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Why Gopal Krishna Gandhi could soon be a part of Scottish history
LONDON: The former governor of West Bengal and grandson of Mahatma Gandhi could soon be part of Scottish history.

Gopal Krishna Gandhi has been invited to deliver a lecture on "Independence: Dream and Reality" by Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) Jim Eadie on September 30.

If Scotland votes for a Yes in the upcoming historic referendum on September 18 and breaks away from UK, Gandhi will become the first Indian to address the independent Scottish parliament.

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One Woman, Many Surprises: Pacifist Muslim, British Spy, WWII Hero
by NPR Staff
Noor Inayat Khan, one of the heroines of World War II, had a short, astonishing life, one that took her from a pacifist childhood to a daring career in covert operations. She was a Muslim woman who worked as a British spy — a radio operator — in Nazi-occupied Paris.
A new docudrama about her, Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story,appeared on PBS.

Alex Kronemer, executive producer of the film, calls Inayat ... Read More

Sri Lanka Day in Santa Monica
The Sri Lanka Foundation's Sri Lanka Day was held at the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica recently.
One of the highlights was the perehera, which is easily the biggest outside Sri Lanka. With three lifelike elephants, enthusiastic dancers and leaders of the community participating, Sri Lankans and Americans look forward to this event, which goes on till late in the evening. Sri Lankan dancers on stage and also Sri Lankan rock bands. ... Read More

Waterford Malayalee Community celebrated Onam
Waterford Malayalee Community of Houston celebrated Onam recently.

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“Peacing Together the Canada We Want”
by Bill Bhaneja
This year 19 organizations will host 29 events about peace, reconciliation, disarmament and climate change at the 8th Annual Ottawa Peace Festival. Events include films, music, dance, forums, panels, photo exhibits, and peace awards.
The Festival will be held in the capital for 12 days, from September 21 to October 2. All events are free and open to the public.
Topics include making Ottawa a compassionate city, understanding First Nations, prevention of violence against women, ... Read More

Sienna Waters lake Malayalees celebrate Onam

Sienna Waters lake Malayalees of greater Houston celebrated Onam. The group photo was taken on that occasion.

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Miss America, news anchor to host PM Narendra Modi reception in New York
Washington: A high-profile public reception organised by the Indian community in the US in honour of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New York on September 28 would be hosted by Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri (see image) and a popular Indian-origin news anchor.

Davuluri, 25, is the first Indian-American to be crowned as Miss America 2014, and Hari Sreenivasan, 40, is a PBS NewsHour Weekend Anchor.

Nearly 20,000 Indian Americans are expected to be present at the ... Read More

Getting to know your MP better
Harnoor Gill
Last weekend, I visited Chinguacousy Park and had the opportunity to attend Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario’s barbecue in appreciation of the hard-working volunteers who are some of the hardest working grassroots activists in our community. It was a great afternoon between networking and enjoying our community at the same time. I had the pleasure of meeting community leaders from across the GTA including, the Honourable Bal Gosal (see image), Minister of ... Read More
Equal parts talent search and documentary, the six-part, half-hour series follows Canadian would-be Bollywood stars on their quest for the opportunity of a lifetime: a role in a Bollywood film, and a chance to become the next Bollywood sensation.
OMNI Television’s nationwide search is open to all talented Canadian hopefuls over the age of majority. Beginning today, applicants can visit OMNITV.ca/BollywoodStar for more information on how to submit their application form and video audition.
“We are very ... Read More
Bharara seeks 16-month jail for?Indo-American author
New York: Conservative Indo-American author and Obama-critic Dinesh D'Souza, who pleaded guilty to violating federal campaign laws, should be jailed up to 16 months as he committed a "serious" crime that "strikes at the heart" of the US election system, Manhattan's top federal prosecutor Preet Bharara said.

D'Souza, 53, will be sentenced on September 23 on charges of making USD 20,000 in illegal campaign contributions to the senate campaign of Republican Wendy Long Long in 2012 ... Read More
In its appeal and imagery, ISIS is a bigger threat to India than al Qaeda.
Al Qaeda has a new franchise: Qaedat al-Jihad in the Indian Subcontinent. On Wednesday, Ayman al-Zawahiri, widely believed to be in hiding in Pakistan, appeared in a video announcing the creation of the jihadist group's latest offshoot. It will be led by Asim Umar, a somewhat obscure militant best known for an online video calling on Indian Muslims to sign up for a global jihad. Zawahiri says the group will "raise the flag ... Read More
Hindu Temple in S. Carolina converting ex-car dealership into community hall
Hindu Temple and Cultural Center (HTCC) of Orangeburg (South Carolina, USA) has reportedly purchased a former Ford dealership and plans to redevelop it into banquet hall for temple and community usage.

Claimed to open after renovation in the last quarter of 2015 with estimated cost of about $1.2 million, it will have three banquet facilities with total seating capacity of about 1,500. Reports suggest that this 7.5 acre property was bought for about $535,000 and may ... Read More
Hindus want five more added to New Jersey schools’ religious holidays
Hindus have urged New Jersey State Board of Education (NJSBE) to add five more Hindu festivals to its “List of Religious Holidays Permitting Student Absence from School”.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that Hinduism was rich in festivals and festivals were very dear to Hindu families. Since families want to celebrate these festivals together along with their school going children, we did not want our children to be ... Read More
Ottawa company fined for saying it 'only hires white men'
An Ottawa-area company discriminated against a foreign-born job applicant by telling him it "only hires white men" in a series of "abusive" text messages, Ontario's Human Rights Tribunal has ruled.

It ordered Ottawa Valley Cleaning and Restoration to pay $8,000 plus interest to Malek Bouraoui — who was denied employment in June 2013 — saying it found "multiple violations" of his rights under the Human Rights Code.

"The respondent persistently ridiculed the applicant because of his race, ... Read More
South Asians face increasingly hostile climate in US
Washington, (IANS):
South Asian, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Middle Eastern, and Arab communities face an increasingly hostile climate in the US, according to a new report by an umbrella community organisation. AP file photo

South Asian, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Middle Eastern, and Arab communities face an increasingly hostile climate in the US, according to a new report by an umbrella community organisation.

The report "Under Suspicion, Under Attack" by South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) was released at a ... Read More
Indians denied permission to participate in march in Australia
Melbourne: A group of retired 15 Indian defence officers in south Australia have been denied permission to participate independently in an annual march that commemorates the day 15,000 Indians with Australian and New Zealand forces landed in Turkey to fight during World War-I.

While ANZAC Day Committee Chair, the organisers, have invited the group to join the centenary ANZAC March next year, the group known as 'SA Indian defence officers club' have sought their inclusion under ... Read More
Martoma's Bid for a New Trial Denied by Court

NEW YORK: A bid for acquittal and fresh trial filed by an Indian-origin portfolio manager, convicted for his role in the most lucrative insider trading scheme in US history, has been denied by a court which ruled that evidence in the case "overwhelmingly" showed that he is guilty.

Mathew Martoma, 39, will be sentenced on the scheduled date of September 8 after US District Judge Paul Gardephe denied his motion for a judgement of acquittal ... Read More


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