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Kansas shooting hero Ian Grillot who took a bullet for Indian gets TIME magazine salute

Time magazine has honoured Ian Grillot, the US national who took a bullet for an Indian while trying to intervene during a racially-motivated shooting in Kansas early this year.Grillot’s name features in the magazine among “5 Heroes Who Gave Us Hope in 2017.”Grillot, then 24, was injured when he tried to intervene in the shooting by a Navy veteran targeting Indians at a bar in Olathe, Kansas, in February.Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32 , was killed in the shooting that also left his colleague Alok Madasani, critically injured.Also readUS Navy veteran charged with killing an Indian in Kansas City bar pleads not guilty”I wouldn’t have been able to live with myself if I didn’t do anything,” Grillot said in an article posted by Time on Thursday.The magazine saluted the Kansas man as the “bargoer who stepped into the line of fire.””Without all the prayers and positive support from everybody, I wouldn’t be doing as well as I am right now. It has been a wonderful year and a blessing to be alive,” Grillot told PTI.Earlier this year, Grillot was honoured as ‘A True American Hero’ by the Indian-American community in Houston which raised $100,000 to help him buy a house in his hometown Kansas.Also readWidow of Indian national killed in Kansas bar shooting faced deportationGrillot was watching a televised basketball game at the restaurant when a gunman approached Srinivas and Alok, both 32, and reportedly told them to “get out of my country.”Grillot was shot in the chest in an attempt to keep the assailant from harming others.Adam Purinton of Olathe has been charged with first- degree murder and attempted murder in the assaults.Others saluted by Time included a chef who fed Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico, Houston neighbours who aided a woman having a baby in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, and a California dog who refused to leave behind livestock he was guarding as wildfires raged. Also readUS: Indian-American doctor stabbed to death by patient in Kansas

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21-year-old Indian man shot dead in US

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A 21-year-old Indian man has been shot dead in front of his house during a robbery in the US state of Mississippi, according to a media report, days after another Indian student was killed by four armed robbers.Sandeep Singh was shot in the stomach during a robbery reported on Sunday in the Jackson city, Mississippi, police was quoted as saying by WAPT, an ABC-affiliated television station.A group of men who investigators believe are responsible for a string of robberies could be connected to a fatal shooting, Jackson police officials said yesterday.Singh, and two other men were standing outside their house when a man in a mask and a hoodie walked up to them, police said.The robber took money and cellphones from them. As the robber ran away, he fired shots at the victims and one of the bullets hit Singh, police said. ALSO READ Indian-origin motel owner Akash Talati killed in US shootoutSingh was taken to the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where he died on Monday, police said.Singh’s death is the city’s 58th homicide for the year, the report said.Singh, had gone to the US around four years ago on a tourist visa and later got work permit there. He hailed from Jalandhar.The shooter is described as wearing a gray hooded shirt and was armed with a 9 mm pistol, police said. ALSO READ 46-year-old Indian-American lawyer killed after being hit by train in USThe gunman could be one of a group of armed men believed to be responsible for recent armed robberies of businesses and individuals throughout the northwest Jackson area, police said.”In an attempt to conceal their identities, they have their faces covered with bandannas and/or masks. The suspects have also been observed wearing hooded sweatshirts and gloves,” Commander Tyree Jones said in a news release.This is second such incident of killing of an Indian youth in the US in the past two weeks.On November 16, a 21-year-old Indian student was shot dead allegedly by four armed robbers, including an Indian- origin man, at a grocery store in the US state of California.

Indian-origin motel owner Akash Talati killed in US shootout

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 40-year-old Indian-American owner of a motel in North Carolina has been shot dead in a shootout at a strip club, becoming the latest victim of rampant gun violence in the US.Akash R Talati, who owned Knights Inn and Diamondz Gentlemen’s Club in Fayetteville city, was an innocent bystander when a man who had been escorted out of the club returned soon and exchanged gunfire with a security guard on Saturday, police detective Jamaal Littlejohn said.Police said they were called to the club at 1:51 am on Saturday.Littlejohn said Markeese Dewitt, 23, of Fayetteville has been charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. He said Dewitt was shot four or five times and remained in serious condition at Cape Fear Valley Medical Centre,fayobserver.Com reported.He said only Dewitt and the security guard exchanged gunfire. Talati and four others injured were bystanders, he said. One of the victims was in fair condition at the hospital. The two others were treated and released. Talati died at the hospital.Talati is reportedly from Anand in Gujarat.Police have not released the names of three other people who were injured. Littlejohn said they included the security guard and a female employee of the club who operated the cash register.Littlejohn said security escorted Dewitt out of the club because he had caused a disturbance. He said Dewitt appeared to have gone to his vehicle, got a gun, went back inside the club and started shooting.Littlejohn said police have no idea what caused Dewitt to get kicked out of the club.”All we know is he got put out, he goes and gets a gun and it goes crazy from there,” Littlejohn said.Detectives are actively investigating the homicide and shooting and have appealed to the public to contact them if they have any information on the incident.According to the Gun Violence Archive, as of November 6, there have been 307 mass shootings in the US in 20017. A total of 530 people have died in mass shootings in 2017.

