ROME - Italy is mulling international arbitration over its two marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen in 2012 as bilateral efforts have failed, Defence Minister Federica Mogherini said on April 24. “We are off the bilateral level, to raise the dispute to an international level: we are still willing to talk to the Indians”, but “we have no other option than resorting to international arbitration”, she told the Senate.
TORONTO: Calgary-based real estate developer Bob Dhillon, reportedly the first Sikh billionaire in Canada, is elated as he has acquired a piece of Sikh history for the first time in Canada -- which is a 33.5-inch long curved sword of Maharaja Ranjit Singh (1799-1849). It was sold by London-based auction house Mullock April 3. Though on the official receipt the price is not indicated, the auctioneers have authenticated it.
SINGAPORE - An Indian, part of 17 men allegedly involved in rioting at a Singapore dormitory, was on April 15 jailed for two weeks for attacking on a Bangladeshi fellow worker during a live screening of a T-20 World Cup cricket match. Dharmaraj Ramesh, 25, was convicted of throwing an empty beer can on Ahsan Habib Md Fazlan Rahman, a Bangladeshi national, on the night of March 5, after the accused pleaded guilty to an amended charge of using criminal force.
HONG KONG - An Indian-origin woman is suing a police officer and the Hong Kong government for racial discrimination against her teenaged son four years ago. Arjun Singh, 15, alleged that officer Hung Kai-kam ignored his complaint and arrested him after he and a Chinese woman accused each other of assault at a railway station four years ago, the South China Morning Post reported.
LONDON - In a first legal victory for the Sikh community in Britain, the planning permission for the setting up of a meat plant near a Gurdwara in northern Britain’s Bradford city was cancelled by the Bradford City Council April 10. Councillor David Green, who heard the “grave concerns” of local people against the planning application of supermarket chain, Pakeezah, said: “In light of the legal advice we have received,
NEW YORK, NY-Sonia Gandhi has declined to provide a copy of her passport to a U.S. court as documentary evidence in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, citing refusal by the Indian government on grounds of personal security and confidentiality. U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan had last month asked Gandhi to provide some form of documentary evidence by April 7 to enable the court to make a determination about...
SINGAPORE - A sixth Indian national has been jailed for his role in the Dec 8 riots here in which mobs indulged in vandalism after a private bus ran over another Indian. Krishnan Saravanan, 31, was convicted of the amended charge of failing to disperse despite being lawfully commanded to do so and jailed for 18 weeks, the Straits Times reported Tuesday. He is the sixth Indian to plead guilty in the case.
LONDON - Sikh groups in Britain have urged the community to boycott the annual Downing Street Baisakhi reception by the British Prime Minister this month to protest against the findings of the government’s probe into Operation Bluestar in Amritsar city’s Golden Temple in 1984. The Network of Sikh Organizations (NSO), a Sikh body that links 130 UK Gurdwaras and other UK Sikh organizations, has urged the Sikhs in...
LONDON - An Indian-origin magistrate and local politician in the UK is under pressure to step down from his posts after he was pictured holding an assault rifle. Ajit Atwal apologised for any “offence” the picture might have caused but insists he is the victim of a smear campaign in the run-up to May, when he stands for re-election as Liberal Democrat councillor for Abbey ward in Derby.