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A poetry Pulitzer for Bangalore-born Vijay Seshadri
Chidanand Rajghatta,TNN
WASHINGTON: "With sixty staring me in the face, I have developed inflammation of the sentence structure and definite hardening of the paragraphs," the celebrated American wit, author, and poet James Thurber once said. Evidently, no such maladies afflict Vijay Seshadri, the Bangalore-born poet who moved with his parents to America at age five, and grew up in Thurber's hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

He continues to write firmly and felicitously at sixty, and on a ... Read More

‘A Love Song on the Seashore’ DVD released for public
Jose Pinto Stephen (josepintostephen@gmail.com)

‘A Love Song on the Seashore’ is a small DVD produced by Pinto Global Media. The official release of this video was launched in an informal function at New York City. The first copy of this DVD was presented to Varghese Mathew, the Director of the Advisory Board of JFA by Thomas Koovallor, the Chairman of JFA and Jose Pinto Stephen, the freelance Journalist. Justice For All is a prestigious Human Rights ... Read More

Texas Christian University ignores major religions in its student listing
Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth has been criticized for ignoring some of the world’s major religions in its student listing.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that major religions like Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism were not listed under “Student Data” in “Fact Book” of TCU Office of Institutional Research; despite their reportedly considerable presence at TCU.

Although TCU claims that its students “come from more than ... Read More

17th Annual Peace Pals International Art Exhibition & Awards
Jose Pinto Stephen


Deadline ~ June 30, 2014

Get Children Involved!

Age 5 - 16

Children from around the World are invited to submit their artwork to The 17th Annual Peace Pals International Art Exhibition and Awards.

Theme for 2014

Right to Peace

It is the theme of the 2014 - UN International Day of Peace.

This year we have joined with The International Day of Peace (IDP) and the United Nations.

Please visit: www.internationaldayofpeace.org for more information about The International Day of ... Read More

Unique Hindu Baccalaureate Service enters 7th year at U. Nevada
One of its kind in the world, Hindu Baccalaureate Service (Dikshant Utsav) marks seventh year on April 27 at University of Nevada-Reno (UNR).

Organized by Universal Society of Hinduism (USOH) in collaboration with UNR Diverse Organization of South Asians, it will bless the graduating class in the traditional Hindu style, complete with applying tilak (religious mark) on the foreheads of graduates.

Besides keynote address by a distinguished Hindu monk from California, it will also include blessing prayers ... Read More

The School of Canadian Studies at Carleton University has organized a reading with novelist Padma Viswanathan, who will discuss the process of writing her recent novel, The Ever After of Ashwin Rao (Random House), which deals with the aftereffects of the Air India bombings.

Dr. Chandrima Chakraborty (Associate Professor, McMaster University) will discuss the role of artistic remembrances of the Air India events in shaping Canadian public memory.

Monday, April 28, 2014
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More leaders appointed in ‘Justice For All’ movement
Jose Pinto Stephen

More leaders were appointed into the Leadership team of the JFA, the prestigious human rights organization based in New Jersey. Varghese Mathew (see image to the left) will be the new Director of the Advisory Board and Attorney Jacob Kallupura (see image) will be the new Legal Advisor of JFA. Both positions are voluntary positions. These appointments were officiated and announced by Thomas Koovalloor, the Chairman of Justice For All. ... Read More

The Singing Kabootar NRI Families Back Home Through Song Dedications Live at their Doorstep
Special occasions are always a huge part of our life--birthdays, anniversaries, Diwali, Christmas, Raksha Bandhan, Valentine's Day, you name it! And, to make these special occasions even more special, musicians Shrikant Sreenivasan and Amanda Sodhi have launched a new business service which caters to NRIs with loved ones back home in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai—it’s called The Singing Kabootar (TSK), and the service offers a modern and musical twist on the age old concept of ... Read More
Indo-American woman kept dead son on ice for Hindu ritual
Houston: An Indo-American woman in Texas kept her 10-year-old son's body on ice for five days, claiming she was complying with Hindu rituals to preserve it while waiting for her husband to return and perform the funeral.

Pallavi Dhawan, 38, was charged with first-degree murder of her son Arnav about three months ago.

Frisco-based Dhawan described the events in a sworn affidavit sent to police. The six-page affidavit gives details of her son's medical history, his school ... Read More
Indo-American surgeon jumps into US Congressional race
Washington:Anil Kumar, an Indo-American surgeon and small business owner in Michigan has filed papers as a Democratic candidate in the race for the US House of Representatives from the state's 11th Congressional district.

Kumar, who has practised medicine in Metropolitan Detroit for the past 30 years, has raised over $600,000 to date, according to a media release from his campaign.