Father of missing Indian girl Sherin Mathews arrested, body still not identified

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Wesley Mathews, father of missing three-year-old adopted Indian girl Sherin Mathews has been arrested, a day after body of a small child was found in a culvert, less than a mile from the family’s home.Sherin Mathews, who has developmental issues and limited verbal communication skills, was last seen outside her family’s backyard in Richardson city in Texas on October 7 after her Indian-American father Wesley Mathews upbraided her and sent her alone outside late at night as punishment for not finishing her milk.Wesley was arrested last evening and faces charges of injury to a child, Police Sgt. Kevin Perlich said.On Monday, Wesley and his attorney voluntarily arrived at the Richardson police station and shared a different account of the girl’s disappearance than his original statement, Perlich said.”He provided an alternate series of events from what he had previously given us,” Perlich said.

Indian-American sentenced to 40 months in prison for fraud

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Indian-American man has been sentenced to 40 months in prison for cheating victims in a telephone fraud scheme, an official has said. Anandkumar Jayantila Nayee was held responsible for at least USD 150,000 in victim losses during the telephone fraud scheme, said Benjamin Greenberg, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida. From January 2014 to early 2017, Nayee, who had previously pleaded guilty, conspired with others to defraud victims in an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) impersonator impersonator scam, according to court documents. His co-conspirators contacted victims by telephone and made fraudulent representations to them, including that the victims owed income tax payments to the IRS or owed fees for grants or loans that they had purportedly received. Nayee’s co-conspirators instructed the victims to deposit payments related to the taxes or fees that they purportedly owed onto debit cards and into bank accounts controlled by Nayee and his co-conspirators. Nayee and his co-conspirators then received and retained the victims’ payments, federal prosecutors alleged. According to court papers, from January 2014 through February 28, 2014, a co-conspirator purchased Green Dot prepaid debit cards and provided the full debit card numbers to Nayee, who resided in India at the time. Nayee then caused the prepaid debit cards to be registered in the names of real people and notified his co- conspirator once the cards had been funded by victims of the telephone fraud scheme. The co-conspirator then used the prepaid debit cards to purchase money orders and deposited the money orders into bank accounts specified by Nayee who had moved to Miami from India in 2015. He and his co-conspirators picked up funds that had been sent via money transfer by victims of the telephone fraud scheme and deposited those funds into accounts controlled by Nayee and his co-conspirators.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Indian, Indian-American plead guilty in US call centre scam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Indian national and an Indian-American have pleaded guilty to the charges of their involvement in a massive telephone impersonation fraud and money laundering scheme in the US perpetrated by India-based call centres. Montu Barot, 30, an Indian national who most recently resided in Illinois, and Indian-American Nilesh Pandya, 54, from Texas, have pleaded guilty in the multi-million call centre scam in which as many as 54 individuals and five India-based call centres have been charged, the Department of Justice said yesterday. Co-defendants Bharatkumar Patel, Ashvinbhai Chaudhari, Harsh Patel, Nilam Parikh, Hardik Patel, Rajubhai Patel, Viraj Patel, Dilipkumar A Patel, Fahad Ali, Bhavesh Patel and Asmitaben Patel previously pleaded guilty on various dates between April and July this year. According to admissions made in connection with their respective pleas, Barot, Pandya, and their co-conspirators perpetrated a complex scheme in which individuals from call centres located in Ahmedabad, impersonated officials from the IRS and US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and engaged in other telephone call scams, in a ruse designed to defraud victims located throughout the US. Using information obtained from data brokers and other sources, call centre operators targeted US victims who were threatened with arrest, imprisonment, fines or deportation if they did not pay alleged monies owed to the government. Victims who agreed to pay the scammers were instructed how to provide payment, including by purchasing stored value cards or wiring money. Upon payment, the call centres would immediately turn to a network of “runners” based in the US to liquidate and launder the fraudulently-obtained funds, federal investigators alleged. According to Barot’s guilty plea, beginning in or around June 2012, Barot served as a runner and coordinated the liquidation of victim scam funds by other runners as per the instructions of conspirators from both India-based call centres and those within the United States. Barot communicated via phone, text and email in furtherance of the criminal scheme with both domestic and India-based associates, and he and his conspirators used reloadable cards containing funds derived from victims by scam callers to purchase money orders and deposit them into various bank accounts as directed, in return for cash payments or commissions. He also admitted to sending financial ledgers to his conspirators detailing the movement of scam victim funds.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Not single taint on my govt in three years, says Modi in US

