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Apr 172014
 




Without campaign contributions, “nobody will even talk to you. . . . That’s the only way to buy them, get into the system. . . . What, what else is there? That’s the only thing.
- Sant Singh Chatwal in conversation with a Government Informant in October 2010
Source: U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York

Sant Singh Chatwal Headed to PrisonSant Singh Chatwal – Headed for Prison

Hillary Clinton supporter, Bill Clinton buddy, Democratic Party fundraiser, New York hotelier and Padma Bhushan awardee Sant Singh Chatwal is a realistic man and a man who understands the ways of the world.

Chairman of Hampshire Hotels Management LLC, Sant Chatwal knows that money is what oils the wheels of U.S. government and gets American politicians to do your bidding.

So Sant Chatwal did what so many other wealthy Americans do often – He made illegal campaign contributions to U.S. politicians.

Sant Singh Chatwal's Hoel in New York CityChatwal Group Hotel in Manhattan

Sant Chatwal – An Idiot

But Sant Chatwal is an idiot because he got caught doing what so many rich Americans do frequently but are smart enough to evade capture and thus escape punishment.

For his crimes and for his stupidity, Sant Chatwal is now headed for prison for illegal campaign contribution and witness tampering.

Sant Chatwal has pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate the Federal Election Campaign Act by making over $180,000 in federal campaign donations to three candidates through ‘straw donors’ and to witness tampering. A straw donor makes campaign contributions for which he’s then reimbursed by the ‘actual donor,’ a practice that’s illegal under U.S. law.

Chatwal faces up to 25 years in prison in theory but is likely to draw a sentence of three to four years.

As part of his plea deal with the government, Chatwal must also forfeit $1 million to the U.S.

Here’s what U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Loretta Lynch had to say on Sant Chatwal: Continue reading »

Apr 172014
 

Raghunandan Yandamuri's Trial PostponedRaghunandan Yandamuri Enacting His Crimes to the Police

Telugu bidda Raghunandan Yandamuri was dealt a severe blow in Montgomery County court today when Judge Steven T. O’Neill disallowed his motion for suppression of his video confession and written statement to the police  relating to the twin murders of 10-month-old Saanvi Venna and her 61-year-old grandmother Satyavathi Venna.

Montgomery County Judge O’Neill ruled today that Yandamuri’s video confession and written statements to the police and his cellphone records could be shown to the jury.

Yandamuri was present at the Montgomery County court today.

Following the Judge’s ruling, Yandamuri’s lawyers said their client was “bitterly disappointed with the decision.”

With no plans on entering a guilty plea, Yandamuri continues to insist on his innocence and still wants to go to trial.

You can watch Yandamuri’s video confession of October 26, 2012 below:

Note to Readers: The English stuff in the below video does not start until 59 seconds have passed.

Major Setback

Although Yandamuri made a video confession of the killings (which he claims were accidental) in a calm and chilling manner on October 26, 2012 (four days after his two murders) and provided written statements to the police, the Telugu criminal subsequently changed his story and claimed the police coerced him into the confession and writing the statements.

In early January, Yandamuri’s lawyers filed a motion asking for the video confession and the written statement to be suppressed.

But the Judge was not swayed by arguments made by Yandamuri’s defense team.

Judge O’Neill’s ruling today is a serious setback to to Yandamuri’s bid to escape the death penalty because the video confession and written statement to the police are highly damning.

No one seeing the video confession will have any doubt about Yandamuri’s role in the killings or that he was not coerced by the police.

In the video confession, Yandamuri bizarrely enacts the killings and even acknowledges that the police had treated him well during their interrogation.

Pennsylvania prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Yandamuri.

Now that his video confession and written statement are being allowed to be shown to the jury in the upcoming trial, it’s highly unlikely Yandamuri will escape the death penalty unless Lord Balaji intervenes through a miracle.

