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Jet Airways to Compensate an NRI for Misplacing Bag with Items Worth Rs 2.5 Lakh March 25, 2019 07:48

Airlines have in many cases held responsible for mishandling passengers’ luggage. While many air passengers received their luggage in a shabby condition, some others didn’t receive them at all. Recently, Haryana’s Panchkula district consumer disputes redressal forum has directed Jet Airways to pay Rs 58,000 to a Non-Resident Indian whose bag went missing once he landed in India from Canada.On October 2016, Jasbir Singh Purba a resident of Ontario, Canada, and his wife were carrying a total of four bags. Once they landed at the New Delhi airport, they received only three of them. The fourth bag not only contained luxury clothes worth Rs 1.30 lakh but also medication of heart ailment and high blood pressure for his wife’s diabetes.Jasbir then contacted the employees of the airline who asked him to fill an application form and assured that his baggage will be delivered the next day, according to a report in Times of India. Jasbir said that he along with his wife had to endure a lot of trauma, stress, agony, and harassment upon losing such expensive luggage. On November 05, 2016 the airline delivered the baggage at Jasbir’s address but allegedly in destroyed and broken beyond usage condition.After forum sent a notice to Jet Airways and the representatives appeared before the forum, they laid the blame on Jasbir of raising fake claims so that the company could be blamed of deficiency in service.Jet Airways representatives said that the complainant had not disclosed the value of his baggage at the time of check-in.According to the forum, Jasbir had to purchase new clothes in an emergency, which he already had in his bag. On the basis of observation of case, the clothes purchased by him, amounting to Rs 1.30 lakh, would be used in the future, hence, they deemed it just, fair and reasonable to recompense the complainant to the extent of 1/3rd of the expenses subject by him on account of purchase of cloth items.The forum directed Jet Airways to pay Rs 43,333 which is one-third of Rs 1.30 lakh on account of damages suffered by Jasbir as well as Rs 10,000 on account of harassment, mental agony, and Rs 5,500 as litigation charges.By Sowmya Sangam

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‘We Are Indian Citizens, No Matter Where We Live’: NRIs Fly Down to India Ahead of Elections March 21, 2019 11:06

It seems like election ardor of India has spread across the world as even Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) flying down to their native places in India to exercise their franchise in Lok Sabha elections happening next month. Ajith Kubatoor, who moved to Australia three years back, said he has a track record of not missing a single election be it state or national since he turned 18. “I flew down for the assembly elections in Karnataka last year. The perception that NRIs do not care about their country’s development has changed of late. I even informed my office in advance that I would need to take leave some time in April or May to vote in India,” said Kubatoor.Another Indian nation from Arizona, keen to make it to India in time to vote, Jayanth Kumar and his wife booked tickets even before the election dates were announced. “We assumed it would be held in May, like last time, but as soon as the EC announced the date, we changed our tickets. We moved abroad 12 years back but lived in Bengaluru’s north constituency earlier. I make it a point to vote during the LS elections - we are Indian citizens, no matter where we live,” Jayanth said, adding, “Getting leave from work was not easy, so I will be working from home when in India.”“Each and every vote counts, so we have to be there, no matter where we are settled. Even if government schemes and policies no longer directly impact us, our families and friends back home are affected, which is why it is important for us to vote,” said Pallavi Mysore revealing that election fever has hit Indian communities in the U.S., with everyone talking about it on WhatsApp, Facebook, and other social media platforms.Pallavi who lived in Bengaluru before moving to the United States 10 years back, was unable to travel during the last Lok Sabha elections, as she had just delivered a baby. But she is not missing it this time.“While my husband could not get a leave from work, I will be flying to Bengaluru to vote. Indian parents in the U.S., whose children are young and do not have exams in April, are making it a point to travel and vote this time,” she added. Talking, criticizing and complaining about the government on social media is not enough, said Venkatanath Doreswamy and Nagaraj Koranthota. “We discuss issues on a daily basis on social media, but that does not change anything. Elections are the one opportunity we get to make a difference.”“I will be working from home for two weeks and taking another two weeks off when I come to vote in Bengaluru. My wife and I booked open flight tickets in advance, we only entered our travel dates after the EC announcement,” said Doreswamy, who lives in Australia. Koranthota, who is settled in the U.S., has been coordinating with his colleagues in Bengaluru to get their voter ID issues sorted out. “Several of my colleagues in Bengaluru did not vote in the state elections last time, as they had issues with changing their address and constituencies. I helped them with the process, while also conducting online campaigns,” he added.By Sowmya Sangam

