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Hindus urge public holiday on Diwali in Delaware

Hindus are seeking public holiday in Delaware on Diwali, the most popular of their festivals; starting 2022. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement today, said that it was not fair with Delaware Hindu community as they had to be at work on their most popular festival while there were public holidays on other religious days.   Zed, who ... Read More »

7th Meeting of the Joint Trade Committee between India and Myanmar

  The 7th Joint Trade Committee Meeting between India and Myanmar was held through virtual mode on 24th November 2020. The Meeting was co-chaired by Dr. Than Myint, Union Minister for Ministry of Commerce, Myanmar and Piyush Goyal, Commerce and Industry Minister of India. During the consultations, both sides reviewed various bilateral issues ranging from trade, investment, banking, connectivity, capacity building and upgradation of border ... Read More »

Upset Hindus urge ex-beautyqueen Imelda apologize & replace album cover mimicking goddess Kali

Upset Hindus are urging Filipino-German musician and former beauty queen Imelda Bautista Schweighart to apologize and replace cover of her album “Fuccboi” emulating Hindu goddess Kali, calling it highly inappropriate. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that goddess Kali was highly revered in Hinduism and was meant to be worshipped in temples or home shrines and ... Read More »

Upset Hindus urge Nova Scotia brewery rename its beer named after sacred nectar & apologize

Upset Hindus are urging Tatamagouche (Nova Scotia, Canada) based Tatamagouche Brewing Company to change the name of its beer currently named as Amrita (which they regard as sacred nectar of immortality), calling it highly inappropriate. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that amrita emerged from Churning of the Ocean (samudra-manthana), which was highly ... Read More »

Hindus ask for public holiday on Diwali in New Jersey

Hindus are seeking public holiday in New Jersey on Diwali, the most popular of their festivals; starting 2022. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, said that it was not fair with New Jersey Hindu community as they had to be at work on their most popular festival while there were public holidays on other religious ... Read More »

APEDA has organised Virtual Buyer Seller Meets with potential importing Countries for product promotion of Indian agri products

The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry facilitates export of its scheduled products through several export promotional activities, such as organizing International Buyer Seller Meets, participation of exporters in leading trade events in the potential importing countries, and product promotion programmes in specific markets. These initiatives have popularized the Indian ... Read More »

Hindus call for public holiday on Diwali in US Virgin Islands

Hindus are seeking public holiday in the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) on Diwali, the most popular of their festivals; starting 2022. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, said that it was not fair with USVI Hindu community as they had to be at work/school on their most popular festival while there were public holidays ... Read More »

Webinar with South Africa on Defence Industry Global Outreach for Collaborative Partnership and Expo held

A webinar between India and South Africa was held today. The Theme of webinar was “Indian Defence Industry Global Outreach for Collaborative Partnership: Webinar and Expo”.  It was organized under the aegis of Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence through SIDM. This webinar is the part of the series of webinars which are being organized with friendly foreign countries ... Read More »

Ambassador of France to India, Emmanuel Lenain calls on Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh to discuss potential projects in North Eastern States

Ambassador of France to India, Emmanuel Lenain called on Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh and discussed potential projects in North Eastern States.The Ambassador also recalled the fond memories of his visit to Kashmir valley early this year as a member ... Read More »

Upset Hindus urge Brazil’s fashion brand to withdraw Lord Ganesh shorts & apologize

Upset Hindus are urging Franca (São Paulo, Brazil) headquartered clothing company Jon Cotre for immediate withdrawal of shorts carrying image of Hindu deity Lord Ganesh; calling it highly inappropriate. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that Lord Ganesh was highly revered in Hinduism and was meant to be worshipped in temples or home ... Read More »

Hindus advocate for public holiday on Diwali in Sint Maarten

Hindus are seeking public holiday in Sint Maarten (SXM) on Diwali, the most popular of their festivals; starting 2022. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that it was not fair with SXM Hindu community as they had to be at work/school on their most popular festival while there were public holidays on other ... Read More »

Al Ain Zoo Launches A Training Program for Cultural Guides

Al Ain : Al Ain Zoo has launched a training program for 18 of its cultural guides at Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre, the new training program, titled “Rufoof”, comes in partnership with Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism, represented by Zayed Central Library, it highlights Al Ain Zoo’s commitment to develop and train staff in order to provide ... Read More »

Telephone conversation between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and His Excellency Joseph R. Biden, President-elect of the United States of America

