'How fortunate Jharkhand is with resources?'

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Ranchi: Jharkhand has natural resources in abundance, so also malnutrition, poverty, unemployment and a host of other problems, Chief Minister Arjun Munda said on Saturday, October 21st.

Speaking at a felicitation ceremony in honour of Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir, Munda said the irony was that the state has enormous wealth underground, besides the vast forestry area which balances the environment. "... Yet the state has malnutrition, poverty, unemployment and other problems either in the forest area or in the coal-iron ore belt... Socio-economic problems are attributed to the low human development index," Munda said.
Noting that Justice Kabir knows Jharkhand very well as he had been Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court earlier, Munda suggested if one could ponder over Jharkhand's two extreme sides.

Dr. Taj declared the winner of democratic primary in the 11th congressional district - Congratulations!!!!

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Voters have picked Dr. Syed Taj to be the Democratic candidate for Michigan's 11th Congressional District in the primary election Tuesday. With all precincts reporting, Taj got 59 percent of the vote over Bill Roberts, who has 41 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results reported by the Michigan Secretary of State. Taj will face the Republican candidate in the Nov. 6 election, and the winner will serve a two-year term beginning in January. Kerry Bentivolio has claimed victory over Nancy Cassis in the Republican race.
A statement on Taj's Facebook page declares his victory. "I am humbled by the support that I received tonight and I'm grateful for the opportunity to continue my campaign in the great 11th Congressional District," he said in the statement. Taj also thanked his supporters and asked for their support in the coming months."We will celebrate tonight as tomorrow we will be back to work on the campaign trail. Thank you and now let's win in November!," he said in the statement.

Pranab Mukherjee elected India's 13th President

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New Delhi: On expected lines, UPA candidate and former finance minister Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday won the race for Rashtrapati Bhavan with a huge margin, leaving his rival PA Sangma bruised.

In a bitterly contested election, Mukherjee secured a vote value of 7,13,763, well ahead of the half-way mark of 5,25,140 in an electoral college of over 10.5 lakh. His rival PA Sangma, supported by some opposition parties including BJP, could manage get only a vote value 3,15,987.

"I declare that Shri Pranab Mukherjee has been duly elected to the office of President of India," announced Returning Officer for the Presidential election VK Agnihotri.

Race for Raisina Hill on, Pranab, Sangma file nominations - India's Presidential Elections

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The race to elect India's 13th president formally began Thursday with both UPA nominee Pranab Mukherjee and his rival Purno Sangma filing their nominations for the July 19 contest. The result will be out July 22. While Mukherjee sought the "blessing of god and cooperation of all" to get elected, Sangma termed his candidature "a victory of tribal unity." Both Mukherjee and Sangma said they will start their campaign Saturday, and expressed the hope that the mercurial Mamata Banerjee would rally on their side. While opposed to Mukherjee, Banerjee has still not supported Sangma."I only wish at this time that we have the blessing of god and cooperation of all at this juncture," Mukherjee told reporters. He thanked the Janata Dal-United, Communist Party of India-Marxist and the Shiv Sena for their support.Photograph: Pranab Mukerjee

Dates Released: Indian Presidential polls on July 19, counting July 22

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The process to elect the next President gathered momentum today with the Election Commission announcing July 19 as the poll date amid further indications of Pranab Mukherjee being the UPA nominee. As per the schedule, the next occupant of the Rashtrapati Bhavan would be known on July 22, two days before the term of the incumbent Pratibha Patil ends.

Coinciding with the announcement of the poll schedule, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, whose party Trinamool Congress is a key constituent of the UPA, reached Delhi to discuss the Presidential candidate issue with Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
In the photograph Pratibha Patil: Current President, India

Ranbir, Vidya win top IIFA Award honors in Singapore

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Singapore, June 10:Bollywood heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor and actress Vidya Balan walked away with top honours for their films "Rockstar" and "The Dirty Picture" respectively at the 13th International Indian Film Academy awards (IIFA) here Saturday. The IIFA awards were given at a glittering ceremony in Singapore Indoor Stadium. Ranbir, who played the role of an aspiring singer who aims to make it big, beat actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Hrithik Roshan, to walk away with the trophy of best actor in a leading role. On the other hand, actress Vidya Balan also continued her winning streak by picking up the award for best actress in a leading role for "The Dirty Picture". She emerged victorious among Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor, Mahie Gill and Kangna Ranaut. Zoya Akhtar's "Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara" won the best film and the best director award.

