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Sikh TV presenter lauded for coverage of UK riots
Report dated 14/08/2011 @ 11:15 PM
Upinder Randhawa 31, a presenter with Sangat, a Sikh TV station, has won accolades for his coverage of the arson and looting in Birmingham, UK
He helped police nab rioters on Birmingham's streets and captured the action on his own hand-held camera. PM David Cameron and scores of Britons lauded Sangat TV, that is run from a makeshift newsroom in Edgbaston. Its footage has been used by CNN, BBC and media outlets in India.
Upinder has received a number of online plaudits calling him a legend, one even suggesting he should run for Parliament.
Sangat TV is a free channel run by funds that come from donations.
Birmingham has a 55,000 Sikh community that actively helps, with support from 350,000 Sikhs in the West Midlands.
US NRI candidates rake in cash for 2012 elections
Report dated 14/08/2011 @ 10:32 PM
NRI candidates are a fundraising force for the 2012 US elections, raking in cash from a well-heeled and tightly-knit community looking to spread its political influence.
According to Politico an influential Washington newspaper, the current crop of Indian American fundraisers include congressional hopefuls like Ami Bera a California physician, Raja Krishnamoorthi a former Illinois deputy state treasurer and Ricky Gill 24, a University of California at Berkeley law student.
Politico said their donor network allows Indian American contenders to rack up impressive fundraising collections early in their efforts, benefiting from a built-in base who are invested in their political fortunes.
To date however, just two Indian Americans have been elected to Congress. Dalip Singh Saund a California Democrat who served in the House from the late 1950s to the early 1960s, and now Louisiana's Republican governor Bobby Jindal, who served from 2004 to 2007.
In 2010 South Carolina Republican Nikki Haley who is of Sikh heritage became the second Indian American governor in US history and California Democrat Kamala Harris, who is half Indian, was elected state attorney general.
NRI leads S&P's decision to downgrade US 'AAA' rating
Report dated 08/08/2011 @ 5:55 PM
US NRI Deven Sharma 57, lead the team of Standard & Poor's number crunchers who made the staggering, unprecedented decision that the US no longer deserves to be among the best rated countries in the world and downgraded the US a notch to 'AA+'. In the aftermath the spotlight moved over to Sharma accompanied by plaudits from a few and brickbats from several in the financial orbit.
Sharma and his lieutenant David Beers have stood firm alongside S&P's analysts and defended the controversial decision, saying the step was necessary for the benefit of investors.
Sharma took over as president of S&P in 2007 and according to people who have followed him over the last four years, he has faced several US Congressional grillings, but has negotiated most of those with much elan.
NRI leads team that designs nanosized batteries
Report dated 03/08/2011 @ 6:34 PM
Pulickel M Ajayan lead a team that packaged lithium ion batteries that power cell phones and smartphones, into a single nanowire.
The team of researchers at Rice University reported the creation of 3D nano batteries last year. Co-author of the study Arava Leela Mohana Reddy announced that the idea is to fabricate nanowire energy storage devices with ultrathin seperations between the electrodes.
In theory nanowire energy storage devices can be as long and wide as the templates allow, which makes them scalable. The experimental batteries are around 50 micrometres tall, as thick as a human hair and almost invisible when viewed edge on. A nanometre is a billionth of a metre.
The researchers are currently fine-tuning the materials to increase their ability to repeatedly charge and discharge. Their creation could be a valuable power source for new generations of nanoelectronics.
NRI appointed Senior Advisor in US State Department
Report dated 03/08/2011 @ 6:32 PM
Mitul Desai has been appointed Senior Advisor in the US State Department's South and Central Asia Bureau. Desai is an expert in international finance law and his mission will be to cement ties with the Diaspora groups in the US.
Robert Blake, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia stated that the State Department is trying to develop tax deductible mechanisms that will allow for a lot of the Diaspora to implement people-to-people collaborations.
Desai said his appointment was the result of what Blake saw during his service in the US and in India.
Desai's parents Indirajit and Surekha Desai moved to the US in the 1960s Mitul Desai received his BA in Chemistry and Philosophy at Rudgers University and his JD from the Boston University School of Law.