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AIRLIFT: Cinekorn Entertainment to Distribute in Asia

Akshay Kumar and Nimrat Kaur in Kolkata (C) WBRi Inc.
Akshay Kumar and Nimrat Kaur in Kolkata (WBRi)

Produced by Emmay Entertainment, ‘Airlift’ is based on the true events of the world’s biggest evacuation from Kuwait in 1990. The film released on January 22, 2016 to positive response and Cinekorn Entertainment is distributing the film in all major areas of the continent.



Kalki Koechlin in Three New Vodka Commercials

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"Kalki in 2011" by Bollywood Hungama Formerly IndiaFM - http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/more/photos/view/stills/parties-and-events/id/1353524. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Commons.

Koechlin made her screen debut with a supporting role in 2009 critically acclaimed Dev.D, which earned her the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress. She subsequently featured in the commercially successful comedy-dramas Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013), both ranked among one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films, and earned her two Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress nominations. She also worked as a co-screenwriter with her then husband Anurag Kashyap for That Girl in Yellow Boots and also starred in the movie.


British Museum exhibiting "Krishna in the garden of Assam"

Lord Krishna displays his Vishvarupa (Universa...

Lord Krishna displays his Vishvarupa (Universal Form) to Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lord Krishna is the eighth avatar (incarnation) of Lord Vishnu and subject of major Hindu scriptures such as the Bhagavad-Gita (Song of the Lord) and Bhagavad-Purana. Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksha (liberation) is its ultimate goal.



SkyTeam Commended for Openng Yoga Rooms at Heathrow and Hong Kong International Airports

The futuristic interior roof of Hong Kong Inte...

The futuristic interior roof of Hong Kong International Airport (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hindus have commended SkyTeam, global airline alliance with 20 member airlines, for launching yoga rooms in their lounges at London Heathrow and Hong Kong International airports, calling it a step in the positive direction.


ADB Private Sector Financing Tops $2.6 Billion in 2015, Up 37% Year-on-Year

ADB private sector operations in 2015 included financing for a new wind power generation in Thailand.
ADB private sector operations in 2015 included financing for a new wind power generation in Thailand.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved a record $2.6 billion of new financing and investments for the private sector in 2015, a 37% increase from a year earlier and 62% higher than in 2013.

As a result of this significant expansion, ADB’s private sector investment portfolio has increased to over $8 billion, and its private sector operations are now targeted to double from current levels by 2020.


Hindu Group Seeks Pope’s Intervention to Fix Ireland’s Educational System

English: Church of Ireland primary school. Thi...

Church of Ireland primary school. This school is known as the Wood school. It was built in 2004. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ireland’s about 97 percent state-funded primary schools are reportedly under the control of the church. Religion should not play any role in admissions to Irish schools. The practice of a religious majority controlling the school doors and schools indulging in kind of state-sanctioned indoctrination was simply wrong and should end.



DGMC Organizes "Mumbai Media Champs" Inter-Collegiate Festival

Students of Deviprasad Goenka Management College of Media Studies at their preparation for “Mumbai Media Champs” Festival
Students of Deviprasad Goenka Management College of Media Studies prepare for “Mumbai Media Champs” Festival

The winter has just become more colorful. Rajasthani Sammelan Education Trust’s Deviprasad Goenka Management College of Media Studies (DGMC) has organized its fun-filled annual inter-collegiate fest, ‘Mumbai Media Champs 2016’(MMC) at DGMC Campus, Sunder Nagar,Malad (West),Mumbai from 25 to 27 January 2016.


Hindu group seeks prayer room at Brussels Airport

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Zaventem Brussels Airport, protestant chapel. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jan 23 - A Hindu group is urging for a designated “Hindu Prayer Room” at Brussels Airport, Belgium’s largest and one of the world’s leading airports.



Hindu Group Upset, Urges Ohio Apparel Firm to Recall Lord Ganesha Products

Namaste Bitches T-Shirt featuring Lord Ganesha

Upset Hindus have urged for the immediate withdrawal of tee shirt, tank tops, mug and blanket with Lord Ganesha’s image sold by a Columbus (Ohio) headquartered apparel and home goods company Print Syndicate, calling these highly inappropriate.

Hindus have strongly objected to slogans/statements printed on these five products (marketed under its brand “Look Human”) around Lord Ganesha’s image, such as NAMASTE BITCHES and BITCH DON'T KILL MY VIBE.


Grinnell College Iowa Applauded for 24-Hour Hindu Prayer Room

Grinnell College - Main Hall

Grinnell College - Main Hall (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The prestigious Grinnell College in Iowa (USA), founded in 1846 as a Congregationalist college, now has a dedicated “Hindu Prayer Room” with 24-hour access and Lord Ganesha installed in it.





Diverse religious leaders urge New York’s Whitesboro Village to change emblem

In a remarkable interfaith gesture, Christian-Hindu-Buddhist-Jewish-Baha’i-Native American leaders have urged Village of Whitesboro in Oneida County of upstate central New York to think of changing its controversial official seal as many considered it inappropriate and offensive.

Village of Whitesboro official seal


Hindu "Maha Shivaratri Yatra" to travel 8 km in South Africa praying for all

“Maha Shivaratri Yatra” will cover about eight kilometers on February 28 in Lenasia South, a part of City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality.

Maha Shivarathri Yathra
Maha Shivarathri Yathra 2014, image courtesy of Lenzinfo

Organized by Hindu Coordinating Council, this 24th annual “Maha Shivarathri Yathra” will include many floats. Starting with a hawan at six am from Transvaal Andhra Sabha, it will culminate at Shree Amirthakadeswarar Eeshwarar Koil where a lunch will be served after the program. At the Hawan, prayer will be held for peace “for everyone, irrespective of religion, color or creed”. Participants are requested to dress in white during Yathra, reports suggest.


Exclusive “Hindu Prayer Room” sought at Columbia University

View of Columbia University

Columbia University (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hindus are urging for a permanent and dedicated Prayer Room at Columbia University, a world-class educational institution in Upper Manhattan (New York) founded in 1754.



Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Interfaith Service Opens with Gayatri Mantra in Nevada

Jim R. Eaglesmith, Leon Williams Smith, Rajan Zed, Patricia Y. Gallimore, Ryan J. Earl, Rebecca Willis and Mary Cooper
From Left: Jim R. Eaglesmith, Leon Williams Smith, Rajan Zed, Patricia Y. Gallimore, Ryan J. Earl, Rebecca Willis and Mary Cooper

Interfaith Community Memorial Service for civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in Reno (Nevada, USA) opened with Gayatri Mantra, considered the most sacred mantra in Hinduism, on January 17.


Malaysia Hindu Temple Celebrates 100 Years

Jan 17 - Sri Subramaniya Swami Temple Kajang (Malaysia), said to be the oldest Hindu temple in Selangor, has completed 100 years.