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May 31, 2001

US SPECIAL
'It's an indescribable high!'
Capt Ravi Inder Chaudhary is among the most versatile pilots in the US Air Force, handling sleek fighters and massive transports with aplomb.

US NEWS
New Bush aide sees India as top regional power
Afghanistan-born Zalmay Khalilzad appointed to top policy-making position in the White House National Security Council.

Pallone asks for Gujarat funds to be cleared
The congressman said in a missive to OMB Director Mitchell E Daniels that India qualifies under the OMB's 416(b) funding for drought and disaster relief.

Senate confirms Jindal with one voice
The full Senate voted 100-0 to confirm Jindal to the post of assistant secretary of health and human services for planning and evaluation.

The Royal Society inducts Shrinivas Kulkarni
Kulkarni was selected for the ultimate academic honour for his work on gamma-ray outbursts and its use in understanding the origins of the universe.

Get your Visa in 15 days, pay $1,000
The new programme will permit foreign celebrities, executives, athletes and other specific types of workers to get their work visa applications processed within just 15 days.

The Oregonian wins 2 Pulitzers
Executive Editor Peter Bhatia watched as his team picked up the prizes for public service and feature writing.

May 30, 2001

US SPECIAL
A jet engine for your laptop
Amit Mehra and Satyabrata Patnaik were two of the winners at the Merrill Lynch innovation grants competition.

US NEWS
Canadian academics hail India-Pak peace bid
There is no harm in Indian political leaders keeping the lines of communication open with their Pakistani counterparts, the academics said.

Inderfurth praises PM's invitation
The former point man for South Asia in the United States government said imperatives for peace require the kind of bold and courageous moves that Atal Bihari Vajpayee has shown by inviting Pakistani military leader General Pervez Musharraf for bilateral talks.

'Nawaz Sharief will return to Pakistan'
Hassan Nawaz, the youngest son of the former Pakistani prime minister, denied that their passports had been confiscated by the Saudi authorities.

The professor's now recruiting
Dr Vivek Goel, 40, is rising fast in Toronto's academic circles.

May 29, 2001

US SPECIAL
He listens to the brain's 'Sur'
Mriganka Sur, head of the department of brain and cognitive sciences at MIT, believes neuroscience has come of age, and calls his lab a 'fun place'.

US NEWS
Experts see US role in PM's invitation
But Prof Stephen Cohen noted that 'the Indians are pretty confident now that if there is a US role, they can use us constructively to put pressure on Pakistan'.

Indian nukes may lead to stability: US expert
Ashley Tellis of the Rand Corporation says it's about time the international community accepts the fact that India is a nuclear weapons state and acknowledges its need for a nuclear deterrent.

'Talk, but don't expect Kashmir solution'
Talk is good, but chances of a settlement of the Kashmir dispute are bleak, says an Indo-Canadian expert on south Asia.

'Indians must get politically active'
US Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta, who was felicitated by the Indian American community, also warned against the lurking racism that exists in the country.

May 28, 2001

US SPECIAL
New Jersey is dyed deeper in Indian colours
Still, the participation of the Indian community in local government remains limited. 'The only time we get active is when we have cultural programmes,' remarks Raju Patel, an insurance agent.

US NEWS
Scam-accused Indian held in Canada
Rakesh Saxena is accused of defrauding the Bangkok Bank of Commerce to the tune of several million dollars in 1995-96 and then escaping and hiding in British Columbia.

Jasraj enthrals LA, Frisco
Jasraj, 72, gave two mesmerising concerts in California which raised $80,000 for relief work in Gujarat.

'Wedding Killer' gets off lightly
Amandeep Singh Ahluwalia, 20, agreed to serve 16 years and 8 months in the US prison system before being deported to his native England.

May 26, 2001

US NEWS
Dr Ranawat readies for encore
The director of the Center for Total Joint Replacement at New York's Lennox Hospital, is now set for an encore -- this time, on Vajpayee's right knee.

The Tito Spin-off: Sex in Space
Nearly two weeks after California-based millionaire's historic trip into space, companies are coming up with a variety of ideas to cash in on space tourism, offering competition to MirCorp, which pioneered the commercialization of space about a year ago.

