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GAMA - Spring Fest......04 Cut Costs And ‘Make’....05 Arun’s Scribblings.........06 Make A Difference........06 Hot For Summer...........07 Tips For Balancing Family, Work And Education.....08

WASHINGTON — Hugging outside the White House June 26, President Donald Trump and In dia’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi heralded an increasingly

close strategic partnership as the U.S. branded a top militant from neighboring Pakistan as a “global terrorist.” (Ccontinued On Page 21)


National Spelling Champ

By Sumaiya Malik On May 31 or the 5th day of Ramadan, a group of twenty Austinite

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Ananya Vinay, a 12-year-old speller from Fresno, California, is (Continued On Page 16)

August 2017

WASHINGTON — Low-risk Indian travelers to the U.S. will now enjoy speedy entry into the country after landing, with India making a

formal entry into the U.S.’ International Expedited Traveler Initiative. (Continued on page 15)

HOW To Cope With Summer

Austin Tamil School By: Mithra Ananthkumar Raising children in America doesn’t mean that Indians have to

Summer can be hot, sticky and downright uncomfortable. It can also be dangerous if you are not prepared. (Continued On Page 09)

give up their language and culture. Muslim friends and volunteers distributed one hundred free meals to the homeless near ARCH (Austin Resource Center for the Homeless) on 7th and Neches. (Continued On Page 14 )

This was one of the many goals that Austin Tamil Sangam had in mind when founding its Tamil school. (Continued On Page 04)

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Austin Tamil School’s 5th Annual Graduation

(Continued From Page 01) On May 21, 2017, the Austin Tamil School (ATS) hosted its 5th annual graduation ceremony to congratulate all of their students. The event was spectacular and unique in that each student demonstrated a cultural and/or language based talent that they had learned in their classes during the school

year. A variety of performances ranging from poetry reading to tongue

twister recitals were displayed to the crowded auditorium filled with an attentive and supportive audience of parents and friends. The ATS also encouraged its students to try out different skills by having students co-host the event with a few adults. Each level performed a different talent, starting with Tamil rhymes, then moving on to Tamil rapping, and ending with various versions of the famous Tenali Raman skit. Students recited the Thirukural and with a unexpected twist, provided the audience with the meaning of each Thirukural passage. The ATS graduation also featured a student speaking portion in which students shared what they felt that the ATS was about.

“To learn about Tamil happily”, “so that teachers will fix our mistakes so that we can learn from them”, and “to learn about the culture, customs, and traditions and not just the language” were some of the translated responses from the chutti kiddos - as the entire event was spoken in Tamil.

UT Austin Tamil Professor, Sankaran Radhakrishnan, is working with the ATS board to establish a program that allows students to

both modern and classical styles. Within the Tamil language, students can learn both conversational or spoken Tamil as well as written Tamil. The Tamil school is open to students from K-12th grade and is taught by volunteers who are native Tamil speakers. ATS is cur-

learn Tamil in all aspects. Professor Radhakrishnan teaches the Tamil language and culture, in

rently closed for the summer but will open up again for students in the fall.

robotics. Another unique feature of ATS, which is an up and coming program is its UT tie up partnership.

This event also served as a gathering of the Indian families in the area to come together to celebrate their children’s accomplishments as well as socialize, allowing the community to come closer together. The founding director, Mahendran Nagarajan, was among the speakers at this event who detailed some of the information about the ATS program for students. “We have two locations now. One in North Austin and one in South Austin.” Nagarajan said. This allows students from all parts of Austin to attend classes at ATS and increase the number of students that speak Tamil in the Austin area. In the end of the day, the goal to know the culture and language as it is a part of each individual. The ATS also offers enrichment programs in addition to its Tamil classes, which includes classes like


GAMA - Spring Fest By Kamal

May 20, 2017.

Greater Austin Malayalee Association (GAMA) organized a Spring Fest at Elizabeth Milburn Park on

The Spring Fest was attended by over a hundred Indian families based in and around Austin.

GAMA had organized a veritable feast of delicious dishes in an ‘Uttar-Dakshin’ theme.

North Indian delicacies such as bhel puri, pani puri, paav bhaji and biryani perfectly complemented the South Indian - specifically

Keralite - dishes such as kappa and fish curry, red chili chutney and cold buttermilk sambharam. Of course, since barbecue is a must for every spring picnic, GAMA made sure there were plenty of barbecued chicken to go around! Apart from all the good food, the guests young and old were entertained throughout the day with various games and contests such as musical chair, water balloons, soccer and volleyball, along with tongue twisters and riddles. GAMA president Shankar Chandramohan and vice president Sivaprasad Valappil distributed prizes to the winners.


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Cut Costs And ‘Make’ It A Prom To Remember

The countdown to prom is on and there’s a lot to do.

arships is awarded to creative prom-goers that DIY their prom outfits and wear the sticky stuff to the big dance. For more information, visit

From finding the perfect date, locating the right ride, getting the dream dress or tux, and coordinating hair, makeup and accessories... it can be a little overwhelming... and pricey.

After formalwear, you may spend another $218 on hair, makeup and accessories, according to Seventeen magazine.

However, your prom focus shouldn’t be on how much money is spent -- but rather on the memories you can make.

Luckily, with so many online videos, you can learn to do almost anything yourself -- including achieving salonquality hair and makeup.

So instead of rolling out the cash this season, roll up your sleeves. With a little preparation and creativity, you can “make” it a prom to remember for years to come. “The Promposal” “Promposals” are elaborate ways to ask your prospective date to the dance. In recent years, students have spent an average of $324 on the promposal alone, according to a Visa Survey -- going all out by using things like food, handmade posters and even pets to pop the big question.

Each year, over $50,000 in schol-

Gather your pals and jump on YouTube for inspiration and tutorials from beauty

Simple sandals, trendy wedges or peep-toe heels -- no matter what warm-weather shoe you prefer, they all have one thing in common

By purchasing flowers at a grocery store or using fabric flowers, you can even make your own corsage. The Memories Instead of pricey professional photos, capture memories by making an online scrapbook. Digital Scrapbooking is a great tool for layouts and ideas. Add photos and create unique cards through the app, then share with friends via social media.

Then, use stickers, cardstock, washi tape, markers and other embellishments, such as textured or glitter craft tapes, to make the pages something you’ll cherish. For more prom tips, visit Your prom experience should be 100 percent you. To ensure the big dance is special and to save some money in the process, tap into your imagination and your “maker” side to create a prom you’ll never forget. (Statepoint)

If you prefer a physical scrapbook,

dal-ready this season -- and keeping them that way.

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To extend the life of your pedicure, try using a foot cream that both exfoliates and moisturizes. For example, GOLD BOND Ultimate Pedi Smooth contains an exfoliating complex of four hydroxy acids and seven intensive moisturizers, a special formulation that has been clinically shown to exfoliate and smooth dry, rough skin.

The Look Your prom outfit should pop, fit well and express your personality. With prom-goers spending $231 or more on a dress and $184 on a tuxedo, according to Seventeen magazine, you may want an alternative to high-priced, traditional prom clothing and accessories.

Over the last 17 years, nearly 8,000 students have participated, and nearly half a million dollars has been awarded, in the Duck brand Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest.

Finally, DIYing accessories, such as jewelry and a clutch, can also keep money in your wallet.

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Alternatively, a DIY promposal can keep the moment personal and authentic, while saving some serious cash.

Check out services like Rent the Runway, which allows you to rent a designer dress for a fraction of the retail price; shop at resale stores; or even make your own. Homemade prom wear using Duck Tape is a great example.

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In fact, it enables women to keep their feet sandal ready for up to two weeks after a pedicure. • Perfect the Polish Process:

-- showing off your feet. And for many women, well-groomed feet can translate to a greater sense of confidence during sandal season. That post-pedicure look just makes people feel more “put together.” To maintain this look at home, Sanofi Consumer Healthcare, the makers of new GOLD BOND Ultimate Pedi Smooth, are sharing a few tips for getting your feet san-

Fill a tub or basin with warm water and essential oils. Then, relax while you soak your feet for 10 minutes to soften calluses and dead skin. For a clarifying, antifungal soak, add a few drops of tea tree oil. For a moisturizing soak, add 1/3 cup of olive oil. • Exfoliate and Moisturize:

Remove any excess lotion or old polish from nails before painting on a fresh coat. Apply a base coat, two coats of your favorite polish and a top coat for maximum longevity. Then let nails dry for 10 minutes or more before slipping into shoes. • Beware of Blisters: As temperatures rise, feet often sweat and swell in shoes, causing

chafing and blisters. Before you head outside, protect your feet by applying adhesive bandages to spots that are likely to rub. You can also go a step further to minimize irritation by choosing the right shoes for the weather. Opt for a more structured sandal on hot, humid days and break out your strappy sandals or heels on cooler days. More information about skin care and innovative foot products can be found at GOLDBONDUltimate. com. There is no need to hide your feet in the warm weather months. With a bit of care, you can get and keep that soft, smooth, sandalready feeling all season long. (StatePoint)


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Their gratitude, offspring express. Sadly, this day also happens, To some progenies as a reminder, That still alive are their ignored fathers. Whether roses or no roses, Greetings or no greetings, Daddies do care their children all the days.

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Make A Difference – Life Is Good By Vidya Kumar Let me tell you what happens after 25 years of married life – you run out of conversation and either you talk about paying bills, or what is cooking in the kitchen or at the most maybe talk about children and friends. Otherwise, the conversation is bare minimum and there is nothing interesting to talk with the partner. In the last few months thanks to Trump now there is animated discussion once I am home about what Trump did for the day. Did you see his tweet? Did you read about the article on Russian connection? The list is endless and suddenly there is great energy between us. We eagerly wait to meet and once we are together the conversation is endless. It is as if there is a new interest with

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Repatriation Of Remains Of The U.S World War-II Unaccounted For Personnel The U.S. Department of Defense Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Agency (DPAA) conducted field activities in Arunachal Pradesh, India, from November 1 - December 14, 2016, in search of remains of and artifacts associated with the U.S. World War-II unaccounted-for personnel. The DPAA team recovered evidence that was subsequently examined by a Joint Forensic Review Committee comprising both DPAA and Anthropological Survey of India (AnSI) members. On December 07, 2016, the Committee determined that the evidence was possibly correlated to the U.S. WW-II service members

unaccounted-for from that region, and recommended the remains and material evidence be transported to a DPAA laboratory for further analysis. In June 2017, DPAA personnel will escort the evidence from Kolkata to the U.S. laboratory in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A. for analysis. This was seventh such humanitarian mission conducted in India. Government of India has extended its full support to all these humanitarian missions. New Delhi June 02, 2017


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Hot For Summer: Create A Perfect Outdoor Escape In Your Backyard

If there’s anything better than heating up the grill and chilling drinks with close friends late into a summer evening, it’s decorating the space in which it all takes place. As with all things summer, refreshing your outdoor space calls for a simple, relaxed approach. Here are a few ideas for making a quick splash.

as much toward establishing a relaxing, inviting tone as an eclectic playlist or perfectly plated appetizers.

create the same conversational effect.

Identifying the focal point is a key early step. Often in backyard set-

Most permanent fixtures and large outdoor furniture pieces trend tra-

Color and Pattern

Less is More, Sometimes

Lighten Up

Make a tired space feel new again by donating, repurposing or storing items that simply don’t serve a purpose or add anything visually.

One of the easiest ways to dramatically enhance an outdoor setting is often overlooked -- lighting. Good lighting boosts safety and security.

Rethinking Arrangements

Incorporating strong elements of symmetry and repetition can do

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As fun as it is to design for new things, subtraction is often where the real opportunity is hiding.