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a telephone conversation today with His Excellency Joseph R. Biden, President-elect of the United States of America. Prime Minister Modi warmly congratulated President-elect Biden on his election, describing it as a testament to the strength and resilience of democratic traditions in the United States. The Prime Minister also extended his heartiest congratulations and best wishes ... Read More »

Tesco asked to apologize & compensate victims of exploitation in its India supply chain

England headquartered leading multinational retailer Tesco has been urged to formally apologize and compensate workers reportedly exploited by its supply chain in India as alleged in a recently published BBC report. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that corporations like Tesco should show some moral and ethical responsibility, be a good corporate citizen ... Read More »

Hindus upset with rapper Cardi B mimicking goddess Durga to sell shoes

Hindus are upset with rapper Cardi B (Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar) for emulating Hindu goddess Durga with a sneaker in her hand to launch “new Reebok x Cardi B collection” releasing November 13. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, said that goddess Durga was highly revered in Hinduism and was meant to be worshipped in temples or home ... Read More »

Clergy should read the opening prayer in New Zealand Parliament

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has suggested that diverse religious leaders should read the opening prayer in New Zealand House of Representatives on a rotation basis. Currently, per Standing Order 62, “at the commencement of each sitting, the Speaker reads a prayer to the House”. Sometimes, the Speaker delegates another House Member to say it.   Zed, who is President ... Read More »

Al Ain Zoo hosts its annual run for the 4th consecutive year

Al Ain : In support of a healthy lifestyle and to promote the culture of active life, Al Ain Zoo Run was held recently in cooperation with Abu Dhabi Sports Council, while taking all precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in accordance with its comprehensive prevention plan. Al Ain Zoo welcomed 740 running enthusiasts who enjoyed the great ... Read More »

PM congratulates Joe Biden on winning U.S. presidential election

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has congratulated Joe Biden on winning the U.S. presidential election. “Congratulations Joe Biden on your spectacular victory! As the VP, your contribution to strengthening Indo-US relations was critical and invaluable. I look forward to working closely together once again to take India-US relations to greater heights”, the Prime Minister said. Read More »

Etsy removes Sexy Ganesh Panties within few hours of Hindu protest

Brooklyn (New York) headquartered e-commerce company Etsy, Inc. removed Sexy Ganesh Thong Panties carrying image of Hindu deity Lord Ganesh within few hours of Hindu protest, who called it “highly inappropriate”.  Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who spearheaded the protest, in a statement in Nevada today, thanked Etsy for understanding the concerns of Hindu community, which thought that placing image ... Read More »

Etsy sells Sexy Ganesh Panties after removing Ganesh Flipflops-Ashtray-Toilet Seat; Hindus upset

Upset Hindus are urging Brooklyn (New York) headquartered e-commerce company Etsy, Inc. to apologize and immediately withdraw Sexy Ganesh Thong Panties carrying image of Hindu deity Lord Ganesh; calling it highly inappropriate. In the past, after a protest spearheaded by distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed; Etsy removed from its website the toilet-seat, flip-flops, and ashtray carrying images of Lord Ganesh; ... Read More »

Hindus welcome Louvre Abu Dhabi holding yoga sessions under famed dome

Hindus have welcomed renowned museum Louvre Abu Dhabi for holding yoga sessions; and are urging all major world museums to launch yoga on their premises. Called “Yoga under the dome”, these yoga sessions claim to “help you calm your mind and find inner peace” in a “truly unique setting in which to explore the healing power of nature and art”.   Distinguished ... Read More »

University of Sydney to “seriously” look into article in its paper ridiculing Hinduism

The University of Sydney (USYD) has assured to “seriously” look into an article in its student newspaper “Honi Soit” after Hindus protested calling it “unnecessarily disparaging and trivializing Hinduism”. Dr. Michael Spence, Vice-Chancellor & Principal of USYD, in an email to distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who spearheaded the protest, wrote:…I appreciate that this article has caused you distress and ... Read More »

PM strongly condemns terrorist attacks inside a church in Nice, France

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has strongly condemned the recent terrorist attacks in France, including today’s heinous attack in Nice inside a church. In a tweet, the Prime Minister said, “I strongly condemn the recent terrorist attacks in France, including today’s heinous attack in Nice inside a church. Our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and ... Read More »

Cabinet approves Mechanism for procurement of ethanol by Public Sector Oil Marketing Companies under Ethanol Blended Petrol Programme – Revision of ethanol price for supply to Public Sector OMCs for Ethanol Supply Year 2020-21

