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November 2021 - Universal News

Fisker Unveils ‘World’s Most Sustainable Vehicle’ As Electric Vehicle Competition Heats Up

It seems among the investor community, all everyone talks about are the EV (electric vehicle) stocks - and only the big ones at that - Tesla (TSLA), Rivian (RIVN), and Lucid (LCID). One EV company that’s been flying under the radar, that is until it […]

Dr. Vivek Murthy Urges Nation To Act Together To Address Physician Burnout

Physicians and other health professionals on the front lines of COVID-19 care have experienced so many unknowns during the pandemic. They’ve also put their own health and the well-being of their families on the line to provide care. Fortunately, though, the country is in a […]

Father Stan Samy’s Name Need To Be Cleared Of False Allegations, Jesuits Urge

Indian Jesuits plan to appeal to a court to clear the stigma attached to their activist colleague Father Stan Swamy, who died under detention after being arrested under a draconian anti-terror law. “We are soon filing a petition in the Mumbai High Court seeking a […]

Indian Government To Re-Examine Advisory On Efficacy Of Ashwagandha

The Ministry of Ayush in India has decided to re-examine the matter pertaining to the use of Ashwagandha — Withania somnifera — leaves in Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani (ASU) drugs by constituting an expert group to this end. The Ayush Ministry earlier had directed ASU drug manufacturers […]

South Korea All Set To Get ‘World’s First Sustainable Floating City’

The floating city could withstand natural disasters including floods, tsunamis and Category 5 hurricanes as its floating platforms will be anchored to the seafloor. The world’s first floating city, which will be built off the coast of South Korea, is likely to be completed by […]

U.S. NGO Names Modi Among World’s Seven Worst Persecutors, Clubs RSS With Taliban

A reputed global Christian organization has named Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi among the world’s seven biggest persecutors of religious minorities and called for the U.S. government to impose visa and economic sanctions on India to pressure it to end that persecution. In a report, “2021 […]

Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin Appoints MR Rangaswami As State’s ‘Investment Ambassador’

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin has appointed a prominent Indian American venture capitalist, M.R. Rangaswami as Tamil Nadu’s ‘Investment Ambassador’ on Friday, November 26. Rangaswami has been an active member of the Indian American community whose influence has inspired many. Over the years he […]

How US Gun Culture Stacks Up With The World

Ubiquitous gun violence in the United States has left few places unscathed over the decades. Still, many Americans hold their right to bear arms, enshrined in the US Constitution, as sacrosanct. But critics of the Second Amendment say that right threatens another: The right to […]

Bowing To Farmers’ Demand, Modi Scraps Controversial Farm Laws

In a surprise announcement, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on November 19th that his government will withdraw the controversial farm laws that prompted year-long protests from tens of thousands of farmers and posed a significant political challenge to his administration. The three controversial farm […]

Kamala Harris, First Ever Woman To Hold Presidential Powers In US

Vice President Kamala Harris became the first ever woman in the history of the United States to be given the Presidential powers, while President Joe Biden underwent a regular health check. Harris, 57, was in control for 85 minutes, while Biden was placed under anaesthesia […]

Will The $1.75 Trillion Spending Bill Passed By US Congress Survive US Senate?

After months of wrangling, House Democrats managed a big win Friday, November 19th passing their roughly $1.75 trillion social and climate spending package despite a Republican effort to delay the final vote. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, wearing white, announced the passage of President Joe Biden's […]

Prevention Is Better Than Cure The Significance of Your Annual Physical Exam

Advika was in her late forties. Despite feeling tired and noting some abnormal pains during her monthly cycle, she declined to go to the doctor. The cost of traveling to the doctor was expensive and she didn’t have the extra funds or time to take […]

‘Jai Bhim’ Rated Among Top Rated International Classical Films

Critics have heaped praise on Tamil-language courtroom drama Jai Bhim that now outranks Shawshank Redemption as the highest-rated film on IMDb. Jai Bhim, a Tamil language film, has been rated the top film by users on IMDb, beating classics such as The Shawshank Redemption and […]

