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Britain’s Longest serving Indian-Origin Lawmaker Keith Vaz Steps Down over Sex Scandal

The 59-year-old Goan-origin MP apologised to his wife, children and friends for his act

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Keith Vaz. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Sept 4, 2016: It comes as a shock to many, when one goes through the footage that shows MP Keith Vaz speaking to the men (believed to be Poles) and he reportedly boasted about having unprotected sex.

Labour MP from Leicester since 1987, Keith Vaz, who is a married father of two was keen to keep his real identity a secret. When he allegedly met two male prostitutes, he claimed that he was a washing machine salesman called Jim, mentioned the PTI report.

Mr Vaz’s meeting with two male escorts included a discussion about using the party drug known as “Poppers”. The 59-year-old Goan-origin MP apologised to his wife, children and friends for his act.

“I am genuinely sorry for the hurt and distress that has been caused by my actions, in particular to my wife and children. I will be informing the Committee on Tuesday of my intention to stand aside from chairing the sessions of the Committee with immediate effect,” he said in a statement reported by ‘Sky News’.

He will be stepping aside from the chair of the influential House of Commons Home Affairs Committee, which he has headed for the past 10 years. He, speaking to his lawyer and other members of the committee explains that he has not resigned completely, but temporarily.

The committee is currently examining prostitution in the UK and had issued a report recently saying that soliciting by sex workers to be decriminalised, mentioned PTI report.

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He later issued another statement, which added: “At this time I do not want there to be any distraction from the important work the Home Affairs Select Committee undertakes so well.

A leading news portal quoted, “Select Committees do vital work in holding the government and others to account. We are due to publish two Reports, one into Anti-Semitism and the other into FGM in the next few days, in addition, we have a number of key witnesses.

“I will, of course, inform Committee members first of my plans when we meet on Tuesday.

“My decision has been based entirely on what is in the best interests of the Committee which I have had the privilege of Chairing for the last 9 years.”

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Fellow Home Affairs committee member Naz Shah told Sky News she had spoken to Mr Vaz and “he has done the right thing” by standing aside as chair.

A Labour Party spokesman said: “Keith Vaz has issued a statement on this matter:

“As with all departmental select committees, Keith was elected to the chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee by the House of Commons, and his is position is a matter for him and the House”.

Vaz has allegedly paid for sex with two male prostitutes and also offered to pay for a class A or banned drug. Various comments and conversations of Mr. Vaz have been revealed. Most of his chats with various people have gone viral and pictures of condoms on his coffee table, at his flat have also been found out.

Labour shadow health secretary Diane Abbott said ‘I have known Keith for over 30 years, I think this must be a dreadful time for him, and his family – his wife and his two children. And I would rather not comment.’

– Prepared by Manthra Koliyer with inputs from various agencies. 

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JY Pillay: Indian Origin Civil Servant Appointed as the Acting President of Singapore

As CPA Chairman since 2005, Pillay has been acting President each time the President goes on an overseas trip

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JY Pillay. Youtube
  • JY Pillay has been appointed as the acting President of Singapore
  • Pillay, also the Chairman of the Council of Presidential Advisers, is a veteran civil servant of Indian Origin
  • The Singapore polls take place on 23rd September

September 2, 2017: Indian-origin veteran civil servant JY Pillay on Friday took over as Singapore’s acting President until a new head of the state is elected later this month.

The temporary appointment of Pillay, Chairman of the Council of Presidential Advisers (CPA), follows the completion of President Tony Tan Keng Yam’s six-year term on Thursday, the Strait Times reported.

The nomination day for the Presidential election is September 13, followed by polling day on September 23.

According to the report, when the office of President is vacant, the first in line to exercise its powers is the CPA Chairman, followed by the Speaker of Parliament. This is the first time the office has fallen vacant since the elected presidency was introduced in 1991.

Pillay is no stranger to exercising the powers of the President. As CPA Chairman since 2005, he has been acting President each time the President goes on an overseas trip. He acted as President in May, when Tan made state visits to Europe.