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Highlighting his achievements in rooting out corruption, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that there has been “not even one taint or blot” on his government in the past three years. Modi said corruption was the main reason why governments in India were voted out in the past. “Indians hate corruption,” he told the nearly 600 Indian-American community members at a reception in Virginia. The prime minister assured the Indian diaspora in the US that his government will continue to strive to take India to newer heights. “I humbly state that whatever work my government has done in the last three years, till now there is not even one taint or blot on this government.” He underscored that technology has brought about transparency and is being used to achieve great heights across sectors in India. “I can give various examples where India is making great achievements with the help of technology,” whether it is space or agriculture. “Renewed focus is being given to technology-driven governance and development,” he said. In several parameters, the country is moving at a rapid pace. Noting that infrastructure is essential for sustainable development, Modi said the focus is on global benchmark, setting high standards of development. The increase in aspiration of the common people is the greatest cause of this fast track development of the country. “We are working to convert the aspiration of the people of India,” he said amidst applause from the audience. Modi said that India is now receiving record number of foreign direct investment and all credit agencies and multilateral fora are giving a positive rating about India. “The world today sees India as a top investment direction,” he said and urged the diaspora to work for and help in the development of India. He added that India is growing at an unprecedented pace. He lauded the contribution of Indians living in America, saying they flourished once they received a conducive environment to grow and prosper in the US. “The billion strong Indians in India are also now getting a conducive environment and they are also changing the face of India at a fast pace,” he said. Modi assured the diaspora he will work to fulfil the dreams they have seen for their country’s development.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

No plan to rename village after Trump: Rajasthan govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A village in Rajasthan’s Mewat region will be named after US President Donald Trump, a top Indian sociologist and social worker has said, prompting the state government to rule out any such plan.me one village in India as Trump Village,” Sulabh International founder and chief Bindeshwar Pathak said at a community event organised in the suburbs of Washington DC.This, he said, is part of his effort to enhance India-US relationship.However, the Rajasthan government officials have said there is no such proposal with the government to rename any village after the name of the US president.”It is the government which renames a village and there is laid down procedures for that. As of now, there is no such proposal with the department to name a village after the us president. I have nothing to comment on what Mr Pathak has said,” Alok, Rajasthan government’s principal secretary of the revenue department, told PTI in Jaipur.Mewat region falls under Alwar district and the Alwar District Collector Rajan Vishal also said there was no such proposal.”The competence of renaming a village lies with the government and no private man can do that. We have no such proposal or request in this regard,” Vishal said.Giving a presentation to local community and political leaders in the US, Pathak said that he is working to provide affordable sanitation and toilets to the masses and end the practice of manual scavenging.In his address, he urged the Indian-American community to help realise the goal of sanitation and cleanliness in India.The cost of one toilet ranges from USD 25 to USD 500, depending on nature of construction. Technology remains the same, he said.Republican leader from Virginia, Ed Gillespie, who is running for Virginia Governor, highlighted the role the Indian American community plays in the US, adding “the US has a very strong relationship with India.”He and other local politicians also explored the option of adopting the technology of Sulabh international in Virginia and Maryland.”Rural areas of Virginia have a problem in building toilets and its maintenance cost is very high. Several officials from both Virginia and Maryland have expressed their interest in adopting it locally so as to bring the cost down,” said Virginia Republican Puneet Ahluwalia.Congresswoman Barbara Comstock also felicitated Pathak on the occasion.

Don’t need U.S. to interfere in India-Pak matters BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Following the comments by United States envoy to the United Nations Nikki Haley about possible intervention by the Trump administration to de-escalate tensions between India and Pakistan, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday it will not accept any third party interference between New Delhi and Islamabad as it is a bilateral issue between the both the countries. BJP leader S. Prakash told ANI that it is between both the countries to sort it out, adding the new administration will be made to realize the Indian stand properly. ?It is a bilateral issue the third party interference will not be accepted. Even during the Kargil war, then president of America invited both Nawaz Sharif and Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji for talks in Washington which was politely refused by Vajpayee that it is a bilateral issue and it is between Pakistan and India,? he added. Haley, a senior Indian-American member of the Trump administration, said in New York that the US would try and ?find its place? in efforts to de-escalate Indo-Pak tensions and not wait till ?something happens?, indicating President Donald Trump could play a role in such endeavors. “This administration is concerned about the relationship between India and Pakistan and very much wants to see how we de-escalate any sort of conflict going forward,” Haley, who holds a cabinet rank in the Trump administration, said. India has opposed external involvement in bilateral issues with Pakistan. During his campaign in 2016, Trump had offered to mediate between India and Pakistan, but was careful to add that it was only if the two nations wanted him to.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

