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Modi in Malaysia: one million dollar for Indian students’ fund

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Kuala Lumpur: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday sought to enhance India’s connection with its diaspora in Malaysia, praising lavishly its accomplishments and making a slew of announcements, including naming a cultural center here after the famous freedom fighter and commander of the Indian National Army Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

He also announced one million US dollar as an additional fund to the corpus of the India-Students Trust Fund.

We are happy to announce (a) grant of about $1 million in additional funds to the corpus of the Trust Fund,

In his address to the diaspora on the second day of his visit to Malaysia, Modi said his government was prepared to work with the Malaysian government to build a memorial to Indian soldiers who laid down their lives in Malaysia during World War II.

Modi said India and Malaysia should recognize each other’s degrees, on which he would talk with his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak.

Modi said his government has merged the Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) and Persons of Indian-Origin cards and made visas lifelong.

Besides, Indian-origin up to 4th generation is enough to register for OCI now. This is especially helpful for people like Malay Indians, whose ancestors came here generations ago. Minor children, who are foreign nationals, and foreign spouses can also get OCI status now. We have introduced e-visas that have made travel simpler,

He said the Indian government has opened nine visa collection centers in Malaysia. “There is an e-Migrate portal to make it easier and safer for workers to go to certain countries.”

Modi said there were times when workers from India get into difficulties here and their welfare and security were at the top of the government’s concerns. “Last year, we assisted more than 8,000 Indian workers to return home safely.”

Referring to India-students Trust Fund set up in Malaysia in 1954 to give financial assistance to Malaysian-Indian children who lacked the means for education, Modi said the fund was still needed by a section of the Indian community.

Modi also announced that his government would install a bust of Mahatma Gandhi at the Gandhi memorial hall in Malaysia.

He talked of India and Malaysia drawing strength from their respective diversities.

Today, India is not just united but draws strength from its diversity. It is a nation where every citizen belongs: where everyone has equal rights that the constitution guarantees, the court protects and government defends,

Describing terrorism as the “greatest threat to the world today”, Modi said there was a need to delink religion from terror.

Besides, Modi said independent India owed a debt of gratitude to Malay-Indians.

Your forefathers in thousands came forward to join Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and the Indian National Army. We will name our cultural center here after Bose.

Modi also added, “India is not confined to its territory. India exists in every Indian in every part of the world,”

As over 15,000 people of Indian-origin chanted “Modi, Modi” at the Malaysian International Exhibition and Convention Centre here, the prime minister acknowledged the large proportion of people of Tamil descent among the Indian diaspora in this southeast Asian nation by beginning with a greeting of “Vanakkam”.

Love and friendship of Malay Indians have always had a special place in my heart,

The event was organized by Welcome Partners, comprising Indian expatriates and around 90 cultural and community organizations from across the country.

Of the nearly 30 million population of Malaysia, around two million people are of Indian-origin.

The prime minister said Malaysia’s achievements were enormous and noted it has nearly eliminated poverty, placed basic needs within reach of its entire population, achieved 100 percent literacy and is providing jobs for everyone who wants it or needs it.

Its infrastructure is world class. It ranks very high on the ‘ease of doing business’. And, for five decades, it has averaged a growth rate of over six percent per year. And this is a truly extraordinary achievement for any country.

Referring to his government’s work, Modi said: “Wheels of change have begun to move and they are gathering pace now and it is showing in numbers. India is today the fastest growing major economy in the world. I know you feel proud about it.”

Modi said lifestyle in one part of the world affects climate and agriculture in another part of the world. “We need each other’s markets and resources. So, our national progress will depend on the strength and success of our international partnerships.”

(Inputs from IANS)

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India will soon ask Malaysia to extradite Preacher Zakir Naik

India will soon approach Malaysia with a request to extradite hardline Islamic preacher Zakir Naik.

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  • India will seek the Malaysian government’s help in extraditing televangelist Zakir Naik who faces charges of money laundering and inciting hatred through his sermons broadcast on Peace TV, the foreign ministry said Friday.

