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Indian liqour store owner in New Zealand opposes racial harassment charge

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Wellington: An Indian-origin liquor store owner in New Zealand has appealed against a court judgment favouring a former Indian employee claiming racial harassment, media reported on Sunday.

Owner of Scorpion Liquor, Raj Devi and her son Shane Singh, who were ordered to pay employee Satnam Singh NZ$45,000 ($31,708) in damages for suffering racial abuse, have appealed to the high court saying they were not given a chance to contest the claims.

Satnam had alleged that he suffered racial abuse, culminating in physical assault, while he worked for two months at the store in Auckland’s Mt. Roskill area.

Devi and Shane Singh, who managed the business, say the claims made by Satnam Singh are “wholly wrong”.

They also claimed that they were not served any notice of the proceedings and were not aware of the hearing date that took place in March.

The March findings of the tribunal have been set aside pending the appeal. (IANS)

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First Hindu Temple Lays Foundation Stone in Abu Dhabi

The temple will be built in phases with all the pink stones and marble being transported from Rajasthan to the UAE capital, the Khaleej Times said

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The temple is being built on 13.5 acres (55,000 square metres) of land gifted by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the Indian community. Wikimedia

The historic foundation stone-laying ceremony of the first traditional Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi was performed on Saturday in the presence of officials from India and the United Arab Emirates as well as thousands of members of the community.

The ceremony was presided over by Mahant Swami Maharaj — the spiritual leader of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha — the organisation building the temple, along with other priests. Indian Ambassador Navdeep Suri attended the event in the presence of over 2,500 Indians from the UAE and across the world, according to Gulf News.

Suri and BAPS Hindu Mandir committee head and community leader B.R. Shetty were among those who laid foundation stones. Some 50 priests from India were part of the ceremony, the Khaleej Times reported.

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Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Wikimedia

UAE’s Minister of Climate Change Thani Al Zoyoudi and Ahmad Bilhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Sciences, were among the attendees.  The temple will be built in phases with all the pink stones and marble being transported from Rajasthan to the UAE capital, the Khaleej Times said.

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The stones of the temple will be hand-carved by artisans in India and then transported to Abu Dhabi. Once completed, this will be the first traditional Hindu stone temple in the Middle East.

The temple is being built on 13.5 acres (55,000 square metres) of land gifted by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the Indian community. (IANS)