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Mental Health Breaks Through

From left, George Daley, Paul Farmer, Vikram Patel, Janet Rossant and Ashish Jha. (Image: Gretchen Ertl for HMS) Patel’s Gairdner Global Health Award for leadership celebrated at HMS In the field of global health, where caregivers are often left frustrated when enormous suffering goes untreated, sometimes just getting the world to acknowledge the severity of a problem can feel like an achievement. When that acknowledgment is coupled with real progress toward identifying and implementing affordable, scalable solutions that have the potential to improve millions of lives, it’s cause for celebration. Earlier this month, the Gairdner Foundation announced it was recognizing Vikram Patel, the Pershing Square Professor of Global Health in the Blavatnik Institute at Harvard Medical School, for his outstanding achievements in research in the field of global mental health by presenting him with the 2019 John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award. To celebrate this achievement, widely regarded as…

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God is Dead by Naren Weiss and diaspora poetry collective Matwaala expands to new territory

NEW YORK – The Houston, Texas-born, Brooklyn, New York-based playwright, writer and actor Naren Weiss is the kind of Indian American, who really has had an immersive experience in both cultures, in India and the US. Weiss, 28, who is best known in film and TV circles as the actor who played the role of Osama bin Laden in the Kamal Haasan starrer ‘Vishwaroopam’, and as Dekker in the ABC series ‘Deception’, has been critically acclaimed for his work in theatre in India and the US as well. Weiss, whose mother is of Indian-origin, and father Caucasian, emigrated to Madras, Tamil Nadu, at the age of 12. He went on to attend Madras Christian College, and Brooklyn College. He received his Master of Fine Arts, from the latter, in 2015. A former model, and VJ for Channel UFX, in India, Weiss auditioned, albeit unsuccessfully, for the title role in ‘Life…

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Attack on Indian priest in New Jersey being investigated as bias crime

Hindu Samaj Temple of Mahwah. Photo courtesy of the temple. JERSEY CITY, NJ – Devendra Shukla, 43, priest at the Hindu Samaj Temple of Mahwah, New Jersey, where he lives too, drove down with his six-year-old daughter, to the shopping center on Route 17 in Ramsey, on the evening of April 3, 2019. Shukla had just pulled into the parking area of the TD Bank on the premises, around 7:30 p.m., and was still in the car, when a Caucasian man, now identified as Nicholas Dow, 30, and who lives adjacent to the temple, in Mahwah, walked over to Shukla’s side of the car. What transpired next has now led to outrage, anger, and activism in the local Indian community, to punish the culprit to the maximum extent of the law. Shukla alleged in a police report filed later that Dow came over to the driver’s side of his car,…

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New Indian Consul General In Chicago Meets Indian-American Community

The Indian Consulate in Chicago has a new Consul General at the helm, designated recently to succeed Neeta Bhushan who served in the same position since January 2017. India’s new Consul General in Chicago Sudhakar Dalela took over this April. (Photo: cgichicago.gov.in) Consul General Sudhakar Dalela, a seasoned foreign service officer, joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1993. He began his career in Tel Aviv, Israel, where he also acquired proficiency in Hebrew. He has since served in Indian Missions in Brasilia, Geneva, Dhaka, and Washington D.C. This April 19, the day he took over, Dalela met with representatives of Indian-American organizations, including the Federation of Indian Associations Chicago, the Midwest Punjabi Association, Gandhi Samaj of Chicago, according to a news report in Adbhut Media. The representatives of the community organizations apprised Consul General Dalela of their history and activities over the years, the news report said. The Chicago appointment…

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Indian Consulate In Chicago Holds Event Highlighting Vibrant Goa Global Expo

The Indian Consulate in Chicago jointly with the Vibrant Goa road show hosted a curtain-raiser for the October expo, at the consulate in downtown Chicago April 16, highlighting Goa’s phenomenal success story in areas such as such as innovation, sustainability, industries, technology, youth, skill development and knowledge sharing and networking. The Indian Consulate in Chicago jointly with the Vibrant Goa road show hosted a curtain-raiser for the October expo, at the consulate in downtown Chicago April 16, highlighting Goa’s phenomenal success story. (Photo: Asian Media USA) The event was overseen by India’s newly designated Consul General of in Chicago Sudhakar Dalela. Goa’s success story will be extensively showcased at the Vibrant Goa Global Expo & Summit 2019 to be held in Goa, India on October 17-19, 2019. More than 17 international roadshows across 17 key countries globally and 20 national roadshows across 20 state capitals of India are being conducted…

