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President Obama’s last goodbye From his adopted hometown of Chicago, the 44th President of the US called on the country to be “anxious, jealous guardians of democracy” IANS, CHICAGO

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utgoing US President Barack Obama bid farewell to Americans in an emotional speech with the same message of hope and optimism that brought him into the White House eight years ago. From his adopted hometown of Chicago, the city where he found purpose in public life, the 44th President of the US called on the country to be “anxious, jealous guardians of democracy”, CNN reported. While asking Americans to stay committed to democratic values and persist in their optimism for change, Obama also expressed warning for the years to come. “Tonight it’s my turn to say thanks ... Everyday I learned from you. You made me a better president, and you made me a better man,” the President told a crowd of about 20,000 people in an hourlong address. “After eight years as your President, I still believe that.” “And it’s not just my belief. It’s the beating heart of our American idea — our bold experiment in self-government,” the President told the American people in a large convention hall a few blocks from Grant Park, where he spoke to supporters on the night of his historic election in 2008. He implored his backers to be vigilant in protecting basic American values that he warned could

Trump appoints David Shulkin WASHINGTON: President-elect Donald Trump this week chose Undersecretary of Health David Shulkin to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, a media report said. “I have no doubt Dr Shulkin will be able to lead the turnaround our Department of Veterans Affairs needs. His sole mandate will be to serve our veterans and restore the level of care we owe to our brave men and women in the military,” CNBC quoted Trump as saying. “Sadly our great veterans have not gotten the level of care they deserve, but Dr Shulkin has the experience and the vision to ensure we will meet the healthcare needs of every veteran,” he said. “Dr Shulkin is an incredibly gifted doctor who is using his elite talents for medicine to care for our heroes and Americans can have faith he will get the job done right.” —IANS

US President Barack Obama waves to the audience with First Lady Michelle Obama after delivering his farewell address in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo: IANS)

come under siege. “Democracy can buckle when we give in to fear,” he said. “So just as we, as citizens, must remain vigilant against external aggression, we must guard against a weakening of the values that make us who we are.” And he warned against turning inward, telling Democrats that only by involving themselves in a real political discourse could they hope to renew the hopeful vision he brought to the White House eight years ago. He warned that “laws alone won’t be enough” in resolving per-

sistent differences between Americans. “Hearts must change,” he said. The speech also reflected the unique situation Obama will confront as he leaves the Oval Office. At just 55, he is preparing for an active post-presidency in which he will champion many of the same core issues he worked on in the White House, including minority rights and opportunities for young people, the Los Angeles Times reported. In 4,300 words, Obama also listed major feats his administration had accomplished during his

tenure, including reversing recession, opening up a new chapter with Cuba, inking the Iranian nuclear deal, taking out Osama bin Laden, promoting gay marriage and increasing medical insurance coverage. His successor, President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to undo some of his signature policies. He would be sworn into office on January 20. The President also stressed solidarity despite a presidency sometimes at odds with the Congress. “Democracy does not require uniformity,” Obama said. “Our

founders quarrelled and compromised, and expected us to do the same. But they knew that democracy does require a basic sense of solidarity -- the idea that for all our outward differences, we are all in this together; that we rise or fall as one.” He said he has not abandoned his vision of progressive change but warned that it now comes with a new set of caveats. Senior advisors said Obama knows that many progressive, religious and ethnic minorities and immigrants were feeling apprehensive with the approach of the handover to Trump, the Los Angeles Times reported. Obama’s successor was elected after promising to crack down on immigration, scrutinize Muslims in the US and challenge what he termed “political correctness”. He paid an emotional tribute to First Lady Michelle Obama, addressed his children, and thanked Vice President Joe Biden, who were all in attendance except younger daughter Sasha. The President’s younger daughter is in Washington to prepare for an exam on Wednesday morning. His voice quaked when describing Michelle’s contribution. “You took on a role you didn’t ask for and made it your own with grace and grit and style and good humor.” “You made the White House a place that belongs to everybody,” Obama said to his wife.

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S Senator John McCain has admitted that he gave the FBI a dossier detailing claims of a Russian blackmail plot against President-elect Donald Trump. The Arizona lawmaker, who is a longtime Trump critic, made the public statement as questions piled up about his alleged role in spreading an unverified and error-riddled document that Trump has denounced as “a complete and total fabrication.” “Late last year, I received sensitive information that has since been made public,” the New York Post quoted McCain in its report. “Upon examination of the contents, and unable to make a judgment about their accuracy, I delivered the information to the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. That has been the extent of my contact with the FBI or any other

US Senator John McCain. (Photo: IANS)

government agency regarding this issue,” the senator said. Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein, who contributed to a story about the dossier reported by CNN said McCain was given the docu-

ment by a former British ambassador to Moscow. “It came from a former British MI6 agent who was hired from a political opposition research firm in Washington who was doing work about Donald

Trump for both Republican and Democratic candidates opposed to Trump,” Bernstein told CNN. “They were looking at Trump's business ties. They saw some questionable things about Russians, about his businesses in Russia. They in turn hired this MI6 former investigator,” said the Watergate reporter. “He then came up with additional information from his Russian sources. He was very concerned by the implications of it. He then took it to an FBI colleague that he had known in his undercover work for years,” Bernstein also said. “He took it to this FBI man in Rome who turned it over to the bureau in Washington in August,” Bernstein added. “And then, a former British ambassador to Russia independently was made aware of these findings and he took the information to Senator John McCain in the period just after the election, and showed it to him - additional findings,” he added.


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Punjab heads for triangular contest

Traditional rivals, the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) combine and the Congress, are aware of the political challenge being posed by the fledgling Aam Aadmi Party JAIDEEP SARIN, CHANDIGARH

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ith some days to go for crucial assembly elections in Punjab, political uncertainty looms over the frontier state on the issue of who will assume power post-March 11, once the results are declared. The reason for this is that Punjab, for the first time, is witnessing triangular contests in most of the 117 assembly constituencies. Traditional rivals, the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) combine and the Congress, are not only fighting each other, but are aware of the political challenge being posed by the latest entrant on Punjab’s political turf — the fledgling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). As of today, none of the parties seems to have the edge, even though each one of them claims to be heading for a clear, and even sweeping, majority in the February 4 election. Not surprisingly, in this uncertain period, a rather unusual question is being asked: “Will Punjab end up with a hung assembly?” Till about a year ago, the AAP

Congress leaders Dr Manmohan Singh and Captain Amrinder Singh launch party’s manifesto ahead of Punjab assembly polls, in New Delhi. (Photo: IANS)

had made formidable inroads in the state and opinion polls even suggested a massive win. But a lot has changed since then. After seemingly peaking at the wrong time, the AAP started imploding politically from June last year. Thus, the party is fighting two battles — one with the Akali Dal-BJP and Congress, and the

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EC censures Sakshi Maharaj NEW DELHI: The Election Commission on January 12 censured BJP MP Sachchidanand Hari Sakshi, better known as Sakshi Maharaj, for his controversial statements in which he blamed 'Muslims' for India's population boom. The Commission held that the remarks were a violation of the Model Code of Conduct and rejected the Uttar Pradesh MP's contention that the statements were not

in a public or election meeting and as such did not come in the ambit of the poll code. “The Commission has considered your reply and has not found it satisfactory. Any statement to the effect of promoting enmity between different classes of society in connection with election on the grounds of religion made during electioneering or otherwise is violative of MCC,” the poll panel said.

Madame Tussauds in Delhi soon NEW DELHI: World famous wax museum Madame Tussauds is set to debut in India in June, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan and American pop star Lady Gaga’s statues as some of the star attractions. “Madame Tussauds will open doors in June this year,” Anshul Jain, General Manager and Director of Merlin Entertainment Pvt Ltd, said here at a press conference. The first India branch of the museum will be in the capital New Delhi. The museum, renowned for the creation of detailed and lifelike wax figures, will house statues of prominent figures from the world of sports, Bollywood, politics, et al. Amitabh is likely to attend the

launch of the museum, which will be spread across the first and second floors of the Regal Cinema complex in Connaught Place here. This is the 23rd branch of Madame Tussauds across the world, and Merlin Entertainment is looking forward to a red carpet welcome. —IANS

second one within itself. Allegations of corruption in allotment of tickets, accusations of immoral activities of some leaders, lack of any big leader from Punjab who could be projected as the party’s face, and internal rumblings about “outsiders” — mainly leaders from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and other states — running the AAP

show in Punjab at the cost of local leaders, have all taken a toll on the party. In the past six months, there has been an exodus of state and district level leaders from the fold. But top party leaders like Arvind Kejriwal, Sanjay Singh, Durgesh Pathak and others are upbeat about AAP repeating a “Delhi-type political

magic in Punjab” when it won 67 of the 70 assembly seats in the 2015 assembly polls. Things are not too tidy either with the ruling Akali Dal-BJP alliance or the main opposition party — the Congress, which believes it is on an upswing. The Akali Dal-BJP alliance, which has been in power in the state since 2007 for two consecutive terms, is aiming for a third stint. Akali Dal president and Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal is out to once again deploy his strategic skills which, in the 2012 assembly election, broke the five-year AkaliCongress cycle of governments. But his party faces anti-incumbency of the past decade, charges of corruption, and criticism that the financial health and clout of the ruling Badal family — headed by 89-year-old Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal — has been multiplying at the cost of the state. All the three major players are charting a difficult and uncertain course, leaving the voters a tad confused about which is the lesser evil.

‘Some forces plotting to split us’ MOHIT DUBEY, LUCKNOW

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amajwadi Party (SP) Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav made a passionate pitch to his supporters and party workers here and said that while some forces were out to split the party, he was doing everything to ensure that did not happen. “This party has emerged out of a lot of labor, hard work and struggle of party workers and its founding leaders, I will neither allow it to disintegrate nor the party symbol to go,” Mulayam told an unscheduled interaction with workers at the party office at Vikramaditya Marg here. Appearing resigned to the fate of an imminent split in the party he formed 25 years ago, Mulayam Singh also said he has given everything to the party and that he was left with nothing. “Mera jo bhi tha, maine party ko de diya hai. Par sabne ye manna chahiye ki yeh party sangharshon se yahan tak pahunchi hai (I have given everything to the party and everyone should accept that the party has reached here after much struggle),” he said in one emotive tone even as his supporters raised slogans in his favor. The Samajwadi Party chief stated how he had gone to jail during the Emergency when Akhilesh Yadav was a kid. He also mentioned how

Samajwadi Party (SP) Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav in Lucknow. (Photo: IANS)

Shivpal Singh Yadav, his younger brother, who was seated next to him, would bring food for him to the prison during his period of incarceration and later hide it at various places. Targeting his cousin, Ram Gopal Yadav, who is mentoring the Akhilesh Yadav faction, the Yadav chieftain said everyone now knew who was trying to break the party. “Everyone knows who has met the leaders of our opponents,” the 77-year-old leader said and pointed out that while he has mingled with opposition leaders these were “just social courtesies”. He was apparently referring to potshots taken by Ram Gopal at

him with regards to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s presence at a family wedding in Saifai, Uttar Pradesh. He also accused the Rajya Sabha member, who was expelled from the party on December 30 last year, of going ahead to form a separate party — the Akhil Bharatiya Samajwadi Party (ABSP) with the party symbol of a motorcycle. Political observers here feel that Mulayam Singh was now reconciled to the fact that all efforts of a patchup with his son have failed and that a split in the party is imminent. With elections to the state assembly just round the corner, fear of the party symbol being frozen are doing the rounds in both camps.


