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Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
December 2018

How much do you know about current events in India and the U.S.? Try this short quiz!

1. The city of Ayodhya broke a Guinness World Record by lighting 300,150 diyas and keeping them lit for at least 45 minutes in celebration of Diwali.

2. After receiving a complaint from a Hindu leader, Campbell’s Soup Company removed “Spicy Beef & Broccoli Pinwheels” from a list of suggested recipes to celebrate Diwali on its website.

3. Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly got in trouble for showing his support for diversity in a debate by saying, “Our state director is Indian-American, but he does an amazing job.”

4. The Department of Homeland Security released data that showed that almost 75 percent of H-1B visas are held by Indians.

5. After renaming NAFTA as USMCA (United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement), President Trump suggested that the H-1B visa be renamed the IAAFO (Indians and a Few Others) visa.



(1, 2, 3, and 4 really happened.)



Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.

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