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Rs 32 crore cash in new notes, 82kg gold seized in multiple raids across country

Rs 32 crore cash in new notes, 82kg gold seized in multiple raids across country

Raids across the country on Saturday yielded a haul of over Rs 44 crore including Rs 32 crore in new currency and 82 kg of gold. Delhi Police raided the office of a law firm in south Delhi last Saturday night and seized Rs 13.65 crore in cash — counted till Sunday morning — of […]

Kashmir stir enters fourth month, return to normalcy seems a distant dream

Kashmir stir enters fourth month, return to normalcy seems a distant dream

A few days ago Ghulam Mohammad (name changed), a bus conductor from Nowpora area in Srinagar, borrowed a handcart from a neighbour and stuffed a few vegetables to sell them in the market. Jobless for more than 90 days, he has to feed a family of six.  Director School Education and Kashmir’s first IAS topper […]

Qubool Hai: Will Shaad succeed in saving Sanam?

Qubool Hai: Will Shaad succeed in saving Sanam?

A lot is happening on Zee TV’s popular show Qubool Hai. Misbah/Shashi Kapoor  is trying her way best to kill Major Shaad. She comes very close to killing him, as she pushes him off a cliff in the last episode. However, Shaad escapes the fall and returns back to find Sanam. Sanam, who was along with Shaad […]

JVB Preksha Meditation Center Celebrates Acharya Tulsi’s Birth Centennial with Mega Blood Donation Drive

JVB Preksha Meditation Center Celebrates Acharya Tulsi’s Birth Centennial with Mega Blood Donation Drive

By Seema Jain HOUSTON: “Money can buy books but not knowledge; it can procure medicine but cannot ensure health; can get servants but not service; can build temples but cannot inspire devotion” -Acharya Shree Tulsi His Holiness Acharya Shree Tulsi, born in 1914, known worldwide as one of the greatest Acharya’s of Jain Terapanth sect. […]

Asia Society Invites: Sri-Lankan Minister of National Languages and Social Integration

Asia Society Invites: Sri-Lankan Minister of National Languages and Social Integration

HOUSTON: At the invitation of the Asia Society of Houston, Sri-Lankan Minister of National Languages and Social Integration, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, will deliver a speech, ‘Road Map to Healing and Reconciliation in Sri-Lanka’, at the Asia Society’s auditorium in Houston at 7:00 pm on October 8.  Dr. Bandula Wijay, the Honorary Consul General for Sri-Lanka in […]

“Welcome to America” Introduced to the American Audience

“Welcome to America” Introduced to the American Audience

By Sanchali Basu HOUSTON: Believe it or not, director U. S. Raju picked Houston to release the trailer for his upcoming Telugu movie, Welcome to America, although most of the production crew is from Kansas and Hollywood. This is the first time that any trailer release party for a Telugu movie was organized in the […]

Emirates A380 says “Namaste Mumbai”

Emirates A380 says “Namaste Mumbai”

Airline marks first A380 service connecting Dubai and India NEW YORK: Emirates, a global connector of people and places, has commenced its first scheduled Airbus A380 service to India with a daily flight between Dubai and Mumbai.EK500 took off from Dubai International airport at 21:55 hours on 21st July, arriving at Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport […]

Nepali New Year Celebrated

Nepali New Year Celebrated

HOUSTON: Nepalese Association of Houston (NAH) organized a social and cultural evening to celebrate 4th Nepal Day in Houston and the arrival of Nepali New Year 2071 on April 11, in Houston. During the Non-resident Nepali Conference 2010 held in Houston, Mayor of Houston Honorable Annise Parker had recognized to celebrate Nepal Day in Houston […]

Foundation for India Studies Participates at MLK Jr. Grande Parade

Foundation for India Studies Participates at  MLK Jr. Grande Parade

HOUSTON: The Foundation for India Studies (FIS) is the only Indo- American Non-profit organization that participates every year in the Martin Luther King,Jr.’s Grande Parade in Downtown, Houston to promote the parade’s vision of achieving equality through education.  Dr. King drew his inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi’s teachings of peace and non-violence to carry out in […]

Indian American Neel Kashkari Runs for Governor of California

Indian American Neel Kashkari Runs for Governor of California

SAN FRANCISCO, United States After crisscrossing California meeting potential voters and huddling with Republican leaders and potential campaign donors nationwide, Neel Kashkari, who ran the U.S. Treasury Department’s Troubled Asset Relief Program, Jan. 21 declared his candidacy for governor of California. He made the announcement in Sacramento, Calif., during a noontime keynote address at the […]

