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Moving Beyond Paris: India Steps Up its Climate Ambitions

Moving Beyond Paris: India Steps Up its Climate Ambitions

By Harsh V. Shringla We focus on the human and development impacts of climate change *Any views expressed in this opinion piece are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation. The country aims to be ‘a leader in thought and action on climate’, its foreign secretary says Harsh V. Shringla is India’s […]

‘Madam Chief Minister’: Strictly Passable

‘Madam Chief Minister’: Strictly Passable

By Shubhra Gupta Cast: Richa Chadha, Manav Kaul, Akshay Oberoi, Saurabh Shukla Director: Subhash Kapoor Rating: 2 stars Can your film portray a chief minister of UP, who is Dalit, female, short-haired, spunky, ambitious, and claim that the character does not resemble Mayawati? The lead player in Subhash Kapoor’s ‘Madam Chief Minister’ is all of […]

Under Guise of Protecting Workers, California Defines (and Demonizes) Hinduism

Under Guise of Protecting Workers, California Defines (and Demonizes) Hinduism

By Kavita Pallod Sekhsaria (RNS): In a discrimination case involving a Cisco Systems employee, the state of California has taken the bold and alarming step of defining Hinduism while simultaneously demonizing it. In a case that has bounced from federal court to local court, California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing’s lawsuit has alleged that […]

Sri Kulkarni Joins AmeriCorps Federal Agency

Sri Kulkarni Joins AmeriCorps Federal Agency

Washington DC: AmeriCorps, the federal agency for volunteering and service, announced the appointments of three leading experts to key positions – Sonali Nijhawan, director of AmeriCorps State and National; Dan Kohl, director of government relations; and Sri Preston Kulkarni, chief of external affairs. Joining the seven leaders announced last month, these appointees reflect the Biden […]

‘Maasaab’: Average Route to Enlightenment

‘Maasaab’: Average Route to Enlightenment

By Archika Khurana The story centers around the state of education in India especially in the primary schools in the rural parts of the country. Set in Khurand village of Uttar Pradesh— ‘Maassab’ means teacher in local dialect in and around north and central rural India—the narrative revolves around Ashish Kumar (Shiva Suryavanshi) who has […]

Pritesh Gandhi, Bhavya Lal Join the Biden Administration

Pritesh Gandhi, Bhavya Lal Join the Biden Administration

Dem Candidate Pritesh Gandhi Joins DHS Austin: An Austin doctor who was U.S. House candidate picked by Biden as DHS chief medical officer An Austin physician, who was a Democratic congressional candidate last year, was selected by President JoeBiden to join his administration, according to a Thursday news release from the clinic he is leaving […]

IACCGH Holds Power Dialogue with Gov. Greg Abbott

IACCGH Holds Power Dialogue with Gov. Greg Abbott

By Manu Shah Houston: In a Power Dialogue hosted by IACCGH on 27 January, Governor Greg Abbott offered an update on COVID-19, vaccine distribution and the economic initiatives that were being introduced to help the economy bounce back. Governor Abbott began by describing the “really good working relationship” he enjoyed with India’s Consul Generals in […]

Rihanna, Greta Tweet for Farmers and Government Response

Rihanna, Greta Tweet for Farmers and Government Response

New Delhi: Protests have been taking place in India for months as a result of three new agriculture laws passed in 2020. On Feb. 2, two influential names took to Twitter to show their support for India’s farmers. Rihanna shared an article written by CNN, which outlined the recent internet cuts that took place in […]

Commmorating Mahatma Gandhi’s 73rd Anniversary of Martyrdom

Commmorating Mahatma Gandhi’s 73rd Anniversary of Martyrdom

Houston: On January 30, 2021, the Eternal Gandhi Museum Houston, EGMH, along with Arya Samaj Greater Houston, Unity of Houston, The Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center Houston, Rothko Chapel, Bahai’ Faith of Houston, and others virtually commemorated the 73rd anniversary of the martyrdom of Mahatma Gandhi for Truth & Nonviolence as Shraddhanjali. The program began with […]

Questions linger about why terminally ill doctor killed Austin pediatrician in hostage standoff

Questions linger about why terminally ill doctor killed Austin pediatrician in hostage standoff

BY NATE CHUTE, WOCHIT LOS ANGELES (Austin American Statesman) — Days after Austin police identified Dr. Bharat Narumanchi as the man behind a hostage standoff in Central Austin that ended in his suicide and the death of pediatrician Dr. Lindley Dodson, a 43-year-old mother of three, his exact motives are still unknown. But interviews with […]

