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Public library in Connecticut unveils India Collection

India’s Consul General in New York Sandeep Chakravorty speaking at the unveiling of the India Collection at the Norwalk Pubic Library in Norwalk, Connecticut, Sept. 15, 2019. (Photos courtesy GOPIO-CT) The Norwalk Public Library in Connecticut  unveiled its India Collection at its main library at One Belden Ave Sunday, Sept. 15. It was an initiative of the Connecticut Chapter of the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO-CT).  The books were donated by the Government of India. At the standing-room only event, India’s Consul General in New York Sandeep Chakravorty complimented GOPIO-CT and the Library for making a reality out of an initiative he had mentioned to the Mayor of Norwalk. “It was an idea which came up during my meeting held at Mayor Rilling’s office in May this year and now you have completed that task,” Chakravorty is quoted saying in a press release from GOPIO. He also…

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India bans e-cigarettes as global backlash at vaping gathers pace

A Juul e-cigarette and pods are seen in this picture illustration taken September 16, 2018. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun/Files NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India banned the sale of electronic cigarettes on Wednesday and warned of an “epidemic” among young people, in the latest and potentially biggest move against vaping globally over growing health concerns. The ban cuts off a huge market from e-cigarette makers at a time when the number of people smoking worldwide is declining. It could dash the expansion plans of companies such as Juul Labs and Philip Morris International in the country. “These novel products come with attractive appearances and multiple flavours and their use has increased exponentially and acquired epidemic proportions in developed countries, especially among youth and children,” India’s health ministry said. The ban, which also covers the production, import and advertising of such devices, comes at a time when vaping is facing increased scrutiny in other…

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U.S. lawmakers urge Trump administration to restore India’s trade privileges

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., September 16, 2019. REUTERS/Al Drago NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Forty-four members of the U.S. Congress have urged President Donald Trump’s trade representative to restore trade concessions to India, saying the withdrawal of the privilege had led to retaliatory tariffs from New Delhi which were hurting U.S. industry. In June, the United States ended its preferential trade treatment for India, removing it from the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program that allowed duty-free entry for up to $5.6 billion worth of its annual exports to the United States. The elimination of GSP brought higher retaliatory tariffs from New Delhi on 28 U.S. products including almonds, apples and walnuts. In the letter addressed to United State Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and dated Sept. 17, the members of Congress said: “Just as U.S. industries…

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It’s Going To Be An Epic WAR Between Hrithik and Tiger

The trailer of the much awaited high-octane action entertainer film of the year, War, was dropped by Yash Raj Films. In Director Siddhartha Anand’s hands, War promises to be a massively popular spectacle especially because it features two of the biggest Bollywood heroes, Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff pitted against each other and puling off jaw-dropping, death-defying stunts in a bid to beat each other. Catch the adrenaline-pumping trailer of ‘War’ here :https://youtu.be/tQ0mzXRk-oM   War has been shot in 7 different countries and 15 world cities. The country’s hottest action heroes have raised the bar of action  fighting each other mercilessly on the land, ocean, and air. Four action directors from across the world choreographed this screen spectacle –Paul Jennings (The Dark Knight, San Andreas, Jack Reacher and Game of Thrones), Franz Spilhaus (Safe House, Eye in the Sky, Death Race), Sea Young Oh (Age of Ultron, Snowpiercer) and Parvez Shaikh…

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“Howdy, Modi… And Trump!”Thousands await Indian PM and Trump in Houston

Leaders of the oldest and largest democracies being greeted by thousands of supporters in Houston has domestic and international implications U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi as they begin a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., June 26, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria A number of American elected leaders from the national and local level  from across the United States are going to be there when India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi steps on stage, either with President Donald Trump at his side, or greeting the U.S. head of state when he arrives at the massive NRG Stadium in Houston, Sept. 22. The main organizers, Texas India Forum, have contended it is the largest community meeting ever held for the leader of another country or even the Pope, and they estimate more than 50,000 Indian-Americans and others from around the country…

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Minorities get business boost in Edison, NJ through Councilman Sam Joshi’s program

