Recruitment of Indian Female Domestic Workers in Kuwait May Resume Soon

first_imgThe Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior has submitted a memo to the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs denoting the success of negotiations held between Kuwait Domestic Labor Department and officials from the Indian embassy, regarding hiring of female Indian domestic workers, Al-Anba daily reported.Procedures for hiring them may get started next week, after the Ministry of Foreign Affairs takes the required steps, the publication reported, citing a security source. The Domestic Labor Department has been able to settle all matters that were deferred, to bring female Indian domestic workers to Kuwait, the report added. The recruitment of female Indian domestic workers in Kuwait was suspended for three years.The meeting included discussions regarding domestic labor law, including the rights of domestic workers, especially their salaries, hours of work and guarantees regarding their rights in case of infection or death.The issue of domestic workers has been ongoing in Kuwait. In January, Philippines decided not to send its workers to the country after reports emerged that they were abused by employers, driving many Filipinos to commit suicide.An undercover investigation conducted by Arab Times recently showed that the crisis has led to an existence of a black market of domestic workers, with some people exploiting the issue to make profits in a twisted manner.The publication found as part of the probe that the representatives of the foreign offices where domestic workers are recruited collate the contact details of employers so they can home deliver the employees. In one of the shopping complexes, that have some of these offices, the daily met a representative from a Mumbai-based recruitment company who was in search of prospective employers. These representatives loiter around the recruitment offices, and get hold of employers even before they can go inside the offices by offering them a commission fee that is reasonable as well as irresistible, the report added. This representative was offering to provide the employer an inexperienced Indian worker for a monthly salary of KD 80, while an experienced domestic help was available for a salary of KD 100 per month while the agent charged KD 672, the Arab Times reported.In order to hire a domestic worker through the government accredited offices, the employer will have to pay KD 990.Many Kuwaiti citizens feel that they are on the losing end and want domestic workers soon at prices that are affordable, especially with Ramadan approaching fast.A manager at an exports office told the daily that his office in India would also be able to provide new Indian domestic workers for KD 672 with a monthly salary of KD 80-KD 100, the report added. Related ItemsEmploymentGulfKuwaitlast_img read more

Canada Denies Entry to Two Punjab Politicians, Sends Them Back to India

first_imgTwo politicians from Punjab were reportedly detained at Ottawa airport and denied entry into Canada on July 22. Aam Aadmi Party MLAs Kultar Singh Sandhwan and Amarjit Singh Sandoa were put on an Air Canada flight to Delhi after being questioned by immigration officials when they landed at Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport.The two politicians arrived in Ottawa for a family event, but Canadian authorities were not satisfied with the purpose of their visit, Kamal Garg, AAP’s spokesperson in British Columbia, said, reported.While Sandhwan was able to satisfy Canadian authorities on the purpose of his visit, “Sandoa could not because he is not fluent in English,” Garg was quoted as saying by the Indian Express.“What we have learnt is that both were to stay with the sister of Kultar Singh Sandhwan in Ottawa and she was waiting to receive them. However, after hours of questioning, she was informed that both were being sent back,” the Indian publication quoted Sudeep Singla, the AAP spokesperson in Toronto, as saying.Sandhwan is a Member of the Legislative Assembly from Kotkapura while Amarjit Singh Sandoa represents Ropar. Sandoa has been accused of molestation by a woman, and charges against him were framed in court on July 20, a day before he left for Canada. He has also alleged that he was attacked by sand mining mafia.However, it is not known if the charges against him in India prompted the Canadian officials to deny him entry into the country.Sandhwan is not facing any criminal case, the Indian Express report added.The report cited a senior AAP leader as saying that one of the MLAs may have mentioned something about political meetings to Canadian authorities.AAP leaders in Punjab have earlier been accused of supporting separatist elements based in North America. Senior party leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira created a controversy last month when he was reported as saying that he supported the call for Punjab Referendum 2020 made by some members of the NRI Sikh community. The AAP distanced itself from Khaira’s remarks, and the latter too issued a clarification later.India has often raised concerns about Sikh separatist groups raising pro-Khalistan din in Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit to India in February this year was marked by accusations of his administration’s show of support to Khalistan sympathizers, especially after former convict Jaspal Atwal was invited to an official event of the Canadian government in Mumbai. Related Itemsaap aadmi partyCanadaPunjablast_img read more

