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In Singapore, two Indian-origin brothers have been sentenced by the court for failing to report for the National Service

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Singapore, October 20, 2016: In Singapore, two Indian-origin brothers have been sentenced by the court for failing to report for the National Service which is compulsory.

The brothers, Sakthikanesh Chidambaram, 25, and Vandana Kumar Chidambaram who will be turning 23 in two weeks – without a valid exit permit remained out of Singapore and was unsuccessful to report for the National Service (NS) for almost more than five years and more than three years, respectively.

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On Wednesday, Sakthikanesh was jailed for three weeks, and his younger brother Vandana was fined with SGD 6,000.

According to PTI, “Sakthikanesh, earlier pleaded guilty to one charge of failing to report for the National Service for five years, six months and 17 days. Vandana earlier pleaded guilty to one charge of failing to report for the NS for three years, six months and two days.”

They also admitted that both of them remained outside Singapore without a valid exit permit.
All these charges were taken into consideration before sentencing.

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Sakthikanesh was told to register for the NS in June 2008, but later that month, he left Singapore so as to pursue his university education at the National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra. He returned in April 2014, after the completion his studies. He was enlisted for the full-time National Service in September 2014.

Vandana was told to register for National Service, in May, 2010, but he returned to Singapore in June 2014, and was enlisted for the full-time NS in August 2014.

In his judgement grounds, District Judge John Ng found that the brothers had “a substantial connection to Singapore”. He further noted, “Both got their NRICs and used Singapore passports for travel.”

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“From the facts of this case, it is clear to me that the parents and the boys had no intention of giving up their Singapore citizenship before their NS obligations came to the fore,” he said.

However, the judge took into account that both of them surrendered themselves and had pleaded guilty to their charges. “They also performed their NS exceptionally well,” he noted.

by NewsGram team with inputs from PTI

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Indian Cuisine becomes the most sought after in Moscow

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June 17, 2018:

Restaurateurs Prodyut and Sumana Mukherjee have not only brought Indian cuisine to the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 here but also plan to dish out free dinner to countrymen if Argentina wins the trophy on July 15.

Based in Moscow for the last 27 years, Prodyut and Sumana run two Indian eateries, “Talk Of The Town” and “Fusion Plaza”.

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Both restaurants serve popular Indian dishes like butter chicken, kebabs and a varied vegetarian spread.

During the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

The Mukherjees, hailing from Kolkata, are die-hard fans of Argentina. Despite Albiceleste drawing 1-1 with Iceland in their group opener with Lionel Messi failing to sparkle, they believe Jorge Sampaoli’s team can go the distance.

“I am an Argentina fan. I have booked tickets for a quarterfinal match, a semifinal and of course the final. If Argentina goes on to lift

During the World Cup, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

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FIFA World Cup 2018, Wikimedia Commons.

“We have been waiting for this World Cup. Indians come in large numbers during the World Cup and we wanted these eateries to be a melting point,” he added.

According to Cutting Edge Events, FIFA’s official sales agency in India for the 2018 World Cup, India is amongst the top 10 countries in terms of number of match tickets bought.

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Prodyut came to Moscow to study engineering and later started working for a pharmaceutical company here before trying his hand in business. Besides running the two restaurants with the help of his wife, he was into the distribution of pharmaceutical products.

“After Russia won the first match of the World Cup, the footfall has gone up considerably. The Indians are also flooding in after the 6-9 p.m. game. That is the time both my restaurants remain full,” Prodyut said.

There are also plans to rope in registered fan clubs of Latin American countries, who will throng the restaurants during matches and then follow it up with after-game parties till the wee hours.

“I did get in touch with some of the fan clubs I had prior idea about. They agreed to come over and celebrate the games at our joints. Those will be gala nights when both eateries will remain open all night for them to enjoy,” Prodyut said.

Watching the World Cup is a dream come true for the couple, Sumana said.

“We want to make the Indians who have come here to witness the spectacle and feel at home too. We always extend a helping hand and since we are from West Bengal, we make special dishes for those who come from Bengal,” she added. (IANS)