A snapshot from the Bengali conference in Baltimore
; South Carolina Governor
Nikki Haley drew flak for signing
a law that civil rights groups said
is an overly punitive piece of anti-
; Srinagar-born Dr Ghulam
Nabi Fai, one of the most influen-
tial Kashmiri Americans in the
country, is arrested and charged
with spying for Pakistan. He later
confessed to doing so.
; Preeta Bansal, a senior White
House official, resigned, joining
the likes of Vivek Kundra and
Neal Katyal who quit the admin-
istration. Ro Khanna, Sonal Shah
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service at a jail, for driving under
; California’s Shiva-Vishnu tem-
ple completed 25 years.
; Shree Bose and Naomi Shah
emerged among winners at the
Google Science Fair.
; About 2,000 people partici-
pated in Sevathon, an India
Community Center walkathon for
nonprofits, in the San Francisco
; Entrepreneur Navin Manglani
and his partner Dr Navin Dargani
tied the knot, becoming the first
known Indian-American gay cou-
ple to marry.
; Former maid dropped sexual harassment charge
against India’s consul general in New York.
; Over 200 Hindu Americans and inter-faith
community leaders attended the second annual
Hindu American Seva Charities conference July 29-
; Across the US, Indian Americans celebrated
India’s Independence Day with gusto, express soli-
darity with activist K B Hazare’s call for agitation
against corruption in India.
the District of
including DC Mayor
Vincent Gray, right
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Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh alights from Air India-One at
New York's John F Kennedy Airport, September 22. Also seen are Indian
Ambassador Nirupama Rao and Hardeep Singh Puri, India’s permanent
representative to the United Nations
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; New Indian Ambassador Nirupama Rao took charge.
; A host of Indian leaders, including Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee,
Commerce Minister Anand Sharma and Renewable Energy
Minister Farooq Abdullah, visited US and made a pitch for
; Nine Indian-American youngsters — Caleb Kumar, Cheenar
Banerjee, Arjun Aggarwal, Siddhartha Jena, Sunil Pai, Jayanth
Krishnan, Anirudh Prabhu, Shalini Ramanan, and Raja
Selvakumar — among the 18 winners of the Davidson
Fellowship for ‘profoundly gifted youth’.
; Usha Rajagopalan became the first Hindu chaplain at Duke
University, North Carolina.
; Over 6,000 people attended Janmashtami celebrations in
; The Sikh Coalition’s hearings on post-9/11 discrimination
threw up alarming stories of discrimination, abuse. Meanwhile,
Shoshana Hebshi and two Indians are handcuffed, detained in a
filthy 6 foot by 10 foot cell, and strip searched at Detroit airport,
; Lousiana Governor Bobby Jindal endorsed Rick Perry for
; Swati Dandekar quit Iowa Senate, took up Utilities Board
; Wait for a Green Card might last as much as 70 years, new