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Elections: Will Modi be lucky? Except for the BJP’s success in Assam last year, the prime minister’s appeal as the ‘vikas purush’ or the man of development hasn’t worked anywhere else up till now AMULYA GANGULI, NEW DELHI

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t is obvious that the ensuing elections in five states will be an excellent mid-term appraisal of Narendra Modi’s tenure. The interest in their outcome will be all the greater because the Prime Minister hasn’t had it all in his own way as may have been expected after his resounding victory in 2014. Except for the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) success in Assam last year, Modi’s appeal as the ‘vikas purush’ or the man of development hasn’t worked anywhere else up till now. In 2015, the BJP was badly trounced by a fledgling party in Delhi and comprehensively beaten by a motley coalition in Bihar. Its sole success in the following year in Assam — accompanied by defeats in West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry — was over an aging Chief Minister and his tired Congress party. There was little doubt at that stage that the wind of popular expectations which swept Modi to power at the Centre had dissipated. His indifferent performances might have continued this year, too, if providence had not intervened in the form of undermining the chances of the ruling Samajwadi

A victory in Uttar Pradesh is likely to be regarded by the BJP as a favorable omen for 2019. (Photo: IANS)

Party (SP) in Uttar Pradesh. As it is, the SP would have faced the anti-incumbency factor as its stint in power hasn’t been as much of a success story as its personable Chief Minister, Akhilesh Yadav, will like everyone to believe. But Samajwadi party’s temporary breaking into two with Akhilesh on one side and his father Mulayam Singh Yadav on the other, cannot but ensure a much easier ride for the BJP to power than before.

Luck, therefore, seems to have turned for Modi in the new year. Even if the findings of an opinion poll which gives a majority to the BJP in the 403-member Uttar Pradesh assembly are ignored, the fact is undeniable that an SP at war with itself can hardly be expected to win, let alone put up a stiff fight, irrespective of how much Akhilesh is liked by the younger generation because of his progrowth and non-casteist approach

to politics. Considering that the worst of the demonetization process is over with the banks no longer as crowded as before, it is possible that Modi’s developmental pitch will work once again as it did in 2014 when the BJP won 71 of the 80 parliamentary seats in the state and its ally, the Apna Dal, two. A victory in Uttar Pradesh is likely to be regarded by the BJP as a favorable omen for 2019. If the

party also comes out on top in Uttarakhand and Goa, as the opinion poll says, then the BJP may well believe that it is on the way to consolidating its position on a wider basis. However, if the bad spell which clouded the party’s fortunes in 2015 and 2016 has ended, it has less to do with Modi than with the fortuitous presence for the BJP of a fractured opposition. There are several reasons why the latter has failed to get its act together. One is that there is no inspirational leader with ideas about an economic road map for the country and about ways to address problems such as endemic corruption, violence against women and the continuance of reservations which bolsters the caste system. As the alternate pole at the national level, the Congress still reposes its faith in the NehruGandhi family. But as Rahul Gandhi’s occasional disappearing acts suggest — he is away in London at present — he is not an inveterate political animal. Even if his successes makes BJP confident about facing next general election, the Prime Minister will still have to show results in the matter of curbing black money and promoting employment-generating growth.

Om Puri: Actor for all seasons with passion There is no lack of roles, big or small, villainous or comic, to recall Om Puri’s skill, who passed away last week VIKAS DATTA, NEW DELHI

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is craggy, pockmarked but a distinctive face may have kept him from becoming a leading man in films. Nevertheless, Om Puri used the remarkable range of expressions he could convey, from impotent rage to blazing menace to comic exasperation, along with his trademark baritone, to play some immortal roles on the big and small screen in India and abroad. The true tribute to any actor is in remembering some of his performances and for Om Puri who recently passed away, there is no shortage of roles, big or small, heroic, comic or villainous, in masala or art films to recall his skill. Will we remember him for his

depiction of the victimised tribal of Aakrosh (1980), conveying his anguished helplessness by facial expressions till the very last shocking scene when he finally opens his mouth in a loud protest, the hapless policeman in Ardh Satya (1982), the enthusiastic poetry-lover in In Custody/Muhafiz (1993) or sinister terrorist Sanatan in Maachis (1996)? Or will we prefer to remember him in another light, as suspicious secretary Banwari Lal in Chachi 420 (1998), the jovial and kind but dutiful Inspector Khan in Pyar To Hona Hi Tha (1997) or determined Inspector Udham Singh in Gupt (1997). Then there is also his portrayal of British-Pakistani George Khan, who is loving but can be authoritarian and abusive towards his mixed family

in East Is East (1999)? Any list of his most memorable performances is bound to be most subjective, but let’s try to list a few of these, from a wide swathe. Ardh Satya- This was the movie that made his name, and fetched him the National Award for Best Actor. As Sub Inspector Anant Velankar, Om Puri well conveyed the helplessness of a low-ranking police inspector who soon realizes the limits of his uniform’s power, the shameless manipulation of power by the elite and how justice is only a word. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron - As Ahuja, the dipsomaniac and corrupt Punjabi builder who wears sun-glasses round the clock, Om Puri held his own against a powerhouse of abundant talent in this cult classic. He

Om Puri as Gen Zia ul Haq in the film ‘Charlie Wilson’s War’.

also grabbed some of the best scenes — especially the one in which he comes across Satish Shah propped in his coffin, thinks his car has broken down and tries to help him. He also pops up as a sun-glass sporting Duryodhana in the epic climax scene and has one of the film’s most-remembered dialogues, when he storms out of a meeting with his rival (Pankaj Kapoor): “Tarneja, tena main dekh lunga, D’Mello, tu te gaya.” Tamas - In this disturbing story

of the circumstances in which India and Pakistan were born as independent nations, Om Puri plays low-caste laborer Nathu, who is cynically manipulated into an act which leads to riots and eventually his own death. And let us end with the two cameos where the actor well marked his presence - Nahari, the unrepentant rioter in Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi, and as General Zia ul-Haq in Charlie Wilson’s War.


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OBAMA SELECTS 4 PIO SCIENTISTS Pankaj Lal, Kaushik Chowdhury, Manish Arora and Aradhna Tripati are among 102 researchers who will receive the ‘Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers’ honors department of earth and environmental studies at Montclair. Undertaking interdisciplinary research that explores interconnections among society and the environment, he has been working on environmental economics and eco-

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our Indian-American scientists have been chosen among 102 researchers who will receive the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) — the highest honor given by the US government to science and engineering professionals. These are: Pankaj Lal from Montclair State University ( Department of Agriculture); Kaushik Chowdhury from Northeastern University (Department of Defense), Manish Arora, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (Department of Health and Human Services) and Aradhna Tripati, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) (National Science Foundation). “I congratulate these outstanding scientists and engineers on

Indian-origin blind man films daily abuse in UK LONDON: An Indian-origin man in Britain has fitted his guide dog with a camera to highlight the discrimination he faces while travelling around London. Amit Patel, 37, is constantly pushed out of the way as he navigates around the trains and buses of the capital with Kika, his guide dog, said a report in the Independent. Patel said the majority of Londoners are “fantastic” towards him and his dog, but he does admit to losing his temper on “bad days”. He added that he decided to video his commute so that his wife Seema can share footage on social media to raise awareness. “It all started when people barged me out of the way, they hit (Kika) with umbrellas, bags. I get shoulder charged every day and when my wife looks back at the footage she can see they have done it deliberately,” he said. “They (people) have loads of space to get past but they seem to think it is fun to barge into a blind person.” He lost his sight unexpectedly in 2012 to an eye disease known as keratoconus. Describing one particular shocking encounter to another daily, he said a woman once ordered him to apologize to travellers on an escalator at London Bridge as he and his dog were on it. —IANS

‘PECASE’ is the highest honor given by the US government to science and engineering professionals

Barack Obama congratulated the scientists for their hard work.

their impactful work. These innovators are working to help keep the United States on the cutting edge, showing that Federal investments in science lead to advancements that expand our knowledge of the

world around us and contribute to our economy,” Obama said in a statement. Lal, who earned his Master’s from Delhi School of Economics, is an associate professor in the

nomic geography, human dimensions of ecosystem management, natural resource conservation and policy and climate change. Chowdhury, who received his PhD from the Georgia Institute of Technology, directs the Next Generation Networks and Systems (GENESYS) Lab.

He is the winner of the “NSF CAREER” award in 2015 and the Office of Naval Research Director of Research Early Career Award in 2016. An environmental epidemiologist and exposure biologist, Arora’s research focuses on effects of prenatal and early childhood chemical exposures on life-long health trajectories. He is known for his work on biomarkers that utilise human deciduous and permanent teeth to reconstruct the timing of exposure to various harmful chemicals and essential nutrients. At UCLA, Tripati’s lab uses the chemistry of natural compounds as well as models as tools to understand how the Earth works to understand climate change, the oceans, and the transfer of carbon between the biosphere, atmosphere and oceans.

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auding the deep and emotional attachment Persons of Indian Origin in Girmitiya countries have for their motherland, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told PIOs to obtain Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cards by June 30. "We have extended the deadline to convert PIO cards into OCI cards to June 30 from December 31, without penalty," Modi told the Indian diaspora at the 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas celebrations here.

"We have also set up special immigration counters at New Delhi and Bengaluru airports since January 1 for OCI card holders. Similar counters will be opened at more airports in the country," said Modi in his inaugural address at the annual event. Girmityas are the fourth or fifth generation of descendents of indentured Indian laborers who during the 19th century went to Fiji, Mauritius, South Africa and the Caribbean islands to work on agricultural fields and settled down in these countries.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses during the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD-2017) in Bengaluru. (Photo: IANS)

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eteran journalist Easwar Sagar, who was a long-time correspondent for The Hindu in Washington and a deputy editor, has passed away at the age of 95, his family said. He died of pneumonia on Sunday in Centreville, Virginia, his son Sushant Sagar told IANS. As the US correspondent from 1961 to 1978, Easwar Sagar covered the momentous changes in America sparked by the civil rights and the anti-Vietnam War moments. He chronicled the reigns of five presidents — from John

Veteran journalist Easwar Sagar

Kennedy to Jimmy Carter — the Watergate scandal and the resignation of Richard Nixon.

He was at the Civil Rights March in Washington in 1963 when Martin Luther King gave his iconic “I have a dream” speech. A reporter known for his thorough and in-depth reporting, in order to expose the roots of opposition to civil rights that gnawed at the heart of the US at that time, he also interviewed George Wallace, who stood for racial segregation and racism. Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro was in the roster of notables he interviewed. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Janaki, and two sons, Sushant and Vasant, all of whom live in the US.

ritius become eligible for OCI cards. "We are committed to addressing similar difficulties of PIOs in Fiji, Reunion Islands, Suriname, Guyana and other Caribbean states," said Modi on the occasion.

Haryana to set up cells for NRIs GURUGRAM: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said the government will set up two dedicated cells for Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) in the state. The cell would be headed by a Deputy Inspector General of Police. Khattar was speaking at the second day's session of the Pravasi Haryana Divas-2017 organized by the Haryana government with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) as the national partner. “Over 400 Haryanvi NRIs hailing from 33 countries are taking part in the event,” the organizers said. —IANS


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Russian dossier ‘Nazi’: Trump The President-elect denounces as a “Nazi” tactic the preparation and the leak of a dubious US dossier purporting to show that Russians had material to blackmail him

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ensions between Donald Trump and the US intelligence agencies is growing with the Presidentelect denouncing as a “Nazi” tactic the preparation and the leak of a dubious dossier purporting to show that Russians had material to blackmail him. His first news conference as President-elect this week was overshadowed by the leak of the unsubstantiated documents originally prepared by a former British intelligence agent and a synopsis that was shared by US intelligence agencies with both Trump and President Barack Obama. “I think it was disgraceful — disgraceful that the intelligence agencies allowed any information that turned out to be so false and fake out,” he said. “That's something that Nazi Germany would have done and did do.” In a low point for the US, intelligence agencies — domestic and

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foreign — are becoming embroiled in politics. The Russians hacked the Democratic Party computers in a cyber version of the Watergate break-in in an attempt to hurt that party's candidate for President, Hillary Clinton. And now someone who had ties to British intelligence — he is said to have formerly worked for them — prepares a dossier with unsub-

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US sanctions N. Korean officials WASHINGTON: US authorities have imposed sanctions on seven senior North Korean officials, including leader Kim Jong-un’s younger sister, in response to “serious human rights abuses and censorship”. “The North Korean regime not only engages in severe human rights abuses, but it also implements rigid censorship policies and conceals its

inhumane and oppressive behaviour,” Acting Director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) John E. Smith said. The list includes Kim Yo Jong, Kim Jong-un’s younger sister and Vice Director of the Workers’ Party of Korea Propaganda and Agitation Department (PAD), Efe news reported.

