November 5, 2013
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GOPIO OCEANIC REGIONAL CONVENTION AND INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S CONFERENCE - PROGRAM UPDATE
GOPIO international has finalized the conference speakers for its regional convention and International Women's conference in Sydney on 9th November 2013.
VENUE: SAPPHIRE FUNCTION CENTRE, LEVEL 1, 107 - 109 MAIN STREET, BLACKTOWN NSW 2148, NEAR SYDENY AUSTRALIA
TIME: REGISTRATION AND COFFEE - 8.30 A.M. ONWARDS, CONFERENCE SESSION STARTS AT 9.30 A.M.
GOPIO OCEANIC REGIONAL CONVENTION
The convention theme is "The Indian Diaspora in Oceania: Growth and opportunities."
The conference will explore the opportunities and challenges of the Indian Diaspora in the region. The Indian Diaspora in the region is becoming a major force in the field of commerce, innovative technologies, education, hospitality, heath care, community work, philanthropy and politics to name a few. Most challenges that the Indian Diaspora faces on a day are many are self inflicted by our own society; others are a result of the market forces and some discriminatory.
The Inauguration Session will start with welcome by Convention Chairman Umesh Chandra and GOPIO President Ashook Ramsaran and will be inaugurated by Indian High Commissioner Biren Nanda who will alsodeliver
the keynote address. The sub-themes of the conference sessions and the speakers are as follows:
Indian Migration & Contributions in Oceania Region - Harmohan Walia (Co-Convener, GOPIO Convention 2013 Sydney, Australia), Kanwaljit Singh Baksi MP (New Zealand), Dr. Vinod Daniel(Australia), Prof. Prasad Yarlagadda (Co-Chair of GOPIO Science & Technology Council, Australia), Munish Gupta (GOPIO International Coordinator, Africa, USA-India), Rohitas Batta (Media Coordinator, GOPIO Convention 2013, Sydney, Australia) and Mahavir Arya (GOPIO Life Member, Sydney, Australia)
Indian Diaspora in Oceania Region: Challenges and Opportunities - Dr. Satish Rai (Australia), Rita Abraham (South Africa) (Co Chair), Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Sharma (Professor and Head, Department of Political Science, Chaudhary Charan Singh University, India), Dr. Ajay Rane (Australia), Prof. Peter Stanley (Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society, University of New South Wales, Canberra,Australia) and Neena Bhandari (Australia)
The convention is open to public and the online registration is open. Visit www.gopio.net to register. For further information please contact Umesh Chandra email@example.com ph +61421388465
SECOND GOPIO INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S CONFERENCE STARTING AT 2 P.M.
GOPIO 2nd Women's Conference The conference theme is "Women of the Indian Diaspora - Challenges, Empowerment & Opportunities" and it seeks to address current, critical issues confronting women of all ages globally.
"The Women's Conference Sydney seeks to address critical issues confronting women globally as evidenced by the recent revelations of abuses against women in many countries," emphasised Ms. Suman Kapoor (Chairperson Women's Council GOPIO International).
There are several sessions of the conference designed with specific sub-themes on these current issues, highlighting the history, aspirations, challenges and achievements. These topics of discussion are within the context of the relations of women, including Indian women, in politics, government, private sector, NGOs and women empowerment; and the prominent roles of Indian women.
Inauguration session will have a keynote speaker, Minister Judith Collins (Minister of Ethnic Affairs, National Party, New Zealand). The sub-themes of the conference sessions and the speakers are as follows:
Confronting and Overcoming Violence Against Women & Children - Ms. Lucky Singh (Co Chair, Sydney), Rekha Rajvanshi (Sydney), Dr. Neeraja Arun (Ahmedabad, India), Amrit Versha (Australia), andAstha Rajvashi (Chair, Youth Advisory Committee NSW)
Equitable Treatment of Women in Business and Profession - Rita Abraham (South Africa) (Co Chair), Sue Moodley (Austalia), Bella Thompson (New Zealand), Neena Bandhari (Australia), Rohini Kaddapath (Australia) and Sheba Nandkeolyar (Australia)
Women of the Indian Diaspora - Ways of Moving Forward -Dr. Neeraja Arun (Co Chair, GOPIO Academic Council), Ms. Kumund Merani (Australia), Aman Singh (Co-Chair, GOPIO Youth Council, Australia), Marlan Padayachee (South Africa) and Rita Abraham (South Africa)
The Women's International Conference has been put together by GOPIO Women's Council Chairperson Suman Kapoor of New Zealand. For more info and registration contact Suman Kapoor at 0064211801234 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GALA EVENING DINNER WITH ENTERTAINMENT
The event will conclude with a gala dinner function in the presence of High Commissioner Biren Nanda. Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi is the chief guest. Many community leaders from Sydney and other cities of Australia will be in attendance.
GOPIO MEMBERSHIP REGISTRATION AT DISCOUNT FOR REGIONAL PRAVASI BHARATIYA DIVAS (PBD2013) IN SYDNEY
GOPIO members can register at 50% discount for upcoming Regional PBD 2013 being held on November 10-12 in Sydney as a special accommodation to GOPIO membership and to encourage attendance and participation. This concession was reached through the efforts of GOPIO International Coordinator (Africa) Munish Gupta and GOPIO International President Ashook Ramsaran working along with Indian High Commissioner Biren Nanda in Canberra, Australia. GOPIO's International Coordinator (Oceania Region) Umesh Chandra and Chairperson of GOPIO's Committee on By-Laws, Policies & Procedures Harmohan Walia are also members of the Regional PBD 2013 planning team.
Procedures of GOPIO members' registration as follows:
For details of the Regional PBD 2013 conference program, visit www.pbdsydney2013.com.au
Regional PBD 2013 plans on closing registration on or about October 31. Prospective attendees are urged to register as soon as possible.
The Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (Overseas Indians Day) connects India with its vast Indian Diaspora, bringing their knowledge, expertise and skills together. The 2013 Convention will be the seventh such conference held outside India. The objective of the Convention is to provide a platform for the Indian community in Australia and the Pacific, to contribute to the relationship between countries of the region and India. It is also aimed at giving an opportunity for the Indian community to convey its concerns and aspirations to the Government of India. Conference topics include: Diaspora issues and the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs; Sharing of experiences; Trade and Investment; Services; Manufacturing; Resources; Infrastructure;
Skills and Education; Women in Business; Youth; Education; Indian Languages; Culture.
|AMERICAN SOCIETY OF ENGINEERS OF INDIAN ORIGIN CONCLUDES SUCCESSFUL CONVENTION
ASEI concluded a highly successful 28th national convention on September 28, 2013 at the beautiful University of Maryland campus in College Park, MD. The ASEI National Capital Chapter and ASEI-UMD student chapter co-hosted this convention. PanIIT WHEELS Global Foundation, Capital IIT chapter and Habitat for Humanity also actively partnered with ASEI during the technical sessions and the evening banquet.
GOPIO participated in the convention with its Founder President Dr. Thomas Abraham speaking on "Indian Community's Contribution in America" and in a technology session on Nanotechnology.
The theme of the convention was "Innovative Technologies: An Engine for Economic Growth" which parallels very much the vision outlined by President Obama for the country over the past five years. We believe that many of such innovative technologies can be extensive contributors to the economic growth in the country, be they in energy, healthcare, information technology, nanotechnology or space. The Indian-American community is very much at the forefront of these avenues having been pioneers and inventors of many such incipient and innovative technologies.
NASA Administrator General Charles Bolden gave the Keynote speech at the banquet where he spoke of the contributions the Indian-Americans are making at NASA and in space activities, and the cooperation between India and US following his recent trip to India. Dr. Loh, President of UMD, gave the welcoming speech. Several Indian-American elected officials from Maryland also addressed the audience as did many Administration officials from the White House and the Dept. of Commerce.
All went away with a renewed perception of how the Indian-American community continues to contribute extensively to our adopted land.
ASEI is an organization of Indian-American engineers, scientists and technologists. Please visit us atwww.asei-ncc.org.
|GADAR COMMEMORATION CONTINUES WITH GOPIO UPPER NEW YORK CELEBRATION
GOPIO Upper New York chapter held a well attended seminar on September 7, 2013 to commemorate the centennial of the Gadar Movement. It was a well organized seminar with capacity audience for the Brunch event held at the Caribbean Cabana in Richmond Hill, Queens, New York. The program was coordinated and emceed by Jhairam Persaud, President of the GOPIO Upper New York chapter, and ably assisted by members of the chapter's executives. The event is one of the continuing series of GOPIO Gadar Centennial Commemoration events in the USA, following previous events in Washington DC, Los Angeles and Atlanta.
After introductions and welcome by GOPIO Upper New York President Jhairam Persaud, GOPIO International President Ashook Ramsaran spoke about GOPIO as the globally recognized advocacy organization of the Indian Diaspora, as well GOPIO's role in highlighting the centennial of the Gadar Movement and the worldwide commemoration in 2013. Former GOPIO Upper New York President Satruhan Sukdeo gave a compelling presentation on the Gadar movement and its implications to the freedom movement in India and other countries. Gurpal Singh, Co-founder and Director of SEVA NY, discussed the history of the Gadar Movement with its beginnings in USA, and the sacrifices and struggles to gain India's independence from the British. Audience participation was interactive and vibrant with questions and comments on the Gadar Movement and similarities with other Independence Movements.
GOPIO initiative to highlight the extraordinary contributions of the heroes of the Gadar Movement with the objective to inform, promote, recognize, acknowledge and commemorate the Gadar Centennial as a truly well deserved tribute at the highest levels, on a global scale, was acknowledged.
Special guest Lena Armoudom of Reunion Island was introduced and spoke on PIOs and their efforts at recognition and becoming more active in GOPIO and the Indian Diaspora. Patsy Leopold, GOPIO Upper New York Secretary and Vice President Dev Chedda presented "Global Indian Diaspora" and "Gadar Heroics" books to Gurpal Singh and Satruhan Sukdeo respectively. Premnauth Singh concluded the event with appreciation and thanks to presenters and attendees.
l-r: Jhairam Persaud, Patsy Leopold, Dev Chedda, Satruhan Sukdeo, Lena Armoudom, Ramesh Kalicharan, Premnauth Singh, Naidoo Veerappen, Ashook Ramsaran, Gurpaul Singh, Netram Rambudhan
Contributed by Patsy Leopold (GOPIO Upper New York)
|GOPIO INTERNATIONAL AND CHAPTER NEWS
GOPIO BUSINESS COUNCIL HOSTS INDIAN BUSINESS DELEGATION TO THE USA
To further enhance the growing bilateral trade and investments between the USA and India and to seek more opportunities in manufacturing sector, the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO International) partnered with the Indian Consulate in New York, Alliance for US India Business (AUSIB) and CSpace, Inc. to hold a series of intensive meetings with a carefully selected delegation of Indian businesses and counterparts in various US cities. The prime objective is an interface between Indian and American organizations in the fields of: business development and economic cooperation; technology collaborations and ventures; explore trade and investment opportunities; potential investment in the USA to expand operations in North America. Leader of the delegation was K. K. Birnale.
The program schedule included New York (CitiBank, New York State Legislature), New Jersey (New Jersey State Legislature), Washington DC, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan. Between October 10th to October 20th, business conferences and engagement meetings were held in Indian Consulate in New York followed by visits in the various US cities.
On Sunday, October 13, members of GOPIO Business Council, Regional New Jersey Chapters and GOPIO International hosted an interactive breakfast meeting with Indian Business Delegation in New Jersey. GOPIO's attendees included Ashook Ramsaran, Jaswant Mody, Mahendra Pratap, Gary Mahabir and Dr Asha Samant. It was decided that, at conclusion of the trip to the USA with information gathered, the delegation would determine specific needs (manufacturing, export, partnerships, etc) and collaborate with GOPIO's Business Council to ascertain where and how best to direct and match those needs among the GOPIO chapters and contacts in the USA; organize an India-USA team to coordinate these efforts - 3 members from GOPIO and possible GOPIO chapter in Pune, Maharashtra by returning NRIs or blood relatives of NRIs.
