India Urges UK to Extradite Fugitives Vijay Mallya & Lalit Modi

first_imgIndian authorities on Wednesday requested United Kingdom to expedite the extradition processes of estranged liquor baron Vijay Mallya and former IPL boss Lalit Modi so that they can be brought back home to face trials in courts here.During the third India-UK home affairs dialogue in New Delhi yesterday, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba informed his British counterpart Patsy Wilkinson that India’s extradition attempts against Mallya and Lalit Modi are going on in UK’s courts currently but the government there must also do more on its behalf to help India expedite the process.Read it at The Indian Wire Related Itemslast_img read more

Vet Suicide Prevention Bill Passes Congress

first_imgThe Senate today unanimously passed a bill aimed at preventing suicide among veterans. U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan said it’s an important bill for Alaska, which has the highest number of vets per capita and also the highest rate of suicide.Download Audio“As an officer in the Marine Corps both on active duty and in the Reserves, I’ve personally witnessed the struggles, at times tragic, that some of our servicemen and women undergo,” he said in a speech on the Senate floor.The bill is named for Clay Hunt, a Marine veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan who killed himself 2011. The legislation calls for a review of military and VA suicide prevention programs, financial incentives to help recruit psychiatrists to the VA and a better website to show the mental health resources available.According to the VA, some 22 veterans commit suicide each day. Sen. Sullivan said it’s a personal issue for him.“The suicide of a young Alaskan marine under my command still haunts me. You always wonder: could I have done more?” he said in his Senate speech. He paused for 10 seconds, looking down at the podium, working to maintain composure. “With the proper awareness and resources, this marine might be alive today.”Clay Hunt’s mom said almost the same thing about her son: “If he had had better care, he, maybe, would not be dead today,” Susan Selke said in an interview with NBC.The bill passed the House last month, also unanimously, and now heads to the president for signature. The bill had widespread support last year, too, but was blocked by then-Sen. Tom Coburn, who objected to the cost: $22 million over five years. The Oklahoma Republican has since retired from office.last_img read more