Indian businessman extradited to US admits to drug-smuggling charges

New York, Dec 11 (IANS) An Indian businessman extradited to the US from the Czech Republic has admitted in a federal court that he illegally imported to the US pharmaceutical drugs with a tendency to create addiction problems, according to officials. Jeetendra Harish Belani, 37, of Nagpur made the admission in the Pittsburgh federal court before … Read moreIndian businessman extradited to US admits to drug-smuggling charges

Abhijit Banerjee, wife Esther Duflo woo netizens in Indian wear at Nobel award ceremony

Stockholm: Indian-American economist Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee, and his French-American wife Esther Duflo were conferred the Nobel Prize for Economics in Sweden here, alongside their American colleague Michael Kremer. Unlike other laureates, who arrived in tuxedos and fancy Red Carpet dresses, the couple glorified the prestigious occasion in traditional Indian attire. Abhijit wore a black bandhgala … Read moreAbhijit Banerjee, wife Esther Duflo woo netizens in Indian wear at Nobel award ceremony

Indian-Americans among those missing or injured in New Zealand volcano eruption

NRI Pulse Staff & IANS Atlanta, GA, December 10, 2019: At least three Indian-Americans are among those missing or injured after the White Island volcano in New Zealand erupted on Monday. Chandrakant Yadav’s name appears on the missing persons’ list on the New Zealand Red Cross Restoring Family Links website. An Indian-American couple from Atlanta, … Read moreIndian-Americans among those missing or injured in New Zealand volcano eruption

Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi: I grew up in a world where a woman who looks like me was never considered beautiful

BY JYOTHSNA HEGDE Atlanta, GA, December 10, 2019: The crowning glory belonged to Miss South Africa, 26-year-old Zozibini Tunzi, who walked away with the coveted title of Miss Universe 2019, edging out runners-up Puerto Rico’s Madison Anderson and Mexico’s Sofia Aragon in the grand finale of the  68th instalment of Miss Universe, held at the … Read moreMiss Universe Zozibini Tunzi: I grew up in a world where a woman who looks like me was never considered beautiful

US House panel tweets against India’s Citizenship Bill

New Delhi/Washington, Dec 10 (IANS) The House Foreign Affairs Committee of the US House of Representatives has voiced its apparent disapproval of the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) that proposes granting Indian citizenship for non-Muslim minorities from countries such as Pakistan and Bangladesh. Early on Tuesday, the contentious Bill pushed by the BJP-led government, cleared the lower … Read moreUS House panel tweets against India’s Citizenship Bill

Indian-American Uber driver racially abused, choked by passenger

NRI Pulse Staff Report Atlanta, GA, December 10, 2019: An Indian-American Uber driver was choked and verbally abused with racial accusations by a customer in Bellingham, Washington last week, says a Sikh Coalition press release. Grifin Levi Sayers was arrested after he attempted to strangle his Sikh Uber driver in the early morning hours on … Read moreIndian-American Uber driver racially abused, choked by passenger

Indian-American’s ‘Seva Truck’ sends out free meals to under-served communities

Washington, Dec 7 (IANS) A Sikh-American from Washington D.C. is operating a ‘Seva Truck’, via which he sends out free meals to local communities in need including schools and social work organisations. Washington D.C.-based Sonny Kakar bought an old FedEx truck, painted it orange and began operating his ‘Seva Truck’, the American Bazaar reported on Friday. … Read moreIndian-American’s ‘Seva Truck’ sends out free meals to under-served communities

Unnao rape victim dies, a day after being set ablaze by accused

New Delhi, Dec 7 (IANS) The Unnao rape victim who was set ablaze and airlifted to Safdarjung Hospital here on Thursday has died. The victim who had more than 90 per cent burn injuries lost the battle after 43 hours and died due to cardian arrest. According to reports, the Unnao rape victim, was set ablaze … Read moreUnnao rape victim dies, a day after being set ablaze by accused

“It was the right time to write about Sita’s strength and power”

Author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni talks to VEENA RAO about her new novel, ‘The Forest of Enchantments’. Celebrated Indian-American author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s new novel is a retelling of the epic Ramayan from Sita’s perspective. The Sita of The Forest of Enchantments is not the docile, long -suffering queen of public perception. She is a warrior … Read more“It was the right time to write about Sita’s strength and power”

