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Phase 5 Voting: 49 Lok Sabha Seats, 56.7% Turnout

Phase 5 Voting: 49 Lok Sabha Seats, 56.7% Turnout Voters in 49 constituencies across 6 states and 2 Union Territories are casting their ballots, determining the political futures of numerous prominent leaders, including Union Ministers and party heads such as Smriti Irani, Rahul Gandhi, Chirag Paswan, and Omar Abdullah. Here are the highlights of the Lok Sabha Election Phase 5 Voting: – Voting took place in various seats across Bihar, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. – This phase marks the conclusion of the Lok Sabha electio ..... Read More

India targets 30% global GDP by 2040: Amitabh Kant

India targets 30% global GDP by 2040: Amitabh Kant At the 2024 CII Business Summit in New Delhi, Mr. Amitabh Kant, India’s G20 Sherpa and former NITI Aayog CEO, discussed India’s path to reaching 30% of global GDP by 2035-2040 and outpacing Germany and Japan in economic growth by 2027. He underscored the imperative for collaborative efforts between the Indian government and states, advocating for the development of 12-13 ‘champion states’ aiming for annual growth rates of 10-11%. Mr. Kant commended India’s structural reforms, attributing them to the country’s ..... Read More

India targets US$ 1 trillion internet economy by 2030

India targets US$ 1 trillion internet economy by 2030 India’s digital economy is forecasted to reach a value of US$ 1 trillion by 2030, primarily propelled by the burgeoning e-commerce sector, anticipated to be worth US$ 325 billion, securing the third position globally. The year 2023 witnessed notable transformations in consumer habits, technological advancements, and regulatory frameworks, marking a significant juncture for India’s e-commerce landscape. In response to these developments, InGovern Research Services convened a virtual roundtable, shedding light on the pivotal role of c ..... Read More

Global Demand Rises for Indian Talent, Mobility Deals: Jaishankar

Global Demand Rises for Indian Talent, Mobility Deals: Jaishankar External Affairs Minister (EAM) S. Jaishankar emphasized the increasing significance of Indian skills and talent on a global scale, noting that developed countries are now showing interest in forming mobility agreements with India. Speaking at the CII Annual Business Summit 2024 in New Delhi, Jaishankar highlighted the shift in the global knowledge economy and the rising demand for skilled professionals. He pointed out that technological advancements and demographic shortages in developed nations are driving this trend, prompting an internation ..... Read More

Deepika Padukone: Cinema, Mental Health, Community Aid

Deepika Padukone: Cinema, Mental Health, Community Aid For the past two years, Deepika Padukone has launched India’s box office with remarkable success. In 2023, she reunited with her Om Shanti Om co-star Shah Rukh Khan for the espionage thriller Pathaan. This film garnered $76 million in India and surpassed the $100 million global box office milestone without a release in China. This year, Padukone starred in the Hindi aviation action film Fighter, directed by Siddharth Anand, which achieved $43 million globally within 30 days. Padukone emphasizes that while box office success and accolades ..... Read More

9 in 10 Indian knowledge workers use AI at work: Report

9 in 10 Indian knowledge workers use AI at work: Report A recent joint study by Microsoft and LinkedIn revealed that 92% of Indian knowledge workers are incorporating artificial intelligence (AI) into their daily activities. Additionally, 91% of the nation’s business leaders acknowledge the need to adopt AI to remain competitive. The report, “AI at work is here. Now comes the hard part,” draws insights from a survey of 31,000 individuals across 31 countries, LinkedIn labor trends, and Microsoft 365 productivity data. It highlights a strong desire among employees for AI integration, ..... Read More

‘Modi govt will score a hat-trick’: PM at rally in UP’s Barabanki

‘Modi govt will score a hat-trick’: PM at rally in UP’s Barabanki Prime Minister Narendra Modi, speaking at an election rally in Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh, expressed strong confidence that his party, the BJP, will secure a third consecutive term in power. Modi declared, “The Modi government will score a hat-trick,” emphasizing his belief in continued success. During his speech, Modi pledged to prioritize the welfare of the poor, youth, women, and farmers if re-elected. He stated, “In the new government, I have to take many big decisions for the poor, youth, women, and farmers,” highligh ..... Read More

Editorial May 18, 2024

Editorial May 18, 2024

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his commitment to the people of India for an unprecedented third term, is not just targeting another electoral win but envisioning a transformative leap towards making India a developed nation by 2047. This ambition, articulated through the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) manifesto for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, promises a future where the previous terms serve merely as a prelude to an era of “unprecedented development.” The BJP’s ‘Sankalp Patra’ emerges not as a mere pol ..... Read More

