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Alabama Governor thanked for apology on police roughing-up of grandfather
Hindus have thanked Alabama Governor Robert Bentley for “sincere apology for the tragic incident” and deep regret on the “unfortunate use of excessive force” by Madison Police Department on Hindu grandfather resulting in his partial paralysis.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, called it a step in the positive direction. Zed also welcomed Bentley’s assurance that “we will see that justice is done”.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, stressed the need of cultural competency training to first responders in Alabama and nationwide.

Rajan Zed pointed out that in view of increasing diversity of the ... Read More

Nalanda VC, Amartya Sen says govt. does not want him to continue
New Delhi: Nobel laureate Amartya Sen has said he will not continue as the chancellor of Bihar's Nalanda University for a second term . The decision seems to be a political one, as Sen feels the government does not want him to continue after his current term ends in July.

Sen announced his decision to opt out through a five-page letter to the governing board of the university, even though the Board had unanimously voted to re-elect him on January 13.

�It is hard for me not to conclude that the government wants me to cease being the Chancellor of Nalanda University ... Read More

NRI businessman had gifted pinstripe suit to Modi
Source : ANI
New Delhi: Last month, as the nation was celebrating its 65th Republic Day and the historic presence of President Barack Obama as the first American head of state to be invited as chief guest, the focus shifted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's monogrammed black suit, which generated substantial controversy and occupied considerable space in the media.

Media reports have claimed that the price of the suit that Prime Minister Modi wore during his interaction with President Barack Obama at Hyderabad House last month was apparently Rs.10 lakhs.

However, in an exclusive interview given to ANI, Rameshkumar Bhikabhai Virani, the man ... Read More

'Troublesome' media hampers our work: Manish Sisodia
New Delhi, Feb 17: After avoiding questions over why the Arvind Kejriwal led-government in Delhi restricted media's entry in the Delhi Secretariat, Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Tuesday came up with a bizarre justification saying media does not allow them to work properly.

Manish Sisodia, who himself was a journalist before entering into politics, was quoted by a private TV news channel as saying, "Media does not allow the government to function. It starts following and irritating us the moment we leave from our houses."
Until recently, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was all praise to this fourth pillar of the ... Read More

Panneerselvam Shifts to CM Seat in TN Assembly

CHENNAI: After facing criticisms from opposition parties which called him "benami chief minister", Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam today occupied the first chair designated for the post in the state Assembly.

On the opening day of the Assembly session, Panneerselvam occupied the two-seater bench in the House, but chose to sit at the other end of it and not in the place where his leader and previous chief minister Jayalalithaa used to sit.

Panneerselvam has refused to sit on the chair from which Jayalalithaa functioned as chief minister at the secretariat and also in the state Assembly, after he succeeded ... Read More

PM Modi, Sri Lankan President Sirisena Sign Deal in Civil Nuclear Cooperation
New Delhi: India and Sri Lanka are standing at the threshold of an "unprecedented opportunity" to take the bilateral relationship to the next level, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said after his talks with visiting Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday.

The two countries have signed a number of agreements, the most crucial of them being a civil nuclear deal. Also on the anvil was the vexed issue of the arrest of fishermen - which had caused strain in the Union government's relations with Tamil Nadu.

"President Sirisena and I attach the highest importance to the fishermen issue. We agreed that there ... Read More
Budget document among leaked papers, 7 more arrested
Source : IANS

New Delhi: The sensational petroleum ministry document leakage case assumed wider dimensions Friday as seven more people, including a former journalist, an energy consultant and officials of corporate entities, were arrested during the day. The police complaint said the papers stolen included inputs for the forthcoming union budget and a letter relating to the PMO.

The stolen documents were also related to the power and coal ministries, police said.

Delhi Police earlier Friday arrested Santanu Saikia, who runs a web portal for his alleged role in providing secret documents of the petroleum ministry to corporate houses. Prayas Jain, a Melbourne-based ... Read More
Obama welcomes Modi's assurance of equal respect to all faiths
February 21

United States President Barack Obama has welcomed the recent remarks of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in which he condemned religious based violence and gave an assurance that his government will give equal respect to all religions.

"The president welcomed Prime Minister Modi's February 17 condemnation of religious-based violent acts, and his assurance that his government will give equal respect to all religions," the White House said on its website on Friday in response to an online petition.

Launched by the New York-based Sikh for Justice, the online petition had urged Obama before his India trip to raise the issue of Sikh ... Read More
Immigration Express entry is not easy entry
By Catherine Sas
On January 1, 2015 Canada's immigration program was dramatically and fundamentally changed.
Overnight our immigration program morphed from an applicant driven model, to a government selection driven model.
Up until December 31, 2014 an applicant could apply to immigrate to Canada, knowing that so long as they met the selection criteria for a specific category of permanent residence, their application would be processed.
That all changed with the arrival of 2015 and Express Entry. Now an applicant can only apply for permanent residence to Canada if, upon submitting a preliminary profile, they are given an “Invitation To Apply” (ITA) from Citizenship ... Read More
Modi's pinstripe monogrammed suit sold for a cool Rs.4.31 crore
Surat: Bids for the auction for Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s monogrammed pinstriped suit on Friday crossed Rs four crore, with a Surat-based Diamond merchant Lalji Bhai getting the possession of the outfit at a whopping Rs ?4.31 crore.