Photo above: GOPIO officials with Indian Business Delegation
GOPIO VIRGINIA JOINS THE WASHINGTON DC INDIAN COMMUNITY TO WELCOME DEPUTY CHIEF OF THE INDIAN TARANJIT SINGH SANDHU
More than 200 people of from the Washington, DC Indian community attended a reception to welcome Deputy Chief of the Mission Taranjit Singh Sandhu, Indian Embassy under the banner of National Council of Asian Indian Associations and coordinate by GOPIO Virginia President Jay Bhandari. This was the first ever reception in which such a large crowd gathered to honor a DCM. There were Hindu, Muslim, Jain, Christian and Sikh present in large numbers. Virginia State Senator Chap Peterson and Virginia State Delegate Mark Keam were special guests. Program was Emcee by TV Anchor Nilima Mehra.
Several members of T.H.I. S Group (The Hospitality and Information Services for Diplomats) and UNO were among the attendees.
GOPIO Virginia President Jay Bhandari, who was also coordinator of the program delivered the welcome speech and told the audience that Mr. Sandhu is a professional, intelligent and expert diplomat who played a significant role in getting the waiver from the sanction from US Congress after the Nuclear Test by India. Another achievement was to open the Indian Embassy in Ukraine after the break-up of Soviet Union. He proved himself a problem solver. Other speakers were Sunny Wycliffe, Ashok Batra, Dr. Ramsingh, Nagender Madavaram, Sunil Singh, and Ambassador Harswarup Singh and Jasdeep Singh.
VA Stage Delegate Keam and Senator Chap Peterson mentioned the important role played by Indian community in Virginia economy and asked Indians to come forward to become delegate, senator and governor even president. Community veteran leader Dr. Sambhu Banik introduced the DCM Sandhu elaborating his achievements and responsibilities assigned to him.
In his speech DCM Sandhu emphasized on Indo US relationship and asked Indian American community to get active role in strengthening the relationship. He also told that Prime Minister's recent visit to US was successful and India and the US will work together in strengthening the strategic partnership including education, technology, investment, security and entertainment.
Sandhu said "Our future belongs to our relationship, it has a commercial and economic value and the US companies are investing in India and Indian Companies are investing in USA in many field including Education, innovations and research."
"I am already seeing Indians being elected to political leadership and I ask Indian community to involve more in political process to achieve key positions in different departments in MD, VA and other states and also as congressman, senator and governor," added DCM Sandhu
Coordinator and Vice President of NCAIA Jay Bhandari also present the plaque (memento) to the DCM Mr. Sandhu. And flower was presented to him by Tresa Wycliffe. A prominent singer Anshu Sharma presented a famous Gazal and Hana Khan presented a Classical and fusion dance. Vote of thanks was given by Satish Gupta. Program ended with Gourmet Indian Dinner.
Photo above: From L to R Sunil Singh, Virginia State Senator Chap Petersen, Coordinator Jay Bhandari, DCM Mr. Taranjit Sandhu, Suresh Gupta and VA Delegate Mark Keam
18th ANNUAL MAHATMA GANDHI PEACE MARCH IN NEW YORK
The 18th Annual Mahatma Gandhi Peace March was organized in Richmond Hill, New York on Sunday October 6, 2013 by the Federation of Hindu Mandirs, Inc.. The march is organized to promote and celebrate the teachings and values of the Mahatma, and is one of the more popular community events in Queens, New York, USA. This year, as the Amman Tassa Band provided lively Indo-Caribbean rhythms, the marchers were led by Pandit Narayan Bhaya Lachana, in the role of Gandhiji, and he brought the likeness of the Mahatma to life with his calm and spiritual persona. Gandhiji was followed by Dharmacharya B. Rishi Misir, President of the Federation, and members or their representatives of New York City's political elite. Naidoo R. Veerapen, North American Cultural Co-Chair of GOPIO Cultural Council of the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) and General Secretary of the Federation of Hindu Mandirs, Inc. was a
member of the organizing committee and emcee for the event.
Participants marched along Liberty Avenue with banners proclaiming their support for the Mahatma's philosophy of peace and non-violence, and placards with timely quotes from Gandhiji's speeches and writings. The march concluded at the Arya Spiritual Center's Ground at 133rd Street where a very tasteful cultural program was staged. This year the march included members of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), whose regional Director Ken Cohen, also spoke on the cultural program and brought greetings from the parent organization whose most prominent leader, the Rev Dr. Martin Luther King, was a disciple of Gandhiji. GOPIO's International President, Mr. Ashook Ramsaran, who marched with the Upper NY Chapter of GOPIO, also spoke laudably of the example of humility and brotherliness set by Gandhiji. In addition to the Federation of Hindu Mandirs,
NAACP and GOPIO, other participating groups included the Brahma Kumaris, the Richmond Hill High School, The Arya Spiritual Center, and The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISCON).
There was also a large contingent of independent marchers. Participating in the event were NYS Senator James Sanders Jr, NYS Assemblyman Mike Miller and NYC Mayor Bloomberg's Community Affairs representative, Ido Shargal. In addition to the grand cultural display, which featured the excellent talent of the Richmond Hill Indo Community, a Mahatma Gandhi Peace Prize (a marble bust of Gandhiji) was presented to a prominent community advocate Dr. Dhanpaul Narine, a school teacher and journalist from Richmond Hill, whose lifestyle was inspired by that of the Mahatma. Deputy Consul General of India to New York, Dr. Devyani Khobragade, brought greetings on behalf of the Government and people of India and participated in the presentation of the Mahatma Gandhi Peace Prize. Gandhiji's granddaughter, Ela Gandhi, sent a message from South Africa and paid homage to her grandfather and his famous disciple, the Reverend Martin Luther
King Jr., and their work to promote peace and freedom, stating "So in remembering these two great leaders of our time let us unite across the globe with that love that binds us as human beings and living creatures on this earth. In spirit we are with you."
Another high point of the event was the Gandhi Peace Lecture, which was presented this year by youthful D'Indra Forgenie, an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn and Pace University Law Professor. Ms Forgenie spoke of the motivating influence of the Mahatma on working class Indo Caribbean's, who responded to Gandhiji's call for us all to "look beyond our present circumstances". In her words, "One of the lessons of Gandhi's life is to live meaningfully", and generations have since then found a reason to live. At the conclusion of the event, Naidoo Veerapen remarked that "The Federation of Hindu Mandirs, Inc. is heartened by the response to the 18th Annual Gandhi Peace March as we all strive to be Gandhis in our own way!"
