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Indian American couple honored with Roy M. Huffington Award in Texas

Vijay Goradia (Courtesy: Pratham USA) Vijay and Marie Goradia of Houston, Texas have been honored with the Roy M. Huffington Award for making significant contributions to the areas of literacy, education and healthcare in India, according to a PTI report. Vijay Goradia, 67, is the founder and chairman of Vinmar International, which has been in business for 35 years. He began to give back to India in 1998, and has become one of the major fundraisers for Pratham USA, which he also founded in the U.S. Marie Goradia (Courtesy: Pratham USA) Marie Goradia is one of the four women to be selected by the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) for their training school, where she was later appointed as a research officer. “We are pleased to announce that Goradias are being recognized by Asia Society Texas Centre (ASTC) as the recipients of the 2018 Huffington Award. Named after our co-founder Roy…

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Police Department in Texas apologizes for allegedly racist Facebook post of Indian students

(Courtesy: Facebook) Parents of the Independent School District in Katy, Texas have expressed outrage about allegations of racism after the local police department released a Facebook post on October 25 of an overcrowded school bus packed with Indian students. According to several news reports, the post shows several Indian children hanging off the side of a school bus, with a caption reading: “Remember. It’s National School Bus Safety Week.” One of the moms responded saying, “This post is completely offensive. Shame on you Katy ISD Police Department. Your job is to remain neutral and offer protection to our students, staff and faculty, not post such racist memes. This is NOT representative of my support of the school district which is supposed to educate our children into world leaders. Shame!” Clint Proctor, the parent who saw the post, demanded a removal of it saying that “it was clearly inappropriate and unfortunately,…

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Indian American student wants to help astronauts further explore space

Kriston Ramdass works on prototype attachments for repair of thruster valves for the Orion spacecraft’s European Service Module. The Penn State junior spent eight months working at a co-op for Moog. (Courtesy: Kriston Ramdass/Penn State University) Indian American Penn State student Kriston Ramdass, was recruited last year to work at Moog in a co-op and was told “you’re going to be fixing the Orion spacecraft,” according to a university press release. The aerospace engineering major and Schreyer Honors Scholar, then spent eight months in a co-op at Moog’s failure investigation department, where he also worked on a spacecraft that will be part of an upcoming NASA mission. According to a university press release, Moog built more than 140 thrusters for Orion’s European Service Module and initial testing showed that valves on five of those thrusters had failed, which Ramdass and his team had to figured out that the valves that…

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Modi Meets U.S. business leaders to discuss deepening engagement

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi met board members of the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) Oct. 30 in New Delhi. (Photo: PMO) Board members of United States-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) which includes top industry leaders from the U.S., met Prime Minister Narendra Modi Oct. 30, in New Delhi. According to information provided by the Prime Minister’s Office, they briefed the Prime Minister on the outcomes of India Leadership Summit held earlier in the day. The business leaders also expressed their appreciation for the economic and regulatory reforms implemented by the Government in the past four years, and called for further deepening their engagements with India to make use of opportunities beneficial to both sides. Modi, in his address, said that both countries have benefitted in an “unprecedented manner” through economic engagement, and encouraged American companies to fully avail of the business opportunities in new areas as well, such as…

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Indian American researcher uses cow’s gut to reduce emissions

Pitta’s team adds an enzyme powder to cow feed, which cuts methane emissions by 30 percent. (Courtesy: Penn State University) Dipti Pitta, an Indian American assistant professor at the School of Veterinary Medicine at Penn State University, has received a $500,000 grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture for her research project on rumen, the large part of the cow’s first digestive chamber, which could lead to reductions in methane emissions from dairy cattle.   As concern about climate change rises, researchers are working to develop innovative strategies to limit greenhouse gas emissions, methane being one of them.   Methane makes up 14 percent of greenhouse gas emissions globally and it is 28 times more potent than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere.   The cattle which is raised for dairy and beef products, produces 25 percent of methane emissions in the United States, according to a…

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Trial of Bangladeshi man charged with subway bombing begins

