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After Hindu protest, culturally insensitive ballet “La Bayadère” dropped from England Theatre

Ballet “La Bayadère” will not be held at Brook Theatre in Chatham (England) as earlier scheduled (for March 25-27, 2022), after Hindus protested saying it “seriously trivializes Eastern religious and other traditions”. A spokesperson of Medway Council (which runs Brook Theatre), in an email to distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who spearheaded the protest, wrote: “After looking into the matter the local community organisation, ... Read More »

Heal the world by helping the poor: Rajan Zed appeals to fellow Hindus

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed is appealing to the Hindu communities around the world to show compassion and respect to the poor. Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, in a statement in Nevada today, said: Take notice of them; hear them; share their sorrows; feel their misery and pain; rebuild their dignity; empower them; do not overlook or ... Read More »

CHIEF OF ARMY STAFF PROCEEDS ON A VISIT TO ISRAEL

General MM Naravane, the Chief of the Army Staff has proceeded on a visit to Israel from 15 to 19 November 2021. This is his first visit to Israel. During the visit, he will be meeting the Country’s senior military and civilian leadership where he will discuss avenues for further enhancing Indo-Israel defence relations. The Army Chief will take forward ... Read More »

Etsy removes Goddess Kali Cereal T-shirt within 17-hours of Hindu protest

Brooklyn (New York) headquartered e-commerce company Etsy, Inc. removed Goddess Kali Cereal T-shirt, displaying image of Kali seemingly promoting a cereal of blood fortified with human skulls; within 17-hours of Hindu protest, who called it “highly inappropriate” and a desecration. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who spearheaded the protest, in a statement in Nevada today, thanked Etsy for understanding the concerns of ... Read More »

Ancient Hindu mantras open Special Session of Nevada Assembly

Special Session of Nevada State Assembly, convened by Governor Steve Sisolak, opened with ancient Hindu mantras on November 12, containing verses from world’s oldest extant scripture.  Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed delivered the invocation from ancient Sanskrit scriptures remotely before Nevada State Assembly in capital Carson City. After Sanskrit delivery, he then read the English interpretation of the prayers. Sanskrit ... Read More »

Al Ain Zoo gives employees free EXPO 2020 Dubai tickets

  Al Ain : Al Ain Zoo has announced that it will be giving employees in various sectors free tickets to visit EXPO 2020 Dubai to enable them to explore the valuable opportunities, experiences and practices showcased at this world-class event, and to give them the opportunity to take part in this huge achievement put together by some of the ... Read More »

Al Ain Zoo continues to accept participants for its Virtual Winter Camp for 2021

AL AIN  :Al Ain Zoo is happily receiving more and more participants in its virtual winter camp for 2021. The virtual camp includes various exciting adventures, introducing campers to many secrets and insights on animals, giving them behind the scenes inside stories and adds in some surprises and efforts that contribute to campers learning about the life of all the ... Read More »

Shocked Hindus seek intervention as Texas A&M Student Senate spotlights harassment of Hindu students

Resolution, reportedly highlighting “harassment and discrimination” of Hindu students, passed at recent Student Senate meeting of prestigious Texas A&M University in College Station, has left the Hindu communities perturbed. Taxpayer-funded Texas A&M, which aims to be a “world-class university of the future” and boasts of two Nobel Prizes, should have felt the pain of its minority Hindu students much earlier, who ... Read More »

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed organizes multi-faith prayer-vigil to seek divine intervention for saving the planet

Religious leaders of northwestern Nevada held a collective multi-faith prayer-vigil at Saint Anthony Greek Orthodox Church in Reno on October 17, seeking divine intervention to save the planet and for the successful outcome of upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow. Organized by distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed and hosted by Saint Anthony Greek Orthodox Church Presiding Priest Father ... Read More »

PM Participates in G20 Extraordinary Summit on Afghanistan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated virtually in the G20 Extraordinary Summit on Afghanistan earlier today. The Meeting was convened by Italy, which currently holds the G20 Presidency, and chaired by Italian Prime Minister Mr. Mario Draghi. Issues under consideration at the meeting related to the humanitarian situation; concerns relating to terrorism; and human rights in Afghanistan. In his remarks, the ... Read More »

3 employees killed in shooting at postal facility in Memphis

Memphis : Two US Postal Service workers were fatally shot Tuesday at a postal facility in Memphis and a third employee identified as the shooter died from a self-inflicted gunshot, authorities said. It was the third high-profile shooting in or near that west Tennessee city in weeks.   US Postal Inspector Susan Link said that three postal workers were found ... Read More »

GM reaches deal with LG to pay for Bolt battery recall costs

Detroit : LG Electronics has reached a deal with General Motors to pay $1.9 billion to $2 billion to reimburse the auto-maker for the cost of recalling Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles due to the risk of battery fires. The auto-maker, which announced the deal in a statement early Tuesday, says it will show the estimated recovery in its third-quarter earnings ... Read More »

Al Ain Zooto releasenew bornRothschild’s Giraffes in Al Ain Safari

Al Ain : As part of itsefforts to provide the highest standards of healthy and smooth integration and behavioral rehabilitation for newborns, Al Ain Zoo is preparing to integrate its new-bornRothschild’s giraffes into Al Ain Safari to live alongside the existing group of 12 individuals in the largest man-made safari in the world.   The integration of the young giraffes ... Read More »

4 policemen killed in northern Mexico, 1 wounded

Mexico City : Attackers killed four off-duty police officers in northern Mexico and wounded a fellow officer, sparking running gunbattles that terrified residents in the city of Zacatecas. Video posted on social media shows parents at a youth soccer match in the city taking cover on the ground with their kids as gunfire rang out on Saturday.   Zacatecas state ... Read More »

Hajj 2022 process in India to be 100 pc digital: Union minister Naqvi

Mumbai : Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has said the entire Haj 2022 process in India will be 100 per cent digital. Naqvi on Saturday inaugurated an online booking facility at the Haj House in Mumbai and later in a statement said India sends the second largest number of Haj pilgrims after Indonesia. He said the Haj could ... Read More »

Al Ain Zoo re-opens its doors for daytime visits as temperatures fall, while maintaining safety measure for visitors

AL AIN : As the weather is improving and life is beginning to return to normal, Al Ain Zoo has made the popular decision to re-open its doors for daytime visits from 9am, maintaining the availability of various recreational options from its outdoor and indoor adventures and experiences, while adhering to all necessary precautionary measures.   Omar Mohammed Al Ameri, ... Read More »

Hindus shocked as Papua New Guinea disallows Durga worship for being “morally inappropriate”

Hindus are urging Papua New Guinea (PNG) Prime Minister James Marape to apologize for the reported derogatory comments made by PNG Constabulary Commissioner regarding goddess Durga worship and grant permission to hold the prayer event in Port Moresby within existing COVID-19 parameters and protocols. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that calling prayers ... Read More »

The latest AP stories on COVID-19 outbreak in the United States

Portland  : Maine”s rural areas need better access to COVID-19 testing, the head of the state”s Center for Disease Control and Prevention said. The percent positivity rate in some of Maine”s rural counties is much higher than it is in more densely populated areas such as Cumberland County. Federal data show the percent positivity rate in Cumberland is about 2% ... Read More »

Kenya Hindus collecting donations for less fortunate during festival season

Hindu Council of Kenya (HCK) is planning to organize a nationwide mega-donation-drive on the eve of upcoming Hindu festival Diwali to support the needy populace. According to reports, donations will be collected either in cash or kind; and which may include electronic items in working condition like blood-pressure monitors, CD players, desktops, fans, irons, laptops, mobile-phones, radios, sewing-machines, tape-recorders, televisions, ... Read More »

