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In the News:
USAID to spend $ 100 Million in India annually on welfare schemes
USAID, the lead US Government agency working to end extreme global poverty, is to spend $100 million a year in India on
a wide spectrum of poverty alleviation schemes covering health, food security, clean energy and education. The agency is
seeking to partner with Indian corporate houses and non-government organizations to take up schemes for providing safe
potable drinking water to rural India.
In this connection, it is holding a symposium here today with the representatives of local companies and NGOs to identify
projects that could be taken up in the State and elsewhere. “About 75 per cent of the money will be spent on health-
related programmes. We look forward to working with Indian corporations,” Kathryn D Stevens, Deputy Mission Director,
USAID, said.
The organisation is currently engaged in implementing the Health of the Urban Poor programmes in eight states, including
Bihar, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh.
Michael C Mullins, Consul General, Consulate General of the USA, said the agency’s initiative to improve supply of safe
potable drinking water would go a long way in improving the health of rural India. He wanted Indian corporate houses,
which have to spend a portion of their profits for CSR programmes, to participate in this programme.
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Michelle invites Indian-American Miss America to Easter bash
The first ever Indian-American Miss America Nina Davuluri and celebrated Indian-American chef Maneet Chauhan have
been invited by the White House for its annual Easter Egg Roll Celebrations on April 21.
The celebrations among other things would feature 'yoga' sessions for the second consecutive year. Easter Egg Roll will
take place on the South Lawn of the White House. The celebrations in support of the First Lady Michelle Obama's 'Let's
Move!' initiative is focused on promoting health and wellness with the theme, 'Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape'.
The day-long event is to be attended by some 30,000 people from across the country and will feature live music, sports
courts, cooking stations, storytelling and, of course Easter egg rolling. This year's special guest is 12-year-old singing
sensation Cam Anthony, who will sing the National Anthem as well as perform on the Rock 'n' Egg Roll Stage.
Readers on the Storytime Stage will be Jim Carrey, Miss America 2014 Davuluri, former NFL player and NASA astronaut
Leland Melvin, DJ Lance Rock, Debby Ryan from the Disney Channel's JESSIE and Sesame Street's Mando, Rosita, Abby
Cadabby, and Cookie Monster.
Chefs Chauhan, Alexandra Guarnaschelli, Sam Kass, Marc Murphy, Charles Phan, Super Sprowtz, and the Disney Channel
cast of JESSIE will prepare healthy eating demonstrations in the Play with your Food station.
Previously the Executive Chef of several notable restaurants including Vermilion Chicago and Vermilion New York,
Chauhan is featured as a judge on Chopped on the Food Network and has appeared on The Next Iron Chef, The View and
Iron Chef America.
For the second consecutive year, the White House has created a yoga garden for the occasion. "Come enjoy a session of
yoga from professional instructors," the White House said. The White House said DJ Beauty and the Beatz, Ariana Grande,