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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

English: The Fuqua School of Business - Breede...

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.


Teaser: Nisha Rawal’s Valentine’s Day Song Medley of "Meherbani" ("The Shaukeens") and "Love Me Like You Do" (Ellie Goulding)

Nisha Rawal

Nisha Rawal is truly enjoying her new found love that is ‘singing’. The actress-turned-singer has released a teaser to give a sneak peek into her upcoming Valentine’s special song.

Nisha has recorded a cover of ‘Meherbani’ from the movie ‘The Shaukeens’  and Ellie Goulding’s ‘Love Me Like You Do’. The ten seconds teaser gives us a glimpse of the scenic location where it was shot and Nisha looks ravishing in a floor length red hot gown.


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.


TV Celebrities at Valentine Special Screening of Audrey Hepburn's "Breakfast at Tiffany's"

Saumya Tandon
Saumya Tandon

1018mb, Saumya Tandon’s entrepreneurial venture has created quite a buzz among the audience since its inception a few months ago. This unique online platform gives viewers a chance to watch the movie they want, when they want and where they want, all this with the like-minded people.



Sunny Deol's "Ghayal" Releases with a Twist

Ghayal - Sunny Deol

Each movie will have its own way of story-telling that may be through short videos, GIF’s or sketches. Shemaroo Retro Talkies is all set to introduce the social media way of story telling so that the generation today connects to it.


Hindu Group Urges Sega to Remove Lord Krishna from Video Game

English: Hindu God Lord Krishna हिन्दी: हिन्दू...

English: Hindu God Lord Krishna हिन्दी: हिन्दू भगवान कृष्ण (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Directed by Satoshi Ohyama, Lord Krishna is shown as selfish and manipulative enigmatic leader of Polytheistic Alliance in it who interrupts war between Lucifer and God to subjugate humankind.



"Pehle Aap" on OTT via dittoTV Before TV Feature

Zee Digital Convergence Limited Logo

Mumbai, Feb 1 - dittoTV, India’s first OTT platform created by ZDCL (Zee Digital Convergence Limited, the digital arm of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited) announced its ‘beforeTV’ feature focused on giving consumers freedom in their entertainment consumption experience. This feature truly aligns with brand’s aspiration to provide entertainment content anywhere, anytime. Borne out of extensive research on the changing consumption patterns and preferences of viewers, this feature will allow viewers to view their favorite content from the Zee Group channels hours before it showcases on television.

YuppTV Partners with Chinese OTT Platform LeEcoMove to maximize end-user value



Tanishaa Mukerji and Sister Kajol for Breast Cancer Awareness at "Our Marathon" by NGO Prashanti Cancer Care

Sisters Kajol and Tanishaa Mukerji
Sisters Kajol and Tanishaa Mukerji at Prashanti Cancer Care

Actress Tanishaa Mukerji was present along with sister Kajol, looking sophisticated in a white top, leather jacket by Zara and denims by Hudson paired with Jewellery by Renu Oberoi, at ‘Our Marathon’ an event organized by NGO Prashanti Cancer Care.


Special Appearance by George Takei at AALDEF Lunar New Year Gala February 16

English: George Takei at the 2011 Phoenix Comi...

English: George Takei at the 2011 Phoenix Comicon in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Tuesday, February 16, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) will present its 2016 Justice in Action Awards to Eric H. Holder, Jr., partner at Covington & Burling LLP and former U.S. Attorney General, Heidi Chen, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of Zoetis, Inc., and Phil Yu, founder and editor of the Angry Asian Man blog. The awards presentation will take place at AALDEF's Lunar New Year Gala at PIER SIXTY, Chelsea Piers, in New York City.


Photo Feature: Rotary Walkathon with Rituparna Sengupta

Rituparna Sengupta

Rotary Walkathon 2016 organized by Rotary Club of Calcutta Old City at Vivekananda Park on 31st January,Sunday at 9 am in the morning.