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Chinmaya Birth Centenary Celebrations begin with Glory and Grace

HOUSTON. “Unto Him, Our Best” is the global resolve and promise as Chinmaya Mission worldwide prepares to pay tribute to the beloved spiritual Master Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda on his birth centenary year beginning Friday, May 8th, 2015. COMM_CMH_Walk More than 1000 people wearing their T-shirts with the slogan “Unto Him Our Best” walked in unison to the park.

Inspired by that lofty slogan, Chinmaya Mission Houston offered its best during the three-day-event commemorating the onset of ... Read More

New building project for Houston C.S.I congregation kicks off

(Pic: Rev. Alpha Varughese Joseph and Rev. A.V. Thomas with members of Building Committee). St. Thomas C.S.I Church of Greater Houston organized the fund raising kick off for its proposed new building project. The ceremony was held on May 3rd, 2015, after the worship service. The meeting was chaired by the pastor of the church, Rev. Alpha Varughese Joseph and was also attended by Rev. A.V. Thomas.

The kick off was inaugurated by receiving the pledge form ... Read More

The ‘Hugging Saint’ visits West Coast

One of India's most revered yet accessible spiritual leaders is coming to the Pacific Northwest. Mata Amritanandamayai Amma, also known as the 'Hugging Mother', will be speaking at the Xfinity Arena in Everett May 31 at 10AM and 7PM and again on June 1 at 10AM.

Free tokens are provided to those seeking hugs on a first come, first serve basis. Tokens for individual blessings are handed out 90 minutes before each morning program (8:30AM and 9:30AM). India’s Hugging ... Read More

Indo-American boy wins prestigious young scientist award

PTI Washington: An 18-year-old Indo-American boy has won the prestigious Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award in the US for inventing a device that quickly shuts down undersea oil spills.

Karan Jerath of Friendswood, Texas, claimed $50,000 top prize on Friday at 2015 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (IISEF). Jerath was also one of the five students selected for the Intel and Indo-US Science and Technology Forum Visit to India Award. Indian-American boy wins prestigious young scientist award Jerath designed ... Read More

Ralph Goodale MP
Feeble jobs and trade data last week underscore what most Canadians know only too well – the national economy continues to falter and Stephen Harper’s long-delayed budget did little to help.

On trade, Canada has just posted a massive monthly trade deficit at $3-billion – second worst ever. That’s on top of 51 previous monthly deficits during the Harper government’s tenure. By contrast, preceding Liberal governments between 2003 and 2006 always ran ... Read More

Abid Gilani, returning from funeral, killed in Amtrak crash

Abid Gilani, Senior Vice President at Wells Fargo, was one of seven people killed when Amtrak 188 train derailed in Philadelphia. LinkedIn

A Wells Fargo executive, traveling after a family funeral, was one of at least seven people killed on Tuesday in a deadly Amtrak crash, a relative and the company confirmed.

Abid Gilani, a 55-year-old senior vice president, was a passenger on the Northeast Regional Train 188 when it veered off ... Read More
$5 million Hindu Ram Temple opening in New Zealand

A $5 million Shri Ram Mandir, a Hindu temple and community complex in Henderson, about 13 kilometers from Auckland (New Zealand) city center, will formally do Grand Opening on June 13, concluding eight days of ceremonies starting June six.

A project of Shri Ram Mandir Charitable Trust, a registered charity established in 2011, whose objectives include enhancing "cross-cultural understanding"; this three-level complex with a reported capacity of about 1,000 persons aims to address the ... Read More
Call for Grant Applications

Bhutanese American Community Grant Program Application Deadline: June 12, 2015, 5:00 PM Grant Description

The Hindu American Foundation (HAF), a 501(c)(3) non-profit advocacy organization, is pleased to announce the release of its application process for The Bhutanese American Community Grant Program. This grant program is specifically intended to support Bhutanese Hindus working towards maintaining their religion, culture, and traditions through their resettlement in America. Through the generosity of HAF’s supporters, at least $8,000 has been made available for ... Read More
Leader Justin Trudeau on the anniversary of the end of the Sri Lankan Civil War
TORONTO – The Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the sixth anniversary of the end of the Sri Lankan Civil War:

