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25 Year Old From Mysuru Shot Dead In California November 30, 2019 10:50

Abhishek Sudhesh Bhat, a 25-year-old boy from Mysuru who was doing his Master’s in Computer Science at California State University in San Bernardino was shot dead and the culprit is not yet identified.While he was returning home after his part-time job at a hotel he was shot. Srivastava, his friend who worked with him in the motel informed the family about the death.In the morning the family got another call and they were informed about the death and that his body is kept in a local hospital in San Bernardino. One of the family members mentioned that there was evidence of the attack through the CCTV footage. However, the police are yet to find the culprit."We have contacted US Consulate and the Indian High Commission for more details and as of now, there is no clear information about the incident and why Abhishek was shot dead. Modalities are being worked out for the parents and Abhishek's younger brother to travel to San Bernardino," a family member said.His family is from Udupi, his father, Sudesh Chand is a yoga guru and a founder of Sri Upanishath Yoga Centre Trust in Kuvempunagar in Mysuru and he has been handing this center for 16 years now. Abhishek's mother is Nandini Aithal and she was working at Sarada Vilas College.Abhishek studied at Vidya Vikas Institute of Engineering and Technology at Mysuru and then started his Master’s from April 1st, 2018 in California. He was a Teaching Assistant of Dr. Ernesto Gomez for Computer Science class at the California State University, San Bernardino College of Natural Sciences, according to his facebook profile.Mysuru MP Pratap Simha has promised to help Sudesh and Nandini after being contacted. His parents further contacted the Ministry of External Affairs for assistance and coordination with the Indian Embassy in the United States.As per family sources, the parents are planning to leave for the US given the legal procedures and formalities to secure the body is a big process.By Neha Makhija

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6-8 Indians Imprisoned For Indulging In Immigration Fraud November 11, 2019 17:05

In January 2015, the ICE in Michigan set up Farmington University to partly monitor and bring out immigration frauds. They found out that there are International students who are illegally staying in the US by getting admission at Farmington University.As per the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 6-8 Indians from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have been a part of this, 6 are in jail and 2 others will be put in jail as well.Khalid Walls, the Northeast regional communications director/spokesman of the ICE interacted with Times of India and quoted “ All eight of the defendants have pleaded guilty”. Additionally, he mentioned, “ They will be deported to India following their prison terms”.From Fermont, Santosh Sama has been sent to jail for 24 months. Barath Kakireddy and Suresh Kandala are going to be in prison for 18 months. Avinash Thakkallapally for 15 months, Aswanth Nune and Naveen Prathipati for 12 months.Besides, Prem Rapeesa will be put in jail on November 19th and Phanideep Karnati will be sentenced in January 2020. The defendants were aware that the school didn’t have classes and they kept their students a secret from the US immigration authorities, out of which they earned a little more of this scheme.This fraudulent practice had been going on from February 2017 to January 2019. They deceived the Immigration authorities and none of the participants came from their home country and took admission in the school. They were aware of the rules being non-immigrant students.By Neha Makhija

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NRI’s Initiative To Solve Stubble Burning Concern In Punjab November 09, 2019 15:20

Dr. Chiranjeev Kathuria, a Sikh NRI takes interest to work on the stubble burning problem in Punjab by investing in a mega-project that will help generate power.The Revenue Minister of Punjab, Gurpreet Singh Kangar gained confidence in Kathuria as he showed interest in working this out. Besides, he has a grip over the solar power sector and innovative ideas on generating energy through workable methods.This project will do good to the environment and help in reducing the recent concern that’s the smog all over in the air impacting the quality of air in and around Punjab.He plans to work on this by setting up 4000MW biomass energy generating plants in Punjab. Out of which, he intends to generate 3000MW for Solar power and rest of the 1000MW from biomass extracted from the stubble of paddy and wheat.He believes that this initiative will benefit the Punjab State Power Corp Ltd. To take this ahead, there was a press conference held in NCR and Chiranjeev Kathuria, the NRI and Gurpreet Singh Kangar, the Revenue Minister had a discussion on this.Pointers On The Discussion1. To solve the problem of environmental pollution it has been discussed that the stubble that used to be burnt and deteriorate the environment will now be used to generate power.2. Biomass power project of 5MW will be set up3. Stubble will be used as the raw material to increase the number of plants across Punjab and this will be a positive step towards solving the stubble burning problem4. 10-15 villages will have a plant close to the substation5. “The power produced by the plants set up will be fed directly into the main grid. The Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) will get the benefit of this additional power and hence there will be saving of subsidy by Punjab government as per the net metering rule of the state,”  said Gurpreet Kangar6. 25 thousand crores will be the entire cost of this project. The setup part will not be taken care of by Dr. Kathuria7. 15 years is the estimated time to run this power plant and the Punjab government is contemplating reducing the subsidy to Rs 500 crores in the future.By Neha Makhija

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Hindi Is The Most Spoken Indian Language In The United States October 31, 2019 13:00

With recent reports, Hindi is regarded as the most abundantly spoken Indian language followed by Gujarati and Telugu. If the exact numbers are to be suggested, it was said that there were around 8.74 lakh Hindi speakers in the US as of July 01st, 2018. The same is believed to have been increased by 1.3% from 2017.Over the decade, the numbers of speakers have increased by 2.65 lakhs which includes a rise of 43.5%. But, the report also suggested that in terms of the percentage increase, the same was quite outstripped by the Telugu speakers which rose from 79.5% between the years of 2010 and 2018. According to the American Community Survey data for 2018, it showed from the reports of the US Census Bureau that around 67.3 million residents in the United States, over the age of 5 speak a different language at home other than just English. Furthermore, it suggested that a portion of the population, around 21.9% of the population do speak a foreign language apart from English at home. The number of people speaking Bengali rose to 68% including around 3.75 lakh people which is a lot that increased over the eight year period. The same was followed by Tamil which included 67.5% and included around 3.01 lakh people in the United States. But, the notable fact in this was the fact that people aside from India also do speak some of these languages. Like, people from Bangladesh speak Bengali and even the people from Sri Lanka do speak Tamil.The immigration experts do suggest that the sudden spike in the Bengali speaking residents in the US could also be because of the increased flow of people into the country from Bangladesh. On the contrary, the people speaking Telugu and Gujarati have actually dipped a bit between the year of 2017 and 2018. The Gujarati speakers in the country amounted to around 4.19 lakh which has reduced by 3.5% over the year. In addition to that, the number of Telugu speakers was also around 4 lakh which further experienced quite a drop in comparison to the year before.But, when the figures from 2010 and 2018 are compared, there was a steep rise in the number of Telugu speakers in US from 2.23 lakh to 4 lakh mainly because of the fact that majority of the IT and tech employees come from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.The downside with the US Censor Board is that they don’t provide country specific statics. So, when it came round to the Urdu and Punjabi speaking provinces, the same was attributed to hail more from Pakistan instead of India. According to the Center for Immigration Studies, they suggest that the number of people speaking a different language other than English at home in US has doubled since 1990 and has tripled since 1980. It also suggests that around 48% of the people in America’s top 5 cities speak a different language at home other than English. When CIS further conducted a better insightful study around on the kind of languages that people speak at home aside from English, Hindi secured the fifth position with 2.65 lakh speakers. CIS has time and time suggested that immigrants learn English so as to ensure better assimilation with the culture and the crowd of the US.English isn’t a very problematic language for majority of the Indians around which further makes it a lot easier to tackle through the shortcomings better in a different nation. It suggests that 80% of the Indians who can speak their native language can speak English quite fluently as well.-Somapika Dutta

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NRI Sponsors 480 Units Of Bio-Toilets To The Government Schools In Telangana October 21, 2019 14:23

Sanitation and hygiene has been one of the most talked about problems in the government schools in the rural villages in India. The lack of proper hygiene is often one of the reasons that prevent the students from coming back to the school for further education because they fear the lack of toilets and sanitation. An NRI from the Individual Social Responsibility decided to bring forth changes to some of the government schools in Telangana, India. Around 120 government and local body schools are all set to not experience any further issues with stinking washrooms and dirty and clogged drains as they are going to get bio-toilets in their schools. If the strategic planning is to be believed, it is said that around 480 such bio-toilets are all set to be installed in each of the schools, making it four bio-toilets in each of the schools. It will have two for girls and two for the boys.These bio-toilets have a very low maintenance cost and as mentioned before, is being sponsored by an NRI from the Individual Social Responsibility (ISR) initiative. The same was launched by the school education department. They department has already built a number of toilets in the schools which have become dysfunctional following the lack of water and maintenance. Following the enrollments, some of the government and the local body schools were granted around INR 15,000 to INR 60,000 per annum for the maintenance of the toilets installed in the schools. The sanctioned amount was supposed to be used for the scavenging purposes, the security salary, power bills and other maintenance works to name a few. The lack of grants was what made this endeavour a failure. The school education department gathered the necessary details and suggested saying that around 6251 government as well as the local body schools required one or two units of toilet for boys while 2971 such schools were in dire need of properly maintained toilets for the girls. A senior official said that a NRI came forward for the good cause and was willing to sponsor the bio toilets for around 120 schools which are in immediate need for the toilets. With the recent launch of the drive, several individuals, corporate companies and even the banks have come up with better interest in extending their services to some of the school students and the teachers alike. Even though this is just the beginning, the school education department does require more donations and support for ensuring that the children across India have a very secure and safe sanitation around in the washrooms that they use. The contributions by the NRI for the installation of bio-toilets in Telangana in India are a step forward towards better growth of the future of the nation.By Somapika Dutta

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NRI, Management Quota Fees To Be Showed As Income By Private Medical Colleges October 15, 2019 13:25

With the rising rate of corruption with the college fees, especially in the private medical colleges, the administration is working to bringing in transparency to the same. The Fees Regulating Authority (FRA) has turned down the proposition made by the private medical colleges to exclude the excess fees taken from the NRI as well as the management quota students. The same is believed to bring forth better clarifications, transparency and even help the students get a waiver from the unjust fees that they pay from time and time. The involved authorities from FRA witnessed that allowing these colleges to acquire four or five times the actual fees without including them in the annual income led to immense profiteering. In addition to that, FRA also advised to include the stipends that are paid to the resident doctors in both the medical and dental college as part of their overall expenditure. For deciding the fees for the academic session of 2020-21, FRA is going to be excluding the college stipends from the overall expenses and bring it under the hospital’s list.This is set to help the meritorious students secure seats in the private medical colleges at a very amount of the fees. During their observation through this, FRA witnessed that irrespective of whether it is a stipend or a salary, the services all are used for the beneficiary of the hospital. This makes it a rightly adjustment to be included in the overall hospital expenditure.Ravindra Dahad, an FRA member, in an issued a statement saying, “Though we consider hospital expenses too while deciding the fee structure, there is a cap. Students’ services are used for hospitals, so there is no reason for including it as college’s expenditure. If we account for it as a college expense, fees are bound to go up.”The Association of Managements of Unaided Private Medical and Dental Colleges (AMUPMDC) has also suggested some of the effective changes in the process of the fee regulation back in September. The same was presented before FRA on September 04th, but the same was finally passed in a directive on Wednesday. Apart from that, the authorities also didn’t allow the 15% blanket hike on the notional basis. They said that the blanket rise of 15% without the consideration of the actual expenditure will not have impacts on the overall regulation of the fees and the problem associated with unsolicited profiteering. The same can’t necessarily be allowed anymore. One of the members from the AMUPMDC said that the regular fees that are collected from the students are used for the salaries of the professors along with the recurring expenses of the college. They further emphasised saying that the excess fees that they charged from NRI students were meant for the needs of the college development. Now that FRA has included the same under the income, it is going to be difficult for them to sustain the increased costs. The one demand made by the officials under the private medical colleges is to allow interest on the development of colleges. FRA clarified that this can be accepted if the college can successfully provide with a clear account of the development fees collected from the students along with the proof of the installation and acquirement of the extra equipment for the college.By Somapika Dutta

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Indian-Origin Environmentalists Launch Campaign In UAE October 11, 2019 14:43

The growing threat to the environment and climate is on the rise. With Greta Thunberg leading the way to mitigate the global climate crisis, men and women alike from across the world are joining hands to provide a better future for the coming generation. Addressing this, the Indian Ladies Association (ILA) which is an UAE based community welfare body has recently launched a year long campaign to contribute their part to protecting and preserving the environment. They are working on a series of initiatives. Some of them include the collection of the discarded papers, e-waste, cleaning of the beaches as well as afforestation.  The same is going to be held in Abu Dhabi.In one of the conducted interviews by the Gulf News, the President of ILA, Sunita Wagle said that they have collected over 500 kg of paper from the community. The same included the basic magazine papers to office papers, books, notebooks, paper bags and even the newspaper copies. The main objective of ILA is to fire through sustainable environment associated programs and campaigns and creates social awareness in the designated community every month. The same would go on to happen throughout the year while educating people about the importance of saving the environment and seeking their participation in making this an even greener place. Wagle further shared saying that they have the motto to launch their plantation program by the end of October which will focus on encouraging people to plant more of the ghaf as well as neem trees. Following the planting of the trees, the organization will also take care of the irrigation as well. ILA does provide a platform for the community to take the much needed step forward to bring forth changes and better impacts on the environment and reverse the negative impacts of climate change as well. Not just the elite class, the ILA is also focused around educating the labourers as well. They are going to visit many of the labour camps to give saplings as part of their campaign as well.By Somapika Dutta

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Boston To Hold A Conference Highlighting Contributions Of Hindus To America September 30, 2019 11:34

There is always a first to everything and this conference to be hosted in Boston is definitely one of a kind. The conference is being held to explore and highlight the chronicles that the Hindus have contributed to for the American culture and economy. The conference is going to be held from November 01st, 2019 in Boston, as per the news shared by the organizers.The conference titled, “Threads 2019: Share, Appreciate and Engage - To Shape a Collective Future” is all set to be conducted for a stretch of three days. The event will also be graced by the presence of some of the most exuberant Indian-Americans from various domains and fields as mentioned by the members of the World Hindu Council of America. The World Hindu Council of America is a nonprofit organization who is taking the initiative to organize the event in the first place. There have been two distinctively highlighted objectives behind the event, one being highlighting the importance and the contributions of the Hindu community on America and also the generosity of America in being welcoming of the community with a warm embrace through and through. There has been a dedicated panel in the session titled as 'The Emergence of Hindu Americans in The Public Square' which is going to witness the contribution of two imminent political figures including State Representative Niraj Atani from Ohio and State Representative Padma Kuppa from Michigan.They are the two representatives who are going to be taking part in the discussions and the overall contributing factors behind the suggested topic of discussion with Hindu Americans in the Public Square. Further participants haven’t still been confirmed or talked about. A released report mentioned saying that even though there has been a very broad sense of success surrounding the prospects of Indians and their success in the United States, the main aim of this conference is to highlight and document more closely what this exactly entails and suggests.Nishith Acharya and Megha Desai, who were priorly part of the administration during the presidency of Barack Obama are also going to be part of the conference, discussing about the ways in which the “strategy of giving” can be crafted. They want to pave ways to ensure that the same ends up contributing the maximum to the optimal use of the funds along with that of the personal fulfillment.'Exploring Opportunities in the US-India Relationship' is yet another panel in the session which is going to be conducted by Mukesh Aghi who is the president and CEO of the high-profile US India Strategic Partnership Forum.The participants in this session through will look into the opportunities in the India-US commercial relationship along with the kind of impacts the same has on the overall economy across the globe. Some of the renowned personalities who are going to be part of the conference include Jit Saxena who is a leading figure in the data and analytical industry, along with Ram Sudireddy who is an entrepreneur. Their main aim of discussion will be around the ways to think outside the box and how innovation can be introduced for better impacts on the global economy. This conference in Boston could be an amazing trajectory towards better evaluation of scopes and opportunities around.By Somapika

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Over 4,700 Women Abandoned by NRI Husbands in Last 10 Years September 27, 2019 17:11

Despite sparing no effort to raise awareness, the Indian ministry is still receiving a slew of cases from women against their NRI husbands, who abandoned them quite soon after walking down the aisle. In the last 10 years, the National Commission for Women (NCW) received more than 4,700 complaints with the highest number of grievances from Indian states Punjab and Delhi, NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma said on Thursday. With regard to country-wise statistics, Sharma said the highest number of complaints have been received on Non-Resident Indian (NRI) husbands living in the United States, followed by Australia and Canada. As many as 1,105 complaints have been received on NRI husbands from the U.S., 378 on Australian and 326 on Canadian, she said. In the past 10 years, the highest number of complaints were received early this year at 750, followed by 582 this year. Altogether, a total of 4,779 complaints have been received in the last 10 years. Read: Marry and Abandon: Victims of NRI Tricksters Still Fighting for Justice Approximately 13.92 percent of complaints were received from New Delhi at 665, followed by 10 percent of complaints received from Punjab at 479. On that account, the National Commission for Women chairperson brought to the fore the need to increase awareness among families to carry out a thorough background research of the man they are looking for their daughter to get married. She said it is better to prevent such a marriage and for that, there must be awareness among people that they do a proper background search. Moreover, it is also important for a family to change a long-established perception in regard to marrying their daughter to an NRI. Sharma said women are increasingly coming forward to make a complaint against their perfidious NRI husbands with NRI cell of the commission. By Sowmya Sangam

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NRIs to Get Aadhaar on Arrival Without 182-Day Wait September 24, 2019 12:09

