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2021 Indiaspora government leaders list recognises over 200 public officials of Indian heritage in senior government positions

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Washington, D.C., San Francisco, CA, United States, February 18: (ANI/BusinessWire India): Indiaspora, a nonprofit community of global Indian diaspora leaders from various backgrounds and professions, held a launch event on February 15 to kick off the release of their 2021 Indiaspora government leaders List recognizing public officials of the Indian diaspora who are leaders in their countries’ governments.
The virtual launch included a conversation with honorees from the List: U.S. Congressman Ami Bera, Chairman of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia; Ambassador NiermalaBadrising, Suriname’s Ambassador to the U.S. and formerly Suriname’s Minister of Foreign Affairs; and Lord Dolar Popat, Member of the House of Lords and the U.K. Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Rwanda, Uganda and DRC. The conversation was moderated by Dr. Aparna Pande, Director of the Initiative on the Future of India and South Asia at Hudson Institute.
“It is an honor to be included on the 2021 Indiaspora Government Leaders List. As the longest-serving Indian-American Member of Congress, I am proud to be a leader in the Indian American community, which has become an integral part of American life and society,” said Congressman Ami Bera, Chairman of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia.
Drawing from government websites and other publicly available resources, the 2021 Indiaspora Government Leaders List recognizes more than 200 leaders of Indian heritage who have ascended to the highest echelons of public service in 15 countries across the globe, with more than 60 of these leaders holding Cabinet positions.
“It is a huge source of pride to have the first woman and first person of color as the Vice President of the world’s oldest democracy be someone of Indian heritage. We wanted to use this seminal moment on Presidents’ Day to highlight a host of others in the diaspora who also is in public service,” said Indiaspora Founder MR Rangaswami, a Silicon Valley-based entrepreneur and investor. “These leaders are building a legacy for future generations, and one that extends beyond our community to all of the constituents and communities that they serve.”
The List also includes diplomats, legislators, heads of central banks, and senior civil servants from countries with significant histories of diaspora migration, such as Australia, Canada, Singapore, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States.
With more than 32 million people of Indian origin or (PIOs) globally, according to India’s Ministry of External Affairs, Indians are the largest diaspora population in the world.
The officials on the 2021 Indiaspora Government Leaders List collectively represent more than 587 million constituents, and their countries account for an estimated USD $28 trillion in GDP, demonstrating the impact that these leaders are having globally.
“It truly is inspiring to note the remarkable contribution that government leaders of Indian heritage have made to advance the societies that they now represent,” said Rosy Akbar, Fiji’s Minister of Education, Heritage, and Arts. “For a sizable segment of the population, it is government policy addressing social injustices that lead to a transformative path of sustainable socio-economic progress.”
The List includes immigrants from India, as well as professionals born in countries such as Singapore, South Africa, England, Canada, and the U.S.
“As a proud Indo-Canadian, it is an honor to be included in the 2021 Indiaspora Government Leaders List alongside an accomplished and diverse group of leaders from the India diaspora,” said Senator RatnaOmidvar. “I am eternally proud of my Indian heritage but also being Canadian. Canada has given me its protection and its opportunities, and in return, I am committed to making it a better place so that it continues to be a land of protection and opportunity for future Canadians.”
While some of the officials are part of their country’s first wave of immigration, arriving as refugees or for economic opportunities, others serving in their governments are part of subsequent waves of diaspora, who came for educational opportunities or are of subsequent generations.
“It is inspiring to see the number of Indian diasporas who are entering the public arena,” said Indiaspora Board Member Arun Kumar, Chairman, and CEO at KPMG India, who served as Assistant Secretary of Commerce in the Obama administration. “Having had the opportunity to serve, I can speak to what a memorable and fulfilling experience it was. Above all, it was a meaningful way to give back. My hope is that this cohort of leaders will set an example for even more of the Indian diaspora to aspire to public service.”
For additional resources, including information and news about the honorees, and additional quotes from officials, please visit the 2021 Indiaspora Government Leaders List website.
The Indiaspora Lists highlight the advances of the Indian diaspora and raise their profile in the global consciousness in areas such as government, business, academia, and philanthropy.
The second of the Indiaspora Lists, the inaugural Indiaspora Business Leaders List, released in July 2020, featured the Indian diaspora who are leading the largest global companies–CEOs, Presidents, or Chairpersons of the Board of Directors.
Indiaspora (www.indiaspora.org) is a nonprofit community of powerful global Indian leaders from diverse backgrounds and professions who are committed to inspiring the diaspora to be a force for positive impact by providing a platform to collaborate, engage, and catalyze social change.
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Anneysha Thakker bags two prestigious awards for her impeccable work

