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GORY SITE: Soldiers moving into the Soldier Readiness Centre at Fort Hood, Texas India Post News Service

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NEW YORK: The attack on American soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas by army psychiatrist Major Nidal Malik Hasan on Nov 5, in which 13 soldiers were killed and 38 injured, raised serious concerns of a backlash in the form of hate crime, among several Indian American community organizations.

The organizations have, while condemning the attack, sought to assure families of victims of their solidarity. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) of America said it was outraged and saddened by the murder of the brave American soldiers at Fort Hood and expressed its best wishes for the well being of the 38 soldiers wounded in the attack. Details on page 6

India curbs on visas for Pak-born Americans

India registers case against Headley

WASHINGTON: India has tightened visa approval norms for Pakistan-born American citizens, whose applications will now have to be cleared by New Delhi in the wake of the FBI foiling an LeT plot to use Chicago resident David Coleman Headley to target Indian facilities. Union Home Secretary G K Pillai recently issued instructions under which all applications for Indian visa from Pakistani-born US nationals would now be processed and cleared by New Delhi instead of its missions in America. The measure has been taken in view of the unearthing of the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) plot, in which the Pakistan-based terror group was planning to use Pakistan-born Headley, 49, to launch major terror attacks in India. Details on page 6

NEW DELHI: The National Investigating Agency (NIA) has registered a case against suspected terrorist David Headley and his accomplice Tahawwur Hussain Rana to probe their role in various terror strikes in the country, including the 26/11 Mumbai attack. Giving details, Home Minister P Chidambaram told reporters here that this was the fourth case registered by NIA in 2009 in connection with the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. The NIA "has been directed to take up investigations", he said. Maintaining that Headley had visited India "several times before 26/11 and once after" the Mumbai terror strikes which left about 180 people dead, Chidambaram said "we are conducting investigations in the cities he visited to find out whom he met and what he did."

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NEW YORK: The attack on American soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas by army psychiatrist Major Nidal Malik Hasan on Nov 5, in which 13 soldiers were killed and 38 injured, raised serious concerns of a backlash in the form of hate crime, among several Indian American community organizations. The organizations have, while condemning the attack, sought to assure families of victims of their solidarity. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) of America said it was outraged and saddened by the murder of the brave American soldiers at Fort Hood and expressed its best wishes for the well being of the 38 soldiers wounded in the attack. “VHPA shares the distress and grief of the families of the departed souls, and assures them that the Hindus of America stand united with their brothers and sisters in this time of grief and sorrow,” a VHPA statement said. “Incidentally, Hindus in India and around the world have been and continue to be victims of similar attacks. The Fort Hood attack drives home the need for all Americans to unite in solidarity and support for the families of the brave men and women we lost. This is also the time when we must reiterate our

resolve to defeat terrorism, and the religious inspirations that fuel them, throughout the world.” The VHPA further said, “In view of this gruesome attack, and the one earlier this year, in Little

Rock Arkansas, outside an Army Navy recruiting center where two soldiers were killed, VHPA hopes that all steps are taken at the administrative level, so that such

killed and wounded at Fort Hood, national Sikh organizations said, “We unequivocally condemn the actions of the alleged assailant. We are united in concern and sympathy for the victims and their families, and for the community at Fort Hood. We urge community members to explore how they can provide support and resources to address the impact of this violence.” The Sikh Coalition added, “As

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The Sikh Coalition said it was working with its partners in the federal government to implement a national rapid response system to ensure that the Arab, Muslim, Sikh, and South Asian communities are safeguarded from hate crimes

incidents do not befall our brave men and women in future.” Offering their condolences to the families and friends of those

Sikhs, we are regrettably aware that, in the past, similar tragedies have led to the scapegoating of entire communities based on ac-


Osama makes it to world's most powerful NEW YORK: Four Indians, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and fugitive Dawood Ibrahim, have made it to the Forbes list of the world's most powerful people topped by US president Barack Obama. Obama is followed by Chinese President Hu Jintao and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in the Forbes annual rankings that also features world's most wanted terrorist Osama bin Laden. Among the four Indians, Singh has been ranked highest at 36th position, while the country's top corporate house Reliance Industries' chief Mukesh Ambani finds himself ranked 44th ahead of Tata Group Chairman Ratan Tata (59th). Ranked very next to Singh is al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden at 37th place, while Indian underworld don Dawood Ibrahim is at 50th position. Dawood, head of the infamous 'D-Company', is wanted by India in connection with the 1993 serial blasts in Mumbai and has been

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listed by the US as 'Specially Designated Global Terrorist' for funding al-Qaeda. Osama Bin Laden, the mastermind of 9/11 terror strike on US, too has been eluding US-led multi-national armed forces. The list also features Dalai Lama at 39th rank and Pope Benedict XVI at 11th place. The Forbes ranking includes total 67 persons from across the world. Among the top-ranked, Obama, Jintao and Putin are followed by US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke (4th) and internet giant Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page joint fifth. -PTI

The Home Minister sought the allay fears about a possible terror strike and asked media to desist from raising an alarm. "I don't think there is any connection with the alerts issued to the states." The Union Home Ministry has alerted six states including Uttarakhand, Maharashtra, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh last night to keep a tight vigil on important installations especially those belonging to the military. Observing that the investigators would try to find out what Headley did during his visits to the country, the Home Minister said "whatever steps have to be taken, will be taken." -PTI

This still image from video courtesy of CNN from a convenience store surveillance camera shows Major Nidal Malik Hasan on the morning of November 5

tual or perceived ethnicity, religion, and national origin. We call on political leaders, the media, and the public to set a tone of unity as the investigation unfolds and the healing process begins.” Giving guidelines for American Sikhs to stay safe from possible misguided retributive violence, the organizations had urged the Sikhs to: Be street smart to keep safe; Develop proactive relationships with local law enforcement; Contact local police department to ask them to work with the community on hate crimes prevention; and to ask them to step up patrols around local Gurdwaras. The Sikh Coalition said it was working with its partners in the federal government to implement a national rapid response system to ensure that

the Arab, Muslim, Sikh, and South Asian communities are safeguarded from hate crimes. Meanwhile, members of the National Coalition of South Asian Organizations (NCSO) said people of all faiths and backgrounds were united in concern and sympathy for the victims and their families, and for the community at Fort Hood. They also urged community members to explore how they can provide support and resources to address the impact of the violence. In a statement, the NCSO said, “We also urge community members to contact local law enforcement and communitybased organizations for assistance and information in the event of possible backlash.”

India curbs on visas for Pak-born Americans WASHINGTON: India has College in Delhi and premier tightened visa approval norms for Doon school in Dehradun and Pakistan-born American citizens, Woodstock in Mussoorie were whose applications will now have among the LeT targets. to be cleared by New Delhi in the American citizens have been wake of the FBI foiling an LeT plot having easy access to Indian visa to use Chicago resident David because of the good relationship Coleman Headley to target Indian between the two countries. Befacilities. sides, Indian embassy in WashUnion Home Secretary G K ington, its consulates in New Pillai recently issued instructions under American citizens have been which all applications for Indian visa having easy access to Indian visa from Pakistani-born because of the good relationship US nationals would between the two countries. now be processed and cleared by New Besides, Indian embassy in Delhi instead of its Washington, its consulates in New missions in America. York, Houston, Chicago and San The measure has Francisco issue Indian visas been taken in view of the unearthing of the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) plot, York, Houston, Chicago and San in which the Pakistan-based ter- Francisco issue Indian visas. ror group was planning to use All the Indian missions in the Pakistan-born Headley, 49, to US have now been directed to launch major terror attacks in In- adhere to the new instructions in dia. this regard from New Delhi. FBI investigations have reAround eight lakh Americans vealed that the National Defense visit India every year. -PTI

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Little Maya needs bone marrow donor urgently India Post News Service

LONG BEACH, CA: Four year old Maya Chamberlain became sick with flu-like symptoms on Sept. 9 but was then diagnosed with a rare form of blood disorder. Maya's case has worsened with doctors on Oct.12 pronouncing her condition as "urgent." Maya's mother Mina has issued an urgent appeal for a donor in their fight for their daughter's life. Little Maya's brother Jaden, is not a match for her. The child is now at the Pediat-

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ric Intensive Care Unit at Millers Children Hospital in Long Beach where the diagnosis was made - a rare form of a blood disease, called

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h e m o p h a g o c y t i c lymphohistiocytosis, or HLH for short. This disease involves the histiocyte cells eating up normal blood cells which are then stored in the liver and spleen. This results in an enlarged liver and spleen which then compromises breathing by pushing on the lungs. The disease is so rare that there is not even a body of data on which a prognosis can be based, says the family. The treatment is a form of chemotherapy and was started the same day of the diagnosis, Sept.14 Those seeking to help can visit or call (888) 236 4673. Maya's mother Mina has sent the following e-mail: "We really need your help to stay with us to find a donor for Maya ASAP. The more people helping out, the more donors we can recruit, the more the odds of finding a match. Unfortunately, the one donor that was listed in the registry as a potential match for her did not pan out. So we are back to square one. We need more donors registered. Sam and I really appreciate your help. Please help us continue this momentum and we will forever be grateful. Little Maya has so much to offer to all of us, to this world, but first she needs a donor. Help her find one." Maya's story can also be read in detail at Please enter "concentrate" to enter the website.

Pak may seek Interpol notice against Musharraf LAHORE: Pakistan's PPP-led demands for action against him. government is considering a proHowever, PPP leaders posal to seek Interpol's red cor- changed their stance after ner notice against ex-military ruler Musharraf harshly criticized Pervez Musharraf in a bid to bring Zardari. him back from abroad to face treaDuring the interview, son charges, days after he called Musharraf said: "He (Zardari will) party chief and President Asif Ali do anything to save himself. He's Zardari "a criminal and a fraud". not a patriot and he's got no love Musharraf's remarks about for Pakistan. He's a third-rater." Zardari, made in an interview to Musharraf also described 'New Yorker' magazine, have vir- Zardari as "a criminal and a tually united the PPP and main fraud". opposition PML-N on the issue The PPP will hold protests of dealing with the former Presi- against Musharraf across the dent, who has been living outside country and will do whatever is Pakistan since April. possible to bring the former dic"The government is seriously tator back to Pakistan to face trial, considering a proposal to ask party leaders said. Interpol to issue a (red corner notice for) Musharraf so During the interview, Musharraf that he can be said: ‘He (Zardari will) do anybrought back here and tried for violatthing to save himself. He's not a ing Article 6 of the Constitution (which patriot and he's got no love for relates to treason)," Pakistan. He's a third-rater’ PPP leader Raja Riaz, who is Senior Minister in the provincial government of Punjab, told PTI. "In fact, Musharraf has inPPP leaders had so far re- vited his own destruction by frained from backing the demand maligning President Zardari and for Musharraf to be brought back he will have to face the conseto Pakistan to face trial on quences. As long as even one charges of treason. Premier PPP worker is alive, no one can Yousuf Raza Gilani had even harm Zardari," Riaz said. hinted it might not be possible to Interestingly, the PPP's change put Musharraf on trial after main of heart has come at a time when opposition PML-N stepped up PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif and other senior party leaders have stopped pressing for Musharraf's trial, reportedly on the advice of the Saudi government. Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul ing Raj to lead the USAID, PresiAziz recently sent his special plane dent Obama has reaffirmed that development must be a core pillar to London to fly Musharraf to Jeddah for a meeting. He then held of American foreign policy. A trained medical doctor and a meeting with Sharif and reporthealth economist, Raj has the edly asked him not to raise the isskills and experience to lead a re- sue of Musharraf's trial. PML-N leaders said their party invigorated USAID in the 21st will not join protests against century. He has a record of delivMusharraf being organized by the ering results in both the private and public sectors, forging part- PPP but will support the move. "The PPP-led government nerships around the world, especially in Africa and Asia, and de- should take some concrete steps veloping innovative solutions in to bring the dictator back from global health, agriculture, and fi- abroad and arrest him for violating article 6 of the Constitution," nancial services for the poor. He has led and worked with PML-N parliamentarian Pervaiz many of the initiatives that are Rashid said. Another PPP leader said defining best practice in the field of development, including the Musharraf had "lost his wits" and Global Alliance for Vaccines and attacked Zardari after a UN comImmunization, the Global Fund for mission probing the assassination AIDS, TB and Malaria, the Alli- of former premier Benazir Bhutto ance for a Green Revolution for said it wanted to question the Africa, and the Bill and Melinda former military ruler. "Such tactics will not save the Gates Foundation. His tireless efforts to immunize children around dictator and the nation will never the world have helped save spare him for causing irreparable damage to the country," the countless lives. Cont’d on page 8 leader said. -PTI

Dr. Rajiv Shah nominated USAID Administrator India Post News Service

NEW YORK: President Barack Obama on Nov 10, nominated Dr. Rajiv Shah as Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Announcing the nomination, President Obama said, "The mission of USAID is to advance America's interests by strengthening our relationships abroad. Rajiv brings fresh ideas and the dedication and impressive background necessary to help guide USAID as it works to achieve this important goal. “ I am grateful for all that USAID has accomplished under the leadership of Acting Administrator Alonzo Fulgham, and the thousands of career men and women who fulfill USAID's mission day in and day out - particularly their hard work in jumpstarting a landmark initiative to bring more than $20 billion for agriculture development to the world's most food-insecure countries. “I look forward to working with Rajiv in the months and years

ahead." "If confirmed, Raj will bring an impressive record of accomplishment and a deep understanding of what works in development to his role as USAID Administrator. I look forward to working closely with him to advance the President's agenda and to elevate

the Agricultural Research Service, the Economic Research Service, the National Agricultural Statistical Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. He is responsible for managing more than 10,000 staff worldwide including 2,200 federal scientists and a budget of more than $2.6 billion.

‘The mission of USAID is to advance America's interests by strengthening our relationships abroad. Rajiv brings fresh ideas and the dedication and impressive background necessary to help guide USAID as it works to achieve this important goal’ and integrate development in our foreign policy," said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a statement. Dr. Rajiv Shah currently serves as Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics and Chief Scientist at the US Department of Agriculture. He manages

Dr. Raj Shah is a leader in the development community, an innovative and results-oriented manager, and someone who understands the importance of providing people around the world with the tools they need to lift themselves out of poverty and chart their own destinies. By nominat-


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Sikh Summit discusses civil and human rights issues India Post News Service

NEW YORK: Sikh leaders from around the country met with federal government officials earlier this week to advocate for important Sikh civil and human rights issues at the first Sikh Summit in Washington D.C. The delegation of thirteen, led by members of United Sikhs, attended meetings with the House Committee on Homeland Security, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), and the White House Office of Public Engagement. Following up on relevant parts of the 2008 Global Sikh Civil Rights Report, Sikh leaders raised various international and domestic civil and human rights issues, additionally giving recommendations for successful resolution. The delegation addressed a range

of international issues from the lack of judicial prosecution for the perpetrators of atrocities committed against the Sikh community

Sikh leaders raised various international and domestic civil and human rights issues, additionally giving recommendations for successful resolution in 1984 in India, the Right to Turban campaign in France, and minority rights in Pakistan, to domestic issues of racial and religious profiling, employment discrimination, TSA screening pro-

cedures, misidentification on nofly lists, and the counting of Sikhs by the US Census Commenting on the Summit, Harpreet Singh, Legal Director, United Sikhs stated, "It is important for Sikhs to advocate for their civil and human rights and to get involved in the political process. We urge Sikhs to develop relationships with their political leaders, and to apprise them of the issues that we face as a community." Jasjit Singh, Associate Executive Director for the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) added, "These efforts are critical in keeping the Government informed of the challenges Sikhs face, both domestically and internationally." The government officials were receptive to the ideas and issues presented and expressed keen interest in concerns of the Sikh com-

munity. In particular, USCIRF is continuing to investigate and monitor Sikh issues in India, France, and Belgium, and the

The Sikh community requires more efforts such as the Sikh Summit, to advocate for their civil and human rights in a variety of forums

Committee on Homeland Security is investigating the redress procedures for misidentification on no fly-lists. Harpreet Singh Sandhu, ExCity Councilman Richmond, Cali-

Vande Mataram: Sri Sri & Deoband clerics find middle ground India Post News Service

Darul Uloom as saying the fatwa on 'Vande Mataram' cannot be recalled now, but the Darul Uloom will not stop anyone from singing it. Present at the meeting with Sri Sri were "Maulana Margubur Rehman of the Darul Uloom, Darul Iftah Sri Sri with clerics from Darul Uloom Deoband (fatwa section) incharge Mufti Habibur have any objection to the national song" and have left it to Rehman, who issued the (dethe "conscience" of Muslims cree), Mufti Ehsaan Qasmi and who should decide for them- Usman Mansoorpuri of the selves whether they want to sing Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Hind", the statement said. it or not. Sri Sri told them that 'Vande The press statement quoted Maulana Khalik Madrasi of the Mantaram' is not a prayer but a

means of thanksgiving. "The first lines of 'Vande Mataram' are not objectionable in any way. This issue should not be given more importance. The country is above all and there should be no rift between the Hindu and Muslims," he said. Quoting a Supreme Court judgment, Sri Sri also said that no one should be pressurized to sing 'Vande Mataram'.

PM to unveil with Obama common vision for future: Blake

Dr. Shah also leads the Department's participation in President Obama's global food security initiative. In his tenure at USDA, Dr. Shah launched the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) - a new scientific institute created to elevate and enhance the capacity of agricultural research to address sustainable food production, climate change, bioenergy and human nutrition. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Dr. Shah served as the Director for Agricultural Development at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Previously, he served as the foundation's first Director for Financial Services to the Poor and led the Strategic Opportunities initiative through which he worked with foundation

BANGALORE: In a bid to tone down the row over its fatwa against the singing of 'Vande Mataram', clerics from the Deoband Islamic seminary have said they won't stop Muslims from singing the national song but the fatwa would stay. The climbdown comes after some clerics from Darul Uloom Deoband met Hindu spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. "The clerics have changed their stand on 'Vande Mataram' to bring the Hindu-Muslim communities closer," said a press statement from Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The clerics, according to the press release, said they "do not

WASHINGTON: Ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit here, the Obama Administration has said the two sides would unveil a common vision of the future and their desire to work together on challenges like climate change and food security. President Barack Obama's invitation to Singh for the first state visit of his administration on November 24 is not a mere coincidence and reflects deepening of bilateral ties, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Robert Blake said.

It also shows the importance being given by the Obama Administration to the future of Indo-US relationship, he said. "I think it's no accident that President Obama decided that the very first state visitor of his administration would be Prime Minister Manmohan Singh," Blake said at an 'India Day' event organized to celebrate the decades of partnership between India and American company Honeywell. For Honeywell, India is an important centre for Research and Development, engineering, manu-

facturing and exports. Giving a glimpse of the things to come during the forthcoming State visit of the Prime Minister, Blake said the two leaders would unveil a common vision of the future and the desire of the two countries to work together on all the big challenges that face the world including food security, agriculture, climate change, green technology, clean energy, education, science and technology. He said the US considers India as one of its most important partners for the 21st century. -PTI

fornia and Executive Board Member of the California Democratic Party commented, "These meetings were an opportunity to delve into issues that concern many minorities, and affect many lives. Our faith based ideas and practices define who we are, and the right to practice our faith freely is a basic civil and human right that every American should have." Master Mohinder Singh, Elected Official, Queens Democratic Committee in New York commented, "The Sikh community requires more efforts such as the Sikh Summit, to advocate for their civil and human rights in a variety of forums so that the right people can be made aware of the issues on hand and an impact can be made at a policy level. The Sikh community is grateful for the opportunity to present their issues and be part of promoting solutions." Dr. Ranjit Singh, Director, Voices for Freedom stated, "Sikhs have become an integral part of American society, and have been successful in all major fields. The issues that Sikhs face are of national concern, and we are pleased for the chance to have an open dialogue and work toward resolution." Stemming from the First Global Sikh Civil Rights Conference in December 2008, the Sikh Summit was developed through the combined efforts of many Sikh organizations. The 2nd Global Sikh Civil Rights Conference will take place from December 18-20, 2009, in Toronto, Canada.