Hindu statesman Zed urges Singapore to treat migrant workers as humans

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has urged Singapore to treat its sizeable population of indispensable migrant workers like human beings and not as livestock. Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that these low-wage migrant workers should have same health-care, laws, personal freedoms, protection, rights, unionizing privileges, etc., as other ... Read More »

Hindus disappointed as Estonia Culture Ministry refused to interfere in culturally insensitive ballet “La Bayadère”

Hindus are disheartened as Estonia Culture Ministry has refused to interfere in the presentation of “La Bayadère” ballet by Estonian National Opera (Rahvusooper Estonia) in Tallinn; scheduled for April 09-June 11, 2022; which they feel seriously trivializes Eastern religious and other traditions. Hindus now plan to appeal to President Kersti Kaljulaid and Prime Minister Kaja Kallas of Estonia for their intervention and ... Read More »

Al Ain Zoo RhinoConservation

Al Ain  : Al Ain Zoo constantly works to apply itsprinciples of wildlife conservation by providing specialized care, proper nutrition and health care to all the animals in its care, and as such is taking all possible steps to conserve theRhinoceroses,which arean endangered species on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. The Zooaccomplishes this through diligently ... Read More »

Al Ain Zoo launches audio tour experiences for website visitors

AL AIN : Al Ain Zoo launches a dynamic new experience for website visitors that takes them on a fascinating journey through the Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre, with three unique audio tours through the popular “Our Heritage, Our Identity”, “Zayed’s Footsteps”, and “Art of Architecture” tours.   Speaking on the launch, Muneera Jasem Al Housani, Director Sheikh Zayed Desert ... Read More »

No religious objection to COVID-19 vaccination in Hinduism

Hindus have no theological objection to COVID-19 vaccination, distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed clarified in a statement Nevada (USA) today. Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, stated that under the present circumstances, COVID-19 vaccine did not seem to be in conflict with religious tenets and practices of Hinduism; oldest and third largest religion of the world with ... Read More »

Covid vaccines donated by India earlier this year for UN peacekeepers exhausted : UN spokesperson

United Nations : The stock of COVID-19 vaccines donated by India earlier this year for UN peacekeepers has been exhausted, a spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said. Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General, said at the daily press briefing on Friday that the UN received a donation of 3,00,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine from the Government of China.   ... Read More »

Indian national pleads guilty to conspiracy of mail fraud

Washington : An Indian national, who was illegally living in Houston, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy of committing mail fraud, an acting US attorney has said. Waseem Maknojiya, 37, faces up to 20 years in prison and a possible USD 250,000 maximum fine. His sentencing is scheduled for December 13.   Acting US Attorney Jennifer B Lowery said that between ... Read More »

Al Ain Zoo employees present innovative cultural, economic and tourism projects in Abu Dhabi as part of the Abu Dhabi School of Government General Competencies programme

AL AIN : Al Ain Zoo, as part of its aim to enhance government institutional development, has presented a number of projects that have earned top grades for innovation, by employees who have graduated from the Abu Dhabi School of Government virtual ‘General Competencies’ program.   The projects include four main development plans: “Hemma”, a digital platform for people of determination, ... Read More »

Hindus worldwide shocked at 5th vandalizing of Swindon Hindu Temple

Hindus globally are highly concerned regarding reports of fifth vandalizing of Swindon Hindu Temple & Cultural Centre in South West England since May; which meets the spiritual needs of about 20,000 Hindus of the area. Reports suggest that the break-in resulted in desecrating of deities, vandalizing of sacred altar and rooms, stealing of cash worth thousands of pounds and artefacts, ... Read More »

China, Pak and Russia trying to figure out what to do with Taliban: Biden

Washington : China, Pakistan, Russia and Iran are trying to figure out what do they do now with the Taliban, US President Joe Biden said on Tuesday. Hours after the Taliban announced the details of its interim government, Biden told reporters that China has a “real problem” with the Taliban.   “China has a real problem with the Taliban. They ... Read More »

