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Christmas
Evangel Indian Church
Dec. 31, 5:00 p.m. at Evangel
Indian Church, 5700 Bartels
Road, Hanover Park, Illinois. For
more information, call Anand
Daniels (214) 620-7288.
Healthcare
Free Medical Camp
Dec. 27, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.,
at Shree Swaminarayan temple,
1020 Bapa Road, Streamwood,
Illinois.
Physicians, dentists and
pharmacists will be at hand.
Patients needing blood tests
should come on empty
stomach and bring ID.
Refreshments will be served.
Hosted by 42 Kadva Patidar
Samaj.
For more information, call
B.D. Patel (248) 249-6981.
New Year 2015
Parties
Midnight in Paris
With Tollywood and
Bollywood singers, film stars
and belly dancers, Dec. 31,
7:00 p.m. at Sheraton Hotel,
30000Warrenville Road,
Lisle, Illinois.
Hosted by Events Unlimited.
Tickets at $125 and $45, free
for kids under age 5.
All proceeds go to Hudhud
cyclone relief fund.
For more information, call
(630) 936-8561.
Anjana Sukhan
With Bollywood beauty
Anjana Sukhani, Dec. 31, 8:00
p.m. at Ashyana Banquets,
1620 75th Street, Downers
Grove, Illinois.
Hosted by Salaam-E-Ishq.
Tickets at $128, $89, $29 (kids
age 6 to 12) and free for kids
under age 5.
For more information, call
(888) 726-1110.
Live2You presents Krushna
and Kashmera Shah Live
Dec. 31, 8:30 p.m., exotic
dancers from Las Vegas at The
Meadows Club, 2950W.Golf
Road , Rolling Meadows,
Illinois.
Tickets at $100, $150, $50
(kids till age 11).
For more information, call
Meadows Club at
(847) 640-3200.
‘Oye Oye’ Girl Sapna Mukherjee
Dec. 31, 8:00 p.m.atWaterford
Banquet, 933 S Riverside Drive,
Elmhurst, Illinois.
Live band Hitesh Master and
Orchestra-Saregama; belly
dance by Laila and Nicole; DJ
Bhatt and other artists.
Hosted by Ocean Breeze
Entertainment.
Tickets at $150, $120, $50 (kids
under 12).
For more information, call (262)
864-1421.
Sutra – Bollywood Dance Party
Featuring DJ Jimmy Singh and
DJ Xception, Dec. 31, 9:00
p.m.(door opens 8:45 p.m.) to 2
a.m. at Red Ivy, 3525 N Clark
Street, Chicago. Tickets $85 at
New Year’s Eve at Reverie
With DJ Alladin, Dec. 31, 9:00
p.m.at Reverie, 414 N Orleans
Street, Chicago.
Only 150 tickets available; at
$145 each; contact Nick
(773) 507-7333 or Bhavesh
(773) 552-2222.
Hosted by Sahil and LA Tan.
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‘America’s Doctor’
“He’ll bring his lifetime of expe-
rience promoting public health to
bear on priorities ranging from
stopping new diseases to helping
our kids grow up healthy and
strong,” President Obama said
about Murthy. “Vivek will also help
us build on the progress we’ve
made combating Ebola, both in
our country and at its source,”
Obama adding that with the addi-
tional funding for the fight against
Ebola, “Vivek’s confirmation
makes us better positioned to save
lives around the world and protect
the American people here at
home.”
Kudos came pouring in from
Indian-American organizations
that have been lobbying on
Capitol Hill to press Murthy’s
nomination which was sent to
lawmakers in November 2013.
Even some ethnic media, among
them India Abroad, joined the
drumbeat calling on lawmakers to
deliver on the promises they made
to the community which had
poured money into their cam-
paign coffers.
“Dr. Murthy will make an out-
standing Surgeon General and I
applaud the Senate for confirming
him,” Congresswoman Grace
Meng, D-NewYork said in a state-
ment released following the con-
firmation. Meng, whose con-
stituency includes a large number
of Indian-Americans, said she was
also excited to share the historic
moment with the community.
Coming on the heels of Indian-
American RichardVerma being
confirmed as Ambassador to
India, Meng said, these appoint-
ments “illustrate the continued
growth and influence of Indian-
American community, and high-
lights the exceptional contribu-
tions that Indian-Americans make
to our nation.”
“Murthy’s elevation to the posi-
tion of the surgeon general is a
logical culmination of the long his-
tory of Indian-American physi-
cians’ contribution to American
medicine,” said Dr. Sudhir Parikh,
a practicing physician, publisher
of News India Times and recipient
of India’s Padma Shri award.
“Today is a proud day for Hindu
Americans and a great day for all
Americans who will be served by
an accomplished doctor whose
career is defined by service,” noted
Dr. Aseem Shukla, a pediatric urol-
ogist at the Children’s Hospital of
Philadelphia, and board member
of the Hindu American
Foundation. The HAF said it had
encouraged members to lobby
their representatives on the Hill to
push Murthy’s nomination.
Members of the American
Association of Physicians of Indian
Origin, AAPI, also made several
trips to Capitol Hill to lobby for the
young doctor’s confirmation.
“President Obama has made the
right choice in naming a highly
qualified physician to serve as
America’s next surgeon general.
We are proud of Vivek and his
many accomplishments and look
forward to supporting him
throughout the confirmation
process,” AAPI President Ravi
Jahagirdar said during the lobby-
ing effort on Capitol Hill.
Window of
opportunity
Senate Democratic Leader
Harry Reid scheduled the hearing
as the lawmakers prepared to
leave home for the holidays while
Democrats still hold a majority in
the upper house. He would have
been unable to push through
some 20 out of scores of Obama
nominations held up by
Republicans if Sen. Ted Cruz, R-
Texas, in an attempt to dislodge
President Obama’s immigration
plans, stalled proceedings with a
threat of government shut-down
on the trillion dollar budget bill
consideration. That gave Reid a
fewmore days during which the
short-lived Democratic majority
pushed through some 20 presi-
dential nominations including
Murthy’s.
Come Jan. 6, when the 114th
Congress comes back, it will be a
Republican majority in both the
House and Senate. There would
have been little chance for Murthy
to be confirmed if his nomination
had not been voted on Dec. 15.
A hospitalist at Brigham and
Women’s Hospital and an instruc-
tor at Harvard Medical School,
Murthy co-founded an HIV/AIDS
education organization as well as a
medical software company called
TrialNetworks.
He was President Obama’s
appointee to the Presidential
Advisory Council on Prevention,
Health Promotion, Integrative and
Public Health. Murthy’s parents
hail fromKarnataka. He was born
in the United Kingdom and came
to this country when he was 3
years old.
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