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Pakistani Composer Usman Riaz Named TED Senior Fellow

Pakistani Composer Usman Riaz Named TED Senior Fellow

By Indiawest UNITED STATES:  Composer and guitarist Usman Riaz of Pakistan is one of 12 individuals in the new class of 2014 TED Senior Fellows, who will join the TED community for two years beginning in 2014. In his TED profile, Riaz said, “I began playing classical piano at the age of six and taught […]

Indian American Gifts $500K to CSUSB Nursing Department

Indian American Gifts $500K to CSUSB Nursing Department

By Indiawest SAN BERNADINO, United States: Physician and philanthropist Dr. Prem Reddy, of Victorville, has donated $500,000 to Cal State San Bernardino and its department of nursing. To recognize his gift, the university’s nursing lab will be renamed the Dr. Prem Reddy Nursing Laboratory. Reddy has been a long-time supporter of CSUSB. In 2006, the Dr. […]

Seattle Cabbie Attacker Gets 40 Months for Hate Crime

Seattle Cabbie Attacker Gets 40 Months for Hate Crime

By Indiawest Calling a repeat felon’s outbursts during an attack on a cab driver “the most disgusting, ugly and racist language that I have heard in 30 years on the bench,” U.S. district Court Judge John Coughenour in Seattle, Wash., sentenced a homeless man Dec. 10 to 40 months in prison for brutally beating a […]

Indian Americans, Indians Named 2014 IEEE Fellows

Indian Americans, Indians Named 2014 IEEE Fellows

By Indiawest Nearly 30 researchers of Indian origin from the United States and India were recently named newly elevated fellows of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers for 2014. The IEEE grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of […]

Guilty Plea in U.S. Ancient-Statue Smuggling Case

Guilty Plea in U.S. Ancient-Statue Smuggling Case

By indiawest A former manager of a now-closed New York art gallery has pleaded guilty for his role in an international scheme to smuggle ancient Buddhist and Hindu sculptures. Federal officials say Aaron Freedman pleaded guilty in state Supreme Court in Manhattan Dec. 6 to conspiracy and criminal possession of stolen property worth $35 million. […]

Couple Accused of Hiring, Abusing Illegal Indian Workers

Couple Accused of Hiring, Abusing Illegal Indian Workers

By Indiawest An Indian American couple who operate four Subway restaurants in Lexington, Kentucky, allegedly employed undocumented Indian nationals who worked long hours under duress for little pay, according to sworn statements by a manager at one of the restaurants and some of the illegal workers. The Lexington Herald-Leader reported that Homeland Security investigator David […]

ICA Honors Activists Nileema Mishra, Melinda Kramer

ICA Honors Activists Nileema Mishra, Melinda Kramer

By Indiawest The Indians for Collective Action marked its 45th year with its Annual Award Dinner and Benefit Gala Nov. 17, honoring Padmashree and Magsaysay Award winner Nileema Misra from Maharashtra, founder of Bhagini Nivedita Gramin Vigyan Niketan, and Melinda Kramer of Berkeley, founder of Women’s Earth Alliance, at the TiE Silicon Valley office here. […]

Indian American Entrepreneur Introduces Obama in SF

Indian American Entrepreneur Introduces Obama in SF

By Indiawest SAN FRANCISCO, Calif, United States Immigration reform is widely popular among Democrats, as well as some of President Barack Obama’s Silicon Valley donors, who have long lamented federal rules that bar them from hiring top talent trained in the United States but without the ability to work here. To underscore that point, the […]

U. of Iowa Official Ordered to Pay Indian American for Error

U. of Iowa Official Ordered to Pay Indian American for Error

By Indiawest A senior University of Iowa medical official has been ordered to pay $183,000 for unfairly revoking the clinical privileges of Ravi Sood, a subordinate doctor, and taxpayers will have to foot the bill. A jury ruled in May that director of nuclear medicine Michael Graham violated Sood’s constitutional right to due process when […]

Four South Asians Advance to Siemens National Finals

Four South Asians Advance to Siemens National Finals

Four South Asian high school students — from Texas, Massachusetts and New York — have advanced to the national finals of the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, the nation’s leading science, engineering and math contest for high school students. All four were team competition winners and will vie for $500,000 in scholarships at […]

