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NRI US meeting snubs Gujarat CM Modi
Report dated 02/09/2013 @ 1:55 PM
BJP spokesperson and vice-president Smriti Irani walked out of the inauguration of an NRI conference in New Jersey, angry that chief minister Narendra Modi was ignored at the Global Gujarati Conference.
She complained over the absence of any display of photographs or posters of chief minister Narendra Modi at the venue. She was also humiliated when BJP leaders MP Shankar Vegad, ex-MLA Dhanraj Kella and former municipal councillor from Ahmedabad Nisha Jha were invited ahead of her for the lamp-lighting ceremony.
After a brief argument with conference committee organiser Kirit Patel and other organisers who tried to pacify her, Irani walked out of the meeting of some 1000 Gujarati NRIs.
68-year-old US NRI doctor sought by 152 aspiring brides !
Report dated 01/09/2013 @ 1:56 PM
For love or money is the question – as a New York practicing physician 68, now has an option to select a bride from 152 women who answered his matrimonial advertisement.
Recently the single doctor who was earlier rejected by the woman he loved, approached an Ahmedabad NGO that runs a matrimonial service for the elderly, because he said he needed a life partner as he could not bear the loneliness anymore.
The surprised NGO said they expected some 25 to 30 responses but there are 152 women who are eager to marry him and move to the US. The wannabe brides include a young Muslim girl from Surat, a Hindu girl from Ahmedabad, and even a woman who is ready to dump her husband if she is selected.
The doctor now plans to go to Ahmedabad to meet and marry his new wife.
Idli sambhar rated as most nutritious breakfast
Report dated 30/08/2013 @ 1:06 PM
According to a survey conducted by college of home science, Nirmala Niketan, Mumbai, and funded by Kellogg, Chennai's traditional breakfast of idli and sambhar is the most nutritious morning meal, compared to those in other metros.
The survey 'India breakfast habits' was conducted also in Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata on a sample size of 3600 subjects across an 8 to 40 age group.
The nutrition scale was assessed based upon the adequacy of carbohydrates, energy, proteins, fats and calcium. The idli sambhar was described as a 'complete meal'.
Gloom and doom loom as India's rupee plummets
Report dated 28/08/2013 @ 1:53 PM
Once again Indian markets stumbled as the rupee hit a new nadir of 68 to a dollar and the Sensex tanked by 590 points to it lowest this year. These depressing factors obviously affected the prospects of Indian importers and investors and put the common man's traditional store of wealth further out of reach.
Finance Minister P Chidambaram insisted more reforms are the answer and he listed various steps including promoting the manufacturing sector and exports to boost unstable growth. He also hinted at the possibility of a sovereign bond to bring in more dollars. More gloom reigns with the fact that India's economy grew by 5% in 2012-13, the worst in a decade, and the prospect of a credit rating downgrade to 'junk' overshadows an already anxious market. The rupee is now emerging as a front-runner in a race to the bottom among emerging market currencies, given that the rupee fell by around 20% since the beginning of the year. The only currency that has done worse is the South African rand. The Chinese yuan on the other hand, has gained nearly 2% in 2013.
Other measures outlined by Chidambaram include reviving investments, containing fiscal and current account deficits, raising capital expenditure of state-owned firms and recapitalising government banks. He also recommended patience, clear headedness which will see the economy begin to turn and a new chance emerge to enable the building of a strong economy.
Canadian NRI's death confirmed as murder
Report dated 27/08/2013 @ 1:56 PM
Kevin Jassal, 20, of Richmond Canada, who died some five months ago, has now been confirmed as a victim of murder by poisoning and not a drug overdose. He was found dead in Ludhiana in March in the vacant house of his uncle.
Punjab police said they are studying the lad's father Parminder Jassal's complaint in which he accused his brother and nephew of killing his son in a feud over money.
The family had not filed a complaint at the time of Kevin's death and had not agreed to an autopsy, but as a matter of mysterious death the police insisted on a post-mortem examination. Asked why the family did not file a complaint at the time of death Mr Jassal said he was depressed at the time and did not understand the situation, but as time passed he realised Kevin was murdered.