India-West Staff Reporter LOS ANGELES, CA – On March 21, India International Impact held an event to introduce the festival of Holi and the culture of India, it said, to “influential people” in the Los Angeles area. The lineup included live dance

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - Lauding the role of the Indian diaspora in the US, Stamford Mayor Caroline Simmons said that she is proud of the community for making enormous contributions to diverse fields, from education to business, arts, and

India-West Staff Reporter YORBA LINDA, CA - Step2StepUp Inc held ‘A Tribute to 24 Successful, Inspiring Women in the Nation’ on March 11 at the Bombay Grill, Bar & Banquet, here. The event organizers found themselves on storm watch, days prior

DALLAS, TX (IANS) - After acquiring the franchise and unveiling the team’s name and logo, MI New York drafted local players in the Major League Cricket  Draft held here. MI New York drafted the first two US-born players in the form

NEW DELHI, (IANS) - A UN diplomat has complained about broken seats, no call buttons/reading lights, and cockroaches on an US-Delhi Air India flight. "As a UN diplomat, I've flown worldwide but Air India 102 JFK to Delhi was my worst

Photo: The author (R), posing with his son Akshay, at Everest Base Camp. By HARISH MURTHY IRVINE, CA - In 2022, I made a request to my grad school alumni if anyone would join me on a trek to Everest Base Camp.

India-West Staff Reporter NEW YORK, NY – The Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) sworn to office, on March 4, its new team in a virtual ceremony.  Veteran community leader from New York, Lal Motwani took office as the organization’s

India-West Staff Reporter FREMONT, CA – Over 800 devotees thronged theevent organized by the Jagannath Cultural and Educational Center (JCEC) on March 12 to celebrate Dola Purnima Melana and Holi at the Asthalakshmi temple, here. Held outdooras, the intermittent drizzle did nothing

India-West Staff Reporter LOS ANGELES, CA - The colors of Spring are set to bloom in several cities across the country over the next few weeks with a rain of color  of all hues at events hosted by Child Rights and

SACRAMENTO, CA (IANS) – A Sikh man has claimed that he was denied entry to a basketball match because he was carrying a 'kirpan' -- a small dagger, which practicing Sikhs are required to carry at all times along with

WASHINGTON, DC (ANI) - The United States-India Strategic Partnership Forum and US-India Business Council congratulated the former mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti on his confirmation as the next envoy to India. In a statement, USISPF President and CEO Mukesh Aghi

CAMDEN, NJ (IANS) -An Indian American researcher and a team of scientists from Rutgers University have identified part of a protein that could provide clues to detecting planets on the verge of producing life.According to Vikas Nanda, a researcher at

MUMBAI, (IANS) - An unruly passenger flying on an Air India London-Mumbai flight who allegedly smoked in the aircraft toilet, misbehaved with passengers, and attempted to yank open the door mid-air, has landed in the arms of the Mumbai Police. The

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) An Indian-origin teen has won a prestigious high schoolers' science prize of $250,000 for developing a computer model to predict the structure of RNA molecules that can aid in quickly diagnosing diseases.Neel Moudgal, 17, was announced the

Photo: Cynthia Pillay and Manjunath Iyengar Empowering the South Asian survivors of domestic violence for 32 Years. San Jose, California, March 13, 2023.  PALO ALTO, CA - Maitri which is celebrating 32 years of empowering South Asian survivors of domestic violence and

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - A Northwest Missouri State University student met with a tragic car accident on US Highway 71 while traveling as a passenger with her friend. Sahithi was rushed to emergency care at Mosaic Life Care in St

BOSTON, MA (IANS) - An Indian American professor at Babson College has filed a lawsuit against the business school for allegedly subjecting her to gender and racial discrimination. Lakshmi Balachandra, an associate professor of entrepreneurship, said despite her research record, expressed

India-West Staff Reporter LONG BEACH, CA – The Shivaji Maharaj Antarrashtriya Parivar (SMAP) on February 25 celebrated the Maratha leader’s anniversary at the Jordan High School auditorium here. The event was attended by a nearly full house despite the inclement weather.   The

PLAINSBORO, NJ (IANS) - A 39-year-old man, Sreekanth Digala, died after he was struck by an inter-city train in New Jersey, leading to the suspension of rail services between New York and Philadelphia briefly. Digala, a resident of Plainsboro in New

SAN JOSE, CA - Vidyut Nautiyal was hiking in Cupertino's Rancho San Antonio Park with her teenage son and his Boy Scouts troop on March 5 when a tree fell on her without warning, killing her on the spot. A resident

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - An Indian-origin woman has died in a small plane crash in the New York area while her daughter and the pilot were injured when they were on a "demonstration flight" to explore flying lessons. Roma Gupta,

FORT WORTH, TX (IANS) - American Airlines has banned the Indian passenger, who had urinated on a fellow passenger while drunk on a New York-New Delhi flight. The accused, identified as 21-year-old Arya Vohra, a student at a US university, has

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - An Indian American Sikh is undertaking a 2,700-mile motorcycle ride to mark the 11th anniversary of a 2012 attack on a Gurdwara in Wisconsin that left seven people from his community dead. Gurdeep Singh Saggu, 37,

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - Indian American judge Tejal Mehta has been sworn in as the first justice of the Ayer District Court in Massachusetts. Mehta, who served as the associate justice with the same court, was unanimously selected and sworn

By ARUL LOUIS NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - Having been duped, a US city has scrapped a sister-city agreement with the fictional nation of "Kailasa" that the fugitive godman Nithyananda's outfit claimed was recognition by Washington. "Based on deception, the (sister-city) ceremony

MELBOURNE, (IANS) - An Australian-Indian man pleaded guilty to one count of behaving in an offensive and disorderly manner in an aircraft and was fined AUS$750 by a local court this week. Hardik Patel, 46, from Rooty Hill in western Sydney,

REDMOND, WA (IANS) - The wife of an Indian Microsoft employee, who went missing in the US, has been found dead under mysterious circumstances near a lake here. Soujanya Ramamurthy, 30, who lived in Redmond with her husband, a software developer

India-West Staff Reporter ROBBINSVILLE, NJ - In response to the devastating earthquakes in Turkey, the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir here held a special prayer assembly on February 25, for those affected by the humanitarian crisis. Members offered support through prayer and

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - An Indian diplomat on February 27 complained about the poor facilities at Air India's business class lounge at the John F. Kennedy airport here. Dr K.J. Srinivasa, India's High Commissioner of India to Guyana, Antigua &

