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Al Ain Zoo launches a new experience that allows guests to get close to penguins

AL AIN : As temperature drops, guests of Al Ain Zoo will be welcomed with the unique view of penguins parading around the Birds exhibit area in groups or individually amongst visitors near the Birds Exhibit in a first-time experience. Commenting in this experience, Mayas Ahmad Al-Qarqaz Director of the Animal Welfare Department at the Al Ain Zoo said: “Penguins ... Read More »

Indo Nepal Rail connectivity gets a vital boost

The section Jayanagar-Kurtha, 34.90 Km is a part of Jaynagar-Bijalpura-Bardibas rail (68.72 KM) project which has entirely been funded by Government of India.   As first phase of this project, the rail line from Jayanagar in Madhubani district, Bihar has been connected to Kurtha in Nepal and will be extended up to Bijalpura by March 2021. Government of India has spent ... Read More »

India and Japan Sign MoU to Enhance Cooperation in the Field of ICT

India and Japan signed MoU to enhance cooperation in the field of Information and Communications Technologies today. MoU was signed by Union Minister for Communications, Electronics and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad and the Japanese Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Takeda Ryota and it was exchanged through a video conference today. Department of Telecom, Government of India and Ministry of ... Read More »

Indonesia Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 Lost Contact After Taking Off From Jakarta

Jakarta  : The passenger plane of Indonesia’s Sriwijaya Air, that lost contact soon after the takeoff, has crashed in water not far from Jakarta on Saturday, Xinhua reported citing local TV. Human body parts and debris of the plane were found, Captain EKo Surya Hadi, commander of Trisula coast guard ship. The flight was carrying 59 passengers, including six children, ... Read More »

CBIC introduces flagship Liberalised Authorised Economic Operator Package for MSMEs

Recognising their critical contribution in supporting the economy especially during the present difficult times of COVID-19 pandemic, Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs (CBIC) has taken a new initiative to introduce its flagship “Liberalised MSME AEO Package” for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). In order to attract MSMEs to become Authorised Economic Operators (AEOs) and avail the various ... Read More »

YEAR END REVIEW-2020, DEPARTMENT OF POSTS

For more than 150 years, the Department of Posts (DoP) has been the backbone of the country’s communication and has played a crucial role in the country’s social economic development. It touches the lives of Indian citizens in many ways: delivering mails, accepting deposits under Small Savings Schemes, providing life insurance cover under Postal Life Insurance (PLI) and Rural Postal ... Read More »

Hindu prayer to open Nevada’s Lincoln County Commission for the 1st time

Hindu mantras will open Board of Lincoln County Commissioners meeting in Nevada on January four for the first time since the county was established in 1866; containing verses from world’s oldest extant scripture. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed will deliver the invocation from ancient Sanskrit scriptures remotely before Board of Lincoln County Commissioners. After Sanskrit delivery, he then will read ... Read More »

4 Pak Army personnel killed as military chopper crashed in Gilgit-Baltistan

Islamabad: Four Pakistan Army personnel were killed when a military helicopter crashed during a casualty evacuation due to technical reasons in Gilgit-Baltistan, the army said on Sunday. The chopper crashed in Minimarg area of Astore district on Saturday evening, the army said in a statement. It was transporting the body of a soldier to the military hospital in Skardu. The ... Read More »

As Louis Vuitton drags-feet removing cowhide yoga mat, various religions back Hindu call

In a remarkable interfaith gesture; Christian, Jewish and Buddhist leaders have come out in support of Hindus who have been urging luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton to immediately withdraw its yoga mat made from cowhide leather, calling it “highly inappropriate”. Companies like Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) should be better educated and equipped in religious and cultural sensitivities to understand the ... Read More »

International Science Film Festival of India opens in IISF-2020

International Science Film Festival of India (ISFFI) is a major attraction of India International Science Festival 2020. This year, the ISFFI has received 634 science film entries from 60 countries. This is a vital platform to attract enthusiasts and young film-makers towards science film making and contribute in science popularization. Speaking at the inaugural session of ISFFI, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, ... Read More »

Ministry of Health issued Standard Operating Procedure for Epidemiological Surveillance and Response in the context of new variant of SARS-CoV-2 virus detected in United Kingdom

