Indian girl crushed to death in bus crash in US

Indian girl crushed to death in bus crash in US

Litchfield, Aug 4 (TruthDive): An Indian citizen was crushed to death and thirty-eight others were injured when a double-decker bus hit against a pillar and slipped  in the US state of Illinois. The girl from India was identified as Aditi Avhad, 24 from Mumbai, said the Illinois state police.

The accident took place when the bus with eighty-one passengers was on its way between Chicago and Kansas City, hit against an Illinois interstate bridge support pillar on Thursday in which thirty-eight passengers were injured.

The injured were admitted to hospitals and were being treated. The accident site seemed to appear as a scene of disarray and fear, with people weeping and howling as the bus hit the pillar.

“There was screaming all around and mourning with blood everywhere. People were in panic. Suddenly there was a big explosion. We thought something is wrong with the wheel of the bus. It appeared for a minute the bus is about to tilt,” said a passenger from the ill fated bus who was seated on the upper deck of the bus.

The bus way fully occupied carrying a total of 81 passengers when the incident occurred, near Litchfield, about 55 miles northeast of St. Louis. The bus departed from Chicago and was to stop in St Louis and Columbia, Mo before reaching Kansas City, Mo.The police said that the cause of the accident could not be found immediately.

After four hours of the accident, a strong thunderstorm rolled through the area which slightly complicated rescue and recovery operations.

By evening, a number of passengers who received minor injuries had been taken by bus from the community center to St. Louis. Some of the passengers were picked up by their relatives, said the police.

Meanwhile, the passengers who were injured were declared out of danger by the doctors who stated that nearly twenty-two patients were admitted for treatment and some have been discharged, though they were not able to mention the actual number.

Indian-American physician sentenced to two years imprisonment for fraud

Indian-American physician sentenced to two years imprisonment for fraud

Chicago, July 13 (TruthDive): An Indian-American physician in Chicago was imposed with two years imprisonment for his involvement in a healthcare scheme scam.

Fifty-year-old Jaswinder Rai Chhibber who was running a medical clinic was found to be guilty after cheating a Medicare insurance provider BlueCross BlueShield. It is believed that Chhibber offered false insurance claims for medically needless tests to his patients  and was also involved in using false diagnosis codes to confirm those tests.

The Indian-American physician was charged with two-and-a-half year imprisonment for his role in a healthcare fraud which was operated by him between 2007 and July 2010. The physician was however asked to begin his punishment term on Sep 5 by US District Judge Suzanne Conlon and to pay a USD 15,000 fine.

Chhibber was charged for committing four counts of healthcare fraud and five counts of providing false statements which involved health care benefits programme after a week-long trial.

The judge noted which was quiet evident in the trial that Chhibber recommended medically needless tests, false patients’ medical records and was also involved in using false diagnosis codes on insurance claim forms for a total of at least five patients who gave the evidence at the trial.

Two undercover federal agents, who pretended as patients, also gave evidence against Chhibber in the trial. Evidence indicated that Chhibber administered echo cardiograms, nerve transfer studies, Doppler tests and abdominal ultrasounds for maximum number of patients.

The judgment was declared by Gary S Shapiro, Acting United States Attorney, for the Northern District of Illinois, Lamont Pugh, III, Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Region including Robert D Grant Special Agent of Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The inquiry was done by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, that was extended to Chicago in the year 2011, and was considered to be the part of the Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team (HEAT) in order  to  prevent  and enforce anti-fraud laws around the country.

FeTNA commemorates Silver Jubilee Convention 2012: Day 2 Highlights

FeTNA commemorates Silver Jubilee Convention 2012: Day 2 Highlights

Baltimore-USA, July 8 (TruthDive): FeTNA (Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America) wrapped up the first day of its Silver Jubilee Celebrations 2012 on Friday,6th July with a spectacular line-up of literary and cultural events with pomp and grandeur.

The second day of the 25th Annual Convention of FeTNA  opened on Saturday,7th July with playing of Mangala Isai, Tamil Anthem  and American National Anthem followed by Thamizh Thai Vazhththu.

A variety of programmes like Short Stories by Boston Tamil Sangam, Kothamangalam Subbu 100 – Poem – Ilanthai Thiru Ramasamy; Thani Nayakam Adikal 100 – Speech  by Thiru Francis Muthu; Debate  by Carolina Tamil Sangam and Literary Quiz projected the excellence and unmatched beauty of classical Tamil language for the guests.

