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Assemblywoman Rajkumar's office India-West News Desk RICHMOND HILL, NY - A statue of Mahatma Gandhi that stood outside of the Shri Tulsi Mandir temple was vandalized on August 3. The statue was found on the ground with the hand and arm broken,

India-West Staff Reporter CERRITOS, CA - The Indian American community of Southern California under the banner of INDIA@75 celebrated the 75th Anniversary of India’s Independence on August 6, at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts Theater. After India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi

DALLAS, TX (IANS) - A Muslim man in the US has been charged in the serial killing of four Muslims from Pakistan and Afghanistan, which a leading American Islamic organization said may have been motivated by "anti-Shia hatred".Police announced on August

India-West News Desk WASHINGTON, DC - Amit Jani, former national Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) director for Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, has been named as the acting White House liaison at the Department of Homeland Security. Born in Rajkot, Gujarat and arriving

India-West News Desk MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – Sundar Pichai the CEO of Google took time off to watch a game at the Lord’s Cricket Ground in the UK. Former Team India head coach Ravi Shastri who is a commentator for Sky Sports

India-West Staff Reporter LIBERTY STATE PARK, NJ – Hundreds of devotees of Shree Swaminarayan Siddhant Sajivan Mandal USA on August 6, gathered at the Liberty State Park – Flag Plaza to honor and remember Acharya Shree Purushottampriyadasji Swamishree Maharaj (Acharya Swamishree

NEW DELHI, (ANI) - India and the US commenced a military exercise named "Ex Vajra Prahar 2022" in Himachal Pradesh's Bakloh on Aug 8 to improve interoperability between the Special Forces of both nations. The joint exercise by the Special Forces

India-West News Desk WASHINGTON, DC - Indian American teenager Aarya Walvekar of Virginia has been crowned Miss India USA 2022. Saumya Sharma, a second-year premedical student at the University of Virginia, was declared first runner-up and Sanjana Chekuri of New Jersey

India-West News Desk SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Arizona lawyer Roopali H. Desai will be the first Indian American woman to serve as a judge on the 9th circuit court. The Senate voted 67-29 on August 4 to confirm her to the

CHENNAI, (IANS) - US Navy Ship Charles Drew arrived at L&T's Shipyard at Kattupalli, Chennai on July 8 for undertaking repairs and allied services, adding a new dimension to the India-US strategic partnership, officials said. This is the first-ever repair of

CHENNAI, (IANS) - Tata Passenger Electric Mobility Limited and Ford India Private Limited have inked the Unit Transfer Agreement for the acquisition of the latter's plant in Gujarat for Rs 725.70 crore. Tata Motors - the parent of Tata Passenger Electric

WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) - Mike Hankey, who has done key stints in the Middle East and Africa, took charge as the new Consul General of the US in Mumbai. A former journalist, Hankey -- who is fluent in Tamil, Arabic and

CHENNAI, (IANS) - The Tamil Nadu Police's Idol Wing have traced an idol of Goddess Parvati that was stolen from a temple in the state in 1971 to the Bonhams auction house in New York, officials said on August 8. According

NEW YORK, NY (ANI) – The death of Mandeep Kaur, the Indian American who committed suicide, has sent shockwaves through the community Kaur, who was tortured at the hands of her husband, took her life on August 3 after she posted

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (IANS) - Amid the ongoing legal dispute over the $44 billion takeover deal to buy Twitter, tech mogul Elon Musk has challenged the platform's CEO Parag Agrawal to have a public debate on fake accounts and spam. While

WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) - Ten years after a white supremacist gunned down six Sikh worshippers at a gurdwara in the US state of Wisconsin, the White House is calling for a sharp increase in funding for a federal program that

By Ashish Saboo TiE Global Angels Investor summit and celebrations was a roaring success over three days from July 28th through 30th. First TiE Global leadership team including BJ Arun, Dharti Arvind Desai, Shankar Ram, Sundi Natarajan, Vijay Menon and various

TRENTON, NJ (IANS) - Teenaged Indian basketball player Amaan Sandhu made history by becoming the first male Indian basketball player to commit to a NCAA Division 1 college. Sandhu, an alumnus of NBA Academy India, has committed to Monmouth University in

By India-West Staff Reporter LOMBARD, IL - The National Indo-American Museum (NIAM) aims to be the repository of the Indian American narrative, serving as a hub for the entire spectrum of the Indian American experience - connecting with audiences with their immigrant

MUMBAI, (IANS) - Reliance Industries maintained its highest ranking among Indian private sector companies in the latest Global 500 list published by Fortune for 2022. The list, topped by US retailer Walmart, has nine Indian companies - five of them state-owned,

VANCOUVER, (ANI) - Police in Canada have issued a public warning identifying 11 men, of whom nine are of Indian origin, linked to extreme levels of gang violence. The public has been warned to avoid being near them. The Combined Forces

WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) - US authorities have said investigations were underway into reports that turbans of Sikh asylum seekers were confiscated after they were detained at the country's border with Mexico in Yuma, AZ. According to the American Civil Liberties Union

WASHINGTON, DC  (IANS) - Indian American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi visited Taiwan as a member of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s delegation that drew Beijing’s ire. Krishnamoorthi, a Democrat who is a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, met

India-West Staff Reporter RICHMOND, VA – The Virginia State Legislature and Senate have both, unanimously passed a resolution declaring, in perpetuity, October as Hindu Heritage Month. The passing of resolution VA HJ141 which had been introduced by State Delegate Suhas Subramanyam was

