Desi News

Indian American chosen as Vice Mayor of Fremont, California

Raj Salwan (Courtesy: Twitter) Indian American Raj Salwan was elected to the City Council of Fremont, California in 2016 and just recently, he was named as the vice mayor of the city. Salwan served on the council from January 2013 to December 2014 and was selected to the post of vice mayor unanimously when it was vacated by Mayor Bill Harrison. Salwan has lived in Fremont all his life, from living in a one-bedroom apartment with his father, mother, and two siblings, as a child, to owning AllCare Veterinary Hospital in town. He attended U.C. Irvine where he studied biological sciences, and has a doctorate of veterinary medicine degree from the School of Veterinary Medicine at Tuskegee University. Salwan has served as a Human Relations Commissioner, Planning Commissioner and as a councilmember, and is also proud to have achieved the American dream. In fact, he remembers how when he was…

Desi News

President Trump meets Prime Minister Modi at G20

U.S. President Donald Trump met India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japan’s PM Shizo Abe Nov. 30, on the sidelines of the G20 meetings in Argentina. (Photo: PMO Twitter) President Donald Trump met with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the G20, Nov. 30, “for the first ever United States–India–Japan leaders meeting Summit,” according to the White House. “As a treaty ally of Japan and major defense partner of India, the United States shares unique and exceptional relationships with both countries based on common democratic values,” the White House said in a press release. “The three leaders reaffirmed the importance of the Free and Open Indo-Pacific vision for global stability and prosperity,and pledged to deepen trilateral cooperation,” the White House said. Previous articleIndian American wins $5M from lottery scratch-off game

Desi News

Indian American wins $5M from lottery scratch-off game

Satishkumar Patel, 37, an Indian American from Manhasset Hills, New York has won $5 million in the Bankroll scratch-off game, the New York Lottery said in a press release. Patel told Newsday that he plays the lottery only “two or three times a month,” and when he randomly bought his winning ticket, he thought he had won only $500,000. “The next day I realized it was actually $5 million,” he told lottery officials. Patel will now receive a net check of $3,359,000 after the required withholdings. Patel plans to pay for his kids’ college education and a new car for his father, with the winning money. Previous articleIndo-Canadian charged in California for alleged multimillion ponzi scheme

Desi News

Indo-Canadian charged in California for alleged multimillion ponzi scheme

A former Indo-Canadian resident of the Ritz-Carlton Residences at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles was arrested on federal wire fraud charges that allege he defrauded investors out of more than $5 million in a Ponzi scheme, deceiving one investor by falsely telling him that NBA stars such as Stephen Curry would be endorsing one of his beverage products. Khemraj Dave Hardat, 50, a Canadian national who has been living in the Los Angeles area on an expired tourist visa, was arrested Nov. 27, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the criminal complaint filed in this case says that over the course of approximately 3½ years, Hardat allegedly duped at least seven victims into wiring him a total of more than $5 million. Rather than invest these funds in the businesses Hardat claimed to run,…

Desi News

Congressional Progressive Caucus elects Indian-Americans to leadership positions

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, D-Washington, is elected co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (Photo: Rep. Jayapal profile photo on Facebook) Congressman Ro Khanna, D-California (Photo:Twitter) Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) chose their leadership for the 116th Congress Nov. 29, putting two Indian-American lawmakers in leadership positions. The CPC announced it has re-elected Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wisconsin,  and elected Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Washington, as co-chairs. Additionally, the CPC elected Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Washington, as first-vice chair. “I’m excited to welcome Rep. Jayapal as a Co-Chair of the Caucus and with progressives in Democratic leadership, we will continue to advance our ideas and shape policies that make a lasting and positive difference on the lives of the American people,” Rep. Pocan is quoted saying in the press release. Jayapal said she was humbled and honored to be made co-chair, and was “committed to ensuring our caucus is as bold and strategic…

Desi News

Kavita Krishnamurthy, L. Subramaniam celebrate Indian classical music in New York

