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‘Indian call centres stole USD 300 million from Americans’Police escort call centre staff arrested for duping US citizens. Reuters file

‘Indian call centres stole USD 300 million from Americans’

28 Oct 2016 | 9:32 AM

WASHINGTON: The five Indian call centres charged with defrauding thousands of Americans, stole more than USD 300 million from their victims, US Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has said.

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Washington, October 28

The five Indian call centres charged with defrauding thousands of Americans, stole more than USD 300 million from their victims, US Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has said.

The official on Thursday said an inter-agency effort resulted in the indictment of all five call centres and 56 people, including 31 from India, as well as the arrest of 20 others in the US, most of whom are Indians.

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Johnson said these were “engaged in defrauding thousands of victims, stealing more than a total of USD 300 million.”

The scheme involved a network of call centres based in Ahmedabad, where associates of the ring would call victims in the US impersonating Department of Homeland Security, Internal Revenue Services, or other government officials, demanding payment in order to clear fictitious arrest warrants, orders of deportation, or unpaid income tax, Johnson said.

The five Ahmedabad-based call centres that made calls to people living in the US are Hglobal, Call Mantra, Worldwide Solution, Zoriion Communications and Sharma BPO Services.

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Trade Commission announced the indictments, the result of a three-year investigation that was the largest single domestic law enforcement action connected with the impersonation scam.

“To date, more than 1.8 million people have reported to TIGTA that they have received an impersonation call; more than 9,600 victims reported that they paid the impersonators a total amount that exceeded USD 50 million,” TIGTA Inspector General J Russell George said.

“The largest single amount paid as a result of the IRS impersonation scam as charged in the indictment is USD 136,000, paid by a victim in California,” George said.

The US Senate Aging Committee, that studies issues related to older Americans, received more than 1,100 calls from senior citizens across the country on its fraud hotline in 2015.

The most common complaint reported to the fraud hotline continues to be the IRS impersonation scam. PTI

Pak risks global isolation in purchasing defence tech: report

Pak risks global isolation in purchasing defence tech: report

28 Oct 2016 | 9:36 AM

WASHINGTON: As India’s geopolitical influence increases, Pakistan risks increasing global isolation when it comes to purchase of high-tech defence items, a US think-tank said.

It is for India and Pakistan to resolve their differences: US

It is for India and Pakistan to resolve their differences: US

28 Oct 2016 | 9:46 AM

WASHINGTON: The US said India and Pakistan should work out their differences through talks, a day after the two neighbours expelled a staffer each from the other country’s High Commission.

Pak officer caught spying; envoy’s no

Pak officer caught spying; envoy’s no

28 Oct 2016 | 1:07 AM

NEW DELHI: In the midst of heightened India-Pakistan tension, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar today summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit and informed him that an official of the Pakistan High Commission had been declared persona non grata after being caught by the Delhi Police in an espionage case.

BSF man dies in shelling, Army jawan in Kupwara

28 Oct 2016 | 1:07 AM

JAMMU/SRINAGAR: A Border Security Force Head Constable, Jitender Kumar from Bihar, was killed in continued firing and shelling from the Pakistan side in the RS Pura sector on Thursday, even as the BSF said a Pakistan Ranger died and another was injured in retaliatory fire.

Impossible to define misuse of religion in electioneering: SC

Impossible to define misuse of religion in electioneering: SC

28 Oct 2016 | 1:07 AM

NEW DELHI: A seven-member Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court today made it clear that it was impossible to define parameters for determining the violations of the ban on seeking votes in the name of religion, caste, race or language and as such it would not be issuing any guidelines on the issue.

Avian flu: Govt tells states not to panic

28 Oct 2016 | 1:07 AM

NEW DELHI: After confirmed cases of bird flu in Kerala, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi, the Health Ministry today advised states to get people handling ailing wild birds to use protective gear and take anti viral medicine Oseltamivir for ten days as a measure of abundant precaution.

