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Hindu statesman Zed & Greek Orthodox Metropolitan had dialogue in Nevada
In a remarkable interfaith gesture, His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of Greek Orthodox Christian Metropolis of San Francisco and distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed met in Nevada (USA) today and had dialogue.

Zed and Gerasimos discussed various topics around interfaith dialogue, religious freedom, spirituality, environment, status of religion, participation of youth, prayer, bringing cohesion and unity among communities, etc. Gerasimos invited Zed to visit San Francisco Greek Orthodox Metropolis.

Gerasimos, who visited Nevada for few days this week, ... Read More

Nominations now being accepted for the 2015 Paul Yuzyk Award
for Multiculturalism
Starting this year, candidates may be nominated in one of three categories
January 19, 2015—Ottawa—Canadians are invited to submit nominations for the seventh-annual Paul Yuzyk Award (see image) for Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney, Minister for Multiculturalism, announced today.
New this year, candidates may now be nominated in one of three categories: Youth, Organization (Private or Non-profit), or Lifetime Achievement/Outstanding Achievement. One recipient can be chosen in each of the three categories.
Citizenship and Immigration ... Read More
New Zealandís Bay of Plenty to have its 1st Hindu temple soon
Sanatan Dharam Mandir, Tauranga's first Hindu temple, is reportedly set to open in the next few months.

The reports suggest that building consent has been obtained for this two-storey Mandir and the construction is expected to begin in the next few days. Since 2012, religious services have been held in a shed; and before that area Hindus used to visit Hamilton (about 105 kilometers) and Auckland (about 204 kilometers) for worship services.

Meanwhile, distinguished ... Read More
President Obama Urged Speak Up on Bhopal Disaster: Amnesty International
The failure of President Obama to speak up will embolden US-based companies to ignore accountability for their involvement in human rights abuses.

A U.S. company failing to comply with legitimate court order should be explained.

On the eve of President Obamaís trip to India to be the chief guest of Indiaís Republic Day celebrations, Amnesty International USA urged him to speak up about the Bhopal industrial disaster at a factory owned by US-based company Union Carbide Corporation ... Read More
Religion Newswriters to offer $10,000 in prizes
The Religion Newswriters Association's annual contests showcase religion journalism excellence in the news media, with more than $10,000 in prizes.

Information on award guidelines, eligibility and entry fees is available via the award category links below. Entrants need notbe RNA members, but joining RNA can save up to $75 on entry fees and simplify the entry process.

Read more at: http://www.rna.org/?page=all_contests_General ... Read More
Jindal insists Muslims have established 'no-go zones' in west
WASHINGTON: Louisiana's Indian-origin governor Bobby Jindal is insisting that there are Muslim-dominated "no-go zones" in Europe even though ultra conservative pundits and media figures in the US have been forced to reel back similar comments after being ridiculed in moderate circles.

Jindal went through with his remarks on so-called Muslim enclaves in a speech at a conservative think tank in London, an advance copy of which was released by his office last week, even though Fox ... Read More
Australia Advertising Standards Bureau approached on Ganesh-Lakshmi beer labels
Upset Hindus are thinking of approaching Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB), “foremost authority in Australia for adjudication of complaints about advertising and marketing communications”, on Ganesh-Lakshmi beer labels.

Despite apologizing and promising to re-design their bottles and packaging and removing the objectionable images from the website in 2013, Brookvale (New South Wales, Australia) based “Brookvale Union” brewery’s ginger beer is still carrying juxtaposed images of Hindu deities Ganesh and Lakshmi; upsetting Hindus worldwide again.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan ... Read More
Minister Kenney issues statement on Lincoln Alexander Day
Ottawa, January 21, 2015 – The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister for Multiculturalism, issued the following statement on Lincoln Alexander Day:

“It is with great pride that I mark the occasion of the very first Lincoln Alexander Day across Canada. On this date each year, Canadians will have the opportunity to be inspired by the life and work of a great Canadian.