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co-chairs to identify, assess and recommend new areas of giving. Prior to joining the Foundation, Dr. Shah worked on health care policy for the Gore 2000 presidential campaign and served as a member of Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell's transition committee on health. He is a co-founder of Health Systems Analytics and Project IMPACT for South Asian Americans. In addition, he has served as a policy aide in the British Parliament and worked at the World Health Organization. Dr. Shah earned his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and his Master of Science in health economics at the Wharton School of Business. He has attended the London School of Economics, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

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ISI has ingress in every terror Etihad Airways connects US passengers to Hyderabad group, says Musharraf A.Q. SIDDIQUI

WASHINGTON: Pakistan's ISI has influence over every terrorist group and it uses these contacts for its "own advantage", former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has said in a rare admission that corroborates India's suspicions of Pak-hand in terror acts. Debunking Pakistan's oft-repeated position that its Inter-Services Intelligence had no role in terror activities across the border, Musharraf claimed that its intelligence agency's effectiveness was through such "ingress". "Always, in every group, there is an ingress of the ISI. And that is the efficiency, the effectiveness of the ISI. You must have ingress, so that you can influence all organizations. "And it is this ingress of theirs, which doesn't mean that they are supporting them, but they have ingress. They have some contacts, which can be used for their own advantage," Musharraf said in an interview to CNN. The former President was responding to a question on statements by US leaders that ISI still has contacts with the terrorists. Musharraf, however, went on to claim that ISI was not support-

ing the terror groups. "They (ISI) will not support it (terrorists). That was not the government policy. That was not the military policy. However, there was ingress." Musharraf alleged that Afghan intelligence, government and President are under the influence of Indian intelligence agencies

‘And it is this ingress of theirs, which doesn't mean that they are supporting them, but they have ingress. They have some contacts, which can be used for their own advantage’ and he has documentary evidence on it. India has rubbished Pakistan's allegations saying it was not involved in any way in the troubles in Afghanistan. "The Afghan intelligence (is) entirely under the influence of Indian intelligence. We know that,"

he said when asked whether Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Omar is in the Quetta city of Pakistan. "Whatever I am saying, I am not saying it here (for the first time). I have given documentary evidence of all this to everyone. There is the documentary evidence. And we know the involvement of Indian intelligence, in India, with their intelligence," Musharraf, currently in London, charged. He said foreign troops are not welcome in Afghanistan, but now since they are there, they should win the battle against al- Qaeda and the Taliban. "Foreign troops are not welcome there (in Afghanistan). But now that they are there, we have to win. And quitting is not an option at all," he said. "Anyone who is talking of quitting doesn't understand the ramifications of quitting. He must sit down and analyze what will happen if he were to quit there without a solution. We have to defeat the Al Qaeda, we have to dominate the Taliban, and we have to introduce a credible, legitimate government in Afghanistan. But we cannot leave before that," he said. -PTI

Dalai Lama donates 20 lakh for Tawang's hospital TAWANG: Tibetan Spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama has inaugurated a district hospital here and donated Rs 20 lakh for its building on the second day of his visit to Arunachal Pradesh. The Dalai Lama inaugurated the Kahndo-Dowa Songma Tawang district hospital and consecrated a Buddhist statue at its entrance. Later he visited the Yid-Ta-G-

Choezin ground where he planted saplings and also distributed some of them among the thousands of devotees assembled there. Addressing the devotees, the 74-year-old Tibetan monk asked the younger generation to join monasteries to carry forward Buddha's message of peace. "Buddhist culture and tradition have to be preserved at every cost," he said.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Dorjee Kandu urged the people to preserve the Buddhist culture in this part of the country. The Dalai Lama, who arrived here on a four-day visit, had rebuffed China for objecting to his trip to Arunachal Pradesh and expressed surprise over its claims to Tawang, a revered seat of Buddhism. -PTI

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increasingly heading to cities like Hyderabad via our Abu Dhabi base." P. Sripathy, CEO of GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd, added: "We are delighted to welcome Etihad. This will provide a wider choice for travelers wishing to fly to the UAE from our airport. We are sure that the new service will be well received and will continue to offer our support in helping Etihad further increase frequencies." Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has taken the top award at this year's World Travel Awards (WTA) in London, being voted World's Leading Airline by more than 180,000 travel industry professionals from over 175 countries.

CHICAGO: Etihad Airways has successfully launched its nonstop flight from Abu Dhabi to Hyderabad on November 2, connecting US and Canadian passengers directly from New York, Chicago and Toronto to the pearl city of Hyderabad. Adding Hyderabad as its newest destination, Etihad emerges as the leading carrier to offer US passengers the first choice to fly direct to the South Indian city at most competitive fares and time saving route. Etihad is the first airline to operate between Abu Dhabi and the state capital of Andhra Pradesh. Beginning with four flights a week, Etihad will operate daily flight to Hyderabad from 2010. With the addition of Hyderabad, Etihad now serves seven Etihad now operates 42 flights cities in India, ineach week between its hub cluding New Delhi, Chennai and at Abu Dhabi and India, and M u m b a i , Trivandrum, Kochi in total serves 57 cities in the among others. Etihad Middle East, Africa, Asia, now operates 42 flights each week beAustralia, Europe and tween its hub at Abu North America Dhabi and India, and in total serves 57 cities in the Middle The World Travel Awards recEast, Africa, Asia, Australia, Euognize the very best airline, hosrope and North America. James Hogan, Etihad Airways' pitality and tourism brands in the chief executive, said: "We are world, with industry experts thrilled to launch flights from Abu vetting nominations for their Dhabi to Hyderabad and to serve customer relations, creativity, the community of Andhra quality of service, product innoPradesh. Abu Dhabi and vation and business acumen. Hyderabad are both growing dy- Etihad, the first Middle Eastern namic cities and the new service airline to win this prestigious will enable commercial ties to de- award, was recognised for the excellence of its onboard prodvelop. "Etihad has a recognized com- uct, luxurious airport lounges and mitment to serving the Indian mar- strong service ethic during a peket whether it is expatriate Indian riod of phenomenal growth. Etihad had started flight operanationals who are residing in countries across the world or the tion from Chicago from Septembusiness and leisure traffic that is ber 2, this year.

Indian mother sentenced to 15 year jail in Gulf DUBAI: A Dubai court has increased the jail term of an Indian mother to 15 years for killing her daughter, attempting to kill the second one too and then trying to turn the knife on herself. An appeal court here raised the sentence to 15 years for the 24 year old Indian mother, ruling she had intentionally killed her three-and-a-half year old daughter Nashua K and then tried to

murder her 22-month old sister Najiya K with a 16 inch knife, the Gulf News reported. A lower court, finding her guilty of the gruesome crime, had sentenced the woman earlier to a punishment of 10 to 15 years in jail. But the appeals court, which she had approached to reduce her sentence, raised her jail term. As per the law in the United Arab Emirates, the mother was not

named in the court and merely referred to by her initials H.A. The mother pleaded not guilty to all the charges. The court was told that the life of the younger daughter was saved by emergency services after she was rushed to the hospital by paramedics. The court was told that the baby girl had sustained 35 per cent permanent disability. The court also summoned psy-

chological experts who examined the woman and concluded that she did not suffer from any mental disorder and she was responsible for her actions. Prosecutors in the course of the hearing said H.A. had thrown her eldest daughter Nashua over the bed and repeatedly stabbed her in the back. H.A.'s 34-year old husband, a computer programmer had testified

in the lower court that since he married the girl in 2001, she didn't suffer from any mental illness. He never took her to a psychologist and her parents never informed him that she suffered from any psychological disorder. "I was heading home from work when H.A.'s father phoned me from India telling me that my wife called him and sounded disturbed. -PTI

Desi News NY Tamil Sangam greets DMK MP India Post News Service

NEW YORK: The New York Tamil Sangam recently hosted a reception in honor of visiting DMK Member of Parliament from Chennai, TKS Elangovan, at Smart Brain America office in New Hyde Park, New York. Addressing the gathering, Elangovan asked the Non-Resident Tamils to invest in Tamil Nadu that has become the Detroit of Asia with three auto manufactures opening their production facilities. The State Government has made a single window clearance for all the foreign investments that require less paper work and bureaucratic road blocks, he said.


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CACF honors Sikh activist India Post News Service

NEW YORK: Amardeep Singh, Director of programs with Sikh Coalition has been conferred the Caring for Children Award by the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families, a New York based health and human services organization.

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IAMA plea for increasing residency slots in US hospitals SURI SWAMY

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Bal Vihar celebrates Diwali with fanfare ASHWIN PATEL

ST. LOUIS: As Indian organizations across US organized celebration of Diwlai and New Year, the Center for Indian Cultural Education, Bal Vihar of St Louis celebrated this event with 218 children performing puja in the Hindu Temple of St. Louis and enjoying the New Year with fire works. Details on page 14

Maple's special detective services for NRIs India Post News Service

NEW DELHI: NRIs have been victims of fraud and are always vulnerable in spite of new legislations and government's help. Even timely advice is not available to them. Maple Investigations ( is a professional organization comprising seasoned officers drawn from the police offering detective, security and undercover operations. It provides the following services: Details on page 15

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn addressing IAMA Annual banquet at Waterford. Sitting L-R Smita Shah, Naren Patel, Mafat Patel and Dr. Sherry Merchant

CHICAGO: The 29th annual Indian American Medical Association (IAMA) banquet meet held at Elmhurst (a Chicago suburb) last week was enlivened by AAPI President Dr. Vinod Shah who made a forceful plea for helping newly graduated Indian origin medical students finding extremely difficult to get residency positions in hospitals here. The meeting started with Hasan Merchant (CEO) of Women's Doc

giving an introduction of all the EMR companies present. After highlighting the benefits of EMR, the vendors namely (Greenway Medical, e-Clinical Works, Invent Horizon, McKesson, and JSC-Global Solutions) took to the stage presenting their respective EMR packages to the audience. Dr. Annita John (Secretary) and Dr. Sheri Merchant did excellent job as Master of Ceremonies. They welcomed the Chief Guest

Awardee Mafatbhai Patel, Governor Pat Quinn and IAMA President Dr. Utpal Parekh

Governor, Pat Quinn and thanked him for attending and lending his support to this dynamic organization. The Guest of Honor was Congressman Peter Roskam but he could attend the event. Rani Chovatiya and Dr. Sheetal Patel recited the National Anthem, which was melodiously sung. Dr. Utpal Parekh then said a short prayer in honor of world peace. Guest speaker AAPI President Shah in his address pointed out

that the number of graduates from US Universities have gone up while new immigrants with medical degrees and doctors from India coming for higher studies here are also actively seeking residency positions in US hospitals. Of late residency slots in the hospitals have gotten scarce and it is becoming increasingly difficult to get into the hospitals. Cont’d on page 12

FIA elections to be a livelier affair HARISH RAO

CHICAGO: Indications are that elections for the new FIA (Federation of Indian Associations) team for 2010 scheduled next month would be a much livelier affair than anything witnessed in the past two years. This is especially so for the position of the president as two contenders seem to have been getting endorsements from FIA office bearers as well as some members of the community while

Sunny Gabhawala

there is a strong move to get a powerful Indian American businessman to head this umbrella organization. In fact, in the past two years not many would get interested getting into the FIA executive team. Last year it was difficult to get even candidates for a few posts while the election meets were postponed for lack of quorum too. Sunil Shah

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Sahil does it again- great show at Bridal Expo JAY RAM

CHICAGO: "Fantastic, Unique" said one of the avid goers to Indian fashion shows, expositions and entertainment events while describing the third Asian Wedding and Life Style Expo 2009 held last week at Resonant Convention censer in Resonant (a Chicago suburb). The show hosted by BMR ( Bhavesh- Minesh and Roopen Patels) was the third in line in previous as many years and easily it was the best of all as the organizers have built it up on their past experience and emerging needs of potential brides/ bridegrooms and vendors. The planning was so minute and perfect that over 4000 visitors flocking to the show, that commenced at 11 am and lasted till 8 pm, never had a dull moment. It had 80 plus vendors marketing all that one can think of needed for an Indian Pakistani wedding. There were jewelers, fashion designers, dress makers/ suppliers,

Expo organizers Bhavesh (second from right) with Emcee Sunil Thakkar (right) Minesh Patel (third from right) and Shilpa and Urvi Patel

decorators, musicians, video / photographers - studios, banquet hall interests, restaurant owners offering Indian cuisine , food suppliers, wedding planners, wedding card/ invitation printers and tour operators and even horse carriage marketers, Visitors had plenty of entertainment provided with Fashion Shows

and Prades- one by Sahil and Raj Jewels that displayed trendy 2010 dresses and wears, Punjabi Bhangra from Rahul Singh, Gujarati Garba from UIC students and Bollywood hits from Anil Sharma. Sunny Singh was in charge of the orchestra. Culminating all was India famous Sunil Thakkar from Matunga Mumbai who charmed

Babu Patel and associates

one and all with his one person comedies and on the spot devised jokes. He was ably assisted by Akbar Sarvate. Bhavesh Patel, one of main organizers, said that it took over six month of meticulous planning and huge support from vendors who have reaped good harvest from their previous participation to bring

this Exposition to the public. "We are truly overwhelmed by the huge response and we are determined to do one better next year," he said announcing that BMR would hold Bridal Extravaganza (yet another presentation on wedding) in March 2010 and the one in the Fall of 2010- the fourth Bridal Expo. Cont’d on page 13



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Plea for increasing residency slots in US hospitals Cont’d from page 10

Shah said that the Obama administration is seeking to overhaul health care system in this country and that it should be a part of the new policy to ensure adequate residency slots that the medical graduates can easily finish their training and education to become physicians. He suggested to lead a delegation to Washington DC to impress upon the concerned authorities from increasing residency slots. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn was the chief guest of the event and he was full of praise of the Indian physicians for their dedication, competence and sincerity. He said that his 92 years old mother is waited upon by Indian physicians and she is mighty happy with the treatment she receives. Touching upon health care issues, he said that the infusion of high tech and increased net working was important in the health care field too. He laid emphasis for increasing education facility in the medical field. Citing Martin Luther

guests, guest of honor, members and invited guests. In his address, he listed achievements during his tenure as IAMA President. : 1) Implementing a state of the art functional and interactive website.; 2) Health Care Forum which was attended by Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson, high level representations from AMA, Illinois Hospital Association, Chicago Chamber of Commerce, ISMS and four major Indian Healthcare associations Indian Dental Association, Indian Association of Pharmacists of America, National Association of Indian Nurses of America; 3). CME trip to Africa which was touted as the best trip so far in the history of IAMA 4) Promoting the IAMA Charitable Foundation and Clinic, which provides free medical care to all indigent patients; 5) getting larger involvement of community members at large like Hasan Merchant, Mafat Patel, Subhas Bhat and others. He specially thanked Dr. Shery Merchant

Governor Pat Quinn and Awardee Naren Patel, Dr. Utpal Parikh

King Jr, he observed that inadequate health care system is one of the worst forms of discrimination and he pleaded for removing this bottleneck in t he State. He said that Illinois faced number of challenges and one of the biggest was huge $11 billion budget deficit. He pitched for cutting wastes. The offshoot of economic recession was an increase in unemployment numbers. He pointed out that his government has speeded up road and bridge buildings to provide employment but more needs to be done. Ethics reform was another subject he referred to and pointed out that the new ethics bill sought to curb unethical practices that would cover political contributions too. Earlier, Dr. Utpal Parikh, IAMA President welcomed the chief

and Hasan Merchant for helping organize Health care reforms open house and seminar last month. He also mentioned that IAMA is making special efforts to cultivate the new generation of leaders while providing more value to the existing members. He briefly touched upon IAMA's political advocacy and community involvement. Various community leaders and businessmen Mafatbhai Patel, Naren Patel, Smita Shah, Dr. Valluvan Jeevanandam, Dr. Manish Brahmbhatt, Dr. Sapan Shah, Hasan Merchant and Dr. Vinod K. Shah (President of AAPI) were guests of honor. At the end of the Governor's speech, IAMA president Dr. Utpal Parekh presented an Award to the governor saying "this is from my mother to your mother" and he gave him exclusive piece of marble

Dr. Valluvan Jeevanandam. L-R AAPI President Dr. Vinod Shah, Incoming IAMA President Dr. Ashok Fulambakr and Mafat Patel

(small marble elephant). This followed with the presentations of various awards to physicians and community activists for their exemplary contribution in the medical field and community service. This was done by Dr. Sheri Merchant who called on the Governor and Dr. Parekh to do the honors. Dr. Valluvan Jeevanandam was recipient of the Distinguished Physician Award. He specializes in surgical management of heart failure and is an expert in high-risk cardiac surgery. He has performed more than 1,000 heart transplants and countless cardiac surgery procedures, including transmyocardial laser revascularization, complex valve reconstruction, and minimally invasive coronary artery bypass graft surgery. He has a special interest in treating patients traditionally considered inoperable. Service Excellence Award was given to "Dr. Manish Brahmbhatt" who is the Director and Section Head of Medical Consultant County Hospital. He has organized 14 health fairs in the Chicagoland area and provides his services at the IAMA Charitable Clinic. Excellence in Community Service was presented to "Apna Ghar" and Chicagoland businessman Mafat Patel. Apna Ghar provides emergency shelter to survivors of domestic abuse to all immigrant communities. Mafat Patel besides being a most successful businessman is a philanthropist and has been a great help to IAMA. Service Excellence Award was bestowed on "Hasan Merchant" CEO and Managing Director of "Women's Doc" Besides being an entrepreneur, he and Dr. Sheri Merchant have been stalwarts in promoting the IAMA and instrumental in getting politicians support for IAMA. Other recipient was Dr. Sapan Shah for Corporate sponsorship. After award ceremony Dr. Sapan Shah gave his speech for Physicians Insurance agency and Dr. Annita John for Business meeting. The new IAMA Team for 2010 announced is: President Ashok Fulambarker, President-elect Anita John, Secretary-elect Raj Arora and Treasurer Kirti Talsania. The func-

Dr. Manish Brahmbhatt

Gov Quinn presenting Award to Hasan Merchant and Dr Sherry Merchant

tion ended with a vote of thanks by Dr. Utpal Parekh. The most enjoyable part of the evening was music and entertainment, which was provided by Babra and party. All physicians

and spouses let their guards down and were dancing to the beats of Bhangra and Indian Bollywood songs till midnight. Dinner was catered by the famous India House.


