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India gave US evidence about Pak-backed Khalistani groups


Washington, DC: The Indian government has provided the United States considerable evidence of links between US-based Khalistan groups and militants and terrorists operating in India but Washington has been largely "unresponsive", says a report by a top American think tank which also noted that cooperation between Khalistani and Kashmiri groups has become increasingly apparent in North America,...

A new bill may help Indians jump the Green Card queue for fee


Washington, DC:  Millions of people stuck for years in the employment-based Green Card backlog in the US, including a sizable number of Indians, can hope for a lawful permanent residency in America by paying a supplemental fee if a new House bill is passed into law.  The move, if included in the reconciliation package and passed...

US remembers Sikh American, first victim of hate crime post 9/11,


Washington, DC:Top American lawmakers paid rich tributes as they remembered Balbir Singh Sodhi, a Sikh American, who was the first victim of hate crime following the 9/11 terror attacks in which nearly 3,000 people from over 90 countries were killed.  Four days after 9/11, Balbir was killed outside the Arizona gas station he owned. He was the...

Could Washington support Balochistan independence?


by Michael Rubin In 1899, Great Britain cut a deal with a separatist leader in Kuwait to make the small Persian Gulf territory a British protectorate. For the British, severing Kuwait’s links to Ottoman Iraq made strategic sense: By empowering Kuwait as a separate entity with a foreign policy subordinate to Britain’s own, the [British] India...

Fauci and the Fallibility of Science


By Neera Kuckreja Sohoni Cautious speech is to be appreciated except when it causes confusion. The Corona pandemic and the mercurial trajectory of the lethal virus have pushed public health experts squarely in the public eye, even catapulting some like Dr. Anthony Fauci to iconic status as Corona’s oracle. Fauci’s credentials are impeccable. The nation's highest...

Indian-origin Uber driver reported killed by 15-year-old in NY


An Indian-origin Uber driver, Kuldip Singh, has been killed allegedly by a 15-year-old as New York City faces rising levels of violence, according to media reports. Singh, 21, was shot in his car on Saturday and died of his injuries on Wednesday, WABC TV reported. He had been injured in a shootout between a...

Post Date: September 16, 2021

A group of 25-30 community members and friends got together to perform Samuhik Rameshwaram Shiv pujan on the occasion of Somvati Amavasya and the last day of month of Shravan. “This year we were very lucky to have Pandit Pradeepji who performed according to traditional rituals singing Rudrashtakam and Shiv Tandav stotram and Maha Mritunjay mantra. After pujan we performed Shivji’s aarti. At the end the shivling made of sand was submerged...

Post Date: September 16, 2021

As part of the Consulate @Your Doorstep program, the Indian Consulate in New York held a Consular Camp at Columbus, Ohio Sept 12. More than 350 applicants availed OCI, Passport, Visa and Attestation Services. Consular Camp was held in association with Federation of Indian Association and VFS Global.

1 M NYC kids resume in-person school amid new vaccine rules


School started Monday for about a million New York City public school students in the nation’s largest experiment of in-person learning during the coronavirus pandemic. The first day of school coincided with several milestones in the city’s pandemic recovery that hinge on vaccine mandates.  Nearly all of the city’s 300,000 employees were required to be back...