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AAPI Webinar Educates Members On Recent Advances In Heart Disease Among South Asians

Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death in the U.S. and the nation spends over $500 billion on cardiovascular disease each year. Studies have shown that immigrants from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal are experiencing a dramatic rise in heart disease. South Asians make up 25 per cent of the world’s population but they contribute 50 per cent to global cardiovascular deaths. ........Read More

India delays COVID-19 vaccine supplies to WHO-backed COVAX, sources say

India has delayed committing supplies of vaccine to the COVAX global sharing effort, two sources told Reuters on Tuesday, a day after one of its key backers, the WHO, said the agency could not "cut corners" to approve a domestically developed vaccine......Read More

Two young girls from Punjab die in accident in Canada

Two young girls from Punjab’s Mukstar and Faridkot had died in an accident after the car they were travelling in collided with a goods train at a level crossing near Brampton last night. One of the deceased was identified as Jashanpreet Kaur, an 18-year-old girl who hails from Raniwala Village in Mukstar, while the other deceased belongs to Faridkot ........Read More

Canadian dollar steadies near 3-month high as oil climbs

The Canadian dollar barely moved against its U.S. counterpart on Monday as oil prices rose and data showed slower economic growth in China, with the currency holding near a three-month high. World stock markets dipped after data showed slower-than-expected growth in China's economy last quarter.....Read More

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag; drama of human life

Milkha Singh (1929 –2021) also known as The Flying Sikh (also popularly known as Bhaag Milkha Bhaag) was an Indian track and field sprinter.  He is the only athlete to win gold at 400 metres at the Asian Games as well as the Commonwealth Games. Even at 91 years of age he was always running.......Read More

Should India start considering booster doses for Covid-19 vaccines?

The world is warming up to the idea of booster doses for Covid-19 vaccines, but India is still holding out. These doses have been recommended in various countries, including the US and Israel. They were rolled out despite a global shortage of vaccines, with countries in Asia and Africa struggling to administer even the first shot.....Read More

U.S. will accept mixed doses of vaccines from international travelers

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said late on Friday that it will accept mixed-dose coronavirus vaccines from international travelers, a boost to travelers from Canada and other places.The CDC said last week that it would accept any vaccine authorized for use by U.S. regulators or the World Health Organization.....Read More

Stimulus Check Update: Here's Who May Be Getting Another $1,400 Check

Senior citizens are among the most economically vulnerable in the country. A letter sent by The Senior Citizens League (TSCL) Chairman Rick Delaney to Congressional leaders illustrates the situation faced by some seniors. "We've heard from thousands of them (seniors) who have exhausted their retirement savings, who have started eating just one meal a day, ....Read More

ATA's Grand Bathukamma Celebrations in Chicago

American Telugu Association, ATA, is a burgeoning Telugu non-profit organization catering to the interests of Telugu people across North America. ATA Chicago team conducted its flagship event ATA Dussehra & Bathukamma Sambaraalu with much pomp and fervor on Saturday, October 9th, 2021 at Sri Venkateswara Swamy (Balaji) Temple in Aurora IL........Read More

India's Tata Motors nabs $1 billion for EV plans-

Indian auto heavyweight Tata Motors is planning a major expansion of its electric vehicle lineup, staked by the big TPG Rise Climate fund and Abu Dhabi-based sovereign wealth fund ADQ.Tata is creating a new unit that aims to develop a portfolio of 10 EVs over the next five years .......Read More

India recommends homegrown COVID-19 vaccine for kids aged 2 and above

India on Tuesday recommended emergency use of Bharat Biotech's COVID-19 shot in the 2 to 18 age-group, as the world's second-most populous nation expands its vaccination drive to include children.The country has so far fully vaccinated around 29% of about 944 million eligible adults, as per government data,.......Read More

Air India sale kicks off major privatisation drive, next up LIC listing, says official

The sale of national carrier Air India to conglomerate Tatas has opened the way for faster privatisation of state firms and the government is on track to list Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) early next year, a top government official said on Tuesday.......Read More

NRI Astronaut Raja Chari part of SpaceX Crew-3 mission

NRI Raja Chari was selected by NASA to join the 2017 Astronaut Candidate Class. He reported for duty in August 2017. The Iowa native graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1999 with a bachelor’s degrees in Astronautical Engineering and Engineering Science. He continued on to earn a master’s degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of........Read More

India's Adani Ports to stop handling containers from Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan

India's largest port operator Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone said on Monday that its terminals would no longer handle export and import of container cargoes from Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan from Nov. 15. "This trade advisory will apply to all terminals operated by (Adani Ports) and including third party terminals at any (company) port till further notice,"..........Read More

Rally against Lakhimpur Kheri killings in Canada

South Asians in Canada’s British Columbia came together to protest against the violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri district which erupted on October 3, claiming the lives of nine persons, including four farmers. The participants demanded justice for the victims’ families and the arrests of those involved.......Read More

What are India’s Latest Guidelines on International Travel?

