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TAUK Hosts Bonalu Celebrations in London July 19, 2018 15:24

Telangana Association of United Kingdom (TAUK) celebrated Bonalu fete in London in an expansive manner.Regional Members of Parliament Seema Malhotra, Virendra Sharma, and the initial secretary of Indian High Commission Anima Bharadwaj dignified the celebrations as the chief guests while more than 800 Non-Resident Indian (NRI) family members from all the corners of United Kingdom took part in the event.Umpteen locals likewise took part in the celebrations which were held in unalloyed conventional ways.The chief guests, as enthralled with the grand celebrations, acclaimed the endeavor of TAUK for their social service programs without bounds. They likewise offered their assistance in all possible manners to the approaching TAUK programs. TAUK founder Anil Koormachalam, President Pavitra Reddy Kandi, Vice-president Swathi Budagam, and Secretary Ravi Rethineni uttered their felicity on the success of the Bonalu event.By Sowmya Sangam

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NRI Sisters Sell Nuts to Aid Cancer Patients in Mumbai July 19, 2018 12:21

Dubai-settled teenage sisters have been selling packaged nuts for a year now in order to raise money to aid children suffering from cancer and assist them with finer care at Mumbai's Tata Memorial Hospital.Till date, their endeavor has provided 1500+ nights of shelter to children and their families, who would otherwise be staying roadside.The duo, under the Helping Hands Foundation's Accommodation Project, sells nuts to raise funds at local events and exhibitions in the United Arab Emirates.Mehr Bhatia, 16, says, "We don't take donations; instead, we sell organic nuts for a certain price, the proceeds of which all go to the project. A packet of nuts priced Dh40 can fund a night’s stay of a child at the hospital."Earlier this week, sisters Mehr Bhatia and Shenaya Bhatia, visited Mumbai to meet the children, along with their parents, who are second-generation businesspersons in Dubai. Shenaya, 12, says on their trip, "The experience was an eye-opener, we knew it would be hard for those kids and their families but seeing it ourselves made us aware of how much more we need to do."It was the first time they met the affected children. Mehr says, "Communicating with the children in the hospital wasn't very successful as they were quite young and shy to speak to visitors. Later when we visited the Dharamshala where the kids and their families were staying during treatment, we spoke to a 17-year-old girl who told us about how she was treated in the Tata Memorial Hospital but her Leukemia then relapsed and her whole family had to travel back to Mumbai from her village for the treatment, she has spent seven years of her life in and out of hospitals."She adds, "We also had the chance to speak to some of the parents who told us about the struggles they go through and how their entire family is affected throughout the period of treatment. Both parents are required for the duration of the child’s stay in the hospital as usually the mother stays with the child and provides emotional support whereas the father then goes out to collect funds to support the rest of his family."Currently, they plan on taking the awareness one step farther by giving more negotiations across Dubai and in schools.The duo says they would like to keep the literal sum of funds raised unveiled.By Sowmya Sangam

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Two Indian-origin Children Killed in Mishap in Australia July 11, 2018 11:21

Two Indian-origin children were killed in a road mishap while their parents endured earnest injuries when their car met with an accident in this Australian city, according to a media report. The mishap occurred on Sunday when a vehicle trying to catch up with another car clashed with their car on Hopkins Road in Truganina in Melbourne. The victims, who hailed from Kerala, were reverting home from a birthday celebration. The 10-year-old Ruana was killed at the incident while her brother Immanuel died at the Royal Children's Hospital last night, the report said. The parents have been admitted to the infirmary with the health of the mother, Manju Varughese, being critical, it said. The vicar of St Mary's Indian Orthodox Cathedral in Melbourne, Reverend Father Pradeep Ponnachan, said that the victims were long-familiar members of the church. "They were a devoted, pious family," he said. "The church community is terribly disturbed, there are no words to explain." By Sowmya Sangam

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Indian-American Named to Key Federal Aviation Advisory Committee July 02, 2018 13:20

