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Dismissed cop, 2 others arrested for NRI’s murder
Moga police on Friday arrested three persons, including a dismissed inspector of Punjab police’s crime branch, for the alleged murder of a Canada-based NRI. Crime branch inspector Bhola Singh, posted at Chandigarh, was dismissed from service for his alleged connivance with the main accused in murder case while three other cops were sacked for dereliction of duty.
NRI Harinder Singh Sran, 46, was killed on April 14 while he was supervising wheat harvesting operations at his native Kaliye Wala village in Moga district. Sran had a dispute with his relatives pertaining to 27 acres of land in the village. He had reached India on April 2 and approached the police for security sensing threat to his life. The case pertaining to dispute was pending with the NRI police station Moga.
The other arrested accused are Kulbir Singh and Kuldeep Singh. A total of 11 persons, including Bhola, were booked under murder and conspiracy charges.
“Harinder had a running feud with our brother’s wife Baljinder Kaur for possession of the land which led to his murder,” the victim’s brother Devinder Singh alleged.
According to villagers, Sran was overseeing harvest of wheat on April 14 when Baljinder, Kudeep and Kulbir reached the spot. After a verbal duel, Baljinder’s accomplices allegedly fired at Harinder, who died on the spot with a bullet piercing his forehead.
Police had registered case against Kulbir, Kuldeep and Baljinder (all residents of Kaliye Wala), Bhola Singh, Rajinder Singh and Chet Singh (residents of Behrampur in Ropar district) and five unidentified persons under murder charges and conspiracy and Arms Act.
Four policemen, including Bhola and two former station house officers of Moga — sub-inspectors Guljinderpal Singh and Kuljinder Singh and assistant sub-inspector Bhag Mall — were dismissed from service after Punjab NRI affairs minister Tota Singh accompanied the deceased’s family members to chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on April 22. It was alleged that Bhola was hand in glove with relatives of Sran.
Rajinder Singh of Behrampur was arrested earlier and Baljinder had surrendered two days ago before a Mohali court.
Source : Times of India
Detained NRI Khalsa freed as daughter meets President
Surat Singh Khalsa, an NRI who was being force-fed through his nose for the past around two months at the Civil Hospital here, was released from preventive custody this evening.
The 80-year-old, who has been without food since January 16 and was being force-fed since February 27, has been seeking the release of 82 Sikh detainees languishing in various jails of the country despite the completion of their sentence.Khalsa was reportedly discharged from the hospital a few hours after his daughter Sarvinder Kaur met President Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi today.“We had met the President and bought the matter of human right violations by the police to his notice. While we were returning to Ludhiana, we were told that the police have freed my father and he has been discharged from the hospital. I do not know whether my brother has been released from the hospital or not,” said Sarvinder.Sources said Commissioner of Police Parmod Ban visited the hospital prior to Khalsa’s release.Sarvinder Kaur was part of a five-member delegation of Sikh bodies comprising representatives of the Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners. The delegation was led by Gurdeep Singh Bathinda, United Akali Dal leader, and comprised Dr Bhagwan Singh, United Akali Dal chairman; Jaswant Singh Mann, SAD (Amritsar) secretary general; and Swaran Singh, former IAS. They met the President at Rashtrapati Bhavan for 15 minutes.Radical Sikh outfit Dal Khalsa leader Kanwar Pal Singh said the delegation submitted a memorandum to the highest constitutional authority, informing him about Surat Singh. “The federal rights of states to release political prisoners and the fundamental universal right of political prisoners to be released in reasonable time awaits your attention,” read the memorandum.“It is ironic that Surat Singh who has sought release of political prisoners is now himself a prisoner,” he said.The delegation urged the President to advise Prime Minister Narendra Modi to accept “just” demands of the Sikhs. The delegation also complained about the “indifferent and negative approach” of Punjab government towards Surat Singh and his family members. “His son Ravinderjit Singh, who has come from the US to lend his moral support to his father, has also been detained since February 27 for no fault of his. He was assaulted by the police at Ludhiana court premises on April 13 during the court hearing,” they charged.