India’s new visa norms stipulate that visas will be granted to foreigners only if they use water and air routes, not land routes. The Ministry of Home Affairs has allowed the gradual resumption of international travel to start from October 15, 2021 and tourist and e-visas will be issued for only a single entry per month. .......Read More

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NRI Shree Saini becomes first NRI to be crowned Miss World America

Shree Saini win Miss World America 2021 and become the first NRI woman to hold this title. Crowned by model and the winner of Miss World 1997 pageant Diana Hayden. Saini is noted to be the first Indian-origin contestant to represent America at a global stage. .....Read More

Rupee hits 6-month low

The Indian rupee dropped to its lowest level since April, while the 10-year benchmark bond closed at its weakest in nearly a year-and-a-half, as a spike in global crude oil prices. The partially convertible rupee ended at 74.9750/9850 per dollar, after touching 74.9875 — its lowest since April 23. It had closed at 74.4450

Mukesh Ambani: Asia's richest man to launch 7-Eleven in India

The company owned by Asia's richest person is set to launch 7-Eleven convenience stores across India.The retail arm of Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Industries says it will open its first store in Mumbai on Saturday. The announcement of the franchise agreement comes just days after rival Indian retailer Future Group ended its deal with the US chain.......Read More

Covid-19: Singapore woman jailed for hiding meetings with male friend

A woman in Singapore who concealed her meetings with a male friend from coronavirus contact tracing has been sentenced to five months in prison. Singapore uses strict measures to try to keep infections in check. It has recorded 29 deaths and comparatively few cases......Read More

George Abraham, Vice-Chair of IOCUSA, condemns the attack on farmers and detention of Priyanka Gandhi.

"There is a total breakdown of democratic process in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Isn't it strange that the BJP leaders who incited the riots or the son of a union minister who ran the vehicle over the farmers are remaining free-at-large while a political leader who went to investigate and empathize with the victims is in detention?.......Read More

Anil Ambani might not be penniless, the Pandora Papers show

The Pandora Papers investigation, published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) this week, has revealed the names of 300 Indians who are believed to have stashed away billions in offshore accounts.......Read More

Is India Headed for an Anti-Muslim Genocide?

Indian leaders love to talk up Mahatma Gandhi when they travel abroad. It plays well to the popular notion of India as a land of peace and love, and boosts its moral authority as a responsible democracy on the world stage. So, Gandhi and his ideas came up a lot as PM Narendra Modi.....Read More

Obama calls open borders 'unsustainable,' migrant crisis 'heartbreaking'

Obama said reform to the U.S. immigration system is "something that is long overdue." He added that immigration is a "tough" issue because Americans want to be compassionate but that the U.S. having open borders is  an "unsustainable" idea. Obama's comments come after more than 14,000 Haitian migrants camped under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas, after a surge in border crossings.....Read More 

India unveils new rice variety to cut down on use of water, labour

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday launched an array of new high-yielding crop varieties, including herbicide-tolerant rice that can be directly sown into the soil, cutting expenditure on water and farm workers........Read More

Indian Overseas Congress USA stages protest against Modi policies at the United Nations

The Indian Overseas Congress, USA, an advocacy organization that promotes democracy, human rights, and equal justice together with its supporters and friends, held a protest rally in front of the United Nations on Saturday, September 25, 2021, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi was delivering his address to the General Assembly.........Read More

SENATOR DAN COATS HONORED AS INTERNATIONAL
CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

The International Center and several hundred friends honored former U.S. Congressman, U.S. Senator, Intelligence Officer, Diplomat, Statesman, and a distinguished Hoosier Senator Dan Coats as the 2021 International Citizen of the Year. Governor and Mrs. Eric J. Holcomb, Mrs. Martha Coats, national and state leaders, educators, businessmen, and several......Read More

Indian farmers stage nationwide protests against reforms

 Indian farmers opposed to reforms they say threaten their livelihoods renewed their push against the changes with nationwide protests on Monday, a year after laws on the liberalisation of the sector were introduced. For 10 months, tens of thousands of farmers have camped out on major highways around the capital, New Delhi,....Read More

India's misunderstood maharajahs

If you look beyond the bejewelled figures, palaces and opulent courts, you'll notice something telling about India's maharajahs: that they have largely been scorned and mocked, or treated with voyeuristic curiosity.The British, in their day, cast "native" princes as decadent figures, more interested in frivolous sex and fancy dress than in government.....Read More

FIACONA IS CAUTIOUS FOR A GOOD REASON WHILE WELCOMING THE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA TO DC:
Federation of Indian American Christian Organizations (FIACONA) welcomes the Prime Minister of India. We understand he will be participating in the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QSD) also known as the Quad with other leaders from Japan and Australia on September 23 and 24. ... Read More

Kamala Harris presses India's Modi gently on human rights in historic meeting

Vice President Kamala Harris invoked her familial ties to India as she gently pressed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on human rights during a history-making meeting Thursday between America's first vice president of Indian descent and the leader of a country that has become an increasingly close ally......Read More

Biden needs India to counter China, but it comes with a cost

India’s prime minister is in Washington this week for a coveted White House meeting. But Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalism and his country’s backsliding on human rights and democracy are creating a problematic alliance for President Joe Biden.....Read More

UK court discharges 3 British Sikhs arrested on suspicion of murder in India

Amritivir Singh Wahiwala, 40, Gursharanvir Singh Wahiwala, 37, from Coventry, and Piara Singh Gill, 38, from Wolverhampton, were accused of conspiracy to murder Rulda Singh in India. At Westminster Magistrates' Court , The defendants were told the the UK would not be pursuing extradition due to a lack of evidence.....Read More

Mahatma Gandhi Day event in Hawaii on October 2, 2021

The Gandhi International Institute for Peace will host a virtual program to commemorate the 152nd birthday of Mahatma Gandhi on Saturday October 2, 2021, a day designated by United Nations in his honor as the “International Day of Nonviolence”.....Read More

UAE to lift travel ban on vaccinated residents from India from Sep 12

The United Arab Emirates will allow vaccinated residents with valid visas, who were on the travel ban list, from countries like India to return starting from September 12, the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA).........Read More

ATA Detroit Fundraiser Makes History

American Telugu Association (ATA) held its board meeting in Detroit on Saturday, September 11, 2021, in Troy, followed by the Fundraiser Kickoff event where ATA raised 1.25 million dollars for its 17th Conference & Youth Convention to be held in Washington D.C from July 1 – 3, 2022..........Read More

