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Ebola and Devi
CNN often uses Sanjay Gupta in a context that needs explanation of a certain aspect of Ebola. But he is not alone of Indian origin who does this kind of work. Among the others is Devi Nampiaparampil, whose parents came from Kerala. She is also often seen on Dr. Oz program.

Nampiaparampil was born at NYU Medical Center (where she now teaches) to Mary and Joseph Nampiaparampil, Catholic Indians who had immigrated to the U.S. Joseph ... Read More

State Department Celebrates Diwali as Global Affair
Ambassador Jaishankar, Secretary Kerry, Mythali Bachu and Shri Narayanachar of SSVT stand behind the diya (from left to right).
Washington, D.C. (October 24, 2014) -- Indian tapestries, silver lamps, and traditional delicacies adorned the Benjamin Franklin State Dining Room as Secretary John Kerry inaugurated the U.S. Department of State's annual Diwali celebration. Secretary Kerry lit a diya (ceremonial lamp) while a Hindu priest from the Sri Shiva Vishnu Temple (SSVT) of Maryland sang Vedic hymns amidst ... Read More

Wal-Mart India appoints Murali Lanka operations chief
Source : REUTERS
Wal-Mart Stores Inc's India unit said it had appointed company veteran Murali Lanka to the newly created position of chief operations officer to lead store operations and business development in the world's second most populous country.

Lanka, who in his earlier five-year stint with Wal-Mart India helped set up its wholesale format in the country, is currently a developmental regional general manager in the United States.

The world's largest retailer has 20 wholesale outlets in ... Read More
Ottawa suspect was not flagged
Ottawa, Oct. 24: The Canadian police acknowledged yesterday that the gunman who traumatised the capital in a deadly shooting rampage had not been identified as a security threat despite his criminal record in three cities, embrace of extremist ideas and intent to travel to Syria.

The police also conceded that they did not even know that the gunman, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, had been in the capital for nearly three weeks.

The revelations at a news conference came a ... Read More
Liberal Party of Canada Leader Justin Trudeau condemns recent acts of vandalism
OTTAWA – The Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the vandalism against the mosque in Cold Lake, Alberta, and in Toronto:

“The defacing of the mosque in Cold Lake, Alberta, yesterday was completely unacceptable, as was the defacing of campaign materials belonging to candidates for the municipal election in Toronto. The vandals who carried out these acts are criminals and cowards, and their actions run counter ... Read More
Man vanishes for 40 years, turns up in Dubai hospital
Source : PTI
Dubai: In an unexpected reunion, an Indian man who disappeared 40 years ago from his hometown was found out by his friends in the UAE in a hospital here.

Abdulla Punathil Usman who hails from Kerala was discovered after his friends began a frantic search for his family through the media when he was admitted to Dubai Hospital with a heavily infected foot two months ago, Gulf News reported yesterday.

Usman who is in his ... Read More
British couple who died in Agra were prescribed diazepam by Delhi doctor
James GaskellA young Briton, found dead along with his wife in a hotel in Agra on October 21, was some days back prescribed high-strength sleeping pills by a doctor in Delhi.

The couple apparently died of drug overdose.

James Gaskell, 27, in fact boasted on Twitter how easy it was to get drugs prescribed from doctors in India.

"One prescription in India (after you have told the doctor what to write) will take you faaaaaar..." Gaskell tweeted on ... Read More
US tech firm fined for underpaying Indian workers
Source : AP
San Francisco: A Silicon Valley company is paying more than $43,000 in back wages and penalties after labor regulators found eight employees brought from India were grossly underpaid and overworked while assigned to a special project in the US

The probe announced this week by the US Department of Labor uncovered several egregious violations at Electronics for Imaging Inc., a printing technology specialist that generated revenue of $728 million last year, when the misconduct ... Read More
On the shootings in Ottawa
Justin Trudeau, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada
I am deeply saddened by the horrific events in Ottawa and unreservedly condemn these brutal and heartless acts of violence.

This attack is unforgivable. Should any other perpetrators or co-conspirators exist, they must be caught and be punished to the full force of our laws. I’ve extended an offer of full support to the government along with any assistance members of our Party can provide at ... Read More
Liberal Party of Canada statement on shootings in Ottawa
OTTAWA – Liberal Director of Communications Planning, Kate Purchase, issued the following statement on the shootings in Ottawa:

“The sympathies and prayers of the Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, and the Liberal Caucus are with the families of those who have been victimized by these heinous acts of violence in our National Capital.

