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Sikh professor assaulted in New York

Sikh professor assaulted in New YorkNew York, Sep 23 - A 31-year-old Sikh professor at Columbia University was attacked here by 25 to 30 youths who called him a terrorist.

Prabhjot Singh, a professor of international and public affairs, was attacked Saturday night in upper Manhattan just blocks away from his Harlem home while he was walking by a mob who called him "Osama" and "terrorist", the New York Daily News reported citing police.

The professor has reportedly published many articles on hate crimes against Sikhs in America.

"There was a group of 25 to 30 young men. One of them said, 'Get him, Osama', the report quoted Singh, who suffered a fractured jaw, as saying.


Mandela presented humanitarian achievement award

Mandela presented humanitarian achievement awardNew York, Sep 23 - Former South African president Nelson Mandela was conferred the Humanitarian Achievement Award at this year's South-South Awards ceremony here.

The anti-apartheid crusader, a global icon for peace and freedom, was given the award Sunday night for his outstanding leadership for human rights and development, reported Xinhua.

His wife, Graca Machel, received a Humanitarian Achievement Recognition award for her tireless advocacy for education, children's welfare and culture.

Mandela and Machel have both contributed greatly to development and human rights across Africa and the whole world.


Sikh group delivers US court summons to Sonia Gandhi

Sikh group delivers US court summons to Sonia GandhiNew York, Sep 11 - A Sikh rights group says it has delivered a US federal court's summons to Congress party president Sonia Gandhi, who is in New York for medical treatment, through hospital staff and her security detail.

US based Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), which has filed a class action suit against Gandhi for shielding party officials allegedly involved in inciting attacks on Sikhs in November 1984, said the summons were delivered Monday at Sloan-Kettering cancer centre in New York.


Sikh group granted plea on summons to Sonia Gandhi

Sikh group granted plea on summons to Sonia GandhiNew York, Sep 10 - A Sikh rights group has obtained an order from a US federal court for delivery of summons to Congress party president Sonia Gandhi, who is in New York for medical treatment, through hospital staff or security personnel assigned to her, according to the group's attorney.

US-based group Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) and some victims of the November 1984 anti-Sikh violence had last week obtained summons against Gandhi in a class action suit for shielding party officials allegedly involved in inciting attacks on Sikhs in November 1984.


US students to visit India for IT projects

US students to visit India for IT projectsNew York, Sep 7 : Eighteen students from the University of Michigan US will spend eight weeks in India in the summer of 2014 to work on various information technology projects.

They will be going to India under the Global Information Engagement Programme of the university's School of Information, according to a university statement.

The programme has been granted $1.8 million by the university provost's office.


September is 'Preparedness Month' in New York

September is 'Preparedness Month' in New YorkNew York, Sep 7 - The US state of New York has proclaimed September as "Preparedness Month", and asked individuals, families and businesses to take this opportunity to review their disaster plans and become better prepared for any emergency.

"New York has experienced some of the most devastating natural disasters in our state's history in recent years, as well as the worst terrorist attack on US soil in our nation's history," Xinhua quoted New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo as saying Friday.


Fight over game ends in fatal shooting in US

New York, Sep 7 - Police Friday blamed a fight over a basketball game for a deadly shooting in the US city of Houston.

The shooting happened Thursday night in northwest Houston, Xinhua reported.

Two groups of men were playing basketball at a park. After the game, the losers followed the winners for a few blocks and a fight started.

Police said during the fight someone pulled out a gun and started shooting. One man was hit. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The identity of the victim has not been released.

No suspect has so far been detained. Police are talking with witnesses to track down the shooter. (IANS)


Model helicopter kills young owner

Model helicopter kills young ownerNew York, Sep 6 : A 19-year-old man was killed when his own remote-controlled model helicopter struck him in the head at a park in Brooklyn, media reports said.

An avid helicopter enthusiast, Roman Pirozek Jr. of Woodhaven, Queens, was piloting the large model at a park Thursday when he lost control and it hit him, the New York Times reported.

The helicopter blades sliced off the top of his head, police were quoted as saying.

