New York

NY homeowners behind on mortgages get $539M from feds


New York: New York on Thursday became the first state in the nation to receive US Treasury approval for Homeowner Assistance Fund aid. Nearly $539 million — the amount Gov. Kathy Hochul requested — will be distributed to homeowners at the greatest risk of foreclosure or displacement. The money is part of a $10 billion federal program...

Dr Veena Sahajwalla named 2022 NSW Australian of the Year


Sydney: Internationally recognized materials scientist, engineer, inventor, and IIT-Kanpur alumni Dr. Veena Sahajwalla, has been named the 2022 New South Wales (NSW) Australian of the Year. Premier of NSW Dominic Perrottet presented the award to her on November 21 at a ceremony which was attended by Governor of NSW Margaret Beazley.  Sahajwalla, who has revolutionized recycling science, is a...

India Pavilion named ‘One of the Most Iconic’ at Dubai EXPO2020


Dubai: The India Pavilion at EXPO2020, which is one of the most-visited pavilions, recording 3.5 lakh visitors in less than 50 days of inauguration, has also been recognized as ‘One of the Most Iconic’ pavilions among participating country pavilions by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). On this remarkable achievement of India at EXPO2020, AIA President...

University of Houston receives $50,000 for Tamil Studies Chair


Texas: First payment of $50,000 has been made to the University of Houston (UH) by the Houston Tamil Studies Chair (HSTC) Inc. for setting up a Tamil Studies Chair at the university.  Dr. Renu Khator, Indian American chancellor and president, Dr. Eloise Dunn Brice, vice chancellor and vice president, Dr. Daniel P. O’Connor, interim dean of the...

Rooted in India but Global Indian prefers to retire abroad: HSBC’s Pulse Survey


New York: The first-ever Global Indian Pulse survey by HSBC has revealed that pandemic has made Indians living abroad feel closer to friends and families in India.  The report says that the pandemic has driven a change in attitudes towards India. Almost 72 percent of the global Indians surveyed said the pandemic has made them feel...

$230 Million in additional food assistance for New Yorkers


Governor Kathy Hochul has announced that all New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will receive the maximum allowable level of food benefits for November. All households participating in SNAP—including those already at the maximum level of benefits—will receive a supplemental allotment later this month, bringing in roughly $230 million in federal funding...

NRA loses federal appeal over New York gun store closures


A federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled against the National Rifle Association in the gun rights group's lawsuit challenging New York state's closing of gun stores early in the Covid-19 pandemic.  In a 3-0 vote, the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said the NRA's bid for an injunction was moot because there...

NYC to welcome back crowds on New Year’s Eve


Revellers will be allowed to attend this year's New Year's Eve celebrations in New York's Times Square, the city's mayor has confirmed. The event was closed to spectators last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  People wanting to see the ball drop this year will have to show proof of full vaccination or a negative Covid test...

Ayurveda Day celebrated at Indian Consulate in NY


The Consulate General of India in New York organized an event to celebrate Ayurveda Day on November 2, 2021.  Ayurveda Day is celebrated on Dhanvantri Jayanti or Dhanteras, a festival that takes place two days before Diwali.  Welcoming the guests, Consul General Randhir Jaiswal conveyed his greetings to one and all on the occasion...