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Mon, 01 Nov 2010
Source: ColorLines By Jamilah King   Over at New America Media, Sandip Roy explores the rising tide of Indian-America candidates in this year's elections: As Indian Americans grew more affluent, they became involved in politics. But they were dismissed as "photo-op uncles": come to an event, take a photo, write a check. Sanjay Puri, chairman of the U.S. India Political Action Committee, remembers his frustration at an Indian-American fundraiser for Maryland gubernatorial candidate Kathleen Kenn ...
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Sun, 31 Oct 2010
Source: The Economic TimesBy Ishani DuttaguptaUS President Barack Obama’s visit may not really go down in history as the time when hard issues were discussed, however, it could still provide an opportunity to bring up some of the concerns of India Inc .“The new U.S. Border Security Act has raised H1B and L1 visa fees for many Indian IT companies. During discussions on the Bill, Indian IT giant Infosys was referred to as a ‘chop shop’ by Democrat Senator Charles E Schumer. Indian IT indus ...
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Sun, 31 Oct 2010
Source: New America MediaBy Sandip RoyWICHITA, Kan.—If he wins on November 2, Raj Goyle would make history as the first-ever Indian American elected to Congress from Kansas. But Goyle doesn’t want to focus on that.Making history, he says, would just be a “happy by-product.” He’d rather talk about the economy. If you press him about his heritage, he says simply, “My story is a very Kansas story. Wichita is in my blood.”Goyle is one of a half-dozen Indian Americans running for Congre ...
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Sun, 31 Oct 2010
Source: www.miamiherald.com By Margaret Talev WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's trip to India days after the Nov. 2 election will be watched with interest by 2.8 million Indian-Americans. For now, however, they're concentrating on matters much closer to home: the outcome of political races across this country. A record half-dozen Indian-Americans - all Democrats - mounted runs this year for the House of Representatives. One lost in her primary challenge to an incumbent in New York. The othe ...
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Mon, 25 Oct 2010
Source: Wall Street Journal By ELIZABETH WILLIAMSON   Democratic attacks on employment outsourcing in this year's campaigns are alienating a once-stalwart source of the party's funding, Indian-Americans, who believe India is sharing blame unfairly for the decline of U.S. manufacturing jobs.Indian-Americans have begun contributing money to defeat Democrats who single out India in ads blaming Republicans for outsourcing by multinationals. They are also sending millions to Indian-American candidat ...
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Thu, 14 Oct 2010
Source: The Economic Times Last week, when commerce and industry minister Anand Sharma met U.S. trade representative Ron Kirk, he raised the issue of America’s new border security legislation and the protectionist step of raising H1B and L1 visa fees. The new rules will impact several Indian firms, which hire Indians in their outfits in the US. In the past, Barack Obama’s Buffalo tirade against India’s Bangalore, hasn’t been taken lightly by India’s software and BPO firms. The latest U ...
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Tue, 31 Aug 2010
USINPAC: Vigilance needed at sites frequented by foreigners! February 15, 2010: Washington D.C. The U.S.-India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) condemned the bomb blast in German Bakery in Pune, India and extended its sympathy for the victims and the next of kin of those who lost their lives. German Bakery a popular spot in Pune was the target of an explosion which took the lives of 9 people and injured over 30 people. The spot is frequented by foreign tourists as well as local residents of ...
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Mon, 16 Aug 2010
SOURCE : India Post NEW YORK: While expressing support for the U.S. Senate's recent efforts to beef up border security operations, U.S. India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) has expressed concern at its measure to increase H1-B and L-1 visa fees to fund these operations. The legislation proposes an increase of fees by $2,000 per visa per person to fund the $600 million emergency security package. USINPAC believes that the fee increase is a regressive move that would permanently move th ...
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Fri, 13 Aug 2010
SOURCE : The Economic Times WASHINGTON: The U.S. India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) has strongly urged President Barack Obama to reconsider the enactment of the H1-B and L-1 visa fee hike provision in the border security bill. The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed the Bill which would increase visa fees for H1-B and L-1 by 2,000 dollars per visa per person. USINPAC had earlier alerted the Senate to the potential damage the provision would cause to the U.S. economy by permanently m ...
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Thu, 12 Aug 2010
SOURCE : Business Standards This could be the beginning of a trade war. It's going to come back and hurt the U.S. in so many ways, both short term and long term," warns Sanjay Puri, president of the Washington-based lobby group USINPAC.But politicians in the U.S. are scrambling for votes from American voters, not from Indian companies.With the U.S. House of Representatives passing a $600-million border security bill on Tuesday that was virtually identical to the one passed by the Senate last Thu ...
