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Indian American helps end slavery in US - officially!

Washington, Feb 20 (IANS) Slavery has been finally abolished officially from the whole of United States - 148 years after Abraham Lincoln's emancipation declaration - thanks to an eagle eyed Indian-American professor.

Indian-origin physicians to meet in Chicago

Chicago, Feb 20 (IANS) Over 3,000 doctors are expected to attend the annual convention of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), the largest ethnic medical organization in the US, in Chicago May 23-27.

To woo Punjabis, Cameron to visit Amritsar

Amritsar, Feb 19 (IANS) British Prime Minister David Cameron will visit the Sikh holy city of Amritsar Wednesday in a clear message to woo Sikhs and Punjabis settled back home.

Obama plan: ploy, decoy, ruse or just backup?

Washington, Feb 19 (IANS) As President Barack Obama's leaked plan to put America's 11 million illegal immigrants, including some 250,000 Indians, on a path to citizenship, generated a storm, White House insisted it was just a "backup plan."

US court to hear human rights case against Badal

New York, Feb 19 (IANS) The US federal district court of Wisconsin will hold an evidentiary hearing Thursday in a case of human rights violation filed against Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal by a Sikh rights' organisation.

Is Bobby Jindal preparing for a 2016 presidential run?

Washington, Feb 18 (IANS) Louisiana's Indian American Governor Bobby Jindal is laying the groundwork for a likely presidential bid and using his state as a testing ground for policies that play well with national conservatives, according to a media report.

Furore over Obama's leaked immigration plan

Washington, Feb 18 (IANS) Amid a furore over a leaked Obama administration plan to put America's 11 million illegal immigrants, including some 250,000 Indians, on a path to citizenship, the White House has reaffirmed its commitment to a bipartisan plan.

More Andhra migrants return from Gulf

Hyderabad, Feb 17 (IANS) Another group of migrants from Andhra Pradesh granted amnesty for overstaying in the United Arab Emirates returned home Sunday.

Indian-American lawyer convicted in US for lies in Britain

New York, Feb 16 (IANS) An Indian-American lawyer, who lied about her work experience and shaved nearly 20 years off her age in an effort to be admitted to the British bar, has been convicted by a New York judge.

Chinese lose millions in US visa scheme

Beijing, Feb 15 (IANS) More than 250 investors have been allegedly cheated by an American, Anshoo R. Sethi, who led them to believe their investment could boost their prospects of US citizenship.

Top Latin American IT firm enters India

New York, Feb 15 (IANS) Softtek, Latin America's leading global IT services provider, has acquired Systech Integrators, a SAP channel and services partner global IT solutions provider co-founded by an Indian American to make an entry into India.

Fashion designer Anand Jon pleads guilty to sex charge

New York, Feb 15 (IANS) India-born celebrity fashion designer Anand Jon Alexander, locked up in California for raping and sexually assaulting models, has pleaded guilty to one count of forced oral sex in a similar case in New York.

Wasn't sure I could pull off Osama's role: Ricky Sekhon

New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) Hitting big time with his first film, Indian-origin actor Ricky Sekhon, who plays Osama bin Laden in Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar-nominated "Zero Dark Thirty", says he loved the challenge but wasn't sure whether he could pull it off.

Indian-American lawmaker welcomes Obama plan

Washington, Feb 13 (IANS) Ami Bera, the only Indian-American member of the US Congress, has welcomed President Barack Obama's plan "to restore an economy that works for middle class families by investing in infrastructure, innovation, and education."

Obama cites Sikh gurdwara shooting to press for gun reforms

Washington, Feb 13 (IANS) Citing several incidents of gun violence from the massacre of 20 innocent schoolchildren to the shooting of six worshippers at a Sikh gurdwara, President Barack Obama has sought support for "common sense" gun law reforms.

India takes up rape incident with Maldives

New Delhi, Feb 12 (IANS) India has taken up "quite strongly" with Maldives the rape of an Indian woman and has been assured of action by its government, an official said Tuesday.

Freed in UAE, 17 Indians to return home

Chandigarh, Feb 11 (IANS) Seventeen Indian men, 16 of them from Punjab, who were on a death row in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) since 2010 on charges of murdering a Pakistani national, have been freed by a Sharjah court and will return home early Tuesday.

