Racist Attacks On Nigerians: African Students To Report India To The African Union

African students in India have decried the ‘barbaric racism’ against Nigerians in the South Asian country and threatened to lodge a formal complaint with the African Union. According to The Times of India, the association asked the Government of India to take concrete steps to protect the lives and properties of all African students in India, and especially in Uttar Pradesh following the recent false allegations against five Nigerian students.The students who are members of the Association of African Students in India (AASI) have said they will also send a report to all heads of governments in African countries. “We are tired of the appeasement and promises made by the Indian government and therefore we will be taking stringent actions,” the association president Samuel T. Jack said outlining what AASI would do. The association will write to the African Union countries to cut all bi-lateral trade with India if the country did not secure the lives of African student and ensure maximum security in areas where African students live. “We will ensure that all the local media houses in our respective countries get details of the growing racism which African students are facing in India. We will also send a detailed report on the barbaric racism African students are facing in India to the high levels of all African governments and heads of state,” the association said. While announcing that a nation wide protest would be held in India, the association said it would also ask African students to stop making India their study destination with immediate effect. The African Students Association, Telangana, told TOI that a peaceful protest would also be organised in Hyderabad. Meanwhile the government of India has condemned the attack on Nigerians in Uttar Pradesh’s Greater Noida. Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj asked the state government to conduct an investigation into the incident. The incident once again put the spotlight on the racial prejudice that is regularly displayed by Indians. In a statement, MEA spokesperson described the incident as “deplorable”. The spokesman said Sushma Swaraj had spoken to the UP CM Yogi Adityanath, who has promised a quick and “fair” investigation. “Law enforcement authorities of the district have made arrests and are investigating into this matter. They are also taking necessary steps to keep the situation under control.” Meanwhile, minister of state for external affairs MJ Akbar met the acting high commissioner of Nigeria and assured her of action. The video footage of the mob attack on the African students spurred both the state and central governments into action. Earlier, an African student, Sadiq Bello, in obviously a desperate appeal, tweeted to Swaraj, “@SushmaSwaraj as an international student in Noida, you need to act fast as living for us in Noida is becoming a life threatening issue.” The African Students Association asked all African students in Noida and greater Noida to remain indoors until better security is provided to them. Times of India/NAN

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Of NAFDAC, importedgarri and disposable syringes, By Sufuyan Ojeifo

A report in the social media regarding the existence of imported Indian garri (our local staple) in a Nigerian supermarket in Lagos was greeted with incredulity. When I called the attention of my wife to the report, she impatiently dismissed it as impossible.  But less than twenty four hours after, the report turned out to be […]

7 die, several trapped in India coal mine accident

The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN reports that at least seven workers were killed and several others trapped when a coal mine in India’s eastern state of Jharkhand collapsed, officials said. The mine collapsed late Thursday in the Godda District; however recovery operation could only begin early the next day as heavy smog in the area reduced visibility, slowing rescue operation. “We have recovered seven bodies from the spot, some more workers, I would say a maximum of 10, may be trapped,’’ SK Singh, general manager of the mine, said.

India: Business Tycoon Donates 90 Homes To Homeless In Place Of Lavish Wedding For Daughter (VIDEO)

A businessman has put the money he would have spent on a lavish wedding ceremony for his daughter to an inspirational use coming out of India. Ajay Munot, who made his fortune in the trade of cloth and wheat in the Aurangabad district, had been intending to spend around £95,000 on festivities to celebrate daughter Shreya’s nuptials. But after a friend’s suggestion, he decided to spend the money on building houses for the homeless, the Indian Free Press Journal reports. Munot’s funds have resulted in the creation of 90 homes on two acres of land, all for rough sleepers. Ajay Munot told The New Indian Express: “This is the new chapter in history and I hope that the same concept will be followed by the other rich communities. “We have some responsibilities towards our society and we tried to comply with it.” His daughter Shreya told ANI News her father’s gesture was the “biggest gift for her wedding.” According to reports the happy couple handed out keys to the new homeowners after their wedding ceremony. According to the Indian press, Munot set three criteria for the beneficiaries of the homes. They needed to be poor, currently living in slums, and do not have any sort of addiction. Each home is 12 by 20 square feet, has two windows, two doors, light fittings, and are painted. Not only did the bride support the plan, so did her groom. Read More

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NNPC Seeks Partnership with India on Health Management Business

In its bid to stem the tide of medical tourism and its attendant capital flight, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has invited Indian health experts to participate in its proposed health management business.

The health management business will be a one-stop-shop for medical care in Nigeria.

Speaking during the visit of a delegation of Indian business men led by the Head of Chancery of the High Commission of India, Mr.

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Death toll in India train crash hits 119

Death toll in Indian train crash has been put at 119 with more than 150 injured when the county’s express train derailed in northern state of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday, says Police. The death toll was initially put at 60 with more than 80 injured. Police said the toll set to rise amid a scramble to locate survivors as people were still missing, while authorities tried to determine what caused the derailment of 14 carriages of the train.

At least 60 killed in Indian train derailment

At least 60 people were killed and 80 injured when several carriages of an Indian train derailed in northern Uttar Pradesh, the nation’s most populous state, in the early hours of Sunday, senior railway officials said. Fourteen carriages of the train, travelling between the northeastern city of Patna and the central city of Indore, were thrown off track in Pukhrayan, 65 kilometres south of Kanpur city, according to railway officials. “Still many more passengers are trapped,” Anil Saxena, a senior railway official in New Delhi told Reuters.

War against tobacco firms

At the just concluded COP7 in far away Delhi, opinions were divided on how to handle policies against Tobacco firms. The most vocal were that of Nigerian delegates who criticized the organizational handling of policies against them By Daniels Ekugo The…

India recalls 8 diplomats accused of spying in Pakistan

India said it has recalled eight of its diplomats from Pakistan after they were accused of running an espionage ring by Islamabad and their names and photos were also leaked to the media. Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup told newsmen in New Delhi on Thursday. “Government strongly protests the manner in which the names and photos of eight Indian officials, four of them holders of diplomatic passports, have been published.

Kachikwu Leads Nigeria’s Investment Drive To India, Negotiates $15bn Deal

Kachikwu Leads Nigeria’s Investment Drive To India, Negotiates $15bn Deal

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, has today in India, negotiated a USD 15 billion investment with terms to be agreed, where the Indian Government would make an upfront payment for Crude purchase to Nigeria, to be repaid on the basis of firm Term Crude Contracts over some years and in consideration for Indian public sector companies collaborating in the refining sector as well as exploration and production activities on a Government-to-Government basis by Indian PSU Companies, long term contracts for supply of crude to Indian PSU companies from Nigeria and also possibilities of executing CGD and LPG infrastructure projects by Indian PSU companies in Nigeria.

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Oil &Gas: Nigeria negotiates $15bn investment with Indian Govt.

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, has  negotiated a 15- billion dollar investment with Indian Government for the oil and gas sector. A statement signed by Mr Idang Alibi, Director, Press Ministry of Petroleum Resources, in Abuja on Monday, stated that  the negotiations were part of the three-day investment drive of the minister to India. It said the negotiations would be for terms to be agreed, where the Indian Government would make an upfront payment for crude purchase to Nigeria.