Indian-origin policewoman in Singapore sentenced for misappropriating ipads

SINGAPORE: An Indian-origin policewoman in Singapore was sentenced to seven months in jail on Monday for criminal breach of trust for misappropriating two police-issued ipads by pawning them at a shop. Hemavathy Gunasekaran, 37, pawned the two police-issued iPads worth more than SGD 900 ($646) at a shop for which she received SGD 300 ($215) in return, the court heard. The devices were later resold to other people when she did not redeem them, The Straits Times reported. Following a trial, District Judge Salina Ishak had found her guilty of…

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Indian-American community holds ‘Boycott China’ protest at Times Square in New York

NEW YORK: A large number of Indian-Americans chanting ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ and other patriotic slogans staged a protest against China at the iconic Times Square here, demanding an economic boycott and a diplomatic isolation of the country for its aggression against India. Indians living in New York and New Jersey states along with the officials of the diaspora organisation — Federation of Indian Associations (FIA) – raised slogans of ‘Boycott Made in China’, ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ and ‘Stop Chinese Aggression’ among others. The protesters, wearing face masks in…

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Pulitzer winner Siddhartha Mukherjee, Prof Raj Chetty among ‘2020 Great Immigrants’ honourees

NEW YORK: Two renowned Indian-Americans who have contributed towards the efforts in mitigating the Covid-19 health crisis are among the 38 immigrants honoured by a prestigious American foundation ahead of US Independence Day commemoration this year. Pulitzer Prize-winning author and oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee, and Professor of Economics at Harvard University Raj Chetty have been named by the Carnegie Corporation of New York as ‘2020 Great Immigrants’ honourees, the Corporation said in a statement on Wednesday. Born in New Delhi, Mukherjee is a noted biologist, oncologist and the author of several…

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Indian origin cardiologist to pay $400k to settle false billing allegation

NEW YORK: An Indian origin cardiologist and the administrator of her company have agreed to pay $400,000 to settle allegations that they submitted irregular billings to Medicare, the government health insurance programme for senior citizens, according to officials. Southern Texas federal prosecutor Ryan Patrick said on Wednesday that cardiologist Annie Varughese, 57, who owned the Houston-based company, and its administrator, Babu Varughese, 64, agreed to the payment to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act (FCA). The allegations came to light when a former cardiologist filed a lawsuit…

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Indian held on charges of smuggling drugs into US

WASHINGTON: Law enforcement officials have arrested an Indian national on the charges of driving down a truck — hidden with nearly 1,000 kg of marijuana worth USD 20 million — from Canada to the United States, an official said. This is the third such arrest of an Indian national in less than a fortnight. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life. Prabjot Nagra, 26, was arrested as he attempted to enter the US at the Peace Bridge Port on Entry…

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Leo Varadkar becomes Deputy PM in historic Irish coalition pact

LONDON: Ireland‘s Indian-origin Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar, has stepped down to make way for new Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin as part of a historic coalition deal which will see him return as the PM in over two years’ time. The office of Taoiseach, as the Irish PM is known, is to rotate between Ireland’s two centrist parties — Varadkar’s Fine Gael and Martin’s Fianna Fail — after they agreed ambitious climate targets to seal a power-sharing deal with the Green Party this week. Martin is expected to lead Ireland…

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Indian woman in UAE helping over 2,000 stranded compatriots amid Covid-19 pandemic

DUBAI: An Indian lawyer in the UAE is helping over 2,000 stranded and jobless blue-collar compatriots with free legal paperwork to facilitate their return back home, according to a media report on Saturday. Sheela Thomas, 41, has opened 2,200 files of distressed Indians hailing from states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, who have lost their jobs due to the Covid-19 pandemic, to help them for their return to India, the Gulf News reported. “Their paper-work needs to be sorted. Many of their visas have expired,passports still stuck…

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Donald Trump grateful for Indian-Americans’ support: White House

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump is “Incredibly grateful” for the “widespread support” he has received from the people of India and Indian-Americans, the White House has said in response to a survey suggesting that over 50 per cent of the community members in some key battleground American states are switching over to him in the presidential election in November. White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Matthews made the comments while responding to a question on a recent survey results that Indian-Americans, who traditionally vote for the Democratic Party, are switching…

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Indian-origin ex-Hindu temple official charged in Singapore

SINGAPORE: An Indian-origin former official of a Hindu temple in Singapore has been charged in a court here for acting as its board member despite being disqualified for offences involving deception, according to a media report. Ratha Krishnan Selvakumar, 64, was on Wednesday charged with acting in the capacity of a governing board member of Sri Veeramakaliamman temple despite his conviction on May 9, 2017 in 10 offences, involving deception, under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act, the Straits Times reported on Thursday. The police said on Wednesday that Selvakumar…

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Indian national jailed in Singapore for GST fraud

SINGAPORE: An Indian national, linked to a group of Indians who had defrauded the Singapore taxman out of SGD 570,000 by making false Goods and Services Tax (GST) refund claims, has been jailed for 18 months by a court here. Muthuvel Sankar, 41, pleaded guilty to two counts of corruption, three counts of GST fraud and one amalgamated charge of money laundering, The Straits Times reported. He was jailed for 18 months and slapped with a SGD 66,891 tax penalty by the court on Thursday. Six other charges were taken…

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Indian man arrested for smuggling 3,346 pounds of marijuana into US

WASHINGTON: An Indian national has been arrested for smuggling about 3,346 pounds of marijuana worth approximately USD 5 million into the US from Canada, a US attorney said on Tuesday. Arrested on charges of importing and possessing with intent to distribute 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana, Gurpreet Singh, 30, faces mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life sentence on being convicted. Singh was arrested driving a commercial truck on the Peace Bridge from Canada to the US at Niagara Falls in the upstate…

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Indian-American businessman charged with Covid-19 relief fraud

WASHINGTON: An Indian-American owner of several information technology companies in the Chicago area has been charged with Covid-19 relief fraud running into USD400,000, federal prosecutors have said. Rahul Shah (51) has been charged in a criminal complaint filed in the Northern District of Illinois with bank fraud and making false statements to a financial institution. An initial appearance in US District Court in Chicago has not yet been scheduled. According to the complaint, Shah filed a bank loan application that fraudulently sought more than USD400,000 in a forgivable Paycheck Protection…

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