Six members of Indian-origin family killed in road crash in Texas

Six members of an Indian-origin family were killed in Texas when their minivan was struck head-on by a pickup truck driven by a teenager that veered to the wrong side of the highway. The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) said that in the crash on Wednesday, one person in the minivan survived as did the teenager and a companion in the other vehicle that crossed over in a no-overtaking zone, media reported.

Indian-origin Texas man among seven sentenced for $20 mn Covid relief fraud

A 54-year-old Indian-origin man and six other co-conspirators have been sentenced to prison for their role in a multimillion-dollar Covid-19 relief fraud and misusing public funds to buy houses and expensive cars like Lamborghini and Porsche during pandemic. Pardeep Basra was sentenced this week to three years and five months in prison after he pled guilty to his role in “one of the largest” Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) fraud ring led by Amir Aqeel.

40 million Americans under heat alerts

Amid a scorching heat wave, the US National Weather Service (NWS) has issued heat alerts for 40 million Americans across at least a dozen states, from Montana to Texas and Florida. Scorching temperatures will linger in the US Southwest while intensifying in the Midwest this week, Xinhua news agency quoted the NWS update issued on Monday as saying.

14 people, mostly Indian-origin, charged in $53 mn Covid relief fraud

Fourteen people, mostly of Indian-origin, have been charged for allegedly bilking a Covid-era financial program, and numerous financial institutions out of more than $53 million in loan proceeds. The defendants were arrested last week in Texas, California, and Oklahoma in one of the largest cases investigated by the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC) Fraud Task Force to date, the US Attorney for the Northern District of Texas announced.

Indian American professor Ganesh Thakur to lead top scientists in Texas

University of Houston Distinguished Professor of Petroleum Engineering Ganesh Thakur, an Indian American, has been elected as the next vice president, and eventual president, of the Texas Academy of Medicine, Engineering, Science and Technology (TAMEST). The organization brings together the state’s “best and brightest” scientists and researchers to foster collaboration and advance research, innovation and business in Texas.

Biden announces stringent measures, major crackdowns on illegal immigration

Amidst growing concerns over illegal immigrants risking all to get into the US and close on the heels of an incident at the US-Mexico border where Brijkumar Yadav from Gujarat fell to his death while trying to scale the “Trump Wall” to enter illegally into America, his wife too was injured in the incident, the US government announced new measures to crack down on illegal immigration.