Explained: Who are the Ravidassias in California pushing for legislation against caste discrimination?
Ravidassia, a small religious community, is working hard to make California the first state in the United States to outlaw caste discrimination. The members of this group are followers of Ravidas – an Indian guru – who preached caste and class equality
Hot as Hell: What's causing the record-shattering heatwave in the US and Canada?
Summer has become unbearable in the US and Canada. The Pacific Northwest, Seattle and Olympia recorded temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius. Canada’s western regions saw monthly records broken. In the British Columbian regions like Lytton, mercury soared to 36.1 degrees Celsius
Who is Sir Karl Jenkins, King Charles' coronation guest accused of being 'Meghan Markle in disguise'?
Sir Karl Jenkins, a Welsh composer, became the talk of the town as fascinated Twitter users failed to identify him. When his picture took over the internet, eagle-eyed royal watchers speculated Jenkins was actually Meghan Markle who faked a moustache, a wig and sunglasses in order to fly undercover
Welcome to Ram Land! What is the Disneyland-like theme park coming to Ayodhya?
The Uttar Pradesh government plans to build a theme park called 'Ram Land' to promote Ayodhya as a major tourist attraction globally. It is inspired by California's popular Disneyland but will be based on events from the Ramayana and promote Lord Rama's principles and virtues
Is California going to pay Black people billions of dollars in reparations for slavery?
A nine-member panel has recommended reparations be paid to Black people for slavery. Some economists say this could cost the state which is staring at a budget deficit as much as $500 billion, while others claim it could exceed $800 billion
Texas mall tragedy: A look at the worst mass shootings in the US this year
Eight people were killed in a Texas mall after a gunman went on a rampage, highlighting how the epidemic of mass shootings continues in the United States. Over the first four months of this year, 115 people have died in 22 such instances. This is an average of one mass killing a week
What is the ‘King Kong of weight loss drugs’ which is likely to come to US, UK?
Injectable diabetes drug tirzepatide can help people lose weight, as per a new clinical trial, with patients losing an average of 15.6 kilos. Despite the positive outcomes, before the weekly injection for weight loss is widely used, regulators like US Food and Drug Administration need to approve it
A discriminatory affair: How Dalit advocacy group Equality Labs portrays Hindu religion as irredeemable in US
There is a concern that Hindu and Indian employees will now be looked at with suspicion because employers simply won’t want to deal with frivolous lawsuits, such as Cisco
California civil rights department dismisses caste case against two Indian-American Cisco engineers
The two Cisco supervisors were accused in the department’s lawsuit of discriminating and harassing an employee on the basis of caste – a division of people based on birth or descent
Strange blue Jellyfish-lookalike creatures wash ashore on California beaches; watch
Pictures of the Velella velella at California beaches are going viral
California long rainy winters hit beekeepers, but could be a good year for honey
The majority of commercial beekeepers relocate their bees to the Midwest or abroad to pollinate crops like avocados or cherries or to California early in the year to help pollinate the state's $5 billion annual almond harvest
California ports close due to lack of dockworkers
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and shippers are engaged in a protracted dispute over compensation and the deployment of automation, which has led to the stoppage
California officials seek help from federal government for salmon fishers facing ban
The Pacific Fishery Management Council recommended the shutdown of fall-run Chinook fishing from Cape Falcon in northern Oregon to the California-Mexico border on Thursday, dealing a blow to the Pacific Northwest's salmon fishing sector
China, Taiwan, US share interest in avoiding crisis over California visit
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen is due in Los Angeles on Wednesday when she will meet US House of Representatives Speaker Kevin McCarthy, the first such meeting on US soil
Kenya to launch its first operational satellite next week
The Kenya Space Agency (KSA) will launch the satellite on 11 April aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California
How California floods could drive up food prices in the US
Several crops have been damaged across California, which has been battered by storms for months. Being the ‘leading agricultural’ state of the US, experts worry that food prices could rise in the coming weeks due to the affected produce
America’s Darkest Side: How gun violence claims 114 lives on an average every day
The Nashville school shooting has put the spotlight on increasing gun violence in the United States. So far this year, there have been 9,870 gun-related fatalities in the country – that’s an average of more than 114 a day
Two people fatally shot at in Gurudwara in California
Sacramento County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Amar Gandhi said the shooting is not related to a hate crime and described the incident as a shootout between two men who knew each other
Not So Social: Utah’s new law to regulate use of Facebook, Instagram, TikTok for kids
Utah governor signed bills — H.B. 311 and S.B. 152 — into law, which will require minors to obtain the consent of a guardian before joining platforms such as TikTok, Instagram, Facebook and others. The law comes amid debates in the US about the impact of social media on young people’s mental health
Explained: Why California is considering a ban on caste discrimination
Democratic lawmaker Aisha Wahab introduced the bill just a month after Seattle voted to outlaw caste discrimination. This issue has come to the fore in California since 2020 when the employment regulator sued Cisco Systems on behalf of a low-caste engineer. But some claim it will further fuel instan