Andhra man dies in US, family asks minister for help

Hyderabad, Feb 11 (IANS) The family of a 28-year-old man from Andhra Pradesh who died following cardiac arrest in the United State has asked Indian authorities to help bring his body home.

Ex Indian Canadian MP quits amid tax-evasion charges

Toronto, Feb 9 (IANS) Sukh Dhaliwal, a former Indian Canadian member of parliament, has resigned as a British Columbia Liberal Party candidate in the coming provincial election amid tax-evasion charges, media reports said.

Asian immigrants' kids better off than US population

Washington, Feb 8 (IANS) America's 20 million adult US-born children of Asian and Hispanic immigrants are substantially better off than their parents in household income, college graduation rates and home-ownership levels, according to a new study.

New York Indian Film Festival to open April 30

New York, Feb 7 (IANS) The oldest and most prestigious film festival for Indian cinema in North America, the 13th Annual New York Indian Film Festival, will kick off its week-long festivities with a star-studded opening April 30.

India should protect Sri Lankan Tamils: Karunanidhi

Chennai, Feb 6 (IANS) DMK president M. Karunanidhi Wednesday condemned Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for ruling out greater political autonomy for Tamils in the island nation, and urged the Indian government to wake up to reality.

Five Indians among 18 charged with credit card scam in US

New Jersey, Feb 6 (IANS) At least five Indians are among 18 people who have been charged in one of the largest credit card fraud schemes spanning 28 states and eight countries, including India, by US federal prosecutors. The scamsters used over 25,000 fraudulent credit cards.

Five Indians among 18 charged with credit card fraud in US

New Jersey, Feb 6 (IANS) Eighteen people, including at least five Indians, have been charged in one of the largest credit card fraud schemes spanning 28 states and eight countries, including India, by US federal prosecutors. The scamsters used over 25,000 fraudulent credit cards.

Indians among 18 charged with credit card fraud in US

New Jersey, Feb 6 (IANS) US federal prosecutors have charged 18 people, including at least five Indians, in one of the largest credit card fraud schemes spanning 28 states and eight countries, including India.

Obama seeks South Asians' backing for immigration reforms

Washington, Feb 6 (IANS) President Barack has initiated a round of meetings with business and labour leaders as also immigration rights advocates including those representing South Asians to marshal their support for immigration reform.

Peter Roskam is co-chair of India Congressional caucus

Washington, Feb 6 (IANS) The Republican party has chosen Peter Roskam, a House of Representative member from Illinois, as the co-chair of the Congressional Caucus of India and Indian Americans - the largest caucus dedicated to one country in the House - charged with advancement of US-India relations.

Obama's top Indian-American science aide quits

Washington, Feb 6 (IANS) Subra Suresh, President Barack Obama's top Indian-American science official, has resigned as director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to become the president of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU).

India, Austria sign social security agreement

New Delhi, Feb 5 (IANS) India has signed a social security agreement with Austria to encourage movement of people and enhance business and trade engagements.

Bobby Jindal asks Republicans to get heads examined

Washington, Feb 5 (IANS) Louisiana's Indian American Governor Bobby Jindal has brushed off speculation about the 2016 presidential race, saying any Republican already considering a bid needs to get his or her "head examined."

Internet a boon for independent musicians: Indo-Canadian singer

Chennai, Feb 5 (IANS) The internet has opened the floodgates for independent musicians and global artists like "Gangnam Style" singer Psy, says Indo-Canadian independent singer Shweta Subram, who feels it has now become easier to take music beyond one's own region.

'Stop Lankan president's visits to India'

Chennai, Feb 4 (IANS) The Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisaton (TESO) will protest here Feb 8 against the India visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

NRIs contribute to aid Vidarbha widows, orphans

Nagpur, Feb 3 (IANS) Inspired by a media story, a group of young NRIs from the US have pooled their resources and sent a modest aid package to farmland widows and orphans of Vidarbha.

Gandhi's death anniversary marked in Mexico

Mexico City, Feb 2 (IANS) Friends of India in Mexico, schoolchildren gathered at a monument here to mark the 65th death anniversary of Mahatama Gandhi as the strains of his favourite hymn "Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram", played on the sitar, filled the air.

