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June 2017 Issue # 229 Editor

Samir Shukla

(Samir@Saathee.com)

page 10 A drop in international student admissions?

page 28 page 18 Turning Worker unwanted straw exploitation on into bio-energy palm oil pellets. plantations.

HellO ReadeRs!

Is Trump’s immigration rhetoric causing a drop in international student admissions? Turn to page 10 to find out. How to fix one of India’s burning issues: Turn unwanted straw into bioenergy pellets. See page 18. See what movies are coming up as the hot summer movie season begins with a list on page 22. These Burmese palm oil workers say they're trapped on plantations. Read about their plight in the story on page 28. A new cyber cold war is unfolding on many fronts. See page 32 for the story. Catch up on the all the activities of the regional community organizations beginning on page 102. The AstroScope, our exclusive monthly horoscope is on page 136. Get daily updates about the community, local and national news, latest movie releases, analysis and videos at our website www.Saathee.com. We wecome all comments and suggestions.

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"I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.” - Alexander the Great

page 68 Can you Spot the Differences in these images?

In tHIs Issue

A drop in international students . . . . pg. 10 Teatime in the City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 14 Turning straw into Energy Pellets . . . pg. 18 Upcoming Movie Releases . . . . . . . . . pg. 22 Film Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 26 Plantations Workers’ Exploitation . . . pg. 28 New Cyber Cold War . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 32 Legal Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 36 Namaskar Y’all . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 40 Mining and Local People . . . . . . . . . . pg. 44 Mastering Meaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 46 Personal Finances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 50 Subcontinental Divide . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 52 Thinking About Thinking . . . . . . . . . . pg. 56 Success Within . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 60 Test Your India Knowledge . . . . . . . . pg. 64 Youth Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 66 Marketing Turnaround . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 68 Sangeet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 70 International Yoga Day . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 76 Nutrition for Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 78 News Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 80 Eye On The Markets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 84 A Day at MerleFest 2017 . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 86 Nepali Mountain Runner . . . . . . . . . . pg. 88 Spot the Differences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 90 Community Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 92 Community Organizations . . . . . . . . pg. 102 Pop’s Puzzles and Jokes . . . . . . . . . . pg. 130 Festivals and Holidays . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 134 Puzzle Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 134 AstroScope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 136 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 138 Index of Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 140

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Is Trump’s immigration rhetoric causing a drop in international student admissions?

By Kenya Downs, PRI’s The World

Students from the Middle East, Asia and Latin America are growing more fearful of attending college in the US. That’s according to a recent survey by the American Association of College Registrar and Admissions Officers. Higher education institutions have reported a sharp decline in international student applications and, experts say, the current political climate is a factor. “There was a larger trend of students and their families reacting to the political rhetoric that was occurring around the election and post-election and what is being shown in the media,” says Melanie Gottlieb, deputy director of the association and the survey’s lead researcher. “Those were manifesting as concerns about whether pursuing academic study in the US should still be an option.” The survey, which polled more than 250 colleges and universities nationwide on their current application numbers, indicates a 40 percent drop in the number of international applications to undergraduate institutions (PDF). Graduate school applications dropped 31 percent. Gottlieb says the Saathee.com

survey was in direct response to “increasing concern from international educators that the political climate could be damaging to international student recruitment efforts” and is meant to be “snapshot of student and family perceptions” in the year leading up to the presidential election through February. Prior studies have shown that international students have been coming to the US in steadily increasing numbers for 10 years. Gottlieb says the change this year is related to the 2016 presidential election cycle, President Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric and the administration’s immigration initiatives in its early months. His executive order that restricts travel from certain countries has been halted by court injunctions, as a case about its legality proceeds. The Trump administration presented its arguments on the policy to an appeals court on in mid-May. Still, universities have seen the effect of these kinds of policies on potential students abroad.

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TEATIME IN THE CITY Notes from the Editor’s Desk

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dismantles old homes. In our contemporary mobile societies, visiting such long-held family homes creates warmth, a sense of belonging and beginnings, and the inevitable endings. Dadaji, better known as Somnath Shukla, lived the simple life of a Brahmin priest. He was an expert in Vedic rituals and philosophy, a master of Sanskrit who composed many slokas and sayings. His life was limited due to the onset of blindness in his mid-life. He was born June 1916, hence the century mark of remembrance by those gathered last December. He would have been 101 this June. He passed away in 1977. The sights, sounds, scents, the encompassing aura of India colored the occasion of the home visit as well as the Maha Rudra Yagna, which was conducted by many Brahmins who were the children of Dadaji’s contemporaries and even some disciples. They attended and performed the yagna with deep respect for Somnath Sastri. All family and friends, who attended, reconnected, laughed and cried, transported back to a once familiar time, if only for a few moments. Reunions and family gatherings offer precious days when disparate lives are merged to exchange stories, catch up on lives lived, meet the new arrivals into the family, and remember those that have passed. The threads that tie contemporary families can be thin, often stretched across the globe, but when gatherings such as this occur, some of these threads become stronger and weave a greater familial fabric.

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The group approached the old neighborhood. The “pol” as it is called in India. Pols are older parts of cities and towns where the houses are stacked next to each other and tightly wound alleys lead into the interior. Cameras were clicking and recording while bits of memory spilled out of the mouths of the older family members. “This is where I used to play cricket.” “Uncle so and so lived here.” Some houses were so dilapidated that a strong push could have knocked them down. Others were torn down and rebuilt, bright, clean, and contemporary. The group was a gang of family members, most from the States, that had converged onto this particular “pol” in December 2016. The neighborhood was Mehta Pol, the group was my family members. We had gathered in the city of Vadodara for a three-day Maha Rudra Yagna in respect of Dadaji, my paternal grandfather, who was a learned and highly respected Brahmin priest in town. One of my uncles organized the event, which took much planning and scheduling. A big portion of my parivar shuffled schedules, adjusted vacation days, and headed to Vadodara for a few days. Parivar means “family” in many Indian languages. The word can denote your immediate family as well as the family of humans in the world at large. In the busyness of our daily lives, it is difficult to gather even the nearby family members for events, let alone members of the extended family. I cherish our annual summer family reunions on both sides of my family, as it is the only times of the year we see some family members. If not for these reunions, years may pass before we meet some family members. I await the reunions of this summer. Last December was unique, the once in a lifetime gathering that year marked the 100th birth anniversary of my Dadaji. In remembrance, many family members, from the States and India, gathered. Many relatives and friends, unseen or unmet in years, some in decades, converged. New connections were made, fading connections were reconnected. The added benefit was the gathering happened in India, specifically in Vadodara in Gujarat, my paternal hometown. This morning the agenda was to visit the old family house in Mehta Pol. The home is now owned by someone else who lives next door, owns both houses, and uses our old house for storage. The home is in sad shape, the lower level dark and crumbling, and the stairs too rickety to ascend to the upper floors. Its denizens, my dad and his siblings, moved out and on years ago. No one wanted to sell the house until my grandmother passed away a few years back. It was her simple wish to not sell the house as long as she was still alive. Among my memories is my grandfather sitting on the swing in the living room in the middle floor of the three-story house. I played on that swing with younger siblings and cousins, trying to make it touch the ceiling in our swinging abandon. Dadaji and Baa (grandma) raised six kids in that house. Most of those siblings, their kids, spouses, nephews, and nieces, and grandkids had now gathered this morning at the old house. Memories of those who once lived there spun around on their smiling and wistful faces. Their eyes gave away the emotions of what once was and reckoning with how time realigns lives, Saathee.com

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How to Fix India’s Burning Issue: Turn Unwanted Straw into Bio-Energy Pellets By Sudhakar Sagi and Robert Berry, theconvsersation.com

Each year, fires rage across northern India, as farmers burn off their unwanted straw. The impact is enormous. From October into November, massive clouds of smoke streak across Punjab and neighboring states, blown by the prevailing winds in the direction of Delhi.

season begins. The straw is usually burned openly in the same fields where it was grown, in spite of regulations and knowledge of environmental and human damages. This has been part of Punjabi culture for decades (neighboring Haryana and Western Uttar-Pradesh follow the same crop cycle in comparable quantities). India is not unique – the state of California burnt residue as recently as the 1980s and straw burning continues in many parts of Southeast Asia and Africa today. Burning is doubly wasteful as the straw is lost to the flames. Each year, the soil loses more carbon, nitrogen and other nutrients. Every acre of paddy yields approximately 2.5 tons of straw. Burning that straw sends approximately a ton of organic carbon into the atmosphere (in the form of gases such as CO2, CO and others) along with other nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.

Putting out the fires There are lots of alternatives to burning, but all have their problems. Paddy straw isn’t nutritious enough to make good animal fodder, and its high concentrations of silica can damage traditional farming equipment. As rice is typically grown in small fields, it also isn’t always possible (or affordable) to use the high-powered machinery necessary to till the straw deep into the soil prior to planting wheat. Other solutions like using straw for biomass power or to make paper all require lots of new infrastructure.

November 2013: fires in Punjab (top left) sends a huge smoke plume towards Delhi (bottom right). NASA Every year, ministers demand action – in 2016, they were joined by India’s supreme court. And every year, NASA publishes new satellite photos showing the extent of the burning. People die on the roads as the smoke limits visibility, while heart and lung problems are exacerbated.

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Dr. B.R. Shetty, UAE based billionaire businessman and philanthropist, is investing Rs. 1000 crore (USD 150 million) to produce India’s biggest ever motion picture, The Mahabharata. The film will be directed by filmmaker V.A Shrikumar Menon. The Mahabharata will be produced in two parts and is scheduled to go on floor by September 2018 for a release in early 2020. The second part of the film will be released within 90 days of the first part. The film will be shot primarily in English, Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu and will be dubbed into major Indian languages and leading foreign languages. At 1.8 million words and nearly 10 times the length of the “Iliad” and the “Odyssey” combined, the “Mahabharata” is the longest poem ever written. The text is believed to date back to between the 8th and 9th centuries BC and is traditionally understood to be written by Vyasa, a Hindu sage. The cast will reportedly have the best of talents from Indian cinema as well as some big names from Hollywood. It remains almost impossible to narrate The Mahabharata on the big screen except by way of adaptation of M T Vasudevan Nair’s Jnanpeeth Award winning novel Randamoozham (The Second Turn). This novel narrates The Mahabharata through the eyes of Bhima, the second of the Pandavas. Dr. Shetty said, “The Mahabharata is an epic of all epics. This movie will be a true ‘Make in India’ made for the world. The Mahabharata mesmerizes as well as brings focus on life and living.”

Akshay Kumar Receives Best Actor Award at India’s 64th National Awards

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Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, The Big Sick tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Kazan) after one of his standup sets. What they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents. When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) who he’s never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart. The film also features Bollywood veteran Anupam Kher. It opens June 23 in select theaters and July 14 nationwide.

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Cinema icon Akshay Kumar was presented the Best Actor Award by the President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee at a ceremony held in New Delhi in early May. Information and Broadcasting Minister of India Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu and MoS Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore were also present on the occasion. The superstar received the accolade for his magnanimous role as Naval Commander Rustom Pavri in the 2016 crime thriller Rustom. Inspired by the Saathee.com

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A New ‘Cyber Cold War’ Unfolds By Charles Maynes, PRI’s The World

As countries across the globe scrambled to respond to a malicious “ransomware” virus, Russians were left wondering why the attack had disproportionately targeted their country. The Russian cyber security firm, Kaspersky Labs, was among the first to identify the so-called “Wanna Cry” malware — a viral worm that exploits vulnerabilities in the Windows operating system to encrypt files without users’ permission. A group of hackers known as “The Shadow Brokers” are widely believed to have stolen the program from the US National Security Agency last April and deployed it as a means to ransom user data for online “bitcoin” payments. Kaspersky Labs initially reported 45,000 attacks by the malware in more than 70 countries, with Russia bearing the brunt of the onslaught. “The range of targets and victims is likely much, much higher,” warned the Kaspersky report. Indeed, within hours, other internet security firms estimated that over 75,000 computers in 100 different countries were targeted. Those numbers continues to grow in the ensuing days.

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Most small business owners spend the majority of their time focused on how to maximize revenue and profits. That is, of course, understandable because the entire purpose of the business is to generate revenue and profits. But focusing too much on generating revenue and controlling costs causes many owners to overlook an equally important issue – liability protection. After all, it does no good to generate profits only to lose those profits through a lawsuit that could have been avoided. Here are steps that business owners should take to minimize their liability and protect their hard earned assets. The first step that any business should take is to organize as either an LLC or corporation. The form of business entity that a business should choose depends on a number of factors, including potential tax consequences. Small business owners should discuss these issues with their attorney and accountant to make the correct choice. It is not enough, however, to simply form a business entity. It is equally important to make sure that all corporate formalities are followed. For instance, contracts should be executed in the name of the business entity and not the name of the individual owner. The entity should maintain separate bank accounts and accounting records. Assets belonging to the business entity should not be commingled with the owner’s personal assets, and business owners should not treat the company’s bank account as their own personal piggy bank. Funds should only be withdrawn in the form of salary or dividends after following all corporate formalities. Failure to follow these corporate formalities could result in the corporate structure being ignored in any subsequent litigation. If that happens, the owner will lose all protections of the corporate structure, and the owner’s individual assets could also be at risk in any subsequent litigation. When forming a business entity, one issue that is frequently overlooked is how any real estate that is used by the business should be owned. If the business owner owns the real estate that is used in the business, then that real estate should typically be held in a separate LLC. In this situation, there would be two business entities – one LLC formed to run the operating business, and one LLC that is formed solely to own real estate. The real estate holding entity can then lease the real estate to the operating business. Assuming that all corporate formalities are followed, this structure will help protect the real estate from creditors of the operating business. Once the business entity is established, the business should obtain insurance. This insurance should include, at a minimum, commercial general liability insurance to provide coverage for bodily injury and property damage claims. Many operators of home-based businesses assume that their homeowner’s insurance will also provide coverage for business losses. This, however, is generally incorrect, and the business should obtain its own separate liability coverage. Depending on the type of business, obtaining additional insurance may also be advisable. Additional types of insurance include errors and omissions insurance (for service providers) and advertising injury coverage. Once a business entity is formed and all appropriate insurance is obtained, the business owner must also be sure to operate the business in a manner that will minimize potential liabilities. One basic step is to avoid handshake agreements. Saathee.com

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It’s getting close to Father’s Day, but I am still feeling pretty special. I can think of a million reasons to celebrate Mother’s Day, in ways that don’t require gifts or cards. Every day would be a good excuse to celebrate me, I mean, mothers. My reasons, however, may be very different. As much as I love my mother and value the privilege of being a mother, I resist the over-glorification of motherhood through prevalent myths or misconceptions. In my opinion, these ancient or newly created myths may give women the wrong idea, even before they step into motherhood. Mothers at different points in their journey may find themselves inadequate, when compared to the image of ideal mothers. What is considered ideal varies by culture, but here are a few myths that have shaped or possibly misshaped my concept of motherhood. Myth 1 – Life after labor is painless. When I was expecting my first child, I was equal parts excited and nervous about everything. Going through labor, gestation’s grand finale, was intimidating but I knew I had to cross that bridge to make I resist the over-glorification my debut as a Mom. Since my husband was as ignorant of motherhood through as I was, having my mother prevalent myths or by my side was a boon. She misconceptions. kept assuring me that I would be free of pain, the moment I set my eyes on my child. Overpowered by contractions, I tossed rationale aside and believed Maa’s comforting thoughts. Finally, after eleven hours of labor, I was able to hold my child and the feelings are still indescribable. I remember the sense of immense joy, but parenting is hardly pain free. Did my mother lie to me? Well, that may not have been her intention, because she was fearless. Unable to get to the hospital on time, she had delivered her fourth child, my sister, at home with the help of my aunt, who was only a teenager at the time. A feat I could never accomplish! Myth 2 - Moms are superhuman. Superheroes are popular, but please save me from the image of “Super Momma”, wearing an absurd costume with a cape around her neck, baby strapped on her back, wielding a weapon of some sort. Admittedly I, like other mothers, have acquired a multitude of skills as I raise my kids. Over the years, I have become an expert juggler (of duties), learned to survive with minimal sleep, sharpened my reflexes and can generate the most creative solutions to resolve everything from bellyaches to bickering matches between siblings. During my childhood, I watched Maa, whip up “alur dom” (potato curry) and “luchis” (deep fried bread) at a speed that cannot be matched by the fastest kitchen machines. Adding super powers to this mix sounds exhausting. I long for more “normal” achievements that lead to simple rewards such as rest, praise, and gratitude. Myth 3 – Mothers find joy in everything Calm mothers with infinite patience only exist in works of fiction. My kids may have wondered why their mother does Saathee.com

not sound like the mothers in children’s shows such as Caillou and Arthur. Actress Reema Lagoo, who recently passed away, will always be remembered for playing the lovable, eversmiling mother to Salman Khan in the Hindi movie, Maine Pyar Kiya. As desirable as it is, finding perpetual joy is unrealistic. If we are mostly happy, we can surmise that our experience as parents is positive. Thankfully, we as a society have started to recognize that. A case in point is the commercial for “Chatbook” - a photobook app. When you see the harried mother, you are sure to see yourself or someone you know looking very much like the Chatbook Mom. Myth 4 – Mothers personify self-sacrifice. In India, the mothers from Hindu epics are considered to be role models. Kunti, Gandhari, and Sita have always been revered for their ability to give up their own dreams in order to fulfill the needs of their family. Kunti and Sita lived in exile away from the comforts of their palaces, that too, without complaints. Gandhari even blindfolded herself to be just like her blind husband. Bollywood’s popular movies also continue to portray mothers as pious if they are completely selfless and as callous if they are remotely interested in themselves. The truth is, mere humans like me need to be a tiny bit selfish in order to survive. My goal, as a mother, is to teach my children to be self-sufficient rather than do everything for them. If they are to be competent adults, they will be better prepared if I am honest with them, if I give them responsibilities, hold them accountable and say “no” from time to time. In my humble opinion, there is nothing wrong in taking care of yourself before you meet the endless demands of your family. As a parent, being a guide, partner, coach, and cheerleader to your child is more valuable than being an unpaid service provider. Myth 5 – Moms are the Queens of DIY Waiting to check out at the grocery store, I found my attention wandering to the magazines available for sale. Among them were a few parenting magazines that had advice on “How to” plan the family getaway, spark creativity in children, bake better cookies, potty- train your child in a week, (is that even possible?) or plan the perfect playdate. Certainly, not the typical DIY that involves power tools and ladders! Nonetheless, I glanced through some of the magazine recommendations, and I was overwhelmed by the idea that I could do so much more. I felt like I had been watering a plant with a spoonful of water when it really needed a cup. My own misgivings as a parent surged, so I decided to ignore the magazines and proceed to check out. Being a mother has taught me so much and filled my life with delightful experiences. And for that reason, I reject the myths and stereotypes that limit the rewards that come from parenting. As a mother, I absolutely want to be an instrument of my children’s success. I also want to save some energy to watch them become successful.

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Shyama is a long time North Carolina resident and an ardent writer. You can reach her at: shyamashree_parui@hotmail.com

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basic rights. But implementation is far from satisfactory, and so the poor continue to lose out. The Companies Act, which facilitates the interests of joint stock private and financial companies, and the recent Mines and Mineral (Development and Regulation) Bill seem to override more progressive laws. These include the Provisions of the Panchayats (Extension to the Scheduled Areas), known as PESA, and the Forest Rights Act. PESA attempts to bring together two different worlds – the informal system of governance of tribal communities and the formal system governed by law – under one single framework. It recognizes that tribal communities depend on village commons to survive, and ownership of this commons is collective and regulated by customary law. The act transfers power and control over resources, land, water, minor forest produce and minerals to the people. But state governments are reluctant to enact the law, and draft rules that enable gram sabha, or village committees, control over resources. Without that local control, the operation of the act becomes null and void. The Forest Rights Act, intended to protect tribal access to forests, has also been undermined by allowing infrastructure projects to proceed without obtaining forest clearance from communities or by forging gram sabha consent resolutions. According to the act, gram sabhas provide the only officially recognized space for local people to be involved in decision making about what happens on their land. In this spirit, a 2013 Supreme Court order allowed 12 gram sabhas to articulate ecological, spiritual and food security reasons for not mining the hills of Niyamgiri for bauxite. But two years on, the local Odisha government asked the court to annul the gram sabha resolutions. Now, attempts to mine bauxite in the region have been renewed.

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While India has enacted progressive laws to protect the environment and indigenous tribal communities, the mining industry and financial capital are able to evade them with huge costs to the environment and tribal communities. Financial capital and the metal exchange systems in UK and USA combine to take away cultivable lands of the tribal communities in India for mining company profit. In a recent book, my colleagues and I expose a “crisis of concealment” in the extractive industries.

the resource curse For mining companies, the starting point for value creation is getting hold of cheap ore. India has this in abundance. India has deposits of bauxite, used to make aluminum, in the mountains in some of its poorest states: Odisha, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. They are also significant tribal areas of the country. This creates conflict between mining companies, financial firms and the government on one side, and tribal communities on the other. These conflicts provide fuel to the ongoing armed fight in these regions between the government and the Naxalites as this Maoist-inspired movement capitalizes on tribal resentment to attack industrial projects. It is a classic case of the resource curse: where capitalintensive mining companies with few local linkages direct export earnings to service foreign capital investment, rather than the local community. In our book, we wrote that for aluminum, steel and coal projects, the methods for assessing conflicts of interest need serious refining. Now, local communities are often left out of the process.

Counting the real cost of mining A holistic approach to mining requires a cost benefit Competing legislation There is systematic failure of the state to enforce the analysis that puts the environmental and social costs to local property rights of the poor. India has some of the world’s best legislation for protecting the environment and the people’s continued on page 128 Saathee.com

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Last month we answered some common questions about IRAs; this month I would like to continue on the same theme. More of the common questions that get asked.

I am the sole beneficiary of my mother’s IRa. I have four siblings and want to share with them. My mother is 90 and I am 62 can I disclaim the IRs and have it pass to her estate? Maybe, but first you should check with her IRA custodian. The account rules might specify who gets the money if there is no beneficiary which would be the effect if you disclaim. Also your state laws will have much to say with this issue. If the IRA goes to the estate and there is no beneficiary mentioned the assets would be distributed according to your mother’s will or if she didn’t have a will then according to her state’s intestate rules. But before all this: you don’t say if your mother is still alive, but I would suggest persuading her to put all four names on the beneficiary list with equal distribution.