Here are the LIVE updates:

PM Narendra Modi's suit auctioned; Diamond merchant Lalji Bhai buys it.
Bid for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pinstripe monogrammed suit ends at Rs 4.31 crore.
Hitesh Patel (Dharmanandan Diamonds) makes a bid of Rs 3.61 crore.
With only 20 minutes left, bid for PM Narendra Modi’s suit jumps to Rs 2.95 crore.
Mukesh Patel, builder from Surat and Sanjay Movliya, diamond trader, ... Read More
Eminent scientist accused of sexual harassment
New Delhi: A woman research analyst working for The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) has accused the Director General Rajendra Pachauri of sexually harassing her since September 2013. According to the complaint she filed with the Delhi police, Pachauri had sent her messages and letters and also behaved inappropriately with her during her tenure in the Institute.

The police have taken the lady's statement and formally registered an FIR against Pachauri in Lodhi Colony Police Station. Pachauri has already submitted his laptop and other instruments to the police, who are investigating the accusation. The sections under which the FIR has been ... Read More
US court awards Indian workers lured to work in inhumane conditions $14 million
By Kathy Finn Source : REUTERS

New Orleans: A New Orleans jury on Wednesday awarded $14 million to five Indian men who were lured to the United States and forced to work under inhumane conditions after Hurricane Katrina by a US ship repair firm and its codefendants.

After a four-week trial, the US District Court jury ruled that Alabama-based Signal International was guilty of labour trafficking, fraud, racketeering and discrimination and ordered it to pay $12 million. Its co-defendants, a New Orleans lawyer and an India-based recruiter, were also found guilty and ordered to pay an additional $915,000 each.

The trial was the first ... Read More
India wants to manufacture, not import, defence equipment
Bangalore, Feb. 18 (PTI): India wants to be a leading production base for defence equipment and not its top importer, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told foreign companies gathered here for an aviation and aerospace exhibition.

Inaugurating the Aero India air show, Prime Minister said the country needs to increase its defence preparedness and modernise its forces and invited foreign firms to become India's strategic partners rather than remaining just sellers.

He said government's focus is to reduce imports and develop domestic defence industry with a sense of mission that it “is at the heart of our Make in India programme”.

”We will build ... Read More
215 million Indians have zero assets
By Prachi Salve
In a country where "inclusion" is the emerging political mantra, an estimated 215 million Indians–roughly the population of Canada and Pakistan combined–are largely excluded from economic progress.

These paupers, of sorts, have "zero assets", which means they do not own a television set, a motorcycle, a mobile phone, or any of seven items recognised by the government as being of economic value, official data reveal.

After the Aam Aadmi Party's sweep to power, riding on the support of Delhi's poorest, these huge numbers also provide an indication of the political space available for parties that focus on those excluded from ... Read More
Ottawan writes to PM Modi on black money
Respected Mr. Modi:
After a long time India got an Honest Leader who has a clear vision of the future of India. You are having great plans for the country and its people. You and your team are working with paramount integrity, commitment and enthusiasm. There is a commitment about the so called “BLACK MONEY”.

I would like to express some of my views on this matter for your kind consideration.
What is BLACK MONEY? The majority of Indians believe that the Material wealth is a blessing of Goddess Lakshmi. It would be wrong to call Her blessings as black ... Read More
Indian Newspaper India Pays a Price for Reprinting a Charlie Hebdo Cartoon
By Neha Thirani Bagri
MUMBAI, India — The Charlie Hebdo slaughter in Paris has reverberated into the multireligious ethnic sprawl of Mumbai, where an Urdu newspaper has closed and its editor faces charges and death threats for having reprinted a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad from the satirical French weekly.

The prosecution of the editor, Shirin Dalvi, has focused attention on limits of freedom of the press in India, where news coverage often conflicts with the government's efforts to protect religious groups from insult and disrespect.
All the employees of the daily newspaper, Avadhnama, were dismissed in the days after Jan. 17, when ... Read More
Should India Redefine Right to Religious Freedom?
Washington, D.C. (February 17, 2015) - Leaders at the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) welcomed remarks from India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, on his government’s commitment to religious freedom in India. The prime minister addressed an audience gathered to celebrate the canonization by Pope Francis of two Indian Catholics, Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Euphrasia, just yesterday. During his address, Modi touched upon several themes, including Hinduism’s teachings of religious pluralism and mutual respect, as well as the need for these values in an age of increased religious conflict around the globe.

The Foundation was especially encouraged by Mr. Modi’s specific mention ... Read More
Will respect all religions: Narendra Modi
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Tuesday, strongly asserted that his government’s commitment to ensure equal respect to all religions in India.

Speaking at a function held by the Syro-Malabar Church to celebrate beatification of Saints Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Mother Euphrasia, Modi said, “My government will ensure that there is complete freedom of faith.”

“Everyone has the undeniable right to retain or adopt the religion of his or her choice without coercion or undue influence. Government will not allow any religious group, belonging to majority or minority to incite hatred against others overtly or covertly,” he said amid thunderous applause.

“Unity strengthens ... Read More

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