Photo Above: Gandhi Peace March by GOPIO Upper New York
|NRIs AND PIOs ACHIEVE
FIRST INDIAN AMERICAN TO SERVE AS CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE
Trailblazer Sri Srinivasan was sworn in as judge of the second most powerful court of the United States, making him the first Indian American to be on the bench of the US Courts of Appeal for the District of Columbia Circuit. He is the first South Asian American to serve as a circuit court judge in American history.
Gursharan Kaur, the wife of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, was present on the occasion when Chandigarh-born Srinivasan, 46, was sworn in by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
His appointment is a testimony to his credibility and caliber as a brilliant legal luminary of the US. Srinivasan was previously the Principal Deputy Solicitor General of the United States.
He is a highly-respected appellate advocate who has spent a distinguished career litigating before the US Supreme Court and the US Courts of Appeals, both on behalf of the United States and in private practice.
YUSUFFALI MA, THE MOST POWERFUL INDIAN IN THE GULF
Abu Dhabi-based businessman Yusuffali MA emerged as the most powerful Indian businessman in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries for the fourth time in a row in a '100 most powerful Indians' list announced by Arabian Business magazine.
Yusuffali, who owns the Lulu Hypermarkets chain of stores, took the top slot ahead of food giant Feroz Allana. Standard Chartered Bank's Middle East chief operating officer V Shankar came third, ahead of healthcare boss and owner of UAE exchange BR Shetty. Venture capitalist Ragu Kataria secured the fifth spot and Dubai-based lawyer Ashish Mehta ranked seventh. This year's list also featured a record 11 female entries.
The contribution of the Indian community to the growth of the GCC has been nothing short of spectacular, and everyone on this list has played and continues to play a major part in that story.
THREE INDIAN AMERICANS AMONG AMERICA'S 400 RICHEST
Three Indian-Americans figure among America's 400 richest people. Topping the Indian-American list was Florida outsourcer Bharat Desai and family with a net worth of $2.2 billion in the 252nd position. He was followed California software manufacturer Romesh T Wadhwani with a net worth of 2.1 billion. California venture capitalist Vinod Khosla was ranked 352 with a net worth of $1.5 billion.
The combined wealth of the Forbes' 2013 ranking of the richest people in America is $2 trillion, up from $1.7 trillion in 2012 and the highest ever, due in part to the strength of both the US stock and real estate markets.
BRITISH INDIAN RAMI RANGER IS NAMED 'THE DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR 2013'
Indian-origin Dr. Rami Ranger MBE, FRSA, Managing Director of Sun Mark Ltd has won the prestigious Institute of Directors (IOD) 'Director of the Year 2013 - Large Company' for the UK. The Directors from North Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England were competing for this top award.
Rami was judged to be the best of all the regional winners with the combination of his high ethical standards, consideration for the welfare of the company's staff and focus on customer satisfaction was an outstanding combination which set him apart from the rest. The achievement was made even more impressive given that the competition was amongst the best in Britain.
The award was presented by. Rt. Hon. Michael Portillo, former Defense Secretary in the Conservative Government. Rami's company, Sun Mark Ltd has also won the most coveted British Business Award from Her Majesty the Queen, The Queens Award for Enterprise in International Trade, for an unprecedented 5 consecutive years and in the process has made British business history. No other British company has received this accolade.
OBAMA NOMINATES ARUN KUMAR FOR KEY POST IN THE US COMMERCE DEPT
President Obama announced his intent to nominate an Indian-American financial consultant to a key post in the US Commerce Department. The President plans to nominate Arun M. Kumar, a former partner at the international financial consulting firm KPMG, as assistant secretary and director general of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service in the International Trade Administration at the Department of Commerce.
From 2005 until his retirement in September 2013, Kumar led KPMG's West Coast Finance Management Consulting practice. He also led the firm's US-India practice from 2007 to 2013. He has also served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Asian School of Business, Trivandrum and is a member of the board of TiE Silicon Valley. He also served as a member of the Advisory Council at Stanford University.
Kumar received a B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Kerala, India, and an S.M. in Management from the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
INDIAN AMERICANS DANCER TO KEY ART POSITION
US senate has confirmed noted Indian-American Bharatanatyam exponent Ranee Ramaswamy as a member of the prestigious National Council on the Arts for a five-year term. The National Council on the Arts advises the chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, who also chair the council, on agency policies and programs.
Ramaswamy, who has been a disciple of Alarmel Valli, one of India's greatest living masters of Bharatanatyam, founded the Ragamala Music and Dance Theatre in 1992 at Minneapolis, Minnesota. She started popularizing this classical Indian dance form in the US since then.
Ramaswamy has worked with celebrated artists such as poet Robert Bly, jazz musician Howard Levy and legendary composer and violinist L. Subramaniam. Among her many grants and fellowships are 13 McKnight Artist Fellowships, a Bush Fellowship, and an Artist Exploration Fund grant from Arts International.
In 2011, she was chosen as the McKnight Foundation Distinguished Artist. Ramaswamy and co-Artistic Director Aparna Ramaswamy were named the 2011 Artist of the Year by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
INDIAN AMERICAN SCIENTIST GETS FUNDING FOR CANCER RESEARCH
Scientist Suresh Mathivanan researching in the field of cancer will receive $17 million fund from the US medical science funding body. La Trobe University in Victoria, Australia, is the only institution outside America to take part in research of and receive funds from the US National Institute of Health (NIH).
Mathivanan is heads a team of ten biochemistry researchers. He will take part in a program aimed to advance critical research into a recently discovered way by which cells in our body communicate with each other via Ribonucleic acid (RNA), the single strand cousin of DNA.
"The special form of RNA being studied in the NIH project - known as extracellular RNA or exRNA - travels around the body in little packages called exosomes, and plays an important role in the way cells regulate and express genes. One potential application of these exosomes is in targeted gene delivery to treat cancer," said Mathivanan.
INDO-CANADIAN SCIENTIST GETS TOP CANADIA AWARD
Sunita Vohra, an Indian-origin scientist has been named this year's recipient of a prestigious Canadian award that recognizes excellence in complementary and alternative medicine.
Director of Canada's first academic pediatric integrative at the University of Alberta medicine program, she was named the winner of the $250,000 Dr. Rogers Prize. The Dr. Rogers Prize carries the largest cash prize of its kind in North America.