By BHARTTI KUMAR PACIFICA, CA – Every Indian American couple plans their wedding with bits of tradition fitted into contemporary themes and venues. They want it to be a fairy tale event. Venture capitalist Sheel Mohnot and attorney Amruta Godbole of San

HARTFORD, CT - With a vision to “educate Americans” about the sport, the Cricket Hall of Fame (CHoF) here, has launched the American Cricket Education Council (ACEC). CHoF Executive Director, Michael Chambers said, “Our Hall of Fame members and supporters will

India-West Staff Reporter LOS ANGELES, CA - Nadim Junejo, the branch manager of HAB Bank in downtown Los Angeles, passed away on January 27. Known to all for his kind and quiet demeanor, he had an unwavering belief in the good of

NORWALK, CA - A fundraiser for survivors of the Turkey and Syria earthquake was held on February 19, at the Sanatan Dharma Temple, here. Hosted by the Anekant Community Center, the event surpassed its initial goal, raising $165,522. It was possible

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) – Indian Canadian Afshan Khan has been appointed Coordinator of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement -- a country-driven initiative led by 65 nations and four Indian states to end all forms of malnutrition by 2030. In

India-West Staff Reporter WASHINGTON, DC - The India Philanthropy Alliance (IPA), a U.S.-based coalition of 16 of the leading India-focused nonprofits in the United States, has announced its fourth annual essay competition to engage youth in the conversation on India’s development

India-West Staff Reporter PALO ALTO, CA - The International Association of Yoga Therapy (IAYT) has honored Matra Majmundar by creating a donor page on its website to further her, and her family's, legacy of giving and volunteerism. IAYT said funds will go

Natasha and Akash friends at the Haldi event. Natasha Parekh and Akash Patel had a magnificent and glorious wedding celebrations the weekend of January 12th at the TRS Coral Hotel in Cancun, Mexico. The destination wedding events included a welcome dinner

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (IANS) - Indian American Karthik Subramaniam, a software engineer based here, has won the 2023 National Geographic 'Pictures of the Year' award, beating over 5,000 entries. Subramaniam's photo, which is titled 'Dance of the Eagles', shows a trio

India-West News Desk MILLEDGEVILLE, GA – The Georgia College & State University here, has announced the establishment of the “S & R Palvia Endowed Veetraag Vigyaan Professorship in Jain Studies.” Thanks to a generous gift of $250,000 from Dr. Shailendra and Rajkumari

India-West Staff Reporter LOS ANGELES, CA - Silloo Dordi passed away on January 26. She was married to Firoze Dordi, founder of the well-known Maazda Travels. Their 57-year marriage, the family said, served as an inspiration for many. She had an

TORONTO, (IANS) - Indian-origin MP Chandra Arya, reacting to the latest attack on a Hindu temple by vandals in Canada, on January 31 called on the Ottawa government to take the matter 'seriously'. The Gauri Shankar Mandir was vandalized with "anti-India"

Raj Razdan, the newly elected President of NFIA India-West Staff Reporter ATLANTA, GA - The National Federation of Indian American Associations (NFIA) held its elections in the end December 2022 and has installed the newly elected board for the calendar year 2023,

India-West Staff Reporter NEW YORK, NY -  A new wellness and spirituality web magazine founded by journalist Parveen Chopra was launched on January 21 at the Consulate of India in New York. Chopra, who has rich experience in body-mind-spirit journalism,  said that every

India-West Staff Reporter WASHINGTON, DC - India’s 74th Republic Day was celebrated here on January 26 with a flag-hoisting ceremony at India House. The ceremony was attended by friends of India from diverse fields, including the US Congress, business, media, students,

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - Indian American professor Ganesh Thakur has been named vice-president of the Texas Academy of Medicine, Engineering, Science and Technology (TAMEST) for a term of two years. In his new role, Thakur, who is a Distinguished Professor

SEATTLE, WA (IANS) - A 23-year-old student from Andhra Pradesh died after being struck by a police patrol vehicle here. Jaahnavi Kandula, a student at Northeastern University campus in South Lake Union, was walking near Dexter Avenue North and Thomas Street

India-West Staff Reporter ARCADIA, CA - Even the most uninformed, non-betters amongst us are likely to have heard of Seabiscuit, the horse. Made famous for the current generation by the 2013 Hollywood film of the same name, it was based on

India-West Staff Reporter NORWALK, CA -  The Shree Swaminarayan Temple, Norwalk (ISSO), has expressed its great sorrow at the sudden passing of Natoobhai A. Patel.  Patel was known to the larger Indian American community for organizing the largest Navaratri garbas in Los Angeles for

Neil, son of Kamini and Pradeep Makhijani was wed to Neelam, daughter of Dr. Pushpa Mamtani and Gopinath Balasubramanian at the elegant The Ananta, in Udaipur. The lavish wedding celebrations hosted on December 23 and December 24, 2022 included mehndi, sangeet,

TORONTO, (IANS) - An old church has been transformed into a Sikh place of worship -- the first in Canada's Red Deer city after requests from the local Sikh community since 2005. The Cornerstone Gospel Chapel at 5911 63rd Street is

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - Three Indian Americans are among 60 scholars who would be joining the 2023 Presidential Leadership Scholars program to collaborate and create meaningful change in the US and around the world. Neil Vora, Sonia Singhvi, and Anahita

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - An Indian American student has received an $11,750 fellowship to support the advancement of membrane technology research in water, wastewater, or water reuse industries. Harsh Patel, a PhD student at the University of Michigan, received the

A contingent from the club ran during the famed Rose Parade of Southern California in  2022. By TRACY A. HUNT LOS ANGELES, CA - On February 22, members of the Skid Row Running Club, based in Los Angeles, will board Singapore Air

From left: Fred Harris, Professor Emeritus of electrical and computer engineering, San Diego State University; Adela de la Torre, San Diego State University President; and Prof. M.C. Madhavan. India-West Staff Reporter SAN DIEGO, CA – Indian American professor M.C. Madhavan, who has

NIAGARA FALLS, NY (IANS) - The dream project of a Kashmiri doctor couple, Khurshid Ahmad Guru and Lubna Guru, to set up a Kashmiri Museum abroad that was envisioned in 2020 has finally become a reality. In the backdrop of the