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Wed, 11 Aug 2010
SOURCE : Hindustan Times Barring unforeseen developments, the U.S. border security bill that steeply increases the work visa fees mainly used by Indian infotech firms will soon be at the desk of U.S. President Barack Obama. Given its populist nature and the fact it is an election year, he is expected to sign it into law before November - just before his first official visit to India.Derek Scissors, research fellow in Asian economic policy at the Washington-based Heritage Foundation, underscored ...
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Tue, 10 Aug 2010
SOURCE : Hindustan Times New York Senator Chuck Schumer may have described Indian information technology giant Infosys as a "chop shop", but what the Bangalore-based company has been chopping is the number of its H1B hires. And given lower demand for that visa, analysts believe that the recent Bill passed by the United States Senate levying a penalty on firms based in America with more than 50 per cent H1 and L1 visa employees, is a populist gimmick in an election year.The mid-term congressiona ...
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Tue, 06 Jul 2010
SOURCE : The Washington Post Five years ago, a group of Indian Americans who worked as staffers on Capitol Hill started up a club. They called themselves the "Desi Power Hour," and met to share their experiences and help each other get a leg up in Washington. Small in number and short on experience, they may have been Desis -- children or grandchildren of immigrants from India -- but they had little power.Today, though, that once-casual gathering of legislative aides, communications consultant ...
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Thu, 17 Jun 2010
SOURCE : Alaiwah Since Tuesday's primaries, Indian-Americans got a lift as well. With Nikki Haley advancing to a GOP runoff in South Carolina's gubernatorial race, the spotlight is on those of Indian descent and their increased involvement in U.S. politics.Haley - born Nimrata Randhawa - is expected to clear the runoff and gain the Republican Party nomination. In right-leaning South Carolina, she stands a good chance of winning in the fall and becoming the second Indian-American governor, ...
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Tue, 15 Jun 2010
SOURCE : Indiawest.com Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif., chair of the House Foreign Relations Committee, introduced legislation Apr. 2 that would increase aid to Pakistan but with the stipulation that the White House must verify that the country's military is not supporting terrorist organizations, including those that have attacked India. Berman's bill, known as the Pakistan Enduring Assistance and Cooperation Enhancement - PEACE - Act would provide $3 billion in military aid and $7. ...
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Fri, 11 Jun 2010
SOURCE : csmonitor Nikki Haley, who has advanced to a GOP runoff in South Carolina's gubernatorial race, is one of a record number of Indian-American candidates this year.Nikki Haley waves with her family in Columbia, S.C. during an election night gathering on Tuesday.Rich Glickstein/The State/APSince Tuesday's primaries, much has been said about the boost for Republican women candidates. But another group got a lift as well: Indian-Americans.With Nikki Haley advancing to a GOP runoff in South ...
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Sun, 06 Jun 2010
SOURCE : trueslant.com One of the most prominent Indian-American advocacy groups is strongly condemning South Carolina Republican state senator Jake Knotts for using the term "raghead" to describe President Obama and GOP gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley, whose parents immigrated from India.Sanjay Puri, chairman of the Washington-based US-India Political Action Committee (USINPAC), e-mails me this statement:"These are very challenging times for the United States. The country is concerned abo ...
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Tue, 01 Jun 2010
SOURCE : DNA India Thousands of non-resident Indians (NRIs) are beginning to feel like 'Not Required Indians' as they endure a bureaucratic ordeal with their old Indian passports. They say New Delhi's hard-as-nails visa rules are forcing them to navigate an "obstacle course" in travelling home to India.The two million Indian-Americans who put a human face - not to mention a voter's face and a campaign contributor's face - on the lobbying push for the India-US civilian nuclear deal on Capit ...
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Fri, 07 May 2010
SOURCE : Rediff News Indian American politicians have denounced a television advertisement by a conservative group called Americans for Job Security that hits at a governor who had earlier favoured outsourcing jobs to India.The Americans for Job Security has dredged up familiar stereotypes from the outsourcing debate from past presidential campaigns where India was the whipping boy. Also, in the process of denouncing the ad, Indian-American activists of Democrat and Republican parties hav ...
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Sun, 28 Feb 2010
As one of three Indian-American students in the Penn Hills School District during the 1980s, Srideva Rao James faced the clash of traditions her immigrant parents tried to keep alive, and modern American culture. "My mother made our house a little India inside. Outside was America, but when you walked back in, it was India. It was hard," said James, 39, of McDonald.The family didn't celebrate American holidays. Her parents didn't allow James to hold sleepovers or play sports."I wish I would ...
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