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Vatican refuses to accept new gay French ambassador
Paris, April 10, 2015 (IANS)
The Vatican reportedly refused to accept the nomination of the new French ambassador because he is gay, a media report said on Friday.

Laurent Stefanini, a senior diplomat and French President François Hollande's chief of protocol, was nominated in January, officials said.

Normally a new ambassador's credentials are accepted within a month-and-half, The Local news portal reported.

The Vatican does not usually explicitly refuse an envoy's credentials, but a prolonged silence after a nomination ... Read More

Tilottama Rajan gets research chair at Western University
Already recognized as one of the world’s top centres for cognitive neuroscience and imaging research, Western University’s Brain & Mind Institute has added two new Canada Research Chairs. Its director, Melvyn Goodale, also had his Chair renewed for seven years.

The Chairs are among Canada’s highest research honours.

As the new Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, Penny MacDonald uses modern imaging techniques to understand the nature and evolution of brain function in ... Read More

Arizona Hindu temple consecrating 4-deities in 3-day rituals
Maha Ganapati Temple of Arizona in Maricopa City is consecrating Hindu deities— Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, Hanuman—in elaborate "Murti Prana Prathistapana Kumbhabhishekam" from May 8-10.

It will include Sita Rama Kalyana Utsav, Ganapati Puja, Viswakshena Puja, Swasti Punyaha Vachanam, homams, adhivasam, netronmeelanam, ashtabandhana, samphada aadhya lepanam, cultural events, etc.

The ceremonies will also include cow puja (worship), processions, wedding ceremony of Hindu deities Rama and Sita called "Sita Rama Kalyanam" performed by one thousand devotees, and a puja ... Read More
Protestors Gear Up To Give Modi A Rousing Opposition
The group Sikhs for Justice will be using Modi’s visit as an opportunity to call for a referendum on whether Punjab should become an independent state.

VANCOUVER – While many Indian-origin Disapora in Canada are looking forward to seeing Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Canadian soil as part of his first state visit, many want to remind the once meager tea seller of his horrible human rights record in Gujarat that led to killings of ... Read More
Humanitarian Aid Academy- BE ONE OF EIGHT!
Washington, DC – Be one of eight to attend the Advocacy and Humanitarian Aid Academy (AHAA), a five-day training program starting July 6th to July 10th, 2015. The Academy is designed exclusively for students and young professionals. Applicants must be 17 or older to participate in the program.
This program provides intensive training to individuals looking to get involved in social justice advocacy for the Sikh community, relief aid work, or education and healthcare initiatives promoted ... Read More
Meet DJ Patil: Obama’s Big Data dude
By Alyssa Bereznak

DJ Patil is still settling into his White House office. It’s by far the most prestigious place he’s ever worked, but it looks more like a bootstrapping startup than a precinct of Washington power. His desk is tidy, and on top of his overflowing bookshelf sits a watchful Pokémon Pikachu doll, adding a touch of whimsy to the otherwise drab, government-issue office. Propped up against the wall is his bamboo longboard (a ... Read More
Saudi Woman Searches For Her Indian Mother in UAE

DUBAI: A Saudi woman who was separated from her Indian mother after her parents divorced is trying frantically to locate her mother and the search has brought her to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), media reports said Wednesday.

The 41-year-old Saudi woman, identified as Kholoud, was taken away by her father following her parents' divorce 35 years ago, Emirates 24X7 reported on Tuesday.

Kholoud, has now approached the Dubai police to help locate her mother after ... Read More
US Citizen Brought From Pakistan to NYC Faces Terror Charges
By Jake Pearson
A U.S. citizen who authorities say traveled from Canada to Pakistan to train with al-Qaida in order to carry out jihad has been arrested and charged with conspiring to kill American soldiers, according to court papers unsealed Thursday.
A bearded Muhanad Mahmoud Al Farekh, wearing light blue prison attire, said nothing and entered no plea during a brief court appearance Thursday afternoon before a federal judge in Brooklyn. He was ordered held without bail.
His ... Read More
Chambersburg Council in Pennsylvania opening with Hindu prayer
Borough of Chambersburg Town Council in Pennsylvania (USA), incorporated in 1803, will have its first historic Hindu opening prayer on April 13, containing verses from world’s oldest existing scripture.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed will deliver the invocation from ancient Sanskrit scriptures before the Town Council. After Sanskrit delivery, he then will read the English translation of the prayer. Sanskrit is considered a sacred language in Hinduism and root language of Indo-European languages.

Zed, who is the ... Read More
Apology for removing Sikh's turban for Driver's Licence Photo
Trenton, New Jersey - UNITED SIKHS client Mr. Samitter Singh has received a written apology from the Motor Vehicles Commission in New Jersey. Mr Singh's religious freedom was violated by the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) in Trenton, New Jersey on January 29, 2014, when he went there to renew his driver's license. He had all the necessary documentation and met all requirements for the renewal. However, when Mr.Singh proceeded to take his picture for the ... Read More
U.S. Argues Against Reversal of Gupta Insider Conviction
By Bob Van Voris
Former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. director Rajat Gupta’s insider trading conviction shouldn’t be thrown out based on a sweeping appeals court ruling in December, U.S. prosecutors argued.
Gupta, who’s serving a two-year sentence for passing tips to billionaire hedge fund operator Raj Rajaratnam, asked a judge last month to reexamine his conviction based on the appeals court ruling that prosecutors must show that a defendant received a personal benefit for passing illegal tips.
Prosecutors ... Read More
Indian student in vegetative state for 4 months in US
An Indian engineering student, critically injured in a road accident in Texas, has been lying at a rehabilitation centre here in a vegetative state for four months, and his family has set up an online fundraiser to help cover costs of his long-term care.
Akshay Jain (22) sustained a severe traumatic brain injury on November 30 when his car collided with a pick-up truck when he and his four friends were returning home after their Thanks ... Read More
National Day of Reflection on the Prevention of Genocide
OTTAWA – Liberal Critic for Rights and Freedoms and International Justice, Irwin Cotler, today issued the following statement on the National Day of Reflection on the Prevention of Genocide:

“Seven years ago, on the occasion of the 14th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda, the House of Commons unanimously adopted my motion to designate April 7th as a National Day of Reflection on the Prevention of Genocide.

“Today, on the 21st anniversary of this genocide, we remember ... Read More
Support for the idea of “multi-faith center” at $1.2 billion Perth Children’s Hospital
Hindus have backed the idea of a multi-faith center at the new $1.2 billion Perth Children’s Hospital in Australia, opening next year.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that having a multi-faith center at the children’s hospital; a neutral place for meditation-prayer-worship-reflection by diverse faith communities of Western Australia; would be a step in the positive direction.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, pointed out that many ... Read More
After a long patience, Unistar Books from India will release Stephen Gill’s novel The Chhattisgarh on the 20th of April of 2015.

The Chhattisgarh is about the rich mythology of India, the rajas, the macabre rituals of witchcraft, the assassination of Maharaja Pravir, the prophecies concerning Kohinoor, and a legend that connects Kohinoor with Lord Krishna. Above all, The Chhattisgarh is about politics, and Aboriginal peoples, called the Adivasi.

Most of the readers must have read ... Read More
Hindus' share of India's population to fall by 2.8 percent by 2050

The Washington-based research organisation, which studies population trends and public opinion around the world, expected a dramatic rise in the percentage of the Hindu population in the US, from 0.6 percent in 2010 to 1.2 percent in 2050. As for numbers, the US Hindu population is projected to grow from 1.79 million in 2010 to 4.78 million in 2050. This will make the US Hindu population the fifth largest in the world.
... Read More


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