Clinician scientist Vohra said that she didn't have specific plans for the money other than she would use it to help get the kind of research she does out of books and into policy that makes changes in the world.
The $250,000 Dr. Rogers Prize for Excellence in Complementary and Alternative Medicine is awarded every two years to celebrate the achievements of researchers, practitioners and others in the field of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) healthcare. The prize is funded by the Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Foundation in Vancouver.
TWO EIGHT-GRADERS WIN BROADCOME MASTER ENGINEERING AWARDS
Mihir Garimella of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Sidhika Balachander of Gainesville, Florida won top two places in the Engineering category of The Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars) awards presented by the Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public.
Mihir's project on digitally recreating smells stemmed from video calls with his grandparents in India, which let him see, but not smell, what he is missing. He made a short movie which linked specific scents to particular moments and then connected five microchip-based air fresheners to a microprocessor and modified their circuitry so they would respond to signals sent via computer that could command scents to be released at a precise moment in the clip. So when an ad for a cinnamon roll came on the screen the device would release a cinnamon scent. For his project, he was awarded $3,500 to attend a STEM-related summer camp of his choice.
Sidhika's project on soundproofing compared soundproofing and aesthetic qualities of various materials. She tested materials such as roofing tile and tapestry by placing speakers in a box and measuring the amount of sound that was absorbed. Her prize for second place was a $2,500 scholarship and an iPad. She plans to use the scholarship to attend science camp.
The program helps middle school students translate a personal interest into a passion for science, engineering and innovation, and encourages them to continue studying science and math through high school. The winners were chosen from the 30 top finalists, who represent the top tier selected from thousands of nominees.
BRITISH INDIAN SUJIT NAIR ACHIEVES WOLRDWIDE ACCOLADE AS DIPLOMATIC COURIER AND YPFP RECOGNIZES HIM WITH THE '99 UNDER 33'
Sujit S Nair, FRSA, Co-founder/ Director of British South India Chamber of Commerce has been recognized on the 2013 "99 Under 33," an international list noting the most influential foreign policy leaders under the age of 33. He is the only Indian citizen to make the list.
The '99 Under 33' recognizes the distinctive impact each of the honorees has on his or her community today and their promise of potential as a leader in the future. This list uniquely offers insight into the creativity, determination, and passion of the diverse young people who are already tackling the world's critical global challenges. By design, this list is broad and diverse, which reflects the belief that foreign policy in the 21st century is made by leaders from all sectors.
Because of Sujit's efforts various stakeholders are aware of the enormous opportunities between the UK and India. Through British South India Chamber of Commerce, Sujit created regular dialogue between British and South Indian businesses interested in utilizing British expertise and its world-class technology involvement in the Infrastructure, Waste Management, Education, Low Cost Housing in Urban and Villages, Power & Energy and IT Projects coming up in the South Indian states and also for Indian companies who want to tap opportunities in UK.
THREE INDIAN AMERICANS STUDENTS AMONG 20 DAVIDSON FELLOWS
Ankita Ghoshal, Aashna Mago, Ajay Krishnan, Vaibhav Vavilala and Vinay Sriram are among 20 students selected as 2013 Davidson Fellows last month.
The program offers $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 college scholarships to students 18 or younger who have created significant projects that have the potential to benefit society in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, literature, music and philosophy, according to a press release from the Davidson Institute.
Ankita who received $25,000 scholarship for her project titled 'Sustainable 100w Portable Generators for 24/7/365 Power Demand' studies at Princeton University and is majoring in chemical and biological engineering.
Aashna also won $25,000 scholarship for a project on 'A Novel EZH2 Histone Methyltransferase Inhibitor: Potential Advancement in Epigenetic Cancer Therapy'. She is considering a major in biology with a focus in molecular and cellular biology while also exploring more unfamiliar areas, like computer science and 'Symbolic Systems', an area of study at Stanford that encompasses artificial intelligence, cognitive science, and the human-computer interface.
Ajay received the $10,000 scholarship for 'Optimizing the Microbial Fuel Cell-Microbial Electrolysis Cell Coupled System for Sustainable Hydrogen Gas'. His dream career would be to develop efficient and environmentally-friendly energy technologies to help make our planet more sustainable.
Vinay is a rising senior in the accelerated science, mathematics, and computer science magnet program at Poolesville High School and plans to major in either computer science or electrical engineering in college. His project titled 'Quantitative Modeling of Processing Cost and Energy Consumption for Cryptographically Enhanced Secure Internet Routing Protocol', won him a $10,000 scholarship.
Also winner of the $10,000 scholarship for 'Neural Networks: Raising the Storage Capacity Production, Electricity Generation, and Improved Wastewater Treatment', Vaibhav is planning on studying computer science.
PIO APPOINTED AS THE ACTING COMMISIONER OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN REVENUE SERVICES (SARS)
South African PIO Ivan Pillay has been appointed acting head of the South African Revenue Service (SARS), where he was a Deputy Commissioner since May 2010.
As a member of the Executive and executive accountable for enforcement and compliance risk over the last 13 years, Ivan has helped to shape, implement and develop SARS compliance policies. His commitment is to contribute to the establishment of a capable that responds efficiently and effectively to its citizens and residents. One of his responsibilities is assuring the security of SARS and the integrity of its personnel.
Ivan was a political activists and doing work in few civil society organizations since 1971 before joining the underground African National Congress in 1975.
He went into exile in 1977 joining the armed wing of the ANC, Umkonto we Sizwe (Spear of the Nation), the South African Communist Party and the South African Council of Trade Unions.
Ivan participated in the national liberation struggle and the Convention for a Democratic South Africa (Codesa) negotiation process to end apartheid. He was a member of the interim administration under the Transitional Executive Council of the country prior to the 1994 elections.
After 1994, Ivan played a role in the amalgamation process of the civilian intelligence services which resulted in the formation of National Intelligence Agency and the South African Security Services, where he served from 1995 to 1999
SARS is the revenue service (tax-collecting agency) of the South African government. It was established by legislation to collect revenue and ensure compliance with tax law. Its vision is to be an innovative revenue and customs agency that enhances economic growth and social development, and supports South Africa's integration into the global economy in a way that benefits all citizens.