US radar against missile threat WASHINGTON: The Pentagon has deployed high-tech radar to keep watch for a potential North Korean long-range-missile launch in the coming months, according to a US defense official. It is the first US military response to Pyongyang’s claim that it could launch an intercontinental ballistic missile, CNN said.

The sea-based X-band radar (SB-X) is able to track the longrange launches and provide crucial data, the defense official said. The radar has been deployed several times in the past to monitor North Korean missile activity. But it can only remain at sea for a certain period of time.

VATICAN CITY: Worshipping false idols such as money, power and physical beauty is perilous because they “create confusion in our spirit” and “drive us towards death”, Pope Francis said this week. “We can be tempted to seek albeit short-lived consolation that appears to fill the well of loneliness and ease the fatigue of religious faith,” Francis said.

He took aim at the modern world’s obsession with power, success and beauty at his weekly Pope Francis general audience in St Peter’s Square. “We think we can find solace in the security that money and worldly things may bring, or in power,” Francis told pilgrims.

Pope warns against idolatry

stantiated rumours from his Russian sources and US intelligence agencies pick it up and it gets leaked to media in a way that it could undercut Trump's presidency even before it begins. Trump poured scorn on the sensationalist website BuzzFeed, which published the 35-page document, and its partner CNN, which disclosed parts of the synop-

WASHINGTON: US President-elect Donald Trump has said that he though it was Russia behind the cyber attacks targeting the 2016 US presidential election. “As far as hacking, I think it was Russia,” Xinhua quoted Trump as saying at his first press conference in New York since winning the election in November.

sis, as purveyors of “fake news”. In ways that could affect India, he spoke of his plans to stem flow of manufacturing from the US and took aim at the pharmaceutical sector. “We've got to get our drug industry back,” he said. “Our drug industry has been disastrous. They're leaving left and right. They supply our drugs, but they don't make them here, to a large extent.”

“He (Russian President Vladimir Putin) should not be doing it. He won’t be doing it,” said Trump, adding, “Russia will have much greater respect for our country when I’m leading than when other people have led it.” Trump’s first public acknowledgement came after months of denial and sometimes even disparagement of US intelligence community.

India exported $6 billion worth of drugs to the US in 2015 and could feel the impact of this policy, although it could also gain from his plans to cut the cost of pharmaceuticals because of India's leadership in generics, an area in which US companies have not left America. He threatened to impose a “border tax” on companies that move manufacturing outside.

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oon after India threatened it won’t grant visas to any Amazon official if the company did not withdraw an Indian flagthemed doormat from its Canadian platform, the e-commerce website removed the article from the online marketplace, a media report said. An Amazon spokesman at its headquarters in Seattle contacted The Washington Post to say that the doormat was no longer for sale on its website. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday took up the cause on Twitter, responding to one of the hundreds of people who have petitioned her to demand action from Canadian authorities. “Amazon must tender unconditional apology. They must withdraw all products insulting our national flag immediately,” Swaraj said in a tweet. “If this is not done forthwith, we will not grant Indian Visa to any Amazon official. We will also rescind the Visas issued earlier,” she added. An image of the products was

tweeted to the Minister, after which she asked the Indian High Commission in Ottawa, Canada,

An Amazon spokesman in Seattle said the doormat was no longer for sale on its website. to raise the issue with Amazon. “Indian High Commission in Canada: This is unacceptable.

Please take this up with Amazon at the highest level,” the Minister said in a tweet. The Indian High Commission did not respond to a request for clarification on whether it had lodged a complaint with Amazon’s Canadian offices. Doormats featuring the Indian flag were made available on Amazon Canada site by two vendors -Mayers Flag Doormats and XLYL. They also offers versions with the American and Canadian flags. No laws in Canada prohibit these sales.


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President Pranab Mukherjee with some of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas awardees in Bengaluru on January 9. (Photo: IANS)

Portugal PM Costa, US diplomat Biswal among Pravasi awardees Of the awardees, six are from the US, two each from Britain and United Arab Emirates (UAE) and one each from 27 other countries the world over IANS, BENGALURU

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ndian-origin Portugal Prime Minister Antonio Luis Santos da Costa and Indian-born US diplomat Nisha Desai Biswal are among the 30 awardees of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD), it was announced this week “Costa, Nisha and other of the diaspora have been conferred the PBD 2017 awards for their outstanding contribution in diverse fields, including public service, community service, social service, business, education and arts & culture,” said the External Affairs Ministry in a statement on the PBD valedictory day.

The 55-year-old Costa, a Chief Guest at the three-day 14th PBD (Non-Resident Indian Day) celebrations, is the son of Goan father Orlanda da Costa. As a senior Indian-American diplomat, the 48-yearold Biswal, who hails from Gujarat has been overseeing the US foreign policy and relations with 11 countries in the region from Bangladesh to Uzbekistan since October 21, 2013. Costa and Biswal have been awarded for public service and public affairs. “Of the awardees, six are from the US, two each

from Britain and United Arab Emirates (UAE) and one each from 27 other countries the world over,” noted the statement. Five other overseas Indians from the US sharing the honors with Biswal were Hari Babu Bindal for environmental engineering, Bharat Haridas Barai, Mahesh Mehta and Ramesh Shah for community service and Sampatkumar Shidramapa Shivangi for community leadership. Priti Patel and Neena Gill are the awardees from Britain for public service. Vasudev Shamdas Shroff and

India Social and Cultural Centre from Abu Dhabi in the UAE are the winners for community service and philanthropy. Two more organizations — Antwerp Indian Association in Belgium and Singapore Indian Association in Singapore have been honored with the award. The other four winners for community service are Gorur Krishna Harinath (Australia), Naseer Ahamed Mohamed Zackiriah (Brunei), Nalinkumar Sumanlal Kothari (Djibouti) and Ariful Islam (Libya). Other two winners for public service are Pravind Kumar Jugunath (Mauritius) and Winston C. Dookeran (Trinidad & Tobago).

Chicago-based Barai honored BENGALURU: Indian-American Dr Bharat Barai received the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award from President Pranab Mukherjee in Dr Bharat Barai Bengaluru on January 9. Based in Chicago, Dr Barai was instrumental in grand success of the historic Madison Square Garden event of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New York in September 2014. “The credit for this award goes to hundreds of volunteers in New York, New Jersey and Chicago who worked with him for making the Madison Square Garden event a success,” Barai was quoted as saying in media reports. “I am accepting award on their behalf,” he added. —IANS

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ighlighting the vulnerabilities of Indian women marrying into NRI families, President Pranab Mukherjee said that Indian community organizations abroad can most effectively address their concerns even as the government and its agencies deal with the issue. “I would also like to flag the concerns of women and girls in India marrying into NRI families. Even as the government and its agencies deal with this issue, the concerns of this particular section can be most effectively addressed by the local community organizations,” the President said.

The President was delivering the valedictory address during the conferment of the ‘Pravasi Bharatiya

Samman’ at the 14th edition of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) held on January 7-9.

Speaking on the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, Mukherjee said, “It was indeed an honor for me to have conferred the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman on 30 members of the diaspora just a while back. I congratulate each one of you for your contributions to your countries of origin and India.” Highlighting the contribution of the Non-resident Indians working in the Gulf region and South East Asia, he said, “They are Indian citizens who migrate for employment as low-skilled and semi-skilled labour. They toil hard day and night, and save to send the fruits of their labour as remittances to India, to maintain their families back home.”

“These remittances are the largest by any diaspora, at 12 per cent of the total global remittances, amounting to $69 billion in 2015,” the President pointed out. The President appreciated the overseas Indians’ ability to assimilate and maintain their identity among other cultures. He also lauded their immense contribution to their adopted lands through dedication and hard work. The President said, “As a people exposed to the best of western technology and yet having their civilisational moorings in the ageless and eternal ethos of India, you are doubly blessed.”


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India woos young diaspora Ministers call them to play an important role in building a modern and prosperous India, saying they have taken steps to facilitate this process by simplifying rules and procedures IANS, BENGALURU

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ndia wooed its young diaspora to be part of its growth story by tapping emerging opportunities in the country. “India offers huge opportunities to be part of its growth story and realize your dreams through development programs,” Minister of State for External Affairs, Gen V.K. Singh (retd.) told the diaspora on the Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas. He said the Smart Cities Mission, Digital India, Skill India, Start-Up India and Swacch Bharat campaign were the Narendra Modi government’s flagship programmes for building a prosperous, skilful, enterprising, clean and futuristic country. Asserting that global good could not be achieved by one country alone, as the challenges were complicated, he said the Indian diaspora had to strengthen the bridges that connect it with the motherland. “You can transform your lives and that of India through four Ts — talent, technology, training and team work — as the Prime Minister’s vision will make India the skill capital of the world by 2022,” the minister told about 400 young members of the Indian diaspora.

Youngsters at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Bengaluru on January 7. (Photo: IANS)

Echoing Singh’s call, Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel invited the young diaspora to take up social projects as part of its contribution to the motherland. “We will encourage the young diaspora to undertake social pro-

jects in the country,” he said in a keynote address on the ‘Role of Diaspora in the Transformation of India’. Goel said his ministry would open single-window clearance to allow the diaspora implement social projects in any state or city at the earliest.

“The young diaspora can play an important role in building a modern and prosperous India. We have taken steps to facilitate this process by simplifying rules and procedures for the overseas Indians,” he said. Earlier in the day, the three-day international event got off to a

colorful start at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre on the city outskirts, with the young diaspora connecting with their motherland. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will formally inaugurate the event and deliver the keynote address in the presence of Portugal Prime Minister Antonio Costa, the chief guest. Suriname Vice President Michael Ashwin Adhin also addressed the gathering on the occasion. Being held for the first time in Karnataka, the mega event has drawn about 1,800 NRIs from 72 countries. The Pravasi Divas had traditionally been held on January 9 to commemorate the return of Mahatma Gandhi as ‘Pravasi’ from South Africa to India over a century ago (1915). President Pranab Mukherjee will confer Pravasi Bharatiya Samman awards and deliver the valedictory address this week. Currently, there are 3.12 crore overseas Indians globally, of which 1.34 crore are Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) and 1.7 crore NRIs.

Modi asks diaspora to first develop India Modi exhorted the diaspora to participate in the government's flagship programmes like Digital India IANS, BENGALURU

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rime Minister Narendra Modi urged the Indian diaspora to first develop India by investing and contributing its expertise in the land of its origin. "To me, FDI means First Develop India through Foreign Direct Investment, whose norms have been fully liberalized for Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) and made on par with domestic firms for availing same benefits," Modi told the the 14th

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas. Inaugurating the three-day mega event, Modi exhorted the diaspora to participate in the government's flagship programmes like Digital India, Make In India, Start-up India, Swacch Bharat (Clean India) and Namami Gange (Clean Ganga) for the country's all-round development. "Diaspora can contribute to India by sparing their time and energy on implementing our flagship programmes and stay connected," said Modi during a 40-minute special address in Hindi and English.

Asserting that engaging with the overseas Indian community was a priority area for him, the Prime Minister said the government was trying to convert 'brain drain' into 'brain gain' by inviting the diaspora to contribute their mite in making India strong and self-reliant. "Brain drain has been considered a loss for the country as Indians went abroad seeking jobs and better life. But for me and my government, such a movement is not a brain drain but brain gain as they can help us in the development," noted Modi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his government would soon launch a skill development program. (Photo: IANS)

For young Indians seeking jobs abroad, Modi said his government would soon launch a skill development program. Modi also appealed to all persons of Indian origin living the world over to convert their PIO cards into Overseas Citizen of

India (OCI) card at the earliest. "We are working on new procedures to ensure all descendants of Indians, especially their fourth and fifth generations living in Fiji, Suriname, Guyana and Caribbean states to become eligible for OCI cards," Modi said.