Heeramandi’: SLB’s Dream Realized After 18 Years, 14 Years Planning

Heeramandi’: SLB’s Dream Realized After 18 Years, 14 Years Planning Now streaming on Netflix, “Heeramandi” has received widespread acclaim and generated a substantial audience reaction. Celebrated director Sanjay Leela Bhansali has fulfilled his longstanding dream with the release of “Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar,” marking his first venture into the OTT realm. Reflecting on his journey, Bhansali recounted a childhood visit to a film studio that sparked his passion for storytelling. Bhansali shared his thoughts on the long journey to creating “Heeramandi,” revealing that he ..... Read More

7 Indian-Origin Students Win Prestigious Stanford Scholarships

7 Indian-Origin Students Win Prestigious Stanford Scholarships

This year, seven students of Indian origin have earned the prestigious Knight-Hennessy scholarship at Stanford University. These scholars include Ank Agarwal, Wasan Kumar, Aneesh Pappu, Isha Sanghvi, Kritika Singh, Krishna Pathak, and Rahul Penumaka. They are part of a cohort of 90 scholars selected for the largest graduate fellowship in the world. The academic interests of these Indian-origin scholars cover a range of disciplines, including medicine, technology, engineering, and law. They are pursuing various advanced degrees such as PhDs, ..... Read More

Pakistani American: PM Modi benefits India and the world

Pakistani American: PM Modi benefits India and the world Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a formidable leader who has significantly advanced India’s standing and is expected to secure a third term in office, according to a prominent Pakistani-American businessman. Sajid Tarar, a businessman based in Baltimore, expressed his view that Modi’s leadership is beneficial not only for India but also for the region and the world. He conveyed his hope that Pakistan will eventually have a leader of similar caliber. Tarar praised Modi as an exceptional and innate leader. He highlighted Modi’s v ..... Read More

Ramcharitmanas, Panchatantra in UNESCO Register

Ramcharitmanas, Panchatantra in UNESCO Register The inclusion of Ramcharitmanas, Panchatantra, and Sahrdayaloka-Locana in UNESCO’s Memory of the World Asia-Pacific Regional Register marked a significant milestone for India’s cultural heritage. These timeless works have profoundly shaped Indian literature and culture, influencing moral values and artistic expressions across generations and borders. This recognition underscores India’s rich literary tradition and cultural heritage while also emphasizing the global importance of preserving diverse narratives and artistic expressio ..... Read More

US-based Assam author named Harvard Radcliffe fellow

US-based Assam author named Harvard Radcliffe fellow Aruni Kashyap, an Assamese author and translator residing in Georgia, has been honored as one of the fellows of the Harvard Radcliffe Institute for the 2024-25 term. This prestigious award, granted by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, marks a significant achievement for both Kashyap and his home state of Assam. He stands as the first Assamese to receive this esteemed fellowship, joining 53 fellows selected worldwide for the institute’s 25th anniversary class. The fellowship spans a year and provides recipie ..... Read More

India and Others Reshaping Global Economy: Rishi Sunak

India and Others Reshaping Global Economy: Rishi Sunak

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, on Monday, highlighted India’s emergence as an ‘economic superpower’ while committing to create a dynamic and innovative economy driven by technological advancements. In his speech on security at the Policy Exchange think-tank, Sunak emphasized that “more will change in the next five years than in the last 30” and outlined a “clear plan and bold ideas” to ensure a secure future for British citizens. Sunak also pointed out that rapidly growing economic superpowers such a ..... Read More

Chandu Champion: Kartik Aaryan’s Striking Poster Transformation

Chandu Champion: Kartik Aaryan’s Striking Poster Transformation Kartik Aaryan has unveiled the poster for his upcoming film “Chandu Champion.” It showcases Kartik in a powerful, gritty pose, depicting his impressive physical transformation for the role. The movie draws inspiration from the life of Murlikant Petkar, India’s first Paralympic gold medalist. In a playful incident on Tuesday, Kartik’s pet Katori inadvertently delayed the poster reveal, leading to a humorous Instagram video. Despite the mishap, Kartik shared his excitement for the film, labeling it as the most challenging proj ..... Read More

350+ gain citizenship via CAA: Key details

350+ gain citizenship via CAA: Key details As the Lok Sabha elections loomed, over 350 individuals were granted Indian citizenship on Wednesday through the newly enacted Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) of 2019, as reported by various news outlets. Initially, a group of 14 individuals received citizenship in the capital city, while the remainder were digitally awarded citizenship across other regions of the nation. Notably, some applications were processed prior to the official notification of the rules in March of the current year, according to officials cited by the Economic Times. Hom ..... Read More

Veena Iyer Appointed Judge, Second Judicial District

Veena Iyer Appointed Judge, Second Judicial District Governor Walz has chosen Veena Iyer, who serves as the executive director at the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (ILCM), to be one of the two new judges for the Second Judicial District covering Ramsey County. She will remain at ILCM for a few weeks to ensure a smooth transition before assuming her judicial duties. Iyer conveyed a blend of emotions, acknowledging the bittersweet nature of her transition. While she expressed fondness for the unique community at ILCM, highlighting its resilience, creativity, empathy, and compassion, she also ex ..... Read More