Indian-American Vivek Lall has been named after a primal federal aviation advisory committee which renders counsel to the government on the future of airspace system.A current vice-president at Lockheed Martin, Lall would be representing the viewpoints of defense technology organizations in the NextGen Advisory Committee of the Department of Transportation.The committee advises on the regime on topics including, NextGen investment priorities, capability deployment timing, equipage incentives, specific technologies, and deployments such as DataComm, National Airspace System performance metrics, and airspace design initiatives.Lall, a worldwide famed aerospace scientist, has been nominated for a term of two-year on the committee that provides guidance on wide-ranging topics affecting the United States and the global aviation community.He has been a top authoritative at Boeing and General Atomics in the past and with success led over USD12 billion of U.S.-India trade.By Sowmya Sangam

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MEA Website to Display Summons to Swindle NRI Husbands June 14, 2018 12:05

The Ministry of External Affairs will now display the summons to Non-Resident Indian men who abandon their wives on their official website, an official said on Wednesday. The decision was taken in order to create a stronger deterrent for swindle NRIs. It was taken under the chairmanship of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and among other legal solutions for redressing the issues faced by women in NRI marriages at a meeting of the Group of Ministers, The meet was attended by officials from the External Affairs, Law and Justice and Women and Child Development Ministry. "We (Women and Child Development Ministry) are grateful to Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad for enumerating fine details on ways to resolve the issue of NRI marriages," said the Women and Child Development Ministry in a tweet."We are working towards putting in place an efficient mechanism that will provide immediate relief to women in troubled NRI marriages," it added.According to sources, the Law Ministry previously did not sanction of displaying the summons of NRI marriages on the MEA website and besides clashed with the Women and Child Development Ministry over impounding passports and arrogation of the property of those NRI husbands who have been found guilty of deserting their wives and failed to appear in the court.Earlier this month, the External Affairs Ministry revoked passports of five NRIs and as well issuing Look-out-Circulars by Integrated Nodal Agency, an Inter-ministerial body headed by women and Child Development Secretary Rakesh Srivastava, with an aim to deal with matrimonial disputes. The Women and Child Development Ministry had earlier said that it has received 40 cases accompanying to matrimonial conflicts relating to NRIs, of which six were found to be earnest and LoC issued.The Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi inclined for issuing orders for registering NRI marriages within 48 hours, else the passport or visa of NRI husbands will not be issued. According to the ministry, in vicious matters involving NRIs, the LoC can be issued by the investigating agency in cognizable offenses when an abroad husband is intentionally evading apprehension or not appearing in the trial court contempt non-bailable warrants and other powerful measures, or there is a likeliness that he will leave the country to evade legal proceeding or arrest.By Sowmya Sangam

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RBI may raise $30-35 Billion through NRI Bonds to Support Rupee: Report June 12, 2018 14:13

The Reserve Bank of India through Non-Resident Indian bonds expects to hike USD 30-35 billion to aid the rupee and commence the slowdown in Foreign Portfolio Investment (FPI) flows amid emerging oil prices, says a report.The FPI inflows to India will be impacted by Chinese firms listing in global benchmark indices like MSCI, it said.According to a report by Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML), the listing in benchmark indices will shift up to USD 100 billion to China market by 2019."Our China strategists estimate that possible entry into benchmark indices could push up to USD 100 billion into the China markets by end-2019. FPI equity flows to India may slow amid political uncertainty in the run-up to the general elections, given rich valuations," Bank of America Merill Lynch (BofAML) said in a research note.It further said that "We grow more confident that the RBI will issue the fourth tranche of NRI bonds to raise, say, USD 30-35 billion, to offset a slowdown in FPI flows on the listing of China paper in various benchmark indices at a time of higher oil prices," the report noted.NRI bonds are forex deposits with some lock-in and an implicit RBI guarantee elevated from NRIs at attractive rates for 3-5 years.RBI will issue NRI bonds if the global oil prices prevail at USD 70/bbl. BofAML oil strategists forecast USD 71.8/bbl for 2018-19 and USD 75.3/bbl for 2019-20 and accordingly the actual account deficit will increase to 2.4 percent of GDP this fiscal from 0.7 percent in 2016-17, the report noted."We think that there is a rising case for issuing NRI bonds. Every NRI bond issuance has been effective in curbing Indian Rupee volatility," the report noted.The report further noted that the RBI is hoped-for to follow an asymmetrical policy of purchasing forex when the USD weakens and defending Rs66/USD when it strengthens. On the rupee, which has been falling against the US dollar, BofAML said its strategists see the Indian currency at Rs 69.75/USD by December. The rupee is currently hovering around Rs 67/USD.By Sowmya Sangam

