New York sources reported that a Sikh fighter will be wearing a turban as he competes on Vaisakhi in the American Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in a show of pride in his faith and tradition, according to the National Sikh Campaign (NSC). Accordingly Arjan Singh Bhullar is to face off against Adam Wieczorek on Saturday night at the Gila River Arena in Glendale in Arizona State.
Atlanta sources stated that Aparna Basker, CEO and founder of BanyanWay say “First generation Indian immigrants in the US struggle to find the proper balance of involvement with their children’s lives around dating and marriage". Meanwhile this generation of parents is caught between the traditional methods of arranged marriages and the modern method of dating apps. Presently BanyanWay strives to bridge that gap and is an effort to help those of Indian origin finds a life partner.
Atlanta sources reported that the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 6, 2018 that it has reached the congressional mandated 65,000 H-1B visa cap for fiscal year 2019. USCIS has also received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the 20,000 visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap.
Atlanta sources have reported that with the idea of giving back to the community, a free clinic is all set to open on April 20, 2018 at the Georgia Clinic’s Norcross location. Meanwhile a joint altruistic endeavor of the Dr. Naresh & Asha Parikh Charitable Foundation, Georgia Gujarati Doctors and Dentists Association, Gujarati Samaj of Atlanta, Gujarati Cultural Association, Shree Ambaji Shakti Mandir of USA, Gokul Dham of Atlanta and Sardar Patel Foundation of North America.
Washington sources stated that an Asian-American group is suing Harvard University, saying that admission files showed a pattern of discrimination against the community that goes back decades. Meanwhile the media reported that the group, Students for Fair Admissions, has demanded the varsity to publicly release admissions data on hundreds of thousands of applicants which challenges Harvard’s admissions policies.
New York sources stated that as per report top US diplomat for South Asia Alice Wells as well as Susan Thornton, the State Department’s official in-charge of the East Asia and Pacific affairs, will jointly lead Washington’s delegation to the India US Japan Trilateral Dialogue in New Delhi this week.
Mumbai sources reported that multiple Oscar nominated filmmaker Christopher Nolan, known for “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight”, says he is interested to watch and know more about Indian cinema. Meanwhile on a visit to India to create awareness about celluloid films in the digital era, Nolan
Atlanta sources stated that Delegate Aruna Miller, candidate for Congress in Maryland’s 6th Congressional District, announced that if elected, she will fight to aggressively address gun violence with policies that are proven to work. Presently she is calling on other candidates in this district to pledge to commit to keeping Maryland families safe by joining her in this fight.
Washington sources reported that Indian origin astronaut Sunita Williams is now helping privately-held companies like Space X and Boeing to develop their new spacecraft systems, which will eventually provide round-trip crew transportation services to the International Space Station (ISS).
Washington sources stated that hundred of thousands of protesters rallied in Washington D.C. calling for stricter control on guns, more secured schools, and an end to gun violence. Meanwhile when carrying signs with slogans including “Never Again”, “Am I Next?”, protesters gathered in Washington’s Pennsylvania Avenue that connects the Capitol Hill and the White House.
New York sources reported that “We Are Sikhs” campaign received the top 2018 PRWeek US award in the category of Public Cause. Meanwhile the campaign launched last year on Baisakhi by the National Sikh Campaign (NSC) and executed by FP1 Strategies, won the award for effectively projecting the Sikhs as neighbors and everyday Americans who face discrimination due to ignorance of their faith.
According to sources Rachit Patel, from Mumbai, celebrated the milestone along with students and teachers as he began his studies on the Art and Design Foundation program at the College. Patel said "This wonderful bursary is a real help towards his education. Coming to study here in the UK was something he had always wanted to do and he was really excited to be here, but he never expected that he would be making history on his first day”.
New York sources reported that Pompeo, becoming the Secretary of State, will firm up the hard line leadership in the foreign policy and national security establishment, where those with military experience will dominate. Meanwhile the change at the State Department is unlikely to have any impact on India as the influential national security establishment has signed off on Trump’s elevation of India’s role in South Asia and the Indo-Pacific region and the approaches to those regions in general.
Houston sources added that American has finished first in the Democratic primary in a congressional district in the US state of Texas, but will have to face a fellow party leader in the May 22 runoff to earn the right to take on the Republican candidate. Sri Preston Kulkarni, 39, received 9,466 votes (nearly 32%) while his fellow Democrat Letitia Plummer got 7,230 votes (24.3 per cent) in the Democratic primary in Texas' 22nd congressional district. There were five candidates in the race.
According to sources first option is to invest in any of the India-focused offshore mutual funds or ETFs operating in your home country. These India dedicated mutual fund schemes invest in a diversified basket of Indian companies, usually with the help of research inputs from their Indian subsidiaries or other Indian fund houses. Several Indian fund houses also peddle their offshore funds abroad.