I Have Always Worked Under Pressure: Anoushka Shankar

first_imgWhen sitarist and composer Anoushka Shankar was tasked to score music for the restored late 1920s silent film Shiraz: A Romance of India, she was up against at least three challenges.On one hand, she needed to strike a balance between music that would appeal to the modern audience and music contemporary to the period – 17th century – in which the film was set.Her second test lay in the fact that while scoring the music for the film, that tells the love story of the 17th century princess who inspired the construction of the Taj Mahal, Anoushka had to simultaneously prepare for the live concert that would accompany the screenings.Finally, Shiraz was Anoushka’s first film score.“I was very much aware of the musical choices that needed to be made. I could try and be faithful to the period it is set in, the period it was made, or the period I am living in today.“And in the end, it’s a mixture of all those things. It was indeed a multi-layered scoring. I tried to keep my commitment to the period that the film dealt with, and at the same time introduce elements of modern music that would appeal to the modern audience,” the 36-year-old told the media.The daughter of legendary sitarist and music composer Pandit Ravi Shankar said she had no problems coping with the pressure of working on her first film score.“Any big piece of work brings with it a great amount of responsibility. I obviously have been working under pressure the whole of my career. So I am accustomed to that,” said Anoushka, who has been nominated for Grammy Awards six times so far.Her first Grammy nomination came in 2003 in the World Music category. She was the youngest ever — at 22 years — and the first woman in the category.Anoushka was asked to give her take on the fundamental differences between composing music for films and for her albums.“The journey of the film controls the piece of music. But as a completely independent composer, I am free in my journey. I control the journey of the music,” she said.Anoushka also said she did not do much research before composing the music for Shiraz.“First of all, there is not much record regarding Hindusthani music in the 17th century. I wanted to score the music for the film in the way music can be made today. I felt the experience that we can create with music would accentuate the experience of watching a silent movie.”“And yes, there are records that some of the ragas existed then. But I moved beyond that,” she said.The experience was “very rewarding”.“I believe in bringing forward our legacy and sharing it with our people. I had seen only one film from that period before scoring the film music.“I was fascinated by the beautiful kisses the lead actors and actresses of Shiraz share. It’s a great story, really well made and beautifully shot. I think restoring such a film is a great act.”To a query about the instruments she had used while scoring the film music, Shankar said, “It was a fascinating experience scoring the music and at the same time preparing for the live concert. I designed it as a show”.Among the instruments used are sitar, bansuri (bamboo flute), and varied Indian percussion to provide authenticity and violin, clarinet, cello and piano to add depth and breadth.Anoushka has made use of an eight-member orchestra. The screenings have been organised at Hyderabad and Kolkata. The other two shows would be held in New Delhi and Mumbai.The restored film premiered at the BFI London Film Festival Archive Gala earlier this month. — (IANS) Related Itemslast_img read more

Make No Bones About It

first_imgAn exterminator searching a crawl space beneath a Kansas City condominium was startled to find human skull poking out of a gym bag. It turned out that the bag was filled with human bones, apparently the lost property of an Indian medical student whose family bought them in India.The student’s mother, Jamuna Hindupur says the bones were bought in India seven years ago and passed through customs because of their ostensible educational use by their son, who was studying at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. After the student graduated, a former maintenance worker, who stumbled upon the bones simply stowed them away in the crawl space “for a better place to rest.”Hindupur told the Kansas City Star: “Everyone in India uses real bones in medical school. Here, they don’t get real bones.”Now she wants the bones returned.  “I want them for my daughter. She’s going to school to be a dentist.” Related Itemslast_img read more

Highest Wicket Takers In Tests

first_imgHighest wicket-takers in tests: 685  Shane Warne, Australia (140 matches)  635  Muttiah Muralitharan, Sri Lanka (106)  542  Glenn McGrath, Australia (119)  523  Anil Kumble, India (108)  519  Courtney Walsh, West Indies (132)  434  Kapil Dev, India (131)  431  Sir Richard Hadlee, New Zealand (86)  414  Wasim Akram, Pakistan (104)  405  Curtly Ambrose, West Indies (98)  394  Shaun Pollock, South Africa (101)  383   Ian Botham, England (102)  376  Malcolm Marshall, West Indies (81)  373  Waqar Younis, Pakistan (87)  362  Imran Khan, Pakistan (88)  355  Dennis Lillee, Australia (70)  330  Allan Donald, South Africa (72)  325  Bob Willis, England (90)  309  Lance Gibbs, West Indies (79)  307  Fred Trueman, England (67)  306  Chaminda Vaas, Sri Lanka (93) Active players in bold Related Itemslast_img read more

One to 165 Million Odds

first_imgA Brooklyn hospital manager has hit the 1 to 165 million odds, only it is not for the power lotto jackpot.Jangir Sultan claims in a federal lawsuit that he has been stopped 21 times by the New York Police Department for “random” checks in the New York City subways.Sultan, who is suing for racial discrimination, says the odds of him being selected randomly for that many searches are 1 to 165 million.“It was embarrassing. Did I look like someone who would blow something up? Getting all this attention from the NYPD was a little intimidating,”NYPD officials insist the subway checking program is random, targeting every fifth or tenth rider starting at random. However, human rights activists claim that nearly 80 percent of all people checked under the program are minorities. Related Itemslast_img read more

Chili Grenade

first_imgThe Indian military is deploying a tear gas hand grenade made from Assam’s bhut jolokia, the world’s hottest chili as part of its weapons arsenal.  The chili clocks 1,000,000 Scoville units, the scientific measure of hotness, almost 400 times that of Tabasco or jalapenos. According to R. B. Srivastava, director of the Life Sciences Department at the Defense Research and Development Organization, the thumb sized grenade is an “effective nontoxic weapon because its pungent smell can choke terrorists and force them out of their hide-outs.”The laboratory is also testing bhut jolokia aerosol sprays for mob control.  Related Itemslast_img