India rejects any US role in resolving Indo-Pak issues

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India today swiftly rejected any US role in resolving Indo-Pak issues, hours after American Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley suggested that the Trump administration may “find its place” in efforts to de- escalate Indo-Pak tension. In a veiled snub, the external affairs ministry spokesperson in New Delhi said, the “government’s position for bilateral redressal of all India-Pakistan issues in an environment free of terror and violence hasn’t changed. “We, of course, expect the international community and organisations to enforce international mechanisms and mandates concerning terrorism emanating from Pakistan, which continues to be the single biggest threat to peace and stability in our region and beyond.” The spokesperson’s comments came in response to a query on Haley’s remarks at a press conference in New York that “it’s absolutely right that this administration is concerned about the relationship between India and Pakistan and very much wants to see how we de-escalate any sort of conflict going forward”. Haley’s remarks signalled an apparent change in the US stance of not engaging in Indo-Pak disputes. A senior Indian-American member of the Trump Cabinet, Haley said she expects that the administration is going to be in talks and try and “find its place to be a part of that (de-escalating tension)…We don’t think, we should wait till something happens”. She made the remarks when asked if the US can make any effort to get India and Pakistan together for peace talks as tension between the two South Asian neighbours over Kashmir has risen. “We very much think that we should be proactive in the way that we are seeing tensions rise and conflicts start to bubble up and so we want to see if we can be a part of that,” Haley said. “So I think that will be something that you will see members of the National Security Council participate in but also wouldn’t be surprised if the president participates in that as well,” she added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sarna praises Indian-Americans, visits Mahindra USA unit

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India-US relations are set to get stronger and there’s been a remarkable shift in the bilateral ties, India’s envoy to the US Navtej Sarna said as he hailed the contributions of Indian-Americans “in this journey”. “I have been fortunate to witness the remarkable shift in the US-India bilateral relationship. There is a clear signal that our ties are only going to get stronger,” Sarna said at the India House Gala yesterday. “I always think of this potential in two different directions, one is if you look back to it at: send back to India skills, experiences, technology, best practices that you have learnt or taught in your experiences here,” he said. The Indian government recognises the contribution of the Indian-American community in supporting the bilateral ties, he said. “If you continue to integrate and play a greater role in the country of your adoption (US), it can only help the India-US engagement. We have seen immense contribution of this community in any field. There is no reason to doubt ourselves, this is a hugely strong pillar of the India US relationship that will take us forward for everybody’s good,” Sarna said. Sarna, who visited Houston first the time since he took over as the ambassador recently, was the chief guest at the gala and felicitated the American “hero” Ian Grillot, who took a bullet for an Indian in Kansas, by handing him USD 100,000. “He is a young man who has shown exceptional courage, strength of very fundamental human values. No amount of honour that India or the Indian Americans bestow on him will be re-compensed enough for that moment of exceptional fortitude and character” he said. It is a privilege to be representing India in the US at this point in time, he said adding, “we are all representatives of India as I am.” Earlier in the day, Sarna visited Mahindra USA plant’s assembly and distribution centre along with Consul-General in Houston Anupam Ray and Indo-American Chamber of Great Houston delegation. A banner over the entrance said in bold letters: “This is Mahindra territory.” Inside, the hangar-like building reverberates with grinding metal sounds as the machines and workers putting the vehicle parts together. Mahindra is among a number of Indian companies that are expanding their operations in the US. Mani Iyer, chief executive at Mahindra USA, informed that the firm expected to double its revenue to USD 1 billion in the next three years. Iyer said it had been a great learning to do business in the US. “We are not here to outsource jobs. We are here to be local, to cooperate with universities and community colleges, and to promote development.” “If you can drive in India, you can drive anywhere, but if you can sell in the US, you can sell anywhere in the world,” said Iyer. Mahindra first came to Houston in 1991.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

