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Indian hits Rs 21 crore jackpot in UAE lottery

Indian hits Rs 21 crore jackpot in UAE lottery

It was third-time lucky alright for UAE-based Indian Hari Krishan, who won 12 million dirham (roughly Rs 20.8 crore) on his third attempt at the Abu Dhabi international airport’s ‘big ticket’ lottery this weekend. The business developer first thought the calls about his win were a prank. “I overlooked the first couple of calls… But later, when some radio […]

Aziz Ansari becomes first Asian to win Golden Globe on a night Oprah lights up speculation on White House 2020

Aziz Ansari becomes first Asian to win Golden Globe on a night Oprah lights up speculation on White House 2020

WASHINGTON: Aziz Ansari, the US-born son of immigrants from Chennai, became the first Indian-American and first Asian to win a Golden Globe for best actor on a night the awards ceremony was steeped in unspoken politics, with minorities and colored people holding center-stage. The most electrifying moment of the evening occurred when Oprah Winfrey, after receiving the Cecil B. […]

96 gurdwaras in US ‘ban’ entry of Indian officials

96 gurdwaras in US ‘ban’ entry of Indian officials

The Sikh Coordination Committee East Coast (SCCEC) and American Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (APGC) have claimed that 96 gurdwaras in the United States have resolved to ban the entry of Indian officials. The ban will apply to nagar kirtans, or religious processions, as well. The move comes days after 14 gurdwaras in Ontario, Canada, banned the entry of Indian diplomatic officials. The […]

PM Narendra Modi calls on PIO lawmakers to help boost India’s growth

PM Narendra Modi calls on PIO lawmakers to help boost India’s growth

India attracted a record $60 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2016-17, a testimony to the success of the far-reaching initiatives implemented by the government since taking office in May 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday. Addressing the first Persons of Indian Origin Parliamentarians’ Conference in New Delhi, Modi also called on […]

Jinder Mahal: WWE built character for India or a short-lived fairytale of Canadian Sikh wrestler?

Jinder Mahal: WWE built character for India or a short-lived fairytale of Canadian Sikh wrestler?

Don’t hinder Jinder’ was the best the clever minds on the internet could come up with. A snarky, faux-rallying call to poke fun at Jinder Mahal’s status as a jobber (wrestling speak for a guy whose job is to lose, and make his star opponent look mightier and more invincible than he is). And then, […]

Hyderabad youth shot at in Chicago, family seeks Indian government’s help

Hyderabad youth shot at in Chicago, family seeks Indian government’s help

A Hyderabad youth studying in Chicago was allegedly shot by an unidentified assailant on Sunday. The student is presently under observation, news agency ANI reported. The family members of the victim have sought the help of the Indian government. The family said Mohammed Akbar who is pursuing his masters in computer sciences, was injured after […]

Indian-American California Senator tops global thinkers’ list

Indian-American California Senator tops global thinkers’ list

WASHINGTON: Indian-American California Senator Kamala Harris has topped the prestigious Foreign Policy magazine’s 50 Leading Global Thinkers’ list which also features two others from the community. US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley and stand-up comedian Hasan Minhaj have also made it to the list which recognises a remarkable range of individuals who have found ways to exert enormous […]

Activist turned Politician, Pramila Jayapal storms into Politico Power List

Activist turned Politician, Pramila Jayapal storms into Politico Power List

WASHINGTON: Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal has figured in the Politico’s Power List for the year 2018, for having assumed the mantle of a House ‘leader of resistance’. Jayapal, 52, ranked fifth on 18 is the only Indian- American to figure in the Politico’s power list. “18 to watch in 2018 highlights politicians, activists and operatives across the country […]

Indian-American woman journalist to run for US Congress

Indian-American woman journalist to run for US Congress

WASHINGTON: An Indian-American woman has announced that she will run for the next year’s election to the seat of US House of Representative from a Chicago suburb. Vandana Jhingan, who is a journalist, will challenge Democrat Indian-American Raja Krishnamoorthi, 44, who was elected to the US Congress for the first time in the last year’s Congressional elections. Click here to […]

UK NRIs commit Rs 500cr for clean Ganga plan

UK NRIs commit Rs 500cr for clean Ganga plan

NEW DELHI: NRI billionaire business magnates in London have committed more than Rs 500 crore of investment to the rejuvenation of the polluted Ganga, as the Director General of the National Mission for Clean Ganga U P Singh said “cremations were not to blame”. Union minister Nitin Gadkari, whose responsibilities include water resources, said on Wednesday, that in […]

