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February 2015
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Asha Gomez is interviewed by Bill Nigut on "Two Way Street" on GPB Atlanta 88.5 FM now--can be heard streaming on http://www.gpb.org/atlanta

UPDATE: Dr Avijit Roy, 42, of Alpharetta assassinated in Bangladesh, his wife also attacked. Hundreds of students and activists gathered in Dhaka today to mourn Mr Roy's death and protest against the intimidation and murder of secular writers. State Department spokesman Jen Psaki addressed the killing in a briefing today: 'The United States condemns in the strongest terms the brutal murder of Aijivit Roy, which was horrific in its brutality and cowardice. He was a journalist, a humanist, a husband, and a friend, and we extend our condolence. He was taken from us in a shocking act of violence. This was not just an attack against a person, but a cowardly assault on the universal principles enshrined in Bangladesh's constitution and the country's proud tradition of free, intellectual and religious discourse.'
1) from the AJC
2) from the Daily Mail, UK

The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders​ has published a list of what they have been working on:
HIGHLIGHTS OF FEDERAL AGENCY ACCOMPLISHMENTS listed by Department, from A for Agriculture to V for Veterans Affairs, and more

Hacked to death while returning from a book fair.

India vs UAE is the next game in the World Cup cricket schedule. Americans are getting interested, too! http://sports.yahoo.com/news/american-fan-catches-cricket-bug-world-cup-235214997--spt.html

India’s air pollution is a problem for health, climate change, and the economy. “Although Mr. Modi said he would make a positive contribution in Paris, there was no specific pledge to cut carbon emissions. Later one of his advisers told The Times that India is hoping to cut a side deal in Paris that would ensure India has “exemptions” from whatever broader agreement is reached. The notion of some kind of carve-out is not at all encouraging.” Comments note that the US emits 11x per capita what India does, but other statistics2 say that Indian emissions grew by 5.1 percent, Chinese emissions by 4.2 percent and the U.S. emissions by 2.9, so growth cuts are vital.
(1) http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/23/opinion/cutting-through-indias-smog.html?_r=1
(2) http://www.northwestgeorgianews.com/associated_press/business/state_national/china-us-india-push-world-carbon-emissions-up/article_f9fe699a-4276-11e4-925a-0017a43b2370.html

Do you know any 70-year-old woman (born in 1945) in Mumbai who was a midwife, doctor, or community worker working with women? The United Nations needs your help for a project for the UN's 70th anniversary. It's called "I am 70" and for it they are interviewing seven 70-year-old people from around the world, each representing a UN issue. The person would need to be comfortable talking informally on maternal health, and what it means to them to be 70 years old.
If you know someone who fits those criteria, please email alexandra.s.king@googlemail.com with a brief bio of the person you're suggesting, their name, phone number, and location. https://academicimpact.un.org/content/seventieth-anniversary-united-nations-0

In Georgia, 13,000 Indians are undocumented. In the USA, 240,000 Indians.
Get trained and empowered on DACA/DAPA immigration issues/procedures with a special day-long conference by Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta this Saturday, February 28, 2015, 8:30am - 6 pm, Sonesta Gwinnett Place, 1775 Pleasant Hill Rd., Duluth,GA 30096, Contact: jfrankel@advancingjustice-atlanta.org, http://www.khabar.com/events-calendar/AAAJ-Atlanta-Conference-on-DAPA/DACA

Scholarship application deadline: available to Gwinnett Co. high school seniors (citizens, green cards, refugees) with financial need and improving grades, due 3/3. See http://broadprize.org/

If you missed the National AAPI Community Google+ Hangout with Kiran Ahuja, Aditi Hardikar, and the very popular Billy Dec, our notes taken during the hangout are now posted on the Event Listing, about bullying, WHIAPPI accomplishments, deadline for applying for the "amazing" summer internships, AAPI Heritage Month in May, and more:

2/25 NATIONAL AAPI COMMUNITY GOOGLE+ HANGOUT with Kiran Ahuja, Aditi Hardikar, Billy Dec
DATE: Wednesday, February 25, 2015, TIME: 3- 4 pm
RSVP: http://bit.ly/AAPIhangout
On national priorities for the AAPI community and an overview of the May 2015 White House Summit on AAPIs. http://www.khabar.com/events-calendar/National-AAPI-Community-Google-Hangout