Biden to announce new COVID vaccine aid before UN meeting, surgeon general says

President Joe Biden will announce his next steps to boost the global COVID-19 vaccine supply before this year’s United Nations General Assembly begins, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said. Biden is weighing a multilateral meeting ahead of the U.N. leaders’ sessions aimed at vaccine supply, and has said he will announce new vaccine measures this month......Read More

India's Jet Airways to resume domestic operations in first quarter of 2022

As per London-based Jalan Kalrock Consortium, the winning bidder for Jet Airways, the airline will begin its domestic operations, as well as short-haul international flights by the first quarter of 2022, and third and fourth quarter of 2022, respectively. Murari Lal Jalan, who is the Lead Member of the Jalan Kalrock Consortium and the proposed Non-Executive Chairman of......Read More

IASA-Indo American Social Association to celebrate India’s Independence Day

Rajbir Husson thanked the crowd for participating in many charity events all last year to help hospitals, doctors, and homeless people with food drives , PPP kits , masks and many more.......Read More

India raises wheat purchase price by 2 percent, farmers disappointed

Indian farmers, who have been protesting for months against three new agricultural laws, said on Wednesday the government's move to raise state-mandated price for new season wheat is not enough to cover the cost of cultivation.For more than eight months, tens of thousands of farmers have camped on major highways to New Delhi to oppose the farm laws that........Read More

India 'prepares for the worst' ahead of possible COVID-19 third wave

As COVID-19 cases and deaths exploded in India in April and May, New Delhi’s premier Sir Ganga Ram Hospital and several others ran so short of oxygen that many patients in the capital suffocated. A remarkable turnaround health experts attribute to growing levels of immunity from natural infection and vaccinations.......Read More

India Probes Kashmir Leader's Family Under Anti-Terror Law

Police in Indian-controlled Kashmir opened a case against family members of late resistance leader Syed Ali Geelani under a harsh anti-terror law for allegedly raising anti-India slogans and wrapping his body in the Pakistani flag, Geelani, who died Wednesday at age 91, was the emblem of Kashmir’s defiance against New Delhi and had been under house arrest for years.........Read More

Hundreds of thousands of Indian farmers rally against farm laws

Hundreds of thousands of farmers gathered in India's most populous state Uttar Pradesh on Sunday, the biggest rally yet in a months-long series of demonstrations to press Narendra Modi's government to repeal three new agricultural laws.........Read More

Australian court sends Haryana’s Vishal Jood to 1-year in jail for attack on Sikhs in Sydney

A court in Australia Thursday sentenced Haryana youth Vishal Jood to 12 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to three charges, including committing assaults on members of thJood, who was a student in Australia, has been in jail since 16 April, and will become eligible for parole on 15 October after he......Read More

Visas Of Foreigners Stranded In India Due To Covid-19 To Be Valid Till Sept 30

The government on Thursday announced that it has granted the validity of Indian visa or stay stipulation period of foreign nationals stranded in India due to Covid-19 pandemic till September 30, 2021.....Read More

NRI man sentenced to 6-month reformative training for sexually assaulting his friend in Singapore

Hari Kishen Balakrishnan, 20, pleaded guilty to one count of performing oral sex on the 23-year-old victim, and one count of making an obscene film by filming his sexual assault on the victim seven times. One count of molest was taken into consideration for his sentenc.....Read More

India's COVID vaccine supply jumps, raising export hopes

India's rising output of COVID-19 vaccines and the inoculation of more than half its adult population with at least one dose are raising hopes the country will return as an exporter within months, ramping up from early next year.After donating or selling 66 million doses to nearly 100 countries, India barred exports in the.....Read More

Aug 30: Rupee rose to its strongest in two-and-a-half months on Monday,

Rupee was trading at 73.48/49 per dollar since June 15. The currency had closed at 73.68 on Friday.

NRI gay couples find new forms of union amid stigma -Excluded by traditional marriage ceremonies, Indian-American gay couples in the US are finding new and unique ways to solemnise their unions, reports Savita Patel.When Sameer Samudra and and Amit Gokhale decided to marry according to Hindu custom, the couple faced an unexpected hiccup: they couldn't find a priest to do the ceremony......Read

India woman who accused MP of rape dies in self-immolation

The death of a 24-year-old Indian woman, who had set herself on fire last week after alleging harassment by police and judiciary at the behest of an MP she had accused of rape, has once again put the spotlight on the shameful treatment of women in India......Read More


Afghanistan withdrawal overshadows Kamala Harris' first Asia trip as vice president

Kamala Harris' first trip to Asia as vice president was meant to signal the United States' staunch commitment to partners in the Indo-Pacific region in the face of a rising China. Instead, Harris' three-day stop in Singapore quickly turned into a platform for journalists to question her on the U.S.' reliability as a security partner.....Read More

Chicago’s Iconic India Independence Day Parade Adds Glitters To ‘Little India’ Devon Avenue

Under the leadership of its President Mr Rajesh Patel, the Federation of Indian Associations, Chicago organized a stunning parade on Devon Avenue to mark India’s 75th Independence Day. Mr Niranjan Shah’s daughter Ms Smita Shah marshaled the parade. United States’ ranking Congressman Danny Davis participated in India’s Iconic Chicago Parade. Addressing the .....Read More

UK lifts ‘all but essential’ travel advice for India as Covid pressure eases – Times of India

The UK authorities on Tuesday up to date its official journey advisory for India to mirror the nation’s upgraded standing underneath the Covid-19 based mostly visitors mild system, now not advising towards “all however important journey”. India moved from the UK’s crimson record journey ban to amber on August 8....Read More

