Doctor from Bihar makes groundbreaking research in cancer treatment

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St. Louis, USA: Dr. Inamul Haque, a Bihar-born scientists and an internationally known cancer biologist working jointly in the Kansas City Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Missouri, USA and the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas, USA has discovered the molecular mechanism for invasive and stem cell characteristics of pancreatic cancer.

Working in the area of new drug discovery and development of new therapies to treat breast and pancreatic cancer, Dr. Haque's research has the potential of providing cures for patients suffering from these devastating diseases. His mentors, Dr. Sushanta Banerjee and Dr. Snigdha Banerjee congratulated him for his invention and explained that this finding is valuable in both scientific and clinical aspects.

President Obama appoints Northville, MI woman to national libraries and museums board

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Northville’s Paula Gangopadhyay is passionate about museums. You would expect that from someone who serves as chief learning officer at The Henry Ford, which includes The Henry Ford museum and Greenfield Village. Her distinguished career also includes time as a curator at the Public Museum of Grand Rapids, and leadership positions at many other cultural institutions.
Gangopadhyay’s passion and expertise have been recognized at the national level. President Barack Obama has appointed her to the Museum and Library Services Board, an advisory body that advises the Institute of Museum and Library Service on general policy and practices, and on selections for the National Medals for Museum and Library Service. The board includes 20 members appointed by the President, as well as the director and deputy directors of Institute of Museum and Library Service.

Bihar Girl to represent India in Miss Universe 2012 at Las Vegas

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Samastipur: Shilpa Singh, a model hailing from Samastipur, Bihar would represent India in Miss Universe 2012 Beauty Pageant to be held at Las Vegas , US on December 19 this year.

Shilpa Singh, a Software Engineer by profession and a model by passion recently completed her engineering from NMIMS Mumbai. She currently works for Infosys Technologies.

Shilpa Singh was the 1st runner-up of I Am She – Miss Universe India 2012 but after the winner of I am She was dethroned due to conflict of age, the title was finally given to Shilpa who would now represent India in Miss Universe 2012 Contest at Las Vegas and Miss Globe International 2013.

Obama names Indian-American Srikanth 'Sri' Srinivasan as US federal judge

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Washington, June 12 (IANS) Chandigarh-born Indian-American legal liminary Srikanth 'Sri' Srinivasan has been nominated by President Barack Obama to what is "often called the nation's second-highest court", the US court of appeals for the American capital.

Srinivasan, 45, who in August last year was named principal deputy solicitor general of the US, succeeding another Indian American, Neal Kumar Katyal, creates history in becoming the first South Asian to be ever nominated to the circuit court. If confirmed, he will be just the third South Asian named to any federal judgeship.

Along with Srinivasan, the president also nominated Caitlin Halligan, to also serve on the same court.

Viswanathan Anand wins his fifth World Chess Championship title

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Indian Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand retained the World Chess Championships title after he beat Boris Gelfand in a tense tie-breaker.
May 30th MOSCOW: Viswanathan Anand has been crowned the World Chess Champion after he beat Israel's Boris Gelfand 2.5-1.5 in a tense tie-breaker at the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow. This is Viswanathan Anand's fifth crown and fourth in a row and he a prize money of approximately $1.4 million as prize money. He has been the world champion since 2007. In the tie-breaker, Anand went ahead after winning the second game in 77 moves following a draw in the first in 33 moves. The remaining two games also ended in a draw for a result of 2.5-1.5 as Anand defended his world championship title for the third time in a row.

Professor Prabhat Ranjan ‘enables’ quadriplegic IIM-A graduate

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AHMEDABAD: Imagine spending 13 long years unable to move a finger, dependent on your family for all your daily needs. That was the life of 1993 batch alumnus of Indian Institute of Management - Ahmedabad (IIMA) Suresh Karat. But, not anymore. Suresh is now enjoying a new sense of liberation.

Today, he can surf the internet and also interact with his teenage son. Thanks to an innovation from Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology (DAIICT), Karat is now able to use a computer to type and express his feelings just by moving his head and blinking his eyes. IIM-A alumni rallied behind Suresh and funded the innovation.

