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Two NRIs killed in Nairobi mall attack
Report dated 23/09/2013 @ 2:25 PM
Two Indians including a boy of 8 are among the over 60 fatalities, and four Indians were among the 200 injured in the hail of bullets fired by militants in the popular Westgate upscale mall in Nairobi.
Those killed were Sridhar Natarajan, 40, from Tamil Nadu who was an employee of a local pharmaceutical firm, and Paramshu Jain, 8, the son of the branch manager of the Industrial Area Branch, Bank of Baroda.
Natarajan's wife Manjula Sridhar was injured and Paramshu's mother Mukta Jain, 38 and sister Poorvi Jain, 12, were also injured, as was Natarajan Ramachandran, an employee of Flamingo Duty Free, Nairobi.
High commission officials are in touch with members of the families to provide all necessary assistance. They are also in touch with the Kenyan authorities and leaders of the Indian community in Kenya.
The NRI community in Kenya totals 70,000.
The Somalia-based militant group Al Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Narendra Modi's shadow extends to controversy in Chicago !
Report dated 23/09/2013 @ 2:24 PM
Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and his alleged complicity in the 2002 communal riots has created a controversy in Chicago with the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions (CPWR) withdrawing its support for the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Swami Vivekananda which is planned for September 27-28 with the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and several temples among its sponsors.
On withdrawing its support for the event, Dr Mary Nelson, vice-chair of the board of CPWR said the Council is a 120 year old peace building organisation whose mission is to promote peace and inter-religious harmony. They honour Swami Vivekananda and his legacy, but their organisation was not informed that the event was also co-sponsored by organisations promoting controversial political positions.
Two members of the CPWR board of trustees said they were not consulted on the CPWR decision and have formally requested CPWR to reverse its decision. Meanwhile the executive director of the Hindu American Foundation has written to Dr Nelson saying he is left with the impression an unknown segment of CPWR took the capricious unilateral decision without respecting the democratic process and without regard for the understanding of the Hindu community.
Dr Nelson responded stating the CPWR has no further comments on the issue.
Some pointers for NRIs wishing to vote in 2014 elections
Report dated 23/09/2013 @ 2:22 PM
According to the provisions of the Representation of the People (Amendment) Act 2010, a citizen of India who does not have citizenship of any other country and is otherwise eligible to register as a voter, can register to vote in the constituency which is in his place of residence in India that is mentioned in his passport.
One would have to file an application for the purpose in Form 6A before the Electoral Registration Officer ERO of the constituency. The application may be presented in person or sent by post addressed to the ERO concerned. Form 6A can be downloaded from the website of the Election Commission of India and is also available free of cost in Indian Missions in foreign countries.
Various accompanying documents must also be submitted with the application, details of which are also available, as are electoral rolls.
For more information one can look up FAQs about registration.
Yoga guru Ramdev questioned again in London
Report dated 22/09/2013 @ 1:59 PM
Yoga guru Ramdev who is in Britain to chair a series of 'yoga shivirs' and talks organised by the Patanjali Yog Peeth (UK) Trust, was told to appear at Heathrow Airport for a second round of questioning, a day after he was detained by customs officials for 6 hours upon his arrival in the UK. Sources say the questioning is related to him travelling on a visit visa instead of a business visa.
The Organisers of his trip to the UK claim the questioning is related to Sanskrit books in his possession. They are calling for the British authorities to provide an explanation for Ramdev's detention. Ramdev says he was not given any explanation for the detention,
During his visit Ramdev was also to address a gathering of NRIs at the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Swami Vivekananda, and was to be joined by speakers including BJP parliamentarian M Venkaiah Naidu and British minister Sandip Verma.
The BJP criticised the UK authorities' treatment of the guru and called upon the Centre to intervene, and take cognizance of the matter.
NRI community in spotlight since Nina Davuluri crowned Miss America
Report dated 19/09/2013 @ 2:31 PM
Reacting to the barrage of racial tweets that commented on US NRI Nina Davuluri's selection as the new Miss America, think tank Pew Research Centre focused on the community's growing influence.
It pointed out that Indian Americans now number over 3 million, and have notably high rates of education, with seven in ten aged 24 and older sporting a college degree compared with 28 percent of the general population.
The Pew Research Centre 2012 survey of Asian Americans stated that few Indian Americans at 10 percent, say discrimination against their community is a major problem, while 48 percent call discrimination a minor problem and 38 percent say it is not a problem at all.
One culture editor told upset Indians in her blog that "Nina Davuluri's story is an American Story, Not an Indian One".