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Jews, Muslims, Indian Americans join hands against hate crimes
Washington, March 25: People from the Jewish, Muslim, and Indian American communities gathered on the steps of Tifereth Israel Synagogue in northwest Washington and stood in solidarity against rising hate crimes in the US."This is about having peace throughout all communities and religions and races," said Rochelle Berman, who was present at the event on Friday night.The slogan "We Stand Together Against Hate" was held high above the crowd at the top of the synagogue's steps, reported WJLA news portal, an ABC Television affiliate."There should be no discrimination based on race, or gender or skin colour," said a woman.This year discrimination across the country fuelled vandalism, bomb threats and murders, such as Indian American Srinivas Kuchibholta who was shot and killed during a Kansas hate crime."There are just a lot of challenges out there that basically unity is going to bring us all together," said another attendant.Indian engi...




Indian woman, son found murdered in US
Vijayawada, March 24: An Indian woman and her seven-year-old son were found dead in their home in New Jersey, according to the family in Andhra Pradesh.The victims were N. Sasikala (40) and her son Anish Sai, their family, in Prakasam district, said on Friday.Sasikala's husband N. Hanumantha Rao found the bodies when he returned home from work on Thursday evening.Y. Sambasiva Rao, a member of Andhra Pradesh state legislative assembly from Prakasam district, spoke to representatives of Telugu Association of North America (TANA) over phone about the incident.He said the mother and her son were strangulated to death.Hanumantha Rao and Sasikala both were software professionals. Sasikala used to work from home.The couple had been living in the US for nine years.This is the latest in a series of incidents involving Indian techies.Telangana's aeronautical engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, was killed when Adam W. Purinton, who earlier served in the US Navy, shot him in Olathe, Kansas, on Febr...




London terror attack kills 5; India stands with Britain
London, March 23: British police confirmed that deal toll in Wednesday's terror attack outside the Parliament in central London has risen to five.On Wednesday, three people and a terrorist were dead after an attacker brought carnage to central London on Wednesday, mowing down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and hacking at police with knives in the grounds of the Houses of Parliament.Metro Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley told reporters that about 40 people were injured in the attack.Rowley, also London's top anti-terror officer, said that the officer who died in the attack has been named as Keith Palmer, who was 48 and had 15 years service as a police officer.He said he would not comment on the identity of the attacker, although he suggested the police was aware of who the assailant was.The attacker was shot dead after stabbing Palmer. The other three victims were all civilians, the police officer said.At least 40 people were hit on the crowded bridge when a 4x4 drove along ...




US bans electronics on flights from 8 Muslim countries including UAE and Saudi Arabia
The 10 international airports covered by the ban are in Cairo (Egypt), Dubai and Abu Dhabi (UAE), Istanbul (Turkey), Doha (Qatar), Amman (Jordan), Kuwait City, Casablanca (Morocco), Jeddah and Riyadh (Saudi Arabia).  Washington, March 21: Passengers travelling to the US from eight countries in the Middle East and North Africa will be prohibited from carrying electronic devices in the cabin, according to new security restrictions by US President Donald Trump's administration.Passengers will have to check in any devices bigger than a smartphone, including iPads, Kindles and laptops before clearing security or boarding, US officials said, citing terrorism concerns, CNN reported on Tuesday.The ban will affect over 50 flights from 10 airports, including major global hubs like Dubai and Istanbul, according to senior administration officials. Crew members are not included in the device ban.Officials said the airlines affected by the ban will have 96 hours to comply with the restrictio...




Indian diaspora in US disappointed over Yogi becoming UP CM
IndiaTomorrow.net, Washington, March 21: The appointment of BJP parliamentarian Adityanath Yogi, who is known for his provocative anti-Muslim speeches, as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh is not being appreciated, not only by people in the country but also by the Indians living abroad. A section of Indian diaspora in the United States has expressed deep disappointment over Yogi's ascent to the post of UP CM.   "It is a recipe for disaster for the state of Uttar Pradesh however; it is part of a carefully calibrated plan by the BJP to further sow the seeds of polarization and conflict to profit from especially looking at the upcoming Parliamentary election. The real face of the RSS will be on full display soon," said George Abraham, Chairman of the Indian National Overseas Congress, USA.   Yogi took oath of chief minister on 19 March, about a week after the BJP got massive victory in the state assembly polls - the party won 312 seats alone in the 403-Member ...




