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NRI actor Paul Bhattacharjee's suicide linked to bankruptcy
Report dated 17/11/2013 @ 1:46 PM
British NRI actor Paul Bhattacharjee, 53, was declared bankrupt shortly before he committed suicide in July.
Bhattacharjee who starred in James Bond film Casino Royale and TV soap EastEnders, was said to have had an irreparable darkness inside him that might have led him to commit suicide. He lived in Central London and went missing on July 10. His body was discovered in East Sussex two days later.
His girlfriend Emma McKie, 23, said he was a proud and protective man and couldn't have handled the bankruptcy becoming public knowledge.
She described him as a beautiful and loving man with a close knit group of friends. The last text message she received from the actor on the night of his disappearance was "I'm sorry".
Tributes poured in from Paul's colleagues across stage and screen after he died.
NRI police officer in US succumbs to cancer
Report dated 17/11/2013 @ 1:44 PM
Madhu Chohan who became Hoboken's first Indian American police officer in 2008, was forced to stop working after being diagnosed with brain cancer in March 2012 due to the advanced stage of the disease. On October 30 he died at a Maryland hospice after losing his battle with cancer. He was 38.
Chohan went to the US from India at age 2, and grew up in Hoboken, New Jersey. He graduated from the Corrections Academy and Police Academy. His sister Falguni Chohan said he loved and was honored to be a police officer in the city he grew up in. He was very funny and a prankster even though ill. He cared about other people more than he did for himself and put on a strong face for the family.
Madhu Chohan's body was brought back from Maryland in a procession of police vehicles that drove past the Hoboken Police station on its way to the funeral home.
NRI activist-academic to be first elected socialist in US
Report dated 16/11/2013 @ 1:39 PM
Indian American activist-academic Kshama Sawant is to become the first recognised socialist to be elected to public office in the United States, where the term socialist is treated with deep suspicion and dislike.
Kshama, a Pune-born leftist, studied engineering in Mumbai and economics in the US. She is now leading her Democratic Party rival Richard Conlin, by a narrow margin of some 400 votes, for a seat in the Seattle City Council whose electoral college consists of nearly 400,000 voters.
Savant who was an activist in the Occupy Wall Street movement, is a candidate of the Socialist Alternative in a city renowned for its progressive politics. She said it was evident that people yearned for a progressive voice as they have felt let down by the two traditional political outfits and sorely lacked a third party voice.
Savant whose family hails from Bangalore went to the US for higher studies and worked as a software engineer for a while. She switched to an Economics PhD program in North Carolina. She says she was always a socialist at heart but academia in the US is not focused on solutions, it only provides an intellectual justification of capitalism.
Although the socialist movement in America is over a century old, it has never won an election in living memory. Sawant fought to have her Socialist Alternative ticket registered by authorities, and she could become the first recognised socialist to win office. She said this is just the opening salvo of what the left can do in the United States.
Britain's Prince Charles celebrates birthday at Lake Resort in Kerala
Report dated 15/11/2013 @ 1:20 PM
The future King of England, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, who are on a visit to India, celebrated his 65th birthday on Thursday Nov 14, at the Lake Resort in Kumarakom, Kerala, where the couple have been staying for two days.
Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall relaxed and enjoyed the panoramic beauty of the famed backwaters resort and swam in the pool for a while before they ate light meals of mostly fruits and tender coconut water.
Oommen Chandy chief minister of Kerala and his family called on the royal guests with gifts to wish Charles birthday greetings.
The couple began their Kerala leg of the India tour in Kochi and at Vazhachal waterfalls. They will now fly on to Colombo where the prince will address the CHOGM meeting.
India sends relief package to typhoon hit Philippines
Report dated 15/11/2013 @ 1:19 PM
India has sent an Indian Air Force C-130J aircraft to typhoon-hit Philippines with a relief package of medicines, hygienic products, chemicals and ready-to-eat meals, to help meet the urgent need for life-saving medical care, food supplies and construction of temporary shelters in the face of the serious humanitarian crisis that battered the eastern coast and killed over 2350 people, leaving four million affected.
Plans are in place to provide additional relief materials through an Indian naval ship set to sail soon.