Gang of women lure 33-yr-old NRI in Dubai with fake massage offer, rob Dh 280,000

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February 20, 2021

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Dubai, Feb 20: A gang of women robbed Dh280,000 from a non-resident Indian in Dubai after he was lured into a fake massage parlour, the Dubai Court of First Instance heard.

According to records, the 33-year-old Indian victim saw an offer for a massage session for Dh200 with pictures of beautiful girls promoting it. He contacted the number provided and went as directed to an apartment in the Al Refaa area of Dubai in November 2020.

“I saw four African women inside the apartment and gave them Dh200. They asked me to open my bank’s application [on my mobile phone] and transfer money. They threatened me with a knife at my throat and slapped me on the face,” said the victim on record. One of the women then took his credit card and withdrew Dh30,000 from an ATM. He was kept confined in the apartment for one day as the women transferred Dh250,000 from the victim’s bank account to other accounts.

“They allowed me to leave the apartment only after they took away my iPhone too. I alerted the bank and reported the incident to police,” added the victim.

According to Dubai Police, three Nigerian women were arrested from Sharjah after intensive investigations, while a fourth woman is still at large. “One of them admitted to luring the victim through the Tinder application, offering massage services and using pictures of beautiful women. They kept the victim locked up inside the apartment and wired the money from his account to different accounts outside the country,” said the policeman on record.

The three Nigerian defendants have been charged with robbery, issuing threats, keeping the victim forcefully confined inside an apartment and prostitution. The next hearing is scheduled for March 4.

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February 16,2021

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Dubai, Feb 16: Wealth of millionaires and billionaires in the UAE increased by $45 billion (Dh165.15 billion) in the second half of 2020 despite Covid-19 pandemic taking toll of its economy.

Data from the New World Wealth showed that the wealth of high net worth individuals grew from $825 billion ($3 trillion) from June 2020 to $870 billion ($3.2 trillion) by the end of December 2020.

The UAE added 4,276 millionaires with a wealth of $1 million-plus and one billionaire during the six month period.

The UAE is home of 87,000 millionaires and 13 billionaires, controlling $870 billion (Dh3.2 trillion) wealth at the end of December 2020. At the end of June 2020, the UAE was home to 82,724 millionaires and 12 billionaires.

The study also found that Dubai is the richest city while UAE is the richest nation in the Mena region.

Andrew Amoils, head of research at New World Wealth, said a number of HNWIs moved to the UAE owing to its status as top safe haven in the region, high-income economy, first-class healthcare system, low tax rates, international business and luxury hub, top-class shopping malls and restaurants, top-end apartments and villas and good international schools.

It estimated that over 35,000 HNWIs have moved to the UAE between 2000 to 2020. Many of these individuals have come from India, the Middle East and Africa.

People in the UAE enjoy per capita income of $89,000 (Dh326,630) followed by Israel ($86,500), Qatar ($71,300), Saudi Arabia ($15,800), Turkey ($5,800) and Iran ($4,800).

The UAE is followed by Israel where millionaires and billionaires own $784 billion assets, followed by Saudi Arabia ($542 billion), Turkey ($482 billion), Iran ($395 billion) and Qatar ($202 billion).

The UAE is the largest wealth management centre in the region with assets under management (AuM) of approximately $110 billion, followed by Israel at $95 billion.

Most of the HNWIs have acquired wealth in the fields of finance and professional services; real estate and construction; transport and logistics; hotels and leisure; healthcare; technology and telecoms; retail and fashion; manufacturing, FMCG and Media.

Romika Fazeli, founder and managing director of Emirates World Club, said the UAE is the only country in the Middle East where all kinds of religions and cultures are welcomed and respected.

“I truly believe that as a millionaire and billionaire, you have the financial power and freedom to choose a country as your home where you live a comfortable lifestyle, considering the safety of your family, importance of work-life balance and religious freedom. Dubai is a multi-national and cultural city which makes it also one of the most metropolis cities in the world,” said Fazeli.

“When it comes to lifestyle and safety, Dubai is the best place to live a great life and second to none,” she added.

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February 16,2021

Bengaluru, Feb 16: Following the detection of four cases of new Covid virus strains, the state government has made it mandatory for passengers arriving to Karnataka from the United Kingdom, Brazil and South Africa to produce RT-PCR negative certificate to board the flight and additionally undergo an RT-PCR test at Bengaluru Airport.

Even if they test negative, they shall undergo home quarantine for 14 days and follow-up RT-PCR test shall be conducted on the seventh day.  An order to this effect was issued by Additional Chief Secretary, Health, Jawaid Akhtar here on Tuesday. 

The measure was taken after the Union health ministry on Tuesday said four cases of South Africa variants and one case of the Brazilian variant have been found in India. The four SA strains were found in individuals who returned from Angola, Tanzania and South Africa.

Those who test positive shall undergo institutional quarantine for 14 days and positive samples shall be sent to Nimhans for genomic sequencing. They shall be discharged after consecutive two samples are negative through RTPCR, done 24 hours apart. 

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February 20,2021

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Imphal, Feb 20: A 48-year-old Anganwadi worker in Manipur has died a week after receiving her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, officials said on Saturday.

W Sundari Devi of Kumbi Terakha area in Bishunpur district had received her first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine on February 12 at Kumbhi primary health centre (PHC), they said.

She was taken to the Moirang community health centre (CHC) on February 18 as she had breathing problems and died at the CHC on Friday.

Health Department officials said that a special team will conduct the post-mortem of the deceased to ascertain the true cause of the death.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister N Biren Singh met the family members of Sundari and heard their grievances.

He expressed deep condolences and assured the family members of suitable compensation duly considering the post-mortem report.

"Heard the grievances of family of Anganwandi Worker W Sundari of Kumbi Terakha, Bishnupur District and expressed my deep condolences.

Assured suitable compensation duly considering post mortem reports and instructed for taking strong action against defaulting officials," the chief minister tweeted.

The Deputy Commissioner of Bishnupur, Neeta Arambam said that the family members of the deceased claimed that at the time of vaccination, Sundari had told the "vaccination team that she has allergy problem. However, the vaccination went ahead".

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