NRI Man Jailed in Singapore for Shortfall in Supply of Security Guards, Bribery

NRI former boss of a safety agency in Singapore was jailed for 10 months on Monday for bribing the safety division supervisor of a division retailer alongside the hotel-belt of Orchard Highway right here for not with the ability to present guards as per contract requirement for over three years. Mandhir Singh’s safety agency, White Knights Safety Companies, incessantly lacked sufficient officers to work the day shift on the....Read More

FIA unfurls biggest Tricolor at Times Square to celebrate India’s 75th Independence Day

The Federation of Indian Associations of the tri-state areas of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut (FIA NY-NJ-CT) kick-started the celebrations of the 75th Independence Day of India on Sunday with the hoisting of the Tricolor at the Times Square. This year’s Tricolor was the biggest one ever to be unfurled at the iconic destination.....Read More

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb and InfoSys's Richard Cardwell honored with Indiana Ratna Award

Throughout the evening a spirit of optimism descended upon a happy gathering of over 400 friends that included several dignitaries - beside Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, U.S. Representative Victoria Spartz, Consul General of India Amit Kumar, Former Mayor Bart Peterson, Deputy Mayor Judith Thomas, State Legislators and Officials, Infosys executives and.....Read More

Indian rocket fails to launch observation satellite

The satellite, meant for quick monitoring of natural disasters such as cyclones, cloudbursts and thunderstorms, was launched on a geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle (GSLV) at 0013 GMT, from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in southern India. But while the lift-off was smooth, the rocket failed in.....Read More

Canada's extended COVID-19 travel ban on India draws criticism after U.S. border opening;

The Canadian government confirmed on Monday that the ban on direct commercial and private passenger flights from India to Canada will continue until at least Sept. 21.

The Indian rupee weakened on Tuesday to its lowest level in almost two weeks,

The partially convertible rupee ended at 74.42/43 per dollar, compared with its close of 74.26 on Monday. The unit fell to a low of 74.4625 during the trade, its weakest since July 28.

Twitter is now complying with India’s new IT rules, New Delhi told a court Tuesday, in a move that is expected to ease months-long tension between the American social media network and the government of the key overseas market.A lawyer representing the Indian government told the Delhi High Court that Twitter’s recent steps — appointment of chief compliance officer, nodal contact person and resident grievance officer in the country — have made the social network “prima facie” compliant with the new law......Read

Sympathizers of Farmer’s Issue in India, rattles India Day Parade in New York

The India Day Parade, which falls on August 15, 2021, was in fact held on August 8, 2021, by the local group in Hicksville in Long Island, New York.  However, before the parade started, a condition was imposed on the participating Indian Overseas Congress USA group not to raise any issue of the Farmer's agitation in Delhi in the parade - a development....Read More

Indian firms plan to invest $27 bln to boost refining capacity by 2025

India state refiners are set to invest 2 trillion rupees ($26.96 billion) to boost oil refining capacity by 20% in Asia's third-largest economy by 2025, junior oil minister, Rameswar Teli, told lawmakers on Wednesday India, the world's third-biggest oil importer and consumer has refining capacity of about 249 million tonnes a year, equivalent to about 5 million barrels per day.,,,,Read More

2 Indian nationals plead guilty to conspiracy of fraud in US

“Pradipsinh Parmar crisscrossed the United States to collect nearly $6 million that was stolen from more than 4,000 victims in an international robocalls scam,” said Raj Parekh, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “By falsely impersonating representatives of the FBI, DEA, Social Security Administration, and other government agencies,......Read More

NRI Doctors Raise USD5 Million for Covid-19 Relief

NRI doctors raised USD5 million for COVID-19 relief in India, The fund raised by the influential Indian American doctors was used to provide 2,300 oxygen concentrators, 100 ventilators and 100 high-flow nasal cannula machines to 45 hospitals in India.....Read More

Texas Man Sentenced for $24 Million COVID-19 Relief Fraud Scheme

A Coppell businessman was sentenced today to more than 11 years in prison for wire-fraud and money-laundering offenses in connection with his fraudulent scheme to obtain approximately $24.8 million in forgivable Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, announced Acting U.S. .......Read More

Indian student found dead in his university room in China

A 20-year-old Indian student studying in a university in the Chinese city of Tianjin, 100 kms from capital Beijing has been found dead in his room, officials said in Beijing on Monday. Aman Nagsen, who hailed from Gaya in Bihar, was a student of Business Studies in the Tianjin Foreign Studies University. He was found dead on July 29. The cause of his death is under investigation.....Read More

US lawmakers introduce Bill to end programme allowing foreign students to stay after studies

A group of US lawmakers has reintroduced a legislation in the House of Representatives to eliminate a programme which allows foreign students to stay in the country for work after the completion of their studies under certain conditions.....Read More

ATA’s July 2022 DC Conference Grand Kick off Event

American Telugu Association, a burgeoning Telugu association catering to the needs of Telugu People across North America announced on Saturday that it is ready to conduct its first ever national Conference in Washington DC Area. In an event held on July 24th Saturday at Crowne Plaza hotel in Herndon, VA with much fervor and pomp, ATA announced that it will conduct its .......Read More

NRI stateless man sentenced to five weeks' prison in Singapore for making racial comments

 A man who went to Sengkang General Hospital (SKH) for double vision treatment hurled racial slurs at a nurse who attended to him. Periyanayagam Appavoo also pointed his finger at Ms Catherine Lam Wai Chi and demanded to be seen by the same doctor from a previous consultation. He refused to let an Indian doctor examine him, claiming that the latter was "too fair"........Read More

Kumartuli Artisan Ships 10ft Tall Fibreglass Durga Idol To US From Bengal

An artist from Kumartuli in West Bengal has gone viral for carving out a 10-feet tall idol of Goddess Durga and shipping it to the United States. The idol, which artist and clay modeller Kaushik Basu created for the Indian diaspora in San Franciso, is purportedly the tallest Durga idol in the expatriate Indian community in the city.

