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Naperville’s Indian Community Outreach program to offer scholarship to Indian students

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Chicago, Illinois: The Naperville Indian Community Outreach (ICO) has brought a great opportunity for the students of Indian origin who made their mark in the fields of academics, Sports, Arts (Visual, Film, Music, Dance, Digital Arts, Painting, Photography, Poetry, Drama, Theater etc.), Leadership, and Community Service. The Lotus Excellence Awards by ICO will be held on April 21, 2016.

The press release issued in this regard stated that applicants to be selected for the award should have good academic background with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 or 4.0 on a scale of 5.0. The cash value set for each award is $500. The submission of applications for the award will take place till April 4th, 2016.

Krishna Bansal, Chairman of the India Community Outreach, said: “The primary mission of ICO is to embrace, preserve, and promote the Cultural Heritage and contributions of Indian-Americans while educating them to get involved with the City of Naperville.”

Krishna Bansal, Chairman of the India Community Outreach.
Krishna Bansal, Chairman of the India Community Outreach.

Each award category can hold multiple recipients. The press release further said that those eligible and encouraged to participate in the event are the students of School District 203, 204 or residents of Naperville studying at Private Schools/Home Schools/IMSA.

Selected applicants will get notified by April 15th, 2016 and the award presentation will take place on April 21st, 2016.

The Chairman of ICO also advised students of Indian origin to come in large numbers and desired full participation by them to submit applications for the ICO’s Lotus Excellence Awards.

Saily Joshi, an ICO Board Member, suggested the participants for the award to carefully fill the applications and in entirety since failure to do so will result in getting disqualified from the selection process.

Another ICO Board Member Smita Bhatia stated that additional information about the Lotus Excellence Award can be had on www.napervilleindian.com. “The students may email their queries, if any, to studentaward@napervilleindian.com”, she added.

Chicago is one of the major cities of the United States, situated in the Illinois state. It is the largest city in the Great Lakes Megalopolis. This metropolitan region is home to a huge Indian community.

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  • Shriya Katoch

    This is such an exciting opportunity .

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Indian Cuisine becomes the most sought after in Moscow

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Indian cuisine in FIFA World cup
Indian dishes available in Moscow during FIFA World Cup 2018, representational image, wikimedia commons

June 17, 2018:

Restaurateurs Prodyut and Sumana Mukherjee have not only brought Indian cuisine to the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 here but also plan to dish out free dinner to countrymen if Argentina wins the trophy on July 15.

Based in Moscow for the last 27 years, Prodyut and Sumana run two Indian eateries, “Talk Of The Town” and “Fusion Plaza”.

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Both restaurants serve popular Indian dishes like butter chicken, kebabs and a varied vegetarian spread.

During the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

The Mukherjees, hailing from Kolkata, are die-hard fans of Argentina. Despite Albiceleste drawing 1-1 with Iceland in their group opener with Lionel Messi failing to sparkle, they believe Jorge Sampaoli’s team can go the distance.

“I am an Argentina fan. I have booked tickets for a quarterfinal match, a semifinal and of course the final. If Argentina goes on to lift

During the World Cup, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia
FIFA World Cup 2018, Wikimedia Commons.

“We have been waiting for this World Cup. Indians come in large numbers during the World Cup and we wanted these eateries to be a melting point,” he added.

According to Cutting Edge Events, FIFA’s official sales agency in India for the 2018 World Cup, India is amongst the top 10 countries in terms of number of match tickets bought.

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Prodyut came to Moscow to study engineering and later started working for a pharmaceutical company here before trying his hand in business. Besides running the two restaurants with the help of his wife, he was into the distribution of pharmaceutical products.

“After Russia won the first match of the World Cup, the footfall has gone up considerably. The Indians are also flooding in after the 6-9 p.m. game. That is the time both my restaurants remain full,” Prodyut said.

There are also plans to rope in registered fan clubs of Latin American countries, who will throng the restaurants during matches and then follow it up with after-game parties till the wee hours.

“I did get in touch with some of the fan clubs I had prior idea about. They agreed to come over and celebrate the games at our joints. Those will be gala nights when both eateries will remain open all night for them to enjoy,” Prodyut said.

Watching the World Cup is a dream come true for the couple, Sumana said.

“We want to make the Indians who have come here to witness the spectacle and feel at home too. We always extend a helping hand and since we are from West Bengal, we make special dishes for those who come from Bengal,” she added. (IANS)