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he Government of India is getting desperate. Just a handful of people led by a septuagenarian Gandhian, have managed to rouse an otherwise submissive people to stand up against corruption and has pushed the Indian government to devise desperate measures to break up what has become a nationwide movement for the establishment of a tenable anti-corruption law. Okay, so this is not 1942 when Mahatma Gandhi got the entire nation to stand up and ask the British to Quit India. Sure, this is 2011 and establishments are far too powerful, the politicians way too loaded with money power and those fighting against the system too few. But, it does seem like this is the movement of a latter day Independence struggle where the same mantra of India's freedom struggle of strength in sheer numbers - is working. Like I said, the Indian government, in its desperation to kill the movement, made the mistake of arresting Hazare on the eve of his proposed protest fast, inciting the already frayed tempers of the common people to come out onto the streets. As rancid icing on a stale cake, a spokesman for the ruling Congress Party came up with a conspiracy theory that it was indeed the United States that was behind the countrywide agitation in India, following up as he was on the statement of the country's prime minister who said in Parliament that India should not fall prey to the forces envious of India's rise as an economic power. The spokesman said the sophisticated nature of the orchestrated campaign point to the "hidden hand" while recalling in the same breath the "surprise" statement of the US State Department urging the Indian government to respect democratic protests. "Anna is alone. He has no organization. Then how did this movement start and grow?" he asked. "The US has never spoken about any movement in India. This is the first time they did it." Now, that's laughable. They know they can't beat them all up. So, rather than joining them, the Congress-led government in India is trying desperate measures - of blaming a third country for the ills in its own house.
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Nation-wide protests against Anna's detention for a strong Lokpal Bill, his supporters courted arrests in Mumbai, while protests against his detention gathered momentum across Maharashtra. Social activist Medha Patkar led the protests at Azad Maidan in south Mumbai. In Pune, supporters of Hazare gathered at a square in the city to condemn the police action and his detention, while in Nashik, a rally was taken out. In Nagpur, a large number of people courted arrest. Donning 'Gandhi' caps with slogans 'I am Anna' supporters gathered at the Reserve Bank of India Square in Civil Lines on busy Nagpur-Jabalpur national highway. TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu said in Hyderabad that the police action against Hazare was totally "undemocratic and unconstitutional."
Supporters of Indian social activist Anna Hazare carry an effigy representing Indian telecom minister Kapil Sibal as they stage a rally outside Tihar Jail in New Delhi on August 18
NEW DELHI: The crackdown on Anna Hazare and his team triggered nation-wide protests with people from different walks of life demanding his immediate release and voicing support to the Gandhian's demand for a strong Lokpal. Besides his home state Maharashtra, widespread protests and sit-in demonstrations were held in various places in the east, north and south. Hazare's village Ralegan Siddhi
in Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra witnessed protests with people coming out on the roads along with their cattle and blocking the traffic. "The entire village is observing a bandh," 73-year- old Hazare's associate Datta Awari said, adding that villagers have decided to observe a fast to express solidarity with him. Responding to Hazare's call to fill jails as part of his campaign against corruption and demand
Hazare's village Ralegan Siddhi in Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra witnessed protests with people coming out on the roads along with their cattle and blocking the traffic Asking Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to apologies to the nation for action against Hazare and other social activists, Naidu said the police action against Hazare and his team is "the height of the despotic rule of the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre that is suppressing all civil rights". Describing his detention as dangerous for democracy, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and
Art of Living Guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar waves to supporters of Indian social activist Anna Hazare during a protest outside Tihar prison in New Delhi
his Jharkhand counterpart Arjun Munda said one cannot snatch one's right to protest peacefully. The police crackdown is "a rehearsal of Emergency and murder of democracy which people will never tolerate," Kumar said, while Munda described the incident as "dangerous for democracy". Bihar Deputy Chief Minister S K Modi asked the people to support of Anna's movement against corruption and hold demonstrations peacefully and democratically. Hazare's detention was "more or less similar to the arrest of late Jayaprakash Narayan against corruption on June 26, 1974," he said. The Bihar and West Bengal units of 'India Against Corruption', the umbrella body of the citizen's movement fighting for a strong Lokpal, held sit-in demonstrations in their respective states. The Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist), an ally of the ruling Trinamool Congress, described Hazare's detention as "ad-
ministrative fascism". . In Assam, rights activists sat on a dharna in Guwahati demanding that Hazare and other leaders be released immediately. Demonstrations and dharnas were also held in several places of Orissa. In the south, protests were staged in several parts of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala. Protesters waving the national flag and some sporting Hazare masks and T-shirts gathered at the Freedom Park in Bangalore and raised slogans supporting Hazare. Former Karnataka Lokayukta and member of the Jan Lokpal bill drafting committee Santosh Hegde slammed the police action "even before Anna Hazare defied any law including the prohibitory order". In Tamil Nadu, protests were staged in Chennai, Coimbatore and Madurai, while reports from Kerala said rights activists, writers, artists and professionals came out against the detention of the Gandhian. -PTI
CRY America Walk for Child Rights 2011 India Post News Service
NEW YORK: Volunteers and supporters of CRY America in 20 cities across the country are participating in the CRY Walk for Child Rights that began in July through October 2011. The initiative is organized annually by the non-profit, Child Rights and You America Inc. (CRY America), as a means to raise awareness and resources in support of underprivileged children, especially in India. Speaking about the event, Shefali Sunderlal, President,
CRY America said, "Many children can't go to school because there isn't one to go to. 17,000 habitations in both rural and urban areas in India do not have a primary school within a 1 km (0.6 miles) radius. Children have to walk long distances to reach schools, and eventually drop out because it gets too tiring. Sometimes the journey to and from school is unsafe, especially for girl children." "The CRY Walk is a platform for people in the US to get involved and show their support for the thousands of Indian children
â€˜The CRY Walk is a platform for people in the US to get involved and show their support for the thousands of Indian childrenâ€™ who are denied their basic rights to live, learn, grow and play. By participating in their local city walks, people can ensure that
these children reach their potential through free, accessible and quality education, thereby ensuring a lasting change in their lives," added Sunderlal. The CRY Walk for Child Rights, now in its eighth year, is being organized by 20 Volunteer Chapters of CRY America. Some of the cities where the Walk will be held are Boston, New York, Chicago, Bay Area, San Diego, Pittsburgh and Detroit. "From CRY America's work in the 1916 villages and slums over the last 8 years, we see child labor as intrinsically linked to the lack of free, quality government
schools near home. No buildings, no teachers, irregular teaching, no separate toilets for girls are some key realities that push children out of school and into work. With the support of 15,000 donors and 500 volunteers, CRY America so far has ensured that all children in 1916 slums and villages go to schools but we need continuous support to include many more children. If each one of us believes in doing what is right, then together, we can ensure all children their right to a fulfilling childhood," concluded Sunderlal.
August 26, 2011
Mukherjee to lead business delegation to US next month WASHINGTON: An Indian delegation led by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee will travel to Chicago, New York and Washington next month to pitch for American investment in Indian business opportunities, particularly in the infrastructure sector. Accompanied by several Indian Cabinet ministers, top officials and corporate leaders, Mukherjee - who is scheduled to travel to Washington in the third week of September to attend the annual meeting of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund - will travel to New York City to kick off the eighth annual Institutional Investors' Forum meeting, beginning September 21. The annual event being organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and
Industry focuses on the investment potential offered by India's infrastructure sector, which is projected to require USD 1 tril-
ister Sushil Kumar Shinde and Renewable Energy Minister Farooq Abdullah would also address the forum, which is likely to witness record attendance by more than 500 top American corporate executives.
Opportunities and Synergies Summit' on September 20, which is being organized by the prestigious Executive Club of Chicago. Sharma, Shinde and Abdullah, too, would participate in the daylong summit, which would be at-
Mukherjee's visit will be capped by the third FICCI-Brookings Dialogue on the India-US Strategic Partnership, which would be attended by some of the top think-tanks and officials from both countries Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee
lion over the coming years to sustain the country's economic growth rate. Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma, Power Min-
FICCI President Harsh Mariawalah will lead a high-power, 20-member delegation of Indian corporates to the Investors' Forum meeting, which would arrive in New York City after participating in the 'US-India Economic
tended by some top officials of the Obama Administration. Chicago Mayor Ram Emanuel is believed to have given his consent to address the key India-US economic summit. After New York and Chicago,
Mukherjee travels to Washington to hold top-level talks with officials of the Obama Administration and his counterparts from G-20 countries and other world leaders attending meetings of the IMF and the World Bank. Mukherjee's visit will be capped by the third FICCIBrookings Dialogue on the IndiaUS Strategic Partnership, which would be attended by some of the top think-tanks and officials from both countries. The new Indian Ambassador to the US, Nirupama Rao, is expected to address the strategic dialogue. Interestingly, Rao had delivered the concluding remarks at last years' FICCI-Brookings Dialogue in her capacity as the then Foreign Secretary. -PTI
Ten US universities to participate in 2012 India Initiative India Post News Service
NEW YORK: The Institute of International Education has selected ten US colleges and universities to participate in the 2012 India initiative of the International Academic Partnership Program (IAPP). Over the next year, program staff at each of these institutions will participate in a series of training activities arranged by IIE to help them implement and sustain partnerships with institutions in India, culminating with a study tour to India in early 2012 to meet with potential partner campuses. The ten US campuses are: Fort Hays State University, George Mason University, Northern Illinois University, Queens College (City University of New York), Rollins College, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Suffolk University, Thomas College, University of Kentucky, and University of Oregon. An IIE review panel chose these US colleges and universities based on successful applications that outlined their strong interest in building ties with institutions in India and their need for the assistance that IAPP provides. IIE's Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education runs the IAPP program, which was established in 2009 with funding from the Department of Education to help increase the number of partnerships between institutions of higher education in the United States and India. Each institution has made a commitment to form a campuswide task force to work on prospective partnerships, conduct an institution-wide inventory of ac-
tivities pertaining to India and develop a strategic plan focused on partnership with India. Partnership activities may include joint programs, student exchanges or faculty linkages for collaborative research and teaching. IIE's goal in creating the IAPP program of webinars, workshops and site visits is to establish a toolkit of best practices for international partnerships in different parts of the world, that would be widely disseminated and helpful to other campuses seeking to establish linkages. "Higher education is an important area of the strategic partnership between the United States and India because of its impact on fostering collaboration on critical issues that we face today," said IIE President Allan E. Goodman. "This new phase of the International Academic Partnership Program and the strong group of campuses will strengthen the educational ties between our two nations and pave the way for students from both countries to gain important international perspective. We aim to support the Obama-Singh goal to advance the US-India global partnership for the benefit of their countries, for peace, stability and prosperity in Asia, and for the betterment of the world." The partnership program was launched with an initial two-year grant from the US Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). The goal of this FIPSE grant was to help jumpstart an academic partnership program in higher education between the U.S. and other countries that would grow into a self-sustaining pro-
gram. Now in its third year, the partnership program continues to thrive, using a fee-based model. The pilot program launched in 2009 also focused on building partnerships between the US and India, with ten participating US institutions taking part in a year-
Students from India accounted for more than 15% of the total international student population long training project and a study tour to India in 2010. The following year, IAPP focused on building partnerships between the US and China, and guided another ten universities through a strategic planning process and a study tour in 2011. The 2012 IAPP India initiative will build on the success of previous years, harnessing new lessons learned, and continuing to leverage IIE's expertise in international higher education.
In academic year 2009/10 India was the second leading place of origin for international students in the United States (after China) with 104,897 Indian students enrolled in US higher education, according to the Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, published by IIE with support from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Students from India accounted for more than 15% of the total international student population. Open Doors 2010 reports that India hosted 2,690 U.S. students in 2008/09. This represents a decrease of 15% from the previous year, a drop which has been largely attributed to the economic downturn. A forthcoming IIE report, "Increasing Study Abroad to India: A Guide for Institutions" reveals that many existing study abroad programs in India are at or near enrollment capacity, highlighting a growing need for both U.S. and Indian institutions to forge new
bilateral partnerships in order to accommodate increasing U.S. interest in India as a study destination. The IIEPassport study abroad directory includes listings for the range of programs available to US students seeking short-term or academic year study in India. IIE's partnership program is one of several initiatives helping to increase institutional capacity for developing partnerships and assisting US institutions through their strategic planning process. Secretary of State Clinton is in Delhi this week for the second USIndia Strategic Dialogue, and the two governments are working on plans for a US-India Higher Education Summit to be held in Washington later this year, to follow up on the Obama-Singh Summit of 2009. The event will bring hundreds of educational institutes together from both countries to discuss a number of topics including growing the number of US students' who study in India and the number of Indians studying in the United States.
Hazare to continue fast till his health permits: Bedi NEW DELHI: Anna Hazare is on an indefinite hunger strike and not a fast-unto-death, his associate Kiran Bedi has said. "As long as he can fast, he'll continue the fast. But the moment Dr Naresh Trehan's team is of the view that he needs medical attention, he will get medical attention because the object is that it is an indefinite fast and not a fast-untodeath," she said. While indicating that there will be no confrontation with government over the issue of providing medical attention to the Gandhian,
Bedi said they do not view the agreement over Hazare's agitation as a victory for one side and defeat for the other. "He will fast as long as he can sustain it, he will fast as long as there
is no threat to his life," she said, adding the protest by Hazare was not just a fast but also a dharna. She said the issue was linked with Hazare's health and that was why government doctors and physicians of their choice - a team of doctors monitored by Trehan will monitor his health. "His health cannot be allowed to deteriorate," she said. Asked whether they saw the government climbdown as a victory of the civil society, she said, "It is all about finding a middle path. -PTI
August 26, 2011
'A new Gandhi' shakes India: British media LONDON: Likening the eruption of anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare on the Indian scene to the advent of "a new Gandhi," the British media has described his campaign as "stunningly successful" but warned against creation of a Superman-like authority to check corruption. "A new 'Gandhi' shakes India", screamed the headline of The Telegraph as it called Hazare the "born-again" Gandhian, who has been receiving wide publicity in the local media here. The 73-year-old Gandhian's travails were splashed in almost all the British papers. "Stunningly successful campaign of Anna Hazare, the bornagain Gandhian who has tied up the government in knots with his hunger strikes," is what The Telegraph said in a long report written by author Patrick French, who also took a dig at the prevalent Indian judicial, political and social system. However, the article said Hazare's success will make it increasingly difficult to argue
against proposals which would, "in practice, create yet another layer of government in a country that has too much bureaucracy, and would create a body armed with the kind of powers over the lives of individuals that have previously only been given to Superman." French lost no words in attacking the UPA-led government for its handling of the situation. He said Hazare and his "cohorts" have sought to impose their program on the government, buoyed by noisy public support. "This bizarre situation - where elected representatives started to bow to the demands of a self-appointed saint - has depended only partially on the elderly Gandhian's canny, populist strategy." The daily said at every turn, the organizers of his campaign have been aided by the "blundering of the ruling Congress Party". "Their response has been a masterclass in ineptitude. First, they allowed Hazare and his appointees from 'civil society' to determine the proposed shape of new legislation.
Then they quarreled with him as he began negotiating with senior ministers; then they made concessions; then he announced he would go on another hunger strike if further demands were not met. "Through all this, the government led by the 78-year-old bu-
The daily said at every turn, the organizers of his campaign have been aided by the ‘blundering of the ruling Congress Party’ reaucrat-turned Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, has failed in even the most basic aspects of public and media relations. They have not faced down the more preposterous aspects of Hazare's campaign," the daily said. Sonia Gandhi, "the ultimate
leader of the Congress Party", has been "in hospital in the United States," it said. "The opposition BJP has been able to direct the debate over corruption, backing Hazare when and where it suits them, and calling the Congress leaderless." The Guardian report on Hazare's agitation said that his fight for change has inspired millions of Indians. It had a write-up by Indian author Chetan Bhagat who said the arrest of Hazare has brought people from all walks of life together to demand "an end to the old ways". "Archaic laws, designed for autocratic, colonial rulers with no accountability (yes, blame the British for everything) have been retained and abused to the hilt by the current politicians. Power talks; truth and justice are often crushed. We remain a poor country, despite having world-class talent and ample natural resources," Bhagat wrote. The Guardian also carried a profile of Hazare who, the daily said, has caused political heads
to roll after previous anti-corruption campaigns. It also wrote about previous agitations undertaken by Hazare. The Daily Mail focused on Hazare's supporters, saying "tens of thousands come out in support for hunger-striking Indian crusader christened 'the new Gandhi'." The Independent said Hazare was a self-styled Gandhian activist who had earlier this year brought part of Delhi and other major Indian cities to a halt with his protests. The Telegraph said Hazare's message is simple and that he is an elderly ex-soldier, an ascetic and a disciplinarian. "His dress is styled after Mahatma Gandhi. He dislikes alcohol, cable television, the chewing of paan and the eating of meat - indeed when three men from his village appeared drunk, he tied them to a temple pillar and flogged them with his army belt. To his younger supporters, his old-fashioned, undemocratic simplicity is attractive."-PTI
Hazare drives govt into a political corner: US media WASHINGTON: Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare has driven Indian government into a political corner, the US media has said, but a leading paper feels that the methods being used by the social activist are a recipe for "anarchy". The anti-corruption movement of Anna Hazare, his arrest and his negotiation with the government, gorged wide coverage in the American media, with the papers saying that the Gandhian has become a thorn in the side of the government. "Hazare, a disciple of Mahatma Gandhi, is the face of a nationwide social movement against rampant corruption that has gathered pace this year after a string of high-profile scandals. He has become a major thorn in the side of the government, which is led by the Congress party," The Washington Post reported. The social reformer has become an unlikely figurehead for the fight against corruption in the country, CNN reported. "He has been able to mobilize public support because there is so much dissatisfaction with the issue. Citizens have even created a website - ipaidabribe.com - where people can denounce the corruption they encounter in their daily lives," the news channel reported. "Fueled by obsessive coverage on India's all-news television networks, the jailhouse protest clearly
captured the imagination of the country, and appeared to have backed government leaders into a political corner," The New York Times said. The Los Angeles Times said the Indian government's attempt to head off a political crisis by arresting a key anti-corruption activist appeared to backfire when Parliament walked out and demonstrations erupted around the country. "In April, Hazare held a five-day fast that garnered enormous national support and helped make
‘But if there is anyone who wants to undermine India's constitution today, it is Hazare,’ The Wall Street Journal said him the public face of a grass-roots anti-graft fight. It also put the ruling Congress Party under pressure to pass a controversial Lokpal, or people's protector, bill that, among other things, would establish an independent ombudsman able to investigate senior officials," the paper said. But the Wall Street Journal accused Hazare of undermining the Indian constitution, alleging that the methods used by the social activist are nothing but a "grammar of anarchy".
Supporters of anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare gather in a show of support near the India Gate memorial in New Delhi
"Methods of Hazare's kind have no place in a democratic republic and as the architect of India's constitution B R Ambedkar warned in 1949, are nothing but the grammar of anarchy," said the paper. "The real issue should be Hazare's demagogic tactics. An open political system like India's resolves differences through the ballot box, but Hazare is intent on forcing the issue by threatening to fast to the death," the daily said. "Hazare's supporters encourage comparisons to the emergency rule in 1975, when Prime Minister Indira Gandhi suspended
constitutionally guaranteed civil liberties. But if there is anyone who wants to undermine India's constitution today, it is Hazare," The Wall Street Journal said. "He demands that parliament create the unelected post of ombudsman, chosen by a panel of worthies, with sweeping powers to haul up any public official on graft charges, including the prime minister," the daily said. "Who will guard the guardian if he begins to engage in politically motivated prosecutions?" the daily asked. The Journal also held the government headed by Prime Minis-
ter Manmohan Singh responsible for the present mess as his inability to take concrete action against corruption had created a vacuum which now has been occupied by Hazare. The New York Times said that corruption is a source of growing public anger and frustration in India, and a yoke threatening to drag down the coalition government led by the National Congress Party. "Mired in scandals for months, Congress Party leaders have tried to convince the public that they are cracking down on corruption, yet public skepticism remains high," it said. -PTI
August 26, 2011
Permission for Ramlila ground with conditions till Sept 2 NEW DELHI: Permission has been given to Anna Hazare and his associates for his fast at Ramlila Maidan till September two and it is conditional, Home Secretary R K Singh said here. He said the government was not involved in any discussion with Team Anna and it was the Delhi Police which held the talks and resolved the issue "amicably". "The Delhi Police discussed with Team Anna and, thereafter, they have come to a decision. What the Delhi Police conveyed to the Ministry of Home Affairs is that the permission was given till September two on the usual sort of conditions," he told reporters here. Singh said it was not proper
is a victory or something, this is not the right way to say. This is not a question of victory or defeat," he said.
Gujarat College students supported by the All India Democratic Students Organization (All India DSO) pose holding cut-outs of Anna Hazare during a protest outside the Gujarat College in Ahmedabad
to say the agreement was a victory for one side and defeat for the other "but the basic issue was that permission
for certain ground and certain period was given with some sort of conditions. "If someone is saying that this
Civil society hails deal between Govt and Hazare NEW DELHI: Civil society activists have hailed the agreement between government and Anna Hazare on his fast at Ramlila Maidan and demanded that the Jan Lokpal Bill at least be brought to Parliament which could take a call on it. Expressing happiness at the turn of events, close associate of Hazare and former Law Minister Shanti Bhushan said the decision to allow Hazare to fast for 15 days
stopped through a strong Lokpal. Swami Agnivesh hailed the decision to allow Hazare's fast at Ramlila Maidan as a "victory" of the people in the campaign against corruption. "It is gratifying to note that government has relented and allowed the fast by Hazare without any conditions and at the chosen venue of Ramlila Maidan," he said. Activist Arvind Kejriwal, expressing happiness over the deci-
Indian supporters of social activist Anna Hazare shout slogans as they wear chains on their hands during a rally in support for Hazare in Hyderabad on August 18
showed that his demands were reasonable and that the government should bring in a new Lokpal Bill after consulting the Gandhian. "I am very happy that ultimately good sense has prevailed on the government and it has agreed to permit Anna to fast for 15 days and that shows that Anna was never unreasonable in his demands," Bhushan said. He said the whole country knows that Hazare has maintained that if not 100 per cent, 60-65 per cent of corruption would be
sion, said the battle has just begun and they are "prepared for it." Lawyer and Hazare team member Prashant Bhushan said their demand is that government should at least table the Jan Lokpal Bill in Parliament. "Our demand is very clear. The government should at least table the Jan Lokpal Bill in Parliament. Once it is tabled then, let Parliament take a call on that. "Fasting is a means of arousing conscience of the people, authorities and the government.
