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Parker Jewish Institute appoints Sujata Seth to promote newly expanded Indian Cultural Unit

Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care & Rehabilitation, based in New York, has appointed Sujata Seth has joined the Institute’s Public Affairs Office, reporting to Lina Scacco, Assistant Vice President, Corporate Outreach and Development. As the new Marketing Associate for Parker’s newly expanded Indian Cultural Unit, she will conduct special outreach programs to educate the area’s Indian population about Parker’s dedicated services for older adults, according to a press release. Seth’s responsibilities will include making special presentations at senior centers, at Hindu temples and businesses, physicians’ offices and other health-related facilities.  Fluent in English, Hindi and Punjabi, she’s excited about joining Parker’s team. “My goal is to promote awareness of the Parker brand, especially about the fourth floor Indian Cultural Unit,” Seth said, in a statement. She will also make special efforts to reach those residing in the neighborhoods, who may not know of Parker’s unique and dedicated program for…

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Indian-American Congressman leads bipartisan effort to delay health insurance tax

Congressman Ami Bera, D-California Congressman Ami Bera, D-California, a physician by training, is leading a bipartisan effort to delay the application of a health insurance tax that sponsors of the bill believe would put families in the hole for nearly $500 a year. Reps. Bera, Josh Gottheimer, D-NJ, Jackie Walorski, R-Indiana, and Kenny Marchant, R-TX,  introduced H.R. 1398, the Health Insurance Tax Relief Act, Feb. 27. This bill’s aim is to stop the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Tax from going into effect until after 2021 and in effect, save consumers hundreds of dollars, the lawmakers said in a press release. According to America’s Health Insurance Plans, the HIT could increase premiums by over $470 per family in 2020 if not stopped, the sponsors said, adding that the tax would also hit seniors and those with disabilities particularly hard. “Failing to pass this bill, which would ensure the Health Insurance…

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U.S. “very engaged” with India-Pakistan situation: Secretary Pompeo

Forensic officials inspect the wreckage of a bus after a suicide bomber rammed a car into the bus carrying Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel on Thursday (Feb. 14, 2019) in Lethpora, in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, Feb. 15, 2019. (Photo: Reuters/Danish Ismail) United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington is deeply involved in dimming the heightened tension between India and Pakistan following India’s surgical attack on a terrorist camp that New Delhi claimed took out some 200 to 300 militants of Jaish-e-Mohammed, a designated terror group by the U.S. “We were and continue to be very engaged with the issue between India and Pakistan. I spent a good deal of time on the phone last night talking to leaders in both countries, making sure there was good information exchanged, encouraging each country to not take any action that would escalate and create increased risk,” Pompeo said in…

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Trump administration intervention may have led to Pakistan’s release of Indian Air Force officer

February 22 protest by Indian-Americans held outside Pakistan’s Consulate in New York. (Photo: Peter Ferreira/Parikh Worldwide Media) President Donald Trump announced impending good news in the ongoing heightening tensions between India and Pakistan, in tandem with Islamabad’s announcement it was returning a captured Air Force officer to New Delhi. “We have, I think, reasonably attractive news from Pakistan and India,” President Trump announced at the start of his press briefing prior to his return from Vietnam from the second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. “They’ve been going at it, and we’ve been involved in trying to have them stop,” Trump said referring to India and Pakistan.  “And we have some reasonably decent news.  I think, hopefully, that’s going to be coming to an end,” the President added. While several nations have been involved behind the scenes in bringing about a negotiated end to the military exchanges between…

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Pakistan says it will return captured Indian pilot, as U.S. urges de-escalation

India’s Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers patrol along the fenced border with Pakistan in Ranbir Singh Pura sector near Jammu February 26, 2019. (Photo: REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta) The pilot, identified by Islamabad as Wing Commander Abhi Nandan, became the human face of the latest flare-up following the release of videos showing him being captured and later held in custody. Khan said the pilot would be released on Friday, even as his military reported that four Pakistani civilians had been killed by Indian firing across the disputed border in Kashmir. “As a peace gesture we will be releasing him tomorrow,” Khan told parliament. Khan’s decision came after several other countries offered diplomatic assistance to de-escalate the confrontation between two countries that have almost went to war in 2002 for fourth time since their independence from British colonial rule in 1947. Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said his counterpart from Saudi Arabia…