There’s more to design than placing chairs around a table or fire pit. Striking the right balance takes some intentionality and thought.

To customize your space, check out the Improvements line of outdoor furniture cushions and pillows, which offers an array of lively styles, patterns and color combinations.

tings, it’s a permanent feature, such as a particular view, landscape design or fire pit. When this isn’t an option, or if the area serves a specific purpose such as dining, furniture can be used to


After all, summer is the season for tripping over pavers in the dark.

Adding flourishes with vibrant contrasting seat cushions and boldly patterned throw pillows is a quick way to express personality.

And a thoughtful approach can be transformative -- from illuminating paths through the backyard to setting a relaxing tone for a patio.

Many solutions, such as highervoltage lighting systems, call for a contractor’s expertise. Even some lower-voltage systems will require some additional equipment for proper energy control. To keep it simple, solar is the way to go. Just make sure the photovoltaic cell is positioned to collect maximum sunlight during the day so it’s ready to shine through the night. For example, the new Provence solar post and path lights from Improvements are a good way to accent landscaping while keeping pathways safe. Ultimately, there is no one-sizefits-all template for the perfect backyard summer sanctuary. But with a creative mindset and a clear vision, you can transform your backyard into a unique casual space. (StatePoint)

5 Essential Travel Hacks For On-The-Go Parents

Getting from point A to point B with young kids is an adventure within itself. Whether by plane, train or automobile, parents are on the search for ways to make family travel a little less stressful.

as entertainment: Nothing can set off a massive meltdown like hunger. Have a variety of food options

To help, Sandy Chang, mom of two and founder of SandyALaMode. com, is offering her five best travel hacks. These hacks won’t guarantee a tantrum-free trip, but they will help parents feel as prepared as possible for the journey ahead.

If you’re flying, bring empty bottles to fill with milk or water before boarding so your family can stay hydrated on the plane. “I always make sure the kids are eating and drinking at takeoff and landing to help prevent their ears from hurting,” says Chang.

• Save space in the suitcase. Pack a few essential clothing items that can easily be mixed and matched. For example, nights can get chilly, so take one cute sweater that works well with all your child’s outfits.

• Bring a lightweight, compact stroller. Little kids have little legs that frequently get tired, which is why a stroller is necessary gear when traveling with children.

The same idea applies to shoes. Opt for neutral colored shoes that match everything, instead of multiple pairs to coordinate with each outfit. • Pack snacks that can also serve

snacks that add an element of fun. For example, certain cereals can be used for a stacking game, or turned into a necklace and then eaten. Fill a pouch with at least one unexpected treat for a fun surprise.

at the ready, and bring less-mess

Make sure you choose a stroller that is lightweight since

you will be opening and closing it many times and lugging it to different places. “The Baby Jogger City Tour stroller has been a great option for us. In addition to the backpack-style carry bag that helps keep hands free to tend to little ones, it folds up small enough to fit into many airline overhead compartments,” says Chang. She also notes that, despite its compact frame, it doesn’t compromise on storage space underneath the stroller. The stroller’s UV50+ sun canopy with built-in extension helps protect babies on sunny days, and the durable wheels swivel for greater maneuverability, which is especially helpful in crowded airports. To learn more visit • Stay organized with plastic bags. Plastic bags can help you separate clean and dirty clothes as you go, and makes doing laundry much

easier after your trip. In the car or on the plane, keep a plastic bag with extra clothing nearby. Having an extra set of clothes in an easily accessible spot will be your saving grace when there are spills or accidents on-the-go. • Ask older siblings to help. If they are old enough, kids can lend a hand and help take some of the burden off parents. Before the trip, let children choose a backpack which they can use throughout the vacation to carry their own daily supplies and snacks. Many kids love chipping in. “Austin absolutely loves pushing Vivian around in her stroller. I think it gives him a sense of control, and it’s just fun,” says Chang. Traveling with children is never easy, but having a few wellplanned hacks will help ensure a smoother journey and more fun for the entire family. (StatePoint)


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5 Tips For Balancing Family, Work And Education

It’s an age-old conundrum. To advance professionally, often one must go back to school.

What’s more, Hughes notes, is that

tips can help create a good life-

Figure out where your “pain points” are and create your own support networks.

However, earning a degree might seem like an insurmountable challenge because of the demands of a current job.

Form a babysitting share with other parents in your classes to alleviate the financial burden of childcare or create a virtual study group to prepare for exams.

Experts say that more education is not only advantageous, but downright necessary in certain industries, particularly where technology is changing the playing field. For instance, Hannah Hughes, Dean of Nursing at Strayer University points out that, “The impact of technology on healthcare continues to evolve the practice of nursing, and there is currently a technology skills gap among some nurses. Today’s nurses should be preparing themselves to operate in this dynamic technologically-rich environment.”


• Identify short study windows. Maximize downtime whenever you have it. Have an infant? Read your assignments out loud to your child. like many industries, advanced degrees and certifications in nursing can have a high impact on a career advancement, enhancing one’s credibility, marketability and earning potential. If you find yourself wanting or needing to go back to school, these

study balance. • Don’t be a one-man band. Take advantage of the educational support systems provided by your school, such as tutoring, writing assistance, career services, technical support and on-campus activi-

Are your children enrolled in sports? Read assignments during practices or at halftimes. On the job? Study on your lunch break. • Select a program wisely. Look for programs designed to make it easy for busy, working people to earn degrees.

New Ways To Save And Enjoy Your Photos People are taking more photos than ever before, of friends, family, vacations and their food.

Unfortunately, in the age of social media, our photos are often experienced in a fleeting way.

And while they don’t always like to admit it, they are also taking selfies.

Consider the following tips for making your memories last longer. • Back up your data. Consider ap-

In the event your device is lost, stolen or malfunctioning, you won’t lose your memories on top of the logistical headache and financial expense of replacing or repairing your hardware. • Sort your files. Most programs will sort your images by date. You may also wish to tag your images and use thematic folders for better organization. This will help you find exactly what you’re looking for when the time comes to create that slideshow or craft that scrapbook. • Share your images. Share your images in a beautiful slideshow presentation.

But with all this emphasis on taking photos, you’d think that people would pay more attention to how they store and enjoy their memories for later.

plying settings to your mobile device that immediately back up your photos to your computer and to the cloud.

New features on today’s projectors make it a snap. For example, MobiShow, a feature of Casio’s LampFree Slim projectors, enables users to make presentations wirelessly via any smart-

phone, computer or mobile device equipped with wireless LAN capabilities. The XJ-A257 for example, weighs five pounds, making it a great portable projector and an easy way to share your images any time. • Print them out. When is the last time you actually printed an image you took on a mobile device? These days, it’s easier and quicker than ever before to print your favorite photos. Many retailers make it convenient to send a digital collection of photos to be quickly processed into standard prints and keepsakes like mugs, calendars and apparel.

For example, Strayer University offers the flexibility to learn online or in a classroom, students are matched with personal Success Coaches to help them balance responsibilities, and classes begin four times a year, offering degreeseekers greater flexibility. For these reasons, their online RN to BSN degree program, for example, accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, can be a good fit for working nurses with demanding shifts. To learn more, visit www.Strayer. edu/bsn. “Selecting a program that understands the actual demands of your field and the evolving priorities of your employer, can help you apply your knowledge now and meet professional goals later,” says Hughes. • Stay up-to-date in your field. Be a more efficient, successful student and professional by staying current on your evolving industry. For example, nurses can brush up on healthcare informatics, as well as understand how changes to healthcare policy will impact the way they deliver care. • Laugh often. All work and no play doesn’t make Jack a dull boy – it makes him tired and ineffectual. Take time for loved ones who make you laugh and keep up with your favorite funny podcasts. It’s helpful to keep your sense of humor as you take on another responsibility.

In a time when photography permeates all that we do, don’t forget to store your images safely and to take the time to enjoy them.

Whether you’re a teacher, a nurse, work for a company, or are in business for yourself, an advanced degree can offer you greater job satisfaction and earning potential, and the right program and study habits can make it a manageable challenge.




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More Grandparents Are Raising Grandkids: 3 Things They Need To Know

From single parents to traditional and multigenerational households, modern families come in all shapes and sizes.

also be used for other child-rearing expenses, such as college tuition.

changing the radio station while driving.

Keep Them Safe

But did you know there’s an uptick

Accidental injury is the leading

Also, reevaluate your auto insurance policy. Talk to an agent about whether it makes more sense to add grandchildren to an existing policy or take one out for them specifically. Grandparents may be able to add

grandkids as secondary drivers on a policy, but should be prepared to pay higher rates since teens may be considered high-risk.

their car insurance. Plus, drivers under age 21 who complete an accredited driver’s education course may also be eligible for discounts.

Look for a cost-effective solution, such as the Youthful Driver Discount offered by Erie Insurance.

Caring for grandkids can be overwhelming. However, preparation can help ensure your family’s safety and security.

Eligible licensed drivers 20 and under can save up to 20 percent on


How To Best Cope With Summer Heat: Be Weather Ready (Continued From Page 01) Cope with the heat this summer and stay healthy and safe with these helpful tips. in the number of grandparents raising grandkids? According to data from The Pew Charitable Trusts, 2.9 million grandparents were raising their grandchildren in 2015 compared with 2.5 million in 2005. Oftentimes, grandparents become primary caregivers due to unforeseen circumstances. Here are three things those taking on this responsibility should consider. Protect their Financial Future A recent study found 30 percent of all households don’t have life insurance, according to LIMRA, a life insurance research organization. Grandparents should be sure this coverage is up to date. They might also consider purchasing term insurance -- life insurance issued for a limited period of time. More affordable than a whole life policy, it provides financial security for the golden years, helps supplement retirement income and can assist with final expenses. A term life insurance policy can even help pay off a mortgage -- so grandparents have peace of mind knowing that dependents have a roof over their heads -- and can

cause of death for children up to 14 years old, and more than a third of accident-related deaths happen in the home, reports KidsHealth. To create a safe living environment for younger children, secure large furniture to walls, purchase safety gates for staircases, and install outlet covers, corner protectors, security locks and appliance latches.

• Maintain your air conditioner. The last thing you need is a broken air conditioner on a hot day. Regular maintenance of your unit can help ensure it will work all summer long. The easiest, and perhaps most important, maintenance task you can perform yourself is to clean or change the filter routinely.

It might also be a good time to update in-home safety features for grandparents, too.

For more complicated tasks, you may wish to hire a professional technician.

Handrails provide better grip on staircases, and anti-slip mats and grab bars in the bathroom can add extra stability.

Likewise, you’ll want to be sure your car’s air conditioner is in good working order, particularly before a major road trip or heat wave.

Promote Smarter Driving

• Stay informed with accurate weather information.