Rise of The Falls

first_imgWhile Niagara Falls, the world famous natural wonder of three waterfalls that majestically straddle New York state in the United States and Ontario province in Canada, is an awe-inspiring sight to behold, the Indian fascination with the falls, though somewhat unexplained, has been equally phenomenal. It is de riguer on the itinerary of Indians holidaying in the United States.A sea of Indian faces greets you everywhere in Niagara Falls.Says Duru Nawani, 61, who took a road trip with her extended family to Niagara Falls: “If you are towards the East Coast, Niagara is one of the must-do things. Also its pretty do-able because of easy connectivity. The taxi drivers in the area speak Hindi, the food at most restaurants is Indian and also inexpensive if you compare to some other family places, such as amusement parks in the U.S.”Tour operators in New York, New Jersey and Boston are latching on to the growing popularity of Niagara Falls among Indian tourists. OpenWinds is one such Princeton, NJ, based tour operator that promises Indians the comfort of touring the U.S. with like-minded Indian passengers, complete with vegetarian dinners at Indian restaurants. General Manager Vinod Kumar says: “We have seen a steady increase in Indians taking USA tours each year. Many of them are visiting their children, friends and family and are looking for all-Indian group tours that provide them with a safe and enjoyable way to tour the country without having to depend on their hosts. We also see visitors coming directly from India to join these tours, which I believe reflects a growing trend in India towards flexible international group tours.”Meenakshi Karira says a trip to Niagara Fallsis a convenient and cheap option on the east CoastAs Indians descend by the busloads in Niagara Falls, locals in the area have turned on the charm. It’s not uncommon, according to many Indian visitors, to be greeted with an unexpected “Namaste” in the area or to be surprised by the choices of desi style buffet restaurants in the vicinity.Niagara tourism officials have taken note of the Indian traffic. John Percy, president and CEO, Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation (NTCC), says, “The Indian market is by far one of our largest emerging markets and continues to grow each year.”According to NTCC data, Niagara Falls attracts nearly 8 million visitors annually on the U.S. side. An estimated 500,000 of them are Indians. On the Canadian side (see sidebar), tourism officials estimate the falls drew close to 250,000 Indian visitors last year, although some of those numbers overlap with U.S. visitors who cross the border to view the falls from both sides.Duru Nawani, (second from right) from Delhi went on a road trip to Niagara Falls with the extended Nawani family settled in the United States.Andrea Czopp, NTCC communications manager, says: “We receive a very large number of visitors from India. We have been educating our partners, particularly in the hotels, on how to warmly welcome our international clientele. This includes sharing with them some of the things that certain cultures would greatly appreciate, such as offering beverages without ice, or having tea as an option, instead of coffee as only two examples.”The little gestures resonated with Sumesh Madan, a professional based in New Jersey, who took a trip to Niagara Falls with TakeTours, a popular tour operator in the region. He says: “The familiarity the local businesses displayed with Indian visitors and their choices was exemplary. There was home style Indian salad at most eateries and nobody asked me twice when I asked for a cup of chai instead of cappuccino.”Cave of the Winds at Niagara Falls.Many Indians opt for packaged bus tours, which are quite inexpensive, starting as low as $100 from New York City and New Jersey, inclusive of shared overnight accommodation. Qatar based Mukul Ahuja enjoyed the hassle free trip organized by a tour company: “I just had to pay once and everything was taken care of. Also as someone visiting from abroad I may not have known all the places to go to, so it worked well.”However, Madan’s experience was mixed: “While we saved ourselves the trouble of driving, the tour is best suited for people who don’t require a custom made adventure trip. The tour guide spoke Chinese and English, leaving many aged Indian passengers wondering.”Meenakshi Karira, who chose to skip the tours and drive down to the falls from Westfield, NJ, said: “The tours had a stiff itinerary and I didn’t want to feel forced to see certain attractions on the way that I wasn’t interested in, or wait in the cold outside for fellow passengers to arrive.” She adds, “We were also put-off by the negative reviews of the Falls and bad experiences of relative who took a Chinese operated tour and discovered midway about an additional service fee to be paid. The haggle for that small amount turned racist with Indians being blamed for ignorance.”However, for many Indians the security of sending their families or friends along with a somewhat familiar group as part of tour group is welcome relief.Sense of FamiliarMukul Ahuja and Sumesh Madan at Niagara Falls.Visiting Indians are pleasantly surprised by the generous smattering of Indian restaurants dotting the region, offering lavish buffets, complete with dal makhni and kadhai paneer, and food carts. At Swagat Indian Cuisine, owner Joga Singh said that his clientele comprised principally of visiting Indians, who are thankful to discover North and South Indian cuisine during their visit.NTCC’s Czopp says that aside from Indian restaurants, many Indian hotels and motels in the region are owned and operated by Indians as well.Nirel Patel, one of the largest hoteliers in the city, who currently is constructing a Courtyard by Marriot in downtown Niagara, says that Indians are heavily concentrated in the tourism sector in the Niagara region, “There are a lot of Indian restaurants owned by a handful of Indian families and about 15 hotel properties owned by people of Indian origin.” In addition, several Indian physicians are employed with the Niagara Memorial Medical Center and other health providers in the region.Newell Nussbaumer, founder of Buffalo Rising, a website that covers all aspects of the city of Buffalo, says: “There’s definitely more of an Indian presence than I would have ever thought — not tourists like the Asians, but residents too. At the same time, other than the restaurants, I’m not too sure about other businesses.”According Patel, Indians stand out in Niagara Falls, because most of them are tourists and not U.S. residents. “They often travel in large family groups and you can’t deny that it’s easier to tell an Indian than to tell maybe a British from French,” he says.Often the quest to understand the immense popularity of Niagara Falls among Indian travelers leads to amusing explanations. Some locals attribute the appeal to the sacred connection that Indians have to water bodies. A bus tour operator reasoned that Indians, like the Chinese, love to flaunt pictures taken at wonders of the world. Patel offers a more benign explanation: “Niagara is more family friendly than New York City or Los Angeles. Also Niagara is easy to access and Indians love holidays around nature.”His views were corroborated by several Indian visitors at Niagara Falls. Meenakshi Karira said, “Almost all the Indians settled here like to take their parents as it is full of possibilities that Indian parents will enjoy.”Kapil Lakhotia, Devesh Gupta, Abiya Olivia Malhotra and Mansha Gupta Lakhotia.Rupali Dean said: “A lot of Indians are doing adventure holidays and Niagara can be one of the biggest adventures …. The boat tour has quite a seamless system, i.e. passengers off, passengers on. The boat takes you right up to the base of the Falls. You’ll feel the mist, hear the roar of the falls, and sense the boat fighting the strong current of the Niagara River. The