We would like to open a Roth IRa for our son who is in high school and works during the summers. Will the money in his Roth affect financial aid for college? Assets in any IRA, whether held by the parents or by the student, are excluded from financial aid calculations. On the other hand, IRA withdrawals are included in income calculations on the Federal financial aid form (FAFSA). Once the money is withdrawn, it is considered as student’s income and the federal financial aid formula expects students to contribute 50% of every dollar they earn/withdraw towards college costs. This is after an income-protection allowance of about $6,400. So simple answer is this: if you are concerned about getting your financial aid reduced, then don’t withdraw money from your child’s IRA until after the last tax year that counts for financial aid which will be, in your son’s case, starting in January of his junior year of college.

along with my sister, I am inheriting my father’s IRa. What actions do I need to take in order to do a smooth transfer? Inheriting the IRA comes generally at one of the most tumultuous times in life when you are dealing with the death of a loved one. But decisions you make about how to handle the account will make a big difference in how much it will be worth to you. In other words, you would want to avoid unnecessary taxes on that inherited IRA. First, it should be divided equally between you and your sister, if those were his wishes. For sure you cannot roll the money into your own IRA; that will be the worst thing you can do. You must create a new properly titled inherited IRA. It must include the name of the decedent and the beneficiary clearly identifying who is who. Each beneficiary should have such account set-up in his/her name. Doing it this way, you can stretch the benefits and the tax shelter over your lifetime by taking annual withdrawal over your life expectancy. You will pay income taxes on this yearly amount at your own tax rate. It will also be a good idea to touch base with the custodian of your father’s account; they are knowledgeable about these precarious procedures.

I am turning 50 in mid-2017. do I have to wait until my birthday to make catch-up contributions to my IRa? For IRA you can make contributions any time during the year that you are considering to contribute; in fact, IRS gives you till the tax-filing deadline for that year to contribute to your I moved a stock, that had lost value, out of an IRa as part of IRA and claim on your taxes. Similarly, for the catch-up my required distribution. When I sell it from my brokerage additional contributions, you can make them at any time during account what losses can I claim? the year you turn 50. For 2016, you had time to contribute The cost basis for tax purposes of the transferred stock is the additional $1,000 till April 18, 2017. stock’s value at the end of the day it came out of the IRA. Any loss that was incurred inside the tax sheltered IRA has no I welcome any questions on this article or the previous ones, also the meaning and is ignored. In your brokerage account, if you sell suggestions for any future financial subjects of your interest that you this stock on a later date for less than the value of the stock on would like to know more about. the transfer date, then only that decline in value is deductible as a capital loss. If from that day on, the value of the stock has Mo Vidwans gone up then you have a capital gain.

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Growing up in Pakistan, my Western educated elders frequently commented about the chaos of the subcontinent by referencing the British. When labor was working slow; when people weren’t making queues at theatres; when water, power, sewage, petrol, natural gas, phones were malfunctioning, everyone reminded the younger generation that it would take the English to tame the wild beasts that we were and bring the country back into being a well-oiled machine. The last 500 years have been dominated by Western naval (and later, nuclear) powers circling the world looking for natives who were fascinated by blonde, blue-eyed people in large ships who would exchange useless textiles and glass beads for gold and antiquities and behead any objecting locals like animals. Reports of massacres by Western invaders range from Columbus himself to the early settlers in Australia, where kangaroos and aborigines were both considered animal species and could be killed at will. More dangerous than the there-and-then transfer of native wealth to the WestMost of the planet’s bound vessels was a unskilled labor caught up phenomenon that was slowly in the Industrial beginning to take shape in cold, dark, overcrowded, Revolution’s clutches lives disease-ridden European hand to mouth anyhow. cities by the late 18th century: early sprouts indicating the beginning of automation and the industrial revolution. Recently, I have read accounts by a couple of Eastern analysts saying that the East’s dominance over the planet has ended permanently. Our defeat might have been complex, but then it might have been very simple. We believed the charming visitors to our shores, and we were impressed with their OCD as far as organizing everything physical, emotional and geographical into neat brick-lined streets, or comforting queues that tamed excited natives wanting to make a purchase. So, I heard all my childhood days about how the train stations, the colleges, the railway lines, the highways, the grand bridges, the laws, the rules, the brandy-drinking sophistication—how all that brought the East into the human race. Now much as I would like to put on a suit and tie for breakfast, lunch and dinner, I think the industrial revolution was an aristocratic ploy to grow wealth and target working classes across the globe. Starting in the late-1800s, disappointed rural people in the West were already starting to look toward mass production to ease themselves out of the unpredictability of crops. The poor, for the most part, were staying poor anyhow. Being sharecroppers for some landlord or raja or Western plantation owner really seemed worse than an urban industrial job with a steady paycheck. The 20th century saw more automation and the influx of labor into concentrated (and polluted) production facilities. Mining, steel, autos, textiles, machine shops, and as the economy turned global, the East started falling in line with shoes, clothing, a million junk items, and finally computer-related products. We can debate the consequences of the urban migration until the chickens come home. It is really impossible to predict what life Saathee.com

would have been like in an agrarian society. It is equally impossible to predict if the labor force benefited from textile mills or auto plants or coal mines. You got a paycheck, and you got some health benefits and housing subsidies and company stores and a few bucks a month in retirement. Most people thought they lived a good life serving their bosses. But what about Third World urban labor? I often wonder if I could get up at 5am and get out on a farm to plant seeds, milk the cows, gather the eggs and feed the chickens. The problem is complex now. The global economy is a web of interactions that make a livelihood possible for billions of people involved in delivering a product from concept to customer. It is impossible to calculate what will happen to a dollar you spend today. In most economic models, you sacrifice a portion immediately to run the government, maybe even help the needy, and ideally, provide healthcare and social security for everyone. When 9/11 happened, one of the Bush Administration’s primary goals was to stimulate a spooked economy. They issued small refund checks (mine was $250) to most citizens. The majority of my friends laughed at the pathetic refunds, and I had to explain that the idea was based on a sound economic model: Velocity. The velocity of money is how it changes hands in a period of time. It is best understood using a simple, microcosmic model. Let’s say you live in an agrarian village where you have room to set up a stall every morning….and mind you, this happens millions of times across Asia, Africa, and South America daily. So I give you a dollar for two tomatoes. You walk next door and buy lettuce with that dollar. The lettuce guy walks next door and buys 4 eggs with the same dollar. The egg guy buys soap with the dollar. So, in a simple society, I can bring my mustard to the marketplace and use the $20 I earn all day to buy a variety of goods to feed and clothe my family. A single dollar can travel across the market with a rapid speed and be part of the daily living of several people, part of it even going toward the wages for, let’s say, the egg vendor’s assistant. How are you poor in an agrarian society? Well, most economists would argue, there’s no healthcare and no social net. This kind of idealistic gibberish assumes that factory work in the slums outside of Beijing or Mumbai provides health, savings, IRAs, vacation pay, and a gold watch at retirement. Most of the planet’s unskilled labor caught up in the Industrial Revolution’s clutches lives hand to mouth anyhow. They are not concerned about GDP, stock prices, CEO bonuses, or island vacations. They continue to live lives of quiet desperation in urban prisons that do not allow a return to the soil that rewards you if the gods end up blessing you each season. Population pressures, government corruption, and corporate greed have made it impossible to now return to the farm in our dreams. It is 110 degrees outside. Would you rather be harvesting mustard, or just sweating in a hot urban factory stitching shoes for a Western corporation?

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there is something tantalizing about a thing that has the potential to become anything. Out of the serenity of nothing, explodes so many possibilities, almost violently, driven by the power of imagination. There is some kind of an engagement that seems to lie between the states of being and becoming. Somehow, the word “love” seems to fit in this space. In the space between nothing and something.

the Mathematics of love “Love will find its way, through all languages on its own.” ~ Rumi

“Love” is a much misunderstood and misused word in our collective lexicon. Counterintuitively, we use the term in a way that almost directly contradicts what it purports to be. This can be confusing. But that is how we human beings are. We say things that we like to feel rather than what we really feel. Or, sometimes, we say things because we want others to think that is what we feel. “Mean what you say, and say what you mean” would not be a common rebuke, were we a less complicated species. Reality and illusion are both important to the prestidigitator. Blurring the lines between the two enables the magician to weave webs of illusion for the audience. So we say we love, while we do something else.

Just for the love of the game Tennis offers a clue to the meaning of love. Theories abound for why the scores in tennis go from love-all to love-fifteen, and so on. One explanation is that it comes from the French word for egg (l’ouef), because an egg resembles a zero. But no one is really sure, especially since the French themselves prefer to say “zero”, rather than “love”, while keeping score. The Oxford English dictionary says “it seems to have been adapted from the phrase ‘to play for love (of the game)’, i.e. to play for nothing.”

It’s a show about nothing! A famous Seinfeld episode has the main characters promote their proposal for a TV show as “it’s a show about nothing”. This greatly intrigues and even excites the potential producers of the show, leading them to sign the eccentric team on for a season. Why is it that nothing is so exciting? Maybe nothing is exciting because it doesn’t try to be something? Maybe we get tired of the constant attempts to spin things into things that they are not? Maybe it is refreshing to do something because you just want to do it, not because you must, and not because you want to project something. So, it seems plausible that tennis players did play for the love of the game, before the love of fame put the game to shame.

the Big Bang Maybe nothing is not quite nothing. Physicists have argued that the universe did explode out of nothing, but it doesn’t sit well with the sense of something and nothing that we have gotten used to, in our day-to-day existence. It could be that Hawking and the others are wrong. Maybe it is our sense of these things that makes nothing nothing, and something something. Maybe we lack building blocks of thinking and expression needed to see the true nature of the universe. We grope around with the tools of mathematics that underlie physics, and arrive at conclusions that seem out of this world. Maybe those conclusions seem out of this world, because they are out of this world. At least, as we know the world.

say less, love more Maybe love lives in a different universe than the one we generally operate in: one for which we lack the right language constructs needed to articulate and explain its operation. Maybe this is why playing for nothing feels like an act of love, but we can’t quite put a finger on it, as to why it feels that way. Putting our finger on things that we cannot see is hard. Try holding an atom in your hand. Maybe we spend too much time in poking the wispy smoke with our fingers trying to touch something that we believe exists, but which, nevertheless, eludes our anxious search. Our narratives run in a universe, parallel to the one in which life flows, and where we flow, where we actually live. Or, could live, if we weren’t too busy trying to create expressions that seem like life, but fall short. Maybe we work too hard, too long at the task of living, and forget, in the process, to live? Or, maybe, more correctly, to love?

think less, love more Many, over the years, have suggested that if you love what you do, everything follows from that. But you cannot love what you do, if you are not playing the game, but hyperanalyzing it instead. Just because you have the ability to do so. Also, measuring. Constantly. Whose score is higher? Whose stroke is better? We can ask all these questions, or we can simply play … for the love of the game.

What’s love got to do with it? Love-all is a beautiful state. Everything, and everyone, is no math involved, even in math equal. A serene sense of peace and calm fill the air. The game is I teach high-school kids. Math is one of the things I teach. It pristine pure. It could go anywhere from here. The potential, continued on page 126 the possibilities, are endless. Anticipation of possibilities is more exciting than the culmination. Would you watch a game Balaji Prasad as eagerly if you knew how it was going to end? Would you is an IIT/IIM graduate, a published author, watch the cliffhanger with as much excitement, if you knew, in SAT/ACT Online and Offline Coach, interview, advance, whether the man will scramble to safety, or plunge to resume, and career coach at NewCranium. his doom? Contact: 704.746.9779 There is something about things that are not unraveled yet; Saathee.com

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From Mind-full to Mindful “One’s mind should be able to obey ones instruction“

My seminar was full with small and mid-sized business leaders in March 2017. Each of them excited and overly concerned about the future of their business. I made a small black dot on a huge and clear whiteboard and asked my audience to write what they saw on this board. After a few minutes, I checked on them for their responses. Each one in the audience described the black dot to me – some said it’s a small dot, some said its black, some said it’s spoiling the show of the white board. I was quiet. After few seconds of reflecting I said to them, “all of you my friends saw and commented on the black dot, no one spoke about the huge clear space still left on the whiteboard.” This is exactly what we do with our lives, both personally and All evil and sorrow is professionally. We put a lot caused by our thinking, of emphasis on what is which is the action of the negative in our lives, what is the black dot. We actually unfocused mind. love to talk about what’s wrong in us, our team members, or our businesses. We really see the “black dot” and not the whiteboard of our lives. We like to keep finding the wrong in people and the world in general. The great poet Kabira says “Bura Jo Dekhan Me Chala, Bura Naa Milya Koye Jo Munn Khoja Apnaa, To Mujhse Bura Naa Koye” Translation I went on the search for the bad guy, bad guy I couldn’t find When I searched my mind, then no one is as bad as me.

We do the same in our lives. We search the world for the bad guy, the real evil person responsible for all the pain and suffering in the world, for negative news, for the wrong things happening around us. When we look at and critically examine our own minds, we find the real evil thing is hidden inside that grows unchecked. All evil and sorrow is caused by our thinking, which is the action of the unfocused mind. When we accuse and condemn a situation or a person, it is our mind that is doing the search. One of my clients said to me, “Payal, I hate to talk about my problems, like the things I hate about my boss, the challenges I have with my husband or the fact that both of my kids are getting in trouble at school these days. However, I cannot stop thinking and actually dreaming about the problems. They dominate my life each day.” I remember reading the tragic real life story of Arunima Sinha, a national level volleyball player who was pushed from a running train by thieves while she was resisting them. As a result, one of her legs had to be amputated below the knee. Her Saathee.com

aim after this incidence was to climb all the continents’ highest peaks and place the national flag of India there. She has already climbed five peaks. She focused on the whiteboard of her life not the black dot. Losing her leg was a big black dot in her life where she could have put her complete focus. But she chose to see the white space on the whiteboard. She was alive for a reason. In life or work, focus is of utmost importance. And when I say focus, I stress on Mindful Focus. Everyone has a focus but is it on the black dot or whiteboard? Negativity is pervasive in our world today, from newspapers to television. So, how can we be successful in business or personal lives if our focus is not mindful and if we are surrounded by negativity? As an entrepreneur, you have a lot on your plate. Staying focused can be tough with a constant stream of employees, clients, emails, and phone calls demanding your attention. Amid the noise, understanding your brain’s limitations and working around them can improve your focus and increase your productivity. The secret of successful business is to live fully in the now. “Do not dwell in the past; do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” Numerous times we have heard the above thought and in fact it has been repeated so many times that everyone gives it a try at some point in their personal life. What about business? How can business become super successful with just this one thought? This thought is of utmost importance in business success. Here is how to be successful using the now strategy. new energy: As soon as you put your thoughts in the present moment you will observe how much new energy flows into you. This energy which was drained into past and future thoughts gets together in the form of new energy which allows you to focus more. Focusing more will bring you more ideas, more positivity and eventually lead to your success. Opportunities: While being in the present and keeping full focus on the task at hand, you become aware of things around us. This means you rarely miss opportunities that come our way. New opportunities mean more success. Worry free: Because you are not crying over the past nor are we stressed about the future, our minds becomes free of worry. You will not think of worst outcomes and automatically negativity will be away from you. A worry-free mind will release happy hormones and keep the mind relaxed, which will eventually show up in the form of good physical health leading to more success. The now is a great tool to practice for business success. Business success comes with simple strategies; it is we who have started to look into more complex solutions.

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Make words using 4 or more letters. The central letter must be used in each word. Letters cannot be used more than once per word. Use all letters for the subject word (underlined in solutions below) 14+ words = Excellent; 9 to 13 words = Good; 8 or less = keep looking. Words we found are in solutions below.

3. The cochlea in a human body is in the (a) Mouth (b) Eye (c) Ear (d) leg

4. Building Taj Mahal was completed in the year (a) 1622 (b) 1633 (c) 1643 (d) 1653

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5. The National flag of Canada has (a) One color (b) Two colors (c) Three colors (d) Four colors

Match the name of the President of the country on the left column with name of his country on the right column. 1. PRANAB MUKHERJEE 1. RUSSIA 2. DONALD TRUMP 2. MEXICO 3. ENRIQUE PENA NIETO 3. SUDAN 4. VLADIMIR PUTIN 4. CHINA 5. BASHAR AL-ASSAD 5. AFGHANISTAN 6. EDGAR LUNGU 6. INDIA 7. FUAD MASUM 7. UNITED STATES 8. XI JINPING 8. IRAQ 9. ASHRAF GHANI 9. ZAMBIA 10. OMAR AL-BASHIR 10. SYRIA

6. The capitol of Tamil Nadu state, India is (a) Madurai (b) Pondicherry (c) Coimbatore (d) Chennai

7. You and I share money in the ratio of 5:8. If I have $4000, how many dollars do you have? (a) 3200 (b) 2800 (c) 2500 (d) 500

8. The chemical formula foe “Aspirin” is (a) C7H8O2 (b) C9H8O4 (c) C8H8O4 (d) C9H9O4

The answer given on the bottom of this page (no peeking).

dadaji’s moral short stories A black bear went for a walk alone in a jungle with a stick in his hand. A lion saw the bear and stepped in front him. The bear thought of the approaching trouble, got scared, but he was very smart. He started saluting the lion. He said: “O king of jungle, I was looking for this moment to see you and invite you for a special lunch. Please come to my den and let me treat you as my guest. You must be tired of eating animals. So, I have sweet honey at my den for you.” The bear was walking in front and the lion, his mouth watering for sweet honey, followed the bear. Bear: “Sir, this cave is my den, enjoy as much honey you want from the honeycomb.” Actually, the cave contained many beehives. As soon the lion took a big bite out of a honeycomb, the bees swarmed and started stinging the lion. The lion got many stings on his eyes, face, tongue, lips and all over his body. The lion ran away far in the jungle. Once again, the black bear went alone for a walk in a jungle with a stick in his hand. When the lion came in front him, he avoided the trouble!

9. The national highway from Varanasi - Nagpur - Bangalore to Kanyakumari is Highway No. (a) 7 (b) 8 (c) 9 (d) 10

10. The state flower of South Carolina is (a) Wild Rose (b) Dogwood (c) Violet (d) Yellow Jasmine

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Answer for brain train: 11=6. 2=7, 3=2, 4=1, 5=10, 6=9, 7=8, 8=4, 9=5, 10=3.

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Dozens of social media sites exist, but it always comes down to three: Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Love them or hate them, they are the three main sites (along with YouTube, which we’ll talk about later) and they have a large and diverse following. When my clients complain that they are overwhelmed with their social media choices, I tell them to start with these three, because they’re where the action is. Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn may be three of the most popular social media sites, but they are very different from each other. Think of Facebook as a party where everyone goes to see and be seen, meet new people and have fun. The atmosphere is casual and laid-back, and people may get caught up in conversations from time to time with people they don’t know. Twitter is more of a cocktail party, where the emphasis is on short, witty conversations and working the room, connecting briefly with many people but keeping it personal. LinkedIn is like a business networking event. Everyone’s professional, a little more buttoned-down, and on their best behavior. You’ll meet new people, but it’s easier and more comfortable with a personal introduction. Conversation remains mostly business-oriented. Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are different, but don’t let that scare you because each is a tool to accomplish a similar goal through varying styles of conversation and engagement. Just as you learn to adapt to the different group norms of the offline organizations in which you’re a member, navigating these sites and their cultures will soon become second nature. Facebook is loud and noisy and wonderful. It’s where the world goes to mingle. It’s the crossroads gathering place for Planet Earth. Facebook is meant to be a conversation, not a broadcast, so you want to look for ways to attract and engage your current clients and best prospects in a way that leverages your credibility and reinforces your brand. Don’t worry; it’s easier than you think. Several years ago, when I wrote “30 Days to Social Media Success,” the most common question I got when I spoke to groups was, “I’m on Facebook: now what?” Many business people truly did not know what to say when they had to sit down at the keyboard. Fortunately, I think we’ve gotten past that point, so that now business owners are looking for ways to maximize their brand and enhance their reach while underscoring their expert platform. We’ve come a long way in a short time! Having a casual conversation on Facebook is easy. Striking up a two-way discussion that engages your tribe and either gets them talking about their wants and needs or imparts helpful information in a non-stuffy way takes a bit more thought. One way to provide valuable information and broaden your connections at the same time is to share posts from other people’s pages that you find useful or think would be of interest to your tribe. You can also share links to articles in online magazines and news sites, as well as to your own blog posts. Build good will and make new friends by liking and commenting on interesting posts on the other people’s newsfeeds. Always be polite and avoid confrontation or controversy. Saathee.com

Get creative and mix things up by sharing photos, video and text. Visual memes of inspiring quotations are very popular, and easy to make. When you make a photo meme, use a picture you either have taken yourself or for which you’ve purchased the rights. Attribute the quote, and make sure you have your own Twitter symbol at the bottom so people who like the meme can find you. Respect copyright by sharing the link to a photo or article; never save someone else’s material to your computer and upload it. If you put out an email newsletter, realize that many newsletter software programs enable users to automatically send links to their Facebook and other social media sites whenever a new edition is sent out. This is a great way to broaden the readership of your newsletter, give nonsubscribers a free peek, and encourage new sign-ups. Not surprisingly, Facebook has evolved quite a bit since it made its debut. Not only does it have close to two billion users, but it has shifted many aspects of the user experience with corporate advertisers in mind. In the early days of Facebook, no one thought of the site as being of interest to business users. It began as a platform just for college students, and gradually expanded to be open to everyone. Small business owners and entrepreneurs were among the first to see Facebook’s marketing and networking potential, and in an effort to segregate personal and business conversations, Facebook introduced its “fan pages” as an alternative to the more personal profiles. For a while, that worked. Business users invested time and effort (and eventually money) in building their following on their Facebook page. Facebook created the ability to pay for targeted advertisements, and then to “boost” posts on business pages. Business users got used to sharing content, confident that a majority of their followers would see what they posted. But over the years, users have noticed that the organic reach (the people who see a post without a boost or an ad) has steadily declined to be only a small percentage of the number of people who have “liked” the page. Facebook is cagy about its strategy, but those in the know suspect that the decline in organic reach comes from an algorithm designed to encourage more paid ads and boosts. Likewise, users who pay for boosted posts have reported a decrease in the reach of posts over time for the same level of ad spending, creating diminishing returns. I’ve seen this happen on my own boosted posts, where the number of people estimated to be reached for a $20 boost to the identical target audience has decreased by thousands from one year to the next. It’s a profitable advertising revenue strategy for Facebook, but something business users need to recognize and learn to work around. Video is experiencing a similar transition in the way Facebook treats various online video sources. Facebook is continued on page 132

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Films: Delhi Belly (2011), Talaash (2012), Raman Raghav (2016). Live TV Show: Satyamev Jayate, with Amir Khan Years active as a singer: (2007 - Present)

She has compiled albums in many languages. She loves her fashion as much as her music. Sometimes working and living with your partner in the same profession has ups and downs. Bollywood musicians need to cast her like other popular singers. Visit her web site sonamohapatra.com for more information. Nominated: Best playback female singer Films: (2013) Fukrey, (2014) Talaash.

Her lyrics to the famous Hindi song “Yoon na dekho sānwariyā ghoor ghoor ke…” are given on this page. evergreen and Classic lyrics

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Note: The contents of this article are compiled from the news, books, internet and my knowledge and love for Indian music.

