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Half a million Nepali citizens rescued since the start of pandemic

Over half a million Nepalis have been rescued from around 60 countries--mostly labor destination countries in the Gulf region--since the start of the Covid pandemic, according to the data released by the country’s Covid-19 Crisis Management Center (CCMC).

Vaidehi Dongre, winner Of Miss India USA 2021, celebrates her South Asian heritage

Twenty-five-year-old Vaidehi Dongre, from Michigan, has been crowned Miss India USA for the year 2021, while Arshi Lalani from Georgia was declared the first runner up

Saudi Arabia releases 63 Pakistani prisoners on Eid-ul Azha

In a goodwill gesture towards a fellow Islamic nation, the Saudi government has released 63 Pakistanis who had been languishing in their jails for petty crimes on the occasion of the festival of Eid-ul Azha

AAPI to be made a premium healthcare leader in the US

Dr. Anupama Gotimukula, the new president of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), which represents the interests of the over 100,000 physicians, including  medical students and fellows of Indian origin, in the United States, has vowed to  make AAPI a premium  healthcare leader

Canadian university announces scholarships to honor Pakistani-Canadian couple killed in racial attack

The Western University of Ontario, Canada, has announced setting up two scholarships in honor of a Pakistani Canadian couple killed along with two other family members in an attack in Ontario province on June 6

US losing out on high-skilled foreign nationals like Indians to Canada due to outdated immigration policy, say experts

High-skilled and talented foreign nationals, like Indians, are now moving to Canada, instead of the United States, in large numbers, because of its outdated H-1B visa policy, immigration and policy experts have told US lawmakers

Indian-origin Justin Narayan wins MasterChef Australia tile; Bangladesh-origin Kishwar Chowdhury among top three

Indian-origin Justin Narayan has won the MasterChef Australia title after defeating the other two finalists, Kishwar Chowdhury, of Bangladesh origin, and Pete Campbell, in the pressure test

Indian American Sirisha Bandla vaults into space, becomes fourth astronaut of Indian descent

Sirisha Bandla, an Indian American astronautical engineer originally from Guntur, Andhra Pradesh in southern India, participated in a 15-minute historic space flight Sunday, becoming the fourth astronaut of Indian descent

12 South Asian migrants killed in bus crash in Turkey

At least 12 people were killed and 26 wounded in Turkey when a bus carrying Afghan, Pakistani and Bangladeshi migrants crashed early on Sunday, media reports said

Biden nominates new envoys to India and Bangladesh

President Joe Biden has nominated Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, a close political ally and a former naval intelligence officer with Indo-Pacific experience, to be the new US ambassador to India

Garcetti's nomination for US Ambassador to India signifies the importance of US-India relationship: Indiaspora

Indiaspora, an influential organization of global Indian diaspora leaders, has expressed appreciation and enthusiasm for the Biden administration’s announcement of the nomination of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to the important post of US Ambassador to India

Biden cancels Trump proposal to time-limit student, journalist visas; South Asians to benefit

US President Joe Biden's administration has announced it is cancelling a proposal by his predecessor Donald Trump to limit student visas to a four-year term for scholars from South Asia and most other countries

Amid Covid-19 surge, US asks its nationals to reconsider travel to Sri Lanka

The United States has issued a travel advisory for its nationals, asking them to reconsider traveling to Sri Lanka as the Covid cases continue to remain high in the island nations

AAPI holds 39th annual convention in Atlanta, pays tribute to 'Covid warriors'

After nearly two years of isolation, virtual meetings, covid fears, the 39th annual Convention by American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) - the largest professional ethnic organization in the US, was held over the weekend at the world famous CNN Center and Georgia World Congress Center at Omni Atlanta

New York City donates Covid relief to India through Federation of Indian Associations

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has donated medical equipment through the Federation of Indian Associations (FIA) to help India fight the COVID-19 pandemic