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  • US: Physician sentenced for prescription drug fraud

    Milwaukee, Apr 17 : John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Richard Barney, 53, of Janesville, Wisconsin, was sentenced on Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Adelman to two years of probation and a $3,000 fine for prescription fraud....

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  • US Hindus criticize Texas Christian University

    Nevada, Apr 16 : Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth has been criticized for ignoring some of the world's major religions in its student listing. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) on Wednesday, said that major religions like Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism were not listed under "Student Data" in "Fact Book" of TCU Office of Institutional Research; despite their reportedly considerable presence at TCU. Although TCU claims that its students "come from more than 60 religious groups", butunder "Distribution of Headcount by Religious Affiliation Fall 2013" of students at its website, only following affiliations are listed in descending order: "No Preference/Unknown", "Other", Roman Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, Christian Disciples and Episcopalian. Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, calling this practice unethical, urged the accreditation agency Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in Decatur (Georgia) to look into it. All religious groups, irrespective of their size, should get the recognition and respect due to them, Zed stressed. Rajan Zed further said that such unprofessional behavior was highly inappropriate coming out of TCU whose "Vision" was "To be a world-class, values-centered university" and whose Mission included: "To educate individuals to think and act as ethical leaders and responsible citizens in the global community". Moreover, it was not befitting TCU, which talked of "opening minds" and where students were "learning to change the world". Zed pointed out that universities were meant for education and research and should not be in the business of selectively approaching student statistics. TCU, founded in 1873, has about 9,925 students enrolled in various bachelor's, master's and 24 doctoral programs with an annual budget of about $512 million. Clarence Scharbauer III and Dr. Victor J. Boschini, Jr., are its Trustees Chairman and Chancellor respectively and it costs a student about $48,530 annually....

  • US: Man sentenced for child sexual abuse

    Albuquerque, Apr 16 : Ronald Martinez, 39, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Borrego Pass, New Mexico, was sentenced on Tuesday morning to 42 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for his child sexual abuse conviction....

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  • California council opens with Hindu prayer

    Nevada, Apr 16 : Reedley City Council in California (USA), which celebrated 100th anniversary of its incorporation in 2013, will have its first historic Hindu opening prayer on April 22, containing verses from world's oldest existing scripture. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed will deliver the invocation from ancient Sanskrit scriptures before the City Council. After Sanskrit delivery, he then will read the English translation of the prayer. Sanskrit is considered a sacred language in Hinduism and root language of Indo-European languages. Zed, who is the President of Universal Society of Hinduism, will recite from Rig-Veda, the oldest scripture of the world still in common use, besides lines from Upanishads and Bhagavad-Gita (Song of the Lord), both ancient Hindu scriptures. He plans to start and end the prayer with "Om", the mystical syllable containing the universe, which in Hinduism is used to introduce and conclude religious work. Reciting from Brahadaranyakopanishad, Rajan Zed plans to say "Asato ma sad gamaya, Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya, Mrtyor mamrtam gamaya", which he will then translate as "Lead me from the unreal to the Real, Lead me from darkness to Light, and Lead me from death to Immortality." Reciting from Bhagavad-Gita, he proposes to urge councilmembers to keep the welfare of others always in mind. Zed is a global Hindu and interfaith leader, who besides taking up the cause of religion worldwide, has also raised huge voice against the apartheid faced by about 15-million Roma (Gypsies) in Europe. Bestowed with World Interfaith Leader Award; Zed is Senior Fellow and Religious Advisor to Foundation for Religious Diplomacy, Spiritual Advisor to National Association of Interchurch & Interfaith Families, etc. Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal. There are about three million Hindus in USA. Reedley, whose tagline is "The World's Fruit Basket", is a multi-cultural and friendly town along the Kings River. It hosts annual Reedley Fiesta, Electrical Christmas Parade and Street Faire. Robert O. Beck, Ray Soleno and Nicole R. Zieba are Mayor, Mayor Pro Tempore and City Manager respectively of Reedley, claimed to be located in the richest intensive agricultural production area in the world. Its notable residents include author Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, Olympian Lacy Barnes Mileham and baseball player Vic Lombardi....

  • New York Police ends spying on Muslims

    Washington, April 16 : New York Police Department has disbanded a controversial surveillance unit started after the September 11, 2001, attacks to catalogue information on Muslim businesses and mosques across the New York region....

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  • Ron Somers quits as head of US-India business body

    By Arun Kumar, Washington, April 15 : US-India Business Council (USIBC) president Ron Somers is resigning his post after steering the premier business advocacy organization advancing US-India commercial ties for 10 years, to start a strategic consulting practice....

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  • US Airways tweets porn image, apologises

    New York, April 15 : After facing embarrassment over posting a obscene pornographic image on Twitter in response to an unhappy customer Monday, US Airways finally apologised for the error later in the day....

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  • Rockets finally take down Spurs

    Houston, April 15 : Houston Rockets secured their last victory ahead of the NBA playoffs at the Toyota Center beating San Antonio Spurs 104-98, their first sweep of the Spurs since the 1988-89 season....