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Indian-American candidate for treasurer of Windy City one step closer

Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar, running for Treasurer, will be in the April 2 runoff f)or the seat. (Photo: Ameya Pawar Twitter) The Indian-American candidate for Treasurer of Chicago, mustered enough votes in the municipal elections held Feb. 27, to be in the April 2 runoff. Alderman Ameya Pawar, who represents the 47th District as a council member in Chicago, made a great showing yesterday, coming out neck-and-neck with Illinois State Representative Melissa Conyears-Ervin, two of three candidates in the running on Feb. 27. Since neither candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote, regulations require them to be in the runoff. According to the Chicago Sun Times, with 95.4 percent of 2,069 precincts reporting late Tuesday, Conyears-Ervin garnered 44.2 percent and Pawar 41.7 percent, with Peter Gariepy trailing at a little over 14 percent. Pawar is the first and only Indian-American in the Chicago city council, serving since 2011,…

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India and Pakistan may not go to war. But the crisis is escalating

Demonstrators overturn a car during a protest against the attack on a bus that killed 44 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in south Kashmir on Thursday, in Jammu February 15, 2019. (Photo: Reuters/Mukesh Gupta) If you followed certain Indian media outlets in the early hours of Tuesday, you probably heard that Indian Air Force jets swooped into Pakistani airspace and carried out devastating strikes on militant camps, killing roughly 300 fighters. If you were watching in Pakistan, you saw news of a cowardly incursion in which Indian warplanes dropped their payloads over uninhabited countryside and then scurried home, harming nothing save for an empty stretch of forest. “The strike took place near the town of Balakot, just inside the Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and not in the disputed Kashmir region,” my Washington Post colleagues reported. “Initial reports from local police officials and residents who spoke on the condition…

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As tensions rise between India and Pakistan, flights delayed, international planes rerouted

Raveesh Kumar, spokesman for the External Affairs Ministry, speaks during a media briefing in New Delhi, India, February 27, 2019. (Photo: REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis) Flights from major international carriers were forced to reroute on Wednesday to avoid Pakistani airspace after Pakistan said it shot down two Indian aircraft over its territory. The incident marked the latest escalation in a growing crisis between India and Pakistan, both of which are nuclear-armed. On Tuesday (Feb. 26), India sent fighter jets over the unofficial border between the two countries for the first time in nearly 50 years, launching an airstrike in Pakistan. India claimed to have targeted a training camp used by the militant group Indian officials say killed 40 Indian paramilitary police in Kashmir earlier this month, but Pakistani officials said the strike targeted a wooded area. As The Washington Post reported Wednesday, India confirmed that one plane was shot down by Pakistan…

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Boeing nominates Indian-American Nikki Haley for election to board of governors

U.S. President Donald Trump talks with U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley as they attend a session on reforming the United Nations at U.N. Headquarters in New York, U.S., September 18, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] board of directors has nominated Nikki Randhawa Haley to be elected as a director at the company’s annual meeting of shareholders on April 29. A Feb. 26 press release from the company made the announcement. Haley,, 47, is President Donald Trump’s former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, the first female governor of South Carolina, and a three-term legislator in the South Carolina House of Representatives. “Ambassador Haley brings to Boeing an outstanding record of achievement in government, industry partnership, and successfully driving economic prosperity for communities in America and around the world,” Boeing Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg, is quoted saying in the press release. “It’s…

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India – Pakistan conflict heats up over Kashmir

India’s Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers patrol along the fenced border with Pakistan in Ranbir Singh Pura sector near Jammu February 26, 2019. (Photo: REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta) ISLAMABAD/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India and Pakistan both said they shot down each other’s fighter jets on Wednesday, with Pakistan capturing an Indian pilot a day after Indian warplanes struck inside Pakistan for the first time since a 1971 war, prompting world powers to urge restraint. Both countries have ordered air strikes over the last two days, the first time in history that two nuclear-armed powers have done so, while ground forces have exchanged fire in more than a dozen locations. Tension has been running high since a suicide car bombing by Pakistan-based militants in Indian-controlled Kashmir killed at least 40 Indian paramilitary police on Feb. 14, but the risk of conflict rose dramatically on Tuesday when India launched an air strike on what…