Breaking News in 11th Congressional District: Dr. Taj for Congress

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The 11th Congressional district where Dr. Syed Taj is a Democratic candidate continues to make news. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced Thursday afternoon that his criminal division will investigate allegations of possible fraud in the nomination petitions. Today McCotter announced his decision to drop out of the race.
Excerpts from Free Press story: "U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, stung by a scandal over fradulent, duplicated and otherwise invalid signatures in support of his re-election campaign, is dropping his short-lived plan to run as a write-in in the Aug. 7 Republican primary...
After reviewing the signatures, McCotter - at a loss to explain what had happened - requested the Secretary of State to pull his name from the ballot and turn the matter over to the state Attorney General for investigation..."
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San Diego teen Snigdha Nandipati wins National Spelling Bee 2012

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Snigdha Nandipati, a 14-year-old from San Diego, spelled "guetapens," a French-derived word that means ambush, snare or trap, to win the 85th Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday night.

Fourteen-year-old Snigdha Nandipati of San Diego, whose Indian first name means "flowing with honey," won the 85th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday night. She correctly spelled "guetapens," which means ambush, to win in the 13th round.
Nine spellers made the finals for Thursday's prime-time broadcast of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Siddharth Kulkarni, a 13-year-old eighth-grader from San Jose who was sponsored by The Chronicle, was eliminated in an earlier round.

Metro Detroit' Largest Hindu Temple To Mark Consecration of New Prayer Hall in Five-Day Celebration

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TROY, Mich. - May 25, 2012 - The Bharatiya Temple, Metro Detroit's oldest and largest Hindu congregation, will mark the ceremonial opening and consecration of its newly built worship hall with a grand celebration this spring, June 13-17, 2012.

The event, known as a Prana Pratishtha (PRAA-na pra-THISH-ta), or "infusion of vital energy," will bring thousands of worshippers and well-wishers from around the region to the Bharatiya Temple to witness the opening of the ornate prayer hall, the centerpiece of a 35,000-square-foot expansion project completed last year. The new hall features shrines made of natural marble, with decorative trim hand-carved by artisans in India and assembled by masons from Metro Detroit.

Rupee hits record low of 55 to the dollar: Top 10 developments

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The Indian rupee slumped to 55 against US dollar, the lowest level ever touched. The currency has shed over 10 per cent of the value since March 2012 and over 20 per cent over the past one year and is among the weakest currencies in Asia.
Here are top ten developments:
1. The Indian rupee fell to the lowest level in the history at 55.03. This was its fourth consecutive record low in as many sessions, as the euro retreated from the day's highs and as global risk sentiment remained weak. Traders said corporate dollar demand and oil and defence-related dollar buying also weighed on the currency.

Facebook goes public, Zuckerberg rings NASDAQ opening bell

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Investors are bracing for Facebook's Wall Street debut on Friday after the world's No.1 online social network raised about $16 billion in one of the biggest initial public offerings in US history.

Valued at $104 billion, Facebook is larger than Starbucks and Hewlett-Packard combined, sparking intense speculation on how much higher its valuation will rise once shares start trading.

"A 15 to 20 per cent pop is in the realm of possibility," said Tim Loughran, a finance professor at the University of Notre Dame. "Given they already moved their IPO range up and increased the size, that's bullish to begin with."