India-West Staff Reporter NEW YORK, NY - Tata Sons and the New York Academy of Sciences have announced the Tata Transformation Prize to recognize and support promising scientists in India who are developing innovative technological solutions to critical societal challenges.  The new

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (IANS) - Shankar Mishra, the man accused of urinating on an elderly female co-passenger onboard a New York-New Delhi flight in November last year, has been sacked by his employer Wells Fargo, the American multinational financial services company

India-West News Desk LOS ANGELES, CA - Delhi Police on January 5 confirmed that Shankar Mishra is the man who urinated on his business class female co-passenger and flashed his private parts to the septuagenarian. Mishra is the Vice President of the

India-West News Desk NEW YORK, NY – Air India has banned the passenger who behaved in an inappropriate manner on the New York flight from John F Kennedy airport to Delhi, for 30 days. The incident occurred on November 26, when the

Tournament of Roses India-West News Desk PASADENA, CA - Thousands of people lined the streets on January 2 to watch the 134th Rose Parade, the famed New Year event held annually in Southern California. This year, the parade featured 39 floral-covered floats, 16

MIDDLETON, WI - American Girl, a cornerstone in the Mattel portfolio, unveiled its 2023 Girl of the Year: Kavi Sharma. Kavi’s character comes to life in a beautiful 18-inch doll, featuring brown eyes, medium skin tone, and layered dark-brown hair styled

Umair Mohammady, son of Imtiaz  and Lubna Mohammady got married to Hafsah Siddiq, daughter of Jabbar and Asma Siddiq at a beautiful ceremony at Anaheim Marriott on Saturday, July 23, 2022.

LAS VEGAS, NV (IANS) - Police are investigating a fatal Christmas day crash that left a two-year-old child dead and his mother battling for life in a hospital. Shravya Muthyala, her husband Ravinder Muthyala, and her son Aarav met with a

India-West Staff Reporter SAN FRANCISCO, CA - The Bay Area-based Bhangra Empire, once again performed at a Golden State Warriors Game. On December 28, the group of students and young working professionals who are passionate about taking Bhangra to a mainstream

PHOENIX, AZ (IANS) - A couple from Andhra Pradesh drowned after falling through the ice while walking on a frozen lake. Gokul Mediseti, 47, and a husband-wife couple Narayana Muddana, 40, and Haritha Muddana, 36, were killed in the tragedy on

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - As a part of efforts to develop better healthcare facilities, Uttar Pradesh has signed an MoU with the CA-based Saloni Heart Foundation to establish a Center for Excellence in Pediatric Cardiology Unit at SGPGI, said a

L to R - Sandra Sangermano, Edison Mayor Sam Joshi & Stephen Sangermano. India-West Staff Reporter EDISON, NJ - Supercharged Entertainment, the world’s largest indoor, multi-level karting track and premier entertainment venue opened here, on December 16.  It is the company’s second,

India-West Staff Reporter CUMMING, GA - On December 17, at the Lanier Technical College auditorium, here, ICC’s latest Hall of Famer and former West Indies skipper Shivnarine Chanderpaul, headlined an Atlanta Cricket League event where trophies for the year 2022 were

India-West Staff Reporter WASHINGTON, DC - The Indian embassy on December 26 observed the Veer Bal Diwas as attendees paid tributes to the unparalleled sacrifices made by Sahibzade - the beloved sons of Sri Guru Gobind Singh. A digital exhibition on the

CLARION, PA (IANS) - A 26-year-old man from Haryana died in a multi-vehicle crash that occurred here following ice and snowstorms across the mid-Atlantic region. Manpreet Singh from Pehowa, Haryana, who had moved to Queens, NY recently, was hit by a

WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) - In a historic move forward, a federal appeals court has ruled that Sikhs recruits in the US Marine Corps can keep a beard and wear turbans. Judges from the District of Columbia's federal appeals court on Friday

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (IANS) More than 24 million students in the US can now learn about Sikhs with two more states voting in favor of new social studies standards that will include Sikhi, or Sikh faith, in their school

India-West Staff Reporter PALATINE, IL - An evening replete with melodious carols, dance presentations, inspiring remarks and uplifting yuletide sermonette marked the Christmas banquet celebrations organized by the United Christian Cultural Association on December 16, at the Cotillion Banquet here. Christmas

India-West Staff Reporter CHICAGO –Dr Rashmi Patel has been elected the President of the Federation of Indian Associations - Chicago, a press release from the organization said. He and his Executive Team were elected at the organization’s elections held on December

India-West News Desk WASHINGTON, DC - The US District Court for the District of Columbia on December 20, dismissed the defamation suit filed by the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) against Hindus for Human Rights co-founders Sunita Vishwanath and Raju Rajagopal, Indian

India-West Staff Reporter ANAHEIM, CA – The record-breaking margin of victory by the BJP in the recently concluded elections in the state of Gujarat was celebrated by members of the Southern California Indian American community. Several supporters of the political party gathered

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - Young Indian Americans, who are among more than 3.5 million South Asians living in the US, regularly face racial and ethnic discrimination as early as preschool, which influences the development of their identities, says a

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) – An Indian American, Sridevi Krothapalli,17, is among Teen Vogue's annual 21 Under 21 list of changemakers, influencers, activists, and artists who have made a substantial impact in their communities and the world. Multi-hyphenate Krothapalli is among

India-West News Desk SAN FRANCISCO, CA - An Indian American teenager jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge here, and died, according to his parents and US Coast Guard. The 16-year-old boy's bicycle, phone, and bag were found on the bridge. The twelfth

HOUSTON, TX (IANS) - An Indian American doctor, dancer, and a mother of five children died on the spot after her car was hit by a speeding motorcycle here. Mini Vettical, 52, a native of Ramamangalam in Kerala, was on her

India-West Staff Reporter ATLANTA, GA - Priya Alavadi Gupta was crowned Mrs. Bharat USA Elite 2022 at an event held here on December 10. By profession, an IT management consultant, Gupta was crowned by Miss Universe 2021 Harnaaz Sandhu. On winning the title Gupta

India-West Staff Reporter NEW YORK, NY - On December 7, the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations and the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha came together to honor the life and message of Pramukh Swami Maharaj and celebrate his centennial birthday

PROVIDENCE, RI (IANS) - The ivy league Brown University has become the latest to act against caste discrimination, joining California State, Harvard, and other universities that have targeted the practice. Brown University avoided any mention of Hinduism or India, and its