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Tollywood Comedian Surya Prasad, Two More Arrested in NRI Chigurupati Jayaram Murder Case March 15, 2019 06:43

Telugu film industry comedian Surya Prasad, including two others, were arrested on Thursday for involving in the murder of Florida-based Non-Resident Indian (NRI) entrepreneur Chigurupati Jayaram, police said. Besides Prasad, the police also took Kishore and Anji Reddy into custody. Deputy Commissioner of Police A.R. Srinivas told reporters that they have almost completed the investigations into the case and it has been confirmed that Jayaram's niece Shikha Chowdary had no role in the murder, investigations revealed. According to police, main accused Rakesh Reddy had hatched a conspiracy to extort money from Jayaram. Surya Prasad and Kishore brought Jayaram to his house in Jubilee Hills, where Jayaram was murdered. Anji Reddy reached Rakesh Reddy's house after the murder but did not inform the police. On allegations that Rakesh Reddy spoke to few police officers after the murder, the DCP said they were conducting investigations. He said while Rakesh Reddy had relations with politicians, there was no evidence of any political involvement in the crime. The body of Jayaram, 55, who was director of Coastal Bank, was found on the back seat of his car off the national highway near Nandiagama close to Vijayawada on January 31. Jayaram, also a Managing Director of Express TV, a now inoperative Telugu channel, had come to Hyderabad from the United States a few days earlier before his murder. The crime was first investigated by the Andhra Pradesh Police, which arrested Rakesh Reddy and his security guard, though later the case was transferred to Telangana after it was revealed that Jayaram was murdered at a house in Hyderabad and his body was dumped in Andhra Pradesh. Jayaram's wife Padmashri has also demanded a probe against Shikha, who was allegedly in a relationship with Rakesh Reddy. She had said that after the murder, Shikha barged into their house in Jubilee Hills and that some key documents and valuables were found lacking subsequently. By Sowmya Sangam

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Hindu Man in New Zealand Eats Beef Mislabeled Lamb, Reaches Store to Fund Purification Trip to India March 13, 2019 06:48

An Indian origin Hindu man in New Zealand is fighting a David vs Goliath battle against a local supermarket after he ended up eating beef because of a mistake made by the store. Jaswinder Paul, who moved to New Zealand two decades ago, had asked the store to fork up round-trip airfare to India so that he can purify his damaged inner being. Jaswinder Paul says Hinduism mandates that he now come back home and "do sacred things for four to six weeks, and be purified by priests". "It's a long process," Paul told Stuff.co.nz, a local news website. Paul's fight with the grocery store dates back to September earlier this year when he bought a package of "roast lamb". According to Stuff.co.nz, Paul, who runs a barbershop, cooked the meat and ate it before realizing it was actually beef and not lamb, that the label on it claimed. And ever since, Paul said, his family has turned down to talk to him. Paul realized that he must cleanse his soul in order to "continue on (his) religious path". And so, Paul approached the supermarket - Countdown in New Zealand's Blenheim town - and asked them to fund his 'yatra' back home. The supermarket apologized for mislabeling and consequently offered Paul a gift voucher, according to a spokesperson for the supermarket who spoke to Stuff.co.nz. But Paul declined, in hope that the supermarket would come to its senses and pay up the money required for a cleansing trip back home. However, the supermarket did no such thing. And now, according to Stuff.co.nz, Paul is considering knocking on a court's door, even though he does not want to. "I don't want to go to court against a big corporation. I just want to go home," Paul said, adding that it may look like a "simple matter" but for him, it is "very hard". "I know my society back from my home will not accept me with this breach of the religion's conditions." By Sowmya Sangam

