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India says UN Security Council 'serves no purpose'
Report dated 04/11/2012 @ 5:55 PM
India, who assumed this month's presidency of the UN Security Council ahead of the expiry of its 2-year term as a non-permanent member, made the statement that the UN in its present structure is 'completely out of tune' ' is polarised and politically divided' on key issues like Syria and serves 'no one's purpose'. India also asserted that an expansion in the 15-member body should have permanent representation from Asia, Africa and Latin America.
The statement was made by India's permanent representative to the UN Hardeep Singh Puri who added that to give the council effectiveness it needs to enlarge its size and be more transparent.
Puri continued to slam the Council saying permanent members woo incoming non-permanent members not in terms of using their margin of persuasion to change their view, but in order to get their support on the more difficult issues before the Council.
India has written to member states to send inputs on how the working methods of the council can be improved and seeks to compile a concept paper that will incorporate the various inputs and serve as a basis for comprehensive discussion on the issue.
Nellore woman commits suicide in US
Report dated 04/11/2012 @ 5:52 PM
Engineering student Munagala Saritha Reddy, 28, committed suicide in the US because her husband was forcing her to sign divorce papers. She went to the US just a month ago to be with her husband Annapureddi Sudheer Reddy.
In a mail sent to her father before she committed suicide, Saritha said Sudheer had threatened her with dire consequences unless she signed the divorce papers, and warned that she could face arrest if she did not return to Indian immediately as hers was only a travel visa.
Police of Madison city, Wisconsin have recovered Saritha's body and sent it for an autopsy.
Sudheer feigned ignorance of the reason behind his wife's suicide, but her parents filed a mail complaint and the US police are now holding Sudheer responsible for his wife's suicide.
Saritha from Nellore district was a gold medallist in MTech from the Banaras Hindu University and met Sudheer through the internet. Sudheer has an MBA degree and works in a software company in America.
When the couple decided to marry Saritha's parents opposed the alliance, but they were convinced by their daughter and the marriage went ahead in October 2011 a few months after which Sudheer left for the US promising to send his wife a permanent visa, which he eventually did only last month, but the visa was a tourist one. She was devastated when Sudheer refused to live with her and was told by him that he was in love with another woman.
In her suicide note Saritha requested her parents to donate her body to a medical college if the authorities permitted her body to be taken back to India. She asked for her parents' forgiveness and urged her father, an ex-serviceman who worked with the State Bank of India at Buchireddypalem, to light her funeral pyre.
Elixir from India is secret for longevity
Report dated 04/11/2012 @ 5:51 PM
Reverend Reg Dean who is 110 says his longevity is attributable to a mysterious brown-looking elixir of life given to him by a doctor when he was an army chaplain in India.
Rev Dean was born November 4, 1902 in Tunstall, Staffordshire and was ordained in the 1920s and later volunteered as an army chaplain in Burma and India during the Second World War.
He is just a year younger than the world's oldest living man, Jiroemon Kimura 115, from Japan.
UK NRI couple is world's longest married
Report dated 03/11/2012 @ 2:36 PM
Mr Karam Chand, 107 and his wife Katari, 100, have been married for 87 years and are in the process of getting confirmation that they will be the new Guinness Book record holders for being the world's longest married couple. Their marriage has lasted nearly five years longer than that of the current Guinness World Record holders.
The couple who live in Bradford have 8 children and 28 grandchildren.
Mr Karam says the key to his successful marriage is looking after each other in every way possible. His trick is to keep his wife laughing, as he likes to tell jokes and make her smile. 'Being funny is his way of being romantic'.
The couple who hail from Punjab say they make sure they do little things for each other to keep the romance alive.
US Presidential candidates reach out to American NRIs
Report dated 02/11/2012 @ 2:23 PM
The Obama and Romney campaigns have been making special efforts to reach out to the Indian-American community who number over 3 million, with ads in local US NRI newspapers, and flyers in Hindi distributed through email or printed in large numbers.
Several ethnic targeted dailies have been running ads and columns wooing the US NRI voters with promises to better their lives.
According to a 2010 census the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have the largest concentration of Indian-Americans in the US. Over half a million Indian-Americans live there. Another poll says an overwhelming majority of Indian Americans support President Obama. Romney has the support of 8 percent and 27 percent are still undecided.