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Indian American Vanita Gupta to be next US Associate Attorney General


Washington, DC: US President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Indian-origin Vanita Gupta to serve as Associate Attorney General of the United States making her the first woman of color to serve in this role.  Gupta becomes the latest addition to Biden's team that features Indian Americans such as former US surgeon general Vivek Murthy.  "A former Acting Assistant...

Raj Iyer becomes US Army’s first Chief Information Officer


Washington, DC: Indian-American Dr. Raj Iyer has taken over as the first Chief Information Officer of the US Army, after the Pentagon created the position in July 2020.  One of the highest-ranking Indian-American civilians in the US Department of Defense, Raj Iyer, who holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, serves as the principal advisor to the...

FIA conferred Pravasi Bharatiya Samman for service to community


The Federation of Indian Associations of New York, New Jersey & Connecticut (FIA-Tristate), was conferred with the prestigious recognition of the Pravasi Bhartiya Samman on the 16th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (PBD) held on Jan.9t, 2021.  The Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award is the highest honor conferred on a non-resident Indian, Person of Indian Origin; or an organization or institution established and run by non-resident...

NY Consulate felicitates former FIA presidents Srujal Parikh, Alok Kumar


FIA Board of Trustee member Srujal Parikh and past president Alok Kumar have been recognized by the Government of India with an award in observation of Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas (PBD), Jan. 9. The award was presented at a ceremony held at the Consulate General of India in New York on January 9, 2021.  Parikh and Kumar were honored...

GOPIO-CT holds annual holiday party raising funds


GOPIO-CT organized its General Body Meeting (GBM) elected a new team. In its report to the GBM, President Ashok Nichani said that in spite of the Coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown, GOPIO-CT did some outstanding work in helping local food pantries and providing KN95 masks for frontline workers. Secretary Rajneesh listed all major activities for the year...

The South Asian Times endorses Dr. Neeta Jain
for NYC Council in the 24th District


Hicksville, NY: Running on the “Community First” Party Line in the February Special Election, Dr. Jain hopes to be First South Asian leader elected to the City Council from Queens, N.Y. A Democrat Party leader, Dr. Neeta Jain has received the endorsement of The South Asian Times as she runs for the 24th Council District. The...

Rotary Club of Hicksville South hosts Zoom call on COVID-19 vaccine awareness


RCHS – the Rotary Club of Hicksville South hosted an important Zoom Meeting/Call on December 17, 2020, at 8 PM EST, inviting community leaders to join a round table discussion. The goal for the call was for creating awareness about the COVID-19 vaccination and prioritizing its distribution to the needy in the South Asian...

Classical musicians vow at Bhavan’s Chaar Prahar festival


New York: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan USA, Sneh Arts, Kolkata Sitar School & Viewcy in association with the Consulate General of India & Dhwani Academy of Percussion Music presented the 2nd Annual Chaar Prahar Indian Classical Music Festival on Nov 29 and Dec 5. Given the pandemic, the festival was held online on the digital platform Viewcy, which enabled reach to...

NY to hike minimum wage by year end


New York lawmakers are moving ahead with a minimum wage hike in the state despite the economic effects caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The hike is set to take effect on December 31 and will boost wages in different parts of the state between 70 cents and $1 an hour, according to reports. The State Department...