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SanSkaar aims to enhance creativity, cultural values through skill training
(Pic: SanSkaar Class Trainer and Admin: Ruchi , Namrata, Sangita, Sushma, Deepti, Deepali , Meeta)

HOUSTON – Businessman and philanthropist Ramesh Bhutada and Sugar Land Mayor Pro Tem Harish Jajoo on Sunday inaugurated a novel educational project to enhance creativity, positive skill and cultural values among children and young adults.

Dubbed as SanSkaar, the project will focus on four areas – arts & craft, dance, Hindi language and Yoga. Classes will be held every Sunday from 2 ... Read More

Brick puja performed for future temple of Ma Gayatri
(Pic:Devotees during brick puja for Ma Gayatri temple.)

KATY – With the blessings of gurusatta and Ma Gayatri, Gayatri Pariwar, Houston conducted the brick pooja (shila pooja) ceremony on Saturday, February 7th, 2015 for the upcoming “Center for Gayatri Consciousness” in Katy, TX. Adarniya Pushkar Raj ji from Shantikunj, Haridwar who conducted the ceremony, touched the hearts of all the attendees with his soulful message during the ceremony.

The attendees were asked to write 108 Gayatri Mantras ... Read More
The Brutal Murder of Avijit Roy condemned, Urges Bangladesh to Take Action
Washington, D.C. (February 27, 2015) -- Leaders at the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) strongly condemned the brutal murder of Atlanta-based Bangladeshi American writer and blogger, Avijit Roy, in Dhaka on Thursday. Roy, a humanist of Hindu origin and an outspoken critic of religious fundamentalism, was attacked by machete wielding assailants while on his way back from a book fair at Dhaka University. His wife and fellow blogger, Rafida Ahmed, also sustained severe injuries in the ... Read More
2nd temple vandalism in 2 weeks in Seattle
Hindus nationwide are highly concerned after reports of various broken windows and scrawling of word “FEAR” at Kent Hindu Temple wall in Washington State late February 26 night.

This was second such incident in recent days in Seattle metropolitan area after scrawling of “GET OUT” on Bothell Hindu Temple was discovered on February 15. In addition, a Hindu grandfather was roughed-up by police in Madison (Alabama) on February six resulting in partial paralysis. These two vandalized ... Read More
“Boston Jewish Music Festival” to include sacred Hindu songs
In a remarkable interfaith gesture, renowned “Boston Jewish Music Festival” this year will include “Sacred Songs of Hindus”.

The 2015 Festival from February 27 to March 15 in Massachusetts; besides Kabbalat Shabbats, Sacred Hebrew Chants, Shabbat Songs, Jewish choral music, Jazz Shabbat, songs of Purim, Yiddish folk songs, etc; will also include sacred songs of Hindus containing Hindu music. The Hindu songs will be delivered in Temple Ohabei Shalom, a Jewish synagogue in Brookline, on March ... Read More
Justin Trudeau discusses infrastructure with 905 region mayors
OTTAWA – Liberal Party of Canada Leader, Justin Trudeau, reaffirmed his commitment to work with municipalities, at a roundtable meeting with mayors in Oakville, Ontario, on Monday.

“The Greater Toronto Area faces considerable and unique challenges as it grows,” said Mr. Trudeau. “Having a strong relationship with municipal leaders ensures that we will be able to work collaboratively on the important issues facing this region.”

Mayors of Oakville, Mississauga, Brampton and Markham, as well as the ... Read More
Hindu American Programs for the 2015
As those of us in the northeast battle through what we hope is the last wave of winter’s frigid temperatures, the HAF team has already began preparations for this summer. Two of our most anticipated annual events kick off in early June: DC Advocacy Days and the Summer Internship program.
This year, DC Advocacy Days will be on June 8-9. We will be sending invitations to join our delegation to our 2014 and 2015 Donor Circle ... Read More
Looking for a Mumbai born
The United Nations needs your help for a very special project that we are working on to commemorate the UN's 70th anniversary.

In short- it's called "I am 70" and for it we're interviewing seven 70-year-old people from around the world, from South Sudan to Jordan to India, each representing a UN issue, from conflict, to women's rights to statelessness. The videos will be two minutes long and distributed primarily online.

We want one of our episodes ... Read More
Idaho Senate to open with its 1st Hindu prayer
Idaho Senate, upper house in the State Legislature, will start its day with ancient Hindu mantras on March third, said to be a first since Idaho acquired statehood in 1890.

