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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

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.

Security beefed up for NYC Marathon

Security beefed up for NYC MarathonNew York, Aug 3 - Over 49,000 runners will participate in the New York City Marathon.

In wake of the Boston Marathon bombing in April where two people were killed, the NYC Marathon Nov 3 has increased security efforts, reports Xinhua.

"We want the runners to feel comfortable and we know that they will feel comfortable because of our security measures," executive vice president of New York Road Runners Peter Ciaccia said Friday.

"We will be talking to runners telling them exactly what they need to do to get to certain places in case of emergencies. And behind the scenes, there's the usual security that is in place."

Sri Lanka pulled up over aid worker massacre

Sri Lanka pulled up over aid worker massacreNew York, August 1 : Sri Lanka has made no real progress in holding accountable those responsible for the execution style slaying of 17 aid workers seven years ago, Human Rights Watch said Thursday.

On Aug 4, 2006, gunmen executed 17 Sri Lankan aid workers - 16 Tamils and a Muslim - with the Paris-based international humanitarian agency Action Against Hunger or ACF at their office compound in Mutur town.

The killings occurred after a several-day battle between government forces and the now vanquished Tamil Tigers for control of the town. The ACF team had been providing assistance to survivors of the 2004 tsunami.

What shouldn't be said to a woman about her hair

What shouldn't be said to a woman about her hairNew York, July 31 - Women go out of their way to make their hair voluminous or to bring back lost shine. But it seems like almost everyone has something to say about their precious locks. While compliments can make a woman's day, anything said against them can lead to a catfight.

Here is a list of things you should never say to a woman about her hair, reports huffingtonpost. com.

* What did you do to your hair?
* That's an interesting hairstyle.
* Your hair made you!
* Your hair looks thin!
* Your roots are showing.
* Who did that perm, girl? I can totally fix that.
* You used to have such good hair once. What happened?

Crazy cake ingredients

Crazy cake ingredientsNew York, July 31 - When we think of cakes, we start picturising chocolate, butter, dry fruits and something sweet. But now while baking a cake, many are adding ingredients that one would never have dreamt of.

Here are some of these eyebrow-raising cake ingredients, reports huffingtonpost. com.

* Double decker chocolate cake: The cake layer contains beet, cauliflower, maple syrup, cocoa and flaxseeds. The top layer is tofu.

* Fudgy avocado brownies: Avocado is just plant butter.

* Chocolate lard bourbon cake: Lard is pig fat.

* Ketchup cake: The name says it all.

* St. Patrick's Day chocolate cake: It contains mashed potatoes!

Moody's raises outlook on US sovereign rating to stable

Moody's raises outlook on US sovereign rating to stableNew York, July 19 - Global rating agency Moody's Investors Service has lifted its outlook on the US government bond rating to stable from negative and reaffirmed the US government's Aaa rating.

The move was based on the assessment that the federal government's debt trajectory is on track to meet the criteria laid out in August 2011 for a return to a stable outlook, removing the downward pressure on the rating over Moody's outlook period, it said in a statement.

Judge rules Apple conspired to raise e-book prices

Judge rules Apple conspired to raise e-book pricesNew York, July 11 - A New York federal judge ruled Wednesday that Apple Inc. conspired with several publishing companies to raise the prices of e-books, but the technology giant announced it would appeal the decision.

The ruling by US District Judge Denise Cote marked an important victory for Amazon. com, which once held a 90 percent market share by selling e-books at $9.99, a price many publishers considered too low.

Tribune to spin off newspapers into separate company

Tribune to spin off newspapers into separate companyNew York, July 11 - US media conglomerate Tribune Co. said Wednesday it planned to spin off its publishing business, which includes the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times, into a company separate from its more profitable broadcast television holdings.

Those flagship dailies will be moved to a new entity known as the Tribune Publishing Company, which also will include six other newspapers: The Baltimore Sun, Sun Sentinel, Orlando Sentinel, Hartford Courant, The Morning Call and Daily Press.

NYC names streets for painter, army unit and fallen soldier

NYC names streets for painter, army unit and fallen soldierNew York, July 3 - New York City is honouring Puerto Rican painter Rafael Tufiño, legendary guitarist Yomo Toro and the army's 65th Infantry Regiment, among others, by naming streets in Manhattan and the Bronx after them.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed the orders authorizing changes to the names of 50 streets, including one named for Sgt. Jose Enrique Ulloa, a Dominican who died in Iraq in 2008.

Tufiño (1922-2008), known as "the painter of the people", was a member of the "Generacion de los Cincuentas" (The Generation of the Fifties), a group of Puerto Rican artists.

Tribune Co to buy 19 TV stations

Tribune Co to buy 19 TV stationsNew York, July 2 - Media conglomerate Tribune Co said Monday that it reached an agreement to purchase 19 television stations from Local TV Holdings LLC for $2.73 billion in cash.

The acquisition, which includes broadcasters in markets such as New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Cleveland, Denver and Seattle, will leave Tribune with 42 stations nationwide.

The company also owns eight newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times.

It was only last December that Tribune Co completed a four-year-long restructuring under bankruptcy protection.

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