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India's Ancient Thanjavur Veena Musical Instrument to Get GI Status Soon

Thanjavur Veena

Veena is one of the three celestial musical instruments, having references from Vedic times (along with the Flute and the Mridangam). The fact that Saraswati, the goddess of Art, is always identified with Veena, markedly symbolizes that music (synonymous with veena) has primary importance among all forms of fine arts.

Dramatic Shift of Asian Americans Away from Republicans in Georgia

Map showing the United States in blue, and the...

Map showing the United States in blue, and the nations where Asian Americans originate from in shades of orange. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

New York, NY, February 28, 2013 (Washington Bangla Radio): Today, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) released detailed findings from its nonpartisan multilingual exit poll of 361 Asian American voters in Georgia in the November 2012 elections, the largest survey of its kind in the nation. The results indicated that Asian Americans are a growing segment of the electorate in Georgia, with a strong shift from Republican to Democrat in the 2012 elections.

Indian Railways Covers New Grounds

Indian Railways Logo

Indian Railways Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The total approximate earnings of Indian Railways on originating basis during 1st April to 31st December 2012 were Rs. 89906.46 crore compared to Rs. 75009.17 crore during the same period last year, registering an increase of 19.86 per cent. The total goods earnings have gone up from Rs. 49868.95 crore during 1st April – 31st December 2011 to Rs. 62413.41 crore during 1st April – 31st December 2012, registering an increase of 25.15 per cent. The total passenger revenue earnings during 1st April – 31st December 2012 were Rs. 23025.34 crore compared to Rs. 20999.01 crore during the same period last year, registering an increase of 9.65 per cent. In the calendar year 2012, Indian Railways has achieved scrap sale of Rs. 3903.84 crore till Nov. 2012. For the corresponding period in 2011 sale achieved by Railway was 3748.68 crore.

Rahul Gandhi heads the 2014 Election Coordination Committee


Rahul-gandhi (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Washington, DC, November 16, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) The Washington Chapter of the Indian National Overseas Congress (I), USA-INOCDC, has welcomed the appointment of Rahul Gandhi as head of the Election Coordination Committee of the Indian National Congress for the forthcoming elections in 2014.

The South Asian Community United Launches "We Are America" Campaign

Celebrities for  The South Asian Community United (SACU)

“To have a voice in the USA, we must unite our South Asian Community and move forward together.” said Samrat Chakrabarti, “We must create a campaign that reminds America, that South Asian Americans come in all sizes, shapes, and  shades of brown. And that we are an important part of the fabric of this country."