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Indian mother faces trial for suicide attempt [ BY SATISH VISAVADIA ] n Indian woman is facing trial in Britain for allegedly trying to kill her child and attempt suicide by jumping before a train. The Snaresbrook Crown Court heard that Radhika Sharma, 35, jumped in front of a locomotive as horrified commuters looked on at one of London's busiest stations.

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The driver slammed on the brakes but was powerless to stop and the pair disappeared from view, the Daily Mail reported. Both, however, escaped uninjured as the engine passed harmlessly overhead and its wheels hit neither of them, it added. The incident occurred last year. Sharma, of Forest Gate, east London, denies attempt to murder and two counts of child cruelty or neglect.

Man faces deportation after 14 year jail Pruthi would use cash n Indian is faced from new investors to with deportation pay existing clients. after being jailed He fleeced nearly 800 for over 14 years for investors by offering running Britain's biggest them huge returns on fraudulent scheme. their cash. The 41-year-old KauAmong the victims tilya Pruthi, who ran were former England Britain's biggest Ponzi Kautilya Pruthi cricketer Darren Gough scheme, pocketed 38 million pounds in a 115 million and actor Jerome Flynn, each pounds scam, the Daily Express re- thought to have lost up to one milported.Pruthi has been branded a lion pounds. Pruthi's two accomplices, John "sophisticated and plausible liar" at London's Southwark Crown Court. Anderson, 46, and Kenneth PeaIn the Ponzi-style fraud, named cock, 43, were each jailed for 18 after Italian conman Charles Ponzi, months.

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NRIs flay pay limit for UK settlement leading campaign group espousing the cause of Indian and other non-EU professionals has strongly opposed the proposal to introduce a salary threshold for migrants who wish to settle in the UK permanently after working here for five years. Immigration minister Damian Green announced that for the first time, the link between the number of years a migrant spends in the country and permanent settlement was proposed to be broken with the requirement that they can settle only if they earn at least 35,000 pounds annually. “Settlement in the UK should not be a right of the wealthy few. It is high time that these morally bankrupt politicians stopped preaching lessons on morality and human rights to the developing countries and turned its attention on the migrants who come to UK by ensuring them a

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fair and a reasonable chance of making a home in the UK irrespective of their class of earnings,� the HSMP Forum said in a statement. Until now, permanent settlement was automatic: if a migrant spends five years in the UK in an immigration route that leads to settlement and has not committed major criminal offences, permanent settlement was granted, irrespective of the salary level. The new measure is scheduled to take effect from 2016 and is likely to reduce the number of Indian and other non-EU migrants granted permanent residence from 60,000 to 20,000 every year. The salary threshold would mean that many teachers, nurses and others from outside the EU would need to leave the UK after working for five years because they cannot meet the 35,000 pounds annual salary threshold.

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Lawyer who smuggled drugs into prisons faces jail lation Authority, adn Indian-origin mitted two smuggling solicitor faces plots at north Lonyears behind don's Pentonville bars in Britain for prison between smuggling drugs and March 1 and Sep 17, mobile phones to 2009. prison inmates in He also admitted a oversized shoes. further charge of takRitesh Brahmbhatt, ing a mobile phone 31, "abused his posiinto Winchester tion of trust" as a Ritesh Brahmbhatt prison while on bail lawyer to use legal visits to two prisons to smuggle in for those offences Feb 2 last year. The court heard the smuggling banned and illegal items in return for cash, the Daily Mail reported. racket was helping fuel a lucrative He was caught when sniffer dogs black market prison trade with at one jail smelt the cannabis and nearly 20,000 pounds passing meow meow, a stimulant drug, through bank accounts belonging hidden inside his size 12 wide-fit to Brahmbhatt and others involved in the plot. The gang was exposed shoes. Blackfriars Crown Court heard after prison officer Lucy McLaren Brahmbhatt also managed to fit noticed Brahmbhatt's suspiciously some electronic scales in the black, high number of legal visits to inmetal-buckled slip-ons that were at mate Sterling and purposely had sniffer dogs brought in for his next least too big for the lawyer. The court heard he was planning visit scheduled Sep 17. Brahmbhatt, from Ilford, admitto pass the drugs and scales to convict David Sterling, 28, who wears ted two conspiracies of bringing a full-length Muslim robe and an- drugs and phones in to Pentonville other prisoner Desmond Brown, prison and a further charge of con27. Brahmbhatt, who is currently veying a mobile phone into Winsuspended by the Solicitors' Regu- chester prison.

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Cobra Beer to invest four million pounds in advertising come a top-10 beer n a bid to become brand in the UK," Bila global leader in imoria, who founded the beer industry, Cobra Beer, said in a Cobra Beer would statement. invest up to four milThe new advert lion pounds in televiwhich will run sion, cinema and throughout 2012 will digital advertising, feature a fresh take on company chairman authentic India and Karan Bilimoria Cobra Beer is owned by Cobra's Indian hersaid. Karan Bilimoria itage, premium image The company said and unique taste. The the campaign, launched in March, would be the campaign also draws upon three driving force for it to become a key collaborators, who are notable top-10 UK beer brand and leader in India's cutting edge fashion, in the 'World Beer' category - this food and music scenes. According to the company, the is the second fastest growing segment in terms of volume and advert created by Beattie value accounting for 9.5 percent McGuinness Bungay features a of total beer volume and 12 per- train full of modern Indians journeying through the vibrant Indian cent of the value. "The new advert tells our story landscape "We're confident the campaign very well, presenting a journey that continues to this day," Bil- will deliver genuine consumer enimoria said. "We have a beer that gagement and ultimately drive has won multiple awards through sales," said Chris McDonough, the years and in 2012 we will managing director brand co (UK make great strides for Cobra to be- & Ireland) for Molson Coors.

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