Song: Yoon nā dekho sānwariya ghoor ghoor ke… Film: Ekkees Toppon Ki Salāmi Year: 2014 Music: Ram Sampath Singer: Sonā Mohapatra Lyricist: Sandeep Nāth Starring: Neha Dhupiā, Anupam Kher, Aditi Sharma

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International Day of Yoga article courtesy of Venu Chennmaneni

International Day of Yoga, begun in 2015, returns this year on June 21. In spite of proven benefits of Yoga, increased awareness and acceptance, there is still a long way to go for reaching the masses. Therefore, one goal of the day is to create awareness of Yoga in all communities by various means. Is not Yoga a common word, known to everyone at least in the US? Then why do we need to spend countless hours and money on creating awareness? It is true that more people now know the word Yoga than before. However, it is also certain that a large number of people still do not associate Yoga with health benefits but rather as an exotic practice meant for Hollywood. International Day of Yoga can help bridge this divide by communicating the right message to common people. In modern advertising, repetition is a common practice to increase brand familiarity, which can overcome consumer reluctance to purchase a new product. If we consider the ancient Hindu system of learning, there are four stages, shravana (listening), smarna (remembering), manana (thinking) and nididhyasana (practice/meditation). Therefore, repeated events such as International Day of Yoga can achieve at least the first two steps of learning, shravana and smarna. So far, we have been explaining the benefits of Yoga to people. Many people do not practice Yoga even after knowing such benefits. We hear various reasons for people not practicing Yoga. Now is the time to tell them why they can practice Yoga. One reason we hear is that Yoga is for elites with plenty of time and money. The elites may have plenty of money but likely they do not more time than any common individual. You need neither a lot of money nor more time than any other exercise to keep you healthy. A regular practice of 1-2 hours a day is good. The bright side of Yoga is that you can practice it even after a long day of hard work, either mental or physical, to calm you down. You do not need to go to expensive Yoga studios to practice Yoga. It is best practiced where you are, at home or at work. Once you have learned basic principles and asanas, you can ditch Yoga studios. We are fortunate that we now have high quality instructional videos on Yoga by some famous Yoga teachers such as Baba Ramdev. The only things needed to practice Yoga are just you, your right priorities and a small space. In that sense, Yoga practice is very feasible for common people. I have heard some men say that they are not flexible enough for Yoga or Yoga is not meant for men! We were all flexible as children. We could easily put our toes into our mouths as toddlers! If we are not flexible now it is because of what we have done to our bodies. Yoga is all about undoing what we have done to the body (and to the mind) so that we are flexible again. Furthermore, you neither need to touch knees with your nose Saathee.com

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nor stand on your head to practice Yoga. You can choose asanas best suited to your body and mind. Of course, you can do more difficult asanas as you continue to practice regularly. Remember that Yoga cannot harm your masculinity. There should be no embarrassment to any men in practicing Yoga. Is Yoga really scientific? Is it not a cult practice without any proven benefit? I do not have to write much to refute such misconceptions. Yoga practice is ancient and has thousands of years of documented evidence proving its benefits. Yoga was in practice well before sage Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. If someone is still not convinced, we have now modern medicine reauthenticating the ancient knowledge. We see more and more hospitals incorporating Yoga, meditation (mindfulness) and such in their routine health care practices. The best evidence to convince oneself is to experience it yourself. One other resistance against Yoga practice is from religions. Some see Yoga as a Hindu religious practice incompatible with Mid-Eastern religions. There is no denying that Yoga is rooted in Hindu or more accurately Sanatan tradition. However, Yoga is not to appease a particular god if that is the concern. We are naturally blissful but seek happiness externally. Any happiness from an external source first is not in our control and second does not last long. Therefore, Yoga is to discover your own blissful nature so that you are perpetually happy and peaceful. According to Yogic knowledge, bliss is a divine attribute therefore Yoga is to seek divinity within yourself. Neither one can deny one’s own existence nor perpetual search for happiness. If Yoga helps you in being happy, healthy and peaceful then no religion or god should be upset with it. International Day of Yoga would be best celebrated if we can bring out the message that Yoga is for everyone, particularly common people irrespective of race, gender, economic status, ethnicity or religious affiliation. There are International Yoga Day events being planned at many cities across the US. I request the readers to participate and bring more people to such events so that most can benefit from it. In Research Triangle Park, International Day of Yoga will be celebrated at Hindu Society of North Carolina (HSNC) in Morrisville on June 25 from 8:00 am to noon. The event is being planned by volunteers of HSS, Art of Living, well known yoga teachers, and with interest from other organizations, and sponsorship from HSNC. The entry is free to the public. Let’s all North Carolinian come together and make Yoga Day a b ig success by creating awareness on the benefit of Yoga to all. If you want more information, you can email yogaday.rtp@gmail.com. June 2017


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NUTRITION FOR LIFE By Parul Kharod

tee = BMR x activity Factor + thermic effect.

What is a Calorie?

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A calorie, simply put, is a unit of measurement. A calorie is defined as the amount of energy required to raise the temperature of 1 ml of water at 15˚ C by 1˚ C. In other words, a calorie is a standard unit for measuring energy. Our body uses food as fuel. Anything and everything we eat is processed in the body and eventually burned to give us energy. This energy is measured in kilocalories, or calories for short. Unique cellular processes and chemical reactions in our body metabolize the protein, fat, and carbohydrate in the food. The food we eat is digested, absorbed, and is converted to glucose. This glucose is burned to give energy. Energy, in the form of heat, is released during these chain reactions which take place in the mitochondria within our cells. The body cannot store extra glucose. If there is more than what the body needs, it is converted back to fat, and is stored as fat cells. This is how we gain weight!

Food energy How do we know what food gives us how much energy? In other words, how many calories are in a particular food? The most basic thing to remember is that carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, burn at different rates. One gram of carbohydrate gives four calories. One gram of protein has four calories, and one gram of fat has nine calories. This has been a source of confusion for many people. Just remember that all food consists of only three major energy producing components: carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. The amounts have to add up to a 100%. Which means that if a food is 20% fat, the remaining 80% will be carbohydrates and protein. Therefore, a low-fat food will be high in carbohydrates and/or protein while a low-carb food may be high in fat. No food can be high in all three or low in all three components. Vitamins and minerals do not have calories, neither does fiber or cholesterol. Each gram of fat has 9 calories. The type of fat does not matter. A teaspoon of olive oil has the same number of calories as a teaspoon of peanut oil. Protein from meat has the same number of calories as protein from beans. The composition of foods varies in terms of many other things, but the number of calories remain standard. Water and fiber rich foods like fruits and vegetables will have fewer calories than dense foods loaded with fat.

energy Balance Think of your body as a bank account. You put in calories when you eat. You use up calories during activity. If you put in more than what you use, there is a surplus. In case of money in a bank account, this would be good. However, the surplus in the body is stored as fat cells that can be harmful to your health. That is why it is very important to have a balance.

How many calories do we need? The amount of energy (calories) we need depends on a number of factors. You may have heard of the term BMR or RMR. It refers to Basal Metabolic Rate, or Resting Metabolic Rate. This is the amount of energy needed by your cells and organs to perform the daily tasks of keeping you alive and well. This depends on your age, height, and weight. Then you add in your lifestyle and activity factor. This will vary for each person depending on whether you work sitting at a desk, or you are active all day. The body also uses energy to digest, absorb, and metabolize the food we eat. This is known as the thermic effect of food. All of these things are combined to calculate the TEE or Total Energy Expenditure, which is the total energy you need in 24 hrs.

Fuel efficiency Food should be a source of pleasure, not a source for aggravation. Unfortunately, in our society, the word diet has become a verb instead of a noun. To keep your body healthy and active, choose your fuel wisely. Eat nutrient dense foods Don’t deprive yourself; don’t associate food with guilt • Don’t skip meals or have long gaps between meals. • Don’t fall for fad diets that over-restrict calories • Eat small meals at regular intervals • Eat balanced meals • Drink plenty of water • Get regular physical activity.

BMR: There are different equations used to calculate BMR. One widely used formula is the Harris-Benedict: Men: 66 + (13.7 x weight in lbs.) + (5 x height in inches) – (6.8 x age in yrs.). Women: 655 + (9.6 x weight in lbs.) + (1.7 x height in inches) – (4.7 x age in yrs.)

do we really need to count calories? Not at all! The total number of calories are important, but more important is the source of those calories. One can eat a 1500 calorie diet full of healthy foods; it is also possible to eat Activity Factor: Multiply BMR with the activity factor 1500 calories of junk food. What is most important is choosing according to your lifestyle. the right foods and eating them in the right portion. Sedentary: 1.2 Light activity: 1.3 Moderate activity: 1.4 Very active: 1.5

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NEWS NOTES How Google Maps Could Help Settle the Afghanistan Pakistan Border Dispute By Amulya Shankar, PRI’s The World

GSLV Launches South Asia Satellite India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLVF09) successfully launched the 2230 kg South Asia Satellite (GSAT-9) into its planned Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) on May 5. The launch of GSLV was its eleventh and took place from the Second Launch Pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR (SDSC SHAR), Sriharikota, the spaceport of India. This is the fourth consecutive success achieved by GSLV carrying indigenously developed Cryogenic Upper Stage. In its oval shaped GTO, the South Asia Satellite is now orbiting the Earth with a perigee (nearest point to Earth) of 169 km and an apogee (farthest point to Earth) of 36,105 km with an orbital inclination of 20.65° with respect to the equator. Few seconds before the launch countdown reached zero, the four liquid propellant strap-on motors of GSLV-F09, each carrying 42 tons of liquid propellants, were ignited. At count zero and after confirming the normal performance of all the four strap-on motors, the 139-ton solid propellant first stage core motor was ignited and GSLV lifted off at 16:57 IST. The major phases of the flight occurred as scheduled. About seventeen minutes after lift-off, South Asia Satellite was successfully placed in GTO. . Soon after separation from GSLV, the two solar arrays of the satellite were automatically deployed in quick succession and the Master Control Facility (MCF) at Hassan in Karnataka assumed control of the satellite. South Asia Satellite is a communication satellite built by Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) to provide a variety of communication services over the South Asian region. For this, it is equipped with Ku-band transponders. Following the successful launch, the Honorable Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi gave an address along with several South Asian leaders. Modi recalled that two years ago India made a promise to extend the advanced space technology for the cause of growth and prosperity of the people of South Asia and felt that the successful launch of South Asia Satellite marks a fulfilment of that. For more details on the Indian Space Research Organization’s work visit, www.isro.gov.in Saathee.com

More than a thousand miles of harsh, mountainous terrain separates Pakistan and Afghanistan. The border is notoriously porous and difficult to enforce, as invading armies have learned — and it’s been a source of contention between the two governments for decades. The “Durand Line” establishing the border was drawn in the 1890s, by British representatives from Afghanistan and what was then British India. It split the land of ethnic Pashtuns nearly in half. Pakistan inherited the border when it gained independence in 1947, but Afghanistan has never officially recognized it. Pashtuns living on either side of the border traditionally haven’t paid it much attention — they often have more in common with each other than with their respective countries. Things remain tense in the disputed border area, however. Fighting broke out again recently when a Pakistani census group accompanied by soldiers visited villages there, and at least eight civilians were killed. But officials in Pakistan and Afghanistan are signaling that they may be ready for détente. Both sides have agreed to a thoroughly modern solution: using Google Maps and GPS to conduct a geological survey and settle the border issue for good. The process is likely to mirror the original marking of the Durand Line. Back then, representatives pored over maps to negotiate a route before walking it, hammering posts into the ground every few miles. Now, officials from both countries “can walk that border with the GPS, and they can create the digital equivalent of those border posts that they originally marked over 100 years ago,” said Steven Feldman, a digital mapping consultant based in London. The “digital posts” can then be turned into the countries’ borders on Google Maps. But, Feldman said, the technology is just a tool — Pakistan and Afghanistan first have to agree where that border is. “I’m not certain that Google Maps is the answer to their problems.” Maps reflect political realities, and Google has what Steven Feldman calls a “hierarchy of rules” when it depicts countries. Most borders are widely acknowledged by the international community, and Google denotes these on its maps with a solid line. For disputed places like Palestine, Kashmir, or Crimea, it gets a little more complicated. Google tries to defer to the judgment of international bodies, and it marks contested borders with dotted lines. But the Google map you see can be entirely different depending on where you’re viewing it from. That’s because Google must follow the laws of countries it operates in. The Crimean Peninsula was controlled by Ukraine until Russia

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invaded in 2014. In Russia, according to the law, Crimea is shown to be part of the country with a solid black line. But in Ukraine and most of the world, Google Maps demarcates Crimea with a dotted line. Google Maps is a private company, Feldman said, and shouldn’t be called upon to arbitrate clashes on the international stage. “It’s only states that can bring about dialogue and compromise.” Yet Google is now the largest mapmaker in the world, and as a result, it frequently gets sucked into geopolitics, willingly or not. “I guess, naively perhaps, we hoped we could have one global map of the world that everyone used, but politics is complicated,” Ed Parsons, Google’s geospatial technologist, told The Independent. Google did not immediately respond to The World’s request for comment. The company has been the target of social media campaigns and petitions for not drawing a solid line around Palestine, and sometimes the stakes have been even higher: In 2010, when Google data mistakenly gave a chunk of Costa Rica to Nicaragua, troops were deployed on both sides before the map could be fixed.

These Trash Pickers Used to Have Miserable Jobs. Now They run Their Own Recycling Cooperative By Rebecca Rosman, PRI’s The World

After his father died when he was only a teenager, Yassine Mazzout started working nights at the landfill next to his home near Morocco’s capital Rabat, salvaging items that could be recycled or sold from the mountain of filth. “At 15, I should have spent my evenings playing with other kids,” said Mazzout. “But I spent all of my free time [at the landfill] to make money for my family.” Mazzout is one of hundreds of residents of the small village of Accreche who relied on the landfill — one of Morocco’s largest — as a source of income. Residents would spend hours working in squalid conditions, often fighting one another over the most valuable materials. But in 2010, the local municipality decided to shut it down and build a modern waste facility. That was good news for the environment — landfills can be a big source of water and air pollution — but not so good for the people who depended on the dump for their livelihoods. But in an unusual twist on a story of misery common to as many as 15 million dump pickers around the world, this one has a happy ending. Instead of leaving the workers without any job, the local government decided to open a recycling center at the new waste site, and to hire all the former trash pickers to run and manage it. Not only do they still have jobs, they have vastly better jobs, including benefits like health insurance, equal salaries, set hours and even free transportation to work. “Before, I could work up to 13 hours a day in horrible conditions,” said Najat Rabat, who spent 10 years working at the landfill. “Now it’s only six hours, and in much better conditions.” And they’ve pivoted from the competitive, dog-eat-dog Saathee.com

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EYE ON THE MARKETS Trends and Commentary trump tax plans and Potential Outcomes

By Ketu Desai

In April, President Trump announced an outline of his tax plan. It was a short document, however, it contained a general framework of his vision. In this article, we will review recent market activity, provide an overview of the proposed plan, and its potential impact on markets and various asset classes. In recent weeks, the bond market and the equity market have been telling different stories. The bond market has expressed caution as Treasury yields have come in, and got below 2.2% at one point during April, before widening recently. There was also a bid for safe havens like gold during recent weeks. Bond investors are cautious due to the recent economic data, geopolitical events, and policy uncertainty. At the What are the risks? The same time, global equity markets rallied, particularly first is purely political, does during the end of April. the plan go through, and Equity investors are what version. bullish due to corporate earnings, higher expected growth rates, and the potential for pro-growth policy changes. Among the key disputes between the two asset classes is the ability for the President to implement pro-growth policies, chief among them is the tax reform. One of the clear goals of the tax plan is to improve economic growth. The Treasury Secretary has stated in numerous interviews that the goal is 3% or higher economic growth. This would be a significant improvement if achieved, considering we have been stuck around 2% annual growth in recent years. While a 1% increase may not sound like much, however, when you consider the US economy is approximately $19 trillion, a 1% increase is a significant amount of extra dollar growth that is created. The idea is to make business more competitive in the United States, which will foster investment and growth. At the same time, allow Americans to keep more of their earnings to spend, which also fosters growth. In summary, the tax plan cuts the corporate tax rate from 35% to 15%. It further cuts the top pass-through rate from 39.6% to 15%. Both of these are aimed at businesses, large and small. The pass-through rate helps small businesses, many structured as LLCs. The plan also lowers taxation on profits earned by companies overseas, and incentivizes them to bring profits back to the United States. This is critical for large companies such as Apple, GE, and Microsoft that have billions deposited abroad. These companies can bring this cash back and reinvest in the US or simply return the capital to shareholders. On the personal side, the idea is simplification. Trump’s proposal would reduce the current seven tax brackets to three with rates of 10 percent, 25 percent and 35 percent. He also plans to reduce the amount of itemized deductions and increase the standard deduction. Let’s assume, all else equal, the tax reform has its desired impact in increased economic growth. What is the impact on various asset classes? The impact on equities would largely be positive. Higher economic growth generally means a better Saathee.com

revenue opportunity. Further, a lower tax rate generally means higher earnings per share. Earnings per share are an important driver for equity returns. The policy could have north of a 10% increase in S&P earnings per share. This would be a significant amount, and change the forward-looking return expectations for equity markets. For the bond market, it will depend on the type of security. For a Treasury bond, this could be negative. Theoretically, higher economic growth would lead to higher inflation. Higher inflation would mean higher interest rates. For bonds, price and yield (or interest rates) move inversely. Perhaps a simpler way to think about it is if there is inflation, each fixed payment a bond makes is worth less, because it has less purchasing power. However, for other types of bonds such as inflation-protected or floating rate bonds, this type of environment might not be so bad, and you will actually be able to make money on them. Gold could see an increase in demand due to higher inflation, as gold historically has been an inflation hedge. However, gold will ultimately move inversely with real interest rates. Real interest rates are the interest rate, after you factor in inflation. Thus, the movement in gold will depend on the magnitude of inflation we get from the policy, and the movement it creates in interest rates. That said, gold would certainly provide a level of protection in this environment. What are the risks? The first is purely political, does the plan go through, and what version. If the plan does go through, it does risk over-heating our economy. We are in the eighth year of our economic recovery, the unemployment rate is low, such a policy might create more inflation than desired. Perhaps the risk that will be most discussed is that what it will do the Federal deficit. While many in the administration say that economic growth will pay for the plan, many outsiders remain skeptical. If the plan doesn’t pay for itself, it risks increasing the $559 billion deficit, and the $14.8 trillion of debt outstanding. Severe increases to either or both, hampers long-term growth for the country. The tax plan specifics are yet to be determined.

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A Day at MerleFest 2017 Story and Photos by Samir Shukla

The “picking” tents, filled with guitar, banjo, mandolin, and fiddle players of all ages, were hopping as I walked through the entrance and into the musical swirl of the 30th edition of MerleFest on April 28. The Friday afternoon sky was scattered with clouds and bits of sunshine, a perfect day to take in music in the outdoors. There are over dozen places setup for performances during MerleFest and the Hillside stage has become my favorite spot to see bands there. The Hillside stage is a natural amphitheater where folks can sit up on the hill facing the stage. It’s a bit of a workout on your back as you sit on the hill, but the view of the stage and the sound are tops. I caught the ever-danceable Scythian perform a feisty set there. The band has become a crowd favorite and this was their 10th year performing at the fest. The Steep Canyon Rangers played later in the afternoon with special guest mandolinist and bluegrass veteran Sam Bush. The legendary Del McCoury was slated to be a guest but had to opt out due to laryngitis. The Rangers started off mellow, but played a toe-tapping set with Bush adding his mandolin firepower into the mix. I strolled up to the indoor Walker Center and caught the Docabilly Blues Blowout with Mitch Greenhill and compatriots. It was an eclectic jam of blues, rockabilly, and country blues with several guests including Tara and Jeb from Donna the Buffalo, Jim Avett and others delving into the bluesier side of Doc Watson’s music.

The Watson stage is of course perfect for a large band, like the Transatlantic Sessions Tour hosted by Jerry Douglas and Aly Bain and on this night featured the main attraction, music legend James Taylor. The headliners brought a multi-artist jam to the big stage and Taylor strolled onto the stage and opened his set with the classic “Carolina in my Mind.” He quipped, “I might as well get this out of the way,” knowing fully well the crowd would expect that song, especially from a Chapel Hill native performing at a beloved NC music gathering. I caught parts of many other performances at other venues including the Creekside stage and the Plaza stage.

Over 100 bands and musicians performed this year, including Zac Brown Band, The Avett Brothers, Béla Fleck, Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, Leftover Salmon, Sam Bush Band, The Earls of Leicester featuring Jerry Douglas, Peter Rowan, Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, Jorma Kaukonen, Sarah Jarosz, and Jim Lauderdale. According to MerleFest officials, over 80,000 people attended and or participated in the festival this year. MerleFest, held on the campus of Wilkes Community College, is the primary fundraiser for the WCC Foundation, funding scholarships, capital projects and other educational needs. “We’ve had an incredible weekend,” Festival Director Ted Hagaman said in a press release. “With over 100 artists on 13 stages over the four days, we again feel we succeeded in providing a quality and successful event for all involved. Preliminary numbers show we attracted thousands of fans from all over the world. This event could not happen without the Sierra Hull’s soft mandolin and voice were a bit mismatched work and dedication of our 4,000-plus volunteers and the many for the large Watson stage, sometimes getting lost in the great safety and service agencies in Northwestern North crowd’s chatter. She is a wonderful performer but maybe better Carolina. We’re already looking forward to MerleFest 2018.” heard at a smaller, more intimate venue or stage. Saathee.com

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industry. At the time, companies — some backed by foreign investors —were not so much interested in becoming large players in the global palm oil industry, but rather, in owning the land and cutting down trees to sell timber. Today, palm oil harvested and produced on Myanmar’s plantations is mainly sold as cooking oil within the country. Zaw Myo Htike is one of many who followed the initial boom. Although Myanmar’s Ministry of Labor has not kept official figures on how many people are employed in the country’s palm oil industry, Burmese workers say hundreds of thousands of laborers were initially recruited to help companies clear land for plantations. Zaw Myo Htike and many others found something very different on the plantations from what they were promised. Labor and living conditions were harsh and the pay was low when it came at all. Some were able to return home, but many realized they were stuck there, unable to afford the cost of the journey out. Some of the most desperate and unlucky workers have been lured by traffickers to work on Thailand’s fishing boats — a multibillion-dollar industry reliant on migrant labor. Zaw Myo Htike arrived at the palm oil plantation outside of Kawthaung, the southernmost port city in Myanmar, after traveling for four days by boat and truck — all paid for by the company, Supowin. But something didn’t seem quite right when he started working. While the agent told him that he would be clearing down small trees and shrubs, Zaw Myo Htike was instead hacking down “trees larger than I had ever seen in my life,” he said. And although the agent told Zaw Myo Htike that he would be making 50,000 kyats a month — approximately $37 and enough to live on as a single person in Myanmar in 2004 — he and the other workers went uncompensated for the entire first year. The agent back in Wakema never informed him that his wages would be withheld. At the time, “I regretted my decision to come here and work,” Zaw Myo Htike said. “I was also angry towards the agent for lying to me. But because I was already here, I decided to stay.” Withholding wages falls under the US State Department’s definition of debt bondage, but the palm oil companies don’t see it that way. They say they’re calling in a debt owed by workers who didn’t pay their way to the job site. When Zaw Myo Htike and some of his fellow workers protested having their pay withheld, the message from his Burmese supervisors at Supowin was clear: “You can leave if you want to, but you’ll have to pay for it yourself.” Supowin isn’t the only palm oil company in Myanmar with a history of withholding wages. Other plantations, such as those owned by Dagon Timber and Yuzana, one of Myanmar’s largest real estate, construction and agriculture companies, have done the same. The length of time workers had their wages withheld varied, depending on when they first arrived at the plantation. Workers who arrived at the palm oil plantations earlier tended to have their wages withheld for longer. For instance, laborers who arrived on Yuzana plantations in the last year only had two months of wages initially withheld, whereas those who arrived at the plantations four years ago were unpaid for the first eight months. In October 2016, workers from Dagon Timber told civil society organizers that their wages had been withheld for four months. It was only after the complaints were filed and the Saathee.com

police investigated the situation that the workers were given their payment. Zaw Myo Htike did eventually start getting paid, as well. Once the land was cleared — which took about a year — and the plantation was running in full swing, he started earning 100,000 kyats a month, about $76, harvesting the ripe bunches of palm oil fruit. Although it was more than he hoped to make when he signed the initial contract, he was only able to make that amount during high season when the crop was bountiful. Life on the plantation is hard and money is short, even when workers are paid the wages they’ve earned. Many workers, including Zaw Myo Htike, need the wages from high season to support their families during low season. Supowin provides workers with food but deducts the cost from their paychecks. Rice for an entire family, for example, costs more than $30 a month. Workers receive free housing but lack access to electricity and running water. Some workers have set up their own water pump; others walk to a nearby stream to wash dishes and clothes and gather water for use. Schooling for the workers’ children is limited and many families drive longer distances so that their kids receive a better education. But this also means they need to spend money on gas, which costs more than $10 a month.

