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Jamaica, New York, October 8, 2016:

Come October 28, and Indo-Caribbean Alliance (ICA) will felicitate New York senator Roxxane Persaud and other leaders on their 4th annual gala.

The event will be held at NYC Arena located at 91-12 144th Place, Jamaica, NY 11435 at 8pm.

For the event, one attractive theme would be a Grand Masquerade Ball reminiscent of “A Night In Venice.”

The emcee will be Shamina Rai, former producer and host of the Emmy Award Winning PIX 11 News and will feature an evening of food, cocktails and live entertainment by Amit Inderdeo.

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Senator Roxanne Persaud
New York Senator Roxanne Persaud will be honored at the upcoming Indo-Caribbean Alliance gala to be held on October 28,2016 in New York

About Indo-Caribbean Alliance (ICA): It is a nonprofit organisation that provides vital programs, services, and advocacy in New York City. The gala will highlight ICA’s work over the past year, and honor individuals who have made significant contributions to Indo-Caribbean society in America. The event raises funds to enhance and expand ICA’s efforts to empower the community and strengthen the fight for social justice.

Senator Roxanne J. Persaud was elected to the 19th Senatorial District in November 2015 after serving in the State Assembly. Roxanne spent many years as a Higher Education Administrator prior to being elected to the State Legislature.

Shamina Rai
Shamina Rai will be the Emcee for the upcoming Indo-Caribbean Alliance gala to be held on October 28,2016 in New York

In addition, she was a member of Community Action Board of the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development and Chairperson of the Neighborhood Advisory Board – District 18. Her dedication towards community involvement and her interest in helping others stretches well beyond Brooklyn.

Roxanne was born in Guyana, South America and migrated to the United States with her parents and siblings. She is a graduate of Pace University from which she holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Education Administration.

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“I thank the Indo-Caribbean Alliance (ICA) for selecting me as an Honoree. ICA’s commitment to advocating for the community in general and the Indo-Caribbean population specifically must be commended. Their work speaks of true commitment to education and involvement while bridging the gap between generations” said Senator Roxanne J. Persaud. “I look forward to their success as the organisation continues its growth.”

ICA’s Chairperson Faudia Baijnauth said: “We are excited for this year’s Venetian masquerade-themed gala honoring Senator Persaud and other leaders. It’s one of the highly anticipated events in the community with the most influential individuals. It’s also an opportunity for us to show how we have improved and expanded our programs”.

“We are thrilled to support the important work ICA does every day in the neighbourhood and look forward to continuing to partner with them” said Hero Sponsor and Host Committee Member Patrick Kearns of Leo F. Kearns Funeral Homes.

“For decades Indo-Caribbean business owners, entrepreneurs and immigrant community have contributed so much to making Jamaica the #1 neighbourhood in NYC. We are so grateful for ICA and their contributions especially in educating and empowering the youth in Jamaica and look forward to another record-breaking gala at the NYC Arena.” said Rhonda Binda, Executive Director of the Jamaica Business Improvement District and Host Committee Member.

“ICA helps to ensure that the community we call home continues to thrive. I am proud to contribute in a very small way to support these collective triumphs” said Adrian Drepaul, Hero Sponsor. “Indo-Caribbeans and South Asians are a growing force in Queens and I am inspired by the great work our people are doing.”

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Tickets and more information available online at www.indocaribbean.org/gala-2016For more information, email gala@indocaribbean.org or call 347-566-1422.

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

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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.

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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)