What Americans Can Learn From Other Cultures About The Language Of Gratitude

Families and friends traditionally gather to express gratitude during this time of year. Many also participate in acts of service and charity as a way of giving back to their local communities. As communication scholars who study intercultural communication, we have studied how the many […]

Outstanding Indian Americans Honored At Kerala Center’s Annual Awards Banquet

Six outstanding achievers in different categories and two doctors were bestowed special awards for their services during the pandemic at the Kerala Center’s 29th Annual Awards Banquet held at the Center’s auditorium in Elmont, NY on Saturday, November 13th, 2021 The honorees were: Dr. George […]

“Ekal Foundation” Raises $4 Million In Star-Studded ‘Future Of India’ Gala

“Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation (EVF)” raised over $4 million in a star-studded virtual Gala, called “Future of India” that highlighted pre-eminent speakers, Ekal’s eclectic accomplishments and youth’s contributions to its mission on Saturday, November 13, 2021. As per Indian demography, two third of its population resides […]

Historic Immigration Reform Included In House-Passed Spending Bill

The social spending bill approved by the House Friday in a 220-213 vote includes the most extensive immigration reform package reviewed by Congress in 35 years, albeit in a much reduced version from what proponents originally sought. If the provision is approved by the Senate […]

Dr. Rahul Gupta Confirmed By US Senate As Director of National Drug Control Policy

The United States Senate confirmed Dr. Rahul Gupta as Director of National Drug Control Policy on a bipartisan basis. Gupta is the first medical doctor to ever lead the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) on October 28, 2021. “As a practicing […]

Biden-Harris Administration’s Efforts Addressing Addiction And Overdose

In its first-year drug policy priorities, the Biden-Harris Administration outlined a strategy that includes expanding access to evidence-based prevention, treatment, harm reduction, and recovery support services, as well reducing the supply of illicit drugs. Since January, the Office of National Drug Control Policy has worked with […]

Reshma Kosaraju Wins Children’s Climate Prize

A teenager from Saratoga, California, has won the prestigious Children’s Climate Prize for Reshma Kosaraju, 15, of Saratoga, California, won the Children’s Climate Prize for 2021. The Children’s Climate Prize is an international prize annually awarded to young people taking actions to bring sustainable solutions […]

Biden Nominates Geeta Rao Gupta As Ambassador-At-Large For Global Women’s Issues

President Joe Biden nominated Indian-American  Geeta Rao Gupta, of Virginia, to be Ambassador at Large for Global Women’s Issues, Nov. 15, 2021. Rao Gupta will have to be cleared by the U.S. Senate before taking up the position. She is currently Senior Fellow at the […]

Indian American Hotmail Founder Launches A New Social Video App – Showreel

Sabeer Bhatia, the man who played a significant role in making email the default communication medium it is now, wants to change video content with his new social video app, Showreel. The app can be used to create more natural video resumes for job applications […]

Illinois Secretary of State Hon. Jesse White hosts a grand Diwali Reception

Hon. Jesse White, Illinois Secretary of State hosted a grand Diwali Reception under the aegis of National Council of Asian Indian Associations [NCAIA] at the iconic Atrium of the state of Illinois building in Chicago with all the festive color, lights, confection, pleasantries and exchange […]

USCIS To Allow Automatic Renewal Of Employment Authorization For H-4 Workers

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has settled a lawsuit Nov. 10, which allows the spouses of L-2 workers to automatically receive work authorization, and also provides an automatic 180-day extension of work authorization for some spouses of H-1B workers. “Once implemented by the agency, L-2 […]

Climate Change Will Destroy Environments, Undermine Efforts To Protect Sea Life

Newswise: Climate change is altering familiar conditions of the world’s oceans and creating new environments that could undermine efforts to protect sea life in the world’s largest marine protected areas, new research from Oregon State University shows. The changing conditions also have cultural and economic […]

Mythili Sankaran And Serrena Iyer Featured Among Forbes ‘Culture 50 Champions’

