Mayor Jeffrey supports religious accommodation in schools

By A Staff Reporter Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey has expressed her alarm at the “recent misinformation and hateful speech” surrounding the accommodation of Muslim prayers at the Peel District School Board. In a statement issued to the media, the mayor said: “Over the last two decades Muslim students, in schools across the Region of Peel, have been accommodated for Friday prayer. This...

World Vision launches ‘Rise up! Daughters of India’

At World Vision’s launch of the project ‘Rise up! Daughters of India’, to provide toilets to girls in India. By A Staff Reporter ‘Rise up! Daughters of India’, a passion project undertaken by a group of South Asian employees at World Vision Canada, launched earlier this month. The project aims to engage the Indian diaspora in Canada to help Indian girls stay in school,...

Nine-year Shreya wows Obamas with garam masala burger

New York — A nine-year-old Indian American girl left the Obama couple awestruck when she served a ‘garam masala’ Quinoa Burger with ‘raita’ to them — and won a chance to dine with the First Lady at the White House. Hailing from Schaumburg, Illinois, Shreya Patel was among 55 young cooks who were given a red carpet welcome at the White House during the fourth annual “Kids’ State Dinner”...

Documentary on A.R. Rahman screened at White House

Mumbai — A detailed account on musical influences of double Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman found its way inside the White House in Washington through a special screening of “Jai Ho”, a documentary on his work. The 60-minute documentary was screened last week. The “Mozart of Madras”, who has hit the right notes with each of his compositions with examples like “O rey chhori” and “Tum...

Aamir’s PK launch in China underlines India’s spread of soft power

Beijing — Three days before Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s arrival in Xian, Bollywood star Aamir Khan was landing in Beijing. The commercial release of the blockbuster PK in Chinese brought Khan on his maiden visit to China. The development underlines India’s soft power in the region is growing. Further, the International Day of Yoga is set to be held worldwide June 21. The other makers...

‘Sikhs need to explain meaning, significance of turban to Americans’

A Sikh boy having a turban tied over his head. As many as six out of ten Americans apparently have absolutely no knowledge about Sikhs, or Sikhism. Washington — Sikhs have to explain to American people what the turban means because that is the immediate source of their identification, according to the author of a new report on Sikhs in America presented to US lawmakers. “Sikhs have to explain...

Two Indians among 2015 Yale Fellows

Washington — Two Indians — SughaVazhvu Healthcare founder and CEO Zeena Johar and journalist-author Rahul Pandita — have been named 2015 Yale World Fellows by the prestigious Ivy League university. With their addition, the global Yale World Fellows network now includes 17 Indian Fellows, more than any other country since the program started in 2002. The two are among 16 World Fellows selected...

Yoga is secular, rules US court

Washington — Ruling that yoga taught in elementary schools is not a gateway to Hinduism and does not violate religious freedoms, a California appeals court has allowed it to continue. “We conclude that the program is secular (and) does not have the primary effect of advancing or inhibiting religion, and does not excessively entangle the school district in religion,” the three-member appeals court...

India brings back 1,000 home from Yemen, evacuation ends

New Delhi — India readied to wind up its massive evacuation operations in Yemen as 1,000 of its nationals were being flown home on Tuesday night. India also helped pull out 232 people from 26 countries from the strife-torn Gulf nation. In a series of tweets, external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin announced: “We will end our air evacuation efforts from Sana’a tomorrow, 8th April....

Denial of L-1B visa applications highest for Indians: study

New Delhi — Even as President Barack Obama was announcing this week he would reform the L-1B visa regime that allows global companies to temporarily shift their workers to the US, a study released last week finds that Indians faced the maximum rejections under this category. “The denial rate for L-1B petitions to transfer employees of Indian origin is a remarkable 56 per cent for 2012 through 2014,...