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Newsline: Indian Embassy in US sets up helpline ahead of Irma landfall

The Indian Embassy in the US opened a round the clock helpline for Indians in need of help in the wake of hurricane Irma, which American officials said could have a catastrophic impact on Florida when it makes landfall there. “We are keeping sort of minute to minute watch on developments. We have set up hotlines. We are in touch with community leaders in Florida area,” Indian Ambassador to US Navtej Sarna said after a review meeting he had on hurricane Irma preparedness. The hotline number is 202-258-8819. Sarna also decided to bolster strength of the Indian Consulate in Atlanta, Georgia, with hurricane Irma expected to make landfall on Florida. Florida comes under the jurisdiction of the Atlanta Consulate.



Newsline: Pakistan summons Indian diplomat

Pakistan summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner J P Singh to the Foreign Office to protest against the Indian forces’ recent ‘unprovoked’ ceasefire violations of the Line of Control (LoC) in the Azad Jammu and Kashmir’s (AJK) Chirikot Sector. The firing incident that took place on September 2 resulted in the death of an 8-year-old girl, Momina, at village Polas. On that day, Indian forces also targeted Kakuta and Nullah villages along the LoC. The Foreign Office said the deliberate targeting of civilians was indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity and international human rights and humanitarian laws. “Despite calls for restraint, India continues to indulge in ceasefire violations,” added an FO statement issued on Monday.


Newsline: American Embassy School employee found dead in India

A 44-year-old employee of American Embassy School was found dead on the banks of the Yamuna in Kashmere Gate. The police said they suspect him to have committed suicide as there were no injury marks on his body. Vipin Chander, a resident of Nangloi who used to work as a cook at the school, had left his home around 5 a.m. on Monday leaving his phone behind. His wife Champa was half asleep when he left and thought he had gone for a stroll but when he didn’t return, the family started looking for him and later approached the police.


Newsline: Indian farmer posed as filmmaker to seek US visa arrested for duping embassy official

A 38-year-old farmer from Punjab, who “wore branded clothes to look like a film producer” so he could get a US visa, has been arrested for trying to dupe Embassy officials. The accused had allegedly told officials that he is a filmmaker and needs a visa to “attend the IIFA awards in New York”. DCP (crime) Madhur Verma said they have arrested two persons — Amrik Singh, a farmer and Gurmukh Singh (40), a visa agent. “The arrest was made after we received a complaint from Robert Rentz, deputy regional security officer in the US Embassy. Arrested persons were produced before the court and sent to 14-day judicial custody in Tihar Jail,” Verma said. Sources said that suspecting a bigger conspiracy, officials of the US Embassy approached the inter-state cell of Crime Branch, and a team under the supervision of sub-inspector Gurmeet Singh started the investigation. A few days ago, Amrik had applied for a non-immigrant visa at the US Embassy. In his application, he claimed to be a film producer. “He claimed he is in business of filmmaking, and the purpose of his visit is to attend the IIFA awards festival in New York. To corroborate his claims, he even showed multiple movie flyers wherein his name was printed as the presenter. ‘Amrik Film Corporation’ was printed across his income statement,” an official privy to the investigation said.

Arrested For Duping Embassy Official: Farmer posed as filmmaker to seek US visa, ‘attend IIFA’

Newsline: Chinese embassy’s flip-flop on Rahul Gandhi’s ‘meeting’ with its envoy

Did Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi meet with Chinese envoy Luo Zhaohui on Saturday or did he not? The Congress denied it on Monday. And the Chinese embassy in Delhi first posted then removed a statement on its website saying that the two met, reported Times Now. The Congress denied as “fake news” media reports that its vice president met Luo in the capital amid the China-India border stand-off at Doklam in Sikkim. Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala, in a series of tweets said some news channels were running “fake news” on Rahul’s alleged meeting with the Chinese Ambassador. On Friday, Rahul had tweeted asking why Prime Minister Narendra Modi is “silent” on China. The Congress renewed its attack on the issue on Monday.


Newsline: Indian Embassy will remain in Tel Aviv

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has affirmed India’s traditional support for the “two-state” solution between Israel and Palestine and that India will support all efforts for a resolution, including on the contentious issue of Jerusalem, which Israel has claimed in its entirety since 1967. In the clearest position of India’s stand on the Jerusalem question, the Prime Minister said the Indian Embassy in Tel Aviv would remain there at least until a “final status” agreement is reached between the two parties. “We believe in a two-state solution in which both Israel and a future Palestinian state coexist peacefully,” Mr. Modi said in an interview to Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom.


Newsline: China lodges protest with Indian Embassy

China on Tuesday lodged diplomatic diplomatic protests with India, both in New Delhi and Beijing, alleging that the Indian troops trespassed into Chinese territory in the Sikkim sector. It has accused the Indian troops of “crossing the boundary” in the Sikkim section and demanded their immediate withdrawal, while asserting that it has shut down the Nathu La pass entry for Indian pilgrims travelling to Kailash Mansarovar because of the border standoff. “We have lodged solemn representations in Beijing and New Delhi to elaborate on our solemn position”, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Lu Kang told a media briefing in Beijing. “Our position to uphold our territorial sovereignty is unwavering. We hope the Indian side can work with China in the same direction and immediately withdraw the personnel who have overstepped and trespassed into Chinese border”, he said. China on Tuesday night, said that it had put off the visit of Indian pilgrims who enter Tibet via the Nathu La pass “for safety reasons” in view of the border issue. “China urges India to immediately withdraw its border guards that have crossed the boundary and have a thorough investigation of this matter”, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said.