Even if the government's conscience is not aroused, the conscience of the common man is being aroused given the fact that millions of people are supporting the movement," he said. Janata Party president Subramanian Swami welcomed the agreement between government and Team Anna. "In a democracy, there has to be give and take when negotiations take place without sacrificing fundamentals. Then there will always be another day to take up other left out demands. This is the Gandhian way." Shanti Bhushan also said that Team Hazare has never contested Parliament's authority to pass laws. "What we are saying is that Parliament should pass a bill in accordance with the aspirations of the people." He said the Team Hazare wants a "strong" Lokpal which will be accountable to Supreme Court. "If there is any complaint against any member of Lokpal then the Supreme Court will look into it." After two nights in Tihar Jail and hard bargaining, Hazare and government reached an agreement under which Delhi Police removed all restrictions and allowed him to carry out his hunger strike for a fortnight in the spacious Ramlila Maidan. The breakthrough in the battle of attrition between the two sides came in the wee hours of the day after top aides of Hazare met Delhi Police Commissioner B K Gupta and reached an agreement. The deal marks a major climbdown from government and police's earlier insistence that the fast would be allowed at JP Park, a smaller venue, only for three days
He said the government was not involved in any discussion with Team Anna and it was the Delhi Police which held the talks The Home Secretary said conditions of a particular ground mandated a certain size of crowd as well as of available parking.
"An agreement has been reached on another ground and the size of that ground is much larger. So the size of the crowd does not matter," the Home Secretary said, referring to Ramlila Maidan. He said, "Conditions are there. Some conditions remain same. For example, the condition of using loud speakers remains the same as the condition imposed for the earlier ground. The condition that the doctors will examine remains the same. The organizers and the Delhi Police have agreed to these conditions." Singh said Team Anna has to make its own arrangements on "basic" issues and whenever the ground would be ready, they would go there. -PTI
US blames 'inaccurate reporting' for Hazare misunderstanding WASHINGTON: The US has blamed "inaccurate reporting" in India for creating an impression that it had issued a strong statement on the anti-graft crusade led by Anna Hazare there, contending that it supports freedom of peaceful expression and non-violent protest across the globe. "There was some extremely inaccurate reporting out of India ... that the United States had issued some sort of strong statement, which we did not issue. The only statement about India yesterday to my knowledge was the one that we made from the podium here," State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland, told reporters. Nuland was responding to questions about the statement by a Congress party spokesman suggesting that the US was interfering in the internal affairs of India. "I think this goes to inaccurate reporting in India that we had issued some sort of statement on with regard to this case that we did not issue. With regard to the case, however, you know where we are. We support freedom of expression and assembly. And we encourage all countries and all parties to do the same," Nuland said. She said all democratic governments have a responsibility to allow peaceful protest and freedom of dissent, even as they work to maintain public safety, and India is a country that has a strong and long-established democratic tradition, to which people look up to. "It has a long tradition of nonviolent protest. And it's widely admired for these things and open debate. And that's the standard that we - we all have come to expect from India," Nuland said. "I hope you heard, in the state-
ment made yesterday, the statement just made, with regard to India, the same underlying principles with regard to the strong, vibrant democracy of India as we hope for in the transitional countries that we're working with, Egypt, Tunisia, etcetera. In all countries, the US supports peaceful freedom of expression, non-violent protest," Nuland said.
State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland
She said all democratic governments have a responsibility to allow peaceful protest and freedom of dissent Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has not spoken to her Indian counterpart in the last couple of days. "Obviously, our embassy has been enunciating these same principles," she said. "We support the principle of freedom of assembly, right of nonviolent protest in democracies around the world and in countries around the world, the universal principle," Nuland said when asked if her comments were general in nature or specific to the movement of Anna Hazare. -PTI
MKCA Christians celebrate with picnic STANY D SOUZA
CHICAGO: The Mangalorean Konkan Christians Association (MKCA/USA) celebrated the 64th anniversary of Indian Independence Day along with its Annual Picnic last week at the Vernon Hills Park District, near Chicago. The down pour of rain with hail and high winds could not deter the participants who wanted to have a good time in celebrating Independence Day and a fun-filled annual picnic. The President of MKCA, Queenie Mendonca hoisted the tricolor flag and all the members present sang the Indian national anthem "Jana Gana Mana.
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Torrential rain fails to dampen NJ India Day Parade
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Texas kid is South Asian Spelling Bee champ India Post News Service
NEW JERSEY: Narahari Bharadwaj of Plano, TX, correctly spelled the word 'schindylesis' during the 2011 South Asian Spelling Bee finals to clinch the title of National Champion at the event held Aug 12. Narahari Bharadwaj along with 19 other finalists competed for the title. Stuti Mishra from West Melbourne, FL was the first runner-up and Chetan Reddy from Plano, TX was the second runner-up. Twenty top spellers from the 10 regional centers gathered at the Rutgers College Auditorium to battle it out for the title of champion and a $10,000 prize.
Jerramiah T. Healy, Mayor of Jersey City presenting Proclamations to Senior Citizens on the eve of India's Independence Day in Jersey City (Pics: Mohammed Jaffer-SnapsIndia) India Post News Service
NEW JERSEY: Public officials joined tens of thousands of spectators to participate in the India
Day Parade on Oak Tree Road in Iselin Township of New Jersey. The parade was organized by Indian Business Association, an apex body of Indian businesses located in the business district of
the newly designated 'India Square' and the neighboring Edison Township. Mired by controversies and infights, this year's parade had 15 floats, much less than previous
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Maryland gallery exhibiting Hindu Kolam quilts India Post News Service
WASHINGTON DC: Himmelfarb Gallery of Tai Sophia Institute in Laurel (Maryland, USA) is holding a quilt exhibition based on Hindu Kolam designs till August 27. Titled "Pieces as Prayers: Kolam and Kaleidoscope Quilts", this art quilts exhibition is by artist Lauren Kingsland, who was inspired by Kolam designs while traveling through Tamil Nadu (India). Applauding Himmelfarb for exhibiting Hinduism focused art, Rajan Zed, President of Universal Society of Hinduism, in a statement, said that art had a long and rich tradition in Hinduism. Details on page 16
Float of freedom fighters at the Jersey City India Day Parade
Large turnout of Anna Hazare supporters
he Parade was greeted not just by torrential rain but also the indomitable spirit of 150 volunteers of India Against Corruption, the social movement launched in India by supporters of social activist Anna Hazare who is on a protest fast against the Indian government's draft Lokpal bill. Marchers wearing 'Anna Topis' joined the Bollywood stars, major business groups, tourism industry representatives and religions groups and other social groups. The India Against Corruption contingent was the largest group of marchers at the pa-
rade. The volunteers braved severe weather and walked for about 2 hours in the rain. People from all walks of life - technologists, engineers, business men, doctors, students etc. joined the parade. Flyers were distributed to all the people watching the parade. A sample poll of about 500 people watching the parade tallied 95% support for Anna Hazare's movement. Volunteers carried slogans in support of Anna Hazare and Jan Lokpal. Contâ€™d on page 14
years, covered shorter distance of not more than a mile on Oak Tree Road starting from Wood Avenue to the other end of India Square. The Edison side of Oak Tree Road remained silent as the rival group, the Oak Tree Road Indian Business Organization (OTIBA) canceled its planned India Day Parade, due to the rain. Their decision proved to be a morale booster for the IBA parade attracting more spectators and adding excitement
The Edison side of Oak Tree Road remained silent as the rival group, the Oak Tree Road Indian Business Organization (OTIBA) canceled its planned India Day Parade, due to the rain
that was not dampened by torrential rain. Almost all spectators including the Grand Marshal, Kangana Ranaut, who stood tall on the float advertising IBA, were drenched in the rain. But they looked happy and proud to be part of the Independence Day celebrations. Contâ€™d on page 14
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Schaumburg FIA Parade a good effort JODH RAAWAT & SURESH SHAH
Raj Mohan Gandhi, Chief Guest, lights traditional lamp
CHICAGO: The 65th Independence Day of India was celebrated with great enthusiasm by the breakaway group of Federation of Indian Association of Chicago, headed by Sunil Shah with his newly picked up team of dedicated office bearers seeking to convince the community that they are the
FIA (new) group at the start of the Banquet at Rolling Meadows - Executive Committee members with guests Radhika and Dev
FIA President Sunil Shah addresses the gathering
The keynote address was delivered by Mukta D. Tomar, Consul General of India who truly looked fabulous. She graced the occasion with humility and reminded all Indian-Americans present about their efforts in engagement in promoting global peace. Raj Mohan Gandhi - grandson
tri-colored flags and wearing white Gandhi cap on their heads, many of them dressed in national attire of India, the white kurta- pajama. The parade started from the point of stone hedge on West Golf Road and ended at Salem side of Schaumburg Toyota, where the VIP guests Dev and Radhika flown
and lack of personal glorifications on the part of participants and organizers alike. The start was with a Banquet at Meadows Club in Rolling Meadows that had over 500 members and guests present. One of the highlights was the presence of Raj Mohan Gandhi, the great grand-
Dinner was served, the count was way over 400 paid guests. The labor of love of President Sunil Shah, along with Exec vice president Onkar Sangha and the support entire executive board, the events were simply par excellence. It was reflection of selfless devotion. The first ever India Day
The keynote address was delivered by Mukta D. Tomar, Consul General of India who truly looked fabulous. She graced the occasion with humility Mayors of Schaumburg AL Larson and William McLeod of Hoffman Estate and State Rep. Fred Cresco. Raj Mohan Gandhi with FIA members
right FIA group and are better than the other claiming to be original one. India Day ushered in dual festivity, a sumptuous Banquet and a fun parade enjoyed by about 1500 participants, managed by the young and their parents. A welcoming feature of the two days of celebrations was short speeches
son of Mahatma Gandhi. He along with Sunil Shah signaled the start of the event lighting the traditional lamp. There was the august presence of the petite Radhika, heroine of the extremely popular TV Series 'Chhoti Bahu' and the dashing debonair Dev. Indeed, both stars enthralled the young and old audience equally.
of Mahatma Gandhi and the evening's Chief Guest - eloquently synthesized the need to 'Reach out' and 'Create Unity'. In addition, there were half a dozen Mayors from surrounding towns, and several state officials were also present. As the evening grew livelier, the revenue paying faithful invitees slowly filled the Hall and by the time
Start of the Parade
Parade in Schaumburg too was a welcome development. This was a good effort on the part of the new team, which was welcomed by the Indian community of Schaumburg and Hoffman estates and all the residents on the whole, who were surprised to see the sudden movement of a gathering of eastern Indians in the form of a well-organized march with their
from India, were waiting on a stage set for this occasion. The best part of this was that artists did oblige their fans by personally meeting and talking to few of them. The photo session was long and though Radhika reached a little late she seemed happy and comfortable surrounded by her fans in Chicago. Contâ€™d on page 12
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Dance artists performing at Banquet
One of the floats at the parade
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Oakbrook Indians keep up India Day tradition
Mangalore Christians celebrate with picnic STANY D SOUZA
OAKBROOK: Members of Indian community in Oakbrook, a southwest Chicago suburb, celebrated Indian Independence Day seven years in a row with an impressive turnout of enthusiastic Indians not only from Oakbrook but near by suburbs too, on Sunday August 14. Members with friends and families interacted with political stalwarts and enjoyed with sports and Indian food. Kids had lots of fun flying kites and adults played cricket. Gopal Lalmalani, Mayor of Oakbrook said "Our profound gratitude to Moin Saiyed ( Shahid) for his gallant efforts in putting all these programs together, and his hard work to make things happen in Oakbrook for the last seven years." Moin Shahid, one of the main organizers in his turn offered thanks and gratitude to all, especially Pradeep and Neeta Maheshwari, as well as to Arun and Shashi Ohri for their contributions that helped defray the costs of the program. Snehal and Rupa Bhansali had brought kites and thread from India and that boosted kids' participation. The special guests included: State Senator Kirk Dillard, State Representative Patricia Bellock, Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford, Mayor of Lockport Dev Trivedi, DuPage County State's Attorney Bob Berlin, Ooakbrook Trustees Jerry Wolin, Elaine Zannis, Michael Manzo and Past OB Trustees Moin Saiyed (Shahid) and Jim Carson.
Hoisting of Indian flag during India Day celebrations by MKCA
CHICAGO: The Mangalorean Konkan Christians Association (MKCA/USA) celebrated the 64th anniversary of Indian Independence Day along with its Annual Picnic last week at the Vernon Hills Park District, near Chicago. The down pour of rain with hail and high winds could not deter the participants who wanted to have a good time in celebrating Independence Day and a fun-filled annual picnic. The President of MKCA, Queenie Mendonca hoisted the tricolor flag and all the members present sang the Indian national anthem "Jana Gana Mana." It was a proud feeling for all those members to honor the motherland, which has now attained socioeconomic stability against all odds of economic turmoil in Europe and US. Then it was a playing time. The members loved to play volleyball, throw ball, shuttle badminton and the famous Indian past time game of cricket. In addition, there were games such as musical arms, lemon-n-spoon race, sack race, tug-
Members enjoy food for all
of-war, water balloon throw and dog-n-bone. Following were the winners of the activities arranged: Age 0-5 Musical arms Winner Rachel Joseph and Runner-up Shawn Pais; age 6-12: Lemon-n-spoon race Winner Shawn D'Souza from Waukeesha, WI and Runner-up Adriana D'Souza; age 13-19 Sack Race Winner Shawn D'Souza from Libertyville and Runner-up Shannon D'Souza. Women: Sack race Winner Vissia D'Souza and Runner-up Vanessa D'Souza. Men: Sack race Winner Bryan D'Souza and Runner-up Jossie Mendonca. To renew their strengths and spirits, there
was variety of food and snacks arranged by the MKCA. In addition, the participants brought in variety of mouth watering dishes. President Queenie Mendonca and Immediate Past president Lawrence Mascarenhas distributed prizes to the winners. As a concluding remark, the chairperson of the event Stany D'Souza thanked all the members for their participation in this memorable event. The Executive Committee invited the members to attend for their next program Monthi fest, which will be held on September 10 at Courtland Square Recreation Hall in Des Plaines.
Rope pulling by member groups
Schaumburg FIA Parade a good effort Contâ€™d from page 11
The organizers called all their committee members and ignored the elderly. Some activists who were present added more attraction to the march by participating in the march holding the Indian flag high, walking wearing the white Gandhi caps with a message printed on it, "Give Peace A
thusiasm and personal priorities. It is the day when one should remember and pay respect to those who sacrificed their lives for the country. Is it not worthwhile to remember the great souls and say few words about them? Also, what actually happened on the day of August 15, 1947, and earlier to achieve this goal and what was the scene in India?.
As soon as the function neared its end, the heaven decided in its own inscrutable manner to bless the event and the organizers with heavy showers Chance, save the planet". If celebrating Independence Day is dance and music only then that should not be dubbed a real celebration, many in the community opined. There must be a touch of history too, which the organizers of all such associations seem to ignore, may be because of their ignorance or more misplaced en-
Mayors of Schaumburg AL Larson and William McLeod of Hoffman Estate and State Rep. Fred Cresco, of 44th District, along with few others from their staff were present well in advance, right at the starting point and welcomed the March participants at the finishing point. With an address admiring the organizers' effort to add
this attraction to their cities, they congratulated the Indian community with best wishes for this 65th Independence Day. They were introduced to new committee members by Sunil Shah, the President, especially with chief guests, Dev and Radhika, the TV actors from India. As soon as the function neared its end, the heaven decided in its own inscrutable manner to bless the event and the organizers with heavy showers, along with a gush of wind. It was also construed that it was probably disapproving the division in the community. Overall speaking it was a creditable effort and all those involved need to be congratulated but one cannot hide the strong emotion among all those present for unity in the community for celebrating such important events. Reports of India Independence Day celebrations by other organizations and forums will appear next week
IAMC greetings on Independence Day India Post News Service
Indian American Muslim Coun-cil (IAMC), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India's pluralist and tolerant ethos, has congratulated the nation on its 65th Independence Day. "Our country has certainly made significant progress on several fronts, and rightfully commands respect globally as the world's largest democracy. However, our work as a nation is incomplete, as long as any segment of society faces bias, injustice or discrimination", said Shaheen Khateeb, President, IAMC. "The promise of equal opportunity - social, educational and economic - for all Indians, continues to remain an unfulfilled dream of free India", added Mr. Khateeb. On this day of celebration, IAMC urged the Indian Government to pay close heed to the
needs of the neglected segment of India's minorities, and to strive for the "peaceful and egalitarian society that we looked forward to when India shook off the shackles of British rule 64 years ago."
"The promise of equal opportunity social, educational and economic - for all Indians, continues to remain an unfulfilled dream of free India", added Mr. Khateeb IAMC is the largest advocacy organization of Indian Muslims in the United States with 10 chapters across the nation.
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Hindu Memorial Day observed in Houston India Post News Service
HOUSTON: Hindu Mahasabha of America (HMA) observed Hindu Memorial Day on August 13 at the India House, in Houston Texas. This event memorializes the millions of Hindu lives lost in various partitions of India, and during other pogroms of Hindus. The day-long event was opened by Rudranath Talukdar who gave an overview of why the event was being observed and memorialized and the need for increased Hindu activism. The event was very well attended and almost doubled the attendance from last year. Tapan Ghosh, a frontline Hindu activist from India spoke eloquently about the demographic changes occurring throughout a corridor between the Eastern and Western ends of India. He spoke of the native Hindu population being slowly displaced from the areas bordering Bangladesh by illegal Islamic migrants from that country. He stated that the portents for the future were dire indeed unless this vast demographic change was not countered. He said that Islamic militancy has been rapidly rising in these areas and that this posed an additional area of alarm, not only for India but across the globe. Dr. Koenraad Elst, a world renowned Indologist and author, delivered the first keynote address. He drew on his vast knowledge of the inner workings of the Hindu movements within India and traced their origins and growth over the last many decades, and pointed out that for all their fulminations, mainstream Hindu groups had not really achieved very much in the last 80 or so years. This generated a lively discussion during the break between Dr. Elst and some members of the audience. One of the highlights was the essay competition for high school and college students and the Shri Dwijendranath Sanyal Award for the first prize was given to Debomita Bhattacharya in high school category and Akshay Goswami in the college category. Dharmidner Dargan presided over the session titled "Activism in American Political System" in which an illuminating series of talks were given by three panelists, led by the young Rahul Nirmal, who explained how American Hindus can get involved in American politics, as well as history of those who have and are campaigning for public office. Finally, his speech pro-
Dr. Koenraad Elst
vided details and tips on how to run for office. Prof. Lalita Sen, spoke about political participation from the Democratic Party perspective and then by Goray Mukherjee for the Republican
twisted and configured to suppress Hindus and their political ambitions. She said she found it was easier to speak freely and without fear in the USA than in India. She left the audience with
amongst and between various Hindu organizations was very critical in ensuring long-term well being of Hindus around the world. A lively panel discussion with intense participation from the audience was held. Most participants showed a keen knowledge and understanding faced by Hindu activists worldwide such as being branded "fanatics" just for the crime of being an activist Hindu. Dilip Mehta, President HAS, asked all to observe a minute of silence for all the Hindu lives lost during India's partition. He ex-
Dr. Koenraad Elst, a world renowned Indologist and author, pointed out that for all their fulminations, mainstream Hindu groups had not really achieved very much in the last 80 or so years Party. The second keynote address of the day was delivered by Himani Savarkar, a long time Hindu activist from India, and a member of the famed Veer Savarkar family. She explained how the laws in India were
a call to action to get more involved in the political process in the United States. Finally, a well known Houston Hindu activist, Kem Acharya spoke. As a member of the Bhutan Hindu refugee Diaspora, he
spoke about the trials and tribulations faced by Hindus of Bhutan who were made refugees overnight in the supposedly peaceful and happy kingdom of Bhutan. He felt that coordination
plained that when there is "adharma" and "anyaya" (against natural law), then it is incumbent upon Hindus to do as Lord Rama and Lord Krishna did and fight against it.
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Texas kid is South Asian Spelling Bee champ India Post News Service
NEW JERSEY: Narahari Bharadwaj of Plano, TX, correctly spelled the word 'schindylesis' during the 2011 South Asian Spelling Bee finals to clinch the title of National Champion at the event held Aug 12. Narahari Bharadwaj along with 19 other finalists competed for the title. Stuti Mishra from West Melbourne, FL was the first runner-up and Chetan Reddy from Plano, TX was the second runner-up. Twenty top spellers from the 10 regional centers gathered at the Rutgers College Auditorium to battle it out for the title of champion and a $10,000 prize. It took spelling words like logaoedic, justaucorps and phthirophagous for the winner to emerge. The event was organized by leading South Asian advertising firm, Touchdown Media Inc. and sponsored by MetLife, a leading provider of insurance, employee benefits and other financial services. Sony Entertainment Television is the exclusive rights holder and will be broadcasting the event across the globe in over 119 countries. "It's heartwarming to see such talent year after year. Heartiest congratulations to Narahari and all the spellers", said Rahul Walia, CEO, Touchdown Media Inc. and founder of the South Asian Spelling Bee. "This is a great platform that helps children showcase their talent, hone their skill and inculcate a sense of discipline and discipline that will help in their overall development.