ISLAMABAD, (IANS) - Pakistan on August 3 reaffirmed its strong commitment to the "one China" policy amid controversy over US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan that has infuriated Beijing. In a statement, Pakistan Foreign Office which in now led

NEW DELHI, (IANS) - Amid rising tensions with China, India and the US will come together for a two-week high altitude military exercise at Auli in Uttarakhand, less than 100 km from the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the

India-West News Desk DETROIT, MI – “I am dedicated to racial, social and economic equity and justice for all. That means ensuring all Michiganders have access to early-childhood education, equitably funded K-12 schools and affordable healthcare.” With that stated platform, MI

India-West Staff Reporter WASHINGTON, DC - Previn Warren, Attorney at Motley Rice will joing the AAPI Victory Alliance as board member along with Sung Yeon Choimorrow, Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum. and Jennifer Chau, Executive Director of

By SUKANT DEEPAK A Sanskrit graduate from Delhi's St Stephen's College, two scholarships from Oxford, a Professor of Indian philosophy and Sanskrit at Stanford University and the force behind the 'Ghadar' newspaper which articulated India's nationalist aspirations in the US

NEW DELHI, (IANS) - Ride-hailing major Uber on August 2 revealed that it lost about $245 million in its Zomato investment in the second quarter (Q2) this year, along with a total of $707 million loss in the first six

NEW DELHI, (IANS) - A large-scale study of data involving 21 billion friendships on Facebook, led by Harvard University economist Raj Chetty, has revealed how these social connections help shape economic outcomes in the country. Chetty is the William A. Ackman

(photo: US Attorney’s Office) India-West News Desk CHICAGO, IL - A suburban Chicago man has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for laundering cash proceeds from a telemarketing scheme that defrauded elderly victims the Department of Justice said. Hirenkumar P. Chaudhari

India-West News Desk FREMONT, CA – Over 200 people ran or walked 5k and 10k on July 16 at the behest of Suvidha International Foundation, a California non-profit, aiming to support river rejuvenation in India. The River Rejuvenation Project, which started in

India-West News Desk WASHINGTON DC - Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote), AAPI Data, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC released their bi-annual report measuring Asian American sentiment and attitudes on the issues top of mind in the lead-up

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (IANS) - More than 32,000 tech workers have been laid off in the US till July this year, including at Big Tech companies like Microsoft and Meta and the worst has not been over yet for the

SAN FRANCISCO, CA(IANS) - Mobility startup Bolt Mobility, co-founded by eight-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt, has abruptly disappeared from several of its markets in the US, leaving e-bikes and equipment abandoned amid unanswered calls, the media reported. Bolt had raised

ISLAMABAD, (IANS) - Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa has appealed to the US to help Islamabad secure an early disbursal of $1.2 billion in funds under an International Monetary Fund loan program, as Pakistan faces the

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (IANS) - Ola Founder and CEO Bhavish Aggarwal on July 29 refuted a report that said Ola and Uber are considering a potential merger. "Absolute rubbish. We're very profitable and growing well. If some other companies want to

42 students were the recipients of the awards aimed at helping deserving candidates further their academic pursuits. India-West Staff Reporter SAN DIEGO, CA - Dr. Suneta "Sunny" Cooke, President of Miracosta College delivering the 39th Annual Mahatma Gandhi memorial lecture exhorted the awardees to

CHENNAI, (IANS) - US Consul General in Chennai Judith Ravin on July 28 said that deep ties between India and the US are built on the people-to-people connections forged by sports diplomats while welcoming the US team to Mamallapuram for

WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) - The idol wing of the Tamil Nadu police has initiated steps to bring back an exquisite idol of Chola queen Sembiyan Mahadevi that was allegedly stolen from a village temple in Nagapattinam around a century ago.

India-West Staff Reporter  FREMONT, CA - Former Mylapore MLA and veteran stage and movie actor S.Ve. Shekher released the book “Horoscope Matching for Marriage: KT Astro Kundali Matching“ written by California-based Kathir Subbiah, aka KT Astrologer. Based on Vedic Astrology, the book focuses

India-West News Desk CHARLESTON, SC - The daughter of Nikki Haley, is officially engaged. The former UN Ambassador under Donald Trump tweeted the announcement on July 24. The former South Carolina governor said, “He asked…She said yes!” alongside photos of daughter Rena

India-West News Desk SEATTLE, WA – The man arrested on suspicion of committing a hate crime against Indian American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal was released from jail on July 27. Seattle police released him because they could not say with certainty that he told the

India-West Staff Reporter IRVINE, CA – The devotee-owned Mandir, in this Orange County city, venerated the Guru on July 13 in celebrations that drew devout community members. Also in attendance were Mayor Farrah Khan, Deputy Mayor Anthony Kuo, and Councilmember Tammy Kim. A

India-West Staff Reporter SAN RAMON, CA  – San Ramon Councilmember Sabina Zafar launched her campaign for Mayor of San Ramon with supporters at a local restaurant here on July 26. “Open and inclusive governance is the cornerstone of my public service,” said

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - Two Indian men have been charged with the killing of two others in gang-related violence in Canada, according to police. Gursimran Sahota, 24, and Tanvir Khakh, 20, were charged with first-degree murder on July 25, said

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (IANS) - Indians lead immigrants in the US founding more than half of America's startups valued at $1 billion or higher (unicorns), and four out of 10 immigrants have founded multiple billion-dollar enterprises, a new report has

WASHINGTON, DC (ANI) - The United States seeks to enhance its defense partnership with India in the backdrop of China's assertiveness and New Delhi's reliance on Russian military exports for its national defense, said Congressman Ro Khanna in an interview. Khanna