Akayed Ullah, a Bangladeshi man who attempted to detonate a homemade bomb strapped to his body at a New York commuter hub during morning rush hour is seen in this handout photo received December 11, 2017. New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission/Handout via REUTERS The trial of Akayed Ullah, a South Asian of Bangladeshi decent, who tried to blow himself up with a pipe bomb in a subway passage last year, has begun. According to a New York Times report, jury selection was expected to conclude yesterday and they are also expected to hear opening statements by a prosecutor and Ullah’s lawyer. According to authorities, Ullah had carried out an attack on Dec. 11 in the tunnel which links the Times Square and Port Authority subway stations, during the morning rush hour and only injured him. He later told prosecutors “I did it for the Islamic State,” the New York Times…

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Indian American businessman wants to become next mayor of San Ramon, California

Sanat Sethy (Courtesy: LinkedIn) Indian American businessman and engineer, Sanat Sethy has his eye on the Mayor’s seat of San Ramon, California, in an attempt to replace Bill Clarkson, who has held it since 2011. According to his campaign website, Sethy has been living in San Ramon for 11 years with his wife and two children, and his engineering and M.B.A. degrees led to him become a member of the city’s Economic Development Advisory Committee, which helped shape the financial future of San Ramon. Sethy is currently the director of VATVEZ, where he specializes in product development and program management. Prior to that he was working at Cognizant Technology Solutions, Accenture and Hitachi Data Systems; he graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management, according to his LinkedIn profile. As far as issues are concerned, Sethy says on his campaign website, “we need to protect our parks, hills…

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Team of Indian American girls named as 2018 Technovation Challenge finalists

A team of Indian American girls from Monte Vista High School in San Francisco, California have been named a senior division finalist in the 2018 Technovation Challenge for an app that they have created. Ria Doshi, Harini Arumugam and Eesha Ramkumar, known as team FemStem, have created an app called Alleviate, which is designed to help individuals with autism improve their social interaction skills and reduce anxiety in times of stress. According to a press release, Doshi said that their school has a significantly large special education system and they have seen this growing up however, the kids in their school system are only a handful of the 100 million people worldwide who suffer from autism. So they decided to create the app to help these individuals with autism overcome the challenges they face in their daily lives, and for this they took the help of their school’s special education…

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Couple falls to death in Yosemite Valley, circumstances being investigated

Meenakshi Moorthy and Vishnu Viswanath were found at the bottom of a sharp 3,000 foot drop in Yosemite National Park. (Photo: blog profile photo from holidaysandhappilyeverafters.com) For Vishnu Viswanath, 29, and Meenakshi Moorthy, 30, Silicon Valley techies, “daredevilry” may have been the cause of their deaths. Their bodies were found at the bottom of a 3,000 foot drop off Taft Point in Yosemite National Park, according to a San Francisco Chronicle news report Oct. 29. The couple were doing what they loved to do, going by their entries on a blog site chronicling their adventures and experiences during their travels. Their bodies were found by Rangers Oct. 25, after tourists spotted them, spokesman Jamie Richards is quoted telling SFChronicle. Friends told SFChronicle that Viswanath had just taken a job with Cisco Systems Inc., in San Jose, and that the two were driving from New York to Silicon Valley, making it…

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Hundreds attend Nargis Dutt Memorial Foundation Gala

Priya Dutt speaks at the Nargis Dutt Memorial Foundation’s annual gala held on Oct. 29 fundraising gala held at the Marriott Hotel in Uniondale, Long Island, N.Y. Cancer treatment in India was improving but rural areas remain underserved and Indian-Americans could help meet that urgent need, according to Priya Dutt, the daughter of late Bollywood stars Nargis and Sunil Dutt. She now heads the Nargis Dutt Memorial Foundation, and was in New York for the Oct. 29 fundraising gala held at the Marriott Hotel in Uniondale, Long Island, N.Y. Close to 450 guests came to show their support and donate money for the cause, Peter Bheddah, president of NDMF, told Desi Talk. While it would take time to figure out the total raised at the event, Bheddah said it was a “substantial amount.” The organization uses funds raised to purchase advanced cancer treatment equipment and donate them to selected hospitals….