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Iran Film Portrays the Prophet Muhammad
ALLAHYAR: Here in this Persian replica of Mecca, built at the cost of millions of dollars, an Iranian film company is attempting to offer the world a literal glimpse of the Prophet Muhammad despite traditional taboos against it.

The movie "Muhammad, Messenger of God" already recalls the grandeur — and expense — of a Cecil B. DeMille film, with the narrow alleyways and a replica Kaaba shrine built here in the remote village of Allahyar. But by even showing the back of the Prophet Muhammad as a child before he was called upon by Allah, the most expensive film in Iranian ... Read More

What is the truth on Robert Vadra?
When it comes to Robert Vadra (Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law), fiction seems to have over taken facts and rhetoric seems to have over taken substance. With the recent report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG} tabled in the Haryana Assembly, old allegations against Vadra have once again been regurgitated into the public domain. But much more is being made out in the media, especially by the BJP on what this CAG report says.

In the 166 page CAG report (Report No - 2 of 2015 Government of Haryana - Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India on Social, ... Read More

UN chief commends an Indian project
By Nava Thakuria

Unveiling the plaque of an unique solar power plant in Baroda (now known as Vadodara) of Gujarat in western India recently, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon revealed that the sun has a special place in the Indian imagination. The United Nations recognizes the Konark Sun Temple as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. People of all faiths and all countries have for millennia appreciated the immense value and power of our sun. But we have only just begun to harness the sun's energy for the good of our planet and its people, he opined.

The ... Read More

Reject the politics of fear: Trudeau
The Conservative government talks a good game on freedom, but their words don't match their record.

Their instincts are now to be suspicious of people who do not share their beliefs, to harden divisions with people whose views differ from their own. This is an extension of Stephen Harper's politics of fear and division.

They have accused two leaders of the NDP of sympathizing with terrorists, acclaimed human rights activist and former Minister of Justice Irwin Cotler of anti-Semitism, and declared that you're either with us, or you're with the child pornographers.

Such rhetoric might work politically in the short term, but ... Read More

The water man of India wins 2015 Stockholm Water Prize
Stockholm, Sweden (20 March 2015) � Rajendra Singh of India is named the 2015 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate, for his innovative water restoration efforts, improving water security in rural India, and for showing extraordinary courage and determination in his quest to improve the living conditions for those most in need.

Mr Singh, born 1959, lives and works in the arid Indian state of Rajasthan, where he for several decades dedicated himself to defeating drought and empowering communities. The results of his tireless work are without equal: in close cooperation with local residents, he and his organization have revived several rivers, brought ... Read More
Cricket World Cup 2015: Australia beat India to reach final
By Stephan Shemilt BBC Sport

Australia powered into the World Cup final with a 95-run victory over defending champions India in Sydney.

Steve Smith struck a fluent 105 from 93 balls and Aaron Finch 81 as Australia posted 328-7, the highest score in a World Cup semi-final.

India made a solid start to their reply but lost four wickets for 32 runs and fell well short on 233 despite captain MS Dhoni making 65.

Australia will meet fellow co-hosts New Zealand in Sunday's final in Melbourne.

They will do so looking for their fifth World Cup crown - no other team has more than ... Read More
Ships to evacuate thousands of Indians from Yemen
Around 3,500 Indians are currently working in Yemen, which has been plunged into chaos by a Huthi Shiite rebellion

India is to send ships to Yemen to evacuate thousands of workers stranded there as the fighting intensifies, authorities said. Around 3,500 Indians are currently working in Yemen, which has been plunged into chaos by a Huthi Shiite rebellion that has triggered Saudi-backed airstrikes on the capital Sanaa.
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Narendra Modi, Kailash Satyarthi among world's greatest leaders: Fortune magazine
New York: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi have been named among the 50 greatest leaders in the world by Fortune magazine in its annual list of "extraordinary" men and women transforming business, government and philanthropy.

Modi is ranked 5th on the 2015 roster of 'World's Greatest Leaders' with Satyarthi coming in at the 28th spot.

The list has been topped by Apple CEO Tim Cook. A notable exclusion from the list is US President Barack Obama, who has not been named in the list for a second year in a row.

Fortune said that "faced with difficult circumstances" domestically ... Read More
FDA Bans Shipments From Indian Drug Maker Aarti
The ban follows an inspection of the company’s manufacturing facilities in August

The Food and Drug Administration has banned shipment to the U.S. of medicines made by Aarti Drugs, the company disclosed in a filing with the Bombay Stock Exchange Tuesday. The Indian drug maker said FDA action was in response to an inspection of its manufacturing plants last August.

The stock exchange notice didn't specify the problems that prompted the FDA to issue a so-called import alert, which is agency nomenclature for a ban.

