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Indian cabbie 'racially abused', assaulted in Australia Indian cabbie 'racially abused', assaulted in Australia

 

Canberra, An Indian cab driver was assaulted and beaten unconscious in the Australian state of Tasmania by two passengers who yelled racial slurs at him.

Pardeep Singh, 25, was beaten by two passengers at the Sandy Bay McDonald's drive-through on Saturday night. Singh said he was attacked when he asked the woman passenger to step outside the cab as she was going to throw up, Mercury newspaper reported on Monday.

Indian woman among 6 climbers evacuated from Mt Everest Indian woman among 6 climbers evacuated from Mt Everest



Kathmandu, Six climbers, including a former Miss India pageant finalist, were evacuated from the higher camps of Mt Everest after they suffered from high altitude sickness on Sunday, a media report said.

Indian woman climber Sangeeta S. Bahl, 52, and Argentine climbers Andres Esteban Pariz and Ricardo Dario Birn were airlifted from Camp I, the Himalayan Times reported.

Indian-American jailed for $33 million fraud in US Indian-American jailed for $33 million fraud in US



Washington, An Indian-American businessman has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for fraud schemes that cost investors over $33 million.

Navin Shankar Subramanian Xavier, of Miramar, Florida, operated Miami Gardens-based Essex Holdings from 2010 to 2014 through which he carried out two fraud schemes, according to the court documents.

He was sentenced earlier this week by US District Judge Darrin Gayles in Miami, Florida, the American Bazaar Online reported on Friday.

Indian woman tells court she was forced to marry in Pakistan Indian woman tells court she was forced to marry in Pakistan


Islamabad, Islamabad High Court continued hearing the case of Indian woman Uzma, who reiterated on Friday that she was "forced to marry" her Pakistani husband Tahir Ali, and requested the court to allow her to return to India.

First Secretary at the Indian High Commission Piyush Singh also was present at the High Court and their lawyer, Shahnawaz Noon, submitted a written reply to court with Uzma's version of events, Dawn newspaper reported.

Ancient bronze ornament stolen in Italy Ancient bronze ornament stolen in Italy


Pompeii, Thieves have stolen a sixth-century BC bronze ornamental stud from Pompeii, the Special Superintendency for the Archaeological Heritage of Naples and Pompeii said on Thursday.

Australian children believe their fathers work 'too much' Australian children believe their fathers work 'too much'



Canberra, One third of Australian children aged between 11 and 13 believe their fathers work too much, according to the results of a study released on Friday.

The study by the Australian National University (ANU), undertaken as part of a wider project called "Growing Up in Australia", took accounts from 3,000 fathers and their children, and discovered that nearly half of all fathers worked more than 44 hours a week, Xinhua news agency reported.

Indian American student wins National Geographic Bee contest Indian American student wins National Geographic Bee contest



Washington, A 14-year-old Indian American student has won the prestigious $50,000 National Geographic Bee contest here, becoming the sixth consecutive Indian American to win the championship.

Pranay Varada, who is Dewitt Perry Middle School's eighth grader from Texas, won a medal and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expediton to the Galapagos Islands aboard the new National Geographic Endeavour II

Whatsapp malfunction affects users across globe Whatsapp malfunction affects users across globe



London, Instant messaging app WhatsApp on Wednesday encountered an outage with users across the globe reporting problems accessing the service.

Singapore university staff hit by new cyber attacks Singapore university staff hit by new cyber attacks



Singapore, Two employees from the National University of Singapore (NUS) were hit by a fresh round of cyber attacks on Thursday.

'Puffy planet' could help scientist search for alien life 'Puffy planet' could help scientist search for alien life

 

New York, Astronomers have discovered a "puffy planet" orbiting a star 320 light years from Earth which may hold opportunities for testing atmospheres that would be useful when assessing future planets for signs of life.

"It is highly inflated, so that while it's only a fifth as massive as Jupiter, it is nearly 40 per cent larger, making it about as dense as styrofoam, with an extraordinarily large atmosphere," said Joshua Pepper, Assistant Professor of Physics at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, US

No decision on sending additional US troops to Afghanistan No decision on sending additional US troops to Afghanistan


Washington, US President Donald Trump has not yet made a decision on whether to send additional American troops to Afghanistan, according to an administration official.

"The President wants to hear from our allies as well," said National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster at a White House on Friday briefing on Trump's upcoming trip to the Middle East and Europe.

Australian visa policy changes won't affect Indians much Australian visa policy changes won't affect Indians much



New Delhi, After Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced last month that he will be abolishing the existing 457 Visa programme, currently used by temporary foreign workers to gain employment, the country's High Commissioner to India Harinder Sidhu said on Tuesday that she did not expect the move to affect Indians much.

Speaking at a media interaction organised by the Indian Women's Press Corps here, Sidhu said the move to abolish the 457 Visa programme was aimed to ensure that people who come to Australia should be properly qualified.

US Congress delegation to meet Dalai Lama US Congress delegation to meet Dalai Lama



Dharamsala, US Congressional delegation reached here on Tuesday on a two-day visit during which its eight members will meet Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

Led by House of Representatives' top Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, the delegation includes Jim Sensenbrenner, Eliot Engel, Jim McGovern, Betty McCollum, Judy Chu, Joyce Beatty and Pramila Jayapal.

Trump appoints Indian American Neil Chatterjee to key energy post Trump appoints Indian American Neil Chatterjee to key energy post



Washington, US President Donald Trump has appointed Neil Chatterjee to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which oversees electricity, natural gas and oil at the national level.

Chatterjee will play a key role in Trump's programme to reshape energy policy, most of which is opposed by environmentalists and Democrats, if his appointment is confirmed by the Senate.

He is the second Indian American to be appointed by Trump to a major regulatory position with a controversial mission.

The other is Ajit Pai, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, who is spearheading the administration's drive to end net neutrality, a policy that prevents internet service providers from giving special treatment to preferred web companies.

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