turbulence is amazing, the water churning as several million gallons of water per second fall from above and when you turn around there are vibrant rainbows everywhere you look.”Then there are the intensely personal reasons. Indian American Abiya Olivia Malhotra chose Niagara Falls to meet her childhood friend, Mansha Gupta Lakhotia, who is now settled in Canada. She says, “For both of us making that trip to the Falls was symbolic as both saw each other’s world.” For both women, originally from Delhi, it was a childhood dream to visit the Falls.Niagara tourism officials are striving to make the Falls friendly for foreign visitors. Says Czopp: “We are currently developing a brochure that will be available in multiple languages of our most frequent international visitors. We also place a strong focus on our sales efforts in India as well as China, the UK and Australia, which is where we see the bulk of our international visitors travelling from.”A leisurely stroll in the state park captures a glimpse of a mini-India — elderly women in saris attempting to force-feed grandchildren, men taking a leisurely walk in the park, little Indian kids playing ball…. Sometimes the air too feels redolent with the aroma of curries.A trip to Niagara Falls is a revelation on the sheer number of Indian visitors and how they have created a sanctuary of sorts in this global tourist hub, complete with food carts, places to stay, areas to shop. But just as this Indian presence overpowers, one spots an elderly bride in a pristine gown and groom dressed in a tuxedo, gracefully walking up to the Falls for that once in a lifetime photo opportunity. And that’s when the truly multicultural panorama of Niagara Falls hits you.Indian Tours to Niagara FallsSeveral bus operators offer travel packages from New York City, various cities in New Jersey and Boston to Niagara Falls.Taketours: This is a bus tour operated from New York/New Jersey primarily for Chinese tourists, but also popular among Indians. The price seems lucrative enough as a two-day US side only tours start from under $108, including one night hotel stay. However, be prepared for additional costs, such $8 service fee per person per day, and tickets to attractions must be brought through the tour guide. The company does not permit Niagara attraction passes and its package does not cover meals. Taketours.comOpenWinds: Based in the New Jersey, OpenWinds provides all-Indian group tours that are designed exclusively for the Indian community. Tours depart weekly from New York and Las Vegas and cover popular attractions, such as Niagara Falls on the East Coast and San Francisco on the West Coast. The tour managers are Indian and speak English and Hindi. Tours include sightseeing admissions, private airport transfers and accommodation at premium hotels. They only offer multi-day tours that cover a variety of attractions on the East Coast, including New York and Niagara Falls. OpenWinds.comTours4fun: This tour service catering to Chinese tourists arranges Niagara trips to both the U.S. and Canada sides from New York, several locations in New Jersey and Boston, with prices starting at $108. They also offer package designed for Indians, but Indian travelers sometimes complain that tour guides often converse only in Chinese. Tours4fun.comGet Bus Tours (, Viator ( in the USA and Kesari Tours (, Veena World (, Thomas Cook (, SOTC (, and Cox & Kings ( are some of the other options. Things To DoNiagara Falls State Park: Home to a beautiful lush landscape, the majestic falls and many attractions, the state park remains the key attraction. Visitors can take thrilling boat rides — Maid of the Mist and Cave of the Winds for rare experiences of the world. Open all through the year and round the clock, the park offers both picnic and recreational possibilities.Tip: The Niagara Falls discovery pass will offer you discounted rates on five famous attractions at the Falls.Old Falls Street: The cobbled street, minutes away from the Falls, features games, live entertainment and seasonal festivals.Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino: the ultimate gaming and entertainment resort is the county’s only AAA Four Diamond hotel.Old Fort Niagara: The historic site is home to buildings dating back to 18th centuryHelicopter Tours: Experience an adrenaline rush above the American and Canadian Falls.Jet Adventures: a thrilling jet ride will make you experience the whirlpool like never before ‘Indian market is one of our largest emerging markets’John Percy, President and CEO, Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation, talks about shooting Bollywood films in Niagara Falls and the hidden gems of the region. What in your experience could be the reason behind a phenomenal Indian interest in Niagara Falls?My experience and what I have gathered is that the Indian market enjoys the majesty of the water and the spiritual significance of it as well. Many of my contacts have said that Niagara Falls has always been featured in educational materials (in India) for years and with that comes the high interest to visit. I don’t know that to be true or not, but we are grateful to whomever placed us in those materials. We love the Indian market and it has been very good to Niagara Falls USA. It continues to grow and is very lucrative and contributes greatly to the tourism economy here. Our doors are open and we will continue to welcome them with open arms!To boost tourism particularly in India/Asian market will you consider initiatives like shooting of Bollywood films in Niagara NY region?Absolutely! We work closely with the Buffalo Niagara Film Commission headed up by Tim Clark and we would ensure that he and my team would provide all the assistance we could to ensure that their needs are met and surpassed. In fact, New York State provides tax incentives to filmmakers and that has been very attractive in garnering interest in filming in this region and the State.Most Bollywood films feature Niagara Falls from the Canada side. Are there hidden gems on the New York side for Indian movies?The U.S. side of Niagara Falls is very unique and offers many different vantage points in which to showcase Niagara Falls and provide a magnificent backdrop for films. The Canadian side offers a more panoramic view of the Falls, whereas the U.S. side provides an up close experience that is only available on this side of the Falls. In addition to the Falls, Niagara County and this entire region offer many unique and interesting options to filmmakers and again we would be honored to showcase them to anyone interested.Are Indians one of the largest ethnic groups visiting the Falls each year? What other nationalities form a high number of tourists visiting the Falls?The Indian market is by far one of our largest emerging markets and continues to grow each year. In addition, Southeast Asia continues to grow, especially our Chinese visitors and those visitors who receive a one-entry visa to the U.S. Also, Australia holds promise and is growing year over year as well as our European visitors. As the world grows so does the interest to travel and with us being so iconic we are pleased to always be on the short list of desired places to visit.What are the major attractions for Indian visitors?A. Of course, Niagara Falls State Park is the crown jewel and the Falls themselves. The Maid of the Mist and Cave of the Winds within the park are a must see and frequented by all visitors. We are seeing the Indian market exploring our many other options that are available, including Rainbow Helicopters, Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls USA, the Power Vista, Old Fort Niagara, our Jet Boat tours, Niagara USA Wine Trail, and Lockport Locks and Erie Canal Cruises just to name a few. They are realizing that there is so much to see and do in the market and you need more than just a day to visit the Falls and all we have to offer. Related Itemslast_img read more