SarisToSuits 2020 calendar: Empowered women pose for a cause

BY JYOTHSNA HEGDE Atlanta, GA, December 6, 2019: They tread the untrodden trail, paving their own paths in pursuit of their passions. Their fields of work are all unique, be it medicine, research, entrepreneurship, executive positions, journalism, sports, law, music, education, and humanity, even. Patti Tripathi Patti Tripathi, a trailblazer in her own right, picks … Read moreSarisToSuits 2020 calendar: Empowered women pose for a cause

Indian-American supporters fired up at Tulsi Gabbard’s debate watch party

BY JYOTHSNA HEGDE Atlanta, GA, December 6, 2019: “I just wanted to come here and say thank you, because this campaign is about you, for you and our campaign truly is people powered campaign that can bring about systemic change in our leadership that will ensure our government is by and for the people,” said  … Read moreIndian-American supporters fired up at Tulsi Gabbard’s debate watch party

In the spirit of service: Featuring four Atlanta organizations that spread cheer all year round

BY JYOTHSNA HEGDE Atlanta, GA: We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give, the timeless quote by Winston Churchill embraces the spirit of Christmas in its truest form. To give. Yes. Not everyone is blessed even with the little things such as food and shelter that … Read moreIn the spirit of service: Featuring four Atlanta organizations that spread cheer all year round

Taste of Gwinnett: Over 1000 people pamper their palettes to fight cancer

BY JYOTHSNA HEGDE Atlanta, GA, December 6, 2019: What does a normal high school student do when an event he volunteers for is cancelled? Go a movie, perhaps? Well, not all high school students. Saddened by the cancellation of Gwinnett County Relay for Life Event at the Gwinnett Fairgrounds due to inclement weather back in … Read moreTaste of Gwinnett: Over 1000 people pamper their palettes to fight cancer

Five reasons why Montreal is the perfect city for college students

BY KRISTEN MOON* One of my favorite trips this year took me just an hour’s drive from the U.S. border – or a quick two-hour flight from Atlanta – to a city with mid-70s weather and a cool breeze in August. The architecture has a distinctly European feel, a reflection of the city’s strong Scottish … Read moreFive reasons why Montreal is the perfect city for college students

Together we can heal: Community gathers to support Raksha at annual fundraiser

BY JYOTHSNA HEGDEPhotos by Photography by Vinod Atlanta, GA, December 6, 2019: “I am Raksha ki Beti,” meaning, “I am the daughter of Raksha,” the voice of a domestic violence survivor who embraced the organization as her mother, summarized the noteworthy contribution of Raksha, Inc., to society. Raksha Inc., is the only Atlanta based nonprofit … Read moreTogether we can heal: Community gathers to support Raksha at annual fundraiser

Oncologist Dr. Srinath B.S raises cancer awareness at Atlanta fundraiser

BY JYOTHSNA HEGDE Atlanta, GA, December 6, 2019: “No child who walks in with a cancer diagnosis is sent untreated at Sri Shankara Cancer Hospital, irrespective of whether they can pay or not. And we pride in providing affordable care to all patients,” said Dr. Srinath B.S, Managing trustee and Chief Oncologist of Sri Shankara … Read moreOncologist Dr. Srinath B.S raises cancer awareness at Atlanta fundraiser

Seniors pray for global peace on Diwali day

BY MAHADEV DESAIPhotos by Tracy Marshall Productions Atlanta, GA, December 6, 2019: Senior Citizens Program, in its 24th continuous years of existence, celebrated their annual Diwali with great joy and enthusiasm at the Ashiana Banquet Hall, Norcross, Georgia on Sunday, November 3, 2019. The stage was elegantly decorated with flowers, diyas, and a picture of … Read moreSeniors pray for global peace on Diwali day

NKK celebrates Deepavali and Kannada Rajyotsava with traditional fervor

BY JYOTHSNA HEGDE Photos by Girish Modi Atlanta, GA: With members of NKK and NKK BOD and EC walking in with lit lamps and Karnataka flags to the tune of the popular Kannada star, late Dr. Rajkumar, Nrupathunga Kannada Koota (NKK) celebrated Deepavali and Kannada Rajyotsava with much pomp and traditional fervor on November 9, … Read moreNKK celebrates Deepavali and Kannada Rajyotsava with traditional fervor

Navya Sarikonda wins Best Novel by a Young Author for “The Enchanters’ Child”