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Sahil does it again- great show at Bridal Expo Cont’d from page 11

The first Expo three years ago had 50 vendors and this was bettered next year with 60 plus participants. "Next year we aim at 90/ 100 vendors and participants," he said beaming with confidence. The vendors had busy time through out the show. Food tasting offered by India House, Ebony Lounge, Gaylord and Saffron were most frequented. So were booths vending jewelry, boutiques, mehendi and wedding planners. A good number of booths were also from video/ photo studios and invitation card printers. Musicians


Mandap. Flower decorators were there. Not to be out done there were Hilton Oakbrook, Marriott International, Holiday Inn, Meadows Club, Spa -Golf club and Westin O'Hare seeking patronage from would be brides/ bridegrooms. Sahil 2010 Fashion show in collaboration with the Chicago famous Raj Jewels was one of the biggest Financial planner Amrit Patel (right) highlights and audiwith a customer ence savored it with with traditional Indian instruments baited breath. It sought to acquaint like Tabla and Dhol as also all those attending the trend in fash-

FIA elections to be a livelier affair Cont’d from page 10

The year before also the elections were more or less behind the scene made- up affair. The forerunner this time is Sunil Shah, the current secretary. He has the support of prominent Indian businessman Mafat Patel, a leading community activist Narendra Patel, head of a leading Gujarati association Mukesh Shah and a prominent attorney Tushar Chotalia. Prashant Shah, a well known name in the community, too has praised his job as secretary. In a talk to this paper, Sunil Shah said that Dr. Bharat Barai and host of other leaders have been in favor of his candidacy. On the other hand, Sher Mohammad Rajput, the current vice president has endorsed Sunny Gabhawala as the new FIA chief. A leading realtor and a former FIA chief is also said to be supporting Gabhawala as also a few others. Both Sunny Gabhawala and Sunil Shah have yet to enter the race formally. In the meantime, a leading Sikh

community activist Balwinder Singh is trying to get Mafat Patel as the head of FIA. He is backed in his effort by Suresh Shah, a journalist and bankers like Rohit Maniar. In a talk to this paper, Balwinder said that his move is only with a view to further community interests. The year 2010 would be crucial as there would be mainstream elections for elective posts of Governor, Cook County Board President, Congressional and Senate seats. "We need to have a very strong and all inclusive leader at the helm of FIA to be effectively placing our views and advance our interests. A person like Mafat Patel is ideally suited for this post," he said. Mafat Patel has not been enthusiastic to don the crown. The belief however, is that he could change his view with a good amount of community pressure. The FIA elections are likely to be an interesting affair this time, it is said Sunil Shah in the meantime has announced that the election date for FIA elections is Sunday December 13.

Mehndi designer Jayshree Parekh (L) and associates

ions and wedding wears next year. Aman, Ishani to Puja and Shivani parading before 500 plus audience with brides and bridegrooms was truly eye catching. Added charm was provided by Sunil Thakkar who had emceed the event striking rap-

Hilton Oakbrook booth headed by Lorri Anne

port with the audience. One cannot forget the Gujarati Dandia Garba by students of University of Illinois in Chicago and everyone present was not only charmed by the grace of performers but their admiration grew sky

high when they came to know that the eight members team had only one Gujarati participant- Nimesh Patel. Others were from out of India- Mexico, Israel and China or other regions in India- Bengal and Andhra Pradesh.


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Bal Vihar celebrates Diwali with fanfare ASHWIN PATEL

ST. LOUIS: As Indian organizations across US organized celebration of Diwlai and New Year, the Center for Indian Cultural Education, Bal Vihar of St Louis celebrated this event with 218 children performing puja in the Hindu Temple of St. Louis and enjoying the New Year with fire works. As a tradition, Bal Vihar School has been celebrating this event since 1992. The children offered Puja to Goddess of Wealth, Laxmi, and used fireworks under supervision of their parents who also were part of this event. Children were given sweets and memorable gifts for the festival. The event was coordinated by Giri Yanamala and was assisted by the team led by parents coordinator Shobha Nedungadi. Bal Vihar of St. Louis, a premier educational institution of MO, is

Diwali fireworks at St. Louis Bal Vihar Diwali celebration

providing its services to the community's future generation and fosters Asian Indian cultural values in the children. Founded in 1992, this organization is preparing the future citizens, achievers of America to understand and ap-

St. Louis ply Asian Indian culture, its heritage and values for the best in the community.

The students are exposed to a wide variety of cultural and Asian religion aspects including meditation techniques and Yoga, a method to stay healthy internally; Indian festivals. Debates such as values of various cultures and their significances, their own cultural values in the modern society, living in harmony are interesting to all involved. Children participate in the community awareness programs such as visiting local hospital and giving them handmade items to the patients, collecting and offering food to the needy in the St. Louis area, conducting activities for Senior citizens etc. The school's admin staff for 2009-2010 is as follows: Dr. Sudhir Brahmbhatt President, Shobha Nedungadi Parents Coordinator, Giri Yanamala- Event Coordinator, Gururaj Nagarajan, Treasurer, Hamsa Subramanian Youth Coordination, Geeta Swaminathan Community Projects.

Young participants at the Diwali celebration

MKCA organizes flood victims fund drive India Post News Service

CHICAGO: The Executive Committee of Mangalorean Konkan Christians Association (MKCA), Chicago, announced organizing a Flood Victims Fund Drive to help the recent flood victims of Mangalore Taluka, India. MKCA members have collectively decided sharing the Peace

of the festive season with the neediest back in India. According to Austin D' Souza, a spokesman, a number of sponsors have come forward to donate for this noble cause. This Flood Victims Fund drive will continue until the Nathal Fest - 2009 (Christmas), which will be held on December 19, 2009 at Courtland Square Community

Hall, Des Plaines, Illinois. The preparations for this much awaited program is in full swing. The Committee also announced that the preparations for Christmas Around the World program have also commenced and they will include various professional cultural groups. This program will be held at Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, on Saturday, December 5.

AAHOA celebrates surpassing 10,000-member mark India Post News Service

economy," said Fred Schwartz, President of AAHOA. "We will ATLANTA: AAHOA has an- intensify our efforts, especially nounced with great pleasure that during these tough times, to deit has surpassed its goal of reach- liver increased resources to our ing 10,000 members. This "incred- membership regarding advocacy ible milestone" was achieved at the initiatives, cost savings on prodAAHOA Mid East Regional Con- ucts and services, and educational ference on Wednesday, November programs." AAHOA's rapidly growing 4, 2009 in Cherry Hill, N.J. "This is a major milestone for membership is a direct result of an AAHOA and should be cel- increased awareness throughout ebrated by everyone involved with the hospitality industry of the our organization," said Tarun S. wide variety of benefits, services and growth opporPatel, CHA, tunities that an Chairman of Georgia AAHOA memberAAHOA. "The ship provides. success of our association is driven by our mem- While reaching 10,000 members bership, and this accomplishment was one of AAHOA's goals headspeaks volumes about the ing into 2009, AAHOA's biggest membership's confidence in strength continues to be its core AAHOA's agenda and leadership. values of unity and community. Although we were able to do it this With a steadfast focus on driving year in my term as Chairman, this membership at events such as Rehas been a collective effort of gional Conferences and Town Hall many individuals for quite some Meetings throughout the country, AAHOA has continued to cement time." "While reaching this incredible its place as one of the fastestmilestone, we recognize the num- growing organizations in the hosber of challenges that all of our pitality industry and the voice of members regularly face in this hotel owners.

CACF honors Sikh activist Cont’d from page 10

this honor, we should all really be honoring CACF. CACF is an organized and effective Asian Pacific American voice in the halls of power. Our city and community would not be enjoying the policy victories we have won to keep all our children safe at school without CACF's relentless advocacy." Singh was honored along with Loretta Au, MD, chief of pediatrics at the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, and Kyung Yoon, executive director and co-

CACF honored Singh for his dedication to advancing the civil and human rights of the Sikh community in New York and throughout the United States. Ernabel Demillo, a former Fox 5-TV Good Day New York host and now professor of journalism at St. Peter's College, and Arthur Chi'en, a reporter for WPIX-TV, presented Singh with his award. Singh has represented the Sikh community during meetings with the United States Attorney General, Secretary ‘Our city and community of Transportation, and the Chair of the Equal would not be enjoying the Employment Opportu- policy victories we have won nity Commission. His to keep all our children safe at advocacy work on the adoption of a new NYC school without CACF's Department of Educa- relentless advocacy’ tion Chancellor's Regulation on bias-based harassment founder of the Korean American in New York City public schools Community Foundation (KACF). demonstrates his mission to proWayne Ho, CACF Executive tect not only Asian Pacific Ameri- Director, stated, "We are especially can children but also children of proud of this year's impressive all backgrounds from discrimina- group of honorees. Amardeep, tion. In 2009, he received the Pub- Loretta, and Kyung have all dedilic Interest Achievement Award cated their lives to improving the from the National South Asian Bar civil and human rights of Asian Association. Pacific American children and Excited about this honor, Singh families. We are proud to recogsaid, "I am honored to receive a nize their important work that keeps Caring for Children Award from our communities healthy and CACF. Though I have received safe."

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Tansens of Naperville at the Balaji Temple SURI SWAMY

Tansens team at musical concert held at Balaji Temple

CHICAGO: The Sri Venkateswara Temple of Aurora hosted a fundraiser last week to benefit Balaji Learning Center, a cultural and spiritual learning avenue for the young in the community. The musical extravaganza Shaam-E-Sangeet, was flawlessly executed by the ensemble Tansens of Naperville and Sa Re Gana of Greater Chicago. Dr.Sudarshan Rao, Chairman of Temple Authority, welcomed the audience and praised efforts by youngsters helping the learning center. Following a prayer invoca-

tion by Shree Mohanty, Tansens singer Suresh Israni sang a Kishore Kumar classic. Shree Mohanty rendered a few sizzling Asha Bhonsle numbers while Vijaya Israni brought Lata Mangeshkar's melodic rhapsodies to life. Sunil Pillai

Illinois entertained the viewers with his fresh take on classics. Ashok Menon reminded the audience of the legendary Mohammed Rafi and Mohan Palakkal reproducing Talat Mehmood perfectly rounded off

NY Tamil Sangam greets DMK MP Cont’d from page 10

refugees in a phased manner after demining operations come to a halt. Albert Chelladurai, president of the Sangam in his welcome address said Elangovan was considered an ideologue of the party a rationalist thinker who had made a mark. His speeches in the Lok Sabha are keenly observed by ministers and MPs. He honored the guest with a

Elangovan, who is the organizing secretary of the Party, said the cadre based party with over one crore active members has been in power since 1967 and initiated several developmental programs besides distribution of free rice, television sets and free land to the poor. Giving freebies alone is not the priority but traThe government had promised ditionally the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam to send back at least 50,000 to (DMK) party had their homes and the Indian worked for the uplift of government would ensure the the poor and the downreturn of all the refugees in a trodden, he said. Speaking on his re- phased manner after demining cent trip to Sri Lanka as operations come to a halt part of the parliamentary delegation to study the condition shawl in the traditional Tamil style of Internally Displaced Persons of of welcome. Prakaash M Swami, Tamil origin following the war, he secretary and Father Jayasingh of said the government had promised Vellore, Tamil Nadu also spoke on to send back at least 50,000 to their the occasion. Devaraj Vijayakumar, homes and the Indian government treasurer, proposed a vote of would ensure the return of all the thanks.

the event. The singers were in their elements and were well received by small but appreciative audience. Sa Re Gana Band formed the perfect accompaniment to this team of talented vocalists. The band with Amit Kumar on Keyboard, Ken D'Souza on Bass Guitar, S. Sriram on Rhythm Guitar and Sudhir Krishnan on drums roused the audience from its seats to the dance floor with recognizable and modern beats. The band delighted the audience with its skillful delivery of medley of popular numbers such as Jai Ho and Dan-Tan-nan (Kaminey). The master of ceremony, Rachana Nair, enlivened the mood further, regaling her audience with jokes on famous Bollywood movie dialogs. The audience could not resist being on its feet, and swinging to favorite numbers while the singers and musicians didn't let up the vibe through the evening.

New investigation agency launched to help NRIs India Post News Service

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Sikh & Hindu activists join Climate Change meet India Post News Service

LONDON: Sikh Environmental activists Baba Sewa Singh and Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal from Punjab were among 200 leaders from the world's major religious faiths including Hindus and Sikhs gathered at Windsor Castle, near London, for a three-day conference aimed at alerting the world's politicians of the need to put climate change at the top of the global agenda. UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, in a keynote speech, called on the world leaders to take greater notice of what religious leaders have to say about climate change. The audience sitting in the Waterloo Chamber of the Windsor Castle had traveled from as far away as China, Ghana, India, Japan, Indonesia, US and Tanzania.

Yuba City celebrates 301 years of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Over a hundred thousand attend

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Joint training mooted at Law Symposium India Post News Service

LOS ANGELES: A three-day symposium on Gulf States, European, and North American Law Enforcement ended here on November 5. It brought together, for the first time, Directors-General, Commissioners, Chief Constables, Police Executives, and Government Officials from over 25 countries and agencies-all in an effort to share policing practices, discuss common problems, and plan for future joint exercises.

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YUBA CITY, CA: The 29th annual Nagar Keertan drew a record crowd of over 100,000. This event is dedicated to celebrate Gur Gaddi Diwas. In 1708 the tenth guru, Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji ordained all Sikhs to follow the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji as their eternal Guru, the divine teacher. Every year, Sikh Americans celebrate this event as Guru Gaddi Divas (coronation day) on the first weekend of November. This year's celebrations were held to commemorate and celebrate three centuries of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.

evening was dedicated to spiritual singing where many devotional singers delighted the audience with classical ragas and a universal teaching of love and compassion as taught in Gurbani. There were over 200,000 free meals or langar served to all guests irrespective their faith or background during the three day celebration. Sunday, the culmination of the reading of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib was followed by the Nagar Kirtan or the Sikh Parade. The holy Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji was ceremoniously placed on the main float. A helicopter showered flower petals from above. Every street in the parade route in Yuba City

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Best Lawyer Award for SF Dy City Attorney India Post News Service

SAN FRANCISCO, CA: The South Asian Bar Association of Northern California (SABA-NC) has announced that San Francisco Deputy City Attorney Vince Chhabria was selected as one of the recipients of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) "Best Under 40" award. The "Best Under 40" award is given each year to applaud talented individuals within the Asian Pacific American legal community from around the country who have achieved prominence in their field and at the same time "demonstrated a strong commitment to civic or community affairs." Details on page 17

The Panj Pyaras lead

The celebratory events started on Friday morning with the commencement of the continuous reading of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib. Fireworks attracted thousands of people of all faiths to Tierra Buena Sikh Temple Gurdwara grounds that evening. On Saturday, there was an open house along with the usual seminars and discussions on religious and community matters. Saturday

The lead float

looked like an ocean of turbans and bright colors. There were about fifty floats from Sikh organizations and Gurdwaras from all over the United States and Canada. Leading the Nagar Keetan were young Khalsas bearing Khalsa flags. Then came the Panj Pyaras standing tall and proud with their kirpans raised. The main / primary float was that of the holy Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. Each float was colorfully decorated with messages from the scriptures and illustrations of events in Sikh history. Many floats were dedicated to the memory of the mar-

tyrs, both historical and contemporary. These martyrs are heroes of the Sikh struggle. The parade route was lined with booths and stalls serving food snacks and beverages to the sangat. Volunteers with jumbo size trash bags worked feverishly to keep the place clean, something that So Cal can emulate. Every year we have these Independence Day melas here in So Cal and the park grounds are left so filthy that the city has second thoughts on renting it out the next time. Cont’d on page 19

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Joint training mooted at Law Enforcement Symposium India Post News Service

LOS ANGELES: A three-day symposium on Gulf States, European, and North American Law Enforcement ended here on November 5. It brought together, for the first time, Directors-General, Commissioners, Chief Constables, Police Executives, and Government Officials from over 25 countries and agencies-all in an effort to share policing practices, discuss common problems, and plan for future joint exercises. Sponsored by the State of Qatar and co-hosted by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), and the French National Police, the conference, held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, was truly an event of international stature. Participants flew in from all over the world, from Canada to Kuwait, Alameda County to the United Arab Emirates, Mexico to Monaco. Speaking as to why Los Angeles is an ideal location for the

event, Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy D. Baca emphasized the city's unique diversity, stating, "Los Angeles contains every eth-

nic population of the world, and every religion." In fact, for three days, Los Angeles became home to over 66 international law en-

Best Lawyer Award for SF Dy City Attorney India Post News Service

SAN FRANCISCO, CA: The South Asian Bar Association of Northern California (SABA-NC) has announced that San Francisco Deputy City Attorney Vince Chhabria was selected as one of the recipients of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) "Best Under 40" award. The "Best Under 40" award is given each year to applaud talented individuals within the Asian Pacific American legal community from around the country who have achieved prominence in their field and at the same time "demonstrated a strong commitment to civic or community affairs." Chhabria, whose father immigrated from India in the early 1960s, has had a distinguished legal career that includes involvement in some of the most high profile legal issues in San Francisco. As a Deputy City Attorney for San Francisco, Chhabria has served as lead counsel for the City of San Francisco in high profile cases such as defending the City's universal

health care program and the ban on tobacco sales in drug stores. He also has played an integral role in the City's challenge to California's ban on same-sex marriage in both state and federal court. Upon hearing of Chhabria's selection as a NAPABA "Best Under 40" award recipient, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, said, "Vince Chhabria embodies all the qualities that have made the San Francisco City Attorney's Office one of the best, most influential public law offices

in the nation. He's an aggressive advocate for progressive values, and he understands the vital role public sector attorneys play to protect the interests of our residents and our communities. The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association's 'Best Under 40' award is a prestigious honor in our profession, and I congratulate Vince for being a worthy recipient." The NAPABA "Best Under 40" award is one of many awards Chhabria has received over his career. In January 2009, the Daily Journal named Chhabria as one of the "Top 20 Lawyers Under 40" in California. Chhabria was also recognized by the International Municipal Layers Association as the "Young Public Lawyer of the Year." SABA-NC President Kiran Jain applauded Chhabria's receipt of the NAPABA "Best Under 40" award, and noted "It is wonderful to see NAPABA recognizing public interest attorneys of the highest caliber, such as Vince Chhabria, who take on the toughest cases in an effort to better our communities and does just that."

forcement and government officials, all with extensive experience in municipal, state, or national levels of governance. The press conference concluded the event which featured the Advisor of Qatar's Department of International Cooperation Abdulla Alkuwari, Director of France's International Police Cooperation Department Emile Perez, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Arif Alikhan, LAPD's First Assistant Chief Jim McDonnell, and Sheriff Lee Baca. The panel concluded that due to an increasingly interconnected world, and thus, an increase in the common threats faced by police agencies throughout the world, law enforcement communities must exchange technology, information, and draw on one another's expertise. The panel announced that the symposium will result in joint training exercises where, according to Director Perez, "there would be no teacher or student" the learning would be mutual. Asked about what was uncovered during the symposium, the panel identified many problems that exist internationally, including the reintegration of terror suspects and gang members into society following incarceration. Sheriff Baca emphasized that although nations often have historically had difficulty trusting each other, fighting crime today is indeed strengthened by diversity.

Manisha weds Stewart


t was a classic inter religious marriage when an Indian American Banker Manish Sharma (daughter of Mohan and Asha Sharma) decided to tie matrimonial knot with a White American Financial Advisor Steward Parimu last week in the presence of a large number of Indians and

Americans friends, well wishers and family members. A Mehendi ceremony was held at Ashyana Banquet Hall in Downers'Grove while a grand reception attended by Chicago elite was held at Meadows Club in Rolling Meadows, a west side Chicago suburb.


