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Gwinnett Teen Held After Bringing Gun To School

Atlanta, GA: A Gwinnett County high school student is facing charges after being caught with a

gun inside the school. A school administrator at Lanier High School received a tip and that a student may have a weapon on campus. The school administration moved quickly to investigate and during the search, a gun was found in a student’s possession. In addition to criminal charges for having a weapon on campus, the student also will face disciplinary action. School principal Christopher Martin sent this letter to parents about the situation. “As you know, we take our students’ safety very seriously at Lanier High School. As principal, I wanted to make you aware of a situation that occurred today (Thursday). Our administrators received a tip that a student may have a weapon on campus. We moved quickly to investigate and during our search we did find that a student had a gun in his possession. In addition to criminal charges for having a weapon on campus, the student also will face disciplinary action. News of a weapon on campus us unsettling for us, especially in light of the tragic events yesterday (Wednesday) in Florida. As you all know, we have security measures in place at our school. However, we can never underestimate the role we all, students, parents and teacher, play in keeping our school safe and in contributing to the overall success of our school. Thank you to those who reported information about the situation as it allowed us to address this quickly and efficiently. I encourage you to continue to come to us when there are concerns that relate to student safety.”

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Gas Station Owner Killed, Another Injured During Shooting Rampage In Rome, Georgia Washington: (IANS) A gas station owner was killed and another man critically injured when a convicted gunman opened fire at two convenience stores, minutes apart, in Rome, Georgia. Parmjit Singh, 44, was shot multiple times last month at his Hi-Tech Quick Stop on Burnett Ferry Road. The father of two high school students was pronounced dead on the scene, the US media reported. The gunman was identified as 28-year-old Lamar Rashad Nicholson. The police said there was no robbery or altercation in the first incident, reported. Just 10 minutes later, Nicholson visited another convenience store, Elm Street Food and Beverage, and stole money before shooting 30-year-old clerk Parthey Patel in the torso, the police said. “For whatever reason after he stuffed his pockets full of money he shot the clerk anyway,” Rome Police Lt. John Walters told Fox News. Patel was in critical condition at Floyd

County Medical Centre, but has now been transferred to another hospital. Nicholson was later arrested on multiple charges including murder, aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm while committing a crime and use of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was being held without bond in the Parmjit Singh Floyd County Jail. Nicholson, a convicted felon, was not charged with robbery in the first shooting. The police said footage from the initial location showed that the gunman just walked into the store and fired three shots at Singh, who was behind the counter.

Another employee, a female, was standing off to the side and was not injured. The gunman was in the store for less than 12 seconds, the police said. Nicholson was arrested just a few weeks ago for violently snatching up his 3-year-old daughter by the arm, according to a report from the Floyd County sheriff’s office. He faced charges of child cruelty, disorderly conduct and simple battery in connection with that incident. Parmjit Singh’s brother-in-law Harry Singh remembered him as a “personable man who was friendly with everyone he met”. Harry Singh told that his brother-in-law started out driving limousines in New York before moving to Michigan to get into the convenience store business. “He moved to Georgia about five years ago to be closer to family and ended up owning two stores in Rome, one on Martha Berry Boulevard and another on Burnett Ferry Road, where he died.”

Shashi Kapoor, Sridevi Remembered At Oscars 2018

Los Angeles: (IANS) Indian cinema icon Shashi Kapoor and India’s first female superstar Sridevi were honored at the 90th Academy Awards ceremony here during the “In Memoriam” montage. The Indian stars got a musical tribute by Eddie Vedder who took the stage to sing Tom Petty’s “Room at the top”. Actress Jennifer Garner introduced the segment by paying tribute to late star Audrey Hepburn. “There is no joy without sorrow,” Garner said, and then acknowledged the loss of film world with the departed souls.

They were included in the annual montage along with stars such as John Heard, Tony Anne Walker, Jane Foray, Robert Osborne, Martin Landau, Glenne Headly, Roger Moore, George A. Romero and Jerry Lewis. With Jimmy Kimmel as a host, the ceremony was held at the Dolby Theatre here on Sunday night.


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Da-Bangg The Tour- Reloaded: Salman Khan And Bollywood Glitterati To Descend On Atlanta This June BY VEENA RAO Photos by Photography by Vinod

L to R: Amisha Popatiya and A.R. Paracha.

Atlanta, GA: Fans of Salman Khan in the Southeast USA are in for a spectacular treat, as the megastar and a galaxy of Bollywood glitterati are set to descend on the Infiniti Energy Center in Duluth on Friday, June 22. Announcing the launch of ‘Da-Bangg The Tour- Reloaded’ at a VIP reception and press conference at the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North on February 25, A.R. Paracha of Paracha Entertainment said the mega US tour would kick off in Atlanta, and would be the only show in all of Southeast USA. Accompanying Salman on the tour are his leading ladies Katrina Kaif, Jacqueline Fernandes, Sonakshi Sinha and Daisy Shah, dancing star Prabhu Deva, popular television host Manish Paul and a troupe of 140 artistes and technical crew. The Atlanta show is presented by Prosperous Entertainment, Paracha Entertainment and 27th Investment. “Salman is bigger than anybody else in cinema today. This show will rock the city. It will be something that people will remember for a long time,” Paracha said, adding that the Southeast now has the population base and a venue of the perfect size (Infiniti Energy Center), to host mega events. Paracha and his co-host for the evening, Amisha Popatiya of Prosperous Entertainment, thanked the sponsors, who they said “are the biggest muscle” for an event of this size. Paracha promised them a huge presence for their brands. “There will be a lot of marketing in the coming months,” Paracha said. “There will be moving billboards in heavy traffic centers like the Global Mall and Patel Brothers, commercials in major cinemas running Bollywood movies, and heavy print and social media marketing in multiple states.” “For the first time, we are organizing teams

Kalpesh Patel (center) with the organizers. in all major cities of the southeast. In addition to our office at the Global Mall in Atlanta, we will have local city offices in Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina. Buses will be chartered to bring people into Atlanta. We will have hotels close to the venue where people can get discounts,” Paracha added. He said the ticket price range was kept affordable at $59 to $1500 because they wanted to make it easy for people to be part of the ground-breaking show. “The venue is such that no matter where you sit, you will have a fabulous experience,” he said. Prosperous Entertainment is also presenting ‘Da-Bangg The Tour- Reloaded’ in New Jersey. Paracha Entertainment has another show coming up this spring- Atif Aslam and Neha Kakkar Live in Concert on Sunday, April 29 at the Fox theater, Atlanta.

Local media representatives with the organizers.

Sanam Azeem (center) with Fozia and Natasha Paracha.


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Neelambari Concert Showcases 10 Genres Of Indian Music


Atlanta, GA: Musical waves of various Indian genres breezed through the packed hall of Duluth High School on February 10 2018, at Swar-Tarang, an annual event presented by Atlanta’s musical group, Neelambari. Conceptualized by Satish Menon, Swar -Tarang stayed true to its mission, showcasing 10 distinct forms of Indian music ranging from Hindustani to Carnatic, from Goan to Baul genres in their original, raw form and then, the popular adaptations of the original. Emcees for the evening, Beena Kumar, Geethu Venugopal, and Swapna Menon, artists in their own right, engaged and entertained the audience. The evening began with the Carnatic genre (with a teacher-student setting in its elementary form) by Srinath Kalavichirattil, Manasa, Pallavi and Shreya, “Ye Naadamulo” in Nattai Raagam and Adi Taalam. A composition of Dr. M Balamuralikrishna in Varnam by Srinath Kalavichiratti and Mridangam by Ravi Menon followed. The adaptation in the semi-classical, “Antholanam Dholanam” by Sathish Menon and Geethu Venugopal concluded the Carnatic style. The next genre, Bhakti Sangeet, was presented as a bhajan in “Sri Ramchandra Kripalu” by Beena Kumar, Christian Devotional in “Nithya Vishudhayam” by Sunny Thaliath, and Sufi in “Kun Faya Kun” by Anand Nair and Anish Nair. The folk music genre was presented as Naattupura Paadalkal in” Mankuyile Poonkuyile / Inji Idupazhaga / Panju Mittai Selai Katti” by Sivakumar Sivashanmugam and Anupama Das, Marathi/Rajasthani in “Pinga/Ghoomar” by Medha Madangarli and Pallavi Das, Maajhi in “Kalakalam Kaayalolangal” by Raghu Kottil, and Baul in “Saawan ka mahina” by Anil Nath and Suma Curuppath. The Hindustani Sangeet genre in Aalaap, Khayyaal, Tarana by Ranjith Nambiar, Parvathy Praveen and Karan Menon, Bandish in “Albela Sajan Aayo Re” by Sathish Menon and Vyshali Menon, Qawwali, in Mehruba Mehruba by Manasa Prasad & Shreya Sunil, Mujrah in Salami Ishq by Sathish Menon and Beena Kumar, and Ghazal, by Sathish Menon followed. In the New Gen Music genre, two songs in the popular sub-category,”Thuli Thuli” by Srinath Kalavichirattil and Dil Diyan Gallan by Anand Nair, “Rasaali”´in Fusion by Srinath Kalavichirattil and Geethu Venugopal were presented. In the Rabindra Sangeet genre, “Ekla Chalo Re” in its authentic form by Rajesh Menon and “Piyu Bole” by Anil Nath and Vyshali Menon were the picks. Sopana Sangeetham genre had Kathakali Padam by Satish Menon, and Swathi Padam by Geethu Venugopal. In the Goan Dulpod genre, “Galyan Sankli Sonyachi” was presented in authentic form by Rajesh Menon and Geetha Menon and “Marugo Marugo” in the popular version by Padmanabhan Kurumpanai and Salini Shajeev. In the Bollywood Music genre, “Didi tera dewar” by Srinath Kalavichirattil and Beena Kumar, “Humko humi se” by Sunny Thaliath and Geethu Venugopal, “Koyal Si” by Vyshali Menon and Karan Menon were presented. The concluding Patriotic, Ae Mere Watan by Beena Kumar and a medley by Maya Narayanan and Poornima Nedumpurath wrapped up the identified genres on a high note.

thanks to Sathish Menon for conceptualizing it and to a dedicated group of program coordinators for working hard to put it on stage. The packed house in the evening indicated the expectations set by the music lovers in Atlanta. I am sure Neelambari will continue its tradition of setting the bars high, each year,” he said. “I believe that if an awareness of Indian musical genres or shailis is brought about and if each of these genres are encouraged and supported, they will flourish” said Satish Menon, about the idea of Swar-Tarang. Menon rightly pointed to the lack of categorization in Indian music versus American music. “Styles are well distinguished and preserved in American music. Pop, Rock, Easy Listening, Country, Classical, Rap, Alternate rock, Jazz/Blues and

Photos by Venkat Kuttua

Various Dance performances Chamkte Sitare, Choreographed by Shridha Abay, Dance The Rain – incorporating Bharatanatyam, Mohiniattom, Kathak forms choregraphed by Swapna Menon, Desi Me Rollin’ choreographed by Shridha Abay and MeMorables choreograohed by Meghna Nagarajan, Movina Nagarajan, Shridha Abay, and Shruti Prathip added vibrancy and vigor to the evening. “We face challenges every year! But we face it together! We as a team; set group’s goals, encourage free exchange of information, include all in decision making and most of all learn from each other,” said

Beena Kumar. Emphasizing on the unique concept of categorizing genres in Indian music and talented artists in the group, Kavitha Ramachandran, event coordinator quoted, “The props that brought the concept and theme to life were handmade by a set of artists in house. The perfectly executed choreography in the four dances we presented, was thanks to talented kids and adults who grew up with Neelambari. The singers and the musicians are all local talents who belong to the Neel family. To bring such a versatile group of talented people together is no small feat and it wouldn't have been possible but for the vision that we all share, which is to enjoy and encourage performers to be their best on this platform” Thanking all the volunteers and the audience, Vijayakujmar Nair noted the unique experience offered by Neelambari. “The program unfurled with a very informative and entertaining theme,

the latest Muscle Shoals. They each have their own industry, followers and albums and some even have their own award shows. We in India never had such an organized industry of genres. Most music lovers in India know either Classical music or Bollywood music. They are forced to follow the latest trend of music that they are being served to them rather than have a choice of their favorite genres that they would love to listen to. Understanding genres and encouraging them is so important to preserve our authenticity. We don’t see an effort towards this anywhere. So, I wanted Neelambari to take that small step, the right step towards achieving that goal,” he said. “It wouldn’t have been possible without my fellow Neelambari members who worked with me and helped me implement this idea to the best of our ability” he added. “I have already received a lot of interest from one of our popular music directors from South India about doing such a show in India as he felt that this was a true necessity in today’s music industry.” Photography and videography for the event was provided by Venkat Kuttua, editing by Das Eranezhath, audio by Divinity AV/Jogy Jose, visual effects by Kailas Kurup, Sajan Padmanabhan, Sudi Narayanan and Satish Menon, event promotions by Anupama Das, Geethu Venugopal, and Kailas Kurup and event coordination by Kavita Ramachandran.


