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Hindu temple vandalized in Pakistan April 29, 2017 12:51

In a recent disgraceful incident a Hindu temple in Pakistan was brutally vandalized by three unidentified suspects. The temple is located in the southern Sindh province. Police said that they have registered a case of blasphemy and terrorism. According to the police the idols of deities were damaged and some of the broken parts were dishonorably thrown in a nearby sewerage line. The incident occurred on Friday in Thatta district’s Gharo town. The Dawan reported that police have also registered an FIR against three persons for desecrating the deities. “Investigation is going on but so far no arrests have been made,” police officer Fida Hussain Mastoi said. Mr. Mastoi said that the case would be investigated from all aspects, though, according to preliminary probe, the footprints found near the temple seem to belong to a young boy around the age of 12. Lal Meheshwri, who is a local Hindu councilor, said that he had been working late at the temple for a monthly religious service. “Someone seems to have entered the temple between 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. When worshippers came in the morning for prayers, the idols were missing. This is the first time that that such a thing has happened in the temple’s history,” he was quoted by the report. Dr. Khatto Mal, who is the adviser to the Sindh Chief Minister for Minority Affairs, said that the vandals would be arrested soon. India makes fresh request for extradition of David Headley and Rana AMandeep

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Fifth man from Indian community shot dead in U.S. April 29, 2017 12:47

An Indian-origin man has been killed after getting caught in the crossfire outside a motel in Tennessee. The incident strikes the fifth killing among the community in the United States, since February. 41-year-old Khandu Patel, who was a father of two, worked as a housekeeper at Best Value Inn and Suites in Whitehaven. The incident occurred earlier this week, when about 30 shots were fired. According to police one of those bullets hit Patel. He was standing at the back of the motel when he was shot and was pronounced dead at the Regional Medical Center. Patel had worked at the motel for about 8 months. His wife and children lived at the motel with him. "He finished his day’s work and was out walking around the property. The next thing you know he hears some gunshots flying around and one caught him in the chest," Jay Patel, the victim's nephew, was quoted as saying by the report. "He did not even make it to the hospital to be saved." Jay Patel added that the family was about to shift to another location for a new job. "He was ready to get out of there," said Jay Patel. "Just trying to put food on the table so he had to take what he had at the time." Police have put up flyers all over the area asking for information about the suspect. The flyer also reads there is a ‘Crime Stoppers reward. Jay Patel has requested people with information to come forward to help the family get justice. -On February 22, Indian techie Srinivas Kuchibhota was killed in a ‘hate crime’ when a Navy veteran opened fire at him and his friend. -43-year-old Harnish Patel was found dead of gunshot wounds in the front year of his home in Lancaster, South Carolina. In early March. -On March 23, 38-year-old Sasikala and her 6-year-old son Anish Narra were found dead inside their apartment in New Jersey. NRI in Indian-squad for FIFA U-17 World-Cup AMandeep

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Florida Eye Doctor Charged For Medicare Scam April 29, 2017 10:45

On Friday, a Florida eye doctor was found guilty in the Medicare scam by U.S. jury for as much as $105 million by using the false claims, the claims include charging for the eye tests of blind patients, according to the federal court document. Salomon Melgen, an ophthalmologist, is also a part of the separate corruption case in which the prosecutors said he bribed the U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, a Democrat from the New Jersey. The bribery case is set for the trial on 23rd August. In the March, U.S. Supreme Court rejected the Menendez's bid to have the case involving donations from the Melgen thrown out. Federal prosecutors in that case said Melgen contributed $700,000 to thr political committees which helped the senator win re-election in the year 2012. Menendez is not a defendant in the case of Florida, that involved a 32-day trial in the West Palm Beach. The eye doctor was found guilty on 67 counts of the federal health care fraud against him, according to the verdict sheet filed in U.S. District Court. A Palm Beach Post newspaper reported that Melgen was originally charged with 77 counts, but not all made the case to the 12-member jury. Sentencing was set for 14th July. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida and also Melgen's lawyers could not be immediately reached out for comment. Bill To Issue Certificates For Miscarriage Melgen, aged 62, was accused of fraudulently taking as much as $105 million from the Medicare. Prosecutors said he gave patients unneeded tests and also treatments from 2008 to 2013 which could not help them. They accused him of filing numerous claims to the Medicare for tests conducted on the patients with prosthetic eyes or who were blind. The defense attorneys for Melgen said that he used aggressive medical tactics so as to save his patients eyesight and also that sloppy billing led to what looked like a fraud. Mrudula Duddempudi.