Workers sit atop the fruit bunches in the back of a truck in Asia World palm oil plantation in Bank Mae Village, Myanmar, Nov. 11, 2016 Fruit bunches are collected from throughout the plantation and brought to a central mill for processing. Credit: Taylor Weidman/PRI

And then there’s the cost of injuries from repetitive strain and accidents. Harvesting oil palm fruits can be hazardous, and it’s hard on the body. While workers use the plantation clinics for minor medical issues, they need to travel for more than an hour to Kawthaung for more serious conditions and incur their own transportation and medical costs. At the end of the day, it’s difficult for workers to save money. And that means many are trapped. When a worker wants to leave the plantation, they inform the others, who often help save up money for a return trip home. For a family of three, bus tickets can cost more than $100. And now, after more than a decade of work, Zaw Myo Htike still doesn’t have enough money to leave. Many of Myanmar’s palm oil industry workers are looking for a way out. And that makes them vulnerable to human traffickers. Zaw Myo Htike and other workers say traffickers patrol the

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art in the Park - June 10 & July 15 (Blowing Rock, nC) Art in the Park was created in 1962 by a handful of area artists and craftspeople to showcase local talent. Today, Art in the Park is host to 90 artisans at each show. Some of the best local and regional artists and craftspeople showcase their handcrafted jewelry, pottery, fiber, glass, photography, painting and more. The festival will take place on both Sat, June 10 and Sat, July 15 along Park Avenue in downtown Blowing Rock, NC from 10am - 5pm. Call 828-295-7851 or contact loni@blowingrock.com for questions.

spoleto Festival usa – through June 11 (Charleston) For 17 days and nights each spring, Spoleto Festival USA fills Charleston, South Carolina’s historic theaters, churches, and outdoor spaces with performances by renowned artists as well as emerging performers in opera; theater; dance; and chamber, symphonic, choral, and jazz music. Now approaching its 41st season, Spoleto is internationally recognized as America’s premier performing arts festival. The Festival’s mission is to present programs of the highest artistic caliber while maintaining a dedication to young artists, a commitment to all forms of the performing arts, a passion for contemporary innovation, and an enthusiasm for providing unusual performance opportunities for established artists. For full details visit www.Spoletousa.org.

BaPs Walk Green - June 10 (Raleigh) The BAPS Walk Green will take place on Saturday, June 10 from 8am - noon. BAPS Charities Walk Green 2017 in Raleigh, NC is an event to raise funds for The Nature Conservancy, Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, and other charitable activities organized by BAPS Charities. This year, BAPS Charities will support The Nature Conservancy’s efforts to plant and restore over 1.6 million acres of land by planting one billion trees by 2025 through their Plant a Billion Trees initiative. Join over 17,000 walkers in over 50 cities and help support the planting of 100,000 trees in 2017. The walk is at 1050 Town Hall Dr., Morrisville, NC. For more details: www.bapscharities.org/usa/raleigh/walk17raleigh/

tGa summer Picnic - June 17 (Cary) The Triangle Gujarati Association (TGA) will hold its annual summer picnic on Saturday, June 17 at 4:30pm at Apex Community Park, 2200 Laura Duncan Rd, Cary, NC. There is free entry for all. The day will feature games for children and adults, bouncy house, face painting, balloons, food for purchase and more. For full details visit, www.nctga.org.

Yugpurush play, June 29 (Charlotte) A Hindi play about the spiritual relationship that transformed Mohandas into the Mahatma, directed by Rajesh Joshi and written by Uttam Gada will be presented at the Hindu Center, 7400 City View Dr, Charlotte on Thu, June 29 at 7pm. Tickets are $10 (includes dinner) but RSVP is required. This is a charity show for Shrimad Rajchandra Hospital. The music for the play is by Sachin - Jigar. For more details call 704-313-8445 or 704443-8363.

Better dads Festival - June 17 (asheville) Help create a space where men, women and children can share their experiences of how men and fathers show up in their lives and build bridges between cultural communities to appreciate both unique and shared experiences. Discover new ways to connect, share, explore, and grow. For some, father roles do not follow traditional norms, while for others, they do. For some, the word “father” brings joy; for others, it’s more of a struggle. The question is really, “What does fatherhood look like for you? What is your experience of having or being a father?” This festival will take place in downtown Asheville, NC in Sat, June 17 from noon to 9:30pm with live music, dancing, games, costumes, and crafts. For more information contact 828.699.6636 or visit www.betterdadsfestival.com

shrimad Bhagwad Gita Pravachan, June 18 - 22 (Morrisville, nC) Krishnadham USA presents Shrimad Bhagwad Gita Pravachan in Hindi from June 18 - 22 at the HSNC hall, 309 Aviation Pkwy, Morrisville, NC. Speaker is Vaishnavacharya Goswami 108 Dwarkeshlalji Mahodayshri. Along with the pravachan there will be a musical bhajan program, rass, garba and mahaprasad. For more details call 919-610-4194 or 919-523-1041.

Brevard’s arts & Culture Celebration - June 23-July 4 Enjoy more than 90+ Art events in downtown Brevard and Transylvania County between June 23 and July 4th. Examples of events include the Opening of the Brevard Music Center, Brevard’s 4th Friday Gallery Walk, Street Dances, Music Jams, Open Mic Nite, Live Radio Variety Show, Art Show & Sale and the celebration ends with a bang at the Heart of Brevard 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks Extravaganza. For more information call the TC Arts Council at828.884.2787 or visit www.artsofbrevard.org.

american dance Festival 2017 - June 13-July 19 (durham) The American Dance Festival, held annually since 1934, features public performances, classes, and seminars from more than two dozen companies and hundreds of choreographers, writers, and students. ADF has played a critical role in increasing the repertoires of our country’s modern dance companies, having been the site of more than 650 premieres, more than 350 commissions, and more than 50 reconstructions. Performance venues include Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC), Reynolds Industries Theater, Sheafer Theater, Baldwin Auditorium and more between Tue, June 13 and Wed, July 19. Check out www.americandancefestival.org for ticket info, special events and performance schedules. Saathee.com

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Cobbler Parade, and best of all, the “World’s Largest Patchwork of Blackberry Cobbler.” There will also be two additional ticketed events added on July 6 and 9 – an Evening of Everything Blackberry and a Blackberry Brunch, respectively. Visit ncblackberryfestival.com for more information.

north Carolina Peach Festival - July 14-15 (Candor, nC) The Peach Festival begins on Friday, July 14 with the 7th annual Peachy Feet 5K. On Saturday, July 15 the festival continues with events including a cooking contest, parade, live music, helicopter rides, camel rides, karaoke, introduction of the 2017 Peach Queen, Peachy Feet 5K winners and Peach Cooking Contest winners. Kids activities often include: bungee trampoline, rock wall, bounce houses, bungee jump, miniature train rides, gyro ride, camel ride, petting zoo, zipline, and more. Admission is free. To learn more contact 910.974.4221, ncpeachfestival@embarqmail.com, or visit their website at www.ncpeachfestival.com.

Folkmoot Festival - July 20-30 (Waynesville, nC) With dozens of performances held during two weeks by hundreds of world dancers and musicians from several countries including India, The Netherlands, Slovenia, Russia, Argentina, Israel, Canadian-Welsh and even a special USAfrican collaboration. Folkmoot brings the world’s diverse cultures together. Sharing traditions and learning about people around the world has never been more exciting and entertaining. Enjoy performances, workshops, the Parade of Nations, and meet the performers from July 20-30 all along Main Street in Waynesville, NC. To learn more visit Om squad summer Camps - June-aug (Morrisville, nC) folkmoot.org The youth group of the Hindu Society of North Carolina presents its annual summer camp program. There are four Health Fair - June 17 (Morrisville) sessions: June 12 - June 16; June 26 - June 30; July 17 - 21; August Triangle area Hindu temples and Triangle Indian Physicians 14 - 18. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are served. There are many Society (TIPS) present their 2017 Health Fair on Saturday, June activities lined-up for these summer camps. Prices range from 17 from 9am - 1pm. The blood draw day is on Saturday, June 3 $250/session for members and $300/session for non-members. from 8am - 11am. Physicians will be on hand to answer HSNC is located at 309 Aviation Pkwy, Morrisville, NC. For questions on a range of health issues. There is also a blood drive more details write to: summer.camp@hsnconline.org or visit on the health fair. Register at www.tahts.org. The fair will take www.hsnconline.org. place at HSNC, 309 Aviation Pkwy, Morrisville, NC. The fair is free but a $10 donation per person is suggested to offset shreya Ghoshal in Concert - June 25 (Raleigh) expenses. Singer Shreya Ghoshal has delivered multiple hits for Hindi films as well nC Food truck state Championship - June 16-17 as many other Indian regional films. (Randleman, nC) She also has released pop songs. The City of Randleman presents the 4th Annual Food Truck Ghoshal will perform live on Sunday, State Championship on June 16-17, 2017. This weekend festival June 25 at 7pm at Duke Energy brings food trucks from around the state of North Carolina to Center for the Performing Arts in be judged by regional food celebrities. Other highlighted Raleigh, NC. She will be backed by activities include our Regional Farmers Market, Various live musicians, back-up singers and Contests, Featured Bands and fun activities for all ages. Come dancers. For full details call 704-769join the fun and local flavor for a great day of eating, music, 5511, 310-890-5599 or visit www.ParachaEntertainment.com. crafts and fellowship that Randleman and Randolph County have to offer. For more information contact Robin Hughes at shrimad Bhagwat Katha saptah - July 23-29 (Charlotte) 336.669.2849 or City Hall at 336.495.7500. Shri Murlika ji of Maan Mandir and Braj Baalika will present the Shrimad Bhagwat Katha Saptah from July 23 - 29 at the north Carolina Blackberry Festival - July 6-9 (lenoir, nC) Hindu Center of Charlotte, 7400 City View Drive. She has The 16th annual NC Blackberry Festival, located in historic exceptional knowledge and understanding of some of the most downtown Lenoir, celebrates the summer berry with two days revered scriptures and will recite in Hindi. For more details call festivities. The Friday 704-365-4561 or 704-321-0740. The center website it night kick-off includes www.hcclt.org. live music, a beer garden and blackberry shrinath dham Haveli Grand Opening - July 7-10 recipe contests. (Matthews) Saturday the festival The Vallabpushti Samaj of North Carolina presents the Shrinath continues with Dham Haveli grand opening celebrations on July 7 - 10 at 1006 hundreds of vendors, Vickie Lane, Matthews, NC. There are multiple events planned live music, kids’ over the four day celebration. For more details call 704-763activities, food, Colossal 3059, 704-236-4004 or visit www.CharlotteHaveli.org. Saathee.com

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south Carolina Festival of discovery - July 6-9 (Greenwood, sC) Discover what rural America is all about during the awardwinning South Carolina Festival of Discovery in beautiful Uptown Greenwood. Enjoy the weekend rubbing elbows with some of the best barbecue cookers from across the country! The Barbeque & Hash Cook-off, a SC State Championship and a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned event, and was recently featured on the Food Network Challenge “Great American BBQ Showdown”. The Greenwood Blues Cruise kicks off the festival on Thursday July 6 with a free Live After 5 Concert at the Countybank Plaza and run through Sunday, July 9. For more info, check out www.festivalofdiscovery.com.

Night Fever soundtrack was all the rage. He decided then that he was going to bring Disco to India and he did, becoming India’s “King of Disco.” At a young age, he wanted to be like Elvis and to this day his attire has the Elvis look enhanced with his signature “disco” jewelry.

HeroesCon 2017 - June 16-18 (Charlotte) Started in 1982, HeroesCon has focused strictly on Comic Book writers, artists, and vendors as well as being a very familyfriendly atmosphere. The con will be back for its 35th anniversary at the Charlotte Convention Center from June 1618. 1 and 3-day passes are available. Free admission for children 12 & under. Learn more at www.heroesonline.com

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Hindu Center anniversary Celebration - July 29 (Charlotte) The Hindu Center of Charlotte will celebrate its 35th anniversary on Saturday, July 29 with anand bazaar, a cultural program, health fair, and a general body meeting. It all happens between noon - 6pm at the center located at 7400 City View Drive. For more details call 704-231-3056 or visit www.hcclt.org.

lake norman Festival of the arts - June 24-25 (Huntersville, nC) The Lake Norman Festival of the Arts at Birkdale Village is a must-do experience for fans of fine art. The Lake Norman Festival of the Arts will provide you an exclusive opportunity to experience a range of phenomenal creations ranging from beautiful sculptures, photography, glass, paintings, ceramics, one-of-a-kind jewelry, and mixed media. Nestled near Lake Norman, this community is known as an ideal weekend destination just north of Charlotte. Enjoy all the Birkdale Village has to offer - grab a bite at a local eatery, visit more than 60 retailers and purchase original artwork from the artists, as you enjoy this weekend of visual inspiration. Admission is free. For more info call 561.746.6615 or visit www.artfestival.com.

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Bappi lahiri in Concert India’s “King of Disco,” Bappi Lahiri, made a stop in Charlotte on May 20, 2017 at the Grady Cole Center. Joining him on stage were several musicians and singers including his son Bappa on drums and Garima Khiste (The Voice India) on vocals. Close to one thousand fans rocked for nearly three hours to Bappi Da’s classic compositions and disco hits. The show was promoted by the DAR group of Charlotte to benefit the Hindu Center of Charlotte’s expansion project. Bappi Lahiri’s career spans nearly 50 years with 5000 songs to his credit as composter, singer, and writer. His first tour in the United States was in 1979 where he got the Disco Fever when the Saturday Saathee.com

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On May 6 - 7 the Hindu Center of Charlotte hosted its 4th annual art exhibit, displaying artwork including paintings, jewelry, clothing and photography. Organizer Anju Jain continues the tradition started by Chidabah Vyas in 2014. The South Asian artists featured include Ravikiran, Rupam Varna, Jaya Vagesna, Pooja Nair, Shefalee Patel, Namita Mishra, Sangeeta Mudumbai, plus works from the youth that included depictions of their favorites movies and cartoons. The first exhibition was held in April, 2014 and has continued to grow. June 2017


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goal is to plant billion trees by the year 2025. Over 900 people participated in this year’s walk. Previously, BAPS Charity in 2016 has already contributed a $100,000 to plant 70,000 trees aiding the Nature Conservancy’s effort with promises to continue in the future. The respective mayors of Charlotte and Matthews were also in attendance.

three Business leaders named Charlotte’s 2017 Fathers of the Year Three Charlottearea dads were announced as Charlotte’s 2017 Fathers of the Year. The businessmen were selected by the National Father’s Day Council, which honors fathers for their outstanding commitment to their children and the values of fatherhood. They will be honored on June 16 at Charlotte’s 17th annual Father of the Year Awards fundraiser, benefiting the American Diabetes Association. The honorees are: Kieth Cockrell, Financial Center Client Management and Life Services Executive for Retail, Bank of America; Chad Utermark, Executive Vice President, Nucor Corporation; and Vinay Patel, President and CEO, SREE Hotels. “We are proud to honor these exceptional fathers, who have so admirably balanced their personal lives with such successful careers and community service records,” said Pat Phillips, 2017 co-chair of the Charlotte Father’s Day Council, which has honored 80 fathers and raised $5.6 million here for diabetes research and education. The awards gala will be held at the Westin Hotel, 601 S. College St., Charlotte. Tickets info at 704373-9111, x3261.

Photos by Monica Pradhan unkahee - an untold love story A hush engulfed the audience as the stage at Ovens auditorium exploded with a flash of color, music, and light. Nrityangan Cultural Academy’s annual recital had just begun. “Unkahee - An Untold Love Story” - this year’s kathak and Bollywood dance drama explored the life of India’s first Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore. With 200 dancers and volunteers, the Nrityangan team worked to bring an audience of 1,300 people, including Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts, this cultural treat. Not only did viewers explore Tagore’s elusive personal life, but each member of the audience also contributed to enriching the lives of countless others. How? All funds raised, nearly $50,000, were contributed to Maiti Nepal and Treehouse Children’s Advocacy Center. - Sehar Khanna

BaPs Walk Green Charlotte On a sunny Sunday afternoon on May 7, the BAPS Charity hosted Walk Green 2017, an annual walk-a-thon hosted in Matthews, NC. The attendees varied in age from young children to adults in their late 80s, this made for an inclusive atmosphere keeping the energy levels high throughout the day. The purpose of this event was to support the Nature Conservancy and its “Plant a Billion Trees” campaign, whose Saathee.com

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Heritage India Festival 2017: a Review By Yash Garg The Heritage India Association of NC celebrated the annual Heritage India Festival on April 29 at the HSNC Cultural Hall, Morrisville. After introductory remarks by Yash Garg, HIANC President, and lamp lighting by Govind Chandak and other honored guests, the program began with a Puja dance by June 2017


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Deesha Parikh and Roshni Desai. Morrisville Mayor Mark Stohlman and Lori Bush, Cary Council Representative, presented a proclamation declaring the day as Heritage India Festival. Performances ranged from classical to folk, fusion and Bollywood, which reflected the traditions and dynamism of Indian heritage. A mix of performances offered a chance to event-goers to learn about the regional cultural peculiarities and similarities. While all the “Bhartanatyam” dances and Bollywood dances showcased the talents of the performers as well as of choreographers – a regional folk dance “Tulunadu Vallabhava” from Karnataka and a spectacular performance by kids “Hanuman Chalisa Dance Recital” – both choreographed by Seema Viswanath - won loud acclaims from the audience. A dance and singing competition followed. The Duke Eye Center’s physicians presented a complimentary Eye Camp.

Yash Garg and dr. Harish Chander receive the 2017 Fred Fletcher Outstanding Volunteer award The Fred Fletcher volunteer awards are awarded to volunteers in thirteen categories who have contributed time, talent, and resources and have enriched the lives of the citizens in Raleigh, NC. Award recipients are chosen based on their intensity of service, active volunteer involvement, and commitment. An award ceremony was held on May 11 at the Fletcher Opera Theatre, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. The ceremony was followed by a gala dessert reception.

shankar Mahadevan in Concert Aim for Seva (All India Movement) conducted a unique 6concert series in the United Sates in May of 2017 with Krishna Sabrang by Shankar Mahadevan. This multi-genre concert featured Shankar Mahadevan and his sons Siddharth and Shivam along with a 20-member orchestra and students from the Shankar Mahadevan Academy. The tour made a stop in Raleigh, NC on May 14 at Memorial Hall. Mahadevan presented a multi-lingual, multi-genre concert in praise of Lord Krishna with bhajans, Carnatic classical, Hindustani, thumri, qawwali, abhang, folk music, South Indian, pop, rock, and jazz. There were over 1400 in attendance. The concert benefited AIM Saathee.com

Photo by Vikram Verma for Seva whose mission is to transform society by caring for the remote and poor children of India by taking complete care of the educational and healthcare needs of underserved children. Carolinas chapter has made a pledge to fund 75 children. For more information about AIM for Seva, visit the Raleigh page at aimforsevausa.org or Grajaram1@gmail.com. – Divakar Shukla “the servant Boy” - a rags to riches novel is steeped in Pakistani culture and societal Concerns “The Servant Boy” was inspired by author Reesha Goral’s many visits from her hometown in Northern California to her parents’ birthplace, more than 7,000 miles away, in Karachi, Pakistan. Deeply impacted by her social engagements during those travels, Goral wrote the story of mystery, fantasy, friendship and romance centered on the fictional adventures of Zayne Shah, a young man born into poverty. He encounters life’s trials tribulations and through perseverance triumphs. As a deadly epidemic rages through his native Pakistani village, Shah’s life is chronicled, including his determination to find a cure. “Although a work of fiction, The Servant Boy weaves real life’s paradoxes with Pakistani customs and culture to tell a tale of hardship and redemption,” said Reesha Goral. “Ultimately, I want readers to see that inner beauty and hard work are the true paths to eternal happiness.” Raised in the Bay Area, California, this is Goral’s first novel. She currently resides with her family in the Washington, D.C. area. The novel is available at several online bookstores.

