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Fewer US couples said ‘I do’ in 2020


New York: Far fewer Americans said “I do” during the first year of the pandemic when wedding plans were upended, a new report finds. There were 1.7 million weddings in 2020, a drop of 17 percent from the year before and the lowest recorded since 1963, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday....

Multifaith candlelight vigil & prayers for Buffalo supermarket shooting victims


Reno: Religious leaders belonging to diverse religions and denominations held a candlelight vigil and prayers for Buffalo supermarket shooting victims here on May 15.  Organized by Hindu statesman Rajan Zed and Saint Catherine of Siena Episcopal Church Rector Father Thomas W. Blake; besides candlelight vigil, it included prayers by Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish and...

AAPI Victory Alliance mourns gun violence victims, calls for legislative action


Washington, DC: This past weekend, a gunman traveled to a predominantly Black neighborhood in Buffalo, New York and committed the deadliest mass shooting of 2022. This horrible, preventable tragedy highlights the pressing need for congressional action to end gun violence. “The US has experienced 198 mass shootings this year alone; Americans need Congress to step...

Post Date: May 19, 2022

India’s Ambassador to US Taranjit Singh Sandhu hosted a meeting with Frank Kendall, Secretary, US Air Force at India House, Washington DC along with senior officials from the White House National Security Council and Department of Defense and exchanged views on further elevating India-US defense and strategic ties.

Sikh American sues Sutter County over delay in hate crime investigation


California: A first-generation Sikh American has filed a lawsuit against Sutter County in California, its deputies and two women he accused of racist threats. Rouble Claire, 66, reportedly suffered verbal abuse and racist threats at the South Butte Market in Sutter on May 11, 2021. Claire exited the small convenience store when a woman confronted him in the...

HHS announces funding opportunity for new AANHPI Behavioral Health Center of Excellence


New York: This Mental Health Awareness Month, which is also Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is announcing a nearly $3.5 million five-year grant opportunity to develop a Center of Excellence, advancing behavioral health care...

HinduPACT’s Open Letter to the Prime Minister of India


To                                                                                                      May 17, 2022  Honorable Shri Narendra Modi  Prime Minister of India  C/O PMO, New Delhi, India     Subject: Recognition of Genocide of Kashmiri Hindus, punishing its perpetrators, resettlement & rehabilitation of indigenous Hindus in Kashmir, and full integration of Pakistan Occupied Jammu & Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan with India     Honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi: First,...

FIA takes ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ to Capitol, enters Congressional records


Federation of Indian Associations commemorated the 75 years of Indian Independence and honored the Asian Heritage Month on May 12, 2022, at Rayburn Building, Capitol Hill Complex Washington DC.  FIA was recognized for the event in Congressional Record Vol.168, No. 81. The event saw unprecedented participation from the states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and...

IIT Kanpur delegation visits NY, alumni felicitated


IITK delegation, led by IIT Kanpur Director, Prof. Abhay Karandikar, made their first pit-stop at New York to hold formal interactions with alumni at an event held in Indian Consulate on May 8, 2022. Randhir Jaiswal, Indian Consul General, was the Guest of Honour. The event was attended by Dr Varun Jeph, Deputy Consul...