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Sunrisers Hyderabad wins their first away match April 29, 2017 04:49

A dominating batting performance allowed Hyderabad beat Kings XI Punjab by 26 runs for their fifth win this season and first away win in Mohali. Punjab won the toss and asked Hyderabad to bat first, fifties from Shikhar Dhawan, skipper David Warner and Kane Williamson powered the visitors to a huge 207/3. SRH bowlers wiped off the hosts top order and then survived a late blitz from Shaun Marsh to stop them at 181 for nine. Hyderabad openers finished the ‘Powerplay’ overs with an excellent run-rate of 10 an over. Dhawan and Warner consecutively hit Punjab pacers for boundaries. With pacers proving ineffective the home team brought spinners in the front line, a decision KXIP regretted. Warner hit a four and two sixes off three successive balls delivered by Axar Patel. Powerplay overs without any loss of wicket laid the foundation of a huge total.After Warner’s dismissal Williamson played some exquisitely timed shots and scored a half-century to push the total to 207. Chasing a 200+ target is always going to be a huge task. But for a team that likes to chase suffered an early 42/3 in five overs, the home side suffered a major setback. But they still had some big names, who have the ability to turn the game. Shaun Marsh and Eoin Morgan can accelerate at will. The duo added 73 runs together that scared the opponents. Marsh managed to score against every bowler he faced. In the 16th over the home team lost their hope when Deepak Hooda managed to send Marsh back to the pavilion. With no other players in their disposal KXIP ended scoring 181/9. AMandeep

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Bill To Issue Certificates For Miscarriage April 28, 2017 13:29

Florida could become the first state in the country to issue what's essentially a birth certificate for the women who have had miscarriages under a bill the Legislature sent to Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday. The Grieving Families Act would give the parents an option of receiving a state-issued certificate if a pregnancy is lost between nine weeks and 20 weeks of the gestation. "The parent can name the child if they have a gender or they can just name it Baby Smith. It doesn't matter whether you're a Republican or Democrat, somebody in life has been touched through a miscarriage and they understand how important this is as part of the grieving process," said Republican Rep. Bob Cortes, the bill's House sponsor. The Senate passed the bill unanimously on Thursday, three weeks after the House passed it on with 115-1 vote. The bill was worded in a way to ensure that it would not spark a partisan argument over whether the state was trying to define life. Deputies Save Felon From Burning Van "This has nothing to do with personhood," said the Democratic Sen. Lauren Book, who said she received calls from the people concerned about the bill. "It rather gives families that are grieving during a very difficult time some closure." Pregnancies that end at 20 weeks or later are considered stillbirths and also death certificates must be issued. Parents can also request the birth certificate in such cases. A handful of states allow the death certificates to be issued to women who have had miscarriages, but Cortes said that Florida would be the first to issue what would be called "certificates of nonviable birth." He also said many couples who grieve after a miscarriage already seek out certificates. The certificate would contain the language that it is not to be used as proof of a live birth. Mrudula Duddempudi.