A new variant of SARS- CoV 2 virus [Variant Under Investigation (VUI)-20212/01] has been reported by the Government of United Kingdom (UK) to World Health Organization (WHO) . This variantis estimated by European Center for Disease Control (ECDC) to be more transmissible and affecting younger population. This variant is defined by a set of 17 changes or mutations. One of ... Read More »

Kilauea volcano eruption is one of the biggest in recent Hawaii history, enough to fill 100,000 pools

Since the eruption of the Kilauea volcano May 3 on the Big Island, it’s belched out about 250 million cubic meters of lava, making it one of the largest eruptions in decades in Hawaii. “It’s nothing like what we’ve witnessed in recent history,” said Wendy Stovall, a volcanologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. It’s topped big Kilauea eruptions in 1955 and 1960 and is bigger ... Read More »

Government decides to constitute a High Level Committee headed by Union Home Minister to commemorate the 125th Birth Anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose

The Government has decided to constitute a High Level Committee to commemorate the 125th Birth Anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.   This High Level Committee will decide on the activities for a one year long commemoration starting 23rd January, 2021.   The High Level Committee will be headed by the Union Home Minister, Amit Shah.   The Commemoration is being held as a tribute ... Read More »

Upset Hindus urge Louis Vuitton to apologize & withdraw yoga mat made of cow leather

Upset Hindus are urging luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton to immediately withdraw its recently launched yoga mat made from cowhide leather, calling it highly inappropriate. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that this Louis Vuitton yoga mat seemed ridiculing and offending two serious concepts of Hinduism—cow and yoga—and was hugely insensitive to Hindu feelings. ... Read More »

Upset Hindus urge California brewery to remove Lord Ganesha image from beer & apologize

Upset Hindus are urging Weed (California) based Mount Shasta Brewing Company to apologize and not use Hindu deity Lord Ganesha’s image on its Mountain High IPA beer, calling it highly inappropriate. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, said that inappropriate usage of sacred Hindu deities or concepts or symbols or icons for commercial or other agenda was ... Read More »

Piyush Goyal launches India-Australia Economic Strategy Report;

Union Minister of Railways, Commerce and industry, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public distribution Piyush Goyal today said that there is tremendous scope for Australian investment into India as we ease our FDI norms & open up different sectors. Addressing CII’s session on Enhancing India Australia Bilateral Economic and Trade Relationship, he said that we have also opened up our Agri ... Read More »

4th India – IndonesiaVirtual Bilateral Meeting on Drug Control Cooperation Between Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), India and National Narcotics Board (BNN), Indonesia

The 4thBilateral Joint Working Group (JWG) meeting between the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) India and the National Narcotics Board (BNN), Indonesia was held on 17th  December, 2020. The Indian delegation was led by Rakesh Asthana, Director General, Narcotics Control Bureau, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of Indiaand the Indonesian delegation was led by Mr. PujiSarwono, Deputy of Legal Affairs and ... Read More »

Ancient Hindu prayers will start the day of Wichita City Council in Kansas on Jan 12

Hindu mantras will open Wichita City Council (Kansas) meeting on January 12, containing verses from world’s oldest extant scripture. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed will deliver the invocation from ancient Sanskrit scriptures remotely before Wichita City Council. After Sanskrit delivery, he then will read the English interpretation of the prayers. Sanskrit is considered a sacred language in Hinduism and root ... Read More »

Hindus disheartened as New Zealand appears to dodge request for Diwali holiday

Hindus are disappointed as New Zealand Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety and Deputy Leader of the House Michael Wood does not seem to be fully receptive to the idea of national public holiday on Diwali, the most popular of Hindu festivals. Responding to the request of distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed seeking public holiday in New Zealand on Diwali, ... Read More »

Vice President calls for making agriculture climate-resilient, profitable and sustainable

The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu today called for making agriculture climate-resilient, profitable and sustainable, while ensuring remunerative prices to farmers, food and nutritional security to millions of people. Delivering the 41st Convocation Address of the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), he stressed the need for developing climate resilient crops/varieties which can withstand a broad-spectrum of stresses such ... Read More »