We are proud of our many high school students who participate in science fairs. If you’ve ever wanted to see some of the local fairs, your chance is on Friday at 4pm at the Gwinnett County Regional Science and Engineering Fair. Aksal Vashi (photo below), Hassan Qureshi, and Simran Modi will be making special presentations, and a number of other young South Asian scientists will be exhibiting/competing as well.
For the fair:
For more on Aksal and his research:

A Northview High School student, Santhosh Subramanian, has just started a Cricket Club Team and would like to help implement cricket in other schools. He is looking for sponsors so that his team of newbies can get equipment and also join the Delta 2015 ACL Cricket Knockout and the Softpath System ACL 2015 Premier League, since they need more teams to play. Are you interested in helping? Companies offering sponsorship would be publicized on the team uniforms.
Santhosh began in the 3rd grade with Cricket Academy of USA and was coached by Anand Tummala, then played in leagues such as ACL and AGCC. Cricket is the second most popular sport in the world, he says, but in our area it is fairly unknown. You can contact Santhosh at santhoshsubramanian101@gmail.com

A great friend of our community, State Senator Curt Thompson (District 5), has just lost his home and his family pets in a fire: Stein (the St Bernard hero), 3 cats, Rosie, Nieves, Ms Kitty, bird Mufalda, and the fish all perished. Only one dog survived. He has been deeply involved in our community, participating in political panels, supporting South Asians running for office, vigils for ‘Damini / Nirbhaya,’ Hindi language camps, Global Mela, Diwali, etc.

Charges dropped against 2nd officer, a trainee, in case of Sureshbhai Patel. Mr. Patel still cannot grip anything with his hands, and has some use of one leg, but remains paralyzed in the other.

Event update: Gujarati play POSTPONED due to weather, visa delay.
“Zindagi Ek Safar Hai Suhana”

Just as the movie PK criticizes conning god-men who take vulnerable people for a ride, a famous yoga teacher now stands accused of raping and molesting his students.

While India’s entry for the Oscars (the Hindi-language film “Liar's Dice” in the foreign-language film category) did not win last night, here is a fun look at some Bollywood stars who made it in the past.

Paterson, NJ has a new monument, commemorating the Bangladeshi struggle for freedom of language.
Half of the world's population speaks the 13 most populous languages, including Mandarin, Spanish, English, and Hindi, Bengali, and Punjabi. There may be 6,500 spoken languages in the world today, but around 2,000 of those have fewer than 1,000 speakers.
International Mother Language Day, February 21, which promotes the preservation and protection of all languages used by peoples of the world, began in 2000 to commemorate the day in 1952 when students demonstrating for recognition of their language, Bangla, as one of the two national languages of the then Pakistan, were killed by police in Dhaka.
Bangladeshis in NJ serve on city councils, and Paterson’s new monument is a both touchstone of community heritage and a reminder to all Americans of immigration and American freedoms.http://www.northjersey.com/news/north-jersey-bangladeshis-gather-to-celebrate-monument-in-paterson-park-1.1272075

India flex muscle in the ICC World Cup! Here are the highlights of their impressive 130 run victory over South Africa.

New event on our calendar for tomorrow:
Special talk on 'Right way of celebrating Shivratri' by
Dr. Sahadeo Hariprasad
Greater Atlanta Vedic Temple

About 500 Indian workers were treated like slaves—and threatened with deportation for complaining—by a company in Louisiana that has now been indicted with a $14 million verdict. The case has spurred action by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which sued the company for human trafficking violations against hundreds of workers, along with a major regulatory overhaul of the employment visa system—but reform has been held up by conservatives in Congress suspending funding in order to obstruct the Labor Department’s enforcement of the revised H-2B regulations.

Modi’s controversial “selfie” suit raised more than eyebrows: It sold at auction Friday for nearly $695,000. Is that goofy or creepy?, asks the article. Diamond merchant Lalji Patel, center, celebrates after making the winning bid of more than 43 million rupees (about $695,000).

