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Swapnil Agarwal’s Nitya Capital Acquires One Westchase Office Building

Swapnil Agarwal’s Nitya Capital Acquires One Westchase Office Building

Houston: For CEO and founder of Nitya Capital, Swapnil Agarwal, success and achievements never came easy. Coming from humble beginnings as a son of a working class Indian immigrant family in Houston, much of Swapnil’s youth was defined by observing and learning from the success of others. As he worked his first few jobs, Swapnil […]

Houstonian Rajveer “Raj” Kindra is No. 1 Debater

Houstonian Rajveer “Raj” Kindra is No. 1 Debater

Houston: Rajveer, who is now a Senior in high school, has won numerous state, national, and international tournaments in Debate & Oratory leading up to this achievement. Rajveer has always had a passion for helping others find their voices, encouraging others to build confidence, and speak on topics meaningful to them. In 2016 Rajveer took […]

Person of Interest in Custody in Brutal Death of Indo-American Jogger in Plano

Person of Interest in Custody in Brutal Death of Indo-American Jogger in Plano

Plano, Texas: The murder of a Plano mother of two children brought an outpouring of support for her family. Sarmistha Sen, 43, was attacked while she was running Saturday morning. Police say the murder investigation includes a person of interest from a nearby burglary. The go-getter spirit is what defined Sarmistha’s life, according to her […]

City Engineer Jay Patel Wins Public Works Award

Houston: Jay Patel, P.E., Supervising Engineer for City of Houston Public Works Department, was recently awarded Professional Manager of the Year in the Facilities and Grounds Category by the Texas Chapter of the American Public Works Association. This award recognizes outstanding achievement in the area of administration within the Houston Public Works Department and inspires […]

Vijay Goradia Joins Baylor College of Medicine Board of Trustees

HOUSTON: Prominent Houston businessman and philanthropist Vijay Goradia has joined the Baylor College of Medicine Board of Trustees. Goradia is the first South Asian board member in the College’s history. “We’re thrilled to have Mr. Goradia join our Board of Trustees,” said Dr. Paul Klotman, president, CEO and executive dean of Baylor. “His role as […]

In Constrained Times, Pratham Gala Shows Limitless Learning

In Constrained Times, Pratham Gala Shows Limitless Learning

                    BY JAWAHAR MALHOTRA HOUSTON: Many charities around the world have been hard hit by the constraints forced the novel corona virus on participation by their members and supporters. While others have turned to the Zoom platform to reach out, it has severe limitations in size […]

Dr. Ravi Prakash Aurora (April 26, 1937 – June 23, 2020)

DALLAS: Dr. Ravi P. Aurora passed away peacefully on June 23rd, 2020 with love and family all around him.  Dr. Aurora moved to New York in 1967 from India as a young man with his vibrant and departed wife, Suman Aurora, $6 in hand, an education and a hunger to find opportunity. He obtained a […]

Sewa International Reports a Successful Year and a Leadership Change

Sewa International Reports a Successful Year and a Leadership Change

Meeting virtually for their annual conference this year, in the context of COVID-19, and with the highest attendance of nearly 300 people, Sewa International reported a record fundraising effort – raising $8.3 million in 2019, as per initial estimates. It spent $128,032 in general and administrative expenses, and $168,354 in fundraising expenses. The general and […]

Indian-American Adoptive Father of Sherin Mathews Sentenced to Life by Dallas Court

Indian-American Adoptive Father of Sherin Mathews Sentenced to Life by Dallas Court

DALLAS: Wesley Mathews, the Indian-American foster father accused of killing his 3-year-old daughter Sherin Mathews and dumping her body in a culvert in 2017, was sentenced to life by a Texas court judge on Wednesday, in a sensational case that attracted global attention. Mathews, 39, pleaded guilty Monday to a lesser charge of injury to […]

In Buzbee’s Houston, Diversity is More than Just a Buzzword, it’s an Opportunity

In Buzbee’s Houston,  Diversity is More than Just a Buzzword, it’s an Opportunity

BY JAWAHAR MALHOTRA HOUSTON: The floor-to-ceiling glass windows of his 73rd-story office provide a spectacular and all-encompassing view of the city that he has come to love and admire. Behind the tall, Phillip Johnson designed, Gothic-spired brown skyscraper snakes the spaghetti bowl of the elevated I-45 freeway and just in front lies Jones Plaza and […]

SIMA & IAPAC Host Reception for Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner

SIMA & IAPAC Host Reception for Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner

