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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

Indian-origin landlord jailed for fire deaths in UK

London: An Indian-origin landlord in the UK who failed to fit smoke alarms inside a house owned by him leading to the death of two boys in a fire, has been jailed for a year, in the first prosecution of its kind in the country since new smoke alarm regulations were introduced in 2015. Kamal Bains,

Indian teenager among 3 killed in US plane collision

Washington: An Indian teenager has been killed along with two other persons after two small planes collided mid-air in the US state of Florida, authorities have said. Nisha Sejwal, 19, was killed in the accident on Tuesday along with Jorge Sanchez, 22, and Ralph Knight, 72, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The police said they were

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Trump to pardon Indian American media personality

New York:  United States President Donald Trump has said that he will pardon Dinesh D’Souza, a controversial conservative Indian-American media personality, who was convicted of making illegal contributions to a Republican Party candidate for Senate. Trump tweeted on Thursday, “Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D’Souza today. He was treated very unfairly by our

Mukherjee asks youth Diaspora to learn about India

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee asked the youth of the Indian Diaspora to learn about India, its traditions and thought process and to use the knowledge for the betterment of the global community at large. Speaking to a group of Indian youth Diaspora attending the ‘Know India Programme’ (KIP) of the ministry of overseas Indian

Government pension scheme for Indians abroad

The Indian government is promoting a new Pension and Life Insurance Fund (PILF) scheme in a bid to provide financial security to poor Indians working abroad. Indian embassies have been told to help those wanting to subscribe to PILF, Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi said while launching the pilot scheme Tuesday. Non-resident

Kerala doubles allowances for diaspora

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government Wednesday doubled the financial assistance extended to the weaker and poorer sections of the state’s diaspora, which includes assistance to bring back the bodies of those who pass away abroad and medical assistance. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy made the announcement after the weekly cabinet meeting. “The financial assistance for medical assistance

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