All stories by Ritu Jha
USCIS sued for tweaking H-1B durationRediff.com17 Oct 2018
'USCIS has been making arbitrary rules for over eight years, it's our top priority to set things right.'
Applied for an H1-B visa? Please read this!Rediff.com19 Apr 2018
'If you are so blinded by the Buy American, Hire American policy, if you are not going to be fair, consistent and welcoming, in the end America will lose out.'
Silicon Valley gets an Indian-American CongressmanRediff.com10 Nov 2016
With Ro Khanna defeating eight-term incumbent Mike Honda, for the first time in history the Indian Diaspora has three of its own in the US Congress.
First Indian-born general in the US military passes awayRediff.com14 Oct 2016
General Surindar Bhaskar served as the 17th chief of the US Army Dental Corps.
Ami Bera's father, 83, sentenced to year in prisonRediff.com19 Aug 2016
United States Congressman's father is convicted of making illegal donations to his son's campaign coffers.
Tarishi Jain: 'She was beautiful, kind, sweet, dedicated'Rediff.com3 Jul 2016
'It is not just a loss for India or UC Berkeley, it is a loss for the world.'
'We ask all Americans to resist the forces of hatred'Rediff.com13 Jun 2016
'We ask all Americans to stand against homophobia as well as against Islamophobia.'
Kamala Harris wins most votes in California Senate primaryRediff.com8 Jun 2016
California State Attorney General Kamala Harris and Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez battle each other to become California's next United States senator, after winning the top two spots in an open primary on Tuesday, reports Ritu Jha from California.
'Racial profiling is not a valid proxy for good law enforcement'Rediff.com27 Apr 2016
'We have to face the fact that Islamic terrorists are here on our soil and mean to do America harm.'
Teen charged with hate crime on Sikh man in US commits suicideRediff.com23 Apr 2016
17-year-old Alexis Mendoza was charged with beating and running over 68-year-old Amrik Singh Bal.
'Ooty diocese must protect kids from convicted priest'Rediff.com22 Apr 2016
'I truly believe that I have to do everything in my power to make sure that kids are protected and safe,' Megan Peterson, who has filed a case against the Ottacamund diocese and Bishop A Amalraj, tells Ritu Jha/Rediff.com
F-16 deal with Pak: "US will patch up with India"Rediff.com29 Feb 2016
As India expressed 'displeasure and disappointment" over the United States's decision to sell F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan, California Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez said that the she will patch things up with India soon on the issue.
Bikram Choudhury fined Rs 6.28 croresRediff.com27 Jan 2016
'Minakshi Jafa Bodden is the first person to have ever taken Bikram Choudhury to trial and we greatly admire her courage.'
No longer California dreamin': Doors slammed on US-bound studentsRediff.com22 Dec 2015
Students enrolled to Silicon Valley University, California, are in a state of panic after some of them were barred by Air India to board its flight.
Gurdwara in LA vandalised with anti-ISIS graffitiRediff.com9 Dec 2015
'The words they have used seem to suggest that they hate our community.'
'If people get two square meals and a job, they won't take to guns'Rediff.com1 Dec 2015
'The only positive I see are the youth of India who were earlier just after money. The young now want to do something for society.'
'Daughters are as valuable as sons'Rediff.com25 Nov 2015
'Not only the poor in India want sons, but even in the Indian community in the US and Canada. The more educated they are, the more access they have to money and use of technology in gender choice.'
'I hope Modi understands the secret behind Facebook, Google'Rediff.com15 Oct 2015
Silicon Valley techies and investors who were at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Digital India dinner analyse the parlay for Ritu Jha.
Anti-Modi protestors upset over no-show by US CongressmanRediff.com1 Oct 2015
'As a member of Congress, it was important to meet with Prime Minister Modi. Promoting the India-US relationship is a priority. It is important to have a constructive dialogue with the biggest democracy in the world,' US Congressman Mike Honda tells Ritu Jha/Rediff.com
Vinod Dham's 3 mantras for India: Think, express, implementRediff.com1 Oct 2015
'The whole country has to aspire to move up. They should look at their neighbours, see where they are, and should work to get there.'
Code for India techies impress ModiRediff.com1 Oct 2015
The prime minister was impressed with the speed at which the apps designed by young programmers delivered results -- whether it be addressing problems like women's safety, and farmers and weather-related issues.