Bollyfit Creator Anuja Rajendra appointed to Michigan Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports

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LANSING: Governor Rick Snyder last week announced four appointments and four reappointments to the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports. The 15-member council was established in 1992 to urge an increase in the physical activity and an improvement in the health of Michiganders. "Good general health,fitness is an integral part of our reinvention of Michigan," said Snyder. "I look forward to the work of these individuals to improve quality of life for all citizens". Anuja Rajendra, of Ann Arbor, is the founder and CEO of BollyFit, focused on improving physical and mental fitness through Bollywood-inspired dance classes. She also designed an ice dance routine performed by silver medalists at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, the first ever Indian dance-inspired routine. She earned a bachelor's degree in industrial and operational engineering and a master's of business administration in entrepreneurship and international business, both from the University of Michigan.

Dr Ratan Kumar Sinha new Atomic Energy Commission-India Chairman

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Director of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) Ratan Kumar Sinha on Monday took charge as Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) and Secretary in the Department of Atomic Energy from incumbent Srikumar Banerjee.

Sinha, a topper in mechanical engineering from Patna University who headed the reactor design group at BARC for several years, will guide the Indian nuclear sector in its next phase in which large indigenous as well as foreign reactors would be installed to rapidly ramp up India’s nuclear power generation capacity. “My priority will be removing irrational fear about radiation from people’s mind as
nuclear energy will have a larger role in our growth,” Sinha told Deccan Herald over phone from Mumbai.

Lawrence Tech names new President: Virinder K. Moudgil

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Lawrence Technological University named Virinder K. Moudgil as its new president today. Moudgil, who has served as provost and led academic affairs at Oakland University since 2001, will assume office July 1. He will be the seventh president at the 4,500-student private university, succeeding Lewis N. Walker. Walker has served in several Lawrence Tech leadership roles, including president since 2006, and has been named to a one-year term as the university’s chancellor beginning July 1.

“Dr. Moudgil has a strong record of leading exemplary academic progress and program development,” Lloyd E. Reuss, chairman of the Lawrence Tech Board of Trustees, said in a statement. “He is an excellent communicator and we anticipate that he will accelerate Lawrence Tech’s advancement and services to students and the professions across Michigan and the nation.”

Indian-American linguist Dr. Jahangeer Warsi wins US Academic Award

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Washington: An Indian American professor, Dr. Mohammad Jahangeer Warsi, has been selected as a 2011-2012 recipient of the James E. McLeod Faculty Recognition Award by the students of Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.Previously called the Faculty Awards, this year the ArtSci Council decided to rename the event in honour of one of their biggest supporters James E. McLeod.
Viewed as a very prestigious honour in academics, the award is given to those who have positively and profoundly influenced the educational experiences to the students at Washington University. Warsi, a gold medallist linguist from Aligarh Muslim University and a West Bengal Academy award holder, will receive the honour April 16 at a Recognition Ceremony hosted by the School Council, the undergraduate organization and executive governing body for the College of Arts & Sciences.

The brain behind the 5-Hour Energy Drink - Manoj Bhargava of Farmington Hills

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In his first ever press interview with Forbes last week Manoj Bhargava calls his hugely popular 5-Hour energy drink a "focus drink"- A small two ounce drink that boasts of around 300 minutes of stimualtion with out the side effects like a sugar crash. This mini drink is sold by Living Essentials LLC, a privately held company that made more than $600 million dollars in retail sale according to the Forbes Magazine. Manoj Bhargava a Wharton graduate is originally a Farmington Hills native.It took a mere six months for this enterpreneur to market his magic portion to stores like Walgreen, Rite Aid and finally Wal-Mart where this product saw a meteoric rise in sales.The ingredients of 5- Hour Drinks are caffeiene, vitamins, amino acids and many other nutrients. This story The Mystery Monk Making Billions With 5-Hour Energy will appear in the February 27 edition of Forbes magazine. Read an excerpt from Forbes article:

Raj Nair is named the Ford Motor Company’s Global Product Chief

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Effective April 2012, Mr. Raj Nair will be serving Ford Motor Company as the new Vice President, Global Product Development. Before his new appointment, Raj Nair worked as the Vice President- Engineering of the Global Product Development where he was responsible for all engineering related to Ford and Lincoln cars, trucks, SUVs and crossover vehicles. He also lead the development and implementation of the Ford brand globally.

