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International Gujarati Film Festival in California and New Jersey

The International Gujarati Film Festival which aims to promote the Gujarati cinema and culture across the world, is scheduled to be held in California June 7-9, and in New Jersey June 15-16. Organizers of the International Gujarati Film Festival pose for a photo. (Photo: courtesy Vadilal IGFF) After the success of the first edition at New Jersey in August 2018, where 4,500 people attended  with 4500+ attendee, 2nd edition of The International Gujarati Film Festival is going to held in 2 venues, June 7-9 in California, and June 15 and 16 in New Jersey, according to a press release. “This year, Gujarati Film Industry will reach Hollywood and show the land of dreams, the dreams possessed by the Gujarati filmmakers, actors and crew and tell the whole world that the Gujarati film industry is creating some of the most riveting cinema out there,” organizers said in the press release. The…

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Analysis: How it became Modi’s India now

After a long and arduous election, with months of campaigning and voting spread over seven phases, India’s 879 million voters have spoken. And, if not with one voice, then close to it. The Bharatiya Janata Party of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been handed another historic mandate. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures towards his supporters after the election results at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarter in New Delhi, India, May 23, 2019. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi Modi’s 2014 victory was already record-setting — the first time a single party had attained a parliamentary majority in three decades. While every vote hasn’t yet been counted, it seems that he might equal or even surpass that figure this year. To win once at that scale was astounding, a black swan event. To win twice means that Indian politics, and India itself, has changed beyond recognition. For the first decades after independence, India was…

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World record-setting re-election victory for India’s leader raises domestic and global expectations

NEW DELHI – Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party won a landslide victory in the world’s largest election as voters endorsed his vision of a muscular, assertive and fundamentally Hindu India. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he is presented with a garland by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders after the election results in New Delhi, India, May 23, 2019. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi The result represents a stunning vote of confidence in Modi, a charismatic and polarizing politician who is part of a crop of right-leaning populist leaders around the globe. Official results showed Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, on track to win 303 seats in Parliament, well above the 272-seat majority mark. No Indian prime minister has returned to power with a similar mandate in nearly five decades. The size of Modi’s victory was unexpected, surpassing his party’s winning performance in 2014. The vote is a “mandate…

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Three Men of Indian origin charged in million-dollar elder-fraud scheme

Representative cybercrime photo Reuters/Dado Ruvic Three men of Indian origin, two of them from Queens, N.Y. and the third from  Ghaziabad, India have been charged with allegedly accessing the computers of elderly individuals in the United States, making them malfunction, and luring those targeted into purchasing phony computer repair services, which netted at least $1.3 million for the conspirators. The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey S. Berman, and Special Agent-in-Charge of the Newark Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Gregory W. Ehrie, announced May 24, the unsealing of a criminal Complaint in Manhattan federal court that charges Gunjit Malhotra, Gurjeet Singh, and Jas Pal with allegedly exploiting elderly victims by remotely accessing their computers making them pay for technical support they did not need. Malhotra, 30, of Ghaziabad, Singh, 22 of Queens, New York, and Pal, 54, of Queens, New York, have each…

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Rule to rescind H-1B spouse’s right to work coming in May

The Trump administration’s ‘Unified Regulatory Agenda’ unveiled late night on Wednesday has two key takeaways for the Indian diaspora. After a long delay, the US government has stated that it will publish by this month end, a rule that will rescind the right available to certain categories of H-1B spouses to work. This will impact nearly 80,000 plus Indian families, many of whom have a plan B ready – such as migrating to another country or returning home to India, as was covered by TOI in its edition of March 29. The second major take away relates to the strengthening of the H-1B work visa program, by revising the definition of ‘speciality occupation’, so as to obtain the ‘best and brightest workers’. It also includes revising the definition of employment and employer-employee relationship to better protect US workers. In addition, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will propose additional…

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Maryland police arrest Indian-origin man on child pornography charges

The Maryland State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force said it had arrested a Harford County man (of Indian origin) May 22, after its investigation developed evidence supporting charges of possession of child pornography. Harford County, Maryland man Sandeep M. Patel, arrested by Maryland State Police. (Photo Maryland State Police website) The suspect is identified as Sandeep M. Patel, 29, of Belcamp, Maryland, the police said in a press release.  He is charged with eight counts of possession of child pornography. Patel was arrested at his residence without incident and taken to the Maryland State Police Bel Air Barrack for processing, according to the press release posted on the Maryland State Police website, where police have also posted his photo. According to information provided in the press release, in February 2019, detectives from the Baltimore County Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force began an online investigation involving the…

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Hundreds expected at Global Health Care Summit 2019 in Hyderabad, focus on ideas, policies

Logo of AAPI and announcement of Global Health Care Summit 2019. (Photo: cropped from program courtesy Dr. Suresh Reddy) The Global Health Care Summit 2019, scheduled to be held in Hyderabad July 21-24, will bring hundreds of physicians from around the world to discuss innovation, ideas and policies that could contribute to improving services in India and elsewhere. Started 10 years ago, this annual event, which is organized jointly this year by the  American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, AAPI, the Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, GAPIO, and the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, BAPIO, has become a key meeting place for experts and representatives from countries as far apart as the United Kingdom and Australia. Dr. Suresh Reddy, incoming president of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, spoke to News India Times about his plans for the Global Health Care Summit 2019,…

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Overseas supporters of Indian PM laud his resounding victory

The Overseas Friends of BJP (OFBJP)-USA congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as well as party leaders on the thumping victory in India’s latest general election. NRIs4BJP supporters held Chowkidar March, car rallies, Chai pe Charchas across the country. In Maryland, Sikhs4Modi organized a car rally where Sikhs of America President Kanwaljit Singh thanked Modi for helping the Sikh community. A car rally was also held in Virginia. A Chowkidar March was held in Woodbridge, NJ, in which supporters walked from Iselin to Edison chanting “Hum Bhi Chowkidar”. Photos courtesy Krishna Anugula, OFBJP The BJP is projected to win more than 300 seats in the 542-member Indian Parliament, way above the 272 majority required. The Congress Party with just 51 seats was defeated roundly. The OFBJP in a statement released May 23, congratulated Modi as well as BJP Party President Amit Shah, other BJP leaders, and “millions of BJP volunteers, and…

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Analysis: India’s Modi has been a bellwether for global populism

India’s election has been a gargantuan test for democracy. There are roughly 900 million Indian voters, which not only makes the country the largest democracy in the world – it means that almost 1 in 8 of the world’s adult population is able to vote. Election staff members sort ballot papers before counting them inside a vote counting center in Ahmedabad, May 23. Photo: Reuters/Amit Dave The practicalities of polling India’s diverse, geographically scattered populace are immense. Voting in India’s election was staggered, beginning on April 11 and finishing on Sunday. Counting will end Thursday, with the election results to be revealed the same day. As huge as this election was, it ultimately boiled down to one simple question: Should the divisive Narendra Modi be prime minister for five more years? That’s a question with international implications. The brand of right-wing, religiously-tinged populism that led Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party to…

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his own words after election victory

‏Verified account @narendramodi 49m49 minutes ago Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Photo: Twitter) Now, the time has come to take the Chowkidar Spirit to the next level. Keep this spirit alive at every moment and continue working for India’s progress. The word ‘Chowkidar’ goes from my Twitter name but it remains an integral part of me. Urging you all to do the same too! Previous articleExpert views: PM Modi’s party storms to thumping majority in election