November 8, 2012
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November 8, 2012
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DIVAS (PBD) AND GOPIO KOHI CONVENTION UPDATED - KERALA TOURS ARRANGED FOR
MAURITIUS PRESIDENT TO BE CHIEF GUEST AT PBD 2013
Mauritius President Rajkeswur Purryag will be the chief guest at the 11th
overseas Indians meet to be held at Kochi in January next, Minister for Overseas
Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi announced at a pres conference in new Delhi.
Unveiling the website
for the 2013 Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD), Ravi said Purryag will be among the
prominent overseas Indians attending the meet, which will focus on 'Engaging
Diaspora: The Indian Growth Story'. Minister Ravi also released the brochure for
the annual event.
PBD-2013 will have Prime Minister Manmohan Singh inaugurating it Jan 8.
President Pranab Mukherjee will be the guest at the valedictory of the event on
Minister Ravi also noted that there would be 2,000 delegates from 60 countries
participating at the PBD-2013. A similar number of delegates had attended the
event in January this year at Jaipur too.
PBD is a platform established by the Indian government to strengthen the Indian
diaspora engagement and to provide them an overview of how they could
participate in the country's growth story.
"The PBD provides an invigorating platform for the overseas Indians to network
and exchange views and perspectives and to enhance linkages and synergies for
Diaspora across the economic, social and cultural sectors," Ravi said.
With an estimated 25-million Diaspora, it is said to be the second largest
Diaspora population in the world.
"At the PBD, we will discuss issues that the overseas Indian population may like
to raise before the government and find solutions to them. Such discussions are
good for the government, as it helps us to know what they want from us and what
we have to do for them," Ravi said.
The minister also announced that the Kerala government will be a partner state
for the PBD-2013.
A major highlight of the three-day meet would be the 'PBD Oration' which would
be delivered by a prominent historian on the 'Gadar movement', an effort by
overseas Indian to free India from the British rule.
Among the issues that are expected to come up for discussion at the meet are
India's growth and greater opportunity for investment, safe investment
environment for overseas Indians, and engaging the youth Diaspora. There will be
special discussion on issues concerning the Indian Diaspora living in the Gulf
One of the sessions in the PBD would focus on states, with several chief
ministers participating and interacting with the overseas Indians to pitch their
states as good investment destinations.
At the valedictory, Mukherjee will present this year's Pravasi Bharatiya Samman
(overseas Indian awards) to 15 eminent overseas Indians.
For any further queries kindly
contact: Mr. Yogeshwar Sangwan, Director (Diaspora Services),
Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs at email@example.com
CONVENTION UPDATE - KERALA TOURS ARRANGED
PIO International plans to hold its annual executive and general council
meetings, followed by its conference starting on January 5 and concluding on
January 6 immediately preceding, and in conjunction with Pravasi Bharatiya Divas
2013 events of January 7-9, 2013 in Kochi, India.
The events schedule and tentative program are as follows:
January 6, 2013
(GOPIO CSA + Recognition of Descendants of Gadar Heroes)
January 7, 2013 (9:00am - 11:00am)
KERALA TOURS FOR GOPIO AND PBD2013 DELEGATES
collaborating with reputable tour and hospitality groups in Kerala to provide
optional tours at discounted rates for delegates attending GOPIO and PBD2013
events in Kochi. These tours are designed to be made in advance of GOPIO and
PBD2013. See more details by downloading the document.
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GOPIO KOCHI CONVENTION -
PROGRAM AND KERALA TOURS DETAILS
Hotel Rooms for GOPIO delegates
accommodations for GOPIO delegates secured at the Presidency Hotel at discount
rates and convenient to events. Early booking is recommended due to potential
shortage of rooms.
For more information and details, contact Convention 2013 (Kochi) Chairman, Mr.
Sunny Kulathakal at
Kulathakal@yahoo.com or Convention 2013
(Kochi) Convener, Mr. Ibrahim Khan at firstname.lastname@example.org
NOMINATIONS FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS (CSA) 2013
is planning to hold its annual Community Service Awards (CSA) Banquet on the
evening of January 6, 2013 in Kochi, India as the concluding event of GOPIO
Convention 2013 (Kochi). In addition, there will be special recognition of
attending descendants of Gadar heroes at the CSA Banquet.
The GOPIO Community
Service Awards (GOPIO CSA) are given for outstanding community service, public
service and/or significant charitable or philanthropic contributions of benefit
to the community.
Nominations of suitably qualified candidates are requested for consideration by
GOPIO's CSA 2013 Selection Committee. For details of GOPIO CSA criteria, format
for submission of nominations and deadline for submission, please visit
Nominations are to be submitted using the prescribed form with supporting
documents by October 31, 2012 to Chair, GOPIO CSA 2013 Selection Committee at
GOPIOawardsKochi@gmail.com by November
GOPIO-KOCHI GEARS UP FOR GOPIO CONVENTION
The arrangements for GOPIO Kochi
Convention 2013 were discussed at a meeting of the members of Kochi Chapter at
The Presidency Hotel in October 23rd. GOPIO Executive Vice President
Sunny Kulathakal and Convention Convener Ibrahim Khan briefed the progress of
the arrangements to receive nearly 400 dignitaries from 60 countries for the
Kochi Convention 2013.
Photo above. GOPIO-Kochi
Convention committee in meeting chaired by Convener Sunny Kulathakal
The committee will meet again
soon to discuss and make further arrangements.
