Australian gets 45 years for Indian student’s murder

Sydney: An Australian man who raped and strangled his neighbour Indian student and threw her body into a canal in a suitcase was jailed today for 45 years for the “horrifying” murder.
Daniel Stani-Reginald, 21, had plotted to rape and murder a woman for years before choosing Tosha Thakkar, a 24-year-old accounting student who lived in an adjoining room at his Sydney boarding house, the Supreme Court heard.
He read thousands of Internet articles on serial killers and sex attackers before assaulting Thakkar in March 2011 and throttling her with a cable in a crime described by judge Derek Price as “extraordinarily cruel”.
“The last minutes of her life must have been horrifying. This was a terrible way for the deceased to die,” Price told the court.
After he killed Thakkar, Stani-Reginald, who pleaded guilty, stuffed her body in a black cloth suitcase, took a taxi to a nearby canal and tossed it into the water in broad daylight, a “callous” act, said Price.
He had shown no remorse and had poor prospects of rehabilitation, the judge said, ruling he was likely to offend again and was a danger to the community.
Though his father had murdered his mother in his presence when he was 10 years old, leaving him a state ward, psychiatrists who examined Stani-Reginald found no evidence of mental illness.
Price jailed Stani-Reginald, of Sri Lankan descent, for a maximum 45 years, 30 years of which must be served without possibility of parole, stopping short of the life sentence sought by prosecutors.
Thakkar’s family was disappointed with the term.
“We have lost Tosha forever. We’re not going to get her back, so we were expecting a life sentence,” said cousin Pratik Thakkar.

A spate of violent crimes against Indian students in Australia in recent years strained diplomatic ties between the two countries and prompted street protests, damaging Australia’s reputation and seeing foreign enrolments dive

Indian American wins US business chamber award

NEW YORK: An Indian American businessman has been awarded by a US business chamber as its 2013 Ambassador of the Year.
Kiran Patel was named as the 2013 Ambassador of the Year by the Henderson Chamber of Commerce in the city of Henderson in the US state of Kentucky, thegleaner.com reported Thursday.
“Like previous winners of the Ambassador of the Year Award, (Patel) puts in several hours every day at their job and is very active in the chamber: attending ribbon cuttings, Brown Bag lunch events and other chamber events held throughout the year,” the report quoted award presenter Janet Hortin as saying.
After moving to Henderson with his family in 1994, Patel bought a motel and in 2011 bought the Henderson Hotel building, renovating it into what is now The Gilmore Inn in the city.

Stating that the award was the best thing to have happened to him, Patel said, “I wish more people would work as ambassadors and board members.”

Indian American surgeon MukeshHariawala to discuss ‘Obamacare’ impact on India

BOSTON: Noted Indian American surgeon MukeshHariawala will discuss the business implications of President Barack Obama’s second term on the Indian healthcare system at a leadership conclave in Mumbai in June.
A Harvard trained cardiac surgeon, who is also a healthcare economist, Hariawala will deliver the keynote address at the 4th annual India leadership Conclave & Indian Affairs Business Leadership Awards 2013 June 21.
More than 300 businessmen, diplomats, politicians, social reformers and delegates from Middle East and Europe are expected to attend the conclave with the theme of “New India, Agenda for Change” organised by Network 7 Media Group.
Hariawala’s lecture on “Barack Obama’s 2nd Term, Business Implications on Indian Healthcare System” will focus on opportunities offered to Indian healthcare professionals by Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act, also known as ” Obamacare”.
Hariawala has stressed how friendly retail FDI policies could help India get a larger share in medical tourism revenues, increased IT contracts, generic drug company revenues and overseas insurance company investments in Indian healthcare.

Indian origin schoolboy murdered in South Africa

Durban, April 29 : A 16-year-old Indian origin student was stabbed to death and his elder brother wounded after a confrontation in school, media reports said Monday.
While Dareshan Moodley was stabbed to death at Chatsworth, an area in Durban largely dominated by people of Indian origin, his 18-year-old brother Revarsheen is undergoing treatment in the city’s R.K. Khan Hospital, the Daily News newspaper reported.
According to the boys’ father Jayce Moodley, the whole matter had its roots in a recent incident in their school, Welebedene Secondary School, when another student struck Dareshan for speaking to his sister.
Dareshan had fought back but the other student pulled out a knife and stabbed him.
The father said he had reported the matter to school.
After attending a fair at Chatsworth Saturday night, the two brothers were on their way home early Sunday with some of their friends when a gang of youths attacked them.
The youth who had stabbed Dareshan was also in the gang, according to the report.
The brothers’ friends rushed to the Moodleys’ home and brought their father to the scene.
“Dareshan was lying on his back on the ground and I could not see his injuries. He was already dead,” Jayce Moodley was quoted as saying.
“I felt his heart and he was gone. I closed his eyes. Revarsheen was across the road, struggling to breathe and moaning.”
Visvin Reddy, the chairman of Chatsworth unit of the African National Congress, said he would be contacting the education minister of Kwazulu-Natal, Senzo Mchunu, to call for regular spot checks for knives in schools.
According to local education department statistics, three students have died in violence between students this year, while last year the figure was 22.