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A responsible government in Canada should strongly assert that it does not support Khalistan, says Ujjal Dosanjh

Ujjal Dosanjh, the first person of Indian origin to hold the highest state office in Canada, spoke about the current diplomatic crisis between Canada and India. He believes that the tension may not be resolved soon as both governments are not actively seeking a solution. Dosanjh also discusses the lack of trust between the two countries and the support for the Khalistani cause globally.

Published on 22 September 2023 | 7:12 am

Indian-origin author Chetna Maroo's debut novel shortlisted for Booker Prize 2023

Chetna Maroo's debut novel 'Western Lane' has been shortlisted for the 2023 Booker Prize. The book, set in the British Gujarati community, uses squash as a metaphor for complex human emotions. It follows the story of an 11-year-old girl named Gopi and her family bonds. The chair of the Booker Prize judging panel praised Maroo's evocative writing style.

Published on 22 September 2023 | 4:18 am

Case against Indian-origin Singapore lawyer for slapping woman in Hindu temple

An Indian-origin lawyer in Singapore, Ravi Madasamy, has been charged with four offences, including voluntarily causing hurt and disorderly behavior, for allegedly slapping a woman at a Hindu temple. He is also accused of using vulgarities and indecent language towards the woman and another woman at the temple.

Published on 17 September 2023 | 6:36 am

"Capturers one side of conversation": Seattle Police on video of police officer joking about Indian-origin woman's death

The Seattle Police Officers' Guild has stated that the video capturing officer Daniel Auderer joking about the death of Jaahnavi Kandula only shows one side of the conversation and lacks context. They believe there is more detail and nuance that has not been made public yet. The Seattle Police Department acknowledges the insensitivity of the comments and expresses deep sorrow for the family's loss. The incident is under investigation by the Office of Police Accountability/OPA.

Published on 16 September 2023 | 12:40 pm

UK visa fee hike for visitors, students to be effective from October 4

The British government has announced an increase in visa fees, effective from October 4. The cost of a visit visa for under six months will rise by GBP 15, and student visas will be GBP 127 more expensive for travelers from around the world. The changes are aimed at meeting the country's public sector wage increase and are expected to raise over GBP 1 billion. The fee increase applies to various visa categories and is subject to parliamentary approval.

Published on 16 September 2023 | 10:35 am

Jaahnavi Kandula death: Comments taken out of context, says Seattle police officer; online petition seeks his termination

In a bodycam footage released on Monday by the Seattle Police Department, officer Daniel Auderer laughed about the deadly crash and dismissed the implication of Dave being at fault in the entire scenario. He further denied the necessity for a criminal probe into the matter. In the video, Auderer can be heard saying, "Yeah, just write a cheque. USD 11,000. She was 26 anyway, she had limited value."

Published on 16 September 2023 | 6:11 am

India asks Canada to probe assault of Indian student in Kelowna, condemns incident

The Consulate General of India in Vancouver has requested Canadian authorities to investigate the recent incident of assault on an Indian national in Kelowna. Prompt action against the perpetrators has also been sought in the case, which saw a 17-year-old Sikh high school student getting assaulted at a bus stop after an altercation with another teenager in Canada's British Columbia province.

Published on 16 September 2023 | 4:02 am

Indian jailed in Singapore for biting off part of fellow worker's finger

A 40-year-old Indian national was jailed for 10 months on Friday for biting off part of the index finger of a compatriot fellow worker under the influence of alcohol in Singapore during a brawl at a party in April this year. Thangarasu Rengasamy, who worked as an excavator operator, pleaded guilty to voluntarily causing grievous hurt to Nagooran Balasubramanian's left index finger, The Straits Times newspaper reported.

Published on 15 September 2023 | 10:26 am

Many Indian-Americans choosing public policy jobs over corporate: top Obama aide

Nish Acharya, who served in the administration of President Barack Obama as director of innovation & entrepreneurship and senior advisor to the secretary of commerce, also led the President’s efforts to nurture economic growth through innovation, entrepreneurship and commercialisation and managed the national advisory council on innovation and entrepreneurship.