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agaram tamil Palli Agaram Tamil Palli serves the Tamil speaking community in Greater Charlotte area by conducting Tamil language classes at the CPCC central campus. For Further Details: Megalai Ezhilarasan agaramtp.coord@gmail.com / 704.456.9881 agaramtamilpalli.wordpress.com

art of living (Charlotte) Art of Living is dedicated to serving society by strengthening the individual. This is done through self-development programs that recharge the body, mind and spirit and allow people to function at their optimum potential. People from all backgrounds, religions and cultural traditions are welcome. For Further Details: 980.216.8732 charlotte@us.artofliving.org www.artofliving.org/charlotte

association for India’s development (Charlotte) A volunteer movement committed to promoting sustainable, equitable and just development. AID Charlotte supports grassroots organizations in India and initiates efforts in various interconnected spheres such as education, livelihoods, natural resources, health, women’s empowerment and social justice. For Further Details: Kiran Uppalapati - 704.307.6450 Venkata Ramana Duddu - 662.231.2350

BaPs shri swaminarayan Mandir (Charlotte) A spiritual, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to improving society through individual growth by fostering the Hindu ideals of faith, unity, and selfless service. Activities include: Daily Arti - 6:30 am & 6:30 pm; Weekly Satsang Sabha held every Sunday which includes Bhajans and spiritual discourses: Adults: 4pm, Young Men (Ages 23-36) - 3pm, Young Women (Ages 23-36) - 4pm, Teens - 4:30pm, and Children - 5pm. For Further Details: www.saathee.com/baps-charlotte

Bethel Christian Fellowship BCF was founded to “Raise Up The Next Generation For Jesus Christ.” The Fellowship offers services in various Indian languages (Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam) with a Sunday School from 9 - 9:55 am and Sunday Worship from 10 - 11:45 am. The Fellowship is located at 7604 New Town Road, Waxhaw, NC 28173 For Further Details: 803.792.7223 Pastor Rajan Samuel - pastorofbcf@gmail.com www.bethelchristianfellowship.org

Carolina Khadayata samaj All Khadayata families of NC and SC are welcome to be part of the Carolina Khadayata Samaj. Saathee.com

For Further Details: carolinakhadayatasamaj@yahoo.com Jaswant Mehta - 704.839.1965 Rita Shah - 704.321.0740

Carolinas Christian assembly Carolinas Christian Assembly located on 12601 Idlewild Road in the city of Matthews, NC, offers worship, fellowship and community assistance to all South Asians living in the Charlotte area. Pastor, Dr. Shibu Cherian, offers free counseling services to married couples and is a licensed premarital counselor. For Further Details: 404.840.6745 (Mobile) www.carolinaschristianassembly.org

Charlotte Gita study Group Beginners and advanced students of the Gita are welcome. The group meets the second and fourth Sunday from 3 - 5pm. This course is based on the Home Study Course of the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Saylorsburg, PA. Each session starts with meditation followed by a recorded lecture in English and discussion For Further Details: rishi@solveron.com - 513.518.5300 skdave@hotmail.com - 704.844.9567

Charlotte Malayalee association The association promotes and facilitates the cultural, educational, social and economic welfare of the Charlotte Malayalee community. For Further Details: cltma@cltma.org 704.517.5850 www.cltma.org

Charlotte Marathi Mandal The Mandal adds to the vibrancy of Charlotte with various events including the Ganapati Festival which are designed to keep the cultural values and traditions alive. The community is encouraged to participate. For Further Details: www.saathee.com/charlotte-marathi-mandal

Charlotte sahaj Marg Center Sahaj Marg which means Simple or Natural path, is a Raja Yoga system of spiritual training based on the heart centered meditation. The features of this meditation include transmission of divine energy into the heart of the practitioner and cleaning of deep impressions, thereby regulating the mind. Regular meditation integrates the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of human being, while still encouraging people to maintain a normal family and working life. A group meditation is held at the Unity of Charlotte on Wednesdays. For Further Details: Srikanth Katakam - 704.496.4411 www.sahajmarg.org www.meetup.com/Balanced-Life-Meditation/

Charlotte telangana association This association was formed to promote Telangana cultural activities within greater Charlotte area. It brings together all the Telangana people living in the area to discuss, plan, and

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take action around the development of Telangana focusing both on rural and urban areas. For Further Details: President: Devender Reddy Gudepu - 702.510.8355 charlottetelanganaassociation@gmail.com www.charlottetelangana.com

Charlotte Vipassana Meditation Group Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation. It was taught in India more than 2500 years ago as a remedy for universal ills. The Charlotte Vipassana Meditation Group holds weekly group sits and monthly all-day sits for established students. Ten-day courses are also available for all students. Never a charge for a course. For Further Details: 704.277.5013 - rbddesai@gmail.com 704.807.3933 - madhaviparikh@yahoo.com www.dhamma.org

Classical Music association of Charlotte (CMaC) CMAC sponsors many classical concerts during the year in Charlotte. Membership forms are available at shows. Upcoming Events: Sunday, October 1 - Vocal concert by Malladi Brothers Sunday, October 29 - Vocal Concert by Vignesh Ishwar For Further Details: Lakshmi & Muthukrishnan - 704.814.9355 Jayashree & Panduranga - 704.442.1186 memberservices@onlinecmac.org www.onlinecmac.org

Gurdwara sahib (Charlotte) The Gurdwara works to enrich the lives of the Sikh & Punjabi communities of Charlotte and surrounding areas. Regular Program: Every Sunday: 10 - 11am, Asa Di War by Bhai Satnam Singh Jee, 11am - 12pm, Keertan by Children, 12 - 1:15pm, Keertan by Bhai Satnam Singh Jee, 1:15 - 1:30pm, Ardaas, followed by Guru Ka Langar. Located at 1760 Stoney Creek Lane, Charlotte, NC 28262 For Further Details: www.charlottegurdwara.org

Hindu Center of Charlotte The Hindu Center of Charlotte holds many regular events and religious ceremonies. The temple library is stocked with books, CDs, DVDs and other materials on varied genres such as religion, culture, history, philosophy, yoga and health. Upcoming Events: Sat, June 3: Gayatri Jayanti MahaDeep Yagna Sun, June 25: Ratha Yatra July 23 - 29: Shrimad Bagwat Katha with Shri Murlika ji Sat, July 29: Anniversary celebration with anand mela, cultural program and health fair For Further Details: www.saathee.com/hindu-center-charlotte

India association of Charlotte The organization works to foster better understanding of the rich diversity of Indian culture by the larger community in and around Charlotte. The annual Festival of India is held every September in downtown Charlotte. Saathee.com

For Further Details on India Assoc. of Charlotte: Toni Sawhney - 704.604.2133 Lal Vishin - 704.545.3727 www.indiafestival.net

Indian american Muslim Council (IMaC) of Charlotte IAMC is committed to promoting peace, pluralism and social justice through advocacy. The organization is also committed to promote and protect human rights and dignity in India as they are the foundation of freedom and justice. IAMCCharlotte seeks to reach out to Indian Muslims living in Charlotte to strive for Inter-Community understanding with focus on Indian Diaspora. For Further Details: Ashfaq Mehdi - 704.904.5778 Afzal Syed - 704.770.1103 iamc-charlotte@yahoogroups.com

Indian Performing arts association of Charlotte (IPaaC) IPAAC promotes classical Hindustani music by inviting wellknown artists from India and offers music classes at various locations in Charlotte. For Further Details: www.saathee.com/ipaac

Jain Center of Greater Charlotte (JCGC) JCGC serves the spiritual, cultural, and social needs of Jain families around metro Charlotte area. It is dedicated to the practice, understanding, promotion, and preservation of the Jain faith. Members meet regularly for worship, ceremonies, and festivals throughout the year. Activities include major religious festivals such as Mahavir Jayanti, Paryushan, and Diwali, and programs like Swadhyay, Poojas and children’s Pathshaala. Location: 7631 Malliard Creek Road, Charlotte. Upcoming Events: Thur, June 8 (Chaudash): Pakkhi Pratikraman @ 6:45pm Sat, June 10 (Ekam): JCGC Annual Picnic @ 10am Sun, June 11 (Bij): Paathshala for children @ 10:30am Fri, June 23 (Chaudash): Pakkhi Pratikraman @ 6:45pm Sun, June 25 (Bij): Snatra Puja, Paathshala, Aarti and Mangal Divo @ 10:30am Regular events: Weekdays: 9:30am - Prakshal and Puja; —- 7:30pm - Aarti and Mangal Divo Weekends: 10:30am - Prakshal and Puja —- 7:30pm - Aarti and Mangal Divo For Further Details: JCGC President Vipul Shah - 704.705.0314 info@jaincenterus.org www.jaincenterus.org

Jet usa (Charlotte) Jeeyar Educational Trust (JET) Charlotte chapter is a non-profit running under the guidance of Sri Jeeyar Swamiji. For Further Details: chinnajeeyar.org/jet_usa/localchapters/charlotte/ jetnc@jetusa.org 704.847.1574 / 248.495.4590 www.Facebook.com/JETUSA.Charlotte

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lineage of realized masters such as Mahaavatar Baba Ji, Lahri Mahasaya, Sri Yukteshwar Giri, Paramahamsa Yogananda, Hariharananda, and Prajanananada. A sincere seeker who follows the path of Kriya Yoga with love and devotion and a desire for spiritual growth can attain Self-realization. The center hosts two annual initiation programs and a weekly Sunday meditation for initiates. For Further Details: Adesh Gupta - 704.814.7476 info@charlotte.kriya.org www.kriya.org

Pratham - Charlotte Pratham organizes grassroots programs in the area of primary education and has made an impact on the learning levels of several million children through its Read India campaign. With nearly half the children in India who attend schools not learning to read and write at the required level, Pratham is trying to fill an important gap in the area of primary education. For Further Details: Anju Desai - ajdesai66@gmail.com - 980.622.0125 Shubhra Chakraborty - shubhra.chakraborty1@gmail.com 704.942.4798 www.prathamusa.org

Probasi of Charlotte Probasi’s goal is to organize cultural and educational program related to Bengal in the Charlotte area, to increase Bengali cultural awareness, and to provide community service in the area. For Further Details: Swapan Nandi - 704.708.5993 Anindita Paul Bhunia - 704.360.2326 welcome@probasi.org www.probasi.org

sahaja Yoga Meditation Sahaja Yoga Meditation classes are free to attend and meant for all age groups who desire to find his or her true self, which is full of peace, joy of life and love for others. Sahaja Yoga was founded and developed by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi and teaches very simple techniques of meditation. Sessions are conducted weekly or biweekly at 5935 Hickory Grove Rd, Charlotte. For Further Details: www.meetup.com/SYCharoletteNC/

sangamithra Foundation A Charlotte-based charity organization formed by a group of people who strive to make a difference in society. The team has taken the path of identifying the needs of underprivileged communities in India and provides support to meet those needs. Sangamithra works collectively towards realizing its vision. For Further Details: info@sangamithra.org www.sangamithra.org www.facebook.com/SangamithraFoundation

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populations including Refugees, Immigrants, and Minorities (RIM). Efforts are made to support a rapidly diversifying population with the understanding that a vibrant diverse population adds to the strength and well-being of the whole community. Located at Midwood International & Cultural Center, 1817 Central Ave., Room 208, Charlotte, NC. For Further Details: uisac.org

shri Rang avadhut Parivar (Parspar devo Bhav) Devotees of Guru Dattatraya Rang Avadhut and Shri Prem Avadhut meet on Thurs from 6-8pm in Charlotte for recital of “Datta-Bavani,” singing devotional Dattatraya Bhajans and reading “Guru-Lilamrut.” Info about meetings, literature, Videos, as well as biographies of Nareshwar Ashram and Shri Avadhut’s lives are available. For Further Details: Bharat Shah - 704.724.6247 Nagesh Patel - 704.399.7805 shri swaminarayan satsang Mandal Vadtal On the 1st Saturday of every month, Shri Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal Vadtal has kirtans and bhajans at the Hindu Center of Charlotte at 5pm. After the bhajans, there is Aarti and Mahaprasad. In addition, on the 3rd Sunday of every month, an additional Satsang Sabha is held at a sponsor’s house from 3 - 5pm. For Further Details: Ramesh Dhanani - 704.392.4488 admin@issvcharlotte.org issvcharlotte.org

sindhi association of the Carolinas The Sindhi Association of the Carolinas (SAC) organizes religious, cultural, community, and social events in Charlotte. SAC also sends donations for the needy to the schools in India for Scholarships and for camp refugees in India. For Further Details: sindhiassociationcarolinas@gmail.com 704.779.2396

south Park Cricket Club (sPCC) The South Park Cricket Club is a group of gentlemen who play competitive cricket for fun. SPCC is based in Charlotte and has been a part of the Carolina Cricket League since 2010. The Club practices every Wednesday at 5:30pm at Kilborne District Park in Charlotte. For Further Details: anishtr@hotmail.com www.southparkcc.org

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telugu association of Greater Charlotte area (taGCa) TAGCA was formed with an intention of preserving and promoting the Telugu cultural heritage and traditions among the Telugu speaking people residing in Greater Charlotte area. The association organizes social and cultural events and festivals that reflect the Telugu people culture from India. For Further Details: pr@tagca.org / www.tagca.org

trimurti temple devasthanam The temple grounds offer many areas to explore including 14 sanathis with traditional Mandabams for various Hindu deities. Open daily with a Morning Puja at 10am and Evening Puja at 7pm. Sunday Abhisekhams at 11am as well as other special pujas. The temple is located at 6519 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, NC, 28216. For Further Details: 980.219.7556 contact@trimurtitemple.org www.trimurtitemple.org

Vallabh Pushti samaj of Carolinas (VPsC) VPSC’s objective is to fill devotional need for hundreds of Vaishnavs in Carolinas to worship and pray together, to observe and celebrate festivals, and to engage in humanitarian and educational activities. Paath and Bhajan recitations are held on the 2nd Sunday of each month from 4 - 6pm. A VYO Youth (ages 6-14) educational Meet is also scheduled on the 1st & 3rd Saturdays of each month. The Shrinath Dham Haveli is located at 1006 Vickie Lane, Matthews, NC 28104. Upcoming Events: July 7 - 10: Haveli grand opening ceremonies For Further Details: www.saathee.com/vallabh-pushti-vpsc

Vibha Charlotte Vibha Charlotte is volunteer driven organization dedicated to create a brighter future for underprivileged children. This group came together through a strong belief in Vibha’s mission and resolved to create a positive societal impact in India. The group works to organize social events that spread awareness and raise funds to further the organization’s mission. For Further Details: Volunteers@charlotte.vibha.org sites.vibha.org/Charlotte

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BaPs Greensboro BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir of Greensboro features activities which include Sunday Sabhas: Shishu (Toddlers) sabha: 4 - 5pm; Bal/Balika sabha: 4:15 - 5:30pm; Kishore sabha: 2 - 3:30pm; Main sabha: 4 - 6pm; Gujarati classes: 2:30 - 3:45pm and Arti at 6pm followed by Mahaprasad. Fresh Shayona snacks available on Sundays. Located at 922 Gallimore Dairy Road, High Point, NC. For Further Details: bapsgreensboro@gmail.com

Greensboro Cricket Club (GCC) There are several teams that play cricket in Greensboro, NC. The goals of GCC are fun, fitness, and friendship. For Further Details: Venky - venkyhot@hotmail.com

Gujarati Cultural association of Piedmont (GCaP) The Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont serves the Asian Indian community through sponsored events, cultural, educational and social programs. Located at 127 Landmark Drive, Greensboro, NC 27410 For Further Details: Jack Dhekar - 336.254.1727 Manubhai Patel - 336.253.7182 www.gcap.us

India association of the triad (IatnC) The objective of the Association is to promote social, cultural and educational interests of its members, develop understanding between members of the Indian community and other residents of the Triad area, and make the latter aware of issues of concern to the Indian community. For Further Details: committee@iatnc.org www.iatnc.org

Indian association of the Carolinas (IaC) The mission of the IAC is to promote the Indian culture by hosting community events such local picnics, Diwali and Garba and similar celebration and sports events. Their Center is located in Winston-Salem. For Further Details: Gopal - 336.509.5943 Hasmukh - 336.971.5594 (Membership Help) indianac14@gmail.com www.indianac.org

Indo-american society of nC (IasnC) The objectives of IASNC are to support the Indian, South Asian and American community residing in Greensboro, NC and vicinity and other individuals interested in learning the culture, traditions, and arts of India. Specifically, IASNC promotes Indo-American cultural, arts and sports events and also school based volunteering activities. For Further Details: Krishna Balu - balu4428@infionline.net - 336.292.9462 www.iasofnc.org

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tremendously rich in its diversity and history. The Association seeks to reach out to the thriving Indian-American community within the Piedmont and Triad areas to share the vibrant Indian culture and promote cross-cultural understanding. For Further Details: Manish Kumar - kumar.manish1983@gmail.com - 336.565.6427 www.indouswinston.org

life Mission, usa This ashram has been established to provide helpful benefits for all - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. All these benefits can be achieved through the natural remedies of yoga therapy, Ayurveda, naturopathy and diet. The ashram is located at 8136 NC Highway 119, South Mebane, NC 27302. For Further Details: 336.421.0690 Dr. Manoj - 848.459.7401 lifemissionusa@gmail.com www.lifemissionusa.org

Quan am Buddhist temple All interested in Buddhism are welcome. The temple is located at 1410 Glendale Dr, Greensboro, NC 27407 For Further Details: www.ChuaQuanAm.com

sri Mata shakthipeetham of nC The mission of Sri Mata Shakthipeetham is to provide a place of worship for Hindus in Triad Area according to Agama Sastras (in a traditional way) in all religious, charitable and educational dimensions and perform and uphold Hindu religious activities as defined in Vedas. The Temple is located near Winston-Salem, NC. For Further Details: smsofnc@gmail.com www.aumsrimata.org

sri sathya sai Baba Center (Greensboro) The Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center regularly conducts Sai Bhajans, Study Circles, various service activities and SSE classes (for students) every Sunday from 9:45am - 12:15pm. For Further Details: Swami Rajendran - 908.875.6964 Dr. Varatharajah - 336.851.9150 www.sathyasaicentergso.org

Winston-Greensboro Cricket Club (WGCC) Everyone from Triad Area in North Carolina, from the cities of Greensboro, High Point, Winston Salem and all nearby locations are welcome to come and join the club. The goals of the WGCC are fun, fitness, and friendship. WGCC is also a member of the Carolina Cricket League. Practice Sessions during the regular season are held every Wednesday at 5:30pm in Weston Park, Winston-Salem. For Further Details: www.wgcricketclub.com

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assamese association of north Carolina AANC is a Socio Cultural organization with the objective of promoting and providing understanding of Assamese Culture and Language. AANC celebrates Assamese festivals and organizes cultural activities like Bihu Dance, music, songs and social get-togethers with essential touch of Assamese culture. Everyone from Assam as well as anyone with any connection to or interest in Assam or Assamese culture is most welcomed. For Further Details: Nilaskhi Phukan - 919.949.1618 - nilakshi_phukan@yahoo.com 919.200.4020 assameseassociation.nc@gmail.com

BaPs shri swaminarayan Mandir (Raleigh) BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Hindu Mandir of Raleigh invites everyone to the regularly scheduled events: Ravi sabha - every Sunday at 4 - 6pm followed by Aarti and Maha Prasad. Mahapuja conducted every Purnima at 7pm. Many classes are conducted. Fresh Indian snacks and sweets available at Shayona. Located at 1020 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560. For Further Details: 919.469.6605 www.swaminarayan.org www.baps.org/Global-Network/North-America/Raleigh

Bengali association of north Carolina (BanC) The Bengali Association of North Carolina (BANC) seeks to promote Bengali culture, language, music, arts and social activities by offering varieties of programs for members of INDO-American community within North Carolina and adjacent states. The association is organized exclusively for charitable, cultural, social and educational purposes. For Further Details: exec@banc-online.org www.banc-online.org

Bhartiya senior Citizens of nC (BsCnC) The Organization for senior citizen of Indian origin that are age 60 years and over. BSCNC members meet on the 2nd Saturday of each month at the Cary senior center in Bond Park in Cary, NC from 10 am to 3 pm. The next meeting will be on June 10. Members will enjoy a musical program. For Further Details: 919.793.6588

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CRA’s purpose is to preserve and promote the Rajasthani culture and heritage and promote their rich culture by celebrating traditional festivals. For Further Details: carolinarajasthanis@gmail.com carolinarajasthanis.org

Chinmaya Mission Raleigh-durham (CM Rdu) Chinmaya Mission was founded by Swami Chinmayananda. Not satisfied with degrees in literature and law or with other worldly aspirations, he pursued the spiritual path under the guidance of Swami Shivananda and Swami Tapovanam. Dedicated to spreading the knowledge of Vedanta and other Hindu scriptures and to provide to individuals and the practical means for spiritual growth and happiness. CM RDU conducts weekly discourses (Satsanga-s) and study groups for adults, and classes for youth (Yuvakendra) and children (Bala Vihar). For Further Details: www.chinmaya-RDU.org

dada Bhagwan Foundation (Raleigh) Every living being is in constant pursuit of happiness; no one likes suffering. This search only ends when the source of eternal happiness is found. This can only be attained through realizing your true Self. A path to eternal happiness was discovered by A. M. Patel, also known as Dada Bhagwan, and was revealed to the world as Akram Vignan, a spiritual science. It is based on the foundation of Self Realization. This unique science provides practical day-to-day solutions that lead to harmony and happiness in life. Dada Bhagwan Satsang, Raleigh center invites everyone to the regular events at HSNC, Saturdays 5 - 7pm. General Satsang followed by Aarti and Prasad. Satsang Venue: HSNC, 309 Aviation Pkwy, Rooms 5 & 6, Morrisville, NC. For Further Details: 877.505.3232 x 1003 wcraleigh@us.dadabhagwan.org www.dadabhagwan.org

datta Yoga Center (Raleigh) Mission: Spread the teachings of Sadguru Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji of Mysore. Activities: Namasankeertana - Bhajans written, composed and sung by Pujya Sri Swamiji. Kriya yoga classes conducted by Pujya Sri Swamiji-trained teachers from India. The group meets on the first Saturday of every month and every major festival day for Satsang and Namasankeertana (divine singing). For Further Details: Srinivas & Anita Chittineni - srinivasrc@yahoo.com 919.484.1993 Suresh Kota - info@dycusa.org - 919.461.0843 www.dycusa.org

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eKtaa student Organization (nCsu) EKTAA (meaning unity) is the South Asian Student Organization at North Carolina State University (NCSU). The organization was founded in 1970. The motto is “unity within diversity.” EKTAA strives to spread culture and heritage of South Asia all over the campus as well as the local community and the organization works hand-in-hand with many organizations on and off the NCSU campus, as well as South Asian organizations from area universities. For Further Details: ektaaexec@ektaa.org www.ektaa.org

Geet Bazaar Radio (nCsu) Every Sunday morning from 10am - 12pm on WKNC 88.1 FM, join hosts Afroz Taj and John Caldwell, for a wide variety of music from South Asia, including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and beyond. They specialize in the music of the Indian film industry, with lots of ghazals, qawwalis, bhajans, and Indi-Pop to round out the mix. Geet Bazaar will also publicize community events free of charge. For Further Details: Dr. Afroz Taj & John Caldwell - 919.851.1119 geetbazaar@wknc.org