From Left: Christine Sheckler, President of SDWAC, Prof. Madhavan, Dave Edick, former President of SDWAC, and US diplomat, Ambassador Reno Harnish. India-West Staff Reporter SAN DIEGO, CA –Professor M.C. Madhavan on December 6, was recognized by the San Diego World Affairs Council

India-West Staff Reporter IRVINE, CA - Instafest, a third-party app designed by Anshay Saboo allows users to get a sneak peek into what they have been listening to. The website debuted during thanksgiving and has gone viral. According to Saboo, over

India-West Staff Reporter LONG BEACH, CA - The Global Peace Foundation, Inc (GPF) and United Nations Association of United States of America (UNA-USA), Long Beach chapter on November 13 jointly celebrated Diwali at Webster Elementary School Auditorium Theatre. The event started with instrumental

ATLANTA, GA (IANS) - An Indian American model and social media influencer, whose family hails from Lucknow, has apologized after being slammed for calling Varanasi the ‘scariest city' in her TikTok video. Atlanta-based Aparna Singh was in Varanasi, regarded as India's

India-West News Desk NEW YORK, NY - TikTok star Megha Thakur died “unexpectedly” on November 24, according to an Instagram post by her parents. They did not reveal the cause of their daughter’s death. The TikTok star had over 1 million followers

Left: $100,000 was given by Manu and Rika Shah of MSI and the Sarva Mangal Family Trust. Right: The Tarsadia Foundation was a generous benefactor. India-West Staff Reporter CERRITOS, CA - The 31st annual gala of SAHARA held here at the Cerritos

The Houston-based contemporary and marine conservation artist is now the only South Asian artist to be included in the Houston Airport System art collection. India-West News Desk HOUSTON, TX – There is a tunnel that connects the two international terminals at Houston’s

India-West News Desk NEW YORK, NY -  The Tandon School of Engineering, named after Indian American philanthropists Chandrika and Ranjan Tandon at New York University will have a fresh infusion of $1 billion over the course of the next two decades. The

Photo: Duke Religious Studies India-West Staff Reporter DURHAM, NC - Leela Prasad, Professor of Religious Studies at Duke University, has been elected Vice President of the American Academy of Religion (AAR). The leadership role, reports said, puts Prasad in a lead position to

By NEHARIKA SALHOTRA LOS ANGELES, CA - Cure ADSSL1 is a CA based non-profit organization striving to find a cure for ADSSL1 Myopathy which is a rare neuromuscular disease caused by mutation in the ADSSL1 gene. The impact of this genetic

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - An Indian student has been battling for life in a hospital after a car accident in NJ, earlier this month that left him with a traumatic brain injury and several fractured ribs. Vinamra Sharma, a student

India-West News Desk NEW YORK, NY - A graduate of Columbia University has charged her former professor and best-selling author, Sheena Iyengar, with gender discrimination. Elizabeth Blackwell, who graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology from Columbia University in 2017, says Iyengar,

Photo: mostateparks.com JEFFERSON CITY, MO (IANS) - Two students from Telangana have drowned in the Lake of the Ozarks. Uthej Kunta (24) and Shiva D. Kelligari (25) drowned in an incident that occurred at around 2.30 p.m. on November 26. The Missouri State

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - Commemorating the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks of 2008, protests were held in several cities against Pakistan-sponsored terrorism. South Asians demonstrated outside Pakistani diplomatic missions in New York, Washington, Chicago and Houston and the Pakistan Community Centre

India-West Staff Reporter CERRITOS, CA - TiEcon Southwest 2022, TiE SoCal's annual entrepreneurial conference held at the Sheraton hotel here, on November 13 brought a large number of industry experts, Angels, VCs, entrepreneurs and startup founders together, to network and learn from thought

CHARLOTTE, NC (IANS) - The University of North Carolina, Charlotte, has updated its 'Weapons on Campus' policy to allow Sikh students to wear a kirpan, on campus. The move comes about two months after a Sikh student at the university was

WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) - The 553rd birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the first Guru of the Sikhs, was celebrated recently in the US Capitol. Co-organized by the Sikh Caucus Committee and American Sikh Congressional Caucus, the event witnessed the participation

India-West Staff Reporter SAN FERNANDO VALLEY, CA – The India Association of Los Angeles (IALA) based here, on November 15, elected Manmohan Chopra as President and a new executive committee for the year 2022-2023. Chopra is an entrepreneur and author and served

India-West Staff Reporter IRVINE, CA - Saahas for Cause on October 29, held an art event at the Irvine Hindu temple with members of the community in its effort to create awareness of South Asian culture. The ‘Stop The Hate’ project

A 'Shobha Yatra' was held in Chicago, IL on October 10. India-West Staff Reporter BOSTON, MA – The declaration and celebration of October as the Hindu Heritage Month, while in just its second year, has received tremendous response. This year’s HHM became an

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - Pavithra Prabhakar, an Indian American professor of computer science at Kansas State University, has received an Amazon Research Award to design a tool that minimizes negative user experiences. Prabhakar, who is the Peggy and Gary Edwards

India-West Staff Reporter LOS ANGELES, CA - Although the tax season has ended, it’s not too late for eligible families to still claim the tax benefits that they qualify for due to the expansion of the federal Child Tax Credit (CTC).

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - Indian American student Indeveer Madireddy has become the first person to successfully sequence the genome of a freshwater angelfish after his pet fish Calvin died in earlier March this year. Madireddy, a 17-year-old student of BASIS

By India-West Staff Reporter SALEM, OR - Indian American peace activist and retired neuropsychologist, Dr. Pritam Rohila passed away on October 29, here. He was 87. Originally from Rupar in India, he had lived in the Northwest since 1967. Rohila’s worldview was

India-West News Desk PLANO, TX - Jaskaran Singh, winner of the Jeopardy National College Championship, will compete on November 4 in the quiz show’s Tournament of Champions. Singh, a consultant in Plano, became the first-ever primetime Jeopardy National College Champion while a

The brilliantly lit up temple in Chino Hills, CA drew thousands of people and huge attention in local media By India-West Staff Reporter LOS ANGELES, CA - Diwali, with colors, lights, and food fused with joy and tradition– was celebrated at the

By India-West Staff Reporter WASHINGTON, DC - The Indo American Community Federation on October 25 celebrated Diwali on the Hill with Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA). The traditional 'diya' was lit and Rahul Zutshi, founding member of IACF, made opening remarks. “Let