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Ronaldo wins FIFA best player award Ronaldo won the Ballon d’Or in December for success in the Champions League with Real Madrid and Euro 2016 with Portugal IANS, ZURICH

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eal Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo won the FIFA Best Male Player Award over his great rival Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann for a stellar 2015-16 season, at a glittering ceremony. Ronaldo also won the Ballon d’Or, given by France Football magazine, in December, with both honors recognition for success in the Champions League with Real and Euro 2016 with Portugal. “I will never forget 2016,” Ronaldo said, as quoted by the BBC. He thanked his team-mates, family and his whole staff. Leicester City coach Claudio Ranieri won FIFA Best Men’s Coach award. Argentine legend Diego Maradona handed the award to Ranieri. “I’m crazy now,” said the Leicester coach, as quoted by the BBC. “Thank you so much for voting me. I’m 65 now, I start now as a manger!”

Russia ‘on track’ to hold 2018 World Cup: FIFA chief

Cristiano Ronaldo won the FIFA Best Male Player Award over his great rival Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann for a stellar 2015-16 seasone game.

Ex-Germany coach Silvia Neid won the FIFA Best Women’s Coach award. Mohd Faiz Subri, forward of club Penang in the 2016 Malaysia Super League won the Fifa Puskas

Kohli to lead India in all three formats of cricket

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irat Kohli expressed his happiness at the prospect of leading India in all three formats of cricket, terming it “surreal”. Kohli, the Test skipper, succeeded M.S. Dhoni as the limited overs team skipper recently after the Ranchi-born cricketer stepped down. He will lead India in the first of the three-match ODI series against England. “It is quite surreal. I never thought this day is going to come to my life. When I came to the team, I was always looking to per-

form, get more opportunities and build solid consistent career and contribute to the team in winning games,” Kohli said. Kohli said he never thought he would get this huge honor of leading the country. “I feel everything is God sent. Anything happens to you, happens for a reason and happens at a right time in your life,” he added. The right-handed run machine said though he has the experience of leading in junior levels, captaining at the highest level is a different ball game altogether.

Award for the best goal. Carli Lloyd, of Houston Dash and the US, a World Cup winner and two-time Olympic winner, was honored with the Fifa Best Female Player Award.

England beat India A in warm-up match MUMBAI: Riding on Sam Billings’ brilliant 93, England defeated India A by three wickets in the first 50-over warm-up match at the Brabourne Stadium. Billings, Jason Roy (62), Jos Buttler (46) and Liam Dawson (41) were the major contributors for the visitors, who chased down India’s 304-5 with 1.1 overs and three wickets to spare. Earlier, put in to bat, the Indian side posted 304-5 with Ambati Rayudu slamming an unbeaten ton. He scored 100 runs in 97 balls before being retired out. Apart from him, opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan (63), Yuvraj Singh (56) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (68 not out) contributed handsomely to India’s cause. For England, David Willey and Jake Ball scalped two wickets each. Chasing a challenging 304, England started off on a good note as openers Roy (62) and Alex Hales (40) forged a 95-run partnership before Hales was sent back to the pavilion by chinaman spinner Kuldep Yadav in the 15th over of the innings. —IANS

ZURICH: Russia is following an approved schedule in organizing the 2017 Confederations Cup and the 2018 World Cup, world football governing body FIFA’s President Gianni Infantino has said. “When it comes to the World Cup, everything is on the track and we have received the necessary guarantees that the deadlines will be hit and everything will be completed by the end of this year,” Infantino said this week, reports Tass. Infantino was addressing a news conference following a FIFA Council. “Work is on schedule when it comes to the stadiums. There is still a lot of work to be done and still deadlines to be fixed in some stadiums,” he added.

The 2017 Confederations Cup will be held next year between June 17 and July 2 at four stadiums in Russia and they are Otkritie-Arena in Moscow, St. Petersburg Arena, Fisht in Sochi and Kazan-Arena in Kazan. Russia is currently in full-swing preparations for the global football tournaments after the country won the bid to host the 2018 World Cup at the FIFA Congress in 2010. The country selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup. They are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara. —IANS

Dhoni to be felicitated at India-England Eden ODI IANS, KOLKATA

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ndia’s outgoing limited-overs team skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be felicitated by the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) when India play their third and final One-Day International match against England here at the Eden Gardens. Dhoni stepped down as India’s ODI and T20I captain recently. Test skipper Virat Kohli has been appointed as Dhoni’s successor. The third ODI match will be played on January 22. The first match will be played in Pune on January 15. Dhoni, who scored an unbeaten 68 in his last match as captain of India A side playing a practice match against England XI in Mumbai, will be given a plaque and a shawl, CAB officials said. The Ranchi man is arguably India’s finest captain, leading India to two World Cup triumphs — T20I title in 2007 and ODI World Cup in 2011. Meanwhile, the Supreme

Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be felicitated at the Eden Gardens.

Court-appointed R.M. Lodha Committee is expected to clarify on the CAB’s query whether or not the assistant secretary is an office bearer is expected after a meeting of the committee members.


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AAP Overseas’ social media campaign a hit

BY A STAFF WRITER HICAGO, IL -- Dr. Kumar Vishwas, Convener, AAP Overseas, announced the formal structure of the Overseas team of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to connect Indians abroad to this political revolution in June and an integral part of it was the social media team. AAP Overseas has been able to connect thousands of Indians settled abroad with the fight against corruption in India started by AAP. And his trust in this team was affirmed when within 20 days of the announcement, AAP Overseas created a huge buzz on social media (SM) with its anti-drug campaign worldwide called #KickNasha What crowned this initial achievement was the ‘#TalktoAK’ Campaign which not only trended top in India but was 4th worldwide in twitter trends. Following highly successful campaigns like #AKinGujrat, etc . the AAP Overseas social media team is the trendsetter now on twitter and other SM platforms. AAP Overseas is not only spreading the work done by the party in India but is also responsible for making viral the activities of its different chapters in different countries all over the world. With worldwide trends like #AAPUK4Punjab, #AAPCanadaYouth etc. it is the frontrunner in global trends leaving far behind social media teams of other political parties trying to achieve even one-tenth of the success of AAP Overseas.

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AAP USA Convener Pradeep Sundriyal with San Francisco Bay Area Team

This team really showed its mettle with back-to-back campaigns against the highly-criticized demonetization scheme of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The way they brought out the loopholes of the scheme right in its initial stages made their trends worldwide drawing media attention to what was intrinsically wrong with this drastic step. And now it’s crowning glory are the Chalo Punjab and Calling Campaign where Indians settled abroad are being motivated to return to India and cCampaign to save Punjab or to call and motivate the voters for AAP if they cannot be physically present in Punjab. The US team is leading multiple campaigns and with focus on the recentlyannounced elections, the US AAP Overseas support group has also been expended. Pradeep Sundriyal, convenor of AAP

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US, said that with this expansion, AAP US support group has over 20 chapters across the US. The AAP US team has launched a unique campaign, ‘Halka Aapnow (Adopt a constituency)’ for Punjab.

In this campaign, overseas Indian citizens are encouraged to adopt MLA constituencies in Punjab. So far, more than 80 working groups are working actively in their respective adopted constituencies. According to Shail Gautam (IacShail), social media Head, AAP Overseas, “The strength of our team is the hundreds of volunteers who are passionate about bringing a change in the political system of their motherland even though they may be hundreds of miles away from it. ‘They selflessly spend their time and money for this political revolution and their idealism and enthusiasm overwhelmingly surpasses the paid machinery of our rivals. We owe our success to these dedicated faceless volunteers all around the world and their zeal to see a better India. According to Ajeet Singh, AAP convener (Chicago IL), AAP will win Panjab.

Mahavir Senior Center 3 injured as Toyota, celebrates New Year ambulance collide

Dr. Dilip Shah providing information about Cardiovascular Disease (Hi India Photo by Jayanti Oza)

BY A STAFF WRITER ARTLETT, IL -- Mahavir Senior Center celebrated New Year 2017 at Jain center in Bartlett IL with more then 350 seniors, including invited guests and sponsors, actively participating in the program. Dr. Dilip Shah, cardiovascular diseases and cardiology specialist, explained the difference between stroke and heart attack. Many seniors asked questions on ways to prevent heart attack and stroke.

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He m a n d r a Mo m a y a g a v e a information about mindful meditation and his 90-minute workshops. Chicago areas singer Nipa shah, Rajesh Chalan and Atul Varma sang popular and melodious songs from Hindi movies of the era of 1960s and 1970s as well as new numbers. Mahavir Senior Center board members Ashwin Shah, Sudhir Zaveri, Vinayak Shah, Girish Shah and Dipak Shah provided volunteer services to the members many of whom took to dancing and had a ball till midnight.

BY A STAFF WRITER APERVILLE, IL -- A rollover crash involving an ambulance shut down the intersection of Aurora and Ogden avenues in southwest suburban Naperville early on January 3. Three people, including two paramedics, were rushed to hospital. Investigators said just before 3:30 am, a black 1998 Toyota Camry headed north on Ogden and an ambulance from the Aurora Fire Department headed west on Aurora collided at the intersection.

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‘Issue ordinance for conduct of Jallikattu’ Tamil Nadu CM told Centre that Jallikattu was an integral part of Pongal festivities and the festival holds great importance for the state IANS, CHENNAI

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amil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam on Monday urged the central government to promulgate an ordinance enabling the conduct of Jallikattu or bull taming sport during the ensuing Pongal festival. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, text of which was released to the media, Panneerselvam said Jallikattu is an integral part of Pongal festivities and the festival holds great importance for the people of Tamil Nadu. “Considering the urgency, the Government of India should consider promulgating an Ordinance removing the legal impediments enabling the conduct of Jallikattu during Pongal, 2017,” he wrote to the Prime Minister. In Jallikattu, a bull vaulter is expected to hang on to the bull’s hump for a stipulated distance or for a minimum of three jumps made by the bull. The Supreme Court in May

Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Panneerselvam. wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging an ordinance enabling conduct of Jallikattu. (Photo: IANS)

2014 banned the conduct of Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu. The court also held that bulls cannot be used as performing animals either for Jallikattu events or for bullock cart races in the states of Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra or elsewhere in the country. “Considering the groundswell of sentiment and support for the conduct of Jallikattu all over Tamil

Maharashtra’s two-phased civic polls on February 16, 21 MUMBAI: Nearly 10 crore voters will exercise their franchise in a two-phased election to 10 municipal corporations, 26 Zilla Parishads and 283 Panchayat Samitis across the state, Maharashtra State Election Commissioner (SEC) Jageshwar S. Saharia has announced Polling for 15 Zilla Parishads and 165 Panchayat Samitis shall be held on February 16 and elections to the remaining 11 Zilla Parishads, 118 Panchayat Samitis and 10 Municipal Corporations will be held on February 21, the SEC has said. The counting for all the elections will take place simultaneously on February 23 and the results are likely to be declared the same day, Saharia added. Elections due to the Nagpur Zilla Parishad and Panchayat Samitis under its jurisdiction shall not be conducted due to a Bombay High Court stay. The much anticipated, highs takes elections will cover 25 of the state’s 36 districts with the participation of nearly 85 per cent

Nadu, this is an issue on which the Government of India must act with maximum despatch,” Panneerselvam’s letter read. The festival of Pongal is celebrated to thank the Sun, rain and farm animals. It would be celebrated on January 14. Meanwhile, the Union Environment Minister Anil Dave said he hopes the Supreme Court will

uphold people’s sentiments over Jallikattu, saying it is a “non-violent” and “friendly” game. The minister’s remark came amid growing demands for holding the bull-taming sport this year on the occasion of Pongal on January 14. Jallikattu is an integral part of the Pongal festivities. Political parties have been pressing the central and Tamil Nadu governments to take steps to let people hold the sport. Protests have been held in the state in support of the sport. “There is no violence in this game. It is only a tradition and people are emotionally attached to it. I hope the court will uphold the sentiments of the society,” Dave said. In Jallikattu, a bull vaulter is expected to hang on to the bull’s hump for a stipulated distance or for a minimum of three jumps made by the bull. The Supreme Court in May 2014 banned Jallikattu. The court held that bulls cannot be used as performing animals either for Jallikattu or for bullock cart races.