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Sikh & Hindu activists join Climate Change meet India Post News Service

LONDON: Sikh Environmental activists Baba Sewa Singh and Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal from Punjab were among 200 leaders from the world's major religious faiths including Hindus and Sikhs gathered at Windsor Castle, near London, for a threeday conference aimed at alerting the world's politicians of the need to put climate change at the top of the global agenda. UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, in a keynote speech, called on the world leaders to take greater notice of what religious leaders have to say about climate change. The audience sitting in the Waterloo Chamber of the Windsor Castle had traveled from as far away as China, Ghana, India, Japan, Indonesia, US and Tanzania.

World faith leaders with UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon

warming as a "moral" issue. The gathering comes just weeks before world leaders are due to adopt plans to stop global warming at a major UN summit in Copenhagen in December. The conference was organized by the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC), and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Acknowledging that the major religions are in a "unique" position to influence discussions on global warming, Ban Ki Moon told delegates Sikh kirtan being presented by Sehej Neet Kaur and that they could encourage governNavleen Kaur ments to "act more boldly" in proThe world's religions have a crucial role tecting people and the planet. He implored to play in the global fight against climate that they can 'provoke, challenge and inchange, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spire political leaders'. said, characterizing the battle with global His message to faith leaders was that

they should bring the weight of their moral Islam's most important cities, is to become a authority to press politicians to work harder model "green city" and measures such as to ensure that a deal on climate change was "greening the Haj," under a Muslim sevenreached at Copenhagen. year action plan on the environment. The 2-4 November conference was atThe Sikh plan urges all Sikh gurdwaras tended and hosted by Britain's Duke of to recycle, compost, use green energy, use Edinburgh, Prince Philip, and who is the eco-stoves, start rainwater harvesting, purhusband of Queen Elizabeth II. chase reusable plates and cups. The JewDr. Rajwant Singh, Chairman of the Sikh ish and Council on Religion and Education which Hindu plans call for new faith-based ecodrafted the EcoSikh plan and organized the Sikh participation in this conclave, said, "It is vital that we present to the world the wisdom of the Gurus to tackle this crisis facing the world." He introduced to the audience two Sikh 'Eco warriors'. Baba Sewa Singh who has planted over 100,000 trees in three states in India and Baba From left Dr. Rajwant Singh, Baba Sewa Singh, Baba Balbir Singh, Kusum Vyas, and other religious leaders in a procesBalbir Singh Seechewal who sion at the Windsor Castle in London cleaned the 162 Km long Kali Bein, a river associated with Guru Nanak, labeling systems, for food, building materiwere introduced to the audience by Dr. als and energy. Singh. All three joined to offer prayers at All religions set out plans to introduce the conference seeking God's blessings extensive environmental education proupon all world leaders. grams. With around half of the world's Baba Sewa Singh said, "This challeng- schools associated with the faiths, the coming issue of global warming can be handled by changing individual behavior and adopting simpler living style." Baba Seechewal told the audience that he was inspired by Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism to act on environmental agenda. He added, "We must treat earth as our mother as taught by Guru Nanak." Both of them were well received by the attendees of the conference. Dr Rajwant Singh, Baba Balbir Singh and Baba Sewa Singh Kusum Vyas, a Hindu delwith Prince Philip and UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon egate from US, said that she presenting the Sikh plan on environment is inspired by the Hindu philosophy to work on nature preservation. bined plans are targeting generational Hindu plan was drafted in UK and work is change on a global scale. underway to bring onboard and link up with The Duke of Edinburgh, ARC founder, Hindu temples and organizations from presented certificates to faith leaders alongAmerica and India. side the UN Secretary-General. The UN asSikhs, Hindus and Jews announced col- sistant secretary-general Olav Kjorven said laborative action plan to work on climate the timing of the Windsor gathering could change issues. not have been more fortuitous. Long-term plans on the environment During the interfaith prayer service at the were also announced by nine of the world's Windsor Castle, Hindu dance of creation major faiths - Baha'ism, Buddhism, Chris- was presented by Beeja Dance company of tianity, Daoism, Hindu, Islam, Judaism, UK and Sikh Kirtan was performed by Sehej Shintoism and Sikhism. Neet Kaur of Washington and Navleen Kaur The Grand Mufti of Egypt, Sheikh Ali of UK and Kamaljit Singh, a percussionist Goma'a, announced that Madinah, one of accompanied the Kirtan.

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Yuba City celebrates 301 years of Sri Guru Granth Sahib A replica of Sri Harmandir Sahib

govt has agreed to allow free passage. The Indian government is reluctant as a result of which the entire Sikh quom is being denied access to one of its holiest shrines. This event was covered by many mainstream TV stations and newspapers and the coverage of the Sikh Parade can be seen on On-Demand on Comcast cable all over Northern and Central California over the next few months. Penny Kaur Sandhu and her team flew in from New York to show it live on their Jus Punjabi channel. The day was a perfect illustration of Divine power. The weather was fantastic and that was a key factor contributing to such a large turnout.

The gurdwara at Terra Buena

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There was a Bazaar with vendors / booths selling books and artifacts. One particular booth from Los Angeles selling DVDs of "Amu", a movie that was shown at Yuba College on Thursday (Nov. 2) was a hot spot for many Sikhs. This movie deals with the carnage of 1984 in New Delhi. Representatives of 'Sikhs for Justice' had set up their display of pictures of the 1984 Sikh genocide perpetuated by the then ruling Congress government. Those responsible for the pogrom have never been brought to justice and some are in positions of power. Vendors came from all over, far and near. There were a number of vendors from Los Angeles including some from Artesia. There was also a signature campaign for Sri Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan. Kartarpur was established by Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji during the later days of his life. When he passed away, Hindus and Muslims disagreed on how to perform his last rites. A samadh (Hindu tradition) lies in the Gurudwara and a grave (according to Muslim traditions) lies on the premisise as a reminder of this discord. The gurudwara is located next to a small village named Kothay pind on the West bank of the Ravi River in Punjab, Pakistan. The original abode established by Guru Nanak was washed away by floods of the river Ravi. The Gurudwara at Kartarpur can be seen from another Gurudwara located across the border at the historical town of Dehra Baba Nanak in India (It is not Dera, as so many people wrongly call it. Dehra is derived from the word Deh or body). Both sites are one of the holiest places in Sikhism located in the Majha region. Recently, there has been lobbying to open the corridor for Sikhs from India to visit the shrine without any hindrance or visa. It lies only 3km from the border and the Pakistan

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Tech News Sixth Sense device back in action NEW DELHI: Sixth Sense, a device that lets you "Wear Ur World" (WUW) that hit the headlines early this year is back in action. MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Media Lab's Pranav Mistry demonstrated the latest version of his Sixth-Sense wearable gesture interface at the TEDIndia conference. At the latest demonstration, Mistry showed the use of Sixth Sense to compute using just a piece of paper. Sixth Sense was first presented by Mistry at a TED conference in February 2009. The device has been developed as breakthrough in the interaction technology between the real world and the world of data. The wearable prototype Wear Ur World (WUW) is cobbled together using everyday gizmos like a mobile projector, webcam and mobile phone.

BSNL to launch 3G services in Orissa NEW DELHI: Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), a State-run telecom operator is moving ahead with its 3G services. BSNL will soon by the year end, expand its third-generation (3G) network across Orissa. The 3G service which was so much in news is a mobile communication system which enhances the performance of multimedia applications, high speed mobile broadband and Internet access and was launched in 25th March, is currently available in 33 urban centers in the state as said by A.N. Ray, BSNL, Chief General Manager, Orissa according to the information. BSNL launched 3G services, a mobile communications system that enhances performance of multimedia applications, high speed mobile broadband and Internet access, in the state March 25.

New Droid phone by Verizon and Motorola


erizon Wireless and Motorola have come up with their new Droid Phone. This new stylish, sleek mobile has been officially announced with a partnership with Google. This is the first device which is launched with Google's updated Android 2.0 smartphone OS, and includes new functionality and an improved interface over the 1.6 version. Its powerful processor can make users do multitask easily and can switch between six applications at a time, but with the access of Android Market for downloading has to be used third-party applications.

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November 20, 2009

Nokia begins exchange of defective chargers


okia Corp, the world's leading manufacturer of mobile devices has begun with a charger exchange program, in which consumers owning certain Nokia-branded chargers manufactured by a third-party supplier are recommended to exchange these chargers for free replacements. During a routine quality control process, Nokia identified a potential product quality issue with certain chargers manufactured by one of its third-party suppliers. The plastic covers of the affected chargers could come loose and separate, exposing the charger's internal components and potentially posing an electrical shock hazard if certain internal components are touched while the charger is plugged into a live socket.

AICC study says globalization benefits Indian businesses India Post News Service

NEW JERSEY: A new study conducted by the Asian Indian Chamber of Commerce (AICC) and sponsored by AT&T says that globalization of trading practices and economies have benefited both the US and Indian economies. Many respondents had optimism and faith in the US economy, but said that economic recovery will take time. Areas of opportunity, according to those surveyed, included healthcare and energy. Hand in hand with this optimism, study participants believed that Indian businesspeople in the US must continue to develop managerial and worker talent, seek cost efficiencies in their operations, and use the full power - and overcome the challenges - of operating in a 24-hour-a-day, sevenday-a-week work environment. Another key finding was that respondents believed a level playing field in the workplace among cultures is vital. At the same time, however, they talked about the importance of dealing with American business practices. This

ranged from cultural norms such as the "team player" versus the "lone wolf," and even understanding US customs of wardrobe and language. "Most Americans would be surprised to learn that international trade is more than 25 percent of the nation's overall economy," said Seema Singh, AICC board member and president

ness, which provides much of the voice, data and video capabilities that allow diverse businesses in New Jersey and around the world to operate in a seamless, efficient way," said J. Michael Schweder, President, AT&T New Jersey. "As we work globally to connect our business customers to their world, it's essential that we understand, respect and embrace cultural dif-

Study participants believed that Indian businesspeople in the US must continue to develop managerial and worker talent, seek cost efficiencies in their operations of AICC when it commissioned the study. "Globalization is vitally important to Asian Indians here in the US. Beyond the economic benefits, it has brought down barriers between cultures and encouraged better understanding of the Indian culture, which AICC members feel can only be positive in the long run." "Globalization is important to AT&T and its core wireless busi-

ferences in business practices." Among the study's other findings: Respondents also perceived India's ability to provide services to U.S. businesses has benefited India by creating economic growth, more competitive pricing and more efficiency in the workplace for both countries. However, many participants in the study still felt there are chal-

lenges and issues that need to be addressed within the context of globalization's effects. Study participants believed work remains in fighting racism, whether blatant or subtle, in the workplace. They also continue to see hostility stemming from the belief among some Americans that their jobs are being taken by Indians in this country or abroad. Unanimously, respondents said there is no doubt that building and maintaining trust in today's global corporate environment is critical to success, but that building this trust is an ongoing process that takes time to fully develop. Research for the study was conducted by Alisha Carti of Clarity Research Consultants. Research methods included one-onone interviews and focus groups with Asian Indian businesspeople in New Jersey. Respondents included both small- and mid-sized business owners, and employees of large corporations. About AICC The Asian Indian Chamber of Commerce is a 500-strong body that addresses the needs of local South Asian businesspeople.

Cincinnati Chamber pitches Ohio to Indian businesses India Post News Service

NEW YORK: As a sign of the times to come for India as a global economic player, the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce pitched the state of Ohio to Indian businesses, as a state conducive for international business opportunities. At the networking meet organized by the Consulate General of India, New York, in association with the Cincinnati Chamber, at the Consulate on Nov 5, Deputy Consul General Dr. A.M. Gondane said that many Indian companies were going global and were looking towards making inroads into virgin areas. Indian companies were looking forward to acquisitions, mergers,

and transfer of knowledge and technology back to India, he said. Dr. Gondane further said the focus areas, in which Ohio/Cincinnati and India specialize could be promoted to the Indian businesses. He thanked Neil Hensley, Senior Director - Economic Develop-

said that the Consulate will also soon be partnering with other states in the US to promote Indian business development. L. Neil Hensley, in his presentation, spoke about Cincinnati's strategic location within Ohio and its connectivity with the rest of the

Many Indian companies were going global and were looking towards making inroads into virgin areas. Indian companies were looking forward to acquisitions, mergers ment, Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce for identifying India as a country with the most potential to develop trade and commerce with Cincinnati and for partnering with the Consulate to engage with the Indian businesses. Dr. Gondane

US and around the world. He said that 400 of the Fortune 500 companies had a presence in Cincinnati which establishes Cincinnati as an ideal location for international business operations. He mentioned Tata Consultancy Ser-

vices, which was the first big Indian organization to set up a base in Cincinnati with an investment of $13 million creating 1,000 jobs. Hensley spoke about the various industry clusters well established in the Cincinnati region like aerospace, automotive, chemistry & plastics, financial services and emerging areas like Advanced Energy, Consumer Products/ Creative Services, Information Technology, Life Sciences, Food Processing, etc. He added that Ohio's revamped state taxes were the lowest in the Midwest and its cost of living and housing including commute time were lower than the US national average. Cont’d on page 21

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Retirement planning can jumpstart savings India Post News Service

NEW YORK: As the United States enters the final quarter of what has been a volatile year in the financial markets and economy, many individuals are reevaluating their spending and investments. Recognizing the importance of planning for retirement, MetLife, a leading provider of insurance and financial services, offers guidance to help consumers understand the complexity of planning and saving for a secure retirement. MetLife estimates that consumers will need more than 80 percent of their pre-retirement income to maintain the same standard of living during retirement. Early planning has many positive advantages to saving for retirement. It

allows retirement assets to have the potential to grow and will likely increase chances of a desired, quality lifestyle in retirement. "As Americans live longer and healthier lives, coupled with the fact that they may not be able to rely on corporate and social safety nets as earlier generations once had, it is important that they create their own reliable source of lifestyle sustaining income after work," says Joseph W. Jordan, senior vice president, National Sales Organization, MetLife. "When saving for retirement, it is essential to consider retirement goals, the number of years until retirement, tolerance for risk and the tax implications of investments. Importantly, consumers should also focus on how much income retirement savings will generate."

There are many options for individuals to consider when planning for retirement, such as company-sponsored 401(k)s, Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs), annuities and more. "MetLife recognizes that understanding various investments can be confusing and that choosing the right retirement plan can be difficult for many," adds Jordan. "That is why MetLife offers a Life Advice series on our website as well as our knowledgeable financial representatives to educate consumers about different alternatives." Life Advice topics include Annuities, Estate Planning, Retirement Planning, Social Security and more. MetLife also offers other useful retirement planning tools through the "Retirement" link on


Cincinnati Chamber pitches Ohio to Indian businesses Cont’d from page 20

Hensley also mentioned the large number of colleges and universities in the vicinity helped to create a huge talent pool. He said that Cincinnati's large and thriving Indian population and cultural organizations made it an ideal destination for Indian busi-

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World Economic Forum celebrates 25 years in India

Co-Chairman and Managing Director, Jubilant Organosys, Hari S Bhartuia (L), Founder and Executive Chairman of World Economic Forum, Klaus Schwab, (2L), Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, (C), CII president, Venu Srinivasan (2R), and CEO Booz and Company, United Kingdom, S. S. Banerje (R) attend the World Economic Forum's 25th India Economic Summit-2009 in New Delhi on November 8 India Post News Service

NEW DELHI: Marking 25 years of ties with India, the Co-Chairs of the India Economic Summit highlighted India's success as a globally competitive economy and for weathering the current financial crisis. "The world has come to recognize the potential of India for its ability to innovate and its growing role on the global stage," said William D. Green, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Accenture, USA, a Co-Chair of the India Economic Summit. He added that India has the opportunity to become a "high performance" nation. "I am amazed by how resilient the Indian economy has been," remarked Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Renault, France; President and Chief Executive Officer, Nissan, Japan, and CoChair of the India Economic Summit. "The Summit will be an important forum to understand how India managed to weather the global eco-

nomic meltdown so well." Summit Co-Chair Baba N. Kalyani, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharat Forge, India, also praised India for emerging from the financial meltdown, noting that the country's growth rate would be as much as 6-7% this year and perhaps double digits in the fu-

‘The world has come to recognize the potential of India for its ability to innovate and its growing role on the global stage’ ture. Energy, infrastructure, social issues, health and education will be the pressing issues to follow. While also praising India as an engine for growth and a country with enormous opportunities, Indra Nooyi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo, USA, a Co-Chair of the Summit, said that

it was in everyone's interest to see the US continue being a centre for growth and that the downturn would be short-lived. She then praised the World Economic Forum for its ability to bring together multiple constituencies to discuss the current economic situation and other global issues. "My hope [here] is to develop an action plan and hold ourselves accountable on progress." Co-Chair Shumeet Banerji, Chief Executive Officer, Booz &

Chairman and Managing Director of Bharati Telecommunication, Air Tel Mobile, Sunil Bharti Mittal shares a light moment with Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) PepsiCo, Indra Nooyl

Company, United Kingdom, added that the India Economic Summit serves as a valuable platform to discuss major issues facing the country. Banerji said he is particularly interested in seeing progress on carbon reduction and demographics. Venu Srinivasan, Chairman and Managing Director, TVS Motor Company, India; President, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), India, highlighted the 25th anniversary of the Forum's engage-

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ment in India and the important role the Summit has played in integrating India with global markets. "India has become a positive brand," highlighted Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum. "This not only has to do with its economic growth but also the entrepreneurial spirit of the country." He added that India could be a role model, especially in light of the challenges of the global economic situation. "If we can help people respond to these challenges, we have made a contribution." The World Economic Forum is celebrated 25 years of active engagement in India at its annual India Economic Summit, which took place in New Delhi from 8 to 10 November. This year's Summit set a new record for total participation with over 800 leaders from industry, government, civil society and academia from over 40 countries. The theme for this year's Summit is "India's Next Generation of Growth."

Opportunity for India to shape new world: Prahalad India Post News Service

NEW DELHI: Addressing the plenary session 'India's Next Aspiration' at the 25th India Economic Summit jointly organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry and the World Economic Forum in New Delhi, Dr. C.K. Prahalad, Paul and Ruth McCracken Distinguished University Professor of Corporate Strategy, University of Michigan, USA, outlined his vision for India to a receptive, distinguished audience that comprised key investors from across the globe. Described as a "thought leader" by Tarun Das, former Chief Mentor, Confederation of Indian Industry who introduced

envisioning India at 75 he said that one should "focus on next practice instead of best practice." In the changed global scenario,

In the changed global scenario, where established institutions are in disrepair, there is an excellent opportunity for India to shape the new world order Dr. C.K. Prahalad

him, Prahalad said "leadership is about hope and change," and stressed that "aspirations must always exceed resources". While

where established institutions are in disrepair, there is an excellent opportunity for India to shape the new world order, said Prahalad. To do so effectively, economic

strength, technological vitality and moral leadership are required and "my first aspiration for India is to have its rightful role in bringing in a new world order," said Prahalad. Elaborating further, Prahalad said India should leverage on its strengths - its extraordinary diversity, a vast pool of educated and talented manpower among others - to make it an important leader in today's world. "We need to innovate, to address issues such as poverty, income inequality and corruption" and go on to build a "development sandbox" with "scalability, rule of law, social equity and fairness in the development process" as some of its cornerstones.

Taking the central thought further, Dr. Raghuram Rajan, Eric J.Gleacher Distinguished Service Professor of Finance, University of Chicago Graduate School of Business (GSB), USA said "as we become more important on the global stage, we have to alter the way we engage with the world," and we must move towards displaying not only "economic prowess, but also intellectual prowess" in the coming years. In his concluding remarks, Tarun Das, thanked the speakers for their views and commended the private sector, which he said "had come of age and become an engine of growth and development in India."

