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Visa Plans For Three Million Hong Kong Citizens- Confirmation From UK PM Boris Johnson June 04, 2020 16:04

UK Prime Minister reiterates the visa plans for 3 million Hong Kong citizens. This is only if China presses go forward with the new law which threatens to strip the former British colony of its traditional freedom. There are already 3,50,000 Hongkongers who hold British National passports. To this there is an additional citizenship of 2.5 million would be eligible to apply. Currently, British National Overseas passports are allowed with visa free access with a limitation of six months only. Boris Jonshon said "If China imposes its national security law, the British government will change our immigration rules and allow any holder of these passports from Hong Kong to come to the UK for a renewable period of 12 months and be given further immigration rights, including the right to work, which could place them on a route to citizenship” "This would amount to one of the biggest changes in our visa system in history. If it proves necessary, the British government will take this step and take it willingly”. The visa issuing offer for Hongkongers was announced on Tuesday by UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab in the House of Common. There Johnson focused that he is hoping things don't have to come to create an “inflaming” situation in Hong Kong with new law. Over the planned new law, China is now facing criticism from various nations. For the new law many in Hong Kong would fear to live without freedom and they wouldn't also enjoy other parts of China. Hong Kong emerged with China in 1997 as part of an agreement signed back then and it is the basic law. China’s latest moves are in violation of the agreement in view of the UK. The National People’s Congress in China, undertook a proposal a month ago for a national security law in Hong Kong. China's Foreign Minister, State Councillor Wang Yi, subsequently made clear that the legislation will seek to ban "treason, secession, sedition and subversion" and it is expected to be published in full shortly. The UK PM pointed when he spoke, "If China proceeds, this would be in direct conflict with its obligations under the joint declaration, a legally binding treaty registered with the United Nations. Britain would then have no choice but to uphold our profound ties of history and friendship with the people of Hong Kong" The foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian repeated China’s stance- the agreement with the UK is known as the Sino-British Joint Declaration and it is essentially null and void. Ramya C

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Goa To Be Included In Vande Bharat Mission On Request Of NRI Commission May 11, 2020 15:44

Around 4500 Goans from 65 countries are waiting to return to Goa with the fear of the coronavirus pandemic. The people have registered to travel from abroad to their hometown as well. The NRI Commision of Goa urged the Central Government to add Goa to the list of Vande Bharat Mission. Vande Bharat Mission brings back the stranded Indians from abroad in various parts around the world. The Goans have registered on the NRI Commission Portal to return to their hometown. Coming across registration in huge numbers, Commissioner for NRI Affairs of Goa Narendra Sawaikar has made a request to add Goa in the Vande Bharat Mission. He said "I urge upon the Central Ministry to let Goa international airport at Dabolim be opened for flight movement in order to get back stranded Goans via direct special flights," Sawaikar said. Swaikar made an attempt to arrange the special flight to bring back the stranded Goans in the first phase of Vande Bharat Mission which started on May 7. But the efforts didn't work during the first phase. Hence, it is to bring back the Goans in the coming phase of the repatriation mission. According to the official report, around 100 Goans are stuck in UAE and they are waiting to come back. They are struggling to stay as they lost their jobs. Speaking on this, Commissioner Sawaikar said that- they shared the details to the Central Government for evacuation who registered on the portal to fly from abroad. He assured to help the stranded and said "If there is any issue, let them bring to our notice”. - Ramya

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Indian Students Stuck In UK Write Their Plea To S Jaishankar March 24, 2020 20:03

62 students from various UK Universities have written to the Union External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar to help them come back to India amidst the Covid-19 crisis. Majority of the students from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have also written the respective Chief Ministers of the states, K Chandrasekhar Rao and YS Jaganmohan Reddy to help them in this time of crisis. In the plea, the students mentioned that they are currently at the UK airports and at HCL London. The virus is spreading the UK pretty fast but the NHS has confirmed saying that they won’t be providing with treatment facilities to individuals under the age of 65. They mentioned that they didn’t feel safe being there. The students also mentioned saying that things could turn for the worse in the upcoming days which is why they need immediate action to be taken against the situation to further better it. They also stated that the students are willing to undergo the isolation process that is being followed in India and would readily cooperate with the officials in the country. They urged the government officials to understand their distress suggesting that they don’t feel safe in the country and didn’t want to die here. The students hail from some of the most notable Universities in the UK. By Somapika Dutta

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NRI businessman files complaint against Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra March 07, 2020 14:27

While Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra have been in the headlines because of their new born baby via surrogacy recently, the couple are now not in the limelight for the right reasons. In recent reports, an NRI businessman filed complaint against the couple for allegedly cheating investors under the Gold Card Scheme.Satyug Gold Pvt. Ltd., which was started by the couple was what had the scheme that everyone is primarily very pissed about.The NRI businessman, Sachin Joshi came forward and lodged a complaint against Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra for allegedly cheating him under the scheme that they had under their gold trading company when they were directors.The complaint has been lodged at the Khar Police Station in Mumbai with the accusations of cheating, fraud and other charges against the couple and the involved officials with the Satyug Gold Pvt. Ltd.According to the reports from the victim, Joshi says that under the 5-year gold plan under the Satyug Gold Scheme, the buyer was offered with a Satyug gold card at a discounted rate followed by a redeemable amount of gold after a fixed tenure of time.According to the statements issued by Raj Kundra, it stated saying, “an investor who bought a certain sum of gold at the then-current rates with full advance payment will be entitled to ‘Satyug gold card’, that can be redeemable in stages with attractive discounts–15% after two years, 26% after three years, 30% after four years and 37% after five years.”A spokesperson of Joshi stated in a statement that he purchased 1kg of gold Rs 18.58 lacs in March 2014 which were redeemable on March 25, 2019 at the promised discounts under the scheme. According to the deal, Joshi should have gotten a return of INR 44 lacs on his purchase after the maturity. When Joshi went to redeem his return on the investment, he found that the office of the fund in Mumbai had been shut completely and no employees were found around.Following his enquiry, Joshi was informed that the SGPL office had been shifted long back to Shalimar Morya Park in Andheri West. Upon visiting the new office, he was told that the prior address that Joshi was talking about is not even the real office of SGPL. This was what he was responded with every single time.Following the hassle, Joshi’s representative later met the company official later in November 2019 wherein he was told to come back at a later date as many other claims were worked upon to be settled. He was asked to come back on December 2019. Later after researching, Joshi found that both Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra had resigned from the position in 2016 and 2017 respectively. This further enunciated the fact that Joshi might have been amidst a case of fraudulency.Joshi further stated saying, “It became clear from all these facts that SGPL was a fraudulent entity being used to run the fake ‘Satyug Gold Scheme’ using the name of celebs like Shilpa Shetty. I have suffered a loss of Rs 18.58 lakh on my gold investment.”By Somapika Dutta

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NRI among the Two suspects of Swine Flu in Bareilly March 03, 2020 15:50

Two persons which includes an NRI of 34 years old are being suspected to be infected with swine flu after both the patients have been tested positive for the H1N1 virus in a private laboratory in the city.The samples of both the patients have been collected and sent to a government laboratory in Lucknow by the health department for further confirmation on Monday.According to the officials, the 34- year old NRI who is a native of Bareilly and who is living in Australia has visited his hometown during last week. It has been said that the 34 year old NRI has visited a private hospital as he was feeling unwell where he has been tested and the samples have been sent to a private laboratory for the tests results and the tests have shown being positive for the H1N1 virus.In a similar way, another man has also been diagnosed as being infected by the H1N1 virus at the OPD of a city- based private hospital where the tests have been conducted and the samples have been sent to the same laboratory which showed the results being positive for the swine flu virus.Dr Meesam Abbas who is the district epidemiologist has said that the samples of both the patients who have shown positive as being infected by the H1N1 virus have come from the same laboratory and that the chief medical officer has not been notified about the cases by the laboratory. He has added saying that the samples of both the patents have been collected and the samples have been sent to a laboratory at the King George’s Medical University which is situated in Lucknow. The district epidemiologist, Dr Meesam Abbas has said that the reports are expected to arrive on Tuesday and that no case of Swine flu has been confirmed in the district of Bareilly so far.By Shrithika Kushangi

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NRI cell of the Telangana police files 70 cases in 1 year March 03, 2020 11:24

The NRI cell which has been set up in the state of Telangana in the previous year has registered cases in 70 of the 73 complaints against the Non- resident Indian husbands and their families.The NRI cell has been set up by the women safety wing of the Telangana state police in the month of July in the previous year 2019. it has been established as a nodal agency for monitoring the cases where the Non- resident Indians are the accused and since the establishment of the NRI cell, it has received 73 petitions and around 70 cases have been registered based on them. Out of the 70 cases, it has been noted that 29 of the 70 cases are under investigation and 41 pending trial. The look out circulars have been issued against 46 offenders and the non- bailable warrants have been made against 32 and also the passports have been seized of six offenders.According to the police, around 574 cases have been registered against the NRIs at various police stations in the state of Telangana and that out of the 574 cases that have been registered, 417 have been registered at around 17 women police stations. It has also been noted that the look out notices have been issued against the 577 offenders and that the maximum number of cases have been registered against the Non- resident Indians in the state and the cases have been registered in the CCS women police station which were around 137 in number which is said to be followed by Saroornagar women police station where in the number of cases were 78.By Shrithika Kushangi