Speeling Bee winner Narahari Bharadwaj
I urge parents to take advantage of this unique contest next year." The special guest at the finals was Sukanya Roy, 2010 South Asian Spelling Bee runner-up and 2011 Scripps National Champion, who helped co-host a portion of the event. Assemblyman Upendra
tant vice president of Marketing at MetLife. "It was an honor to serve as the title sponsor for the third year, and to help families enjoy a fun event while learning how to cover the rising costs education." The event was open to children up to 14 years of age and was held
dren had to spell 15 or more words correctly to qualify for the afternoon oral round and from there the top three were awarded prize money and the top two qualified for the Finals. From each of these centers, the finalists along with a parent were invited on an all expenses paid trip to the finals in NJ. Overall about 550 children registered to spell amongst all the centers. The contest will be conducted annually in the June and July months and the 2012 schedule will be announced in October this year.
Torrential rain fails to dampen NJ India Day Parade
"It's heartwarming to see such talent year after year. Heartiest congratulations to Narahari and all the spellers", said Rahul Walia, CEO, Touchdown Media Chivukula also graced the event with his presence and shared his words of encouragement with the spellers and parents. The champion received a $10,000 grand prize from MetLife along with the South Asian Spelling Bee trophy. "MetLife congratulates all of the families who participated in the 2011 South Asian Spelling Bee," says Laurel Daring, assis-
in 10 regional centers across the United States. These areas included, New Jersey, DC Metro area, Dallas, Houston, Chicago, New York, Boston, Los Angeles and the Bay Area. The contest was conducted in written and oral format at the regional levels which served as the elimination as well as selection process for the finalists. Jaideep Janakiram, Head -
Large turnout of Anna Hazare supporters Contâ€™d from page 10
Volunteers also sang "Hum Honge Kamyaab" in front of the main stage. Their spirit was so contagious that the passers-by joined them too. Many volunteers were carrying placards saying "I am Anna" in various languages like Hindi, English, Telugu, Tamil, Marathi etc. The message also said "It is not one Anna. We are Thousands". This was to symbolize the spirit of nationalism that Anna has evoked in common man. The chants of Vande Maataram and Jai Hind boomed through the crowd, echoing the patriotic fervor of the participants. The message of the parade was to express the greatness of India and to communicate that the country can be the greatest if we eradicate corrup-
North America, SET Asia commented, "Over the past four years, South Asian Spelling Bee has been consistently making a positive impact amongst the youth across the US. Sony Entertainment Television Asia is pleased to have been associated with this initiative from the beginning and to be able to broadcast this exciting event to all its viewers around the globe." After registering their child online at www.southasianspellingbee.com, parents brought them to the designated center and a 25 word written test was administered. Chil-
tion. One successful local commercial realtor was complementing IAC volunteers after the parade and said that the economic growth of our country was great but it could be much greater if not for corruption.
One of the slogans in the parade was - "Anna Hazare - Desh Tere saath hai! Videsh Tere saath hai!" Similar events were held across the globe on Aug 14 to mark the Global Solidarity Day declared by IAC.
An Indian American holding Indian flag during India Day Parade at Newark Ave. (Pics: Mohammed Jaffer-SnapsIndia) Contâ€™d from page 10
Everyone walked in the street without creating any commotion while shops along the road distributed their products - most favorite among them was peda, distributed by dozens of the staff members of Sukhadia, a well known restaurant and mithai shop in the neighborhood. "We know how to conduct a parade in rain or shine, and we have the support of the community to do it" said Manher Shah, immediate past president of IBA. Dozens of religious and social groups, including supporters of civil activist Anna Hazare, came together to walk as a part of the parade on the occasion of India's 65th Independence Day celebration. Standing next to the Grand Marshall, IBA president Chandrakant Patel looked at the crowd and said with a broad smile,
"You can see yourself how much community support IBA enjoys!" Mahesh Shah, IBA's past president commented, "This parade is the result of hard work of many associations and volunteers over days and weeks. We do it for the sake of our community and our motherland." Impressed by the Indian American community's enthusiasm and love for India actress Ranaut commented, "It is a remarkable feeling to see so many people of Indian origin, who have not forgotten their roots, history and culture." Ranaut was joined by other celebrities in the parade including dancer Trishna Amin. Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac praised IBA for its role in preserving Indian culture and helping the local community grow. Local merchants supported the effort, giving water and treats to the onlookers.
Jerramiah T. Healy, Mayor of Jersey City speaking to Senior Citizens of India on the eve of India's Independence Day celebrations in Jersey City.
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Hinduism Summit to hold Hinduism awareness drive India Post News Service
NEW YORK: To carry on a Hinduism awareness drive, a Hinduism Summit (Hindu Dharmajagruti Sabha) will be held in Hindu Temple of Lake County in Greater Chicago on August 27. This unique event will commence in a traditional Hindu way, with Vedic recitations, lighting of an auspicious oil lamp and blowing of a conch. The event is being organized by Hindu Temple of Lake County and Forum for Hindu Awakening. Recently, Hindu issues came in the spotlight with Hindus across America protesting to cancel the showing of 'Sita Sings the Blues' in New York's Starlight Pavilion and in the San Jose Museum of Art. The Hinduism Summit will feature insightful presentations by supporters of Hinduism from all walks of life, as they share their firsthand account about Hinduism or Hindu issues. Maya Jairam will speak on 'Growing up in America and embracing
Hindu spirituality'; Kalpana Sharma on 'Spiritual dimension underlying Hindu concepts and issues'; Dr. Richard Benkin on 'Human rights violations against Bangladeshi Hindus' and Bhavna Shinde Hurley on 'Understanding, living and pre-
posters and books at the Hinduism Summit will showcase Hindu spirituality and the spiritual science that is unique to Hinduism. This would help dispel misconceptions surrounding concepts, such as Hinduism's ritualistic worship protocols, deities, and
The Hinduism Summit will provide ample opportunity to discuss questions on Hinduism and Hindu issues with the presenters. Recent Hinduism Summits have answered many a question from curious attendees serving Hinduism'. The presentations will highlight Hinduism's practical solutions like the Agnihotra sacrificial fire for modern day problems like nuclear fallouts and create awareness about the issues currently faced by the Hindu community. The exhibition of
spiritual class system. The Hinduism Summit will provide ample opportunity to discuss questions on Hinduism and Hindu issues with the presenters. Recent Hinduism Summits have answered many a question from curious attendees. For example, 'What does it mean
to be Hindu; can someone not born in a Hindu family become a Hindu?' 'When I tried to reason with an artist depicting Hindu deities nude, she refused to take down the painting, citing 'freedom of expression'; how to stop such denigration of our Deities?' 'Is there some significance to the substances offered in ritualistic worship or can we offer something as per our wish?' 'I prefer mental spiritual practices like chanting or meditation; do I have to perform ritualistic worship?' 'My child does not have proper vegetarian options in the school cafeteria; how can we change this?' 'What is the significance of the red dot worn by Hindu women?' 'I find it difficult to leave the non-vegetarian diet; can I still chant a mantra or visit a Hindu temple?' 'Why is Lord Ganesh worshipped first among all Hindu deities?' The Hinduism Summit organizers welcome everyone interested in understanding, living or preserving Hinduism to this free event.
Balaji Temple presents Brahmotsavam celebrations SURI SWAMY
CHICAGO: The Cultural Committee of Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple in Aurora, a southwest Chicago suburb, presented an enthralling evening of dance marking the occasion of Sri Balaji Temple's Brahmotsavam celebrations. Performances by local dance schools and visiting troupes mesmerized the audience. Kuchipudi's traditional repertoire 'Lingashtakam' in praise of Lord Shiva was presented with grace and poise by students of Hema Yaddanapudi, artistic director of Lasyam School of Dance. Guru Hari Rama Murthi (Bhasmasura), Rama Subbaraju (Shiva) 'Nrithya Vandanam' by students of Vijayalakshmi Shetty, artistic direc- nomically marginalized youth, tumes, sound effects and the tor of Natraj Dance Academy, was Sunadha artistes went beyond scene by scene narration with beautifully rendered with ease. their visual challenges and skill- melodious music glued the audiSobha Tammana, artistic direc- fully performed classical ence to the seats. The troupe contor of Kuchipudi Natya Vihar and Bharatanatyam and Deepanjali sisting of artists from India & USA Janaki Anandavalli Nair, artistic dance with Diyas with beautiful gave a stunning performance. Mohini Bhasmasura is Hari Rama director of Aananda Dance The- formations. atre presented a u n i q u e Ta r a n g a m 'Maragatha Manimaya Chela' - as a G u r u samarpanam to Padmabhushan D r . Ve m p a t i Chinna Satyam. This vibrant Kuchipudi performance enthralled the audience. Guru Hari Rama Murthy and troupe at the performance of Mohini Bhasmasura ballet, Mangalam Highlighting the evening was a presentation by Sunadha The grand finale of the evening Murthy's debut choreographed a group of visually impaired art- was a magnificent Classical dance drama. ists from the cultural troupe of Kuchipudi dance drama 'Mohini The legend of MohiniSamarthanam trust. Established a Bhasmasura', choreographed by Bhasmasura came alive to the Chifew years ago to encourage talent Guru Sri Hari Rama Murthy of cago audience. The well talented, among visually-impaired and eco- Visakhapatnam. The beautiful cos- young dancers emancipated the
Guru Hari Rama Murthy (Bhasmasura), Sandhyasree Athmakuri (Mohini)
minds of the audience with their skillful Kuchipudi rhythms and their expressions. Rama Subbaraju, an undergrad engineering student and student of Guru Hari Rama Murthy, came all the way from India and por-
The beautiful costumes, sound effects and the scene by scene narration with melodious music glued the audience to the seats trayed the dancing rhythms of Lord Shiva and Parvathi protrayed with Sahitya Chodimella that echoed in the hearts of viewers for long. There were also many young
performers who played supporting characters such as Dasavataram dancers, Rakshasa Bhatulu, Pramadha Ganalu which were depicted beautifully. Performers included Sarvani Yellayi, Archita Achanta, Ranjani Murthy, Sindhura Vadlamani, Likhitha Umakanth, Sneha Reddy, Annapurna Vishnubhotla, Sriya Vishnubhotla, Srividya Kakulavarapu, Madhumeeta Sanam, Sahithi Akasapu, Shreya Balusu and Sirisha Yellayi. This grand ballet was co-sponsored by Telugu Association of Greater Chicago (TAGC), Tri-State Telugu Association (TTA), Natraj Dance Academy and Chicago Telugu Association (CTA). The Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Saroja Ravi. The Chairman of Sri Balaji Temple, Dr Ramaraja B.Yalavarthy, honored and thanked the artists and also commended the dedicated efforts of the Balaji Temple Cultural committee in bringing forth such high quality presentations to Chicago art lovers.
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Maryland gallery exhibiting Hindu Kolam quilts India Post News Service
WASHINGTON DC: Himmelfarb Gallery of Tai Sophia Institute in Laurel (Maryland, USA) is holding a quilt exhibition based on Hindu Kolam designs till August 27. Titled "Pieces as Prayers: Kolam and Kaleidoscope Quilts", this art quilts exhibition is by artist Lauren Kingsland, who was inspired by Kolam designs while traveling through Tamil Nadu (India). Applauding Himmelfarb for exhibiting Hinduism focused art, Rajan Zed, President of Universal Society of Hinduism, in a statement, said that art had a long and rich tradition in Hinduism and ancient Sanskrit literature talked about religious paintings of deities on wood or cloth. He urged major art museums of
the world, including Musee du Louvre and Musee d'Orsay of Paris, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Los Angeles Getty Center, Uffizi Gallery of Florence (Italy), Art Institute of Chicago, Tate Modern of London, Prado Museum of Madrid, National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, etc., to frequently organize Hindu art focused exhibitions, thus sharing the rich Hindu art heritage with the rest of the world. Popular in South India, especially Tamil Nadu, Kolam is a kind of sandpainting which is drawn using rice powder and is said to bring prosperity to homes. Patterns; involving precision, complexity and symmetry; are usually passed on from one generation to the next. "The Hindu notion of Kolam is that the act of creating the design is the prayer. The dots represent
the challenges in our lives and the line is how we choose to create beauty around those difficulties. This meditative or devotional practice is termed by some as 'painted prayers'," Gallery announcement says. "Kolam represents for me the universal human impulse to create beauty and order", Kingsland, who has been making quilts professionally since 1988 as a medium for "healing and wellness, etc.," stresses. Founded in 1974, nonprofit Tai Sophia Institute claims to be a leading center for wellness-based education, client care, and public policy discourse, whose 12-acre campus includes "meditation gardens". Sherman L. Cohn is Board of Trustees Chairperson while Frank Vitale is President. Himmelfarb Gallery "is a place where art and healing intersect".
R K Academy tops at Spain dance festival SURI SWAMY
CHICAGO: RK Dance Academy headed by Pika Munshi bagged top honor during International Folk Dance festival held recently in Spain. The festival held at Lloret De Mar near Barcelona, Spain had groups representing different parts of the world showcasing, sharing and appreciating the diversity and richness of their cultures. "It was our proud privilege that we were representing United States of America, and its varied heritage with unity through dance and music. We had India folkdance presented at the festival and we were placed first," Munshi said. She added that the purpose of participation in such festivals is to provide the most suitable common ground for promotion of mutual understanding and enrichment between the cultures. It con-
Bharat Sevashram Sangha organizes youth camp SURESH SHAH
Swamiji at the camps with participants
AURORA: Bharat Sevashram Sangha, a not for profit service organization in Illinois, kept up its recent tradition of organizing youth camp by conducting a twoweek full day Youth Summer Camp from July 18 to 29 with more than twice the number of participants. The theme of the camp was Ramayana. The Camp taught kids about Ramayana and how they can apply its lessons even today in their daily life. In order to make sure kids were able to learn what
was taught, the Camp organizers provided a set of question-answer sheet on the Kanda (section) taught that day. The kids practiced those to make sure all the kids absorbed what they learnt, age differences notwithstanding. In addition to Ramayan, the kids learned and practiced yoga, Surya Namaskar and meditation under the supervision of Swami Devapriyananda. Contâ€™d on page 18
Hasan Chishti gets Award of Excellence ABDUL SIDDIQUI
tributes to the development of children and building of harmony and peace amongst each other. "I took 15 young artists between ages of 12-15 years and they definitely had the most unforgettable experience," she said. Munshi was accompanied with
Dance performance by Indian group at Spain International festival
her gurus, Mrinalini Sarabhai (Amma) and Mallika Sarabhai from Darpana Academy, India. "My past experience inspired me to enroll my academy in such type of international event. I wanted to take the initiative to utilize my experience and endowment to train the young artists to signify the various dances of India and USA. We represented three different dances: Gujarati Garbo, Punjabi Bhangra and American Jazz. We also took part in the dance competition while in Barcelona. The R.K. Dance Team was placed first in the junior, ethnic dance, formation division," she told this paper. There were around 18 different countries present at the festival including the United States, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia, Italy, Turkey, Poland, Ireland, Australia, Haiti, Thailand, Japan, and many more. The opening ceremony started with parade and then participants exchanged gifts amongst the groups.
Bob Dechert, MP, Bashir Beg, Chairman, Hyderabad Deccan Foundation of Hyderabad and Hasan Chishti
CHICAGO: A Chicago-based Indian community activist and a distinguished literary figure, Hasan Chisti, was recently honroed by Hyderabad Deccan Foundation of Canada with the Award of Excellence for the year 2011 in recognition of his outstanding achievement in Urdu Literature, in Toronto. "Your outstanding and dedicated literary work in Urdu literature for a number of years calls for honor and recognition. The Hyderabadi community is proud of your contribution and achievements. We congratulate you for this award and for being an inspiration to all Hyderabadees" says a message from Bashir Beg, Chair-
man, Hyderabad Deccan Foundation of Canada. This award to Hasan Chishti is a continuation of many recognitions and honors he received for his writings, excellence in community service and uplifting human values. On the occasion of the 60th Independence Day celebrations in 2007, the Federation of Indian Associations, Chicago, conferred the Community Leadership Award on Hasan Chishti in recognition of his dedication to the principles of community service and inspiring community partnership among the Indian American community in Chicago. Contâ€™d on page 19
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Huge LA rally in support of Anna Hazare
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LOS ANGELES: Indians in Los Angeles gathered in big numbers on the eve of the 65th Independence Day. While celebrating this special day, they supported Anna Hazare's fast unto death in New Delhi. Anna Hazare and millions of Indians are demanding Jan Lokpal bill to end corruption in India. This event was attended by several NRIs from various cities of USA, including Los Angeles, San Diego and Boston. These people, hailing from several states of India - Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka and Kerala - participated in the flag hoisting ceremony, which was followed by singing Vande Mataram and the National Anthem. All of them, in their native languages, chanted their heart out saying "We support Anna Hazare", "We want Jan Lokpal", "Vande Mataram" and "Jai Hind". Kamini
Khare recited poetry on Indian Independence Day. Children played Pinata games where they beat and broke a Pinata named "Corruption". NRIs also promised not to be victims of corruption at the Indian airports, where most of them encounter corrupt officials
demanding bribes. The flag hoisting ceremony was followed by a car rally in support of Anna Hazare's fast. Sindhu Halvi of India Against Corruption said that every Indian should join the anti-corruption movement and support the corruption crusaders Anna Hazare,
Jaya Prakash Narayan and Kiran Bedi. Jaya Prakash Narayan, President of Lok Satta party who has been fighting corruption for 15 years is currently on a week long bus tour to promote a strong Lokpal Bill. Contâ€™d on page 19
Sri Lanka Day epitomizes Sri Lankan culture JS BEDI India Post News Service
LOS ANGELES: Sixth Annual Sri Lanka Day showcased the rich Sri Lankan culture it was envisaged it to be by the Founder President of Sri Lanka Foundation, Dr. Walter Jayasinghe. His wish to build a bridge between Sri Lanka and America by keeping Sri Lankan culture alive within the resident community here was reciprocated in no small measure by thousands of connoisseurs of culture who flocked to Santa Monica to immerse themselves in the day-long event. The captivating re-enactment of the Esala Perahera - annual parade of royalty coming down the ages - of a procession of elephants in eye-catching costumes accompanied by the regalia of the Kandyan aristocracy - "Nilames"
in their stylistic dresses walking in step majestically with the parasol bearers in all its elegance marching along was watched by thousands of Angelinos on either side of Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica. The re-creation
was brilliant - Casket carrying Tusker was dressed in blue sparklingly radiant. Notably, the crowds showed their appreciation of what the Foundation and Dr Jayasinghe had offered in a platter for the serene
joy and emotion of the Sri Lankans domiciled thousands of miles away from their motherland. This is the second Sri Lanka Day since the end of the decades long civil war and it was heart warming to see everybody come
together as Sri Lankans to celebrate their heritage and culture. Known as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is a tourist paradise with its lush mountains and sunny beaches. Contâ€™d on page 18
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Bhagawat Katha by Mridul Krishna Goswami VICTORIA TRUVER
Bhaktas await the arrival of Maharaj
RIVERSIDE: Riverside's Shri Lakshmi Narayan Mandir was blessed by the presence of Shri Mridul Krishna Goswami Maharaj for a week-long Shrimad Bhagawat Katha. Every weekday 300 to 400 bhaktas arrived to re-
ceive his blessings and to hear Shrimad Bhagawat Katha. On Sunday attendance doubled. Maharaj Ji was welcomed with loud conch blowing, and a long procession wound its way around the Mandir. Devotees took turns
Procession around Mandir
carrying the Shrimad Bhagawatam on their heads wrapped in a cloth. Once Maharaj was seated on the mandap, sponsors were given a chance to offer a long-stemmed fresh rose and pranam. Every day a different
jhanki was enjoyed. Children dressed as Shiva, sages, Radha, Krishna and gopis. Mandir President Bhoodev Tiwari thanked Program Organizer Sanjay Jalota for providing a real swing for the Rukmini Vivaha. On
Sunday, August 7, the final day, all the devotees danced in bhav. Although Shri Mridul Krishna Goswami Maharaj has given Kathas in the past here in the Mandir, everyone would agree that this was the best.
Sri Lanka Day epitomizes Bharat Sevashram Sangha organizes youth camp Sri Lankan culture
Kids rendering devotional song Contâ€™d from page 16
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New York Times had placed Sri Lanka Number 1 in 31 places to go in 2010. The end of the three decade long separatist war in May 2009, tourism has seen a steep uptick. Also the end of war has ensured the rule of law in the whole of the island. In a rare occurrence in modern history the conflict that had 30 years of constant fighting, halted several times briefly by failed peace overtures, ended by a military outcome with a comprehensively defeat of the LTTE May 2009, and proved it to the world that there is a military solution to terrorism. Sri Lanka, with an income per head of US$1,972, still lags behind some of its neighbors including Maldives but is ahead of its giant neighbor India. Its economy grew by an average of 5% during the
1990s during the 'War for Peace' era. According to the Sri Lankan central bank statistics, the economy was estimated to have grown by 7% last year.