"I'm running for Congress because we need leaders with fresh ideas to get our state, and our ... Read More
100 in 1 Day Toronto is a festival celebrating citizen-driven action presented by Evergreen CityWorks and United Way Toronto, with Vital Innovation Awards presented by the Toronto Community Foundation.

On June 7, 2014 you are invited to develop an urban intervention, to showcase how you intend to make Toronto a better city. These interventions are community-based projects that help to transform the city, its neighbourhoods and communities, and to inspire and engage ... Read More
The New York Indian Film Festival
Jose Pinto Stephen (josepintostephen@gmail.com)
The New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) announced the full lineup for their 14th year of celebrating independent, ... Read More
Unpaid Kerala women workers sent home from Saudi
Riyadh: The Indian Embassy in Saudi Arabia has finally repatriated a group of women workers from Kerala who were not paid their salaries for the past nine months by their employer.

The Indian embassy in Riyadh arranged the flight tickets for 10 workers, who were on contractual jobs for a cleaning company here, from the Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF) and mediated with the contracting company to safeguard their final exits, Arab News reported on Sunday.

Meanwhile, ... Read More
California’s Reedley City Council opening with Hindu prayer 1st time
Reedley City Council in California (USA), which celebrated 100th anniversary of its incorporation in 2013, will have its first historic Hindu opening prayer on April 22, containing verses from world’s oldest existing scripture.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed will deliver the invocation from ancient Sanskrit scriptures before the City Council. After Sanskrit delivery, he then will read the English translation of the prayer. Sanskrit is considered a sacred language in Hinduism and root language of Indo-European ... Read More
FIFA World Cup in India
The All India Football Federation is proud to announce that FIFA, the World Governing Body for football has allotted the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup Football Tournament to India. This tournament will be a monumental mile stone for development of football in the Indian sub continent.

In order to give a boost to the FIFA U-17 World Cup, the Asian Football Confederation has now come forward and allotted the 5th Edition of the AFC Medical ... Read More
Science and maths skills get 'best jobs' in the US: Report
Subodh Varma,TNN
NEW DELHI: What are the best jobs in the US? And, what are the worst? These interesting evaluations are provided by CareerCast's 2014 Jobs Rated Report, released on April 15 at Carlsbad, California. This year's best job was found to be that of a mathematician, with robust hiring demand among a huge range of employers. Public and private companies, government agencies, educational institutions and the non-profit sector, all seek to hire mathematicians, in part ... Read More
Show support for AAkash Dalal
On behalf of Justice for All Inc. ( JFA) I am requesting one and all to join with our team to show our solidarity with and support for Aakash Dalal who is in solitary confinement for more than 2 years.

Mr. Peter Kothari and his team are coordinating the protest march in front of Governor Chris Christie's office , Trenton, NJ on May 14th, 2014 from 11 am to 1.00 pm. If ... Read More
FICCI-IIFA Global Business Forum in Tampa
Jose Pinto Stephen


The International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) is globally recognized for promotion of businesses opportunities, trade relations and cinema opportunities between India and the IIFA’s host nation. Keeping in line with this, a joint initiative of IIFA and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry - the FICCI-IIFA Global Business Forum is scheduled to take place at the Tampa Convention Center on April 24-25 during the 15th Videocon D2H IIFA Weekend.

With the ... Read More
Vaisakhi greetings from Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau
OTTAWA – The Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, issued the following statement today on Vaisakhi:

“Today, hundreds of thousands of Canadians will join Sikhs around the world in celebrating Vaisakhi, the holiest celebration in the Sikh calendar.

“As Canadian Sikhs gather with friends and family to celebrate the creation of the Khalsa, all Canadians are given the opportunity to reflect on the valuable contributions of the Sikh community.

“Today, the Sikh community’s commitment to ... Read More
Hindu Americans Mourn Those Lost to Anti-Semitic Attack
Washington, D.C. (April 14, 2014) - Leaders of the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) deplored the recent attack on the Jewish Community Center of Kansas City and a nearby Jewish retirement home. Frazier Glenn Cross, a former leader of the white supremacist group, the Ku Klux Klan, opened fire at the two facilities, killing three and critically injuring a fifteen year old boy. After being detained by police, Cross was heard screaming anti-Semitic remarks to onlookers ... Read More


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The Journal was established in 1970 to publish high quality research in cross cultural family studies. It promotes a better understanding of inter-ethnic family interaction that is essential for all multicultural societies. It draws articles from social science researchers around the world and contains invaluable material for Sociologists, Anthropologists, Family Counselors, and Social Psychologists.

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