If you like to volunteer in the
convention committee, please contact Convention 2013
(Kochi) Chairman, Mr. Sunny Kulathakal at Kulathakal@yahoo.com or
Convention 2013 (Kochi) Convener, Mr. Ibrahim Khan at
GOPIO-CENTRAL LONDON LAUNCHED
For the first time
in the history of GOPIO, a proper chapter was inaugurated in Londonon 18-10-2012
with prominent people from different states of India including professionals and
entrepreneurs. The chief guest was Mr. George Raju, the first secretary of the
Indian High Commission. Mr. Gauri Shankar, Deputy Director of Nehru Centre , Mr.
Sunny Kulathakal Executive Vice President of GOPIO, Mr.Issac John , GOPIO
Media Council Chairman and many community leaders participated in the
event. Professors from London School of Economics & North Greenwich University
who attended the meeting promised to bring committed people interested
in the Indian Diaspora to the GOPIO Chapter. London YMCA Secretary Mr.
Thomas Abraham offered the facilities available there for GOPIO.
Photo above: Veerendra Sharma MP with Isaac John, Media Council Chairman & Mr.
Sunny Kulathakal, Executive Vice President , GOPIO International at the
Parliament House, UK
Earlier Mr. Sunny Kulathakal & Mr. Isaac John attended the seminar in London
Parliament on Investment opportunities in South India. They met Mr. Veerendra
Sharma M.P in the Parliament and discussed in detail the schemes to involve more
prominent people in the activities of GOPIO. Mr. Sharma agreed to be an
arbitrator of any issues of GOPIO activities in the U.K. region.
Mr. Philip Abraham,
Councilor and a prominent journalist and Publisher in London agreed to involve
nearly 200 Indian Councilors and journalists in India for the GOPIO activities.
Eleven member Committee was formed and they will select the office bearers soon.
Dr. Paresh Rughani a motivational speaker addressed the gathering and agreed to
be a member of the Executive Committee of the London chapter.
All participants joined for
dinner hosted by Mr. Haridas who has been in London for the past 40 years at his
famous Indian restaurant, Malabar Junction. Mr. Anando Mukherjee, India's finest
and the only International Opera tenor promised that he and his team will
perform at the GOPIO Kochi Convention 2013.
Participants at GOPIO -Central London Chapter inauguration
NFIA 17TH BIENNIAL CONVENTION A GREAT SUCCESS
Federation of Indian American Associations (NFIA),the umbrella organization
representing various Indian American associations, met for its 17th
biennial convention in the Chicago suburb of Rolling Meadows on the weekend of
October 2-14, 2012. The NFIA delegates came from all parts of the
United States after a long time which is a major hub of Indian American
population. GOPIO itself was formed at an international convention organized
NFIA in 1989 in New York City. The convention was inaugurated by the Consul
General of India, Mrs. Mukta Dutta Tomar
delegates from all over the United States to Chicago Tomar paid glowing tributes
to the Indian American community saying the people of India origin have proved
themselves in a tough global competitive environment.
innovative, dynamic, pioneering qualities, they continue to produce new
generation of talented individuals, good corporate and social citizens and
enterprising and creative professionals, she said.
Studies support that
over 3 million immigrants from India living in the US are one of the most
remarkable concentration of Indians, Tomar noted.
Seventy percent of
them over the age of 25 are college graduates, 67 percent over the age of 16 are
professionals and the median income of Indian household is over $90,000, the
highest among all ethnic groups in the United States.
A joint UC
Berkeley-Duke University study revealed that Indian American immigrants have
founded more engineering and technology companies from 1995 to 2005 than
immigrants from UK, China, Taiwan and Japan combined.
NFIA President Lal
Motwani and Convention Convener Sohan Joshi welcomed the delegates at the
The convention also
saw several seminars spread over 10 sessions put together by NFIA Founder
President Dr. Thomas Abraham. The first plenary session was titled "Indian
American Making an Impact in America".
Dr. Ann Lata
Kalayil, General Services Administration Administrator for Great Lakes Region
was the keynote speaker. Anju Bhargava, a member of White House Office of
Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnership also addressed the session.
There was a spirited
discussion on the political involvement of the community and the success it has
achieved in this area. Toby Chaudhary, a political activist from Washington DC,
urged the audience to wake up and participate in the mainstream politics.
NFIA PRESENTS AWARDS AT THE GALA BANQUET
A gala banquet was
held on Saturday evening and Cook County Clerk Dorothy Brown and Secretary of
State Jesse White made remarks at the event.
The six individual
award winners were: Harkrishana Majumdar and Dr. Najma Sultana for their
involvement in community service; Nitin Shah in the field of hospitality and
financing; Sid Gautam for promoting entrepreneurship; Rathna Kumar for her
excellence in performing arts and Dr. Hemant Patel for his service to medicine
and organizational leadership.
Photo above: NFIA
award recipients with NFIA convention organizers at the banquet. From l. yo r.
Dr. Thomas Abraham, Lal Motwani, Dr. Basanti Sen Banerji,
Harkrishana Majumdar, Nitin Shah, Dr. Najma Sultana, Dr. Hemant Patel,
Dr. Sid Gautam, Rajeev Bhambri, Haresh Panchal, Anil Kumar Pillai, Sohan Joshi
and Sushila Joshi
organizations, Sahara TV, India Abroad, the oldest Indian American weekly, and
Indo-American Centre of Chicago, an organization that focuses on assisting South
Asian immigrants as they adjust to life in the United States, were also
recognized for their exemplary achievements.