India ready to engage with Blinken on human rights, officials say

India is proud of its pluralistic traditions and happy to discuss the issue with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken during his visit beginning on Tuesday, foreign ministry sources said after Washington said he planned to raise New Delhi's human rights record.,,,,Read More

Raj Kundra: Indian millionaire embroiled in porn scandal

Raj Kundra, a British citizen and the husband of Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty, is an industrialist and an owner of a cricket team in the Indian Premier League (IPL), the world's richest cricket tournament. Police now claim the 45-year-old is a "key conspirator" in a porn production ring that coerced several women to engage in sex videos that were posted on the internet........Read More

India records more than 4,300 'black fungus' deaths

India has reported 45,374 cases of this rare and dangerous infection, called mucormycosis,It affects the nose, eyes and sometimes the brain, and usually strikes 12-18 days after recovery from Covid. Nearly half of those infected are still receiving treatment.Doctors say the fungus has a link with the steroids used to treat Covid...Read More

Mandira Bedi: What Hindu scriptures say about women at cremations

Indian actress and TV presenter Mandira Bedi recently hit the headlines for performing her husband's last rites. Cremations are traditionally done by men, and women are often discouraged from even attending. But where does this belief come from and what do Hindu scriptures say about it?.....Read More

NRI doctors to pay USD 37.5 million to settle allegations of kickbacks in US: Two NRI doctors and one of the largest hospital systems in the US have agreed to pay nearly USD 37.5 million to settle allegations of kickbacks for patient referrals,The United States and California entered into a settlement agreement with the Prime Healthcare Services, Dr Reddy, and Dr Arunasalam to resolve alleged violations of the False Claims Act and the California False Claims Act based on kickbacks paid by Prime to Dr Arunasalam for patient referrals,....Read More

US eases travel restrictions on India amid dip in Covid cases: 10 things to know

Amid the recent dip in Covid-19 cases in India, the United States eased travel restrictions for the country, lowering it from the highest Level 4, which means no travel, to Level 3. "The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice and the Department of State has issued a Level 3....Read More

NRI fraudster posing as car salesman jailed for 9 years in UK

A bogus used car salesman who masterminded a £1m scamRavinder Singh Randhawa posed as a legitimate salesman as he led a fake car-selling operation, running fraudulent websites for fictitious car showrooms and garages selling non-existent vehicles.......Read More

Google expands India cloud services with new infrastructure push

Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) Google is ramping up cloud infrastructure in India with a second cluster of data centres in and around capital New Delhi to meet increasing customer demands in a key growth market, senior company executives said......Read More

Manorama Sharma Gupta, M.D. has been selected as the President of the Unites Nations Association of USA (UNA-USA) Long Beach Chapter starting in 2021

She is presently a Commissioner of Health & Human Services for the City of Long Beach.  She is also the Founder and President of the Global Peace Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization that has been helping children and families in Southern California .....Read More

Kamala Harris slammed for claiming rural Americans can't photocopy their IDs The vice president tried to back her claim by saying rural communities don't have Kinkos or OfficeMax

Kamala Harris absurdly says it’s “almost impossible” for rural Americans to photocopy their ID.....Read

Singapore's Prime Minister dons a turban and greets Sikhs with 'Sat Sri Akaal'

Prime Minister Lee, who attended the opening event of the Silat Road Sikh Temple while wearing a white Sikh turban, also greeted the community members with a "Sat Sri Akaal. ..............Read More

Germany set to ease for travel restrictions for UK, India, others

The German government will soften coronavirus travel rules for travelers from Britain and four other countries. It means shorter or no quarantine time depending on your vaccination status.....Read More

FIA ships essential medical equipment to India ahead
of likely 3rd wave of pandemic

The Federation of Indian Associations of the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut (FIA-NY NJ CT) has once again proved its commitment to serve its motherland India in times of need. The federation recently shipped nine containers of Oximeters , Rescuation bags  medical cargo, and two shipments.....Read More

IMPD POLICE CHIEF AND LEADERS VISIT GURDWARA SIKH SATSANG

IMPD Chief Randall Taylor and several leaders of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, that included three Sikh IMPD officers, visited the Gurdwara Sikh Satsang on Sunday, June 27, 2021. They were warmly welcomed by the Sikh leaders and members of the congregation. The honored guests.....Read More

NRI Jaysukh Ranpariya murder accused extradition trial set for May 2022

NRI Jaysukh Ranpariya, wanted in India for murder and around 50 criminal offences,The 41-year-old, also known as Jayesh Patel, has not made a bail application and remains in custody at Belmarsh prison in south-east London.His next appearance in court via video link is scheduled for July 14.......... Read More

2 NRI among six charged for generating USD 1.7 million illegally in Silicon Valley insider trading

Nathaniel Brown, 49, who served because the income recognition supervisor for Infinera Company, repeatedly tipped Infinera’s unannounced quarterly earnings and monetary efficiency to his finest good friend, Benjamin Wylam, 42, from April 2016 till Brown left the corporate in November 2017…..Read More

Facilitating legitimate travel a top priority: American diplomat on allowing Indian students to go to the US

The US mission in India is “actively working” to accommodate as many pupil visa candidates as doable in July and August, and facilitating their reliable journey remained a prime precedence for it, a senior American diplomat........Read More

Mahatma Gandhi’s great-granddaughter jailed for seven years for fraud in South Africa