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Indian-American Teacher Hailed For Saving Students During Florida Shooting

New York: (IANS) A quick-acting Indian-American math teacher is being hailed for saving the lives of her students during the shooting rampage at a Florida high school that left 17 dead. When an alarm sounded for the second time on Wednesday afternoon, Shanthi Viswanathan shut the doors to her algebra classroom, made the students crouch on the floor and covered the windows, keeping them out of the reach and sight of the gunman, the Sun-Sentinel reported. “She was quick on her feet. She used her knowledge. She saved a lot of kids,” Dawn Jarboe, the mother of one of Viswanathan’s students, told the newspa-

When an elite police contingent known as a SWAT team came and knocked on the door asking her to open it, “Viswanathan took no chance that it wasn’t a trick by the gunman to get in” the newspaper said. “She said, ‘knock it down or open it with a key. I’m not opening the door,’” Jarboe quoted her as telling the police. “Some SWAT guy took out the window and cleared our room,” Jarboe’s son, Brian, texted his mother, the newspaper said. A former student of the school, Nikolas Cruz, barged into Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Valentine’s Day and killed 15 students and two

staff members with an AR-15 automatic rifle. No motive has been established as of Friday afternoon for the killings. However, he was reported to have had a troubled childhood and had threatened in a YouTube post to shoot up schools. Although it was reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the agency closed the investigation without locating him, according to media reports. The shooter abandoned his gun and during the ensuing chaos mixed in with the students to escape. He was captured about 40 minutes later in a neighbouring town, authorities said. In the entire Broward County, where Parkland is located, the Indian population is 22,600, according to But none of those killed are of Indian descent.

Court Overturns $21 Mn Damages For Wrong Brain Surgery On Woman

Number Of Americans Backing Gun Control Rises: Poll

New York: (IANS) A court has overturned the $21 million awarded to the family of a woman of Indian descent who was operated on her brain instead of her jaw because of a hospital mix-up, according to media reports. In its decision, The Michigan State Supreme Court cited a technicality in the way the lawyers for the family of 81-year-old Bimla Nayyar framed the case, which originally got them the multi-million-dollar award from a lower court jury, The Washington Post reported on Friday. In 2012, Nayyar was admitted to the Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn for treating a dislocated jaw, the Detroit Free Press reported. But because her CT scan was mixed up with of another patient who had a skull fracture and bleeding in the brain, she was taken into an operating theatre. Surgeons drilled five holes in her


skull, sawed a part of it and then replaced it after they found no bleeding or fracture, the newspaper said. She died six months after the surgery and the family won the $21 million award in 2015 with the lawyers claiming it was a case of negligence by the hospital. The award was first thrown out on appeal by a higher court in 2016, which said it as a case of medical malpractice, where rules are different and there is a cap on the maximum that can be awarded as damages, and not negligence, where there is no limit on damages. The Post said that upholding that verdict, the Supreme Court blamed the family’s lawyers for arguing that Nayyar’s death was the result of ordinary negligence, instead of malpractice. Chief Justice Stephen J. Markman wrote that it was a colossal blunder, the Post added.

Man Who Wanted To Commit Jihad Attempted To Join US Military Atlanta, GA: Shivam Patel, a 28-year-old Virginia man who told an undercover agent that he wanted to commit jihad, pleaded guilty last month to passport fraud and to making false statements in his application to join the United States military. According to court documents, Shivam Patel, 28, was working in China in the summer of 2016 when he flew to the Kingdom of Jordan, was arrested, detained, and then returned to the United States. Patel is alleged to have told an undercover agent and a confidential source that he wanted to join a “Muslim army” and commit jihad.

After returning to the United States, he applied to join the Army and Air Force. When asked about his prior foreign travel as part of his applications, Patel did not disclose his trips to China or Jordan. After he was asked to show an Army recruiter his passport, which would have revealed his prior travel to the recruiter, he filed an application for a new passport, falsely claiming that he had accidentally thrown his old passport away. Special agents from the FBI recovered that passport, which documented his undisclosed travel, when they arrested him in July 2017. Patel pleaded guilty to false statements and passport application fraud. He faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison when sentenced on June 4.

Washington: (IANS) The number of US citizens who want more gun control is growing, an NPR/Ipsos poll issued on Friday said. Three-quarters of Americans said gun laws should be stricter than they are today, up from 68 per cent in a October 2017 survey following the Las Vegas shooting, Xinhua cited the latest poll as saying. The poll also found widespread bipartisan support for gun-control policies, including expanding background check for all gun buyers (94 per cent), adding people with mental illnesses to the federal gun background check system (92 per cent), raising the legal age to purchase guns from 18 to 21 (82 per cent), banning bump stocks (81 per cent), banning high-capacity ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds (73 per cent) and banning assault-style weapons (72 per cent). However, there was a clear-cut partisan gulf since 68 per cent of Republicans favored US President Donald Trump’s proposal of training teachers to carry guns in schools, compared to just 18 per cent of Democrats. Overall, 59 per cent of the polled said they opposed to Trump’s idea, which was previously proposed by the National Rifle Association (NRA). In a televised White House meeting with lawmakers on Wednesday, Trump suggested he was open to expanding background checks and possibly raising the age to purchase an AR-15, questioning Republicans’ relationship with the NRA.


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Dr Reddy’s To Defend Against Charges In US

Hyderabad: (IANS) Dr Reddy’s Laboratories Inc, the US subsidiary of the Indian drug major, said it would defend against allegations made in a US securities class action lawsuit by a law firm on behalf of some investors. “As intimated earlier, we believe that the asserted claims are without merit and we intend to vigorously defend against the allegations,” the city-based parent firm said in a regulatory filing on the BSE. The drug maker also said that the law firm (lead plaintiff) had added its Chairman Satish Reddy, Chief Operating Officer Abhijit Mukherjee and its US arm as defendants in the amended complaint. The lawsuit was filed in August 2017 against the subsidiary in the US District Court for New Jersey, alleging violation of the US federal securities laws. The lawsuit was served in November by the plaintiff, representing investors who bought its shares on the New York Stock Exchange between June 2015 and August 2017. The company has been accused of making false or misleading statements about its corporate quality system.

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Trump Says US ‘Getting Nothing’ IMF Warns Trump On Harley-Davidson Tariff Issue Tariff Will Hurt US Washington: (IANS) US President Donald “Now, the (Indian) Prime Minister, who I Trump, upset over the issue of high import duty think is a fantastic man, called me the other day on Harley-Davidson motorcycles in India, has and said we are lowering it to 50 per cent. I said said that Washington was “getting nothing” de- okay, but so far we’re getting nothing. So we get nothing. He gets 50 (per cent), and they think they’re doing us a favour. That’s not a favour,” he said. Trump imitated Modi by folding his hands and taking in a soft and serious tone. He said: “I wasn’t sure, he said it so beautifully. He’s a beautiful man. And he said, ‘I just want to inform you that we have reduced it to 75, but we have further reduced it to 50′. And I said, huh. What do I say? Am I supposed to be thrilled? And that’s not good for you people, especially as governors. It’s just not right. And we have many deals like that,” the US spite India’s announcement of slashing customs President said. duty on imported motorcycles to 50 per cent. He said the US gets “zero” when it buys an He also imitated Indian Prime Minister Na- Indian motorcycle. rendra Modi, but this time without the Indian ac“So when they have a motorbike, a big numcent. ber, by the way – they have a company that does Trump described Modi as a “fantastic and a lot of business. They have a motorcycle or a a beautiful man” while talking about his recent motorbike that comes into our country… we get conversation with him in which India informed zero. They get 100 per cent, brought down to 75; the US about reduced tariffs on imported mo- brought down, now, to 50. Okay,” Trump said. torcycles, but Trump said that US was “getting “It’s a great company. When I spoke with nothing”. your chairman or the president of Harley, they “When they (Harley Davidson) send a mo- weren’t even asking for it because they’ve been torcycle to India, as an example, they have to pay ripped off with a trade so long that they were sur100 per cent tax, 100 per cent,” Trump said in prised that I brought it up. I’m the one that’s pushhis remarks to a gathering of governors of all the ing it more than they are, but it’s unfair. And India states at the White House. sells us a lot of motorbikes,” Trump said.

Washington: (IANS) The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has joined criticism of US President Donald Trump's plan to impose a 25 per cent tariff on steel imports and 10 per cent on aluminum. The body warned that such a move would hurt the US, as well as other countries, the BBC reported. It said others could follow Trump's precedent by claiming tough trade restrictions were needed to defend national security. Canada, the largest supplier of steel to the US, said tariffs would cause disruption on both sides of the border, the BBC report added. It is one of several countries that have said they will consider retaliatory steps if the president presses ahead with his plan. EU trade chiefs are reportedly considering slapping 25 per cent tariffs on around $3.5bn of imports from the US. The rhetoric ramped up as Trump tweeted: "Trade wars are good."

Part Of Nirav’s Money Trail Google Sued For Hiring Discrimination Against White, Asian Males Leading To Delaware, Says ED New Delhi: (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate (ED), looking at the money trail related to jeweler-designer Nirav Modi, have found it leading to the Delaware state in the United States. “The agency is probing details of the operations of Nirav Modi’s firms in Delaware,” an ED source told IANS, adding that all his bank transactions were under the scanner. Delaware in the US is a tax-free state, attracting a large number of companies from across the coutnry to register there. The ED source said investigators were trying to find out if Nirav Modi had diverted any of the loans raised from Indian banks to the US which had been indicated in the documents they were studying. They are also looking at whether some shell companies were set up in the US. According to the agency, Delaware hosts about 50 per cent of the US’ quoted firms with a tally of 6.5 lakh companies, overall. Recently, Firestar Diamond Inc, the US company of Indian billionaire diamond

trader Nirav Modi filed for bankruptcy in a New York court, under Chapter 11. According to a court filing in Southern District of New York, the firm listed its liabilities in the range of $50 million and $100 million. A Chapter 11 filing under the Bankruptcy Code usually allows a company to reorganise its business. Modi — who along with uncle Mehul Choksi of Gitanjali Group is the main accused in the Punjab National Bank fraud — has been shown as an inventor in details filed against his company registered at 5th Avenue in New York. Mihir Bhansali has been shown as the company Chief Executive Officer and Ajay Gandhi the Chief Financial Officer. A Mumbai special court permitted the ED to issue Letters Rogatory to six countries for identifying and taking steps to seize Nirav Modi’s properties in the PNB fraud case. The ED source official said it is looking for shell companies of Nirav Modi and Choksi in foreign countries, “especially in tax havens”.