India’s neighbour makes stability challenging: US Senator

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Indo-US ties are one of the most important in the world and essential to maintain stability in South Asia, a Republican Senator has said while stressing that India’s neighbour makes things challenging. Senator Richard Burr, who has first-hand access to the information on terrorism in the region and Pakistan’s tacit support to such groups, made the remarks while speaking at a round table organised by the US India Friendship Council and the US India Business Council at the Capitol Visitor Center. “The United States-India relationship is one of the most important in the world. Its absolutely essential to stability in that region. And how do I say this in a diplomatic way. (India’s) Neighbourhood is not one of the best in the world,” Burr, the chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said yesterday. “Neighbourhood makes things very challenging,” he said without naming Pakistan. “So to have stable governments that look towards prosperity for its people and looks towards the United States for relationships that are long lasting and trustworthy, we could not have a better partner than we do in India,” he added. The North Carolina senator said when America is prosperous, the rest of the world is prosperous as well and when it does not have a right architecture for everybody who wants to succeed here, it dampens the opportunities elsewhere around the world,” he said. The 90-minute panel discussion was also attended by several other US lawmakers including Senators Thom Tilles and Joe Donnelly. Congressman George Holding and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, the two Co-Chairs of the Congressional India Caucus, along with Indian-American lawmakers Ami Bera and Ro Khanna and Congressman Ted Yoho attended the event during which they reiterated their commitment to India US relationship. “In Washington, one of the few things that Republicans and Democrats alike agree on is strengthening the Indo-US partnership. The need now is for a positive and concrete agenda in the 115th Congress and with the Trump Administration to take advantage of this historic opportunity,” Indian-American entrepreneur Swadesh Chatterjee said in his address. He said if India and the US cannot cooperate as the closest of friends, addressing mutual interests will be severely harmed. “These interests range from the fight against terrorism to the prevention of a hegemony in Asia and to economic development,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

No safe haven

As India mourns the death of a man shot in a possible US hate crime, what do Indians in the US think?

India raises concerns over hate crimes, US govt assures ‘speedy justice’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The US has assured India of working with all agencies to ensure “speedy justice” to the Indian-American victims of bias-related incidents.”State Department, on behalf of US Govt, expressed condolences and assured they are working with all agencies concerned to ensure speedy justice,” the Indian Embassy in the US said in a series of tweets.India’s Ambassador to the US Navtej Sarna reached out to the State Department to convey his “deep concerns” to US government on recent tragic incidents involving Hardish Patel and Deep Rai.Sarna also “underlined” need to prevent such incidents and protect Indian community.Indian Embassy officials are in constant communication with local police officials in both the cases.
ALSO READ Another Indian becomes target of hate crime in USIn the case of Patel, the County Sheriff has pointed out that this may not be a hate crime. “We will remain in touch with them,” an Indian Embassy source said.The Consulate General of India in Atlanta has deputed a consular official to meet the family and offer condolences and any required assistance.
ALSO READ US: Sikh community urged to ‘fight fear and hate’ after string of hate crime on Indians”It is also in touch with the local community organisation of expat Indians, including those from Gujarat,” sources said.”I condemn this hateful act, the shooting of a local man because is a Sikh. We all must stand together,” said Congressman Rick Larsen.
ALSO READ Kansas Governor Sam Brownback welcomes ‘valuable’ Indian communityThere have been a slew of bias-related incidents in the US, raising concerns over the safety of Indian-American community.Patel, 43, the owner of a convenience store in Lancaster County, South Carolina, was found dead of gunshot wounds in the front yard of his home on Thursday.Rai, 39-year-old Sikh, has been shot outside his home by a partially-masked gunman who shouted “go back to your own country”, in a suspected hate crime.A series of troubling cases have reported where members of the Indian community have been targeted in apparent hate crimes.It comes close on the heels of shooting in Kansas last month in which 32-year-old Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla was killed when 51-year-old US Navy veteran Adam Purinton opened fire at him and his friend Alok Madasani, yelling “get out of my country”.

At the vigil yesterday, Mayor Copeland encouraged people

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>to come together, saying, “One evil act does not divide a united community.” “We felt the fear, shared tears, felt pain, healing and outpouring of love and care at this moment from this community – we stand together with the Indian-American community today and everyday, we will not let one act of evil separate us or divide us.” Police chief Menke assured everyone, saying “we are one and we stand as one. we are here to deplore. we assure everyone that we will do everything to bring justice to the victim and victims family in this case.” “I am here for many reason to share the sadness, to support the community and search for answers. Evil will never overwhelm goodness, love will conquer all, and power of goodness will always prevail.” Lieutenant Governor Colyer said, “We’ll continue praying for the loved ones of Alok Madasani and Ian Grillot, and especially for the friends and family of Srinivas Kuchibhotla. We will overcome evil and move from darkness to light.” Reciting a prayer in Sanskrit that he learned recently, Colyer said “may we move from darkness to light, from death to eternal light. Evil does exist, we have seen it, but so does goodness and evil will be driven away.” Assuring the Indian-Americans at the gathering, he said, “We will overcome this stray incident and live as one big strong community and we will change the world.” There has been an outpouring of support and fundraisers have been held for the victims. Volunteers handed out candles as visitors stoically made their way into the temple. Less than a week after the tragedy, thousands of strangers from around the world have opened up their wallets to comfort the victims’ families. Three separate GoFundMe accounts have between them raised more than USD 1 million in donations, which they pledge to help with the families’ medical expenses. Srinivas worked at GPS-maker Garmin headquarters in Olathe. Srinivas and his colleague Alok hailed from Hyderabad and Warangal respectively. The 51-year-old navy veteran was charged Thursday with first-degree murder. He was also charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder in the shootings of Alok and Ian.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kansas shooting: Indians jolted, but American dream alive

