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NRIs needing Punjab cops' help - just dial 181
Report dated 23/08/2013 @ 12:40 PM
The Punjab police have launched a 24-hour toll-free service that provides NRIs who are threatened by a person or persons back home, the convenience of simply dialing '181' from abroad, to file a formal online complaint with police who will move into action and pursue the case and the culprits. The service is also provided for assistance and support in non-emergency situations, as well as to facilitate other vulnerable sectors such as women and senior citizens.
Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal inaugurated the statewide Punjab Police Call Centre (PPCC) that will integrate the services.
Trained professional counselors have been deputed at the PPCC, which is integrated with police control rooms and offices of the SSPs in districts, in order to share information in real time with them and other police units.
Punjab is the first state in the country to introduce this service, which is provided by Ziqitza, a private company that already operates the '108' ambulance help line service in the state.
NRI shot dead at home in Australia
Report dated 22/08/2013 @ 2:43 PM
Businessman Shyam Dhody, 37, was shot dead at his home in a Gold Coast city suburb in July.
Two people have been arrested and charged with the murder, one is a 27-year-old woman who was reportedly Dhody's partner, and the other is a 32-year-old man. The woman claimed that she found Dhody's body after she returned from work on the evening of the incident.
Police suspect that Dhody's murder may relate to an assault on him outside his previous home in March. He is said to have run into major financial problems with banks repossessing several of his properties.
The woman who is to appear at the Magistrate's Court, has denied the charges and her lawyers say they are hoping to proceed with an application to the supreme court for her bail.
Dhody's brothers and parents have appealed to the people to help find his killer. Dhody had arrived in Australia 13 years ago. His wife and two young children live in India.
NRIs can now access information from abroad
Report dated 21/08/2013 @ 2:14 PM
All central ministries have been told to accept electronic postal orders enabling NRIs to apply under the RTI Act and pay the required fee with a debit or credit card.
The user will need to get himself registered at the website. He also has to select the ministry or department from which he wishes to obtain information under the RTI Act and the eIPO generated can be used to apply for information from that ministry or department only.
A printout of the eIPO must be attached with the RTI application for which the applicant has to pay Rs.10 for the information.
The eIPO was launched in March, but will be applicable to all government departments from August 21.
Rupee continues to plummet, record low now @64/$
Report dated 20/08/2013 @ 1:54 PM
The rupee continued its free fall to end at a record low of 64, recording the decade's worst single day fall.
One banker said the large demand from oil companies and the state-run banks, as well as private and foreign banks bid for dollars caused the free fall.
In an attempt to arrest the rupee slide the RBI recently announced restrictions on Indian firms investing abroad and on outward remittances by resident Indians, triggering talks of a return of a capital control regime.
NRIs cannot bring in flat-screen TVs any more !
Report dated 20/08/2013 @ 1:47 PM
The government of India has decided to ban the import of flat screen televisions as part of free baggage allowance with effect from Aug 26. This will mean air travellers bringing in a TV as part of their baggage will now have to pay customs duty.
This move is another bid to prop up the weak rupee.