San Francisco: (IANS) Google has been sued by a former YouTube employee for allegedly pressuring recruiters to only look for female and Latina applicants and that the video-sharing platform had last year stopped hiring White and Asian males for technical positions. The lawsuit claims that the tech giant would only hire people from historically under-represented groups for technical positions. “YouTube last year stopped hiring White and Asian males for technical positions because they didn’t help the world’s largest video site achieve its goals for improving diversity, according to a civil lawsuit filed by a former employee,” The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. Arne Wilberg, a white male, who spent nine years working at Google, had filed a civil lawsuit against Google in January. Wilberg claimed that Google implemented “clear and irrefutable policies” meant to exclude

white and Asian men in an attempt to increase the company’s overall diversity. He also claimed that the tech giant retaliated against him for opposing these policies, eventually firing him in November 2017, according to The Verge. The lawsuit slapped on Google also targets 25 unnamed Google employees who allegedly enforced discriminatory hiring rules, quoting a number of emails and other documents. The tech giant was sued last week by a woman software engineer alleging that it has a “bro-culture” that allowed her to be sexually harassed daily while the company did nothing to intervene. Loretta Lee, who started working for Google in 2008 and was fired in 2016 for poor performance, filed the suit in February against Google for sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and wrongful termination in a California court.


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Jayendra Saraswati- The 21st Century Ramanuja


"Jayendra Saraswati had a good sense of hu- slums and Dalit colonies." mor and used to pull my leg. Once he told me According to Murali, the Kanchi seer strongyou are Periyasamy (periya-big person) and I am ly supported the Goshala and was opposed to any Swami Jayendra Saraswati, the Sankara- a chinnasamy (chinna-small person)," said Peri- move of shifting it. He said the seer supported the anti-concharya of Kanchipuram Mutt in Tamil Nadu who yasamy. version law brought by the passed away on Wednesday, was a colossal spiriAIADMK government headtual figure and initiated innumerable programmes ed by Chief Minister late J. for the downtrodden across the country. Jayalalithaa. Although he fell foul of the law over the "He addressed a big murder of a Kanchipuram resident before being rally on the Marina beach in cleared of all charges, Jayendra Saraswati had a support of the law addressing huge following both in India and abroad. a crowd that numbered over Many compared him with Ramanuja -- the 20,000 on a rainy evening." legendary Vaishnavite guru and a social reformer. "The seer had also travJayendra Saraswati, the 69th pontiff of the Sanelled across India on foot kara Mutt in Kanchipuram, was a Saivite -- a folthrice and had visited varilower of Lord Shiva. ous jails to meet the inmates Focussed on the uplift of Dalits, the 82-yearthere. He used to send sweets old guru was also interested in developing healthand 'prasad' to prisoners, incare and educational facilities for the people apart mates in old age homes," Mufrom spreading spiritualism. rali added. He was the first Hindu seer to be involved in Valasai Jayaraman, who efforts to find a solution to the Ram Janmabhoomi was associated with the Sanissue. kara Mutt for a long time, "We have not seen Ramanuja. But we have said that the seer used to visit seen Kanchi Mutt seer Jayendra Saraswathi. At Vinayagar V. Murali, Secretary of Sri Chan- the Dalit colony. the Sankara Mutt, there was no caste discrimi"Citing the Nadar community that came up nation. Before meeting him, I had strong views drashekara Saraswati Swamigal Goshala, said: against Sankara Mutt. But later, I realised that "Perhaps he was the only Hindu sanyasi who had in the society through hardwork and education, Jayendra Saraswati or the mutt does not discrimi- visited the most number of slums and Dalit colo- Jayendra Saraswati used to advice the Dalits to nate on caste basis," Tada Periyasamy, Managing nies in the country. He visited the inner most parts follow Nadars to come up in life and not depend of the Dharavi slums in Mumbai and several other on others," Jayaraman said. Trustee of Nandanar Trust told IANS.

Akash Ambani To Be Betrothed?

Wedding bells may soon be ringing in the country's premier business family. According to reliable sources, Mukesh Ambani's eldest son Akash may soon be betrothed to Shloka, the youngest daughter of Russell Mehta, Managing Director, Rosy Blue India, one of the country's leading diamond companies. Though both families are keeping the news under wraps for the present, sources in the know indicate a formal engagement ceremony soon, with the probability of a wedding come December. Akash, 27, is Mukesh Ambani's elder son and twin of sister Isha, and older brother of Anant, 22. Shloka is the daughter of Russell Mehta, head of Rosy Blue Diamonds, formerly known as B. Arunkumar & Co., which is now ranked among the top half dozen diamond companies of India. The family lives in south Mumbai. Russel is the son of Arunkumar Ramniklal M., one of the co-founders of B. Arunkumar & Co., way back in 1960 in Opera House, Mumbai's hub of diamond business. The duo is described as among "the most respected diamond business families of India and around the world" by a close family friend. "Shloka is a very charming girl, extremely cultured and its difficult to say which of the two families is lucky with this upcoming marriage," said the family friend, requesting anonymity.

KCR Proposes 3rd Front, Vows To Give New Direction To India

Hyderabad: (IANS) Buoyed by the support his proposal for a third front evoked in different parts of the country, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao recently vowed to give new direction to the country.

Reiterating that a qualitative change should come in the national politics, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief said a beginning was being made from Telangana and exuded confidence that the goal will be achieved with the backing of people. He also announced that he would soon meet like-minded leaders and would also chalk out an agenda for the country He was addressing a large number of TRS workers and representatives of various organisations who had gathered at his official residence "Pragati Bhavan" to declare their support for his plans to cobble up a third front as an alternative to both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress. KCR, as Rao is popularly known, told the

gathering that his mere call for a qualitative change in the national politics received support from all four corners of the country. "I have been receiving phone calls since morning as people are extending their support to my effort." The TRS chief said West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee spoke to her over phone to convey that she will fully support him. "Six to seven MPs from Maharashtra also called me. They said they will resign from their party the day you make a beginning," he said without revealing the names of the party they belong to. KCR said the country needs drastic changes in its political system and amendments in its Constitution to realise its full potential and grow at par with countries like China, Japan and Singapore. He alleged that both BJP and Congress, who ruled for most of the time since independence, had miserably failed to address real issues of people, and unless an alternative emerges the country will continue to have the same politics of allegations and counter-allegations and brick-batting between them. "Even after 70 years of our independence, farmers continue to commit suicide," he said while blaming the faulty policies pursued by the two parties. Stating that the federalism exists only on paper, he demanded that subjects like agriculture, health and education should be transferred to the states. He alleged that these subjects are deliberately kept with the Centre so that the ruling parties continue to play petty politics.

Jayendra Saraswati also helped in renovating various Hindu temples, he said. K. Srinivasan, former banker and who was associated with the seer, said: "He was instrumental in the revival of the famous Child Trust Hospital here. Similarly, he was involved in the setting up of a famous eye hospital." Srinivasan said Jayendra Saraswati was capable of handling any kind of media questions. Born as M. Subrahmanyam on July 18, 1935 in Irulneekki village in Thanjavur district, Jayendra Saraswati was chosen as the junior seer in 1954. In 1994, he became the Sankara Mutt head after the death of his iconic senior Sri Chandrashekara Saraswati Swamigal. While Sri Chandrashekara Saraswati Swamigal was focused on spiritual side, his junior Jayendra Saraswati was interested in societal activities as well and was also part of some controversies. As a junior pontiff, Jayendra Saraswati had left the mutt for some days without informing anybody allegedly owing to some difference of opinion with his senior. However, later he came back to the mutt and reassumed his position. But the major test of his life was when he was arrested by the Tamil Nadu police in November 2004 on the eve of Diwali over the charges of his involvement in the murder of Sankararaman, an official of the famous Varadharaja Perumal temple in Kanchipuram. Jayendra Saraswati was jailed for quite some time by the state police and later was acquitted of all the charges.

CBI Arranges Karti 'Encounter' With Indrani

Moving ahead in the INX Media alleged bribery case, the CBI brought Karti Chidambaram, son of ex-Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, faceto-face with murder accused Indrani Mukerjea. A special Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) six-member team brought the 46-year-old Karti Chidambaram from New Delhi to Mumbai this morning and took him to the Byculla Women's Jail, where Indrani Mukerjea is lodged. The wife of former media tycoon Peter Mukerjea, Indrani is accused of killing Sheena Bora, her daughter from a previous husband. The couple is in custody in connection with Sheena Bora's sensational murder in 2012. The CBI has charged Karti Chidambaram with using his father's clout to get a Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance for INX Media, then owned by the Mukerjeas. Indrani Mukerjea spilled the beans on the deal involving Karti Chidambaram while recording her statement before a magistrate in New Delhi on February 17, including that he had allegedly taken bribes from her. Among other things, she alleged that Karti received Rs 3.5 crore in kickbacks from INX Media, now renamed 9X Media, for securing the FIPB clearance in 2007 in which it received around Rs 305 crore funds from abroad.


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The Emerging India-U.S. Role Reversal In World Leadership BY FRANK F. ISLAM For the last half of the 20th century, the United States was the world's beacon for democracy and economic development and India was a laggard. These roles are reversing as the end of the second decade of the 21st century approaches. India is becoming a beacon and the US is becoming a flashlight. In large part, this is a consequence of leadership. India has a leader in Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is pursuing the future. The US has a leader in Donald Trump who is pursuing the past. President Trump is emphasizing individualism and isolationism. Prime Minister Modi is stressing engagement and expansionism. Freedom House, in its annual report titled "Freedom in the World 2018" released in January, noted that "A long list of troubling developments contributed to the global decline of democracy, but perhaps most striking was the accelerating withdrawal of the United States from its historical commitment to promoting and supporting democracy." The report's aggregate Freedom Score rating (aggregate score) for the US in 2017 was 86 out of 100 points. Its aggregate score for India was 77. This shows that, overall, on the dimensions being measured, the US scores higher. But its score has dropped substantially from 94 in 2008. Today the majority of the countries that rate 90 and above on their aggregate scores are older and smaller. They do not have the size or stature to assume the international democratic leadership mantle if America under the Trump Administration relinquishes it. India does. In the last part of 2017, as Prime Minister Modi called for more democratic pro-

cesses and participation in India's political parties, it appears that he may encourage the country to step forward to take on that obligation. Time will tell how this plays out. What is certain, at this point, based upon Modi's opening address at the Davos Word Economic Forum on January 23, is that the Prime Minister is using India's democracy as a selling point and putting the country center stage in terms of its own economic growth and promotion of international cooperation. In his Davos remarks, Modi stressed that In-

India has a leader in Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is pursuing the future. The US has a leader in Donald Trump who is pursuing the past. President Trump is emphasizing individualism and isolationism. Prime Minister Modi is stressing engagement and expansionism. dia is the "largest democracy on planet Earth" and provided a litany of the enormous opportunities for companies to invest in "inclusive economic development". He also struck a strong free-trade, globalization note while calling for international unity to address the issues of climate change, terrorism and protectionism. Modi didn't directly say that India is open for business. But his message, throughout his comments, was that it is. Trump, on the other hand, in his closing address at Davos, stated explicitly that "America is open for business..." But the implicit message, throughout his comments, was that it is not.

