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Trump Pledges to Secure Borders, Wants Meritorious People to Enter U.S June 23, 2018 11:08

United States President Donald Trump has pledged to secure U.S. international borders and forestall people from entering America illegally and said he wants only those based on merit to enter the country, amid a major immigration policy row.  Trump, who bowed to public pressure and reversed the family separations policy earlier this week, made the remarks while hosting family members of those killed by immigrants at an event at the White House on Friday.He further stressed that his government's basic responsibility and highest fidelity was towards the United States citizens, towards guaranteeing refuge in the country and along the borders. We want people based on merit, not based on a draw: Trump "We want people in our country based on merit, not based on a draw where other countries put their absolute worst in a bin and they start drawing people," the President told the victim families, also known as 'angel families.'"You think they're going to put their good ones? They don't put their good ones, they put their bad ones. And then when they commit crimes, we’re so surprised. We’ll not rest until our border is secure, our citizens are safe and we finally end the immigration crisis once and for all," he said.Trump said the U.S. wants people to come in, but in the proper way."So thank you all for being here, these are incredible families, incredible people. Your loved ones have not died in vain," he told the angel families.He alleged that it is the narrations of these families that the Opposition Democrats and people that are "weak on immigration" don't want to talk about."No major news network sent cameras to their homes, or displayed the images of their incredible loved ones across the nightly news. They don’t do that. They don’t talk about the death and destruction caused by people that shouldn’t be here, people that will continuously get into trouble and do bad things," Trump said.VOICE to support victims, families"Where is the media outrage over the catch-and-release policies that allow deadly drugs to pour into our country? Where is the condemnation of the Democrats sanctuary cities that release violent criminals into our communities and then protect them, like the mayor of San Diego, when she warned everybody that 'ICE is coming', and they scattered," he asked.The Trump Administration set up the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) Office with an intent to support the victims and households affected by prohibited alien crime.By Sowmya Sangam

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WhatsApp Updates Privacy Policy, Terms, Payment Service Full-Fledged Launch Soon June 23, 2018 10:38

WhatsApp, on Saturday, has announced that is updating its terms of service and privacy policy to "reflect the addition of payment interoperability features" ahead of the full-fledged launch of the service. The messaging application is currently testing its payments service in India. Nearly one million users are testing WhatsApp's payments service in India, which is the largest base for the Facebook-owned company. WhatsApp has over 200 million users in India whereas Facebook has 1.5 billion users globally. "We'll be updating our WhatsApp payments Terms of Service and Privacy Policy to provide simpler language on how the payments feature operates. It also reflects the addition of payment interoperability features we’ve added since the beta started," a WhatsApp spokesperson told PTI.The spokesperson added that the company has worked closely with National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), bank partners, and the Indian government on these details of how its service works.The NPCI has permitted WhatsApp to tie up with banks to facilitate financial transactions via Unified Payments Interface (UPI)."We still do not have a launch date but this terms and policy update brings us one step closer to full launch," the spokesperson said but declined to comment on the launch date of the service.Over the last few months, WhatsApp payment service has been in beta testing. Industry watchers expect the full-fledged launch in the next few weeks.As part of the updated terms, WhatsApp said it may collect additional information when payments service is used. "We've added new features like interoperability that request additional information related to WhatsApp payments user and user of any BHIM UPI-enabled app," the spokesperson said.The terms state that WhatsApp collects information "when you send, receive, or request a payment, including the date and time and reference transaction number". Besides, when someone makes a payment to a WhatsApp contact, the company collects the sender and receiver's names and BHIM UPI IDs.The company added that it uses "all the information we have to operate, provide, improve, understand, customize, support, and market our services.""This includes using the information to provide payments and customer support, to protect you and others using our services from fraud, abuse, or other misconduct, and to review your account activity to determine whether you continue to meet our Terms and Payments Terms," it added.The Reserve Bank of India has mandated all payment system operators to ensure that data related to payments is stored only in India giving firms six months to comply with it.According to sources, the ministry of electronics and Information Technology has asked NPCI to check if WhatsApp's payments service conforms with the Reserve Bank of India rules and data security of customers.WhatsApp had stated that sensitive user data such as the last 6 digits of a debit card and UPI PIN are not stored at all.By Sowmya Sangam

