Browsing: NRI Achievers

Exclusive interviews with Non Resident Indians who have made remarkable achievements in different fields, with focus on talents from GCC countries.

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Photos: NRI girl to represent Malaysia at Miss Universe

Kiran Jassal, a 20-year-old NRI of Punjabi origin, will represent Malaysia at the Miss Universe Finals next week. Born as Kiranmeet Kaur Baljeet Singh Jassal in 1996, Kiran Jassal won Miss Universe Malaysia title in 2016 and was awarded ‘Miss My Dentist Winning Smile’ subsidiary title. Kiran’s family shifted to Malaysia decades ago and is based in the suburbs of Subang Jaya town of Selangor state. She was trained in classical harmonium for nine years from the age of seven. She finished her A-Levels at Kolej Tuanku Ja’afar and was accepted into the dentistry programme at International Medical University (IMU). Participating and winning beauty pageants are testament to this family’s pride in their beauty and grace. Jassal is the youngest in a family of four. Her mother, lawyer Ranjit Kaur, was the winner of the Classic Mrs Malaysia title in 2015 while her sister Ranmeet, 25, is the Miss Grand…

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US First Lady selects Indian-American teen for education campaign

US First Lady Michelle Obama has selected 16-year-old Indian-American Swetha Prabakaran to serve in the inaugural Student Advisory Board of an education campaign which seeks to provide educational opportunities for teenagers in America. Swetha, whose parents immigrated from Tamil Nadu’s Tirunelveli in 1998, was chosen for ‘Better Make Room’ campaign’s Student Advisory Board in recognition of her efforts to educate youth in the field of computer sciences. The board members will be traveling to the White House on Friday to attend Michelle’s School Counselor of the Year Ceremony. Born in Indianapolis, she is among seventeen students selected by the White House to serve on ‘Better Make Room’ Student Advisory Board. The inaugural Board has 12 high school students and five college students. Swetha, a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Virginia, is the founder and CEO of Everybody Code Now!, a non-profit body working to…

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Indian-American elected as mayor of Californian city

For the first time, an Indian-American woman has been elected as the new Mayor of the key Californian city of Cupertino, globally known for its Apple headquarters. Savita Vaidhyanathan, an MBA who worked as a high school Math teacher and an officer in a commercial bank as well as in non-profit management, was sworn in last week in a ceremony attended by her mother who had flown in from India. “This is definitely a very momentous moment in my life,” Vaidhyanathan told a packed house at community hall in Cupertino. Savita is the first Indian-American Mayor of Cupertino, which according to Forbes is one of the most educated small towns in the country with local public schools ranking highly. According to her campaign website, Savita has been a Cupertino resident for over 19 years and has been deeply involved in several community activities in the city. “I’ve had several congratulatory…

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Indian-origin teens bag $100K in US science contest

Three Indian-origin teenagers, including identical twin sisters, in the US have bagged a scholarship worth $100,000 in a science competition for their innovative research that will help doctors diagnose health problems like schizophrenia. Shriya and Adhya Beesam, 16, who are grade 11 students in Plano, Texas won the competition in the 17th annual Siemens Math, Science and Technology Competition on Tuesday for their project entitled, ‘Linked Neuro-Fuzzy Inference System: A Novel Approach to Schizophrenia Diagnosis’. Ingestible battery to diagnose health problems Vineet Edupuganti, a senior at Oregon Episcopal School, won the top individual award for developing an ingestible battery that could transform the way doctors diagnose and monitor health problems deep in the body. Edupuganti’s invention, which he calls a “high-performance biodegradable battery for transient electronics,” was appreciated by the judges at the contest. His work could simplify how medical practitioners diagnose conditions that affect internal organs, such as gastrointestinal disorders,…

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Making every moment count : The inspiring story of Simran Vedvyas

A dream to learn, achieve, and succeed A spirit, endurance and will to excel At just 17, Dubai-born Simran Vedvyas is already proving to be role model for thousands of young people as a passionate environmentalist and social campaigner. As founder of the SynergY youth group, which works to promote sustainability, she engages with students across the UAE and India on topics like the environment, education and healthcare. Simran, who has led over 70 successful youth engagement campaigns – including one which saw 3,000 trees planted at landfill sites across the UAE – has been recognised at home and abroad for her academic and humanitarian achievements. Her Belief that ‘Youth are the Future Champions Today!’ was featured by MTV voices on International Youth Day 2013, for 100 hours at Times Square, NY, USA. She is also the youngest panellist at United Nations Headquarters discussing ‘Youth Migration the Development Forward’, the…

