MySilsila Fortnight Digest - 1st Edition

Pujit Siddhant

Jun 24 2024

<div style=' background:#FFFFFF;color:#000000;font-family:Verdana;width:auto;padding:5px;max-height:100%;'><span><p><b style="font-size: 22px;">Highlights</b></p><p>Indiaspora (a nonprofit network of global Indian origin leaders) and the <a href="" style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Boston Consulting Group</a>, collaborated to showcase the growing contributions of the Indian diaspora in the US in the first ever data-driven report. The detailed report includes infographics showing increasing representation of Indian origin CEOs, patent holders, tax contributors among others. Read the full report here:&nbsp;<span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><a href="" style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"></a></span>.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p><i>Source: <a href="">Indiaspora</a></i>&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The Indian Rupee hit a record low to the US Dollar at Rs.83.67 per dollar this month, despite a Modi win, which was anticipated to strengthen the Rupee.&nbsp; Read more:&nbsp;<a href="" style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"></a>&nbsp;</p><p><i>Source: <a href="">Bloomberg</a></i></p><p>Modi had spearheaded the UN resolution of declaring June 21 as the International Day of Yoga on December 11, 2014. This year Yoga celebrations were hosted at numerous global venues from Tokyo to Times Square. In India, Modi led the yoga day celebration in Kashmir, which was seen by international media as potentially irksome to the Muslim community. Read more: <a href=""></a></p><p><i>Source: <a href="">The Australian</a></i></p><p>Afghanistan beat Australia in a sizzling historic victory in the T20 World Cup, pitching India, Australia and Afghanistan as contenders for the next round. Read more: <a href=""></a>&nbsp;</p><p><i>Source: <a href="">Times of India</a></i></p><p>Air India 'Kanishka' bombing victims were honored on Jun 23 at a memorial service by the Indian consulates in Ottawa and Toronto.&nbsp; Read more: <a href=""></a></p><p><i>Source: <a href="">ABP News</a></i></p><span></div><div style=' background:#FFFFFF;color:#000000;font-family:Verdana;width:auto;padding:5px;max-height:100%;'><span><h3><b>Indian origin newsmakers&nbsp;&nbsp;</b></h3><p>Indian-American Suhas Subramanyam, a first-term state senator from Loudoun County, Virginia narrowly beat his closest competitor in a Democratic Party primary.&nbsp; Read more: <a href="" style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"></a></p><p><i>Source: <a href="">Times Now</a></i></p><p>Kiwi-Indian Harvard graduate Soumil Singh, currently New York based, has developed AI tech to create short-form video content. Read more: <a href=""></a></p><p><i>Source: <a href="">RNZ News</a></i></p><p>Shawna Pandya, an Indian Canadian has been selected to fly into space on Virgin Galactic’s Delta class planes set to launch by 2026. Shawna is the 4th Indian origin woman astronaut following the path of Kalpana Chawla, Sunita Williams and Sirisha Bandla. Read more: <a href=""></a></p><p><i>Source: <a href="">LinkedIn</a></i></p><p>The above news comes against the backdrop of Sunita Williams being stranded in space currently due to technical issues with the Boeing Starliner causing international concern for her. Read more: <a href=""></a></p><p>Source: <a href="">Quartz</a></p><span></div><div style=' background:#FFFFFF;color:#000000;font-family:Verdana;width:auto;padding:5px;max-height:100%;'><span><h3><b>Immigration, visa, travel regulation news</b></h3><p>The USCIS is set to announce new H-1B, L-1 visa regulations on July 8. The article here outlines what it means for Indian professionals. Read more: <a href=""></a></p><p>Source: <a href="">MSN</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Trump says he would give Green Cards to all foreign college students at graduation.&nbsp; Read more: <a href=""></a></p><p>Source: <a href="">Economic Times</a>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Indian-American lawmaker Ro Khanna feels “disappointed” with Biden's stand on EAGLE Act to address green cards and H-1B reforms. Read more: <a href="" style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"></a></p><p>Source: <a href="">Hindustan Times&nbsp;</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Video goes viral: Indian students in Canada queuing up at Tim Hortons for jobs.&nbsp; Read more: <a href="" style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"></a></p><p>Source: <a href="">Indian Express</a></p><p>How Indians are hedging ‘study abroad’ with multiple applications as affordability becomes key. Read more: <a href=""></a></p><p>Source: <a href="">The Business Standard&nbsp;</a></p><p>Middle-east a hot migration destination for the rich including Indian millionaires.&nbsp; Read more: <a href=""></a></p><p><i>Sources: <a href="">The Business Standard</a>,</i> <a href="">Henley Global</a></p><span></div><div style=' background:#FFFFFF;color:#000000;font-family:Verdana;width:auto;padding:5px;max-height:100%;'><span><h3><b>In the crosshairs</b></h3><p>India blocks 'Honest Govt' YouTube Short, by Australian creator Juicemedia, who anticipated the move.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Watch the video here: <a href=""></a>.&nbsp; Source: Juicemedia</p><p>Four members of the Hinduja family were sentenced by the Swiss court for exploiting their servants.