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Group Lotus Indian Origin Director Uday Senapati Banned for Drink-Driving March 09, 2019 04:40

An Indian origin director of British sportscar company Group Lotus has been banned from driving for a year after being caught drink-driving on the roads of Norwich in the East Anglia region of England. Uday Senapati, who appeared at Norwich Magistrates Court charged with driving while over the legal alcohol limit earlier this month. He is the product strategy and managing director for the Norfolk-headquartered sports car company behind models like Evora and Elise. "You cannot see someone who works for a world famous motor company not being able to drive. They [Lotus] seem to be able to make arrangements to keep him on," his attorney Simon Nicholls told the court. The court heard that Senapati had been on a night out with friends which had gone on later than planned. Before getting a taxi home, he decided to move his car to a car park to avoid a parking ticket the next day. He was stopped by police as he tried to drive his black Volvo XC60 into the car park and was arrested after failing a breath test and taken to Wymondham police station in Norwich. "He had the best intentions - it's good mitigation but it's not a defense. It was more than just a few feet," Nicholls said. Senapati was found to have 63 micrograms of alcohol in 100 milliliters of breath, more than twice the legal limit of 35, during the incident on February 15. The 40-year-old admitted drink driving and was banned from driving for 12 months and fined 1,850 pounds. He has also been directed to pay 85 pounds towards legal costs and 170 pounds surcharge, besides undertaking a compulsory course for drink drivers. As part of his job, Senapati is responsible for signing off on new car models. He took charge at the British sportscar maker earlier this year and is a qualified automotive engineer, specializing in automotive refinement, aerodynamics and vehicle engineering. By Sowmya Sangam

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Australian Investigators Striving to Determine Final Movements of Murder Indian Origin Dentist March 07, 2019 10:44

