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NRI in Indian Squad for FIFA U-17 World Cup April 17, 2017 09:52

India is set ready to host its first ever FIFA tournament, as it is going to host Under-17 World Cup in October this year. The home squad has been boosted with the inclusion of Namit Deshpande, who is a US-based NRI scouted by the ‘All India Football Federation’ (AIFA) through its overseas scouting portal. Last year, AIFA launched a website in collaboration with the Sports Authority of India, which saw young Non-Resident-Indian footballers with valid Indian passports, uploading their freestyle videos in an attempt to catch the selectors’ eye. The website received about 50 applications, but it was Deshpande, son of New Jersey based architects, originally from Mumbai, who impressed the selectors most. Deshpande first travelled to Brazil, where the Indian squad, under coach Nicolai Adam, was on an exposure trip. The coach was flattered by the youngster, who plays in the central defense. However, Adam was sacked following allegations of physical and verbal abuse by his players. When Luis de Matos of Portugal took charge of the team, Deshpande reached the Goa camp and after flaunting his skills over a four day period, he proved that he was as good, if not better, than the boys in training. Since 2006 Deshpande is living with his family in the United States. Before he joins the rest of the teams travel to Portugal next month, he has to handle his school assignments. The squad is currently touring Europe and is scheduled to play a series of friendly matches in Portugal, Spain, Italy and Hungary before returning back to India for the final leg of preparations. The U-17 World Cup will be held from October 6 to 28. Former Indian striker Abhishek Yadav along with other sports disciplines are monitoring the overseas scouting project, they receive videos from players on an everyday basis and feel that more players could follow Deshpande to break into the squad for the U-17 World Cup at home "Just yesterday, I received two profiles, but they are from a different age group. Deshpande was the most impressive of all the players I have seen," said Yadav."He is a central defender and a very good one at that. When he came to Goa, the coach was impressed with his talent and work ethic." Indian-origin sparks interest in Real Madrid AMandeep

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NRI bank accounts must be linked to Aadhaar to avoid blockage April 12, 2017 12:11

The Indian tax department on Wednesday (April 12) announced that all the bank accounts, including insurance and stocks – opened between July 2014 and August 2015 have to be linked to the holders Aadhaar card by the end of April. Failure to meet the order may result in blocking the holders account. All the account holders under ambit of the Foreign Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), which was signed by India and the U.S. in July 2015 to weed out tax evaders, will have to self-certify themselves  by submitting KYC documents (Know your customer) and their Aadhaar card number to bank accounts and financial institution by April 30th. In a statement the Tax Department of India said that "the account holders may be informed that, in case self-certifications are not provided till April 30, 2017, the accounts would be blocked, which would mean that the financial institution would prohibit the account holder from effecting any transaction with respect to such accounts." Although the Supreme Court has directed the government that Aadhaar cards can only be used for welfare services and not as an identification tool or a requirement for general services. The Majority of people are concerned that the Aadhaar card and biometric analysis is not the safest tool to let someone- a government agency for agency - to identify (and track) someone. According to the new Finance Bill the filing of income tax returns will require individuals to quote their Aadhaar number The Aadhaar number will also be linked to their permanent account number (PAN) card or else the PAN card will be cancelled from July 1st. AMandeep

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Indian-origin industrialist passes away at 88 April 10, 2017 13:17

At the age of 88 a prominent Indian-origin industrialist, Jayantilal Keshavji Chande passed away in Nairobi the capital of Kenya. He was born in Mombasa, Kenya on May 7, 1928. His parents were immigrants from India, who were living Bukene in the region of Rabora, Tanzania. Tanzanian businessman and a philanthropist Keshavji Chande, he is affectionately known as “Andy” was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003. The knighthood given to Andy, who is the founder of Chande Industries, was first of its kind to a Tanzanian citizen. Former President of Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete attended the launch of Andy’s book, ‘A knight in Africa’. Sir Andy earned several accolades and awards. He received the ‘Hindi Ratna’ from former Indian Prime Minister IK Gujral in 2003. In the same year, he was declared the non-resident Indian of the year by the International Congree of Non-Resident Indians. The NRI Institute of London honored him with the “Pride of India Gold Award”. At one time he was the advisor to the ministerial committee of the Organization of African Unity deal with the Arab League on the oil crisis. He was enthusiastically related with numerous educational, social and welfare institutions including the Rotary International. His wife Jayalaxmi Madhvani is the daughter of famed Ugandan industrialist Muljibhai Madhvani. They have three children and a grandchild. Indian-origin Honoured with Asian Businesswoman of Year Award AMandeep