NFIA CONVENTION PASSES THREE RESOLUTIONS
At the conclusion of
the convention, NFIA), an umbrella body of Indian community organizations, has
called upon the United Nations to give India a permanent seat on the Security
The NFIA members
also approved two other resolutions condemning last August's brutal attack on a
Sikh Temple in Oak Creek Wisconsin and requesting the Government of India to
establish a Training Centre of Emergency Preparedness and Response.
Click below for
NFIA CONVENTION DETAILED REPORT
Watch NFIA Convention segments on YouTube as flows:
NFIA Convention 2012 Inauguration
Invocation Song -
Motwani welcomes delegates -
General Mukta Dutta Tomar delivering inaugural address -
Bollywood Dance -
NFIA Convention 2012 - Conference Opening Session
Dr. Sid Gautam
speaking on Indian Entrepreneurship at the plenary session -
presentations at the plenary session -
NFIA Convention 2012 - Awards banquet
of State Jesse White speaking -
Contact NFIA - President Sohan Joshi at 773-805-4357 or Secretary Satheesan Nair
GOPIO INTERNATIONAL AND CHAPTER NEWS
VALLEY PRESIDENT AJAY BHUTORIA HONORED
Mr. Ajay Bhutoria,
President of Gopio Silicon Valley, was recently honored by the Asian American
Pacific Heritage Leadership from the California State Assembly. The event was
organized by State Assembly Member Bob Wiecowski and Mr. Alan Nagy, Newark City
Mayor. The ceremony was held at the Union City on Sept. 20th. Mr. Bhutoria was
awarded for his outstanding charity work, strong community leadership and
commitment to helping the poor and down-trodden folks in his community..
The award ceremony was attended by many high ranking
political officials, key elected officials in the State of California, many
community leaders and distinguished guests of the State of California.
Mr. Bhutoria was
very humbled and honored by the award and noted that engaging in selfless work
for the upliftment of the people is one of his greatest passion. He enjoyed
doing such charity works and noted that it gives him great
satisfaction knowing that he brings some happiness and smile to people
Mr. Bhutoria is not
only the President of GOPIO Silicon Valley but also the President of Global
Business Consulting Services and founder of the Association for Kids and Youth
Photo above: Ajay Jain Bhutioria receiving award
from Assembly Member Bob Wiecowski
THIRD ANNUAL DUTCH
INDIAN DIASPORA CONFERENCE HELD IN AMSTERDAM
A group of Diaspora
organizations, along with GOPIO - Holland members helped to coordinate the Dutch
Indian Diaspora Conference on September 30th.
Members of GOPIO -
Holland were actively involved in the overall planning and coordination of this
event, including from choosing the content and topics needed to be discussed, to
choosing qualified speakers for the program. Speakers were chosen from different
regions, such as, Punjab, Gujarat, NRI, Surinamese, PIO, etc. because they had
to speak on their experiences in those countries. It should be noted that the
Netherlands is home to the largest number of Indians on mainland Europe.
guests were in attendance, including the Indian Ambassador, the Mayors of
Amsterdam, Amstelveen and Haarlemmermeer and many other experts from India and
Netherlands also represented the various social and business organizations that
were all participants and part of the panelists. The main objectives of the
1. Strengthening the links between
various Indian Diaspora groups with special attention to the elderly and the
2. Intensifying and broadening ties between the
Netherlands and India in various fields with special attention to Diaspora
In an open
discussion focused on dialogue, the conference did address complex social
problems within the community. In separate sessions, special attention was paid
to generational and cultural differences in the Diaspora groups, and also the
untapped potential of the Indian Diaspora to play an active role in Dutch
society. There was a call for more guidance and coaching of the youth and new
entrepreneurs. The conference dialogues generated many ideas for real change and
action committees. It was concluded with a enthralling cultural show full of
spectacular dances, scintillating musical performances and special acts by
information please go to
http://www.gopioholland.nl/. The conference was a real success and
the delegates felt that it should be organized on an annually.
COMMUNITY HONORS CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE TULSI GABBARD FROM HAWAII WHO WON THE
The Indian American
Community of Washington Metro area (DC, MD, and VA) organized a reception and
fund raiser to honor and support Democratic Congressional candidate Tulsi
Gabbard from Hawaii at Bombay Tandoor Restaurant in Vienna, Virginia. The
program was led opened by Jaysingh Bhandari who is also National Delegate of
Democratic Party and President of GOPIO Virginia. Many senior community leaders
were in attendance, including, Dr. Partha Pillai, Mr. Rajan Anand, Mr. Sambhu
Banik, Dr. Ram Singh, Dr. Rajesh Kadian, attorney Mr. Prakash Khatri and many
others. Many also assured of their unwavering support to Ms. Gabbard.
If elected, Ms
Gabbard will be the first Hindu Congresswoman. She defeated Mayor of Honolulu in
the Democratic primary and is currently the legislator in Hawaii.
Photo above: Tulsi Gabbard with Washington, DC area Indian
The program was
started with a welcoming speech by the coordinator, Mr. Bhandari, followed by
the opening prayers which were offered by Dr. Ram Singh. The event was well
attended by the community and media including, TV Asia, Sudershan TV, GTV and
Imagine Asia. The event was also graced by Mr. Aziz Haniffa, senior editor of
one of the oldest and most popular Indian newspaper India Abroad, Mr. Nayar from
the Telegraph and Mr. Lalit Jha, PTI correspondent.