He has served more than 60 such “stints”– the longest of which was 16 days in April and May of 2007 when then President SR Nathan visited Africa. (IANS)


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Indian-Origin CEO Ravin Gandhi Faces Racism in The US for Criticising Trump After Charlottesville racial violence

Ravin Gandhi posted a voicemail from an alleged Trump supporter on the social media along with the nastier emails he received

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Indian-Origin CEO Ravin Gandhi faces racism in the US. Pixabay
  • An Indian origin CEO says he was racially abused and was told to “go back” to India
  • He refused to defend US President Donald Trump’s economic agenda following the racial violence in Virginia
  • He said he will speak out against such abuse as long as he has a platform to do so

Washington, August 24, 2017: An Indian origin CEO says he was racially abused and was told to “go back” to India and also take along top Indian-American diplomat Nikki Haley after he refused to defend US President Donald Trump’s economic agenda following the racial violence in Virginia.

Ravin Gandhi, founder, and CEO of GMM Nonstick Coatings, a global supplier of coatings for cookware and bakeware, penned an op-ed for CNBC following the Charlottesville racial violence but in response was slammed and racially abused by readers, the Chicago Tribune reported.

 At least one woman was killed and dozens were injured in Charlottesville last week during clashes between white supremacists and counter-protestors at a rally. Trump, instead of blaming white supremacists, held both sides responsible for the violence and was criticised by both Democrats and Republicans for the response.

“I recently told the New York Times I was ‘rooting’ for certain aspects of Trump’s economic agenda,” Gandhi, 44, wrote in the article.

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“After Charlottesville and its aftermath, I will not defend Trump even if the Dow hits 50,000, unemployment goes to 1 per cent, and GDP grows by 7 per cent… I will not in good conscience support a President who seems to hate Americans who don’t look like him.

“The fact that Trump equated hate groups with those protesting hate lit me up,” Gandhi said. “His moral leadership on this issue is reprehensible.”

US-born Gandhi, after his op-ed was published, received a voicemail from an alleged Trump supporter, who told him to “get your (expletive) garbage and go back to India”.

“You can take that other half-(expletive) Bangladesh creep with you, Nikki Haley,” the woman said in the message.

“She’s the one that started all this when she took down the Confederate flag. So don’t tell us that you gave him a chance. We don’t give an (expletive) who you gave a chance, OK? We’re going to start taking down Buddhist statues and see how you and Nikki Haley like that.”

The caller told Gandhi to “go clean up your own (expletive) country, it’s a filthy mess”.

He soon posted the voicemail on the social media and also shared the nastier emails he received, the report said.

“It was obvious that people thought my professional position somewhat protected me,” he said. “I wanted to show people that racism is blind to socioeconomics.

“Even though my race is a complete non-issue in my day-to-day life, the sad reality is there’s a group of racists in the USA that views me as a second-class citizen,” he said.

“I wanted my peers in the business community, the civic community, my friend community to see that this can happen to me. Because there’s this delusion that racism is dead because (Barack) Obama was elected (President),” Gandhi said.

He said while his sharing a “bigoted” voicemail may not make a big difference, he will speak out against such abuse as long as he has a platform to do so. (IANS)

 

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12-year-old Indian-Origin Boy Rahul Wins UK Child Genius Show

Rahul clinched the title by answering a question on 19th Century artists William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais

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Indian Origin boy wins Child Genius show. Pixabay
  • A 12-year-old Indian-origin boy from north London has won the Child Genius show
  • He clinched the title by answering a question on 19th Century artists William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais
  • Rahul’s chosen subject was Edward Jenner’s medical innovation and methodology in 18th Century England

London, Aug 20, 2017: An 12-year-old Indian-origin boy from north London has won the Child Genius show broadcast by UK’s Channel 4, the media reported on Sunday.

Rahul, who lives in Barnet, beat his nine-year-old opponent, Ronan, 10-4 in the programme’s finale on Saturday night, the BBC reported.

Rahul, who has an IQ high enough to be a member of Mensa, the world’s largest and oldest high IQ society, fought off competition from 19 children aged eight to 12 in the week-long show.

He clinched the title by answering a question on 19th Century artists William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais.

In the final, Rahul’s chosen subject was Edward Jenner’s medical innovation and methodology in 18th Century England. He and Ronan both scored 15 in their specialist fields.

Rahul said he was “extremely delighted to win” and congratulated Ronan and the other contestants, the BBC reported.

He had impressed audiences and quizmaster Richard Osman in the first round on Monday by answering every question he was asked correctly.

Rahul’s father, Minesh is an IT manager and mother Komal, a pharmacist. They entered him into the competition and called his success a “phenomenal achievement”. (IANS)