Some thoughts from commentators on tonight's India Vs. South Africa game (10:30 p.m. EST):
* South Africa is no Pakistan. It won't be a picnic for India.
* The tussle is between India's batting and South Africa's bowling (But SA is no pushover in batting either!)
* A lot rests on the shoulders of Indian spinners R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.
* Kohli says India will need "sustained momentum"

Atlantans chose to honor Dr. Nori Dattatreyudu in December, and India followed with bestowing him the Padma Shri in January! Dr. Nori not only received his award, but participated in honoring others: in the photo below he (on Right) presents an award to Vijay Vemulapalli of Vibha (Left), with Sri Viswayogi Viswamjee Maharaj (Center). Read about Dr. Nori, oncologist and consultant to the UN, and about others honored at the Hindu Temple of Atlanta in the link below.

Khabar is extremely proud to announce the appointment of Atlanta’s Consul General Ajit Kumar as the “Ambassador and permanent representative of India to the United Nations in Geneva,” as the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in New Delhi said on Thursday.
Kumar previously served as consul general in Germany and South Africa, and as ambassador to Zimbabwe. Unfortunately for Atlantans, this will mean losing Ambassador Kumar to Geneva, Switzerland, where he and his wife Margret and family are expected to move, to take up his assignment shortly.
Ajit Kumar has been continuously active in the Indian-American community since he arrived here to lead the newly established Consulate of India in 2011, as well as active in consular, business, and legislative circles while representing India to the Southeastern United States. His genuinely warm and kind nature has made him approachable and appreciated by all, and his diligence in making the details of India’s plans and progress known to the NRI and American communities, and his care in developing person-to-person relationships for understanding and undertakings between the two countries will stand him in good stead as India’s new Ambassador to the UN, as international relationships reach for new heights. Khabar joins with the Southeastern US in wishing our Ambassador every success.

Aasees says, “I strongly believe in advancing our community and creating a safe environment for everyone, especially students! At the conference, I will share raw stories of the Asian American struggle, gain insights from fellow attendees, and become a better leader for our community! Thank you for helping me continue my work! She is using gofundme to raise money for the trip to the ECAASU conference in Boston.

News for another Atlanta youth: Aasees Kaur is one of 6 finalists for the East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) Trailblazer Award! Nominated by Aparna Bhattacharyya and Tricia Sung, she has demonstrated outstanding achievements and is heavily involved in the AAPI community.

US officials from the Dept of State, Dept of Commerce, and Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) are attending the Aero India 2015 air show and aviation exhibition in Bangalore February 18-20, 2015, along with US Ambassador Richard Verma. “Since 2008, our bilateral defense trade has grown from near-zero to nearly $10 billion.”

Adding more and hotter chili is enticing Indian consumers to gobble up fries, burgers, and wraps from KFC, Dunkin' Donuts and McDonald's. Sales of KFC's Flaming Crunch Chicken, flavored with one of the world's hottest chili peppers—the Assam-grown ghost pepper or "bhut jolokia"—have soared since its December launch.

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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, the follow-up to the 2012 global blockbuster will open in theaters across North America on March 6.

After Ambassador Ajit Kumar (Consul General of India for the Southeastern US) visited Sureshbhai Patel and his family and medical caregivers in hospital in Alabama, the Alabama governor has written a letter of apology to the Consul General, “to your government, Mr. Patel, and the citizens of India who reside and work in our state.”

The United States Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS) was planning to begin accepting requests for expanded DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) from February 18, 2015 (tomorrow). A judge in Texas has now changed those plans. For more details, see the FAQs at http://www.uscis.gov/immigrationaction

Good news for dogs in India, but more needs to be done—see the article’s comments.

A couple of weeks ago, we mentioned Dr. Sheth’s introducing the community to an organization that, as part of its work, helps match philanthropists with charities, and the Indian network of apps that do that in India. Now an organization is coming to Atlanta to do that for India, too: “Founded in 2001 at the initiative of President Bill Clinton, the American India Foundation (AIF) ensures that 100 percent of the donations that it receives are deployed in well-managed and well-monitored social impact programs.”

