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Indian-Americans unhappy with California school textbooks over portrayal of Hinduism

Indian-Americans unhappy with California school textbooks over portrayal of Hinduism

WASHINGTON: Indian-Americans have expressed anguish over the negative portrayal of Hinduism and India in the proposed California school textbooks. “It is disappointing to see that even after a decade of building awareness by the Hindu-American community, textbooks especially by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), McGraw-Hill, Discovery and National Geographic continue to use orientalist narratives to portray […]

Indian-Americans shine at Intel science fair in the US

Indian-Americans shine at Intel science fair in the US

WASHINGTON: While four Indian-Americans received top awards in various categories, an Indian boy has won the world’s largest pre-college science competition in the US in environmental engineering category for his project on biodegradation of pesticides. Prashant Ranganathan, a 12th grader from Jamshedpur, alongwith over 20 high school students from various parts of India, participated in […]

11-year-old stuns experts showing toys can be turned into ‘weapons’

11-year-old stuns experts showing toys can be turned into ‘weapons’

An 11-year-old “cyber ninja” stunned an audience of security experts Tuesday by hacking into a teddy bear via Bluetooth to show how interconnected smart toys “can be weaponised”. American wunderkind Reuben Paul may still be only in 5th grade at his school in Austin, Texas, but he and his teddy bear Bob wowed hundreds at […]

Indian-origin gay minister frontrunner in Irish prime ministerial race

Indian-origin gay minister frontrunner in Irish prime ministerial race

LONDON: An Indian-origin doctor and Ireland’s first openly gayminister has emerged as the frontrunner in the Irish prime ministerial race. Leo Varadkar, 38, the Dublin-born son of a Mumbai-born father and Irish mother, is expected to become the country’s first homosexual prime minister. Click here to read more… Credit: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Indian national pleads guilty in multi-million dollar call centre scam in US

Indian national pleads guilty in multi-million dollar call centre scam in US

WASHINGTON: A 28-year-old Indian national in the US has pleaded guilty for his role in a multi-million dollar scam in which individuals from call centres located in India impersonated US tax and immigration officials to defraud victims across America. Harsh Patel, who most recently lived in New Jersey, is the third Indian national to have […]

11 PIOs in Forbes list of best venture capitalists

11 PIOs in Forbes list of best venture capitalists

NEW YORK: Eleven Indian-American investors feature in Forbes magazine’s annual list of the 100 best venture capitalists who are behind some of the highest-returning investments in the technology sphere. ‘Midas 2017’ comprises the 100 best venture capitalists in the world, taking into account a five-year look-back at a partner’s portfolio, with exits by IPO or […]

Indian-origin girl in UK gets 162 IQ points, more than Einstein

Indian-origin girl in UK gets 162 IQ points, more than Einstein

LONDON: A 12-year-old Indian-origin girl in England, who secured two points higher than geniuses Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking in the British Mensa IQ test, has been invited to join the coveted society as a member. Rajgauri Pawar appeared in the British Mensa IQ Test in Manchester last month, and scored 162 – the highest […]

Indian-origin couple shot dead in US

Indian-origin couple shot dead in US

WASHINGTON: An Indian-origin couple was killed in the US in an apparent revenge attack by their daughter’s ex-boyfriend who was eventually shot dead in a standoff with police. Mirza Tatlic, 24, fatally shot Naren Prabhu, a Silicon Valley tech executive, and his wife at their home in San Jose, CBS San Francisco reported. Click here […]

Seema Verma – Key architect of Republican healthcare bill

Seema Verma – Key architect of Republican healthcare bill

WASHINGTON: Indian-American Seema Verma, the key architectect of the US’ new healthcare bill, shared the podium with President Donald Trumpwho hailed her contribution in convincing several lawmakers on the need to repeal and replace Obamacare. Click here to read more… Credit: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Indian eatery in UK fined as neighbours complain of ‘curry smell’

Indian eatery in UK fined as neighbours complain of ‘curry smell’

Owners of an Indian restaurant in the UK have been fined by a court after neighbours complained of strong ‘curry smells’ emanating from the eatery. Middlesbrough Council fined ‘Khushi Indian Buffet Restaurant’ owners Shabana and Mohammed Khushi after the establishment sent aromas of ‘biryanis’ and ‘bhajis’ filtering through the area. Click here to read more… […]

