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NRIs can now file a court case in Kerala from Oman
Report dated 09/10/2011 @ 4:10 AM
A law firm in Oman has tied up with legal associates in the Supreme Court of India and courts in Kerala to help NRIs and Omanis handle legal issues in India.
According to Rajab Al Kathiri & Associates in Oman, if an NRI has to file a complaint in the Indian Supreme Court or any court in Kerala their associates in India will work for the clients in the Sultanate, making it unnecessary for the client to travel to India.
The alliance will help Omanis as well, in cases they may need to fight in India. In most such cases Omanis are being duped by some law firms in India and being charged exorbitant fees. This will no longer be the case.
Freed death row NRIs release 'stayed' by UAE Supreme Court
Report dated 09/10/2011 @ 4:07 AM
The UAE Supreme Court is to examine the appellate court's judgment in the case of 17 Punjabi men who were sentenced to death by a Sharjah Sharia court, then ordered released, after blood money was paid.
S P Singh Oberoi, a Dubai based hotelier played a crucial role in paying Pakistani Rs.8 crore as blood money to the family of the deceased Pakistani Misri Khan.
According to Mr Oberoi, the reason given was that the appellate court decided only the one charge of murder, whereas two charges of bootlegging and injuries to three others remained undecided.
Two days before the 17 men were to walk free, the process of their release was withheld after a civil suit was filed by Pakistanis Mushtaq Ahmad and Shahid Iqbal, who claim they were injured in the scuffle when Misri Khan was killed.
Over 200,000 NRIs in US face 70 year green card wait
Report dated 09/10/2011 @ 4:06 AM
According to reports by the National Foundation for American Policy, highly skilled Indians, with degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics, sponsored on the employment-based immigrant EB-3 Visa, face a wait of 70 years to receive a green card and keep talented invididuals from leaving the US.
The majority of employer sponsored immigrants are from India and China, but the wait times are longest for these nationals because of the existing per country limit, that restricts the number of green cards issued to any one country to 7 percent of a preference category.
By establishing that fewer than 3000 Indians are permitted green cards annually in the EB-3 preference, and estimating a backlog of 210,000 among Indian professionals in the category, the report concludes that an Indian sponsored today could well have to wait 70 years for a green card. A Chinese immigrant sponsored in the ED-3 category could have to wait two decades. Immigrants from other countries would likely wait 5 years or more.
In the EB-2 second preference category, wait times are upto 8 years for a newly sponsored Indian or Chinese immigrant, whereas there is no wait for those from other countries.
It is suggested that reducing wait times would mean eliminating the per country limit which if exercised, would reduce the typical wait for Indians applying in the EB-3 category from 70 to 12 years.
Dubai NRI supporters of Hazare freed
Report dated 07/10/2011 @ 9:07 PM
The Dubai Public Prosecution has dropped the case against five NRIs who were detained by Dubai Police for organising a pro-Hazare walk in the city without permission, thereby violating UAE national security laws.
The walk was organised in August to express solidarity with Hazare's fast to demand a strong anti-corruption law in India. They were jailed for over nine days.
The courts considered the facts of the case and that the men had no criminal backgrounds, but were expressing their moral support for a good cause back in India.
The men's passports will be returned to them shortly, and they are said to be satisfied with the outcome.
NRI woman brutally murdered in Surat
Report dated 06/10/2011 @ 7:02 PM
70 year old widow Gulabben Patel was brutally murdered in Surat. The incident was initially reported as a robbery murder, but police investigations found it was not so, as valuables including gold and cash were found intact in her cupboard.
Ms Patel's body was found when the milkman, alarmed that no one answered the door, called her nephew who lives in the neighbourhood. When they entered the house through the open back door they found the dead woman with her neck slit and stab wounds in her stomach and head. Her mouth was stuffed with rags.
Ms Patel lived with her maid Savita Kevat who had gone to her village a day earlier. She is being sought by police for questioning.
Ms Patel and her four sons and two daughters live in the US. Police are yet to establish a motive for the brutal killing.