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Indian American Yale med student receives prestigious fellowship

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dc-Cover-vgl4dmg5sddaaliu8nl4kcdgr0-20160413122003.MediNEW HAVEN, Conn. (Diya TV) — An Indian-American medical student at Yale University has been named among 30 recipients of the prestigious Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship. Handed out annually, it is aimed at rewarding and supporting graduate students who demonstrate “creativity” and “originality” in their lives.

For Durga Thakral, the fellowship will help her continue on her current path of obtaining her MD/PhD in genetics at the Yale School of Medicine, the university said in a statement.

Thakral says her work in communities with minimal healthcare has exposed her to the “dire need for better access to medical care and affordable biomedical devices.” She hopes to take advantage of the growing power of molecular medicine in her work to improve the human condition and empower others.

The 30 selected were pulled from a pool of over 1,400 applicants, and will receive tuition and stipend assistance of up to $90,000 in their pursuit of a graduate education. The assistance and stipend can be applied to any field and in any advanced degree program in the U.S. Paul and Daisy Soros, Hungarian immigrants, established the program in 1997 to support the graduate education of students born abroad but have become permanent or naturalized U.S. citizens.

Each award recipient must have “demonstrated creativity, originality, and initiative in one or more aspects of her or his life,” as well as “a commitment to and capacity for accomplishment that has required drive and sustained effort,” a statement said.

Additionally, each recipient must have shown a commitment to the values expressed in the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Born in Illinois, Thakral is the daughter of Indian immigrants. She earned a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale.

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Puneet Talwar named US Ambassador to Morocco

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WASHINGTON D.C. (Diya TV) – The US State Department announced that diplomat Puneet Talwar is its new ambassador to Morocco. President Biden proposed Talwar as the new nominee last March. The new ambassador to Morocco has a rich portfolio in diplomacy. The diplomat is currently a senior adviser to the State Department.

Six men have been arrested for the gang rape and murder of two girls. Police say one of them is a neighbor and the remaining five are Muslims from a nearby village – although it’s not believed to be a religious crime.

As Pakistan continues to deal with historic flooding a new report published in Vice says the country collected $40 million for a mega dam on the Indus river, but spent $63 million on advertising it. The crowdsourced campaign was  launched by a Supreme Court judge and endorsed by former Prime Minister Imran Khan. It’s now at the center of a massive controversy. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Indian & Hindu American groups hold DC summit

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WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) – A group of Indian American and Hindu American organizations joined forces to celebrate India’s 75th Independence Day and advocate for the diaspora on Capitol Hill, in what is being called an inaugural summit for political engagement. The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, the Hindu American Foundation, the Coalition of Hindus of North America and Americans4Hindus, were among the more than one dozen organizations, hosting legislators from both sides of the aisle in a non-partisan effort to discuss issues of concern in the community. 
 
Indian American economist Aaron “Ronnie” Chatterji has been named White House Coordinator for the implementation of the CHIPS and Science Act’s historic $50 billion investment in the semiconductor industry at the National Economic Council. 
 
Fans of Indian comedian and actor Raju Srivastava are mourning his death. He passed away at the age of 58 after suffering a heart attack last month while running on a treadmill. He had a history of heart problems. 
 
Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.
 
 

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Sukhpal Singh arrested in Tusli Mandir hate crime case

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) – New York police arrested a man for allegedly sledgehammering a statue of Gandhi outside a Queens Hindu Shri Tusli Mandir. Twenty seven year old Sukhpal Singh is charged with criminal mischief and a hate crime for allegedly destroying the statue and defacing it with spray paint outside Tulsi Mandir in Richmond Hill last month. 

India and France agreed to set up an Indo-Pacific partnership to roll out development projects, expand strategic cooperation, and work closer to deal with pressing global challenges such as a food crisis triggered by the Ukraine invasion. 

More than a million customers in Puerto Rico are waiting for electricity to come back on after Hurricane Fiona hammers the region. The Dominican Republic is under a hurricane warning as well. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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