NEW DELHI, (ANI) - United States Agency for International Development chief Samantha Power who traveled to India July 25-27 to meet with climate experts, civil society, and government officials to discuss the global food security crisis, lauded India for reacting

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (IANS) - During the company's earnings call, Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that more than three billion monthly active devices are now running on the Android operating system globally. Pichai mentioned that consumers had activated one

India-West Staff Reporter SUGAR GROVE, IL – Organizers of the second annual Hindu Heritage Month celebrations said the response they had received, after the announcement of the event being held in October, had been immensely supportive. The Hindu Heritage Month event aims

India-West News Desk EDISON, NJ - A 38-year-old Indian American has been convicted of international parental kidnapping after he took his US-born child to India and later failed to bring the kid back to the mother in the US, the Department

ISLAMABAD, (ANI) - With the ouster of Pakistan's former Prime Minister Imran Khan's government and his outbursts against the US allegedly conspiring to throw him out of power, the country's Ambassador to the US Sardar Masood Khan, is now left

India-West News Desk WASHINGTON, DC – Hulu, according to reports, demanded that Indian American Democratic congressional candidate Suraj Patel, change his campaign ads removing references to abortion, climate change, or gun laws and replace it with “non-sensitive” issues before it could

India-West Staff Reporter CUPERTINO, CA - Three years ago, Ananya Dua was living comfortably in her privileged Bay Area environment but found herself yearning to better understand the world, and why certain things were the way they were. In particular, she

India-West News Desk ANNAPOLIS, MD - Aruna Miller, 57, as the running mate of Wes Moore, is the Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Maryland. Moore secured the  Democratic nomination for governor beating back former Labor Secretary and DNC Chairman Tom Perez

WASHINGTON, DC (ANI) - Former Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane has been honored by the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) for his role in strengthening ties between India and US. The USISPF presented global leadership and public service awards

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (IANS) - Instacart Founder and Executive Chairman Apoorva Mehta has said he will step down from the online grocery delivery service he founded nearly a decade ago. Instacart announced that CEO Fidji Simo has been appointed as Chair

NEW DELHI (IANS) - Canada is fast becoming a safe haven for Khalistani terrorists and gangsters, who are involved in several criminal activities in India, including murders, sources in the intelligence agencies said. The May 29 Sidhu Moosewala murder has again

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - Speculation is rife in the US media about the presidential hopefuls for the 2024 run as polls suggest that young voters, who constitute a bulk of both the ethnic and White electorate, prefer to have

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - Two Indian men have been shot dead in Canada, 10 days after an eerily similar killing of Ripudaman Singh Malik, who had been acquitted of charges of bombing an Air India plane. Meninder Dhaliwal and Satindera

India-West News Desk NEW YORK, NY - Two Indian brothers and their Indian American friend have been charged in the US in the first-ever cryptocurrency insider trading scheme in which they made illicit profits. Indian citizens Ishan Wahi, 32, and Nikhil Wahi,

India-West Staff Reporter HOUSTON, TX - The most coveted prize in the field of international energy – the Global Energy Prize bestowed by the Global Energy Association – has been awarded to University of Houston Distinguished Professor of Engineering Kaushik Rajashekara. Only

WASHINGTON, DC -  White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha told reporters while giving an update on President Joe Biden's condition, "I think infections are obviously growing given how incredibly contagious the subvariant has been."  On July 22, the White House

NEW YORK, NY (ANI) - Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) has extended strong support to the Sindhi people in Pakistan against the human rights atrocities that have been inflicted upon them for years.Delivering her remarks in Congress, she raised concerns about the

NEW DELHI, (IANS) - As Elon Musk-run SpaceX abandoned its affordable internet project Starlink in India, Amazon has ramped up its efforts to launch its fast and cheaper internet service called 'Project Kuiper' in the country. The company has posted several

India-West News Desk ANNAPOLIS, MD - Ten candidates ran in the Democratic primary election for Governor of Maryland on July 19, and at deadline time was still too close to call. Counting mail-in ballots begins July 21. But one Indian American candidate, Ashwani Jain, has conceded, tweeting, “This

India-West Staff Reporter PARSIPPANY, NJ - Shrimad Rajchandra Love and Care on July 15 organized NJ’s largest meal packing event to support families affected by the current crisis in Ukraine. Shrimad Rajchandra Love and Care, a global nonprofit organization, held the event

India-West Staff Reporter OAKLAND, CA – The California Endowment has selected its 2022 Youth Award Winners and nine outstanding young leaders and youth organizations will be honored at a ceremony here on July 23. The recipients were selected for outstanding work

India-West Staff Reporter LOS ANGELES, CA - Hyde Park Entertainment Group CEO Ashok Amritraj has joined the Board of Governors of Cedars-Sinai. “Cedars-Sinai’s tradition of excellence in advancing scientific breakthroughs, pioneering innovation, and accelerating the pace of medical discovery is world-renowned. It

WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) - After India, US lawmakers have now asked the Lina Khan-led Federal Trade Commission to address abusive and deceptive data practices by hundreds of companies providing Virtual Private Network (VPN) services for individuals. A VPN is an online

NEW DELHI, (IANS) - Nearly 95 percent of all new digital workloads will be deployed on the Cloud by 2025, Microsoft's Executive Chairman CEO Satya Nadella has said. Addressing the company's annual conference �Microsoft Inspire 2022', Nadella said that Cloud is foundational

NEW DELHI, (IANS) - An industry group called Asia Internet Coalition (AIC) representing US-based Big Tech firms has urged India to make changes in the proposed amendments to the country's new IT Rules, 2021 which would "negate the government's commitment

India-West Staff Reporter SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Every summer, Bank of America selects high school students to be part of their Student Leaders program, an eight-week paid summer internship providing students with first-hand experience in serving their communities. The Class of

India-West Staff Reporter HYDERABAD - The HPV Vaccination Initiative to prevent HPV-related cancers including Cervical cancer started by the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), in collaboration with the Tanvir Foundation concluded successfully in Hyderabad with a virtual program.

