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Vijay Mallya to Pay Costs to Indian Banks: UK Court Orders June 16, 2018 10:10

The United Kingdom High Court has ordered Indian businessman Vijay Mallya to pay a minimum of 200,000 pounds towards the costs of legal case pursued against him by 13 Indian banks, including State Bank of India. Earlier this month, after Mallya's attempt to throw out the registration of a ruling by India's Debt Recovery Tribunal (DRT) in the UK, and a failure of worldwide freezing of international assets, Judge Henshaw needed Mallya to pay the costs of the World Freezing Order and of the DRT of Karnataka's judgement in Britain. "The court ordered that Mallya pay the banks costs. The standard order is that the court will assess those costs unless the parties can otherwise agree on a figure for what should be paid," said a legal expert familiar with the case.The court's assessment of costs is a separate process, which ends with another court hearing before a specialist costs judge in the UK. Merely meanwhile, Mallya must pay 200,000 pounds towards these legal costs liability.In a high court ruling dated May 8, Judge Henshaw had refused to overturn a worldwide order freezing Mallya's assets and upheld an Indian court's ruling that the consortium of 13 Indian banks.Thirteen Indian banksState Bank of India, Bank of Baroda, Corporation Bank, Federal Bank Ltd, IDBI Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, Jammu and Kashmir Bank, Punjab and Sind Bank, Punjab National Bank, State Bank of Mysore, UCO Bank, United Bank of India and JM Financial Asset Reconstruction Co. Pvt Ltd, were entitled to recover funds amounting to about 1.145 billion pounds.The judicial costs owed to the banks emerged in a subsequent court order by the same judge.Charges against Mallya without substance, politically motivated: Mallya's lawyers"The First Defendant's (Mallya) application for permission to appeal is refused. Any further application for permission to appeal should be made to the Court of Appeal to be dealt with by a judge of that court," the judgment notes.Mallya, who is separately also fighting extradition to India on fraud and money laundering charges worth an estimated Rs 9,000 crore, has since filed an appeal notice at the Court of Appeal, which includes an application for permission to appeal.Approval will only be granted if the tribunal considers that the appeal would have a factual prospect of success or there is some other compelling reason for the appeal to be heard.Interim, Mallya is due back at Westminster Magistrates Court in London next month for one of the concluding hearings in his extradition case.A proceeding for concluding arguments to be presented by his defense team and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), on behalf of the Indian authorities, was scheduled for July 11 but is now likely to take place on July 31.The former Kingfisher Airlines brag remains on bail since his apprehension on an extradition warrant in April last year. The CPS believes it has successfully constituted a prima facie case of fraud against the man of affairs and that there are no bars to his extradition to face the courts in India.Mallya's lawyers have claimed the criminal charges against their client are "without substance" and "politically motivated". On human rights grounds, they have also challenged the case, questioning the situation at Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai, where the businessperson is to be held post-extradition. By Somwya Sangam

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Traffic Ramasamy Tamil Movie June 16, 2018 09:00

Traffic Ramasamy is an upcoming Kollywood film directed by Vicky, produced by SA Chandrasekhar. The film stars S.A. Chandrasekhar, Rohini, Prakash Raj, R. K. Suresh in the leading roles. For more previews, stay tuned....

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Red Meat Allergy Can Put your Heart at Risk: Medical Researchers June 16, 2018 08:38

The University of Virginia School of Medical researchers found that red meat allergy can put a person's heart at risk. The sensitivity to an allergen in red meat is linked by researchers with a buildup fatty plaque in the arteries of the heart, the buildup that might increase the risk of attacks and stroke. The bite of the lone star tick could cause people to develop an allergic reaction to red meat. Even so, many people who are not exhibited to symptoms are still sensitive to the allergen found in the meat. The allergen sensitivity, a sensitivity spread by tick bites was linked with the accrued plaque buildup, as measured by a blood test in new study by university's medical researchers. The researchers stated that their finding is preliminary and further research was warranted "This novel finding from a small group of subjects examined at the University of Virginia raises the intriguing possibility that asymptomatic allergy to red meat may be an under-recognized factor in heart disease," said study leader Coleen McNamara. "These preliminary findings underscore the need for further clinical studies in larger populations from diverse geographic regions."The researchers looking at 118 patients determined that those sensitive to the meat allergen had 30 percent more plaque accumulation inside their arteries compared to those without the sensitivity. In further, the plaques had a higher percentage with features characteristic of unstable plaques that more likely to cause heart strokes. People become sensitized to alpha-gal, with the meat allergy. People with a symptomatic form of the allergy can develop hives, stomach upset, breathing trouble or exhibit other symptoms after three to eight hours of consuming meat from mammals. Umpteen people can be sensitive to alpha-gal and not develop symptoms. UVA's new study suggested that doctors could develop a blood test to benefit people sensitive to the allergen. "This work raises the possibility that in the future a blood test could help predict individuals, even those without symptoms of red meat allergy, who might benefit from avoiding red meat. However, at the moment, red meat avoidance is only indicated for those with allergic symptoms," said researcher Jeff Wilson.The study by the medical researchers appears in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.By Sowmya Sangam