Zakir Naik obtained permanent residency in Malaysia 

Officials will approach their Malaysian counterparts with the extradition request sometime within the next two weeks, Indian foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar told a weekly news briefing in New Delhi.

“Any formal request seeking the assistance of a foreign government in cases of extradition requires a completion of the internal legal process involving consultation with other ministries involved in the case,” Kumar said.

“At this stage, we are nearing the completion of this process and as soon as this process is complete we will be making an official request to the Malaysian government in this matter,” Kumar said. “It could be a couple of days or a couple of weeks. But it would be soon and the nature of our request would also be clear.”

Naik fled India a month before terrorist carried out a massacre at a café in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in July 2016. This week, Malaysia’s deputy prime minister said the Islamic preacher legally obtained permanent residency in the country, and that Malaysian authorities would arrest him only if he broke local laws or was found to be involved in terrorist activities.

Naik’s speeches allegedly inspired some of the militants who carried out the siege at the Holey Artisan Bakery café in Dhaka, where 29 people, including 20 hostages and five gunmen, were killed.

In November 2016, the Indian government banned Naik’s Mumbai-based NGO Islamic Research Foundation, which partly funded the Peace TV channel that is banned in India, Bangladesh and several other countries.

Kumar said because the Indian government had knowledge of Naik’s whereabouts, the legal procedures would be tailored to requirements between the two countries in their extradition treaty.

Advocate challenges charges

“Naik is being hounded because he hails from a minority community. The charges that the investigating agencies are trying to frame are all stale and are hardly incriminating,” advocate S. Hariharan told BenarNews in a phone interview from Delhi.

“The charges lack veracity and would not stand scrutiny in the court of law. We will be challenging the extradition and deportation.”

Last week, the Indian government filed a 61-page charge sheet against Naik alleging he was involved in a criminal conspiracy by lauding terrorist organizations. In April, a non-bailable warrant was issued against him in an alleged case of money laundering through his NGO and a shell company.

In Malaysia meanwhile, the opposition Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) has urged the government to ignore any request from India to extradite Zakir Naik, Reuters reported.

“For Muslim individuals, even when they won by using arguments and not weapons, like Dr. Zakir Naik, they are considered terrorists because their arguments cannot be countered,” PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang wrote last week in an opinion piece published in Harakah Daily.(BenarNews)

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Asia Cup : India Emerge Champions for third time, Beat Malaysia in Asia Cup Hockey Championship

India emerged victorious for the third time

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Dhaka, October 22, 2017 : India overcame Malaysia 2-1 in the final on Sunday to win the Asia Cup hockey championship for the third time.

Ramandeep Singh (3rd minute) and Lalit Upadhyay (29th) scored for India. Shahril Saabah (50th minute) scored the reducer for Malaysia. (IANS)

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Stanford Study Ranks India among the Laziest People in the World

A recent study by a group of researchers at Stanford have revealed that Indians are among the laziest people in the world

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Indians average just 4,297 steps a day. Wikimedia
  • A Stanford study has ranked India 39 in the world for the laziest people 
  • China, and particularly Hong Kong, has the most active people
  • The research also found out that Indian women walk even less than men

July 17, 2017: Researchers at Stanford University carried out a study on 46 countries to find out the levels of laziness. In its finding, Indians ranked 39 and thus among the laziest people.

Indian people average only about 4,297 steps a day. It was also observed that women in India walk much less than men. While men registered an average of 4,606 steps daily, women averaged 3,684 steps.

The world average is 4,961 steps. The Americans stood at an average of 4,77,4 steps daily.

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The most active people, according to the research, are the Chinese and mainly the ones in Hong Kong. Other notably active people are from Ukraine and Japan. The people in these countries walk more than 6,000 steps daily, mentioned ANI report.

With a daily average of just 3,513 steps, the Indonesians ranked as the laziest people in the world. Other laziest countries include Malaysia and Saudi Arabia. These countries have an average of fewer than 3,900 steps.

The researchers at Stanford University installed step-counters in smartphones and used that information for the research. 700,000 people from 46 different countries were part of the research, which has been published in the journal called Nature.

– Prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394