NRI TV FILM CLUB Website Inaugurated
Ambassador Dnyaneshwar M. Mulay, Consul General of India, New York inaugurated the launch of www.NRITVFILMCLUB.com website in the presence of many prominent people from the Indian community, media and entertainment, in the ornate ballroom of the Indian Consulate, April 17.
Congratulating Tirlok Malik, founder of NRI TV FILM CLUB, on the novel idea Ambassador Mulay said: “It is a wonderful idea. Very much needed. And it will make the bridge between Hollywood and Bollywood by creating NRI-wood.”
NRI TV Film Club website is for the audience to watch movies made by NRIs, about NRIs, with NRIs. “It is just like a mini Netflix for NRI movies,” a guest said. NRI TV FILM CLUB website is also a platform to promote and create opportunities for NRI talents in the area of Film, Television, and New Media. It is a collective effort of filmmakers and artists. The website is launched with 15 films made in America by NRI filmmakers with local Indian American talents. Some of the films are award winning and shown worldwide. NRI TV FILM CLUB willbe producing and showing more films, TV Sitcom, Web Series with the Indian American and multi-cultural talents. Membership for the club is 35 dollars annually.
“These movies have immigrant themes but with universal emotions. Many of these films don’t reach wider audience. But with the new technology of streaming movies just like Netflix, we are able to bring these movies for the audience to watch worldwide. There are more than 25 millions NRIs worldwide and their families in India. We believe you will enjoy these movies,” says New York Emmy nominated filmmaker Tirlok Malik who is the founder of NRI TV FILM CLUB. Tirlok Malik along with many other talented NRI filmmakers and artists are excited about the idea. Malik says, “I am glad other NRI filmmakers have shared this vision with me and joined me.”
The team behind this vision was announced at the event. H.R. Shah, chairman of TV ASIA, is the honorary chairman of NRI TV FILM CLUB. Dr. Sudhir Parikh who is the chairman and publisher of Parikh Worldwide Media Inc. is supporting this vision.
At the launching Malik thanked media and many supporters. Some of them were Indu Jaiswal, Prof. Indrajit Saluja, Parveen Chopra, Thomas Abraham (GOPIO), Reeves Lehmann (Chairman of Film division of SVA) and many others.
All the filmmakers and the artists present at the event said, “Join the Club and Watch Movies. Sign Up for www.nritvfilmclub.com.”
Source : The indian Panorama
NRI Industrialist Lord Swraj Paul meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Leading NRI industrialist Lord Swraj Paul today met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and extended full support to his ‘Make in India’ campaign.
During the 30-minute meeting, the Chairman of the UK-based Caparo India has set up several units in India, including some in Gujarat, to manufacture automobile equipments and other products, said after the meeting that he found Mr Modi to be a warm person and someone fully committed to “make India a strong country”.
The London-based magnate, who was accompanied by his son and Caparo CEO Angad Paul during the meeting, said “I told the prime minister that India alone has the capability to compete with China. The ‘Make in India’ campaign was a great idea which would strength India economically.”
Indian-American Vivek Murthy takes oath as US Surgeon General
37-year-old Vivek Hallegere Murthy is now the highest ranking Indian-American in the Obama Administration.
“To have the opportunity to serve as Surgeon General is an extraordinary honour and a profound responsibility, and I want to thank President Obama for entrusting me with the stewardship of this office,” Murthy said in his address on the occasion.
Attended by eminent Indian-Americans, who flew in the military bastion from across the country to attend the Commissioning and Change of Command Ceremony, Murthy took the oath on the holy Gita.
As the US Surgeon General, Murthy carries the rank of Vice Admiral.
The Health Secretary Sylvia Burwell also participated in the event.
“He is eminently qualified for the job,” Biden said on the occasion and described his family as an “incredible” family in particular his grandmother who was present on the occasion.
“I am who I am because of my grandmother’s faith, my father’s strength, my mother’s love, my sister’s support and my fiancée’s unyielding belief in me. I am blessed to have all of them here with me today. I will always be grateful to them for the sacrifices they have made,” he said, with his parents and family members seated in the audience.
