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Rana Sarkar shunted aside; Liberals get Mandarin-speaking candidate
Toronto’s suburbs are becoming a Mandarin-speaking powerhouse for the federal Liberal Party.

Four ridings around in Toronto have Chinese-Canadians candidates, and in sharp contrast to the Conservatives’ top-down ethnic strategy of wooing voters through messaging that appeals to a specific minority, the Mandarin community is fielding its own candidates. In Don Valley North’s nomination contest, scientist Geng Tan upset presumed front-runner Rana Sarkar, a veteran party member and friend of Gerald Butts, Leader Justin Trudeau’s top ... Read More

Stop Bullying. Urge the Governor of California to Sign law
CALL and EMAIL the Governor of California TODAY and urge him to sign Senate Bill 1057 into law!

''A phone call to Governor Jerry Brown will take 30 seconds and sending an email will take 1 minute.

What's the issue?

HAF is working with a broad coalition of more than 100 organizations, educators, and government leaders to change the face of History-Social Studies Standards in the State of California.

Along with our coalition partners, HAF ... Read More

Goswami Academy an Exemplary Educational Institute in Houston
Goswami Academy a first of it’s kind educational institution in Houston is opening it’s doors on the auspicious occasion of Radhashtami (the appearance day of Srimati Radha Rani – Lord Krishna’s divine consort) – on September 2nd, 2014, starting at 7 PM.

Goswami Academy is located in a central location to the Greater Houston community at 1320 West 34th Street in the Heights area in the same premises as ISKCON of Houston (Hare Krishna Dham). ... Read More

Can't play basketball wearing turban? US Sikhs, lawmakers protest ban
Washington: Two US lawmakers, including the lone Indian-American Congressman, have joined Sikh community groups in protesting the world basketball body FIBA's delay in reviewing the discriminatory policy against Sikh basketball players who wear turbans.

"Every day FIBA delays is another day that Sikhs can't play," Democrat House members Ami Bera and Joe Crowley, formerly chair of the India Caucus, said in a statement Thursday after the International Basketball Federation's (FIBA) announcement that its governing board would ... Read More

Bhupinderpal Gill, Gurpreet Ronald to be tried together in murder case
The two people charged with first-degree murder in the death of Barrhaven mother Jagtar Gill will be tried as co-accused after Crown attorneys entered that request in court Wednesday afternoon.

Gill's husband Bhupinderpal Gill, 38, and his co-worker and neighbour Gurpreet Ronald, 34, made brief appearances in court Wednesday via video link.

Bhupinderpal Gill was arrested Sunday and charged Monday with first-degree murder, as many members of Jagtar Gill's family and Ottawa's Sikh community watched.

Ronald was charged ... Read More
Fellowship available
Journalists and film, video, sound and new media artists can apply for this fellowship.

The Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program is a scholarly community where individuals pursue advanced work across a wide range of academic disciplines, professions and creative arts, including journalism.

Stipends are funded up to US$75,000 for one year with additional funds for project expenses. Fellows receive office or studio space and access to libraries and other resources of Harvard University during the fellowship year, which ... Read More
With Bells and Bananas, a Time to Worship Ganesh


Dr. Uma Mysorekar lifted the coconut above her head and dashed it against the gray granite floor of the temple, shattering it into pieces.A riotous orchestra of ringing bells, thumping drums and the oboe-like shehnai reverberated in the cool predawn air. A piercing call emanated from a silver-tipped conch shell. And a semicircle of onlookers, draped in magenta, saffron, violet and burgundy, clapped as if in chorus.

Inside the main hall, flat-screen ... Read More
Rice, Not Ice: India’s Answer to the Ice Bucket Challenge
Arpeta Aneja

The movement's Facebook page describes it as an "Indian version for Indian Needs"

How does India do the Ice Bucket Challenge? They don’t. Instead of pouring buckets of ice and water over their heads, people in India have been filling a bucket with rice and giving it to local people in need.