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Arushi Madan : The Green Machine that inspires with her actions

Exclusive interview with Arushi Madan, Environment Ambassador to the Middle East (by Tunza Eco-Generation) and President of youth community group “Students for the Earth” What is the use of a house if you don’t have a decent planet to put it on? – Henry David Thoreau 17-year-old Arushi Madan isn’t just a regular teenager. She’s extremely dedicated towards lending her voice to the larger cause of conserving our environment. Known as the “Green Machine,” due to her great passion for the environment, Arushi takes every opportunity to spread awareness about the need to protect the environment and reduce waste. In an era where most youngsters are not motivated enough to take up green-causes, Arushi manages to capture their attention by speaking their language – videos, games, quizzing, give-aways and Green Talk sessions are some of her tools. Interestingly, she campaigns at food courts, cafeterias and high school football areas to spread environmental awareness. With the…

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Want to save the world? This 15 year old will tell you how

Exclusive interview with Kehkashan Basu, the youngest Global Coordinator for the United Nations Environment Program “The only way forward, if we are going to improve the quality of the environment, is to get everybody involved.” – Richard Rogers 15 year old, Kehkashan Basu, a Year 10 student at the Deira International School in Dubai, has been spreading the message of peace and sustainability since she was only 8 years old. She has been working tirelessly to enlist the support of children and youth across geographical boundaries. In 2013 at the tender age of 12, she was elected as UNEP’s (United Nations Environment Programme) Global Coordinator for Children & Youth and a member of its Major Groups Facilitating Committee making her the the youngest person and the first minor, ever, to be elected into this position in the history of UNEP. Major achievements Her internationally acclaimed work on sustainability has resulted in…

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Nikita Gandhi – Living the Culinary Dream

Exclusive interview with Nikita Gandhi, winner of MasterChef India 4 “Cooking is like painting or writing a song. Just as there are only so many notes or colors, there are only so many flavors – it’s how you combine them that sets you apart.” – Wolfgang Puck On Sunday, 12th April 2015, Nikita Gandhi created history as the youngest winner of MasterChef India – the Indian version of world’s most popular cooking show. After 11 weeks and 67 episodes of hard work and nerve-racking challenges, Nikita had become the proud winner of MasterChef India’s golden coat as well as Rupees one crore prize money. Another significant achievement was when India’s biggest celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor selected one of her dishes to be added to the menu of his restaurant – Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor. Originally from Gujarat, the 21-year-old business and finance graduate, was born and brought up in Abu Dhabi. Even though her parents were open about her career…

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The All-round Girl : Engineer, Dancer, Model and now Miss India Qatar

Exclusive interview with winner of Miss India Qatar 2015, who would represent Qatar at Miss India Worldwide. “A mode of conduct, a standard of courage, discipline, fortitude, and integrity can do a great deal to make a woman beautiful” – Jacqueline Bisset Gone are the days when beauty queens were considered to be size-zero girls with loads of make-up and no real personality. Today, the beauty pageant winners are decided on a plethora of  factors like confidence, poise, overall appearance, the way you move on stage and how you answer the questions. 23 year old Jyotsna Arora is a perfect example of today’s confident girl, who strive to excel in different roles. Hailing from New Delhi, Jyotsna is an electronics and communications engineer by profession and currently works with an EPC firm in Dubai. Recently she was crowned as Miss India Qatar 2015 and will be representing Qatar at the prestigious Miss India Worldwide pageant, to be…

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Chase your dreams, Embrace your passion and Success will follow

Exclusive interview with Doha based winner of National Film Award You can do anything as long as you have the passion, the drive, the focus, and the support – Sabrina Bryan When Christy Siluvappan, who works as a media manager in Doha, flew down to New Delhi in May 2015, it was a flight he would remember for the rest of his life. He had chased his dream, embraced his passion and now success was at his doorsteps. Christy was on his way to attend the 62nd National Film Awards Ceremony – the highest awards in the field of Indian entertainment – as producer of Best Tamil Film – Kuttram Kadithal. Apart from the National Award, Christy’s maiden production Kuttram Kadithal was selected for Indian Panorama status in Indian International Film Festival – Goa, was adjudged the Best Film in Chennai International Film Festival, and was the official selection for various international film festivals. NRICafe is pleased to have an exclusive interview with Christy Siluvappan…