Authorities Gear Up to Tackle Drug Menace At IIT-Kanpur

first_imgSeveral students at the Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur (IIT-K) have been found to be consuming various kinds of drugs that are supplied by private security guards and class four workers employed at the institute. The probe was conducted after authorities got specific inputs about nefarious activities going on in the campus.Drugs such as surti (tobacco), smack, charas (cannabis) and ganja (hemp), are easily available at stalls outside the institute, Mail Today reported citing sources.IIT-K Director Manindra Agarwal said that the institute plans to hold counselling sessions for students, according to media reports. The number of students addicted could be higher than the current estimates of a few dozen students using prohibited substances.“No one is allowed to come inside the campus without a proper check,” Agarwal said. “However, there is a locality called Nankari. The approaching road to it passes through our campus and it is always open. It is possible that peddlers are using this route and we are preparing to close this route and arrange for another passage for the residents.”He added: “We do not want outsiders to access hostels and therefore have decided to provide a separate passage to the locals of Nankari and Barasirhoi villages to reach their destinations instead of passing through the main entrance of the institute.”The college administration also held a meeting with the district magistrate and senior police officials of Kanpur regarding the matter. District Magistrate Surendra Singh asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct searches and see if pharmacies are selling certain banned drugs unlawfully, the Hindustan Times reported. In a clean-up operation, raids were conducted at pharmacies and some shops around the institute.A huge quantity of hemp was earlier recovered from a private security guard of the institute, sources told Mail Today. He was subsequently arrested by the Kalyanpur police after a tip-off about two months ago.The inputs have been passed to the Local Intelligence Unit (LIU). “A team of the LIU has been given the task to investigate the menace and we hope that they will come up with some positive results,” Singh informed the media.The premier institute, meanwhile, has issued a notice banning cigarettes and paan masala. Related ItemsIITKanpurlast_img read more