Executive Producers Priti (front row, 5th from right) and Rajiv Sanghvi (front row, right extreme) with some of those who attended the screening in Los Angeles, CA. LOS ANGELES, CA - Rajiv and Priti Sanghvi, Executive Producers of the film ‘Being Michelle’

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - New York City Mayor Eric Adams honored leading Indian American organizations for their contributions and 'outstanding work' towards their communities. During the recent Diwali celebrations at Gracie Mansion, Adams awarded the Global Organization of People of

STAMFORD, CT (IANS) - Indian Americans are a "secret weapon for economic growth", Congressman Jim Himes said showering praise on the thriving community. With a population of more than 4.5 million, Indian Americans make up 1.4 percent of the US population

By India-West Staff Reporter ARTESIA, CA - In recognition of October being National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the South Asian Helpline and Referral Agency (SAHARA) and the South Asian Network (SAN) joined together to recognize and spread awareness of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)

WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) - The US Supreme Court has been hearing arguments on the use of affirmative action in college admissions. Affirmative action policies grew out of the civil rights movement in the US during the 1950s and 1960s, under which

From Left: P.T. Paulose, Bindiya Sabarinath, Thomas Joy and Jose Kaniyaly By India-West Staff Reporter NEW YORK, NY - The Kerala Center here honored six Indian Americans for making notable contributions to their professions at its 30th annual awards banquet on October

WASHINGTON, DC (ANI) - Hundreds of Indian Americans gathered at river banks, lakes and makeshift water bodies across the United States to worship the Sun God as they celebrated the popular Hindu festival of Chhath Puja on October 30. Several

PACOIMA, CA - Like clockwork the flu season shows up and affects a large number of people who are vulnerable. Sometimes people forget or just neglect to get the flu shot which is good protection, especially for the at-risk generation. Khalsa

India-West Staff Reporter CHICAGO, IL - Dr Subra Dravida from Qualcomm has been appointed as the head of Ekal Vidyalaya’s US chapter, a move which it said would usher in a new era of primary education “from slate to tablets.” The

Photo: Berkshire Eagle, Stephanie Zollshan NEW HAVEN, MA (ANI) - Three students from India died in a car accident in Sheffield, MA, the Berkshire District Attorney's Office said.State and local police are still investigating a two-motor vehicle collision that killed three

CARY, NC (IANS) Adding on to the Diwali cheer among Hindu Americans, a new 87-foot tower at the Sri Venkateswara Temple in Cary was inaugurated in the presence of hundreds of devotees by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper. The completion of

India-West Staff Reporter HUNTINGTON, NY - Town officials here have renamed Deshon Drive, a street in Melville Township as “HH Pramukh Swami Drive.” A press release from BAPS said the renaming was meant to commemorate the centennial celebrations of Pramukh Swami Maharaj,

DALLAS, TX (IANS) - The man who murdered an Indian American Sikh sheriff’s deputy in TX has been sentenced to death. The verdict was handed down on October 26 by the jury which had earlier found Robert Solis guilty of murdering

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN (IANS) - Speaking for the first time since the gruesome killing of their 20-year-old son on the Purdue University campus, the parents of Indian American student Varun Chheda said they are struggling to understand how it happened. Varun

India-West Staff Reporter SACRAMENTO, CA - OCA Sacramento which represents Asian Pacific American Advocates a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well-being of Asian Americans, on October 10, held a town hall forum, “Let’s Talk.” Held on World

India-West Staff ReporterNEW YORK, NY - NYC Mayor Eric Adams, Senator from NY Charles E. Schumer, NY State Assemblywoman Jennifer Rajkumar the first Indian American Assemblywoman, and Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine along with India’s Consul General in New York

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - Diwali will be a public school holiday in New York City starting next year, Mayor Eric Adams announced at a press conference on October 20 in the presence of Indian American State Assemblywoman Jenifer Rajkumar.

India-West Staff Reporter NEW YORK, NY - In a bid to address the specific challenges facing vulnerable elders in some of the poorest parts of rural India, American Friends of HelpAge India (AFHI) has received grant support from MetLife Foundation of

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - After Indian American community leader Chandru Acharya, Kiran Kaur Gill, a Sikh, has been named to the US Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Faith-Based Security Advisory Council. Gill is the Executive Director, Sikh American Legal Defense

Donors were happy to queue up and donate blood at Nashville, TN India-West Staff Reporter LOS ANGELES, CA - BAPS Charities organized a record-breaking 100 blood drives across North America in partnership with local blood banks. These drives helped collect 4,000 pints

ATLANTA, GA (IANS) - A 32-year-old techie from Andhra Pradesh died while on a trekking trip here. Ganguri Srinath, a software engineer suffered a fatal fall while trekking with his wife and friends. The incident occurred in Cleveland Mountain Hills on

WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) - Indian American Chandru Acharya has been appointed to the US Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Faith-Based Security Advisory Council. Acharya will be the Hindu voice in this committee of 25 faith leaders. He is widely acknowledged in

HOUSTON, TX (IANS) - The killer of an Indian American police officer here has been found guilty of murder with the possibility of getting the death penalty. A jury on October 18 found Robert Soli guilty of capital murder in the

India-West Staff Reporter WASHINGTON, DC —For the first time since the inception of the India Philanthropy Alliance Youth Essay Competition, the annual 2022 youth essay competition winners will have the opportunity to present their ideas, live and in person, to a

India-West News Desk STAMFORD, CT - A fresh batch of Indian students from the University of Connecticut joined young professionals, corporate achievers, and entrepreneurs at a networking event organized by the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin-Connecticut Chapter (GOPIO-CT) on

PURDUE, IN - Prosecutors have charged Ji Min Sha with one count of murder, accusing him of stabbing his Indian American roommate to death on October 5 inside the dorm room they shared. Sha, 22, was brought to court on October

MERCED, CA (IANS) - The accused in the kidnapping and killing of four members of an Indian American family here, including an eight-month-old baby, pleaded not guilty to all the charges in court. On October 13, Jesus Salgado appeared in Merced

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - Three Sikh recruits, working to join the US Marine Corps, fought for an emergency appeal in the District of Columbia's federal court to get an immediate exemption to the Corps' boot camp rule of cutting

India-West Staff Reporter DENVER, CO - Sling TV has announced its cricket series line up which includes a slew of fixtures including ICC and a variety of other series, making, what it said was, “the best cricket package available in the