NEW DELHI (ANI) -After two consecutive days of gains, Indian stock indices declined marginally in early trade on July 19, weighed down by a consistent depreciation of the rupee.The rupee hit yet another historical low and touched the key psychological

NEW DELHI (IANS) - Over 1.63 lakh Indian nationals renounced their Indian citizenship in 2021, the highest during the last three years, the Parliament was told on July 19.Data provided by the Ministry of Home Affairs in Lok Sabha disclosed that

India-West Staff Reporter NEW YORK, NY - For the first time in international sports history, 12 Indian athletes from around the globe will compete in the highest stakes basketball tournament in the world. India Rising, is fondly nicknamed "The Avengers of Brown

ISLAMABAD, (IANS) - Pakistan has been asked to launch its candidature for the permanent membership of the UN Security Council by some powerful western countries, who have suggested the Islamabad option to break the ongoing deadlock to reform the UN's

BEIJING, (IANS) - As India plans to become a global manufacturing hub, a contract manufacturer of major Chinese smartphones here has said that while it becomes an "inevitable trend" for smartphone and other tech players to set up manufacturing bases

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ (IANS) - There has been a sharp spike, and rapid evolution, of anti-Hindu hate speech on social media, using even adapted white supremacist memes and coded language, with a potential for the violence to spill over into

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (IANS) - Tech billionaire Elon Musk has reportedly texted microblogging platform Twitter's CEO Parag Agarwal and CFO Ned Segal before pulling out of the $44 billion acquisition deal. Musk texted the Twitter executives that the company's lawyers were

India-West News Desk BOSTON, MA - Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, an infectious diseases physician and professor at Boston University School of Medicine, has been appointed to the White House COVID-19 Response Team as senior policy adviser for global COVID response. The White House

India-West Staff Reporter HONOLULU, HI - India’s Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, draped Hawaiian leis and lit candles at Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in Waikiki, here on July 9.  He was joined in making these traditional Hawaiian signs of respect

India-West News Desk WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) traveled to central and eastern Europe to meet with “the brave men and women in uniform and discuss our efforts to support the people of Ukraine against Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked invasion,”

DHAKA, (IANS) - A US State Department report defending the Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh has angered freedom fighters for backing "a Pakistan-paid war criminal, militant-breeding party, which committed rape and genocide". Jamaat-e-Islami, which was an auxiliary force of Pakistan Army in the then

India-West Staff Reporter WASHINGTON, DC -The AAPI Victory Fund has appointed a new National Political Director, Shehn Datta, and National Outreach Director, Vaibhav Jain. In efforts to educate, empower, and mobilize the AAPI community’s 11 million-strong, the AAPI Victory Fund has invested

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - With less than four months to go for the midterm polls for the 435-member house of representatives, the Republican and Democratic parties seem effectively tied in the battle of the ballot for the control of

By YASHWANT RAJ WASHINGTON, DC - The US House of Representatives on July 14 passed a legislative measure that will urge the Biden administration to waive sanctions on India for purchasing Russian S-400 missile defense systems. The measure passed in a voice

VANCOUVER, (IANS) - Ripudaman Singh Malik, who was the main accused in the 1985 Air India Kanishka bombing and later acquitted, was shot dead outside his business office in Surrey near here. The incident happened on July 14 morning. The 75-year-old,

India-West Staff Reporter DALLAS, TX – Texas Governor Greg Abbott has named Indian American Arun Agarwal, the CEO of a Dallas-based home textile company, to the Texas Economic Development Corporation's Board of Directors. He was tapped along with eight other Texas

OTTAWA, (ANI) - India on July 13 expressed its deep anguish over the desecration of a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the Richmond Hill city of Ontario in Canada and for a probe into the vandalism, which police said is

WASHINGTON, DC (ANI) - Hailing the food corridor initiative between India and the United Arab Emirates, President Joe Biden on July 14 said that with the support of the American and Israeli private sector, New Delhi has the potential to

WASHINGTON, DC(ANI) - A bill introduced in Congress by Jim McGovern, (D-MA), and Michael McCaul (R-TX) on July 13 is taking aim at China's decades-long illegal occupation of Tibet by fully recognizing Tibet's unresolved status and faulting China for violating

By YASHWANT RAJ WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) - The Joe Biden's administration on July 13 offered a full-throated justification for elevating ties with India, especially through multilateral platforms such as the newly launched I2U2 that the two countries form with Israel and

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA (IANS) - Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai has told employees that the company will be slowing down the pace of hiring for the rest of the year, as global macro-economic conditions continue to hit industries across

NEW DELHI, (IANS) - The Indian tech industry generated $103 billion in revenue and directly employed 2,07,000 people in the US last year, with an average wage of $106,360 -- witnessing a 22 percent employment growth since 2017, a new

India-West News Desk SEATTLE, WA - A man has been arrested for threatening to kill Indian American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal at her home here, The Hill reported. According to a police report, Brett Forsell was on the night of July 9, when they

India-West News Desk NEW YORK, NY- Actor Bradley Cooper and former Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin have been dating secretly for months, Page Six has reported. It also said Vogue Editor and icon who knows both parties well, introduced the two. Abedin

