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Delhi Police busts betting racket during Cricket World Cup Final

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delhi police5New Delhi: The North District Police cracked down upon a betting syndicate that was operating during the match between Australia and New Zealand during the Cricket World Cup final  on Sunday.

Three persons, who were allegedly involved in the betting racket,  have been arrested. According to AATS/North District Police here, the total amount invoved in betting was about Rs. 75 lakh. 12, Gali Thane Wali, Old Subzi Mandi, Delhi.

The betting racket was being operated from House No. 3612 located at Thane Wali Gali in Old Subzi Mandi area in old Delhi. Acting on a tipoff a police team comprising of team leader sub-inspector Vikram Singh, ASI Ajit Singh, head constables C Mahesh, Khushal Singh, Zakir, and constables Amit Sharma, and Devender Khatri under the supervision of inspector AATS North and overall supervision of ACP-Operation conducted a raid and nabbed the culprits Amit Sharma (320, Gaurav (30) and Mohit (32).

The Police have seized from them 9 mobile phones, an LCD T.V., a laptop and a calculator. A case under Sections 3, 4,5, 9, 55 D.P.G. Act has been registered at the Subzi Mandi Police Station.

Cyclone Pam: UK provides emergency assistance

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UK Aid Shelter Kits and Water Containers are loaded for shipment
UK Aid Shelter Kits and Water Containers are loaded for shipment

London: The UK will provide up to £2 million to support international relief efforts following the widespread damage caused by Cyclone Pam, International Development Secretary Justine Greening has announced.

Working closely alongside the Governments of Vanuatu, Australia and New Zealand, the Department for International Development will provide support to UN organisations and aid agencies. Many people are in need of support and girls and women will be left particularly vulnerable without urgent shelter or other vital supplies.

Following a request from the Government of Vanuatu, up to £1 million will be made immediately available to UN organisations and international aid agencies already working in the region.

An additional £1 million will be made available by the activation of the UK’s Rapid Response Facility, which provides emergency support via pre-approved organisations in the event of a humanitarian disaster overseas. This will ensure its members are able to quickly respond to people’s needs on the ground.

All our thoughts are with the people of Vanuatu as they start to assess the full scale of this disaster.

It is already clear that there has been widespread devastation. Many families have lost their homes and power supplies, roads and other infrastructure have been left badly damaged.

Our support will ensure relief agencies can provide temporary shelters; protect vulnerable people, especially women and children; and provide emergency supplies as the country responds to this emergency.

-Justine Greening, International Development Secretary, UK

Cyclone Pam hit the Pacific’s Vanuatu archipelago on Friday 13th March, bringing winds of 250kmph and heavy rainfall. The category 5 tropical storm has caused widespread destruction, particularly in Port Vila, the capital of Vanuatu. Communication networks have been severely disrupted by power outages and much of the infrastructure system across the archipelago has been destroyed. Red weather alerts remain in place whilst international teams work to measure the full impact of the cyclone.

The Rapid Response Facility (RRF) was established in March 2012. It is a network of pre-approved specialist aid organisations and private businesses who can rapidly deliver emergency medical, water and sanitation assistance to affected people.

Lifetime Visa to PIOs and the Security issue

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi addressing the Indian Community, at Madison Square Garden, in New York on Sept. 28, 2014. (Photo: IANS/PIB)Lalit Shastri

On the eve of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (Overseas Indian Day) meet which will be inaugurated at 10 am this morning, President Pranab Mukherjee, it is learnt, cleared the ordinance to amend the Citizenship Act to merge the Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) and the Person of Indian Origin (PIO) schemes to allow lifelong Indian Visa to PIOs.

The new regime, after it comes in force, will exempt PIOs from reporting to the Police if they stay in India beyond a period of six months.

Former diplomat Amit Dasgupta has elaborated on the Indian Diaspora in his article “India’s diaspora: Assuming a transformative role” published yesterday in theindiandiaspora.com. He writes: “As the government crafts its development agenda and seeks foreign investment and participation not only in manufacturing but also, and more importantly, in education and skill enhancement, it has started to see the considerable advantages that accrue through a win-win participation by the diaspora in the process. This is possibly why the government is likely to announce the merger of the OCI and PIO cards, and a series of fresh incentives to encourage the diaspora to invest their savings in India.

At the same time, the government is aware that the diaspora is not uniform and not all members of the diaspora are held in high regard or esteem in their adopted home. Being ‘true ambassadors’ literally means, how the local residents perceive the community would be how the local residents would perceive India and all Indians. A great responsibility lies on the shoulders of the community members.

In Australia, when the attacks on the Indian students broke out, a person of Indian origin owned the first dodgy school that collapsed. Several Indian students, who were mugged as they came home late from work, were employed by Indians, who paid them below Australian minimum wages and furthermore, forced them to violate the terms of their visa conditions, which stipulated the maximum number of hours they could work.

In New Zealand, recently, Indian women complained that it was fellow Indians who subjected them to eve-teasing and sexual advances. In the Philippines, the illegal immigration by poor Indians, mainly from Punjab, lured by the money-lending mafia run by Indians, has reduced the Philippines’ visa-on-arrival policy for Indian passport holders to a farce, rendering genuine travelers helpless. How we behave determines perceptions”

When asked to react on the the pitfall of treating all migrants as a single block or entity and giving lifetime Indian visa for PIOs since that could give rise to serious security issues as who would then check the antecedents of those running or linked with crime cartels and involved in drugs or terror or money laundering, Mr. Dasgupta replied: “I agree; security is a serious concern. sadly, on security grounds, over the past several years, agencies have refused to process cases and give approvals to proposals. but you are spot on: we can open a pandora’s box.”