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Report Dated March 26, 2017 6:29 PM
The Ellis Island Medal of Honour founded by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organisations (NECO) are given annually to individuals whose accomplishments in their field and service to the country are cause for celebration, NECO said.
PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, author Fareed Zakaria are amongst six Indian-Americans nominated for the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honour 2017 – the highest civilian award in the US for immigrants.
Among 88 named recipients, the four other Indian-Americans are Harman International Industries chairman CEO Dinesh Paliwal, Dr Annapoorna S Kini, Yashvant Patel, Mohan H Patel, as well as Pakistani-American Dr Adil Haider.
Nooyi has been the CEO at PepsiCo since 2006 and chairman since 2007. She was previously the president and chief financial officer at the company, as well as senior vice-president, and senior vice-president of corporate strategy and development.
Zakaria is the host of CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” as well as a columnist for The Washington Post. He has also served as a columnist at Newsweek, an editor at Newsweek International and editor-at-large of Time.
Paliwal has served as the president and CEO at Harman since July 2007 and later became the chairman in 2008.
Since its inception in 1986, the medal has been officially recognised by both Houses of Congress as one of the nation’s most prestigious awards.
The 2017 recipients will be honoured at a May 13 event on Ellis Island in New York.
Report Dated March 19, 2017 10:23 AM
NRI businessmen Hindujas have retained their position as the richest Asians in the UK in 2017 with an estimated wealth of 19 billion pounds, an increase of 2.5 billion pounds over last year, according to an annual ranking of the richest Asians in Britain.
Steel tycoon Lakshmi N Mittals secured the second place with a fortune of 12.6 billion pounds – up from 6.4 billion pounds last year – in the Eastern Eye Asian Rich List, Britain’s 101 Wealthiest Asians 2017. According to the list, the Hinduja brothers – Srichand and Gopi in London, Prakash in Geneva and Ashok in Mumbai – have seen sharp increases in profitability in Ashok Leyland, IndusInd bank, Gulf Oil, energy and real estate.
This has justified the family’s long adopted policy of pursing the path of diversity, the list said. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, who was the Chief Guest at the 20th Annual Asian Business Awards organised by the Asian Media & Marketing Group, presented the first copy of the Rich List to G P Hinduja, Co-Chairman of the Hinduja Group.
Britain’s 101 wealthiest Asians are collectively worth 69.9 billion pounds, up from 55.4 billion pounds last year – a rise of 25 per cent. According to the list, the recovery in the European steel market has enabled the Mittal family to double its net worth during the year. Prakash Lohia, Chairman of the Indorama Corporation (Petrochemicals) is the 3rd richest in the list with a fortune worth 4 billion pounds – up 1 billion pounds over last year.
Anil Agarwal, executive chairman of Vedanta Resources, one of the fastest growing mining and metals group in the world, is fourth in the list along with Arora brothers – Simon, Bobby and Robin who own a chain of retail stores. Leading NRI industrialist Lord Swraj Paul is 14th in the list with an estimated wealth of 800 million pounds as against 300 million pounds last year.
At the awards ceremony, Surinder Arora, founder and Chairman of the Arora Group, collected the prestigious Asian Business of the Year Award. The Arora Group is one of the UK’s largest private owner operator of hotels.
Other winners included Young Entrepreneur of the year Aly Esmail, CEO of SME Group, Entrepreneur of the year Subodh Agrawal, Chairman of Euromax Capital and the Business Personality Award winner Prakash Lohia, Founder and Chairman of Indorama Group.
“London is home to one of the largest, and most diverse South-Asian communities in the world, which contributes a huge amount to the city’s success – socially, culturally and economically,” Khan said in his keynote speech.
Report Dated March 19, 2017 10:20 AM
An Indian-American teen has won the top award, worth $250,000, in the oldest and most prestigious science and math competition in the US, for her research on preventing death of neurons due to brain injuries or neurodegenerative diseases.
Indrani Das, a 17-year-old resident of New Jersey, and four other Indian-origin students were among the top ten finalists to be honoured at the annual Regeneron Science Talent Search Awards Gala for their research projects demonstrating exceptional scientific and mathematical ability.
Forty finalists took home more than $1.8 million in awards.
A contributor to neuron death is astrogliosis, a condition that occurs when cells called astrocytes react to injury by growing, dividing and reducing their uptake of glutamate, which in excess is toxic to neurons.
In a laboratory model, Das showed that exosomes isolated from astrocytes transfected with microRNA-124a both improved astrocyte uptake of glutamate and increased neuron survival.
Arjun Ramani, an 18-year-old student from Indiana won the third place honours worth $150,000 for blending the mathematical field of graph theory with computer programming to answer questions about networks.
Typically, these questions require statistical comparisons to hundreds or thousands of random graphs, a process that can take a relatively long time.
He developed an algorithm that greatly accelerated the process by reducing the time required to generate these graphs.
Archana Verma, 17, from New York, received a $90,000 award for her study of the molecular orbital energy dynamics of dyes, which may someday result in windows that produce solar energy.
Prathik Naidu, 18, from Virginia, received a $70,000 award for his creation of a new machine learning software to study 3D interactions of the human genome in cancer.
Vrinda Madan, 17, from Florida, received a $50,000 award for her study of 24 potential compounds for the treatment of malaria, in which she found two potential candidates that appear to target the disease-causing organism in a novel way and may warrant further study.
Of more than 1,700 high school seniors who entered the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2017, roughly 300 were named scholars in January.
Of those scholars, 40 students were named finalists and invited to Washington, DC to compete for the top 10 awards.
Report Dated March 19, 2017 10:12 AM
Kevin Michel, an India-born businessman and the Labor party candidate from Pilbara seat defeated sitting candidate Brendon Grylls of Nationals Party, with a 13.7 percent swing in Labor’s favour.
Michel had campaigned on a platform of jobs, opposing Western Australia (WA) Nationals Party leader Grylls’ proposal for an increase in the iron ore production tax, according to media reports. Grylls had wanted to increase a 25 cent per tonne iron ore lease rental fee imposed on the two miners to Australian dollars 5 per tone
“Without the mining companies, there is no community,” Michel said during his election campaign. His main campaign platform was for creating jobs in the constituency, and he said after the result, “I was also fortunate to talk with Mark McGowan and highlight our Pilbara issues to him: local jobs, local contracts and community safety. We have a strong team in the Pilbara to fight for you.”
Born in India, Michel moved to Australia 27 years ago and to the region in 2001. He owns an air conditioning business in Karratha, Australia.
The Western Australia state election was held on March 11 this year to elect members to the state Parliament; 59 seats in the Legislative Assembly and 36 seats in the Legislative Council.
Report Dated March 15, 2017 7:10 PM
The US Senate confirmed Indian-American Seema Verma for a top healthcare position in the Trump administration. She is expected to play a key role in the government’s bid to “repeal and replace” Obamacare.
Verma, who has been described by the White House as the “unquestionably qualified” first generation Indian-American, was confirmed by a vote of 55-43.
She is likely to play a key role in the healthcare reform of US President Donald Trump, who has made it a priority to repeal and replace the affordable healthcare of his predecessor Barack Obama.
The second Indian-American in the Trump Administration to be confirmed by the Senate, Verma will head the US $1 trillion Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services that provides health services to 130 million people.
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley was the first Indian-American Cabinet rank official to serve in any presidential administration.
A health policy consultant, Verma is known as the architect of healthcare reforms in several states, including Indiana.