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<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>18 Indian protesters detained; taxi-driver fresh victim in Oz</b>
PTI | Melbourne
Australian police detained 18 Indian youths for "breaching peace" here as thousands of students held a massive peace rally against recent attacks on their community, even as a fresh case of assault was reported on an taxi driver from Hyderabad.

Thousands of students, shaken by a wave of racial assaults, including on 25-year-old Shravan Kumar who is battling for life in a local hospital, blocked the busiest street of the city, demanding justice.

I think this is backlash, Moron Singh rescue of Muslim Doctor and later Muslim Doctor came out screaming he was discriminated, infact his cousin is behind bar in UK on bombing charges. Now Ozies are suspicious of Indians and confuse them as Islamic terrorist.
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I think this is backlash,  Moron Singh rescue of Muslim Doctor and later Muslim Doctor came out screaming he was discriminated, infact his cousin is  behind bar in UK on bombing charges. Now Ozies are suspicious of Indians and confuse them as Islamic terrorist.

Good to know that our Prime Minister is not losing sleep over this though.
NextGen Essay Contest: The Importance of a Hindu American Identity
<b>Rajeev Motwani, beloved in high tech world — including Google — dead at 47</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->The news of Motwani's death struck like a thunderclap in Silicon Valley. Blogs, Facebook pages and Twitter communications were filled with testimonials to a brilliant, kind man who was never too busy to help a budding entrepreneur or struggling graduate student. He helped many valley startups gain a foothold, but none so famous as Google, whose cofounder Sergey Brin mourned him Saturday.

Reached on the phone, Brin said the many conversations he had with Motwani helped inspire his thinking and research.

"I want him to really be remembered well. It's a rare combination to have
somebody who is so smart and also such a nice guy." Motwani, he added, "had a lot of interest in computer science theory. He's primarily a theoretician, and it's incredible the amount of impact he has had directly on products and companies."

Brin also wrote in his blog on Friday: too.blogspot.com/2009/06/remembering-rajeev.html.

Silicon Valley's "ecosystem" has suffered a major blow with Motwani's death, said a friend, angel investor Ron Conway.

"He's a great example on how the Silicon Valley ecosystem works," said Conway, "which is why everyone is so upset at this tragedy. We've lost one of the best contributors to the Silicon Valley ecosystem."

"Everybody in Silicon Valley talked to him," said David Hornik, a valley venture capitalist. "Rajeev was an incredible resource to everyone."

Popular at Stanford

Born March 26, 1962, in Jammu, India, Motwani grew up in New Delhi, earned a computer science degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 1983, and his doctorate from the University of California-Berkeley in 1988. As a Stanford professor, he also served as the director of graduate studies for the computer science department and founded the Mining Data at Stanford project (MIDAS).
Big loss.
<b>Racist Australians? No, Indians students are blamed</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->According to e-mails from Australia, Indian students allegedly do not know English, they display their expensive gadgets like mobiles, laptops and iPods; play loud music, talk loudly in their native tongues, live up to 15 in rooms rented for four persons, make their accommodation filthy, come out to their compounds in their underwear to urinate in the open and display innumerable other uncouth habits loathed by Australians. No wonder they are attacked, say the e-mails.

<b>Many students are frustrated when they find that their colleges are run by Australian-Indian 'crooks'. 'When they go to their class, they find that all the students are from India, and the teacher teaches them in Hindi/Punjabi. They realise that they could have received a better education at a fraction of the cost and without the problems and pains (in India). Many of our people have opened educational institutions as on-line licensing was so easy here. These people cheated the system by supplying false information. Now many of such colleges face closure, further putting strain on students who have paid so much money to study there,' said one such e-mail</b>.

If the well-settled Australian-Indians have known all these problems for the last few years, what have they done to alleviate the situation? Did they launch any orientation courses in their places of worship to 'welcome' the new Indian students every year and explain to them the norms of the Australian way of life? Did they approach their elected representatives to press for starting these orientation courses in India or Australia? Or, urge them to enforce additional measures at the Australian high commission in India, like an oral English test, before granting them a student visa? Did they seek the closing down of these sub-standard 'teaching shops' run by unscrupulous Australian-Indians as they attract unsuspecting students through their recruiting agents in India?

