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Indian American Business Council (IABC) hosted a high profile reception with dignitaries from India, South Africa, El Salvador, and America on Thursday, August 11

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IAB Council which held a reception yesterday with Acharya Dr. Lokesh Muni as the chief guest. Image source: IABC

Chicago, August 13, 2016: With India’s 70th Independence Day (August 15) approaching, Indian American Business Council (IABC) hosted a high profile reception with dignitaries from India, South Africa, El Salvador, and America on Thursday, August 11.

The celebration took place at Northwest Suburban College in Rolling Meadows, IL. IABC earlier has been soft launched in the presence of Governor Hon. Matt Bevin and Louisville Mayor Hon. Greg Fischer in May this year in 2016, in Louisville, Kentucky.

Indian American Business Council. Image source: nrinews24x7.com
Indian American Business Council. Image source: nrinews24x7.com

Newly formed a trade organisation, IAB Council, was graced with presence and enlightening words from Chief Guest, Acharya Dr Lokesh Muni Ji who was introduced as an ambassador of peace. He shared that ahimsa, unity, and cooperation is the key requirements for any progress. Further, he announced the setting up of a World Peace University in Gurgaon India with a central goal of combatting violence and terrorism in the society and introducing the principles of nonviolence.

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The IAB Council is an umbrella organisation, which supports small and medium size businesses that are particularly interested in expanding their business in the global market. Council also provides full-scale services to investors from across the globe to match their investment with opportunities for secure and maximum growth. IAB Council is Illinois registered not-for-profit organisation and is currently operating in Illinois, Kentucky and India. IAB Council’s strategic partners include Indian Diaspora Club, Government Technology Foundation, Indo-American Friends Group, VisionOne, CSR Virgil, and VNA & Partners. Apart from that, Illinois Chamber of Commerce, IL SBDC International trade Center and others are the Strategic collaborators to the organisation.

Attorney, Ms Chipo Nyambuya, principal of Virgil LLC presented an overview of creative investments and legalities for Investment in the USA and across the globe. Ms Nyambuya also provided the members present in the ceremony,with the highlights of the investment opportunities present for businesses. CEO-Center for Strategic Solutions, Mr Mohammed Faheem presented the talk on WIOA grants for workforce development and retention. Founder and Chair of IAB Council Board, Ms Poonam Gupta-Krishnan, had the audience mesmerised by the vision and the success that Council achieved in a short period of time.

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Earlier,  Harish Kolasani, IABC President welcomed the distinguished gathering and introduced the Council executive team including Keerthi Kumar Ravoori, Mohammed Faheem, Dr Sanhita Agnihotri, Nazneen Hashmi and he invited Chief Guest Acharya Dr Muni to light the ceremonial lamp.  Keerthi Kumar Ravoori welcomed the gathering and outlined the mission and highlighted IABC’s upward trajectory in opening chapters in other states and facilitating business alliances.  Dr Vijay Prabhakar applauded the efforts of IABC for its trailblazing work in industriously promoting Indo-US relations through business partnerships.

Among the dignitaries present include Shakira Motan, Consul Economic, South Africa; Silvia Toledo Enriquez, Mexico; Nakul Chand, Air India, Syed Hussaini, WinTrust, Ajai Agnihotri, FIA Trustee  along with over 30 Industrialists, 10 legal professional, and many small-medium businesses. Dr Sanhita Agnihotri proposed a vote of thanks and invited the IABC team to present a shawl to showcase welcome and esteem to Acharya Dr Muni.  The evening closed with guests engaging in networking over Indian dinner.

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Northeast is Fast Emerging as the new Start-up Destination, Says Minister Jitendra Singh

Due to improvement in connectivity and transport facility in the last two years, coupled with concentrated administrative focus, more and more youngsters are now heading towards the northeastern states to venture into entrepreneurship

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Union Minister of State for Development of the North Eastern Region Jitendra Singh. Wikimedia

New Delhi, October 16, 2017 : Union Minister of State for Development of the North Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh claimed that the area was fast emerging as the new start-up destination for youngsters from all over India, an official statement on Monday.

Due to improvement in connectivity and transport facility in the last two years, coupled with concentrated administrative focus, more and more youngsters are now heading towards the northeastern states to venture into entrepreneurship and take advantage of its unexplored potential, he said, according to a DoNER Ministry statement.

Citing an example, he said in certain areas of Northeast, including states like Arunachal Pradesh, “while almost 40 per cent of the fruit goes waste on account of lack of adequate storage and transport facilities, the same can be used to produce and manufacture fresh and pure fruit juice at a much more cost-effective price”.

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During an interaction with youngsters, Jitendra Singh also pointed out that many new airports coming up at Pakyong (Sikkim), Itanagar and Shillong, which along with a time-bound plan to lay broad-gauge rail track, would bring in further ease of doing business.