Modi turns on the charm, turns Patel protest flags to tricolourRediff.com27 Sep 2015
Dr Jashu Patel, who led the delegation, told Rediff.com he did not discuss the protest when he met Modi, "but he was aware of who we were and we had communicated with him three days ago". "I am concerned about what is happening in Gujarat," said Dr Patel, "So we submitted a memorandum to him."
Why Silicon Valley is important for IndiaRediff.com26 Sep 2015
Conversation between the investors will be based on technology and innovation.
Pav bhaji in tacos, asparagus kofta on menu for Modi's California lunchRediff.com26 Sep 2015
A team of 30 chefs is cooking up an Indian storm with a Californian twist for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and 700 guests for his community lunch being hosted by the Indian consulate at the Fairmont Hotel.
Modi to bless hackers at Code for India hackathonRediff.com26 Sep 2015
'Modi is the only chance we have in creating an Indian dream like we have the American Dream out here,' one ohe judges for the 'Code for India' hackathon in California tells Ritu Jha/Rediff.com
'Modi first PM to realise tech can have big impact'Rediff.com24 Sep 2015
San Francisco Bay Area's investor community hopeful that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Silicon Valley visit will lead to policy changes.
'Make in India missing from Modi's solar energy push'Rediff.com24 Sep 2015
If even a fraction of the 175 GW target is achieved, India's reliance on coal and oil would be reduced, says expert.
Odisha girl wins top award at Google Science FairRediff.com22 Sep 2015
Her project aims to clean waste water by flowing through different layers of corn cobs which is a cost-effective and simple technique of cleaning water.
More than Rs 6 crore raised for Modi's Silicon Valley eventRediff.com22 Sep 2015
The organisers of Modi's Silicon Valley event will have only a few hours to get the stage ready after the Shark Tanks' ice hockey game at the SAP Centre ends.
Nadella, Pichai among Silicon Valley CEOs to meet ModiRediff.com18 Sep 2015
'Silicon Valley is the best model for driving growth and innovation. Meeting the right people who care about India is a fantastic step. India today stands out as the large potential global economy for growth.'
PM accepts Facebook invite, Sikh rights group doesn't 'like' itRediff.com14 Sep 2015
Sikhs For Justice plans to picket Facebook's Menlo Park headquarters during Narendra Modi's September 27 visit.
She wants to raise Rs 20 crore to save refugeesRediff.com11 Sep 2015
Moved by three-year-old Aylan Kurdi's death, Vidhya Ramalingam has kick-started a crowd-funding campaign to buy a rescue ship for immediate action in the Mediterranean.
'We want to see an open debate about Modi's record'Rediff.com1 Sep 2015
'We are calling for democratic accountability even as we talk about Digital India.' 'We are not against Digital India and it is important for India, but the government should not see what is applicable just to entrepreneurs but also to the vast majority of Indians who do not have the kind of advantages that many Silicon Valley entrepreneurs have.'
'Sundar Pichai is a man with the Midas touch'Rediff.com12 Aug 2015
'Sundar Pichai is not only a great engineer but a good leader too'
Registrations begin for Modi's Silicon Valley eventRediff.com10 Aug 2015
On Sunday, August 9, over 400 California-based community leaders from various organisations and inter-faith groups gathered under the Indo-American Community of West Coast USA banner, some of whom were the first to sign up for the event.
You could tell Dr Kalam was unhappy when he said...Rediff.com4 Aug 2015
Dr P K Menon, Chief Scientist and CEO, Optimal Synthesis Inc, who worked with Dr A P J Abdul Kalam early on in his career, recalls what it was like working for his first boss.
'He made the youth dream about a better India'Rediff.com28 Jul 2015
'His simple lifestyle, his optimism, his hard work and his genuine humility made him an authentic role model to millions of children, many of them growing up in challenging circumstances.'
Adobe ropes in Abhay Parasnis as CTO & senior VPRediff.com22 Jul 2015
Adobe has roped in industry veteran Abhay Parasnis to head the firm's technology strategy, particularly its cloud portfolio, reports Ritu Jha.
Silicon Valley desis gear up for Modi's visitRediff.com21 Jul 2015
'The Indian-American community is very excited to welcome Prime Minister Modi. He is the second prime minister to come to California after Jawaharlal Nehru, who visited the state in 1961.'
Sikh leaders submit memo against SFJ to US governmentRediff.com15 Jul 2015
The 8-member team headed by Manjit Singh GK, president, DSGMC, met Eileen O' Connor, deputy assistant secretary.