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - One in five incidents involve language scapegoating of Asian-Americans, including Indians, by wrongfully blaming them for Covid, espionage or economic insecurity, says a new report by Stop AAPI hate, a coalition that addresses anti-Asian and Pacific

India West News Desk BOSTON, MA - A partner in a Mumbai-based prescription drug company, Manish Kumar, 34, pleaded guilty on October 6, in federal court here to drug smuggling charges. The charges arose from his operation of an overseas pharmacy that

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) – Everyone has been bitten by 'Pushpa: The Rise' bug as now New York City's mayor performed the actor's iconic hand gesture from the film. Mayor Eric Adams was seen doing the hand gesture during an event

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - A Purdue University student, who stabbed his Indian American roommate to death on October 6, told reporters he had been "blackmailed" when asked about a motive for the crime. Ji Min Sha, a 22-year-old junior cybersecurity

SAN FRANCISCO, CA  (IANS) - Jesus Salgado, the 48-year-old involved in the kidnapping and killing of the Indian American family, has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder, one for each life lost, the Merced County Sheriff's Office said. Jesus

MERCED, CA (IANS) - "American dream gone wrong", said the family of the Indian American Sikh family of four, including an eight-month-old infant, who were murdered here. Their immigrant dream ended when eight-month-old Aroohi Dheri, her parents Jasleen Kaur, 27, and Jasdeep Singh,

FSPA President Hark Vasa with award winners Ahona Panda and Sahana Ghosh and Anna Morcom, Director, UCLA Center for India and South Asia.  India-West Staff Reporter LOS ANGELES, CA – The Friends of Sardar Patel Association (FSPA), on October 1, held a

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - A study led by Indian American doctor Nilay Shah says that the standard approach and definitions of obesity, based on specific body mass index thresholds, may not be appropriate for the Asian American population. "Clinicians must

By KEWAL KANDA NORWALK, CA – The Indian American community along with the Cerritos College Foundation and other local associations marked the International Day of Non-Violence on October 1 with a peace rally and speeches that exhorted eschewing violence in favor

India-West News Desk MERCED, CA - The Merced County Sheriff’s office has arrested Alberto Salgado, the brother of Jesus Manuel Salgado who is suspected of kidnapping and murdering eight month old  Aroohi Dheri, her parents Jasleen Kaur and Jasdeep Singh, and

FRESNO, CA (IANS) - A 74-year-old man has been arrested here, for fatally shooting his daughter-in-law last week at a parking lot of a Walmart in San Jose where she worked. Sital Singh Dosanjh killed Gurpreet Kaur Dosanjh "possibly out of

India-West Staff Reporter WASHINGTON, D.C. - Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has announced the appointment of Dr. Amol Navathe as Vice Chair. Navathe brings expertise in policy analysis and design to his role on the commission. He also has deep experience in

India-West News Desk MERCED, CA - An eight-month-old Indian American baby, her parents and an uncle who were kidnapped in CA have been killed in "a horribly, horribly senseless" crime, according to the local sheriff. Their bodies were found in a remote

India-West News Desk PURDUE, IN - As students gathered on the campus of Purdue University here, to hold a candlelight vigil in the memory of slain Indian American student Varun Manish Chheda, on October 5, his friends, shocked and shattered, remembered

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - In yet another case of growing racism and hate crime against Indians abroad, a restaurant in Henrico County, Virginia, was vandalized with vulgar and racist graffiti. The restaurant’s twitter handle had recently posted this image saying,

India-West Staff Reporter AUSTIN, TX - The Akshaya Patra Foundation USA’s Austin chapter held its Austin gala, ‘The Future is Education,’ on September 24 at the Austin Marriott North in Round Rock. Around 250 business, non-profit, Akshaya Patra Youth Ambassadors, government,

India-West Staff Reporter New York Puja Association’s Board of Director Biswajit Chakraborty said The QUEENS, NY - The New York Puja Association (NYPA) hosted its 25th annual Durga Puja celebration here, and on October 1 hosted New York City Mayor Eric

India-West News Desk PALO ALTO, CA  - A California man with a rap sheet has been charged with hate crime and robbery after he attacked and robbed 14 South Asian women, mostly wearing sarees and bindis, the Santa Clara County District

MERCED, CA (IANS) - Mystery deepened in the case of a kidnapped Indian American family in CA as officials reported that a person was taken into custody in connection with the case after he attempted suicide and the truck belonging

India-West News Desk SAN FRANCISCO, CA - The Consulate General of India here has said that after the forced closure due to the global pandemic, it is now once again open, after getting appointments, for a few in-person services. The press note

India-West News Desk MERCED, CA - Mystery surrounds the kidnapping of four members of an Indian American family, including an eight-month-old baby, here, while a round-the-clock search is on for them, Merced County Sheriff Vernon Warnke said. Eight-month-old Aroohi Dheri, along with

DENVER, CO (IANS) - America's Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a nationwide lawsuit against US healthcare service providers for wrongfully terminating Indian Sikh paramedic Ravinder Singh. The lawsuit has been filed against CO-based Global Medical Response (GMR), and companies

Officials of GONA, musicians, guests and volunteers seen against the backdrop of the crowd that gathered to enjoy dandiya raas. By India-West Staff Reporter ANAHEIM, CA – Gujaratis of North America hosted a Garba Night to raise funds for sports equipment for

NEW DELHI, (IANS) - Aiming to bolster its international footprint, Air India has announced six additional flights to San Francisco. The additional flights will be introduced in a phased manner from October to December. Flights from India to the US will

GURUGRAM, (IANS) - Nine people were arrested from Gurugram for duping US citizens by posing as officials of the US government, police said. They lured US citizens with promises of grants of  $9,000 to $34,000 d and used to charge $200

Congresswoman Carolyn Bordeaux (D-GA) and Congressman Drew Ferguson (R-GA) with CoHNA leadership. India-West Staff Reporter WASHINGTON, DC – On National Hindu Advocacy Day, an event organized by the Coalition of Hindus of North America (CoHNA) at the US Capitol, showcased the core

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - An Indian American Uber Eats delivery person was stabbed several times in an attack by a person described by police as a "super perp". Bharatbhai Patel was attacked on September 27 morning when he was on

Team owner Sagar Khanna (L) at the player draft. ABU DHABI, (IANS) - The New York Strikers have assembled a strong squad at the player draft including Andre Fletcher and Wahab Riaz for the sixth edition of the Abu Dhabi T10. The