Published on 15 September 2023 | 7:21 am

'This is appalling': Outrage over US cop joking about Indian student's death by speeding police car; India seeks action

The US has assured the Centre of a quick investigation into the death of Indian student Jaahnavi Kandula in Seattle after being struck by a speeding police patrol car. The Biden administration has also promised to bring the police officers "responsible for it" to justice. This comes as India said it has "strongly" taken up the case with authorities in the US, following the release of a bodycam video in which a policeman is heard joking and laughing about the student's death.

Published on 14 September 2023 | 6:41 am

Video shows US cop laughing after collision killed Indian student, probe launched

An investigation has been launched against Seattle police union leaders following the emergence of troubling footage from an officer's body camera. The footage recorded an officer making inappropriate remarks about the death of an Indian-origin woman who was struck and killed by a police cruiser.

Published on 13 September 2023 | 8:20 am

Indian-American physician-author Siddhartha Mukherjee on UK non-fiction prize longlist

Indian-American physician-author Dr Siddhartha Mukherjee's book 'The Song of the Cell: An Exploration of Medicine and the New Human' has been longlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction. The book, described as panoramic and intimate, explores the significance of the cell in medicine and its potential for future clinical advancements.

Published on 6 September 2023 | 10:13 am

Indian-American Arjun Gupta appointed chair of US federal body

The US Small Business Administration (SBA), which represents America’s 33 million small businesses in the administration of President Joe Biden, announced the appointment of 14 members to the newly established federal Investment Capital Advisory Committee (ICAC) last week. The ICAC consists of members with diverse perspectives, experiences, and occupational backgrounds in and related to the US private investment industry and is headed by Indian American Arjun Gupta as chairman.

Published on 5 September 2023 | 5:08 am

Singapore's Indian-origin ministers sue PM's brother over state-owned bungalow rental issue

Two Indian-origin cabinet ministers in Singapore, K Shanmugam and Vivian Balakrishnan, have sued Lee Hsien Yang, the younger brother of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, for defamation. The lawsuit is related to allegations made by Lee Hsien Yang regarding the rental of two state-owned bungalows. The ministers have demanded an apology, withdrawal of the allegations, and payment of damages. Lee Hsien Yang and his wife have left the country after declining a police interview regarding lying in judicial proceedings about the will of their late father.

Published on 3 September 2023 | 12:25 am

Indian American arrested in New Jersey in USD 13 million tech fraud

An Indian American has been arrested in New Jersey on charge of being part of a technical support scam that targeted more than 7,000 victims defrauding them of more than USD 13 million, a US Attorney announced Thursday. Charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, Manoj Yadav appeared before US Magistrate Judge José R. Almonte in Newark federal court.

Published on 1 September 2023 | 3:15 am

Judge blocks Arkansas law requiring parental OK for minors to create social media accounts

A federal judge has temporarily blocked Arkansas from implementing a law that would have required parental consent for minors to create social media accounts. The judge granted a preliminary injunction requested by Net Choice, a tech industry trade group. The law, signed by Republican Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders, was set to take effect on Friday. The judge stated that the law was likely to be found unconstitutional and questioned its effectiveness. Similar laws have been enacted in Texas and Louisiana, and top Republicans in Georgia are considering such legislation.

Published on 1 September 2023 | 12:47 am

Indian-Americans congratulate India on successful moon landing

An influential US lawmaker and eminent Indian Americans on Tuesday congratulated India for a successful moon landing.India on August 23 scripted history as ISRO's ambitious third Moon mission Chandrayaan-3's Lander Module touched down on the lunar surface, making it only the fourth country to accomplish the feat, and first to reach the uncharted south pole of Earth's only natural satellite.

Published on 30 August 2023 | 2:55 am