Los Angeles sources reported that Fox network executives are aware of the Apu controversy, but they are not planning to guide “The Simpsons” creative team on how to handle it. The Indian origin character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon has been criticized for portraying racist stereotypes about Indian people, all the while being voiced by a white man Hank Azaria.
San Francisco sources reported that an elderly Sikh man was viciously attacked in California, leading to fears among the community that he may have been a victim of hate crime, the media reported. Earlier on Wednesday, two teenagers aged 16 and 18, were arrested in connection with the assault on Sahib Singh Natt, 71, in Manteca which took place on Monday morning.
Mumbai sources stated that as the Trump administration continues to tighten screws on the H-1B Visa program, United States Consul General in Mumbai, Edgard Kagan, says his country encourages and welcomes "qualified Indians". US President Donald Trump is "very committed" to relations with India.
Atlanta sources reported that United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced Abhijeet Das, 28, a doctoral student at the University of Pittsburgh, has been sentenced in federal court to 52 months imprisonment, followed by 10 years of supervised release, on his conviction of possession of material depicting the exploitation of a minor.
Washington sources reported that Indian origin astronaut Sunita Williams is among the nine astronauts named by NASA on Friday for its first human spaceflight program from the US soil since the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011. Accordingly the astronauts will fly on the spacecraft developed by Elon Musk owned
Atlanta sources reported that New Jersey 101.5 radio hosts Dennis Malloy and Judi Franco have been suspended over their racist comments about State Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal, who is the state’s first Sikh attorney general, and the American born son of immigrant parents. Recently the radio station said through a statement New Jersey 101.5 has taken its mid-day hosts, Dennis Malloy and Judi Franco, off the air until further notice in light of comments about state Attorney General Gurbir
New Delhi sources stated that Indians abroad are still emotionally attached to their ancestral village, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday citing the example of two Indian IT professionals in the US who have developed the ‘SmartGaon’ mobile app that connects the village internally and with the wider world. Meanwhile in his Mann Ki Baat radio address, Modi made a reference to Yogesh Sahu and Rajnish Bajpai, the developers of SmartGaon, which also serves as a one-stop information centre a
New Delhi sources stated that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday said that her ministry is framing a new law to tackle the problem in NRI marriages and providing for deterrent measures like confiscating property of NRIs who have abandoned their wives. Meanwhile at a seminar on “NRI marriages and trafficking of women and children”, she said that a new bill is likely to be taken up in the next session of Parliament.
New Delhi sources stated that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that India will raise the issue of changing H1B visa norms with the US at the 2+2 dialogue scheduled to be held on September 6 in New Delhi and Sushma Swaraj told Rajya Sabha “They are already raising the issue formally at various foray and are speaking on it with the White House, with state administration as well as with Congressmen and they will raise it humbly at the 2+2 dialogue on September 6 in New Delhi".
Atlanta sources reported that the owner of several Milwaukee area gas stations who was indicted for forced labor involving aggravated abuse harboring an alien for financial gain, and document servitude has reached a plea deal in the federal case against him. Meanwhile according to media reports Harshinder Bhatia agreed to plead guilty to a federal charge of “harboring an alien for financial gain”.
New Delhi sources stated that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said the newly launched mobile app through which citizens can apply for a passport was fully secured with advanced security features. Meanwhile she said that in less than three weeks of the app being launched, the External Affairs Ministry (MEA) had received as many as 67,500 applications through the app.
Washington sources reported that Indian teenager has been killed along with two other persons after two small planes collided mid-air in the US state of Florida. The authorities have said Nisha Sejwal, 19, was killed in the accident on Tuesday along with Jorge Sanchez, 22, and Ralph Knight, 72, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
New York sources reported that Indian-American publishing group Parikh Worldwide Media (PWM) has acquired ITV Gold cable TV channel with plans to enter the Indian media market. Meanwhile when announcing the acquisition, PWM Chairman Sudhir Parikh, said “We will have tie-ups with digital platforms in India to launch ITV Gold
Sources from Jalandhar, Punjab stated that WWE fights may be flashy, hard and violent at times but the first Indian woman to get into that ring at the international level has beaten bigger odds at home to reach there. Meanwhile Kavita Devi, who is better known in the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) international circles as “Hard KD”, is currently training and wrestling in Orlando, Florida, in the United States as part of her three year contract with the WWE.
New York sources reported that man who was a suspect in the killing of an Indian student in Kansas City has been shot dead by police after he shot and wounded three officers on Sunday. Accordingly the man, who had been under surveillance in connection with the fatal shooting of Sharath Koppu on July 6 at a restaurant, was killed during an exchange of fire with police on Sunday.