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India categorically refutes Trump’s claim that Modi asked him to intercede on Kashmir

U.S. President Donald Trump attends a bilateral meeting with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan, June 28, 2019. (Photo: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo) India roundly refuted President Donald Trump’s claim that Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi had requested him to intervene in the Kashmir dispute. At a press conference held in the White House July 22,  with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan by his side, President Trump may have committed a diplomatic faux pas reversing decades of U.S. policy of non-interference on Jammu & Kashmir. During the 40-minute press conference before the bilateral discussions began, the discussion  centered mostly on Afghanistan and billions in U.S. aid to Pakistan, as well as Iran and other domestic U.S. issues. U.S. President Donald Trump greets Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 22, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst…

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Salvation Army Presents Service Awards To Sikh Religious Society of Palatine, Illinois

The Sikh Religious Society of Palatine, Illinois, was honored by Salvation Army with a “Life Time Service Award” July 14. Palatine is a suburb of Chicago. The Salvation Army also honored Sarwan Singh Raju  with the  “Making the Difference Award.” Major Nancy Power of Salvation Army Chicago with Sikh Religious Society members at Awards Ceremony at Palatine Illinois Gurdwara on July 14, 2019. Standing in front row to her left with grey turban is Sarwan Singh, who also received an award from The Salvation Army. (Photo: courtesy Asian Media USA) The Salvation Army is an Christian international charitable organization founded in 1852, in England, and today has a worldwide membership of 1.7 million, with a presence in 130 countries, helping with social justice issues and helping the elderly, homeless and more. Sarwan Singh has been mobilizing the Sikh community of Greater Chicago area for  more than two decades to participate…

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India’s Vice President, Minister of Health, urge Indian-American physicians to come home

Leaders of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, AAPI, with India’s Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, center in white, at the July 21, 2019, 13th Global Health Summit in Hyderabad, hosted by AAPI, GAPIO, BAPIO, and numerous alumni organizations. (Photo: courtesy AAPI) India’s Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, urged physicians working and living abroad to return to India during his Keynote speech inaugurating the 13th Annual Global Healthcare Summit of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, AAPI, in Hyderabad, July 21. That message to return to the Motherland was re-emphasized by India’s Mnister for Health, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, who also addressed the gathering of more than 100 physicians and experts from around the world. Speaking at the meeting held at the Taj Krishna Hotel the Vice President said he was proud of Indian physicians who provided health care around the globe and praised AAPI for tis 160 chapters…

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India’s moon mission lifts off, hopes to probe lunar south pole

People watch a live broadcast of India’s second lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2, inside an electronics showroom in Kolkata, India, July 22, 2019. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri SRIHARIKOTA/BENGALURU (Reuters) – India launched a rocket into space on Monday in an attempt to safely land a rover on the moon, the country’s most ambitious mission yet in the effort to establish itself as a low-cost space power. If successful, the 10-billion-rupee ($146-million) mission will allow Indian scientists to carry out studies regarding the presence of water at the moon’s south pole, unexplored by any other nation before. “This mission will offer new knowledge about the Moon,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a Twitter post, praising the scientists responsible for what he called a fully indigenous mission. China, Russia and the United States are the only other nations to have sent missions to the moon. A live broadcast showed images of the rocket, carrying…

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Chewy Inc., headed by Indian-American CEO, gains as rosy sales view takes aim at valuation fears

Sumit Singh, CEO of Chewy Inc. (Photo: LinkedIn) Chewy Inc.’s better-than-expected forecast drew positive commentary on Wall Street but wasn’t enough to shake concerns about valuation. The online pet store’s first earnings report as a public company showed it is continuing to grow at a robust pace, with sales expectations that topped analyst estimates. At the same time, a 53% run-up since the initial public offering in June has raised questions about the durability of growth and increasing competition from larger retailers. The shares rose as much as 3% in New York on Friday. Here’s what Wall Street is saying: –William Blair, Dylan Carden Chewy’s forecast for the second quarter and full year support upside to sales and in-line Ebitda margins. “Given the proximity to the company’s recent IPO, it is unsurprising to see performance in line with to slightly better than expectations.” William Blair sees Chewy as “uniquely levered…

