In its 60th Year ISNA’s Chicago Convention attracts thousands. “Its an all American event,” says ISNA Prez Safa Zarzour

CHICAGO - The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) rolled out its high profile 60th Annual Convention and attracted Thousands of Enthusiastic Participants at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. “A Multifaceted ISNA’s 60th Convention was inaugurated by around 40 elected officials and community leaders.


CHICAGO- Police Commander has announced stringent police security umbrella around Devon Avenue in view of the repeated armed robberies and crime activities there. Police Commander Joseph Brennan stated this at the special Town Hall meeting that Noor Yaqoob organized at the Usmania Restaurant on Devon Ave.  The merchants have started looking at alternate means to secure their wellbeing and businesses. For the benefit of the Devon Merchants, prominent businessman Mr Sajjad has even organized “Conceal And Carry License” classes for carrying personal weapons.

In Warren, International Assembly of God, Hosts Vacation Bible School’s "Keepers of the Kingdom"

WARREN, MI – Past fortnight, the International Assembly of God in Warren, Michigan, hosted a vibrant and educational Vacation Bible School (VBS) under the theme of "Keepers of the Kingdom." This three-day event brought together 62 enthusiastic children who embarked on a captivating journey to explore the concepts of good and evil, and their roles as citizens of the Kingdom.

“IAMA CF’s 2023 Gala, A Celebration of Unity, and Togetherness”: Deen

CHICAGO – Chicago’s eminent women leader and health professional Nusrat Deen says that a united community can deliver wonders when it comes to establishing community institutions. Nusrat cited the Chicago-located IAMA Charitable Foundation (IAMA CF)’s Free Health Clinic as an example. She was speaking at IAMA CF’s Annual Gala on 20 May 2023. At the Gala, organized under the leadership of Nusrat Deen Ahmed and Suneela Harsoor, md, the IAMA CF acknowledged philanthropic contributions and achievements of Chicago’s leading physicians. Tariq Bhatt, Brij Malani, Asok K Ray, and Ashutosh Gupta were honored them with its ‘Life Time Achievement’ Award.

CAA’s Life Time Achievement Award Bestowed Upon Ramana Murty Yedavalli

CAA’s Life Time Achievement Award Bestowed Upon
Ramana Murty Yedavalli

CHICAGO – Chicago’s top engineer Mr Ramana Murty Yedavalli has been bestowed upon with CAA’s Life Time Achievement Award. The Award was presented on 29 April 2023 at CAA’s 7th Anuual Day where Chairperson Sujatha Appalaneni, President Gowrishankar Addanki, and Vice President Swetha Kottapalli led the Telugu Community to the glittering award presentation ceremony. Over 1000 guests attended.

Historic Win For Aditya Gupta. Adjudged State’s Top Chess Player. Ranks Amongst Top 5 At US Level

Chicago’s Aditya Gupta has won prestigious "2023 Scholar Chess Award" that is given to the top five outstanding player in the United States. The US Chess Federation bestows this award based upon student’s Chess Skills, Academics, Leadership Abilities, and Sportsmanship. In the long history of the award, he is only the second player to win from the State of Illinois; and first in the last 5 years. It is quite a big achievement for the State of Illinois to have a US Chess Scholar recipient.

Hema Shastri’s Dev Darshan Seniors Center Inaugurated

CHICAGO - Ms Hema Shastri’s senior and elderly social care center, named Dev Darshan Senior Care Center (DDSC) has been inaugurated. At the inauguration prominent amongst the guests were: Amal McCaskill and Ronnie Fields, former professional basketball players. Amal McCaskill played in the NBA with the Orlando Magic, San Antonio Spurs, Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia 76ers. Amal also played professional basketball internationally.


Sher Rajput, Chicago’s towering community leader, has been honored with the ‘PRIDE OF INDIA’ award. The award was bestowed upon Sher Rajput at the MEATF’s India Unity Day celebration that US Congressman Danny Davis presided over. There, MEATF (Multi Ethnic Asian Task Force) Chairman Dr Vijay Prabhakar described him as the “Mayor Of Devon Avenue.” Jatinder Bedi introduced Sher Rajput. Executive Director Ms Mohita Sukumar, was MC.

Vijay Prabhakar Urges US Health Secretary for Community Leaders’ Collaboration to Rid Englewood of Gun Violence.

CHICAGO - Dr Vijay Prabhakar joined President Biden’s Cabinet HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES SECRETARY XAVIER BECERRA at a Congressional RoundTable on Mental Health and Gun Violence held in Englewood, Chicago on 17 Mar 2023. At the Roundtable, he described the AMEC-CAABH-MEDSTAR lead pilot project that has been launched in Englewood under the ‘GANDHI KING CENTER FOR NON VIOLENCE.‘ Dr Prabhakar urged a collaborative approach to reduce violence in Englewood by involving the Community leaders, health care providers, elected officials and the local law enforcement.


Chicago’s prominent  women-leader Ms MOHITA SUKUMAR has been inducted into the MEATF ( Multi Ethnic Asian Task Force). At MEATF’s India Unity Day Celebrations, that coincided with the ongoing Women Empowerment Month, Ms MOHITA SUKUMAR was honored with MEATF Congressional Medal. Congressman Danny Davis presided over the function.

Salil Mishra Elected Chairman of the AIA

CHICAGO – Ranking member of the AIA, Mr Salil Mishra has been elected the Chairman of AIA (Association of Indians In America) Illinois. Mr Salil Mishra is a high profile Banker from India’s most prestigious PO-stream of the State Bank of India. At the State Bank of India, He has climbed up the ladder to serve on multiple strategic appointments during sought-after postings. These included some foreign stints. To further enhance his career, he sidestepped to the Chicago-based Millennium Bank which is singularly revered as the ‘Crown Jewel of NRIs’ in the Midwestern United States. Since then, Mr Salil Mishra has been in the service of the Indian community through the AIA; as well as through the Orissa Society of Greater Chicago.

UCCA hosts Grand Musical Christmas Banquet in Chicago

CHICAGO - A glittering evening replete with stirring melodious carols, dance presentations, inspiring remarks and uplifting yuletide sermonette marked the Grand Christmas Banquet celebrations organized by United Christian Cultural Association [UCCA] on Friday, December 16, 2022 at the Cotillion Banquet in Palatine, Illinois that drew a large gathering of families Illustrating the spirit of Christmas with interludes of beautiful strains of Christmas carols presented by Tollywood’s blockbuster music director Anup Reuben that elevated the festive merriment.


CHICAGO - Chicago's eminent physician and renowned hospitality entrepreneur Dr Rashmi Patel has been elected the President of the Federation of Indian Associations (1980) Chicago. He and his Executive Team was elected at the organization's elections held on 18 Dec 2022. FIA Election Committee comprising three of the FIA Trustees Kanti Patel, Rajesh Patel, and Bhailal Patel presided over, and conducted the election process. Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Satish (Sunny) Gabhawala oversaw through video-conferencing. A Large number of Trustees, Past Chairs, and Past Executives were in attendance.

AIA Honors Moti Agrawal at Annual Banquet. Rich Tributes Paid To Ghanshyam Pandey.

CHICAGO – Under the leadership of its President, Hina Trivedi, the AIA hosted its annual banquet during which rich tributes were paid to AIA patriarch Late Ghanshyam Pandey; and the Chairman of Millennium Bank Moti Agrawal was honored. Illinois State Treasurer Michael W Frerichs was the Guest of Honor. Nick Dizonno was the keynote speaker.

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