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Indian-origin woman, ex-lover Jailed for Murder in Australia June 23, 2018 09:02

Nearly three years after the murder of Keralite Sam Abraham, his wife, and her ex-beau, both hailing from Kerala have been imprisoned in Melbourne for more than 20 years by an Australian court for malignantly poisoning her husband with cyanide-laced orange juice.Sofia Sam, 34, and her ex-lover Arun Kamalasanan, 36, were found guilty in February for putting Sofia's spouse Sam Abraham to death at his residence in Melbourne in October 2015, According to Australian news agency.On Thursday, Australian Supreme Court imprisoned Arun Kamalasanan, who hold the "architect" of the poison plot, for 27 years and Sofia Sam for 22 years.Sam Abraham, 33, was found dead in his trousers and foaming at the mouth, initially is thought to have suffered a heart failure. But a post-mortem report subsequently disclosed he died of cyanide poisoning. After a drawn-out police operation, Arun and Sam were charged, proved and found guilty."This is a very serious example of the crime of murder. Sam Abraham was a young man asleep in bed at home with his family when he was killed by the use of poison. I am satisfied that the poison was chosen as your murder weapon in an attempt to avoid detection," said Justice Paul Coghlan while announcing the sentence.A long lens was used by detectives to spy on Sofia and Kamalasanan for months after the death, watching them meet for lunch and run errands, the report said.A secret diary was also unveiled by detectives in which Sofia shared with Arun, illustrating their "deep" feelings for each other."It was a major part of the prosecution case that both of you had been in a long-term relationship, notwithstanding you both being married," Justice Coghlan said.Sam and Arun, both hailing from Kerala met during their course at Mahatma Gandhi University. Arun had left his married woman and kid back in India and moved to Melbourne in the middle of 2013.According to trial, Sam moved with her six-year-old son to Australia from India in 2012."Both Sofia and Arun had a motive to kill Sam. They both wanted to be together," Prosecutor Kerri Judd had told the trial.The court set a non-parole period to Arun for 23 years and 18 years for Sofia.By Sowmya Sangam

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India Bestows Citizenship to 90 Hindus from Pakistan June 23, 2018 07:39

Over ninety Hindus from Pakistan, who had migrated to the India years ago, were granted Indian citizenship by the district authorities at a function held at Ahmedabad district collectorate on Friday. The Indian citizenship certificates to the 90 applicants were handed over by District collector Vikrant Pandey, issued in agreement with the provisions of citizenship act, 1955. "In 2016, the Centre had decentralized the process of issuing citizenship to the minority communities, such as the Hindus and the Sikhs, of Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan," Mr. Pandey told reporters.He further stated that in December 2016, through a gazette notification issued, the Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Kutch district collectors were given powers to bestow Indian citizenship to the applicants from these communities living in Gujarat."With today’s tally of 90, Ahmedabad becomes a leader among all the districts in the country in awarding such citizenship since the new arrangement came into effect," Mr. Pandey said.Citizenship to 320 people since 2016"Since 2016, the Ahmedabad district collectorate has awarded citizenship to 320 people. No other district in the country has awarded these many certificates of citizenship. Ninety percent of the 320 applicants were from Pakistan, while the rest were from Bangladesh," the Collector added.Since these people were now citizens of India, they could apply for Aadhaar cards, passport, and several else benefits. "The names of these citizens will also be included in the electoral rolls," he added.India on a long-term visa The appliers who were granted Indian citizenship conveyed acknowledgment to the management and stated joyousness for eventually being able to call themselves "Indian," while some of them shared out their experiences in Pakistan, which constrained them to leave behind their businesses and come to India on a long-term visa."Hindus, an easy target in Pakistan"Bharatkumar Khatwani, 35, said, who used to live in Karachi said, "I have been living here since 2009. I used to own a super-store in Karachi, but I had to migrate here due to the law-and-order situation there. Hindus are an easy target there. It is more rampant in small towns. Hindus have to hide their identity in order to save themselves in Pakistan." Meeraben Maheshwari (70), who used to live in the Sindh province said "My daughter was abducted by Muslims, who converted her. Though I had approached a court there, she was never found. The locals forcibly took possession of our house and shop. I was left with no other option but migrate here," she said.By Sowmya Sangam

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Nearly 100 Indians Held at U.S. Detention Centers, India Establishes Contact June 23, 2018 06:02