The kids were also taken to a nearby park to do yoga in fresh air. The campers also practiced Gayatri Mantra, learned about vegetarianism, importance of drinking water, singing devotional songs, drawing and painting. On the final day of the camp kids participated in a quiz competition to prove how much they
had learnt about Ramayana and also got attractive prizes. Apart from this, kids got ample play time everyday. All kids got goodie bags and a Ramdarbar picture frame to take home. Goodie bag included a Hanuman Chalisa specially made for children with meanings and a book Ramayana for children. All campers received a customized T-shirt with Bharat Sevashram
Kids perform a dance
Sangha's logo printed on it. At the graduation ceremony kids performed a drama and dance based on Ramayana. BSS, said Swami Purnatmananda (84) is extremely thankful to all the volunteers and to all the people who sponsored food and other things. "Without their help it wound not have been so successful. God bless them all," he added.
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AAPI to honor Clinton Initiative & Gary Locke India Post News Service
LOS ANGELES, CA: Year after year, brilliant, hardworking, resilient and innovative members of the Asian Pacific American business community create milestones and reach extraordinary heights in their respective fields, and in so doing, foster hope and inspiration in the hearts of countless others even in the midst of trying economic times. It is for this reason the Asian Enterprise Magazine continues to recognize and celebrate these worthy individuals at the upcoming Asian Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. Each year, scores of respected entrepreneurs, community advocates, business owners, public servants and representatives from Fortune 500 companies gather from all over the nation to laud and celebrate the achievements of the most exemplary entrepreneurs and small businesses from the Asian Pacific American (API) business community. This year is definitely no exception; among the honored guests are U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, who will be receiving an award for Public Service Advocate of the Year, and former Clinton Administration’s Commerce Secretary, and former Bush Administration’s Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta, who will be delivering the keynote address. Now in its 18th year of uniting
and publicly honoring the outstanding achievements of the Asian Pacific American business community, the much-awaited event will be held on September 16, at 7 p.m. at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Even after nearly two decades of existence, the awards banquet is still one of the nation’s most prestigious competition-based awards program that honors and recognizes Asian Pacific American entrepreneurs and small busi-
Chishti has compiled and published four volumes of "Mujtaba Hussain ki Behtareen Tahreeren." In 2002 Delhi Urdu Academy gave him an award consisting of cash, a shield, a certificate and a shawl for Vol. 2 of these books. In 2003 Urdu Writers" Society of USA honored him with its Annual Literary Award in recognition of his commendable literary services, and, in 2001 the American Urdu Writers Society awarded him the prestigious "Life-time Achievement Award" at an investiture ceremony in Los Angeles, California. He represented the USA in the International Mushaira held in New Delhi in 1988. He has been regularly contributing articles and news from Chicago for Siasat, a widely circulated daily newspaper published from Hyderabad, India. While in Saudi Arabia, he founded "Bazm-e-Urdu" and "Hyderabad
Imam Shamshad giving his daily Dars Lecture) during Ramadan at Baitul Hameed Mosque India Post News Service
Among the honored guests are U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, who will be receiving an award for Public Service Advocate of the Year, and former Clinton Administration’s Commerce Secretary, and former Bush Administration’s Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta nesses and the Top 20 Companies for Asian Americans. Among this year’s awardees are the Clinton Global Initiative for Nonprofit Advocate of the Year; title sponsors, Wells Fargo Corporation and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage as CEO Advocates, with United HealthCare and The Coca-Cola Company under the same category. Corporate Advocates of the Year are Caesar’s Entertainment, IBM, SCE/Edison International and Small Business Advocate,
Hasan Chishti gets Award of Excellence Cont’d from page 16
PepsiCo. Among this year’s Fortune 500’s Best Companies for Asian American and Pacific Islanders are Comcast, Denny’s, Northrop Grumman, Wells Fargo Bank, The Coca-Cola Company, United HealthCare, IBM, Caesar’s Entertainment, PepsiCo, Xerox and Nordstrom. Entrepreneur of the Year winners are Michael C. Synn, Director, The Business Consortium Fund, Inc., Financial Services
Spiritual talks & good food during Ramadan
Association" and was president of both the organizations for six years. Born in Hyderabad, India, he obtained a BA. Degree from the Osmania University and served the same university, in various administrative capacities, for
He represented the USA in the International Mushaira held in New Delhi in 1988 about 26 years. In 1986, he migrated to Chicago and worked for a reputed real estate company Khan & Associates and also for Pentagon Industries for about five years before he started his own business, in 1991.
category, Danny M. Moran, President of Innova Foods Inc., Holding Company for Jeepney Asian Grill, Cara Mia Gelato Tropicale for Hospitality category, Peter Wiersma, Sr. VP, PERI Software Company for High Technology, Gorden Kao, President, Asian American Expo, Pomona Fair Chinese Overseas Marketing Services Corp under Trade Shows, James Rho, President, E.J.Restaurants Inc, LA, CA., a Denny’s Franchisee for Food Service Category and Non-Profit Community for East Indian Affairs, US Chairman, Political Funds US Asia Business Forum. Kevin Kaul.
CHINO, CA: Ramadan started August 1 and since then a steady outpouring of spiritual talks and good food have been offered for free at the Baitul Hameed Mosque in Chino, located at 11941 Ramona Ave. just north of the 60 freeway. Imam Shamshad A. Nasir coordinates the religious duties and activities held at the Mosque, which has been a landmark in Chino since its completion in 1989. The Imam invites all who are interested in learning more about the blessed holy month of fasting
called Ramadan to join the members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in their daily spiritual rites. Imam Shamshad conducts a lecture on various topics relating to Islam, the Holy Quran, and the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad in English at 7pm every night as part of regular educational events during Ramadan. Each daily lecture is preceded by a late afternoon congregational prayer (called Asr) that takes about 10-minutes to perform. Following the lecture, the parishioners break their dawn-to-dusk fast just after sunset - traditionally with a cup of water and a date. The purpose of Ramadan is spiritual purification and rededication to God, prayer, seeking forgiveness, giving charity and doing good deeds for the sake of winning the pleasure of God. Ramadan is the annual month-long event that combines prayers and fasting so that Muslims can guard against evil and increase righteousness within themselves, and by their positive actions as a result, bring an increase of goodness and spirituality in the world.
Enjoying dinner after the first evening prayer
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Jawahar Kambhampati, Vice President of People for Loksatta demanded a three level independent anti corruption institution to address corruption at grassroots level. He said a strong Lokpal at the Center, Lokayukta at state level and Ombudsman at district level is required. Satish Kalari, one of the volunteers said that the Lokpal proposed by the Indian government does not bring any change in the current system, where we are seeing billions of rupees being lost of corruption every day in India. He recalled that NRIs had walked 240 miles (Dandi March II) in March of this year in California to demand Jan Lokpal Bill. Various Indian community lead-
ers in Los Angeles like Dharma Reddy, Prof. Keshavlal Patel and Amrit Bhandari attended this
event. The event was organized by People For Loksatta and India Against Corruption Los Angeles.
In Brief Far right questions Rick Perry on immigration McALLEN, Texas: Texas Gov. Rick Perry has many rock-solid conservative credentials. But he may have an Achilles' heel on immigration. If Perry runs for president, as is widely expected, he will undoubtedly focus on Texas' relatively healthy economy, its low taxes and his record in creating jobs in the 11 years he's been governor. What he may find himself explaining is how illegal immigrants have contributed to that success, adding tens of billions of dollars a year to the state gross product and enjoying such benefits as in-state tuition at public universities. -AP
Human smuggler sentenced in LA to 20-year term LOSANGELES:An illegal immigrant from Guatemala has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for directing a human smuggling operation in which men and women were held captive, starved and physically assaulted until their relatives paid thousands of dollars. Pedro Marcos-Marcos, 29, had faced up to life in prison for after pleading guilty in October to five felony counts. Defense attorney Ivan Klein sought a 10-year sentence, telling U.S. District Judge that the defendant grew up in ``primitive circumstances'' in Guatemala. The judge said MarcosMarcos showed a callous disregard for the victims in the case, but that a life sentence was excessive for the crimes committed. -AP
US chided for slow reveal of immigration plan NEW YORK: A federal judge in New York has chastised the federal government for responding too slowly to a request for documents about a U.S. program for identifying deportable immigrants after they have been detained. Judge Shira Scheindlin ordered lawyers to update her on progress made toward disclosing documents about the Secure Communities program to civil rights groups and immigrant advocates. The government's lawyer says they're weighing whether to appeal Scheindlin's earlier rulings. The judge cited ``great public interest'' in the debate surrounding the program when she demanded the government produce additional documents or justify delays by the end of August. -AP
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LA immigration officer, son sentenced in fraud LOSANGELES:Aformerimmigration official and his son have been sentenced to prison for convictions on bribery and fraud charges. Seventy-two-year-old Fernando Jacobs of Upland was sentenced to five years in prison and fined $30,000, while his son, 44-year-old Patrick Jacobs of Ontario, was sentenced to four years in prison. -AP
Task force eyes fingerprint sharing by authorities LOS ANGELES: About 200 people walked out of a meeting by a federal government task force in protest over a program that gives immigration officials access to the fingerprints of arrestees. The Department of Homeland Security assembled a group of law enforcement and community leaders to make recommendations on ways to improve the so-called Secure Communities program, which gives immigration authorities access to the fingerprints of people who are arrested. After a speaker challenged the two task force members leading the session to resign in protest, about 200 immigrant advocates got up and left, urging the public to follow. Many carried signs that read ``Terminate Secure Communities'' and flags from a number of countries including Mexico and Brazil. ``We have an opportunity to provide a recommendation,'' re-
tired Sacramento police chief Arturo Venegas, a task force member, told the crowd as they walked out. About 50 people remained and a smaller, quieter meeting continued. The meeting was aimed at getting public input on the program
violence to seek help finding a shelter for herself and her 1-yearold daughter, but instead wound up detained and was put into deportation proceedings. ``Calling 911 was the worst nightmare I could suffer in my life,'' she said in Spanish. The meeting will be one of
Garcia, 20, said she called police after an episode of domestic violence to seek help finding a shelter for herself and her 1-year-old daughter, but instead wound up detained at a time when a number of states including Illinois and Massachusetts have said they want nothing to do with it. Isaura Garcia fighting back tears, pleaded with the task force to help end the program. Garcia, 20, said she called police after an episode of domestic
the first public discussions of Secure Communities since Immigration and Customs Enforcement terminated agreements signed with states to operate the program and said on Aug. 5 that state approval isn't required to share fingerprints. The program touted by immi-
gration authorities as an information-sharing effort has become a headache for the Obama administration, which has plowed ahead with it despite vocal opposition from Latino and immigrant rights groups the president counts on for support. Immigrant advocates say the program sends immigrants arrested for investigation of minor violations to jail and erodes their trust in police. They have also criticized the administration for giving the impression that local governments could choose whether to participate when it is in fact mandatory. Immigrant rights groups urged members of the task force to resign in protest and to call on ICE to end the program. They also questioned whether any real change would come from the task force meetings held last week in Dallas and scheduled this week in Los Angeles and Chicago. -AP
Do we have a start-up visa for entrepreneurs? CYRUS D. MEHTA
he US economy remains sluggish. The joblessness rate is still much too high. Even after the debt ceiling crisis was averted at the last minute, the compromise did not generate any excitement or renewed optimism. Indeed, the Dow Jones industrial average plunged more than 500 points on August 4, 2011 on fears that the US may enter into another recession. We need something new that would give us cause for hope. How about an immigration stimulus? On August 2, 2011, the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano Secretary Napolitano and USCIS Director Mayorkas made dramatic announcements advising that foreign entrepreneurs could take advantage of the existing nonimmigrant and immigrant visa system to gain status and permanent residency. According to the DHS press
release, these administrative tweaks within the existing legal framework would "fuel the nation's economy and stimulate investment by attracting foreign entrepreneurial talent of exceptional ability." Director Mayorkas wrote a blog acknowledging that entrepreneurs and skilled workers
had previously distorted. For example, in its prior policy memo authored by Donald Neufeld on H-1B employment relating to third party sites, the USCIS indicated that to qualify as an H-1B worker, the petitioning employer must demonstrate an employer-employee relationship. Under such circumstances, it
The USCIS indicated that to qualify as an H-1B worker, the petitioning employer must demonstrate an employer-employee relationship would "fuel our nation's economy by creating jobs, and promoting new technologies and ideas." All this has happened without Congress lifting a finger. In fact, even the DHS has not done much. It has clarified the true meaning of the provisions in the Immigration and Nationality Act, which Congress itself enacted, which it
would be practically impossible for an owner of a company to be sponsored for an H-1B if it could not demonstrate that the entity could control the employment, despite administrative decisions upholding the separate existence of the corporate entity. In the latest H-1B Question and Answers, the USCIS appears
to still hold the line about the need to demonstrate an employer-employee relationship, but has conceded that this can nevertheless be demonstrated even when the owner of the company is being sponsored on an H-1B visa, so long as there is a right of control by the petitioner over the employment of the beneficiary. According to the USCIS Q&A: For example, if the petitioner provides evidence that there is a separate Board of Directors which has the ability to hire, fire, pay, supervise or otherwise control the beneficiary, the petitioner may be able to establish an employer-employee relationship with the beneficiary. This is indeed a welcome clarification, and is something that we also advocated in a prior article on our website, See Cora-Ann Pestaina, USCIS grappling with the right of a corporation to petition for its owner for an H-1B visa, (www.cyrusmehta.com): Contâ€™d on page 22
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Avoid unnecessary liability for others MICHAEL T. SAWYIER
he most basic rule of asset protection is to avoid unnecessary liability for other persons' liabilities. For example, even if a prospective lender purports to require a guaranty of a loan to another person or entity (including a business entity owned or controlled by the prospective guarantor), there is ordinarily no need for such a guaranty to be unlimited or to contain draconian waivers of the ordinary rights of guarantors. Still less is there ordinarily any need for a prospective guarantor to co-sign the note or security agreement securing the note, thus making that person jointly and severally liable on both the note and the security agreement. Just as every person is well advised to read carefully any contracts as to which that person is the contract "principal" and to seek to limit personal liability on any such contracts to the maximum extent possible, so every person should also take only the most cautious approach to guaranties or co-signatures for the benefit of others. Another extremely important way of avoiding unnecessary liability for other persons' liabilities is the conduct of all business ventures with other persons (including employees) only in a limited-liability form. In this connection, everyone should be aware of the danger of incurring personal liability for others' actions as a general partner (or "joint venturer") even if none of the participants in a risk-creating venture intended to enter into a partnership. Such arrangements occur all the time and are the opposite of sound asset protection planning: unnecessarily expanding the scope of the partners' personal liability beyond the consequences of their own actions to include the consequences of all the other partners' actions, too. The second basic rule of asset protection is to have and maintain adequate liability insurance (as well as property and casualty insurance). Many people, perhaps most, not realizing all the ways in which they can incur personal liability and the potential extent of such liability, fail to carry adequate liability insurance. Given the relative inexpensiveness of "umbrella" liability insurance for very large amounts of coverage over the base amount covered by a primary liability insurance policy, this common failure of planning - again, the opposite of sound asset protection planning - is a classic example of being "penny wise but pound foolish." However, even when adequate in amount, liability insurance typically comes with many exclusions and limitations of coverage. For one common example, it would not
cover any intentional tort. For another, it would typically exclude motor vehicle accidents while the insured was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. For these reasons, in this litigation-prone country, sound asset protection planning requires the use of limited liability entities for most business ventures. Even though a person can not avoid liability for his own torts by use of a limited liability entity, he or she can thereby avoid personal liability for all the contractual obligations of the entity itself or the tort liabilities of any of its other members. Such entities must be properly organized and operated in order to ensure the desired asset protection, but if they are, that protection will definitely be available because of the strong public policy in favor of
Michael T. Sawyier
Sound asset protection planning requires the use of limited liability entities for most business ventures limited liability entities as a means of encouraging business formations and business activity. Beyond limited liability entities, the type and form of ownership of a person's assets can also provide crucial asset protection. One well-known example of a type of asset that is protected from judgment execution is retirement plans (to the extent that the interests in them are owned by the plan participants or their spouses). Another is the proceeds of life insurance policies. As for the form of ownership, tenancy by the entirety - which in Illinois extends only to homestead property (including land trusts and "matrimonial trusts" of such property) owned jointly by a husband and a wife during the term of their marriage - generally shields any assets so owned from the claims of the creditors of either of the spouses though not the joint creditors of both the spouses. This kind of ownership or "estate" can
thus provide considerable peace of mind for married homeowners. Moreover, in some states such as Indiana, this protection extends to all real estate owned by a husband and wife, while in others such as Florida, tenancy by the entirety even extends to intangible personal property such as bank or securities accounts. Proper asset protection planning can also involve the gifting of assets to others - not after, but before claims arise against the owners. Such transfers must not be "fraudulent transfers" (a complex subject to be discussed in a subsequent article in this series). However, a married couple, for example, can accomplish a great deal of property and asset protection by the simple expedient of equalizing the spouses' estates - something that a divorce court would do, anyway, if their marriage came apart. At the extreme of asset protection by form of ownership are foreign asset protection trusts. A number of the features of such trusts make them almost invulnerable to the claims of judgment creditors, at least outside of bankruptcy. Domestic asset protection trusts established in a handful of other states, Nevada or Alaska, for example, can also afford some uncertain but definitely lesser degree of asset protection against the claims of creditors of their "settlers," i.e., the persons who set them up. However, the general rule in the United States is that such creditors may always reach the assets of such a "self-settled" trust to the maximum extent that the settler possibly could. That remains the rule in Illinois. It should also be borne in mind that in bankruptcy the trustee has the power to recover on behalf of the creditors of transferors into any such "self-settled" asset protection trusts, even those established in other countries, any such transfers made within the ten-year period preceding the filing of the bankruptcy petition. On the other hand, one of the unique asset-protection benefits of trusts in general is the protection against potential claims of creditors of the trust beneficiaries (except for the settlers). An outright gift, unless it is promptly and properly disclaimed, can in effect quickly become a boon to the creditors of the person who receives it, whereas a gift in trust generally can not. This is another hugely important aspect of asset protection that is not often fully appreciated. In the end, asset protection planning is an integral part of estate planning. Several of the upcoming articles in this series will explore all these matters in greater detail.
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Foreign students fear immigration law impact MUNCIE, Ind.: Indiana's new immigration law is raising concerns among international students who worry they won't be eligible for tuition waivers or fellowships that help pay for their U.S. educations.
The law that took effect July 1 states that ``public assistance'' for postsecondary education is only available to U.S. residents or ``qualified aliens.'' International students using the F or J visa aren't included
in the definition of qualified alien. International graduate students often receive tuition waivers or fellowships as part of payment for teaching and research duties. Many rely on the money to attend school. The bill was meant to model Indiana's immigration law on Arizona's tough crackdown on illegal immigration. But the bill was stripped of provisions requiring local and state police to enforce federal immigration laws, leaving its focus on denying tax breaks to businesses that knowingly hire illegal immigrants. The law's sponsor, Republican Sen. Mike Delph, said the law was designed only to target illegal immigrants. ``Students on a student visa are
not illegal immigrants,'' he told The Star Press. Ball State and Indiana universities say they don't expect the law to impact their international students.