“My family was never supposed to have left our ancestral village. My father is the son of a farmer in rural India. He was supposed to have been a farmer, as was I.
But for my grandfather’s insistence that his son get an education – even if that meant going into debt – we might have never left that village to go out in the world and – as my grandfather also insisted – start fixing what needed fixing,” he said.
“We were not supposed to have become Americans. My parents stopped in three other countries – including a brutal dictatorship – on their journey to get here. They saved up money and scrounged for information about job opportunities, always knowing that America was the destination,” Murthy said.
In his first major policy speech, Murthy vowed to improve the public health of the country. “Here’s the thing: even as millions of Americans get covered through the Affordable Care Act, we still have much more to do,” he said.
“Public health does not exist in a vacuum. It is intrinsically linked to education, employment, the environment and our economy. There is a whole world beyond hospital corridors and clinic waiting rooms where people are struggling with issues of transportation, housing and development,” he said.
“The point is, we cannot effectively address the challenges before us until we treat health as a shared responsibility. That is why we have to build the great American community,” Murthy said.
Among top Indian-Americans to attend the ceremony were Ravi Jahangirdar, president of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), Ashok Kumar Mago, of the US-INDIA Chamber of Commerce and Dr Sampat Shivangi, national president of Indian American Forum for Political Education.
Congressman Ami Bera, the only Indian-American lawmaker in the current Congress, was also present at the ceremonial event.
Murthy was officially sworn in at a closed ceremony on December 18, 2014. He is the country’s 19th Surgeon General.
Having travelled across the country for the past several months, Murthy made several announcements in his policy speech.
“We will combat misinformation with clear communication. Whether e-cigarettes or the latest diet fad, marijuana or the measles, we will give the American people the best information so they can make good decisions for their own health,” he said.
“In a world in which a lie can spread around the planet at the speed of a keystroke, we will harness the power of new technologies so that the truth has a fighting chance. And if that means I get to team up with a furry little Muppet to tell parents to vaccinate their kids, then all the better!” he added.
“We will work to move from a culture of treatment to one of prevention. We lead the world in breakthroughs that create life-saving treatments. But while the mark of a great nation may be in how we care for our most vulnerable, the test of a strong nation is how good we are at keeping them from getting sick in the first place,” Murthy said.
Source : Deccan Herald
NRI couple gifts two air coolers to children’s home
Coinciding with the first birthday of their child, a NRI couple donated two air coolers to the inmates of Athidhi Mentally Challenged Home in Hanamkonda on Wednesday.
Mr. Vijay Kumar and Deepti celebrated their child’ birthday differently by buying two air coolers worth Rs 8,000 to the children
at the Home. “I felt this is a fitting gift now as the temperature is soaring. They will get some respite from the scorching heat,” said Mr Vijay Kumar. The programme was facilitated by Sulaskhya Seva Samithi, a group of youngsters who have been in the social service. Noted poet Banna
Ilaiah was the chief guest at the event. He appreciated the gesture of NRI couple and Samithi efforts. Mr Ilaiah said he knew the samithi has been doing series of charity programmes and exhorted youth to draw inspiration from it and replicate the same brining joy to less privileged.
Samithi founder president Santhosh Manduva said they have been acting as a bridge between generous and under privileged in the society. They could motivate and generate funds for many programmes for the past two years. Samithi Suraj, Athidhi incharge Ms Sujatha and others were present on the occasion.
Source: The Hindu
Admission under NRI quota to MBBS, BDS courses by test
For the first time, students seeking admission to medical and dental colleges though non-resident Indian (NRI) quota will have to appear for a common entrance test from upcoming academic year 2015-2016.
Acting on a Medical Council of India circular, MP directorate of medical education has asked medical and dental colleges to admit students under the NRI quota based on merits through a common entrance test.
“It applies to both private and government medical colleges. Government colleges rules for admission for NRI quota has been submitted to government for approval. We intimated private colleges to adhere to MCI circular,” said DME Dr S S Kushwah.
Action on DME letter to private medical and dental colleges depends on view taken by Madhya Pradesh admission and fees regulatory committee (MPAFRC) and association of private dental and medical colleges in Madhya Pradesh (APDMC).
