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NRI candidate asked to quit US Congressional race
Report dated 09/03/2014 @ 2:28 PM
Republican Congressional candidate in Illinois, Manju Goel, has been asked by the head of the Cook County Republican Party to withdraw from the primary race, after her opponent Larry Kaifesh accused her campaign and supporters of putting up fake web and social media sites to discredit him.
Kaifesh was quoted as saying Goel took her campaign into the gutter in her "Where's Larry website that is all malicious in nature, where they have created imaginary images, and which was paid for by a Political Action Committee called the Indian Americans for Freedom (IAFF), which lists Goel's address.
Under US law, Super PACs, officially known as 'independent expenditure only committees' can engage in unlimited political spending as long as they don't make contributions to candidate campaigns or parties.
The PAC was formed by NRI businessman Shalli Kumar, a supporter of the BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.
Responding, Goel said she has no control over the IAFF and cannot account for anybody else's actions.
However, Cook County Republican Chairman Aaron Del Mar said he wants Goel to drop out of the race as her behaviour regarding the campaign has been unbecoming of a Republican congressional candidate.
US NRI rapper Amardeep Basra found dead in Punjab
Report dated 08/03/2014 @ 2:46 PM
Punjab origin rock star Amardeep Singh Basra, 36, popularly known as Deep Cold, was found dead in a club hotel room in Phagwara where he was staying with three other friends, in connection with the wedding function of his US NRI friend Inder Singh, who is also his neighbour in Texas.
Police say the cause of death could be excessive consumption of alcohol but this can only be confirmed after the report of a chemical examination by a board of doctors.
Basra originally from Saloh village of SBS Nagar is survived by his wife and two children.
NRIs answerable to customs on any gold they take to India
Report dated 08/03/2014 @ 2:45 PM
NRIs planning to take gold to India are now required to carry with them proof of income, or else be questioned by customs officials, in the latest measure by the government to plug smuggling.
Customs officials will now have to ascertain the antecedents of passengers carrying gold and the person responsible for booking their tickets. Eligible passengers are PIOs or an Indian returning to India after a six month stay abroad. They are allowed to import gold of up to one kilogram by paying 10 percent duty in foreign currency.
Rules for bringing gold in one's baggage have also been tightened, so as to prevent the misuse of the facility by unscrupulous elements who hire eligible passengers to carry gold for them. The baggage receipt issued by customs will now include the engraved serial number on gold bars and an itemised list of ornaments.
The government and the Reserve Bank of India have expressed concern over the spurt in gold imports following the restrictions that were imposed to reduce the widening Current Account Deficit.
US NRI veterinarian driven to suicide by pet rescuer
Report dated 07/03/2014 @ 2:57 PM
Veterinarian Sara Shirley Koshi, 55, was found dead in her New York apartment of an apparent overdose.
Her death is under investigation by police, but it is believed she committed suicide after being harassed by Gwen Jurmark, a local woman who feeds feral cats in Raoul Wallenberg Park.
Reports say a cat named Karl was rescued from the park in 2013 and was turned over to Koshi's clinic, Gentle Hands, in the Bronx by an unknown Good Samaritan. Koshi wrote on her Web site that the rescue group headed by Jurmark is a blight on all rescue groups for find loving homes for their adoptees, and the cat had a home and is safe but Jurmark wanted to claim Karl for herself so she sued Koshi to get him back. Jurmark also started a blog outlining numerous personal and professional complaints against Koshi.
Koshi fulfilled a lifelong dream of opening her own pet clinic in 2013, after earning a veterinary degree from the Bombay Veterinary College in 1980. Her career spanned New York, Rhode Island and Pune, India.
After Koshi's death many supporters and clients came forward on Facebook to express their grief. Jurmark however was allowed to claim cat Karl from the city's Animal Care & Control Center.
Shah Rukh Khan's 'Swades' project launched by NASA
Report dated 06/03/2014 @ 2:45 PM
In 2004, Shah Rukh Khan acted in Ashutosh Gowariker's movie 'Swades' in which he played the role of an NRI who worked as a project manager at NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (USA)
In the film Khan handled a rainfall monitoring project at NASA called Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM). Now, ten years later the actual project has been launched.
During the making of 'Swades', Gowariker had to obtain permission from NSA to use the name of the project. He also had to share the film's script with the Administration for a detailed review.
'Swades' was the first Indian film to be shot inside the NASA research centre at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA.