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Kalyaan Dhev's Debut Film Titled Vijetha May 23, 2018 20:11

Megastar Chiranjeevi turned out to be a path breaker of Telugu cinema and a bunch of actors made their debut and proved their mettle through his support. Now his son-in-law Kalyaan Dhev is making his debut as lead actor with a breezy romantic entertainer. The movie has been titled Vijetha and the makers announced the title today. Vijetha happens to be the title of Megastar Chiranjeevi's yesteryear super hit film. (Image Source: Twitter.com/VaaraahiCC) Rakesh Sashi is directing this romantic entertainer and Malvika Nair is the female lead. Top cinematographer Senthil Kumar is working for this project and Harshavardhan Rameshwar is the music composer. Top producer Sai Korrapati is bankrolling Vijetha on Vaaraahi Chalana Chitram banner. The movie has been slated for release during the end of this year.  Kalyaan Dhev has been specially trained before he is making his debut in Tollywood

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A Teaser of Federal Front Released In the Oath Taking Ceremony of Kumara Swamy May 23, 2018 18:12

The BJP’s failure to form a government in Karnataka has come as a silver lining for the opposition parties ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Now, perhaps, in a possible show of unity, several prominent Opposition leaders and chief ministers will be sharing the podium at the swearing-in ceremony of Janata Dal (Secular)’s H D Kumaraswamy as Karnataka chief minister in Bengaluru on Wednesday.The event will also be used as an opportunity by the Opposition to showcase its strength as parties are now setting sight on the equations ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.The ceremony will be participated by two main Opposition heavyweights, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi.Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo, Mayawati is also set to travel to Bengaluru to attend Kumaraswamy’s oath-taking ceremony. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has also confirmed his attendance, as did Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. Other politicians include West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, CPI(M) chief Sitaram Yechury, former Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, NC’s Farooq Abdullah, DMK chief M. Stalin, and actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan.The swearing-in of Kumaraswamy as the chief minister of Karnataka, seen as the convergence of the Opposition to take on the BJP in 2019, might as well be the emergence of an alternate front that can give BJP a fight.The representatives of the political parties, which will be present at the podium, together form more than 40% of the vote share which these parties got during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections in which BJP came first with 31% of the vote share. The BJP’s vote share then had translated into 285 seats for them. Currently BJP has 274 Lok Sabha seats.The Opposition leaders present at the event also represent more than 157 seats together. This includes heads of parties like Congress which has 48 seats, All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) with 34 seats, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) with 16 seats, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) with 11 seats, Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPIM) with nine seats, and other regional party heads which together take the tally to 157. By Lokesh

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Sterlite Protests in Tamil Nadu Turns Violent, 11 Killed in Police Firing May 23, 2018 18:07

A three month long protest against Vedanta’s Sterlite Copper Unit in Tamil Nadu turned violent by decease of at least 11 people and 50 people injuring in Thoothukudi district on Tuesday. A march towards the district collector’s office to mark the 100th day of the protests was organized to demand the shut down of Sterlite Industries Ltd’s Plant.District collector N. Venkatesh in view of the law and order challenge issued section 144 in the area and allowed the protesters to demonstrate at a ground area near the Thoothukudi old bus stand. Things went out of hand for the local administration when thousands of local residents marched toward the collector’s office with black flags and to stop them from entering the office premises, the police resorted a lathi charge and started firing tear gas shells resulting in mob retaliating stones and set police vehicles and Sterlite employees quarters on fire. “Who gave them (police) permission to shoot people above the knee,” asked S. Raja, one of the protesters and member of the Anti-Sterlite Committee. He alleged that those who were killed in the firing had bullet injuries above their waist.Following the violence, Tamil Nadu chief Minister Edapaadi K. Palaniswami held a meeting with ministers and police officials subsequently issuing a statement appealing to the people to maintain peace. “Around 20,000 people marched towards the Sterlite plant in Thoothukudi, torched police vehicles and vehicles inside the collector’s office and also pelted stones. Since protesters indulged in violence, the police had to resort to firing to bring the situation under control,” the government statement said.The opposition and various organizations protested across the state whereas the Tamil Nadu Sangam has called for an indefinite shutdown across Thoothukudi. About 2000 police personnel were deployed across the town and in neighboring districts.The Tamil Nadu state government announced compensation of Rs. 10 lakh to the deceased families, Rs. 3 lakh for those with serious injuries, Rs. 1 lakh for minor injuries and as well government jobs for the family members of the deceased.  Congress president Rahul Gandhi took it to Twitter terming the “gunning down by the police as a brutal example of state-sponsored terrorism.” He further posted, “These citizens were murdered for protesting against injustice. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of these martyrs and the injured.”By Sowmya Sangam

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Dr. Arun Kumar Garg Receives Dr. Dave Hardwick Lifetime Achievement Award May 23, 2018 17:15