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Indian Origin Biochemist on UK's Most Influential Women List alongside Meghan Markle June 01, 2018 13:18

An Indian-origin biochemist has been titled as the 25 most influential and aspirational women in the United Kingdom by Vogue magazine, alongside the likes of actress-turned-royal Meghan Markle, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney and the bestselling author J K Rowling.Priyanka Joshi, in the 'The Vogue 25'  has been selected for her cutting-edge research in the inaugural. The list included artists, activists and executives across respective fields."Priyanka Joshi had barely completed her PhD when 'Forbes' named her one of the most important young faces in science. A research fellow at Downing College, Cambridge, the 29-year-old sits at the cutting edge of Alzheimer's research, and has been praised for her ground-breaking work building a 'library' of drug-like molecules to target irregular proteins that cause degenerative brain diseases," notes the citation on the young biochemist."With dementia now the leading cause of death for women in England and Wales, her early breakthroughs and research could not be more vital," it adds in reference to Ms Joshi, who completed her MSc in Biotechnology from University of Pune before moving to the UK.Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex after her wedlock with Prince Harry earlier this month, is delineated as a bonzer cast of leaders defining and redefining the way we live now.    "Almost overnight, the 36-year-old has become one of the most recognizable women in the world. But her influence stretches far beyond the ceaseless coverage of her style - as a bi-racial campaigning feminist from America, she is helping to forge a new 21st-century identity for the monarchy," it notes.The youngest on the list of 'The vogue 25' is Dua Lipa, 22, a singer who won two Brit Awards for her music this year and is branded by vogue as a culture definer.By Sowmya Sangam

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TRS NRI Wing to Celebrate TS Formation Day in 25 Countries on June 2 May 31, 2018 12:13

Telangana Rashtra Samithi's Non-Resident Indian wing will be observing Telangana State Formation Day across all its units located in 25 countries around the world on June 2.The NRI units will as will kick-start discussions on the alternative political alliance proposed by TRS party president and Chief Minister Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao to convey qualitative change in national politics and governance.TRS NRI wing coordinator Mahesh Bigala said arrangements has been made to organize State Formation Day celebrations in United States of America, United Kingdom and Gulf countries including continents of Europe, Africa and Asia.He further said that discourse on alternative political platform will be held in Italy, Denmark, Malaysia, Singapore, London likewise major cities of New Zealand and Australia happening from June 9. Several peoples organizations in these countries are being invited to take part in these programs.Bigala conveyed thanks to Chief Minister for promising to announce a discrete mechanisms for making payments to NRIs eligible under Rythu Bandhu scheme towards crop investment support pointing out that many NRIs including himself returned the cheques to the regime which will welfare more farmers.By Sowmya Sangam

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Sangeetha Bahl, 53, Oldest Indian Woman to Scale Mount Everest May 30, 2018 15:07