Forbes magazine recently announced its Culture 50 Champions, with Indian Americans Mythili Sankaran and Serrena Iyer among the honorees. The list honors Black and Brown industry leaders for their standout impact and service in underserved communities. From tech innovators and TV executives to social justice activists and […]

Building Road At 19,024 Feet In Ladakh Gets Guinness Recognition

Construction and black topping the world’s highest motorable road at 19,024 feet at Umlingla Pass in Ladakh has earned the Border Road Organisation (BRO) a Guinness World Records recognition. The Director General of BRO, Lieutenant Genreal Rajeev Chaudhry, received the Guinness World Records certificate on […]

AAEIO To Host A Technical And Start-Up Business Conference In April 2022

American Association of Engineers of Indian Origin (AAEIO) will host a Technical and Start-up Business conference in April 2022 to help new companies to do networking, mentoring, access to funding and developing Business plans. These programs are designed to assist new startups. Microsoft CEO Mr. […]

Vijay Kumar Leads Drive To Repatriate Temple Gods Looted From India

The illicit trade in idols and other historical treasures looted from temples, archaeological digs and various sites globally has been estimated at $100 billion a year. A more telling figure might be the nearly 18,000 villagers in India’s Tamil Nadu state who turned out to […]

Nuclear Arsenals Do Not Provide Security, Says Vatican Official

The global Covid-19 pandemic should be teaching people that security does not come from a country's possession of nuclear weapons, but from working together to promote the common good with greater access to health care, a reduction of poverty and care for the environment, the […]

The Uttar Pradesh (UP) Association of Greater Chicago Celebrates Diwali traditional way

The Uttar Pradesh (UP) Association of Greater Chicago held a function for the annual day and Diwali celebration on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, at the Ashyana Banquet Hall in Downers Grove, IL. Last year, Diwali was celebrated with a variety of virtual cultural programs because […]

What Makes Life Meaningful? Views From 17 Advanced Economies

What do people value in life? How much of what gives people satisfaction in their lives is fundamental and shared across cultures, and how much is unique to a given society? To understand these and other issues, Pew Research Center posed an open-ended question about […]

Dr. Soumya Swaminathan’s Take on Global Trends In Covid-19 Infections

Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, a chief scientist for the World Health Organization (WHO), told the media recently that vaccinations are not enough to end the pandemic. She called for expanded vaccine equity and sharing of tools in poorer countries to prevent the spread of the coronavirus that […]

Indian Brothers Win Children’s Peace Prize For Waste Project

Indian brothers Vihaan and Nav Agarwal won a prestigious children’s prize Saturday for a project they launched that aims to reduce waste and pollution and plant trees in their home city of New Delhi. Vihaan, 17, and his 14-year-old brother, Nav, were handed the International […]

Qaisar Nizami From Kashmir Nominated For Prestigious Grammy Award

In a first for the beauteous valley of Kashmir, renowned Kashmiri singer-musician Qaisar Nizami has been nominated for the prestigious Grammy award for his song ‘Nazninay’ (O Beauty), joint collaboration and part of US-based music composer and santoor player Ehsaan Matoori’s multinational ‘The Voice and […]

200 Nations Agree On Pact To Save Earth From Climate Change Glasgow Climate Pact Diluted After India, China Force Amendment On Emission From Coal

The two-week global conference ended with a historic agreement between the 200 national delegations who agreed to, for the first time, to target fossil fuels as a key driver of global warming in a bid to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and net zero […]

Dr. Suresh Reddy Assumes Charge As President of Indian American Medical Association, Illinois

(Chicago, IL: November 15, 2022) “I would like to stand on the top of shoulders of 39 Past Presidents so I can see farther,” Dr. Suresh Reddy, a Neuro Interventional Radiologist practicing in the Chicago area and a past President of national AAPI, said immediately […]

China’s Xi Jinping Cements His Status With Historic Resolution

The Chinese Communist Party has passed a "historical resolution", cementing Xi Jinping's status in political history. The document, a summary of the party's 100-year history, addresses its key achievements and future directions. It is only the third of its kind since the founding of the […]