SC refuses to allow ‘Jallikattu’ NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court this week refused to pass an interim order for organizing the bull taming sport — Jallikattu — during the ensuing Pongal festival. A division bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra said that the draft of Jallikattu judgement has been prepared but it would not be possible to deliver it before this Saturday. The court had reserved its verdict on a batch of petitions challenging the Centre’s notification allowing the sport. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam urged the central government to promulgate an ordinance enabling the holding of Jallikattu. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Panneerselvam said Jallikattu is an integral part of the Pongal festivities and the festival holds great importance for the people of Tamil Nadu. In Jallikattu, a bull vaulter is expected to hang on to the bull’s hump for a stipulated distance or for a minimum of three jumps made by the bull. The Supreme Court in May 2014 banned Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu. The court also held that bulls cannot be used as performing animals either for Jallikattu events or for bullock cart races in the states of Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra or elsewhere in the country. The festival of Pongal is celebrated to thank the Sun, rain and farm animals. It would be celebrated on January 14. —IANS

Trade union demands SBI shut down till cash flow improves IANS, CHENNAI

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of the electorate spread across 246 out of 288 assembly segments. Saharia also declared that the code of conduct for all the elections has come into effect immediately in the state, As many as 205 political parties, including 15 major recognized and registered parties, and the remaining 190 unrecognized parties, will be in the fray for the elections.

he State Bank of India (SBI) can shut down its branches till the supply of cash gets normalized and staff are not put to risk to face the ire of banking public, a top union leader has said. “We have suggested to the SBI management to down the branch shutters till the supply of cash gets normalized. It is better to close down the branches for some time than the staff facing the ire of the public for no fault of theirs,” D. Thomas Franco Rajendra Dev, Senior Vice President of the All India Bank Officers Confederation (AIBOC), told IANS. Dev wondered how his comrades in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh are saying that cash supplies there are better but such views are not heard from his comrades in other states. “It is strange that Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is not divulging as to the amount of cash supplied

In many SBI branches, cash is being rationed amongst the account holders.

‘It is better to close down the branches for some time than the staff facing the ire of the public for no fault of theirs’ state-wise and bank-wise. What is the big secrecy to be safeguarded after the cash has been distributed

to states and banks?” According to Dev, in many SBI branches cash is being rationed amongst the account holders. The RBI has been issuing empty statements about currency supplies being comfortable and currency being sent to rural areas whereas in reality it is not so, Dev charged. He also said that people in Tamil Nadu will not be able to celebrate Pongal festival properly because of the cash crunch.


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Chiranjeevi curious on his return Even at 61, the actor’s age has not quite caught up with him. The ‘Indra’ actor can still give his contemporaries a run for their money HARICHARAN PUDIPEDDI, CHENNAI

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egastar Chiranjeevi has faced the arc lights after a long hiatus of nine years in Telugu action-drama Khaidi No 150. Instead of being ‘I don’t think nervous about his comeback, he says he I’m nervous but is curious to know curious to know how the how I would audience would receive him. look onscreen The film, a and how I will remake of Tamil ‘Khaidi No 150’ released worldwide this week. be received by blockbuster Kaththi, my fans’ released worldwide this years and how I will support I will get - both from withbe received by my fans.” in the family and from well-wishweek. Talking about the V. V Asked how he motivated ers outside. It was very Vinayak-directed film, Chiranjeevi himself to don the greasepaint encouraging.” told IANS: “I don’t think I’m once again, he said: “I always had Even at 61, Chiranjeevi’s age has nervous but curious to know how I the zeal to come back to acting, not quite caught up with him. The would look onscreen after so many but I never imagined the kind of Indra actor can still give his con-

BRIEFS: Trisha kicks of 2017 with ‘NH10’ Tamil remake CHENNAI: Actress Trisha Krishnan began the New Year by resuming work on Tamil film Garjanai, a remake of Anushka Shamastarrer road thriller NH10. “And 2017 officially began with Trisha Krishnan Garjanai. Back to work,” Trisha tweeted recently. Being directed by debutant Sundar B., the film is produced by Century International Films, also starring Amit Bhargav and Vamsi Krishna. Trisha has an interesting lineup this year with films like 96 and Mohini in her kitty.

G.V. Prakash dedicates new single to Jallikattu CHENNAI: Composer G.V. Prakash Kumar’s new Tamil single “Kombu Vacha Singamda” has been dedicated to “Jallikattu”, the popular and ancient bull-taming sport which G.V. Prakash was banned by Supreme Court last year. With Pongal just around the corner, Prakash says the proceeds earned through the song will be used for struggling farmers’ families. “It’s a motivational song which will encourage everybody to support Jallikattu,” Prakash told IANS.

temporaries a run for their money. He says all credit goes to his son Ram Charan, who is also the producer of Khaidi No 150. “The minute we locked the script, it was my son who took it up as a challenge to transform me physically. From monitoring my diet and working out alongside me in the gym, he cared more than a son would normally for his father,” he said. In the film, Chiranjeevi plays dual roles and the story revolves around the plight of farmers against urbanization. “The film would change the perception urban people have about farmers. Some portions of the film would serve as an eyeopener for a lot of us. To keep everything realistic, we have even quoted real numbers of farmer’s death due to corporate encroachments,” he said.

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fter working together in last year’s Tamil actioner Rekka, actors Vijay Sethupathi and Lakshmi Menon have teamed up again for upcoming romantic actioner Karuppan, to be directed by Paneer Selvam. “We go on floors from January 11. The film will be predominantly shot in and around Madurai and Theni. aKaruppan’ is the title we have finalized,” Selvam told IANS. With nearly half-a-dozen projects already in his kitty for 2017, Vijay Sethupathi is going to have an extremely packed year.

Vijay Sethupathi and Lakshmi Menon have earlier worked together in ‘Rekka’.

Last year, he had six releases and looks like the momentum will continue in 2017. The film was originally supposed to feature Ritika

Singh, but for unknown reasons Lakshmi Menon was eventually signed on. D. Imman has composed the music of the film.

Roles after first film shape your career: Seerat IANS, CHENNAI

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ctor Seerat Kapoor made a splash with her debut in 2014 with Telugu romantic-comedy Run Raja Run. Having only done two films since then, she believes roles that one chooses after the first film will shape his or her career. “I always look for better roles than the previous ones. Post ‘Run Raja Run’, I chose to work only in two projects because I didn’t get anything better than what I had already done. After your first break, the kind of

roles you do in your second, third and subsequent films will chalk out your career,” Seerat told IANS. With no film to her credit in 2016, she believes she hasn’t really lost much.

‘Raju Gari Gadhi 2 is an exciting project and director Ohmkar wrote a character specifically for me’

“I used the time to mentally prepare myself for the journey ahead. As an actor, it’s important to keep reinventing and since I used

Rajamouli eager for ‘Baahubali 2’

CHENNAI: Having successfully completed the principal shooting of Baahubali: The Conclusion, filmmaker S.S Rajamouli on Monday said he looks forward to commence postproduction work as he can’t wait to see the project take shape. Speaking at the first edition of India Today Conclave South here, he said: “When you’re shooting, nobody quite knows how the project will come out. It’s during post-production you see the film take shape with visual effects and music. Therefore, I’m eagerly looking forward to start post-production.” The second part in the franchise is slated for release on April 28, and Rajamouli said sleepless nights are yet to begin. “It’s going to get hectic. No matter how challenging it might get, I don’t like to compromise on my vision. I’m well aware that I have put my actors in difficult positions because of my vision but when they see I work for the betterment of the product, they understand the pain I put them through,” he said. About Rajamouli’s vision, film’s cinematographer Senthil Kumar said the filmmaker doesn’t like to get into a comfort zone. He also added Baahubali: The Conclusion will amaze audiences more than the first part.

the time effectively, I don’t think I lost anything,” she said. Having impressed audiences and critics alike with Tiger and Columbus, she is excited about her fourth Telugu horror comedy Raju Gari Gadhi 2. “It’s an exciting project. Director Ohmkar told me that he wrote this character specifically for me as he could identify my potential. It’s a captivating role where I can use my caliber to the fullest,” she said. The project also stars actor Akkineni Nagarjuna in a pivotal role. Sharing her excitement about Nagarjuna being a part of the project, she said: “It’s like the perfect icing on the cake. I can’t wait to start working with him.” Having already completed shooting the first schedule of the film, she says the sequel to Raju Gari Gadhi has already set high expectations and will live up to it.


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Priyanka shines at Golden Globes

After making impressive appearances at the Oscars and Emmys last year, Priyanka Chopra was glittering when she walked the red carpet at the Golden Globe Awards 2017 IANS, LOS ANGELES

‘La La Land’ gets 7 awards

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riyanka Chopra made a glittering statement at the Golden Globe Awards when she walked the red carpet in a custom-made Ralph Lauren golden gown — leaving her Baywatch co-stars stunned. After making impressive appearances at the Oscars and Emmys last year, Priyanka opted for a plunging full-length sequinned gown — which has been described as ‘oneof-a-kind hand-embroidered evening dress’ by the official Twitter handle of the designer brand. In a candid confession to IANS before the 74th edition of the award gala, Priyanka had said that she likes to have a “lot of fun on red carpet as I meet people with whom I work with. It’s fun time for me.” And she did have fun with her look as she added a dash of color to

‘Dangal’ becomes highest Hindi grosser

Priyanka Chopra at 74th edition of the Golden Globe award gala.

her golden look with a touch of maroon-hued lipstick. She completed her look with a ring and a statement necklace. Bollywood’s ‘desi girl’ made her debut appearance at the Golden Globe Awards, which recognize

excellence in film and television, both domestic and foreign, to present the award for the Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama. She was joined by Hollywood actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

LOS ANGELES: Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone-starrer musical comedy La La Land clinched as many as seven honors at the 74th Golden Globe Awards. Hosted by Jimmy Fallon, the awards show — organized by Hollywood Foreign Press Association — took place at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. Directed by Damien Chazelle, La La Land follows a romantic relationship between a dedicated jazz musician and an aspiring actress, who are struggling to make ends meet in Los Angeles. The film won in categories like Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy (Stone), Best Director - Motion Picture (Chazelle), Best Performance by an

B-Town backs Streep, one calls Trump ‘joker’

are astounding! Fan girl.” Meanwhile, Sonam, known for her strong opinions, called Trump a “joker”, while actress Swara Bhaskar described Streep as a “bril-

liant woman” and Trump a loser. “Okay, India isn’t in such a bad way... This person is a joker... at least our leader has a semblance of intelligence,” Sonam tweeted. Swara wrote: “Let me complete that! She is a ... brilliant woman of great courage and integrity... Qualities you lack utterly and will never acquire! Loser Trump.” Actress Nimrat Kaur, who has worked in American shows Homeland and Wayward Pines, tweeted: “Just when you think it can’t get worse, this epic reality show hits a new low.” Actress Mugdha Veira Godse said of the Golden Globes: “My two most favorite Meryl Streep, a stunner with breathtaking attitude, and Viola Davis, one with immense gratitude.”

the soldier named Nawab Malik who falls in love with Julia during a train journey. Bhardwaj added: “It certainly doesn’t follow the life of any of the various actresses of

that era be it that of Fearless Nadia, Miss Zebunissa, Miss Padma or Ramola. Rangoon is a period drama that has a love triangle in its centre, its not at all a biopic.”