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NASA’s Cassini dives through Saturn’s Rings April 28, 2017 13:19

The unmanned NASA’s spacecraft ‘Cassini’ has survived its plunge between the rings of sixth planet Saturn and after briefly going offline for the flyby, it is communicating again with Earth, the United States space agency said on Thursday. The spacecraft skimmed closer than any previous spacecraft to the Saturn and lived to tell the tale, sending back a signal that arrived early on Thursday at 0656 GMT, after 20 hours it crossed the rings. "No spacecraft has ever been this close to Saturn before. We could only rely on predictions, based on our experience with Saturn's outer rings, of what we thought this gap between the rings and Saturn would be like," said Cassini project manager Earl Maize of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. "I am delighted to report that Cassini shot through the gap just as we planned and has come out the other side in excellent shape." The gap between the rings and the Saturn’s atmosphere is about 2,400 kilometers wide. The rings are made of fast moving particles of ice and space debris that could strike and disable the space craft. The spacecraft travelled through at a speed of about 77,000 miles per hour relative to the planet. Cassini will make 22 dives between the Saturn and its rings before making a death dive into the gas giant in September. Its next pass is scheduled for May 2. The mission is jointly conducted by NASA, The Italian Space Agency and the European Space Agency. Cassini was launched in 1997 and has been revolving Saturn since 2004. The spacecraft is in on low fuel now and scientist have decided to end its mission rather than risk damaging Cassini is now running low on fuel and scientists have decided to end its mission rather than risk damaging one of Saturn's moons, whose subsurface oceans may be explored for signs of life in the future. AMandeep

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Indian-origin man strangles son to death April 28, 2017 13:15

An Indian-origin man in South Africa allegedly strangled his 7-year-old son to death, while his 4-year-old daughter watched in terror has been arrested. The man is expected to appear in the court on Tuesday. The 29-year-old man was separated from his wife, but a court granted him right to visit his children. The suspect’s identity has not been revealed due to South Africa’s child protection law. The mother reported to police officers after the father failed to bring the children back to home at the scheduled time, an uncle of the children said. Police officers found the father wandering around a park with both the kids in his arms. He claimed that the boy was asleep. The children were rushed to a hospital where the boy was declared dead. His sister described how her father choked him. Tracy Sinayhakah, who is the grandmother of those children said that she had received a chilling WhatsApp message from the father just before the alleged killing, asking her to tell his estranged wife what she was 'going to lose'. Lieutenant-Colonel Thulian Zwane said that a murder case has been registered. The cold blooded murder incident took place earlier this week. The incident has shocked the community of Phoenix, the sprawling township in Durban, which was created during the apartheid era to forcibly resettle the Indian community in the city. Hyderabadi woman sold to Kafeel for Rs. 3 lakh AMandeep

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Finch guides comfortable win for Gujarat Lions April 28, 2017 06:08

Aaron Finch’s rapid 72 off 34 balls helped Gujarat Lions beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by seven wickets. While the match credits are being given to Finch, the victory was set up by the Gujarat bowlers led by Andrew Tye, who took 3 wickets, conceding 12 runs in his four overs. With this victory Gujarat moved up for the sixth spot, while RCB were pushed down to the seventh with only five points from nine games. Royal Challengers Bangalore are really struggling with the nature of the pitch at home this year. Their batting order generally likes the ball to come on to aid stroke play, which has not been the case. The woes continued as they found themselves reeling at 22 for three by the fifth over. Gujarat won the match and elected to field first. Chris Gayle along with Indian team skipper Virat Kholi came for the opening. The duo was again out of its charm, especially Chris Gayle, who has not performed in this season so well. The Jamaican scored 8 runs off 11 balls, where as Kholi scored 10 off 13 balls. The home team then slipped further after a miscommunication led to AB de Villier’s downfall.  With 5 down for 60, Pawan Negi walked in and hit two consecutive boundaries before targeting Soni with two maximums. But he was holed out in the same over at deep midwicket. Jadhav scored 31 off 18 balls. The partnership between Jadhav and Negi allowed RCB to reach 132/10. Gujarat Lions' Ishan Kishan hit four boundaries in the first two overs, but was trapped in front by Samuel Badree for 16 off 10 balls. While Badree got rid of McCullum for three. Finch made his intentions clear by sending the ball over the roof of Chinnaswamy. Off the next delivery he again hit for another maximum. His 22 ball fifty is the fastest IPL fifty by a Gujarat player. After Finch’s dismissal, Raina ensured Gujarat Lions got their two points as they chased down the target in just 13.5 overs and with seven wickets left. AMandeep