HOUSTON: SIMA (Small Independent Motel Association of Houston) & IAPAC (Indo-American Political Action Committee of Greater Houston) hosted a reception for the Indo-American community of Greater Houston honoring the Mayor of Houston, Mr. Sylvester Turner. SIMA and IAPAC President Mr. Hasu Patel welcomed and introduced the Honorable Mayor Sylvester Turner. At a very well attended […]

A 6-year-old Girl from India Dies after Crossing the US-Mexico Border

A 6-year-old Girl from India Dies after Crossing the US-Mexico Border

HOUSTON: On the day she died, the little girl was thousands of miles away from the country where she was born. US Border Patrol agents found her remains this week in an area officials describe as “rugged desert wilderness,” 17 miles west of Lukeville, Arizona. In a statement Thursday, US Customs and Border Protection said […]

US Ambassador to India Keynote at IACCGH 20th Anniversary Gala

US Ambassador to India Keynote at IACCGH 20th Anniversary Gala

  BY MANU SHAH HOUSTON: “In diplomacy, we often hear the adage that “countries have no eternal friends, only eternal interests.”  While this may generally be the case, I sincerely believe, based on my 20 years of experience working on U.S.-India relations, that the United States and India share both common interests and genuine friendship.”  U.S. Ambassador to India […]

Naushad Kermally is First Muslim to Win Sugar Land City Council Seat

Naushad Kermally is First Muslim to Win Sugar Land City Council Seat

BY POOJA SALHOTRA SUGAR LAND: With encouragement from his wife Narmin and support from his three children, Naushad Kermally decided six months ago to run for Sugar Land City Council. After an arduous journey involving dozens of volunteers, around the clock block-walking and non-stop phone banking, Kermally emerged victorious in the District 2 run-off election […]

Sri Kulkarni Campaign Kicks into High Gear with Group Meets

Sri Kulkarni Campaign Kicks into High Gear with Group Meets

BY JAWAHAR MALHOTRA SUGAR LAND: It was hurriedly put together but even then about 30 people came out to meet the announced second-time candidate for Texas’ 22nd Congressional District held since 2009 by Republican Pete Olson. Sri Preston Kulkarni had made himself amply known to the Indian community during his run for office last year, […]

ER Nurse and Executive Naushad Kermally Seeks Sugar Land City Council Position in a Runoff

ER Nurse and Executive Naushad Kermally Seeks Sugar Land City Council Position in a Runoff

BY POOJA SALHOTRA SUGAR LAND: Since settling in Sugar Land 23 years ago, Naushad Kermally has done everything he could to learn about the community, from graduating from the Sugar Land 101 program, to serving on the city’s Ethics Review Board. All the while, he’s been working a full-time as the Executive Vice President of […]

Modi Victory in India Touches Off Celebrations Across Houston

Modi Victory in India Touches Off Celebrations Across Houston

BY SARITA MEHTA HOUSTON: The elections in India were a highly anticipated event for the local supporters of the incumbent Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party who had canvassed for him through calls to Indian voters through specially arranged phonebanks. When the final results came in on Thursday, May 23 showing the […]

South Asian Kermally, Mansoor in Historic Sugar Land Runoff

South Asian Kermally, Mansoor in Historic Sugar Land Runoff

BY JAWAHAR MALHOTRA SUGAR LAND: The recent elections in Fort Bend County on May 4 draw a long slate of Asian Americans contending for seats on the FBISD Board and Sugar Land City Council. Mohammed “Jazz” Aijaz lost his bid to Steve Porter for the District 1 Sugar Land Council seat while Ashish Agarwal (receiving […]

Tagore’s Shanti Niketan is Reimagined in a Bayou City Setting

Tagore’s Shanti Niketan is Reimagined in a Bayou City Setting

BY JAWAHAR MALHOTRA HOUSTON: It is a testament to the persuasive power of his philosophy of life and harmonious coexistence that Rabindranath Tagore is immortalized the world over in one manner or the other. In the Bayou City, his presence has been felt since 1974 when the Tagore Society of Houston was formed around the […]

Ambassador Shringla Gets Upclose View of Indian Presence in Texas

Ambassador Shringla Gets Upclose View of Indian Presence in Texas

HOUSTON: A state visit is usually reserved for heads of state. But Indian Ambassador to the United States Harsh Vardhan Shringla received a state visit to Texas during May 20-22 thanks to the extraordinary efforts of Dr. Anupam Ray, Counsul General of India in Houston and the entire consular staff. On Tuesday, the Shringla team […]