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India raises Minister’s detention issue with US State Department
Report dated 28/04/2013 @ 2:27 PM
An Indian embassy spokesman announced they have taken a serious view of the way UP minister Azam Khan was treated at Logan International Airport in Boston and raised the issue with the State Department in Washington.
Khan a leader of the ruling Samajwadi Party and Urban Development minister of the state was detained at Boston airport for questioning after he landed there on a British Airways flight from India.
As a result Khan decided to cancel his trip to Harvard University where he was invited to speak, and return home. He was accompanying chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on the trip.
The Samajwadi Party has sought an apology from the US for the 'insult'.
Malaysia NRI gunned down in Kuala Lumpur
Report dated 28/04/2013 @ 2:25 PM
R Kaarikalan, a barber, was driving to his shop in the capital Kuala Lumpur, when two gunmen drew up alongside him and fired some 8 to 10 shots at him. The man slumped down in his seat after being hit twice and his mother who was with him sustained minor injuries.
Police rushed him to hospital where Kaarikalan succumbed to his injuries an hour later.
Police have not ruled out a case of mistaken identity.
UP CM Yadav also cancels India consulate reception
Report dated 28/04/2013 @ 2:22 PM
The Indian consulate in New York has announced that due to unavoidable circumstances, a reception at the Consulate General of India in New York that was to be hosted in honour of UP CM Akhilesh Yadav, has been cancelled.
CM Yadav also boycotted the Harvard lecture he was to deliver. This was a gesture to protest against his minister Azam Khan's humiliating detention at Boston Airport.
UP CM cancels Harvard lecture protesting colleague’s harassment at airport
Report dated 27/04/2013 @ 2:21 PM
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, and Ministers Azam Khan and Abhishek Mishra, have decided to cancel their lectures at Harvard Business School, after Urban Development and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Khan was questioned and detained at the Boston Airport.
Minister Khan alleged that because he is Muslim he was detained for over an hour by security officials on the pretext of frisking him.
The External Affairs Ministry said India has asked its embassy in Washington to take up the matter with the US authorities.
The Samajwadi Party members were part of a delegation invited by Harvard to deliver lectures on organising the Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad and the challenges faced in managing millions of people from across the world who attend what is the biggest religious congregation in the world.
Missing US NRI student's body found in River
Report dated 26/04/2013 @ 1:36 PM
US NRI student Sunil Tripathi, 22, who has been missing since March 16, has been found dead in the Providence River, Rhode Island.
No signs of trauma were initially found and police say the Brown University student who was last seen on March 16 left his cell phone ID and wallet in his room where he was last seen by his roommate.
The grief stricken Tripathi family expressed gratitude to all those who helped in their search operation over the months. Sunil's father Akhil Tripathi is a successful entrepreneur born and raised in Kanpur, who now lives and runs a software company in Pennsylvania.
Sadly, at one stage Sunil's resemblance to the younger brother involved in the Boston bombing, gave the family more grief, when they were subjected to suspicion of being involved.
Now the tired sad family ask only for privacy and time to mourn the death of their beloved son.
The cause of death is pending further investigation which could take several months according to Dara Chadwick a spokesperson for the state Health Department.