At various points during his speech, Trump asserted: "As President, I will always put America first..."; "The United States will no longer turn a blind eye to unfair economic practices..."; "My administration is proud to have led historic efforts... to de-nuke the Korean peninsula". According to press reports, Trump's speech was fairly well received while he stayed on script. Trump was, however, booed when he answered a question after concluding his prepared remarks by declaring, " wasn't until I became a politician that I realized how nasty, how mean, how vicious and how fake the press can be." Therein lies the rub. Even in a setting where President Trump was trying to present his more cooperative side, his inherent combative nature and self-centered perspective came though. By contrast, Prime Minister Modi was collaborative and ecumenical in his presentation of self and India. This was most evident when he concluded his speech by observing:

"If you want wealth with wellness, work in India; if you want peace with prosperity, live in India; if you want health with whole life, be in India. And our promise is that your agenda will be part of our destiny. We both will have a shared and successful future." To sum up: Trump's nationalistic communication to the world at Davos was "My way or no highway." Modi's was "Our way is the skyway." America's retrenchment under Trump leaves a leadership vacuum in the world. India under Modi appears poised to fill that vacuum. What stands out and is differentiating about Modi is his espousing a positive and constructive agenda in terms of world involvement. There is no assurance exactly where India will conclude its journey to world leadership. It can however be stated unequivocally near the beginning of 2018 that India is on the right trajectory and climbing upward. It can be stated with equal certainty that the US is not. It is on a glide path headed downward. This is true because those who live in the past and retreat from the playing field are restricting their future. (Frank F. Islam is an entrepreneur, civic and thought leader based in Washington, DC. The views expressed are personal. He can be contacted at

Modi Must Join Hands With Musk For A Shot At Mars


"A one-km auto rickshaw ride in Ahmedabad takes Rs 10 and India reached Mars at Rs 7 per km, which is really amazing," Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasized the achievement in his speech in New York in September 2014. He was speaking about the inter-planetary plan of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) that has disrupted space technologies. Elon Musk, a dangerously daring dreamer, at that time had a blueprint of a Martian journey on the drawing board of his SpaceX office in California. He not only wants to just send man to Mars, he wants to colonize it. He has planned on taking one million willing people from our blue planet Earth to the red planet by 2022, a journey of 650 million kilometers. To achieve this objective, he has to make the journey affordable and safe. "Everything about Mangalyaan (ISRO's space craft to Mars) is indigenous. We reached Mars at a smaller budget than a Hollywood movie ("Gravity")," Modi stated smugly, adding that "India is the only country to reach Mars on its first attempt. If this is not talent, then what is?" Indeed, India's Mars spacecraft catapulted the country into an elite club of three nations, that too at just $74 million. That was a tenth (about $670 million) of NASA's Mars mission "Maven" that entered the Martian orbit just two days before Modi's statement.

Surely, Elon Musk was listening to Modi. It must have been a shocker for him because his project to colonize Mars had, and still has, the same objectives as ISRO's -- to reduce space transportation and pay-load carrying costs. Within the next three years SpaceX developed a family of Falcon-series launch vehicles and the Dragon spacecraft, both of which deliver payloads into the Earth's orbit at low cost mainly because Musk is able to bring back the launch vehicle for reuse. During the same three years, ISRO became one of the world's top space-runners. It is no longer just a government-funded agency but a

commercial venture that can launch other countries' satellites through its massive launch vehicles -the GSLVs and the PSLVs. These are capable of carrying heavy payloads of satellites into space. The ambitions, aspirations and potential of ISRO and Space X have started to demonstrate amazingly clear similarity. When Space X was busy announcing the contract with two private individuals to send them in a Dragon spacecraft around the Moon, ISRO had already fired its PSLV and launched 104 satellites into space from a single vehicle. Of the 104 satellites launched at one go, a whopping 96 belonged to the US, which paid India for the launch. The satellites, released in rapid-fire fashion every few seconds from a single rocket as it travelled at 30,000 kms an hour is like testing the limits of technology. On January 12, 2018, ISRO soared again. This time it launched 31 satellites during a single mission that included three of India's and 28 of

other countries. When the last of the satellite was ejected, it was the 100th satellite of ISRO. A month later, on February 6, 2018, Elon Musk recaptured the headlines as the Falcon Heavy 9 vehicle, the most powerful ever developed after the one that took man to moon, had carried a payload of his Tesla Roadster with dummy driver into space and toward the Asteroid belt. ISRO has also announced that it is planning a flight with a "dummy crew module", which is part of a program for the development of critical technologies that it seeks to develop as part of its "human space-flight program". Now is the time for Modi and Musk to collaborate as equal partners, particularly under Modi's pet project of "Make in India". Both of them need to recognize this as there are not only excellent convergence of the attributes and traits between Space X and ISRO, but also between Musk and Modi. All of Elon Musk's projects are path-breaking innovations that can make dependence on fossil fuels history. Modi has a unique opportunity for de-politicizing climate change and space exploration, and take global leadership by partnering with Musk. It would in turn help Indian aspirations of eradicating poverty and making gainful employment. (Rajendra Shende is Chairman, TERRE Policy Centre, and Director, UNEP. The views expressed are personal.)


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Mojo: Kannada Thriller Carves Niche In Regional Cinema BY JYOTHSNA HEGDE

Atlanta, GA: Having cast its magic over several international festivals ¬¬and garnering awards internationally, Kannada movie, Mojo, premiered in Atlanta on February 24 and 25 along with several states across the US including SFO, Dallas, Chicago, DC and New Jersey. Produced by California based entrepreneur Gajanan Bhat under the Poorvi Arts banner and directed by Sreesha Belakavaadi, Mojo carves its own niche in the regional cinema hemisphere, foraying into the realm of precognition, delving into the awakening of the subconscious mind of the protagonist that permeates through his dreams, intuition and premonitions, entrapping him in the strange unfolding of events leading to crime, murder, love, suspicion and enigma. Deriving its roots from the African Creole language, and Sanskrit, “Mojo”, means magic or miracle. The magic or mojo in the movie refers to magical powers of subconscious mind of the lead protagonist who has the power to see the future. Recipient of eight international film festival selections and four prestigious awards, Mojo’s magical spell at international film festivals began at its world premiere at FOG (Festival Of Globe) International Film Festival held at Fremont, CA, USA bagging an international award in the Best Regional Film category at its maiden screening. The magical run continued with the Best Experimental Film Award at Eurasia IFF, Best Exper-

imental Film Award at GGIFF and Outstanding Achievement Award at Calcutta Cult IFF. Mojo has been credited for its Official Selection at major international festivals including FIFF (Fog International Film Festival USA), GIFF (Glendale International Film Festival USA), LIFF (Los Angeles International Film Festival USA), (GGIFF) Golden Gate International Film Festival, USA and CICFF (Calcutta International Film Festival). A photo-journalist Mohan discovers to his horror and surprise that his premonitions actually turn out to be true. Matters take a turn for the worse when Mohan is ensnared as part of an incidental murder involving a child whose name happens to be Mojo. Disturbed psychologically, Mohan seeks medical help and chances upon an old college friend Maya, a psychologist. Maya's hypnotic prowess and therapeutic expertise in psychiatry forces Mohan to believe that everything he experienced and shared with Maya is an unfathomable subconscious play of hallucination, a world of illusions which Mohan has built without his conscious awareness and believed ignorantly. A shocked Mohan tries to recapitulate the dreadful murder he believes he was entrapped in but is unable to tell the difference between reality and his illusions. A fortune teller's sinister spell, a subconscious spy who can be sensed only by Mohan's premonitions, Mohan's close friend and confidant all become potential suspects of the murder. Did the murder really happen? Is Mojo

real or an illusion? An intriguing climax and the buildup leading to it connect the dots quite nicely. Mojo’s charm is a collective and cohesive collaboration of all contributing movie aspects including crisp editing by Rathan S Goruru, captivating cinematography by Ananth Urs, scintillating background score by by Ajaneesh Loknath and endearing music by S D Aravind, the strongest factor being Belakavaadi’s unique approach to storytelling and experimental characterizations. Take for example, the quotes of hymns from scriptures and literature such as Mandukya Upanishad, Chanayka Neeti - the hymns of Upanishads are used as a narrative to reveal the mindset of a spy character, while there is no direct communication between the character and the audience. For another character, a dialect that doesn't exist is created. The director’s clever choice to pick fresh faces, Manu and Anoosha (who both have theatre background), for lead characters gives the audience a chance to go with the flow of the movie, not burdened with prior expectations from an established actor. Some nice touches including director Yogaraj Bhat’s voice for the movie’s prologue, intended to introduce the audience to the power of the subconscious mind enhance the cinematic experience. A serial California based entrepreneur as his LinkedIn profile describes him, Gajanan Bhat, the producer was introduced to director Belakavaadi through a common friend Satish Pathak, who is also a co-producer. “To me, movies should entertain people; entertainment could come in different ways; @MOJO, we wanted to illustrate a turmoil that a young man goes through in identifying difference between illusion & reality amongst several other interesting things. I always had passion for arts but input from Director certainly triggered

that inner thirst to do a movie that takes people to a different world altogether, make them use their intellectual insight and immerse them with a unique experience. “quotes Bhat. Focused on the making a movie that appeals to intellectuals, international accolades were never part of the plan, admits Bhat. After the tremendous success of his maiden venture, Bhat is all set for his next, "Subhashini" directed by Katte Ramachandra for which shooting is scheduled to begin in April, 2018. Gajanan Bhat is a Strategic Advisor & Angel Investor based in Silicon Valley, California. He is currently Founder and CEO of Claridyne, Inc. and Co-Founder & Partner at ArtBandhu, a global AI/ML enabled eCommerce platform for artist community. He is also a Life Member at Keiretsu Forum and an initial investor as well as a Senior Advisor at Keiretsu Capital Venture Fund, LLC. Bhat also serves on the local California Board of US Selective Service System (SSS), appointed by President of United States. With a MS in Physics, Bhat has authored & published several books on international markets. Bhat says the climax of Mojo appealed to him the most and I concur. Slightly over dramatized in parts, the narrative never loses focus on its subject matter. Refreshing narrative, nuanced performances and refined characterizations are the Mojo of Mojo. If subconscious sagas are your beckoning, this mind maze won’t disappoint you.


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Georgia Capitol Declares February 14, 2018 as Indrakrishnan Day Atlanta, GA: For the first time in the history of Georgia State's Legislature, an American of Indian heritage was awarded with the distinguished honor of having a day declared after his name, for his impeccable service to the nation and state. Dr Indran Indrakrishnan, a gastroenterologist practicing in Lawrenceville, with a dual faculty appointment as a clinical Professor of Medicine at both Emory University School of Medicine and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine received this honor on February 14, 2018, Valentine’s day, at the Georgia State Capitol. At the Georgia House of Representatives, speaker David Ralston invited House Education Committee Chairman and representative Brooks Coleman to introduce Dr Indrakrishnan and award the resolution certificate to him. Chairman Brooks Coleman, in his remarks, praised Dr Indrakrishnan for his service to the community in many aspects beyond his medical practice which includes education, philanthropy and advocacy. He described Dr Indrakrishnan's astronomical roles in many state and national

ous incidents where Dr Indrakrishnan helped many individuals and organizations during their dire needs. He then proudly declared February 14, 2018 as Indrakrishnan Day in GeorL to R: Dr Indran Indrakrishnan, Rep. Brooks Coleman and gia and presented the resSpeaker David Ralston. olution to Dr Photo courtesy: Georgia House of Representatives. Indrakrishnan not for profit organizations. He recalled Dr Inin the midst of drakrishnan's passion in preventing and curing resounding applauds from the legislators on the colorectal cancer- the second most common cause floor and the public in the gallery. of cancer deaths in the country. He quoted variDr Indrakrishnan in his acceptance speech,

Ustad Zakir Hussain To Perform At Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, GA: Tabla virtuoso and internationally-acclaimed percussionist Zakir Hussain will perform at Kennesaw State University on Saturday, March 17 with Indian flute (bansuri) player Rakesh Chaurasia. Presented as part of KSU's Year of India, this special performance is a collaboration between KSU’s Division of Global Affairs’ “Year of” program and School of Music. Zakir Hussain is renowned both in the field of percussion, and in the music world at large, as an international phenomenon and one of the greatest musicians of his time. He plays the tabla, a pair of small hand drums important in traditional Indian and Hindustani classical music. Widely considered a chief architect of the contemporary world Photo music movement, his contribution to world music has been unique and groundbreaking; his many significant recordings and performances have featured collaborations with diverse and distinguished artists including George Harrison, YoYo Ma, Joe Henderson, Béla Fleck, and Van Morrison, to name a few. The March 17 performance at Kennesaw State will also feature bansuri player Rakesh Chaurasia. The bansuri, a flute instrument made of bamboo frequently heard in Indian music, is characteristic of North Indian and Hindustani classical music. An exceptionally accomplished musician, Rakesh has received many national accolades throughout his career and has been featured in numerous performances and recordings with notable artists. In speaking about his up-

coming performances with Chaurasia, Zakir says, “It is a pleasure to accompany Rakesh Chaurasia in concert, but I must say that sitting with him on stage instills a great sense of pride in me… to listen to him and hear his musicality, his point of view, and approach to the ancient art form in which he has received his training is really a breath of fresh air.” For the past 34 years, Kennesaw State University has dedicated each academic year to the study of a particular country or region through its “Year of” program which seeks to introduce the KSU community to the rich diversity of world cultures. Kennesaw State’s 2017-18 “Year of India” is the latest of these award-winning programs that serves to by Jim McGuire. engage local and global communities through a series of new courses and curricula, research projects, education abroad programs, lectures, performances, and other global partnerships. Tickets for this performance start at $28. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Hussain’s awards and honors include the titles of Padma Bhushan (2002) and Padma Shri (1988) given to civilians of merit by the Indian government, the Indo-American Award (1990) in recognition of his outstanding cultural contribution to USA-India relations, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1991) presented by the President of India and India’s government cultural institute, the United States’ National Heritage Fellowship (1999) given by the National Endowment for the Arts.

thanked the legislators for their kind recognition of him. He appreciated the support of legislators from both sides of aisle whenever he approached them to resolve issues related to the welfare of the community. While talking about healthcare, he reminded the legislators to pay attention to their own preventive healthcare beyond going to doctors' offices only to treat sicknesses. Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle, Senate President Pro-tempore Butch Miller, legislators David Shafer, Fran Millar, Rene Unterman, Michael Dugan, Sharon Cooper, Scott Hilton, PK Martin ,David Clark, Betty Price, Chuck Efstration , Ben Watson ,Timothy Barr, Megan Myers Hanson, and many more met with Dr Indrakrishnan afterwards and congratulated and wished him well on his service to the community. Thus, February 18, 2018 has become a historically important milestone date for the Indian-American community in Georgia with this unprecedented honor bestowed upon Dr Indrakrishnan by the Georgia Legislative Assembly.