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HC granted bail to NRI, who sheltered Nabha Jailbreakers April 08, 2017 12:01

An NRI, who was accused by police of harboring Nabha jailbreak escapees has been granted bail by the Punjab and Haryana high court. Kultar Singh Goldy resident of Moga was accused of harboring criminal Gurpreet Singh Sekhon, who is the alleged mastermind of Nabha jailbreak in November last year. According to the court documents Goldy’s barrister, Pratham Sethi said that his client was in Australia from July 10, 2009. He visited India in between and his last visit is on January 23, 2017, almost two months after the jailbreak. He also said that Goldey was away from his house to Ludhiana, Punjab the day, when the escaped gangsters were arrested from his house. During the hearing, the court has asked the police to look into the contentions raised by him and submit a report on the next scheduled date of hearing. Police arrested Sekhon in February, and claimed that they have seized four pistols and a handgun along with cartridges from him and his three accomplices. Police claim that prison escapees were residing in Goldy’s house, since February 5th. Sekhon along with five other prisoners escaped the Nabha a high security jail in November 2016. The next hearing is on April 19th. Indian power majors to hawk ‘Masala Bonds’ AMandeep

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NRI committed suicide in Seattle April 06, 2017 07:16

37-year-old Gudur Madhukar Reddy an IT professional, hailing from the Yadadri Bhongir district, Telangana, who was working for a software company in Seattle, allegedly committed suicide at his residence in Seattle on Tuesday morning (April 4). According to the reports, his body was found hanging. Bal Reddy father of the deceased received a call from his son’s friend from the United States at around 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning. Madhukar had gone to the United States 10 years ago. He married to Swathi, who is also a software engineer, seven years ago. They have a 5-year-old daughter. According to reports the couple had recently bought a house, it was not known as to what drove Madhukar to end his life. Madhukar visited his hometown only once with his wife in the last seven years. His family shifted to Bhongir town from their native Ralla Janagon of Yadadri Bhongir district about 15 years ago Madhukar’s parents currently reside in Kisan Nagar Colony in Bhongir. The family was awaiting details as to what had happened, while preparations were on to get his body back. Homeless man charged for rape and murder of Indian-origin woman AMandeep

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Indian-origin man fined for impersonating a doctor in Australia April 04, 2017 04:35

An Indian-origin man has been accused of impersonating a British-Indian doctor and working in several hospitals for more than a decade in Australia. 41-year-old Shyam Acharya, who identified himself as Sarang Chitale, a rheumatologist in the United Kingdom, came to Australia in 2003 and worked with the New South Wales Health (NSW). Acharya was fined with a maximum penalty of 30,000 dollars on Monday, for the “most serious level” offense. Sarang Chitale, who works at Leigh Infirmary near Manchester, was “shocked” after he came to know that Acharya has stolen his identity. Acharya managed to gain citizenship, an Australian passport and property, all in the name of Sarang Chitale. Acharya worked for NSW Health as a junior doctor from 2003 to May 2014 at four different hospitals. Magistrate Jennifer Atkinson of Downing Centre Local Court in Sydney said that the offense was one of the “most serious level and warranted the maximum penalty of 30,000 dollars fine.” Atkinson also ordered him to pay the prosecution costs, which is more than 22,000 dollars. Acharya allegedly stole Chitale’s university degree and medical certification, when they both lived together in India, with Chitale’s grandmother between 1999 and 2000. Acharya was not present during the judgment; Atkinson said that it was the worst case ever. She said before the research job, Acharya had worked in New South Wales hospital for more than a decade, she said. She disclosed the inquiries that were made with a Chitale’s supervisor in the United Kingdom and it became apparent that Acharya was using his identity. The actual offense was limited to July-September, 2016, when Acharya was working at a research company ‘Novotech’, magistrate acknowledged that he had been practicing medicine in Australia for several years before that. NRIs not eligible for Aadhaar card AMandeep

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Indian-origin woman asked to strip at Frankfurt Airport April 03, 2017 13:16

