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(Top to bottom) (1) Seen at the “Unity in Diversity” event (l-r): Sant Nirankari Mission-Southern California branch head Dr. Santosh Tandon, Lakewood Mayor Todd Rogers, and Anu Sahni, an SNM member. (2) Volunteers of the Sant Nirankari Mission, Southern California, Calif., branch. (3) Baba Hardev Singh Ji, head of the Sant Nirankari Mission. (4) Singer Kamal Khan entertaining the audience at the SNM (Karan Bhatia/Lovejit Singh photos)
Sant Nirankari Mission Celebrates ‘Unity in Diversity’
The Sant Nirankari Mission, Southern California branch, organized an inspiring event based on the theme “Unity in Diversity” here April 19, which attracted people from all walks of life irrespective of their color, caste and creed.
    Rep. Mike Honda
    Rep. Mike Honda Introduces Freedom of Faith Act
    California Congressman Mike Honda introduced April 10 the Freedom of Faith Act (H.R. 4460), which will make permanent a special immigrant provision for non-minister religious workers.
      Sohan Shah
      Indian American Youths Among State Geography Bee Winners
      Sohan Shah of Delaware, Nikhil A. Krishna of Kentucky, Amrit Singh of Idaho, Aniket Dehadrai of Oklahoma, Asha Jain of Wisconsin and Mantra Dave of Illinois were among those named state Geography Bee 2014 winners thus far, and won $100 in their respective competitions.
        Congressman Ami Bera raised more than $489,000 for his reelection bid in the first quarter of 2014.
        Rep. Ami Bera Outpaces GOP Challengers in Fundraising
        In his reelection campaign in the 7th Congressional District, Democratic Congressman Ami Bera of Elk Grove, Calif., outpaced his three Republican challengers in fundraising for the first quarter of 2014.
          Dr. Niranjan Rao
          3 Indian Americans Named to NJ State Board of Medical Examiners
          Governor Chris Christie recently announced the appointments of three Indian American doctors to the State Board of Medical Examiners, and reappointed a fourth to the Domestic Violence Fatality and Near Fatality Review Board.
            Residents of Priya Living, a residential community for aging Indian Americans, recently took a tour down the 17-Mile Drive, one of Northern California’s most spectacular sights. Recent studies have concluded that Indian American widows increasingly prefer living on their own rather than with their children.
            Widows Living With Children No Happier Than Living Alone
            Social scientists have recently concluded that Indian American widows living with their adult children were neither happier, nor less lonely, than those who chose to live by themselves.
              Vrinda Agarwal, a junior at the University of California at Berkeley, asked Hillary Clinton the pivotal question, “If you don’t represent women in politics in America as future president, who will?”
              U.C. Berkeley Student Asks Hillary Clinton the ‘Big’ Question
              Vrinda Agarwal, a student at the University of California at Berkeley, asked Hillary Rodham Clinton the $64,000 question on everyone’s mind at the Clinton Global Initiative University conference at Arizona State University at Tempe.
                Rice University sophomore Hira Baig, seen on an academic trip to Italy last year, has been named a Truman Scholar.
                Rice University Sophomore Wins Truman Scholarship
                Hira Baig of Sugar Land, Texas, was named one of 59 recipients of the 2014 Harry S. Truman Scholarship, it was announced April 16.
                  Management efficiency expert Subir Chowdhury has donated $1 million to the University of California at Berkeley to establish the Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies. (Richard Springer photo)
                  Subir Chowdhury Puts Bangladesh Studies on U.C.’s Map
                  For management efficiency expert Subir Chowdhury, his gift of $1 million to establish the Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies at the University of California at Berkeley will help remove a blind spot in South Asian studies in the U.S. by focusing cutting-edge research on modern
                    The six winners of the Outstanding Achievement Awards (l to r): high school students Sneha Chidambaram, Apoorva Mylavarapu, Simran Grover, Preetam Soundararajan, Vamsi Mokkapati, and middle school graduate-to-be Titash Biswas . (Parimal M. Rohit photo)
                    Top Students Honored at IAHF Indian Heritage Awards
                    An intimate crowd filled the Catalina Room of the Hilton Hotel here in downtown Long Beach April 20 to honor more than a dozen students at the 28th Annual Indian Heritage Awards presented by the Indian American Heritage Foundation.
                      Professor Rajendra Singh has been honored by the White House for his work on renewable energy.
                      White House Honors Rajendra Singh as ‘Champion of Change’ for Solar Deployment
                      The White House honored Clemson professor Rajendra Singh April 17 as a “Champion of Change” for his efforts to promote and expand solar deployment in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors.
                        Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri attends the 23rd Annual Super Bowl Party Feb. 1, 2014 in New York City. (Getty Images)
                        Nina Davuluri Wants Suspension of Student Over Prom Reconsidered
                        Miss America Nina Davuluri is asking a Pennsylvania school district to reconsider the punishment of a senior who asked her to prom during the question-and-answer portion of an assembly, according to the Associated Press.
                          Detainees at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in El Paso, Texas.
                          Asylum Seekers Call Off Hunger Strike at Texas ICE Center
                          A group of 37 Indian political asylum seekers jailed at the El Paso, Texas Immigration and Customs Enforcement Center called off an eight-day hunger strike Apr. 16.
                            Indian American Prof. Prabhjot Singh of Columbia University. (Columbia.edu photo)
                            Man Arrested, Charged With Hate Crime for Attacking Sikh Professor
                            A man accused of pulling the beard of a Sikh professor before a group of young men who had called the professor "Osama" and a "terrorist" attacked him, has been arrested and charged with a hate crime, police said April 19.
                              Mugdha Kadam was the United States’s top scorer in the 2014 IBM Master the Mainframe Contest, beating out thousands of other students from more than 400 different schools.
                              Female Computer Whizzes Win Big at IBM Mainframe Contest
                              Indian American business analyst Mugdha Kadam, 28, and Shahini Sengupta, a student at the RCC Institute of Information Technology in Kolkata, made it to the list of the top five winners of IBM’s grueling Master the Mainframe competition, it was announced April 14.

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