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Maryland Hindu Temple to be consecrated in August
Sri Bhaktha Anjaneya Temple (SBAT) in Ijamsville (Maryland), currently under construction on a 43-acre lot, will be consecrated on August 31.

Religious and cultural programs will form part of its Maha Kumbhabhishekam ceremonies from August 29 to September one; including poojas, homams, pravachanam, aarathi, etc. The auspicious moment of Kumbhabhishekam is stated to be between 10-45 am to 11-30 am on August 31.

A small house on this zoning approved site currently serves as ... Read More

APLU honours Amit Chakma with International Service Award
Amit Chakma of Western University; Krishnaswami Srihari of Binghamton University; and Robin Reid of Colorado State University are the 2014 recipients of the Michael P. Malone International Leadership Awards.
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Dragons’ Den’s Arlene Dickinson, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal’s Gradimir Pankov and 23 other inspiring immigrants are the 2014 recipients of the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards.
Other winners of the sixth annual awards include Ugandan-born Farah Mohamed, president and CEO of the G(irls)20 Summit in Toronto, Indian-born child prodigy Sarthak Sinha of Calgary, and Bangladesh-born Manwar Khan, an everyday hero who intervened in a violent attack in Edmonton. The awards are presented ... Read More

Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh’s training camp concludes
Dr Jayasree Nair
East Coast USA July 16: 2014 is a very special and proud year for Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh as it is celebrating its 25 th year as a registered organization in the US. HSS-USA conducts 5 Sangh Shiksha Vargs a year in the Sambhag level. Each Varg has a Swayamsevak, Sevika and a Bala Varg (effective since last year due to the increasing number young parents participation) run in parallel. I was ... Read More

Ontario Taking Further Action to Reduce Auto Insurance Rates
Ontario is moving forward with its plan to help reduce auto insurance rates, by introducing legislation that would, if passed, protect the province’s nine million drivers and fight fraud in the auto insurance system.

As the next step in the Auto Insurance Cost and Rate Reduction Strategy, today, the government is introducing the Fighting Fraud and Reducing Automobile Insurance Rates Act, 2014, a combination of two pieces of legislation that died on the Order Paper ... Read More

The good work of Shiv Nadar Foundation
Shiv Nadar Foundation has focused primarily on creating iconic institutions of excellence in learning across the education spectrum. The Foundation was conceived and created by Shiv Nadar, founder and chairman of HCL - a $6.3 billion global technology and IT enterprise.

SNF mission is to create equitable opportunities for leadership, through focused philanthropy in research-led education, creativity and art. Click to download SNF Annual Report 2013.

While our engagement has been usually limited to meetings ... Read More
Laurel in Maryland becomes 13th US city to declare Oct 25 as “Rajan Zed Day”
City of Laurel in Maryland has become the 13th city in USA to declare October 25 as “Rajan Zed Day” after distinguished religious statesman Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism.

Cities of Hartford (Connecticut), Taylorsville (Utah), Madera (California), Sparks (Nevada), Chowchilla (California), Sanger (California), Exeter (California), Tulare (California), Santee (California), Dos Palos (California), Reedley (California) and Frederick (Maryland) have already declared October 25 as “Rajan Zed Day”. City of Reno (Nevada) has ... Read More
Only 22% Americans know a Hindu
Only 22 percent Americans know someone who is Hindu

This number is lowest than any other religion/denomination surveyed. Catholics rank highest with 87 percent, followed by evangelical Christians, Jews, Atheists, Mormons, Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus.

Americans express warmest and more positive feelings towards Jews (average rating 63); followed by Catholics, evangelical Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, etc., the survey adds.

Reacting to this survey findings, distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, urged ... Read More
Mastery to Guitar Scales Volume 1 launch: A must have for Guitar Learners
India's Master Guitarist, Kapil Srivastava has launched the Mastery to Guitar Scales Volume 1, a sixty-page book on the 48 scale routes to master the different scales of guitar.

The guide book also serves as an exercise and practice routine activity for guitar enthusiasts. An in-depth discussion on guitar scales, being the basic foundation of understanding the art of guitaring and a step-by-step instructions on how to manoeuvre the 48 independent open string scale sequences in ... Read More
Indian Messaging App,Blocks Snooping Moms
One Indian company is starting to wedge its way into an already-crowded messaging-service business with a killer app aimed directly at young Indians: more ways to hide from mom.
Hike Messenger–a free messaging app owned by Bharti Softbank 9984.TO +0.56%, a joint venture between Bharti Enterprises and Japan’s SoftBank—is trying to steal users from WhatsApp, Line and others by flooding the Indian market with commercials that demonstrate how its messaging service gives users more options to ... Read More
Indigenous Mini-University Summer Program returns to Western
The primary goal of Western University's Indigenous Youth Mini-University Summer Program is to inspire Indigenous youth to pursue postsecondary education through on-campus learning experiences led by Indigenous students, staff and faculty. Now in its eighth season, the Mini-University Summer Program is facilitated by Indigenous Services at the Student Development Centre (SDC) and has become a benchmark for experiential learning success at Western.

The theme for this year's session is 'Wind' and program participants will ... Read More
SFU launches first medical tourism website
Medicaltourismandme.com, a unique new website developed by Simon Fraser University’s Medical Tourism Research Group, uses the power of personal testimony to educate consumers about the perils and pluses of medical tourism.

The globally flourishing industry has tourists flocking to foreign countries for treatment of health problems they can’t easily get treated and financially covered within their home countries for a variety of reasons.

The sought-after procedures include every kind of surgery from elective treatments such ... Read More
Urban Outfitters removes Lord Ganesha Duvet Cover after Hindus protest
Urban Outfitters (UO), a publicly traded retail company headquartered in Philadelphia (USA) which offers a variety of lifestyle merchandise, has removed Lord Ganesha Duvet Cover from its website after Hindus protested calling it inappropriate.

Lord Ganesha Duvet Cover, an "Online Only" item, did not show up after search on UO website today.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who spearheaded the protest, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, thanked UO for understanding the concerns of Hindu ... Read More
Utah’s flagship museum exhibiting Hindu god Krishna
Utah's flagship art museum, Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA), will have an exhibition on Hindu Lord Krishna starting August eight.

Running till November 20 in the Museum's Emma Eccles Jones Education Gallery, this Krishna exhibition “explores the Hindu god Krishna through sacred and secular artworks, dating from the 11th century to the 20th, from the Museum's Asian art collection. Krishna promised followers that through bhakti (devotion) to him, one could gain moksha (salvation).”

Applauding UMFA ... Read More


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