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IACA Celebrates India's 69th Republic Day With Patriotic Fervor Atlanta, GA: India American Cultural Association (IACA) is one of the oldest Indian-American non-profit organizations in Georgia. As an apex community organization, IACA promotes better Indo-US relations and showcases the rich socio-cultural-educational heritage of India to our host country. Among the variety of events this organization has been organizing for over five decades is celebration of India's Independence as well as Republic day. India's 69th Republic day celebration were held on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at IACA. Chief Guests present were Consul D.V. Singh, Consul, Mike Boyce, Chairman, Cobb County Board of Commissioners as well as Commissioner Bob Ott from Cobb County Board of Commissioners. IACA leaders and volunteers made special arrangements to unfurl the Indian and American flags and sing the national anthems of the two countries. After this, about 250 gathered audience moved inside the IACA auditorium and were welcomed by event organizing team; Ani Agnihotri, Chaitnya Bhatt, Vishwanath Ganti, Sanjay Prakash and Pushkar Deshpande. The cultural program was nicely put together by the organizing committee and included dances and songs - "Mharo Rajasthan," "Nanha Munna Rahi Hoon," Jhansi Ki Rani," Desh Rangila" and few peppy Bollywood numbers like "Ghoomar" from the recent record breaking movie Padmaavat. Apart from a few individual performances; Natyasharanam Dance School and NG's Dance LLC presented group dances. Consul D.V. Singh applauded IACA's efforts to celebrate India' Republic Day every year and gave a brief message on behalf of the Government of India. India' Republic day falls on January 26th and is a day to remember when India's constitution came into force on January 26, 1950,

ing leaders from the 10 ASEAN nations -- Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Brunei -- as the chief guests at Republic Day 2018. Chairman of Cobb County Board of Commissioners, Hon. Boyce and Commissioner Ott lauded the efforts of Indian Americans to grow Cobb County. They said that most of the Indian American community is a role model in terms of being highly educated and professionally qualified. Cobb County has been home to a large Asian-Indian population and Cobb County is 4th highest concentrated county with Asian-Indians. Areas heavily populated by the community also have locations of retail and service establishments serving the community.

IACA officials/members with the Chief Guests.

at the Amar Jawan Jyoti in India Gate (a memorial to fallen soldiers) which is followed by two minutes silence in the memory of fallen soldiers. It is a solemn reminder of the sacrifice of the martyrs who died for the country in the completing the country's transition to become an freedom movement and the independent republic. To mark the importance of succeeding wars for the defence of sovereignthe Republic Day, every year a grand parade is ty of their country. Thereafter Prime Minister held in India's capital, New Delhi, from Rash- reaches the main dais at Rajpath to join other trapati Bhavan (President's residence), along the dignitaries, and the President of India arrives Rajpath, past India Gate. Prior to its commence- along with the chief guest of the occasion. This ment, India's Prime Minister lays a floral wreath year, India created a history of sorts by invit-

The world cass baseball park; SunTrust Park is in the Cumberland neighborhood of Cobb County and it is the home ballpark for the Atlanta Braves. Both Commissioners congratulated participants and their parents who braved the weather and were present to celebrate such an important event. The Chief Guests joined everyone after the cultural program to have hot chai and delicious food. On behalf of IACA, Chaitnya Bhatt, thanked sponsors - IACA, Sanatan Mandir, Shakti Mandir of Atlanta, Ambaji USA, Patel Brothers and Raj Bhog.

Georgia Tech Researchers Awarded $7.5 Million From Office Of Naval Research For Secure Stack

Atlanta, GA: A team of Georgia Tech researchers from the School of Computer Science (SCS), including Indian-American Santosh Pandey, has been awarded $7.5 million from the Office of Naval Research to develop a customized attack-resistant software stack. SCS Assistant Professor Bill Harris is the principal investigator on the project and is collaborating with Professors Wenke Lee and Alessandro Orso, Associate Professor Santosh Pande, and Assistant Professor Taesoo Kim. The researchers are working on a technique for reducing what’s known as the attack surface, the total number of ways in which a program can be vulnerable to exploit. Most general-purpose software includes code that not every user needs, and unused code can create an opportunity for exploit for an at-

tacker. Through this research, users will be able to run software in which unneeded code is removed, thus decreasing the vulnerability of the programs they use. Lee compares the project to a house. “When you build a house, you only really need one door, but the house may still have multiple doors. The number of doors increases the opportunity to break

in,” Lee said. “If you only have one door, your house is more secure.” In order to do this, the researchers are looking at the full stack of software systems, including applications, operating systems, and possibly Internet of Things devices. They are planning to use static and dynamic analysis techniques to determine which pathways

through the system different users need. Each researcher has a specific area of expertise: Pande’s focus on compilers will help determine what essential code must be loaded for each user during application execution. Overall, the five researchers have the set of complementary skills needed for the project to be successful. Over the five-year life of the grant, the researchers expect to develop a series of approaches for reducing attack surface that anyone can use on complex systems, as well on low-level code. “Going back to the house metaphor, the problem is that different people want to use different doors,” Orso says. “Our research will allow users to customize the house for each person so that it contains only the door that person needs.”


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Moon To Have 4G Network In 2019

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Not All Facebook Interactions Good For You: Sheryl Sandberg

Berlin: (IANS) The moon will have its first 4G cell phone network in 2019, the network builder Vadafone has said. The German branch of the multinational telecommunication company has teamed up with Nokia to do the mission, London-headquartered Vadafone said in a statement on Tuesday. The network is to support a private lunar rover mission by PTScientists, a private space company based in Berlin, which plans to launch a lander and two small rovers to the moon on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, Xinhua news agency reported. The PTScientists said their team is committed to bringing down the cost of space exploration and democratizing access to the moon. The moon rover plan aims to study the lunar rover used by the Apollo astronauts during their historic landing in December 1972. Nokia will create a space-grade Ultra Compact Network that is said to be the lightest ever developed - weighing around one kg, the same as a bag of sugar, according to the statement. The planned network will enable PTScientists' lander to broadcast a live video from lunar surface to the audience on earth and facilitate the communication among the lander and rovers. Under previous communication technologies used in moon exploration, such as analogue radio, transmitting data consumes considerable energy reserves and requires rovers to be stationary.

San Francisco: (IANS) Only a couple of "According to the research, it really comes months after Facebook admitted that passively down to how you use the technology," Facebook scrolling through social media posts can make said in a blog post. people feel worse, the social network's Chief OpIn January 2018, Facebook announced erating Officer Sheryl Sandberg has said that not changes to the algorithm it uses to show posts in users' News Feeds to favour content from friends and family, rather than posts from third-party publishers. The social networking giant has come under the scanner in recent times for failing to stop spread of false and misleading news during the all interactions on its platform are good for you. 2016 US presidential election and for allegedSandberg said Facebook decided to change ly selling ads to a Russia-linked group aimed at its News Feed to favor more "meaningful" con- sowing political discord among Americans. nections, after taking into consideration research But Facebook, according to Sandberg, conshowing that some kinds of usage of social net- tinues to take steps to minimize the distribution of works may have negative effects, fake news and curtail the actions of those who try reported. to manipulate the platform. "What the data shows is not all interactions Sandberg admitted that 2017 was a "chalin social media are equally good for people in lenging year -- that feels like a bit of an underterms of their psychological well-being," Sand- statement" -- and she said that 2018 feels like it berg was quoted as saying at Morgan Stanley's will be too. 2018 Technology, Media and Telecom ConferFacebook Chief Financial Officer David ence here. Wehner, also speaking at the conference, said that Citing scientific research on well-being and News Feed changes would not dramatically affect social media, Facebook in December 2017 high- advertising revenue of the social network. lighted the two sides of using social media -- the "I don't think the impact on the business is regood and the bad. ally that profound," Wehner was quoted as saying.

San Francisco: (IANS) To help local businesses hire the right people, Facebook has expanded the ability to apply to jobs directly on its platform to more than 40 countries. Rolled out in the US and Canada in 2017, Facebook's job application feature is different from Microsoft-owned LinkedIn as it is focused to draw in candidates for small- and medium-size businesses. Facebook, however, did not elaborate on which 40 countries were part of this expansion. "Local businesses strengthen our communities and create more than 60 per cent of new jobs. We want to help people find those jobs and help local businesses hire the right people," Alex Himel, Vice President of Local at Facebook, said in a blog post recently. In an online poll of 5,000 adults conducted by tech and media company Morning Consult, one in four people in the US said they searched for, or found a job using Facebook. "Since introducing job postings on Facebook in the US and Canada, we've built new features for businesses like the ability to create job posts on mobile, manage applications, and schedule interviews," Himel said. Job seekers can also set up job alerts for the

type of roles they're interested in. you can have direct contact with the employer and You can find jobs in the Jobs dashboard at confirm when your information has been received. and the "Jobs" option in the According to Facebook, businesses will "Explore" section on mobile, by clicking the Jobs only be able to see information you provide them directly, and what's available publicly on your Facebook profile. "To stay on top of the type of job you're interested in, you can also subscribe to alerts," Himel said. Businesses can also attract the right applicants and hire quickly. Page admins can create job posts directly from their Page icon in Marketplace, or visiting the Jobs tab of a with details like job title, job type (full-time, inbusiness' Page. tern, part-time), salary and more. "When you're ready to apply for a role, you "Job posts will appear in multiple places on can create an application, which will populate Facebook, including on a business' Page, in the with job history and other information in your Jobs dashboard, in Marketplace, and in News Facebook profile," the blog post read. Feed," the company said. You can edit your application before you Since 2011, Facebook has invested more submit it. Once you finish applying, a Messenger than $1 billion to help local businesses grow and conversation will open with the business' Page so help people find jobs.

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Whatsapp To Show 'Forwarded Message' For Spam Posts

New Delhi: (IANS) In a move to stop mass-level spam circulation on its platform, WhatsApp is reportedly working on a feature that will show "Forwarded Message" if the spam post has been forwarded from another group or from one of the members in the same chat group. "Forwarded Message" will appear on top of every post that spammers forward to groups en masse. The feature has been spotted by that follows WhatsApp Google Play Beta Program in the version 2.18.67. "Today, WhatsApp has modified the behavior of the feature, that will show on the bubble (when the feature will be enabled in future), a "Forwarded Message" string, if the message has been forwarded from another chat (or from the same chat)," read the information on the website. When a message is forwarded a lot of times, you can notice the label on the bubble. A spammer sends spam messages to multiple users, selecting them in his contacts list, picking these data from the Internet or from some registration services.These messages may contain unwanted advertising and fake news, and they often invite you to forward the message to your contacts. At present, WhatsApp does not block the forwarding of a message more than 25 times.