Minister opposes amnesty for illegal migrants
According to unofficial estimates, there are 200,000 people living illegally in Canada.

Let us all wear the label: Canadian MP
'I would wear that badge myself as a protest once I see a picture of it,' Liberal MP Derek Lee said of the Taleban's edict.

UN joins chorus of protests against Taleban edict
Statements by Secretary General Kofi Annan, High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson and UNESCO Director General Koichiro Matsuura said the decree harked back to the darkest periods of human history.

Harish Bharti fears dirty tricks
'Can anyone who goes to war really hope to come home without wounds,' wonders the man who has taken on McDonald's over the use of beef flavouring in its French fries.

'McDonald's apology is not enough'
The Seattle lawyer feels big corporations learn the true lessons only when they have to pay enough cash so that they can really feel the pinch.

Justice lawyers salute NY Solicitor General
Asian Americans belonging to virtually every bureau and division of the Department of Justice were on hand last month to felicitate Preeta D Bansal as part of the department's celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

May 25, 2001

US NEWS
Failure to beget male child proves costly
An Indo-Canadian woman was allegedly beaten by her husband, mother-in-law and sister-in-law for being unable to bear a male child.

Canada decries Taleban's edict
Several MPs have petitioned the government to open the country's door for the Hindus and Sikhs of Afghanistan who may want to emigrate.

AAPI seeks funds to fight AIDS in India
The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin has launched a concerted campaign for a slice of the Bush administration's $200 million 'seed money' to an international AIDS fund.

Middle path is the only way: Dalai Lama
The Tibetan leader said he was willing to meet Chinese leaders without any precondition or prejudice. 'We must also understand China's concerns,' he said.

May 24, 2001

US SPECIAL
Saris and Spices: The Changing Face of NYC
The burgeoning Asian Indian population in New York has lead to a dramatic transformation of some districts, like Jackson Heights and Elmhurst.

US NEWS
Immigration agent held for fraud
Santokh Singh Basra of Ontario has been charged with forgery and offering false letters of employment under the Immigration Act.

Rekhi clarifies on immigration issue
Kanwal Rekhi said his involvement with the Immigrant Support Network is rooted in his personal revulsion against the present H1B visa regime, which has turned these visa holders into modern-day indentured slaves in the eyes of American law.

Bush meets with Dalai Lama, upsets Beijing
President George W Bush went so far as to offer his support to the exiled Tibetan leader and endorse his efforts to initiate a dialogue with Beijing.

Glitch opens free phone link to south Asia
About 1,200 calls, mostly to India and Pakistan, were made over six days from payphones in Ontario and Quebec before the glitch was detected and rectified.

'I like the Lakshman dude...'
Bharatnatyam teacher Pranitha Jain believes that 'as an immigrant, it's very important to me to move out of my comfort zone'.

'I just want my daughter alive'
The frantic parents and friends of Chandra Ann Levy, who disappeared three weeks ago, are still in the dark on her whereabouts.

May 23, 2001

US NEWS
Sanctions to 'erode' in five months
Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage said he was pleasantly surprised by India's response to America's National Missile Defence plan.

'Fight Uncle McDonald...'
'The heads of Burger King, KFC and McDonald's should feel daunted; they are outnumbered,' says Eric Schlosser, calling for a public outcry against the fast-food giants.

Taleban's edict received with shock in NY
'This goes to tell you that the Taleban are mediŠval creatures who will not stop here,' Haron Amin, press attachÚ for the Afghan mission to the UN, said.

2 charged with toxic waste dumping
Three years after being fined in Huntington Beach for dumping heavy metals and cyanide into a sewer system, two Indian American managers of a circuit-board maker face similar charges in another California city.

Canadian doctors devise new test for lung cancer
The LungAlert detected 20 of 23 confirmed cancers and it found 13 of 15 cancers that were classified in stage 1 or 2 (of four stages), when they are still treatable.

Canadian Muslims condemn Taleban decree
Non-Muslims living peacefully in a Muslim country must be protected, respected and have freedom to follow their religion, the ISCC said.

US SPECIAL
Down the Road with Huien Tsang
Veteran journalist Richard Bernstein was getting bored with life. So he set out to retrace the footsteps of the legendary Chinese explorer. The result: 'Ultimate Journey'.

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