Many people came
forward to support Ms. Gabbard's campaign and donated money from $ 100 to $500
to support her. During her speech, she told the Indian community that together
they can all make a difference and that she will do her best to resolve common
problems facing community.
The highlight of the
evening program was that both the Democratic candidate, as well as, the
Republican members of the community supported her and contributed to her
campaign. Republicans such as Dr. Banik and Mr. Prakash Khatri, who were
appointed during the Bush Administration, supported Ms. Gabbard and Dr. Anand,
who was appointed by Obama supported her. Dr, Partha Pillai president of NFIA,
Dr. Anand, Sambhu Banik and CM Prasad also spoke on this occasion.
The program was
emceed by GTV host, Ms. Nilima Mehra. Vote of thanks was delivered by Pradeep
Sharma. Ms. Gabbard assured the community that she will work continuously to
support Indian American Community. The curtain came to an end with a delicious
dinner for all.
IT'S A GIRLS
ORGANIZED GROUP FOR GOPIO WOMEN'S CHAPTER IN THE NETHERLANDS
The GOPIO women's
chapter in the Netherlands organized debate on the 28th October in
Rotterdam on female gendercide.
documentary named 'It's a Girl' was shown as the first part of the event. This
documentary showed female foeticide is being practised in large scale in India
but also China. As the Sruti's talk about the respected position of women, they
are referred to be as sacred. The question was why in our modern society women,
especially in India, don't have the right to life: 'female gendercide' has
become quite common. One panellist, Dr. K. Madan from the University of
Amsterdam, studied this phenomenon and signalled that in 10 to 15 years there
will be 7 million men without a woman.
GOPIO Women's Council in The Netherlands felt the need to address this issue and
to raise its voice against injustice which happening right now in India to
panel discussion representing the Indian and Chinese community living in the
Netherlands discussed the issue of female gendercide and the consequences for
society. Awareness is necessary to take any action. That's the reason the GOPIO
Women's Council in the Netherlands organized this event. The event was closed
with a sketch performance by Sheetal Gandhi, a performer from Los Angeles.
SYDNEY NORTH WEST ORGANIZES 3RD CARING AND SHARING ANNUAL EVENT
GOPIO Sydney North West chapter
held their 3rd Caring & Sharing 2012 annual event at Sapphire Function Centre,
Blacktown. Over 300 people attended the event. India's Consul General Arun Kumar
Goel based in Sydney was the chief guest at the event.
Over $3,500 were
raised in this event and will be donated to the under privileged school children
in Punjab (India) to provide them with warm clothes, uniforms, shoes, socks,
ceiling fans in class rooms and other basic amenities as per the requirements of
the school. This year, Caring & Sharing Dinner & Dance 2012 event not only
raised funds for kids in India, but also gave donation of a $1000 cheque to a
local Senior Citizen Social Group called RAINS towards the cost of paving the
backyard at their Community Centre in Pennant Hills.
kid's heart is as pure as God, unfortunately a large numbers of kids in the world are
not nurtured and educated the way they should be. That's one of the reasons why
poverty and falsehood are becoming a major problem for us on this planet. Events
like Caring & Sharing are result of spirit; we all carry to care those in need
of love and support. It's not how efficient GOPIO Sydney North West chapter is
in raising funds or generating any profit; it's all about how effective we are
in igniting a candle of compassion in each and every heart that support the
event like this.
above: Consul General of India in Sydney Arun Kumar Goel, Jasbir Singh Kang,
Balkar Singh Kang, Harry Walia, Neeru Singh, Paramjit Singh
GOPIO Sydney North
West chapter thanked their Platinum sponsors Jasbir Singh Kang and Yogesh Manav
of Sapphire Function Centre, Gold sponsors Amit Pall of Kailash Lawyers &
Consultants and Sarjit Rahi of Caltex Australia, Silver sponsors Amrjit Khela
CEO of Unique International College, Gurmeet Singh Mangat of Ausgrip, Pankaj
Khurana of Prime Real Estate, Harinder Kaur of Platinum Bhangra, Raju Sarai of
Disco Waves, Vista Home loans and Ravi Singh.
were; Harkirat Singh of Daily Ajit, Harpreet Singh of Punjab Times, Amarjit
Khela of ApnaPunjab TV, Malvika Santhebennur of Indian Link, Inderjit of The
Indian and Surinder Singh of Masala Newsline, Dimple of Desi Entertainment, Hemu
Negi of IndusAge, Bikram Cheema of Events News, Urban Lotus, Radio jockeys, Sham
Kumar of Mela Getan da, Rajesh Batra of Radio Mirchi and Sukhpreet of Radio
attending the event included Mr. Vijay Kumar, Secretary Govt. of India (Retd.),
Mr. Umesh Chandra, GOPIO International Coordinator - Oceania, Clr. SuSai
Benjamin, Clr. Gurmeet Singh, Dr. Yadu Singh, President Indian Australian
Association, Mrs. Shubha Kumar, President India Club, Mr. Suba Rao, President
CIA and Mr. Moninder Singh, President Punjabi Council for attending the event.
