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Missouri Teen Wins Spelling Bee After Epic 95 Rounds

Missouri Teen Wins Spelling Bee After Epic 95 Rounds

NEW YORK, United States: A 13-year old Indian American boy has emerged as the winner of a spelling bee contest in an epic verbal duel that lasted a total of 95 rounds, after judges ran out of words in a previous marathon round held last month. Kush Sharma, a seventh-grader at Frontier School of Innovation, spelled […]

Mansee Sangani Crowned Miss India USA 2014

Mansee Sangani Crowned Miss India USA 2014

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., United States: Mansee Sangani, a 21-year-old Indian American from Norwood, Mass., was crowned Miss India USA 2014 at the Jewel of India pageant, headed by entrepreneur Juhi Jagiasi, Mar. 2 at Caesars Casino and Resort here. Sangani is a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts Boston in the school of management. She […]

$1M Winning Doritos Ad Spells Success for Producer Raj Suri

$1M Winning Doritos Ad Spells Success for Producer Raj Suri

United States He’s the power behind the scenes: Raj Suri, an Indian American tech professional living in Ellicott City, Ariz., produced “Time Machine,” the $1 million prize-winning Doritos commercial that aired during the recent Super Bowl. Suri worked as a producer with his frequent collaborator, director Ryan Andersen, on the spot. The humorous 30-second ad […]

Nadella’s Rise Reflects How Good Indian Students Are: Chidambaram

Nadella’s Rise Reflects How Good Indian Students Are: Chidambaram

NEW DELHI, India:  Satya Nadella’s appointment as CEO of the Microsoft is a reflection of how good Indian students are, said Finance Minister P. Chidambaram. “Some Indian students are just as good (as in U.S. or China), otherwise you cannot have a 46-year old Indian named as head of Microsoft yesterday,” he told students of […]

Hearing on Religious Accommodation Skirts Issue of Sikh Turbans

Hearing on Religious Accommodation Skirts Issue of Sikh Turbans

United States:  A subcommittee of the House of Representatives Armed Forces Committee Jan. 29 discussed new Department of Defense regulations for accommodating religious practices in the U.S. military, but skirted around the issue of uniformly allowing Sikhs to keep their turbans and beards while in service. New DoD instructions issued Jan. 22 relaxed regulations on […]

Katrina Kaif Named the New Face of L’Oreal

Katrina Kaif Named the New Face of L’Oreal

MUMBAI, India: Katrina Kaif is joining stars like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor and Freida Pinto as the new spokesperson of cosmetics brand L’Oreal Paris. The “Dhoom 3” star, who is the fourth Indian to be named as the face of the beauty brand, said it was an honor to be a part of the family. […]

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 […]

Kamlesh Kukreja Heads Radiology at Texas Children’s Hospital

Kamlesh Kukreja Heads Radiology at Texas Children’s Hospital

United States:  Dr. Kamlesh U. Kukreja has been named chief of interventional radiology at the department of pediatric radiology at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas.. He has also been appointed assistant professor of radiology at Baylor College of Medicine. “For more than a decade, Dr. Kukreja has distinguished himself as an expert in clinical […]

Indian American Immigrant Rights Advocate to Head SAALT

Indian American Immigrant Rights Advocate to Head SAALT

United States: Suman Raghunathan, an advocate known equally for her work on immigrant rights and affordable housing issues, will join South Asian Americans Leading Together Feb. 3 as the national organization’s new executive director. Raghunathan currently serves as an advocacy and policy strategist for the Immigrant Rights Project at the national American Civil Liberties Union. The […]

2 Indian Americans Among Nat’l Mathematician Contestants

2 Indian Americans Among Nat’l Mathematician Contestants

Two Indian American youths are among the ten contestants from across the country who have qualified for the 2014 national “Who Wants to Be a Mathematician” contest, which will take place Jan. 16 at the Joint Mathematics Meetings here. Vivek Miglani, a junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, loves computer programming and […]

UMich Prof Redesigns Smartphone to Boost Attentiveness

UMich Prof Redesigns Smartphone to Boost Attentiveness

ANN ARBOR, Mich., United States: University of Michigan engineering professor Jasprit Singh sees potential for smartphones to be something other than ultimate distractors. What if they could act as mentors in mindfulness, helping users stay attentive in order to achieve particular goals? That’s the challenge Singh, an Indian American professor of electrical engineering and computer science, […]

Indian Passenger Arrested After Allegedly Attacking JetBlue Crew

Indian Passenger Arrested After Allegedly Attacking JetBlue Crew

By Indiawest A Southern California woman heading to Bogota, Colombia to meet her family for the holidays was arrested on Christmas Eve after allegedly attacking a JetBlue crew member on a flight from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Trisha Sen, 39, was arrested early morning Dec. 24 by Broward County sheriffs immediately upon landing, […]

Indian tailor wins luxury cars, 100,000 dirhams in Dubai

Indian tailor wins luxury cars, 100,000 dirhams in Dubai

Dubai:  A 33-year-old Indian tailor has won two luxury cars and 100,000 dirhams in a raffle in Dubai. Fasaludheen Kuttipalakkal from Kerala was the winner of the Infiniti Mega Raffle on the second day of the Dubai Shopping Festival 2014, organisers of the festival said. Mr Kuttipalakkal had been trying his luck at the raffle for […]

Kashmir integral part of India, says AAP’s Prashant Bhushan after row over referendum remark

Kashmir integral part of India, says AAP’s Prashant Bhushan after row over referendum remark

New Delhi:  After his remarks unfolded a huge political controversy, Prashant Bhushan, a senior leader of the Aam Aadmi Party said his party “is of the view that Kashmir is an integral part of India. Needless to say that I share this view.” He added, “Any reference to a referendum shouldn’t be misconstrued to mean plebiscite […]

New Ambassador Jaishankar Wants Withdrawal of Charges

New Ambassador Jaishankar Wants Withdrawal of Charges

New Indian Ambassador to the U.S. S. Jaishankar Dec. 27 met top officials of the State Department to convey India’s strong protest over the arrest of its senior diplomat in New York over visa fraud charges, even though she had diplomatic immunity. Immediately after presenting copies of his credentials to the Office of Chief of […]

Indian American Teen in Solitary Cell for 2 Years Waiting for Trial

Indian American Teen in Solitary Cell for 2 Years Waiting for Trial

By Indiawest Following his arrest in connection with a series of bombings at four New Jersey synagogues, Rutgers Indian American freshman Akaash Dalal has spent the past two years in solitary confinement, holed up in a tiny, windowless cell waiting for trial, which is scheduled to begin Jan. 23, 2014. “I talk to him every […]

Sikh Soldiers Want More Indian Americans in U.S. Army

Sikh Soldiers Want More Indian Americans in U.S. Army

By Indiawest The United States should change its policy to allow more Indian Americans to join the military without compromising on their religious beliefs and practices, the only three Sikh soldiers in the U.S. Army say. Major Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi, Captain Tejdeep Singh Rattan and Corporal Simran Preet Singh Lamba are the only three Sikhs […]