Youth! Khabar likes to honor our youth as well as adults in Community Newsmaker reports, but we don’t always have enough space in the print/digital editions. We do, however, have the Khabar website, with extras! Sometimes these extras go beyond what appears in print, and sometimes they are entire articles! One of the latter is a Newsmaker report on Simi Shah, a highschooler, a writer, a volunteer, and more.

Clayton State University and Sri Krishna Institutions (Coimbatore) have signed a memorandum of understanding for a dual 4-year degree in business.

It’s “the mother of all battles. Five World Cups [in cricket] spanning across 23 years over five wins and India’s record stands unblemished against arch-rivals Pakistan” but “This is Pakistan’s best chance to pounce on a vulnerable India and break their World Cup duck against the defending champions.”

Delhi’s newly elected Aam Aadmi Party has given written assurances that “the designate Delhi Government upon taking charge of the administration will work hard to get the 1984 Anti-Sikh carnage guilty punished. And that, the SIT will be requested to handle this case on priority.” Vikram Singh has thereupon ended his 65-day hunger strike. Details here:
http://www.sikh24.com/2015/02/12/bhai-baldeep-singh-aap-visits-vikram-singh-dhanaula-at-jantar-mantar/#.VN4ih_nF9nY http://nbtel.org/aap-ends-vikram-singhs-hunger-strike-of-65-days.html

After Arvind Kejriwal’s sweeping victory in Delhi (with 67 of 70 assembly seats), PM Modi invited him for tea, where discussions included giving the capital statehood with control over its police, etc.—no word yet on any decision. Modi has declined Kejriwal’s invitation to the swearing-in ceremony.

On a cold day like today, here’s a recipe for a ginger “digestive” that helps fine tune digestion and warm the body. Chef Nandita Godbole of Curry Cravings (TM) also describes the use of four common spices/additives that are especially suited for the winter months.

A neighbor who often carried a gun is charged with shooting three Muslim students in Chapel Hill, NC.

With police attacking grandfathers out for a walk, this community safety meeting is coming in the nick of time--TOMORROW MORNING. Leaders of faith-based and civic organizations, PLEASE attend, establish relationships with disaster response agencies including the police, and find out how to meet with local police departments so that they know that your community is not a threat!

Kal Penn says “#achoo” !
#AAPIhealth Matters: #GetCovered by February 15

The for enrolling in the Health Insurance Marketplace is only a few days away.
U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy says, “Before the Affordable Care Act, about 2 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) were uninsured. Among some AAPI groups — such as …Pakistani, … Americans — nearly one in four people were uninsured. …We’re working to help the remaining 1.3 million uninsured AAPIs #GetCovered. … Stories … remind us how life-changing it can be to have health insurance.”

Where is the US-India partnership headed? India’s new foreign secretary Jaishankar recently gave an interview to Khabar, just before leaving his post as Ambassador to the US.
“If we are looking to build relationship based on complete convergences, I am afraid you are not going to have a relationship with anybody. I can’t think of any country in the world which will 100 percent endorse another country’s foreign policy interests.”

Deadline for input (2/9): Help Shape a Federal Immigrant & Refugee Integration Strategy. The goal of the White House Task Force on New Americans is to develop a federal immigrant integration strategy that allows new Americans to contribute to society to their fullest potential and bring new Americans together with their receiving communities to strengthen communities. By March 2015, the Task Force will submit a plan to the President that includes recommendations for federal actions to promote the integration of new Americans. In developing this plan, they ask to hear from you. You know best what is working to support immigrant integration in your community. Send your input on promising practices and examples of model programs that help immigrants and refugees to contribute to your communities and our economy. Contact: NewAmericans@who.eop.gov.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said today that “we do not discriminate against anybody on the basis of religion, caste, and creed.” However, in December, as only one example, BJP minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti spoke at an election rally, saying non-Hindus were "bastards." About a fifth of India's people identify themselves as non-Hindus, and many have been saying lately that tension is in the air, and they do not feel safe from name-calling and physical attacks against minorities. President Obama ended his visit to India last week saying that India’s success depended on it not splintering along religious lines. He also spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast yesterday against using violence in the name of religion (by ISIS, Europeans, Americans, and Indians, among others). Seeing this issue clearly is vital in today’s dangerous world.