A day after body of Indian origin woman dentist’s was found stuffed in a suitcase in Sydney, the only suspect behind the murder traveled 400 kilometers with the sole purpose of seeing her in spite of knowing that she was dating another man, police have said as they struggled to find out what happened in a gap of several hours yet to be accounted for on the day of her death.The man suspected of murdering the 32-year-old Preethi Reddy, whose body was found with numerous stab wounds, in her car parked in an eastern Sydney street, New South Wales, is another Indian-origin dentist and her ex-boyfriend Harsh Narde.Narde died on Monday night after his BMW car collided with a truck on the New England Highway, a day after his ex-girlfriend was reported missing, New South Wales Police (NSW) said.The head-on collision, around 340 kilometers from where Reddy's body was found, is believed to have been intentional, they said.Police reportedly believe Narde traveled 400km from Tamworth to Sydney for the continuing education course with the sole purpose of seeing his ex-girlfriend despite her telling him: "I've moved on, you need to do the same", The Daily Telegraph reported."Preethi told him she had met someone else and that it was serious and she was moving to Melbourne," an anonymous source told the newspaper.A colleague of Reddy and Narde said he last saw the pair chatting animatedly in the hotel lobby following the event on Saturday night.Narde had no history of violence, according to sources."They looked happy and stayed back to chat after the conference ended at 7 p.m.," he said. "I knew they (had previously been) in a long-term relationship, many of us did. The bizarre thing I noticed that night was that he took down his Facebook shortly after the conference. It made me wonder why."A few hours later, Reddy was captured on CCTV inside McDonald's at the Strand Arcade in Sydney about 2.15 a.m. on Sunday.CCTV footage shows Reddy standing at the counter before she appeared to leave alone and walk south on Market St. Further surveillance footage shows her entering the Swissotel foyer about five minutes later.An NSW Police spokesperson said Reddy stayed in the hotel with "a man known to her" all-night.At around 11 a.m. on Sunday, she spoke to her family over the phone and told them she would have a late breakfast then head home to Penrith. But when she failed to return that night, her family reported her missing to Nepean Police Area Command and created a Facebook page to help find her.Narde was captured on the hotel's CCTV camera getting help from a hotel porter to lift a large and heavy suitcase into the boot of a car on Sunday afternoon, according to The Daily Telegraph.The bag contained Reddy's body, which was discovered in the boot of her car on a laneway in Sydney's eastern suburbs around 9.30 p.m. on Tuesday. She had been stabbed numerous times.While Reddy was still the subject of a missing person's inquiry on Sunday night, Narde sent a series of text messages, to one of her concerned friends.Friends of Reddy asked Narde about his ex-girlfriend's whereabouts, questioning him via text message at 9.24 p.m. Sunday.In text messages obtained by the Daily Mail, one friend asked if he'd seen or heard from her."Hey, I spoke to her in person on Saturday evening. She said (she was going) home," he replied in the text messages.When the friend suggested Reddy was maybe sleeping somewhere, he replied: Maybe.And when the friend admitted they were scared Reddy had been missing for so long, Narde said he was too. "I feel disturbed as well am sitting at one place for the last 30 minutes," he wrote.Detective Superintendent Gavin Dengate revealed officers grilled Narde while Reddy was still the subject of a missing person's inquiry.In a shocking twist, Narde died about 10 p.m. on Monday night, a day after Reddy was reported missing in a head-on collision with a truck near Tamworth in what police believe was a deliberate act.A New South Wales (NSW) Police spokeswoman told news.com.au authorities were not looking for any other suspects in relation to Reddy's murder.Police have since appealed to the public to help them trace Reddy's final movements. But Dengate cautioned against speculation as to what happened.“We're looking at the timeline of when they met up,” he said. “We're still making inquiries. It is very difficult now, with what's happened, to get that. At this stage we know they met up in Sydney, now we're looking at all the movements between those two to establish exactly what happened," Dengate told reporters on Wednesday.By Sowmya Sangam

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NRI Video Blogger Charged for Posting Fake Clip Conversation Between Rajnath Singh, Amith Shah March 06, 2019 10:53

The New Delhi Police has filed a case against a Non-Resident Indian (NRI) video blogger in connection with a video featuring a fake, edited and doctored audio clip of a conversation between Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah, police said Tuesday.NRI Avi Dandiya posted the doctored audio clip on social media with an intention to generate mistrust among the citizens against the defense forces and the top executives and defame them, they added.However, the audio clip was later removed from social media.In the video, it could be heard that three people discussing a plot for the terror attack which claimed the lives of 44 Central Reserve Police Force personnel on February 14. "He presented an audio clip of a fake conversation between Home Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP president Amit Shah to support his claim. An unidentified woman was also heard in the clip. The audio clip was edited to make it seem like the politicians were 'hatching' a conspiracy to arouse nationalistic sentiments through the deaths of Indian soldiers," said a senior police official.In the course investigation, it was revealed that the audio clip presented by Dandiya was fake and produced by picking up different portions of old interviews given by the BJP leaders, the official said, adding that further investigation is afoot. -Sowmya Sangam

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Body of Missing Indian Origin Dentist’s Found in Suitcase in Sydney, Suspect Dies in Car Crash March 06, 2019 04:33