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rising racial attacks, coupled with the killing of an Indian engineer, Srinivas Kuchibhotla (32), on Wednesday night in Kansas, has left the American dreams of many Indians shattered.Parents who were keen to send their wards to the US and had already gone through the elaborate procedures, now seem confused and apprehensive. The fear has reached such an extent that Indians in America have circulated a list of dos and don’ts in public places.”I am concerned about safety and would prefer to stay in a metropolitan society like California. You are bound to feel scared, xenophobia has certainly rose because of Trump and more incidents are likely,” said Eshaan, who has applied to various colleges in the US for his MS in Electrical Engineering.Kuchibhotla and another Indian, Alok Madasani (31), were fired at by a 51-year-old US navy veteran, yelling “get out of my country” on Wednesday night. Madasani suffered critical injuries and an American who tried to intervene was injured.”Racial attacks are common but this incident was very shocking,” said 24-year-old Dheemant Jain, who went to the US three years ago for his MBA. Though racism existed for centuries, once again, the divide between Americans and non-Americans has widened.”It is very scary! There is a huge polarisation due to ongoing warmongering. There are some people who want immigrants to stay and are standing up for them, and there are some who want to get rid of us. Earlier, even if people had anti-immigrant feelings, they weren’t acting upon it in public space, but now they are attacking openly. They feel that somebody at the top level also shares a similar ideology. This thought is harming,” said 28-year-old Karan (name changed), who is working in San Francisco.”Trump is spreading hatred, I have heard several incidents of people being yelled at ‘Go back to your country!’,” added his fiance, who is also working in the US. She requested not to be named since they are scared of immigrant laws under Trump regime.Wednesday’s incident has particularly received strong reactions from the Telugu community in the US since both the victims hailed from Hyderabad. According to Vinil Kumar, a techie from Hyderabad, who lives in Kansas:”Some Americans always hated immigrants. Trump’s election has emboldened them. To learn that one of us has been killed in a racial attack has saddened us. The wife of one of my friends was scared to take her kid to school today. My wife is worried too.”Wife questions TrumpSunayana Dumala, widow of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, said that she always had doubts about safety in the US, but was always assured by her husband that “good things happen to good people.”Speaking at a news conference organised by GPS maker Garmin where Srinivas worked, Dumala, demanded an answer.”I need an answer from the government… What are they going to do to stop this hate crime?” she said.Situation bad, but no one is coming backMadasani’s father Jaganmohan Reddy, too, blamed the incident on the changing situation in the US. Speaking to DNA, he said; “The situation seems to be different now.” He has, however, not asked his children to come back to India.”He needs rest right now. When he will fully recover, he will decide,” he said.Karan too added that though people are scared, they aren’t planning to move back. He, however, added that if similar incidents happened in future, people might consider moving somewhere else.Racism in schoolsRacism is common in schools, mostly in ones which aren’t rich in global population. Sharing the incident of her nephew, a 28-year-old journalist, said: “My brother-in-law’s son goes to a school that has mostly Americans who maintain a distance from him only because he isn’t white. There are only a few families which aren’t racist and he is friends with their children. He was a bubbly child but has gone quiet ever since he moved here. The situation is professional at workplace and racism is not prominent there. My brother-in-law occupies a managerial post and promotion is entirely on the basis of merit.”Indians whose children are studying in the US are equally shocked and worried and have advised their children to be extremely careful.”It is a shattering news for all parents. The US is known for its gun culture. You can buy a gun from a shop without even a licence, and if a person is under the influence of alcohol, it’s even more dangerous,” said Shobha Bhatt, whose son is pursuing B. Tech from the University of Minnesota.Embassy demands speedy investigationPratik Mathur, First Secretary (Press, Information & Culture), Indian Embassy in the US, informed that the Indian Consulate in Houston is in close contact with the family of Kuchibhotla. The embassy is making arrangements to transport his mortal remains to India. Officials have also met Madasani.”The government of India has taken up the matter with the US authorities and has sought speedy investigation. The US government, while condemning the attack, assured us that they are conducting a thorough investigation,” he said.Extending condolences to the victims and their families, Microsoft chief Satya Nadella said that there is is no place for senseless violence and bigotry in our society. The first Indian-American woman to be elected to the US House of Representatives, Pramila Jayapal, spoke about a rise in hate crimes since Donald Trump’s election as the US president in November.Cause for concernFeb 2017: Mamidala Vamsi Reddy, a student from Warangal, Telangana, shot dead near his apartment in California.Nov 2016: Gurnoor Singh Nahal, a 17-year-old Indian-origin Sikh boy, shot dead when returning home from work. The incident took place at his home in his garage on Kandinsky Way in CaliforniaDec 2016: Aravinda Pillalamarri, an Indian-American woman who has lived in the US for more than 30 years, stopped and asked about her immigration status in Marlyand.