An India-Origin man, Dr. Arun Kumar Garg received the esteemed award of the University of British Columbia’s Department of Pathology, the Dr. Dave Hardwick Lifetime Achievement Award by Prof. Michael Allard.The award is named after Dr. Hardwick who was a head and professor of Department of Pathology for several years at University of British Columbia.“A honor by one’s peers, is the best recognition. I am very humbled and thrilled to receive this award. I have had the privilege of being mentored by three great giants of leaders like Drs Cam Coady, Don Rix and Dave Hardwick in the field of laboratory medicine and pathology in the province of British Columbia,” said Garg.He added, “I am especially proud as this also is a recognition of the communities I am part of. Communities, are responsible for support and nurturing of an individual and my thanks to all who have provided that support. Young people of the future may see hope and opportunity in this recognition and strive for excellence and support to build a healthy civil society and strong community.”He has been the recipient of umpteen award and honors including doctorate of technology from British Columbia Institute of Technology, Dr. Don Rix gold medal for Leadership of Doctors of British Columbia and Dr. Cam Coady Service Award.Dr. Garg is a global physician in integrated health and medicine and he as well served in many leadership positions including Doctors of British Columbia.By Sowmya Sangam

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Indian-Origin Employer Penalized, Failing to Pay Parental Leave Payment to Employee May 23, 2018 17:05

An Indian-origin employer, director of a company in New South Wales has been charged with huge penalty by the court for withholding his employee’s $12,000 parental leave payment from Centrelink and then for lying and deceiving investigators.Kulpreet Singh and his company, Noorpreet Pty Ltd, has been penalized over $19,720 and $98,700 respectively after he was found deliberately depriving an Indian employee of her parental leave payments. He falsely claimed to Fair Work Ombudsman that he paid Centrelink parental leave payment to employee’s spouse in cash.The employee is a former chef on a 487 skilled regional employer nomination visa and at present an Australian citizen.According to the Fair Work Commission, she was 29 when she had a child and the Department of Human Services (DHS) transferred $11,538 to Noorpreet in April 2015 for the company to transfer the payment to her.After Singh failed to pay the due amount, she took up the matter with FWO. After investigation, Singh provided a false document that he paid the parental leave funds in cash to the employee’s husband in May 2015. After FWO challenged veracity of the document and frequent payment demand, Singh and Noorpreet eventually paid the parental leave fund to the employee in October 2015. However, he was taken into custody by FBO after he and his company admitted the wrongdoing under Paid Parental Leave Act 2010.According to the Fair Work Commission Judge Nicholls said Singh had tried to deceive and conceal the failure to pay the employee her parental leave pay and had sought to deceive and mislead government agencies. “Mr Singh was, to be blunt, well and truly caught out by the FWO, perpetrating a deliberate falsehood in relation to the false payment record,” he said.By Sowmya Sangam

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India-American Woman Confident on winning it to U.S. Congress May 23, 2018 12:32

An Indian-American physician, who lost in the recent elections in Arizona, is confident this time that she will gain additive votes in November general polls to make it to United State House of Representatives.Hiral Tipirneni, the second Indian-American woman after Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal to be elected for U.S. House of Representatives, the lower chamber of U.S. Congress.Tipirneni lost by 8,681 votes in the April special elections for the 8th Congressional District of Arizona."I expect we're going to have success in the next one," said Tipirneni, a Mumbai-born Gujarati.The seat which is considered to be Republican stronghold, U.S. President Donald Trump won by more than 21 percent of votes in November 2016 presidential elections."We had the highest crossover percentage for Democrat ever in Arizona. I overwhelmingly won the independents. So, there's no reason that we can't make up for that last few percentage points. I’m a proud first-generation immigrant and a Gujarati,” said Tipirneni.Tipirneni’s family immigrated to U.S. when she was three years old, growing up in Ohio and living in Arizona for about 21 years. She did her medicine from Northeast Ohio Medical University."My parents came with that dream of giving their children a better chance, bigger life, more opportunities and some greater experiences than they had. My parents worked very hard to make sure that their kids had a better life. I'm very proud to say that I'm now running for Congress.”She added, "I was compelled to do more. I just knew I had to do more. I didn't know what that would look like. I decided, I had a skill set that I thought could work as an advocate, as a legislator, speaking and fighting for people who don't otherwise have their own voice,"Tipirneni said she decided to run for elections, shortly after the November 2016 election. Her top priorities being healthcare, education and economic opportunity.By Sowmya Sangam

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India-American Mind behind NASA Project Launched to Create Coldest Spot in Universe May 23, 2018 12:12

The main wit behind NASA’s latest physics experiment to create coldest spot in the universe is Anita Gupta, an Indian-American that was launched early Tuesday.Sengupta likewise been a key role in successfully landing of NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars in 2012. At present, she is the V-P of Hyperloop One and had visited Mumbai in 2013.The spot created by Cold Atom Laboratory will cool clouds of gas to a stunning 0.0000000001 degree Kelvin (100 picoKelvin) that is 10 billion times colder than the vacuum of space. Cold Atom Laboratory flown to International Space Station by an Antares rocket from NASA’s Wallops facility at Virginia. It could possibly lead to numerous technologies including sensors, quantum computers and atomic clocks utilized in spacecraft navigation, said NASA. “CAL will make it possible to observe these ultra-cold atoms much longer in the microgravity environment,” the space agency stated.Sengupta said “CAL will investigate the properties of Bose Einstein Condensate, a state of matter that only occurs just above absolute zero. The experiment, which took over five years to develop, will help one give new insight into the nature of the atom and early expansion of the universe. We have designed it to be modular, repairable and upgradable by astronauts on board the ISS and it can last for several years.”She further said that the technology demonstrations are required for future space-based quantum sensors which enables more precise measurements of gravity, magnetic fields and in-space navigation.By Sowmya Sangam