India-Maldives Defence Cooperation Webinar and Expo held today

A webinar and Expo between India and Maldives were held today. The Theme of webinar was ‘Joint Indo Maldives High Level Defence Engagement’.  It was organised under the aegis of Department of Defence Production (DDP), Ministry of Defence (MoD) through Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). This webinar is the part of Aero India 21 series of webinars ... Read More »

Experience science virtually in the Mega Science Festival ‘IISF 2020’

In the pandemic when a lot of excitement seems to have come to a  halt, it is science and technology that is keeping the spirits high. One such live example is India International Science Festival (IISF) 2020 where science can be experienced virtually. “We have events where students can go for virtual tours, 3D exhibitions, virtual events, panel discussions, lectures ... Read More »

Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (Ions) working group meeting on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief

The 5th meeting of the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) Working Group on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) is scheduled on17 December 2020. The meeting is being coordinated by Indian Navy being the Chair of the IONS Working Group on HADR. The meeting will be attended by Australia, Bangladesh, France, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Maldives, Oman and Thailand besides India. ... Read More »

US Presidential inauguration to be a low-key affair with restricted attendance: Organisers

Washington: The inauguration of US President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on January 20 will be a low-key affair restricted for the public, the organisers said, urging people to participate in the historic event from home in view of the coronavirus pandemic. The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC), which is responsible for the planning and execution ... Read More »

Rapid City Council in South Dakota to open with Hindu mantras on January 4

Hindu prayer will start the day for Rapid City Council (South Dakota) on January four, containing verses from world’s oldest extant scripture. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed will deliver the invocation from ancient Sanskrit scriptures remotely before Rapid City Council. After Sanskrit delivery, he then will read the English interpretation of the prayers. Sanskrit is considered a sacred language in ... Read More »

Cabinet approves MoU between India and USA for exchange of information in areas of mutual interest in the electricity sector

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has given its approval for Central Electricity Regulatory Commission’s proposal for entering into a Memorandum of Understanding between Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC), India and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), United States of America (USA) for exchange of information and experiences in areas of mutual interest to both in the ... Read More »

Bettendorf City Council in Iowa to start day with Hindu mantras on February 2

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

Al Ain Zoo marks the international Monkey Day

Al Ain : Al Ain Zoo marked Monkey Day – an occasion that promotes international humanitarian work to preserve and protect apes in the wild, which coincides on December 14 Al Ain Zoo comprises ten different types of apes from around the world, including the Western Gorilla – one of the largest and longest-living primates in the world, in addition ... Read More »

Durham’s fabric co. Spoonflower CEO apologizes & will remove Hindu gods’ napkins after Hindu protest

Durham (North Carolina) headquartered “world’s largest custom fabric, wallpaper and home decor digital marketplace” Spoonflower CEO apologized and promised to remove napkins carrying images of various Hindu deities within a day of Hindu protest; who had described these as “highly inappropriate”. Spoonflower CEO Michael Jones, in a statement posted on company website and sent to distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who ... Read More »

Upset Hindus urge Durham’s fabric co. Spoonflower to withdraw Hindu gods’ napkins & apologize

Upset Hindus are urging Durham (North Carolina) headquartered “world’s largest custom fabric, wallpaper and home decor digital marketplace” for immediate withdrawal of napkins carrying images of various Hindu deities; calling it highly inappropriate. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, said that Hindu deities (Shiva, Krishna, Lakshmi, Ganesh, Murugan, Kali, Hanuman, etc.) were highly revered in Hinduism and ... Read More »

World Health Organisation applauds India for Fitness Ka Dose Aadha Ghanta Roz campaign; celebrities from all walks support the movement

The clarion call made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to all Indians of Fitness Ka Dose Aadha Ghanta Roz has received praise from the World Health Organisation. In a tweet, WHO said, “WHO applauds India’s initiative on promoting physical activity through its campaign Fitness Ka Dose Aadha Ghanta Roz.” The campaign launched as part of the nation-wide Fit India Movement ... Read More »

Hindus disheartened as Australian Capital Territory unamenable to Diwali holiday

Hindus are disappointed as Australian Capital Territory (ACT) does not seem to be receptive to the idea of public holiday on Diwali, the most popular Hindu festival. ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr, responding to the request of distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed for public holiday on Diwali, wrote: As additional public holidays in the ACT would be observed by all ... Read More »