&nbsp; Read more: <a href="" style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"></a></p><p><i>Source: <a href="">AP News</a>&nbsp;</i></p><p>Esmeralda Upton, a Texan woman convicted of hate crime charges, after a 2022 racist assault on Indian-American women has been convicted. Read more: <a href=""></a></p><p><i>Source: <a href="">NBC News</a></i></p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Indian-origin activist Rajan Naidu arrested after ‘Just Stop Oil’ protest at Stonehenge in UK. Naidu said the orange corn flour used will soon wash away with the rain. Read more: <a href=""></a></p><p><i>Source: <a href="http://Hindustan Times">Hindustan Times</a></i></p><p>Four Indian spies quietly expelled from Australia. Read more: <a href=""></a></p><p><i>Source: <a href="">Dunya News</a></i></p><span></div><div style=' background:#FFFFFF;color:#000000;font-family:Verdana;width:auto;padding:5px;max-height:100%;'><span><h3><b>India-International collabs</b></h3><p>The White House recently announced that the third INDUS-X (India-U.S. Defense Acceleration Ecosystem) Summit will take place in Silicon Valley in September 2024. The summit will be co-hosted by the U.S. India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) and Stanford University.&nbsp; Read more: <a href=""></a></p><p><i>Source: <a href="">US Department of Defense</a></i></p><p>India, France, Australia reaffirm commitment to free, rules-based Indo-Pacific at the third Trilateral Focal Points meeting.&nbsp; Read more: <a href=""></a></p><p><i>Source: <a href="">DD News</a></i></p><p>G-7 nations pledge support to specific infrastructure projects like India-Middle East-Europe economic corridor (IMEC). IMEC envisages an eastern maritime link between India and the Gulf, and a northern section that would connect the Arabian Peninsula to Europe. These would be connected by a new railway network to link the Gulf with the Mediterranean via Jordan and Israel. Beyond the transport infrastructure, undersea cables would facilitate the exchange of data, while long-distance hydrogen pipelines would boost the participants’ climate and decarbonisation goals.&nbsp; Read more: <a href=""></a></p><p><i>Sources: <a href="">European Council on Foreign Affairs</a></i></p><p>Indo-Canadian CEO of Fairfax Financial, IIT-M alum, Prem Watsa donates $5 million to alma-mater.&nbsp; Read more: <a href=""></a></p><p><i>Source: <a href="">Economic Times</a></i></p><p>India’s economic growth and high profile foreign policy profile boosts strong interest among Kiwis towards India as a key future partner. Read more: <a href=""></a></p><p><i>Source: <a href="">Indian News Link</a>&nbsp;</i></p><span></div><div style=' background:#FFFFFF;color:#000000;font-family:Verdana;width:auto;padding:5px;max-height:100%;'><span><h3><b>Travel&nbsp;</b></h3><h3></h3><p>United's India plans hit a wall with Russian airspace proving a bottleneck, while Air India and Air Canada add flights. Read more: <a href="" style="font-size: 14px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"></a></p><p><i>Source: <a href="">Business Line</a></i></p><p>These are the top Schengen countries that issue most multiple-entry visas.&nbsp; Read more: <a href=""></a></p><p><i>Source: <a href="">Visa News</a></i></p><p>Whereas with an E-visa, and just 5 hours from Delhi, see why Georgia is a top Schengen alternative for Indians. Read more: <a href=""></a></p><p><i>Source: <a href="">India Today</a></i></p><p>Indians spent $30 billion on overseas travel in 2 years. The most preferred destinations for Indians are largely in Europe with Amsterdam, Switzerland, Paris, and London being their top choices. For quick trips however, Indian tourists prefer Southeast Asia. Read more: <a href="" style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"></a></p><p><i>Sources: <a href="">Travel and Tour World</a>, <a href="">NewsBytes</a></i></p><span></div><div style=' background:#FFFFFF;color:#000000;font-family:Verdana;width:auto;padding:5px;max-height:100%;'><span><h3><b>Lifestyle</b></h3><p>Toronto stolen bullion likely in India, and long gone, say experts.&nbsp; Read more:&nbsp;<a href="" style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"></a></p><p><i>Source:&nbsp;CBC&nbsp;</i></p><p>Bulgarian tourism chief welcomes Indian film shoots, a 'very nice' success story he says. Read more:&nbsp;<a href="" style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"></a></p><p><i>Source: PTI News</i></p><p>Wealthy Indians are buying Ozempic, other weight-loss drugs from gray market. Read more: <a href=""></a></p><p><i>Source: <a href="">Times of India</a></i></p><p>It’s the final countdown for Sona, Priyanka Chopra’s former restaurant. Closing doors on Jun 30.&nbsp; Read more: <a href=""></a></p><p><i>Source: <a href="">NDTV&nbsp;</a></i></p><p>Best curry in Liverpool found in a non-descript tiny shop, next to a dog groomers. Read more: <a href=""></a></p><p><i>Source: <a href="">ECHO</a>. Check the restaurant website too: Indian Kitchen Liverpool.</i></p><p>Food writer Khushbu Shah authors 'Amrikan', a twist on American food with an Indian accent.&nbsp; &nbsp;Read more: <a href=""></a></p><p><i>Source: <a href="">KCRW</a>.&nbsp; Find Khushbu on Instagram: @<a href=";utm_source=mysilsila ">khushandoj</a></i></p><p>Renowned Indian origin artist Bharti Kher dedicates her most extensive UK presentation to the female body. Read more: <a href=""></a></p><p><i>Source: <a href="">Vogue</a></i></p><p>NDTV features Frenchman who chose India over France. Read more: <a href=""></a></p><p><i>Source: <a href="">NDTV</a></i></p><p>Salwar Kameez adorned waitresses At Indian restaurant in Switzerland&nbsp; captured in trending video. Read more: <a href=""></a></p><p><i>Source: <a href="">News18</a></i></p><p>Why cricket, once a thriving game in US, died at the hands of baseball.&nbsp; Read more: <a href=""></a></p><p><i>Source: <a jqte-setlink="">India Today</a></i></p><span></div>

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