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Diwali greetings from Trudeau
MONTREAL – The Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the occasion of Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas:

“I extend my warmest wishes to all those celebrating Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas.

“Many families and friends marking this occasion decorate homes, light diyas, share meals, and exchange gifts. I am fortunate to have celebrated Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas with many Canadians, both in my riding of Papineau and ... Read More

MP Shory: Tax Break Doubled for Children’s Fitness
Calgary – Devinder Shory, Member of Parliament (Calgary Northeast) lauded Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s announcement that the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit will be doubled.

“Our Conservative Government understands that Canadian parents work hard to keep their kids healthy and physically active. That is why it is great news that our Conservative Government intends to double the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit from its current limit to $1,000 and to make it refundable so that all families ... Read More

‘Sanjay Gupta M.D.,’ get the ax as CNN cuts
CNN also laid off staff in Atlanta in its newsgathering department, and canceled a handful more shows, including "Sanjay Gupta M.D." and "CNN Money." Some of those staff are being laid off, while others are being told to reapply for their jobs.

Gupta's medical unit is being restructured. Gupta and Elizabeth Cohen, also a CNN medical correspondent, will not be leaving the channel.

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Auto insurance rates are decreasing Vic Dhillon
Today the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO), which regulates Insurance companies fillings in respect to Auto Insurance rates, came out with their Quarterly rate fillings. This Quarter’s rate filing shows that rates went down 0.11%.

Since August 2013, our government has made significant progress towards the overall average rate reduction and as a result of the Cost and Rate Reduction Strategy; approved auto insurance rates have already decreased by 6.03% on average.

Due to ... Read More

Community counsellor urges financial prudence for Indians in UAE
DUBAI: A community counsellor has urged Indian expats and their families back home to make more efforts to save money.
K?V Shamsudheen, 67, a social worker who has lived in the UAE since the 1970s, runs regular money management classes for his compatriots, especially those who belong to low and mid-income groups.

“I have seen people who came here long ago and have earned for years in the UAE, yet they don’t have enough money to buy ... Read More

Khobragade could be in trouble for TV interview
New Delhi, Oct 14, 2014, (PTI)
Diplomat Devyani Khobragade, who had hit the headlines last year after she was arrested in the US in a visa fraud case, could be in trouble for a TV interview during which she talked about the incident and that things have not moved much since then. PTI file photo

Diplomat Devyani Khobragade, who had hit the headlines last year after she was arrested in the US in a visa fraud case, ... Read More
New York’s Queens Museum exhibiting Hindu deities
Queens Museum in New York is displaying various Hindu deities in its “Sacred Waters” exhibition, which is open till November two.

It includes a collection of Hindu offerings from Jamaica Bay, with plaques informing the significance of the each deity.

Museum is also celebrating Diwali, Hindu festival of lights, on October 18, which includes lighting of 3000 candles, mehndi, art exhibition, diya painting and cultural program.

Applauding Queens Museum for organizing Hinduism focused exhibition and Diwali, distinguished Hindu ... Read More
Fellowship available
Fellowship and internship opportunities on International Journalists' Newtwork:
NPR Kroc Fellowship:
Recent graduates interested in public radio journalism can apply for a one-year fellowship with National Public Radio (NPR).
The NPR Kroc Fellowship will train three Fellows in public radio journalism - writing, reporting, producing and editing, for both radio and the web.
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The Wall Street Journal seeks desk editor [India]
Journalists with more than five years of experience editing and reporting can apply for the vacancy.

The Wall Street Journal is hiring an editor to work out of New Delhi. He or she will be responsible for editing and publishing real-time news from Delhi and Mumbai with a strong eye for context and analysis, and packaging multimedia stories for all the organization's platforms. Reporting topics will include business, finance, markets, economics and politics.
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2014 Census: Minorities in newsrooms increase

Columbia, Missouri (July 29, 2014) -- The number of minority journalists in daily-newspaper newsrooms increased by a couple of hundred in 2013 even as newsroom employment declined by 3.2 percent, according to the annual census released Tuesday by the American Society of News Editors and the Center for Advanced Social Research.

