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Indian Student Dies in USA in a Bike Mishap May 24, 2024 10:47

On Thursday, the Consulate General of India in New York informed that an Indian student, Shri Belem Atchyuth, had passed away in a bike accident on Wednesday. Shri Atchyuth was attending the State University of New York at the time of his death. The Consulate General expressed their condolences to his family and stated that they were in contact with them. They also reached out to local agencies for support. In a post on X, the Consulate General of India in New York shared their sadness over Shri Atchyuth's sudden passing and offered their deepest sympathies to his loved ones. They reassured that @IndiainNewYork is working closely with both the family and local authorities to provide necessary assistance, such as repatriating his remains back to India. Saddened to learn about the untimely demise of Shri Belem Atchyuth, a student at SUNY who met with a bike accident and passed away yesterday evening; our deepest condolences to the family; @IndiainNewYork is in touch with the bereaved family & local agencies to extend all… — India in New York (@IndiainNewYork) May 23, 2024 The recent incident is part of a concerning trend of deaths among Indian-origin students in the US. In April, the Consulate General of India in New York reported the tragic death of an Indian student, who had been missing since March, in Ohio. The consulate expressed its sorrow over the loss and is working with local authorities to ensure a thorough investigation into the case. In a post on their official X handle, they offered their deepest condolences to Mr. Mohammed Arfath's family upon learning about his passing in Cleveland, Ohio. Arafat, originally from Hyderabad, went to the US in May 2023 to pursue a Master's degree in IT from Cleveland University. However, he has been missing since March 7 of this year. According to Arafat's father, Mohd Saleem, they received a phone call about 10 days after his disappearance from an anonymous individual claiming that Arafat had been abducted. The caller demanded a ransom of USD 1200 for his safe return. In April, a fellow Indian student in Cleveland named Uma Satya Sai Gadde passed away and an investigation is currently ongoing. Additionally, in February of this year, another Indian student was brutally attacked in Chicago. The Indian Consulate in Chicago has taken note of these incidents and has been providing support to the victim, Syed Mazahir Ali, as well as his wife in India.

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Indian student stabbed to death in Australia May 07, 2024 11:10

A young man from India, who was pursuing a master's degree in technology, was killed in Australia. The incident took place during a fight between some Indian students. The authorities are looking for two Indian-origin brothers in connection with the murder. According to the victim's uncle in Karnal, Haryana, Navjeet Sandhu was fatally attacked with a knife when he tried to intervene in a dispute between some Indian students over rent. Navjeet's friend had asked him to come along to his house to pick up some belongings. When Navjeet reached the house, he saw that there was a fight going on. He tried to intervene, but was stabbed in the chest. The alleged accused is also from Karnal. Navjeet's friend was also injured in the incident. The family received the news of the incident early Sunday morning and is in a state of shock. Yashvir revealed that his brother Navjeet had moved to Australia on a study visa a year and a half ago. His father had sold one and a half acres of land to support his education. Yashvir requested the Indian government's assistance to bring Navjeet's body home. Meanwhile, the Victoria Police are on a hunt for two men in connection with a stabbing incident in Ormond, Melbourne. The suspects are brothers Abhijeet and Robin Gartan, both of Indian origin. Abhijeet is 26 years old, 170cm tall, with a solid build and black hair. Robin is 27 years old, 170cm tall, with a solid build and black hair. The duo is believed to be travelling in a stolen white Toyota Camry sedan. They were last seen in the Ormond area shortly after the dispute occurred at 1 am on Sunday. Victoria Police reported that several individuals sustained injuries from stabbings, but the victims remain anonymous. Authorities are currently on the lookout for two men who are believed to have fled the scene. According to police, the individuals involved in the altercation were acquainted with each other, but the reason for the conflict is still under investigation.