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Gokul Bhajan & Vedic studies (Raleigh) Weekly satsang of parents and children singing bhajans and glorifying past times of Lord Krishna. Satsang every Friday 7pm - 9pm at the HSNC in Morrisville, NC with a dinner afterwards. Gokulam Learning Center in Durham every 1st & 3rd Saturday from 5pm - 9pm with a dinner afterwards. Children learn slokas, learn presentation skills, manage and lead various projects such as book distribution, charity for cow protection, food for the poor, and prison seva. For Further Details: bkdasa@gmail.com 919.491.9536 www.gokulbhajan.com

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Heritage India association of nC (HIanC) Heritage India Association of NC aims at providing Indian cultural experience through performing arts, cultural arts, fine arts & crafts of India. Its mission is “to preserve and promote Indian heritage and culture.” During the year, HIANC presents several annual events and also coordinates Indian dances for the main stage performances for the Raleigh International Festival. For Further Details: www.saathee.com/hianc

Hindi naatak Group The Hindi Naatak group is based in Raleigh-Triangle area. Its motto is to promote Indian culture and heritage by utilizing local talent to stage Hindi Plays. Explore your dream to act on stage in a professional 2/3 act Hindi play. You must meet following criteria: You are male or female of 20 to 50 years of age. You can read and speak Hindi fluently. You have some experience in working on or off stage. You can make 3-4 months of weekend commitment for the project. Also need a team who can work behind the scenes to manage rehearsals, publicity, sales of tickets, and other arrangements. For Further Details: HindiNaatakNC@gmail.com

Hindi Vikas Mandal of nC Hindi Vikas Mandal (HVM) based in the Raleigh-Triangle area, promotes study and appreciation of Hindi Language, and strives to foster Indian culture and traditions through Hindi. HVM has special focus on the youth for the preservation of Indian heritage. Every year HVM has been organizing KaviSammelan (Poetry Reading); Independence Day Function with over a dozen other Indian organizations of the RTP area participate in this function where HVM takes the lead; celebrates Dushera Festival and a members’ picnic. HVM also conducts weekly Hindi classes (10:30 - 11:30am on Sundays) at HSNC for children. For Further Details: www.facebook.com/hindivikasmandal/

Hindu society of north Carolina The Hindu Society of NC temple is open daily from 7am - 9pm. Morning Aarti: Mon-Fri 10.30am, Sat-Sun 10am. Evening Aarti: Mon-Fri 8pm, Sat-Sun 6pm. There are many other regular events taking place at the temple. All major religious celebrations are observed. Facility rentals are also available. Activities: Yoga, Hinduism and Meditation classes; Weekend Community Classes: Jain pathshala, Hindi classes, Sanskar Gurkul Classes, Tamil classes, Balmukund classes; Youth Affairs: Ohm Squad is the youth wing of HSNC involved in the youth activities like camp, games, craft and arts. Located at 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC and serves the greater Triangle area. Upcoming Events: June 12 - Aug 18: Om Squad Summer camps For Further Details: www.saathee.com/hsnc

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(seva) for humanity while maintaining Hindu cultural identity in harmony with the larger society. Activities are tailored to include yoga, games, songs, lectures and discussions on Hindu dharma and culture. The HSS also has a Balagokulam forum for children (4-15 years age) to discover and manifest the divinity of Lord Krishna’s magical childhood in Gokulam. There are Chapters in Cary, Morrisville and Chapel Hill. For Further Details: www.hssus.org www.balagokulam.org

Humsub HumSub is dedicated to sharing the social and cultural traditions of India with the residents of the Research Triangle Park and North Carolina. For Further Details: www.saathee.com/hum-sub

Immanuel assembly of God A full Gospel Christian church serving the Indian / South Asian community in the Raleigh area of North Carolina. Service is offered Sundays at 10:30am & Bible Study is Wednesdays at 7pm. The Church is located at 5419 S. Alston Ave, Durham, NC 27713. For Further Details: Pastor Sam Daniel 919.442.8537 thechurch@immanuelassembly.org www.immanuelassembly.org

India development & Relief Fund (IdRF) The Triangle chapter of IDRF supports volunteer-based, honest and highly experienced non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in India in serving their populations’ critical needs around education, childcare, healthcare, women empowerment and tribal welfare, as well as relief and rehabilitation in times of natural disasters. For Further Details: info@idrf.org www.idrf.org

Indian Christian Prayer Fellowship An Indian Christian Prayer Fellowship based in the RTP area that meets every Friday from 7:30 - 9pm. This group is part of the Carolina Christian Fellowship, so you get to be part of a bigger church community while you also have fellowship with likeminded people with similar culture in a smaller group. Located at the Cary Church of God on 107 Quade Drive, Cary, NC. For Further Details: 919.451.9662 919.929.0706 www.carolinachristian.net

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Indian talent discovery Foundation ITDF was established to promote any form of art that has originated in India. The primary objective of the foundation is to encourage local talent to excel in the chosen art to become professionals. The art can be in any form such as Indian Classical and Bollywood dance, Indian music, Astrology, Numerology, Palmistry, traditional medicine, Vaasthu Shasra, and so on. For Further Details: contactus@itdfoundation.org www.itdfoundation.org

Indo-american Friendship Foundation The foundation works to improve Friendship between the People of India and USA through Cultural and Technological Exchanges. The Center is located at 1413 Boxwood Lane, Apex, NC 27502 For Further Details: Dr. Subhas C. Mohapatra - President 919.362.7653 www.iaff1.org

Instepp InStepp’s mission is to create a vibrant community by empowering women who’ve come up against some challenges in their lives to rise above those challenges and succeed personally and professionally through innovative, genderresponsive training, educational and prevention services. InStepp welcomes all women from South Asian cultures and can provide services in many South Asian Languages. For Further Details: 919.680.8000 919.680.8282 info@instepp.org www.instepp.org International Community Church ICC is a worship center for people from India and neighboring countries. Church services at Reedy Creek Baptist Church 1524 N. Harrison Avenue Cary, NC 27513 For Further Details: 919.233.2900 Pastor: Joseph B. Jesudason www.icc-nc.org

International Hindi association IHA promotes Hindi language and literature and has chapters all over the United States. The Raleigh Chapter periodically organizes Kavi Sammelans with local and indigenous talents. Open to those interested in listening to poetry or in reciting poetry. For Further Details: Saroj Sharma - 919.460.7830 / 919.851.0225 www.hindi.org

IsKCOn new Goloka temple of nC New Goloka temple is a member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Visitors are welcome any day of the week to come have darshan of Sri Sri Radha Golokananda. Every Sunday at 4pm, there is a special program consisting of arati, kirtan, Bhagavad-gita discourse, and a prasadam feast. From 4:30 - 5:30pm, there is a Sunday School program for Saathee.com

children ages 3-7 and 8-12. Children take part in learning Bhagavad-gita slokas and bhajans, understanding the basic philosophy, reciting and hearing stories from the Vedas. New Goloka also provides educational classes and programs for adults. New Goloka Daily Darshan Times 4:30 - 5am, 7:15am 1pm, 4:15 - 5:45pm, 7 - 8pm. Saturday and Sunday Darshan open from 7:15am - 8pm. The Radha-Krishna temple is in a rural setting at 1032 Dimmocks Mill Rd. Hillsborough, NC. For Further Details: 919.732.6492 newgoloka108@gmail.com www.newgoloka.com

Jain study Center of north Carolina (JsCnC) The JSCNC was organized to study and understand Jain religion, philosophy, rituals, and literature and to educate the children. Over the years the Center has participated in many activities for youths and adults, where an environment is created making members feel like a part of the family. Jain pathshala and swadhyay are held routinely for children and adults respectively. For Further Details: jscnc101@gmail.com jscnc.org

Kiran, Inc Kiran serves and empowers South Asian victims of domestic violence in NC by helping them rebuild their lives and ending the cycle of violence. Although domestic violence is rarely talked about in South Asian communities, it is a rampant and preventable public health problem. Kiran is passionate about promoting healthy family relationships in South Asian communities and raising awareness on the prevalence of domestic violence in South Asian homes through outreach and advocacy. Kiran’s core services comprise of a 24 hour free and confidential hotline, crisis counseling, legal advocacy, translation assistance, resource referrals, skills development and other culturally sensitive support services needed to meet the unique challenges of South Asian victims. For Further Details: www.saathee.com/kiran-inc

Krishnadham usa Krishnadham USA’s mission is to foster richness of Hindu cultural heritage in our children and to provide learning experiences on our cultural values to visitors and residents alike under the guidance of Vaishnavacharya Shri Dwarkeshlalji Mahoday. Krishnadham will be established on a 16 acre sized tract located at 795 Beaver Creek Road in Apex, North Carolina (in Chatham County) not far from Jordan Lake.Krishnadham USA is having weekly Satsangs and Monthly manoraths to celebrate various Pushtimargiya festivals. They meet at 4000 Bearcat Way, Suite 102 in Morrisville, NC 27560 on Saturdays from 5:30pm to 7:00pm for Satsang. Everyone is invited to attend. For Further Details: Hemant Sura - 919.608.2412 info@krishnadhamusa.org bakulparikh11@gmail.com www.krishnadhamusa.org Maitri (nCsu) A student organization at NC State that aims at unifying

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various cultures at university. The organization works to help and support Indian students at NC State, but also creates opportunities for them to immerse in the global culture while retaining their rich Indian identity. For Further Details: maitri.ncsu@gmail.com www.maitrincsu.org

Pakistani american anjuman The North Carolina Pakistani-American Anjuman (NCPAA) is a non-political, cultural and social organization that strives to promote the presence of the people from Pakistan living in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Their mission is to provide cultural and social interaction for the families and individuals of the Pakistani community and to offer a variety of programs and services to its members. Several events are presented during the year including a family dinner on the second Friday of every month. For Further Details: www.ncpaa.org

Pratham - triangle area Pratham is a grass-roots organization that works towards universalizing primary education in India. It is one of the largest NGOs in field of literacy movement in India. Pratham continues to evolve, grow and works to meet the continually changing needs of the children it educates. The NC chapter actively aims to collaborate with individuals, local organizations and community associations and seeks ideas, volunteers and resources to deliver the vision of “Every Child in School and Learning Well.” For Further Details: Rajeev Thalla - rajeev.thalla@gmail.com Monica Awasthi - awasthimonica@yahoo.com www.prathamusa.org

Professional Indians’ association PIA is a meetup group is made of Indian professionals and grad students interested in cultural events, socializing and meeting/making friends with like-minded people around the Triangle. Monthly events include meeting at bars/restaurants, movie nights, potlucks, Indian concerts/performances, outdoor activities, community service and volunteering. It is an opportunity for professionals to share their thoughts on respective industries, social causes, the economy and politics. For Further Details: www.meetup.com/PIATriangle/

Raleigh sai Center Parthi Sai devotees of Triangle area meet every Sunday from 4 - 6:15pm in the Mini-Hall of Hindu Bhavan in Morrisville. There is also a study circle, Bhajan Practice, Veda Chanting etc. between 4 - 5pm depending on the week, followed by bhajans from 5 - 6:15pm. The center carries out several service activities as well, including Human Values Education (SSE) classes for the children of different age groups. For Further Details: rsc.president@yahoo.com raleighsaicenter.org Ramakrishna Vedanta society of nC The Ramakrishna Vedanta Society draws inspiration from the Saathee.com

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RtP Maharashtra Mandal The Mandal is a home away from home for Marathi-speaking people. The goal of the Mandal is to advocate the vibrant culture, the rich heritage and the language of Maharashtra. The Mandal is dedicated to showcase the cultural, social and traditional attributes of Maharashtra to the local community through variety of entertaining programs, and events. For Further Details: mail@rtpmm.org www.rtpmm.org

sahaj Marg Meditation (triangle) Sahaj Marg translates to “The Natural Path.” It is a simple system of Raja Yoga meditation and spiritual practice that helps one realize the ultimate potential within oneself. Regular spiritual practice under capable guidance enables aspirants to progressively experience the sublime presence of the divine in their daily lives. Sahaj Marg system of meditation is freely offered to seekers worldwide through Shri Ram Chandra Mission. In the Triangle area, group meditations are held on Sunday & Wednesday evenings. For Further Details: Raj Solanki - raj_solanki@yahoo.com www.srcm.org www.sahajmarg.org

sahaja Meditation Ongoing meetings, seminars and workshops are available in Raleigh. There is never a charge for Sahaja Meditation instruction. RSVP in meetup: Sahaja-Meditation-TriangleGroup Thursdays at 7:30pm. Located at 9308 Fairbanks Dr, Raleigh, NC. For Further Details: balaram.krishna@gmail.com 919.757.3135 www.sahajamediation.com

sewa RtP Sewa RTP - a chapter of Sewa International - is a team of volunteers who organize various activities - ranging from local community service to fundraisers for developmental projects in India. Currently Sewa RTP has following activities on monthly basis: Sewa Day, Workshops / Seminars, Assisting Community in Emergency situations, Chapter Meetings - 3rd Thursday of every month. Sewa International USA is a Hindu faith-based humanitarian service organization. For Further Details: www.sewausa.org/rtp

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accordance with the principles and teachings of the Original Shree Swaminarayan Sampradaya, founded and ordained by Bhagwan Shree Swaminarayan Himself. They organize a weekly “Satsang Sabha,” every Saturday, which includes Kirtan bhakti, Katha, Aarti and Mahaprasad. Temple is now open daily 8am to 12pm and 4pm to 9pm; Daily Sandhya Aarti: 7pm; Weekly Satsang Sabha: Saturday 5pm to 8pm. The Mandir is located at 500 SE Maynard Road, Cary, NC 27511 For Further Details: www.saathee.com/issonc

sky Meditation and Kaya Kalpa Yoga Benefits include longevity, wellness and stress management. Triangle Sky Meditation group holds weekly group meditation and simplified physical exercises every Friday in Cary for those who have attended Shri Vethathiri Maharishi’s Kaya Kalpa Yoga course. Kaya Kalpa Yoga Courses are held several times a year for anyone 14 years and above. For Further Details: Rajendran Kailasam - 919.824.8429 sky.cary@yahoo.com www.vethathiri.edu.in

south Indian Fine arts academy (sIFaa) SIFAA is a non-profit organization that works to arrange and promote concerts and performances in the Triangle and Triad areas, concentrating on Carnatic music. For Further Details: 919.773.1580 www.sifaa.org

sV temple of north Carolina The temple is built on over nine acres of centrally connected triangle area. This grand tribute to Lord Venkateswara and his consorts is designed to exacting standards of shilpa shasthra and features the only shrine in North America to incorporate abodes to Lord Viswaksena and Lord Sudarshana/Lord Narasimha as part of Srinivasa Parivaram. The temple rituals are performed in accordance with Pancharathra Agama Shastra. For Further Details: www.saathee.com/sv-temple-nc

tamil Cultural association of north Carolina (tCa nC) TCA NC was formed for the purpose of providing youths with exposure to Tamil culture. Everyone is invited to join TCA and become part of the organization promoting Tamil culture in the Triangle area. For Further Details: tca_nc@yahoo.com www.tcanc.org

triangle area telugu association (tata) TATA is committed to building a vibrant Telugu Community and promoting Telugu culture and language in the Triangle area of North Carolina. For Further Details: committee@tataonline.org www.tataonline.org

triangle Bangladesh society (tBsnC) TBSNC strives to arrange musical programs by artists who Saathee.com

have captured the hearts and minds of millions of Bengali, Urdu and Hindi-speaking music fans all around the globe. For Further Details: Ishtiaquem@gmail.com www.tbsnc.org

triangle Gujarati association (tGa) TGA’s mission is to promote and serve Gujarati culture in the Triangle area by organizing various events and programs throughout the year and impart Gujarati culture and language on the youth. For Further Details: www.saathee.com/triangle-gujarati-association

triangle Rang Mandal Devotees of Pujya Sri Rang Avdhoot Maharaj meet every Saturday in Cary or Raleigh from 8:30 - 10:30pm to sing devotional Dattatreya Bhajans and Datta-Bavani in a spiritual atmosphere. Special programs are organized on Guru Purnima and Rang Jayanti and on the occasion of Pujya Sri Prem Avdhoot Bapji’s annual visit to the US. For Further Details: rangmandal@gmail.com

triangle Vegetarian society (tVs) The mission of TVS is to build a sense of community between current vegetarians and people who are interested in vegetarianism and have a forum for a discussion of issues. For Further Details: barman@cs.unc.edu www.trianglevegsociety.org

triangle Vipassana Meditation Vipassana, which means to see things as they are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques and was taught 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills. The Triangle Vipassana Meditation group holds weekly group sittings in Cary and Raleigh on Thursday, Saturday, and Monday, a 3-hour sitting on the 3rd Sunday each month, and one full-day sitting once every few months for established students (those who have taken at least one ten day course). For Further Details: Hitesh & Vaibhavi Parekh - 732.213.9660 / 919.601.3555 carync.sittings@gmail.com www.dhamma.org

urdu Majlis Urdu Majlis, the Triangle’s Urdu Literary Society, meets monthly in the FedEx Global Education Center on the campus of UNC: Chapel Hill. Meetings include discussions of the life and works of major South Asian poets as well as opportunities to share original poetry and other writing. Urdu Majlis is cosponsored by the Carolina Asia Center and the South Asia Section of the UNC Department of Asian Studies. It is an intellectual endeavor with no political or religious affiliations. For Further Details: Afroz Taj - taj@unc.edu - 919.851.1119 Seema & Ashraf Faruqi - pasbaan@hotmail.com - 919.596.4792

Vaishnav samaj of triangle area A group of like-minded devotees who meet for religious worship and understand Pushti Marg Principles at large. 120

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Regular Bhajan recitations are held 2nd Sunday of the month from 4-6pm and seniors are requested to encourage youngsters to participate in the activities. For Further Details: Arvindbhai Shah - 919.233.7677 Vithalbhai Shah - 919.803.9027

Vibha Raleigh Vibha is dedicated to creating a brighter future for underprivileged children. The Raleigh Action Center has a group of energetic and enthusiastic volunteers from varied backgrounds, including working professionals and students. This group came together through a strong belief in Vibha’s mission and resolved to create a positive societal impact in India. The group works to organize social events that spread awareness and raise funds to further the organization’s mission. For Further Details: volunteer@raleigh.vibha.org sites.vibha.org/nc

Vraj education Raleigh Kendra The Vraj Education Raleigh Kendra is conducting comprehensive weekly teaching of Hinduism and Pushtibhakti Marg backed by Vraj Temple Pennsylvania. Raleigh Vaishnav children will get an opportunity to recognize, learn, and exercise Pushtimarg guidelines and leverage rich Shri Vallabh Mahaprabhuji heritage to improve individual life style. For Further Details: vraj.raleigh@gmail.com for timing and location information. www.facebook.com/VrajEducationCenter/

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ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of India (EVFI) was established to help in the overall development of the remote tribal and rural villages in India. Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA along with EVFI is committed to the cause of eradicating illiteracy from tribal areas. Education is the key to self-esteem, self-sustenance, and economic freedom. The Carolinas Region of the EVFI USA conducts fundraising and awareness programs in Raleigh & Columbia. For Further Details: Southeast Regional President: Chander M. Aggarwal cmaggarwal44@gmail.com - 407.454.3739 Carolinas Regional President: Janak Dalal jaydalalcolumbia@gmail.com - 803.665.4050

Grihastha Family Institute The Grihastha Family Institute has a mission of preparing everyone with the basics and nuances of marriage and family management, and to compensate for the loss of traditional structures, norms and methods that used to support the family structure. 3 Day workshop camps and private consultations are available. For Further Details: krishna@grihastha.org www.grihastha.org

Hindu society of eastern nC (Greenville, nC) The temple celebrates major festivals and holds regular bhajan Saathee.com

seesions and Geeta study. For Further Details: Temple - 252.752.2670 B.S. Srivatsa - 508.654.0360 Hindutemplenc@gmail.com

IsKCOn temple of the Holy name in Prabhupada Village The Temple of the Holy Name, situated in Prabhupada Village, a rural community, is a member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Prabhupada Village is also home to the Bhaktivedanta Archives and the Festival of India. Everyone is welcome to take darshan of Sri Sri Parama Karuna Nitai Gaurasundara from 5am-7:30pm, 7 days a week. Special program every Sunday at 3pm with arati and kirtan, bhajans, discourse on the Bhagavad-gita As It Is and a pure, vegetarian feast. Festivals celebrated year round. Temple is located at 1283 Prabhupada Rd. Sandy Ridge, NC 27046 For Further Details: 336.593.2322 tothn@iskconpv.org www.iskconpv.org

netIP NetIP is North America’s Largest Network of Indian Professionals, which provides a forum for on-going Career Developmental and Professional Networking activities. It also arranges various events and maintains deeper ties with Businesses & the South Asian Community. For Further Details: www.facebook.com/netipna/

nithyananda sangha north Carolina (Inner awakening) Inner Awakening works to spread the knowledge of Yoga and meditation by letting people experience the teachings of Vedic Science in its purest form delivered by the enlightened master Paramahamsa Sri Nithyananda. Nithyananda Sangha North Carolina is part of a worldwide movement for meditation and healing. Paramahamsa Nithyananda is a global leader in the science of enlightenment and the author of more than 300 books published in 27 languages. For Further Details: 704.766.1420 / 704.992.6114 innerawakening.org nithyananda.org

nuv Yug Nuv Yug is a cultural organization with a mission to promote awareness of Indian cultural arts and heritage. Striving to create synergy among various cultural groups from the South Asian region. For Further Details: www.saathee.com/nuv-yug

Prabhupada Village Prabhupada Village is an ISKCON friendly, rural devotional community nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The group gathers inspiration and guidance from the books, letters, lectures, and example of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the Founder-Acharya of ISKCON, The International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Following Srila Prabhupada’s personal example, they strive to educate society in order to achieve a life of happiness, prosperity and spiritual fulfillment. Dedicated to selflessly 122

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serving the North Carolina and southern Virginia Hindu communities, visiting homes for fellowship, worship, scriptural study, and kirtan. Also facilitate spiritual festivals, Gita/Bhagavat discussions, teach puja, vegetarian cooking, and are experienced family councilors. For Further Details: 336-593-3031 sarvadrik@gmail.com www.facebook.com/outreachseva www.prabhupadavillage.com

sri somesvara temple (asheville) The Sri Somesvara Temple is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. It is a Vedic Shiva temple at the center of Mount Soma, a community commonly referred to as “Mount Kailash of the West.” People travel great distances to experience Sri Somesvara’s powerful Linga, profound silence, and timeless vibrations. The temple is open every day from 9:30am to 6:30pm. Aarti is at 6pm. For Further Details: 828.476.4073 www.srisomesvara.org

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american south asian Cultural association of Columbia, sC The American South Asian Cultural association of Columbia’s fundamental goal is to increase cultural awareness and develop cultural understanding among American South Asian Community in Columbia, SC area. A lunch meeting will be held on the second Sunday every month between 12:30 2:30pm at Persis Biryani & Indian Grill, 1728 Bush River Road, Columbia, SC 29210. Cost is $11 per person. For Further Details: Contact in the evenings: 803.233.7042 / 512.547.7077