As teens get behind the wheel, encourage them to drive safely. A 2015 statistic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says six teens die every day in car crashes in the US, and this is the number one killer of teens. Distracted driving is the cause of 58 percent of teen-involved traffic crashes, according to the National Organization for Youth Safety. Remind grandkids about the dangers of texting, using apps and

Accurate weather information is one of the best ways to make informed decisions and be prepared for daily outdoor activities, family vacations and travel plans. Consider a source recognized for its superior accuracy – the AccuWeather app can be a good go-to resource not only this summer, but year-round, to help keep you safe. It features AccuWeather MinuteCast, an exclusive minute-byminute precipitation forecast for

the next two hours specific to your exact GPS location. Plus, the app’s AccuWeather RealFeel feature lets you know how it actually feels outside so you can properly plan for outdoor summer activities and the day ahead – from what to pack to what to wear. If you’re constantly on the go, don’t worry, because the app delivers severe weather push alert notifications that can help keep you safe and better prepared for anything that comes your way. The award-winning AccuWeather app is available on all of Android mobile devices, as well as on iOS, for free. • Know what to wear. During the summer, lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing can make all the difference to your comfort. The less fabric you have actually touching your body, the cooler you will be. • Schedule outdoor activities carefully. During periods of intense heat, stay indoors and, if at all possible, remain in an air-conditioned

location. If your home does not have air conditioning, consider going to a shopping mall or public library for a few hours – spending time in air conditioning will help your body stay cooler once you go back out into the elements. Limit your outdoor activities to morning and evening hours when it’s cooler. • Stay hydrated. Summer fun often means being outdoors, but listen to your body and take breaks to rest, rehydrate and cool off. Bring water or a sports drink with you when you are exercising, at the pool or even just making your way around town. Make sure to avoid alcohol and caffeine, as they can quickly dehydrate you. With up-to-the-minute knowledge at your fingertips and the right preparation, you will be ready to cope with heat and all weather conditions the summer season brings. (StatePoint)

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Applications Now Available How To Use Social Media For Annual CityWorks Academy To Build Your Career

The City of Austin has begun accepting applications for the ninthannual CityWorks Academy. The academy is an opportunity for

The application deadline is July 21.


Participants will have the chance to learn the “A to Z” of City operations through 14 class sessions

Classes start the first week of September and end the second week of December. Each session will be held at a different City facility on either Tuesday or Wednesday from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

the Austin community to get involved in local government and to learn first-hand about the programs and services the City provides from the people who operate them.

that conclude with a graduation ceremony. These sessions are designed to give participants a hands-on, behindthe-scenes look at their City gov-

The CityWorks Academy will be led by City of Austin Executive Team members, Department Directors, and other City staff who will share information about the City’s operations and discuss key issues facing our community.

Seventy-seven percent of American women want to be their own boss, a new survey from Avon finds.

While their reasons vary -- from scheduling flexibility to more control to less office politics -- now it’s easier than ever to start living like a boss or simply to advance in your career. In the digital age, getting ahead begins with your social media accounts, which are literally at the fingertips of the people and companies with whom you would like to work. Experts say that having an engaging presence on sites like LinkedIn and Instagram can help you make connections, spread your expertise, and show potential employers and partners that you’re a good fit.

CityWorks Academy applications are available online at or at Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second St. (third floor reception area).

Indeed, 78 percent of salespeople engaged in social selling are outselling their peers who are not using social selling.

CityWorks Academy is limited to 30 participants.

Whatever your professional goals are, take steps to hone your online presence.

Since the program’s beginning in 2009, more than 150 Austin residents have graduated from the academy and several have gone on to serve on City boards, committees, and other leadership positions. Each year the City receives more than 250 applications for the 30 available spots. For more information visit http:// cityworks-academy or contact: Marion Sanchez City of Austin Communications and Public Information Office 512-974-2955

Avon, a company with a 130-year track record empowering women to be their own bosses, points out that today, social media plays a big role in the direct selling model.

It’s important to be genuine, so use social media to be yourself and celebrate what you love. “I blog about the things I am actually wearing and doing, not what I think other people want me to say. Your readers want to hear your authentic voice and that is what they will respond to best,” says Alicia Hessinger Dias, an Avon representative and entrepreneur. She started her blog about a year into her Avon business and uses it as an opportunity to share deals, steals and tips that let her express her artistic and fashion-forward side. To learn more about becoming your own boss at Avon, visit Avon Insider at or sign up at • Play into your strengths. Spend the bulk of your energy using the online platform that works most naturally for you. For example, if you agree that “brevity is the soul of wit,” spend your time on Twitter. If you’re a visual storyteller, focus on Instagram. • Be consistent.

They are sharing proven practices to build your brand sales opportunities through social media.

Stick to the topics you are passionate about, and remember to post regularly.

• Go in with a strategy.

Consider using a hashtag that speaks to your personal brand.

How would you like to be perceived? Make sure the reality of your online presence matches this vision, as well as your professional field. You may also consider strategically using privacy settings on certain channels to ensure your public-facing persona remains professional and on-message. • Be genuine.

Lastly, don’t just post content and then disappear. Remember to engage with followers in positive ways. • Give shout-outs. Connections come more easily when you give shout-outs. (Continued On Page 11)


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BAPS Charities Holds Walk Green 2017 In Austin, TX

Eager to compare and share his success with his friends, Prasang Dhanani excitedly arrived early to submit all the donations he had diligently collected over the past month. Along with his peers, Prasang supported his friends and family with encouragement and re-

minders to raise money and awareness about the community involvement of BAPS Charities. Prasang is just one of 308 community members who supported the annual BAPS Charities’ Walk

Green 2017 walkathon in Austin, Texas] on Saturday, April 29th, 2017. Building off an existing relationship with The Nature Conservancy, this year’s walkathon had participants of all ages come out and sup-

port the Nature Conservancy and its Plant a Billion Trees campaign. The Nature Conservancy’s efforts focus on protecting habitats and preserving biodiversity across the world.

Its current campaign aims to plant one billion trees by 2025 to which BAPS Charities contributed $100,000 to plant 70,000 trees in 2016. In addition to targeted conservation efforts, T h e Nature Conservancy also invests in research related to conservation and climate change to drive international efforts. Through the efforts of BAPS Charities’ volunteer base, who come together to participate in service projects throughout the year, Prasang’s hard work not only inspires his friends but encourages partici-

pants of all ages to get involved in BAPS Charities initiatives. “Participating in the BAPS Charities Walkathon is a tradition for my family. Every year we come together and use the opportunity to teach our children about the various causes that BAPS Charities supports,” said Mukeshbhai Zala from Austin, TX. “BAPS Charities activities reinforce the importance of serving others, raising awareness about important causes, and this year, protecting the planet,” said Dr. Neha Patel, a participant in the day’s activities. BAPS Charities uses these opportunities to instill a spirit of service and commitment to preservation and environmental responsibility in community members. Through participation in events and fundraising activities like the walkathon, participants are actively engaged in conversations and actions around sustainability and conservation, becoming owners rather than bystanders.

About BAPS Charities BAPS Charities is a global charity active in nine countries across five continents. Volunteers drive its efforts, dedicating a portion of their lives in selfless service of others, both in their local neighborhoods as well as globally. Working in five key areas, BAPS Charities aims to express a spirit of selfless service through Health Awareness, Educational Services, Humanitarian Relief, Environmental Protection & Preservation and Community Empowerment. From organizing Walkathons that raise funds for local and global needs, to supporting humanitarian relief in times of urgent need; from hosting community health fairs to sustaining hospitals and schools in developing countries, BAPS Charities provides an opportunity for individuals wishing to serve locally and globally. CONTACT: Ashish Patel Phone: 512-731-4378 Email: SOURCE: BAPS

How To Use Social Media To Build Your Career How To Manage The Symptoms Of Menopause

(Continued From Page 10) Use the event hashtag while live tweeting an industry conference.

These actions will help you earn high-quality followers. These days, having a savvy digital strategy can be the most crucial step you take professionally. “From the start of my blog, it has been an essential sales tool,” says Hessinger Dias.

Add those you admire to your blogroll.

“The soft sell of showcasing product is much more effective than a direct sales pitch.” (StatePoint)

Menopause is often associated with troublesome symptoms like hot flashes and mood swings, yet even more serious health issues may be part of this life stage, such as heart disease. The North American Menopause Society estimates that 6,000 US women reach menopause every day. That amounts to more than 2 million per year.

“Women experience a number of changes during menopause due to shifting hormones and lower levels of estrogen. Hot flashes, night sweats and fatigue can interfere with everyday activities.

These symptoms can be severe and can occur for several years as the body adjusts to the reduced level of estrogen. We know that fluctuating hormones can also contribute to increased risk of heart disease and it’s important to take steps to manage that risk during menopause,” said nationally renowned natural health physician and author, Dr. Fred Pescatore.

There are several ways for women to manage menopause symptoms and heart health risks, said Dr. Pescatore. Start with Your Diet A healthy lifestyle typically starts with a nutritious diet and this becomes even more important during


“For women experiencing menopause symptoms, I recommend adopting a diet filled with more vegetables, lean protein, nuts and seeds to support a healthier lifestyle and a healthier heart,” said Dr. Pescatore. Stick with an Exercise Routine One of the best things you can do to help your body and mind adjust to shifting hormone levels during menopause is to maintain an active lifestyle. “Just 30 minutes of cardio each day can really make a difference. (Continued On Page 12)


Austin South Asian | July 2017

HC4A Awards $43,000 In Scholarships

Compiled By: Harish Kotecha, Photographs by: Rama Tiru, Tiru Galleries and others Thank you Austin for helping Hindu Charities For America (HC4A) raise funds in 2016 year so that HC4A was able to award $43,000

ated stores. Three different events were held to make the awards: $7.5k to Manor School District.


tion Board) and Dinesh Vakharia were present at the Manor ISD Trustee Meeting. Dr. Avery, Superintendent of Manor ISD, presented Excellence in Education Award that Brahmaji Mutyala accepted on behalf of HC4A. Dinesh Vakharia presented Dr. Avery a check for $7,500 for scholarships. Harish Kotecha recognized Becky Lott, Student and Family Support Services Director, with HC4A Selfless Service Award to recognize her contributions to Inspire HC4A! Dinesh Vakharia presented $20,500 in scholarship awards to Austin Community College’s (ACC) Mike Shaw, Chair of ACC Foundation Board of Directors.

in scholarships. This is one of the largest amounts raised by an Asian American group for scholarships in Austin area. A large amount of funds was raised from 2st Annual Aadhaar Gala last November, rest from individual donations and placements of donation cans placed at GAMA affili-

$20.5k to Students of Austin Community College, $15k to Capital Idea At Manor Independent School District, Harish Kotecha (HC4A Chair), Brahmaji Mutyala (HC4A Foundation Board Member), Vimal Motipara (HC4A Operation Board), Rama Tiru (HC4A Opera-

How To Manage The Symptoms Of Menopause (Continued From Page 11) Get moving. Try taking a brisk walk or a bike ride. You can even do things in your own home, like jumping jacks,” said Dr. Pescatore. Add a Supplement A new peer-reviewed clinical study shows that daily supplementation with the super-antioxidant, Pycnogenol (Pic-noj-en-all), can help reduce the symptoms of menopause and the related heart disease risk factors. (Continued On Page 13)

Present were Ashna Modh (Foundation Board Member), Harish Kotecha, Dinesh Kotecha and Stephanie DiinaDempsey. Recently, 11 recipients of HC4A scholarships to ACC graduated – they will enter job market and overcome poverty! This year, the grant to Capital Idea $10,000 to $15,000. This will pay for tuition of fifteen students. Present to accept the check was Steve Jacobs, Capital Idea Executive Director, Dinesh Vakharia and Harish Kotecha. These awards are an example on how that the Asian community can help with in-

come disparity issues facing Austin metro area.

who are economically disadvantaged. HC4A was founded in 2010.

HC4A’s mission is to “Bridge Income Disparity through Education”. To this end, it has two programs – annual donation of school supplies for homeless with Jewish Community and Vocational Training Scholarships for those students

To raise funds for next year, 2nd Annual HC4A Gala will be at Crown Plaza at 6:00 pm on November 4th 2017. Visit or by call 512.994.4638 for more information or to get involved.

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Gardeners Conference On Carnival Cruise By Venkappa Gani

schedule and agenda.

Generally most of conferences are being held in the big cities at big

I returned to Austin on March 1 after my trip to India for 6 weeks

cal fruits in backyard and shared my experiences with speaker.

watched this though it was long movie.

ship and off ship at Cozumel Mexico.

