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  • Published 20.04.17

Domestic abuse fine

• New York, April 19 (PTI): An Indian-American woman CEO has been ordered to pay $135,000 (Rs 87 lakh) to her former domestic worker from India after a probe by the US labour department found that she underpaid the employee and mistreated her.

The complaint alleged that Himanshu Bhatia, CEO of Rose International and IT Staffing, paid her domestic worker a fixed monthly salary of $400 plus food and housing at Bhatia's home in San Juan Capistrano and other residences in Miami, Las Vegas and Long Beach. Investigators found that the employee, identified as Sheela Ningwal, suffered "callous abuse" and retaliation. Bhatia also allegedly confiscated Ningwal's passport. Bhatia terminated her service in 2014 after she allegedly found her researching labour laws online.

Sonu row

• Mumbai (PTI): Sonu Nigam on Wednesday got his head tonsured at a news conference in response to a "fatwa" by a Calcutta-based Muslim cleric who took exception to the singer's tweets critical of the use of loudspeakers in shrines and offered to pay Rs 10 lakh to anyone shaving Sonu's head. Sonu stressed his tweets were against the use of loudspeakers in morning sermons and not aimed at any particular religion.

Irish woman

• London (PTI): A woman on a train in Ireland has been caught on camera making expletive-ridden racist comments towards fellow Asian passengers, telling one of them to "go back to India" for placing a bag on an empty seat, media reports have said.

AI flight

• New Delhi (PTI): An Air India flight with around 300 passengers onboard was grounded in New Delhi on Wednesday before its departure for New York because of hydraulic failure in one of the aircraft engines. The flight finally took off around 7pm after a delay of over 17 hours, an Air India spokesperson said.

KV vacancies

• New Delhi (PTI): At least 200 Kendriya Vidyalayas and 125 Navodaya Vidyalayas across the country have no principals, according to a report submitted by the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan to the ministry of human resource development.