The current Minister of Finance (Treasury Sec in the USA, Chancellor of the Exchequer in UK), PIO Mr Pravin Gordhan was SARS Commissioner 1999-2009, appointed under President Thabo Mbeki. Pravin was appointed by President Jacob Zuma as Finance Minister in May 2009 & holds this position to date.
GLASGOW SCOTCHES A TALE OF 1ST SIKH COUNCILOR, £3.8M GURUDWARA
Billionaire entrepreneur Sohan Singh, who had brought the Queen's baton from India to Scotland last year, is the first Sikh to be elected to Glasgow as the city's councilor. He ran the elections on Scottish Labor Party in 2012. He now sits on Glasgow's CWG committee as its member.
Sohan, who had spent his childhood and adolescent years closely with iconic Communist leader Harkishan Singh Surjeet in Punjab, brought Scotland's first Kabbadi team to the Kabbadi World Cup in India last year.
Not too far from Sohan Singh's offices, the Glasgow gurdwara, built at a cost of whopping 3.8 million pounds, has become a new spiritual home for Scotland's 50,000-strong Sikh population. The Gurudwara has now become the most expensive shrine in Scotland and the second highest in the UK. The Glasgow Gurudwara can accommodate 1500 worshippers at one time inside the hall.
SOUTH AFRICAN PIO WINS A JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR AWARD
Viasen Soobramany won South Africa's Vodacom Journalist of the Year Award in the Editors Choice category.
Viasen was the sole candidate from the Independent Newspapers in KwaZulu Natal (KZN) and this prestigious title was also the first for his newspaper, the Post.
Commenting on this young man's achievement, the Editor in Chief of Post, Mr Aakash Bramdeo said, "We are proud of Viasen. He has passion for journalism and is driven by the desire to make this world a better place. We wish him well in the national round, which will take place on 1 Nov in Johannesburg."
Viasen received this accolade for his series of stories on drugs affecting communities. It included police raids, clean-ups and addict rehabilitation which was published over several months. The a salient feature of this drug project was that it was a module designed by the Post and implemented in different areas of KZN, which Viasen joined in 2011 and is passionate to get drugs of the streets.
The Post audience is mainly the Indian community and is published by Independent News and Media (South Africa) (SA) Limited. Of the four major national Indian aimed print media in SA, Post not only has the largest circulation, but is the only newspaper in the country that is growing in physical size, compared to others who are reducing theirs. The other three are the Tribune Herald, Sunday Times Extra and the magazine Sutra.
INDIAN AMERICAN-led team wins $525K NOKIA XCHALLENGE
Boston-based research incubator institute Nanobiosym Health RADAR, led by Dr Anita Goel, has been awarded the $525,000 grand prize in the first competition of the Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE for its Gene-RADAR sensing technology enabling personalized diagnostic testing. Nanobiosym was selected from a pool of 26 competing teams from seven countries. A percentage of the final score was crowd-sourced through attendee votes at the Health 2.0 Conference in Silicon Valley, Calif.
The platform analyzes a drop of blood, saliva or other body fluid. Placed on a nanochip and inserted into a mobile device, it detects the presence or absence of a disease's pathogen in less than an hour, with the same accuracy available only in a diagnostic lab. The technology doesn't require overhead infrastructure, such as electricity or running water, and could be adopted by the developing world.
The XCHALLENGE comprises two separate and consecutive competitions to advance innovative sensing technologies that capture meaningful data about a consumer's health and surrounding environment.
Nanobiosym has demonstrated applications for Ecoli and HIV/AIDS, with potential applications for diagnosis, monitoring, drug development, companion diagnostics and personalized nanomedicine. Goel was named as one of the world's 'Top 35 Science and Technology Innovators under the age of 35' by MIT Technology Review. She has also received the 'Global Indus Technovator Award' from MIT.
Goel has a PhD in physics from Harvard University, an MD from the Harvard-MIT Joint Division of Health Sciences & Technology, and a BS in physics from Stanford University.
FIRST INDO-ISRAELI COMPORATOR IN RAMLA, ISRAEL
Mr. Benny Benjamin, the candidate of the Indian Community in Ramla, has been elected as corporator to the Municipality of Ramla. It has due to the joint efforts of the community which hope that this spirit will spread throughout Israel and succeed in future in other cities as well and also on the national scale.
Yehoshua Naor, President, GOPIO Chapter Tel-Aviv (email@example.com) d=sadui that this has been a great accomplishment for the smaller Indian community in Israel.
|NRIs AND PIOs NEWS FEATURES
AN INSPIRING STORY OF A SUCCESSFUL PIO ENTREPRENEUR IN KENYA
This is about Berjeesh D Surty. He first moved to Nairobi in 1995, as the business head of Indian power equipment maker Thermax's African operations, he had no inkling that a decade and a half later, he would be a well-respected Kenyan businessman, running two very successful and completely diverse enterprises.
Surty is doing what he knows best, his company Spenomatic is in the business of sourcing, supplying and installing industrial boilers and water and effluent treatment plants across the East African market. "Today Spenomatic is the largest industrial boiler company in the region with an annual turnover of around $15 million, far ahead of all European competitors. The company has a year-on-year growth of 20-25%," says Surty, a first generation entrepreneur.
The initial investment was of about $5 million for just 20 acres under greenhouses. The company has made it among the top slots as rose exporters from Kenya, as well as the top 15 quality producers in the world.
NEWS OF INTEREST TO NRIs AND PIOs AROUND THE WORLD
PREMATURE WITHDRAWAL RESTRICTIONS ON NEW FCNR DOLLAR DEPOSITS
In a bid to attract dollars into the country and arrest the fall of the rupee, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) facilitated a swap deal on Foreign Currency Non Resident (FCNR) dollar deposits. According to the deal, banks that bring in FCNR deposits for tenure of over 3 years will be able to avail of a forward rate at a premium of 3.5% as against the current market rate of 7%. As a result, banks have started to heavily market FCNR deposits to Non Resident Indians (NRIs).
FCNR is a term deposit account that can be maintained by NRIs and PIOs in foreign currency and a good option for NRIs looking to invest in India without worrying about currency risks.