Indian Court Asks Govt About Visa Criteria Over U.S. Woman’s Deportation Plea

first_imgAn Indian high court asked the central government about the various criteria as well as the number of activities permitted to be conducted by an individual who holds a business visa. The Delhi High Court was seeking to know the specifics while it was hearing a plea of a woman entrepreneur from the United States who was deported to America on Jan. 5 this year.Kasha Elizabeth Vande, a 48-year-old entrepreneur from the United States, was subsequently denied entry to India. She was also blacklisted, following her deportation, after staying in India for over 10 years. Vande had earlier challenged her deportation to the United States in her main petition, along with the denial of entry in India although she had a valid business visa, PTI reported.Justice Rajiv Shakdher also asked for the response of the central government on another plea filed by Vande who is looking to get an interim relief to get permitted into India while her main petition is pending.The lawyers representing Vande, Shoumendu Mukherji and Raghav Awasthi, said that she should be granted an interim relief so she can enter New Delhi as she has an urgent business in India that she needs to attend, the report added. Vande was an organizer of a photo exhibition “PondyPHOTO” that is going to be held in Puducherry this year.However, the counsel representing the central government, Aseem Sood, said that Vande should first state a fresh premise for seeking the interim relief. Sood claimed that she was running an NGO in India, which is barred under the visa norms.Vande’s lawyers argued that the exhibition has been a very popular event across the globe, attracting many artists and getting good sponsorship, and that the Puducherry government was one of the partners at the event. This has had a positive impact on tourism as well as the economy of Puducherry.The matter will be heard further on May 22. Vande had filed a plea in January this year, challenging her detention at the Chennai airport when she returned from the United States. She was already deported by the time the matter reached the court, according to the report.The Delhi High Court ordered the Center earlier this month to notify Vande the reasons for her blacklisting and denial of entry into India within a span of five days.The Center in its defense earlier told the court that Vande was sent back to the United States because she was running an NGO and not a business. She was granted a visa valid till 2027 for setting up and running a business in India, Times Now reported.According to Vande’s plea, she was running a cafe and a boutique called “Kasha ki Asha” in Puducherry. Related ItemsPuducherryUnited Stateslast_img read more

Indian Origin Jewelry Store Employees in Canada Fight Robbers With Swords

first_imgThree employees of a jewelry store in Mississauga, Canada saved their shop from being robbed by wielding their saber-style swords at masked robbers. The incident happened in broad daylight at Ashok Jewellers, which is owned by a person of Indian origin.According to a CBC report, four masked people tried to enter the store by hammering the glass of the store, while an employee of the store was standing few meters away from that glass with a customer.A video of this robbery attempt and employees’ retaliation to force the robbers fled, was widely shared on social media. In the video, one of the four would be robbers is seen entering the shop forcefully by hammering the glass. A second masked person is seen helping him.An employee, who is seen in the video standing in the store, ran to grab his sword and came with two more people brandishing their swords to fight robbers. One robber, who somehow succeeded to enter, jumped back outside immediately after facing the retaliation from the employees.All four robbers were seen fleeing from the scene after employees’ self-defensive bravery.Kamil Karamali, reporter for Global News Toronto shared this video on his Twitter handle and said that shop owners told him that those were Kirpans, which they used to save their shops. Kirpan is a religious blade carried by Sikhs.For those asking ‘what were jewelry shop owners doing with swords,’ they tell me they were Kirpans.A religious blade carried by Sikhs.They also told me they have more than just 3 in the back of the store.— Kamil Karamali (@KamilKaramali) November 23, 2018CBC quoted the store owner’s son as saying, “When we saw them coming in, that’s when we really took action and we rushed them.”He told the publication that one of the robbers had a gun and he tried to fire but the weapon got jammed.The employees told that the swords were given as a gift by a friend of the owner’s family.In another CCTV video, four of the masked persons were seen running back to their black SUV to flee from the site. The incident is under investigation.It is not the first incident of such kind in Canada. In July this year, another jewelry store owner also reportedly fought off such robbers with swords. That store is at located just a few meters away from Ashok Jewellers. Related Itemslast_img read more

Gilas draws much-needed spark from youthful Ravena

first_imgPussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus AFP official booed out of forum Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netKiefer Ravena is the youngest player in Gilas Pilipinas and he showed that youthful energy kn sparking the Filipinos’ win over Japan in the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers.Gilas was down, 20-4, midway through the first quarter when Ravena singlehandedly started a revolution against Japan.ADVERTISEMENT He was also given the task to be part of the closeout crew with Jayson Castro, June Mar Fajardo, Andray Blatche, and Gabe Norwwod.“I guess the preparation is just a matter of playing together, trusting the system, and trusting yourself as well, so all of us can step up in the big stage,” said Ravena. “The trust your coaches and your teammates give you is a big help.” John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Read Nextcenter_img Romeo vows to be ‘ready’ for Gilas in 3rd window Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC And the rally began with a 3-pointer by Ravena, three simple points that became the foundation to a massive 37-6 run that gave Gilas a 41-26 lead at the 4:58 mark of the second quarter.The 24-year-old PBA rookie said spending time with his older, and better, teammates allowed him to perform under the bright lights of Fiba.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“In terms of preparing for the big stage, I think it was a big thing that every day you get to spend time with the best players here in the Philippines,” said Ravena in Filipino after their 89-84 win Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.Ravena finished with 13 points, eight coming in the first quarter, a period that the Philippines ended with a 22-21 lead, with five assists and two steals. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexicolast_img read more

