NRI Roundup: Failed Love Leads to Suicide, Woman Stabbed to Death, Gulf Countries Assure Welfare of Diaspora

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Failed love spurs Indian to commit suicide

Kuwait City–An Indian man committed suicide by jumping from a bridge in Kuwait city after his girlfriend left him to marry another person, a media report said.

The man, in his early 30s, jumped to his death from a bridge on Maghreb Motorway and fell on another vehicle, the Arab Times reported.

The Interior Ministry received a distress call from a motorist saying a person had jumped off the bridge and fallen on his vehicle, the daily reported.

Police said the man left a suicide note which read: “Life makes no meaning without you.”

Indian woman stabbed to death in Kuwait

Kuwait City–An Indian woman was severely beaten and stabbed to death in a suburb of Kuwait city, a media report said.

Her husband is missing and a security official said the flatmate of the woman notified the Interior Ministry after finding her body inside the house in Khaitan area, the Arab Times reported. The woman’s identity was not revealed.

The body was “lying in a pool of blood with stab wounds and furniture scattered all over the place”, police said. Police were trying to trace the husband.

Gulf countries assure India of welfare of diaspora amid Qatar crisis

New Delhi–India on Saturday said it is closely monitoring the situation in the Gulf where several countries led by Saudi Arabia have cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar and that the countries have assured continued support for the welfare and well-being of the large Indian diaspora.

India also said that the countries should resolve their differences through dialogue.

“We are closely following the emerging situation in the Gulf region in the wake of the recent decision by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and some other countries to break diplomatic relations with the State of Qatar,” the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement.

“We are of the view that all parties should resolve their differences through a process of constructive dialogue and peaceful negotiations based on well-established international principles of mutual respect, sovereignty and non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries,” it said.

Indians, at 630,000, comprise the largest expatriate community in gas-rich Qatar which is by size a small nation.

Two Indian-origin men in Queen’s birthday honors list

Canberra-Two persons of Indian origin were among 891 Australians recognised by Queen Elizabeth II in her birthday honours list for 2017 for their contribution to the community.

Queensland-based Professor Rajiv Khanna received the Officer of the Order of Australia Medal for his work in medicine — specifically his contribution to the development of cellular immunotherapies for the treatment of cancers, infectious complications and chronic disease.

Khanna said he and his team were honoured to be recognised by those outside the scientific community.

Khanna had been working on a new cancer treatment alternative — a treatment he said was safer.

He said his hard work shows how the Indian community values education.

“We tend to value education very highly in India. You go to any Indian parent, they all want their kids to become a doctor or an engineer or something,” he was quoted as saying by SBS Television network.

“But in a terms of what it brings to the Australian community is that the highly educated Indian community… whether they’re in a medical area or an engineering area, they contribute hugely.

“And I’m part of that and I’m very proud of that heritage, to be from the Indian community,” he said.

Unnikrishnan Velayudhan Pilla from Queensland was awarded the medal of the Order of Australia in the general division (OAM) for service to the Malayali community in the state.

Other notable mentions who received the award included Hollywood actress Cate Blanchett, Qantas Chief Executive Alan Joyce and the departing mining industry heavyweight Jacques Nasser.

The list was announced by Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove on Monday and the honours were awarded for service to the country to mark the Queen’s official birthday in June each year.

1,000 take part in yoga event in Chinese city

Beijing– Nearly 1,000 people on Sunday took part in a yoga event in Zhenjiang in east China in the run up to the 3rd International Yoga Day.

The event was jointly organised by the Consulate General of India, Shanghai, along with the Zhenjiang Municipal People’s Government.

Zhenjiang, a city in Jiangsu province, became the third city in east China to host a grand curtain raiser ahead of the global yoga day.

“Nearly 1,000 yoga lovers from all over Zhenjiang, including several Indian students from Jiangsu University, participated in the yoga celebrations,” said an official statement.

An Indian teacher conducted the yoga session for the nearly 1,000 practitioners.



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