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High On Meth, Indian Student Stabbed Pregnant Girlfriend 29 Times

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND: An Indian student who killed his pregnant girlfriend in a frenzied knife attack in New Zealand after she told him the baby was not his was sentenced to life imprisonment on Tuesday.

The man, who goes by just Akash, displayed "cruelty, brutality and callousness" in murdering 22-year-old Gurpreet Kaur, Auckland High Court judge Matthew Palmer said.

The judge said the pair were secretly dating for 12 months but Akash, 24, snapped on April 7 this year when Kaur told him the baby was not his and she wanted to end the relationship.

High on methamphetamine, he stabbed her 29 times and dumped the body in roadside bushes south of Auckland.

He initially pleaded not guilty, arguing the stab wounds were self inflicted, but admitted his guilt in August, four months after being arrested.

Palmer said the fact that Kaur was 7 to 10 weeks pregnant exacerbated the crime and made her death even more painful for her family.


India-born Muslim cop security in-charge of Hindu temple in US

A Mumbai-born Muslim police officer is the security in-charge of the largest Hindu temple in the Indianapolis city of US, setting an example of inter- faith cooperation and social harmony at a time when religious intolerance rhetoric is on the rise due to the election cycle.

An eight-degree black-belt in Taekwondo and a kick boxing champion, Lt Javed Khan from the local police department is director of security at the Hindu temple in Indianapolis.

For hundreds of visitors thronging the temple daily, in particularly over the weekend, Khan, who was born in Mumbai and raised in Lonavla, Pune, is now considered a part and parcel of the Hindu temple.

"My message is this; we are all one. We are all the children of God. There is only one God and then there are different forms and names, we choose to worship," Khan told PTI in a phone interview from Indianapolis.

"We are Indians. Half my family is Hindu. I do not believe in Hindu-Muslim thing," he said.


Aziz Ansari becomes first Indian-American to bag Emmy nod

Aziz Ansari has made history as he has become the first Indian-American actor to land a lead comedy-acting Emmy nomination for his series "Master of None".

Ansari is also just the fifth person of South Asian descent to be nominated in an acting category.

"I am very happy but it is a very specific accomplishment," Ansari told USA Today after the nominations were announced on Thursday.

Ansari, who is also nominated for writing and directing "Master of None", co-created the Netflix comedy with Alan Yang.

The 33-year-old actor plays Dev, an actor trying to make it in New York. "Master of None", which is up for best comedy, crystallized diversity challenges in Hollywood in the show's fourth episode, titled "Indians" on TV.


Indian-American named US university dean

An Indian-American professor with a diverse set of academic experience in the field of science and technology has been named the dean of a leading US university.

Dr Kinshuk, who goes by single name, has been named the dean of University of North Texas College of Information in the US.

He received his doctoral degree from De Montfort University in England, a master of science in mechanical computer aided engineering from Strathclyde University in Scotland and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from University of Rajasthan in India.

Since 2010, heserved as an associate dean at Athabasca University in Alberta, Canada, where he helped lead the Faculty of Science and Technology.

In that role, he helped start new graduate programmes, gained external research funding, developed strategies for student recruitment and promoted senior students and alumni to serve as mentors for new students.


Sunder Pichai among 4 NRIs to be honoured with Great Immigrants Award

Four Indian-Americans, including Google CEO Sunder Pichai, are among 42 US nationals to be honoured with this year's prestigious "Great Immigrants: The Pride of America" award for their inspiring professional accomplishments.

The other three Indian-Americans are Hari Sreenivasan, anchor and senior correspondent in PBS NewsHour, Vikram Malhotra, Chairman of the Americas, McKinsey & Company and Bharati Mukherjee National, Book Critics Circle Award-winning author.

The annual award of the Carnegie Corporation would be presented to them at an event in New York on June 30, a statement said yesterday.

For 2016, the corporation named 42 honorees, who represent some 30 different countries of origin, a wide range of personal immigration stories, and inspiring professional accomplishments.