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Energy diversification key for India's future India Post News Service

NEW DELHI: India must reduce its dependence on coal and diversify its energy basket to address the challenge of energy security. This was the overarching theme at the session on "The Power Masala: Meeting India's Future Energy Needs", at the 25th India Economic Summit, jointly organized by the World Economic Forum and the Confederation of Indian Industry, here. The panelists, which included leading names in Indian industry, felt that focusing on renewable sources of energy such as wind, hydroelectric power and solar will go a long way in reducing India's greenhouse gas emissions. Acknowledging that India's dependence on coal as a source

of energy, would continue at least in the short-term, the captains of Indian industry felt that the time

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may be ripe for India to start exploring new sources of energy to develop a balanced energy basket with right mix of energy sources such as wind, gas, nuclear

and solar. They felt that energy efficiency, investment in clean technology and greater investment in renewable sources of energy should be the premise of India's energy policy for the future. On climate change, the panelists, which included Tejpreet Singh Chopra, National Executive for India, General Electric; Baba N Kalyani, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharat Forge, India; Madhu Koneru, Executive Director, TRIMEX Group, UAE; R S Sharma, Chairman and Managing Director, ONGC; Tulsi R Tanti, Chairman and Managing Director, Suzlon Energy, India, felt that both the Government of India and the Indian private sector are unilaterally taking steps to grow in an environmentally sustainable manner. The

Unleashing girl potential to enhance growth India Post News Service

NEW DELHI: We need to educate our girls, and we need to bring up our boys differently, agreed panelists at the plenary session on 'Investing in Girls, Investing in Development - the Girl Effect' at the 25th India Economic Summit, jointly organized by CII and the World Economic Forum, in New Delhi. Central to the spirited discussions was the belief that girls (and women) need to be perceived as being a resource, as having value, for the family, the community, the economy and the nation. The solutions offered ranged from education to empowerment to creating an enabling environment in the workplace, with a strong call for placing gender issues high on policy and strategy agendas for governments and corporates alike. Chanda Kochhar, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, ICICI Bank, India, called for

change throughout the system, at all levels, from school, to college, the workplace, and the boardroom. She outlined the steps her bank has taken to help women with maternity leave and childcare.

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Maria Eitel, President, Nike Foundation, Nike, USA, said that it was necessary to convert the mindset of seeing girls as victims, into considering them a resource, and an opportunity. This was especially critical for a country like

India, where, she said, unleashing the girl potential, could exponentially enhance the growth and development agenda. "We need to break the cycle. A girl cannot finish school if her free labor is needed at home or on the farm," she said. We all know what the issues are; we need concrete action, said Vinita Bali, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Britannia Industries, India. "While change is happening, we need to catalyze this change," she said, suggesting economic incentives to encourage poor families to keep their daughters in school. Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick, Global Head of Citizenship and Diversity, KPMG international, UK, felt that layers of legislation were not effective without a change in men's mindset. We need to make gender a public story and bring it to the forefront of policy, discussion and debate, he said.

Focusing on renewable sources of energy such as wind, hydroelectric power and solar will go a long way in reducing India's greenhouse gas emissions recently announced National Solar Mission is welcome and reflects India's commitment in the direction. The panelists, however, noted that while India is home to 16% of the mankind its per capita energy consumption is a miniscule percentage of the consumption in

developed world. Only a small percentage of India's total population has access to power, unlike developed countries where there is almost universal access. As a result it is very important for India to take care of development aspiration of more than 80% of its population, which lives on less than two dollars a day, before agreeing to any capping on carbon reduction emissions. Recognizing that climate change is a global problem, the panelists called for a coordinated and a global action plan to address the issue. They called for partnership between developed and developing countries through which funds for using clean technology would be available for developing countries at subsidized prices.

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ter placed than many others and we are not in the cross-hairs of NEW DELHI: "India has the many terrorist groups." Pointing out that India's strong confidence, the capacity, and the capability to stand up to any threat growth itself was creating chalor challenge to our security" lenges of division relating to aspistated Home Minister P rations of people, rehabilitation Chidambaram at the closing ple- issues etc, he flagged attacks to nary of the 25th India Economic internal security from Maoist groups and the Summit, jointly orinsurgency in the ganized by CII and North East as the World Ecochallenges where nomic Forum in the state was takNew Delhi. Ading strong and dressing the sesconcerted action sion on "A to assert its auRoadmap for thority and re-asIndia's Next Gensert its control, eration of Growth," Chidambaram as- Home Minister P Chidambaram while, at the same time, keeping the sured international industry and investors that India door open for talks. Acknowledgwas not more vulnerable than ing that such issues take time for many other countries in the resolution, he assured the gatherworld." Our challenges do not af- ing of world business and media fect our capacity to invite invest- that India has had significant sucment or promote growth", he said, cess in thwarting a number of threats adding that, "indeed, we are bet- over the past twelve months.

The world needs to make space for India: Tharoor India Post News Service

NEW DELHI; "We are increasingly moving to a world of multialignment, where we need to participate and engage in different ways with different groups and institutions in a multi-polar environment," declared Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State for External Affairs, India, at the 25th India Economic Summit. Addressing a session on "Global Redesign- How will India Shape Future Global Coopera-

tion?" Tharoor said a fresh, new global architecture is required in international financial and other institutions to make space for India, which has, indeed, arrived at the global top table. Invoking the concept of 'vasudeva kutumbam', or 'world' as the cornerstone of India's relationship with other nations, Tharoor said that more doors and more windows need to be opened for everyone to live productively under the one roof that is the world. While

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global solutions are increasingly becoming necessary for global

problems, such as Climate Change, Nuclear Proliferation, and the economic crisis, India would need to safeguard the interests and aspirations of its people, he said. "We cannot be altruistic at the expense of our population," he said, stressing that "our moral authority comes from the fact that we are a democratic nation representing one-sixth of the world population." Rahul Bajaj, MP, and Chairman, Bajaj Auto, said that India, like all countries, needs to work for its le-

gitimate national interest. We need to be domestically strong, correctly strong, with clearly visible economic strengths, military capability and diplomatic skills to play a role in shaping the new world order, he said. Ajay Chhibber, UN Assistant Secretary General, and Administrator and Director for Asia and the Pacific, UNDP, described India as a "soft power" with no aggressive or imperialistic intent, and urged the country to "think global, act regional." While it is important to

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shutosh Gowariker's film has been in news for over a month over the casting. The buzz had it that Aishwarya was approached to play the female lead, but the lady denied any such reports. Then, it was Asin who was zeroed in to star opposite Abhishek Bachchan but she easily opted out. Now we hear that Sonam too has turned down to be the female lead in Gowariker's period movie 'Khelen Hum Jee Jaan Se' that now has Abhishek and Deepika Padukone in lead roles. Reportedly, Sonam was skeptical of pairing again with Abhishek as their last movie, Delhi-6, was a dud. Also, Gowariker's last movie 'What's Your Rashee?' also failed to create any impact at the box-office. So, the Kapoor girl acted smart to cite date problems and steer clear of any more flops.

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playful scene involving mother and child turned out to be not so playful for actress Vidya Balan. A source close to Vidya informed, "Vidya had to shoot a scene with soand-so who plays the child Amitabh Bachchan in Paa. The scene required Vidya to carry him on her shoulders." But there was a hitch. The boy's weight was as good as Vidya's. "Vidya weighs 45 kgs and so did the plump boy. Vidya carried him on her shoulders nevertheless. The scene was being canned. And suddenly there was this loud thud. Vidya had lost balance and fallen on the ground along with the boy." Vidya got badly injured while doing the shot. "Balki told Vidya that he could postpone the shoot. But Vidya continued to shoot and the scene was canned successfully in the second take," said our source.


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fter taking Box Office by storm with his moolah churning laugh riot 'Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani', taskmaster Rajkumar Santoshi has become a Ranbir Kapoor loyalist. The actor, who left all spellbound with his effortless performance in the current hit, is set to become a permanent face in Santoshi's upcoming films spelling competition for big wigs like Shah Rukh Khan and Sunny Deol. Buzz has it that prior to working with Ranbir, Santoshi had thought about making another movie with SRK or Sunny Deol in the lead. But after seeing the ladies go gaga over the young Kapoor's act in his recent offering, Santoshi is now looking to sign the actor again. What's more is that the director is even considering following his victorious run with a sequel to Ajab Prem‌ Talking about his plans to work with Ranbir, the director said, "Yes, now there's a lot of advice from my producers and distributors to make another comedy with Ranbir Kapoor. I have his dates for next year. So let's see."


hahid Kapoor is a celebrated vegetarian. It has been the reason of his glory and woes. While in one hand he was awarded with the title of the sexiest veggie for it, it was also apparently one of the reasons of his differences with Kareena Kapoor. However, now the sexy veggie is feeling prejudiced because of his fancy for the greens. Whenever he goes abroad he has to get food specially cooked for him as the hotels rely more on people's meat eating habits. And all this is making Shahid very jittery to go to Bangkok. Shahid, who is off to shoot for Yash Raj Films' untitled film, directed by Parmeet Sethi, is worried that he won't get sufficient variety of vegetarian food in Bangkok. Shahid also had a tough time for the same reason in the US where he stayed for 40 days last month while shooting for the same film. His man had to especially instruct the chefs in the hotel what he likes and dislikes so that they could accordingly cook for him.


recisely, it's not about Akki in real life (though his recent films hadn't worked at best in box office). He's a loser - is a song picturized for Akshay Kumar's 'Housefull' that brings all the stars together of this flick together. Unlike his previous films, Akshay Kumar does a completely different role as a loser and indeed he's spotted with geeky looks. 'Housefull' directed by Sajid Khan Features also has Deepika Padukone, Ritesh Deshmukh, Arjun Rampal, Lara Dutta and Jiah Khan. The film is set in backdrops of London and Farah Khan flew all the way from Mumbai to choreograph this song. Sharing his experience over shooting this song, Akshay Kumar says that he dons a peculiar role - Loser of all Losers. Indeed, he jocularly says that Sajid Khan would make all idiots in World as absolute idiots. "Sajid has got a fantastic idea and it's really nice working with him," says Akshay.


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LOS ANGELES: Khadij Assani, a senior at Santa Monica High School, presented a South-Asian themed benefit concert on November 7 as a member of Team Fox to raise funds for The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF). The show featured a variety of talents ranging from live South-Asian music to classical dances to Bhangra. Her organization at Santa Monica High School is a member of Team Fox, the Foundation's project for supporting grassroots community fundraisers working to raise funds and awareness for Parkinson's research. "My grandmother became my inspiration to found an organization that would help improve her quality of life. Since I am deeply involved in music, I decided to use my voice to help find a cure. I established Find the Ultimate Cure as a non-profit organization at Santa Monica High School and titled the concert, Singing for a Cure, to exemplify

Singing for a Cure both my passion and my hope. This concert is my hope for a cure and my effort to better the quality of life of people with neurological disorders. The concert will not only fundraise for the cure of Parkinson's but also build bridges between the South-Asian community and the residents of Santa Monica. Singing for a Cure will be a multi-purpose event for people of all

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I chose MJFF because they fund cutting-edge research to bring meaningful advances in treatments and eventually a cure to people affected by this disease," said Khadij. Over five hundred people attended the concert and enjoyed an evening of entertainment and purpose. The concert kicked off with a Team Fox video on Parkinson's disease, followed by speech from Dr. Hugo Pedroza, principal of Santa Monica High School, and a thank-you address from seventeen-year-old Khadij Assani herself. The concert showcased six voices, five dances, and delicious Pakistani food, provided

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wide are living with Parkinson's disease - a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder whose symptoms typically progress from mild tremors to complete physical incapacitation. There is no known cure for Parkinson's disease. The organization is accepting donations for research towards the cure of Parkinson's. NEW DELHI: It was an altercation sure to grab headlines. Danny Boyle comes to India to reprimand the "greedy" children he plucked from poverty and catapulted to international fame. But Rubina Ali and Azharuddin Ismail, the two child stars in question say that all is well between them and their "uncle". Rubina's family has already bought a flat in Santa Cruz as stipulated by Boyle and the British director has also decided to cast the nine-year-old in his next film with both the children promising to focus on their studies. "We are not going to take any more holidays from school. We will take days off for work but we have promised Danny uncle that we will not let our studies suffer," Rubina who was in the

Slumdog stars promise to go to school city to walk the ramp at a fashion show organized by Unikid, told PTI. She was seconded by Azhar, 11, who said that he has started going to school again after a gap of two months and plans to

Both the children who grew up in Garib Nagar slum of Mumbai, had become internationally known faces post the success of Boyle's 'Slumdog Millionaire' which went on to win 8 Oscars.

On Danny Boyle's instructions the trust has said that both Azharuddin and Rubina will not get any money if they do not go to school, a move many child rights activists had welcomed keep up the attendance rate. "I had not been going to school because my father died. But I am going to school now and I enjoy it as I get to play also," said Azhar.

The director and producers of the film had then set up the 'Jai Ho Trust' to pay for the education of the two children. On Danny Boyle's instructions the trust has said that both Azharuddin and Rubina will not get any money if they do not go to school, a move many child rights activists had welcomed. But the hatchet has been buried and both the children are excited about their next big project, a period romance titled 'Lord Owen's Lady', with their co-star being none other than Hollywood legend Sir Anthony Hopkins.

"Me and Azhar are going to work with Anthony Hopkins. I know he is a big name in Hollywood but I don't even know

whether he is an actor or a director. But I am really happy that we will get to work with him," said Rubina. -PTI


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LONDON: The 'Incredible India' campaign, an initiative by the Indian government to promote tourism, has won the World Travel Award 2009 for being the best campaign of the year. The reigning Miss World, Ksenia Kukhinova of Russia, presented the award to India's Tourism Minister, Kumari Selja at a gala function held at the Grosvenor House here. Selja, who is here to participate in the World Travel Market, also received the Asian Guild Award for promoting the 'Incredible India' campaign at a function held at the House of Lords last evening.


The Award and Fellowship of the Asian Guild was presented to her by Lord Peter Archer of Sandwell. The Guild also bestowed the Fellowship on Jagdish Chander, Director, India Tourist Office here for his "hard work to carry out the conviction of Incredible India Campaign in the UK. "Suresh Joshi, Joint Director General of the Asian Guild, said "Incredible India has enriched the status of the Asian in British Society by broadening the tradition and culture of India. Shelja said "Incredible India initiative was conceived in the year

LONDON: As the tourist numbers due to the recession continue to fall worldwide, firms have come up with innovative ways to maintain their businesses, a new report says. In the first four months of this year, the tourist figures across the globe dropped by 8 per cent to 247 million, compared with 269 million for the same period in 2008 and 254 million in 2007, the World Travel Market's annual report.

African-Americans who want to go back to the continent and trace their roots, the report states. US travel operators are targeting unemployed people who have money and want to do some traveling while they are out of work. The so-called "funemployed" have been targeted with discounts of up to 15 per cent. In Britain, the recession has seen a rise in

The report, which was also published with Euromonitor International, has identified several trends taking place in international tourism. The document, released at this year's WTM here, shows demand differs from region to region, with Africa actually showing an increase of 3 per cent. The arrival of Barack Obama into the White House has generated interest in Africa as a holiday destination and travel firms have started to target

low-cost easy to construct "temporary" hotels, made up of pre-fabricated rooms, set up in city centers. In the Middle East, there is a trend for women-only accommodation, as more females in the region travel alone. Analysts say that they have seen some signs of recovery this year, but the picture remains mixed. -PTI

Global tourism down by 8 percent

2002, when we decided to brand the country as a unique, vibrant and inclusive identity. "Through this branding, an attempt was made to create a distinct image for the country." -PTI

MHA advises Indian pilgrims against travel to Pak NEW DELHI: As Pakistan witnesses a spurt in terror attacks, the Government has issued a travel advisory asking Indian pilgrims against visiting that country. "Government of India is of the view that it is not advisable for Indian pilgrims to visit Pakistan in the prevailing situation when frequent terrorist attacks are taking place in Punjab province of Pakistan, where all Gurudwaras are situated," the advisory said. The Home Ministry asked "all Indian citizens to avoid undertaking any visit to Pakistan for this purpose, till the security situation in Pakistan improves." -PTI

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KOLKATA: Tourists at Jaldapara wildlife sanctuary in North Bengal will no longer be able to enjoy an elephant ride as the forest department plans to use the animals to patrol the jungle against poachers. "There are five to six trained elephants at Jaldapara which ferry tourists in the forest. Instructions have been issued to the forest department to use them for patrolling," state's Chief Wildlife Warden S B Mondal told PTI here. Mondal said protection of wild-

life holds priority over promoting tourism and it was difficult to patrol the dense forests in Chilapata

Last month the forest officials had found the carcass of female rhino with bullet injuries and a deep wound in one of its legs and Mendabari. Last month the forest officials had found the carcass of female

rhino with bullet injuries and a deep wound in one of its legs, he said, adding the forest officials now fear that poachers in the guise of tourists went to core areas on elephant back to spot rhinos. Admitting shortage of staff at lower level, the chief wildlife warden said that the forest department had approached the government to fill up vacancies in the posts of rangers and forest guards and asked for allocation of funds to recruit informers on the lines of the police, he said. -PTI

Beijing to host Global Travel and Tourism Summit LONDON: The 2010 Global Travel and Tourism Summit, a gathering of global Travel and Tourism leaders, will be held in Beijing from May 25, the World Travel and Tourism Council has announced. "We are very pleased to host this event, which is such a landmark in the annual industry calendar," said Shao Qiwei, Chairman of the China National Tourism Administration. "CNTA, the People's Government of Beijing Municipality and Beijing Tourism Administration will play an active governmental role to support the 10th Global Travel and Tourism Summit which is the foremost gathering of global Travel and Tourism leaders. "We are confident that the Summit will have an unforgettable experience for all delegates and for China," stated Liu Jinping, Vice Chairman of the China Tourism Association and the Special Representatives of CNTA Chairman Shao Qiwei at the World Travel Market. -PTI

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India's tourism industry hit by 26/11, Swine flu scare

LONDON: Mumbai terror attack on November last year, subsequent Swine flu scare and global recession has lead to a decline in tourists vesting India, Union Tourism Minister Kumari Shelja has said. "Owing to the terror attack on Mumbai, subsequent Swine flu scare and global recession, tourism has taken a hit in India as well," she told newspersons here. She said between January and October this year, there were 40.23 lakh foreign tourists as against 43.24 lakh during the corresponding period last year. The foreign exchange earned from tourism during the period between January and October this year was USD 8600 million as against USD 9696 million during the corresponding period last year - a 10.3 per cent decline. However, in terms of rupees, the foreign exchange earnings this year till October was Rs 42,395 crores as

against Rs 40,712 crores during the corresponding period last year - an increase of 4.1 per cent. Tourists from USA took the top position with 8,27, 866 visiting India last year followed by the UK 7,87,197.

She hoped that at least one lakh people will visit Delhi - both from India and abroad during the Commonwealth Games in October next year Describing tourism industry in India as a "dynamic industry" Shelja said it contributed 6 per cent to the GDP and accounted for 9 per cent of the work force. "It is growing and in future we hope to see a lot of growth in the sector," she said. .

