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YouTube sensation becomes first Indian-origin late night show host

When Youtube sensation Lilly Singh, the Indo-Canadian whose screen persona is ‘IISuperwomanII’ announced her late night show on NBC, March 14, she became the first Indian-origin woman to get a late night show of her own. She replaces Carson Daly. New Delhi: Indian-origin Canadian YouTube star Lilly Singh who is appointed as UNICEF’s new Global Goodwill Ambassador during a programme in New Delhi on July 15, 2017. (Photo: IANS) “All hail our new Late Night comedy queen, @IISuperwomanII!” the company tweeted. Singh revealed her new contract with late night talk show hosts Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers. The NBC slot makes Singh the first Indian-origin woman to get a late night show of her own. She replaces Carson Daly. “It’s official. Ya girl is getting her own @nbc late night show… A Little Late with Lilly Singh. Thank you so much for being here. I am truly so grateful. Thank…

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Proposed chicken slaughterhouse divides residents, businesses in Virginia city

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The row of aging warehouses in an industrial zone just off Duke Street seemed like a perfect spot for Abdulsalem Mused to open a halal butcher shop, where his employees could kill and prepare chickens according to Muslim practices. But the idea is ruffling the feathers of neighbors, including the owners of three dog-related businesses, a commercial bakery owner and the patron of a dance studio a full block away. The Alexandria City Council has delayed until Tuesday a vote on whether to issue the business a special-use permit, after about a dozen residents raised objections at a March 16 meeting and the all-Democratic council could not muster the votes to either approve or deny the permit. An empty building in a warehouse district in Alexandria, Virginia has stirred controversy because a company wants to open a halal butcher shop there and slaughter chickens on site. (Washington…

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Preet Bharara’s book is about finding truth and civility in court

Doing Justice: A Prosecutor’s Thoughts on Crime, Punishment, and the Rule of Law By Preet Bharara Knopf. 345 pp. $27.95 Preet Bharara’s new book – Doing Justice (Photo: Knopf Handout via The Washington Post) Preet Bharara first became well-known for his efforts to curb Wall Street corruption as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. But it was only after he forced President Trump to fire him that he became a rock star. He was dismissed in March 2017 when he refused to provide his resignation, following an about-face by a new administration that had previously asked him to stay on as U.S. attorney. Later, in the first episode of his popular podcast, “Stay Tuned With Preet,” he reflected on Trump’s apparent efforts to cozy up to him through repeated phone calls – something that, given the norms of Justice Department independence meant to shield prosecutors from political…

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Cricket World Cup star Gautam Gambhir joins BJP

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir joined Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party on Friday, leaving a panel to decide whether to field him as a candidate in the cricket-crazy country’s upcoming general election. India’s Gautam Gambhir celebrates after scoring a century during the third One-Day International cricket match against Sri Lanka in Colombo, July 28, 2012. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte/File Photo With 9 million followers on Twitter, Gambhir could give Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) some extra pulling-power in the campaign for an election which will run from April 11 till May 23. A top-order batsman from New Delhi, Gambhir played match-winning knocks in two cricket World Cup finals and also led his club team to two victories in the Indian Premier League. “I am joining this party influenced by our prime minister, his vision,” Gambhir, 37, told reporters after being inducted into the party by Finance Minister…

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American Muslim organization in Chicago offering training in active-shooter situations

CAIR-Chicago logo from website cairchicago.org The Council on American-Islamic Relations, (CAIR) -Chicago, is offering training in an active-shooter situation in the wake of the March 15, massacre by a White supremacist, in Christchurch, New Zealand, that killed 50 people inside two mosques, including women and children.  It also gave other recommendations to mosques that could ensure higher safety and security for congregants. “CAIR-Chicago is organizing active shooting trainings run by specialists. We strongly urge all masajid and community centers who have not already done so, to sign up,” the organization said in a mailing. Building relationships with the local community of the mosque (ie, local government officials, law enforcement, religious and community groups, neighbors, etc.); Inviting them to visit, attend events, and be active partners; Maintaining regular contact, addressing congregational concerns, and engaging in the broader community, are among the recommendations laid out by CAIR-Chicago. Reaching out to the local…

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‘Lightning’ by M F Husain is priceless: Kent Charugundla

