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Indian killed in hit-and-run collision in US

A 26-year-old Indian driver has been killed in a major hit-and-run collision in the US State of California, according to a media report. Syed Waseem Ali, who hailed from Hyderabad and lived in Fremont, was driving the Toyota and had Sela Henriquez as the passenger, who were pronounced dead after the crash in San Francisco on Sunday, the SFGate reported.

Published on 25 June 2019 | 5:16 am

Indian-origin woman asleep at wheel jailed for killing another driver

A tired and sleep-deprived Indian-origin woman who fell asleep at the wheel while driving with her baby has been jailed for killing another driver in a crash in Oxfordshire, England. Anusha Ranganathan was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison on Friday after pleading guilty to causing the death of 70-year-old Patricia Robinson by dangerous driving last year.

Published on 15 June 2019 | 12:15 pm

Indian-origin smugglers convicted in UK drugs gang bust

Indian-origin gangster Baljinder Kang and his right-hand man, Sukhjinder Pooney, has been convicted in the UK of drug smuggling and money laundering amounting to millions of pounds. While Kang had pleaded guilty for all charges in May, Pooney was found guilty of conspiracy to supply Class A banned drugs on Tuesday, having previously pleaded guilty to money laundering offences.

Published on 14 June 2019 | 12:21 pm

Indian college intern sentenced to 60 months for providing tech support to telemarketing scam

Bishwajeet Kumar Jha, 21, and several other interns from the same college in India who were in the US on hospitality industry internships defrauded a number of individuals of their retirement savings. The victims thought that they had purchased technology support and were led to believe that money had been erroneously refunded to their bank accounts by the tech support company.

Published on 11 June 2019 | 3:30 am

Indian national stabbed to death in Israel

Jerome Arthur Philip from Kerala was stabbed on Saturday night in his apartment and succumbed to his injuries at Tel Aviv's Ichilov hospital. Other victims, Peter Xavier, 60, also from Kerala, is said to be in stable condition now. The police have arrested two suspects, who are also Indian citizens. Police revealed that murders were a consequence of a quarrel among the tenants.

Published on 10 June 2019 | 5:54 am

Indian-American held for brandishing gun, setting off panic at gay pride parade in US

Aftabjit Singh, 38, pulled out the gun after another person allegedly threatened his "significant other", during an LGBTQ pride parade in Washington. Several people got injured as hundreds of participants fled in panic, fearing a mass shooter. The police arrested him and confiscated his BB gun, an air gun designed to shoot metallic ball projectiles.

Published on 10 June 2019 | 4:31 am

Eight Indians among 17 killed in Dubai bus accident

At least 12 Indians were among the 17 people killed when a tourist bus rammed into a signboard here, the Indian Consulate said Friday. Nine persons were seriously injured when the driver of the bus, bearing an Omani number plate, wrongly entered a road not designated for buses towards Al Rashidiya metro station here on Thursday.

Published on 7 June 2019 | 6:08 am

Obama praises Sikh man with rainbow turban for Pride Month in US

An Indian-origin Sikh neuroscientist, who is bisexual, found praise from ex-US president Barack Obama for his rainbow turban to ring in this year's 'Pride Month' in the US. Praising Jiwandeep Kohli, Obama tweeted: "You've got a lot to be proud of, Jiwandeep. Thanks for everything you do to make this country a little more equal. Turban looks great, by the way. Happy Pride Month, everybody!"

Published on 5 June 2019 | 12:48 pm

Man aboard Saudi Airlines flight unzips in front of woman crew

Civility seems to be on the wane not only in public places, but also in flights. In a latest case of sexual offence against woman, a 24-year-old man from Kerala flying from Jeddah to New Delhi unzipped his pants on being stopped by a lady cabin staff from lighting a cigarette.

Published on 27 May 2019 | 5:38 pm

PIO to help US troops direct robots with mind

According to a statement by DARPA, the agency of the United States department of defence, a team headed by Gaurav Sharma, senior research scientist at Battelle - a Columbus-based global research and development organisation - is among six teams to win grants to develop brain-machine interfaces.

Published on 21 May 2019 | 9:38 pm

Thousands sign petition to let Indian woman suffering from rare disease stay in UK

Thousands of people have signed an online petition calling on the UK Home Office to allow an Indian woman suffering from a rare disease stay in Britain. The petition for Bhavani Espathi, ill with Crohn's Disease, is edging close to 150,000-signature target on Change.org. Her case came to light recently after her application to stay in the UK was been rejected.

Published on 19 May 2019 | 9:51 am

Indian-origin man indicted for $98 million fraud in US

The 34-count indictment charges Gopalkrishna Pai from Texas of being engaged in a scheme to defraud merchant processors and others by submitting false information and falsified documentation to create merchant accounts in the name of straw companies to process credit card and electronic payments and to receive a substantial financial benefit.

Published on 17 May 2019 | 4:24 pm

Indian-origin woman convicted of killing 9-year-old stepdaughter

Shamdai Arjun, 55, of Queens, New York was convicted on Friday of second-degree murder of her nine-year old stepdaughter in 2016 by a jury that deliberated for less than one hour before Queens Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Holder, who indicated that he would sentence her on June 3. Arjun faces up to 25 years to life in prison.

Published on 14 May 2019 | 5:49 am

Indian-origin doctor gets 9 years jail for healthcare fraud in US

An Indian-origin doctor has been sentenced to 9 years in prison and 3 years of supervised release by a US court for committing healthcare fraud and illegally distributing prescription painkillers. Pawankumar Jain, 66, had entered guilty pleas in February 2016 to one count of unlawfully dispensing a controlled substance and one count of healthcare fraud.

Published on 11 May 2019 | 6:55 am

Indian-origin neurologist ordered to pay ex-wife 25m Singapore dollar

Gobinathan Devathasan, 69, whose behaviour was described as "reprehensible" during the litigation, was ordered on April 29 to pay his ex-wife Christie Devathasan Canadian dollars 5,498,344 in spousal support, with another Canadian dollars 612,084 for child support.

Published on 8 May 2019 | 3:19 am

University of Houston renames engineering building after Indian-American couple

The University of Houston, a public research college founded in 1927, renamed its Engineering Research Building after Durga D Agrawal and Sushila, long-time Houstonians, on April 26. The renaming was done to give recognition to their contribution to aid research projects, faculty and students at the varsity.

Published on 5 May 2019 | 8:40 am

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