Sangeetha Bahl, a 53-year-old one-time model and businessperson from Jammu and Kashmir, has become one of the senior Indian woman to conquer Mount Everest.Bahl, who currently resides in Gurugram was felicitated at the Indian Embassy of Kathmandu for scaling the peak on May 19 with the aid of two sherpas, members of Himalayan people living on the borders of Nepal and Tibet, notable for their ability in mountaineering.Her spouse, Ankur Bahl who as well mounted Mt. Everest in 2016 was also welcomed at the Indian embassy in Kathmandu.Sangeetha Bahl has already conquered six highest peaks out of seven of the world and the couple sworn to scale seven summits in seven continents, which they cliched few of them collectively.Bahl broke the record of Premlata Agarwal, 48, who scaled Everest in 2011. This was Bahl's second effort as she abandoned the initial expedition after suffering from high-altitude malady.“I just returned to Kathmandu after my epic climb to Mount Everest,” she wrote on Facebook. “Wish to thank each one of you who have supported me through your prayers, wishes and constant goodwill.”Bahl's mission as well has a message by carrying a headline to the peak advocating early detection of breast cancer in woman and funding of the cause.According to officials, six dozen Indian nationals have scaled Mt Everest this year, becoming the second nation of mountaineers to do so after climbers from the U.S.By Sowmya Sangam

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Indian Businessman Fined for $40,000 For Filing False Information in Visa Application August 11, 2017 16:51

An Indian origin businessman based in New Hampshire has been fined by the court for a whooping $40,000 along with three-year probation by a federal court for filing false information in the H-1B visa application, according to a US attorney. The documents released by court said that an Indian-origin businessman Rohit Saksena has pleaded guilty for making false statements in the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. 42-year-old Saksena, who is a President and CEO of Saks IT group LLC, company based in Manchester, New Hampshire, has allegedly filed 45 fraudulent visas in order to hire more people for providing service to a california-based company. According to the US Department of Justice, various malpractices have been found in the activities by the Saksena’s company file filing visa applications including some bogus independent contractor agreements. However the department has said that the visa applications by Saxena have been rejected after finding about the deception by him. By Prajakt K.

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Dilip Chauhan Appointed as Deputy Comptroller of Minority Affairs In Nassau County August 08, 2017 17:31

Dilip Chauhan, an Indian-American, has been appointed on the senior position of Nassau County in New York. He will work in order to increase the reach to the minority community. The statement released by the government stated that Chauhan has been appointed as the Deputy Comptroller for Minority Affairs of Nassau Country by the Comptroller George Maragos. Chauhan has been working with the Comptroller’s office since 2015 as the Director for Community Affairs, South and East Asia along with the adviser to Comptroller since 2017. The statements also stressed on that minority community is an integral part of the social fabric of the Nassau County and although the Comptroller’s Office is doing its best for the minority community, a lot more has to do on the rights of the minority community. In a statement released by Chauhan, he responded on his new responsibility that he is honored to be appointed as the Deputy Comptroller and will work to create equal opportunities for the whole minority community.

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Immigration efforts in Phoenix could change July 11, 2017 16:00

The Phoenix Police Department may be dramatically changing how officers handle the encounters with undocumented immigrants, a draft police policy document shared with law enforcement and community stakeholders, states. Ken Crane, president of the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, worries about the department's proposed changes, starting with crossing "enforcement" out of the title. "It was leading us down the path of sanctuary cities policies, which is something we definitely need to stay away from," Crane said. Phoenix's old policy was crossed out in the draft obtained and added in, a requirement for all officers wanting to call ICE federal immigration agents to funnel all requests through a single Phoenix police supervisor. "They're gonna put so many restrictions on you and so many hoops you've got to jump through that it makes you, just the average street cop, throw up their hands and say, 'Screw it, not even worth it.'" "This policy now reaffirms that school resource officers will not ask students or parents on campus for their documentation, for their papers," Puente Executive Director Carlos Garcia said. "We're trying to fix something that ain't broke," Crane said. Garcia says the draft policy is a good step, but even more needs to change. "As long as police and immigration act together, our community will not trust the police department and will continue to see people being deported, families being separated and more distrust in our community with the police," Garcia said. By Premji

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