“Born in 1922 to a father who was a porter and a mother who was ... Read More
Volunteers needed in Toronto
Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA) is a non-profit
umbrella organization that is looking for passionate volunteers to
join our organizing committee. Individuals would have a chance to work
among leaders in the GTA non-profit sector to create a Toronto forum
targeted towards social service providers. The project is in
partnership with CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario). The
objective of the forum (project funded by the Law Foundation of
Ontario) is to create a ... Read More
FAA boosts study of drones for newsgathering with CNN, New York Times
Seeking to hasten the use of drones for newsgathering, the Federal Aviation Administration on Monday announced it has signed a research agreement with CNN to share data from the network's ongoing study of the issue with the goal of creating a "framework" for future use of such unmanned aircraft for that purpose.
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Facing Intolerance, Many Sikhs and Hindus Leave Afghanistan
KABUL— Rawail Singh, a leader of Kabul’s Sikh community, is a big supporter of recently sworn-in President Ashraf Ghani : His Facebook profile features a photo of the president holding his 4-year-old daughter during a campaign rally.
But despite Mr. Ghani’s pledge to make Afghanistan more inclusive, Mr. Singh says he worries that his tiny religious minority could disappear as more Sikhs and Hindus leave their homeland because of persistent discrimination.
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POGO and Graphic India presents ‘Sholay Adventures’
~ Classic Bollywood characters like Veeru, Jai and Gabbar will now entertain a whole new generation of kids in through a series of animated TV movies ~

Bangalore, January 21, 2015 – POGO, Graphic India and Sholay Media and Entertainment have announced that they will bring “Sholay Adventures,” an animated reinvention of the beloved classic, to the small screen. The first movie in the series will premiere on POGO on Monday, January 26th at 12pm.

Sholay Adventures ... Read More
Elimination of Page-3 topless women from UK’s “The Sun” welcomed
Hindus have welcomed dropping pictures of topless women by “The Sun” newspaper of United Kingdom (UK) from its Page-Three, which were reportedly running since 1970.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that although this change of heart came a bit late, but it was still a “step in the right direction”. He hoped that this elimination was permanent and urged The Sun to discontinue it from online version also.

Page-Three ... Read More
Hindu prayers formed part of Martin Luther King Interfaith Service in Nevada
Interfaith Community Memorial Service for civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in Reno (Nevada, USA) on January 18 included Sanskrit mantras and sprinkling of drops of water from river Ganga of India, sacred to Hindus.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed delivered the invocation from ancient Hindu scriptures—Rig-Veda, Upanishads, Bhagavad-Gita—reading in Sanskrit and then translating into English. He sprinkled few drops of Gangajal before starting his prayer in the Service held at Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship of ... Read More
Jobs available at Foundation
Thanks to your generosity and commitment, Hindu American Foundation (HAF)is kicking off 2015 with a strong balance sheet, allowing us to strengthen our advocacy efforts on behalf of the Hindu American community.
Before you jump down to check out the latest blogs and press releases, I’d like to draw your attention to a couple of exciting initiatives. First, if you haven’t visited www.hafsite.org in some time, take a quick look now at our newly designed site. ... Read More
MP Shory: Conservative Government Continues to
Support Small Businesses
Calgary – Devinder Shory, Member of Parliament for Calgary Northeast reacted positively to the announcement made by Prime Minister Stephen Harper that the Conservative Government intends to make changes to the Canada Small Business Financing Program to allow more small businesses to apply and will make larger loans available for small businesses to purchase or improve their land or buildings.

“The change to the Canada Small Business Financing Program is one more action ... Read More
The incredible people and place in Canada’s North
Prime Minister Stephen Harper likes to portray the showcase Canada’s North as a big empty place that we need to protect, but this place is filled with people who lived here for millennia—and whose voices are not being heard in Ottawa.

To connect with Northerners, this winter I traveled to the Northwest Territories and Nunavut with my eldest son Xavier, like my father did with me thirty years ago. I wanted to experience the very real ... Read More


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