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Immigration Reform Bill Passes Judiciary, On to Full Senate

Immigration Reform Bill Passes Judiciary, On to Full Senate

By Sunita Sohrabji, India west United States: On a vote of 13 to 5, the Senate Judiciary Committee May 21 approved a far-reaching comprehensive immigration reform bill, which critics say favors a business agenda at the expense of family re-unification. The committee spent three weeks marking up the original proposal, created by a bi-partisan group of […]

GOP Announces Outreach to Indian, Asian Americans

GOP Announces Outreach to Indian, Asian Americans

By Parimal M. Rohit, Special to India-West LOS ANGELES, Calif., United States: Aiming to bring in more Indian American and Asian Americans into the fold, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus visited The Dragon restaurant here in Los Angeles’ Koreatown district last week to announce the party’s outreach efforts to boost the GOP’s chances to reclaim the […]

New York Physician Elected to Hospital Medical Board

New York Physician Elected to Hospital Medical Board

By A Staff Reporter – indiawest YONKERS, New York, United States: Dr. Sachin Chopra was recently elected to the medical board of St. Josephs Hospital and Nursing home. The teaching facility was founded in 1888 and is one of the oldest healthcare providers in the tri state area. The hospital has a $115 million operating budget, 1200 employees, […]

Vegas Jury Told to Ignore Desai’s Hep C Case ‘Hysteria’

Vegas Jury Told to Ignore Desai’s Hep C Case ‘Hysteria’

By Associated Press – Indiawest Jurors will have to decide if a former endoscopy clinic owner and employees knew they were committing a crime, or if they simply made mistakes when seven of their patients became infected with incurable hepatitis C in 2007 — including one patient who later died, defense attorneys said May 7. The defense […]

‘Trust’ is Biggest Need Today, Gujarat CM Modi Tells NRIs

‘Trust’ is Biggest Need Today, Gujarat CM Modi Tells NRIs

By Parimal M. Rohit, Special to India-West NORWALK, Calif., United States:  More than 200 people filled the community hall at the Sanatan Dharma Temple here to watch a live satellite feed of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi take shots at the Indian central government and talk about the role of development in the growth of both […]

ICC Cooking Event Features ‘Chopped’ Judge Maneet Chauhan

ICC Cooking Event Features ‘Chopped’ Judge Maneet Chauhan

By Indiawest MILPITAS, Calif., United States:  The India Community Center here recently celebrated a successful cooking extravaganza, “Cook It Up with ICC,” with renowned chef Maneet Chauhan, who kicked off the evening with a cooking demonstration, creating dishes directly from her new book, “Flavors of My World.” Embracing traditional Indian street food, a Golgappa Eating Competition featured […]

East Indian Senior Citizen Club Hosts Sangama Event

East Indian Senior Citizen Club Hosts Sangama Event

By Indiawest CANOGA PARK, Calif., United States: Billed as a Sangama event, the East Indian Senior Citizen Club staged its second talent show for seniors April 21 that attracted a nearly sold-out audience at the Madrid Theater here. The talent show, in which all the participants were seniors, began with a ‘Sheela Ki Jawaani’ dance featuring performers between […]

Gandhi’s Blood, Prayer Beads to be Sold at U.K. Auction

Gandhi’s Blood, Prayer Beads to be Sold at U.K. Auction

By Sunita Sohrabji, Staff Reporter India West A fragment of blood from the body of Mahatma Gandhi, taken in 1924 at a Mumbai hospital whilst he was recovering from appendicitis, will be auctioned May 21 at a starting bid of £100,000 – about $155,000 – by Mullock’s Auctioneers in Shropshire, England. Contacted at his home in […]

Ten Indian American Students Named Presidential Scholars

Ten Indian American Students Named Presidential Scholars

By Richard Springer, Staff Reporter  India West Ten Indian American students were named May 6 among 141 Presidential Scholars, the nation’s highest honor for graduating high school seniors. They are: Hema V. Pingali, Randolph School, Owens Cross Roads, Ala.; Aneri C. Pattani, Cheshire High School, Cheshire, Conn.; Nivedha Ram, Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, Boxborough, Mass.; Anish […]

Hindu Groups Pleased as Selena Gomez Leaves Out Bindi in Music Video

Hindu Groups Pleased as Selena Gomez Leaves Out Bindi in Music Video

By India west United States:  Hindu groups are pleased that American actress-singer Selena Gomez is not wearing a bindi in the music video for her latest single “Come and Get It,” which premiered May 7. A Hindu leader had termed Gomez’s debut performance of “Come and Get It” at the MTV Movie Awards in California […]

Celebrity Chef Maneet Chauhan on Tour: Graces Indian-Owned Menara Moroccan Restaurant

Celebrity Chef Maneet Chauhan on Tour: Graces Indian-Owned Menara Moroccan Restaurant

By Ramesh P. Murarka, India west SAN JOSE, Calif., United States: Last weekend, 32-year-old Anand Shah, co-owner of the Menara Moroccan restaurant here, scored a coup. To this young restaurateur, it was an event that he will forever be proud of, and will not soon forget. Shah managed to get celebrity chef Maneet Chauhan to spend an […]

Swati Dandekar Mulls Run for Congress in Iowa, Says Report

Swati Dandekar Mulls Run for Congress in Iowa, Says Report

Former Indian American Iowa state House and Senate member Swati Dandekar is mulling a run for the U.S. Congress, according to a report by the Gazette in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A Web site at http://swatidandekarforiowa.com) — which is not authorized by Dandekar — is the latest hint she could join the race for an open U.S. House […]

Ritankar Das Named 2013 Udall Scholar

Ritankar Das Named 2013 Udall Scholar

By Indiawest The Udall Foundation recently announced that Ritankar Das, an Indian American student at the University of California at Berkeley, was among the 50 students from 43 colleges and universities who have been selected as 2013 Udall Scholars. A 14-member independent review committee selected this year’s group of Udall Scholars on the basis of […]

SAHARA’s Valley Office Presents 1st Annual Spring Affair

SAHARA’s Valley Office Presents 1st Annual Spring Affair

By India West STUDIO CITY, Calif., United States The South Asian Helpline and Referral Agency, a Southern California-based non-profit organization working to stop domestic violence in the South Asian community, hosted its first Spring Valley Mixer event April 14 at the CBS Studios here. The event focused on bringing together the South Asian community in the Valley area […]