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Indian-Origin Professor To Lead “Best And Brightest” Scientists In US’s Texas

Dr Ganesh Thakur, currently vice president of TAMEST, will be named the president in 2025Houston: Ganesh Thakur, an Indian-origin professor in the US, has been appointed as the vice president of the Texas Academy of Medicine, Engineering, Science and Technology (TAMEST), an organisation that brings the state's top scientists and researchers to advance research, innovation and business in Texas.The TAMEST board of directors on Tuesday appointed Dr Thakur, a Distinguished Professor of Petroleum Engineering at the University of Houston (UH), vice president alongside Brendan Lee, who will serve as the president.Originally from Jharkhand, Dr Thakur is the first UH faculty member to lead TAMEST.During his two-year term as vice president, he will help coordinate and guide the board of director...
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UK Home Secretary’s New Plan May Hit Overseas Students Hard. Details Here

Suella Braverman mulls cut to post-study student visa stay in UK, a media report suggestsLondon: British Home Secretary Suella Braverman is said to be on a collision course with the country's education department over plans to cut the period of stay allowed for overseas students under a post-study visa route, according to a UK media report on Wednesday.The new Graduate Visa route, which allows foreign graduates - including Indians - the chance to stay on to job hunt and gain work experience for up to two years without the requirement of a specific job offer, is expected to be cut under Braverman's proposed review.According to 'The Times', the Indian-origin home secretary has drawn up a plan to "reform" the Graduate Visa route requiring students to obtain a work visa by getting a skilled...
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Indian Man Shot Dead, Family Injured In US, Second Such Incident In A Week

The incident took place on January 20 near Hartley Bridge Road, Georgia, US. (Representational)New York: A 52-year-old Indian-American man was shot and killed in his driveway by three masked men in Georgia, leaving his wife and daughter injured, police said, the second such incident involving Indians in the US within a week.The incident took place on January 20 on Thoroughbred Lane near Hartley Bridge Road, Georgia.Pinal Patel and his family arrived home from work when they were confronted by three masked individuals with guns, the Bibb County Sheriff's Office said in a statement on Monday.Mr Patel confronted the three and while doing so, shots were fired at the family.After deputies arrived, they found Pinal, his wife Rupalben Patel, and daughter Bhakti Patel, suffering from gunshot wo...
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5 Indian-Americans Among Finalists Of Prestigious High School Competition In US

Ishika Nag from Florida was among the finalists selected for Regeneron Science Talent Search.Washington: Five Indian-American teenagers were among the 40 finalists of a prestigious science and maths competition for high school seniors in the US, who will compete for more than USD 1.8 million in awards.Regeneron Science Talent Search, which is now in its 82nd year, celebrates and rewards young scientists focused on a wide range of topics that range from space race, AIDS epidemic to climate change, according to a press release issued by the Society for Science and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals on Tuesday.Overall, 40 Americans were selected to the finals.Among them, the five Indian American include Siddhu Pachipala from Texas, Lavanya Natarajan and Ishika Nag from Florida, Neel Moudgal from Mi...
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Telangana Student Shot At In US Days After He Goes To Do His Masters Degree

A student from Telangana has been shot at during a robbery attempt in Chicago. (Representational)Sangareddy, Telangana: A student from Telangana has allegedly been shot at during a reported robbery attempt in Chicago, USA, according to his parents in Telangana's Sangareddy.K Sai Charan went to the US on January 11 to pursue Masters degree in Chicago, his father Srinivas Rao told Press Trust of India.The incident happened on Sunday and Sai Charan's friends informed them about it on Monday, he said.Sai Charan's friends also informed them that he has been admitted to a hospital and that he is said to be out of danger."We got information about this incident...We are in shock," Mr Srinivas said, reported Press Trust of India. (Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV s...
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3rd Hindu Temple Vandalised In Australia With Anti-India Graffiti

Canberra: A third Hindu temple was vandalised with anti-India graffiti in Melbourne's Albert Park on Monday, days after Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple in Carrum Downs was vandalised, The Australia Today reported.The management of Melbourne's International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) temple also known as the Hare Krishna Temple found the temple walls vandalised with anti-India graffiti in the early hours of Monday morning.Speaking to The Australia Today, Bhakta Das, Director of Communication for ISKCON temple said that they were "shocked" by the disregard for respect for the place of worship and added that they hav filed the complaint with Victoria Police."We are shocked and outraged with this blatant disregard for respect for the place of worship," Das said.Shivesh Pandey, an I...
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Hit By Layoffs, Thousands Of Indian IT Professionals Struggle To Stay In US

Nearly 200,000 IT workers have lost job since November last year, suggest reports. (Representational)Washington: Thousands of Indian IT professionals in the US, who have lost their jobs due to the series of recent layoffs at companies like Google, Microsoft and Amazon, are now struggling to find new employment within the stipulated period under their work visas following the termination of their employment to stay in the country.According to The Washington Post, nearly 200,000 IT workers have been laid off since November last year, including some record numbers in companies like Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Amazon.As per some industry insiders, between 30 to 40 per cent of them are Indian IT professionals, a significant number of whom are on H-1B and L1 visas.The H-1B visa is a non-i...
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Indian-American Man Arrested For Cheating Community In Ponzi Scheme

Returning capital to earlier investors by defrauding new investors is known as a "Ponzi" scheme.New York: A 56-year-old Indian-American man has been arrested in North Carolina on charges of defrauding Indian community members in a Ponzi scheme asking them to invest in real estate property that would earn them profits.Kumar Arun Neppalli, a resident of Cary was arrested on Tuesday upon the unsealing of a 23-count indictment in connection with an investment fraud scam targeted at Triangle's Indian community in North Carolina, the US Attorney's Office Eastern District of North Carolina said in a news release.Neppalli used "his good standing within the Indian-American community in Cary" to defraud at least 12 victims or sets of victims into giving him funds under the false pretence that he ...
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“Was Very…”: Indian-Origin Woman On Being Attacked Over Mask In Singapore

The 57-year-old woman was speaking in a district court on Wednesday (Representational)Singapore: Almost two years after a man allegedly kicked her in the chest and hurled racial slurs at her, Indian-origin woman Hindocha Nita Vishnubhai said she has not been able to overcome the trauma caused by the incident in Chua Chu Kang housing estate on May 7, 2021.The 57-year-old was speaking in a district court on Wednesday, the first day of the trial of the accused, Wong Xing Fong, now aged 32.Wong has denied the allegations against him.According to court documents, Wong is accused of hurling racial slurs at Hindocha with the deliberate intention of "wounding" her "racial feelings". He is also accused of voluntarily causing hurt by kicking Hindocha's chest in an attack aggravated by the racial ...
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India-Born Marketing Mogul Receives ‘Freedom Of The City Of London’ Title

Manish Tiwari is the founder and director of Here and Now 365, a marketing agency. (File)London: An India-born founder of a multi-cultural marketing agency has been conferred with 'The Freedom of the City of London' title for leaving a mark on the financial hub of the British capital.Manish Tiwari received the honour at a ceremony at the Chamberlain's Court at Guildhall in London earlier this month.The award, given by the City of London Corporation, dates back to the 13th century and has since developed into an honour bestowed upon individuals who make an impact in the financial hub of London, referred to as the City or the Square Mile."Thrilled to be sharing this legacy with historical figures and dignitaries- Mr. Churchill, Mrs. Thatcher, and Mr. Nehru, contemporary statesmen like Mr....