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New Houston Botanic Garden: Now Open!

New Houston Botanic Garden: Now Open!

Houston: Houstonians no longer have to take the Gulf Freeway all the way to Galveston to escape to an island, now that the Houston Botanic Garden, the city’s new living museum for plants, has opened its gates today to the public, just east of I-45 South on Park Place Blvd. Approximately half of the Garden’s […]

What Kamala Means to Indo-American Women

What Kamala Means to Indo-American Women

By Chaya Murali I cried when Slumdog Millionaire won the Oscar for Best Picture. I didn’t expect the tears, but there they were, brought on by the sight of little brown children onstage at the Academy Awards, the sound of A.R. Rahman dedicating his statue to God in Tamil. I had never dreamt of such […]

UMMC TX President Syed Mohiuddin: A Frontline Hero for the Underserved

UMMC TX President Syed Mohiuddin: A Frontline Hero for the Underserved

Houston: With the ever-changing landscape of America’s healthcare system, it is becoming more and more difficult to find healthcare providers and facilities that value patient care and satisfaction above everything else. One hospital stands out in Houston, Texas, even going as far as only requiring a photo ID for covid-19 testing. United Memorial Medical Center […]

Bill to Name Post Office for Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal

Bill to Name Post Office for Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal

Houston: A new bill honoring Harris County Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal, who was killed in the line of duty in September 2019, passed unanimously in the U.S. House of Representatives Monday. Dhaliwal was killed during a traffic stop in Cypress, Texas on Sept. 27, 2019. In 2015, he made history as the first Texas law […]

Trump Official Verma ‘Abused’ Government Rules

Trump Official Verma ‘Abused’ Government Rules

Washington DC: Seema Verma, the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, “abused the federal contracting process” and “wasted millions of taxpayer dollars” on consultants and other services to boost her own profile, lawmakers found as part of a lengthy congressional investigation. The alleged abuses included Verma hiring a team of pricey media […]

Judge Sandill Rejects Request to Halt Harris County Mail Ballot Plan

Judge Sandill Rejects Request to Halt Harris County Mail Ballot Plan

Houston: A judge on Friday rejected Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s request to halt Harris County’s plan to send mail ballot applications to all 2.4 million registered voters. State District Judge R.K. Sandill denied Paxton’s request for a temporary injunction, stating that nothing in the Texas Election Code bars Harris County Clerk Christopher Hollins from […]

Federal Judge Hears Arguments against Trump’s H-1B Visa Ban

Federal Judge Hears Arguments against Trump’s H-1B Visa Ban

San Francisco: The future of U.S. immigration policy and the fate of thousands of H-1B, L-1 and other visa holders rests in the hands of a federal judge. Arguments were heard on a preliminary injunction filed by businesses against the Trump administration’s June 2020 proclamation to suspend the entry of foreign nationals on H-1B, L-1, […]

Sri Meenakshi Temple Holds 9th Annual 5k-Walkathon 2020

Sri Meenakshi Temple Holds 9th Annual 5k-Walkathon 2020

Pearland: This year’s MTS Annual 5-K Walkathon was held on September 13th, Sunday unlike in the month of March every year. The event had to be postponed twice due to COVID-19 and temple closure. Yet despite the pandemic the custom of conducting this health awareness annual event in our temple came to reality. Though the […]

Classical Art Society’s Fall Festival Goes Virtual

Classical Art Society’s Fall Festival Goes Virtual

Houston: Classical Arts Society of Houston invites lovers of Carnatic music, aficionados and connoisseurs alike to view its Fall Festival’s “VIRTUAL” line up from September through December. • Saturday, September 26 at 10 am CST – LecDem by Sikkil Gurucharan It begins with a Facebook live lecture demonstration on Saturday, September 26 at 10 am […]