Asked about the tourism situation in Kashmir, she said though there were certain incidents, "I am glad to say in the recent months things have been looking up in Kashmir." The minister was speaking at the three-day World Travel Market here. She hoped that at least one lakh people will visit Delhi - both from India and abroad - during the Commonwealth Games in October next year. "India provides a wide variety of tourist destinations - adventure tourism, beaches, mountains, wildlife, wellness and we want to promote tourism in a big way," she added. "India is home to over 30 World Heritage sites, few countries can boast such cultural diversity, from the ruins of Hampi to the legacy of great Moghul monuments such as the Taj Mahal," Selja said. -PTI

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Sports Track India slips back to third place in ODI rankings MUMBAI: Having begun the series with a genuine chance of becoming the top ODI team in the world, India has slipped back to third position after going down 24 to world champion Australia in the seven-match home series that concluded here. In contrast, Australia reaffirmed its number-one status after dominant 10 weeks of one-day cricket even though the seventh and final ODI against India here was washed out. India went into the seven-match series as world number two and needed to win the series to topple Australia from the top slot but Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men could not capitalize on the injury-ravaged Australia's thin resource and lost the series. -PTI

Younus concedes there were problems with teammates KARACHI: Giving an insight into the turmoil in the Pakistan cricket team, captain Younus Khan has conceded that problems with some senior players was the reason why he opted out of the Test tour of New Zealand. "I was already facing problems with some players and my poor form didn't help as it is a fact that when the captain is not scoring runs it becomes difficult for him to turn things his way," Younus told PTI. "No one ever came to me directly and told me his grievances. Otherwise I would have tried to resolve the issues," he said. Younus, who has been replaced as captain by Mohammad Yousuf for the three Tests against New Zealand starting November 24, has taken a break from cricket after Pakistan's one-day series loss to the Kiwis. -PTI

India to open 2011 WC campaign against Bangladesh MUMBAI: India will open their 2011 cricket World Cup campaign against Bangladesh in Dhaka on February 19 and the country will host its first match of the megaevent the next day in Chennai, the ICC has announced. Placed in Group B, alongside South Africa, England, West Indies, Bangladesh, Ireland and Netherlands, India will host 29 matches of the quadrennial tournament, including the final and a semifinal. The first match on Indian soil will have New Zealand and Kenya locking horns in Chennai on February 20. -PTI

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Imran undergoes operation for stomach ailment

November 20, 2009

LAHORE: Former Pakistan cricket captain Imran Khan, who led the national team to its only World Cup triumph in 1992, has undergone a successful surgery to rectify an intestinal problem. A spokesman for Imran's political party Tehreek-e-Insaaf party said the former all-rounder had complained of severe stomach pain after regular exercise at his residence here this morning. "He suffered cramps in his small intestine during the exercises and was taken to the Shaukat Khanum hospital for diagnosis where doctors decided to do the surgery," he said. -PTI

Edison Cricket Club ends season with award ceremony India Post News Service

NEW JERSEY: In what has become the most awaited event in New Jersey cricket's cultural calendar, Edison Cricket Club celebrated the end of 2009 season with yet another glittering award ceremony. This year too, the Piramal Healthcare Cricket Awards drew the best cricketers, cricket administrators, business leaders, politicians and representatives, celebrities, glitterati and over 180 enthusiastic attendees. The event was a celebration of the completion of six years of Edison Cricket Club - there was much to celebrate as ECC produced a string of spectacular achievements during 2009 - earning a promotion to Division A in the Cricket League of New Jersey, entering a second side in the Millennium Cricket League, a T20 team in the NJCUA T20 tournament and launching an ambitious junior cricket program in Edison in association with Dream Cricket Academy. The junior program was the first of its kind - the kids played in the Western Union Cup and the sponsors included DIRECTV and Indus American Bank. ECC is well known for its great successes in recruiting new members, inducting celebrities, forming alliances and, perhaps most importantly, in roping in sponsors for its events. This year too, the

club went the whole 22 yards at the Piramal Healthcare Cricket Awards - which Mayor Jun Choi called the Oscars of USA cricket. Its inductees for 2009 included the legendary cricketers Sunil Gavaskar and Balwinder Singh Sandhu; Congressman Frank Pallone Jr; NJ Assemblyman and Deputy Speaker of State Assembly - Upendra Chivukula; and the most recognized female voice in New Jersey radio Mamta Narula of EBC Radio. John Aaron, the Executive Secretary of USA Cricket Associa-

cross-cultural relationships." Talking about Piramal's engagement with ECC, Ramandeep Singh Jaj, US Head of Piramal Healthcare, said: "Ajay Piramal, Chairman of Piramal Healthcare and Mr. Santhanam, the CEO, are ardent fans and cricket lovers. So when I told them about ECC they were kind enough to immediately request association with this prestigious club." In his acceptance speech, Congressman Pallone said he was happy to see the club grow by

Commending ECC on its efforts at branding within the cricket Diaspora, he said that ECC's model was needed to give the sport a shot in the arm in the USA tion, was the guest speaker. Commending ECC on its efforts at branding within the cricket Diaspora, he said that ECC's model was needed to give the sport a shot in the arm in the USA. "Edison Cricket Club is building a vision wrapped in the love, admiration, appreciation and respect for a sport that embraces so many ethnicities and nations, and like music, crosses so many cultural and social barriers," Aaron said. "Collectively, we can advance the socio-cultural dynamics of the sport and use it as a bridge to

leaps, noting that the last time he was at the ECC banquet in 2006, the audience was much smaller. Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula, spoke of his long association with cricket beginning with his days in Madras as a leftarm bowling all-rounder. Chivukula also played league cricket in New Jersey in the '70s until a rib injury led to early retirement from cricket. Mamta Narula's call to form a women's team and challenge the men to play a match against the women was received with loud

cheers. The speakers and presenters included Kris Kolluri, Head of NJ Schools Development Authority, Edison Mayor Jun Choi, the Honorary Chairman of ECC and Councilman Dr. Sudhanshu Prasad of Edison Township. In between speeches and entertainment, Piramal Healthcare Awards were presented to the best performers from ECC including Vipul Patel (Best Allrounder, Hattrick, Best Bowler - CLNJ) and Raj Bhavsar (Best Emerging Player). Srinivas Chirra was presented with the Piramal Healthcare Best Umpire Award and Hyderabad Blues CC won the Spirit of Cricket award. The Public Works of Edison Township received the Ambassador of Cricket Award for 2009. Chris Mazauskas accepted the award on behalf of Jeffrey Roderman, Director of Public Works. The evening ended with a thank you note by Atul Huckoo, the President of ECC who also gave out special appreciation awards in the form of cricket bats signed by the management of ECC to all the club sponsors - Emirates Airlines, Piramal Healthcare, DIRECTV, Western Union, Indus American Bank, Glaceau - makers of Smart Water and Vitamin Water, Signs by Tomorrow, LongTail LLC, Dhoom FM,, Diamond Essence and Sunshine Restaurant.

Lifetime achievement award for Amarnath NEW DELHI: India's 1983 World Cup hero, former all-rounder Mohinder Amaranth has been honored with the C K Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award for the year 2008-09 by the BCCI. Amarnath will receive the award, which comprises a trophy and a cheque for Rs 15 lakhs, at the BCCI awards ceremony. He scored 4,378 runs from 69 Test matches, in a career that stretched from 1969 to 1988. He also played 85 one-day Internationals, in which he scored 1,924 runs. He did extremely well in the later stages of the 1983 World Cup winning the man-of-the-match

debut against Bill Lawry's touring Australians in 1969-70. He also led Delhi to Ranji Trophy triumph in 1981-82. Mohinder's father Lala

Mohinder Amaranth

Amarnath will receive the award, which comprises a trophy and a cheque for Rs 15 lakhs, at the BCCI awards ceremony

award in both the semi-final and the final. A prolific batsman and a pace bowler, Amarnath made his Test

Amarnath, who was independent India's first Test captain, was the first recipient of the award, insti-

tuted in 1994. His 85 against the West Indies at Port of Spain in 1975-76 helped India achieve a world record target of 403 in Test cricket. Two years later, he scored 90 and 100 at Perth, against an Australian attack that comprised dreaded Jeff Thomson. He also had coaching stints with the Bangladesh and Morocco national sides, and the Rajasthan Ranji Trophy team. Legendary Indian cricketers like Polly Umrigar, Gundappa Vishwanath, B. Chandrasekhar and EAS Prasanna have received this award in the past. -PTI


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ndia's biggest lender State Bank of India has lengthened its special home loan scheme at 8% rate of interest by more than 4-months till 31st March, 2010. The decision of the bank would help small home loan receivers. SBI, which offer the special plan under `My Home Campaign` is providing 8 per cent fixed rate of interest for five years for loans amounting Rs 5 lakh, having an upper limit of 10 years. Initially, the plan was slated to close this month. For loans over Rs 5 lakh to Rs 50 lakh, rate of interest has been finalized at 8 per cent in the initial year and 8.5 per cent in second and third years. Apart from latest development, SBI is also providing SBI Max Gain, under which it provides home loan as overdraft with saving interest option.


Kolkata holding plots to get better prices

KOLKATA:The economy might be on the recovery path, but state government agencies, such as KMDA or Hidco, are still going slow in auctioning or selling plots to developers for commercial and residential real-estate projects. The agencies are waiting for the economy to improve further so that they can get the most out of it by auctioning off their land. KMDA has plans to auction about 100 acres at Nonadanga for setting up a business park and another three-acre plot off Barrackpore-Kalyani Expressway for a commercial complex. The bidding process for another 18-acre plot off Kona Expressway, which was supposed to have taken place in July, is on hold after a court case.


AP Govt plans affordable housing


ven as the Centre is bringing out a Real Estate Regulation Bill to usher in transparency and affordable housing, the Andhra Pradesh government has devised a model `integrated townships plan to tide over the shortage of affordable housing in the state, state housing minister C Shilpa Mohan Reddy has said. Disclosing this at a one-day seminar on `Housing For All organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) here, Reddy said that as part of this plan the state government was in the process of allotting 100 acres of land in each of the municipal corporations, 50 acres in each of the municipalities, and 10 acres in each mandal.

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CREDAI comments on Real Estate Bill


he Confederation of Real Estate Developers' Associations of India (CREDAI) has submitted its views on the proposed Model Real Estate (Regulation of Development) Act to the government. According to CREDAI, the current Draft Bill seems to penalise the developer but does not provide any real relief to the end user. It will finally result in cost escalation for developers to end users.

Indians investing in Manhattan real estate NEW YORK: They say the present is so powerful in New York that the past is often lost. Owning a slice of that present comes a tad cheaper these days, thanks to a general slowdown in the US realty market. Sure enough, money bags back home are taking note. Indians now account for close to 20% of all realty sales in Manhattan, and 30% of all enquiries made, says Raphael De Niro, MD of New York's biggest property broking firm Prudential Douglas Elliman. "India and China are now replacing the buyers from Eastern Europe," he says. Prices of residential apartments in Manhattan have slipped 20-25% off their peak in end-2007. De Niro says he is currently negotiating with several Indian buyers who are public figures in India. Sales pitch for a typical Manhattan condo

begins at Rs 3 crore-Rs 4 crore, less than what a South Mumbai apartment or a Mehrauli farm house comes for. Average price per square feet for a Manhattan East side condo is $1,249 while that for a South Central Mumbai apartment is $1,319.

Indians now account for close to 20% of all realty sales in Manhattan, and 30% of all enquiries made, says Raphael De Niro, MD of New York's biggest property broking firm Prudential Douglas Elliman "New York is now becoming what London was about 15 years ago," says Jaswant Lalwani, VP and associate broker at real estate firm Corcoran Group. He says the new enquiries for Manhattan condos mostly come from business-

NRIs invest in real estate despite recession


on-Resident Indians (NRIs) and overseas Indians feel that with the property rates heading southwards, time is ripe to invest in India's real estate industry. Experts are of the view that the Indian economy is probably one of the few investment destinations across the globe as it would be one of the very few countries that will be growing at five to six per cent despite the global meltdown. India's real estate companies faced slowing sales as homebuyers waited on the sidelines for prices to fall further and companies put expansion plans on hold as interest rates remained high and banks went tough on lending. But with funds flowing in from abroad, the situation might not seem all that grim. "I used to invest in stocks, but now I feel real estate is a better alternative when it comes to long-term investment," said Suraj Patel of Gujarat who lives in New Jersey for a major part of the year. The fluctuations at the stock market have made investors wary of speculating in share prices and are taking to the real estate sector. "I used to invest in the stock market daily, but then it is not lucra-

men from the small and med-size segment, since most of the top league entrepreneurs already own property in New York. A few Bollywood stars too are latching on to the opportunity, two people in the sector told ET on condition of anonymity.

tive. The share prices are going down and people are making huge losses. I think real estate is the right place to invest as the prices are comparatively low. Gujarat is a good investment destination," said Snehal Patel, another NRI real estate investor. Economic growth of about nine per cent over the past few years had boosted demand for hotels, offices, homes and malls, as well as roads, ports and airports across

Economic growth of about nine per cent over the past few years had boosted demand for hotels, offices, homes and malls, as well as roads, ports and airports across India India. But with the global recessionary trends seeping in, even this sector has not been left untouched. In fact, a boom that followed a 2005 move to ease rules on foreign investment in the construction industry is ending in a bust. But overseas Indians feel that real estate is a good investment alternative in times of global

De Niro, a former actor and son of Hollywood star Robert De Niro, however, wouldn't confirm any of the names that he is dealing with. According to realty firm Brown Harris Stevens, a luxury condo in Manhattan can be bought for $1.65-3.93 million, while a similar apartment in Mumbai will cost $3.3 million-$6 million. "Add to that the fact that the rupee has strengthened against the dollar, and you could have a killer on hand," says a Delhi-based rice trader who claims to be negotiating a deal. A study on high net worth individuals (HNIs) by Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Capgemini last month said India's HNI population shrank 31.6% to 84,000 and its combined wealth declined 29% to $310 billion. However, the study said the numbers could bounce back this year with the stock market gaining strength since Indian millionaires park almost a third of their wealth in equities. De Niro says that Indians prefer high-end Central Park condominiums. "Apart from Indians, there are a number of Chinese and other Asians too who are transacting for these properties," he

adds. Lalwani says that that even if the property market falls by a further few percentage points in the near future, keeping a 5-10 years investment horizon could only mean gains. "Legally, any Indian filing tax returns can remit up to $200,000 every year out of his post tax income. A buyer in the US market usually pays 15-20% of the cost of the property upfront and the rest is mortgaged," says Prashant Kaura, director at GenReal. Lalwani says he has got 20 serious enquiries from India over the past 3 months of which 10 have been converted. "The remaining buyers are in varying degrees of decision making. Indians are looking for value, location and resale potential. There are a lot many more enquiries but many of them are just doing homework," he says. According to a Q3 2009 Manhattan Market Overview by De Niro's Prudential Douglas Elliman, in the condo market, all price indicators showed double digit decline when compared with the previous year quarter. The median sales price of a Manhattan condo was $1,015,124, down 16.8% from $1,220,000 in the same quarter last year, but was up 1.6% from the last quarter price of $999,000. This shows that property prices have bottomed out that explains the sharp rise in sales in the last one quarter. While the number of listings of condos in Manhattan slipped a modest 0.6% to 4,549 units from previous year quarter total of 4,575 units, it saw a sharp drop of 8.6% from last quarter's total of 4,979 units. India Realty News

In Brief Citizenship project by Dallas Catholic Charities DALLAS: Catholic Charities of Dallas is trying to help immigrants who have traditionally faced barriers in becoming US citizens. It's kicking off the North Texas Citizenship Assistance Project at the Immigration and Legal Services office. The project will focus on helping naturalize legal permanent residents who are 65 and older, refugees and asylees, victims of crime and domestic violence and green card holders with physical or mental disabilities. The group is using a $100,000 federal grant. US Citizenship and Immigration Services said the money goes to help green card holders improve their English skills, learn about US history and government, and prepare for the naturalization process. -AP

Suspect in deaths of 4 at NC store in US illegally MOUNT AIRY, NC: Authorities say the suspect in the killing of four men outside a North Carolina store was in the U.S. illegally and had been deported before. Federal immigration officials told The Mount Airy News that 26-year-old Marcos Gonzalez was sent out of the county in 2007 after serving a prison sentence for kidnapping. Gonzalez is charged with four counts of murder in the Nov. 1 shootings in the parking lot of a television store in Mount Airy. Police Chief Dale Watson says he was disturbed to find out Gonzalez was deported after committing a violet crime. -AP

Neo-Nazis march on Arizona Capitol PHOENIX: Members of a neoNazi group marched and protested at the Arizona State Capitol over illegal immigration. National Socialist Movement member Steven Boswell called the gathering ``an American first rally'' and a demand that politicians put Americans first. About 100 people, some dressed in black and wearing arm patches, marched down Washington Street toward the Capitol near downtown Phoenix. They were met with shouts from protesters across the street. Police set up a barrier between two groups as they shouted back and forth for about an hour. -AP

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Eight illegals arrested in W Fargo WEST FARGO, ND: Authorities say a noise complaint led to the arrests of eight Fargo restaurant workers suspected of being illegal immigrants. West Fargo police arrested the men after investigating a noise complaint in a duplex. They were taken to the Cass County Jail pending checks on their immigration status. -AP

Immigration reform: Know the players MARIBEL HASTINGS

WASHINGTON, DC: When people talk in the abstract about undocumented immigrants - or, as some call them disdainfully, "illegals" - they don't think about the fact that these "invisible people" are in fact present every minute of every day. The food we bring to our mouths has been picked or processed by their hands. They serve or cook our meals in restaurants, take care of our children, clean the offices where we work, or own businesses we patronize. They are our neighbors, friends, relatives…the list goes on. Only in the world of Sheriff Joe Arpaio can you tell if someone is undocumented just by looking at him. The reality is that we're all mixed together. I don't like it when we talk about immigration reform "bringing people out of the shadows" because it makes them seem like criminals. They're not in the shadows, they're in plain sight-even though some people don't

want to see them or recognize their existence, and even though they have to live plagued by uncertainty from one day to the next. Over and over again, we've been told that immigration reform is coming, and it's beginning to seem like crying wolf. But our job now is to maintain the pressure on Washington to do something.