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B MUMBAI: Superstar Aamir Khan says he is overwhelmed with the response his film Dangal has received. Dangal collected Rs 345.3 crore till January 8, leading Aamir to create a new record for the highest Hindi grosser, beating the business of his own movie PK. The sports drama film, directed by Nitesh Tiwari, took a leaf out of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat’s real life. The 51-year-old took to Twitter to share his happiness with his fans and followers. “I am absolutely overwhelmed with all the love that Dangal has got. It is one of the most passionate responses I have ever received. I want to thank everyone for owning the film as their own,” Aamir Khan tweeted. The PK actor added that “it’s the biggest compliment a creative person can receive”. “And thank you Nitesh sir. Love. Aamir,” he added. —IANS

Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy (Gosling), Best Screenplay, Best Original Score - Motion Picture and Best Original Song - Motion Picture. Actors Cassey Affleck and Isabelle Huppert took home the award for Best Actor and Actress in Motion Picture Drama for their roles in Manchester By The Sea and Elle. — IANS

ollywood celebrities like Priyanka Chopra and Sonam Kapoor hailed Meryl Streep for taking on the US Presidentelect and after Donald Trump called her an “over-rated actress”. Sonam also dubbed Trump a “joker”. Streep, honored at the 74th Golden Globe Awards, slammed Trump in her acceptance speech. She spoke of how upsetting it was when he imitated a disabled reporter during a speech in 2015. Trump hit back, much to the dismay of artistes from across the world as Streep is one of the most respected actors. Priyanka, who was at the Golden Globes, tweeted a photograph in

Actor Meryl Streep slammed President-elect Donald Trump in her speech.

which she is seen posing warmly with Streep. She captioned it: “Quoting my favorite Meryl Streep from last night. When you have a broken heart... turn it into art. You

‘Rangoon’ is a love triangle, not biopic: Vishal Bhardwaj IANS, MUMBAI

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ilmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj has shot down reports about Rangoon being a biopic, saying it is a work of fiction. National Award-winning filmmaker Bhardwaj’s period drama is set in the 1940s amidst the turmoil of India’s independence struggle, and includes some historic references. There was a buzz that the film is a biopic. But Bhardwaj has

set the record straight saying that the movie doesn’t follow the life of any of the various actresses of the era. “Rangoon is a love triangle set in the era of the Second World War. We have tried to create the ethos of the era but it’s a work of fiction,” Bhardwaj said in a statement. In the film, Kangana Ranaut plays the role of a seductress Julia and Saif Ali Khan is the filmmaker in love with her. Shahid Kapoor is

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BY A STAFF WRITER HICAGO, IL -- India House, Bombay Chopsticks and Pearl Banquets & Conference Center presented New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball at Pearl Banquets and Conference on December 31 at 1490 Lake Street, Roselle, IL 60172. The banquet hall was charged up with the amazing intensity of folks waiting for singing and dance performances. There was quite a bit of variety in the program. A large turnout of party revelers joined this beautiful celebration with family and friends to welcome 2017. New Year 2017 Bash was unveiled with an eclectic display of music, singing and dance performances augmented by a lavish spread of food as overflowing guests gathered in the Grand Ballroom Pearl Banquet lasting into the wee hours of the New Year day. The non-stop variety kept the crowd on their toes. Local talent just enhanced the night even more. The show was conceptualized and anchored by Jassi Parmar of DesiJunction Radio along with his co-host Mohan Rawat. Singing sensation, RJ Mandeep Saini, aka Maddy Singh made his live event debut in Chicago and he was supported by RJ Bhairavi through some melodious numbers ending in Punjabi hits that forced the crowd to get on their feet.

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Ravi Rawat from India House and Jassi Parmar with Invited guests

As the evening was progressing the atmosphere was getting charged with nonstopping thumping music from Safalya, Shweta and Deepali who rocked the stage with performance. Another surge of excitement was noticed when Belly Dancer Safire’s dance performance was announced. “I believe in teamwork and today’s successful event is an example of great team efforts and hard work of many people” said Gulya Kadyrova, general manager of Pearl Banquets & Conference Center. The

spectacular New Year’s Eve would not have been possible without Ms Kadyrova’s active support and participation. RJ Preeti, Jassi Parmar and Mohan Rawat together defined “Teen Ka Tadka.” The finale dance performance by RJ Komal. The night saw people dancing their hearts out while they enjoyed the food and drinks. Free-flowing drinks and unlimited food kept the guests well satiated. The dance floor was filled with enthusiasts and jubilations and the joy was

Hari Om Mandir rings in 2017 with awards BY A STAFF WRITER HICAGO, IL -- The Devotees at Hari Om Mandir, Medinah, IL continued their age-old tradition of ringing in the New Year, with “Akhand Ramayan Path”. On December 31 and completing with the Bhog on January 1. All the members of the Board, along with several other friends & relatives started the Ramayan Path with a formal Pooja and other rituals performed by the Temple Priest, Pandit Dinesh Kumar. This year also, as the clock struck 12 at midnight, bells rang, Shankh Naad echoed and the chanting of Ram Dhun ushered in the New Year 2017!!! The Mandir was beautifully decorated with buntings, dazzling streamers, banners, flowers, and bells etc. to enhance the ambience for the celebrations. In Hari Om Mandir, Janaury 1 is also a day of administrative activity. The 2 Boards–

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Executive Board members, Board of Trustees and Children celebrate the New Year

Executive Board (EB) and Board of Trustees (BOT) that run the show all year round, are introduced to the general congregation. It is time to honor and acknowledge the

services of the outgoing Members who have completed their term, and welcome aboard new members, who will be taking charge and serving the community in 2017.

New Year carnival at Secaucus Swaminarayan temple BY A STAFF WRITER ECAUCUS, NJ -- On January 1, members of the Secaucus Sw a m i n a r a y a n G a d i Te m p l e celebrated the New Year with a grand, indoor carnival held in the Temple’s Community Hall. Over 400 people got together to enjoy this day. There were 14 traditional, carnival games and a Gladiator Pit, Bounce House, and a 50-foot-long obstacle course which everyone enjoyed. There was cotton candy and popcorn for all to enjoy along with snacks made by temple volunteers. Hersh Patel, who serves as the temple’s spokesman said: “We have never held an event like this and had no idea it would be this successful. Every year on New Year’s Day, the temple gets together and holds a mini Olympics kind of event for the children who get to

felt by everyone present. The mouthwatering multi country cuisine from India House and Bombay Chopsticks was catered by Ravi Rawat. Jassi Parmar from Desi Junction Radio entertained the crowd with his witty remarks and spontaneous jokes. Maddy Singh sang some amazing songs and kept the audience entertained. This grand New Year gala added a glamour quotient with the fashion parade and grand finale performance by Komal Kherde. The final hour before midnight, the dance floor began to fill up with party guests who showed their best dance moves and have a great time with friends and loved ones. The DJ played non-stop hits and everyone had a fantastic time dancing. The countdown to New Year was awaited with great excitement and energy. At the stroke of Midnight, partygoers celebrated with Champagne and exchanged best wishes with each other for the New Year. The celebrations continued into the night with dancing by the couples and children continued to a high-decibel music ushering the New Year. Over all the party had the best of music, entertainment, food and beverages and a midnight champagne toast, which attracted audience from all over the Midwest to enjoy this one-of-a-kind show in Chicago to ring in 2017.

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Drive, Open House, and even our Swamibapa Pipeband. The temple makes a concerted effort to be involved with the community that they proudly call home.

BY A STAFF WRITER DMOND, OK -- A woman charged with killing four people--including an M.B.A. student from Mumbai and injuring many others when she drove her car into onlookers at Oklahoma State University’s homecoming parade in 2015 was sentenced to life behind bars January 10. Adacia Chambers, 26, was sentenced in Payne County District Court after pleading no contest to the four counts of second-degree murder and 39 counts of assault and battery. Chambers, who showed sympathy to the victims of the crash, was set to stand trial January 10, a process that could have gone on for a month due to a laundry list of witnesses, first-responders and detectives. According to Chambers’ attorney Tony Coleman, she took the plea to avoid putting the victims’ families through a lengthy trial. Prosecutors alleged that Chambers purposely steered her car around a police barricade and sped up before she ploughed into the crowd watching the parade before Oklahoma State’s game against the University of Kansas. Among the victims was Indian M.B.A. student Nikita Nakal, 23, who was studying at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond Nakal had arrived at UCO just three months before the horrific incident. UCO Professor Donna Carlon told local media that Nakal held a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Mumbai University and was intending to pursue a career as a financial analyst in India after obtaining her M.B.A. Other victims included a married couple, Bonnie Jean Stone and Marvin Lyle Stone, both 65, and 2-year-old Nash Lucas.

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BY A STAFF WRITER ASHINGTON, DC -- A Bill backing key changes in the H-1B visa program that allows skilled workers from countries like India to fill high-tech jobs in the US has been reintroduced in Congress by two lawmakers who claim that it will help crack down on abuse of the work visa. The ‘Protect and Grow American Jobs Act,’ which makes important changes to the eligibility Congressman Darrell Issa requirements for H-1B visa exemptions, was reintroduced on January 4 by Republican Darrell truly need them, a media release said. “Curbing abuse of the H-1B system will Issa and Scott Peters, both from California. The Bill, among other things, increases protect American jobs and help ensure that visas the minimum salary of an H-1B visa holder are available for innovators who need them to Telugu Assoc of Greater Chciago to $100,000 a year and eliminates the master’s maintain a competitive workforce,” Peters said. organized Sankranti & Repulic Day degree exemption. By raising the salary to a level more in-line celebration on Sat 21st Jan 2017 at The legislation, the lawmakers argued, will with the average American salary for these 3:00 pm at HTGC Rama Temple, help crack down on abuse and ensure that these positions, it would help cut down on abuse by 10915 Lemont Rd, Lemont, IL. Call: jobs remain available for the best and brightest removing the profit incentive and ensuring these 937-626-9315 positions remain available for companies who talent from around the world. The Bill comes after a number of companies- truly need them, the release said. “This bipartisan bill makes one of the much-Disney, SoCal Edison and others--came under fire for abusing the H-1B visa program to replace needed updates to our high-skilled visa system to level the playing field and help prevent companies American workers with foreign workers. “In order for America to lead again, we from taking advantage of the system to offshore need to ensure we can retain the world’s best jobs,” Issa said. The two lawmakers claimed that the and brightest talent. At the same time, we also need to make sure programs are not abused to legislation would cut down on abuse by allow companies to outsource and hire cheap eliminating the master’s degree exemption, which foreign labor from abroad to replace American has become abused as foreign workers seeking H-1B visas have increasingly sought and obtained workers,” Issa said. “The legislation we’re introducing today low-quality certificates to meet the requirements does both. It will ensure that our valuable high- for an exemption just to qualify for an H-1B, skilled immigration spots are used by companies instead of keeping the positions open for truly Kirtan, Chanting, Meditation and when the positions cannot be filled by the existing high-skilled positions that companies cannot fill Sound Healing on Sat 28th, Jan 2017domestically. workforce,” Issa said. 7:30 pm at Blue Lotus Buddhist Temple The Bill had faced opposition last year in & Meditation Center, 221 Dean St, By raising the salary to a level more inWoodstock, IL 60098. Admission $15. line with the average American salary for these Congress. Call: 815-337-7378 positions, it would help cut down on abuse by Reshaping immigration is a central tenet removing the profit incentive and ensuring these of President-elect Donald Trump’s push for positions remain available for companies who23, companies FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2016 to invest and hire more in the US. @hiindia /hiindianoone /hiindialive

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BY A STAFF WRITER HICAGO, IL: Sikh Community of Midwest Chicago organized a farewell evening for the outgoing Consulate General Dr Ausaf Sayeed on January 1st, 2017 at Viceroy of India Restaurant, 233 E Roosevelt Rd, Lombard, IL. Mr. Darshan Singh Dhaliwal was the host of the evening and Dr. Harjinder Khaira was the master of ceremony (MC). Mr. Sayeed joined Chicago office in 2013 and he was honored for being the most involved and most respected of all Consulate Generals in the history of Chicago. Dr Balwant Singh Hansraj thanked the host Mr. Darshan Singh Dhaliwal, and the master of ceremony Dr Harjinder Khaira. “Mr. Sayeed’s contribution to the entire Indian community has been tremendous. .

