San Ramon teen wins Geography Bee

San Ramon teen wins Geography Bee

Venkat Ranjan scores with ‘Paraguay,’ beating two other strong South Asian contenders   Ritu Jha   Space, particularly the galaxies scattered across it, knowledge about the many countries that dot the earth, and watching travel shows with his dad. That is what fires Venkat Ranjan, 13, the winner of the 2018 National Geographic Bee competition. […]


DC meet to fuel Desi community politicians

The effort is to bring different groups together and coordinate their activities in the run-up to the elections   A Washington correspondent   As 80 Indian Americans run for elected offices across the country, politicians – former, current and emerging – are converging in Washington, DC, later this week. Organizers say this is part of […]

A vision for tighter US-India ties

A vision for tighter US-India ties

Diplomats, past and present, agree that there’s a big future in an even stronger bilateral relationship   Ritu Jha   Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump have certain common characteristics, and they are both outspoken visionaries, according to David Mulford, former ambassador to India (2004-2009). Mulford was speaking at a recent panel, […]

Pramila Jayapal fights to keep H4 work authorization

Jayapal fights to keep H4 work authorization

The bipartisan effort says the administration plan to rescind the rule could send the wrong message and weaken the economy A Correspondent   Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal is leading a bipartisan group of 130 influential members of the US House of Representatives against the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw work authorization from H-4 dependent spouses of […]

Panel mulls visa options for immigrants

Panel mulls visa options for immigrants

Even dependent visa holder are considering options like the investment-based EB-5   Ritu Jha   Visas, a hot-button topic in these times when views on immigration polarize the country, was fodder for a panel at TiE Inflect 2018. Aimed at non-US citizens, attorneys and a venture capitalist discussed how to overcome the many challenges immigrants face […]

Imagine FINTECH @ TiE inflect 2018

A tech executive waxes effusive on the focus on Fintech at the annual event Column: Niharika Srivastav   The Fintech track at TiEinflect 2018 started with an opening keynote on the changing world of AI startups – up 4.6 times in the last five years. The speaker, Anju Patwardhan, managing director – Creditease, extolled the […]

Women to the fore

While recent efforts have improved the situation in tech, a lot still needs to be done, according to the industry   Ritu Jha   “MeToo has changed a lot of things at offices.” That was Shanthi Iyer, vice president, information technology, Cisco discussing the effect of recent efforts to curb sexual harassment in the workplace. She […]

TiE Inflect, an event transformed

With fewer booths, more youth and women rejuvenate 25-year-old event   Ritu Jha   Thousands of Indian techies, young students aspiring to be an entrepreneur attended The IndUS Entrepreneurs (TiE) Inflect 2018, (an annual conference formerly known as TiEcon). This year’s focus of the two days conference on May 4 and 5, was on artificial […]