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Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
June 2016

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

1. Passengers aboard an Air India flight from Chennai to Maldives had to wait two hours because the captain refused to fly without a particular female co-pilot.

2. A report from the inspector general in the Department of Homeland Security states that “potentially hundreds” of green cards have been sent to incorrect addresses since the Electronic Immigration System (ELIS) was installed in 2012.

3. A Sikh American youth who wrote a book titled Bullying of Sikh American Children: Through the Eyes of a Sikh American High School Student was forced to remove his turban at an airport security checkpoint in Bakersfield, California.

4. “I like Indians,” Donald Trump said recently. “The more Indians we have in America, the better it will be for our motel industry.”

5. A school in Kennesaw, Georgia, eliminated the “Namaste” greeting from students’ yoga practices after parents complained about religious connotations.



(1, 2, 3, and 5 really happened.)



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

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