Day 2 Shore excursion, ship in port Cozumel.

It is worth to understand how the climate change and GMO plants affecting crops. Soil is the soul for gardening.

Ship sailed to Galveston port 8 AM.

The scenic underground river canoe trip we had was cancelled so we have to pick X caret swimming underground tunnel. After ship was parked at the port Cozumel took ferry to Cozumel then by bus went to rainforest with various activities. We were all prepared with swim gear and special shoes to walk in the water.

hotels in ballrooms or convention center.

started to plan for cruise in last week in April 2017.

Lately as hotel rooms are getting expensive, cruise conferences are becoming popular and cost competitive with package deals inclusive of vacations.

Going through lot of phone calls and emails everything started coming together including excursion at Cozumel.

Master Gardeners Cruise Conferences local or even International are being held in big cruise ships with all modern facilities. We were talking to fellow master gardener friends to take an adventure. Last year Texas Master Gardeners Cruise Conference for 2017 was announced. Searching for someone with common interest to attend this conference I found technical society friend Tom Grim an IEEE senior life member and his wife Charlotte Travis County Master Gardener. It was good match as I am being senior life member of IEEE, myself and my wife Ratna both are also Life members of TCMGA. We communicated to register for the 2017 Texas Master Gardeners Cruise Conference before the deadline in October 2016. We registered and got confirmation but we have to wait for details of

Decided to drive to Galveston port and park the car at the Carnival port. On April 27’th 2017, left Austin 9 AM reached Galveston by 2:30 PM to board the Carnival Valor ship. Checked in the states room overseeing the seashore. Ship started sailing smoothly 4 PM. Attended the welcome reception and collected all information for all events at the ship including conference schedule, entertainments and meals. Day 1 finished the breakfast attended the conf talks. Attended the Wine and Viticulture by Justin Scheiner. Texas is becoming popular in growing grapes and making wines and sprouting many wineries in Texas state including Austin. After lunch attended Lecture “ A taste of the tropics”by Tim Hartman, which is my favorite topic as growing various and exotic tropi-

Overall the conference was useful and enjoyed the networking of fellow master gardeners from Texas. Get to know some Galveston county master gardeners and lengthy discussions during and at dinner table. Day 4 This was the last day of excursion on sea.

We took short swimming trip which was interesting experience in the cold water with frequent stops.

We all have memorable experience, an educational as well fun with family and friends.

Saw the colorful parrots, horses, animals, turtles etc.

Beside attending conference on

Visited the Aquarium which had different types of colorful fishes and turtles. This was very pleasant to walk see the beaches. Spent whole day at Cozumel then returned to the Carnival ship by ferry which was parked at the port.

We had registered for Texas Master Gardeners award Banquet Moody Garden with Luncheon. We collected all our belongings and cleared through Customs headed Moody Garden saying Bon Voyage!! It was like reunion of friends we met on ship and also fellow Master Master Gardeners from Travis County to participate at award banquet. TCMGA group showing showing award winning Certificates Carnival Valor ship.

How To Manage The Symptoms Of Menopause (Continued From Page 12) “This study shows the effectiveness of Pycnogenol in alleviating

“Pycnogenol is one of the most studied ingredients on the market with decades of research showing the benefits of this natural extract

Day 3 Planned meeting in the morning Private screening “Symphony of the soil” got cancelled due to technical problems. In the afternoon attended Garden Inspirations from travel by Janet Carson county extension agent. She inspired us her extensive tours of gardens visited here in US and international tour including kew garden in London. Garden tours provide different themes and way depending on soil condition and weather and the beauty one created and maintaining from part of the world. We enjoyed her talk with such inspiration made us to visit global gardens to enhance our knowledge. The Symphony of the soil private screening was made available. We

perimenopause symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats and reducing key cardiovascular risk factors like high blood pressure,” said Dr. Pescatore. This new study further expands on previous research conducted on hundreds of patients that shows the benefits of Pycnogenol for minimizing common, disruptive symptoms of menopause including night sweats, hot flashes, depression, anxiety and memory problems by supporting vascular relaxation, which allows the body to rid itself of excess heat.

for a variety of health applications,” said Dr. Pescatore. It’s available in more than 700 dietary supplements, multi-vitamins and health products worldwide. For more information, visit Transitioning into menopause can create a host of new health concerns, but simple and natural lifestyle changes can make managing symptoms much easier. (Statepoint)


Austin South Asian | July 2017

Pre-Eid Zohra Alam Exibition in Austin

By Sumaiya Malik

Socialite and fashion diva, Ambereen Cheema, showcased famous Pakistani designer, Zohra Alam’s Designs at her Lakeway residence on Wednesday, May 31 from 10 to 5 p.m.

Cheema’s third exhibition and she only exhibits for Zohra Alam who happens to be her first cousin.

her expertise.

Three years ago, Zohra Alam was

Ever since, people from the US place orders for Zohra Alam designs using Instagram images on her page.

“This year’s exhibition (by invitation through Facebook) was a great sell-out,” said Cheema.


There were blue/green/white traditional pieces with gota on shalwars back in fashion. There were flair velvet pants with gota as well.”

The exhibition was timed with ‘Choti’ Eid more formally known as Eid ul Fitr, a religious celebration in which the Muslim community goes out of it’s way to celebrate, socialize and look glamorous.

Zohra Alam sent 70 individual pieces.

Cheema’s favorite piece was a short blue shirt with bell sleeves.

65 were sold and many orders placed for ‘Bari’ Eid, or Eid ul Adha that happens two months and ten days after Eid ul Fitr.

The Austin Community arrived in batches to see the exhibition. Friends came together or timed their arrival.

With the dramatic rise in the South Asian population, such one time exhibitions have become common right before festivals and people come from as far as San Antonio and Houston searching for a well known designer.

Prices ranged from $110 to $275. Cheema went on to describe the pieces that arrived.

Most went back with at least one piece.

Being quite on trend, this was the

“Zohra Alam is my Khala’s daughter.

the first designer in Pakistan to experiment with digital prints.

We are family,“ said Cheema who went on to praise Zohra Alam and

The style became a rage with the Pakistani Americans.

She said, “The theme was completely Eid with pastel and summery colors. Shirts were floor length or super

Ramadan Deed: Feed It Forward!

By Sumaiya Malik (continued from page 1)

bought meals from Subway. Those went first.

They called this plan, Feed It Forward. They were keen to serve, as

So this year, Hanafi modified the plan and asked the Wendy’s to prepare the chicken nuggets meals.

it was Ramadan, a month of charity and reflection. Anjum Hanafi, a fifteen-years Austin resident who works for Rodan + Fields, was not new to this plan. She had organized a similar event in 2016 when she and her family and friends distributed 70 home-cooked meals to the homeless. The meals were gone in five minutes! A friend could not cook had

“People who participate appreciate the opportunity to help,” said Hanafi. This year, Hanafi decided to spread the word about the plan so that more people could either participate by making a small donation or volunteer on the day. The word got out through social media and donations started coming in. Hanafi raised about a thousand dollars! When the Wendy’s establishment on Ranch Road 620 and Volente found out that the meals that Hanafi was ordering would be distributed to the home-

less, they wanted to take part in the charity and offered a considerable discount. Hanafi and her group bought 100 meals from there, 200 water bottles, cookies, bug spray, and sunscreen with the funds they had raised and met on 8th and Neches. Hanafi gave full credit to the volunteers and the donors. Shadia Igram, a board member and treasurer at, bought the sunscreen. Hira Mohsin, a parent at Peace Academy bought the cold water. Ambereen Ahmed, an artist based in Austin, printed the messages for each meal. UT student Saba Mashkoor and her brother Ali volunteered to distribute. Parents brought kids to help and what resulted was a block party with only good will to all.

The meals went quickly. Life is hard for homeless people and any good will they can get from the Austin community is well appreciated. Many men and women sat down on street curbside and ate

their meals right there thanking the volunteers for their generosity. The real inspiration behind the plan was an AJ+ video Hanafi saw during the Ramadan of 2016, which showed Rachid Boulsane, a French Muslim, distribute free meals to the homeless in Paris, France, during Ramadan. As soon as he would break his fast, he would drive around with prepackaged meals to find homeless on the streets. Hanafi was so inspired that she decided to plan something similar in Austin. Hanafi said, “Each meal was carefully packed with a message for the less fortunate homeless, talking about Ramadan. The note ended, “with all our prayers and warm wishes from your Muslim friends in Austin.” “To me [the homeless] are giving us the opportunity to do something good and be the best version of yourself,” said Hanafi. Hanafi plans to hold another Feed it Forward event with the money left over.

A client came from San Antonio with her daughters and bought 9 pieces in one go for an upcoming wedding. A lady from Dallas bought six. Others called with Instagram photos as reference and placed orders. They all wanted to know if Zohra Alam would showcase in in Austin again. Cheema thinks there will be another exhibition before Eid ul Adha. With three years experience in showcasing and placing orders with Zohra Alam, Cheema is quite an expert in noticing Pakistani fashion trends in USA. “People are much more aware of trends. Austin has become open to new ideas and people love Eid related themes,” said Cheema. “I am sure I’ll see a lot of her designs on Eid parties,” smiled Cheema proudly. To view of full line of the designer, please go to or on Instagram @zohra.alam. Cheema is more than happy to help the Austin community place orders. With eager buyers, one would only expect more of Zohra Alam in Austin.



Austin South Asian | July 2017

Shah Rukh Khan Clocks 25 Years in Bollywood

(Continued from page 1) President Donald Trump welcomed India’s entry into the International Expedited Traveler Initiative, also known as the Global Entry Program, saying it would facilitate closer business and educational ties between Indian citizens and the U.S. The India-U.S. joint statement, issued after talks between Trump and Modi, said the U.S. president applauded the entrepreneurship and innovation of Indians and Indian-Americans, which he said have directly benefited both nations. Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. Swiss and U.K. citizens are also part of the program. On landing at select airports,

program members enter the U.S. through automatic kiosks, instead of lining up to clear immigration with an immigration officer. At these airports, members proceed to the Global Entry kiosks, present their machine-readable passport or U.S. permanent resident card, place their fingerprints on the scanner for fingerprint verification and complete a customs declaration. The kiosk then issues the traveler a transaction receipt and directs him or her to the baggage claim and the exit. The U.S. airports that participate in the Global Entry program include all major airports, including New York, Newark, Washington, Austin, Dallas, Houston, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Jose, Las Vegas, Miami and Seattle. A traveler at any of these airports

can clear U.S. immigration, making their connecting flight from the Global Entry participant airport to all others in the U.S. a domestic flight. Along with the Global Entry airports in the U.S., airports in Dublin, Ireland; Vancouver, Canada; Toronto, Canada; and Abu Dhabi participate in the program. The caveat is that the travelers must be pre-approved for the Global Entry program. All applicants undergo a rigorous background check and in-person interviews before enrolment, the CBP website says. While Global Entry’s goal is to improve immigration and entry times, it does not exclude members from further screening, for which they may be selected when entering the U.S.

The summer can really take a toll on skin, when more of it is exposed to sun, bugs and poisonous plants.

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MUMBAI— He came, he dimpled, and he conquered. Twenty-five years after Shah Rukh Khan first smiled upon Bollywood, he is still grinning. And he has every reason to. Khan, one of the richest actors in the Hindi film industry, is still going strong like a hero, a quarter of a century after he emerged as a celluloid lover boy in 1992. The 51-year-old actor, whose fans are all ready for his new ven-

ture, Imtiaz Ali’s “Jab Harry Met Sejal,” made his Bollywood debut with “Deewana,” where he played the role of a young man called (Continued on page 25)

Doctor’s Orders: How To Protect Your Skin This Summer

To keep skin cool, comfortable and irritation-free no matter what conditions you encounter, use these tips from NYC-based dermatologist, Dr. Angela Lamb of Mt. Sinai hospital.

