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India’s trade ministry proposes delaying retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s trade ministry has proposed that the government delays by a month the imposition of retaliatory tariffs on some U.S. goods that were due to go into effect from April 1, a trade ministry spokeswoman told Reuters on Friday. A man holds the flags of India and the U.S. while people take part in the 35th India Day Parade in New York August 16, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/File Photo Trade friction between India and the United States has escalated after U.S. President Donald Trump announced plans earlier this month to end preferential trade treatment for India that allows duty-free entry for up to $5.6 billion worth of its exports to the United States. Indian officials believe India could lose its preferential treatment in early May. The Indian government has asked the U.S. administration to review its decision, two government officials with close knowledge of the matter said….

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Billionaire jeweler Nirav Modi denied bail in London over PNB fraud case

LONDON (Reuters) – Fugitive billionaire jeweler Nirav Modi was denied bail in a London court on Friday, following his arrest last week on charges over his alleged involvement in a $2 billion fraud at India’s state-run Punjab National Bank. A Nirav Modi showroom is pictured in New Delhi, India, February 15, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi The 48-year-old, who denies the charges, faces possible extradition to India where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is under pressure to take a firm stance on the case ahead of national elections in April-May. The two Modis are not related. “There are substantial grounds to fear failure to surrender,” magistrate Emma Arbuthnot told a Westminster court, adding that Modi’s application in 2017 for a visa to the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu exacerbated those concerns. A witness has alleged that Modi threatened to kill him and had also offered around 2 million rupees ($29,000) as a bribe…

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Indian-American wins football video award in New Mexico

At 6 ‘ 3″ and weighing in at approximately 330 lbs, Robert “Bob” Patel looks like the football player he could have been. He is surrounded by players who are taller or as tall as him, and built to withstand the bouts on the football field. “It’s only when I get out of my football bubble, and am around other people, I realize – ‘Oh s***! I’m a big guy!” Patel exclaims during an interview with News India Times from his office in New Mexico State University where he is the ‘Video Coordinator’ for the football team. New Mexico State University football coaching staff member Robert ‘Bob’ Patel (Photo by Victoria Palombit, courtesy NMSU) Patel, 37, a former U.S. Army National Guard, was just named the Independent Video Coordinator of the Year by the Collegiate Sports Video Association (CSVA) this week. This is the second honor for Patel after winning…

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U.S., India reiterate demand Pakistan must end terrorist havens operating in country

Washington and New Delhi jointly called on Pakistan to take action against terrorists operating within its territory following a joint counterterrorism meeting in Washington, D.C. March 29. Ministry of External Affairs Joint Secretary Mahaveer Singhvi and State Department Coordinator for Counterterrorism Ambassador Nathan A. Sales at meeting in Washington, D.C. March 29. (Photo courtesy Indian Embassy) In a statement released following the meeting of the U.S.-India Counterterrorism Joint Working Group and Designations Dialogue, March 29, ” Both sides underlined the urgent need for Pakistan to take meaningful, irreversible, and verifiable action against terrorists and terrorist groups.” The U.S. and Indian teams discussed the strengthening of cooperation on information sharing and other steps to disrupt the ability of terrorists to travel, consistent with the important provisions and obligations outlined in United Nations Security Council Resolution 2396. This was the 16th meeting of the working group and the second session of the…

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Washington and New Delhi renew agreement for triangular development cooperation in Asia, Africa

The United States and India renewed their agreement to work jointly to bring about development in Asia and Africa March 29 in New Delhi. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with India’s Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale March 12, 2019. (Photo: U.S. Embassy in New Delhi – in.usembassy.gov) According to a press release from the Ministry of External Affairs, the two sides signed the First Amendment to the Statement of Guiding Principles (SGP) on Triangular Cooperation for Global Development. The Amendment was signed by Joint Secretary, Devyani Khobragade, Ph.D. of the Development Partnership Administration -II Division, at MEA, and Mission Director for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in India. Mark Anthony White.The SGP Agreement, signed in November 2014, “provides a framework for promoting cooperation between the two countries to meet the developmental aspirations of partner countries, particularly in Asia and Africa,” the press release said. Under the Agreement, India…

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Neeraj Sahai named President of Dun & Bradstreet International