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Report by UN Violates India's Sovereignty, Territorial Integrity: MEA June 16, 2018 06:39

The initial report by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Kashmir that has been released on Thursday focuses chiefly on earnest violations in Jammu and Kashmir between July 2016 and April 2018, alleging 145 killed civilians, including Pakistan ones, by armed groups. The supreme restraint has been called by UNHCR commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein and denounced the deficiency of prosecution of Indian forces in Jammu and Kashmir due to a 1990 law that gives them what he called "virtual community". He as well went on to demand commission of inquiry by the Human Rights Council, opening a thirty-eight session from June 18 to July 6, into all violations, and investigation of mass graves in the state and the Kashmir Valley. India has spurned the report by United Nations wording it "fallacious, tendentious, and motivated", questioning its purpose in bringing out a selective compilation of largely unproven information to build a false narrative. The Ministry of External Affairs noted:"The report violates India's sovereignty and territorial integrity. The entire state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India. Pakistan is in the illegal and forcible occupation of a part of the Indian state through aggression. We have repeatedly called upon Pakistan to vacate the occupied territories. The incorrect description of Indian territory in the report is mischievous, misleading and unacceptable. There are no entities such as 'Azad Jammu and Kashmir' and 'Gilgit-Baltistan'... The motivated report deliberately ignores that fundamental rights and freedoms guaranteed under the Constitution to every Indian citizen, including in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, are protected also by an independent judiciary, human rights commissions, free and vibrant media and an active civil society."Brahma Chellaney Tweets saying: Instead of investigating major human-rights abuses in Tibet or Xinjiang, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights releases a Kashmir report, knowing that India—unlike China—is all bark and no bite. This is Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein's parting kick, as his term ends soon — Brahma Chellaney (@Chellaney) June 15, 2018 Malicious and mischievous reportIndia regarding its deep concern informed the UNHCR over individual prejudices being allowed to undermine the credibility of UN institution, that such spiteful reports cannot undermine the will of India and measures required in order to protect the Sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country from the cross-border terrorism will be taken. It has further stated that the report is malicious and mischievous without uncertainty since the reference to Pakistan can best be described as 'in passing', mentioning no figures, as done in the case of India. Balochistan, where Pakistani genocide is intense has not been mentioned either of Pakistani export of terror. The discovery of mass graves has been reported in the past. A prospect that the UNHCR report has been initiated at the behest of Beijing and Islamabad, with Pakistan, mentioned otiose in the report to circumvent intuition. By Sowmya Sangam

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US Expected To Withdraw From UN Human Rights Council June 16, 2018 06:09

The administration of Trump in the United States is making necessary plans to exit from the United Nations Human Rights Council after clashes over key issues such as Israel.A media source said that this move could be “imminent.” The council will begin a three-week session in Geneva on Monday. Other diplomatic sources told Reuters that the withdrawal was “not a question of if but of when.”U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley has conflicted with the committee over its treatment of Israel and has more than once voted against U.N. measures that were disparaging of that nation. Most recently, the U.S. furthermore, Australia were the main two individuals to vote against a proposition to research Israel's claimed utilization of inordinate force in Gaza. Haley has condemned the gathering over what she called an "incessant hostile to Israel inclination" and threatened last year to clear out.“When the council passes more than 70 resolutions against Israel, a country with a strong human rights record, and just seven resolutions against Iran, a country with an abysmal human rights record, you know something is seriously wrong,” she wrote in an letter for the Washington Post since last June.The United States has rejoined the council under the former President Obama after objecting and boycotting for about three years under former President George W. Bush.Haley has likewise called for different changes to the organizing body, including making it simpler to oust part states with poor human rights records, particularly Venezuela, China and Saudi Arabia.Swiss Ambassador Valentin Zellweger told Reuters that he agrees with Haley that “not all members fulfill the criteria” for membership to the council, but expressed concern over the potential withdrawal.“The decision by the Americans will have a profound impact on the Council,” Zellweger said. “If they withdraw, we can expect significant consequences.”By Lokesh

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Scoot Airline Refuses to Fly with Special Needs Child June 16, 2018 05:31

