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A Milestone in India’s Military Modernization


By Swadesh M Rana    The appointment of its first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) along with the creation of a new department of military affairs is more than an institutional reform of the Indian armed forces. Announced on 31 December 2019, and long overdue since the Kargil war of 1999, it is a new charter...

New Jersey Governor signs tuition equality legislation for H-1B dependents


Trenton: New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy on Jan. 21 signed S2555, allowing New Jersey students who are children of H-1B visa holders to qualify for in-state tuition at public institutions of higher education. This legislation is a plus for Indians in the U.S., as they are the largest contingent of H-1B visa holders. “New Jerseyans...

Indian community in US observes 30th anniversary of Kashmiri Pandit exodus


Washington, DC: Indian-Americans, wearing “phirans” and the tricolor headgears, held several events in different parts of the US, including in front of the White House, to mark the 30th anniversary of the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley, recognizing the resilience and noble spirit of the community. In over three dozen cities and towns...

Trump’ impeach trial: Party lines prevail amid high drama


 Washington: Republicans beat back 11 amendments by Democrats to bring in witnesses and new evidence and change the rules for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump during a marathon sitting that stretched into Wednesday and finally adopted the ground rules. At the trial that began on Tuesday afternoon under the presidency of Supreme Court...

Indian Republic @ 70: Grand celebrations on Jan 26


New Delhi: The full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day parade on Thursday concluded successfully, giving a glimpse of the grand spectacle to unfold to celebrate India’s 71st Republic Day. Thursday's dress rehearsal gave sneak previews of the way the grand spectacle, combining a display of India's military might and cultural grandeur, will be seen...

Tulsi Gabbard files $50m defamation suit against Hillary


New York: The outspoken, independent-minded Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has hit Hillary Clinton with a $50-million suit alleging that the defeated presidential candidate defamed her by calling her a "Russian Asset." "Whether out of personal animus, political enmity, or fear of real change within a political party Clinton and her allies have long dominated" Clinton...

Amrit Singh becomes first turban-wearing Deputy Constable in US


New York: In a historic moment, an Indian American law enforcement officer Amrit Singh, 21, has become the first turban-wearing Sikh to be sworn in as Deputy Constable in Harris County in Texas. Singh’s swearing-in ceremony coincided with the adoption of a new policy that allows law enforcement officers in Harris County Constable’s Office to...

Lawmaker seeks ‘Sister Cities’ status For Lucknow, Canberra


New Delhi: Deepak-Raj Gupta, an Australian lawmaker of Indian origin, has initiated a campaign to make Lucknow and Canberra "sister cities" after discovering the grave of architect of the Australian capital, Walter Burley Griffin, in Nishatganj cemetery in Lucknow. Griffin visited the city of Nawabs in October 1935 on an invitation to design the library...

PIO professor calls for action against CAA in India


Los Angeles: An Indian-American professor Anjali Arondekar has called for action against India’s Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), saying it was not just about the Muslims but affected anyone who is attached to the country. Arondekar who is Director of the Centre for South Asian Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz was among the 300 signatories...