Nair holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with an automotive specialty from Kettering University in Flint, Michigan. He was also named the recipient of the 2007 Kettering Alumni Achievement Award in Engineering.

Hind Rattan Award 2012 to Hari Shanker Sharma on January 25, 2012

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Photograph of Hind Rattan Award Ceremony for Dr. Hari Shanker Sharma of Uppsala, Sweden in New Delhi on January 25, 2012 on te´he eve of Republic Day of India, 26th January. The award was given to Hari Sharma by Defence Minister of India and Chief Justice of Supreme Court of India. Dr. Hari Sharma was awarded this Government of India - Hind Rattan exceptional work in neuroscience that has great impact on human lives. Hari Shanker Sharma, (Swedish Citizen), Docent in Neuroanatomy (UU); Professor of Neurobiology (MRC), is currently working in Uppsala University Hospital, Department of Surgical Sciences, Division of Anesthesiology & Intensive Care Medicine, Uppsala University, Sweden. Hari Sharma did his Higher Secondary Schooling in 1969 from Dalmianagar and did his Bachelor of Science with Honors from the prestigious L S College Muzaffarpur, Bihar University, India in 1973 and secured 1st position.

January Meeting For All Democrats- Meet Sam Singh, January 17th

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About Sam Singh
Sam Singh is a Community Leader
The year after he graduated from MSU, Sam Singh was elected at the age of 24 to the East Lansing City Council. He subsequently won re-election for two additional terms serving a total of 12 years in local government. In 2005, Sam was elected as the youngest Mayor in the city’s history. He worked tirelessly to build bridges between the university and city, promoted regional collaboration, supported aggressive economic development and expanded strong environmental policies.

India's First Ironman - Anuradha Vaidyanathan

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Anuradha Vaidyanathan is India first Ironman athlete. The multi-tasking 30-year-old PhD holder and entrepreneur tells us about the challenges she's had to face and how she made it. Very few of us may have even heard of the sporting event she represents. Fewer are probably aware of the extreme physical endurance it demands.

Ironman one-day triathlon that involves a 3.8km swim, 180km bicycle ride and a 42.2km run. The relatively 'easier' triathlon event is the Ultraman -- a three-day stage race that involves a 10km swim, 420km bicycle ride and an 84.4km run

Anuradha Vaidyanathan is India's first Ironman athlete and one of the only 450 people in the world to have finished an Ultraman.

IIT alumnus Soumitra Dutta named Dean of Ivy league Cornell's Business School

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NEW YORK: IIT-Delhi alumnus Soumitra Dutta has been named the new Dean of the Ivy league Cornell University's business school, joining a growing list of noted Indian-origin academicians assuming leaderships roles at prestigious global universities.

Dutta, 48, is the first Indian-origin dean at the 66-year old Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management.

He will become the 11th dean of the New York-based Cornell University's business school when he begins his renewable five-year term on July 1. He is currently a professor of business and technology and founder and faculty director of a new-media and technology innovation lab at INSEAD's French campus, where he has been for more than 20 years.

Nirupama Pandey - First Woman from Bihar to scale the Mt. Everest

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Nirupama first from Bihar to unfurl Tiranga on Mt Everest. Squadron Leader Nirupama Pandey has become the first person from Bihar to climb the 8848 mt high Mount Everest. Ms Pandey performed the feat on May 25 this year.

A Bihar information department statement here today said Ms Pandey, a class-I, Gazetted Officer from Indian Air Force, presently posted to Air Force station, Rajokri, New Delhi under Headquarters, Western Air Command, New Delhi has achieved the distinction of becoming the first person from Bihar to unfurl the 'Tiranga' on the highest point of earth, Mount Everest.

Shikha Raman of Farmington Hills - Winner of 2011 'I Can Make History' Poetry Competition

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Shikha Raman, a fifth grader at Power Upper Elementary School, 34740 Rhonswood Street, Farmington Hills was declared the winner of the 'I Can Make History' 2011 Poetry Competition. Sponsored by Kroger, CBS Radio and 98.7 AMP radio , 'I Can Make History' is a contest organized in the month of Feburary commemorating the Black History Month in Michigan.

