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White House 2013 Budget & AAPIs

President Obama sent his budget for the 2013 fiscal year to Congress earlier today. Below are details about how his budget creates security for Asian American and Pacific Islander families. This year’s budget reflects the President’s firm belief that our country has always done best when everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share and everyone plays by the same rules. It’s a document built around the recognition that this is a make or break moment for the middle class and those trying to reach it. What’s at stake is the very survival of the basic American promise that if you work hard, you can do well enough to raise a family, own a home and put a little away for retirement. This budget continues the Obama Administration’s commitment to keeping that promise alive by creating an economy that’s built to last – with good jobs that pay well and security for the middle class.

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) Promo


The good news and the bad news: Let’s hear the bad news first. No Sam Raimi and no Toby Maguire and of course no Spiderman 4. All rumors of Matt Damon being Spidey 4 are also gone down the drains. The good news, The Amazing Spider-Man is to be released soon and the super bad news is USA will be the last…like Tintin.

Saheb, Biwi aur Gangster (Film Review)


Randeep Hooda is definitely an underutilized actor, so is Jimmy Shergill. The same cannot be said about Mahie Gill though as she is perfectly put to use in roles that are in stark contrast to the original ones, Paro in Dev D and Chhoti Bahu in Saheb Biwi aur Gangster.

Paranormal Activity 3 (Film Review)


When I had first gone to watch Paranormal Activity, I came out of the theatre cursing myself for wasting my hard earned dollars. There wasn’t anything in the film except in the last five minutes. So, I deliberately skipped Paranormal Activity 2. 

Denmark people receptive to Hinduism

Nevada, Nov 26, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio)  “Danes have been receptive to Hinduism”, according to Danish Pluralism Project study launched by Faculty of Theology of University of Aarhus in Denmark.

“One example is yoga, which is a complex system of exercises designated as a disciplinary process of the ego, and in a wider perspective the reunion of the self and the universe. Especially, the physical exercises of yoga have won approval among the Danes…”, it adds.

This Project was to document the growing religious diversity through mapping, analyzing, and interpreting the religious pluralism in Denmark. Faculty of Theology Dean is Carsten Riis, while Pluralism Project Director is Viggo Mortensen.

Helsinki Criticized for Roma repatriation

Nevada, Nov 26, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Hindus have strongly criticized reported repatriation of about 40 Roma from Helsinki (Finland) and sending them to Romania.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that it was simply inhuman to continuously crack down on poor Roma. What happened to the borderless Europe, he asked.

Helsinki appeared to be following the footsteps of France President Nicolas Sarkozy by forcing the Roma out of the country, Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, argued.

Vatican Lauded For Jewish Concert - Pope Urged To Organize Kirtan Recital Soon

Nevada, Nov 11, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) In a remarkable interfaith gesture, a Jewish music concert involving about 20 cantors from American Conference of Cantors will be held in Vatican for the first time on November 16, which will be attended by Holy See officials, according to reports.

To be held at Basilica of Santa Marie degli Angeli e dei Martiri to cement Catholic-Jewish relations, it will include narrative that will educate listeners about the development of Jewish liturgy and music. After premiering at the Vatican, it will later be reproduced in major cities of USA. Cantors have already been asked to appear in cathedrals across North America, reports suggest.

“Europe must open itself to God” - Pope Benedict XVI

Nevada, Nov 10, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) We need to hear God once again under the skies of Europe...Europe must open itself to God, must come to meet him without fear, and work with his grace for that human dignity which was discerned by her best traditions, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI said in Vatican City on November six celebrating Mass for the Holy Year of Santiago de Compostela.

Pope further added: The Europe of science and technology, the Europe of civilisation and culture, must be at the same time a Europe open to transcendence and fraternity with other continents, and open to the living and true God.

Pope says there is rubbish in our consciousness: Hindus purify it through selfless work

Nevada, USA, Nov 4, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Rubbish is not only on different streets of the world. There is rubbish also in our consciences and in our souls, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI reportedly stated in catechesis given on November three at Vatican City.
Pope (as per Zenit translation) reportedly further said: Only the light of the Lord, his strength and his love is what cleanses us, purifies us, showing us the right path… let us allow ourselves to be enlightened and cleansed, to learn the true life.

Brazil democracy matures enough to elect first female President Dilma Vana Rousseff

Nevada, USA, Nov 2, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio)  Hindus have welcomed the election of Dilma Vana Rousseff, first female president of Brazil, and urged her to keep her reported promise of protecting freedom of worship and expression.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that her election had showed that democracy had matured in Brazil. He admired her reported goals of fighting poverty, gender inequality, and hunger.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, urged Rousseff to look deeply into the reported discrimination against practitioners of Afro-Brazilian religions like Candomblé, Umbanda, etc., and come up with a plan to eradicate it.

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