Indian-origin philanthropist felicitated for community service

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Indian-American has been felicitated by the Indian Consulate here for his contribution towards the community and starting a mission that provides education to millions in tribal India. A native of Gabat village in Gujarat, Ramesh Shah was also awarded the ‘Pravasi Bharatiya Samman’ last month in Bangalore for his over 40 years of contribution in spreading awareness about the country around the world and working for the welfare of the Indian community ever since he moved to the US in 1970. He also established the Gujarati Samaj of Houston in 1978. Shah was also a part of the team that organised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s grand Madison Square Garden reception in September 2014. He worked to bring the community together, raised money and recruited volunteers for the event. Shah has travelled across India, Europe and the US to create awareness about the remote parts of India, including the tribal belts. With an aim to provide education in tribal areas in India, Shah founded the ‘Ekal Vidyalaya’ chain for those who have little access to education. He is now the global coordinator of the school chain and travels worldwide to advocate the ‘Ekal mission’. Consul General Anupam Ray in his address said that Shah has “personified the Indian ideal of service”. The crowd gave a standing ovation to Shah and also applauded his wife Kokilaben for standing “shoulder to shoulder” with him in his journey. Shah shared his honour with the Indian-American community and said they have supported him in all his endeavours. He said that he is deeply influenced by Swami Vivekananda’s writings and asked for the people’s blessings to continue working till his last breath. The Indian-American has been a community resource in times of emergencies, helping its members in immigration, accidents, and family crisis. He has block-walked for political campaigns around the US and in India. In 2010, Shah drafted a petition to the Ministry of External Affairs of India and led a silent hunger strike to protest the unfairness of the renunciation certificate roll out.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

A new US-India alliance is a mortal threat to terrorism: Kumar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A top Indian-American Republican supporter today said that a new Indo-US alliance is a “mortal” threat to terrorism everywhere. “President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Modi together are the worst enemies of terrorists. The two are kindred spirits: committed nationalists and willing to forego the niceties of the political elites in both countries to get things done on behalf of a population eager for more jobs and economic growth,” said Shalabh Kumar, founder of the Republican Hindu Coalition said in an op-ed in BreitBart News. Kumar said a deepened relationship between the US and India is already advancing the war against “Islamic” extremism by leaps and bounds. Trump and Modi, both proud unapologetic patriots and champions of entrepreneurialism, have been friendly for a while, he noted.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

AI to start 3 flights a week non-stop from Delhi to Washington

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Air India will start three flights a week non-stop from New Delhi to an airport here this summer that this will bring 30,000 people from India to America every year for economic, commercial and family purposes, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe said. “Today, I am happy to announce that Air India will now establish three flights a week non-stop from New Delhi to the Dulles International Airport (in suburb of Washington DC),” McAuliffe said at a formal announcement ceremony at this airport in the suburb of Washington DC. “Today we are building the bridge over 7,400 miles” connecting the two countries and the capital, he said, adding that this will bring 30,000 people from India to the US every year for economic, commercial and family purposes. “Let me very clear. We are open and welcoming to everyone. We do not discriminate anyone in Virginia,” the Governor said as he slammed the US President Donald Trump for banning people from seven Muslim-majority from entering the US. The direct flight, he said, would also attract students from India to come and study at universities in Virginia and other parts of the United States. The flight services christened “Capitol Connection” would start from this summer, Pankaj Srivastava, Director (Commercial), of Air India said. Washington DC would be new international destination being added by Air India in recent years. This would be helpful in economic turnaround of Air India. No other details of the flight services were provided. Dulles International Airport connects Washington with as many as 30 capitals of the world. The neighbourhood in and around Dulles Airport has a substantial Indian American population.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Indo-US ties headed for best days under Donald Trump: Supporters

