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Thursday, 23-March-2017

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a week ago
  SEVEN Indian-Americans have been selected for this year’s prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship, which is given to college juniors on the basis of leadership potential, public service and academic achievement records. The finalists will be interviewed by the foundation’s regional review panel from March 3 to April 7, with the scholars being announced on April 21, the American Bazaar online reported. The foundation reviewed 768 potential scholars from 315 institutions before settling on the 199 students from 136 institutions. The Indian-American finalists are: Shreya Ganeshan of the University of Georgia, Anjali Misra of the Massachusetts Institute ...
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a week ago
  According to Commerce Secretary Rita Teaotia, Indian companies can find opportunities in US President Donald Trump’s massive $1 trillion plan for infrastructure development. There was optimism in the new administration for the growth of trade and investment; she told reporters after meetings with senior US official during her visit here with Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar to scope out the new Washington power structure and to present India’s perspectives. Teaotia met with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who has had investments in India and was a member of the Chairman’s Circle of the US-India Business Council. There was now a sense of ease of ...
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US lauds Buddhist women’s empowerment

a week ago
  Buddhist leader and environmentalist, the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa – the spiritual head of the 1,000-year-old Drukpa Order – was felicitated in a US Congressional resolution for empowering women in the Himalayas and supporting green initiatives, his private office said. The Gyalwang Drukpa was presented with a US Congressional resolution from Carolyn Maloney, the US Congresswoman for New York’s 12th Congressional district, during his birthday celebrations. The resolution recognises the Gyalwang Drukpa as a world-renowned humanitarian, environmentalist and champion of gender equality, besides recognising his efforts to provide relief services to ten...


4 weeks ago
 india abroad news service For the first time in the history of Nepal, 651 transgenders applied for civil service exams conducted by the Public Service Commission last year. The forms for civil service jobs exams had three gender options, one for male examinees, the other for females, and the third for the ‘Other’ sex, Kathmandu Post reported. The percentage of those who appeared in the ‘Other’ sex category was 0.11 per cent of total 5,95,031 applicants. It nevertheless was a big step forward for the country’s LGB...


4 weeks ago
  At a time when the diplomatic dialogue between India and Pakistan has come to a standstill, a thaw was seen as Indian government’s flagship cultural body was one of the sponsors of the just-concluded Karachi Literature Festival (KLF). This development comes at a time when India has undertaken a diplomatic offensive to isolate Pakistan internationally. But on the other hand, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), which promotes the country’s relations with the external world, came on board to support KLF. ICCR, for the first time, sponsored Karachi Literature Festival, held from February 10 - 12. The Karachi Literature Festival has becom...

Indian-American Presidential Scholar

5 weeks ago
 india abroad news service In another honour for the country, an Indian-American girl has been nominated for the 2017 Presidential Scholars programme among 60 other students in the US for exemplifying academic and artistic excellence. Shreya Bhadriraju, of Elkins High School in Missouri City, Texas, is among the Arts nominees announced by The National YoungArts Foundation on January 31 for the 2017 US Presidential Scholars. “YoungArts is proud to be the nominating agency for this high honour and congratulates all of this year&rsqu...

Nobel for Humanity Ills

5 weeks ago
 ssb bureau Dedicating the 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, concluded in the Colombian capital of Bogota, to collectively fight against the ills afflicting humanity, the last day of summit was dedicated to peace in Colombia and the challenges to the peace agreement signed between the government and the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) rebels. The final declaration of the summit was read by the 1997 Nobel winner from the US, Jody Williams, recognised for her work in banning anti-personnel land mines. In the text, the laureates call for action by governments, civil society and youth to eradicate evils such as nuclear arms, anti-personnel mines, drug...

Two wheels thrall four wheels

6 weeks ago
  Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark has set a new record. There are more bicycles than  the cars plying on city roads.  In the last year, 35,080 more bikes have joined the daily roll, bringing the total number to 265,700, compared to 252,600 cars. Last year, Copenhagen city has also been voted as ‘Best city for cyclists’ and ‘World’s most inhabitable city’. In 1970, there were 351,133 cars and 100,071 bikes. The municipality of Copenhagen has been carrying out manual traffic counts at various city centers since then. The city launched its...


7 weeks ago
  IT is very exciting to know that Mahtma Gandhi had not only played a vital role in the independence of India but he was the one, to light the torch of independence for many other island and countries where Girmitiyas (descendents of indentured Indian labourers) were living. Gandhi was like a family head to all dispersed Girmitiyas, who were transported in huge numbers from India to different countries. Mauritius was one of the many crown colonies (British Overseas Territories).My Mauritian friend Raj Hiraman keeps narrating me the stories from Mauritius and everytime it leaves...


8 weeks ago
 India Abroad News Service Vatican is allowing the homeless in the area to sleep in one of its churches in central Rome, during the ongoing cold snap that has already claimed several lives. It has also keeping its dormitories open around the clock and on the orders of Pope Francis down-and-outs are being allowed to sleep in Vatican vehicles. Around 30 homeless people including Italians and foreigners are being allowed to sleep in St Calisto Church and its adjoining buildings in Rome’s Trastevere district as long as the cold weather lasts. The areas of the church allocated for sleeping are heated and equipped with beds, blankets, washing facilities and sanitation, t...
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8 weeks ago
 India Abroad News Service Out of the 102 researchers set to receive the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the government has chosen four of the Indian American scientists for the US administration’s highest honour to science and engineering professionals.“I congratulate these outstanding scientists and engineers on their impactful work. These innovators are working to help keep the United States on the cutting edge, showing that Federal investments in science lead to advancements that expand our know...
Uma virdi


8 weeks ago
Chai is an integral component of Indian lifestyle. Be it a family function or a team outing or a social gathering, chai is an inevitable part. It provides a mental stimulus and creates a conducive environment for bonding. But for Uppma Virdi, above everything, chai has brought her laurels.  She has found resounding success through tea selling. Sounds strange! Meet 26-year-old Uppma Virdi whose love for tea has won her the title ‘Businesswoman of the year’ in the 2016 Indian Australian Business and Community Awards (IABCA) held in Sydney, Australia. “I tried, but couldn’t find many good tea pla...

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