first_imgA Panama-flag merchant ship with 22 Indian crew members, including two from Kerala, went missing from Benin Coast of West Africa on Thursday+ . The owners of tanker ship MT Marine Express, which was loaded with gas oil, have sought the help of the directorate general of shipping in Mumbai to get in touch with their counterparts in Nigeria and Benin to carry out search operations for the merchant ship.Read it at Times of India Related Itemslast_img

first_imgAn Indian-origin woman and her ex-lover have been jailed for more than 20 years by an Australian court here for fatally poisoning her husband with cyanide-laced orange juice.Sofia Sam, 34, and Arun Kamalasanan, 36, both from Kerala, were in February found guilty of murdering Sofia’s husband Sam Abraham at his home in Epping in Melbourne in October 2015, Australian news agency AAP reported.Read it at The Hans Related Itemslast_img

first_imgJaskanwar Singh Gill told BBC Punjabi that he “refused” to remove his turban since it was made of cloth and would not hurt his opponent during a match.Any head gear that can harm an opponent is not allowed in the ring, according to international wrestling rules.Read it at BBC Related Itemslast_img

first_imgThree Indian American attorneys: Preeta Bansal of New York’s Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meager & From; Sri Srinivasan of O-Melveny & Myers (Washington DC) and Prakash Mehta of Akin Gump Straus Hauer & Feld (Washington, DC) made the National Law Journal’s list of the 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America.The list includes such high powered names as presidential troubleshooter Vernon Jordan and American Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Anthony Romero.  Related Itemslast_img read more

first_imgThe last date of applying for the EB-5 visa to the United States has been extended by over two months. People seeking the visa, which carries a current minimum investment requirement of $500,000, can now apply till Dec.7. The investment limit is expected to be increased in the next session.U.S. President Donald Trump signed a “Spending Bill” on Sept. 28, which carries the provision of the deadline extension for the EB-5 visa, the Times of India reported. The visa scheme, which was already under extension, was slated to expire on Sept. 30. But the U.S. government has extended it after the mid-term elections in the country.The EB-5 visa is an employment-based fifth preference category visa. It can help high net-worth individuals (HNIs) to obtain the green card for permanent residency in the United States for themselves and their immediate family through a one-time minimum investment of $500,000 into a new business that creates 10 or more jobs for Americans.This visa category was started in 1990 to attract capital investment in the country, and also create jobs in the United States. The minimum investment limit for visa applicants has been half a million dollars since then.However, last month American Congressman Aaron Schock, who is the chief sponsor of EB-5 Reauthorization Bill 2012, said that this minimum investment limit can be increased between $1 million and $1.3 million, as per an earlier report of PTI.The government is looking at introducing the changes but they may come only after December 2018, Schock had said at the time.Investor services firms fear that the increase in the minimum limit would reduce the number of Indians applying for this visa.Under the EB-5 visa program, the U.S. government allocates up to 10,000 visas annually to foreign nationals, with a per country cap of seven percent. If the quota for a country remains unfulfilled, the unused visas can be allotted to other countries. India is the third highest filer under this program, superseded only by China and Vietnam. Related ItemsEB 5 visaUnited Stateslast_img read more