One easy to apply steroid-free treatment to consider is The Itch Eraser, which contains soothing aloe, vitamin E and tea tree oil to calm, nourish and moisturize the

For maximum comfort, stick with cotton, linen and other breathable choices.

Stay Hydrated Proper hydration is crucial when you’re busy and active outdoors. It’s also essential for skin health.

However, it’s important not to scratch the affected area and create an open wound susceptible to infection, even though it does provide temporary relief. Dr. Lamb suggests treating dis-

Use the hot weather as an opportunity to give skin a break and refresh with cooler water in the shower or bath.

Avoid burns and itches to begin with by applying plenty of sunscreen and bug spray, and by taking precautions in wooded areas to avoid poison ivy, oak and sumac.

Treat the Itch The itch, hives, rash, redness and irritation associated with insect bites, poison ivy, oak and sumac, and sunburns can be agonizing.

Luckily, it’s easy to turn down the heat on your shower in summer.

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(continued From Page 16) the champion of the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee, presented by Kindle.

Vinay earned the title in round 36 when she correctly spelled “marocain,” which is defined as “a dress fabric that is made with a warp of silk or rayon and a filling of other yarns and is similar to but heavier than canton crepe.”

able at The champion receives:

From Scripps: a $40,000 cash prize

Rich Boehne, chairman, president and CEO of The E.W. Scripps Company, awarded Vinay the engraved championship trophy moments before ESPN signed off from its national broadcast of the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee.

“The entire week was an impressive showcase of talented students who have dedicated so much time and effort to this skill. They exude commitment and true grit. Scripps takes great pride in serving as steward of the nation’s largest and longest-running educational event.” Vinay represents sponsor The Fresno, California. The competition began Tuesday with 291 spellers who advanced to the Scripps National Spelling Bee after beating the odds to reach this level.

As the presenting sponsor for the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Kindle provided a Kindle Paperwhite for all spellers competing in the National Finals. Kindle also provided an interactive corner during Bee Week for spellers and their families to enjoy and celebrate words, spelling and reading.

This was Vinay’s second time participating in the National Finals. She tied for 172nd place in 2016.

“Ananya proved her depth of knowledge of root words and word origins to master round after round of some of the most challenging words in the English language,” said Boehne.

Illinois, representing Commonwealth Edison in Chicago, Illinois, placed third in the competition and will receive $20,000.

and the Scripps National Spelling Bee engraved trophy. From Merriam-Webster: a $2,500 U.S. savings bond and a complete reference library. From Encyclopædia Britannica: $400 of reference works including a 1768 Encyclopædia Britannica Replica Set Deluxe Edition and a three-year membership to Britannica Online Premium. As the Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion, Vinay will begin first thing Friday a media tour with numerous national networks, entertainment programs and digital platforms including “Good Morning America,” “Today Show,” Wall Street Journal, “Live with Kelly and Ryan,” CNN and “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

Scripps is one of the nation’s largest independent TV station owners, with 33 television stations in 24 markets and a reach of nearly one in five U.S. households.

Both internationally recognized brands share in the belief that reading is critically important to a child’s lifelong achievement.

It also owns 34 radio stations in eight markets. Scripps also runs an expanding collection of local and national digital journalism and information businesses, including satire and humor video and web brand Cracked, podcast industry leader Midroll Media and over-thetop video news service Newsy.

For this year’s program, the Scripps National Spelling Bee used Kindle technology in the creation of the word lists for school-level study materials.

Scripps also produces television shows including “THE LIST” and “The Now” and runs an awardwinning investigative reporting newsroom in Washington, D.C.

Kindle’s technology such as FreeTime, Word Wise and Vocabulary Builder help build confidence for students to take on more complex books and learn new and challenging words along the way.

Founded in 1878, Scripps has held for decades to the motto, “Give light and the people will find their own way.”

These enhancements provide for an improved reading experience that leads to greater comprehension, a stronger vocabulary and a better, uninterrupted reading experience for young readers. About the Scripps Spelling Bee:


The Scripps National Spelling Bee is the nation’s largest and longestrunning educational program.

She also will visit Wall Street to be a guest of the New York Stock Exchange to ring the opening bell next week.

The purpose of the Scripps National Spelling Bee is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts and develop correct English usage that will help them all of their lives.

Bee Week took place in the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor.

Rohan Rajeev of Edmond, Oklahoma, representing The Oklahoman in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, placed second in the competition and will receive $30,000.

Visit for more information about the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which is administered on a not-for-profit basis by The E.W. Scripps Company.

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Celebrating The 4th With Fireworks? What To Know For many Americans, Independence Day is incomplete without fireworks. But it’s important to keep in mind that the most spectacular displays are those that are conducted safely. Whether you’re lighting sparklers, setting off roman candles or putting on a full show, obey all the laws of your jurisdiction. And if you are attending a fireworks show, there are still some basic safety tips to follow as a spectator. All those lighting fireworks should wear safety goggles to protect themselves, and spectators should be an appropriate distance away. And remember, while that ice-cold beer might be tempting on a hot July day, it’s important to save it for after the fireworks if you are a participant. Hearing loss is permanent and babies’ ears are particularly sensitive to loud noises. Parents should bring baby-sized noise canceling headphones to the celebration. Also, be mindful that many dogs get anxious during fireworks. If you can leave your dog at home in a soundproof room, that may be best. If dogs are along for the celebration, be sure to keep them on leashes so they don’t run away from the sound. (SPM Wire)


Great Wall Of China

he Great Wall of China is one of the greatest sights in the world — the longest wall in the world, an aweinspiring feat of ancient defensive architecture. I

with wisdom, dedication, blood, sweat, and tears. Families were separated, and many workers died and were interred as part of the Great Wall itself.

ts winding path over rugged country and steep mountains takes in some great scenery.

Workers: soldiers, peasants, rebels

The Great Wall facts: Chinese name: Chángchéng / channg-chnng/ ‘Long Wall’ Location: Northern China Length: 21,196.18 km (13,170.7 mi), all known sections were measured History: more than 2,300 years Who Built the Great Wall and Why The “Long Wall” has a long history — more than 2,300 years. It was built in different areas by different states/dynasties to protect different territorial borders.

Materials: stone, soil, sand, brick Material delivery: by hand, rope, cart, goat

Who Built the Great Wall, and When

The Great Wall’s Structure — Walls, Watchtowers, Fortresses…

It’s often said that the First Emperor of Qin built the Great Wall. Actually he was not the first to build it. See below:

The Great Wall was not just a wall. It was an integrated military defensive system with watchtowers for surveillance, fortresses for com-

Wall there was a flanking tower allowing defenders to shoot arrows at attackers at the face of the wall. Fortresses were built at important/ vulnerable access points (passes), such as Shanhai Pass Fortress, Juyong Pass Fortress, and Jiayu Pass Fortress. There were many archery windows and gates on the forts. The fortress gatehouses were the strongest and most impregnable structures on the Great Wall. Present Condition — 30%+ of the Great Wall Is Gone Due to natural erosion and human damage, about 2,000 kilometers, or 30% of the Ming Great Wall has disappeared. (Far more of previous dynasties’ Great Wall sections is gone.) Restoration and Protection to the Great Wall To prevent further loss of the Great Wall, the Chinese Government has taken measures to protect it: Laws to protect the Great Wall - Funds for protection, restoration, and maintenance - As individuals, we can do the follows to protect the Great Wall:

Why the Great Wall Was Built To prevent invasion To protect Silk Road trade In the Qin Dynasty, the First Emperor of Qin inked the northern walls to prevent invasion from northern nations. In the Han Dynasty, the emperors extended the Great Wall far into today’s western China to protect Silk Road trade. How the Great Wall was Built The majestic Great Wall was built

mand posts and logistics, beacon towers for communications, etc. In the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644), the Great Wall was reconstructed to be stronger and more sophisticated, due to better construction techniques being developed. The wall body: The Ming Great Wall usually had battlements 1.8 meters (6 feet) high with loopholes and crenels, and parapet walls 1.2 meters (4 feet) high. Flanking towers: Every 500 meters or less (1,640 feet) on the Great

Plant trees to keep the Great Wall slopes protected from erosion Don’t litter and graffiti / remove trash and graffiti Don’t damage the Great Wall / take bricks home (it’s illegal) Most Popular Sections Around Beijing Mutianyu — the most magnificent fully-restored Great Wall section Jinshanling — the most popular Great Wall hiking route, with most beautiful original architecture Jiankou — the section that appears on most postcards, steep and perilous

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Panchatantra Tales - The Elephant And The Sparrow A couple of sparrows lived happily in their nest on top of a huge tree in a jungle. The female sparrow had

laid her eggs in the nest and they were expecting their newborns soon. On a particular day, unable to bear the heat of the summer sun, an elephant went berserk. He crashed into all trees in his way. On his way, he broke the branches of the tree that supported the nest of the sparrow couple. As the branches fell, so did the nest and all the newly laid eggs smashed against the ground. Although the sparrows managed to escape by flying away, they were heart-broken to see that they had lost the eggs. The female sparrow began to cry and wail loudly. A woodpecker, who was at a little distance, was touched by cries. He went to her and said, “Dear good sparrow! There is nothing you can do by crying. What is destined to happen, will happen for sure.” The female sparrow replied, “That is indeed true. But all my children were killed by this wicked elephant, this is also true. We had done no harm to him.” “If you consider yourself to be a friend”, continued the female sparrow, “Please suggest me a way to destroy this elephant and avenge the death of my children”. “So I will”, replied the woodpecker, “I have a fly as a friend. Let us go and ask for her help to destroy this cruel elephant”. Thus, the woodpecker and the female sparrow went to meet the fly. The woodpecker explained, “My friend,

please meet this sparrow. She is a dear friend of mine. Her eggs were destroyed by a wicked elephant; please help us find a way to destroy this cruel elephant.” “I will certainly help you”, the fly said after hearing the events, “How can I be your friend, and yet not help you when you need me. I have a frog as a good friend, let us seek his help to destroy this wicked elephant.” Thus, the female sparrow, woodpecker and the fly went to the frog, and explained him of all the events for which they had come to him for help. The old frog said after hearing everything, “The elephant is big, but he is alone. What can this elephant do, if we work together to destroy him? I have a plan!” He explained, “Fly! When the sun is scorching, your task would be to buzz in his ears. When he closes his eyes in sheer ecstasy, the woodpecker’s task would be to peck his eyes and make him blind. In this scorching summer, he will certainly search for water, but being blinded already he will not be able to do so. I will then sit on the edge of the nearby pit and croak at the top of my voice.” He continued, “When the thirsty elephant hears me, he will think there is a pond or lake nearby and follow my voice. And when he does so, he will fall into the pit and perish. This way, we can avenge the death of the sparrow’s children!” The others agreed to the plan, and organized to do their part of the tasks as laid by the old frog. They executed their tasks successfully, and the elephant fell into a muddy pit and was severely wounded. The wise indeed say: Even the low and humble achieve results when they work together


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Buying A Home: How To Know How High To Go

Shopping for a home? Before you begin your search, it’s important to figure out what you can comfortably afford. “The interesting thing about homebuying is

can borrow. Free online resources, such as Freddie Mac’s “How Much You Can Afford” calculator, found at, can help you get a handle on this figure during the preliminary stages of

If you qualify for a loan, he or she will provide you with a pre-approval letter stating how much home you can afford and the maximum amount you are qualified to borrow. Having this letter can help show the seller that you are a committed and qualified buyer. Keep in mind that the amount your lender is willing to lend is not always how much you should borrow. You should borrow only what you feel you can comfortably repay through monthly mortgage payments. Wait to take this step until you are actually on the hunt, as pre-approvals are usually good for only a limited time. When determining your budget, consider the length of your loan and the type of loan you want. Do you want to pay back the money that you borrow over 15 years or 30 years?

that it isn’t a one-size-fits-all process,” says Mike Dawson, Vice President of SingleFamily at Freddie Mac. “After all, it’s your budget and these are your housing needs. Doing your homework to figure out what those needs are is the critical first step.” Before you start shopping, learn how much you

your search.