Twitter Rolls Out Bookmarks Feature

Twitter has launched its Bookmarks feature globally that will give its over 300 million users a new way of saving tweets they like and might want to revisit and share. With our new "share" icon on every Tweet, the users will be able to bookmark a tweet, share via Direct Message, or Share off of Twitter any number of ways. "Because we put all sharing actions together in one place, it's easier to save and share privately or publicly -- in the moment, or later," Jesar Shah, Product Manager at Twitter, said in a blog post. To bookmark a tweet, tap the share icon under the tweet and select, "Add Tweet to Bookmarks". To find it later, tap "Bookmarks" from your profile icon menu. You can remove tweets from your Bookmarks at any time. Also, only you can see what you've bookmarked. Bookmarks feature is rolling out globally on Twitter for iOS and Android, Twitter Lite and


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How Ashwin Sanghi's Wife Awakened The Writer In Him


hen summer was at its peak and all his friends had left for vacations, a young member of a Marwari business family was packed off to spend time at its many mills and workshops. There he was taught the "hunar", or skills, of business, so that he could one day occupy his father's gaddi (seat). Ashwin Sanghi was barely 12 when he was first told to accompany his father and learn the intricacies of doing business. The young Ashwin resisted, asking what he was expected to do all day at his father's office in what was then Bombay. "Munim ji will teach you accounts," said his father, and Ashwin spent the next three months learning from the accountant. "I was sitting there with Munim ji every day, learning debit and credit and all of that. At that time, I hated my family and I hated my dad. I would often think: 'Yeh kya hai, sab log ghum rahe hain.' They are having fun and here I am doing this nonsense," recalls Ashwin. It soon went beyond holidays. Whenever there was a little breathing space, his father would find a way to drag Ashwin along to the office. The family also had an automobile business and during one vacation, Ashwin was sent to a mechanic at one of the workshops. Why? "To learn how to assemble parts of a scooter." The next holiday, he was sent to a car workshop. When he joined college, the instructions were clear: "Attend morning classes, because I need you in office by 12 O'Clock." Thus he was regularly short on attendance during his five years at St. Xaviers in Mumbai, not because he was goofing off and having fun, but because he was already going to work. When he told his father that he wanted to pursue an MBA, the instructions were again clear: "If you can make it to one of the top 10 institutions, then you can go; else it's a waste," his father said. He made it to Yale School of Management and spent two years in the US. Apart from graduating with an MBA degree, he also wrote a couple of articles in SOM Chronicle -- a monthly magazine at Yale. This was his first attempt at writing after a childhood spent in sustained reading

of books that came from his mother and maternal grandfather. Ashwin returned to India with his Yale degree and did nothing but manage his family busi-

Books To Look Forward To In March 2018

approach may lead to new experiences and discoveries, Anushika listened patiently. And when Here are some of the books that we can’t she spoke, her words were like a soothing balm wait to read this March: for his aching heart.

A Day in the Life, by Anjum Hasan (Penguin)

Quixotic retirees in Coorg and young newly-weds trying to eat meat; teenage boys travelling to Benares in the nineteenth century and a retiree with an anger-management problem in an India where the right wing is rising. Fourteen well-crafted stories give us a sense of daily Indian life of a wide cast of characters. Hasan's protagonists are, as always, living in their own heads a lot of the time, often whimsical and vulnerable outliers. Where is their place in the new order, where have they come from and where are they going? Billed by the publisher as "quietly devastating, subtly subversive and wonderfully wry", Hasan's stories are increasingly a good address for authentic Indian fiction.

ness for the next five years. And that was when he married Anushika -- changing his life forever. In his wife, Sanghi found somebody he could confide in, share his most intimate thoughts with. Though Ashwin grew up in a close-knit family, there were hardly any conversations around things like aspirations and hobbies -- it was all about business. But here was Anushika, his wife and friend, who was willing to listen to him and encourage him to explore other facets of life. Ashwin had begun to realise that business was no longer exciting him. "Ashwin you are being a real chu**a. At the end of the day you have to do what makes you happy. If you are going to just do what people expect you to do, then there's no point to it," he recalls telling himself some time in 2002, the year he first really considered moving out of business. And what does one need at such a crucial stage in his life? A companion, perhaps. Ashwin found his in Anushika. As he expounded on what he wanted to do, on why the life he was living held no excitement for him, and how a different

"She is a big part of my writing journey because she gave me the confidence to not be stuck in what I was not enjoying. I was choking in that business environment, I was suffocated. I am a creative person... and as a creative person I knew I could no longer survive there," he said after a long silence. The rest is history. Today Ashwin ranks among India's highest-selling English fiction authors. He has written several bestsellers ("The Rozabal Line", "Chanakya's Chant", "The Krishna Key" and "The Sialkot Saga"). In addition, he has co-authored a New York Times bestselling crime thriller with James Patterson called "Private India" (followed by another in the series called "Private Delhi"). His latest novel, "Keepers of Kalachakra", was released to much acclaim at the Jaipur Literature Festival last month. Ashwin will be in the national capital on Friday to participate in a session on his latest novel at Delhi Literature Festival. Entry is free and open to all.

Khaled Hosseini’s Next Novel Is Set Amid Syrian Refugee Crisis London: (IANS) The author of "The Kite Runner", "A Thousand Splendid Suns", and "And the Mountains Echoed" is all set to return with a new book later this year. Billed as a "lyrical and intensely moving story" around the refugee crisis, Khaled Hosseini's next is titled "Sea Prayer". The latest book by Hosseini, who commands terrific readership across the globe, will be published in August to mark the third death anniversary of the three-year-old Syrian refugee, Alan Kurdi, who drowned in 2015 trying to reach Europe amid the European refugee crisis and his body was washed ashore on a Turkish beach. "We are living in the midst of a displacement crisis of enormous proportions. 'Sea Prayer' is an attempt to pay tribute to the millions of families, like Alan Kurdi's, who have been splintered and forced from home by war and persecution," Hosseini said in a statement. Alexandra Pringle, group editor-in-chief

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at Bloomsbury, signed UK and Commonwealth their life in Homs, Syria, before the war, and of rights (excluding Canada) to the new title and that city's swift transformation from a home into therefore Bloomsbury will be bringing out the a deadly war zone," Bloomsbury elaborated in a press communique. "Originally produced in collaboration with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, Sea Prayer was first released as a Guardian virtual film on September 1, 2017," it added. Alexandra Pringle said that Bloomsbury was "very proud" to be working with Hosseini to create "a beautiful book from his lyrical and intensely moving story, a book to be cherished by people of all ages all over the world". Hosseini will donate the author's proceeds from this book to the United Nations High Combook. missioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Khaled "Written in the form of a letter, 'Sea Prayer' Hosseini Foundation to help fund life-saving reis a father's reflection as he watches over his lief efforts for refugees around the globe. sleeping son, on the dangerous journey across the "Sea Prayer" will be available in the UK and sea that lies before them. It is also an account of the Indian subcontinent on August 30.

Sanjay Dutt: The Crazy, Untold Story of Bollywood's Bad Boy, by Yasser Usman (Juggernaut)

Sanjay Dutt, in the brief of this book, has been dubbed as "the original bad boy of Bollywood". In the early 1980s, it was not uncommon to find him passed out over the steering wheel of his car on a suburban road of Mumbai after a night of drugs and alcohol. Sanjay's open love for guns and hard partying, his rippling muscles, long hair and many glamorous girlfriends, including the top actress of that time, defined machismo for a generation of Indian men. But underneath the tough-guy image there were genuine struggles, too: Both his mother and his first wife died tragically young of cancer, and Sanjay had to go through long and painful periods of de-addiction therapy. In this book, Yasser Usman tells the uncensored story of Sanjay's roller-coaster life that is stranger than any fiction -- from the time he smuggled heroin into the United States and went on a drunken shooting spree at his Pali Hill home after breaking up with his girlfriend to his curious phone calls to gangster Chhota Shakeel and his role in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts.

Split, by Taslima Nasrin (Penguin)

Nasrin is known for her powerful writing on women's issues and uncompromising criticism of religious fundamentalism. "Life felt like a feather at one moment and heavy as a stone the very next. I had never really felt this weight before, the full weight of life, and before I could make sense of things, it had crept down my back and slowly bent my spine. I could not recognise this life; it was mine and yet it was not. Without pausing to consider I had given away everything life had offered to me to another. Later, racked with thirst, I had reached out and found that there was nothing left for me... My life was spread out in front of me like an arid wasteland," she writes in her upcoming book. "Split" has a compelling narrative that captures the plight of the eminent Bangladeshi woman writer with freedom of expression and speech at the book's core.


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Six Healthy Habits For 2018 BY PANCH PAUL, MD, ABIHM

Beginning each year, most of us make new resolutions. I see a surge in motivation in me and my patients during this time. Making health a priority and setting health goals is a great way to welcome the New Year. Many people set goals and never achieve them. The key is to set SMART goals. The goal should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results focused, and Time bound. It is important to write down your goals. Here are my six health goals for 2018. 1. Breathing: Breathing is a simple, yet most vital for good health. Pure air containing oxygen has healing and life-giving property. When stressed, most of us take short breaths through our mouth using our chest and shoulders. Over time, it becomes a habit. We breath minimal air through our mouth. This leads to low energy, fatigue, and raises risk for chronic diseases. The correct way to breath is through the nose. Take a pause. Inhale deeply through the nose, hold for a second, and then exhale again through the nose using abdominal muscles. If you put a hand on your abdomen, you should be able to feel the belly move up and down in rhythm with each inspiration and expiration. That is how babies breath. In addition, learn and practice specific breathing exercises like the pranayama, and the Sudarshan kriya. Sometimes, it’s hard to breathe through the nose if you are cold or your nose is blocked. Many times, it is because you are producing too much mucus. This is mostly due to food intolerances. Many adults cannot digest diary or gluten. Try an elimination diet to find out your food allergies and avoid them. It’s important to clear up your nose before you go to bed. Using a room humidifier helps. Even better will be inhaling warm moist water vapor just before sleep to clear up the nasal passage. Other way is to irrigate the nasal sinuses with saline water using a neti pot. Mustard oil is an antibiotic and an irritant, putting a little in the nose can clear up the nasal cavity- an ancient health practice of India. Exercise also helps to clear up the nasal passage. 2. Digestion: All the essential nutrients that we

need comes from food. However, we need to digest the food to absorb the nutrients. Symptoms of week digestive system can be irregular bowel movement, diarrhea, constipation, acid reflux, bloating, and pain. There are easy ways to boost your digestive power. Take some fermented food daily in the form yogurt, kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut which will supply the body with healthy probiotics bacteria. For the friendly bacteria to work they also need to be fed fiber also called the prebiotics. The fibers that I like are apple, guava, pineapple, cucumber, beat, carrots, vegetables, and salad. This will also ensure easy bowel movement. Chronic constipation is a serious health hazard which increases the risk for heart problems, hypertension, and cancer. Also, most people above the age of forty produce less acid in their stomach, a condition called hypochlorhydria. Stomach acids are required for absorption of proteins and vitamins. Taking lemon water with meal or mixing your water with a drop of raw vinegar will help. Many people take antacids on a regular basis. This is bad for digestion, and will produce nutritional deficiencies in the long run. 3. Positive Communication: What we speak and how we speak determines the response we get from the world. There are many people who are always serious, criticizing and complaining. They tire themselves as well as others around them. Sometimes I do that too. This year, the goal is stay positive in all communications. Research has shown that optimistic and positive people live longer, happier, and healthier. Make sure to end all your conversations on a positive note. Keep conversations solution focused. Listen more without distraction. While speaking, focus on quality over quantity. Speak- slowly, clearly, and only when you are exhaling. In this way your voice will not break. Breath through nose and use your abdomen while you speak. Only 7 percent of our communication depend on the words spoken, and the rest in nonverbal. Take your communication seriously- record your voice, note your conversations- and seek help if needed to become a better communicator.