A low-cost Singapore-based airline, Scoot, has refused to fly an Indian-origin couple traveling with their five-year-old special needs child citing safety reasons, consequently caught in a controversy. Divya George, hailing from Kerala, posted regarding the incident on social media that the captain of a Scoot Airline caused the disruption by refusing to allow the child to fly with an infant seat belt on a flight to Phuket from Singapore. According to report, the woman, her spouse, and their daughter, who suffers from a condition called muscular dystrophy boarded a Scoot Airline Flight on Thursday. However, the start of a family vacation to Phuket, changed into a 90-minute ordeal, when the airline employees started arguing with the couple. The child weighs 8.5 kilograms and is the size of a 1-year-child. George claimed that their request for a belt was rejected citing safety reasons and the captain told them they could wither deboard or leave their daughter in her own seat.  George garnered vast support on social media after sharing her situation earlier today.  "Our flight that was to take off at 7:35 a.m. has been delayed by an hour so far because they refuse to fly with my special needs child. They want to deplane us because they refuse to take her," she wrote on her Facebook page as well posting a video of the incident. Scoot airlines said that it had reached out to the guest to explain the arrangements that have been made. The infant seat belts are available for guests up to two years old as a part of safety regulations."As the passenger is five years old, for her safety consideration, infant seat belts may not suffice. She has to be strapped to her own seat with the aircraft seatbelt for take-off and landing in accordance with established cabin safety procedures," said the airline in an email reply. "Scoot recognizes, however, that the guest's physical condition may require additional consideration for comfort. Accordingly, we have made a one-time arrangement to provide a certified booster seat for the guest to ensure her return journey is more comfortable while still adhering to cabin safety procedures," it said.By Sowmya Sangam

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Donald Trump Approves Plan to Impose Tough China Tariffs June 15, 2018 12:02

United States president Donald Trump has sanctioned a plan to enforce arduous tariffs on tens of billions of dollars of Chinese goods.The move could put his trade policies on a collision course with his push to rid the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons. His calls for billions in duties could perplex his endeavors to maintain China's activity in his talk terms with North Korea.Trump has long assured to carry through his political campaign promise to clinch down on what he considers unfair Chinese trading practices.According to an industry and an administration official familiar with the plans, Trump met several cabinet members and trade advisers on Thursday and was anticipated to impose duties on at least $35-$45 billion of Chinese imports.According to the industry official, the number of goods could reach $55 billion. The official further spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss the matter ahead of a formal announcement.As expected if the president presses forward, it could set the stage for a series of trade actions against China and lead retaliation from Beijing. His propose tariffs could consequently lead to trade war involving the world's two biggest economies.Trump, in his press conference in Singapore on Tuesday, said the U.S. has a "tremendous deficit in trade with China and we have to do something about it. We can't continue to let that happen." The U.S. trade deficit with China was $336 billion in 2017."If you end up with a tariff battle, you will end up with price inflation, and you could end up with consumer debt. Those are all historic ingredients for an economic slowdown," Gary Cohn, Trump's former top economic adviser, said at an event sponsored by The Washington Post.The ongoing negotiations over the trade disputes were held by U.S. and China. The U.S. has criticized China for assertive tactics it uses to evolve progressive technologies, under its "Made in China 2025" program suchlike robots and electric cars under its.The tariffs on China by the U.S. designed specifically to push China forcing American companies to hand over technology in exchange for access to the Chinese market.The administration is as well working on proposed Chinese investment restrictions by June 30.Up to now, Trump has yet to signal any interest in backing away.By Sowmya Sangam

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Indian-American Youths to Fund Trump's Wall for Green Cards June 15, 2018 10:17

An Umpteen Indian-origin teenagers and young adults rallied to protest against more attention being given to illegal immigrants. The rally took place in front of the Capitol Hill. Despite having arrived in the United States legally, the protesters, whose parents are legal H-1B workers were demonstrating against having to 'self-deport' themselves at the age of twenty-one. In addition, they offered to fund Trump's wall in order to fast-track green card approvals. Earlier in February, Indian H-1B workers in line for green cards offered to pay at least $4 billion to fund border security, including an infamous proposed wall along the Mexican border. Self-deportationThe kids who have arrived in the U.S. Lawfully with their parents are entitled to stay in the U.S. till the age of 21 when their H-4 dependent visa expires. Since owing to 70+ years of backlogs in green card allotments, peculiarly for Indians, these kids are unable to get theirs, and thus have to 'self-deport' at the age of 21. DALCA kids vs DACA kidsAnother major component of contention Deferred Action for Legal Childhood Arrivals (DALCA) kids policy, is that their other, illegal counterparts, under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy are getting more priority of citizenship despite the fact that they are on the legal track of the citizenship. DALCA kids offer $25 billion to build Mexico wallThe DALCA kids have offered humongous $25 billion to the Trump administration to aid in building the proposed Mexico border wall. Deadline for 'Dreamers'The DALCA and DACA kids legal immigration status, informally called the 'dreamers', will have to be decided before June 25 deadline set by the House GOP.Hope for DALCA kidsThere's still a glimmer of hope for the DALCA kids, as some U.S. lawmakers are sympathetic to their issue and secondly, as of Thursday, the draft proposals were being circulated in Capitol Hill showing eligibility for citizenship candidates, under a new iteration of the DACA permit, an also for those under DALCA. I wish I was an illegally arrived child: Rally organizerBy some accounts, there are nearly 200,000 Indian-American children who were brought to the US legally by their parents on H-1B or other work visas. Their prevailing sentiment, says Vikram Aditya Kumar, one of Wednesday's rally organizers, is "I wish I were an illegally arrived child instead of a legal one." While DACA hopefuls are getting all the attention, the DALCA voice, he says, "is just not loud enough" even though losing DALCA kids, most of them in the STEM track, could potentially cause a brain drain for the U.S.By Sowmya Sangam