first_imgU.S. federal agents have filed an extradition request for a former professor from India, who is accused of falsifying documents, and committing immigration fraud, among other charges, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.Anoop Shankar, a former West Virginia University and Virginia Commonwealth University medical professor, allegedly provided false information to immigration authorities, forged signatures of professors in fake recommendation letters, used fake credentials to claim the university job, and misused his university purchasing card.Shankar taught at WVU from 2008 to 2014, and left the school to travel to Virginia Commonwealth. Though fraud charges were filed against him by federal prosecutors in West Virginia in 2015, he did not return to the country, the report said, adding that the case remains under seal.The whereabouts of the former professor remain unknown. Federal agents believe that he left the United States in 2014 and started living in the United Arab Emirates, while interpol recently said that he traveled to India, the publication reported, citing an extradition affidavit.The investigation began in 2015 when Homeland Security Investigations Pittsburgh and authorities in West Virginia initiated investigations against him on suspicion of defrauding WVU of about $617,000 in salary paid to him. They also started probing the accusations of purchasing fraud through submission of false travel expenses, and the use of forged letters of professors in America and abroad submitted by him. He allegedly submitted false expenses of travels, took false ownership of various medical articles, and lied about his medical degrees.The detectives said that Shankar lied about possessing a doctorate degree in epidemiology and medical statistics from Mahatma Gandhi University and that he had undertaken medical residency at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, the publication reported.He made false claims about owning memberships in several top organizations, and authorship of various medical articles.Shankar was living in Singapore when he applied at WVU in 2007 , according to the report.Before 2015, the university had no knowledge of his alleged fake credentials, and filed a petition for a non-immigrant worker on his behalf with the U.S. immigration authorities. In 2010, another form was issued by the institution in an appeal to make him a permanent resident, which was backed by various recommendation letters of professors, later found to be fake.Shankar’s alleged lies were discovered in 2012 while considering him for a newly created epidemiology position, the report said, adding that the fake documents and publications were discovered by Ian R.H. Rockett, a WVU professor and chair of the promotion and tenure committee.In March 2014, the professor left for a new position in Virginia Commonwealth by using some of the fake credentials that he used for WVU.“It is believed that Shankar departed based upon the pending investigation of his credentials,” wrote Scott Fell, an HSI agent, Pittsburgh Post Gazette said. Related ItemsUnited Statesvirginialast_img read more

first_imgTwo New York-based men have been convicted for defrauding Mumbai diamond merchants of more than $12 million in loose diamonds.Sholom Muratov, 36 and Menachem Abramov, 32, were convicted on Oct. 24 after a seven day trial in a Manhattan Federal Court on charges of conspiring to defraud diamond sellers.According to an official statement, ten other defendants have reportedly pleaded guilty in connection with this scam.United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey S. Berman said, “These defendants engaged in a brazen, multimillion-dollar fraud scheme extending from New York to Mumbai.”Further, Muratov and Abramov have been found guilty of conspiring to commit mail fraud which carries a maximum jail sentence of up to 20 years. Muratov will be sentenced on Mar. 26, 2019, and Abramov will be sentenced two days later by Judge Lorna G. Schofield, who presided over the trial.The statement reveals that the duo was a part of a well-coordinated and wide-ranging conspiracy to con a group of diamond wholesalers in Mumbai out of millions of dollars in loose diamonds known as “melee” diamonds. The sham included several false representations of numbers to the victim merchants.They deceived the victims by showing their corporate affiliations, longevity, and track records of those corporations. They also deceived the Indian merchants by convincing that the defendants were not affiliated with one another, and most significantly they implied to agree to payment terms proposed by the Indian merchants to induce them to release diamonds without having received full payment.By these successful fraudulent misrepresentations, the defendants managed to convince the Indian merchants to provide them loose diamonds worth over $12 million, for which Muratov, Abramov, and their co-conspirators provided no payment.  These diamonds were later sold in Manhattan’s Diamond District.In May, two Indian-origin men were among three men charged in the U.S. for allegedly orchestrating a huge multi-million dollar investment scam. The three were accused of defrauding investors to the tune of $300 million in connection with funding of a merger transaction designed to convert their company into a private entity. Earlier this year, New York-based Anilesh Ahuja who served as the founder, CEO, and Chief Investment Officer of Premium Point Investments LLP, that looked into hedge funds focused on structured credits products, was arrested based on his alleged “participation in securities fraud and wire fraud which related to mismarking of certain securities held in hedge funds that the firm looked into, thereby fraudulently inflating the net asset value of those funds as reported to investors and potential investors from 2014 to 2016.” Related Itemslast_img read more