Carolina Buddhist Vihara (Greenville, sC) Carolina Buddhist Vihara is a temple and monastery in South Carolina, USA. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to offering teachings of the Buddha, primarily by bringing Theravada Buddhist nuns and monks to Greenville. “Theravada” refers to the oldest surviving branch of Buddhism, the highly traditional school found in countries such as Sri Lanka, Burma, Cambodia, and Thailand. Activities are held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings: 6:30pm (puja), 7pm (meditation), and 8pm (“Dhamma” talk or discussion). A youth program is also held once a month. The Temple is located at 113 Woodridge Circle, Greenville, SC 29607 For Further Details: 864.329.9961 greenvillebv@gmail.com www.carolinabuddhist.net

Hanahan table-tennis training Center The primary focus & mission of the HTTTC is creating a professional image for the “sport” of “table-tennis” in the United States. The center is open on Wednesdays & Thursdays from 7 - 10pm and Saturdays & Sundays from 2 - 6pm. No partner needed but athletic attire is required. The center is located at City of Hanahan Gym on 1253 Yeamans Hall Road., Saathee.com

Hanahan, SC 29410. For Further Details: 843.256.3949 tthanahan@hotmail.com www.tthanahan.com

Hindu society of Greater spartanburg A daily Aarti is conducted at 7pm, Balvihar classes are from 10-11:45am on scheduled Sundays, and Satsang is on second Sunday of every month from 5-7pm. Temple is located on 1130 Fairview Church Road in Boiling Springs, SC 29303. For Further Details: 864.599.7048

Hindu temple and Center (Columbia, sC) The temple is open on weekdays between 8:30am to 12 noon and between 5pm and 8:30pm. On weekends, the temple is open between 8:30am to 1pm and 5pm to 8:30pm. Bal Gokulam (Sunday School) classes are held every Sunday from 10:30am to 12 noon. Classes are designed to help children build physical, mental, cultural, social & spiritual lives. It is located at 5704 Kiawah Road, Columbia, SC 29212. For Further Details: 803.772.6940 www.hindutemplesc.org

India assoc. of Greater Charleston (IaGC) The India Association of Greater Charleston (IAGC) was incorporated when the residents of Indian origin in Charleston felt the need to organize a community of people who were interested in the culture and heritage of India and share the profound beauty of this culture with others. They celebrate various events throughout the year including Diwali & various Picnic gatherings. For Further Details: Omi Hasija (Chairperson) - 843.766.4661 iagcchs@gmail.com www.indiaassociationofgreatercharleston.com

Indian upstate Fellowship service The Indian Upstate Fellowship holds weekly service on Sundays, 5:30 - 7:30pm, followed by dinner, in Greenville, SC. For Further Details: Pastor Suresh Jonnalagadda - 864.561.1016 www.indainupstatefellowship.org

Kannada association of Greater Greenville (KaGG) An organization devoted to the awareness and promotion of Kannada culture in the Greater Greenville area of SC. KAGG is a primarily run by volunteers and invites Kannadigas living in and around Greenville area to participate in the organization. Kannada classes for children are also conducted. For Further Details: 864.430.4973 kaggculturalcommittee@gmail.com www.kagg-sc.org

Masjid noor-ul-Huda (MnH) The Mosque is open for five daily prayers in congregation every day of the year. On the first and third Saturday of every month from 6pm - 8 pm, an Islamic session is held by Hafiz Mohammed Basheer. Quran reading classes for children are 124

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spartanburg Buddhist Center of sC The Center’s resident monks seek to preserve Theravada Buddhist traditions and welcomes all who are interested in Buddhism, Southeast Asian culture, or meditation. Since the center opened in 2010, a regular English-speaking group meets at 6pm on Thursdays for meditation, a brief Dhamma talk, and short discussions. The Center is located at 770 Bryant Road, Spartanburg, SC 29303. For Further Details: 864.327.8726 www.facebook.com/spartanburgbuddhist2012

telugu association of Greater Greenville Telugu Association of Greater Greenville (TAGG) is a nonprofit organization devoted to the awareness and promotion of Telugu Culture in the Greater Greenville Area. The association caters to the cultural and social needs of the Telugu people living in and around Greater Greenville Area. TAGG organizes events to celebrate major festivals and organizes a picnic during the summer as scheduled activities. In addition, TAGG screens choice Telugu Movies mostly throughout the year and organizes special cultural events from time to time, usually performed by artists from USA and visiting from India. For Further Details: www.taggsc.org Vedic Center of Greenville Daily Aarti is conducted Monday - Friday at 8pm. Bal Vihar classes are conducted Sundays from 11:15am - 12:30pm. Sri Venkateshwara Suprabhatam is held on 2nd Saturday of each month at 9am. The Center is located at 520 Bethel Road, Mauldin, SC 29662. For Further Details: President: Geera Desai - 864.451.4305 864.967.2852 www.vediccenterofgreenville.org

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“Institutions have had to adjust to the perception of negative attitudes toward the political rhetoric,” Gottlieb says. “The areas of concern aligned pretty clearly with current political issues like travel bans, immigration and work visas.” Schools that were surveyed reported that students often cited safety, feeling welcome and post-graduation job prospects as influencing their application and enrollment decisions. Anxieties varied by region, with the most concern reported by students in the Middle East, India and Latin America. According to the survey, applicants from India and China, who account for nearly half of all international students, say the “perception of a rise in student visa denials at US embassies and consulates” is source of worry among applicants and their families. Students from the Middle East reported the highest increase in anxiety about enrolling in US universities. Surveyors attribute this to both political changes and an increase in threats against Muslims. According to the Institute of International Education, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that focuses on international exchange, the nearly 1 million international students attending US colleges and universities contribute $36 billion annually to the US economy. They also provide an important source of tuition revenue for many universities. Gottlieb adds that, often, universities rely on international student enrollment for cultural exchange initiatives. While 38 percent of schools that participated in the survey reported a decline in applications from abroad, 35 percent of schools experienced an increase in applications and 27 percent reported no change at all. American University in Washington, DC, is one school that saw no measurable change. Evelyn Levinson, international admissions director, credits adjustments to the university’s recruitment tactics such as more trips, listening sessions and webinars addressing student concerns. But she also cautions that this year’s numbers may not reflect the true impact on international student population trends. The survey measures international student applications, not how many of those students actually enrolled. Data on the number of international students who eventually enrolled won’t be available until next year. “By the time of presidential elections in November, most students have already applied for colleges, or made up their minds about whether to apply,” she says. “The true impact will likely be in what we see for applications for fall 2018 and beyond.” International student enrollment numbers tend to shift based on foreign policy and current events, such as the terror attacks of September 2001 and the Iranian hostage crisis of 1981. “The climate can definitely be a deterrent,” Levinson says. The survey is not quite a wakeup call, but she says it should push institutions to think differently about how to recruit foreign students. “We just have to be ready. Know who you are and make sure the message sent is one of welcome and inclusion at all times.” She adds that more foreign-born students may look to Canada and England as alternatives. Canada has already seen a surge in admitted international students.

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single road, lined with palm oil and rubber plantations, which connects the major cities along southern Myanmar. They promise a better future to workers in precarious positions and an escape for those trapped in debt bondage. U Hla Myint, a harvester who worked at Yuzana for nine years, says two traffickers paid a visit to his home located near the plantation in July. “The traffickers asked if we wanted jobs on fishing boats in Thailand and promised us better pay,” he said. “Even though I told them, ‘I don’t believe in you. Do not come here ever again,’ they left me their phone number and told us to give them a call if we needed any help.” Zaw Myo Htike also spoke of state-sponsored meetings where agents working on behalf of Thailand’s fishing or construction industries were looking to recruit Myanmar nationals who were currently working on palm oil plantations. As of 2016, more than 3 million Burmese migrants were living in Thailand, according to the International Organization for Migration. Kawthuang is one of three major source cities from which Burmese workers are brought into Thailand.

Burmese migrants formerly worked in before crossing the border into Thailand through Kawthaung. Meanwhile, traffickers and labor agents still occasionally visit Myanmar’s palm oil plantations, promising workers a better future across the border. Currently, there’s little incentive for palm oil companies in Myanmar to reform their labor practices. The oil cultivated on their plantations is sold exclusively to the domestic market, and that market doesn’t seem to be demanding change — at least not of the sort that would benefit workers. Frank Momberg, the Myanmar director of the nonprofit Flora and Fauna International, believes that the country could develop palm oil sustainability in line with the standards set forth by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil. But while there is activism and awareness surrounding the environmental issues and best agricultural practices on the plantations, labor abuses don’t seem to be on the radar of these organizations. The lack of an international market means that Myanmar’s palm industry is cut off from international pressure to reform, and companies are reluctant to change their behaviors. In turn, this means that the lives of workers — like Zaw Myo Htike, U Hla Myint and others — remain precarious. U Hla Myint, now 65, told me with a wistful glance, “I want to die in my land, but I have no idea how long it will take for me to return. Perhaps, someday in the future.”

Reporting from Myanmar was made possible by a grant from the Pulitzer Center. Here is the website for Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil: http://www.rspo.org/

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communities – including issues of people being displaced from

Men work in an oil mill at Asia World palm oil plantation in Bank Mae their homes, as well as poor labor conditions – alongside profit Village, Myanmar, Nov. 11, 2016. Here, workers take the softened oil palm margins for mining companies. A conventional cost benefit analysis would focus purely on fruit and prepare it to be pressed into oil. economic costs, fixing a financial value and “net present value” Credit: Taylor Weidman/PRI

of assets. But a holistic approach exposes the crisis of concealment, wherein extractive industry profits only through government subsidies on electricity and water and by excluding the real environmental cost of any damage they may do. That cost can be great for local people. Bauxite mining strips the local landscape of vegetation, pollutes local water sources and destroys the habitats of species. The impacts of India’s resource curse could be lessened if governments approached existing laws as a means to achieve a just, democratic and ecologically informed conversation. The government must admit that the knowledge base of local communities regarding forests is of value in making decisions about the future, and that decisions in their favor must be upheld. The participation of gram sabhas is vital to work out the full cost of a resource project. The 73rd amendment to the Indian Constitution was intended to increase participatory decision making for ordinary people, with regard to their livelihoods and resources. Government-supported foreign direct investment in mining is making a mockery of these progressive laws, which are meant to protect the rights of poor citizens.

According to Thailand’s Immigration Bureau, approximately 700 Burmese nationals crossed the border at Kawthaung daily in 2016, all seeking work in Thailand’s fishing, construction or agriculture industries. That number could be an underestimate since illegal cases — for instance, where people are smuggled across borders — are not documented. But these migrants are often naïve to realities of working in Thailand. Many of the workers who escape the palm oil plantations, either on their own or with assistance from traffickers, find themselves living and working in conditions no better than the ones they left — and in some cases, worse. On Thai fishing boats, migrant workers often lose their documentation, experience a new round of debt bondage, work long hours, spend weeks at sea and receive minimal pay. It’s not currently known how many Burmese workers in southern Thailand come from Myanmar’s palm oil plantations. Neither the IOM, International Labor Organization, United Nations Action for Cooperation Against Trafficking in Persons Jeemol Unni is a Professor of Economics, Institute of Rural or the US Department of State — which publishes an annual Management Anand, Gujarat. This article reprinted courtesy of tracking report — have specifically examined what sectors www.theconversation.com Saathee.com

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POP’S PUZZLES & JOKES By Kirit Shukla

Note: * denotes abbreviation of the word or phrase Clues across:

1. The basic monetary unit of Hungary. 6. Department of Social Services. (*) 10. A central area used for sport events surrounded by seats. 11. The characteristic vocal sound by a cat. 12. A delicate or a pale color or hue. 13. To collapse by letting out air or gas. 15. Very warm; full of enthusiasm. 16. The additional % tax levied by Govt. for sale of goods. 17. Something acted out as a law or decree. 19. In the direction of. 20. Sediment, as of fermenting wine. 21. A lute like instrument of India; played by Ravi Shankar. 23. South Dakota. (*) 25. The United State of ____. 27. Immerses; plunges into a liquid & quickly takes out. 29. A country on W coast of Africa: Cap. Monrovia. 32. The first sign of zodiac; The Ram. 34. Grade Level. (*) 35. General Nutrition Centers. (*) 36. The basic monetary unit of Japan. 37. Pennsylvania. (*) 39. Before. 41. Approaching; immediately next. 44. Other than the Office.(*) Online social business network. 46. A person who serves. 47. Arkansas. (*) Saathee.com

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1. The 3rd Sunday in June, (in U.S.) set aside in honor of dads. 2. An equatorial constellation between Taurus and Lepus. 3. A house, apartment, car etc. offered for rent. 4. Interception. (*) (Football) 5. North America. (*) 6. That can be protected or justified. 7. The point on the celestial sphere where the Sun’s path reaches its max distance N/S of the celestial equator. 8. A special unit of law enforcement agency, trained to deal with violence, riots, terrorism etc. 9. A small hammer with a soft head, used in percussion. 11. A Hawaiian song or chant. 13. A girl; maiden. 14. Goodbye. (Brit. Informal) 16. A stalk of bananas. 18. Stop; discontinue. 22. An objective; goal. 24. Not interrupted; straightforward. 26. Manipulate fraudulently; fix. 28. Red or white wine grapes grown chiefly in Burgundy. 30. Indiana. (*) 31. A person who performs in movies, drama etc. 33. To cause to whirl or rotate swiftly. 38. In addition; also. 40. Decay; spoil. 42. Maine. (*) 43. Georgia. (*) 45. Tantalum. (*) (A symbol for the chemical element.) (Puzzle solutions are on page 134. NO peeking!)

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Word Find (Created By Kirit Shukla)

Find & circle the words in the puzzle. (Subject: “Eastern Hemisphere Countries”)

AFGHANISTAN BANGLADESH BHUTAN CAMBODIA CHINA ETHIOPIA INDIA INDONESIA IRAN JAPAN KENYA

MALAYSIA MONGOLIA MYANMAR NEPAL PAKISTAN PHILIPPINES SRILANKA TAIWAN THAILAND UAE VIETNAM

The unused remaining 10 letters spell is ”An island country in the Indian ocean, southeast of Africa, .”

Math Magic Use these numbers only once: ( 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9) in empty squares, to get = the final given answers. Note: Follow the order of operation per basic math rule: ×,÷, +, The multiplication or division is done before addition and subtraction. (solution on page 134)

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1. A sphere made of packed snow. SN _ _ _ _ _ _ 2. To loosen an abrupt grasp or a snatch. _ _ SN_ _ 3. Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited. (*) _ SN _ 4. Untangle. _ _ SN _ _ _ 5. An indirectness in speech or conduct. _ _ _ SN _ _ _ 6. A trap to attract and catch small animals. SN _ _ _ 7. “ ___ & Herzegovina”, a country in SE Europe. _ _ SN _ _ _ 8. Sacredness. _ _ _ _ SN _ _ _ 9. Entertainment and sport network. (*) _ SN 10. A long, sweet, white root of an umbel plant. _ _ _ SN_ _ 11. Compact and convenient; neat; trim. SN _ _ 12. “ ___ Mubarak”, 4th President of Egypt. _ _ SN _ 13. A long, heavy whip of braided leather. _ _ _ _ _ SN_ _ _ 14. Microsoft National Broadcasting Company. (*) _ SN _ _ _ 15. A city in San Joaquin valley of California. _ _ _ SN _ 16. Social Networking Site.(*) SN _ 17. A greenhouse plant having large leaves & tubular bright colored flowers, including the African violets. _ _ SN _ _ _ _ 18. Possession of land as one’s own. _ _ _ _ SN _ 19. A heavy, coarse cotton in a plain weave, for grain sacks and sportswear & finished into cretonne. _ SN _ _ _ _ _ 20. Of a lower rank, as in appointment. _ _ _ SN _ 21. The act of breathing forcibly thru nose. SN _ _ _ _ _ 22. Blue Ocean Strategy Network. (*) _ _ SN 23. Pale greyish-green fruticose lichens, grow like leafless mini shrub; AKA old man’s beard. _ SN _ _ 24. Grab. SN _ _ _ _ 25. Scissors for cutting sheet metal. _ _ _ SN _ _ _

(Puzzle solutions are on page 134. NO peeking!) Kirit Shukla Contact him at kiritsshukla@hotmail.com

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Cyber Cold War

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“The president’s order [was] to create a Russian segment of the internet — [it created] a closed internet solely for government bureaucrats,” said Klimenko in an interview with Russia’s Channel One television. “The defense against attacks has been in place a long time,” he added. “It’s doubtful our [government] data suffered.”

nsa connection? In a press conference during a visit to China on Monday, May 15 President Putin agreed with Klimenko. The Russian leader promised the government had largely dodged the malware but placed blame on the US for “stockpiling” cyberweapons — language that hinted at the new “cyber Cold War” unfolding. Indeed, Russia’s online community traded theories that the virus was payback from the NSA for alleged Russian interference in last year’s American presidential elections. Pro-Kremlin experts, too, weighed in. “I respect the honesty of the United States,” said Mikhail Delyagin, director of the Institute of Problems of Globalization in Russia, in an interview with the New York Times. “They threaten us with a cyberattack, and a cyberattack follows. It’s logical,” insisted Delyagin. But Anton Nossik, a longtime leading internet voice in Russia, rejected those charges as “terribly funny” in a widely shared post to his Live Journal blog. “That 74 countries were implicated in the virus is explained as Russia’s enemies desire to hide the real goal of their attack,” writes Nossik, who notes that Russian governmental officials had been too lazy to install a Windows “patch” available since last March that resolved the security flaw. “Really, how can you deceive our ever-wakeful conspiracy theorists?” he adds. “To hack their computers is the simplest thing. But to destroy their vigilance? Never!” In a subsequent interview, Nossik went on to cast doubt on the Kremlin’s ability to overhaul its computer infrastructure with Elbrus-based desktops. “I’m not buying all this crap about secret software/hardware rearmament in a country that hasn’t produced one single smartphone in its history,” he notes. Other Russian digerati also pushed back against the idea that Russia had been a target by design. “There’s no politics or intention here. The virus is just spreading randomnly,” says Ilya Sachkov, director of the Moscow-based Group IB — a company that tracks internet fraud — in an interview with Moscow’s Business FM radio. Sachkov and others note that ransomeware attacks have been growing in number and strength for years. Western cyber security experts, meanwhile, suggested average Russians fell victim to “Wanna Cry” because of their widespread use of pirated Windows software.

Straw

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a form of charcoal. These pellets transform paddy straw into something useful. Each pellet contains lots of energy for its size and weight. They’re easy to handle and store, and less expensive to transport than big bales of straw.

Cooling and charcoal The bio-char that the pellets are turned into after pyrolysis captures most of the carbon and nutrients present in the original straw. When returned to the ground it makes the soil healthier and retain more water. Meanwhile the heat given off during pyrolysis can be captured and used to produce hot water, or mechanical or electrical energy. It could also be converted into refrigeration for food at half the price of conventional electric cooling. It’s important that these pellets can be used in lots of different ways because different farming areas will present unique requirements and opportunities. We’ve set up a demonstration of the EnergyHarvest technology at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) and a series of three-year randomized field trials are underway. The cooling is integrated with the cold-storage demonstration systems at PAU’s food science department. Our work on converting straw into pellets, and processing these pellets into useful products, won’t solve open field burning – or Delhi’s air pollution – overnight. But it does mean that small-scale farmers, the majority of farmers in Punjab, can now do something useful with their leftovers.

Robert Berry is Professor of Computer Science, Aston University and Sudhakar Sagi is a Researcher in Chemical Engineering, Aston University. This article was originally published in The Conversation. (www.theconversation.com)

M.S. Mavi and O.P. Choudhary from the Department of Soil Science at Punjab Agricultural University also contributed to this article.

Marketing Turnaround continued from page 68

highly territorial in its stance toward other social media sites it considers to be competitors, like YouTube. It appears that the Facebook algorithm favors “native” video (uploaded via Facebook Live or from a user’s hard drive) and suppresses the reach of videos uploaded from Google Hangouts, YouTube, and similar sites. That’s something to keep in mind when you’re trying to reach as large an audience as possible with your content on a shoestring budget. Facebook can be aggravating, and its frequent changes to its algorithms and rules are vexing, but it’s still the biggest game in town, and you are absent at your own peril. Many prospective clients will check out your website first and then both your Facebook business page and your personal page if it’s publicly accessible to get a sense of who you are and whether or not they want to work with you. Make sure you always put your best foot forward!

snowden, again The cyber crisis once again thrust Edward Snowden, the controversial former NSA contractor who was granted asylum in Russia after leaking a trove of classified NSA documents to the press in 2013, back into the spotlight. In a series of posts on Twitter, Snowden argued the NSA bore moral responsibility for the leak — particularly given the virus’s widely reported impact on out-of-date hospital computer systems — and doctors’ ability to care for patients. “Despite warnings, the NSA built dangerous attack tools that could target Western software,” wrote Snowden. “Today we see the cost.” Excerpted from The Essential Social Media Marketing Handbook It appears The Kremlin couldn’t agree more.

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Jun. 3 - Ganga Dussehra Jun. 5 - Bhim/Nirjalā Ekādashi Jun. 5 - Gāyatri Jayanti Jun. 9 - Kabir Jayanti Jun. 9 - Akshar Purnima (Full Moon) Jun. 10 - Guru Hargovindsingh Jayanti Jun. 14 - Flag Day Jun. 18 - Father’s Day Jun. 19 - Emancipation Day Jun. 20 - Yogini Ekādashi Jun. 21 - Lailat al-Qadr Jun. 21 - Summer Solstice Jun. 23 - Darsha Amās (No Moon) Jun. 25 - Jagannāth Rathyātrā Jun. 26 - Eid al-fitr Jun. 28 - Dwarkādhish Pātotsava

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aRIes (Mar 20 - apr 20) You may need to control your urges this month since both responsibilities and entertainment should keep you busy. Prioritize and finish your work assignments first so that second half of the month is open for fun and celebration. If health is not an issue, then the stars are very positive for success and celebration. A major change in your religious belief is on the way, so get ready for it.

tauRus (apr 20 - May 21) If you can compromise your dreams and focus on your education, you may enjoy both satisfaction and success this month. You may need to move aggressively, though. Ignore other minor issues and focus on your long-term goals. Try to gain maximum benefit from favors in the stars. Do not wait until last week, as the time is taking a different turn during final days of the month.

GeMInI (May 21 - Jun 21) It is time to take care of your health. You may see minor ups and downs this month due to unexpected circumstance changes. June should start on a positive note, but failures in the middle of the month may disturb your projects. Fortunately, the month should end with great achievements. You will regain your confidence and your sixth sense will be working again during last week of the month. Take it in stride.