<b>'Many students have committed suicide due to pressure from India and their inability to study without tuition as they fail to follow classroom lectures,' says an Indian professional in an e-mail. 'They cannot get more funds from India; on the contrary, every relative from India phones them asking: 'When will you get a job and remit money to repay your loan?' Students have been committing suicides here and the Indian high commission would not even listen to anything nor acknowledge that there was a problem. Local Indians and students have been arranging for the dead bodies to be sent to India.'</b>

Then the Indian media is to be blamed for highlighting these attacks and giving an unbalanced picture - never mind the fact that most print media have published articles by Indian university professors in Australia or established leaders on this situation and TV channels aired reports by local and 'citizen' journalists. They are pained at the reaction from India: film legend Amitabh Bachchan declining an honorary degree from an Australian university; Indian tourists cancelling their Aussie holidays in large numbers; Indian film producers boycotting film shootings; Indian student numbers declining this year; and perhaps, bilateral trade going down as India is the seventh biggest trade partner of Australia.

The established Australian-Indians are unwilling to accept the violent attacks by the Aussie lumpens who demand cigarettes, money and their gadgets and then slash them with knives or pierce their skulls with screwdrivers. They would not comment until the courts decide them. How many convictions have been reported in the last few years? They don't know. It's to do with their clothes smelling of curry, so they get 'curry-bashing', the local Indians say.

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Krishna asks Indian students in Oz to show restraint

PTI | New Delhi

Concerned over reports of some Indian students in Australia retaliating in the wake of spate of attacks on them, Government on Tuesday asked them to exercise restraint.

"I would like to urge the Indian students to be patient and show restraint. They have gone there (Australia) for higher studies. They should concentrate on that rather than retaliate," External Affairs Minister SM Krishna told reporters outside Parliament House on Tuesday.

He said the Australian Government has given "fullest assurance" that steps will be taken to ensure the safety of Indian students.

A 20-year-old man was stabbed in Melbourne on Monday after he had allegedly racially abused a group of Indian students here in possibly the first act of retaliation.


Yes, show restraint because these students are not muslim terrorist or related to Indian Muslim UK airport bomber.
Post #65:

These stories sound a bit Indian in origin (not Indian dharmic, of course) - I mean, "urinate in the open"? Sounds a very contrived allegation in an Australian context:
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>According to e-mails from Australia</b>, Indian students allegedly do not know English, they display their expensive gadgets like mobiles, laptops and iPods; play loud music, talk loudly in their native tongues, live up to 15 in rooms rented for four persons, make their accommodation filthy, come out to their compounds in their underwear to urinate in the open and display innumerable other uncouth habits loathed by Australians. <b>No wonder they are attacked, say the e-mails.</b><!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->Such rumours ("one person heard thus-and-so") are actually offset against the *real* violent attacks against Indian Dharmics?
Reminds me of how the christomedia justifies the islamic burning of the Hindus in the train: "they were Kar-sevaks." And rumours of an invented islamic tea-vendor. Excuses collectively known as the "They Deserved It!". In the same class of apologetics like how the rape victim "was asking for it" because (s)he was dressed a certain way/walking in a certain location alone at night/blablalala.

I wouldn't be surprised if it was Indians of The True Faith (in or outside of Australia) that comprise the 'sources' that Yahoo India is referring to.