Clerics back from Pakistan, deny reports of detention
New Delhi, March 20: Two Indian clerics who reportedly went missing in Pakistan returned to Delhi on Monday, rubbishing Pakistani media reports that they were detained there on spying charges.Syed Asif Ali Nizami and his nephew Nazim Ali Nizami, both clerics of Delhi's Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, landed at the airport on Monday morning and went home.Nazim Ali Nizami said they left for Pakistan on March 8 to meet a relative in Karachi."We had gone to meet my aunt who is 90 and lives in Karachi. My uncle met his sister after 26 long years," Nazim Ali told the media.He rubbished reports that they were detained in Pakistan. At the same time he thanked the Modi government for their return to India."Irrespective of our different religions, we all live here peacefully and in harmony. But there are some elements who don't like this," he said."There is this (Pakistani) newspaper 'Ummat' which reported falsely about us and printed fake pictures."He said they were unde...




Pakistan confirms request about two 'missing' Nizamuddin Dargah clerics
Islamabad/ New Delhi, March 17: The Pakistan Foreign Office on Friday confirmed that a request had been received from India seeking assistance in tracing two clerics who went missing after visiting Lahore's Data Darbar.Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said the request had been received and forwarded to the Interior Ministry, who are pursuing the matter.Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that she has spoken to the Pakistani authorities about the two clerics."Indian nationals Syed Asif Ali Nizami, 80, and his nephew Nazim Ali Nizami went to Pakistan on March 8," she tweeted. "We have taken up this matter with the government of Pakistan and requested them for an update."Head cleric Asif Nizami and Nazim Nizami went missing in Pakistan, during their visit to Lahore's Data Darbar. The clerics have been missing since Wednesday.Exchanges between clerics of Nizamuddin Dargah in Delhi, and the Data Darbar are part of a regular tradition.According t...




Trump plans to overturn immigration veto in SC
Washington, March 16: US President Donald Trump has said he will go to the Supreme Court to overturn a ruling by a federal judge that blocks his new immigration ban order, a media report said."We're going to fight this terrible ruling. We're going to take this as far as we need to, right up to the Supreme Court. We're going to win and we're going to keep our citizens safe," Trump said at a rally in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday.Trump lashed out at the ruling by US District Judge Derrick Watson, based in Honolulu, Hawaii, who on Wednesday blocked Trump's revised travel ban, which bars the entry into the US of immigrants from six Muslim-majority countries and all refugees.The President labelled Watson's ruling "an unprecedented judicial overreach" and reiterated that the constitution gives him powers to suspend immigration for national security, Efe news reported.Trump warned that he would take this legal battle to the Supreme Court."I think we ought to go ba...




Thousands of Twitter accounts hacked with swastikas
London, March 15: Thousands of Twitter accounts, including high-profile ones belonging to Forbes, Amnesty International and the BBCs North American service, were compromised on Wednesday, resulting in them tweeting propaganda related to Turkeys escalating diplomatic conflict with Germany and the Netherlands.The hijacked accounts have all posted the same Turkish-language tweets with a Nazi swastika followed by the hashtags #Nazialmanya and #Nazihollanda (#NaziGermany and #NaziHolland).The text after the hashtags reads: "This gives you a little #OttomanSlap," and makes reference to April 16th -- the day Turkey will hold a referendum on constitutional changes that would consolidate President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's power and potentially allow him to remain in office through 2029.The tweets also include a link to a pro-Erdogan video on YouTube.The attackers also changed profile pictures and header images for some targets, changing the main image to a Turkish flag and the profile p...




New German law to curb hate speech on Facebook, Twitter
London, March 15: The German Justice ministry is planning to frame a new law that will force social networking sites to curb fake news and hate speech.According to a report in DW on Tuesday, German Justice Minister Heiko Maas revealed details of a new law that will force social networks to publish a quarterly accountability report.The report will include information on the number and qualifications of employees responsible for deleting and blocking content that breaches Germany's hate speech and slander laws.Under the new law, Facebook, Twitter and other social networks will be required to offer users "an easily recognisable, directly reachable, and constantly available" complaint process for "prosecutable content".According to the new law, prosecutable content includes libel, slander, defamation, incitement to commit a crime, hate speech against a particular social group, and threats.That will trigger social networking sites to take a prompt action by immediately c...