India’s NY Consulate open on holidays for emergencies

India’s NY Consulate open on holidays for emergencies The Indian Consulate in New York has declared its intention to remain operational throughout the year, including weekends and holidays, to cater to the urgent needs of individuals. According to a press release from the Consulate General of India, New York, the consulate will be accessible from 2 pm to 4 pm on all holidays starting May 10, with the goal of addressing emergency situations for the public. The release emphasized that this service is exclusively for genuine emergencies and not for regular consular activities. Applicants were advised ..... Read More

Akshay Kumar and Arshad Warsi Unite in ‘Jolly LLB 3’

Akshay Kumar and Arshad Warsi Unite in ‘Jolly LLB 3’ International megastar Akshay Kumar is set to captivate audiences in the upcoming film, Jolly LLB 3. Directed by Subhash Kapoor, this third installment in the successful franchise promises to be a comedic delight. Akshay Kumar announced the filming of Jolly LLB 3 on his social media through a humorous video. He captioned the video, “Ab original kaun aur duplicate kaun, yeh toh pata nahi. This is definitely going to be an enjoyable ride !! Stay with us. Jai Mahakaal.” In Jolly LLB 3, Akshay Kumar takes on the role of the quirky lawyer Jolly, ..... Read More

CAI: Cotton exports to rise 27% to 2.8 million bales in 2023-24

CAI: Cotton exports to rise 27% to 2.8 million bales in 2023-24 The Cotton Association of India (CAI) has forecasted a 27% rise in cotton exports, expecting to reach around 2.8 million bales by the end of the 2023-24 crop year in September. This anticipated increase follows the previous year’s export total of 2.2 million bales. The surge in demand is attributed to the competitive pricing of Indian cotton, which was 8-10% lower than international rates between December 2023 and March 2024. Key markets driving this demand include Bangladesh, China, and Vietnam. Despite the steady production estimate of ..... Read More

Hema Malini: Glamour vs. Governance in Mathura’s Heart

Hema Malini: Glamour vs. Governance in Mathura’s Heart Hema Malini, a Bollywood icon, has maintained a rather elusive presence in the Mathura Lok Sabha constituency, despite winning twice consecutively. Residents of the villages and small towns on the route to the pilgrimage center of Vrindavan feel that their local MP is seldom seen except during election periods. To many, she remains a glamorous figure more visible on television than in their locality. Despite the criticisms, Malini insists that Vrindavan is her permanent home. Nonetheless, she appears poised to secure a third term in the Lok Sab ..... Read More

T20 World Cup in New York to boost cricket in U.S

T20 World Cup in New York to boost cricket in U.S   The forthcoming T20 World Cup, slated for next month in a suburban New York stadium, marks a significant milestone for cricket in the United States, potentially elevating its popularity in the country, as per an Associated Press report. The stadium, with a capacity of 34,000 seats and a meticulously maintained field of Kentucky bluegrass, is under construction in a suburban New York park designated to host the tournament. Cricket, a game with roots tracing back centuries in England, has been thriving in various pockets of metro New York ..... Read More

“Manthan” at Cannes: 500K farmers, 0.024 USD each, 1st crowdfund

“Manthan” at Cannes: 500K farmers, 0.024 USD each, 1st crowdfund In the timeless classic “Manthan,” directed by the esteemed Shyam Benegal, Dr. Rao, portrayed by Girish Karnad, ventures into a rural village in Gujarat with the noble intention of establishing a Milk Co-operative society for the betterment of the locals. Despite facing opposition from the affluent Mishraji, played by Amrish Puri, and the village head, Sarpanch, portrayed by Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Dr. Rao, with the assistance of Bindu (Smita Patil) and Bhola (Naseeruddin Shah), ultimately succeeds in empowering the villagers to becom ..... Read More

S.Jaishankar: India Supports Iran Port Deal

S.Jaishankar: India Supports Iran Port Deal India has advised the US against adopting a narrow perspective on its recent port agreement with Iran, a plea made in response to US warnings regarding dealings with Tehran. The agreement, inked on Monday, entails a decade-long collaboration between India and Iran to enhance the strategically vital Chabahar port. While the US cautioned nations about the risks associated with business ventures involving Iran, India has endorsed the pact, emphasizing its potential regional benefits. Foreign Minister S Jaishankar addressed concerns about Washingto ..... Read More

GolGappas Shine at the White House

GolGappas Shine at the White House Golgappa, also called pani puri or puchka in North India, is now a common sight at White House receptions, such as the recent Rose Garden gathering held by President Joe Biden to celebrate AANHPI Heritage Month. Among the guests were numerous Asian-Americans and Indian-Americans, including US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, who entertained the crowd with a drum performance and emphasized the healing power of music. Ajay Jain Bhutoria, a community leader in attendance, praised the tangy and spicy flavors of the Golgappas, which he found to be ..... Read More