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Thousands celebrate at India Day Parade in New York

Thousands of people from the Indian diaspora converged in the heart of New York, in their traditional finery, to celebrate India’s 71st Independence Day at one of the largest parades outside India attended by ‘Baahubali’ actors Rana Daggubati and Tamannaah Bhatia. The 37th India Day Parade organised by the Federation of Indian Associations – New York, New Jersey, Connecticut – ran through several streets in Madison Avenue in Manhattan on Sunday and featured tableaux by several Indian-American organisations, marching bands, police contingents and cultural performances by young Indian-American children. Greeting the crowd, New York city Mayor Bill de Blasio said the Independence Day parade celebrates the “extraordinary contributions” of the Indian-American community to the city. “This is a day we appreciate what people do for the city regardless of what they look like, regardless of what language they speak, regardless of where they were born. Everyone here contributes to making…

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12-year-old Indian-origin boy crowned ‘Child Genius’ in UK

A 12-year-old Indian-origin boy has been crowned the UK’s ‘Child Genius’ in a popular television quiz competition, days after he became an overnight sensation after answering all questions correctly. Rahul Doshi won the Channel 4 show ‘Child Genius’ by beating his nine-year-old opponent – Ronan – 10-4 in the programme’s finale last night. He had become an overnight sensation earlier this week after he answered all questions correctly. The schoolboy from north London clinched the title by answering a question on 19th Century artists William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais. “It didn’t sink in straight away, but it was really nice,” Rahul said after winning the title. In the final, Rahul impressed with knowledge of his chosen subject – Edward Jenner’s medical innovation and methodology in 18th Century England. “I was bursting with pride,” said his father Minesh, an IT manager who had entered his son into the competition.…

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Union Cabinet clears proposal to extend proxy voting facility to NRIs

India’s Union Cabinet on Wednesday cleared a proposal to extend the facility of voting by electronic means and proxy to Non-resident Indians (NRIs) by amending electoral laws. At present, an overseas Indian could cast his or her vote in the constituency he or she belonged to by being physically present at the polling station. As per the new proposal, NRIs would also be allowed to use the option of proxy, which as of now is only available to service personnel like Army officers. For overseas Indians, the Representation of the People Act needs to be amended to include proxy voting as other means to cast their votes. What is proxy voting Proxy voting is a form of voting whereby a voter may delegate his or her voting power to a representative, to enable a vote in absence. A person so designated is called a “proxy” and the person designating him…

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Here is why NRIs need not worry about Aadhaar card

Indian expatriates living across the globe need not worry about any possible problems with their financial or income tax transactions in India for not having an Aadhaar card, recent clarifications issued by the Government says. Despite the exemption previously announced by the Indian authorities, many NRIs expressed their concerns about disruption of transactions in NRE bank accounts in India and filing of income tax returns. Their concerns are justified due to the following reasons: As per recent government orders, PAN card should be linked to Aadhaar card by June 30, 2017 and failure to link them makes PAN redundant. As PAN card was already made mandatory for holding a bank account, NRIs are concerned that this could affect their banking transactions and their accounts may be blocked. A redundant PAN will also affect NRIs who invest in Indian stock market, for which PAN is mandatory. PAN is already mandatory to…

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Indian-origin doctor becomes Ireland’s youngest Prime Minister

Leo Varadkar, a 38-year-old Indian-origin doctor, has scripted history by becoming Ireland’s youngest prime minister, as he promised to build “a republic of opportunity”. Varadkar, the country’s first Indian-origin premier, officially took over from Enda Kenny as Taoiseach, as the Irish prime ministerial title is known, after a parliamentary vote in Dublin confirmed him as the leader by 57 votes to 50, with 47 abstentions. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Leo Varadkar on becoming Ireland’s prime minister and said he looked forward to working with him to enhance relations between the two countries. Congratulations to H. E. Mr. Leo Varadkar on assuming office as Taoiseach of Ireland. @campaignforleo— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 15, 2017 I look forward to working with Taoiseach Varadkar to further strengthen India-Ireland relations. @campaignforleo— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 15, 2017 The former general physician, who is the son of an Irish nurse and a doctor…

