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Mindy Kaling, Indian-American filmmaker, actress, author, donates $40,000 on 40th birthday

Mindy Kaling, one of the most recognized names in the Hollywood film world, celebrated her 40th birthday announcing she is donating to forty non-profit organizations doing good works. Mindy Kaling Photo credit Twitter. posted by Kaling on June 24, 2019 on her 40th birthday In a tweet June 24, Kaling said, “I’m so grateful to have my wonderful, peaceful life w/ my daughter Katherine. How lucky am I to turn 40? I would love to express my gratitude by donating $1000 to 40 different charitable orgs that help others. Pls suggest some! I will kick it off by giving $1000 to @RAICESTEXAS!” RAICES is the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services in Texas, a frontline organization founded in 1986 as the Refugee Aid Project by community activists in South Texas. Now it is the largest immmigration legal service provider in Texas, according to the website, with 130…

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Religious ceremony held in New Jersey to help Trump get re-elected

The South Asian Republican Coalition (SARC) held an auspicious Hindu religious ceremony known as a ‘Homatmak Laghu Rudra’ at the Dwarkadhish Temple in Parlin, NJ, which was a petition to God for President Donald Trump, honoring his birthday, seeking divine blessings for him and to get reelected as America’s President in 2020, on June 23, 2019. Photo: SARC. The South Asian Republican Coalition (SARC) held an auspicious Hindu religious ceremony known as a ‘Homatmak Laghu Rudra’ at the Dwarkadhish Temple in Parlin, NJ, which was a petition to God for President Donald Trump, honoring his birthday, seeking divine blessings for him and to get reelected as America’s President in 2020, on June 23, 2019. The five-hour ritual with 11 Hindu priests, headed by Nayan Pathak and 15 worshipers, began at 1 pm and concluded at 6 pm, followed by fireworks and dinner for all attendees with multiple TV channels covering…

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International Day of Yoga celebrated with great fervor in the Tristate area

The fifth International Day of Yoga was celebrated with great fervor across the Tristate area, on June 21, 2019, with Times Square in the heart of Manhattan seeing thousands of yoga enthusiast practice in the open, braving the occasional rainfall. Photo: Aditi Lamba. The fifth International Day of Yoga was celebrated with great fervor across the Tristate area, on June 21, 2019, with Times Square in the heart of Manhattan seeing thousands of yoga enthusiast practice in the open, braving the occasional rainfall. It’s an annual event created by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi to highlight yoga both within India and around the world. The word ‘Yoga’, derived from Sanskrit, means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness. It has gained worldwide popularity due to its immense health benefits. It not only helps in improving physical health but also brings about inner peace by reducing…

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Pompeo faces thorny issues on India visit, from trade to Russia arms deals

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived on Tuesday for talks with Indian leaders in New Delhi, where he is expected to tackle a host of delicate issues from trade to India’s longstanding defense and energy ties to Russia and Iran. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens to a question during a news conference at U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, June 25, 2019. (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/Pool via REUTERS) Relations between the United States and India have improved dramatically since the Cold War but they have still fallen short of their promise and now have run into serious problems over tariffs, flows of data and tighter Indian rules on online commerce in one of the world’s fastest growing large markets. Pompeo landed in New Delhi late on Tuesday night after an unannounced trip to Kabul. He will kick off his visit to India by calling on…

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Hindu Temple in Illinois holds 12th Anniversary of idols’ installation

Hundreds of devotees attended the twelfth anniversary celebrations to mark the installation of the idols at the Hindu Temple of Lake County, Grayslake, IL held over two days – June 22 and 23. Homam rituals being performed by Pundit Anil Joshi, at the Hindu Mandir of Lake County’s 12th anniversry celebrations for the installation of idols held June 22 and 23, 2019. Photo Hindu Mandir of Lake County) In Hinduism, the 12th year signifies completion of Maha Kumbha cycle, organizers noted in a press release. The Punar Sthapana Puja and Homam were performed with the chanting of Vedic hymns, mantras, and rituals “to revitalize and seek energies and spiritual vibrations for all the Pran Pratishtha deities and the temple complex to purify our material and spiritual well-being as we seek to receive blessings of the Gods,” the press release said. Hundreds of devotees attended the 12th anniversary of idols’ installation…

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Indian-American community activist, Jain scholar Manu Doshi’s centennial birthday celebrated

