Air India Suspends All Tel Aviv Flights Till April 30 due to Middle East Tensions

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 10:39am on 19 Apr 2024,Friday India Global

Amid escalating tensions between Israel and Iran, Air India has halted all flights to and from Tel Aviv until April 30, 2024. The decision comes as part of a safety measure in response to the evolving situation in the Middle East. Passengers with confirmed bookings during this period will receive waivers on rescheduling and cancellation charges. This suspension follows similar actions by other international airlines, including Lufthansa and Etihad Airways, in response to recent regional developments. Air India had only recently resumed flights to Tel Aviv on March 3 after a five-month hiatus.

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Probe into Firing at Salman Khan's House Reveals Portugal Link

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 10:15am on 19 Apr 2024,Friday India Global

Mumbai police arrested Vicky Gupta (24) and Sagar Pal (21) for firing outside Salman Khan's house. The duo had surveyed Khan's Panvel farmhouse days before the incident. They rented a house near the property and admitted to receiving a pistol a month prior. Pal underwent shooting training in Bihar, while police detained Gupta's brother for questioning. An online claim by gangster Lawrence Bishnoi's brother, allegedly linked to the incident, traced back to Portugal via VPN. Maharashtra CM vowed to dismantle the Bishnoi gang after meeting Khan. Investigation continues into the attempted attack.

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Indian National Pleads Guilty to USD 17 Million Bank Fraud in US

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 07:11pm on 18 Apr 2024,Thursday India Global

Nitin Vats, a former employee of a New Jersey-based marble and granite wholesaler, admitted guilt in a USD 17 million bank fraud scheme before US District Judge Susan D Wigenton. Vats, part of Lotus Exim International Inc, conspired to fraudulently obtain a line of credit, fabricating accounts receivable. The deception led to default, causing significant losses to the victim bank. Facing up to 30 years in prison and a USD 1 million fine, Vats awaits sentencing in September. The case highlights the need for vigilance against financial fraud.            

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Tourist Couple Shares Details of Jharkhand Gang Rape Encounter in Emotional Video

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 06:29pm on 18 Apr 2024,Thursday India Global

A tourist couple involved in the Jharkhand gang rape incident released a 59-minute video recounting the traumatic event. They disclosed encountering the assailants earlier and exposed one's identity. The video depicted the campsite and moments leading to the assault. Recalling the horrific three-hour ordeal, the couple narrated their escape to the hospital and subsequent relocation with police protection. Despite the trauma, they expressed resilience, vowing to continue their journey. Jharkhand Police arrested eight suspects and provided ₹10 lakh compensation. The video sheds light on the couple's harrowing experience and underscores the need for justice and support for victims.

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Two Indian Students Arrested for Shoplifting in New Jersey, US

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 05:57pm on 18 Apr 2024,Thursday India Global

Two Indian students, Bhavya Linganagunta and Yamini Valkalpudi, studying at Stevens Institute of Technology, were arrested for shoplifting at a New Jersey grocery store, US. They attempted to leave with $155.61 worth of unpaid items. Despite offering to pay and apologizing, they were detained by Hoboken police. Concerns arose about the impact on their H1B visa process. Police clarified the seriousness of the offense. The students were asked to refrain from returning to the store. This incident echoes a similar case in 2015 involving Indian women shoplifting razors in Tennessee.

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Indian Consulate in Dubai Launches Helpline for Rain-Affected Indians

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 05:30pm on 18 Apr 2024,Thursday India Global

India's consulate in Dubai initiates helpline numbers for Indians stranded due to heavy rains in the UAE. Consulate assures assistance, coordinates with authorities and airlines. Dubai airport submerged, flights cancelled. UAE grapples with worst-ever recorded rainfall, roads flooded. Consulate facilitates communication between stranded passengers and families. Relief measures extended in collaboration with community organizations. Mission vows continuous support until normalcy returns.

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India to Deliver BrahMos Missiles to Philippines After Two-Year Delay

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 04:07pm on 18 Apr 2024,Thursday India Global

India is finally set to deliver the first batch of BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles to the Philippines on Friday, following a $375 million deal signed two years ago. The shipment marks India's first export of the BrahMos missile, developed jointly with Russia. Delays occurred due to a lack of a non-disclosure agreement between the two nations. This deal bolsters India's goal of becoming a major defense exporter. India aims to achieve ₹35,000 crore in defense exports by 2024-25. Last fiscal year, defense exports grew by 32.5%, surpassing ₹21,000 crore, with contributions from both the private and public sectors.

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Indian Foreign Secretary’s Visit to Bangladesh Called Off Without Explanation

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 02:54pm on 18 Apr 2024,Thursday India Global

India cancels Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra's trip to Bangladesh, originally scheduled for this weekend. No reasons were provided for the postponement, and no new dates have been announced. Kwatra was set to meet Bangladeshi officials to discuss bilateral ties and prepare for Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to India. The decision comes amidst the deteriorating situation in Myanmar, expected to be a topic of discussion during the meetings. Hasina's visit to India is now anticipated in late June or early July, with Kwatra's visit intended to pave the way for future cooperation between the two nations.

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Indian-Origin Men Arrested in Canada's Largest Gold Heist, Valued at Over $20 Million

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 01:56pm on 18 Apr 2024,Thursday India Global

Canadian authorities apprehended nine individuals, including Indian-origin men, for their involvement in Canada's largest gold and cash theft. The heist, likened to a Netflix-worthy plot, saw the looting of 6,600 bars of pure gold, valued at over $20 million, and CAD 2.5 million in foreign currency. The stolen cargo, originating from Zurich, Switzerland, was pilfered from a secure Air Canada cargo facility at Toronto Pearson International Airport. Peel Regional Police Chief Nishan Duraiappah praised investigators for their efforts in solving this intricate international case.

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Kerala Woman Among Indian Crew Returns Home After Ship Seized by Iran

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 12:19pm on 18 Apr 2024,Thursday India Global

Indian deck cadet Ann Tessa Joseph, part of the Indian crew on the Israeli-flagged MSC Aries seized by Iran, safely lands at Cochin airport. The Ministry of External Affairs confirms her arrival, stating concerted efforts by the Indian Mission in Tehran and Iranian authorities. Remaining 16 crew members are in good health, with ongoing support from Indian authorities. Earlier talks between External Affairs Minister Jaishankar and Iranian counterpart ensure coordination. Iran seized the vessel amid escalating tensions with Israel. Safety concerns persist as the crew awaits clearance amidst adverse weather conditions in the Persian Gulf.

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