Desi Talk – that’s all you need to know 9 June 15, 2018 NATIONAL AFFAIRS By StaffWriter eetal Koticha Shah and Rushikesh Pandya, two repre- sentatives of the Gujarat- based charity Project ‘Life,’ will be visiting the United States to spread awareness while attending various sched- uled events this summer. The mission of Project ‘Life’ is to support the underprivi- leged and the unreached across the globe. Padma Shri Dr. Sudhir Parikh, founder and chairman of ParikhWorldwide Media LLC, is Senior Adviser, Project Life USA. The events which Shah and Pandya will be attending include a social gathering and presentation on ‘Life’ at Sanatan Temple Norwalk in Los Angeles, California on June 16 under the leadership of BU Patel; the U.S. launch of Life Global at the Royal Albert’s Palace in New Jersey on June 27 under the chairmanship of Dr. Parikh, as well as the 36th American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) Convention from July 4 to 8 in Columbus, Ohio. The social gathering and presentation on Life India in California is sponsored by BU Patel and supported by Ukabhai Solanki, Dr. Bhanji Kundaria, Popatbhai Savla, Manharbhai Shah, Chimanbhai Adial, Navinbhai, Govidbhai Lalani, Chandrakantbhai and Dinesh Kataria. The launching of Life Global in the U.S. is spon- sored by Dr. Sudhir Parikh and supported by Dr. Arun Palkhiwala, Dr. Mahesh Varia and Amar Shah. Shah and Pandya will meet members of the board of trustees of Share & Care Foundation, including Jayu Parikh, Dr. Ketki Shah and Sharadkumar Shah, on June 26 and will make a presentation on Woman Empowerment activities conduct- ed by Project ‘Life.’ Life Global and Life India will be setting up their booths at the 36th AAPI Convention, which will be attended by many people. Pandya will be in Los Angles from June 12 to 19; Calgary from June 19 to 23; New Jersey from June 23 to July 3; Columbus, Ohio from July 4 to 8 for the AAPI conven- tion after which he will travel to Jackson from July 8 to 10 and then Toronto, Canada from July 10 to 22. Shah will be in Calgary from June 20 to 23 and then in New Jersey from June 23 to 30. Both Pandya and Shah are looking to expand support for Project ‘Life’s humani- tarian service activities like skill develop- ment programs for women to help them earn their livelihood and help them become self-reliant, making high-quality primary education accessible to children of remote villages, providing safe and quality blood to patients in medical emergency, prevention of Thalassemia and more, according to a press release. Dr. Parikh visited Project ‘Life’ last year in Gujarat. Many other celebrities and humanitarians have visited in the past, including Mother Teresa, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Bollywood superstars Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan and Shabana Azmi, cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Kapil Dev, and spiritual leader Pramukhswami Maharaj. M Project ‘Life’ Representatives To Visit US By StaffWriter T he Indian American Council (IAC) for North Texas Food Bank, which launched on Sept. 29, 2017, has sur- passed its first-year goal of funding one million meals for the hungry neighbors across North Texas with their “Million Meal March” campaign. “We have ambitious goals for the Indian American Council, and with the first mil- lion-meal milestone behind us, we know there is much more to be done to feed hungry children, seniors, and families in North Texas. Our Million Meal March does- n’t end here; this is just the beginning of many million meals that will be enabled by the Indian American Community,” said Raj Asava, co-founder of IAC. The IAC was formed to raise awareness, improve engagement, as well as channel resources and contributions of the Indian American community towards NTFB’s mis- sion by providing access to one million nutritious meals. “To build on this momentum, we are launching a ‘Hunger MitaoWeek’ (August 11-19), the week of India’s Independence Day. Leading up to this week we will raise awareness, food and funds, while encour- aging hands-on volunteering. Going for- ward, it is our vision that India’s Independence Day, August 15, is also cele- brated as ‘Independence from Hunger Day!’” said Anna Asava, co-founder of IAC. The Indian American community in North Texas has grown exponentially over the years with nearly 200,000 people in the region. In the spirit of “give where you live” the vision of the IAC is for the community to unify and be recognized as a leader in the fight against hunger. The IAC also looks to create a national model for other food banks and communi- ties to replicate and enable millions of meals for our hungry neighbors across America. “North Texas Food Bank is appreciative of the Indian American Council’s commit- ment to fighting hunger and supporting families in need in our community. Together, we are one step closer to reach- ing our goal of providing 92 million meals by 2025,” said Trisha Cunningham, President and CEO of the North Texas Food Bank. The North Texas Food Bank’s Perot Family Campus is set to open in Plano allowing a broader support base to meet the growing need for food assistance in the North Texas region, later on in the year and IAC is looking forward to increasing com- munity service engagement at the 220,000 square-foot distribution center with regu- lar volunteer shifts. North Texas Food Bank’s Indian American Council To Launch ‘Hunger Mitao Week’ In August By StaffWriter T he world’s largest luggage company announced its chief executive was resigning eight days after a report accused him of falsely claiming a Ph.D on his resume. Ramesh Tainwala, Samonsite’s CEO since 2014, stepped down from his role on Friday citing personal reasons, according to a company news release. On May 24, the short-seller Blue Orca Capital published a report claiming Tainwala had long described himself as a doctor with a degree in business administration – despite never completing the program. The Blue Orca report noted that a doc- torate didn’t appear on Tainwala’s company bio. And Samsonite said that since the company’s initial public offering in 2011, it had always accurately described Tainwala’s educational background But “the board also takes seriously the allegation that has been made about his academic credentials,” the company said. “In considering such resignation, the board thoroughly reviewed the facts related to this allegation and has determined that accepting Ramesh’s resignation is in the best interests of the company and its shareholders.” The Blue Orca report found that Tainwala’s degree in business administra- tion from the Union Institute and University in Cincinnati had frequently been cited in online biographies and other documents, including inWall Street Journal and Bloomberg databases. And in a 2011 earnings call, Samsonite introduced Tainwala as “Dr.” CEO Of Samsonite Resigns After Falsely Claiming He Had A PhD In Business Administration North Texas Food Bank Indian American (NTFB IAC) Council helped raise enough funds to provide one million nutritious meals for hungry neighbors across our region. The IAC raises food, funds and provides volunteers to aid in the Food Bank’s vision of creating a hunger free, healthy North Texas. Ramesh Tainwala is stepping down as chief executive officer of Samsonite International. Bloomberg photo byJerome Favre Meetal Koticha Shah Rushikesh Pandya