Author - Tejram Sharma

Google’s AI-based flood forecasting system now live in entire India


Tech giant Google has expanded its flood forecasting initiative to all over India, the company announced.  The initiative which began in 2018, to help combat the catastrophic damage from floods each year, was covering an area with about 220 million people. It has now been "expanded to cover an area with over 360 million people",...

COP26 summit: IIT Bombay students, faculty bag $250k grant from Elon Musk Foundation


Students and faculty members at Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) bagged a grant worth $250,000 from the XPRIZE Foundation, which is part of the Elon Musk Foundation at the COP26 summit in Glasgow. The student team, also known as SASIITB, comprises Srinath Iyer, Anwesha Banerjee, Srishti Bhamare and Shubham Kumar.  Winning teams will utilize this...

India’s Falguni Nayar joins ‘world’s richest’ club


Falguni Nayar, CEO and founder of Indian beauty e-commerce chain Nykaa, recently became the richest self-made woman billionaire after the stocks of her company received stellar response at the Dalal Street when it got listed at the markets. According to an AFP report, Nayar is now among one of the world’s wealthiest, which was backed by Nykaa’s recent initial...

Indian Americans across US celebrate Chhath Puja with fervor


The Chhath Puja was celebrated with religious fervor by Indian-Americans in the United States as they flocked to river banks, lakes and makeshift water bodies to appease Sun God.  Last year people had gathered in small numbers due to the Covid-19 pandemic, however this year saw a considerable number of devotees take part in the celebrations with...

H-4 visa holders to get automatic work authorization permits


The US will now provide automatic work authorization permits to the spouses of H-1B visa holders. The immigration-friendly move of the Biden administration is likely to benefit thousands of Indian-American women.  An H-4 visa, a non-immigrant visa, is issued by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to immediate family members (spouse and children under...

Indian Origin man awarded life sentence for murdering his family


California: An Indian origin IT professional Shankar Nagappa Hangud had been sentenced to life in prison without parole. Hangud had dramatically surrendered to the police in California with his son’s dead boy in his car in 2019. Investigators said that Shankar, who is now 55, confessed to killing his wife and three kids over...

Speech of 15-year-old Vinisha Umashankar lauded at COP 26


New Delhi - Vinisha Umashankar, a class tenth student from Tamil Nadu has exhorted the world to move towards clean energy. 15-year-old Vinisha Umashankar from Tiruvannamalai district was addressing the 26th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 26) at Glasgow, Scotland. Umashankar was recognized as the Earth Day...

Navatman brings Mahabharata to life on film through dance


New York: Part One of Navatman’s Mahabharata of Vengeance and Promises was released on November 6 at a gala premiere here. The two-hour-long dance feature film is the first of three parts that combine Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Carnatic, and Hindustani music to recreate the largest epic in the world, the Mahabharata. The film uses spoken words in...

Vyas Dev Sharma, aviation luminary, passes away at 86


Vyas Dev Sharma was a luminary in the aviation industry. A fixture at JFK Airport for  40 years, he ran the North American Cargo Operations for Sabena Airlines (now Brussels Airlines) before elevating to Director of North American Passenger Service and Operations at both Sabena and Swiss Air.  He was recognized as a creative...