An Indian-origin woman, who was travelling to Iceland from Bengaluru was asked to strip by security officials at Germany’s Frankfurt Airport. Shruthi Basappa, who lives in Reykjavik, Iceland, detailed her ordeal in a series of posts on social media. "We were travelling to Iceland from India, via Frankfurt with our 4 year old daughter when I was asked to move aside for this 'random check', no explanations offered. I was taken into a room, and was asked to lift my dress/ take it off so that I could be checked to make sure I wasn't 'carrying anything under my clothes'. This whole ordeal happened in front of my 4 year old," Basappa wrote. Officials at the airport asked her to remove her clothing, even after she cleared a full body scan. The security personnel patted down her request, owing to a recent abdominal surgery and shouted at her for voicing her reservations. Basappa refused to remove her dress. Officials backed off after her husband, how is a citizen of Iceland walked into the room, where she had been escorted for the strip search, she said "I hate to play the race card here, but I was the only person pulled aside and peeking at my husband instantly changed the woman's mind about the strip search that was now a regular pat down," she said. This is not the first time that she had been pulled aside for detailed security check, according to her post. "I am always the 'chosen one' for random security checks - pat down, baggage check, lets take you into a room for a closer pat down, etc... Today though, I was asked to remove the dress I was wearing. Yes. Remove my clothes. Is this the new norm? Isn't it enough to always be the one random person picked out of line that now I need to wrap my head around the fact that I might be asked to strip?" Basappa said. Minister of External affairs Sushma Swaraj, has asked a report on the following incident. @CGIFranfurt has taken up this matter with Frankfurt Airport authorities. The matter has been referred to the Police for investigation. /1 https://t.co/IhCdtwHddO — Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) April 2, 2017   We are awaiting report of the police investigation. /2 — Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) April 2, 2017 <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We are awaiting report of the police investigation. /2</p>&mdash; Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) <a href="https://twitter.com/SushmaSwaraj/status/848577370860666880">April 2, 2017</a></blockquote> Indian-origin student attacked in Poland survives AMandeep

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Indian-origin doctors get reprieve from deportation April 01, 2017 05:25

Two prominent Indian-origin doctors in the United States are facing deportation as their travel documents had expired and got a last-minute reprieve on humanitarian grounds. They were granted a 90day extension on humanitarian grounds. Dr. Pankaj Satija and his wife Dr. Monika Ummat, have been working legally in the United States for the last 15 years. They visited India to see Pankaj’s sick father in October last year. On their return back to the United States, they were stopped at the Bush International airport by Customs and Border Protection officials because their travel documents had expired. The officials of Customs and Border Protection stamped their travel document by informing that their documents would expire in June this year, when in fact the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services noted that their document actually expired in June last year. Upon returning to the United States a week later, an official noted the discrepancy. At first Pankaj and his wife were told by immigration officials on Wednesday that they had only 24 hours to leave the United States. Later, the agency offered them three months of humanitarian parole, which is a rare measure allowing immigrants, who are otherwise not permitted to enter the country, the opportunity to do so due to a "compelling emergency" to sort out their paperwork. NRI arrested nine years after the case was filed AMandeep

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NRI arrested nine years after the case was filed March 31, 2017 13:14

A Rupnagar court in Punjab has sent an Indian-American, Jatinder Vashisht to judicial remanded till April 10th on Monday for allegedly torturing his wife, in a case filed back in 2008. The order was passed by Chief Judicial Magistrate Jasbir Kaur. Vashisht had managed to flee India, while facing allegations of dowry harassment and had recently returned after nine years. He married a woman from the Ghanauli village near Rupnagar on December 11, 2003. The woman accompanied her husband to the United States after the marriage and on November 16, 2005 she gave birth to a boy. According to the complaint after the birth of their son, her husband along with her in-laws started torturing her for more dowry and even sent her back to India for bringing less dowry at the time of their marriage. The victim’s father subsequently lodged an FIR at Sadar police station in Rupnagar against Vashisht, and his parents. A case under sections 406 (criminal breach of trust), 498A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) and 34 (common intention), IPC was registered against the three on April 5, 2008. Immediately Vashisht applied for anticipatory bail before the Sessions Judge, where he was granted interim bail on the condition that he would deposit his passport with the local police. He deposited the passport with the police on April 19, 2008, but later took it back, by allegedly in connivance with police personnel. The police conducted a departmental inquiry on a complaint from the victim's father. According to the inquiry against Sadar Station House Officer Tejpal Singh and Additional SHO Vinod Kumar and they were booked for dereliction of duty. While, Vashisht managed to flee India, the court declared him as a proclaimed offender. Nine years later, when he returned to India. . Acting on a tip-off, the police arrested him on Sunday. NRI arrested for Theft in Bihar AMandeep

