Week’s Review: Vinod Khanna passes away, Indian-American roasts Trump and Indian PM launches low-budget airline

In case you missed them, catch up on the most important, entertaining and eye-catching stories of the week today.

Indian PM Modi flags off first low fare flight for small town flyers in nation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi kickstarted cheap flights for small town flyers by inaugurating the Shimla-Delhi flight from a long defunct Jubbarhatti airport on the outskirts of the capital of Himachal Pradesh.

"This is the first UDAN flight under Regional Connectivity Scheme(RCS) on Shimla-Delhi sector. Air travel is now not just for the rich, I want air travel to be for all," Modi said.

Flight Shimla
Photo courtesy: Twitter/@narendramodi

Hasan Minhaj roasts President Trump 'in absentia' at White Correspondents’ Dinner

Indian-origin Muslim comedian Hasan Minhaj’s speech at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner tackled all the elephants in the room…including the one that skipped the event. Minhaj spoke out against US President Donald Trump biases and policies in a 25-minute speech at the event. 

Sushma’s active intervention rescues Indian woman from Saudi Arabia

Indian Minister for External Affairs (MEA) Sushma Swaraj has become a beacon for the ‘distressed’ members of the Indian diaspora trapped abroad. In another case, her active intervention helped in rescuing an Indian woman, Salma Begum, who was reportedly ‘sold and tortured’ in Saudi Arabia.

Bollywood star and BJP MP Vinod Khanna succumbs in battle with cancer

Veteran actor and sitting BJP MP from Gurdaspur in Punjab Vinod Khanna died in HN Reliance Foundation and Research Centre in Mumbai after a difficult battle with cancer.

Indian-origin pro-Europe campaigner launches drive to avoid hard Brexit

Gina Miller, an Indian-origin woman who had mounted a successful legal challenge to prevent United Kingdom’s (UK) Prime Minister Theresa May from triggering Britain's exit from the European Union (EU) without Parliament's approval, launched her crowdfunded tactical voting drive to avert a hard Brexit yesterday. 

Priyanka Chopra to play Indian-American astronaut Kalpana Chawla in biopic

After playing the role of Olympic champion Mary Kom, Priyanka Chopra is all set to play the role of Kalpana Chawla, the first Indian woman astronaut in space. The Quantico star confirmed she will be playing the role of late astronaut Kalpana Chawla in a biopic on the Indian-American astronaut.

Priyanka Chopra and Kaplana Chawla
Priyanka Chopra (left) and Kaplana Chawla


Nitin Gadkari kick starts the SGD1 Billion Masala Bond Sales from Singapore, Next Stop Hong Kong, followed by London

Nitin Gadkari, India’s Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Minister of Shipping, in his self-assured style, tinged with a sense of humour, kick started the masala bond road show to raise capital for India’s highway infrastructure projects.

Indian Finance Minister raises H-1B visa issue with US commerce secretary

Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has raised concerns with US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross over the Trump administration’s move to tighten the H-1B visa regime and highlighting the key role played by Indian professionals in boosting the American economy.