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India-US relationship is headed for the best days ahead under new President Donald Trump, his Indian American supporters believe. “This is the beginning of a new era, new dawn of new (India-US) relationship,” Indian-American Digvijay Singh ‘Danny’ Gaekwad from Florida said.Having closely worked with Trump and his campaign during the grilling election campaign last year, Gaekwad, who is a hotelier and a first general successful entrepreneur, said. “With Trump becoming the president, a new India-US relationship will begin. This is one President in my life time, who has come on a national television and said I love India, I love Indians, I want to help India, I want to fight terrorism. If that is not enough then what is enough,” said Gaekwad.”No President has ever said this on a national television at the election time. He is not afraid. He is the new breath in the time,” he said adding that during the election campaign he had a chance to interact with Trump. “He understands India very well. I have not met a presidential candidate in my life time who knows about India, who has been to India and who understands India and who ever dared to say in the middle of a heated political debate that I love India and I love Hindus,” said Gaekwad, who hails from the illustrious Gaekwad family of Baroda. He has been living in Florida for 29 years.Concurred Harry Walia, a member of the Trump’s Asian American and Pacific Islanders Advisory Committee. “The relationship is going to be fantastic, because we are natural allies. Trump has already made a statement that we are going to be best friends,” he said referring to the October Edison speech of the 45th president of the United States.With Trump inside the White House, Walia said is expects “a very open dialogue” between India and the US. “And it would be fruitful on defence side and economic side. Trump recognises US relationship with India is very different than the rest of the countries that he has been mentioning. Because we bring talent, we are economic engines in America. We are peaceful community. We are activist in mainstream and we do not talk trash to anyone. We contribute a lot to the American society,” he said.”Under Trump, the US India relationship would be far better than it has been under any other American president,” said California-based KV Kumar. “He is a businessman. He is going to establish a good business relationship with India. And India will greatly benefit from his administration,” Kumar said.A large number of Indian Americans from across the country have gathered in Washington to participate in Trump’s inauguration.

DNA Evening Must Reads: BJP terms demonetization as ‘sacred movement’, Captain Kohli on Dhoni and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1) BJP terms demonetization as ‘sacred movement’, says it will lead to cleaner GDPBJP termed the aftermath of demonetization a “sacred movement” on Saturday, during which the masses accepted the temporary suffering with enthusiasm and asserted that black money has now been deposited in banks that will lead to high revenues and bigger and cleaner GDP.The economic resolution passed at second and concluding day of the party’s national executive also accused the opposition of trying to defame the government by destroying the country’s positive environment and termed demonetization a “brave move aimed at the poor’s welfare”. “In this sacred movement across the country, the common people were taking upon themselves the temporary suffering of standing in queues with full enthusiasm and positive energy, but the opposition had become negative with destructive energy to defame the central government and trying to destroy the positive environment of the country,” it said. Read more…2) Budget session of Parliament to start on January 31The Budget session of Parliament was on Saturday convened to start from January 31, a day before the Union Budget is likely to be presented. President Pranab Mukherjee has summoned the Rajya Sabha to meet on January 31, an official notification said.A similar notification is also expected from the Lok Sabha secretariat. While the session will begin with the President’s address to the joint sitting of the two Houses, the same day the pre-budget economic survey will be tabled. The practice of separate railway budget presentation is being scrapped from this year. The railway estimates will be part of the Union budget. Read more…3) Indian-American Richard Verma to quit as US envoy before Trump takes chargeUS Ambassador Richard Rahul Verma, a political appointee by Obama Administration and the first Indian-American to hold the post, is set to demit office before January 20 when Republican Donald Trump takes over as American President.48-year-old Verma, who played a quiet but key role in deepening Indo-US ties, will quit before the President-elect assumes charge as his team said the envoys, who are political appointees, will not be given any “grace period” beyond Trump’s inauguration day. Read more…4) FIR filed against BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj for remarks on population control, Election Commission seeks replyBJP leader Sakshi Maharaj has indirectly blamed Muslims for the population growth in the country, sparking a controversy barely four days after Supreme Court made it illegal to seek votes in the name of religion or caste.As the comments by the MP from Unnao in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh drew strong condemnation today from opposition parties, the Election Commission sought a report from Meerut district administration while the BJP distanced itself from the outburst made at a ‘sant sammelan’ here yesterday. Read more…5) WATCH: Kohli explains why Dhoni will always be his captainWhen Dhoni announced that he is stepping down from the post of captain of Team India for limited over formats, the decision created ripples and reactions started pouring in. People, peers, friends, juniors were praising the Captain Cool in the best way they could phrase a sentence. Then came the most marvellous one of them all. From Virat Kohli.Read more…

US diplomat Nisha Desai Biswal to visit India for talks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nisha Desai Biswal, one of the top ranking Indian-American officials in the outgoing Obama administration, will make her last official visit to India this week to discuss a range of bilateral and global issues, in a bid to deepen strategic Indo-US partnership.Biswal, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, will travel to New Delhi, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad and Mumbai from January 5-12 where she will meet with government officials and business leaders to discuss the dynamic growth in ties between the United States and India, the State Department said in a statement yesterday.”While in India, the Assistant Secretary will meet government leaders to discuss trade and business ties, as well as a range of bilateral, regional, and global issues to deepen the US-India strategic partnership,” the State Department said.Biswal, among other things, will attend the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit in Ahmedabad where she will meet with government and community leaders.She will also attend the annual Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention in Bengaluru, which marks the contributions of the overseas Indian community to the development of India, the State Department announced.

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