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Indian businessman wins UK’s prestigious award April 27, 2017 13:17

Indian businessman’s food processing firm in the United Kingdom has won the prestigious Queen’s Enterprise Award 2017 for its outstanding contribution to the country’s trade, industry and economy. 61-year-old Yusaffali MA said that the recognition for this Birmingham based Y International Ltd will spur his UAE headquartered Lulu Group International to further expand business interest in the United Kingdom. "I am extremely honored and proud to hear the news about Y International UK Ltd been selected for the prestigious Queen's Award this year. This great recognition will surely help us further strengthen our plans to expand business interests in the UK and continue with our innovations and contributions to the dynamic economy of the UK," the Kerala-born, UAE-based entrepreneur said in a statement. The food processing plant employs 300 local staff. It was established in Birmingham in 2013to source and process food products from the United Kingdom to support the demand for high-quality British products for sale in Lulu Group’s hypermarkets across the Middle East, India and Far East. "We are in the process of setting up another world-class food processing plant in the 12.5 acres of land allotted by Birmingham City Council, to further boost our exports and cover a bigger variety of products. The planned investment would be to the tune of 36 million pounds," Yusuffali said. The Queen's Award is conferred annually by Queen Elizabeth II on her birthday, April 21, upon firms that display great enterprise across the fields of innovation, international trade, promoting opportunity through social mobility and sustainable development. The selections are based on the recommendation of Downing Street and published in the official London Gazette. All the entries are subject to audit and scrutiny by over thirty United Kingdom agencies before being included in the roll of honor. The Y International Limited is listed as an international distributor of grocery products, perishables products and non-foods products, was chosen in the international trade category. The winners of the 2017 awards will be invited to a special reception at Buckingham Palace later this year. The Lulu group’s estimated worth is about $6.9 billion, it is ranked as a top retailer in the MENA region and listed among the50 fastest growing retailers in the world by Deloitte. The company made headlines in the United Kingdom in recent years for acquiring the iconic Scotland Yard building in London and for its investment in luxury retail brand East India Company. NRI Bank accounts must be linked to Aadhaar card to avoid blockage AMandeep

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Veteran Actor Vinod Khanna passed Away April 27, 2017 09:20

Veteran actor of Indian cinemas, Vinod Khanna passed away this morning at the age of 70 at Mumbai’’s HN Reliance Hospital. According to reports the actor was battling with cancer for years. The renowned actors had a long Bollywood career; he has worked in more than 100 movies, and was MP from Gurdaspur, Punjab. “Doctors and family were expecting a recovery, but somehow his condition escalated and he succumbed today afternoon,” said a hospital source. He was hospitalized in the April first week due to severe dehydration, but was later said to be stable and responding positively to treatment. He was called on the most handsome men in the film industry, featured in as many as 146 movies throughout his career. Khanna was married twice and is has four children, Ashaye, Rahul, Sakshi and Shraddha. He was one of the most loved and sought out film start in the 1970-80s. In the beginning of his career, he got smaller and mostly negative roles, but in no time, he bagged lead roles in many movies. He made his debut in 1968’s Mann ki Baat, and went on to becoming a star that we know today. His roles in movies like, Mere Apne, Inkaar, Amar Akbar Anthony, The Burning Train, Lahu ke Do Rand, Qurbani, Dayavaan and Jurm will be remembered throughout many generations to come. In 1999, Vinod Khanna received the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award. Even with a busy career in politics, he did not give up on films and worked in some recent movies like Dabaang, Players and Dilwale. In April, news about his deteriorating health took the social media by storm, his  picture in hospital was hugely shared. In his last days the actor was surrounded by all his children and wife Kavita. In recent years, we have seen many veteran actors  pass away, though they are not with us anymore, their presence will always be felt, with the iconic roles that they have played by putting life in it. AMandeep

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