Preity Zinta reacts to reports of her alleged abusive behaviour after one-run loss

first_imgKings XI Punjab co-owner Preity Zinta today slammed media reports which said that she had stormed into the team dug-out and abused coach Sanjay Bangar publicly following a one-run defeat to Royal Challengers Bangalore in Mohali on Monday.Kings XI Punjab, runners-up in 2014, are languishing at the bottom of the table, with three wins and seven losses from 10 matches in this edition of the IPL.Mumbai Mirror claimed Preity was furious after the defeat and lashed out at Bangar in front of junior players and the rest of the support staff. Bangar is a former international with 12 Tests and 15 ODIs to his credit and is currently the batting coach of the Indian team.Not surprisingly, as the story spread like wildfire, several fans started voicing their disgust towards Preity’s abusive behaviour on social media. “Disappointed, not abusive” But Preity was quick to react and came out with a full statement on Facebook slamming the original report.”I most definitely DID NOT be disrespectful to our coach nor abuse any one & definitely did not use the FOUR LETTER WORD. Your (Mumbai Mirror) story reeks of SEXISM and is incorrect & exaggerated beyond words,” Preity wrote.”I did speak to Veeru & Sanjay for exactly 20 seconds and asked why Axe did not bat after which I congratulated Virat Kohli & spoke to him briefly as he walked up to me. After which I proceeded to have a chat with Shane Watson& then left the ground with my husband & In Laws as we were in one car & I was disappointed.”advertisementPreity is known to be among the most passionate owners in the IPL and is generally well-liked by her players and support staff. Therefore, the outburst, if true, would be indeed shocking and unbecoming of a senior Bollywood figure and a well-respected entrepreneur.Bangar to Preity’s rescue Meanwhile, Bangar also came out in Preity’s defence and denied that the incident ever took place.”Some reports in the media have blown the issue totally out of proportion by fabricating a non existent chain of events..loss by close margin hurts but team has been playing good cricket,” he said in a Facebook post today.”No reported abusive or disrespectful language was against me.”last_img read more

Craig Ervine’s unbeaten 151 leads Zimbabwe recovery against Sri Lanka

first_imgCraig Ervine hit an unbeaten 151 for his highest score as Zimbabwe recovered from a shaky start to reach 344 for eight at stumps against hosts Sri Lanka on the opening day of the one-off test at R. Premadasa Stadium.Sri Lanka’s spin spearhead Rangana Herath struck early as Zimbabwe were reduced to 38-3 after winning the toss and electing to bat first.But left-handed Ervine, who hit his second test hundred, compiled two half-century partnerships with Sikandar Raza (36) and Malcolm Waller (36) to lead the fightback for Zimbabwe, who beat Sri Lanka 3-2 in the recent one-day international series.Left-arm spinner Herath finished as the most successful bowler with four wickets for 106 Sri Lanka, who were playing the first match under new test captain Dinesh Chandimal.last_img

MintStyle with Rachel Weingarten: Guy Style Lessons

first_imgWho would have thought that a holiday that began as the commemoration of an ancient saint would become one of the biggest spending days of the year? According to the National Retail Federation, the average person will spend $130.97 on… Full Story,Aside from the temperamental weather, scarcity of holidays and pervasive universal cranky moods, one of the worst parts of winter is the feeling of being trapped indoors for months at a time. While bears are too busy hibernating to take… Full Story,I recently joked to friends that late last year most of the updates on my social networks involved mass food consumption (and accompanying pictures.) For the first week of the New Year, most of the updates involved or included exercise… Full Story,We are three days into the New Year and you may already be having a hard time following through with your resolutions. Financial resolutions are always popular choices but sticking to a budget and tackling your financial goals is an… Full Story,My inbox is full of questions about how to usher in the New Year while getting the most bang for your buck. As with most of my Q&A columns, the following are composites of several similar questions. At Home Celebration… Full Story,You’ve made your list and you’ve checked it twice. You’ve even added it to your Google calendar and synced with your extended family members. You are probably so efficient that every gift on your holiday list is not only accounted… Full Story,It’s December and you know what that means: The frenzy of the gift-giving season has begun again. I’m a fan of gifts of experience and “two-part” gifts. The gift of an experience can harbor memories that last a lifetime. For… Full Story,One of the more interesting facts to emerge from the Black Friday shopping weekend is that a majority of us splurged on ourselves instead of others. Since many of us still face daunting gift lists, I’ve enlisted the help of… Full Story,If you’re reading this, chances are good that as much as you love the turkey, trimmings and time with family, you’re already secretly plotting the best holiday shopping plan of attack. To save you time crowded against thousands of other… Full Story,If there is one wardrobe staple that gets a lot of play every winter, it’s your coat. It doesn’t matter how well cut your pants are or how striking your sweater is, and even if you live someplace only a… Full Storylast_img read more