The accident occurred at Calvert Vaux Park, popular with enthusiasts eager to try out new stunts with powerful model helicopters that they have either built themselves or adapted.


Karzai must enforce violence-against-women law

Karzai must enforce violence-against-women lawNew York, Sep 4 : Afghan President Hamid Karzai should take urgent action to fight child marriage and domestic violence or risk further harm to development and public health, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.

In a 15-page briefing paper, Human Rights Watch highlights the health and economic consequences of marriage under age 18 and violence against women and girls in Afghanistan.

Karzai, barred by term limits from running in the April 2014 presidential election, should make full enforcement of the 2009 Law on the Elimination of Violence Against Women a priority for his last year in office.


US court summons Sonia Gandhi

US court summons Sonia GandhiNew York, Sep 4 - On a complaint by a Sikh group, a US federal court has issued summons against Congress party president Sonia Gandhi for shielding party officials allegedly involved in inciting attacks on Sikhs in November 1984, an attorney said.

In a class action suit filed Tuesday before the district court of Eastern District of New York, "Sikhs For Justice" (SFJ), a US-based human rights group, and other victims of the November 1984 anti-Sikh violence have sought compensatory and punitive damages against Gandhi.


Anna Hazare leads largest India Day parade in US

Anna Hazare leads largest India Day parade in USNew York, Aug 19 - Indian social activist Anna Hazare and Bollywood star Vidya Balan led America's largest India Day parade in Manhattan as Indian New Yorkers waving the country's tricolour flags celebrated India's independence

The 33rd annual India Day parade down Madison Avenue Sunday featured 40 colourful floats, marching bands and convertibles and thousands of cheering revellers marching to the beat of dhols or the Indian drums.

Another highlight of the parade was a replica of the Red Fort in an 80 by 10 feet area in Manhattan near the parade route to showcase India's heritage.


Indian physicist to head innovation chair at NYU

Indian physicist to head innovation chair at NYUNew York, Aug 9 : India-born experimental physicist Dr. Katepalli Sreenivasan has been appointed to the Eugene Kleiner Chair for innovation in mechanical engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University
(NYU).

According to the Polytechnic Institute of NYU, the endowed chair named after Eugene Kleiner, a co-founder of Fairchild Semiconductor, the world's first computer chip producer, was given to the India-born physicist by NYU Provost David McLaughlin.


Indian fundamentals right for higher equities returns: Boston Company

Indian fundamentals right for higher equities returns: Boston CompanyNew York/New Delhi, Aug 9 : Boston-based equity investment major Boston Company Friday said India's economic fundamentals such as ongoing economic reforms and infrastructure development are ripe for higher equities gains in the future.

A white paper, released by the investment firm titled 'Uncovering Opportunities in Indian Equities', outlined that currently investors are wary of India's growth story due to issues such as a fragmented government, power outages, poor roads and deteriorating margins in many business sectors.


Dead shark found in New York subway car

Dead shark found in New York subway carNew York, Aug 9 - A dead shark was found in a New York City subway car, prompting passengers to flood social-networking sites with photos of the small animal.

"Around 12:30 a. m. (Wednesday) the driver of the N train informed us at the Queensboro Plaza stop that there was a shark onboard," a Metropolitan Transit Authority, or MTA, spokesman told EFE.

The driver "isolated" the car and continued his run to the next station in Queens, where the animal was tossed in the trash, the MTA spokesman said.

Transit officials have no idea how the animal ended up in the subway car, the MTA spokesman said.


Man who tried to sell baby for $100 online arrested

Man who tried to sell baby for $100 online arrestedNew York, Aug 6 - A man here was arrested after he tried to sell the two-month-old daughter of his girlfriend on Craigslist for $100.

Paul Marquez, 23, was charged with endangering the life of a minor and harassment, and bail was set at $1,000, which he did not pay so he will remain in jail, according to the Web page of channel NY1 television.

Marquez, who Tuesday will be brought before a judge on Staten Island, told police that he put the ad on Craigslist, a popular online classified advertisement placement site, along with a photo of the infant.


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