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New Delhi [India], March 5 (ANI/ThePRTree): Mrs India Gujarati 2015, Anneysha Thakker, is a renowned emcee, who recently bagged 2 prestigious awards for her work from the Event and Entertainment Management Association (EEMA), India.
She has won the Most Successful Emcee of the Year- Gold and the Most Successful Artist of the Year- Silver. Be it any famous corporate or social event, Anneysha is everyone’s choice.
This talented orator is also the digital host for Kolkata Knight Riders and sports presenter for Star Sports. Soft spoken, passionate and humble by nature, her wit, humour and excellent control over her language makes her people’s favourite. She has worked with several popular entities as well as individuals, including our Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“I am super thrilled and honoured to be recognised by EEMA, India. It’s a big thing and I am extremely grateful for all of it. I feel good when people laugh and enjoy my work. I absolutely love to talk and making it my profession was a wonderful decision. Praying that people keep loving me the way they do and I keep getting opportunities to add some value in their lives. I wish to make India proud at the international platforms,” she said, expressing her happiness.
She is an artist and a dancer by heart. Doting towards doing social work, she motivates people by her work. She envisions to make it big in her field and stick to what inspires her everyday to be better.
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ICSE ISC Board Exams 2021 dates out! Last 30 days roadmap to score maximum

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New Delhi [India], March 5 (ANI/Mediawire): The last year was extremely tough for students, especially for those who have to appear for board exams in 2021.
The pandemic has caused a drastic impact on studies. Hours of online classes have led to reduced attention spans. Students are not able to focus for long durations. Now, with the ICSE | ISC board exams 2021 dates being announced and with barely 30 and 60 days left to the ISC 12th and ICSE 10th Board Exams 2021 respectively, they have a large amount of syllabus to cover in less time.
However, if one has not been able to study much during the pandemic, they need not feel disheartened. The strategy given below will not only help in preparing the entire syllabus but will also help in scoring high, aligning your preparation with ICSE and ISC Board Exams 2021 Dates. Read on to know the tips.
1. Prepare a Time-Table- You must have a plan before you jump into the ring. Since you have limited time, use your time wisely. First, prepare a time-table. Divide your days equally for all the subjects. Make sure to study the difficult chapters first. Study from ICSE | ISC Question Banks, ICSE | ISC Sample Papers for Class 10 and 12 and Previous Years’ Board Papers and note the crucial topics.
Oswaal ICSE | ISC Question Banks for Class 10 and 12 are strictly based on CISCE syllabus which was reduced twice for ICSE and ISC board exams 2021. They include Previous Years’ Board Questions with their solutions, Revision Notes and Mind Maps, All Typologies of Questions; as suggested by the board, Handwritten Toppers’ Answer Sheets and many more innovative cognitive learning tools.
Apart from this, this is the time to study for 8-10 hours daily and get 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. Fix deadlines and try to meet them.

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2. Hand-written Notes- The next part of your strategy is to prepare hand-written notes for better understanding. Hand-written notes are better than any photocopied ones from your friends or seniors. You can write down the concepts that you find difficult to remember. Also, note down crucial formulas or equations.
Instead of noting down the entire chapter, write only relevant concepts. Jot down the information in small bullet points, use different pens to highlight keywords and find shortcuts or tricks to remember crucial topics.
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3. Solve ICSE ISC Sample Question Papers- Along with studying the chapters, you should also be aware of the important questions for ICSE & ISC Board Exams 2021. For this, you must solve a few good Sample Papers. Set a timer and try to solve ICSE | ISC Sample Papers for Class 10 & 12 within the stipulated time frame. It will help you gauge how much you have studied and focus on time management. Solving the ICSE | ISC Sample Papers is the best way to revise the entire syllabus.
4. Spend maximum time on self-study- ICSE and ISC Board exams 2021 are around the corner. Therefore, you must make sure that you are spending at least 60 per cent of your time on self-study. Instead of relying on coaching institutes or the school, you must focus on self-study. Remember to get in touch with your teachers in case of any doubts or queries.
5. Solve ICSE | ISC Sample Question Papers for Class 10 and 12- Along with studying the chapters, you should also be aware of the important questions. For this, you must solve a few good Sample Papers. Set a timer and try to solve ICSE ISC Sample Papers within the stipulated time frame. It will help you gauge how much you have studied and focus on time management. Oswaal ICSE | ISC Sample Papers for Class 10 and 12 include a mix of Solved and Self-Assessment papers for extensive practice before the exams. They also include Examiners’ Comments and Answering Tips to help the students write accurate answers in the exams. Solving the Sample Papers is the best way to revise the entire syllabus for ICSE and ISC Board Exams 2021.