4. Work Life balance: Americans work most hours and take the least vacation compared to all other developed nations. Unless we put a voluntary check, it is so easy to get into the 24/7 work culture. And I did. Last year I worked around 60-80 hours a week. I experienced burn out and it took a toll on my health. This year my goal is to do less, but more quality work. I believe that the 40-hour work week is there for a reason. Plus, one should take in account the commute time. If you spend too much time at office, or work from home- you will find less time for good diet, exercise, sleep, relaxation – which are crucial for health. Make sure to spend time with family and friends. Schedule few days off each month. Visit new places. Travelling can be rewarding as you gain new experience, learn new perspectives, and create happy memories. 5. Healthy Workstation: Most of us spend most of our day in our workstation. Being sedentary is hazardous for health. Sitting all day is bad. I use a standing desk at work. But prolonged standing is also not the answer. The key is to move constantly. Immobility increases craving for high calorie food, and prevent the fat burning process in the body. Other goal is to exercise daily, preferably in the morning. When I don’t go to the gym, I exercise in my office. I have kept a kettlebell in my office, as shown in the picture Many people see

AED May Double Cardiac Arrest Survival

New York: (IANS) Survival from cardiac arrest doubles when a bystander is able to step in to apply an automated external defibrillator (AED) before the arrival of medical help, researchers say. An AED is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias and treat them through defibrillation -- the application of electricity which allows the heart to re-establish an effective rhythm. The findings showed that cardiac arrest patients who received a shock from a publicly-available AED that was administered by a bystander had 2.62 times higher odds of survival to hospital discharge and 2.73 times more favourable outcomes for functioning than those who first received an AED shock after emergency responders arrived. Without a bystander using AED shock therapy, 70 per cent of cardiac arrest patients either died or survived with impaired brain function, said researchers led by Myron Weisfeldt, from the

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Maryland. For the study, an international team of researchers looked at 49,555 out-of-hospital cardi-

nessed and were shockable. "Unfortunately, not enough people know to look for AEDs in public locations, nor are they are trained on how to use them," Weisfeldt said. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), use of an AED is the third step in the cardiac arrest chain of survival with the first two steps being to call for medical help (9-1-1) and begin immediate cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). "First Aid, CPR and AED training need to become part of a larger culture of safety within workplaces," said Michael Kurz, chair of the AHA. "We are certainly seeing higher public interest in this training, and our campaign calls upon decision makers in workplaces and popular public spaces such as arenas, fitness centres, hotels, and churches to place AEDs in the same locations as a fire extinguisher," Kurz noted. ac arrests that occurred in major US and Canada The study emphasized that bystanders make a cities. They analysed a key subgroup of these critical difference is assisting cardiac arrest victims arrests, those that occurred in public, were wit- before emergency responders can get to the scene.

a fall in their energy and motivation as the day progresses. Thus, the earlier you exercise during the day, the easier it is to remain consistent. Other than immobility, the next danger at modern workplace is the artificial lights. Looking at the computer screen all day is injurious to the eyes. Blue light is the most harmful among artificial lights.Consider putting a red/green filter screen. Download the app flux for your computer. Consider using blue light blocking eye glasses. I have recently started using one as shown in the picture. I have noticed that my eyes are not getting tired as before, and I sleep better. 6. Reading Fiction: This year my goal is to read two fictions each month. Our brain has 2 hemispheres. The left side is used more for focus, attention, logic, analysis, judgement, pattern recognition. The same right side is also used while reading nonfiction. The right side of our brain is more for creativity, intuition, spirituality, music, arts, imaginations, and stories. Brain stays healthy when both right and left sides are activated. Reading fiction at night is relaxing, and promotes good sleep. It can activate the right side of the brain, as well as the parasympathetic system- which has a calming effect. It also enhances patience, perseverance, and attention. Reading fiction using a mild bed lamp is a great way to prepare the body for sleep.

DASH Diet May Reduce Depression Risk

People who eat vegetables, fruits and whole grains to reduce hypertension may also have lower rates of depression over time, a new study suggests. The study found that people whose diets adhered more closely to the "Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension" (DASH) diet were less likely to develop depression than people who did not closely follow the diet. Dash diets emphasise on receiving a proper amount of food and nutrients like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains along with low or fat-free dairy, fish, poultry, beans, seeds, and nuts. "Depression is common in older adults and more frequent in people with memory problems, vascular risk factors such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol, or people who have had a stroke," said co-author Laurel Cherian, from the Rush University Medical Centre in Chicago. The more closely people followed a western diet -- a diet that is high in saturated fats and red meats and low in fruits and vegetables -- the more likely they were to develop depression.


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How To Start Your Own Cryptocurrency


("banks") for pushing evil scams such as sales Fed up of standing by watching while oth- of stocks and shares, unit trusts, investment ers make and lose fortunes on cryptocurrencies? bonds, Ponzi schemes, etc. It's an exciting field. In January this year, Now you too can make and lose a fortune! This columnist realised it was time to tack- the value of Bitcoins was going up and down so le this topic when a news report said more than fast (in a $10,000 range) that you had to discuss 1,500 Bitcoin-like cryptocurrencies had been it with a live price tracker in your hand. Here's a launched and a reader asked me for advice on typical conversation: ME: "I'll buy your car for one Bitcoin." starting his own. HIM: "No way! This car's worth more than... Easy, I said. Whose head would you like $9,845." ME: "More than... $11,245? No, it isn't. to be on it? He chose That's a good price." his own, which showed HIM: "Okay, you got me that he had no idea a deal." ME: "I'm now what a cryptocurrentransferring to you one cy was. They are not Bitcoin." HIM: "Wait. physical coins, so don't This is only worth... have anyone's heads on $7,231." ME: "Too late, them. Byeee." [Drives off.] Never mind. Bitcoin analysts say the numFUNNY SIDE Most people don't understand these ber of new coin issues is acceleratthings. This is good. Things you can sell to unsuspecting friends ing so we'll each have our own currency in "the as Bitcoins: 1) game arcade tokens; 2) foreign mid-to-long-term future", meaning a week next Tuesday. Shopping will be challenging. coins; 3) toy medals; and 4) chocolate money. SHOPPER: "Do you accept Flurgles?" But one of my more serious colleagues is SHOPKEEPER: "Yes, but your change will be starting his own cryptocurrency; so I know the in Oogliewooglies." system. What to call your coin? All the cool names 1. Download the main coin mining software from a website called Github, then hire a have already been taken, including Mysterium, nerd, as you have to tweak the program (with Einsteinium and BitBean. Others are odd, like the Melon, or desperately unimaginative, like C++) to make it unique. 2. Think of a theme. It is impossible to the Namecoin. be too wacky. For example, one person made I reckon it's time to stand out and get ata cryptocoin called "Offerings to Cthulhu", named after an alien from a 1928 sci-fi story. tention by using an ironically humorous name You'd think that was too silly to work, but it is for your new Bitcoin. Four suggestions: 1) SweetLittleNothings; 2) Don'tBuyThese; 3) going strong after several years. 3. When people start buying your curren- Moneypits; and 4) IdiotTokens. cy, sell them all and run away as fast as you can. Okay, hands up who'll buy an IdiotToken from me? And no, you can't pay me in cryptoIf the last part of this process reminds you of anything, it should. It is the same technique coins. I want hard cash. I may be an idiot but used by people working for criminal gangs I'm not stupid.

Tips To Maintain Positivity In Life

Be it in personal or professional life, maintaining a positive outlook is important. De-clutter and focus on solutions and not the problems, say experts. * De-clutter: Yes, it's an overthrown advice but it is de-cluttering that's the core foundation of success at work.

* Having a small green space: Place gardenia at your work station once a week. * Positive group support: Positive group support is important to help each other through difficult times. Surrounding your positive people will help you stay positive in a negative situation. Plenty of people will roam around you, avoid them. Their negative attitude will let you down and be counterproductive to what you are trying to achieve by practicing positive thinking. * Adjust focus in life: You should train your body and mind. This will happen with exercise. Through exercise we release those natural endorphins in our brain that make us feel better. Exercise has physical as well as mental and emotional benefits. It will boost your self-esteem for having the discipline to exercise. It is an excellent way to reduce negative thoughts from your mind. * Focus on solutions and not problems: Where and how you focus your attention determines your emotional state. When you zero in on the problems you are facing, you create negative emotions and stress. When you shift your focus towards actions that can improve your circumstances, you will create sense of self-efficacy that yields positive emotions and reduces stress.


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AP vs. IB vs. SAT Subject Tests: What's the Difference?


A common question that high school students have is "What's the difference between SAT Subject Tests, International Baccalaureate (IB) exams, and Advanced Placement (AP) exams?" In this post, we'll see how each of these academic tests work, which will help you compare and draw informed conclusions. SAT Subject Tests SAT Subject Tests are required when applying to many competitive colleges. * Students are tested on their knowledge of subjects learned in high school. * There are 20 subject tests across five areas: English, languages, mathematics, science, test date. You have the flexibility to choose cerand history. tain tests at the time of registration and change them (take one less, add one more, or switch tests) * You have the advantage of picking tests on the test day. Note that you cannot sit for SAT that demonstrate your strengths and indicate your and SAT Subject Tests on the same day. interest and preparedness in specific programs and majors to colleges. One of the main differences between SAT Subject Tests vs. AP/IB exams is that SAT Sub* These are one-hour, multiple-choice tests. ject Tests test knowledge of high school subjects, while AP/IB tests college-level course knowl* Raw test scores are converted to scale edge. scores of 200-800. AP Exams SAT Subject Tests are offered six times a Advanced Placement tests could result in year. You can take one, two or three tests on any college credit if your score is high enough. AP

programs aim to prepare high school students for the rigors and expectations of college-level academics through advanced courses. * Exams are held in May

IB Exams An International Baccalaureate (IB) program is a pre-college course focused on interdisciplinary teaching and aims to make students internationally-minded individuals. IB exams could result in college credit if your score is high enough. Students take six subjects at Higher Level (HL) and Standard Level (SL), usually split into 3 HL and 3 SL courses. * You must enroll in IB classes to be eligible for the exam.

* Written, essay-based format. * A total of 37 exams with * The exam tests students on critical thinkthe following fea- ing and an appreciation of global issues. tures: * 2-3 hours long.

* Section A: short-answer questions.

* Section B : an essay section where you need to choose one out of three essay topics, pre* There is no negative marking for wrong senting case study facts; scores factor in analyanswers or unanswered questions. sis and evaluation skills as well as content and structure. * The first part is multiple-choice. * 7-1 grading scale, where 7 is the highest * The second part consists of free-response score and 5 is the passing grade. questions that can be answered in an essay, verbal (conversational), or problem-solution format. *About the author: Kristen Moon is an independent college * Scoring is on a 5-point scale, with 5 being the highest possible score. '5' indicates 'extreme- counselor and founder of She ly qualified' and '1' indicates 'no recommenda- specializes in Ivy League, BS/MD Programs, and International Students. tion'.


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March 2018

Salman Can't Afford Luxury Of Being Depressed

Mumbai: (IANS) Superstar Salman Khan, who is busy shooting for his upcoming film "Race 3", says he cant afford the luxury of being depressed or emotional. Apart from giving a number of blockbusters, Salman is also known for launching new faces in the film industry and doing charity work through his 'Being Human Foundation'. What makes him so selfless and keeps him going? "When I was 15-16 (years old), I started partying and stuff like that because that's the age when everyone parties. When I was in college, I used to assist in films and then I started working as a model too," Salman said at the TiE Global Summit (TGS) 2018 here on Thursday. Going down memory lane, he said: "One day, Mr. Kailash Surendranath (advertising filmmaker) made me face the camera for the first time. It was for his Campa Cola advertisement, so, he used to take me out for parties."