“All Canadians are particularly shocked and saddened by the horrific shooting of a young man, as he dutifully guarded ... Read More
Know Your Rights:
This is a reminder that NEXT Wednesday, 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 hateful, anti-Hindu messages. Personal and public property have been damaged with ... Read More
Zed organizing multi-faith prayers at Nevada Governor’s Mansion in view of Ebola
Ebola virus disease, a severe and often fatal illness in humans, is an international health emergency, a devastating and horrifying disease. Thousands have died in the ongoing Ebola epidemic.

Nevada’s faith leaders from various traditions will join together to pray for God’s mercy and for the victims and their loved ones and care providers in Nevada Governor’s Mansion in USA on November 13.

This multi-faith Service will include prayers by Christian (various denominations), Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, ... Read More
Gurdwara Closed in Belgium Town for Harbouring Illegal Immigrants

BRUSSELS: The mayor of the town of Vilvoorde in Belgium has ordered the closure of the local gurdwara for a month on the charge that it was harbouring illegal immigrants.

Belgian media Tuesday charged that the Sikh temple "appears to operate as a magnet for Indians staying in Belgium illegally".

The Flanders news and radio VRT website said that during a recent police raid 11 illegal immigrants were discovered in the cellars of an empty building ... Read More
Government Must Report to Canadians on Efforts to Combat Ebola
OTTAWA – Today, Liberals introduced an Opposition Day Motion requiring that the government regularly update Canadians on the measures being taken to ensure the Ebola epidemic does not pose a threat to public health and safety.

“The federal government must take every step necessary to protect the public from the spread of dangerous diseases like Ebola, and it must communicate in an open and transparent way about what it is doing,” said Liberal Health Critic, Dr. ... Read More
New York (October 16, 2014) - The French-American Foundation announces today it has been awarded additional funding for its Immigration Journalism Fellowship and Award program. This most recent support comes as a $50,000 grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, one of the oldest, largest and most influential of American foundations dedicated to the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding.
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A Brilliant, Displaced Indian Writer
Ian Jack
October 23, 2014 Issue
The Pity of Partition: Manto’s Life, Times, and Work Across the India-Pakistan Divide
by Ayesha Jalal
Princeton University Press, 265 pp., $27.95
Bombay Stories
by Saadat Hasan Manto, translated from the Urdu by Matt Reeck and Aftab Ahmad
Vintage International, 288 pp., $16.00 (paper)

Out of the twentieth century’s great calamities have come some of our most memorable satires: Jaroslav Hašek’s The Good Soldier Švejk from World War I and Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 from ... Read More
Numerous journalism internships and fellowships available
For journalism students, October through January is internship application season, a pressure cooker of equal parts excitement and anxiety.

It’s our profession’s draft day. By mid-march, most of your classmates will have declared their intention to work at a journalism organization, like a prized NFL recruit putting on their team’s hat in front of a live studio audience.

Don’t get left behind. Some of the applications for the most prestigious news organizations are due in a few ... Read More
Jeffrey Simpson at climate science conference
In an effort to better understand how climate change will affect ecosystems and human society as a whole, philosophers, historians and scientists will meet at Western University this week for an interdisciplinary conference, in which the utilization of models and computer simulations as prediction and assessment tools is fully investigated.

Knowledge and Models in Climate Science: Philosophical, Historical, and Scientific Perspectives, hosted by Western's Rotman Institute of Philosophy (http://www.rotman.uwo.ca/), runs from Friday, October 24 to ... Read More
Hindus welcome Vatican’s Deepavali greetings to “Hindu Friends”
Hindus have commended Vatican for its “message to Hindus for the feast of Deepavali”, extending joyful greetings “on the festive occasion of Deepavali”.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, welcomed the Vatican for wishing “May the Transcendent Light illumine your hearts, homes and communities…” and desiring “harmony and happiness, peace and prosperity”.

Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, extolled Vatican’s thought on the occasion, which stated: “Nurturing ... Read More
How to Wear Indian Clothes in the U.S.
There’s been a lot of talk in the sari-wearing world lately about Booker-prize-winning Indian author Kiran Desai’s lament that she has given up wearing Indian clothes in the United States.
In an interview with Heidi Julavits, the co-editor of a new book called “Women in Clothes”, Ms. Desai talks about wearing Western outfits in India, and vice versa, and says that garments from one place never look quite right in the other.
For her, the ... Read More


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