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Srinivas Kuchibhotla

New York: The killing of an Indian-origin man shows the worst and the best of America -- the undercurrent of bigotry and the heroism and the generosity, which are often the dominant traits. A 24-year-old man rushed to overpower the gunman, who shot dead Srinivas Kuchibhotla and injured Alok Madasani, and himself took several bullets in the Wednesday night attack at a bar in Olathe, Kansas state. Civil rights organisation, Hindu American Foundation (HAF), said: "It is these acts of heroism in our communities that make America great."

Alok Madasani

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday expressed shock over the shooting incident in the US in which an Indian-origin man was killed and another injured. Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani were shot at a bar in Olathe, Kansas, on Wednesday night by a former Navy serviceman who mistook them for "Middle Easterners". Srinivas Kuchibhotla

New Delhi: The temporary travel ban imposed by the Trump administration on seven Muslim-majority countries can impact the reputation of the US as a global travel destination and any impediment to legitimate inbound travel will take away jobs from Americans, a top official of New York City (NYC) has said.

Islamabad: Three suicide bombers who targeted a court in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province were killed on Tuesday, the ghastly attack also leaving five others dead, authorities said. At least three attackers attempted to enter the Sessions Court at Charsadda district through the main gate when the complex was crowded, media reports said. The terrorists suddenly opened fire and threw grenades, prompting police and security forces to fire back, the Dawn said after speaking to officers and witnesses.

New Delhi: Looking to expand its reach in the Arctic region, increase the transportation of cargo and conduct year-round navigation in the ice-covered polar waters, Russia is set to commission the 33,000 tonne Arktika, the world's largest nuclear-powered ice-breaker, in 2019, a top official has said.

Washington: Washington's Smithsonian National Zoo began a series of public events in preparation to send off a giant panda named Bao Bao back to China. "All of our fans are very sad to see her go, but we know that this is a really important step for her, giving her the opportunity to return to the breeding center in China and hopefully produce offspring of her own," said Michael Brown-Palsgrove, a giant panda curator. "It's sort of like sending your kid off to college," he said. "Bao Bao is more independent than our male cub."

Toronto: Indian-origin tech leaders in Canada say the controversial visa and travel restrictions imposed by US President Donald Trump will be a boon for tech recruitment and investment in Canada. "This provides a great opportunity for the best talent from India to come, live and work in Canada," said Shafin Diamond Tejani, the CEO of Fantasy 360, a Vancouver-based global leader in creating immersive experiences and games using Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR).

New Delhi: Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Wednesday said more than 1,200 Pakistani minority members have applied for Indian citizenship and more than 12,800 Pakistanis have applied for Long Term Visa (LTV).

Kolkata: Refusing to bow before US President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban, scientists across the world, including India, have opened up their lab spaces to counterparts stranded outside America. Under the Science Solidarity List (SSL) initiative, researchers from over 30 countries have agreed to host the affected. 

Washington: A federal judge in Washington state temporarily blocked President Trump's week-old immigration order from being enforced nationwide, reopening America's door to visa holders from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Following the ruling on Friday, government authorities immediately began communicating with airlines and taking steps that would allow travel by those previously barred from doing so, the Washington Post quoted a US official as saying. 

New York: Convicted Democratic Party fundraiser Sant Chatwal got an invitation to a State Department lunch for then Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2009 through Hillary Clinton's aide Huma Abedin, according to emails obtained by a conservative activist organisation. During that time, Chatwal was secretly funnelling illegal political contributions to Democratic Party politicians for which he was later convicted. On Thursday, Judicial Watch released the emails, which were among a trove it obtained through a court order. 

Jaipur: The Islamic State may be defeated soon on the battlefield but this in itself is unlikely to bring peace to the Middle East unless the basic reasons resulting in its -- and Al Qaeda's -- rise are tackled, says a British expert who was advisor to the coalition forces in Iraq.

Washington: Organizers of Tokyo 2020 want their Games to be remembered for being nature-friendly, and keeping that in mind, the medals are going to made from recycled mobile phones. The move is not only aimed at promoting sustainability, but also at saving costs. Olympic and Paralympic Games have traditionally always been about gold, silver and bronze, but with the new development, the Japanese public have been asked to donate unwanted mobile phones and other electronic items to help make 5,000 medals.

Washington: The Trump Administration has introduced a legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives which among other things calls for more than doubling the minimum salary of H-1B visa holders to USD 130,000, making it difficult for firms to use the programme to replace American employees with foreign workers, including from India.

Washington DC: US President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration and refugees has led to wide widespread confusion across the country as authorities at the airports are struggling to adjust to the new directives and many immigrants including Indians are facing problems following the move.

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