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Vice President-elect Kamala Harris Has Elevated the Blindian Community

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris Has Elevated the Blindian Community

Washington DC: Sharda Sekaran was raised by a single Black mom. She went to mostly Black schools as a child, in mostly Black neighborhoods. Looking at her, she says, some people assume she’s Black. But her name — Sharda — always gave her away. All her life, Sekaran has searched for other “Blindians” — people […]

‘Tandav’: India’s Answer to ‘House of Cards’

‘Tandav’: India’s Answer to ‘House of Cards’

Tandav has been billed as “India’s answer to House of Cards” by the Amazon Prime Video. Tandav will premiere on Friday, January 15 on Amazon Prime worldwide. All nine episodes will drop at once, which means fans can watch the series in one go. Sacred Games star Saif Ali Khan stars as Samar. Speaking about […]

Cultural Arts Spring Festival Kick Off with Devotional Fervor: Vishaka Hari

Cultural Arts Spring Festival Kick Off with Devotional Fervor: Vishaka Hari

Houston: Vishaka Hari needs no introduction.  She narrates stories from the Hindu Puranas (Katha) in many languages (including English), making them come alive with musical compositions (Keerthana) of famous singing saints of India.  Her narrative style is simple which she uses skillfully to make esoteric ideas come within everyone’s reach. The musical and expressive elements […]

Bhavesh Patel Joins Dallas Federal Reserve Bank Board

Bhavesh Patel Joins Dallas Federal Reserve Bank Board

Dallas: The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas has appointed Bob Patel to its Houston Branch board of directors for a term ending Dec. 31, 2023. Patel is CEO of Houston-based LyondellBasell, one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies with over 19,500 employees globally. He joined LyondellBasell in 2010 and became CEO in 2015.  […]

Indian American Leaders Express Shock at Attack on US Capitol

Indian American Leaders Express Shock at Attack on US Capitol

By Ajay Ghosh Washington DC: The Indian American community has expressed shock and is dismayed at the events that unfurled on Wednesday, January 6th on Capitol Hill.  Supporters of President Donald Trump breached one of the most iconic American buildings, US Capitol, engulfing the nation’s capital in chaos after Trump urged the mob of rioters […]

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Recognizes Leaders of the Indian Diaspora

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Recognizes Leaders of the Indian Diaspora

New Delhi: Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is celebrated once in every two years to strengthen the engagement of the overseas Indian community with the Government of India and reconnect them with their roots. The 16th PBD Convention was held virtually on 9 January, 2021 in New Delhi. The theme of 16th PBD Convention 2021 is “Contributing […]

‘Kaagaz’: Pankaj Tripathi Shines in Movie of a Bygone Era

‘Kaagaz’: Pankaj Tripathi Shines in Movie of a Bygone Era

By Pallabi Dey Purkayastha Story: In order to keep his band-baja business afloat, Bharat Lal (Pankaj Tripathi) approaches a local bank in Uttar Pradesh for a loan. Soon after, he realises that his uncle and his sons have declared him legally dead and snatched his share of the piece of land that the family had […]

Mariam Issa: Compassionate & Generous

Mariam Issa: Compassionate & Generous

Houston: With loving memories, Mariam Issa, a Houstonian for more than four decades, passed away on January 3, 2021.  “When you give to others, it is important to give more than what is expected.”  These are words that Mariam repeatedly conveyed to her children and grandchildren – words that she learned from her father and […]

Vanita Gupta Joins Biden Administration as Associate Attorney General

Vanita Gupta Joins Biden Administration as Associate Attorney General

Washington DC: President-elect Joe Biden is planning to name civil rights activist Vanita Gupta to be the associate attorney general, according to several media reports quoting unnamed sources close to him. The reports on Wednesday also said that he will name Merrick Garland, a federal appeals court judge, as the attorney general. Gupta had served […]

Biden Administration Lobbied on H-1B Suspension

Biden Administration Lobbied on H-1B Suspension

Washington DC: A top India-centric American business advocacy group has urged the incoming Biden administration to ease the restrictions on H-1B visas and provide green cards to higher education students with science and mathematics degrees to meet the increasing demand for IT professionals in the country. On December 31, outgoing US President Donald Trump extended […]