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the following, including fixing higher ethanol price derived from different sugarcane based raw materials under the Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP) Programme for the forthcoming sugar season 2020-21 during Ethanol Supply Year (ESY)  2020-21 from 1st December 2020 to 30th November 2021:   (i)    The price of ethanol from C heavy molasses ... Read More »

Hindus urge Malta Government to subsidize cremation abroad till crematorium is ready

Hindus are urging Malta Government to subsidize cremations abroad till proper crematorium was built and available for usage in Malta. Although a new law allowing cremation was passed in Malta Parliament in May 2019, but a functioning crematorium is nowhere in sight. According to some estimates; going through blueprints, approvals, construction, licensing, etc.; it might be 2023 when a working crematorium would ... Read More »

Call on Prime Minister by the Secretaries of State and Defence of USA

U.S. Secretary of State H.E. Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of Defense H.E. Dr. Mark T. Esper called on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. They conveyed greetings from the President of United States of America to the Prime Minister. Recalling the successful visit of President Trump to India in February 2020, the Prime Minister warmly reciprocated the greetings. The ... Read More »

5th Joint Working Group on Coal between India and Indonesia on 5th November 2020

India is the host for 5th Joint Working Group (JWG) on Coal between India and Indonesia scheduled to be held on 5th November 2020 through Video conference from New Delhi due to travel restrictions on account of Covid pandemic. This will be co-chaired from the Indian side by Vinod Kumar Tiwari, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Coal, Government of India and by Dr ... Read More »

Al Ain Zoo utilizes technology to ensure business continuity and digital security

AL AIN : Al Ain Zoo has established a solid foundation for digitization, and remote working standards in line with the highest standards of cyber security and guaranteeing business continuity, all while ensuring staff health and safety, amidst the ongoing challenges presented by Covid-19. Commenting on this, Hazza Mohammed Al Houqani, Senior Engineer IT Support at Al Ain Zoo said: ... Read More »

Opening of new market access for agricultural commodities between India and Bhutan

Significant achievement has been registered in bilateral trade relations between India & Bhutan. Close coordination between the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO), Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India, the Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA), Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Royal Government of Bhutan and Embassy of India in Bhutan has resulted in notification, opening market ... Read More »

Hindus welcome proposal of Diwali holiday in Virginia’s Prince William County Schools

Hindus have welcomed option of including Diwali holiday (November four, 2021) in the 2021-2022 school calendar of Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) in Virginia, calling it a step in the right direction. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, urged the PWCS Board to unanimously approve this Diwali holiday, thus respecting the feelings of Hindu community.   ... Read More »

Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre welcomes visitors with a film that highlights the legacy of ancestors, their life, and sacrifices

AL AIN : The Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre (SZDLC) welcomed its visitors with the display of “Arabian Desert Vision” film, which captures the legacy of ancestors who survived the harsh desert environment amid visual effects and natural scenes of biological diversity and spectacular animal species. The 13-minute film will be displayed on one of the largest cinema screens across ... Read More »

Hindu festivals cancelled in Harare due to Covid-19

Celebrations of upcoming major Hindu festivals in October and November have been reportedly cancelled in Harare (Zimbabwe) due to Covid-19. According to an announcement of The Hindoo Society Harare (HSH); traditional celebrations of upcoming festivals of Navratri, Sharad Poonam, Diwali and Bestu Varsh have been cancelled in the interest of the safety and well-being of the community.   Two Hindu ... Read More »

Furniture giant IKEA apologizes after Hindu protest over campaign video trivializing yoga

Multinational home furnishings retailer IKEA has apologized after Hindus protested over its recently launched Australia campaign video “IKEA product pose Yoga”, deploring that it trivialized yoga. Cecilia Stenberg, a spokeswoman for the Ingka Group Press Office, in emails to distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who spearheaded the protest, wrote:…We are truly sorry and apologize if this commercial from IKEA Retail ... Read More »

Hindu prayer to open Fort Worth City Council in Texas on December 1

Hindu prayer will open the meeting of Fort Worth City Council (Texas) on December one, containing verses from world’s oldest extant scripture. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed will deliver the invocation from ancient Sanskrit scriptures remotely via phone before Fort Worth City Council. After Sanskrit delivery, he then will read the English interpretation of the prayers. Sanskrit is considered a ... Read More »

Sheridan City Council in Colorado to open with Hindu mantras on September 28

Hindu prayer will open the meeting of Sheridan City Council (Colorado) on September 28, containing verses from world’s oldest extant scripture. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed will deliver the invocation from ancient Sanskrit scriptures via Zoom before Sheridan City Council. After Sanskrit delivery, he then will read the English interpretation of the prayers. Sanskrit is considered a sacred language in ... Read More »

