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Sandeep Singh was shot in the stomach during the robbery

Indian man shot dead in US

 Washington, Nov 29 (IANS) A 21-year-old Indian man was shot dead in front of his house during a robbery in the US state of Mississippi.

The incident happened days after a 20-year-old Indian student was killed by two armed robbers at a grocery store in California.

In the latest attack, Sandeep Singh was shot in the stomach during the robbery reported around 11 p.m. on Sunday in Jackson city, Mississippi, police said.

He died at the University of Mississippi Medical Centre on Monday, reported WAPT, an ABC-affiliated television station.

Singh and two other men were standing outside their house when a man in a mask and a hoodie walked up to them. The robber took money and cellphones from the men.

As the robber ran away, he fired shots and one of the bullets hit Singh, knocking him unconscious, police said. Singh's death is the city's 58th homicide for the year.

He hailed from Jalandhar and got a job in the US after he migrated to the country four years ago on a tourist visa.

The gunman could be one of a group of armed men believed to be responsible for recent armed robberies of businesses and individuals throughout the northwest Jackson area, the police said.

The shooter was described as wearing a gray hooded shirt and was armed with a 9 mm pistol, police said.

"In an attempt to conceal their identities, they have their faces covered with bandannas and/or masks. The suspects have also been observed wearing hooded sweatshirts and gloves," Commander Tyree Jones said in a news release.

All of the men are African-American, said Jones.

This is the second such incident of the killing of an Indian youth in the US in the past two weeks. On November 13, Indian student Dharampreet Singh was shot dead allegedly by two armed robbers, including one of Indian-origin, in California.


NRI Yoga teacher Jasbir Mann's Facebook account hacked, 12,000 pounds stolen

Yoga teacher lost 12,000 pounds via Facebook account

London, Nov 25, 2017: An Indian-origin Yoga instructor lost nearly 12,000 pounds when fraudsters broke into his Facebook account and made transactions to an online gambling website.

According to a Telegraph report, Jasbir Mann who runs a Yoga studio in Warwickshire recently discovered 110 fraudulent transactions were made to a poker gambling site using his Facebook account.

"Mann kept his debit card details stored on Facebook as he occasionally paid to advertise his business on the social media site," the report said on Saturday.

The advertisement usually cost Mann about 30 pounds.

But Mann was shocked to discover transactions, ranging between 21 and 215 pounds, made to an online poker game site in September.

"Aside from the occasional lottery ticket I don't gamble and do not know how to play poker," Mann was quoted as saying.

When contacted, his bank cancelled the debit card and told him to remove his details from Facebook.

Mann raised a dispute with Facebook but moments later, the entire history of transactions vanished.

Later, "Facebook began refunding some of the transactions, paying £5,747 of the stolen £11,878 back in 30 tranches," the report added.

"I can't believe Barclays and Facebook have taken so long to deal with this. I'm a yoga instructor, not a millionaire," Mann was quoted as saying.

Following pressure from Telegraph Money, Facebook finally refunded the remaining £6,132 to him without explanation.

"We can confirm that unfortunately this account was compromised. A full refund has now been made," a Facebook spokesperson was quoted as saying.

Facebook, however, refused to explain how the fraudsters accessed Mann's account, the report said....IANS

Indian man jailed for robbery in Singapore

 Singapore, Nov 23 (IANS) An Indian man has been jailed for over four years and 20 weeks for robbing an Indian jeweller of cash and valuables worth 43,000 Singapore dollars.

Yelchur Sreenivas, 51, was robbed by Srinath Bari Ramdeo Bari and two accomplices near Towner Road as he was returning home on May 25 last year, the Strait Times reported on Thursday.

The sentence was announced by a court here on Wednesday. Bari, Venkatachalapathy Raman and Hassan used a wooden pole to repeatedly hit Sreenivas and robbed him of cash and valuables, the daily reported.

Bari also pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to report for a urine test for drug checks and was given six months on each charge.

In lieu of the mandatory 12 strokes of the cane, 53-year-old Bari was given an additional 20 weeks' jail. He cannot be caned as he is above 50.

District Judge Jasvender Kaur ordered the sentences for the robbery and one of the urine tests to run consecutively, making a total of four years and 20 weeks in jail. She backdated his sentence to September 23, 2016.

The mastermind behind the robbery, Venkatachalapathy, 48, was sentenced to four years and three months' jail and 12 strokes of the cane. The third accomplice, Hassan, 36, has claimed trial.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Zulhafni Zulkeflee said Venkatachalapathy had specifically chosen Yelchur as he knew the victim was involved in jewellery business. Venkatachalapathy then roped in Hassan and Bari to commit the crime.


Punjab CM flays foreign governments for stand on terror suspect's arrest

Chandigarh, Nov 24, 2017: Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday rejected as "baseless" the statements emanating from the UK, Canada and other countries on the arrest and alleged torture of UK national Jagtar Singh Johal in a terror module case.

Flaying the governments of the United Kingdom, Canada and other countries and their leaders for questioning the arrest of Johal alias Jaggi, an Indian origin person, with the busting of a terror module in Punjab, the Chief Minister said none had approached either the Punjab government or the Indian government on the issue.

As for allegations of Johal's torture by Punjab Police, Amarinder said these foreign governments had no evidence of what they were claiming.

"They have no face to do so, as all their allegations are totally baseless, with not an iota of proof to support them," the Chief Minister said here.

"India has never interfered in other countries' policing and legal matters, even if an Indian citizen was involved, and expect the same respect and diplomatic propriety to be followed by other nations as well," he added.

"Radical elements based in Britain and other countries have orchestrated a false and slanderous media campaign against the Punjab government and state police," he said.

Amarinder Singh also flayed the opposition in Punjab for raising doubts over Johal's arrest in the targeted killing of Hindu leaders since January 2016, accusing them of "acting against Punjab's interests by echoing baseless statements of foreign elements".

Reacting to statements by Shiromani Akali Dal and Aam Aadmi Party leaders, the Chief Minister termed their comments "unfortunate" and not in the interest of Punjab and its people.

"There is a well planned conspiracy at work in this whole affair," Amarinder Singh said, and challenged opposition leaders to prove their charge of human rights violation of Johal.

"In fact, police officers are receiving death threats targeted at them and their family members from such elements over phone, WhatsApp and social media platforms," the Chief Minister claimed.

"From permission to talk to his family to consular access, medical examinations to timely production in court, the due process of law had been followed at every step from the moment he was arrested," Amarinder Singh said.

The Chief Minister said his government was more concerned about maintaining Punjab's peace and stability rather than worrying about perceived embarrassment at the hands of foreign forces that have no stake in India's security or development.

Amarinder Singh said the whole issue was sought to be politicised by certain pro-Khalistani elements and it was unfortunate that certain Punjab leaders were lending their voice to these elements....IANS