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The Land of the Positively Free


by Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya In the towns of America, where knowing all your neighbors and supporting local businesses was the key to thriving and staying safe and happy, the sense of freedom was connected to days and nights filled with safeness and goodwill.  This is what made America great. After persecution, war, and risk around the...

NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer talks economic justice for workers


New York: NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer hosted an open discussion Tuesday on fighting for economic justice for workers and working families during COVID-19 and beyond. The virtual roundtable was well attended with nearly one hundred advocates and faith leaders from various immigrant communities. There was a wide range of questions from how to know if you are working on...

In Defense of Liberty


By Kyle Singh As we approach the day to celebrate the birth of our nation, it is more important than ever to understand the tenets on which our founding fathers built our country as well as the values we must defend as ourselves and further generations continue to progress this great land. After our independence...

Bollywood’s ‘beloved masterji’ Saroj Khan passes away


Mumbai: Celebrated Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan passed away after a cardiac arrest early on Friday. She was 71. Khan was diabetic and had complained of breathing problems last month, following which she was admitted to Mumbai's Guru Nanak Hospital. Over the past few weeks, she had been experiencing multiple health issues, though she had tested negative...

2012 naval dispute: UN court rejects Italy’s compensation claim


New Delhi: A UN court held Italy guilty of breaching India's freedom of navigation in the 2012 naval dispute between the two countries and rejected Italy's claim of compensation from India. However, the Court also ruled that the marines have immunity and cannot be tried in India. On February 15, 2012, two Indian fishermen aboard the...

India suspends international flights till July 31


New Delhi: With the coronavirus cases rising, the ministry of civil aviation has extended the ban on international flights till July 31. The earlier order said the ban would be in place till July 15. The decision comes even as capacity on domestic routes has been increased to 45% from the earlier 33%. Chairman of Airports Authority...

Modi visits Ladakh; takes a dig at China


New Delhi: Days after a violent face-off between the Indian and Chinese armies that left 20 Indian soldiers dead, Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed in Leh today with a clear warning to China. Taking a swipe at China, Modi said that the expansionist policies of some countries have affected world peace. "The age of expansionism is...

Trump plans huge July 4 celebration in DC


Washington: President Donald Trump’s July 4th celebration filled with military pomp and circumstance is set to return for a second year. Details on President Trump’s 2nd “Salute to America” event in the capital were released on Wednesday – and it will include not only the traditional fireworks display, but demonstrations from the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the Air Force...

Modi, Putin to boost ties as India-China tension festers


New Delhi: When Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday, they agreed to further strengthen the strategic partnership between India and Russia. The talks between the two leaders assume great significance as it comes in the midst of India-China border tensions. The Indian Army and the Chinese military are locked in...