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Newsline: Indian Embassy in US involved in search for missing girl in Texas

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has voiced “deep concern” over a three-year-old Indian girl in Texas who has been missing since October 7 after her foster father made her stand outside the house as punishment for not drinking milk. She said the Indian Embassy is actively involved in the search. “We are deeply concerned about the missing child. Indian Embassy in US is actively involved and they keep me informed,” Sushma Swaraj tweeted late on Thursday night. According to reports, Sherin Mathews had gone missing from her home in Richardson, Texas. Her father Wesley Mathews told police he’d sent his daughter — in her pyjamas at 3 a.m. on October 7 — to stand alone beneath a tree outside the home as “punishment for refusing to drink milk”. When he went to the spot after sometime, the girl was not there. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has joined the probe along with the police. The FBI has searched the Mathews’ house.



Newsline: Ukraine Ambassador’s mobile phone snatched while taking pictures in India

Ambassador of Ukraine Igor Polikha’s mobile phone was allegedly snatched near Red Fort. The police have begun a probe into the matter. Around 9:15am, Mr. Polikha was clicking photographs using his mobile phone when an unidentified man appeared, snatched his phone and fled the spot, the police said on Friday. The Ambassador was alone at the time of the incident, with his driver waiting for him a kilometre away. Mr. Polikha immediately approached the police after which the case was registered and teams were formed to nab the alleged snatcher. “We have some clues and several teams have been formed. We’ll solve the case soon,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Jatin Narwal.


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.