FeTNA’s Silver Jubilee Convention 2012 proved to be an excellent platform for  various Tamil Associations to exhibit a visual feast of music, drama and dance shows: . ‘Valour’ – Dance was presented by New Jersey Tamil Sangam; Folk dance by Carolina Tamil Sangam;  ‘New Jerseyil Seemantham’ Drama was staged by New Jersey Tamil Sangam, Kali Dance  by North American Tamil Youth Organization, Jungle Book – Dance  by Tamil Association of Greater Delaware Valley, Nambikkai tharum nallisai & Nilai perum uyar angameby’ – Dance & Music by New York Tamil Sangam, ‘Kaviya Thalaivikal’ Dance by Washington Tamil Sangam and Thamizh Amizhtham & Vaazhiya Senthamizh Dance by Washington Tamil Sangam.

Kollywood celebrities Mr.Bharath, Ms.Amala Paul, and Mr.Sivakarthikeyan with TV Anchor Ms. Priyadharshini  added to the glitter of the event  with their radiant presence at the Star Night.

Special lectures by Honorable R. Nallakannu, Politician, Tamil Nadu, Thiru Sagayam, IAS and by award-winning Writer Mr. S. Ramakrishnan charged up the cheery atmosphere with their intellectual speeches. The Debate of Three Generations –‘KaruththukkaLam’ was moderated by the ever quick-witted TV-film actor Mr. Siva Karthikeyan.

Vidhya & Vandhana Sisters entertained the spectators with their lively songs. The Ainkaran Concert was another highlight of the day featuring ‘Chinnakuyil’ Chitra  pitching in to lend her beautiful voice for the audience.

FeTNA’s  Annual Convention  also provided an excellent forum for the younger generation to show case their talents. Contests were arranged to keep a healthy competitive spirit alive among the younger generation, like Tamil Bee -special quiz and Mr. Thamizhan and Ms. Thamizhachi Contest for Youth.

The annual convention was the right occasion for FeTNA to remember and honour its leaders for the past 25 years for their dedication towards working for the betterment of the North American Tamil community.

The second day of the grand Silver Jubilee Convention came to a close with recognizing and duly acknowledging the tireless contributions of volunteers, announcing about  2013 Convention and  introducing FeTNA Board 2012-2014 to the entire Tamil community of North America.

FeTNA commemorates Silver Jubilee Convention 2012: Day 1 Highlights

FeTNA commemorates Silver Jubilee Convention 2012: Day 1 Highlights

Baltimore-USA , July 7 (TruthDive): The much-awaited 25th Annual Convention of FeTNA (Federations of Tamil Sangams of North America),the umbrella organization for nearly 40 local Tamil associations opened in grand style on Friday, 6th July at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, Maryland.

Mangala Isai and American National Anthem were played to open the ceremony, which was followed by Thamizh Thai Vaazhthu and lighting of lamp by special guests of honour.

The star-studded Silver Jubilee fete included well-known and distinguished Tamil poets, speakers, writers, Kollywood stars and dancers. The impressive Silver Jubilee Convention was formally inaugurated with a welcome address given by Mr. Balagan Arumugasamy, Silver Jubilee Coordinator and by Dr. Dhandapani Kuppuswamy, President-FeTNA.

Silver Jubilee Convention Special Guest Dr. Ramasamy, Deputy Chief Minister, Malaysia shared his thoughts and ideas on Thamizhs’ Rights with the audience.

The cultural extravaganza of the gala celebrations opened with the dazzling inaugural ceremony dance presented by the Washington Tamil Sangam.

FeTNA’s  Silver Jubilee Convention coincided with Tamil Scholar Dr. Mu.Va. Centenary Celebration for which Prof Maraimalai Ilakkuvanar delivered Dr.Mu.Va special address.

People, Language and Land – Dance   was rendered by Houston Tamil Sangam. Panainilam Tamil Sangam kept the audience in splits with their comedy drama –‘Vidhathey Pidi!’.

A special appreciation dinner was hosted for the Corporate Sponsors, Perum Kodai Vallalkal, Kodai Vallalkal, and Vallalkal on Thursday,5th July at Marriott Grand Ballroom, which they were treated along with  the invited guests and artists.

