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Shocking: 40 Indians killed in Kuwait Fire Accident June 13, 2024 12:22

Tragedy struck in Mangaf city, Kuwait, as a fire broke out in a building housing 195 Indian workers, claiming the lives of 40 individuals and injuring 50 more. The blaze, which started in the kitchen of the six-story structure, occurred at 6 AM local time (9 AM IST). Sadly, the majority of the casualties were caused by smoke inhalation while the residents slept. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has responded swiftly, holding a high-level review and announcing a compensation of ₹ 2 lakh for each of the families who lost a loved one. Additionally, the Minister of State, Shri Kirti Vardhan Singh, is immediately traveling to Kuwait to facilitate the repatriation of the deceased and provide medical assistance to the injured. The victims are currently receiving treatment in five government hospitals across Kuwait, as the nation grapples with this devastating incident. The Kuwaiti authorities have assured the Indian government that they will thoroughly investigate the incident and hold those responsible accountable. The Indian embassy in Kuwait has established a helpline for family members to get in touch, and the Indian ambassador has visited the affected areas. The Emir of Kuwait has ordered an investigation, and the First Deputy Prime Minister has directed the arrest of the building's owner, janitor, and the owner of the company responsible for the workers, pending the completion of the investigation. The majority of the admitted patients are stable, and the Indian government is closely monitoring the situation and pushing for the early repatriation of the bodies of those who lost their lives. The migrant workers who perished in the recent tragedy in Kuwait made up a significant portion of the country's population and workforce. Tragically, the victims included individuals from Pakistan, the Philippines, Egypt, and Nepal, in addition to Kuwaiti nationals. This devastating incident has highlighted the precarious situation faced by many migrant laborers in the region.

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Jaya Badiga becomes first Judge in the USA from Telugu States May 22, 2024 19:25

Gov. Gavin Christopher Newsom appointed Jaya Badiga, an Indian American, to the Sacramento County Superior Court, making her the first Telugu-speaking judge in California. Jaya Badiga was born in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh and completed his primary education in Hyderabad. She received a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law and an M.A. in International Relations and International Communications from Boston University. Jaya Badiga passed the California Bar Exam in 2009. She then served as human resources consultant, general counsel, managing attorney, attorney for the California Department of Public Health, and presiding judge of the Sacramento County Superior Court prior to his appointment as a judge. In addition to Badiga, Governor Newsom announced the appointment of 18 additional Supreme Court justices, including Raj Singh Badshah of India. Indeed a proud moment for Telugu people. Jaya Badiga is the daughter of Machilipatnam Ex MP Mr.Badiga Ramakrishna garu.

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Indian Students In Kyrgyzstan Asked To Stay Indoors May 18, 2024 16:29

As a result of attacks on foreign students in Kyrgyzstan, India has issued a warning to its citizens to remain indoors. The advisory was given after several Pakistani students were injured in mob violence in their hostel. The Indian Consulate has stated that they are keeping in contact with their students and that the situation is currently stable. However, students are still advised to stay indoors and contact the Embassy if necessary. Foreign Minister S Jaishankar has also advised students to stay in touch with the embassy. The government has denied reports of three Pakistani students being killed in the attack. The Pakistan embassy has said that the situation escalated after videos of a fight between Kyrgyz and Egyptian students went viral online, resulting in hostels of medical universities in Bishkek being targeted by the mob. These hostels are inhabited by students from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. A recent post on X by Pakistan's Kyrgyzstan consulate has reported attacks on hostels of medical universities in Bishkek, along with private residences of international students. The students come from various countries, including India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, and a few Pakistani students have sustained minor injuries. Despite rumors circulating on social media about the death and rape of Pakistani students, no such reports have been confirmed. Pakistan's Prime Minister, Shehbaz Sharif, has expressed concern and directed the Ambassador to provide necessary assistance. The situation may reflect tensions surrounding the presence of South Asian migrants in Kyrgyzstan, with an estimated 15,000 Indian students in the country, though it is unclear how many are currently in Bishkek.

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Telugu boy Sai Varshith pleads guilty in an attempt to kill President Biden May 15, 2024 12:34

Sai Varshith Kandula, a Telugu boy from Chesterfield, Missouri, has been charged with attempting to murder US President Joe Biden. Reports from Washington indicate that Kandula, influenced by Nazi ideology, had the intention to harm the President. On Monday night, Kandula rented a U Haul truck and twice rammed it into the security barricades at Lafayette Square near the White House. Alert security personnel arrested him immediately. During questioning, Kandula revealed that he was targeting both the President and Vice President Kamala Harris. He has been charged with use of deadly weapons, negligent driving, trying to endanger the life of the President, and destruction of government property, among others. Thankfully, no one was injured in the incident. According to sources in Chesterfield, Kandula graduated from Marquette Senior High School in 2022 and has an ideology similar to German Nazism. The police have informed the President's office of the incident. The Washington Post reports that a man named Kandula was found with materials in the truck he was driving. He initially pleaded guilty to damaging federal property, but a terrorism charge was added to his plea agreement. This charge could have resulted in a sentence of 12 to 15 years in prison, but the maximum sentence for federal property damage is 10 years. Prosecutors agreed to seek a sentence of eight years for Kandula when he is sentenced on Aug. 23. He has been in a Washington D.C. jail since May of last year, when the incident occurred. During his arrest, Kandula reportedly threatened to kill the president if necessary to seize power and hurt anyone who stood in his way.