The Indian government issued a notification saying Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) with valid Indian passport can apply for Aadhaar on arrival, without the 182-day waiting period. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has released the circular stating that NRI after their arrival India, shall be entitled to obtain Aadhaar number. Stating that the modalities for application remain more or less unchanged, a UIDAI source said that non-resident Indians with Indian passport can now apply for biometric ID on arrival or by fixing a time for a prior appointment, thus getting rid of the requirement for a mandatory 182-day waiting period.As per circular released by UIDAI on Monday, a valid Indian passport will be accepted as proof of identity, proof of address (PoA) and date of the birth document. In case NRI's passport does not contain Indian address, they shall be allowed to submit any of the other UIDAI-approved PoA documents as proof of address.  Financial Minister of India Nirmala Sitharaman, in her budget speech on July 5 said she is considering issuing Aadhaar card for non-resident Indians with Indian passports after their arrival in India without the specified waiting period.By Sowmya Sangam

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Indian Diaspora Must Retort to False Propaganda on J&K: India's VP September 06, 2019 11:13

In the wake of Indian government scrapping Article 370, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir, India’s Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday urged the Indian diaspora to effectively counter false propaganda negative narrative about India. "Overseas Indians must create awareness in the countries of their stay that the dilution of Article 370 was purely an internal administrative measure and aimed at accelerating the development of Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh," he said while speaking after releasing a coffee table book titled ‘Glorious Diaspora- Pride of India' in New Delhi. The book contains brief profiles of the recipients of Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards from 2003 to 2019.                           (Image source from: evdiscourse)Clarifying that measures taken by the Jammu and Kashmir government after revoke of special status have nothing to do with religion, he stated any such propaganda should be negated strongly as a spread of a lot of disinformation would lead to the portrayal of the negative image about India in the western media. Read: Misinformation Being Spread on J&K: Kashmiri-American Body Naidu said: "A few isolated incidents are used to spin fictitious narratives that intolerance, religious and social disharmony is on the rise in India." He emphasized that Pravasi Bharatiyas must effectively counter such falsehoods and project the correct image of India, particularly on the harmonious co-existence of the people belonging to all religions and various social groups. Naidu lauded Indian diaspora’s contribution to the welfare of the nation through their philanthropic and charitable work and described them as an ambassadors of India’s great culture, heritage, and its intrinsic values of humanism. He called on Indian diaspora to be instrumental in India’s growth story through active participation in the fields of education, agriculture, and health since giving back to the society was a key element of Indian philosophy. He urged Indian diaspora to turn out as partners in programs such as Swachh Bharat mission, Clean Ganga, Make in India, and Skill India and strengthen them. Since the launch of Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award (PBSA) in 2003, several commendable people of Indian origin across the world including political leaders, entrepreneurs, scientists, and economists have been honored, Naidu said. By Sowmya Sangam

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6 Things Every NRI Does When Visits India August 30, 2019 13:05

For every Indian who have settled abroad, returning back to the country is surely a wave of reminiscence. Spending time in the country where you have spent your early years is for sure an awesome feeling and is second to none. When an NRI (Non-Resident Indian) visit India they are bound to make certain things. Read: 11 Things Indians Miss About India When They Live AbroadBelow mentioned are 6 such things that most of the NRIs do when in India: 1. Food, Food, and Foood! What an Indian misses the most after moving to a foreign country is food. Their craving for home-made and traditional food is never-ending. The lack of Indian masala, spices, especially the taste in food available abroad makes an NRI eat roadside food greedily when in India 2. Reuniting with Family, Friends When an NRI returns to India, the happiness of reuniting with the family, friends and loved ones is exceptional. They can go any far to spend as much as time possible with their family, friends, and relatives. 3. Homely Feeling Taking a break from overbusy lives overseas and visiting India is so relieving. The homely feeling you get once you reach India and seeing everyone welcoming you is something that can’t put to words. There is always room for loved ones in India, a feeling NRIs desire for, abroad. 4. Festivals in India We can beyond a shadow of doubt say that nowhere in the world other than India you can get a feeling of Indian festival. As India is largely known as the land of festivals, NRIs love the aura and vibes around them in the festive season. 5. Spirituality If you are a bit religious person, then you will miss the places of worship the most abroad. The spiritual aura of India drives a lot of NRIs and even other foreign citizens to explore the country.6. Ayurveda for Peace of Mind India is known for Ayurveda advancement provided for relaxation and peace of mind. When an NRI comes to India, they try out Ayurveda treatments to let off all mental strains.By Sowmya Sangam

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