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Desi News State Bank of India new sponsor of Diwali Fireworks India Post News Service

NEW YORK: Ranju Batra, President of Association of Indians in America-New York, has announced that State Bank of India is the new Diwali Fireworks Sponsor, starting with Diwali 2012 at the South Street Seaport. On July 29, the AIA-NY held its Diwali Sponsor Reception and Dinner, at Utsav restaurant in Manhattan, in the presence of India's Ambassador to the United Nations Security Council Hardeep Singh Puri, senior Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Assistant Secretary General of United Nations-Women Lakshmi Puri.

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NRI voting in Indian elections has become a reality: Vayalar Ravi

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Metropolitan Family Clinic now in Chicago AQSA AHMED

CHICAGO: After serving the community for over two decades, Metropolitan Asian Family Service (MAFS) has added yet another feather to its cap by opening Metropolitan Family Clinic at its Chicago location in 2012. The main aim of this clinic is to serve non-insured and insured people of all ages. Metropolitan Family Clinic was opened earlier in 2010 in its Naperville location. "We put our effort in improving patients care through our professionalism and continued care," said, Dr Madhu Gopal, Family Practice Board Certified MD. "We provide walk-in and openaccess scheduling for appointments to be made within 24 hours.

Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi addressing the INOC reception India Post News Service

NEW YORK: More than 15,000 Non-resident Indians have registered with the Election Commission as voters and are now eligible to vote in various elections if they are in India without the fear of their names being removed from the voters list, said Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi

neers who are on deputation. "These Indian passport holders are now eligible to register as voters in their respective constituencies and exercise their franchise when they are in India during the election time." Recalling the promise made by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas conclave that non-resident

can't keep ballot boxes in all foreign countries for the NRIs and those who happen to be in India during the elections can vote." He said the government and political set up were surprised when Prime Minister made the announcement of giving voting rights to NRIs as to how it would be feasible. "Constitution amendment was not possible as it re-

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Ravi said his Ministry had created Overseas Indian Foundation to help NRIs and PIOs to help construct schools and hospitals in their villages without going through the hassle of red tape and bureaucratic tangle

Shreya Ghoshal to perform for AAPI in 9 cities India Post News Service

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fter mesmerizing musical lovers all across the world with her melodious voice, top Bollywood singer Shreya Ghoshal is on AAPI's Multi-City Educational/Musical Program this Fall, performing in nine cities around the United States. Organized by the American Association of Physicians of Indian origin (AAPI), the spectacular musical program combined with educational and networking opportunities is being organized with the objective of bringing CME and non-CME sponsored medical lectures, exhibits. Details on page 16

here on July 7. Addressing a reception hosted by Indian National Overseas Congress (I) at penthouse ballroom of picturesque Skyline Hotel in Manhattan, he said there are at least over 100,000 Indian students above the age of 18 studying in various universities in the US and sizable number of software engi-

Indians would be given the voting rights so long they remained Indian nationals, he said people living closer to home like those living in the Gulf, Singapore, Malaysia would stand to benefit because of their proximity to homeland. Their names will not be deleted from the voters list, he said. "I

quires two-thirds majority and very cleverly Dr. Manmohan Singh amended the People's Representatives Act to bring into effect the desired changes," he said. On the requests made by PIOs and OCIs that the ban on travel to India within two months of their departure should be re-

moved, he said he agreed with the overseas Indians that the new rule brought about by the Home Ministry has caused some hardship to those visiting India on emergency, business or social causes." With the new Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde taking charge, we hope that there will be a solution to the problem," he said. Ravi, a senior Congress leader from Kerala, said his Ministry had created Overseas Indian Foundation to help NRIs and PIOs to help construct schools and hospitals in their villages without going through the hassle of red tape and bureaucratic tangle. His ministry has drawn up schemes to bring the bodies of those Indian workers who die abroad and had funded $ 3 crores to set up a crematorium in Abu Dhabi where cremation was not in practice by the locals. The Prime Minister was keen to extend lot more to the NRIs and PIOs whose contribution to motherland is greatly appreciated. However while Defense Ministry had the budget allocation of Rs 120,000 crores his ministry's allocation was a meager Rs 65 crores and yet his Ministry has brought in a lot of schemes to benefit NRIs and PIOs as their contributions are invaluable," he said. Cont’d on page 13

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