The interest rates vary between tenures and from currency to currency. Banks are offering FCNR deposits at an interest rate of over 5% on dollar deposits over 3 years. Moreover, this interest is tax free in India. Balances in FCNR can be freely repatriated outside India. However, banks are restricting partial or premature withdrawal on FCNR deposits opened for a term of 3 years and above.
So while the deal is sweet, do make sure that you are aware of premature withdrawal penalties before you invest your money. You don't want to lock in funds that you might need in the short term.
INDIAN MAY BE KING MAKERS IN UK ELECTRION 2015
Indians make up the largest Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) group in 175 constituencies in England and Wales. Indians are also the largest group in both Labor and Conservative.
Entitled 'The Power of the Black Vote in 2015', the ground-breaking research reveals 168 constituencies in both urban and suburban areas, demonstrating that the BME electorate have never been more powerful. The report by Operation Black Vote found that in addition to the 203 marginal seats where the BME vote has a significant impact on the result there are important patterns relating to individual communities. South Asian groups are the dominant BME communities in 74 seats.
OBV Director Simon Woolley said, "This is great news for BME communities and democracy. Many individuals feel powerless, particularly in the face of rising racial tension and the apparent inability by political parties to acknowledge persistent race inequalities, much less have a plan to deal with it. The power to help decide who wins and who loses the next General Election will no doubt focus the minds of vulnerable politicians and their leaders."
Conservative vice-chair Alok Sharma, MP for Reading West, who has been given the task of boosting the party's ethnic minority appeal, said, "The analysis speaks for itself in highlighting seats with larger numbers of voters with an ethnic minority background and their potential electoral impact."
Shadow justice minister Sadiq Khan, the MP who ran Labour leader Ed Milliband's leadership campaign said, "The DNA of politics needs to change in the light of this research. This research shows how important the ethnic minority electorate is going to be in future general elections. Any party, that seriously wants to win, needs to take the ethnic minorities with them."
LOUISIANA GOVERNOR BOBBY JINDAL FORMS GROUP TO WIN 'WAR OF IDEAS'
Louisiana's Indian-American governor Bobby Jindal is a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate. He plans to create a policy-focused nonprofit group to help Republicans shed their image as 'the party of no'.
The group called 'America Next' will create detailed proposals for how conservatives would improve health care, education and energy policy if they were in charge again. "Saying 'no' is not enough," he said. "We've got to get beyond the bumper-sticker slogans. We've got to get beyond the 30-second attack ads."
Jindal, whose term as chairman of Republican Governors Association ends next month, complained that his party has focused excessively on criticizing President Barack Obama without saying what it would do instead.
Jindal said 'America Next' will not be afraid to take controversial positions that run afoul of Republican orthodoxy.
INDIAN-AMERICAN DIRECTOR'S SUPERNATURAL THRILLER
An Indian-American film-maker's tension-filled supernatural thriller 'Jinn' explores ancient eastern mythological folklore. Set to be released throughout North America on April 4. Written and directed by Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad, the story revolves around creation mythology, a concept that has rarely been explored in US cinemas.
It stars among others Dominic Rains (Flight 93), Serinda Swan (USA's Graceland), Ray Park (Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace), Faran Tahir (Elysium) and William Atherton (Die Hard).
The Jinn story revolves around the concept that in the beginning, three races were created: Man-made of clay, Angels made of light. And a third race, born of smokeless fire named the jinn.
SON OF SLAIN SIKH TO FIGHT 2014 US POLLS
Amar Kaleka said he wants to bring accountability and transparency back to Washington. The son of a slain Sikh temple President plans to challenge former Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan in next year's congressional election.
Kaleka's father was one of six people gunned down by a white supremacist at their temple last year. Kaleka has since urged lawmakers to strengthen gun legislation.
EARLY DIWALI FOR INDIANS IN NEW ZEALAND
Indian-origin people celebrated Diwali in New Zealand's largest city Auckland, ahead of the actual date. Thousands of Aucklanders gathered for the two-day Indian festival of lights, dancing, singing and feasting.
People ranging from school children to adults joined the festival. Among the crowd was 2012 New Zealand's Got Talent finalist Dane Moeke. "We've been going around to different things. I am trying to listen to the music and the drums," Moeke said.
Diwali symbolizes the triumph of good over evil.
INDIAN SCHOOLS TO COEM UP IN ABU DHABI
Six new Indian schools are to open in Abu Dhabi in the next two years after education authorities in the UAE capital shut down a number of private Indian schools for violating land-use norms. India's Ambassador MK Lokesh said that the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) has given an assurance that the interests of the students of the Indian schools facing shut-down would be taken care of.
While the closure of the schools has affected 5,854 pupils, the new schools will offer around 15,000 seats. Ambassador Lokesh met Mugheer Al Khaili, director general of ADEC to discuss the issue. ADEC has already provided land to the Abu Dhabi Indian School (ADIS) to open a new branch at Al Wathba on the outskirts of the city.
The Indian ambassador said he has requested the education department officials to expedite the process so that the school can be opened before the next academic year.
BAHRAIN INDIANS ADVISED TO KEEP I-CARDS SAFE
Indian nationals in Bahrain have been urged to keep their Central Population Registration (CPR) cards, a national identity card in the country, safe to avoid getting defrauded.
India's Ambassador to Bahrain Mohan Kumar advised Indians to keep CPR cards issued by the Bahrain government safe following several complaints from workers who have had travel bans slapped on them because of non-payment of telephone bills issued on mobile numbers they never applied for. In most of the cases their cards were forged by someone else.
Telecom companies have now tightened rules for issuing new connections to prevent forgery. The applicants now have to be physically present and sign documents for new connections or services.
A SOUTH AFRICAN INITIATIVE: 'DIALOGUE PROMOTION AMONGST SRI LANKANS'
A geopolitical axis of South Africa-Colombo-Singapore, held a Dialogue Promotion amongst Sri Lankans which was led by a SA civil society body, the In International Transformation Initiative (ITI). It convened a meeting of different political and academic stakeholders at Singapore (31 Aug - 1 Sept 2013) which seen at least two western countries, Switzerland and Norway backing the South Africa process that has been planned 18 months ago.
The ITI process involved visits to, from and by Sri Lankan government ministers and senior officials, opposition and ruling party members, as well as other representative groups, according to a press release of the ITI of 1 Sept. In addition, it said that further programs are planned for key Sri Lankan stakeholders to visit South Africa to observe the model practiced in our country and for South African academics to visit Sri Lanka during October 2013.