9-year-old Indian-origin girl is the youngest at Apple WWDC 2016

A nine-year-old Indian-origin girl has earned the distinction of being the youngest app developer at Apple’s annual developer conference with her apps for children and she now dreams of meeting the tech giant’s CEO Tim Cook.
Anvitha Vijay from Australia is the youngest attendee at WWDC 2016 in San Francisco and has already built several apps for iPhone and iPad, a report in Fortune said.
Vijay spent a year watching free coding tutorials on YouTube and the web, and learned how to program.
“Coding was so challenging. But I’m so glad I stuck with it,” she said.
Vijay, who has been developing apps about empowering children, hopes to meet Cook during the conference.
“It’s my dream to go to WWDC and meet Tim Cok,” she said.
Vijay is attending WWDC as part of Apple’s scholarship program, which gives hundreds of free tickets to developers from around the world who are creating apps for Apple devices.


Indian-American registers big win in Congressional primary

Indian-American Raja Krishnamoorthi, who was an adviser in President Barack Obama's 2008 poll campaign, has registered a big win in the Democratic Congressional primary in the US state of Illinois by defeating the state Senator.

Krishnamoorthi's win brightens the chance of yet another person of Indian-origin to be elected to the US House of Representatives in the November general elections.

Born in New Delhi, 42-year-old Krishnamoorthi, an attorney and entrepreneur, polled 57 per cent of the votes in the eighth Congressional District of Illinois as against his two other rivals State Senator Mike Noland (29 per cent) and Deb Bullwinkel (13 per cent).

The district has a sizable Indian-American population.

"Thank you! I'm honoured to be the Democratic Party Nominee for Congressman of Illinois' 8th District," he tweeted late last night after results were out.


Indian-origin Sikh appointed Kuala Lumpur police chief

An Indian-origin Sikh officer has been appointed Kuala Lumpur's commissioner of police - the highest police rank achieved by a Sikh in Malaysia, media reports said.

Amar Singh will replace Tajuddin Mohamed, who will move to federal headquarters as the deputy director of commercial CID on March 14, freemalaysiatoday.com reported on Sunday.

Amar Singh held the position of deputy director of CID when his new appointment was announced last week.

According to the Malaysia Samachar website, the highest police rank previously achieved by a Sikh was senior assistant commissioner-I when Santokh Singh became police chief of Selangor state.

Amar Singh's father and maternal grandfather were both policemen. His father Ishar Singh joined the Federated Malay States Police in 1939, a year after coming to Malaya from Punjab.

His maternal grandfather, Bachan Singh, was a constable who joined the force in the early 1900s.



3 Indian-Americans could be US Supreme Court judge nominees

Three Indian-American legal luminaries may be among the possible candidates whom US President Barack Obama could nominate as a Supreme Court judge following the sudden death of conservative icon Justice Antonin Scalia.

Within hours of the death of Scalia at a ranch in Texas, the name of Chandigarh-born Sri Srinivasan popped up as the top contender to the post.

Sri Srinivasan, 48, is currently the US Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit which many call as a stepping stone to the Supreme Court.

He is not only considered as a favourite of Obama, who has called him as a trailblazer, but also his nomination to the Court of Appeals was confirmed by a record 97-0 votes, which is an achievement given the bitter political divide in the US Senate.


Indian-origin Muslim cleric gets honorary doctorate

An Indian-origin Muslim cleric has been awarded an honorary doctorate by University of Leicester in Britain in recognition of his commendable work for the local community, it was reported on Monday.

Muhammad Shahid Raza, head Imam at the Leicester Central Mosque, received the honorary degree from university chancellor Lord Grocott at a ceremony at De Montfort Hall before a global audience of graduating students and their families, www.leicestermercury.co.uk reported.

Raza was born in Bihar and studied in Moradabad, Agra and Meerut before moving to Britain. He became head Imam at the Islamic Centre in Leicester in 1978.

Raza has spent his life working with Muslim community groups and on intra-faith relations, both nationally and internationally.


