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Merlin Award for Mar Thoma Priest
by Jeemon Ranny

In the midst of thunderous applause Rev. Saju Mathew, vicar of Immanuel Mar Thoma church, Houston, has received this year’s prestigious Merlin Award instituted by International Magicians Society for the “Best Gospel Magician’ category from its founder and CEO Tony Hassini.

Dignitaries of church and members Malayalee communities.

Dubbed as the Oscar in the field of magic, this is the first time that a clergy receiving this coveted Merlin Award also known as Oscar ... Read More

Annual Women’s Conference held in Stafford, TX
(Pic: Special guests light the traditional lamp to start the Women’s Conference at BAPS.)

The global advancement of women is as powerful today as it has ever been. Women are encouraged to pursue their personal, professional, and humanitarian goals with the support of one another and their communities alike. This year BAPS hosted their eighth annual Women’s Conference that took place at eleven centers across North America to inspire women of all ages to push themselves ... Read More

S Mitra Kalita, New Managing Editor At Los Angeles Times
S. Mitra Kalita, a 38-year-old Indo-American journalist who has worked at The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and most recently as the executive editor of Quartz, has been named managing editor for editorial strategy at the Los Angeles Times. Kalita was part of the founding team at Indian business daily Mint. She will start at LA Times at the end of this month.

LA Times publisher Austin Beutner and editor Davan Maharaj announced the ... Read More

Kerala Tourism Wins Web Ratna Award
New Delhi, March 25: Kerala Tourism was today conferred the national Web Ratna Award for 2014 for exemplary e-governance initiative through the internet.

The Kerala Tourism website (www.keralatourism.org) won the Golden Icon award in the 'Outstanding Content' category of the Web Ratna Awards, instituted by the Union government under the ambit of the National Portal of India.

Kerala Tourism Secretary Shri G Kamala Vardhana Rao received the award from Honourable Union Minister of Communications and Information Technology ... Read More

Sharjah council elects its Chairman and Board for 2015-16
The Indian Business and Professional Council Sharjah held its 13th Annual General Meeting on Sunday, 22 March 2015 at India Trade Exhibition Center, Sharjah.

Serving his term for the 7th term, Mr. Sudesh .K. Aggarwal presided over the meeting and in his speech thanked the members and the Executive Board for their support during his tenure and added that IBPC Sharjah has seen unprecedented growth since its inception 14 years ago. He also mentioned that IBPC ... Read More

IndoCanadian organizes cruises to China in September
Sulo Samuel of London, Ontario of Merit Travel is personally accompanying a group of persons to China for 15 days for a price of $3490 (Canadian) based on double occupancy. Sulo has been to China already and was very fascinated with the country and is interested in sharing the experience with other travellers .

The price includes domestic and international flights and hotels as required, 13 breakfasts and 11 dinners and lunches, and guided ... Read More
Exploring God through multi-faith lens in Nevada
“Looking for God”—the seven-week long discussion about religion and God lead by experts of various religions/denominations will be launched on May six in Minden, South of Nevada's Capitol.

Organized by Linda Finch and religious statesman Rajan Zed, it would provide a platform for Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Jewish leaders to give scholarly presentation about their faith and approach to the divine and answer questions from a diverse audience of Nevadans. A religion professor will delve ... Read More
Hindus highest educated group in Scotland
In Scotland, “Hindus had the highest qualifications and were most likely to be full-time students”, according to a Scottish Government report published on March 26.

“Analysis of Equality Results from the 2011 Census” report further states: “Hindus were most likely to be employed in the top two occupational groups” (managers, directors, senior officials and professional).

Summary of findings also indicated: “Hindu and Jewish people were most likely to be in the highest social grades and had the ... Read More
Protesting Idaho senators not to be sanctioned
Idaho State Senate would not pursue sanctioning the senators Sheryl L. "Sherry" Nuxoll, Steve Vick and Lori Den Hartog; according to a report quoting President Pro Tempore Brent Hill published in “Scroll”, BYU-Idaho’s student media, on March 25.

