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Ottawa’s Festival of India comes of age
Our correspondent
From August 8 to 10, the Marion Dewer Plaaza of the City Hall was colourful and echoed Indian songs and smelled Indian foods in its third year of celebration thanks to the dreams and hard work of Bala Madaparthy and his volunteers.
Day one started with an Odissi dance by Sonia St Michael followed by pushpanjali and the music of India. The Darpan dance group presented a medley of Indian dances a ... Read More

The United Nations Girl’s Education Initiative - Call for Youth Courage Award Nominations
Jose Pinto Stephen (josepintostephen@gmail.com)

The Office of the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education is pleased to announce a call for nominations for the 2014 Youth Courage Awards. The inaugural set of Youth Courage Awards were announced at the United Nations on Malala Day in 2013, honoring 6 young people who had demonstrated leadership in the fight to get every child into school and learning. This year’s awards will recognize and honor youth who have, through ... Read More

Math’s Fields Medal Winner Manjul Bhargava Also Enjoys Sanskrit Poetry and Playing Tabla
Manjul Bhargava this week became the first person of Indian origin to win the Fields Medal, which is awarded every four years to mathematicians who are 40 years old or younger and is often described as a Nobel Prize for mathematics.
Born in Ontario and raised on Long Island, Mr. Bhargava told Quanta Magazine that his mathematical tastes intertwine fluidly with his interests in Sanskrit poetry and tabla drumming. Family trips to Jaipur, India, during his ... Read More

Government announces investment of $2 million for settlement services in Windsor
August 14, 2014 — Windsor, ON — Today, Costas Menegakis, Parliamentary Secretary to Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister, attended the grand opening of a Care for Newcomer Children (CNC) centre and announced an investment of more than $2 million for settlement services.
The new CNC centre will provide newcomer parents with child care services while they take advantage of settlement programs.
Located at Windsor’s Unemployed Help Centre, CNC provides onsite child care for newcomers who want ... Read More

Booker Joins Senate India Caucus
WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) is proud to announce today that he has joined the Senate's India Caucus, a bipartisan coalition established to promote U.S.-India relations.

The India Caucus serves as a forum for senators who work closely with Indian officials and Indian Americans to promote bilateral relations, advance shared goals, and influence issues of common concern.

"I am honored to join this bipartisan caucus to strengthen our relationship between the United States, the world's ... Read More

Raveendran Narayanan
The Equal Protection Clause of the 14th amendment of the U.S. Constitution prohibits states from denying any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. See U.S. Const. amend. XIV. In other words, the laws of a state must treat an individual in the same manner as others in similar conditions and circumstances. A violation would occur, for example, if a state prohibited an individual from entering into an employment contract because ... Read More
Aaghaz-e-Dosti, an Indo-Pak friendship initiative, aims to counter mutual hatred and suspicion to create unwavering bonds of peace and friendship. Aaghaz-e-Dosti has been working for its goal through its several initiatives ranging from interactive sessions in schools to public demonstrations, from art-based initiatives to writing articles and issuing statements to disseminate the misrepresented voice across the border.

In line with its aim to create a culture of peace and mutual respect, Aaghaz-e-Dosti had invited messages ... Read More
Justin Trudeau praises Indo-Canadians on India’s Independence Day
WINNIPEG – The Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement in recognition of India’s Independence Day:

“Today, I am delighted to send my most sincere greetings to the people of India and to members of our Indo-Canadian community as they celebrate the 67th anniversary of India’s independence. India represents an enduring model of a strong, stable democracy in the world, and the country’s most recent elections have renewed and ... Read More
Liberals disapprove anti-immigration propaganda
Markham – Liberal Critic for Citizenship and Immigration, Multiculturalism and Seniors John McCallum made the following statement regarding the recent distribution of anti-immigrant flyers in Brampton and York University:
“The recent spate of anti-immigrant flyers at York University and Brampton is truly disturbing. It upsets me deeply that these blatantly racist and atavistic views are being propagated anywhere in this country. Such hate and fear-mongering has no place in today’s Canadian society, a society ... Read More
UP to $8,000 scholarships available for Indian students in US
The Taraknath Das Foundation offers grants averaging $6000 to $8000 to graduate students holding Indian passports and enrolled in American universities in any field of study. Applicants should have completed one year of graduate work in the United States.

The deadline for this year has been extended to September 15.

The application form is at: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/sai/tdas_files/tdas-application-Jun-2013.pdf

[NOTE: Although the application form mentions $3,500 as the award amount, the amount has been raised to $6,000.]
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£127,000 gold shirt: Indian businessman’s 4kg garment is worth its weight in gold
An Indian businessman has treated himself for his 45th birthday in a way like no other: by having a shirt made out of gold.

Pankaj Parakh, a local politician and the owner of a multi-million pound textile business near Mumbai, has had the shirt created out of pure love for the precious metal.
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Western U. students operate Mars rover in partnership with Canadian Space Agency
In partnership with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), students from Western University are leading a simulated Mars Rover mission, boldly training the next-generation of space scientists and engineers through an integrated learning experience.

For the next two weeks, the Western-led team, which also includes students from Queen's University and York University, is remotely operating the Mars Exploration Science Rover (MESR) on a Martian analogue (substitute) terrain located in Saint-Hubert, Quebec at the John H. Chapman ... Read More
Obsessed? Bewildered? Ask Dr. Mahinder Watsa
Kuni Takahashi for The New York Times
Mahinder Watsa is the “Ask the Sexpert” columnist in the Mumbai Mirror.

For nine years, Mahinder Watsa, 90, has been shocking Indian sensibilities with his Ask the Sexpert column for The Mumbai Mirror. Tens of thousands of people have sought advice on a variety of issues, including the size and shape of penises, fears of masturbation and hymen reconstruction. Following are selections from his correspondence published in The Mumbai ... Read More

My message to the head of the Louvre would be to come and see how we are living here,” said Tariq,* a carpenter’s helper working on construction of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, a $653 million Middle Eastern outpost of the iconic Parisian museum. Set to be completed in 2015, its collection will include a Torah from 19th-century Yemen, Picassos, and Magrittes.
“See our living conditions ... Read More
Supporting Jews, Hindus urge France to rename “Death to Jews” hamlet
Hindus have come out in support of Jews in asking France to change the name of its “Death to Jews” (La Mort aux Juifs) hamlet, about 60 miles from Paris.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said it was shocking to learn that such a village name existed in 2014.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, urged French President Francois Hollande to immediately look into changing name of ... Read More
Women in Science Writing Conference Held mid-June at MIT
Excerpt from conference coverage:
In science writing programs at schools across the country, there were far more women than men pursuing degrees in science writing in recent years. There’s no lack of interest or motivation to get into the field, then. The real question is what the field has for them when they leave the academic setting, (professor and Pulitzer Prize-winner Deboarh) Blum said.
From here, the graphs appeared to be less and less in women’s favor: ... Read More
It's Awards of Excellence season!
The Canadian Race Relations Foundation is now accepting entries for the 2014 Awards of Excellence and Best Practices Reader. The deadline for entries is September 8, 2014.

We hope that you will enter your Best Practice project and/or share this opportunity with people involved in projects that support multiculturalism and are reflective of Canadian diversity.

The Best Practices Reader (print) and online directory will be published early November, and the Awards take place at the Our ... 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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