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NRI jailed in UAE for carrying poppy seeds
Report dated Today @ 2:59 PM
An Indian farmer age 33, identified only as B.S. has been given a jail sentence of four years for smuggling poppy seeds into the UAE that he claimed he brought for the purpose of cooking. He was arrested by customs inspectors on arrival at Dubai International Airport, when they found the seeds in his luggage in April.
Reports say B.S. said he did not know poppy seeds were banned, and in India they are used in sauces and soups.
He has appealed his primary judgment and is scheduled to appear before the Appeals Court in Dubai shortly. He is also to be deported following the completion of his jail term.
US NRI among officers designated to launch US nukes
Report dated 31/07/2014 @ 1:10 PM
Lt. Raj Bansal of the US Air Force's 90th Missile Wing is one of the last men standing by ten Minuteman III Nuclear Missiles and the US President's order to launch them.
Burrowed in an underground bunker in unmarked terrain between Cheyenne, Wyoming and Lincoln, Nebraska, Bansal and his partner Capt Joseph Shannon are among the nuclear launch frontiersmen who do 24-hour shifts waiting for that dreaded moment, should it ever come to that, when they will punch in the codes to Armageddon.
Controls to the missiles are buried 60 feet underground in a room that is protected by a thick blast door made of solid steel that is hollowed out and in its middle hangs the launch control centre that is long and narrow with a bed and a toilet and two chairs that face computer displays. This is where Bansal and Shannon work their 24-hour shifts.
Bansal's position and duties are an eye-opener for the US' ultra-nationalist fringe that believes "whiteness is still a proxy for being American" for American Raj Bansal is as warm brown as they come.
Honest NRI returns lost purse with cash, documents in UAE
Report dated 30/07/2014 @ 1:41 PM
Rasheed Pericheri, 36, came across a purse on a pavement in Abu Dhabi and took it upon himself to examine the contents that included some $6800 and vital documents including credit cards. He obtained the owners address through the driving licence from the UAE's traffic department, and discovered the purse belonged to Italian expatriate Elvira, whose husband was recovering from a heart attack.
Pericheri says when he called her to tell her he found the purse and its contents, she cried, then gave him a big thank you and some money as a gesture of gratitude.
She said she was carrying the large amount of money to buy tickets for herself and her sons to fly to Italy, as her husband had to be repatriated to Italy after his heart attack and is now in a coma.
Indian nurses trapped in Libya want to go back home
Report dated 29/07/2014 @ 3:30 PM
65 Indian nurses who are stranded in Tripoli, where a week of fighting has left 97 people dead and 404 injured, want to go back home to India. Many of them are from Kerala.
According to Kerala chief minister Oomen Chandy he spoke to the federal Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and requested her to arrange the evacuation of those wanting to return. The main problem is that Tripoli airport is closed. Chandy has requested they send a special flight to Mitiga airport and arrange to fly the Indians back home.
Chandy said over 350 nurses and other staff work at a medical centre in Tripoli.
Militias controlling large parts of the country are behind Libya's worst violence since the 2011 uprising that toppled Col Muammar Gaddafi. The same year the Indian government carried out a mammoth operation to evacuate thousands of nationals from Libya.
UK NRI 'chicken king' focus of contamination controversy
Report dated 27/07/2014 @ 1:20 PM
Ranjit Boparan, referred to as the UK's 'Chicken King' whose '2 Sisters Group' is the largest poultry supplier, is at the centre of an investigation focusing on the contamination of poultry, specifically contamination with campylobacter, a bacteria frequently found in raw meat, particularly chicken, that can cause food poisoning.
A news report that zeroed in on two factories owned by Boparan's group, has led to the UK health ministry launching its own urgent inspections, and the Food Standards Agency has agreed, at the request of the secretary of state for health, to conduct a full safety audit of the facility.
The 2 Sisters group has denied that chicken that was seen in undercover footage taken at the factory being picked up from the floor, was put back into the production line.
The health ministry stressed that the contamination was an industry-wide problem and they are working on the issue.