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Annual Sikh Day parade held in New York City attracts thousands

Thousands of people came from around the Tri-state area and beyond to participate in and watch the colorful Sikh Day Parade April 27, which began at Madison Ave. and East 38th Street, in New York City. Sikh Day Parade down Madison Ave., April 27, 2019, attended by thousands (Videograb from #Sikhdayparade2019 #Nyc #kuljeetkaur video on YouTube) Organized by the Sikh Cultural Society Inc. Gurdwara in Richmond Hill Queens, the event is a joint effort of numerous gurdwaras and Sikh organizations in New Jersey and New York, eager to spread awareness about their community, particularly after 9/11. “More than 90,000 plus people were there at this year’s parade,” Gurdev Singh Kang, chief coordinator of the parade for the 8th year, told Desi Talk. Langar or free food was served to at least 20,000 people, Kang estimated with some ten stalls lining 26th Street where the parade ended. Among the VIPs at…

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Indian-American Foundation in Tampa Bay raising funds for special needs children

The Indo American Foundation of Tampa Bay (IAFTB) announced final details April 29, for its sold-out 4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament to be held on Saturday, May 4th, at Lake Jovita Golf Course in Dade City, Fla. Some 144 golfers are expected to descend on the chosen site to compete, a press release from the organization, said. The Indo American Foundation of Tampa Bay flyer (Photo: website iaftb.org) “The scramble golf tournament is unique and a lot of fun. We are proud to host this impressive annual event, and we’re excited that so many golfers return for the fun year after year”, Kal Patel, the president and co-founder of the Foundation is quoted saying in the press release. The Tournament will have many exciting activities including craft beer tasting, scotch tasting, fresh ethnic Indian food, and a Kiolbassa Smoked Meats food tent right on the course, organizers said. Additionally, the…

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Anoushka Shankar to perform in New York on May 5

Anoushka Shankar. Photo: Laura Lewis UK. Sitarist and composer Anoushka Shankar culminates a celebration of her remarkable 20-year recording career with a concert at the Town Hall on Sunday May 5th at 7 pm. The event will cap her 24-city North American Spring Tour, which highlighted the release of Reflections, a 15-track retrospective just released on the Deutsche Grammophon label. The album, curated by Anoushka, is a testament to her musical curiosity and talent. Drawing from her albums Land of Gold, Traces of You, Breathing Under Water, and Rise, Reflections includes “Jod, Jhala,” based on a raga created by her late father, master sitarist Ravi Shankar. He also is featured on “Pancham Se Gara,” one of the few studio recordings that captured father and daughter playing together, according to a press release. The rest of the selections offer a sampling of Anoushka´s range, which can embrace electronic instruments and dance…

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Violence mars voting in West Bengal during fourth phase of general election voting

MUMBAI/KOLKATA (Reuters) – West Bengal state, crucial for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s hopes of retaining power, took center stage in India’s staggered general election on Monday after clashes broke out between supporters of his party and a regional bloc. People wait in queues to cast their vote at a polling station at Sirohi district in Rajasthan, India April 29, 2019. REUTERS/Amit Dave Security forces chased away people wielding sticks after workers from Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took on those from regional Trinamool Congress in Asansol, police said. Modi is hoping to gain seats in West Bengal to offset likely losses in the north of the country. An Election Commission of India official said paramilitary forces fired a blank round inside a polling station in another constituency in the state after a scuffle between voters and troops, who were demanding that mobile phones be kept aside while voting,…

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Former top Indian-American aide to Cook County Clerk in Illinois, convicted of perjury

An Indian-American who formerly worked as a top aide for Illinois’ Cook County Clerk Dorothy Brown, has been convicted on charges of perjury in relation to an alleged case of pay-to-play, news reports said. The news of former associate clerk in Brown’s office, Beena Patel’s conviction made headlines, after she was found guilty April 26, by a federal jury. Patel, 57, who according to the Chicago Tribune, while in office, supervised more than 500 employees, was accused of lying during a grand jury investigation that she had never sold tickets to her boss’ fundraisers, and that additionally, she did not know if a colleague also being investigated, had spoken to law enforcement. Back in 2017, Patel was indicted on those same charges, according to a Justice Department press release of May 5, 2017. According to the indictment, the grand jury was conducting an investigation of possible criminal violations in an…