Indian American entrepreneur and art collector Kent Charugundla speaking at the reception of the exhibition of ‘Lightning’ by M F Husain, at the Asia Society, in New York, on March 19, 2019. His wife, Marguerite Charugundla is on the far left. Photo: Mohammed Jaffer-SnapsIndia. NEW YORK – Kent Charugundla is the holder of one of, if not the largest, India art collections in the world. He sponsored and co-funded several art exhibitions in New York area including but not limited to Gaitonde at Guggenheim, NY, and Peggy Guggenheim of Venice, Italy, NYU, Queens Museum, sponsored and underwrote the cost for “India Now” at MoMA, and has sponsored many other art and photography exhibitions. Charugundla is the Chairman & Managing Member of Empire Ventures, LLC., an Advisory Board member of SXSW, a Board member of OrecX and a Global Arts Council member at Asia Society Museum, NY. He has established educational…

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M F Husain’s ‘Lightning’ strikes New York, again

M F Husain’s largest painting ‘Lightning’, from 1975, exhibited at the Asia Society, through August 4, 2019. Sitting in front are the owners of the painting Kent Charugundla and Marguerite Charugundla. Photo: Mohammed Jaffer-SnapsIndia. NEW YORK – More than seven years after the death of India’s acclaimed and renowned artist Maqbool Fida Husain, a seminal work of his from 1975, inspired by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s Congress Party rally that year in Bombay, was exhibited finally at a museum here on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. Something which he never did get to see in his lifetime. The painting, ‘Lightning’ – a humungous mural-sized oil on canvas comprising of 12 panels, with each panel having a height of 10 feet, and five feet in width – is also the largest ever work Husain did in his lifetime. ‘Lightning’ is being exhibited in the exhibition, entitled, ‘M.F. Husain: Art and the Nation’,…

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Mindy Kaling’s rise now includes her life as an Indian-American teen growing up in America

Photo that Mindy Kaling tweeted on her site March 19, saying, “My friend Julia Powell found this pic of me from high school! I think we were rehearsing the musical Rags, where I played a rag picker. What a time.” (Photo: Kaling Twitter @mindykaling) For 2019, Mindy Kaling has already chalked up a string of successes and big-time contracts worth millions of dollars, to put her possibly in the shortlist of the highest earning Indian-American Hollywood personalities. After a $13 million sale of her movie “Late Night” to Amazon at the Sundance Film Festival, followed by an exclusive, multi-year overall deal with Warner Bros. Television Group to develop, write and produce new television project for all platforms, she has another feather in her cap with a Netflix partnership to make a ten-episode series about growing up Indian-American in the United States of America. Using several emojis to convey her feelings,…

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Indian American Cyber Tycoon Jay Chaudhry Journeys from Rural India to Elite Club of Billionaires

‘I came, I graduated, I became a billionaire’ seems to be Indian American Jay Chaudhry’s version of ‘I came, I saw, I conquered’ (Veni, Vidi, Vici in William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar). The eventful journey of cyber business tycoon Jay Chaudhry, from a quaint Himalayan village to Wall Street, is an inspiring story of American Dreams. Jay Chaudhry, cofounder and CEO of Zscaler Inc., a cloud-based information security firm headquartered in San Jose, has recently inducted himself among Indian American billionaires and joined the elite club of global billionaires. With net worth USD 3.4 billion, he is not just one of 10 wealthiest Indian American entrepreneurs but tops Forbes’ 2018 list of Indian-origin billionaires in the United States. Picture Credit: Fortune.com Years before he joined the ranks of super-rich entrepreneurs in San Francisco Bay Area, billionaire Jay Chaudhry had nurtured his American Dreams in Panoh, a remote hamlet without running water…

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Canada sees its biggest influx of immigrants since World War I

Canada just recorded its biggest influx of immigrants in more than a century. Gandhinagar: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family dressed in traditional attire, visit the Akshardham Temple in Gandhinagar on Feb 19, 2018. (Photo: IANS) The country added 71,131 immigrants in the final three months of 2018, for a full year increase of 321,065, according to the latest estimates released Thursday by Statistics Canada in Ottawa. The annual increase is the largest since 1913 — when 401,000 immigrants flocked to the country — and the fourth largest in historical data going back to 1852. The inflows helped the nation’s population growth top half a million people for the first time since the late 1950s, the statistics agency said, and are part of a boom in international migration that includes a surge in non-permanent residents like foreign students. It’s been a welcome tailwind for an economy coping with…