Asylum-seekers hope for release

Attorneys say the Indians fled religious persecution under the BJP and endured harsh conditions once in the US, but could be out of prison as early as next week   Ritu Jha   “Here we have come to save our lives but I think we will die here in jail,” were the words of an […]

‘Frivolous filings’ cited for visa denial plan: USCIS

USCIS officials to get discretionary powers to reject incomplete applications, without requests for information   Ritu Jha   Frivolous filings are why the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has to take a strong decision about the recent policy memorandum (PM) that gives USCIS adjudicators discretionary power to deny an application, petition, or request without […]

Pioneers test frontiers of wearable tech

Participants at a conference focusing on engineer-driven healthcare describe the pains involved and the promise of the new industry   Ritu Jha   Physicians need to prescribe wearable devices before the market for them can thrive.   That was Mir Imran, chairman, and CEO of Rani Therapeutics, and who was one of the speakers at […]

Impact Fund endorses Suneel Gupta for Congress

indica Washington Bureau   The influential Impact Fund on Tuesday announced to endorse Indian-origin entrepreneur Suneel Gupta in the Democratic party primary for the 11th Congressional District from Michigan. Gupta, 38, is the younger brother of CNN’s star medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta and son of Damyanti Gupta, who was the first female engineer with a degree […]

Anu Natarajan is back in the fray

The former vice mayor of Fremont, California, and urban planner wants to improve the Bay Area’s transport system   Ritu Jha   Anu Natarajan, a former vice mayor of Fremont, California, who took a break of more than five years from city politics, is now running for the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), board of […]

Democratic lawmakers array themselves against Kavanaugh

They assert the Supreme Court nominee is too extreme and could strip constitutional rights from many politically weak groups   indica Washington Bureau   Senator Kamala Harris., and US representatives Pramila Jayapal and Raja Krishnamoorthi are among the Indian American lawmakers who have announced they’re to oppose the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme […]

Asylum seekers endure parasites, disease

Packed facilities, long confinement linked to health and mental problems in multiple locations, including the one housing Indian asylum-seekers   Ritu Jha   Overcrowded prisons, including the Sheridan federal prison in Oregon that houses at least 52 Indian asylum-seekers, is host to a variety of diseases, according to the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE). […]

More power to the women

Speakers discussed the many hurdles in ensuring equality and called on men to do their bit   Ritu Jha   “Empowerment of Women” was the theme of the third annual 2018 Ideal Village conference recently held at Stanford University. The topics addressed included gender inequality, and the dearth of healthcare, education, safety, a decent livelihood […]