Trial Postponed

Meanwhile, Yandamuri’s ‘s trial for the twin murders during a botched kidnapping bid of 10-month-old Saanvi Venna for ransom has been postponed to the second half of 2014, according to media reports. Continue reading »

Apr 172014
 

Telugu Bidda Raghunandan Yandamuri Trial Likely to be DelayedTelugu bidda Raghunandan Yandamuri has arrived in the Montgomery County courthouse in Pennsylvania from the county jail in Eagleville to hear the Judge’s rulings on his motions.

Big Day

Today is a big day for Yandamuri, who’s charged with killing 10-month-old Saanvi Venna and her 61-year-old grandmother Satyavathi Venna in a botched kidnapping for ransom crime in their King of Prussia apartment on October 22, 2012. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Yandamuri.

Yandamuri through his public defender lawyers has filed motions seeking suppression of his video confession to the killings (which he claims were accidental) and suppression of color pictures of the crime scene. Yandamuri claims the police coerced him into making the video confession.

Judge Steven T. O’Neill is scheduled to rule on Yandamuri’s motions shortly.

If Yandamuri succeeds in getting his video confession suppressed, it’ll be a big victory for him.

On Tuesday, Yandamuri’s lawyers also filed a motion seeking a delay in the trial start date.

Around 9:30AM, Yandamuri’s lawyers were huddled in a conference with Judge O’Neill.

The rulings should come soon.

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Police Complaint on Raghunandan Yandamuri
Raghunandan Yandamuri’s Video Confession
Telugu Bidda Raghu Yandamuri’s Gamble Failed Big Time
Essential Facts about Raghunandan Yandamu
Apr 172014
 

5M Premiere on April 20, 2014 at Big Cinemas/Movie City, EdisonFolks, our friend Sonny Chatrath’s new film 5M premieres at Big Cinemas/Movie City in Edison (NJ) on April 20, 2014 at 4PM.

Since you desi cheapos dig free stuff, I’m letting you know right away know that admission to the premiere show of 5M is gratis.

Given that admission is free, there’s bound to be a crowd.

So reserve your free ticket early – Free Ticket Link for 5M Premiere

Going by the names of the people involved in the making of 5M, the film seems to have been cobbled together by a group of mostly Telugu biddas.

Starring : Sonny Chatrath, Ami Sheth, Deepak Ravella
Genre : Silent, Drama, Suspense Thriller
Rating : R
Direction: Raman Amaravadi
Synopsis : 5M is a tale of greed, lust, deception and crime in Silent films genre that is bound to take you on one bumpy, yet an exciting ride. Dave has an explosive plan to revive his bankrupt business. When Dave thinks he got away after committing a perfect crime, little does he realize the price he paid for it.
What : 5M Premiere Screening
When : Sunday April 20th at 4.00PM
Where : Big Cinemas/Movie City, 1655 Oak Tree Road, Edison, NJ
4:00 PM – Meet the cast and crew
4:30 PM – Press and Media Release
5:00 PM – 1st Screening, followed by Q & A)
6:00 PM – 2nd Screening (Tentative)
7:00 PM – After Premiere Party (Paid Admission only). TBD/TBA

Screenplay : Deepak Ravella, Raman Amaravadi
Editing : Deepak Ravella, and Raman Amaravadi
Story : Siva Somayajula
Cinematography : Murai Pallikonda
Music : Srikanth Devarajan
Producer : Deepak Ravella

Apr 152014
 

Americans and Europeans have been paying through their nose for smartphones, boosting the fortunes of greedy corporations like Apple and Samsung to stratospheric heights.

The latest model of unlocked iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S series smartphones purchased at retail (which few do in the U.S.) will set you back at least $650.

Together, Apple and Samsung account for over 47% of the global smartphone market. All the other major smartphone manufacturers have less than 5% marketshare each.

Xiaomi Redmi Note Phablet
Xiaomi Redmi Note Phablet – $161
(Pix Courtesy – GSM Arena)

Asia – Different

Americans and Europeans may be jumping on the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy bandwagon but Asians (excluding South Korea, Japan and Hong Kong) are a different kettle of fish.