A court in Durban in South Africa has sentenced Mahatma Gandhi’s great-granddaughter to seven years in prison for fraud and forgery of 6 million rand. Ashish Lata Ramgobin (56) was sentenced by the court on Monday. She was accused of cheating industrialist SR Maharaj. The Maharaj had allegedly given him 62 lakh rands for importing a consignment from India and clearing customs duty which did not exist......Read More

UAE-based Indians cancel summer holiday plans

Several United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based Indian expats have either cancelled or put their summer vacation plans on hold in the fear of getting stuck amid Covid-induced travel curbs, a media report said on Monday."However, uncertainty over the ongoing suspension on incoming passengers from India,..........Read More

Education important pillar of Indo-U.S. ties: Sandhu

The India’s Ambassador to the United Staes made these remarks during a virtual meeting with the Chancellor of the University of California,Education is an important pillar of India-U.S. partnership, India’s top diplomat in the United States said after a virtual meeting with the Chancellor of the University of California, Davis........Read More

Sardaarni Ajit Kahlon JI Passed Away

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Tech company admits to H1-B visa fraud involving Indians

New York: A know-how firm has admitted to committing fraud to carry Indians on the coveted H1-B visas to the US, in keeping with a federal prosecutorJomon Chakkalakkal, the company consultant of Cloudgen, made the admission earlier than a federal court docket in Houston, Texas, on behalf of the corporate on Could 28,....Read More

India-UAE flight suspension further extended, says EmiratesSuspension of flights from India to the UAE has been further extended till June 30, Emirates airline announced “Emirates has suspended passenger flights from India effective April 24, 2021 until June 30, 2021. Furthermore, passengers who have transited through India in the last 14 days will not be accepted to travel from any other point to the UAE,”.........Read More

San Jose shooting victim Taptejdeep Singh warned colleagues as rampage was happening, brother says

San Jose workplace shooting was underway, Taptejdeep Singh was calling colleagues and shepherding others, warning them to hide or stay away, his brother says, citing witnesses. Singh, 36, and eight other Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) workers were fatally shot by a colleague in two buildings in the Northern California city before the gunman killed himself...Read More

Indian Overseas Congress, USA welcomes V.D. Satheesan's appointment as Kerala's Opposition leader

Indian Overseas Congress USA congratulates Shri. V.D. Satheesan on his appointment as the new legislative leader for the Congress Party in Kerala and the UDF's opposition leader. "The selection and the appointment of V.D. Satheesan represents a turning point for the Congress Party in Kerala and also ushering in a new generational shift necessary at this juncture......Read More

Donations sought for COVID-19 crisis in india

The coronavirus crisis in India has some Hawaii residents scrambling to help loved ones and others as the nation deals with a dire shortage of hospital beds, oxygen and other medical essentials.....Read More

Vijay Mallya Loses UK Appeal For More Funds To Cover Legal Fee In India

Vijay Mallya has been directed to cover 95 per cent of the costs of the appeal as the banks had been "very substantially successful" in fighting the case to prevent further sanctions from the court-held funds.....Read More

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Arjan Singh Bhullar has once again made Richmond and
Canada proud of him

He is the first Punjabi Sikh to win the Mixed Martial Arts One Fighting Championship in Singapore. Arjan has made history again. In 2010, he  was the only gold medal winner in wrestling for Canada. In 2012 Arjan was proud to represent  Canada at the Olympics in London, England. These  accomplishments have made.......Read More

FIACONA Welcomes The Government of India’s Decision To Extend The Validity of FCRA Registration Certificates

Federation of Indian Christian Association of North America (FIACONA), an advocacy organization working to defend the religious freedom of Christians religious minorities in India welcomes the decision of the government of India to extend the validity of the Foreign Contribution ......Read More

Hoosier architect, K.P. Singh, helped preserve big pieces of Indiana history

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. At WRTV, we celebrate the diversity in our community every day, and today we’re introducing you to one man who you might not know, but whose work helped preserve big pieces of Indiana history. Inside the Gurdwara Sikh Satsang, one of the oldest Sikh temples.....Read More

Mahatma Gandhi’s statue Vandalised

On Jan. 26, the Republic Day of India, a bronze statue of Mohandas K. Gandhi that had been given to the City of Davis as a gift by the government of India was attacked by unknown persons who sawed part of the statue. We condemn the desecration and decapitation of the Gandhi statue as an attack on the nonviolence principles Gandhi advocated and represented in his life’s work, and we hold dear.......Read More

NRI man sentenced in US for stalking, kidnapping estranged wife

Sunil K. Akula, 32, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni to 56 months in prison and three years of supervised release. Akula will be subject to deportation to India upon completion of his sentence. In November 2020, Akula pleaded guilty to kidnapping, stalking, obstruction of justice and.....Read More

Vijay Mallya loses bankruptcy petition amendment High Court battle in UK

A consortium of Indian banks led by the State Bank of India (SBI) on Tuesday moved a step closer in their attempt to recover debt from loans paid out to Vijay Mallya’s now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines after the High Court in London upheld an application to amend.....Read More

NRI (Modi Supporters) hold rallies in North America, against post-poll violence in West Bengal

Some Groups carried Banners reading- 'Hindu Lives Matter'---'Hindu genocide', 'Mamata Stop Hindu Killing, ---Stop Raping Hindus' placards on his Twitter handle. NRIs BJP supporters has alleged that the BJP has claimed 14 of its party workers have been killed, whereas the TMC has said that four of its supporters.........Read More

Man kicks NRI woman for not wearing mask during walk, hurls racial slurs

The police are investigating a case of a man who allegedly kicked a 55-year-old woman in her chest and shouted a racial slur at her for not wearing her mask while brisk walking. The woman, private tutor Hindocha Nita Vishnubhai, was brisk walking on Friday (May 7) when she had a run-in with the man.........Read More

NRI man struck in head with hammer at hotel

Surveillance video shows 32-year-old Sumit Ahluwalia enter the lobby of a Brooklyn hotel after being confronted by an unknown man outside. The suspect then appears to hit Ahluwalia in the head with a hammer before running off. Ahluwalia said right the suspect told him he didn’t like him because of the color of his skin before the attack, and also spit in his face.....Read More

Little known outside India, Jainism spreads at colleges
amid calls to decolonize studies”,

LA times published a long and informative article about the progress  of Jain  Academic Education in North America. Please click on the link below to read the full article. Cerritos College in Norwalk — where the majority of students are Latino and the first in their families to attend college — is a stone’s throw from.......Read More

British Labour Party MP Tanmanjeet Singh , has urged his government to help India as Covid-19 situation worsened.