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Officer Gets Hurt after Involving In a Shooting at Phoenix May 23, 2018 12:01

Phoenix:A robbery suspect fleeing on a bicycle was shot Monday in central Phoenix by a police officer who happened to be in the area, according to the Phoenix Police Department.The armed suspect is expected to survive his injuries, according to police spokesman Sgt. Vince Lewis. The officer suffered a minor hand injury while toppling the suspect from his bicycle. He remained at the scene to be interviewed by investigators, Lewis said.According to police, it all started around 5:30 p.m. when the suspect stole a necklace from a man who was on foot near the CVS at Central Avenue and McDowell Road.The victim chased the suspect as he rode south on Central Avenue, and then flagged down an officer who happened to be driving through the area"The officer observed the chase and exited the Tahoe. He heard the victim yelling that he was just robbed," Lewis explained Tuesday. "The officer attempted to detain the suspect. In doing so, the suspect struck the curb and fell off of the bicycle."When the suspect, who has not been identified, hit the ground, he pulled out a gun and pointed it at the officer, police said.Lewis said the officer shot the suspect, but the suspect managed to get up and run.According to a witness who asked not to be identified, the suspect stumbled to the front entrance of the nearby Artisan Lofts condo complex."With the assistance of responding police, and use of pepper spray, the non-compliant suspect was taken into custody," Lewis said. "The suspect was transported to the hospital in critical but stable condition."Investigators shut down Central Avenue near McDowell Road for several hours to gather evidence. They also shuttered the nearby light rail station.This is the 35th officer-involved shooting in the Valley so far in 2018.By Lokesh

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Indian American Appointed as Director of Journalism School in Kansas State University May 23, 2018 11:20

An Indian-American, chair of the nationally accredited Department of Mass Communication and Journalism at Norfolk State University has been appointed as  new director of the esteemed A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kansas State University. Nikhil Moro, presently teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in media law, emerging technology and international communication at Norfolk state. He as well founded and directed a research collective in South Asian Media, Culture & Arts at University of North Texas. He will be taking over Kansas State University in the month of July, according to press release on Kansas State website.“Recognized as a visionary leader, Moro holds a national reputation as a scholar and teacher of digital media law,” the University said.Moro was in collaboration with four universities in India and likewise wrote for various newspapers including, The Networker, Coffeeland News, The Times of India, Andolana and Readers Digest. He serves on several editorial boards, consults frequently in internet law and co-edits the journal of Contemporary Thought. He has a doctorate in communication law from Ohio State University. “We are pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Nikhil Moro as director for the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications. With Dr. Moro’s national reputation in digital media law and leadership qualities, we are confident that he will take the school of journalism and mass communication to a higher level of distinction,” Dean Amit Chakrabarti quoted on K-State website. By Sowmya Sangam

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Former Educator Quits After Being Asked to Change Evolution in Drafts May 23, 2018 11:01

Arizona:A former Educator of Arizona Department of Education announced that she has resigned after asking her to make modifications to the content  of the Science standard drafts of Arizona Science Standards involving evolution.Lacey Wieser is a former high school biology teacher who began her career with the Arizona Department of Education 14 years ago. Wieser says her most recent title was director of science and STEM. In 2016, she began the process of reviewing and updating the science standards. More than 100 educators worked to develop the draft standards. After the document was submitted to the Arizona Department of Education, Wieser says, she was told to make edits with which she did not agree.“I was directed to make changes to adjust the wording to 'evolution,'" she explained. "That was coming from levels above me, I believe, from the superintendent’s office. I turned in my resignation and said, 'I will not be part of this.'"Wieser says her last day on the job was Feb. 9, 2018. A spokesman for the Arizona Department of Education told Arizona's Family the agency would not comment on personnel issues.Wieser was involved in the last science standards update in 2004. She says, typically, the state superintendent’s office will review the document for technical errors rather than make sweeping changes to content.As a reason of Wieser refused to make the edits on evolution, it’s unclear which ADE employee did. She points to the phrase “the theory of evolution seeks” used several times in the draft standards. Another part adds the word “may” to form the statement the “process of evolution may result from natural selection.”“It sends the message that a theory is a guess as opposed to understanding that a theory is the highest level of explanation based on evidence that there is in science,” Wieser said.Wieser also took issue with the addition of “key concepts” that seem to steer learning toward vocabulary terms, which, she says, may confuse students by loading on more terms rather than helping students grasp the big picture.Superintendent Diane Douglas initially said she would not comment on the draft science standards until they are ready to be presented to the State Board of Education.By Lokesh

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