Neeraj Sahai, President of Dun & Bradstreet International. Photo courtesy of company. Dun & Bradstreet, the global leader in commercial data, analytics and insights for businesses, has named Neeraj Sahai President of Dun & Bradstreet International and Gil Shaked Chief Technology Officer. Both executives will be based at the company’s New Jersey headquarters. “Dun & Bradstreet is fortunate to have two exceptional leaders, Neeraj and Gil, join our executive team at this critical moment in our trajectory,” said Dun & Bradstreet President Stephen C. Daffron, in a statement. “Their collective vision and deep experience are a powerful combination as we drive greater momentum with our customers and partners around the globe.” As President of Dun & Bradstreet International, Sahai will work closely with Stephen Daffron and Chief Executive Officer Anthony Jabbour to align the company’s businesses and joint ventures in Asia, including India, The United Kingdom, Ireland, as well as…

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Airlines apologize for not removing Indian-American teens from plane

Delta Air Lines and Korean Air have apologized to the family of two unaccompanied Indian-American minors who were kicked off a flight on their way to visit family in the Philippines. A Korean Air flight lands at O’Hare International Airport after a blizzard cancelled hundreds of flights in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. November 26, 2018. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski/Files The 15 and 16 year old sons of Prajakta and Rakesh Patel were removed from the Korean Air flight after they told the airline about a peanut allergy and asked that peanuts not be served around them on the Seoul – Manila leg of the flight. Korean Air is Delta’s partner for that segment. According to news reports in Good Morning America and USA Today, both Delta and Korean Air apologized for deplaning the kids at Seoul. The unaccompanied minors had to wait many hours to catch a flight back to their parents in…

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Teaching Hindi in the U.S. has expanded under the federal STARTALK program

STARTALK, a federal program to promote teaching of critical languages during the summer vacation,  which enters the 12th year of operation has been a major force behind expanding the formal teaching of Hindi in the United States. Students of Sangam-Franklin STARTALK Hindi program with Consul-General of India in New York Sandeep Chakravorty on Aug. 9, 2018. (Photo courtesy Hindi Sangam Foundation) Conducted by the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland, STARTALK-supported Hindi programs have become popular in a number of states, such as, New York, New Jersey, Illinois and Texas. The Sangam-Franklin STARTALK Hindi Language and Cultural Program is among the half a dozen programs that New Jersey will host this summer. It will be held from July 22 to August 8, at Franklin High School in Somerset, New Jersey. Currently in its fourth year Sangam-Franklin STARTALK is conducted by Hindi Sangam Foundation, a non-profit educational and…

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New TV episode on Sikhs will help raise awareness on bullying: The Sikh Coalition

The major news network, CBS, which carries a documentary series on ‘Religion & Culture’ will feature an episode on youth from minority faiths, including Indian-Americans of the Sikh faith, which begins airing on March 31. Shooting for the CBS documentary series on ‘Religion & Culture’ where Sikhs are being featured. The Sikh Coalition helped in the making of the series. (Photo: courtesy of and with permission from The Sikh Coalition) “Religion & Identity in Young America” will begin airing in regional media markets across the United States on March 31, at which time it will also be available to watch on digital platforms, including the CBS News website and YouTube, according to the advocacy organization, Sikh Coalition. Shooting for the CBS documentary series on ‘Religion & Culture’ where Sikhs are being featured. The Sikh Coalition helped in the making of the series. (Photo: courtesy of and with permission from The…

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Indian American twins are Valedictorian and Salutatorian at Connecticut school

Indian American twins Anisa Verma Prasad, left, is Salutatorian, and Sirina Verma Prasad is Valedictorian, for Staples High School, Class of 2019. (Photo courtesy of Westport Public Schools). In a rare achievement, Indian American identical twins, sisters Sirina Verma Prasad and Anisa Verma Prasad, have been declared as the Valedictorian and Salutatorian, respectively, of Staples High School, in Westport, CT. Amazingly, this is not a first for Staples. In 2011, twins Eric and Todd Lubin were number one and two in their class, respectively. Valedictorian is the student with the top academic performance; and Salutatorian is the number two, in a high school graduating class. They are entrusted with the responsibility of also giving speeches at two separate ceremonies, one for each. Patch reported the Prasad sisters’ route to the two academic spots in Staples’ Class of 2019 began in first grade, at Greens Farms Elementary School. Their parents had…