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  • Sikh couple in UK told 'they can't adopt white child'


    Sandeep and Reena Mander, British-born business professionals from Berkshire, were quoted by The Times as saying that they were told not to apply to become adoptive parents on the basis that white British or European applicants would be given preference.
  • Indians 2nd largest group of migrants in Australia


    According to official data, Australia's Census 2016 recorded new migrants from India at 1,63,000, emerging as the most common country of birth of new arrivals after China at 1,91,000 new migrants. The census updated the Australian population to 24.4 million people from over 21.5 million in 2011.
  • Diaspora optimistic about Indo-US ties under Modi and Trump


    The PM spoke in Hindi and explained to the audience the welfare programmes his government has launched in past three years. Though the event was attended by more than 600 community members, the number was much less compared to his 2014 Madison Square Garden reception, attended by over 18,000 people.
  • Diaspora Indians 'real ambassadors' of India in Portugal: Modi


    PM Modi cited the diversity of language and taste in India to point out that Indians can adapt to the culture of the country they live in. "You have effortlessly gelled with the culture of the country you have been," he said and added that they were the "real ambassadors of India" in Portugal.
  • Indian-Americans enriched American art and culture: US lawmaker


    "There is much to celebrate in our country's relationship with India, the world's largest democracy, and in the enormous contributions that Indian-Americans make in our country," said Congressman David Schweikert. "The role of Indian-Americans in government is profound."
  • MIT's School of Engineering gets Indian-origin dean


    Anantha P Chandrakasan, the Indian-origin head of MIT's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), has been named dean of MIT's School of Engineering, effective July 1. The Chennai-born academic credits his mother with inspiring him to take up an academic career.
  • Modi must raise H-1B visa issue with Trump: Indians in US


    Trump will host Modi at the White House on Monday and the two leaders would spend about five hours together in various settings beginning with their bilateral discussion, delegation level talks, a reception and a working dinner, the first of its kind hosted by this administration.
  • Indian priest Martin Xavier found dead in Edinburgh


    33-year-old Keralite priest Martin Xavier, who was missing from last four days was found dead on a beach in Edinburgh in UK, according to information received by Church sources here on Saturday. Sushma Swaraj condoled his death and asked the Consulate General of India in Edinburgh to provide help.
  • Indian-origin Sikh woman first turbaned judge in Canada Supreme Court


    ​British Columbia Supreme Court judge of Indian-origin, Parbinder Kaur Shergill, has become first turbaned Sikh woman Supreme Court judge of Canada. Shergill migrated from Punjab to Canada with her family when she was 4-year-old.
  • Indian-Americans gear up to welcome PM Modi


    The community is planning to welcome Modi at every possible location where he could be available during his three-day stay here. "There is a huge enthusiasm among Indian Americans," said Adapa Prasad, a top leader of the Overseas Friends of BJP USA, who is playing a key role in organising events to welcome the Prime Minister.
  • UK must stay within EU: Lord Bilimoria


    Participating in the debate on Queen's Speech in the House of Lords on Thursday, Lord Bilimoria, Founder-Chairman of Cobra beer and Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, said, "In reality, it is only a matter of time before the people see that the Brexit emperor has no clothes."
  • Indian-origin doctor arrested over circumcision of baby


    Dr Balvinder Mehat is accused of carrying out a non-therapeutic circumcision, or a procedure for religious rather than medical reasons, on the three-month old baby believed to belong to the Muslim faith in July 2013.
  • 'India only country with max opportunity to invest'


    India is the only country in the world which has maximum opportunity to invest, leading NRI entrepreneur GP Hinduja has said, seeking tripartite co-operation between China, India and the UK for the investment.
  • Seven-year-old's mission to plant 750 trees


    Isha Blokhra recently learnt about global warming and the importance of trees at her school. When she asked her father what he wanted to do for his birthday, which he eventually left to Isha to decide, it was concluded that the family will celebrate living on earth by planting trees.
  • 'Smash an Indian' incident: 3 arrested in US


    Three people have been arrested and charged in the US in connection with the murder case of a 43-year-old Indian-origin store owner who was gunned down outside his home in South Carolina in March.
  • Govt launches VAJRA scheme to attract NRI scientists


    Minister of Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan launched the Web portal of VAJRA in New Delhi and said that the initiative would boost research work and lead to newer, cutting edge technologies, which was India needed.
  • Indian-origin S African freedom struggle veteran dies


    Born as Kesval Moonsamy in 1926, he joined the Natal Indian Congress in his youth, rising to become its treasurer in the early 1950's and was elected as vice president in 1955.
  • Indians brace for Saudi ‘family tax’


    Several Indians employed in Saudi Arabia are planning to send their dependants back with the kingdom set to introduce, from July 1, a monthly ‘dependant fee’ for expats.
  • Indian-origin doctor appointed honorary VP of UK medical body


    Kailash Chand, a veteran Indian-origin doctor in the UK, has been appointed as honorary vice-president of the country's prominent medical body, becoming the first professional from the community to be appointed to the post.
  • Over 1,200 yoga enthusiasts perform 'asanas' in South Africa


    The event was part of a week-long programme at different venues across South Africa coordinated by the Indian missions in all major cities. It will culminate on Sunday at a special yoga session at Tolstoy Farm.