UN to launch major aid appeal for battered Philippines

MANILA: The United Nations was Tuesday poised to appeal for hundreds of millions of dollars in emergency aid for the tyhoon-ravaged Philippines, as a massive international relief effort began to build momentum. UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos is in Manila to launch a “flash appeal” for cash, while the US and Britain deployed warships carrying thousands of […]

Meeting Nehru Then Was a Child Play — Raj Kanwar Reminisces About First and Last Meetings with Nehru

Meeting Nehru Then Was a Child Play   —   Raj Kanwar Reminisces About First and Last Meetings with Nehru

By Raj Kanwar As a rookie journalist in the Nehru era, I regularly covered visits of Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi. I still carry some vivid recollections of Nehru’s last sunset in Dehra Dun on that sultry and humid Tuesday evening of May 26 in 1964. When Nehru left for New Delhi that evening, no […]

How He Missed the Marriage Bus? I have Seen and Done it All, Says Author Ruskin Bond

How He Missed the Marriage Bus?   I have Seen and Done it All, Says Author Ruskin Bond

By Raj Kanwar RUSKIN BOND, India’s most lovable storyteller, celebrated his 79th birthday on 19 May. His has been a long, long journey spanning nearly six and a half decades during which he hardly ever took a break. In this yet-to-finish marathon, Ruskin has written over 500 short stories, nearly 50 children’s books, a dozen […]

Maneka Gandhi: “Let Us Celebrate Mahavir Jayanti on April 23”

Maneka Gandhi: “Let Us Celebrate Mahavir Jayanti on April 23”

Excerpted by Dr. Sulekh C. Jain of Houston, from an article by Maneka Gandhi, Member of Indian Parliament. NEW DELHI: Although, I (Maneka Gandhi) was born a Sikh but have always felt a Jain. It takes a million rebirths, to be lucky enough to be born a Jain. Bhagwan Mahavir’s 2,612th Janam Jayanti (599-527 BCE) […]

Is This Our New Normal?

Is This Our New Normal?

By Farida Hasanali To say the world has changed would certainly be an understatement. Who would have thought that violence would plague our streets, our homes, and our backyards so frequently?  I have several friends from the Middle East; I remember talking to them about how they grew up. “War was our normal,” said one […]

Indian Enterprises Thriving in Cyprus

Indian Enterprises Thriving in Cyprus

By Pramod Kulkarni NICOSIA, Cyprus: The adage that Indian enterprises—Tata to the street vendor—can thrive anywhere in the world is proven in the tiny island of Cypress. Despite the banking crisis, an Indian shop is thriving in the busy shopping bazaar in Nicosia, adjacent to the UN buzzer zone, which divides the Greek Cypriot portion […]

2013 Nissan NV200 Compact Cargo Van Joins Innovative Nissan Commercial Vehicle Lineup

2013 Nissan NV200 Compact Cargo Van Joins  Innovative Nissan Commercial Vehicle Lineup

As Nissan’s Commercial Vehicles Division enters its third year of business in the United States market in calendar year 2013, it does so with strong sales momentum from its first two product offerings – the segment innovation-leading Nissan NV 1500/2500/3500 Cargo full-size cargo van and Nissan NV 3500 Passenger 4-row/12-person passenger van. Joining the full-size […]

Austin Honors G. Anantha Iyer

Austin Honors G. Anantha Iyer

By Thara Narasimhan AUSTIN: The Kala Bramha Award was presented to G. Anantha Aiyer of Houston, Founder of Tamil Stage Creations. The celebrated playwright, dramatist, musician and connoisseur of fine arts was recognized by Austin based Kalalaya Productions. This award is to recognize the significant contributions of key individuals who have led live theater performances […]

By George, Willy Firm Becomes Willy, Nanayakkara, Rivera & Goins

By George, Willy Firm Becomes Willy, Nanayakkara, Rivera & Goins

By Pramod Kulkarni SUGAR LAND: It is gratifying to see the growth of professional firms in our South Asian community. From a one-man office, Attorney George Willy, a native of Sri Lanka, has built up the firm from the exclusive immigration law practice 25 years ago to a large firm with three additional partners to […]

Most millionaires do not pay tax Tax Increase, No Problem: Indians are Tax Immune

Most millionaires do not pay tax       Tax Increase, No Problem: Indians are Tax Immune

By Raj Kanwar  IAN India Correspondent One would imagine that the 10% surcharge proposed on income of above rupees one crore* in the budget by Finance minister P Chidambaram would have set a cat amongst the pigeons of India’s crorepatis. But, it has not ruffled their hair, not even a wee bit. Not unsurprisingly, since […]

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