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Bombay University has created more billionaires than MIT
Report dated Today @ 1:40 PM
On the list of "Which Universities Produce The Most Billionaires, the University of Bombay is the only entry on the top 10 list of universities that is not American. Ranked 9th the University of Mumbai figures higher than MIT, NYU and the Universities of Michigan and Columbia.
According to this year's Wealth-X and UBS Billionaire Census, the University of Pennsylvania leads with a score of 25 billionaires who obtained their bachelor's degrees at the institution. It is followed by Harvard with 22 billionaires, Yale with 20, USC with 16, Princeton and Cornell with 14. The top eight in the list are American colleges with the University of Mumbai ranked at 9th that has produced 12 billionaires.
The only British university to figure in the top 20 list is the London School of Economics ranked 10th, that has produced 11 billionaires.
Interestingly most Indian billionaires are still based in the same locations where they were raised, a trend that is very different globally.
UK NRI woman poisoned herself and daughters
Report dated Today @ 1:28 PM
Heena Solanki, 34, poisoned herself and her two young daughters Jasmine, 9, and Prisha, 4, with acid last year. She was found dead in her bed alongside the girls by her husband Kalpesh Solanki at their home in Ruislip, west London.
An inquest said police and paramedics who went to the scene were forced back by poisonous fumes. Only firefighters wearing special breathing equipment were allowed at the scene where a suicide note was found, the contents of which were not detailed in court.
None of Heema's family attended the hearing but her husband Kalpesh Solanki's statement was read out in which he spoke of his surprise at his wife's action. He said he believed Heena was happy and content and they lived a nice life with their two children. The only thing he was aware of that made her unhappy was that they lived with his parents. But Heena had not shown signs of depression and never talked of taking her own life.
Heena's friend said she had confided in her that her father-in-law was cranky and a bit problematic, and Heena was not depressed but did say she wanted to go and live in India with her children.
Post mortem examinations found all three died of substance intoxication.
Two Kerala NRIs die in murder-suicide in US
Report dated 25/10/2014 @ 3:10 PM
According to reports in Kottayam, in a case of apparent murder-suicide at a hospital in Houston, one George from Teekkoy shot his colleague Reena before turning the gun on himself at an out-patient pharmacy of the Ben Taub General Hospital in Huston. Both worked as pharmacists in the hospital for several years..
According to Houston police George, 58, apparently tried to enhance his work relationship with the woman possibly to a romantic level, but failed. He walked up to the woman and shot her several times at point-blank range. Police revealed the woman was younger than her attacker.
Meanwhile a relative of George at Teekkoy rubbished the version by the Houston police saying George was denied promotion by the lady and was continuously harassed by her, and he may have resorted to the act out of desperation.
George is survived by his wife and two children.
US firm fined for under-paying NRI staff
Report dated 25/10/2014 @ 2:55 PM
The US Department of Labour has fined Silicon Valley firm Electronics For Imaging (EFI) for paying just $1.21 an hour to eight Indian employees it had flown in from its Bangalore office, to install computer systems at its Fremont headquarters.
Reports say the eight Indians worked from September 8 to Dec 21, 2013, some for up to 122 hours a week or over 17 hours a day. They were paid in Indian rupees.
The District director of the US Labour Department, Susana Blanco said the anomaly was discovered through an anonymous tip, and they are not going to tolerate this kind of appalling behaviour from employers. The employees are to get over $40,000 as owed wages which is the difference between what they were paid and the California minimum wage of $8 per hour. EFI has also been fined $3500 for the violation.
EFI said it cooperated with the US Labour Department once it was aware of the problem and paid the back wages to the employees.
Malaysian NRI crawls for 3 days after car crash
Report dated 25/10/2014 @ 2:51 PM
In Bidor, Central Malaysia, Nicholas Andrew, 33, lost control of his car, crashed it and landed in a 20-metre ravine.
His passenger friends Thiyagarajan, 34, and another Indian were killed in the crash. Nicholas suffered a broken right arm and leg, and was forced to crawl for 3 days along the stream in a jungle before he finally found an isolated settlement to seek help.
Nicholas said he screamed for help when he saw the villagers and they rushed to help him.
Nicholas worked at the Territorial Army Camp.