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Pakistan Consulate General Mr. Faisal Niaz Tirmizi also added grace to the evening with his presence. Mr. Tirmizi praised Mr. Ausaf Sayeed and called him an embodiment of service who built bridges and brought people together. Dr Gopal Lalmalani, Mayor Village of Oakbrook was also one of the distinguished speakers at the event. . In Mr. Lalmalani’s words, Mr. Ausaf Sayeed brought many diverse organizations together. He also thanked Mr. Faisal Niaz Tirmizi, Consulate General, Pakistan. Mr. O.P. Meena was also thanked for always supporting the community. Mr. Ausaf Sayeed while addressing the audience, talked about his experiences working in the Chicago office. In Mr. Sayeed’s words,” I am humbled by all the lovely words spoken about me. I have received so much love during my

tenure in this office”. He talked about Shri Guru Nanak Dev ji and Baba Mardana. Happy Singh, extended his vote of thanks. He thanked everyone including most the Punjabi Social and Sikh religious societies from all over Midwest that participated in this farewell dinner like Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago, Sher -E -Punjab Sports Club Midwest Chicago, Punjabi Americans Organization, Chicago, Punjabi Heritage Organization, Punjab Sports & Cultural Club, Crowne Pointe, Indiana, Palatine Gurdwara, Wheaten Gurdwara and so on. The beautiful event would not have been possible without the active help and support of Mr Jaskaran Dhaliwal and Dr Harjinder Khaira. The host of the evening Mr. Darshan Singh Dhaliwal presented memento to Mr. Ausaf Sayeed and the event concluded with a scrumptious dinner.

BY A STAFF WRITER OS ANGELES, CA -- Indian American attorney Firdaus Dordi, a former public defender and cofounder of the Dordi, Williams, Cohen law firm, has been appointed by California Governor Jerry Brown to the Los Angeles Superior Court. Dordi is the nation’s first Zoroastrian judge, according to the South Asian Bar Association. He is the fifth South Asian state court judge in Los Angeles, Calif. “I’m very thrilled to have the opportunity to serve in this capacity, serving the public to promote fairness,” says Dordi, 46. “As an immigrant, I have always felt very fortunate in what my family and I have been given by this country. This is a wonderful opportunity to give back to the community,” he said, adding that he has focused his career on assisting people who would otherwise not have access to the legal system. On January 18, Asian Americans Advancing Justice’s Los Angeles chapter will honor Dordi with their annual award for pro bono work.

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FIA promotes Indian culture yet again BY A STAFF WRITER OFFMAN ESTATES, IL -- Opening a basketball game with the Indian anthem, followed by the US national song, and then presentation of Indian cultural dances four times in the entire game time. All these were emotional and historic moments for the Indian Americans of Illinois, and a milestone event for the Federation of Indian Associations (FIA), and particularly for Sunil Shah, its founder-president who created the concept and orchestrated the entire project effectively. The celebration was organized in partnership with the Windy City Bulls that played its game on January 6 at Sears Arena Center in Hoffman Estates. The event was titled as the presentation of Indian Heritage. The game opened with the Indian and American national anthems by Rehana Haque and Shubha Vedula, respectively. The Windy City Bulls is the official NBA D-League Affiliate of the Chicago Bulls. On this occasion, Chicago Bulls’ general manager, Gar Forman, was also in the house. “This was a real honor for all of us. With this type of program, we are going to mainstream platform to project Indian heritage,” promised Shah. Over two dozen local artists illuminated the indoor stadium and stole the hearts of

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the 2,000-plus crowd, said Mukesh Shah, the current president. The artists who performed on the Bollywood numbers included: Neela Bahel, Shaila Bahel, Krisha Thakkar, Gurman Kaler, Shakti Santosh, Ria Kumar, Aanya Patel, Kavya Parikh, Ransher Kaler, Aarsh Patel, Rishin Parikh, Nishil Parikh, Aayush Thakkar, Ankit Rath, Aayan Shah, Nighat Ali, Naimiti Desai, Ritika, Chirag. Instructors and choreographers were Sweta Bhagwakar, Gemini Bhimani, Rumi Shah, Aahuti Desai, Kajol Topiwala, Ujwal Patel, Aditya Kapoor and Rajeshwari Rawat.

The artists came from Junoon and SSS dancing schools. Son of Sunil Shah, Sahaj Shah, also known as DJ Mr. Shaw, was the DJ of the festivities and regaled the audience. During the break time, people enjoyed foods available at Sai Saffaron’s concession stand. FIA is grateful to all the members of the FIA executive board for helping the organization to achieve this goal, said Onkar Singh Sangha. Those who worked hard in making this event successful were Dhitu Bhagwakar, Past President, Neil Khot and Moon Khan,

Vice Presidents: Hitesh Gandhi, Shital Daftari, Ali Khan, Manjeet Singh Bhalla, Khaja Moinuddin, Treasurer: Payal Shah, Joint Treasurer: Jaimini Patel, Secretary: Ninad Daftari, Joint Secretary: Shalini Saxena, Directors: Nirav Shah, Gurmeet Singh, Dhaliwan, Nambirajan Vaithilingam, Ila Patel Chaudhari, and Vibha Dave. FIA, an umbrella organization of the Indian American social service organizations, is hosting a gala event, in the celebration of India’s Republic Day, on January 28, at Meadows Club, 2950 Golf Road, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008.


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BY A STAFF WRITER APITOL HILL, DC -- The World Federation Of Tamil Youth (WFOTY) headquartered in Chicago organised a memorial service for the later Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on January 4 at US Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. The memorial service to India’s Iron Lady was well attended by community activists from across the US and Canada. U.S. Congressmen Danny K Davis (D-IL ) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) led the memorial service by paying rich tributes to Amma. Congressman Danny Davis described Jayalalithaa as a leader who inspired people across the globe by her innovative welfare programs and women empowerment initiatives. Representative Davis highlighted her charismatic connection with the masses that endeared her to all. Krishnamoorthi praised the dynamic leadership of Jayalalithaa and her life that embodied her relentless fight for the poor. Dr Vijay Prabhakar, WFOTY president, recalled his long association with Jayalalithaa since 1977. Kishor Mehta, chairman , Multi Ethnic Advisory Task Force,7th Congressional District, IIlinois, Nagender Sripada of IIT(Chennai) Alumni Association ,US,

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Dr Pratap Kumar, founder, Association of Tamil Nadu Medical Graduates-USA, Shama Patel of MEATF International Woman Day Celebrations Committee, Oak Park, Illinois, Kokilan Kulathagir, Canada chapter president, WFOTY and many others, paid glowing tributes to Jayalalithaa. King Sundar, WFOTY vice president, welcomed the gathering. Parthiban Shanmugam, treasurer, WFOTY, said the federation since its inception in 1992 had celebrated Amma’s birthday in the US for the past 24 years consecutively with welfare programs for the aged and the disabled. This will continue to be celebrated to

reach out to more people every year, he added. The highlight of Amma’s birthday celebrations is that the federation selects an individual every year to receive the Jayalalithaa Award. Awardees so far have included several US Congressmen, Senators, Mayors, Governors and prominent citizens over the last 24 years. Jerome Athistham, general secretary, WFOTY, recalled that some of the notable activities of the federation that related to Amma over the years. Channa Kesavulu, joint general secretary, WFOTY, said that this is the first-ever memorial service for an Indian leader held at US Capitol Hill.

Indian surgeon is honored in NY BY A STAFF WRITER UEENS, NY -- Dr. Karthik Ram, a leading plastic and reconstructive surgeon of India, was honored with a special proclamation by Nassau County executive Ed Mangano at a function organized by America Tamil Sangam in Queens, NY, recently. The honor comes on the heels of Ram being recently appointed as an international member of American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Bina Sabapathy, a Long Island, NY, Indian American community leader, while presenting the Nassau County special recognition, said Ram’s induction into the American society was a proud moment for global Tamils, according to a news release. John Joseph, chairman, and Jaya Sundaram, senior vice president of the Sangam, added that the honor bestowed to Ram was proof that

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young Indian surgeons have branched off into new areas such as plastic and reconstructive surgery and had made a global mark. Ram was in New York for an annual conference of ASPS and interacted with surgeons, discussing with them the formation

of an Indian chapter to promote the medical discipline in India. The managing director of Cosmoglitz International Pvt. Ltd. and chief cosmetic surgeon of Chennai Plastic Surgery, Ram did his DNB in plastic surgery from Apollo Hospitals in Chennai, his MRCSEd from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh, his general surgery from Stanley Medical College in Chennai and his MBBS from Tamil Nadu State Medical University in Madras. In addition to Ram being honored, a book brought out by Ram’s Chennai Plastic Surgery Group and authored by group president Sunitha Raj, “Liposuction--Big Fat Story,” was released by Long Island, NY, gynecologist and genetic specialist Dr. Rajivee Madan Raj. Joseph received the first copy of the book, which covers the advantages of liposuction for weight reduction.

Indian student in startup contest BY A STAFF WRITER OLLEGEVILLE, PA -- Indian American high school student Manshu Sharma is among the contenders for the top prize in a global competition for startups. Sharma, 17, co-founded the app MeetHere in the summer of 2016 with three high school students from Texas, California and Florida. Sharma met his co-founders in July at the University of Pennsylvania’s Management and Technology Summer Institute and came up with the startup idea and developed a business plan and prototype around it. If Sharma and the MeetHere founders win the top prize of the virtual Start-up Open, they get a free trip in March to Johannesburg, South Africa, to make a presentation to the Global Entrepreneurship Congress.

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MeetHere was the lone US finalist from the 1,017 businesses coming from 101 countries in the competition. Sharma, originally from India, now lives in Collegeville, Pa., with his parents.

The idea for helping friends meet up more easily has been kicking around in his head for a while now. The team launched the free MeetHere app on July 28, 2016, on Google Play for Android devices, and it has been downloaded 50 to 250 times a day, Sharma said. An iOS version is expected soon. The app’s target market is high school kids and young people in their 20s. Sharma added in the report the hope would be to expand to professionals who would use it to meet clients. An additional goal Sharma has with the app is to rid the sentiment that the Internet and mobile phones are drifting people apart. MeetHere is a way for technology to help bring people together, he said in the report. The app was considered by CNBC as one of the world’s 10 hottest startups of 2016.

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BY A STAFF WRITER ICKSVILLE, NY-- Two men from New York lost their lives on December 24 in a fiery car crash in Hicksville, New York. Arvin Batra, of Hicksville, and Hamza Rizvi, of Bethpage, were travelling east in Rizvi’s 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee when the driver lost control of his vehicle around 6 am. The car hit a tree and caught fire with Batra and Rizvi inside. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene. Batra was an Indian American community activist and owner of the “Indian Variety Show” which aired on Cablevision each Sunday. Batra was “a rising star of the Indian American community.” A GoFundMe page was set up in Batra’s honor with a goal of raising $20,000 to set up a scholarship and benefit charity.

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Vandals attack Bronx stores with marbles

BY A STAFF WRITER EW YORK, NY -- Vandals blasted nearly 30 businesses with marbles in 10 separate NYPD precincts across the Bronx on January 8 night. The mischief spree started at about 7:15 pm. and lasted just under 90 minutes, and included 26 businesses, a bus stop and one city bus. The suspects used more than two dozen marbles to pelt windows from a white fourdoor sedan, the police said. It’s unclear what was used to launch the projectiles. Their targets included a Target and Applebee’s along Hutchinson River Parkway in Throggs Necks, a Kennedy Fried Chicken on Southern Blvd. near Freeman St. in Foxhurst, and a barber shop on Boston Rd. near Southern Blvd. in Crotona Park. They hit those stores around 7:30 pm., and 15 minutes later, cops responded to similar reports at a Dunkin Donuts, an Auto Zone and a city bus on E. Tremont Ave. near Westchester Square, about two and a half miles away. A white four-door sedan was seen driving by one of the struck businesses along East Tremont Ave. A parked car was hit outside the Bronx Zoo at Southern Blvd. and East 183 St. around 8:30 pm.

