Muscat Shree Ganesh Committee to Celebrate Feast from Sept 5
MUSCAT, OMAN, August 19, 2016 (Daiji World): Muscat Shree Ganesh Festival Committee is all set to organize and celebrate Shree Ganesh festival this year from September 5th to 7th at Muscat Shiva Temple. All arrangements are underway. This will be its 32nd year of celebration.
It all started 32 years ago with the initiative of Tulu Koota Muscat and the tradition is being carried on and is well maintained. The three-day festivities are filled with day-long poojas, homas, bhajans, keertans, dances, instrumental music, 108 coconut offerings, Laddu/Modaka Seve etc. Thousands of devotees will partake in the festivities. Besides the Indian ambassador to Muscat, a number of dignitaries from various business communities, social/cultural organizations will be attending the festivities. People from all parts of India, based in Muscat will attend to pay obeisance to Lord Ganesh and receive His blessings.
LIBURN, GEORGIA, August 18, 2016 (Atlanta Journal Constitution): Lilburn officials hope to revitalize a commercial area surrounding a Hindu temple that has become one of Gwinnett County's top tourist destinations. The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir has drawn 1.8 million visitors since it opened in 2007 at the intersection of Lawrenceville Highway and Rockbridge Road. The Lilburn Community Improvement District hopes to capitalize on the mandir's presence by improving the area's pedestrian access, curb appeal and retail offerings. The plans underscore the economic importance of Gwinnett's growing immigrant community.
The mandir has helped change the face of Lilburn, drawing Asian Indian residents to the area. About 8 percent of Lilburn's 12,162 residents are Asian Indian, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. "We see the mandir as one of the main focal points in Gwinnett County," said Emory Morsberger, executive director of the community's improvement district. "It's a draw for high-income, well-educated people." The mandir is the largest Hindu temple in North America. Several hundred families worship there, and annual events like its Diwali - or Hindu New Year - celebration attract thousands of visitors. The mandir is open to the public and tours are available.
INDIA, August 19, 2016 (Press Information Bureau): Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharti launched various projects worth US$83 Million under Namami Gange program at Ganga Barrage in Kanpur today. This includes $9 million interception and diversion plan of Sisamau drain, $59 million networking schemes and river front development scheme at Bithoor worth $15 million. Fourteen Ghats and five crematoria will be constructed at Bithoor.
Speaking on the occasion the minister said her ministry will develop market for treated water based on hybrid annuity mode through the Private-Public Partnership (PPP) Model. She said the Water Resources Ministry is in the process of signing MOUs for this with various Ministries. Sushri Bharti said "We will follow the due process for Ganga conservation. No decision will be taken in haste so that public money is not wasted".
I am sorry to say that there is too much point to the wisecrack that life is extinct on other planets because their scientists were more advanced than ours.
-- John F. Kennedy, (1917-1963) Former US president
WASHINGTON, D.C., August 19, 2016 (Tribune India): The US has accepted more than 53,000 Hindu refugees since 2005, almost all from Bhutan, the State Department has said. Between 2005 and August this year, as many as 53,662 Hindu refugees -- 53,015 from Bhutan -- have been accepted into the US. Of the remaining 647, Sri Lanka topped the list with 383, followed by Nepal (144), Myanmar (95), India (11), Pakistan (six), Vietnam (five), Bangladesh (two) and Cambodia (one).
The latest figures from the State Department suggest the maximum number of Hindu refugees -- 11,836 -- came to the country in 2009, followed by 9,190 in 2011, 8,401 in 2010, 7,380 in 2012 and 6,296 in 2008. This year, 1,234 Hindu refugees have entered America so far, of whom 1,181 are from Bhutan and 36 from Sri Lanka, suggests the data obtained from the State Department's Refugee Processing Center.