The 100th birthday of Manu Doshi, an Indian-American community activist and philanthropist, was celebrated June 22, at the Jain Center in Bartlett, Illinois. Community activist, philanthropist, and Jain scholar Manu Doshi turned 100 this year, and his birthday was celebrated June 22, 2019, at the Jain Center in Bartlett, Illinois. (Photo courtesy Doshi family and the Indira M. Doshi Memorial Trust) This first-of-its-kind event celebrated Doshi’s continued activism despite his age, and his contribution as a Jain scholar in North America, as well as being the founding pioneer of the Jain Center in Bartlett, a ‘magnificent’ Jain Temple that boasts a life membership of more than 4,000 devotees, organizers said in a press release. A cake cutting was followed by tributes from those who have known Doshi and his work, followed by a dinner and entertainment program. Manubhai, as he is affectionately called, was born at Mahuva, Gujarat, on December…

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Indian-Americans hailing from Mangalore enjoy 17th annual picnic in Chicagoland

The Mangalorean Konkan Christian Association, MKCN, enjoyed a fortunate and timely summer day June 21, to have their annual picnic, the 17th such event where traditional sports and food were the highlights. Scores of Mangalorean Konkan Christians gathered for the 17th annual picnic organized by the Mangalorean Konkan Christian Association, MKCA, held June 21, 2019, at Vernon Hills Park District in greater Chicago. Numerous games were played through the day, and traditional foods and snacks were enjoyed at the event. (Photo: courtesy MKCA) The picnic was held in Vernon Hills Park District opposite the Hawthorn Middle School. The day was filled with games like cricket, volleyball, throw ball, cock fight, dog-n-bone, Pinata, tug-of-war, the famous sack race, and lemon race, enjoyed by all ages. Mangalorean Konkan Christians enjoying tug-ofwar at 17th annual picnic in Chicagoland June 21, 2019. (Photo courtesy MKCAssociation) The MKCA President, John Dias, welcomed the crowd and…

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Driver of ridesharing service sentenced for kidnapping passenger

An Indian-American driver from a ride-sharing service has been sentenced after pleading guilty to charges he kidnapped a passenger. Harbir Parmar, 25, was sentenced in White Plains, N.Y., by a federal court judge, to three years in prison for kidnapping and wire fraud.  Parmar pled guilty on March 11, before U.S. District Judge Vincent L. Briccetti, who imposed the sentence on June 24. In addition to the prison term, Parmar, of Howard Beach, New York, was sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $3,642 in restitution and forfeiture. Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, made the announcement regarding the arrest. “Many people rely on ride-share apps to navigate New York safely. But when a woman hailed a ridesharing car driven by Harbir Parmar, her ride home took a turn for the worst,” Berman is quoted saying in a…

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In midst of H-1B visa uncertainty, call to action grows on fairness for skilled immigrants

Bipartisan support has grown exponentially this year for the Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act (H.R. 1044), legislation that aims to remove per-country limits to employment-based visas. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, center, with team from Save the Children Action Network which is gong to attend Illinois Advocacy Summit. (Photo: Twitter June 19, 2019) The bill, which for years has been introduced in different avatars in Congress, even as far back as 2011 (112th Session), when the House passed it but it failed to get through the Senate. It also died in the 115th Session of Congress last year. “There’s a certain urgency on this issue compared to the past,” Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Illinois told Desi Talk. “So folks like me are trying to stitch together a coalition. 2019 is a time different from any other. I feel we’ve learned from the past on what to say, how to e persuasive, Right…

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My search for rabies shots after being bitten by a feral dog while overseas was terrifying

By the time I realized the dog was about to bite me, it was too late. Shannon VanRaes poses for selfies with new friends at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab, India. (Photo: Shannon VanRaes via The Washington Post) I’d seen the gaunt canine milling around, but feral dogs seemed to congregate on every corner in India, so one more roaming the grounds of Amritsar’s Partition Museum didn’t garner any special attention. At least not until it sunk its incisors into my knee, leaving two bloody puncture marks. It could have been worse, but in a country where rabies kills thousands of people each year, it could have been so much better. According to the World Health Organization, 36 percent of all rabies deaths occur in India. And while any mammal can transmit the rabies virus, 99 percent of all human cases result from contact with an infected dog. Post-exposure…