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Indian-American candidate in Arizona ahead on fundraising, endorsements

An Indian-American candidate running for U.S. Congress from Arizona is showing her campaign chops raising record amounts and securing critical endorsements in her race to unseat a Republican. Tipirneni is running from District 8 which is also fielding another Indian-American Democrat, Anita Malik. A third Democrat who will be vying in the Aug. 4, 2020 Democratic primary, is Stephanie Rimmer. Dr. Hiral Tipirneni, candidate for the U.S. Congress from Arizona’s District 6, speaks to constituents at an Oct. 3, 2019 meeting with AFL-CIO retirees at an event in Casa Grande. (Photo: Twitter) This Oct. 7,  Dr. Hiral Tipirneni, Democratic candidate for Arizona’s 6th Congressional District, announced she has raised over $770,000 in her bid to unseat Rep. David Schweikert, an amount that her campaign claims is  “the most any candidate has ever raised through their first two quarters of a cycle in the 6th district.” The campaign has more than…

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Indian-American executive of IT company agrees to plead guilty to embezzling $3 million

The Department of Justice (DOJ) logo is pictured on a wall after a news conference to discuss alleged fraud by Russian Diplomats in New York December 5, 2013. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri The former executive assistant of a Waltham, Massachusetts-based technology company has been charged and agreed to plead guilty in connection with a fraud and embezzlement scheme that netted over $3 million. Shivani Patel, 38, of Vineyard Haven, was charged with bank fraud, money laundering and filing false tax returns, according to an Oct. 7, Justice Department press release. A plea hearing has not yet been scheduled by the Court. According to the terms of the plea agreement, the government will recommend a sentence of 57 months in prison, three years of supervised release, a fine between $20,000 and $200,000, restitution and forfeiture. Patel worked as an executive assistant to the chief financial officer of the company and her duties included…

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My Next Guest Needs No Introduction to feature SRK

Shah Rukh Khan, SRK, with David Letterman faking a cut finger, on the teaser for the upcoming episode of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, airing starting Oct. 25, 2019, on Netflix. (Photo: videograb from teaser on Twitter) India’s Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan is going to be the guest on David Letterman’s show, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, which will begin airing on Netflix Oct. 25, 2019. The show put out a teaser Oct. 9, for SRK’s appearance, creating a buzz with what will surely raise the ante among Indians and Indian-American Bollywood fans. The teaser shows the two men in the kitchen displaying SRK’s ease handling knives and other tools of a chef, while Letterman seemingly blunders. Khan sports an apron that says – Cooking For Dave – as he suavely and expertly chops chicken breast pieces warning that the implement is “very sharp” milliseconds before Letterman…

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South Asian Film Festival In Florida features premieres, avant-garde productions

A still from the film, The Last Color, directed by Vikas Khanna, showing during the 25th South Asian Film Festival at Enzian theater in Orlando, Florida. (Photo via Enzian) The non-profit theater company Enzian in Central Florida, along with the Asian Cultural Association is presenting “Beyond Bollywood: The 25th Annual South Asian Film Festival” Oct. 12-14, with a slate of 9 ritically acclaimed films. The selection showcases diverse images of the Indian subcontinent, its culture, and heritage through acclaimed independent films from across the globe, note organizers. “We are extremely proud to be celebrating the 25th anniversary of this important event on the Central Florida cultural calendar,” Matthew Curtis, Enzian programming director, and Jasbir Mehta, executive director of the Asian Cultural Association, are quoted saying in the press release. Of the nine films being screened, one is a U.S. premiere, another is a Southeast Premiere, and three are Florida Premieres….