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Why is US trying to cap visas for Indians? May 10, 2024 20:36

Harbir K. Bhatia, CEO of the Silicon Valley Central Chamber of Commerce, said in a statement that Indians are one of the biggest innovation leaders in Silicon Valley and that the US high-tech industry cannot survive without them. Indian Immigrants: “There is a reason why they keep trying to restrict visas. They know we're very healthy, so they just have to limit it. Otherwise, "they could lose all their jobs." He said Indians could succeed. In every profession, including technology, agriculture and medicine, Indians are one of the biggest drivers of innovation in Silicon Valley, Bhatia said in an interview: "It wouldn't be possible without them the same thing." Bhatia pointed to historical data showing that 40 percent of Silicon Valley CEOs and founders come from South Asia or India. He emphasized the influence that Indians have in large companies. “They are at the CEO and CIO level of large companies like Google, YouTube and Microsoft,” Bhatia said. Bhatia attributes this success to a culture of hard work and results. “We always strive for excellence,” he explained. “This drive sets us apart.” Bhatia praised India's ingenuity by pointing to the concept of 'Jugad', a frugal and flexible approach to problem-solving solution. “Indians are good at finding solutions,” he said. “The industry thrives on cost-effective models,” he explained. But Indian talent here continues to be of great importance to many tech companies.

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59,000 Indians get US Citizenship in 2023 February 12, 2024 13:17

India was the second highest contributor of new citizens to the United States in 2023, with over 59,000 Indians officially becoming citizens, according to a report by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The report also states that a total of 870,000 foreign nationals gained US citizenship in the fiscal year ending September 30, 2023, with Mexico being the top provider at 110,000, followed by India at 59,100. To be eligible for citizenship, individuals typically need to have been lawful permanent residents for at least five years, although there are exceptions for certain groups, such as spouses of US citizens or those with military service. The majority of new citizens in FY 2023 met the requirement of being lawful permanent residents for at least five years, followed by those who were married to US citizens for three years or had served in the military during specific periods. In general, individuals must have a minimum of five years of lawful permanent residency, while spouses of US citizens need at least three years of residency to be eligible for citizenship. The average duration of lawful permanent residency for citizens naturalized in FY 2023 was seven years.

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Two Indian Employees Sentenced To Prison in USA February 03, 2024 14:21

Three individuals who previously worked for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have been given sentences for participating in a plot to unlawfully acquire exclusive software and confidential law enforcement databases from the US government for personal gain. Notably, two of these individuals are of Indian nationality. Sonal Patel, a 49-year-old resident of Sterling, Virginia, received a two-year probationary period as part of her sentence. In April 2019, Patel admitted guilt in the conspiracy to steal government property. Murali Y Venkata, a 58-year-old resident of Aldie, Virginia, was sentenced to four months of imprisonment. In April 2022, Venkata was found guilty by a jury for conspiring to steal government property, defraud the United States, commit wire fraud, and destroy records. Charles K Edwards, a 63-year-old resident of Sandy Springs, Maryland, was sentenced to one year and six months of imprisonment. Edwards pleaded guilty in January 2022 for his involvement in the conspiracy.

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Stabbed Indian student at a US Gym, dies November 09, 2023 15:51

An Indian student was stabbed at a fitness centre in the state of Indiana of USA and the incident took place on October 29th. The 24-year-old student passed away on Wednesday in a private hospital. The deceased was identified as Varun Raj Pucha who is a computer science student at Valparaiso University. He was stabbed in the head by 24-year-old Jordan Andrade told the cops. The official statement told "It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of Varun Raj Pucha. Our campus community has lost one of its own, and our thoughts and prayers go out to Varun's family and friends as we mourn this devastating loss,". The accused was arrested and he was charged with attempt of murder and aggravated battery. Jordan Andrade told the cops that Varun had plans to assassinate him. He also said that they never met before the attack but he said that someone told him that Varun was threatening. The cops said "Officers also spoke with Planet Fitness staff who indicated that (the stabbed man) was a regular gym member and generally kept to himself, was quiet and reserved, nothing indicating that he was 'creepy". Andrade found Varun weird and walked close to him. When Varun tried to push him, Andrade started attacking. He agreed that he attacked Varun in the head with a knife. The University campus said that a memorial service will be held on November 16th. Varun Raj comes from Khammam district of Telangana and he is doing his MS in Computer Science from August 2022.