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Trump administration planning changes to US citizenship test

If you were to take the test to become a U.S. citizen tomorrow, you might be asked to name one of five U.S. territories, or two of the rights contained in the Declaration of Independence, or to provide the correct number of amendments to the Constitution. A woman holds a cluster of U.S. flags during a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization ceremony in Oakland, California August 13, 2013. A total of 1,225 new citizens representing 96 countries took the oath. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith The naturalization test is a crucial part of an immigrant’s journey to becoming an American. And, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, it is meant not just as a measure of U.S. civics knowledge, but also as a reason to study and absorb the principles, values and functions of the U.S. government, including the rights and responsibilities that come with citizenship. (Question No. 49: What is…

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American Publisher Salutes Pujit Rupani Memorial Trust’s Work Uplifting Poorest Of Poor

This July 18, Padma Shri Dr. Sudhir Parikh, chairman of Parikh Worldwide Media and ITV Gold,  held productive discussions in Rajkot, Gujarat, with representatives of the Pujit Rupani Memorial Trust as well as the National Service Scheme of Saurashtra University, on their educational initiatives for underprivileged and extremely poor students. Mehul Rupani, trustee of the Pujit Rupani Memorial Trust posing with Padma Shri Sudhir Parikh at a meeting in Rajkot, Gujarat July 18, 2019. (Photo: courtesy Pujit Rupani Memorial Trust) The Pujit Rupani Memorial Trust is a foundation established by Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and his wife Anjali Rupani in memory of their son Pujit. Dr. Parikh saluted the work of the Trust in uplifting the poorest of the poor. At the meeting attended by Mehul Rupani, trustee of the Pujit Rupani Memorial Trust, as well as Chancellor of Saurashtra University Nitin Pethani, and Pro-Vice Chancellor Dr. Vijay Desani,…

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Netflix’s Indian ambitions face a wall of cheaper rivals

Netflix Inc., whose shares plunged after it reported the worst drop in U.S. users since 2011, is looking for new subscriber growth in India, a rapidly expanding streaming market. Trouble is, so are a raft of ambitious local players with cut-rate programming packages. The Netflix logo is seen on their office in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S. July 16, 2018. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson Already wrestling with global giants such as Walt Disney Co. and Amazon.com Inc., Netflix now also contends with broadcasters and Bollywood powerhouses allied with billionaire-backed wireless carriers, who are luring users with free offers or as low as 40 cents a month. That tactic has put them directly in the India growth path of the world’s largest paid online streaming service. The intense competition could derail Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings’ goal of 100 million customers in India – almost 25 times Netflix’s estimated subscriber base there this…

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World Bank pulls funding for new capital of Andhra Pradesh after Delhi drops support

A participant stands near a logo of World Bank at the International Monetary Fund – World Bank Annual Meeting 2018 in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, October 12, 2018. REUTERS/Johannes P. Christo/File Photo NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The World Bank said on Friday it had withdrawn $300 million of funding for a new capital in Andhra Pradesh after the central government dropped support for the project. The Beijing-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), that was due to finance $200 million of the project, then said it was reviewing its involvement. The construction of the city, known as Amaravati, is the brainchild of the state’s former chief minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, who lost power in elections in May. The two banks were due to provide the lion’s share of the $715 million cost of critical funding for transport, sanitation and water supply. The World Bank’s withdrawal was reported by Indian media on…

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Mob kills three in Bihar on suspicion of cattle theft, three arrested

Relatives of the victims of a mob lynching incident speak to a police officer as they mourn outside a hospital in Chapra in Bihar, July 19, 2019. (Photo: REUTERS/Stringer) NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A mob on Friday beat to death three men suspected of trying to steal cattle in Bihar, police said, the latest in a spate of attacks that have provoked alarm among religious minorities. In recent years angry mobs have lynched many people from marginalised groups in India, especially Muslims and the Dalits who occupy the lowest rung of the ancient caste system, often over suspicions of cow slaughter. The three men were caught by some villagers early on Friday while trying to load cattle on a pickup truck, police official Har Kishore Rai said. “They were trying to load a buffalo and a calf when some villagers woke up and took the three into their custody and…