The United States Embassy of India has established interaction with immigration detention centers where about 100 detained Indians are existing for lawlessly entering the country through its U.S.-Mexico border. According to officials, around 40-45 Indians are at a federal detention center in the Southern American State of New Mexico while 52 Indians, largely Sikhs, and Christians, are held in Oregon.The Indian Embassy stated that "A consular official has visited the detention facility in Oregon and another one is scheduled to visit the detention facility in New Mexico. We are monitoring the situation."Among the detainees, most of them are asylum seekers claiming of experiencing ferocity or ill-treatment at their home country.North American Punjabi Association (NAPA) member Satnam Singh Chahal, believes that thousands of Indians, with the overwhelming majority of them being from Punjab, are languishing in jails in the U.S.According to data acquired by NAPA through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) more than 27,000 Indians between 2013, 2014 and 2015, were apprehended at the U.S. border. Among them, over 4,000 were women and 350 were children. It is reported, many of them are still languishing in jails.According to an FOIA request in 2015, more than 900 Indians were in various federal prisons on charges of illegally staying in the country.Chahal supposed that there is a link of human traffickers, officials and, politicians in Punjab, who support young Punjabis to leave their homes to illicitly enter the U.S. and charge Rs 35-50 lakhs from each individual.The confined Indians to the most part who were nabbed at the southern border, get prepared in Texas and then shipped out to Pennsylvania's detention center, which is known as a largest detention center in the U.S.On Wednesday, United States President Donald Trump reversed his arguably move on "Zero tolerance" policy by signing an executive order to halt the immigrant families separation, following far-flung protests against the decision of his administration. By Sowmya Sangam

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Indian-origin Accused in Biggest U.S. Navy Bribery Case in Singapore June 22, 2018 11:49

A 57-year-old Indian-origin Singaporean woman is accused of being active in the sizable bribery case in the history of the United States Navy. According to a media report, the woman may face a jail term of more than three years.Sharon Rachael Gursharan Kaur, a lead contract specialist for the U.S. Navy, was allegedly involved in the $35-million 'Fat Leonard' scandal, which resulted in the apprehension and conviction of several senior officers of the U.S. Navy, including a rear admiral, according to report. On Thursday, the court detected that she received more than Singapore Dollar (SGD) 130,000 in bribes from the Malaysian chief executive of Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA) Leonard Glenn Francis. GMDA is a subsidiary of Singapore-based Glenn Marine Group which supply goods and services for American ships in at least a dozen countries in Asia.Francis, also known to several US Navy personnel as "Fat Leonard", had allegedly paid Kaur bribes between 2006 and 2011 as a reward for giving him information about the US Navy that was not available to the public. She would disclose procurement-sensitive data and price information of his firm's competitors. As a result, he was able to prepare more competitive bids to secure lucrative contracts with the US Navy.Deputy Public Prosecutor Jiang Ke-Yue told the court that the information she leaked was connected to 16 U.S. Navy contracts. GDMA subjected bids for 14 of them and was granted 11 contracts worth some $48 million in whole.According to paper, the prosecution made its submissions to the court and asked for Kaur to be handed over a jail term of at least three years and seven months.The three counts corruption charges and one count of dealing with the benefits of her criminal activities were made against Kaur on June 30 earlier this year. Currently, she is now out on bail bond of SGD 50,000 and is hoped-for to be sentenced on July 6.Defense counsel Suresh Damodara told District Judge Shaiffudin Saruwan that Kaur was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and went through total ablation in late 2016.Damodara pleading for the enforcement of minimal sentences argued that captivity could "exacerbate" Kaur's medical condition and lead to a relapse, which would be life-threatening, the Singapore daily reported.In January 2015, Francis had pleaded guilty to his offenses in the U.S.  and remains in detention there facing a maximum jail term of 25 years and has since agreed to forfeit $35 million in personal assets.DPP Jiang said more than 10 US Navy officials have since pleaded guilty in the US to their roles in the scandal. They include US Navy commander Bobby Pitts, who was in charge of the Fleet Industrial Supply Command in Singapore, and retired Rear Admiral Robert Gilbeau. Both men were sentenced to one-and-a-half years' jail last year. By Sowmya Sangam

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Anti-India Protests Turn Vicious in Kashmir June 22, 2018 09:22