Columbus City Council in Mississippi to open with Hindu mantras on December 15

Hindu prayer will open the meeting of Columbus City Council (Mississippi) on December 15, containing verses from world’s oldest extant scripture. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed will deliver the invocation from ancient Sanskrit scriptures remotely via Zoom before Columbus City Council. After Sanskrit delivery, he then will read the English interpretation of the prayers. Sanskrit is considered a sacred language ... Read More »

Telephone conversation between Prime Minister and His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke on telephone with His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar. Prime Minister conveyed his felicitations to H.H. The Amir for the forthcoming National Day of Qatar.  While thanking Prime Minister for the greetings, H.H. The Amir appreciated the enthusiasm with which the Indian community in Qatar participates in the ... Read More »

Australian eCommerce giant Kogan apologizes & removes 6 Lord Ganesh towels after Hindu protest

Melbourne (Australia) headquartered online retail giant Kogan.com has apologized and removed all six versions of beach-towel, sold at its subsidiary Matt Blatt, carrying image of Hindu deity Lord Ganesh; after Hindus protested calling it “highly inappropriate”. Daniel Beahan, Director of Logistics & Customer Care of Kogan.com, in an email to distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed who spearheaded the protest, wrote: We sincerely apologise ... Read More »

Upset Hindus urge Australian online giant Kogan withdraw Lord Ganesh Beach Towel & apologize

Upset Hindus are urging Melbourne headquartered eCommerce giant Kogan.com for immediate withdrawal of all six versions of beach-towel, sold at its subsidiary Matt Blatt, 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 ... Read More »

Dr Harsh Vardhan chairs inaugural session of the India Sweden Healthcare Innovation Centre – Annual Conference

Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare today chaired the inaugural session of the annual conference of the India Sweden Healthcare Innovation Centre – ‘health talks,’ under Sweden India Nobel memorial week. Reminding everyone that the cooperation in the field of health between the two countries has been long standing for which the 10th year celebration took place ... Read More »

Vice Chief of the Army Staff Addresses Bangladesh National Defence College on Security Challenges Post COVID -19 Pandemic

Lt Gen SK Saini, the Vice Chief of Army Staff (VCOAS) addressed the participants of National Defence Course Bangladesh on “Security Challenges Post COVID – 19 Pandemic” via a virtual platform on 02 December 2020. Earlier in his career, the VCOAS had attended the National Defence College Bangladesh in 2011. The address covered the impact of Corona virus on the ... Read More »

Upset Hindus urge California clothing firm withdraw Lord Ganesha leggings & apologize

Upset Hindus are urging Temecula (California) headquartered firm Liquid Dreams for immediate withdrawal of Ganesha Leggings, Ganesha Yoga Shorts and Kali Booty Shorts carrying images of Hindu deities Lord Ganesha and goddess Kali; calling these highly inappropriate. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, said that Lord Ganesha and goddess Kali were highly revered in Hinduism and were meant to ... Read More »

PM greets people of Nagaland on their Statehood Day

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has greeted the people of Nagaland on their Statehood Day. In a tweet, the Prime Minister said, “Greetings to my sisters and brothers of Nagaland on their Statehood Day. The people of Nagaland are known for their courage and kindness. Their culture is exemplary and so is their contribution to India’s progress. Praying for Nagaland’s ... Read More »

Harare Hindus collecting donations for less fortunate during Christmas season

The Hindoo Society Harare (HSH) in Zimbabwe is collecting donations for giving to less fortunate during upcoming Christmas season. The collections include clothes, toys, footwear, etc. “Help us to help the less fortunate and make this festive season special for them”, HSH “Appeal for Christmas Donations” states.   Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, ... Read More »

Upset Hindus seek sensitivity trng for Oxford Univ execs as beef-laced candy served on Diwali

Upset Hindus are urging for sensitivity training for senior executives of Oxford University and a formal apology as reports surfaced of offering beef-laced candies at a recent dinner celebrating Diwali at its Christ Church College. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that Oxford University, which claimed to be “ranked first in the world” ... Read More »

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 »