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Jawed Ashraf appointed as India’s next Ambassador to France February 26, 2020 18:51

Jawed Ashraf who is a seasoned diplomat has been appointed India’s next Ambassador to France, on 26th of February.Jawed Ashraf who is an Indian Foreign Service Officer of the batch 1991, is said to be currently serving as the Indian High Commissioner to Singapore.It has been said by the Ministry of External Affairs that the India’s next Ambassador to France Jawed Asraf is expected to take up the assignment shortly.Vinay Mohan Kwartra was the India’s Ambassador to France who would now be succeeded by Jawed Ashraf. The post of India’s Ambassador to France is considered as a crucial post as it is through which the strategic ties between the two countries of India and France would increase.Vinay Mohan Kwartra has now been appointed as India’s Ambassador to Nepal.By Shrithika Kushangi

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IAF officer Held on Woman’s Complaint in Tokyo February 17, 2020 16:20

The Tokyo police has detained an Indian Air Force officer who had been undergoing a year- long service course in Japan following a complaint that has been filed earlier this month by a woman.According to the source in Tokyo the Indian Air Force officer who is the wing commander from a non- flying branch has been taken into custody on the 6th of February. The wife of the IAF officer has approached the court for bail on the 8th of February for which she had been ordered to deposit Rs 22 lakh as surety.It has been said by the senior sources in the ministry of the external affairs that the affair is being handled by the Indian embassies in Tokyo. It has also been said that the complaint that has been filed against an Indian officer is being treated as a serious issue by the government.However, the current effort is to complete the formalities in Japan so that the officer can be brought to his native country India for the matter to be investigated and the action has to be taken. The source has also said that the complete information is not known and efforts are being made for getting the details regarding the case, as said by A Bharat Bhushan Babu who is the ADG of media and communication of the ministry of defence.It has been confirmed by the Indian Air Force which is the air arm of the Indian Armed Forces that the police of Tokyo has detained although they did not have much information regarding the matter. Prof Ashok Kumar Chawla who is the adviser on Japan in the East Asia division of the ministry of the external affairs has also said that he had sought the details regarding the case and has not received them yet.By Shrithika Kushangi

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NRI Student Dies as Bus Rams into Scooty in Ludhiana February 14, 2020 12:16

A Non- resident Indian had died in a crash by a speeding bus near Verka milk plant on Ferozepur road on Thursday in the morning.The deceased has been identified as a Canada- based NRI Meena Sharma of the 23 years of age from the Sector 32 of the Chandigarh road. She has been identified as a second year student of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) and the family of the deceased lives in the Surrey of Canada.The police officials have said that Meena was living in the GADVASU hostel across the Sidhwan canal towards the Ferozpur road for the last one and half years while she has been pursuing her degree.The police had added saying that Meena Sharma had left her hostel at 9 in the morning on Thursday on her scooty towards the college which is located on the other side of the bridge. It has been said that her classmates were in tow on separate vehicles.The crash has occurred near a restaurant on the Ferozepur road when a speeding bus has come from the Mullanpur side and has hit her scooty from behind. With the attack that has been happened from behind, Meena Sharma fell on the road with serious injuries observing which the on lookers had gathered at the spot where the accident had taken place. The victim, Meena Sharma was not wearing a helmet when the crash has taken place.Meena sharma had been rushed to a private hospital by the onlookers where the doctors had declared that she has been brought dead.After the incident, the driver has fled the spot, leaving the vehicle at the accident spot and the vehicle was later seized by the police.The family of the victim Meena Sharma is settled in Canada which comprises of her father Arun Sharma who is a veterinary doctor, her mother, an elder sister and a younger brother.Mamta Sharma who is the aunt of Meena Sharma has said that her parents have been informed and are expected to reach the city in a day or two. Aamrjit Kumar who is the assistant sub- inspector and who is investigating the case has said that an FIR has been filed against the unidentified driver of the bus who had hit Meena from behind and had fled the spot, under the Sections 279 for rash driving and 304 A for causing death due to negligence of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) following the complaint made by Varinder Sharma who is Meena’s uncle.By Shrithika Kushangi

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Indian Community in Seattle counters the Local Politicians on anti-CAA Resolutions February 12, 2020 17:10