About 10 percent of the 651 international students enrolled at Ball State last year received tuition waivers About 10 percent of the 651 international students enrolled at Ball State last year received tuition waivers allowing them to pay in-state rates. International students also are eligible for graduate assistant-
ships, working on campus as highlevel teaching assistants and lab assistants or as office assistants. University spokeswoman Joan Todd said the new law requires the university to verify the students' status. Students have to provide a Social Security number or international student number to verify their legal status, she said. Officials at Purdue and Indiana universities say they don't believe the law's intent was to restrict opportunities for international students who are in the U.S. legally. ``You can see how it can be read a certain way,'' IU spokesman Mark Land told the Journal & Courier in Lafayette. ``Right now, we are comfortable that it is not the intent of the bill. We are operating as normal.'' -AP
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Also, the chance of an approval is greater if others are also involved in the management of the entity. Petitioners must endeavor to establish the power to make final decisions and to terminate the beneficiary's employment. For example, the employer-employee relationship might be satisfactorily illustrated where petitioner's bylaws clearly dictate how the corporation will be managed. Petitioner may be able to show, through its bylaws, that its business and property will be managed by a Board of Directors and that a majority vote of this Board will govern the employment, compensation and discharge of all employees of the corporation. A Board of no fewer than three Directors, including the beneficiary, would mean that the majority vote belonged to Directors other than the beneficiary and essentially, that petitioner held the power to make decisions for the company and to terminate the beneficiary's employment. As a result, the employeremployee relationship is less likely to be questioned. We hope that this policy announcement becomes a reality and that the officers in the field faithfully follow the directives. Vivek Wadhwa, noted scholar on entrepreneurship,
has stated in his recent column in the Washington Post, "We could easily see thousands of start-ups generating tens of thousands of jobs in the next couple of years if these changes are enacted in the spirit that they were intended." Indeed, unlike the legislative proposal for the Start-Up Visa (which has not made much progress in Congress), or the more onerous EB-5 Investor category that exists presently, there is no minimum investment requirement or creating a minimum number of jobs within a certain time frame. The petitioner, however, will still need to demonstrate that it will
A Board of no fewer than three Directors, including the beneficiary, would mean that the majority vote belonged to Directors be employing the beneficiary in a specialty occupation, which is a position that requires the minimum of a bachelor's degree in a specialized field, and that the entity will be able to provide work for the beneficiary in this specialty for the duration of the H-1B visa. The H-1B visa has a six year limit. What happens to this entrepreneur after six years? The USCIS has clarified other existing provisions to encourage entrepreneurs. to apply for the green card. Another set of Question and Answers on the Employment-based Second Preference (EB-2) suggests that an entrepreneur can be sponsored under this immigrant visa category, which generally re-
quires a labor certification, but can seek an exemption of the labor certification requirement through a "national interest waiver." In addition, the beneficiary must be able to demonstrate an advanced degree (or its equivalent - bachelor's degree + 5 years of post-baccalaureate experience) or exceptional ability. This too is nothing new. The national interest waiver was enacted by Congress in 1990, and exists under INA Â§203(b)(2)(B), except that it had become impossibly hard to obtain under Matter of New York State Department of Transportation, 22 I&N Dec. 215 (Comm. 1998) (NYSDOT), which set forth a three-prong test. With respect to the first two criteria under NYSDOT, the petitioner must show that he or she will be employed "in an area of substantial intrinsic merit" and that the "proposed benefit will be national in scope." Interesting, until this new policy, it was always difficult for an entrepreneur to show that localized employment through his or her enterprise would be national in scope. This concern has now been put to rest in the EB-2 Q&A: For example, the entrepreneur might be able to demonstrate that the jobs his or her business enterprise will create in a discrete locality will also create (or "spin off") related jobs in other parts of the nation. Or, as another example, the entrepreneur might be able to establish that the jobs created locally will have a positive national impact. (To be continued)
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AIDS prevention programs facing deep cuts BOSTON: Public health officials say cuts in federal funding will force Massachusetts to reduce or eliminate many HIV and AIDS prevention services, programs that helped drive down the state's infection rates by more than 50 percent. The state Public Health Department began notifying community health agencies about the $4.3 million reduction - roughly onequarter of the state's annual AIDS prevention budget. Kevin Cranston, director of the state Bureau of Infectious Diseases, tells The Boston Globe that services facing cuts include distribution of free condoms and programs that give intravenous drug users clean needles. -AP
15 minutes of daily exercise can help LOS ANGELES: A large new study has found even a little bit of daily exercise has health benefits. Exercise guidelines by the World Health Organization and many government health agencies recommend that adults get at least a half-hour of moderate workout most days of the week. A large study done in Taiwan found that even doing half that can be beneficial. Researchers found those who exercised just 15 minutes a day or 90 minutes a week - cut their risk of death by 14 percent and extended their life expectancy by three years compared with those who did no exercise. Results were reported online in the journal Lancet. -AP
Health board to review dissolving tobacco products DENVER: The Colorado Board of Health will hold a public hearing to discuss health concerns over new dissolvable tobacco products being test-marketed in the state. Health officials say some of the new dissolvable tobacco products resemble breath mints and strips. Counties throughout Colorado have reported seeing the new products in local stores. Board president Laura Davis says the hearing will focus on the new product packaging and flavoring. Davis says the public health concern is that the packaging and flavoring may have a particular appeal to kids. -AP
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NH sends text messages to smokers CONCORD, N.H.: New Hampshire residents who are trying to quit smoking can now get help via text messages from the state Department of Health and Human Services. -AP
Cold War nuclear legacy leaves high health costs HONOLULU: The legacy of Cold War-era nuclear testing in the Pacific has left behind a health care problem that is costing U.S. states and territories far more money than the federal government reimburses, according to figures obtained by The Associated Press. Pacific islanders from three former U.S.-administered territories in the test region suffer higher rates of cancer and kidney disease as a result of the atomic explosions. The treatments they require, like chemotherapy and dialysis, are largely unavailable on the tiny island nations, forcing residents of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands and Palau with open migration access to the US from a federal treaty to travel thousands of miles to get help. ``Health is a big incentive to move to a different place,'' said Dr. Wilfred Alik, a family medicine doctor originally from the Marshall Islands who now works at a clinic on Oahu's North Shore. ``If we don't have that kind of care in the Marshall Islands, people will continue to migrate to the United States to get this kind of care.'' But, aside from forcing sick people away from their homes and families in search of treatment, the dilemma has left states like Hawaii and Arkansas and the territory of Guam facing a financial burden:
These three governments spend more than $170 million a year combined on health care for migrants from Micronesia, the Marshall Islands and Palau, but the federal government distributes only $30 million annually to help offset those costs. The expense figures were acquired from open records requests, government agencies and publicly available documents. There are at least 32,600 people from the three nations living in the U.S., according to 2008 Census
nations to provide dialysis treatment, health screenings and education about the open migration policy. In addition, a bill recently introduced by Sen. Daniel Akaka, DHawaii, seeks to restore federal Medicaid funding for these migrants that was cut when the government enacted a welfare overhaul law in 1996. Hawaii, unlike most states, is required to provide this coverage after a federal judge ruled that reducing the state's health plans to these
Pacific islanders from three former US-administered territories in the test region suffer higher rates of cancer and kidney disease estimates although Hawaii's government has said the number of migrants using state services indicates the count was too low. Proposals that would reduce the local expense are focused on decreasing the number Pacific islanders who migrate to the U.S. A letter sent in March by members of Congress from affected areas to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of the Interior Kenneth Salazar suggests that the U.S. government consider establishing facilities in the Pacific
migrants would be discriminatory. The state is appealing that ruling. ``Obviously, this is not going to be an easy task,'' said Nikolao Pula, director for the Office of Insular Affairs, which is scheduled to recommend options to Congress by October. "Ultimately, if things don't happen soon enough to help the situation, then the law or even the treaty could possibly have to be re-looked at.'' The three nations are beneficiaries of the Compact of Free Associa-
tion, a 1986 pact that grants the U.S. the right to use defense sites in exchange for financial assistance and migration rights after Washington used the Pacific islands for nuclear weapons testing from 1946 to 1958. Hawaii's government spent more than $52 million in the 2010 fiscal year on more than 17,000 Compact of Free Association migrants' human services including health plans for low-income residents, welfare programs, public housing and homeless support, according to Department of Human Services figures provided under an open records request. In addition, education costs exceeded $55 million to pay for the instruction of nearly 5,500 compact students, and total costs to the state were $115 million, according to a state impact report released last week. Guam's expenses for education and social services of more than 18,000 migrants reached nearly $54 million in the 2009 fiscal year, according to the territory's most recent compact impact report. And in Arkansas, where about 4,000 people from the Marshall Islands live and work, the state Department of Health estimated it spent more than $1 million to provide services to the compact migrant community in the 2011 fiscal year. Cont’d on page 25
ACLU to sue on behalf of breastfeeding teacher EVERGREEN, Colo.: The American Civil Liberties Union intends to sue a Denver-area charter school for allegedly getting rid of a teacher who pumped breast milk on the job. The ACLU of Colorado filed a ``notice of claim'' against the Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen, a precursor to filing a lawsuit against a government agency. It alleges the school failed to renew the contract of Heather Burgbacher in February because of her pumping schedule. Burgbacher claims she arranged to have her students do supervised desk work during her
20-minute pumping breaks three times a week. The school referred questions to the Jefferson County school district. District spokeswoman
to staffers and the school didn't think Burgbacher was a good fit for the new role. Setzer said Burgbacher was offered an accommodation to fit her
In the notice of claim, Burgbacher says the school's human resource manager told her the school couldn't accommodate the pumping breaks three times a week Lynn Setzer said Burgbacher was a technology teacher who worked under a yearly contract. Setzer said Burgbacher wasn't retained because her position was transformed into a technology adviser
breastfeeding schedule and said Burgbacher indicated she was satisfied with that. Under a law passed in 2008, Colorado employers are required to make reasonable accommoda-
tions to allow mothers to pump milk at work. In the notice of claim, Burgbacher says the school's human resource manager told her the school couldn't accommodate the pumping breaks three times a week and advised her to spend her Thanksgiving break rearranging her breastfeeding schedule and consider switching to formula. ACLU spokeswoman Rosemary Harris Lytle said the school has up to 90 days to respond to the claim. Unless the school decides to negotiate a settlement, the ACLU will file a lawsuit after the school responds. -AP
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County, state officials differed on fungus alert SPRINGFIELD, Mo.: Greene County health officials wanted to issue a statewide alert about a potentially deadly fungus found in the wake of the May 22 tornado in Joplin, but state health officials chose to wait on issuing the alert, according to a newspaper report. County health officials on June 3 sought a statewide alarm about the aggressive fungal infection, mucormycosis, which kills tissue and was found in 13 people injured in the tornado. Five of those died. It's unclear if the fungus caused or contributed to their deaths. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it was the first known cluster of the fungus occurring after a tornado. No cases of mucormycosis have been reported since June 17. State health officials, worried in part about panicking the public, initially said no to a statewide alert about the fungus, according to
emails obtained in a records request by The Springfield News Leader. The county ended up issuing its own limited alert on June 6, putting out the word to 43 health care contacts. Joplin health officials also alerted providers. The state then issued a health advisory on June 10, a week after the county's request and two days after the News-Leader first wrote about the fungal infections. ``Our only goal was to alert doctors who were treating people with the infections to keep people from dying from them,'' said Kevin Gipson, the county's director of health. ``That's the role of public health.'' Jacqueline Lapine, spokeswoman for the state Department of Health and Senior Services, said the agency ``worked in close coordination with local health officials.'' ``We continue to work directly
with local public health officials and health care professionals to provide the best care possible for victims and to protect public health and safety,'' Lapine said.
State health officials, worried in part about panicking the public, initially said no to a statewide alert about the fungus, according to emails Kendra Williams, Greene County administrator for community health and epidemiology, said the county asked the state on June 3 to send out a message warning health care providers to watch for fungal infections, with an at-
tached memo from St. John's Hospital. She said the county wanted the state to send out the message because the state can send it to all counties in Missouri and neighboring states. ``The purpose was to ensure that any hospital/health care provider would recognize the illness in a timely manner and begin aggressive anti-fungal treatment,'' Williams said. In a June 3 email to Dr. George Turabelidze, acting state epidemiologist, and John Bos, a state epidemiology specialist, Dr. Philip Yi Chin Lo, an epidemic intelligence service officer for the state, wrote that he had talked to a doctor at St. John's in Springfield about the fungus. ``He agreed with me that it's not beneficial to panic the public without getting correct info first, so he'll tell his trauma colleague to hold that off ...,'' Lo wrote. ``If necessary we can issue a health
advisory to health care providers, but it will only be possible if we can have all the necessary information and make sure the messages are correct.'' Kevin Gipson, the county's director of health, said when the state health department rejected the county's request for the health advisory, the county issued its own limited warning on June 6. ``We did it anyway without their blessing,'' he said. Teri Koch, an infectious disease nurse at McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital in Carthage, which briefly treated one of the people with fungal infections, said officials with the state Department of Health and Senior Services acted appropriately. ``I don't think it (the timing) was going to make any difference. I think they were frantically working behind the scenes to find out what they were dealing with,'' Koch said. -AP
Lack of funding harming Nebraska weighing choices for Native Americans health care exchange PORTLAND, Oregon: Native Americans aren't getting the health care they need because services for them are vastly underfunded, the director of the federal Indian Health Service said here. Yvette Roubideaux told a gathering of American Indian doctors that her agency is still underfunded despite significant gains made in recent years. ``It's really clear that the health disparities, the lack of health care
'If we wait for the funding to come and magically make everything better, we're going to be waiting a long time' providers, the lack of updated facilities, the delays in providing care - all of those seem to fundamentally result from the lack of resources that we have,'' Roubideaux said in an address to the annual conference of the Association of American Indian Physicians. The federal government spends more per-capita on health care for prisoners than for Native Americans who get their care from the Indian Health Service, she said. When compared with the population as a whole, Indians are twice as likely to die from suicide, three times more likely to die from diabetes-related complications
and six times more likely to die from alcohol abuse, according to IHS statistics. Roubideaux said her agency has been fortunate to avoid budget cuts so far and actually saw its budget increase significantly in 2010. But deficit-reduction negotiations could erode some of those gains, she said. Noting that the federal health care overhaul will increase health options for Indians, Roubideaux said she's focused on improving customer service and quality of care in the IHS so patients won't look elsewhere for care. Improving the agency's management can increase the outcomes even without full funding, she said. ``If we wait for the funding to come and magically make everything better, we're going to be waiting a long time,'' Roubideaux said. Jeremy Lazarus, president-elect of the American Medical Association, told the conference that more should be done to help Native Americans become doctors, including scholarship programs to help them afford medical school and improve accommodations to allow Indian doctors to incorporate traditional healing in their practices. The new federal health care overhaul, known officially as the Affordable Care Act but dubbed ``Obamacare'' by opponents, isn't perfect, Lazarus said, but it goes a long way toward improving access to health care and decreasing disparities between care for white and minority patients. -AP
LINCOLN, Neb.: Unanswered questions about the new national health care law have slowed Nebraska's efforts to prepare a statewide insurance exchange, state insurance officials said. Nebraska insurance analysts told a legislative panel that they need more federal guidance before deciding which health exchange option to recommend, so the state can comply with the Obama administration's overhaul of the nation's health care system. The state exchanges are meant to offer a one-stop-shop for Americans to buy health insurance coverage. The state exchanges must be federally certified by January 2013 and operational by the start of 2014. State officials must decide whether Nebraska will join the fed-
eral exchange, participate in a regional exchange with other states, or launch an exchange of its own to comply with federal law. Sciullo said a regional exchange appears
The state exchanges are meant to offer a one-stop-shop for Americans to buy health insurance coverage unlikely, because each state has different regulations and needs. State health insurance analyst Michael Sciullo said officials still haven't learned the exact details of the health insurance exchange
Infection caused by waterborne amoeba RICHMOND, Va.: State health officials say a Virginian has been diagnosed with a rare infection associated with a type of amoeba that lives in stagnant water. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that it's sometimes called ``brain-eating amoeba'' because it travels up the nose and destroys brain tissue, almost always causing meningitis. In a health advisory, state health officials said the amoeba prolifer-
ates in stagnant freshwater lakes, ponds, streams and rivers when temperatures climb into the 80s. They say people should take safety precautions when swimming, including showering with soap before and after and being careful not to swallow pool, lake or river water. Officials say on 32 such infections were reported in the U.S. from 2001 to 2010, and the most recent previous case in Virginia was in 1969. - AP
offered by the federal government. Still unclear is whether a Nebraska-run program would carry over to other states, which option is the most cost-effective and how many participants would meet various income requirements to enter into an exchange. ``There seems to be a lot of challenges with the concept,'' Sciullo said. ``I think initially it was a concept that sounded great, particularly when we talk about the pooling aspect. But with all the other challenges facing states as they prepare for the exchange process ... it's been one of those things that sounded a lot better in theory than has worked out practically.'' The state insurance officials gave their briefing to a joint meeting of the Legislature's Banking, Commerce and Insurance Committee and Health and Human Services Committees. The health care exchanges are expected to surface as a significant issue when lawmakers convene a new session in January. A state-commissioned study released last August determined that the new federal law will increase Nebraska's Medicaid costs by $526 million to $766 million over the next decade. In May, a state-by-state report commissioned by the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured estimated a much lower cost of between $106 million and $155 million. -AP
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Many of the migrants moved to Arkansas to work in Springdale, the headquarters of Tyson Foods Inc. ``The Marshallese bring a lot of value to the state of Arkansas,'' said Arkansas Department of Health spokeswoman Ann Wright. ``We have and will continue to look at multiple funding sources to help offset any costs the state incurs.'' The federal government splits its $30 million in annual funding based on a 2008 census of where the compact migrants live. Guam's 18,300 counted migrants draw nearly $17 million a year; Hawaii's 12,200 migrants bring in about $11 million; and the Northern Mariana's 2,100 migrants result in $1.9 million. Arkansas wasn't included under the terms of the treaty, and it only received onetime federal funding of about $250,000 to create a satellite clinic, Wright said. ``Affected jurisdictions have reported large and increasing costs associated with compact migration over the past years,'' said David Gootnick, director for international affairs and trade in the U.S. Government Accountability Office. ``While there are costs associated, they are to varying degrees employed, they pay taxes, they consume in the economy and they receive re-
mittances from home.'' The GAO is preparing a report due in September or October that will evaluate the strengths and limitations in how compact migrants are counted and how their impact is measured, Gootnick said. The idea of opening clinics to treat cancers and provide dialysis would ease the
The GAO is preparing a report due in September or October that will evaluate the strengths and limitations in how compact migrants are counted and how their impact is measured strain on states like Hawaii, said Patricia McManaman, director for the Department of Human Services. ``Whatever services can be provided in people's home countries may be of great benefit to those individuals,'' she said. ``Do people always want to travel to distant lands to get needed medical services? No, I don't think so.'' -AP
ivided into three sections, the novel, The Silent and the Lost authored by Abu Zubair (Pacific Breeze Publishing) is a gut wrenching saga of the liberation of a war ravaged country Bangladesh. The year is 1971.Thirty seven chapters with intriguing titles, Curfew, Dacca or Dachau, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Bell-bottomed Guerrillas, Enemy Within, Eye of the Storm, Mother Teresa, Red Sun of Freedom, lure the reader to read with rapt attention as we are immersed in the bloody nine months of revolution that created Bangladesh. A baby born during the Bangladesh War of Independence is adopted by an American family that has lost their only son in Vietnam. Years pass, and the baby, now a young married man begins to question his past and finds that he is part of the history
The narrative is a searing account of the history of the time, written in depth and pain when the people of East Pakistan were determined to form their own independent nation Bangladesh, severing all ties with West Pakistan. Author Zubair is a consummate master spinning between two time zones shifting between
of the birth of Bangladesh. Alex Salim McKensie married to an Indian American Sangeeta Rai decides to speed like 'the trajectory of an arrow twenty five years back into the circumstances of his birth."
periods and situations as he explores the grim past, constructing frameworks of memory versus history, flashbacks of pain and loss, destruction and hope. Plots are a lot to handle with bloody battles, refugees, intrigue, conspiracies and revolution depicted in graphic and chilling detail. Nothing is glossed over. All the
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violence, desperation, news, events is captured with extraordinary detail and vividly realized. Mukti Bahini, the freedom fighters of Bangladesh, involved in the two hundred and sixty seven day struggle against Pakistan's President Yahya Khan and his militia is dramatized by diverse characters. Young, Rafique Chowdhury, Nazmul Islam, Nahar Sultana, fired with idealism, courage as they wave placards and shout, "This struggle is for our freedom, this struggle is for our independence." "Our history is a history written in tears" writes Zubair. "Sons and daughters of Bangladesh were gunned down mercilessly, and people bound by fate, were crushed by the brutality of oppressors. The Bangladesh Genocide grew out of President Yahya Khan's arrogance, bigotry and the sheer lust for power." And it ended, he narrates because of the hunger for freedom, the courage to sacrifice all for the country by millions of Bangladeshis. East Pakistan tore itself away from West Pakistan in a powerful struggle and this is what makes the book a gripping chronicle. But the book is not a tedious prosaic history lesson. Relief comes with poetry scattered across the pages of the book. An interesting insert is the description of the Concert for Bangladesh hosted by George Harrison featuring Pandit Ravi Shankar, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Ustad Allah Rakha, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, and other luminaries in the music world. Zubair even lists the songs played and sung at the historic concert. As Zubair puts it, "a seminal seed that has flourished in man's humanity towards his fellow man. Fifteen million dollars were raised for the relief efforts of Bangladesh." The full text of the leader of the Awami League, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's fiery, eloquent speech on March 7, 1971 to seventy million Bangladeshis also finds a place in the book, and reinforces the anguish, genocide and jubilation of the nine months of 1971. The book is a tribute to the millions of martyrs who gave their lives and won freedom.
August 26, 2011
Popular play Invasion returns in Oct India Post News Service
Moreno, who will be joined by new cast member Nick Choksi. About the return of Invasion! Loewald says "This play connected with New Yorkers in a very exciting way last winter. We weren't able to extend the run then because the venue was unavailable, but we knew there was an appetite for the show. We're very excited to be bringing it back at the
NEW YORK: Invasion! - Jonas Hassen Khemiri's Obie Award-winning play that enjoyed considerable critical and popular success during its US premiere by The Play Company last winter - will have a return engagement Off-Broadway this fall, again presented by The Play Company, with previews starting September 6 prior to an official press opening on September 13 at The Flea Theater (41 White Street) in Manhattan, where PlayCo will be based for the 2011-12 season, it has been announced by Kate Loewald, Founding Producer, and Lauren Weigel, Executive Producer of The Play Company. Erica Schmidt will again direct. The Play Company is an Off-Broadway theatre now in its 12th year, producing a global program of adventurous new plays by U.S. and international playwrights who bring unique perspectives on the world in the 21st century. They recently produced the U.S. premiere of Vijay Tendulkar's Sakharam Binder (India). Invasion! - which played a sold-out engagement when it debuted in February 2011 features South Asian actors Andrew
About Invasion! The New York Times wrote, "Set in an urgently contemporary New York, the play is a slyly entertaining comedy with a sharp political edge." The Village Voice said, "If you've ever wished somebody would write a razor-sharp play anatomizing lazy paranoia about the Middle East - somebody has."
Guilarte and Nick Choksi. The show's return engagement coincides with the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and is a subversive comedy about identity and stereotypes, centering on "Abulkasem," a name mysteriously belonging to a wide assortment of characters in the play, leaving us to wonder, "Who is Abulkasem?" Is he a character in a fairy tale, or an international super-spy? Is she a renowned auteur director? Does he/she pose a clear and present danger? And is there really more than one?
New York Magazine called Invasion! "Stunningly funny, ominously good. Witty and fleet, and always three clicks ahead of our expectations." Members of the original NY cast of Invasion! returning for the OffBroadway engagement this fall include Francis Benhamou, Andrew Guilarte, Bobby
Flea this fall, so that more people can see it, and especially because the show asks important questions of all of us as we mark the tenth anniversary of 9/11 Jonas uses wit and theatricality to talk about serious racial and cultural divisions in our society." Scheduled through October 1, Invasion! will perform Mondays through Fridays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 3 and 7 p.m.