The body of 32-year-old missing Indian origin dentist’s in Sydney has found stuffed inside a suitcase.Preethi Reddy has been reported missing by her family on Sunday after she did not come home from a dental convention in St Leonards, a suburb of Sydney.She was last captured on CCTV inside McDonald's at the Strand Arcade in central Sydney around 2.15 a.m. on Sunday and appeared to leave alone, CNN affiliate 7 News Australia reported.Police were told she last made contact with her family at about 11 a.m. on Sunday, saying she planned to head home after having a late breakfast in Sydney.On Tuesday, police located her car parked on a street in Kingsford, south of the city center. A search of the vehicle located Reddy's body in a suitcase. She had been stabbed "numerous times," police said."Further inquiries have established that Preethi stayed at a hotel on Market Street, Sydney CBD, on Sunday with a man known to her," according to a statement by police. However, a key suspect in the murder has reportedly been identified as her ex-boyfriend Harsh Narde, who was killed in a fiery car crash on Monday night.                        Image source: www.sbs.com.au Investigations into the circumstances surrounding Dr. Reddy's murder are continuing with the assistance of the Homicide Squad, a police spokesperson said in a statement. The Glenbrook dental surgery where Dr. Reddy worked was closed on Wednesday with a sign on the door that said: "Due to tragedy concerning our beloved colleague, the surgery will be closed for the time being. We appreciate your understanding during this delicate time".Numerous patients of Reddy's posted messages of condolences for her family on the surgeon’s Facebook page.-Sowmya Sangam

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NRI Based in UK Arrested from IGI Airport for Raping Woman He Met on Matrimonial Site March 02, 2019 06:06

A Non-Resident Indian on Friday was arrested from the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi for allegedly raping a woman he had met on a matrimonial site in 2017, according to police. The accused has been identified as Ravinder Singh, a native of Jalandhar district in Punjab and was living in the United Kingdom. According to police, the woman filed a case on March 27, 2018, stating that she came in contact with Singh through the matrimonial website. On December 12, 2017, Singh reportedly intoxicated the victim and raped her. He later convinced her that he would marry her soon, but instead left Delhi. Following that, the victim got to know that Singh was already married and was living in the UK, where he used to work as a security guard, police said. As part of the investigation, raids were conducted in the accused’s village in Punjab, but he did not join the probe, police said, adding a lookout circular was also issued against him. On Thursday, ultimately Singh was apprehended from the Indira Gandhi International Airport here while he was returning from the UK to visit his family in Jalandhar. -Sowmya Sangam

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NRI Event Organizer Sheru Aangrish Jailed over Cheating on Event Management Firm February 25, 2019 04:13

A Non-Resident Indian has been detained and jailed for seven years after he was booked in a cheating case on a Bandra event management firm’s complaint. The 41-year-old Sheru Aangrish from New Jersey was detained at Delhi airport earlier this week on the basis of a Lookout Circular (LoC). Immigration officials handed him over to Bandra police. Claiming innocence, Aangrish told the police that the cheating case is mendacious and he gave the firm Rs 76 lakh for their services. However, the firm’s statement was different. In 2013, one of its partners, Ankur Gosain, filed a lawsuit against Aangrish over non-payment of Rs 68 lakh out of Rs 1.44 crore, the amount for which the agreement was signed for Aangrish's bodybuilding show at Mehboob Studio, Bandra, in 2011. Aangrish met Gosain and his partner in September 2011 to talk about the show. Gosain's events firm arranged the stage, lighting, etc, for the show. In his complaint, Gosain said, "Aangrish paid Rs 50 lakh advance on September 23, 2011, after the full rate was quoted. Two days later, the show was held at Mehboob Studio. He kept giving excuses and kept delaying making the balance payment." Refuting Gosain's claim, Aangrish told the police, "I paid Rs 50 lakh and later Rs 26 lakh to the company. The extra sum they quoted in the complaint was for services like bringing to the show two celebrities. Despite repeatedly telling them that I was not interested in increasing my budget by almost Rs 80 lakh, they were insistent, on the grounds that the show would get a good response. However, on the day of the show, they failed to bring the two celebrities. Despite that, they sent me a bill including the charges for the celebrities who they had failed to bring." Aangrish also told the police that Gosain and his partner told him they would delete the amount from the bill. "I was unaware about the case and I never went into hiding. I was organizing such shows around the world," Aangrish said in his statement. Bandra police senior inspector Girish Anavkar said Aangrish, who likewise is a bodybuilder, was supposed to fly to Bengaluru from Delhi to organize a show. Aangrish has been booked for breach of trust and cheating. -Sowmya Sangam