The August inspection followed a warning letter the agency issued the previous year in response to numerous infractions ... Read More
South Asian Festival to witness cross-cultural collaborations
Source : ANI

New Delhi

Cross-cultural collaborations will be on show during the four-day South Asian Festival titled the 'SASIAN Journey' beginning on March 28 at The Ashoka Hotel here.

The festival is an endeavour to bring all SAARC nations together to jointly address the issue of employment and enhance regional integration.

SASIAN will be a launch pad for sustainable, cross cultural collaborations of South Asians across the globe.

The festival will host a Lotus Bazaar, which will include a series of trans-disciplinary workshops, events, performances, symposia, exhibitions and fests. The bazaar will offer space for direct retail to a selected few artists, artisans and ... Read More
Focus More on Original Innovation: Shashi Tharoor

New Delhi: Stressing on the importance of technological innovation to boost economic growth, Lok Sabha MP Shashi Tharoor today said that India should go beyond "frugal invention" and focus on undertaking more original research.

Mr Tharoor, a former Union Minister of State for External Affairs, also said in the context of regional cooperation that India has not been able to achieve much through SAARC because of Pakistan.

Speaking at 'The Growth Net', a discussion on initiatives for and challenges in the path of robust growth, the MP from Thiruvananthapuram said that government should push for investment in research and development.

"We have ... Read More
Debunking the Myth of the Job-Stealing Immigrant
By Adam Davidson


To me, immigration is the greatest example of our faulty thinking, a shortsightedness that hurts others while simultaneously hurting ourselves. The State Department issues fewer than half a million immigrant visas each year. Using the 7 percent figure from the Mariel boatlift research, it’s possible that we could absorb as many as 11 million immigrants annually. But if that’s politically untenable, what about doubling the visas we issue each year? It would still be fewer than a million, or less than 0.7 percent of the work force. If that didn’t go too badly, we could double it again ... Read More
Delhi Catholic Archdiocese appeals for protection of minorities
Source : ANI

The Delhi Catholic Archdiocese on Wednesday appealed to the government and civil society to protect minorities and ensure proper law and order in every part of the country.

"We appeal to the civil society and to the government, the minorities may be protected and proper law and order be maintained in every part of this country. There is a feeling of doubt but we also have full faith in the country and the government of every state. We just hope that such incidents are not repeated," said Father Savarimuthu, spokesperson, Delhi Catholic Archdiocese.

The Archdiocese's appeals come after a Christian ... Read More
India's reforms and economic momentum could unlock corporate growth: S&P
M Allirajan, TNN

COIMBATORE: India's reform drive and economic momentum could give plenty of growth opportunities to India's top corporates, according to Standard & Poor's (S&P) Ratings Services. But many corporates are waiting for the government to put policy into action before investing further, it said.

"The key to corporate growth will be whether the government can deliver on its reform promises. If it does, we believe the top players will be ready to capitalise," said S&P's credit analyst Mehul Sukkawala. "In the meantime, we believe the Indian corporate sector will maintain its conservative stance toward growth rather than throw caution ... Read More
Mahindra Enters Racing, but With Eye on Tesla

March 17

MIAMI—At first blush, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. and the FIA’s Formula E racing series are strange bedfellows.

Mahindra is India’s biggest sport-utility seller and best known in the U.S. for its small tractors. It also has a big IT business in the U.S., a startup scooter company, and a stable of other businesses.

Formula E race cars are among the most progressive machines on any racetrack in the world. In a series that began late last year, drivers from 10 teams—including powerhouses like Audi AG, Renault SA and Andretti Autosport—race high-performance electric cars for an hour at a 140 ... Read More
Immigration Canada invites applications without job offer
Immigration Canada has issued invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence to candidates who do not have a qualifying job offer from a Canadian employer or a provincial nomination.

Once an invitation to apply has been issued to a candidate, he or she has 60 days to file a complete application and all supporting documents. No extensions are granted. Candidates who have been issued an invitation to apply are encouraged to submit their complete applications in good time to avoid disappointment, while those who have not yet been selected from the Express Entry pool are encouraged to gather these documents in ... Read More
Narendra Modi to Attend Singaporean Leader Lee Kuan Yew's Funeral

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the funeral of Singapore's first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew on March 29.

Mr Lee, 91, died of severe pneumonia yesterday.

The Prime Minister will be attending the funeral on March 29, the Spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry said.

In his condolence message, Mr Modi had said, "A far-sighted statesman and a lion among leaders, Lee Kuan Yew's life teaches valuable lessons to everyone. News of his demise is saddening.
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Justin Trudeau on International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
OTTAWA – The Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination:

“In far too many corners of the world, discrimination is at the forefront of daily life for many members of racial minority groups. Today, we acknowledge and raise awareness of the fact that racial oppression is real and persistent, even in this day and age. We also take this opportunity to recognize and celebrate those working diligently toward a truly free and fair world.

“Canada is a country defined by – and celebrated for – ... Read More

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