The spectacular celebration included other entertainers like special performance by Thiru Madurai Muthu, Silambam performance – Then Paandi Silambam by Charlotte Tamil Sangam, Veenai Isai by Greater Atlanta Tamil Sangam, the Tamil Art of Multitasking-Kavanagam expert, Dr. Kalaichezhiyan, Sillappadhikaram Drama by New England Tamil Sangam ,Humanity – Dance by Canadian Tamil Congress  and Poetry –‘Let the hearts unite’ coordinated by Mrs. Thamizachi Thangapandian.

Tamil Folklore researcher Dr. Brenda Beck,  Mr Guruparan of International Educational Foundation, Special Address by Dr. Ponnavaikko, Vice Chancellor, SRM University and Sri Sri Ravishankar were the eloquent speakers who articulated their thoughts in their respective areas of expertise.

The heart-warming Tamil Classical Music Concert was rendered by TKS Kalaivanan accompanied by a team of talented artists- Mr. Vikram Raghukumar (Violin), Mr. Vijay Ganesh (Miruthangam), Mr. Partha Aji (Mohrsing,) and Dr. Baskar (Flute).

The enchanting Dance-Drama ‘Velu Naachiyar’ by Sri Ram Sharma Troupe, Tamil Nadu was staged with all pomp and grandeur which took the audience through the world of Tamilian  heroism and tradition.

Tamil entrepreneurs and special guests were felicitated at the Convention; the Silver Jubilee Souvenir was released as a great memoir to mark the 25 long years of FeTNA’s existence in North America.

American Tamil Academy, International Sustainable Livelihood Foundation  and Global Tamil Awareness Forum were also part of the programme on Day 1.

Now,with the food for eyes and ears fully treated , it was time for food. The sumptuous lunch and dinner  spread were  delicious feasts that included a variety of Chinese, North and South Indian dishes.

Booths were set up by several retailers like Chennai Silks, The Peacock Boutique, VIBA, Edward Jones and educational institutions like VIT, SRM and India Glitz, Yupp TV, 5th Pillar, Manimegalai Press, Akshaya Trust, Canadian Tamil Congress etc. There were exciting offers for guests at booths of Indiaglitz, YuupTV and FeTNA.

Day 1 of FeTNA’s Silver Jubilee Convention 2012 came to a close with a heady mix of Tamil tradition,language,music,dance and fun, for the guests to head home and come back afresh to savour the treats for the second day.

Dubai gets its first magnificent Gurudwara, thanks to a NRI

Dubai gets its first magnificent Gurudwara, thanks to a NRI

Dubai, July 5 (TruthDive): A NRI businessman Surender Singh Kandhari, chairman of the Al Dobowi Group that manufactures and distributes automotive batteries and tyres is the great man behind the magnum opus in Dubai. Dubai is  now home to a magnificent Rs.100-crore place of worship for the 50,000 Sikhs living in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Guru Nanak Darbar gurdwara at Dubai is an exhilarating mix of spirituality, tradition, modernity, opulence and a one man’s resolve. The gurudwara,designed in the lines of the Golden Temple  has ornate 24-carat gold canopies for the Guru Granth Sahib, latest Italian marble floors and walls, dazzling chandeliers, a squeaky clean 5-star kitchen and three floors of parking space.

About six years ago, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, had donated about 25,400 sq.ft, in the Jebel Ali area, for the gurdwara and wanted it to be an extraordinary place of worship. The entire building is valued at 65 million dirhams (about Rs. 100 crore), a major slice of it contributed by Mr Kandhari himself.

Mr Kandhari said that one cannot outshine the Golden Temple. Yet, Guru Nanak Darbar gurdwara is the most modern gurudwara in the world that comes with a 100-year guarantee for the future generation to use it as a place of worship.

The idea of constructing a gurudwara was born eleven years ago as the Sikhs of UAE until January this year had to use a cramped temple premises in Bur Dubai district. The gurudwara saw a grand opening on January 17 this year and since then about 10,000 people have visited the Sikh shrine. Many Sindhis, Hindu Punjabis and several Pakistani Sikhs are also said to visit the gurudwara to offer their prayers.

Mr Kandhari says the gurdwara gets overseas visitors, from the United Kingdom, the United States, France and Canada and adds that they express surprise to see the most modern gurudwara in an Islamic country.