India-West News Desk WASHINGTON, DC - On July 12, Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, talked with author and professor Kate Bowler and how her sudden cancer diagnosis upended her world. The chat was the second of the new podcast the Department Human and

India-West Staff Reporter REDMOND, WA - Nikola Tesla Stem High School rising freshman Varshini Hari has been selected by the International Leadership Network as a 2022 Young Achiever in the grades 8-10 category. Hari is passionate about community service and believes in

WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) -Food security will be the focus of the first-ever summit of a new West Asia-focused Quad comprising India, Israel, the US, and the UAE that will take place virtually during President Joe Biden's visit to the region

India-West News Desk SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Gap Inc. has announced that President and Chief Executive Officer Sonia Syngal will step down from her position and from the company's Board, departing the company following a brief transition. Effective immediately, Bob Martin, the

India-West News Desk ONTARIO, CA - Just 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, the Ontario Convention Center was the scene of huge crowds of Indian Americans thronging for nine days, July 2- 10 to hear the master Morari Bapu speak

By India-West Staff Reporter LOS ANGELES, CA - Prime Minister Narendra Modi, inaugurated the Akshaya Patra Foundation’s newest kitchen at LT College in Varanasi, on July 7. Governor Anandiben Patel and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath were in attendance at the ceremony.  The event

India-West News Desk PALATINE, IL - The Sikh Religious Society Palatine, a suburb of Chicago, participated in the 65th Annual Palatine Parade held to celebrate America’s Independence Day. The Sikh Religious Society was judged the "Best Overall" out of 72 entries, a media

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - In the mid-1980s Khalistanis brazenly set up a terrorist training camp in the US and cooked up an elaborate plot to assassinate Rajiv Gandhi and Bhajan Lal, who was then the Haryana chief minister, when

India-West News Desk NEW YORK, NY – Indian American Gita Gopinath, the First Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, has become the first woman to be featured on the 'wall of former chief economists' of the IMF. She also becomes

India-West News Desk SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Indian American Ramesh 'Sunny' Balwani, the former business partner and 'boyfriend in secret' of Elizabeth Holmes, founder, and CEO of healthcare company Theranos, has been found guilty of defrauding investors and patients. Balwani faced 10

BY YASHWANT RAJ WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) - Ro Khanna, one of four Indian Americans in the US Congress, has moved legislation to amend a law to exempt India from sanctions for purchasing high-value Russian military hardware, arguing that New Delhi needs

Indiaspora’s Founder and Chairman of the Board MR Rangaswami India-West Staff Reporter SAN FRANCISCO, CA - GiveIndia and Indiaspora on July 5 said they had entered into a strategic, long-term partnership to amplify philanthropic giving from institutions, foundations, and high-net-worth individuals from

TORONTO, (IANS) - An India-born parliamentarian from Canada, Chandra Arya said on July 6 that anti-Hindu and anti-India forces have joined hands in Canada. The Canadian parliamentarian, who originally hails from Karnataka, made these remarks in connection with an offensive poster

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (IANS) - India's largest retailer Reliance Retail Ltd on July 5 said it has entered a long-term partnership with Gap Inc. to take the iconic American fashion brand to India. Through the long-term franchise agreement, Reliance Retail has

TORONTO, (ANI) - The city of Toronto has formally apologized for "any delay" in reinstating the Sikh security guard whose services were terminated over a "no-beard" policy. Effective from July the city will immediately permit "under-mask beard covers" as a reasonable

LONDON – Parag Agrawal, Twitter’s Indian American CEO sprung a surprise at staff at the company’s office here by serving them coffee. He was joined by CFO Ned Segal. Photos of Agrawal were posted where he can be seen taking orders

India-West News Desk DES MOINES, IO —Nikki Haley has said she will run for president in 2024 “if there’s a place for me,” the Des Moines Register reported. Haley, the paper pointed out, was an early critic of Donald Trump’s leadership on

India-West News Desk FREMONT, CA – With stories of canceled and delayed flights pouring in and seemingly to be the state of affairs over the summer, Rep. Ro Khanna, has now joined Senator Bernie Sanders and others in calls to Transportation Secretary Pete

(photo: NYPD) India-West News Desk QUEENS, NY – Nineteen-year-old Vernon Douglas who was charged by police of a hate crime against Sikhs has himself been killed. He was stabbed to death in Brooklyn with a blade found lying beside him. Police said the

NEW DELHI, (IANS) - Twitter has moved the Karnataka High Court against the Indian government's order to take down some content on its platform, on the grounds that the content blocking orders from the IT Ministry does not pass "the

OTTAWA (ANI) – The Indian High Commission here on July 4, urged Canadian authorities to withdraw the disrespectful depiction of Hindu Gods showcased as part of the 'Under the Tent' project at the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto. "We urge the Canadian

WASHINGTON, D.C (ANI) - US Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs, Dilawar Syed, will visit India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan to build commercial and economic ties in the South Asia region. Syed tweeted, "Heading to Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan to build

India-West News Desk WASHINGTON, DC – President Joe Biden has announced the recipients of the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom and Khizr Khan is among the 17 Americans named. Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, and former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords are on the list.