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Indians Protest in London Over Pulwama Terror Attack February 18, 2019 05:12

Thousands of Indians protested outside Pakistan High Commission in London against recent Terror Attack in Jammu and Kashmir. People waved Indian Flags and chanted ‘Hindustan Zindabad’, Pakistan Murdabad, ‘Vande Mataram, ‘Kashmir Hamara Hai’ in protest before marching to Downing Street. Counties all over the world condemned the terror attack in which 40 Central Reserve Police Force Jawans lost their lives. Protesters also demanded United Kingdom government to withdraw all it military aid to Pakistan. According to report Times of India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s former communications director Manoj Ladwa said, “British companies who are making billions in Bharat also are seeking to make money in Pakistan. They must be clear you cannot have it both ways. Some politicians in the UK at the top of British politics have sympathy for terrorists, so a message must go out very clearly that phrases like ‘Indian administered Kashmir’ are not acceptable. Jammu and Kashmir is and always will remain an integral part of Bharat.” One of the them said “We have to stand against terrorism. They have already made all the Kashmiri Hindus leave. This is not Azadi, this is Islamic jihadism. The Abdullah family is nurturing separatists and allowing the radicalisation of the youth. One of the soldiers killed was a Muslim, this is not a Hindu-Muslim thing. This is radicalisation from Pakistan and it is only going to get worse.” Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) has claimed responsibility for the terror attack in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday where at least 40 CRPF jawans were killed and others critically injured. -Sai Kumar

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Bill Introduced in Parliament for NRIs to Register Marriage Within 30 Days February 12, 2019 05:08

According to bill introduced in Upper House, Non Resident Indians who marry an Indian citizen or fellow NRI have to register their marriage within 30 days, If they fail to register their passport may be impounded or revoked. The bill was introduced in Rajya Sabha against the backdrop of cases of Indian women being trapped in the Fraudulent Marriages with NRIs. The following bill was introduced by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in the Rajya Sabha. The bill ‘Registration of Marriage of Non-Resident Indian Bill, 2019’ it also allows the courts to attach properties, movable and immovable, of "proclaimed offenders" or people who fails to appear before courts despite warrants being issued against them. It states that, this law will be applicable to NRIs marrying Indian women within or even outside India. As per the bill, “There will be amendment in ‘The Passport Act and the Code of Criminal Procedure’ so that it allows passport authorities to revoke or impound passport or other documents of the accused, to allow courts to attach their properties” According to Ministry of External Affairs press statement, “According to the provisions of the Bill, the compulsory registration of marriage within thirty days of marriage in India or abroad would provide better enforcement of rights of the deserted spouse under various family laws. Similarly, the Amendment to the Passport Act would empower the Passport Authority to impound or revoke the passport of NRI, if it is brought to his notice that the NRI has not registered his marriage within 30 days from the date of marriage. The Amendments to CrPC, 1973 would empower the Courts for issuance of summons, warrants through the specially designated website of the Ministry of External Affairs. It also provides provisions for attachment of properties belonging to the NRI, if he does not appear before the Court and is declared as Proclaimed Offender by the Court.” “The Bill was introduced by the Ministry of External Affairs due to large number complaints received from Indian citizens mostly women deserted or harassed by their NRI Spouses.” “It proposes to offer greater protection to Indian women married to NRIs and serve as a deterrent to NRIs against harassment of their spouses. This would provide much needed relief to all Indian women married to NRIs worldwide,” according to press release. The bill is unlikely to be passed because the Budget session ends on Wednesday and is the last session before General elections, As it is introduced in Rajya Sabha and is likely to remain pending there, it would not lapse on the dissolution of the present Lok Sabha on June 3. -Sai Kumar

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