Rajeshwar Prasad Presented Life Time Achievement Award At NIAASC Annual Meeting In New York

Rajeshwar Prasad, founder and chairman of  The National Indo-American Association for Senior Citizens (NIAASC) was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award, During the 32nd annual Conference and 23rd Annual meeting of NIAASC on Sunday, November 7th, 2021 at the India Home in Jamaica, New York. […]

Ayurveda Day Held At Indian Consulate In New York

The Consulate General of India in New York organized an event to celebrate Ayurveda Day on 2nd November 2021.  Ayurveda Day is celebrated on Dhanvantri Jayanti or Dhanteras, a festival that takes place two days before Diwali.  Welcoming the guests, Consul General Randhir Jaiswal conveyed […]

Dr. Sanjay Gupta Looks To A Future Living With COVID In ‘World War C’

We've all heard talk about "the new normal," whatever that even is. CNN's chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta has his own ideas, and despite the harsh realities of nearly 3 years living through a pandemic — quarantines, hospital staffing shortages, massive loss of life […]

Climate Talks Draft Agreement Expresses ‘Alarm And Concern’

Governments are poised to express “alarm and concern” about how much Earth has already warmed and encourage one another to end their use of coal, according to a draft released Wednesday of the final document expected at U.N. climate talks. The early version of the […]

Shekar Krishnan, Shahana Hanif Are First South Asian Americans Elected To New York City Council

In New York City, a global beacon that draws a diverse population from all over the world, the City Council has never had a person of South Asian descent — or a Muslim woman — among its membership. That changed this year, when Shahana Hanif, […]

AAPI Announces 40th Annual Convention In San Antonio, TX In June 2022 During Curtain Raiser

(San Antonio, TX: November 12, 2021) “It is with great pleasure that we announce that the 40th American Association of Physicians of Indian origin (AAPI) Annual Convention and Scientific Sessions will be held from June 23-26, 2022 in the beautiful city of San Antonio, Texas,” […]

Inflation Explained: Why Prices Keep Going Up And Who’s To Blame?

Confused about inflation? You're not alone. Inflation is, paradoxically, both incredibly simple to understand and absurdly complicated.  Let's start with the simplest version: Inflation happens when prices broadly go up. That "broadly" is important: At any given time, the price of goods will fluctuate based […]

American Airlines Resumes New York-New Delhi Direct Flight After 10 Years

American Airlines, the US aviation major announced the resumption of its non-stop New York- Delhi flights after almost a decade. American Airlines’ inaugural New York-New Delhi flight landed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA)on Saturday night marking the resumption of the American carrier’s flights […]

India Opens To Vaccinated Foreign Tourists After 18 Months

India began on Monday, November 15th allowing fully vaccinated foreign tourists to enter the country on regular commercial flights, in the latest easing of coronavirus restrictions as infections fall and vaccinations rise. Tourists entering India must be fully vaccinated, follow all COVID-19 protocols and test […]

Diwali Celebrated At Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas’s Office By Chicago Indo-Us Lion Club

Chicago Indo-US Lions Club in association with the Office of Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas, hosted Diwali celebration on November 5th, 2021 in Chicago IL. The guest of Honor for the event was Consul General Amit Kumar who congratulated Indo US Lions Club and Maria […]

Melody Queen Rita Shah Rocks Chicago SSS Entertainment Organizes Musical Evening for Charitable Cause

Chicago IL: SSS Entertainment organized a musical evening on November 13th at Fairfield Inn, Schaumburg, IL to support a philanthropic cause. The event aimed at raising funds for children orphaned due to Covid-19 Pandemic. Following a devotional dance performance by Jenish Bulsara, Swapnil Shah started […]

Chicago’s City Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin Holds Colorful Diwali Celebrations at City Hall