CanCeR (Jun 21 - Jul 22) You may have to wholeheartedly work very hard this month. You may not find enough time for picnicking or hanging out with friends due to the uncertainty and hectic work schedule. Don’t plan anything in advance in order to avoid frustration. The end of the month should clear up any conflicts and make you feel more comfortable. Don’t take any risks this month. It is very important that you give top priority to your health.

leO (Jul 22 - aug 23) An unexpected heavy workload during first half of the month may cause disappointment. Try to work slow and ask for help immediately. Don’t take too much of the workload onto yourself as you may lose a very important opportunity during last week of the month. Steer clear from anything that could damage your eyesight even as seemingly benign as staring too long at a computer screen. Your honesty may earn you appreciation during middle of the month.

VIRGO (aug 23 - sep 23) You may see mixed results this month. Time should move at an average speed. Uncertainty at workplace may affect your confidence. You must keep working hard to achieve the desired results, but don’t rush for success. Unexpected financial returns are possible during last week of the month. A significant improvement in your health may make your feel better; however, you may need some support at the beginning of the month. lIBRa (sep 23 - Oct 23) Life should fly this month. It is very important that you

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keep pace with it and make quick decisions. Your creativity should be on par and you should enjoy a very happy marriage life. Travel can be very enjoyable. Your sixth sense should guide your moneymaking activities and your family may also flourish with your success. Be prepared for a minor setback during last days of the month.

sCORPIO (Oct 23 - nov 22) Now is the time to relax and enjoy family life. Your spouse may achieve good success this month. You should be able to control any situation with confidence, and your partner may also do very well. The period is perfect for a dream vacation. It is advisable to check your diet as you may gain some weight this month. Keep away from waterfronts. Get ready to spend money and enjoy life.

saGIttaRIus (nov 22 - dec 21) You must avoid making any major move this month. Act very cautiously as any mistake may end in disaster. You may survive it but life may become rough for you. Your workload may rise during the second half of the month. Keep working logically and sincerely. You may enjoy good health and a comfortable family life. The time is good for working on selling investment properties. Don’t rush. CaPRICORn (dec 21 - Jan 20) Life may start moving forward with a new approach. An unexpected financial gain or new opportunity may come your way. Keep moving with self-confidence. Don’t stall or expect any support. Try to curb your expenses and focus on earning extra revenue. Avoid making any investments in real estate. Don’t forget to take care of your health. An egotistical comment may put you in hot water.

aQuaRIus (Jan 20 - Feb 19) You need to clear misunderstandings with your partner. A long distance journey with family may bring good results for you. If you are pregnant, pay full attention to your baby’s health. It will be a very positive period as far as monetary matters is concerned, rising steadily throughout the month. Your stars should protect you through any failure, but don’t stray from working hard.

PIsCes (Feb 19 - Mar 20) Love is in the air. This month is full of joy and success. Plan plenty of outings and parties this month. A rise in savings is clearly indicated. You should enjoy a very comfortable family life. Students may get desired results this month. A change in status at your workplace is also possible. Your spouse may create minor problems by making rude comments. Good state of health is clearly indicated.

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CLASSIFIEDS BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES:

Convenience store with pizza & Citgo brand for lease in Gaffney, SC. 3500 sq/ft. Can add liquor store. No money down. Deposit required. Call Prat 704-763-3059. Restaurant For sale in Cary, 3000 sq. ft. 48 sitting, Excellently Decorated Ready to run from Day One, All Kitchen Equipment in perfect running condition. Brand new unused Tandoor Oven, Two Air conditions, Computerized POS & much more. Owner's proud possession. For inspection call Jay 862-220-1390 Convenience store w/o Gas for sale in Salisbury, NC. Very large. Room for 2 businesses w/ large parking lot. Asking $120k incl. inventory or best offer. Call 704216-0353. Gas station for sale in Vass, NC. Inside sales: $32K, Gas $30K, Lottery $60K+ per month. Looking for $500K + inv. Financing Available. Call 919-280-6354. laundry & dry Cleaner for sale in Raleigh, NC. State of the art plant plus one pickup store. Capacity to expand up to 4 pickup stores. Asking $225K. Send email to drycleanersnc@gmail.com. Indian Restaurant for sale in Cary. 60+ seating. Call 919-961-2007. For sale: 15 room Motel + 2 bedroom apartment near Columbia, SC. Excellent condition. Good location in town. Owner retiring. Call 803-484-5474 or 803-229-2554. Gas station/C-store for lease in Thomasville, NC. Dry county. Game machines, new pumps & POS terminal. Low rent. Flexible lease. Guaranteed profit. Please call 803-577-7008 or 704-408-4920. For sale: 23 room independent Motel plus 2 bedroom house in Sumter, SC. Call 803464-5736. C-store/Gas station for lease in Granite Falls, NC. Inside Sales $40k/month. Lotto comm. $1200/month. Asking $20k + inventory. Call Atul 704-657-6669. subway for sale: 2 locations in Goldsboro, NC Low rent / operating costs. Call 848-219-9427. dry Cleaners for sale in Mooresville, NC. Drive-thru service and full plant. Great location in large strip mall. Contact KP at 304-237-4107.

Retail / Convenience stores: C-Store: Lexington, NC $259K + Inv, Inside Sales $70K; C-Store: Boiling Springs, NC $249K + Inv, Inside Sales $703K; C-Store: Lenoir, NC $119K + Inv, Annual Sales $1.5M+; Call 704821-8888 or visit www.Countysouth.biz.

C-store/Gas station for lease/sale in Gastonia, NC. Great Opportunity with high potential. Only serious inquiries; must have capital for goodwill/ inventory. Please call 980-250-4995. Saathee.com

C-stores with Gas available: Multiple locations in NC & SC with an average investment of $160k. Call Brian 864-300-4889.

Motel for sale: Recently renovated 20-room all brick Motel in Trion, GA. Ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s apartment w/ 3 bedrooms & full kitchen included. Owner financing available. Call 770-309-8156 or 813-484-0238.

Businesses for sale: Gas Station, Convenience store, restaurants, cleaners and more. Call Rose Mun 704-649-0021. Gas station/C-store w/ deli for sale in Gastonia, NC. High-traffic. Excellent location close to major highways & hospital. GR $2.5M. Must have capital for inventory. Contact 704-609-3047 or amitrpatel@hotmail.com.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Management needed (couple or single) for limited service motel in Greensboro, NC. Accommodations provided. Fluent English & legal status required. Call JR at 336-558-8195. Restaurant Help wanted in Cary/Morrisville, NC. Assistant Manager, Servers, Hosts & shift leader for full-service restaurant. Excellent Pay. Email resume to raleighbg@gmail.com or call 919-523-6670. C-store/Gas station help wanted in Thomasville, NC. Full-time. Single or couple. Exciting package w/ gas, accommodations, great pay & partnership offer. Call 973-207-6798 or 704-408-4920. live-in nanny needed for Hindi speaking family in Charlotte, NC starting August 2017. Taking care of baby and cooking. Food & accommodations provided. Call 704-724-1330. assistant General Manager/Front desk Manager needed for Franchise hotel in Charlotte to oversee operations. Fluent English & computer literacy a must. Email jaygogia@gmail.com or call 561-460-4488. Brow studio 7 in Charlotte is now hiring eyebrow threaders. Call 704-995-5250 or 630-935-9335.

Motel Help Wanted: Front Desk, Housekeeping, Minor Maintenance, and Supervision of Charlotte Motel. 9am-9pm. Accommodations provided. Monthly salary. Come by Lamplighter Inn or call 803-554-6377 10am-2pm for an appointment.

Gas station Help Wanted: Single or couple, full-time in Albemarle, NC. Must speak fluent English & have legal status. Experience a plus. Call 704-915-1026.

Gas station Help Wanted Immediately. Multiple stores in Greensboro, NC area. Full-time & part-time. Fluent English and driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license required. Must have prior experience and be able to work flexible hours. Great pay! Call 336-324-3214. 138

experienced Housekeeping Help needed for a franchise motel in Fredericksburg, VA. (Single or Couple) Excellent pay. Accommodations provided. Contact Jay at 804-263-7593.

Part-time nanny needed to take care of 17 month-old in Dilworth area of Charlotte, NC. Daytime hours, 1-2 half-days per week. Active and energetic. Fluent English & Gujarati preferred. Must have own transportation. Call or text 318-550-7305.

Gujarati nanny needed for home in Greenville, NC. Also cooking and housekeeping help. Contact 252-565-3563 or ndoctor91@yahoo.com. Help Wanted: Hiring for Motel Housekeeping, Laundry, Front Desk & Night Auditors (Fluent English Needed) for Franchise Motels in North Carolina. Accommodations provided. Call 704-701-2287. Gujarati speaking live-in nanny needed for family in Cary, NC. Also vegetarian cooking & some light housekeeping. Call 919-444-1597.

Multiple positions available for Convenience/Gas Station, Liquor Stores, & Fast Food Restaurants in Lexington County, SC. Single/Couple, Full-time or Part-time & good pay. Fluent English & Legal Status required. Call 803-414-4883.

Motel Help Wanted: Housekeeping, Managers & Night Auditors for Independent & Franchise Motels in South Carolina. Good pay and accommodations provided. Call 803-347-6320.

Help Wanted for Gas stations in Augusta, GA Area. Will help with housing & transportation. Must have work permit. Call 864-554-4846.

Restaurant Help needed: Indian fast food restaurant near UNCC area looking for cashier & kitchen help. Call 704-909-7783 or email to shree_kailash@yahoo.com.

Couple needed to manage Motel in Charlotte (University area). Computer skills, fluent English and legal status a must. Email resume to mars803@gmail.com.

Help Wanted for NC & SC franchise Hotels/Motels. Couple or Single for Front desk, housekeeping, supervisor & office work. Accommodations provided if needed. Please contact PM at 704-502-2444 or pmphotels@gmail.com Housekeeping Couple needed for Franchise motel in west Columbia, SC. Accommodations provided. Please call Umesh Patel 803-361-1013.

Front desk help needed for motel in Charlotte (University Area). First Shift. Computer skills, fluent English, and legal status a must. Email resume to mars803@gmail.com. June 2017


Housekeeping couple needed for Hotel in Cleveland / Akron, Ohio. Accommodations provided. No English necessary. Call 919673-7623 or ram@omdevelopmentcorp.com.

Retail sales associate needed for Clothing & Sports Store in Columbia, SC. Must have legal status and speak fluent English. Opportunity to advance quickly to management. Contact 706-877-0315.

looking for Babysitter (live-out) for infant in Concord, NC. Weekdays 9am-5pm or 8am-4pm. Contact 804-501-9629.

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looking for Child Care Help for toddler on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Weekends in the Ballantyne area of Charlotte. Gujarati speaking preferred. Contact 617-835-0909.

Motel Help Wanted: non-franchise Motel in Charlotte, NC looking for night shift front desk and housekeeping couple. Accommodations can be provided. Legal status & fluent English a must. Call 626241-2902.

Housekeeping (single or couple) & night auditor needed for Franchise motel in Winston Salem. Accommodations provided. Legal status required. Call Jay 423-544-6834.

Gas station Help Wanted Immediately: Multiple stores in Greensboro area with full-time & part-time positions. Must have prior experience and be able to work flexible hours. Great pay! 336-509-4054.

sales & Marketing Manager needed for Amerifab International, Drapery & Bedding manufacturing company. Minimum 5 Years’ experience in Sales & Marketing is required. Visit Amerifabintl.com look under employment opportunity or Email resume to: Rajm@amerifabintl.com.

experienced threading Practitioners or licensed esthetician in Charlotte & Raleigh. New locations now open. Full or part-time. Great pay and flexibility. Experience required. Good English skills. Please call 980-322-1110 (M-F 9-5)

Convenience store/gas station help wanted in Rock Hill, SC. Single or Couple. Full-time or part-time. Good pay. Legal status required. Call 803-792-4452.

Hotel Help Wanted in Charlotte. Competitive salary & accommodations provided. Front desk - all shifts (experience a plus) & housekeeper. Must be fluent in English. Call 704-464-4427 or email 123nash@gmail.com.

Front desk Clerk needed for Motel in Durham, NC. Must have front desk experience, computer literate, fluent in English, and legal status.Call 919-452-3131 or Email kenco00@hotmail.com.

Part-time Paralegal needed to help with Immigration Paperwork (H-1B visas, etc) in Charlotte. Call 704-236-2731.

Hotel Management Firm now Hiring: Housekeepers, front desk (must speak fluent English), and General Manager of franchise hotels. Experience required. Email resumes to abcone@abcinns.com or call 704-649-6833 (M-F, 9AM-5PM). Saathee.com

Gas station assistant Manager wanted in Rock Hill, SC. Full-time. Must speak fluent English & have legal status. Call 704-737-7230.

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Gujarati Brahmin girl, Md Physician, 29 working in NC looking for alliance from a boy (US citizen or PR) in the field of Medicine / IT / Management. Email with bio-data to sender1940@gmail.com.

PROPERTY FOR SALE

tesa electric locks for motel doors. Silver. HD 24. $55 per lock or $50 per lock for 2 or more (plus shipping). Contact 803417-0063 or punampatel970@gmail.com

Gorgeous Home for sale. 2200 sqft. 3br/2.5 bath. Freshly painted w/ new carpet throughout. Winchester neighborhood in Charlotte, NC. MLS #3257836. Call 704649-9095.

land FOR sale:

learn about land in the apex, nC area (named the #1 place to live by Money Magazine). the landman, Bob atkinson can help! Call 919-362-6999 or visit www.learnaboutland.com SERVICES

Injured at Work? NC State Bar Specialist and Board Certified Attorney G. Lee Martin can help. Call 704-788-9700.

alyssa’s Garlands: Unique fresh flower garlands. Boutonnieres, bouquets, flower ornaments, Exotic Flowers available on special Request. We ship nationwide. Contact Ila Amin: 803-627-4239 or email: ilaamin49@gmail.com

dholi For Hire: Plays the Dhol (drum) for any occasion! Barat, Doli, Graduation, Birthdays, Baby Showers & any other festivity. Affordable rates! Call Arpan Bhandari 704-641-4761 or email: arpandholi@yahoo.com

Garland design studio By: GP. Flower shop for all occasions. E-mail Ghanshyam.patel53@gmail.com or call 704548-2852 / 704-779-0277. Facebook.com/ GarlandDesignStudioByGp/

neeta’s Beauty Parlor: Charlotte area open 7 days a week. Full service. Call for appointment. 704-968-0270. 139

live Band for Garba / Raas, Wedding songs, bhajans. Advanced booking required. Call 704-568-8206.

Beauty Parlor in Columbia and Charlotte area: Waxing, Threading, Bridal Henna & Makeup, Facials. Call for appointment: 704-526-8707.

Pretty Face - Indian beauty parlour. Threading, facials, waxing, etc conveniently located in the Ballantyne /South Charlotte area. Call for appointment 704-726-8928.

Gujarati Priest: Devendra Dave Independent priest. Ganesh, Randal, Navratri, Diwali’s Laxmi & Sharda Pujas, Satyanarayan Katha, Weddings, Vastu, Baby Shower, Funeral Seva. Call Daveji 704-780-3563. God Blessings to All.

Pari Beauty In Matthews: Threading, Waxing, Facials, Massage for newborn and mom & other services. 27 years of experience. Special Deals & Great Service. Call: 704-846-7912.

Gujarati Priest in nC & sC for Ganesh, Randal, Laxmi, Sharda Pujan, Satyanarayan Katha, Wedding, Vastu, Baby Shower, Hawan, Grah Shanti. Kishor Trivedi Home: 336-774-0597 Cell: 336-4867925 E-Mail: kishor7@juno.com

Certified Henna/Mehndi artist available in NC and other states. For all occasions (corporate, birthday parties, weddings, etc). For free consultation: 832-290-0059 or email: arpna001@gmail.com; Facebook.com/Nikki-Aggarwal-HennaArtist-1673373292919497/. Will work closely with you to meet your needs.

Priest available for the following services: Shree Satya narayan katha, Shanti hawan, Vastu shanty, Weddings, Baby shower, Bhumi pujan, Mata ki chowki pujan, Funeral, all types of karmakand. Please call Viral Bhatt 704-438-6334.

Gujarati Families: I am interested in learning everything Gujarati, culture, food, language, etc .If willing to help, please call Nik 803-579-1405.

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Indian Association of Carolinas (Atul Purohit, Sept 2017)67

Robert Brown LLC (Oza, Rishi: Immigration Law)....137

Accounting Solutions (Muhammad Kamran Awan)...81

International Community Church ...........................111

Roma Galgali (Realtor)............................................115

Allstate (Ravi Reddy)...............................................142

Isha Inner Engineering & Hatha Yoga - Surya Kriya.....9

Rose Mun Realty (Businesses For Sale)..................111

Anil Bedi & Associates PC (CPA & Consultants)........ 71

ISSO - NC (International Swaminarayan Satsan Org) 69

Royal India Restaurant (Raleigh)............................. 103

Apna Bazaar (Morrisville).......................................... 19

Jigna Shah CPA....................................................... 70

S S Event Services (Event planning, Photo, Video).....85

Around the World Market (Raleigh/Durham)............. 48

KB Zaveree.................................................................4

S&S Accounting & Tax Services, Inc......................... 65

Aspect Commerical Realty (Prashant Parmar).......... 85

Khanna & Sons Jewelers......................................... 23

Saathee.com..........................................................121

Barot, Tushar (State Farm)........................................ 46

Krishnadham USA (Shrimad Bhagwat Gita Pravachan).73

Sara Designz By Rashmi Sawant (Cary, NC)............. 33

Bashyam, Spiro & Coats, LLP (Immigration Law)......83

Lahiri, Indra (Financial Advisor - Merrill Lynch).......... 11

Sarika CPA PLLC......................................................49

Bhindi Jewelers ......................................................2

LED Lights (Smart Energy Solutions).......................133

Savarimuthu, Christopher (Real Estate).....................53

Bhogal CPA, PC........................................................99

Level Homes...............................................................8

Shah & Trivedi CPA, PLLC.........................................45

Bipin Parekh Realty, LLC...........................................30

Liberty Real Estate (Sunny Sebastian).......................41

Shah, Kirti (CPA - Sepa Consulting) .........................84

Birju Joshi (Real Estate)............................................ 11

Live Spectrum (Sukhwinder Concert)..........................5

Shamim Beauty Parlour............................................59

Blooming Buds.......................................................135

Lotus Salon & Spa....................................................19

Shiv Yog (Durga Saptshati) Orlando...........................63

Carolina Wedding Belle (Event Design & Décor)........37

MA Center (Amma - Mata Amritanandamayi).....20-21

Shreya Ghoshal Concert (Paracha Entertainment).......3

Cary Internal Medicine & Diabetes Center, PA........ 127

Maadhurya Photography..........................................71

Singh, Manjeet (Real Estate).....................................25

Cary Medical Clinic...................................................34

Malani Jewelers.....................................................144

Sistar Mortgage .......................................................61

Chandni's Beauty Salon .......................................... 77

Marriott Raleigh Crabtree Valley..............................109

Sitar Indian Cuisine (Durham).................................115

Cilantro Indian Café Cary..........................................25

Meghna Jewelers (sale and exhibitions)................... 29

Smart Properties (Real Estate - Smruti Patel)............87

County South Realty & Business Brokers..................85

Meridian Convention Center..................................... 42

Sonal Furniture (Atlanta)........................................... 27

Crescent Dental (Dr. Kavita Ghai).............................. 59

Millennium Hotels & Resorts (Special Event Space)129

Spices Hut / Bawarchi Restaurant..........................105

Dada Bhagwan (Self Realization Seminar)................ 79

Mina's Brow Spa (Morrisville)................................... 49

Sri Somesvara Temple (Mt. Soma, North Carolina)....47

Darji, Iyer, Joshi & Patel (Accounting & Tax Services).37

MyTripFare (Travel agent)........................................135

Subscription Form..................................................129

Desai & Desai LLP (CPA & Financial Services)..........62

Nagpal, Sunil MassMutual Financial Group)..............57

Super Desi Bazaar (Apna Sabji Mandi Greensboro).. 39

Devam Jewelers.........................................................7

Nationwide Ins. (Maqsood Khan)............................ 137

Taaza Fresh Indian Bistro..........................................38

Devi S. Laskar - Book (Gas & Food, No Lodging)...... 47

NC Dermatology Associates................................... 119

TAHT - Health Fair....................................................72

Dharani South Indian Restaurant (Morrisville)............17

Neurology & Pain Management Center.................... 89

Tower Restaurant (Morrisville)...................................87

DJ Desi (Amit Vasi)................................................... 37

North American Bancard ........................................ 15

Travel Universe......................................................... 24

DJ Lalit (Lalit Hemnani)...........................................111

Nunna Realty (Shiv Shankar Nunna & Sanjay Motiramani)43

Travelinks................................................................. 91

Evershine Properties.................................................58

Patel Brothers (Cary)...........................................54-55

Triangle Indian Market (Cary)..................................117

Eye Level..................................................................35

Patel, Mrugesh (Law Offices)..................................135

Triangle Women's Center (Haritha Nadendla, MD FACOG)11

Eye Level (High Point).............................................113

Pathak, Atul (Real Estate)..........................................51

Ttravel Guru..............................................................45

Geological Resources, Inc.......................................141

Pramukh Mandapam............................................... 45

Tutoring (Nirmala Koripella - A+ Tutoring)................. 75

Global Mall / Legacy Jewels ..................................143

Preston Corners Pediatric Dentistry (Cary).............109

Udupi Cafe (Cary)................................................... 117

Godavari (Truly South Indian - Morrisville)................. 93

Proficient Accounting & Tax Services, Inc. ...............41

Uni World Travel......................................................137

Grand India Mart (Groceries).....................................95

Raaga Restaurant (Chapel Hill, NC)...........................43

Vallabh Pushti Samaj of Carolinas (VPSC)...........12-13

Greater Triangle Realty (Thomas John)..................... 34

Radha Ravi Varma (Broker / Realtor).......................109

Vyas Travels............................................................111

Gurumaa (Param Pujya Anandmurti Gurumaa).........67

Raghu Mothukuri Allstate Agent................................91

Walker Lambe Rhudy Costley & Gill, PLLC............. 107

Health Markets (Medicare, Health, Life, Supplemental)45

Rahi Spa and Boutique (High Point, NC)....................53

West Cary Medicine (Dr. Kareem M.D.).................... 87

HSNC Summer camps (OM Squad)............................9

Rajbhog Foods......................................................... 31

Worldwide Travels ....................................................31

Hyderabadhouse (Biryani Place)............................... 97

Rajdeep Video & Photography (Ramesh Panjabi)......47

Y2 Academy (SAT Prep) .........................................16

Idolize Brows & Beauty .........................................141

RB Realty Group (Ravi Bheemarao)...........................74

Zayka Restaurant ................................................... 33

Inchin's Bamboo Garden..........................................65

Real Triangle Properties (Joe Mathews)..................101

Zeera Indian Restaurant .......................................... 41

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