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Indian-American physicians work with USAID, NGOs, to end tuberculosis in India

Logo of AAPI and announcement of Global Health Care Summit 2019. (Photo: cropped from program courtesy Dr. Suresh Reddy) The largest organization representing Indian-American physicians, is joining hands with the U.S. Agency for for International Development and non-governmental organizations, to make India free of tuberculosis. The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, noted in a press release Aug. 25, that India which has the highest incidence of TB is a key player in the global quest to end tuberculosis. In India, World Health Organization estimates show that in 2017, there were nearly 2 million (1,908,371) notified cases of TB. The WHO estimates that TB kills 5,000 people every day around the world and 10 million people fell ill with TB in 2017, including 0.9 million among people living with HIV; that TB was one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide in 2017, and was responsible for more…

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Judge downgrades verdict for Indian-American woman in shaking death of baby

An Indian-American woman from Massachusetts who was facing a second degree murder conviction and life sentence for charges relating to violent shaking of a baby in her care, leading to its death, has been spared to serve a lower jail term. Pallavi Macharla May 13, 2019 videograb from CBSBoston.com as judge pronounced life sentence after second degree guilty verdict. On Aug. 19, 2019, Judge Kenneth Fisher reduced the verdict to ‘involuntary manslaughter’ thus reducing Macharla;s sentence to a maximum of five years. (Photo: video still grab from CBSBoston.com) Pallavi Macharla’s sentence would be reduced as a result of the judge changing her verdict from second-degree murder to ‘involuntary manslaughter,’ the Boston Globe reported. Middlesex Superior Court Judge Kenneth Fishman said in his 17-page ruling Aug. 19, that, “This court cannot permit a verdict of second-degree murder to stand in the presence of such highly contested and inconsistent evidence,” the Boston…

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Wisconsin Celebrates IndiaFest in Milwaukee Organized by Spindle India

Getting ready to light the lamp with invited guests. In Picture seen Mayor of Brookfield Steve Ponto, WI Supreme Court Justice Daniel Kelly, Alderman Tony Zielinsky, Milwaukee Judge Paul Dedinsky, Milwaukee County DA John Chisholm, WI Senator Chris Larson, Mayor of Milwaukee Tom Barrett; Founder, Chairwoman & President Spindle India, Inc., Purnima Nath. (Photos: Spindle India via Purnima Nath) Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers proclaimed Aug .15, 2019 as ‘India Day’ in Wisconsin, following which IndiaFest was celebrated in Milwaukee Aug. 17, this year. Former Governor Scott Walker had also declared made a similar declaration in 2018. “IndiaFest Milwaukee is the largest celebration of India Day in the State of Wisconsin…,” said Gov. Evers according to a press release from Spindle India which is main organizer of the annual event. Gov. Evers also noted that in addition to celebrating Indian culture, IndiaFest Milwaukee “provides a platform for collaboration, connection, education and…

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Project Led by Indian-American Gets $2.8M Grant in Kansas

Kansas State University electrical and computer engineering faculty who received $2.8 million U.S. Department of Energy research award, standing from left: Mohammad Shadmand, Bala Natarajan and Hongyu Wu; seated from left: Behrooz Mirafzal and Anil Pahwa. (Photo Courtesy: k-state.edu) Kansas State University announced in early August that its research team led by an Indian-American, received a three-year, $2.8 million research award from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office. The grant is meant to advance solar energy’s role in strengthening electricity grids. The KSU team’s project led by Bala Natarajan, the Clair N. Palmer and Sara M. Palmer professor, for which the grant is meant, is expected to enhance utility operators’ awareness of and resilience to cyberattacks, a press release from the University said. The project is one of 10 selected nationwide in the Advanced Systems Integration for Solar Technologies program to develop grid management tools and models…

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Justice Department drops all criminal charges against Indian-American Dr. Sreekrishna M. Cheruvu, all moneys returned

The United States Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced Aug. 26, 2019, that the United States Attorney’s Office has executed a Non-Prosecution and Compliance Agreement dismissing all criminal charges against Dr. Sreekrishna M. Cheruvu, M.D., and entered into a stipulation resolving a civil disagreement over the correct CPT codes to bill for services rendered by T3 Medical, Dr. Cheruvu’s medical practice. Department of Justice generic banner (Photo: justice.gov) “Pursuant to the terms of the non-prosecution and compliance agreement, if Dr. Cheruvu’s medical license is restored, then any reimbursement claims he submits will, for a period of time, be monitored by a medical billing compliance expert agreed to by the parties,” Kennedy stated in a press release.  “Additionally, the civil forfeiture case is being resolved with the government returning a total of $99,378.17, of the $466,158.33 seized from Dr. Cheruvu, to three different insurance companies he billed.” In explaining his Office’s…

