Michelin-star Indian chef sacked in Dubai over anti-Islamic tweet

Indian celebrity chef Atul Kochhar. (Twitter)
Updated 13 June 2018
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Michelin-star Indian chef sacked in Dubai over anti-Islamic tweet

DUBAI: The Michelin-star celebrity chef Atul Kochhar has been sacked on Wednesday by the JW Mariott Marquis hotel in Dubai after the Indian posted an anti-Islamic tweet, an official statement sent to Arab News read.
“Following the recent comments made by Chef Atul Kochhar, we have taken the decision to end our agreement with him for Rang Mahal,” Bill Keffer, General Manager at the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, told Arab News.
“With the termination of our agreement, Chef Atul will no longer be associated with the restaurant and the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai,” he said.
The celebrity chef tweeted “it’s sad to see that you have not respected the sentiments of Hindus who have been terrorized by Islam over 2,000 years. Shame on you” following television show Quantico’s Priyanka Chopra portrayed Hindus as terrorists in an episode of the crime drama.
The chef, who runs the Rang Mahal Indian restaurant in the Business Bay hotel, later apologized for his now-deleted tweet, saying that it was a “major error that occurred in the heat of the moment.”
But he later retracted his comments and tweeted: “I fully recognize my inaccuracies that Islam was founded around 1,400 years ago and I sincerely apologize,” he added. “I am not Islamophobic. I deeply regret my comments that have offended many.”


Japan worker’s pay docked for taking lunch 3 minutes early

Updated 21 June 2018
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Japan worker’s pay docked for taking lunch 3 minutes early

TOKYO: A Japanese city official has been reprimanded and fined for repeatedly leaving his desk during work hours — but only for around three minutes to buy lunch.
The official, who works at the waterworks bureau in the western city of Kobe, began his designated lunch break early 26 times over the space of seven months, according to a city spokesman.
“The lunch break is from noon to 1 pm. He left his desk before the break,” the spokesman said on Thursday.
The official, 64, had half a day’s pay docked as punishment and the bosses called a news conference to apologize.
“It’s deeply regrettable that this misconduct took place. We’re sorry,” a bureau official told reporters, bowing deeply.
The worker was in violation of a public service law stating that officials have to concentrate on their jobs, according to the bureau.
The news sparked a heated debate on Japanese social media, with many defending the official.
“It’s sheer madness. It’s crazy. What about leaving your desk to smoke?” said one Twitter user.
“Is this a bad joke? Does this mean we cannot even go to the bathroom?” said another.
The city had previously suspended another official in February for a month after he had left his office numerous times to buy a ready-made lunch box during work hours.
The official was absent a total of 55 hours over six months, according to the city.