This reportedly historic invocation will contain verses from Rig-Veda; the oldest existing scripture of the mankind still in common use.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed will deliver this prayer from Sanskrit scriptures before the Senate. After Sanskrit delivery, he then will read the English translation of ... Read More
Hindus urge Diwali holiday in all New Jersey school districts
Hindus have welcomed reports of Glen Rock Public Schools in New Jersey adding Diwali, most popular of their festival, as a holiday on the school calendar.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, describing it as a step in the right direction, urged all other public school districts and private schools in New Jersey to do the same.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, pointed out that it would be ... Read More
Why some immigrant communities are more prominent in Canadian politics
By Richard M. Landau
Why is it that some new Canadian communities appear to achieve prominence, stature and wealth in the fabric of the national community – more readily than others?
Research indicates that how well immigrant communities grow and emerge is dependent upon a variety of factors, including: higher education levels, a willingness to patronize/economically support their own communities and the length of time or number of generations which a group has been in Canada.

Educational Attainment

There ... Read More
South Asian (Indo-Canadian) authors who write in English, Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Nepali and other languages are suggested to send their details with photographs to be included in this useful and up-to-date information resource. All media people are requested to send information about their publications(newspapers, magazines), TV and radio programs with the web addresses. This Directory will help librarians, scholars, teachers, students, and readers to know more about the works of ... Read More
Pope urged to discipline N. Ireland priest who linked yoga to Satan!
Hindus are urging His Holiness Pope Francis to discipline a Northern Ireland Catholic priest who reportedly linked yoga to Satan.

Father Reverend Roland Colhoun, a priest at Waterside Parish of Roman Catholic Diocese of Derry in Northern Ireland, as reported by Derry Journal, “warned parishioners against taking part in yoga” while saying mass in Drumsurn recently. “Yoga is certainly a risk. There’s the spiritual health risk”, Journal quoted him.

UK’s The Independent quoted him ... Read More
Hindu epic Ramayana performances through Malaysian puppetry
Hindu Sanskrit epic Ramayana performances through shadow puppetry of Malaysia will be held in various parts of USA in the next few weeks.

In “Wayang Kulit: The Shadow Play of Kelantan”, an ancient form of puppet theater, the shadows of intricately carved leather puppets will be projected onto a screen, showcasing the plays based on Ramayana. These will be reportedly performed by a team of puppeteers and musicians from Kelantan region of Malaysia.

Performances will be held ... Read More
Tony Blair's financial empire
Written by three award winning journalists, Blair INC. is an exposé on Tony Blair’s financial empire. Blair has done what no other British Prime Minister has ever done, and built a financial and political global empire directly upon his actions while Prime Minister, and on political positions he acquired after ceasing to be Prime Minister.

The first book of its kind, authors Francis Beckett, David Hencke and Nick Kochan, have spent two years penetrating ... Read More
Our Freedom and Security go Hand in Hand: MP Shory
February 20th, 2015
CALGARY - Devinder Shory, Member of Parliament for Calgary Northeast, today highlighted our Conservative government’s new anti-terrorism law, which is now before the House of Commons for debate.
“Our Conservative government recognizes that police and intelligence services need the legal tools necessary to detect and disrupt terrorist plots before they lead to action. To address this need, we introduced Bill C-51, the Anti-Terrorism Act 2015 on January 30” Mr. Shory said.
“The ... Read More
EcoSikh Joins World Bank in Working to End Extreme Poverty
EcoSikh board member Suneet Singh Tuli and EcoSikh program manager Sumeet Kaur last week joined a roundtable discussion for faith-based organizations, hosted by Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank.
The aim of the meeting, held at the institution's headquarters in Washington DC, was to bring together prominent leaders from the world's major faiths to address how religious communities can work with secular organizations to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030.
EcoSikh's Suneet Singh ... Read More
US inter-faith leaders seek hate crime probe into Hindu temple vandalism
Source : PTI
Washington: Several inter-faith leaders in the U.S. have decided to seek hate crime probe into the incident of vandalism at a Hindu temple in Washington State, saying law enforcement authorities should send out a strong message that those responsible will be held accountable.

The Washington state chapter of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim civil liberties advocacy organisation, said faith leaders will join it to seek federal hate crime investigation of the apparently ... Read More
How 'no English', Indian, 'walking' grandfather was assaulted
Source : IANS
Washington: The lawyer of an Indian grandfather who was assaulted by an Alabama police officer leaving him partially paralysed has in an amended lawsuit detailed how his repeated attempts to explain went in vain.

The amended civil rights lawsuit filed in federal court Friday seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages for the Feb 6 assault on Sureshbhai Patel, 57, while he was taking a walk in front of his son Chirag Patel's house in ... Read More


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