In the recently declared results Shikha Raman was congratulated by the contest organizers for honoring and recognizing the efforts of the Black leaders with beautiful poetic words.Her poem was selected amongst the hundreds of entries accepted by Kroger. As a prize, Shikha recieved a Dell Inspiron 15R-2nd Gen - Intel Core i5 laptop and a certificate recognizing excellence in poetry.

Another accolade for Super 30 founder - Anand Kumar

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Patna, May 10: Super 30 founder Anand Kumar would be conferred the Excellence in Education Award 2011 in a function at Doha, the capital of Qatar, on May 13.

The city-based mathematician, who has helped over 200 students from underprivileged families to clear the IIT-JEE, has been selected for this award jointly by the Doha chapter of Bihar Foundation and the Indian Association for Bihar and Jharkhand in Doha. These two organisations are organising a special programme to celebrate the 100th year of Bihar.

The Pioneer of Zinc - Dr. Ananda Prasad

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Ananda Prasad, M.D., Ph.D., distinguished professor of Internal Medicine in the Department of Oncology at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and a member of the Division of Hematology/Oncology at Wayne State University School of Medicine, recently received the 2010 Mahidol Award in the Field of Public Health for his groundbreaking research. Dr. Prasad is a world renowned zinc expert.

The award is presented annually by the Prince Mahidol Award Foundation of Thailand. It recognizes researchers and physicians for outstanding contributions in the field of public health "for the sake of the well-being of the peoples." The honor includes a medal, a certificate and $50,000.

Sunil Agarwal of Nova Consultants in Novi: Transforming to solar power helped to reinvent company

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Sunil Agrawal and other executives from Nova Consultants plan to attend the unveiling Monday of one of the state's largest solar power systems in Michigan at Monroe County Community College. The $3-million, 500-kilowatt system was designed and constructed by Nova as part of DTE Energy's utility-owned SolarCurrents program.

Agrawal, 55, said the project is just one of several major solar-power systems that the firm has completed over the past two years as the company has transformed itself from an environmental engineering company into an installer of solar power systems.

Meet Motivational Speaker and Life Coach - Dr. Padmaja Nandigama of Farmington Hills

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Dr. Padmaja Nandigama is extremely effective in giving motivational talks.With a doctorate in Psychology and an immense passion to help others, she is well qualified to motivate subjects of different age groups on diverse issues. If you are looking for a motivational speaker for your event, Dr. Padmaja can offer you different motivational themes like:

*Building self esteem.
*Improving communication.
*Developing attitudes to shape life.
*Motivating yourself and others.
*Emotional balance in a chaotic world.

K. Venkatesh Prasad: Ford Technical Leader Known as the Company’s ‘What’s Next’ Guy

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Who K. Venkatesh Prasad, group and senior technical leader, Vehicle Design and Infotronics, Ford Research and Innovation
Role Leader of the team responsible for research and architecture of electrical, electronic and embedded software technologies. Member of Ford’s 12-person global Technology Advisory Board, chaired by the CTO
Did you know?Prasad, a Silicon Valley transplant, who openly admitted to knowing little about the automobile when he joined Ford in 1996, is one of the masterminds behind the successful Ford SYNC® in-car connectivity system

Call of the Native - Chandrakant Singh

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Chandrakant Singh grew up studying by the light of a kerosene lamp in a nondescript village, Chamanpura, in Bihar's Gopalganj district in the '80s. By 2004, engineer Chandrakant was posted to Germany on a two-year assignment by his then employer Bosch India. Stuttgart in Germany, where Singh was based, afforded him all creature comforts. Yet, old memories kept coming back to him Of Chamanpura.

With those memories came self-realisation, of the need to do something for the next generation of children in his native village. Only, Singh didn't know how. He groped for solutions on his return in 2006, from offering scholarships to some to funding the entire education of others to inspiring educated youngsters from the village to teach children. The solution presented itself soon after. "I needed to make quality education available to everyone," he says.

