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Indian doctors barred from staying in the U.S. after graduate studies

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Indian-DoctorsSAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — The Indian government has stopped issuing ‘no objection’ certificates to medical students from the country seeking to further their education in the U.S., effectively forcing them to stay in their home nation.

According to a recent report, around 4,000 doctors have applied for the certificate since 2010, which allows them to remain in the U.S. after completing their studies. The U.S. government has forced restrictions of its own, requiring students to return to their home countries for two years after completing studies.

However, the U.S. allows doctors to waive the two-year period for those who wish to remain in the country to practice medicine. This is only permissible for Indian-origin doctors if the Indian government issues them a ‘No Obligation to return to India’ certificate. The government has decided to halt issuance of such certificates for all doctors, except those age 65 or older, since August of last year.

Dr. Sagar Mundada, president of the Central Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors, described the decision as an “unconstitutional, retrograde move,” and has argued to the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay high court to have the decision reversed.

“Since the policy changed in 2011, it’s not clear how many were given no objection, but the fate for most hangs in balance now,” he said.

India’s government said the decision was made as a result the country’s need for 400,000 more doctors to meet the 1:1000 doctor-citizen ratio prescribed by the World Health Organization.

“Government is using doctors as a soft target when other professionals are allowed to leave the country and do not even have to serve a bond. Doctors are the only ones who serve a mandatory bond service in rural areas after graduation, and again after their masters, for a year each in Maharashtra. Government spends a fortune on IT titans, many of who leave the country for greener pastures, but they have no such service to perform,” said Mundada.

“Engineers and management graduates should also be asked to contribute a year’s service in the rural sector on development projects which will go a long way to nation-building. Improved infrastructure with their assistance, would improve primary health care accessibility in these areas too,” he added.

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FBI: Amity CEO Ridhima Singh, others accused of major healthcare fraud

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — The FBI says, CEO Ridhima Singh of Amity Home Health Care is among the 28 people, that include doctors and nurses, accused in the scheme. Federal prosecutors charged the Bay Area’s largest home health care provider, Amity Home Health Care, with involvement in a kickback scheme that led to $115 million in tainted claims. The complaint said medical professionals received $8 million worth of bribes disguised as payroll, phony medical directorships, reimbursements, entertainment or gifts, in what the Department of Justice said was simply “a cash for patients scheme.”

The man accused of stabbing and killing 62 year old Parmjit Singh in Tracy made his first court appearance. 21 year old Anthony Kreiter-Rhoads of Tracy pleaded not guilty of homicide during his arraignment. Police are still investigating the motive behind the crime.

And Priyanka Chopra & her husband Nick Jonas were named by People Magazine as their pick for ‘Best Dressed of the Year.’

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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PM Modi’s Houston reception sold out, 50,000 to attend

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HOUSTON (Diya TV) — “Howdy, #Modi!”, the community event in Houston next month featuring Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is sold out, with more than 50,000 people registering for the program. This community summit will be at NRG Stadium, home of the Houston Texans football team. The expected crowd will be the largest for a foreign leader in the United States other than for Pope Francis.

The Indian government has begun to ease restrictions in most areas of Kashmir, with barricades being lifted to allow more freedom of movement of people and traffic. Markets remained shut and phone and internet services are still suspended. Large security measures are also still in place. Students are being asked to return to school, but most classrooms are still mostly empty.

With a lot of narratives online about what’s going on in Kashmir, we asked Indian Counsel General in San Francisco, Sanjay Panda, to give context and sort out fact from fiction.

Fire Eye, an American-based cyber security firm says hackers broke into a leading India-based healthcare website, stealing nearly seven million records containing patient and doctor information. Fire Eye did not publicly name the website, but says the cyber criminals are mostly China-based and are selling the stolen data underground.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Indian PM Modi to address the United Nations in September

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the annual UN General Assembly (UNGA) session on September 28th. He is also expected to attend a multitude of high-level summits while in New York. He will also speak at a diaspora event in Houston on September 22nd.

India and the U.S. are “very close” to resolving all their trade-related differences, with Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal planning to meet the U.S. Trade Representative in the next month.

India is the only major Asian economy that’s grown its export share since the start of the tariff wars in 2018. It’s also the one with the fewest trade links to China.

As opioid epidemic spreads globally, the Savera Medical Centre in Edmonton, Canada is perhaps the first clinic to focus on treating South Asians affected by opioids

And in a story but you’ve got to see to believe, there were more than students attending class at IIT Bombay. This cow wanted to in on some of the technical training.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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