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Man fined for racially abusing Indian restaurant staff in Ireland

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London: A fine of 500 pounds was slapped on a man  for hurling racist abuses at the staff of an Indian restaurant in Northern Ireland, media reported.

The man was Desmond Bell from Park Avenue, Northern Ireland, who allegedly turned up drunk at Raba restaurant on August 31, became aggressive and started hurling abuses at the staff.

At one point, he even picked up a cloth and fashioned a makeshift turban for his head, the Shetland Times reported.

Bell was held and taken into custody and spent a night in jail prior to his appearance in court this week.

He admitted punching a man on the head in a racially aggravated manner.

Bell also pleaded guilty to behaving in a threatening or abusive manner, shouting, swearing and being racially abusive towards members of staff.

“He spoke with a mock Indian accent but, despite being repeatedly asked to leave, launched a tirade of racial abuse,” the report added.

“I asked him what he would like to say about this and he said he was heartfully sorry, and would like to apologise to everybody,” his defence agent Tommy Allan was quoted as saying.

Fining him, Judge Philip Mann said, “I hope you (Bell) will reflect carefully on your future behaviour.”

(With inputs from IANS)

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Narendra Modi Considers Indians in Argentina as Bridge Between Two Nations

Narendra Modi is slated to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the G20 summit

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi who arrived here to participate in the G20 Summit, sought the help of the Indians in Argentina in strengthening bilateral ties and taking it to a new level by playing the role of a “bridge”, an official statement said on Friday.

Narendra Modi made the remarks on Thursday evening while attending a “Yoga for Peace” event.

The Prime Minister said that there were unlimited possibilities of mutual cooperation between the two countries and “we can avail the benefits of our capabilities in the field of business, pharma, oil, gas, IT and space”.

“The cooperation between the two countries has an ability to create a golden future in sectors of water, land and space. You are all India’s messengers. Your contribution is a bridge which connects both the countries,” Modi said in the event.

Modi said that practices like yoga can further enhance the relationship between the two countries.

“The meaning of Yoga is to unite. Yoga connects us with ‘wellness and happiness’. It led to overcome thousands of kilometres distance between India and Argentina and has been uniting the people of both the countries.”

He invited Indians residing in Argentina and their friends to visit India and understand the country in a vast way.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi (FILE PHOTO)

“All the Indians living in Argentina should come to India with their friends (and participate) in ‘Pravasi Bharatiya Divas’ programme to be organised in Kashi in January 2019. As the Ardh Kumbh will be going on at the same time in Prayagraj, you can observe the Indian culture, the face of a changing India and also a New India on these occasions.”

In the event, Modi said that issues such as global economy, sustainable development, climate change and economic fugitives, which are of interest to the entire global community will come up for discussion at the two-day summit that will begin on Saturday.

The event featured a mass yoga demonstration by 600 people, a song by famous Argentine singer Patricia Sosa, chanting of “Om Namah Shivaya” and a short Indian classical dance performance.

Congratulating “The Art of Living” for organising this event, the Prime Minister said that yoga improves the health of both the mind and body.

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Modi also spoke of Argentina’s interest in Indian philosophy, art, music, and dance; and the immense popularity of Argentine football stars, such as Diego Maradona, in India.

The Prime Minister congratulated the Argentine hockey team for winning their first match during the Hockey World Cup held in Odisha.

Narendra Modi is slated to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the G20 summit. (IANS)