According to the Independent, the Rice Bucket Challenge was started by Manju Latha Kalanidihi, a journalist from Hyderabad, India. The first donation was ... Read More
Volunteers wanted on nation-wide in India
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Over 100 representatives from gurdwaras across the US have pledged support for National Sikh Campaign's plan to engage top US political operatives and media firms for presenting the community positively.

Meeting last weekend for a grassroots meeting called by the newly formed NSC, the gurdwara representatives set a target of raising $5 million to shape the Sikh image in America, according to a media release.

During the strategy session, Geoff Garin of Hart Research, who served as ... Read More
By Diana (Foodology),

Chef Karen McAthy is the culinary genius behind Graze, a vegan plant-based restaurant in Vancouver. Their ingredients are organic and locally sourced when possible.

The concept is to have food everyone can fall in love with, regardless of eating preferences. From strict vegetarians to flexitarians, there is bound to be something on the menu to interest your taste buds.

We arrived at 5:30 p.m. for an early dinner and it wasn’t very busy. My friend ... Read More
Hindus urge Mormons to reconsider ordination of women

Hindus have urged The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) and its President Thomas S. Monson to reconsider favorably the ordination of women.


Distinguished religious statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that it would be a “step in the positive direction” as women could disseminate God’s message as skillfully as men and deserved equal and full participation and access in religion.


Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, ... Read More
ISIS offered to swap Pakistan woman scientist for slain US journalist
WASHINGTON: In an email to the family members of slain American journalist James Foley, his captors from the Islamic State terror group demanded release of several prisoners, including a Pakistani woman scientist who has been convicted of terrorism charges in the US.

In their email dated August 12, to family members of Foley, the Islamic State or ISIS, claimed that the US has refused several offers for release of the journalist, which included not only money ... Read More
Perturbed world-Hindus critical of India’s failure at containing frequent stampedes

Shocked and dismayed at the August 25 stampede at a Hindu festival in Madhya Pradesh, Hindus worldwide are highly critical of frequent occurrences of deadly stampedes at religious gatherings in India.


Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that although India was on track to become a global power but it could not even handle a domestic event properly and had yet to come up with a foolproof plan to ... Read More
Norway’s Hindu temple offers matchmaking

A Hindu temple in Norway offers a matchmaking service for the Scandinavian Hindu community.


“Those who may be interested to find his/her life partner or parents interested to find bride or groom for their children can register themselves in our register of match finding”, website of Sanatan Mandir Sabha Hindu Temple of Slemmestad (Norway) states.


“Matrimonial Personal Data” asked in the registration form, besides other information, includes hobbies, appearance (in addition to photograph) and family information. Registration ... Read More
MP Shory: Canada Providing $1 Million to UNICEF for Humanitarian
Assistance to Afghanistan



Calgary – Devinder Shory, Member of Parliament for Calgary Northeast, on behalf of the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, announced funding for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for the provision of humanitarian assistance to hundreds of thousands of children, women and their families in Afghanistan.


“Afghanistan continues to face significant humanitarian challenges, and Canada is ready to provide additional help to save lives,” said MP Shory. “Canada’s ... Read More
Youngest SL certified in
Aesthetic Medicine by AAAM

'' Dr. Shanika Arsecularatne, the youngest person to be certified by the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine (AAAM) in Sri Lanka, is very passionate about conveying the importance of Aesthetic medicine to Sri Lankans.
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8-year-old British Indian hailed as brainiest student in Britain
Source : ''IANS

London: An 18-year-old British Indian boy has become Britain's brightest student after getting perfect fives in all major subjects with 100 percent score, a media report said.

Asanish Kalyanasundaram, who hails from Lancahsire in northwest England, got the highest possible grades in maths, physics, chemistry, biology and critical thinking, as required at A-Levels in Britain, the Daily Mail reported Tuesday.

Kalyanasundaram, an aspiring surgeon, will be going to Cambridge University to study medicine in October.

A ... Read More


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