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Indian-Canadian politician to emerge as 'kingmaker' as Trudeau poised to form minority govt

In the just-concluded Canadian general election, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would now require at least 13 legislators from his left-leaning rival parties to reach the 'magic number' of 170 to form a Liberal Party-led minority government. Indian-origin Canadian Jagmeet Singh-led NDP, which won 24 seats in the election, is likely to emerge as the "kingmaker".

Published on 22 October 2019 | 11:42 am

Indian-origin Canadian PM contender reaches out to 'ignored' youths via social media

With opinion polls suggesting a possible minority government in Canada, young voters are expected to play a vital role in the formation of the next government. The 40-year-old New Democratic Party (NPD) leader said social media is a "cool way" to share his campaign message, the Canadian Press reported on Monday.

Published on 21 October 2019 | 4:08 pm

Indian-origin man given extra prison time for failing to self-surrender for first sentence

Damanpreet Singh, 34, of Los Angeles, was handed down the sentence last week by US District Judge Garland Burrell, US Attorney McGregor Scott said. According to court documents, in September last year, Singh was sentenced to two years in prison for conspiring to commit bribery, identity fraud and unauthorised access of a computer. He was ordered to self-surrender to begin serving his prison sentence in January this year.

Published on 20 October 2019 | 5:38 am

Indian-origin doctors link bladder pill to retinal damage

After an initial report last year that Elmiron (pentosan polysulfate sodium) may be associated with retinal damage, three ophthalmologists conducted a review of patients at Kaiser Permanente in northern California. They found that about one-quarter of patients with significant exposure to Elmiron showed definite signs of eye damage.

Published on 18 October 2019 | 1:49 pm

Indian-American techie accused of killing 4 family members appear before judge in California

An Indian-origin IT professional, accused of killing four of his family members in a gruesome week-long spree before driving hours to a remote town in California to surrender, along with the body of one of his victims, has appeared before a judge.

Published on 17 October 2019 | 3:09 pm

Indian-origin taxi driver convicted of sexual assault in UK

Temur Shah, who worked for ride hailing company Uber, was found guilty at Isleworth Crown Court in west London on Monday after a week-long trial. The 45-year-old has been bailed ahead of sentencing at the same court on November 12, Scotland Yard said.

Published on 15 October 2019 | 1:38 pm

Indian-origin doctor charged with causing patient's death

Published on 15 October 2019 | 8:39 am

Meet Kanwal Toor: Sikh ex-model who plans to oust Tan Dhesi

A former Miss India is hoping to oust Britain’s first turban-wearing MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi at the next general election. Kanwal Toor, a finalist in Femina Miss India in 2001, who runs a jewellery business from Beaconsfield, eight miles from Slough, has just been selected by members of the Slough Conservative Association as their parliamentary candidate for the next election. It could be called before the end of the year.

Published on 14 October 2019 | 11:08 pm

Over 100 British-Indian bodies challenge Corbyn's Kashmir stance

The Labour Party on September 25 passed an emergency motion on Kashmir calling for party leader Corbyn to seek international observers to "enter" the region and demand the right of self-determination for its people, drawing criticism from the Indian diaspora representatives who described it as "ill conceived" and "misinformed".

Published on 14 October 2019 | 3:41 pm

Indian-origin man convicted as part of prostitution gang in UK

Anil Wagle, 37, had denied the charges of running a trafficking ring of women from Slovakia along with Vojtech Gombar, 61, Jana Sandorova, 28, and Ratislav Adam, 31, but all four were found guilty at Scotland's High Court in Glasgow on Friday for crimes carried out between November 2011 and February 2017.

Published on 11 October 2019 | 5:03 pm

Indian-origin man pleads guilty to wire fraud charges in US

Rakesh Kaushal of Maryland pleaded guilty last week to the federal charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert Hur and Special Agent in Charge Jennifer Boone of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Kaushal, who remains detained, faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison when sentenced in January 2020.

Published on 9 October 2019 | 3:06 am

Prominent Indian-origin journalist dies in South Africa

Farook Khan, a prominent Indian-origin journalist in South Africa and cultural activist who received fame for his investigative reporting during apartheid, has died in his hometown Durban after battling cancer. He was 77.

Published on 6 October 2019 | 4:52 am

Indian-origin Singaporean jailed for petrol station robbery

An Indian-origin man in Singapore was jailed for 11.5 years after being convicted of robbery at a petrol station and admitting to drug consumption and possession, a media report said Friday. Visvanathan Vadivelu, 50, had pleaded guilty to committing armed robbery at a Shell petrol station in Upper Bukit Timah Road in 2017, reported The Straits Times.

Published on 27 September 2019 | 3:47 am

NRIs can now apply for Aadhaar on arrival without 182-day wait

Non-resident Indians (NRIs) with valid Indian passport can apply for Aadhaar on arrival, without the 182-day waiting period, with the government issuing a notification in this regard. Following the notification, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has also come out with a circular stating that "NRI after his arrival in India, shall be entitled to obtain Aadhaar number".

Published on 23 September 2019 | 1:45 pm

2 Indian-origin businessmen banned in UK for tax evasion

Published on 19 September 2019 | 1:48 pm

Indian-origin woman sentenced up to 6 years for duping home buyers in US

An Indian-origin woman in the US has been sentenced up to six years in prison for stealing nearly $600,000 in payments from prospective home buyers and using that money on vacations, gambling and other personal expenses.

Published on 5 September 2019 | 6:32 am

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