Mr Kandhari added that special three-hour sessions are held for children on Saturdays at the gurdwara, where they are taught Punjabi, ‘kirtan’ and how to behave in places of worship.

FeTNA celebrates grand Silver Jubilee Convention 2012

FeTNA celebrates grand Silver Jubilee Convention 2012

 July 5, 2012

FeTNA’s Annual Tamil Convention

Grand Silver Jubilee Celebrations 2012

Tamil Scholar Dr. Mu.Va. Centenary Celebration

July 6-8, 2012, Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, Maryland

The much awaited FeTNA’s 25th Annual Tamil Convention will kick-start in another two days. The Tamils of North America are gearing up for a grand and festive Silver Jubilee Convention 2012 and the Tamil Scholar Dr. Mu.Va. Centenary celebration that come packed with activities of glamour, grandeur and colour, with Tamil tradition running a common thread in all the activities and events. It is scheduled to be conducted at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, Maryland from July 6-8, 2012. 2000 members from all over the world are expected to be present at the remarkable occasion.

Federation of Tamil Sangams (Associations) of North America (FeTNA), an umbrella organization for nearly 40 local organizations, presents a grand event each year in a different state and city. Happening for the last 24 years, the annual Tamil Convention is a splendidly momentous occasion where Tamils of North America get together and celebrate their culture, show case their talents, delight over meeting South Indian movie celebrities, eminent speakers and soap stars from India. FeTNA Velli Vizha will feature some of the prominent personalities who have significantly contributed to growth of Tamil language, tradition and music.

The prominent Indian political leader and well-known writer Thozhar Nallakannu and the Deputy Chief Minister of Penang, Malaysia, Prof. Dr.Ramasamy Palanisamy, have kindly consented to grace the occasion.

The guest-list includes award-winning Tamil writer S RamakrishnanTamil Kavignar Thamizhachi Thangapandian, Kavanar Dr. KalaiChezhian, Tamil scholar Maraimalai Ilakkuvanar, Kalaimamani TKS Kalaivanan, Udukkaiyadi Padal and Tamil folk song researcher Dr. Brenda Beck and Salemnews.com editor Tim King.

FeTNA in its attempt to highlight Tamilian folk arts, stages dance ballet featuring brave mother Veerathai Velu Naachiyaar by writer-director Sriram Sharma with his wife Manimekalai as the lead. This is the debut Art production by the prominent Tamil leader and politician in Tamil Nadu, Mr Vaiko. He  states that this dance-drama, presented by a dedicated team of artists depicts Tamil culture,valour, music and dance in an exemplary manner. He had expressed his heart-felt thanks to FeTNA for having fulfilled his desire to take this to the Tamils of the world. The eloquent orator wished FeTNA’s Silver Jubilee Convention a grand success.

Kollywood leading actors “Chinna Thalapathy” Bharath and Amala Paul‘Chinna Kuyil’ Padmashree K S Chitra, singer Anitha Krishnan, Vidya-Vandana sisters and TV artist Priyadarshini are other star attractions of the event.

This is not all. Sample other event highlights: Top 10 Tamil Entrepreneur Forum, Ainkaran orchestra, Tamil competitions/literary quiz, interview with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, programme by singer Mukesh Mohamed and humour shows by actor Siva Karthikeyan and Madurai Muthu.

The Silver Jubilee Convention is organized under the competent leadership of Mr. Balagan Arumugasamy and the Federation’s President, Dr. Dhandapani Kuppuswamy.

Please visit www.fetna.org for further details and for registration. You may get in touch with Dr. Dhandapani Kuppuswamy, President-FeTNA (Ph: 843-814-7581, email: president@fetna.org) and Mr. Balagan Arumugasamy, Convention Coordinator, FETNA 2012 (Ph: 240-351-6197/301-237-1747, email:balagancpa@msn.com) for more information.

GOPIO wants July 2 as the ‘Independence Day for Indian Americans’

GOPIO wants July 2 as the ‘Independence Day for Indian Americans’

New York, July 3 (TruthDive): Supported by nearly 8-10 partner NRI associations, Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) is in the forefront leading a campaign to celebrate July 2 as the ‘Independence Day for Indian Americans’ as favoured by the US citizens of Indian origin.