Florida gunman killed 4, including mom still holding baby

Fort Lauderdale : Four people are dead including a mother still cradling her now-deceased baby after a massive gunfight early Sunday with a former Marine a Florida sheriff said was “ready for battle” and so aggressive he tried to wrestle a gun from police from his hospital gurney after being captured. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said 33-year-old Bryan Riley ... Read More »

Biden moves to declassify documents about Sept. 11 attacks

Washington : President Joe Biden has directed the declassification of certain documents related to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a supportive gesture to victims” families who have long sought the records in hopes of implicating the Saudi government. The order, coming little more than a week before the 20th anniversary of the attacks, is a significant moment in a ... Read More »

Hindus to hold chariot-procession in Harare

Hindu Society Harare (HSH) in Zimbabwe will reportedly organize “Rath Yatra” (chariot procession) through Harare streets on September five. As part of “Nand Mahotsav” festivities, this procession will start from Ridgeview Shree Omkar Mandir (temple) on Anson Road after “Kesar Snan” rituals and end in Shree Omkar Mandir on Cameron Street; where bhajans, thaal, arti, prasad will be held.   Participants ... Read More »

Blinken says under 200 Americans in Afghanistan

Washington : Secretary of State Antony Blinken says fewer than 200 Americans remain in Afghanistan who want to leave and the US will continue to try to get them out. Blinken says the number of Americans left may be closer to 100. He says the US would work with Afghanistan”s neighbors to secure their departure either overland or by charter ... Read More »

22 killed as passenger boat collides with sand trawler in Bangladesh

Dhaka : At least 22 people, including nine children, have died in a passenger boat accident in Bangladesh”s Laiska Beel rivulet, according to a media report on Saturday. On Friday evening, a boat carrying over 100 people collided with two sand-carrying vessels in the river near Brahmanbaria city, resulting in the passenger boat sinking.   Twenty-two bodies were recovered on ... Read More »

Hindu temples reopen in Harare for vaccinated devotees only

Two Hindu temples in Harare (Zimbabwe), run by Hindu Society Harare (HSH), which have reportedly been closed for months due to COVID-19, have reopened; but entry is restricted for community members “who have had both doses of COVID 19 vaccination”.   Society’s notice issued on August 27 states: …The Anson Road Mandir is also open for all prayer and bhajan ... Read More »

Indian-origin man jailed for stealing excavator in Singapore

Singapore : A 44-year-old Indian-origin Singaporean man was jailed here for two-and-a-half years for stealing an excavator and attempting to sell it to a heavy-vehicle repairman in March 2018, according to a media report. After committing the theft, Nanthakumaran Lokanathan fled to Malaysia and was arrested only two years later, reported TODAY newspaper.   He was sentenced on Thursday.   ... Read More »

13 US service members killed, 18 injured in ISIS attack in Kabul: Pentagon

Washington : Thirteen US soldiers were killed and 18 others injured in the attack outside the Kabul airport carried out by ISIS in one of the worst terrorist strikes in Afghanistan in over a year, the Pentagon has said. The terrorist attack was carried out by ISIS gunmen, General Kenneth Franklin McKenzie, Commander of the United States Central Command, told ... Read More »

India signs agreement with UAE to send visiting professors to Abu Dhabi

Dubai : Aiming at deepening the academic and cultural ties between India and the UAE, an agreement was signed under which faculty members from Indian universities will spend six to 10 months every year for undertaking research and teaching social sciences in Abu Dhabi. The agreement between Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and New York University Abu Dhabi to ... Read More »

Police: 4 killed in shootings, arsons in Washington state

Kennewick (US) : Authorities believe one gunman killed three people and wounded another during a spree of shootings and arsons in eastern Washington on Wednesday. A suspect was believed to have been found dead later after police fired on a vehicle.   KEPR reports that police were called about several fires and a shooting shortly before 4 am in Finley, ... Read More »

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