The longer your loan term, the smaller your monthly payments, but you’ll pay more interest over time. The type of mortgage loan is important, too.

This estimate is based on income, fixed With a fixed-rate loan, the interest rate stays monthly payments such as auto loans and student loans, and the terms of the loan you plan to take out. You may also consider speaking to a lender at this stage.

Austin ISD Board Calls For November Bond Election $1.05 billion proposal includes 16 new or modernized schools, no tax rate increase Austin ISD trustees tonight called a $1.05 billion bond proposal that includes re-envisioning 21st-century learning spaces for 16 schools and districtwide projects, with no tax rate increase. The proposal includes districtwide projects to address facility deficiencies as well as to support innovative programming such as the district’s career launch program.The basis for the recommendation was the recently approved Facility Master Plan, developed during a twoyear, citizen-driven process led by the Facilities and Bond Planning Advisory Committee. FABPAC gathered extensive community input throughout the FMP process, including 38 meetings, five community engagement series, more than 500 engagement opportunities and more than 5,000 single pieces of feedback from community members. All of this fed into the bond process, and engagement continues. The FMP process identified nearly $4 billion in needs, and the bond is the first step in addressing those. Proposed bond projects balance those needs throughout the district, focusing on the “worst first” areas. A complete list of projects will be available at Early voting is Oct. 23-Nov. 3. Election Day is Nov. 7.

the same through the life of your loan, as will your monthly payments. While this can offer some peace of mind, it’s important to know that such loans tend to have higher interest rates because the lender isn’t protected against a rise in its costs over the course of your loan. On an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) however, the interest rate may re-set every one, three or five years based on the movement of a specific index and the terms of the loan. Homebuyers may have low interest rates when they first take out their mortgage loans, but the rates may increase over the loan term. If your rate changes at a reset, then your monthly payment will change too. For a full run-down on all things homebuying, visit One of the most important aspects of homebuying is getting a handle on how much home you can afford. Do your research before you begin househunting, so you can be well-informed throughout the process. (StatePoint)


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City Of Austin Economic Development Department To Seek Council Approval For Proposed Agent Of Change/Outdoor Music Venue Permit On June 15

AUSTIN, Texas – June 5, 2017 The City of Austin Music and Entertainment Division within the Economic Development Department announced today that the Agent of Change policy and revised music venue permit is scheduled to go to Council for consideration on June 15, 2017. The draft is has been provided to Mayor and City Council in combination with the attached memo and is available for review at: http:// document.cfm?id=277785 The agent of change is a policy proposal that promotes compatibility between outdoor music venues and residential and hotel development by requiring the new use moving into the area to be re-

sponsible for compatibility related to sound, and to build accordingly to manage the sound impact. At the heart of the Agent of Change policy is the requirement for a development project that includes a residential or hotel component within 600’ of a permitted outdoor music venue to acknowledge the proximity of the venue and commit to building standards that mitigate the existing sound conditions in the area.

disclose to the buyer or lessee the proximity of the nearby residential, hotel or permitted outdoor music venue.

and interested parties to the City Manager, and adds a preliminary hearing for venues prior to a permit being suspended or revoked.

The proposed revisions to the existing Outdoor Music Venue permit complements this policy by streamlining the administrative process for venues, clarifying the City Code to make it easier to interpret and enforce, and serving as the trigger for the Agent of Change requirements.

The recommendations proposed for City Council consideration represent a balanced approach to addressing critical issues that have lacked attention or gone unresolved for years.

This requirement goes both ways, and is also required of a new outdoor music venue being developed within 600’ of residential or hotel uses.

The permit process is streamlined by bringing all functions associated with issuance of the permit within the Music Office instead of involving two separate City departments.

When a property owner sells or leases a property that required the acknowledgement, they must

The revised permit also extends the term of the permit from one to two years, directs appeals from venues

While the Economic Development Department understands this set of recommendations does not address all concerns expressed by residents and music venue owners, staff seeks City Council’s support and adoption of these recommendations to promote clarity in the City Code, create efficiencies, and maintain a commitment to compatibility between music venues and residents.

About the City of Austin Music & Entertainment Division: The City of Austin Economic Development Department’s Music & Entertainment Division is highly engaged in developing and executing initiatives that help accelerate the growth of the music industry infrastructure by focusing on job creation, talent export, trade development, and industry revenue growth. The Music & Entertainment Division has also organically developed an important role for the Austin music industry by facilitating introductions, communication, and shaping discussions between music business operators who may not otherwise have knowledge of each other, resulting in new business and connections. For more information:

6 Signs It’s Time To Quit Your 9-To-5 Desk Job A growing number of workers are moving away from typical 9-to-5 desk jobs and are reaping the benefits of being their own bosses or becoming independent contractors.

work and play. 2. You want the ability to work wherever you want.

3. You like having uncapped potential for growth and salary. Even for those accustomed to an-

How do you know if that lifestyle is for you?

5. You like having extra cash on hand to enjoy life.

1. You enjoy working flexible hours.

Vacations, cars, gadgets – the higher your earning potential, the more money you will have to spend on all of life’s little extras.

While most traditional jobs have specific hours, being an independent contractor means you get to set your own schedule.

Plus, if you have a home office, you can also kiss that commute goodbye, giving you more time to

Being a traditional employee often means meeting someone else’s benchmarks. Being an independent contractor means setting your own goals and defining your own success.

Here are six reasons you may not be meant to be stuck at your desk for eight hours a day.

Whether you use your free time to spend time with family, enjoy favorite hobbies, hit the gym or travel the world, setting your own hours means greater flexibility where work/life balance is concerned.

and set your own goals.

Whether it’s the beach, a café, or your couch, skip the chitchat and other office distractions and set up shop in whatever location inspires you to do your best work.

nual raises, most traditional jobs come with limits to career growth and salary potential. Rather than being at the mercy of such salary caps, consider contracting positions with opportunities for swift, exponential growth. 4. You want to be your own boss

For example, Aflac benefits advisors work with the support of a strong national brand but have the ability to customize a personal brand. Aflac advisors are independent agents and are not employees of Aflac, so they are compensated for performance through commissions, renewals, stocks and bonuses.

Many jobs can seem like drudgery.

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For a self-starter wanting to be challenged and motivated, forging one’s own path can be much more fulfilling.

If you are looking for an opportunity with the potential for growth, it may be time to start your own business.

For all these reasons, many people are seeking opportunities that give them greater control of their hours and earnings, from starting a new


6. You desire a career that challenges and motivates you. Not everyone relishes watercooler talk. If four walls have you down, traditional office culture may not be for you.

business from scratch, to working with national brands as consultants and sales representatives.


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How To Cash In On The Gig Economy

There’s an exciting career revolution taking place for those who want to call their own shots, set their own schedules and control their destinies. Say hello to the “gig economy,” a booming new job market. Nowadays more and more Americans are becoming a part of this employment shift. In fact, according to a CareerBuilder survey, 29 percent of workers have some sort of side hustle, especially millennials -- 44 percent of 25-34 year-olds and 39 percent of those between 18-24 report having a side gig. According to a Princeton University study, the percentage of workers engaged in alternative work arrangements rose from 10.7 percent in February 2005 to 15.8 percent in late 2015, while employment in traditional jobs rose by only 0.4 percent during the same period. These days, being a freelancer, consultant or independent contractor might mean selling goods through a company like Arbonne or running a home-based business.

Whether you’re a new graduate looking for a job, a retiree looking for extra cash, or a stay-at-home

Explore resources like the Editorial Freelancers Association to learn the going rates for writing, edit-

Avoid additional tax assessments and penalties by reporting all income received on your tax return. Do your research and talk to a certified accountant to see if you’re eligible for deductions. Common deductible expenses include gas mileage, subscriptions, and tools, equipment or services used for business. Purpose and Protection

parent hoping to grow your nest egg, there are many advantages to becoming part of the gig economy. Here are a few ways to cash in. What’s Your Worth? When it comes to getting paid, many times you can call the shots, setting your own hours and rates.

ing, Web design and more. And if you’re working on something more technical that requires specialized knowledge, your work could be worth more; resources like BeeWits can help you calculate fair compensation online. Know Your Numbers

With autonomy comes responsibility. Take special care of your independence and income by planning ahead. Many personal insurance policies don’t cover incidents that happen when you are being paid to do a job. However, there are options. “Some insurance carriers offer special policies and endorsements that protect gig economy workers,” says Ann Zaprazny, senior vice president of Commercial Products, Erie Insurance. “We strongly advise gig economy workers to talk with their insurance agents about their specific needs and situations

before taking on risk. Without such coverages, you could be on the hook for expenses if, for example, you get into a car accident on the way to pick up a passenger while driving for a ridesharing service, or are a victim of theft when your inhome stock of LuLaRoe inventory goes missing.” Stash and Save Four in 10 self-employed workers don’t have a retirement account, according to a survey from Small Business Majority. Opening an Individual 401(k), a Simple IRA or SEP IRA may be viable ways self-employed individuals can save for retirement. Even just stashing some money in your savings account monthly can go a long way. While it might be tempting to splurge now, the payout could be huge in the future. Don’t work hard without also working smart. Get savvy so you can maximize your earnings and protect your extra income. (StatePoint)

5 Ways To Give A Room A Makeover Does a room in your home need an update? There are a range of projects from large to small that can help you transform any space for maximum utility and better design. Here are five great ideas.

into something new. Paint chair legs a bright color, decoupage a tabletop, or reupholster a

• Modernize a fireplace. An older wood fireplace can be dirty, drafty, high maintenance – and spendy, wasting up to $200 in energy costs

• Update flooring. When updating your home flooring, consider some hot new trends – like turning to salvaged vintage lumber.

• Create a statement wall. Sometimes less really is more, particularly when it comes to walls.

More homeowners are including this in their remodel plans because it looks great, gives your home a mark of distinction, and is ecofriendly. Another on-trend, low-maintenance option is cement. This versatile material can be painted or stained to give your room any look you want. Keep it simple or use stencils to give your floor an impressive design. • Make something old new again. Turn an antique piece of furniture

Those from Heat & Glo use technology that make it possible to safely install a gas fireplace in any room of the home, and their styles range from traditional to ultramodern. To learn more, visit heatnglo. com.

Consider painting or papering just one wall of your room in a bold, bright color or design. This same wall may also serve as a gallery to feature smaller artwork, photographs, clocks and other keepsakes. loveseat in a favorite fabric. Don’t have an existing piece of furniture? Hit up local yard sales or antique shops in search of the perfect find. For inspiration, visit

annually. Consider updating your hearth with a gas fireplace insert for an upgrade that can give you a return on your investment and beautify your space.