India-West News Desk MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - In a series of tweets on September 24, Google software engineer Faraaz Sareshwala charged a passenger with physically and verbally assaulting his wife who was traveling on a Southwest Airlines flight from Orlando to

India-West News Desk PLANO, TX – “I hate you fucking Indians,” Esmeralda Upton yelled at Bipisha Rudra and her three friends. “If things are so great in your country, then stay there,” and then physically attacked them in her rage. The Indian

India-West Staff Reporter WASHINGTON, DC - The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) on September 22 sued the California Department of Civil Rights in the US for alleged misrepresentation of Hindu beliefs and practices by saying that the caste system and caste-based discrimination

India-West Staff Reporter SANTA CLARA, CA - The Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC) is a flagship cross-disciplinary international conference focusing on advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. The annual conference held this year from September 8-12 was attended by participants interested in humanitarian

India-West News Desk QUEENS, NY - A suspect, Sukhpal Singh, 27, has been nabbed and charged of a hate crime. District Attorney Melinda Katz told the media that the Indian had been accused of using a sledgehammer to knock and deface

India-West News Desk FLAGSTAFF, AZ - Four Indians were killed in a horrific crash when their car was hit by a semi-truck on September 18. The Arizona Department of Public Safety said the car exploded and was engulfed by the fire making

India-West Staff Reporter HOUSTON, TX – Seventy-five Hindu youth were recognized and honored for their strong sense of community, fostering conversations about Indian culture, and inspiring the next generation of leaders with their contributions on September 10, here. HGH past president Partha

Samyak Shrimali and Akhila Ram India-West Staff Reporter NEW YORK, NY - Two Indian Americans Samyak Shrimali, from Portland, and Akhila Ram, from Lexington, KY,  and an Indian student are among the five finalists for this year’s Children’s Climate Prize. Sparsh from

Professor Ashutosh Varshney directs the Saxena Center for Contemporary South Asia at Brown University. India-West Staff Reporter PROVIDENCE, RI - With a $10 million gift from Parag and Usha Saxena, parents of three of its graduates, Brown University will elevate and extend the global reach

Strikers franchise owner Sagar Khanna ABU DHABI, (IANS) - USA's Skky Strikers announced on September 19 that they have acquired a franchise in the Abu Dhabi T10 league, which will be called the New York Strikers. The enigmatic Yuvraj Singh has been

India-West News Desk WASHINGTON, DC - As many as 75 Indian American organizations came together at the US Capitol to celebrate Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. The event was marked by a slew of speeches from elected and government officials representing both,

Dr.Navin Doshi and Pratima Doshi with Professor Jay Bhattacharya, and LMU’s Dean Robbin Crabtree and Professor Chris Chapple.  By NIMMI RAGHUNATHAN LOS ANGELES, CA - The evening started innocuously enough with the values of bridge building and moderation espoused in informed words

India-West Staff Reporter FREMONT, CA – Two rising seniors at American High School here, Sashank Batchu and Bhuvi Kedia, a couple of years ago, moved by the plight of hospitalized patients in sub-acute, post-acute, and assisted living facilities, founded the Medical Student Association. If the plan was to

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (IANS) - A lot has changed for Sahith Theegala, but the Indian American says nothing has changed for him. From being 351st in the World at the end of 2021, Theegala is right now 55th. The sea-change in

By Ram Seshan I could not believe that my mother was taking the Oath of Allegiance at the naturalization ceremony to be sworn in as a citizen of the United States of America. Both my mother and I were all choked

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (IANS) - Robotic surgeons from the US, India, and Spain were named the top three winners in the KS International Robotic Surgery Innovation competition, as robotic surgery slowly becomes mainstream. The winners were selected by an international jury

India-West Staff Reporter INGLEWOOD, CA – On September 4, hundreds of thousands of people from across the globe came together to celebrate the 100th birth anniversary of Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the fifth spiritual guru, and leader of BAPS, and the 10th

India-West News Desk RIDGEWOOD, NJ - A fundraising event to be hosted by the Param Shakti Peeth of America at the Old Paramus Reformed Church here on September 10, featuring Hindu leader Sadhvi Rithambara was canceled following demands that the event

India-West News Desk LOS ANGELES, CA – India’s Union Minister for Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal lauded Indian Americans on September 10 while on a visit to the  Swaminarayan Mandir complex in Chino Hills, CA. "The complex at LA is a beautifully planned and

NEW YORK, NY - An 18-foot-tall patinated bronze sculpture by New Delhi- and London-based artist Bharti Kher was unveiled at the southeast entrance to Central Park in New York on September 8 and will be on view through August 27,

India-West News Desk SACRAMENTO, CA - Jaswinder Singh, 60, of Los Angeles, has been sentenced to serve a nine-month prison sentence and to pay a $7,500 fine for attempting to obstruct an official proceeding, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert of the

REDMOND, WA - Vanesha Hari, a 11th grader at Redmond High School, here has been awarded a US Congressional Gold Medal. The ceremony given by the U.S. Congress to youth was held online. Vanesha was recognized for completing at least 400

LAKE FOREST, CA - Nithiyashree Moorthi, a student of Mahalakshmi Balaji of the Rudralayam Dance School, performed her Arangetram on August 13 at the Lake Forest Civic Center. She began with the Kali kauthuvam which portrayed Maa Kali dancing in the

India-West News Desk SAN DIEGO, CA – An Indian American neurosurgeon Lokesh Tantuwaya has pleaded guilty to a federal criminal charge for accepting approximately $3.3 million in bribes for performing spinal surgeries at a now-defunct Long Beach hospital whose owner later

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - As more anti-Hindu incidents are reported across the US, artificial intelligence has been deployed to monitor Hinduphobic tweets and the results, which can be viewed in real-time, are also collated and published in monthly reports,

India-West Staff Reporter SACRAMENTO, CA - About 3,000 people from the Greater Sacramento area and further away in CA, attended and participated in the Indian Independence Day celebrations organized by the Indian Association of Sacramento on August 20. As part of the celebrations,

DETROIT, MI (IANS) - As robotic surgery slowly becomes mainstream, US-based robotic surgery evangelist Vattikuti Foundation on September 1 announced a unique video competition for robotic surgeons from across the world on September 10, that will be judged by an

India-West Staff Reporter EDISON, NJ – An unconditional apology has been made by the Indian Business Association for a float that it featured in its independence day parade here, offending and raising the shackles of city officials and activists. The float which

