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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.

Taiwan Congratulated by Hindu Group for Electing First Woman President

English: Tsai Ing-wen, the chairperson of the ...

Tsai Ing-wen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hindus have commended Taiwan for electing its first female President.

"Celebrating Ganesha" Exhibit Tours Five British Museums

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This BM exhibition will be held in Bradford Cartwright Hall (January 16-May 15), County Durham Bowes Museum (May 21-September 18), Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (September 24-January 02, 2017), Horniman in London (January 07-April 23, 2017) and London Brent Museum (May-August 2017).

Yoga Rooms Open at Frankfurt Airport

Information Panel, Terminal 1 at Frankfurt Airport

Information Panel, Terminal 1 at Frankfurt Airport (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hindus have applauded launching of two yoga rooms at Frankfurt Airport, a major international airport in Germany, calling it a step in the positive direction.

IIFA Utsavam: Biggest Celebration and Awards Night of South Indian Cinema

IIFA Utsavam South Indian Film Awards - Official Logo

The first IIFA Utsavam South-Indian Cinema Awards will light up Hyderabad's Gachibowli Outdoor Stadium for the two days of Jan 24 and 25. The gala celebration of Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam film industries will feature a whose-who of the four industries including Mahesh Babu, Chiranjeevi, Namrata Shirodkar, Tamannah Bhatia, Shivrajkumar, Naga Chaitanya, Shriya Saran, Adah Sharma, Kamal Haasan, Priyamani, Akhil Akkineni and many others. The Wizcraft team is all geared up to host IIFA Utsavam.

Happy Birthday Netaji! An Open Letter to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose - Nirendra Narayan Dev

Nirendra Narayan DevWe will debate these political issues on a later day, Netaji. But as an ardent admirer of yours – initially by the fashion as I too was born a Bengali and you are a folk hero of Bengalis. And later by conviction – I beg your attention to the contemporary setting. Things are actually in a mess today and would have certainly pained you – if not shocked you! The challenges are many and yet we as countrymen and women continue to contribute in increasing a few – at least every month. The situation we are in, Netaji, should be enough to wake us up to the realization that the basic game has changed fundamentally. Lingering territorial disputes are no longer the driving force. After 68 years, we still have found no answer to starvation and problems on water have only grown manifold ...

Anup Jalota Felicitates Sanjeev Gupta at Glory Award

Anup Jalota, Sanjeev Gupta and Padma Vibhushan Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia
Anup Jalota, Sanjeev Gupta and Padma Vibhushan Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia

Once again, India’s fastest growing OOH agency-Global Advertisers has created significant buzz for the 8th Glory Award, organised by Jalota Welfare Foundation on 19th Jan, 2016 at Nehru Planetarium,Worli,Mumbai. Sanjeev Gupta, Managing Director of Global Advertisers was honored by Anup Jalota.The agency has promoted the event on big displays around the city.And also honored M M Mithaiwala for cooperation in the event.

Former Miss India Universe Simran Kaur Mundi Launches Star Masons Entertainment, Brings Rapper Badshah to Bengaluru

English: Simran Kaur Mundi, a Miss Universe co...

Miss Universe 2008 contestant Simran Kaur Mundi representing India visits a young Operation Smile patient during her tour of the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) off the coast of Nha Trang (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Former Miss India Universe Simran Kaur Mundi has started a new venture ‘Star Masons Entertainment’. The organisation aims to focus on bringing the stars closer to people by creating memorable experiences through entertainment, events and a lot more.

YRF Bollywood Hindi Movies Come to North America on DISH Network and Sling International

YRF Hindi Movies

Good content knows no boundaries. The iconic Indian studio – Yash Raj Films (YRF)- is now available on DISH and Sling International. From blockbusters like Dhoom:3, Ek Tha Tiger and Jab Tak Hai Jaan to romantic and light-hearted classics like Chandni, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge and Dil To Pagal Hai to the recently released and critically acclaimed movies like Dum Laga Ke Haisha and Detective Byomkesh Bakshy, the entire catalogue will be available on demand to DISH and Sling International subscribers.

Priyanka Chopra is Face of Incredible India with Amitabh Bachchan, Prakash Jha Elated

Priyanka Chopra and Prakash Jha
Priyanka Chopra and Prakash Jha

The multi-talented Priyanka Chopra and megastar Amitabh Bachchan have been named as the brand ambassadors of Indian government's Incredible India campaign and the country is hailing the government's decision as these two superstars have not only carved a niche for themselves here but have also made the nation proud globally.