Al Ain Ain Zoo Contributes to Global Wildlife Conservation Efforts

Al Ain : In line with its ongoing commitment to contribute to global wildlife conservation efforts, Al Ain Zoo-home to the world’s largest man-made safari part-exchanged knowledge and expertise with Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, located in the Republic of Kenya through a visit conducted recently. The visit came as part of Al Ain Zoo’s efforts to conserve number of endangered species ... Read More »

Hindus feel unfairly treated at England’s Durham University

Hindus are concerned at what they view as unfair treatment at England’s prestigious Durham University (DU). Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that there was no Hindu chaplain and no dedicated Hindu prayer room at this “multi-cultural, multi-faith” public research university, which according to its own admittance, “has a substantial number of Hindu ... Read More »

Plan to convert theater to a Hindu temple recommended in Alabama’s Hoover

The Hoover Planning and Zoning Commission, in its September 14 meeting, reportedly recommended approval of a Hindu temple in a former 38,000-square-foot theater in Hoover (Alabama). This Hindu temple proposal, requested by Pritesh Patel on a property owned by BAPS Birmingham, will now be forwarded to Hoover City Council for final nod. Besides the sanctuary, this place of worship will ... Read More »

Hindu statesman Zed urges Iceland to allow its citizens to freely choose their names

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed is urging Iceland to grant its own citizens the basic human right of naming their child as they wish. Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that continuance of Icelandic institutions like “Personal Names Act”, “Personal Names Register” and “Personal Names Committee” seemed quite out-of-line ... Read More »

Upset Hindus urge Philadelphia online retailer to withdraw Hindu deity bedspreads & apologize

Upset Hindus are urging Wayne (a Philadelphia suburb) based online retailer “4Rissa” to apologize and withdraw bedspreads carrying images of Hindu deities, calling it highly inappropriate. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, said that inappropriate usage of sacred Hindu symbols or deities or concepts or icons for commercial or other agenda was not okay as ... Read More »

Hindus seek Diwali holiday in New York’s NHP-GCP School District, starting 2021

Hindus want schools in New Hyde Park-Garden City Park (NHP-GCP) School District in New York to stay closed on Diwali; the most popular of their festivals; starting 2021.   They are thus urging Jennifer Kerrane and Dr. Jennifer Morrison, Board President and Superintendent respectively of NHP-GCP School District headquartered in New Hyde Park, to adopt Diwali as an official holiday ... Read More »

Hindus urge Houston Ballet to drop culturally insensitive ballet “La Bayadère”

Hindus are urging Houston Ballet to withdraw “La Bayadère” from its “2020-2021 Season”, which they feel seriously trivializes Eastern religious and other traditions.   Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, said that Houston Ballet, nation’s fifth largest ballet company which claimed to be an “anti-racist organization”, should not be in the business of callously promoting ... Read More »

Atal Innovation Mission partners with India-Sweden Healthcare Innovation Centre to expand Start-up ecosystem

In line with a shared vision of expanding the culture of innovation in the country, Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog and Business Sweden on behalf of India Sweden Healthcare Innovation Centre are collaborating to promote the disruptive potential of Indian entrepreneurs, and, boost the vibrant start-up ecosystem across the country. A virtual Statement of Intent (SoI) was signed between ... Read More »

Awards announced for Indo-U.S. Virtual Networks for COVID-19

Eight binational teams consisting of researchers from India and the US have received awards to pursue cutting-edge research in pathogenesis and disease management of COVID-19 through Indo-US virtual networks. The areas of research they will pursue include antiviral coatings, immune modulation, tracking SARS CoV-2 in wastewater, disease detection mechanisms, reverse genetics strategies, and drug repurposing.   The Indo-US Science and ... Read More »

Webinar on the occasion of the World Biofuel day organized;

A webinar on the occasion of the World Biofuel day was organized today by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, with the theme “Biofuels towards Atmanirbhar Bharat”. World Biofuel Day is observed every year on 10th August to create awareness about the importance of non-fossil fuels as an alternative to conventional fossil fuels and to highlight the various efforts made by the ... Read More »

India to host ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in 2021

India will host the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 as planned. Cricket’s governing body has also decided to postpone the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021 in New Zealand till February – March 2022 because of the impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on cricket globally.   The format of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 will remain ... Read More »