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Cricket: Virat Kohli bats for double points for away win in Championship

Cricket – ICC Cricket World Cup Semi Final – India v New Zealand – Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain – July 10, 2019 India’s Virat Kohli reacts after losing his wicket Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith/File Photo MUMBAI (Reuters) – The World Test Championship has already raised the excitement level in the longest format with points on offer for every match but an away win should earn a team double that is awarded for a victory at home, India captain Virat Kohli said on Wednesday. The International Cricket Council has been determined to create a meaningful competition for tests, which is typically played over two-innings-a-side and up to five days, and the WTC has been designed to give proper context to bilateral matches. The Championship will see the top nine test nations face-off over a two-year period, scoring points based on their success and culminating in a final at Lord’s in…

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China’s Xi says he is watching Kashmir, supports Pakistan’s core interests – Xinhua

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan talks to China’s President Xi Jinping during their meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China, October 9, 2019. Parker Song/Pool via REUTERS BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday he was watching the situation in Kashmir and would support Pakistan in issues related to its core interests, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. Xi told Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan during a meeting in Beijing that the right and wrong of the situation was clear, the report said. Xi added that the parties should resolve the dispute via peaceful dialogue. Tensions over the disputed region of Kashmir have risen sharply since August when New Delhi revoked the autonomy of its portion of the territory, which both India and Pakistan rule in part and claim in full. Xi is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Chennai later this week….

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Modi to host China’s Xi at summit with ties strained by Kashmir

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shake hands as they visit the Hubei Provincial Museum in Wuhan, Hubei province, China April 27, 2018. China Daily via REUTERS/File Photo NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi will welcome Chinese President Xi Jinping at an informal summit this week, the Indian foreign ministry said on Wednesday (Oct. 9, 2019), their talks coming at a time of strained ties over the disputed region of Kashmir. The meeting in Chennai on Oct. 11-12 is aimed at enhancing the rapport the leaders built when they met in the Chinese city of Wuhan last year to help stabilise ties after a standoff in another contested section of their long border, far removed from Kashmir. But India’s decision in August to withdraw special status for Kashmir drew sharp condemnation from Pakistan and its old ally, China, which took the matter to the…

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Donald Trump nominates Indian-American to key administration post

WASHINGTON: Indian-American Bimal Patel has been nominated to a key administrative position in the Treasury Department by US President Donald Trump. Patel, from Georgia, has been nominated to be an assistant secretary of the Treasury for Financial Institutions. Currently, he serves as the deputy assistant secretary of the Treasury for the Financial Stability Oversight Council. Prior to joining the US Department of the Treasury, Patel was a partner and head of the Financial Advisory and Regulation practice in the Washington, DC, office of O’Melveny & Myers LLP, the White House said. Patel previously served as a senior advisor to director Jeremiah O Norton on the board of directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Additionally, he has served as an adjunct associate professor at Stanford University, teaching an undergraduate course on banking regulation. Patel earned his BA from Stanford University, MPP from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University,…

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15 people, five Indian BPOs, indicted in massive call centre scam in US

CHICAGO: As many as 15 people, including seven Indians, and five India-based call centres have been indicted in a multimillion-dollar scam which defrauded over 2,000 US citizens, resulting in over $5.5 million in losses, the Department of Justice said on Friday. The scam involved call centre operators who called potential victims while impersonating officials from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or individuals offering payday loans, US Attorney Byung J Pak said. Later, they threatened victims with arrest, imprisonment, or fines for failing to pay taxes or penalties to the government, the Justice Department said in a statement. In connection with the scheme, seven individuals were arrested on Thursday in the United States. Seven co-conspirators and five call-centres based in Ahmedabad were also charged for their alleged involvement. The indictment alleges that the defendents were involved in a sophisticated scheme organised by co-conspirators in India, including a network of call centres…

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Boris Johnson and Indian-origin wife announce divorce

LONDON: Boris Johnson, Britain’s former foreign secretary and his Indian-origin wife, Marina Wheeler, on Friday announced they plan to divorce amid claims that the flamboyant politician had cheated on his lawyer wife of 25 years. The couple made the announcement in a joint statement after a report appeared in the Sun newspaper around the couple’s separation over Johnson’s alleged unfaithfulness. “Several months ago, after 25 years of marriage, we decided it was in our best interests to separate,” the statement said. “We have subsequently agreed to divorce and that process is under way. As friends we will continue to support our four children in the years ahead. We will not be commenting further,” it added. Wheeler, a respected human rights lawyer, is the daughter of former BBC journalist Charles Wheeler and his second wife Dip Singh. Johnson has often made reference to his wife’s Indian roots to categorise himself as…