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Bollywood pays tribute to Shammi Kapoor Never again. Thank you for the wonderful cinematic memories and life lessons. RIP.' Deepika Padukone will miss the veteran too: 'He was an inspiration not just for his style and the films he did,but also his attitude towards life...we will miss you Shammi uncle...#RIP.'
MUMBAI: Legendary actor Shammi Kapoor passed away a day before India's Independence Day. He was 79. Film personalities lost no time in turning to twitter and mourning the loss of the great actor: Amitabh Bachchan, who broke the news on twitter, added later: 'Shammi ji ... An entire life full of optimism and happy spirit, caring loving to all ... Now suddenly silent.' Priyanka Chopra tweeted: 'sometimes no amount of kind words can compensate for a loss! bhole baba ki jai shammi maharajji.. he was our guruji..im at a loss..
nothing will ever fill the void u have left @shamsheraj . im sorry i didnt try RESSEE.. but wil do.. only for u.. R.I.P' Mahesh Bhatt tweeted: 'The narrative of Shammi Kapoor will not end with his passing away. His movies will continue to enchant the future generations!' Shabana Azmi received the sad news at Brussels airport. 'At brussels airport learned d sad news about shammi kapoorji.we mourn the loss of d most zinda dil man I've ever met. condolence to d family,' she wrote. Farhan Akhtar tweeted: 'Mr. Shammi Kapoor. Never before -
Mahesh Bhatt tweeted: 'The narrative of Shammi Kapoor will not end with his passing away. His movies will continue to enchant the future generationsâ€™ Dia Mirza tweeted: 'The happiest, caring, kind and considerate man...You leave with us memories that are precious... @shamsheraj RIP Shammi Kapoor love u forever.' Shekhar Kapur tweeted. 'The great iconic Shammi Kapoor who defined an era n influenced music, dance n song even today has
passed away, leaving a hollow void,' he updated. Karan Johar said he was one of the strongest men he knew. 'One of finest and strongest men I knew...we will truly miss you shammi uncle....RIP,' he tweeted. Manoj Bajpayee tweeted: 'May god bless shammiji's soul. may he rest in peace! an era comes to an end with his demise!' Neha Dhupia tweeted: 'RIP
Shammi kapoor ji ... Ur magic will always be remembered !' Minissha Lamba was saddened by the news. 'Deeply saddened by the news of @shamsheraj sir's demise, No1 in d fraternity can ever fit in your shoes. You will be missed, sir. R.I.P.' she wrote. Riteish Deshmukh tweeted: 'RIP SHAMMI KAPOOR- the most stylish actor ever- we love you n we will miss you.'
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nounce her pending engagement to a white man - she finds her joyful news lost in a NEW YORK: To commemorate the tenth mire of household problems and quickly anniversary of the September 11th tragedy, becomes trapped in the shared family loss and to celebrate their tenth season Desipina that was never dealt with. As this multi& Co. - a fusion arts company focusing in cultural family begins to fragment, they befilm and theatre, dedicated to promoting gin to piece together the past each one cross-pollinations of artistic, political and hides, and the future they all share. Originally mounted in 2002 at HERE and cultural dialogues - will present Barriers, a play by Rehana Lew Mirza (The Good Mus- then subsequently co-produced with the lim) about a South Asian family's loss from Asian American Theater Company in San Francisco and Los Angeles the 9/11 attacks and the in 2003, Barriers is returning backlash they endure, feaBarriers is returning to the stage to look back on turing a cast that includes the ten-year anniversary of Pooja Kumar (Miss India to the stage to look the September 11th tragedy. USA 1995, "Hiding Directed by Colette Robert, Divya") and Sunkrish Bala back on the ten(ABC-TV's "Notes from year anniversary of Barriers features a cast that includes: Pooja Kumar, Sunkrish the Underbelly"). Previews Bala, Joe Petrilla, Eileen Rivera, of Barriers will begin Sep- the September Jon Norman Schneider and tember 7 prior to an official 11th tragedy Rajeev Varma. Barriers is an opening date of September Equity approved showcase. 9 at HERE (145 6th Avenue, Barriers is produced by Ying Le for enter on Dominick, 1 block south of Spring Desipina & Co. and has a design team that Street) in Manhattan. Rehana Lew Mirza's play Barriers takes includes Katherine Akiko Day (set and cosplace four months after the 9/11 attacks and tume design), Colin Whitely (sound design), focuses on the Chinese/Pakistani Abbas and Marie Yokoyama (lighting design). It is family and the loss of their eldest son Nabhil a part of HEREstay, HERE's curated rental who had been in the World Trade Center program, which provides artists with subsiduring the attack. When Sunima, the dized space and equipment, as well as techAbbas's only daughter, comes home to an- nical and administrative support.
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TAURUS (APRIL 21 TO MAY 20)
estern medication will not work, only change of diet and relaxing technique will. Mind will be full of bright ideas and you will work on them. You will be associated with some like minded people on new project. Business trips and meetings will be fruitful. You have some real easy money coming during the week.
t will be an expensive week but money will go to wards family and a good cause. You will make friend with an important person who will be very useful in future. Some of you will be traveling in direction East for an important meeting. You may change the business partners you had been working for quite some time.
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ou will be spending lots of money on children and their needs. You will continue to work on your plans to move to a better location. Very favorable week for people trying to change job or career. You will receive help from an elderly person. Some of you will be travelling long distance to attend an important meeting.
elationship may become permanent. You will sign and quickly return the contract. You will be full of energy and work on your plans with full force. Results will amaze every body at home. You will also perform some noble deed or make a serious commitment towards charity. Physical activities will bring blood pressure down.
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ack of communication may create some confusion with some one close. You will buy some nice items for personal use and may take family out to movies and dinner this week. Time and energy will go on resolving few important issues at work. You may call an old trusted friend to seek guidance and advice.
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ou will benefit from a powerful person. Financially you will continue to well and meet your goals easily. You will hear some good news from overseas. Contract you had been waiting for will finally be in your hands. You may take a short trip with family to meet an old friend. Park your vehicle at proper place.
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roblems will come but if you stay focused, you will be able to resolve them not only quickly but to your advantage. You may dispose off some old items and pocket the money. An old friend will make an offer that will be hard to turn down. Some of you will be taking a trip with family to a nice area.
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ou will spend an evening with some important and famous people. Things will get more relaxing at work and you will enjoy company of a new colleague. You will utilize extra time on hands by taking care of old papers gathering dust in the house. You may find something you had been searching for in the past.
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Mount Abu, the only hill station in Rajasthan, offers you the best of all possible worlds, with more scenic beauty, more architecture and archaeology in the form of the famous Dilwara caves, the chief center for the Brahmakumaris and a generous peppering of temples
ount Abu is one of the popular Jain pilgrimage sites. Going by its lushness, it is called 'the Paradise of Rajasthan'. Mount Abu, the only hill station in Rajasthan, offers you the best of all possible worlds, with more scenic beauty, more architecture and archaeology in the form of the famous Dilwara caves, the chief center for the Brahmakumaris and a generous peppering of temples which shows that the place is exceptionally favored by the gods. Abu has been an important place of penance for the sages. The shops on both sides of the road are glitteringly alive, as late as 10 p.m. on a winter night. In case it is a winter trip
that, one can just arrive in Abu, at any time of the night or day, employ a wheelbarrow, which will take your luggage all over Abu for few rupees while you check out a place to stay. This is, in fact the best time to visit if the cold does not bother you too much (it is usually warmer than a Delhi winter). All hotels are available at half rates and the best of rooms can be yours for a rate that suits your budget. Abu in summer is definitely a retreat from the heat of the plains. A summer visit requires careful plan-
ning, and rooms should be booked at least two months in advance. Everything, from hotels to restaurants, to transport is at double the rates, and beware of the new monster - the Marutis, in every color which cover the landscape and race pugnaciously around the hills. Yet, the little township is well prepared to handle tourists. Contâ€™d on page 33
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EIS to promote India for Tourism Ministry NEW DELHI: The Experience India Society (EIS) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Tourism to promote and market India as a preferred tourism destination. According to the MoU, EIS and Ministry of Tourism will work in partnership to develop a comprehensive marketing plan for promotion of India as a tourist destination. "This MoU will be valid for three years from the date of signing and can be extended on mutually agreed terms and conditions," EIS said in a statement. EIS is an initiative of the leading hotel chains and tour operators to promote India through a public-private partnership with the Ministry of Tourism. Recognizing that tourism has a very high employment potential
and that revenues generated from tourism contribute to the economic and social development of the country, the MoU undertakes to work towards increasing tourist arrivals into India through promotional activities, it said. The society supports tourism promotion events, produces promotional films for the international audiences as a part of the 'Incredible India campaign' and participates in road shows to promote Indian tourism. The current member list of the society includes names like Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, The Oberoi Group, ITC Welcomgroup, Hyatt (South Asia), CJ International Hotels (Le Meridien), Leela Hotels, Intercontinental Eros, Marriott Hotels (India), Kuoni (India) and Thomas Cook (India). -PTI
New cruise liner to Maldives, Lakshadweep KOCHI: With demand for cruise tourism on the rise, an Indian private operator will be launching a cruise service to Maldives and Lakshadweep from Kochi from October this year. Operated by AMET Shipping Private Limited, M V AMET Majesty will sail from Kochi to destinations such as Maldives, Lakshadweep and a cruise on the Kochi high seas. The first cruise will set sail from here during the first week of October and the itinerary will continue up to April 2012, Dr J Ramachandran, Chairman, AMET Shipping India Private Limited and Bharathi, Managing Director & CEO, AMET Shipping India Private Ltd told reporters here. Foreign cruise liners have touched just one or two Indian ports, but these have been few and
remained the prerogative of the rich and the affluent, Ramachandran said. Amet Cruises is India's first cruise line that seeks to introduce a new format of holiday, recreation
The aim is to have one High sea sailing, one 2 night sailing to Lakshawdeep and one 4 night sailing to Maldives each and every week and entertainment in the country, he said. With its rightly priced packages, it brings cruise tourism options within the reach of the bur-
geoning urban Indian middle class. A series of meetings had been held with Cochin Port Trust and Lakshadweep administration authorities and they have offered full support for the operation of the Cruise vessel, he said. 'We have also assured on our part that we will be positioning our cruise vessel every year after the monsoon'. The aim is to have one High sea sailing, one 2 night sailing to Lakshawdeep and one 4 night sailing to Maldives each and every week. India is one of the fastest-growing outbound travel markets in the world. The total worldwide cruise market is estimated at USD 29.4 billion this year, a 9.5 per cent increase from last year. The total cruise passengers carried worldwide in 2011 is estimated at 19.2 million, a 4.1 per cent over last year. -PTI
UK riots: No adverse effect on tourism yet LONDON: There is some unease among Britain's business community, but tourism officials said there had been no major cancellations due to the unrest that swept London and other major towns in England even though graphic images were broadcast around the world live. As officials estimate the loss to domestic economy in hundreds of millions of pounds, Business secretary Vince Cable said the government would work with the foreign investor community "to restore confidence in the UK as a destination for investment". Patricia Yates of VisitBritain, the tourism authority, told PTI. "It is very much business as usual, with international visitors enjoying their stay. Feedback from our overseas network indicates that although there is concern in some markets, there are no reports of cancellations." She added: "Britain has a strong and positive image overseas and we hope these incidents will be short-lived and that inbound tourism will show its customary resilience.
Transport services, including inbound flights to the UK, are all running a good service and hotels and major tourist attractions across London and the rest of Britain remain open and unaffected by the incidents." There is usually tourist presence in popular destinations, such as the London Eye,
(BCC) said it was concerned about UK's international reputation following the unrest, and added that it was vital that such incidents were 'nipped in the bud'. The BCC's director general, David Frost, said: "We need to focus on more than the immediate aftermath of the riots. The UK's image has suffered a signifi-
Transport services, including inbound flights to the UK, are all running a good service and hotels and major tourist attractions across London and the rest of Britain remain open and unaffected by the incidents Westminster and the London Bridge. Yates said: "International events are taking place in the sunshine, such as the Olympic beach volleyball test event being held at Horse Guards Parade right in the heart of London, and the test match between England and India in Birmingham". The British Chambers of Commerce
cant blow this week, with knock-on impacts for our retail and tourism industries, as well as international investment in our cities and towns. We now need to show the world that Britain remains a secure and strong destination for investment and business growth."
Nishank gives nod for Eco-Tourism Corporation DEHRA DUN: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has given his nod for establishing Eco-Tourism Corporation in the state. Chairing a high-level meeting of secretaries, he said the new body would be a joint venture of the tourism and forest department, an official statement said. He also asked both departments to come up with a systematic and well planned proposal for the same. During the meeting, he also directed the forest development corporation to put up boundaries
outside jungles for avoiding conflict between humans and wild animals. In this regard, he also directed the officials to construct toilets in forest-villages for ensuring safety of the people. The Chief Minister called for keeping the interests of the local youths protected before drafting any policy for river rafting and beach camping. He was informed that the forest department has set a target of generating an additional income of about Rs 150 crore through eco-tourism, river rafting and beach camping this
year. Nishank also gave his approval in principle for the proposal of the irrigation department regarding levying user charges on hydropower projects. Principal Secretary (Irrigation) P C Sharma suggested that water user charges can be levied on the hydro-power projects as was being done in Jammu and Kashmir. He added that in J&K, a charge of 25 paise per cubic meter was being levied as water use charges on electricity generation by the hydro electricity projects. -PTI
A poll of London firms conducted by ComRes on behalf of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) showed that 83% believed the riots had damaged the capital's reputation as a place to do business. Colin Stanbridge, the LCCI's chief executive, said: "With the Olympics only a year away, the eyes of the world were already turning to London and unfortunately the events of the last few days are what international audiences have seen." A spokesman for VisitBritain said: "We have a great opportunity over the next year to showcase what makes Britain such a popular destination for millions of visitors each year and to encourage even more visitors to come and experience Britain for themselves." He added: "As calm quickly returns across the country, it is important for us to recognize the role that tourism, hospitality, pub and leisure businesses can play in providing employment opportunities to young people and in particular those from disadvantaged backgrounds." -PTI
First tourist train leaves Moscow for Beijing MOSCOW: A new tourist train began its first 14-day trip from Moscow to Beijing. The train set off from Moscow's Kazaknsky railway terminal and made stopovers in Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyerask, Irkutsk, Ulan Ude, Ullan Baatar and in Erlian. "A rich program of excursions will be offered in each of these cities," a spokesman for Russian Rail-
ways Co (RZD) told Itar-Tass. A zest of the trip is a travel along a circular railway around picturesque Lake Baikal, and a night in an authentic Mongolian jurt, the spokesman said. Apart from it, dishes of national cuisines will be offered on board the train. "Interpreter services will be available for foreign tourists during the entire trip," the spokesman noted. -PTI
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Mount Abu: Jain pilgrimage center & 'Paradise of Rajasthan' Cont’d from page 31
Tourist buses show you around the places of interest twice a day and the bus guide provides a background, history and of course his own interpretations on everything you visit. Information is also available from a tourist guide office, but even without guidance there are certain places that simply cannot be missed on a visit to Abu. Tourist attractions: The Dilwara Jain temples for instance, have been compared to the Taj Mahal for their sheer elegance and beauty in marble. Built between the 11th and 13th century, these temples are all the more exceptional because the marble to build these was brought all the way from Makrana and the best workmen and craftsmen employed to ensure the finest quality of sculpture. Intricate carvings decorate each portion of these temples, which are dedicated to the Jain Tirthankaras. Millions of rupees were spent on the carvings, architecture and décor of the temples and the workmen were rewarded in silver and gold equivalent to the amount of marble brought in. The Jain temple: Of the five temples - Vimal Vasahi, Lun Vasahi, Shri Risha Lhdeo, Shri Parshvanath and Shri Mahavir Swami, the first two are the most famous. One estimate states that a sum of Rs. 1.2 billion was spent on Lun Vasahi itself. This temple was built by two brothers - Vastupal and Tejpal ministers in the court of Raja Varadnawarkar, a ruler of Gujarat. They belonged to Neminath Bhagwan, the 22nd Tirthankara. Outside the main doors of this temple, there are two statues called Devrani's and Jethani's goklas respectively, and are backed by stories of competitive jealousy of the two wives of these brothers. Another striking feature of the temple is the marble dome in the porch, which is made up of a cluster of half open lotuses, which appear to
be almost transparent. The Vimal Vasahi temple is older and is also known to be the first Jain temple and is dedicated to the first Jain Tirthankara. Built in 1031, by Bhim Deva, the first Solanki ruler of Gujarat, the temple is constructed in pure marble, with plain exteriors. However, its interiors are richly sculpted and house some fine examples of the accomplishment of artists in those times. Residents of the area will tell
tale, with only a small portion in pink jutting out of an otherwise plain white chalk building. Inside is a shrine of Datta-traya, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Outside the temple, a little distance from its door is a huge brass bell, which stands sentinel overlooking the lush greenness of Mount Abu. A costume photographer displays dresses and invites tourists to pose with temple as a backdrop.
The highest peak of Mount Abu, is also perhaps the most beautiful. There is certain serenity about the temple built atop this peak. The temple might just have stepped out of a fairy tale, with only a small portion in pink jutting you that a visit to Abu cannot be complete without obtaining the blessings of Arbuda Devi, the goddess after whom Abu is said to have been named. Arbuda Devi is stationed some 200 steps above the road, in a series of caves on top of a mountain. Along with Arbuda Devi are the statues of her three attendants. Abu's highest peak: Guru Shikhar, the highest peak of Mount Abu, is also perhaps the most beautiful. There is certain serenity about the temple built atop this peak. The temple might just have stepped out of a fairy
Another temple worth visiting is the Brahmakhadd, a Shiva temple with a difference. Here the deity is not the traditional lingam but a pit into which Lord Shiva is said to have put his foot. Legend has it that the spot goes deep into the earth until it touches water. Outside this temple there is a statue of Goddess Parvati, and a large statue of Nandi, which still bears marks of destruction, wrought by invading armies. Nakki, the lake: In the heart of the town, at one end of the Mall is Nakki Lake, which has an interesting history. It is said that it was drawn by the finger nails (nakk) of a sage, Balam Rasia, in response to the demands of the stepmother of the girl he wished to marry. The girl, a princess, and a daughter of the then King of Abu, was also in love with the sage, but because of the evil stepmother the affair ended in tragedy, and has been immortalized in a temple of the Kunwari Kanya, alongside which stands a statue of her lover. The lake too, has survived to tell the tale. Picturesquely set, with the hills rising all around it, it has several islets to which you can hire boats. An interesting facet is the many rock formations around the lake. They have been named Toad Rock, Nun Rock, Nandi Rock and
Camel Rock because of their resemblance to these figures. The road appears to be looking broodingly down towards the lake, as if contemplating jumping in. Nun Rock is a large smooth rock, as it supposedly looks like a woman with a veil. The climb up to these rocks, through the wooded forests is a beautiful one, with each of the rocks on the way making unique formations, fissures and shapes. Places around: Like all other hill stations, Abu too, has its horse rides, honeymoon and sunset points. Sunset point here is definitely worth a visit. An entire hill has been carved into several lay-
ers, top to bottom and as the sun begins to lower itself in the sky, and the entire hill is crowded with people covered in the golden glow of the setting sun. How to reach: Mount Abu is Rajasthan's only hill station. It is 187 km away from Ahmedabad in Gujarat. Rail - There are direct trains to Abu Road Station (27 km away from Mount Abu) from Delhi, Jodhpur and Agra. A fast train takes four hours between Ahmedabad in Gujarat and Abu Road. Road - Mount Abu is linked with Udaipur and Ahmedabad by road.
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kshay Kumar is leaving no stone unturned to create a buzz for his first Indo-Canadian venture Speedy Singh earlier titled Breakaway. After working with international music sensations like Kylie Minogue for 'Chiggy Wiggy' in Blue and Snoop Dogg for the title track in Singh is Kinng, Akshay will now be grooving with A-lister American Grammy-awardwinning rapper and actor Ludacris for exclusive track for the movie titled, 'Shera Di Khom'. Akshay was earlier not supposed to be a part of his home production Speedy Singh but then he had a change of mind. AK and Ludacris bonded really well during the shoot and have been in touch since then. The song will be shown when the end credits roll. The song has been composed by RDB and Ludacris has worked on the rap. RDB will also feature in the music video along with Akki and Ludacris. Speedy Singh is directed by Robert Lieberman and stars Vinay Virmani, Russell Peters, Rob Lowe, Camilla Belle, Sakina Jaffrey, Anupam Kher and a cameo by Drake. It is a cross-cultural comedy-drama set in the Indo-Canadian community of suburban Toronto, Canada and is the story of South Asian immigrants and how they adapt to a new life in a new country. It is said to be inspired by the life of a hockey player and is the story of an underdog.
he London riots have taken the entire world by surprise, most of all Indians who are caught in a situation over which the British government seems to have little control. At an unveiling event for a motorcycle brand, A R Rahman, Shah Rukh Khan, Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma were almost caught in a complete shutdown of the city. Shailendra Singh of Percept Ltd who organized the event says, "It was providential. There we were on stage at the O2 Arena with Boris Becker and David Coulthard. The event went off like a dream. But just as we wrapped up we heard that part of London was being shut down completely due to the riots." Apparently, a panic situation arose after the event was over. While A.R Rahman and Shah Rukh seemed unfazed by the developments (both are Sufiyana in their temperament) Anushka apparently was nervous. Says a source, "Ranbir took charge. He looked after Anushka, made sure she didn't panic and that she reached her hotel safely. The city was on fire. But Ranbir didn't let Anushka feel the heat of the riots. He kept her entertained and reassured."