Performers Navjeet Kahlon,
Jagpreet Grover, Cheryl Khurana, Mishi Khurana, Tia Singh Group, Shaukeen Babay
Group rocked the stage with their scintillating voice, dances and acts. The
stage was successfully managed by anchors Neeru Singh, Aman Singh and Indra
Ghuman. Ravinder Singh, Prof. Balkar Singh Kang, Baljit Singh Pelia, Rajvinder
Singh, Paramjit Singh Multani and Harmohan Singh Walia along with the rest of
the team worked tirelessly to make this event a grand success.
above: Entertainment at the Caring and Sharing Fundraiser by GOPIO Sydney
Northwest. Clockwise from top left: (1) Program Anchors - Neeru Singh & Aman
Singh, (2) Dance by Tia Singh Group, (3) Mishi Khurana, Jagpreet Grover & Cheryl
Khurana performed songs & dances and (4) Ravi & Raj performing Naughty Babey
FOR PROMOTING HINDI
On the occasion of
'Hindi Diwas' organized by the International Hindi Society, five NRIs have been
honored here for promoting Hindi in the UK.
Lord Gulam Noon,
chairman of the Noon Products and chief guest on the occasion, presented the
award to Deepak Dogra, managing editor of Mayanewspaper. Others are C B Patel,
Editor/Publisher of the bi-lingual English and Gujarati weekly Asian Voice,
Dhruv Gadvi of Zee TV, Editor/Publisher of Pardes Weekly Jaskaran Singh and
Patron of the International Hindi Society Rajendra Joshi.
Speaking on the
occasion, Lord Noon described the UK as a "fair country" and lauded the
achievements of NRIs in this country in all walks of life, particularly in the
field of education.
Dr Onkar Sahota,
Member of Greater London Assembly emphasized the need to promote Hindi in the
UK. "In this country Chinese is taught in primary and secondary schools. We
should see Hindi is also taught similarly."
Kapoor, Vice Chairman of the society, said: "The vision of the society is to
promote all Hindustan's culture to unify under one umbrella no matter what
religion, language and culture."
IMMIGRANT TECH ENTREPRENEURS IN THE US
entrepreneurs are the faces behind a growing number of US tech startups. A study
by Kauffman Foundation shows 33.2% of the cofounders of engineering and
technology firms founded by immigrants in the US since 2006 were Indians.
Chinese came second at 8.1%.
founder of social entrepreneurship firm NextWealth Entrepreneurs, attributes the
phenomenon to the large number of smart Indian students who went to the US for
higher studies and made careers there. Most had mastered frugal engineering and
so broke through the US glass ceiling.
entrepreneurs like Vinod Khosla became poster boys of immigrant startups. Some
of them donned the avatar of mentor and investor for the immigrant community in
the US. Other successful Indianorigin entrepreneurs including Kanwal Rekhi,
Pramod Haque, Gururaj Deshpande, and B V Jagadeesh won the goodwill and heart of
American investors. Sabeer Bhatia, founder of Hotmail, became the face of
internet ventures, drawing admiration from aspiring entrepreneurs who wanted to
make it big in the dot com era.
AMERICANS RECEIVE 2012 NEW INNOVATOR AWARDS
Americans were among the 50 researchers recently named as recipients of the 2012
New Innovator Awards.
Gill, of Texas Tech University, for 'Pollen Grains as Trojan Horses for Oral
Vaccination'; Rahul M. Kohli, of the University of Pennsylvania, for 'Combating
Bacterial Drug Resistance by Targeting the Enzymes of Evolution'; Rajat Rohatgi,
of Stanford University, for 'Reconstructing Primary Cilia'; and Vikaas S. Sohal,
of the University of California-San Francisco, for 'Reverse Engineering the
The NIH Director's
New Innovator Award addresses two important goals: stimulating highly innovative
research and supporting promising new investigators. This award complements
ongoing efforts by NIH and its institutes and centers to fund new investigators
through R01 grants and other mechanisms.
Gill, an assistant
professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas Tech University,
received his B.E. degree in chemical engineering from Punjab University in
Chandigarh, his Ph.D. in bioengineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and
his post-doctoral degree in microbiology and immunology from Emory University.
assistant professor in the Division of Infectious Disease at the University of
Pennsylvania's Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, received his B.S.
degree in biochemistry from the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. degree in
biochemistry and molecular pharmacology from Harvard Medical School.
assistant professor of medicine and, by courtesy, of biochemistry and an
attending physician in the Thoracic Oncology Clinic at the Stanford Cancer
Centre, received his A.B. degree in biomedical sciences from Harvard University
and his Ph.D. degree from Harvard Medical School.
assistant professor in residence of the University of California San Francisco,
received his Ph.D. degree from Stanford University, where he did his
postgraduate training at the Stanford University Medical Centre, acquiring
psychiatry residency and research fellowship.
HEGDE TO BE HONORED BY DUBAI NRIs ON NOV. 9TH
Dubai will felicitate Udupi - Chikmagalur MP Jayaprakash Hegde. His immense
contribution towards the benefit of NRIs in general will be appreciated and
recognized during the 'Karnataka Rajyotsava - 2012' celebrations to be held at
Indian Academy School in Dubai.
president of Karnataka Sangha said that the felicitation is due for this great
leader, as he follows up the progress of any work that he promises, unlike some
other politicians who promise several things when they come here, and then
completely forget their promise once they go back. "But J P Hegde has done
everything possible to realize all that he promised to us during his visit to
Dubai in April 2012."
