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Indian-origin lawyer sues Tesco over chocolate

Lalu Hanuman has claimed 70,000 pounds ($ 91,451) in damages after being falsely accused of "theft for walking away with an unpaid bar of chocolate". He was on his way to a concert when he bought the 1.05 pounds ($ 1.37) bar of vegan chocolate and paid for it at the self-service till.

Published on 12 January 2020 | 11:50 am

Indian-American among Nasa's new astronauts; all set to conquer Moon, Mars

Raja Jon Vurputoor Chari, an Indian-American US Air Force colonel, is among 11 new Nasa graduates who have successfully completed their over two years' of basic astronaut training and are all set to be a part of the space agency's ambitious future missions to the International Space Station, Moon and Mars. The successful astronauts were selected among 18,000 applicants in 2017 after Nasa announced its Artemis programme.

Published on 11 January 2020 | 9:48 am

Indian-origin physician sentenced to two years in US

Kain Kumar, 56, of California was sentenced by US District Judge Philip Gutierrez of the Central District of California, who also ordered Kumar to pay $509,365 in restitution, $494,900 in asset forfeiture, and a $72,000 fine. Kumar pleaded guilty in April 2019 to one count of health care fraud and one count of distribution of hydrocodone.

Published on 7 January 2020 | 6:34 am

Indian-Americans hold protest rally against CAA

According to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31, 2014 following religious persecution there will get Indian citizenship.

Published on 29 December 2019 | 6:05 am

Indian-American student sexually assaulted, strangulated to death in Chicago

Ruth George, originally hailing from Hyderabad and an honours student at the University of Illinois, was found dead in the back seat of a family-owned vehicle in a campus garage on Saturday. The assailant, Donald Thurman, 26, was arrested Sunday from a Chicago metro station. He is not associated with the university. On Monday, he was formally charged with first-degree murder and aggravated sexual assault for killing George.

Published on 26 November 2019 | 2:38 am

Indian-origin man convicted of raping woman in New York

Ashok Singh, 58, of Pennsylvania, was found guilty of rape and unlawful imprisonment following a two-week-long trial. He will be sentenced next month and faces up to 25 years in prison. Singh's DNA was a match to vaginal swabs taken from the victim at the hospital during a sexual assault evidence collection exam.

Published on 25 November 2019 | 2:43 pm

Houston police honour fallen Indian-American policeman, change dress code policy for Sikh cops

On September 28, Dhaliwal, a 10-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff's office and its first Sikh deputy, was gunned down while conducting a mid-day traffic stop in northwest of Houston. The 42-year-old trailblazing police officer made national headlines when he was allowed to grow a beard and wear a turban on the job.

Published on 19 November 2019 | 5:18 pm

Indian-origin dean of Harvard Business School to step down in June 2020

Harvard Business School's Dean Nitin Nohria will step down from his post in June 2020, ten years after he became the first Indian-origin academician to helm the business school in the prestigious institution's 102-year-old history. In his message to faculty, staff, students and alumni, Nohria said the time is right for the HBS to transition to new leadership.

Published on 10 November 2019 | 11:18 am

Indian-Americans laud Supreme Court's verdict on Ayodhya case

The Indian Supreme Court in a unanimous verdict on Saturday cleared the way for the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site at Ayodhya, and directed the Centre to allot a 5-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a mosque.

Published on 9 November 2019 | 3:50 pm

4 Indian-Americans win state, local elections in US

Indian-American Ghazala Hashmi created history by becoming the first Muslim woman to be elected to Virginia State Senate, while Suhas Subramanyam was elected to Virginia State House of Representative. In California, Mano Raju won his election to remain San Francisco's Public Defender. In North Carolina, Dimple Ajmera won a convincing re-election to Charlotte City Council.

Published on 7 November 2019 | 2:36 am

Indian-origin man jailed for knife-point rape, robbery in UK

Diljeet Grewal was found guilty of rape, sexual assault and aggravated burglary at Islewoth Crown Court and sentenced on Friday to 15 years behind bars, with a further five years on "licence" to be monitored upon release. The 28-year-old met his victim, a woman in her 30s, for a pre-arranged meeting and produced a knife and threatened the woman causing her to fear for her life.

Published on 3 November 2019 | 5:44 am

Premature Indian-origin baby saved by machine lungs in UK

Published on 2 November 2019 | 2:46 pm

Indian-origin researcher's work on environment-friendly batteries awarded by Australian government

"To develop the next generation of technologies we need better performance, at a lower environmental cost. My work explores lithium-ion batteries - found in electronic devices, electric vehicles and the grid - as well as next-generation battery systems such as sodium-ion batteries.

Published on 2 November 2019 | 5:31 am

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

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