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Facebook Unveils Platform for Blood Donations June 15, 2018 07:06

Facebook has launched a blood donations center on its platform with an intent to boost its 217 million users in India to donate blood by showing the possibility to donate in their city, including blood donation events and requests for blood donors. Facebook has as well proclaimed partnerships with organizations across the country, including National Blood Transfusion Council, a division of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and a non-profit Giants Welfare Foundation. A new center was announced in San Jose at the F8 developers on World Blood Donor Day in May and can be accessed from the explore menu on the device. Sign up and notify directlyPeople who visit "Blood Donations Centre" on Facebook can sign up to be a blood donor, a tool that has been released in October earlier this year where Facebook users in India could sign up to be blood donors and get notified directly where there is a need for blood nearby. According to the company, currently, over 11 people have signed up in countries including India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. By Sowmya Sangam

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Senior Journalist Shujaat Bukhari Shot Dead in Srinagar June 15, 2018 04:00

A senior journalist and chief editor of a best-selling "Rising Kashmir" newspaper have been killed on Thursday by anonymous gunmen in a drive-by shooting in Srinagar. Shujaat Bukhari, 48, the editor-in-chief of Rising Kashmir newspaper, was shot at close range in the onslaught in which his two security officers, Abdul Hameed and Mumtaz Ahmad, were also killed. He was shot while he was in his car, having just left his Press Colony office just ahead Iftar. The incident has put an already taut state on edge and led chief minister Mehbobba Mufti to expound the attack as a "new low for terrorism".Union home minister Rajnath Singh said, "there is no doubt that terrorists have killed Shujaat Bukhari." He also spoke to the Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti late on Wednesday, and said she was "distraught".According to Jammu and Kashmir police chief SP Vaid, the killers were ready and waiting for Shujaat Bukhari to come out of the building and it seems to be a planned attack. It was not unsubtle, however, who was accountable for the attack. The CCTV footage released by the police, shows the three attackers on a bike, while the rider was wearing a helmet and other two men with face masks to conceal their identity.                       (Source: NDTV) A CCTV footage released by police, shows three attackers on a motorcycle A well-known journalist for three decades had worked for 15 years at The Hindu newspaper and was very well known as a crucial Kashmiri voice. He was a proponent of a halcyon resolution of the Kashmir issue and playing a cardinal role in organizing several conferences pertaining former diplomats and generals from India and Pakistan. The violent death led to an outpouring of condolence messages from people of all the sides of the political spectrum, reckoning separatist leaders. "The killing of a @RisingKashmir editor, Shujaat Bukhari is an act of cowardice. It is an attempt to silence the saner voices of Kashmir. He was a courageous and fearless journalist. Extremely shocked & pained at his death. My thoughts and prayers are with his bereaved family," the home minister tweeted."It's very difficult to believe. He came to meet me just a few days ago," said Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti who visited the police hospital, where Bukhari's body was brought, to console his grief-stricken menage and seem close to tears herself. Calling Bukhari "a voice of moderation and a courageous, big-hearted editor", the Editors' Guild said his killing "is a new low in a rapidly deteriorating environment for media practitioners in Kashmir, in particular, and in the country in general"."An attack on a journalist challenges the very foundations of a free press and vibrant democracy and more so in a state like Jammu and Kashmir. The Guild calls upon the Centre to take essential steps to guarantee a situation where the media can discharge its duties without any fright of ferocity," its statement read.Since an attack on Shujaat Bukhari in 2000, he was given a police protection, who was a part of the "Track II" or alternate channels dialogue process with Pakistan. By Sowmya Sangam

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