Indian Abroad articles

India trying to bring back 28 Indians ‘duped’ by travel agents

New Delhi: The Indian Embassy in Baghdad is “proactively liaising” with the Iraqi authorities to facilitate the return of 28 Indians who were allegedly duped by unscrupulous travel agents promising them lucrative jobs, but are now subjected to long working hours with poor salaries. “It is understood that in recent months, a few Punjab-based travel

Honeymoon murder: Shrien Dewani to be extradited to South Africa

London: Shrien Dewani, the husband of Indian-origin woman Anni Dewani, who was murdered while on their honeymoon in Cape Town, will be extradited to South Africa to stand trial, a British court has ruled. Anni, 28, an engineer from Sweden, and 31-year-old Shrien were ambushed by two armed men in their taxi during their honeymoon

It was scary, says Sikh leader in Britain

New Delhi: Recalling a terrifying night of plunder, a Sikh community leader in a British town says, “It was scary”. “The rioting started yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon and shops were looted and cars were set on fire. It continued through the night,” Dya Singh, president of Guru Har Rai Gurdwara Sahib, said from West Bromwich town

Toronto girl is Miss India-Canada, Lisa Ray honoured

Toronto: Nineteen-year-old Akhina Mooken has been crowned as Miss India-Canada 2011. The Toronto-area girl defeated 15 contenders from across Canada to win the crown at the 21st annual Miss India-Canada Pageant. Actress Lisa Ray, who was the guest of honour at this year’s event, was presented with the Special Achievement Award for her contribution to

NRI woes on surrendering Indian passports

Many non-resident Indians (NRIs) say they are facing problems because of the formalities they now have to face while surrendering their Indian passports to acquire US citizenship. “It is mind boggling how much paperwork they have added for someone born in India to revisit India,” lamented NRI Padma Golla from Houston, US. She was among

Indian American couple evade taxes, gave out drugs illegally

Washington: An Indian-American couple who operated weight-loss clinics in Indiana faces federal drug and tax evasion charges for allegedly providing prescription weight-loss drugs to patients without performing physicals and not paying some $750,000 in taxes. Rakesh Anand, 55, and Meena Anand, 51, owners of Doctors Weight Loss Centres in suburban Lansing, Orland Park, and Merrillville

NRI IT professionals move back to India

New Delhi: With declining wages abroad, an increasing number of non-resident Indian IT professionals are moving back to their home country, says a survey. IT and IT-enabled firms in India hired 28 percent more non-resident Indian (NRI) professionals in the first quarter of 2011-12, according to the survey conducted by recruitment consulting firm Among

17 Indian youth on death row in UAE to walk free

Chandigarh/Sharjah:Seventeen Indian youth on a death row in the United Arab Emirates for the death of a Pakistani national could walk free October after members of the Indian community in Dubai deposited “blood money” in a court in Sharjah to secure a pardon for them. Community representatives, led by Dubai hotelier S.P. Singh Oberoi, deposited

19 Indians indicted for $60 mn medical fraud in US

Washington: US Federal prosecutors have charged 26 people, including 19 Indians, with participating in a scheme to defraud government Medicare and Medicaid services for the elderly of nearly $60 million in unwarranted prescriptions. An indictment unsealed in Detroit accuses Babubhai “Bob” Patel, 49, a Canton Township pharmacist, of using his ownership in more than 20

Indian researcher gets $10,000 Commonwealth scholarship

Toronto: Canada’s Carleton University, which has become the prime institution in forging educational and research exchanges with India, has awarded its $10,000 Commonwealth Scholarship to an Anna University researcher. Under the grant, researcher Selladurai Madhiyan will travel to Canada to work with Carleton’s P.R. Sundararajan in his work on temperature-tolerant polymers, the Ottawa-based university said.