India-origin researcher part of team which decoded science behind perfect throw

India-origin researcher part of team which decoded science behind perfect throw

NEW YORK: Scientists, including one of Indian origin, have mathematically calculated the best strategy for the perfect throw – be it a dart, a basket ball or even a crumpled piece of paper. Researchers, who looked at the physics behind releasing a projectile with the human arm in a series of calculations, suggest that a […]

Indian American comic Hasan Minhaj roasts Trump: 9 of his best jabs from White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Indian American comic Hasan Minhaj roasts Trump: 9 of his best jabs from White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Comic Hasan Minhaj became the first Indian American on Saturday to headline the entertainment section of the annual White House correspondents dinner. He also became the first in recent memory to roast the leader of “our country”, a tradition, in absentia. Here are his 9 best jabs from the White House Correspondents Dinn: 1. “The […]

How airlines decide to board or not to board passengers

How airlines decide to board or not to board passengers

United Airlines is in the news again. Some years ago, a Canadian musician wrote a song, alleging that the airline broke his guitar. Hear the song here: bit.ly/1p6Adjq. This time, a passenger was forcibly de-boarded from a United flight, and nobody is amused. Airlines regularly deny boarding to passengers as they overbook flights during peak […]

Indian national on FBI’s top ten fugitives’ list

Indian national on FBI’s top ten fugitives’ list

WASHINGTON: A 26-year-old Indian national wanted for the 2015 murder of his wife in Maryland is the newest addition to the FBI’s ten most wanted Fugitives’ list, and a reward of up to $100,000 is being offered for information leading to his capture, the Bureau and local police announced on Tuesday. Bhadreshkumar Chetanbhai Patel, a […]

Sikh cabbie assaulted, turban snatched by passengers in US

Sikh cabbie assaulted, turban snatched by passengers in US

NEW YORK: A 25-year-old Sikhcab driver in the US was assaulted and his turban knocked-off by drunk passengers, an incident the police was investigating as a possible hate crime. The incident took place here early on Sunday morning and has left Harkirat Singh, an immigrant from Punjab who moved to the US three years ago, […]

Indian-origin thoracic surgeon performs path-breaking surgery, saves a woman’s life

Indian-origin thoracic surgeon performs path-breaking surgery, saves a woman’s life

Dr Shafique Keshavjee, a thoracic surgeon of Indian origin who has years of experience at the forefront of innovative research into lung transplantation, saved a young mother’s life with what is believed to be the world’s first radical procedure. Melissa Benoit, 32, was born with cystic fibrosis and had developed a rampaging lung infection that […]

Indian doctor charged with genital mutilation on girls in US

Indian doctor charged with genital mutilation on girls in US

NEW YORK: A 44-year-old Indian-origin woman doctor has been arrested and charged with performing genital mutilation on girls aged six to eight, believed to be the first such in the US. Jumana Nagarwala has been charged with performing FGM on minor girls out of a medical office in Livonia, Michigan. Click here to read more… […]

‘Time for decisive steps to end bigotry, hate crimes in US’

‘Time for decisive steps to end bigotry, hate crimes in US’

WASHINGTON: Indian-American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi has asked the US administration to take “decisive steps” to end bigotry and hate crimes towards Indian-Americans and other religious minorities in the country. “There are various reasons (for increase in hate crimes), but one that is for certain is that there has been a rise in divisive rhetoric starting […]

The rise of Lego’s new Indian-origin CEO

The rise of Lego’s new Indian-origin CEO

Punjab-born Bali Padda has been appointed as the new CEO of the iconic Danish toymaker Lego. Padda has become the first non-Dane boss of Lego which is headquartered in Denmark, from this January. With the low-profile and long-serving COO taking on this top role, he joins a small yet growing list of NRIs, or those […]

Six Indian-Americans among Ellis Island Medal of Honour

Six Indian-Americans among Ellis Island Medal of Honour

HOUSTON: PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, author Fareed Zakaria are amongst six Indian-Americans nominated for the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honour 2017 – the highest civilian award in the US for immigrants. Among 88 named recipients, the four other Indian-Americans are Harman International Industries chairman CEO Dinesh Paliwal, Dr Annapoorna S Kini, Yashvant Patel, Mohan […]

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