Before you get out the hammer and nails, plan your layout to achieve an appealing balance of colors, size and spacing. • Overhaul lighting. It’s time to say goodbye to boring, utilitarian light-

ing and say hello to new fixtures that strike the right tone and create ambiance. This is one of the easiest updates that can create a big impact – whether you are inspired by rustic, quirky or classic designs. You may choose to replace overhead lighting with floor lamps, swap outdated fixtures for on-trend options like chandeliers or lanternstyle pendants, or add task lighting in key areas; just be sure to test out your arrangement to ensure it’s sufficiently functional. And while you’re making these changes, remember to use energy efficient bulbs. Whatever the scope of your project entails, you can give the rooms of your home a fresh look and eyecatching appeal. (StatePoint)


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July 2017 Community Calendar We have compiled this event listing based on the information available on the web site (where ever possible) of the community/organization as of third Friday. Please check with the organizers to confirm its accuracy. We request all South Asian organizations to email us ( their community calendar on or before 20th of every month, for the events happening next month. We will carry listing of all South Asian non-profit organizations in Austin. If the Name, Contact info is not correct or has changed email us (info@ the changes you want to see. E&OE. SCHEDULE: July 10, Monday, 09:00 AM, ESL Summer Camp for Students

Ages 13-19 is at Intensive American English Institute, 2400 Pearl Street, Austin, TX 78705. For more information please visit our website at: http://www.hoft.

edu/esl/esl-summer-camp/ Or, give us a call at: 512-472-6666 July 20 - July 23, Thursday, - Sunday, 06:30 PM,

Inner Engineering (Yoga/Meditation workshop) in Austin is at TCEA Conference Centers, 3100 Alvin Devane Blvd, Austin, TX 78741.

For more information, contact 512655-9589.

Modi In US: Dinner With President Donald Trump, Red Carpet Welcome For PM (Continued From Page 01) Trump declared he was “true friend” of India and said relations between the two largest democracies have never been better. But there were some tensions in the inaugural meeting between the two populist leaders. On trade, Trump demanded fewer barriers for American companies exporting to India. Speaking in the Rose Garden after their talks, Trump said: “Both our nations have been struck by the evils of terrorism, and we are both determined to destroy terrorist organizations and the radical ideology that drives them. We will destroy radical Islamic terrorism.” Modi, a Hindu nationalist but also leader of a nation with nearly 175 million Muslims, did not use the same, charged terminology. He stressed the importance of “doing away” with terrorist sanctuaries and safe havens, apparently reflecting Indian concerns about militants based in Pakistan, India’s historical archrival. He said the U.S. and India will enhance intelligencesharing. Hours before Modi’s arrival, the State Department imposed sanctions on Syed Salahuddin, the Pakistan-based leader of Hizbul Mujahideen, the main rebel group that fights against Indian control in the divided Himalayan region of Kashmir. India’s foreign ministry hailed the move. Trump has so far focused on outreach to China, India’s other strategic rival, as he looks to Beijing to rein in nuclear-armed North Korea. But Washington and New Delhi

share concerns about China’s rise as a military power that have underpinned increasingly close relations in the past decade. The Trump administration says it want to provide India with improved defense technology. The State Department June 26 approved the $365 million sale of a C-17 military transport aircraft to India. The administration is also set to offer a $2 billion sale of U.S.made unarmed drones to help in surveillance of the Indian Ocean. Although Modi’s two-day Washington visit, which began June 25, is lower-key than his previous three trips to the U.S. since he took office in 2014, it has included plenty of face-time with Trump. Modi later joined the president and first lady for dinner – the first dinner Trump has hosted for a foreign dignitary at the White House, although he has hosted the leaders of Japan and China at his resort in Florida. Trump and Modi share a populist streak and a knack for social media, but their economic nationalist agendas could clash. While Trump champions the idea of “America First” and wants to stop the migration of jobs overseas, Modi has his own drive to boost manufacturing at home, dubbed “Make in India.” India is among the nations singled out by the Trump administration for their trade surpluses with the U.S., and it is also reviewing a visa program used heavily by skilled Indian workers. The U.S. deficit in goods and services with India last year was about $30 billion. “It is important that barriers be removed to the export of U.S. goods

into your markets, and that we reduce our trade deficit with your country,” Trump said. But Trump also lauded Modi’s economic stewardship, and the praise was mutual. Modi, who invited the president and his family to visit India, extolled Trump’s leadership qualities. He said the president’s “vast and successful experience in the business world will lend an aggressive and forward-looking

huddin shows that Washington is willing to work closely with New Delhi on terrorism-related matters, although it remains to be seen if that signals a tougher policy toward Pakistan. India accuses Pakistan-based militants of launching attacks on its soil. The two leaders voiced a joint interest in bringing stability to Afghanistan, where India has committed $3 billion in aid since 2001. However, in their public remarks, they skirted the contentious issue of climate change. New Delhi has been irked by Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris accord. After their June 26 meeting, Trump treated Modi to cocktails and dinner at the White House night and the two shared a laugh when he pointed to their social media dominance. Trump’s @realdonaldtrump Twitter handle has 32.8 million followers, while Modi’s Twitter game draws more than 31 million followers.

agenda to our relations.” The personal chemistry between the two leaders could prove as important as policy in setting the tone for the future. They appeared keen to show they got along – hugging twice during their joint appearance. They did not take questions. When it comes to terrorism, Michael Kugelman, a South Asia expert at the Wilson Center, said the two leaders have a similar worldview – that “it needs to be destroyed wherever it rears its murderous head.” He said the designation of Sala-

Trump playfully said he was “proud to announce” that “Prime Minister Modi and I are world leaders in social media – we’re believers – giving the citizens of our countries the opportunity to hear directly from their elected officials, and for us to hear directly from them.” “I guess it’s worked very well in both cases,” Trump said. Modi offered yet another embrace as he departed the White House. After shaking Trump’s hand, Modi went in for a third and final public hug — resting his head first near Trump’s left shoulder, then near his right. Trump welcomed the parting

gesture, patting Modi kindly on the back. -----Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was in the United States on the second leg of his three-nation tour, left for Amsterdam after he met US President Donald Trump at the White House on Monday. During the meeting between the two leaders focused on pushing the strategic ties. Trump also hosted PM Modi for a ‘working dinner’, in a first, at the White House. At the joint press statement, President Donald Trump described US as a “true friend” to India and said both the countries are working towards eradicating radical Islamic terrorism. Trump also congratulated India for being the fastest growing economy and said that he looks forward to invest more US energy in India. Prime Minister Modi expressed his gratitude to Trump and invited him and his family to visit India. During the meeting with CEOs on Sunday, PM Modi had asked them to invest in India stating that it is ‘a business-friendly destination and that things will only get better once the game-changing tax reform is implemented’. Modi also addressed the Indian diaspora at the Ritz Carlton in Tysons Corner, Virginia and talked about the surgical strikes conducted by India after Uri terror attack last year. He said that the strikes proved that India can stand in its own defence when needed.


Austin South Asian | July 2017 THEME: COMIC BOOK HEROES

ACROSS 1. Diamond corners 1. Blue-Green scum 6. ____ Tuesday 9. Black and white treat 13. Viola da Gamba, pl. 14. ____ trip 15. *____ Thing, of the DC Universe 16. Do like Etna 17. Listening organ 18. Front of cuirass 19. *Bandana-wearer named for a painter 21. *It bit Peter Parker 23. Cash provider 24. Mallet or saw 25. Geological Society of America 28. Heard more than once 30. Ukraine’s neighbor 35. Opposite of riches? 37. France’s currency 39. Excessive sternness 40. Paella pot 41. Run off to wed 43. Dumpy establishment 44. Teatro alla Scala performance 46. ____sack 47. Iditarod ride 48. Japanese mat 50. By way of, for short 52. Old age, archaic 53. “The Sun ____ Rises” 55. *”Rogue ____: A Star Wars Story” 57. *Wonder Woman, e.g. 60. *Captain ____ 64. Unimpressed 65. Hole punching tool 67. Helper 68. Was violently angry 69. #35 Across, sing. 70. Bloodhound’s clue 71. #44 Across solo 72. Chapter in history 73. Sunrise side, pl.

DOWN 1. Affirm 2. Turkish currency 3. Trend higher 4. Top dog 5. Posthumous type of tax 6. “I ____ your pain” 7. Agha, alt. sp. 8. Body trunk 9. Was in the hole 10. Unpleasant road display? 11. Dubai dignitary 12. Operations or opportunities, for short 15. *Popeye 20. Mike holder 22. Weasel-related onomatopoeia 24. Capital of Ontario 25. *”I am ____” 26. Planktonic tunicate 27. End of a shoelace 29. *a.k.a. Dr. Robert Bruce Banner 31. Jar covers 32. Light-footed 33. Writer’s opus 34. *Judge of Mega City One 36. Actress Gilbert 38. Moonfish 42. Erasable programmable read only memory 45. Dumbfounded 49. U.N. workers’ grp. 51. Apprehension 54. Rabbit trap 56. ____ Kane of soap opera fame 57. Wing-shaped 58. New Testament sages 59. Between ports 60. #1 Across, sing. 61. Bad day for Caesar 62. Lincoln coin 63. A in B.A. 64. Women’s undergarment 66. *”Captain America: Civil ____”



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Austin South Asian Invites Contributions From Readers And Community June 2017 Sudoku Answer Mr. Yudhveer Bagga

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Aging Eyes: 3 Ways Seniors Can Protect Their Vision

While you may take healthy eyes for granted, it’s important to know that as you age, you become more susceptible to conditions that can impair your vision.

ing with macular degeneration.

The effects of vision loss can be devastating, harming one’s quality of life and independence.

Implanted in one eye only, the FDA-approved and Medicare-eligible device is proven to restore vision and improve quality of life those 65 and older.

Fortunately, there are proactive steps you can

For example, the CentraSight treatment program uses a pea-sized telescope implant.

or vision impairing corneal swelling. Individual results may vary. To learn more, visit or call 877-99-SIGHT 3. Eat right. Certain nutrients have been identified as good for eye-health. Be sure to get plenty of zinc, Vitamins E and C, lutein and zeaxanthin in your diet.

While supplements can help you ensure you meet your daily requirements, you can also seek out foods that contain these nutrients. Sweet potatoes, flax seeds, leafy greens, eggs, citrus and nuts are all good choices. The good news is that these items can be good for your overall health as well. (StatePoint)

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take to see better and help keep eyes healthy. 1. Annual ophthalmology appointment. Regular ophthalmological exams are critical, especially for seniors. Even if you think your vision is unchanged, it’s important to make an appointment annually. A thorough eye exam not only assesses prescription updates, it includes a range of tests looking for signs of cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration. Catching these issues early means earlier intervention and a greater chance at preserving your vision. 2. Monitor and treat macular degeneration. Over 15 million Americans have macular degeneration (AMD), a progressive disease which can lead to severe central vision blind spots in both eyes. In the most advanced form, End-Stage AMD, it becomes difficult or impossible to recognize faces, read, watch TV or complete tasks requiring detailed vision. However, new advances are helping those liv-

The other eye remains “as-is,” to maintain the patient’s peripheral vision, because some is lost in the operated eye after the out-patient surgery. “Remarkably, within a few weeks after the telescope implant surgery, my mom was able read her newspapers from front to back, every little thing. Thankfully, she is also back to knitting and together we are watching English football on the weekends. It’s a huge relief to both of us that the surgery and training was a success,” said Jennifer Rowe of North Carolina. After surgery, people work with a low vision therapist to learn how to use their new vision, practicing looking at things that are stationary or moving. The telescope implant is not a cure for EndStage AMD. As with any medical intervention, potential risks and complications exist with the telescope implant. Possible side effects include decreased vision

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Egg Curry

By Bharathi Bande Ingredients: Boiled eggs- 4 Onion 2 medium Tomatoes- 2 Ginger garlic paste - 2 teaspoon Chilli powder 2 - teaspoons Cashews-10 Coconut grated 3 tablespoon

Kitchen king masala powder- 1 teaspoon (optional) Cilantro -to garnish Oil - 3 tablespoons Salt - to taste

and add to the curry , cook for 2 to 3 minutes.