"Many are extremely anxious about loved ones in India, terrified after seeing the apocalyptic scenes of people dying on the streets for want of oxygen, a collapsing health system, and crematoriums and cemeteries......Read More

Augmented Artificial Intelligence for Social good, Data & AI Ethics highlighted at ASEI’s 2021 AI Summit

The American Society of Engineers of Indian Origin (ASEI) convened an AI Summit with a number of researchers, authors, speakers and experts covering Artificial Intelligence  from multiple perspectives: Augmented Intelligence with Data, AI/ML Solutions......Read More

NRI mother takes home body of son killed in accident in Singapore. Shanthi, who is from the southern Indian state of Kerala, told daily on Saturday morning: "I used to pray 'Please don't let him get a fever,' 'Don't let him get Covid,' and then this happened... He came through all of that only for this to happen." Also a domestic worker in Singapore, the mother added: "I never expected to take him back as a dead body. He had so many dreams" Sudheeshmon, who leaves behind his wife and 18-month-old son....Read More

Canada bans passenger flights from India, Pakistan for 30 days due to surge in Covid cases

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says suspending incoming passenger flights from India and Pakistan for the next month must be done to keep Canadians safe. Trudeau says it was necessary because there has been a concerning surge of COVID-19 cases and the emergence of more variants of concern in certain....Read More

NATIONAL AND INTERFAITH LEADERS JOIN FOR PRAYER AT SIKH SATSANG GURDWARA
Offer Support and Solidarity, Call for Healing, Legislative Measures and Safety Reinforcements- Sunday, April 18, 2021: It was a beautiful sunny Indiana day. It was the designated day for the observance day for Baisakhi, one of the holiest days on the Sikh calendar. We added a special   “Prayer for Healing” to the service.....Read More with PHOTOS

NRI artist Madhuri to display works in Milan

Madhuri Srikanth, an NRI artist with roots in Telangana, has received a special invite to showcase her works at 'Romantica', an international art exhibition, to be held at Italy's Milan between April 23 and May 2. Madhuri is the lone Indian artist to be invited to showcase her works at the exhibition organized by M.A.D.S., a contemporary art gallery, located in one of the main Milan districts......Read More

NRI Billionaire Brothers Purchase UK Quick Meals Chain Leon

Indian-origin billionaire brothers Mohsin and Zuber Issa have acquired a well-liked British quick meals chain, Leon, as a part of what they described as their objective to develop their foodservice operations in Britain.The Issa brothers, whose dad and mom moved to the UK from Gujarat within the Seventies, personal the Euro Garages chain of petrol stations as a part of their EG Group enterprise......Read More

NRI Driver jailed for 22 years for killing 4 Australian police
A truck driver was sentenced to 22 years in prison on Wednesday for hitting and killing four police officers on an Australian freeway. Mohinder Singh was drug-effected and sleep-deprived when his truck veered into an emergency stopping lane of Melbourne’s Eastern Freeway where three policemen and a policewoman were standing after stopping a speeding car on April 22 last year......Read More

Human Errors Main Reasons for Spreading of  Coronavirus  Rather than Seasonality Factors

Researchers have advocated various theories on the diffusion of coronavirus disease worldwide. For example, in an article published in BBC, it is  pointed out  that there is some evidence that coronavirus cases have particularly clustered around cooler and drier regions. In the same article, it was reported that one paper looked at 100 Chinese cities with more than 40 cases of Covid-19......Read More

NRI couple found dead in US after 4-year-old girl seen crying

An Indian couple was found dead at their home in the US after neighbours saw their four-year-old daughter crying alone in the balcony of their house, family sources said. Some US media outlets said the couple died of an apparent stabbing in their North Arlington apartment,The bodies of Balaji Bharat Rudrawar (32) and his wife Arati Balaji Rudrawar (30) were found at their 21 Garden Terrace apartme,,,,...Read More

NRI Men arrested in UK for immigration offences

A 38-year-old man was detained on suspicion of facilitating illegal immigration and is now being questioned. Four other men, three Bangladeshi and one Indian national, were removed from the lorry by police and arrested on suspicion of immigration offences. They will be dealt with by the immigration authorities........Read More

NRI Deepanshu Kher was sentenced two years in prison for Deleting Carlsbad Company’s Microsoft User Accounts

Deepanshu  Kher, an Indian national, was arrested when he flew from India to the United States on January 11, 2021, unaware of the outstanding warrant for his arrest. Kher was sentenced today in federal court to two years in prison for accessing the server of a Carlsbad Company and deleting over 1,200.User Accounts .Maximum Penalty: Ten years in prison; $250,000 fine.......Read More

NRI Sumit Garg man charged in U.S. for cyberstalking

A Seattle man employed as a cyber security consultant was indicted today by a federal grand jury for conspiracy to engage in cyberstalking, three counts of cyberstalking in violation of criminal order,  and two counts of cyberstalking, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Tessa M. Gorman.  SUMIT GARG, 31, was transferred to federal custody last week and was ordered detained at the Federal Detention Center at SeaTac on March 15, 2021........Read More

