Indian-American appointed to key Republican post

Indian-American Akshay Desai has been appointed to a key Republican post in Florida,making him responsible for the party’s finances in this election year.

Written by Agencies | Washington | Published:February 22, 2012 2:17 am

Indian-American Akshay Desai has been appointed to a key Republican post in Florida,making him responsible for the party’s finances in this election year.

“In this election year we need the resources for victory,and Dr Desai’s long history of work for the state and our party make him a proven leader,” Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) chairman Lenny Curry said in a statement.

Desai has been appointed to serve as the chairman of Finance Committee of the Republican Party of Florida. He is currently the Chairman of the Board,President and CEO of Universal Health Care Group,Inc and serves the health care community through several associations. “A K Desai is a tireless advocate for Florida and for our Republican party. RPOF will be well served by his dedication and experience,” said the Florida Governor Rick Scott. A member of the Florida State Board of Education since 2007,Desai previously served as a Member of Florida State Board of Governors from 2005-2007 and as Commissioner and Chairman of the Health Committee on the White House Commission on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders from 2005-2008.

Nepal minister guilty of corruption

Jay Prakash Gupta,the Minister for Information and Communication,was Tuesday found guilty of possessing property beyond his source of income and was awarded a one-and-half-year jail term along with Rs 8.5 million fine by the Supreme Court.

A two-member Bench comprising of Justice Sushila Karki and Tarkaraj Bhatta said Gupta could not furnish proof of his income source and declared him guilty of corruption. Gupta automatically ceased to be a minister after “being declared guilty for corruption” as per the interim constitution of Nepal.

Gupta is the chairman of the Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Republic. The minister was convicted on charges of amassing wealth worth Rs 20.8 million.

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