Double-amputee recognized by MP Shory for successfully climbing Mount Everest
Calgary, AB, June 7, 2013 – Devinder Shory, Member of Parliament for Calgary Northeast today recognized Calgarian Sudarshan Gautam for his extraordinary accomplishment as the second double-amputee, and the first double-amputee missing both their arms in the world to successfully climb Mount Everest.
“Sudarshan is an example to us all that with hard work, perseverance, and the support of friends and family any obstacle can be overcome,” said MP Shory. “Sudarshan’s achievement and positive attitude ... Read More
COMMUNITY INTERACTIVE SESSION WITH MINISTER VAYALAR RAVI
The Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) organized an interactive session with India's Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs at the Utsav Restaurant in New York on May 27th. Attended by a full house crowd and the Consul General of India, Minister Ravi took up several questions on the matters concerning issuance and renewal of Overseas Indian citizenship and other issues.
The meeting started with a minute of silence "on this Memorial Day to remember ... Read More
A Brimful of Asha
Created by Asha and Ravi Jain
Directed by Ravi Jain
A Why Not Theatre Production (Toronto, ON)
Academic Hall, University of Ottawa
Running Time: 90min
“Everyone has a mother” says Ravi Jain, in explaining the appeal of his latest work. Like a tray of warm samosas, A Brimful of Asha has been selling out at Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre each time a new batch is put out – for each of its three runs over the past year.
Ravi and ... Read More
Indo-American teens invention praised
A potentially game-changing invention by an 18-year-old high school student grew out of a simple problem that plagues teenagers (and just about everyone else).
“I’m a teenager and I have a cellphone and my cellphone battery always dies, so I was really looking for a way to improve energy storage,’’ Eesha Khare said on TODAY Tuesday. “That’s how I came across supercapacitors.’’
The Saratoga, Calif., teenager, who graduated from high school last week, won a $50,000 prize ... Read More
Ottawa's Kerala restaurant praised by Ottawa Magazine
Coconut Lagoon is prominantly mentioned in a publication, Ottawa Magazine. In their 101 Taste Issue, This restaurant in Ottawa is the only Indian restaurant with the Lamb Chettinad dish. This is not surprising since the dish is so tastey.
In the Ottawa Magazine's glossy publication, Eating and Drinking that came with the Globe and Mail, Coconut Lagoon is one of the four Indian restaurants prominently mentioned.
It is worth recalling there are scores of ... Read More
INDIO-AMERICAN SRIKANTH SRINIVASAN IS CONFIRMED AS JUDGE TO THE SECOND HIGHEST COURT IN THE US
The nomination of 46-year-old legal eagle Srikanth Sri Srinivasan was historic as a judge to the country's second highest court. Srinivasan has become the first South Asian to be appointed to the top American court.
Srinivasan's nomination to the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit was unanimously approved by the Senate with 97 voting in favor. More importantly,
the appointment is expected to bring him in line for the Supreme Court - four ... Read More
INDO-AMERICAN STUDENT SATHWIK KARNICK WINS NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BEE
12-year-old Sathwik Karnik of Norfolk, Mass. nailed the National Geographic Bee held in Washington DC on May 22. He also won a $25,000 college scholarship and a lifetime membership of the National Geographic Society.
He bested 13-year-old Conrad Oberhaus, of Lincolnshire, Ill., by answering all of the final five questions correctly.
Born in Mangalore and brought up in Plainville, Mass., where the family has lived since he was 2, Sathwik remembers his mother playing geography games ... Read More
$3-million gift prepares Western students for future in leadership and innovation
Western University offers engineering students an education like no other in Canada, thanks to a generous $3-million gift from John M. and Melinda Thompson.
The donation will strengthen the academic experience of Western’s engineering students by incorporating business and entrepreneurial education into the engineering program. New courses will be developed that incorporate Ivey’s proven Case-Method Learning and build on the success of the BESc/HBA dual degree program as well as Ivey’s expertise in developing leaders ... Read More
University of Ottawa tenure battle to conclude this month
OTTAWA, June 10, 2013 – An Ontario labour law arbitrator must decide whether former tenured full professor of physics, Denis Rancourt is a dedicated teacher and motivator of students or a dangerous individual who incites students to violence and is therefore unfit to be readmitted on the university campus.
