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THE CONTACT WEEKLY NEWSPAPER


ISSUE - 463 26 June to 02 July 2012 PH: (905) 671 - 4761


Punjab launches drive to identify number of NRIs


CHANDIGARH: A special drive has been launched in Punjab to identify the number of NRIs at village level, their property and citizenship. The revenue department has started the drive in order to compile a record of NRI properties so that their cases of disputes could be disposed off as sson as possible.


All land related cases of NRIs in Punjab would be looked into by the District Revenue Officers, who have been designated as Nodel Officers to redress


PIO woman treats kin as slave, jailed


NEW YORK: The sister-in-law of an Indian woman, who came to the US after an arranged marriage, has been sentenced to two years in prison for physically assaulting her and treating her as a slave.


Rajani Jagota, 32, was convicted in February this year on charges of labour trafficking and assault, Rockland county district attorney Thomas Zugibe said in New York.


The victim, now 25- year-old , is an Indian citizen who came to the US after an arranged marriage with Vishal Jagota.


The defendant, along with her mother, Parveen Jagota and brother using intimid ation , physical abuse and manipulation to force the victim to work as a round-the-clock servant, performing a variety of household chores, cooking, child care and other tasks under threats of violence.


which would dispose off all revenue cases like Partition, Mutations, Girdawari Lambardari and Marriage registration, involving NRIs.


Majithia said that the work regarding the setting up of Patwar Stations at each Sub-Division would be completed within 6 months.


the grievance of NRIs. Revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia said on Monday that NRIs come to Punjab for a limited period of time mainly one to two months and they have to


face many problems in their land related matters. He said that keeping in view their problems Punjab government has designated all DROs as Nodel officers of NRIs,


He also said that it has been made mandatory for Patwaris to attend their offices at Patwar Stations thrice in a week and for the remaining two days they would look after their field work.


NRI in Canada asked to pay alimony to


NEW DELHI: A non- resident Indian has been asked by a Delhi court to pay an alimony of Rs 33,000 a month to his estranged wife living here. Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Ila Rawat ordered Puneet Arora, residing in Canada with his parents and sister, to pay maintenance to his wife from January 2010 when she had moved the court for the alimony. The sessions court's order came on the woman's plea for modification of a magisterial court order, which had allowed her an alimony of Rs 33,000 a month but had slated the


estranged wife in India date of its payment from


August 5, 2011, the day the trial court had given its ruling. "The respondent no. 1 (Puneet) is directed to pay Rs 33,000 per month towards maintenance and for rent amount to his wife (the petitioner) from the date of filing the application," said ASJ Rawat, slating the 10th day of every month as the date for payment of the alimony.


Continued.... Page 3 T-shirt about NRI woman's murder sparks outrage in South Africa JOHANNESBURG:


Selling of T-shirts carrying objectionable slogan referring to the gruesome murder of an Indian-origin lady have sparked a fresh controversy here, attracting criticism from different sections of the society, including that from the victim's family.


The apparel with the message "Dewani Tours - treat your wife to a killer holiday" apparently refers to the killing of Indian-origin honeymoon bride Anni Dewani in Gugulethu township of Cape Town in 2010, for which her British husband Shrien Dewani is facing extradition plans to


stand trial after being implicated in the murder. The message uses a popular English font type resembling Hindi script, reminding readers of Anni Dewani's Indian origins. "This is a blatant disregard and disrespectful way of showing no remorse over a killing that shocked not just South Africa but the world," said Gugulethu resident Vusi Ndoda, noting the incident has severely impacted on tourism in the area.


He said he will talk to the Indian-origin businessman Dinesh Dowlath, who is the man behind the idea, to withdraw


the clothing, failing which he would campaign for boycotting his stores and organise protests at his businesses.


Dowlath, on the other hand, has rejected suggestions that he was making light of the horrific murder, pointing out that T- shirts with often controversial and ambiguous statements had been the speciality of his stores. Although agreeing to the sensitivity of the matter, Dowlath told the weekly Sunday Times Extra that there was a market for such clothings as people see the humour in them. "These T- shirts are for a discerning


In her plea, the woman had said she was married to Puneet on September 15, 2009 with her parent giving sufficient dowry to him as per his family's demand. She said Puneet left for Canada after a fortnight of his marriage and when she joined him after five months after grant of visa, she was not treated properly and was not given the status of wife.


intelligent market," Dowlath said, adding that although he created most of the slogans on his T-shirts, this one was suggested by a customer. Meanwhile the victim's family has decried the situation, calling on Dowlath to "let decency


prevail." "As a family, we haven't even started our grieving because the case is on hold and yet, there are those horrible people out there who see profit in this," Anni's uncle Ashok Dewani told the weekly from his Sweden home.


Indian Americans lead Asians in income, education in US: Survey WASHINGTON,


Asian Americans are the highest-income, best- educated and fastest- growing racial group in the US with Indian Americans leading them all in their levels of income and education, according to a new survey. Seven in 10 Indian-American adults ages 25 and older have a college degree, compared with about half of Americans of Korean, Chinese, Filipino and Japanese ancestry, and about a quarter of


Vietnamese Americans, according to the Pew Research Centre report released Tuesday. Indians also have the highest median household income of $88,000 among the largest Asian- American groups. Asians as a whole have a median household income of $66,000 compared with the US median of $49,800. On the other side of the socio-economic ledger, Americans with Korean, Vietnamese,


Chinese and "other US Asian" origins have a higher poverty rate than


does the US general public, while those with Indian, Japanese and Filipino origins have lower


rates, the survey of six major Asian groups found. Their geographic settlement patterns also differ. More than seven in 10 Japanese and two- thirds of Filipinos live in the West, compared with fewer than half of Chinese, Vietnamese and Koreans, and only about a quarter of Indians. There are sub-group differences in social and cultural realms as well. Japanese and Filipino Americans are the


most accepting of interracial and intergroup marriage; Koreans, Vietnamese and Indians are less comfortable. Their pathways into the US are different, the Pew survey found. About half of all Korean and Indian immigrants who received green cards in 2011 got them on the basis of employer sponsorship, compared with about a third of Japanese, a fifth of Chinese, one-in-eight Filipinos and just one percent of Vietnamese. Continued.... Page 3


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