Rachel Roy Creates Bag for Charity
Designer Rachel Roy has teamed up with FEED Projects and Collaborative Group to create the Rachel Roy FEED India bags, a collaboration that promotes artisans and helps feed the hungry.
HSBC Client Avoids Prison for Hiding Bank Account from IRS
New Jersey businessman Vaibhav Dahake avoided prison after admitting he conspired with five HSBC Holdings Plc bankers to hide his Indian bank accounts from U.S. tax authorities, getting credit for helping prosecutors.
5 of 11 Finalists Are South Asian Spelling Bee Alumni
As the 11 finalists took the stage May 30 at the Scripps National Spelling Bee championship (see separate story), eight of them were of South Asian descent and five were alumni of the MetLife South Asian Spelling Bee, according to a press release.
White House Honors Immigrant Innovator ‘Champions of Change’
The White House honored Shradha Agarwal, Riddhiman Das, Amar Sawhney and Siva Sivananthan as well as seven other citizens May 29 as Immigrant Innovator “Champions of Change.”
Skin Care Pioneer Launches Cancer Fund, New Product
The phrases “rags-to-riches” and “overcoming all odds” are no strangers to the biographical resume of many an Indian immigrant to the United States.
3dim Wins $100K in MIT Entrepreneurship Competition
Founded by a team of MIT students, 3dim, which allows users to gesture in 3-D to smartphones, tablets and smart glasses, has won the $100,000 top prize in the MIT Entrepreneurship Competition.
Raj Shah to Move from Google Maps to Microsoft
TechCrunch reported May 30 that Raj Shah, who previously led Google’s worldwide map operations as engineering director for Maps, will join Microsoft’s online services unit, where he will likely work on Bing Maps and related products.
Doctor Gives $3M to Ohio’s Southwest General Hospital
Southwest General Hospital, a 358-bed acute care facility in Middlebury Heights, Ohio, has received a $3 million gift from one of its physicians, Vasu Pandrangi, and his wife, Lisa, for a $128 million hospital expansion project.
USIBC Urges Obama to Address India’s H-1B Visa Concerns
Ahead of a crucial Indo-U.S. Strategic Dialogue in New Delhi next month, President Barack Obama has been encouraged to push for economic reforms in India and to address the concerns of Indian companies with regard to H-1B visas.
Protestors Demand Gap Sign Bangladesh Worker Safety Accord
Several local labor rights organizations mobilized May 21 during a shareholders’ meeting at Gap headquarters in downtown San Francisco, Calif., to urge the retail clothing giant to sign on to an international accord that aims to protect the rights of employees in Bangladesh’s garment factories.
Odisha Delegation Drums Up Business at TiEcon
Odisha Chief Secretary Bijay K. Patnaik highlighted a recent World Bank report ranking Bhubaneswar as “the third best city in India to do business,” in an interview with India-West at the TiEcon conference here May 17.
Women the Focus of Popular TiEcon Track
South Asian women entrepreneurs were out in force at this year’s TiEcon, held at the Santa Clara Convention Center May 17-18.
Mara CEO Roars about Africa’s Rise at TiE Youth Forum
There is the “Chinese dragon and the Indian tiger,” Ashish J. Thakkar, CEO of Dubai-based Mara Group and the Mara Foundation, told a packed auditorium at TiEcon (I-W, May 24) here May 18.
Honorary Doctorate for Kumar Malavalli from Cal State East Bay
Kumar Malavalli, an Indian American entrepreneur and longtime philanthropist for education and other causes, will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree by Cal State East Bay during the university’s graduate commencement ceremony here June 14.
Rajat Gupta Asks for New Trial, Challenges U.S. Wiretaps
A lawyer for former Goldman Sachs Group and Procter & Gamble Co. board member Rajat Gupta asked the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan May 21 to set aside his client’s conviction, or at least grant him a new trial, on the grounds that the trial judge shouldn’t have allowed wiretaps of R