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Two NRIs shot dead at convenience store in America
Report dated 07/09/2013 @ 1:18 PM
Jagtar Bhatti, 55, and Pawan Singh 20, were shot dead by masked men at a convenience store.
Family and friends are waiting to learn details on what happened from the police who are investigating the double murder and say they are looking for two or more suspects.
A neighbour of the two men said they were kind, good people.
Air India increases all domestic route fares by 25%
Report dated 06/09/2013 @ 2:41 PM
Air India has increased passenger fares by 23 to 25 percent on all domestic routes to offset price hikes in air turbine fuel.
According to an Air India official, there may also be an upward revision in fares for international routes, but the company is optimistic it will maintain its market share, which is the third highest domestic market share at 19.2 percent.
Experts say the effect of the depreciating rupee has also played a part in its decision to raise fares.
Jet Airways and SpiceJet have also felt the effect of high fuel costs, with a drop in net profits in the first quarter of the fiscal.
NRI author Sushmita Banerjee shot dead in Afghanistan
Report dated 06/09/2013 @ 2:39 PM
Sushmita Banerjee was shot dead by Taliban militants outside her home in Paktika province, Afghanistan, where she lived with her husband Afghan businessman Jaanbaz Khan.
Banerjee also known as Sayed Kamala, whose memoir 'Kabuliwalar Bangali Bou' about her escape from the Taliban was turned into the Bollywood film 'Escape from Taliban' in 2003, was a health worker in Paktika and had been filming the lives of local women as part of her work.
Police say the militants dumped Banerjee's body near a religious school. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
US court issues summons to Sonia Gandhi !
Report dated 05/09/2013 @ 1:13 PM
A federal court in New York has issued a summons to Congress president Sonia Gandhi based upon a petition by the rights group 'Sikhs For Justice' .
The summons was issued to Mrs Gandhi for allegedly shielding and protecting the leaders of her party who are accused of involvement in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in India. Under US laws, a summons has to be personally served to initiate legal proceedings, and Mrs Gandhi is currently in the US for a medical check-up.
Congress called the timing of the summons astonishing, considering Mrs Gandhi's reason for being in the US, especially as the summons was issued almost 30 years after the cited event occurred.
'Sikhs for Justice' have in the past tried unsuccessfully to have Punjab CM Prakash Singh Badal and Union Minister Kamal Nath summoned to American courts.
Hundreds of Sikhs were killed in riots after Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards in 1984.
Indian engineer rewarded by Facebook for discovering bug
Report dated 04/09/2013 @ 1:13 PM
Engineering graduate Arul Kumar, 21, found a critical bug that allowed anyone to delete a photo hosted on Facebook, and is now slated to receive around Rs.825,000 from the social media site. This is the second time Arul has won a bounty from Facebook. He earlier discovered another bug for which he is promised $1500.
Arul who is not a software engineer or programmer completed his engineering in electronics and communications from the Hindusthan Institute of Technology in Coimbatore. He heard about the Facebook reward programme so he started looking for bugs and learned programming and networking through tutorials on the web.
When he found the photo-related bug he filed a report through the Facebook page set up for hackers, but Facebook rejected his claim. Arul persisted and created a video showing how he could delete any Facebook photo, in which he demonstrated the bug using the profile id of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. After the Facebook team saw the video they praised Arul's work, and approved payment of $12,500 as a reward.
Arul says he will give the money to his family in Salem district, Tamil Nadu to make them more comfortable.