Ashton Kutcher's Popchip Racial Commercial Controversy

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The online ad campaign for Popchipsis being reworked after an outcry from viewers for being racist. One of the characters Ashton Kutcher portrays in online dating themed commercial is a Bollywood movie producer named "Raj." Viewers were offended that Kutcher appeared in a brown makeup and used a heavy Indian accent for the role. While Kutcher has not commented, CEO of Popchips issued a statement that said "Our team worked hard to create a light-hearted parody featuring a variety of characters that was meant to provide a few laughs. I take full responsibility and apologize to anyone we offended." While the company pulled the video featuring just "Raj" from their YouTube and Facebook page and removed picture Kutcher as that character from their Facebook cover photo, the initial video featuring all four of Kutcher's characters, including "Raj",remains on their YouTube channel and Kutcher's personal Facebook page.

Customers Demand Detroit to Dubai Service - You can sign the petition here!

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Sign Petition here:
Current signatures: 1,224; Signature goal: 5,000
Target: Airlines who might fly Detroit to Dubai
Sponsored by: Wayne County Airport Authority/Detroit Metro Airport. Detroit has one of the largest Arab populations outside the Middle East, but DTW only has two non-stops per *WEEK* to the Middle East. Dubai is becoming one of the world's largest hubs and Dubai-based Emirates Air will soon be the largest airline in the world. Shouldn't Detroit have non-stop service to the hub of the Middle East? Help us convince airlines like Delta or Emirates to fly DTW-Dubai non-stop. Detroit's largest unserved market is India with 250 passengers flying back and forth between each day. Dubai has service to 17 destinations in India.

MIBIHAR expresses Deepest Condolences on the passing of Michigan Community Leader Shri Manesh Shah

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MIBIHAR community expresses deepest condolences over the passing of Shri Manesh Shah on Tuesday April 17th. It is a tragic loss to the community. May God Almighty give Shri Manesh Shah's soul eternal peace and his family the strength and courage to overcome this huge loss!

Shri Manesh Shah was an active Michigan Indian Community member. He was the Founder and CEO of General Chemicals. The Michigan Indian community not only lost an enterprising entrepreneur, community leader but a really genuine personality who had a helpful attitude for all. Shri Manesh Shah will be missed immensly.

Meet Dr. Taj - March 25th, 2012 in Livonia and at BIHAR DIWAS - MI

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Come out to support our Democratic candidate for Michigan's 11th Congressional District!
Sunday, March 25, 2012 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Quality Inn & Suites - 30375 Plymouth Rd. Livonia, MI 48150
We're excited about the buzz and excitement that Dr. Taj has brought to this race, but he needs your help! Help us take back the U.S. House of Representatives by joining Dr. Taj for a fundraiser to support his campaign.There will be plenty of food, fun and a chance to meet Dr. Taj.

Dr. Taj will also be attending mibihar BIHAR DIWAS - MI at 7PM

Indian women win first Kabaddi World Cup Championship held in Bihar

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March 5th, India has won the first women's Kabaddi World Cup championship, beating Iran 25-19 in a thrilling game played in Patna, in the state of Bihar. India had the upper hand throughout the match and was 19-11 at half-time. Kabaddi is a field sport which originated in India.

Two teams take turns to send a raider to the other's territory, or half, tag members of the opposing team, and return "home" without being blocked by defenders on the other side. While he is "tagging" his opponents, the raider has to hold his breath and chant "kabaddi, kabaddi". The final was played at the Patlipura sports complex on Sunday. Earlier in the day, India beat Japan 60-21 while Iran defeated Thailand 46-26 in the semifinals to reach the final.

Invitation for Indian Community get together on March 3, 2:00 PM at Taj For Congress Office in Novi

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You are cordially invited to a get together of the Indian community on March 3rd in Novi. The gathering is organized to meet Indian immigrant Dr. Syed Taj running for US Congress (

There is no cost to attend. Refreshments will be served. Come for fun and food. High school and college students are encouraged to attend. If you are head of an organization, please invite members of your leadership.

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Location: 24293 Novi Road. (in the shopping plaza at NW corner of Novi Rd and 10 mile Rd)

Troy Democratic Club organizes 11th District Candidate & National Campaign- Dr. Taj as Guest Speaker, February 15th

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Troy Democratic Club is organizing its 2012 11th District Candidate & National Campaigns on Wednesday, February 15th at the Troy Community Center, Room # 305. Troy Community Center is located just north of Big Beaver Road. The address is 3179 Livernois Troy MI 48083.
Phone Number: 248-524-3484

Guest Speaker is Dr. Taj
Celebrating our Diversity

Dinner at 6:30PM followed by the Guest Speaker.