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Sushma Swaraj asks Embassy to rescue woman harassed in Saudi Arabia

India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday asked the Indian embassy in Saudi Arabia to rescue and repatriate a woman from Hyderabad who has been allegedly facing mental and physical harassment by her sponsor there. Ms Swaraj’s direction to the Indian embassy officials in Riyadh came after a media report said the woman was deceived by her agents and was now physically harassed by her sponsor. In a series of tweets, she said, “I have asked Indian embassy in Saudi Arabia to rescue and repatriate her to India at the earliest. I have asked @ProtectorGenGOI to proceed against the agent who sent her to Saudi Arabia.” I saw this news item and asked for a report from @IndianEmbRiyadh which has been received. /1I https://t.co/Y0Fruh8YXM — Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) April 24, 2017 I have asked Indian Embassy in Saudi Arabia to rescue and repatriate her to India at the earliest.…

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Indian-origin CEO ordered to pay $135,000 for mistreating domestic worker

The United States Labour Department has directed an Indian-American head of an IT staffing company to pay her domestic worker $135,000 (around Rs 87,16,000) after an investigation found that she had mistreated her and repeatedly violated federal laws on minimum wage, PTI reported on Tuesday. Himanshu Bhatia, the chief executive officer of Rose International and IT Staffing, has been asked to pay her former live-in domestic help Sheela Ningwal back wages and damages as per a California US District Court judgement. The verdict was based on a complaint filed by the US Labour Department in August 2016. The complaint alleged that Bhatia paid Sheela Ningwal a fixed monthly salary of USD 400 plus food and housing at Bhatia’s home in San Juan Capistrano and other residences in Miami, Las Vegas and Long Beach. Investigators found that the employee suffered “callous abuse” and retaliation, including being forced to sleep on a…

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Indian-origin woman is first non-white judge at London court

An Indian-origin woman has become the first non-white judge to sit at the Old Bailey Court of London. Anuja Ravindra Dhir, who was advised to take up hairdressing by a teacher at her high school, is also the youngest circuit judge currently to sit at the court. The 49-year-old told the media this week that she is often mistaken for a witness or a defendant since she entered the legal profession. “I remember going to a crown court out of London and the man at the gate didn’t believe I was a barrister. In the end I had to show him my wig and gown before they would actually let me into the building,” she said. “I’m often asked if there is a glass ceiling. I think sometimes there are two ceilings – or no glass ceiling at all. There is one glass ceiling that’s in our minds, that’s what…

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Aadhaar card not needed for NRIs, says India Govt

The Indian government has exempted Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) from the requirement of quoting Aadhaar (Indian biometric ID card) number while filing income tax returns back home. Recently the Finance Act, 2017 had made it mandatory to enrol for Aadhaar to file tax returns in India or apply for a PAN (Permanent Account Number) or keep the existing PAN active effective July 1. However, the requirement to quote Aadhaar for filing income tax returns and for making an application for allotment of PAN shall not apply to non-residents [NRIs], according to the latest CBDT press release. Should NRIs pay income tax? Non Resident Indians are exempt from taxation for all income they receive from outside India as well as interest from NRE bank accounts. However they have to file tax returns for their income earned in India. Many NRIs who regularly file income tax returns in India but do not have Aadhaar, were worried…

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Proud of my Indian heritage, says US Ambassador to the UN

Nikki Haley has said she has “no regrets” in her job as the US envoy to the UN asserted that her Indian parents raised her to be great at whatever she does and to ensure people remember her for it. “No, there are no regrets,” Haley said at a session at the ‘Women in the World Summit’ yesterday when asked if she has any regrets in her job. “I am the daughter of Indian parents where my mom always said ‘whatever you do, be great at it and make sure people remember you for it’ and so my focus is just to try and do the jobs as best as I can,” the Indian-American said here. Haley, 45, was speaking at the Summit, a premier annual gathering of influential women leaders, politicians and activists organised by media personality Tina Brown in association with the New York Times. She speaks proudly…

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