Mumbai: Singer Kavita Krishnamurthy along with her husband L Subramaniam during the launch of book on film Gour Hari Dastan – The Freedom File in Mumbai, on Aug 10, 2015. (Photo: IANS) NEW YORK – There was a little bit of emotion, chemistry and lots of music when globally renowned violinist Dr. L. Subramaniam and popular vocalist and his wife Kavita Krishnamurthy got onto the stage to celebrate the power of classical music at the Carnegie Hall here. As part of HCL concerts — an initiative to preserve and promote India’s art and cultural heritage — Subramaniam and Kavita got together to put a musical evening here on Thursday. This is the first time HCL has taken the concert to foreign shores. Kavita, who has rendered hits like “Hawa hawai”, “Dil diya hai jaan bhi denge”, “Tu hee re”, “Albla sajan” and “Maar daala”, started the evening on a spiritual note…

Desi News

Farhad Sethna to receive Bishop William Cosgrove Justice Award

Farhad Sethna (Courtesy: LinkedIn) Indian American attorney Farhad Sethna, has been selected by the Catholic Commission of Summit County as the 2018 recipient of the Bishop William M. Cosgrove Justice Award. Sethna is a 1990 graduate of the University of Akron, and he has received this honor because he has demonstrated a strong commitment to social justice in harmony with biblical values and sought to educate, raise awareness, and find solutions for problems with vulnerable populations, according to a university press release. “Your work with immigrants and standing up for their rights is exactly the type of efforts the award seeks to recognize,” wrote Diane Zbasnik, director of the Diocesan Social Action Office at Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland, in a letter to Sethna congratulating him on the award. As an Indian American, Sethna is keenly aware of the desire for a better life and opportunities that propelled him to…

Desi News

Indian American family’s plea for their 2-year-old daughter

Two-and-a-half-year-old Kshiti Karthik was diagnosed with a rare disease called Leaigh’s syndrome when she was only 15-months-old. Two-and-a-half-year-old Kshiti Karthik from New Jersey has been diagnosed with Leigh’s syndrome, one of 7,000 rare diseases and ailments that currently has no FDA approved cure, and her parents are trying to raise money for an FDA approved clinical trial, which would be the first step in finding a cure for this devastating disease. Leigh’s syndrome is a severe neurological disorder that usually becomes apparent in the first year of life. The signs and symptoms for this disease progress rapidly and early symptoms may include poor sucking ability, loss of head control and motor skills, loss of appetite, vomiting and seizures, with advanced symptoms, including weakness and lack of muscle tone, spasticity, movement disorders, cerebellar ataxia and peripheral neuropathy, according to the NIH. When Kshiti started showing signs of the syndrome, her parents, Divya Ramesh and Karthik…

Desi News

NFIA holds annual convention, elects first female president

NFIA Convention 2018 – Awardees, Dignitaries and NFIA Officials. The National Federation of Indian American Associations (NFIA), elected Angela Anand as their first female president at their annual convention at the Sheraton Tyson corner in Washington D.C., from November 16 to 18. The convention started with a White House briefing at the Diplomatic Reception room of the White House– Eisenhour Executive building, where Deputy Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy Director of the Office of Public Liaison Stephen Peter Munisteri spoke to the delegates on the topics of health and drugs, along with his assistant Melissa Fwu, as well as White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary and Deputy Assistant to President Raj Shah and Pranay Udutha. In the evening, all of the delegates were hosted by the Embassy of India where delegates met many officials. Seminars were held during the second day on health and fitness, diabetes, yoga, Ayurveda,…

Desi News

U.S. jury clears Tata consultancy of anti-American bias claims

A private security guard stands at the exit gate of the headquarters of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in Mumbai, India October 13, 2016. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade/Files A jury in California rejected claims that Tata Consultancy Services discriminated against American workers in favor of staffing its U.S. offices with Indians. The verdict is a major victory for the Indian outsourcing industry, whose business model depends heavily on exporting engineers to the U.S. A federal jury in Oakland sided Wednesday with TCS against four former employees who claimed they’d been sidelined and fired because they aren’t South Asian. The case was the first of several accusing India’s big IT firms of hiring bias in the U.S. to go to trial. HCL Technologies Ltd., Infosys Ltd. and Wipro Ltd. face similar claims. “This is a shot in the arm for the industry, which has not seen anything positive come out on the U.S. visa…