The central protagonists, clearly, are undocumented immigrants, who still haven't seen a "happy ending" to their situation. But the list of players is long. After all, a wide range of groups have immense interests at stake--which is one of the reasons it's so hard to arrive at an agreement on the issue. The group "undocumented im-

I don't like it when we talk about immigration reform ‘bringing people out of the shadows’ because it makes them seem like criminals The last debate over immigration reform was in 2007, and a lot has happened since then. Over the next few weeks we'll publish a series of articles profiling the major players in this real-life drama to explain who they are, what changes they've undergone since the last, failed attempt at reform, and how the interactions between them have changed.

migrants" includes those in a variety of situations. Two of the most painful are that of the youths brought to this country as young children, called the "DREAMers," and that of the agricultural workers who face some of the most dangerous working conditions in the country. However, we will also consider

faith communities; business interests; labor groups; law enforcement; pro-immigration activists; anti-immigrant groups; Congress, with its partisan divisions and special interests; and a White House that supports reform and is held by the same party that controls Congress, but relies in large part on the divided Congress to advance its agenda. At the moment, in fact, the battle over health-care reform has delayed any discussion of immigration reform, while the crisis of the undocumented continues. However, unlike past years, more police chiefs are speaking out each day in favor of immigration reform that returns responsibility for enforcing immigration law where it belongs: with the federal government. Maribel Hastings is a Senior Advisor at America's Voice. Visit her website at http://

DHS rescinds 'no-match' rules CYRUS D. MEHTA


ffective November 6, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is rescinding the final rules it promulgated in 2007 and 2008 relating to procedures that employers may take to acquire a safe harbor from receipt of "no-match" letters, which the Social Security Administration (SSA) sends to employers when the combination of an employee name and social security number does not match SSA records. DHS proposed to rescind the no-match rules on August 19, and is issuing this final rule without change. Implementation of the 2007 final rule was preliminarily enjoined by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on October 10, 2007. After further review, DHS said it will focus its enforcement efforts relating to the employment of unauthorized workers on improved verification, including participation in E-Verify, the ICE Mutual Agreement Between Government and Employers (IMAGE), and

other programs. DHS said that IMAGE is "designed to help the business community develop and implement hiring and employment verification best practices." USCIS said that "[t]hese tools focus on more universal compliance with the employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act than a safe harbor procedure

to find ways to take advantage of the system, regardless of whether the No-Match rules were in place." The agency said it focuses criminal and civil enforcement efforts against "the most egregious violators: employers who use unauthorized workers in order to gain a competitive advantage or those who exploit the vulnerable, often engaging in human trafficking and

The State Department's Visa Bulletin for November 2009 notes that demand from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services offices has far exceeded earlier indications of cases eligible for immediate processing for a limited number of employers who receive a No-Match letter." The agency said that a no-match letter is "reactive, either one specifically guided to the employment eligibility issue from ICE or one indirectly pointing to a potential employment eligibility issue through social security number record mismatches on tax filings through SSA." DHS also noted that "unscrupulous employers would continue

smuggling, identity theft, and social security number and document fraud"; and "employers in the Nation's critical infrastructure sites, including airports, seaports and power plants." The final rule is available at 2009/pdf/E9-24200.pdf. Many visa number cut-off dates not budging in November, State Dept. says

The State Department's Visa Bulletin for November 2009 notes that demand from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services offices has far exceeded earlier indications of cases eligible for immediate processing. As a result, the Department said, it has been necessary to hold most of the employment cut-off dates for November, and it is not possible to provide an estimate of future cut-off date movements. Regarding the employment fourth preference "certain religious workers" category, the Visa Bulletin notes that the non-minister special immigrant program expires on October 30, 2009. No SR-1, SR-2, or SR-3 visas may be issued overseas on or after October 30, 2009. Visas issued before that date may only be issued with a validity date of October 30, 2009, and all individuals seeking admission as a non-minister special immigrant must be admitted into the U.S. no later than midnight on October 30, 2009. Cont’d on page 39

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The other side of immigration horizons SHILPA P.GOKLANI

oed by an entire group of his new Indian colleagues to watch an 11 pm movie on a Monday night. "Hurry up" or "right now" are not intended to discipline the child, but synonyms of spontaneous Friday evening plan in India. "Spur of the moment" plans will not disarm him into a frustrated panic, but will help him realize how relaxed Indian creatures were born to be. Filled with the "Joy of Moment" Carpe diem will be his mantra- Seizing the moment, would be synonymous with seizing the entry in a crowded pub or seizing the crazy crowd scene at a Sunday Afternoon Brunch at an overtly expensive ho-

Its like India can echo and say: "We understand you want to come to our country, but NOW its time you define distinctly why tel. Seizing the moment would be checking out the elaborate wedding reception which he would keenly observe and capture in his camera. The admiration of flowers or the weather would get all erased by the very thought that all he ever ate or drank in India was 100% organic. The epitome of being organic would be at its highest peak. Organic food, organic relationships. India has significantly progressed in every avenue. Predictably, visa issues and permissions into India have begun to lead people in to the local 'garba'. It's not as easy as a dance for a foreigner to enter into India. An update on the immigration horizons unfolded

when Indian consulates decided to issue business visa only as determined by set guidelines by India's Ministry of Commerce and Industry, as recent as August 2009. This was reflected when it was further reported that "All foreign nationals holding business visa and working on projects or contracts in India should return to their home countries on expiry of their visas or by 31 October 2009, whichever is earlier to return to their home country and apply for an employment visa there ''. Indian Consulates will be issuing business visa only to those who qualify the set guidelines issued in August 2009 by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. Strict legislation to regulate working visas in every country is well required. From the Indian shores, emerging so significantly such thought process reflects and recognizes how the tide is flowing in the reverse direction. Evidently, India has been climbing the ladder to now possess the "greener pastures". Its like India can echo and say: "We understand you want to come to our country, but NOW its time you define distinctly why. Before you work on our precious shores, you must display a good reasoning. Our culture has progressed and our brains have further expanded. We understand that we are intelligent and will not be esteemed lightly. We are a confident generation. " Perhaps someday, the foreigner will almost get a glimpse of all the unseen stress and agony that transpires through the H1-B mind of the Indian who still thinks he got his " Lucky break " from the Indian shores version.

Guilty plea in fatal NY stabbing of immigrant RIVERHEAD, NY: A man who agreed to testify against his friends in a fatal gang attack on an Ecuadorean immigrant has pleaded guilty to hate crime charges, telling a judge he knew from the start they wouldn't ``get away with it.'' ``Throw away the knife,'' Nicholas Hausch says he pleaded with

Jeffrey Conroy as they and five others ran from the scene. Conroy insisted he had washed the blood off the weapon in a puddle, Hausch said, but he doubted they could fool authorities so easily - he had watched too many ``Law and Order'' episodes to believe that. “I said, 'we're not going to get

away with it,''' Hausch told the judge. Hausch, 18, pleaded guilty to four counts to settle a nine-count indictment, including conspiracy, gang assault, assault as a hate crime and attempted assault as a hate crime in the Nov. 8, 2008, killing of Marcelo Lucero.

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s a foreign national in the United States, the average H-1B guy is no stranger to the underlying agony that almost runs parallel to every thought process when he even attempts to think of a long term plan. "Will my job outlive the home mortgage payments? Should I even collect for a down payment? Will my job last up to the point that I can even finish the installments of the crazy 51 inch plasma TV? Should I date in my neighborhood only? I don't want to invest in a flight to check out the girl? Weekend dates will be spent more strategizing on the calendar. His calendar/wardrobe was never ruled by He did not even know that his social life deserved the dignity of a calendar. He chose from the likes of to or or! In the US, every plan has its roots in one decision, The God Ordained footsteps-which come under the guise of permissible visas, coupled with favor from respective companies - In short, the jobs. The "lucky breaks" which soon unfold as lucky only in India! Once reaching the US destination, it yet looks very very lucky, from Indian shores. However, what would happen, on the other side of shore. This time, a non-Indian has equal chance of experiencing the elaborate switching of gears, when he lands in India. Predictably, he will wean himself off from He may understand the plight of an unplanned social life, yet be boggled by the mystery of all the success and joy the Indian Social Life will bestow on him. He may encounter the frustration of a spontaneous "just like that" feeling, ech-


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Healthcare reforms continue to exclude immigrants ALICE DONG


hile we are on the brink of historic change in regards to our nation's haphazard health-care system, it is stunning that even these sweeping reforms will continue policies that exclude legal immigrants. With few exceptions, legal immigrants must live in the United States for a minimum of five years before they are eligible for Medicaid, and in many states, the Children's Health Insurance Program. Given that more than 60 percent of Asian Americans are foreign born and that more than 17 percent are uninsured, this provision hits our community particularly hard. This waiting period prevents many low-income, legal immigrants from obtaining quality health care. Without access to affordable health services, many of those in our community, including children, put off receiving care

until the problem is so severe that expensive emergency services are the only option. While emergency rooms cannot turn away uninsured or indigent patients, the cost of treating them shifts to everyone with health insurance.

Without access to affordable health services, many of those in our community, including children, put off receiving care until the problem is so severe Most proposals would make health-care subsidies available to legal immigrants - a bare-minimum given that they pay taxes - however, allowing them access to Medicaid and CHIP, instead of placing them in the insurance ex-

changes under consideration, will likely prove more cost-effective. Moreover, parents of children enrolled in CHIP pay less out-ofpocket than they likely would in private-run insurance plans while Medicaid provides low-income children with services bettersuited to their needs. With many legislators worrying about healthcare reform's price tag, removing the five-year bar could lower costs. Health-care reform promises great innovation but keeping in place a policy that perpetuates a more expensive health-care system will only stifle real reform. Lifting the five-year waiting period will make for a healthier America. We must tell Congress how important this provision is. Alice Dong is the health law policy staff attorney with the Asian American Justice Center in Washington, D.C.

Guilty plea in fatal NY stabbing of immigrant Cont’d from page 37

The case has focused attention on a decade-long animosity between the largely white population that settled on Long Island after World War II and a growing influx of Hispanics, many from Central and South America suspected of illegally entering the United States. He has agreed to testify in upcoming trials against the six others; the district attorney will then make a sentencing recommendation, but Hausch still could face a minimum of five years in prison. The U.S. Justice Department

announced in October that it has launched an investigation into hate crimes on eastern Long Island, focused particularly on police response. That followed a September report by the Southern Poverty Law Center that revealed ``a pervasive climate of fear in the Latino community'' in Suffolk County. Lucero, 37, was walking with a friend near the Patchogue train station at about midnight when they were confronted by the teenagers tooling around town allegedly looking for targets, a some-

what routine avocation for them, according to prosecutors. His friend ran away, but prosecutors say the teens surrounded Lucero, who tried desperately to fight back, smacking one of his assailants with his belt. Conroy, 18, is accused of plunging a knife into Lucero's chest before running away. Prosecutors say the other six were unaware of the stabbing until Conroy told them. Conroy, the only one facing murder charges, and the other remaining defendants have pleaded not guilty. -AP

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Colorado Supreme Court hears ID theft arguments DENVER: A massive raid on a Colorado tax business catering to immigrants was necessary to uncover the crime of identity theft and authorities needed the thousands of confidential documents they seized to build their case, Weld County attorneys said. The attorneys are asking the Colorado Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling that stopped an identity theft investigation that prosecutors said could lead to as many as 1,300 suspected illegal immigrants be-

ing charged. Prosecutors alleged the tax documents proved that those immigrants were working with false or stolen names and Social Security numbers. But an attorney for the ACLU, which successfully sued Weld County this year to prevent the district attorney from filing more cases, argued authorities violated people's privacy when they inspected as many as 5,000 confidential tax documents without having the names of specific suspects.

A judge had agreed with the ACLU, ruling that said the search warrant to inspect the tax documents lacked probable cause and violated people's privacy. Three other district judges issued similar rulings in cases that also stemmed from the probe. ``Look, there is no nice way to characterize this search. This is a classic fishing expedition,'' said Liz Harris, an ACLU attorney. Whether authorities broke the law with their investigative methods is at the heart of the case.-AP

DHS rescinds 'no-match' rules Cont’d from page 36

Regarding the employment fifth preference pilot categories (I5, R5), the immigrant investor pilot program was extended through October 30, 2009. I5 and R5 visas may be issued until the close of business on October 30, 2009, and may be issued for the full validity period. No I5-1, I5-2, I5-3, R5-1, R5-2, or R5-3 visas may be issued after October 30, 2009. The cut-off dates for the categories mentioned above have been listed as "Unavailable" for November. If there is legislative action extending one or both of these categories for fiscal year 2010, the Department said, those cut-off dates would become "Current" for November. As noted in article #2 above, Congress is about to extend those two categories for three years. The Visa Bulletin for November 2009 is available at http:// bulletin_4576.html.

State Dept. Issues DV-2011 Visa Lottery instructions On October 6, 2009, the Department of State announced that entries for the DV-2011 Lottery must be submitted electronically between noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Friday, October 2, 2009, and noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5) Monday, November 30, 2009. Applicants may access the electronic Diversity Visa (E-DV) Entry Form at during the registration period. Paper entries will not be accepted. The Department strongly encourages applicants not to wait until the last week of the registration period to enter. Heavy demand may result in Web site delays. No entries will be accepted after noon, EST, on November 30, 2009. All entries by an individual will be disqualified if more than one entry for that individual is received, regardless of who submitted the entry. For DV-2011, no countries have

been added or removed from the previous year's list of eligible countries. For DV-2011, natives of the following countries are not eligible to apply because the countries sent a total of more than 50,000 immigrants to the United States in the previous five years: Brazil, Canada, China (mainlandborn), Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam. Persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan are eligible. The full instructions, including details on eligibility and how to apply, are available at http:// pdf/E9-24077.pdf. * Cyrus D Mehta, may be contacted at 212-425-0555 or


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Tennessee HIVAIDS program has first waiting list CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.: Tennessee's assistance program for people with HIV and AIDS has a waiting list for the first time since it started in the early 1990s. Health officials told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that the drug- and insurance-assistance program has reached its capacity, due both to increased costs for many living with the disease and an increase in HIV cases. The state's AIDS Drug Assistance Program provides funding to help low-income people with HIV and AIDS receive medical services and costly drugs. The state's medical director for HIV-AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases, Dr. Carolyn Wester, said the program fortunately has ``had a chance to plan.'' -AP

„ Chicago vaccinates 51,000 against swine flu CHICAGO: Chicago Department of Public Health officials say they've vaccinated almost 51,000 people against the swine flu in seven days. The health department has seven vaccine sites across the city. The vaccinations are available for free to Chicago residents at increased risk for flu and flu complications. Those considered high-risk include pregnant women, people 6 months to 24 years of age, people who live with or care for infants younger than 6 months and adults with certain health conditions. -AP

„ Health care co-op being organized in 11 counties BISMARCK, N.D.: A group is attempting to set up a health care cooperative that would include most of North Dakota's oil-producing counties. ``It's bizarre, I think, that folks sitting over one of the greatest treasure troves of energy in the world can't afford health care,'' said Bill Patrie, a former North Dakota economic development director who chairs the new cooperative. The planning cooperative, which was incorporated last March, is named for one of its directors, Dr. Herbert Wilson, a retired Bismarck physician who spent most of his career working on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. -AP

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House votes strict ban on abortion subsidies WASHINGTON: A bipartisan House coalition voted to prohibit coverage of abortions in a new government-run health care plan that Democrats would establish to compete with private insurers. Details on page 41

Expanding drug treatment: Is US ready to step up? NEW YORK: Based on the rhetoric, America's war on drugs seems poised to shift into a more enlightened phase where treatment of addicts gains favor over imprisonment of low-level offenders. Questions abound, however, about the nation's readiness to turn the talk into reality. The economic case for expanding treatment, especially amid a recession, seems clear. Study after study concludes that treating addicts, even in lengthy residential programs, costs markedly less than incarcerating them, so budgetstrapped states could save millions. The unmet need for more treatment also is vast. According to federal data, 7.6 million Americans needed treatment for illicit drug use in 2008, and only 1.2 million or 16 percent - received it. But the prospect of savings on prison and court costs hasn't produced a surge of new fiscal sup-

port for treatment. California's latest crisis budget, for example, strips all but a small fraction of state funding away from a successful diversion and treatment program that voters approved in 2000. ``It's easy to talk a good game about more treatment and helping people,'' said Scott Burns, executive director of the National District Attorneys Association. ``But

Many states have yet to impose effective systems for evaluating programs, a crucial issue in a field where success is relative and relapses inevitable. ``Fifty percent of clients who enter treatment complete it successfully - that means we're losing half,'' said Raquel Jeffers, director of New Jersey's Division of Addiction Ser-

Study after study concludes that treating addicts, even in lengthy residential programs, costs markedly less than incarcerating them, so budget-strapped states could save millions it smashes head on into reality when they don't put their money where their mouth is.'' Money aside, the treatment field faces multiple challenges. At many programs, counselors - often former addicts themselves - are low-paid and turnover is high.

vices. ``We can do better.'' The appointment of treatment expert Tom McLellan as deputy director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy in April was seen as part of a shift of priorities for the drug czar's office.

McLellan said he sees greater openness to expanding treatment but also deep misunderstanding or ignorance about scientific advances in the field and the need to integrate it into the health care system. Most Americans, he suggested, have an image of drug treatment formed from the movies - a ``cartoon treatment'' involving emotional group encounters - and are unaware of a new wave of medications and other therapies that haven't gained wide use despite proven effectiveness ``For the first time, it can truly be said that we know what to do - we know the things that work,'' he said. ``But do we have the economic and political willingness to put them into place? If we do, we'll see results.'' McLellan, insisting he's not ``a wild-eyed liberal,'' said expanding treatment wouldn't negate the war on drugs. Cont’d on page 41

Traditional healthcare for bottom of pyramid: Pitroda India Post News Service

NEW DELHI: Indian healthcare system has shown great improvement over the years with remarkable improvements in some of the important healthcare indices. But there are bigger challenges ahead, including the vital one of taking improved healthcare facilities to the masses. For a comprehensive solution to our healthcare shortcomings, we need to adopt the traditional Indian model in the healthcare system, said Sam Pitroda, Chairman of the National Knowledge Commission, Government of India, at a health summit organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) here. In his keynote address at the two-day 6th India Health Summit 'Taking Quality Healthcare to the Masses', Pitroda proposed a ten-point agenda to reach out to the 'bottom of the pyramid', and defended the need for adopting the traditional

healthcare system for the masses, saying the Western method of healthcare reaches only the 'top of the pyramid'. While stressing the need to form healthcare communication and healthcare education, and research facilities related to health, Pitroda said the key is to lay out a plan to implement the target.

Pitroda also said that the government is prepared to collaborate but, "more importantly, we need a viable plan. "There is a lot of potential in the sector, but it's time we needed a comprehensive approach in taking quality and affordable healthcare facilities to the

Pitroda defended the need for adopting the traditional healthcare system for the masses, saying the Western method of healthcare reaches only the 'top of the pyramid Sam Pitroda

Pitroda also called for setting up working groups at state levels, particularly at district levels, to ensure wider reach of healthcare facilities. "If we do not have a plan ready for the state and district levels, we can expect little success in this regard," he maintained.

grassroots level, he added. Earlier, in his special address, Dr Prathap C Reddy, chairman of the CII National Committee on Healthcare, and chairman of the Apollo Hospitals Group, called for the need to accelerate momentum for allowing access to the

masses. He also stressed the need for building newer healthcare solutions for a better tomorrow. Bhavdeep Singh, Chairman of the 6th Health Summit, and CEO of Fortis Healthcare Limited, said there is a call for action to meet the requirement of healthcare facilities. He called for the need to enhance technology to catalyze the growth and reach, better accountability, preventive rather than curative approach. In his concluding remarks, Tejpal Chopra, Co-chairman of the 6th Health Summit, and President and CEO of GE India, said the healthcare industry's growth is very critical for India. He even called for a collaborative approach to find a solution for the bottom of the pyramid. Earlier in his welcome address, Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII, outlined CII's agenda on healthcare including public health, healthcare services and delivery, and medical technology.

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Anita's Fresh Eats full of 'Falafels' India Post News Service

LOS ANGELES: For years Anita Parekh has cooked delicious, healthy, Middle eastern-inspired food for her family and friends, and she eventually decided she'd like more people to share in this fantastic cuisine. Thus, in August 2009, "Fresh Eats" was born. Her first venture

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was at the Indian Independence Mela, where the crowd couldn't get enough of her famous falafel sandwiches. By the end of their

first day, Anita and Fresh Eats had completely sold out of falafels! So, what are "Falafels"? Falafels are fried patties made from a spiced chickpea mix, which are usually put into a pita bread wrap and smothered in a yoghurt and mint sauce, with lots of fresh salad on top. This simple, yet delicious culinary delight is enjoyed the world over as a snack or as part of a main meal. How is the Fresh Eats philosophy different? "Fresh Falafel Mix" is unique: it is handmade using only the freshest ingredients, it is high in protein and dietary fiber and contains no artificial flavours or colourings. What's more, "Fresh Falafel Mix" creates an ideal meal for vegetarians, vegans and those who can't eat gluten - offering an exciting alternative to boring soya products and one which never compromises on taste!