Inder Singh, Chairman of GOPIO said that July 2 was the day when US proclamation ‘Liberty and Justice for all’ applied to the Indians for the first time in 1946. He added that Indian civic organizations should organize celebration of July 2 as the day when Indians achieved parity, equality and dignity in America.

Abdul Gani Shaikh, US-based engineer and member of Indian Muslim Association in the US who migrated to United States in 1967 says the idea is most welcomed by various organizations of Indians which form part of Federation of Indian Association.

Indians began their long migratory voyage to US in the beginning of the twentieth century. After years of racial prejudice and sufferings, the US citizenship was granted to them only in the year 1946. Only white immigrants were allowed to apply for US citizenship in the beginning.

Inder Singh, the GOPIO chairman recalled that though the US Congress could pass a law to grant US citizenship to nearly 2000 Indians in America, the Indian community was unconvinced whether such a law would be passed by the Congress.

Mr Singh further added that a few individuals like JJ Singh of India League of America, Mubarak Ali Khan of the Indian Welfare League, Anup Singh, Haridas Muzumdar, Taraknath Das, and from California, Dalip Singh Saund of the India Association of America, decided to lobby for citizenship rights.

The group could finally convince Connecticut Republican Congresswoman, Clare Booth Luce, and New York Democrat Congressman, Emanuel Cellar, chair of the House Judiciary Committee, to jointly launch a bill in Congress for the grant of US citizenship to Indian immigrants. But, the bill continued to be shelved away for the next four years; only on July 2, 1946 President Truman signed the bill and brought the granting of US citizenship to effect for Indian Americans.

Dr Kotnis’s Chinese wife Guo Qinglan passes away,China pays homage

Dr Kotnis’s Chinese wife Guo Qinglan passes away,China pays homage

Beijing, June 30 (TruthDive): China on Friday paid homage to Guo Qinglan, wife of celebrated physician Dwarkanath Shantaram Kotnis, who was one of rare living associations with pre-revolutionary China.

Guo, a 96-year-old Chinese woman married Dr Kotnis in November 1941. She passed away on Thursday in Dalian, a coastal city in northeast China’s Liaoning province, the official Xinhua news agency said.

Dr Kotnis was one among a group of doctors who provided clinical assistance to Chinese soldiers who were fighting the Japanese in the late 1930s. When other doctors opted to go back to India, Dr Kotnis decided to stay on in China and played a key role in controlling a potent strain of plague that attacked Chinese soldiers. He even tried out the vaccine on himself. While working with the soldiers, he fell in love with his Chinese assistant Guo Qinglan and they were married in 1941 but their marriage lasted only for a year. They had a son named Yin Hua who also died at a very young age of 25 years.

Hailing from Sholapur district of Maharashtra, Marxism was not new for Dr Kotnis. Added to it, the Chinese soldiers he were treating were Communists. Attracted more towards Communist ideologies, he joined the Communist Party of China (CPC) in 1942 and died the same year due to epilepsy at the young age of 32 years.

The Chinese, in appreciation of his work had built a memorial for Dr Kotnis post his death. Guo had earlier recalled to Xinhua that she had admired Dr Kotnis and he was  a person who could speak and write some Chinese and also one who was fond of cracking jokes.

Foreign Ministry representative Hong Lei said Guo spent her entire life promoting Indo-China coöperation and added that Kotnis sacrificed his youthful years and life for China’s national salvation and that they will always remember Guo and Kotnis’s important contributions.

Even after Dr Kotnis passed away, Guo maintained her India connection. She never failed to maintain her contacts with the family of Dr Kotnis. She has also been a privileged guest at many top-level ambassadorial functions between China and India and was regularly invited for the Indian Embassy celebrations in China.  Though she remarried a Chinese after Dr Kotnis passed away in 1942, she still retained her name as Guo Qinglan Kotnis.

FeTNA gears up for a festive Silver Jubilee Convention 2012

FeTNA gears up for a festive Silver Jubilee Convention 2012

June 28 (TruthDive): The Tamils of North America are gearing up for a grand and festive Silver Jubilee Convention 2012, scheduled to be conducted at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, Maryland from July 6-7,2012.

The grand annual Tamil convention comes packed with various activities of glamour, grandeur and colour, with Tamil language and tradition running a common thread in all the activities and events.

