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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
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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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Kejriwal’s Door to Door Donation Drive is a Farce: Munish Raizada

Chanda Bandh Satyagraha makes an appeal that AAP should immediately restore donors' list on its website and then only seek new donations.

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Dr. Munish Raizada along with his Chanda Bandh Satyagraha team outside the office of AAP MLA Jarnail Singh (Tilak Nagar). File photo

Chicago: The Aam Aadmi Party Convener and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has launched a door to door campaign seeking donations for the AAP.  According to former overseas co-coordinator of Aam Aadmi Party, Dr. Munish Raizada, this is nothing more than a misleading campaign!

Raizada says that Kejriwal has no moral right to seek donations from common man as he has dismantled financial transparency in AAP by removing donors list from its website. Displaying donors’ list showing real time donations and making the income and expenditure accounts available online were the basis and the promise of the AAP, emphasised Raizada.

Now, after hiding donors’ list and its balance sheets from the public, the AAP cannot claim to be practising alternative politics.

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Lack of financial transparency in the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP prompted a group of NRIs, who once worked to mobilise funds and support for the party, to turn against it. (File photo)

It may be noted that AAP removed the list of donors from its website in June 2016. Moreover, since then AAP has been surrounded with controversies related to donations. AAP had also received Rs 30.67 crore Income Tax notice, last year in November, implying that all is not well with AAP’s accounts, says Raizada.

He further questions Kejriwal, that if AAP has nothing to hide about its accounts and if AAP is honest with its account keeping then why is Kejriwal hiding the donations?

Even the donation policy that was earlier the pride of every AAP volunteer has been done away with. The donation policy on AAP website used to state: “Every single rupee donated to the party will be published on the website immediately along with the details of the donor. Every expense done by the party will also be published on the website.”

But rather than putting the donors’ list in public domain, the party’s corrupt leadership started blaming BJP and I.T. Department for harassing its donors.

 

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Chanda Bandh Satygrah demands restoration of  lost values in AAP ( File Photo)

 

Opaque political funding is the fountain head of corruption. Further, Raizada says that if the party cannot be transparent in its political funding, then talking about fighting corruption and graft is a mere rhetoric. He said that the appeals by Chanda Bandh Satyagraha have fallen on deaf ears as far as the party’s

leadership is concerned. 

Chanda Bandh Satyagraha makes an appeal that AAP should immediately restore donors’ list on its website and then only seek new donations. Chanda Bandh Satyagraha was started by AAP’s volunteers in 2016, with an appeal to the public not to donate to AAP unless it makes its donation lists open and transparent.