NEW DELHI, (IANS) - As the tech and startup sector gets hammered by the economic meltdown, more than 22,000 workers in the sector have lost jobs in 2022, along with more than 12,000 in the Indian startup ecosystem. Startups, especially the

ISLAMABAD, (ANI) - In a fresh revelation, Pakistan Defense Minister Khawaja Asif said that former Prime Minister Imran Khan's party has now apologized to the US against whom it had leveled allegations of planning to conspire to throw the cricketer-turned-politician

India West News Desk LOS GATOS, CA – Vice President Kamala Harris was in the Bay Area on the last day of June for two Democratic Party fundraisers. At a private fundraiser at the house of a senior executive of Microsoft, Vice

DETROIT, MI (IANS) - Tokyo Olympian wrestler Deepak Punia will join compatriot and Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist Bajrang Punia for a government-funded training camp at Michigan University ahead of the Commonwealth Games. The Union Sports Ministry's Target Olympic Podium Scheme will

India-West Staff Reporter BRIDGEPORT, CT - The city of Bridgeport on June 30, announced its support for the development of an international standard cricket stadium and practice facilities. It will be capable of hosting international level matches and the city has set

India-West News Desk DAMASCUS, OH - The newly ordained Indian American Bishop Earl Fernandes, while speaking to 500 campers and their families at the Catholic Mission Campus here, said, “Sadly, in January 1973, the United States Supreme Court legalized the killing of children

(photo Mark Abramson/Sikh Coalition) WASHINGTON, DC – Attorneys from the Sikh Coalition, its pro bono co-counsel at Winston & Strawn LLP, and litigation partners at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and BakerHostetler argued on June 28 for the religious rights of

India-West Staff ReporterWASHINGTON, DC - Bhumi Global, expressed its strong disappointment in the June 30 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that limits the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to regulate climate change.The 6-3 decision in West Virginia vs. EPA, it said “hamstrings the federal

India-West News Desk BOSTON, MA – The former assistant coach of women’s soccer at the University of Southern California was sentenced on June 29 for her involvement in a bribery scheme to facilitate the admission of applicants to selective colleges and

BY ATUL ANEJA NEW DELHI, (IANS) - On June 19, China and the United States engaged in two very different missile launches. But both were meant to serve the same objective - of gaining a psychological edge over the other in

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - An Indian American entrepreneur with ambitious goals of developing virtual-world technologies has been arrested and charged by federal prosecutors in an alleged $45 million investment fraud scheme that targeted more than 10,000 people. US Assistant Attorney

By HINA AHMAD The recent anti-abortion ruling is not taking our country backward. It is moving our nation forward, but to a future, that is going to be far more sinister than the pre-abortion era. Here are a few reasons for

India-West Staff Reporter ARTESIA, CA – The city of Artesia’s Pioneer Boulevard, the hub of the Indian American commercial district, on June 26 was the scene of a throng of South Asian activists adding color and queer pride to the neighborhood. At

India-West News Desk SEATTLE, WA - Indian American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, furious at the U.S. Supreme Court on abortion, is talking about having a national women’s strike. She mooted the idea at a press conference along with Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell

India-West News Desk CHICAGO, IL - Indian American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi easily won the Democratic primary for Illinois’s eighth Congressional District. He trounced  Junaid Ahmed getting more than 70 percent of the vote. Ahmed, media reports repeatedly said, ran a campaign on religious lines,

DETROIT, MI (IANS) - Rajendra Bothra, an Indian American doctor, and three other physicians were acquitted of charges related to federal allegations they operated a Warren-based prescription drug mill, the media reported. Bothra of Bloomfield Hills the accused mastermind; along with

WASHINGTON, CA(ANI) - The United States has begun talks with India on how Russian oil price caps work, National Security Advisor (NSA) Jake Sullivan said on June 28 as he described New Delhi as one of the key consuming countries

File photo of Aditya Sood, film Producer for ‘The Martian,’ when he moderated a panel discussion about NASA's journey to Mars.  (photo:NASA/Joel Kowsky) India-West News Desk LOS ANGELES, CA - Indian American producer, Aditya Sood who has backed super-hit Hollywood films like 'Deadpool',

WASHINGTON, DC (ANI) - Senate Majority Leader Charles E Schumer on June 28 blamed former prime minister Imran Khan for strained relations between the US and Pakistan. "Your former prime minister did not talk positive about the US, but the incumbent

India-West Staff Reporter LOS ANGELES, CA - The United States-India Relationship Council in a strongly worded statement, said it opposed H. Res. 1196, the anti-India resolution authored by Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. The resolution was introduced earlier this week in the House

CA Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva (c) with organizers, donors and guests of SVM (photo: facebook) India-West Staff Reporter CERRITOS, CA – The Smart Village Movement in its first fundraiser in Southern California, raised $680,000 at a luncheon hosted here at the Cerritos Performing

Gold Star parent Khizr Khan spoke to the group on diversity and protection of democratic values in the wake of the recent SCOTUS rulings. India-West Staff Reporter WASHINGTON, DC – Asian American and Pacific Islander fallen service members and veterans were honored

SCHLOSS ELMAU, (ANI) - Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was on a visit to Germany to attend G7 Summit, presented its leaders with various gifts displaying India's rich art and crafts, particularly, those related to Uttar Pradesh's one district one

India-West Staff Reporter WASHINGTON, DC – The Sikh American Legal and Defense Education Fund on June 27 was awarded the the 2021 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award for the Washington Field Office. Assistant Director in Charge Steven M. D’Antoni, giving the award

SCHLOSS ELMAU, (ANI) - Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau and agreed to expand trade and economic linkages as the two leaders took stock of India-Canada relations. "Useful exchange between PM @narendramodi and Canadian PM @JustinTrudeau

India-West Staff Reporter IRVINE CA -The City of Irvine, on June 14, at a regular city council meeting recognized Ramya Harishankar and Harish Murthy as ‘Distinguished Citizens’ and placed their names on a ‘Wall of Recognition’ created for such honorees at

