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Two Indian-origin Canadian nationals indicted for bitcoin fraud

Two Indian-origin Canadian nationals, Karanjit Singh Khatkar, 23, and Jagroop Singh Khatkar, 24, have been charged on various counts in a bitcoin fraud case where they used social media platform Twitter to transfer hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of virtual money in their accounts.

Published on 23 August 2019 | 9:58 am

Indian student in US jailed for intentionally damaging 66 college computers

A 27-year-old Indian student has been sentenced to one year of imprisonment, to be followed by twelve months of supervised release, for intentionally damaging over 60 computers of a college in New York. The youth, identified as Vishwanath Akuthota of Albany, was also ordered to pay $58,471 as restitution charge, US Attorney Grant C Jaquith said on Tuesday.

Published on 14 August 2019 | 1:13 pm

Indian-origin ex-policeman jailed for sexual offences with underage girls

A R Arun Prashanth, 25, committed sexual acts on three of his five victims who were then aged 12 to 15, and was found to have snapped more than 700 upskirt photos of unknown women with his mobile phone, the Straits Times reported. Before handing down the sentence, District Judge Kessler Soh told him: "I hope you realise that what you had done had caused serious harm to the five young girls."

Published on 13 August 2019 | 9:47 am

2 NRIs offer Rs 14 crore donation to Lord Balaji temple

Two US-based NRI entrepreneurs have made a donation of Rs 14 crores to the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara. The devotees made the offering on the auspicious day of Goddess Sri Varalakshmi Vratham festival. This is the second straight year the two have made a similar offering. In July last year, they had donated Rs 13.5 crore to the shrine.

Published on 9 August 2019 | 11:39 am

Indian-origin doctor crowned Miss England

Bhasha Mukherjee, 23, an Indian-origin doctor has been crowned Miss England. Mukherjee holds two different medical degrees, has an IQ of 146, making her officially a 'genius' and is fluent in five languages. Mukherjee was born in India. "Some people might think pageant girls are airheads, but we all stand for a cause," she said before the contest.

Published on 2 August 2019 | 11:32 am

Indian-origin fined for putting up toy grenade outside Presidential Palace in Singapore

Elankovan Marimuthu had chanced upon the toy grenade while working as a cleaner near the Istana area at about 7am on November 3, 2017. He placed it upright to see how the public would react to it. Elankovan's work involved cleaning Istana Park and the surrounding areas. Deputy Public Prosecutor Thiagesh Sukumaran said he used a pair of tongs to put up the toy grenade before leaving the scene.

Published on 24 July 2019 | 12:20 pm

Indian envoys in US praise authorities for quick action in Hindu priest attack case

Swami Harish Chander Puri, priest of the Shiv Shakti Peeth temple in Glen Oaks neighbourhood in the easternmost portion of Queens, was brutally attacked by a man who reportedly screamed "this is my neighbourhood". Prominent US Congresspersons Grace Meng and Tom Suozzi strongly condemned the "heinous" attack, saying they stand in solidarity with the Hindu community and the borough of Queens is home to a diverse community from around the world.

Published on 22 July 2019 | 4:32 am

Indian-origin stand-up comedian dies while performing in Dubai

Manjunath Naidu suffered a cardiac arrest while performing his routine on stage on Friday. "He went on stage and was making people laugh with his stories. Naidu got into a story of how he suffers from anxiety. And a minute into it, he collapsed," Miqdaad Dohadwala, his friend and fellow comedian, said. People thought it was part of the act.

Published on 21 July 2019 | 5:43 am

Indian-origin woman sentenced for smuggling hundreds of illegal aliens into US

A 51-year old Indian-origin woman was sentenced to three years' imprisonment and ordered to forfeit more than $7 million for her role in smuggling hundreds of undocumented people, primarily from India, into the US in exchange for fees ranging from approximately $28,000 to $60,000 per person.

Published on 19 July 2019 | 6:53 am

UK counter-terror police arrest two British Sikhs

Two British Sikhs were arrested in Birmingham on Wednesday by UK counter-terrorism police in connection with ongoing investigations into "allegations of extremist activity in India and fraud offences". The individuals arrested are 38-year-old Deepa Singh, who runs the group Sikh Youth UK (SYUK), and a 49-year-old female relative of his.

Published on 5 July 2019 | 2:19 am

4 Indian women forced to work as bar dancers in Dubai rescued

The four women, from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, were deluded into believing that they will be working for an event management company. However, when they reached Dubai, their employer locked them in a room and were then forced to work in a dance bar and solicit customers, Consul General of India to Dubai, Vipul, told Gulf News.

Published on 29 June 2019 | 12:35 pm

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

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