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Another NRI shop keeper shot dead in US
Report dated 26/02/2012 @ 0:15 AM
Suhrid Das 48, was closing his Banna Grocery store in an Atlanta neighbourhood when he was fatally gunned down.
Witnesses say he was closing up the store when he was confronted by an unknown assailant who shot him one time. It was apparently a robbery attempt.
Police say they found Das with a gunshot wound to his abdomen. He was taken to hospital where he later died.
Parents sue NRI son for 100 million pounds
Report dated 24/02/2012 @ 8:19 PM
Jasminder Singh, chairman of the Radisson Edwardian Hotels, who is one of Britain's wealthiest men, is being sued by his parents for renouncing the Sikh tradition of sharing family wealth and barring his parents from their multi-million pound business. The parents are suing Jasminder for 100 million pounds.
Bal Mohinder Singh 84, the father, said he and his wife Satwant were deeply ashamed that Jasminder should renounce his cultural heritage. He stands to get a third of the family fortune that is worth an estimated 415 million pounds, if he wins the court battle against his son.
The system of joint family ownership of all assets is based on religious teaching and widely practiced by the Sikh and Hindu communities around the world.
Jasminder denies being told by his parents they were a 'joint Hindu family and denied having a particularly religious upbringing.
NRI assaulted by Bollywood star Saif Ali Khan in Mumbai
Report dated 23/02/2012 @ 8:50 PM
Saif Ali Khan 41, was arrested in Mumbai on charges of assaulting South African NRI businessman Iqbal Sharma who protested at the raucous chatter of Khan and his friends in Wasabi, a Japanese restaurant at the luxury Taj Hotel.
Saif and his two friends were let off on bail after formalities were completed.
Khan claimed innocence saying Sharma started the fracas and the charges against him were false and that it was he who was assaulted and the ladies with him were abused.
NRI parents are victims of Norway’s child care racket
Report dated 22/02/2012 @ 8:59 PM
Last May an Indian family was investigated by the Norwegian Child Protection Services (CPS) welfare officials, who interviewed the family of the geophysicist who works at a multinational firm. The officials found that the four year old son was fed by hand by his mother, did not have appropriate toys, and slept in his father's bed. There was no diaper changing table for the baby daughter and when she was breast fed, the mother cradled just her head not her whole body.
The CPS saw this as evidence of an 'emotional disconnect' and placed the children in an emergency shelter, before eventually placing them in two separate foster homes, to be reunited with their parents only when they turn 18. Till then the parents are allowed to see them thrice a year for an hour each.
In India, the ministry of external affairs summoned Norway's ambassador to India to express its concern about the delay in handing over the children despite the ministry reaching an understanding with the Norwegian government for the custody of the children.
In Norway the parents recently had an hour-long supervised visit with their children. The uncle a dentist is in Norway, is staying in a hotel, meeting with welfare officials and psychologists, presumably to ensure he will be a fit guardian. He has been warned by the CPS not to make any contact with the parents.
Notwithstanding, there is still no guarantee that the hand-over will take place soon as according to the CPS they have to evaluate whether care of the two children can be awarded to their uncle, the brother of the children's father. The children's visa runs out on May 1 and the uncle is keen to return to India with them before that date.
A new slant was placed on the case when professor emeritus Marianne Haslev Skanland in Bergen, Norway, wrote on her website that the CPS needs the work and wants children so they swoop down on anyone who is vulnerable. Last year some 12,492 children were 'placed' and between 2004 and 2010 as many as 19 out of 1000 children born to immigrant parents were taken from their families.
Skanland calls the child protection in her native Norway 'an industry' that pays large amounts to psychologists for reports, and to foster parents who are paid nearly 50,000 euros per child, and allowances for buying cars and improving homes.
Italy slams Indian police for arresting its naval guards
Report dated 21/02/2012 @ 9:19 PM
The Italian foreign ministry criticised Indian police for arresting two Italian naval guards, saying they were acting to protect a cargo ship from pirates. Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone were arrested in Kochi and remain in custody.
The two guards were part of a security detachment assigned to protect the merchant vessel Enrica Lexie from pirate attacks in the Indian Ocean, when the incident took place.
Indian authorities accuse the trigger happy guards of firing on and killing 2 unarmed fishermen.
Italian authorities have now referred to the United Nations resolutions concerning the fight against international maritime piracy. Considerable uncertainty remains over what actually occurred during the incident which has strained relations between the two countries.