TORONTO, (IANS) - Two Sikhs were sworn as ministers in the new 30-member Cabinet of Ontario province in Canada on June 24. Parm Gill, 48, who was Minister for Citizenship and Multiculturalism in the outgoing ministry, took oath as Minister for

India-West News Desk WASHINGTON, DC – In the wake of the Supreme Court rulings on gun control and abortion, Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) is calling on President Joe Biden to support term limits for Supreme Court justices. Last year, he had

Senator Ron Johnson, Congressmen  Bryan Stiel and Glenn Grothman, WI State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos with the Indian Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu at the Chicago event. CHICAGO, IL (ANI) - Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inspired India to dream big and

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - An Indian man was shot dead execution-style as he was sitting in a jeep near his home in New York, according to media reports. After the shooting on June 25 afternoon, Satnam Singh, 31, was taken

BERLIN (ANI) - In an instance of bonhomie President Joe Biden walked up to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to greet him at the venue of the Group of Seven (Summit at Schloss Elmau, Germany on June 27.India is among the

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - US President Joe Biden's spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre has left open the possibility that as a "straight-shooter", he may raise human rights issues concerning Muslims with Prime Minister Narendra Modi when they speak during the launch

NEW DELHI, (IANS) - Uber on June 23 refuted a report that claimed the ride-hailing major planned to exit the Indian market and held discussions with potential buyers to sell its India business. Bloomberg reported that the US-based company explored selling

India-West Staff Reporter SAN JOSE, CA - Music has a profound impact on human lives. Many like Dr. Vishnu S. Pendyala, a faculty member of the department of Applied Data Science at San Jose State University aspire to learn music, particularly

India-West News Desk WASHINGTON, DC - Indian American legal expert Anjali Chaturvedi has been nominated by President Joe Biden as General Counsel in the veteran’s affairs department. She is currently Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division of the US Department

KATHMANDU, (IANS) - In a bold decision, the Nepal government has decided not to go ahead with a military pact with the US under the framework of the State Partnership Program. A cabinet meeting on June 21 decided to inform the

India-West Staff Reporter NORWALK, CA – This year’s International Yoga Day, was marked in Southern California by VYASA-LA with large and joyous in-person participation by the community, unhampered by Covid-19 related health threats that had hung over previous celebrations. Yoga practitioners gathered

India-West Staff Reporter IRVINE, CA -Pramod Kunju, a 2022 graduate of the Master’s in Criminology Program at the University of California, Irvine was honored at the June 11 Commencement with a Research Excellence Award for his research on the impact of

KABUL, (ANI) - US Special Envoy Rina Amiri has raised concerns about the escalating attacks against Hindus and Sikhs in Afghanistan. This comes in the wake of the Islamic State attack on Karte Parwan Gurdwara in which two people were

India-West Staff Reporter HONOLULU, HI - The Gandhi International Institute for Peace along with the Still and Moving Center celebrated its fourth annual Yoga Day event here on June 21. The theme of this year’s event was “Being Truly Human-focusing on

India-West Staff Reporter SAN FRANCISCO, CA - The 29th annual American Association of Indian Scientists in Cancer Research meeting, held on May 8, was attended by many eminent research scientists and young investigators, biotechnology company representatives, and representatives from the prestigious American

BY YASHWANT RAJ WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) - The US has dismissed suggestions that the invitation to India and other countries to the upcoming G-7 summit in Germany was intended to splinter them from Russia. India, Indonesia, South Africa, Senegal, Argentina, and Ukraine

India-West Staff Reporter WASHINGTON, DC - South Asians for America, has endorsed two Indian American candidates: Steven Olikara of WI, an entrepreneur, and a nonprofit leader who is running for the U.S. Senate and Reema Rasool, a social entrepreneur, and community

By BHARTTI KUMAR SEATTLE, WA - Live2Dance is the dream endeavor of Deepali Jamwal, that started in 2016 as a South Asian dance group and soon, she says, became “a home away from home” for many community members. It was in August

India-West News Desk NEWARK, N.J. - PGIM Fixed Income announced that Daleep Singh will join the company as chief global economist and head of global macroeconomic research. With $890 billion in assets under management, PGIM Fixed Income is among the largest

India-West Staff Reporter HOBOKEN, NJ – Surati’s ‘Holi Hai,’ the largest and longest-running Color Walk and Festival of Dance, Music and Colors celebrated its 13th year here on June 18. It began at City Hall in Jersey City, with hundreds participating in dance and

NEW DELHI, (IANS) - The Sports Ministry's Mission Olympic Cell has approved financial assistance for Olympic bronze medallist wrestler Bajrang Punia's 35 days training camp in the US. It will fund Bajrang's travel, boarding, and daily costs in Michigan from June

BY YASHWANT RAJ WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) - A pro-Pakistan US lawmaker has introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives calling for the State Department to declare India an egregious violator of religious freedom. Ilhan Omar, the Democratic member of Congress known to

Indian American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi called for rallying to Ukraine's help without criticizing India BY YASHWANT RAJ WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) - Indian American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi on June 22 said India and the US need to come together to do more for

India-West Staff Reporter The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanm (TTD) organized a ‘Sri Venkateshwara Kalyanotsavam’ at the Indian Community Centre here, in association with the Siddhi Vinayaka Cultural Center and other community organizations. The 52nd Chairman of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam’s trust board Chairman

WASHINGTON, DC (ANI) - The United States is in regular engagement with India at senior levels on human rights concerns, including freedom of religion, said State Department spokesperson Ned Price. This comes weeks after several nations - including Saudi Arabia, Qatar,

