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Married daughter remains part of parents' family : Court
Report dated 21/08/2014 @ 1:15 PM
The Bombay High Court has ruled a landmark order that says the state's rules that discriminate against a married daughter and exclude her from the purview of the expression 'family' were unconstitutional and infringed on fundamental rights. The ruling was made in a case of transfer of a kerosene retail licence.
Ranjana Anerao had challenged a 2007 government decision rejecting her claim to the retail licence held by her deceased mother.
The High Court said the ruling was discriminatory and violates the Constitution. It pointed out that a divorced daughter also falls within the definition of family, and the exclusion of a married daughter is not based on any logic or justifiable criteria.
The Court struck down the discriminatory rules and asked the state to reconsider Anerao's application for grant of the kerosene retail licence.
NRI conferences scheduled to be held in Bahrain and London
Report dated 20/08/2014 @ 12:56 PM
The Overseas Indian Facilitation Centre a partnership between the Ministry of overseas Indian Affairs and CII announced that meetings will be held in Bahrain on September 6 and another is to be held during the Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas from October 16-18 in London.
OIFC CEO Charu Mathur said the objectives are to acquaint the Indian community in Bahrain and nearby countries with various investment opportunities in India, and seek inward investments from the diaspora as well as Bahrainis, and improve trade and investment ties in the Gulf. Opportunities that will be stressed include agriculture, infrastructure, health care & medical tourism, real estate and pharmaceutical industry.
The Overseas Diaspora Engagement Meet in London will include panel discussions on India's FDI Policy and protecting the Investor.
Indian stowaways found in ship container in UK
Report dated 17/08/2014 @ 3:10 PM
35 stowaways from the Indian sub-continent, including one dead man and at least seven children were hospitalised after they were found inside a shipping container at Tilbury Docks in Essex, UK.
The stowaways, presumed to be illegal immigrants, were found when dock workers heard screaming and banging sounds from inside the container as the ship that arrived from Zeebrugge, Belgium was being unloaded.
Superintendent Trevor Roe of Essex Police said all they know right now is that they think they come from India, but it is still early days, and from the police point of view this is a homicide investigation. All the 34 survivors including the children are being treated for dehydration and hypothermia.
Some reports say the stowaways are possibly from the Punjab region and they were inside the container for at least 12 hours aboard a P&O commercial ferry. The freight ship Nordsteam left the port of Zeebrugge, Belgium and arrived at Tilbury after an eight-hour crossing. The stowaways were in one of the ship's 64 steel containers that are almost airtight when sealed.
A spokesperson for Public Health England said there was no sign of any risk from infectious diseases like Ebola.
Two arrested for murdering NRI in New Zealand
Report dated 17/08/2014 @ 3:04 PM
A 28-year-old man and a woman aged 31, have been arrested and charged with the murder of Davender Singh, 35, whose body was found in a car in Auckland city, a few days ago.
Both the names of the accused have been suppressed by the Court and the suspects have been remanded to custody as Punjabi interpreters have been requested for their next appearance in court.
Davender Singh of the Papatoetoe suburb and his partner stopped outside the Manukau Events Centre in their car and just 25 minutes later his body was found in the car. It is believed he died from stab wounds. The developments follow the release of CCTV footage as police sought help from the public to identify a mystery vehicle seen leaving the area around the time of the murder.
Police are also still to recover the murder weapon, but they were satisfied that robbery was not the motive. They are not seeking anyone else in relation to Singh's death.
Indians buy land worth 241 million pounds in London
Report dated 15/08/2014 @ 1:52 PM
During the second quarter of this year, Indians bought land worth 241 million pounds in Central London, with an eye on better returns as the UK economy recovers.
According to property consultant CBRE, Indians' investments translated to 55 percent of overseas investment in Q2 2014. The India bulls group purchased 22 Hanover Square, which closely followed the acquisition of New Court on Carey Street by Lodha for 90 million pounds in Q1, and in Grosvenor Square for 306 million pounds in Q4 of 2013.
CBRE said the trend indicates that Indian HNIs, leading corporate houses, and local NRIs in the UK have taken advantage of a good investment opportunity where realty prices have bottomed out, and an imminent economic recovery is on the horizon.