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6. Revision is a must- Since you have to cover a large amount of syllabus in less time, you are likely to get confused. When you move on to a new chapter, you may feel that you don’t remember the previous chapters. This is why revision is essential. You should try to complete the entire syllabus in Approx. 15 and 45 days for ISC 12th and ICSE 10th Board Exams 2021 respectively and keep the remaining 15 days for regular revision.
7. Don’t forget to take breaks- Rigorous exam preparation can give stress to students. Therefore, don’t forget to include small breaks in your schedule. It will keep your mind fresh, make you feel calm and help retain all the knowledge. Lastly, believe in yourself and do not panic.
When you finish the entire syllabus, the best way to gauge your preparation is to solve ICSE and ISC Question Banks and Sample Papers. It will help you realise the areas where you are lagging and also boost your confidence. It’s a win-win. Along with that, you’ll also get an idea of the kind of questions you can expect in the exam. You can find relevant Question Banks and Sample Papers on the Oswaal Books website.
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Fiscal deficit to undershoot, may spur cancellation of final two G-sec auctions: ICRA

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New Delhi [India], March 5 (ANI): The yield for the 5.85 per cent government security (GS) 2030 has risen by more than 35 basis points since its introduction to 6.23 per cent intra-day as on Friday with an uptick in recent weeks led by higher-than-expected fiscal deficit, ratings agency ICRA said.
The yield has also gone up due to borrowings for FY21 and FY22, a rise in US Treasury yields and hardening crude oil prices.
“In our assessment, there could be a modest upside to government’s tax revenues while its non-interest non-subsidy revenue expenditure may trail the revised estimate for FY21.”
Thus fiscal deficit in FY21 may end up undershooting the revised estimates of Rs 18.5 lakh crore by Rs 0.5 lakh crore to Rs 0.9 lakh crore, said ICRA.
Accordingly, we project the fiscal deficit in FY21 at Rs 17.6 lakh crore to Rs 18 lakh crore or 9 to 9.2 per cent of GDP, lower than the 9.5 per cent of GDP included in FY2021 revised estimates.
Based on this, ICRA assessed a lower borrowing requirement of the government in the remainder of this fiscal year.
“However, given the substantial development in today’s auction, it remains unclear whether the government will choose to cancel the last two weekly auctions of government security (G-sec) with a planned amount of Rs 49,000 crore instead of carrying forward larger cash balances.”
If the final two G-sec auctions for March do end up being cancelled, ICRA expects the yield for the benchmark 5.85 GS 2030 may temporarily soften from the current levels to 6.1 to 6.15 per cent in the remainder of this month.
“In our view, the benchmark yield may rise during Q1 FY22 to as much as 6.35 per cent by the end of the quarter,” it said. (ANI)

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An attentive class is better than a crowded one: Nalapad Academy

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Bangalore (Karnataka) [India], March 5 (ANI/NewsVoir): Nalapad Academy, a National and International curricula school in the heart of Bangalore, is built with a vision to create a successful gen-next, well-equipped with technology and emotional intelligence along with academic expertise.
Within a span of less than three years, Nalapad Academy has been recognised for excellence in co-curricular, curricular and overall incredible growth, by Times Education and Education World.
Nalapad Academy lays immense emphasis on co-curricular activities as they believe in grooming students with a holistic approach. Along with honing the students’ personalities, Nalapad Academy also ensures that the food and nutrition aspects are taken care of – with certified food and nutrition experts on board on their team, who help in chalking out meal plans for every week, filled out with delicious variety that promise the required nutrition.
Awarded as #1 in Co-curricular Activities by Education Today, Nalapad Academy’s primary focus, as mentioned earlier, is on a holistic learning environment, backed by the philosophy of ‘learning is fun’. Students have the advantage of exposure to Archery, Skating, Squash, Chess, Robotics, Football turf, Swimming, Theatre, Music and Dance, among many other activities from very early on.
They believe in the philosophy of providing students with plenty of opportunities and training them in each of the areas, that will help them not only recognise hidden talents, but also help those surface with confidence.
With Apple-smart classrooms, Nalapad Academy’s students are equipped with a technological edge – which actually helped them sail through the pandemic time with no difficulty of transition to digital learning at all. As much as it is about technology, it is also about building resilience and prepping the students to face every single version of tomorrow.
Ranked #1 in Individual Attention Students in Bangalore by Education. Today, Nalapad Academy believes in quality education that is streamlined with focused learning. An attentive class is better than a crowded one, and so the leadership believes in maintaining the teacher child ratio to one that ensures that the two-way focus doesn’t fall prey to any sort of dissipation.
Nalapad Academy today is one of the most successful multi-curricula schools that has shown prodigious growth with consistency in their delivery. To nurturing global citizens, with a hope for a better world!
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Design Pataki by Esha Gupta launches DP Cult, an exclusive platform on design, art and architecture