The anti-India protests in Kashmir on Friday has killed at least four rebels, a counterinsurgency police official and a civilian during a gun battle, whereas several people were injured. Government officials forayed a cluster of homes on a clue that rebels were hiding in the Southern Srigufwara area they came under fire from militants, a police official stated. According to Indian army spokesman Col. Rajesh Kalia, four militants and a police officer with the counterinsurgency force were killed in the fighting. In first exchange of gunfire civilian and his wife were injured, as soldiers cornered the rebels in couple's house. Residents said the injured couple was not given time by government forces to leave their home. They were evacuated to a hospital where the husband was announced dead on arrival.Police said at least two soldiers were also wounded in the fighting.Protests and clashes broke out as the fighting raged, near the site of the gunbattle and in other neighborhoods as residents tried to aid the cornered militants to escape. Pellets and tear gas was fired by government forces at the stone-throwing protesters, injuring at least 20.Authorities suspended mobile phone internet service in several districts in the region, a common practice to make organizing protests more difficult and according to the government, stop hearsay mongering.India and Pakistan have fought two wars over Kashmir, which is divided between the neighbors but claimed by both in totality. Since 1989, rebel groups have been combat-ready against Indian rule and about 70,000 people have been killed in the armed rebellion and a subsequent Indian military crackdown. Rebels demand that Kashmir is united either under Pakistani rule or as an independent country.India accuses Pakistan of arming and training the rebels, a charge Pakistan denies.By Sowmya Sangam

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Allu Aravind in talks with Mahesh Babu? June 22, 2018 08:37

Superstar Mahesh Babu is a delighted man after the release of Bharat Ane Nenu. The movie ended up as the biggest hit in the actor’s career and after a small break, Mahesh started shooting for his next film recently in Dehradun. Vamshi Paidipally is the director and Pooja Hegde is the female lead. This untitled film will release during summer next year. The latest news we hear is that Mega producer Allu Aravind met Superstar recently and expressed his interest of producing a film with him. Mahesh was left delighted and agreed to work with him at the earliest if things get final. Allu Aravind who has a bunch of actors in his family wanted to produce a Mega film with a Superstar. Making no time waste, Allu Aravind met Superstar and got his nod immediately. Mahesh who has been in talks with directors like SS Rajamouli, Sukumar and Sandeep Vanga is completely occupied. We have to wait to see when this Mega project gets finalized.  

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Number of Hungry People in the World Risen Again, says UN Report June 22, 2018 07:50

The figure of ravenous people in the world has risen for the first time in more than a decade, according to United Nations report. Nearly 38 million people are underfed in the world, rising from 777 million in 2015 to 815 million in 2016, the year which the latest statistics are available. According to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals 2018 report, the struggle is now one of the main drivers of food insecurity in 18 countries. "After a prolonged decline, world hunger appears to be on the rise again. Conflict, drought, and disasters linked to climate change are among the key factors causing this reversal in progress," said the report. Ferocious conflicts likewise led to the forced displacement of a record high of 68.5 million in 2017.The report further noting the exploding impact of intense events related to a changing climate, said economic losses attributed to disasters were estimated at over $300 billion in 2017, which is the considered as highest losses in recent years.               Image source: The HinduThe child marriages count has seen dropping in South Asia, by 40 percent from 2000 to 2017. But then, water stress levels for numerous countries in the region are above 70 percent indicating fast-approaching water inadequacy. More than nine out of 10 people living in urban areas around the world are breathing impure air, with southern Asia scoring the bottom in this area. While the electricity and sanitation score in South Asia are still miserable, the report states attempts are being made to close the disparity."With just 12 years left to the 2030 deadline, we must inject a sense of urgency," said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in the foreword to the report. "Achieving the 2030 Agenda requires accelerated actions by countries along with collaborative partnerships among governments and stakeholders at all levels. This ambitious agenda necessitates profound change that goes beyond business as usual."By Sowmya Sangam

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Semma Botha Aagatha Tamil Movie June 22, 2018 06:39

Semma Botha Aagatha is an upcoming Kollywood film directed by Badri Venkatesh and produced by Atharvaa. The film stars Atharvaa, Mishti, Anaika Soti, Ashish Arjai in the leading roles. For more previews, stay tuned....

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