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Canadian NRI legislator accused of perjury
Report dated 19/05/2013 @ 5:05 PM
Edmonton-Manning MLA Peter Sandhu is being investigated following reports of ethics violations and perjury. Sandhu owned a home-building company that was being pursued by creditors for not paying debts.
Leader of the opposition Wildrose party, Danielle Smith says Sandhu a member of the ruling Progressive Conservative Party should be charged with perjury as he lied in court by saying he was out of Canada, when in fact he was in Calgary.
In her letter to the RCMP Smith sites a section of the Criminal Code that states making a false statement under oath is perjury.
Sandhu who resigned from the Conservative caucus following the allegations this week, is also being investigated by Alberta's ethics commissioner.
NRI turns 101 on Girmit day in Fiji
Report dated 15/05/2013 @ 2:12 PM
Deogi Nair turned 101, the day the country celebrates the 134th anniversary of the arrival of indentured labourers from India, which is also known and celebrated as Girmit Day on May 14 every year.
Deogi Nair hails from Chennai and accompanied her parents who went to work in Fiji.
When asked about her long life and birthday on Girmit Day, she called it the grace of God and thanked him for her long life. She remembered that she never went to school as there was no school at the time and she does not know how to read and write. She was later married and everything was good and peaceful, but there were lots of cyclones and floods.
Ms Nair has no medical problems, good eyesight and hearing and is fit enough to go for afternoon walks in the neighbourhood.
Britain introduces 'super priority' same-day visa for Indians
Report dated 15/05/2013 @ 2:08 PM
Britain has made India the first country to get a visa to visit the UK within 24 hours. The same-day service was announced by PM David Cameron during his recent visit to India.
The cost will be 600 pounds (nearly Rs.50,000) in addition to the price of the visa. People in Delhi and Mumbai will be able to apply for this service. There are plans to expand the scheme to Chennai in the next few weeks.
According to the UK home office, the service will be available to those applying for a six-month or two-year multiple entry visitor visa (excluding student visit visa) and have travelled without difficulty in the last five years to one of the following countries - UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada or a Schengen country. Employees of companies that are members of the Business Express Programme and are travelling as an official business visitor will also be eligible to apply.
After India the new single-day visa will be introduced in China, Brazil, Turkey and South Africa.
Over the past five years an average of 70,000 business visas have been issued per year to Indians.
Gujarat CM addresses Indian diaspora in US via video link
Report dated 14/05/2013 @ 1:31 PM
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi used his video link to address people of the Gujarati community living in 20 cities across the US, that lasted over an hour and was followed by a question and answer session.
He asserted that he has given a new meaning to 'development' during his 12-year rule in Gujarat and the greatest challenge facing India is restoring the trust of the people. He lashed out at the UPA government for its poor governance and high corruption, as he spoke to the audience from cities including New Jersey and Chicago. Students in US universities including Maryland, gathered to watch Modi's address.
Modi sought contributions of overseas Gujaratis in building a statue of unity of Sardar Patel which he said would be twice the height of the Statue of Liberty to honour the man who singlehandedly united the country after India achieved independence in 1947.
Indian companies at core of $45 million global cyber heist
Report dated 13/05/2013 @ 6:39 PM
Two companies with major operations in India were the weak links that paved the way to a 45 million dollar global cyber heist, brought to light by US authorities.
EnStage Inc, of Bangalore and ElectraCard Services of Pune, processed card payments for two Middle East banks that were hit in the theft. US prosecutors say hackers broke into two card processing companies raising the balances and withdrawal limits on accounts that were then exploited in coordinated ATM withdrawals around the world.
The two companies were not named but it was confirmed that one was based in India and the other in the US. One bank employee and a US official who spoke on condition of anonymity said ElectraCard Services was the company that processed prepaid travel cards for National Bank of Ras Al Khaimah (RAKBANK), who suffered a 5 million dollar coordinated heist at ATMs around the world.
EnStage, a company incorporated in Cupertino, California is the company that processed card payments for Bank of Muscat, Oman who lost 40 million dollars in a coordinated heist.
MasterCard whose cards were used in the heist said its security was not compromised. Cyber security experts say the global scope and speed of the bank theft was unprecedented.