“Today, we solemnly reflect on the end of the armed conflict in Sri Lanka. We remember the lives shattered and lost during more than twenty-six years of violent conflict, and the displacement of thousands of civilians after the war. I have met many Tamil-Canadians personally affected ... Read More
Thank You for Helping Us Exceed Our Goal for the Bhutanese American Project!
Thanks to your generosity over the past month, we have exceeded our $10,000 goal for the Bhutanese American Project. On Friday, we were just short of meeting our goal...thanks to the many of you who pitched in over the weekend, we have now raised over $14,000 to support Bhutanese Hindu Americans!
The HAF family is deeply appreciative of your commitment to aiding the resettlement of Bhutanese Hindu refugees. We specially wish to thank the Gummakonda Reddy ... Read More
With Facebook Social network’s power to steer readers could grow
In the early hours of May 1, editors at several popular websites, including Gawker, Vice and Mashable, noticed that story links they had posted to Facebook were disappearing. Traffic to their sites fell off a cliff.
The development came just 10 days after Facebook changed the algorithm for its “news feed”—the stream of posts users see—and warned that other sites may notice their Web traffic drop as a result. Following frantic calls to ... Read More
Hindus laud New South Wales MP for swearing on Bhagavad-Gita
Hindus have applauded Nitin Daniel Mookhey for swearing on ancient Hindu scripture Bhagavad-Gita (Song of the Lord) on May 12 as Member of Legislative Council of New South Wales in Sydney, thus making an Australian political history.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, commending Mookhey, 32, for this act, urged other politicians also to do the same.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, said that as Bhagavad-Gita talked ... Read More
Celebrating Mother’s Day in Pakistan: The dark side of ‘motherhood’
EXCERPT: In Pakistan, one in 10 girls will be married before they reach the age of 15, one in four will be married before they are 18, and if present trends continue, nearly 2.5 million of the young girls born between 2005 and 2010 will be married before age 18. Marital rape is frequent and remains in a vacuum of the law as a contentious topic. And once girls in Pakistan are married, only a ... Read More
Nepal School System Left Shattered in Aftermath of Quake
By Gardiner Harris
EXCERPT:... officials say that thousands of schools have been destroyed and that tens of thousands of classrooms need replacing.
... Read More
Idaho Governor proclaims “Rajan Zed day”
Idaho Governor C. L. "Butch" Otter has issued a proclamation declaring April one as "Rajan Zed day", after distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed.

The proclamation, carrying the Seal of the State of Idaho and signatures of Governor Otter and Secretary of State Lawrence Denney, says: "…Zed's initiatives to bring various religious communities together throughout the world so that they can live in peace and mutual trust and enrich themselves through dialogue should be honored…"

It states: "…it ... Read More
‘Honoring Nepal’ Review, at the Rubin Museum of Art
New York
Within hours of the news that an earthquake had devastated the Himalayan nation of Nepal, emails and texts were flying among the curators and other staff members at the Rubin Museum of Art, which specializes in Himalayan art. On the very next working day, they met to discuss what they could do to help. And on that same evening, an email landed in the inboxes of the more than 30,000 people on the ... Read More
NYC Cabbie Gets Life For Pakistan 'Honor Killings'
By Tracy Connor

A New York City cab driver was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday for orchestrating the "honor killings" of two members of a family in Pakistan who helped his daughter escape a forced marriage.
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Hindus want Auckland Shiva statue to stay
Hindus worldwide want the newly installed Lord Shiva statue in rural Auckland (New Zealand) to stay.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, pointed out that since the New Zealand constitution and other policies/laws protected religious freedom; we urge New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and Auckland Mayor Len Brown to protect the New Zealand Hindus with the same passion as they would have protected adherents of any other religion or ... Read More


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