“Another sector of entrepreneurship which is fast emerging in Northeast is the medical and healthcare sector.

“For years, there has been a trend for patients to shift outside the region, mostly to Kolkata or Vellore, but the encouragement given to the private corporate sector has now resulted in the opening of new hospitals within the region itself and young entrepreneurs are taking the lead,” he said. (IANS)

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India Demands Data on UN Staff Misconduct, Use of Immunity

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India has demanded the secretariat disclose information about misconduct by UN staff. Flickr

United Nations, Oct 7: In an attempt to break the wall of silence around the crimes and UN staff misconduct and those on its assignments, India has demanded the secretariat disclose information about such cases and the immunity invoked against prosecutions.

Yedla Umasankar, the legal advisor in India’s UN Mission, touched a raw nerve here by criticising the UN on Friday for not vigorously following up allegations of serious wrongdoing by its employees who enjoy the equivalent of diplomatic immunity, a prized possession of its staff.

“It appears that the UN system itself may be reluctant to waive immunity even for serious misconduct carried out by its personnel while serving on its missions, so that such cases can be prosecuted by the host governments,” he told the General Assembly’s committee on legal affairs.

“Even a few of such instances or allegations of crimes committed by UN personnel is highly damaging for the image and credibility of the United Nations system and its work around the world,” he added.

His statement also touched on the practice of some countries that protect their wrongdoers at the UN.

Umasankar demanded that secretariat disclose how many cases of serious misconduct by UN personnel were registered and the number of cases where the UN refused to waive immunity to allow their prosecution.

He also wanted to know in how many cases the host country wanted the immunity waived so it can prosecute those accused; the number of times the UN asked the host country or the country that sent them to prosecute them; how many times it consulted countries before waiver of the immunity of their personnel and how many of them refused UN’s request to waive their citizens’ immunity.

The information he wanted does not cover the diplomats sent by member countries to represent them at UN bodies and enjoy diplomatic immunity with the nations hosting the UN facilities.

After scores of serious allegations of sexual misconduct by peacekeepers, especially exploitation of children, the UN vowed to uphold a policy of zero tolerance and began publishing data on such cases in peacekeeping operations including how they were dealt with.

Starting with the year 2015, it began identifying the nationalities of those accused.

However, it has not made public a roster detailing all the allegations and proven cases of serious misconduct across the entire UN.

While the focus has been on sexual exploitation and abuse reported on peacekeeping operations, Umasankar said that “at a broader level, the issue of accountability has remained elusive in some cases”.

He attributed it to “the complexities of legal aspects relating to sovereignty and jurisdiction”, the immunity or privileges that may be necessary for UN operations, and the capability or willingness of countries to investigate and prosecute the accused.

He noted that the UN itself cannot make criminal prosecutions.

While Indian laws has provisions for dealing with crimes committed abroad by its citizens, not all countries have them, he said.

Those countries should be encouraged and helped to implement such measures, he added. (IANS)

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Indo-Pak Peace Talks Futile Unless Islamabad Sheds Links with Terrorism, says Study

A Study by a U.S. think tank calls India and Pakistan talks futile, until Pakistan changes its approach.

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India and Pakistan. Wikimedia.

A Top United States of America (U.S.) think tank, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace called the relations between India and Pakistan futile, unless Islamabad changes its approach and sheds its links with Jihadi terrorism.

A report “Are India and Pakistan Peace Talks Worth a Damn”, authored by Ashley J Tellis stated that such a move supported by foreign countries would be counterproductive and misguided.

The report suggests that International community’s call for the India and Pakistan talks don’t recognize that the tension between the two countries is not actually due to the sharp differences between them, but due to the long rooted ideological, territorial and power-political hatred. The report states that these antagonisms are fueled by Pakistani army’s desire to subvert India’s powerful global position.

Tellis writes that Pakistan’s hatred is driven by its aim to be considered and treated equal to India, despite the vast differences in their achievements and capabilities.

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New Delhi, however, has kept their stance clear and mentioned that India and Pakistan talks cannot be conducted, until, the latter stops supporting terrorism, and the people conducting destructive activities in India.

The report further suggests that Pakistan sees India as a genuine threat and continuously uses Jihadi terrorism as a source to weaken India. The report extends its support to India’s position and asks other international powers, including the U.S., to extend their support to New Delhi.

Earlier in September, Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) slammed Pakistan for its continuous terror activities. She attacked the country by saying that India has produced engineers, doctors, and scholars; Pakistan has produced terrorists.

Sushma Swaraj further said that when India is being recognised in the world for its IT and achievements in the space, Pakistan is producing Terrorist Organisations like Lashkar-e-Taiba. She said that Pakistan is the world’s greatest exporter of havoc, death and inhumanity.

-by Megha Acharya  of NewsGram. Megha can be reached at @ImMeghaacharya.