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"Faith in Birmingham" Gallery Opens Showcasing Hindu Deities Vishnu and Ganesh

English: The Round Room at Birmingham Museum &...

English: The Round Room at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery Source - FlickR (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

BMAG, a part of Birmingham Museums launched in 1885 and known for its Pre-Raphaelite paintings, has over 40 galleries. Birmingham Museums, owned by Birmingham City Council and governed/managed by registered charity Birmingham Museums Trust, contains around 800,000 objects, displayed/stored in its nine venues, attracting over one million visitors annually. Ellen McAdam is Trust Director and Steve Freer is Trustees Chairman of Birmingham Museums, which held a Rangoli (Hindu artform) Demonstration in November and has a 19-20th century carved wood figure of Kurma, second avatar of Lord Vishnu, in its collections. Raymond Hassall, John Clancy and Mark Rogers are Birmingham’s Lord Mayor, Council Leader and Council Chief Executive respectively.

Kenya’s Withdrawal of Proposed Religious Regulations Welcomed by Hindu Group

English: Uhuru Kenyatta, cropped from: Helen C...

English: Uhuru Kenyatta, cropped from: Helen Clark with Minister for Justice Mutula Kilonzo (2nd left), Minister for Planning Development and Vision 2030 Wycliffe Oparanya (3rd left), Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Uhuru Kenyatta (5th right), UNDP Resident Representative Aeneas Chuma (4th right), Chief of Staff Abdoulaye Mar Dieye (3rd right), UNDP Kenya Country Director Tomoko Nishimoto (2nd right) following their meeting at the Prime Minister's office. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Hindu group has welcomed the Kenya government’s reported decision to withdraw the proposal of regulating the religious organizations.

Hindu Group Seeks Diwali Holiday in Parsippany-Troy Hills School District, New Jersey

Parsippany-Troy Hills Township highlighted in ...

Parsippany-Troy Hills Township highlighted in Morris County. Inset map: Morris County highlighted in the State of New Jersey. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

PTHSD, which reportedly has reportedly substantial number of Hindu students, serves about 7250 students in 14 schools, besides an adult education center, in a middle and upper-middle income “ethnically, culturally and linguistically diverse” community. Parsippany is 28 miles west of New York City. Dr. LeRoy Seitz is Interim Superintendent, while Frank Neglia is President of its Board of Education.

Hindu Community Centre planned in Preston England

English: The coat of arms of Preston City Coun...

English: The coat of arms of Preston City Council, the local authority for the City of Preston, in Lancashire, England. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Hindu Community Centre has been planned in the city of Preston in England.

Preston, the administrative center of Lancashire on River Ribble houses the main campus of the University of Central Lancashire and was recorded in the Domesday Book as "Prestune" in 1086. Prominent people associated with it include one of USA’s founding fathers Benjamin Franklin; footballers Clarke Carlisle, Tom Finney and Phil Jones; wrestler Stu Bennett; cricketer Andrew Flintoff; animator Nick Park and poet Robert Service. Constance Margaret McManus is the Mayor, while Peter Rankin is Leader of Preston City Council.

Europe’s largest Hindu temple plans to expand

English: The Tividale Tirupathy Balaji Temple ...

English: The Tividale Tirupathy Balaji Temple in Tividale, West Midlands, England. Photographed by me 28 June 2007. Oosoom (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Shri Venkateswara (Balaji) Temple of UK in Tividale village (England), claimed to be the “largest Hindu temple of its kind in Europe”, is planning to expand.

This Temple also helps one “find a suitable marriage partner” and “free of charge” through its Matrimonial Service.

Nevada’s Sparks City Council starts day with ancient Hindu mantras

English: An airplane suspended in Scheels in S...

English: An airplane suspended in Scheels in Sparks, Nevada, the largest all sports store in the world. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sparks, whose city slogan is "It's Happening Here", is a custom-made town, tailored ordered by the Southern Pacific Railway Company. Steve Driscoll is the City Manager. Notable people associated with Sparks include: actress Jena Malone, political pundit Karl Rove, swimmer Brian Retterer, and cartoonist Brian Crane.

Duke University opens two interfaith prayer rooms

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English: The Fuqua School of Business - Breeden Hall (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Created in 1924, seventh wealthiest private university in America and a prominent research institute, DU boasts of ten Nobel laureates and former US President Richard Nixon and Apple CEO Timothy Cook as its alumni. Spread in 8,547 acres with about 14,950 students, it runs one of the nation's top 10 private research library systems. Richard H. Brodhead and David M. Rubenstein are its President and Trustees Chair respectively.

COLDPLAY Signed Guitar Charity Auction to be Hosted by Rahul Bose

English: Rahul Bose at the premiere for Tahaan.

English: Rahul Bose at the premiere for Tahaan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Sana Topiwala, Everymedia

Mumbai, February 8 - India seems to have caught Coldplay's fancy on a whole other level. From meeting the Prime Minister and Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi with Freida Pinto for her women's empowerment initiative to having a Holi creative as his album cover to now contributing to a very special cause helmed by Rahul Bose. Chris Martin and the entire Coldplay band have signed and donated a very special guitar for the charity auction hosted by actor Rahul Bose - The Idea of India.

“Power couple host Arbaaz Khan & Malaika Arora Khan ko kisi ki nazar naa lage!” - Vindu Dara Singh

Malaika Arora Khan, Arbaaz Khan, Vindu Dara Singh, Dina and others
Malaika Arora Khan, Arbaaz Khan, Vindu Dara Singh, Dina and others

They say true love doesn’t happen overnight. It takes trust, patience and two people who really want to be together. It is then that they stand the test of time and gear up to face all difficulties, mentally and physically.

Hansal Mehta's Aligarh Actors Stand Up for Gay Rights

The cast of Hansal Mehta's Aligarh at the gay parade
The cast of Hansal Mehta's Aligarh at the gay parade

Director Hansal Mehta and the team of his upcoming film ‘Aligarh’ were recently spotted at the Queer Zaadi gay pride rallying together with people on the streets fighting for equality, right to privacy and basic human rights. Actors Manoj Bajpayee and Rajkummar Rao were e mingling with the crowd at the parade. Watch a slideshow via WBRi.

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