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Mar 2019
Mar 2019

Indian short film wins Oscar

A documentary shot in India that deals with the taboos surrounding menstruation has won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject at the 2019 Academy Awards in Los Angeles.

‘Period. End of Sentence’ was produced by Indian filmmaker Guneet Monga, in collaboration with Iranian-American Rayka Zehtabchi and producer Melissa Burton. The name of the movie carries a double meaning. ‘Period. End of Sentence’ refers to the full stop we add at the end of sentences, but in this case, signals a finality to the taboos and misconceptions surrounding periods that adolescent girls and women undergo every four weeks. This documentary saw the crew travel to Hapur village, on the outskirts of Delhi, where they fight to get a sanitary pad machine installed in their village.

The 26-minute film shows them take on prejudice and stereotypes associated with menstruation in India.

Feb 2019

Indian short film wins Oscar

A documentary shot in India that deals with the taboos surrounding menstruation has won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject at the 2019 Academy Awards in Los Angeles.

‘Period. End of Sentence’ was produced by Indian filmmaker Guneet Monga, in collaboration with Iranian-American Rayka Zehtabchi and producer Melissa Burton. The name of the movie carries a double meaning. ‘Period. End of Sentence’ refers to the full stop we add at the end of sentences, but in this case, signals a finality to the taboos and misconceptions surrounding periods that adolescent girls and women undergo every four weeks. This documentary saw the crew travel to Hapur village, on the outskirts of Delhi, where they fight to get a sanitary pad machine installed in their village.

The 26-minute film shows them take on prejudice and stereotypes associated with menstruation in India.

Infosys unveils Innovation Center in Rhode Island

Infosys president Ravi Kumar at the event in Rhode Island Infosys, the global IT company, has announced a multi-year partnership with the State of Rhode Island to establish an Infosys Design and Innovation Hub. Infosys will also hire 500 American workers i...

Silicon Valley entrepreneur Anil Sethi Raises $17 mln for health tech startup

Ciitizen, a healthcare data startup co-founded by ex-Apple lead Anil Sethi, has raised $17 million in its most recent funding round — with input from another tech giant. Sethi's last company, a personal health records platform called Gliimpse, was acquired...

Rep. Ami Bera (D-CA) Named Chair of House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigation

US Rep. Ami Bera, D-Calif., has been named the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. “I am honored to chair the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. I’ve always believed that the United States has a du...

VA STEM champion Seshaiyer to receive honorary doctorate

George Mason University professor and STEM advocate Padmanabhan “Padhu” Seshaiyer has been recognized for his outstanding contribution to scientific excellence and social impact by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Padhu will receive an honorary doctorate fo...

67 US lawmakers attend Capitol Hill reception for new Indian Ambassador Shringla

CAPTION: Harsh Shringla, India's newly-appointed Ambassador to the US, right, with TV Asia chairman and CEO Padma Shri H R Shah, at the Congressional reception on Feb 7. In a show of unprecedented bipartisan support, 67 lawmakers from both chambers of the ...

UCLA history professor wins $500K prestigious award

Sanjay Subrahmanyam, a professor of history whose scholarship focuses on the encounters between Asians, Europeans and indigenous and colonial Americans from 1400 through 1800, has been named a laureate of the Dan David Prize in recognition of his contribut...

Indiana’s Gurinder Singh Khalsa presented with Rosa Parks Trailblazer award

Philanthropist and entrepreneur, Gurinder Singh Khalsa, has been presented with the prestigious Rosa Park Trailblazer award for his campaign that forced US authorities change their policy towards headgear of the Sikh community. Indianapolis-based Khalsa, 4...

Bihar-born Mona Das elected as Washington State Senator, takes oath with Gita in hand

Bihar-born Mona Das, a Democrat, has been elected Senator of the 47th district of the State of Washington in her very first attempt. The oath ceremony took place on January 14 where Das, took pride in her ancestry with the Gita in her hand. Her ancestors b...

Educator Satish Udpa Appointed as Acting President of Michigan State University

Michigan State University has announced that Satish Udpa will serve as the higher education institution’s acting president. Udpa assumes the role in the wake of interim president John Engler resigning, the university said in a news release. Engler was the ...

CA Scientist Saket Navlakha Receives $1 Million Award to Study ‘Algorithms in Nature’

Salk scientist Saket Navlakha has received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) totaling more than $1 million over the next five years. The CAREER award supports faculty who exemplify the role of teacher/scholars through outstanding re...