Those are the opposing views argued, on the one hand, by the union of professors, and on the other hand, by the university administration.
The arbitrator ... Read More
India among world’s top four in denying primary education
There are about 1.7 million children out-of-school in India, according to a fact sheet, jointly released by the Education for All Global Monitoring Report and the UNESCO Institute for Statistics on June 10.
This fact sheet also indicates that India is number four in the world in denying the right to primary education to children; which has higher number of children out-of-school even than Burkina Faso, Niger, Mali and Philippines.
Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a ... Read More
Zed to address Center for Spiritual Living
Distinguished religious statesman Rajan Zed will speak about the topics of Hinduism and Interfaith Dialogue at Center for Spiritual Living in Reno (Nevada, USA) on June 13.
The talk, followed by questions-answers, from 07-00 to 08-30 pm, at Center for Spiritual Living, 4685 Lakeside Drive, Reno; is also open to the public.
Center for Spiritual Living Reno, "A Science of Mind & Spirit Community" headed by Senior Minister Reverend Liesa Leggett Garcia, is affiliated to Centers ... Read More
Oslo criticized for Roma crackdown
Hindus have strongly criticized reported crackdown on Roma camp in Sognsvann area of Oslo (Norway) without providing alternatives.
Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that it was simply inhuman to continuously crack down on poor Roma. Moreover, it hinted ethnic profiling.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, stressed that Church of Norway, which represented about 77 percent of Norwegians, and its Oslo Bishop Ole Christian M. ... Read More
Investigative Reporters in Russia and Pakistan Win Journalism Award
A reporter investigating corruption in Russia and a seasoned Pakistani journalist known for courageous muckraking reports have won the 2013 Knight International Journalism Award, the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) announced. The award recognizes excellent reporting that makes a difference in the lives of people around the world.
Roman Anin, a reporter for Russia’s daily Novaya Gazeta, has demonstrated how Russian companies and officials have created a culture of corruption that reaches ... Read More
MP SHORY WELCOMES SUSPENSION OF QUEBEC SOCCER FEDERATION OVER TURBAN BAN
11 June, 2013
OTTAWA – Devinder Shory, Member of Parliament for Calgary Northeast today welcomed the announcement by the Canadian Soccer Association suspending the Quebec Soccer Federation over a refusal to reverse their ban on turbans.
“I think it is shameful that the Quebec Soccer Federation continues to refuse to allow children to play the game simply because of their cultural headdress”, said MP Shory. “What is equally shameful is that the Opposition have refused to ... Read More
Is India Bad for the Environment?
(To contact the author of this blog post: Chandrahas Choudhury at Chandrahas.email@example.com)
The celebration of World Environment Day, on June 5, was, as it is every year, the occasion for living high-mindedly, for making resolutions that never endure and for pledging penance for sins of carbon and consumption.
For the past 40 years, the United Nations Environment Program has diligently found a "theme" for June 5 every year to focus global awareness on the environment. These ... Read More
Are we at a social, cultural and legal tipping point?
Gerard Baker, Managing Editor of The Wall Street Journal, and Paul Beckett, The Journal's Asia-Pacific Editor, hosted an interactive discussion in New York City featuring a distinguished panel of journalists, activists and thought leaders on the following topic:
"Are we at a social, cultural and legal tipping point in the wake of the Delhi rape and other recent crimes?"
The panelists were: Lopa Banerjee (Chief, Civil Society Section, UN Women), Shikha Dalmia (Senior Analyst, Reason Foundation), ... Read More
Chariot parade to be held on Greater Vancouver streets
A Hindu chariot parade will reportedly be held on the streets of Greater Vancouver (Canada) on August nine.
Arul Migu Thurkadevi Hindu Society, a Charitable Organization which runs a temple in Burnaby, will pull a chariot as a part of its Annual Ther Festival (Aadi Pooram) through Burnaby roads which will be closed to other traffic during the parade. Few hundred people are expected to participate in the parade, which will last few hours. Burnaby City ... Read More
Zed wants domestic child labor to go
An estimated 15.5 million children are involved in domestic work, according to a new report of International Labour Office prepared by Jonathan Blagbrough.
Distinguished religious statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said it was highly unacceptable in the 2013 world and a blot on humanity and something needed to be urgently done to eliminate domestic child labor.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, argued that it was immoral and a ... Read More
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