Crypto Investor 'Metakovan' Named as Buyer of $70 Million Digital Artwork

THE buyer of a $70 million digital-only artwork was named on Friday by auction house Christie's as a crypto asset investor who goes by the pseudonym "Metakovan." The auction to buy the work by digital artist Beeple, which ended on Thursday, was the first ever sale by a major auction house of a piece of digital art that does not exist in physical form.,,,,,,Read More


City of Toronto providing financial relief for taxicab industry

As part of the 2021 budget approval process, Toronto City Council voted to provide a temporary reduction in the renewal fees and regulatory charges for Taxicab and Limousine Vehicle-for-Hire licensing categories. This initiative will assist up to 8,670 drivers in the city.......Read More

FIA celebrates international women's day

Brooklyn New York – Federation of Indian Associations of NY NJ & CT along with the Brooklyn Borough President's office and the Consulate General of India New York hosted a commemorative ceremony on the footsteps of the historic venue of the Brooklyn Borough Hall......Read More

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FIA announces winners of Dance Pe Chance solo dance competition 2021

Winners of the finale of the 37th edition of the annual Dance Pe Chance solo dance competition 2021, organized by the Federation of Indian Associations NY NJ CT, were announced on February 23. They were selected from across four categories of participants—minor, junior, senior and adult........Read More

Doing Justic‪e‬: Cafe Studios presents Doing Justice, hosted by Preet Bharara. Justice is about doing the right thing, in the right way, for the right reasons. And it's about making sure that no one is above the law. Doing Justice is CAFE's new narrative podcast, based on host Preet Bharara's bestselling book.

In each episode Preet explores the key elements of a case from the unique perspective of the prosecutor whose job it is to grapple with urgent moral and legal questions. Should we allow an elected official to run for re-election while he’s under investigation? Can we prosecute a police officer for planning to kidnap his victims?...Read More

The airlines will be able to provide tickets at lower rates to those passengers who carry cabin baggage only.The current rules allow passengers to carry up to 7 kilograms of cabin baggage and 15 kilograms of check-in baggage.As part of airline baggage policy, scheduled airlines will be allowed to offer free baggage allowance as well as "zero baggage/no check-in baggage fares

Kerala Center Recognizes and Honors Medical Professionals and
First Responders,And Conducts a Seminar on Covid 19 Health Issues

The Indian American Kerala Cultural and Civic Center  recognized and honored close to hundred healthcare workers and police officers from Queens and Long Island and surrounding areas at virtual Zoom meeting for their praiseworthy service during the pandemic and conducted a seminar and interactive session on Covid 19 attended by experts in various fields of health.......Read More

UK judge orders fugitive Indian diamond dealer Nirav Modi to be extradited to India

London: A UK court on Thursday ordered fugitive diamond dealer Nirav Modi to be extradited to India to stand trial after dismissing arguments of his "mental health concerns," saying they are not unusual in a man in his circumstances......Read More

NRI Engineer Pleads Guilty to More Than $10 Million of COVID-Relief Fraud

Shashank Rai, 30, of Beaumont, pleaded guilty to one count of making false statements to a bank. He was charged on May 13, 2020, with violations of wire fraud, bank fraud, false statements to a financial institution, and false statements to the SBA.As part of his guilty plea, Rai admitted that he sought millions of dollars in forgivable loans guaranteed by the SBA from two different banks by.......Read More

Nepal bans two Indian mountaineers for 10 years

Nepal has imposed a 10-year mountaineering ban on two climbers Narender Singh Yadav and Seema Rani Goswami who claimed to be the first Indian couple to have climbed Everest, officials say. A government investigation concluded on Monday that photographs purporting to show the pair at the top of the world's highest mountain were faked. Officials say the ban is intended to deter other climbers from making spurious and dishonest claims......Read Nore

8-Yr-Old NRIIndian Boy Advay Misra In Johns Hopkins Brightest Students In The World List.

Advay Misra, 8, a NRI student in New York, has been named among 1,400 of the “brightest students in the world” by the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) in Baltimore which counts among its alumni the founders of Facebook and Google, Rhodes Scholars and MacArthur Fellows. Hopkins said Misra, a student at PS 59 Beekman Hill International Elementary School, was honored for “exceptional performance on the SAT,.....Read More

NRI Bharat Narumanchi a paediatrician takes doctor hostage, kills victim and himself at a children's clinic in Austin, Texas

Bharat Narumanchi suffering from terminal cancer took another doctor hostage and after several hours of a stand-off with the police, killed his victim and then himself, according to authorities. On Tuesday evening, Bharat Narumanchi took several people hostage at a children's clinic in Austin, Texas, but except for a doctor the others escaped or were let go, local police said in a statement.....Read More

 

  • The global vaccine distribution scheme COVAX aims to deliver 520 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to Africa this year,
  • Johnson & Johnson's says its Covid vaccine neutralises Delta variant -Claims it is 85% effective and could also help prevent hospitalisation and death
  • ‘Very exciting’: Study indicates mRNA vaccines could provide years of protection against COVID-19……U.S. study found the Pfizer vaccine triggered a persistent immune response that could offer long-time protection from the coronavirus.
  • Moderna (MRNA) jumped to an all-time high Tuesday after the pharmaceutical company said its COVID-19 vaccine showed promise in protecting against variants of the disease, including the highly contagious Delta variant that is currently surging in India and other countries.Shares of the Cambridge, Mass., company were up 6.2 per cent to $236.51 (U.S.) on Tuesday.Moderna also said the Indian government had granted emergency use authorization of the company’s COVID-19 vaccine.

 

 

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