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INDINA AMERICAN PROPOSES SILICON VALLEY APPROACH TO GOVERNING
In the aftermath of the US government shutdown, a former Indian-American Obama administration official Rohit Khanna has proposed 'bold' reforms to make government more efficient, transparent and responsive with a Silicon Valley approach to governing. A lawyer and former commerce department official, Khanna's constituency of California's 17th District is home to a range of technology companies.
The steps include refusing donations from political action committees (PACs) and federally registered lobbyists, refusing Congressional pay raises, end of Congressional pension system, banning legislators from lobbying for five years after leaving office and taking special interest-funded trips.
To make the government more efficient and transparent, Khanna suggested "a Silicon Valley approach to governing - leveraging innovative technology wherever possible".
Khanna has received the endorsements of several high-profile Silicon Valley figures, such as Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg and Yahoo's Marissa Mayer in his bid to oust Honda.
INDIAN DOCTOR IN UK WINS LANDMARK JUDGEMENT
Indian doctors in Britain have dragged UK's independent medical regulator-the General Medical Council to Court over serious discrimination. In a landmark ruling in favor of the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO), the Royal Courts of Justice said GMC whose statutory purpose is to ensure proper standards in the practice of medicine, had not given due regard to the Equality Law and hence a judicial review should be immediately started against it.
Indian doctors working in the UK had taken the country's top regulatory body, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), to Court over the fairness of the controversial clinical skills assessment (CSA) test-the examination which confirms that a doctor has satisfactorily completed specialty training for general practice and is competent to enter independent practice.
A review into 5,000 candidates was ordered after ethnic minority students complained the exam was unfair. The judicial review to see whether the CSA examination is flawed and discriminates against international trainees will come up soon against both GMC and RCGP.
At present, a huge differential pass rates exist between Indian doctors and the UK graduates in the new CSA assessment introduced in 2010. RCGP figures for 2010-11 indicate that the failure rate for Indian medical graduates is 63.2%, compared with 9.4% of UK graduates.
A British Medical Journal study had just recently confirmed that white doctors in UK are almost three times more likely to land a hospital job than ethnic minority doctors (13.8% versus 4.8%).
REMITTANCES TO INDIA HIT A RECORD
India received the largest recipient of foreign remittances among the developing economies in 2013 reported a World Bank report on Migration and Development Brief.
Non-Resident Indians sent a record $71 billion home in 2013 compared to $70 billion in 2012. The report claims that NRIs are estimated to remit up to $85 billion dollars a year by 2015.
Gulf countries account for nearly 40 per cent of remittances in India while 48 per cent remittances are destined for South Asian countries. The increase in remittances' inflow is attributed to the dip in Indian rupee compared to the US dollar. The Indian rupee depreciated by over 20 per cent during the first three quarters of 2013, among other things due to concerns over continuing current account deficits in India and the impact of an expected tightening of monetary policy in the US, which has induced a general retrenching of international capital and reduced flows to India.
"With the weakening of the Indian rupee, a surge in remittances is expected as Non Resident Indians take advantage of the cheaper goods, services and assets back home. Remittances to India are expected to reach $71 billion in 2013," the World Bank said in a statement releasing its latest issue of Migration and Development Brief.
In India, remittances are larger than the earnings from the IT exports. With the weakening of the Indian rupee, a surge in remittances is expected as Non Resident Indians take advantage of the cheaper goods, services and assets back home.
|GOPIO LIFE MEMBERSHIP AND CHAPTER FORMATION
GOPIO is a non-partisan, non-sectarian global organization with chapters in several countries, actively promoting the interests of people of Indian origin worldwide by monitoring and addressing current critical issues of concern, and by enhancing cooperation and communication between groups of Indians living in various countries.
GOPIO Individual Life membership is open to all who believe in the mission of GOPIO. The one- time fee is $5,000 for Platinum Life Membership, $2,500 for Gold Life Membership and $1,500 Silver Life Membership and half the amount for each category for those from developing countries and India.
GOPIO is looking forward to opening chapters in all major cities of the world so as to network people of Indian origin all over the world. If you do not have chapter in your city, please visit GOPIO website (www.gopio.net) and get details of chapter initiation (visit http://www.gopio.net/chapter_initiative.htm).
Process involves sending a letter of intent to start a chapter by a committee of five people or more. For more information, contact:
GOPIO Chairman - Inder Singh, Tarzana, California, USA, Tel: +1-818-708-3885, E-mail: GOPIO.Global@gmail.com.
GOPIO President - Ashook Ramsaran, Fresh Meadows, New York, USA, Tel: 718/939-8194, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
GOPIO Executive Vice President - Sunny Kulathakal, Bahrain, Tel: +973 39441956 or +91 9845756692, E-mail: Kulathakal@yahoo.com
GOPIO Senior Vice President - Dr Piyush Agrawal, Weston, Florida, USA, Tel: +1-954-684-6494, E-mail:email@example.com
To become a Life member of GOPIO, one can sign up online at http://gopio.net/online_membership.htm or fill up the form and send it with a check to: GOPIO International, PO Box 560117, New York NY 11356, USA.
Chief Editor: Dr. Thomas Abraham, Founder President and Chairman Emeritus of GOPIO Intl. and Executive Trustee, GOPIO Foundation (Stamford, CT, USA)
Editor: Nami Kaur, Secretary, GOPIO International (New York, USA)
Co-Editors: Bina Mahabir (Co-Chair GOPIO Media Council, Guyana-New York, USA), Nilofar Pardawala (Portland, Oregon, USA) and Kishor Kapitan (GOPIO Durban, South Africa)
Webmasters: Prashant Gupta (Hyderabad, India) and Abu Thomas (New Rochelle, NY, USA)
Contributors of this issue: Umesh Chandra (International Coordinator, Oceanic Region), Dr. Suman Kapoor (Chairperson, GOPIO International Women's Council, New Zealand), Jay Bhandari (President, GOPIO-Virginia), Patsy Leopold (GOPIO Upper New York), Hari Bindal (Washington, DC)
Contact Dr. Thomas Abraham, Tel: 203-329-8010, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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