These three senators reportedly refused to attend historic first Hindu invocation of Idaho Senate by distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed on March three and Nuxoll made a statement in a media interview: "Hindu ... Read More

Defence/SecurityBusiness/EconomyPolitics India House 12th Annual Gala celebrates ‘Unity in Diversity’
by Shobana Muratee

HOUSTON- A personalized, handwritten donor card signed Liz, aged 7 read, “Thanks for supporting my education and future. I love India House.” Everything else that followed that night at the 12 annual India House gala held on Saturday, March 21 at the JW Marriot in Sugar Land seemed to resonate that powerful message. Each of the 350 guests that attended the gala had one such ... Read More
Washington, D.C. (March 26, 2015) - Leaders of the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) commended the United Nations Secretary General’s decision to extend benefits to same sex couples working at the UN. They also criticized a resolution, introduced by Russia, and supported by 43 countries, including India, that sought to reverse the change.

"Same sex couples deserve the same rights and respect granted to opposite sex couples, and we commend the Secretary General’s efforts to treat ... Read More
UC Berkeley first university to house a center for Bangladesh studies

“The center will strengthen UC Berkeley’s leadership in the realm of South Asia scholarship and help us expand our ties with a growing nation that is rapidly becoming a vital player on the world’s economic and political stage,” said Dirks. “The center will be integral to our efforts to study and develop solutions to challenges that know no national border.”

Subir Chowdhury, whose foundation provided the $1 million gift that made the center possible, left Bangladesh ... Read More
Malaysia backed exhibition of Hindu temples & gods touring Malaysia
In a remarkable interfaith gesture, an exhibition supported by Malaysia’s Ministry of Tourism & Culture and displaying Hindu temples and gods is touring various cities of Malaysia.

Titled "Grandeur of Chola Temples of India" (Higher than earth, Bigger than the sky), it is currently showing at National Visual Arts Gallery of Kuala Lumpur, where it will continue till March 28. Then it will be displayed in Georgetown’s Penang Town Hall from April four to 12, at ... Read More
"ENOUGH IS ENOUGH" Conference on Capitol Hill to focus on hate crimes
Washington, D.C. (March 25, 2015) - Six members of Congress spoke out regarding the tracking of anti-Hindu, anti-Arab, and anti-Sikh hate crimes at a press conference on Capitol Hill. The conference, organized by Congressman Joe Crowley of New York, was also attended by Representatives Ami Bera, John Garamendi, Mike Honda, Grace Meng, and Bill Pascrell. Also in attendance were representatives from the Hindu American Foundation (HAF), as well as Sikh and South Asian ... Read More
Canadian government reluctant to apologize for Komagata Maru incident
Professor Mohan Singh Memorial Foundation of Canada Continues to demand Komagata Maru Apology in House of Commons

Chandigarh, India – The Prof. Mohan Singh Memorial Foundation of Canada welcomes the support of the Punjab government and opposition parties who passed a motion (resolution) to support the demand of the Foundation and the South Asian community in Canada for the Canadian government to officially apologize for the Komagata Maru tragedy in the Canadian parliament.

The Punjab Legislative ... Read More
Gov. Jindal's Implosion
By Charles M. Blow


Jindal has made a mess of Louisiana and wrecked his reputation in the process. His odds of becoming president of the United States have shrunk to nil.

... Read More
Hindus can’t raise Hanuman statue on Oklahoma Capitol grounds \
Hindus are heartbroken as moratorium on erecting new monuments on Oklahoma (USA) Capitol grounds declared by Oklahoma State Capitol Preservation Commission (OSCPC) on December 19, 2013, continues.

Universal Society of Hinduism had planned to apply to OSCPC for permission to place a statue of Lord Hanuman in the statehouse grounds and hoped that Commission would approve it. Lord Hanuman is greatly revered and worshipped in Hinduism and is known for incredible strength and was a perfect ... Read More
Maine Hindu Temple to marry two Hindu deities
Maine Hindu Temple in Westbrook, a suburb of Portland (Maine, USA), is organizing the wedding of Lord Rama, 7th avatar (incarnation) of Lord Vishnu and great hero of epic Ramayana, with Sita, on March 29.

The invitation to the “entire community” for this "Sri Sita Rama Kalyanam" reads as: Sri Rama, The eldest son of King Dasaratha, Weds Sita, The eldest daughter of King Janaka…You are hereby invited to attend the Divine Kalayanam, with family and ... Read More


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