Pakistan adopts Hindu marriage law
Islamabad, March 10: The Pakistani parliament has adopted the landmark Hindu Marriage Law to regulate the community's marriages in the country.The Hindu Marriage Bill, unanimously passed on Thursday, will be the first personal law to regulate marriages in the Hindu community living in Pakistan, Dawn online reported.Minister for Human Rights Kamran Michael presented the bill, which was approved by the Senate in February, in the National Assembly. It now needs President Mamnoon Hussain's signature to become a law.According to Michael, it was a constitutional obligation to safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of minorities and to protect the marriage, the family, the mother and the child."There was no law to regulate the registration of Hindu marriages and ancillary matters thereto", he said.He said the government was committed to protecting and promoting the human rights, including the rights of women and minorities.The bill was finalised after numerous consultations w...




Muslims main victims of terrorism, says Italian President
Rome, March 10: While threats have targeted Italy, especially its capital, Rome, the victims of most terrorist attacks are Muslims, Italian President Sergio Mattarella said on Thursday."Threats have been made against Italy, particularly Rome."But we often forget that most of the victims of these cruel attacks around the world are Muslims," Mattarella told fortnightly Italian Jesuit magazine "Civilta Cattolica".For this reason it is mistaken to reduce terrorism in our times to "a war of religion", he said.Mattarella praised the anti-terror role being played by Italian police and intelligence services."They are working with great ability and commitment."Their preventive action is unknown to the public, unseen and untold but it is the most important and precious," he said.(IANS/AKI)




Lok Sabha members voice concern over killing of Indians in US
New Delhi, March 9: Racial discrimination against Indians and the recent killings in the US figured in the Lok Sabha on Thursday, with Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge saying it has started happening after Donald Trump took over as President of the US.As opposition members across party lines accused the government of inaction and failure in taking care of its diaspora, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh assured the members that the government is taking the issue very seriously and also promised that a statement would be made in Parliament in the coming week.Kharge, raising the issue, said: "Indians in the US are being killed, threatened, asked to leave the country while our government remains silent.""This has started after (Donald) Trump became the President (of the US). The Indian government has failed to ensure the safety of its diaspora," he said.The Congress leader said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should speak on the issue."Why is the government silent o...




Our govt. should put pressure on Trump to check racial attacks on Indians: Jamaat
IndiaTomorrow.net,New Delhi, March 08: While expressing deep concerns on the rise in racial attacks on Indians in America, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, one of the largest Muslim organizations in India, has urged the Narendra Modi government to put pressure on the Trump administration to check hate crimes there.   "In recent weeks, Indians have faced racial attacks. Er. Srinivas was killed. Businessman Harnish Patel was killed. Now a Sikh was attacked. Attackers asked them to get out of America. The situation there is very disturbing. Jamaat has condemned these attacks," said Mohammad Salim Engineer, Secretary General, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind.   In the last three weeks, at least four Indians have been attacked in the United States - two of them were killed while two were wounded. The first such murderous attack took place in Kansas City on 22nd Feb when Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla and his friend Alok Madasani were attacked by a white American. Srinivas was kil...




India offers to temporarily give up veto power as permanent member in expanded UNSC
Arul Louis,United Nations, March 8: India and other members of the G4 have offered to initially forgo veto powers as permanent members in a reformed Security Council as a bargaining chip to get the reform process moving."The issue of veto is important, but we should not allow it to have a veto over the process of Council reform itself," said India's Permanent Representative Syed Akbaruddin, who was speaking on Tuesday on behalf of the G4 at the Inter-Governmental Negotiations (IGN) on Council reforms.While the new permanent members would in principle have veto powers that the current five have, Akbaruddin said, "they shall not exercise the veto until a decision on the matter has been taken during a review".India, Brazil, Germany and Japan constitute the G4, which lobbies for Council reforms and they mutually support each other's candidatures for permanent seats on an expanded body.The G4 group rejected suggestions to create a category of longer-term elected members ...




