Friday, June 09, 2023

Indian-American Ritu Kalra named Harvard's VP finance, CFO

NEW YORK: Ritu Kalra, an Indian-American investment banking and financial management expert, has been named Harvard University's vice president for finance and chief financial officer.

2 Indians arrested for swindling $80k from elderly woman in US

NEW YORK: Two Indian men in Florida are facing fraud charges for conning a 69-year-old woman by swindling $80,000 from her over the phone, police said.

UK post office scandal: Pregnant British Indian wrongly jailed, racially classified, says report

London:An eight months pregnant British-Indian woman, was among more than 700 former UK Post Office staff who were wrongly targeted, imprisoned, and classified using a "racial slur", according to fresh prosecution documents released to campaigners.

Bill to allow Sikhs to ride without bike helmets in California

NEW YORK: Senators in California voted in favour of a bill that exempts Sikhs from wearing a safety helmet when riding a motorcycle.

Kumar Barve sworn in Maryland Public Service Commissioner

NEW YORK: Kumar P. Barve, the first Indian-American elected to a state legislature in the US, has officially been sworn in as a member of the Maryland Public Service Commission.

Indian-origin man killed in US car crash

NEW YORK: A 30-year-old Indian-origin man died after being trapped inside his vehicle, which hit a tree in Ohio's Huron County, police said.

Indian-American announces bid for Texas county commissioner

NEW YORK: Indian-American Taral Patel, a former Biden-Harris presidential appointee, has announced his candidacy to serve as Fort Bend County Commissioner for Precinct 3 in Texas.

Canadian accused of killing Indian-origin gangster extradited to Thailand

Toronto:A former Canadian soldier and alleged hitman has been extradited to Thailand where he has been charged with the murder of an Indian-origin gangster in Phuket last year, media reports said.

Search teams unable to find missing Indian-origin Everest climber from S'pore

Singapore: An Indian-origin climber from Singapore who reached the Mount Everest summit on May 19 has still not been located in spite of best efforts by search and rescue teams, an Instagram post by the climber's wife said.

Canadian province allows Sikh motorcyclists to ride without helmets for special events

TORONTO: The government in Canada's Saskatchewan province has granted Sikh motorcyclists a temporary exemption from wearing helmets during special events like charity rides.

Bill introduced in US to hire foreign health workers on H-1B visa

NEW YORK: Two US Congresswomen have introduced a bill to make it easier for the Department of Veteran Affairs to hire foreign employees on H1-B visas when they cannot find a suitable applicant in the country.

13 Indians found guilty of money laundering, tax evasion in UAE

DUBAI: Thirteen Indian nationals, including seven companies owned by them, have been convicted of money laundering and tax evasion by the Abu Dhabi Criminal Court, a media report said.

Indian jailed in S'pore for duping employer into paying over Rs 31 cr

Singapore: An Indian national has been sentenced in Singapore to 30 months in prison for duping his employer into making payments totalling over SG$5.1 million (Rs 31 crore) to other companies linked to him, a media report said.

NYC Mayor honours India-born woman for promoting cultural literacy

New York:India-born entrepreneur and author Anu Sehgal has been honoured by New York City Mayor Eric Adams for promoting South Asian cultural literacy in the US.

Indian-American student facing attempted rape charges sentenced to probation

NEW YORK: An Indian-American former Indiana University student facing attemped rape charges, pleaded guilty to criminal confinement and has been sentenced to more than a year of unsupervised probation, a media report said.

More Australian Univs ban Indian students amid visa fraud concerns

Melbourne: Two more Australian universities have banned the recruitment of students from some Indian states in response to fresh concerns over a surge in fraudulent visa applications, a media report said.

India-born Yakub Patel elected Mayor of UK's Preston

LONDON: The city of Preston in the UK has elected Gujarat-born Yakub Patel as its first Indian-origin Muslim Mayor for 2023-24 following the completion of Councillor Neil Darby's term in office.

Bakery operator penalised $60,480 for exploiting Indian worker in Australia

Melbourne: An Australian court has imposed a penalty of $60,480 on a bakery operator in Melbourne for not giving back-pay entitlements to a worker from India, thus "taking advantage of the migrant worker's vulnerability".

UK's Coventry gets its 1st Indian-origin turban-wearing Lord Mayor

LONDON: An Indian-origin Sikh councillor has made history after being appointed as the new Lord Mayor of Coventry, a city in the West Midlands, England.

Biden honours Indian-origin NYPD cop with Presidential Medal of Valor

NEW YORK: An Indian-origin New York Police Department (NYPD) officer and nine others were honoured by President Joe Biden with the Medal of Valor, the nation's highest award for bravery by a public safety officer.

