PIO CREATES DOLLS TO REFLECT ETHNIC DIVERSITY, TALENTS
An Indian-American Harvard University graduate has come up with a new series of seven dolls that represent common girls with ethnic diversity and celebrate them for their brains, talents and leadership. Neha Chauhan Woodward, 29, has given each of the seven dolls unique personalities, which girls can relate to. The doll collection created by her startup toy company Willow brook Girls and story series is based on the similarly ambitious childhood friends she grew up with on Willow brook Road.
PIO BUYS 33% IN B’LURU AIRPORT
Airport operator GVK Power & Infrastructure, which owns the majority stake (43%) in Bangalore International Airport Ltd, is selling 33% holding to PIO Prem Watsa’s Fairfax Group for Rs 2,149 crore to reduce its debt.GVK could also pursue a similar divestment move in Mumbai International Airport Ltd.
GOPIO ELECTS NEW INTERNATIONAL TEAM
Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) elected a new international executive council at a warmly contested election, conducted electronically for the first time, where 208 of the 223 international delegates from 21 countries cast votes, electing Niraj Baxi of USA as its President, Noel Lal, Sydney, Australia, Exe. VP, Ram Gadhavi, New Jersey, USA, VP, Dr. Rajeev Mehta, USA, Dr. Pradip Sewoke, France, Mrs. Suman Kapoor, New Zealand & Rajidre Tiwari, The Netherland as International Coordinators.
Niraj Baxi said, “The GOPIO is making concerted efforts to attract Indian Diaspora entrepreneurs and businessmen to take more interest in investing in India in all spheres ranging from business, education, healthcare and social causes. With an investment and business friendly government in India, we see a lot of opportunity for the Indian Diaspora to invest and actively participate in India’s development”.
SMALL BUSINESS OWNER BORN IN INDIA RUNNING FOR MAYOR OF MADISON
Hanu Karlapalem, a small business owner, says the police stop of a 57-year-old Indian citizen and the ensuing international attention was unfortunate, but that has little to do with why he is now running to become the mayor of one of Alabama’s fastest growing cities. “I think the Madison Police Department is one of the best police departments in Alabama,” said Karlapalem, who was born in the state of Andhra Pradesh on the southeast coast of India and now runs a network solutions business in Madison.
He says he has a better vision for Madison than incumbent Mayor Troy Turlock.