Top US officials explain aspects of Trump's new immigration order
Washington, March 7: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Monday that the new executive order on immigration signed earlier in the day by President Donald Trump is "vital" for the country's security and asked Washington's allies around the world to "understand" that it is a "temporary" effort to strengthen immigration control.The executive order Trump signed on Monday morning is "a vital measure for strengthening our national security" whereby the President is "exercising his rightful authority to keep our people safe," EFE news quoted Tillerson as saying in an appearance before reporters along with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly."While no system can be completely infallible, the American people can have high confidence we are investigating ways to improve the vetting process and thus keep terrorists from entering our country," said Tillerson, adding that the order will strengthen...




Indians are valuable, welcome in Kansas; ashamed of shooting: Governor
Arul Louis,New York, March 5: Indians are a valuable community of Kansas and they are welcome in the state, Governor Sam Brownback has told Indian diplomats and community members in the aftermath of a bias killing of an Indian there.Brownback said he was ashamed of the killing of Srinivas Kuchibhotla and the wounding of Alok Madasani last month and it was not characteristic of the state that valued Indians, Consul General Anupam Ray told IANS over phone."The hateful actions of one man doesn't define us," Brownback said.Ray, who is based in Houston, Texas, has jurisdiction over Kansas state.He visited the state last week and met the Governor, Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer and members of the Indian community.The state leaders said they are available for the Indian community and will give them whatever help they need, according to Ray.Ray described as moving his meeting on Thursday with Ian Grillot, the heroic American, who was shot while trying to stop the gunman."I have...




Go back to your own country, says gunman before opening fire at a Sikh in US
Washington, March 5: A Sikh man was shot in the US state of Washington by a masked gunman who told him, "go back to your own country", before opening fire in front of his house.The victim, who was not identified by name by officials or the media, survived the attack that took place on Friday night unlike the two others, Harnish Patel of Lancaster, South Carolina, was killed on Thursday, and Srinivas Kuchibhotla murdered on February 22 in Olathe, Kansas.Another Indian, Alok Madasani was also shot in Olathe, but survived.In the latest incident, the 39-year-old victim was working on his car in front of his house in Kent city when he was shot by the man described as white, who had his face partially covered, according to local police."We're early on in our investigation," Kent Police Chief Ken Thomas said on Saturday morning, according to the Seattle Times."We are treating this as a very serious incident".KING5 TV reported that the incident was being investiga...




Indian-origin businessman Harnish Patel shot dead outside home in South Carolina
New York, March 4: With the nation still in shock from the killing of an Indian engineer last week, an Indian-origin businessman was shot dead outside his home in Lancaster, South Carolina, on Thursday night.Harnish Patel had closed his shop at 11.24 p.m. and barely 10 minutes later he was shot dead outside his house, according to media reports.Patel's death comes two days after President Donald Trump had said the nation condemned as "hate and evil" the killing of Srinivas Kuchibhotla the previous Wednesday in Olathe, Kansas.But local officials in Lancaster said they do not believe that Patel's killing was a bias crime and that investigations are continuing, according to The Herald."I don't have any reason to believe that this was racially motivated," County Sheriff Barry Faile said on Friday.Patel's store was near the sheriff's office and deputies often frequented the store.Faile said on TV that Patel was a "great family man" and a friend.The station said...




We will stand with you, India tells Kansas man who tried to save Kuchibhotla
Houston, March 3: India has told Ian Grillot, the Kansas man who took bullets while trying to save Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla and his friend, Alok Madasani, that the people of India stand with him and wished him speedy recovery.The Indian Consul-General in Houston, Anupam Ray, met Grillot, 24, and conveyed the message on behalf of Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.Ray met Grillot and his family in the University of Kansas Hospital and handed over the message from Sushma Swaraj.Ray wished Grillot speedy recovery on behalf of the minister and the people of India. He also said that Sushma Swaraj has 7.3 million followers, who all conveyed their best wishes. "We will stand with you, whatever you need," Ray said.Ray also thanked the hospital.Earlier, the Hindu American Foundation joined Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, the Lieutenant Governor of Kansas Jeff Colyer and the Indian Consul General to discuss the February 22 shooting of Kuchibhotla, 32, who died, a...




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