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NRI arrested for theft in Bihar March 31, 2017 04:34

Police has arrested an NRI for allegedly stealing a motorbike and consuming alcohol in the dry state of Bihar on Thursday, according to reports. Raju Srivastava, who is a US based NRI, was arrested in West Champaran district in connection with the theft of a motorbike and consumption of alcohol. Officer in charge of the town police station, Vimlendu Kumar said that, “Raju, along with his friend, who is a local resident Akhilesh Sharma, were arrested for their involvement in the theft and for consuming liquor in the dry state.” Raju is a resident of the Raghunathpur village under the district’s Turkauliya police station, he returned to his native place from the United States last month. “Both the suspects have also confessed their involvement in the theft other motorbikes last month,” police said. Raju said to police that he was a former employee of a private company in the United States. Police have also recovered some important documents from Raju, including his Green Card. Both Raju and Akhilesh have been sent to prison after being presented for a trail in a local court, police said. Six booked for duping NRI of over 30 million AMandeep

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Six booked for duping NRI of over 30 million rupees March 30, 2017 10:20

Police have arrested six persons, including a revenue official and a woman for allegedly duping an NRI of over 30 million rupees under the grab of selling a piece of land to him, which did not exist. Harbajan Singh Jaspal, who is a UK based NRI said that particularly property dealers had done a deal of selling him a 20 kanal and 2 marla piece of land with him for Rs 18 million on May 18, 2015. The suspects reportedly said Jaspal that the land belonged to Rajwinder Singh, whose mother Shiv Dev Kaur has the power of attorney, police said. Jaspal gave 4.5 million rupees through different cheques as advance money, police said. Registry was due on September 9, 2015. The suspects demanded additional 4.6 million rupees, which he paid, but still the registry was incomplete. Meanwhile, an official from the revenue office appeared on the scene and assured that the NRI, if he agreed to buy the land at a high price of 20 million rupees (2 million more than the previously settled rate), then the official would ensure that the registry was done, police said. The NRI later came to know that the fees of stamp papers for the registry were only 2 million rupees and the officials had defrauded him of 5.2 million in this too. Later, Jaspal realized that he was taken for a ride as the land did not exist at all and the piece that the accused had shown him was actually a road, police said. A case under Sections 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 465 (forgery) 467 (forgery of a valuable security, will), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC was registered against the accused, they added NRIs Not Eligible for Aadhaar Card AMandeep

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Indian-origin teens Sweep National Brain Bee Championship March 28, 2017 06:48

Indian-origin teenagers in the United States have swept to victory this month at the National Brain Bee Championship, with Sojas Wagle, 15, a sophomore at Springdale’s Har-Ber High School in Arkansas declared the 2017 national champion of the three day competition. The National Brain Bee Championship is held annually at the University of Maryland. Wagle beat runner-up Aarthi Vijayakumar of Minneapolis and Amit Khana of Indianapolis, who are also of Indian descent. Wagle will be going to Washington, D.C., in August this year for the International Brain Bee Championship, he also won an eight-week internship in a neuroscience laboratory. A donation will also be given to the brain-disorder charity of his choice, the Alzheimer's Association. The International Brain Bee competition will be held from August 3 – 6, in conjunction with the American Psychological Association conference. All the winners from 51 Brain Bee chapters from around 30 states competed in Baltimore from March 17-19 in the event hosted by the University of Maryland that featured written and oral exams, patient diagnoses using actor patients, and microscopic slide studies. "I studied harder and kind of perfected the neuroanatomy section to make sure I was familiar with all parts of the brain and could point those out on a brain model," Wagle told arkansasonline.com. Wagle participates in debates and plays violin, he is considering a career in medicine, possibly neurology. His father Sameer Wagle is a neonatologist and mother Aparna Wagle is a computer laboratory manager for the Springdale School District. Indian-American condemns CNN for defaming Hinduism AMandeep

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