International Panelists Reflect on 50 Years of the Hindu-American Contributions

International Panelists Reflect on 50 Years of the Hindu-American Contributions

By Shobhana Muratee Houston: REFLECTIONS@50: WALKING IN DHARMA is a power packed virtual conference to be held on Sept 19-20, 2020 as a community outreach effort toward deeper understanding of the contribution of Hindus in America in the past five decades. Organized by the World Hindu Council of America (VHPA), the 2-day conference is commemorative […]

Biden’s Indian Connection Goes Back in History

Biden’s Indian Connection Goes Back in History

Chennai: Kamala Harris spoke movingly of her discussions with her grandfather P.V.Gopalan as they walked along the beach at Chennai. It now appears that her running-mate Joe Biden may also have ancestors who strolled along the same stretch of sand two centuries before. Joe Biden first made the claim of an Indian connection in 2013. […]

India House Hosts 2020 Gala — Virtually due to the Pandemic

India House Hosts 2020 Gala — Virtually due to the Pandemic

Houston: India House 17th Annual Gala was held virtually on, Saturday, August 29, 2020 from 7 pm to 9 pm. A very illustrious list of invitees joined the Gala which was hosted online. Few of these prominent invitees were- Padma Shree Awardee, Anup Jalota, Consul General of India, Aseem Mahajan, keynote speaker Bhavesh (Bob) Patel, […]

JL50 review: Abhay Deol Web Series has a Wobbly Landing

JL50 review: Abhay Deol Web Series has a Wobbly Landing

Pitfalls of Buying a Portable Generator

Pitfalls of Buying a Portable Generator

By Shyam Sane Since the cost of portable generators has declined in recent years ( under $800 ), the demand and use of such generators has increased substantially during the recent seasonal storms such as Laura, which made landfall on the Gulf Coast recently. This article has been prepared as the result of the personal […]

FIS Presents Distinguished Lecture on India-China Competition

FIS Presents Distinguished Lecture on India-China Competition

Houston: On Sunday, August 23, 2020, the Foundation for India Studies (FIS) presented its first virtual webinar in its Distinguished Lecture Series. The lecture, titled “India China Competition in South Asia: the Past, Present and Future,” was presented by Dr. Constantino Xavier of the Brookings Institute in New Delhi. Dr. Xavier’s presentation focused on the […]

Trump or Biden: Desis Can Make History

Trump or Biden: Desis Can Make History

By Bhamy Shenoy For once, President Trump spoke the truth during the recent Republican convention. He roared that this election is the most important one deciding which direction the country will take. While we hear such warnings during each election, this time the wolf has finally come to town. I am sure that Desi Indians, […]

American Chemical Society Honors Kashinath Patil

American Chemical Society Honors Kashinath Patil

Houston: Dr. Kashnath Patil was recognized by the American Chemical Society at a recent banquet for his outstanding 60 years of service. Dr. Patil received the certificate of servce and was able to share the recognition with his wife Manda and his family and friends. During his 60-year career, Mr. Patil has published numerous technical […]

Swapnil Agarwal’s Nitya Capital Acquires One Westchase Office Building

Swapnil Agarwal’s Nitya Capital Acquires One Westchase Office Building

Houston: For CEO and founder of Nitya Capital, Swapnil Agarwal, success and achievements never came easy. Coming from humble beginnings as a son of a working class Indian immigrant family in Houston, much of Swapnil’s youth was defined by observing and learning from the success of others. As he worked his first few jobs, Swapnil […]

Class of ’83 | Bobby Deol | Netflix India

Class of ’83 | Bobby Deol | Netflix India

Indo-American Teens End Racist Logo of “Mahatma Rice” from Houston’s Riviana Foods

Indo-American Teens End Racist Logo of “Mahatma Rice” from Houston’s Riviana Foods

By Madan Goyal Atlanta: One Friday evening, the family was at the dinner table at their grandparents’ house. Rani Shrivastava, 15, looked down at the table and read aloud the newspaper headline about the Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben’s brands being discontinued due to their racist connotations. Her younger brother Rohan, 13, then looked over […]