Federation of Tamil Sangams (Associations) of North America (FeTNA), an umbrella organization for nearly 40 local organizations, presents a grand event each year in a different state and city. Happening for the last 24 years, the annual Tamil Convention is a splendidly momentous occasion where Tamils of North America get  together and celebrate their culture, delight over meeting South Indian movie celebrities, distinguished speakers/poets and soap stars from India. The locals also get to exhibit their copious talents in this jumbo event.

Touted as one of the biggest Tamil conventions ever hosted by Tamils of North America in Maryland history, 2012 will be the high-flying Silver Jubilee Celebration for FeTNA with about 2000 members from all over the world  gracing the remarkable occasion.

FeTNA Velli Vizha will feature some of the prominent personalities who have significantly contributed to development and growth of Tamil language, tradition, music and custom. The guest-list includes award-winning celebrated Tamil writer S Ramakrishnan, Tamil Kavignar Thamizhachi Thangapandian, Kavanar Dr KalaiChezhian, Dr Brenda Beck, Kalaimamani TKS Kalaivanan Indian political leader Thozhar Nallakannu and Tamil scholar Maraimalai Ilakkuvanar.

Kollywood leading actors “Chinna Thalapathy” Bharath and Amala Paul‘Chinna Kuyil’ Padmashree K S Chitra, Singer Anitha Krishnan, Padma Shree awardee-yesteryear actress Saroja Devi,Vidya-Vandana sisters and TV arist–Bharatanatiyam dancer Priyadarshini  are other star attractions of the event.

This is not all. Sample some of the other event highlights: Dance ballet featuring brave mother Veerathai Velu Naachiyaar by writer-director Sriram Sharma with his wife Manimekalai as the lead,100th anniversary of Dr MU.VA, Top 10 Tamil Entrepreneur Forum, Tamil literary quiz, Ainkaran orchestra, Tamil competitions, debates, interview with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, special programme by singer Mukesh Mohamed and humour shows by actor Siva Karthikeyan and Madurai Muthu.

The Silver Jubilee Convention is organized under the competent leadership of Mr. Balagan Arumugasamy and the Federation’s President, Dr. Dhandapani Kuppuswamy.

Please visit www.fetna.org for further details and for registration. You may get in touch with Mr Dhandapani Kuppuswamy, President-FeTNA (Ph: 843-814-7581, email: president@fetna.org) and Mr Balagan Arumugasamy, Convention Coordinator, FETNA 2012 (Ph: 240-351-6197/301-237-1747, email:balagancpa@msn.com) for more information.

Indian Americans lead all Asians in income, education in US: Survey

Indian Americans lead all Asians in income, education in US: Survey

Washington, Jun 21 (TruthDive): A new survey stated Asian Americans are found to be the best-educated, fastest-growing racial group and highest-income in US and also stated Indian Americans leads them all in the levels of education and income.

Seven Indian American adults among 10 in the age 25 and older possess a college degree, when compared with around half of Americans of Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Filipino ancestry, and around a quarter of the Vietnamese Americans, said the report which was released by Pew Research Centre on Tuesday.

Indians have highest median household income of about $88,000 between the largest Asian-American groups. On a whole, Asians have a median household income around $66,000 when compared with US median of $49,800.

When socio-economic ledger is compared, Americans with Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and “other US Asian” origins have higher poverty rate than does US general public. Americans with Indian, Filipino, Japanese origins have very lower rates, where the survey was made between six major Asian groups.

The geographic settlement forms also differ. Above seven in 10 Japanese and two out of three of Filipinos live in West, when compared with less than half of Koreans, Vietnamese and Chinese and only around a quarter of Indians.

There are also sub-group differences in cultural and social realms. Filipino and Japanese Americans are the most tolerant of intergroup and interracial marriage; Indians, Koreans and Vietnamese are less tolerant.

Their entrances into US are also different, Pew survey found. Nearly half of all Indian and Korean immigrants who got green cards in 2011 received them on basis of employer sponsorship, when compared with only nearly one-in-three of Japanese, one-in-eight Filipinos, one-in-five of Chinese and one per cent of Vietnamese.

When compared with general public, Asian Americans support mainly an activist government and are less likely to support as Republicans, Pew report said.

US President Barack Obama acquires higher rankings from the Asian Americans than from general public: 54 per cent accept the way he handles his job when compared with 44 per cent of general public, the survey by Pew found.