"One day, he kept his arm around me and said ‘Salman, I don't think you should waste your time by spending your father's money'. Though he said that jokingly, I didn't take that as a joke. Straight after that, I started working and till today, I don't take holidays."

afford that luxury of being depressed or sad or emotional because no matter what I am going through, it works against me," he said. The "Tiger Zinda Hai" star said an actor's life does not have any "sub-titles" to show what he is going through at any stage of his life. "My profession is such that I have to look good, dress up well, do stylised action sequences and romance. My articles come on affairs, me working with beautiful heroines and then suddenly a court date comes up... people see me on 'Bigg Boss' in which I am laughing and joking," said the reality show's host. "So, people think that he doesn't give a damn about things. That is the most difficult part about our journey If he is not doing films or not feeling as actors. No matter what you are going well then also he keeps himself busy. through at your home or your personal life, "I see a lot of people going on vaca- you can't have sub-titles there. You have to tions, but I cannot afford that luxury of be that character, no matter what you are taking a vacation. I see a lot of people get- going through, you have to forget that and ting depressed and emotional, but I can't you have to focus on your craft," he added.

Not Afraid To Fail, Asserts Deepika

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Hyderabad: (IANS) Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone said she was not afraid to fail and not afraid to talk about the way she feels. She believes that success and failure are all part of life and everybody fails at one point in their life. "I am at a stage in my life where I have been through everything." She was speaking on 'Making mental wellness a boardroom priority' at the World Congress on Information Technology and Nasscom India Leadership Forum here. In a packed hall at 'global influencer session' on the last day of the three-day event, Deepika, the founder of The Live Love Laugh Foundation, shared her experiences with depression and gave tips to technologists on how to overcome it. In chat with Nasscom Vice-Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer Wipro Rishad Premji, she said that depression is going to be the next big epidemic. She said it was important that the persons suffering from depression speak about it with his or her near and dear ones and approach a counsellor and psychiatrist. Deepika advised all IT companies to have counsellors and psychiatrists to help the employees who may be suffering from

depression. She said the employers should also ensure that such employees are not treated differently, noting there is a lot of stigma attached to mental illness and such people don't speak due to fear of losing their job. She believes technology can help cre-

ate awareness on depression but personal touch and feel is important to help the person. "Personal feel and touch, physical proximity, one-on-one is important which technology in some way is taking away from us." On whether social media is adding to the problem, Deepika said while it has been a boon in lot of ways, she believes that everything should be in moderation. She observed that people on social media sometimes present a glorified version of life. Recalling her fight with depression,

the actress said she was not afraid of being judged when she opened up about the problem. "It's okay to have moments of weakness, okay to break down and okay to cry. It's okay if you don't look great all the time," she said. Replying to a query from the audience, Deepika said when she was suffering from depression, she used to feel like not getting up from bed and going for work. "There was no motivation and drive. I was not able to think straight. You feel a burden. You feel clouded and don't feel like yourself." About the many episodes of breaking down, she said one day when her parents were returning to Bengaluru after visiting her, she broke down in front of her mother, who understood the problem and reached out to a counsellor. "If my mother had not understood the problem, I would not have got the intervention." Deepika said while people suffering from depression were not expected to identify the symptoms and reach out to a psychiatrist, those around them have to understand it. The actress said frequent sessions with counsellors, medication, lifestyle changes, spacing the work, adequate sleep and the right kind of food helped her overcome the problem.


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Sridevi: 50 Years Of Living The Cinematic Dream



Arre, maine kuch achieve nahi kiya (I havent achieved anything)... Theres a long way to go. I feel my career has just started. Haan... let me tell you that," said Sridevi, laughing. Sridevi's lilting laughter -- much like her screen presence, beauty, grace and unmatchable talent -- lingers on as I remember my last conversation, in November 2017, with the actress, who spent 50 of her 54 years of life living the cinematic dream. "I feel like a newcomer. I feel that my career is going to start now. It's not finished, It's going to start now," she asserted, dismissing any desire to treat her fans to an autobiography replete with stories from her glorious life -- starting as a child actor at four to superstardom in India. Born in Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu on August 13, 1963, Sridevi began her career at the age of four in the devotional film "Thunaivan". That marked the beginning of a journey in filmdom that saw her work across Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi productions, leading her to become one of the most formidable actresses of the 1980s and 1990s in Bollywood -- in fact, the only female "superstar" the industry has seen. As filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma put it, "She was like a creation of God which he does whenever he is in a very special mood as a very, very special gift to mankind." Sridevi grew up to be known for not just her ability for slip into myriad roles -- whether the double role in "ChaalBaaz", as a woman with

retrograde amnesia in "Sadma", a shape-shifting woman in "Nagina", a goofy crime journalist in "Mr. India", the warm mother act in "English Vinglish" or the fierce and revengeful mom in "Mom" -- but also for her expressive eyes, sheer comic timing and her fluid dancing skills, all of which made her a director's delight. "Hawaa hawai", "Main teri dushman", "Morni", "Na jaane kahan se aayi ha"", "Mere haathon mein" are some of the iconic and classic dance numbers which gave cinema fans a chance to see the dancing talent of Sridevi. As filmmaker Subhash Ghai, who directed her in "Karma", said: "Introvert by nature, she

was electricity with thunder in front of the camera. She would shock directors with each shot -- be it dance, drama or romance. She was uncrowned queen of acting in all languages in her time." In 2013, the government feted her with the Padma Shri, the country's fourth-highest civilian award. Her work was widely lauded with a slew of other richly-deserved honors. Sridevi, who over the years became quite a fashion icon -- sometimes giving tough competition to her daughters -- commanded popularity like few others. "Her popularity and stardom had to be seen to be believed. We were shooting for the climax in Nandyal for 'Kshana Kshanam' and the whole of Nandyal came to a standstill when they came to know that Sridevi was in town. "Banks, government offices, schools, colleges everything in town closed as everyone wanted to see Sridevi," Ram Gopal Varma recounted in a tribute after the sudden demise of the

actress in Dubai late Saturday of a cardiac arrest. In an industry where women beyond a certain age struggle to find roles, a 50-plus Sridevi proved she still had it in her when she carried two films -- her "comeback" vehicle "English Vinglish" and last year's "Mom" -- on her shoulders. The 2012 film "English Vinglish" marked her return to films 15 years after the 1997 movie "Judaai". And what a comeback it was - playing the role of a traditional Indian housewife's struggle with the English language in the US, she was simply outstanding. In real life, she was indeed a "purely traditional housewife -- a great mother and perfect host for guests at home", says Ghai. A mother of two daughters, Janhvi and Khushi, whom she had with husband Boney Kapoor, Sridevi was as doting as a mom could get. She was excited for Janhvi's upcoming debut "Dhadak", just months away from its release. Confident of the upbringing she gave her daughters, Sridevi said: "Janhvi has chosen this path and profession, and I have been in this industry for long. So I am mentally more prepared than her. She has been watching me, and knows what she is getting into. "Nothing is going to be a cakewalk in any profession. So you have to work hard, and there will be challenges. I'm sure she is ready for it." And to cite the unpredictability of life, who knew Sridevi wouldn't be there to see her daughter take baby steps into a world where she was the uncrowned queen for so many years.


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..... What’s Cooking? ..... Rasam (Charu)

1/2 tea red mustard seed 1 dry red chili broken into small pieces or one whole chili for flavor ¼ teaspoon cumin seeds ¼ cup cooked A pinch of asafetida (hing) toor dal 2 stems finely chopped fresh coriander leaves Walnut size tamarind (soaked in Heat oil and add methi seeds. Fry them until light brown. Add rest of the ingredients (except P.S. LAKSHMI RAO ½ cup water) 1/2 medium to- coriander leaves) and fry until mustard seeds pop. mato cut in to 9 pieces Add this to charu immediately. Cover and keep 2 teaspoons salt charu on low heat. Add coriander leaves and turn 1\4 teaspoon turmeric (haldi) the heat off after 2 or 3 minutes. Adjust salt and 1 long curry leaf (Karivepaku) sour taste according to taste. 1-tablespoon charu powder (see the recipe below) Charu can be made ahead of time. Heat just 1-teaspoon brown sugar before serving. 4 pieces of mulakkdalu (vegetarian drum sticks) Note: to squeeze the tamarind juice add 1/2 cup In a three-quart saucepan squeeze the juice of water to tamarind and microwave for a minute out of tamarind using one cup of water. Repeat to make it soft. to make 4 cups tamarind juice. Discard the pulp. Add ¾ cups water to thoor dal and mash it and Rasam (Charu) Powder pour only the liquid in to the tamarind juice. Dis- 1/4 cup methi seed card leftover dal. 1/2 cup chana dal Add rest of the ingredients, and boil for 3 1/2 cup toor dal minutes. 4 to 6 red chillies Reduce the heat to medium. 1/4 cup whole black pepper Popu 1 cups coriander seeds (dhania) 2 teaspoon of oil 1/4 cup cumin seeds (jeera) 6 methi seeds (fenugreek) 1/4 tea asafoetida (hing)

March 2018 cumin seeds. Fry for two minutes. Add asafoetida. (if using asafoetida pieces, add them to the spices one minute earlier) Remove from the heat and keep them in same pan with methi seed. Let all the spices cool. Put all the spices in the blender jar and blend them in to soft powder. Mix curry leaves in to the powder. Keep the powder in a glass jar with a lid. Stays fresh for long time.

Note: Toor dal tastes much better if dry roasted on very low heat before using. Make sure not to burn even one grain of dal. Whenever you Few curry leaves, removed from the stem make something with toor dal, and torn in to pieces save some water from dal. You can use this water In a 10 inch frying pan fry methi seeds un- for making charu. til golden brown. Remove from the pan and set Charu should be very diluted and clear. My aside. kids always make charu when they get colds or In the same pan on medium low heat fry next sinuses. Sometimes I strain and serve it in a cup or four ingredients without oil for five minutes. cocktail glass as an appetizer before dinner. Make Add black peppers, coriander seeds and sure the glass is heat resistant.

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Men's Fashion Trends To Look Out For In 2018 will match up to their body type. Surya Suri, Founder of the brand Steele, lists some trends

* Loose-fitted outfits: Big luxury brands are going

* One color outfit: The monochrome or one colour was a huge trend in 2017 and it will continue to be seen this year too. It has become a trend that many designers and other premier brands have incorporated in their collections. Men can try wearing a monochrome outfit with different colored shoes to make heads turn!

back to the 80s style from pastel colours to the boxy outfits and light washed pieces of denim and frayed hems. However, it doesn't mean you Sandeep Sharma, Director of have to add every trend and fashthe brand Fabriclore, too has some ion to your wardrobe. of the coolest trends to share Men can pick them with a *Fusion fever: An Intrendy outfit and blend them with do-Western Outfit is one thing that their existing collection to create a fresh look this year. A sportswear can be worn can never go out of style. Be it weddings or feswith loose trousers or with a long blazer. Just tive occasions, if you want to take your outfit a swipe through your family photo album and get inspiration.

* Semi-formal wear: The shades of lavender, pink and green are new trends in 2018. These soft colours are the right options which one can wear on any occasion from a nice evening date to work that include shirts, blazers, trousers, and t-shirts. There are many options to explore, just pick the accessories such as a nice watch and semi-formal shoes to complement the entire appeal.

* Waistcoat: Considered as one of the most elegant casual separates worn Similar to women's fashion, men's fashion for ethnic occasions, Bandi is a waistcoat also keeps changing, but many men do not go that can be worn alongside a plain, patoverboard with trends and stick to their comfort terned or embroidered sherwani. One can while dressing. Now, they dont have to worry as pair it with matching or colorful churidar 2018 brings a host of trends in mens clothing that pants and jootis.

notch higher, customization is the key! 2018 is going to be all about bespoke fashion trends.

*Pop and Pastels: Men are now experimenting a lot more with fun and bright color palettes. And not just colors, even prints like florals, abstracts and quirky object designs are selling like hot cakes this year. Right from pastel safas, floral sherwanis and buddha print nehru jackets to pop patchwork shirts and pastel dhoti pants - there are lots of ways in which you can easily re-style your outfits and team to suit the mood of the occasion.


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