14 Indian diaspora students picked to compete in top US science contest

Fourteen students from the Indian diaspora have been selected to compete for $1 million in prizes at the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search Competition this year by fielding high-level projects ranging from cancer vaccines to complex mathematical theories.

They are among the 40 US high school students who made it to the finals of the competition sponsored by Intel Corporation and conducted by the Society for Science & the Public.

Announcing finalists chosen from among 300 semi-finalists from across the nation Wednesday, the president of the society, Maya Ajmera, said, "Finalists of the Intel Science Talent Search are the innovators of the future."

"Their research projects range from highly theoretical basic research to innovative practical applications aimed at solving the most vexing problems," she added.

Last year two Indian-Americans won second place medals and two others, third place medals in the competition.


This 11-year-old cracks IQ test, joins league of Einstein, Hawking

A 11-year-old Indian-origin girl in the UK has achieved the top possible score of 162 on a IQ test of Mensa, becoming one of the youngest brainiest students in the country.
Mumbai-born Kashmea Wahi achieved the top score of 162 out of 162, putting her in the league of scientists Albert Einstein and Steven Hawking and in the top 1 per cent of the country’s brightest.
“It’s overwhelming to be compared with the likes of Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein, the comparison is implausible and I believe it would take loads of achievements for anyone like myself to be able to get into the league of such legends.
Anyways, I am buzzing with excitement,” Kashmea said. Both Hawking and Einstein are thought to have an IQ of
160. The daughter of IT management consultants, Vikas and Pooja Wahi, at Deutsche Bank in London took the test to prove a point to her parents.


Indian American entrepreneur Frank Islam receives UP Ratna award

Azamgarh-born Indian American entrepreneur and philanthropist Frank Islam has been awarded the inaugural UP Ratna award for his contribution as a son of Uttar Pradesh.

An Indian American friend, Dr. Fazal Khan, received the award on Islam's behalf from UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on the opening day of the inaugural UP Pravasi Diwas in Agra on Monday.

Islam, who came to the US in the early 1970s to study at University of Colorado, said the "award means much to me and I am most pleased to accept it with the humility that I have learned as a son of Uttar Pradesh."

Islam praised the Uttar Pradesh government for engaging the diaspora through the Pravasi Diwas and instituting a mechanism to engage the diaspora in a serious and meaningful way for the development of the state.


Wrongly targeted: Americans attacking Sikhs thinking they’re Muslims

Violence and intimidation against American Sikhs have increased in recent years as they are often mistaken for Muslims, a US media report has said.
Sikh men, with their long beards and turbans, are frequently conflated with Muslims and often end up absorbing the backlash against Islamist extremists, the Washington Post reported.
The report comes as police in California are investigating the recent attack on a 68-year old Sikh man as a hate crime.
Amrik Singh Bal, a resident in the Fresno area of California, was attacked by two white males in their 20s before dawn on Saturday morning while he was waiting for a ride to work.
This is the latest in a string of incidents targeting US Sikhs, and comes less than a month after the terror attack in San Bernardino where a married couple opened fire at a holiday party killing 14 people.


Elderly Sikh attacked in alleged hate crime in US

A 68-year-old Sikh man was brutally assaulted by two persons in the US state of California, prompting police to launch a ‘hate crime’ probe into the latest such incident in the country.
Amrik Singh Bal was attacked on Saturday morning in California’s Fresno area, a report in the Fresno Bee said.
The incident happened as Bal was waiting alone for a ride to work when two white men stopped their car in front of him and started yelling obscenities at him, Fresno police Sergeant Greg Noll said.
Fearing for his safety, Bal tried crossing the street but the suspects backed up their car and hit Bal with their back bumper.The two men then got out of the car and attacked Bal, hitting him in the face and upper body. Bal fell to the ground and hit his head.
During the assault, one of the suspects yelled “Why are you here?”, the report said.
The suspects fled only after they heard another vehicle approaching.


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