South Asian groups in US seek just immigration system

Washington, Feb 2 (IANS) In the wake of President Barack Obama's push for immigration reforms, a coalition of 41 South Asian groups around the United States has called for creating a just and humane system.

Sikh community in US seeks gun-control measures

Washington, Feb 2 (IANS) A Sikh group has urged communities of all faiths to observe Feb 5, marking six months of the Aug 5 shooting at a Sikh gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, with a call to lawmakers to pass gun control measures.

Obama awards science medal to Indian-American inventor

Washington, Feb 2 (IANS) President Barack Obama has awarded Rangaswamy Srinivasan, an Indian-American co-inventor of LASIK eye surgery, with a national medal for science, technology and innovation along with 22 other researchers and inventors.

Tulsi Gabbard joins push for US Diwali stamp

Washington, Feb 2 (IANS) Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu-American to be elected to the US House of Representatives, has joined the co-sponsors of a House Resolution calling for the US Postal Service to issue a postage stamp to commemorate Diwali.

NRI-drugs mafia nexus: ED raids point to Rs.200 crore hawala ring

Jalandhar (Punjab), Feb 1 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has stepped up its probe into the nexus between drugs mafia, NRIs and business houses in Punjab in the drugs trade, officials said Friday, adding that the scam could involve over Rs.200 crore of hawala money.

Prank call Australian RJs will not face charges

London, Feb 1 (IANS) Two Australian radio hosts who made a prank call to a London hospital, which led to the suicide of Indian-origin nurse Jacintha Saldanha, will not face any charges in Britain, a media report said Friday.

Indian-American gets one year prison for Insider trading

New York, Feb 1 (IANS) A former Indian American employee of Galleon Group, who played a key role in the conviction of hedge fund billionaire Raj Rajaratnam for insider trading, has been sentenced to one year in prison.

NRI women in Indonesia seek justice for Delhi victim

Jakarta, Feb 1 (IANS) The campaign for justice for the young woman who died days after her brutal gang-rape in Delhi Dec 16 continues to find echo around the world. Women of Indian origin in Indonesia met the Indian ambassador and handed over a petition condemning the crime.

Indian-origin kid attacked by robbers in Britain

London, Jan 31 (IANS) A nine-year-old boy from an Indian-origin family was left terrified when robbers held an axe to his neck and demanded his family hand over their car, a media report said Thursday.

Slain youth's family awaits outcome of British probe

Bangalore, Jan 31 (IANS) The family of Indian youth Souvik Pal, whose body was found Jan 22 in a canal at Manchester in Britain 23 days after he went missing from a nightclub, is waiting here for the outcome of the probe into his mysterious death.

Golfer Vijay Singh admits using deer antler spray

Washington, Jan 31 (IANS) Vijay Singh, a noted Fijian golfer of Indian origin, has landed himself in a major controversy after admitting using deer antler spray, though he claims he didn't know it has a banned substance.

Punjabi, Bengali, Gujarati among top 10 languages in Britain

London, Jan 30 (IANS) Punjabi, Urdu, Bengali and Gujarati are among the top 10 languages spoken in Britain, according to latest census figures.

Asian-origin woman wins 14-year-long race discrimination battle

London, Jan 30 (IANS) Natasha Sivanandan, a 58-year-old Asian-origin woman, has won a 14-year-long court battle over sex and race discrimination after she was turned down for a post at a government-funded anti-racism group.

Time for immigration reform: Obama

Washington, Jan 30 (IANS) Seizing an emerging consensus on immigration reform, President Barack Obama asked the US Congress to act fast to offer a "pathway to citizenship" for over 11 million illegal immigrants, including 240,000 from India.

New US citizenship plan could help 200,000 Indians

Washington, Jan 29 (IANS) Even as President Barack Obama is set to announce an immigration reform plan, a bipartisan group of US senators have unveiled their own scheme offering millions of undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship.

US post urged to issue Diwali stamp

Washington, Jan 29 (IANS) Ami Bera, the newly elected Indian-American member of the US House of Representatives and two other Democrats, have co-sponsored a resolution for the issue of a postage stamp to mark Diwali.


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