Method: Grind coconut and cashew in to paste. Heat oil in a pan; add onions fry the onions till they are translucent. Add ginger garlic paste fry till the raw smell goes. Add chilli powder and finely chopped tomatoes, fry till the tomatoes become mushy. Add salt to taste. Add ground coconut and cashew paste and add water to your consistency. Boil the curry for 5 to 6 minutes. Cut eggs into half

Finally add optional Kitchen king masala powder. Garnish with coriander leaves. Simple, healthy and delicious egg curry is ready.

Serve with chapathis or rotis of your choice.

Shah Rukh Khan Clocks 25 Years in Bollywood

(Continued from page 15) Raja in love with Divya Bharti’s character of Kajal. After a spate of hits and misses and some eminently forgettable films in recent years, SRK is now busy promoting the new project, starring Anushka Sharma. Three mini-trailers of the film, slated to be released in August, have been launched. What is known so far about the film is that Sharma Sejal is a Gujarati tourist, who has lost a ring, and SRK, aka Harry, is a tourist guide. Woke up for no reason and realized I am 25 years old. Will

deal with all this love tomorrow. Thanks for bearing me,” he tweeted. His frequent collaborator and friend, filmmaker Karan Johar, congratulated him for the silver jubilee. “Have had the honour of working with him for 22 of those 25 years.... Love you so much Bhai... And thank you for everything,” Johar tweeted. The hero of films such as “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge,” “Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham,” “Devdas,” “Swades,” “Chak De! India” and “My Name Is Khan,” earned USD 38 million in the year 2016-17, according to Forbes.

Pakistan ICC Champions Pakistan made history by beating India comprehensively in the final of ICC Champions Trophy 2017

win over them in quite some style. Pakistan became the fourth team after West Indies, Sri Lanka and India to win the World Cup, World T20 and Champions Trophy.

help of Mohammad Hafeez’s cameo at the end.

to settle by taking risks and due to that India were not able to pick wickets in the middle overs.

Hardik Pandya tried to show some fight but he was run out when he was set for a century, and Pakistan won the final by a mammoth 180 runs – the largest winning margin in the final of an ICC tournament.

Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali’s century stand for the opening wicket put Pakistan in the driver’s seat after Virat Kohli opted to bowl first in the

This was also Pakistan’s biggest winning margin by runs over India in ODIs.

Zaman took risks here and there did not allow the Indian spinners

at The Oval on Sunday. Sarfraz Ahmed’s team started the tournament with a heavy defeat to their arch-rivals, but finished it with a

high-voltage clash. It was vital for Pakistan to post a big total and they did it with the

Rohit Sharma and Kohli early in the big chase and then never came back into the match as they kept on losing wickets regularly.

India lost their two key batsmen –

Here is a comprehensive statistical analysis of ICC Champions Trophy 2017: India hit the most number of fours as well as most number of sixes in the tournament this year. Pakistan delivered the most number of dot balls while South Africa delivered the least. Fifty two out of 113 sixes were scored at The Oval in London which is the most at any venue. The following table suggests that players found it tough to score during the middle overs (11-40) of a match in the tournament this year.


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What Does Eid Mubarak Mean?

By JOE TAMBINI What does Eid Mubarak mean? Eid translates into English as “celebration” and Mubarak literally means “blessed”.

On the day of Eid al-Fitr, Muslims gather in mosques to perform the Eid prayer, Salat, before throwing

six days after the celebration.


Muslims believe that if they fast

Eid al-Fitr has fallen on Sunday June 25 in Europe, America and most Muslim countries because the new moon was born on Saturday night.

Eid Mubarak can therefore be taken to mean “blessed Eid” or “blessed celebration”.

Saudi Arabia’s highest court has confirmed that Eid’s new moon crescent was sighted on Saturday night.

Muslims greet each other with the phrase twice every year.

The sighting of the moon confirmed that Eid would falls on Sunday June 25 this year for Saudi Arabia and other countries began Ramadan on May 27.

The greeting is used during Eid alFitr after Ramadan and during the holy festival of Eid al-Adha. Arabic speakers might also add “Kul’am wantum bikhair”, which means “Wishing you well every year” in English. Eid al-Fitr was originated by the Islamic prophet Muhammad and is a time where Muslims give their thanks to Allah and donate money to the poor.

family celebrations and sharing food with friends. Festivities can last for three days in some Muslim countries. Eid al-Fitr is the only day of the year when Muslims are not allowed to fast, but many will continue for

for six days in Shawwal, Allah will reward them as if they had fasted for the entire year. When is Eid al-Fitr 2017? Eid marks the end of Ramadan - the exact date of which is determined by the sighting of the new

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, has invited people of all faiths to attend Eid Festival 2017 at Trafalgar Square on July 2. What is Ramadan? Ramadan is the holiest month in the Muslim calendar and is marked by a period of obligatory fasting between sunrise and sunset. All adult Muslims are required to fast unless they are suffering from an illness, travelling, elderly, pregnant or breastfeeding. What is Eid al-Adha?

Bangladesh, India and Pakistan did not begin Ramadan until May 28 and therefore will look for the Eid moon on Sunday night.

Eid al-Adha is the “festival of the sacrifice” and is usually considered to be the more sacred than Eid alFitr.

Eid is a national holiday in Muslim countries and a petition has been started to grant the day holidaystatus in the UK.

The festival, which is also determined the Islamic lunar calendar, lasts four days. Eid al-Adha is expected to be on September 1 in the UK.

Dilip Kumar Memorabilia Sell Big At Osian’s Auction Memorabilia related to cinema legend Dilip Kumar sold big at an auction here with watercolours, mixed media, portraits and collage showcard artworks of the ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ topping the list of favourite items of the collectors. Dilip Kumar’s rare set of an original watercolour, mixed media and collage showcard artworks of ‘Ram Aur Shyam’ that saw the actor in a first double role, sold for Rs. 3.36 lakh at Osian’s ‘The Greatest Indian Show On Earth 2 - Vintage Film Memorabilia, Publicity Materials & Arts Auction’ on June 22. A unique 12-sheeter teaser of ‘Kranti’ went for Rs 3 lakh. Mehboob Khan’s ‘Andaz’ hoarding with Raj Kapoor-Dilip Kumar-Nargis portraits went under the hammer for Rs 1.20 lakh. A rare set of six original mixedmedia collage artworks of Dilip Kumar’s ‘Mela’ sold for Rs 48,000. ‘Aan’ stills, a set of four, sold for Rs 52,800. Sepia-toned photographic stills of Sohrab Modi’s ‘Sikender’ mounted on lobby cards sold for Rs 78,000. A ‘Kal Aaj Aur Kal’ six-sheet poster of three generations of the Kapoor family sold for Rs 54,400 while a ‘Bobby’ golden jubilee trophy sold for Rs 74,400. “The value of film memorabilia is there till the time technology replaced hand-painted posters and showcards with printed ones. (Continued on page 27)


‘Indu Sarkar’ Rewinds To The Emergency Of 1975

June 25, 1975, is remembered as the date that marked the beginning of the Emergency, one of the most controversial periods of governance in independent India.

drama of that era for his forthcoming film, ‘Indu Sarkar’, that toplines Kirti Kulhari, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Anupam Kher and Tota Roy Choudhry.

Forty-two years later, National Award-winning filmmaker Mad-

The film promises to delve into key events that dotted those 21 months

government had the authority to rule by decree. The film’s trailer, which released recently, shows glimpses of the political unrest and chaos witnessed during the period, the demolition drive and firing at Delhi’s Turkman Gate, police brutality, forced sterilisations and the rebellion of the opposition. With his penchant for realistic stories, Madhur has once again attempted to present a compelling narrative circling around Indu (played by Kirti), a woman who fights the system despite her weaknesses, and a couple of events pulled out from one of the darkest chapters in free India’s political history.

hur Bhandarkar has recreated the

between 1975 and 1977, when the

Indu Sarkar’, presented by Bharat Shah and produced by Mega Bollywood and Bhandarkar Entertainment, releases on July 28.

‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’ Creates One More Record

Released on May 26, the docu-drama completes three weeks at the Box Office, creating a new record.

‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’, which featured videos from master

and Telugu.

When producer Ravi Bhagchandka was asked about this, he said, “ Lots of industry experts were skeptical because of the new genre we

But because we had the vision of portraying Sachin’s story in a very pure perspective and from his vision, we stuck to it revealing his story through this genre. And we are very happy it paid off and it’s become the highest grossing docudrama in the world. We are obviously happy and also overwhelmed with the response the movie has got in terms of creatives and content of the movie and how this has fulfilled the vision of keeping Sachin’s legacy on for years and years to come.”

blaster’s personal collection, was dubbed in Marathi, English, Tamil,

were tapping into and how it has never worked in India.

The James Erskine directed film was exempted from tax in Maharashtra, Goa, Delhi, Orissa, Kerala and Chhattisgarh.

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Here’s When Alia Bhatt Will Start Shooting For Meghna Gulzar’s ‘Raazi’ Much has been spoken about Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal starrer Meghna Gulzar’s upcoming venture. ‘Raazi’, produced by Junglee Pictures and Dharma Productions is based on based on Harinder

Sikka’s book, Calling Sehmat. Set against the backdrop of the 1971 war, the story revolves around a Kashmiri woman married to an Army officer from across the border who provides information to Indian intelligence. The film will be shot in Punjab and Kashmir in a start-to-finish schedule from July, followed by a small portion in Mumbai. Speaking about the movie, director Meghna told Mumbai Mirror, “ I am trying to do something in a new space, recreating India and Pakistan of the ‘70s on sets and real locations. A lot of

research has gone into getting the period and dialect right. There are some action pieces too. It’s work in progress with workshops and reading sessions. “ Priti Shahani, President of Junglee Pictures, says, “ We are very excited with the entire team that has come together with us to tell this story. It’s the first time we are collaborating with Karan Johar who has a very keen understanding of connecting stories with the audience and brings immense creative value to storytelling. Alia has showcased her acting prowess in every film and right from start we saw her as our Sehmat. As for Meghna, it’s like homecoming for us post Talvar and she is the perfect person to tell this story. “ Meghna also claimed about Alia Bhatt’s character in the movie and revealed how she has never done such a role in her Bollywood career so far.

Dilip Kumar Memorabilia Sell Big At Osian’s Auction (Continued From Page 26) If we had not placed credible financial value on these related objects of our film culture, the desire to preserve, love and respect our cinematic heritage would have been much more difficult to emerge,” said Neville Tuli, chairman of the The Osian’s Group. Rare artworks from the later 1990s onwards period such as Shah Rukh Khan’s doodle, ink on paper, sold for Rs 1.2 lakh while Aamir Khan’s frontal portrait in poster paint on cardboard in ‘Mangal Pandey’ by Balakrishna sold for 64,500 and M F Husain’s ‘Gaja Gajamini in Paris’ photographic collage and ink on paper sold for Rs 1.44 lakh. Highlighting the role of auctions in preservation process, Tuli said, “Today centres of research, museums, archives, collections, related to not just Indian film but all cinemas will emerge deeper and faster with India as a potential hub. It is not very far away when the finest scholars and researchers will flock to India to understand the profound role the cinematic and related arts have played in developing culture and a thousand influences there on.” “The auctions have facilitated this journey just like film festivals facilitate a film appreciation culture.”


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