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Four-Indian Origin Family Members Died In New Jersey October 06, 2023 20:11

An Indian-origin family of four was found dead in New Jersey. Police in Plainsboro suspect a murder-suicide. County Prosecutor Yolando Ciccone said that they found them dead in their residence, where on Wednesday evening, police went to check their welfare after a request was raised. Tej Pratap Singh, 43, Sonal Parihar 42 and their 10-year-old son and six-year-old daughter were found dead. Police have trashed the shooting rumours. For now, police are investigating the case. All four bodies were sent to autopsies, which will be performed on Thursday and will take more time for reports. Plainsboro Mayor Peter Cantu has informed the public about the news on his X platform. He wrote, “ What happened in our community is beyond comprehension”. According to the primary investigation, police have found that the man had killed his family and then killed himself. The parents of the couple claim in front of the media that they are a happy couple and they were unable to believe what happened to their children. One among them used to work in the information technology sector and another partner in human resources.

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Sad Truth Of Proxy Life Of Telugu people In the USA August 21, 2023 13:26

Proxy lives of an NRI is a disturbing truth. Starting from writing a GRE exam to getting a job in any prestigious IT company, Proxy are behind Telugu people. It is very easy for a very normal student to get I20 with a good GRE score, which will be written by a Proxy. They will even don?t know how to write one complicated word spelling, but get good score because of Proxy. After getting a seat at any University in the USA, it is not tough for a student to pass semesters as even to write exams and do projects many proxies will be available in Universities. It's a known truth for everyone that only the top 100 to 200 universities in the US will offer a better and strict education system, rather than that all the other Universities are mostly desperate for money. They just want a student who pays lakhs of rupees fee. Students who go to the USA will be busy doing jobs and earning money rather than studying and finishing their degree with good grades. With this problem worthy candidates, like those who got a seat in any university with a good score, will be struggling to get grades so as to get placements or to get good jobs. Now after getting the degrees with the help of Proxy, people are out and free to find a job. Here Desi consultancies are going to help these Proxy candidates to get a good job with a fancy salary. A proxy will attend the interview and in the HR round, the consultancies will buy the HR with some fancy amount. They provide a fake green card and get a job. If the candidate gets caught providing a fake green card, HR will be safe by saying that even he was cheated, and the candidate needs to face circumstances like jail or deportation. With this sort of system, many are doing 3 to 4 jobs. In the USA, there will be no job pressure on the employee in the early stages of their career, which is helping these types of people. It is easy for an above-average student also to get 3-4 jobs. Work From Home has turned out to be a blessing for such type of people. So they are refusing to go to workplaces nowadays because they need to quit other jobs. Many techies from India are working in the USA, and with this Proxy, many talented people are struggling in the US without jobs. Even citizens are struggling. When people are caught in such activities, desi's run to Mexico through Texas and then return to India. After returning to India, with earned money, they will invest in movies or in politics. That is the reason such people will never visit the USA even after getting an invitation from a big organization after coming back. The saddest truth is only Telugu people live a proxy life in every step of America. Even Mexicans suffer for jobs and will not do this Proxy business. Only Telugu-speaking people are migrating to America like this. Parents sending their children even knowing about the proxy consultancies might get caught in trouble. Go to the USA only with talent and honesty, but not with the help of Proxy. If in 2024, the Republican Party comes into power, there is a strong chance of taking action against this proxy system of Telugu people.

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Rice Shortage: NRIs in queue July 22, 2023 19:56

The Indian government has banned the export of rice fearing of shortage. India is the world’s largest supplier of food, covering up to 40 per cent of global exports and leaving three billion people rely on this. With the ban, NRI living in the USA were in queues outside super markets to buy the leftover stock of rice bags. Supermarkets have restricted the purchase to one bag, where NRI’s are roaming around the city to buy sufficient amount of rice bags. Because of the Ukraine and Russia wars, the import of wheat flour has been stopped, which resulted in the consumption of more rice in the country. The crops with the effect of El Nino have less harvest. All these reasons resulted in the shortage of rice. Union government as a precautionary measure of scarcity in the country has stopped the export of non-basmati white rice. This is the largest shortage of rice in 20 years. Rice inflation has already accelerated from an average of 6 per cent to nearly 12 per cent.Bad weather in China and Pakistan is also one of the reasons for the shortage. Prices of rice are expected to see a hike soon and the government is already thinking over the subsidy prices in the markets.

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Australian Universities Ban Central Indian States Student Applications May 26, 2023 16:30

This was a shocking decision by the Australian universities. Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Australia a few days back and signed a migration deal about the exchange of students, graduates, researchers and business people. Narendra Modi and the Australian prime minister has a bilateral meeting and three days before this meeting was held, universities took this decision following the visa fraud. According to the Australian media, students from Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand and Uttara Pradesh will no longer get seats at Federation University in Victoria and Western Sydney University. Both universities have separately announced that there will be no intake of students from mentioned states (Centarl Indian States) of India. The ban will be for two months for now. According to the Department of Home Affairs, one of four applications is being labelled as fraud or non-genuine. There was a huge dropout of students, who started their course in 2022. Victoria University, Edith Cowan University, the University of Wollongong, Torrens University, as well as agents affiliated with Southern Cross University, have also tightened their recruitment process for Indian students. Students are obtaining their student visas by joining the less expensive educational universities and later working for low-skill Australian work. However, the work hours will be restricted from July 1st to 24 hours per week by the Albanese administration.

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