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PWD Director Krueger Speaks at ASIE Luncheon

HOUSTON: At the luncheon held by the American Society of Indian Engineers on May 3 at the Houston Engineering and Scientific Society Club (HESS Club), the invited speaker for the event was Daniel W. Krueger, Director of the Public Works Department at the City of Houston. Over 125 professionals, including many non-Indians, from the local […]

Sewa International Launches Family Services Hot Line

HOUSTON: Sewa International launched its Family Services initiative on April 20, at Keshav Smuriti in Houston.  It is a program to assist individuals or families walk through their most difficult times with the help of the community leaders, organizations and volunteers. More than 60 representatives from various organizations like the Arya Samaj of Greater Houston […]

AIM for Seva Salutes Houston Mothers

HOUSTON: “Mom” is the word!  AIM for Seva is holding an exciting get together to honor Houston Mothers and to celebrate motherhood. “Houston has a very vibrant Indian culture”, says Suma Mudan of AIM for Seva, “and the credit goes to the tenacity of mothers taking the time and trouble to inculcate Indian tradition and […]

NSF Hosts 21st Annual Houston Regional Contests

HOUSTON: Houston Chapter of North South Foundation (NSF) conducted its 21st annual children’s educational contests on Saturday, April 27 at Lone Star College (University Park campus).   The event was successfully organized with participation of more than 150 children.  This year saw an increase of more than 60% in its registrations compared to last year. […]

Annapurna Puja Celebrated at Houston Durgabari Temple

HOUSTON: On Thursday April 18 around 5:30 PM. Head priest Dr. Bishnupada Goswami performed Annapurna Puja at the temple of Houston Durgabari Society located at 13944 Schiller Rd, Houston, TX 77082. Annapurna Puja is an important festival of West Bengal. Goddess Annapurna is the Goddess of plenty. It is believed that Goddess Annapurna’s barn is […]

Eight Local Children to Compete in National Dharma Bee Chicago

HOUSTON: The regional Dharma Bee contest was held at the Arya Samaj of Greator Houston on Saturday April 27. Almost seventy contestants  from Kindergarten to grade eight participated in the second level regional quiz competition on Swami Vivekananda and Lord Krishna. All of these contestant were qualified winner from the level one exam, which was […]

Pratham Auction Items Went Fast

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: There was a lively auction conducted by Dr. Subodh Bhuchar for several items during the Pratham Gala last weekend on Saturday, April 27. The auction was able to raise almost $20,000. The items included an elegant men’s James Bond series watch by Omega donated by Aku and Meena Patel of Karat […]

Verma’s Donation Swells India Studies’ Curriculum at UH

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: “We hope that one day the India Studies program could grow into a magnificent place like this,” quipped Dr. John Roberts, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Houston, as he motioned around him at the opulent lobby and living room “to highlight its […]

Sen. Cornyn Meets with Consul General Harish

HOUSTON: U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Consul General of India in Houston Harish Parvathaneni met last week to discuss the economy, energy, trade and immigration, as well as express admiration for the active role Indian Americans are taking in Texas’ communities. They issued the following statements after their meeting: “I was pleased to have […]

Pratham Comes in First Again Among Local Desi Charities

Click here for collage By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: It was a night to count the many blessings that had been bestowed upon those who came to the Hilton Americas Hotel downtown to attend Pratham’s Annual Gala last Saturday, April 27. They came to see history once again in the making as the local chapter of […]

IACCGH Hosts Dinner Reception on April 5

HOUSTON: On Friday April 5, 2013 IACCGH hosted a dinner reception sponsored by the Southside Group in honor of the Indian delegates to the MD Anderson Annual GAP Summit and local MD Anderson faculty at the HESS Club. The guests included Dr. Kian Ang MD PhD, Vice President, Global Academic Programs, MD Anderson Cancer Center, […]

U.S. Immigration Reform Proposal Would Make Sweeping Changes

By Emily Neumann Senate Bill 744 sponsored by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) would provide sweeping changes to the current complex immigration landscape. Much of the proposal seeks to clear the current backlog of applicants over the next ten years so that a new system can begin. Here is what you need to know: IMMIGRANT VISAS […]

Sri Meenakshi Temple ‘Kalyana Mahotsavam’

By Dr. Venugopal Menon PEARLAND: Certain experiences happen but seldom, and they happen only to the destined. Sri Meenakshi Temple in Pearland just concluded its ten-day grand commemoration of ‘Mahotsavam’, the magnificent, anniversary extravaganza.  From Thursday, April 18 to Sunday April 28, the entire temple atmosphere was transformed into one of supreme celestial ambiance with […]

“Save a Mother” Anniversary Gala May 10

By Seema Kachru HOUSTON: Pregnancy is not a disease, yet 15 percent of all pregnancies result in life threatening complications. Maternal health, a critical topic in global development, impacts families, communities and societies and has far reaching effects across socio-economic strata. Despite being among top ten countries of the world, India`s Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) […]

IACAN: For Those Who Suffer, Relief Comes in Unexpected Ways

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: The audience was on its feet. They were smiling and grinning. They were, in fact, bent over laughing, some so hard that tears were streaming down their cheeks. They embraced each other, wagged their fingers at one another, made eye contact, shook hands, did high-fives and made awkward gestures that erupted […]

Tiger Ball Guests Toast Brilliant First Year in Asia Society Texas Center’s New Home

HOUSTON: First anniversaries are always special. Supporters of Asia Society Texas Center, marking one year since the grand opening of the organization’s spectacular home in the Museum District, celebrated Tiger Ball 2013 on Friday, April 26 in grand style and amid lavish surroundings. More than 500 of Houston’s social and civic worthies, many in gorgeous […]

HISD Board of Education Approves New Magnet School

HISD Board of Education Approves New Magnet School

Principal Jyoti Malhan to Head New Campus that Will Serve as Feeder to DeBakey High School HOUSTON: The HISD Board of Education in April approved creating a new magnet school that will offer a highly rigorous curriculum emphasizing science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The newly created Baylor College of Medicine Academy at Ryan will now […]

World Renowned Soorya Festival Makes U.S. Debut

Soorya Krishnamoorthy’s Sangamam premiers in Houston May 5 By Ian Staff Reporter HOUSTON: This weekend, Padmashree Dr. Soorya Krishnamoorthy, the founder-director of the Soorya Stage and Film Society, is making his first visit to the United States as he presents his highly-acclaimed Soorya Festival in Houston. The Soorya Festival is the longest and among the […]

SOS Graduates 2012-2013 Class

By Farida Hasanali HOUSTON: SOS incoming President Dr. Swapan Dubey proudly announced the completion and graduation of SOS’ 4th Life and Leadership Series.  The Graduation event hosted at Fratelli’s by the SOS Executive Board on April 13 was attended by close to 100 members, friends, and well-wishers.  The event held a different kind of charge […]

Moving Hearts and Minds: 7th Annual BP MS-150 Bike Ride

HOUSTON: For the seventh year in a row, Indian youth from all over the Houston area bicycled over 150 miles from Houston to Austin as part of the annual two-day bike ride event called the BP MS-150, to raise awareness and money for research to hasten the cure for Multiple Sclerosis.  The youth were part […]