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Welcome to the April 2016 edition of INDIA LIVE, your source for what's happening with India, presented by the Embassy of India, Washington D.C.

During his recent visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met a team of scientists from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory in Washington, DC. The Prime Minister also witnessed the exchange of an MoU on the establishment of Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) in India. The agreement was signed by Dr. Sekhar Basu, Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy, India, and Dr. France Cordova, Director, US National Science Foundation.

Experience the many worlds that make up India, from deserts and rain forests to the Himalayas.
India will launch 25 foreign satellites this year using its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). 12 of the 25 satellites belong to the US, while the remaining 13 belong to Germany, Canada, Algeria, Japan, Indonesia and Malaysia. According to the Prime Minister's Office, 57 foreign satellites from 21 countries have been successfully launched on board the PSLV.

Air India flew the world's longest all-women operated and supported flight from New Delhi to San Francisco on Mar. 6. The flight, which traveled a distance of around 9,000 miles (14,500 kilometers) in close to 17 hours,  was under the command of Kshamta Bajpayee and Shubhangi Singh, along with First Officers Ramya Kirti Gupta and Amrit Namdhari.

Embassy Hosts 'Evolving Role of Indian Americans in US Politics'

The Embassy of India, in association with the Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Victory Fund, hosted a  panel discussion event on "The Evolving Role of Indian Americans in US Politics: Building Coalitions, Raising Resources and Getting Out the Vote."

How Bhangra Indian Dance Found a Home in US Colleges
Thousands of students in America are enjoying the hugely popular bhangra dance form, which comes from India and includes variations of folk dances from the Punjab region of South Asia.  

Some travel to explore new landmarks, while others seek a relaxing break from everyday life. In India, this land of varied languages, cultures, religions, customs and food, be prepared to see the unusual. Can't-miss activities to experience in India range from visiting pilgrimage centers to taking a journey via train or city taxi. Or, eat at a dhaba, a roadside restaurant located on highways outside cities. Marked by a few chairs, tables, bright lights and bamboo, dhabas will fuel your adventures with mouth-watering food.