Priests and nuns who were peacefully demonstrating at a church in New Delhi yesterday were arrested, loaded onto buses, and sent to local station houses. People who heard of it gathered to continue the demonstration. About 100 were arrested. The cause: “Modi’s silence over the recent spate of attacks on churches in the capital,” 5 this year, 38 across India in the last few months of 2014, according to U.S. House of Representatives Republican lawmaker Joe Pitts, who said, “India’s historic pluralism is being replaced with intolerance, division, and majoritarianism.”
[photo fr http://www.dw.de/police-detain-hundreds-of-christian-protestors-in-indian-capital/a-18235925]

Interested in public service but not exactly sure how to get involved? Join AAPIs at this White House YLD Google+ Hangout: Pathways to Public Service on February 10. #E3YLD

Hosted by Dr. M. Sanjayan, a brilliant conservation scientist, National Geographic Television has produced its most important cinematic legacy. EARTH: A New Wild premieres tonight at 9pm ET on PBS.

Rishi Singh, an advocate for undocumented youth, will meet President Obama along with four other DACA recipients today. Born in Trinidad, Rishi came to the U.S. when he was ten years old. His parents worked long hours to provide for the family as he continued to focus on school work. Because he was undocumented, he was ineligible for financial aid and faced barriers when trying to find employment. However, with the help of DACA, Singh was able to apply to school and is now working towards a career in accounting and finance while encouraging others to apply for DACA. Get more information on DACA here: http://1.usa.gov/1i64USU

A TV Asia clip at 7:30pm tonight will feature the event that recognized Indian-American and other ethnic press at the Georgia State Captiol--making our presence and our communities' presence seen by our legislators.
Brief Highlights of the following event is scheduled for airing on TV Asia Community Roundup program on February 4th at 7:30pm (ET). — withParthiv Parekh and 2 others. Khabar Magazine With Ravi Ponangi (not tagged).

Meet PRANATHY GANGARAJU, who, besides being a beauty queen who brought home to Atlanta this coveted national crown, is an inspiring and talented young woman with an eye on a film career.

A week ago, swine flu deaths in India numbered 75—now it is 191. Total cases for January were over 2000, whereas last year there were 937 cases with 238 deaths in the entire year. The years 2012 and 2013 had more cases, over 5000 per year—but at over 2000 in only one month, this year is not looking good.

Recently Dr. Jag Sheth introduced interested families to an organization that, as part of its work, helps match philanthropists with charities. Now “there’s an app for that!”
The Global Shapers team from Chandigarh, India won a $50,000 Grand Prize from Coca Cola for their project, “Kalpa Vrishka” (The Tree of Wishes). This network of mobile apps matches organizations and charities in most need with donors and philanthropists.
One app, BloodDonor.me, helps in India, where there is only enough blood supply for 10% need.
Another app, InKind, which lets users browse requests, wa developed because research showed that 60 percent of donations in Chandigarh were going toward low-need endeavors.

“The term ‘social entrepreneurship’” seems to have lost its importance among some experts lately.” Here is why it is still significant and worth being “inspired and enriched by those that have the courage to put the person and society at center stage.”
(Image from the Centre for Nonprofit Management, School of Business, Trinity College Dublin)
Comment: An Emory team of social entrepreneurs led by Mehul Bhagat is in the running for a significant prize! Stay tuned for results!

Do you feel invisible? As a woman? As a minority?
What did you think about Mindy Kaling's Super Bowl ad?
http://www.npr.org/blogs/goatsandsoda/2015/01/31/382708057/mindy-kaling-s-super-bowl-ad-are-indian-women-invisible Mindy Kaling's Super Bowl Ad: Are Indian Women Invisible?
In a commercial, the comedian pretends no one can see her. One Indian journalist says there's more to the ad than selling insurance. Being visible comes with a risk of violence for women in India.

Prime Minister Modi has warned his party officials not to say things that opponents think are promoting a "Hindu-dominant agenda," but Sakshi Maharaj, a BJP parliamentarian from Uttar Pradesh, on Tuesday said that every Hindu woman must produce four children. "Give one to the army, another to us religious leaders and teachers," he said. Problematical on several levels.

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