India-West Staff Reporter LOS ANGELES, CA -The Beverly Hills Jain Social Group celebrated Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav uniquely, at LAX airport.  In the background of planes landing, members chanted the Navkar Mantra, and waved the Indian flag with enthusiasm amidst cries

By YASHWANT RAJ WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) -A Sikh American man has been charged with hate crime against another Indian American in perhaps the first of its kind case. California prosecutors have charged Tejinder Singh, 37 with hate crime in violation of civil

By T.S.R.KRISHNAN TUSTIN, CA – Southern California music lovers and patrons of Chinmaya Mission Los Angeles, gathered here on August 21, in a celebratory mood: after the two years long Covid induced break, it was the first time CMLA’s cultural wing

EDISON, NJ (IANS) - An Indian American has installed a life-size statue of film star Amitabh Bachchan outside his home here. The statue is in a glass enclosure, and it was installed on August 28 amidst much celebration. Gopi Sheth, announced the

NEWARK, NJ (IANS) - The founder director of United Sikhs is touring the war zone in Ukraine to assess the needs of residents who have been rendered homeless and step up its relief efforts. Hardayal Singh accompanied by another senior Director

India-West Staff Reporter NEW YORK, NY – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has condemned the recent desecration of the Mahatma Gandhi statue that occurred at a Hindu temple in his state of New York. The Democrat released a statement reading, “Our city and the

DALLAS, TX (ANI) – A Mexican American woman was arrested here on August 25 after a video of her racially abusing and assaulting Indian American women went viral on social media. The attacker, who claims to be a Mexican born in

NEW DELHI - American journalist Angad Singh was deported to New York soon after he landed in Delhi on August 24 night, his mother claimed in a Facebook post. Singh, who produces documentaries for Vice News with a focus on Asia,

India-West Staff Reporter LOS ANGELES, CA — More than 25,000 spiritual seekers representing 138 countries attended the Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) World Convocation held from August 14–20, for a week-long immersion in the Kriya Yoga teachings of Sri Paramahansa Yogananda. For the third

VANCOUVER, (IANS) - The family of a Indo-Canadian doctor, who was brutally murdered by hired hitmen in Mumbai two decades ago over a property dispute, may finally get justice as prominent lawyer Ujjawal Nikam has taken up the case. Asha Goel,

India-West Staff Reporter FREMONT, CA - A Hindu man faced a shocking verbal attack here on August 22. Krishnan J Iyer had gone to a local Taco Bell to pick up some fast food when he encountered another customer who launched

By ARUL LOUIS NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - US federal prosecutors have charged three non-Indians who ran a nationwide yoga business with a multi-million-dollar tax fraud. Announcing the filing of charges against them, prosecutor Damian Williams said they were arrested on August

DIAMOND BAR, CA - The Indo American Social Association on August 21 held a celebration to mark India’s independence day. About 300 people met at the Diamond Palace restaurant here and listened to presentations on India’s freedom struggle and another

(photo: facebook) NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - The Indian American woman who had been swept away by a flash flood at Zion National Park has been found dead after four days of searches, according to park spokesperson Jonathan Shafer. Jetal Agnihotri's body

NEW YORK, NY (IANS) - As heavy rain has lashed parts of the US, a search is underway for an Indian American woman who went missing during a flash flood in Utah's Zion National Park. On August 22, park spokesman Jonathan

India-West News Desk NEW YORK, NY - South actor Allu Arjun, on August 21, as the Grand Marshal led the annual Indian Day parade here which was immediately touted as the largest outside India. There was an estimated turnout of 150,000

India-West News Desk NEW YORK, NY - As part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations here, the Federation of Indian Associations said two Guinness World Records had been set: for the greatest number of flags flown simultaneously and the largest ensemble

India-West Staff Reporter FREMONT, CA - Vidhi Chellani, a rising senior at American High School and California Chapter leader of Ott VR Academy, has utilized Virtual Reality to help educate special needs students in the Fremont Unified School District. Although when she

NEW YORK CITY, NY (ANI) - A statue of Mahatma Gandhi outside a temple in New York City has been destroyed by six men in a second attack on the memorial within two weeks. In the latest incident, the life-size Gandhi

India-West News Desk EAST LANSING, MI - The Dean of Michigan State University's business school Sanjay Gupta, who had resigned on August 12, defended himself on August 15 over concerns about his leadership, and failure to report an allegation of sexual

By NIMMI RAGHUNATHAN SAN DIEGO, CA – For Indo-US defense relations it was a historic moment; for the select Indian American community members present it was a moment to belong to something bigger other than garnering personal praise for writing a

India-West News Desk SAN FRANCISCO, CA – August 15, 2022 marked India’s 75th anniversary and the Indian Consulate here, led by Consul General Dr. T.V. Nagendra Prasad engaged the community in a series of events that drew enthusiastic response. San Francisco City Hall The

India-West Staff Reporter CERRITOS, CA - The Jupiter 360 Foundation celebrated India’s 75th Independence Anniversary by bringing together 250 guests at the Cerritos Sheraton here, on August 13. The evening was a showcase of the work being done by the Foundation

India-West Staff Reporter NEW JERSEY - In partnership with AKTK Media, the Coalition of Hindus of North America (CoHNA) has released a new documentary titled “The Silence of Swastika.” In English, the powerful thought-provoking documentary explores and sheds light on this

DALLAS, TEXAS - To commemorate India's 75th year of independence the IACEO Council, in partnership with the Institute for Urban Policy Research at the University of Texas at Dallas, released a new report called "A Profile of the Indian American

India-West Staff  Reporter NEW YORK, NY - Starting at 8pm on August 15, an animated Indian Flag was displayed on the One World Trade Center podium. The building’s spire was also lit up in the Indian Tri-color. This initiative commemorates the world’s

India-West News Desk DALLAS, TX - The Sri Avadhoota Datta Peetham under the guidance of Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda organized a weeklong Bhagavad-Gita festival culminating with a historic, a first of its kind mass chanting of all chapters of Bhagavad Gita at

India-West Staff Reporter WASHINGTON, DC - The 76th Independence Day of India was celebrated here with a flag-hoisting ceremony on August 15 at India House. The ceremony was attended by a number of Indians, Diaspora members, and friends of India, and

NEW YORK, NY (ANI) - To mark the occasion of 75 years of India's independence, the Indian Tricolor was hoisted at the historic Times Square in New York. The event was organized by the Federation of Indian Associations - New

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(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

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

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 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 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

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

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

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

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 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 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

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 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

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

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

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