Indian student gets bail in alleged hit-and-run case in Australia

Melbourne:An 18-year-old Indian student has been granted bail by an Australian court after allegedly hitting three schoolboys at a crossing and driving away from the crash scene in Sydney, a media report said.

Tesla crash: Indian-American blames car for plunging off cliff; wife denies

NEW YORK: An Indian-American doctor denied that he intentionally drove his family off a cliff in California saying that the Tesla car he was driving malfunctioned -- a claim that has been denied by his wife, media reports said.

Indian-American wins Democratic nomination for top post in US County

NEW YORK:Indian-American attorney and educator Neil Makhija has won the Democratic nomination for Montgomery County Commissioner, thus inching closer to becoming the first Asian-American to hold the top post in Pennsylvania state.

Indian national pleads guilty in multi-million dollar call centre scam in US

NEW DELHI: A 28-year-old Indian citizen has entered a guilty plea in a years-long international conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud that saw millions of dollars being extorted from hundreds of victims in the US.

Indian temporary workers, students to be hit as Aus set to scrap Covid visa: Report

Melbourne:The Australian government is set to scrap the Subclass 408 or Covid work visa in a move that could see a sizable number of Indian students and temporary workers scrambling for other options to remain in the country, a media report said.

Indian dies after being hit by car in Florida

NEW YORK: A 32-year-old Indian man died on the spot after being hit by a car at a pedestrian crossing in the US state of Florida.

UK police to re-open murder case of Indian-origin boy after 42 years

LONDON: Sussex police are set to re-examine the case of an eight year-old Indian-origin boy who was found dead months after he mysteriously disappeared in 1981 in London, media reports said.

PM Modi greenlights India campus for Australian university by 2023-end

Melbourne: An Australian university, which had vehemently denied media reports of placing restrictions on Indian students last month, received official approval to establish a campus in Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT City).

Indian national jailed in Singapore for punching domestic help

Singapore:A 37-year-old Indian national was sentenced to 16 weeks' jail on Thursday in Singapore for repeatedly punching and throwing vomitus at her domestic help's face, a media report said.

12 Indian-origin men, women convicted of money laundering in UK

LONDON: Sixteen people, including several men and women of Indian descent, have been convicted after a major investigation into a West London-based organised crime group involved in international money laundering and human smuggling, UK's National Crime Agency (NCA) said.

3 Indian-origin men jailed in UK for smuggling cannabis worth 1 mn pounds

LONDON: Three Indian-origin members of an organised crime group have been jailed for smuggling cannabis worth around 1 million pounds into the UK from Canada, police said.

IIT-Delhi alumnus named dean of Cornell's management school

NEW YORK: Indian-American professor and IIT-Delhi alumnus Vishal Gaur has been named the Anne and Elmer Lindseth Dean of the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management in Cornell University.

Efforts on to repatriate body of Indian engineer killed in US shooting

NEW YORK: Efforts are on to repatriate the mortal remains of the Indian engineer who was killed in a mass shooting at a mall in the US state of Texas on May 6, the Indian Consulate in Houston said.

Indian-origin Points of Light winner, other community heroes to attend UK PM's Coronation lunch

LONDON: Navjot Sawhney, an Indian-origin Sikh engineer who had won the Points of Light Award earlier this year, is among several other community heroes who will attend the UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's special Coronation lunch on Sunday at the Downing Street.

Biden picks Indian-American Neera Tanden as new domestic policy adviser

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden has picked Indian-American Neera Tanden to serve as Assistant to the President and Domestic Policy Advisor, following former Ambassador Susan Rice's exit from that role.

Indian-origin pensioner charged with murdering wife in UK

LONDON: An Indian-origin man has been charged with murder after he walked into a police station and admitted to assaulting and killing his 77-year-old wife in east London, police said.

Sikh teacher in Canada charged with sexual offences involving kids

Toronto:A 40-year-old Sikh priest and teacher has been charged with six counts of sexual offences involving children in Canada's British Columbia province, a media report said citing prosecutors.

Harjinder Kang to lead UK-South Asia trade; named Dy envoy for Western India

LONDON: Harjinder Kang has been appointed UK's Trade Commissioner to South Asia and Deputy High Commissioner for Western India to lead the country's overseas effort to promote trade, investment, trade policy and export finance.

Indo-Canadian Sikh's book among most banned in US schools

Toronto:A Canadian-Sikh poet, whose Twitter account was withheld in India last month over the Khalistan issue, now has her debut work among the 11 most banned books in the US classrooms for the first half of the 2022-23 school year.

Court finds Indian-American not guilty in labour market conspiracy case

NEW YORK: An Indian-origin executive of an aerospace engineering company in the US, and several other officials were found not guilty of conspiring to limit workers' mobility and career prospects, media reports said.

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