Now, let's compare the <i>alleged</i> 'crimes' of these Dharmics in Australia
- to the documented crimes by Italian gangsters. There's a scary doco I've watched on Italian gangsters in AU. There are <i>mafia</i> orgs and locales that even the police don't dare mess with and the authorities can't do *anything* about the crime and murder emanating from there,
- to even Chinese gangs (apparently they exist in AU too; regular gang warfare but also including serious orgs like triads)
- to the Lebanese islamaniacs who are so infamous everyone the world over would have heard about them (they're also frequently heard declaring jihad on Australia, and even attempting it along with their paki contacts overseas - if you missed it, just watch the news, they make regular appearances)

Compared to all that - and they ^ go totally scott-free - some non-documented <i>rumour</i>-mongering (aka Libel) is supposed to make people conclude that "Indian Dharmics in Australia deserved it", "deserved to get burned" and to have explosive material tossed at them, etcetera?
Tssss. Lying-for-genocidal purposes must really be the sole christist passtime. Explains the pattern of the christomedia concerning Godhra too.

As for carrying mobile phones and audio devices - oh please, everyone has those things. Australia is not the 5th world, I'm sure.

Mudy, I know 6 families/individuals who've moved to Oz and who I'm still in contact with on-and-off, 3 of whom are Indian (rest are Taiwanese and Thai). And my parents know some families as well. Hindus are law-abiding citizens and Indian international students tend to be very wide-eyed good animals.

And where it concerns all those other claims by Yahoo India ("many such colleges", and large number of "suicides" - all claims attributed most conveniently to unnamed sources; a bit reminiscent of the unnamed sources in the Maharashtrian ATS), has anyone found any evidence for all that? Because I've never heard about it before. And I have a suspicion I won't be hearing about them either - not outside the rumour mills, at any rate.

I doubt the Indian students christoterrorised in AmeriKKKa 'had what's coming to them' either. Sounds pretty much like the typical christoterrorist reasoning (which is racist, of course) behind the ongoing pogroms against heathens.

I think with the loss of the BJP and the Capeem lawsuit, vested interests in the world want to make a target of Indian Dharmics:
After Australia, racial assault on Indians in Canada

Well, at least Indians are retaliating (Australia) and not just playing the "here I am, kill me":
TOI news heading: Man who abused Indians stabbed in first retaliatory attack. These retaliations appear to have been deliberately precipitated in order to turn the 'model-minority' into a 'nuisance' in public perception. That's what christoism did with the Jews too, as I recall. What the christos call their 'racial war' again: it hinges on christoracist aggression in order to make the other side retaliate, so that the racist instigating side can then say "see, racial wars are inevitable". Rather like how the christoterrorists in Bharatam murder and terrorise Hindus, and then Hindus finally retaliate at some point and then the christos whine "oh, look how we're persecuted".

Meanwhile, a typical jihadi (Jug Suraiya sounds like a jihadi name - so I'm just going to make the assumption) is writing a blog for christomedia TOI, with the title "We're even more racist than Aussies" (blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/jugglebandhi/entry/we-re-even-more-racist)
Presumably he's taking about Indian islamists - and I am forced to agree. They *are* a bunch of racist terrorists after all - I mean, one just needs to recall their Hitlerian christoislamic statements to the Bangladeshis when they were systematically raping and murdering them in the early 70s. And note also the number of christos and christoconditioned nodding their heads in agreement among the comments - good that they recognise their racist selves and are doing this group therapy.

I don't know why the jihadi Suraiya is bringing in 'caste' though - but then islamaniacs are known for blowing things up, not for their brains (else why would they be blowing things up?) So maybe Suraiya should go to Swat or Afghanistan somewhere and blow things up there - allah wills it so - then he can make shaheed quick and get himself a few free raisins in jahanna/pardees <- you know, the place where allah tortures those faithful to him. Since if that's where jihadics *want* to go, who am I to stop them from playing shaheed in TSP/Afghanistan... - "Free thought, free speech, free action" and all. (What? No freedom of action? You don't say.)

<b>'Article 370 should be scrapped'</b>

WASHINGTON: Kashmiri Pundits living in the United States have demanded that the Article 370, that provides special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir, be scrapped as it is no longer relevant.

The demand was made at a recently held second annual National Camp of Kashmiri Pundits at South Lake Tahoe in California. Some 85 families from various parts of the US participated in the meet.

In his key note address, the former Union Minister, Subramanian Swamy, said Article 370 could be repealed by a simple cabinet decision and a recommendation to the President of India.