Pete Hoekstra Super Bowl campaign advertisement racially insensitive

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U.S. Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra faces heat after airing a 30 second campaign commerical during the Super Bowl last Sunday. Pete is running for a seat in congress against the Michigan incumbent Debbie Stabenow. The adverstisement upsets the sentiments of many in the country. Pete Hoeskstra stereo type for the Asians is evident as his ad portrays images of a young Asian girl accusing his opponent of heavy spending in broken English. Filmed in California, the ad is makes viewers believe its China. With the sounds of the gong and the young girl riding a bike, it is pretty convincing. The girl stops her bike to say this to the camera “Thank you, Michigan Senator Debbie Spenditnow. Debbie spends so much American money. You borrow more and more from us. Your economy get very weak. Ours get very good. We take your jobs. Thank you, Debbie Spenditnow."

Global Summit preparations in full swing - Patna, February 17th

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The second Global Summit on Bihar would be held in Patna for three days, beginning February 17. The first Global Summit had dwelt on poverty and its measurement in which the relative poverty of Bihar, then christened as one of the five Bimaru states, also figured. Since the first Global Summit held in early 2006, a lot of water has flown down the Ganga, when the face and profile of Bihar has also changed. In keeping with the available forward-looking scenario and outlook in the state, the theme of the second Global Summit to be held here is ‘Changing Bihar.’
Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi on Thursday reviewed the preparations being made for the second summit. The meeting also decided the themes for three general sessions and 11 parallel sessions to be held during the three-day global meet.

How Much or What to Govern- Article by Umesh Rohatgi

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Any Governance which empowers itself, than the public is useless and defeating its own purpose, because the smaller the Governance the better the public. There are five fundamental problems in our structure of Governance they are as follows. Our Government wishes to control each and every aspects of our life for its citizen than empower to act freely. Basic problem with this type of Governance is as soon as the freedom to act is taken away creativity of public is lost in jungle of laws rules etc. Planned control atmosphere does not work always as planned because of limitation of the people who planned it. There should be public opinion should be taken and also consider what is feasibility to govern and how much I will cost and can we afford and it is serving the majority.

Dr. Taj Campaign gets a monetary boost from its supporters, raises more than any Democrat in last 10 years

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Dr. Taj inaugurated his new campaign office in Novi on January 15th, 2012 with a great fanfare. Supporters from all part of Michigan came out in huge numbers to meet Dr. Taj and to wish him continued success. And,what a success Dr. Taj has experienced so far! With just a few weeks into his campaign Dr. Taj has won the hearts of hundreds of voters of the 11th District.Top on Dr. Taj plans is to create jobs and protect Social Security,Medicare for all. Voters believe in his ideology and his plan to bring change in the way Washington politics works. As a physician Dr.Taj has the perfect prescription to all the ailments rooted in the present political system. Showing faith in Dr.Taj the voters of the 11th District have also opened their wallets to his campaign.In a record time his campaign has accumulated close to $140,000- a feat not achieved by any Democrats before him. urges its readers to reach out to Dr.Taj's Campaign and donate generously. Your donations will provide the much needed fuel to keep the momentum of this campaign going!
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Nitish Kumar, the man who changed Bihar and gained respect for the state

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PATNA: There's an apocryphal story about Bihar, a sprawling state on the Gangetic plains of India that for decades held the dubious honour of being the most violent, poverty-stricken and corrupt in the land.

A Japanese minister visiting in the 1990s, shocked at the decrepit buildings, the darkness at night even in the centre of town and the crumbling roads, declared that it was all solvable.

"Give me three years," he told a state leader, "and I can turn Bihar into Japan."

"That's nothing," came the laconic reply from his host. "Give me three days and I will turn Japan into Bihar."

