Indian-origin doctor in Britain reinstated

London: An Indian-origin cardiologist in Britain was unfairly sacked after he raised concerns about the safety of patients and should be reinstated, a tribunal has ruled.

Raj Mattu was "vilified and bullied" after he publicly exposed overcrowding and fears for patient safety at Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry, claiming that there may have been avoidable deaths as a result, the Guardian reported.

Indian-American mother kept dead son on ice for Hindu ritual

By Arun Kumar ,

Washington: An Indian-American woman in north Texas, accused of killing her son and leaving his body in the bathtub for four days, claims she did so in accordance with her Hindu beliefs.

Pallavi Dhawan, 38, who is charged with first-degree murder in the death of her 10-year-old son, Arnav, almost three months ago, describes the events in a sworn affidavit sent to police through her lawyer, David Finn.

In the affidavit published by Dallas Observer, Dhawan said when she tried to wake her son for school on Jan 29, he was cold and unresponsive.

Four Indians arrested with huge foreign currency cache

By Anil Giri ,

Kathmandu: Nepal police have apprehended four Indians from Nepalgunj along the India-Nepal border Friday evening with a huge cache of foreign currency while they were trying to board a Kathmandu-bound flight at the local airport.

The police confisticated 179,500 euros, $2,900 and 1,300 Thai bhats - accounting to more than NRs.24.59 million - from the four Indians.

Police claimed that the men had hidden the money inside their underwear.

Nepal's Maoist party wants cases against its cadre dropped

Kathmandu : Nepal's main opposition Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) demanded Friday that there should be an agreement among parties to bring all the war-era cases under the jurisdiction of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission or transitional justice mechanism.

The UCPN (Maoist) also demanded that all the cases against its cadres in the regular court proceedings be dropped, Xinhua reported.

The party is obstructing the parliament session with its demand for release of its 16 cadres arrested in connection to war-era cases.


28 dead, 268 missing in South Korean ship sinking

Seoul : The toll in the sinking of a ferry, carrying 475 people, mostly high school students, in sea waters off South Korea's southwest coast, rose to 28 Friday, officials said.

South Korean Coast Guard and Navy divers succeeded Friday in entering into the hull of the sunken ferry, two days after the ship capsized, Xinhua reported.

The divers secured a path to the dining room of the submerged vessel, and found various passages to pry their way into the hull.


Flooded Chinese mine's toll rises to 19

Beijing : The toll in the flooded Xiahaizi coal mine in southwest China's Yunnan province rose to 19 Friday as rescuers found 14 more bodies. Three other miners were still missing, officials said.

The accident happened April 7 when 26 miners were working at the Xiahaizi coal mine in Qujing City, and 22 miners were trapped underground. Four miners were rescued, Xinhua reported.

Investigators believe the flooding was caused by an explosion.

Rescuers retrieved four bodies Thursday and one Wednesday.


Six climbers killed on Mount Everest

Kathmandu: Six climbers were killed Friday in an avalanche on Mount Everest, while nine other climbers have gone missing, media reports said.

Fifteen climbers were heading towards an Everest Base Camp in Solukhumbu region when the accident took place, reported.

The report said four bodies have been recovered from the avalanche site, but have not been identified yet.


India, US poised on more collaborative path: Envoy

Washington:) India and the United States are today positioned to embark on a more closely collaborative path with growth in India providing it new impetus, according to Indian ambassador S. Jaishankar.

"The world the two nations seek does look similar in the big picture: with greater prosperity, more freedom, market economics, rule based regimes, and pluralistic societies," he said Thursday at the Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Geneva talks: UN chief 'encouraged' by agreement on Ukraine

United Nations: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was encouraged by "concrete and urgent steps" aimed at de-escalating the Ukraine situation agreed at four-way talks in Geneva Thursday.

Ban welcomed the initial round of diplomatic negotiations on the crisis in Ukraine in Geneva by top diplomats from Ukraine, Russia, the US and the European Union, Xinhua quoted Ban as saying in a statement.


US releases $450 mn of Iran's frozen funds

Washington: The US has taken steps to release a $450-million installment of Iran's frozen funds as part of an interim deal on Tehran's nuclear programme, the State Department said Thursday.

The US took the move after a report from the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed that Iran has completed the dilution of the agreed amount of 20 percent enriched Uranium, as stipulated in the deal it reached with world powers in November, Xinhua reported.