Until now, NRI quota students did not have to appear for any entrance exam and were admitted on basis of the class XII performance. “Rules and regulations for NRI seats and their admission criteria await an approval from MPAFRC. MCI circular will be put forth before MPAFRC member during a scheduled committee meeting on April 27,” said MPAFRC officer on special duty Dr Sunil Kumar. 15% seats in private colleges are reserved for NRI students and there are 28 NRI quota seats MBBS in government medical colleges.
Activist Dr Anand Rai welcomed the MCI decision, citing without any entrance exam, students with bare minimum 45% marks in XII or equivalent were admitted to medical and dental colleges.
NRI quota students pay about $10,000 per year (4.5 years MBBS course) along with a year’s fees as security deposit. “For more than a decade, certain ineligible candidates have benefitted by seeking admission through NRI quota. Fees from NRI quota is a huge revenue source,” he said.
He cited a Supreme Court seven judges bench order of 2005 that stated ‘amount of money in whatever form collected from NRI quota students, should be utilized for benefitting economically backward students and educational institute might admit on subsidized payment of their fee’.
“As of today seldom has a medical colleges directed to use fees charged from NRI quota students to benefit economically backward students. SC directive too should be followed by medical colleges,” said Dr Rai.
Source : Times Of India
Lord Swraj Paul praises Modi, says government is moving in right direction
Leading NRI industrialist Lord Swraj Paul on Tuesday praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his initiatives to connect NRIs across the
Lord Swraj Paul said the BJP government at the Centre is moving in the right direction and doing everything to uplift the poor.
“PM is moving in the right direction. He has raised the profile of India and Indians all over the world. From an NRI’s point of view, he is the first PM after 35 years who has recognised the strength and ability of NRIs. For that, NRIs are proud of Modi,” Paul said, reported PTI.
“He has lots of ideas, dynamism and desire to take this country ahead. We wish him luck,” he added.
“I believe that this government does more for the poor than the rich. After a long time, people at least heard that something should be done for the poor. I think Modi is talking about the poor and paying due attention to their problems,” Lord Swraj Paul said.
“It is a general tendency to measure the performance of government after one month or one year. Let me tell you that no miracle happens in one year. But, there is buzz all around that something positive is happening, which is a good sign,” said Paul.
Lord Swraj Paul has also offered support to boost the education sector in Gujarat.
Paul, the Chairman of UK-based Caparo Group, visited his company’s manufacturing facility at Sanand after his meeting Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel.
SSource: India Today
Punjab NRI affairs minister Tota Singh to review pending NRI complaints
Punjab NRI affairs minister Tota Singh will review the status report submitted by various departments and district administrations regarding complaints submitted by non-resident Indians (NRIs) during “sangat darshans” held in December last year.
An official spokesman said on Tuesday the state government was setting up special courts to ensure speedy justice to the NRIs.
Punjab is the only state that has set up a separate department to look into NRI complaints, apart from the NRI police stations. He said “fard kendras” set up by the government were also proving beneficial for the NRIs, who could now easily get records of their land.
Source : Hindustan Times
NRI businessman elected to India’s Upper House
Prominent non-resident Indian entrepreneur PV Abdul Wahab was among the three members elected to Rajya Sabha, India’s upper house of parliament, from Kerala on Monday.
Wahab, a leader of the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), the key ally of the southern state’s ruling Congress party, runs several businesses in the UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and India.
Other MPs-elect are former diaspora minister Vayalar Ravi (Congress party) and KK Ragesh of the opposition Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M).
Wahab was a member of the upper house for two consecutive terms earlier–from 2004 to 2010.
He was also one of the founder directors of the Kairali TV, a propaganda channel promoted by the CPI-M, which he resigned after his elevation to the upper House.
Ravi and Ragesh got 37 votes each while Wahab cornered 36 votes. Kerala Legislative Assembly, which elects MPs to the Rajya Sabha biennially, has 140 members.
One of the members, former minister and popular actor KB Ganesh Kumar, crossed over to the Opposition protesting denial of a berth in the cabinet headed by Congress party leader Oommen Chandy, who was the first to vote.