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  • US varsity to connect Indian researchers to the world

    By Papri Sri Raman, Chicago/New Delhi, April 15 : In a move that will empower Indian researchers and help them connect with rest of the world, the University of Chicago (UC) and two other American universities will help Indian universities ramp up their computing ability to fulfill the scientists' dream of sharing data with the international fraternity....

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  • US businessman indicted for bankruptcy fraud

    Jackson, Apr 12 : William D. "Butch" Dickson, 58, of Jackson, was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 8, 2014, on six counts of bankruptcy fraud, six counts of bank fraud, and five counts of wire fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel McMullen....

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  • Hindu studies launched at Berkeley's GTU

    Nevada, Apr 12 : A US based Hindu group has welcomed plans to establish a program of Hindu studies at prestigious Graduate Theological Union (GTU) at Berkeley in California (USA). Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) on Saturday, welcoming Hindu studies program at GTU, said that religion was the most powerful, complex and far-reaching force in our society, so we must take it seriously. And we all knew that religion comprised much more than our own particular tradition/experience. Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, pointed out that in our shared pursuit for the truth, we could learn from one another and thus could arrive nearer to the truth. As dialogue brought us reciprocal enrichment, we would be spiritually richer than before the contact. The first two courses in Hinduism at GTU will be offered in the fall semester, which will include sacred texts of Hinduism, and there is a goal to establish a Center for Dharma Studies within GTU. GTU, "where religion meets the world", founded in 1962 and said to be home to the largest Ph.D. program in religious studies in North America, includes nine seminaries and a variety of centers and affiliates....

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  • Now Preet Bharara takes on New York governor

    By Arun Kumar, Washington, April 12 : New York's Indian-American prosecutor Preet Bharara, who is known in India for his dogged prosecution of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, has now taken on the state's Governor Andrew M. Cuomo over his decision to shutter an anti-corruption commission as part of a deal with legislators for an ethics package....

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  • Obama picks Burwell to lead healthcare reform

    Washington, April 12 : US President Barack Obama Friday nominated a new department secretary to lead the federal health reform programmes, accepting resignation of his Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius....

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  • US: Man charged with hacking

    San Antonio, Apr 11 : Fidel Salinas, 27, of Donna, has been charged in a superseding federal indictment with new computer hacking charges, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson....

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  • US lawmakers wish Sikh Americans joyous Vaisakhi

    Washington, April 11 : Thirteen members of the US House of Representatives have co-sponsored a House resolution wishing the Sikh American community a joyous Vaisakhi, the Indian harvest festival that also marks the creation of the Khalsa in 1699....

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  • US: Man pleads guilty to trying to buy a child

    Cleveland, Apr 10 : A Cuyahoga Falls man pleaded guilty to offering to buy a child, enticement, and receiving and distributing visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and Stephen D. Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Cleveland Office....

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  • Hindu invocation opens California's Newman City Council

    Nevada, Apr 10 : Newman City Council in California (USA), which celebrated 125th Anniversary in 2013, had its first historic Hindu invocation on April eight evening, containing verses from world's oldest existing scripture. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed delivered the opening prayer from ancient Sanskrit scriptures before the City Council. After Sanskrit delivery, he then read the English translation of the prayer. Sanskrit is considered a sacred language in Hinduism and root language of Indo-European languages. Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, recited from Rig-Veda, the oldest scripture of the world still in common use, besides lines from Upanishads and Bhagavad-Gita (Song of the Lord), both ancient Hindu scriptures. He started and ended the prayer with "Om", the mystical syllable containing the universe, which in Hinduism is used to introduce and conclude religious work. Reciting from Brahadaranyakopanishad, Rajan Zed said, "Asato ma sad gamaya, Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya, Mrtyor mamrtam gamaya", which he then translated as "Lead me from the unreal to the Real, Lead me from darkness to Light, and Lead me from death to Immortality." Reciting from Bhagavad-Gita, he urged councilmembers to keep the welfare of others always in mind. Councilmembers, city employees and public were seen standing in prayer mode with their heads bowed down during this invocation. Wearing saffron colored attire, a ruddraksh mala (rosary), and traditional sandalpaste tilak (religious mark) on the forehead, Zed sprinkled few drops of water from river Ganga of India, considered holy by Hindus, around the podium before the prayer. Zed presented a copy of Bhagavad-Gita to Mayor Ed Katen, who introduced and thanked Zed. "It is a historic moment of pride for the community when the prayers from ancient Sanskrit scriptures are being read in this great hall of democracy of this great city of Newman", Zed stated before starting the invocation. Rajan Zed is a global Hindu and interfaith leader, who besides taking up the cause of religion worldwide, has also raised huge voice against the apartheid faced by about 15-million Roma (Gypsies) in Europe. Bestowed with World Interfaith Leader Award; Zed is Senior Fellow and Religious Advisor to Foundation for Religious Diplomacy, Spiritual Advisor to National Association of Interchurch & Interfaith Families, etc. Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal. There are about three million Hindus in USA. Newman, whose tagline is "Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Present, Building for the Future", is known for its annual Fall Festival. Robert Martina and Michael E. Holland are Mayor Pro Tem and City Manager respectively....

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