Participants of the camp felt that Article 370 has been continuously relegated to the background and has been used against Kashmiri Hindus. They felt it is no longer relevant and be scrapped as soon as possible.

The two day event, with the theme of "Connect Kashmir", held on the weekend of July 4 was marked with a series of cultural events including music.

The highlights included a very enjoyable and entertaining musical performance from the most celebrated artist from Kashmir also known as Nightingale of Kashmir, Kailash Mehra Sadhu. She regaled the audience with some well known folk songs and ghazals.

It was a trip down the memory lane for everyone who has lived in Kashmir. Another highlight of the event was a book release of one of the much awaited and highly acclaimed book on Traditional Kashmiri Pundit Cuisine written by Chandramukhi Ganju titled 'Koshur Saal'.

This book has been long awaited as there has been a real dearth of a cookery book that would accurately describe authentic Kashmiri Pundit cuisine.
Continuous saga
<b>Men from tiger attack arrested again</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>The brothers recently split what remained of a $900,000 settlement the zoo paid them in connection with the attack. </b>Their arrests come two weeks after the older sibling, Kulbir Dhaliwal, 25, of San Jose was booked on suspicion of felony cocaine possession after being stopped near San Jose State University.

The latest incident happened at 1:20 a.m. Wednesday when San Mateo police Officer Joseph Cassin stopped Dhaliwal for driving on a shoulder on-ramp to Highway 101 near Peninsula Avenue, said Steve Wagstaffe, San Mateo County's chief deputy district attorney. Dhaliwal's passenger was his brother, Amritpal "Paul" Dhaliwal, 21.

The officer smelled the odor of marijuana in the car and saw an open bottle of Grey Goose vodka inside, Wagstaffe said. It was the same brand of vodka that San Francisco police found in Kulbir Dhaliwal's car after the tiger attack, authorities said.

Kulbir Dhaliwal failed a series of field-sobriety tests and had a blood-alcohol level of .10 percent, authorities said. The level that constitutes drunken driving is 0.08 percent. When the officer asked Amritpal Dhaliwal for his identification, he lied and said he was Tarlok Dhaliwal, his 26-year-old brother who had also been arrested in the incident near San Jose State, authorities said.

Kulbir Dhaliwal, meanwhile, "joined in the lie" and also said his passenger was Tarlok Dhaliwal, Wagstaffe said.

Cassin and Sgt. Dave Norris eventually obtained the proper identification and learned that Amritpal Dhaliwal was on parole and was trying to hide his identity, Wagstaffe said.

Later Wednesday, Amritpal Dhaliwal was charged with providing false identification, a misdemeanor and was taken to San Mateo County Jail because of his parole status. Kulbir Dhaliwal was charged with misdemeanor drunken driving and was released on his own recognizance.
<b>Varun Gandhi wows Houston</b>
Sept 20, 2009

The 2009 annual gala of Houstons Indo American Charity Foundation (IACF) drew more than 500 of the most prominent Houstonians, including US Congressman Pete Olson and Indian Consul General Shri. Sanjiv Arora, who thronged the Inter Continental Hotel to welcome a dynamic, young politician from India.

IACF, which supports scholarships and programs in the areas of education, healthcare, children and families, invited Shri. Varun Gandhi, because it felt he best represents young and new India. It's President said, "Seeing a vibrant, articulate speaker with an interest in doing something for the underprivileged is what the new generation of Indian Americans will relate to.Their knowledge of India is
throughtheir parents' eyes. The chance to hear something positive from a young person who will be in the forefront of India's growth as a true democracy is of great interest to the young professionals who live here."

29 year-old Varun Gandhi, the first Indian parliamentarian to be called to this prestigious annual gala, is a Law & Economics graduate from the London School of Economics and a post graduate in Public Policy from the University of London. A prolific and precocious reader with excellent literary taste, he has authored his own volume of poetry titled "The Otherness of Self" besides a variety of articles on
issues of National Security and External Affairs.