This year's census also found that 63 percent of the news organizations surveyed have at least one woman among their top three editors. ... Read More
Berlin fashion house removes Lord Shiva leggings
Well-known German fashion brand “Front Row Society” headquartered in Berlin withdrew leggings carrying image of Lord Shiva and apologized after upset Hindus protested.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who spearheaded the protest, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, thanked “Front Row Society” for understanding the concerns of Hindu community, which thought images of Lord Shiva on leggings was highly inappropriate.

Dr. Florian Ellsaesser, Managing Director of “Front Row Society”, telephoned Zed, who is President of Universal ... Read More
How to Protect Your Community Against Hate Crimes
You are invited to a forum to learn how to protect your family from hate crimes. On October 29th, HAF is partnering with the Department of Justice (DOJ) to hold an informational forum on preventing hate crimes. This "Know Your Rights" event will include valuable information on recognizing, preventing, and responding to vandalism, assault, and other hate crimes.

Over the past few months, Hindu Americans in Loudoun County have been subjected to a series of ... Read More
Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society raised $150,000 at their radiothon fundraiser which was held on October 2 on Radio India 1600AM. All proceeds will go towards building a new multicultural long-term care home.
The existing PICS Society care home has been well received and there has been a long waiting list for quite some time. Building another PICS Society care home will fulfill community needs.
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The Sikh International Film Festival Toronto (SIFFT) returns for its second year with an expanded lineup of documentaries, shorts and feature films that celebrate the diversity of Sikh stories and storytellers.
The two-day festival, taking place October 25 and 26 at the Art Gallery of Ontario, showcases nearly 30 Canadian and international titles that explore all aspects of the Sikh experience, from the very origins of the faith to the social and cultural concerns of the ... Read More
Hindus welcome Lord Shiva statue in prestigious Louvre Abu Dhabi
Upcoming $630 million Louvre Abu Dhabi (LAD) museum will reportedly have Hindu Dancing Shiva statue in its permanent collection.

This tenth century lost-wax bronze from Tamil Nadu (India) of Chola period, 86 centimeters high, has been in the collection of National Gallery of Australia in Canberra till 2009. A video posted on the LAD website explains the meaning behind various parts of the statue.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, commended ... Read More
Perturbed Hindus urge Amazon.com urged to remove leggings carrying Hindu gods
Upset Hindus have urged world's largest online retailer Amazon.com headquartered in Seattle (USA) for the immediate withdrawal of women’s leggings carrying images of various Hindu gods and goddesses and sold on its website, calling it inappropriate.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that Hindu gods and goddesses were highly revered in Hinduism and were meant to be worshipped in temples or home shrines and not to be worn around ... Read More
Canada fast-tracks citizenship for Canadian Armed Forces members
October 14, 2014 — Halifax, NS — Thanks to the government’s recent changes to the Citizenship Act, Canada has now welcomed two new citizens under the recently-launched fast-track provision for members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), announced Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander today.

As part of Citizenship Week, Minister Alexander attended a citizenship ceremony today to welcome 50 new citizens and recognized the contributions of Lieutenant Commander Michael Cornish, who received fast-tracked ... Read More
3RD Tree for Harmony Campaign organised in Seven Countries
In the move to join Environment and Peace together as very important issue in present days, Mission Bhartiyam alongwith other organizations organized 3rd Tree for Harmony campaign in seven countries, namely India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri lanka, Sudan and Cameroon.

Tree for Harmony campaign is an initiative of Mission Bhartiyam, started since the year 2012, wherein the organization invites collaborations from other organizations to observe a week long campaign (from World Ozone Layer ... Read More
Australian team to visit India to explore partnership in 'Make in India'
Source : ANI
A ten-member Australian Materials Science and Advanced Manufacturing delegation, which is a flagship activity of the Australian Innovation Showcase in India 2014, is scheduled to visit India from 13 to 17 October.

Kylie Bell, the Trade and Investment Commissioner of South Asia, Australian Trade Commission, said, "Australia's research institutions, universities and technology companies are among the best in the world and offer significant potential for partnerships in the Materials science sector. Australia's advanced innovation ... Read More


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