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8-year-old Indian-origin boy from Singapore beats Polish grandmaster, breaks record

An eight-year-old Indian-origin boy defeated Polish chess grandmaster Jacek Stopa at the Burgdorfer Stadthaus Open in Switzerland on Sunday, becoming the youngest player to defeat a GM in classical chess. Ashwath Kaushik, who represented Singapore, defeated Stopa, who at 37 is nearly five times older than him, according to a Channel News Asia report. The previous record was set only a few weeks earlier when Serbia's Leonid Ivanovic, who is several months older than Ashwath, beat 60-year-old Bulgarian grandmaster Milko Popchev at the Belgrade Open.

Published on 20 February 2024 | 12:29 pm

Failed US border deal could pave way for pro-Indians future immigration reforms

A recent Bill aimed at addressing green card backlogs in the United States was blocked by Republicans in the US Senate. The Bill had provisions that would have benefited Indians facing long waits for green cards. These provisions would have helped individuals on various visa categories, including K-1 fiancé/e and K-3 spouse visas, which allow foreign citizens to marry US citizens and live in the US while waiting for their immigrant visa petition to be approved.

Published on 19 February 2024 | 5:20 pm

Ashwin Ramaswami becomes first gen z Indian-American candidate for Georgia seat

Ashwin Ramaswami, a 24-year-old Democrat, is making history as the first Gen Z Indian-American to run for a Georgia Senate seat (District 48). His campaign aims to provide equal opportunities, especially in education, jobs, economy, and healthcare. Ramaswami, raised in both Indian and American cultures, emphasizes the need for diverse voices in politics.

Published on 19 February 2024 | 11:07 am

Indian-origin man jailed for life over 30-year-old UK murder

Sandip Patel, an Indian-origin man, has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the brutal murder of Marina Koppel 30 years ago. The Metropolitan Police, forensic scientists, and fingerprint experts played a crucial role in solving the case using innovative forensic techniques.

Published on 17 February 2024 | 10:49 pm

Indian student dies due to cardiac arrest in Canada; family seeks EAM Jaishankar's assistance

Indian student Shaik Muzammil Ahmed, 25, studying for a Masters in IT at Conestoga College in Ontario, Canada, passed away unexpectedly from cardiac arrest. His family is seeking help from External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to repatriate his remains to Hyderabad. Amjad Ullah Khan, a leader of Majlis Bachao Tehreek (MBT), shared the news on social media.

Published on 16 February 2024 | 6:57 am

'No excuse for violence...': White House on attacks against Indian students in US

In a press briefing on Thursday, the White House strongly denounced violence based on factors like race or gender, categorising such behaviors as unacceptable within the country. John Kirby, the Coordinator for Strategic Communications at the National Security Council, expressed the administration's dedication to preventing and thwarting such attacks. He underscored President Joe Biden and his team's concerted efforts to collaborate with state and local authorities in addressing the issue and ensuring accountability for those responsible.

Published on 15 February 2024 | 10:02 pm

Indian national sentenced to 51 months in jail for defrauding elderly woman in US

Indian national Sukhdev Vaid sentenced to 51 months in jail for wire fraud, defrauding elderly American woman of USD 150,000 through computer-hacking scheme. Scheme targeted elderly Americans nationwide, resulting in USD 1.2 million in total losses. Large Indian enterprise involved. FBI arrests Vaid and co-defendant Eddly Joseph.

Published on 15 February 2024 | 6:57 am

American Nightmare: Indian IT pro wipes out family in murder-suicide in second such incident this year

In the second episode of its kind this year, an immigrant Indian professional wiped out his family in a murder-suicide incident, raising questions about whether the famed American dream is turning into a nightmare for some. Police in the affluent neighborhood of San Mateo, California, said that following a welfare check alert, they found a couple, later identified as Anand Sujith Henry, 37, and Alice Priyanka Benziger, 38, dead in their bathroom from gunshot wounds.

Published on 14 February 2024 | 4:17 pm

UK imposes serious crime prevention orders on 9 Indian-origin criminals

A nine-member gang of Indian-origin criminals found guilty of smuggling goods and migrants have been placed under Serious Crime Prevention Orders (SCPOs) by the UK authorities to prevent future offending. Swander Dhal, 38, Jasbir Kapoor, 36, Diljan Malhotra, 48, Charan Singh, 46, Valjeet Singh, 35, Jasbir Dhal Singh, 33, Jaginder Kapoor, 48, Jacdar Kapour, 51, and Amarjeet Alabadis, 32, are now under the National Crime Agency (NCA) imposed orders designed to limit their ability to engage in serious and organised crime.