HEADS GULF NRI POWER LIST
Yusuffali M A, the
managing director of Emke Group which runs the LuLu Hypermarkets, tops a new
list of powerful Indians in the Gulf. He has been ranked top for the second
successive year on the Arabian Business Indian Power List.
chairman Raghuvinder Kataria, a founding shareholder of Bharti Airtel, ranks
second on the list, while IFFCO Group's Feroz Allana is in the third place.
Saudi Arabia-based Ravi Pillai, chairman of RP Group of Companies, took the
fourth place and Landmark Group founder Micky Jagtiani the fifth place.
The top 10 on the
list also inlcude: Sanjeev Mehta - chairman of Unilever North Africa and Middle
East (sixth); Ajay Bindroo - Group CEO, Super Max Group (seventh), V. Shankar -
Standard Chartered Bank CEO (eighth); Harshad Mehta - chairman of Rosy Blue
Trading (ninth) and B R Shetty - NMC Group chairman (tenth).
The 2012 list is
dominated by retailers, who account for 26 places on the list, ahead of bankers
and industrialists with 24 spots.
IS NETHERLANDS YOUTH REPRESENTATIVE AT UNITED NATIONS
Netherlands PIO of Surnamese Indian descent, the
Representative of the Netherlands to the United Nations, addressed the
2nd meeting - 67th General Assembly on 8th October 2012 in New York
on the topic of Social, Humanitarian & Cultural Committee on Social Development:
Implementation of the outcome of the World Summit for Social Development and of
the twenty-fourth special session of the General Assembly. At the session, the
Under-Secretary-General said that, "Income Inequality Slows Effort against
Poverty". Over speakers from various countries spoke at the Committee Began its
2-day Social Development Debate. Significant progress was made towards
development goals, but several multifaceted challenges remain, "none more
daunting' than rising inequality, the Third Committee was told.
was selected among several applicants and nominees and won the prestigious
position of the
Representative of the Netherlands to the United Nations. Matabadal
functions as the
Dutch youth's voice with politicians and policymakers and spoke at the UN event,
stating that at the national and community level, programs must be put in place
to ensure that children could get basic education, as well as the higher
education and training needed to be successful on the job market; Child marriage
must be ended and nothing must prevent adolescent girls from achieving their
full potential; Young people must be able to participate in governance and hold
Government accountable. All that must happen in partnership with young
people, she stressed, through independent, transparent and
democratically-elected national youth councils. Time was running out to
face the development needs of the largest generation of young people in history,
especially young women, who would determine the future of their communities,
their countries and the world. Young people, most of the time, were fighting
such problems on their own, she maintained. "It is time to implement all
those promises that were made to us in the past", she said.
NRIs AND PIOs NEWS FEATURES
NRI IS BUILDING
REPLICA OF TAJ MAHAL IN DUBAI
Arun Mehra has
started work on a billion-dollar ornate, functioning replica of the Taj Mahal,
three times bigger than the wonder of the world at Agra. Romantic at heart the
53-year-old chairman of UAE based Link Global Group wants to dedicate this new
monument to 'love in the world'.
It'd be practical
to build the Taj given the rock-bottom construction costs. "The cost of steel is
low and cement is easily available today as many firms in China have built
surplus capacities over the years," he tells. Love and romance apart, Mehra says
the project is a financial proposition that will attract customers from across
the world. He plans it to be a Las Vegas where you could also wear sarees and
sherwanis and get married.
The Taj Arabia, as
it is being called, is at the heart of a mega purpose-built tourist city called
'Falconcity of Wonders' that will have a direct link with the Dubai airport. The
city will also have pyramids, Great Wall of China, Hanging Gardens of Babylon,
Eiffel Tower and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It will be part of an area called
'Land of India' and will house a 300-key five-star hotel, a 3,000-seater banquet
hall and apartments. The huge Mughal Gardens, thrice the size of a football
field, could organize large concerts like, say, the Grammys. His team has set
itself an ambitious target to finish all of this in two years, by end-2014.
Mehra, who has
been involved in projects like the iconic Palm Jumeirah artificial archipelago,
says the Taj is a symbol of love and it won't be limited to Agra anymore.
RAISES $250,000 FOR EDUCATION IN PUNJAB
community organization has raised over $250,000 to fund scholarships for needy
students striving to acquire higher professional education in Punjab and
neighboring Indian states. The funds were raised at an event in Vienna,
Virginia, a Washington suburb in support of Sikh Human Development Foundation
(SHDF)'s mission to provide need-based scholarships for higher professional
education in India.
In the last 12
years SHDF had awarded nearly 2,400 scholarships at a cost of nearly a million
dollars. About 800 of these scholars have graduated and are working as
professionals in some 31 disciplines. Foundation chairman Amar Jit Singh Sodhi
said, "These scholarship recipients in turn are changing the lives of their
families by educating their siblings and helping their parents live their golden
years with a smile on their faces."
MINISTER LAUDS 175TH INDIAN ARRIVAL COMMEMORATION PLANS
Guyana Prime Minister Samuel Hinds said his South American nation is a modern
day example of successful and peaceful co-existence of two ethnic diversities -
Afro-Guyanese and Indo-Guyanese. On a visit to India for an energy summit, Hinds
spoke to PIO TV Chief Editor K N Gupta in an exclusive interview on October 10,
2012, at an event organized by Antar Rashtriya Sahyog Parishad (ARSP) to
felicitate the Prime Minister of the country with a significant Indian Diaspora
population. The Guyanese Prime Minister lauded the role of international
Diaspora organizations led by the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin
(GOPIO) International that worked hard to engage the overseas Indian community
with India. The Guyana Prime Minister and the country's High Commissioner in
India, H.E. Jairam Gajraj, spoke highly of the contribution to Diaspora
engagement made by the Government of India's Ministry of Overseas Indian
Affairs, ARSP and GOPIO International, in particular GOPIO and MOIA's efforts
towards the establishment of the Kolkata Memorial to recognize and remember the
indentured laborers who left India from 1834- 1920.