The Super Teacher of Super 30 - Abhayanand

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Shri Abhayanand IPS (1977 batch) currently serving as Additional Director General of Bihar Police joined hands with Centre for Social Responsibility & Leadership to provide free coaching to under previliged students of India for IIT-JEE and AIEEE. Money for the same comes from PSUs. This blog is a portal for coming together of those seeking help in preparing for IIT-JEE and for those willing to help the needy. Abhayanand, the co founder of 'Super 30' , one of the prestigious coaching institutes that grooms poor children for admission to the IITs, gets talking about his success story.

Abhayanand, the co- founder of the pioneering coaching institute, Super 30, that grooms poor children for admission to the prestigious IITs, is the new director- general of police ( DGP) in Bihar. The 1977- batch IPS officer who was holding the post of ADG ( training), took charge from Neelmani, who retired on Wednesday.

Michigan's Vaidehi Dongre - Winner of the singing competition "Swarangan 2011"

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Vaidehi Dongre(15) of Troy was recently declared winner in the children’s category of the much acclaimed singing competition Swarangan 2011. Swarangan is a singing competition organized by the popular internet radio station The final round of the singing competition was held at Chicago, live at the Bruhan Maharashtra Mandal (BMM)’s Annual Convention, July 2011 that attracted thousands of patrons from all over United States. Vaidehi was also the lead dancer in during the opening and closing ceremony of the BMM Convention.

Vaidehi, a sophomore at the International Academy is a multi-talented young lady. She hails from a family of second generation Hindustani classical music singers. Her father has been her early year’s teacher. Currently, Vaidehi is learning music from Guru Shuchta Athlekar , from Mumbai.

Vote for 'Troy First' - Vote for Amin Hashmi for Troy City Council

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VOTE TODAY!! Nov 8th Tuesday
My name is Amin Hashmi and I am running for the Troy City Council office. The elections will be November 8th. The stance that I am running on is Troy First. I believe that Troy, especially in recent months, has been bogged down by partisan politics and we, as a community, need to reunify for Troy’s further development.

I seek your support in voting for me. Please mark your calendars on November 8th and polling is from 7 A.M to 8 P.M. Also, if you can spread the word out to your friends, neighbors, and coworkers by giving out my website ( and Facebook page (

Support Ramesh Verma - Candidate for Novi City Council

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VOTE TODAY!! Nov 8th Tuesday
Ramesh Verma, a Novi resident for over 32 years and an active community leader announces his candidacy for the Novi City Council. Ramesh Verma was born in Burma and was brought up in India. After his graduation in civil engineering, he joined Indian Army as a commissioned officer. He has worked with a diverse group of people and learned their languages, customs, and religions. He left India as a Captain in the Corps of Engineers when he came to USA in 1972.
I firmly believe in fiscal discipline, smaller government for better governance and freedom of expression. I pledge to work in the areas for enhancement to improve the quality of services to senior citizens, support public safety and further economic development. I humbly request your valued support and vote in my candidacy to the Novi City Council - Ramesh Verma
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Dr. Syed Taj for Congress 2012

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Dr. Syed Taj runs for the US Congress.

Born and raised in India, I left my home in the 1970’s to obtain my post graduate training in medicine. In 1982 my wife, Sofia and I moved to Michigan to join her relatives and begin a new life and start a family. I began my career as a medical resident and worked my way up to become the Chief of Medicine at Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center in Dearborn. My wife, Sofia, my son, Asad and I live in the home we built in Canton. My wife is an accomplished artist, Urdu author and poet and my son is studying hard at the University of Michigan in preparation for medical school next year. I am extremely proud of my family.

Neelam Chhiber awarded as India's Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2011: WEF

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More than 140 applicants entered the seventh annual “Social Entrepreneur of the Year” selection process for India, and four finalists emerged after several stages of rigorous assessment.

The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, a sister organization of the World Economic Forum, in partnership with the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation announced Neelam Chhiber, Managing Director, Indus Tree Crafts Foundation (ICF), as the winner of the 2011 India Social Entrepreneur of the Year award. The award was conferred in Mumbai at a ceremony attended by over 200 participants in the presence of Prithviraj Chavan, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Ashwani Kumar, Minister of State for Planning, Science, Technology and Earth Sciences of India, and Klaus Schwab, Executive Chairman and Founder of the World Economic Forum.

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