Interview: Set to fly to space, Captain Gopichand Thotakura wants Indian youth to dream big

Calling his journey from Vijayawada to become a space tourist an effort worth “little 2 cents”, Indian national Captain Gopichand Thotakura on Monday said his story will inspire the next generation in the country to dream big and fulfil their aspirations. He is set to become the first Indian to travel to the edge of space as a tourist onboard Blue Origin’s next flight. He will be a part of the six-person crew flying on US company Blue Origin’s NS-25 mission.

India well-positioned to tackle infectious diseases, climate change, nutrition issues: Soumya Swaminathan

Former WHO Chief Scientist and Deputy Director General for Programmes, Dr Soumya Swaminathan, who on Tuesday received the prestigious Yashwantrao Chavan National Award 2023, feels that India is well-equipped and has positioned itself to effectively tackle various challenges, including infectious diseases, new pandemic, climate change, and nutrition with the present institutional build-up, collaborative approach, new and emerging technologies, and research & development.

International Women’s Day: How Indian-origin women are changing global politics

Women serve as heads of state and government in only 31 countries with less than one in four serving as cabinet ministers, and just 26.5 per cent of them as MPs in a 21st-century world that speaks of gender equality. Despite the not-so-impressive numbers, based on a 2023 UN study, women, some of them Indian-origin, across the world have been emerging as a formidable force in political forums that has long been dominated by men.

Book Review: Radha Kapuria’s ‘Music in Colonial Punjab: Courtesans, Bards, and Connoisseurs’

Book Review: To read Radha Kapuria’s book ‘Music in Colonial Punjab: Courtesans, Bards, and Connoisseurs’ is, for Indian and foreign readers alike, to take a journey into a wondrous realm, hitherto unknown and yet populated with marvels. In this book, published in 2023 by Oxford University Press, Kapuria makes the effort, in her own phrase, to reveal classical Punjabi music was not, as usually believed, folk music, but court music; a distinction lost on a modern readership, to whom the distinction of ‘high’ and ‘low’ musics is a matter of taste, but at the time very important to the Sikh and Muslims kings of post-Mughal Punjab.

Onconetix appoints Dr. Ajit Singh to board of directors

Onconetix, Inc., a commercial-stage biotechnology company focused on developing and commercializing therapeutics, diagnostics, and services for clinicians and patients in oncology, has appointed senior biotech executives Dr. Ajit Singh, and Dr. Thomas Meier, to its board of directors. Onconetix, Inc. has Entadfi, an FDA approved, oral therapeutic for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a disorder of the prostate, and Proclarix, an advanced proprietary diagnostic system for screening and diagnosis for men with indeterminate Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) assessments in prostate cancer oncology.

Win for Indian American Vivek Prasad as Fremont School District is first in CA with Hindi as elective

The Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) has become the first in California to allow two schools to adopt Hindi as an elective subject. Following a sustained effort from Indian American Vivek Prasad, the FUSD Board voted in favor of introducing Hindi as a world language into its curriculum. The school board voted 4 to 1 to launch a pilot program that will see Hindi in the curriculum of John Horner Middle School and Irvington High School for the 2024-2025 school year.

Interview: Indian American Rishi Kumar confident of winning California’s congressional District 16

Indian American Rishi Kumar, who is running in the crowded US Congress ballot for California’s District 16, says he is confident of his victory because of his grassroots campaign in a constituency that stretches from East San Jose to Pacifica and includes the cities of Palo Alto, Mountain View and Menlo Park. His high-tech, Silicon Valley background could well work in three of the most recognized urban tech agglomerations in the world.

How Indian American Tej Gundavelli’s Touch-A-Life is changing communities, one nonprofit at a time

Earlier this month, Touch-A-Life Foundation (TAL), an Indian American-led nonprofit established to help homeless students, celebrated World Kindness Day to promote kindness to “build a better, brighter tomorrow” in Fremont, California. TAL, active in the US and India, says it leverages digital technologies like blockchain, AI, social media, and mobile applications to do good and help people who require assistance.

Indian American VC Anshu Agarwal all set to take start-ups to the next level

Indian American entrepreneur-turned-venture capital executive Anshu Agarwal explains venture capital like a fifth-grade teacher instructs her students. “When you run your own company, it’s like raising your child, but when you are venture capitalist, it’s like raising grandchildren,” says the recently-minted general partner at Converge VC, a venture capital firm headquartered at Cambridge, MA. “You are removed from operating them day in and day out, but if they need your help, you will be there for them.”