Moideen Puthenchira 2013-12-16 15:05:10 News

Apropos Bijuny’s comment, this is not merely a paycheck or deduction issue. There are so many other major issues connected to this case. It is very clear that, regardless of the severity of Khobragade’s alleged fraud, the US has violated international law on two counts at least, once by arresting a foreign consular officer and a second time by handcuffing her.  As Article  41(1) of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (VCCR) , “[c]onsular officers shall not be liable to arrest or detention pending trial, except in the case of a grave crime and pursuant to a decision by the competent judicial authority.” The second clause of the same article goes on to state that “consular officers shall not be committed to prison or be liable to any other form of restriction on their personal freedom save in execution of a judicial decision of final effect.”

The reports says, Khobragade, currently posted as deputy consul general at the Indian consulate in New York, had moved the civil suit against the domestic servant Richard in the HC apprehending that the maid might accuse her of ill-treatment during her employment in the US.

In her suit, Khobragade has said Richard was employed with her in the US since November 23, 2012 as an India Based Domestic Assistant with an official passport issued by the India government. She said the problem started in March 2013, when Richard started asking her for permission to allow her to work outside on her off day, Sunday.

However, Richard was told that she was not legally entitled to work anywhere else as she was on an official passport with a dependent visa. Seven months later, on June 23, Richard left Khobragade’s house to buy groceries and failed to return. Khobragade informed the consulate general in New York and requested them to inform the concerned authorities.

Richard resurfaced on July 8, 2013 at the ‘access immigration’ in New York where she demanded a sum of US 10,000 dollars as her dues for her wages, an ordinary Indian passport, and immigration relief. On the same day, Indian government revoked her passport, thus making her as illegal resident in the U.S, and requested the US Department of State to assist the consulate in repatriating her to India. U.S. Instead of executing the request of Govt. of India,  the Department of State waited almost six months and arrested Dy. Consul General.

murali 2013-12-16 13:28:23 News
Indian  are you OK? I think you are just against BJP! I feel sorry for your knowledge about other parties....You are great ....
Thrissoorkaran 2013-12-16 11:11:07 News
ഒരു തൃശ്ശൂർ കാരനെ അങ്ങനെ ചെയ്യാൻ കഴിയു. വെറുതെയാണോ തൃശ്ശൂറിനെ കേരളത്തിന്റെ
സാംസ്കാരിക നഗരി എന്ന് പറയുന്നത്. നമുക്കിവിടെ എത്ര തൃശ്ശൂർ കാർ ഉണ്ട്?
Alex Vilanilam 2013-12-16 07:50:34 News
Congrats Mr. Moideen Puthenchira for publishing the information after conducting a reasonably good investigation. Many in our community commenting on the subject are 'emotional' and just air their 'anger' towards the Indian authorities for not resolving many Pravasi issues and at the poor service given by Consulates. Some even say that those who protest at the arrest of the Indian diplomat are taken away by the 'beauty' of the diplomat! What a stupid and silly comment!!!One intellect was writing that the diplomat is not competent because she hails from a 'Cobra chanting community'!!! What a deplorable statement ridiculing the Indian policy for emancipating the downtrodden and for the persecuted community of Free India!! We need people like you to study the issues very impartially and objectively and guide our community activists to wisdom with a balanced mind.
bijuny 2013-12-16 05:28:07 News

Your interpretations about the deductions ".... no unpermitted deductions made " - shows your ignorance about basic laws of employment rules. You are interpreting it as if US govt. is asking not to pay any taxes... and making a trap... very funny interpretation.
What the law is saying is that: ( to understand this you have to step in to the shoes of an  US employer ).
When you promise and  pay $10/hour to a worker here, You as an employer's actual cost is around $13. This additional $3 is to pay to all the taxes as an employer on behalf of the new employee. ( Employer contribution ). This is apart from what you would withheld from the $10 as part of employee contribution .
But what some people ( employers do ) is that they will deduct this $3 also from $10 ( and the employee contribution of tax as well ). This practice is called unpermitted deductions - which is illegal.
Please don't say US laws made the diplomat to do this...
US laws are very clear
ചുടല മറിയ 2013-12-16 04:59:45 News
കാലൻ കോഴികൾ കൂവി 
കഴുകൻ ചുറ്റി നടന്നു 
അറബികടലല ഞെട്ടി ഉണർന്നു 
ഗിരികൂടങ്ങൾ തകര്ന്നു ഹ ഹ ഹ ഹ 
വരുന്നുണ്ട് ഈ പൂർണ്ണ നിലാവുള്ള രാത്രിയിൽ. കാറ്റ് വീശി അടിക്കുമ്പോൾ ജനാലുകളും വാതിലുകളും തന്നെ കൊട്ടി അടക്കുകയും തുറക്കുകയും ചെയ്യുമ്പോൾ എന്നെ കുറിച്ച് എങ്ങനെ അപവാദം പരത്തുന്ന എഴുത്തുകാരുടെ രക്തം കുടിക്കാൻ ഹ ഹ ഹ.  ഞാൻ എഴുതിയ എഴുത്തുകൾ പെണ്ണ് എഴുത്തെന്നു പറഞ്ഞു കുഴിച്ചുമൂടിയ ആണെഴുത്തുകാരുടെ രക്തം വലിച്ചു കുടിക്കാൻ വരുന്നുണ്ട് ഞാൻ 