Published on 14 February 2024 | 10:20 am

Malayali couple, twin kids found dead in US home

Four members of a Kollam family were discovered dead at their California residence. Identified as Sujith Henry, Alice Priyanka, and their twin children, the cause of death remains undisclosed pending postmortem. Speculations suggest poisonous gas from a heater. Sujith, a Google employee, migrated six years ago. Alice's mother, Juliet, alerted authorities after receiving no response.

Published on 14 February 2024 | 8:54 am

'Non-resident' gets tax relief on overseas income

The Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) has rescued a salaried worker who was deputed to operate outside India, ruling that a 'non-resident''s wage income (including allowances) for services done outside cannot be taxed in India. During assessment for FY16, the I-T official added Rs 21.8 lakh to the income taxable in India, as the taxpayer had not furnished the tax residency certificate (TRC).

Published on 13 February 2024 | 10:30 pm

Race discrimination at UK varsity: Indian academic gets £450k payout

Portsmouth University must pay £450,000 for racially discriminating against Dr Kajal Sharma, an Indian academic, who was not reappointed as the associate head of organisational studies and human resource management. Her line manager showed insensitivity by contacting her during her father's funeral and failed to provide support when her baby son was critically ill.

Published on 13 February 2024 | 6:42 pm

Two Indian-origin men indicted for visa fraud conspiracy

Two Indian-origin men indicted in New York for staging armed robberies as part of a visa fraud conspiracy. Rambhai Patel and Balwinder Singh allegedly orchestrated fake robberies to help store clerks apply for U visas. Patel remains detained while Singh was released on conditions. The scheme involved staged robberies across the US.

Published on 13 February 2024 | 3:37 am

Indian-origin man pleads guilty to killing teenage wife in UK

An Indian-origin man has admitted to the murder of his 19-year-old wife at their residence in south London. Sahil Sharma, 24, was arrested at Ash Tree Way in Croydon, where the couple lived, after being suspected of his involvement in the killing of Mehak Sharma on the evening of October 29 last year. Sharma, originally from India, pleaded guilty to the charges during a court hearing.

Published on 11 February 2024 | 8:12 am

Knocked to the ground: Indian-origin executive dies days after being assaulted in US

A 41-year-old Indian-origin executive lost his life in the United States after being assaulted in a brawl outside a restaurant in downtown Washington. According to a preliminary investigation reported by WUSA, a television station in Washington, DC, affiliated with CBS, it is believed that the victim, identified as Taneja, was engaged in a verbal altercation with an unidentified individual.

Published on 10 February 2024 | 4:06 am

5 Indian-origin people arrested in Canada for extortion targeting South Asian businesses

A specialised Canadian police task force has arrested five people, including two women, of Indian-origin for alleged extortion and firearm-related offences targeting the South Asian business community in the Greater Toronto area.

Published on 8 February 2024 | 4:50 pm

First Kashmiri woman Congressional candidate amasses $567K in campaign funds

Krystle Kaul, the inaugural Kashmiri woman vying for a seat in the US Congress, has gathered an impressive campaign fund of $567,000, outpacing the incumbent Jennifer Wexton, who has secured $538,000 in Virginia's 10th Congressional district. Loudoun County, a pivotal area for Indian-Americans, falls within this district. The Democratic nomination for Kaul will be determined in the June 18 primary, with eyes set on the November 5th general elections if she clinches the nomination.

Published on 8 February 2024 | 4:34 am

Indian-origin Australian senator makes history; takes oath on Bhagavad Gita

Barrister Varun Ghosh, the first-ever India-born member of the Australian Parliament, took his oath on the Bhagavad Gita, making history. Ghosh, representing Western Australia, has been chosen as the newest Senator in the Federal Parliament. Australian politicians, including Foreign Minister Penny Wong and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, welcomed him warmly.

Published on 6 February 2024 | 2:32 pm

Student from Hyderabad reportedly attacked and robbed in Chicago

A Hyderabad student, Syed Mazahir Ali, was robbed and attacked in Chicago and was later admitted to a local hospital. According to his wife, Syeda Ruquiya Fatima Razvi, who lives in Hyderabad, she received a call about 6 pm on February 4 from a friend of his, informing about the incident.

Published on 6 February 2024 | 11:01 am

Indian-American pleads guilty to passport fraud; faces up to 10 years in jail

Indian-American Jaiprakash Gulvady admitted to fraudulently obtaining US citizenship by providing false documents and lying. He arrived in the US on a temporary visa, married a US citizen and became a lawful permanent resident. After divorcing his American wife, he married an Indian woman, but lied on his naturalisation application, obtaining US citizenship in 2014.

Published on 6 February 2024 | 3:28 am