Guyana government has welcomed the initiative by GOPIO International President
Guyana-born Ashook Ramsaran and GOPIO Guyana chapter Chairman Dr Yesu Persaud to
celebrate the 175th anniversary of Indian arrival in Guyana, and has
expressed support for this milestone commemoration. India and Guyana enjoy a
wonderful relationship and partnership, with a growing economic input from India
in Guyana's growth and development. PM Hinds also welcomes ARSP's initiative to
establish a Dr Cheddi Jagan library at ARSP, supported by efforts of GOPIO
International President Ashook Ramsaran. The late Dr Cheddi Jagan, the
pioneering freedom fighter and political advocate, was the first PIO president
Speaking at the event, High Commissioner Gajraj
praised the work of Diaspora outreach organizations like ARSP and GOPIO
International to connect the overseas Indian community, to highlight their
issues and address their concerns. A former Army General and Home Minister, High
Commissioner Gajraj said the Guyanese Diaspora, including people of Indian
origin, had made a mark in countries like the USA. There are more than 250,000
Guyanese PIOs in just the New York area of USA.
Watch video interview at:
contributed by Munish Gupta, K N Gupta and PIOTV.com)
NEWS OF INTEREST TO NRIs AND PIOs AROUND THE WORLD
DOUMENT SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY IN THE US
The South Asian American Digital
Archive (SAADA) is the only independent non-profit organization working to
document, preserve and provide access to the rich history of South Asians in the
United States. Since its founding in 2008, SAADA has digitized nearly 1,000
unique archival items, all of which are freely accessible through its website.
Stories in the archive include that of Congressman Dalip Singh Saund, who in
1956 became the first Indian American elected to national office; Anandabai
Joshi, the first Indian woman to do her MD in the United States from the Woman's
Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1886; the Gadar Party, a revolutionary
organization founded in 1913 that agitated for India's independence from its
headquarters in San Francisco. These stories and more can be accessed online at http://www.saadigitalarchive.org
SAADA is now launching its first
major fundraising campaign, to help ensure that these important stories are
preserved and available for future generations. Learn more about SAADA and
donate online at
AMERICSAN COMMUNITY LAUNCHES CENTENNIAL CELEBRATIONS
The Sikh American community
celebration at the
University of the
Pacific here Sept. 22 with a conference about
"The Sikh Journey
in America" and the inauguration of a
Gadri Baba Museum.
The museum is located at
Stockton, the first Sikh settlement in the United States. To
celebrate the settlement, 16 scholars prepared 19 academic papers on the history
and culture of the Sikh American community.
Traveling from as far as India
and Canada, the scholars gathered at the home of Dr. Sohan Singh Mahil on the
night of Sept. 21 to plan for "The Sikh Journey in America" conference.
An audience of 700, many of whom
were Indian Americans, listened to speeches about how early Sikh pioneers
founded the Stockton Gurdwara in 1912 and formed the
in 1913. The party's goal was Gadar, meaning "revolution," against British
occupation of the Indian subcontinent.
Speeches also addressed the
racial bias suffered by many Sikh immigrants to the United States and their
struggles to secure rights to land-ownership and citizenship.
Between lecture sessions, the
audience enjoyed an exhibition hall featuring posters depicting the history of
Sikh Americans, the Gadar Party, India's independence movement and Sikhs in both
In his opening remarks,
Dr. Amrik Singh of
California State University in Sacramento declared: "This conference
is about the truth that escapes our grasp."
Mayor Ann Johnston
of Stockton also greeted the conference, praising the Sikhs for their
democracy and defense of equal rights, saying they have "continually contributed
to the good in the city of Stockton."
Session I opened with Inder
Singh, chairman of the
of People of Indian Origin who spoke about "Dalip Singh Saund:
From Stockton Gurdwara to the U.S. Congress."
"His victory was a landmark of
epic proportions for the United States. He was born of uneducated parents, from
a small village in Punjab, and identified with middle-class values of the
people. Saund has become an iconic figure," Singh said.
While Dr. Jasbir Singh Mann
spoke on the origin of the Gadar movement and three of its leaders - Har Dayal,
Savarkar, and Bhardwaj - Dr. Nirmal Singh Mann from the University of California
at Davis recounted the plight of Pakher Singh Gill, a precursor of civil rights
hero Cesar Chavez.
Because Asians were denied the
right to own land, Gill made a verbal agreement with white owners to lease and
cultivate their farmland. In 1925, after they cheated him out his profit from
the crops, he killed two of them. Upon his release after 14 years in San Quentin
Prison, he lectured on equal rights for all in the United States, England, and
India, Mann noted.
Dr. Paul Englesberg of Walden
University concluded the first session with a speech on the 1907 Bellingham riot
in the state of Washington, when a mob drove nearly 200 hard-working Sikh
immigrants out of the town.
