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Authorities probing cause of Kobe Bryant helicopter crash


Los Angeles: The helicopter crash in Southern California that claimed the lives of nine people, including NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter, is being investigated by local and federal authorities. The helicopter crashed into a hillside in Calabasas, California on Sunday morning, killing everyone on board. "It's a logistical nightmare in a sense because the...

Indian-origin brothers jailed in Britain for chicken scam


London: The Birmingham Crown Court has sent two brothers -- part of an organized crime group that smuggled drugs worth millions of pounds by hiding them in chicken shipments from the Netherlands – to jail for two years. Manjinder Singh Thakhar, 36 and Davinder Singh Thakhar, 42, were involved in transport, often moving raw chicken...

India says EU’s resolutions on CAA ‘inappropriate’


New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Monday said it is “inappropriate for one legislature to pass judgement on another and the practice can be misused by vested interests”, as European Parliament readied to take up six resolutions on the Citizenship (Amendment) Act which the two largest groups of its members fear can...

Four from the USA named for Padma Awards 2020


Padma Bhushan for marketing guru Prof Jagdish Sheth New York: Boston’s S P Kothari and three other Americans were named for Padma Shri by the Indian government with India American Prof Jagdish Sheth being chosen for Padma Bhushan. Kothari is the Gordon Y. Billard Professor of Management and former deputy dean at MIT’s Sloan School of...

NBA legend Kobe Bryant, daughter killed in LA chopper crash


New York: NBA legend Kobe Bryant died Sunday when a helicopter he was riding in crashed and burst into flames in thick fog, killing all nine people on board including his teenage daughter and plunging the sports world into mourning. Bryant, 41, was traveling with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other passengers and...

‘Indian American community not polarized but segregated’


Washington: Ghazala Hashmi, an Indian-origin Democrat Senator and the first Muslim woman elected to the Virginia Senate, has said that the Indian-American community "not polarized but segregated", a media report said. In an interview to the India-West magazine published online on Friday, Hashmi said: "The community is not polarized but segregated. Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs...

Sea-level rise threatens 13 million Americans in coastal areas


Los Angeles: Coastal areas in the US are at increasing flooding risk and climate change-driven sea level rise could trigger mass migration of 13 million Americans to inland cities, researchers have warned. The people could be forced to relocate due to rising sea levels by 2100. Most popular relocation choices will include land-locked cities such...

Indian woman stabbed in Toronto, Jaishankar ‘deeply shocked’


Toronto: Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar was deeply shocked after hearing that a 23-year-old Indian-origin woman was battling for life after she was stabbed near the York University campus in Toronto. Jaishankar asked officials to immediately arrange visas for her family. “Deeply shocked to learn of the serious attack on Rachel Albert, an Indian student...

New Jersey Governor signs tuition equality legislation for H-1B dependents


Trenton: New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy on Jan. 21 signed S2555, allowing New Jersey students who are children of H-1B visa holders to qualify for in-state tuition at public institutions of higher education. This legislation is a plus for Indians in the U.S., as they are the largest contingent of H-1B visa holders. “New Jerseyans...