NEWS & COMMUNITY
; Ohio legislator Jay Goyal, who was elected to the state
House of Representatives at age 25 — the youngest to win a
seat to state office in at least three decades since current US
Senator Sherrod Brown won his seat from the same district —
decided not to run for re-election, instead shifting focus to his
; Several South Asians were among the 107 medical professionals charged for alleged participation in Medicare fraud
schemes involving approximately $452 million in false billing,
while six South Asians were arrested for their alleged role in a
long-running unemployment and disability fraud scheme in
California’s Sutter and Yuba counties.
; Krittika Biswas, daughter of New York-based Indian diplomat Debashish Biswas, who was wrongly accused and arrested
from her school in 2011, filed a federal lawsuit claiming at
least $1 million in punitive damages in addition to other
; Vikram J Singh, who was the senior defense adviser to the
late Richard Holbrooke was appointed to a key Pentagon post
— Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and
; Six months after he was nominated by President Barack
Obama as a commissioner, Federal Communications
Commission, Ajit Varadaraj Pai was confirmed by the Senate.
; The Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Department
allowed officers to serve while keeping their articles of faith,
the first major metropolitan
police department in the
country to do so.
; The capture of the Higgs Boson — the most wanted sub-atomic particle in physics, partly named
after Indian scientist Satyendra Nath Bose and the top scientific breakthrough of the year — had a
strong Indian connect. Vivek Sharma, professor of physics at the University of California, San Diego,
headed the Switzerland-and-France-based CERN’s Compact Muon Solenoid experiment — one of
two large particle physics detectors built on the Large Hadron Collider — team that found the Higgs
Boson. Many Indian scientists, representing the Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics in Kolkata, the
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai, the Harishchandra Research Institute in
Allahabad and the Institute of Physics in Bhubaneswar were also involved in the experiment.
; Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, both Republicans,
pilloried the Supreme Court’s upholding of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and
vowed not to implement it in their states.
; A settlement was reached in the case involving India’s Consul General in New York Ambassador
Prabhu Dayal, who was sued by his domestic help last year for alleged subjection to forced labor and
; Dr Sunita Kanumury, who was the 30th American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin president and only the second woman to hold the position, handed over the reins to Dr Narendra Kumar.
; Five House Republicans, led by Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachman, said Huma Abedin,
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s deputy chief of staff, was part of a conspiracy by the Muslim
Brotherhood to infiltrate the government. Leading Republicans slammed Bachman and her group.
; Pawan Sinha, Sridevi Vedula Sarma, Biju Parekkadan and Nepali-American Parag Pathak received
the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the
government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers.
; President Barack Obama nominated Bharata Natyam exponent Ranee Ramaswamy as a member
to the National Council of Arts.
; Lina Sinha, daughter of a pioneer Montessori school founder in New York, began serving a two to
seven year prison term for having sex with a 13-year-old student.
; Professor Sreenath Sreenivasan
was appointed chief digital officer,
; India’s consul general in
Houston Sanjiv Arora’s term came
to an end. He was succeeded by
; Bollywood star Saif Ali Khan was the grand marshal, at the India Day Parade in New York
; Vin Gopal was elected
chairman of the Monmouth
County Democrats in New
; Legal luminary Srikanth
‘Sri’ Srinivasan, who in
August 2011 was named
principal deputy solicitor
general, was nominated by
President Barack Obama to
serve on the United States
Court of Appeals for the
District of Columbia. He
becomes the first South
Asian American to be nominated to a seat on a federal
; Natwar Gandhi was reappointed as District of Columbia chief financial officer for
another five-year term, making him the longest-serving CFO
anywhere in the United States.
; The United States Junior Chamber or Jaycees named Sanjay
‘Ram’ Ramabhadran as one of the 2012 Ten Outstanding Young
; Writer Siddhartha Mukherjee was awarded the Taraknath
Das Award for Indo-American Understanding.
; Piramal Healthcare Limited director Swati Piramal, an
alumna of the Harvard School of Public Health, was elected to
Harvard’s prestigious Board of Overseers to serve a six-year-term.
; A survey by the Pew Research Center, The Rise of Asian
Americans, found Indian Americans as the top-performing segment among Asian-American groups — whether it be on economic, educational, or social indicators.
; Jerry Wang, chief executive officer, Herguan University and
University of East-West Medicine
in Sunnyvale, California, was
arrested, striking a big blow for
international students of Indian
origin studying at these universities.
Biswamohan Pani, 36, a former
Intel employee, was sentenced to three years in prison for stealing chip manufacturing and design
; Dalbir Singh was shot dead in Milwaukee when he was locking the doors of a shop.
; Mahesh Guda, who has served in Afghanistan with the 3rd Special Forces Group, Airborne
Division and is now deployed in South Korea, was conferred with the US Army’s Commendation
; Vivek Shah, an aspiring actor, was arrested for trying to extort money from Hollywood producer
Harvey Weinstein, West Virginia coal magnate Christopher Cline, Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula,
Groupon founder Eric Lefkofsky and the daughter of late Texas oilman Dan Duncan.
; The Immigration and Customs Enforcement shut down the PC Tech Learning Center LLC in New
Jersey, reportedly owned by Dhirenkumar Parikh.
; Kashmir Singh Manes, a store clerk, was killed in Fresno, California, during a robbery.
; The Dharma Civilization Foundation gifted $3.24 to the University of Southern California School
of Religion for establishing the first chair of Hindu studies in the United States.
; The California state assembly passed a resolution recognizing August 15 as India’s Independence