Dr. Arun Gupta: Wake Up to Opioid Addiction Among Indian Americans

Dr. Arun Gupta: Wake Up to Opioid Addiction Among Indian Americans

By Manu Shah On 5th July 2020, Ikonkar Manmohan Singh Sandhu, a young 23 year old boy, died from an opioid overdose in Michigan just months before he was to be married. He is by no means an isolated case in the Indian American community. A small group of doctors are sounding the alarm on […]

India’s MEA Ministry OKs e-Ballots for NRIs

India’s MEA Ministry OKs e-Ballots for NRIs

New Delhi: The ministry of external affairs (MEA) has written to the Election Commission favouring its recent proposal to allow non-resident Indians (NRIs) to vote remotely through electronically-transmitted postal ballot system (ETPBS) from their country of residence. However, it has suggested that the poll body hold consultations with all stakeholders before rolling out the facility. […]

Saratoga Serendipity: A New Gir Cow Farm & Retreat in East Texas

Saratoga Serendipity: A New Gir Cow Farm & Retreat in East Texas

By Vikas Mohrir Houston: When COVID erupted back in February, everything shut down and everyone stayed indoors. We spent endless hours completing Indo-American News’ Sudoku puzzles, and Sharmila Moharir was consistently a Sudoku winner in the March-April-May timeframe. After completing Sudoku and a 5,000 piece puzzle which was featured in Indo American News, our family […]

Tamils Host Nationalist Thinker Sri Anand Sahu

Tamils Host Nationalist Thinker Sri Anand Sahu

Pearland: Houston Tamil Studies Chair (HTSC) hosted the visit of  Sri Anand Sahu, from New Delhi, who spent two days in Houston as a part of his USA program. He is a Nationalist visionary thinker and Board member: Ministry of Finance & Labor & Employment, Government of India. His Houston program, coordinated by HTSC President […]

How Seniors Can Register for the Corona Vaccine in Houston Area

How Seniors Can Register for the Corona Vaccine in Houston Area

By Aaron Barker Houston: As more doses of the coronavirus vaccine arrive in the Houston area, officials are ramping up the process of administering those shots. Vaccines are only available to people who are eligible under phases 1A and 1B of the state’s distribution plan. No matter where you live or which group you are […]

ASIE 2020 Annual Holiday Event: A Great Success

ASIE 2020 Annual Holiday Event: A Great Success

Houston: Annual Holiday Event – ASIE’s 2020 Annual Holiday Event (online) was a great success despite the COVID-19! Approximately 25% of the business organized holiday events this year due to the pandemic, and nearly 75% of the events have been virtual. ASIE wanted to bring the membership together, after almost a year, to virtually meet […]

American Society of Indian Engineers (ASIE): 2020 Year at a Glance

American Society of Indian Engineers (ASIE): 2020 Year at a Glance

Houston: American Society of Indian Engineers and Architects (ASIE) is a networking platform for engineers and architects of Indian origin. First, we would like to pay our respects to those who are in the frontline helping the public during the pandemic, and our condolences to the families and friends who suffered unthinkable loss due to […]

IACCGH ‘Women Mean Business’: World Affairs Council, ALF

IACCGH ‘Women Mean Business’: World Affairs Council, ALF

By Manu Shah Houston: Two extraordinary women highlighted the work of leading and redefining leadership in IACCGH’s Women Mean Business series held virtually on 15th December. Maryanne Maldonado, CEO of World Affairs Council of Greater Houston and Nory Angel, President of American Leadership Forum of Gulf Coast (ALF) who both head non nonprofit organizations were […]

Happy Gurupurabh — Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti

Happy Gurupurabh — Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti

Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti, also is known as Gurpurabh and Prakash Utsav, marks the birthday of the tenth guru of Guru Gobind Singh, Gobind Singh was the Sikh Guru, a spiritual master, warrior, poet, and philosopher. The day is celebrated either in the month of January or December. Guru Gobind Singh was the 10 Sikh […]

Indian Seaman Missing Off Texas Waters

Indian Seaman Missing Off Texas Waters

By Jignasa Sinha Mirzapur: “I think I got on the wrong ship. I will have to stay here till May… I don’t know what to do…” On December 2, a 27-year-old merchant navy sailor, Arvind Tiwari, spoke to his sister Sulekha, 25, from his ship off the coast of Texas, US. That was the last […]

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