PT Kurian 2013-12-16 04:29:54 News
IT IS HIGH TIME FOR THE U.S ADMINISTRATION TO NOMINATE FEW INDIAN EXPERTS INTO THE IMMIGRATION REFORMS COMMITTEE.
Indian 2013-12-15 14:06:41 News
BJP and Hindutva leaders are working to make India a Hindu rashtra. It may be acceptable for Suresh Gopi. But not for Muslims or Christians. We wan to live as equals, not underclass.
We want India to keep its democracy. Ram should learn a little more before whitewashing BJP.
Moncy kodumon 2013-12-15 12:11:47 News
We are all Indian are brothers,no matter Muslim,Christian,or Hindu .why Mani went to the plenum of cpm nobody questioned 
him .same like p.c George  did it. How saritha was arrested
Because of his force otherwise she never get in jail
ommenchandy  never try to arrest salini  menon  either .
P.c may be kulamkutti  I  don,t care any way he is telling all
Truth. We need justice. Ommenchandy cover his corruption
With janasamparkkam. We need a new party in Kerala
Please support.
ram 2013-12-15 10:07:49 News
shame on u Mr. Indian to say you are an Indian. Who said BJP donot want any christan/muslim in India. U are big prejudice.BJp is aparty with all people in India including muslims/christans. How many christan/hindu in muslim league. How many hindus in Kerala Congress. Take the histroy of India in communal fight more hindus died more than any other cast in India.shame on u
Proud Indian 2013-12-15 09:54:45 News
രാഹുൽ ഗാന്ധി നിസ്സഹായനാണ്. സ്വന്തം കുടുംബതിലുള്ളവർ കട്ടുമുടിക്കുമ്പോൾ ഒന്നും ചെയ്യാൻ അദ്ദേഹത്തിന് കഴിയുന്നില്ല . പിന്നെ ആകെ അദ്ദേഹത്തിന് ചെയ്യാൻ പറ്റുന്നത് BJP  ക്കാരെ കുറ്റം പറയുകയും കുറെ നാടക കസ്സർത്തും.
sujan m kakkanatt 2013-12-15 08:40:55 News
well done mylapra.. all the support from the real keralites.
Indian 2013-12-15 07:32:24 News
PC George is a classic 'kulam kuthi.' Is BJP just another politiocal party? No. They dont want Muslims or Christians in India. If at all they live there, they should be second class citizens! (as per RSS duru Golwalkar)
Wherever they came to power they attacked and killed minorities. Gujarat, Orissa, Karnataka etc. Is that acceptable at this age?
Supporting those who want a religious state like Iran or Saudi, is not acceptable. No Christian in poonjar should vote for George next time.
Also, how weird is to erect the statue of Sardar Patel, instead of Mahatma Gandhi? What a shame.
A. Raj 2013-12-15 07:32:01 News
"...അതിനു പകരം അവരേയും ഇന്ത്യയേയും അപമാനിക്കാനാണ് അധികൃതര്‍ ശ്രമിച്ചതെന്ന് പല സംഘടനാ നേതാക്കളും അഭിപ്രായപ്പെട്ടു..."

Diplomats have special status and they are treated as such everywhere. But for the Indians, they don't get that respect because of their social behavior towards the servicing community. Servants - drivers and other service people - are the so called 'coolies'; they are usually from a 'low-class' communities and they traditionally depend on the masters' family for their livelihood and survival. These conditions have changed in modern India to some extend, however, servant communities are still badly treated. 
In America, there have been several similar incidents before. It is widely known to the America law enforcement agencies and courts that the Indians behave such a way and not fulfill the minimum wage rule. As a result they have lost credibility and respect. I doubt American authorities would apply such harsh measures towards a Chinese diplomat. They would think twice before such action because there will be immediate response. For the Indians, the 'green card' and 'America' is still the priority even among the so called 'upper class'! You get what you deserve for!
Keeramutty 2013-12-15 06:10:54 News
വായിച്ചു! രസമുണ്ട്. "അങ്ങ്" എന്ന വാക്കിന്റെ ആവര്‍ത്തനം  ഒഴിവാക്കാമായിരുന്നു.
(കീറാമുട്ടി)