Oops! How to Recover From a Financial Resolution Slip-up

first_imgThe average person may see anywhere between 4,000 and 10,000 ads in a single day. From binge-watching your favorite shows to checking the pile of coupons in your mailbox, advertisers have inundated our lives. Most of the ads we see… Full Story,Dressing up for Halloween is one of the best parts of the holiday, especially if you’re a creative person. But buying a Halloween costume can get expensive, with many costing more than $50 a pop. And unless you plan to… Full Story,You may not find it on an official calendar anywhere, but Friendsgiving is a newer holiday that has gained popularity in recent years. Much like Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving is a time to gather around the table with loved ones in the… Full Story,My birthday is on Halloween, so every year I get super excited. I plan what my costume will be, decide how I want to celebrate and text all my friends to let them know. Last year, I was finally able… Full Story,Not much of a football fan? Don’t know what all the cheesehead hat-wearing and face paint-smearing is all about? Skip hanging out at the local sports bar or sitting in the stands at a game, and put on your entrepreneurial… Full Story,Living paycheck to paycheck can feel like an endless scramble. Rent is due on the first but your paycheck won’t clear until the second. On top of everything, you need to pay for groceries, a bus ticket, and utilities before… Full Story,Decision fatigue is the decline in energy and focus you experience after making too many decisions. This mental drain causes your brain to abandon your willpower in order to seek more immediate rewards, which leads to poor decision making and… Full Story,If you ask a random person on the street what they do, chances are they have a lot of slashes and hyphens in their job titles. In this day and age, if you don’t have multiple sources of income… Full Story,Do you consider yourself a financially responsible young adult? Personally, I like to think that my finances are mostly in order. Rent, student loans, car payments—everything big is blocked off nicely. If the math works out right, I have a… Full Story,In the financial world, nothing evokes feelings of terror quite like the word “bankruptcy”. It’s become synonymous with a complete and utter collapse of one’s finances – a black hole that’s almost impossible to climb out of. When you declare… Full Storylast_img read more

3 Ways to Make Living On a Budget Easier

first_imgThe average person may see anywhere between 4,000 and 10,000 ads in a single day. From binge-watching your favorite shows to checking the pile of coupons in your mailbox, advertisers have inundated our lives. Most of the ads we see… Full Story,Dressing up for Halloween is one of the best parts of the holiday, especially if you’re a creative person. But buying a Halloween costume can get expensive, with many costing more than $50 a pop. And unless you plan to… Full Story,You may not find it on an official calendar anywhere, but Friendsgiving is a newer holiday that has gained popularity in recent years. Much like Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving is a time to gather around the table with loved ones in the… Full Story,My birthday is on Halloween, so every year I get super excited. I plan what my costume will be, decide how I want to celebrate and text all my friends to let them know. Last year, I was finally able… Full Story,Not much of a football fan? Don’t know what all the cheesehead hat-wearing and face paint-smearing is all about? Skip hanging out at the local sports bar or sitting in the stands at a game, and put on your entrepreneurial… Full Story,Living paycheck to paycheck can feel like an endless scramble. Rent is due on the first but your paycheck won’t clear until the second. On top of everything, you need to pay for groceries, a bus ticket, and utilities before… Full Story,Decision fatigue is the decline in energy and focus you experience after making too many decisions. This mental drain causes your brain to abandon your willpower in order to seek more immediate rewards, which leads to poor decision making and… Full Story,If you ask a random person on the street what they do, chances are they have a lot of slashes and hyphens in their job titles. In this day and age, if you don’t have multiple sources of income… Full Story,Do you consider yourself a financially responsible young adult? Personally, I like to think that my finances are mostly in order. Rent, student loans, car payments—everything big is blocked off nicely. If the math works out right, I have a… Full Story,In the financial world, nothing evokes feelings of terror quite like the word “bankruptcy”. It’s become synonymous with a complete and utter collapse of one’s finances – a black hole that’s almost impossible to climb out of. When you declare… Full Storylast_img read more

The shampoo mistake that’s stopping your hair from looking its best

first_imgIf your hair always ends up looking a little lacklustre within a few hours of washing it, and you envy anyone who manages to maintain shiny, bouncy locks then a) same here and b) we might just have discovered the reason….Apparently, there’s one big shampooing mistake that can stop your hair from looking its best.And, if you’re someone who usually showers in a rush or avoids using too much product because you think it’s making your roots greasy, then we bet you’re guilty of it.Yep, according to the experts, that whole ‘lather, rinse, repeat’ cliché couldn’t be more important because you really must shampoo twice in a row.Speaking to Byrdie, hairstylist Halli Bivona of the John Barrett Salon explained why the ‘double shampoo’ is so crucial if you want your hair to look as good as it can:‘I find that a double shampoo actually makes blowouts last longer, because after two shampoos, your scalp is actually clean,’ she says. ‘So, it takes a few extra days for the oil to show up again.’She adds: ‘At this point, the shampoo is working to break up the build-up and oil. But with a second wash, it doesn’t have to break through so much grime and can get a proper lather going. That way, the ingredients really work.’On the flip side, Bivona warns that you need to be careful with double shampooing: don’t forget to follow up with conditioner.‘You don’t want to dry out your hair,’ she says. ‘When doing a double shampoo, you definitely want to use a really moisturising conditioner on the ends; otherwise it’ll cause your hair to feel crunchy. This will make it static-y once it dries.’Duly noted!Sourcelast_img read more