In his key note address, Varun Gandhi spoke lucidly and thoughtfully about Indias Place in the New Global Order Charity & Social Services in the Emerging Economy. His speech was superbly articulated, extremely profound and deeply moving - proving beyond doubt that inside this soft-spoken young man, there lie a heart of immense compassion, a boundless intellect and a grassroots activist's
dedication to serve India. In his address, Gandhi shared his views on a young and resurgent India and talked about Indias development challenges and the importance of economic growth through scientific development and adoption of intelligent policies. He also addressed the issues of environmental pollution, prolongued monsoon delays that is crippling the agricultural sector and the rapid melting of the
Gangetic glacier that affects drinking water supply for 400 million Indians.

Repeatedly stressing that India is a country abundant in human and natural resources, Gandhi maintained that India was not a poor country but a poorly managed country. He urged the proper use of technology, adoption of skill based training and efficient utilization of the worlds greatest workforce and Indias greatest resource viz. the 60% of
India population who were under the age of 30, totally 630 million people double the US population. He pointed numerous schemes and ingenious inventions pioneered by ordinary Indians and NGOs that have reduced maternal mortality by 50%, addressed the rural populations needs for eye-care, disaster management, technology and eco-friendly

Gandhis refined appeal - calling for Global Atruism and the need for NRIs to pitch in and help their motherland - resonated well with the Indian-American audience who clapped vigorously when he reminded them that no matter how far they had come, both in terms of distance and
knowledge, they were essentially Indians a people who ate with their hands and spoke from their hearts. And speak from his heart, he certainly did.


Salient points of his 35-minute-speech on 'India's Place in the New Global Order: Charity and Social Services in the Emerging Economy', at the Hotel Intercontinental in Houston :

"India had a great opportunity 60 years ago", said Varun, adding "Yet, we chose the wrong path, though with good intentions. We chose outdated ideologies then. The world was following capitalism, but we chose outdated ideas like socialism. It weakened our democracy and only created factions".The firebrand leader was speaking During the
speech, when an audience member complained that he could not hear the BJP leader, Gandhi shot back, "This is the first time somebody is accusing me of being soft spoken."

"You left the country in search of a dream. I want India to be that dream. India will be the world's next super power and the next century is India's century," he said, adding, "in spite of the high level of economic growth, many Indians don't have enough to eat." He further added, "India is not a poor country, but a poorly managed country," drawing a hearty applause from the audience.

He pointed out, "the system has failed to provide the requisite help to the people with regard to basic necessities. Even the
constitutional guarantees are not reaching the people", stating, "That is not right. It is not democracy. Every Indian should be assured of dignity and justice and the opportunity to earn for his family". He added, "Today, 60 per cent or 630 million people in India are under the age of 30. That is double the population of the United States. It is the creative work force. How do we utilise it," he said

He emphasized, "Poverty is still a problem. Forty years ago, we spoke of 'Garibi Hatao' but we are still in the same situation. The super rich get richer. A tiny percentage of the population owns 37 per cent of India's riches. Four Indians own 16 percent of the GDP. The poor are getting poorer." And, "Poverty is not inevitable. It is a system and it is only a symptom. There is a lack of big ideas to cope with the problems of 1.2 billion people."

Criticizing the education system, he said, "Officially, 70 lakh
children are outside the school system. The education imparted in government schools is outdated. Only two per cent of students get trained for some kind of work, while that figure is as high as 96 per cent in Korea and 80 per cent in Japan. No schools or colleges teach anything about environmental issues".
<b>Vadodara-educated, IISc prof wins Nobel prize</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Indian-American Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, 57, has won this year’s Nobel Prize in chemistry, </b>the Nobel Foundation announced on Wednesday.  He shares it with Thomas Steitz, an American, and Ada Yonath, an Israeli.

Well known as ‘Venky’ in India’s scientific circles, Ramakrishnan, has been a visiting lecturer at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore, for many years. He was born and schooled at Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu and graduated from M.S. University in Vadodara, Gujarat, before moving to the United States for his Ph.D. from Ohio University.