‘White Tiger’ Review: It is Truly Adarsh Gourav’s Movie

‘White Tiger’ Review: It is Truly Adarsh Gourav’s Movie

By Shubhra Gupta Cast: Priyanka Chopra, Rajkummar Rao, Adarsh Gourav, Vijay Maurya, Mahesh Manjrekar, Swaroop Sampat Director: Ramin Bahrani Rating: 3 stars ‘The days of the White man are over. It is now the time of the Brown man and the Yellow man’. Ramin Bahrani’s savage, darkly comic adaptation of Arvind Adiga’s prize-winning The White […]

Huge Relief for H1-B Spouses from Biden Administration

Huge Relief for H1-B Spouses from Biden Administration

Washington DC: US President Joe Biden has permitted dependents of H-1B visa holders to continue working in the country. The measure had been brought in during the Barack Obama presidency in 2015. The previous Donald Trump administration had proposed to revoke it as part of his anti-immigration policy. The latest move is expected to provide […]

PM Modi ‘Honored’ after Brazil Thanks India for 2 MM Covid Vaccine

PM Modi ‘Honored’ after Brazil Thanks India for 2 MM Covid Vaccine

New Delhi: After receiving 2 million doses of coronavirus vaccine from India, Brazil President Jair M Bolsonaro thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for vaccine export saying he feels honoured to have a great partner to overcome a global obstacle by joining efforts. India, which began exporting the Astrazeneca and Oxford coronavirus vaccine doses last Wednesday, […]

Rupa Vyas, Founder of Jay Store, Passes Away

Rupa Vyas, Founder of Jay Store, Passes Away

Houston: Rupa Vyas, the founder of Jay Store, Houston’s first Indian grocery store, died on January 16, 2021 after developing Covid-19 infection. She was 82 years old. Born in Bhavnagar, India, and the eldest daughter of the Balakrishna Trivedi and Shanta Trivedi. After completing her studies in India, she and her husband, Mahesh Vyas, and […]

Kisan Morcha Calls Off Tractor Parade after Violence at Red Fort

Kisan Morcha Calls Off Tractor Parade after Violence at Red Fort

New Delhi: The Samyukt Kisan Morcha called off the tractor parade by farmers Tuesday and appealed to particiants to immediately return to their respective protest sites. The tractor parade, which began much ahead of the scheduled time, turned violent with farmers opposing the Centre’s new agri laws and police clashing at several areas of the […]

India’s 72nd Republic Day Celebrated in India, DC and Houston

India’s 72nd Republic Day Celebrated in India, DC and Houston

New Delhi: The annual Republic Day celebrations began in the national capital under the shadow of Covid-19 and farmers protests. The protesting farmers who are seeking repeal of the contentious farm bills passed last year breached the Delhi borders and entered the capital. The National Flag was unfurled at Rajpath in the presence of President […]

‘Tribhanga’ Review: A Relatable Chamber Piece

‘Tribhanga’ Review: A Relatable Chamber Piece

By Shubhra Gupta Cast: Kajol, Tanvi Azmi, Mithila Palkar, Kunaal Roy Kapoor, Vaibhav Tatwawaadi, Manav Gohil, Kanwaljeet Director: Renuka Shahane Rating: Three stars A life-changing event draws together three generations of women to look back and introspect: were they right in their actions, and the things they thought about each other? Renuka Shahane’s directorial debut […]

HAF Files Motion to Intervene in Santa Clara Court Discrimination Case

HAF Files Motion to Intervene in Santa Clara Court Discrimination Case

Santa Clara, CA: Last week the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) filed a motion in Santa Clara County Superior Court to intervene in the case of California Department of Fair Employment and Housing v. Cisco Systems. HAF has filed for injunctive relief to prevent the state’s overreach and violation of Hindu American rights under the First […]

Indo-American News Radio Celebrates 1st Anniversary

Indo-American News Radio Celebrates 1st Anniversary

By Pramod Kulkarni Sugar Land: Indo-American News is both 40 years old and 1-year old. How is that possible? “Our newspaper has been published continuously for the past 40 years,” explained Publisher Jawahar Malhotra. “And we are celebrating the first year completion of our news radio show.” Founded by Dr. K.L. Sindwani and his wife […]

Afraid of Covid, Indian ‘Stays’ at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport

Afraid of Covid, Indian ‘Stays’ at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport

Chicago: A 36-year-old Indian-origin man who was too scared to fly due to the coronavirus pandemic and lived undetected for nearly three months in a secure area of Chicago’s international airport has been arrested, US authorities said. Aditya Singh lives in a suburb of Los Angeles, California, was arrested on Saturday for living in a […]