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Indian-origin man with ‘bipolar disorder’ shot dead by US police April 27, 2024 09:27

Sachin Sahoo, a 42-year-old man with bipolar disorder, was fatally shot by police in San Antonio on April 21. The incident occurred when Sahoo attempted to escape arrest for an aggravated assault case by hitting two officers with his vehicle. Officer Tyler Turner fired the fatal shot, according to investigators from the San Antonio Police Department (SAPD). Sahoo, who was originally from Uttar Pradesh, may have been a naturalized US citizen. The police were called to the Cheviot Heights area of San Antonio following a report of an aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon. Upon arrival, they discovered that Sahoo had collided with his 51-year-old roommate, Candace Byrnes, whom he had only known for about a month. Byrnes suffered serious injuries, including two broken bones in her pelvis and brain bleeds, requiring surgery. Following a certain condition, Sahoo was issued an arrest warrant by the police. However, the neighbors alerted the authorities that Sahoo had returned to the original location. Upon the arrival of the policemen at the scene and their attempt to communicate with Sahoo, he struck them with his car. In response, one of the officers discharged his firearm, resulting in Sahoo's demise. One of the injured officers received immediate medical attention, while the other was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. Officer Tyler Turner, who has been with the department for five years, has been placed on routine administrative leave as the SAPD investigates the shooting incident. Candace Byrnes encountered Sahoo outside the Salvation Army, where he introduced himself as an Uber driver and offered her a place to stay in exchange for assistance around the house. Initially feeling secure, Byrnes later noticed Sahoo engaged in self-conversation. Byrnes claimed that Sahoo had stopped taking his medication and desired a more intimate relationship than just friendship. According to her, Sahoo became enraged when she informed him of her intention to leave temporarily and return within a few hours.

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Indians can now get five-year multi-entry Schengen visa April 24, 2024 11:07

Indian nationals can now benefit from a new visa system introduced by the European Union (EU), known as the "cascade" regime. Under this system, Indian citizens are eligible to receive long-term, multi-entry Schengen visas that are valid for a period of two years. This is a significant improvement compared to the previous visas, which had shorter validity periods. To be eligible for the two-year visa, applicants must have previously obtained and lawfully used two Schengen visas within the past three years. Upon successfully utilizing the two-year visa, Indian travelers can expect to receive a five-year Schengen visa, provided that their passport has enough remaining validity. Holding a valid two-year or five-year visa grants Indian citizens the same travel rights within the Schengen area as visa-free nationals. This means that they can freely travel within the member countries for short stays, typically up to 90 days in any 180-day period, without requiring additional permits. According to the statement, the initial two-year visa is usually followed by a five-year visa, depending on the remaining validity of the passport. Throughout the duration of these visas, holders enjoy the same travel privileges as visa-exempt nationals. The "cascade" system is designed to reward frequent travelers by gradually increasing the length of their visas. Upon successful utilization, the visa grants you the potential to be eligible for a visa lasting five years. Within the Schengen visa, individuals are granted the freedom to explore the Schengen area, allowing for short stays of up to 90 days within a 180-day period. Although these visas are not limited to a specific purpose, they do not grant the right to work. The Schengen area consists of 29 European countries, including 25 member states of the European Union: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland, and Sweden. It also includes Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland. This decision is made in the context of strengthening relations under the EU-India Common Agenda on Migration and Mobility, which aims for comprehensive cooperation on migration policy between the EU and India. The facilitation of people-to-people contacts is a crucial aspect due to India's importance as an EU partner. On April 18, 2024, the European Commission implemented specific regulations for issuing multiple-entry visas to Indian nationals, which are more advantageous compared to the previous standard rules of the Visa Code. Travellers in India will now have easier access to visas that are valid for multiple years, as long as their passport allows it. This new policy is especially beneficial for those who frequently journey to and from India.

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Three Indians trying to enter USA ilegally Arrested March 15, 2024 06:46

Four individuals, including three Indian nationals, were apprehended by US Border Patrol while attempting to enter the United States illegally on a freight train from Canada. The incident occurred on the International Railroad Bridge in Buffalo, New York, as the individuals jumped off a moving train. Despite sustaining injuries, a woman was unable to flee and was left behind by the men who were eventually caught after a chase. The injured woman received immediate medical attention from Erie County Sheriff's deputies and US Customs and Border Protection officers before being transferred to a local hospital. According to officials, the woman and two of the men were identified as Indian nationals, while the fourth individual was from the Dominican Republic. All four were undocumented non-citizens. The woman is currently receiving additional medical care in accordance with the Immigration and Nationality Act. Several Indians who tried to enter into the USA ilegally have been arrested.