He is the seventh person of Indian origin to win the Nobel.

“People here are very excited,” said P. Balaram, director of IISc.  “His is one of the most magnificent pieces of work in structural biology.”

The three scientists won the prize for their research into ribosomes, which are protein-producing structures found in all cells.  Ramakrishnan used X-ray crystallography — the same method used by the discoverers of DNA — to map the thousands of microscopic atoms that make up a ribosome.

The Nobel committee described ribosomal protein synthesis as “one of life’s core processes.”  Antibiotics based on Ramakrishnan’s model will save lives and decrease suffering, the Committee added.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd--> <!--emo&:cool--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/specool.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='specool.gif' /><!--endemo-->
<b>US F1 student visas fall 25%</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->NEW DELHI: It's official. There were less F1 student visas for the US issued across India in financial year 2009 (Oct 08-Sep 09) than the previous 
FY08. In fact, 25,860 issuances in FY09 actually translates into a whopping 25% decline over 34,510, which was the number issued last year.

Most experts and consultants feel that the fall in numbers of Indian students choosing to go to the US for higher studies is because of the fall in financial aid offered by institutions rather than any visa strictures.

<b>20,000 H-1B visas still up for grabs in the US</b>
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->WASHINGTON: About 20,000 H-1B visas, one of the most sought after for overseas professionals including Indians, are still up for grabs in the US 
which is struggling to fill up the allocated number of 65,000, even as less than a month remains before the start of the next financial year.

Primarily meant for computers and information technology professionals, the H-1B visas have been one of the most sought after for foreign professionals in previous years.

The US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has been receiving several times the number of the allocated quota. However, this year, the USCIS is struggling to fill up the 65,000 H-1B visas as mandated by the US Congress.

This is mainly attributed to the strict approval policy adopted by the USCIS this year and the ongoing economic recession, which has resulted in a 26-year high unemployment rate of 9.7 per cent in the US.

"As of August 28, 2009, approximately 45,100 H-1B cap-subject petitions and approximately 20,000 petitions qualifying for the advanced degree cap exemption had been filed," the USCIS said in a statement.

USCIS will continue to accept both cap-subject petitions and advanced degree petitions until a sufficient number of H-1B petitions have been received to reach the statutory limits, taking into account the fact that some of these petitions may be denied, revoked, or withdrawn, it said.
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Venki Ramakrishnan miffed at emails from India

NEW DELHI: Nobel laureate Venkatraman Ramakrishnan has expressed disenchantment with people from India "bothering" him "clogging" up his email box and dubbed as "strange" their sudden urge to reach out to him. "All sorts of people from India have been writing to me, clogging up my email box. It takes me an hour or two to just remove their mails," he said. He said the deluge of emails had buried important communications from colleagues or from journals concerning papers we have in press. "Do these people have no consideration? It is OK to take pride in the event, but why bother me?" the 57-year-old Indian-American scientist wondered in an email interview said. "There are also people who have never bothered to be in touch with me for decades who suddenly feel the urge to connect. I find this strange," said Ramakrishnan, who shared this year's Nobel Prize for Chemistry with two others. He expressed anguish over "all sorts of lies" published about him in a section of the media that he went to school and pre-Science in Chidambaram, the Tamil Nadu temple town where he was born in 1952. "People I don't know, for example a Mr Govindrajan, claim that they were my teachers at Annamalai University which I never attended, since I left Chidambaram at the age of three," Ramakrishnan clarified. Ramakrishnan said that it was a good thing if his winning the Nobel Prize encouraged people to read about the work, read books and take interest in science.