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atrina Kaif is on a roll this year as she is doing two Yashraj film with the famous warring Khans of the industry. Isn't she tensed? Working with ex-flame Salman Khan and his rival Shahrukh Khan that too around same time, won't it be taxing for Katrina? She says, "We all have different equations. Friendly, not so friendly, but everyone respects everyone's individuality. There are really no camps or something like that." According to her, the media has this misconception about camps in Bollywood, and that's the problem. But Katrina Kaif is on a go, worrying less about what others are saying, instead her mind is set on her career; she wants to do good work and has something fresh to offer us in every film. For the film Mere Brother Ki Dulhan she has donned a rock babe avatar and is again dabbling in comedy. Katrina reveals that the rom com is on the lines of the classic film Chupke Chupke. Now, that sounds really promising.
ot being from the industry and still making it big in Bollywood, might have been a big achievement for Kangna Ranaut, but burning bridges with some of the biggest actors today is surely not the cleverest thing to do. Since industry heavyweights Sanjay Dutt and Ajay Devgn, tired of her outrageous remarks about the two actors in the media lately, have decided never to work with her in the future. The lady known for her extreme remarks undid the Sanjay-Kangna-Ajay collaboration when in a recent interview, replying to an accusation that she had been seeking attention said, 'Honestly why do I need to take anyone's name to further my career? I'm in a very good place. I can truly understand if I were to drop Tom Cruise's name to make an impact. Why would I need to take any other names?' Unrepentant, the actress continued with such shocking remarks, though not to the media. The next thing Kangna knew, she was left out from the guestlist at the launch of the Rascals first look.
areena Kapoor is upset after learning of rumors being apparently spread by a contemporary actor. This actress apparently told a common friend that Kareena's wax statue at Madame Tussauds was "nothing but a gimmick". "Kareena was deeply hurt when she heard about the heroine bitching about her in her close circles. You will never find her talking to her again. She is hurt," says a close friend of the actress. Apparently, the heroine in question is also getting her share of international fame that she and her publicity team have been steadily working on, over the past few months. So, what triggered off this comment? Ever since it came to light that Madame Tussauds was looking out for a Bollywood heroine to succeed actor Aishwarya Rai's statue at the wax museum, it apparently triggered off a race among Bollywood heroines, which finally boiled down to Kareena and another leading heroine. But when the former finally clinched the deal, the latter apparently tried to de-stabilize the deal.
Realty Tidbits Â„ Robust growth likely despite slowdown
he real estate sector is expected to remain robust despite the global slowdown, but it'll not witness the kind of price appreciation it has seen in the past. Anuj Puri, chairman & country head, Jones Lang LaSalle India, says mid-income residential real estate seems a good investment option. For long-term investors, the residential real estate sector is a lucrative proposition. But, Puri says investors should avoid ploughing money into projects in the early stages of completion, because these may suffer delays. The safest options are ready projects. Experts say the economic uncertainty may impact the Indian real estate market but it won't be severe. The domestic economy is resilient and its fundamentals remain strong, Anurag Mathur, MD, Cushman and Wakefield, says.
Â„ Higher lending rates will hit real estate
ealty major DLF's chairman KP Singh said the real estate sector will be affected adversely if lending rates for home loans do not come down to a moderate level. "It is not because of the global problem but the internal problem which is interest rate," Singh told reporters when asked about the impact of financial crisis in US on the domestic real estate sector. The RBI has hiked the key policy rates (repo rate and reverse repo rate) by 11 times since March last year to control inflation, forcing banks to increase the lending rate sharply on home loan as well as loans to developers. "If the interest rates keep going up the way they are going, the real estate sector is going to suffer. It has to come down to a moderate level for growth," he said. "Now, the focus is to contain inflation which is right but too much emphasis on inflation is not good for growth," Singh observed.
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Singapore NRIs investing in world properties SINGAPORE: An increasing number of Indian nationals working in Singapore are investing in properties in Malaysia, London, Australia, Thailand, Singapore and India, according to a local media report. "The new wealth which they have acquired also enables them to invest beyond their shores," said Joshua Kumar, the head of the recently set up India Desk of international real estate advisory group Knight Frank in Singapore.
CCI asks govt to set up regulatory framework NEW DELHI: The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has said the Centre as well as State Governments should come out with regulatory framework for the realty sector to protect consumers from unfair trade practices. "The absence of any single sectoral regulator to regulate the real estate sector in totality, so as to ensure adoption of transparent and ethical business practices and protect the consumers, has only made the situation in the real estate sector worse," said CCI in an order against DLF Ltd. CCI has imposed a hefty penalty of Rs 630 crore on the realty major for abusing its dominant market position on a complaint by 'The Belaire' association in Gurgaon. At the time of ordering investigation by the Director General against DLF last year, CCI had also decided to probe the practice in the real estate sector on the whole. Realtors issue advertisements for launching projects without the land in question being actually purchased or registered and without taking prior approval of competent authorities, CCI said. They also do not specify the total area of the plot/flat /house indicating clearly the carpet area and utility area, nor the date of delivery and consequential remedies available to the consumer in case of delay, it added. "The Commission, therefore, makes a strong recommendation to the Central Government and all State Governments to come out with real estate regulations at the earliest for ensuring overall con-
is not made available to buyers in a transparent manner. Also, realtors build in hidden costs, other than the initial set price and do not make relevant in-
Realtors issue advertisements for launching projects without the land in question being actually purchased or registered Competition watchdog imposed Rs 600 cr penalty on DLF for abusing its dominant market position.
sumer welfare and to discourage unfair trade practices that seem prevalent in the sector," CCI said. It also said the amount collected from the allottees against a particular project is not deposited
in a designated escrow account and utilized only for the construction of the concerned building. Besides, the information relating to the progress of works and status of account of each allottee
formation public. CCI said there is often inordinate delay in execution of the project and if the project is delayed without previously agreed valid reasons. -PTI
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The young throng I-Day festivities Mallika & Bappi Lahiri big draws SUJATA SINGH India Post News Service
FREMONT, CA: The nineteenth Festival of India held in Fremont, CA on August 13 and 14 reflected India's rich culture and heritage through various events held during the two days. The attendees were a mix of various ethnic groups indicative that Indian cultural celebrations are a part of Indo-American life and are accepted with great aplomb, style and enthusiasm, fervor and gaiety. There was an impressive display of parade with a fleet of gleaming, convertible sports cars and opulent, colorful floats. The air reverberated with the traditional dhol beats and patriotic songs. Approximately 80,000 people joined the festivities out of which 50% were youngsters and teenagers dressed in traditional clothes. This is a major shift in
Flag raising at San Jose City Hall
Ash Kalra receiving Gandhiji's painting
FIA officials with Indian Consulate officers
FIA officials, Indian Consulate officers with local city officials
Seinors performing at the function
Dr. Japra & Mr. Rajesh Verma receiving award from city officials
social pattern, being Indian is suddenly super cool. An elderly parent was heard reminding the youngsters that sixty three years ago, at the beginning of the midnight of 15th August 1947, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, read out the renowned speech which announced the independence of India. This historic moment ended three centuries of British colonial rule in India. The festival opened on August 13 at Paseo Padre Pkwy in Fremont at 10 am with the biggest crowd puller, the free Health Fair. This fair states the mission of FIA, a tradition for caring and sharing. Health Fair had over 30 Indian American physicians and allied health professionals providing free medical services and follow up program. It was well organized by a team of FIA members, doctors and health workers from Washington Hospital and allied health services. Dr. Romesh Japra (Convenor & President FIA) gave a strong support to this large team. One could see the specialists and doctors interacting with all the patients very patiently. Nearly Cultural performance 2000 people took advantage of the various camps each related to a specialized ailment. Contâ€™d on page 41
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Music, dance, glamour & tasty food at Banquet PRAFULL LANDE
SAN JOSE: Continuing its Indian Independence Day celebrations, FIA Northern California chapter hosted a Festival of India 2011 Banquet Night in San Jose Airport Garden Hotel on Sunday, August 14 from 8 pm till midnight. Popular actress from Bollywood and Grand Marshal of the event Mallika Sherawat, Tennis star Vijay Amritraj and renowned music director Bappi Lahiri were some of the VIPs who added a lot of color and glamour to the event. Young group of Bay area dancers entertained the audience by performing on some famous Bollywood songs like "Munni", "Sheela" concluded by Mallika's famous item number "Jalebi Bai". This followed by appreciation awards being given to sponsors of the event as well as some distinguished volunteers of FIA by Mallika. Sponsors
Bappi Da receiving award from FIA officials
and dignitaries were honored. Dr. Romesh Japra, the President of FIA conducted the proceedings. He took the opportunity to introduce, thank and welcome Grand Marshal Mallika Sherawat, special guests Bappi Lahiri, Vijay Amritraj and Mukul Nag (Shirdi Sai Baba lead star). Some other dignitaries present during the event were Mayor of Milpitas Jose Esteves, Mayor of Union City Mark Green, Council member (San Jose) Ash Kalra. Vijay Amritraj gave a very inspiring on the occasion. In the end Bappi Lahiri grabbed everyone's attention by singing some of his famous songs. This event was attended by almost 600 people that included FIA volunteers, sponsors and guests. Music, dance, glamour and tasty Indian food made sure that everyone had a great evening.
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Booths dealing with Cardiology, Bone Density and BMI, Holistic Cure, Gastronomy, Dental, Pediatric, Neurology and Blood sugar, cholesterol check, Vision check, Homeopathy, Women's health, Psychiatry were manned by specialists. It was a tremendous opportunity to avail consultation and diagnosis from the best of doctors and surgeons with no prior appointments and no consultation charges! Long queues could be seen till late noon. The aged thronged the Cardiology booth and the Bone Density booth had to manage the maximum patients. Talking to India Post "We trust the service being provided, am grateful to FIA for having this health fair" said Mr.Pande. His family commented that each year they make sure to have a health check done and are happy to be a part of this giving community. Mr. Rajesh Verma (President FIA), Sonia Sidhu (India Post) worked tirelessly along with volunteers to see that concerns of everyone were taken care of. The entire health fair depicted efficiency and professionalism an event well co-coordinated and organized. The crowd puller of the next day's event was the popular, beautiful and outspoken Mallika Sherawat. This year
and Council member Ash Kalra sat in convertible sports cars and waved to the crowds as they drove past. Dignitaries and sponsors were appreciatively acknowledged by Yogi Chugh. Thanks to the sponsors too for their support the list is endless - Wells Fargo Bank, Western Union State Farm Insurance, App Ka Color TV, Sanofi Aventis, Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., PG&E, Aaj Tak/Headlines News, McDonald, India Post Newsweekly, AC Transit, Fremont Bank, DesiToob, State Bank of India, Comcast, New York Life, Sitaarre TV, TV Asia, MeriWest Credit Union, Kaiser Permanente, San Jose Mercury News and Cal Coast Financial Corporation. The Festival of India besides having the entertainment factor is also a major business-boost-marketing event; we anticipate the list of sponsors to increase next year. There were nearly 128 booths, showcasing everything possible befitting an Indian mela. The air was fused with aromas emitting from a variety of food booths. Swagat Indian Restaurant, Peacock Restaurant, Kulfi and Shaved ice, Lassi, and various other cuisines attracted a large hungry crowd queuing up at the booths for gastronomical delights. What was different this year was a large number of booths in the educational and humanity field. 'JANYA' a
Seinors performing at the function Young girls at the function
was a double bonus of having two Grand Marshals with music director Bappi Lahiri accompanying Mallika Sherawat and Rashi Stephens - Miss Global India. It was indeed a bright afternoon set afire with glittering pounds of yellow metal adorning Bappi Lahiri and the dazzling smile of Ms. Sherawat. We adore you-Festival of India! Politicians including U.S. Rep. Pete Stark, Fremont Mayor Bob Wasserman and State Senator Ellen Corbett
nonprofit organization raises funds for educational needs in rural India. Booth for creating awareness in Thalassemia was very interactive. Huge populations of Indians (one in eight Indians) carry the trait for Thalassemia. The problem arises when both parents have the trait. If that is the case, then there is a 25% chance that the child that the parents, with the trait, plan on having can have the disorder (called Thalassemia major) and all the complications related to it. One can have more information from www.Thalassemia.com and www.childrenshospitaloakland.org.'
San Jose City Council member Ash Kalra welcoming guests at City Hall
Psychic Christina' stall was a success- know your future for $5! Fashion clothes at Ruchi Couture, Ishita Colections, Bombay Fashion and many others did a brisk business. Indeed it was a surreal experience of a mini India. Interested crowd gathered at Market America, an online purchase program with huge cash back, Alemeda Vector Control updated attendees about various bugs and pests present in our house hold and ways to control them. The popularity and viability of this festival can be gauged by many booths venturing in the first time, solely devoted to various social causes, like Trikone dealing with homosexual issues and rights in USA and India and Aasra in helping women facing domestic violence. Children played an important role in cultural display through various dances and songs. Later the Grand Marshals adorned the stage with welcome speeches from Dr. Romesh Japra, Mr. Rajesh Verma and Yogi Chugh. Patriotic songs, awards and acknowledgements followed by a short dance by Mallika were loudly applauded. The energetic and well behaved crowd made it a memorable day. Indian Americans are considered affluent consumers, well-educated and hardworking people with deep roots in their culture. This makes them the flag bearers of new age globalization in all its aspects. Many young Indians agreed as their local Indian communities grew they gained more friends, they became more interested in their own history. Hence this festival plays a very important role to assimilate the diverse community and make it appear as a whole. We should spare no efforts to make the festival an ongoing ritual with more and more active participation and involvement. The FIA dream should live on.
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Health Fair registration booth
Health Fair crowd
Dr. Harpreet Dhillon talking to walk-in patient
Sponsor Health Fair Sanofi Aventis
Sant Nirankari Mission booth
Health Fair team of doctors
People getting free blood sugar check up
Health Fair crowd
Health Fair PCA booth
Bone Density booth
Children Hospital Oakland booth
Health fair check up
Health Fair team
People lining up for free check up
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Dosa Place food booth
Girls welcoming at the fair ground
Hyderbad Biryani House food booth
Swagat food booth
Lassi House food booth
Media Sponsor Instant Karma
Sponsor Greenlee Law Group booth
Sponsors booth Money Gram
Sponsor McDonald's booth
Judges giving the numbers for the performances
Sponsors Market America's booth
Sponsors P G & E booth
Vendor making fresh food
Media Sponsor Diya TV
Sponsors Fremont Bank booth
Sponsor State Farm booth
Rajasthan Food court
Non profit booth
Sponsor The Mercury News and Western Union booth
Sponsors Aap ka Color booth
Vendor making fresh food
Sponsors Matrixia booth
Food eating area
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Band at the Parade
Goverment officials at the parade
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Dignatries at the parade
Ask Kalra & Miss Global India winner
Music director Bappi Da receiving proclamation from Malika Sherawat
Malika addressing her fans at the fair ground
Baapi Da addressing the fans at the Fair ground
Malika giving award to the sponsor
FIA official arranging the parade
Malika receiving award from Mayor Mark Green
Senator Corbett honoring Malika Sherawat
P G & E truck
Sponsors McDonald's booth
Mr. Thapar with Miss Global India
Girl in beautiful India costume
Sponsors New York Life booth
Girls waiting for their turn for the dance performance
Sponsor Vonage booth
Sponsors booth Mass Mutual
Sponsors TV Asia & Net Effect Media booth
Sponsor Wells Fargo booth
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Pooja & Payal Introducing the floats to the fans
Fremont Hindu Temple float
Dr. Japra introducing Grand Marshal Malika Sherawat
Bappi Da & Dr. Japra enjoying with the dance group
Wells Fargo Signature Float
Girls performing at the fair ground
Bappi Da posing with his fan Mohan Sabnani
Bay Area Telugu Association float at the Parade
Andhra float at the Parade
Girls performing at the fair ground
Malika & Dr. Japra enjoying with the dance group
Hare Krishna float
Girls performing at the fair ground
Malika enjoying Jalebi with the dance group
India Post Float
Girls performing with Malika Sherawat
Crowd shot at parade
Crowd shot at parade
Kannada Kota Float
Girls performing with Malika Sherawat
Senator Corbett and Anil Suri
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Mallika Sherwat with Srinivas R Ranga, Newyork Life. Pic Srinivas Mangipudi
Malliaka Sherawat with Inder Dosanjh. Pic Srinivas Mangipudi
Rajesh Varma, Mallika Sherawat and KB Sareen, Managing Partner Newyork Life. Pic Srinivas Mangipudi
Bappi Lahiri with Vijay Bhatia, GM San Jose Airport Garden Hotel. Pic Srinivas Mangipudi
Dr. Japra with Vijay Amritraj. Pic Srinivas Mangipudi
Dr. Japra with Bappi Lahiri. Pic Srinivas Mangipudi
Mallika Sherawat, Vijay Thapar and Milpitas Meyer.Pic Srinivas Mangipudi
Ash Karla, Rajesh Varma and Mallika Sherawat. Pic Srinivas Mangipudi
Dr. Japra, Mallika Sherawat and Milpitas Meyer. Pic Srinivas Mangipudi
Dr. Japra with Mallika Sherawat. Pic Srinivas Mangipudi
Dr. Japra with Bappi Da
Vijay Amritraj with Sudha. Pic Srinivas Mangipudi
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Malika receiving recommendation from San Jose City Council Member Ask Kalra
Malika giving award to Vijay Amritraj
Shaymal Modi receiving award from Malika
Ladies with Malika
Girls performing for the guests Girls performing on Malaika's song number Jalebi Bai
Girls performing for the guests
Tech News Govt to hike 12th Plan infrastructure investment NEW DELHI: The government will increase investments on physical infrastructure in the 12th Five-Year Plan, starting next year, with special emphasis on connecting remote and rural parts of India through rail and road, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said. Addressing the nation on Independence Day, Singh highlighted that investments on creation of infrastructure have gone up by one-and-a-half times as a percentage of the GDP during the last seven years of the UPA government's rule. "In the 12th Plan (2012-17), we will further accelerate investment in infrastructure. We will pay special attention to the remote areas of our country and to rural areas. Connecting such areas by rail and road will get the top-most priority," Singh said. The Planning Commission envisions doubling the investment in infrastructure sectors to USD 1 trillion (about Rs 45,00,000 crore) during the 12th Five-Year Plan.
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Neeraj Garg (L), Member of Board and Director, Volkswagen Group Sales India, along with Lutz Kothe, Head of Marketing and PR, Volkswagen Group Sales India during the unveiling of the new Jetta in India, in Mumbai
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India's illicit financial outflows estimated at USD 462 bn NEW DELHI: A report of Global Financial Integrity (GFI) has estimated the total value of illicit money that has flown out of India at USD 462 billion (about Rs 20.92 lakh crore), Parliament was informed. "The present value of India's total illicit financial flows, as per the (GFI) report is USD 462 billion," Minister of State for Finance S S Palanimanickam said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha. As per the GFI report, the country lost a total of USD 213 billion in illicit financial flows during 19482008. The minister further said the government was negotiating new Double Taxation Avoidance Agreements (DTAAs) with various countries. Besides, it has also taken steps to update the article concerning exchange of information in existing DTAAs to specifically allow for exchange of banking information and information without domestic interest, he said. The minister added that India has also decided to negotiate Tax Information Exchange Agreements (TIEAs) with priority countries\jurisdictions. In the last two years, India has concluded negotiation of 16 TIEAs, 18 new DTAAs and renegotiation of 21 existing DTAAs, the minister said.-PTI
RINGING THE BELL: On the occasion of India's Independence Day, India's Consul General in New York Ambassador Prabhu Dayal rang the closing bell at the Nasdaq on Aug 15 in the presence of several members of the Indian American community- Snapsindia
17 being prosecuted for stashing black money NEW DELHI: The government informed Parliament that 17 people are being prosecuted for stashing black money in Liechtenstein Bank. "Prosecution has been launched in 17 cases. Since prosecution proceeding has been launched, the names of these 17 persons has been disclosed to the Court," Minister of State for Finance S S Palanimanickam said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha. He was replying to a question whether the government has made public the names of people, who have stashed black money in the Liechtenstein Bank.