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Australia scraps Golden Visa Programme January 23, 2024 11:19

Australia has made the decision to end its "golden visa" program, which allowed wealthy foreign investors to live in the country. The government cited poor economic results as the reason for scrapping the program, and it will be replaced with a visa that focuses on skills. The significant investor visas (SIV) were originally implemented to attract investment and promote innovation in Australia. To qualify for the visa, candidates were required to invest 5 million Australian dollars in the country. However, the program faced criticism for contributing to corruption and allowing foreign nationals to bring illegal funds into Australia. Notably, the majority of successful applicants were from China, with 85% of the SIVs granted to Chinese investors. "It has been clear for a long time that this visa does not meet the needs of our country and economy," stated Clare O'Neil, the Minister of Home Affairs. Australia, following in the footsteps of countries like the United Kingdom, has decided to join the list of European nations that have banned similar investment-based residency programs. This decision was made due to concerns about the potential influx of illegal money into the country. The UK, for example, ended its own investment-driven residency program in 2022 out of fear that money launderers from Russia were taking advantage of the program to reside in the UK. Clancy Moore, the CEO of Transparency International Australia, expressed his satisfaction with this development. He had been leading a movement against these so-called "golden visa" programs, citing their alleged flaws and vulnerabilities. According to Moore, corrupt officials and kleptocrats have long used these programs as a means to park their illicit funds in Australia and potentially conceal the proceeds of their criminal activities.

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Three arrested for assaulting Indian student for three months in USA December 01, 2023 11:48

In a shocking and appalling case, a 20-year-old Indian student in the US has been rescued from months of inhumane captivity and abuse. The student, whose name has not been disclosed, endured unimaginable suffering and was subjected to physical violence, including beatings and threats with weapons. The incident highlights the urgent need for routine screening and care for vulnerable populations, including immigrants, refugees, and underserved communities. These populations are often at higher risk of experiencing human trafficking, exploitation, and various forms of violence. Furthermore, the ordeal faced by the Indian student brings attention to the broader issue of human rights violations and abuse across different contexts. It also sheds light on the challenges faced by Native American students and their struggle to engage in post-secondary institutions due to a history of forced assimilation and inhumane treatment. Human rights violations, torture, trauma, and limited access to basic human needs such as food and shelter are unfortunately common experiences among people seeking asylum. These individuals often come from resource-poor countries where access to healthcare is limited, exacerbating their vulnerability and increasing the need for support and protection. This incident serves as a reminder of the intersecting oppressions and traumas experienced by victims of human trafficking.

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Telangana Student Shot in Chicago's Gun Firing January 25, 2023 08:28

A student who is based in Telangana has been killed in Chicago in USA as per his parents. The student was shot during an attempt for a robbery. The student was identified as K Sai charam who flew to USA on January 11th for his Master Degree. His father Srinivasa Rao confirmed the news after he told the Press Trust of India. The incident took place on Sunday and the friends of Sai Charan informed the news to their parents on Monday. Sai Charan was rushed to the hospital after the incident and everyone felt that he would be out of danger. A total number of three students were shot in the incident and the other two students are currently in recovery mode. Sai Charan hails from BHEL in Ramachandrapuram in Sangareddy district. Another student Devansh hails from Vijayawada is injured and is rushed to a hospital. Another student named Laxman from Visakhapatnam was unhurt and he escaped. Sri Charan is pursuing his MS in Governor State University, Chicago and he joined the Masters on January 11th. His mother KVM Lakshmi and father K Srinivasa Rao were left in deep shock after the incident. Sri Charan was shot in the chest as per the witnesses.

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Indian-Origin Student Killed In A University In USA October 07, 2022 04:35

Varun Manish Chheda, a 20-year-old Indian-origin student residing in USA has been killed by his roommate and the investigation for the same is going on. Varun Manish Chheda is studying in Purdue University and he was found murdered in his dormitory in the state of Indiana in USA. His roommate who hails from Korea killed Varun Manish Chheda in his dormitory and he dialled 911 after he killed his roommate. The reason behind the killing was not traced and the investigation for the same is currently happening. Varun Manish Chheda was found dead in McCutcheon Hall in the western side of the campus of the Purdue University. Ji Min Sha, a 22-year-old student from Korea was identified as the accused and the incident took place at 12:45 local time. Purdue University Police Chief Lesley Wiete told the same during the press conference about the incident. Ji Min Sha is taken into custody and he is questioned about the incident. The incident happened in a room in the fist floor of the McCutcheon Hall. Several students heard screaming in the campus. Varun Manish Chheda is a data science student in the university and he died of multiple traumatic injuries. The cops registered a death by homicide as per the preliminary autopsy reports. Wiete believes that the attack was unprovoked and senseless. The university students gathered to mourn the demise of Varun Manish Chheda. Some of the close friends of Varun Manish Chheda told that he was quite sensible and intelligent. They heard his screaming on the call whne he was gaming and talkin with them online. Purdue University President Mitch Daniels called it a tragic incident.

