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Teenager Faces Death Sentence for Killing Parents

Nineteen-year-old Jasdeep Basra was indicted by a grand jury on Friday in Houston on capital murder charges for killing his parents with a baseball bat. He could face the death penalty, but his lawyer is getting ready to argue he was mentally disturbed at the time of the murders....more

Gujarat Relief Begs the $100 Million Question

A dozen Texans including students from Rice University were among the 100 attendees at a rally in Washington D.C. to "beg" the American government for $100 million relief for Gujarat earthquake relief....more

Texas, The New Dot-com Destination

The gap between entrepreneurs' expectations and market reality has been getting plenty of attention in recent months, with the collapse of many high-tech and firms. People are not interested in learning about wealth creation alone but about overcoming odds and challenges in the industry, many entrepreneurs say....more

Possible Patricide Stuns Community

Harindar Singh Basra and his wife, Balvinder, didn’t have any big plans for New Year’s Eve. On Sunday, the couple went to sleep while, neighbors say, their two adult sons were out celebrating. But sometime in the middle of the night, the unthinkable happened: The Basras were bludgeoned to death with a baseball bat and, according to police, their youngest child is responsible. ...more

Sugarland Senior Intel Finalist

Ashvin Kumar Dewan of Sugarland, Texas, is one of 40 high school seniors who are finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search....more

Church Leader is Now America's Most Wanted

Renju Thomas was a mother-in-law’s dream: An American success story who stayed true to his Indian roots. At 29, the flourishing stockbroker was the pride of Houston’s Syrian Christian community—trumpeted for both his material success and strong faith. But today, that image of him is shattered and the people who knew him best are full of holy wrath....more

Quake Relief Efforts in Houston

In Houston reaction and response to the Gujarat earthquake began soon after the news reached residents last Friday morning. Various local Indian organizations like the India Culture Center and the Gujarati Samaj began working with the Maryland-based Indian Disaster Relief Fund, the Red Cross and the Indian Consulate to ensure relief funds reach the victims as soon as possible....more

TiE to Feature Local Entrepreneurs

Two local entrepreneurs will be the keynote speakers at the monthly meeting of The IndUS Entrepreneurs. Nagi Rao, the CEO of Surgient Networks, and Abeezer Tyebji, CEO of Shipco Wireless, will speak on January 31, 2001. Rao has over 15 years of experience in telecom and datacom equipment. He has worked for Bell Labs and McKinsey, among others. Rao will share Surgient’s story with an audience of nearly 400....more

'Loving' Son Admits to Killing Parents

Jasdeep Singh Basra confessed yesterday to killing his parents and setting their house on fire to cover up his crime. Basra, 19, told Houston homicide investigators that he bludgeoned his father, Harindar Singh Basra, 60, and his mother, Balvinder Basra, 50, with a baseball bat on New Year’s Eve while they slept. Fire investigators say he then doused their bodies with an ignitable fluid and set them ablaze....more

Zoroastrian Congress Heads to Houston

Next week, over 2000 Zoroastrians from around the world are expected to gather in Houston to attend the Seventh World Zoroastrian Congress. This is first time in the Congress 40-year history that the event will be held in North America. All previous world meets have been held either in Mumbai or Tehran. ...more


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