Reuters Report: India still a foreign investment hot spot - E&Y

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Written by: By Henry Foy MUMBAI (Reuters) - Foreign direct investment in India is set to swell in coming years as investors stomach a lack of transparency, poor infrastructure and policy paralysis in their search for growth, professional services firm Ernst & Young (E&Y) said in a report. Overseas investment in Asia's third-largest economy rose for the first time in three years in 2011, the report noted, as global investors put their faith in rising salaries, an expanding middle-class and a large and cheap labour force.

"The fundamentals that make India attractive to investors remain intact," Farokh T. Balsara, head of markets at Ernst & Young India, wrote in the report released on Sunday.

Tatas, Starbucks sign formal pact for opening cafe chain in India

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MUMBAI: Global coffee chain Starbucks will soon be making its way to India with Tata Global Beverages formally announcing a joint venture pact with the US-based company on Monday.

"The company has entered into a joint venture with Starbucks group whereby the newly- formed joint venture company Tata Starbucks Limited shall engage in the operation of Starbucks Cafes," Tata Global Beverages said in a regulatory filing.

Both parties had announced their intent to start Starbucks-branded cafes in India last year.

The Battle for Bihar- An article by Sudip Mazumdar

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Sleaze still plagues India. But one place is fighting back- Bihar

A recent article on Bihar by Sudip Mazumdar in provides an interesting insight into the status of corruption in Bihar; comparing it to the corruption rate around the country. Bihar is fighting it back with success. Economists Bibek Debroy and Laveesh Bhandari in their book "Corruption in India" have concluded that with the power of "political will" Bihar is now the least corrupt state in India. A very promising outlook for a state once tainted with lawlessness and with a corrupt reputation.

Michigan shares its birthday with India's Republic Day- January 26th

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Happy Republic Day India & Happy 175th Birthday Michigan!
Trivia compiled by Shailesh Raman

The official Sanskrit name for India is Bharat. INDIA has been called Bharat even in Satya Yuga (Golden Age)
1. The name ` India ’ is derived from the River Indus, the valleys around which were the home of the early settlers. The Aryan worshippers referred to the river Indus as the Sindhu.
2. The Persian invaders converted it into Hindu. The name ` Hindustan ’ combines Sindhu and Hindu and thus refers to the land of the Hindus.

Detroit Downtown is amongst the top 10 American Downtowns

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Recognition for Detroit- it's at #9 in the list of top 10 American Downtowns!

It’s no secret that the city of Detroit has fallen on tough times. Its downtown core has fared much better than the surrounding neighborhoods, but still has its share of vacant buildings and a frequent dearth of foot traffic. Nonetheless, Detroit’s downtown is one of the most architecturally impressive in the country, largely because the city began to decline before others began urban renewal efforts. These efforts would ultimately scar the cores of those cities. Detroit’s downtown, then, is a remarkable architectural testament to pre-World War II styles of construction. It also remains a center of employment in the greater metro areas, and it has revitalized in recent years with the addition of restaurants and sports facilities. And you can’t forget the legendary automobile manufacturing meccas of Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler, the original symbols of 20th century American innovation.
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GM reclaims the world's top automaker title!

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A great news for the Detroit Auto Industry- GM is once again the largest automaker in the world!

It's official. General Motors is again the world's largest automaker with global sales of 9.03 million vehicles in 2011. That was 11% higher than Volkswagen, which last week reported 2011 global sales of 8.16 million.

Toyota, which held the symbolic title from 2008 through 2010, has not yet reported its final 2011 sales, but last month, the Japanese automaker estimated it sold 7.9 million vehicles globally last year. Toyota's sales were constrained by production cuts caused by the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami in northeast Japan, and later in the year by flooding in Thailand.

Dad's snoring scares baby Jackson- Viral Video

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Going Viral on You Tube-

Two Months old Baby Jackson gets startled by the sound of his dad's snoring. Watch his smile change to a wide eyed shock every time he hears his dad's loud snore.Too cute to miss!

Uploaded on 28th December, 2011 this video currently has close to a 100,000 hits!

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