Wolfram Research files lawsuit in US district court over H-1B denial to its current STEM employee

MUMBAI: Denial of H-1B visas on the grounds that the job position of the beneficiary (whose visa is being sponsored) is not a ‘speciality’ occupation continues to rear its head, often leaving employers with no choice but to take the matter to court. On September 21, Wolfram Research filed a lawsuit with the US district court against the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), as its petition for an H-1B visa for Ishwarya Vardhani, one of its employees, was denied on this very ground. It has sought to overturn this…

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Wolfram Research files lawsuit over H-1B denial to its current STEM employee

MUMBAI: Denial of H-1B visas on the grounds that the job position of the beneficiary (whose visa is being sponsored) is not a ‘speciality’ occupation continues to rear its head, often leaving employers with no choice but to take the matter to court. On September 21, Wolfram Research, has filed a lawsuit with the US district court against the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), as its petition for an H-1B visa for one of its employees, was denied on this very ground. It has sought to overturn this denial.…

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Indian among six indicted in Amazon bribery case in US

WASHINGTON: Six people, including an Indian national and an Indian-American, were indicted by a US grand jury on Friday with conspiring to pay over USD 100,000 in commercial bribes to employees and contractors of Amazon for unfair competitive advantage on its merchant platform. According to the indictment, all the six accused used bribery and fraud since 2017 to benefit merchant accounts on Amazon Marketplace, a platform where third-party merchants sell goods, resulting in more than USD 100 million of competitive benefits to those accounts, harm to competitors and harm to…

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Indian-American pleads guilty in $17-million bank fraud

WASHINGTON: An Indian-American president of a now-defunct New Jersey-based marble and granite wholesaler has admitted his role in scheming to defraud a bank in connection with a $17 million secured line of credit, a US Attorney has said. Rajendra Kankariya, 61, pleaded guilty by video conference before US District Judge Susan D. Wigenton to committing wire fraud affecting a financial institution. He faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a fine of $1 million. Kankariya is scheduled to be sentenced on January 18. According to court documents,…

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Indian national, Indian-origin man charged with voting illegally in 2016 US presidential elections

NEW YORK: An Indian national and an Indian-origin man from Malaysia have been charged by federal prosecutors with unlawfully voting in the 2016 US presidential elections by falsely claiming American citizenship. Baijoo Pottakulath Thomas, 58, and 11 other foreign nationals were charged in US District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina last month with misdemeanor charges for unlawfully casting ballots in the 2016 presidential elections. They face a maximum term of one-year imprisonment and a fine of up to $100,000 if convicted, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s…

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Indian-origin man pleads guilty to damaging IT company’s computer network in US

NEW YORK: A 30-year old Indian-origin man has pleaded guilty to intentionally accessing the protected computer of an information-technology firm and running a code which led to the deletion of 16,000 accounts and heavy losses for the company in 2018. Sudhish Kasaba Ramesh pleaded guilty in the federal court of San Jose, California. He was charged last month with one count of intentionally accessing a protected computer without authorisation, United States Attorney David Anderson said. According to the plea agreement, Ramesh admitted to intentionally accessing Cisco Systems’ cloud infrastructure that…

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Rioters destroy Indian-origin family’s car dealership in US

NEW YORK: An Indian-origin family’s car dealership was set ablaze by rioters in the protest-hit US city of Kenosha, Wisconsin destroying nearly 100 vehicles and causing damages worth $2.5 million, according to family members. “Everybody watched it burn to ashes. Nobody did nothing about it, nothing,” Kenosha News on Saturday quoted family member Anmol Khindri as saying. The newspaper said that he estimated the losses after the first attack on August 23 at about $1.5 million and after a second the following day at $2.5 million. Josie Rodriguez, who lived…

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Assamese boy performs US national anthem at Democratic National Convention

GUWAHATI: While there has been much excitement in political circles over the Democratic National Convention in the US where Kamala Harris was picked as the vice-presidential nominee, the event also marked the coming of age of a young musician of Assamese origin. For Maryland-born Ashwin Hazarika (13), there could not have been a bigger stage as he delivered a powerful rendition of the US national anthem on August 17, with thousands of people tuning in to watch the broadcast online. “It was an honour and a lifetime opportunity to sing…

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Ex-husband, son charged with murder of Indian-origin woman in UK

LONDON: The ex-husband and son of a 54-year-old Indian-origin woman, who was found dead at her home in Warwickshire in the West Midlands region of England, have been charged with her murder. Jasbinder Gahir, 57, and Rohan Gahir, 23, were charged with the murder of Balvinder Gahir on Thursday and remanded in custody until their next appearance at Leamington Crown Court on September 1. Warwickshire Police said emergency services were called to a home at Lillington in the town of Leamington Spa on Monday where the woman was found with…

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Indian-origin mother,daughter sentenced to prison for conspiring to fraudulently obtain insurance

NEW YORK: An Indian-origin woman and her daughter were sentenced to prison for conspiring to burn down their convenience store to fraudulently obtain insurance proceeds. Manjit Singh, 49 and her daughter Harpneet Bath, 27, a resident of British Columbia, Canada, were sentenced in federal court in Kentucky to 18 months and 9 months in prison respectively by US District Court Judge David Bunning. In her plea agreement, Singh admitted to offering a confidential informant USD 5,000 in January 2020 to burn down the convenience store she owned and operated in…

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Indian-origin man jailed for life for murdering mother, stepfather in UK

LONDON: An Indian-origin man found guilty of the double murder of his mother and stepfather has been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum 36 years behind bars before being considered for parole by a UK court. Anmol Chana, described as “fanatical” about knives, stabbed his mother Jasbir Kaur, 52, and her husband Rupinder Singh Bassan, 51, multiple times at their home in Oldbury in the West Midlands region of England earlier this year. The 26-year-old was convicted of the two murders after a nine-day trial at Birmingham Crown Court…

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Indian-American Nikki Haley among star speakers at Republican convention

WASHINGTON: Nikki Haley, popular Indian-American Republican politician and former US envoy to the UN, will be among the star speakers on the first day of the Republican National Convention which begins on Monday, according to a list released by the Trump campaign. The four-day RNC will formally nominate 77-year-old incumbent President Donald Trump as the party’s candidate for the November 3 US presidential election. Haley, 48, the two-term Governor of South Carolina, is the only Indian-American leader to be featured in the list of RNC speakers released by the Trump…

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