Samip Joshi. Photo: Samip Joshi. Edison Councilman Sam Joshi was elected and sworn-in, in January 2018, and has built a reputation as a bold and effective policy-maker. On September 9, 2019, the Edison Council voted unanimously 7-0 to pass Joshi’s program for minority, women, and veteran-owned businesses contracts. Joshi’s program reserves 5% of all municipal government contracts for minority, women and veteran-owned businesses, according to a press release. “Women, minorities, and veterans make up more than 70% of Edison’s population yet make up less than 1% of bids”, Joshi said. “The purpose of this was to shatter the status quo. When the same few bidders keep bidding on the same contracts year over year, the taxpayers end up paying a high premium for complacent and low quality work. We experienced this low quality work most recently with our park improvement plan. The current bidding process needed to be opened up…

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Texas Man Sentenced to 20 Years for helping Pakistan-based terrorist organization

A North Texas man was sentenced Sept. 16, 2019, to 240 months in federal prison for conspiring to provide material support to Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistani-based foreign terrorist organization. Also known as LeT, this terrorist organization has posed a significant threat to India and is considered by New Delhi as responsible for the Mumbai terror attack of 2006 which killed more than 160 people including 6 Americans. Supporters shower Hafiz Saeed with flower petals as he walks to court in Lahore, Pakistan, in November 2017. The court released him from house arrest. Mohsin Raza/Reuters The announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox for the Northern District of Texas and Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers of National Security. “This case demonstrates how an American citizen can be radicalized by a violent ideology based upon hate and how the actions of the FBI and our partners on the Joint Terrorism…

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Cricket: India want ‘phenomenal’ Pant to match daredevil batting with discipline

Cricket – ICC Cricket World Cup Semi Final – India v New Zealand – Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain – July 10, 2019 India’s Rishabh Pant in action Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith/File Photo NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s newly appointed batting coach Vikram Rathour has joined head coach Ravi Shastri in demanding more discipline from exciting stumper-batsman Rishabh Pant. Pant’s six-hitting ability makes him a limited-overs asset, but Shastri in a recent interview said the 21-year-old’s penchant for throwing away his wicket has occasionally let the team down. The Delhi player is perceived as Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s natural successor in limited-overs cricket when the former captain eventually hangs up his gloves, but Rathour insisted Pant must improve his shot selection. “Rishabh is a phenomenal player, no doubt about that,” Rathour told reporters in Mohali ahead of the second Twenty20 International against South Africa on Wednesday. “Of course he needs to…

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Giant cake, news of Bollywood film mark Modi’s birthday celebrations

A cake is seen during an event to mark Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday at a school, in New Delhi, September 17, 2019. The writing on the cake reads: “Happy Birthday Modiji for scrapping of the Article 370 from Kashmir.” REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis (Reuters) – Supporters of Narendra Modi cut a giant birthday cake for the Indian Prime Minister who turned 69 on Tuesday, saying he remained as popular as ever as a new Bollywood film on his life was announced. Modi spent the day in his native state of Gujarat, addressing a public gathering and visiting a butterfly park. The leader of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party and prime minister since 2014 draws mass following from his conservative base, who see him as India’s strongest leader in decades capable of making the country a superpower. His critics however say Modi has been unable to rein in hardline Hindu…

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India says expects to gain control over Pakistan Kashmir one day

India’s Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar attends a news conference after a meeting with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, Russia, August 28, 2019. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s foreign minister said on Tuesday (Sept. 17, 2019) that the part of Kashmir controlled by Pakistan belongs to India and that he expected India to gain physical control over it one day, raising the rhetoric over the territorial dispute. India rules the heavily populated Kashmir Valley while Pakistan controls a wedge of territory in the west that New Delhi describes as Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). “Our position on PoK is, has always been and will always be very clear. PoK is part of India and we expect one day that we will have the jurisdiction, physical jurisdiction over it,” Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar told a news conference. Last month, New Delhi abrogated the special status of Muslim-majority Kashmir in its…