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End of the road for HMT tractor unit

28 Oct 2016 | 1:40 AM

NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet today approved the closure of the loss-making tractor division of the HMT at Pinjore while sanctioning Rs 718.72 crore for the payment of outstanding salaries and other dues at the public sector entity. The approval came during a meeting of the Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Hoshiarpur village gets Diwali gift — electricity

28 Oct 2016 | 1:21 AM

HOSHIARPUR: This Diwali will be a bright one for the poverty-stricken residents of Upparla Malout village in the Kandi area of Hoshiarpur. After 69 years of Independence, electricity has reached the village. Today — for the first time — the villagers were seen using electric bulbs to illuminate their houses.

Pay temporary workers on par with regulars, SC tells state

28 Oct 2016 | 1:21 AM

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has directed the Punjab Government to pay salary and allowances to daily wage/temporary workers—pump operators, fitters, helpers, drivers, plumbers, chowkidars and others—on a par with regular staff, going by the principle of “equal pay for equal work”.


Sidhu-AAP talks ‘inconclusive’

28 Oct 2016 | 1:21 AM

CHANDIGARH: It’s back to square one for Navjot Singh Sidhu. The former BJP MP first held parleys with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), later announced his own front (Awaaz-e-Punjab) and followed it with several rounds of talks with the Congress. Now, he is again negotiating with AAP.

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Gift SYL canal to state on golden jubilee: Abhay to PM

Gift SYL canal to state on golden jubilee: Abhay to PM

28 Oct 2016 | 12:41 AM

CHANDIGARH: Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leaders today demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should gift Haryana Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) Canal on November 1, the day he kicks off Swarna Jayanti celebrations from Gurugram.

CM: Simplify loan process for horticulturists

CM: Simplify loan process for horticulturists

28 Oct 2016 | 12:46 AM

SHIMLA: Loaning procedure for horticulturalists should be simplified and made liberal whether they take loan for cultivation, machinery or for irrigational purpose, said Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh while addressing the 379th meeting of the Board of Directors of the HP State Co-operative Bank here today.

BSF man dies in Pak shelling

BSF man dies in Pak shelling

28 Oct 2016 | 12:34 AM

JAMMU: Hours after a Border Security Force head constable was killed in firing by Pakistan in the RS Pura sector this morning, the BSF killed one Pakistan Ranger and injured another in retaliatory fire.

Xi gets status similar to Mao

Xi gets status similar to Mao

28 Oct 2016 | 12:41 AM

Beijing: The ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) today declared President Xi Jinping as the "core" of its leadership conferring on him a status similar to that of party founder 'Chairman' Mao Zedong but decided to carry on with the collective leadership system.

Tata Sons hits out at Cyrus Mistry

Tata Sons hits out at Cyrus Mistry

28 Oct 2016 | 12:33 AM

NEW DELHI: Hitting out against ousted chairman Cyrus Mistry for making unsubstantiated claims and malicious allegations, Tata Sons today said the former Chairman was party to business decisions of the Tata Group for over a decade in different capacities.

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28 Oct 2016 | 1:43 AM

Chandigarh: When Virat Kohli is at the top of his game, the likelihood of India winning a One-day International is very high. But there are no certainties in sport. Kohli can’t and won’t win you every match. There will be times when a wonderful player in the opposing team — like AB de Villiers or Kane Williamson or David Warner — will take away a match from India. And there will be times when Kohli will fail.

All eyes on Gauti after Delhi bowl out Odisha

28 Oct 2016 | 1:42 AM

Mohali: Delhi would be pretty happy with how Day One of their Ranji Trophy contest with Odisha panned out here today. The Delhi bowlers put in a collective performance with both seamers and spinners picking up wickets to dismiss the opposition for a paltry 237; and then openers Gautam Gambhir and Unmukt Chand helped Delhi to 43 for no loss in 10 overs before the umpires called it a day.


Cibulkova in semis

28 Oct 2016 | 1:42 AM

SINGAPORE: Angelique Kerber eased into the last four of the WTA Finals with an unbeaten record when the world No. 1 thrashed Madison Keys 6-3 6-3 in the Red Group finale.

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