A section of the American polity which had been led by Pramila Jayapal and Kshama Sawant has been encountered by the Indian community that is present in Seattle. The Indian community has watered down a resolution in the Seattle city council against the Citizenship Amendment Act, earlier this month.While a resolution has been passed by the council that urges the Parliament of India to repeal the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and to stop the National Register of Citizens (NRC), the Indian community leaders has intervened and watered down the resolution, as learnt by Economic Times.The brain behind the resolution is said to be that of Kshama Sawant who serves on the Seattle City Council and also a member of Socialist Alternative. It has been said that Sawant was the first socialist in order to win the citywide election in Seattle since Anna Louise Strong had been elected to the school board in the year 1916.The Seattle City Council is said to be the legislative body of the Seattle city in Washington. The council is said to be comprising of nine members and would be serving four- year terms out of which seven would be elected by the electoral districts and the remaining two would be elected in the citywide at- large positions where as all the elections are said to be non- partisan.Atul Tankha who is a former development professional from Seattle and also who has been one among the the Indian- Americans who have garnered support against Jayapal and Sawant has said that the community members did not belong to any political group and were spontaneous in the moves that they have made.By Shrithika Kushangi

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NRIs are taking active part in the Delhi Campaign, extending their support to AAP February 06, 2020 14:58

A large number of NRIs are taking part in campaign for the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi. Hundreds of NRIs have flown into the city of Delhi and are taking part in campaigning for the Aam Aadmi Party and are providing their support for the Assembly polls which are scheduled to be on 8th of February.Prithvi Reddy who is the Convenor AAP Overseas has said that nearly 500 NRIs have come to India in order to be a part in the campaigning of Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi in order to seek votes for the party. He added saying that the NRIs are managing the volunteers and are doing all kinds of tasks as they are extending their support to the AAP.He said that although some NRIs have come to Delhi in recent times, several NRIs have come to India and are residing in Delhi for the past two to three months and are supporting the Aam Aadmi Party.Prithvi Reddy says that the support from the NRIs has started as they see Aam Aadmi Party as a ray pf hope for making the country India against corruption. He says that people tend to go to other nations as they get to experience better opportunities and better living standards. However, they would be treated as second- grade citizens in the foreign countries and therefore the NRIs would like to come back to their native country.The NRIs believe that Aam Aadmi Party would lead the country towards development and therefore the NRIs could come back to India and lead a happy life enjoying the same living standards that they had experienced in the abroad countries.Reddy has mentioned that about 20 per cent of the election funding has come from the supporters of the overseas, from the stat of the Aam Aadmi Party. He mentioned the overseas supporters as being from Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, Singapore, UAE as few among several others.He has added saying that all the NRIs wish to return to their native country India but due to the lack of opportunities, they are not able to do so and are staying abroad.AAP Canada convener Jaskirat Kaur has also expressed that the NRIs wished to see the leader of the Aam Aadmi Party Arvind Kejriwal to become the Prime Minister one day.Preeti Menon who is the co- convener AAP Overseas has said that the Non- resident Indians have been dreaming to see their native country India as a developed country like the countries that they have been living in.The polls in the national capital Delhi is scheduled on 8th of February.By Shrithika Kushangi

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Indian-American Man Dies After Suffering Burns in the New Zealand’s Volcanic Eruption February 01, 2020 17:04

An Indian- American business man has died after he has struggled with a body that has been half burnt from the White Island volcano eruption in New Zealand.Pratap Singh who is also known as Paul has been suffering from the burns that were caused from the volcanic eruption that has taken place in New Zealand last year. It is said that he had suffered with 55 per cent burns in the eruption of the volcano that had taken place on 9th of December 2019 and has been transferred from Whakatane Hospital on 10th of December to the Critical Care Unit in the Middlemore Hospital where in he struggled and had fought really hard to live throughout his surgeries and treatments but had later died this weekPratap Singh along with his wife, Mayuri were visiting White Island from a cruise ship when the eruption of volcano had taken place on the 9th of December in the previous year. The death toll that has been caused from the eruption has been increasing and has currently risen to the count being 21 and has severely burnt dozens of people.Pratap Singh has been known for his philanthropy and was said to be the president of Sewa USA’s Atlanta chapter. The nonprofit had said that Pratap Singh was one of the donors who would donate in huge amounts to the Sponsor a child program and had added saying that a lot of local support has been provided to the program under the tenure of Pratap Singh.Mayuri Singh who is also known as Mary and is the spouse of Pratap Singh had burns on 70 per cent of her body that has been caused due to the eruption of the volcano in the White Island. She had died on the morning of 22nd of December at a hospital in New Zealand after experiencing complications from her treatment which also included skin grafts, as said by a family friend.According to the WSB-TV Atlanta, the three children of Pratap Singh and Mayuri Singh who are a couple based from Georgia and the mother of Mayuri Singh has stayed on the ship along with the couple but were not injured in the eruption.By Shrithika Kushangi

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