In Session II, Dr. Hugh Johnston
of Simon Fraser University talked about the immigrant ship Komagata Maru. In
1914, immigration authorities turned the ship away from Vancouver. When it
returned to India, British authorities accused its passengers of involvement
with the Gadar party and massacred 19 of them.
Dr. Karen Leonard of the
University of California at Irvine spoke about the origins of the
Punjabi-Mexican community. Because restrictive immigration laws prevented
immigration by South Asian women, she said, many Sikhs married Mexicans. There
were almost 400 of these couples; their children embraced both cultures.
Dr Amrik Singh concluded the
second session with an examination of the Pacific Coast Khalsa Diwan Society,
formed in 1912 by Teja Singh, a Harvard alumnus who studied at Columbia
University and Cambridge University.
Session III featured a series of
lectures on the Gadar Party by Dr. Jaspal Singh of Regional Institute of
English, Chandigarh; Dr. Gurdarshan Singh Dhillon of Punjab University; Dr.
Tejwant Singh Gill of Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar; and Dr. Gurmel Singh
Sidhu of Fresno State University.
The Sept. 23 program was held at
the Stockton Gurdwara, where the brand new Gadri Baba Museum, which houses an
exhibition of historical panels depicting the Gadar movement and other aspects
of Sikh American history, was inaugurated.
Its premier artifact is the
printing press used by Kartar Singh Sarabha to print The Gadar newspaper, the
first Punjabi-language publication in the United States. In 1915, Sarabha was
hanged by the British at the age of 19.
CAMPAIGN TO EDUCATE SOUTH ASIAN VOTERS IN THE US
South Asian Americans Leading
Together (SAALT), a coalition of South Asian community organizations has
launched a national, non-partisan campaign called South Asian Vote! in seven
South Asian languages to engage the community in the Nov 6 US elections.
Strategies include distribution
of voter education materials in Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Nepali, Punjabi, Tamil
and Urdu. The material covers Know Your Rights, How to Get Involved, and the
Election Process; voter outreach and voter registration by civic leaders
throughout the country; and election monitoring and protection for language
Are You Ready To Vote? is a
checklist is for US citizens at least 18 years old by election day, and have met
their state's residency requirements for voting to make sure they are ready
exercise their fundamental right to vote.
"Unfortunately, in past
elections, many South Asians have faced challenges at the polls due to voter
intimidation and suppression and have encountered difficulties in casting their
ballot due to language barriers," SAALT said.
SAALT has appealed everyone, citizen or not, to become involved in the civic and
political process in the US.
GUYANESE PIO DIRECTOR SHUNDELL PRASAD'S MOVIE "FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS"
Following the success of her first movie "Once More Removed", Guyanese PIO
Shundell Prasad has directed a new movie titled "Festival of Lights"
which "shows a side of the Indian diaspora as you've never seen on film"
according a press statement. The movie was filmed on-location in both Guyana and
New York City with an all-star cast of Aidan Quinn, Melinda Shankar, Jimi
Mistry, Ritu Singh Pande. The movie was written and directed by Shudnell Prasad,
former Co-Chair of GOPIO Cultural Council.
The film's website,
which includes the trailer, is at: http://www.festivaloflightsfilm.com
story is about a family ripped apart by a decision beyond their control, a young
Guyanese mother must fight to survive in a new country, while her rebellious
teenage daughter aches to return to her homeland. Inspired by true events,
"Festival of Lights" is an absorbing and ambitious film that pits an
intimate family portrait against a global landscape, breathing fresh life into
the Indian family drama.
one reviewer, "it shows gorgeous opening scenes of Diwali...it's a fascinating
window into the Guyanese-American community...full of heart, beauty, and hope."
Durga Entertainment release:
York City: Nov. 2-8 - AMC Loews Village 7
Atlanta: Nov. 2-8 - Landmark Midtown
Angeles: Nov. 9-15 - Laemmle Noho
Detroit: Nov. 29 (Single Night Showing) - Landmark Main Art Theater
Contact Nevette Previd, GS Entertainment Marketing
Group at 1-917-841-0656 email@example.com
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
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
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:
Chairman - Inder Singh, Tarzana, California, USA, Tel: +1-818-708-3885, E-mail:
President - Ashook Ramsaran, Fresh Meadows, New York, USA, Tel: 718/939-8194,
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,
To become a Life member of GOPIO, one can sign up online at
fill up the form and send it with a
check to: GOPIO International, PO Box 560117,
New York NY 11356, USA.
Dr. Thomas Abraham,
and Chairman Emeritus of GOPIO Intl. and Executive Trustee, GOPIO Foundation
(Stamford, CT, USA)
Editor: Nami Kaur, Secretary, GOPIO International (New York,
Co-Chair GOPIO Media Council, GOPIO International (Guyana-New York, USA) and
Nilofar Pardawala (Portland, Oregon, USA)
Prashant Gupta (Hyderabad, India)
and Abu Thomas (New Rochelle, NY, USA)
Contributors of this issue:
Ashook Ramsaran (President, GOPIO Intl.), Sunny Kulathakal (President, GOPIO
Yogeshwar Sangwan (MOIA, India), Ajay Jain Bhutoria (President,
GOPIO-Silicon Valley, USA), Dr. Rajen Anand (Washington DC, USA),
Walia (GOPIO-Sydney North West), Jaysingh Bhandari
(President, GOPIO Virginia). Munish Gupta (GOPIO Intl. Coordinator for Africa)
Contact Dr. Thomas Abraham, Tel: 203-329-8010, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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