"But I, personally, am not important. The fact that I am of Indian origin is even less important. We are all human beings, and our nationality is simply an accident of birth," he said. On reports that he has been shortlisted for a job in India, Ramakrishnan said he was in no mood to leave his laboratory in Cambridge where he was enjoying his work. "Nobody has approached me about an offer to work in India. However, I can categorically state that if they did so, I would refuse immediately," he said. He was reacting to questions about reports that his name was being considered for the post of Director of the country's premier lab Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology. "I cannot imagine a more enjoyable place to work than in the Laboratory of Molecular Biology where I work," he said citing a "variety of professional and personal reasons" for continuing the work at Cambridge. Ramakrishanan said he was a visiting professor at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, to which he makes trips for a couple of weeks every other year.

This guy is embarrassed being Indian Origin or education from India. <!--emo&Big Grin--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='biggrin.gif' /><!--endemo-->
He could said thanks for emails and pointed out mis-reporting by media but hey ho! he came out with his arrogance.
President Barack Obama, accompanied by Hindu Priest Sri Narayanachar Digalakote, uses a candle to light an oil lamp in observation of Diwali, or the 'Festival of Lights,' a holiday celebrated across faiths in India, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009, in the East Room of the White House in Washington.
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<b>Obama's Diwali celebration upsets Indian-American community</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Several sources told rediff.com that this event was "essentially Kal Penn's event. He is the coordinator and he is in charge of this. So all the invite list, everything is going through Kal's desk."<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
<b>Billionaire among 6 nabbed in inside trading case</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Rajaratnam -- born in Sri Lanka and a graduate of University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business -- has been described as a savvy manager of billions of dollars in technology and health-care hedge funds at Galleon, which he started in 1996. The firm is based in New York City with offices in California, China, Taiwan and India. He lives in New York.

The timing of the arrests might be explained by a footnote in the complaint against Rajaratnam. In it, an FBI agent said he had learned that Rajaratnam had been warned to be careful and that Rajaratnam, in response, had said that a former employee of the Galleon Group was likely be wearing a "wire."

The agent said he learned from federal authorities that Rajaratnam had obtained a plane ticket to fly from Kennedy International Airport to London on Friday and to return to New York from Geneva, Switzerland next Thursday.

Also charged in the scheme ar<b>e Rajiv Goel, 51, of Los Altos, Calif., a director of strategic investments at Intel Capital, the investment arm of Intel Corp., Anil Kumar, 51, of Santa Clara, Calif., a director at McKinsey & Co. Inc.,</b> a global management consulting firm, and Robert Moffat, 53, of Ridgefield, Conn., senior vice president and group executive at International Business Machines Corp.'s Systems and Technology Group.

The others charged in the case were identified as Danielle Chiesi, 43, of New York City, and Mark Kurland, 60, also of New York City.

According to court papers, Chiesi worked for New Castle, the equity hedge fund group of Bear Stearns Asset Management Inc. that had assets worth about $1 billion under management. Kurland is a top executive at New Castle.

Kumar's lawyer, Isabelle Kirshner, said of her client prior to his first court appearance: "He's distraught."

Kerry Lawrence, an attorney representing Moffat, said: "He's shocked by the charges."

It was not immediately clear who would represent the others in their initial court appearances.

A criminal complaint filed in the case shows that an unidentified person involved in the insider trading scheme began cooperating and authorities obtained wiretaps of conversations between the defendants.

In one conversation about a pending deal that was described in a criminal complaint, Chiesi is quoted as saying: "I'm dead if this leaks. I really am. ... and my career is over. I'll be like Martha (expletive) Stewart."<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
Rajiv Goel, Happy new home <!--emo&Big Grin--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='biggrin.gif' /><!--endemo-->
Estimate price $4.9 million

Anil Kumar, 51, of Santa Clara, Calif
Only $3.7 million house.
Interesting read.
<b>Galleon Insider-Trading Case Opens Window on Secret Hedge Funds</b>

Never get into these easy money making scheme.
I have seen Receptionist and sectaries getting arrested by Feds for inside trading and providing information to competitor.
<b>Army Allows a Sikh Doctor to Serve Wearing a Turban</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->The doctor, Capt. Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi of Riverdale, N.J., is the first Sikh to be allowed to go on active duty with a turban, beard and unshorn hair in more than 20 years, the New York-based Sikh Coalition said.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->

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