Expanding drug treatment: Is US ready to step up? Cont’d from page 40

The Future of Fresh Eats? Given the success of her famous falafel sandwiches, Anita will soon be launching a wider variety of products. In the meantime, you can pick up "Fresh Falafel Mix" from Indian grocery stores in Artesia, Tustin and Glendale. The mix is easy to make, by following the simple instructions on the carton, and if you want more detailed information - just visit the website at

``Law enforcement is necessary, but it's not sufficient,'' he said. ``You need effective preventive services, addiction and mental health services integrated with the rest of medicine. You shouldn't have to go to some squalid little place across the railroad tracks.'' By federal count, there are more than 13,640 treatment programs nationwide, ranging from worldclass to dubious and mostly operating apart from the mainstream health-care industry. Dr. H. Westley Clark, director of the federal Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, said his agency wants states to develop better measurements of programs' performance. ``The data shows treatment saves money - a $1 spent to $4 or $7 saved,'' Clark said. ``If you're an altruist, making treatment available is a good thing. If you're a narcissist, it's a good thing - you'd pay less in taxes.'' Treatment advocates are closely watching Congress, hoping the pending health care over-

haul will expand insurance coverage for substance abuse programs. Recent federal data indicates that 37 percent of those seeking treatment don't get it because they can't pay for it - and many land in prison. The work force in drug treatment is, for the most part, modestly paid, with counselors often earning less than the $40,000 per year that it costs to keep an inmate in prison in many states. ``Some of the stigma that goes with addiction adheres to the staff as well,'' Jeffers said. ``Most agencies are trying to do right - but the field is getting increasingly complicated. The business skills that are needed aren't always the same skills that make a good clinician.'' Yet generally, front-line counselors win high praise - especially the ex-addicts who bring savvy and credibility to the job. ``People in the field weren't driven to it by the money or glamour, but often by personal experience or that of a loved one,'' said Keith Humphreys, a treatment expert from Stanford University now working for the drug czar's office. -AP



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ARIES Mar 21-Apr 20 Expect some serious prosperity from now and on. Project you had been working on will be accepted opening new doors. A new member will be added in the family soon. You will also overcome few difficulties in life. Mind will stay calm and you will make excellent choices this week. Hard work and patience will yield rich rewards in very near future.

LEO Jul 23-Aug 22 Deal will be good in short as well as long term. You will make new friends and one of them will give you good leads. Sibling will call to give you very good news. You will spend money on an upcoming trip also. You will be tempted to take a big risk but something will pull you back on last minute. You will relish your favorite items this week.


November 13 to November 19

Business will pick up suddenly and things will be better at work. Jupiter's transit in ninth brings an end to lots of uncertainty clouding your mind in the past. You may visit a holy place or making some contribution to a noble cause. Expect some last minute delay in ongoing legal matters. Isn't it time to get in touch with old friends and relatives.

New laws to curb street violence in Australian state MELBOURNE: New laws giving more teeth to police to crack down on street violence were introduced in the Australian state of Victoria, which was hit by a series of attacks on Indian students in recent months. Police and Emergency Services Minister Bob Cameron said the laws, introduced by the state par-

munities safe so that people can enjoy public spaces," Cameron was quoted as saying by the AAP news agency. The new police powers include tougher random search powers for weapons in designated areas, the power for police to tell people to move on from certain areas and onthe-spot fines for disorderly or drunken behavior. Cameron said senior ‘Anti-social behavior has no police officers will be empowered to declare desigplace on our streets and nated areas, such as enterthese new laws introduced tainment precincts and railby our government will help way stations, on the basis keep Victorian communities of past evidence and police intelligence about the safe so that people can use of weapons. enjoy public spaces’ "Police will also have the power to use the new liament, will boost the ability of search laws when an immediate Victoria Police to deal with drunk- response to an incident is necesenness, disorder in public places sary in order to protect public and violence. safety," he said. Cameron said laws "Anti-social behavior has no enabling searches for weapons place on our streets and these new have been strengthened to help laws introduced by our govern- protect policemen in the line of ment will help keep Victorian com- duty. -PTI

TAURUS Apr 21-May 20 There will be big change on financial front. Suddenly you will feel relieved. Expenses will stay under control and new opportunity will bring in extra cash. You will be slowly planning a trip also. Do not disclose your strategy to every one right away. Planets in third will make you take some courageous steps to get out of rat race.

VIRGO Aug 23-Sept 22 Changes may start taking place at work. Some of you will be offered opportunity little away from home. Pending issues with government are about to be decided in your favor. You will be paying more attention to spouse and try to entertain more often. Some of you may decide to appear and start preparing for a highly competitive exam.

CAPRICORN Dec 23-Jan 19 Jupiter will bring financial relief. Money stuck for long can also come this week. You may be able to get out of the project or a property draining you out for long. People in power will extend helping hand and will really deliver. You may also replace an old vehicle with newer model. Issue involving a child will get quickly resolved to satisfaction.

GEMINI May 21-Jun 20 You will spend lots of time on phone and writing emails. Commitments made long ago will keep draining you out financially. Health will be better and you will be more confident about your actions. Meetings will go very well and you will be given green signal also. Spouse may not agree on everything but support you on major ones.

LIBRA Sept 23-Oct 22 Uncertainty will clear in career and you will escape the worst. Jupiter's aspect on Saturn will bring an end to lots of anxiety and bring peace in mind. Some of you will be shifted to another position at job. Money wise you will continue to do fine and find time and resources to entertain yourself. You will be in great demand at the get together.

AQUARIUS Jan 20-Feb 18 Right help is only a phone call away. Once again things will start moving in right. You will receive useful tips and leads from a matured and elderly person. Business will pick up suddenly and you will be more optimistic about life. You may get out of a bad relationship also. You will call few old friends and arrange a small party at your place.

CANCER Jun 21-Jul 22 You will be spending lots of money on family. Some money will also go towards a future trip. You may be suggested minor surgery to overcome a health issue bothering for quite some time. Stick your terms and soon the others will agree. Spouse may have some unnecessary fears in mind, talking will really help calm things down.

SCORPIO Oct 23-Nov 22 Some of you may feel discontent with the changes at work and start looking for a new and better environment. You will be taking more interest in a child and try to resolve important issues. Some one from a different culture will make an interesting offer. You may be confused whether to go on a trip. It will be better to think twice before actions.

PISCES Feb 19-Mar 20 Some of you may need to travel out of state for business purpose. Listen to spouse carefully, the idea is not bad. Money wise you will stay comfortable and meet all commitments on time. Strong Venus can take you closer to an adventurous person. New job offer will not be bad and you may be slightly reluctant to take the risk at this point in life.

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November 20, 2009

Page Sponsored by Sahanis My practice did not suffer because I could continue my practice in office and still perform surgery at one of the neighboring hospitals. It so happened that I now have privilege to work at a bigger and better hospital. In the process I resigned from the hospital in question. But I have still to deal with the aftershocks of the initial quake that shook my life. My practice is better than before, yet I feel there is a scar in my life.

Contd from last week t has been a few days since I wrote my last column. Much has happened since then in my life and I think I owe an explanation to the readers of this column and to the India Post team that has been so patient for as many days. Everything was going smoothly. Life at home was marvelous. Life at work was great. I was about to write my column on Acceptance. This was the last column to be in the Dharma Profile series. And right at this moment something happened at work. A complaint was lodged against me. It had nothing to do with patient care and it had nothing to do with sexual harassment. I am making it clear here because these are the two bad ones in the profession of medicine. The complaint had no real basis. Yet it led to a lot of upheavals. I needed a lawyer. My friends outside the hospital were extremely supportive.



I realized that it is easy to accept results when they come good and they come easy. It is easy to give lectures to others and tell them that they need to accept results as they come

So, why should I stop writing the columns in the Gita series in the paper? Here was my dilemma. I planned to write an article on Acceptance and I was unable to accept what had happened to me. It would have been easier for me to write an article on this subject when I could accept most things in my life prior to this event. Things were going great. Why would I not be able to accept whatever comes my way? I realized that it is easy to accept results when they come good and they come easy. It is easy to give

unanimously found that the whole event was a misunderstanding and that the complaint was almost completely dismissed. As you might imagine nothing gets completely dismissed. My whole existence was asking this question all the time. How could this happen to me? Why did this happen to me? I have always been writing in my columns to take these as situations and then it is easier to deal with the crisis. I wrote the column on Vishad yoga: an art of crisis management. A major crisis happened in my life

sources. It started from the family which included my wife, my son, my daughter, my son-in-law and my daughter-in-law. I got total support of my office staff. By and by things have started to look up and so far I am better off than when I started. The game is still going on. But, now I am at peace with myself and have in the process understood the meaning and significance of Acceptance in life. We shall continue these columns and hopefully will not have a break in future. To be continued

day to day life instances, the sense of limitation makes us suffer and the elimination of this sense of limitation gives us Ananda, joy. Every action is driven by this need, to get connected to the whole. In other words to remove the feeling of separation. This is the secret of the motivation behind any discipline of

am, to my fellow beings. So if 'getting connected' or 'to be included' by some action is the secret of happiness, what shall I do, to feel happy all the time? Because any action is limited, a limited action can produce only a limited result. Also, why does one feel the urge to get connected all the time?

of separation from water? It just needs to know that all the time it is water. So this is what the Veda says, one is happy by nature, one is not limited by anything, you are the limitless! If that is so why do I not see this fact? Well, it is a question of understanding. For any understanding to take place, one needs preparation, preparation of mind. That is why one goes to school and then to college. Similarly we seek help, when we understand our limitations in our ability or resources. But when everybody around is limited in their capacity to help whom shall we turn to? Swamiji drew the example of Arjuna seeking help from Lord Krishna here. After all we are all warriors like Arjuna fighting our own individual battle. According to Swami Dayananda, seeking help is intelligent living. This is what a scientist does when he uses a microscope to see micro organisms. We need the help from the being who has all the wealth and all the knowledge. Prayer is the means to seek that help.

Prayer, or seeking help is intelligent living SWAMI PRATYAGBODHANANDA SARASWATI

mode all the time, to be happy. We feel joy when being 'included' or 'get connected' to the whole. We want to be part of a group. If somebody does not recognize and say hi, that is a reason for unhappiness. If we look at our

and I was shaken. I looked inside me constantly to see how the process was affecting my interiority. This is the reality. My relations with Gita came to help me in my life. I was frozen in the beginning like Arjun was in the first chapter. I soon realized that I have to wake up, accept and then deal with the situation as best as I could. What has happened is not going to change. I soon realized that help could come from unlimited

Meaning & significance of Acceptance in life


he universal perception of every individual is that I am a different, limited and insignificant being. Everybody feels he has been cornered by events in life and he is in a corner. Even though everybody feels this way, nobody can accept this feeling or be happy about it either. Hence everybody is in fighting

lectures to others and tell them that they need to accept results as they come. This event shook me up. I was full of denials inside. I could not accept it for a while. Every cell in my body and existence rejected the whole idea of accepting what had just happened. There was no time to getting used to the event. It all happened so suddenly. The complaint was investigated into by an ad hoc committee. They

We need the help from the being who has all the wealth and all the knowledge. Prayer is the means to seek that help study or any seva, social service. There is joy in helping somebody in distress. One crosses the sense of limitation at one's level of identification, whether it is home, community or the whole nation. The larger the perimeter of one's identification, the more sensitive I

While the identifications are at relative levels, according to Vedanta, it is possible to have an absolute identification. The sense of isolation can be removed by the understanding that there is no real separation. For the broken iceberg, is there a cause

Advance, and never halt, for advancing is perfection. Advance and do not fear the thorns in the path, for they draw only corrupt blood. Kahlil Gibran Man goes far away or near but God never goes far-off; he is always standing close at hand, and even if he cannot stay within he goes no further than the door. Meister Eckhart A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker. -Buddha It is necessary to help others, not only in our prayers, but in our daily lives. If we find we cannot help others, the least we can do is to desist from harming them. -Dalai Lama A 'No' uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a 'Yes' merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble. -Mohandas Gandhi As an eagle, weary after soaring in the sky, folds its wings and flies down to rest in its nest, so does the shining Self enter the state of dreamless sleep, where one is freed from all desires. -Brihadaranyaka Upanishad Give, and it shall be given to you. For whatever measure you deal out to others, it will be dealt to you in return. -Bible

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India civil-military relations in focus FIRDAUS AHMED


ecently, the Indian Army the government's moves cannot out for reasons that have held Chief is reported to have be known with any certainty, and back India even in the past - the said that the "US has not therefore, giving the benefit of economy, US presence, and the allowed a second 9/11 to happen. doubt is warranted. The govern- nuclear shadow. However, surgical strikes Indonesia has not allowed a sec- ment is using the Chief's broad ond Bali bombing to happen. In- shoulders to unmistakably con- against any of the 5000 targets, a dia has allowed people to get vey to Pakistan that India is list of which the Air Force Westaway after the Parliament attack, poised precariously on its prover- ern Command Chief has claimed has been drawn up, is possible. the Delhi blasts and finally 26/11. bial 'tolerance threshold'. This could perhaps be suppleNevertheless, even as an acaIt's time for all of us to say, 'no more'." demic exercise, it is worth probing mented with Army action across In the light of weightier civil- what the juncture implies. Keep- the Line of Control, so that all sermilitary issues however, both ing civil-military relations under vices can be part of the action. analogies are inappropriate and periodic scrutiny, helps keep mili- Would this make sense in a situation in which Pakistan not worth pondering. currently finds itself? But it might be useful The expectation to consider if this is that India can pull off indeed a defining Israel-like punishing air juncture in India's strikes is to mistake a civil-military relanuclear-armed state tions. with Palestinian nonThe context is the state actors. Since forthcoming annivermadrasas can reasonsary of 26/11, which ably be expected to be India would hope will part of jihadi training pass without incicomplexes, images of dent. The urgency bloodied madrasa chilowes to the worsendren on CNN will be a ing situation in PakiChief of the Army Staff Deepak Kapoor during a seminar on political debacle best stan. It is possible Network Centricity and National Security at DRDO avoided. that the government Bhawan in New Delhi Thirdly, in case Inis mounting pressure on Pakistan to rein in the jihadis tarization in check and democracy dia has not foreclosed its options, then credibility of the minister and to the extent it can. This explains in good health. Firstly, the statement was made the Chief, and in turn that of India, the Home Minister's earlier warning that "If Pakistan attempts to at a CII-Army seminar. This indi- will suffer. With credibility at stake, send terrorists into India again; cates the vested interests of cor- the pressures for the military opIndia will not only foil those at- porate India and external arms deal- tion would increase. This would be in addition to the tempts but also give them a crush- ers, in arming India. ing response." This is not surprising consid- right-wing pressures that would be This 'good cop-bad cop' rou- ering that the Minister of Defense strident, in the hope of regaining tine has helped balance out the has indicated that India is likely the ground lost in recent electoral battles. Therefore, even if the opPrime Minister's offer of friendship tion is open, it has been virtually to Pakistan on his trip to the ValCan the military make foreclosed. ley late last month. This brings to the fore the most The Army Chief made his state- pronouncements on important question - can the miliment in the presence of the Ministary make pronouncements on ter of State for Defense, the provo- policy choices? While policy choices? While it can discation for which seems to have it can discuss and cuss and advise on various opbeen the news that the latest tertions; making choices in demoror plan, a plot busted by the FBI advise on various cratic systems are a patently poin the US, was to target India's presoptions; making litical prerogative. tigious National Defense College. Military positions on issues The statement made by the choices in democratic command credibility that a govpresent Chairman of the Chiefs of systems are a patently ernment would find hard to chalStaff Committee is in keeping with lenge. The leaking of the the precedent set by the previous political prerogative MacChrystal report is an example COSC Chairman, Admiral Sureesh Mehta, of making policy-influenc- to spend US$50 billion over the of civil-military relations in the US. In the current circumstance, ing pronouncements such as his middle-term. Of consequence is recent address at a National Mari- what this implies for policy were the government to choose time Foundation lecture regarding choices. This can only be to fa- the saner option once again, it cilitate military expenditure in pur- would reflect in bad light the opinIndia's China policy. But is India capable of such fi- suit of capabilities, allowing In- ion generated, albeit inadvertnesse in signaling? Answering dia to prevail, in case of the exer- ently, by the Chief's remarks, in this question in the 'affirmative' cise of a military option - inevita- favor of an overtly militarized rewould mean treating the Chief's bility since the Chief has spoken. sponse. While not over dramatizing Secondly, one needs to quesstatement as a departure in civilmilitary norms as an attempt to tion whether the Home Minister's these developments, the lessons generate conflict where there is and Chief's utterances have sealed they may have to offer will only India's policy choices. High-end serve to deepen India's democracy none. Whether there is a plan behind options, such as war, can be ruled and military professionalism.

India Post Writing on the wall


n the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Communism seems to be crumbling in India too. Even at best of times, Communist-led Left Front used to dominate in the states of West Bengal and Kerala only. In the recent by-elections, however, it has been routed in these strongholds too losing all but one of the 13 constituencies that went to the polls. This follows the humiliating loss in the 2009 Parliament elections in May this year. That the Naxalites have become strong in 20 states also shows that the Communists have lost even the ideological battle. Having ruled the state of West Bengal for 32 years, they had become comfortable in power. Their tactics of controlling the rural areas though party musclemen have been exposed and Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress has taken full advantage offering an alternative to CPM misrule. The real problems of the people were not addressed. The guiding central wing of the party occupied itself with fighting everything that smelt of co-operation with the US, apart from the much publicised opposition to the civil nuclear cooperation deal. Even now, when the UPA government has belatedly announced 10 percent divestment in profit-making public sector units, the Left parties have been strident in their criticism. Living in the past, the Indian Left parties are refusing even to take a leaf out of their Chinese brethren's book. In a recent article, China was described as a capitalist nation ruled by a communiststyle party in the name of socialism. They are changing for the benefit of the nation, its people, and now are challenging even the US as a world superpower. Even ideologically, Indian communists have surrendered the ground of taking up the cause of the poor and downtrodden to the Naxalites, who are making a mockery of communist rule by attacks in West Bengal. The people of the state also seem tired of the Left's dominance. The CPM is unable to do much to stop the massive erosion of its electoral base. And it finds itself incapable of explaining why the debacle is taking place. Much removed from realty, it continues to mouth party platitudes. The normally voluble Left ideologues are tongue-tied. The clean sweep by Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress is also seen as a prelude to CPM's exit in the next assembly elections and the dawning of a new political era in West Bengal. The recent violence by the Naxalites has drawn the attention of the country to the plight of the tribals. The government has even talked of a military solution if the violence does not stop. The Naxalite ideology has taken root in the tribal belt mainly because of the exploitation of their land and habitat by the big corporations for mining. They have been allowed to do so by the government in the name of development and by the promise that such activity will provide employment to the people it displaces. Messages have gone out that the government will support development and help meet needs of the people. Their security will be enhanced and they will get schools, roads and hospitals. "It is untrue," says the celebrated sympathiser of the fight of the tribals. "Most of the money goes into the bank accounts of the mining corporations. Less than 10 percent comes to the public exchequer. A very tiny percentage of the displaced people get jobs, and those who do, earn slave wages to do humiliating, backbreaking work. By caving in to this paroxysm of greed, we are bolstering other countries' economies with our ecology." The situation is a big indictment of the squabbling Left parties.

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