India-West News Desk LAS VEGAS, NV – A Indian American woman Sheetal Patel, 47, who was vacationing at the Grand Canyon National Park, drowned on June 11 after she fell into the Colorado River. The Grand Canyon National Park in a statement

India-West News Desk BALTIMORE, MD - A 26-year-old software engineer from Telangana was shot dead by an unidentified person here, while he was in his vehicle. His family in India said the incident took place when Nakka Sai Charan, was on his

India-West News Desk WASHINGTON, DC -  President Joe Biden has nominated Dr. Arati Prabhakar to serve as Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and once confirmed to this position, also as Assistant to the President for Science and

BY YASHWANT RAJ WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) - Indian Americans have been a strong and critical pillar of India's strategic relationship with the US. But the Modi government's current stand on the Russian invasion of Ukraine has pushed them furthest than they

India-West News Desk NASHVILLE, TN - John Kuriyan, an alumnus of the University of Madras, was named dean of the Vanderbilt School of Medicine Basic Sciences on June 21. “The opportunity to come to Vanderbilt and join the leadership of one of

TORONTO, (IANS) - Canada's Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has opened a permanent exhibit of a rare collection of historic Sikh artworks. The artworks have been donated by Indo-Canadian businessman Baljit Chadha and the late Indian American scientist Dr Narinder Singh

UN delegates and staffers participated in a June 20 evening event organized by the Indian mission. (photo: UN News/Sachin Gaur) India-West News Desk NEW YORK, NY - The UN celebrated the International Day of Yoga with leaders recognizing its potential for helping

Mahant Swami Maharaj, the spiritual leader of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha India-West Staff Reporter ROBBINSVILLE, NJ - The BAPS Swaminarayan Research Institute, the first such center of learning and research of Indian languages and Hindu scriptures in the Swaminarayan tradition in the US, was

India-West News Desk SAN FRANCISCO, CA - A former Better.com employee has sued the company and its chief executive, Vishal Garg, charging them of providing misleading statements to investors about the digital mortgage firm's financial prospects and performance. This is the same Garg

India-West Staff Reporter SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Northern California artists including singers, dancers, and actors recently came together to celebrate ‘Spring Utsav Extravaganza 2022.’ Twenty five performers rendered items that included music, dance, poetry, and theater. The program, conceptualized and organized by area-based filmmaker

WASHINGTON, DC (ANI) - People-to-people ties are at the core of the India-US bilateral partnership and are guided by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Joe Biden, said India's Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu on June18 as he

India-West News Desk NEW YORK, NY - Former New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang has endorsed Suraj Patel in the city’s Democratic Congressional primary race which also features well-known candidates Reps Jerry Nadler and Carolyn Maloney. The race is for the newly

India-West News Desk LOS ANGELES, CA -Mayor Eric Garcetti had nominated Indian American Jessica Lall to serve on the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Commission on May 2 to fill the vacancy left by former Commissioner Kelli Bernard. Lall has now been

OTTAWA, (ANI) - Canadian MP Tom Kmiec recognized the rights of Sindhis to struggle against Pakistan for human rights abuses they commit on them. Kmiec on June 17 supported the solidarity of the Canadian public for the Ottawa-Freedom Walk for Sindh's

NEW YORK, NY (ANI) - China has blocked a joint proposal by India and the US to list Pakistan-based terrorist Abdul Rehman Makki as a global terrorist under the Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the Security Council. Both India and the US

KATHMANDU, (IANS) - Nepal has refused to become a part of the US-led State Partnership Program, a platform created to share experience on disaster management, military-to-military and other defense related cooperation. Nepal wrote a letter first in 2015 and then again

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) – While an Indian American businessman who was shot dead inside a store in the US this week police have solved the year-old case of the killing of another. Preyas Patel and an employee were found shot

WASHINGTON, DC (ANI) - At a time of changing world order and security challenges emanating in the wake of the Russia-Ukraine war, White House Indo-Pacific adviser Kurt Campbell said that the US has decided to step up its partnership with

WASHINGTON, DC (ANI) - Noting that New Delhi's relationship with Moscow developed over several decades when Washington was not ready for that, the State Department on June 16 said, the United States is "there for" India. "We have had a number

NASA astronauts Sunita Williams, Barry Wilmore, and Mike Fincke, watch as a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft aboard is rolled out of the Vertical Integration Facility to the launch pad at Space Launch Complex

India-West Staff Reporter WASHINGTON, DC - President Joe Biden has nominated Radha Iyengar Plumb to the post of Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment on June 15. She is currently the Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary of

India-West News Desk LOS ANGELES, CA (IANS) - The idol wing of the Tamil Nadu police has commenced a probe after two idols from the state were traced to museums in the US. Idol wing's sleuths said that a 10th century idol

India-West Reporter WASHINGTON, DC - The US State Department has launched the Gandhi-King Scholarly Exchange initiative which will explore the history and legacy of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The first-of-its-kind initiative, which was launched on June 14

By Shakeel Syed The recent murder of the innocent people on both coasts reminds us of the mordant wit of the Sufi mystic who said “I love the moon because it brightens the sky and helps us navigate the dark night.

India-West Staff Reporter RAPID CITY, SD - Craig A. Pfeifle, Presiding Judge for the Seventh Judicial Circuit, has appointed Indian American Janki V. Sharma as a new full-time magistrate judge for the Seventh Judicial Circuit. Sharma has been employed with the Pennington

ISLAMABAD (ANI) - Appointed during the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's tenure, Islamabad's ambassador in Washington, Masood Khan met US President Joe Biden on his visit to the White House for a 'meet and greet ceremony' on June 14  as a part of