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Indian Students Flying to France to Increase by 2025 September 14, 2022 13:54

France is one country that is attracting the Indian students and the country is expecting a rise of the number to 20,000 by 2025. French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna told the news during a three-day visit to India. "We want the number of Indian students to touch 20,000 by 2025. It is an ambitious target but sky is the limit when it comes to India and France" told Catherine Colonna. She interacted with the students at the Lady Shri Ram College on Wednesday. The gender balance is a necessity in education told Catherine Colonna. "There are so much changes in gender balance but we are not there yet" told Catherine Colonna. Catherine Colonna will travel to Mumbai after her official visit will come to an end tomorrow. She will meet several industry leaders and will have site visits tomorrow. Catherine Colonna will also hold talks with the Union External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and will discuss about the international issues along with the bilateral and the regional issues between the nations.

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Nationalities That Are Ready To Move To Canada December 08, 2020 10:54

According to new reports shown by immigration companies and online search data, Canada is the most popular destination where people are looking to move abroad to. Search data also shows that more than 100 countries have searched for links and websites related to living in Canada, moving to Canada and immigration laws in Canada.  Why is Canada so popular for immigrants and what are the incentives that this place offers which is so attractive to immigrants? Canada is a country situated in North America. On a list of the countries with the most immigration by different countries, surprisingly Canada tops the list with 29 countries immigrants residing in the country followed by Japan with 13 countries and then Spain, Germany, Quatar and Australia in the respective order. Canada offer easy and flexible immigration offers, catering to about a 100 immigration options, has one of the most low unemployment rates in the world and caters to free universal health care. These incentives are more than enough for immigrants to understand why  Canada is popular among those who wish to move abroad.  Canada is also one of the most peaceful countries in the world. According to the Global Peace Index, Canada ranks sixth in country peace. Countries in Asia that are seemingly interested in moving to Canada include the Azerbaijan, India, Pakistan and Qatar.It may come as no surprise that India is included on the list. Indian nationals make up around a quarter of all immigrants to Canada.By Meena Atmakuri

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Visa Plans For Three Million Hong Kong Citizens- Confirmation From UK PM Boris Johnson June 04, 2020 10:34

UK Prime Minister reiterates the visa plans for 3 million Hong Kong citizens. This is only if China presses go forward with the new law which threatens to strip the former British colony of its traditional freedom. There are already 3,50,000 Hongkongers who hold British National passports. To this there is an additional citizenship of 2.5 million would be eligible to apply. Currently, British National Overseas passports are allowed with visa free access with a limitation of six months only. Boris Jonshon said "If China imposes its national security law, the British government will change our immigration rules and allow any holder of these passports from Hong Kong to come to the UK for a renewable period of 12 months and be given further immigration rights, including the right to work, which could place them on a route to citizenship” "This would amount to one of the biggest changes in our visa system in history. If it proves necessary, the British government will take this step and take it willingly”. The visa issuing offer for Hongkongers was announced on Tuesday by UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab in the House of Common. There Johnson focused that he is hoping things don't have to come to create an “inflaming” situation in Hong Kong with new law. Over the planned new law, China is now facing criticism from various nations. For the new law many in Hong Kong would fear to live without freedom and they wouldn't also enjoy other parts of China. Hong Kong emerged with China in 1997 as part of an agreement signed back then and it is the basic law. China’s latest moves are in violation of the agreement in view of the UK. The National People’s Congress in China, undertook a proposal a month ago for a national security law in Hong Kong. China's Foreign Minister, State Councillor Wang Yi, subsequently made clear that the legislation will seek to ban "treason, secession, sedition and subversion" and it is expected to be published in full shortly. The UK PM pointed when he spoke, "If China proceeds, this would be in direct conflict with its obligations under the joint declaration, a legally binding treaty registered with the United Nations. Britain would then have no choice but to uphold our profound ties of history and friendship with the people of Hong Kong" The foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian repeated China’s stance- the agreement with the UK is known as the Sino-British Joint Declaration and it is essentially null and void. Ramya C

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