Indian Film Distributor Eros Plans $200 Million IPO

Indian Film Distributor Eros Plans $200 Million IPO

By Indiawest United States: Eros International, which produces and distributes Indian films in more than 50 countries, announced terms for an initial public offering Oct. 29. The Secaucus, N.J.-based firm plans to raise $200 million by offering 12.5 million shares at a price range of $15-$17 a share. Its proposed symbol is “EROS” and it will […]

Thousands Throng ‘Little India’ to Celebrate Diwali

Thousands Throng ‘Little India’ to Celebrate Diwali

By Indiawest ARTESIA, Calif., United States: A major thoroughfare normally filled with thousands of vehicles every day was replaced by thousands of pedestrians for the whole of Nov. 10 as the Little India Chamber of Commerce and the City of Artesia brought a Diwali Mela to Little India’s Pioneer Blvd. The celebratory day and evening featured […]

Businessman Runs in GOP Primary for Congress in Illinois

Businessman Runs in GOP Primary for Congress in Illinois

By Indiawest United States: India-born Krishna Bansal, a businessman in Naperville, Ill., is the first Republican to enter the spring primary in 2014 for the 84th District seat in the U.S. Congress in Illinois. The seat is currently held by Democrat Stephanie Kifowit of Arora, Ill., and includes portions of Naperville, Aurora, Montgomery, Oswego and Boulder […]

Maryland Assemblyman Sam Arora Will Not Run for Reelection

Maryland Assemblyman Sam Arora Will Not Run for Reelection

Sam Arora, a Democratic representative in the Maryland House of Delegates, has decided not to not run for reelection in 2014. His term ends January 2015. “I have heard from so many supporters in recent months, and I am grateful for their overwhelming encouragement urging me to continue serving District 19,” Arora said in an […]

Suspected Baby/Grandma Killer Says He Was a Victim

Suspected Baby/Grandma Killer Says He Was a Victim

By Indiawest An Andhra Pradesh software engineer who last October allegedly killed a 10-month baby girl and her grandmother in their King of Prussia, Pa., home, has fired his attorney and now says he was the victim of two assailants who actually committed the murders. Telugu native Raghunandan Yandamuri has been held without bail since […]

Undocumented SoCal Cabbie Released from ICE Custody

Undocumented SoCal Cabbie Released from ICE Custody

An undocumented Southern California taxi driver who was taken into ICE custody last April when he and his family went in for an interview so that he could receive a family-based visa, was released Oct. 9, but still faces imminent deportation. “I did not know I was going to be released. Satguru (God) did this […]

Canadian Teen Receives International Diana Award

Canadian Teen Receives International Diana Award

GEORGETOWN, Ontario: Teen Harnoor Gill was recently honored with an International Diana Award for a charity set up in memory of Princess Diana. The Diana Appreciation Society was formed in 2011 in memory of Princess Diana and supports many foundations around the world. It was established as a legacy for the princess, who believed that young […]

Portraits of Sikh Gurus Removed from LA Bar After Protest

Portraits of Sikh Gurus Removed from LA Bar After Protest

By Indiawest CALIFORNIA:  A café-cum-bar here, which had outraged Sikhs by displaying portraits of their Gurus in its bar area (I-W, Sept. 27), has removed them. The Sikh community welcomed the decision of the Pikey Bar and Restaurant to remove the portraits of the Sikh Gurus. “United Sikhs is humbled to successfully address another issue […]

Obama Looking Forward to Meeting with Prime Minister, Says White House

Obama Looking Forward to Meeting with Prime Minister, Says White House

WASHINGTON D.C.:  President Barack Obama is looking forward to meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here Sept. 26 to discuss a wide range of issues and their shared objectives, the White House has said. “He (Obama) very much looks forward to the meeting,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters ahead of Singh’s arrival […]

Abercrombie & Fitch to Pay $71K to Settle Lawsuits Over Hijab

By Indiawest UNITED STATES: Clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch has agreed to pay $71,000 and to change its policies to settle two separate religious discrimination lawsuits on behalf of Muslim teens wearing hijabs, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced Sept. 23. The settlement follows a recent ruling finding Abercrombie liable for religious discrimination in one case, […]