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The Largest Circulating South Asian Newspaper In North America Distributing in TX, LA,OK,CA,IL,VA,NC,NY, NJ,PA,DC,MD

Volume V

Issue No. 01

24 Pages

www.southasianchronicle.com

Friday, January 03, 2014

Case against Devyani on firm footing: US NEW YORK: The US has rejected India's contention that it misconstrued salary details in the visa application of senior Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade's domestic help, asserting there is "no goof up" and that the case against her is on a firm footing.

Making it clear that visa fraud charges against Khobragade will not be dropped, US sources here said, "The strength of the fraud in the case is very strong." "The case will be there against her, it will not be dropped. The charges will remain," the sources

US gains in Afghanistan will see significant rollbacks by 2017, report claims

India, Pakistan agree to send back inadvertent border crossers

WASHINGTON: A new US intelligence estimate predicts that gains the United States and allies have made in the Afghanistan war in the past three Continued on page 21

LAHORE: India and Pakistan today agreed that people who inadvertently cross the frontier would be immediately returned to their respective countries. The decision was made during a five-day bi-annual meeting of offi-

said, adding, if the 39-year-old diplomat gets full diplomatic immunity, she can travel outside the country. However, if she were to return to the US later on a visit and if she then does not have the immunity, she could face arrest on the charges Continued on page 21

cials of the Pakistan Rangers and India's Border Security Force here. According to a statement issued after the talks, the two sides decided to continue efforts to ensure peace and tranquillity on the international Continued on page 21

All the best for the New Year 2014 to all of you from all of us Make dua for all the Marhoomeen. May Allah bring lots of happiness in our lives accompanied with peace, prosperity and harmony and make

us very successful in all of our endeavors. Law-abiding citizens always measure your success as an institution with the success of your community. One cannot

exist without the other. May you ring in the New Year with hopes for the future and cherished memories of the past. Warmest regards

Picture taken during the Luncheon Prayer Service with the Theme Save Bangladesh held at Shahnai Party Hall this Past Saturday by Several Organizations of the Houstonian Bangladeshi Community.

Worker abuse by diplomats a problem in US, advocates say NEW YORK: The prosecution of an Indian consular official in New York for allegedly forcing her maid to toil for little pay highlights a problem advocates say is all too common-workers for foreign governments who bring along the baggage of human trafficking to the US.

Singapore riot: Indian to seek judicial review on bail conditions SINGAPORE: An Indian, part of 25 alleged rioters who participated in Singapore's worst outbreak of violence in over 40 years, plans to seek judicial review on the conditions that the authorities have imposed on him. Arun Kaliamurthy, 28, was in Singapore on tourist social visit pass

Afzal Mahmood (Consulate Hashim Badat (ISGH President) Tasleem Siddiqui General of Pakistan) President)

(PAAGH Tariq Khan Publications Team)

(Pakistan

Don't be fooled: Flu shots help; other myths debunked

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ith recent Texas deaths attributed to the H1N1 flu virus, the seasonal illness continues to make headlines. According to the latest figures from

the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Texas is among the six states with the highest reports of influenza-like illness (including the flu). The other states are Alabama, Louisiana,

Because of the complications surrounding immunity laws, many abuse cases often go unreported or uncharged, advocates say. Victims' claims often end up in civil court for that reason, they say. There have been at least 20 cases Continued on page 20

when the riot took place in Little India on December 8. Kaliamurthy, currently out on bail, had last week asked the court to change the "unilateral decision" of the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) - to report to them Continued on page 20

Bangladesh orders arrest of factory owners for deadly fire

DHAKA: A Bangladesh court on Tuesday ordered the arrest of the owners and four others over the Mississippi, Missouri and Oklahoma. Despite its severity, a 2013 survey country's worst-ever garment factory by the National Foundation for fire that killed 111 workers, after police laid charges. Infectious Diseases shows that a The court in Dhaka issued the Continued on page 20 warrants for Delwar Hossain and his

wife Mahmuda Akter over the blaze in 2012 at the Tazreen factory, where workers stitched clothes for Western retailers. "Dhaka's senior judicial magistrate Wasim Sheikh issued the warrants of arrest against the two fugitive Continued on page 20

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