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Milestone for University of Houston Tamil Studies Chair

Milestone for University of Houston Tamil Studies Chair

Houston: Thursday, November 11, 2021 is another historic day for the Tamilians living in Texas and specifically in the Houston Metropolitan area. On this day, the Houston Tamil Studies Chair Inc. (HTSC), a Texas non-profit corporation with a primary purpose of setting up a Tamil Studies Chair at the University of Houston (UH), made the […]

IAPAC Hosts ‘Gratitude for Global Cultures’ Lunch with Elected Leaders

IAPAC Hosts ‘Gratitude for Global Cultures’ Lunch with Elected Leaders

Houston: The Indian American Political Action Committee of Greater Houston (IAPAC) is fulfilling its promise once again of being the only non-partisan voice for Indian Americans in the political arena. On November 20, 2021, IAPAC hosted “Gratitude with Global Cultures,” a Thanksgiving Lunch, focused on being grateful for the diversity within our region. Keeping in […]

YLPD Houston: Learning about the Qualities of an Authentic Leader

YLPD Houston: Learning about the Qualities of an Authentic Leader

By Srinivasa Mahankali Houston: Fifty-five future leaders of YLDP Houston gathered at the Houston Food Bank on Saturday morning to answer the essential question, “Why Should Anyone be Led by You?”.  The session was led by Mr. Brian Greene, the CEO of Houston Food Bank. He showed us the operations of the non-profit organization through […]

Assam Association Participates in Diwali San Antonio with Bihu Dance

Assam Association Participates in Diwali San Antonio with Bihu Dance

By Runmee Barbara San Antonio: On November 6, Festival of Lights filled the air with sounds and colors at Hemisfair park and Tower of Americas, San Antonio, Texas. Diwali is the largest city-sanctioned festival open to public every year. This year, the 13th annual Festival of lights was celebrated in-person with great enthusiasm and spirit. […]

America’s First Ismaili Center will be Architectural Jewel for Houston

America’s First Ismaili Center will be Architectural Jewel for Houston

By Diane Cowen Houston: The Ismaili Center Houston’s architecture and gardens will set a new bar in a city increasingly devoted to modern design and lush green spaces. With a structure designed by U.K.-based Farshid Moussavi and gardens by Thomas Woltz of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects — a renowned landscape architect known locally for […]

Astroworld Stampede Claims Indian Origin Student Bharati Shahani

Astroworld Stampede Claims Indian Origin Student Bharati Shahani

Houston: Bharati Shahani, a 22-year-old college student who had incurred severe injuries during the Astroworld festival has passed away. Shahani had been declared brain dead a couple of days ago. With her passing the death toll from the Astroworld stampede has now risen to nine, while hundreds have been injured. The news of Shahani’s passing […]

Southwestern National Bank Celebrates 24th Anniversary

Southwestern National Bank Celebrates 24th Anniversary

Houston: Southwestern National Bank is proud to be marking its 24th anniversary on November 3, 2021. CEO Simmons said 2021 is a good year to remember because we helped over 1,000 business owners to apply for assistance and save their businesses through the Paycheck Protection Program. Our employees worked very hard to ensure our customers […]

Diwali Dinner with Elected Officials and Hindu Leaders of Houston

Diwali Dinner with Elected Officials and Hindu Leaders of Houston

Houston: Pragati USA and Ashirwad A Blessing Temple (Ashirwad) collaborated to host Diwali Dinner at India House Houston on October 29th, 2021. The goal of the event was to bring together major Hindu organizations in the Greater Houston area, and both Democratic and Republican elected officials of Harris and Fort Bend counties to celebrate Diwali, […]

IAPAC Supports Neera Tanden Nomination

IAPAC Supports Neera Tanden Nomination

Houston: The Indian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC) of Greater Houston is a nonpartisan organization and one of its missions is to promote and encourage political involvement and increase political awareness in the Indian American community residing in the Greater Houston area. IAPAC congratulates Neera Tanden on her historic nomination to be the Director of […]

Face of ‘Perseverance’ Mars Landing was an Indian American: Swati Mohan

Face of ‘Perseverance’ Mars Landing was an Indian American: Swati Mohan

By Harmeet Kaur Pasadena, California: It was Swati Mohan who first delivered the news to earthlings that NASA’s Perseverance rover had successfully landed on Mars. “Touchdown confirmed,” she announced to roaring applause from mission control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. “Perseverance safely on the surface of Mars, ready to begin seeking the […]

TSH Celebrates Centennial of Tagore’s Visit to Houston – Feb. 13-14, 2021

TSH Celebrates Centennial of Tagore’s Visit to Houston – Feb. 13-14, 2021

By Partha Sarathi Chatterjee Tagore Society of Houston (TSH) held 100 years commemoration of Rabindranath Tagore’s visit to Houston on February 13, 1921. On February 13, 2021, TSH organized a socially distanced event at the Tagore Grove in Ray Miller Park in west Houston. Due to Covid restrictions, City of Houston allowed only a few […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

IMAGH and Umbrella Organizations Celebrate New Year ‘21 on Zoom

IMAGH and Umbrella Organizations Celebrate New Year ‘21 on Zoom

Houston: Indian Muslims Association of Greater Houston popularly knows as IMAGH in Greater Houston community recently celebrated New year 2021 virtually along with organizations under their umbrella, CLUB65 and SAYA (South Asian Youth Alliance). This event happened on January 16, 2021 (Saturday) using the Zoom platform. Saeed Pathan (Secretary, IMAGH) hosted program along with Rahat […]

How Sherpas Reached K2 Summit in Winter for the First Time

How Sherpas Reached K2 Summit in Winter for the First Time

Kathmandu: At around noon on Saturday, the climbers inched into the infamous passage called the Bottleneck on K2, the second-tallest mountain in the world and one never before conquered in winter. The sky was clear, the wind manageable and the summit just beyond this final and most perilous stretch. If they could navigate the Bottleneck, […]

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris Has Elevated the Blindian Community

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris Has Elevated the Blindian Community

Washington DC: Sharda Sekaran was raised by a single Black mom. She went to mostly Black schools as a child, in mostly Black neighborhoods. Looking at her, she says, some people assume she’s Black. But her name — Sharda — always gave her away. All her life, Sekaran has searched for other “Blindians” — people […]

Bhavesh Patel Joins Dallas Federal Reserve Bank Board

Bhavesh Patel Joins Dallas Federal Reserve Bank Board

Dallas: The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas has appointed Bob Patel to its Houston Branch board of directors for a term ending Dec. 31, 2023. Patel is CEO of Houston-based LyondellBasell, one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies with over 19,500 employees globally. He joined LyondellBasell in 2010 and became CEO in 2015.  […]

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Recognizes Leaders of the Indian Diaspora

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Recognizes Leaders of the Indian Diaspora

New Delhi: Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is celebrated once in every two years to strengthen the engagement of the overseas Indian community with the Government of India and reconnect them with their roots. The 16th PBD Convention was held virtually on 9 January, 2021 in New Delhi. The theme of 16th PBD Convention 2021 is “Contributing […]

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