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(Photo by Zainab Iqbal via BKLYNER)

Congregation Wants Kensington Mosque Reopened

Brooklyn, Muslim, South Asian December 5, 2017 at 4:33 pm

Bklyner reports that the congregation of Masjid Nur Al-Islam in Kensington is taking legal action to unlock the doors of the mosque and take it back from the man with the keys – their former imam.

Pundit Deen Bandhu Pokhrel reciting the Bhagavata Mahapurana last August. (Photo via vishwanews.com)

Will Pledges for New York Mahapurana be Paid?

Queens, South Asian, Video December 4, 2017 at 4:40 pm

Last August, donors pledged $1.5 million toward the construction of a Nepalese community center in Queens but most of the donors have yet to contribute the funds they pledged, reports Vishwa News.

Cranberry chutney (Photo by Subbu Arumugam, Creative Commons license)

Turkey Biryani on Thanksgiving

Culture, Metro Area, South Asian, Traditions November 22, 2017 at 1:54 pm

Indian-American millennials speak to News India Times about how they celebrate Thanksgiving and what the holiday means to them.

Jackson Heights Islamic Center and Mosque President Mirza Rahman. (Photo by Richard Loria via Queens Chronicle)

Bangladeshis Help the Rohingya: ‘It Is Only Natural’

Queens, South Asian November 22, 2017 at 12:26 pm

The Bangladeshi community in NYC is raising money, and awareness, in support of the Rohingya, reports Queens Chronicle.

Talukder came to the United States in the 1980s, when he was still a teenager, and qualified for the late amnesty program for green cards in 1990, he said. He later filed for asylum after receiving death threats from the Jamaat Islami Party, a fundamentalist party, while visiting Bangladesh, he said. (Photo by Katie Honan via City Limits)

Bangladeshi Father in Queens ‘Fears the Worst’

Immigration, Queens, South Asian November 17, 2017 at 4:15 pm

Riaz Talukder “fears the worst” ahead of his ICE check-in on Nov. 20 after agents told him last month “to return with a passport and a plane ticket back to Bangladesh,” writes City Limits.

Photo by Mustafa Z. Mirza via BKLYNER

Learning Desi Cooking at a Tax Office

Brooklyn, Social Services, South Asian, Women November 17, 2017 at 1:30 pm

On weekends, Bibi Jan Corp in “Little Pakistan” becomes a makeshift kitchen where Pakistani women learn to cook healthy South Asian meals, writes Bklyner.

Honorees of the 2017 Ambassador Awards, presented by TimesLedger newspapers to Queens immigrants who have made a difference in our community in the fields of medicine, art, business, law and philanthropy. (Photo by Michael Shain via Times Ledger)

‘Queens Heroes’ Celebrated

Twenty-five immigrants from different fields were honored by Times Ledger.

Lt. Col. Kamal Singh Kalsi (Photo courtesy of Sikh Coalition via News India Times)

Sikh Army Doctor Joins Murphy’s Transition Team

Metro Area, South Asian November 15, 2017 at 5:12 pm

Lt. Col. Kamal Singh Kalsi is one of several Indian Americans named to Gov.-Elect Phil Murphy’s transition team, reports News India Times.

Ram Kumar, Untitled, Oil on canvas, 1961, 20.0 x 31.0 in. 50.8 x 78.7 cm. Signed in HIndi and dated in English (lower left) ‘Ram Kumar 61’. (Photo via News India Times)

Art, Music and Dance of India

Culture, New York, South Asian November 9, 2017 at 2:45 pm

News India Times reports on dance, music and visual arts from India on display in NYC.

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Indian-American Victories on Election Day

Elections 2017, Metro Area, South Asian November 8, 2017 at 4:02 pm

New Jersey will have its first Sikh mayor and first Indian-American state senator, reports News India Times in its coverage of state wins.

Jayshukh and Aruna Bulsara help their son to put on his robes after he was officially sworn in, while his wife Christine DeLorenzo looked on. (Photo by Rob Abruzzese via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

First South Asian Judge for 2nd Circuit in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Criminal Justice, South Asian November 7, 2017 at 4:18 pm

After being sworn in during an investiture ceremony in Brooklyn, Sanket Bulsara became the first judge of South Asian descent for the Second Circuit, reports Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

South Street Seaport (Photo via The Indian Panorama)

Diwali Celebrated Across the NYC Area

Culture, Metro Area, South Asian October 20, 2017 at 4:09 pm

See how Hindus across the tri-state region marked Diwali during the month of October, in a roundup of stories from the Indian press.

The author protesting the repeal of DACA in front of Trump Tower, September 9, 2017 (Photo via The FilAm)

The Need for Research on Filipino Immigration

Immigration, Metro Area, South Asian September 14, 2017 at 4:01 pm

Writing in The FilAm, a Ph.D. candidate in sociology describes her research project concerning Filipino immigrant youths, as well as how “the current literature on Filipino immigrants does not reflect the reality of Filipino-U.S. migration.”

Shailee Basnet (Photo via Everest Times)

Nepalese to Perform at Gotham Comedy Club

Culture, Immigration, South Asian September 14, 2017 at 3:59 pm

A Nepalese mountaineer is scheduled to make her New York debut at the Gotham Comedy Club Sept. 20, reports Everest Times.

A Nepalese Singer in the Country of Dreams

A Nepalese Singer in the Country of Dreams

Culture, Queens, South Asian August 25, 2017 at 12:20 pm

Sapana Shree sings songs of home at restaurants in Jackson Heights, Vishwanews.com reports.