Chicago IL: Chicago’s City Treasurer Hon. Melissa Conyears-Ervin hosted a grand Diwali Reception brimming with festive colors, lights, dance, music and ceremonial lamp lighting with her deep appreciation for sharing the spirit of Diwali with fellow Chicagoans at the iconic City Hall in Chicago amidst […]

Association of South Asian Real Estate Professionals (ASARP) organized its annual gala

Association of South Asian Real Estate Professionals (ASARP) organized its annual gala on November 7th at Fairfield Inn, Schaumburg. The program was hosted by Prachi Jaitly and Shirin Marvi. The event kicked off with social networking and live Indian Flute on stage followed by national anthems […]

Spouses Of H-1B Visa Holders Can Now Look Forward To Getting Work Permit Faster

The Biden administration has been making gradual changes in the immigration department to make it easier for foreign professionals to travel to US, unlike the previous administration. In the past few months, President Biden has been signing off crucial documents that will let IT professionals […]

Community Groups Organize Discussion on The Book, “Kamala Harris and the Rise of Indian Americans”

A discussion and celebration of the Indian Diaspora and their achievements was held virtually on Saturday, November 7th, 2021, and was attended by People of Indian Origin from around the globe. Jointly organized by Global Organization People of Indian Origin (GOPIO), American Association of Physicians […]

People Magazine Names Paul Rudd As 2021′S Sexiest Man Alive

Paul Rudd has been crowned as 2021’s Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine. Rudd, known for his starring roles in Marvel’s “Ant-Man” films, “This is 40” and “Clueless,” was revealed as this year’s winner Tuesday night on CBS’ ”The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” The actor […]

Culture, Religion At Stake In Tibet Under Chinese Regime

Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh–Culture, religion, and the way of life which is based on Buddhism are at the stake in Tibet under the Chinese regime, said Deputy Speaker of Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile Dolma Tsering. Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama says China’s leaders “don’t understand the […]

Indian American Scientist Named Primary Contributor To Invention Of Moderna’s Covid Vaccine

An Indian American scientist has been identified by Moderna as the primary contributor to its Covid-19 vaccine. A filing by the company for its patent application for the coronavirus vaccine using the revolutionary RNA technique listed Pune-educated bioinformatics scientist Mihir Metkar as the "first named […]

100 Most Expensive U.S. Zip Codes In 2021: Include Boston’s Back Bay And Weston

BOSTON–PropertyShark released its annual most expensive zip codes of 2021. New England is home to 11 of the priciest U.S. zip codes, including #2 with Boston’s Back Bay. The full list is included towards the end in this article. Key Takeaways: At nearly $7.5 million, Atherton, Calif.’s 94027 […]

$1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Bill Passed By Congress Welcomed By Industrial Leaders

Corporations and business groups are calling on President Biden to sign the bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill into law quickly after it finally cleared Congress late Friday, November 5th, after several months of painstaking negations. The infrastructure bill passed the House 228-206 on Friday. Thirteen […]

AAPI, GOPIO, AIA, NFIA & ASEI Jointly Host Discussion On The Book, “Kamala Harris and the Rise of Indian Americans”

A discussion and celebration of the Indian Diaspora and their achievements was held virtually  on Saturday, November 7th, 2021 and was attended by People of Indian Origin from around the globe. Jointly organized by Global Organization People of Indian Origin (GOPIO), American Association of Physicians […]

Sam Joshi Elected Mayor of Edison, NJ; Aftab Pureval Wins As Mayor of Cincinnati, OH

Aftab Pureval of Indian origin has been elected as the first ever person of Asian heritage to be elcted as the Mayor of Cincinnati, OH, while Sam Joshi becomes the first Indian-American to be Mayor of Edison, the 5th largest municipality in New Jersey, during […]

Sterley Stanley, Suhas Subramanyam, Usha Reddi, Aditi Bussells Win In Sate Elections

Indian American incumbents Usha Reddi in Manhattan, Kansas, and Sterley Stanley in New Jersey were victorious in their bids for another term in office, Aditi Srivastav Bussells won a council seat in South Carolina, while Nalini Joseph fell short in her race during the Nov. […]

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