Atlanta, GA, December 6, 2019: Navya Sarikonda’s novel, “The Enchanters’ Child” was awarded a gold medal for Best Novel by a Young Author by the Moonboom Children’s Book Awards committee in Traverse city, Michigan on November 9th, 2019. As per the press release, the award is given to exemplary children’s books and their creators, and … Read moreNavya Sarikonda wins Best Novel by a Young Author for “The Enchanters’ Child”

Cobb County Commission chairman Mike Boyce, officials meet Indian-American delegation

BY JYOTHSNA HEGDE Atlanta, GA, December 6, 2019: Cobb County is thriving, in more ways than one. With frequent announcements of business expansions and incentives making headlines, it was only a matter of time before the county showcased its rapid development to highlight what it has to offer to businesses and communities, including fostering bilateral … Read moreCobb County Commission chairman Mike Boyce, officials meet Indian-American delegation

Konkani Association of Georgia celebrates Diwali 2019

Atlanta, GA, December 6, 2019: The Konkani Association of Georgia (KAOG) had their annual Diwali celebration on November 9th at the Gurukul in Duluth.  For the second year in a row, a new venue was chosen, and it fit the bill from the viewpoint of both audience and performers. It is the finale of the … Read moreKonkani Association of Georgia celebrates Diwali 2019

Amazon Prime series ‘Inside Edge 2’ is every bit as engrossing as season 1

“Inside Edge 2” (Amazon Video series) Cast: Angad Bedi, Richa Chadha, Tanuj Virmani, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Vivek Oberoi; Created by: Karan Anshuman; Rating: * * * & 1/2 (three and a half stars) By Subhash K Jha The house of Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani excels in films and now webseries populated by goodlooking people, gliding … Read moreAmazon Prime series ‘Inside Edge 2’ is every bit as engrossing as season 1

Nithyananda: Ecuador denies giving asylum, MEA says it has cancelled his passport

New Delhi, Dec 6 (IANS) The Ecuadorian government on Friday denied that it has granted asylum to self-styled Indian godman Nithyananda, wanted in India for alleged rape and abduction, or helped him purchase any land in the South American country. The Ecuador government statement came as the Indian Ministry of External Affairs said that it has … Read moreNithyananda: Ecuador denies giving asylum, MEA says it has cancelled his passport

Telangana encounter puts police-style justice under lens

BY NARENDRA PUPPALA New Delhi, 6 Dec (IANS) Hyderabad is used to being in the limelight thanks to its pre-eminent position in the IT and business sectors. But with Telangana Police’s encounter-style execution on Friday making the headlines, tough questions are bound to be posed about the swift retribution that the local police delivered. Almost seven … Read moreTelangana encounter puts police-style justice under lens

Priyanka: Serving as Goodwill Ambassador is the privilege of my life

New York, Dec 5 (IANS) Actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas was honored with the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award for her philanthropic work as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Child Rights. She was felicitated with the award at the 15th annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball on Wednesday here. Priyanka even took to Instagram to share what the award means to … Read morePriyanka: Serving as Goodwill Ambassador is the privilege of my life

Indian-American political analyst announces bid for Congress

NRI Pulse Staff Report Atlanta, GA, December 4, 2019: Indian-American Peter Mathews, a political analyst on CNN, recently announced his bid for U.S. House of Representatives from 47th Congressional District of California. Mathews, whose father is from Kerala and mother from Tamil Nadu, was born in India and immigrated to the US when he was … Read moreIndian-American political analyst announces bid for Congress

Pichai becomes Alphabet CEO as Google co-founders step down

San Francisco, Dec 4 (IANS) Signalling the end of an era, Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have decided to relinquish their current positions in the parent company Alphabet, making India-born Sundar Pichai the CEO of both Google and Alphabet. Page and Brin, the CEO and President, respectively, of Alphabet, have decided to leave these … Read morePichai becomes Alphabet CEO as Google co-founders step down

Fugitive Nithyananda sets up own ‘sovereign nation’ called Kailaasa

New Delhi, Dec 3 (IANS) Even as the Gujarat Police is looking for self-styled godman, Swami Nithyananda, in an alleged case of kidnapping and wrongful confinement of children to make them collect donations from followers to run his ashram in Ahmedabad, a website named Kailaasa.org has popped up suggesting that he has founded his own country … Read moreFugitive Nithyananda sets up own ‘sovereign nation’ called Kailaasa