The low income levels of majority of people in China, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka plus the frugal culture and absence of carrier subsidies means folks out there will be highly unlikely to buy a smartphone unless it’s around $100-$150.

To cater to the unwashed masses in South Asia and parts of South East Asia, a gaggle of Chinese companies have launched smartphones with prices as low as $95.

Samsung & Apple Face Tough Battle in Asia

With the exception of the Blackberry Z3, all of the low-cost smartphones targeted at Asians are based on Google’s Android software. Most of these Android devices run older versions of the software like Jelly Bean.

But the dai in Mumbai, vegetable seller in Jamshedpur, the housewife in Villupuram or the randi in Karachi couldn’t care less whether her phone runs Jelly Bean or KitKat. All she wants is a cheap phone (preferably nice looking) that will allow her to yak-yak with friends and family and come in handy in boosting the tiny business she runs on the side.

Many of these new low cost smartphones are pretty impressive with fast processors, impressive cameras and decent amount of memory.

For instance, Xiaomi’s new Redmi Note phablet is decked up with a 5.5 inch 720 x 1280 display, a 1.7GHz Octa-core chipset, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, a 13MP camera, 3200mAh battery and Android 4.2.2. And it costs just $161.

So popular is the Redmi Note that last month the Chinese manufacturer sold 100,000 units in 34 minutes. Asian media reports described it as “agonizing 34 minutes” because Xiaomi sold 100,000 units of the cheaper Hongmi smartphones in just four minutes in November 2013.

There are smartphones cheaper than the Xiaomi Hongmi in Asia.

Just the other day, Asus launched its line of ZenFones with prices starting at $95.

Impact on Samsung, Apple

Given the huge price difference between the cheap smartphones flooding the Asian market and devices made by the two Goliaths Apple and Samsung, I wonder how the two titans will surmount the price obstacle. Continue reading »

Apr 152014
 

Telugu Bidda Raghunandan Yandamuri Trial Likely to be DelayedNotorious Telugu bidda Raghunandan Yandamuri dashed the hopes of millions of Telugus eagerly waiting for a scorching trial drama by seeking a delay in his death penalty trial that was scheduled to start on May 5, 2014.

Raghunandan Yandamuri, a software programmer from the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, was arrested on October 26, 2012 in connection with the killings of 10-month-old Saanvi Venna and her 61-year-old grandmother Satyavathi Venna in their King of Prussia (PA) apartment on October 22, 2012 in a botched kidnapping for ransom bid.

Pennsylvania prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Raghunandan Yandamuri considering the extremely heinous nature of the crimes.

Yandamuri’s trial is one of the most anticipated events among the Telugu diaspora in the U.S. and a hot topic of conversation wherever Telugus gather.

A delay in Yandamuri’s trial will be a mighty dampener for Telugus who were looking forward to the event with greater gusto and anticipation than for Allu Arjun’s new movie Race Gurram.

Reasons for Delay

Yandamuri’s attorneys filed a motion today in the court of Montgomery County judge Steven T.O’Neill seeking a delay in the trial date.

The Telugu bidda’s attorneys Stephen Heckman and Henry Hillis said in the motion they will not be able to get key character witnesses from India by May 5.

It’s hard to understand how someone can vouch for Yandamuri’s character given the Telugu bidda’s gambling habits, bankruptcy filing triggered by gambling and a chilling video confession in which the Andhra native enacted the killings although he claimed they were accidental.

“In January 2014, the first real trial date was set for May 2014, and in furtherance of trying to prepare for that date the defense sought to have testify various defendant family members including, but not limited to, defendant’s mother and brother,” Yandamuri’s attorneys wrote in the motion as per media reports.

Yandamuri – Other Motions

Yandamuri also has other motions pending before Judge O’Neill including one for  suppression of his video confession and another to prevent use of color pictures of the crime scene.

Judge O’Neill is set to rule on those motions Thursday.

Yandamuri’s attorneys said in today’s court filing they also need more time to respond to the judge’s upcoming rulings. Continue reading »