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Macy’s to shut stores amid falling sales

BY A STAFF WRITER EW YORK, NY- Macy’s says it is eliminating more than 10,000 jobs and plans to move forward with 68 store closures after a disappointing holiday shopping season. The department store chain also lowered its full-year earnings forecast. The retailer said on January 4 that sales at its established stores fell 2.1 percent in November and December compared to the same period last year. Macy’s Inc. pointed to changing consumer behavior and said its performance reflects the challenges that are facing much of the retail industry. The company said the 68 store closures, which span the nation, are part of the 100 closings it announced in August. Of the 68, three were closed by the middle of 2016, 63 will close in the spring and two will be closed by the middle of 2017. Macy’s is selling or has sold three other locations, but is leasing the properties back and will keep operating those stores. Some employees may be offered positions at nearby stores, but Macy’s estimates that 3,900

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$300 lost in scam BY A STAFF WRITER HAMBERSBURG, PA -- Another scam is making the rounds, this time with someone posing as a DirecTV employee. The Chambersburg state police said someone posed as DirecTV worker on January 4, offering a ‘new deal’ that cost a victim $300. The victim was instructed to buy a gift card in exchange for payment of DirecTV services in a new promotion that turned out to be a scam.

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Fraud probe: FBI men raid Orange City Hall employees will be affected by the closures. Macy’s also said it plans to restructure parts of its business and sell some properties. This will lead to the reduction of 6,200 jobs. The moves are estimated to save $550 million annually. Overall, Macy’s said, the job reductions represent about 7 percent of its workforce. The company, which owns the Macy’s and

Bloomingdale’s brands, has been struggling with declining traffic in its stores, where the bulk of its business is still conducted. It said it is closing stores that are “unproductive or are no longer robust shopping destinations” as well as selling those with highly valued real estate. It plans to invest some of its savings in growing its digital business.

NJ mall plans school for at-risk students BY A STAFF WRITER LIZABETH, NJ -- Owners of the Mills at Jersey Gardens mall plan to open a alternative school for at-risk students in a partnership with Union County. The Simon Property Group currently has 29 schools in 12 other states, but this would be the first in New Jersey, said Union County Freeholder Chairman Bruce Bergen. The alternative school is expected to have about 20 students when it opens later this year. Services for the school will be provided by the Union County VocationalTechnical Schools, the county Workforce Development Board, and the New Jersey Department of Labor. Simons Property Group created a nonprofit agency called Simon Youth Foundation to guide the effort aimed at

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addressing the number of children hanging out in shopping malls during school hours. Bergen, who was elected to a second consecutive term as chair of the freeholder board, also announced other initiatives for the coming year, including: --An Academy for Law and Justice opening at the vo-tech school in Scotch Plains to accommodate up to 20 students and focus on law, government and criminal

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BY A STAFF WRITER RANGE, NJ -- FBI agents raided Orange City Hall on January 11 morning and the building was shut down as the investigation into alleged fraud and money laundering continues to unfold. A sign on the front door said the building would be closed temporarily “due to unforeseen circumstances.” A federal agent was guarding the doorway and would not let reporters enter the building. The FBI confirmed it is conducting official business at city hall, but would not provide any further details. An FBI official was seen taking photographs of the municipal building’s exterior. At least four unmarked federal law enforcement vehicles were in the city hall employee parking lot. It was not immediately clear what documents the agents were seeking. The raid follows a similar one in July at the city’s library. In two past search warrants obtained by NJ Advance Media, the FBI seized documents relating to the library’s hiring of certain contractors, use of grant money and the city’s purchase of a YWCA building on Main Street, among other things.

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High-fiber cuts gout inflammation NEW YORK: Consuming a high-fiber diet may significantly induce the action of gut bacteria to help reduce inflammation associated with the gout and possibly help the treatment of arthritis, researchers have found. Gout is a metabolic disease in which monosodium urate crystals of uric acid — a waste product in the blood — form in the body’s tissues or joints, causing inflammation and pain. The study found that the action of gut bacteria, influenced by different

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types of food, can affect inflammation in the body. Diets that are high in fiber trigger bacteria in the gut to produce short chain fatty acids (SCFAs), which induce neutrophil apoptosis and the resolution of inflammation. The findings may have important implications for the treatment of gout, and possibly for the treatment of arthritis, the researchers said. They added what we eat plays a determinant role in our capacity to fine tune the inflammatory response.

in the morning. Therefore, eating in alignment with the body’s circadian clock by eating earlier in the day may positively influence health. Previous animal studies showed

that early time-restricted feeding helped rodents burn more fat. During the current study, Peterson and her colleagues followed a small group of men and women with excess weight over four days of eating between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., and four days of eating between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Participants tried both eating schedules, ate the same number of calories both times and completed all testing under supervision. Researchers found that, although eTRF did not affect how many total calories participants burned, it reduced daily hunger swings and increased fat burning during several hours at night. It also improved metabolic flexibility, which is the body’s ability to switch between burning carbohydrates and burning fats.

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idney failure patients on dialysis tend to have altered blood clots which increases their risk of dying prematurely, especially from cardiovascular causes, according to a study. The study found that these patients tended to have a denser clot structure than individuals without kidney disease. Their blood has altered coagulation properties, which increases their

risk of both bleeding and thrombotic events such as stroke, as well as an increased risk of dying from other causes, the researchers said. In addition, analysing the blood of 171 chronic hemodialysis patients, the team found that dialysis patients’ fibrinogen — a protein that is converted into fibrin during blood clot formation — exhibited certain modifications that were different from fibrinogen from the patients without any kidney disease.

“Whether better dialysis treatment or medication could improve clot structure needs to be investigated in future studies,” said Katharina Schutt from RWTH Aachen University in Germany.

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TORONTO: Researchers have developed a special salt treatment that can make common surgical masks capable of trapping and killing airborne viruses. “Surgical masks were originally designed to protect the wearer from infectious droplets in clinical settings, but it does not help much to prevent the spread of respiratory diseases such as SARS or MERS or influenza,” said Hyo-Jick Choi, Professor, University of Alberta, Canada.

LONDON: Consuming foods such as bananas, potatoes, grains and legumes that are rich in resistant starch may help check blood sugar, enhance satiety as well as improve gut health, a study has found. Resistant starch is a form of starch that is not digested in the small intestine and is therefore considered a type of dietary fibre. “We know that adequate fibre intake — at least 30 grams per day — is important for achieving a healthy, balanced diet, which reduces the risk of developing a range of chronic diseases,” said Stacey Lockyer, Nutrition Scientist at British Nutrition Foundation, a Britain-based charity. —IANS

ith winter being the best time to increase food intake, dieticians have urged children to focus more on fruits and vegetables to supplement body nutrition, which is hardly the case during summer. According to them, the increased intake of walnuts can be extremely helpful for dementia patients. Vitamin A is necessary for eyesight and carrot has plenty of it. “Carrot also enhances blood flow to the eyes to aid in better functioning,” said Nidhi Dhawan, dietician at city-based Saroj Super Specialty Hospital. “The connection between celery and bones is quite common. Celery

Having more fruits and vegetables in winters prevent children from diseases.

helps people with deprived sodium in their bones, replenishing the sodium needs. Avocados are one of them too - they take exactly nine

months to ripen and are helpful in targeting health and functioning of uterus and cervix. They help women to balance hormones, shed

unwanted birth weight, and deter cervical cancers,” said Dhawan. Quoting established researches, Dhawan said that tomatoes are essential for pure heart and blood. “Kidney beans as the name suggests is helpful in healing and maintaining kidney functioning,” said Anuradha Lalwani, dietician with Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. “Fruits are also must for women and their development includes avocado, olives and all citrus fruits. Olives assist in the health and functioning of ovaries. Citrus fruits like orange and grapefruit help with the movement of the lymph in and out of the breasts and resemble the shape of mammary glands in females,” said Lalwani.


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sources of biomass for cooking and heating. Millions of families are regularly exposed to high levels of particulate matter in their own homes. “India needs a threepronged mitigation approach to address industrial coal burning,

open burning for agriculture, and household air pollution sources,” said one of the researchers Chandra Venkataraman, professor at Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, in Mumbai. In China, burning coal is the biggest contributor to poor air quality. Outdoor air pollution from coal alone caused an estimated 366,000 deaths in China in 2013, Qiao Ma, a doctoral student at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, noted. She found that air pollution will cause anywhere from 990,000 to 1.3 million premature deaths in 2030 unless even more ambitious targets are introduced. “Our study highlights the urgent need for even more aggressive strategies to reduce emissions from coal and from other sectors,” Ma said.

likely to be diagnosed and are at a greater mortality risk from fractures that occur as a result of a fall. To protect men against osteoporosis, researchers aimed to understand the connection between boneloading exercise during adolescence and young adulthood when the skeleton is still growing and bone mass in middle age.

For the study, published in the American Journal of Men’s Health, researchers analysed data from the physical histories of 203 males aged 30-65 years. The researchers found that exercise-associated bone loading during adolescence and young adulthood benefited bone density in adulthood.

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ore than 1.4 million people die prematurely every year in India due to household and outdoor air pollution, researchers have estimated While air pollution kills more than 5.5 million people prematurely every year, India and China together account for 55 percent of these deaths, the research showed. The international team of researchers from India, China, Canada and the US estimated that despite efforts to limit future emissions, the number of premature deaths linked to air pollution will climb over the next two decades unless more aggressive targets are set. Power plants, industrial manu-

facturing, vehicle exhaust and burning coal and wood all release small particles into the air that are dangerous to a person’s health. In India, a major contributor to poor air quality is the practice of burning wood, dung and similar

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igh-impact exercise during adolescence and young adulthood is linked to healthier bones in middle-aged men, reveals a study. According to researchers, individuals who continuously participated in high-impact activities such as jogging and tennis during adolescence and young adulthood had greater hip and lumbar spine bone mineral density than those who did not. “While osteoporosis is commonly associated with only post-

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menopausal women, it is, in fact, a serious issue for men as well,” said Pamela Hinton from the University of Missouri. Research has shown that the consequences of osteoporosis can be much worse for men as they are less

Asthma may delay pregnancy: Study LONDON: Asthma has been linked with a prolonged time to pregnancy and a decreased birth rate, says a recent study. The median total time to pregnancy was 32.2 months in nonasthmatic women and 55.6 months in those with asthma, the study revealed.

Women with asthma also had fewer successful conceptions, the researchers said adding that the trend was more apparent as the women got older. Only 39.6 percent asthmatic women achieved pregnancy compared with 60.4 percent in the women without asthma, the findings revealed. “This finding in a clinical trial setting adds new weight to the epidemiological evidence suggesting a link between asthma and fertility. We have seen here that asthma seems to have a negative influence on fertility as it increases time to pregnancy and even more so with age,” said lead author, Elisabeth Juul Gade. The study adds to previous studies that have identified a link between asthma and fertility. As many as 96 women in the study had either an existing doctor’s diagnosis of asthma or were diagnosed with asthma when they entered the study, the researchers revealed. The researchers monitored the women during their fertility treatment for a minimum of 12 months, until they successful pregnancy.

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daily dose of beetroot juice may significantly improve exercise endurance and blood pressure in elderly patients with the heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HfpEF) syndrome, a new study says. While the daily dose of beetroot juice improved aerobic endurance by 24 percent, it significantly reduced blood pressure by 5-10 mmHg, the

study said. “These initial findings suggest that one week of daily beetroot juice could be a potential therapeutic option to improve aerobic endurance in patients with HfpEF, which has implications for improving everyday activities and quality of life,” said Dalane Kitzman, professor at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina, US. HfpEF, a dominant form of heart failure, occurring pri-

marily in older women reflects how the left ventricle of the heart pumps with each beat, the researchers said. Primary symptoms of HFPEF includes shortness of breath and fatigue with normal amounts of exertion, partly due to non-cardiac factors that reduce oxygen delivery to active skeletal muscles. The findings are detailed in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology-Heart Failure.

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