Kamala Harris drops out of Presidential race

NRI Pulse Staff Report Atlanta, GA, December 3, 2019: Sen. Kamala Harris has dropped out of the presidential race, citing a lack of funds, reports NPR.org. In an email to her supporters, the California senator said her campaign for president “simply doesn’t have the financial resources we need to continue.” “I’m not a billionaire. I … Read moreKamala Harris drops out of Presidential race

India-born tech company Druva surpasses $100mn in annual recurring revenue

Las Vegas, Dec 3 (IANS) Cloud data protection and management company Druva, which started its journey in India in 2008, on Tuesday announced it has surpassed $100 million in annual recurring revenue (ARR), marking a major milestone in the company’s hyper-growth journey. ARR is an essential Software-as-a-service (SaaS) business metric that shows how much recurring revenue … Read moreIndia-born tech company Druva surpasses $100mn in annual recurring revenue

Spotting Vikram on moon was a challenge when NASA couldn’t, says techie

New York, Dec 3 (IANS) Shanmuga Subramanian, the eagle-eyed citizen space scientist who found Vikram moonlander said on Tuesday that he took spotting it as a challenge when NASA couldn’t. He said in an email interview to IANS: “It was something challenging as even NASA can’t find out so why can’t we try out? And that’s … Read moreSpotting Vikram on moon was a challenge when NASA couldn’t, says techie

Two Indian students killed in hit-and-run on Thanksgiving night

NRI Pulse Staff Report Atlanta, GA, December 2, 2019: Two Indian students studying at Tennessee State University in Nashville were killed in a hit-and-run on Thanksgiving night. Judy Stanley, 23, and Vybhav Gopisetty, 26, were both graduate students from India pursuing food science degrees in the College of Agriculture. Stanley was seeking a master’s, and … Read moreTwo Indian students killed in hit-and-run on Thanksgiving night

Indian student shot dead on Thanksgiving Day; suspect arrested

NRI Pulse Staff Report Atlanta, GA, December 1, 2019: A suspect has been arrested in connection with the murder of an Indian student in San Bernardino on Thanksgiving Day, according to the San Bernardino Police Department. The incident occurred at a motel in the 100 block of south E Street at about 12:37 p.m. on … Read moreIndian student shot dead on Thanksgiving Day; suspect arrested

WATCH: Deepika, Kartik perform ‘Dheeme dheeme’ challenge at airport

Mumbai, Dec 1 (IANS) Actor Kartik Aaryan has fulfilled Deepika Padukone’s request of teaching her the hook step of the former’s song “Dheeme dheeme” from the upcoming movie “Pati Patni Aur Woh”. On Sunday, the two were spotted shaking leg with each other on the song outside Mumbai airport. Deepika was seen wearing a red jacket … Read moreWATCH: Deepika, Kartik perform ‘Dheeme dheeme’ challenge at airport

Victim’s last call helped police crack gang-rape, murder case

Hyderabad, Nov 30 (IANS) Even as outrage continues to grow among global Indians in the brutal gang rape-murder of a 27-year-old veterinary doctor in the outskirts of Hyderabad on Wednesday night, police say the last phone call made by the victim helped the police crack the case. According to the police, Mohammed Arif, the truck driver … Read moreVictim’s last call helped police crack gang-rape, murder case

Vartika Singh in Atlanta to represent India at Miss Universe pageant

Photo Instagrammed by Vartika Singh Mumbai, Nov 30 (IANS) Vartika Singh, who was recently crowned Miss Diva Universe 2019, will represent India at 68th edition of the Miss Universe competition, slated to be held on December 8 in Atlanta, Georgia.  Singh says entering Bollywood is not the goal of her life. “I don’t mind grabbing … Read moreVartika Singh in Atlanta to represent India at Miss Universe pageant

Pamela Anderson writes to PM Modi to promote vegan food

New Delhi, Nov 29 (IANS) Baywatch icon and former Bigg Boss guest star Pamela Anderson on Friday wrote a letter on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to serve only vegan food at all government meetings and functions. In this letter, she urges Modi to … Read morePamela Anderson writes to PM Modi to promote vegan food

Indian students among 90 more arrested by ICE in fake university sting

New York, Nov 28 (IANS) A total of about 250 students, mostly from India, have been arrested in a sting operation by US immigration officials who set up a fake university in sting operation, according to media reports. About 90 students were arrested in recent months in addition to the 161 the officials said they had … Read moreIndian students among 90 more arrested by ICE in fake university sting