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Indian-American man to plead guilty In first such criminal case involving millions in virtual currency

An Indian-American from Westwood, California agreed to plead guilty to federal criminal charges for owning and operating an unlicensed money transmitting business where he exchanged up to $25 million in cash and virtual currency for individuals, including Darknet drug dealers and other criminals, some of whom used his Bitcoin ATM kiosk. A Bitcoin logo is seen on a cryptocurrency ATM in Santa Monica, California, U.S., January 4. File Photo: Reuters /Lucy Nicholson This is believed to be the first federal criminal case charging an unlicensed money remitting business that used a Bitcoin kiosk, according to the Justice Department. Kunal Kalra, 25 – who was also known as “Kumar,” “shecklemayne” and “coinman” – was charged Aug. 23, 2019) in a four-count criminal information filed in United States District Court and is expected to make his initial court appearance next month, a press release from the Justice Department U.S. Attorney’s Office for…

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India antitrust watchdog to assess media, broadcasting sector

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s antitrust watchdog plans to conduct an assessment of the country’s media and broadcasting sector to ensure that any competition concerns are identified and resolved swiftly, a government document seen by Reuters showed. A salesman watches Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing to the nation, on TV screens inside a showroom in Mumbai, India, March 27, 2019. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas/File Photo The study will be among the first after India’s finance minister last week asked the Competition Commission of India (CCI) to initiate more cases on its own to investigate antitrust practices and conduct market studies. The study, which a source with direct knowledge of the matter said is not linked to any ongoing investigation, will examine the competition landscape in a sector that includes the likes of Walt Disney’s Star India and India’s Reliance Industries. India’s vibrant media sector is also crowded with hundreds of television news…

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Batting for the Heart

Legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar, left, with Heart 2 Heart Foundation Trustee and Director Arvind Thiagarajan, speaking at the Aug. 16, 2019, event in New Jersey. (Photo courtesy of the organizers) Legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar hits it out of the park on U.S. tour to raise funds for children’s free surgeries For nearly 20 years, from the 1970s to the late 1980s, Sunil Gavaskar was the heartthrob of Indian cricket. Now he speaks at public forums to keep every child’s heart throbbing through the Heart to Heart Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving the lives of little ones born with congenital heart defects by providing free pediatric cardiac surgeries. He describes his work as chair of the board of governors of H2H, as “My new innings.” All proceeds from his tour in the U.S. will go towards the H2H effort, according to the website, h2h.foundation. And it is a rigorous…

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Tennis: Sumit Nagal exits U.S. Open with head held high

Aug 26, 2019; Flushing, NY, USA; Roger Federer of Switzerland, left, and Sumit Nagal of India shake hands after their match in the first round on day one of the 2019 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports Aug 26, 2019; Flushing, NY, USA; Sumit Nagal of India wins the first set against Roger Federer of Switzerland in the first round on day one of the 2019 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports NEW YORK (Reuters) – Making a Grand Slam main draw debut against Roger Federer at a packed Arthur Ashe Stadium would have been overwhelming for many players but unheralded Indian Sumit Nagal handled the occasion like a seasoned veteran, earning a string of new admirers at the U.S. Open. The 22-year-old showed little sign…

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Indian Couple Returns Home from USA to Solve Water Issues in Maharashtra and Other States

Truly, India is a land of paradoxes. On one hand, the country is nearing the completion of its first Bullet Train corridor and laying the first underwater Metro route in Kolkata. On the other hand, there is yet no solution to the issues affecting the everyday life in India. In some parts of Mumbai alone, common people continue to grapple with multiple problems in their day-to-day lives. Water woes, resulting from the leakage of the underground pipeline, were not unknown to some areas of Mumbai City unless Asim Bhalerao and Nidhi Jain returned home from the United States to improve water supply using artificial intelligence and robotics technology. Mumbai’s water problem has been troubling the city dwellers long before Chennai’s severe water crisis drew global attention this year. In 2014, Asim Bhalerao’s visit to his parents in Mumbai changed his own and his wife’s course of life. The disrupted water…