According to the Supreme Court order, the minister said, the disclosure of information is subject to fulfillment of various con-
retired judges to take over the probe into all black money cases. "The government has filed an application in the Supreme Court
According to the Supreme Court order, the minister said, the disclosure of information is subject to fulfillment of various conditions ditions. Replying to another question, he said that the Supreme Court had set up last month a Special Investigation Team (SIT) comprising
for modification of the order (July 4, 2011)...and for setting aside the directions given...regarding the setting up of SIT and the consequential orders in relation to this,"
Palanimanickam said. Replying to yet another query, the minister said the Income Tax Department takes several punitive and deterrent steps to unearth unaccounted money and curb tax evasion. However, he said there was "no reliable estimate about the extent of illicit money that flows out of India". The government has commissioned a study to estimate the quantum of unaccounted income inside and outside the country and its ramifications on the national security. -PTI
Singapore tightens employment criteria for foreigners SINGAPORE: The Singapore government has announced details of employment pass (EP) framework, a move to limit foreigners, including Indians, in the lower and mid-level professional and skilled jobs, and create a level- playing field for Singaporeans. The Manpower Ministry said the move would also ensure that local workers, whose salaries would rise going forward, would
not be disadvantaged by Employment Pass holders who were coming in at lower wages. The city state's EP holders come from around the world, but are mostly Asians, including Indians. Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, who is also the Manpower Minister, said the new EP criteria and tightening measures were aimed at creating a more level-playing
field between foreigners and locals vying for white collar jobs. He, however, underlined that Singapore would continue to remain open and attractive to foreign talent and the government wanted to ensure that Singaporeans remain the core of the workforce, especially at the professional, managerial and executive level. The ministry said the demand for EP for employing foreigners,
which has increased rapidly since the economic recovery in 2010, was likely to keep growing. It added that it educational qualifying requirements would be tightened so that only those from good quality institutions would be eligible for the EP. Under the revised measures, the qualifying salary for single EP would be raised to SGD 3,000 per month from SGD2,800. -PTI
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FICCI for balanced approach on Hazare NEW DELHI: Concerned over the fallout of social activist Anna Hazare's arrest on investment climate, industry body Ficci has said the government's action must find a balance between the right of Parliament to make law and individual freedom of speech. In a democracy, the right of the country's Parliament in determining the nature of legislation and change in established law is supreme and sovereign. "At the same time individual freedom of speech and assembly is an article of faith of our democracy and also guaranteed by the Constitution as Directive Principles," Ficci President Harsh Mariwala said in a statement here. He said the government's action on Hazare "must find the nec-
essary balance that strengthens our democratic institutions and conventions". Mariwala, who is also head of FMCG major Marico, said that
India's vibrant democracy and strong institutional framework are pre-requisites for investment and "thus need to be preserved and reinforced".-PTI
GCC can withstand global economic turbulence DUBAI: The six Arab states constituting the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are well positioned to stay afloat amid the current turbulence in the global economy, according to a bank report. According to QNB Capital, the current economic turmoil in the US and Europe may have short-term impacts on the GCC -- comprising Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates -- but the longer term impact will be limited because the economic fundamentals in the region remain strong. Finding that oil prices have been falling, especially due to global uncertainties, it said oil prices are still strong by historic standards and it "does not expect there to be a sustained decline in oil", said the report. Moreover, GCC governments use conservative oil prices in their budget assumptions and, before the current turmoil struck, were on course to post large fiscal sur-
pluses this year, according to QNB Capital. "The GCC countries' fiscal surpluses and low levels of public debt mean that even if oil prices
"The GCC is intimately connected to the US, Europe and Asia and economic and market turbulence there will continue to reverberate in the Gulf. However, the economic fundamentals in the region are still strongâ€? were to decline, this would not seriously disrupt their spending plans. This is important, because government spending is the foun-
dation of the region's non-oil economy," it said. Although a weaker dollar, to which GCC currencies are pegged, could increase the cost of imports and boost inflation in the region, it said inflation is currently low in most countries. QNB Capital does not expect the impact from the weaker dollar to be "significant". "The GCC is intimately connected to the US, Europe and Asia and economic and market turbulence there will continue to reverberate in the Gulf. However, the economic fundamentals in the region are still strong. "Consequently, it is better placed than most other regions to navigate safely through a turbulent global economy," it said. Market volatility is likely to continue for some weeks as investors reassess the risk and the trading sentiment in GCC equity markets would continue to be influenced by moves in global markets, it said. -PTI
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Stating that the government has pursued policies to encourage investment in infrastructure in the last seven years, he said there have been improvements in capacities in the petroleum, power generation, airports, roads and port sectors. "We are continuously strengthening the physical infrastructure in our country. This is an area which requires very large investments... As a percentage of
GDP, investment in this area has grown more than one-and-a-half times in the last seven years," he said. Singh cited the example of capacity addition in power generation during the current 11th Plan (2007-12), which will be twice that of the 10th Plan. In its mid-term appraisal last year, the Planning Commission had scaled down the power generation capacity addition target to 62,374 MW from 78,578 MW in the 11th Plan.
However, experts feel that power generation capacity addition during the current Plan would be just 50,000 MW. Nevertheless, this is two times higher than the capacity addition of 21,000 MW achieved in the 10th Plan. In the forthcoming 12th Plan, the Commission is eyeing 1,00,000 MW of additional power generation capacity. At present, the total installed capacity in the country is nearly 1,77,000 MW. -PTI
New facts put James Murdoch testimony in doubt LONDON: Phone-hacking was widespread in the now defunct News of the World tabloid of James Murdoch, new documents unveiled said, amid indications that British lawmakers may recall him to explain contradictions in his July testimony. The House of Common's Culture, Media and Sport Committee may ask Murdoch, chairman of tainted News International to reappear, chairman of the committee John Whittingdale said. A letter written by sacked reporter Clive Goodman in 2007, published was described as 'devastating'. In the letter, Goodman claims that phone hacking was "widely discussed" at editorial meetings at the paper until former editor Andy Coulson himself banned further references to it. News International had earlier claimed that phonehacking was not widespread in its titles. Coulson, a former director of communications for Prime Minister David Cameron, was arrested in the phone-hacking last month. Goodman also says in the letter that Coulson offered to let him keep his job in the tabloid if he agreed not to implicate the paper in hacking when he came to court. Moreover, he claims that his own hacking was carried out with "the full knowledge and support" of other senior journalists, whom he named in the letter. John Whittingdale, chairman of the committee, said that the committee would like to ask James Murdoch about the contradiction in his testimony and statements of former employees of News International, Tom Crone (former legal manager) and Colin Myler (former editor of News of the World).
The testimony in question refers to the April 2008 payment authorized by Murdoch as part of an out-of-court settlement of more than 600,000 pounds to Gordon Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association, over the hacking of his phone. He had said at the time he did not know the full extent of hacking that may have been going on at the News of the World. The
Goodman also says in the letter that Coulson offered to let him keep his job in the tabloid if he agreed not to implicate the paper in hacking when he came to court. Moreover, he claims that his own hacking was carried out with "the full knowledge and support" of other senior journalists, whom he named in the letter paper's royal editor Clive Goodman and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire had both been jailed for hacking into phones of the royal household in 2007. At the committee hearing in July, Labor's Tom Watson asked Murdoch: "When you signed off the Taylor payment, did you see or were you made aware of the full" email suggesting hacking was more widespread than had been admitted. -PTI
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Sun Aug 28 • Vismayam 2011 Venue: Queens York College, 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Blvd, Jamaica, New York Time: 6pm to 9pm Contact: 347-526-2967
Mon Sept 5 • Night Flight Venue: Four Food Studio & Cocktail Salon, 515 Broad Hollow Road, Melville, New York Time: 7:30pm Contact: 631-988-3390
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• Sri Vinayaka Chaturthi Mahotsavam
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• Asian American Fair 2011
• Euphoria Live in Bay Area
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• The Early Days of Swami VivekanandaA Talk By Swami Ishtananda @ HTGC Venue: The Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago, 10915 Lemont Road, Lemont, Illinois Time: 6:30pm to 9pm Contact: 630-972-0300
Sat Sep 3
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• Indo America fair
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• An Invitation to Gala Dinner
• Rhythm For Relief
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Sun Sept 4 • Satinder Sartaaj Live in Concert Venue: George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st Street NW, Washington DC Time: 7pm to 11pm Contact: 202-709-6684
Mon Sep 5 • Gopinath Muthukads Vismayam Venue: High Point High School, 3601,Powder Mill Road, Beltsville, DC Time: 5pm Contact: 703-506-0807
• Satinder Sartaaj Live In Concert
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Upcoming Sat Aug 27 • 12th Annual India Independence Day Celebration Venue: Birmingham Charter High School, 17000,Haynes St, Van Nuys, California Time: 3pm to 11pm Contact: 818-458-5595
Sat Aug 27 • Euphoria The Item Tour Venue: Royce Hall, 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, California Time: 8pm Contact: 215-490-2457
• Saraswati Pooja 2011
Fri Sept 2
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• Bollywood Bhangra Bash
Sat Sept 17 to Sun Sept 18 • Vedika Global Yoga Bharati Present A Two Day Workshop
Venue: Torch Restaurant & Bar, 7850 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, California Time: 9:30pm to 2am Contact: 714-523-8880
Sat Sep 10 • Veena Sahasrabuddhe
Venue: Vedika Global, Emeryville, CA Time: 9am to 4pm Contact: 877-708-3342
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Sun Sept 11
• Muslims for Life" Blood Drive
Venue: Palace Theatre, Stamford Time: 7:30pm to 11pm Contact: 203-322-9862 Highlights: Ishwara: The Dancing Lord, By Shijith & Parvathy. North Indian Classical Vocal by Ritesh & Rajnish Misra with Pt. Subhen Chatterjee on Tabla.
Venue: Bait-ul-Hameed Mosque Chino, CA Time: 9am to 7pm Contact: 909-636-8332
Fri Sept 16 • IA Sargam Presents: Eighth Annual Mohd. Rafi Nite Venue: Venus Banquet Hall, 20825, Sherman Way, Winnetka, CA Time: 7:30pm Contact: 818-884-4770 Highlights: Featuring the scintillating voice of Avtar Chadda and others artists.
Sat Oct 8 • Tour the ARTS.MWQ Venue: Croatian Cultural Center of Greater Los Angeles, 510 W. 7th St,, San Pedro, CA Time: 6:30pm Contact: 323-366-9986
Sat Oct 15 • Inner Engineering, Technologies for Wellbeing Venue: Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California Time: 3pm to 9pm Contact: 866-424-4742
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ho are you? Where do you come from? Many times you came and many times you returned. You have never attempted to ask yourself who you are. If you had done so, you would never have returned to this miserable samsara. When you have known, this karma ceases to function, samsara ceases to exist. You return to your original fundamental nature - to Being, to Existence, to Bliss. That is what you are. That is what you have been. That is what you are going to be. So here is how to do it - it is very easy. Let me introduce you to what is going on here. To begin with, find out who is the one who sees. Ask yourself the question: "Who is the seer?" Find out what is seen. That which is seen is the object and the seer is the subject. The seer - subject - must be separate from the object, different from the object. It is that which is seeing the object. The object is that which is seen. The seer is looking at the object - you are not the object. You may see anything: a horse, a cow, a car, a building, or anything. You are not that. You are the seer. When you experience your own body you may think that you are the body, but you are not the body. You experience, "I see the body." so you are the seer of the FRANCIS LUCILLE
ot expecting is a great art. When you no longer live in expectation, you live in a new dimension. You are free. Your mind is free. Your body is free. To understand intellectually that we are not a psycho-physical entity in the process of becoming is a necessary first step, but this understanding is not sufficient. The fact that we are not the body must become an actual experience that penetrates and liberates our muscles, our internal organs and even our cells. An intellectual understanding that corresponds to a sudden, fleeting recognition of our true nature brings us a flash of pure joy, but when we have full knowledge that we are not the body, we are that joy. We all experience moments of happiness which are accompanied by a perception of expansion and relaxation. Before this body perception, we were in a state of timelessness, an unadulterated, causeless joy of which the physical sensation is simply the ultimate consequence. This joy perceives itself. At that moment, we were not a limited body in space, not a person. We knew our-
body. It is here that you make the mistake: You become the body and you forget that you are the seer. You have become an object when you say, "I am doing. I am seeing. I am tasting. I am touching. I am smelling. I am hearing." You have lost your bearings and become the body - the seer is no longer separated from the body. Whatever is seen is an object, so when the body is objectified who is the seer? When you see the body it becomes an object. Whatever you
The same is true of the working of the senses. When you are working, walking, or talking, you know very well, "I am at work, my hands are working." You know very well that you are not the hand; something else is commanding the hands to work. You are something other than the movement of physical activities. You are not even that. Now consider the intellect. You decide, "I have to do this. I have to go to Lucknow." You decided
this activity also. Who is watching the inhaling and exhaling? This is all that the body is. So who are you? You are not all these functions. You will have to ask the question, "Who am I?" This question must be solved but we have postponed it. This is what we have come here to understand, and we have not done this at any time before. Everyone has postponed it for millions of years. We will not postpone this here. There is no method to practice. Simply find out, "Who
Find out who is the one who sees
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That which is seen is the object and the seer is the subject. The seer - subject must be separate from the object, different from the object
see is an object. If you see your eyes they are objects; if you see your hands they are objects. What about the mind? You know very well that if your mind is suffering it is not at peace. You know the activities of the mind also. You know, "Now my mind is thinking or not thinking." This means that you are also aware of the activities of the mind. You are something other than the mind. You are not the mind. You are neither the mind nor the body.
and you are here. You guided the intellect to make the decision, "Let's go to Lucknow." then you followed the intellect. So you are guiding even the intellect and you know very well that the intellect is something other than you. Find out who you are - here and now. You are not the mind. You are not even the prana - the breathing. You know very well that breathing is in and out, inhaling and exhaling. You can feel, "I am inhaling, I am exhaling." You know
am I?" This is not a method or practice or sadhana. This can be done here and now - in this instant - because the Self is here. Enlightenment means to know thy Self - to know, "Who am I." This is Enlightenment. This is Wisdom. This is Bliss. This is Existence. This is Being. This is Truth. This truth is not located at a distance - it is your own Self through which you are searching for truth and freedom. It is not any distance from here.
selves in the immediacy of the moment. We all know this felicity without cause. When we explore deeply what we call our body, we discover that its very substance is this joy. So we no longer have the need or the taste or even the possibility of finding happiness in external objects. Do not reject the body sensations and emotions that present themselves to you. Let them blos-
tience, determination and courage. It finds its expression at the level of sensation through a gradual expansion of the body into the surrounding space and a simultaneous penetration of the somatic structure by that space. That space is not experienced as a simple absence of objects. When the attention frees itself from perceptions that hold it in
universal welcoming. We are all complete, with no missing parts. Only explore your kingdom and take possession of it knowingly. Do not live any longer in that wretched shack of a limited body. Everything that appears in awareness is nothing other than awareness, your co-workers, clients, superiors, absolutely everything, including the premises, the furniture and the equip-
â€˜We are not bodyâ€™ must become experience Francis Lucille
som fully in your awareness without any goal or any interference from the will. Progressively, the potential energy imprisoned in muscular tensions liberates itself, the dynamism of the psychosomatic structure exhausts itself, and the return toward fundamental stability takes place. This purification of body sensation is a great art. It requires pa-
Everything that appears in awareness is nothing other than awareness, your co-workers, clients, superiors, absolutely everything, including the premises thrall, it discovers itself as that selfluminous space which is the true substance of the body. At this moment, the duality between body and space is abolished. The body is expanded to the size of the universe and contains all things tangible and intangible in its heart. Nothing is external to it. We all have this body of joy, this awakened body, this body of
ment. First understand this intellectually, then verify that this is so. There comes a moment where this feeling of intimacy, this benevolent space around you no longer goes away; you find yourself at home everywhere, even in the packed waiting room of a train station. You only go out of it when you go into the past or the future. Do not stay in that hovel.
We cannot apprehend Consciousness, because we have never been other than it. We cannot integrate with Consciousness because we are never disintegrated from it. -Ramesh Balsekar Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance. - Eckhart Tolle Great knowledge sees all in one. Small knowledge breaks down into the many. -Chuang Tzu: Nothing to do, Nothing to force, nothing to want and everything happens by itself. Ven. Lama Gendun Rinpoche The timeless non-state cannot be achieved because the mind cannot evolve towards it. The mind can only bring you to the threshold. Awakening comes unexpectedly when you do not wait for it. -Jean Klein
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India-S. Korea nuclear cooperation: Is it a win-win situation? PRANAMITA BARUAH
he India-Republic of Korea (ROK) civil nuclear cooperation agreement was signed on 25 July during President Pratibha Patil's visit to Seoul. Terming the agreement 'historic', ROK President Lee Myung Bak hoped that it would demonstrate the strong strategic partnership between the two countries. Discussion on a civil nuclear cooperation agreement was initiated for the first time during In-
the South Korean companies a framework to participate in the former's ongoing nuclear expansion program. India now has 20 power-generating nuclear reactors. It plans to build about 40 more by 2032. The agreement would facilitate South Korea to join countries like Russia, France and the US in these projects. In August 2009, the state-run Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) struck a MoU with Nuclear Power Corporation of In-
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak with Indian President Pratibha Patil
dian Foreign Minister SM Krishna's visit to Seoul for the sixth India-Korea Joint Committee Meeting on 17-19 June 2010. At that time, both Krishna and his Korean counterpart, Yu Myunghwan, agreed to launch negotiations on nuclear cooperation. Later, during their meeting on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in Hanoi in October 2010, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Lee emphasized the necessity to start talks on a civil nuclear deal. This accelerated the process considerably making possible the conclusion of the agreement within a year. The agreement seems to put both India and Korea in a 'win-win' situation. Over the last few years, to ensure energy security, India has signed nuclear agreements with a number of countries, including the US, Russia, France, Canada and the UK. South Korea is the ninth country to join the list. The agreement would help the ROK in getting access to India's civil nuclear energy infrastructure. The ROK, with its twenty nuclear plants, currently generates 35 per cent of its electricity needs. It is keen to export its nuclear technology to fast developing countries like India. Seoul also aims to export as many as 80 nuclear reactors to various countries by 2030. The nuclear deal will provide
dia Ltd (NPCIL) for bilateral cooperation on technical exchange of data and experience. KEPCO has expressed interest in exporting to India its APR-1400 (Advanced Pressurized Water Reactor). The new deal would certainly make it smooth for KEPCO as well as other such Korean companies to enter the Indian market. India will also benefit from the
The ROK, with its twenty nuclear plants, currently generates 35 per cent of its electricity needs. It is keen to export its nuclear technology to fast developing countries like India agreement, especially at a time when the much hyped India-Japan nuclear cooperation agreement is going through a rough phase. The Fukushima crisis and Tokyo's decision to give up nuclear power altogether currently pose major challenges to the proposed IndoJapanese nuclear deal.
Over the last few years it has became difficult for a number of western countries to enter the Indian nuclear energy sector as Japan holds the licenses for critical components of these reactor designs. French nuclear firm Areva and General Electric Co of the US earlier agreed to sell nuclear reactors to India. However, they faced major hurdles without Japan's support as Japan Steel Works produced reactor vessels used by both companies. Although in 2008, Japan, as part of the 46-nation Nuclear Suppliers group (NSG), agreed to grant a crucial waiver to India, Tokyo continued to avoid nuclear trade with India because the latter declined to join the NPT. India's ambitious plan to expand its nuclear power generation capacity to 63,000 megawatts by 2032 necessitates concluding agreements with uranium-rich and technologically advanced countries. South Korea currently is the world's sixth largest nuclear exporter, including nuclear technology. The safety of Korea's nuclear plants is very impressive and the IAEA has made highly positive evaluations of them. South Korea also proved its capability by competing with countries like France for a massive nuclear deal worth $20 billion in the UAE and winning it in December 2009. To India, The ROK would serve as a cheaper nuclear supplier and provide an alternative chain for nuclear reactors and components. The agreement of 25 July will also reinforce India's demand to ratify the Convention for Supplementary Compensation (CSC). The India-Korea nuclear agreement could also help New Delhi diplomatically. So far, India's diplomatic relations with East Asian countries have been very limited. With the help of the deal, India could expand its civilian nuclear network in that region and subsequently conduct better nuclear diplomacy. Both India and Korea have the potential to emerge as the leaders of the next generation of nuclear energy. Democratic values shared by both the countries might help them in becoming role models in the field of civil nuclear cooperation. The recent deal could also be instrumental in bringing them closer in economic and strategic fields. Seoul's willingness to share its nuclear expertise with India would certainly usher a new era in IndiaKorea relations. The writer is Researcher, IDSA. Courtesy IPCS
India Post Hornet's nest
he UPA Government has certainly stirred a hornet's nest. By arresting Anna Hazare and then releasing him after it inflamed countrywide protests, it has exposed its incapacity and inability to redress the crisis it has provoked. The government apparently is not aware of the people's mood at this present time on the issue of corruption and probity in public life. It has tried all kind of old time tricks but has not been able to convey sincerity or willingness to tackle corruption in high places in government as well as at all rungs of bureaucracy. It may be wrong to assume that all people are with Anna Hazare in his and his team's demands to bring the Prime Minister and the judiciary under the Lokpal. But general corruption at the lower levels of government which the people face everyday is a fact of life and it is this which makes them empathize with Anna Hazare's movement. They see in him a rallying point for their anger against poor governance, the economic hardship brought upon by spiraling inflation and the growing gap between the haves and have nots. It has touched a chord and they feel that Hazare's movement is a hopeful path which will free them from the daily harassment at the hands of government functionaries. And on this point no assurance was forthcoming in the Prime Minister's Independence Day speech delivered from the ramparts of historic Red Fort. He did list the problems confronting the government and seemed to berate the Anna Hazare movement. But he displayed no confidence that the government was either willing or capable of dealing with the level of corruption. This was an expectation belied as the government's version of the Lokpal Bill did not include this level of government functionaries. What the government has done by its high handed action is to unite the opposition and the civil society movement on the issue of democratic right to protest. This has shifted the focus from corruption to the arrogance of power. It is even being faced with charges of 'return of emergency.' Only recently the Congress led by no less than Rahul Gandhi staged protests and attacked the Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh for cracking down on a farmers' protest. But now Hazare and his aides are deemed a threat to law and order. Does the government see the irony of its high-handedness? Does it notice the contradiction? What this government of old timers is unable to fathom is the impatience of the new middle class, the new corporate sector. This class, which has done well for itself in spite of governmental hurdles, is now facing the crunch. While it delivers world class services and products to the world, the roads that lead up to their premises are potholed, electricity cannot be depended upon and water supply is available only at certain times. They may not understand much of the Lokpal Bill, but it is their disappointing interface with the government and bureaucracy which has led them to support Anna Hazare and his movement. Critics of the methods of Anna Hazare - and these include his sympathizers - point out the dangers to democracy from different vigilante groups taking to the streets to have their demands conceded. Radical and extra constitutional remedies are being sought to cure the present malaise. The parliament is being bypassed. The answer to these critics is that if the people's representatives put in Parliament were addressing the people's grievances, why would they take to the streets? It is the inability or unwillingness of Parliament to deal with issues that concern the people which has led to this situation.
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