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Archive for July 2, 2011

Newsline: US,China in embassy billing spat

The State Department is hitting China with a nearly $1 million tab for help the U.S. provided so that China could get a zoning waiver to turn its old embassy in Washington into a residential complex. Department officials said they have presented China with a $923,930 bill for services rendered after Chinese officials unexpectedly charged the U.S. embassy in Beijing the same amount to get the permits necessary to build an annex. The officials said these fees are usually waived as a matter of courtesy, but protocol demands reciprocity in such cases. Under an agreement between the U.S. and China,Washingtonwas obliged to help Beijing get local approval to revamp its former embassy before it could build its embassy annex in Beijing.




Newsline: Indian employee of Chinese embassy sentenced to one year jail

An Indian employed with the Chinese embassy here has been sentenced to one year in jail for purchasing a stolen VCR from a teenage friend 13 years ago that was purloined from city police headquarters. TheDelhicourt refused to accept the leniency plea of 35-year-old accused Dinesh Kumar, a Delhi resident, for release on probation on the grounds of good conduct and that he is sole bread earner of the family comprising old parents, two young children and a sister. “Considering the fact that convict was found to be in possession of VCR and the remote stolen from the office of Senior Additional Commissioner of Police and it is well known fact that thefts as well as offence of keeping stolen goods are on the increase in the city, he does not deserve to be released on probation,” Metropolitan Magistrate Ekta Gauba said. “Interest of justice will be served if for offence punishable under Section 411 IPC (receiving stolen property), convict Dinesh Kumar is sentenced to simple imprisonment for one year and to pay fine of Rs 1,000,” she added. During the trial, Dinesh claimed to be innocent and accused the police of planting the goods to implicate him. However, Dinesh could not produce any witness to support his claims while the prosecution produced 10 out of whom eight were police officials.