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 5 (ANI/NewsVoir): Design Pataki’s pioneering endeavour is set to revolutionize the way architects and designers source from India.
One of India’s foremost digital magazines on design, art, architecture, and lifestyle, Design Pataki goes through a complete transformation and launches #DPCULT – a cutting-edge platform that provides exclusive access to virtual showrooms of the finest design Brands in India, editorial deep dives, and a podcast that deconstructs the design world with leading industry experts.
In a saturated ‘offline’ marketplace, #DPCULT show house highlights the finest products ‘online’ to help designers, architects, and buyers from across the globe make easier and more informed decisions.
The aim of #DPCULT show house is to streamline the conversation around design brands in a country brimming with potential. From companies focused solely on ethical goods to luxury brands, fresh and upcoming businesses to veterans in the design scene, its database is tailored to suit every kind of requirement, covering the whole gamut of design and decor. #DPCULT show house is personally curated by Esha Gupta, Founder of Design Pataki.
Being at the forefront of design trends in India has given us a keen insight into the industry. Very often, we’re approached by innovative brands looking to break into the design community. On the other hand, architects and designers, especially those overseas, constantly reach out to us for our newest finds and top recommendations.
“Over time we’ve grown increasingly aware of this vast disconnect in the Indian design landscape and decided it was time to do something about it. That’s how the idea for #DPCULT show house came about,” Esha Gupta.
This is the need of the hour, as the design world is ushered into a new era marked by social distancing. Tasks like visiting different cities in search of new materials and exploring furniture expos with clients are growing increasingly difficult. With rising apprehensions over physical sourcing, vetted lists from established sources will hold more importance than ever before!
#DPCULT show house is a pathway for design brands in a timely and interesting era to be an exclusive resource, available to Design Pataki’s growing roster of Indian and International interior designers and architects.
This evolved version of the digital magazine is set to be a unique platform for intelligent storytelling – a combination of Indian and international sensibilities which aim to establish a connection between the reader and the world of design.
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BML Munjal University to admit students through BMU-SAT entrance test

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Gurugram (Haryana) [India], March 5 (ANI/NewsVoir): BML Munjal University (BMU), a Hero Group initiative, today announced the BMU-SAT (Standard Aptitude Test), an online entrance examination to admit students to its undergraduate programmes.
The new aptitude test, starting this year, is aimed at determining an applicant’s propensity to succeed in various undergraduate programmes at BMU, and gauges school students’ readiness for university education to an undergraduate programme of preference at the university.
BMU-SAT score would help a candidate beat the competition by securing early admission in his/her preferred programme. Applicants can start applying before or along with the national-level entrance exams to gain first mover advantage. Admissions are open for B Tech, BBA, BA LLB (H), BBA LLB (H), BCom (H) and BA (H)
Admissions into any programme of preference at BMU like B Tech, BBA, BA LLB would be based on the performance in the BMU-SAT. In the interest of health and safety of candidates, the university will allow candidates to attempt BMU-SAT from their location. In addition, applicants applying for the BMU-SAT, can also take up other national level tests such as JEE and CLAT, the candidate’s programme of interest. Upon applying, the applicant will receive the BMU-SAT date and time along with relevant instructions to attempt the online test successfully.
“As we are gearing-up to open admissions for the undergraduate courses at BMU, the BMU-SAT exam is designed to gauge the scholastic capability of the students and prepare for a university education at BMU. BMU-SAT will serve as an alternative route for students to get admission into undergraduate programmes at BMU. Given how grade inflation is rising in the country, it’s time for educational institutions to switch to a new format. These competitive exams will eventually help attract teaching and research talent apart from the collaboration with the industry for placements,” said Dr Ziya Uddin, Assistant Dean – Admissions & Associate Professor with BML Munjal University, commenting on the launch.
The eligibility criteria for the application would be a 10+2 and standardised test scores as per university admissions’ criteria mentioned on the website www.bmu.edu.in for UG admissions as well. Admissions will be purely on the basis of merit and aptitude.
The core focus at the school is every individual student’s personal transformation. The University brings together outstanding academics, industry professionals, experienced researchers and the latest facilities to deliver a unique hands-on and multi-disciplinary learning experience.
Named after the late Founder Chairman of the Hero Group, BML Munjal University (BMU) is a unique not-for-profit initiative founded by the promoters of the Hero Group. BMU is mentored by Imperial College London and is engaged in creating, preserving, and imparting internationally benchmarked knowledge and skills.
The university seeks to transform higher education in India by creating a world-class innovative teaching, learning and research environment. It envisions to become a nursery for the leaders of tomorrow and a repository of knowledge.
The various undergraduate, postgraduate and postdoctoral programmes offered in the University are: PhD, MBA, BTech, BBA, BA (Hons) Economics, B. Com (Hons), BA, LLB (Hons.), BBA, LLB (Hons.)
The School of Management at BML Munjal University has been ranked 37th among all management institutions across India in the NIRF Rankings 2020.
For more information, log in to www.bmu.edu.in.
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