New forum for Indian professionals to have a say in Brexit

New forum for Indian professionals to have a say in Brexit

A new forum has been launched in London to ensure that the voice of Indian professionals based in the UK is heard as the British government takes important decisions for a Brexit-bound country. The Indian Professionals Forum (IPF), a non-profit think tank for Indian diaspora related policy advocacy and a members’ club, is aimed as […]

Punjab govt to bring NRI Property Safeguard Act: Official

Punjab govt to bring NRI Property Safeguard Act: Official

The Punjab government would bring the NRI Property Safeguards Actwithin three months to solve problems of those residing overseas in an effective, quick and transparent manner, an official said today. The government is also mulling creating the Institution of Ombudsman for resolving issues of Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), Punjab NRI Affairs, principal secretary, S R Ladhar said. Click here […]

NRIs, PIOs don’t need to link bank a/c, PAN with Aadhaar: UIDAI

NRIs, PIOs don’t need to link bank a/c, PAN with Aadhaar: UIDAI

NEW DELHI: NRIs and PIOs are not required to link bank accounts and other services with Aadhaar, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) said on Friday, while instructing various implementation agencies to work out a mechanism to verify the status of such individuals. It said the Prevention of Money laundering Rules 2017 and the Income Tax Act […]

Chennai-born Shefali now Seattle deputy mayor

Chennai-born Shefali now Seattle deputy mayor

CHENNAI: Having already gained kudos as a policy wonk in the field of transportation, 38-year-old Shefali Ranganathan of Chennai has now achieved another distinction. She has been named deputy mayor of the US city of Seattle. Ranganathan was selected by mayor-elect Jenny Durkan to head her transition team, along with two others. She is the executive director […]

Tulsi Gabbard named chairperson of World Hindu Congress 2018

Tulsi Gabbard named chairperson of World Hindu Congress 2018

WASHINGTON: Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu lawmaker in the US Congress, has been named as the chairperson of the World Hindu Congress to be held in Chicago next year, organisers of the mega event announced today. Held once every four years, World Hindu Congress (WHC) is a global platform for Hindus to connect, share ideas, inspire one […]

Indian-American announces to run for US Congress

Indian-American announces to run for US Congress

WASHINGTON: Indian-American Jitendra Diganvker has announced to run for the US House of Representatives in the 2018 Congressional elections. If elected by his Republican party in the primaries, Diganvker, a business owner and community worker, would be pitted against popular Democratic Incumbent Raja Krishnamoorthi from the 8th Congressional District of Illinois. Click here to read more Credit: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Govt to SC: Will soon bring bill to let NRIs vote

Govt to SC: Will soon bring bill to let NRIs vote

NEW DELHI: The Centre told the Supreme Court on Friday that the government intended to introduce a bill during the winter session of Parliament to amend a law to allow NRIs to vote through postal or e-ballots. The SC had on July 14 asked the Centre to decide whether it would amend the electoral law to allow NRIs to […]

Indian-Origin Motel Owner, 40, Killed In Shootout In US

Indian-Origin Motel Owner, 40, Killed In Shootout In US

NEW YORK:  An Indian-origin owner of a motel was shot dead and four other people were injured in a shootout in the US state of North Carolina, police said. Akash R Talati, 40, who owned Knights Inn and Diamondz Gentlemen’s Club in Fayetteville city, was an innocent bystander when a man who had been escorted out […]

Indian-origin girl at top of new pop with debut album

Indian-origin girl at top of new pop with debut album

Earlier this month, a 17-year-old singer-songwriter found herself on BBC Radio 1’s Top New Pop chart, along with the likes of Ed Sheeran and Miley Cyrus, for her debut single in the first week of its release. The singer was Rika, aka Chandrika Darbari, a half-Indian, half-Serbian musician from northwest London. Her song ‘No Need’ is set in an archetypal […]

Sikh teen beaten in US, family claims hate crime

Sikh teen beaten in US, family claims hate crime

WASHINGTON: A 14-year-old Sikh boy was punched and knocked down by his classmate in the Washington State with his father claiming that his son was targeted because he is of Indian descent, media reports have said. The boy wearing a traditional Sikh turban was beaten less than a block outside of the city’s Kentridge High School. […]