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Hitesh Patel pleads guilty in US to running fake call centers


Hitesh Madhubhai Patel, also known as Hitesh Hinglaj who hails from Ahmedabad has pleaded guilty in the US of wire fraud conspiracy and general conspiracy to commit identification fraud, access device fraud and money laundering via running call centers. Patel, 43, pleaded guilty in the Southern District of Texas for his role in operating and...

Indian-American doctor arrested for writing illegal prescriptions


Dr Gurpreet Singh Bajwa, 48 of Oakton who has an office in Fairfax County has been charged with illegal distribution of Adderall drug. According to https://wtop.com, Bajwa prescribed the drug 15,000 times between January 2017 and September 2018 — over 700 times a month, citing the US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. Adderall is...

Indian-American to run for California town mayor


Indian-American Aparna Madireddi has thrown her hat in the ring for the mayoral seat of California's San Ramon town, thus becoming the first person to declare candidacy for the November election. The Californian entrepreneur will be replacing Bill Clarkson who will step down after four terms, a media report said. He was elected as the...

Need to reform OCI scheme: S. Jaishankar


Emphasizing that India shares a unique relationship with its diaspora, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said efforts must be made to usher in reforms in the Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) scheme. "We must make it easier for them (Indian Diaspora) to travel to India and it motivates us to reform our passports and Overseas...

Ever since the start of civil war in Syria, many foreign journalists have been kidnapped and killed.


After almost three years in captivity in war-wrecked Syria, a South African photojournalist of Indian origin made it to his home last week, reports said. Shiraaz Mohamed, who was abducted in 2017 from outside a hospital in Darkoush by suspected ISIS members, had gone there to capture the sufferings of Syrian people. He was working for...

Why Indians under 20 must renew their OCI cards


The Indian government is advising Indians under 20 years of age who hold Overseas Citizen of India or OCI cards to get them re-issued each time they get their passport re-issued. For OCI card holders above 50 years, the card needs to be re-issued only once after passport renewal, according to details in a press...

Indian origin author bags coveted UK prize


Inspired by a special childhood bond and set in the Himalayan foothills, a book by Indian origin author Jasbindar Bilan has won the coveted UK children's book award. The Costa Book Awards' winning entry of 2019, 'Asha and the Spirit Bird', follows the journey of an 11-year-old who is empowered with spiritual connections to her...

Indian-American families file lawsuit to protect ‘aged out’ kids


Five Indian-American families have filed a lawsuit in the US district court, in order to protect the rights of Indian-origin children who have ‘aged out’ while their families were in queue to obtain a green card. According to media reports, the families went to the court, seeking to ensure that the provisions of the Child...

Sisodia meets Sitharaman, demands more funds for Delhi


Today, in a meeting with Sitharaman, demanded Rs 13 thousand crores for Delhi in the next budget, which includes a demand of Rs 1,250 crore for the municipal corporations, Sisodia tweeted. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government, since it came to power in Delhi in 2015, had been demanding more funds for the...