half a million dollars from Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore, the media reported on Wednesday. According to court papers, Nagarajan Balajee had allegedly threatened to publish a libel concerning Aalishaan Zaidi, 47, the global head of digital

Hate crime: Indian-origin family targeted in UK aron attack

London: An Indian-origin family was forced to flee their home in the UK after it was targeted in an arson attack which the police on Wednesday treated as a “hate crime”. Mayour Karlekar, 43, said his wife and two kids suffered a “near death experience” when they woke up to a fire roaring outside the front

Indian-American researcher awarded $6.5Mn to identify cancer biomarkers

Washington: The US National Cancer Institute has give the “Outstanding Investigator Award” to Professor Arul Chinnaiyan, from the University of Michigan, and $6.5 million in funding over seven years, to identify cancer biomarkers to improve diagnosis and develop new targeted therapies. “The field of precision oncology continues to evolve with the overarching goal of providing cancer

Indian-origin persons among 15 indicted in US call centre sca

Washington: Fifteen people, including some of Indian-origin, and five India-based call centres have been indicted in a multi-million call centre scam that victimized thousands of people in the US. Seven people were arrested on Thursday in the US for their alleged involvement in the scam that victimized over 2,000 people, resulting in over $5.5 million in

Kerala diaspora in Middle East helps flood victims

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala diaspora in the Middle East is extending help and support to those hit by the devastating floods in the state. The Kerala Samajam, Bahrain, will send the first consignment of food items, clothes and napkins on Tuesday to NGOs in Kerala for distribution, a Samajam member told IANS. The Palakkad Malayalee group in

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Kerala flood toll 370, over 700,000 in camps

Thiruvananthapuram: As the rain fury finally abated on Sunday, 724,649 people remained in 5,645 camps in the southern Indian state of Kerala following “one of the worst ever floods” that has left about 370 dead and caused unprecedented destruction. “Our prime concern was to save lives. It appears it has been met,” Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan

Indian-origin lawyer in Singapore fined for drunk driving

Singapore: An Indian-origin lawyer was on Friday fined 1,600 Singapore dollars and banned from driving for a year after he pleaded guilty to a drunk driving charge. Jeyendran Jeyapal, 39, a deputy senior state counsel, was found with 1.37 times the prescribed limit of alcohol while driving. He admitted having an alcoholic cocktail at a pub